If you love reading novels and you are also an otaku with a passion for anime and manga, then you should check out the best light novels you must read!
As many LNs were later adapted into manga or live action animation, anime became the gateway that introduced Japanese light novels to the world.
Eventually, light novels that never had an anime or manga adaptation also became popular.
However, the light novels and anime differ significantly, with light novels containing many intricate details and explicit discussion omitted from their anime counterparts for classification or ethical reasons.
That being said, LN's fanbase used to be somewhat limited, as these light novels were only available in paperback or on specific subscription sites. But today, the rise of reliable digital services makes it possible to read light novels as their later chapters are released.
Additionally, previously published light novels are also being translated into English and other languages.
As a result, a number of anime fans are continually choosing to read light novels to refresh their minds or look for spoilers for their favorite shows. But,There seems to be no end of exciting light novels with genres ranging from romantic comedy to suspense to outright horror.
So if you're wondering which light novel to read first, we're here to help with a massive list of some of the best light novels to choose from!
The best light novels to read in 2022
37.goblin hunterby Kumo Kagyu
The plot seems deceptively simple, as it revolves around a man whose only goal in life is to eradicate goblins. His brutality in goblin slaying earned him the infamous but fitting title: the "Goblin Slayer."
It sounds boring?Well, that's the last word for this series.
You see, goblins are cunning creatures with the highest fertility rates. But despite their increasing numbers, they were always considered the weakest monsters, causing everyone to ignore their presence.
Things go awry when the Goblins start kidnapping human females to reproduce further.
In the midst of all this, a 15-year-old priestess begins her first expedition. But she witnesses her classmates being raped, and she barely survives because Goblin Slayer intervenes in the action.
But despite his trauma, he decides to join the Goblin Slayer in his quest to eradicate the Goblins.
While its anime adaptation contains serious sexual violence, the novel depicts far more cruel and heinous crimes that may be too unpleasant for certain readers.
36.Ancestry of a bookwormby Miya Kazuki and You Shiina
An 18-year-old bookworm, Urano Motosu, dies after being crushed by the weight of his books. But his last wish was to reincarnate so he could do what he loved the most:Read more books.
His wish is granted when he is reborn, but he finds himself in a world where books are the exclusive preserve of the nobility. So, like a meek 5-year-old, Urano must find a way to read more books.
But instead of waiting for the nobility to generously share her books, Urano decides to create books herself. However, her journey is difficult, as she must first find the means to publish books, since the printing press does not even exist in this new world.
With its creative plot, the story is like a breath of fresh air among the typical isekai narratives. It gracefully depicts the relationship between the poor and the rich.
And so, even with her fictional reports, the protagonist goes through real-life struggles.
35.So I'm a spider, so what?by Okina Baba
Although the light novel is written in a first-person narrative, it still provides meticulous details of the ordinary that skillfully paints a realistic picture of landscapes, relationships, politics, mythical creatures, and even settings.
However, its standout feature is the ability to stay on plot with POV changing with each chapter.
The story begins when Kumoko and her classmates are killed in a supernatural explosion.
But miraculously, everyone is reborn into a different world, and a lucky few are born into royalty or nobility.
However, Kumoko ended up having the worst of fates.
And so, his fight in the new world began at the very moment when he was reincarnated as a spider of the weakest kind who lives in the gloomy darkness of the most dangerous dungeons, full of hostile beasts.
But the only thing keeping her alive is her incredible optimism and humane intellect.
34.The best assassin in the world is reincarnated in another world as an aristocrat.by Rui Tsukiyo
In his final moments, the world's greatest assassin agonized with regret that his death came from the very organization he trusted his entire life.
However, he ends up drawing the attention of a deity from the afterlife.
The Goddess offers him another chance at life as Lugh Tuatha De, the heir to a noble family of assassins. But in exchange, Lugh must kill the Hero of his new world right after the man kills the Demon Lord, as prophesied.
Although their reasons are not unfounded, as the Hero will actually go rogue and wreak havoc on their respective worlds.
But this also implies that Lugh must punish the Hero for crimes he would never commit.
Eventually, the killer accepts her offer, but decides to live this life to the fullest.
