Brotakus is very happy to announce that we will now be hosting light novel translations on the website! One of our writers is an extremely talented light novel translator and will be hosting some of his work with us. If you’re interested the prologue to Kenkoku no Jungfrau is up right now!
Brotakus Light Novel System
Our web developer worked to make sure that our light novel translations are the best they can be for the readers. As such, the light novel translations will all include both translation notes and footnotes in an easy to use format. Simply hover your mouse over the note and it will appear right there as a tooltip.
If you’re on mobile and can’t use the hover to get the tooltip-version of the notes don’t worry, as all the translation notes and footnotes will also be compiled at the bottom of the page as well.
All of our light novels will appear on our Light Novel Translations page. Please check back there to see new series and updates as they are released. From that page you can click on any of your favorite light novel titles and see all the chapters/volumes released for that light novel. From there click any of the chapters to read them.
What is a Light Novel?
For those of you who have never read any light novels before, they are basically a very easy-to-read novel made primarily for students in Japan. Lot’s of these light novels become anime later on; such examples include Sword Art Online, Monogatari (series), Durarara!!, Infinite Stratos and many more. The mighty Google Machine told us that a light novel is:
A light novel (ライトノベル raito noberu) is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting middle- and high-school students (young adult demographic). “Light novel” is a wasei-eigo, or a Japanese term formed from words in the English language. Such short, light novels are often called ranobe (ラノベ) or L.N. in the West.
Light novels are one of Japan’s greatest sources for stories and are often the starting point for many of the anime and manga we enjoy, so we are very happy to share them with you here at Brotakus.
As always thank you for reading and please share this article around as much as you can! If there are any suggestions you have for the light novel translations in terms of how they are hosted or any extra features you’d like please let us know and we’ll definitely take them into consideration. Since we only have a very limited amount of people doing the translations, I don’t think we can really fulfill requests for what novels you want translated but if you want to let us know we’ll definitely try our best!