Learning and Reading With Light Novels!
*Adjusts Glasses and Smokes Pipe Intelligently*
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Sept. 18th –
Hello again Giga-Friends! I hope you’re doing well today or, at least, you had a pretty good weekend! As for myself, I’ve been keeping busy even at work, making sure to read books/manga whenever I have a little bit of down time during my breaks!
I’ve finally gotten around to reading the Rising of the Shield Hero light novels that I’ve been wanting to dig into for awhile now. The books themselves, while slightly amateurish, have a ton of potential. I know you’ve heard me talk about Shield Hero before, so I’ll spare you the details, but I do highly recommend the manga, if anything.
The light novels take a slightly more personal approach than the manga, however, and focus more on what the protagonist Naofumi is thinking and feeling rather than his expressions. The best part about them is that we really get to see what he thinks about his awful situation. The writing itself really pulls you into Naofumi’s mood, whether he’s seething with rage and hatred, or he’s scared with his back against the wall doing anything he can just to survive. I genuinely enjoy how well put together it is and that character dynamic of Naofumi and Raphtalia is an actual relationship, not a hinge to base a second-hand love affair on. However, it does have some drawbacks. For instance, it becomes very difficult to tell who’s speaking in a row of dialogue with more than two people and often times a large portion of the dialogue comes in just monosyllabic expressions (e.g. “Yeah”, “right” etc. . .). But, these things I can forgive because the writing is done well enough to make me actually feel things, which is generally something I don’t do.
I do recommend the books, but if you’re more of a manga-person, I can totally relate. The manga’s artwork is particularly fantastic in how it portrays the characters and their expressions. One specific example would be when Naofumi is accused of a crime he did not commit; the breaking of an innocent man, and the turning of a loving person into a hateful and distrustful scoundrel is apparent in just one panel. Though the landscapes and backgrounds are nothing special, the character designs are near flawless and I think most people would truly enjoy it.
That being said, I can’t wait for the anime to air. And yes, an anime was announced and the amount of joy I felt when watching the trailer was hard to contain. At least, that’s when our neighbors told me to shut up.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Since the previous section was so long, I’ll jump in to what I want to say right off the bat:
You need to be watching Made in Abyss. Not tomorrow, not in a little bit, not “when I have time”.
If the show continues as it does now, any other anime would be hardpressed to beat it out for “Anime of the Year”. And no, I’m genuinely not joking about that. Do yourself a favor and throw yourself into it. It takes a jab at a lot of different genres while remaining in its own and, despite my fears, the show has definitely been getting steadily darker while presenting an amazing story. Do yourself this favor.
Anyway, that’s it for me today, Giga-Landers! I hope you have a great day and an even better week! -J.R