Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 4

Episodes watched in the past week:
Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 1
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 2
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen 3
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 4
Itoshi no Muco 4
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 4
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken 1
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 4
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou 1 DROPPED
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai 1
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai 2
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai 3
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai 4
Fushigi na Somera-chan 4
Dance With Devils 1
Lance N’ Masques 5
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru 2
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 4

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Lance N’ Masques
2. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
3. Itoshi no Muco
4. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
5. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
6. Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen (new)
7. Teekyuu 6 (down 1)
8. Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai (new)
9. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
10. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (down 3)
11. Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken (new)
12. Fushigi no Somera-chan (down 4)
13. Dance with Devils (new)
14. Hacka Doll The Animation (down 4)
15. One Punch Man (down 4)
16. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (down 4)
17. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (down 4)
18. Comet Lucifer (down 4)

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou

Not yet watched:
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Heavy Object
Noragami Aragoto
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

I really don’t know what I’m doing with those rankings now. A month into the season, and a third of the way through several series, and I still don’t have a clue what the order really is.

Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou became the second drop of the season. It felt far too incongruous to me – well beyond the realm of parody and into the land of original story with completely original characters that have a very slight resemblence to the characters from Attack on Titan, which resides mostly in their appearance. The result being something that felt incongruous, and given that even taken as its own separate story it didn’t seem worth watching, I decided to drop it.

Something which (to my slight surprise) I didn’t drop, is Shomin Sample. I’m not a fan of the typical ojou-sama character type, so the idea of this was about as unappealing as they come without being not worth the bother. Yet of the characters introduced so far, I only dislike one of them, which is something I have been okay with before and can be again. The humour is pretty decent, too, though I can’t help but look beyond the comedy and think about the actual implications of what is going on… which only serves to make the series more interesting still. So yes, this is a definite keep. For now, at least. Episode 2 should be available for free users by now but this is Animax so it isn’t.

The other series on Animax that I started this week was Dance with Devils. I’m not so confident on this one but it made a reasonable enough start. Is this some sort of musical? I’ll be trying out Heavy Object and starting season 2 of Noragami over the next few days so I can get ep 1 while they’re still free. Valkyrie Drive episode 2 went up for free but not episode 1, in true Animax style, so I’m leaving that for now. I might get a month’s subscription later in the season if I’m still following stuff on there then and if so I’ll watch the series then.

I also started Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai this week, which is on Crunchyroll. Which feels like a shame. You can tell that the series is a great one. Good enough that it could be runaway AOTS material (and possibly even a contender for AOTY) if the anime adaptation was done well. Which it isn’t. This is one of the most obviously rushed series I’ve ever come across. And it’s pretty obvious that some of the stuff that is being skipped over is important as well, not necessarily for the overarching plot as for the characterisation and… well, for the context of other conversations that are left in the story, orphaned into appearing to make little sense. I’ve half a mind to just drop this and get the light novels, although the series itself is enjoyable despite the massive flaws. Either way I’m pretty sure that I’ll be buying this series in my next order, so long as its available. So I guess the anime has done its job for me… It’s just a shame it couldn’t do a good job of doing it, so to speak.

I don’t know why, but the second half of Owari no Seraph feels somehow different to the first half. It’s not in any way worse (or better), just… different, and in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.

Finally, this time last week I was at MCM Expo. And at the end of that I went to watch the Love Live! film which was being shown at The Crystal. Which was a great experience (and well worth being the subject of my first cinema trip — or, more correctly, public showing of a film — in a decade or so). I thoroughly enjoyed the franchise from start to finish. Great characters, with great interactions, great comedy, great music and, most importantly of all, great fun.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 26th October 2015

Should be back to the usual time posting these from next week.

