Anime Sunday: Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise.  It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.

Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.

Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.

Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This story is about a Cultivator, who is later called Teach, that gets slapped down into a lower realm and ends up mucking around in that lower realm. It’s mostly a parody or satire on the whole Cultivation genre and it’s pretty hilarious. Honestly if you love the Xianxia or Xuanhuan genres at all, you’ll get a kick out of The Dao of Magic.

Characters: The cast is pretty bare bones to start, mostly consisting of Teach and a few others, like Lola the Bunny. Honestly my favorite character is probably Tess, if only because I enjoy sneaky rogue type characters and she’s a pretty good one. That said Lola comes close, because she’s cute and it’s not at all because I found it absolutely hilarious when Teach starts punting her. Nope, not at all.

Overall: For fans of the Cultivation genre you’ll love this series, so give it a shot.

For those who like: Xianxia, Xuanhuan, Cultivation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Heartwarming Dungeon Volume 01 by Ryuryu

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Hey all I’m back for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday with a new Light Novel series. It’s Heartwarming Dungeon Volume 01 by Ryuryu!

Plot: The plot is pretty light hearted and reminds me a bit of Lazy Dungeon Master. That being said the main character isn’t nearly as lazy and unmotivated as Keima ever is, and is actually a hard worker. Mostly this is a very light hearted story, as is evidenced by it’s title. The full thing is “I Became the Demon Lord so I Created a Dungeon and Spend Heartwarming Time There with Non-Human Girls” or Maou ni Natta node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume to Honobono Suru in Japanese. Personally I thought my contraction suited it best, but others may find otherwise.

Characters: Yuki is our main character and he’s a pretty likeable person. The main heroine is Lefi, as for what she is I’ll leave that to you to find out. The rest of the cast is pretty great as well.

Overall: This is a solid beginning to a series, I’ll have to read more of it before giving it a definitive judgement, but so far this is much better than some of the more recent stuff I’ve read.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Tensei, Lighter Stories, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

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

 

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Fall 2019 Anime

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the next season. It’s my Most Anticipated Fall 2019 Anime!

Assassin’s Pride: This is an adaptation of a Light Novel series that I have heard about in the community, but have not yet read myself. I’ll give it a whirl, but this could very well be a bust in terms of content. We’ll see, it might also be too much of a try-hard at a dark fantasy story, in which case I’ll not be interested at all if that happens.

Cautious Hero: This looks to be much more of a comedy series than anything else given it’s title, but given it’s billed as a an Adventure and Action series with no Comedy tag in sight I’m hoping it’ll be more like TenSura than KonoSuba. One is light hearted with it’s serious moments, while the other is just a satire of the Isekai genre.

Fate/Grand Order Babylonia: This is an adaptation of the seventh and penultimate Singularity of the first act of the mobile game. I loved playing through this Singularity myself and it’s incredible story line is going to be an absolute joy to watch. I’ve heard it’ll be a 2-cour series, so I’m looking forward to watching the entirety of this series. I just hope 2-cour will be enough to do the story justice, but I’m hoping it will. The only downside is that it won’t be animated by ufotable, but even still I’m looking forward to watching this.

High School Prodigies: This is another adaptation of a really long named Light Novel series, so we’ll see if it’s any good. Like with the first two it might be a bust, but I’m going to give it a shot. It might be an Isekai series, but considering that Arifureta is one of my most loved stories of all time and it is an Isekai I figure I’ll give it a shot.

Honorable Mentions:

Sword Art Online Alicization 2nd Cour: I’m not a particular fan of the novel series anymore, it was okay until I read much better series, but some people love the series still. Me I don’t particularly enjoy it all that much anymore.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Bookish Wednesday: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Hey all I’m back with a book that has taken me years to remember the name of for this week’s Bookish Wednesday. It’s The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster!

Plot: Let me get this out of the way, this a book meant for kids. Anyone older than twelve will not either appreciate the book because they find it boring and they’ll miss the entire meaning behind it or they’ll already know it and not really enjoy the story for what it is except for the puns. Now as I have stated before I despise Literary Analysis, but this meaning was very blatant and was a big reason I stopped hating school as much as I did growing up as a kid. That isn’t to say I still didn’t hate it, because I absolutely did due to numerous other reasons. However it was never because I didn’t like learning. The reasons why I still hated school is a topic for another day, perhaps a Sensate Saturday post.  So now that that is out of the way I loved this book due to it’s puns and clever word usage. The entire book is filled with them and it’s all quite creative. I won’t spoil the story itself, and while it is very simple it was a good lesson as a kid.

Characters: Milo is our main character and I very much identified with him as a kid. We were both incredibly intelligent kids, who just couldn’t bother with subjects which didn’t interest us at all. Afterwards that was still true for me, but I’d at least attempt to learn something new before stopping due to either lack of ability to do so or a clear lack of interest in continuing further studies of that subject. The rest of the cast is just as colorful, and I enjoyed them all.

Overall: This is a great kids book that every child should read. Screw Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, this book is much more important to read as a kid.

For those who like: Good stories with a very clear lesson, Fun Cast of Characters.

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

Serial Saturday: Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second volume of the Siphon series. It’s Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: First let me say that yes I do know that there is an audiobook release of this already out, but I had this post planned for a while and had a rough draft stored in my notes of my thoughts on the original unedited version on RoyalRoad so I won’t be covering the released versions until the third book is released.

With that out of the way let me say that this second entry in the series was pretty good and covered a ton of threads that came up by the end of the first book and has Jade actually attending the school Dracona that was teased way back in the first few chapters. There were some points where I cringed, but that might just be due to Jade being a dork at times.

Characters: We get to meet a bunch of new characters in this entry, which makes sense given all the new people she has to meet at Dracona. Of the newcomers I think Brady is my favorite, if only because he is the small blades teacher and I’ve always loved the rogue archetype. The rest of the cast is good, although there were some characters that felt a bit forced that may or may not show up in the edited release.

Overall: A solid entry, although I do wish the author was more timely with her releases I am given to understand she has been dealing with health issues.

TNT: Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 02 by Sakaki Ichirou

Hey all I’m back with the second entry in an axed series for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 02 by Sakaki Ichirou!

Plot: Now I know in my previous Translation Necessary Thursday I covered the first volume and I said to stay away. For those of you who thought I should’ve given this series a second chance I did, and read the second volume. It was just as bad as the first, with it having some seriously dark fantasy elements just because that’s the general fad in a ton of fantasy at the moment. Honestly I totally regret reading this second volume with it being a massive waste of time. The romance portions are just hamfisted and honestly not that well done.

Overall: I’m going to skip the rest of this review and say once more to steer clear of this series, it was axed for a very good reason.