Anime Sunday: Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the final Episode 01 Impression for the Fall 2018 Season. It’s my Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This picks up after the end of season 2’s finale and deals with the growing tensions between Academy City and other world powers after Vento’s attack. If you’ve forgotten what has occurred in past seasons this is going to confuse you so I advise watching the previous two seasons of Index.

Characters: We don’t get to see many new faces, not exactly. That said we do get to meet a few, but I won’t name them due to spoilers.

Art: The art was incredibly well done, and I can only hope that the rest of the season keeps the same level of quality.

Music: The soundtrack is pretty great, not much more needs to be said.

Overall: A solid start to the final season of the first part of the Index series.

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TNT: 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!

Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.

Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.

Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.

Bookish Wednesday: Dragon Seed by James Osiris Baldwin

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Dragon Seed, Archemi Online Book 01, by James Osiris Baldwin!

Plot: The plot is really dark, and frankly way too grim for my tastes. It’s not a bad plot, but it’s just really dark for the sake of being dark. A phrase I’m saying a lot lately it seems like, but that just be my imagination.

Characters: Hector is our main character and he’s a bit of a dumbass. The fact that his Dyslexia transfers to the new world he’s found himself in is kind of silly but also makes sense. That being said the fact that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed is a real let down. The rest of the cast is just as dark as the rest of the story, and frankly I didn’t like pretty much everyone except for one person whom I will not name.

Overall: This is an okay LitRPG, but definitely not for those who dislike the darker fantasies.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Adventure.

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

Anime Sunday: Radiant Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my thoughts on the first foreign made Manga series’s Anime Adaptation. It’s my Radiant Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty much standard Shonen fare, so it’s nothing spectacular. That being said, consider that a Frenchman makes the original source material and you might begin to see how it is noteworthy for how it sticks to the formula. Still this isn’t a really groundbreaking series in terms of story at least in this first episode. That may change in later episodes or in the original Manga but it wasn’t present in the first episode.

Characters: Seth is our main character and he’s pretty much the standard Shonen protagonist. Kid with big dreams and generally no real way to go about achieving them. The rest of the cast that was introduced in this episode isn’t too interesting either, but it’s not bad. It just didn’t hold my interest other than being noteworthy for the reasons stated above.

Art: The art is pretty well done, and while I haven’t watched later episodes if it sticks to this first episode’s level of quality it’ll be a good series in terms of art. That said it’s again nothing spectacular and not amazing like a ufotable production.

Music: The music is pretty standard Shonen, again. You’ll be noticing that this is a pattern, but once more it’s not particularly outstanding, nor is it particularly terrible.

Overall: Worth a watch for those who enjoy Shonen shows, but those who have little interest in them will find Radiant only interesting in what it could mean for future series.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama, Shonen Stories.

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

Serial Saturday: Azeal Neralum by Kazi

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series I got asked to review by it’s author.  It’s Azeal Neralum by Kazi.

Plot: Let me get this out of the way, I would normally have never bothered with reading this series, and I must have either missed the Grimdark genre tag or it was added after I had bookmarked it as a potential series to read. Either way I find the overly dark nature of the “genre” usually makes stories I tend to despise. Azeal Neralum isn’t an exception to my distaste. I honestly don’t enjoy the overly dark fantasy epic craze that’s seem to come up in the past decade. Even one of my most adored series, Mistborn, is a bit too dark for me. While I’ve read the entire thing once, I probably won’t ever do that again due to that darkness.  However other than the tone there are other serious issues I have with Azeal Neralum. Mainly the constant switching of points of view that is happening, and the lack of forward progress with regards to the main character. I don’t care about some random fort getting slaughtered, what does it have to do with the main character? If the answer to that question is “nothing” in the next 30 chapters I’ve just wasted my time reading extraneous world building that could’ve been experienced through the main characters point of view instead.

Characters: Azeal is a mediocre main character, he’s got nothing extremely likable about him that makes me interested in him as a character and the rest of the cast is just as bad. It’s even worse with the most recent chapters that the author wrote. I don’t give a rat’s ass about some “hero” or gallant general that is dying if he’s being introduced out of the blue and has no noticeable connection with the protagonist. If I had met that character 100 chapters before and grew attached to him I might feel a bit of sympathy over his death, but the way the author the author brings up these characters out of the blue is more than a bit annoying.

Grammar: The grammar is okay, but the writing itself seems off. I can’t put it into words much better than it feels just a bit wrong when I read it. Either the way the author writes is grating on my internal sense of how a book is supposed to read, or the issue is something else, but I just find it’s “flow” to be not pleasing to the eye.

Overall: If for some reason you love dark fantasy, Azeal Neralum might be up your alley after a few editing passes have been done by the author. Otherwise steer clear of this.

For those who like: Fantasy, Grimdark, LitRPG.

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

Bookish Wednesday: You’re Not Allowed to Die by Kip Terrington

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering another LitRPG series. It’s You’re Not Allowed to Die, Book 01 in the Twenty-Sided Eye Series, by Kip Terrington!

Plot: The plot is pretty standard Isekai/LitRPG and it’s honestly nothing new. There are serious issues I have with the pacing as it’s incredibly slow and not that action packed compared to other series. In addition the plot isn’t all that interesting, and due to that slow pacing I just mentioned it doesn’t go anywhere.

Characters: Joe is one of our main characters and I absolutely hate him. He’s shallow, incredibly childish and a complete dumbass, and even when he’s told straight to his face that it isn’t a game he refuses to believe it. Spooky Joy, the other main character is just as bad. She’s shallow, nor all that helpful and I find Navi from Ocarina of Time to be a better fairy companion than Spooky is. At least Navi helps point out things, Spooky is actively hiding the situation from Joe for pretty much no reason.

Overall: Stay clear of this garbage pile of a LitRPG, it’s a waste of your time to even contemplate reading it.

 

Anime Sunday: Tensura Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another new series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Tensura Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This first episode is pretty focused on the Mikami’s life in Modern Day Japan, and while it does get us to the first big plot point it’s taking it’s time. So those wanting a ton of action will probably be disappointed. I wasn’t one of those people however as I’m really happy they’re taking a slow pace with the series and doing the story justice. I will admit I’ve read the Light Novels this is adapted from, and seeing it take such a slow pace when compared to the frenetic pace other adaptations have done in the past is really good.

Characters: Mikami is a pretty standard dude, honestly he’s kind of boring. Thankfully the rest of the story will make up for that, and Veldora was awesome to see in the Anime. Veldora was a very fun character. We don’t get to meet much of the cast though, but since it’s just the first episode that’s okay.

Art: The art is pretty awesome, and while it’s not ufotable quality Studio 8-Bit did a pretty darn good job.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not that intense in this first episode so who knows how the rest of the series will handle music.

Overall: An excellent adaptation, with good pacing and excellent artwork.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Action, Adventure,Awesome Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Outstanding Artwork, Good Music.

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