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Posted 05 June 2016 - 04:16 AM

This is off topic, but, I just had to gush. Lately I've been reading this light novel called 'Overlord'

 

While some parts can get quite dark, and the subject is more adult than Academagia, I wouldn't say it is too much darker than something like Dragon Age. But there are a few parts which are.

 

The basic premise is that a level 100 mmorpg player gets permanently transported to a 'new world' after the game servers were shut down, and he and his NPC guardians cause pure chaos because there is virtually nobody there over say level 30. there's even an anime out of it although it only covers a small part of it and not in great detail like the novel does. There's also a lot of humor as the NPCs see him as some infinitely wise ruler when he's just an ordinary guy wearing a facade because he fears losing their loyalty if he doesn't 'measure up'. It helps that he's a lich, so he's got a mean poker face.

 

Here's TV tropes page http://tvtropes.org/...tNovel.Overlord

 

Here's a small clipping I chose from the latest volume's translation. Just a few pages' worth so you can see whether you'll like it or not. http://pastebin.com/yecTDqtK



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Posted 05 June 2016 - 04:28 AM

I'm fan of the "The Irregular at Magic High School" novel and the side-story Manga "The Honor Student at Magic High School" (English translation of both started this year and is done from Yen Press)

I also read the webmanga The Gamer.
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Posted 05 June 2016 - 04:44 AM

Yeah, it seems we like magic. :)



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 12:38 AM

Looks like except us two no one is interested in this topic. Some how I expected at last some of the people from VB would have a interest in LN.
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 04:31 AM

Well, I'm interested. :)



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 05:55 AM

Perhaps I'm a tad bit jaded, but a lot of people don't like to read. Our Academagia friends can be excused because they rarely come on here, but I don't think the average person who came here for VB is interested in gobs of text to read and sort through. It's a sign of the times and imo a result of the quality of the mainstream media people consume these days, which is getting pretty trashy. Even I can't remember the last time I myself read a real book book. It was probably when I was still in the Navy, on deployment, and desperate for something to occupy my mind, I dug through the locker filled with books that was called the ship's library, and found some real gems including Helen Keller's autobiography. That was fascinating.

 

But when people are bombarded by drivel, their minds react as such.



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:02 AM

Actual I have to many games to play to find much time for other hobbies so I'm happy that I still manage to free time for the LN / Manga mentioned above.
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:21 AM

heh, Manga/LN are one of the few things that can hold my interest these days. The only games I'm interested in I've beaten, or have oversaturated my interest. Few movies come out that appeal to me, and even my one true passion of animation is hurting. Pixar is the only part of disney still worth paying attention to, and way too many anime these days are focused on fanservice or moe, or God help me some kinky fetish finds it's way in.



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:12 AM

Free;

 

I've always found once you're engaged, there's no limit to the amount a person will read- VB fans, in particular, go deep in their history. ;)

 

But clearly, as a company, we don't regard reading as a barrier to fun. :)



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:18 AM

I've always found that in terms of telling a story (and/or entertainment - there's considerable overlap) books are second to...pretty much everything short of trying to read tea leaves.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:20 AM

Metis;

 

Heh, having grown up with books myself, I'd always put them first. But I may be a rare breed. :)



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:32 AM

Doubtful, seeing as how I'm just about the only person in the family that doesn't own a bookcase. An actual, physical bookcase with paper books, mind, not a tablet or...whatever it's called these days with files much too fanciful and modern to be saved as ol' reliable .txt files.

 

In my case, though, it was that I was actively discouraged from reading books. By being made to read books that, ultimately, were less meaningful and interesting than a newspaper on a slow news day.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:39 AM

Metis;

 

Ugh, that sounds unpleasant.

 

And I share that- pretty much everyone else has gone digital. Not me. :)



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:44 AM

I have 14 80cm wide shelf boxes full with paper books but ~1/2 of this are P&P RPG books and don't think its a lot.
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:04 AM

They were unpleasant, primarily because of subject matter. Including (but not limited to, these are just what I remember):

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Those last two, by the by, were German books that I had to read in German, because obviously having to literally piece every other word together from earlier context or rough similarity to a language you actually speak makes reading a much more enjoyable experience. Also a written and vocal book rapport - both entirely in German - presented in front of the entire class, because that was a language you could (supposedly) speak at that point. The good books I read, for those curious, included topics such as teenagers falling into drug abuse and the mess that it brings; bullying to the point of suicide; having their mother remarry to a man who's son doesn't take the hint that the mother's daughter isn't available and willing (mostly by not taking "no" for an answer and somewhat dense parents); a teacher that wants to be into one of his students way, way more than said student is comfortable with; having the protagonist's father die of a heart attack and the fun that it brings; and having your friends considerer you to be a wuss/bad friend/something else because Pfeiffer Syndrome demands it.

 

Like I said, I might as well be reading a newspaper.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 12:25 PM

Well, to be fair, Overlord has a 13 episode anime that covers the first 3 volumes of the novel, here's probably one of the funnier  moments. That's a REAL wizard doing buffs there! not shown is the part where he turns the combat area into a crater. :) To start the match. :)

 



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 04:21 PM

I am watching the anime. It's really good thanks for sharing.

 

Will probably buy the light novel if I can find them in French.


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 03:13 AM

Why French?


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 04:48 AM

Overlord looks interesting, for a light novel.

 

I'm definitely more of a ...regular book reader. I love the ones that weave the story, heavy with details and those that do it well. Before my housefire last year, I had three bookshelves worth of books, and that's not counting the ones I've passed on to others over the years or re-sold. I love to read. lol And I definitely prefer to have the physical copy. digital just isn't the same..



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 09:33 AM

Hard copies are so nice. Even physical copies of things like video games are becoming rare, which is just sad.