What are you reading now, what are your favorites?
I myself just caught up with the Mushoku Tensei and Re:Monster English translations and am enjoying them so far.
Does anyone else have any recommendations (in English) with similar themes, or any with either; reincarnation/dimension travel/fantasy/time travel which might fit my tastes?
From a similar genre, I've also enjoyed Gate: Thus the JSDF fought there (manga) and tsuyokute new saga (manga).
I like the way these series have implied adult content rather than excessive and unrealistic ecchi, have noticable and realistic character development, and that they don't shy away from things like poverty, betrayal, rape and death.
Does it have to be translated?
Also based GA bunko
I'm not reading this though.
My Japanese is quite poor. It can take me several hours to read just one chapter. I frequently have to refer to a dictonary, and sometimes even ask in chat-rooms for particularly difficult phrasing. according to some native speakers I met there, some light-novelists use weird/incorrect Japanese which makes it difficult for people my level.
But if you speak Japanese yourself, I don't expect you to know which ones have English translations, so just post any you think I might like. I'll check them myself, and if they don't have a translation project going now I'll add them to my list to read later.
I prefer manga too, but I struggle to find any new ones to read; I read a lot, you see; have had to expand to LNs now too.
By all means, recommend me any Manga or Anime you think Id enjoy and I'll give them a try.
Reading Rokka no Yuusha and Magdala de Nemure. Both are enjoyable.
I'm really disappointed that Apocalypse Alice vol3 didn't show up on the charts, I hope it won't get canned
Cool, I heard about Rokka, and tried the Magdala manga before. dropped it for some reason;;;; can't remember why, but since you've reminded me I'll give it another go, and try Rokka too.
Is it the manga or the LN you're enjoying?
Teach me, shisho!
Oh yeah, I'm following the manga on batoto; didn't know it had a LN. I'll give that a go too~
Surprisingly /a/ is much better for this kind of thing than /r/ or /jp/ !
I didn't indent to sound condescending or act elitist. The series I listed are all fantasy manga, not what most people would call 'mature' - I was only pointing out what I enjoy about them so that it would be easier to empathize with my tastes.
LNs. Pic related was pretty enjoyable too.
Picked up the Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon LN since I finally got around to finishing the second season of the anime the other day.
It's not as horrible as my previous experiences with LN, but it still awkward to read. I guess I'll just read whatever the anime covered and then drop it to wait for more seasons.
If you like sci-fi, nothing tops this, not even Kawakami's stuff.
9S was decent, but nowhere close to top. Know and Jintai are up there.
Just save the preview images, nothing to extract. Not him, though.
Currently catching up to DanMachi.
Ooooh, consider my interest piqued. By Jintai do you mean Jinrui Suitai? Not a huge fan of that one if that's the case.
Reading this but I feel like it could have had so much more potential. Oh well, I guess I'll reserve my judgement till the end of Vol 2.
Why are you so surprised?
Vol 3 is fanfiction tier garbage.
If the spoilers I read are true, then yes, it's pure bullshit.
I didn't like the development of the first two already, so it doesn't really surprise me.
The author seems to simply write this LN to pull some stupid shit at the and for the sake of a forced twist.
The novel translation is currently at the third chapter of volume three.
i seriously couldn't find anything, I was searching for '9S', '9s novel' 'read 9s novel' '9s novel chapter 1' '9Snovel translation' '9s novel raws', ' 9S??????? read' ' 9S??????? raws' etc with the only result being from myanimelist. Is there another way other than google?
Anon ... if you're searching for the raw, why are you not using ???? instead of "novel raws"? And why aren't you adding the authors' names (yes 9s' "author" is actually a 2 person team).
Hell, I'm pretty sure jcafe has them all even if your google-fu massively fails.
Not for DanMachi, since the first 4 volumes have no good previews.
Only from a bunch of other novels, I just randomly save them.
Fuck, oh well. November needs to come right now.
Volume 6's gonna be great like volume 3 in terms of bonus.
Hopefully 4koma doesn't disappoint.
Based anon, have a bonus booklet from volume 5 (different than the one Solitary Translation translated).
Stitch anon if you're still there do you have the Oratoria Volume 1 stuff from bookwalker?
How is it? I don't really have enough motivation to read machine translations and Deus Ex translations is pretty fast so I'm only on the part where
the shota "genius knight" gets rekt.
The samples for that are pretty small and shitty; and you will see where they were put together.
Just hope the other anon is still around.
It... actually became one of my most favourite reads. It stays true to its theme with Yuri being the world's strongest. the author lies to explore the concept of "strongest" and it shows. While it is not perfect I think the author does a good job of describing different approaches to the notion of being "strongest".
It has character development, exposition, characters have interesting backstories and I like this author's writing style. And holy fuck all those plot points in volume 3. I really liked that one, it's got some story going and new ones bein set up -- on speed.
I'm reading Mushoku Tensei and I question why people think Rudy is a Gary Stu?
The entire series is about his development and the guy keeps running into pit-falls and problems throughout the series. He's skilled but he's not OP, shown to be perfect, or excels at everything.
Now Rou from Re:monster now that's a Gary Stu
like it anyway
It's more on how the story is laid out, everything is geared on giving you cheap accomplishment feelings. It's fun and satisfying to read through, but you wouldn't say that it was a good solid story. But at the very least, it's a league above the typical harem stories.
But he's not really a Gary Stu, at least maybe until his magic power was referenced to be as strong as Laplace's. This felt more like a given talent rather than due to working his ass off since he was a baby. I'd have like him to still be good but not the best magician, only getting by because he's using modern concepts to better utilize his magic (armor piercing designs for his rock bullet).
If only the MC was bearable. I mean, I'm used to putting up with fucking stupid protagonists, but he can't even hold a conversation or provide fun narrative. He just responds "I see" to everything and bam, end of conversation.
