Anime Sunday: Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one last series from the Winter 2017 Season. It’s my Youjo Senki Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Youjo Senki takes place in an alternate world’s version of World War I, but there are mages who take the place of aerial support instead of biplanes. In the Rhine there is one very young lieutenant who despite her incredibly young age is quickly gaining her foothold in this world. But there is something a little odd about her and her speech that makes her seem much older than she is…

Plot: The plot of this first episode is really intense, it’s pretty much nonstop action the entire time, and while there are some more low key sections in the episode they are only low key in the term that there isn’t any physical combat occurring. I really enjoyed this first episode and while I have yet to watch the entire season’s worth of episodes it will be watched in the next few days. However based on this first episode I’ll be incredibly surprised if I don’t love the hell out of it.

Characters: Tanya Degurechaff is our heroine, and she’s a feisty little girl who somehow ended up on the front lines in the Rhine theater. She’s not the typical heroine, and that’s all I’ll say about her. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, although Vicky is probably going to end up being my favorite side character.

Art: The art is excellent, by a studio I’ve never heard of NUT before. It was quite well done. I hope the quality sticks throughout the entire run of episodes.

Music: The music was equally as good, although we really didn’t get to hear the opening and ending themes I’m going to guess they are just as good.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch for any Anime fan. Although the subject matter is probably not appropriate for children so don’t watch with them.

For those who like: Fantasy, Military, War Fiction, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork, Great Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really you ought to give this a chance.

Manga Monday: Kioh x Kioh by Muranaka Souta


This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-Shot! It’s Kioh x Kioh by Muranaka Souta!

Plot Synopsis: What will Kioh do when he meets his alter ego from another dimension?! And what’s this….

Plot: The plot is very fast paced, but given that it’s a one-shot it’s not surprising. Frankly I would love to read a serialization of this series, maybe one day it’ll actually happen. Doubtful, but one can hope right?

Characters: Kioh is a pretty stubborn male lead, although his alter ego is just as stubborn. Frankly I prefer his alter ego over the normal one. Inutsuki, the only other character we really get to meet is pretty hilarious though.

Art: The art is very good, frankly I’m sad that this series wasn’t serialized, it could have a lot of potential.

Overall: For a good short story with some supernatural elements, Kioh x Kioh is a very good pick to read.

For those who like: One-Shots, Action, Supernatural, Drama, Great Cast of Characters, Good Plot, Awesome Artwork.

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

TNT: I’m Really a Superstar Chapters 1-40 by Chang Yu


This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a series I just started reading the other week! It’s I’m Really a Superstar Chapters 1-40 by Chang Yu!

Plot Synopsis: Zhang Ye was originally a mundane college graduate, cursed with below average looks and height but with aspiring dreams of becoming famous. However one day, he woke up and suddenly found himself in a parallel world! In this new world, most things were similar to his previous world but there existed subtle differences, be it: brands, celebrities or even famous works!

Armed with the knowledge of his previous world and a heaven-defying Game Ring that gives him magical items, stats and skills, Zhang Ye embarks on a journey to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a celebrity.Follow Zhang Ye as he takes the new world by storm, one plagiarized piece at a time, to hilarious reactions!

Plot: These first forty chapters are Zhang Ye’s foundation building chapters and while the real hilarity hasn’t even begun, these chapters are still hilarious. I laughed so hard I cried about every other chapter. If that doesn’t tell you how good this is, I can’t help you.

Characters: Zhang Ye is an amazing main character, he’s pretty fearless and doesn’t take crap from anyone, even if he’s a shameless thief. The rest of the cast is great as well, I particularly like Rao Aimin his landlady. She’s very, very vicious with her tongue and I love it.

Overall: If you want to laugh, this is a must read series. I can’t state how much I love this series enough, stop reading my words and go read this series (for a while please, not forever).

For those who like: Comedy, Shamelessness, Drama, Slice of Life, Laughing, Waking Up Your Neighbors from Laughter, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but if you hate all of that I feel really sad for you.

Anime Sunday: ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions


This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first half of the hour long premier of my most anticipated Anime of this season! It’s my ReZero Episode 01 First Half Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked.

Plot: Subaru is a huge nerd and it’s quite amusing to see his reaction to his sudden transportation to a different world. It’s not nearly as sophomoric as KonoSuba from last season which is great, but it’s not nearly as serious as Grimgal either, though I’ve only watched the first half of the first episode since it’s an hour long.

Characters: Satella is a great female lead, and even though we don’t know too much about her back story yet, I’m pretty sure she’s dealt with huge racial discrimination from just being who she is. Subaru on the other hand being someone from Modern Earth, isn’t so hung up on it so it’s refreshing to see a character who just is happy to be somewhere new.

Art: The animation is done by a studio called White Fox, a studio I’ve never heard of but I’m loving this first half thus far so I’m happy for now! The art is wonderfully animated, although one small complaint is that the random people on the street that just pass by seem to be CG rather than animation. That is really my only complaint and I’ll probably get over it quickly.

Music: The music in this first half was wonderful, and while we didn’t get to experience the opening or ending themes yet, I’m hoping it will match the series well.

Overall: I’m pretty sure that this doesn’t feel like the calm before the storm sort of episode, but damn if it isn’t well done and I’m super excited for this series to continue. It will also be a 2-cour series, which means plenty of time for plot pacing to be properly done.

Bookish Wednesday: Magician by Raymond E. Feist


This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a book I recently read and found pretty good. It’s Magician by Raymond E. Feist!

Plot Synopsis: In the twelfth year of the reign of Rodric the Fourth, an orphaned kitchen boy named Pug is made an apprentice magician to the magician Kulgan in Crydee.

Plot: I’m not going to spoil much, but I’ll say I didn’t see some of the twists in this book coming, although I did see others. That being said for a book written in 1982 it’s not bad and it doesn’t fall into as many pitfalls like so many other books of it’s time did.

Characters: Pug is pretty great, although my favorite character would probably be Arutha, because he takes no nonsense. The cast is all great though.

Overall: This is a great book, and entry point to what looks to be a promising series I’ve never read, or heard of, and I’m personally looking forward to reading more.

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

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