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Margit seems underused and under developed as a character.

Absolutely. She was the strongest element of the first volume and I was so stoked that the series finally got back to her after the academy arc, but so far it was rather lackluster what they did with her. But as you said, so far it feels more like filler so I hope she gets the spotlight and character development she deserves. And I swear, I have no bug girl fetish. She is just my favorite sidekick. ... But thinking on it, Chaos Witch Quelaag is my fave in DS and Rachnera was best girl in Monster Musume. Maybe I have a spider girl fetish and just didn't realize it. Something to ponder...

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Yeah, right? It's great fun. I should be working right now, but instead, I fed ChatGPT lyrics through Udio.com and got a So I'm a Spider, So What Rap, complete with a Dall-E Album cover. (posted here)

ps: A synopsis in recipe form is genius! My favorite so far.

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A Rap about I'm a Spider, So What?

(click album cover for the song)

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Cooking with Wild Game as a Adgar Allen Poe poem

In a land of mystic splendor, far beyond the worldly ken, Where the shadows dance and whisper, of the deeds of mortal men, Dwells a tale of cookery, with a chef of skillful hand, Asuta, from a realm afar, now in this enchanted land.

From the halls of bustling Tokyo, to this medieval expanse, He was whisked by fate’s dark whimsy, into a perilous romance. With naught but knives and fervent heart, he braved the forest wild, To tame the game and harvest roots, with methods strange and mild.

O’er the hearths of Morihen, his potions simmer deep, In cauldrons wrought of ancient lore, their secrets he does keep. With Ai Fa, the huntress fierce, by his steadfast side, They conquer beasts and treacheries, on this culinary ride.

In the shadows of the woodland, where the moon’s pale fingers roam, They forge a bond, both fierce and sweet, in this newfound home. The tribe, once wary of his art, now savors every bite, For Asuta’s touch, both deft and light, brings solace to their night.

Through battles grim and whispers dark, they navigate with care, Each recipe a testament to the spirit they both share. For in each dish, a story’s told, of cultures intertwined, Of courage, love, and flavors bold, in harmony combined.

So, readers, if your heart is brave, and hunger stirs your soul, Embark upon this epic quest, let “Cooking Wild” unroll. In pages rich with magic’s scent, and culinary dream, You'll find a world where shadows dance, and nothing’s as it seems.

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And how has she managed to keep her age-defying beauty intact all this time?

That is soo spot-on.

Create a synopsis for “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation” in the style of a police report

Isn't Rudeus more of an FBI case? ;)

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What are you saying? Is there any combination more iconic than Slime tentacle monsters and anime girls? No, there isn't!

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I don't have much this week, but when playing around with AI last week I had it generate synopses at some point. Some of them were hilarious so for this week I just want to share some.


Ascendance of a Bookworm as a 90s forth wall breaking comedy movie:

Cue the quirky 90s synth music and flashy title card.

Meet Myne, a modern-day bookworm extraordinaire, who just had the unluckiest day ever—crushed to death by her towering book collection. Record scratch. Yup, you heard that right. But instead of the afterlife, she wakes up in the body of a frail little girl in a medieval world where books are rarer than a TV remote that actually works.

Myne looks directly at the camera, eyebrows raised. “Seriously, who writes this stuff?”

Myne's new medieval world is all about swords, sorcery, and an alarming lack of good hygiene. But for Myne, the real tragedy is the lack of books. She pulls out a parchment and quill, giving the camera a deadpan look. “This is what they call a book here. I mean, come on!”

Determined to bring the joys of literature to the masses—or at least get herself something decent to read—Myne sets off on a series of zany misadventures. From negotiating with clueless nobles to outsmarting a guild of suspicious craftsmen, she’s on a mission to revolutionize this bookless backwater.

Montage of Myne getting into all sorts of 90s-style hijinks: almost setting the village on fire with a homemade printing press, getting tangled in a huge scroll, and facepalming at the medieval methods of paper-making.

But it’s not all laughs and giggles. Myne’s got a condition called the “Devouring,” which sounds serious but mostly means she’s got to achieve her dreams before her body gives out. Talk about a deadline! Myne, with a mischievous grin, holds up a sundial. “Tick-tock, am I right?”