I was thinking about picking this up, because I like one the author's other manga. Maybe I'll finally get around to reading the novel too.
He's pretty overpowered, but it's presented in a weirdly realistic way. Like, the things he does make enough sense within the scope of his abilities that you kinda react with "yes, of course" instead of "that's totally bullshit". His hax are rare, not impossible. This distances him somewhat from common Stus these days.
Plus he's a perv, frequently fails at what he's trying to do, and the universe is fucking with him.
I can't stop checking the progress several times a day.
Reading: Mushuko tensei, heavy object, Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei shitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem wo Tsukucchaimashita!?, Re:Monster
Translating in my spare time: psycho love comedy; it's total shit, the author blows hardcore might give up translating it.
Dropped: No game No life, esthetica of a rouge hero, more but I forgot.
Manga: I'm not gay or rich lol all anybody scanlates nowadays is shitty shoujo, joshit with horrible pacing/story telling and yaoi
But I am reading Tate No Yusha, Koe no Kitachi, Arachnid, Suicide Island, Akame ga kill and a couple minor seinen series I got bookmarked but can't remember the names off hand... when they come out of course.
Oh and Wakusei no samidare's author's new manga sprit circle is k-k-k-kool
>Translating in my spare time: psycho love comedy; it's total shit, the author blows hardcore might give up translating it.
Seriously? The first volume was dumb fun but I was afraid it would go nowhere.
Excuse me for forgetting, but there's one LN that is mentioned every once and a while that seems to be unanimously liked and I've forgotten the name. I know it's structured, at least early on, with paragraphs headed by things like "1st Time", "102nd Time", or "16,354th Time". It gives me the impression that it's a time loop sort of story.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
>Plus he's a perv
Which is ok because he's Paul's son
pic related, Paul Greyrat in his youth
Anyone know if there are scans out for the 2nd and 3rd book of Fairy Tale Chronicles?
Actually she takes it rather well; he sends her a letter and she just kind of stands there blankly as her friend reads it out for her (she's been doing nothing but swinging swords since they separated and forgot how to read). Then they find a second page that says "P.S. I am going to fight Orstead, so I might be dead by the time you come over to talk this out with me." and she immediately takes off to help him with the fight.
They aren't. How is that, by the way? I've been meaning to read it but I've had it on low priority.
Very upset. Well she finds out from a letter Rudy sends her. In which he mentions that he married two girls who he loves and who he won't leave, but if Eris still cares about him, he and his wives are prepared to accept her as the third wife.
It turns around when she reads the second page of the letter.
Where Rudy says that he's going to go challenge the Dragon God Orsted so by the time the letter reaches her he might have already died but if he managed to survive he'll write again. Eris gets a manic gleam in her eye and basically rushes to head to Rudy's side since the entire reason she was training was to fight Orsted with Rudy.
Probably more detailed than you wanted. Think that chapter is translated though.
I don't know. I held off cause I wanted to make sure it's not shit a few volumes down the road, but no scans despite decent sales and rating. Quite a shame really.
Among the "new generation" of Narou stuff this, DanMachi, and Knight's and Magic are the only ones getting public attention (at least on-going ones).
I'm not really understanding the popularity. The pace that they're going it, you would think it's the next SAO or something, but sale is only average at best over at Japan. Despite being top at Narou, it isn't that good commercialization wise.
Lots of people like it over here, so the series must be doing something right, since I also don't depend on translations, I don't really care where the effort is spent.
Nothing feels permanent in Mushoku, the fact he can freaking time travels means even if he fucked up he can alter different continuities. In this aspect, Re: Zero and All You Need Is Kill are way better.
It's probably a lot of people's first exposure to the reincarnation genre, plus it's pretty good. It's also rather fresh compared to a lot of LNs; Rudy gets shit done and dicks multiple girls, something 90% of all LN protagonists can't boast.
Still, it's very wish-fulfillment, and stuff like that gets a lot of flak, so I really don't know. People must really love it.
I did read the first LN myself in one day, and that was the first time in months I read an LN for more than maybe 15 minutes before putting it down.
I'm depending on these translations too.
Especially if I find !*@# up translation, I go to the original webnovel page and try to get the real meaning with tools like mecab, jparser on Translation Aggregator
>Rudy gets shit done and dicks multiple girls
I feel this is the main point.
But it is also very retarded, like that one time he was emofagging and someone actually he would get better by shagging up a girl, and the girl just went and offered herself. Viola, he cheered up.
>it's pretty good
It's cool that you enjoy it, but I really have to completely disagree with you here.
I've just read the early volumes and I must say that the first volume is spectacularly comfy (Zenith's side-story most notably), satisfying and fun to read. Maybe it's the lack of proper high fantasy settings right out of an RPG. The summary alone doesn't do this series justice.
But then I read volume 2. There's a large drop in quality; the plot then felt like a playthrough of some sort of princess maker/dating sim hybrid, which is bad. I disliked Eris for being excessively bitchy at first but I expected her to develop into a likable tsundere; instead her dere switch got permanently flipped. Rudeus becomes annoying to watch as seemingly more of the world revolves around him (especially in his birthday party). He stops to feel like a proper reincarnation MC and becomes Gary Stu-ish, although I'll most likely bear it for another volume. The delivery of the world history chronology is a complete chore to read through (not to mention somewhat cringeworthy). The rough translation doesn't help.
Does the story get better, /a/?
Just read until vol 6 and see whether it still interest you or not. There's also this thing called turning point which marks genre shift of the story. For example, the first turning point changed the story from simple daily life to adventures and the second one to school life antics.
>Does the story get better, /a/?
