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5 Light Novel adaptations announced in one day – further analysis

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The light novel publisher Media Factory, a subsidiary of the publishing conglomerate Kadokawa, announced anime adaptations of 5 of their light novel properties. Usually I cover this sort of stuff in the season preview, but the 5 titles in question all have very noticeable similarities and re-occurring traits. It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to talk about light novel adaptations in general using these 5 as a handy springboard. This should also give you a little insight into how the research process for season previews goes.

The 5 light novels in question are Dragonar AcademyMadan no Ou to Vanadis, Magical Warfare, No Game No Life, and Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance. Normally Light Novels have highly descriptive names that basically tell you the plot from title alone, but unfortunately these titles are less self-explanatory. Contrary to what stupid idioms say, a cover does give you a good idea of what the inside of a book will probably hold. So let’s do some judging.

Book Covers

  1. On the top left we have Dragonar Academy. It has a cute girl on the cover. She’s sitting on a dragon, so that confirms the dragon part the name had already implied. Looking at the girl herself, she’s sitting on top of the dragon so we can assume she has a dominating personality. There’s not much you tell from her clothing about the world she’s in, unless the world is currently being traumatised by giant bows.
  2. Top middle we have Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance. It has a cute girl on the cover. She looks remarkably similar to the girl on the cover of Dragonar Academy. There is nothing else we can tell from this cover, but the name implies magic is involved somehow.
  3. Top right is No Game, No Life. It has a cute girl on the cover. Her clothing, which appears to be falling off, is school uniform so it’s safe to assume this takes place either in school or at the very least with teenagers. There’s some game iconography with playing cards, chess pieces and a computer standby switch, so it involves these teenagers playing games somehow. This cover has the unique difference of having a male on the cover, albeit very small and just down the bottom left corner. They’re also both wearing crowns, so they are either royalty who play games or people who became kings by playing games.
  4. Bottom left is Magical Warfare. It has a cute girl on the cover. She’s holding a gun and is standing on a magic circle, so the name checks out. She’s also dressed like Homura from Madoka Magica, although there’s probably not much we can tell from that.
  5. Bottom right is Madan no Ou to Vanadis. It has a cute girl on the cover. She has giant tits. She’s holding a sword and has a magic circle behind her, so it’s basically the same as magical warfare except with swords instead of guns.

A quick tally: 3 take place in high school, or at least involve teenagers. 4 involve magic, all of which are used for fighting (Blade Dance could be a ritualistic dance rather than fighting, but I’m hedging by bets and guessing that it’s involved in fighting). All have cute girls. It’s worth mentioning at this stage that almost every light novel has a cute girl on the cover, but this is still truth in packaging since they usually are sold on the promise that there’s a cute girl inside.

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Trailers

The ANN articles for each of these 5 light novels had ‘trailers’ too. These trailers don’t have any actual shots of animated footage. They are all just pictures and dramatic music. But let’s see what we can tell from the trailers anyway.

  1. Dragonar Academy has lots of girls with the exact same face. There’s the occasional shot of them fighting using magic, so it’s safe to assume magical warfare is involved. Plenty of shots of girls pressing their boobs into a non-descript male character, or possibly each other. So it’s a harem, or at least harem setup.
  2. Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance also has a non-descript male character. None of the women are pushing their breasts into the main character, but they are either naked or have the clothes falling off. Some of them are holding spears and magic wands, so there’s magical warfare involved too. Also they show one male character but several females, so let’s hedge our bets again and guess this will be a harem.
  3. No Game No Life trailer has a diverse cast for a change, with 2 male and two female characters, all of whom like eating playing cards. Lots more gaming symbolism and something taking place in the Summer Wars universe apparently, so basically more gaming iconography.
  4. Magical Warfare showed magic and warfare, so it still checks out. Again we have the two male, two female characters on show, although we do also have the two girls gripping onto one male characters’ two arms in a “no he’s mine you leave him I saw him first” sort of way. So it’s a love triangle, the unevolved version of a harem, although the girls are properly dressed at least.
  5. Madan no Ou to Vanadis pans over a dramatic fantasy landscape, so it’s fantasy. Then pans to several different scantily clad ladies with swords and massive boobs, so there’s ecchi and warfare. The final shot shows two male characters angrily engaging in a fight, none of them apparently bothered by any of the women at all, so no sign of there being a harem yet.

