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This is a story about a man who lost everything. His home, his people, his friends, his loved ones..... all lost in the passages of time. As the last human on the face of the world he has to start a new in a strange new world ruled by creatures unfamiliar to him. He has to cope with loses and deal with wounds that will never heal, physically and mentally. Until one day he meets a group of girls who has to face the same fate as he did 500... more>> years ago. There he has to face his past and once again step forward.

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Do not get this wrong. This is NOT a harem novel series just because he is in the middle of a group of girls. I got some spoilers from other forums and he sticks with one girl. I think this is worth the read because it is a story that will pull at the heart strings as you find out what the MC has to go through. I will update this review as the story progresses.

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Edit 1: Boy does this novel have interesting twists and turns. Questions as to why the world came to be are clearly spelled out to you and make a lot of sense. Not only does the MC have a sad fate but so does the Heroine. <<less
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Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?
May 17, 2016
Status: v15 afterword
When I first started reading this I honestly thought this was going to be some generic Romantic School Comedy and nothing was going to happen each progressive novel. What made me keep on reading was the fact that we had girls from all over the place wanting to take over. We got aliens, mole people, ghosts and magical girls all aiming for the same room. I was like "Why the f**k do they want this room?" This is what hooked me in, the mystery that surrounds the room. As I... more>> keep reading all I got was more and more questions that surround the room and the main protagonist. All of sudden I invested a good portion of my time reading this series. Luckily for me, warren the translator was decently quick and did some quality translations. I had an inkling of what was happening but it was until volumes 7.5 and 8.5 did my eyes finally see what is going. And boy was it a glorious reveal. It made complete sense as to why they wanted the room and what each girls reasons as to why they stay there.
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The MC

Satomi Koutaro is a somewhat funny character who likes to joke around with his peers. But when push comes to shove you can bet that he will be determined to what is right. In general we was a likable character to read and not some asshole. He can be dense but I think that's just who he is a character. He is not all that smart but he isn't naive. He knows when a character feels down and will make it personal to an extent. But until the big reveal I thought of him as normal and boy was I wrong in every aspect. And here's the thing, he knows they love him and he has his reasons for not being so close to them which is a major plus in my books. But boy oh Boy when you get past 7.5 and 8.5 he becomes a complete bad ass.

I rate this MC at a 4.5/5.

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The Story

As stated before there is a lot of mysteries surrounding this story. Questions keep popping up to give readers a mild interest so they can look forward to it in the next novel because the Author does a good job at foreshadowing. Though my qualms about the story is the fighting parts of the story. The first arc is lack luster, not very detailed and nothing new but this novel isn't where the novel shines. It's about the interactions of the characters in the story. Everyone has a part and this is what makes the novel feel so whole. It's funny and cute with enough drama to keep you satisfied as a reader. Every novel will make you feel that its part of an even bigger story you have yet to see.

Only when we get the big reveals does the action pick up and become interesting. But because the story seems so happy that we don't get much on things that could pull on the heart strings. The one thing that I think it lacks would be those suspenseful moments. But the few we do have was enough to shed maybe a tear or so but nothing that would cause a river.

The story gets a 4/5 for executing the story pretty well but it could be better in some areas.

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The Harem

Before the big reveal we get to see the characterization of each girl. All of them had undesirable attitudes which almost made me stop reading but as it progressed they started to become more and more likeable as characters. Each one of them are connected to characters in one way or another. They didn't just fall in love just out of no where but through interaction and realizing what they truly are under the facade they initially put up. The tropes they fill are obvious but they too also grow out those shells to be more characterized as individuals. They too know that the MC knows he likes them yet they don't push no it and wait because they know of the conflicts he is suffering right now. Until the day he is ready to face them will they be able to face one another. Though they do seem a little nonchalant about the fact that everyone likes the MC.

I rate this harem at a 4.5/5

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Overall score should be around 4.5 but no option for that so its a 5.
Favorite Quotes: "From an endless time and a countless distance"
"Master, this ship, the Blue Knight, will pray for your fortune and glory in place of the nation of Forthorthe." (Spine tingles every time I read this)

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Anime

The anime was okay even though it crunched about 4.5 volumes into 12 episodes. What made it so good was the pacing of the anime. It didn't feel so overly rushed nor did it feel like I missed to many details. But the anime is akin to a VERY DETAILED SUMMARY. It is definitely missing details that would have made a big impact on the story and the characterization of the characters. Even if you already watched the anime it is best if you read the series again to get a better understanding of what is going on.

I rate it a 3/5 watch it only if you want a feel of the story and decide if you want to watch it or not.

