Serial Saturday: Atros Imperium Chapters 0-8 by Terry

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series I have yet to cover. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 0-8 by Terry!

Plot Synopsis: Anton Thorne is a working man with no family, friends or loved ones in his life. One day after a particularly brutal day at work which ended with him berating his boss and probably losing his job he boards the bus to go home. However everything quickly goes awry when it’s boarded by a group of gang members, unfortunately for Anton his day is only beginning to go wrong and much worse things await him…

Plot: I won’t go to far into the plot just quite yet, but this is a Fantasy series, I will say that. What you gather from that before reading is up to you, however the prologue is not fully indicative of the rest of the series, I will say that. There are some minor plot threads left hanging and they still have yet to be answered by the author, but that’s not too big an issue as the story isn’t terrible enough for me to really nitpick.

Characters: We get introduced to a pretty large cast in these first few chapters, but of them all my favorite side character is probably Right Jeff. If that makes no sense, you’ll understand when you read these chapters. However Anton is the star, sort of. He makes the best of his situation with a bunch of grit and is honestly a pretty good main character. The rest of the cast is just as good, with most of them having pretty good depth, for the amount of characters that are in just these first few chapters.

Overall: A solid and fun Fantasy read with quite a few twists from standard genres that Atros Imperium is based off of.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Good Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

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

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TNT: Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 81-120 by Minazuki Shizuru

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the third set of chapters in Takumi’s travels. It’s Isekai Yururi Kikou Chapters 81-120 by Minazuki Shizuru!

Plot Synopsis: Having traveled to the Twentieth floor in the Underwater dungeon after returning there after taking care of some stuff on the Surface, Takumi, Allen and Elena are ready to get to the last ten floors and beat the dungeon….

Plot: This is another fun set of chapters. It’s nothing really new though, so you might find this series growing a bit boring now to you if you’ve read the previous sets of chapters. Or not, and you might find it just as heartwarming as the rest. Personally it’s the latter for me, but it could easily be the former for others.

Characters: We get to see quite a few new faces, but none really stood out to me that we haven’t met yet. Takumi, Elena and Allen are still the stars of the show though.

Overall: More heartwarming in a story full of it, so a fulfilling set of chapters.

Bookish Wednesday: Paragons by Jeff Sproul

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a LitRPG book I could’ve sworn I’ve covered already. It’s Paragons, Sigil Online Book 01, by Jeff Sproul!

Plot Synopsis: Loss was nothing new to an orphan like Riley. But when the online persona he’d spent years building, was ripped away by a monster with unbelievable power, everything changed….

Plot: The plot is okay, and it’s more about character growth than anything else, including the LitRPG part. Sure that’s a rather large portion of it, but honestly this is a story about Riley growing up.

Characters: Riley is not an amazing person, which makes him a fairly decent lead character. The rest of the cast is just as good, although honestly I wish the story had a bit more of Warcry in it.

Overall: A good, but not exceptionally spectacular LitRPG. There are much worse series out there, but there are better as well.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Super Powers, Flawed Main Characters, Good Plot, Decent Cast of Characters.

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

Movie Monday: School of Rock

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that was okay, and actually inspired a TV series. It’s School of Rock!

Plot Synopsis: No Vacancy, a rock band, performs at a nightclub three weeks before auditioning for the Battle of the Bands. Guitarist Dewey Finn creates on-stage antics, including a failed stage dive that abruptly ends the performance. The next morning, Dewey wakes in the apartment he lives in with Ned Schneebly and his girlfriend, Patty Di Marco. They inform him he must make up for his share of the rent or move out. When Dewey meets No Vacancy at a rehearsal session, he finds out that he has been replaced by another guitarist named Spider. Later, while attempting to sell some of his equipment for rent money, Dewey answers a phone call from Rosalie Mullins, the principal of the Horace Green prep school, inquiring for Ned about a short-term position as a substitute teacher. Desperate for money, Dewey impersonates Ned and is hired.

Plot: The plot is okay, but not super deep or amazing. It’s fun though and was a good film to watch for those younger.

Casting: The entire is cast is pretty awesome, with Jack Black portraying Dewey Finn. Dewey is the star of the show though and much of the film revolves around him a bit too much.

Cinematography: There is no amazing special effects along the lines of a Fantasy or Sci-Fi movie, but it’s not terribly shot either. Adequate would be the term I’d use to describe it in one word.

Music: Obviously being a major theme of the movie, the Music was pretty awesome. It’s got it’s own goofy spin on it, but it’s pretty good.

