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Posted 8/19/13
ITT: Discuss light novels, what you're reading, what's your favorite, recommend to others.
Try to keep on topic without ranting on about how the anime adaptation ruined your pure and innocent waifu.
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Posted 8/19/13 , edited 8/19/13
I'm on book 8 of the Haruhi novels, in English. I've greatly enjoyed the series as a whole.

I've on book 1 of Kokoro Connect, in Japanese. It's slow going since I have to look up quite a few works, but it's great so far.
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I like the Vampire Hunter D novels and am about to start on Volume 14, which is the beginning of Dark Road. I love the series as it feeds the need for D during these eternally long intervals in between anime adaptations.
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forsakenmage wrote:

I love the series as it feeds the need for D.


//snickers
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I love light novels! IMO the light novels are generally better than the anime / manga versions.

Unfortunately, they take a LOT longer to translate.

Some good ones are Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Chrome Shelled Regios, Fate/Zero, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai, Sayonara Piano Sonata, and Oregairu.
My favorite is Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

I'm going to pretend I never read High School DxD...

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I'd love to read LN's... but I have no idea where to find LEGAL LN's in English, and can't read Japanese (though I hope to change that over the years) so I can't go down that road.
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I really like the the death note spin-off light novel "the Los Angeles BB murder case" It's by the guy who created The Monotagari series. It's super good, I think! The art is weird in a good one.
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Posted 12/7/13

Stonewolfe wrote:

I'd love to read LN's... but I have no idea where to find LEGAL LN's in English, and can't read Japanese (though I hope to change that over the years) so I can't go down that road.





Yen Press publishes quite a few, they are easy to find on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com
they have published the Spice and Wolf novels, as well as the Haruhi Suzumiya novels. They have also just licensed the Sword art online novels.
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What is the level of language proficiency needed to enjoy a Japanese light novel?
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Posted 12/17/13
To aru majutsu no Index ( A certain magical Index) is by far my favorite light novel series (or series in general).

You can read it online at Baka-Tsuki which translates Japanese light novels into English and other languages with permission.

There are two seasons so far of an anime to the light novels, and there are two seasons of the spin-off (well side-story) series to aru kagaku no railgun (a certain scientific railgun).

This is a highly recommended watch/read. Though I just recommend watching the first 2 seasons and then reading the LN's from book 13 and on afterwards...
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I really have been enjoying the official LN releases from Haruhi Suzumiya & Bungaku Shoujo(Book Girl). I tried reading fan-translated LN's on my PC screen before but it just didn't do the trick =/.. I'm really the type of person that prefers reading books&manga on printed paper so I hope more and more LN's will end up getting official translations
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Posted 1/20/14 , edited 1/20/14
@Ares

I've found it depends on the series label/publisher~

There's an excellent label for students called Tsubasa Bunko, which are great for language students who want a taste of light novels. They're aimed for children, so they have plenty of furigana! I still read Tsubasa Bunko titles~ They're so much fun!

http://www.tsubasabunko.jp/menu/index.php

Oddly enough, I've found that series aimed at boys (such as Imouto series, pretty much every Dengeki Bunko) are very liberal with their furigana readings, moreso than girl's novels.

I think if you have an early middle-school comprehension of the language (as long as you have a trusted dictionary for the occasional unknown vocabulary) you should do fine!

Do you have a particular title in mind? Hope this (long winded answer) helps~!
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Posted 1/21/14

Ares105 wrote:

What is the level of language proficiency needed to enjoy a Japanese light novel?


As some others have said, it greatly depends. Something like Kokoro Connect requires highschool level proficiency and an understanding of slang. Others are easier, but you cannot always tell the level of difficulty before hand. I suggest asking people that are familiar with the titles you are interested in.
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[mod edit: paragraph deleted because it discusses/names fan translation site --lorreen]

My favorite LN series is called To aru Majutsu no Index. It's also coincidentally my favorite anime series, my favorite manga series, and my favorite LN series. There's also a spin-off series that people like as an anime called To aru Kagaku no railgun.

This series is about literally everything and it rivals Detective Conan in length except that it's all plot without any filler. Every detail in this series and the amount of world-building is literally insane. The plot is incredibly intricate and the characters have ridiculous amounts of depth. For example, Misaka Mikoto from this series has been Dengeki Bunko's #1 most popular LN female character for the last four years straight. Kamijou Touma one of the main male characters from this series has also been an exceedingly popular character, and just so happens to be my favorite character in fiction.

All of the 100 + cast of this series are excellently developed characters that I really love. It is the only series that has no characters that I don't love profusely. This series dabbles into every genre imagineable and it works surprisingly well to an unexpected level.

This series is one of the most famous LN series in Japan but it's surprisingly unknown here so I really recommend you give it a try. It's on [site that shall not be named] for people who want to try reading it, or you can just try watching the first two seasons of the anime of Index/Railgun.

This series also has amazing plot shenanigans that makes Kill la Kill/ One Piece/ and other crazy series look not that crazy. (don't get me Kill la Kill is my second favorite anime...).

Every volume is exponentially better than the last one, and it's a long series so by this point it has gotten absolutely insane, and it's hard for me to compare this series to any other one, though there are other LN series that I like, but not nearly on the same level.

I really recommend you try reading this at some point, it is just absolutely amazing and I give it a super-high recommendation. (My profile pic is an illustration from the latest book of this series.) (new books come out every 4 months).

The other best part of this series is that the Author is like a computer program and somehow plans out everything in advance and writes a lot of amazing material very quickly.

The world building of this series is second to none including the Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, etc... it is incredible, so I really commend this to anyone looking for an amazing series.

Like I said before, this series isn't well known at all in the US and so I really hope more people read it/find out about it, because the people I have shown it to really love it as long as they like series that take themselves seriously.
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Posted 3/17/14 , edited 3/17/14

dniv wrote:

To read LN's in English legally go to the website [site that shall not be named], just search it on google. It has a fair selection of light novels that you can read for free in english that are pretty good (usually) fan translations of the novel series that are up with permission of the publishers.


[site that shall not be named] isn't technically legal. They are fan translations of copyrighted works. The works remain up unless the copyright holder complains, and then they are taken down. That is not the same as having the permission of the publishers.
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