Bookish Wednesday: Otherlife Awakenings by William D. Arand

Hey all this week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the third book in Runner’s adventures. It’s Otherlife Awakenings by William D. Arand!

Plot Synopsis: Runner and his team managed to bring peace to Tirtius, successfully log the crew out, and have begun settling in to make a home on the isle of Vix. North Wood fort itself. Fate isn’t going to let them go that easily though. She clearly hasn’t decided on what to do with him. Plots are in motion. Threats local, outside of the ship, divine, and abroad in game scheme to exterminate Runner and the threat he represents. The possibility of what he could become. To top it all off, the server is clearly ramping up towards a full awakening. What does one do with an entire world of “living” beings who are aware? It all comes to a head when an assassin attempts to take his life in his own home. Now comes the true test. What is he willing to wager to build the future he wants, both in game and out? Or rather, who?

Plot: The plot is awesome, with plenty of revelations all around about the world Runner has come to inhabit. It also deals with Runner’s severe depression after the events of the last book, which I won’t spoil. There’s more “idiot plans” and new additions to Runners group of close followers.

Characters: Of all the new characters I found Satomi to be the best, though that may be slightly affected by the soft spot I have for the name as that was one of my teacher’s names in my Japanese High School class. That said Runner still was great to live the world through, even if Scott and Linda weren’t as present in this book as I would have liked. The rest of the cast was great, but truly the female leads were awesome in this entry with plenty of screen time for Grace, Sparky, Minxie, Brighteyes, Angel, and Bell.

Overall: An excellent ending to the trilogy, but not the end of the series apparently. The series will continue in the future, hopefully by the end of the year.

Sensate Saturday: Twin Role by Harumi Hitsuji

This week for Sensate Saturday I have another Quick Review. It’s Twin Role by Harumi Hitsuji!

Plot Synopsis: Azuma Izumi goes to a school that involves art and music but both sides compete against each other to win awards. Online, Izumi goes under the name Iz and creates the images to music videos created by a user named Kanon who is listed as a 21 year old female.  However, this user has a secret! Turns out Kanon is really the new transfer student Sagami Kaoru – the son of a famous musician and someone whom Izumi dislikes at first glance. Kaoru quickly puts two and two together and figures out Izumi is Iz, much to his chagrin and consternation.

Plot: Twin Role really shows how awkward Love Triangles can get, almost hilariously so. I’ve never been a fan of Love Triangles in general, but I have to admit that Twin Role handles it amazingly well.

Characters: Izumi and Kaoru are actually pretty well done lead characters, in fact I was really intrigued by them so I’ll probably continue reading this series when I get the chance.

Art: The art isn’t Shueisha level work, but it comes really close.

Overall: If you want to read a really awkward Love Triangle series that isn’t handled poorly, Twin Role is the best I’ve seen in a long time. For those who want action, look elsewhere, this is a Shoujo Romance/Slice of Life Series.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Excellent Art.

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

Manga Monday: Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru

Hey all, this week for Manga Monday I have another Quick Review. It’s Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru!

Plot Synopsis: In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war.

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I was pretty much instantly hooked after this first chapter, hopefully I’ll get to read all of it sooner rather then later. I do want to point out one more thing about the series, it is award winning, so take that how you will.

Characters: Sugimoto is a pretty interesting guy, it’s pretty obvious he’s dealing with serious issues from the war he fought in, despite all that he’s a pretty stable fellow. The rest of the cast we’ve met are pretty much nameless, but they look fairly interesting from this first chapter.

Art: The art is amazing, but once I looked up who the publisher was I wasn’t surprised to find it was Shueisha. That being said it is very graphic, so those with squeamish stomachs should probably not read this.

Overall: This has me hooked, so I’m going to give it the go ahead. Plus it’s an Award Winning series, it can’t be super terrible if it’s received an award.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Military, Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Excellent Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka!

Plot Synopsis: Ever since primary school, Nana has never been able to refuse the wishes of her friend, Yuyu, even if they were unpleasant things like matching outfits and hairstyles. She wanted to change…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, actually I’m really intrigued by this series so it’s definitely going to be something I’ll read, as I enjoy the premise of the story being about someone learning to stand up for themselves and making their own decisions.

