Anime Sunday: Juni Taisen Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 season. It’s my Juni Taisen Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a city of half a million people who have all been removed, 12 of the deadliest mercenary warriors with the names and attributes of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are pitted against each other in the 12th Zodiac Tournament which takes place every 12 years. Each warrior must swallow a poisonous gem, which will begin to kill them after 12 hours. To be granted any one wish of their choosing, the winner must retrieve all the gems from the other competitors before the deadline…

Plot: This is an incredibly violent series, I’ve seen plenty of violent series before, and read and listened to even worse, but this was easily one of the darkest ones I’ve watched yet. The story isn’t for those faint of heart. I won’t spoil the story, but I felt that those warnings were necessary. Personally I’ll probably just find a copy of the original Light Novel that this was adapted from to read instead of watching the entire Anime.

Characters: Our main PoV for this episode is Ino (Boar) who isn’t a simple character. Frankly I don’t particularly like her, but I understand her which I think was the point of this episode. The rest of the cast is fairly interesting, although Usagi (Rabbit) is a very disturbing person…

Art: The art is okay, but like Dies Irae not really even close to ufotable quality.

Music: This part is at least interesting as the main composer is Go Shiina, who used to work for Bandai Namco on the Tales of series including one of my personal favorite entries Zestiria.

Overall: A great series for those who want to watch something incredibly violent, others will probably just want to read the original Light Novel (it is released in English).

For those who like: Action, Drama, Death Games, Ultra Violent Stories, Interesting Cast of Characters, Good Art, Great Musical Score.

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

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Sensate Saturday: Aphorism by Kujo Karuna

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Aphorism by Kujo Karuna!

Plot Synopsis: Naraka High School is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school’s halls…

Plot: This series is pretty interesting, and while I know that the story is looking to head to a pretty overdone trope in recent years, I’m still hooked. I won’t go into details, because it’ll spoil you. That being said it did keep me intrigued and I don’t tend to enjoy this type of plot.

Characters: Rokudou is our main character and he’s a pretty standard male lead, not anything more than average. But he’s still got me hooked because of his actions in the chapter. Aira, our female lead, on the other hand is a much more interesting if only because she’s much more outgoing and outspoken than her male counterpart.

Art: The art is great, I was expecting this to be a Shueisha series, but it turns out to be yet another Square Enix publication.

Overall: This is definitely a more interesting story than it first appears to be, give it a shot. You might just end up getting as hooked as I did after this first chapter.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, School Life, Excellent Plot, Interesting Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Savanna Game by Kuroi Ransuke [Quick Review]

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Savanna Game by Kuroi Ransuke!

Plot Synopsis: The story follows a young man named Shibuya Kazuya  who receives an anonymous email message out of the blue one day: “Won’t you join the Savanna Game?” The message is an invitation to a state-sanctioned killing game — a deadly role-playing game designed to motivate the inhibited youth of modern Japan. Shibuya and his two friends Kotegawa and Kudou find themselves in bizarre battles that span the space-time continuum.

Plot: The series begins in medias res with Kazuya, Masato and Hitoshi in a car running away from a giant dragon. That told me that this story will be pretty interesting, as it takes real balls to start a story in medias res and most amateur authors don’t ever do so. The rest of the chapter confirmed my suspicion and I’m pretty hooked on the series, although I’ll probably have to postpone on reading the rest of the series till a future date.

Characters: We really only get introduced to Kazuya in this first chapter, although we get to see a bit from Masato and Hitoshi in the first few pages. Actually I’m not too impressed with Kazuya’s character after this first chapter, but I have a feeling he’ll grow on me.

Art: Pretty awesome, although not quite up to Shueisha levels, it isn’t far from reaching that standard.

Overall: Giving the go ahead on this series, from all the signs this first chapter gave me this should prove to be a very good series.

For those who like: Death Game Plots, Horror, Tragedy, Drama, Action, Romance?, Interesting Plot, Great Artwork.

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

TNT: The New Gate Volume 01 by Kazanami Shinogi

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a Light Novel I read last summer! It’s The New Gate Volume 01 by Kazanami Shinogi!

Plot Synopsis: “THE NEW GATE”, an online game that trapped its players and turned into a death game, was now releasing the thousands of players that had been dragged into it, thanks to the efforts of Shin, one of the most powerful players. But after having defeated the last boss and freed everyone, he was swallowed up by a strange light.

