Are Light Novels What My Old Teachers Wanted Me to Read. . .?
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Nov. 6th –
Hello again, Giga-Landers! I am here again with a missed week in between my Initial Review articles for Fall’s anime! Unfortunately for me, I was unable to post last week due to a family emergency but, worry not, everything is hunky-dory now and all is well. Mostly, anyway.
In the meantime, I’ve been able to watch quite a bit of anime and read even more light novels. I’ve finally caught up on the U.S releases for “Rising of the Shield Hero”, which is volume 8, and now I am in constant pain waiting for the next volume to release. While the writing may not be the best thing in the world, the contents are extremely fun and genuinely have me flipping the pages in anticipation every time.
However, with those finished, I’ve also been able to read “KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World” and “Baccano!”. The former is extremely hilarious, just as the anime was, but seeing things purely from Kazuma’s point of view, and seeing his thoughts, really brings an extra dose of comedy to the forefront. On the other hand, the latter is on the completely other side of the spectrum. Just like the anime, if centers on a “Camorra” group that runs its own alcohol ring during the 1920’s prohibition era. It has some very solid comedy when Isaac and Miria are thrown into the mix, but an intriguing mystery while focusing on other characters. Unlike the anime, though, the book doesn’t tell the story out of order with a big twist at the end. It plays out more like a ball of string that, upon tugging, reveals more and more mystery and depth as you go along. It’s extremely well written and a genuinely good read, even for those with a more high-brow taste. Definitely recommend all three!
NOW ON TO ANIME!
With the new fall season of anime under way, and my Initial Review Article out of the way, I can finally chat a little about some of the garbage I’m watching this season!
While in my first article, I talk a lot about how much I love Mahoutsukai no Yome and in my second article I talk a bit about my hatred and overall confusion with Dies Irae, those are only the anime we drafted as a group (of friends). Another anime I’d like to talk about is Inuyashiki. This particular show centers on an older gentlemen of 58 named Inuyashiki Ichiro whose life is basically garbage. Just awful. Ever heard of the The Binding of Isaac? Yes, “everything is terrible” in this man’s life. One evening he is walking his dog and he is caught in an explosion, but when he wakes up, he doesn’t have a single scratch on him. However, being caught in the unfortunate blast has a strange effect on Ichiro and only one other person he saw may be able to answer the questions about these things.
The first episode is like a bell curve: it starts out OK, gets worse and worse, then gets even worse, then ends with Ichiro being able to walk away from a situation feeling like he’d been useful to someone for once. However, the second episode I will warn you of now: WARNING* It is extremely gory and dark and instead focuses on a young man who is quite literally a psychopath intent on killing random people just to see if he can feel. The juxtaposition between these two is very jarring but terribly interesting and I can’t wait to see how it goes. It’s definitely a good watch this season, given that you’re OK with my warning.
Anyway, that’s it for me today Giga-Landers. I hope you have a great Monday and an even better day! -J.R