This whole thing is an exercise in anger management. The MC is a wimp in every sense of the word. Is it supposed to be comical in nature to see the MC act like he's trying for the position of 'World's Biggest Doormat?' And, it's not like the author is unaware of this since other characters in the story repeatedly points this problem out to the MC. Or, am I supposed to take him as some paragon of virtue (he isn't) when he thinks about not fighting? He even calls himself a pacifist (he really isn't) just because that probably sounded nice in the author's head at about that time.
He's s*xually harassed by a creep and does nothing about it. Supposedly played for laughs, gets crickets in return. His 'friends' completely disregard his personal space and privacy and he does nothing about it. Supposedly played for laughs, comes off as showing how weak-willed the MC is. At the end of volume 3, he gets dominated by a dog. No words about this one, a dog is superior to the MC.
And it's not like he's actually weak in terms of his body or his magic. He's broken in the general fashion of many isekai protagonists. His brain is the weak link, here.
At one point, he apathetically receives a beating and he's like 'uh, okay, ' and the perpetrators aren't heard of again. It's not like they were unknowns either. This is another major problem, things just seem to phase out and never be mentioned again. Dude has a fan-club, they build him a goddamn castle like three weeks into his first academic year and... nothing. No mentions thereafter.
At one point, some minor neighboring noble threaten to call up his buddy the prime minister and sic him on the MC and his family. The MC, of course, starts begging and crying on the ground at this point to be left off the hook. f**king why? He's on friendly terms with the Queen, on best-bro-quasi-mentor terms with the Second Prince and on cordial terms with the First Prince. Half the kingdom would ride up the MC's pelvis at a snap of his finger and yet he cry like a little bitch every time someone bites back, even if it's not even worth mentioning.
This isn't slice of life, this is sluice of coward. Volume 1 was okay. Volume 2 was suspiciously droll. Volume 3 just made me want to wring the MC's neck.
Only gripe, at this moment, would be the translation that got picked up in April of 2017. I had some minor issues beforehand but [Comet Translation] couldn't translate his way out of a German McDonald drive-tru with the correct amount of mcnuggets. Heck, he'd probably make his getaway with a slice of pizza, somehow! It's become a chore to read from Ch67 and onward. Newcomers beware, you might as well just google translate the raws yourself because that's pretty much what you're getting anyway.
I won't take any stars off because it's definitely not the fault of the author that it's become that bad but if I had to take the current translation as a whole I'd be very much tempted to dock a star, or even two. So, I'll be putting this in my [Ketchup] folder for now and wait either for [Comet Translation] to up his ball pitch or for someone else to pick up. All the better if the quasi-botched chapters are redone.
EDIT: Well, the gauntlet was run through and Comet Translation has long since stopped screwing with us. CardboardTL is doing a great job of it, props to them.
The author cannot, for the life of him, write good fight scenes...
Actually, that's not true. He can, he just won't do it. I can think of a single time where he got it so right I physically fist-pumped over it. Set-up, build-up, climax and resolution all happened within the span of ten/fifteen short paragraphs. It was fantastic.
Unfortunately, the author probably gets aroused out of writing long, drawn out, useless chatter-filled fights that sometime even span over whole chapters. Which brings me to my biggest gripe of them all: Character Growth.
Both on an interpersonal level and in terms of raw power, the author really, really like to keep things as they are. Make the MC less thick? Nope. That would ruin the three cut-and-paste joke template the author drew up. Sub-MC has no backbone? No problem. More rehashed jokes! Did someone say something about a training montage? Doesn't matter, the MC will eat dirt in two chapters anyway. To someone who has no idea of how broken the MC actually is, no less. Experience? You can recite Shakespeare at a storm all you want, that won't actually save you from getting fried by a lightning strike. There's no payoff to hard-work, only to experience in this story.
I'm not kidding. Apparently, 'experience' is treated in this story like it's a go-no-go metric/stat. 99% of fights are decided by who has spent more time fighting stuff. Talent? Divine Blessings? Broken Chuuni Magic Eyes? Though sh*t, eat dirt! I have the upper hand because I'm your senior. It's just so infuriating!
It wasn't so bad at first, but even I got the hint that things weren't about to change anytime soon. I realized eventually that the MC and everyone else was stuck in a sort of metaphysical Groundhog Day. If you see anyone here (or anywhere else) praising the character growth in Dragoon, I suggest having an aneurysm on the spot. That's about as helpful.
For that reason, Dragoon earns itself a very generous 2 stars out of 5.I want to punch the author in the throat, now, for having wasted so much of my time!
Wow, can't believe I almost forgot about that...
Okay, so not only can the author do good fight scenes but simply decide not to, so can he write actual character growth.
One character actually went through major emotional (and behavioral) upheaval at some point. I say 'point' because she was basically that. An instanced character that, more or less, got killed off. Yeah. Author just offed her like that. That's some mafia bullsh*t if I've ever seen some.
No horse-head jokes needed. It's just plain wrong.
TL quality is good too, although not superb. CardboardTL has some sort of fixation on using bad-form English at place, even doubling down when a mistake it pointed out. I'm personally dropping the story at v2c22 because I was getting bored, but it was a close-thing when I was still debating keeping or flushing it. CardboardTL doubling-down on using 'could care less' instead of 'couldn't care less' was really the straw that broke the camel's back. It completely broke the flow and immersion for me.