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.
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.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series I was anticipating! It’s KonoSuba Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Kazuma Sato, a Japanese teenage shut-in, dies from acute stress reaction after mistaking a tractor for a speeding truck and pushing a girl out of the way. In the afterlife, he is greeted by a goddess named Aqua, who offers to teleport him to a parallel world with MMORPG elements where he can go on adventures and battle monsters. Given the option to choose any object or ability to protect himself, Kazuma, having been provoked by Aqua, chooses her to accompany him to the town of Axel.
Plot: This series doesn’t take anything seriously, but I knew that going into watching this first episode. That said I still found it enjoyable, although slightly sophomoric.
Characters: We only get to meet Aqua and Kazuma and the Adventurers Guild Clerk really in this episode, the one thing that stood out to me in this first episode was how much I dislike Aqua, she can be a real bitch. Kazuma was at least humorous and has absolutely no romantic aspirations, which will be funny later on.
Art: No matter how sophomoric I found the content, the art was still very good. I enjoyed the art, but it’s not the best of this season. That goes to the series I’ll be covering next week.
Music: Now I enjoy the musical score the most out of everything in this first episode, the opening and ending themes were catchy and the score was serious enough and lighthearted at the appropriate points. However it’s nothing super amazing either.
Overall: I can’t say I’m super thrilled with the series, but it’s better than Reikenzan which has trouble even finding illegal fansubbers willing to pick up the series.
For those who like: Comedy, Randomness, Good Art and Musical Score, Amusing Cast of Characters.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first volume in a series I read recently and fell in total love with! It’s Douluo Dalu Volume 01 by Tang Jia San Shao!
Plot Synopsis: Tang Sect, the most famous martial arts sect of all. By stealing its most secret teachings to fulfill his dreams, Tang San committed an unforgivable crime. With his ambition attained, he hands his legacy to the sect and throws himself from the fearsome “Hell’s Peak.” But he could have never imagined that this would reincarnate him in another world, one without magic, martial arts, and grudges. A land where only the mystical souls of battle lay. The continent of Douluo.
Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while this first volume only introduces us to Tang San and his beginning in this new world, it still is very interesting. I love the fact that Xiao Wu kicks his ass as well. Tang San isn’t overpowered and is constantly proven how weak he is.
Characters: Tang San is a wonderful male lead, and we even get introduced to our female lead in this volume. Xiao Wu is probably one of the best female leads I’ve read in a long time and Tang San and her’s relationship in this volume is awesome. Grandmaster and San’s father are also great characters.
Overall: This is the introduction to an amazing series, a must read.
For those who like: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Excellent Leads, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Plot.