Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2016 season of catchup week 3

Episodes watched in the past week:
Teekyuu 7 3
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 3
Itoshi no Muco 16
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? 10 (backlog)
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid 1 (backlog)
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 1 (backlog)
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 2
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 3
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 4
Go! Go! 575: Meippai ni, Hajiketeru? 1 END
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season 1
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season 2
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season 3
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season 4

All listed episodes were watched yesterday.

I guess with Go! Go! 575 the fact that it had been such a while since I last watched the series was the reason why I enjoyed it significantly less than the previous ones, when the content was otherwise similar. What I knew about the characters had faded from memory over the course of slightly under 2 years, and had to be brought back to mind as the episode progressed. That wouldn’t have been much of a problem, with a cast you could count on one hand, but the episode was just 4 minutes long.

I also started a few more series as can be seen. Gate got me hooked straight in, and I actually feel as though I started again too soon – with a wait until next Friday before the next episode airs… and that cliffhanger.

Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou is both interesting and funny, though I haven:t quite worked out what’s actually going on yet.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 25th January 2016 (UPDATED 2nd February)

English releases:

Yen On: (release date 26th January)
The Isolator 2
Kagerou Daze 3 – The Children Reason –

Vertical: (release date 28th January)
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen 1

Japanese releases:

MF Books: (release date 25th January)
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu 9 (無職転生 ~異世界行ったら本気だす~ (9))
フェアリーテイル・クロニクル ~空気読まない異世界ライフ~ (9)
異世界薬局 (1)
Yarukinashi Eiyuuten 5 (やる気なし英雄譚 (5))
悪の組織の求人広告 (4) ~組織頂点編~

MF Bunko J (release date 25th January)
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e 3 (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ (3))
Absolute Duo 10 dust to dust. (アブソリュート・デュオ (10) dust to dust.)
Maken no Gunshi to Arks Legion 4 (魔剣の軍師と虹の兵団(アルクス・レギオン) (4))
Period kara Hajimaru Madoukisho (ピリオドからはじまる魔導機書)
Isekai kara NEET ga Hataraku to Omotta? 2 Mazoku no Hime wo Juusha ni shite Hime Harem wo Tsukurimasu (異世界ならニートが働くと思った? (2) 魔族の姫を従者にして姫ハーレムを作ります。)
Yuusha to Maou ga Dengeki Doumei! Kikkake wa, Otagai no Koi wo Ouensuru Tame!? (勇者と魔王が電撃同盟! キッカケは、お互いの恋を応援するため!?)
ラストピリオド 終止符の約束

Gabriella Bunko: (release date 25th January)
畏怖王の千夜一夜
喰らい殺す神の嫁

Ever Princess: (release date 25th January)
Migawari Hanayome no Mitsugetsu (身代わり花嫁の蜜月)
Hai Kaburi Hime ni Sasageru Amaiwana (灰かぶり姫に捧げる甘い罠)

TO Books: (release date 25th January)
Ore no Pet wa Seijo-sama 2 (俺のペットは聖女さま2)

Keitai Shousetsu Bunko: (release date 25th January)
真実と嘘―Truth or Falsity…*

Lululu Bunko: (release date 26th January)
Kokui no Kishi to Akujo no Ryouen (黒衣の騎士と悪女の良縁)

Starts Shuppan Bunko: (release date 28th January)
カラダ探し 下
ひとりぼっちの勇者たち

Gush Bunko: (release date 28th January)
神官と王、夢幻のごとき日々―神官シリーズ番外編集 二―

Shinchosha Bunko Nex: (release date 28th January)
天久鷹央の推理カルテIV: 悲恋のシンドローム
謎好き乙女と偽りの恋心

Role&Roll Books: (release date 28th January)
神我狩 リプレイ 四神凶歌譚

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 29th January)
Puchihiboshi Blues Honoo no Mirage: Showa Hen (無頼星ブルース 炎の蜃気楼昭和編)
魔王の花嫁と運命の書 男装王女と誓いのくちづけ
Chocolate Dandy ~Kawaii Koibito ni wa Goyoujin~ (チョコレート・ダンディ 〜可愛い恋人にはご用心〜)
還るマルドールの月 The Return of the Mardore Moon

