This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got a Fantasy story for you all, what you thought I only was going to do LitRPGs? It’s The New Journey of an Old Soul Chapters 1-20 by Vhiyungrang!
Plot Synopsis: The story of a soul seeking new adventure in a new life. A secret wish to find some things he never really found in his old life. Will the universe have other ideas for him again?
Plot: Let me get this out straight away, this isn’t a story for children and it contains some topics and subjects that may make you uncomfortable. I won’t say more than that there are sex scenes (although they add nothing to plot so skipping is completely ok). As for the plot this combines some concepts from Eastern Fantasy (Xuanhuan) into Western Fantasy although if you are expecting Coiling Dragon you will be sorely disappointed. The plot is pretty damn amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story’s first arc which is covered in these 20 chapters. This novel is completed just so you are aware.
Characters: Nelah is our main lead, and I find him to be quite enjoyable. The rest of the cast is also quite good as well.
Overall: A solid story, and a must read. That is, if you can stomach some uncomfortable subjects.
For those who like: Eastern Influences, Fantasy, Reincarnation, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or some uncomfortable subjects.
This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got another series for you! It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 1-40 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: Let me point out straight away, this isn’t a story for kids. Arthur is not a nice person and thinks nothing of slaughtering everyone and everything that gets in his way. If that doesn’t make you uninterested, than welcome to a fairly decent story. This isn’t as amazing as Ghosthound, but it still makes Qi Worlds look like something written by a first grader. That being said there are some grammar issues that occur in Once Human, mostly at the beginning as it does get better as Crow continues writing. That being said if you can stick through to about chapter 40 the series does get it’s feet under it by that point. It’s not top quality by then, but it’s better than it starts off.
Characters: Arthur is a decent enough lead, and although he does have some depth issues, he isn’t as bland as Benzhi from Qi Worlds. The rest of the cast is severely lacking though, except for one character who I won’t name. It’ll be fairly obvious who I mean though once you come across that character.
Overall: Decent, but could use some real work. Has the potential to be quite amazing, but some grammar issues and lack of character depth is a real big downside.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Decent Plot, Darker Lead Character.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Lack of Character Depth and/or Minor Grammar Issues.
Personal Status: On Hold, Letting chapters accumulate so I can binge read it during this summer. Whether I last until summertime before starting it up again remains to be seen.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got a Quick Review of an adaptation from a Light Novel. It’s From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya!
Plot Synopsis: A high school girl reincarnates in another world as Lily Ruzsa. While she occasionally reminisces about her past life, she is now known as “the Maid of the Royal Family,” after helping to rear the lady who eventually married the crown prince. One day she gets a sudden and unexpected request from the Court Magician….
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is more amusing than heartwarming, though I will say I took a peek at the second chapter and it does become rather heartwarming. This isn’t a series full of action and adventure, it’s decidedly Slice of Life and that isn’t a bad thing.
Characters: Lily is our main character and she doesn’t have any cheats, or special abilities from reincarnating into another world. All she has is her knowledge as a motherless child from Japan who had to take care of her younger brother and sister while her father worked. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the cheat level characters that so often happen in Tensei or Isekai stories. Leonard, the male lead, isn’t a bad character just really blunt and socially awkward. I like him quite a bit, if only because I see parts of myself in him.
Art: The art is excellent, which makes me really want to read the original Light Novel, however said Light Novel hasn’t been translated past the first few chapters.
Overall: A great read if you need something to warm your heart up on a Winter day.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Excellent and Heartwarming Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?
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?
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Re Master Magic by Kenkyo na Circle!
Plot Synopsis: Zeff Einstein spent his whole life mastering fire magic and was finally recognized for it, yet a new spell that was soon created revealed that his talent for red magic was his lowest. Bitter at the thought of all his wasted effort, he creates a spell to send his old self back in time to his younger body…
Plot: The plot for this first chapter is fairly stereotypical, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t find it interesting, I’ve always thought redemption stories are always interesting and given my recent reading of series like Against the Gods and Tsuyokute New Saga the fact that this didn’t bore me instantly says something good about the series. Now granted I’ve read only the first chapter of this Manga that is an adaptation of a Light Novel, but I’m still hopeful for the series. Maybe I’ll even read the original source material of the series that’s been translated and cover it on a Translation Necessary Thursday.
Characters: Zeff is our main character, and he’s pretty interesting although not quite at Yun Che or Lin Feng levels, he still is fairly interesting. Zeff’s Mother and his teacher Claire are the only other named characters we meet in this chapter, but I have to admit that I found Claire to be oddly overprotective towards Zeff.
Art: The art in this first chapter was pretty great, and it’s definitely sparked my interest in reading the original source material.
Overall: I’m going to give this the temporary go ahead, and I’ll probably cover this series in a future Translation Necessary Thursday.
For those who like: Redemption Stories, Time Travel, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Awesome Art.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a new series that I started reading recently. It’s Great Demon King Chapters 1-40 by Ni Cang Tian!
Plot Synopsis: If I don’t die… I swear I will act on all my evil thoughts. Not exactly everyone’s typical thought when they’re about to die. What will a cowardly young man do when reincarnated with the evil powers to redefine his destiny? Can the natural kindness of human nature triumph over evil? Will he become the cold-blooded demon king of legend, or will he forge his own path and rain down another kind of terror?
Plot: The plot is pretty awesome right from the get go, and it doesn’t stop. I have to say I found this series to be pretty good, not as amazing as some of the other Chinese Web Novels I’ve read recently, but definitely not as bad as other things I’ve been reading recently, particularly from Western authors.
Characters: We get to meet quite a few characters in these first forty chapters and I have to say Han Shuo is a pretty awesome lead, not as great as Lin Feng or other characters of that quality, but pretty awesome nonetheless. Of the side characters we get introduced to Lisa is probably my favorite as she doesn’t take crap from anyone, which is a quality I enjoy in characters, especially female ones.
Overall: A great read, not a must-read, but it’s pretty darn good.
For those who like: Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Reincarnation, Magic, Anti-hero Protagonists, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.
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.