What Is The Best Light Novel Of All Time

Happy chinese new year 2020 background vectorA light novel is one of the coolest modern Japanese cultures while anime and manga have been known more commonly as leading Japanese contents recently. However, don't forget that light novels which are generated by Japanese pop culture (or subculture) becomes the basis of anime and manga adaptations. Current popular anime series are adapted from the light novels. Speaking of Japanese novels, Haruki Murakami, Soseki Natsume and other modern authors are famous worldwide. At the same time, light novels can be positioned as part of Japanese literature. The definition of light novels are not clear in a general way. To put it plainly, light novels often have an anime-style illustration on the book cover and some character illustrations are added inside the book as well. That kind of novels were sold in Japan from around the 1970s and it is said that light novels originated with that date. Light novels became widely recognized when the legendary Slayers written by Hajime Kanzaki (illustrated by Rui Araizumi) was published in 1989 though there were a small minority of the fans in the whole society. Since then, now-famous titles have been released in Japan and the light novel is one of the most popular book genres as well as manga and novels in the present day. Today, I'd like to introduce the best light novels of all time for both beginners and advanced readers. Many popular books are translated into English and other languages ​​so that you can enjoy reading them in your native languages.

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Rabbit Hero Mirko The main character Goblin Slayer is the soldier who takes his life on hunting goblins. The manga and anime adaptations have been made for its popularity. 24. Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life? Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! 2016, is categorized as fantasy and Isekai. A high school girl Misato is killed in a traffic accident and is born again in the parallel world as a teenage girl named Adele. She finds out that she has a much more powerful abilities than average while she asks to make her abilities just average. Katanagatari (刀語), which means Sword Tale in English, was written in 2007-2008 by Nisio Isin who is one of the most famous light novel authors in Japan. The historical story is set in the fictional Japan around the Edo period. The protagonist Shichika Yasuri begins his journey to collect the 12 legendary swords fighting the owners and other enemies. The university student Naofumi Iwatani is suddenly transported to the fantasy world and given a role as the Shield Hero. There are three other heroes in the same situation, but they have offensive weapons such as sword, lance and arrow. The Shield Hero manages to fight enemies with the defensive shield. A nerdy high school boy Hajime Nagumo is summoned to the fantasy world with his classmates.

He is represented as an antihero or dark hero in the story. The setting is the fictional world that is inspired by the medieval Europe and the story focuses on the two main characters. A traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence encounters various incidents on his trip with the wolf personified Holo who looks like a human-wolf hybrid. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲), the typical Naro novel, is one of the most read light novels on Shosetsuka ni Naro in the recent years. A 29 years old gaming programmer named Ichiro Suzuki works too hard and has a nap in the office. He wakes up to become aware that he is in the of the role-playing game that he is making. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転生したらスライムだった件) is a popular ongoing Naro and Isekai light novel with the unique theme.

Main characters are reborn in the different fictional world as a human, but the protagonist of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is Reincarnated as a slime named Rimuru. Classroom of the Elite (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ), published from 2015, is one of the hottest school-themed light novels. It focuses on everyday life of the highest-level high school and there are highly intelligent students in the school including the protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokoji. Each class fights with others with a variety of mind games. The following story, which started from 2020, begins after Kiyotaka and his classmates go to the second grade. 16. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? The setting is the fantasy world Orario where there are lots of underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. The main character Bell visits Dungeons to live from day to day and get stronger, and then he falls in love with the powerful swordswoman Ais. The ongoing sci-fi novel has the theme of magic in the fictional Japan.

The story centers on the two students in First High School: the brother Tatsuya and his little sister Miyuki. It depicts the high school life of the pessimistic boy Hachiman Hikigaya and his school service club members including the heroine Yukino Yukinoshita. Zaregoto Series (戯言シリーズ) is one of the most popular light novel series written by Nisio Isin. The main character "I" and his friend Timo Kunagiza meet a variety of unique characters and get involved in lots of incidents. The spin-off series Ningen Series with 7 volumes and Saikyo Series with 4 volumes are also related to the main series. As one of the most popular Naro light novels, Overlord (オーバーロード) should be picked out. It was published at first on the websites Arcadia and Shosetsuka ni Naro from 2012. Momonga, the player of VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) named YGGDRASIL, finds out he is transported to the different world from YGGDRASIL as the game character called Ainz Ooal Gown. The Saga of Tanya the Evil (幼女戦記), a unique fantasy light novel, started its publication on the website Arcadia in 2011 and as a physical book in 2013. The setting of The Saga of Tanya the Evil is inspired by the World Wars in Europe. A salaried worker is sent to another world in the past as a little girl named Tanya von Degurechaff. The young, blonde girl survives in the world as a member of the military. The light novel has been adapted into manga, anime and movies as well as other popular novels.

10. Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!! The Isekai comedy light novel, which can be also looked on as the Naro genre, features the 4 main characters: Kazuma, Aqua, Darkness and Megumin. Kazuma, who dies in an accident when he is a high schooler, is sent to the fantasy world with the goddess Aqua. As one of the most read light novels in the 2000s, Toradora! In the story, everyday and romance of the high schoolers Ryuji, Taiga and their friends with comedy. On the other hand, they have lots of problems in their lives such as family problems of the heroine Taiga. The adventure novel focuses on a teen girl named Kino who travels around the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes. She visits a variety of fictional counties that have unique customs and social systems. Each episode stands alone, which has a kind of allegoricalness. Two seasons of the anime adaptation have been released. No Game No Life (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ) is a famous ongoing fantasy light novel and anime series.

Those things are often caused by their psychological problems.

Remarkably, the same person, whose name is Yu Kamiya, both writes the story and illustrates the characters on the cover. It follows 18-year-old boy named Sora and his 11 years old sister-in-law named Shiro, who are undefeated gamers with high intelligence. They are transported to Isekai (another world) and fight various unique games there. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない), which is also known as Seishun Buta Yaro Series, is the first title of the recent popular light novel series published from 2014. In the story, lots of strange supernatural events happen around the main character Sakuta and people around him including his family and classmates. Those things are often caused by their psychological problems. If you enjoy this light novel or other Japanese pop culture, you need to know the word Senpai, which means a senior especially in schools and other communities. In this case, the main heroine Mai is the Senpai (one grade ahead) for Sakuta. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活), which is abbreviated to Re:ZERO, is one of the most popular Isekai light novels of all time. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- is set in the parallel world where the main character Subaru Natsuki is sent for any reason.

He is transported to another world but is not granted any powerful ability while a main character of many Isekai light novels gets something special. However, there is the one extraordinary thing he can experience in the world: Shinimodori ("Return by Death"). He goes back in time to the past in the living state, which is triggered by his death. The story follows him and his meeting various unique characters such as the heroine Emilia and the twin maids Ram and Rem. The longest and most popular light novel A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録) is categorized as action and fantasy. The setting is the high-tech town in the fictional Tokyo where supernatural power and magic are a reality. There are 2 main groups in the world: Espers based on science and Sorcerers based on magic. A Certain Magical Index focuses on the main character Toma Kamijo who belongs to the side of Espers and the main heroine Index on the side of Sorcerers. In addition to a variety of attractive characters, the powerful battle scenes of Toma are one of the highlights in the light novel. The spin-offs A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲) featuring Mikoto Misaka and A Certain Scientific Accelerator (とある科学の一方通行) featuring Accelerator are very popular among fans as well. Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン), abbreviated to SAO, is one of the most famous and popular Japanese light novels all over the world.

The current seasons of anime adaptations are highly rated among the fans of the light novel.

The fantasy adventure novel, published from 2009, can be divided into 5 main parts: Aincrad, Fairy Dance, Phantom Bullet, Alicization and Unital Ring. The story mainly proceeds in the virtual reality world. Sword Art Online is set in the fictional world 2022 where the advanced VR online game called Sword Art Online is invented. The FullDive technology enables players to immerse themselves in VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), which means they can feel all senses for fighting, eating, sleeping and so on there. The story begins when the players of SAO are trapped in the game world as they are unable to log out including the main character Kirito and heroine Asuna. The current seasons of anime adaptations are highly rated among the fans of the light novel. In terms of quality of contents and popularity, many light novel fans look on Monogatari Series (物語シリーズ) as the best one of all time. Monogatari Series, written by the popular author Nisio Isin, has been top-rated as both a light novel and a normal novel.

There are 20 titles with 26 volumes and a spin-off (as of 2020) in the series, and a new volume is still released every few years lately. The popular series begins with Bakemonogartari (化物語) focusing on the high school guy Koyomi Araragi and his girl friends and his sisters. The theme of the novel is an aberration called Kaii in Japanese, which is a sort of an evil spirit. The characters are possessed by the aberrations for any reason, and Koyomi tries to help them while he is also possessed by a vampire. One of the highlights in the light novel is speedy conversations by the characters who have unique personalities. You can enjoy various essences such as battle scenes, human drama, mystery, etc. The three seasons (from Bakemonogatari to Zoku-owarimonogatari) have been adapted into an anime, and fans expect other parts to be made into anime adaptations in the future.


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