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One day out of nowhere, high schooler Yuichi Sakaki begins seeing words above people's heads. It turns out to be the ability to see people's true natures, which he names... Soul Reader! (Actually, his big sister names it that.) The next thing he knows, he's surrounded by people with bizarre labels like "Zombie" "Vampire" and "Witch." And before he can figure out what to One day out of nowhere, high schooler Yuichi Sakaki begins seeing words above people's heads. It turns out to be the ability to see people's true natures, which he names... Soul Reader! (Actually, his big sister names it that.) The next thing he knows, he's surrounded by people with bizarre labels like "Zombie" "Vampire" and "Witch." And before he can figure out what to do about that, he finds himself threatened by a beautiful girl, Natsuki, whose label is "Serial Killer"! Fortunately, Yuichi is not unprepared. His big sister has been training him for this kind of thing all his life. The battle is about to unfold between the bloodthirsty killing machine... and the world's strongest little brother!


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One day out of nowhere, high schooler Yuichi Sakaki begins seeing words above people's heads. It turns out to be the ability to see people's true natures, which he names... Soul Reader! (Actually, his big sister names it that.) The next thing he knows, he's surrounded by people with bizarre labels like "Zombie" "Vampire" and "Witch." And before he can figure out what to One day out of nowhere, high schooler Yuichi Sakaki begins seeing words above people's heads. It turns out to be the ability to see people's true natures, which he names... Soul Reader! (Actually, his big sister names it that.) The next thing he knows, he's surrounded by people with bizarre labels like "Zombie" "Vampire" and "Witch." And before he can figure out what to do about that, he finds himself threatened by a beautiful girl, Natsuki, whose label is "Serial Killer"! Fortunately, Yuichi is not unprepared. His big sister has been training him for this kind of thing all his life. The battle is about to unfold between the bloodthirsty killing machine... and the world's strongest little brother!

30 review for My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World: The World's Strongest Little Brother?!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    I majored in English in college, so I’ve read my fair share of literary works, from classics to post-modern… and indeed I’ve enjoyed my time with such works, but one of the things I noticed they always tried to do during my academic years was look down upon genre fiction, or books written to simply entertain, a mindset I was not able to get into then and have less tolerance for now. As I get older I read more and more simply for entertainment. I still read classics, and Literature (with a capita I majored in English in college, so I’ve read my fair share of literary works, from classics to post-modern… and indeed I’ve enjoyed my time with such works, but one of the things I noticed they always tried to do during my academic years was look down upon genre fiction, or books written to simply entertain, a mindset I was not able to get into then and have less tolerance for now. As I get older I read more and more simply for entertainment. I still read classics, and Literature (with a capital L, as so many academic intone it, with an obvious distaste for anything that would fit into the lower case l category), but they’re usually mixed between fantasy, horror and science fiction… indeed the genre fiction outweighs the literary by far. What’s my point? Well, above was my long-winded way of saying I am absolutely unashamed to include this book on my 2017 reading challenge. This was damn entertaining and got me to genuinely laugh out loud multiple times while reading. As others here have said, it is very much like reading an anime (to be expected given its “Light Novel” status as many anime now are based on them), often while reading I wished there was an anime. I imagined the art for the scenes, the composition of the characters, even line deliveries with a smile. The plot follows high schooler Yuichi Sakaki as he wakes up one day to discover that he sees words above people’s heads. They are brief descriptions that seem to sum up the person in some way, such as “office worker” or “civil servant.” While he has no explanation for this unusual ability, his sister finds it all quite natural and expected something like this to happen for some time (those unfamiliar with the Japanese idea of “chuunibyou” should look it up before reading the novel). While strange, Yuichi is able to ignore it for the most part, until he starts seeing words like “vampire” and “serial killer” above his classmates’ heads. All in all I found the book entertaining from start to finish. It has an amusing cast of characters, the comedic elements are played wonderfully and I like its playful dismissive attitude towards other light novel/anime tropes (such as a moment where the book announces that no one would really spit out their soup just for a shocking statement said while eating). It suffers from some flaws, for example many characters are thrown out only to be in one scene (no doubt set up for future stories). The title also makes one think that the big sister is going to be much more the focus, and while she’s important throughout, Yuichi is very much our focus character in the novel. More than anything her presence in the title seems an excuse to keep the overlong light novel title tradition in effect (which, much to my delight, the book plays that trope for a joke as well). Still, these are minor complaints. In all honesty my biggest issue with the book is one that I won’t take off any stars for, and that is the format. The book is only available as an ebook, which I find unfortunate as I like to have hard copies of my books, hardcover or paperback, I prefer both to my kindle which I reserve entirely for out of print books or cases like this where it is the only format available. Still, that’s just my own preference and in no way a criticism of the actual story, thus my own brief rant can be set aside. This was exactly the sort of book I needed right now. A light diversion that brought a smile to my face and kept me entertained throughout… and yes, I have already picked up book 2.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kuroonehalf