Along the way, she’s joined by a quirky cast of characters:

  • Lutz, the loyal sidekick with big dreams and an even bigger heart.
  • Benno, the savvy merchant who’s more interested in profits than prose.
  • Ferdinand, the stern but secretly soft-hearted priest who can't believe he's getting roped into her schemes.

Together, they bumble, stumble, and somehow manage to start a literary revolution, one hilarious mishap at a time.

Myne winks at the camera, a stack of freshly printed books in hand. “Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover?”

So, grab your popcorn and settle in for “Ascendance of a Bookworm,” the 90s comedy romp that proves even a bookworm can change the world—one page at a time.

Freeze frame on Myne holding up a book, while the rest of the cast strikes a pose around her. Roll credits.


Spice and Wolf: A Tarantino-Esque Synopsis

Welcome to the gritty, fast-talking world of "Spice and Wolf," where medieval trade meets modern swagger in a whirlwind of gold coins and razor-sharp wit. Our story kicks off with Lawrence Kraft, a sharp-dressed, smooth-talking merchant with an eye for the next big score. Enter Holo, a feisty, no-nonsense wolf goddess disguised as a sultry young woman, complete with ears and a tail that hint at her wild side.

The unlikely duo teams up in a blaze of bartering brilliance, tearing through bustling bazaars and backwater towns with a mix of charm, brains, and a little brute force when necessary. Holo’s centuries-old wisdom and wily instincts are the perfect foil to Lawrence’s street-smart hustle, creating a partnership as volatile as it is lucrative.

Their journey is a rollercoaster of high-stakes deals and dangerous liaisons, peppered with colorful characters straight out of a rogue’s gallery. From crooked guild leaders to cutthroat competitors, everyone’s out to make a quick buck or stab you in the back. Lawrence and Holo navigate this treacherous terrain with a blend of sardonic humor and ruthless efficiency, leaving a trail of broken hearts and busted heads in their wake.

Amid the chaos, sparks fly between the merchant and the wolf, their banter crackling with sexual tension and mutual respect. But beneath the surface, there’s a deeper game at play. Holo’s true nature must remain hidden, a secret that could spell their doom in a world where gods and monsters are more than just legends.

"Spice and Wolf" is a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled saga where every deal could be a double-cross, and every smile hides a knife. In true Tarantino fashion, it’s a wild ride through a world where the stakes are high, the dialogue is snappy, and the heroes are anything but clean-cut. Buckle up for a tale of love, betrayal, and cold, hard cash—because in this game, it’s all or nothing.


Reincarnated as a Slime: A 70s Adult Film-Inspired Synopsis

In a world where fantasy and forbidden pleasures collide, an ordinary man meets an untimely end and is about to discover that being reborn as a slime in a magical realm opens the door to tantalizing escapades and seductive encounters.

As the slime begins to explore this new world, it encounters a cast of voluptuous and enchanting beings—each more alluring than the last. From bewitching sorceresses to fierce, curvaceous warriors, every meeting promises a blend of peril and passion. With its newfound powers, the slime shapeshifts and adapts, becoming whatever it needs to be to survive and thrive in this sensual, mystical land.

Through steamy alliances and seductive battles, the slime carves out a kingdom of its own, attracting followers with its irresistible charm and unparalleled power. Each encounter is a pulse-pounding blend of danger and desire, as the slime learns that in this world, every conquest is both a challenge and a pleasure.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 days ago

A full week: Frontier Lord, Two-Bit Baddie to Total Heartthrob, Bofuri, Re:ZERO, Bofuri, 80k Gold, The Water Magician, Trials of Chiyodaku and Nia Liston.

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I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells Vol. 10 - I thought this would be the end of my dare inflicted suffering, but no. It continues. Bummer.

A Livid Lady’s Guide to Getting Even: How I Crushed My Homeland with My Mighty Grimoires Volume 1 - The initial setup is a cliche as Truck-kun for an isekai. I could swear I’ve read the same thing word for word dozens of times before, up to the point where I had to double check if I really hadn’t read the book before. But once it gets going it’s an interesting story about building up a company. Especially the MC has surprised me positively. She is a tad too perfect and too vengeful to make it into my Top5 of MC’s, but if they manage to give her some weaknesses and mellow her character out a bit in the next volume she could make it into it.

