5 Really Good Light Novels That You Should Read Right Now

5 Really Good Light Novels That You Should Read Right Now

5 Really Good Light Novels That You Should Read Right Now

Light Novels

A light novel is a short Japanese source for anime adaptations. The “term” light novel was coined by Keita Kamikita in 1990. Kamikita operated an online science fiction and fantasy forum when he realized that science fiction and fantasy novels that contained illustrations by manga artists were attracting manga and anime fans. Therefore he gave these novels to the term light novels because they targeted a broad range of readers.

Light novels are produced in large numbers meaning that publishers have a crazy timeline. This is why light novel writers are short lived. Writers cannot make a stable living out of writing light novels. Additionally, the high turnover of writers results in companies getting new writers through contests.

The difference between a light novel and manga

Light novels and manga are two different kinds of media. In most cases, you will have a light novel being converted into manga but not the other way around. On the other hand, light novels contain fewer illustrations as compared to manga. Most light novels will actually have no illustrations at all.

Light novels are characterized by about 300 pages but they can be longer at times. Generally, when it comes to light novel rules, exceptions are sometimes made.

Let’s look at 5 really good light novels you can read. They are fun and refreshing.

1. Lord Marksman and Vanadis Series




This light novel series volume one to eight is written by Tsukasa Kawaguchi and illustrated by Yoshi and Hinata Katagiri. While the rest are published under Media Factory. The first volume was released on 25th April 2011 by Media Factory.

2. Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World

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Log Horizon is a light novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. The series has manga adaptations and a television series. The light novel series is published by Yen Press.

Logo Horizon first appeared on the web in 2010. The first English novels were released in 2015. The beginning of another world was published on April 21, 2015.

3. Fate/Zero

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This is a light novel written by Gen Urobuchi and illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi. This is novel is a prequel to the visual novel Fate/Stay Night by Type Moon.

The novel has four volumes which were released between 2006 and 2007. The novel has also been converted to other media such as drama CDs which were released from 2008 to 2010. Anime adaptations have been produced by Ufotable. Two seasons have been aired so far with the last appearing on June 23, 2012.

4. Date A Live

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This is a Japanese light novel series written by Koshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako. The light novel series has been followed by anime and film adaptations. The first volume of this series was published on March 19, 2011, by Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko.