I love seeing MC's suffer, cause it is the pain and struggle that make the final victory all the sweeter, and if they fail along the way it still makes a great tragedy to watch. Sadly most authors in the LN industry don't seem to understand that, good thing we have Kamachi to enjoy.
Story - 8
The setting is an alternate future, in which mankind have developed a way to summon gods and mystical beings as weapons using the blood sign ritual (which works kind of like a game of pool), the ritual have many restrictions that should never be broken or
else disastrous result would strike.
Kyousuke, our MC is one of the strongest summoners in the world with the title . He was the result of trying to create a group of ultimate summoners. But when he reached the age of 10, he and his other 14 "siblings" who had all been sealed in the experiment chamber since they were little, created the World-Sewing Summon Ritual, and managed to summon The White Queen, greatest of all summons, with no restrictions unlike the blood sign ritual. The result would be catastrophic that drove all 15 of them insane in different ways, killed half of them and cause problems to occur all over the world.
Now Kyousuke must deal with the problems that throw at him and hope that one day he can kill The White Queen and fix everything (which everyone including the bottom of his own heart knows is impossible).
Character - 8
Combine Accel and Touma, remove the optimism from the mixture, crank up the "MUST SAVE PEOPLE" setting and pour a whole bunch of misery into the mixture. The result is Kyousuke, a depressed save-holic, who can't turn down people asking him to save them and once done he cuts his ties with them. His represents the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, leading the girls who are lost in the mystical world of summoners back to their regular life. The fact summoners cannot be remembered means it is a thankless job since the people he help would forget about him after he cuts his tie with them.
White Queen is the ultimate summon that is unbeatable, when Kyousuke and the others summoned her, they each got an aspect of her imprinted on them, the part Kyousuke got was "love". The White Queen is yandere for him, and not in the cute or turn you on type of way, she is yandere in the "Force you to cut off your own hand, and scribble love letters in your blood while you bleed out and driven crazy". Kyousuke, like a normal person, had spent every living second of his life regretting summoning her when he was young and dreams of one day killing her and atoning for all the chaos he caused because of his naivety. But his struggle just makes her "LOVE" him all the more. An unbeatable sadistic monster, and the source of all misery in Kyousuke's life.
Enjoyment - 9
I love it, watching Kyousuke hack his own hand off, watch him screaming like a mad man at the sight of White Queen, watching his sister point out that he isn't as sane as he think he is, and watching him hacking his own hand off while screaming, is simply so enjoyable. Regardless of the outcome, the path leading to it sure is a blast, and Kyousuke suffering is just so fun to watch, at first you may think he is like Tatsuya-stu or Kirito-stu, but really he is more close to an abused bunny, whose sadistic owner wouldn't let him go free.
Overall - Yandere/10 (8/10)
The king of shounen LN delivers again, all praise The Divine Writing Machine who write better than 90% of LN human author.
This is my first review for a light novel series (and it's divided into volumes, so I am not sure what number of "chapters" I should enter as "read", but I have read 3 volumes so far)
What sets this series apart from typical Fantasy/Magic/Supernatural LNs is that the MC starts off as overpowered.
You don't have to wait for him to get stronger, you don't see the overused "try-fail-improve" trope, instead the author has focused on other elements like the way the "Summoners' Battle" are carried out, the complex rules, and how your achievements as a summoner don't matter much; experience counts to some extent,
but the rules of the battle create an even playing field. Anyone can be beaten, everyone has access to the same set of tools. The summoners don't engage in physical battle themselves (although there are times when such battles are presented to a small extent). So, focus is more on strategy - including use of the environment in which the fights are carried out, as well as quick wits to counter the strategies used by opponents. And this is where the MC shines, because he has the ability to stay calm and focused even in the worst situations presented to him.
But as good as the MC is, he's hopeless without a vessel, who/which is needed to carry out the battle. On top of that, he's someone who can't ignore a cry for help due to his past, nor does he let people get too close to him, because the story is not all about MC battling with other summoners with vessels and thwarting evil, but how everything is connected to the biggest thorn in his life - the White Queen, a psychotic, immeasurable, incomprehensible power from an unknown world who claims she is in love with the MC. She toys with him ruthlessly at will, only so that he'd "love her back", but his past has taught him better.
