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Review as of v1c4:

So far, it’s a decent but not outstanding story of a reincarnated individual in a fantasy world with a cheat ability. Rather average compared to others of the same type, but it’s too early to tell which direction the story would turn. Similar to the series Invincible Saint ~Salaryman (also by this translator), Seijo no Kaifuku Mahou, Man Picked Up By the Gods, and Atelier Tanaka. If you like those, you’d probably like this, or at least find it similar. Potential for an OP MC fairly quickly,... more>> but personality of the MC looks like it’ll head more towards the slice-of-life type story instead. Tone seems to be light-hearted and relaxed, but no wild ‘HAHA’ kind of funny moments yet. That may change in the future. Also, the title is misleading...

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he can get out of being jobless anytime he wants, just that the benefits of remaining in it is better than not.

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Ratings (compared to others of the same type) :
Story Originality: Low
Characterization: Average
Plot: Average
Story Pacing: Slow
Humour: Average
Translation Quality: High
Translation Speed: High

Overall: Decent (3.5 out of 5) <<less
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The Sketch Artist
December 6, 2017
Status: c20
When I first started reading this novel, I was very confused about what kind of novel it was.

Was it a detective story, like Sherlock Holmes or the CSI series, or like Bone Painting Coroner, where the primary interest comes from the twists and turns in the case? No, it's not. The cases barely last more than three chapters each, and there is not much dramatic element to them.

Was it a police drama / thriller, like some of the Korean or HK police TV dramas, or like Supernatural Girlfriend, where the... more>> focus is on the team working together and the interpersonal conflicts that happen between them, and the criminal they're hunting? No, there is very little suspense or personal danger posed to the police team, not much sense of struggle either or any strong antagonist.

Was it perhaps a slice-of-life or romance story that just happened to be set in a police station, like You're Under Arrest? There is some evidence of this, but not really either. The descriptions of the characters' internal emotions are far too little and shallow to make it an emotion-driven story.

Is it even a police-procedural story, like perhaps the Law and Order series, where the focus is on how the police and law professionals work together to catch and convict criminals, piecing together evidence to build a case? Sorta, but the process gets cut off after the sketch is drawn. As if the sketch of the criminal is all that is needed.

So, after reading 20 chapters so far, my conclusion is: this is a report comparing police procedures, disguised as a romance between officers, disguised as a detective story. It seems like the story is about two cold-hearted people trying to impress the other with their skills at their respective fields, which will somehow lead to romance, in the author's mind.

You can tell immediately that it was written by a former police officer, because of the author's style. Very dry and detailed on the physical characteristics of the environment, the people and the case, like a police report. Very little exploration of the inner worlds of the characters, creating very little empathy for them. I am absolutely indifferent to all of the characters, besides the elder Gu, because he's the only one that shows any kind of passion. There is very little emotion involved.

This style may be fine if the cases themselves are interesting or dramatic, but the way the cases are described are also dry and about the process more than the resolution. Criminals are not evil, they're bits of data to be fed into the process. We compare different crime-solving processes, one of them proves to be better than the other, and the result (catching the criminal and bringing them to justice) is then left to others. There is no emotional payoff for solving a case in this story. It's just all in a day's work. Which could itself be okay if the author was deliberately trying for this effect, but it seems clear that she wasn't. This is simply the best she could come up with.

Maybe it might improve later. But for now, my review is a solid "Meh." <<less
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Supernatural Girlfriend
August 13, 2017
Status: c18
Pretty good. This is a romantic comedy with supernatural and murder mystery elements, similar to certain Korean TV dramas (Oh My Ghostess, Let's Fight Ghost) or Western paranormal romance novels (Pepper Martin Mysteries) . The MC is an interesting mix of a tough-minded but frail young woman, who keeps getting into trouble because of her associations with ghosts. The male lead so far appears to be an arrogant author who has terrible social skills (very reminiscent of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory), but maybe has some redeeming qualities.

The plot... more>> seems to alternate between a sitcom featuring the love-hate relationship of the two housemates, and the focused pursuit of murderers with the help of the ghosts of their victims. The MC also keeps building a ghostly entourage, which is quite amusing.

Translation quality and speed is solid, and the author's style is light and breezy enough to make this more of pop-lit reading rather than truly dark or horrifying. Some nice uses of humour here and there, especially in the main MC's internal monologue. <<less
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Allison
March 5, 2017
Status: v4
This is about the closest Japanese light novels can get to Indiana Jones - plane chases, government conspiracies, shootouts with kidnappers, and searching for hidden treasures. Except that the protagonists are a couple of 17-year-olds rather than grizzled archaeologists.

Allison is the first of a series of action/adventure novels set in this world, which resembles a post-WWI era Europe. It follows an impulsive young female fighter pilot and her bookworm childhood friend (who also happens to be an engineering student and amateur sniper) as they try to track down a treasure... more>> that can end the cold war that is splitting the continent in half. Along the way, they fly into enemy territory, and deal with kidnappers, murderers and spies on both sides as they unveil a masssive conspiracy to hide what happened a long time ago.

The translation quality is high, and the story is complete (though it kind of ends abruptly... but that's because there's a sequel series). <<less
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Review as of v2 c11:

This novel is fairly unique in that it’s a Chinese author trying to write a Japanese magic swordsman fantasy novel with lolis and harem tropes (similar to Absolute Duo, Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, Zero no Tsukaima, Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut, etc.). So it contains references to both Chinese as well as Japanese ways of thinking. However, it’s a classic medieval fantasy in a Western world, with magic and demons, but no martial arts cultivation (so shouldn’t be labelled xianxia). Mo Lan is a Chinese high... more>> school student who got transferred into a fantasy world and picked up by a young noble mistress, who he serves and falls in love with. He also has a cheat skill where he becomes OP if he holds a blade (sword, knife, etc.) Originally, he dreamed of a comfortable life in a magic academy serving his mistress and attempting to get her to fall in love with him, but the plot makes some radical twists along the way, and soon he is thrust into the center of competing factions at war with each other while he tries to protect the girl (s) he loves. On the whole, the story is not bad. Story pacing is a little rushed, and the author tends to use infodumps a bit too much, telling you rather than showing you through careful world-building or character development. Characters tend to be a little one-dimensional at this point. Still, the mixed CN/JP references are fun, and the plot twists do make it stand out a bit from the norm. Plus, there is good usage of a ‘ticking clock’ foreshadowing technique – can you avert a prophecy of doom and death by the god of fate?

Ratings (compared to others of the same type) :

Story Originality: Above Average

Characterization: Below Average

Plot: Above Average

Story Pacing: Fast

Humour: Average

Translation Quality: High (though with some typos)

Translation Speed: High

Overall: Good (4 out of 5) <<less
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Lillia to Treize
April 24, 2018
Status: v3c10
Another rollicking action-adventure story set in the world of Roxche and Sou-Be-Il. This one focuses on Allison's daughter Lillia and her childhood friend Treize who's in love with her, but can't work up the courage to tell her he's a prince.

However, I would say that the main characters in this story are not as likeable as the original duo of Allison and Wil. Lillia comes off as far too pushy and obnoxious - tsun-tsun without the dere. And Treize is skilled, but a doormat. At least Allison and Wil had... more>> a good partnership based on mutual respect and complementing one another's skills. Treize can do everything better than Lillia can, but she bosses him around non-stop. Frankly, I read it more for the side characters than the lead duo (most of your old favourites from the prequel make an appearance here).

The plot and politics are decent. Some action, some conspiracies, a couple of tense hostage situations, a murder mystery and a high-stakes battle on a runaway train. You should either read this story mainly for the plot more than the characters, or simply so that you can move on to the other more-interesting spinoffs and sequels. <<less
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The Bathroom Goddess
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Review as of chapter 20 (series complete) :

This series is great! A unique premise, colourful characters, and a interesting writing style. The Bathroom Goddess features a slowly-unfolding plot told through little episodic moments that only comes together to form this grand overarching narrative at the end. It starts off simply as a light-hearted tale of a woman with a magical window in her bathroom, trading various things with the people of the fantasy continent. But while trading, she gets to know the lands, and influence the fate of several nations,... more>> sometimes unwittingly. Told through both her eyes and the eyes of the people she's helped, you get a picture of just how much she changes people's lives for the better. And the foreshadowing is excellent - little clues hidden here and there in earlier chapters bear fruit in later chapters. This series bears reading a second or even third time to catch all the hints.

