This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series I have yet to cover. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 0-8 by Terry!
Plot Synopsis: Anton Thorne is a working man with no family, friends or loved ones in his life. One day after a particularly brutal day at work which ended with him berating his boss and probably losing his job he boards the bus to go home. However everything quickly goes awry when it’s boarded by a group of gang members, unfortunately for Anton his day is only beginning to go wrong and much worse things await him…
Plot: I won’t go to far into the plot just quite yet, but this is a Fantasy series, I will say that. What you gather from that before reading is up to you, however the prologue is not fully indicative of the rest of the series, I will say that. There are some minor plot threads left hanging and they still have yet to be answered by the author, but that’s not too big an issue as the story isn’t terrible enough for me to really nitpick.
Characters: We get introduced to a pretty large cast in these first few chapters, but of them all my favorite side character is probably Right Jeff. If that makes no sense, you’ll understand when you read these chapters. However Anton is the star, sort of. He makes the best of his situation with a bunch of grit and is honestly a pretty good main character. The rest of the cast is just as good, with most of them having pretty good depth, for the amount of characters that are in just these first few chapters.
Overall: A solid and fun Fantasy read with quite a few twists from standard genres that Atros Imperium is based off of.
For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Good Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the third set of chapters in Takumi’s travels. It’s Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 81-120 by Minazuki Shizuru!
Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to the Twentieth floor in the Underwater dungeon after returning there after taking care of some stuff on the Surface, Takumi, Allen and Elena are ready to get to the last ten floors and beat the dungeon….
Plot: This is another fun set of chapters. It’s nothing really new though, so you might find this series growing a bit boring now to you if you’ve read the previous sets of chapters. Or not, and you might find it just as heartwarming as the rest. Personally it’s the latter for me, but it could easily be the former for others.
Characters: We get to see quite a few new faces, but none really stood out to me that we haven’t met yet. Takumi, Elena and Allen are still the stars of the show though.
Overall: More heartwarming in a story full of it, so a fulfilling set of chapters.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering the third set of chapters in Rainer’s adventures. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 19-26 by Aternus!
Plot Synopsis: Having been sent to the Fallen City, and World, of Nalmar Rainer, Luna and Kara have encountered numerous Undead. However after severing the control between one Lich and a Death Knight they encountered a new ally, Gunthar a fallen Paladin of Nalmar. He now journeys with them to destroy the Arch-Lich that destroyed his home and stole his father from him…
Plot: This is a pretty awesome set of chapters, and it really highlights how overpowered Rainer’s class is. Not that he doesn’t have to sweat and bleed for his advancements, but the price is incredibly minimal for him compared to others. I enjoy that the author balances his overpoweredness with the fact that he actually has to work his ass off for it, often killing himself thousands of times per minute during his Sleep Learning.
Characters: Gunthar’s addition to the party was very welcome as it brought a needed sense of normalcy, sort of, to the group. Really the entire party are pretty amazing characters with flaws, although some aren’t explored quite yet this early into the story.
Overall: An excellent and action packed set of chapters. If you aren’t reading this series yet, you ought to be.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Yuna’s journey to do as she pleases. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 75-103 by Kumanano.
Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to the royal capital and back Yuna is now ready to buy a shop in Crimonia. Will she be able to bear the weight of responsiblity?
Plot: I’m sorry for that pun, I just had to do it. It was unbearable to ignore such a perfect opportunity. Oh I did it again? Absolute coincidence I say! Now to get to this set of chapters, it’s a fun set. It covers Yuna and her quest to do as she pleases in some pretty awesome new ways. There is one particular scene where the bloody bear shines.
Characters: We get quite a few new characters, but honestly my favorite is the guild master in Mireera. Still the star of the show is Yuna.
Overall: A fun arc. Nothing absolutely spectacular or intense plot wise, but that has never been the appeal of this series.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another series from an author I covered a couple weeks ago. It’s Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle!
Plot Synopsis:In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret.
Plot: I couldn’t stand this book, and I actually enjoy most of the author’s series that I’ve read thus far. The problem lies with Nick as a character more than the plot itself. The plot is okay, but the way that Nick interacts with the plot is just so stupid that I wished I could strangle the character.
Characters: Like I said above, Nick is a huge problem with the series. Honestly he’s a huge dumbass, who willingly signs himself up on a ship with the supposed worst reputation because he is under the mistaken belief that his father wants to find traitors. A fact that is blatantly a load of bull and incredibly obvious to the reader. Honestly I hated Nick, he’s probably one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever read and that’s truly saying something. The fact that he is even torn over some decisions is so unbelievable that I couldn’t continue listening to the book after more than 6 hours.
Overall: Skip this book and read one of the author’s other and much better works.
For those who like: Terrible Books.
Not for those who have: A standard of quality they’d like to uphold.
This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m looking at one of the recent announcements that came out before this week’s E3! It’s whether it’s Pokemon Let’s Go or No?
Pokemon Let’s Go?: This looks to be a remake of the original Red and Blue (or Green for those JP players) and features two versions. Eevee and Pikachu, which will be the starter for each version. You won’t be able to evolve those particular ‘mon, but I’m going to bet you can evolve others you capture. In addition you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon you catch in Pokemon GO to Let’s Go, but not vice versa. This will be done through Bluetooth connectivity supposedly. Maybe those ten thousand Pidgey’s I caught in GO will be useful. Ahh who am I kidding, they’ll probably be worthless. The gameplay will feature no random battles with wild Pokemon, instead allowing you to capture them like in GO by using the JoyCon to throw a PokeBall. There will be traditional turn based battles with NPCs though. Whether this will include all the Gym battles is unknown at this time. The game releases on November 16th this year.
Would you get it?: Not likely, I enjoyed the series when I was much younger, but honestly since I don’t already own a Switch this isn’t going to push me to buy one.
What about a core game?: Well luckily for you I totally called it when I said that the Switch would be the perfect system to have a core Pokemon game. It won’t come out this year, but will release in the second half of 2019.
This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a real classic game. It’s Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver!
Plot Synopsis: Raziel approaches Kain’s throne and extends newly grown wings. In an act of seeming jealousy, Kain tears the bones from Raziel’s wings and has him thrown into the Lake of the Dead, a large natural whirlpool; however, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by The Elder God to become his “soul reaver” and kill Kain, thus restoring Nosgoth.
Plot: The plot is pretty good, although due to legal issues between developer and publisher there were some parts missing from the game that were added to later games.
Gameplay: A hack and slash this game is pretty damn fun. In addition gliding with Raziel’s wings was tons of fun. Honestly the game mostly revolves around switching back and forth between material and spectral planes to either attack enemies or complete puzzles.
Characters: The characters were okay, with Raziel being on a quest for vengeance the cast is fairly jaded which was odd for me at the time. Granted I was a kid, but it was a marked difference from games like Zelda or Donkey Kong.
Art: The art has aged poorly, however there are rumors that this will be getting a remake or remaster.
Music: I don’t remember much of it, mostly I remember my cousin laughing as I took down enemies.
Overall: This is a great game, often thought to be the best in the series. Hopefully a remaster will be coming soon.
For those who like: Action, Hack and Slashs, Intriguing Gameplay, Good Plot.