This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got a Fantasy story for you all, what you thought I only was going to do LitRPGs? It’s The New Journey of an Old Soul Chapters 1-20 by Vhiyungrang!
Plot Synopsis: The story of a soul seeking new adventure in a new life. A secret wish to find some things he never really found in his old life. Will the universe have other ideas for him again?
Plot: Let me get this out straight away, this isn’t a story for children and it contains some topics and subjects that may make you uncomfortable. I won’t say more than that there are sex scenes (although they add nothing to plot so skipping is completely ok). As for the plot this combines some concepts from Eastern Fantasy (Xuanhuan) into Western Fantasy although if you are expecting Coiling Dragon you will be sorely disappointed. The plot is pretty damn amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story’s first arc which is covered in these 20 chapters. This novel is completed just so you are aware.
Characters: Nelah is our main lead, and I find him to be quite enjoyable. The rest of the cast is also quite good as well.
Overall: A solid story, and a must read. That is, if you can stomach some uncomfortable subjects.
For those who like: Eastern Influences, Fantasy, Reincarnation, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or some uncomfortable subjects.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the sixth set of chapters in Yu IlHan’s adventures. It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 06 by Toika!
Plot Synopsis: Having adopted a dragon as his son, Yu IlHan has set up his armor and weapon shop Vanguard that sells equipment to those who helped him out during prior events, like Kang MiRae and her group. But the storm is only intensifying and what is coming towards Earth is something even Yu IlHan wasn’t expecting to happen….
Plot: This is a fun set of chapters, mostly because it really sets Mir up as a badass in his own right. I won’t say much other than that, because it would really be too spoilerific.
Characters: Mir was probably my favorite character in this set of chapters, although MiRae and YuNa were great as well.
Overall: The story has really taken off now, and the ride only continues to get more intense from here on out. If you aren’t reading this series yet, you really need to do so.
That’s it for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a remake to an old series. It’s Neo Maou Dante by Go Nagai!
Plot Synopsis: The story begins with an expanded account of God’s attack on Sodom from the original Maou Dante series. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say that this is a very dark series. Kids absolutely should not read this.
Characters: We get introduced to the main cast, Dante a child prodigy turned weapons developer, his Sister Olga, and Medusa his beautiful and highly intelligent assistant.
Art: The art is incredibly old school, which is probably intention on the Mangaka’s part as this is a remake of a series that was abruptly cancelled in the 1970’s.
Overall: It’s a pretty dark series, but if that’s your cup of tea then Neo Maou Dante will be just for you.
For those who like: Tragedy, Action, Drama, Remakes, Dark Plots, Interesting Cast of Characters, Retro Artwork.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first entry in an Urban Fantasy series I ran across recently. It’s A Power Renewed, Book 01 in the Sentinels of Creation series, by Robert W. Ross!
Plot Synopsis: Out of the smoldering ruins of the war in heaven Archangels Raphael and Michael cannot believe the agreement made between God and His Morning Star, Lucifer. Unwilling to either destroy the fallen Angel or leave him with a free hand upon the world, God sets in motion a struggle that will span the millennia from creation to present day. Two Sentinels are invested with the ability to bend the laws of creation to their will and each represents the primal forces of Order and Chaos…
Plot: The plot is pretty good, and it’s also filled with tons of pop culture references which is awesome. It’s not the best Urban Fantasy I’ve read, maybe touching on the quality of Jim Butcher’s work, but not nearly as good as The Demon Accords by John Conroe. Mostly because while the characters are snarky, they just don’t get the same quality and amount of snark out that even a single line of Lydia’s can bring to bear.
Characters: The entire cast is pretty interesting, and while I’m kind of sad that Michael is depicted as an asshole, angels are described that way in lots of the Old Testament. Kellen our main character is irreverent and witty, but it sometimes feel forced with him. The rest of the cast is okay as well, but there are times when I wanted them to stop spouting pop culture references and just get on with the tasks at hand.
Overall: A good, but not excellent, Urban Fantasy series. If you are needing an Urban Fantasy book to read, you could worse than A Power Renewed. You could also do better though.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Time Travel, Magic, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.
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?