A Livid Lady’s Guide to Getting Even: How I Crushed My Homeland with My Mighty Grimoires Volume 2 - More or less what I had hoped. MC is less omnipotent and less bloodthirsty. She’s still not quite in a position where she makes my Top5 but if her character continues to move in this direction she’ll get there. There is some more company building and some classic dungeon crawling. Add a spash of mystery around a shady group of individuals pulling the strings behind the curtain and you get a nice plot hook to keep me coming back for the next volume.

The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom: Volume 7 - Better volume again. A lot of important plot points happening in this volume and it still feels like it’s only ramping up for the big conclusion. There are also two very good plot hooks in this volume that makes you want to read the next volume. Very well done and didn’t feel forced at all. The story also makes me really feel concerned for the love interest of MC. Considering that usually everyone has plot armor I see this as a clear win when a author can make me feel that way about such a chracter.

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  • Toradora!
  • Reincarnated as a Sword
  • Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis
  • The Condemned Villainess Goes Back in Time and Aims to Become the Ultimate Villain
  • The Evil Queen’s Beautiful Principles
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I never heard the term “needful” and had to look it up. I would say “please do what's neccesary” for example.

I would guess that the people who actually use “needful" are those who are mostly translating word for word via dictionary or dumb MTL but doesn’t have much real contact with the language, which would clue them in that using that term, while technically correct, is not used in normal discussions. <- I also did not break up this sentence just to point out the main problem I have when writing in English. I’m perfectly aware that those nested sentences are beyond reasonable and that I have to break them up to make them easier to follow.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 5 days ago

answers

  1. Mushoku Tensei
  2. Spice and Wolf
  3. too easy;)
[-] [email protected] 1 points 6 days ago

I will never understand how anyone can see that kind of CGi and then say “okay, let’s go with that”. I mean, it’s still too good for that trash of a series but damn it’s bad.

LN spoilerAlso see how everyone in this world is either a rapist, murderer, torturer, manipulative OR a good looking female with the purest of souls? Let’s just say this is a reccuring theme.

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As a self entitles source reader snob I often shit about anime adaptations of titles that I love. This whole arc with Abiko is so relatable, especially her hate for deviations from the source. But I will try to be less harsh in the future now that I understand better how those changes come to be.

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English is not my first langue and the lack of finely polished prose when crafting my reviews is the sole thing holding this community back. In order to not further subject you fine people to my peasant words, I decided to employ the help of an artificial ghostwriter to spruce up my works for this week’s Midweek Discussion. At least that was my initial course of action, but as hillarious as the results were it doesn’t leave much space open for discussion. So I decided to do start a little quiz instead. I spruce up light novel titles instead for you all to guess:

  1. "I have ascended to unparalleled strength, wielding diminutive incantations to obliterate all opposition."
  2. "The leisurely adventures of a seasoned herder, who has embarked upon her journey at an unconventional juncture in time."
  3. "Culinary Adventures: Preparing Delectable Dishes from Exotic Game Ingredients"
  4. "A Symphonic Odyssey through the Land of the Afterlife: A Tale of Perilous Travel to an Altered Universe."
  5. "Tired of this languid existence? Having been reborn as a preeminent Elven being, my current state is one of profound ennui."

This should be enough to get the guessing going. Feel free to add your own so that I get to guess as well. (prompt was simply "Rewirte the following to make it sound more eloquent: [TITLE]”)

edit: Answers:

spoiler

  1. I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells (I left out the "Failure Frame” because the AI kept it unchanged)
  2. A Late-Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life (yeah, don’t ask me where the journey in a unconventional time stuff came from)
  3. Cooking with Wild Game
  4. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (love the Rhapsody turning into “Symphonic Odyssey” and thought it would be the easiest to guess because of it)
  5. Enough with This Slow Life! I Was Reincarnated as a High Elf and Now I’m Bored (Ennui is my new favorite word)
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I'm running out of ideas, so this week it's a free4all.

Want to tell me how retarded your sister is? Have at it! Need to convince me that Saiki is the best Band Maid member? Already sold! Gawr Gura: gremlin or genius? Why not both! Have something cool to show off? I love seeing pictures of cool stuff.

You get the drift. Have something you always want to get off your soul, this is your chance.

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Another week, another episode of the crowd pleaser Midweek Discussion. This time let's discuss the other half of what makes a light novel a light novel.