English releases:

Yen On: (release date 27th October)
Sword Art Online Progressive 3
No Game No Life 3

Japanese releases:

Mu Novel: (release date 27th October)
Vampire Dorobou Steel (貴族(バンパイア)泥棒スティール)

Hero Bunko: (release date 28th October)
Cheat Kusushi no Isekai Tabi 5 (チート薬師の異世界旅 5)
Elf Inflation 1 (エルフ・インフレーション 1)

Holly Novels: (release date 28th October)

Monster Bunko: (release date 29th October)
Boku wa Isekai de Fuyo Mahou to Shoukan Mahou wo Tenbin ni Kakeru 5 (ぼくは異世界で付与魔法と召喚魔法を天秤にかける(5))

HJ Bunko: (release date 29th/31st October)
Ore ga Heroine wo Tasukesugite Sekai ga Little Apocalypse 15 (俺がヒロインを助けすぎて世界がリトル黙示録15)
Kou-1 desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita 7 (高1ですが異世界で城主はじめました7)
Sword & Wizards 3 Haken no Koutei to Shichisei no Himekishi (ソード&ウィザーズ3 覇剣の皇帝と七星の姫騎士)
Bukiyou na Tenshi no Toriatsukai Setsumeisho (不器用な天使の取扱説明書)
Tsurugi to Mahou no Sekai desu ga, Ore no Kikai Heiki wa Kyou mo Muteki desu. (剣と魔法の世界ですが、俺の機械兵器は今日も無敵です。)
成り上がり英雄譚 屑星皇子の戦詩2

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 30th October)
Flower Knight Girl -Ryuuzetsuran no Saku Yoru ni- (フラワーナイトガール ―リュウゼツランの咲く夜に―)
Granblue Fantasy 3 (グランブルーファンタジー III)
Lady!? Steady,GO!! Special Edition
Kenja no Mago 2 Hatenkou na Shin Eiyuu (賢者の孫2 破天荒な新英雄)
Haken no Kouki Altina 10 (覇剣の皇姫アルティーナX)
Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai. -Ninenme, Haru Natsu- (この恋と、その未来。 ―二年目 春夏―)
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin 10 (龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金10)
Gekkou Senki Ariel – Nanairo no Hitomi wo Motsu Oujo (月虹戦記アリエル ――七色の瞳を持つ王女)

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (release date 30th October)
Owari no Seraph 6 Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu (終わりのセラフ6 一瀬グレン、16歳の破滅)
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 10 Invisible Successor (銃皇無尽のファフニール10 インビジブル・サクセサー)
Boku no Bungeibi ni Bitch ga Iru Nante Arienai. 5 (僕の文芸部にビッチがいるなんてありえない。5)
Bara Juuji Sousho: Walpurgis no Himatsuri (薔薇十字叢書 ヴァルプルギスの火祭)
Sasuga desu Yuusha-sama! (さすがです勇者さま!)
Yuusha ga Shuraba Sugite Sekai wo Sukutteru Baai ja Nai – Maou no Noroi de Heroine-tachi wo Douji Kouryakushinakereba Narimasen (勇者が修羅場すぎて世界を救ってる場合じゃない 魔王の呪いでヒロインたちを同時攻略しなければなりません)

GC Novels: (release date 30th October)
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 6 (転生したらスライムだった件 6)
異世界転移したのでチートを生かして魔法剣士やることにする 1

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 30th October)
鬼舞 見習い陰陽師と妖しき蜘蛛
後宮詞華伝 笑わぬ花嫁の筆は謎を語りき

Beginning Novels: (release date 30th October)
Maou no Hajimekata 3 (魔王の始め方 3)

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 30th October)
Haitoku no Konin (背徳の婚姻)

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart (release date 30th October)
一角獣の偏愛 偽りの恋に捧げる純潔

