Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead to the start of next year! It’s my Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime!

Märchen Mädchen: It’s an Isekai story, but it’s based off of our fairy tales and mythology, so I’m all for that. The fact that the lead is a female character instead of some dumb guy is just more icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to this series, hopefully it doesn’t flop.

Fate/Extra: I’m a huge Fate series fan, so the fact that the sub series that I enjoy the most is getting an Anime adaptation is awesome. However for those who are unaware there are 3 basic routes to the game, one featuring it’s own separate Servant. This is going to be animating the Male Hakuno and Saber route, which I am not so much a fan of. I don’t hate this particular Saber and no it’s not the same Saber from Stay Night. I just enjoy Caster a hell of a lot more. Maybe they’ll let ufotable animate Caster’s route, which I’ll totally accept as a excuse and appetizer for why we need another saber faced heroine getting screen time. This is being done by Shaft for those unaware, so expect plenty of awesome animation, just not as awesome as ufotable.

Here’s praying my favorite Fox Girl gets her own screen time, her own story along with that of a female Hakuno would be pretty freaking awesome. The reason this sub-series is my favorite is it’s got a big focus on Romance, which the Stay Night and Apocrypha series aren’t as intrinsically tied into.

As an aside, I’m starting to play this game on my PC, and I’m looking for help getting the emulation software to work properly so I can enjoy the original game fully. If anyone can help with that, please shoot me an email which you can find on my contact page. I am a total beginner when it comes to emulation, so any help would be appreciated.

Death March: I love the Web Novel that this series is based off of, so I’m really looking forward to the Anime Adaptation. Hopefully it doesn’t screw up the pacing by going too fast, because that will really destroy the whole thematic feel of the series.

Darling in the FranXX: It’s another Studio Trigger series, so I’m fully prepared to either love or hate this series based on how insane it gets. Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann were a bit too over the top for me. We’ll see how this goes.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Overlord: Is getting a second season, this adaptation of a Light Novel series was pretty awesome. Whether the later arcs get adapted just as well, remains to be seen. The only reason this isn’t up above and in the Honorable Mentions section is it isn’t a brand new Anime or adaptation. It’s a sequel or a continuation.

Kokkoku: I just read the synopsis of the series, so I’m looking forward to this if only out of curiosity.

Card Captor Sakura: Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a brand new storyline taking part in their Middle School days, I’ll give it a shot at least to determine if my baby sister might enjoy the series, or if I’ll just have her read the original stuff on it’s own without getting into this additional plotline.

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Sensate Saturday: From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got a Quick Review of an adaptation from a Light Novel. It’s From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya!

Plot Synopsis: A high school girl reincarnates in another world as Lily Ruzsa. While she occasionally reminisces about her past life, she is now known as “the Maid of the Royal Family,” after helping to rear the lady who eventually married the crown prince. One day she gets a sudden and unexpected request from the Court Magician….

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is more amusing than heartwarming, though I will say I took a peek at the second chapter and it does become rather heartwarming. This isn’t a series full of action and adventure, it’s decidedly Slice of Life and that isn’t a bad thing.

Characters: Lily is our main character and she doesn’t have any cheats, or special abilities from reincarnating into another world. All she has is her knowledge as a motherless child from Japan who had to take care of her younger brother and sister while her father worked. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the cheat level characters that so often happen in Tensei or Isekai stories. Leonard, the male lead, isn’t a bad character just really blunt and socially awkward. I like him quite a bit, if only because I see parts of myself in him.

Art: The art is excellent, which makes me really want to read the original Light Novel, however said Light Novel hasn’t been translated past the first few chapters.

Overall: A great read if you need something to warm your heart up on a Winter day.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Excellent and Heartwarming Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

TNT: Breakers Arc 03 by Chwiryong

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the third arc in Shutra’s rise to fame. It’s Breakers Arc 03 by Chwiryong!

Plot Synopsis: Having discovered an abandoned Dwarven fortress and portal In-gong, who now inhabits the body of the Ninth Prince Shutra, along with his new half-sister Caitlin has now formally made an alliance with Caitlin and her older brother Chris.

Plot: This is another short arc, but again it’s very important to the rest of the story.

Characters: We really get introduced to the Fifth Princess, Felicia in this chapter. Otherwise there aren’t any new characters really.

Overall: Again a pretty important arc, even if it’s a bit shorter than I’d personally prefer, it’s still in the foundation portion of the story.

Sensate Saturday: Fremd Torturchen by Ayasato Keishi

This week I’m back with another Quick Review for Sensate Saturday. It’s Fremd Torturchen by Ayasato Keishi!

Plot Synopsis: After dying a tragic and horrible death, Sena Kaito was reborn in another world and confronted with a peerless beauty, Elisabeth, who had appeared before his eyes. Introducing herself as “Torturchen,” she commanded Kaito to become her servant….

Plot: This first chapter’s plot was pretty messed up, and while it definitely caught my attention I’ll probably put this on my wait to be read shelf. This isn’t due to anything wrong with the series, it’s just that it looks to be a fairly depressing series on the whole, so I’m going to wait to read it until I’m not so personally stressed out.  I should also mention that this is an adaptation from a Light Novel.

