Bookish Wednesday: Accidental Duelist by Jamie and C.J. Davis

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the first book in a sequel trilogy that made me hate the original one. It’s Accidental Duelist, Accidental Traveler Book 04 by Jamie and C.J. Davis!

Plot: This book opens up with a point of view from Kay, one of my favorite characters from the original trilogy. In a move that absolutely disgusted me, it completely trivialized the entire original trilogy by pretty much making her absolutely useless in the years since Hal left Fantasma. And killing everyone she cares about except one grandson who she doesn’t get along with. This was the proverbial straw for me, and pretty much colored my entire impressions of the original trilogy, where there were plenty of faults already. I couldn’t finish this book, and that’s truly saying something for me, because I tend to finish every book I begin reading unless it really offends me like this book did.

Characters: Cari is our main character, and now that she’s all grown up she’s not a great character. She’s spoiled and argumentative and frankly I could see the impending character arc where she grows up on her journey in Fantasma from a mile away. So I didn’t really care for her, and since Hal was generally a poor main character anyways I had little hope she’d be any better. Kay, my favorite character from the original trilogy was reduced to uselessness through both age and political intrigue that shouldn’t have happened after the original trilogy.

Overall: Skip this book, it’s utter garbage for what it does to the characters from the original trilogy.

Anime Sunday: Cautious Hero Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another series from the Fall 2019 season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cautious Hero Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This is almost pure satire, and it’s pretty funny. It pokes fun at pretty much every single gaming and Isekai stereotype out there. The plot was pretty slow in this first episode, but given that this is based off a Light Novel series I can’t help but think that it was in the adaptation’s favor to do so, although I haven’t read the original Light Novels.

Characters: Rista and Seiya are our two main characters and they are pretty hilarious. Rista is the typical goddess on the outside, but she’s pretty snarky in her own thoughts and speech, which was a nice deviation from the standard trope. Seiya is a really cautious guy, and overprepares for EVERYTHING. A friend gives him some lunch? He’ll check for poison. I personally thought that was hilarious, although the gag might get annoying later on if it continues. So if they keep playing it up it might annoying.

Art: The art is pretty good, White Fox did the animation and they did pretty damn good, but still not up to my gold standard of ufotable.

Music: The musical score is decent, and the theme was at least catchy. It wasn’t overly memorable, but it wasn’t terrible either.

Overall: This might be really good, this first episode was pretty funny, although if they keep playing the overly cautious gag all the time it might get annoying.

For those who like: Isekai, Action, Comedy, Overpowered Heroes.

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

Bookish Wednesday: The Beginning by Vasily Mahanenko

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s The Beginning by Vasily Mahanenko!

Plot: The plot is pretty bad. Honestly our main character Yaropolk is incredibly unlikable and the plot doesn’t back him up all that much. The basic premise is that the world is a game and only a few people actually know that fact. Everyone else is just screwed.  Our main character finds out and starts out on this quest to become a “Player”. It’s been done before and usually is done much better than this. It might just be that the translation is bad, which is a thing I’ve noticed with Russian LitRPGs. Honestly Russian LitRPGs are super disappointing in general and if I wasn’t trying to clear out the backlog of books I’ve read for this column I wouldn’t even bother looking up the book again to see the main character’s name that I forgot because I disliked him that much.

Characters: The cast is bland and full of a bunch of jerks. Honestly there’s really not a single likable character in this entire book.

Overall: Stay clear of this and any other series from this author, you’ll just be disappointed.

For those who like: Mediocrity and Disappointment, you masochists.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above, or just have standards in general.

 

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Winter 2020 Anime

Hey all this week I’m back with a look at what I’m most looking forward to for this season of Anime. It’s my Most Anticipated Winter 2020 Anime!

Bofuri: The title for this series is ridiculously long, but I read the first volume of the original Light Novel and found it to be utterly freaking hilarious. This is probably what I’m looking forward to the most, even if it seems like it’ll have competition for the VRMMO genre.

Infinite Dendogram: The said competition, I have yet to read the original Light Novels, so I’ll probably give this an episode to impress me. Then I’ll probably read the novels when I get the chance, in like six months.

Breakers: This is a Sports series, which isn’t usually my thing, however this series covers Para-athletes, those athletes who have a disability. So I’m definitely going to give this a watch

Honorable Mentions:

Plunderer: I’m not usually one for the heavy fan service sort of shows, but the premise behind this one is interesting so I’ll be giving it a chance.