The story continues as Lugh adjusts to his new role and must learn new skills and magic. It also shows domains in Lugh's life that he was unable to explore before, including romantic affection and genuine companionship.
33.A certain magical indexby Kazuma Kamachi and Kiyotaka Haimura
The series takes place in Academy City, a technologically advanced region where supernatural abilities and magic are real. Those who use science to gain powers are called espers, while those who learn magic through practice are called sorcerers.
As the two factions often clash due to their sense of superiority, the series features a unique blend of science and magic, with distinct shades of action and mystery.
The story revolves around Toma Kamijo, a high school student with a unique ability to nullify the powers of other beings using his right hand.
But that doesn't improve your life, since your ability also nullifies your luck.Consequently, Toma lives a cursed life full of setbacks.
However, things take a turn when he discovers a runaway girl hiding on his porch. Rescuing her, he doesn't realize that she, too, may be an unfortunate event that drags him into the middle of a century-long conflict.
32.Trickster does not dream seriesby Hajime Kamoshida
Consisting of 11 volumes, this light novel series garnered the attention it deserved only after the release of its anime adaptation in 2018. Despite its supernatural events, the series elegantly highlights the struggles faced by teenage girls.
Sakuta Azusagawa, a high school student, discovers a girl in the school library, walking slowly in a suggestive rabbit outfit.
However, he is even more surprised to see that no one has noticed her except him.
The girl turns out to be Mai Sakurajima, their lead actress and former one on hiatus from her job. As the two interact, Sakuta discovers that she is suffering from 'Puberty Syndrome', a supposedly mythical illness.
When Sakuta decides to help cure her, he is confronted by several others suffering from the same disease. And so, her sincerity leads him to become the only hope for her rebirth.
31Kino conferenceby Keiichi Sigsawa
Kino, a teenager, made the most unusual companion named Hermes, a talking motorcycle. The two adventurers are on a constant journey to explore the entire world.
In principle, Kino does not stay in one place for more than 3 days and 2 nights in a row, since he believes that this time is enough to know all the important things in any region.
However, the beginning stems from her deep fear that staying longer might make her feel an affection for that place, eventually making her settle down.
But as she travels, she learns traditions and customs that would otherwise be dismissed as morally gray. She sees the brutality in the raw form of it and the justice in all the magnificence of it.
Observe moral norms and prohibit commenting on any event or culture. All because she and Hermes live by a radical beauty code,“The world is not pretty; That's how it is."
30Death March to Parallel World Rhapsodyby Hiro Ainana
A 29-year-old programmer, Suzuki Ichirou, is overworked. But his exhaustion leads him to take a nap while he debugs two different MMORPGs.
But when Suzuki wakes up, he finds himself in a vaguely familiar landscape.
Somehow, Suzuki was transported into the structure of his two games, but as a 15-year-old named 'Satou', Suzuki's beta test nickname. Before he understands the whole situation, Satou is attacked by an army of Lizardmen.
This attack causes him to use'Meteor shower,' his newly added gameplay feature that destroys the entire army and a nearby deity.
Consequently, Satou jumps from level 1 to 310, making him one of the most powerful beings in his new world.
Now, he must travel the entire game to find his way back. However, things are not easy, since his statistics make him one of the most wanted enemies by other players.
29Grimgar of Fantasia and Ashespor Ao Jyumonji and Eiri Shirai
While numerous light novels explore a reincarnated protagonist within a game-like universe, none raises the bar quite as high as this one.Grimgar of Fantasia and Asheswith its impeccable story and realistic character development.
It all starts when a huge group of teenagers wake up in a fantasy world, barely remembering their names. With no other choice, they are divided into teams that will hunt monsters for a living.
Haruhiro, a timid thief, becomes part of the weaker group consisting of only the remaining teenagers. However, they gradually become a reliable team under the leadership of Manato, a charismatic priest.
However, their fights reach a whole new level when Manato sacrifices himself to save the team, leaving Haruhiro as their new commander.
As the group learns to come to terms with the loss of Manato, they encounter Merry, a priestess with unknown intentions.
28The empty box and Zeroth Mariaby Eiji Mikage
A high school student, Kazuki Hoshino, enjoys the mundane and monotonous everyday life. However, his routine changes on March 2, when a beauty named Aya Otonashi transfers into her class and solemnly declares war on her.
