Months of Reading Light Novels

Above is the current state of my Goodreads page, specifically, the books I have read in the past few months.

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Above is the current state of my Goodreads page, specifically, the books I have read in the past few months.

Around May I think when life got busy. (Actually, I’m still in that point where I can’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life going forward, but I won’t delve into that here!). At the same time, Spring and Summer 2017 are the seasons where I watched the most number of anime simulcasts in X no. of years. On top of that, I got interested with past Marvel Superheroes and picked up some comics. I tried for an entire month. However, it seems to not stick on me.

Also, I am enrolled in a Japanese class which meets twice a week. And on top of it all, the company where I work is in the middle of a project whose revenues keep going down and another project that seems to be just steady.

Going back, while the number of light novels I read dwindled, I picked up the pace late August, reading much of Danmachi, SAO, and catching up on J-Novel Club titles I like.

I believe I could have read more. I really wanted to catch up on everything. But alas, that will never be attainable. In the last few weeks, I picked up Infinite Dendogram and Arifureta.

Anyway, in terms of satisfaction and excitement, these are my favorite volumes so far.

  1. Danmachi – Volume 6 – This is the one with the Apollo Familia
  2. Arifureta – The first volume is so intense (I could have put this on top, but alas Danmachi has previous volumes to build up.
  3. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt a Kingdom Vol. 3

Even so, I still plan on reviewing every title I read in this blog. I don’t know why, but there’s this sense of satisfaction when I read and finish them.

Re:Zero Vol 1 Review

Re:Zero’s volume 1 was one glorified introductory chapter.

Subaru found himself transported to another world where he met the half-elf Emilia. Emilia lost her insignia to the thief Felt. They did found a spot where Felt could have been, but both were attacked and killed. Subaru then woke up on the very spot where he was first transported to this other world. Seemingly, events were happening again and again, until he noticed that he also dies again and again. Apparently, he keeps dying until the conditions are met for his story to continue.

Thoughts. With some heavy spoilers.

Just writing that up above made me realize how Re:Zero’s volume 1 was one glorified introductory chapter. So Subaru died, got attacked by 3 thieves, saw Emilia, went to that house, and got killed. The next thing we know, he was looking for Felt, then got attacked again by Elsa. The story repeats. Again and again, until Subaru realizes his gift of dying and returning to a save point. It makes him stronger because all the knowledge from his past lives, he can apply on his current one.

This is the narrative of Vol. 1- how Subaru keeps getting wiser and stronger each time he dies – making sure he chooses a different path if the other path is a dead-end. This, as we know, will be very valuable for him in the future. (I know because many of us have watched the anime already)

What I don’t particularly like is actually the fact that Subaru dies just too many times to realize that he’s resetting. The novel took a lot of “returns” to the apple vendor. I figured it should only take him twice to realize that, but perhaps the novel wants to drive home the point that this “restart” from zero is the focal point of this series.

Clearly, since it took too much minutes when reading, I felt that that opening sequence was handled well by its anime counterpart.

The next thing I don’t like is how there seems to be no “goal” to be had at the end of the series. Like, what is the point of all of this dying and returning? In Danmachi,the weakling Bell Crannel’s goal is to stand on equal grounds with his crush, the strongest Knight Aiz Wallenstein. In Konosuba (I can’t believe I will use Konosuba as an example), the characters have to defeat the Demon Lord. In Re:Zero 1, what is the end goal? Even One Piece, with 900+ manga chapters and all, has an end goal – when they find that treasure. I don’t see this in Re:Zero vol. 1 and since I have watched the anime, I will not find the answer soon.

This dying and returning. The exposition of characters and events via cliffhanger, I feel the Re:Zero anime was really really good. I just can’t say the same thing with the light novel version.

NOW. I know for a fact that the anime version is adapted from the Light Novel. Meaning, if there was no light novel (or the web novel, since it was the first inception of the series), there would be no anime. In my opinion though, the anime was very successful in making us care for the characters, making us jump with every cliffhanger, and making us want to see what the next episode will be. In a way, we have the light novel and the thousands of volumes sold in Japan to thank for the anime release.

