TNT: Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another Light Novel series. It’s Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although it takes the Isekai and Tensei genres in a rather new and interesting way. Instead of taking a character from Earth we get an all powerful character from some random fantasy world who is so bored that he ends up hitching a ride in the head of one of his other incarnations in another world. The fact that he ends up being ignored half the time by said incarnation is just half the fun. That being said this does have a more romantic bent from what I can remember so if you don’t like your action and adventure novels having that you will not enjoy this series.

Characters: Bernst and Kurats are the leads, with Bernst being the old man who is hitching a ride and Kurats being his incarnation. Kurats is kind of a dolt though. That being said Lunaria is probably my favorite character, if only because she’s the somewhat sensible one. The rest of the cast is fun as well, but Lunaria is my favorite by and far.

Overall: A fun series at least thus far from what I’ve read in this single volume alone.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Action, Adventure, Harems, Fun Plot, Varied Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: The ABCs of University by Luke Patitsas

 

Hey all I’m back with a book I was requested to review by the author for this week’s Bookish Wednesday. It’s The ABCs of University by Luke Patitsas!

Plot: First things first, this is a picture book that is only 35 pages long, and it took me about 5 minutes to read it from end to end. I probably could have done it faster, but I had just woken up and I wanted to see what this email was all about. Secondly this doesn’t really have much of a plot, except poking fun at all the typical college drama and struggles. Frankly this is amusing but I wouldn’t buy it myself. That is partly due to me having gone through college and hating it, and partly because I’m a spendthrift and I can’t countenance spending $7 on a book that won’t hold my attention for more than ten minutes, not to mention it taking me less time than that to read. That isn’t to say that this is a poorly done book, the artwork is decent, and fits the style of a children’s picture book, but it’s not a sprawling epic you can really sink your teeth into either.

Artwork: Miss Loong did a pretty good job fitting the theme of the book, but most pages are fairly empty with just a single character and some words on it. For a picture book that is fairly lackluster, and leaves a lot to be desired. What is there though is well done, so credit must be due for that.

Overall: A fun book, but not worth the price it’s being sold at. At least to me, for others they may disagree, but I cannot advise anyone to buy it at it’s current price point.

For those who like: Picture Books, College Life.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

Synth Saturday: The Champion’s Champion Chapters 1-4 by Driftwood

This week for Synth Saturday I’m covering the first few chapters in a fic I found absolutely hilarious. It’s Harry Potter and The Champion’s Champion Chapters 1-4 by Driftwood!

Plot: This takes place during Year 4 and is mostly poking fun at the entire thing. The fact that it features one of my favorite pairs, Harry and Hermione, as the main romantic couple is just icing on the cake. I frankly laughed more when I read this Fic than I do with most professionally written novels. Fair warning this includes plenty of bashing towards Ron, which I’ve always felt he deserved although this takes it to a whole other level by making him an absolute idiot. Now granted that he is pretty stupid canonically, for example his greatest desire revealed by the Mirror of Erised is to be Head Boy and Quidditch Captain and he does absolutely nothing to earn it over the years at Hogwarts. Still this makes him to be a rather hilarious tool, in all senses of that word.

Characters: Harry and Hermione is probably one of my favorite pair of characters, and the fact Rowling never paired them up despite the nearly endless reasons to do so that she foreshadowed over the books is beyond me. So this particular Fic makes me very happy in how well they actually hook up. The rest of the cast is just as hilarious, with plenty of comedic relief coming in the form of various gags.

Overall: A must read for any Potter fan, that’s really all that needs to be said.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Harry and Hermione Pairing.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Video Game Tuesday: Good Games to play in Quarantine

This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m back with a list. It’s some Good Games to play in Quarantine!

Skyrim: This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever heard of this game but if you’ve got a fairly decent PC Skyrim has nearly endless potential for gameplay with it’s countless mods that have been released in the nearly 9 years since it first released. Even if you don’t have a PC Skyrim is full of fun things to do for those in Quarantine. Whether it’s collecting every piece of Cheese in the province of Skyrim or just following the story you’ll have plenty to do.

Bonus Suggestion:

Morrowind: If you are feeling really adventurous you can load up Morrowind, it’s been out for 18 years and it also has plenty of mods to use. Thankfully this game should run just fine on almost any PC that’s been made since 2010. I do suggest getting a mod that increases your run speed though. You do move very slowly in that game.

Tales of Berseria: I’ve always loved the Tales of games, and Tales of Berseria is the best of the bunch. It’s got an amazing story, fantastic gameplay, excellent graphics and musical score. Frankly this is a must play regardless, but you might find this to be a very fun game to play if you need something else to do and prefer JRPGs over Western RPGs.

Persona 5 Royal: Sadly this game is only on the PlayStation 4, but Persona 5 Royal is a great game that has a fantastic story and while less action oriented than most RPGs, it’s still a very fun game.

Minecraft: Like Skyrim, Minecraft on the PC has plenty of mods, and is literally endlessly replayable, although some might get bored eventually.

No Man’s Sky: This game has come a very long way since it first released and has gotten very good. If you want to explore a nearly endless galaxy full of planets and moons to land on, No Man’s Sky is the game to play.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

 

Retro Game Friday: Space Channel 5

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a classic game. It’s Space Channel 5!

Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, and while it was fun as a kid I’d be pretty bored by the story itself now. Thankfully this isn’t a book.

Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty fun, with it being split between “Dance” and “Shooting” sections. I’ll admit I suck at the dance sections but that’s a personal failing because I can’t hold a beat to save my life, in this case literally.

Art: The art has aged pretty poorly since it was released, but considering this game first released in 1999 that isn’t a surprise.

Music: The music is still great though!

Overall: This is a fun game, although those who aren’t good at holding a beat might get frustrated, otherwise this is a great way to spend some time.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Music, Good Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: The Emperor’s New Groove

Hey all I’m back with a movie I completely forgot was a Disney movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s The Emperor’s New Groove!

Plot: It’s a Disney Movie, so that means songs, dances and talking animals. All of which are the main character. However while this was originally going to be a typical Disney movie with a more serious plot, well as serious as Disney movie’s get that is. The two directors, Roger Allers and Mark Dindall eventually ended up disagreeing until Allers left and this became a much more lighthearted movie. Hence why I forgot this was a Disney movie. Regardless of all that, this is a fun movie and kids will enjoy it, adults will enjoy it as well, if only for the Defenestration.

Casting: David Spade is our main character, Kuzco and he does an awesome job at it, he portrays him perfectly with just the right amount of snark and sass you’d expect from such a character. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well, including Tom Jones as the “Theme Song Guy” which is actually the characters name.

Animation: This is still one of the cel drawing films, so the animation is pretty classic. That being said it didn’t have that many great special effects added into it as they were focused more on the character’s poses rather than special effects.

Music: It’s a Disney movie, enough said.

Overall: A fun movie, and I honestly can’t believe that I thought this wasn’t a Disney movie, I think I got confused with The Road to El Dorado, which released around a similar time.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, David Spade, Fun Plot, Oddball Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.