We can say that it will be, even in the best case scenario, assuming similar volume length (12 prepub parts), at least roughly three and a half to four months after it comes out in Japan before the full English volume is published. It might be more than that, but don't expect less.
Yes there will be, as for when they will release I don’t think there is an official date on 17 for now, but Smartphone comes out in Japan at a fairly reliable and fast pace.
V16 just came out 2 weeks ago so it is still gonna be 3 or so months probably at the soonest...
@galactuskahn24 yeah, the guys that were originally doing the translation, took it down when JNC picked it up. But when JNC said that they had dropped it, they picked it back up again. I've read vol 4 and 5 on it and it wasn't too bad a translation. It's done by the same group that do hachinan tte. If your looking for it, you can get the links through NovelUpdates.
It’s funny that you mentioned this, but labeling a volume as x.5 instead of just a ss volume is actually a relatively recent phenomenon intended for boosting sales in Japan. The consensus is that ss volume will almost always undersell the main series, with some fall as low as just 1/3 of the numbered volumes. Labeling something as x.5 boosts sales, at least anecdotally.
@the-green-death said in Do you import Japanese light novels? If yes, what service do you usually use to purchase them?:
Man, there used to be a Kinokuniya ten minutes from my apartment in Orange County, so so bummed when it closed. Then this year my favorite Japanese tea supplier shut down its American options, the slow decline of physical retail spaces is depressing. Honestly, there’s almost no stores in the OC that I’m interested in anymore beyond Barnes and Noble and Games Workshop stores.
I still remember I used to order my books from SasugaBooks (based in Cambridge, Massachusetts) roughly 10-20 years ago, and even visited their booth at Anime Weekend Atlanta... They closed for good in 2010 I think, and I had to switch over to amazon and bk1 (which became Honto).
Anyway, if there's a Kinokuniya in Atlanta, I'd definitely visit there like at least once a week... Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Didn't catch this thread the last time through, but don't really get a chance to scan the forums as much as I'd like. On this, I'd have to say something of a variation from the story. I don't want it to be a spoiler, but it's nice if it can at least fit current events. Having said that, most of the images which have a lasting effect on me from light novels are those which are used for character introductions/additions. As I'm reading, I like having at least a face to attach to who I'm reading about. Especially in stories like Rokujouma, where there are an infinite number of characters, or Smartphone, where the wives-to-be and their families to keep track of, having a visualization of new characters in the opening art are probably those which I most appreciate. In volumes which include these, I tend to check them several times.
Maybe give a second try to some of the reject when they're in catchup, one part isn’t really enough to juge a serie, for exemple Grimgar start quite slow.
Looking at what you like, maybe try "If it's for my daughter" for some fantasy slice of life (and some more serious stuff later on) or "Potion loli", "Me a genius" and "Lazy dungeon master" for slice of life with comedy.
Not taking into account what you like, "The faraway paladin", "Last and first idole" and "Infinite Dendrogram" are good JNC title.
In non JNC "I was reincarnated as a vending machine" seem is stupid but also really fun, you could like it despite the odd premise.
It's not published yet but "Tensei shitara ken deshita" is a good laid back adventure with comedy and cuteness, the LN should be publish later this year.
And it's less similar to what you like but "So I'm a spider so what" is fantastic.
@doceirias the problem with Zeroth Maria is that everyone apparently read the fan translation, but aren’t buying the official one. It’s the number 1 most popular LN on MyAnimeList, but it’s sales on YP are kinda average at best.
Also to answer OP, Realist Hero was apparently kinda a medium seller in Japan, but it’s sold crazy in English (I think it still sells better in Japan though, since the target audience is so much larger in Japanese).
@chocolatkey said in Bookwalker JP Recommending Novel Novels if You're Into "Insert Light Novel":
@terrence would you mind linking to one of the bookwalker items with an EPUB DL available? I have never seen that before
"I Am a Cat"
@hakogami said in It's the 10th anniversary of Media Work Bunko!! (and now, they have a mascot?):
It is without a doubt seen as an "upgrade" when writers go from Dengeki Bunko to Media Works Bunko.
Dunno, it seems for authors who don't wanna write fantasy action, ridiculous Romcom, or any story that specifically targets gamers or otakus but still wanna be connected to the medium.
Like majority of authors who went to MW are like Mikage, prefer writing mystery or drama or psychological or anything different from regular LNs stuff, especially older authors like Keiichi Sigsawa or Shinjirou Dobashi.