Tallying up the results: 4 fantasy fighting, 3 ecchi, 3 harems, 3 teenagers in school. No Game No Life seems to be the one bucking the trend here. Time to look at each plot description, highlighting the relevant phrases.

Plot Description

Dragonar Academy

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared. Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.

School, single loser male lead, hidden power that took no effort on his part, sudden magical girl appearance, domineering fetish. My story checks out so far, apart from there being no reference to giant killer bows.

Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance

Only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.

Purity fascination, contract with a girl, school, loser male lead, ecchi, ability falls into his lap. Some re-occurring themes here, namely that the girl is forced into being with the loser male lead through a contract of sorts. Also the school only has women in it, but the male character is the only male there so our harem prediction checks out.

No Game No Life

The story of No Game, No Life centres around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister whose reputations as brilliant NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training)hikikomori (shut-in) gamers have spawned urban legends all over the Internet. These two gamers even consider the real world as just another “crappy game.” One day, they are summoned by a boy named “God” to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where “everything is decided by games” — even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the “Saviors of Humanity” on this alternate world? “Well, let’s start playing.”

No Game No Life bucks a few trends. Still have the loser male lead, albeit famous on the internet. Transported to another world where they become heroes. Technically no magic involved, just games. Could pin it down for incest, but I’m in a good mood so let’s give it the benefit of the doubt and assume there’s none of that.

Magical Warfare

In this modern magic action story, Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy who has a somewhat dark past. Due to certain circumstances, he formed a “fake” couple with his childhood friend Kurumi Isoshima, but otherwise, he lives a normal life. However, one day, he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. This encounters changes Takeshi’s destiny completely. Mui tells Takeshi that she is a magician, and she apologizes, for she turned Takeshi into a magician, too. What Takeshi once knew as one world is actually two — the world where magicians live and the world where humans live.

Oh boy, this is getting a bit too easy. Ordinary male lead, high school, contract formed with (two!) girls, magical girl falls into his life, learns of another world albeit not actually transported there, gets magical powers through no effort on his part. No sign of ecchi I guess, but everything else checks out.

Madan no Ou to Vanadis

The titular Vanadis of the fantasy story are beautiful girls who ride into battle, brandishing weapons received from dragons. There are seven such Vanadis who rule seven territories and instill fear in neighboring countries. A boy named Tinguru is a minor noble in the kingdom of Buryūnu who encounters a Vanadis in battle. She is the silver-haired, red-eyed “silver fraulein” Eren. She defeats him, but instead of killing him, she takes him prisoner.

Weird one here, does being a minor noble count as loser male lead? At least it’s not taking place in high school. Contract still being formed mind you with the whole prisoner thing. Beautiful girls might be something like Claymore where the beauty is done to contrast their demonic inner side that just heightens how frightening they are, but after all the images from earlier I’m not inclined to believe that.

Keeping score: 4 fantasy fighting, 3 ecchi, 3 harems, 3 teenagers in school, 4 guy and girl forced together through some sort of contract, 3 sudden magical girl appearances (well, No Life No Game is a boy appearing), 3 powers with no effort for the main character. Now let’s move onto the source material itself.

Source Material

Most of these light novels have manga adaptations. I checkout the manga to Dragonar Academy. The loser male lead even had a pervy sorta friend who tells him to go check out girls but he never will because ewww girls. Anyway, the ecchi harem tag checks out, but with lots of added underage girls.vss_seikoku_no_dragonar_ch012_005

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Moving onto Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance, the good folks at Baka Tsuki have translated some of the light novels so I can provide a nice little snapshot into the quality of writing on show:

Claire stroked her chest for some reason.