You are sometimes led to believe that the MC has figured everything out, that no one can truly outsmart him, but then steps up the Queen, an all-powerful, unpredictable yandere, and when some of the answers are laid out at the end of each volume (it's usually one major arc per volume), it takes you by surprise and also generates a curiosity as to what she'd do next to gain MC's attention.
There is a bit of art presented which seems generic like "Devil is a part timer", and new characters are introduced at regular intervals, but the author does a great job of not letting them overwhelm you by keeping the focus majorly on MC and the Queen's relationship. Some characters seem stereotypical, you could even call it a generic harem - a bold one, a shy one, the little sister figure, and so on. Some of these characters are also used to provide comic relief from time to time. But nothing can come between the Queen's obsession with the MC, and she makes it known with her actions quite a few times, like how she easily gets angry if the MC mentions another girl in her presence or ignores her - she'd happily annihilate everything in existence on a whim if MC upsets her too much.
One might think that such an over-bearing entity would easily dominate the plot, but the rules presented by the author make sure she doesn't appear all the time. The plot in each volume starts off slow, and picks up pace around the middle. So, despite being the second main character, we only see her when the plot thickens, but the wait makes it worth it, because we see how she's connected to all of it, and that's what drives the series forward.
Overall, a must read if are into supernatural action coupled with some really good story. There's a bit of tragedy regarding MC's fate because no matter how smart he is or how hard he tries, he can't completely stop someone like the Queen. He doesn't give up while she keeps coming back to haunt him, and that's what makes it so exciting.
I have a lot to say about this series, the author, the plot, the writing and the characters. This could have been a long detailed review but I do not feel like this series is worth it. I was going to drop it after volume one, then volume 3 but I decided to see just how crappy this rabbit hole gets.
I have a few problem points with this series
The main character has had every chance to easily resolve the issues between him and queen in every volume but doesnt do it, he is fixated on one outcome will easily ignoring the alternatives.
as another reviewer states
this leads to the problem of all of the issues in this series could have been solved easily if the MC wasnt so dense.
It takes until volume 5 for the information necessary to make this series even remotely interesting to happen. Up until volume 5 you have no reason to care about the world or the characters and even that is still option by the end of vol 5
The author repeats the same exact paragraphs full of information he just repeated a page or two ago multiple times per chapter in each volume. I can not stress how annoyingly stupid this is, this series would only be like 5 volumes long without this.
The author has some weird obession with under age girls and their underwear and "little butts" and he will keep stressing over it in every volume.
The story is not written well, like I said most of what you will be reading is information being repeated to you.
The main character is one of the worst cases of a know it all its to the point where he might as well be god because he knows more than literal gods that appear in this series. He can solve any problem and is always 20 steps ahead of everyone. He is a normal human but can pick complex locks with his fingers, beat down ships and monsters/gods with a stick. He is pretty much omnipotent.
The only interesting character is white queen and you will be on her side by the end of vol 9
I don't really know how the chapter count works for Light Novels, so just know that, as I'm writing this review, I've finished Volume 01.
First, this is another series by Kamachi Kazuma. Maybe you know him from the To Aru series, or Heavy Object, or something else.
This story focuses on the Summoning Ceremonies, the Summons and the Summoners. Though it presents a very "unusual" take on it, at least that's how I felt like.
I admit that, once I first gave this one a go, I quickly gave up due to how "different" the combat worked and how strange the world was. But, after a while,
I found myself coming back to this and giving it another go. I mentioned the result of this at the start of this review.
I won't dive too deep into the story, both to avoid spoiling it for someone and because I feel like no matter how much I write, I won't be able to truly explain the story.
In short, the protagonist is Shiroyama Kyousuke. As he was on his merry way, he found a girl, Meinokawa Higan, being attacked and decided to help her. After which, Higan asks Kyousuke's help to save her sister, Renge. And so the story is set on motion.
Like I said before, I don't think I was able to explain it properly, but I'll be happy if it at least got you curious to check it out.
Lastly, what I'll say is that, although things might seems strange at first and you might have difficulty imagining the combat and whatnot, stick with this at least until the end of Volume 01. I guarantee you won't regret it.