But his hate isn't nearly as troubling as his strange choice of words, because she claims she transferred schools 13,118 times just to 'break him down'.
That sounds contrived, but it's a promising start to a light novel rom-com.
But that is not all.
The show presents a unique idea of certain "boxes" with the ability to grant a wish, depending on a person's personality and the extent of their beliefs.
And so the series is a roller coaster that jumps from romance and action to everyday life, mystery, suspense, and finally, the supernatural. The story shows how our deepest desires can be totally illogical.
27¡ Toradora!by Yuyuko Takemiya y Yasu
Ryuji Takasu is often misunderstood as a high school delinquent, despite his kind demeanor, due to his naturally stern features and "killer" eyes.
But his already complicated life is turned upside down when he meets Taiga Aisaka, also known as "Palm Tiger", a girl with endearing features but a brusque personality.
Although they are not a couple or interested in each other, their destinies are still intertwined.
It turns out that Taiga has a crush on Yusaku Kitamura, Ryuji's best friend. Meanwhile, Ryuji has a deep affection for Minori Kushieda, Taiga's best friend.
As the two decide to meet their respective loves, they spend more time together and eventually become close.
Consequently, a rumor arises about the two being a couple.
The light novel is lighthearted, fun, and refreshing, even with all its clichés.
26To Tanya's Saga, to Evilby Carlo Zen
When a disbelieving hireling is murdered, he is confronted by a self-proclaimed god who condemns him for his lack of 'faith'. However, the atheist still denies the presence of God, calling the deity before him an insignificant "Being X".
The insult angers Being X, who decides to punish the skeptic.
And so, Being X reincarnates the heretic as a blonde girl named Tanya in a chaotic world that appears to be a cross between World War I and World War II. He warns Tanya that if she dies an unnatural death while she is in disbelief, she will suffer an endless cycle of punishment in hell.
The idea was to make Tanya suffer so much that she turns to Being X for help.However, the atheist will have nothing of the supposed fate.
Instead, Tanya uses all of her skills to rise through the military ranks so she can live without fighting on the front lines. By doing so, she becomes an efficient military strategist with no regard for life.
His cruelty on the battlefield and his misdeeds earned him the title "The Devil of the Rhine."
However, Being X's patience has a limit and he is more cunning than he seems.
25Arifureta: from common to strongest in the worldby Ryo Shirakome and Takaya-ki
A 17-year-old teenager, Hajime Nagumo, is often bullied by his classmates for getting the attention of his class idol. But his atrocities are taken to a new level when they are all summoned to Tortus, an alternate reality.
Now equipped with only a minor alchemy skill, Hajime doesn't stand a chance against the bullies of his class, who have acquired superhuman combat abilities.
Despite his past experiences, Hajime generously accepts an invitation to explore the Great Orcus Labyrinth, which turns out to be a ploy to get rid of him.
And so, one of them betrays him, throwing him into the forbidden depths of the dungeon.
Barely surviving the fall, Hajime uses his alchemy skills to live another day. However the'the dungeon is dark and full of terrors'.Therefore, Hajime must choose to die or lose a part of his humanity in order to return from his supposed grave.
24Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a dungeon?by Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda
In order to seek excitement in their eternal lives, various gods have established themselves as 'mortals' in the city of Orario. But each God maintains a Family, a band of adventurers whose main duty is to explore the "Dungeon", an underground labyrinth plagued by monsters and magical crystals.
But the abilities of each Family member are acquired as game points and upgrades.
One such adventurer, Bell Cranel, joins the family of the goddess Hestia to become a hero.
Bell's goal is to become the greatest adventurer in the land, so finding the Goddess and joining her Familia was the most natural thing to do. But the Family is not as big as the Families of other Gods; it's just Hestia and Bell.
Going by the light novel's title, you'd expect the main character to be a pervert whose only goal is to pick up girls, but that can't be far from the truth. In fact, he is an innocent character who treats everyone with respect, no matter what gender or race they belong to.
However, unknown to him, several women have been doting on his beauty, including Hestia herself.
