Tag: Shelley Pallis

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 11, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: In Another World with My Smartphone

Books: In Another World with My Smartphone

By Shelley Pallis. And then he was struck by lightning, and it was a mistake, but it was too late, and he was dead. Well, that’s not a customer complaint that the Guardian is going to be able to deal with in a couple of phone calls. Fifteen-year-old Touya Mochizuki has indeed just been killed […]

March 23, 2022 · 0 comments

Music: Elfen Lied

Music: Elfen Lied

By Shelley Pallis. It’s been eighteen years since the Elfen Lied anime finished on Japanese telly, but its imagery and music has become a staple of the anime fan scene, appearing in innumerable AMVs, and emo mixtapes, and also on a 2015 list of 38 anime officially banned in China. The music by Kaiyo Konishi […]

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