    JNovel has recently entered the English light novel scene and this is one of their new titles. Pleasantly enough, it's a pretty decent one so far. Fujitaka has good technical skill and translator Elizabeth Ellis did a great job localizing it. The very opposite of the work Yen Press has been putting out in their VN line. In this story you follow Yuichi as he wakes up one day to find out he can see text above people's heads. Unlike Death Note though, where it will display the name of the person, Yu JNovel has recently entered the English light novel scene and this is one of their new titles. Pleasantly enough, it's a pretty decent one so far. Fujitaka has good technical skill and translator Elizabeth Ellis did a great job localizing it. The very opposite of the work Yen Press has been putting out in their VN line. In this story you follow Yuichi as he wakes up one day to find out he can see text above people's heads. Unlike Death Note though, where it will display the name of the person, Yuichi instead sees words *related* to that person. As he tries to find out what the tags mean, he ends up discovering a whole new and dangerous world all around him. The tone of this is very light-hearted. Lots of comedy and silly situations, but fortunately they're not pushed to slapstick enough to become problematic. I wish there were a few less fantasy elements but I guess the book is advertised as such and that's just what it is. I feel like the plot and dialogue got a bit muddy in the final chapters and thus my 4 star rating, but hopefully volume 2 brings things back up again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    My rating reflects that this is a LIGHT novel. Nothing heavy, nothing too complex, very LIGHT. That being said, I found it to be an amazingly fun book, with some shockingly adult situations for a work that would otherwise come across as targeted at 12 year olds. If you like speculative fiction or fantasy at all, you should totally pick up a copy and read it, I doubt you'll be disappointed. If you have difficulty suspending disbelief, then you probably will have a lot of difficulty enjoying this bo My rating reflects that this is a LIGHT novel. Nothing heavy, nothing too complex, very LIGHT. That being said, I found it to be an amazingly fun book, with some shockingly adult situations for a work that would otherwise come across as targeted at 12 year olds. If you like speculative fiction or fantasy at all, you should totally pick up a copy and read it, I doubt you'll be disappointed. If you have difficulty suspending disbelief, then you probably will have a lot of difficulty enjoying this book. It's a wonderful flight of fancy, but hard-sf it most definitely is not. My only complaint is that it was over far too soon, I easily could have finished it in a day had I set aside the time to do so. Characterization is much better than I have come to expect from the genera, sure the characters are a bit 2D but they gradually fill out as the story progresses, so while there isn't a major decisive change in a character, I was left with the distinct impression that the characters might actually be real people.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This book started off with super rushed pacing, and really lacked in character back story. This continued for the first half of the volume. Thankfully it found it's pacing and started clicking in the second half. The author finally started giving more details about the main character as the action started kicking off. We also learned more about one of the girls, Takeuchi. The book still doesn't say much about Noro, the vampire, so I hope a future volume gives us more about her. It's pretty much This book started off with super rushed pacing, and really lacked in character back story. This continued for the first half of the volume. Thankfully it found it's pacing and started clicking in the second half. The author finally started giving more details about the main character as the action started kicking off. We also learned more about one of the girls, Takeuchi. The book still doesn't say much about Noro, the vampire, so I hope a future volume gives us more about her. It's pretty much a wacky, nonsensical story, yet is entertaining nonetheless.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This gets funnier as it moves on, with the one major drawback being that the eponymous sister can get really annoying. Full review eventually appearing on ANN.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    When I started reading this one I thought it was kind of crazy but would settle down after a few chapters, it did not. The further in the crazier it got and you get used to the crazy. After reading this volume I have so many questions, guess it's on the next volume. When I started reading this one I thought it was kind of crazy but would settle down after a few chapters, it did not. The further in the crazier it got and you get used to the crazy. After reading this volume I have so many questions, guess it's on the next volume.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Funny