Final Rating: 2/5

What I like

  • This is Re:Zero
  • I love Emilia

What I don’t like

  • Some of Subaru’s internal monologue is kind of a bit… I don’t know.. depressing?
  • The fact that Subaru took too long to realize what is going on.

 

Konosuba Vol. 1 Review

Megumin had the world’s strongest magic – explosion – in her arsenal. However, she’s limited to using that once per day and she refuses to learn other forms of magic. Such is the problem in many characters in Konosuba and whether you like it or not will really depend on how you think of the light novel as a whole.

Review Notes:

  • Required Reading – None! You can start on a clean slate (although watching the anime will not hurt)
  • Featured Image is from the Bookwalker ver. of the book. Yen Press allows this without contacting them because this article is a review of the light novel.

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing in this Wonderful World starts of with Kazuma dying in the real world and transported to another world while tasked to defeat the “Demon King”. The catch? He’s supposed to pick a certain item or ability to bring with him in  the other world. However, he chose to bring the goddess Aqua herself, the very person (or goddess) who transports people to the other world for so long.

Kazuma thought bringing Aqua will  make her life easier in this other world. Turns out, Aqua won’t be able to use much of her powers there and will also become an adventurer like he will. Aqua, in turn, is useless in the eyes of Kazuma. Joining their party is Megumin – who can use powerful explosion magic, an Darkness – a lady knight with impenetrable defense. Both of their abilities seem to good when it sounds. However, Megumin can only use explosion and nothing else. She can’t use other types of Magic. And she’s limited to 1 explosion blast a day. Darkness, meanwhile, enjoys  the thrill of facing enemies head on and gets turned on by that very fact. She also misses anyone she targets with her sword.

So Kazuma has with her a goddess, an explosion user, and a knight. Everything looks good on paper, but with the details I mentioned above, how can they face one of Demon King’s generals when he sought to invade their starter town?

Thoughts. 

Actually, I think I have mentioned everything there is in Konosuba vol. 1. The light novel heavily focused on contradictions of each of the characters. For the purpose of discussion, let’s talk about Megumin. She wields the most powerful magic attack of all – Explosion. However, she only wants Explosion and refuses to learn even basic or intermediate types of magic. Which means her explosion magic isn’t useful at all in everyday questing. The light novel focuses on this a lot – the characters’ faults.

The fact that our hero Kazuma keeps trying to send them off is also something, let’s just say, I’m not comfortable. I’m used to heroes like Bell Crannel (Danmachi) or Tatsuya Shiba (Irregular at Magic High School) or even Subaru (Re:Zero), who’s main point has always been the fact that they want to protect the opposite gender.

Perhaps that was a trope that Konosuba wants to stay away from. In many light novels, the hero is surrounded with girls. All the girls love him and he has to choose (all the while the fan community will have their own nomination of the “best girl“.) In Konosuba, atleast in vol 1, there’s no clear indication if Kazuma has a romantic interest in the girls. Nor do the girls show any potential romantic interest to Kazuma. In a way, this is a big difference  to many light novel and anime that proliferate the scene lately (of course in defense, there’s not a lot of light novels in English).

Next, the volume has a clear ending. Yes, there’s the task of killing the Demon Lord. However, you can say that this volume can stand on its own without the reader having that urge to think that they can’t wait for the next volume. The story is contained. There was a main villain and he was dealt with. This is again unlike some of the (few) light novels I read. In SAO, as far as I remember, there was a setup for the next chapter of the story. In Danmachi, there were questions raised at the end of volume 1. In Occultic;Nine, oh man, that was a freaking cliffhanger. In Konosuba, nope, you can probably read Vol. 2 without reading Vol. 1.

In a way, I like to think of Konosuba as a book that you are encouraged not to treat seriously. You have wacky characters that make dumb choices. You have a goddess who is useless in the grand scheme of things. It’s supposed to be a fun light novel to read and indeed I had a good time reading it. However, I think I was laughing because I was reading them with their anime voices in my head, with their wacky distorted faces in punchlines engraved in my memory. So yes, the anime lead me to check out Konosuba’s light novel version (that, and the fact that there was a discount at Bookwalker).

