This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a series I haven’t covered in over a year! It’s Only Sense Online Volume 05 by Aloha Zachou!
Plot: The plot is much less action oriented in this volume sadly, and while that does fit this series well, it will turn away those who are looking for more action in a series that sometimes lacks it quite a bit. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the short action sequences were very lackluster and don’t really involve our heroine Yun. That said it’s definitely a more “fluffy” series like Kuma Kuma Kuma, but some may not enjoy it.
Characters: We don’t get any newcomers in this entry in the series, and it mostly reintroduces us to some people we didn’t see much of in the past volume. It was an okay entry, but short on character development.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku!
Plot Synopsis: Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbours and friends from childhood. Akira is handsome and Makoto is pretty. Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances…
Plot: The plot is pretty good. I’ve probably read a few series with similar if not exactly the same plot device as it’s core drive, but I can’t remember them right now (still sick and I’m writing this in advance due to holidays), however I enjoyed this quite a bit even if I think I may have read something similar before. Or I might not have, doesn’t matter to me, I enjoyed Otonari Complex quite a bit.
Characters: Akira and Makoto are our two leads and they are pretty awesome, but still wasn’t expecting that to occur. Either way I really enjoyed their characters. So I’ll probably end up reading this series in full one day. Once it’s fully completed probably.
Art: The art is very good, it’s comparable to Shueisha levels of work, if not meeting that standard.
Overall: A great read, definitely worth a shot.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School Life, Interesting Plot, Great Lead Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a romance I just came across the other week. It’s Ookami Shounen wa Kyou mo Uso o Kasaneru, or The Boy Who Cried Wolf Tells a Lie Today Also in English, by namo!
Plot Synopsis: Keitarou Itsuki is a high school student unhappy about the menacing look of his eyes. Keitarou tries to confess to the girl he likes, Aoi Tokujira, but she rejects him flat out. Thinking that his eyes were the reason why she rejected him, he confides in his older sister about it at her salon. But her solution is more than he ever bargained for.
Plot: The plot is both humorous and serious, and I enjoy that mixture quite a bit. Plus the fact that it covers the issue with Itsuki’s sister’s solution almost immediately is great. I won’t spoil the solution, it’s too much fun to find out for yourself, but needless to say it provided an excellent plot hook and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Characters: Itsuki and Tokujira are the stars, but the rest of the cast is also quite good. That said I actually enjoy Tokujira the most, Itsuki is a decent male lead but not quite as interesting as Tokujira.
Art: The art is excellent, and I loved all the detail it shows in characters faces, which is a huge part of the story.
Overall: An excellent Romance for those Romance lovers out there.
For those who like: Romance, A bit of Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Aesop’s Fables, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series I really thought was something else at first. It’s Aoharu x Machinegun Episode 01 Reactions!
Plot Synopsis: The story follows high school student Hotaru Tachibana, a girl cross dressing as a boy. Through strange circumstances she finds herself drawn into the world of survival games by a host, Masamune Matsuoka.
Plot: I was sure this was a BL series after I started watching it, but it’s not and while I’d have no problem watching such a series, I was as thrown for a loop as the random school boy Hotaru saves in the first few minutes. The series isn’t super serious, but it does have it’s tense points and it’s pretty good.
Characters: Masumune is probably my favorite character, while Hotaru is just delusional and surprisingly strong to the point that she puts a dent in her own door by punching it. Tōru is pretty funny, being an ero mangaka as well as the third man in the team that Masamune runs. The rest of the cast is pretty funny though, especially the customer’s at the Host bar.
Art: Pretty great, nothing ufotable quality but still good.
Music: Again, pretty good. Nothing amazing, but still good.
Overall: Worth watching if you can get over Hotaru’s hero complex, which to be honest is pretty grating.
For those who like: Gender Bender series, Action, Survival Games, Airsoft.
This week on Shoujo Saturday I’ve found a very funny series to cover. It’s Boku Girl by Sugito Akira!
