[Six] Just a Few Light Novels I Liked this Year

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For a variety of reasons, I found myself with a lot more interest and time for picking up and following new light novels this year. It’s gotten to the point now that I can comfortably say that probably I’ve read more volumes in sheer number this year than any other before. I’d like to think that a big part of it came from my increased awareness of when new stuff comes out after helping out with English Light Novels but I certainly can’t blame the actual purchasing of the things on anything but my lack of self-control.

In any case, I’ve found myself in the position of being able to recommend a bunch of new titles that I’ve tried and liked this year and so, here we are. Let’s get started.

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[Eleven] My Youth Romantic Comedy Can’t Possibly be This Awkward (Thoughts on Tomozaki-kun)

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In the days leading up to the release of Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki-kun’s second volume, I found myself suddenly (and maybe a little unreasonably) excited to get my hands on it. Perhaps it was residual from the anime announcement or from the generally warm reception to future volumes that I’d seen on twitter in the recent weeks, but I was very ready to return to this series and with high hopes.

The burden of expectation has, admittedly, ruined many a volume from far too many series for me but I did end up enjoying Tomozaki-kun’s second book a lot. It’s solidified the series as one of the most promising and fun ones that I’ve read this year and I wanted to take some time to talk about what makes it so special.

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