Light Novel Thursday: Arifureta by Chuuni Suki



This week I’m not technically covering a Light Novel, I wish I was because I’d have found an image to use much easier, I’m covering a very well done web novel. Web novels are often what authors write prior to getting formally published, it often is like reading a beta version of a story and is usually pretty good. For instance Mushoku Tensei is mostly being translated into English via the web novel version since it so much farther ahead of the Light Novels.  Anyways I’m covering Arifureta by Chuuni Suki this week.

Plot Synopsis:  Among the class transported to another world, Nagumo Hajime is an ordinary male student who didn’t have ambition nor aspiration in life, and thus called “Incompetent” by his classmates.

The class was summoned to become heroes and save a country from destruction. Students of the class were blessed with cheat-like specifications and cool job classes, however, it was not the case with Hajime, with his profession as a “Synergist”, and his very mediocre stats.

“Synergist”, to put it in another word was just artisan class. Being the weakest, he then falls to the depth of the abyss when he and his classmates were exploring a dungeon. What did he find in the depth of the abyss, and can he survive?

Plot: The plot get’s pretty freaking dark after Hajime falls, and while normally I wouldn’t spoil something like that it happens in the first few words of the prologue followed by a flashback of events leading up to his fall. Hajime is a lot like other people who are bullied, submissive and generally trying his best to just get along in life. So when he falls he has two options, be submissive and die or “fall” once more and become a person who cares little to nothing about others and will kill anything that gets in his way. Hajime is very much not a nice person afterwards. That said he still somehow manages to win the hearts of several females. He quickly becomes a true monster in terms of stats and it’s really interesting to see how he gets around his many injuries from the fall and what follows after. Yes you read that right, no plot armor saves his body parts.  That said most of his classmates are complete jerks to Hajime, with the teacher and about 4 other people being generally okay people towards him. Because of that, or because the author is lazy, the plot focuses very little on the other classmates, save those 4 and the teacher. This means the plot progresses rather quickly compared to other things, although that isn’t a bad thing.

Characters: Like I said above, Hajime becomes a very heartless cold person, of course the circumstances leading up to that change gives him perfectly good reasons to be that way. He is however very kind to a few select people, namely the women who fall for him. One of them Yue is a Vampire Princess with amazing magical capabilities, whose life has also been absolute crap until she meets Hajime.

Overall: If you don’t mind the massive amounts of violence, and I mean massive it’s more gory than Game of Thrones is,  and enjoy a good Anti-Hero as a protagonist you’ll love Arifureta.

For those who like: Lots and lots of violence, Anti-Heroes, Fast paced plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Harem series.

Anime Sunday: Tokyo Ravens




This week on Anime Sunday, I’m covering a Fall 2013 series. It’s Tokyo Ravens, an adaptation of a light novel series of the same name.

Plot Synopsis: In the “Great Disaster,” Japan has been thrown into chaos by onmyouji (Japanese Shinto magic users). Harutora Tsuchimikado was born into an onmyouji family, but has no power whatsoever. His estranged childhood friend appears one day to take him up on a promise he made long ago to become her shikigami (familiar).

Plot: The plot is pretty non-standard, although there is a love triangle in the first arc, that gets resolved by the end of the arc in rather brutal way. I actually enjoy the first three arcs of this story, although I lost interest during the fourth arc and stopped watching the series.

Characters: Harutora is a typical male lead, an idiot with brawn. I actually enjoy Natsume more than Harutora, as she is much more interesting as a female lead. Nothing more can be said without spoiling the plot.

Art: The art is very nice, but nothing along the lines of No Game No Life or Kyokai no Kanata.

Music: The soundtrack, opening, and ending themes are amazing and I enjoyed all of them equally.

Overall: This series is for those interested in some romance, but mostly lots of action.

For those who like: A bit of Romance, Plenty of action, Intense plot, Japanese Magic.

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

Anime Sunday: No Game No Life by Yū Kamiya (Anime Review Only)



This week on Anime Sunday I’m reviewing one of my favorite shows of this season’s anime, No Game No Life. It is adapted from the Light Novel series of the same name, written by Yū Kamiya.

Plot Synopsis: Siblings Sora and Shiro are a pair of hikikomori NEETs who together form 『  』 (Kūhaku (空白, lit. “blank space”)), four undefeated online gamers and urban legends. They both consider the real world to be a “crappy game“. They are summoned by a boy calling himself “God” to a fantasy world where he has forbidden all violence and warfare between the sixteen intelligent races living there; instead, everything is decided by games. The siblings find themselves the would-be saviors of the human race (Imanity), who rank sixteenth among the races and have been confined to their sole remaining city.

Plot: If you were to mix Mondaiji-tachi with Code Geass you’d get No Game No Life, and it takes the best of both of those series and makes an interesting ride where you really never know what Sora and Shiro will do next as 『  』.

