Sikorsky really isn’t the best illustrator, but he gets better.
I wasn’t particularly impressed by Campione! when my friend first dragged me onto the project, its first chapter opening up like a typical harem romance-comedy and the second featuring a classic shounen contemporary-fantasy battle. But I was promised GAR enough to slay gods and the mythology to come along, so I kept with it, and for once I was taught not to judge a book by its opening chapters either. It’s still a harem series, but when author Taketsuki Jou decides to fight blasphemy with blasphemy, lead by a male comparable with the demigod heroes of Greece and a heroine that manipulates everyone (especially her teammates) under her fingertips, this becomes quite the creative endeavor into mythology — of Heretic Gods.
Fans of mythology, of superpowered GAR leads, of a harem that just might actually work? Well this is the story for you.
Tyranny may flourish under the wisdom of one.
— Yet unrestrained, it takes but another to ruin the works of all.
Democracy may ensure a balanced hand.
— Yet dissociated, it concedes to the desires of the now and many.
Thus, the Philosopher King shall be united with the Representative Republic.
— Grant the liege his orders, for civilization must advance.
— Grant the people their voices, for the liege must answer.
Revolution is the battlefield on which authority is founded.
Bureaucracy is the battlefield in which progress is endorsed.
— But an Imperator has his allies; he need not walk alone, he must not walk alone.
This was the story of a collegiate corporate scion raised in occupied territory, who stumbled through to the last bastion of mankind, saved by the hands of the blackest ops, and involved with a team that deemed no action too atrocious for their goals, all to rediscover the legacy of a distant Utopian dream that will alter the oncoming struggle for dominance in the fracturing new world.
I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been working on a light novel project and that it was close to being made available for open beta. Well, above is the synopsis, and it’s ready now. Actually been ready for a week after I revived the Projects page.
Avalon Beyond the Eclipse
It’s a scifi/fantasy drama, in a setting I spent a lot of time building that would hopefully be one that truly melds magic and technology, and my themes were definitely somewhat inspired by the series that really left an impression on me: The Twelve Kingdoms, and Crest/Banner of the Stars. Just add some more shoujo elements courtesy of things like Hakushaku no Yousei and this is my production~!
I also returned to my role as an editor on Baka-Tsuki light novel translations, after a friend there dragged me in to help a slowing project — Campione!
It’s actually quite an amazing series~ (and definitely one of the most original action rom-coms I’ve seen; planned for Summer[?] animation). Although due to the lack of staff I’ve doubled up as a translator as well… no better way to reinforce my rarely used Chinese skills~ I’ll put together a review after vol 1 finish translation.
Fate/zero is the prequel to the popular visual-novel and anime Fate/stay night, taking place ten years prior with Emiya Kiritsugu, Shirou’s adoptive father, as the leading role in yet another holy grail war, a seven-way battle royale between mages and their summoned heroic spirits. It is a action-packed, thrilling adventure, propelled forward by the tremendous ideological conflicts between its carefully-sculpted cast of characters. Written by Urobuchi Gen (main writer for Madoka and Nitro+ works), Fate/zero not only makes a fantastic addition to the existing FSN saga by enhancing many of its key yet once glanced-over details, but also breathes life into its own set of characters and conflicts, unique enough to stand out as more than just a ‘derivative work’. Read the rest of this entry »
Bungaku Shoujo [Literature Girl; I don’t like Yen Press’ localized Book Girl title either] takes its theme very seriously, with each volume of this ongoing serialization paralleling one particularly famous piece of literature. The expositionary first volume correlates to the second best-selling novel in Japan: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human. As the two titles would suggest, Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime is a dramatic story about self-destructive individuals who had lost faith in their very own humanity and thus, life itself.
Some people are inherently flawed; no matter what they do, they cannot be saved.
How many times could you keep trying to solve the same problem? living through the same events, the same day? Would 27,755 times prove too much?
“Kazuki Hoshino… I’m here to break you.” said the new girl who couldn’t take it anymore as she introduced herself, once again.
Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria (lit: Box of Void and Maria of Zero), or Hakomari as the title is way too long, is a mystery light novel series by Eiji Mikage. It’s rather hard to explain Hakomari, since it doesn’t fit into the murder mystery genre at all and can only be partially described as a supernatural mystery. If anything, Hakomari is a dramatic slice-of-life mystery, and the oxymoronic description should give one a hint of just how unique it is. Read the rest of this entry »
In any other localization, Emiya Shirou’s wishes would probably have been translated to ‘hero of justice’. But Nasuverse has made it remarkably appropriate not to do so. Fate/stay night has already approached the question of ‘what makes a hero’ from multiple perspectives, from the idealized (Unlimited Blade Works) to the personal (Heaven’s Feel). Yet as Fate/stay night mixes the Black & White of modern heroism, the tragic and cynical nature of Fate/zero takes it up even another notch:
Yes, it’s done! We finished our work on it! The legendary web novel that accrued over 6.5 million views on a personal site has now been brought to English!
From merely the description, Sword Art Online is a novel that’s easy to pass and ignore. Its premise is ridiculous yet hardly original. Its characters are very cliche. Its plot and character development are relatively simple and utilize some very common tropes. Its art and character designs remind one of Ragnarok Online. Everything about it screams generic scifi/fantasy written for gamers by a gamer. Yet despite all that, Reki Kawahara’s work is a piece of art that leaves any reader with the slighest MMO experience doubtless of SAO’s popularity and why he is the grand prize winner of the 2008 Dengeki Novel Prize. The truth is a simple one, easily discernible once you flip past the first few pages:
New trailers from the Angel Beats! website as the information finally breaks out to KEY lovers everywhere. Originally conceived as a joint project between KEY scenario writer Maeda Jun and character designer Na-Ga, the 13 episode anime, coming April 2009, will be a joint production between Visual Art’s KEYand the animation studios P.A. Works (True Tears) and Aniplex (Honey & Clover, Kamichu). Just by those three past titles plus the sheer awesome quality of KEY goods I have absolute confidence in this series to be a masterpiece.