KCG Bunko: (release date 30th October)
十二因縁 縁~神様君と願いの絵馬

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 31st October)
Shounen Onmyouji: Katashiro no Hane wo Kuritsumuge (少年陰陽師 かたしろの翅を繰り紡げ)
Migawari Hakushaku no Kekkon Koushinkyoku 6 Hikaru to Ayumu Shuumaku (part 2) (身代わり伯爵の結婚行進曲 (6) 光と歩む終幕 (下))
Aka to Kuro no Nali Knights: Yogen ni Idomu Koi no na wa (赤と黒の針騎士 預言に挑む恋の名は)
かりそめ子爵と秘密の駆け引き 悪霊王子の愛しの令嬢

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 31st October)
Shirayukihime no Musuko (白雪姫の息子)
Hatsukoi no Toge wa Amaku (初恋の棘は甘く)

Sonya Bunko: (release date 31st October)

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 31st October)
Tenkuu Kangoku no Majutsu Garou 3 (天空監獄の魔術画廊 (3))
Gundam Build Fighters 2 (ガンダムビルドファイターズ (2))
Hoiku no Kishi to Monster Children 2 (保育の騎士とモンスター娘 (2))
Meikyuu! 1 Dungeon-ka ga Aru Koukou tte Hontou desu ka (メイキュー! (1) ダンジョン科がある高校って本当ですか)
Gunsha no Junction -side evil- (愚者のジャンクション -side evil-)
Kamase-kei Heroine Route no Ketsumatsu wo Ore wa Shiranai: Uchikiri no 5-byou Mae (かませ系ヒロインルートの結末を俺は知らない 打ち切りの5秒前)
Joukamachi wa Kyou mo Mahou Jiken de Afureteiru 2 (城下町は今日も魔法事件であふれている (2))

Unknown label or not a light novel:
モンスターハンター “M.S.S Project×ファミ通文庫”コラボノベル 天地カオスな狩猟奏3
かまどの嫁 2
伯爵家女中伝 1

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 30th October) – 3 volumes
Puchipara Bunko (release date 30th October) – 2 volumes

Plus a rerelease of Ikaros no Tanjoubi // イカロスの誕生日  and ザ・サード under Mu Novel

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 3

Posting this earlier than usual as tomorrow I’ll be at MCM Expo.

Episodes watched in the past week:
One Punch Man 1
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 3
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 3
Itoshi no Muco 3
Teekyuu 6 3
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 3
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 3
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 2
One Punch Man 2
Fushigi na Somera-chan 3
Lance N’ Masques 4
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 3
Hacka Doll The Animation 4

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Lance N’ Masques
2. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
3. Itoshi no Muco (up 2)
4. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (down 1)
5. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (down 1)
6. Teekyuu 6
7. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (up 2)
8. Fushigi no Somera-chan (up 5)
9. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan (down 2)
10. Hacka Doll The Animation (down 2)
11. One Punch Man (new)
12. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (down 2)
13. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (down 2)
14. Comet Lucifer

This really is the season of short comedies. Episode 3 of Somera-chan was just great, and that was the weakest one up to now. Itoshi no Muco is always brilliant.

In fact, more than the season of comedies it’s the season of light-hearted fun. Or maybe it’s just that those are the things that I’ve picked up so far. Speaking of which Animax have got hold of a whole load of things this season and say they’ll be up within a day of the Japanese broadcast. We’ll have to see about that, but if it is actually true then I’ll stop ignoring their existence again. I’m holding off on these series until they show up, as a result. This makes up 6 of the 12 series I have yet to start.

Still only one series dropped so far.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 19th October 2015 (UPDATED 28th October)

edit: another 22 books added. Because there wasn’t enough out this week already.

