J-Novel nabs Orphen, Amagi Brilliant Park, and a couple interesting goodies


A '90s light novel joins the fray

Anime Expo started on Thursday, and J-Novel unleashed a new arsenal of titles on their Website. Coincidentally, one of them answered my prayers as the original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen light novel launches in English. Honestly, I'm not too familiar with it, but the art featured in the anime and PS2 game gave me a good vibe.

Since it revolves around a magic school dropout trying to save his friend who accidentally became a dragon, it sounds right up my alley. That, and it looks like it's another fun fantasy story from the '90s.

As for the other stuff, Amagi Brilliant Park enters the scene, which is great for those who enjoy Shouji Gouto's (Full Metal Panic!'s Author) works. Since it received an anime by Kyoto Animation in the past, it could act as an excuse to go through the events that occur after the adaptation.

Speaking of things that received anime adaptations, Kokoro Connect joins the roster. I may have missed out on the anime, but I remember Former Japanator Editor-in-Chief Brad Rice enjoying the series. I guess it did some great stuff with the way how the cast bonded after going through swapping bodies.

For those looking for a different category of magic, Gear Drive focuses on a girl who acquires the power to control gears. Part of it had to with her failing to learn the ways of sorcery through studying. From the looks of it, this angle could lead to some clever moments.

Next up is Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles, which focuses on a kid going to a fancy school in a fantasy world. On top of that, he's the reincarnation of a college student. Seeing that he got into the academy through solving a mystery, it may feature some elements to keep people invested.

This following one crosses into the realm of prostitution as JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World puts the lead in this job. Since it features dark humor, it could be a commentary on this field of work. With her best friend being the one who gets the special powers, it sounds like the main heroine is being depicted as one who has to adapt to a harsh setting.

If monsters are your thing, Marchen de Werwolf: The Annals of Veight deals with the idea of coexistence since a lycanthrope is doing his best to bring peace between humans and demons. 

This final piece is a compilation of stories called Last and First Idol. One is a sci-fi idol tale, the second deals with discovering the truth behind the universe through gacha, and the third one involves space voice actors.

As always, J-Novel lets people check out the first chapter for free, with the service being $4.50 a month. Based on their library so far, they seem to have a solid amount of stuff. 

Last but not least, they're planning to give In Another World With My Smartphone a physical release. If it does well, I hope it can lead to more of their other titles receiving this treatment. Also, I love how this was revealed during the week that the anime adaptation came out on home video in North America.

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