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February 26th, 2018

Full Metal Panic (JP Light Novel)
Mecha, Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy, Drama
Volumes / Chapters: (v10/c50) - (v12/c72)
Grade: A
Got me into light novels, because I had to see how the story continued. "Continuing on My Own" is the best arc, but "Burning One Man Force" is my most memorable. Hoping to see how it ends in a future anime... Someday... Or I'll just read the manga.


Suzumiya Haruhi Series (JP Light Novel)
Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy
Volumes / Chapters: (v9/c43) - (???/???)
Grade: B+
A bit too wordy and esoteric at times, but out of all the media I've read or watched, this one portrays time travel the best. All whilst doing the usual highschool slice of life hijinks, within its short stories. With an overarching plot I may never see the end of.


Sword Art Online (JP Light Novel)
VRMMO, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Volumes / Chapters: (v15/c120) - (???/???)
Grade: B
Great first attempt for this author, but a bit of a mess to read. The game worlds & mechanics are fascinating but not fully fleshed out. Vital short stories are all over the place, out of chronological order and the writing only gets better by the Alicization arc. Glad it's getting fixed in the 'Progressive' reboot, so I probably won't continue with this one.


12 Kingdoms (JP Light Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Kingdom Building
Volumes / Chapters: ???/???
Grade: A
Great stories, with some of the best world-building imaginable and it is what got me into the "Kingdom Building" genre. I just wish there was more Youko Nakajima, since I would like to see how she would rule her kingdom, beyond just 3 years. Shame the series seems to be on "Hiatus", or whatever.


In Another World With My Smartphone (JP Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Harem, Action, Adventure, Kingdom Building
Volumes / Chapters: (v24/c214) - (???/???)
Grade: B-
Fairly mediocre Isekai, Adventure, Harem, with one incredibly overpowered MC. Until it adds "Kingdom Building" to the mix. Military defense, trade & commerce, cultural exchanges, diplomacy, scientific revolution (i.e. mechs). Now it's just fun to see where the hell the story goes, within the immense world that is built. Interesting to know that this bland MC is a fan of Earth, Wind & Fire.


Mushoku Tensei (JP Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Harem, Romance
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: A
One of the best character redemption stories I've ever come across. Especially after introducing a fairly vile character and within an Isekai Novel no less. Going from birth, to childhood adventures, school life, family life and ultimately passing the torch to the next generation. A super strong MC who doesn't feel all that OP, since he earned his strength. The extreme perversion of the MC (especially in the early volumes) does make it difficult to recommend, to the less open minded, but said perversion is necessary for the character's progression.


Sevens (JP Web Novel)
Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Harem, Comedy
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
A great fantasy adventure, with a ludicrously huge harem, but I wish the MC had a bit more of a personality. The adventure does get intense at times, but tends to drag at others. Various factions start forming within the huge harem, making it more interesting than it deserves to be. Quite a few running gags are repeated ad nauseam and I ended up skipping a few dozen of those pages.


Everyone Else is a Returnee (KR Web Novel)
Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Harem, Comedy, Game Elements, Crafting
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: A-
An entertaining Isekai/Reverse-Isekai with the most overpowered MC imaginable. I took great pleasure in the gear progression, as the crafting becomes more and more extravagant. So far this is the only novel I know of that goes through the whole process (gathering, dissembling, processing, tailoring/smithing & finally mana-crafting). Would have been graded an "A+" if it wasn't for all the pop cultural references and its dreadful ending. Definitely one of the few Korean novels that's easy to recommend and it is one I enjoy re-reading.


Breakers (KR Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C
Fun read with interesting character progression. But the RPG videogame nature of this Isekai felt a bit weak to me, especially with how detached the MC was with his "character". Has a decent yet highly forgettable story and a TL who ruined a particular character for me, due to their gender politics. This fantasy novel happens to have the best Orc though.


The Rising of the Shield Hero (JP Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Game Elements, Business Management
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C+
Strong start to the story, with the MC starting from the bottom to rise to the top, but eventually devolves into a collection of mildly enjoyable B-stories for 2/3rds of the novels. Story ends in an over-the-top fashion and is further worsened by the overzealous TL & ED. The mild kingdom building, business management and character development; saves the latter half of the story for me. Someday I'll check out the LN version, which I hope is better.


Seoul Station's Necromancer (KR Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C+
An Isekai After-Story that progresses into an exciting dungeon crawler, with political intrigue; only to end up jumping the shark, with some bullshit eSports and a Matrix-y ending. Despite it being a bit of a poorly written mess, it's still an easy read and the MC offers an OK power fantasy... with its brutal psychopath.


