Anime Sunday: Tensura Episode 01 Impressions

Hey all I’m back with another new series for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Tensura Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This first episode is pretty focused on the Mikami’s life in Modern Day Japan, and while it does get us to the first big plot point it’s taking it’s time. So those wanting a ton of action will probably be disappointed. I wasn’t one of those people however as I’m really happy they’re taking a slow pace with the series and doing the story justice. I will admit I’ve read the Light Novels this is adapted from, and seeing it take such a slow pace when compared to the frenetic pace other adaptations have done in the past is really good.

Characters: Mikami is a pretty standard dude, honestly he’s kind of boring. Thankfully the rest of the story will make up for that, and Veldora was awesome to see in the Anime. Veldora was a very fun character. We don’t get to meet much of the cast though, but since it’s just the first episode that’s okay.

Art: The art is pretty awesome, and while it’s not ufotable quality Studio 8-Bit did a pretty darn good job.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s not that intense in this first episode so who knows how the rest of the series will handle music.

Overall: An excellent adaptation, with good pacing and excellent artwork.

For those who like: Isekai, Tensei, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Action, Adventure,Awesome Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Outstanding Artwork, Good Music.

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

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Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 40-46 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the seventh set of chapters in Rainer and co.’s adventures. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 40-46 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Having defeated the Arch-Lich in the fallen city of Nalmar and brining his friends back despite the interference of a Divinity, Rainer is now ready to tackle more of challenges in the North, in particular the Fae. However the Fae Queen has plans of her own in order to take back Luna from the new Archon…

Plot: This is a fun set of chapters, as it shows how much impact Rainer’s new classes have.

Characters: We get a whole bunch of new faces in this set of chapters, but my favorite newcomer is probably Elru.

Overall: A great set of chapters.

Serial Saturday: Atros Imperium Chapters 17-21 by Terry

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the third set of chapters in Anton’s new life. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 17-21 by Terry!

Plot Synopsis: Having assaulted the mountain that the Goblin’s had infested, Anton and the rest of the people of Atros now are returning to their home, both victorious and weary to the bone. But things aren’t over and the Goblin horde will be seeking their blood for the attack they just suffered…

Plot: This is the final set of chapters in what could be termed Volume 1, and that’s why I’m only covering four of them. They also happen to be incredibly long for Web Novels, which is something I always appreciate.  In addition we get some much needed explanation on the world, and in particular the fallen Kingdom of Kar.

Characters: We don’t get any new faces in this set of chapters, but the cast we’ve already met gets a bit more depth. Verona in particular really starts to shine as a character.

Overall: A great set of chapters.

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 33-39 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with more in Rainer’s journey. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 33-39 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Having ranked up to the second tier and become an Archon, Rainer is now much more powerful than before, and just in time as Kara and Gunthar were being attacked by Fae assassin’s sent by Luna’s mother to retrieve her….

Plot: This is an excellent set of chapters. I could say more, but that would be so spoilerific that it’d be a shame for those who have yet to read this series.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but my favorite is probably Theodore. And that’s not just because he shares the same name as my favorite historical president.

Overall: An incredibly solid set of chapters. If you haven’t started reading this series, you ought to do so.

Serial Saturday: Atros Imperium Chapters 9-16 by Terry

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Anton’s exploration of a new world. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 9-16 by Terry!

Plot Synopsis: Anton Thorn died in an incident of his own creation, his body torn and shredded to pieces. Yet death and eternal rest did not await him. Gods, from another world, took his soul along many others to their world to fight an overwhelming and impossible foe. By chance and oversight his soul was missed by the gods, his soul destined to remain in limbo and torment for all eterinity. A few weak and desperate gods took a chance with him and brought him through to their world. Now sent far away from the battle, in his original body, to a small village in the husk of a dead kingdom. It is now up to him to restore the Kingdom and fight off anything that would threaten him or those he loves; be they human, beast, monster or hero.

Plot: This is a rather important set of chapters as it really sets up the rest of the series, and shows us how dark the world Anton has found himself in. I won’t say much more, but this set of chapters is not for the faint of heart.

Characters: We get to meet a couple new faces, but for the most part this entire set of chapters is based on exploring the already met cast. Anton is still very much the protagonist though.

Overall: A solid, if somewhat dark, set of chapters in a series that is pretty awesome.

TNT: Hachinan tte Chapters 1-11 by Fuzi Choco

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a new series I’ve yet to cover. It’s Hachinan tte Chapters 1-11 by Fuzi Choco!

Plot Synopsis: Ichinomiya Shingo, a young 25 years old, single, worker of firm company while thinking of tomorrow’s busy working day goes to sleep. However, the moment he woke up, it was inside a room unknown to him. He then learned that he took over the mind of a 6 years-old child, remembering a lot from the memories of the said boy: he was born as the youngest (8th son and 10th child) in a of poor noble family living in back country. Having no administrative skill, he can’t do anything to manage the vast land his family has. Fortunately, he is blessed with the very rare talent of magic. Unfortunately, while it could bring prosperity to his family, in his situation it only led to a disaster. Yes, this is the story of the boy, Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister, opening his own path in a harsh world.

Plot: The plot is okay, but it’s not super amazing. Wend isn’t the smarted guy around, and that can be aggravating at times. Another aggravating thing is the frequent breaks to monologue or do random world building. The author is not that great at writing and I’ve read much better written stories before.

Characters: The cast in these first few chapters isn’t big, but Erich is probably my favorite side character. Wend on the other hand is kind of a dumbass and the stupid stuff he does just because he can is mind boggling.

Overall: A skippable series, this isn’t worth the time you’d spend reading it.

For those who like: Tensei, Fantasy, Magic, Drama

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

Bookish Wednesday: Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach

Happy Independence Day for those American readers, I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a LitRPG from an author I’ve reviewed for before. It’s Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach!

Plot Synopsis: In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she’s Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he’s famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, with most of the story alternating between Tina and James points of views. It’s an interesting take on the genre of Isekai and games turning real. Honestly it makes me appreciate that I don’t treat NPCs like shit like most people would. That being said there are some huge influences from games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. In fact WoW is a signifcant influence from my impressions of the book.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, with Tina being one of my least favorite characters. She is incredibly single minded and it leads to her taking actions that to a reader look really stupid. James on the other hand is an amazing character in that he grows over the course of the book incredibly. Tina doesn’t do that. My favorite side character is probably Fangs though.

Overall: A fun read, and an fresh take on the genres.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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