“However, I’m his stepsister.”

“Stepsister!?”

“That’s right, furthermore, a naughty stepsister.”

“A nau…naughty stepsister!?”

Claire’s face turned bright red in a split second.

(…What on earth was she imagining?)

“Here’s a hint, a stepsister can be married to her brother, right, onii-sama ♪”

Suddenly, Fianna tightly pressed her large breasts unto him.

Kamito was spontaneously startled by that duly soft sensation—

“Wh…Wh…Wh…? Id…Idiot, you brute pervert!”

“Ouch, wait, it’s a misunderstanding, stop—”

For some reason, tears welled up in Claire’s eyes as she hit Kamito with her whip. Pishi! Pishi!

“Hey, what are you doing to Kamito-kun!”

Phishi!—Fianna grabbed Claire’s arm that swung up.

“Uh, wh…what!”

“Kamito-kun isn’t your slave.”

“Yeah, that’s right.”

No Game No Life has been the one to buck the trend so far. Let’s check out the light novel translation, again supplied by the fine folks at Bakatsuki, and see what we have here.

“……Nii………Said, no need, for a girlfriend……………….as long as Shiro is here………….it is good enough……”

“That was my overexertion ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am so sorry ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

With his little sister pouting on the bed, Sora used a devout kind of worship and apologized.

“Af, after all I am unable to do those kind of things to my little sister! You are only 11 years old! If I did it, I would be taken away by the cops! And with your brother of age, this sort of desire is natural—”

So we’re playing around with incest? And she’s 11. Nice one. What else do we have? Ah yes, some illustrations from the first chapter of the first volume of the light novel.NGNL_V1_103

Magical Warfare only has one chapter of the manga adaptations translated. There’s not a whole lot in there that we don’t already know. However we are given details on how it is they formed the contract. Can you guess? I bet you can’t~! It was her first time and everything too.

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Reading through Madan no Ou to Vanadis, remember how I said it wasn’t clear from the outside whether the setup was a harem or not? Guess what? It totally is. The girls vie for the main character and try to kiss him. Then they discuss kissing him while in the bath together or changing. You get the general drift.

IN CONCLUSION

Do you remember when Free came out and a bunch of moe fans got super annoyed because there was this one anime out that wasn’t pandering to them? Well never fear, for anime has been saved again! Here we have 5 ecchi harem light novel adaptations in which a loser male lead has, through no effort of his own, gained magical powers and has plenty of girls fall into his lap. No Game No Life is slightly different in that it also caters to the fact the only thing you’re good at is playing games to it continues the proud tradition of masturbating gamers by giving them a kawaii imouto who wants to bone you and is also good at video games, and a world for you to save because you are good with video games. The girls are also pure and have the added benefit of being in a contract with you so, not only is there no effort on your part to start the relationsip, but there’s no effort on your part to keep the relationship going.

Hurrah for Light Novels!

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84 Comments

  1. Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Literally we are depending on Yamakan now to save anime.

    And thats terrible.

  2. Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Are we SURE they announced five new anime adaptions, or did they just release the same PR statement five times? Because I’m pretty sure the same exasperated groan will escape my windpipe five times in the next few seasons.

  3. Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Just wait till they turn out to be awesome.

    • Vietpride218
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      I already know that Seirei Tsukai no Kenbu (Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance) is a great light novel, quite possibly my favorite, so I surely hope that at least that adaptation will be good. (and it wasn’t too ecchi.)

  4. Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Har! What I keep wondering is when the light novel with the balding, fat ojisan who somehow gets a harem of cute anime babes gets adapted into an anime.

    Oh wait, they probably do those as hentai anime titles. Never mind. ^_~

  5. Posted July 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    This trend really isn’t much different from all the VN adaptations that we got back in the day. Unfortunately, unlike VN adaptations (granted my memory of that time is kind of fuzzy), LN ones are so frequent and mass-produced to the point that it’s hard to avoid them.

    Why do I have a feeling that ten years from now, LN adaptations are going to be viewed as the equivalence of those hyperviolent OVAs from the 80s/90s?

