This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first book in a just recently completely translated series! It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 01 by Toika!\
Plot Synopsis: Left out during the elementary school picnic. Left out during the middle school camp. Left out during the high school trip. I finally became a college student, and what? I’m left out from all of humanity? Yu IlHan watches over the earth alone while everybody’s away in other worlds…
Plot: The plot in this first book (each book is 25 chapters long excepting the final book which is 24) is pretty awesome. I mean I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed reading about a person like Yu IlHan before. He is the biggest loner in the universe. But it was very interesting and entertaining with tons of references to a bunch of Asian pop culture ranging from Doraemon to Digimon.
Characters: Yu IlHan is an awesome main character, frankly he’s probably one of my favorites of all time thus far. He’s scary smart, except about himself, but he’s also pretty hilarious. Lita is also quite fun, although she’s really not around that much in these chapters. Erta is also pretty funny, although she is prone to info dump, it’s usually pretty important info. The rest of the cast we get to meet in this book is great as well, although we’ve got a small amount compared to later on.
Overall: If you love the Isekai Genre this is a great take on it, but it’s also an awesome LitRPG at the same time. This is a must read for pretty much everyone, it’s a pretty awesome series.
For those who like: Isekai, LitRPG, Action, Adventure, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
I know I said that the last Anime Sunday would be the last of the Winter 2017 season, but I forgot about this series. So that’s what I covering for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Upon passing a school in heaven, graduating angels are sent down to Earth, where they must learn about humans and guide them towards the correct path in order to become true angels. However, Gabriel White Tenma, the top angel in her class, becomes addicted to video games upon arriving on Earth….
Plot: Yeah, this isn’t the most serious series, in fact it’s pretty much all about comedy. I can’t say I found the series really entertaining, but that is more of a personal issue rather than anything I found particularly flawed in the series. However I didn’t find it as funny as Dragon Maid was, so I can’t say that it was really high on my list. Hence why I may have forgotten about the series…
Characters: Gab is your typical honor student turned graduate who when granted freedom takes it to an extreme. The rest of the cast isn’t really introduced in this first episode, as it’s focused almost entirely on Gabriel.
Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality either.
Music: It’s a comedy series so it didn’t really have riveting musical scores to go along with the plot.
Overall: If comedy is your thing, Gabriel Dropout might be for you. Personally I really couldn’t enjoy it.
For those who like: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s 7th Garden by Izumi Mitsu!
Plot Synopsis: Awyn Gardner will do anything to protect the beautiful mistress of the equally beautiful estate gardens he lovingly tends…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter introduces us to Awyn and Mary as well as one other, although her name is a bit spoilerish. I really enjoyed this first chapter, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. It’s full of plenty of action, potential romances and drama.
Characters: Awyn seems to be just a simple gardener, but it’s fairly obvious from the first few pages that he is a lot more than that. Mary on the other hand is just a simple nobleman’s daughter who Awyn cares quite a bit about. It’s also fairly obvious that she cares for him. The rest of the cast is decent, although I hope we get to see more fleshed out characters in future chapters.
Art: Given that this is published by Shueisha the art in this is amazing. Full of excellent linework and plenty of amazingly well drawn panels.
Overall: This is definitely getting my go ahead, I’m looking forward to reading more of the series.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Drama, Political Intrigue, Magic, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate that?
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a new series I was recommended to read a few weeks back. It’s The Dirty Streets of Heaven, Book 01 of the Bobby Dollar Series, by Tad Williams!
Plot Synopsis: Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.
Plot: The plot is pretty good, and while I did enjoy the book, I’m probably going to save the later entries in the series for a time when I’m really bored. It’s an okay series, but it’s not as good as other Urban Fantasy I’ve read. Plus I’m already pretty backed up for books to listen to and read. This all being said the book starts off with a bang, almost literally, and it stays pretty intense for most of the book. There are less intense portions, but for the most part it felt like one giant action sequence after another.
Characters: Bobby is a pretty decent main character, but I’m just really not a fan of him. I can’t even say why, as I tend to normally enjoy snarky and mouthy characters, but Bobby just doesn’t do it for me. Sam on the other hand is pretty great, if only because he’s so damn cynical. The rest of the cast is pretty good, although Foxy is just plain odd.
Overall: A decent enough Urban Fantasy, but it’s just not as gripping as other Urban Fantasy series have been for me.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Intense Action, Drama, Romance, Funny Cast of Characters, Good Plot.
This week for Book Series Wednesday I’m covering a book I read recently and enjoyed quite a bit. It’s A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar!
Plot Synopsis: Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.
Plot: The plot is quite good, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I won’t get into the plot too much as it’s quite fun, but it made me laugh quite a bit.
Characters: Sam is a riot to see the world through, as she has very, very few compunctions about anything and loves to cause chaos. It’s quite refreshing to have your main character actively try to make roadkill while she speeds down highways. The rest of the cast is quite good as well, Wyatt is great as well.
Overall: This is a great beginning to a great series, you should definitely read it.
For those who like: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Amazing Characters with little to no Morals, Great Plot.