No, even the author admits so later on that he's slipping; however, this is back April or so. The only thing's the 4p action later on, honestly you're better off reading porn if you're gunning for that.
Everyone here will obviously tell you otherwise though.
First, spoiler that shit. Second, not really.
There are two things wrong with your theory. First of all, the current Rudeus doesn't know how to time travel and it presumably takes decades of research for future Rudy to learn. That means if he dies, there's no reset. Hell, even if he doesn't die, there's no guarantee current Rudy will figure out how to reset. Lastly, Hitogami now knows that Rudy can time travel, and can thus kill him to prevent that if necessary.
Secondly, it seems like the time travel is of the multiple-worlds type of time travel. So, even if Rudy goes back into the past, "he" as in the person traveling, will still experience all the hardships and die (due to insufficient mana). Saying he can just "reset" is like saying you can reincarnate if somebody killed you and then created a clone with your exact memories; the "originial you" is still dead.
>But it is also very retarded, like that one time he was emofagging and someone actually he would get better by shagging up a girl, and the girl just went and offered herself. Viola, he cheered up.
The only reason why he "stood up" was because it was Sylphy and a lot of very expensive aphrodisiac. He went through a shit-ton of attempts with other girls before this happened so it wasn't just any random girl.
I'd imagine if Rudy time traveled a few times he would bring a bunch of diaries with him.
Also I don't think he can kill him directly because of his strong fate, but he probably can manipulate shit so that he wouldn't be able to learn it during his lifetime.
I Believe I read that either when he time travelled his body got destroyed because of it. OR he time travelled after he got his shit rekt by hitogami and time travelled in a desperation move to warn his past self
>Pick Up Arifureta
>Hajime seems like a nice guy who gets bullied.
>Girl likes him because he peacefully saved a kid and old lady without throwing a single punch.
>Loses an arm
>almost goes insane.
>Changes his motto to: "If they get in my way, kill them. Fuck everything else."
The reunion between him and Kaori+Company is not gonna be a happy one.
It actually was. By the time they meet again, Yue, Shia, and don't forget Myuu had mellowed Hajime out quite a bit compared to what he was like in Orcus before meeting Yue. The only person that really caused issues was Kouki because he's a dipshit that couldn't accept that Kaori likes Hajime.
>very expensive aphrodisiac
>wasn't just any random girl
I'm sorry but that's just masturbatory fanfiction material. Very poor attempt to show alphaness because he can dick all of the girls, but he's still pure that he only can only get it up with the destined waifu bullshit.
How does shit like this get published? I hope it's bombing.
Can't blame them though, every LN thread I come in nowadays are filled with Mushoku Tensei discussion because most of /a/ can't into moon and this is the series that's getting most translation love at the moment.
It's kinda lame that >>111433039 is the only new title I got even hours later from this thread. Actually, I should be happy I even got one this time around, as most of the other LN threads are repetition of the same titles and how people want to read them but can't.
Depends on your ability to learn languages, time and effort put into it.
5 years to not have to rely on a dictionary most of the time, took time off every now and then. I'm awful at learning languages.
Seriously, playing minesweeper with new titles are already bad enough; now, with the Narou invasion, of which you KNOW 95% are mines, there are literally no point reading any of new titles until 3 volumes later and wait for reviews.
Few years ago any title with ? in it is probably shit, now any version of ??? raises the same alert too. I wish the LN market isn't so easily retarded that literal clones will spawn from success of few single ones.
I fucking blame Hero Bunko and their good sales of the first wave of web novels.
?????????????????(his older stuff)?????????????(AW only)????(when he's not spending time writing porn or dirty jokes)???????????????????????????????
Mix of LNs and mystery writers, fairly common/popular people.
Few other ones like ????????????? etc. that I haven't read enough to be sure.
The 4koma >>111435021
The normal one's ... the normal one.
The one with Oratoria in the title is the Ais one
The 4koma is going to be about the Gods (probably with Hestia as main focus).
????? is great. I definitely recommend trying out her titles.
Good quality vol 3 scans when
is this the series where 3 modern teenage girls get sent into a fantasy world and open a bakery in the woods? I remember talk about this a few years ago but never got the name
I only have like 3
And this is the last one I have found
And Now I'm at the part where Hajime trains some flower loving, wimpy bunny people into lean mean killing machines. Him stepping on the flowers was priceless. Clearly cardcrusher material.
I doubt it will have a good ending.
"In Vanadis, most of the appearing characters are old men so naturally so unspoken communication happens quite often. Looks like the atmosphere will be interesting."
why is danmachi liked again? the first few chapters were ok, but then it felt like the same shit over and over. just some shota leveling up and getting really gud.
even duelist seems more interesting than danmachi with only 2 volumes
On one hand, I have a hard on for monsters and really was enjoying Re:Monster as wank fuel. On the other, Mushoku is actually a well put together story for a light novel that I'm enjoying the fuck out of.
Whoa, didn't expect Knights and Magic to be popular. I really like this series. Hope it gets an anime. I want to see Ikaruga scaring the shit out of everyone.
I tried reading this on narou, lost interest at the prologue.
Haven't read this.
>at least maybe until his magic power was referenced to be as strong as Laplace's. This felt more like a given talent rather than due to working his ass off since he was a baby
But thats exactly why his magic power (mana capacity) is so high. You literally gain mana you used added to your max mana the next day. And you can only increase your mana until you are ten years old.
On another note, Mondaiji volume 11 came out yesterday
Depends on what you're looking for I guess, I want some action but the first few volumes barely have any. Character relationships in this one are pretty interesting though.
He dropped onto and killed an extremely powerful dragon and absorbed its powers, making him extremely powerful but guy doesn't feel like adventuring or whatnot, because he's a normal, risk adverse guy. Not sure about the later volumes because I've already dropped this. He picks things up fairly fast as well, mastering skills and magic just by seeing them a few times.