Final Rating: 2.5/5

What I like:

  • I read their lines with the voices of the anime characters in my head
  • Funny at times
  • Megumin is annoying and funny

What I don’t like

  • I can’t help but think that the anime version is better. This is something I don’t usually think. I recommend SAO light novel over the anime. I recommend the Irregular at Magic High School light novel over the anime. But in Konosuba’s case, I like the anime more.
  • Aqua is annoying

 

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria, Vol. 2 Review

A murder within the dungeon and monsters outside.. Aiz and co investigate while the Goddess Loki connects the pieces. This is a satisfying light novel full of action and intrigue.

Review Notes:

  • Required Reading – Vol. 1 of the series + the Danmachi anime / Vol 1 of the series + Danmachi Light Novel up to Vol. 2
  • Pictures are from the Kindle version of the book. These pictures are allowed to be posted without contacting the publisher because I’m  using it for review purposes. Check location 18 – 19 on the Kindle version where it was stated.

As Vol. 1 left us with too many unanswered questions, Vol. 2 did give us some closure… yet more intrigues await Aiz Wallenstein, the entire Loki Familia, and the world of Danmachi as a whole.

Looking Back:

(I assumed you have read vol. 1 so thread lightly).

Aiz Wallenstein, the strongest female knight in Orario, and a few other members of the Loki Familia, have to earn money to pay for repair of their broken weapons. Their goddess Loki, on the other hand, is on an investigation to find out why a powerful monster, an irregular, attacked during the Monster Festival. As Aiz and co. found themselves in the middle of a murder case within the dungeon, Loki confronts the divine Ouranos, and the two events become connected more than they think it will.

Review:

Thoughts:

It has happened before, but now, we can see Sword Oratoria presenting two clearly fleshed-out subplots that also intertwined in a satisfying manner before vol. 2 ends. We also get to know how gods came to the world and how the dungeon was created. More importantly, we know how actions of men make things complicated, and how the actions of gods make it even more troubling, not just for the heroes but also on all the characters as a whole.

Important Point: I like how Sword Oratoria presented things on a macro level – the politics in and out – simply put: the view from the top. Bigger people deal with bigger things. Also, what better way to empathize with these strong characters than by presenting them with problems that they need to work out together to overcome. What better way to tell readers that Aiz is human too by letting her face stronger monsters.

Thoughts on the Murder Case

The murder case – well, I’m a bit surprised at this. We know the main characters of these series are strong physically (or with their magic). I never expected them to play whodunnit and become detectives! Like suddenly, Finn (Aiz’ teammate and defacto leader of the Loki Familia), can deduce things on the spot. If they are going to make this a murder mystery, they could have written a satisfying Detective Conan moment – line up the characters and have one – maybe Finn or Riveria point their finger to the culprit! And then proceed with the battle…That would make it much more satisfying.

More World-Building

Let me reiterate again how I like the world building in Danmachi, and how we get to meet the characters who turn the world round. Problems of the powerful and influential are drastically different from the ones Bell Crannel face everyday. I like how Loki deals with the situation in the guild and ultimately face Ouranos – the deity of the guild. Description of Ouranos in the book is so imposing – you don’t even need to see the picture to realize he’s like the statue of George Washington in DC, or the statue of Zeus in Olympia (or better, he’s just like Zeus). Of course, I did not expect the two gods to fight – but it is very interesting to witness what could be the most tense moment in Sword Oratoria Yet. This also shows that the gods in Danmachi are not omnipotent beings (atleast while in their sealed form). This will set up more interaction with the gods who are now going pry more in the lives of humans.

Aiz Wallenstein

Let’s go back to Aiz Wallenstein. She is the heroine of this story. Yet, as mentioned, more characters had their moment to shine in this book. I like Aiz, don’t get me wrong. I definitely like female characters who are strong and independent. However, the writer must have thought that going inside her mind all throughout the book, having her do monologues every time, will definitely bore the reader. She’s a character that doesn’t excite you under normal circumstances. However, I must admit, the last chapters with all those action scenes are definitely memorable. Indeed, Aiz Wallenstein shines when she fights. I would love her to enjoy the company of her friends and family more – but I hope it happens gradually.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I still enjoyed Sword Oratoria Vol. 2 primarily because of the murder mystery. Ultimately, this is not a book directed to mystery fans so I can understand why the murder case is not very rich with details. And of course, I still understand that this is a light novel. If you come here to read intricate plot and complicated character relationships, then you are not going to find it.

