This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Wend’s new life. It’s Hachinan tte Chapters 12-22 by Fuzi Choco!
Plot Synopsis: Ichinomiya Shingo, a young 25 years old, single, worker of firm company while thinking of tomorrow’s busy working day goes to sleep. However, the moment he woke up, it was inside a room unknown to him. He then learned that he took over the mind of Wendelin a 6 years-old child, remembering a lot from the memories of the said boy: he was born as the youngest (8th son and 10th child) in a of poor noble family living in back country. Having no administrative skill, he can’t do anything to manage the vast land his family has. Fortunately, he is blessed with the very rare talent of magic.
Plot: The plot is okay, but honestly it’s pretty standard for a Tensei series. The plot pacing is also fairly slow, so those who enjoy fast plots won’t enjoy this set of chapters at all.
Characters: We don’t get to meet a bunch of new characters, but we do get a few like Amalie and Klaus. Honestly though it’s mainly focused on Wend.
Overall: An okay, but not amazing set of chapters.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode in an old series. It’s my Dragonaut Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Two years ago Kamishina Jin survived a shuttle accident that killed the rest of his family, causing in him to live out the rest of his life alone. Meanwhile Earth faces possible destruction from an asteroid, and thus the ISDA works on “D-Project” to stop it. In a facility Tachibana Kazuki, Jin’s old friend, is tested for his compatibility with a Dragon, which is a success.
Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, honestly this first episode isn’t that great. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s nothing spectacular.
Characters: Honestly the cast in this first episode is really poor. I didn’t like any of the characters to be honest, except for maybe Toa. Still it’s nothing special and pretty mediocre.
Art: The art is also fairly generic as well. Honestly I wasn’t impressed with this series.
Music: And to keep up the standard of mediocrity the music was nothing special either.
Overall: An easily skippable series.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance (Apparently), Drama, Mecha, Mediocrity.
Happy Independence Day for those American readers, I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a LitRPG from an author I’ve reviewed for before. It’s Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach!
Plot Synopsis: In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she’s Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he’s famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever…
Plot: The plot is pretty good, with most of the story alternating between Tina and James points of views. It’s an interesting take on the genre of Isekai and games turning real. Honestly it makes me appreciate that I don’t treat NPCs like shit like most people would. That being said there are some huge influences from games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. In fact WoW is a signifcant influence from my impressions of the book.
Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, with Tina being one of my least favorite characters. She is incredibly single minded and it leads to her taking actions that to a reader look really stupid. James on the other hand is an amazing character in that he grows over the course of the book incredibly. Tina doesn’t do that. My favorite side character is probably Fangs though.
Overall: A fun read, and an fresh take on the genres.
For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Hey all I’m back for this week’s Serial Saturday with another set of chapters in Rainer’s story. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 27-32 by Aternus!
Plot: Having fled successfully from the world of Nalmar after having been trapped by the Arch-Lich, Rainer and his friends are now getting ready to tackle Rainer’s advancement to the 2nd Tier of classes, but first they have some unfinished business in the area…
Plot: This is a rather fun set of chapters, as it brings us a side of Rainer that wasn’t fully explored quite yet, although it was hinted at. I won’t say more, because that’d be super spoilerific.
Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but the stars are still Rainer and his friends.
Overall: A solid, if a bit less action packed set of chapters.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Anime!
Isekai Maou to Shoukan Dorei Majutsu: This is an Isekai series, I’ve heard it’s a fairly funny series with a ridiculously OP main character. Whether it’s any good remains to be seen, but it’s a pretty okay Light Novel series.
Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria: This is another Isekai series, but this time the main character isn’t some OP bad ass and actually has to work his ass off and isn’t given any help from pretty much anyone upon arriving in a new world. I’m unsure on this series as I haven’t read it’s original Light Novels, but given the synopsis and the fact that the main character isn’t some walking nuke I’m interested.
Happy Sugar Life: This is a Horror series. If you want to know how screwed up humans can be, you might want to watch this. Me I’m just watching it because it’s more psychological horror rather than a traditional horror series. I might regret it, but I’ll be giving it a shot.
Fate/Extra Last Encore: The second season of Last Encore, this will continue the weird adaptation of a game I really need to finish playing.
One Room Season Two: I enjoyed these short form Anime last year, and I’ve been a fan of the main artist for this series. So I’ll be giving this a quick watch.
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?
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.