Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 48-67 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with more chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 48-67 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Having come to the decision to attempt to negotiate with the Dezol legions, the Blood Pack Mercenaries are now dealing with the aftermath of the attack of the Demon Prince and a new recruit to the guild. But how much will change with their changing allegiances? How will forces from both the Divine and Mortal worlds will react to this sudden change?…

Plot: This is probably one of the bigger turning points in the series, and this entire set of chapters really reflects that. It’s a fun ride as well.

Characters: We get to meet a ton of new people, but mostly it’s still focused on those we know. Sparta is a great new addition to the cast though.

Overall: A solid set of chapters that comes right after one of the more bizarre plot twists I’ve ever seen.

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Bookish Wednesday: Cherry Blossom Girls by Harmon Cooper

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG, sort of. It’s Cherry Blossom Girls by Harmon Cooper!

Plot Synopsis: I was a just normal guy until the night the cherry blossoms bloomed, the night that Grace appeared on my doorstep. A failed sci-fi writer, a gamer, but a normal guy nonetheless. Grace was everything I was not, a psychic shifter, beautiful beyond my wildest imagination, a government conspiracy waiting to be unraveled…

Plot: The plot of this is rather bland. Honestly while it takes a ton of influences, and states what those are, it also isn’t turning it into something new or interesting. If you’ve ever read the original Elfen Lied manga you’ll know the story of the book pretty freaking quick. It’s not new, and it’s not that great. Another thing against it is that the book is constantly swamped with our main character’s, Gideon, thoughts. It’s also a plot point, Gideon is constantly thinking about things, and usually in a rather stupid way. There are some clever tricks, but honestly the guy is like a giant walking self-insert for the author and it’s not even attempting to be subtle.

Characters: Our leads are okay characters, with our two female leads being much more interesting than Gideon. Honestly I’d almost rather have her be our main Point of View except that we’d still get to hear all of Gideon’s thoughts anyways.

Overall: A mediocre LitRPGish story that has heavy influences by a ton of things, including Elfen Lied, but doesn’t really innovate at all. The fact that our lead is a self insert of the author doesn’t help at all.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, LitRPGs, Action, Drama.

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

Anime Sunday: Dance with Dragons Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Spring 2018 season. It’s my Dance with Dragons Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: A long time ago, dragons were the only creatures capable of wielding magic, which they used to terrorize humanity, until humanity learned to channel magic through special formulas and spells called “jushiiki”. Those capable of using jushiiki became known as jushikiists, and became crucial in fighting dragons throughout the years, until a peace treaty was enforced to prevent both races from wiping each other out. In the modern day, Gayus and Gigina are two jushikiits who take special jobs from a variety of clients in the city of Eridana.

Plot: Honestly this series doesn’t really introduce us to the world very well. Most of the time I had no clue what was going on. Whether this is a problem with the original source material, a Light Novel series, or it being an adaptation I have no clue. But frankly I wasn’t interested enough in the world after this first episode to continue watching this series.

Characters: The characters seem to have some depth, but with the plot being thrust upon us in the manner it was, I didn’t get too attached to them and couldn’t really relate to any of them. This isn’t a good thing, and only further cements my own decision to not continue watching the series. Gigina and Gayus are okay leads, but they just don’t mesh well and don’t give me any reason to care about them.

Art: The art is okay, I’ve seen much worse series, but I’ve also seen much better series. This includes series like Sword Art Online which while being good doesn’t come close to the quality of work of my favorite studio, ufotable.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not really amazing either.

Overall: This could be a decent series, but it didn’t grab my attention enough in the first episode for me to dedicate time to watching it personally.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Action, Drama.

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

Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 17-26 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 17-26 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Having been suddenly told that what he once thought of as a game is now a reality, Kyle and his friends prepare to deal with the fallout and face off against the demons and the demi-goddess that stuck them here in this reality. But along the way Kyle starts remembering things, things he’s been blocked from remembering….

Plot: This is where the story starts to get really, odd. Odd is the best word I can use for this, because I really can’t describe it without spoiling things. So if you are at all curious at what has even me stumped to describe, you probably should read this series.

Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters, but our star is still Kyle, for the most part. We get other PoVs and they are quite interesting to read. I can’t say more without spoiling things.

Overall: Definitely worth reading, I’m stumped even describing this story, and that’s a rarity for me.

TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 161-200 by North Night

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fifth set of chapters in Wu Xie’s adventures. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 161-200 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having finally started her plan in motion to remove the threat the Emperor of her homeland posed to her family and subordinantes Jun Wu Xie is now dealing with the Emperor, the Second Prince and Bai Yunxian. But the threat of the Qing Yun Clan looms over her head and with it the storm is only starting to coalesce….

Plot: This is a rather fun set of chapters. It’s fast paced and quite a thrill to read, especially for those with quick wits.

Characters: If it wasn’t obvious by now, Wu Xie is truly apathetic to anyone that she doesn’t care about. Not that I dislike that fact, I can empathize with it quite a bit myself. . While Jun Wu Yao isn’t a big part of it, his presence is always entertaining…

Overall: A great set of chapters. If you aren’t reading this series already you ought to be.

Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 1-16 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the first few chapters in a series that’s completed. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 1-16 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Kyle was a simple gamer, he always picked the strangest classes or jobs and his characters almost looked the same. He played for the combat, he played for the grind and he played for his guild but above all he played for the story. Kyle is a roleplayer, one who enjoys the simple parts of this virtual life. Whether his guild was starting a war or ending one he’d always have his drammatic entrence or exit, his decleration of annihalition or demand of surrender. After all that? He divulged himself in the game’s story, the interaction with NPCS (Non Player Characters) and their advanced AI. He went through many questlines, many tales of heroics and many more adventurers of legend, but one thing always remained true with his character….

Kyle absolutely loved to the play the villain.

Plot: The plot of these first few chapters is introducing us to the main characters and really understanding what’s going on with Kyle when he starts up this new game. It’s pretty good although if you wanted a righteous main character you’re going to be highly disappointed.

Characters: We get introduced to a lot of characters, but Kyle is our main lead. The rest of the cast is just as good as Kyle though, with some nice depth to them. That being said my favorite side character is probably Sly.

Overall: A solid start to a series that thankfully is already completed.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantastic Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

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

Personal Status: Fully read. I’ll get to covering the rest of the series soonish.

TNT: Black Belly Miss Chapters 121-160 by North Night

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Jun Wu Xie’s adventures. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 121-160 by North Night!

Plot Synopsis: Having started her quest to redeem her and her families fame, Jun Wu Xie now is at the palace with the high official’s at sword point. However the Emperor has just arrived on the scene and the Second Prince came along as well. However can he stop Wu Xie now that she’s determined to raise her familie’s fame and reputation?

Plot: This is a really fun set of chapters, where the title becomes even more self evident if you didn’t pick up on that already. And by fun I mean Wu Xie has absolute control over the entire situation and acts and looks like the badass she really is.

Characters: We get a couple new faces, but really the star of this set of chapters is Wu Xie. Honestly she’s probably one of my favorite female leads out there just because she’s absolutely resolute in her desires.

Overall: A very fun and solid set of chapters that showcase the best of this series.