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I wanted to like this book a lot more, however there's a male POV in it and of course he gets his Japanese name and a bunch of skills. He is basically the protagonist of the book even though we spend time with Spider Girl, who is not named.
The other girl in this book is also a monster and Katia of course is one of Shun former male classmates.
Basically women get screwed in this book. Could have had a female POV for the person that is going to be the hero.
It's no wonder that Yen Press even translated it as it's listed as Seinen. Since Yen Press hates women and hasn't even looked into any shoujo novels to bring over like Saiunkoku Monogatari, Earl and Fairy, etc.
I'm going to give this story one more book to get better. Otherwise I'm going to drop it.
SoI was excited for this beek because I thought it was going to be shoujo. Yen Press bringing this over should be a clue since they only bring over brotaku shit.
First of all it inject a male POV character that has ALL the skills and divine protection, where as we only have our spider at level 1 and barely any skills. This is the part where if the POV was female they'd rant about how "mary sue" she is. But not, it's a fucking male so they won't which is also why I'm pretty sure this book was written by a dude. The point that the Earth Hatchling is female and needs a "pretty" name over a bad ass one. The jealous little sister, and the fact that Earth Dragons can become nagini! This is setting up to become a Monster Musume book real quick. I've seen some of the art looking for that cover and it DOES seem that our hero spider becomes a big breasted drider along with other big breasted driders. Toss in our POV male PRINCE character and there you go.
This story ends how pretty much every Japanese horror seems to end, with a man killing a woman.
It also has the trope of "Let the Man Do It". Of course when a woman is ready to end the horror, Mr. Brotag has to step up and do it because it would simply be too much for a woman to take.
Overall the mystery is pretty nice, since you are spending time trying to figure out "who the "another"" is.
As for Mei she's of course hte "damaged meek" girl that brotaku go "moe" over. You can see it in plenty of anime and books of the girl with the patch over her eye.
She really doesn't offer much to the book other than being mysterious for no real reason and more or less being a deus ex machina right at the end.
The book also seems to drag, past the deaths going on, nothing much seems to really happen and a good chunk could be taken out to speed up the plot.
So the mom had a stillbirth that made her unable to have any more children? Dude wrote this?
I mean I'm reading that yeah temporary infertility can happen but permanent? It just sounds like the author pulled something out of his ass because "women so mysterious!11" added to the fact that Japan has some of the BEST maternity care in the world and this just sounds fucking hokey.
This is one of those manga you have to read in succession because they dump a lot of character names and history on you and you'll just be confused if you've put the book down for a few months/years.
This seems the typical plot of having both bloods and being torn and not wanting to fight his friend Eiji and all that jazz.
This series is seriously not good.
The first story is about how this girl was raped and thus can't have a normal relationship and is made out to be a villain for it.
The second one is about how a girl wants someone else to play the part of the swamp god other than Temari. Insert comments about "girls dressing like boys" and some "predatory lesbian" and you have this second story.
I wanted to like this more because of Julius. However it seems that Alice is only a maid and a servant to him in the relationship.
There is also a part about how "men will be men" even in her dreamworld and will try to rape women or some shit.
It really killed any kind of feeling I had for any of the characters.