HJ Bunko: (release date 29th January)
Sword & Wizards 4: Haken no Koutei to Shichisei no Himekishi (ソード&ウィザーズ4 覇剣の皇帝と七星の姫騎士)
Kuroki Eiyuu no One Turn Kill 7 Ingoku no Utage; Utage no Ryou (黒き英雄の一撃無双<ワンターンキル! >7.淫獄の宴 宴の了)
成り上がり英雄譚 屑星皇子の戦詩3
Sentou Ishi: Noguchi Hideo (戦闘医師 野口英雄)

Angelica: (release date 29th January)
異世界revolution
初まりは口づけから~運命のキスは呪いのキッス!?~

Jewel Bunko: (release date 29th January)
年下皇帝の執着求婚 私が初恋のお姉さま!?

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 29th January)
初恋マリアージュ~忘れじの想いと約束の騎士~
政略結婚は恋の始まり~狼王子の純愛~

M Novels: (release date 29th January)
異世界チート開拓記(3)

Melissa: (release date 29th January)
初めての人になってくれませんか?
緑の雫 2

PASH! Books: (release date 29th January)
私は敵になりません! 2

Beginning Novels: (release date 29th January)
ダンジョン暮らしの元勇者 1

Monster Bunko: (release date 30th January)
Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou 3 (必勝ダンジョン運営方法(3))
Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei 4 (進化の実~知らないうちに勝ち組人生~(4))
天才外科医が異世界で闇医者を始めました。(1)

Hero Bunko: (release date 30th January)
チート薬師の異世界旅 6
Ouroboros Record 2 (ウロボロス・レコード2)
Tensei Shoujo no Rirekisho 1 (転生少女の履歴書 1)
Ryuuhou no Fumoto ni Bokura wa Sundeimasu 1 (竜峰の麓に僕らは住んでいます 1)
Dasan Ari Zenkou Boukensha 1 (打算あり善行冒険者1)

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 30th January)
Masou Gakuen HxH 7 (魔装学園H×H7) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
Rental Shop Ariche 2 (レンタル武器屋アリーチェ (2))
U-chan no Kobako (うーちゃんの小箱)
Jitto Mitsumeru Kimi wa Datenshi (じっと見つめる君は堕天使)

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 30th January)
Schwarzesmarken Sekiei no Bernhard 2 (シュヴァルツェスマーケン 隻影のベルンハルト2)
Harem e no Kiyoku Tadashiki Route 1-banme wa Oyomesan ni shitai Kei Hakkou Maid (楽園への清く正しき道程 1番目はお嫁さんにしたい系薄幸メイド)
Idainaru Daigensui no Tenshin 2 Yuusha to Enjou Tournament (偉大なる大元帥の転身2 勇者と炎上トーナメント)
Busaiku desu kedo Nani ka? Tensai Majutsushi Saidai no Ketten (ブサイクですけど何か? 天才魔術師最大の欠点)
異世界スーパーマーケットを経営します ~召喚姫と店長代理~
100 Gold Shop “Usagiya” (100ゴールドショップ『ウサギ屋』)
アルカナ・ナラティブ

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 30th January)
Kaidanzaka no Mahoutsukai: Yasahii Mahou wa Kayoubi ni (階段坂の魔法使い やさしい魔法は火曜日に)
男装騎士の憂鬱な任務
出戻り乙女の(秘)稼業 告白は幽猛果敢!