Plot: Does that sound like Sword Art Online? Good because it takes that premise and then ditches it promptly. That isn’t to say there aren’t similarities between the two series, or this series and others, but it’s not really at all like Sword Art Online. I won’t spoil the real twist to the series, but needless to say I found it refreshing.

Characters: Shin is the main character and it’s kind of nice to see a guy just enjoy what he encounters. That isn’t to say he isn’t freaked out, but it’s nice to see someone take his situation and have a good time. The series doesn’t really introduce the main female lead in this volume, but we do get hints to her identity. However Tiera is a wonderful stand in for this volume and hell she might actually end up being the female lead, though I somewhat don’t think that will be the case. The rest of the cast is interesting as well.

Art: The art is nice and gritty compared to other Light Novels, which is a nice change of pace for me.

Overall: An excellent read, and one I’ll recommend to any fantasy lovers.

For those who like: Fantasy, Adventure, Fun, Action, Excellent Cast of Characters, Great Plot, Awesome Artwork.

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

TNT: Terror Infinity Volume 02 by Zhttty

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the second entry of my favorite Chinese Web Novel Horror series. It’s Terror Infinity Volume 02 by Zhttty!

Plot Synopsis: After surviving the atrocities of the movie world of the first Resident Evil and resting in God’s Dimension Zheng Zha, Zhang Jie and Zhan Lan are now entering the second world chosen by God. What horrors will they face this time?

Plot: This is a pretty intense volume and introduces some newcomers that may or may not be Zha’s allies. I won’t spoil anything, but boy do things veer off the plot line of the movie.

Characters: Zha is still my favorite of the group, but Xuan is probably my favorite newcomer. Zero is interesting as well. The rest of the cast is great too.

Overall: Takes the series to Eleven. An excellent sequel to the first volume.

That’s it for this year’s Translation Necessary Thursday! See you all in 2016!

TNT: Terror Infinity Volume 01 by Zhttty

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering another Chinese Web Novel series. It’s Terror Infinity by Zhttty!

Plot Synopsis: “Want to know the meaning of life? Want to live… a real life?” The world changes when you click YES. In God’s dimension, you have to keep getting stronger, keep evolving to survive one horror movie after another. Do you kill everyone in your way to reach the end as a lone king? Or fight along with your comrades and survive through the support of friends? Everything was just for staying alive. Until you find the secret of God’s dimension. Who is the real enemy?

Plot: The plot is super intense and this first volume covers the introduction to one of Terror Infinity’s many worlds and our introduction to our main characters. Don’t expect a happy ending. Oh and enjoy the blatant copyright infringements as well. Three cheers for no Copyright law in China!

Character: Zheng Zha is our main character and he’s pretty normal, but he’s a great main character. Zhang Jie is the grizzled veteran of God’s dimension and he’s our exposition mouthpiece, but he’s also a pretty freaking bad ass dude. Zhan Lan is one of our plucky female leads, the other get’s introduced at the end of the volume. The rest of the cast is pretty minor, but do pay attention, you never know who might pop back up.

Overall: An excellent Sci-Fi series, well worth the read.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Horror Movies, Horror in General, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

Shoujo Saturday: Mirai Nikki by Sakae Esuno

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This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series that I really enjoyed, even if it was a bit odd. It’s Mirai Nikki, or Future Diary in English, by Sakae Esuno!

Plot Synopsis: Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano is a loner who spends most of his time writing a diary on his cell phone or talking with his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space; and Murmur, Deus’s servant. One day, Deus gives Yuki a special diary, mentioning something about a game. Strangely, Yuki’s new diary has entries in it spanning the next 90 days—entries about the future that come unnervingly true.

Plot: The plot of this series is is pretty great, although you may wish to not read it if you have a delicate stomach. I won’t ruin the surprises, but the series is quite good.

Characters: Yuno is probably my favorite character, because she’s such a bright and happy character and is a great foil to Yuki who’s a bit of a downer. The rest of the cast is quite good though.

Art: The art is amazingly detailed for a romance series, but it fits the series to a T.

Overall: If you want one of the best Romance series this is easily one of them.

For those who like: Romance, Action, Drama, Psychological Thrillers, Twists.

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