Characters: Kaito is a pretty pathetic protagonist, but that is more due to his circumstances than his own faults. I’m sure he has some, but we really didn’t get to see much of those in this first chapter. Elizabeth on the other hand seems to be a little odd, and while she’s obviously not a nice and cheerful woman it’s clear that she has her own issues from her past. We didn’t really get introduced to anyone else in this chapter.

Art: The art is pretty good, while it’s not super amazing it isn’t terrible either.

Overall: If you can deal with the obvious depressing nature of the series, it might just be a good read.

For those who like: Tragedy, Horror, Drama, Intense Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters, Good Artwork.

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

TNT: Tips on How to Enjoy Web Serializations

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with some tips and tricks. It’s some Tips on How to Enjoy Web Serializations!

Web Serializations?: What I generally cover in these columns are Web Serializations, what is known more commonly as Web Novels.

Ok so tips?: Yep I got a few really easy tips to get the most out of every Web Novel you read. This can hold true for any piece of written work, but I find that they are really great for Web Novels in particular.

Tip #1 Stockpile!: Let any Web Novel you read get a good amount of chapters built up before beginning to read. Give yourself at least 3 whole days worth of chapters to read, and by whole days I mean days where you would do nothing but read those chapters. For me that means I often have to wait for at minimum a stockpile of at least 250 chapters worth. I read much too quickly, and if I don’t stockpile at least that much I’m liable to just go through it too quick.

This is for chapters that come out to at least 2,000 words per chapter on average. If they are shorter that means I’ll need to increase the amount of chapters I stockpile. The same is true in reverse, if they are incredibly long chapters I can get away with less chapters.

Another way to stockpile is to do it based on Arc or Volume, if there are Arcs or volumes indicated in the table of contents it’s totally doable to just stockpile chapters until an arc or volume is completed. This allows the author to go through a relatively self contained plot thread from beginning to end.

Tip #2 Binge!: Once you’ve stockpiled enough chapters to get a few days worth of solid reading, binge read that story and it alone. Don’t read anything else, unless you are like me you’ll probably confuse yourself if you are reading more than a single story or if you’re really skilled two, at one time. So go through those chapters and enjoy the story.

Tip #3 Once Caught Up Stop Reading!: If you are reading a Web Novel you’ll come to realize that most of the story is so splintered into  small chapters that it’s really hard to appreciate the story if you continue reading every time a new chapter is released. Don’t do this, it’ll ruin the stories for you. Seriously it sounds counter intuitive, but absolutely do not continue reading once caught up. Follow Tips #1 and 2.

Tip #4 Rotate!: In order to allow all the above tips to occur I rotate stories I’ll read. Assuming all series release with similar amount of chapters per week, it’s easy to set up a rotation of different series to read in order to really get the most out of stories. In reality this can’t happen due to how different authors, and by extension translators, work. So you’ll need to build a vast library of different series in order to really get a solid rotation. This might end up being 20+ series, but you’ll be able to get a good amount of chapters stockpiled for binge reading for each series if you go through the rotation.

For me I’ll constantly add new series to my rotation and drop those which I’ve found to be not worth reading in comparison to other stories. I’ve stopped reading stories due to many reasons, sometimes I just find they are inferior to other similar stories and so I’ll drop them in favor of the other. There are plenty of other reasons as well, but the biggest is the one I just mentioned.

That’s it for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday! Hopefully this helps those fellow enthusiasts of Web Novels, and other media, enjoy the stories more!

 

Anime Sunday: Knights and Magic Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Summer 2017 season. It’s my Knights and Magic Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a world where medieval knights use giant robots called Silhouette Knights to fight against demon beasts, magical ravenous animals that devour everything on sight. Tsubasa Kurata, a mecha otaku from Japan who gets killed in a car accident is reincarnated in this new parallel world as Ernesti “Eru” Echavalier, a boy born into a noble family…

Plot: The plot pacing of this series is way too fast for my tastes, which is a pity because they could’ve doubled the number of episodes and the series probably would’ve done fairly well. But we’ll never know now most likely. The pace is half a Light Novel volume per episode, so two episodes equals a Light Novel volume. I’ve stated in the past this is just way too fast for most series, and I stand by that statement still.

We don’t get to see Eru’s rebirth and him getting to actually learn magic and come to serious understanding of it and befriend Addy and Kid. Instead the entire School arc is pretty much skipped over, including probably huge plot points that will be key in later arcs. That being said it wasn’t a bad episode, it just went much too fast when I have my own prior knowledge of the actual source material.

Characters: Eru is a decent main character, but we lack a ton of background on him that was glossed over in this first episode. Addy and Kid are severely lacking in character background, which is a pity as Addy’s relationship with Eru is much more expanded upon and makes her look not nearly as childish in the original source material.

Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality at all. It could be better, but so could a lot of things with this series.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not super amazing either.

Overall: This could’ve been a much better Anime, it’s a pity it got so screwed over with this adaptation. That being said it’s still fun to watch, just don’t read the original source material prior to watching. You’ll hate yourself.

For those who like: Fantasy, Mecha, Magic, Action, Drama, Politics.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or poor pacing.

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.