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.