Good morning, book dragons. I’m here today with a relative short review for the light novel, Re: Zero Volume 1: Starting Life in Another World written by Tappei Nagatsuki with illustrations from Shinichirou Otsuka.
I’m not going to write up a full, super-detailed review here. Very much like manga, I enjoy writing those for light novels once I’ve finished the series, or I’ll write a shorter version of one if I DNF the series for whatever reason. Luckily, I did not DNF this title!
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT recommend reading the blurb about this book at all!! Unfortunately, there are spoilers in the synopsis that take away a huge chunk of the suspense element that the introduction volume tries to create. However, because I read the snippet prior to jumping into the novel, I found myself feeling impatient throughout the Prologue and the first couple of chapters; that’s half of the damn book. I hated feeling that way, especially because I know that I would have received the suspense much better if I were clueless from the beginning.
Aside from being pissed about that one aspect since it’s not something I can go back and change, I actually liked this quite a lot. Is it blow-your-brains fantastic? Good god no. But I found the pacing to be enjoyable, overall. At occasional points it can feel slightly tedious, especially if you already know what’s up, but in the long run I found it fascinating to an extent. The characters are goofy in one way or another; our protagonist is no fucking exception to this. He’s your grade-A dweeby nerd, which I loved because that’s basically me in a nutshell, LOL. His awkwardness was a facet I could relate to on a painful level. Yet, I’m not sure how other people will receive him, especially if you like a more serious MC, or a more serious tone to your light novels.
The novel is violent. I don’t want to provide examples or elaborate because I ain’t going to share spoilers, but just know that there is violence in this and quite a bit depending on the situation. Coupled with the occasional light-hearted humour and personas, it was a much better first volume to a series I was completely unfamiliar with than a vast majority of others that I’ve read.
I’m proud to say that I’ll be ordering the second volume later today so that I can continue my adventures with Subaru and discover what new piles of uh-ohs he’ll get himself into.
3.75 apples outta 5!