English releases:

One Peace Books: (release date 20th October)
Rising of the Shield Hero 2

Japanese releases:

Mary Rose Bunko: (release date 19th October)

Cosmic Bunko α: (release date 19th October)

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th October)
Date A Live 13 Nia Creation (デート・ア・ライブ (13) 二亜クリエイション)
Amagi Brilliant Park 7 (甘城ブリリアントパーク (7))
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan 8 (空戦魔導士候補生の教官 (8))
Only Sense Online 7 (Only Sense Online7 ―オンリーセンス・オンライン―)
Bu ni Mi wo Sasagete Hyaku to Yonen. Elf de Yarinaosu Musha Shugyou 6 (武に身を捧げて百と余年。エルフでやり直す武者修行 (6))
Ore no Love-Come Heroine wa, Pants ga Hakenai. 3 (オレのラブコメヒロインは、パンツがはけない。 (3))
Koko wa Isekai Konbini Demon Eleven: Okyakusama, Kaifuku Mahou wo Kakenagara no Tachiyomi wa Goenryo Kudasai! (ここは異世界コンビニ デモン・イレブン お客様、回復魔法をかけながらの立ち読みはご遠慮下さい!)
Ichi kara Hajimeru Saikyou Yuusha Ikusei 2 Oudou to Iu Gainen ga, Sonzaishinai Yakkai na Yuusha Ouza Kettei-sen (イチから始める最強勇者育成 (2) 王道という概念が存在しない厄介な勇者王座決定戦)
Jisaku Game Sekai de Ore ga, Shinsenyraku de Musou suru (自作ゲーム世界で俺が、神戦略で無双する)

Ichijinsha Bunko: (release date 20th October)
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Rachirareta Ken 10 (俺がお嬢様学校に「庶民サンプル」として拉致られた件10) (2 versions)
Kyuuketsuki ni Kanojo-yaku wo Tanonda Kekka→ Dondemonai Koto ni Narimashita (吸血鬼に彼女役を頼んだ結果→とんでもないことになりました)

Kodansha Taiga: (release date 20th October)
美少年探偵団 きみだけに光かがやく暗黒星
彼女は一人で歩くのか? Does She Walk Alone?
バビロン 1 ―女―
晴追町には、ひまりさんがいる。 はじまりの春は犬を連れた人妻と

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 20th October)
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. 10 (俺、ツインテールになります。 10)
Yuusha to Yuusha to Yuusha to Yuusha (勇者と勇者と勇者と勇者)
Isekai Shuugaku Ryokou (異世界修学旅行)
Shikai Ryuuou to Kyokutou no Avalon 3 (熾界龍皇と極東の七柱特区 3)

Asahi Novels: (release date 20th October)
屍剣士団 魔界都市《新宿》

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th/21st October)
ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ ドラゴンスレイヤーズ ‐かくて神への扉はひらかれる‐
ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ Rock ‘n Role (1) レンドリフト・ミスフィッツ

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris: (release date 20th October)
Yamijishi Hakushaku no Saikon Jijou (闇獅子伯爵の再婚事情)

K Romance: (release date 20th October)

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 20th October)
そして僕は君をみつける 映画『通学電車/通学途中』スピンオフ

Kodansha Orange Bunko: (release date 20th October)
恋衣神社で待ちあわせ 2
桜守兄弟封印ノート ~あやかし筋の双子~
ストロベリアル・デリバリー ぼくとお荷物少女の配達記
四つ葉坂よりお届けします 郵便業務日誌

Overlap Bunko: (release date 22nd October)
Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! 5 (異世界魔法は遅れてる! 5)
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.6 toru ni taranai Eikou ni Mukatte (灰と幻想のグリムガル level.6 とるにたらない栄光に向かって)
Isekai Meikyuu no Saishinbu wo Mezasou 5 (異世界迷宮の最深部を目指そう 5)
戦華の舞姫 戦華ノ姫君ハ汚レナイ
Saikyou Gamer, Isekai nite Jikkyou Play-chuu (最強ゲーマー、異世界にて実況プレイ中)

HJ Novels: (release date 22nd October)
Maougoroshi no Ryuukishi 1 (魔王殺しの竜騎士1)

