This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first book in a just recently completely translated series! It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 01 by Toika!\
Plot Synopsis: Left out during the elementary school picnic. Left out during the middle school camp. Left out during the high school trip. I finally became a college student, and what? I’m left out from all of humanity? Yu IlHan watches over the earth alone while everybody’s away in other worlds…
Plot: The plot in this first book (each book is 25 chapters long excepting the final book which is 24) is pretty awesome. I mean I don’t think I’ve ever really enjoyed reading about a person like Yu IlHan before. He is the biggest loner in the universe. But it was very interesting and entertaining with tons of references to a bunch of Asian pop culture ranging from Doraemon to Digimon.
Characters: Yu IlHan is an awesome main character, frankly he’s probably one of my favorites of all time thus far. He’s scary smart, except about himself, but he’s also pretty hilarious. Lita is also quite fun, although she’s really not around that much in these chapters. Erta is also pretty funny, although she is prone to info dump, it’s usually pretty important info. The rest of the cast we get to meet in this book is great as well, although we’ve got a small amount compared to later on.
Overall: If you love the Isekai Genre this is a great take on it, but it’s also an awesome LitRPG at the same time. This is a must read for pretty much everyone, it’s a pretty awesome series.
For those who like: Isekai, LitRPG, Action, Adventure, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first arc in a new series I haven’t covered before. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 1 by Onikage Spanner!
Plot Synopsis: “Hey, hurry up and massacre those bandits!” “No way, I don’t want to work…” Spending my daily life in leisure, that was my pastime—until I was summoned into another world and met a blonde loli introducing herself as Dungeon Core No. 695. “Save my dungeon. By the way, if the dungeon core is destroyed, you’ll also go down with me as the dungeon master.”A dungeon with a single room. Moreover, one already controlled by bandits. This is a [Checkmate] no matter how you look at it. Guess there’s nothing to do but somehow get out of this situation so that I can [Not Work]!!
Plot: I don’t think I’ve ever read from a lazier protagonists’ point of view ever. I mean Keima is smart, but damn is he super lazy. The plot is excellent though.
Characters: I have to admit I like Keima, even if he’s a lazy punk. Rokuko is also pretty interesting, in an adorable airhead sort of way. The rest of the cast is pretty small in this first arc however.
Overall: This is a solid start to a pretty good series, if you can get over the fact that the main desire of the protagonist is to literally lay around in bed all day, everyday.
This week for Manga Monday I’m doing another Quick Review! It’s Inukai x Tribe by Harada Anjyu!
Plot Synopsis: In this world, there are those who look like humans but are actually beings with supernatural power. In order to respond to crimes committed by these kinds of people, an organization that employs some of their number has been established.
Plot: The plot was pretty good, although I’m thinking I read the original One Shot that got the series serialized. That isn’t to say it’s bad, the One Shot is wonderful, but I don’t know how different it will be from the actual serialized series. Despite that I was genuinely intrigued despite the often gruesome nature of the artwork. That might just be my love for any and all Mythology though.
Characters: The three main characters we got introduced to in this One Shot were pretty great, my favorite being the Kitsune girl (whose name unfortunately escapes me at the moment.) The other two were interesting though.
Art: The art was great, and sometimes rather graphic but I didn’t mind that all too much because of all the Japanese mythological monsters drawn out.
Overall: Giving this a tentative go ahead, I know I’ll be reading the rest of the series soon.
I’m back with a guilty pleasure game from my childhood for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s all about Rampage World Tour!
Plot Synopsis: George, Lizzie, and Ralph have been released due to an explosion at a Scumlabs facility. The trio begin to destroy all of Scumlabs’ bases scattered throughout the world.
Plot: I totally didn’t even remember that this game had a plot, but that was never the draw.
Gameplay: It’s like one of those old arcade side scrolling punch em up games, except your main targets are buildings and you just beat the crap out of it with your fists and occasionally eat your friends if they were untransformed by losing too much health.The game was fun to a kid, but it’d probably get boring to me really quickly.
Music: Don’t remember it much, but it definitely had that old arcade feel.
Art: Pixel graphics make this a pretty timeless classic.
Overall: It’s probably worth an hour of your time, but probably not much more.
For those who like: Old games, Arcade Style Games, Timeless Art.
This week on Manga Monday I’m covering a series that I recently read and enjoyed. It’s Zetman by Masakazu Katsura!
Plot Synopsis: The story starts off with a face-off between two rival heroes, ZET and Alfaaz, and then traces their origins.
Plot: The plot is incredibly dark and gritty, and if you are expecting anything happy in this series you’ll be disappointed. I thought Gantz was a screwed up series prior to reading this and then realized that it pales in comparison to Zetman. There are very violent scenes in this series, including scenes of Rape, Murder, Lots of Gore etc. This is not a kid’s series.
Characters: I enjoy most of the cast, because nearly all of them are believable, except for the monsters who are just plain terrifying and will probably give you nightmares. Jin and Kouga are two sides of a coin and it’s interesting to see them interact with their differing ideals.
Art: It’s dark, gritty and totally suits the series. It’s also really freaking detailed, which is probably part of why it’s such a good series.
Overall: If you can get over the hyper violent nature of the series, it’s got an amazing plot that will twist your hearstrings and make you more empathetic for humanity, at least for those of us that aren’t idiots or asshats to the rest of the world.
For those who like: Action, Superheroes, Dark Plots, Super Violent Series, Incredibly Fantastically Detailed Characters and Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, especially the violence part.
This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that really isn’t for children. It’s Re: Monster by Kanekiru Kogitsune.
Plot Synopsis: Tomokui Kanata has been re-incarnated into the weakest race of a goblin, and received a new name,Rou, after having undergone an unfortunate death. However goblin Rou has retained his previous life’s memories, gained an unusual evolution, and kept his ability to gain skills from eating his foes.
In this alternate world of survival of the fittest, events unfold. Will a goblin party become the heroes of this world, in a delightful twist from your usual scenario? will he become a hero of this world, or a dark overlord dominating over everyone else?
Plot: So uhh yea, Rou is a cannibal and doesn’t really care all that much about doing such things. This series really isn’t for the squeamish or faint of heart. The plot is also fairly dark, as it deals with subjects that most people find revolting, like cannibalism which is the least revolting of them.
Art: The art is alright, I think it’s nothing amazing, but it fits this series really well.
Overall: If you don’t mind the yuck factor this series is amazing and well worth the read.
For those who like: Anti-Heroes as Protagonists, Dark Fantasy, Dark Plot Lines.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or particularly disturbing scenes.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that is amazing, if only it wasn’t on hiatus! It’s D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino!
Plot Synopsis: D.Gray-man follows the adventures of 15-year-old Allen Walker, whose left arm can transform into a monstrous claw and destroy Akuma (Japanese for ‘nightmare’), evolving machines created by the Millennium Earl to help him destroy humanity. As ordered by his master, General Cross Marian, Allen becomes an Exorcist, one of the people who can destroy Akuma for the Black Order, an organization attempting to stop the Earl.
Plot: The plot is fairly dark and serious, and it’s definitely a good read, if the series wasn’t on hiatus so often. It’s as bad as Hunter x Hunter for going on hiatus. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to read one day that the series has been cancelled permanently.
Characters: The cast is amazingly intricate and while some of them are just jerks they all have their reasons for being jerks, except the Earl who is just a creepy guy period.
Art: The art is great, and while it’s darker than most Shonen Jump series it’s refreshing.
Overall: If you don’t mind the fact that this might never get finished you should read it!
For those who like: Horror, Action, Shonen Jump series, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a series that might never be finished.