Shin-Sangokushimai (True Sisters of the Three Kingdoms)

Shin-Sangokushimai (The True Sisters of The Three Kingdoms) is a new light novel series written by Mikage Kasuga who is known for his previous work Oda Nobuna no Yabou. The light novel is illustrated by Won (Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry) and published by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. The first volume will be released on February 20, 2018.

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Ranobe no Pro! Volume 1 – Chapter 1 Part 1

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“Yes, this is Jinnai.”

“Thanks for your hard work; this is Kenzaki from Phoenix Bunko. Thank you for the plot of your new work, Jin-sensei. I have finished reading it.”

“Kenzaki-san, thanks for your work. You’re so quick at it, as always. So, how was it?”

“I’ll be going straight to the point—it’s rejected. All of it. I think it’s better for you to create a new one from scratch instead of trying to fix it here and there.”

“…That’s really straight to the point.”

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Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!) Volume 3: Talent, Effort, and Admiration

While the first two volumes of popular light novel series Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!) was mostly an introduction to Yaichi’s two disciples, the third volume went on to establish the development for one of the characters that is mainly overlooked before. Being a volume that heavily brings up the theme of talent and hard work, it still remains one of my favorite parts of the series.

Anyway, you can join the Discord server here to talk about the series. And as usual, spoiler warning.

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Dengeki Bunko Official Bootleg Book: Dengeki Maruhadaka! Scans

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Product Name: Dengeki Bunko Official Bootleg Book: Dengeki Maruhadaka!
Publisher: Kadokawa
Publication Month: October 2017
Book Size: A4
Language: Japanese

The popular yearly edition returns! Get ready for a slightly ecchi illustration collection featuring some of your favorite girls from Dengeki Bunko series in Dengeki Bunko Official Bootleg Book: Dengeki Maruhadaka!. With a cover illustration featuring original artwork by Hiro Kanzaki, author of Eromanga-sensei, enjoy all your favorite heroines in revealing poses and heart-throbbing scenes galore!

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Sota Fujii, Ryuuou no Oshigoto!, and the New Age of Shogi

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

—Mark Twain

I have been seeing a lot of responses to Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done) right after the anime started airing. Among them, one that I frequently encounter is “how unrealistic the plot of the story is”. On one side, we have a 9-year old girl who has only played shogi for three months; on another, we have… a 16-year old boy who is both a professional shogi player and a title holder. Some remarked how the child prodigy trope is utilized too excessively, which ruined the so-called realism of the show.

But, is it really unrealistic? Or, if I were to pose another question, to what extent would a real-life achievement in shogi be considered “realistic”?

In this post, I won’t be talking about Hifumi Kato, a former Meijin who is the professional shogi player with the longest career. Nor will I be talking about Yoshiharu Habu, who is the only person ever to be qualified for seven professional lifetime titles in shogi. This time, it’s about Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player who recorded a winning streak of 29 matches at his young age of 14.

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​Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Volume 13

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka volume 13, slated for release on February 14, 2018.

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Synopsis:

“The Bringer of Destruction”…”The Promised Elf”…Elf? Is this about the Gale?

The bad news of the murder is brought to the city on the 18th Floor. The culprit is the blacklisted Gale.

Unable to believe their ears, Bell and the others begin looking for Ryuu to clear her name, and at the same time Cassandra sees her worst prophetic dream.

A 17 passage prophecy is given.

The fulfillment of the prophecy is the death of their beloved companions.

Stricken with despair, the tragic prophet begins her lonely battle against destruction.

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