Mitsuneko Bunko: (release date 22nd October)
屈辱の寵愛 皇帝に奪われた王女の純潔

Cinderella Novels: (release date 22nd October)
オフィスラブ×コンプレックス ~年下眼鏡男子に甘く満たされて~

NOVELiDOL: (release date 22nd October)

C Novels Fantasia: (release date 22nd/23rd October)
誓言嫁 – クリムゾン・ヴァンパイア
七不思議の向こう側 – ひみつの放課後委員会II

Priscilla Books: (release date 22nd October)
甘い復讐 淫らな躰

MF Books: (release date 23rd October)
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 8 (無職転生 ~異世界行ったら本気だす~ (8))
Magi Craft Meister 7 (マギクラフト・マイスター (7))
Sono Mugen no Saki e 1 (その無限の先へ (1))
ダンジョンを造ろう (2) ~ひきこもらないで、魔王様!~

MF Bunko J: (release date 23rd October)
Magika no Kenshi to Basileus 10 (魔技科の剣士と召喚魔王(ヴァシレウス) (10))
Sekai no Owari no Encore 5 Gouma no Taikou (世界の終わりの世界録(アンコール) (5) 降魔の大皇)
Sonna Sekai wa Kowashite Shimae: Qualidia Code (そんな世界は壊してしまえ ‐クオリディア・コード‐)
Kekkyoku, Ninja to Dragon wa Docchi ga Tsuyoi no? 3 (結局、ニンジャとドラゴンはどっちが強いの? (3))
99-banme no Kyuuketsuhime ~Saigo no Kyuuketsuki~ (99番目の吸血姫 ~最後の吸血鬼~)
Chu Paradise (ちゅーぱらだいす)
Ryokuyou no Quester Lyrica Tamashii no Chouso (緑陽のクエスタ・リリカ 魂の彫塑)
Magaku no Haou to Kahou no Juuhime 2 (魔学の覇王と科法の銃姫 (2))
Koi wo Shite wa Ikenai Game, Furarete mo Kimi ni Koi wo Suru 2 (恋をしてはいけないゲーム、振られてもきみに恋をする (2))
Classroom☆Crisis (2)
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 7 (ミカグラ学園組曲7)

Lululu Bunko: (release date 23rd October)
Akuma na Kisaki no Kiken na Konin (悪魔な妃の危険な婚姻)

Dash Ex Bunko: (release date 23rd October)
S to S no Furachi na Doumei 2 (SとSの不埒な同盟2)
Joshiryou no Ryouchou ni Natta Ore wa, Gotouchi Joshi to Seishun Dekiru Darouka (女子寮の寮長になった俺は、ご当地女子と青春できるだろうか)
Sakura x Saku 04 (サクラ×サク04)
Sekai de 2-banme ni Omoshiroi Light Novel. (世界で2番目におもしろいライトノベル。)
Seireii wa Yuusha no Hentai wo Iyaseru no ka!? 2 (精霊医は勇者の変態を癒せるのか!?2)
Ore no Ibukuro wa Kanojo ni Nigirareteiru. (俺の胃袋は彼女に握られている。)

Mahou no i-RAND Bunko: (release date 23rd October)
溺愛II (下)

Ever Princess: (release date 24th October)
Koutei Heika to Kokoro Yomi no Hime (皇帝陛下と心読みの姫)

Media Works Bunko: (release date 24th October)
座敷童子の代理人 (2)
行列のできる不思議な洋食店 ~土曜の夜はバケモノだらけ~
レトリカ・クロニクル 香油の盟約
アンダーワールドストリートへようこそ ~不運な女の子と呪われたボディガード~

Keitai Shousetsu Bunko: (release date 24th October)
Snow Love―大好きなキミへ

Overlap Novels: (release date 25th October)
Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu 2 (骸骨騎士様、只今異世界へお出掛け中 II)
Yomigaeri no Maou 2 (蘇りの魔王 2)