Characters: I’ve only read the first Light Novel myself and as of this writing the Anime has just finished covering the events of that novel, so I can’t say if characters like Stephanie Dola will stay with 『  』on their quest to beat every other race into submission. I sincerely hope so because Steph is hilarious to watch, especially when she’s going through her “Steph-Vision” phases. That isn’t to say I don’t like Sora and Shiro as characters, because I do, but I find that with Steph their antics have an interesting foil.

Art: Probably the real reason this show isn’t going to have a 2-Cours, 2 seasons worth of episodes, is because it’s production value is through the roof with the artwork of Yū Kamiya’s godlike work. This series is absolutely one of the most vibrant and good looking anime’s I’ve watched in a long time. It easily outdoes the winner of prettiest anime from last year Kyoukai no Kanata.

Music: I really enjoy the ending and opening themes as well as the soundtrack to this show, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them when I get the chance to listen to in my free time.

Overall: If you like Batman Gambit’s and seeing nerds outwit Gods and other mystical races you’ll enjoy this anime.

For those who like: Games, Crazy antics by the main characters, Crazy Plans, Amazing Artwork, Lovable Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really how can you hate any of that?

Light Novel Thursday: Campione! by Taketsuki Jou


This week for a Light Novel series I thought I’d go over one that I enjoy a lot, Campione! by Taketsuki Jou.

Plot Synopsis: Godou Kusunagi, a recently graduated middle schooler, is asked by his grandfather to return a stone tablet to a friend in Sardinia named Lucretia Zola. After meeting the demonically manipulative sword-mistress Erica Blandelli, he encounters a god of war, Verethragna. After killing the god, Godou becomes a Campione, or god slayer. His duty is to fight heretical gods who start changing things to suit themselves, usually at the expense of the people in the area. One of the problems associated with being a Campione, is that his status keeps attracting attention and difficult girls. Blandelli, who strongly professes her love for him, usually creates awkward and misunderstood situations for him in particular.

Plot: This series takes the characters from many different world mythologies and uses them spectacularly and it’s informative in an interesting way that textbooks never can be. The plot is pretty standard battle stuff, but it gets more interesting in later volumes.

Characters: Godou is probably the least interesting of all the characters, but Erica has most definitely earned her title of “Diavolo Rosso”. Plenty of familiar gods make appearances in this series, and that’s not counting the other 6 Campione that are out in the world.

Art: From what we see in the volumes it’s alright, but it’s nothing amazing either. The real hook in this series is the plot and characters.

Overall: It’s pretty good and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes mythology.

For those who like: Epic battles between gods and godslayers, Harem situations in which the male is thicker than usual, Mythology.

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

Anime Sunday: Strike The Blood


This week on Anime Sunday we are going over one of my favorite Fall 2013 Anime, Strike The Blood! Strike The Blood is an anime that is currently airing, as of this writing, on Fridays in Japan. It’s an adaptation of a light novel series written by Gakuto Mikumo.

Story Summary:  The Fourth Progenitor—That’s the world’s strongest vampire that should only exist in legends. Accompanied by twelve Kenjuu and spreading calamity, this phantom vampire appeared in Japan. For the observation and obliteration of this Fourth Progenitor, the government and Lion King Organization decided to dispatch an attack mage known as a Sword Shaman. However, for some reason, the one chosen for the observation was an apprentice Sword Shaman girl, Himeragi Yukina. Wielding the strongest anti-progenitor spirit spear, Yukina arrived at Demon District, Itogami City. What is the true identity of the Fourth Progenitor, Akatsuki Kojou, she encountered over there!?

Plot: Amazing, I actually cried during episode 3 for Yukina. I won’t spoil the plot too much, but it’s very good. This easily has one of the better plots of a battle series that I’ve seen in recent years.

Characters: Kojou looks pretty harmless, and he would like everyone to think that and leave him alone, of course the world just won’t do that. I actually like Yukina’s relationship with him as it’s not just a “love at first sight” sort of thing that you see all too often for series like this one. Speaking of Yukina she kicks some serious ass in just the first episode alone.

Art: Amazing, easily one of the most beautiful series of the past year, probably only behind Kyoukai no Kanata for me.

Music: Amazing, it gets the blood pumping in the right spots and sets up the tension in just the right spots. The music in episode 3 was particularly good, from what I remember. The opening and ending themes also are amazing, I actually enjoyed all 4 of them equally; something I usually don’t enjoy for any series, not even One Piece.

Overall: An amazing series that should suit any anime fan. Yes it has it’s fanservice moments, but they are never overdone.

For those who like: Kick ass leads, amazing plot, lots and lots of blood spilling, Fantabulous music.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above or fanservice of any kind whatsoever.