Characters: Nana is our main character, and she’s a pretty decent lead, although a little whiny. The rest of the cast is good as well, although Shioka is probably my favorite character overall.

Art: The art is excellent, which is no surprise since this is published by Shueisha.

Overall: If you want a story that deals with what it’s like to be pressured into decisions, Nanairo Kakumei is a perfect fit for you. For those expecting action, you will be disappointed.

For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun!

Plot Synopsis: Class-president Teshigawara Sakura tries to get the new transfer student Samon Shosuke  to join a club or found his own as he is always alone in class. He got off the wrong foot with the class after claiming that his favorite Hobby was “summoning Demons”. Samon becomes interested in her after he learns of her being a “good person” including her image as an Angel. So he invites her to the roof to talk about something. Thinking he is about to confess his love she gets excited. At least at first….

Plot: The plot was fairly interesting, I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be so interesting before reading this first chapter. Hopefully we get to see lots more comedic action as the series progresses.

Characters: The lead pair are both fairly interesting, with Teshigawara being the epitome of a goody goody two-shoes, and Samon being pretty apathetic and uncaring towards the world as a whole. I hope to see them both grow as the series goes on.

Art: The art wasn’t quite as detailed as I was expecting from a Shueisha publication, not that it was bad it’s just the art style wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

Overall: I’m interested to see if this gets better, or if it just continues the same antics without really going anywhere. Hopefully it’ll be the former, because if it’s the latter I’ll probably stop reading it.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Action, School Life, Fantasy, Magic, Great Lead Characters, Interesting Plot, Good Artwork.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Star Alliance by Ken Lozito

star_alliance

This week I’m covering the third book in the Ascension Series. It’s Star Alliance by Ken Lozito!

Plot Synopsis: A daring rescue resulted in one of their own being captured. A soldier desperate to prevent the enslavement of humanity. Held prisoner by a vicious alien whose race is determined to conquer the galaxy, Zack wakes to find that he is cut off from everything. Zack must figure out a way to escape his captors and a prison full of dangerous aliens to get back to his ship. Did his friends even know he was still alive? Kaylan commands the Athena, Earth’s most advanced spaceship. The crew is far from home and caught in an intergalactic war. The Boxans demand that they leave the star system, Xiiginn warships are hunting them, and the Athena is hopelessly outclassed. Kaylan must choose between leaving Zack to his fate or risk the lives of the crew for the slim chance of rescuing him…

Plot: The plot of this entry is pretty good, although there were parts that I wasn’t very happy with, particularly the sudden love triangle between Kaylan, Katy and Zack that popped up at the end of the last book.

Characters: We get introduced to a few newcomers, but mostly it’s still the same cast as the previous book. That being said I enjoyed the Boxans quite a bit. Though Klaadamore is a bit of a pessimist….

Overall: A good entry, marred with some really frustrating plot devives.

Anime Sunday: Seiren Episode 01 Impressions

seiren

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Winter 2017 season. It’s my Seiren Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kamita Shouichi is a second-year high school student who is worried about university exams and his future….

Plot: First things first, I should mention that this is a sequel/spin-off to a series called Amagami, which I haven’t watched. That being said I’ve heard that the series will focus on a different “route” every 4 episodes. This first episode seems to focus on Shouichi and Hikari, a classmate of his that is a member of the swim team. I was pretty interested to hear that they were going to cover each female romantic interest, so I’m going to be watching the rest of the series for sure. So few romantic series that are adaptations or spin offs of visual novels cover each route, and that’s a crying shame since that’s a big draw of visual novels.

Characters: Shouichi is a pretty ordinary guy, who has little luck with girls, but at that age almost every guy does. He’s pretty focused on his studies and trying to get into a good college. Hikari on the other hand is boisterous and pretty interesting, although she seems to be uninterested in Shouichi, but that is probably just her faking that, or at least that’s what my gut tells me.

Art:  The art’s not ufotable quality, not even close, but it’s not nearly as bad as Studio Deen either. It’s average.

Music: Fits the series pretty well.

Overall: I’m giving this a go ahead, if only because so few Romance Adaptations/Anime with Visual Novel origins go the route of giving each heroine their own time as the romantic interest. Hopefully it proves worth it.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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