Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 21-40 by Andries Louws

Hey all I’m back with the second set of chapters of Teach’s adventures for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 21-40 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This set of chapters really gets us into the thick of the plot and the main cast of characters that revolve around our main character Teach. Honestly it’s a hilarious set of chapters that really makes fun of the Xianxia and Xuanhuan genres as a whole and I loved every chapter of it. The fact that Teach also bursts out into song with Lola singing “I believe I can fly” is just icing on the cake. No really it’s not at all because I found the idea of throwing a rabbit many kilometers funny or anything. Not at all.

Characters: Of the characters I still think Tess is my favorite, mostly because she’s got that skewed moral compass being a thief and is a really good one. That said the entire cast grew on me, with Ket being a new character I might really enjoy in future chapters. Still this is a great set of chapters for character development, although Teach stays relatively the same.

Overall: A hilarious series, this set of chapters just helps cement my opinion that I should’ve been reading this series much sooner. Although I wouldn’t have nearly as many chapters to binge read if I had, so maybe it’s for the best.

TNT: Instant Death Volume 01 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering another Isekai series. It’s Instant Death Volume 01 by Fujitaka Tsuyoshi!

Plot: This is a pretty funny story. I’ll admit that it has some stereotypical Isekai nonsense with overpowered heroes, but Instant Death as a cheat skill is pretty much the ultimate one of them all. Still this is more of a parody of the Isekai genre, I mean the main character Yogiri just has to want something to die to instantly kill it. It’s absolutely ridiculous and it’s played for laughs pretty often. The plot of this first volume is much more comedic than anything else, but it still has it’s serious moments.

Characters: Tomochika and Yogiri are our two main characters, with Tomochika being a pretty happy go lucky girl who gets screwed over pretty much from the start and rightfully starts panicking. Yogiri was just plain lazy, which is kind of hilarious. The rest of the cast is pretty much full of jerks, with a few exceptions. I won’t say who, but they aren’t who you think they are for the most part.

Overall: This is a fun parody of the Isekai genre as a whole. Instant Death has it’s serious moments, but the fact that the male lead can kill ANYTHING with but a thought, makes tension really hard to build up.

For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Isekai, Overpowered Protagonists, Funny Plot, Decent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but give it a shot.

Serial Saturday: Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series. It’s Dao of Magic Chapters 1-20 by Andries Louws!

Plot: This story is about a Cultivator, who is later called Teach, that gets slapped down into a lower realm and ends up mucking around in that lower realm. It’s mostly a parody or satire on the whole Cultivation genre and it’s pretty hilarious. Honestly if you love the Xianxia or Xuanhuan genres at all, you’ll get a kick out of The Dao of Magic.

Characters: The cast is pretty bare bones to start, mostly consisting of Teach and a few others, like Lola the Bunny. Honestly my favorite character is probably Tess, if only because I enjoy sneaky rogue type characters and she’s a pretty good one. That said Lola comes close, because she’s cute and it’s not at all because I found it absolutely hilarious when Teach starts punting her. Nope, not at all.

Overall: For fans of the Cultivation genre you’ll love this series, so give it a shot.

For those who like: Xianxia, Xuanhuan, Cultivation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

TNT: Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya

Hey all I’m back with the first set of chapters in a Web Novel for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Cut and Paste Chapters 1-20 by Sakuya!

Plot: This is a lighthearted Fantasy story that deals with an incredibly overpowered protagonist who isn’t a giant dick. It’s very stereotypical and honestly if it weren’t for it being a “Fluffy” sort of story I probably would never have bothered reading it in the first place. That being said the story isn’t too bad, but it’s nothing amazing either. Sadly the Author passed away this January so the series will never be fully completed. So do take that into consideration if you hate unfinished stories as much as me.

Characters: Our main protagonist is Myne and he’s an okay main character. He is however pretty bland, and overly humble in this first set of chapters. Aisha is one of our female leads in this story, although we don’t really get to see any of the rest yet. The rest of the cast is okay, but still pretty bland.

Overall: A skippable story, but if you want a light hearted Fantasy story than you could do worse than reading this one.

For those who like: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Overpowered Protagonists.

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

 

TNT: Heartwarming Dungeon Volume 01 by Ryuryu

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Hey all I’m back for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday with a new Light Novel series. It’s Heartwarming Dungeon Volume 01 by Ryuryu!

Plot: The plot is pretty light hearted and reminds me a bit of Lazy Dungeon Master. That being said the main character isn’t nearly as lazy and unmotivated as Keima ever is, and is actually a hard worker. Mostly this is a very light hearted story, as is evidenced by it’s title. The full thing is “I Became the Demon Lord so I Created a Dungeon and Spend Heartwarming Time There with Non-Human Girls” or Maou ni Natta node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume to Honobono Suru in Japanese. Personally I thought my contraction suited it best, but others may find otherwise.

Characters: Yuki is our main character and he’s a pretty likeable person. The main heroine is Lefi, as for what she is I’ll leave that to you to find out. The rest of the cast is pretty great as well.

Overall: This is a solid beginning to a series, I’ll have to read more of it before giving it a definitive judgement, but so far this is much better than some of the more recent stuff I’ve read.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Tensei, Lighter Stories, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

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

 

Serial Saturday: Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second volume of the Siphon series. It’s Siphon Volume 2 by Jay Boyce!

Plot: First let me say that yes I do know that there is an audiobook release of this already out, but I had this post planned for a while and had a rough draft stored in my notes of my thoughts on the original unedited version on RoyalRoad so I won’t be covering the released versions until the third book is released.

With that out of the way let me say that this second entry in the series was pretty good and covered a ton of threads that came up by the end of the first book and has Jade actually attending the school Dracona that was teased way back in the first few chapters. There were some points where I cringed, but that might just be due to Jade being a dork at times.

Characters: We get to meet a bunch of new characters in this entry, which makes sense given all the new people she has to meet at Dracona. Of the newcomers I think Brady is my favorite, if only because he is the small blades teacher and I’ve always loved the rogue archetype. The rest of the cast is good, although there were some characters that felt a bit forced that may or may not show up in the edited release.

Overall: A solid entry, although I do wish the author was more timely with her releases I am given to understand she has been dealing with health issues.

TNT: Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 02 by Sakaki Ichirou

Hey all I’m back with the second entry in an axed series for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday. It’s Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 02 by Sakaki Ichirou!

Plot: Now I know in my previous Translation Necessary Thursday I covered the first volume and I said to stay away. For those of you who thought I should’ve given this series a second chance I did, and read the second volume. It was just as bad as the first, with it having some seriously dark fantasy elements just because that’s the general fad in a ton of fantasy at the moment. Honestly I totally regret reading this second volume with it being a massive waste of time. The romance portions are just hamfisted and honestly not that well done.

Overall: I’m going to skip the rest of this review and say once more to steer clear of this series, it was axed for a very good reason.