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AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon”
February 9, 2016
Status: v10
Oh boy this was a fun series to read. This is not a typical battle school harem novel you might think it is. It is a dark series that is filled with death in every novel (with the exception to key characters and the main cast). As the title states its humans vs witches because humans are afraid of magic. They contradict themselves because they also use a type of magic to fight back which are the "magical heritages", which can be summarized as magical guns. As the story starts... more>> out the humans have won a gigantic war against the witches or so they think. So they maintain a pseudo peace and suppress any forms of magic. That is what the "Witch hunters" are for and in order to become one you must go to school for it. This is where our main cast comes the "Small Fry Platoon" led by Takeru Kusanagi. They are called that way because every time they take mission they completely fail. That is not to they are awful fighters, individually they are the best of the best at what they do yet they have a quirk that holds them back. That completely changes when a girl, Ouka Ootori, joins and suddenly they have to partake in situations that make them become serious.

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Common in all harem tropes our MC is dense which I am not surprised and expected it to happen. But what makes him unique in this novel is that he is the only sword user in the age of guns which is uncommon in light novel tropes. What makes him so good at the sword is because he can overclock his brain so be able to perceive anything around him. He is able to do this because of he trained in the Kusanagi arts that were meant to deal with magical entities with in the human limits. But in order for his body to keep up with his brain he has to practically destroy his body. The problem is solved when he gets his magical heritage. Moving on to his personality, he used to be very angry and prideful child because he thinks that the sword is the best. That gets completely crushed when he was defeated by Ouka Ootori. Now he is much more calmer and passive. But when his blood gets boiled then his original personality starts to show. In conclusion he is an okay MC with his cool moments that will try to save everyone and anyone he deems worthy but knows when there is moments where he can't do anything. 4/5

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The first 4 volumes are what you might considered to be very cliched. Each novel is dedicated to one girl and the MC must learn their story and make them fall in love with them. But each novel is necessary for defining each of the characters personality and to see their dark pasts. What makes each one interesting is the darker aspects of magic that shown in every novel. We get to see zombies attack the innocent people. A ghost that possess and eats the individual's. Human sacrifices of the children to Summon an ancient hero. Things you don't typically see in light novels that is why for the first 4 novels I'll give it a 4/5. Now this where the actual story line takes place and the start of the Second witch war may begin. Where villains are actually your allies and allies that turn out to be enemies. OR ARE THEY!?!?!? Do not be fooled by the premise of the 5th novel because you won't be seeing the sister joining the harem because in essence she is the final super weapon of the probable main antagonist. So now we finally have and overarching objective that will last many novels. Each with its twists and turns that you might have not expected to happen. Even I don't know what will happen in the end because its that good. For this part of the series I give this part a 5/5.

So in conclusion this part gets a 4.5/5

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What I typically try to find in harem novel series that has a growing, dynamic, not flat personality. That each character has a face and aren't just there to complete a trope. As stated before the first 4 novels define the characters as a whole. But it doesn't end there, they aren't just thrown to the side and left in the background just to support the MC. They keep on growing through out the entire series and to become some one completely different then the one you originally. The way they interact with one another also becomes different as they progress through the novels for the good of the group. They are also not characters that regress into the background and only let the MC own the enemies. They act as mental and battle supports that can stand side by side with the MC. When he feels down they were there to get him to stand back on his 2 feet which earns more bonus points in my books.
That is why for this harem I give it a 5/5

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In conclusion I give this series a 4.5 but because there is no option for that I'll give it a 5

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This adaptation was pure sh*t. Not only did they crunch 5 books into 12 episodes they completely changed the ending of book number 5. Not only did they do that but completely took out the darkness that you can feel in the novels. Very little blood is shown and the bodies of the people are off screen. Don't get me started with art style. Everything about it felt clunky, the battle sequence was pure sh*t and you can easily see the CG that was used in it. The cool pictures in the novels were utterly destroyed by the anime. I know they had a budget but this no excuse for excluding and changing many details of the novels. This was in all likely hood a promotional anime and there is no future for a second anime.

