It’s the end of summer, and you know what that means: the end of the light novel summer reading program. A big thanks to everyone who participated in that! My hope for every post I write is that people will share their own comments and interact with each other more.
If you missed them, be sure to check out the special interview posts for Akaoni and Infinite Dendrogram:
- Interview with Akaoni’s Creators: Hiroro and Mokoppe
- Interview with LN Translator Andrew Hodgson (Steiner)
Plans for the site:
I’ve caught up on a lot of small things for this site over the past month. I’ll try to keep as many posts as up-to-date as possible (especially things like the preorder page and currently releasing series page). There are still a number of things I’d like to add to the LN entries, such as links to reviews and more images. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in a light novel entry, just let me know.
I might update the look of the site in some way. But my main goal for September is to catch up on all the reviews I need to write, and maybe throw in an editorial or two.
And now, an overview of the light novel news for the past few months…
First, the new light novel licenses for English release that were announced this summer:
- Clockwork Planet — J-Novel Club (1st volume already out)
- Goblin Slayer: Year One — Yen On
- Reborn as a Vending Machine, Now I Wander the Dungeon — Yen On
- A Sister’s All You Need — Yen On
- I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years — Yen On
- The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor — Yen On
- Toradora! — Seven Seas
- The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done! — BookWalker Global
- Obsessions of an Otome Gamer — Cross Infinite World
Also, Seven Seas will release physical editions for J-Novel Club’s Clockwork Planet and Arifureta.
Light novel news in Japan:
Did you enjoy the first volume of Sound! Euphonium? The anime will be getting a couple new movies next year.
Fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero will have some new things to look forward to. There will be an anime adaptation for the series, which you can find a preview for here. Also, a spinoff novel series by the author Aneko Yusagi will begin releasing in Japan. (It will also get a manga adaptation.) Yari no Yuusha no Yarinaoshi is a story about the Spear Hero Motoyasu.
More previews for upcoming anime based on light novels:
The light novel series Lord Marksman and Vanadis will end in Japan this year once the 18th volume releases.
A new story for Shakugan no Shana was published in Dengeki Bunko Magazine.
The twelfth volume of My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected will release in Japan on September 20th. It is said this will be the first volume of the final story arc for the series. At the moment there are two volumes available in English, with the third to release on September 19th.
A manga adaptation for The Faraway Paladin will release in Japan, its first monthly chapter to arrive on September 25th. It will be drawn by Mutsumi Okuhashi, who also illustrates the manga adaptation for Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. An artwork for the upcoming fourth volume of Faraway Paladin was also unveiled. J-Novel Club is currently releasing The Faraway Paladin novels in English.