TNT: Isekai and Tensei

Hey all I’m back with a quick information post on some terms I realize I didn’t explain for some readers. It’s all about Isekai and Tensei!

Isekai, Tensei?: I’ve been throwing these terms around and I really should’ve made an explanatory post a long time ago. My apologies, I do get busy with devouring enough material to keep writing this blog in addition to my book and game reviews.

Isekai is a term that the Japanese have termed for a genre, which literally translates into “Another World”. It revolves around the idea of a character, or characters, being transported in their current bodies into another world completely, often a brand new dimension. Some examples of this is Death March, Shield Hero and Arifureta. There are of course plenty of examples, some I’ve even covered in other columns, but those are some quick and easy ones.

What is Tensei?: Well Tensei translates into “Reincarnation”. However there are couple branches of the genre. These can be termed as Reincarnate and Transmigration.

Reincarnate: This is to completely be born again, from infancy. This is the most standard and typical Tensei route, but there can be some differences between stories. Sometimes characters will remember everything from their past life, other times it’ll just be hazy memories or nothing at all until an event shocks them into remembering. Mushoku Tensei is a good example of this occurring. Rudeus grows up from infancy with memories of his past life. And that influences him greatly in his new one.

Transmigration: This is a little different, as this involves someone’s soul taking over another’s body, often right as they would otherwise die. Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss is an example of this, although there are plenty of other examples out there you could find.

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

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TNT: Peerless Martial God Chapters 121-160 by Jing Wu Hen

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Lin Feng’s journey for strength. It’s Peerless Martial God Chapters 121-160 by Jing Wu Hen!

Plot Synopsis: Lin Feng survived the destruction of his sect, the Yun Hai Sect, and is one of a handful of survivors who didn’t betray the sect before it’s destruction. Unlike the rest though Lin Feng was entrusted with task of bringing the sect back to life when he became stronger and was given the Patriarch’s ring and position before being left in a secret area known only to the protectors of the sect. Overcome with grief at the death of so many of his fellow martial brothers and sisters he eventually leaves the secret temple and in the depths of the Black Wind Mountains he encounters a beautiful young woman who had no name. He named her Meng Qing and agreed to take her out into the outside world, in exchange for stories from his previous life. He encounters a friend, Jing Yun and her young friend Duan Feng, a scion of the Imperial family of Xue Yue. He saves them from bandits and assassins and brings them to the Celestial academy in the Imperial City, and ends up joining the Celestial Academy as a special student, with no strings attached.

Plot: These chapters show the rise of Lin Feng’s fame and power in the rest of the capitol and are probably the best chapters yet, I have to admit that the previous set of chapters were pretty depressing with the death of all the people who were kind to him in the Yun Hai sect except Jing Yun.

Characters:We get introduced to lots of new characters in these chapters, but Wen Ao Xue is my favorite newcomer, he’s mysterious and isn’t an ass just because he’s incredibly powerful. Lin Feng continues to impress, and Meng Qing is a total bad ass female lead as well.

Overall: If you weren’t hooked yet, these chapters show the best strengths of the series as a whole very well.

TNT: Peerless Martial God Chapters 81-120 by Jing Wu Hen

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third set of of chapters in the latest Xianxia Epic I’ve been sucked into. It’s Peerless Martial God Chapters 81-120 by Jing Wu Hen!

Plot Synopsis: Having fended off Na Lan Feng’s assassins and withstanding his darkness spirit awakening, Lin Feng finds himself enhanced with near perfect comprehension and battle awareness. Deciding to use this to his advantage he wrecks the annual meeting in Yangzhou City and promises to right the wrongs he and his father suffered at the hands of the Lin clan and the rest of the city when he returns. Upon returning to the Yun Hai sect Lin Feng decides to undergo the test for advancement and become an inner disciple. However unexpectedly many other sect leaders and famous personages decide to show up unannounced at the test.

Plot: The plot in these 40 chapters takes a quick turn from Lin Feng kicking ass to a more serious note. I won’t spoil anything, but I was honestly shocked at what happened.

Characters: Lin Feng continues to be a favorite character, with Liu Fei becoming a quick favorite of mine as well. Of the newcomers Ming Qing proves to be my personal favorite although she is a bit distant.

Overall: The arc that decides the course of the rest of the series is in the 40 chapters, if you weren’t enjoying it before you will after this set.

TNT: Peerless Martial God Chapters 41-80 by Jing Wu Hen

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This week I’m covering a second set of chapters in one what’s quickly growing to become a favorite series of mine for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday! It’s Peerless Martial God Chapters 41-80 by Jing Wu Hen!

Plot Synopsis: Lin Feng was wrongly accused by a young woman whom he was trying to save while in College and was sentenced to jail. Deciding to take his own life and that of his wrongful accusers he didn’t expect to wake up in the body of another Lin Feng in a totally different reality. This Lin Feng was treated as trash due to his Spirit being “useless”, and was beaten to death. Having decided to restart his life and never be taken advantage of again, Lin Feng discovered he didn’t just have one Spirit, but two a talent so rare that it is almost never seen in his country. After Lin Feng and his father are thrown out of their clan’s home by Lin Feng’s treacherous Second Uncle, Lin Feng decides to take some small revenge by staying in the city and ruining the annual gathering of the young Cultivators of the city.

Plot: The plot after the first 40 chapters quickly get’s rather intense and through this entire set of chapters it doesn’t really abate. Which is awesome, because getting to experience Lin Feng pissed off at people for their arrogance is always entertaining.

Characters: We get introduced to a few more characters, Po Jun and some others, but the real star of the show is Lin Feng. That isn’t to say the other characters are poorly written characters, they aren’t and you’ll never know when you’ll see one pop up in the future, but Lin Feng is just too much of a snarky bad ass.

Overall: If you haven’t started reading this series, I really suggest you do, because it’s quite good.

TNT: Peerless Martial God Chapters 1-40 by Jing Wu Hen

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering another Xianxia from China! It’s Peerless Martial God Chapters 1-40 by Jing Wu Hen!

Plot Synopsis: Lin Feng tried to be the diligent and hard-working good guy. He studied hard, did his best to make his family proud and not get into trouble, but when he saw a girl being taken advantage of, he had to intervene. He had been tricked, sentenced to 10 years in jail and framed for a crime he never committed, all was lost. If his life was over he would take those who ruined his life with him…

Suddenly he opens his eyes again. He is not dead, but alive in the body of the Lin Feng of a different world. This Lin Feng had been killed for being a worthless piece of trash…

Plot: The plot starts off similarly to many other Xianxia, but what really sets it apart from others is the fact that Lin Feng truly learned from his past lives and vehemently refuses to take shit from anyone ever again. It’s awesome, we get to see him vocally tear apart foes with words and make them look like fools. I’d totally prefer him as President over certain foul-mouthed orange sponges, but that’s a story for another day. These first forty chapters are all about establishing the foundation for Lin Feng, and while it may start off slow in these forty chapters it’s incredibly worth reading, not to mention it’s a blast to do so.

Characters: Lin Feng is probably tied with Yun Che and Nie Li for being one of my favorite main characters in all of Xianxia, though I haven’t read too much compared to other countries stories.  His father Lin Hai is also pretty awesome, and I really enjoy Han Man, he’s really straightforward, although not necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed. Liu Fei is probably my favorite female character of the series thus far, but I have a soft spot for bad ass archer women.

Overall: Definitely worth reading, it’s one of the better ones out there, and the plot and cast are awesome.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Xianxia, Martial Arts, Reincarnation, Witty Dialogue, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.

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