Ratings (compared to others of the slice-of-life genre) :
Story Originality: Very High.
Characterization: High.
Plot: High.
Story Pacing: Moderate.
Humour: Above Average.
Translation Quality: High.
Translation Speed: Moderate.
Overall: Excellent (5 out of 5) <<less
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The Story of One Continent
April 27, 2018
Status: --
A very satisfying conclusion to the story that started with Allison. A fitting end to the whole thing, tying together multiple characters into a finale that incorporates elements from each of the prequels.
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Hail the King
May 17, 2016
Status: c56.4
Review as of ch. 56.4:

An interesting blend of combat-oriented kingship and VRMMO gaming elements. (Somewhat similar to Bringing the Farm to Another World, or Tsuki ga Michibiku, except that the game-like dimensional space he connects to is the world of Diablo instead of a farm or empty space). The storyline starts off very quickly with a bang, and it's clear what kind of danger the MC is in straightaway, with his last remaining castle under siege by mysterious enemies, corrupt advisors, and foreshadowing of dangerous political undercurrents in the larger... more>> world. So far, it seems to going well, as the author is able to write an engaging narrative of both battlefield combat in the kingdom world and solo adventuring in the game world. There are some potential pitfalls to this story which haven't occurred yet, but may occur in the future - namely, that the MC's growth towards OP-ness is a little too fast. While that is good for the current situation, it may make the future story arcs of this novel harder to stay interesting. Though the writer did leave a caveat for himself to slow down progress because of the EXP-curve in the future, it remains to be seen whether he will take advantage of that. And while the story has the MC as a titular king, so far he has mostly been a battlefield war-leader due to the situation, and not much has been shown about his ability to govern or manage his territory at this time. While the MC himself seems likable enough and cool-headed under pressure, the side characters so far seem somewhat one-dimensional and too easily swayed by events. Now, this may change in the future - there's hope that the writer may be able to flesh out these characters more fully once the present emergency is solved. But as it is right now, the characters are standard tropes without much detail. Basically, the story reads like the movie "300" Spartans. If you like the glory and horror of combat in that movie, you'll get it in spades over here. Don't know if you'll get anything else beyond that at the moment, but it's magnificently written for what it is. <<less
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Doctor Unruly
March 10, 2016
Status: --
Not great, not bad. This is essentially a hospital romance story between an overly-idealistic nurse and a jerk of a doctor. The romance in this one tends to be a little less sweet and bit more manipulative, based on mutual benefit, possessiveness and s*x. This is romantic drama, not romantic comedy. Excellent translation quality though, and it IS complete, so it has that going for it.
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Meg and Seron
May 4, 2018
Status: v6c10
An excellent school mystery / youthful romance story. Six distinctly odd-but-likeable characters band together to solve some mysteries in their school, helping the police and their fellow schoolmates in various ways. The Newspaper Club gets involved in everything from missing persons cases to serial murders, romantic confession planning to messy cheating-fiancee cases.
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This is a warm and quiet slow-paced romance between school friends turned adult partners. It starts off as a partnership of mutual interest between a cool-hearted lady scholar who needs funds and a rich young lord who's scared of all women except her. But slowly, through mutual support and understanding, what begins as a fake romance turns real. If you like slice-of-life, character-based romances within a network of family and friend relationships, then this story is for you. Translation quality is very good, and although the translation speed is not... more>> as fast as others, it has been pretty consistent so far. Looking forward to see how this story develops! <<less
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Top Management
December 20, 2016
Status: c27
Top Management is basically the story of a new idol manager who gets visions of possible futures, and has to try and navigate the pitfalls surrounding the celebrities in his company. Yes, it shares somewhat of a similar premise as other works (particularly God of Music), but two things set this story apart from the rest: (1) the MC is a rookie with visions rather than a reincarnated individual, so he still lacks experience and has to learn a lot about the industry. That insider knowledge that he learns on... more>> the job is quite interesting. (2) Because of the MC's personality and background, there's a sense of parental love that he has which expresses the joy of raising someone up. This theme comes clearly throughout all of the writing, so it gives off a different impression compared to other MCs who are primarily ambitious for their own success. This also allows for cross-genre appeal to those fans of child-raising stories. The writing, plot and translation quality are all pretty good, so no problem there. Translation speed and regularity was good, but the translator put the project on hiatus for a while, and only recently started it up again. Hopefully it will maintain well. Overall, this story would do well. <<less
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