I still do like how this book gave a nod to the events that happened in Danmachi. I still love how Aiz is so affectionate to Bell, even  though he doesn’t show it. At this point, I want Aiz and Bell to be a couple, but I’m not sure if that will be the case in the future.

Rating: 4/5

What I like

  • Two sides of the story that connects more than what the characters are thinking
  • The murder case
  • The fight scenes
  • Bete is a male Tsundere

What I don’t like

  • All of them become bright detectives
  • No fight scene between Ouranos and Loki (in full power)
  • Where’s a Hestia cameo!!

 

 

[News] On J-Novel Club’s Feb – March 2017 Release Schedule

Bottomline, I think J-Novel Club is doing a great job and subsequent volumes of a series seem to not take much time.

What: J-Novel Club has revealed their lineup of eBook releases for Feb – March 2017. Among them are as follows:

  • The Faraway Paladin
    • The story of a human child who wants to be a Paladin. He is raised by 3 Undead
  • Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension
    • He got summoned to another world, tasked to defeat the demon lord, and his power is “unlimited bath”
  • My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World
  • Paying to Win in a VRMMO (1)
    • the bigshot heir of a company uses real life money to dominate a VRMMO
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (1)
    • He got summoned to another world, and yes – tasked to rebuilt a kingdom
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
    • Haruhiro and the others who were taken away to the unfamiliar world of Grimgar have now gained experience and are finally maturing as volunteer soldiers. – source
  • Occultic Nine 2
    • An occult-centric blog brings together the fate of several individuals.
  • My Little Sister can Read Kanji
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse
  • In Another World with my Smartphone
    • He got transported / reincarnated to another world. And his smartphone is with him

Thoughts:

February 2017 has a very big schedule of light novel releases, starting from J-Novel Club’s Faraway Paladin to light novels whose anime adaptations have probably been watched already. Among them is Konosuba: God’s Blessing in this Wonderful World, Occultic Nine, Sword Oratoria (granted, I’m taking about Danmachi), among others.

It’s major wallet damage!

However, I also don’t know how to squeeze my reading schedule because there are 2 important releases that I hope to get this month – Sword Oratoria 2 and Occultic;Nine.

However, it seems my Occultic; Nine will be delayed for March. As much as possible, I want to finished Oratoria 2 so that I will reluctantly get KonoSuba (even though I hated the anime).

As for J-Novel Club’s releases, apart from Occultic Nine, I want to check out the Faraway Paladin. I read a sample on my Kindle and it looks interesting. In Another World with a Smartphone should also be interesting, if not only for the fact that it will release around the same time as Re:Zero 3!!

So going back. Interesting releases I want to check (not just from J-Novel)

  • Faraway Paladin
  • In Another World With My Smarphone
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
  • Konosuba
  • Realist
  • Apocalypse

Bottomline, I think J-Novel Club is doing a great job and subsequent volumes of a series seem to not take much time (Occultic;Nine 1 – Dec 2016. Vol 2 – Feb 2017).

Do you have a series you are interested in reading from J-Novel Club’s Catalog?

For full release notes, you can check it out here: http://www.animeherald.com/pressrelease/j-novel-club-reveals-february-march-2017-ebook-releases-reddit-ama-on-2182017/

 

 

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Vol. 1 Review

Sword Oratoria proves that stories about strong characters are better when they don’t focus on their strength, but on subtle things like internal conflict, personality, etc.

Review Notes:

  • Title: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Vol. 1
  • Spoilers: Mild
  • Required Pre-Reading – Danmachi vol. 1 or the entire anime
  • As for myself – I have watched Danmachi and currently reading the Vol 1 of the Light Novel.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Vol. 1 (let’s call it Sword Oratoria) is a side-series of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Let’s call it Danmachi). It tells the story of Aiz Wallenstein and her group

Whereas in the main series the world is presented in the viewpoint of Bell Cranell, a newbie adventurer, Sword Oratoria presents the world of Danmachi on the viewpoint of Aiz, Bell’s crush in the main series.

