Anime Sunday: Märchen Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another series from Winter 2018. It’s my Märchen Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kagimura Hazuki is a 15-year-old high school student who is painfully shy and socially inept; and as a result of this, she has no friends or even a love interest. She is very imaginative and a dedicated fan of fantasy fiction, traits which were ingrained by her mother, who died when Hazuki was still little; and whenever she is upset, she immediately finds herself a story book to immerse herself in.  One day after school, Hazuki comes across a cloaked figure and decides to follow her to an unused library…

Plot: The plot is pretty decent, although there are some detractions to the story with some fanservice that occurs. That being said I did find this series particularly interesting prior to this season’s start due to the fact that the author had died before finishing the original Light Novel series. Whether they can make a functional Anime out of an adaptation of an incomplete series remains to be seen.

Characters: Hazuki is a female lead who is fairly stereotypical, although I did find her trait of escaping into a good book particularly relatable. The rest of the cast is okay, although like I said above there is more than a bit of fanservicey parts that detract from the plot.

Art: The art is excellent with character designs done by the novel’s illustrator Kantoku, who I’ve mentioned before as being one of my favored artists in the Japanese scene. Feel free to look up their work, although fair warning that much of it is incredibly NSFW.

Music: The music is okay, but it’s nothing too memorable either.

Overall: A decent series, but the fanservice that happens really detracts from the actual story.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy in General, Fairy Tales, Decent Plot, Awesome Artwork.

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

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Movie Monday: Now You See Me

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a movie that is often overlooked for more action oriented flicks. It’s Now You See Me!

Plot Synopsis: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, and it definitely had enough twists and turns that I enjoyed the hell out of it. Considering that I watched this with my family on a whim from On Demand one late winter night years ago I have to admit it was one doozy of a ride. I won’t spoil anything by going further, but the tagline of “The closer you look, the less you’ll see.” sure does hold true.

Characters: The entire cast is awesome, with my favorite characters being played by Mark Ruffalo (of Hulk fame from the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Morgan Freeman.

Cinematography: I admit to having a bit of a hazy memory on the special effects used, but I remember being rather impressed, although nothing like you’d see in a Lucasfilm movie like Star Wars.

Overall: If you enjoy Bank Heist movies, and/or Illusionists you’ll love Now You See Me.

Serial Saturday: Randidly Ghosthound Chapters 1-40 by Puddles

This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got a real treat for you all. It’s The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound by Puddles!

Plot Synopsis: As the system initializes, the world shifts. Geography is rearranged and mixed, and levels and stats are instituted across the globe. On that night, one young man was walking through an underground tunnel, his mind on the small problems of his easy life. Because of his location during the shift, he starts in a dungeon far above his level, with no knowledge or teacher, or Newbie Village to guide him. Without a class, he struggles simply to survive in this world changed by its new connection to the Nexus. But struggle he will, for he is Randidly Ghosthound, and this is only how his legend begins…

Plot: The plot of Ghosthound is amazing, I had more than a few sleepless nights when I first read the series and while the series isn’t complete yet, I have no doubt that this would sell amazingly well if ever published. These first forty chapters include the foundation for Ghosthound, and while by the end of it Randy has started to grow into his own, it’s still just the beginning of the story. To put it into perspective there are 330+ chapters as of writing this post.

Characters: Randy is an awesome main character, he’s neither stupid nor so intelligent that he’s not relatable. However the rest of the cast is just as amazing as Randy. My personal favorite is Shal, but the rest of the cast is excellent too.

Grammar: The grammar is excellent, and while there are some mistakes, there aren’t more than you’d find in a newspaper.

Overall: If you love any sort of fantasy, or gaming, at all you need to read Ghosthound. It’s one of the best English original Web Novels out there.

For those who like: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, LitRPGs, Magic, Excellent Plots, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like:

Personal Status: Eagerly On Hold to allow more chapters to be written, and to save it for the months of hell called summertime.

Movie Monday: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering another Childhood favorite classic. It’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory!

Plot Synopsis: In a small town, children visit a candy shop. Charlie Bucket, a poor paperboy, stares through the window as the shop owner sings “The Candy Man”. Walking home, he passes Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. A mysterious tinker tells Charlie, “Nobody ever goes in, and nobody ever comes out.” Charlie rushes home to his widowed mother and bedridden grandparents. After telling Grandpa Joe about the tinker, Joe reveals that Wonka locked the factory because other candy makers, including rival Mr. Slugworth, sent in spies to steal his recipes. Wonka disappeared, but after three years resumed selling candy; the origin of Wonka’s labor force is unknown. The next day, Wonka announces that he hid five “Golden Tickets” in chocolate Wonka Bars. Finders of the tickets will receive a factory tour and a lifetime supply of chocolate…

Plot: The plot is good, although it does stray a bit from the original source material, the book by Roald Dahl. Fun fact for those unaware, Dahl disowned the film after having disputes with the directors. I never knew that until I read it while getting information for writing this post. That being said this is most definitely a movie meant for children, so don’t expect thrilling action sequences. Another fun fact, the source material and the remake of this movie are both titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” instead of what this film is titled.