Coiling Dragon (CH Web Novel)
Xianxia, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B+
Was expecting a typical Xianxia adventure, of clan revitalization and in some cases that is exactly what I received. Though I still enjoyed the Magic Academy Arc, followed by an unrelenting quest for vengeance and then godly battles. The main problem is that the writer focused far too much on the intricacies & the mechanics of the world(s). Plus most of the characters are rather dim-witted.


Rakuin no Monshou (JP Light Novel)
Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Military, Drama, Politics
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
A Game of Thrones-esque fantasy world following a village boy, turned gladiatorial-slave, turned imperial battle tactician. Unfortunately the politics and annoying characters just bogs down the pacing and thus I got bored halfway through and re-read something more exciting (EEiaR), before coming back to finish this. This is a great novel that I did not enjoy reading.


Dungeon Hunter (KR Web Novel)
Dungeon Management, Reverse Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
Interesting reading a dungeon crawler story like this, told almost entirely from the perspective of the asshole dungeon master. Unlike similar stuff I've read before, this one seems to focus on its actual plot without going off the deep end; though it suffers with terrible pacing issues. And has a rather jumbled & forgettable ending.


Warlock of the Magus World (CH Web Novel)
Xianxia, Isekai, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Crafting
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B
A Chinese Isekai with the most ruthlessly, calculating MC I have seen so far. With an MC who is so incredibly cautious and paranoid that it slows down both story & character progress. But at least it prevents the MC from making the usual facepalm-inducing mistakes, leaving very little suspense in what could happen. Bit of a double-edged sword. The core drive is the accumulation of wealth & power and wealth to get more power. Especially with how needlessly strict the power scaling is.


Dimensional Sovereign (KR Web Novel)
Supernatural, Action, Adventure, Harem, Game Elements, Kingdom Building
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C+
Interesting take on kingdom building. Shame the MC here constantly bemoans about people born with "golden spoons" in their mouths, even though it feels like the MC gains a shit ton of "bonus luck". His progression ends up being so fast that he quickly makes his previous achievements obsolete. This novel later on gives off the impression of an over-the-top Xianxia novel, without technically being one (lack of gods, cultivation & Chinese).


The Place You Called From (JP Light Novel)
Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological, Romance, Drama
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C
Did a good job in leaving sufficient breadcrumbs, to keep me interested enough to read it through to the end, but that's about it. Whilst reading this short novel, it was pretty difficult to tell what kind of story it was going for. Mostly it just felt like a "be content with your body" PSA, within a morbid romance.


Sovereign of Judgement (KR Web Novel)
Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Action, Adventure, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C
Feels like this whole 'real world becoming an RPG' plot is very popular amongst Korean WN (my 4th one already). It's a shame that the MC here comes across as a bit of an irrational, simpleton, with nuggets of genius sprinkled in there. "At least this grim story comes with some kingdom building," is what I would like to say, but even that feels severely lacking; due to corners being cut in world building, until the 2nd half.


So I'm a Spider, So What? (JP Light Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: (v5/c140) - (???/???)
Grade: A-
A rather amusing, yet intriguing take on the Fantasy Isekai. Told from the perspective of a peculiar female MC, along with an assortment of other characters. This story told from multiple perspectives & timelines does add a fair amount of intrigue; however going from a Kumoko chapter to another character tends to illicit a few groans of annoyance, as it ruins the flow of the story. Such side stories would have been best served in much larger chunks, than spread about willy-nilly. Yet those side stories are somewhat necessary to flesh out the world. The general illustrations are at times inadequate, the gorgeous Monster Encyclopaedia & Character pages makes up for it.


I Shall Seal the Heavens (CH Web Novel)
Xianxia, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Crafting
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: A-
"All of this takes some time to describe, but happened in an instant." - says The Author, as he spat out 3 mouthfuls of blood.

A well-meaning scholar, becoming a murderous con-artist, is an interesting way to kick off a surprisingly funny Xianxia novel. Many such novels have tidbits of Daoism in it, but this particular one is steeped in Daoist theology and principles. So it does take some getting used to, especially regarding the depth of cultivation. Making fools of arrogant pricks, provides a cathartic experience, which does end up getting repetitive. Along with all the Trial by Fires, overblown divine abilities and burnt incense sticks.