Why is this interesting? In the eyes of Bell Cranell (in the main series), we see the Dungeon (the central place where adventurers in Danmachi go to hunt monsters), as menacing, abusive, and treacherous. Bell Cranell is a newbie adventurer and we see how much he struggles in order to stand side by side Aiz Wallenstein, the woman who saved him in the early chapters of both Danmachi and Sword Oratoria. So we are presented with the problems faced by a weak person. And I can imagine a lot of the light novel’s target audience empathizing with him.

In Sword Oratoria, we see the dungeon on the eyes of Aiz Wallenstein, said to be the strongest female adventurer in the world. Strong characters are often boring and I found it interesting how the novel will try to flesh out Aiz’ character and personality. As it turns out, Aiz’ problems are very different from Bell. While Bell is a newbie, Aiz is already on top. Because of that, it is quite hard for her to level up anymore (yes, level up, like in games). And this makes Aiz uneasy. For example, early in the novel, Aiz killed a group of powerful monsters all on her own. Yet, her stats only level up a measly bit. What does she need to do? Does she want to become weak again?

The Light Novel is successful in presenting this inner conflicts and Aiz’ struggles from the members of her group, the Loki Familia, and of course her interest on Bell.

As noted in this, the best stories about strong characters are not about how they win (because they always do), but more on the subtle things I mentioned above.

And there lies another conflict within Aiz Wallenstein. It is inferred that she was once weak and can’t save anyone, even herself. It is as if she was looking for a new purpose. A lot of things can be inferred as to why Aiz silently began to have an interest to Bell Cranell, the person she saved. Does she want Bell to be strong as her? Does she want someone to protect? Does she want to be protected? Does she chose Bell to be the person who will protect her in the future?

Obviously, I don’t know the answer. I was waiting for Vol 2 of Sword Oratoria + I barely remember the anime.

As far as I see, the first volumes of Danmachi and Sword Oratoria almost mirrors each other. However, some things are presented differently. Some basic World Building facts, like what are familias and what is the dungeon, they are explained differently so you wont feel that Sword Oratoria is just a rehash of Danmachi.

From the Light Novels that I have read thus far, Sword Art Online, Re:Zero, Mahouka, etc, the Danmachi series is my favorite so far. Granted SAO had all those game elements, but Danmachi has them too. Furthermore, I think I like the light – moderate plot progression and  at least one or 2 major conflicts in every volume.

Final Rating: 4/5

  • What I like
    • Plot points that will make you skip a heartbeat
    • Presenting the world of Danmachi thru the eyes of one of its strongest adventurers
    • Aiz’ internal monologue about herself, her situation, and her interest on Bell.
    • Event crossover on the two series
  • What I don’t like
    • Some message will be lost if you have not read the main series or atleast watch the anime
    • She destroyed those powerful enemies and the EXP gain was very low? Come on!

 

 

Magical Girl Raising Project (Restart Part 1 and 2) Review

A new Magical Girl Raising Project puts a number of girls in a game of life and death. A stronger Snow White tries to stop this before everyone is killed, or will she be too late?

Review Notes:

  • This review is from a fan translation of the light novel. I will gladly buy it when it comes out.
  • Series volume – Vol. 2
  • Spoilers – A bit
  • You need to know what happened in the first volume (or atleast have finished the 1st season of the anime)
  • The novel is narrated in second-person point of view, focusing on thoughts and what’s happening at the “focused” character of the moment.

The 2nd Arc in the series, Magical Girl Raising Project (Restart) was originally published in 2 volumes. The story is sequel to the first arc. In the first arc, we saw how a number of magical girls fought in a battle royale where only one must survive. 2 girls survived and one of them was Snow White.

In (Restart), a new death game was devised by magical girl “Keek”. This time, she brought the girls to a cyber game on a quest to defeat the Demon Lord and win a large amount of money. Of course, since this is Magical Girl Raising Project, we knew already that it was just a farce; the real “ideal” motive of the game is to produce an ideal magical girl – someone like Snow White who resents killing and wanting to become a role model to all.

However, various circumstances happened in the game that provided and instilled motive in every magical girl to kill each other. For Example, while their mission was to kill the Demon Lord, one of the girls actually is tasked to play as the Demon Lord, and her mission  was to kill everyone or else she will die. Money is another motivating factor. Some needed the money they will win in order to pay for things such as hospital bills, etc.

Death.