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      I think you’re spot on with that. To be honest, we already look on these light novels as being embarrassing. But just like those people who were convinced MD Geist was the greatest thing, there are people who honestly try to argue anime like Mondaiji/Problem Children is honestly really good

      • Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

        Actually while Mondaiji is definitely pretty ridiculous, it does, in fact, buck a lot of the more obnoxious LN trends.

        Its not “amazing” or anything, but its clearly in a class above the most obviously generic dreck that this stuff appears to be.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

        Yeah but Mondaiji eskews having otaku pandering tropes to instead having absolutely nothing whatsoever. That’s arguably worse. It’s the same as Dog Days in that regard.

        Actually it still has bunny girls and transported to magical land and powers with no effort and a touch of gamer masturbation so still ticks plenty of the boxes.

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

        I can’t really agree with that? It’s male lead isn’t a loser, its not a harem, the lion’s share of the character development goes to one of the female leads and has nothing whatsoever to do with romance, much less romance with the male lead.

        Sure, its got Kurousagi, and its chuu2 as fuck, but its at least trying to do something a bit different.

        Granted, this is basically damning with faint praise, but I think Mondaiji deserves mention as a Light Novel that (at least from what we’ve seen) isn’t taking the easiest possible route.

        “No Game No Life” seems like Mondaiji without all the things that make it somewhat interesting, to be honest.

      • shytende
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        Mondaiji have characters that are absolutely unlikable punchable assholes, instead of being generic nice guys and moe blob.
        Granted, they still don’t have a lot of personality, and this isn’t really what we can call an improvement.
        Yay, for gender equality, I guess ?

      • Scamp
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

        It’s not trying something different at all! Asides from it being largely the exact same show as Dog Days, it’s about characters transporting worlds where there’s cute girls and then they beat monsters. Visually staid, characters one-note, utterly safe safe and unremarkable in every single department.

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        I’m horrified and offended that this discussion seems to imply Dog Days is not in fact amazing.

      • Inushinde
        Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

        Bland and inoffensive does, unfortunately, leave a better taste in the mouth than the shit on rye toast that these are. It’s depressing when that happens.

    • Ugoki
      Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      We can only hope so.

  6. RandomGoodJobGuy
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh, god dammit. My hatred against these stuff have been rekindled. Thanks, Scamp. THANKS.

    As someone who has a younger step-sister (Yeah, this is true) who shares the same mother, I take the greatest offense to every single incest fetish that was ever made by humanity.

    Why do they do this?! Don’t answer, I’m just going to be selectively ignorant and choose to believe that it’s because they want to piss people like me off.

    • RandomGoodJobGuy
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Forgot to say that I would have hated all these incest related shit regardless if I had a sister or not.

      Sure, I understand the whole “Oh, she’s not reaaaally a sister *wink* *wink*”, actually nevermind, I don’t want to understand.

      It’s superficial, and I don’t want people saying wish-fulfillment like these are cool to me (again).

  7. Posted July 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I just hope they have cute character designs and girls’ boobs will jiggle nicely.
    I am also not even trying the one with the dragons, it looks like she will beat the boy up for no reason, or even for things that are her fault. I hate these violent harems.

    • shytende
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      It reminds me of Zero no Tsukaima…
      And I try my best to forget it, because that’s one of my most hated anime…

      So, I’ll try to avoid it at all cost, that’s for sure.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        It’s more Dragon Crisis with Zero no Tsukihime as the main character

  8. Fellow
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    NGNL was actually pretty cool, from what I’ve read of the manga anyways. The novel also has some neato gradient art.

    Maybe that’s because it was illustrated and authored by a Brazilian, so even the tired story feels a bit more interesting.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      So even though they’re Brazilian, it still has incest and boob groping and gamer masturbation?

      Nice to know anime fans are the same all over the world

      • Ugoki
        Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        Hahahaha.

