Kai’s Question #4 – Light Novels?
I realized from all the anime hobbies like manga, visual novels, gaming and so on, light novels are probably the most uncommon of all, even though quite a hefty amount of them had already been translated. From my perspective, I can see that not many actually read them, which is a shame considering that there are a lot of undiscovered gem just waiting to be found.
So for my question this time will be extremely simple, as you can see from the title. Do any of you read light novels? If so, which series had you started and which ones are your favorite? If you’re one of the rare anime fans who actually read light novels, I would love to hear your experiences in it.
Of cause, instead of just ending my post here, I had made a mini recommendations below for those who haven’t started reading light novels, but is planning to. Please note that my experience and knowledge in light novels aren’t particularly vast either, but it should be enough to get beginners started.
In my opinion, reading one-shots is a good idea for people who only started reading light novels. For a lot of you, who are so used to pictures and sound from their anime and manga, I’m sure you will be baffled by the wall of text featured in light novels. Even if you read a lot of books, it will take a bit of time to get used to anime content in heavy text format. This is why I feel it is better to read one-shots to get used to light novels first. The thing with one-shots is that the theme and concept being presented is easier to get across. Chances are, some of these one-shots had probably been adapted into an anime movies, like Remembrances for a Certain Pilot for one, which I had finished reading recently. Another one-shot I recommend is Iris on Rainy Days. Another type of one-shots are sequels or prequels of famous anime, in light novel one-shot format, like Angel Beats! Track Zero for example, which is a prequel to the original anime Angel Beats, focusing Hinata as the main protagonist. Death Note: Another Note is another great novel which is a prequel to the main series of Death Note.
What I like about The World God Only Knows is that it isn’t a retelling of the series but actually present completely different stories. It had Keima conquering completely new girls not present in the original anime and manga, though some female characters Keima had already conquered in the anime made some cameo appearances. What’s more interesting is that the conquering Keima did in the light novels seem much more challenging then the girls he conquered in the anime. In fact by comparing his feat between the novels and the anime, it made the conquering he achieved in the anime seems almost anti-climatic. To those fans of The World God Only Knows, I suggest to give it a try.
This series was the first series I read, and is still one of my favorite light novels yet. While I had some difficulty trying to get used to the massive amount of information, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it thoroughly. Zero no Maria is extremely mysterious and suspenseful. Each volume tackled on different supernatural phenomena, while I haven’t read volume 5 or 6 yet which had already been translated, volume 3 and 4 remains my favorite volumes yet, which in my opinion, has the most epic arc as of yet. There is quite a massive amount of information aforementioned so beginners to light novels who aren’t used to wall of text should best try out some lighter one-shots first. If you are used to wall of text on another hand…
The light novel series written by esteemed Type-Moon author, Kinoko Nasu. With a title just as bizarre as it’s series itself, the series show everyone just how maddening the general atmosphere is, and the madness was already at it’s peak at the beginning pages. In terms of story, the novel follows an order of storytelling much like Kara no Kyoukai, each volumes are not in chronological order. If you like Kara no Kyoukai, you will no doubt be fond of this light novel. Actually, if you’re a Type-Moon fan in general, I’m sure you will most definitely take a liking to this novel. In fact, I think you could give it a try even if you’re not familiar with Type-Moon. Especially for the fans of the horror, mystery, action, gore and psychological, DDD will instantly become a top favorite.
At that end, the question this time is a hybrid of both a question and recommendation, aiming to spread this unnoticed anime medium known as light novels. If you are into original sources like manga and visual novels, why not light novels as well?
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