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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the third entry in the Demon Accords series! It’s Brutal Asset by John Conroe!
Plot Synopsis: Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang, Loki’s Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions. How to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?
Plot: This entry is probably my least favorite of the series, but that isn’t to say it’s a bad book. In fact it’s pretty freaking awesome, I just don’t like this entry as much as any of the other entries. This entry is actually really good compared to most Urban Fantasy books, and definitely proves that John Conroe can contend with heavy hitters like Jim Butcher.
Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters in this entry, although the best newcomer is probably Katrina. We also finally put a name to Chris’s darker persona, Grim. Grim is an awesome addition to Chris as a character, because it makes him vulnerable and badass at the same time. As for the why I’ll leave that to you to RAFO (read and find out).
Overall: An excellent entry in an awesome Urban Fantasy series.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Weres, Drama, Action, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-shot! It’s Getsu in no Onmyouji by Gotsubo Masaru!
Plot Synopsis: Demons, they are born from stagnation, fear, hatred, and sorrow. Attracted by negative emotions of humans. In this world there are people who were able to fight against them, they possess the skill of a secret art. Transforming their soul into a blade, they are called Onmyouji.
Plot: The plot is fairly standard, and isn’t really all that original. That being said it still has plenty of potential to be serialized, though I highly doubt it ever will be since it’s been years since the One-shot was first published.
Characters: Tatsumaki and Souryuu are our two main characters, Tatsumaki is a rash arrogant kid while his big brother Souryuu is the talented genius who everyone loves. Needless to say that Tatsumaki isn’t super pleased about it and Souryuu having the biggest case of brother complex as a male character I’ve ever seen doesn’t help. The rest of the cast is good, but not too amazing either.
Art: This is easily Shueisha level quality, which makes it not being serialized a real shame.
Overall: Definitely a fun read for those who like a quick short story.
For those who like: Action, Drama, Japanese Mythology, Decent Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.