Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 27-32 by Aternus

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Serial Saturday with another set of chapters in Rainer’s story. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 27-32 by Aternus!

Plot: Having fled successfully from the world of Nalmar after having been trapped by the Arch-Lich, Rainer and his friends are now getting ready to tackle Rainer’s advancement to the 2nd Tier of classes, but first they have some unfinished business in the area…

Plot: This is a rather fun set of chapters, as it brings us a side of Rainer that wasn’t fully explored quite yet, although it was hinted at. I won’t say more, because that’d be super spoilerific.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but the stars are still Rainer and his friends.

Overall: A solid, if a bit less action packed set of chapters.

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TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 104-126 by Kumanano

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with more of Yuna’s adventures. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 104-126 by Kumanano!

Plot Synopsis: Having traveled over, and than back through, a mountain to the Seaside Village of Mireera and resolved multiple issues in the town and it’s waters, Yuna is now relaxing back in Crimonia. But now that’s she’s back she’s hungry for some new things….

Plot: This is just more of Yuna being Yuna, by which I mean she does whatever the hell she wants.

Characters: We don’t get a bunch of new characters this time around, mostly it’s just Yuna doing as she pleases.

Overall: A fun, but not terribly new set of chapters. Thankfully this is the only lull thus far.

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 10-18 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Rainer’s adventures. It’s The Arcane Emperor Chapters 10-18 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time. Where status screens were accepted as normal and class distinctions were quite clear. Leveling and achieving a class beyond a simple farmer or peddler was an affair of life and death combined with years of hard training. Goblins were not the fodder that they should be, orcs filled bedtime stories in order to scare children into behaving, and a dragon? You might as well pack up and move to another country. He, however, enters this world with the rare and powerful class of the Arcanist. How will the recently ardent seeker of magic find greater heights, or will he land in deeper depths?

Plot: This second set of chapters really moves the plot along. Honestly I had a blast reading these chapters a while back, enough so that I’m seriously thinking about re-reading the series since the author has started up again. Rainer and Luna’s adventures however have really just started and this set of chapters highlights that fact.

Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters, but honestly my favorite might just be Gunthar. Kara comes a close second though. That being said I still find Rainer to be an awesome lead, who is neither dense nor a dumbass.

Overall: A really awesome set of chapters that highlights the best parts of this series. If you haven’t started reading, you ought to do so.

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 1-9 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series that I was hoping the author would start updating again, and they did so I’ve decided to cover it. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 1-9 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather, walking on walls. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time…

Plot: The plot of this series is pretty freaking awesome, and while there are some who might say that it’s generic and uninnovative, I would say that it doesn’t matter as it’s done in a way that is highly enjoyable and entertaining. I was really disappointed that the author had a 6 month break, but now that they have started updating again I’m quite happy and hopeful that it will get the finish that it deserves.

Characters: Rainer is a pretty awesome male lead, he’s quite genre savy and while he was trying to walk on a wall, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying the hell out of the mishap. The rest of the cast is rather small, and I won’t spoil it by giving out names, it is quite an enjoyable cast at this time.

Overall: A solid and rather excellent series, that takes the Isekai genre and carves it into what could be a masterpiece.

For those who like: Fantasy, LitRPGs, Isekai, Drama, Action, Adventure, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but I highly suggest giving this series a shot.

Serial Saturday: Kuro’s Days Chapters 1-13 by Branya

This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering a real oddball series. It’s Kuro’s Days Chapters 1-13 by Branya!

Plot Synopsis: I was a 30-year-old good for nothing, but because I had run out of food, I had to rely on my only hope. Expired instant noodles… When I finally awoke, I found myself as my loli game character from the game Skyrim in a magical cyberpunk world. I could tell that this new life was not a game and it would be a struggle just to survive. I experienced too much unreasonableness in my life. This time, I will absolutely live a happy life in this new world. Huh? You say instant noodles don’t expire? I also believed that, but in reality, they can….