23sovereignfrom Kugane Maruyama - The best of Kugane Maruyama
After its twelve year run, the servers of the most played MMORPG "Yggdrasil" will be shut down. As the final hour of the game approaches, Momonga, the exceptional magician and only remaining member of the notorious "Ainz Ooal Gown" guild, awaits the end.
But when the servers shut down, Momonga witnesses the entire world move to another land.
Even though all the features of your game seem to work fine, you can't quit.
Gradually, a foreboding horror sets in as he discovers that even non-player characters have developed personalities of their own.
Sensing the urgency of his situation, Momonga decides to use all his magical powers to investigate the mystery behind this new universe.
While he's not the only one looking for an escape, he may be the only one who wants to stay here forever, perhaps even trapping the others with all his authority.
22How a royalist hero rebuilt the kingdomby Dojyomaru and Fuyuyuki
The story begins as a typical isekai with a random boy who is transported to another realm. In addition, he attracts the attention of several women and must save the entire kingdom.
However, this is where the novel breaks all the clichés.
The protagonist, Kazuya Souma, is an aspiring civil servant. And so, he had been preparing to become an administrator.
So when Kazuya is forced to become king, he knows how to rule.
So it doesn't seem like a miracle that Kazuya solved the agricultural crisis in his first month as ruler.
Also, Kazuya's combat skills follow a human trajectory of progress, as he doesn't become a legendary swordsman without practice. Although many women pay attention to him, they have strong reasons to find him attractive.
Also, Kazuya doesn't play indifferent or perverted, but consciously flirts like an adult.
While this novel is a classic isekai with a new twist, if you're more into breaking stereotypes, the next novel on this list is perfect!
21Welcome to Japan, Mrs. Goblin!by Makishima Suzuki & Yappen
Despite being classified as an isekai, no one dies in this light novel and is reincarnated in another world. In fact, there seems to be no permanent change.
Also, the male lead is neither very bright nor very brash, making him a light novel anomaly as "the suave hero". , as regular as he can be an elf.
The story revolves around Kazuhiro Kitase, a boy with a penchant for sleeping and dreaming. Kazuhiro was on an exciting quest with his elf friend in one of his dreams. However, they are both burned by the dragon's breath.
She wakes up with tingling and burning sensations to find a familiar figure lying next to her.
It turns out that the elf was not just a dream.
But now, marked by the dragon's fire, she lives and breathes at his side.
20Full Metal Panic!por Shouji Gatou y Shikidouji
A private military counter-terrorism organization: Mithril employs "Whispers", who are highly skilled individuals with remarkable technical and intuitive knowledge. One of these whispered teens, Sousuke Sagara, is tasked with protecting a lively high school girl named Kaname Chidori.
However, he had no previous experience of social life in a high school.
Consequently, he sees every trifle as a threat or a military emergency.
This behavior leads his colleagues to nickname him the "Military Maniac".
Meanwhile, the only person who sees him struggling is Chidori, who acknowledges his concern for her. However, she doesn't understand why he is so concerned about her safety.
But the comedy of errors begins when everyone mistakes them as a couple.
In the midst of all this, even Sousuke wonders why the terrorists are after Chidori. But the series takes a turn when Chidori's dark secret comes to light.
19The shadowy eminenceby Daisuke Aizawa and Touzai
While most seek fame and recognition, Cid Kagenou had an even bigger vision.
He wanted to walk in the light of day as part of the mob but pull the strings as the mastermind of big events, essentially becoming a "Shadowbroker".
Therefore, he trained every night, but his dreams could not come true.
However, one night he finds magical lights, which later turn out to be the two headlights of a vehicle that hit and killed him.
Now reborn in a fantasy universe, Cid still longs to be the Shadow Broker.
So when he rescues a damsel in distress, he falsely declares himself the leader of an ancient 'Organization' that will crush "the Cult of Diabolos".
The girl believes his lies and swears allegiance to him, thereby becoming the first supporter of his organization - "The Shadow Garden".
Unbeknownst to Cid, the Cult of Diablos exists in this universe. And so, his one lie puts him at the forefront of the war against these forces of evil.
