Serial Saturday: The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami

Hey all I’m back with a series the author of Our Chaoz; Our Reality requested me to review. It’s  The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami!

Plot: The plot is a lot darker than OC:OR, and while that’s a good thing for a lot of readers I don’t particularly enjoy it all that much myself. This is a personal issue that ties into my own psyche and how I immerse myself into stories I enjoy. Frankly while the story is quite good in my opinion, I won’t be continuing with the series until it’s finished as I’m hoping for a happy ending to the entire story. One thing I will say is that this series takes place in the same universe as OC:OR so some things will be familiar for those who read that series.

Characters: Our main character is Erik, and he’s a bit of an asshole at the beginning of the story. By the end of this first book I actually enjoyed him as a character. However my favorite character is probably Thea, because she’s got very good depth as a character and I enjoy her personality and what she does for Erik. The rest of the cast is equally good as well, but for me the stars are Thea and Erik.

Grammar: There are occasional small issues, but for the most part this is easily readable and not hard on the eyes at all like some of the other stuff you’ll find online written by novice authors.

Overall: A good book, and series. If you enjoyed the darker parts of Our Chaoz; Our Reality you’ll love The Dragon Within.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Great Plot, Awesome Characters, Good Grammar.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Darker Fantasy.

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TNT: Growth Cheat Chapters 32-53 by Yousuke Tokino

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second arc in Ichinojo’s adventures. It’s Growth Cheat Chapters 32-53 by Yousuke Tokino!

Plot Synopsis: I, Ichinosuke, failed to get a job for 100 consecutive times. Furthermore, my record is still being updated as unemployed. On my way to a job interview, I was involved in an accident with a truck and tragically passed away. And then, a pair of Goddesses bestowed upon me the ability to grow at a speed 400 times faster than normal, before sending me to a game-like otherworld. However, knowing that I would not become stronger even if I continued growing while jobless, I aimed to get a job, but I found out that it was my terrible fate to remain jobless….

Plot: It’s an okay arc, though the peak of the arc is due more to a certain pair of idiots more than anything of Ichinojo’s doing.

Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters, but my favorite might be Centaur. Scratch that, it is definitely Centaur.

Overall: A fun set of chapters.

TNT: Hachinan tte Chapters 1-11 by Fuzi Choco

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a new series I’ve yet to cover. It’s Hachinan tte Chapters 1-11 by Fuzi Choco!

Plot Synopsis: Ichinomiya Shingo, a young 25 years old, single, worker of firm company while thinking of tomorrow’s busy working day goes to sleep. However, the moment he woke up, it was inside a room unknown to him. He then learned that he took over the mind of a 6 years-old child, remembering a lot from the memories of the said boy: he was born as the youngest (8th son and 10th child) in a of poor noble family living in back country. Having no administrative skill, he can’t do anything to manage the vast land his family has. Fortunately, he is blessed with the very rare talent of magic. Unfortunately, while it could bring prosperity to his family, in his situation it only led to a disaster. Yes, this is the story of the boy, Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister, opening his own path in a harsh world.

Plot: The plot is okay, but it’s not super amazing. Wend isn’t the smarted guy around, and that can be aggravating at times. Another aggravating thing is the frequent breaks to monologue or do random world building. The author is not that great at writing and I’ve read much better written stories before.

Characters: The cast in these first few chapters isn’t big, but Erich is probably my favorite side character. Wend on the other hand is kind of a dumbass and the stupid stuff he does just because he can is mind boggling.

Overall: A skippable series, this isn’t worth the time you’d spend reading it.

For those who like: Tensei, Fantasy, Magic, Drama

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

TNT: Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 1-40 by Minazuki Shizuru

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another series that just makes you feel all fuzzy inside. It’s Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 1-40 by Minazuki Shizuru!

Plot Synopsis: “I’m terribly sorry”. A god was suddenly prostrating in front of me, Kayano Takumi. I was apparently killed by mistake. Moreover, I can’t be reborn again. However, I am able to live in a different world? Then, let’s do that, please. The god made a mistake again and transferred me into a dangerous forest. Seriously, what’s going on? Besides, there are children here. I can’t leave them here, I will take care of them…

Plot: This series diverges a bit from the usual Isekai cliches, if you couldn’t tell that from the plot synopsis above.  In addition to being heartwarming it does follow some cliche’s to the letter, but it’s refreshing and more amusing than boring. As for the general plot, it doesn’t seem to have any particular impetus, other than just being a standard slice of life.

Characters: Takumi is our main lead and he’s pretty great, is he super intelligent? Not particularly, but he’s not a dumbass either. That being said if you want to see Takumi hitting on ladies constantly, you’re going to be disappointed. The rest of the cast is just as fun, with Elena and Allen being absolutely hilarious. Syl isn’t bad either, and that’s not just cause he has the same nickname as a certain honor spirit.

Overall: An excellent series if you want a change of pace from the usual Isekai, or anything really. Heartwarming and adorable, this series does what it does while making you grin from ear to ear.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Magic, Action, Adventure, Heartwarming Plots, Great Cast of Characters.

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

Serial Saturday: Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 41-80 by Crow

This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering the second set of chapters in Arthur’s adventures. It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 41-80 by Crow!

Plot Synopsis: Arthur, an incredibly successful businessman was kidnapped and tortured for months by men his wife hired just so she could get his money. After months of this hell, he was given a second chance, a new life in a different world. Arthur would, of course, rather start a new life; than stay and continue to be tortured…

Plot: This set of chapters stays fairly dark, but it also is a lot more heartwarming. Now you might be saying, “Michael that goes against the point of Arthur’s actions up to this point”. Sort of, but it makes sense to me as it’s about Arthur growing past the horror of what he went through at the end of his previous life. That’s all I’ll say in regards to the plot, as any more would probably be incredibly spoiler-ific.

Characters: We get quite a few new faces this set of chapters, but my favorite is Saly. You’ll find out why if you read the chapters.

Overall: A solid set of chapters in a fairly solid series.

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!

Anime Sunday: Losers of Winter 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering some series I think fell flat this season. It’s my Losers of Winter 2018!

Death March: I really wanted to like this series, but it was just a bit too flat. Maybe it’s because of being adapted from the Light Novel which I haven’t read instead of the original Web Novel. There are supposedly differences between the two, and while I don’t mind all of that, I just found that Satou wasn’t as enjoyable to watch as he was to read.  Maybe if I binge watch all of it later on I’ll enjoy it more.

Märchen Mädchen: Filled with a bit too much fanservice for me, this was another series I really wanted to like, but the fanservice element was a bit too much for me. That and I had way too many things to do these past few months meant that I ended up dropping the series after the first couple episodes.

Darling in the FranXX: I wanted to enjoy this series, I really did. But it was just too angsty for my tastes. The overt sexual themes didn’t help either.

One thing I want to note is that all of these had rather decent artwork, with Death March being the least noteworthy. So most of my issues come from the plot itself rather than any other issues.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!