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Re:Monster
December 30, 2016
Status: --
Read the manga more than the LN, but the beginning was pretty great. The MC shows that he has this sort of frontier justice attitude when he kills a bunch of s*x slaves kept by his goblin clan, and tries to show mercy to some intelligent visitors. He also has real struggle and difficulty in his battles, needing to rely on his friends and wits to win.

This completely reverses itself after a while. He becomes god compared to anything around him and becomes a vile raping and pillaging piece of... more>> trash. What totally lost me is when he takes the servants of someone that pissed him off (the servants were innocent and showed themselves to be calm and reasonable compared to their boss), and makes them into his goblin clan's public s*x slaves, completely reversing his original morality. Things don't improve from there. If the story was going to make the MC become a horrible person, it should have either given some reason for his gradual moral decline, or at least been self aware than he had become a monster instead of acting like he is still a good person at heart the whole time. <<less
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Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
April 8, 2017
Status: extra 8
I liked this series for quite a long time, and eagerly read each new update, but recently I've found that I am more irritated with it than enjoying it. The beginning was a load of fun, since it had a feel similar to One Punch Man or Konosuba, with a group of ridiculously overpowered but incompetent idiots getting into ridiculous messes due to their lack of sense. Tomoe and Mio would run off and casually cause catastrophes while Makoto played the straight man, having to haul them back in line... more>> while he is frustrated at not having human friends due to his misfortunate circumstances. The world they traveled in was also reasonably colorful, and it sort of laid out an obvious path of progression. He would meet and probably clash with the other two humans that had been summoned and the countries they represented, then eventually face the goddess. As the story progressed, the focus shifted away from the absurd comedy aspect and kind of became an easygoing journey. Tomoe and Mio were put on a bus to mature and Makoto got a wise mentor figure, Shiki, to help him out. This was fine because the world that they were traveling through became more and more interesting. The conflict between the demons and humans was not so simple. Humans weren't just vain assholes, and the demons were not total underhanded scumbags. Makoto began to meet many people on both sides that he could get along with and who had sympathetic and reasonable motivations. Unfortunately, this is where a problem started to appear. Makoto was still someone from an op gag series, now plonked into an actually compelling and more realistic setting. His three major problems were his uncontrollably ballooning powerlevel, his bad character development and Asora. Asora gives him a complete sanctuary where everything he cares about can be isolated from any outside concern. His powerlevel has spiked from way stronger than anything around him up to greater god, which is way out of whack for any challenge he has faced at any period in the story. Finally, he went from a normal guy with normal sensibilities, to kind of a horrible freak, but not in an overt way. Because he is so protected from any possible concern or anything going on with the setting, he slowly developed into someone with almost no empathy or social capacity. Whereas at the start, Makoto was the one with the common sense and moral backing keeping Tomoe and Mio in check, now his three (now hyper competent) servants are supporting him and his attitude that is completely detached from reality. Essentially, Makoto doesn't give a sh*t about anything except for his servants, who are also invincible, and thus not something he needs to worry about. He could completely retreat from the world into Asora and live in a paradise, but he doesn't because he likes his pet projects like his shop or class, which causes huge distortions in the world's power structure that he willfully ignores. But he's not really committed to any of these things because he cares about them or anything like that. He doesn't run the shop to see it grow and become profitable, since he's a terrible businessman and never attempts to get better, but he doesn't do it for humanitarian reasons since he blatantly turns a blind eye to huge swaths of suffering on all sides that he could easily stop because he doesn't give a sh*t. He also doesn't care about his class since he's constantly trying to get out of it, and doesn't seem to care