So, I wrote something on light novels a while back. I basically explained what they were and gave some examples. But I’ve been thinking a little more about it. I responded to a friend’s question about translated books and said the last thing I read was a manga book. At the time, it was, but I’ve since read a light novel.
Whenever I see people talking about translated fiction, I always wonder why light novels are never on people’s lists. We all already class manga, manhwa, manhua as translated books. We also talk about more literary translated fiction like Murakami. I see a lot of translated crime fiction too. I’d love to see more translated romances and fantasy from all countries. But I’m going to focus on Japanese and light novels today.
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So, a light novel, as I’ve said before, is a small illustrated novel. They usually have a very manga style story. Sometimes they’re spin-offs of manga series. Sometimes they get manga or dramas based off of the novels. You’ll usually find them in the manga section of the book shop, but these are mostly text with the odd illustration.
I seem to keep stumbling across shoujo manga series on NetGalley that I’ve never heard of before its translation has appeared. Which is a lot of fun. But it is making me start to wonder how much I actually like shoujo manga these days. I enjoyed this volume. I did. But it wasn’t quite for me, and I’ll get into why down below.
That being said, I won’t be giving this a low rating, and I’d definitely recommend it to shoujo lovers. I just might be growing out of it.
She’s My Knight was apparently called Ikemen Kanojo to Heroine na Ore!?, which people translate to mean ‘She’s the Prince and I’m the Princess!?’. That should tell you all you need to know about this series. It follows Ichinose Haruma, an incredibly handsome teenage boy who is used to the girls flocking all over him. But he’s not the most charming person in school. That title goes to Mogami Yuki. A girl who is taller, even more handsome. And also happens to be the person Haruma has a crush on. This is a silly series about Haruma trying to be the suave guy to impress Yuki, but he keeps failing.
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Sometimes you just want to dive into a fun shoujo manga. And that was why I was so excited to read this manga. It wasn’t one I’d heard of before. I hadn’t even heard of the manga-ka before, but the art looked nice, and the plot sounded fun.
Midori is a teenage girl whose family situation means that she has to take on a part-time job in a café bar. But working part-time is against the school rules, and she could lose her scholarship. The school chairman gives her an out though, if she can get three boys to come back to school, then she’ll keep her scholarship and be given a new school-approved job. What she doesn’t know is that even if she manages that? She still has a lot more work to do to keep them in line.
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Does anyone else see the name Junko and just think of Dangranronpa? It can’t just be me, surely. But this is a newly translated series by the manga-ka of Kiss Him, Not Me a series that the very idea of makes me cringe. But this one just sounded so fun that I had to check it out. I recieved a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Azusa is a massive fan of idol group Prince 4 U, especially Chika-kun. When she goes to their latest concert, she manages to get front row seats. But an accident happens, and without thinking, she tries to save her idol. Unfortunately, they both end up dead. Cue God coming up to them and telling them this was a mistake so they can return to life. Only, something else goes wrong and they wound up in each other’s bodies.
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You guys have no clue how happy I am to be sat here telling you about light novels. Way back when I was attempting booktube, I actually recorded a video talking about them. But it never made it up there, and the video files have long since disappeared. So I guess I’ll just have to stick to writing about them, sigh. I type that like it’s a problem, but let’s face it, it’s actually preferable.
Light Novels are an area of Japanese media and manga that I don’t see enough people talking about. They are things that do get translated, just not as often. We’re more likely to see the anime or manga adaptations rather than the novels themselves.
A light novel is something you might also refer to as a manga novel. It’s what I did when I first discovered them. It’s one of those books you pick up in the manga section, flick through and see that it’s actually mostly words with a few illustration pages here and there. Yeah, that’s right, you can get illustrated books aimed at teenagers and older without it being a full-on graphic novel.
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My first manga review did surprisingly well. So, I decided to post a poll to see what manga series that I’ve already started I should review. I want to be able to continue to review the books as I get them. I just summed up what they were about rather than listing the title, and Servamp won with three votes!
This is a series about a teenage boy who rescued a stray cat he found on the street he named Kuro. When he gets home from school that day, he finds a guy playing video games in his apartment and that, the cat he rescued? Yeah, he was actually a vampire. The vampires in this world are forms of the seven deadly sins with the villain being an extra one and each of them may take on Eves, which are humans who they connect with and can use their powers. This series is very action-packed and a little bit ridiculous, but it’s one that you can have a lot of fun with and is still being published both here and in Japan.
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I never thought that I’d be reviewing manga. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve done a few mini-reviews for manga I’ve gotten on NetGalley but they were only on NetGalley.
I’m moving into the big time by reviewing one on my actual blog! Yeah, okay, no, I’m not. But I am most definitely going to be talking about manga a lot more on here. And what best to start with then a manga book I acquired for Christmas and was super excited to read?
Spy x Family is a shonen comedy series by Tatsuya Endo. It follows a master spy known as Twilight in a country very reminiscent of Germany during the Cold War. Being a spy series, this makes perfect sense and you definitely get a feel for that sort of time period with how people dress and behave. Twilight has been given a new mission but the only way to complete it is if he gets married and has a school-age kid. Sounds like a mess, right?
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Manga is such a wonderful area of the media. If you’re reading this post, then I’m pretty sure you’re already aware of manga as being the Japanese word for comics. So any comic produced and released in Japan is technically manga. Pretty simple, yeah?
There will be plenty of series you’ve heard of with things like Sailor Moon, Naruto, Bleach and so on. If you know enough to have some basic interest, then you’ve probably heard the terms shoujo and shonen. These are basically manga aimed at young to teenage girls and boys. Most of the well-known series will fit into these two genres. But manga isn’t just for kids and teenagers.
The thing to remember is that there is a manga for everyone out there. So there’s plenty out there for adults too and I don’t just mean hentai and ecchi. Thank god.
Like shoujo and shonen, there are forms of manga that could fit into split male and female target audiences. These are josei and seinen manga which are aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 45. So pretty much, if you’re an adult and you like reading manga, at least some of the stuff will fit into either of these genres.
Today, I do want to focus on josei which as an adult, I would say is my favourite genre of manga. I do enjoy plenty of seinen as well as some shoujo and shonen too but the manga magazine I choose to buy every now and then is josei. So many of the series I adore now – as well as some I’d read as a teenager – were all published in Monthly Comic Zero Sum. Which is always fun to see.
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