    • You know, for kids!
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  9. romulus
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Hey Scamp, thanks for producing this long text but I don’t see the point. As for me I learned nothing new, and this must be true for most readers here. I mean why reach shoulder-deep into that puddle of shit when you can see that it’s shit from its surface? Well, at least we have a landmark point on the internet to link to so we can show newbies how the LN adaptations are worthless shit nowadays.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      As you said, this is a perfect moment in time to capture. It’s worth having this as reference for when the LN adaptations shite dies down, or alternatively when anime dies, we have this perfect moment to capture why

      • Ugoki
        Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        Let this moment be burned into the annals of time!

  10. Pusswookie
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I thought that was all separate cover art for the same show until I actually started reading the article.
    lolwtf?
    Neither head finds any of those little girls engaging.

  11. shytende
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Also… 5 LN adaptations in the Hype Building section ?
    I can appreciate a good joke when I see one.

  12. Zabi Legacy
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    None of these are coming out during the fall season right? I’m depending on the fall to be “BEST SEASON EVER” TM

  13. Posted July 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hmm all I have to say right off the bat is great website with a very quality level of writing.

    On the issue at hand I understand where you are coming from on this matter. To me this feels equivalent to Hollywood popping out super hero movies, one right after the other because it’s simple and requires little to no effort on crafting a new IP.

    Still on the other hand these type of titles are the sad back bone of industry because they make so much money with all the source material, figures and other merchandise that puts money back into this industry we love and still want to support.

    Personally I hate light novel adaptions for two reasons. One is leaning towards why your upset because of overly generic they are. There are some gems among light novel adaptions but those are far and few between.

    The second reason is due part is that LN adaptions anime are only successful based on sales. If a series flops then there will never be a second season living those who only watched the anime in limbo. This pisses me off so much because if i do like a series and it fails then I’ll never know how it finishes.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      If they’re the backbone, it’s a weak backbone. It’s a backbone focusing on a small audience in an attempt to keep the loyal audience coming back which inevitably will cause a slow death of the industry.

      Then again, this sort of crap has been made for years and the industry hasn’t died yet. It’s just taken on a new form

      • Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

        I never said it was strong one, however stuff that panders to said audience is just a safety net because they will always buy and support it. I’m one of those people that will try to give anything a shot. However after looking over these series I don’t want even want to bother with any of them.

        I’m a avid vn lover let me ask you question do you think I like many of those adaptions??

        That aside there are still decent light novel adaptions so I’m going to list a few.
        1. To Aru no Index
        2. Shana
        3. Familiar of Zero
        4. Harui
        5. Toradora
        6. Kurenai
        7. Gosick
        8. FMP
        These titles I think where handled quite well despite the cliches but I did get an great sense of enjoyment from them.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

        Ewww really? Shana and Zero? The two adaptations we can blame for this trend? Especially Zero? Ewww

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

        I personally liked those two series a-lot. I’m not going to say they aren’t generic or groundbreaking by a long-shot in retrospect However I did get enjoyment from these adaptions and still do.

        The source material on the hand is a-lot better but that’s only due in part there are translations available for it. If ya personally don’t like them fine with me but I’ll give a pass to shana and familiar of zero anytime.

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

        Can Zero and Shana still be “decent” if it’s seen as historical pieces of two “series that started the shit downward spiral”?

      • shytende
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

        Shana is decent, honnestly, despite the horrible mess that is season 3.
        Every show that tried to imited it is absolutely awfull (Case in point : Hidan no Aria).
        Zero is unsavable. This is the most awfull show ever made.
        Probably the first show I absolutely hated.

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

        How does Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere fair with you lot here? Personally, I can’t stand the first 5 minutes of ep. 1, so that’s that LOL. I don’t even know why exactly I hate it.

    • Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

      That’s just a matter of o pinon at this point and least those series are over in adaption form. The source material for Shana has fully ended and the creator for ZNT died with out completing the last two novels leaving only the anime to end it.

      I don’t really think these light novel adaptions started a downward spiral to shit, as much as the industry wanted to latch on anything to make a quick buck. Still I can forgive these two due in part that I like them and can acknowledged their flaws along with some retrospect.

