TNT: Bu ni Mi Volume 01 by Akashi Kakkaku

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another web novel series I read a few years back. It’s Bu ni Mi Volume 01 by Akashi Kakkaku!

Plot: This is a mix between the typical reincarnation genre from Japan and the more martial arts oriented Wuxia genre from China. It’s actually quite a good plot, guy dies of old age with two regrets, he didn’t master his martial arts and he didn’t get to see his adopted daughter and disciple, an elf girl, grow up to be happy. Then he gets reborn as an elf, and learns he’s now posthumously famous because his “daughter” is a bad ass who took his teachings and became a world wide hero.

Characters: Slava is our main character and is pretty decent, although he is a battle maniac so take that into consideration. The rest of the cast is okay, but it mainly revolves around Slava, Sheryl and Alma in this first volume.

Overall: This is a fun series that mixes two of my favorite genres in fiction and does a pretty decent job of it.

For those who like: Tensei, Wuxia, Martial Arts, Action, Decent Cast of Characters.

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

Movie Monday: Crocodile Dundee

Hey all I’m back with a true classic film for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Crocodile Dundee!

Plot: The plot is okay, it’s fairly stereotypical by today’s standards and even back then it was pretty cliched. However the acting and characters make up for that lackluster plot.

Casting: Paul Hogan is the titular character, Michael Dundee, and he does an awesome job at portraying him. That said it’s super stereotypical. The rest of the cast is just as good though with Linda Kozlowski portraying the female lead Sue.

Cinematography: The special effects are pretty well done although they are a bit cheesy to look at by today’s standards.

Music: The musical score is good, but not particularly noteworthy.

Overall: This is a true classic film, if a bit filled with cheesy stereotypes.

For those who like: Comedy, Romance, Action, Australian Accents.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or stereotypes played absolutely straight.

TNT: Instant Death Volume 03 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi

Hey all I’m back with the third volume in the satirical Isekai series I’ve taken a liking to recently. It’s Instant Death Volume 03 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but it starts off very oddly. Still the rest of the volume is pretty much Yogiri being his pretty passive self only to scare the living daylights out of pretty much everyone except Tomochika.

Characters: Honestly the entire class of Tomochika and Yogiri is made up of some really freaking weird people. That said I really did like seeing the new perspective of Ayaka.

Overall: A fun volume for this Satirical series.

TNT: Instant Death Volume 02 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the second entry in Yogiri and Tomochika’s adventures. It’s Instant Death Volume 02 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!

Plot: The plot continues with it’s comedic bent, and adds even more fuel to that fire with this volume. Honestly it’s kind of hilarious how much the plot tries to hammer home how much of a murderhobo many Isekai characters are, which when you look at it is pretty apt. That said if you were expecting serious drama, you should look elsewhere as you won’t find it here. Honestly I enjoyed reading this volume if only because it’s very much poking fun at the Isekai genre and main characters of fantasy role playing games everywhere.

Characters: We get introduced to more of the world, but the stars are still Yogiri and Tomochika, although she now has to deal with her ancestral spirit trying to egg her on into becoming a pyschopath. Which is again really funny, because that’s the exact opposite of what you’d expect of such a being.

Overall: A fun second entry, you should definitely give it a try.

Anime Sunday: Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another Summer 2019 season series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Cheat Magician Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: The plot is really stereotypical, and normally I try to give Isekai series more of a chance than just a single episode. However I just didn’t have the time this summer to watch more than a single episode. That isn’t to say I hated the episode, far from it. Cheat Magician is completely and unapologetically a stereotypical Isekai series, and makes no attempt to prove it’s otherwise.  It features completely overpowered characters, and supposedly a harem. I’m completely okay with that, as long as it makes no attempt to dress it up with an edgy plot or some other nonsense that is so typical in today’s Anime. I’m probably one of the few who is okay with how stereotypical it is, but Cheat Magicians doesn’t bother hiding it’s nature, it’s in the freaking title after all.

Characters: Our main two characters are Taichi and Rin and really most of the cast we get to meet in this episode. There is another, Myura, but we didn’t get to see too much of her in this episode. Overall Taichi and Rin are pretty decent main characters, but there wasn’t much character development in this first episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as other series this summer season. Still it’s hardly even close to being as bad as anything Studio Deen puts out, so I’m okay with it being just good.

Music: The musical score fits the episode. I haven’t listened to the themes though so I can’t say much more on the subject.

Overall: It’s a stereotypical Isekai series. Take that as you will, but at least it doesn’t bother trying to hide that fact at all. That puts it over a bunch of other series already in my books.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Decent Lead Characters, Good Artwork, Fitting Musical Score.

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

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This story is about a Cultivator, who is later called Teach, that gets slapped down into a lower realm and ends up mucking around in that lower realm. It’s mostly a parody or satire on the whole Cultivation genre and it’s pretty hilarious. Honestly if you love the Xianxia or Xuanhuan genres at all, you’ll get a kick out of The Dao of Magic.

Characters: The cast is pretty bare bones to start, mostly consisting of Teach and a few others, like Lola the Bunny. Honestly my favorite character is probably Tess, if only because I enjoy sneaky rogue type characters and she’s a pretty good one. That said Lola comes close, because she’s cute and it’s not at all because I found it absolutely hilarious when Teach starts punting her. Nope, not at all.

Overall: For fans of the Cultivation genre you’ll love this series, so give it a shot.

For those who like: Xianxia, Xuanhuan, Cultivation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya

Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Web Novel for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya!

Plot: This is a lighthearted Fantasy story that deals with an incredibly overpowered protagonist who isn’t a giant dick. It’s very stereotypical and honestly if it weren’t for it being a “Fluffy” sort of story I probably would never have bothered reading it in the first place. That being said the story isn’t too bad, but it’s nothing amazing either. Sadly the Author passed away this January so the series will never be fully completed. So do take that into consideration if you hate unfinished stories as much as me.

Characters: Our main protagonist is Myne and he’s an okay main character. He is however pretty bland, and overly humble in this first set of chapters. Aisha is one of our female leads in this story, although we don’t really get to see any of the rest yet. The rest of the cast is okay, but still pretty bland.

Overall: A skippable story, but if you want a light hearted Fantasy story than you could do worse than reading this one.

For those who like: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Overpowered Protagonists.

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