Hokuou Kizoku to Moukinzuma no Yukiguni Karigurashi (JP Web Novel)
Slice of Life, Romance, Fantasy?
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
Rare to come across a web novel, with such gorgeous cover art, though this one seriously needs a proof-reader. Story feels more like a 19th century Nordic tale, than a traditional European-style Fantasy novel. A chill slice of life, of an interesting odd couple that are made for each other. There's also A LOT of cooking.


Praise the Orc (KR Web Novel)
VRMMO, Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
A VRMMO where 'one's real life real life abilities, can affect one's level of assimilation with their avatar', is an interesting concept. So it obviously can't get away with having an unhealthy otaku becoming the OP chick magnet, within the game, trope. Instead we have a working adult, becoming what feels like the Orc "Punisher", within a fleshed out fantasy world. Until the convoluted plot twist that adds a confusing layer to it all and the story continues to escalate, which unsurprisingly leads to a rather lacklustre ending. Though it has a fascinating Epilogue. "Bul'tar!"


Galactic Dark Net (CH Web Novel)
Xuanhuan, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Action, Adventure, VRMMO
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C+
A world where advanced technology and the supernatural intermix. Reminds me a lot of "Toaru Majutsu no Index", whilst incorporating some typical Chinese characteristics. However as the story goes on, besides not shying away from illegal activities, the MC comes across more & more as a "Gary Stu". Experiencing numerous coincidences, to conveniently escape dire situations. Yet this amateurishly written novel, still manages to be an enjoyable read, until its abrupt end.


Evil God Average (JP Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Comedy, Game Elements, Dungeon Management
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
A short simple Isekai that doesn't mess about by wasting time, but just jumps straight into the thick of it. With a snarky female MC, who's OP from the get go and then ends up as a raid boss/deity. Great deal of world-building, for what's equivalent to 2 LN volumes of content. It's a shame that this fairly light-hearted story, felt incredibly tame to me.


Emperor of Solo Play (KR Web Novel)
VRMMO, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
I guess: Traffic accident + NEET otaku != Isekai (in this case at least). Instead it's the regret filled, "redo errors of the past" plotline, that I've read before in another Korean WN. The full-dive MMORG world here is horribly underdeveloped, yet the game mechanics are rather interesting, with the skill trees reminding me of Path of Exile. There's a heavy emphasis on online media & money making, which can be both fun yet annoying to read through. Honestly this whole thing felt like the author himself was fucked over in 1 too many MMOs and was simply venting his frustration. Surprisingly solid ending.


World of Cultivation (CH Web Novel)
Xianxia, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Military, Kingdom Building, Crafting
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: A-
Right after reading EoSP, I encounter another poverty stricken MC, whose constant struggles can be both amusing and annoying to read. But as the title states, this takes place within a world of cultivation and the amnesiac MC gradually delves into every form of cultivation imaginable (elemental spells, sword techniques, pill concocting, beast taming, body cultivation, formations, etc.) Continuously ramping up from the 2nd volume onwards. The world itself feels alive and I truly appreciated how it never felt like the world revolved around the MC (until the final stretch). However the writing style and questionable translations, makes the reading experience needlessly difficult.


The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria (JP Light Novel)
Supernatural, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Drama
Volumes / Chapters: (v4/???) - (v7/c40)
Grade: B+
One's everyday high school life interrupted by supernatural hijinks. Rarely have I seen it done as well as it has been done here. Volume 1 sets the bar high, with its "groundhog day" story. Plus other extreme & unpredictable supernatural phenomenon as the focus in every volume. It is a shame that it has such a weak-willed male protagonist, paired with an excessively competent female protag to compensate.


The Book Eating Magician (KR Web Novel)
Fantasy, Harem, Action, Adventure, Military, Politics
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B-
Weak downtrodden MC, acquires unique power/ability and with hard work... blah, something, blah. A premise I've seen countless times in material aimed at young boys, but this time in a slightly more mature tone. Ancient civilizations, magic academy, quests and countless thrilling battles that are found in countless fantasy adventures. With a Swordsman x Mage system similar to "Mushoku Tensei", many aspects from "Full Metal Alchemist" and a crap ton of Norse & Greek mythology. Though what should be a mature harem that feels annoyingly childish from time to time and the world building ends up becoming horrendously lazy.


Mushoku Tensei - Redundancy (JP Web Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Harem, Romance
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C
Collection of short After/Side Stories from one of my favourite WN. A bit of a mixed bag, where some add something fun & interesting to the character's story and others are pretty meh. Would be interesting to see how much of this remains canon, in the official Light Novel release.


