Bookish Wednesday: The Reborn by Edward Brody

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering another LitRPG series. It’s Eden’s Gate Book 01: The Reborn by Edward Brody!

Plot Synopsis: When Gunnar Long logs into into the first fully-immersive virtual MMORPG, he finds himself in a new world filled with magic, mystery and adventure. However not is all as it seems as the creator of the game, Rupert Winston, decides to close off the world’s exit to make the world a true reality. Now trapped in the game and separated by an unknown distance from the one person who he cares for who logged in at the same time as him, Gunnar must make some tough decisions…

Plot: The plot of this book is okay, there are some moments where I really wanted to throttle Gunnar, but overall the story was good. It’s not super amazing, but it’s not bad. There are some seriously overused tropes that were used, trapped in the game etc. However the take on those tropes was interesting enough for me to overlook it for the most part. I won’t say it’s the best LitRPG book I’ve read, because that’s absolutely not the case.

Characters: Like I said above, Gunnar made me want to throttle him sometimes, mostly because he acts like an ass. There are multiple reasons why I dislike Gunnar, but he does get some very needed character growth over the book. The rest of the cast is great, with Adeelee probably being my favorite character of the lot.

Overall: A decent LitRPG, better than some (Unbound Deathlords I’m looking at you), but not as good as others like Awaken Online.

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Manga Monday: Pochi Kuro by Matsumoto Naoya

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Pochi Kuro by Matsumoto Naoya!

Plot Synopsis: A human girl falls into the demon realm and can’t seem to communicate with the local demon, Kuro, who found her. Humans are rare in the demon realm and many would love to eat a human…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, especially since Kuro and the girl can’t seem to communicate at all except through gestures. We never do get her name though in this chapter. I assume we’ll learn it later.

Characters: Kuro is a pretty hilarious male lead, as it’s pretty obvious he’s got no idea what to do when it comes to “cooking” a human. The girl is also pretty funny, although not being unable to understand her is a pit disappointing for us readers it does add to the humor of the chapter.

Art: The art is great as one would expect from a series that’s been published by Shueisha.

Overall: This looks to be an enjoyable and humorous series, definitely worth a read if you are looking for some laughs and a good plot.

For those who like: Fantasy, Drama, Romance?, Great Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

TNT: Breakers Arc 02 by Chwiryong

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the continued adventures of In-gong. It’s Breakers Arc 02 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: Having been transported into the world of his favorite game Knights Saga, In-gong is now the Ninth Prince and one of the children of the Demon King. But he had never played as Shutra before, because the only playable characters were Zephyr, the Second Demon Prince and Locke the Human Hero. Now armed with knowledge of the game he loved, he’s begun to change the story so he can prevent the massacre of all his new siblings by one of their own. The strongest and most powerful being after the Demon King, The Second Prince Zephyr… He only has a little over two years to change the world to prevent ending up a corpse.

Plot: This second arc is short, only a few chapters long, but it really sets up the rest of the series and builds off the first arc wonderfully. I won’t spoil what happens, but it’s the beginning of ripples that will affect the story Shutra knows that is suddenly his new reality.

Characters: We don’t really get introduced to any characters in this Arc, but that’s okay because we get more interaction between Shutra, Carack, Caitlin and Chris.

Overall: This is an excellent second arc, and although still a foundation arc, it’s not at all boring.

Manga Monday: Dr. Stone by Inagaki Riichiro

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a fairly new series. It’s Dr. Stone by Inagaki Riichiro!

Plot Synopsis: This science-fiction adventure series follows what happens when suddenly the world’s biggest-ever “crisis” arrives….

Plot: This series starts off pretty well, and while Senkuu is a really odd character, I like him quite a bit. Eccentricity isn’t a bad thing. I was quickly entranced by the series, but given that it was written by the Mangaka of Eyeshield 21 I shouldn’t have been surprised.

Characters: Senkuu and Taiju are our male lead characters along with Yuzuriha as our female lead. They are all really interesting characters and frankly I’m super intrigued by them. Senkuu is a genius, and Taiju seems to be the brawny guy. So I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Artwork: The artwork is awesome, as one would expect from a Jump series.

Overall: I won’t say it’s a must read, but it’s pretty darn close to being one.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Action, Adventure, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Stella to Mille Feuille by Watanabe Kana

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Stella to Mille Feuille by Watanabe Kana!

Plot Synopsis: Hayama Ginga begins his freshman year in high school by living alone in order to escape his stern father and begin a new life. However, his new life seems to be full of the unexpected…?!

Plot: The plot is okay, but I probably won’t continue reading the series, because I just got confused by Ginga’s actions and thoughts clashing so much.

Characters: Ginga is a really unlucky dude, but it’s also pretty amusing to see him fail so bad at stuff. Tsubaki on the other hand is a much more mature and happy go lucky young woman, although that should be fairly obvious since she is older than Ginga.

Art: The art is great though, as one would expect from a Shueisha publication.

Overall: An okay read, but I’ll not be continuing to read past this first chapter.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Funny Female Lead, Great Artwork.

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

TNT: Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second arc in Keima’s adventures in his quest for sleep. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 02 by Onikage Spanner!

Plot Synopsis: Masuda Keima was summoned into another world, but he really wasn’t excited by that. He truly just wanted to drift by and do nothing but sleep. He was summoned by a Dungeon Core, number 695, whom he promptly nicknamed Rokuko. However after introducing himself he ended up getting stuck with the job of Dungeon Master when Rokuko said his name. Now he was stuck with a job in a dungeon with only a couple rooms and one of them was full of bandits….

Plot: The plot of this second arc is building upon the last arc, with Keima dealing with the aftermath of the end of the bandits, but it also introduces us to the wider world that he’s been summoned, now that he can leave the Dungeon freely. Frankly I was pretty impressed with how intelligent and ruthless Keima was in the first arc, so I was a bit disappointed in the lack of chicanery. That isn’t to say this is a bad arc, it isn’t. It’s just different.

Characters: This arc also serves to really introduce the new character, Meat, the slave Keima and Rokuko freed from the bandits after dealing with them. Still I was quite impressed with Keima’s paranoia, and ingenuity with his limited abilites.

Overall: A solid second arc, it does have a bit less action than the first arc, but it’s still a good read.

 

Anime Sunday: Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with my first look at the Summer 2017 season’s offerings for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Smartphone Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya  is accidentally struck by lightning and killed by God. As an apology, God allows him to be reborn into a fantasy world along with a single special request. Touya uses his request in order to bring his smartphone into the new world with him.

Plot: It sounds cliche and stereotypical, and it sort of is, but despite that it was a fun adventure and I’ll probably be shamelessly watching the entire series as I highly enjoy the original Web Novel. This first episode covers the first few chapters of the web novel for those out there who may have read it, introducing us to the world where Touya is brought to and a couple of his new companions, Elze and Linze. This looks like it’ll be adaptating multiple arcs, so maybe this series will be more than a single cour? I hope so, as I said I’ll be shamelessly watching the entire series.

Characters: Touya is a remarkably easy going young man, and while he may have just died he’s awfully calm about the whole thing. Elze and Linze were two of our heroines, and they were pretty fun to watch interact with Touya. Honestly though this first episode didn’t introduce many characters. God was pretty funny though.

Art: The art isn’t ufotable quality, but it wasn’t even close to Studio Deen bad, so I’m content.

Music: The music was pretty light and outgoing, which matches the series really well. I wouldn’t say it’s really memorable though.

Overall: A great first episode, in what hopefully will be a multi-cour series. Definitely a watch for any Isekai/Tensei genre fans.

For those who like: Isekai/Tensei Stories, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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