about the fate of his students after they leave. He's essentially stopped caring about any of the people he's met on his journey as well, as he never really helps anyone but himself except when it is convenient and beneficial to him. He's not even committed to fighting the goddess since he isn't consumed by a bitter hatred the way shield bro was, and isn't constantly training to get stronger but instead spends his time fafing around. Every time any legitimately interesting situation could begin to occur, it is immediately slapped down to show how superior Makoto is to everything in existence. All the interesting characters and settings of the story have to bow down to Makoto's whims as Makoto blunders through every storyline like an overgrown child. For example, a recent chapter dealt with Makoto's pet country starving due to it's harsh winters, but that storyline doesn't really get resolved because instead the story deviates so Makoto can get a hotspring. Another example is him acquiring a spell that summoned a gate god to earth at the cost of thousands of souls. Because of Makoto's supreme power, he doesn't have to care that his braindead decision is potentially risking all his follower's lives because he can literally beat the sh*t out of gods now without breaking a sweat. When the gate god tries to retreat to a different dimension, Makoto pulls dimensional breaching power out of his ass to capture the god and defeat him. Makoto does not learn anything as a character, he does not face any consequences for his idiotic and self centered decision making. Instead, he is provided enough powers as the plot demands for him to steamroll every possible adversity. Other characters, like the female hero and demon king have also been beaten with the idiot stick to keep them from being better people than Makoto, as their motivations become twisted into something stupid. His whole attitude can be summed up as insincere. He treats other people's feeling, concerns and circumstances with flippant disregard. He doesn't sincerely pursue anything or follow through with anything. He doesn't even think about his own circumstances with any seriousness. He just casually goes from whim to whim as they enter his brain. This world would probably have been something great if the entire Makoto faction were extracted from it. I like the people in the setting, as many are pretty deep, possessing an interesting web of conflicting desires and motivations. I would also like Makoto and his retard gang in a less serious setting. Sadly its pretty painful to watch all the interesting characters get shat on by god emperor Makoto. <<less
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Mob… Sore mo Waki Mob no Hazu Nan Desu Kedo!?
August 31, 2017
Status: c16
I've never seen a story screech to a halt so fast as this one. The beginning chapters kept up a good pace, but then a brick wall appeared in the form of one long protracted tea chat that needed to explain the protagonist's goals, motivations and life philosopy all in one go. Maybe this gets better later, but I've rarely seen such a badly done info dump before.
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The Hero Suddenly Proposed to Me, but… (LN)
November 25, 2017
Status: v1 ss4
This series is a bit odd. The premise sounds like its a set up for a wacky, very self aware comedy series focused on a picture perfect hero being weirdly affectionate to the lowly maid character. This... isn't really what the series is. The web novel and comic have a bit more of the goofy aspect, but apart from the beginning, the LN is largely fairly serious. Rather than have everything played for laughs, the story describes the hero's tragic backstory and circumstances fairly straight, and the people in the... more>> setting all treat the events with an appropriate weight. When the hero gets up to antics, rather than laughing it off as a comedic sociopath moment, the characters actually find it weird and disturbing. The heroine is actually the only real oddball, who seems to possess modern awareness of game and story tropes, used modern lingo, and seems slightly disconnected from the rest of the world's sensibilities. The story also has kind of weird pacing, given that the hook was the hero and the maid interacting, yet they have had almost no time together in the entire first volume. I wouldn't say that the story is bad, as it's actually set up a bit of a mystery, but if you go in expecting string of laughs and sweet moments, you will be disappointed. <<less
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Fate/Apocrypha
December 30, 2016
Status: v1 prologue
I read this a while back, but only read plot summaries of the later books since they weren't translated, so I may have missed details and stuff.