God of Crime (KR Web Novel)
Supernatural, Action, Psychological, Thriller, Drama, Game Elements
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: B
Koreans really do love these "go back in time and get revenge", type of stories. Plus lately it feels like it's only in Korean novels that I find RPG-like mechanics in a modern world setting. This time with a shrewd anti-hero of an MC, given an opportunity to build up his character; whilst solving crimes that are highly influenced by Western media and real life events. Though instead of finding the assortment supernatural abilities incredibly weird, what I find more weird is how a South Korean citizen finds themselves embroiled in all these crimes.


How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (JP Light Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Kingdom Building, Politics, Military, Harem, Romance
Volumes / Chapters: (v8/c106) - (???/???)
Grade: B+
As a fan of "Kingdom Building", I've been meaning to check this one out. Besides the repetitious walls of text, subpar illustrations and general lack of excitement; the story it tells is one I can easily enjoy, whilst reading a world's history in the making. It certainly feels like the story peaks real early (around vol. 2), with story beats barely reaching to that level again but the rest is still really well thought out. Managing to subvert one's expectations with some story beats and a thoughtful MC, not relying on an OP "cheat skill". But what he does rely on is a shit ton of references to Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".


Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (JP Light Novel)
Isekai, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama
Volumes / Chapters: (v10/c149) - (???/???)
Grade: B+
A change of pace from all the "Casual" Isekai I've been watching & reading; Grimgar being one on "Hardcore" difficulty, with a dysfunctional group of misfits. Pretty much all of them have some realistic yet unappealing traits, making parts of the story a bit of a slog to get through. The physical copies I bought are thick with pages of content, but lacking in print quality, with washed out black & white illustrations. At least all the volumes I've read have their own highlights, to make up for a lot of its flaws, with immense world building throughout. However it's an extremely slow burn and I'm still waiting for the overall payoff.


Ark (KR Web Novel)
VRMMO, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Volumes / Chapters: Completed
Grade: C+
"Ark is like LMS, but worse" are the kind of comments I kept seeing. But Ark is the one that has currently run its course, so I had to read it first and to me it felt more like Emperor of Solo Play (similar character, build, AI companions, epic quest lines and all). Well Ark is your simple, downtrodden MC, who ends up on the bad side of numerous incompetent individuals. Constantly having to deal with escalating threats and shit does get real dumb at times. This is basically like a B-action movie, something to enjoy, but with a predictable formula and lacking in substance.
Posted by Master10K | Feb 26, 2018 8:30 AM | 0 comments
December 14th, 2013
Anime Relations: Grisaia no Kajitsu
~ I'm tired of all the mediocre romance anime, so I've started reading Visual Novels. ~
~ I'll be keeping track of the ones I've played, with my brief thoughts on them. ~


~ Year 2013 ~

Kawata Shoujo
Routes Completed: 3/5
Grade: C+


Sharin no Kuni: Himawari no Shoujo
Routes Completed: 4/4
Grade: B


Sharin no Kuni: Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo
Routes Completed: 3/5
Grade: C-


Swan Song
Routes Completed: 1/1 (multiple endings)
Grade: B+


Wanko to Kurasou
Routes Completed: 1/2
Grade: B-


Katahane
Routes Completed: 0/3
Grade: D


Prison Battleship
Routes Completed: 1/2
Grade: D-


Kimi no Nagori wa Shizuka ni Yurete
Routes Completed: 1/1
Grade: C+


Grisaia no Kajitsu
Routes Completed: 5/5
Grade: A


G-senjou no Maou
Routes Completed: 4/4
Grade: A-


~ Year 2014 ~

Period
Routes Completed: 7/8
Grade: C+


Wind -a breath of heart-
Routes Completed: 5/5
Grade: C-


Hoshizora no Memoria - Wish Upon A Shooting Star
Routes Completed: 4/7
Grade: C


Rewrite
Routes Completed: 4/5
Grade: B


Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o
Routes Completed: 1/1
Grade: D+


~ Year 2015 ~

Coμ - Kuroi Ryuu to Yasashii Oukoku
Routes Completed: 5/5
Grade: C+


~ Year 2016 ~

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Routes Completed: 3/5
Grade: C


If My Heart Had Wings
Routes Completed: 5/5
Grade: B-


Posted by Master10K | Dec 14, 2013 3:18 PM | 0 comments
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