If you are the least to get magical candies, you die. If you die in the game, you die in real life. If you did not kill the magical girl, you will be the one who will breathe her last. Indeed, death is the primary reason that motivates the girls of (Restart). In the end, you start to wonder if these girls deserve to die or not. They were put there unwillingly, to begin with. So why is it their fault that they were pushed into committing something as grave as murder?

Vs Previous Volumes

I have not read the first volume, but I have watched the anime (which was based on the first volume (or the first arc, so to speak). You can say it is a bit unfair to compare Arc 1 and Arc 2 since I consumed them differently, but still, I will do it (sorry).

First, the main plot of (Restart) is a rehash of the first one. Think of it as “Catching Fire” to “Hunger Games”. The magical girls are again fighting each other instead of helping people. For me, that was the weakest point of (Restart).

But onwards to good points:

In the first novel, you know exactly who will be alive, who will be the final girl standing at the end of the book / anime. In (Restart), you will have trouble finding that out. Characters I thought would prevail, characters I thought will still be breathing by the last page died . I think that’s a strong point as the light novel kept the readers guessing. I just wonder how they will do that should an anime adaptation happen.

Next, I like the inclusion of 2 new magical girls Pfle and Detick Bell in the cast. Most of the magical girls have flashy skills or skills that are useful in fighting (Even the magical girl whose unique power is “cooking” ended up being useful in fighting as well). However, Pfle and Detick Bell are different.

Detick Bell is a detective magical girl who can talk to walls, and the walls talk back at her, aiding her in investigations. Pfle has a wheelchair that has incredible speed.However, while Pfle is very weak, she has a very intelligent mind, an ability not born from her being a magical girl but because she was intelligent to begin with. Both of them are useless in fighting but they are the two who are moving the story forward. They were the thinking characters. They analyze situations. They provide that “mystery” and “detective” feels to (Restart) that the first volume never had. The one closes to them is probably the first volume’s Swim Swim and Ruler, as they they think of logical actions to problems they are facing.

Lastly, I like the fact that the motivations for killing are justified. Well, of course, technically, killing is not justified no matter what the situation, but the writer successfully made me, the reader, put myself in the magical girls’ shoes. Why did they do such a thing? What is the ulterior motive? Why do you feel sorry for her? I definitely felt a lot of empathy towards many of the characters that at the very last pages I thought I would have been sick if another girl died.

Appearance of Magical Girls in previous volumes:

Cranberry

The legacy of Cranberry or Clamberry, depending if you follow Crunchyroll’s translation or the fan translation, has had a prominent presence in the overall plot of Magical Girl Raising Project (Restart). The magical girl who can manipulate sound and her actions in the past proved to be the catalyst of the events in Restart but might also probably be in future volumes (This is pure speculation on my part, so don’t take my word for it!)

Snow White

Snow White is the magical girl who can hear the voices of people in distress. Snow White’s personality had transformed from the weakly girl she was in the first arc to a firm, emotionless, strong magical girl in Restart. Snow White acted in the background in order to stop the deadly game happening in front of her. How many magical girls will she be able to save?

Thoughts

As with every thing I read or watch, I want to connect this with real life. Certainly, we have heard instances of people doing extreme things in order to save or protect the people they love. Sometimes these actions are illogical, but we do it anyway. Perhaps out of love, perhaps out of gratitude. Magical Girl Raising Project Restart puts to center stage the issue of the morality of doing something bad for the sake of the greater good. In the end, we are told, your bad actions will just mute whatever good it is that you wanted to obtain from it.

Overall

Magical Girl Raising Project (Restart) – Vol 1 & 2 is, despite its backbone similarity to the Battle Royale of the first novel, was able to stand on its own. It was different because of the thinking characters. It was different because we saw that magical girls can work together to solve problems (unlike the first novel where it seemed everyone almost just want to kill). The ending, I believe is morally satisfying and I can say that this is one of the better light novels I have read for January 2017. I’m quite sure the fan translator did a great job of staying true to the intended meaning of Asari Endo, the light novel’s original author. I can’t wait how the official release of this book will compare to this fan translated one. I like to thank the fan translator for giving us a chance to read this.

Rating 5/5 – I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending is morally satisfying.

Featured image source: Wikia