Episode 39 – Kono Rano 2021 & New Licenses

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode, we’re talking about some news that’s happened since our last episode. The 2021 edition of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi (Kono Rano) was released. This yearly ranking of light novels is interesting for a number of reason! Also, we had J-Novel Club and Seven Seas announce some new series that they are bringing to English!


Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles getting an anime: http://bit.ly/3aw5myK


Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi 2021
Bunkobon List: http://bit.ly/3fs1lvW
Tankobon List: http://bit.ly/3nSOoy5
Top 10 Characters/Illustrators: http://bit.ly/3m4b5if

J-Novel Club Licenses: http://bit.ly/34seFvV

Seven Seas Announces Airship Imprint: http://bit.ly/38hz5c7
Airship Licenses: http://bit.ly/3h0LIMT

Episode 38 – There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right?

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode, we are talking about Tentai Book’s premier title, There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right? We’ll be keeping our discussion to just the first volume. This is a School Slice of Life Romance Comedy title. There will be SPOILERS!
We’re also covering some new licensing announcements from Yen On, Seven Seas, and Sol Press.


Square Enix Launches New Light Novel Label

Manga Planet Licenses Seven Yuri Super Light Novels

FAKKU Looking for Light Novel Translators

Seven Seas Licenses

Yen Press Licenses

Sol Press Licenses


TITLE: There’s No Way a Side Character Like Me Could be Popular, Right?
AKA: 友人キャラの俺がモテまくるわけないだろ? — “Yujinchara no Ore ga Motemakuru Wakenaidaro?”
AUTHOR: Sekaiichi – 世界一
ILLUSTRATOR: Tomari – トマリ
TRANSLATOR:” Alejandro de Vicente Suárez
PUBLISHER (English): Tentai Books
RELEASE DATE (English): May 29, 2020
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/3fkJJBE
PURCHASE (Google Play): https://bit.ly/3mj5l4X
PURCHASE (Bookwalker): https://bit.ly/35yQKw9

PUBLISHER (Japan): Overlap Bunko
RELEASE DATE (Japan): July 25, 2019
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 3

“I just love you sooooooo much, Senpai!”

My name is Tomoki Yuuki, a second-year student in high school. I’d say I’m a fairly normal student, save for the fact that everyone avoids me like the plague because I apparently look like I’m out for blood. Ike Haruma is the only one that doesn’t steer clear of me. He’s your typical ‘perfect guy’ in every sense; the protagonist with no real flaws that you see in any given story.

Life at school was going on as usual… until one day Haruma’s super popular little sister confesses to me out of the blue?! Though she later clarifies that her feelings toward me are anything but romantic and that she has an ulterior motive, I end up accepting my new role as ‘fake boyfriend’ as a favor to Haruma.

Believe it or not, the moment I start going out with her, Haruma’s idol-tier childhood friend and my super hot teacher get involved with me too!

Wait a minute, this can’t be a dream rom-com scenario setting itself up for me, can it?! I mean, there’s no way a side character like me could be popular, right?

Episode 19 Konosuba

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Hello light novel fans! Welcome to another episode of the Light Novel Podcast. Tonight we’re talking about a less than serious isekai series, Konosuba! God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World. This series is released in English by Yen On. We’ll be focusing our discussion on the first 4 volumes of Konosuba, as this is what the anime covered. As always, there will be spoilers


Justus R. Stone


My Youth Romantic Comedy Volume 14 on indefinite delay

4 New License Announcements from Yen On

A Mysterious Job Called Oda Nobunaga
(Oda Nobunaga to Iu Nazo no Shokugyō ga Mahō Kenshi yori Cheat Datta node, Ōkoku o Tsukuru Koto ni Shimashita)
Author: Kisetsu Morita

Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town
(Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shōnen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Yō na Monogatari)
Authors: Toshio Satō

World’s Strongest Rearguard: Labyrinth Country & Dungeon Seekers
(Sekai Saikyō no Kōei ~Meikyūkoku no Shinjin Tansakusha)
Authors: Tōwa

The Greatest Mao Is Reborn to Get Friends
(Shijō Saikyō no Ōmaō, Murabito A ni Tensei Suru)
Author: Myōjin Katō


TITLE: Konosuba God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World
AKA: この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
AUTHOR: Natsume Akatsuki
ILLUSTRATOR: Kurone Mishima
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2wgc8nj

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan): 15 Ongoing
ANIME SERIES: 2 Seasons covering 4 volumes. An upcoming anime movie will cover the 5th volume

Episode 18 Overlord

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Hey there light novel fans! On this episode of the Light Novel Podcast we’re discussing the isekai series, Overlord. Now this one has had 3 cours of anime, covering up to volume 9 of the light novel series. In this episode, we’re focusing on the first 3 volumes of the Overlord series.