      Now I will be bluntly honest if these series just got an anime adaption today and I’ve never heard of them before I wouldn’t defend them for nothing because of how generic they are now. However when I was watching these series they where still fresh and open to me due in part that my anime viewing experiences where limited to cable TV and dvd’s until 2004 thanks to torrents.

      That’s all I add on this subject and I’ll be blunt I have no hopes for ANY of these series that got green light at all, it would take an act of a higher being to make that possible.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

        Even if they were the ones to start the trends, these trends aren’t bad because they’re copying earlier shows. They’re bad because they are inherently bad. You know where the phrase Yuji Everylead the Bland comes from?

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

        what about keitaro from love hina, Hideki from chobits and Keiichi from ah! my goddess?? These are your average loser male leads that existed before the LN trend. I’ll be honest that’s the first time I’ve heard of that term but again you have keep in mind when I watched shana I didn’t see it the same you did because of under exposure to anime.

        I thought he was just an average high school kid who got a shitty deal and was no different from the other characters I listed. I honestly didn’t even know what light novel was until 08 when Index came out in anime format. I simply did not research much into the series I watched until index and spice & wolf where adapted.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        Actually characters like Keitaro fall into a slightly different category of being complete losers. Failures with women, faultlessly chivalrous but utterly hopeless who lie to themselves to try disguise their own failings. They are sort of irritating archetypes in of themselves, but they do have personality.

        But yes, I would totally agree that the bland male lead has always been around. The empty shell upon which you can project yourself onto. That doesn’t mean they have always been terrible though. I pick on Yuji because he is possibly the worst of the lot in that he literally has no personality whatsoever. There is nothing there at all.

        I think a lot of people are getting into their heads that light novel adaptations are killing the industry from this post. They’re just reskinnned crappy harem manga from the 90s or VN adaptations from the mid-00s. There has always been shite.

  14. Nagisa33
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      ANN: No opinion. Good for him for finding something to like.

      Arpeggio: I’m getting a little worried about. With CG animation, I hope the boat battles are cool enough to make up for the awkward character animation. That’s what 009 Re Cyborg did. But a bigger issue is Seiji Kishi is a shit director

      • Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

        You know what the character animation reminds me of? Fire Emblem Awakening cutscenes. I’m fine with that honestly.

      • Nagisa33
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 5:29 am | Permalink

        Scamp, I was wondering what you thought of his opinions. I read your previous post on Flowers but he praised it as being the next big thing. I was surprised that he dug it so much while you thought it was crap.

        Feast, yeah, Fire Emblem was animated quite well but watching CGI anime is still a bit strange. In Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, it worked due to it being used only sparingly and the unique art style assisted in its cohesion. CGI In most anime seems out of place. For example, the Berserk movies CGI unfortunately hampers the experience.

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        *adds Gankutsuou to PTW list*

        Don’t worry guys, I’m slowly catching up!!

      • Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

        @Nagisa33 There’s a bunch of people who love Flowers (me included) and I think Scamp’s been doing this blogging thing long enough to realize that people have a different opinion from him regarding that, as well as anime in general, to the point that he shouldn’t care too much. Besides, it’s ANN. The public rarely agrees with them anyways. :P

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted July 30, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

        ^ That… honestly, liking or not Flowers is a matter of taste. I liked it, and liked it over the manga. But someone can hate it for its slowness and incompleteness. But surely, even with all this, no one could argue that Flowers of Evil is not at least original and creative: if it fails, it fails in delivering its ideas, not in having them to begin with. Which already in itself puts on an entirely different than this LN crap.

  15. Posted July 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    You’re extra cynical in this one, and in the comments, Scamp. I like it.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Haven’t had a chance to air out the cynical muscles in a while. Felt good

  16. Mormegil
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    So many good manga titles to adapt out there, and yet they keep making more and more of these generic LN adaptations. Just terrible.

