Maverynthia: Library of the Labyrinth of Blue

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Eerie Queerie!, Volume 2

Eerie Queerie!, Volume 2 - Shuri Shiozu, 四方津 朱里 Good for the first half but then when Mikuni shows up we got straight into the the rapist trope. Kanau is then forced to serve Mikuni when he doesn't want to. :/

The Ruby Eye

The Ruby Eye - Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi Overall this book doesn't seem too bad, whoever it loses massive stars to that whole trying to rape Lina thing. Even if it was changed to "A kiss" it's still sexual assault and the author thought it was a good idea to put in his book.
In the afterword he mentions how he has to "think like a girl" which, men just can't do. Considering they never listen when women are talking and just assume things I can only wonder what the next books will be like.
At least in the end it's Lina that gives the finishing blow and not Gourry.

Made in Abyss Vol. 1

Made in Abyss Vol. 1 - Akihito Tukushi There's a naked picture of 12 yo Riko close to the front of the book, complete with details on her chest so it loses stars for feeding the pedophiles in the Anime culture. Also has a "Squishy Boob Relic" So you can tell a dude wrote this.
Also has the "I must protect you Riko!" Despite her mom being cool.

Overall the book seems like it might actually be good however I get a feeling it will turn into moe torture porn for gross pedo dudes that is now so common in anime culture. (See Madoka)

Phantom Dream, Volume 3

Phantom Dream, Volume 3 - Takaya Natsuki This is getting too predictable and I'm not liking where hte plot is going. Having Eiji switch genders just so he can suffer "as a woman" by being vulnerable and need saving from Tamaki.

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition)

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition) - Ryo Mizuno, Yutaka Izubuchi This really isn't a good story. There's next to no characterization and the kind that is there falls into stereotypes. Deetlit is supposed to hate dwarves, but we are told this and not shown this, and even then only once. We really only get backstory on Parn, because he's the protagonist, even thought this is from a TRPG where there really shouldn't be one protagonist. Woodchuck gets the least amount of lines devoted to him and the fight between Kashue and Beld is frankly the most detailed thing in the book.
We get Ashram in there, from nowhere as he's never remarked on, but suddenly he's been fighting with Parn. Really I think the anime does a bit better job of giving them character.
Oh and Deetlit.. of course falls inta love with Parn for... no real reason at all. I'd say she's just a lamp that uses magic on occasion but really Parn has a whole Rent-A-Room following him.
The translation also needed some QC, the te-u-ra thing I pointed out in my notes as well as Slayn's Philosopher's ROPE getting frayed. Then there's the major problem that an error version was sent to the stores so if you ordered it form Amazon, you'd get one with red ink.

Black Butler, Vol. 10

Black Butler, Vol. 10 - Yana Toboso Grossly sexualizing Mei-lin knocks the rating down.

Devils and Realist, Vol. 9

Devils and Realist, Vol. 9 - Madoka Takadono, Utako Yukihiro Let's introduce even more characters! However we get some back story for Camio to it's good. Kinda wish Mary featured more in it.

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru Vol. 4

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru Vol. 4 - Hotaru Odagiri Introduces new characters for... whatever reason, but we geto to see more Duras and learn a bit of back story.

Not enough spider

So I'm a Spider, So What?, Vol. 1 (light novel) (So I'm a Spider, So What? (light novel)) - Okina Baba

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 256 pages.

So I'm a Spider, So What?, Vol. 1 (light novel) (So I'm a Spider, So What? (light novel)) - Okina Baba

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.

Could Have Been Better

Another - Yukito Ayatsuji, Karen McGillicuddy

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 422 out of 491 pages.

Another - Yukito Ayatsuji, Karen McGillicuddy

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.

Meh

Phantom Dream, Volume 2 - Natsuki Takaya

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 208 pages.

Phantom Dream, Volume 2 - Natsuki Takaya

This is another confusing mess of names and titles and everybody looking the same. I can't remember what happened in the last book and there is no recap in this one sooo.... :x

Nnnnnope

Broken Angels, Volume 3 - Setsuri Tsuzuki

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.

The Clockmaker's Personal Servant

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker's Story - QuinRose, Mamenosuke Fujimaru, Angela Liu

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.

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