Serial Saturday: Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 1-40 by Crow

This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got another series for you! It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 1-40 by Crow!

Plot Synopsis: Arthur, an incredibly successful businessman was kidnapped and tortured for months by men his wife hired just so she could get his money. After months of this hell, he was given a second chance, a new life in a different world. Arthur would, of course, rather start a new life; than stay and continue to be tortured…

Plot: Let me point out straight away, this isn’t a story for kids. Arthur is not a nice person and thinks nothing of slaughtering everyone and everything that gets in his way. If that doesn’t make you uninterested, than welcome to a fairly decent story. This isn’t as amazing as Ghosthound, but it still makes Qi Worlds look like something written by a first grader. That being said there are some grammar issues that occur in Once Human, mostly at the beginning as it does get better as Crow continues writing. That being said if you can stick through to about chapter 40 the series does get it’s feet under it by that point. It’s not top quality by then, but it’s better than it starts off.

Characters: Arthur is a decent enough lead, and although he does have some depth issues, he isn’t as bland as Benzhi from Qi Worlds.  The rest of the cast is severely lacking though, except for one character who I won’t name. It’ll be fairly obvious who I mean though once you come across that character.

Overall: Decent, but could use some real work. Has the potential to be quite amazing, but some grammar issues and lack of character depth is a real big downside.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Decent Plot, Darker Lead Character.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Lack of Character Depth and/or Minor Grammar Issues.

Personal Status: On Hold, Letting chapters accumulate so I can binge read it during this summer. Whether I last until summertime before starting it up again remains to be seen.

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Bookish Wednesday: Child of the Daystar by Bryce O’Connor

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This week I’m covering the first in a series I came across recently. It’s Child of the Daystar by Bryce O’Connor.

Plot Synopsis: One day a nomadic trading family stumbles across three corpses, two humans and one Atherian babe who was apparently a slave. But what they thought was dead still has some spark of life beating within his scaled chest…

Plot: The plot of this first entry in the series is really dark and depressing. Honestly I can’t state how depressing the book can be, so for those who don’t deal well with such topics stay far away from this series. That all being said it was quite good, but personally I try to stay from the depressing book series.

Characters: Raz is our main lead and he’s a pretty interesting character. The rest of the cast is good as well, with the Arro’s being my favorite characters. The Grandmother is probably my favorite if I had to pick one of them.

Overall: This is a depressing book, but if you love Dark Fantasy, you’ll love Child of the Daystar.

For those who like: Action, Adventure, Drama, Dark Fantasy, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

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

Sensate Saturday: Maou no Hajimekata by Warau Yakan

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Hi all I’m back with a series I just stumbled across and found pretty freaking amazing. It’s Maou no Hajimekata by Warau Yakan!

Plot Synopsis: “I do not trust humans. They’ll betray you without fail.” Aur, the man who had obtained the ability and right to become the Maou at the end of his life of research.

Plot: This not a child friendly series, there is ridiculous amounts of violence, sex, and vulgarities. That being said in the few chapters I’ve read, it’s pretty freaking good.

Characters: Ain Sof Aur (a word from the Judaic branch of mysticism of Kabbalah and a favorite name of mine for fantasy) is a pretty ruthless bastard, and it’s a freaking blast to see what he does when he gets the power to do what he wants to do. Lilu is pretty good as well. The rest of the cast so far is good, but I’m not spoiling anything.

Art: Borderline explicit, so fair warning there, this is a pretty bloody series, but it’s not as detailed as it could be. If it was any more detailed however it’d probably be banned, which would be a shame.

Overall: Read it if you can deal with the above warnings, it is quite good.

For those who like: Action, Anti-Heroes, Magic, Dark Fantasy, Lots of Violence.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or can’t deal with the warnings.

TNT: Arifureta Volume 02 by Chuuni Suki [Spoilers]

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m looking at the second volume of a favorite series of mine. It’s Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Volume 02 by Chuuni Suki! Spoilers after the jump!

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Light Novel Thursday: Monster no Goshujin-sama by Higure Minto

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This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that is most definitely not for children as it has some very gruesome scenes. It’s time for Monster no Goshujin-sama, or The Monster’s Master translated literally, by Higure Minto!

Plot Synopsis: An entire school has been tossed into a fantasy world without knowing what happened. Suddenly monsters attack and kill a lot of students, but then other students started to fight back with cheat-like abilities. A few days later, everyone has been divided into the Stay Home Group and Exploration Group. The exploration group wanted to see if there’s anything else to find and take care off in the forest that they are in. They are armed to brim with cheat like abilities and makeshift weapons. The Stay Home Group doesnt have cheat abilities…. after the Exploration Group leaves, the stay home group gets split as a riot ensues. Student killing student, girls getting raped by their fellow classmates… and our protagonist, Mashima Takahiro, starts to run towards the forest. After running, evading lots of monsters… he winds up in a cave, exhausted and almost ready to die… when a Slime approaches him. It first tried to eat his hand and all he could do was “…please… someone out there… help me….”

Plot: So uhh yeah, the plot is pretty dark and that’s just what happens in the first few pages of this story. Needless to say that it gets worse, and while I found the plot to be engaging it is definitely very, very dark. I won’t go into much spoilers, but if you can read the title you can probably guess that Takahiro is a monster tamer and tames that Slime. One other thing of note that should be mentioned is that rape scenes are in this series, but never perpetuated by Takahiro thankfully.

Characters: I love that the main character isn’t stupidly overpowered, nor does he gain stupidly overpowered abilities through happenstance. That being said some of the characters we encounter are absolute scum and you just want to bash them their heads in. Lily is probably my favorite character, although the why of that I’ll not discuss.

Art: The art is great, but I wish I could have found more of the illustrations.

Overall: If you don’t mind the plot being incredibly dark, you’ll love this series.

For those who like: Fantasy, Alternate World Transportation Stories, Magic, Dark Plots.

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

Light Novel Thursday: Overlord by Maruyama Kugane

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This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that I just started reading, and found out that it is receiving a Manga and possibly an Anime adaptation as well. It’s Overlord by Maruyama Kugane!

Plot Synopsis: After announcing it will be discontinuing all service, the internet game ‘Yggdrasil’ shut downs — That was the plan. But for some reasons, the player character did not log out some time after the server was closed. NPC starts to become sentient. A normal youth who loves gaming in the real world seemed to have been transported into an alternate world along with his guild, becoming the strongest mage with the appearance of a skeleton, Momonga. He leads his guild ‘Ainz Ooal Gown’ towards an unprecedented legendary fantasy adventure!

Plot: I really enjoy the plot of the first volume, even if it was rather short for me it left me wanting more immediately which is always a good sign for a book I’ve read. Of particular note is the fact that this plot isn’t kid friendly, in fact it’s probably one of the bloodier Light Novels I’ve read.

Characters: I should mention one thing, Momonga is the only actual player left in his guild that was active at the time of his transference to this new world. His guild is now made up of, at least 41, different NPCs that each of his guild mates created, and they are all very interesting. I personally like Aura and Albedo the best. Momonga also is quite interesting as now that he is a undead skeleton he has no intense desires anymore, which is very interesting for a main character.

Art: The art is very unique, it’s less typical Anime style illustrations and more oil painting instead. I love it, it’s very distinct and gives the series an otherworldly quality that other series lack sometimes.

Overall: If you don’t mind the fact that only two volumes may ever be translated to English, you really need to read this series.

For those who like: Games turned into Reality, Unique Cast of Characters, Interesting Setting, Amazing Artwork.

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