Plot: Like I said, an oddball series. Honestly this is a self insert fiction that takes the main character’s abilities from Skyrim. It’s not that great, amusing at times, but not that great.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty odd, and while they aren’t lacking depth, they don’t have a ton of it either. Also Kuro is a huge pervert, so if that is a deal breaker you’ll really want to stay away from this series.

Overall: You can find a lot better series out there, but you can also find worse ones. This has it’s own amusing moments, but it’s got no overall plot, and really just showcases the protagonist’s daily life as she gets used to the new world she finds herself in.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, mediocrity, or perverted lead characters.

TNT: The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 1-26 by Kumanano

I’m covering a series I’m rather fond of for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma Chapters 1-26 by Kumanano!

Plot Synopsis: Yuna, a 15 years old girl started playing the world’s first VRMMO. She has earned billions of yen in stocks. She confines herself in her house playing the game without going to school. Today, a huge update has arrived. She obtains a non-transferable rare bear outfit. But the equipment is so embarrassing that she can’t wear it even in the game. Furthermore, when she answers the survey regarding the new update and relaunches the game, she appears in unknown forest in a bear outfit. Where is this? Email from God? Different world? If she wears the bear outfit she’s completely overpowered, but if she takes it off she’s a normal girl. Her adventure starts just like that, with Yuna doing as she likes.

Plot: This is an incredibly laid back series, and honestly a great change of pace series for those who are swamped by various action packed novels or games. This is probably one of my favorite Light Novels just for that quality, not to mention Yuna is a bad ass girl who is crazy smart. While most Isekai novels have male leads who go off to defeat the “Demon King” or the like, Yuna just doesn’t give a shit and does what she likes. Sort of like the honey badger, but way more adorable.  The fact that she’s pretty much stuck in a Bear Onesie is just icing on the cake.

Characters: This is a story completely centered around Yuna, and she’s the star of the story. That’s not a bad thing, as she’s a rather awesome lead character. That being said the rest of the cast is just as fun, and Fina is probably my favorite side character. That or the guild receptionist.

Overall: A hilarious and laid back read. If you want a good change of pace or just a good laugh, The Bears Bear a Bare Kuma is just the thing for you.

For those who like: Isekai, Fantasy, Magic, Overpowered Lead, Awesome Female Lead Characters, Fantastic Plot, Great Cast of Characters. Oh and Teddy Bears.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above. But how can you hate all that? Like really, what are you? A monster?

Video Game Tuesday: Mods and Achievements

This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m covering a topic I’ve been thinking about recently. It’s all about Mods and Achievements!

What?: So I’ve been thinking about how most PC games when you install a mod automatically disable any achievements so you can’t earn them when you use mods. I personally think that it really depends on the mods used because some mods are not at all impacting gameplay at all. Some are just for fun, like replacing Skyrim’s Dragon’s 3D Model with Macho Man Randy Savage, which is both disturbing and hilarious. Others are game breaking mods that make you a god, literally in some cases, and completely break all game balance. That’s just how it is with most games.  But should installing a mod at all automatically disable achievements? I tend to think no, firstly because most achievements in games are pretty easy to get, and just require you to perform certain actions in a given scenario. World of Warcraft allows for tons of mods, like Deadly Boss Mods and they don’t disable achievements upon installation. Of course mods for World of Warcraft are much more restricted compared to a single player game like Skyrim, because it’s a multiplayer game and you can’t make a mod that automatically plays the game for you. That would be outright cheating and everyone knows that.

But mods are cheating!: Are they really though? I mean just changing the 3D Model of a Skyrim Dragon to look like some WWE star isn’t really impacting your game. If anything it’s a hindrance because you’re laughing too much and get roasted by the Dragon. There are also plenty of difficulty mods that up the difficulty of the game in question and allow for players to really have to work for progress.

They’re still cheating!: I mean we could go over this all day, and I’m too lazy to do so. But think about this, is a mod that improves texture resolution or heightens the difficulty really cheating? It’s not in my book, and even developers would be hard pressed to say that they are in my experience.

Mod’s can enable achievements!: Yep there are mods out there to do just that for many games that disable achievements upon mod installation. Skyrim and Fallout are key examples of that.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below!