This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that is most definitely not for children as it has some very gruesome scenes. It’s time for Monster no Goshujin-sama, or The Monster’s Master translated literally, by Higure Minto!
Plot Synopsis: An entire school has been tossed into a fantasy world without knowing what happened. Suddenly monsters attack and kill a lot of students, but then other students started to fight back with cheat-like abilities. A few days later, everyone has been divided into the Stay Home Group and Exploration Group. The exploration group wanted to see if there’s anything else to find and take care off in the forest that they are in. They are armed to brim with cheat like abilities and makeshift weapons. The Stay Home Group doesnt have cheat abilities…. after the Exploration Group leaves, the stay home group gets split as a riot ensues. Student killing student, girls getting raped by their fellow classmates… and our protagonist, Mashima Takahiro, starts to run towards the forest. After running, evading lots of monsters… he winds up in a cave, exhausted and almost ready to die… when a Slime approaches him. It first tried to eat his hand and all he could do was “…please… someone out there… help me….”
Plot: So uhh yeah, the plot is pretty dark and that’s just what happens in the first few pages of this story. Needless to say that it gets worse, and while I found the plot to be engaging it is definitely very, very dark. I won’t go into much spoilers, but if you can read the title you can probably guess that Takahiro is a monster tamer and tames that Slime. One other thing of note that should be mentioned is that rape scenes are in this series, but never perpetuated by Takahiro thankfully.
Characters: I love that the main character isn’t stupidly overpowered, nor does he gain stupidly overpowered abilities through happenstance. That being said some of the characters we encounter are absolute scum and you just want to bash them their heads in. Lily is probably my favorite character, although the why of that I’ll not discuss.
Art: The art is great, but I wish I could have found more of the illustrations.
Overall: If you don’t mind the plot being incredibly dark, you’ll love this series.
For those who like: Fantasy, Alternate World Transportation Stories, Magic, Dark Plots.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.