18sword art onlineby Reki Kawahara
In 2022, genius programmer Akihiko Kayaba developedSword Art Online (SAO)– a virtual reality MMORPG. But the game only works with the "NerveGear", a helmet-like device that works through human senses.
On November 6, around ten thousand players accessed theSAOserver simultaneously. The game exceeded all expectations with its one hundred elaborate floors of Aincrad - the steel castle andde SAOprimary landscape.
Yet a strange sense of urgency arises when no one manages to log off.
Eventually, Akihiko announces that he has trapped everyone's consciousness by playing the game as his only option to get out to safety. But Akihiko seems unaware of the presence of Kazuto Kirigaya, a game enthusiast and beta tester forSAO.
As Kazuto knows secrets unknown to other players, he becomes the only hope and the cheater in that game. However, he chooses to play alone until he meets a mysterious girl.
17Mushoku Tensei: Reincarnation without a jobby Rifujin na Magonote y Shirotaka
Starving for affection and brutally bullied, a 34-year-old man is evicted from his parents' home on the grounds that he didn't even make it to the funeral.
Now homeless, the NEET contemplates that their life is meaningless.
In order to do at least one good thing in his life, he saves a group of teenagers from a swerving truck, dying in the process. He is later reborn as a baby named Rudeus Greyrat, but in a universe of magic and swordsmanship.
But this time, he decides to make the most of his life.
Using the wisdom of his past life, the boy displays tremendous skills in magic and swordsmanship. This leads him to get the scholarship from the famous Demon Magician - Roxy Migurdia.
However, starting over from a traumatic past requires much more than mere ambition. And so, Rudeus also struggles to embrace something that was previously unimaginable: a chance for true love.
sixteen.The Rising of the Shield Heroby Aneko Yusagi
As catastrophic monsters, also known as "Waves", continue to disrupt the peace, Melromarc summons his four cardinal heroes who will defend the kingdom in his stead, as prophesied.
But these heroes are ordinary Japanese who need a lot of training for their missions.
Following the tradition, each hero received a weapon of his identity, namely the spear, the sword, the shield and the bow. While all the heroes were honored legends, people paid little attention to the Shield Hero, Naofumi Iwatani, as his shield was not a weapon.
His awkward and laid-back personality made his situation worse.
Consequently, no one was ready to help him in his training or journey. And so, Naofumi blindly trusted Princess Malty Melromarc, who was by his side as his only follower.
However, he realizes this serious mistake too late.
As planned, a confused and humiliated Naofumi is wrongfully exiled for sexual assault and robbery. As he journeys in search of salvation, he wonders why Malty betrayed him for no apparent reason.
The novel explores how unfounded prejudices can lead someone to commit disturbing crimes. It also explores the bitter struggle of an innocent man after being accused of sexual assault.
15.serie boogie-popby Kouhei Kadono y Kouji Ogata
Urban legend says that a supernatural creature,boogiepop,he can free people from their pain, but he does so by killing them in the prime of their youthful beauty.
And so, when several female students from Shinyo Academy suddenly disappear, the remaining female students whisper about Boogiepop's presence. However, the officers dismiss this idea, considering it a case of runaway children.
Meanwhile, Nagi Kirima knows better than to talk about any rumors.
He knows that Boogiebop is very real and very present.However, only a few know that Boogiebop only seems to be fighting for justice, and it is not possible that he is behind such disappearances.
But if Boogiebop isn't the cause, who or what is kidnapping these girls?
The novel unravels a series of mysteries that happen simultaneously. However, it also shows how a single story can differ depending on its narrator. The words and stories are crafted with intricate detail that remains a cutting-edge thriller despite two decades since its creation.
14The devil works part timeby Satoshi Wagahara
Demon Lord Satan wishes to rule the land of Ente Isla and has ordered his generals to attack his four different continents. But at the height of their military campaign, Emilia the Hero and her companions intervene and kill the demon generals Malacoda and Adramelech.
Eventually, Satan flees the scene with Alciel, only to land in modern Japan through a magical portal. However, this devours them with magic, making them almost human.
Now they must find some livelihood to sustain themselves until they can return.
And so, the Devil takes a part-time job at a fast food restaurant: Magronald.
But he is not the only one here, as Emilia has followed him to prevent him from hatching any more evil plans. And she is not wrong, because the Devil has decided to conquer this world too.
