On my Radar for Fall 2022: The (Mostly) Eight Episode Check-In!

Fall 2022 is reaching its climax and it has been an overall strong season overall! Plenty of good shows, some surprises and a few that weren’t as good as you would expect. As always I have my thoughts as we reach the last quarter and it’s time to get into them! So after the cut, let’s see where I stand after eight episodes!

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Parallel Paradise Volume 10: You know what else is Interesting? Grenades.

Our look at the manga series Parallel Paradise continues! Like I said last time, I’m moving to a more point form type of review as I find it better to get my thoughts down with series where big events don’t often happen. So with that said, when we last left off, Youta and his girls were about to go up against a giant sandworm that was once a cute witch? Can the gang seize victory? Or is the sex adventure reaching it’s final climax? Let’s find out after the images!

  • Whatever the book tells me, I don’t think that is a fucking dragon. It’s a worm, a freaking worm. That said I enjoyed Galia’s transformation and overall defeat. It’s satisfying, gruesome and fitting for the arc. Her aging and just melting away really fit into that ‘wicked witch’ vibe.
  • Youta and the manga seem to just be getting to the jist of thing with this ‘orgasm touch’. When he wants to convince the girls to get down, he just needs to put their hand on them. It’s something we’ll be seeing more and more often and I think it is the author not having to waste pages to get to what fans want. Whether that works remains to be seen.
  • Kia is probably my favorite of the rotating cast of girls. I love how she dresses up like a wizard, but just throws fucking grenades at people. I’m not the biggest fan of her reasons for getting off on mating (animal shit, eh), but she’s cute, funny and again has a fucking cool weapon.
  • She also is probably the first character represents the manga’s shift to the ‘fuck touch’ that I mentioned above. It’s going to happen far more than it has already from now on.
  • It was great to see Misaki again and she remains a fun character. We can see how much she has changed due to Yota’s influence and frankly I love seeing more of the first batch of girls show up again.
  • Though I am curious about her ravaging by Karu. Is that her kink? Those beasts are always something that manga has yet to answer. I think they are maybe re-animated men who have been wiped out before? I’m current and I still don’t know.
  • Aside from that, most of the volume is about the fight against Galia which again, is pretty good, with several of the girls being able to get their fights in. While it’s not an action series, Paradise does have some pretty good scrapes and Yota always seems to barely win. I like shows like that, especially in this world of Isekai power-fantasy.
  • The two sex scenes in the volume are quite enjoyable, with Misaki again coming in for a familiar romp in the hay. The girls who are stuck watching also get stuff to do, something that will be extended in the upcoming volume
  • So overall, Parallel Paradise Volume 10 is a good volume that wraps up the Galia arc and has everything we love about this series. Action, Sex, and a bit more Sex. This series is once again a fun read that I can’t put down. I also got the 11th volume line up, so you can expect my thoughts on that soon!

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 6: I’ve been Travelling for 3 years and Maxed out my Virginity.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! When we last left off, Rudeus had met and then made up with his father who had gone out to find the missing people from the teleportation incident. Now fresh with resolve, but determined to return Eris home, we follow Rudeus as he finishes the final stretches of his great adventure. Yet will it be able to stick the landing? After the cut let’s take a dive into the sixth volume and find out!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 4: Trapped In A Beast VIllage. The World of Fantasy is tough for NEETs.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! And while we will just ignore the fact that I completely skipped over this entry, we are going to keep things light and speedy this time around. Because compared to the fifth and sixth instalments, this fourth is very much just a series of adventures. That said there is still stuff to talk about, so let’s get into the point form version right after below!

  • Like I said above, this volume consists of the parts where Rudy and co make their way from the demon continent and the adventures they partake in. Everything we saw in the anime is present here with little to no major changes aside from some extra dialogue, most of which is not really important.
  • Rudeus getting the demon eye helps lay groundwork for this power we see later and it was good to see that Kishrika was as crazy as she was in the anime.
  • I do like how Rudy and Ruijerd’s relationship is growing as they are confronted with the realities of trying to travel to the other side of the world. It is forcing Rudy to grow up fast and for Ruijerd to accept that you have to do some bad things for a greater good.
  • The beast-village chapters are pretty much exactly as we saw them in the anime. It always surprises me how much worldbuilding author Rifujin is able to do with the limited amount of pages in each installment. Furthermore I was glad he didn’t skimp out on showing the horrors of the children being kidnapped by the slavers. 
  • Eris’s fight with her beast animal friends is another good example of seeing her character mature from the hot-headed temper tantrum to a more well adjusted young lady. It was also good to see how much Rudeus is starting to respect her boundaries, which will pay off in a later volume.
  • I liked that Geese stays around and gives the main cast another person to bounce off of. He’s that sly cowardly thief with a heart of gold and it works pretty damn well.
  • But the biggest thing in the light novel is the addition of the Fitz chapters, which introduce a character who will have a big influence after this story arc has finished. I won’t give spoilers to who they are, but I really enjoyed the palace intrigue and relationship between Princess Ariel and Luke Greyrat. All three of them are important and I was surprised the anime didn’t add this in during the runtime, probably saving it for later in the story.

Overall, Jobless Reincarnaton’s fourth volume is a solid venture, though doesn’t really do much to move the story forward that other entries do. Still what happens in the pages is fun to read and is important when looking at the entire tapestry. Give a look if you so desire and I hope you’ll join me real soon for the sixth and final volume of the first major story arc!

On my Radar for Fall 2022: The Three Episode Check-In!

Fall 2022 has shaped up to be a real smasher of a season so far, one with many big hits and some surprising small ones. With a few weeks under our belt, it’s time to see how things are shaping up. Note that I have pushed Golden Kamuy off this list. Not because I haven’t enjoyed it, but that it is more a show I binge when I feel like it. You can still expect my thoughts on that later. Now let’s get into it all after the cut.

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 5: The Father is a Part-Timer!

Our look at the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation continue! When we last left off, Rudeus and co had navigated some rough waters and ended up in a land of beast people! After some close encounters and some friend drama from Eris, the gang has continued their journey and is making their way to the human lands? What will happen next? Well after the cut, let’s take a dive into the fifth volume of the series and find out!

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Overlord IV: Jesus Christ Renner…

If you’ve read my blog, then you know that my time with Overlord has been a love-hate sort of relationship. I tried it, didn’t like it, tried it again, was a bit better, then finally gave it another shot and came around to enjoying it. Part of that was me accepting the series for what it is, not what I thought and wanted it to be. With that said, how does the fourth installment hold up? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into Overlord IV and find out!

My thoughts on all the rest of Overlord is right here!

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