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 30th January)
上司に溺愛されています。
妖精は花蜜に濡れ

Iris Neo: (release date 30th January)
侯爵様と女中
転生してヤンデレ攻略対象キャラと主従関係になった結果

GC Novels: (release date 30th January)
異世界のカード蒐集家 5
魔法書を作る人 5

Eternity Books Rouge: (release date 31st January)
誘惑トップ・シークレット
スイートホームは実験室!?
暴走プロポーズは極甘仕立て
こじれた恋のほどき方

Unknown label or not a light novel:
Tensei Shichatta yo (Iya, Gomen) (転生しちゃったよ(いや、ごめん))
youjo Senki 5 Abyssus Abyssum Invocat (幼女戦記 5 Abyssus abyssum invocat)
ワールドトークRPG(アールピージー)!〈5〉
Kono Sekai ga Game da to Ore dake ga Shitteiru 7 (この世界がゲームだと俺だけが知っている7)
居酒屋まるの千夜一夜物語 PART2 上
居酒屋まるの千夜一夜物語 PART2 下
月光妖怪
Ore to Kawazu-san no Isekai Hourouki 9 (俺と蛙さんの異世界放浪記〈9〉)
俺が悪役令嬢になって汚名を返上するまで〈2〉

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Puchipara Bunko (release date 29th January) – 1 volume
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 29th January) – 1 volume

Plus rereleases of 僕の嫁の、物騒な嫁入り事情と大魔獣〈1〉, レジナレス・ワールド〈6〉 and スイの魔法〈1〉魔眼の覚醒 under Alphalight Bunko

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2016 season of catchup week 2

Episodes watched in the past week:
Teekyuu 7 1
Oshiete! Galko-chan 1
Oshiete! Galko-chan 2 DROPPED
Teekyuu 7 2
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2
Itoshi no Muco 15
Working!! 6 (backlog)
Working!! 7
Working!! 8
Working!! 9
Working!! 10
Working!! 11
Working!! 12
Working!! 13 END
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?: Onsen Manyuuki ep. 1 END
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda – Shin Zvezda Daisakusen ep. 1 END
Saki Biyori Animation ep. 1 END

Galko-chan became the first drop of the year. Why? Because it just wasn’t funny. Plus most of the discussions were rather uncomfortable.

Working!! – good characters, good humour – at least for the most part. There was one episode that I found extremely uncomfortable, though. I’ll watch season 2 soon, which, unlike this first season, is legally available in the UK (from Crunchyroll). It’s a bit of an odd situation, having the first season unavailable but the second and third available, but the fansub rule still applies – I’ll be happy to buy the manga of this series.

Mondaiji-tachi OVA was, I guess, pretty decent for the type of thing it was, and it actually felt like part of the story.

The Sekai Seifuku OVA, though, was better in my opinion in that it fitted in perfectly with the nature of the series, although some of the effects of being set after the series ended were odd.

Saki Biyori – I’m not usually much of a fan of the Ikeda ones, but that rabbit… Surprisingly, several of the scenes seemed to work better animated than they had in the manga.

Incidentally, it seems the episodes of Kochin Pa! on the series website have stopped. It’s been 16 days since the last one was added now.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 18th January 2016 (UPDATED 27th January 2016)

English releases:

Yen On: (release date 19th January)
Strike the Blood 2: From the Warlord’s Empire
PandoraHearts – Caucus Race: Vol. 3

Japanese releases:

Tiara Bunko: (release date 18th January)
国王陛下の指戯

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 19th January)
Fusen Muteki no Virgin Knife 6 (不戦無敵の影殺師 6)
Nanoka no Kuigami 2 (七日の喰い神 2)
芸人ディスティネーション 4
Gekisen Mahoushi 3 (撃戦魔法士 3)

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th January)
Oda Nobuna no Yabou Zenkokuban 14 (織田信奈の野望 全国版 (14))
Only Sense Online 8 (Only Sense Online (8) ―オンリーセンス・オンライン―)
Itsuka Sekai wo Sukuu Tame ni 2 -Qualidea Code- (いつか世界を救うために (2) -クオリディア・コード-)
Ore to Kanojo no Moeyo Pen 5 (オレと彼女の萌えよペン (5))
Romnia Teikoku Koubouki 7 -Arata na Jidai e no Ippo- (ロムニア帝国興亡記 (7) ─新たな時代への一歩─)
Hiota no Kanojo ga Ore no Motteru Eroge ni Kyoumi Shinshin Nanda ga…… (非オタの彼女が俺の持ってるエロゲに興味津々なんだが……)
Konjiki no Word Master Gaiden: Unique Cheat no Isekai Tanbouki (金色の文字使い 外伝 (2) ―ユニークチートと導かれし仲間たち―)
Eiyuu Toshi no Bakadomo 2 ~Megami to Kantachi no Matsuri~ (英雄都市のバカども (2) ~女神と漢たちの祭り~)
Dekisokonai no Monster Trainer 4 (できそこないの魔獣錬磨師 (4))
アサシンズプライド 暗殺教師と無能才女
Senkan Gakuen no Gramritter 2 Tenraku no Madoushi to Mayoeru Koujo (戦艦学園のグラムリッター (2) 転落の魔道士と迷える皇女)
Kitaku Sensou: Kaeritai n Dakedo Sensou Okoshite mo Ii? (帰宅戦争 帰りたいんだけど戦争起こしてもいい?)

