Hey all this week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I just started reading! It’s Sachiiro no One Room by Hakuri!
Plot Synopsis: One day, a girl was kidnapped. However, that girl started to desire a life living with her captor, and swears that she will marry him. In return, her captor provides her with happiness that she had always longed for…
Plot: This is not exactly a happy tale, it has it’s heartwarming moments, but it also has some really dark ones as well. That being said I really enjoyed the two chapters I was able to read. Hopefully this series continues as I’m rooting for the characters.
Characters: Our two leads don’t have a name in the first chapter, so I’m not really able to comment much more than say that there is a lot of backstory we don’t get to learn yet, hopefully later chapters get into the story. However I did enjoy them quite a bit.
Art: The art is great, if I didn’t know better I’d say this was published by Shueisha, but it’s not.
Overall: A great read, if a bit dark.
For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third book in Yu IlHans journey. It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 03 by Toika!
Plot Synopsis: Having overcome the Reaper that ambushed him in the Abandoned World, Yu IlHan returns back to Earth to work on his equipment in his forge. He receives a couple visitors, one expected and another unexpected, sort of…
Plot: This book moves the plot very quickly along, with plenty of battles to enjoy. I won’t say it’s there isn’t a boring “info dump” because there are some portions that could be called that, but that’s what you get for reading a LitRPG.
Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but mostly it’s just people we know in this book. Of them all I quite enjoyed Lita’s portions.
Overall: A solid third entry, this also marks the first sixth of the book approximately.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Shishunki Bitter Change by Masayoshi!
Plot Synopsis: The elementary schoolers Yuuta and Yui had their body swapped when Yuuta fell down from a tree. It’s already been three years, and now they’re in middle school. How will they co-operate in dealing with this as they grow up?
Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, as it deals with the question of a body swapping incident that never gets solved. I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit, and I actually ended up reading a few more chapters before stopping so I could write this up, but that’s beyond the scope of this post and review.
Characters: Yuuta and Yui are typical kids, with Yui being the more serious of the two, and Yuuta being much more outgoing. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this first chapter, but that’s okay.
Art: The art isn’t super detailed, but it’s not terrible either. It’s got a simplistic quality that works amazingly well for this series.
Overall: A great read, if I didn’t have to write this article I’d be reading every chapter I could, so that should be a hint towards what I think of it.
For those who like: Drama, School Life, Slice of Life, Fantastic Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Great Art.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a series I had the chance to start while I took my trip a couple weeks back. It’s Sevens Volume 01 by Mishima Yomu!
Plot Synopsis: Lyle Walt is a young noble boy and heir looking forward to the day he can inherit his family’s territory. Except around when he was 10 year old, his parents started neglecting him more and more in favour of his little sister, Celes. On his fifteenth birthday, he is challenged to a duel by his sister to see who will inherit the household and horribly loses, being cast out of his family. Afterwards, he gets treated by the family groundskeeper and receives the family heirloom Gem from him that Lyle’s grandfather had entrusted to him…
Plot: This first volume is really quite good, as it gives us a sense of Lyle and his world. It’s a pretty standard Fantasy world, with each person getting a unique Skill to help them in life. It might be something like Reading to quickly memorize any book you’ve read (I’d love this personally) or a more combat oriented skill like increased speed or strength. I won’t get too far into the plot, because of spoilers but needless to say that I really enjoyed this first volume.
Characters: Lyle is our main character, and he’s actually pretty decent for a main character, if a bit clueless and naive about the world in general. Thankfully the female lead Novem is much more knowledgeable and frankly she’s an awesome lead. There are other characters we get introduced to but of them all, I have to say I enjoy The First the most. If that confuses you, just read the book. In general though the entire cast is amazing.
Overall: A solid first entry in a series that is pretty amazing.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above. Give the series a shot though, you will more than likely be pleasantly surprised.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Pika Ichi by Mochida Aki!
Plot Synopsis: “Pika Ichi” is the story of two painfully shy teens who love yakuza movies. An incident at school pushes them over the edge, and they decide to drop their mousiness in order to dispense some “justice”.
Plot: The plot is okay, but where the lack of presence was endearing in a series like Kuroko’s Basketball, in Pika Ichi it’s just annoying. It might be because I don’t get the whole Yakuza movie subculture, and that is probably a big reason, but I just felt like the series was really boring.
Characters: Tarou and Hanako are our leads, and they are so average it’s painful. Frankly the rest of the cast isn’t much better except for the oddball school doctor.
Art: The art is okay, but again nothing really amazing either.
Overall: Like it’s main characters Pika Ichi is very average, it’s not terrible, but it’s not interesting either.
For those who like: Drama, Slice of Life, School Life.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or mediocrity.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Suki ni Naranai yo Senpai by Hatsuharu!
Plot Synopsis: Falling in love with a painting while at a school’s festival, Iku is able to meet the gentle high schooler who created it. She falls in love at first sight and with that feeling in her heart, decides to enroll in that high school! But, what happens when she joins the art club and discovers her gentle prince has disappeared and a sleazeball has taken his place?!
Plot: This is a pretty stereotypical story. Frankly I’m not interested in continuing to read it. However it is completed in Japan so maybe I’ll read it if I ever get desperate enough and lack something else to read. The likelyhood of that is fairly low though.
Characters: Iku is a pretty normal girl, in fact she’s pretty damn average in just about everything. Nagaike on the other hand is more than a bit of an ass. However that’s fairly normal for high school aged boys, so again nothing new.
Art: The art at least is good, but it’s not enough for me to continue reading the series.
Overall: A fairly average series, if you are super desperate for a Romance to read it would do in a pinch, but there are better series out there. It’s still a better love story than Twilight though.
For those who like: Romance, School Life, Drama, Good Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya!
Plot Synopsis: Saruno Amakuni is a 15-year-old student of Junishi High School. As a teenage boy, he desperately tries to find a girlfriend. Being fed up with seeing all the girls fall in love with high school athletes, he decides to join a sports-club himself. He starts looking around at the different sports clubs with the guidance of his friend, Sawamatsu Kengo. They go to check out the weight lifting club (of which there is only one member, a large, frighteningly buff guy), only for Saruno to see a girl that he assumes to be the manager of the club and show off for her. After sufficiently hurting himself, he helps the girl, Torii Nagi , carry some weights off somewhere, and while talking to her finds out that she is actually a manager for the baseball club, not the weight lifting club…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is full of gags, and it gets more than a little bit annoying. Frankly I’m really not interested in continuing to read this series. Maybe it gets better later on in the series, but basing my judgement off this first chapter (which is the whole purpose of my Quick Reviews) I’m not going to count on it.
Characters: Frankly I don’t like Amakuni, he’s a perverted brat who continuously makes a fool of himself. The rest of the cast isn’t that great either, in fact the only semi likable character is Nagi, but she’s pretty shallowly represented in this first chapter so I can’t get a good read on her as a character.
Art: The art is the only good thing about the series, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s published by Shueisha.
Overall: Based on this first chapter it’s an easily skippable Sports series.
For those who like: Sports, Baseball, School Life.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above and/or Mediocrity.