Man, Stella lewd.
So by volume 6, she'll have her sword in between her tits and covering her pussy?
I haven't seen the covers for volume 2-5 but it looks like the more recent the novel, the lewder the cover.
Pressing F5 at the speed of light~~~
Does Norn still hate her brother or what?
Halfway through the DxD light novels
They're... not as bad as I thought they would be, I guess?
>Pressing F5 at the speed of light~~~
Just one more chapter and I can start reading the Slyphiette novel. DAMN! I can't do anything else until I read that I am dieing here in my chair.
You aren't going to see 9.3 until Sunday night at the earliest. Though Monday is far more likely. And I don't know about those MT scrips for 9.4-9.7 I just don't trust them yet.
Yeah Kaito and Vanant didn't want to deal with volume 9 or something cause of the machine translator people who weren't any good at it.
So the other translator picked it up... and said he also would do any chapters the other two didn't want to do, just so they could keep their speedy release pace up. Expect large gaps for a while. I know on the AS forum they were maybe talking about linking privately the chapters that were done by Vanant or something that are being handled by those terrible google translators. I know BT tries to cater to the newbie translator. But there should be someone stepping in and limiting new people with no skill and only editing GT documents to 1 chapter at a time.
I got baited too, it's not too interesting but I such a huge fan of the artist. Pic related's from another series but the style's the same. Very nice eyes, simple yet beautiful. Can't say I regret picking it up but I wouldn't suggest others doing the same.
Anon, not everyone needs translators.
You are correct, DanMachi doesn't get good until volume 3. First two volumes are at best average, which is why GA published the first 3 in relatively quick succession for the three complete the first arc.
The beauty of DanMachi lies with the fights, it appeals to general public (normalfags or ??? if you will) because it's hotblooded like Ippo and One Piece. There's nothing pretentious about his character, no hidden power nor potential badass. Every time he gets a boost he faces mobs that pummel him pretty hard. Volume 3 and 5 are the high points; both ended with him losing conscious at the end due to over-exerting himself. Reading the fights are pretty invigorating and hotblooded.
If you are looking for ????? light novel, you should pass this title and never look back.
Danmachi is still pretty much ????? though. It's not as obvious as the others, but he still goes through many feats that are thought as impossible for a young adventurer like him. It doesn't help that the novel itself stresses this at many points, like how most people cant break past lvl 1 or 2, even rarer in a span of like a few months.
To which this one little boy did all because of a crush awoken some super special skill that allows him to speed past almost everybody else, and continues to be able to challenge himself in things his similar peers can't imagine to accomplish.
Were these types of novels always popping up? I swear, after Maou Yuusha, it seemed like there was a huge burst of Maou/Yuusha LNs alongside these TUEEE LNs. Not to mention most were from also webnovels originally.
I forgot to type typical, and yes I do realize it's on the Oretuee wiki. The feats don't lie with his youth, but rather his speed. He started at 14, the youngest we know started at 7.
This is the reason why everyone's waiting on volume 6. If he levels then I'm pretty sure 2ch and a lot of the readers are not going to be happy about it. Right now, everyone suspects his skill just gives him 10x xp gain rate (simplified for discussion purposes), so it should take him longer time to reach Level 3 still. Also, even if Skills are unlimited unlike Magic, the potential to discover them are quite limited.
If you "sacrificed" a slot for faster xp, you could've lost that same slot to say "magic nullification", which the Tamer in Oratoria might have this as far as speculation goes. Omori does not reveal any high tier/rare Skills except for the one Asfi has right now. It's kinda lame but I guess he needs it to prevent Bell from getting too strong compare to the other big 4.
I finished reading all 14 volumes of C3 last week. Not sure why since I didn't really enjoy the anime, but somehow I conned myself into reading the novels.
I'm considering reading either Index or Oreimo next.
It's not even a 10x growth. If someone needs to kill a tough monster to even get like 50 pts in stats, all he has to do is grind on a suitable floor a few hours or a day. Which he pretty much does throughout the series.
What he does in a week makes him grow far more than average adventurers in a year. That's not even just fast compared to others, its already beyond that. Combined with a weapon that GROWS WITH THE MASTER I don't know what else to say.
Sure there are monsters that are always stronger no matter what, it's not like he's some kind of invincible machine. But chances are he's always going to be part of the few that can actually can challenge these monsters, and he'll be in a party with stronger, respectable people of other families simply because he grows so fast.
This kind of shit gets boring. Like REALLY fast. Almost as fast as this shota's growth rate.
I'm reading Slayers at the moment. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, but the art is off putting.
Ais took a year to get to Level 1, he took around 6 weeks. This is what the 10x speed is based on. The knife's already neutered cause it's useless for Monster Rex fight. Also, PVP > PVE.
But hey, I'm not here to convinced you it's a genre-defining novel; in fact, I rather people don't read it. I enjoy the small readership and as long as it does well in Japan, I don't even care if /a/ never mentions this. I even said it was boring until the actual fights. I mean you already dropped the novel, so I don't know why you are just repeating what I said.
Is this something I can post here?
