Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 1-16 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the first few chapters in a series that’s completed. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 1-16 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Kyle was a simple gamer, he always picked the strangest classes or jobs and his characters almost looked the same. He played for the combat, he played for the grind and he played for his guild but above all he played for the story. Kyle is a roleplayer, one who enjoys the simple parts of this virtual life. Whether his guild was starting a war or ending one he’d always have his drammatic entrence or exit, his decleration of annihalition or demand of surrender. After all that? He divulged himself in the game’s story, the interaction with NPCS (Non Player Characters) and their advanced AI. He went through many questlines, many tales of heroics and many more adventurers of legend, but one thing always remained true with his character….

Kyle absolutely loved to the play the villain.

Plot: The plot of these first few chapters is introducing us to the main characters and really understanding what’s going on with Kyle when he starts up this new game. It’s pretty good although if you wanted a righteous main character you’re going to be highly disappointed.

Characters: We get introduced to a lot of characters, but Kyle is our main lead. The rest of the cast is just as good as Kyle though, with some nice depth to them. That being said my favorite side character is probably Sly.

Overall: A solid start to a series that thankfully is already completed.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantastic Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

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

Personal Status: Fully read. I’ll get to covering the rest of the series soonish.

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Manga Monday: Yuukoku no Moriarty by Takeuchi Ryousuke

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a really interesting Quick Review for you all. It’s Yuukoku no Moriarty, or Moriarty the Patriot, by Takeuchi Ryousuke!

Plot Synopsis: The story of Sherlock Holmes, reimagined with Moriarty as the protagonist and exploring his motivation in becoming the greatest criminal Britain has ever seen….

Plot: This isn’t a happy story, it doesn’t reimagine Moriarty into some noble hero. However if you ever wondered why Moriarty did what he did, this gives a good guess as to the explanation. I won’t spoil anything further, but I’ll just say I was hooked by the end of the chapter, I might even see about getting my Aunt to read this, as she loves Sherlock Holmes.

Characters: William is our lead character, and the rest of the cast is good as well. I won’t spoil anything, though we don’t get introduced to Sherlock yet in this first chapter.

Art: The art is excellent, easily meeting Shueisha’s standards. Given that this is are published by Shueisha that should come as no shock.

Overall: Yuukoku no Moriarty is quite an interesting read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

Bookish Wednesday: Awaken Online Catharsis by Travis Bagwell

Hey all this week for Bookish Wednesday I’m going to cover the first in a LitRPG series that is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s Awaken Online: Catharsis by Travis Bagwell!

Plot Synopsis: Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He’s in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.  Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn’t expect. In this game, he isn’t the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish…

Plot: The plot of this book is really awesome, it also really highlights what people can do when pushed too far. This isn’t a book for children, it’s not full of fun times. It’s quite graphic at times and while there are plenty of laughable moments, it is more dark humor than light.

Characters: Jason is the real star of this book, but of all the side characters I think I like Jerry the most. He’s a roguish fellow who doesn’t take much, if anything, seriously.

Overall: This is a must read for any gamer, and frankly it might just be a must read period. The subject matter that comes up in this book is something a lot of people could do with more insight in. Awaken Online does a great job at providing that.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one last series from the Winter 2017 Season. It’s my Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Youjo Senki takes place in an alternate world’s version of World War I, but there are mages who take the place of aerial support instead of biplanes. In the Rhine there is one very young lieutenant who despite her incredibly young age is quickly gaining her foothold in this world. But there is something a little odd about her and her speech that makes her seem much older than she is…

Plot: The plot of this first episode is really intense, it’s pretty much nonstop action the entire time, and while there are some more low key sections in the episode they are only low key in the term that there isn’t any physical combat occurring. I really enjoyed this first episode and while I have yet to watch the entire season’s worth of episodes it will be watched in the next few days. However based on this first episode I’ll be incredibly surprised if I don’t love the hell out of it.

Characters: Tanya Degurechaff is our heroine, and she’s a feisty little girl who somehow ended up on the front lines in the Rhine theater. She’s not the typical heroine, and that’s all I’ll say about her. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, although Vicky is probably going to end up being my favorite side character.