    Really, the only LN adaptation I enjoyed recently was Oregairu, and that was mostly only because of the cynical, jaded MC.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      I went back through the last few seasons to see what LNs I liked. Came up with Humanity has Declined and Fate/Zero. I’m not crazy about either, but they definitely both had something to offer. The medium isn’t dead. Stagnant maybe, but not dead

      • Fellow
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

        What about Monogatari?

      • Scamp
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

        We’re not allowed to talk about Monogatari when discussing how crap light novels are…

      • Hanasra
        Posted July 30, 2013 at 6:02 am | Permalink

        Is Araragi a loser? Yes, possibly maybe.
        Is Araragi have girls magically fallen into their lap? Hell fucking no. At least in S1 he helped them (somewhat) to get through their problem (with Oshino assistance of course). That’s one big difference between Araragi and other “loser male lead”.

      • Scamp
        Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

        Errr, isn’t the first scene of Bakemonogatari Senjogahara falling into Arararagi’s arms?

        The scene after the pantyshot that is

      • Hanasra
        Posted August 2, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

        Well, it’s look the same but inherently better than your usual harem ecchi shit out there. At least Senjougahara have problem that tied to her personality rather than just fetish doll that pestering Araragi’s ahoge.

  17. Nadgers
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Jesus fucking Christ those covers.

    Do people really look at covers like that and say “That looks good to me”?

    • Posted July 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      “That looks good to me to fap to” is what I think most that found this attractive to read/watch is thinking. But then again why not just go for hentai instead of shitty cocktease, I always said. More to the point.

      • Gan_HOPE326
        Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

        That. Also, I’m pretty sure there are erotic fanfictions written better than that for free on the internet. Speaks volumes about how bad this stuff is actually written.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

      Those covers look like they belong on a Dakimakura.

  18. arcanes
    Posted July 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha, nice post Scamp. We love LN adaptions now don’t we? :)

    I honestly wouldn’t care for all this carp if we were getting a shit loads of quality anime, but we don’t. Screw them is all I can say. Go watch some porn or hentai of your sole goal is to masturbate to this shit. Leave anime alone.

    Studios should at least provide us an alternative – kickstarter or other similar sites. If I saw a fund rise for FMP! or Code Geass or something of the like I would totally pledge 100$ plus to them. It will turn out to be much better than a butchered 13 episodes “season” we now get for a lot of anime. Someone could try. Oh well, wishful thinking

    • Scamp
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Eh, we always got crap anime. Nothing has really changed, just the clothes they wear. This season I got Watamote, Titan, Silver Spoon, Eccentric Family etc. Still plenty of good anime

  19. Joel
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Maybe I’m prejudiced, but I imagine teenage boys who like these novels being exactly this person who sent this girl 1000 e-mails and when she replied saying not to e-mail him any more he thought she was testing his love and sent her 1000 more… http://vgperson.tumblr.com/post/21533650696/help-the-girl-i-like-wont-respond-to-my-emails

    • Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Thank you for reminding me of this great tumblr.

    • RandomGoodJobGuy
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Damn prologue.

      Interesting read. Thank you for posting this, Joel.

    • arcanes
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      That was classic.

  20. Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    The greatest and worst thing about the anime/LN/VN medium is that you can literally judge a book by its cover and be right 90% of the time. But there are good light novels out there. And based on your irrational love for Senjougahara, you’d enjoy Gekkou: http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Gekkou. But its not a short one volume book that isn’t about magical sister fucking so it’ll never get an adaption.

    Here’s the synopsis if you are too cynical to click on the link:

    Gekkou, or “Moonlight”, is about the peculiar relationship between a cynical boy and a perfect girl.

