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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-06-06 00:24
Kingdom Hearts II Novel Volume 1
Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel, Vol. 1 (li... Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel, Vol. 1 (light novel) - Nojima Kazushige,Tetsuya Nomura,Tomoco Kanemaki

I'm a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, and I chose to read this novel because I'm hyped up about Kingdom Hearts III.

 

This novel covers the first part of the game until the start of the Heartless battle in Hollow Bastion. The story follows the Final Mix version of the game well. The notable difference is that the book focuses more on other characters beside Sora. Kairi, Riku, and Namine get a lot more scenes in the book compared to the game. Those scenes provide me a clear view of what happens in Kingdom Hearts II.

 

The book does not contain a lot of visits to the Disney worlds which I did not mind because reading about every world that appears in the game does not sound exciting (if I want to experience every world, I can just play the game). Also, most of the worlds in the game have little to do with the main plot. So, I'm glad the author skipped most of the world visits and instead focused on the ones that are connected to the main story.

 

I recommend this book to fans who want something to do while they wait for Kingdom Hearts III. 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-07 02:27
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

 

When I first read the summary of this light novel, I was worried that Suimei would be an extremely unlikable character. However, when I started reading the story, my worries were put to rest. While he does have some jerk moments, he is a surprisingly not a horrible character. The volume does go into some details into why he behaves in specific ways like the reason for not telling his friends that he's a magician. The side characters like Suimei's friends were okay. Reiji has a personality similar to the other light novel protagonists, and it was neat to see the differences between Reiji's and Suimei's personalities. Mizuki was a typical sweet girl and is a little underdeveloped compared to the rest of the cast. I admit I couldn't stand Felmenia at first, but later in the book, her personality began to grow on me. I hope to see more development for the rest of the cast.

 

I enjoyed reading about the differences between the magic systems between the worlds, and the techniques used by the characters. Fortunately, it wasn't too tedious to read, and there wasn't a lot of technobabble. The illustrations in this book were neat and helpful for me to understand some parts of the story. 

 

Since I was reading the pre-pub version of the story on the J-Novel Club website, I encountered some typos in the text. Hopefully, those mistakes are corrected before the volume officially goes on sale.

 

Readers who are in the mood for more isekai stories should check this series out.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-28 05:35
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Thoughts Part 3
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

I read 56% of Chapter 3.

 

This chapter so far has been more action-packed compared to the previous two sections. Reading about the fight between Suimei and Felmenia wasn't too difficult for me. What helped was the accompanying illustrations. I wish there were more, but since this is a light novel, there isn't a lot. It wouldn't be too surprising if there is a manga adaptation of this light novel series. If there isn't one, it should be made because I think a scene like this fight would look very cool. It was nice reading about the differences between the magic system on Earth compared to the one used by Felmenia and the other mages in her world. The magic contract sounds painful and scary.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-25 23:43
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Thoughts Part 2
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

I dived into Chapter 2. This part has put me on a fence on this entire series. On the one hand, I'm interested in the world-building of this story. The magic system is impressive, and I like hearing about the moral dilemma over the summoning ritual because it's something that I don't come across a lot when I read an isekai story.

 

On the other hand, the side characters have not left an impression on me. Reiji is an okay character, but not out of this world amazing. Mizuki does not have that much of a personality. She is a typical kind girl. The one character that I dislike is Felmenia because she has been acting like stereotypical tsundere character minus the likable traits or charm.

 

Granted, this is the first volume in this series, so the characters have not received their character developments yet. But, my impressions of the supporting cast are negative. I hope their (especially Felmenia) developments grow in future volumes.  

 

However, I'm not sure if I want to continue on with Chapter 3.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-25 03:21
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Thoughts Part 1
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

I just finished Chapter 1 of The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! on the J-Novel Club website.

It's too early in the story for me to write down my full opinion. However, there are some parts that I like to comment on what I've read. I find it interesting that there are other people summoned to this other world. I would like to see what the other people are like and how going to the different world affected them. Suimei is an interesting protagonist because his reactions are realistic. Most people would not be happy if they're suddenly dragged out of their world if they're doing something important or whatever. While he does act like a jerk a bit, he does make some good points about how blindly running up to fight a bunch of demons without knowing how powerful they are is a risky idea especially if a person lacks fighting experience. It won't surprise me if Reiji and Suimei become enemies later on.

 

I'll eventually get started on Chapter 2.

 

 

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