Fate/Grand Order Bablyonia: This continues the series that started in the previous season, but I’m secretly hoping that the rumors I’ve heard that they’ll be doing the “missing” episodes on the Temple of Time will be true. For those who are wondering what I mean by “Missing” is the fact that the series is only going to run for 21 episodes, which is 3 less than the typical 24 for a 2-cour series. However given how intertwined the stories of these two particular story arcs are in the Grand Order storyline people have been saying that it’s possible that those three will be used to wrap up the story of the first act of Grand Order. Given how absolutely epic the Temple of Time story is I’m really hoping to see it animated.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Bookish Wednesday: Accidental Mage by Jamie and C.J. Davis

Hey all I’m back with the sequel to Accidental Warrior for this week’s Bookish Wednesday. It’s Accidental Mage by Jamie and C.J. Davis!

Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and honestly it was a huge disappointment compared to the first book. The fact that this ends the trilogy, but not the series, in such a slipshod manner doesn’t make me feel any good will towards the authors for what started out as an interesting and fun LitRPG series. If it sounds like I’m harping on the authors for creating a really bad series, it’s because I am. I was honestly expecting much more from them after the first book, but instead it continually was full of Hal being pompous and a bit of an ass even after he learned the “truth” behind the game. That was forgivable in the first book, because he wasn’t taking the adventure seriously much of the time and he was supposed to be an affable rogue. The later entries however didn’t get that excuse anymore.

Characters: Honestly the evil emperor trope was so overdone and played so straight that I couldn’t take his character seriously, the fact I have trouble remembering his name doesn’t help that fact. The rest of the cast was really quite disappointing as well, with Kay being again kept mostly to Hal’s shadow.

Overall: A terrible ending to the series, the first book was pretty decent, but take that as a standalone and you’d be mostly satisfied. The other entries were just a disappointment.

Anime Sunday: Maou-Sama Retry Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another Summer 2019 series. It’s my Maou-Sama Retry Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is okay, but not really that interesting either. Where as other series appeal to other things, either adventure, romance or comedy, this doesn’t seem to focus on any of that. Honestly this first episode seemed really bland and didn’t capture my attention at all. That’s not a good thing, as I tend to at least want to watch another episode or two, even if I don’t actually have the time to do so. I felt none of that with this series. The plot didn’t get my attention nor did the cast of characters which was incredibly small for even this first episode. In fact the plot goes almost nowhere in this first episode it seems like. I haven’t read the original Light Novel series, but I have little desire to now that I’ve seen this first episode.

Cast: Our main characters are Kunai, the main protagonist and Aku a little girl. Honestly I didn’t really enjoy Aku, and Kunai wasn’t that funny. They seemed rather bland and uninteresting compared to other main characters even though this entire episode seems to focus solely on them.

Art: The art is okay, but nothing special and nowhere near close to my gold standard of ufotable quality.

Music: The music is again okay, nothing special but not super terrible either.

Overall: Skip this series, if even I can’t be engaged by the end of the episode then I highly doubt most other people will really enjoy this series. I could be wrong and it picks up in later episodes, but first impressions do count for a lot and Maou-Sama Retry fails that spectacularly.

For those who: Fantasy, Isekai, Bland Plot and Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Accidental Warrior by Jamie and C.J. Davis

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a sequel to a book I covered over a year ago. It’s Accidental Warrior, Accidental Traveler Book 02, by Jamie and C.J. Davis!

Plot: The plot is okay, but honestly I was disappointed that it took the story where it did. Honestly I didn’t really care for Hal’s annoying antics as much as I had found them endearing in the previous book. The fact that he continued to rely on his Luck stat as much as he did just seemed foolhardy and a tool for blatant Deux Ex Machina whenever the authors felt like it. That said it’s not a completely terrible book, but the story is really not that amazing compared to other stories I’ve read.

Characters:  Honestly I can’t say I enjoyed Hal nearly in this second book as this the first. I could deal with the wise ass comments and the foolhardy nature he displayed since he was a gentleman rogue in the first book, in this book where he is supposed to be a warrior it just makes him look like a tool. Kay isn’t much better, running off and getting captured, again, in a really stupid manner. Honestly I didn’t enjoy the cast of characters in this book.

Overall: An okay sequel, if incredibly predictable and stereotypical.