Anime Sunday: HameFura Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a Spring 2020 series. It’s my HameFura Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot of this first episode is typical for this particular sub-genre of the Tensei genre. There are plenty of series where a female lead is reincarnated into the villainess of an Otome Game, but HameFura is an adaptation of one of the more popular takes on that particular plot hook. It does a great job of it, though it does have a little bit too much comedy for this first episode, at least in my opinion. Maybe later episodes will be better.

Characters: Catarina is our main character and she’s pretty neat, although she’s not that talented and is incredibly dense at times in this first episode. The rest of the cast is pretty hilarious though.

Art: The art is pretty great, with Silver Link being the Animation studio for this adaptation. It’s not nearly ufotable quality, but it’s not Studio DEEN levels of terrible either.

Music: The musical score of this first episode is appropriate enough, but not too outstanding at least to me.

Overall: A decent series, though if you dislike main characters who are incredibly dense it may not be your cup of tea.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, School Life, Fun Plot, Hilarious Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Temple of Sorrows by Carrie Summers

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Temple of Sorrows, Stonehaven League Book 01, by Carrie Summers!

Plot: The plot of this book is fairly good, with Devon being our main character and point of view. The book splits the in game and out of game portions pretty well, although they are pretty much seperate storylines. While this isn’t the best LitRPG I’ve read it’s definitely above most of the others I’ve read, including any of the Russian LitRPGs. That being said the actual game mechanics aren’t this book’s strong points.

Characters: Devon is our lead character and she’s a smart, snarky and no nonsense gal who I enjoyed greatly. The rest of the cast is okay, but Devon really steals the show. She uses her wits and communication skills to power through the game’s challenges which is a nice change from most of the other LitRPGs.

Overall: A fun book with a very strong female lead character.

For those who like: LitRPGs, GameLit, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Strong Lead Characters, Good Plot and Cast of Characters.

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

Movie Monday: Liar Liar

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another comedy film. It’s Liar Liar!

Plot: The plot is okay, but keeps in line with the tone of other movies of Carrey’s that were released around the same time like Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber.  Frankly it’s not that great as a story, with a very thin plot premise about not being able to lie at all, but it does well because of the cast.

Casting: The lead is of course Jim Carrey who plays Fletcher Reede, a lawyer and divorced father. Maura Tierney plays Audrey his ex. The cast is pretty good, but frankly Carrey carries, and pun sort of intended there, the movie with his exuberance and physicality that draws in the viewer more than almost any other character.

Cinematography: There isn’t any special effects worth noting really, but it wasn’t vomit inducing to watch so it doesn’t fail in terms of cinematography.

Music: The music fits the movie, which is all that needs be said. It’s not memorable, but it’s not something that made me want to bash my head against a wall to forget.

Overall: A fun movie, but somewhat forgettable.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Jim Carrey.

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

 

TNT: Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another Light Novel series. It’s Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although it takes the Isekai and Tensei genres in a rather new and interesting way. Instead of taking a character from Earth we get an all powerful character from some random fantasy world who is so bored that he ends up hitching a ride in the head of one of his other incarnations in another world. The fact that he ends up being ignored half the time by said incarnation is just half the fun. That being said this does have a more romantic bent from what I can remember so if you don’t like your action and adventure novels having that you will not enjoy this series.

Characters: Bernst and Kurats are the leads, with Bernst being the old man who is hitching a ride and Kurats being his incarnation. Kurats is kind of a dolt though. That being said Lunaria is probably my favorite character, if only because she’s the somewhat sensible one. The rest of the cast is fun as well, but Lunaria is my favorite by and far.

Overall: A fun series at least thus far from what I’ve read in this single volume alone.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Action, Adventure, Harems, Fun Plot, Varied Cast of Characters.

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