Tag: J-Novel Club

June 13, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Otherside Picnic

Books: Otherside Picnic

By Shelley Pallis. Sorawo Kamikoshi is a loner, a twenty-year-old nerd studying cultural anthropology at a Saitama university, whose hobby is exploring spooky places. Nor are these randomly and doubtfully “haunted houses” – she has found numerous portals to an alternate world, the titular “Otherside” where all sorts of rumours, urban legends, horror stories and […]

May 14, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Spirit Chronicles

Books: Spirit Chronicles

By Shelley Pallis. Yuri Kitayama’s Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles has several different beginnings, and to be frank, I am not sure that it has stopped beginning yet, even as I get to the end of the first novel. Sometimes it’s a sprawling political saga about feuding nations, and sometimes it’s a path to power of […]

May 8, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: The Magic in This Other World is Too Far Behind

Books: The Magic in This Other World is Too Far Behind

By Shelley Pallis. Belying his humdrum title, Hitsuji Gamei’s novel The Magic in This Other World is Too Far Behind kicks off with an original and exciting double-bluff. Using the language of fairy tales, he chronicles the rise to power of Felmenia Stingray, a nobleman’s daughter who masters many magical arts at a young age, […]

April 23, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: By the Grace of the Gods

Books: By the Grace of the Gods

By Shelley Pallis. And then he died. In his sleep, because of a particularly powerful sneeze. Ryoma Takebayashi wakes up at tea party in heaven with several gods, and accepts his fate with customary light-novel equanimity. A downtrodden salaryman in a dead-end job, he had seen many of his co-workers die from overwork and a […]

April 20, 2022 · 0 comments

Manga: Animeta

Manga: Animeta

By Jonathan Clements. It’s hard indeed to compete with the sort of granular detail and insight of Shirobako, but Animeta does a fine job from the very first pages, in which cynical staff at an anime company bicker over the poor quality of new hirelings. Facing a bunch of talentless drudges, the go-getting director Kujo […]

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