*1.?38,821?38,821?Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol.6.5
*2.?29,124?29,124?Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol.6.5 Limited Edition
*3.?14,889?14,889?Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai desho! Vol.2
*4.?14,549?14,549?Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku Vol.4
*5.?11,936?11,936?Shuuen no Shiori Vol.4 "Ketsuraku -Re:code-"
*6.?11,879?11,879?Absolute Duo Vol.6
*7.?11,815?31,071?Kaiketsu Zorori Series Vol.55
*8.?10,439?10,439?Haunted Campus Vol.6
*9.?10,254?10,254?Magika no Kenshi to Vasreus Vol.6
10.?*8,967?*8,967?Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! Vol.2
11.?*8,247?*8,247?NEET dakedo Hello Work ni Ittara Isekai ni Tsuretekareta Vol.4
12.?*7,965?13,239?Omae wo Otaku ni Shiteyaru kara, Ore wo Riajuu ni Shitekure! "Azuki End"
14.?*6,658?11,941?Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Vol.1
15.?*6,489?97,346?Shinrei Tantei Yakumo: Another Files Vol.2 "Inori no Hitsugi"
16.?*6,474?11,423?Grancrest Senki Vol.3
17.?*5,832?11,138?Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan Vol.4
18.?*5,634?*5,634?Flame Oukoku Koubouki Vol.2
19.?*5,554?*5,554?Tengu no Koi Hajime
20.?*5,488?24,645?Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru Vol.8
21.?*5,196?*5,196?Soshite Fumetsu no Regnare Vol.4
22.?*5,165?*5,165?Sekai no Owari no Encore Vol.1
23.?*5,102?*5,102?Sate, Game Guard wo Kouryaku Shiyou ka. Vol.3
It doesn't really matter anon, it's a pretty shitty week with only 1 title over 15000 and over 80% continuations.
>I don't care give a shit if you continue to read it.
Cool, we're in agreement then.
Deathmarch's sauce is Deathmarch. Here, have a demi-human scum who's extremely loyal.
>backed it up
Anon, the only thing you backed up is your opinion base on your limited knowledge of the series.
While it's okay to situated your argument on the few chapters you read base on translation, the fact it's selling nearly 40k on its newest volume among the sea of Narou publications is a testament of the writer's skill, especially given the mundane plot as you presented. If the title is so worthless and "one of those power fantasy shit tier", it will still be nearing 10k sales only.
If you truly read the raw and beyond the initial setup, you would not be writing such silly retort and taunting it as proof to anything. Feel free to write more though, I'm sure you've gathered a crowd with your thoroughly convincing dissertations.
>backing up my facts with sales makes me right
I never said it wasn't popular genius. I only said its still a power fantasy.
I won't stop you from reading, I'm just stating what's obvious.
How is pic related anyone read it?
How are the Trinity Blood LNs?
Perhaps the same can be said of ALL fiction
Specifically, you said it's a "shit tier" novel, which is entirely not true. By comparing its commercial success to other contemporary Narou novels, I've shown you why it is not so. Feel free to find my any other non-animated LN selling more than 30k from new authors (debut within the past 2 years). You did not state "what's obvious" as they are your adulterated opinion only.
Search for Google with something like ????????, most Narou stuff are near that line except for Hero Bunko >>111458858, also Mushoku Tensei's here >>111448247. These are already the top dogs of Narou.
3 years is not long anon.
Brute force a year (literally looking up every other word), without picking up a dictionary around 3 (understanding 65% of all the details, but 95% of the main plot points, which is enough to hold a decent discussion). Speed will increase greatly if you actually go to a vigorous class. Reading is very easy compare to writing and speaking fluently (recognition versus recall).
Think of it this way, let's say you're a super old-fag that's around 27 years old. 3 years later you become a wizard; by then you're self-sufficient and won't ever have to rely on the whim of Baka-Tsuki's idiocy/mediocrity. Assuming you live until 60 (very low standard for any developed country), that's still half your life afterward. It's a good investment to learn the language of the world's 3rd ranked GDP country because of internet sources, not just for reading LNs.
I would love to but I`m currently studying extremely hard and will be doing that for the foreseeable future (probably 8 years or so) for the sake of getting a good job. Even anime I barely watch now. But I will try and learn it at some point.
If you've watched enough anime you should be able to understand 90% by ear
Never even learned Japanese and I had no problems understanding web novels with Bouyomi-chan and Translation Aggregator (+ITH)
These days I don't even have to use Translation Aggregator anymore
Reading HtG, but on the verge of dropping it. Does Haruhiro gets any better?
reading arifureta now. just got through first volume.
Arifureta and Re: monster shares the same template in which the hero eats stuff and absorbs their powers.
it's also pretty gary stu in terms of sudden power up, but then again, all light novels have sudden huge power ups within the first 1-2 volumes.
what I'm not digging is how mundanely it reads. there's not really anything engaging or refreshing about the story. Re:Monster was the same too. Still, I'm going to read 2-3 volumes of this to see if it gets better.
I've run out of stuff to read/am waiting for other LN's to release translations, so I've got nothing better to read right now anyways..
older what? I'm reading off japtem.
yeah, it's not like Re:monster, where he's getting 5 new powers per meals. I'm little past halfway of volume 2 now. it's still really boring. he's getting all these powers falling into his lap via ores, a hip fired gun, a rail gun in a fantasy novel setting, and continual leveling up of stats. it's really really like Re:monster in that sense.
there's really no charm to it. it reads like a cook book for the most part.
Sorry, didn't realize you are reading raws. Nice trips though.
Have a random cover as apology.
Oreimo's pretty easy and actually not too bad, felt great getting to the end of it and seeing all the development pay off. I recommend it.
The Index series is something you want to pace yourself on though of course, it's kind of big. And you can read the manga which may make it easier.
By easy you mean easy on the japanese? I won't be reading the raws. I may start with Oreimo, though - like you said, Index is too massive to start reading now. I'm already balls deep into the Horus Heresy so its better to keep the LN reading on the light side.
No, I meant that it's not very long and they don't feel like a chore to work through since it's mostly entertainment and comedy.
Keep in mind though that you only need to read BT's translation after Volume 6, the first half has a better fan translation at NanoDesu.
It gets better, the (just finished) current arc is the best by far.