TO Books: (release date 25th October)
かいぜん! ~異世界コンサル奮闘記~

Unknown label or not a light novel:
おかしな転生I アップルパイは笑顔と共に
神様は異世界にお引越ししました 5

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Bishoujo Bunko Escale (release date 21st October) – 1 volume
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 21st October) – 1 volume
Real Dream Bunko (release date 24th October) – 1 volume

Plus a rerelease of 愛執の褥~籠の中の花嫁~ under Cocktail Kiss Bunko, as well as a new version of Kino no Tabi 3

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 2

Apparently it’s the one year anniversary of this site today. And to celebrate it, here’s a several-hour-late, content-light, weekly roundup post. I’ve been doing too much KanColle. Sorry. Which is also my excuse (or one of) for not having watched much this week.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Lance N’ Masques 2
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 2
Teekyuu 6 2
Arslan Senki 18
Arslan Senki 19
Arslan Senki 20
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 2
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 2
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai 2
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 1
Hacka Doll The Animation 2
Fushigi na Somera-chan 2
Itoshi no Muco 2
Lance N’ Masques 3
Hacka Doll The Animation 3

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Lance N’ Masques
2. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
3. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
4. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? (new)
5. Itoshi no Muco (down 1)
6. Teekyuu 6
7. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
8. Hacka Doll The Animation (down 3)
9. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
10. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (down 2)
11. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai (down 1)
12. Comet Lucifer (down 1)
13. Fushigi no Somera-chan (down 1)

The other excuse, incidentally, is the fact that I have been able to watch stuff in the usual way. I don’t enjoy stuff as much when watching on the TV with sound coming out the speakers, rather than on my screen with sound from the headphones. Which means I probably enjoyed anything I watched this week less than I should do. As I’m aware of that, I’m rather reluctant to let my opinions of this week’s watches (which were indeed slightly lower than the previous week’s) too much say over the series as a whole.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 12th October 2015 (UPDATED 21st October 2015)

English releases:


Japanese releases:

Honey Bunko: (release date 13th October)

GA Bunko: (release date 14th October)
Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou Ka Gaiden Sword Oratoria 5 (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか 外伝 ソード・オラトリア5)
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 8 (落第騎士の英雄譚(キャバルリィ)8) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
Seiken Tsukai no World Break 14 (聖剣使いの禁呪詠唱<ワールドブレイク> 14)
Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut 7 (最弱無敗の神装機竜《バハムート》7)
Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! (超人高校生たちは異世界でも余裕で生き抜くようです!)
Deban desu yo! Kaguya-sama (出番ですよ! カグヤさま)

Earth Star Novel: (release date 14th/15th October)
Daimaou ga Taosenai 3 Daimaou Tai Ihoujin (大魔王が倒せない 3 大魔王対異邦人)
Titan: Addsworth no Senshitai 1 (ティタン アッズワースの戦士隊 1)

Otomitsu Milky Bunko: (release date 14th October)
Toriko: Kokuou Heika no Himegimi Choukyou (虜 国王陛下の姫君調教)

M Novels: (release date 14th October)

YA! Entertainment: (release date 14th October)
死神うどんカフェ1号店 六杯目
お面屋たまよし 七重ノ祭

Fujimi L Bunko: (release date 15th October)
薔薇十字叢書 天邪鬼の輩
薔薇十字叢書 桟敷童の誕
紅霞後宮物語 (2)
三宮ワケあり不動産調査簿 賃貸マンション、怪談つき

B’s Log Bunko: (release date 15th October)
レイデ夫妻のなれそめ 王宮に咲く君の花
Tsuki no Mahou wa Koi wo Tsumugu -Miwaku no Budoukai wa Shitto no Arashi- (月の魔法は恋を紡ぐ -魅惑の舞踏会は嫉妬の嵐!-)
Seiyaku no Hanayome to Kirameki no Ou (誓約の花嫁と煌きの王)
帝都あやしの恋巡り 伝令・上官を直ちに娶られよ!