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th January)
ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ 要塞少女と契約の騎士 (上)
神候補たちと冥王の剣 (1) アマデウスリプレイ

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris: (release date 20th January)
Goshujin-sama no Omezame-gatari 1 (ご主人様のお目覚め係1)
Wakeari Seijo no Junan: Seisai ka Aijin ka, Sore ga Mondai Desu! (わけあり聖女の受難 正妻か愛人か、それが問題です!)
Dainana Teikoku Hanayagitai: Sono Koi, Kataru Koto Nakare (第七帝国華やぎ隊 その恋、語ることなかれ)

TO Books: (release date 20th January)
俺が魔族軍で出世して、魔王の(娘の)心を射止める話V

Ichijinsha Bunko: (release date 20th January)
Dragon Live Online (ドラゴンライブ・オンライン)
School of Kingdom! Ore ga Kokuou de, Class ga Shou Kokka!? (スクール・オブ・キングダム! 俺が国王で、クラスが小国家!?)

Shueisha Orange Bunko: (release date 20th Jauary)
鍵屋甘味処改 3 子猫の恋わずらい
きょうの日はさようなら
小説 ダメな私に恋してください
書店男子と猫店主の平穏なる余暇
建築学科のけしからん先生、天明屋空将の事件簿
マスカレード・オン・アイス
小説 スミカスミレ

HJ Novels: (release date 22nd January)
Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de 8 (二度目の人生を異世界で8)
呼び出された殺戮者3

Dash Ex Bunko: (release date 22nd January)
Eiyuu Kyoushitsu 4 (英雄教室4)
Isekai Kazoku Hyouryuuki: Fushigi no Shima no Elsa (異世界家族漂流記 不思議の島のエルザ)
Fang Of Underdog 4 (ファング・オブ・アンダードッグ4)
Marx-chan Nyuumon (マルクスちゃん入門)
Isekai Musume to Inaka Seikatsu: Oi Majin, Socchi wa Tanbo da. (異世界娘と田舎生活 おい魔神、そっちは田んぼだ。)
Houshin Engi 3 (封神演戯3)
Tokyo Senyaku Koukou Dai-72 Toubatsuhan 3 (東京戦厄高校第72討伐班3)

Mitsuyume Bunko: (release date 22nd January)
強引執着溺愛ダーリン あきらめの悪い御曹司
恋文ラビリンス 担当編集は初恋の彼! ?

Mahou no i-Rand Bunko: (release date 22nd January)
溺愛III (上)
誓愛 ―世界で一番綺麗なもの―
ペパーミントホイップ
君がいなきゃダメなんだ

Jewel Books: (release date 22nd January)
オークションにかけられた花嫁 ~国王陛下は至極の真珠を溺愛する~

Overlap Novels: (release date 22nd January)
Kyoukai Meikyuu to Ikai no Mautsushi 3 (境界迷宮と異界の魔術師 3)

Overlap Bunko: (release date 22nd January)
Isekai Meikyuu no Saishinbu wo Mezasou 6 (異世界迷宮の最深部を目指そう 6)
Seiju no Kuni no Kinju Tsukai 5 (聖樹の国の禁呪使い 5)
Leangrad no Manabiya yori 3 (リーングラードの学び舎より 3)

Media Works Bunko: (release date 23rd January)
トリックスターズ
初恋ロスタイム
トリックスターズL
人生はアイスクリーム
探偵事務所ANSWER ~アンサーさんとさとるくん~

Unknown label or not a light novel:
レッドスワンの奏鳴
俺の死亡フラグが留まるところを知らない 2

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 19th January) – 2 volumes
Nijigen Dream Bunko (release date 21st January) – 2 volumes
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 22nd January) – 1 volume

Plus rereleases of Sagashi 8 (詐騎士〈8〉), 灰色のマリエ〈2〉 and 賢者の失敗〈2〉 under Regina Bunko.

