Light novels are more or less equivalent of japanese YA fiction with its own aestethic and entertainment appeal (also its shorter and has illustrations). While the entire “genre” has been around since the 90’s and several of them has received adaptations in the past, the light novel adaptation trend has only began to explode with Haruhi Suzumiya in 2006.
Recently however, in my time in the fandom (which is, admittedly, isn’t very long), there’s always a groan or specific hatred for every time there’s a light novel adaptation announcement on certain part of the fandom. To large degree, it was understandable, given the fact that many of them seems to be the same old story of either: a) Magical Highschool b) Indulgent Trashy Fantasy b) Ecchi Harem c) Ecchi Comedy d) Meta story of all four or two, with a tired trope narrative execution.
Genre is kind of a strange thing. Basically, they’re categorization of collective works with similar element in terms of form, subjects, and style under one label. On one hand, it makes searching for the type of works we want to watch/read at given moment easier, on the other, however, its also inherently constrictive and exclusionary.
And with that in mind, I would like to point your attention toward the “shonen battle” genre.
(Okay, quick disclosure. The reason as for why I use the term “shonen battle” is distinguish it from any other series that may be classified as “shonen” and ran on shonen magazine, but it doesn’t incorporate fighting as the main element of the narrative. Such example is: Gintama, Ansatsu, TWGOK, etc. Got it? Alright, read on.)
Being a student who goes to school that uphold Islamic law, it was mandatory once a week for me to have a Tahfiz lesson in my class. Tahfiz is basically a memorization of Quran verse, so most of the time spend during those lesson was either memorizing Quran or our teacher preaching us or motivating us to do better. But there’s one statement that always bugs me coming from my Tahfiz teacher.
During one of his preach, when Palestine was attacked once again by Israel, he mentioned to us to be horrified of what Israel done to the Palestinian and not be fooled or be sadden over drama on television that was crafted purposely to induce sad feeling because compared to those, this was a real event.
For some reason, that statement really got me thinking.