B’s Log Bunko Iris: (release date 15th October)
Oniwaban Mochizuki Soushirou Mairu! Yoru no Sanpo to Soratobu Kaeru  (お庭番望月蒼司朗参る! 夜の散歩と空飛ぶカエル)
放課後ワンダーランド Side:Blanc

Saga Forest: (release date 15th October)
レジェンド・オブ・イシュリーン II

Seikaisha Fictions: (release date 16th October)
世界創造株式会社 2

Tiara Bunko: (release date 17th October)
俺の婚約者がこんなにかわいい!: キラキラ王子様の過保護な愛情
蜜婚 太陽と月に愛されて
Chikai no Kiss Made, Ato Nannichi?: Outaishi Denka to Karei naru Wedding Road (誓いのキスまで、あと何日?: 王太子殿下と華麗なるウェディングロード)

Axis Label: (release date 17th October)
女子高生=五十六=大和 4 最終決戦! セカンドウォー・リアルII

Unknown label or not a light novel:

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 17th October) – 1 volume
Nijigen Dream Bunko (release date 17th October) – 3 volumes
Puchipara Bunko (release date 17th October) – 3 volumes

Plus rereleases of 3 volumes from regina books under regina bunko, and 2 volumes from Alphapolis books under alphapolis bunko.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Autumn 2015 Week 1

Not much actual roundup this week, more of a log of what I’ve watched so far. I haven’t watched more than one episode of anything so far. so there’s really not much to say. For a lot of series it’s still a case of “lets wait and see where this goes” right now.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Hacka Doll The Animation 1
Lance N’ Masques 1
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 1
Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan 1
Yuru Yuri San☆Hai! 1
Teekyuu 6 1
Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note 1
Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! 1
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru 1
Comet Lucifer 1
Itoshi no Muco 1
Fushigi na Somera-chan 1

Autumn 2015 Status:

Series rankings at present:
1. Lance N’ Masques
2. Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
3. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
4. Itoshi no Muco
5. Hacka Doll The Animation
6. Teekyuu 6
7. Onsen Yousei Hakone-chan
8. Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note
9. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
10. Komori-san wa Kotowarenai
11. Comet Lucifer
12. Fushigi no Somera-chan

JK Meshi!

Not yet watched:
Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou
Dance with Devils
Fushigi na Somera-chan
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
Heavy Object
High School Star Musical
Noragami Aragoto
One Punch Man
Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken
Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

As a general point, this season has got off to a far better start than I had anticipated. I thought I was starting off with a reasonable range of good through to bad series. But just about everything that I hadn’t expected to be good exceeded my expectations, to the point that I’m now actually worried that I’ve started off with all the best stuff, and thus that everything from here on out won’t match up.

There was one definite exception, though:

JK Meshi! – utterly pointless with abysmal tier art, animation and sound. Characters are effectively nonentities, any other source of interest, including bizarrely the food itself, are actual non-entities. Yeah, this is the Vampire Holmes of the season.

Monthly Japanese Light Novel Sales figures September 2015

Data covers 1st September – 27th September

*1 118,381 Kuroko no Basket Replace 6
*2 117,529 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 9
*3 *64,978 Naruto Itachi Shinden 1
*4 *57,670 Hataraku Maou-sama! 14
*5 *44,068 Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo 10
*6 *40,044 Touken Ranbu ONLINE Novel and Illust. anthology ~Sakura~
*7 *38,408 Eromanga-sensei 5
*8 *38,312 Sword Art Online 16
*9 *37,188 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 11
10 *32,801 Overlord 1
11 *32,106 Overlord 3
12 *30,109 Overlord 5
13 *29,885 Overlord 4
14 *29,709 Overlord 8
15 *29,373 Overlord 2
16 *29,249 Overlord 9
17 *28,988 Shinrei Tantei Yakumo ANOTHER FILES 3
18 *27,920 Overlord 6
19 *26,414 Overlord 7
20 *22,404 Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou! 6