    good

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Well worth the read if you're interested. My first thoughts were that the labels the character sees would ruin the plot. I was wrong. Overall it was a very interesting start to a series and I'm keen to see where it leads. Well worth the read if you're interested. My first thoughts were that the labels the character sees would ruin the plot. I was wrong. Overall it was a very interesting start to a series and I'm keen to see where it leads.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terrence

    Another light novel English localization by publisher novel club, and probably my favorite of the bunch. If you like series like The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Vol. 1, I think you'll enjoy this work. At times it even feels like James Bond with its action moments. There's a lot of My Monster Secret Vol. 1 stylings too. Despite the name and cover image, this volume doesn't deal with Yuichi's big sis much. This is much more focused on Yuichi himself, our protagonist with a new power, the ability to ide Another light novel English localization by publisher novel club, and probably my favorite of the bunch. If you like series like The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Vol. 1, I think you'll enjoy this work. At times it even feels like James Bond with its action moments. There's a lot of My Monster Secret Vol. 1 stylings too. Despite the name and cover image, this volume doesn't deal with Yuichi's big sis much. This is much more focused on Yuichi himself, our protagonist with a new power, the ability to identify people by their personality trait through labels over their heads in his field of vision. The labels are things like "Childhood Friend", "Zombie", and "Vampire", so expect some wild personalities. The protagonist starts as someone who seems to be put in an unusual situation, a normal guy who won't be able to deal with it, but despite his seeming "normalcy" he will begin to differentiate himself from your typical generic protag as you go. He's the star of the show, and I like that in a medium where side female characters or silent hero types dominate. The other characters are fun too. I don't want to spoil too much, but you'll meet a lot of characters that will make you rethink the monster tropes, including some that break certain rules. Mixed among them are your typical Japanese stereotypes like a Yandere Witch. It seems like this will be the type of series where more characters come into the fold as time goes on, an ever expanding cast of personalities. Love interest at this point seems fairly obvious, so I'm hoping they throw a wrinkle into that measure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colin Murtagh

    This is the first of the light Japanese novels I've read, and it probably wont be the last. It reminds me of some of the light manga I used to read years ago. It's a fun little book, filled with humorous little episodes. Yuichi Sakaki is starting high school but the day before he is due to start he starts seeing labels above peoples head. Some are self explanatory, Mum, and Dad over his parent head, but when he starts school he starts seeing signs like vampire and serial killer. Thankfully his b This is the first of the light Japanese novels I've read, and it probably wont be the last. It reminds me of some of the light manga I used to read years ago. It's a fun little book, filled with humorous little episodes. Yuichi Sakaki is starting high school but the day before he is due to start he starts seeing labels above peoples head. Some are self explanatory, Mum, and Dad over his parent head, but when he starts school he starts seeing signs like vampire and serial killer. Thankfully his big sister who is a bit of a survival specialist, and has been sharing her skills with him. It's a fun light read, ideal for when you just want something non-taxing

  11. 4 out of 5

    Love

    Cute story with some decent action, but also very average compared to other light novels.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brannon

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  15. 4 out of 5

    RedEagle

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wukong

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brett Pedersen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Art

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rashkae

  21. 4 out of 5

    Delkos

  22. 4 out of 5

    tim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Canales

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Alexander Hale

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kheldar

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renee Rosen-Wakeford

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robthemanbigboy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Saidah Gilbert

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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