But he seeks to do this by becoming the best part-time worker so he can move up the corporate ladder.
As funny as it sounds, the Devil seems overly concerned with how well the fries are cooked and how fresh the burger is, rather than how to get his superpowers back.
The soap opera has the characteristic of transforming the most common scenarios into silly moments. So if you are looking for some comic relief, this light novel is just for you.
13Re: ZERO - Starting life in another worldby Tappei Nagatsuki
When lonely teenager Subaru Natsuki walks out of the convenience store, he finds himself in the middle of a fantasy forest. Then suddenly he is attacked by a band of thieves, only to be rescued by an ethereal beauty, Emilia, the future ruler of the Kingdom of Lugunica.
To return the favor, Subaru tries to help her by finding her missing badge.
When they reach their supposed destination, they are killed by hidden stalkers.
Although the pain of death sends chills through Subaru's body, he finds himself in the middle of a familiar scene with a bag of groceries. Immediately, he is attacked by the same thugs as him before and Emilia saves him again.
But Emilia doesn't remember their previous meeting.
As the series progresses, a strange perception is established that Subaru is the only one to go through time. And so, he is the only one with memories of death and precious moments before it.
12Didn't I say to make my abilities average in the next life?!by FUNA & Itsuki Akata
With her exceptional intelligence, Misato Kurihara experienced immense academic pressure to the point where she was unable to make even a single friend. But his life ended abruptly when he died while saving a girl.
Later, he is given the chance to be reborn in another reality, which he accepts only after declaring his desire to be reincarnated as an "ordinary" person.
Unbeknownst to her, the average in this world takes into account the strengths of the strongest and weakest magical creatures.
And so, she ends up reincarnating as Adele von Ascham, a noblewoman who is some 6,800 times more powerful than an ordinary human being.
Also, his new life is anything but ordinary, as his father murders his grandfather and mother, only to marry another woman.
But when he enrolls in the prestigious Eckland Academy, he makes his first friends.
However, her newly formed bonds lead her to use her unusual abilities against the royal princess. And now, Adele must live as a fugitive on the run.
Only this time, she doesn't feel so alone.
11Una Serie Haruhi Suzumiyaby Nagaru Tanigawa y Noizi Itou
On her first day at North High School, Haruhi Suzumiya, a captivating beauty, declares her exhaustion from normal life and her obsession with the supernatural phenomenon.
This makes Kyon, a 'normal high school student', wonder what she would like to have.
It turns out that Haruhi just wants to have a few clubs that are actively looking for paranormal activities.
Eventually, Kyon suggests that he build his own club. However, things go wrong when Haruhi drags him along and forms a club called "Spreading Excitement Worldwide with the Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade" or simply "SOS".
Perceiving this club as mere stupidity, Kyon still joins him and changes the name of the club to official documents "Supporting the student body that works hard to make the world a better place student service brigade".
While waiting for no one to sign up for the club, three members sign up on the first day.
The plot takes a turn when Kyon supervises the three new members, keeping an eye on Haruhi the whole time.
10My Teen Rom-Com Is Wrong As I Expectedby Wataru Watari
An intelligent but deadpan high school student, Hachiman Hikigaya, believes that cheerful youth does not exist and is just a facade. Therefore, when he is asked to write an essay on modern society, he mocks everyone in the worst possible way.
But instead of giving him a low grade, his teacher creates a unique punishment.
And so Hachiman is forced to join the Volunteer Service Club, a student body to help anyone who works towards their goals.
However, the only other active member is Yukino Yukinoshita, the Ice Queen, a seductive and pragmatic beauty who believes in helping those less fortunate.
Now these two loners are at the forefront of solving each other's problems. But your unique perception of the world may be the tool to help you. Still, the experience brings them together, creating a joyous youth that technically shouldn't exist.
9.The beginning after the endPuerto TurtleMe
The beginning after the endIt started as a light novel series and was later adapted as a manhwa, which is doing relatively well.
However, the plot is so gripping and the illustrations so captivating that it seems unfair not to give the novel its due.
The story revolves around King Gray, a man without equal in strength, intellect, and administrative skills. However, like all great leaders, he feels a terrible sense of loneliness.
