TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 04 by Toika

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the fourth entry in the journey of everyone’s favorite foreshadow destroyer. It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 04 by Toika!

Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to Japan to help combat a Dungeon Wave, Yu IlHan and his freeloading companions Erta and Lita got caught up in an epic battle across Japan where IlHan has earned the moniker Susanoo after the Japanese storm god. Now while fighting against a huge monster he’s called the Orochi IlHan is suddenly hit by a new sensation…

Plot: This is pretty action packed again, although there are some serious plot developments that occur as well. I won’t get into the details of them, because spoilers, but this book just might happen to be my favorite of the ones I’ve covered so far.

Characters: We get to meet some new faces, although as they are pretty spoiler-ific I won’t go into detail. My favorites is still IlHan, for his constant foreshadow destruction.

Overall: If you aren’t reading this series yet, you really ought to be.

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TNT: Arifureta Volume 03 by Shirakome Ryo

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third volume in Hajime’s adventures on Tortus. It’s Arifureta Volume 03 by Shirakome Ryo!

Plot Synopsis: Having beaten Miledy Raisen’s Great Labryinth and acquired Gravity magic, Hajime and Co set out again to find another Great Labryinth. Meanwhile Hajime’s Teacher Aiko is travelling towards the town of Ul….

Plot: This is a pretty decent entry in the series and is full of action scenes while also containing some really important moments for Hajime. As a side note I’ve heard people complain about how Arifureta got boring and became a Rom-Com after the first volume. I assure you that’s not the case and while it may seem toned down there are reasons for Hajime’s bloodlust being dampened. It’s pretty freaking obvious, but I won’t spoil it if you haven’t figured it out yet.

Characters: We don’t get introduced to a bunch of new characters in this volume, but Tio would be my favorite. If only because she’s very earnest about what she wants and doesn’t care at all about other’s thoughts on it. That’s an admirable trait, although what she wants is less than admirable.

Overall: An excellent volume, and while not as bloodthirsty as the first or second, there are reasons for it.

TNT: Sevens Volume 02 by Mishima Yomu

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the second entry in Lyle’s Adventures. It’s Sevens Volume 02 by Mishima Yomu!

Plot Synopsis: Lyle Walt is a young noble boy and heir looking forward to the day he can inherit his family’s territory. Except around when he was 10 year old, his parents started neglecting him more and more in favour of his little sister, Celes. On his fifteenth birthday, he is challenged to a duel by his sister to see who will inherit the household and horribly loses, being cast out of his family. Afterwards, he gets treated by the family groundskeepers and receives the family heirloom Gem from him that Lyle’s grandfather had entrusted to him. From there, he begins an aimless journey with his childhood friend and former fiancée, Novem, and the Gem-turned-Jewel that houses the memories, personalities, and Skills of seven of his ancestors….

Plot: This entry explains a lot of what is going on with Lyle. I won’t spoil the reasons why, but it’s pretty interesting. This entry is pretty good, and is pretty action packed.

Characters: We get a couple of new faces, but mostly it’s still the same party of people we knew from the first volume. My favorite character is still The First though.

Overall: A good second entry in a pretty awesome series.

TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third book in Yu IlHans journey. It’s  Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika!

Plot Synopsis: Having overcome the Reaper that ambushed him in the Abandoned World, Yu IlHan returns back to Earth to work on his equipment in his forge. He receives a couple visitors, one expected and another unexpected, sort of…

Plot: This book moves the plot very quickly along, with plenty of battles to enjoy. I won’t say it’s there isn’t a boring “info dump” because there are some portions that could be called that, but that’s what you get for reading a LitRPG.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but mostly it’s just people we know in this book. Of them all I quite enjoyed Lita’s portions.

Overall: A solid third entry, this also marks the first sixth of the book approximately.

TNT: Praise the Orc Chapters 1-40 by Lee Jungmin

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first set of chapters in a recently fully translated series. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 1-40 by Lee Jungmin!

Plot Synopsis: Praise the Orc! is about Jung Ian, a cafe owner with a dark past, jumping into the world of virtual reality in order to protect his sister from any predators. However, things may not be as simple as they seem, as the world and its inhabitants proved to be much deeper than he believed them to be. Witness as he explores the lands of Elder Lord as an orc, a species labeled as the “game creator’s mistake”.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although it’s very light on the LitRPG aspect. There is almost no explanation of skills and stats, which I find to be a bummer as that’s part of the charm of the LitRPG genre. However it does have tons of character development, so that isn’t terrible at all. There is almost no romance in these first few chapters, although there is some hints at a possible romantic sub-plot.

Characters: Ian is a pretty awesome main character, although I find that the lack of interaction with his sister Yiyu more than a bit disappointing. Especially when you compare the series to something like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor where Weed is constantly grubbing for money in order to pay for his sister’s education. Even worse is the fact that he starts playing Elder Lord to protect his sister from lechers.

Overall: A decent LitRPG, but lacking in some critical areas. You could do worse, but there are better series out there like LMS or Ark.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Korean Novels, Action, Adventure, Decent Plot, Great Lead Character.

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

TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 02 by Toika

Hey all I’m back with the second entry in one of my favorite Korean series for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 02 by Toika!

Plot Synopsis:  Left out during the elementary school picnic. Left out during the middle school camp. Left out during the high school trip. I finally became a college student, and what? I’m left out from all of humanity? Yu IlHan watches over the earth alone while everybody’s away in other worlds…

Plot: The plot of this second book picks right back up with the battle of the Shadow Panther cub and Yu IlHan and Kang MiRae. The rest of the book is just as good and action packed. It’s also just as hilarious as the first book with just as many references.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new characters, my favorite being Na YuNa. That being said Yu IlHan is still my favorite, because he’s a monster.

Overall: An excellent second entry. If you aren’t reading this series already you really ought to be.

TNT: Breakers Arc 03 by Chwiryong

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the third arc in Shutra’s rise to fame. It’s Breakers Arc 03 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: Having discovered an abandoned Dwarven fortress and portal In-gong, who now inhabits the body of the Ninth Prince Shutra, along with his new half-sister Caitlin has now formally made an alliance with Caitlin and her older brother Chris.

Plot: This is another short arc, but again it’s very important to the rest of the story.

Characters: We really get introduced to the Fifth Princess, Felicia in this chapter. Otherwise there aren’t any new characters really.

Overall: Again a pretty important arc, even if it’s a bit shorter than I’d personally prefer, it’s still in the foundation portion of the story.