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.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka!
Plot Synopsis: Ever since primary school, Nana has never been able to refuse the wishes of her friend, Yuyu, even if they were unpleasant things like matching outfits and hairstyles. She wanted to change…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, actually I’m really intrigued by this series so it’s definitely going to be something I’ll read, as I enjoy the premise of the story being about someone learning to stand up for themselves and making their own decisions.
Characters: Nana is our main character, and she’s a pretty decent lead, although a little whiny. The rest of the cast is good as well, although Shioka is probably my favorite character overall.
Art: The art is excellent, which is no surprise since this is published by Shueisha.
Overall: If you want a story that deals with what it’s like to be pressured into decisions, Nanairo Kakumei is a perfect fit for you. For those expecting action, you will be disappointed.
For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Taihen Yoku Dekimashita by Sato Zakuri!
Plot Synopsis: Nonoyama, whose only friend is a stuffed animal, spent her elementary and junior high school years as a true truant because of neglect and bullying. Now having the chance to reset her life as a high school student in an out of town school, she’s determined to make friends and enjoy her school life! However, her high school life is a rocky road from day one…
Plot: This first chapter was pretty heartwarming, and hooked me pretty well by the end of the chapter, so I’ll be continuing to read this series eventually. I enjoy having a main character overcome bullying, as it’s something I dealt with myself growing up.
Characters: Nonoyama is a pretty decent main character, and I’m looking forward to her growing more confident in future chapters. Amatou on the other hand is a pretty interesting male lead, being an outcast as well. I relate to him quite a bit, although by the time I was in High School I wasn’t such a social pariah anymore.
Art: The art is excellent, as expected by a Shueisha published series.
Overall: I’m going to give this the go ahead for now, it looks to be very good based off this first chapter.
For those who like: Drama, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Amazing Artwork.
This week I’m covering another Korean Webcomic for Manga Monday. It’s Gaussian Blur by Park Seein!
Plot Synopsis: Day after day, honor student Hwang Dong Wook gets called out by the bullies in his class to serve as their punching bag. Day after day, the last-ranked student Choi Yool is shunned by her classmates because of her beauty and her grades. As it happens, the sullen boy and the carefree girl sit next to each other in class. When the top student is asked to lure her into the bullies dirty schemes, their lives take an unexpected turn…
Plot: The plot hook above got me interested enough to read this, as I’ve said before I tend to stay away from Korean Webcomics because I don’t enjoy scrolling down to read them, but I’ve made exceptions before and this series is definitely one of them.
Characters: Hwang and Choi are incredibly interesting lead characters, if only because of their faults. I connect with them because I used to be bullied myself in school. The rest of the cast is also fairly interesting and I won’t get into it because of potential spoilers.