Art: The art is excellent, by a studio I’ve never heard of NUT before. It was quite well done. I hope the quality sticks throughout the entire run of episodes.

Music: The music was equally as good, although we really didn’t get to hear the opening and ending themes I’m going to guess they are just as good.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch for any Anime fan. Although the subject matter is probably not appropriate for children so don’t watch with them.

For those who like: Fantasy, Military, War Fiction, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork, Great Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really you ought to give this a chance.

Manga Monday: Hero Killer by Kase Daiki

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-shot! It’s Hero Killer by Kase Daiki!

Plot Synopsis: The story of a young man’s revenge on the heroes that failed him.

Plot: The plot is pretty cliche, in fact it hits so many stereotypes that it’s really not worth the 15 minutes the average reader will need to completely finish the 50 pages of the One-shot. It’s not terrible, but it just doesn’t do anything new or interesting.

Characters: Shioso is our male lead, and he’s a pretty angsty. I actually don’t like him as a main character all that much, then there’s Hikaru our female lead. She’s a pretty standard female lead, which is also fairly disappointing. Even Go is pretty boring in terms of character. Now I understand that this is a One-shot, and that character development is non-existent, but it’s so stereotypical that I can’t help but criticize it.

Art: The art is at least great, but given that this was a One-shot published in the semi-quarterly Jump magazine by Shueisha it’s not too surprising.

Overall: Skippable, unless you really are bored and need to waste 15 minutes of your life.

For those who like: Stereotypes, Action, Anti-Heroes, Great Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or just plain bland plot and characters.

Light Novel Thursday: Arifureta by Chuuni Suki

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This week I’m not technically covering a Light Novel, I wish I was because I’d have found an image to use much easier, I’m covering a very well done web novel. Web novels are often what authors write prior to getting formally published, it often is like reading a beta version of a story and is usually pretty good. For instance Mushoku Tensei is mostly being translated into English via the web novel version since it so much farther ahead of the Light Novels.  Anyways I’m covering Arifureta by Chuuni Suki this week.

Plot Synopsis:  Among the class transported to another world, Nagumo Hajime is an ordinary male student who didn’t have ambition nor aspiration in life, and thus called “Incompetent” by his classmates.

The class was summoned to become heroes and save a country from destruction. Students of the class were blessed with cheat-like specifications and cool job classes, however, it was not the case with Hajime, with his profession as a “Synergist”, and his very mediocre stats.

“Synergist”, to put it in another word was just artisan class. Being the weakest, he then falls to the depth of the abyss when he and his classmates were exploring a dungeon. What did he find in the depth of the abyss, and can he survive?

Plot: The plot get’s pretty freaking dark after Hajime falls, and while normally I wouldn’t spoil something like that it happens in the first few words of the prologue followed by a flashback of events leading up to his fall. Hajime is a lot like other people who are bullied, submissive and generally trying his best to just get along in life. So when he falls he has two options, be submissive and die or “fall” once more and become a person who cares little to nothing about others and will kill anything that gets in his way. Hajime is very much not a nice person afterwards. That said he still somehow manages to win the hearts of several females. He quickly becomes a true monster in terms of stats and it’s really interesting to see how he gets around his many injuries from the fall and what follows after. Yes you read that right, no plot armor saves his body parts.  That said most of his classmates are complete jerks to Hajime, with the teacher and about 4 other people being generally okay people towards him. Because of that, or because the author is lazy, the plot focuses very little on the other classmates, save those 4 and the teacher. This means the plot progresses rather quickly compared to other things, although that isn’t a bad thing.

Characters: Like I said above, Hajime becomes a very heartless cold person, of course the circumstances leading up to that change gives him perfectly good reasons to be that way. He is however very kind to a few select people, namely the women who fall for him. One of them Yue is a Vampire Princess with amazing magical capabilities, whose life has also been absolute crap until she meets Hajime.

Overall: If you don’t mind the massive amounts of violence, and I mean massive it’s more gory than Game of Thrones is,  and enjoy a good Anti-Hero as a protagonist you’ll love Arifureta.

For those who like: Lots and lots of violence, Anti-Heroes, Fast paced plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Harem series.