不迷途的羔羊 2 (Unlost Sheep 2)

 

ShadowZeroHeart here! Sorry for the disappearance, but studies are really scary… Exams due in 2 weeks. DAMN!! That aside, I would like to share a certain novel with you once more. Yes, I have written a review on this one before, and this is volume 2 of the series!!
As previously mentioned, the student committee tries their best to solve the student’s problems… Only that these problems are always so complicated!!

Personal Comments on this story:

I had expected that the series go downhill as many mystery or detective novels/stories would go, as the first chapter usually is the most captivating one. However, I am surprised to read the first chapter of the second volume, that is as good, if not better than the previous! One of the best parts, this time, I have done a translation that even the English readers can participate in!!

P.S. Sadly, I wasn’t clever enough to solve it, and that the Chinese version had some differences making it impossible to solve a certain question. Hopefully I did not make any errors, so ALL questions are solvable!

http://www.baka-tsuki.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=4206&p=119593#p119593

Do have a read and try solving it. So put on your thinking caps, and try this challenge!

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Ro-Kyu-Bu! (ロウきゅーぶ!)

Volume 1 Cover

Here’s Kira0802 again, guys. Must say that I thought for long before making this review.

Ro-Kyu-Bu is a novel written by Sagu Aoyama and drawn by Tinkle.

Summary: High school student Subaru Hasegawa decides to stop associating himself with basketball, despite his love for the sport, when his school’s team captain was suspected of hitting on a girl much younger than him and the club is disbanded for a year. His aunt, Mihoshi Takamura, then assigns him to be an elementary school girl’s basketball team coach. Initially, he accepts to train the girls just for three days, but after learning of their circumstances, he decided to keep coaching them. (Wikipedia)

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おまえをオタクにしてやるから、俺をリア充にしてくれ!(I’ll Make You into an Otaku, so Make Me into a Riajuu!)

otaku-riajuu v1 cover

It’s really weird for me to do a review with just 1 volume out. But seeing the Big Boss’s previous review of 僕の妹は漢字が読める (My Little Sister Can Read Kanji), I thought I should do the same for おまえをオタクにしてやるから、俺をリア充にしてくれ!(I’ll Make You into an Otaku, so Make Me into a Riajuu!) (also a title released in July 2011, authored by Murakami Rin, illustrated by Anapon, published by Fujimi Shobou), especially since I just finished it last night, in merely one night. (0_0)”

Before I start the review proper, everyone knows what an Otaku (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku) is, but what on earth is a Riajuu? In the most simplistic sense, Riajuu can be taken to be the opposite of Otaku, and has yet to be clearly defined in the Western otaku culture’s lexicon. In summary from the Japanese wiki, the word Riajuu (リア充, made up of a combination of the word ‘real life’, and ‘fulfilling’), which can be used as both a noun or na-adjective, generally refers to a person who is leading a fulfilling real life, very much different from an Otaku, who spends most, if not all, of his time in the 2D world. The definition is pretty wide by itself and it can be taken to mean that a person has a social life, hangs out with people who do normal things like karaoke and movies, participating in club activities, listen to Jpop rather than anison (anime songs), capable of communicating with members of the opposite gender (maybe even to the extent of having a girl/boyfriend), etc. In my personal opinion, I think both the words Otaku and Riajuu take things to the extreme, and I believe most of us who are interested in the Japanese otaku and moe culture fall somewhere in between, rather than on the edges of the classification. To help you determine how much of an Otaku, and how much of a Riajuu you are, Fujimi Shobou has actually a checklist posted on their promotional site for this novel:

Otaku Check:
1. You have friends who engage in Otaku talk in school.
2. You have bought galge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bish%C5%8Djo_game) before.
3. You have a wife (2D).
4. You go to Akihabara during vacation.
5. You’ve told people to “Go Explode!”

Riajuu Check:
1. Sensitive to latest trends
2. Conscious of what you wear.
3. You’ve been confessed to.
4. You go on dates during vacation.
5. You’ve been asked to “Go Explode!”

So, how much did you score? 😛

And now, to begin the review, or rather, introduction of the series proper, with minimum spoilers.

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Novel Review: System Engineers

Original Title: なれる!SE
Chinese Title:奮鬥吧!系統工程師 (Fight on! System Engineers)
English Name: System Engineers

Synopsis: The protagonist is a new graduate, unable to get a job. If he is still unable to find one, his family wants him back to take over their family business. In order to stay in Tokyo, he tries his best to get a job, and he reads an advertisement, talking about how a company is “looking for the opportunities in you”, and that no experience in system engineering is required. He is so moved he applies…

 

Only to find out that he was the only fool to join the company, and that the advertisement with the story posted, all being lies. The company seems to be on the brink of downfall, taking overly many jobs, with pathetically few employees. The OJT(On-Job-Training) trainer is a girl(or woman? age not revealed) that looks too young, like a schoolgirl, a workaholic that sleeps in her office, resorts to drastic measures such as wielding a screwdriver, does not get along with other people, thus refusing to take the protagonist in as a OJT trainee. And the protagonist’s first job? To be used as stake for the trainer to bargain for what she wants.