But I don't think these type of stories are for you, Re:Monster and Arifureta are both ????? type.
The MC is supposed to be strongest character in the story. That's the point of the story and it's what the readers in narou want and expected.
yeah, I just started volume 3, and it's got more life than the first 2 volumes. Still not great, but it's better than the first two volumes, so it feels good. It transitions between gore and goofy too sporadically though, so there's some disconnect.
>The MC is supposed to be strongest character in the story
I think that's fine. I've read plenty of stories where MC was strongest character. In fact, isn't that like 90% of manga/anime/light novels? My main dislike with the novel is how the character attains their "powers." It's just really boring and coincidental.
oh and here's MC's power listing.
17 Years Old
Transmutation Artist (Synergist)
All Elemental Resistance
High-Speed Magic Recovery
oh, and now he also has a box that can be used to store multiple things.
and an eye that can see the essence of magic and glows 24/7
a bike and a hummer
a 3M railgun made out of indestructable metal
a rocket and missile launcher
dual wielding 12 round revolvers and gun kata
a 300 yo vampire loli lover character
a high school girl classmate idol character who secretly loves and pines for him
all this in one chapter/paragraph span (save the two girls).
the novel brings up a sentence on chyuuni, but this is still such incredibly blatant power leveling. I feel if Re:Monster or this arifureta novel were made into anime, 4chan would hate it greater than anything else faced before.
I'm at volume 3.
"By the way, the limit of Kouki’s Hero class was 1500 for all stats. He could temporarily triple his stats with “Limit Break”, but it still was ? of Hajime’s stats. Moreover, Hajime could quintuple his stats with his skill and magic manipulation. You can understand how he is a cheat now.
For comparison, the normal humans of this world had stat limits of 100-200. If they had a class then it could be 300-400. The Devils and Demi-humans, depending on the tribe traits, could range from 300-600 as their limit. If a Hero was cheat, then Hajime was more or less a monster. This wasn’t really a mistake because his body and mind had changed…"
I usually don't read much manga, just got caught up in Akame Ga Kiru this past week.
Shit I need something to read at work. What other manga isn't afraid to kill off main characters like AKG or Berserk? Work goes by too slowly...
The biggest issue i had with the series is the pacing and power curve. The author spent a lot of time writing the first dungeon or so, then hand waves away the last few.
Too little time spent on the class, too much power inflation for Hajime and everything in general happens too fast.
I think that is why I prefer Mushoku Tensei, better pacing and MC power curve.
They actually aren't all that overpowered considering their enemy is literally God
Hajime has 10k+ stats and Yue and Sia have 6k+ stats, but they still got kicked around quite a bit by Milady
The Rebels themselves created dungeons because they can't defeat God
Considering how overpowered Hajime became in the first dungeon, I'd say it's stranger how he had such a hard time with the others
The other dungeons are so difficult that even the Hero party would probably get wiped out in seconds. How did the Rebels expect to convey the truth to others if they made dungeons so difficult they couldn't be cleared?
The way the rebels set up the dungeons, was weird, especially since almost no human could ever clear them, unless they came with cheat codes.
Since the demons were individually stronger having one of them clear it would make sense.
Not to mention the current war going on made whomever would clear the dungeon just as likely to say fuck what happens and then just go conquer the world/area. They now have cheat abilities.
Pacing and power scale issues hurt it.
The stats don't matter for shit though. Even though he's supposedly stronger, more durable, and faster than anybody else, it doesn't show it at all. For example, he still dodges blows from mooks when theoretically, he can tank it all without a scratch.
same here. I much prefer mushoku tensei. excellent pacing, interesting characters that are well fleshed out, and even though MC gets super powered in the first volume, he's still very fragile and that fragility is well written in. The best thing is that his overpowered state isn't special to him alone, and that he teaches it to others when able. it's all very refreshing in regards to all these cookie cutter light novels. I'm very glad it's being translated at the speed of chapters each day. I really can't get enough of it.
That's what I like too, MC is definitely OP to a certain degree, and the story itself is certainly wish fulfillment, but Rudy isn't a bullshit gary stu.
He's frequently portrayed as making mistakes or being in the wrong. I especially liked how the author brought up the fact that
he just went on an adventure with a cute girl instead of attempting to help everyone else caught up in the disaster, and the only reason he got out of blame was because nobody else knew that he was mentally 40+ years old.
I like how its shown where his previous life's reasoning skills give him and edge, and then at other times cause him to jump to completely incorrect assumptions.
It does bother me a little that he's had more then 10 years in the new world and he still seems to feel more like that shitty fatty that he reincarnated from. You would that that after 10 years in a new body that it would start to feel a little vague. Fuck I barely have any vivid memories from 10 years ago.
I like that part too, and also how he's not some incredible genius. Basically middle school to lower high school level stuff. His knowledge is there, but it's also limited so he can't become overpowered/exceedingly rich through other world knowledge alone. It's also nice how he reflects on how regrettable it is that he didn't study more in his prev life, and how that reflection drives him to work diligently.
so I hit arifureta volume 3 and though it got better in the beginning, it really sputtered around the later half. As concluded, I'll be dropping this series in favor of looking for something else.
been reading the danmachi manga, so I picked up the novel. it's pretty enjoyable so far. pacing isn't bad, like arifureta, and the characters are fleshed out, unlike arifureta. The action scenes are short so far, but that's preferable to arifureta which really dragged on cookbook style.
So... NanoDesu finished volumes 1 and 2 of Oregairu.
Should I read those and then jump straight to volume 7 or wait until all of them have been translated?
The anime covers the first six volumes, right?
It sounds like from the spoilers there was 2 real high point once done with volume 1 and that was when he met his teacher and the fight afterwards and when he met back up with his class.
Problem is how much stuff happened between those few high point chapters.