Characters: The characters are all good, and while some are annoying it’s intentional. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is excellent and fits the character incredibly well. The rest of the cast is good as well.

Cinematography: Good, although with today’s special effects it does look more than a bit cheesy now.

Music: Being a musical there is plenty of music in this film, and most of it is pretty memorable, if a bit campy.

Overall: If you’ve never watched it, you probably should as it’s regarded as one of the films anyone should watch. It’s even preserved in the Library of Congress, which is highly picky of what gets put in there.

For those who like: Musicals, Fantasy, Children Movies, Good Plot, Excellent Cast.

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

 

Bookish Wednesday: SpeedRunner by Adam Elliott

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s SpeedRunner, book 01 of the Tower of Babel Series, by Adam Elliott!

Plot Synopsis: Launch day. That was what they called it. The day when over four million people vanished in an instant from the island of Manhattan. The day earthquakes ravaged the east coast. The day a one hundred and one kilometre tall tower rose from the wreckage of the now empty city. The day every screen, newspaper, and smart phone displayed a single message from an unknown source:

The Great Emperor has issued his challenge.
From the ruins of the Old World rise the Tower. Its doors will soon open, and the great game will begin. 
A hundred floors and a hundred challenges await the worthy.
And to the victor? A Wish of Unlimited Power.

Cayden Caros yearned to play that game. His only problem? The Terms and Conditions. A strict set of rules that, among other things, prevented anyone under the age of sixteen from entering the tower. Forced to wait for over two years, Cayden did the only thing he could do to pass the time. He researched, he practiced and he prepared. It would take a lot to catch up to players with such an enormous head start. Lucky for him, he was a special type of gamer.  A SpeedRunner.

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, and while I won’t spoil the surprises I will say it was one heck of a ride and I can’t wait for the second book’s audiobook to come out.

Characters: Cayden’s antics might get a bit annoying at times, but there have been worse main characters like the unlikable ass, whose name I can’t even bother looking up to remember, from Unbound Deathlords. The rest of the cast though is quite interesting, but my favorite might be Sarah. I’ve always loved snarky characters, and when a snarky female character pops up I tend to enjoy the story better.

Overall: This is a good read, although a bit too short for my liking personally that is only because I really don’t want to wait for the sequel.

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

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or me hating on Unbound Deathlords.

Bookish Wednesday: Super Sales by William D. Arand

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a book I really earlier this year. It’s Super Sales on Super Heroes by William D. Arand!

Plot Synopsis: In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything.  Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a Super Villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state. Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime. Though the black market has become more readily available. And in that not so black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands.

Plot: The plot is pretty amazing and while I won’t spoil anything I will say that I’m looking forward to the sequel. However the main plot device of this is pretty awesome so congratulations to Mr. Arand. This is a novel by the author of the Selfless Hero Trilogy so if you enjoyed those books, you’ll love this one.

Characters: Felix is a pretty awesome lead character, in that he’s not a hero. He absolutely is not a good person. He’s not malicious or anything, but he’s not a saint either. He’s just a normal guy, with a slightly not normal power. The rest of the cast is also awesome, and I honestly can say that I might have even looked forward to eating a pancake after reading this book, and I really don’t enjoy pancakes all that much. Waffles sure, but pancakes no.

Overall: This book is a great read, and while it certainly isn’t meant for kids, older teens might get a laugh or two out of it.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Villains, Drama, Action, Excellent Plot, Stupendous Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 05 by Toika

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the fifth entry in Yu IlHan’s adventures. This’ll be a short post because I’ve come down with a cold so no Plot Synopsis today. It’s Everyone Else is a Returnee Book 05 by Toika!

Plot: This entry introduces us to a really major character for us and the plotline. I won’t spoil who it is, but it’s a pretty fun character. We also get some more movement on the main plotline which is great as well.

Characters: Like I said above we get some new faces, and I still won’t spoil them. Yu IlHan though is still my favorite character, if only because he absolutely destroys all foreshadows.

Overall: A great entry in an awesome series. If you aren’t reading it already, you ought to be.

That’s it for this week Translation Necessary Thursday. I apologize for how short it is, but I really am not feeling to amazing.