Anime Sunday: Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise.  It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.

Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.

Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.

Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Serial Saturday: Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second volume of the Siphon series. It’s Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: First let me say that yes I do know that there is an audiobook release of this already out, but I had this post planned for a while and had a rough draft stored in my notes of my thoughts on the original unedited version on RoyalRoad so I won’t be covering the released versions until the third book is released.

With that out of the way let me say that this second entry in the series was pretty good and covered a ton of threads that came up by the end of the first book and has Jade actually attending the school Dracona that was teased way back in the first few chapters. There were some points where I cringed, but that might just be due to Jade being a dork at times.

Characters: We get to meet a bunch of new characters in this entry, which makes sense given all the new people she has to meet at Dracona. Of the newcomers I think Brady is my favorite, if only because he is the small blades teacher and I’ve always loved the rogue archetype. The rest of the cast is good, although there were some characters that felt a bit forced that may or may not show up in the edited release.

Overall: A solid entry, although I do wish the author was more timely with her releases I am given to understand she has been dealing with health issues.

Bookish Wednesday: To Serve and Protect by Glynn Stewart

This week I’m back with a book in one of my favorite genres. It’s To Serve and Protect, ONSET Book 01, by Glynn Stewart.

Plot: Let me get this out of the way, I absolutely despise this book, I’m not going to pull punches, and the fact that this book is an Urban Fantasy is as bad a blight on the genre as Twilight is. The plot is bland, uninsipired and completely nonsensical in terms of power levels for most of the story. Then there’s the constant repetition of the title phrase over and over and over again. It’s fine to make the title a part of the plot, but it is not okay to constantly bludgeon your readers with that phrase. After about the 5th time every time I saw someone say those words I wanted to throttle Mr. Stewart. By the end of the book I was thoroughly done with putting up with the nonsense title, and the almost complete lack of humor throughout the book was unacceptable to me. For me humor has always been a good sign of writing and the lack of it in this book just showcases how poor a writer Mr. Stewart is to me, especially when some of the best Urban Fantasy books I’ve read have humor in truckloads.

Characters: We get a small town cop that gets roped into the supernatural and is one of the most unlikable main characters I’ve ever read. David White is one dimensional, boring and all around a complete and total tool. The rest of the cast is no better, honestly every time a character died I cheered. I don’t tend to do that for characters ever, but because of the awful writing this book has I couldn’t wait for every single character to die a horrible death if it would spare me from hearing the stupid title phrase again. It’s a pity that David has a boatload of plot armor and does not die some horrible death, which is pretty obvious when you consider that this is the first book in a series about the character.

Overall: Stay far away from this book, series and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say author as well. Mr. Stewart took all the good things about Urban Fantasy and completely and utterly ruined them. If you want a good Urban Fantasy go read the Demon Accords series by John Conroe, it’s actually well written, has an amazing plot and cast of characters and is actually funny without any repetition of the title every single freaking chapter.

Anime Sunday: Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with the first Spring 2019 series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Kenja no Mago Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, the main character is quite clueless about how ridiculous he is and it’s quite frankly hilarious. I mean sure it’s hitting all the standard Isekai/Tensei plot devices, but the fact it does it well and in such humorous ways is awesome in my opinion. Whether this stays the case for however long the series airs, and I’m hoping for a 2-cour here, remains to be seen of course. But I have high hopes that this will be a fun series to watch.

Characters: Shin is our lead, and while he seems to have his head on right, he is quite lacking in the common sense department, which is the main plot device that is seen in this episode. Frankly I found it to be hilarious like I said above, but for some this might not be to their liking. The rest of the cast we see in this episode is pretty interesting, with Merlin being just as comedic in his actions, if not manner, as Shin. Frankly though my favorite character was Melida, if only because she seems to have the most common sense of the bunch, which leads to her throttling Merlin which like I said is funny as all hell.

Art: This is not the best animated series, but it’s also far from the worst and there could be much worse studios working on this series other than Silver Link, but it’s not even close to my gold standard ufotable’s level of quality.

Music: The musical score was pretty good in this first episode, though I didn’t hear the theme songs.

Overall: A fun series, though cliched it does so in a way that makes you really not care all that much about it and just enjoy the story.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Fantasy, Magic, Overpowered Main Characters, Good Plot, Funny Cast of Characters, Decent Artwork, Good Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Radiant Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my thoughts on the first foreign made Manga series’s Anime Adaptation. It’s my Radiant Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is pretty much standard Shonen fare, so it’s nothing spectacular. That being said, consider that a Frenchman makes the original source material and you might begin to see how it is noteworthy for how it sticks to the formula. Still this isn’t a really groundbreaking series in terms of story at least in this first episode. That may change in later episodes or in the original Manga but it wasn’t present in the first episode.

Characters: Seth is our main character and he’s pretty much the standard Shonen protagonist. Kid with big dreams and generally no real way to go about achieving them. The rest of the cast that was introduced in this episode isn’t too interesting either, but it’s not bad. It just didn’t hold my interest other than being noteworthy for the reasons stated above.

Art: The art is pretty well done, and while I haven’t watched later episodes if it sticks to this first episode’s level of quality it’ll be a good series in terms of art. That said it’s again nothing spectacular and not amazing like a ufotable production.

Music: The music is pretty standard Shonen, again. You’ll be noticing that this is a pattern, but once more it’s not particularly outstanding, nor is it particularly terrible.

Overall: Worth a watch for those who enjoy Shonen shows, but those who have little interest in them will find Radiant only interesting in what it could mean for future series.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama, Shonen Stories.

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

Anime Sunday: Tensura Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another new series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Tensura Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This first episode is pretty focused on the Mikami’s life in Modern Day Japan, and while it does get us to the first big plot point it’s taking it’s time. So those wanting a ton of action will probably be disappointed. I wasn’t one of those people however as I’m really happy they’re taking a slow pace with the series and doing the story justice. I will admit I’ve read the Light Novels this is adapted from, and seeing it take such a slow pace when compared to the frenetic pace other adaptations have done in the past is really good.

Characters: Mikami is a pretty standard dude, honestly he’s kind of boring. Thankfully the rest of the story will make up for that, and Veldora was awesome to see in the Anime. Veldora was a very fun character. We don’t get to meet much of the cast though, but since it’s just the first episode that’s okay.

Art: The art is pretty awesome, and while it’s not ufotable quality Studio 8-Bit did a pretty darn good job.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not that intense in this first episode so who knows how the rest of the series will handle music.

Overall: An excellent adaptation, with good pacing and excellent artwork.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Action, Adventure,Awesome Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Outstanding Artwork, Good Music.

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

Serial Saturday: Azarinth Healer Chapters 01-09 by Rhaegar

This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering another new series. It’s Azarinth Healer Chapters 01-09 by Rhaegar!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and considering that the author states upfront that he’s a complete amateur it’s refreshingly well written. It is a LitRPG mixed with Isekai elements, but don’t expect our hero to be going off to slay demon lords to save the world. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a very fun read and these first few chapters are a great start.

Characters: We really only get to meet Ilea in these first few chapters, and that’s okay as she’s quirky and intelligent and very much a badass. The cast does fill out later on.

Grammar: The grammar is very well done, and given that the author went through the trouble of revising their errors out of the early chapters is a very good sign for the longevity of the series, at least in my opinion.

Overall: A fun read, and well worth the read.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Isekai, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Adventure, Female Leads, Interesting Plot, Good Grammar.

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