There's no volumes in Arifureta, where the fuck are you getting that from. The author has broken it up by story arc. There's only been four total arcs.
Also I put these together a while ago just in case.
Too bad we don't have Kaori's new form's stats yet. She joined the monsters.
Can anyone recommend some female oriented LNs?
The class is weaker then Hajime, but they are not useless.
They did manage to get to the 90th floor in orcus, granted I imagine a bit of it was how broken Kaori was as a healer.
If Hajime makes some of the people whom he trusts some proper gear, they might be more useful. He does not have to give them fancy chunny weapons however.
On a pure stat level, they were handling the monsters just fine, they just had serious issues with the demon girl who had a specific plan to take care of the class leaders. The anti magic monster was the one that really screwed them over.
They had the abilities and stats, just not the experience.
Who knows how much further they could have gotten if they were not road blocked and then shut down by the church.
>There's no volumes in Arifureta, where the fuck are you getting that from.
if you read my comments, I mentioned that I was reading them off Japtem, which is divided into volumes.
each of which were terrible.
also, very nice of you to put that together. it further emphasizes how broken Hajime has become, as I mentioned here >>111496626
and >>111495800. In the span of one arc, he goes from 12 to 12,000, where the limit was supposed to be 1,500.
really makes no sense. His character also makes no sense. Author tries to go for one of those, good guys turned bad, sort of things, but the characters are kept superficial and inconsistent so it ends up being some sort of hot mess.
if anything, it's a misapplication of the word. Synergism is an agent that enhances the effect of another agent, so it's like a buffer type character. the way the MC is, he's like a rip off of full metal alchemist, complete with prosthetic arm and a less tragic backstory.
honestly, I would probably have liked arifureta more if it didn't seem like a poor-man's version of so many other series. Basically, there are other series, doing what arifureta is doing, but doing it better - some of those series aren't good either.
alchemy - full metal alchemist
absorb ability + prosthetic arm - re:monster
dungeons and leveling - danmachi
awkward bunny girl + stoic/arrogant MC - Mondaiji-tachi and Izayoi Sakamaki
vampire loli - just throw a dart and some novels
have to beat these things to fight the gods - more dart throwing. I think there was also a recent LN turned anime that had this too
I don't know or care which series came first. all that matters is that arifureta handles all of these poorly, which made it pretty horrible. I found a couple paragraphs enjoyable in each volume, but that was it. a whole volume of nothing for a paragraph that was mediocre in being enjoyable.
whatever floats your boat though.
Am I the only one who liked Girenu's "original" name? Now whenever I see 'Ghislaine' I'm not sure how to feel about it. It doesn't even look or sound similar to Girenu. It even sounds like a guy's name!
Where do you guys get/download Raw scans of Manga/LN?
I've read Index. But I skipped a few of the novels, so I'm going back and reading those. I also read the Railgun and Accelerator mangas. I like that whole franchise.
Also reading Gate: Thus the JSDF fought there. Not good storytelling but fairly entertaining, if only for the shooting and goth loli.
Only other LN I've read is Psycho Love Comedy. Really cool premise but it's not very good. It has my interest just enough that I'll keep reading if more volumes get translated.
I guess Girenu is one of those trans-genduh people, huh?
>>I think that's fine. I've read plenty of stories where MC was strongest character. In fact, isn't that like 90% of manga/anime/light novels? My main dislike with the novel is how the character attains their "powers." It's just really boring and coincidental.
No you don't get it. ????? is like Japanese HFY. Whereas HFY is the result of people being tired of humans being the average nondescript race in sci-fi, ????? is the result of people being tired of the average shonen plot of gradual powerup and MC being the underdog playing second fiddle to the villains. Why can't the MC be the topdog? Why can't he be the strongest from the start?
When I said the MC is supposed to be the strongest I meant it literally. The MC is stronger than even the villains.
I looked at that japtem site and vol1-3 are just the first arc (1-27). Frankly the first arc is not really good, the second (28-50) was a bit better but not by much. Arifureta only started to get really good (and popular) at the third arc and the recently finished fourth arc is the best yet.
>Frankly the first arc is not really good, the second (28-50) was a bit better but not by much. Arifureta only started to get really good (and popular) at the third arc and the recently finished fourth arc is the best yet.
That's really hard to swallow, because realistically when people finish the first arc they would already have a mindset about the series. Asking someone to sit through that long to get to the "good arc" is too much, since that's like the equivalent of volume 7.
>first arc not really good, the second better but not by much. Arifureta only get good third arc and fourth arc is the best yet.
I appreciate the honesty. I won't be repicking up this series though. 1-3 was already enough of a time sink. There are lots more series out there that start out well from the get go. no reason for me to read through a series that is horrible at the start and only average after 6-7 books.
basically this. I would rather explore some english fantasy stories, if I'm at a point where I'm scraping the bottom of the japanese LN barrel.
but that's still like 90% of stories where MC is stronger than the villain. This character still struggled with each floor's bosses and final boss so he wasn't written as strongest, but just written as strongest. It's incredibly inconsistent. He's broken compared to all other characters, but then weak enough to have difficult (long and drawn out battles) with enemies. It's not like One Punch Man. He fights like every other typical MC, dodging stuff and dancing around, having difficulty penetrating an enemies shell or killing off heads. Eventually he gets small fry type mobs, but every MC in stories have that.
it's just a very inconsistent and poorly paced story. no two ways about it.
>so he wasn't written as strongest, but just written as strongest
sorry, sleep typing.
he isn't written by the author as the strongest in battles, but his stats are written as the strongest in the book's universe as far as the reader knows. this leads into how he fights like typical MC's, struggling and dodging and stuff, but then being so much more insanely powerful than everyone else.
it's inconsistent in that regard, I mean.
