Light Novel Thursday: Haken no Kouki Altina by Yukiya Murasaki

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This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series I just recently read and rather enjoyed, despite only having read the first volume. It’s Haken no Kouki Altina, or Altina the Sword Princess in English,  by Yukiya Murasaki!

Plot Synopsis: Regis is an incapable soldier, bad at both sword mastery and archery, who only reads books. He meets a girl at the remote region where he was transferred to. Altina, the red-haired and crimson-eyed princess who wields the supreme ruler’s sword. She was appointed to become the commander of the remote region’s army despite being fourteen years old, simply for being the Emperor’s illegitimate child. However, she is holding onto her big dream without being depressed in the environment she is in. “I trust you.” Regis, who was sought from her as a tactician, stands up to the obstacles together with her. The military fantasy interweaved by the bibliophagic boy and the princess with the supreme ruler’s sword.

Plot: . The plot was fairly slow in the first volume, but I’m hopeful for the series because I don’t think it can go too wrong at this point.

Characters: I really enjoy the fact that this series has a strong female lead, as you might have guessed from my past posts I love strong females who kick lots of butt, and I also enjoy the fact that the male isn’t some stupidly overpowered guy who gets every female within 300 miles falling over each other in an attempt to get his attention. In fact Regis is kind of a loser, who is only good at reading books and taking the occasional lesson he learned from them and applying it to the real world. In that respect he sounds a lot like myself, in the bookish aspect at least.

Artwork: The art for this series isn’t at the level of No Game No Life, but it’s still very good. I enjoyed the illustrations that were in the first volume quite a bit.

Overall: If you want to read a good series that isn’t too fanciful and has interesting lead characters, you should try this one out.

For those who like: Military Fiction, Interesting Lead Characters, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a slow plot in the first volume.

Light Novel Thursday: Gekkou by Natsuki Mamiya

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I’d thought I’d go over a one volume Light Novel series this week, since I’m A. Lazy as hell and B. Have to catch a bus in 20 minutes as of the moment I’m writing this.  Gekkou is a mystery Light Novel and was very well done in my opinion.

Plot Synopsis:

Gekkou, or “Moonlight”, is about the peculiar relationship between a cynical boy and a perfect girl.

Said cynical boy is Nonomiya who spends day in day out in boredom, taking refuge from his dull life in his imagination. One fateful day, he happens upon the notebook of the much-rumored beauty Youko Tsukimori, neglected on the ground. Poking out from it is a scrap of paper with the unexpected title “Murder Recipe”. His interest ignited, he immediately stuffs it into his pocket, only to find out the promising recipe contains nothing but scenarios that may or may not lead to deadly accidents, not even worthy of being called a plan.

When he tentatively asks her about it the next day, she hasn’t lost anything. But then her father dies. An accident…

Characters: Nonomiya is an absolute joy to explore this story through, as all of the action is seen from his perspective.  Youko is a joy to puzzle out as well.

Plot: Without going into any spoilers, it left me satisfied and that’s about as far as I can go withotu spoiling anything.

Art: The art was pretty good. It was not amazing, but wasn’t terrible either.

Overall: Great read if you need something short to read it’s a quick read at less than 500 pages.

For those who like:Mystery, thats the main thing about this series and the only real hook, but it’s a good hook.

Not for those who don’t like: Mystery, or a cynical protagonist.

Can be found translated into English by the fine folks over at Baka-Tsuki. Thanks go to them and the author!

Light Novel Thursdays: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei/ The Irregular at Magic High School

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This week for the Light Novel I thought I’d do it on one of my favorite series that is getting an Anime adaptation in less than a month. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, literally The Poor Performing Student of a Magic High School, follows the story of two siblings who enter into Japans 1st Magic High School and the things that come of it.

Synopsis:

Magic.

Is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.

Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.

Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

This is a story about:

A defective elder brother low achiever, who is lousy at magic but is an honors student.

A perfect, flawless younger sister high achiever, who is good at everything.

After both siblings entered a Magic High School,

The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled——.

Plot: Amazing, and just because Tatsuya, the brother is a Weed, a lesser standing student, and his sister Miyuki is a Bloom, the higher standing among the students, doesn’t mean he can’t kick serious ass. He doesn’t let his deficiency in Magic stop him from showing up those who should be his betters.

Characters: Awesome, we have a fiery red head as one of Tatsuya’s classmates and an ice queen in Miyuki, literally sometimes. However the amount of comedy that come from Tatsuya and Miyuki’s antics, especially when they act like they each have a Sister and Brother complex respectively; is enough to lighten the mood that slowly gets darker after the very first volume. After that volume everything starts going to hell and the moments of peace are very welcome.

Art: The few pages of art that come in the novels makes me look forward to the Anime adaptation and I hope it goes through the first 8 volumes at least.

Overall: An amazing work of fantasy made scientific. A must read before dying in my opinion.

For those who like: Magic and lots of it, A story set 100 years in the future, and lots of ass kicking. Minimal romance in the first 8 volumes, may heat up in later ones.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the lead characters Sis-con and Bro-con tendencies.

Avaliable for reading purposes from: Baka-tsuki.org and their wonderful translators.

Soon to be avaliable for viewing purposes: The anime starts this spring, so look for it on your favorite anime viewing site starting April!

Light Novel Thursday: Log Horizon by Mamare Touno

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For this week’s Light Novel Thursday I’m reviewing Log Horizon by Mamare Touno. It’s an amazing series that explores the political and social ramifications of being stuck in a video game, specifically a MMO.

Summary: By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

Characters: Shiroe isn’t like most protaganists, he knows what the hell is going on most of the time, and when he doesn’t it means something is really wrong. He used to be the strategist for a group of people who cleared some of the games hardest stuff.  The rest of the cast is awesome as well, without going into too many spoilers it’s just a fun filled cast.

Plot: Like his other work Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, Mamare Touno takes a typical setting and turns it on it’s side and makes it into a story about political factions warring for power and control. It’s well done, but it also has enough action in it to make it good for those wanting a bit more action than they may think is in this series.

Should you read it?: Yes absolutely. You can find it translated on Baka-Tsuki.

Hate reading, but love watching stuff?: You are in luck, the anime is well done and is available to watch on the standard sites.

For those who like: Typical settings made into something more amazing, comedy, drama, deep plot, a thinking hero.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.