Generally, the premise and idea are really cool. Rather than the usual battle royal of the grail wars, its a 7 v 7 team fight. Many of the servants are neat, with interesting interpretations of their myths and good personalities. I also rather liked the black team's masters, and they form an interesting bunch. Sadly every red master except the enemy mastermind and... more>> one rogue mercinary are put on a bus from the start, making the enemy team just a bad guy monolith. The team battle aspect is also a bit weak, and the story typically breaks into everyone fighting 1v1 battles.

Things done well:
Story is action packed, with bombastic fights and awesome powers. The plot does a good job of subverting expectations, especially with many of the foreshadowed death flags. Most of the Black side characters are good. Astolfo steals the show and is adorable.

Things done poorly:
The main protagonist, while initially sympathetic, is pretty bland and reliant on conveniences. With so many characters, not everyone gets enough action, and plenty of cool abilities don't get full usage. Jack the Ripper and her master, despite being interesting in the oneshot, are terrible and annoying in this. If you are looking for a dark and complex story with deep characters, there is a better light novel in this franchise. The ending flies of a cliff into insanity.

Overall, I had fun with the series. If you liked the fate stories, but wanted everything up to 11 and more cheesy, this is it. If you think the idea of Astolfo is great, this is also it. I don't know what the author was on when he wrote that ending though... <<less
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My Disciple Died Yet Again
June 2, 2018
Status: c234
I liked the series quite a lot at the start, but after one dramatic turn, I think the story shied away from taking risks. The first few reincarnations were kept fun by the main character constantly meeting people she knew, but with a lot of time having passed in between. After the end of the first ark however, the story seems to lose its focus as less and less characters stay along between reincarnations until it's just her master. Unfortunately, at that point, the protagonist and master's relationship is pretty... more>> sorted out and the story devolves into largely the same motions of figure out bug, grind levels, find mcguffin to beat the bug, get killed, rinse and repeat. She does cycle through different settings, but they all don't really feel that different. Jokes and plot threads also get quite repetitive, as she's always fighting some op arrogant enemy that she can snark at while inevitably outdoing them in the end.

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It's a shame, because the end of the first ark legitimately had me hooked, as I had not expected the hither to silly series to have the guts to kill a long running character in a rather brutally realistic way. Sadly the emotional payoff is removed by the god system itself deleting her memories, and the death ends up not impacting much of anything later on because of this.

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I would definitely recommend at least reading up to the defeat of the first villain, as the story is quite excellent up until that point. <<less
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Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo Dorei Majutsu
May 30, 2017
Status: v4c2
This series is a bit of a guilty pleasure. The plot and the characters are generally simple and dumb, but cute and with enough fan service that it is enjoyable if you don't think hard about it. If you look at the story as comedically absurd and just enjoy the pandering and ridiculousness of the plot you will probably have fun with it.
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The New Gate
March 15, 2019
Status: v9c3 part3
I read this for a while, but eventually dropped it for becoming repetitive and tedious. That said, it's not terrible and has some strong points.

Strengths: Most of the characters are enjoyable and fun to read about. There is clearly some major plot going on that is slowly revealed as changes to the status quo begin to emerge. The main character isn't an idiot, and generally makes rational decisions. The world is relatively interesting, with various countries and factions and power players factoring into things.

Weaknesses: Nothing goes anywhere. This is a... more>> bit generalizing, as each battle and incident reveals some new information or moves the characters somewhere, but it never resolves into anything. One battle reveals some strangeness about former game locations and the activity of some shadowy entity, great! Now that won't be addressed again for another 5 volumes or so because the protagonist just drops the issue and heads somewhere else to uncover some new thing on the other side of the planet. The story is also heavily padded, with very long fights that are really boring. The main problem is that there is no threat at all to the main character and his crew. Even when some new entity reveals powers that are maybe a threat, the MC quickly gets the upper hand again. As such fights are more about reading long descriptions of powers and hoping you remain in awe of their scale, which gets old fast. The story essentially never settled on a central conflict, and spent too much time aimlessly wandering around and hinting at a greater story that doesn't appear. It's a shame since I liked the characters and was interested in the mysteries and intrigue that the story set up, but it never got around to paying it off. <<less
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Aloof King and Cool (Acting) Queen
July 3, 2018
Status: c42
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It's... ok. As a slow sort of slice of life story that suddenly has a romantic ending, it's alright. The ending and the romantic development felt very rushed and out of place though. The main character was at least likeable enough to carry things along.

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Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (WN)
September 27, 2017
Status: c209
The story was quite good at the beginning and pretty fun in the middle. The most recent ark about fighting the angels is... ending of bleach bad. To be honest, the powers and leveling up and fights were never particularly good in the story, since the MC basically never faced any real challenge or threat (barring one or two encounters that they still ended up winning pretty handily).

The fun for me was more that the characters were likeable and had fun interactions. Probably my favorite ark was when the MC... more>> and his buddies decided to stop everything to make an rpg dungeon, then try beating it with avatars.

Later on the battles, however, pretty much devolved into everyone revealing their ultimate god power that does some very strong but weirdly specific thing, and then the good side's power somehow counters the bad side's power through magic mumbo jumbo, or someone else comes in with a counter power to curbstomp the enemy. The later arks also started revolving a lot around a group of devils who showed up pretty late and who have much worse characterization than the earlier cast. The descriptions of powers also began to drag on to a tedious degree. It has gotten to the point that I just poke my head in every few chapters to see if the fighting has wrapped up yet.

All in all, I think its still a fun series, and if you read only the first 3/4ths, you will probably like it a lot. <<less
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