Poisoned to death, Gray is reborn as Arthur Leywin in the vibrant land of Dicathen, a world filled with magical and mythical creatures. As Arthur rises through the ranks due to his superior abilities, he also becomes more compassionate towards his loved ones.
But he soon realizes that his reincarnation was not a coincidence, as he is at the center of everything that happens in this magical new world.
If you're looking to read a light novel with a powerful plot filled with all sorts of emotions, this is what you need to learn. There's a reason this is one of the best light novels of all time!
8.That time I got reincarnated as a slimeby FUSE
An ordinary corporate worker, Satoru Mikami, has no regrets about his boring thirty-seven years of life, except for not having a girlfriend. But even that doesn't matter, as Satoru ends up dying by being randomly stabbed in the middle of a chance encounter.
Satoru hears a strange voice reciting unknown commands at the time of his death.
Later, Satoru is reincarnated in an alternate dimension, but as a slime that can change shape and mimic the appearance of anything if eaten.
But of all creatures, Satoru stumbles across "Veldora", the Storm Dragon, who has been imprisoned for over 300 years for his crime of burning down an entire village. The painful desolation of him causes Satoru to befriend him and vow to help him free him.
And so, Veldora affectionately bestows him with the blessed name "Rimuru Tempest".
Rimuru then swallows the entire prison and devours it whole in order to explore the prison and free Veldora from it one day.
And so he goes on his way as he learns about the world, the different magical creatures out there, and what he wants to do with his exciting new life.
7.I'm in love with the villainBy Inori y Hanagata
An ordinary office worker, Oohashi Rei, works herself to death and is reincarnated as Rae Taylor, the heroine of her favorite otome game, "Revolution."
Now, she's a beautiful high school student at an exclusive magic academy, and naturally, she catches the eye of three plausible suitors: the princes of the game.
But if anything, his bullying makes her angry.
It turns out that Rei is a homosexual who only finds women attractive. Things take a hilarious turn when Rei falls for her supposed rival and villain, Claire Francois, who is truly a sight to behold with her golden curls and icy blue eyes.
As Rei flirts with Claire, Claire is more confused than ever, unsure how to respond to so much affection.
Furthermore, it was designed to intimidate the heroine and now she is the supposed suitor.
But can their romance stand the test of time and gambling as Claire is supposed to be a straight woman preventing the heroine from achieving her goals?
6.O Irregular na Magic High Schoolby Tsutomu Sato
World War III continued for 20 years, reducing the world's population to 3 billion. While the countries lost their unique status, Japan retained it because its powerful sorcerers employed technology to increase their impact.
Since many mages were stolen, they were treated as rare goods and sent to special schools to hone their skills.
But these schools had separate classes with high-ranking magicians selected as 'Blooms' and sent to the primary courses. Meanwhile, low-scoring wizards were called 'weeds' and enrolled in secondary courses.
And so, when the two brothers from the prestigious Shiba dynasty entered high school, they ended up in different careers. Miyuki, excelling in all practical exams, became Bloom and the rightful heir to the Shiba family.
Meanwhile, Tatsuya surpassed everyone in theoretical knowledge, still turning into Weed with his apparent lack of practical magic. However, as the series progresses, Tatsuya displays a unique combination of technology and magic, eventually becoming an irregular part of Japan's scoring system.
5.86-EIGHTY-SIXby Asato Asato & Shirabii
Wars waged even for noble causes result in powerlessness, as nothing can raise the dead.
However, there are certain crimes worse than war itself.
This seems to be the case with the Republic of San Magnolia, who have stated that the ongoing war with the Giadian Empire has resulted in no casualties. As a result, 85 of their gray-haired ethnic Albanians live under a false sense of security.
But the price of peace has come to Sector 86, a place choked with violent crime and lawlessness as its people have been forced to fight the war on behalf of all of San Magnolia.
In the midst of all this, a spearhead squad, Shinei Nouzen, also known as "the reaper", who has continuously survived multiple missions, seeks recognition from his fallen comrades. But his efforts only make sense when he meets Vladilena Milizé, an 86-year-old woman who fights for equal rights.