Plot Synopsis: Suzushiro Mizuki is a 1st year high school student who has the difficulty of constantly being mistaken for a girl. It’s so bad that he’s endlessly rebuffing the confessions of many men. Even the girl he has a crush on seems to think of him more as one of the girls rather than as a potential love interest. Meanwhile, the trickster god Loki has grown bored with playing her tricks on her fellow gods. Turning her attention to the mortal world, she targets Mizuki for her next round of fun.
Plot: Make no mistake there is a lot of uncomfortable things mentioned in this series, but half the fun is the hilarity of it all. Poor Mizuki being the brunt of Loki’s torment makes for one of the most hilarious series I’ve ever read. I won’t go into it too much as to avoid spoiling the fun, but it’s pretty freaking funny.
Characters: Loki is the perfect example of a Jerkass God, and that makes her my favorite character of the series. The rest of the cast, including Mizuki is pretty great as well, but nothing can match Loki.
Art: The art is Seinen, which means that there are fanservice moments, but to be honest it’s all pretty freaking funny. Poor Mizuki.
Overall: This is a must read series for anyone who likes to laugh, which is everyone.
For those who like: To Laugh, Comedy, Jerkass Gods, Amazing Cast of Characters, Great Plot, Romance.
This week I’m covering another Web Novel for Light Novel Thursday. It’s Alice Tale, or as it used to be called in English When I Thought I’d Play a Girl Online, I Was Reborn Into Another World as One, by Seto Yuuichi!
Plot Synopsis: Arisugawa Akito suddenly finds himself in another world and another body, namely the one of the game character he just created. Female, game character. Alice, a female half-elf mage. Join him her as he she struggles with the world, hisher body and the puppies after his her life as the dream of being the strongest feels suddenly far away…. as does being a man.
Plot: The plot doesn’t start off very serious, in fact it’s rather comical, but it does quickly ramp up in terms of tension and seriousness. I did enjoy the first arc of the series so far. I haven’t started on anything past that yet, but if the translator keeps up with a similar quality of work I’m expecting this to become a very popular series along the lines of Arifureta and the like.
Characters: Alice is the star of the show, but I really do enjoy the rest of the cast. Shion and Nicholl are really a riot to read, and it’s funny to read Alice trying to deal with the fact that he min-maxed the stats on his body, leaving him with absolutely not strength at all.
Overall: Worth a read, as I can see this becoming a very popular series.
For those who like: Reincarnation Stories, Transported to an Alternate World Stories, Magic, Fantasy, Gender Bender Stories.
This week I’m covering a series that I couldn’t keep reading after the first volume, because it wasn’t that great. It’s Oda Nobuna no Yabou/Oda Nobuna’s Ambition by Kasuga Mikage.
Plot Synopsis: Sagara Yoshiharu finds himself back in time during the Sengoku era. During his first day, he was about to be killed in a battlefield. He is saved by a man named Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The famous Daimyou, General and Politician who unified Japan and ended the Sengoku era, dies while saving Sagara Yoshiharu. With history completely changed, Sagara Yoshiharu tries to make things right again but it seems that history is taking a different course than the one he learned in his time. Oda Nobunaga, the famed Daimyo is now a brilliant but beautiful young girl named Oda Nobuna. Sagara Yoshiharu decides to replace Toyotomi Hideyoshi by taking his place and serve under the command of Oda Nobuna under the given name “Monkey”. Rewriting history as he goes along.
Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, but it falters in places and it cheapens it. I’m all for famous historical figures being reimagined as beautiful girls, but when half of them fall under obvious Tsundere tropes and don’t seem to deviate from it, it get’s rather boring.
Characters: Yoshiharu actually is a fairly interesting character, although he plays the idiot male lead in a harem romance comedy and it makes his character seem stupid. The rest of the cast is pretty much all beautiful girls, although there are a few other male characters they are few in number.
Art: The artwork was what got me interested in this series, and while it’s pretty good it doesn’t hold up the plot.
Overall: If you are desperate for a harem rom-com read this, otherwise keep on with your life.
For those who like: Harems, Rom-Coms, Gender-Benders, Historical Fiction.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the Rom-Com taking center stage in terms of plot.