TNT: Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second arc in Keima’s adventures in his quest for sleep. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner!

Plot Synopsis: Masuda Keima was summoned into another world, but he really wasn’t excited by that. He truly just wanted to drift by and do nothing but sleep. He was summoned by a Dungeon Core, number 695, whom he promptly nicknamed Rokuko. However after introducing himself he ended up getting stuck with the job of Dungeon Master when Rokuko said his name. Now he was stuck with a job in a dungeon with only a couple rooms and one of them was full of bandits….

Plot: The plot of this second arc is building upon the last arc, with Keima dealing with the aftermath of the end of the bandits, but it also introduces us to the wider world that he’s been summoned, now that he can leave the Dungeon freely. Frankly I was pretty impressed with how intelligent and ruthless Keima was in the first arc, so I was a bit disappointed in the lack of chicanery. That isn’t to say this is a bad arc, it isn’t. It’s just different.

Characters: This arc also serves to really introduce the new character, Meat, the slave Keima and Rokuko freed from the bandits after dealing with them. Still I was quite impressed with Keima’s paranoia, and ingenuity with his limited abilites.

Overall: A solid second arc, it does have a bit less action than the first arc, but it’s still a good read.

 

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Anime Sunday: Alderamin Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’ve looking at another new series from this latest season! It’s my Alderamin Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The mighty Katjvarna Empire is currently embroiled in a war with the neighboring Kiorka Republic. Within an unspecified corner of this empire, a certain young man was reluctantly preparing to take the High Grade Military Officer Exam owing to mysterious circumstances. His name is Ikta. As a man, Ikta abhors war, is slothful by nature, and worships the female form.

Plot: The plot is pretty great, although it starts off fairly slowly, I don’t have a major issue with it. I haven’t read the original source material, shocking I know, but I’ve got hopes for the series. I might be wrong in terms of pacing, but so far I don’t have an issue.

Characters: Ikta is an awesome male lead, a man with a nature not unlike myself. However I think Yatori, our female lead, is an even better character from what little we know so far. Granted that we know very little, but given that she doesn’t take Ikta’s crap I already like her quite a bit. The rest of the cast isn’t bad, but I’m hoping they get some serious character development in terms of maturity.

Art: Madhouse is doing the animation, and while I normally love their work, I don’t love the art style they chose for this series. But that’s more a personal preference rather than any fault with the actual art. It’s great, but I just don’t think the style fits the series properly yet, maybe I’ll change my mind later.

Music: The music is awesome, and Kishida Kyodan and the Akeboshi Rockets performs the opening and I’ve always appreciated their work before.

Overall: An excellent start, although the pacing of the story may be off, any military buff will love Alderamin.

For those who like: Military Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Fantastic Music, Good Artwork.

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