Justus R. Stone


High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Re:Zero gets a 2nd season

Goblin Slayer gets an OVA

Infinite Dendrogram gets spin-off manga

Reincarnated as a Slime gets spin-off manga

Season 3 of My Youth Romantic Comedy SNAFU – is wrong as i expected

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime gets a 2nd season


Vertical gets 3rd volume of Zaregoto

Bakemonogatari manga

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose Resurrection at Nineteen


The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan

Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Full Metal Panic


TITLE: Overlord
AKA: オーバーロード
AUTHOR: Kugane Maruyama
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
PURCHASE (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2Djzxbm

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan): 13 Ongoing
ANIME SERIES: 3 Seasons covering 9 volumes

Episode 17 The Rising of the Shield Hero

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode we’re delving into the first four volumes of the light novel series, The Rising of the Shield Hero! This one currently has an anime airing on Crunchyroll and it’s cause a fair share of controversy.


Justus R. Stone


The Light Novel Podcast/Justus R. Stone have an official Discord Group

Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?

Ascendance of a Bookworm

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord

Light Novel About Sex Slave Canceled After Author’s Heated Tweets Against Illustrator

Publisher Alphapolis revealed on February 20 that Rain and Bōkyaku no Haō Roland light novel author Takumi Yoshino recently passed away.

Light Novel Awards from LN News for January 2019. Monthly ‘Hot’ category: ‘”Rust Eater Bisco” is selected. The first volume and the third volume are all selected in this department, and there is no doubt that it is one of the most “hot” works right now.’


TITLE: The Rising of the Shield Hero
AKA: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, 盾の勇者の成り上がり
AUTHOR: Aneko Yusagi
PUBLISHER (English): One Peace Books
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2Oqv2zV

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Books
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 21 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: Currently Airing

Episode 16 Psycome

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! In this episode we’re delving into the first 3 volumes of the Yen On series, Psycome. This series, also dubbed Psycho Love Comedy, is complete at 6 volumes in English. It’s one of the first light novel series Yen On picked up that wasn’t also supported by an anime and/or manga.


Justus R. Stone


Bakemonogatari Manga Series Surpasses One Million Copies Printed
With only 3 volumes out

Kadokawa Launches Dragon Novels Imprint for Novels Based on Tabletop RPGs

2 More The Irregular at Magic High School Manga Launch in March

Infinite Dendrogram Getting an Anime

Infinite Dendrogram getting PRINT releases

Seven Seas Licenses Evangelion Light Novels

Seven Seas Releasing Arifureta Zero in Print

Seven Seas Licenses Reincarnated As A Sword


TITLE: Psycome
AKA: Psycho Love Comedy, サイコメ
AUTHOR: Mizuki Mizushiro
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Nicole Wilder
PURCHASE Psycome from Amazon

PUBLISHER (Japan): Famitsu Bunko
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (complete) +1 Short Story volume

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Episode 15 Our Top Reads of 2018 and Wants for 2019

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Hello Light Novel Podcast listeners! After a Winter Holiday break, we’re back with a new episode! This time, to say a final farewell to 2018, we’re each listing our Top 3 light novel reads of 2018. Then we are taking a look ahead at 2019. There’s already some licensing news starting, but we thought we’d each pick a few titles we hope to see get an official English release announced this year.


Justus R. Stone


Haruhi Suzumiya novels being re-released from Kadokawa Bunko

Arifureta anime premieres July 2019

Goblin Slayer Anime ended with a tease that more would be coming

Rumor – Apparently the domain dendro-anime.jp was registered. Does this signal an Infinite Dendrogram anime?

Seishun Buta Yaro Series film coming Summer 2019. Staff and cast returning from the TV anime

Cop Craft Light Novel Series Getting an Anime in 2019
Series is written by the author of Full Metal Panic

Naruto Shinden Novels get Anime

Invaders of the Rokujouma is getting a drama CD to celebrate its 10th Anniversary

Square Enix Announces a Certain Magical Index Smartphone Game

Cross Infinite World Licenses the light novels series Beast’s Blood
2 volumes per the announcement

New Yen On Licenses

The Survived Alchemist with a Dream of Quiet Town Life
5 Volumes in Japan as of January 2019

Little Witch Academia Novel The Nonsensical Witch and The Country of Faeries

J-Novel Club licenses

I Shall Survive Using Potions
4 volumes in Japan as of January 2019

Cooking With Wild Game
16 volumes in Japan as of January 2019

Welcome to Japan Ms. Elf!
2 Volumes currently out in Japan

J-Novel Club also licensed the manga of An Archdemon’s Dilemma, How to Love Your Elf Bride, as well as I Will Survive Using Potions and The Magic in This Other World is Too Far Behind
http:// https://j-novel.club/c/an-archdemon-s-dilemma-how-to-love-your-elf-bride-manga-volume-1-chapter-1


Our Top 3 Light Novel reads of 2018

Our most hoped for Light Novel licenses for 2019