Yay new stuff!
So let’s see… Tokyo Ravens and Girls und Panzer are both RightStuf holiday sale spoils. Tokyo Ravens is a good enough series to want to own. It may not have been executed as well as it could have been, but it has good style, and it tries very hard as opposed to playing it safe. GuP is just something fun to have, and it’s not a visual spectacle so I was fine getting it for $10 on DVD.
Mushoku Tensei is one of an apparent trend I randomly stumbled upon a few months ago of reincarnation stories. Some are of the skeevier “middle-aged otaku dies and randomly becomes a super-smart and mostly well-adjusted child except that he’s super perverted” type (like Mushoku Tensei), but the ones I’m really enjoying are Re:Monster and Spirit Migration, which are more typical shounen, as well as “Eh? Heibon desu yo??”, which is a shoujo about a teenage girl who reincarnates into a medieval world with magic and just tries to live an ordinary life. Mushoku Tensei is, similarly, a middle-aged otaku dies and reincarnates into a baby in a magical, medieval world. He decides to use his previous knowledge to put forth 100% effort into living his new life.
Food Wars is self explanatory, it’s the continuation of the Autumn Election, specifically Souma vs. Alice, followed by Tadokoro vs. Kurokiba and the first part of Hayama vs. Arato. In related news, a second season of Shokugeki no Souma was announced, so we should be getting the entire Autumn Classic arc animated! Exciting stuff!
My last pickup is actually a remainder from an older order, but also an oddity in that it’s actually been out for a few months now, long enough for the second volume to come out, yet it took this long for me to get it. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, or The Rising of the Shield Hero, is a… it’s like a hate read, but not in the sense that I hate it and am reading it anyway the way people hate-watch TV shows. It’s just kind of the opposite of how most traditional fantasy/adventure stories go… usually the hero or adventurer is either received warmly or neutrally, the enemy is the overt evil opposing kingdom or the leaders of the church or other political faction or something. In Shield Hero, the enemy is the very kingdom who gave the main character, Naofumi, his hero status and legendary item in the first place. As such, he does not get to wander around having adventures so much as he’s constantly fighting against the law and against discrimination. It’s a story about how easily the law and popular opinion can be turned against you when people in power decide you are a threat. I have been reading the manga adaptation, so I am looking forward to seeing how the novel is. I have heard, however, that One Peace’s translations are rather bad, so hope I can still get through it :X
Next week or the week of Christmas I should be getting another package with the next batch of Yen Press’s light novels (DanMachi, Hataraku Maou) along with some of Seven Seas newer releases that I missed preordering (The Ancient Magus’s Bride, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer). Those will be readily consumed, probably on the plane I’m taking to visit my family for the holidays :)