TNT: Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another Light Novel series. It’s Almadianos Eiyuuden Volume 01 by Takami Ryousen!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although it takes the Isekai and Tensei genres in a rather new and interesting way. Instead of taking a character from Earth we get an all powerful character from some random fantasy world who is so bored that he ends up hitching a ride in the head of one of his other incarnations in another world. The fact that he ends up being ignored half the time by said incarnation is just half the fun. That being said this does have a more romantic bent from what I can remember so if you don’t like your action and adventure novels having that you will not enjoy this series.

Characters: Bernst and Kurats are the leads, with Bernst being the old man who is hitching a ride and Kurats being his incarnation. Kurats is kind of a dolt though. That being said Lunaria is probably my favorite character, if only because she’s the somewhat sensible one. The rest of the cast is fun as well, but Lunaria is my favorite by and far.

Overall: A fun series at least thus far from what I’ve read in this single volume alone.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Action, Adventure, Harems, Fun Plot, Varied Cast of Characters.

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

Synth Saturday: The Champion’s Champion Chapters 1-4 by Driftwood

This week for Synth Saturday I’m covering the first few chapters in a fic I found absolutely hilarious. It’s Harry Potter and The Champion’s Champion Chapters 1-4 by Driftwood!

Plot: This takes place during Year 4 and is mostly poking fun at the entire thing. The fact that it features one of my favorite pairs, Harry and Hermione, as the main romantic couple is just icing on the cake. I frankly laughed more when I read this Fic than I do with most professionally written novels. Fair warning this includes plenty of bashing towards Ron, which I’ve always felt he deserved although this takes it to a whole other level by making him an absolute idiot. Now granted that he is pretty stupid canonically, for example his greatest desire revealed by the Mirror of Erised is to be Head Boy and Quidditch Captain and he does absolutely nothing to earn it over the years at Hogwarts. Still this makes him to be a rather hilarious tool, in all senses of that word.

Characters: Harry and Hermione is probably one of my favorite pair of characters, and the fact Rowling never paired them up despite the nearly endless reasons to do so that she foreshadowed over the books is beyond me. So this particular Fic makes me very happy in how well they actually hook up. The rest of the cast is just as hilarious, with plenty of comedic relief coming in the form of various gags.

Overall: A must read for any Potter fan, that’s really all that needs to be said.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Harry and Hermione Pairing.

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

Retro Game Friday: Space Channel 5

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a classic game. It’s Space Channel 5!

Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, and while it was fun as a kid I’d be pretty bored by the story itself now. Thankfully this isn’t a book.

Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty fun, with it being split between “Dance” and “Shooting” sections. I’ll admit I suck at the dance sections but that’s a personal failing because I can’t hold a beat to save my life, in this case literally.

Art: The art has aged pretty poorly since it was released, but considering this game first released in 1999 that isn’t a surprise.

Music: The music is still great though!

Overall: This is a fun game, although those who aren’t good at holding a beat might get frustrated, otherwise this is a great way to spend some time.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Music, Good Gameplay.

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

Movie Monday: The Emperor’s New Groove

Hey all I’m back with a movie I completely forgot was a Disney movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s The Emperor’s New Groove!

Plot: It’s a Disney Movie, so that means songs, dances and talking animals. All of which are the main character. However while this was originally going to be a typical Disney movie with a more serious plot, well as serious as Disney movie’s get that is. The two directors, Roger Allers and Mark Dindall eventually ended up disagreeing until Allers left and this became a much more lighthearted movie. Hence why I forgot this was a Disney movie. Regardless of all that, this is a fun movie and kids will enjoy it, adults will enjoy it as well, if only for the Defenestration.

Casting: David Spade is our main character, Kuzco and he does an awesome job at it, he portrays him perfectly with just the right amount of snark and sass you’d expect from such a character. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well, including Tom Jones as the “Theme Song Guy” which is actually the characters name.

Animation: This is still one of the cel drawing films, so the animation is pretty classic. That being said it didn’t have that many great special effects added into it as they were focused more on the character’s poses rather than special effects.

Music: It’s a Disney movie, enough said.

Overall: A fun movie, and I honestly can’t believe that I thought this wasn’t a Disney movie, I think I got confused with The Road to El Dorado, which released around a similar time.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, David Spade, Fun Plot, Oddball Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Weakness of Beatrice Volume 01 by Kamachi Kazuma

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a fairly odd series. It’s Weakness of Beatrice Volume 01 by Kamachi Kazuma!

Plot: This series is Kamachi Kazuma’s take on the Isekai and LitRPG genre and it features his usual oddball storylines. While there is much more fluff than usual in his other stories it’s still got a really off the wall odd plot. Frankly I’ll admit it went over my head but that might have been because I read this when I was sick about a year ago. So take my reluctance with a grain of salt. That being said if you don’t like any of his other works, Beatrice’s story will not appeal to you either.

Characters: Beatrice and Boo-Boo are our two main characters and they are about as different as you can be, one’s a highly intelligent beautiful young woman and the other is a literal ogre. The fact that they are romantically involved with the other is just the icing on the oddball cake. The rest of the cast is just as odd as the our two leads.

Overall: A fun, but possibly confusing story with fluff and the usual Kamachi oddball plots of world domination.

For those who like: Isekai, LitRPGs, Fluff, Romance, Really Odd Plot, Even Odder Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Fate Babylonia Episode 00 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with one of the biggest series from Fall 2019. It’s my Fate Babylonia Episode 00 Impressions!

Plot: This is a very interesting Episode 00, it gives us a look at Mash’s life growing up which is something that isn’t really explored all that much, but is implied, in the original game. Frankly I thought this was an excellent episode, and definitely deserves watching before watching the rest of this series starting with Episode 01. As a final point I want to bring up I’d like to confirm that they are going to animate the final singularity of the Fate/Grand Order which takes place almost immediately after the events of Bablyonia so my hopes for such a thing occurring were correct!

Characters: Like I said above we get to learn more about Mash in this episode, but we also get to learn more about Roman and we get our first ever look at Marisbury Animusphere which is something we never got a chance to do in the original game. So all in all we get new looks at some of the major players in the Fate Grand Order series and it’s awesome.

Art: The studio who does the animation for Bablyonia is Cloverworks and they did an amazing job with this episode. I can only hope this quality continues for the rest of the series. They aren’t up to ufotable quality, but damn if they didn’t come really close and might be edging out SHAFT for my silver standard. I’ll be keeping an eye out for their works in the future to see if they will do that.

Music: The musical score is awesome, and takes many tracks from the game and uses them to devastating effect. I particularly loved how they used Shikisai for the final portion of the episode, it was an amazingly well done maneuver on their part.

Overall: A must watch series, Bablyonia is a masterpiece that deserves watching by everyone.

For those who like: Fate, Mythology, Action, Adventure, Drama, Amazing Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Stupendous Artwork, Excellent Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but seriously give this series a watch. It’s awesome.