2015 in retrospect: A few personal yearly top 10s

Well this was supposed to be posted early last week but it took far longer than I had thought… I should probably start writing it up sooner next year, or maybe keep track of more things than just the drop point throughout the course of the year.

As with last year, eligibility is determined by when I first encountered the thing in question, not when the series started.

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Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2016 season of catchup week 1

Very short post this week. Maybe in the upcoming week I’ll actually get some time to myself… Who knows. Although there are various other things I’m working through. And I’m spending more time reading than watching.

Episodes watched in the past week:
Itoshi no Muco 13
Itoshi no Muco 14
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 1
Noragami Aragato 12
Noragami Aragato 13 END
Arslan Senki 21
Arslan Senki 22
Arslan Senki 23
Arslan Senki 24
Arslan Senki 25 END

Noragami Aragato – The first half was definitely better than the second, although the last part was certainly interesting. I’m getting the manga already – maybe I should get around to actually reading it at some point.

Arslan Senki – well it had been a while since I last watched this series, so it took a few minutes to work out what exactly was going on. Once I had gotten into it again, though, I remembered how good the series had been, and soon found myself watching all the remaining episodes back to back (which is not what I had intended to do

Monthly Japanese Light Novel Sales Figures December 2015

Data covers 30th November – 27th December 2015

Volume ranking:

*1 208,961 Sword Art Online Progressive 4
*2 *80,802 Haikyuu!! Shousetsuban!! 6
*3 *61,104 No Game No Life 8 Gamer-tachi wa Fuseki wo Tsuideiku Sou Desu
*4 *52,693 Papillon Rouge to Arashi no Hoshi: Kaizoku to Joou no Kouchuuki
*5 *51,976 Owari no Seraph: Kyuuketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari 1
*6 *49,887 Okitegami Kyouko no Taishoku Negai
*7 *37,854 Okitegami Kyouko no Bibouroku
*8 *29,868 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 9
*9 *27,214 Tokyo Ravens 14 EMPEROR.ADVENT
10 *25,888 Last Embryo 2 Sairin no Avatar
11 *25,563 Highschool D×D DX.2 Matsure☆Ryuujin Shoujo
12 *24,690 Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 6
13 *22,103 Shinmai Maou no Testament IX
14 *21,978 Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba sugiru 10
15 *21,762 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 18 Shizoku Kaigi-hen (part 2)
16 *21,538 Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv.9
17 *20,994 Hachinantte, Sore wa Nai Deshou! 7
18 *19,646 Okitegami Kyouko no Suisenbun
19 *19,178 Shousetsu Idolish7: Ryuusei no Inoru
20 *18,616 Gate Jieitai Kanochi Nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden 4 Shirogane no Akira Hime-hen part 1

Series ranking:

*1 215,868 Sword Art Online Progressive
*2 141,664 Boukyaku Tantei Series
*3 *94,975 Haikyuu Shousetsuban!!
*4 *76,243 No Game No Life
*5 *52,693 Papillon Rouge to Arashi no Hoshi
*6 *51,976 Owari no Seraph: Kyuuketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari
*7 *50,988 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
*8 *46,841 Overlord
*9 *43,776 Gate Jieitai Kanochi Nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden Series
10 *41,699 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
11 *38,232 Sword Art Online
12 *36,861 Highschool D×D Tanhenshuu
13 *35,022 Owari no Seraph: Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu
14 *32,305 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu
15 *30,656 orange novelisation
16 *28,517 Monogatari Series
17 *27,982 Last Embryo
18 *27,513 Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
19 *27,374 Tokyo Ravens
20 *24,450 Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?

Source: Oricon via myanimelist.net

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