Source: Oricon via 2ch

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 5th October 2015 (UPDATED 14th October)

English releases:


Japanese releases:

Sakura no Mori Bunko: (release date 5th October)
PG14 3 (PG14(パラグラフ・フォーティーン)3)

Kodansha BOX: (release date 6th October)
Orokamonogatari (愚物語)

VG Bunko: (release date 8th October)
桜ノ雨 僕らが巡り逢えた奇跡

Everystar WOMAN: (release date 9th October)

Dengeki Bunko: (release date 10th October)
Accel World 19 -Ankokuseiun no Inryoku- (アクセル・ワールド (19) ―暗黒星雲の引力―)
Boku to Kanojo no Game Sensou 9 (僕と彼女のゲーム戦争 (9))
Heavy Object: Sotonarukami (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 外なる神)
Kino no Tabi 19 the Beautiful World (キノの旅 (19) the Beautiful World)
Tenshi no 3P! x6 (天使の3P!×6)
Minutes 5 ~Onibi no Kieru Toki~ (ミニッツ (5) ~鬼火の消えるとき~)
Colosseum 2 (コロシアム (2))
Barrier Cracker 2 Kakei Daijou no Rebellion (バリアクラッカー (2) 火刑台上のリベリオン)
Mou Chuunibyou demo Ii mon! (もう中二病でもいいもんっ!)
Yarinaoshi Majutsu Kikoushi no Saisenroku (やりなおし魔術機工師の再戦録)
Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin 8 (ねじ巻き精霊戦記 天鏡のアルデラミン (8))
くもりのちナイン 破壊少女は、貴方のためだけに涙する
ウォーロック・プリンセス 戦争殺しの姫君と六人の家臣たち
Maou na Ano ko to Murabito A 10 ~Go West! Maousamasama!!~ (魔王なあの娘と村人A (10) ~Go West! 魔王さまさま!!~)
Dusty Vampire Girl 3 (ダスティー☆ヴァンパイアガール (3))

Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko: (release date 10th October)
Manowa: Mamono Taosu Nouryoku Ubau Watashi Tsuyokunaru! 4 (まのわ 魔物倒す・能力奪う・私強くなる 4)

Arian Rose: (release date 10th October)
Dare ka Kono Joukyou wo Tokiakashite Kudasai! ~Keiyaku kara Hajimaru Wedding~ 5 (誰かこの状況を説明してください! ~契約から始まるウェディング~ 5)
竜の卵を拾いまして 3
Mushoku Dokushin Arafoo Joshi no Isekai Funtouki 3 (無職独身アラフォー女子の異世界奮闘記 3)

Kadokawa Books: (release date 10th October)
教えて! 誰にでもわかる異世界生活術

Berry’s Bunko: (release date 10th October)

Unknown label or not a light novel:
乙女ゲーム世界で戦闘職を極めます 異世界太腕漂流記
破壊の御子 3
キルデスビジネス5A アニマルスタイル
塔の管理をしてみよう 1

plus a kurobasu replace boxset, and rereleases of Mon favori 2―Ayako & Shinobu, and 溺愛デイズ―Honoka & Hayato under Eternity Bunko/Eternity Books Rouge, as well as 微笑む似非紳士と純情娘 2―Urara & Byakuya under Eternity Bunko/Eternity Books Blanc

2015’s TV anime by source material

Barring some surprise late announcements we know all the tv anime airing this year by now, so I decided (prompted by an amusingly inaccurate claim on MAL) to calculate and post these figures.

Total: 197 TV anime
82 manga (41.6%)
54 original (27.4%)
25 light novel (12.7%)
14 game (7.1%)
03 picture book
03 visual novel
03 card game
03 novel
02 ???
02 book
02 otome game
01 radio programme
01 manhua
01 childrens book
01 song

read more for breakdown by season

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