TNT: Breakers Arc 02 by Chwiryong

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the continued adventures of In-gong. It’s Breakers Arc 02 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: Having been transported into the world of his favorite game Knights Saga, In-gong is now the Ninth Prince and one of the children of the Demon King. But he had never played as Shutra before, because the only playable characters were Zephyr, the Second Demon Prince and Locke the Human Hero. Now armed with knowledge of the game he loved, he’s begun to change the story so he can prevent the massacre of all his new siblings by one of their own. The strongest and most powerful being after the Demon King, The Second Prince Zephyr… He only has a little over two years to change the world to prevent ending up a corpse.

Plot: This second arc is short, only a few chapters long, but it really sets up the rest of the series and builds off the first arc wonderfully. I won’t spoil what happens, but it’s the beginning of ripples that will affect the story Shutra knows that is suddenly his new reality.

Characters: We don’t really get introduced to any characters in this Arc, but that’s okay because we get more interaction between Shutra, Carack, Caitlin and Chris.

Overall: This is an excellent second arc, and although still a foundation arc, it’s not at all boring.

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TNT: Breakers Arc 01 by Chwiryong

Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Korean Novel I just finished reading the other day for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Breakers Arc 01 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: My name is Joo In-gong. The name that my parents gave me meant ‘protagonist’ of the world. As anyone can predict, I was constantly teased due to my name. In kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school. If I went to university as planned then I would probably be laughed at there as well. So, at one point, I really hated my name. But not anymore. Now, I think slightly differently. Maybe being named Joo In-gong was a type of foreshadowing?

[Name: Shutra] [Age: 17] [Species: Gandharva] [Occupation: Protagonist] [Uniqueness: Prince, Conquest Knight] This shows my situation on the Assenbah Continent at a glance.

My name is Joo In-gong. A protagonist.

Plot: The plot is pretty great and is a mix of LitRPG with the Isekai/Tensei Genres.  It deals with In-gong being transported to a world that is almost exactly like a game he loved to play except that he isn’t the characters he played in that game, he’s the weakest side character in the entire game… So yea this was a great start to a series that is pretty freaking awesome. I read the entire series or book in just a few days and even better news is that it’s been fully translated. So you don’t need to wait for it to be completed, it already is.

Characters: In-gong or Shutra is our protagonist and he’s pretty much a weakling. However the rest of the cast we get introduced to in these opening chapters is just as amazing. Carack is just an awesome character, and Caitlin is probably one of my favorite characters in the entire series.

Overall: If you love the LitRPG genre or just like a great story, Breakers will be right up your alley. It’s a relatively short series with only 231 chapters, but since it’s been fully translated it’s a worthy trade off.

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

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that put together?

Anime Sunday: ACCA Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Winter 2017 season. It’s my ACCA Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The kingdom of Dowa is subdivided into 13 states, each one granted their own autonomy. These 13 states have many agencies that are controlled by the giant civilian organization known as ACCA. Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency. They keep track of all the activities of ACCA across the kingdom, and keep data on each state’s ACCA office flowing toward the central office. One of Jean’s jobs is having business trips from the capital to the other districts to check on the situation and personnel there.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, I frankly wasn’t expecting it to be quite as good as it was. There isn’t any action, it’s all about politics and it was very interesting, especially given the current US president’s very obvious corrupt behavior.

Characters: Jean is a great main character, he plays by the book and is always calm and centered on performing his job. The rest of the cast was quite good too, but my favorite side character was Lilium one of the five highest ranked people in the country. He was very funny.

Art: The art is very stylized, but despite that it was very good. It’s not ufotable quality work, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Music: Very fitting for the series.

Overall: This is definitely a must watch series for politically minded people, if only because it’s very interesting to watch.

For those who like: Political Intrigue, Drama, Mystery, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork, Awesome Music.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Study in Slaughter by Christopher G. Nuttall

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the third entry in the Schooled in Magic series! It’s Study in Slaughter by Christopher G. Nuttall!

Plot Synopsis: Brimming with new ideas for magical research, Emily returns to Whitehall School for her Second Year, only to discover that things are going to be different. Her friends have become sports-mad fanatics, her new roommates are strangers to her, her new classes are far harder and one of the teachers seems to actively dislike her. As she returns to the comforting routine of the only place she considers home, she finds that Second Year will be far harder than the first.

Plot: This is probably my least favorite entry in the series thus far, and while I understand why I don’t like it and why I’m hopeful it won’t happen again, it would be super spoilerific to state why that is. Needless to say that this is probably a big turning point in the series as Emily is finally settling into the magical world she’s found herself in and is trying to come to terms with her new status as a noblewoman.

Characters: We get to meet a few new characters in this book, but my favorite newcomer is probably Gorgon, as I’ve always had a soft spot for underdogs. The rest of the newcomers are pretty great in general all around, although there are some you just want to hate which is probably working as intended by the author.

Overall: This is a solid, if slightly underwhelming, entry to a series that is starting to become quite good as it goes along.

