While people are aware of the fact that a lot of the anime they consume is predominantly adapted from manga, there is a large host of anime that finds its origins in the form of a light novel. With their characteristic long titles and ample use of both words and art, light novels are yet another way in which we anime fans can immerse ourselves in the stories we find interesting! This time; however, we’re diving into ten light novels that we think bring us feelings of comfort and a general sense of calm. Top 10 Comfy Light Novels, here we go!
10. Bungaku Shoujo (Book Girl)
- Authors: Nomura Mizuki (Story), Takeoka Miho (Art)
- Genres: Mystery, Drama, Romance
- Volumes: 8
- Published: April 2006 – August 2008
Inoue Konoha is your average second-year high schooler who has lived a fairly normal life – except for that one incident that happened two years ago. Oh, and the fact that he used to be a female bestselling romance author, but because of the incident, he’ll never write again. When the third-year president of the literary club, Amano Tooko, forces Konoha to join the literary club, he is thrown back into the writer’s seat as she has a strange habit of eating written work. Now Konoha has to write his club president something to eat every single day.
This novel is quite a chilled ride. Our main character pairing gets along fairly well and the story following their daily lives as high schoolers makes it feel a little bit more downtempo. The other element that gives Bungaku Shoujo a calming, comfy feel is the episodic nature of the series itself – every piece of writing Konoha writes for Tooko is indicative of a different concept being played with, so it gives more life to the fact that it follows days in the lives of its characters; a “nichijou” (daily life) kind of mouthfeel.
9. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl)
- Authors: Iruma Hitoma (Story), Buriki (Art)
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
- Volumes: 9
- Published: January 2009 – April 2011
Niwa Makoto is a high school boy embarking on a new journey: he’ll be moving into his aunt’s house since his parents are away for an extended period of time. He meets his eccentric cousin of the same age, Touwa Erio, who has a strange habit of tying a futon around her body and claiming to be an alien. Erio disappeared for half a year and was found floating at sea; however, she has no recollection of those events.
With its eccentric heroine in Erio, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko is a comfy slice of life novel which mostly leans on the relationship between Makoto and his cousin. Nothing particularly jarring happens in the novel series, so it feels very calm. In that line of thinking, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko is the kind of light novel one picks up when they want to settle into something light and fluffy with comedic elements packed in between.
8. Ikinokori Renkinjutsushi wa Machi de Shizuka ni Kurashitai (The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life)
- Authors: ox (Art), Nonohara Usata (Story)
- Genres: 5+
- Volumes: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
- Published: September 2017 – Ongoing
The Kingdom of Endalgia was besieged by monsters that come from the nearby Demon Forest. Mariela the alchemist barely survived a potentially lethal situation through use of the “Magic Circle of Suspended Animation”, but it kept her asleep for longer than she had intended. Now awake again, she finds that she is the last remaining alchemist, so her trade becomes all the more lucrative. Now finding a residence in what remains of Endalgia capital, Labyrinth City, Mariela sells potions while trying to enjoy a quiet city life.
With the entire plot being about someone who just wants to live quietly, The Alchemist Who Survived is perhaps one of the best examples of comfy light novels on this list. It does; however, have some dark elements that form part of the world being built in the novel series, so it may not always be something to read for its sense of comfort. The art is also cute and expressive, adding more to the sense of comfort tucked away in the novel’s pages.
7. A Demon Lord’s Tale: Dungeons, Monster Girls, and Heartwarming Bliss
- Authors: Dabu Ryuu (Art), Ryuuyuu (Story)
- Genres: Fantasy
- Volumes: 5+
- Published: November 2017 – Ongoing
Yuki woke up one day to find that he had become a Demon Lord in a fantasy world. He now resides in a dungeon that he must protect from the various dangers of his new surroundings and works hard to strengthen its defenses. However, instead of experiencing breaches of the dungeon’s security on a regular basis, Yuki’s daily life is filled with relaxation and bliss as he spends his days with a dragon girl and a vampire.
A Demon Lord’s Tale is a great example of a comfy light novel. The fantasy setting tickles the imagination, but the story has a very disarming, light feel to it. The novel comes across as a cute slice of life that gets the ball rolling with the familiar isekai reincarnation trope. Another aspect adding to the light and fluffy nature of the novel series is the fact that it reads in the first-person perspective, so it feels like we’ve been sat down and are being told a story.
6. Shitayomi Danshi to Toukou Joshi (Manuscript Screening Boy and Manuscript Submitting Girl)
- Authors: Eihi (Art), Nomura Mizuki (Story)
- Genres: School
- Volumes: 1
- Published: June 2015
is an ordinary high schooler who has quite the knack for reading light novel drafts. When Ao finds his classmate Hinomiya Hiyuki’s work in a pile of manuscript submissions, he is surprised that the “Ice Lady” of his class had such an interest. He reads her submission and writes some words of advice and when she sees it, she is hurt but asks him to help her write a great light novel.
its high school setting, Shitayomi Danshi is a short and sweet story about the relationship that develops between classmates over the art of writing. The feel of this novel is fairly downtempo, so it isn’t something that will take up all of your attention or time and can be read as something in between more intense light novel series.
5. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun (Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki)
- Authors: Fly (Art), Yaku Yuuki (Story)
- Genres: Drama, Romance, School
- Volumes: 7+
- Published: May 2016 – Ongoing
protagonist, Tomozaki Fumiya, believes that life is just one bad videogame. It doesn’t have any simple rules, but it runs on inequality and irrationality. As the self-proclaimed best gamer in Japan, Tomozaki is convinced that life is just a really bad videogame where the strong have freedom and the weak suffer from disadvantages. However, Hinami Aoi, a strong-willed and perfect schoolmate of Tomozaki’s; whom he believes to be on his level, believes that life is a great game. She tells him that she’ll teach him the rules of the game, which he wouldn’t normally believe but Aoi’s someone who doesn’t seem to be confined by the rules of the game, to begin with.
romance in the pit of one’s high school tenure! Tomozaki-kun’s comfiest export has to be the protagonist and heroine pair. With their conflicting beliefs about life itself, the novel sets itself up to be an experience concerned with the steady growth of its two main characters. The comedy aspect also makes this quite the comfy novel to bury yourself in, some of it may even be relatable!
4. Saiunkoku Monogatari
- Authors: Yura Kairi (Art), Yukino Sai (Story)
- Genres: Drama, Historical, Romance, Josei
- Volumes: 22
- Published: October 2003 – June 2011
is a fictional medieval empire. Kou Shuurei is of a now-fallen noble family and her father works as a librarian in the Imperial Palace, a job that’s great for clout but pays very little. Shuurei teaches at the temple school and does odd jobs to make ends meet, but she has a dream: she wants to pass the Imperial Exam and take up a post in the government, something which is forbidden to women in the society. However, her plans fall to the wayside when the Emperor’s Grand Advisor makes an offer Shuurei can’t refuse: she is to join the Imperial Household and serve as the young Emperor’s consort, teaching him to become a responsible ruler. If she succeeds, she will earn heavy financial compensation. Shuurei takes on the challenge, eager to do her part for her family, her country and herself.
times, dreams and a headstrong main character? Yes, please! Saiunkoku Monogatari is one of the older titles on this list, but with anime and manga adaptation, it is definitely one of the more decorated stories on this list. The growing relationship between Shuurei and Emperor Ryuuki is a great journey to immerse yourself in; however, as comfy as this Saiunkoku Monogatari can be, it isn’t all comfy.
3. Sora no Otoshimono (Heaven’s Lost Property)
- Authors: Minazuki Suu (Art), Tachibana Ayun (Art), Watanabe Yoshihiro (Art), Kanzaki Rin (Story)
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Romance, School, Sci-Fi
- Volumes: 2
- Published: February 2010 – October 2010
Tomoki is a perverted teenager who wants to live a calm and peaceful life. One day, Ikaros, a girl with a pair of wings descends from the sky and declares that Tomoki is her master. For as long as he can remember, Tomoki has woken up crying about a recurring dream he has – an angel disappears into the sky saying that the sky has captured her. What could this all mean?
falling from heaven and a recurring dream that leaves the protagonist in tears. While this already sounds like a lot, Heaven’s Lost Property is actually rather chilled out and funny in terms of its content. There’s more happening with the storyline than what is initially presented to us, so it can get rather engrossing over and above it being a comfy read.
- Authors: Ikuta Takanon (Art), GotoP (Art), Kataoka Tomo (Story)
- Genres: Drama
- Volumes: 1
- Published: July 2008
a young man is diagnosed with lung cancer soon after his twentieth birthday, he is admitted to hospice at a hospital in Mito, Ibaraki. He meets a woman named Setsumi, who is slightly older than him. They both do not wish to meet their end at the hospital or at home with their families. They run away together in the young man’s father’s Honda Integra and travel west, deciding to make the narcissus fields of southern Awaji Island their destination for no real reason.
terminally ill people decide to go on a journey, using the last little bit of their lives for themselves and their own desires. The comfort from this title, albeit a rather dark comfort, stems from the finality of the decision that the two characters make together; as well as the fact that the journey they embark on is essentially just aimless meandering.
1. Imouto sae Ireba Ii (A Sister’s All You Need)
- Authors: Kantoku (Art), Hirasaka Yomi (Story)
- Genres: Comedy, Romance
- Volumes: 11+
- Published: March 2015 – Ongoing
Hashima Itsuki is a young man who has a sister complex. His everyday life features various eccentric people, including Nayuta Kani, a beautiful genius with relationship trouble of various kinds; Shirakawa Miyako; Oono Ashley and Puriketsu, the illustrator. Every one of these individuals is dealing with their own set of circumstances and as time goes on and they spend time together, Itsuki’s perfect little brother, Chihiro, watches over them all while holding on to circumstances of his own.
The setup of multiple characters facing their own set of challenges automatically makes Imouto sae Ireba Ii the type of novel that will have you falling in love with its characters. With each character having their own arc, the novel becomes more of an immersive experience as you come to know each of them. The slice of life aspect is the best part because it shows some of the mundane aspects of the characters’ lives, but it comes with comedy, making it comfier.
With some of the excellent writing that goes into light novels, we get transported into new worlds. The titles on this list are some really good works that also have the tendency to make you feel good or just calm. Comfy light novels are great to have in between the anime, manga and other media being consumed. Are there other comfy light novels you think should be on this list? Drop a comment below and tell us what you think!