TNT: The New Gate Volume 01 by Kazanami Shinogi

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a Light Novel I read last summer! It’s The New Gate Volume 01 by Kazanami Shinogi!

Plot Synopsis: “THE NEW GATE”, an online game that trapped its players and turned into a death game, was now releasing the thousands of players that had been dragged into it, thanks to the efforts of Shin, one of the most powerful players. But after having defeated the last boss and freed everyone, he was swallowed up by a strange light.

Plot: Does that sound like Sword Art Online? Good because it takes that premise and then ditches it promptly. That isn’t to say there aren’t similarities between the two series, or this series and others, but it’s not really at all like Sword Art Online. I won’t spoil the real twist to the series, but needless to say I found it refreshing.

Characters: Shin is the main character and it’s kind of nice to see a guy just enjoy what he encounters. That isn’t to say he isn’t freaked out, but it’s nice to see someone take his situation and have a good time. The series doesn’t really introduce the main female lead in this volume, but we do get hints to her identity. However Tiera is a wonderful stand in for this volume and hell she might actually end up being the female lead, though I somewhat don’t think that will be the case. The rest of the cast is interesting as well.

Art: The art is nice and gritty compared to other Light Novels, which is a nice change of pace for me.

Overall: An excellent read, and one I’ll recommend to any fantasy lovers.

For those who like: Fantasy, Adventure, Fun, Action, Excellent Cast of Characters, Great Plot, Awesome Artwork.

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

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TNT: Death March Volume 01 by Ainana Hiro

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This week I’m back with another series I recently read and enjoyed immensely. It’s Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku Volume 01, or Death Marching to the Parallel World Rhapsody in English, by Ainana Hiro!

Plot Synopsis: Suzuki Satou, an adult programmer, suddenly notices that he’s thrown into another world wearing his casual clothes at level 1. He gained an insanely high level and many treasures after using the 3-times-disposable-magic, Meteor Shower, one time. After that he intend to go around on another world “sightseeing tour”!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and isn’t intensely serious like Arifureta or Tate no Yuusha, but it’s still great. I really enjoy the fact that Satou doesn’t really want to go home, he just wants to go sightseeing, as it’s a relatively novel premise (pun intended).

Characters: Satou is a great lead, and the rest of the cast is also pretty exceptional. Well except for Satou’s naming sense which is absolutely crap. Riza is probably my favorite of the female cast in volume 01.

Art: I read the Web Novel so I only took a peak at the Light Novels artwork, but it seems pretty good.

Overall: This is well worth your time to read, it’s pretty funny and it has enough seriousness to be enjoyable.

For those who like: Action, Fantasy, Parallel Worlds, Magic, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Plot.

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