Happy Friday, book and otaku dragons!
Summer is creeping up just around the corner and shall be here before we know it! If you live in places like California, then some would argue that it’s already arrived. I know that I would.
For this beastly hot season this year, I wanted to dive into more light novel reading! I have amassed a small personal collection of them, so I figured it’s high-time I sat down and began to make my way through them. For Summer, I have four light novels that I want to start with. My main goal is to read one volume of each of the four serials I will be sharing today, but if I manage to read more then, woot, celebration time.
I’ve included the title, author, genre, and a brief plot snippet for the to-be-reads below. Only one out of the four that I will mention today is going to be a volume two of a series. Please, let me know down below if you have read any of these and what you thought of them, preferably without spoilers!
Sword Art Online Volume 1: Aincard by Reki Kawahara
I know, I know. This is a passionately loathed serial among many an-otaku. But you know what? I still want to read the light novels. As I’ve mentioned in other prattley anime-related posts, I never hated SAO the way that many others do. There were large chunks that I never cared for, or thought were horribly done, but I’m still pretty interested in checking out the source material, as I have heard from some rare fans of the series that it’s worth a read.
This is a seinen, science-fiction series taking place in the year 2022. Video gamers are super excited as Sword Art Online—a VRMMORPG, or Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game—finally debuts. It’s the first game that allows its players to take full advantage of ultimate gaming technology called NerveGear. This technology lets players completely immerse themselves into a realistic gaming experience. When the game officially goes live, all of that excitement mutates into fast-mounting terror as they discover that the game has no “Log-Out” feature. Their bodies are held captive by the technology. Players have only two options: beat all one-hundred floors of the game in order to be released or play until you die. However, if you die in the game then you will die in real life.
Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi
The seinen, psychological novel is the original novel that inspired the phenomenally brilliant film! It revolves around Kirigoe Mima, who’s a third year of her career as an innocent pop idol. Feeling like something drastic needs to change, she plans to give her image a big update. When the new Mima is revealed, full-on with a sexy outfit and a risqué photo book—one of her most obsessive fans refuses to accept this transformation. In order to restore Mima to the innocent girl she was during her debut, they put a terrifying plan into action that tosses her life into dangerous chaos and peril.
Your Name. Another Side: Earthbound by Makoto Shinkai, Arata Kanoh
This is a side story to Shinkai’s wondrous seinen, science-fiction film, your name., and tells the story of Mitsuha’s family as they begin to notice how strangely she’s been behaving recently. Little do they know that she’s swapping bodies with a city boy from Tokyo! The novel tells the story from Mitsuha’s family’s and friends’ perspectives.
I loved the novelisation for your name., so my anticipation for this side story is quite enthusiastic! If you have seen the film, but are on the fence about reading the book, check out my review for the novel here. I think it’s definitely worth a read!
Kieli Volume 2: White Wake on the Sand by Yukako Kabē
I read the first volume to this shōjo, supernatural fantasy, mystery series last year and I loved practically everything about it! I haven’t picked up the series since then simply because I’ve been distracted with loads of other reading projects. But this year, I want to make more headway with the series as I own almost every volume of it!
I won’t provide a synopsis for volume two as to avoid giving away spoilers, but you can check out my full review for volume one right here. If you haven’t read this yet, then you definitely must because it’s all kinds of excellent!