Anime Sunday: Izetta Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another Fall 2016 series. It’s my Izetta Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Set in an alternate Earth on the eve of the 2nd World War, the story follows Finé a princess of the tiny Alpine country Eylstadt and her friend Izetta.

Plot: The plot of this first episode is pretty intense from start to finish, and while I really enjoyed it opening with a shot of Finé running in a forest with a Corgi that single scene is probably as peaceful as the entire episode gets. After that everything is incredibly tense.  I won’t spoil any more than that, but I’ll just say I’m hooked thus far. As long as the story keeps up this quality I’ll be watching this series avidly.

Characters: We really only get to meet Finé in this episode, but it’s enough to learn a lot about her as a character. I have to say I enjoy her quite a bit, but I’m looking forward to learning even more about her and Izetta’s relationship. The rest of the cast is good, although I’m expecting we have only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast.

Art: The art is great, personally I thought I was watching something animated by A-1 Pictures, the studio who did Sword Art Online among many other series. However I was surprised to see that it was a studio I haven’t heard of before, Ajia-do Animation Works. They did great work in this first episode, and while it’s not close to ufotable quality work, it is leaps and bounds ahead of anything Studio Deen could make.

Music: The musical score fits this series perfectly and while we really didn’t get to enjoy the theme songs I’m looking forward to hearing them in future episodes. We’ll see if it can meet the standard that the score set with this first episode, because they did a great job with it.

Overall: If you want a new spin on World War II, or just want a great Politcal/Military series Izetta might just end up being the show to watch this Fall 2016 season.

For those who like: Politics, Military, World War II Stories, Alternate History, Fantasy, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork, Amazing Musical Score.

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

 

TNT: Transcending the Nine Heavens Chapters 41-80 by Fenglin Tianxia

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a second set of chapters in the time travel Chinese Web Novel Epic! It’s Transcending the Nine Heavens Chapters 41-80 by Fenglin Tianxia!

Plot Synopsis: Chu Yang had found the last piece of the Nine Tribulations Sword, the object he abandoned everything, including the love of his life away for, when he was suddenly ambushed and ultimately dealt a fatal wound before deciding to perform a suicidal move to destroy his foes as a way to make up to his now deceased love. As the darkness closed in however he saw in the distance the mastermind behind the ambush, the elder brother of his love, Mo Tian Ji. However when he next awoke he found himself transported back to the time a few years before his life went downhill and he started on the path to self destruction, and the Nine Tribulations Sword’s Spirit now resided in his Dantian. Deciding to redo everything, save his sect and his love from the fate of his past life he resolved to find the pieces of the Nine Tribulations Sword once more, but this time in order to save those whom he had loved instead of abandoning them.

After dealing with his Eldest Martial Brother who acted kind and forgiving on the outside, but was really a traitorous piece of scum who sabatoged both Chu Yang and his Second Martial Brother’s Tan Tan’s futures in his past life, Chu Yang quickly began to Cultivate in order to increase his strength to save his Master and Sect from the destruction that awaited them in a few years. He got into the good graces of the Sect Leader, his Master’s own Eldest Martial Brother, and entered the Seven Shades Congregation Grounds where the first piece of the Nine Tribulation Sword lay….

Plot: The plot quickly takes off from here and what was just the foundation laying of the series quickly turns into some of the best pieces of storytelling I’ve ever read, while not quite reaching Brandon Sanderson levels, it’s very very close. This set of chapters sets up some seriously deep plot threads for the rest of the series, and I’m looking forward to see what comes of the seeds laid in these 40 chapters.

Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters in this set of chapters, but my favorite definitely has to be Gu Di Xing, a straightforward young man who is absolutely a sword fanatic and loves weapons. The rest of the newcomers are just as great, but I’ve got a soft spot for bladed weapon fanatics, being one myself. Chu Yang continues to prove to be just as amazing Lin Feng and Nie Li as he was shaping up to become in the first 40 chapters. His antics are absolutely hilarious and awesome.

Overall: If you weren’t having fun in the first 40 chapters, this set of 40 chapters should make you laugh uproariously.

Bookish Wednesday: Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Kitty and the Midnight Hour! It’s Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn!

Plot Synopsis: Celebrity werewolf and late-night radio host Kitty Norville prefers to be heard and not seen. So when she’s invited to testify at a Senate hearing on behalf of supernaturals, she isn’t super excited at all.

Plot: The plot of this entry in the series is probably one of the best in the series, with plenty of action and drama. I really enjoyed this entry quite a bit, because it’s got the best of everything that makes this series good.

Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters, with Ahmed and Allete, (probably spelled wrong, the curse of the Audiobook version) being my two favorite. Allete in particular is probably the stand out new character from this book. However it’s still all about Kitty and her snarky attitude is still as good as ever. We also get Cormac and Ben to show up in this book, which is awesome as they are two of my favorite side characters.

Overall: An excellent sequel, definitely worth the read or listen to.