    Said cynical boy is Nonomiya who spends day in day out in boredom, taking refuge from his dull life in his imagination. One fateful day, he happens upon the notebook of the much-rumored beauty Youko Tsukimori, neglected on the ground. Poking out from it is a scrap of paper with the unexpected title “Murder Recipe”. His interest ignited, he immediately stuffs it into his pocket, only to find out the promising recipe contains nothing but scenarios that may or may not lead to deadly accidents, not even worthy of being called a plan. When he tentatively asks her about it the next day, she hasn’t lost anything. But then her father dies. An accident…

    • Scamp
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

      Let’s see…ordinary male lead with cynical self-narration, girl drops into his life, etc etc~

      Yeah I know, but with no Shaft or Nisioisin I think I’ll wait for the anime adaptation

  21. Hanasra
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    The fact that Durarara!!, Baccano!, Kino’s Journey and Spice and Wolf share the same shelves with these shit make me really depressed.

    • Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Goes to show that Sturgeon’s Law still holds true. But then again, that’s hardly surprising.

      • Hanasra
        Posted July 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        Yeah right, sturgeon law holds true everywhere I think. Good thing is, that 1% actually big enough to satisfy our need for some high quality entertainment.

  22. Teck
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Oh god…. I should just give up on anime altogether at this point. Honestly speaking, every season seems harder and harder to stomach. Thank Scamp, you are continuously opening my eyes as to the source of my discomforts regarding my favorite (unfortunately) hobby….

  23. jo
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    This post illustrates the mind numbing repetitiveness of this shit very well.
    I don’t even think those covers look “cute”, they mostly look like they were drawn by a guy with who is into bug-eyed aliens.
    And that excerpt? The thought of someone writing that, or reading it, and thinking its good and sexy or a proper way of interacting with others makes my brain explode.
    Can this shit just stop please. Or can we at least get very minimal amounts of new stuff published because there is enough already. I want stories! Interesting characters! Good art! dgongkjnfgjndfglndfgnldfh

    • Hanasra
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Sturgeon’s Law at it finest. I agree though that the artwork is so goddamned generic feel into it. Looking at their eyes and I already know those character have soul with them.

  24. Idiot Fucker
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, who draws LNs? Every single girl has the same shininess and face shape and same tiny nose and mouth and overdesigned hair and exposed thighs and blank doe-eyed expression. Okay fine sometimes they have tsundere annoyance at the audience.

    It’s infuriating.

  25. Leah
    Posted July 30, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Talking about Free, have you watched the latest episodes? They have abandoned all sanity with the introduction of Rei.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      No I stopped watching after the first episode. I don’t like KyoAni shows.

  26. Kirin
    Posted July 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    As long as works by Ryougo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!), Nisio Isin (Bakemonogatari, Zaregoto), and Oyuki Konno (MariMite) exist, I don’t care how much junk I have to dig through.

    Good things still exist in this world despite everything.

  27. Ugoki
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile, they still haven’t adapt all the Twelve Kingdoms light novels *sigh*.

    Perhaps, after the next book is out, they’ll decide to remake the anime altogether. I can only hope.

    Heh, funny how these junks and that series are pretty much Heaven to Earth apart. And you can clearly tell just by looking at their covers.

  28. You know, for kids!
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    At least they don’t exactly fit the long-titled, little sister/chū-ni trend as of late. Oh, wait.

  29. Owaranai
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    That’s a decent summary of everything put together, but the descriptions are sweeping. Having read Madan no Out halfway through, the harem part is definitely on spot, but the material inside is interesting enough even without the harem.

  30. hurr
    Posted May 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Ok, time for a wrap up:
    Dragonar Academy – Generic harem dreck as predicted.
    Madan no Ou to Vanadis – Not aired yet.
    Magical Warfare – Horrible standard LN that was so bad even most anime watchers and peopel on MAL disliked it.
    No Game No Life – Really popualr for some reason, even though it is full of pedo fanservice, siscon allusions, etc. I guess the “gamer” tag makes the difference.
    Spirit Elementalist’s Blade Dance – Not aired yet.

    Yeah, you gotta love LN adaptions. I hate new anime fans who oyl grew up an age of LN adaptions and who think this is normal/good quality. And I hate Japanese otaku who buy this shit.

    I tried my hardest to buy against the trend, I even imported Mushishi in both English and Japanese even though the English release has the original audio track on it. It’s useless :(

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