Overall: A fun movie, but not a must watch.

For those who like: Comedy, Jack Black, Music, Teaching, Redemption Stories?

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

Anime Sunday: New Life+ Controversy

This week for Anime Sunday I’m not covering a new series. It’s all about the New Life+ Controversy!

Huh?: So for those unaware there was in the past month a huge controversy that exploded regarding a Light Novel series that was getting an Anime adaptation. Than someone found some pretty inflammatory Twitter posts by the author and everything went pear shaped. First the Voice Actors quit the Anime adaptation, than the Anime itself got cancelled. Following that the original publisher pulled the series from Print and the US Publisher did the same.

Seriously?: Yeah, it really happened and personally I find it a shame that it happened and now a bunch of people are out of jobs after putting in work on it.

But they were really insensitive remarks, and so was the main character in the book!: Well I will agree that the Author was an asshole, and probably still is one, but I will dispute the fact that the main character was racist.

First the main character doesn’t have any memories, only knowledge of his past life. The fact that he killed thousands of people as part of a war is something he’s completely unaware of from the first 60 or so pages of the first volume of the Light Novel that I’ve read. The fact he did that is slightly unbelievable, but then again it’s a war, people die; get over it. The fact that some American people got upset at that and call foul when America has a sitting president with known racist Tweets, Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations and tons of other sleazy shit is a bunch of bull to me. Personally I am fully aware of how nationalistic Chinese citizens can be, it’s featured prominently in much of their own literature and authors make similar remarks all the freaking time. Some of the authors of series that have even gotten true Anime have also made rather insensitive remarks on the Chinese equivalents of Twitter. So this occurring is a bit confusing to me   I’m fully aware of how much bad blood there is between Korea, China and Japan, but people losing their jobs over remarks made by another person years in the past is a bit much to me. If you’re going to be upset, than be upset BEFORE people start working on something.

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

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 19-26 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m covering the third set of chapters in Rainer’s adventures. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 19-26 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Having been sent to the Fallen City, and World, of Nalmar Rainer, Luna and Kara have encountered numerous Undead. However after severing the control between one Lich and a Death Knight they encountered a new ally, Gunthar a fallen Paladin of Nalmar. He now journeys with them to destroy the Arch-Lich that destroyed his home and stole his father from him…

Plot: This is a pretty awesome set of chapters, and it really highlights how overpowered Rainer’s class is. Not that he doesn’t have to sweat and bleed for his advancements, but the price is incredibly minimal for him compared to others. I enjoy that the author balances his overpoweredness with the fact that he actually has to work his ass off for it, often killing himself thousands of times per minute during his Sleep Learning.

Characters: Gunthar’s addition to the party was very welcome as it brought a needed sense of normalcy, sort of, to the group. Really the entire party are pretty amazing characters with flaws, although some aren’t explored quite yet this early into the story.

Overall: An excellent and action packed set of chapters. If you aren’t reading this series yet, you ought to be.

Retro Game Friday: Syphon Filter

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a cult classic. It’s Syphon Filter!

Plot Synopsis: In the year 1999, Gabriel Logan and his partner Lian Xing investigate a series of biological outbreaks triggered by international terrorist Erich Rhoemer. When fellow agent Ellis loses contact during a mission in Costa Rica, the top-secret Agency dispatches Gabe and Lian to find him. They discover Ellis is dead, and Rhoemer’s suspected drug operation is a cover for the viral operation. Another outbreak in Nepal leads to more questions when an infected person who should have died somehow survived…

Plot: The plot is pretty great, honestly I didn’t remember much of the plot before writing this article though given how long it’s been since I played this game. If it weren’t for some recent rumors of a new entry in the series or remake I might never have remembered this game.

Characters: Gabe is a pretty decent main character, but he wasn’t as memorable as Snake from Metal Gear Solid which was a game that really overshadowed this game. The rest of the cast also suffers from that problem.

Gameplay: The gameplay however was pretty good, if you could get over the frame rate loss that occurred occasionally. It featured stealth and combat sections, much like Metal Gear Solid. However the AI was probably the best part of this game, it was very good for it’s time and allowed for much more replay value.

Art: The art has aged poorly, additionally while the textures of the game were good, the actual animation suffered from some frame rate issues.

Music: I don’t remember a whit of it, sorry.

Overall: This is a game that probably deserves a remake, given how much of a cult following the game has. If that occurs I’d say wait for that, since the art has aged poorly.

For those who like: Stealth Games, Great AI (for the time), Interesting Gameplay.

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