As the two embark on a journey of justice and recognition, they end up stumbling upon a very sinister plot.
4.Konosuba: God's blessing on this wonderful world!by Natsume Akatsuki
Kazuma Satou, a lonely high school student, dies an unexpected but comical death.
Waking up in the afterlife, he is greeted by a beautiful but unpleasant goddess, Aqua, who cannot contain her laughter at the circumstances of his death.
Shame makes you lose the ability to think logically.
And so, when offered to move to heaven or be reincarnated in a game-like fantasy universe, he chooses the latter to redeem himself.
Immediately, Kazuma is tasked with defeating the demon lord and is given a weapon/item of choice that he can take to this new world.
Kazuma defies all expectations and chooses to take Aqua Goddess as his partner.
But things get funny when Kazuma realizes that Aqua has no talents or powers. Also, the gaming universe was still a living place; now they needed money to buy food and pay taxes.
However, there is no end to this misery as they can only leave this place after defeating the demon lord.
3.spice and wolfby Isuna Hasekura and Ju Ayakura
Holo, the wolf deity, was initially revered by the people of the small town of Pasloe when she blessed them with the annual harvest. However, as the people became more self-sufficient, Holo was abandoned as a fickle deity who needed sacrifices for even the smallest fields.
Heartbroken, Holo decided to leave after 600 years of staying in a single city.
But leaving the city was not an easy task, as she took the form of a teenage girl with wolf ears and a tail, which still attracts the attention of many.
Consequently, he hides in the wagon of a traveling trader, Kraft Lawrence, whose only purpose in life seems to be to build a store.
Recognizing Holo's wisdom in character evaluation and negotiation, Lawrence forms a business partnership on the condition that he take her safely to Yoitsu, her original home. But as they travel, Holo's aura captivates several others, not all with good intentions.
In the midst of this, Lawrence finds his ambitions transformed as he searches for more than just a store.
2.elite classby Syougo Kinugasa y Tomoseshunsaku
In the distant future, the Japanese government has built an advanced high school that mimics real-life experiences, allowing students unprecedented autonomy and freedom. The school is considered to be ranked first due to 100% employment and college admission statistics.
Despite all this, the school is anything but ideal.
The school established its own hierarchy based on a merit system. Therefore, each class has four sections, with 'A' containing the best students and 'D' the worst.
A genius, Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, intentionally manipulates his exams to get low grades so he doesn't excel. Eventually, he is placed in Class D. But his life is turned upside down when he meets Suzune Horikita, a lonely girl who firmly believes that she was mistakenly placed in Class D.
When Kiyotaka decides to help Suzune, they are joined by Kikyou Kushida, a seemingly hyperactive class idol who just wants to make more friends.
While the anime adaptation showed characters deviating from their supposed personalities, the novel does justice to each reaction. Furthermore, the novel is satirically written to accentuate how unequal upbringing can shape a person's life.
1.Serie Monogataripor NISIOISINA
The story begins when a third-year high school student, Koyomi Araragi, meets a blonde girl, Shinobu, who turns him into a vampire. However, he returns to a near-human life with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man and self-proclaimed monster expert.
Still, Koyomi feels like nothing will ever go back to normal.
In the midst of his mixed feelings, he prevents a colleague from falling down the stairs. But your body feels lighter than a feather. It's like thatit becomes clear that he is not the only strange creature nor the only one fighting.
He takes her to Meme, who heals her, only for her to develop deep feelings for Koyomi. As the series progresses, various female characters with unique ambitions and supernatural afflictions are introduced.
While the anime adaptation of Monogatari became famous for its inappropriate fan-service moments, the new series became popular only for its deep dialogue and how each moment reshapes a character's previous perception rather than callously destroying it.
Light novels represent an important part of Japanese culture and literature. While these compilations don't offer a lot of vocabulary or overly complicated characters, they do provide a refreshing take on simple ideas, clever storylines, and beautiful illustrations.
And so, these light novels will surely entertain your readers.
If you've always wanted to read a light novel but never knew where to start, I hope this list helps you with your decision. I would still recommend that you choose the novel from your favorite manga or anime adaptations because sometimes anime or manga leaves out a lot of important things that are explained very well in light novels.
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