This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Wend’s new life. It’s Hachinan tte Chapters 12-22 by Fuzi Choco!
Plot Synopsis: Ichinomiya Shingo, a young 25 years old, single, worker of firm company while thinking of tomorrow’s busy working day goes to sleep. However, the moment he woke up, it was inside a room unknown to him. He then learned that he took over the mind of Wendelin a 6 years-old child, remembering a lot from the memories of the said boy: he was born as the youngest (8th son and 10th child) in a of poor noble family living in back country. Having no administrative skill, he can’t do anything to manage the vast land his family has. Fortunately, he is blessed with the very rare talent of magic.
Plot: The plot is okay, but honestly it’s pretty standard for a Tensei series. The plot pacing is also fairly slow, so those who enjoy fast plots won’t enjoy this set of chapters at all.
Characters: We don’t get to meet a bunch of new characters, but we do get a few like Amalie and Klaus. Honestly though it’s mainly focused on Wend.
Overall: An okay, but not amazing set of chapters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Last Horizon: Beta by Daniel Schinhofen!
Plot Synopsis: Advances in technology have led to the creation of ever more realistic virtual reality games but now Full Immersion Virtual Reality is finally coming true. David and his oldest friends sign up to beta test the first game of it’s kind, Last Horizon. Last Horizon will give these old gamers the chance to live out one last adventure together.
Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, especially considering that the main cast of characters are all old people. It’s a rather unusual take on the genre, where most of the cast is all young people for the most part.
Characters: The entire cast is great, but my favorite might just Thaylen. That being said David is very much the main character, although there are frequent Point of View changes.
Overall: An excellent LitRPG, and a must read for any fans of the genre.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Gaming, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Video Game Tuesday I’ve got an open question to the people at both Aniplex of America and Delightworks. I’m asking What’s Going On With F/GO?
Huh?: So for my readers here’s a brief explanation. In the past few months, the Fate/Grand Order community in North America has been growing more and more upset with the handling of the game by Aniplex of America. In particular Albert Kao, the Localization director for the NA Client has been getting a ton of flak, not least of which occurred very recently when he handled the Anime Expo panel incredibly poorly and unprofessionally.
If you want some proof just go to the Grand Order subreddit and look at all the posts complaining about Albert and his absolutely unacceptable behavior at that panel. In addition many fans are upset at being treated like crap compared to other servers, like China, not to mention the blatant favoritism shown towards the JP players. The latest insult in a series going back to Thanksgiving is the fact that the playerbase was screwed out of 20 Saint Quartz, the in game currency that you can pay real money for, for the recent Anniversary. The issue with this is that the anniversary was pushed back from the actual anniversary date of June 28th to be announced at the Anime Expo panel. Another inflammatory move that makes no sense to many players of the game, including myself. There are possible reasons, but those reasons all come down to a series of events that could have been easily avoided if they didn’t do a certain thing. And that was announcing things at Anime conventions. But that’s a topic for next week.
So here’s my question to Aniplex of America, what the hell are you doing? Many people understand how poorly Japanese companies can treat foreign markets, the whole Gaijin bigotry plays a huge role in this. But this has gone on many times and frankly it’s insulting to not only the playerbase, who you ought to be keeping very happy, but also the people who you invited to your panels who were subject to a man who looked like he had just shown up after panhandling for a day in the seedier neighborhoods of Los Angeles heading the panel. Do I expect an answer to my question? Nope, because at the end of the day I’m just a small time gaming journalist who can be very acerbic at times.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode in an old series. It’s my Dragonaut Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Two years ago Kamishina Jin survived a shuttle accident that killed the rest of his family, causing in him to live out the rest of his life alone. Meanwhile Earth faces possible destruction from an asteroid, and thus the ISDA works on “D-Project” to stop it. In a facility Tachibana Kazuki, Jin’s old friend, is tested for his compatibility with a Dragon, which is a success.
Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, honestly this first episode isn’t that great. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s nothing spectacular.
Characters: Honestly the cast in this first episode is really poor. I didn’t like any of the characters to be honest, except for maybe Toa. Still it’s nothing special and pretty mediocre.
Art: The art is also fairly generic as well. Honestly I wasn’t impressed with this series.
Music: And to keep up the standard of mediocrity the music was nothing special either.
Overall: An easily skippable series.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance (Apparently), Drama, Mecha, Mediocrity.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG. It’s Desire by Cameron Milan!
Plot Synopsis: An all powerful entity bestows individuals with a powerful brand in the form of a tattoo. Using the system that is controlled by the tattoo, you can learn supernatural abilities, acquire knowledge unknown to man, and acquire objects that would only be found in fiction. The world is changing… and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, have been chosen. Ace lives for physical improvement. He loves the feeling of breaking his records and growing stronger. Unfortunately, he has plateaued in recent months, discouraging him greatly. Vincent is plagued by little to no desire in anything he does. Good grades? Successful life? He feels nothing. Except, perhaps, the feeling of pain and fear. Sadly for him, modern day society is a peaceful one.
Plot: The plot isn’t that amazing, in fact it’s a bit stereotypical. That being said it’s helped by the fact that Vincent is a lot more cynical than Ace. That being said it’s not a bad story, but it could probably go through a couple revisions of editing to get some kinks out.
Characters: Ace and Vincent are the main characters, but the entire cast is pretty interesting, but not entirely original.
Overall: A quick, but fun read. That being said if you are looking for originality you will be disappointed somewhat.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Magic, LitRPGs, Drama, Action, Adventure.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the series I didn’t find to be that great. It’s my Losers of Spring 2018!
Mahou Shoujo Ore: Now I did say last week that I found Hinamatsuri to be funny. I also mentioned how I find slapstick humor to sometimes be grating and sometimes not. The line that was crossed for me in the case of Mahou Shoujo Ore was the breaking of the 4th wall in the first few minutes of the show. I’m not generally a fan of that particular trope and it was one too many things for me to enjoy the show.
Caligula: This show was just confusing, and I had no desire to continue past the first episode that I watched. It might have gotten better in later episodes, although I’ve heard that it didn’t. Nevertheless it failed miserably in catching my attention.
That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Were there any shows I missed that deserve to be on this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Happy Independence Day for those American readers, I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a LitRPG from an author I’ve reviewed for before. It’s Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach!
Plot Synopsis: In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she’s Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he’s famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever…
Plot: The plot is pretty good, with most of the story alternating between Tina and James points of views. It’s an interesting take on the genre of Isekai and games turning real. Honestly it makes me appreciate that I don’t treat NPCs like shit like most people would. That being said there are some huge influences from games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. In fact WoW is a signifcant influence from my impressions of the book.
Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, with Tina being one of my least favorite characters. She is incredibly single minded and it leads to her taking actions that to a reader look really stupid. James on the other hand is an amazing character in that he grows over the course of the book incredibly. Tina doesn’t do that. My favorite side character is probably Fangs though.
Overall: A fun read, and an fresh take on the genres.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.