Last month I read the first volume of Occultic;Nine (by Chiyomaru Shikura and pako). I had way more fun with it than I imagined, and it left me eager for more. In the end, last week I bought volumes 2 and 3.
I started it the day before yesterday and I’m at 40%. The writing seems to have improved, and now the book has a more serious tone, and the main character is not so much focused on boobs anymore. Which is a huge improvement for me.
Synopsis (Vol. 1): Yuta Gamon, a young boy who lives in Kichijoji, runs an occult blog called “Kirikiri Basara.” He spends his days dreaming of making a fortune off his affiliate links. What starts off as a tiny feeling that something’s wrong develops into a case that goes beyond imagining. Suddenly, Yuta brings together the fates of nine strangers. (Check on Amazon)
This weekend I did the pre-order for the first volume of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, the light novel. I have been interested in this series since forever, but the sheer number of volumes, along with the fact that it was a fan-translation, made me never start it.
I did start reading the manga when I was back in Brazil, but for some reason I stopped. Now that we are getting an official English release and that I’m a bit more hooked on light novels, I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.
Time for a light novel review here. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected (Oregairu) is a pretty famous property and I remember the anime was popular when it aired. I never watched the anime, although I was always curious about it.
Synopsis: Hachiman Hikigaya is a cynic. “Youth” is a crock, he believes–a sucker’s game, an illusion woven from failure and hypocrisy. But when he turns in an essay for a school assignment espousing this view, he’s sentenced to work in the Service Club, an organization dedicated to helping students with problems in their lives! How will Hachiman the Cynic cope with a job that requires–gasp!–optimism?
As most light novels (that I’m aware), the story is told in the first person. So everything that happens, you get to read what the character is thinking. All the time. But that’s not necessarily bad, as that’s what makes light novels different from other types of books. The downside is that the MC is constantly thinking how other people suck and how the girls are slurs, and that can be a little bit annoying at first. That’s why I stopped reading it halfway through the book and almost dropped it.
But, this is a story about a cynical and isolated teenager who starts to learn how to make friends. He also grows and starts seeing the good side of other people, and also starts understanding them better. That being said, after I started reading it again, and started a new story arc, I started to enjoy this novel again. Along the way the “slut calling” thoughts started to fade.
The characters are interesting and their development over time is good, which is a must for an everyday school romcom. The art is also very nice, and they do a great job of giving us a reference for imagining their situations and story clearly in our heads.
For the comedy, it’s a hit-or-miss, because you have to like cynical and isolated characters. It also references for random Japanese shows, places, and history. But if you like this, you’ll have a great time with this novel.
In the end, I’m glad I gave this novel a second chance. I think that the parts I didn’t like won’t be going to be a problem in the next volumes, so I think I’m going to continue reading this series. It’s only a shame that there’s no Kindle edition available, because it can be way cheaper.
A friendship where you’re always trying to be considerate of the other person, always worrying about what they think, always responding to every single text, always seeking their approval and then finally connecting with them, isn’t friendship at all.
You can buy it on Amazon.
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