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Watashi wa Teki ni Narimasen!
April 25, 2017
Status: --
I found the translations intriguing, so I read ahead a bit and discovered something interesting.

Rather than allowing the main character to breeze through problems with her inherent magic potential and in-game knowledge, the story actually uses these elements creatively in order to create an actually compelling conflict. They're used here to give the tale a constant feeling of tension in the sense that even if she knows what happens in the future (due to her game experience), she's essentially powerless against it. Also, magic powers in their world come with... more>> heavy strings attached, so it's not a free pass either. As a result, we're left with a character who is genuinely at a loss of what to do in order to save the people around her.

If nothing else, it's a nice change of pace from the usual isekai stuff where things seem to come easily and naturally. <<less
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This is pretty standard fare as far as the 'reincarnated as an otome game villain' premise is concerned. Still, the story was much better before the actual engagement of the MC with the Achile (I think?). At the very least, while the usual tropes (OP powers, nobility, harem etc.) were still a thing, I didn't have to deal with her fiancé's overprotective clinginess.

I mean, he gets really overbearing with his antics: spiking her food/drink with alcohol to keep her docile, controlling her actions like a parent, getting her to wear... more>> an engagement ring with a built-in tracking device, etc. I'm sure there are people who might find these sorts of things cute and endearing, but I can only find it creepy and gross. <<less
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
April 21, 2017
Status: c330
Here's the thing: I'm nearly caught up with the raws (the writing is a lot simpler than other web novels out there), and I can't help but have mixed feelings.

But I do love the relaxed pace of this series. In fact, the best chapters are the ones where Yuna just hangs out with her friends or invents some new dish. However, the comedy, while not terrible, can get stale after a few hundred chapters unfortunately. Yuna does something amazing, people are amazed or otherwise in disbelief, then she laments her... more>> ever-increasing popularity. Though I'm not a fan of how she tends to deflect responsibility for the crazy things she does, particularly when it comes to receiving gratitude. Well, in any case, she's a hikikomori and a gamer (as she loves remind us time and time again), and these aspects of her character strictly define her interactions with other character. So it's probably pointless to expect any development from her any time soon. In general, the segments where Yuna fights monsters and does adventurer things are just plainly worse than the ones where she just lazes around and makes friends.

All that said, this is still nice, chill series to spend many an afternoon on. I wouldn't have gotten so far with this if I didn't like it after all. There might not be a lot of tension to go around, but it the heroic image of Yuna acting on behalf of the children still makes my heart swoon every now and then. <<less
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I love how Eliza's actions and thoughts are always shaded by a layer self-loathing. Whether its her gradually fading memories of her past life, her initial act to kill her family, or just the simple asymmetry between her adult mind and her immature body. Instead of emphasizing the development of this game world through OP powers, modern-day Japan knowledge, gaming skills, etc., this is more psychological, particularly how Eliza comes to terms with her feelings of guilt and the memories of her past life. I'm really happy to have... more>> discovered this despite the long title turning me off initially.

In any case, the amount of thought that goes into the political undercurrents and schemes alongside their respective consequences really helps create the image of a living, breathing world beyond just Eliza's narrow perspective. This point, in particular, is shared by Common Sense of a Duke's Daughter, a similar title I would also recommend. <<less
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I Said Make My Abilities Average!
January 28, 2018
Status: c93
Interesting story. This is kind of an isekai that's presented in a more comedic light, and I appreciate that. Another work that does something similar is Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, which is another (if even more) nice and fluffy series to relax to. That said, there are serious flaws that hold this story back:

    1. It must be said that the translation is bad, like godawful bad. Not only is this MTL, the translator (and maybe the editors too?) doesn't seem to have the English language proficiency to produce easy-to-understand sentences, which is to say the text is a chore to read through. But in the end, a bad translation is better than none (is that really true though??).
    2. The writing of just about any insignificant male character so far comes off as creepy, at best, to downright disgusting. To a lot of them, the initial intent towards our main characters (most of whom happen to be 'cute girls') is to rape them, marry them, or else 'protect' them. Really hard to read these parts without rolling my eyes.
Well, excuse me for ranting, but I had to find an avenue to let out my grievances with the story. But seriously, I do want to enjoy the story since I like its distinct approach to the isekai template, so it'd be great if I could do so without having to feel uncomfortable.
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Kenkyo, Kenjitsu o Motto ni Ikite Orimasu
March 28, 2017
Status: c87
Really enjoyable little series for light feels. There's a clear lack of urgency or grand plot which might be a turn-off for some, but I do like the slow-pace of the story so far. None of the characters are particularly unlikable and I their interactions are rewarding as a whole. All in all, a great series about watching time pass in a strange shoujo manga setting.

Btw, the translation fairly good, I think. At the very least, the grammar is readable, which can be an issue in a lot of translations... more>> I've read. I appreciate the TL notes and images sprinkled throughout the chapters. <<less
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This is quite an amazing read. This series flips around the trend of having a competent protagonist and instead has Katarina the idiot. And really, typically stories like this has the main character living out some unfulfilled fantasy or desire, but not for Katarina as she's too focused on avoiding her 'destruction flags' to even care about changing herself. As such, she's essentially already complete as a character right from the beginning where most of the fun comes from seeing how the people around her end up changing for the... more>> better because of it.

Not to mention that the humor is generally spot on, so it's easy to forgive a few conveniences here and there. At the end of the day, Katarina's brand of stupidity is ridiculously endearing. <<less
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I just have to say, reading a few chapters ahead, that this story gets real weird pretty fast (you'll have to see it to believe it).

Apart from that, the story is fairly okay. It's an awful world with some awful characters, but not as transparently so as some other titles I won't name here.
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Nigotta Hitomi no Lilianne
March 28, 2017
Status: c55
A delightful series. It doesn't have the overwhelming scale you generally find in most isekai web novels. Also, the story is mostly fixed to Lilianne's infancy. However, there's no doubt that her world is constantly in the process of expanding and growing more colorful. She meets new friends and family, discovers a new part of home, understands the world and herself even more... These mundane experiences, viewed through her unique perspective, are made all the more interesting.

In general, this is a nice read if you want something light, fluffy, and... more>> overflowing with familial love. There are several dull points since there's not really a lot going on that's apparent, but it does introduce new elements at reasonable intervals to keep things fresh.

(though I still internally cringe whenever he reverts back to thinking like a thirty-year old man) <<less
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