TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 01 by Toika

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.

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

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Anime Sunday: Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Summer 2017 Season. It’s my Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria. There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes…

Plot: The plot isn’t action packed, if you are looking for an action filled adventure, you are going to be disappointed. Now if you enjoy Slice of Life crossed with Fantasy and Cooking, Isekai Shokudou is right up your alley. This first episode introduces us to the resturant Nekoya and it’s customers from the other world. It’s quite interesting and while it’s not action packed and really not my usual genres I genuinely enjoyed my time watching this first episodes.

Characters: This episode also introduces us to our main character who everyone calls Owner. We’re also introduced to the Red Empress Dragon and Aletta as well. Frankly I enjoyed all the characters we were introduced to, and can’t wait to see even more introduced.

Art: The artwork is excellent, which is good because it truly conveys how good the food must taste.

Music: The musical score fits the series perfectly, and even the opening and ending themes are pretty appropriate for the series as well.

Overall: If you love food and don’t mind not having a bunch of action this series will be right up your alley. If you want high tension and plenty of action you won’t enjoy as much, probably. Isekai Shokudou has it’s own kind of charm that just makes you enjoy watching it, or at least that’s how I felt after this first episode.  However if you are hungry I suggest not watching this, as it will just make it worse.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Food, Slice of Life, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork, Great Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions

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.

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

 

Manga Monday: Black Torch by Takaki Tsuyoshi

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review, although this is a very new series. It’s Black Torch by Takaki Tsuyoshi!

Plot Synopsis: As a descendant of shinobi, Azuma Jirou has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, Jirou also has the ability to talk to animals. One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with spirits called mononoke that can take the form of both people and animals…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was pretty awesome, and while there were tropes aplenty I didn’t really mind them. That being said some will probably be less excited, but personally I think this might just become a great series in the future. I’ll probably hold off on reading the second (and latest chapter) until there are a lot more chapters to read.

Characters: Jirou is a pretty interesting main character, he’s a pretty slick young man who seems to have his stuff together pretty well, although he is a bit arrogant. Ragou on the other hand is pretty snarky, which was fun. I hope he keeps that quality as the series continues, as I always enjoy snark.

Art: The art is excellent, but given that this is a Shueisha publication I expected nothing less.

Overall: Giving this a go ahead, though with the warning that it’s only got two chapters thus far.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Ninjas, Supernatural, Action, Adventure, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m back with another Quick Review. It’s Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki!

Plot Synopsis: Due to her ability to tame demons, Mel has been persecuted as a witch all her life. One day, she’s summoned to the castle and asked to marry Prince Claude.

Plot: The plot is actually pretty decent, and considering that it’s only a four chapter long series it’s not too bad. I’ve had my interest piqued, and will be continuing to read the series.

Characters: Mel is a pretty neat female lead, she’s stubborn, doesn’t take crap from anyone and follows her own moral compass. Claude on the other hand is a bit of a stereotype, but he’s not bad of a main character. The rest of the is small thus far, Kerye is probably my favorite, a talking bird is always fun.

Art: Typical Shoujo artwork, it’s neither terrible nor great.

Overall: A decent series, it’s fairly short at only four chapters long, I’m giving this the go ahead and will be reading it, eventually (as always).

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Interesting Plot, Great Female Lead, Good Artwork.

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

TNT: Divine Throne Chapters 41-80 by Tang Jia San Shao

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the second set of chapters in the story of Long Haochen! It’s Divine Throne Chapters 41-80 by Tang Jia San Shao!

Plot Synopsis: Long Haochen sucessfully became a Knight, and trained hard with his father to learn everything he could about being both a Guardian Knight and Retribution Knight and awoke his spiritual powers and discovered he was a Scion of Light, a Knight with incredibly high Light affinity. He decides to become both a Guardian Knight and Retribution Knight and is training with his father when demons attack the village he and his family live in. His father and mother leave in order to let Long Haochen grow up without their protection in order to fully become the best he can, and he travels to the nearby Hao Yue city in order to further his training alongside his sworn sister Li Xin.

Plot: These second of chapters take us through the preliminary parts of the Demon Hunt Squad Exams and let us learn more about the rest of the Temple Alliance, most specifically about the Mage and Warrior Temples. This is an excellent set of chapters that expand greatly on the world building of Divine Throne and make the world much more clear.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters and even get to see a few old faces as well. Lin Xin and Sima Xian are probably my two favorite characters we get to meet in these chapters.

Overall: An excellent second set of chapters in an amazing Xuanhaun series. If you aren’t already reading the series, you need to be.

TNT: Divine Throne Chapters 1-40 by Tang Jia San Shao

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m going to cover the beginning set of chapters to a series by the author of Douluo Dalu! It’s Divine Throne Chapters 1-40 by Tang Jia San Shao!

Plot Synopsis: While the demons were rising, mankind was about to become extinct. Six temples rose, and protected the last of mankind. A young boy named Long Haochen trains to become a Knight to help his mother…

Plot: The plot of Divine Throne is pretty awesome, and while it definitely has some similarities to some Western Fantasy it also has some distinctly Chinese themes as well. Of all the Chinese Web Novels I’ve read, Divine Throne might just be one of my favorite ones of all time due to the plot and characters.

Characters: Haochen is a pretty bright kid, and these first few chapters let us get to know him as he grows up training to become a capable Knight to protect his Mother. The rest of the cast is great, but I’ll leave specific favorites till the next set of chapters. That being said Li Xin is a pretty awesome side character.

Overall: This is an excellent series and a must read for any Fantasy fans.

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

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