>but that's still like 90% of stories where MC is stronger than the villain.
You did not read what I posted. Yeah in 90% of the story the MC gets stronger than the villain... eventually that is.
That's because you are at the prologue. The first arc is just the prologue. He isn't the strongest yet back there. It just details how he became the strongest (and pretty badly at that).
Unfortunately that how often it is at narou, the first 20 or so chapters is mostly the author tumbling around trying to figure out what works. If you want another example from narou look at Hachinan (currently #4 on the total rankings), the first few chapters are horrible and it took 30+ chapters for it to find its rail.
Before the third arc Arifureta only has less than 1000 pts. And its pretty criticized for the same things cited already in this thread (protags' personality all over the place, title names him as the strongest but he kept having close fights with monsters, "railgun" and other retarded explanation, etc).
The author took the criticisms and tried to fix it on the third arc and beyond, now it has over 113,000 pts.
>it's just a very inconsistent and poorly paced story. no two ways about it.
Yup, no doubt about that. Hell before the fourth arc the author admitted he doesn't even have an overall plot was just writing down whatever comes to mind.
I just caught up with the TL'd Mushoku,
It seems to be moving so fast, I mean, marriage? I honestly think Eris is better but I guess Sylphy is fine too, that whole bit where I found out Fitts was Sylphy actually took me by surprise.
Rudeus compared Fitts to Sylphy so many times that it was fairly obvious who it was, especially considering how rare chantless magic is.
I was more surprised by
Nanahoshi also coming from Japan
Sure, the story of Mushoku is decent, but there's also some fucked up things. I found it ironic when Rudi
compared the Millis religion to Christianity, in regards to monogamous marriage. But of course, polygamy is A-OK where he lives! Slavery is fine too.It really makes me wonder if the Japanese are naturally inclined towards feudalism and (at least for otaku) reject democracy/freedom.
Don't even get me started on Roxy. Everyone likes to say she's the best girl, but I find it reallllly hard to believe an adult would be willingly seduced by someone they once taught as a child. I don't care if they are the same mental age. I suppose the author must've had a crush on one of his teachers or something, and decided that Rudi would be cool enough to succeed where he failed.
As much as I like Mushoku for the interesting parts, it often falls flat and comes off as stale or REALLY old fashioned.
It actually didn't connect with me at all because I read some spoilers that pointed that the story would take a darker turn. So when I actually read that section I was so shocked.
Although the story did take a dark turn, (or a detour?) I actually did tear up quite a bit at the reunion with his father.
Currently on volume 8, he marries Sylphy? What the fuck man I was rooting for Eris considering the amount of time she and Rudy spent together and I just love the character development that she underwent. This kinda makes me reluctant to keep reading the LN unless Eris comes back and wins.
I started to read the Re:Monster translations after I found out that the manga is a monthly.
I really like the rpg-style of the story and the alphaness of the MC so far. I'm thinking about starting the Densetsu no Y?sha no Densetsu LN since the manga never gets an update.
This looks interesting. Are the english translation for Vol.1 out? I can only find the prolog to this.
Roxy is a dog's name and thus is worst girl. She's worse than Rudi at wizardry, worse than Sylph at healing magic, and can't even do chantless spells. She's not as loyal as Aisha nor as creative as Nanahoshi. Even Julie is more useful than Roxy!
Roxyfags go home.
Well... Norn is pretty shitty herself, but you can hardly blame her. She has two genius siblings and that would have to take its toll (see: the reason why Rudi sacrificed his initial life) although Roxy doesn't fare much better.
I mean seriously, Roxy first met Rudi when he was what, 3? And left when he was 5? How the FUCK does that translate to sexual desire? Why in the world would she hold out just because he was gifted at magic at a young age? The entire Roxy/Rudi marriage disgusts me and is blatant wish fulfillment; the author must've liked one of his teachers in the past and decided that Rudi was man enough to seduce her.
In the end I'll rate Norn higher due to her difficult position in life. Norn was not gifted with god-like talent nor was she blessed with convenient power-ups like a Demon Eye or what have you. Growing up in the shadow of Rudeus and Aisha must be hell - and Rudy should know exactly how she feels!
I really like Eris too. There was a moment, however, where I stopped and though, "Wait a minute... Am I rooting for the tsundere?"
I think the thing I really like about this series is that it's a typicalish harem fantasy series BUT with round characters.
Just got to the part where Rudy meets Paul again, this is gonna be good.
The father is suffering from a nervous breakdown while the kid spent 2 years gallivanting around the world and having fun.
i.e the current trend of overpowered for the start MCs
We've been spoiled by fast translations.
I know. There was basically three volumes complete all at once. I'm so exited to read that volume I'm not even going to wait for editing. The second that last chapter is even remotely readable I'm putting that shit on the kindle, disconnecting my phone, killing my neighbors, and reading the fuck out of it in my new peaceful setting.
then that would be the same as in arifureta because it's not written like One Punch Man where the hero is strongest. It's written like a weakened Re:Monster where MC has a laundry list of powers and is stronger than everyone else, but still ends up struggling with villains for some odd reason in that first arc. Possibly, the MC will be strongest and one punch everything, but I won't know since I dropped it at Volume 3.
In either case, just as you said, in this story, the MC gets stronger than the villains - eventually. just like 90% of the rest of the stories out there.
a 3 volume prologue showing a poorly paced, and poorly fleshed out power leveling. A horriblly written, 3 book length, training arc that is set like every other training arc out there, but with the hero gaining a list of get-out-of-free-cards.
>before the fourth arc the author admitted he doesn't even have an overall plot was just writing down whatever comes to mind
oh wow. if I knew that, I would never have picked it up in the first place. I didn't realize I was reading a guy's mental babbling.