Bookish Wednesday: Desire by Cameron Milan

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG. It’s Desire by Cameron Milan!

Plot Synopsis: An all powerful entity bestows individuals with a powerful brand in the form of a tattoo. Using the system that is controlled by the tattoo, you can learn supernatural abilities, acquire knowledge unknown to man, and acquire objects that would only be found in fiction. The world is changing… and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, have been chosen. Ace lives for physical improvement. He loves the feeling of breaking his records and growing stronger. Unfortunately, he has plateaued in recent months, discouraging him greatly. Vincent is plagued by little to no desire in anything he does. Good grades? Successful life? He feels nothing. Except, perhaps, the feeling of pain and fear. Sadly for him, modern day society is a peaceful one.

Plot: The plot isn’t that amazing, in fact it’s a bit stereotypical. That being said it’s helped by the fact that Vincent is a lot more cynical than Ace. That being said it’s not a bad story, but it could probably go through a couple revisions of editing to get some kinks out.

Characters: Ace and Vincent are the main characters, but the entire cast is pretty interesting, but not entirely original.

Overall: A quick, but fun read. That being said if you are looking for originality you will be disappointed somewhat.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Magic, LitRPGs, Drama, Action, Adventure.

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

 

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Anime Sunday: Losers of Spring 2018

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with a look at the series I didn’t find to be that great. It’s my Losers of Spring 2018!

Mahou Shoujo Ore: Now I did say last week that I found Hinamatsuri to be funny. I also mentioned how I find slapstick humor to sometimes be grating and sometimes not. The line that was crossed for me in the case of Mahou Shoujo Ore was the breaking of the 4th wall in the first few minutes of the show. I’m not generally a fan of that particular trope and it was one too many things for me to enjoy the show.

Caligula: This show was just confusing, and I had no desire to continue past the first episode that I watched. It might have gotten better in later episodes, although I’ve heard that it didn’t. Nevertheless it failed miserably in catching my attention.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Were there any shows I missed that deserve to be on this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Anime Sunday: Winners of Spring 2018

I’m back with a look at the past season for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Winners of Spring 2018!

Golden Kamuy: I enjoyed this series, excepting for the awkward usage of some 3DCG artwork, the series was entertaining on a whole. Whether you will enjoy it is something I can’t tell you, but you might.

Hinamatsuri: This series was oddball enough to make me laugh, but not so slapstick that I couldn’t enjoy the comedy. That can sometimes be a fine line for me, but Hinamatsuri managed to pull it off fairly well.

Series I didn’t get a chance to look at this season, but mean to do so sometime soonish:

Devil’s Line: Being an Urban Fantasy romance series, this might be interesting. Or it could totally disgust me. We’ll see. I may make a post on this series.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday.

Bookish Wednesday: Paragons by Jeff Sproul

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a LitRPG book I could’ve sworn I’ve covered already. It’s Paragons, Sigil Online Book 01, by Jeff Sproul!

Plot Synopsis: Loss was nothing new to an orphan like Riley. But when the online persona he’d spent years building, was ripped away by a monster with unbelievable power, everything changed….

Plot: The plot is okay, and it’s more about character growth than anything else, including the LitRPG part. Sure that’s a rather large portion of it, but honestly this is a story about Riley growing up.

Characters: Riley is not an amazing person, which makes him a fairly decent lead character. The rest of the cast is just as good, although honestly I wish the story had a bit more of Warcry in it.

Overall: A good, but not exceptionally spectacular LitRPG. There are much worse series out there, but there are better as well.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Super Powers, Flawed Main Characters, Good Plot, Decent Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with yet another Spring 2018 series. It’s my Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Tsubaki Aoi is a college student who has the ability to see Ayakashi, a trait she inherited from her deceased grandfather. One day, when Aoi walks past a torii shrine, she sees an Ayakashi sitting there who announces that it is hungry. She gives it her lunch and then heads to class. On her way back she finds her bento box on the steps of the shrine and goes to pick it up….

Plot: The plot isn’t spectacular, but it’s not terrible either. I really rather enjoyed it, as Aoi is a girl who absolutely doesn’t give up and doesn’t like to take crap from anyone. That being said there is some things that look really obvious to me, but whether or not they actually are what I think they are remains to be seen in future episodes.

Characters: Aoi is our main character and she’s pretty awesome. She’s by no means a bad ass girl, but she has backbone and is quite enjoyable to watch. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, although my favorite side character might just be Ginji.

Art: This is the one downside to this series, and honestly is a pretty big one. The animation is sub par, it’s not as bad as Studio Deen, but it’s pretty damn terrible nonetheless. There were plenty of times when I paused the screen and saw just horrible animation.

Music: The music is fitting, but nothing spectacular either.

Overall: I’d say it would be a must watch if not for the horrendous animation quality. If you can get over that, than this might just be the show for you. If not, you probably ought to move on.

For those who like:  Urban Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Good Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters.

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

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 1-9 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with a series that I was hoping the author would start updating again, and they did so I’ve decided to cover it. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 1-9 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather, walking on walls. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time…

Plot: The plot of this series is pretty freaking awesome, and while there are some who might say that it’s generic and uninnovative, I would say that it doesn’t matter as it’s done in a way that is highly enjoyable and entertaining. I was really disappointed that the author had a 6 month break, but now that they have started updating again I’m quite happy and hopeful that it will get the finish that it deserves.

Characters: Rainer is a pretty awesome male lead, he’s quite genre savy and while he was trying to walk on a wall, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying the hell out of the mishap. The rest of the cast is rather small, and I won’t spoil it by giving out names, it is quite an enjoyable cast at this time.

Overall: A solid and rather excellent series, that takes the Isekai genre and carves it into what could be a masterpiece.

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

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but I highly suggest giving this series a shot.

Anime Sunday: Hinamatsuri Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the first episode of a series I’ve covered in a previous Manga Monday. It’s my Hinamatsuri Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: A mid-level Yakuza, Nitta Yoshifumi, relaxes at home when a large metal pod drops onto his head out of nowhere. After hitting a switch on the back, a naked girl emerges from the pod. Remembering nothing else except her name, Hina, she uses psychokinesis to threaten Nitta into buying her clothes and toys…

Plot: The plot is incredibly slapstick, which is alright because there is absolutely nothing about this series that should be taken seriously. At all.

Characters: Nitta is a rather unlucky guy, but I enjoy him as he’s pretty much one of the only sane characters in the series. Hina on the other hand is hilarious, but that’s more because of her actions rather than her personality.

Art: The art is pretty good, but it’s not super amazing either.

Music: The music is mediocre, while not being terrible it’s not really memorable either.

Overall: If you enjoy, or need, a good laugh you could do worse than watch Hinamatsuri. You could do better though as well.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Slapstick.

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