Most of the time I have to say that I don't really give much thought to the illustrator. I might read an LN and think, oh "That art style looks good" or "That design is interesting", but most of the time I won't even remember the name of the artist even in those cases, and if they were silently replaced I would be oblivious to it. That doesn't mean that the illustrations are irrelevant though. The art style alone has a big influence of how I perceive a text. The artwork on the cover will set the tone with which I read that novel. I will interpret a scene differently if there is a derpy artwork on the cover versus a grimdark one for example. Sure the prose can overcome the

But there are exceptions. Illustrators that I find absolutely essential to a series. You Shiina (no, not you! the illustrator /sigh) is one such example, but that's too on the nose. So I would like to point out so-bin instead. The illustrator of the Overlord series. His artwork stands out so much amongst the mass of LN illustrations. You could just get a glimpse of an Overlord illustration and immediately recognize from which series it comes.

This does not only apply to the cover illustrations but also the in-chapter illustrations as well (one more because I couldn't choose just the two examples).

TL;DR: so-bin good.

So, my questions for this week are:

  • do you have favorite illustrators and who are they?
  • how important are the illustrations to you?
  • what are good examples (I admit that's just an excuse of a question for me just wanting to see pretty pictures)
  • what would you like to see more in LN illustrations? For example, I would like to see more establishing shots instead of just key moments or character introductions.
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Japanese publishers, including Shueisha and Shogakukan, have invested $4.9 million in Mantra, a startup leveraging AI to accelerate manga translation.

I don't read many mangas, so I don't know how good or bad the translations are, but I thought the news was interesting at least.

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No books are allowed here this week. Tell me how you spend your free time when you're not reading.

When I'm not reading or watching anime I'm usually playing games. This used to be my main hobby but for the last several years I kinda lost interest and are now just playing in bursts whenever something catches my fancy. I'm finishing up the last bits and bobs of Shadow of the Erdtree right now and I might start Shin Megami Tensei 5: Vengeance next. Just like the non-remake version, I played it for about 30 minutes and then something else caught my eye. This time I want to pick it back up and not just forget it again, but my backlog is insane and it feels more like an obligation than something I actually want to do (which takes a lot out of the fun of the whole thing).

I also started to get into cooking for the past 5 years or so and are currently in my creative phase where I try to come up with new stuff instead of following recipes. It's not good honestly...

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Reading through D-Genesis which is an extreme example of a LN written from multiple POVs got me thinking about this. I can't think of a single instance where I like the multiple POV type of writing. I enjoy a bonus chapter from a fresh POV well enough, but in the main body I want to follow a single protagonist and I find it tiresome to emotionally adjust to a new protagonist in short order.

What do you all think about this? Are there any LN with multiple POVs that are good?

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Which LN has the best ad?

My pick would be Re:Zero. The first season is so well done that I had to pick up the LN to see how it continues.

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I had a day off on Monday so my wetware got confused and thought it's only Tuesday. That's why I don't have anything prepared for the Midweek-Discussion. I call a lazy day and just ask y'all what your favorite "normie book" is. We've seen a few already on April 1st but where they your favorite?

I would start with my favorite but I cannot in good conscience tell you about it because it will never get to the last book in the trilogy and letting readers hang is probably somewhere listed in the Geneva Conventions as a war crime. It's been over a decade and I still made myself depressed again just thinking about it right now, so go on and tell me about your favorites to cheer me up.

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Last week I read a book where the protagonist did the usual Hollywood good-guy thing where he refused to kill the antagonist because that would be bad, I guess. All while watching how the baddie killed hundreds and possibly thousands of innocents all around him. Not to mention all the suffering and death he caused leading up to that confrontation. But no, watching hundreds of civilians get slaughtered while trying to talk the villain down is okay as long as MC doesn't tarnish his fickle morality by killing someone. I mean, at which point can a hero say "you know what, you deserve to die"?

And while seething in a lot more anger about stupid MCs than is justified, I was thinking about MCs that are realist enough to actually pull the figurative trigger on a villain. There aren't that many that I can think of. Even those who are supposedly "villains" are villains in title alone. It's like finding a unicorn when you stumble upon a MC who actually kills a named character. After all, we already established that an infinite number of unnamed civillians/henchmen doesn't count when it comes to hero morality. Cutting through 100 nameless hired guards who are only doing their jobs is okay as long as MC realizes that he isn't that guy just when he towers over the defeated mega villain.

What's your stance on those heroes? Do you have good examples? Bad ones?

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