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text 2017-06-30 01:10
There are Vocaloid novels, and now I have one!
The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku - Yunagi,cosMo@BousouP,Muya Agami

A couple weeks ago, I learned that several light novels featuring Vocaloids (singing software) had been licensed and translated into English. I was obsessed with Vocaloids a while back, so of course I wanted them. I picked this one out first because Miku is an android in it. I'm not a huge fan of Miku in particular, but I don't dislike her and I'm resigned to the fact that she's the most popular Vocaloid in the fandom.

 

This book is based on one of the sadder Vocaloid songs, so I imagine I'll need to brace myself for a tragic ending. Crossing my fingers that it isn't totally faithful to the song and Miku survives.

 

 

*If you want to listen to the song, there are lots of versions available on YouTube. Here's one with English subtitles.

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url 2017-04-30 16:54
Japanese light novels: Where to start if you want to skip what the anime covered

Ooh, timely and helpful.

 

I'm sure I'll start with volume 1 for everything I want to read, but it's still good to know when I'll finally be past the events I already know about. For example, with Baccano I'll have to wait until volume 4, although I can already see some of the chronology differences between the novels and the TV series. For example, in the book the panhandler scene happens prior to Firo drinking the wine. In the anime, that scene had to have happened after he drank the wine, or his fingers would definitely have been a loss.

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text 2016-05-11 12:24
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
The Irregular at Magic High School, Vol. 1: Enrollment Arc, Part I - Tsutomu Satou

So this book sexualizes the littler sister and "onii-sama"'s gaze upon his own sister. I kinda knew going in that the brother was in love with his sister, but this is all kinds of gross. Also because this is HIGH SCHOOL, we are sexualizing a girl.

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review 2015-12-11 01:12
Degrades and Humiliates It's "Awesome Hero"
The Devil Is a Part-Timer, Vol. 1 - Satoshi Wagahara

It takes 90% of the book to meander over trivial daily life stuff with very little actual plot going on then just dumps it all right at the end of the book. With literal info dumping in the last few pages.
The characters are typical and stale and of course all the women are put into their places if they aren't meek to begin with. How many times does Emilia fall down, trip or is otherwise rendered helpless, then further embarrassed and humiliated. A lot.
The final ending is just garbage with Lucifer and really it just seemed pointless and not very funny at all.

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url 2015-10-11 05:23
Anime News Network: "Vertical to Release Audio Light Novels in Spring 2016"

"North American publisher Vertical announced at New York Comic Con (NYCC) on Friday that it will begin releasing audio light novels in spring 2016. The new digital media format will include voice acting, music, and sound effects."

 

Something to look forward to? It depends a lot on the quality of the voice actors and translations. From the sounds of things, they might end up being more like audio dramas than audiobooks.

 

I admit, if their voice actors include some of my favorites from anime TV series English dubs, there will be much excited flailing on my part.

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