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僕の妹は漢字が読める Vol 1

My Little Sister Can Read Kanji Vol 1

(The following is written with a bit tongue in cheek.)

Ever wonder what future does the Moe genre holds? 僕の妹は漢字が読める has offer us a glimpse of that future, just as how ‘1984’ offered us a glimpse of what society can become, should we let ourselves get a bit too overboard.

The year is 2202, and the 200 year war is finally over. Moe, a narrow sub culture started in the early 21st century, has won its war against classical literature. As ‘1984’ said, ‘Those who control the future controls the past, and those who control the present controls the past,’ moe literature (to be more exact, imouto literature) has become a synonym for literature, and has erase all traces of old Japanese literature. Fanservice is seen as essential in any composition. Kanji is deemed needlessly complex and replaced with an Hiragana. Novels are sprinkled with symbols such as ☆, !, @ .

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Novel Review : Rakuin no Monsho vol 1

Some of you probably never heard of this series, and from what I read on the net, I also doesn’t found much about this light novel which indicate it seems this series isn’t that popular even in Japan(not even in top 50 of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2011). This is also the reason why I decided to review this novel, because I think this novel deserves more love from the impression I get after reading the first volume.

First a little background story. Rakuin no Monsho(roughly translated as crest of stigma) is a light novel series by Tomonari Sugihara. First published in May 2008, although this series isn’t the big break that Tomonari-sensei hoped he’ll gets, it seems this series is good enough to get continued into its 8th volume. The illustrator for the light novels is made by an artist with a pen-name of 3.

Well, enough with the novel’s background, let’s on with the first novel’s story synopsis. In a fantasy continent where dragon lives along with advanced technology such as flying ships, the continent is divided into several regions. In this first volume, the story focused in one of the country in the central regions of the continent, the Mephius Empire.  The Mephius Empire has been long in war with its neighboring country, the Kingdom of Garbera. After a long time of strained relationship between the two country, the current ruler of both nations decide to deal a peace treaty by marrying the third princess of Garbera Kingdom with the only prince of Mephius Empire. The only problem is, the third princess of Garbera Kingdom, Villina, is a tomboyish girl while the only prince of Mephius Empire, Gill Mephius,  is a good for nothing hedonist and he gets ridiculed a lot about this marriage to the amazon princess of Garbera much to his chargrin. (more…)

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Mayo Chiki! (まよチキ!)

Two reviews done in less than one week. Well, I kinda went pretty inactive during the past months for translating, and I piled up a great number of novels…

That aside, let’s introduce an animated-to-be novel, with a rare kind of ‘main theme’. It’s called genderbending.

Wow, before you folks actually stop reading because of the theme, calm down. It’s neither a BL story, nor yuri. The story’s genderbending female protagonist is probably in love with a boy. And it shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the kind of story is Mayo Chiki.

ATTENTION! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS!

 

Synopsis

One of the female leads, Konoe Subaru, 17, is a classmate of the protagonist, Sakamachi Kinjirou, and also the butler of Suzutsuki Kanade, a rich lady in school….

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Tokyo Ravens (東京レイヴンズ)

Volume 1

Meh, second time I submit a review. I hope that it’ll be better than the last one. BE CAREFUL FOR THE SPOILERS!

Summary+Spoilers:

Anyways, Tokyo Ravens is the story about a guy whose name is Tsuchimikado Harutora. This guy is actually in a great prestigious Onmyouji family. The problem is that he doesn’t have any powers or so, since he isn’t from the main family. His cousin though, Tsuchimkado Natsume, who’s the heir to the Tsuchimikado house, has strong powers and has some Onmyouji powers. The only thing Harutora (called Bakatora by his close friends) does is to hang around with his friends, Hokuto, a girl, and Toji, a boy. These two actually hope that Harutora become an Onmyouji, though Harutora doesn’t wish to become one anymore because he can’t. It is strongly hinted that he would have loved to become one….
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In memory of Akinari Matsuno-sensei : MM!(えむえむっ!) review

Some of you might have probably heard about this news, the author of MM! light novel series passed away 18th April 2011. In commemoration of him, I’ve decided to make a review of this series as a whole. I have never made this kind of review before because I prefer the format of synopsis of the story followed by the good and bad part of the writings, which fit volume review better than series review. Even so, considering this is a special occasion, I’m going to give this a try and hope the result is satisfying.

Warning!!! This review will contain spoiler so everyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled and only want to see what I think about this series as a whole can jump straight to the end part…

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Review: Sayonara Piano Sonata

Title: Sayonara Piano Sonata さよならピアノソナタ

Writer/Artist: 杉井光 / 植田亮

 

ShadowZeroHeart reporting for duty!! Sorry for the long delay, one being my exams, the other being that there was another novel I was interested to read and review, but they were out of stock, so in the end, I finally read this novel I borrowed from my friend, and read it!!

 

This novel is again, by the very same author as Kami-sama no memochou. Yes, I know, if you are a fan, you probably would be wondering the same thing as me… JUST HOW MANY NOVELS DOES HE WANNA WRITE??? But oh well, we will never know. Besides, we should be happy that he brings us such fantastic works. However, I must admit, after reading volume 1, I am not exactly thrilled by this one, I shall talk about it in a moment…

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