I give the anime a 1/5. Don't bother watching it

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Risou no Himo Seikatsu
April 22, 2016
Status: --
Alright I had write a review here because some the reviews are biased. This is NOT an action novel nor is it about building commerce. It is truly about man from different world loving his wife. Yes he brings technology from another world and yes does nothing with it but that is because politics restrict him doing anything. His purpose was to have a baby with the queen because he has the highest purity in blood to do so. Otherwise this about politics and slice of life about him and... more>> his loving wife. If you don't like it then don't read it. <<less
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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
August 5, 2016
Status: v3-b c41
This is without a doubt the longest and most detailed light novel you will ever find in any site. Just one "part" alone can consist of 500 pages or more and it takes 2-3 books to finish any arc. Probably because of the massive cast it has and the fact each one has it own story tell fills up those pages. A daunting task to read without a doubt but it has its ways to make you keep on reading. A good mix of funny moments and serious moments that... more>> flows well with one another in the story. Of course because it is such a long read that there are going to be stale moments you have to power through but I didn't find to many to change my opinion of this novel. But what I enjoyed the most about this novel was the stories of the other characters besides the over all plot of the light novel. The overall plot of the story is to "take over the world" in order to return the feelings of one girl but what interested me wasn't the main protagonist and the heroine but the "support" characters that come along for the journey. To me they were more interesting then anything else, especially the "antagonists" who try to stop them from taking over the world. I have enjoyed the second arc more then I did with the first one but I can't judge yet because I have not read the 3rd or fourth one to justify my ranking. Nonetheless its one of those novels where there are actually very few truly evil characters.

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The main character

To be honest I didn't like him very much. Yes I get that he suppose to act like the fool but there are just not enough scenes where he is competent. Only a few pages worth in the first arc where he acts smarter then he normally does and doesn't actually fool around. I didn't see that at all in the second and I am not sure in the second or third arc. Luckily he isn't dense about his feelings and knows how people feel around. I am not sure if there is a possibility of a harem, there are a few candidates but not enough shown to be solidified. There is without a doubt that he is pretty smart its just REALLY hard to see. Its a good thing he isn't the focus 100% of the time and the other characters gets a spotlight.

2/5

Subject to change when I get around finishing the 3rd arc and start reading the 4th

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The Story

The story is definitely disjointed in some parts because well that happens when you have so many characters to write about. But the fact that each individual gets a story and the fact that it flows pretty well into the main story gets bonus points in my book. With such an immense story you would think it would be riddled with a lot of plot holes right? Well up to the point where I read I haven't found any apparent plot holes that needs to be called out upon. The author spent great deal in world building that you can easily understand what exactly is going on. I don't think there was a moment where I was confused with exception of moments of trying to remember who is who. But the down fall of course would be the length of the story. Because it spent doing all the other stuff that well the main story kinda suffers. That is why it doesn't get a perfect score.

4/5

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The Cast

This is without the strongest point about this novel. There literally no characters I hate in this novel. Even the Villains I don't hate at all. Each one is funny and enjoyable to read as I read more and more about their characters. When the novel starts focusing on a character you don't just get a snippet about their day to day lives you get the full blown story with struggles and them trying to overcome them. There are no carbon copies in the story each one are interesting (to an extent) and them specializing in something cool or somewhat weird. What the main character lacks, the rest will fill that void.

5/5

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Overall this story gets a 4/5. The story could have been better if the MC improved

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The Anime

Definitely worth the watch because the action is REAL intense. Sure it misses out on few important details but the execution of the anime is well done and you will be satisfied by it. The extra detail that animators put in to make it funnier made it much more enjoyable. Paced well in my opinion that it doesn't destroy the over all story. But if you already read past the anime I would still consider watching the anime just for sequences and the intense music because they are that good.

4/5

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A short simple yet sweet novel that will leave you satisfied in the end. There is nothing special about this novel, it has no twists or turns that will leave you surprised. Yet because you know what is going to happen that you find it all the more sweeter. A story about boy who changes q girl's world for the better. The personalities of each character is likable and quite adorable to be honest. Here's the funny part, the story she is making is actually the story of each other... more>> but they are only gender bended. If you want a breather from the books you normally read I highly recommend reading this. Though it may not be action filled or so drama filled. It may not give the sense of wanting more to read but it will definitely give you some warmth in your heart. <<less
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Zero no Tsukaima
August 23, 2016
Status: v17 epiloque
Welp this will be a place holder for a later and more extensive review. But from what I remember was that the main heroine was an abusive bitch (basically template for all abusive tsunderes) and the main character was an idiot half the time (not the dense type of idiot but he is still quite dense). Its redeeming points was the fact that the hero was able to use any weapon like an expert and half the time he was able obtain modern weaponry to turn the tide in any... more>> situation. (Wooo guns for the win) One of the first novels I read that brought the concepts of modern weapons beating down on magic. Character wise they were enjoyable (tabitha ftw). And story wise seemed to make sense as well. But I can't make a final verdict until I have reread the entire since its been so long. So for now I'll have to trudge through chapters that have louise being a tsundere. <<less
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