Light novel titles are getting longer and longer. In fact, many use the title as a plot synopsis, with the name telling readers everything they need to know about the premise at a glance. However, this can mean that many light novels look absolutely ridiculous, with almost long titles.
However, if you want to enjoy a series with a super-long, hard-to-say title, here are five of the best options currently available.
WorldEnd: what are you doing at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
WorldEnd: what are you doing at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? is frequently abbreviated to End of the world. Launched in 2014, the series written by Akira Kareno and illustrated by Ue is set in a world where humans were nearly wiped out by mysterious monsters over 500 years earlier. Now those who survived live on floating islands protected by Leprechauns, girls who can wield special weapons to fend off monsters.
However, when Willem, a man who lost everything 500 years ago, wakes up, he befriends some of the girls, and together they try to navigate this strange world and the emotional toll of war. Despite the strange name, End of the world is a surprisingly thoughtful and moving deconstruction of the nature of heroism and the nature of combat in a war-torn world, making it a must-read. It is available from Yen Press.
Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon?
Written by Fujino Ōmori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda, Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon? has generated a huge fandom since its debut in 2013. The series is set in the city of Orario, whose gods, eager for hardship, limit their powers. However, each maintains a group of adventurers and support staff called the Familia, and each Familia spends their time exploring the Dungeon that lies beneath the city.
The series follows young Bell Cranel, an adventurer who is the only member of the Hestia Familia. Bell aims to become as strong as the legendary Ais Wallenstein. However, he has to work hard to achieve this goal while navigating romance and other life issues in general. The series is a fun adventure with engaging characters and a good mix of genres. The series is available from Yen Press.
I’m a Behemoth, an S rank monster, but mistaken for a cat, I live like an elf girl’s pet
Written by Nozomi Ginyoku and illustrated by Yanomitsuki, I’m a Behemoth, an S rank monster, but mistaken for a cat, I live like an elf girl’s pet follows a knight who is reincarnated after death. However, rather than returning as something powerful, the Knight returns as a cat-like baby Behemoth monster. The knight quickly discovers how weak he is when he nearly died in battle.
However, before he can perish a second time, an elf named Aria saves and heals him. To reward her kindness, the knight chooses to protect Aria in any way possible. The fun twist on the usual fantasy setup and engaging base relationship makes this series stand out. It is available from Yen Press.
Banned from heroes party, I decided to live a quiet country life
Banned from heroes party, I decided to live a quiet country life is written by Zappon and illustrated by Yasumo. The series follows Gideon Ragnason, who was part of a hero’s adventure party. However, when Ares, the party’s second-in-command, has him exiled from the party, Gideon must find something else to do. Hoping to lead a quiet and easy life, Gideon moves to a rural town and changes his name to Red. He then opened a small apothecary shop, which quickly became a success with the locals.
Alas, Gideon’s plans to live in anonymity are soon shattered as someone from his old life finds him. Red must then come to terms with his past and the prospect of romance. A clever subversion of the usual tropes, Banned from heroes party features excellent and memorable characters that will captivate you. The series is available from Yen Press.
The Prince’s Genie’s Guide to Getting a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, What About Betrayal?)
Written by Toru Toba and illustrated by fal_maro, The Prince’s Genie’s Guide to Getting a Nation Out of Debt follows Wein Salema Arbalest, the son of King Owen, ruler of Natra. After King Owen collapses from illness, Wein must manage the kingdom, something he shows a natural aptitude for. However, Wien really dislikes his new job, and as he tries to keep up appearances, he secretly plans to betray his country and sell it out to escape his duties.
That’s easier said than done, however, due to turbulent local politics and Natra’s huge debt. A clever subversion of fantasy tropes, The Prince’s Genie’s Guide to Getting a Nation Out of Debt will keep you guessing all the time. It is available from Yen Press.
KEEP READING: The Prince’s Genius Guide: Wein’s Plan to Win [SPOILER] Is worse than it looks
My Dress-Up Darling recreates Miss Nagatoro! Again – For all the right reasons
About the Author