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.

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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.

TNT: My Favorite Japanese Novels

Hey all this week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a continuation of last week’s topic. It’s all about My Favorite Japanese Novels! Warning there will be some major spoilers for Arifureta and Mushoku Tensei this time around!

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Serial Saturday: Siphon Chapters 1-36 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series that just had it’s first volume published. It’s Siphon Chapters 1-36 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while it’s nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary it is a fun read. It reminds me of series like Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, in that it’s more Slice of Life than anything action oriented. That isn’t to say there aren’t action parts, but they are few and far between. The plot starts off a little slow, and Jade our main character is apt to break out in song which can be a little grating, but given her background I don’t find it super annoying.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, but Jade our lead is definitely the star of the show. My favorite side character is either Camille or Stephen, but I’ve got a hard time choosing which.

Overall: A fun and lighter read than some of the LitRPG series out there in the English market so far. If you enjoy Slice of Life Siphon will be an awesome choice.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Isekai, LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Female Leads, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but you should give this a try.

TNT: My Favorite Korean Novels

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday with a topic that I get asked about somewhat often. It’s all about My Favorite Korean Novels that I’ve read thus far!

Legendary Moonlight Sculptor: One of the first LitRPGs I ever read, LMS is both a classic and a must read. Weed is a such an unusual main character for those who have never read a Korean novel before. It’s definitely a gateway novel that should be on any LitRPG novelist’s must-read list. It’s honestly a pity that the translations drop in quality severely after the first twenty volumes, but hopefully it’ll be fully translated in a few years with a decent quality. I don’t think that it’s going to happen, but one can always hope right?

Everybody Else is a Returnee: This is a nice twist on the Isekai genre, in that the main character Is literally the only person in the entire world not transported. Yu Il-Han is a fun lead character who is incredibly genre savvy, which is a nice change of pace from some of the dense idiot leads who are so often Isekai main characters. Even better is the fact that the entire series is fully translated into English.

Breakers: This series is a great take on the Tensei genre, with the main character again being very genre savvy. The fact that he has to scrounge his way to the top and isn’t completely overpowered from the start is also great. Sure he has knowledge about events, but he has to use his head to get out situations he finds himself in.

That’s it for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday!

Serial Saturday: The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami

Hey all I’m back with a series the author of Our Chaoz; Our Reality requested me to review. It’s  The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami!

Plot: The plot is a lot darker than OC:OR, and while that’s a good thing for a lot of readers I don’t particularly enjoy it all that much myself. This is a personal issue that ties into my own psyche and how I immerse myself into stories I enjoy. Frankly while the story is quite good in my opinion, I won’t be continuing with the series until it’s finished as I’m hoping for a happy ending to the entire story. One thing I will say is that this series takes place in the same universe as OC:OR so some things will be familiar for those who read that series.

Characters: Our main character is Erik, and he’s a bit of an asshole at the beginning of the story. By the end of this first book I actually enjoyed him as a character. However my favorite character is probably Thea, because she’s got very good depth as a character and I enjoy her personality and what she does for Erik. The rest of the cast is equally good as well, but for me the stars are Thea and Erik.

Grammar: There are occasional small issues, but for the most part this is easily readable and not hard on the eyes at all like some of the other stuff you’ll find online written by novice authors.

Overall: A good book, and series. If you enjoyed the darker parts of Our Chaoz; Our Reality you’ll love The Dragon Within.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Great Plot, Awesome Characters, Good Grammar.

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

TNT: House Magic Chapters 1-29 by Amaui Shiro

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first arc in another Isekai series. It’s House Magic Chapters 1-29 by Amaui Shiro!

Plot Synopsis: Living carefree at home is the greatest shortcut—- My house is the world’s greatest magic power spot, that being the case both my house and I were summoned to another world by some guys who were aiming for it. However, I’ve been living in this place for many years and my body is, apparently, abnormally overflowing with magic. Due to some unforeseen circumstances by those guys who summoned me, they quickly ran away….

Plot: The plot is really quite bland, which is made worse by the fact that the main character Daichi is a lazy ass bum. He wants nothing more than to sleep and that’s his driving goal in life.

Characters: Other than Daichi, who like I said above is very much a lazy bum and incredibly one dimensional, the rest of the cast is pretty okay. However due to how freaking dense the guy is, it makes only for a frustrating experience.

Overall: Skip this series, it’s really not that great.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Overpowered Protagonists, Lazy Protagonists.

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