Serial Saturday: Upheaval Chapters 9-16 by Hodhandr

Hey all I’m back again with more of Lars’ shenanigans for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Upheaval Chapters 9-16 by Hodhandr!

Plot: Again like the last set of chapters this is really slow and much more Slice of Life than action oriented. That said there is action, just not a bunch of it. Honestly if you want anything resembling a plot, or action you’d best look elsewhere.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new faces, but they aren’t very consequential in the grand scheme of things.

Overall: An okay set of chapters, but like the last severely lacking in a driving force in the plot or much action.

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Serial Saturday: Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr

Hey all I’m back with another LitRPG for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr!

Plot: The plot is really quite haphazard, and doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s very much a Slice of Life series that has LitRPG elements. That’s not a bad thing exactly, but for some they’ll only get pissed off that the story doesn’t really ever progress. If you were expecting it to be like most other LitRPGs with tons of action and adventure, you will be very disappointed.

Characters: Lars is our main character and he’s very much an airhead. He does things that most would either find horrific or does stuff that most people would think is really stupid. Granted that the plot allows for some ridiculous things, but honestly I don’t like the main character all that much. The rest of the cast is fairly boring at the moment, though it does get a bit better later on.

Grammar: It’s passable, but it can be grating at times. If you are expecting quality work here in terms of grammar, you will be disappointed, but not to the point of wanting to throw something out or through a window.

Overall: An okay series, but it’s not that great. If you’re bored there are worse series to read out there, but there’s also better series to read.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Airhead Lead Characters.

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

TNT: Isekai Ryouridou Volume 02 by Eda

Hey all I’m back with the second entry in Arata’s adventure as a cook in a new world for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Isekai Ryouridou Volume 02 by Eda!

Plot: The plot of this second entry is pretty good, with Arata making more food for more people this time. That being said, if you are looking for action and adventure, prepare to be disappointed. This series isn’t one that focuses on that, not really. There are tense moments, and others as well, but it’s mostly focused on Arata being himself and trying to introduce delicious foods to the people of Forest’s Edge.

Characters: We get some new characters in this volume, mainly branch members of the Wu clan, but still it’s an interesting cast of characters. Ai Fa is still my favorite character, but Leina Wu was pretty interesting as well.

Overall: A solid second entry in a solid series. If you enjoy slower and more Slice of Life series that delve into the Isekai genre, Isekai Ryouridou will be just for you.

TNT: 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!

Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.

Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.

Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.

TNT: Isekai Ryouridou Volume 01 by Eda

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with another new series. It’s Isekai Ryouridou Volume 01 by Eda!

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting as it takes the typical Isekai plot sequence and throws it out the window. There is no Hero required to defeat a Demon King, no war to win. Instead Asuta is stuck in a very early hunter gatherer society and needs to make do with what he has, which is the knowledge of cooking. It’s not action packed, nor is it filled with great political intrigue, it’s just slice of life in a very different setting with a 17 year old kid who knows nothing but how to cook and general knowledge from public education.

Characters: Our stars are Tsurumi Asuta and Ai Fa, both of who are very different people and outcasts in the society Asuta finds himself in. Asuta isn’t some great warrior or gifted with incredible knowledge and foresight. Ai Fa is a young woman whose only family died a few years before leaving her to fend for herself in a community that prides itself on strength and hunting but frowns on Women doing what is perceived as Men’s work. The rest of the cast is interesting as well, but the stars are Asuta and Ai Fa.

Overall: A must read if you want something vastly different from the usual Isekai genre.

For those who like: Isekai, Slice of Life, Cooking, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Lead Characters, Amazing Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Only Sense Online Volume 05 by Aloha Zachou

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a series I haven’t covered in over a year! It’s Only Sense Online Volume 05 by Aloha Zachou!

Plot: The plot is much less action oriented in this volume sadly, and while that does fit this series well, it will turn away those who are looking for more action in a series that sometimes lacks it quite a bit. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the short action sequences were very lackluster and don’t really involve our heroine Yun. That said it’s definitely a more “fluffy” series like Kuma Kuma Kuma, but some may not enjoy it.

Characters: We don’t get any newcomers in this entry in the series, and it mostly reintroduces us to some people we didn’t see much of in the past volume. It was an okay entry, but short on character development.

Overall: An okay entry, but light on the action.

Serial Saturday: Siphon Chapters 1-36 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series that just had it’s first volume published. It’s Siphon Chapters 1-36 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while it’s nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary it is a fun read. It reminds me of series like Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, in that it’s more Slice of Life than anything action oriented. That isn’t to say there aren’t action parts, but they are few and far between. The plot starts off a little slow, and Jade our main character is apt to break out in song which can be a little grating, but given her background I don’t find it super annoying.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, but Jade our lead is definitely the star of the show. My favorite side character is either Camille or Stephen, but I’ve got a hard time choosing which.

Overall: A fun and lighter read than some of the LitRPG series out there in the English market so far. If you enjoy Slice of Life Siphon will be an awesome choice.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Isekai, LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Female Leads, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but you should give this a try.