Listened to about an hour of a recording, but... I couldn't feel anything for Robert Neville. (Not ever just Robert! Always prim and proper, full name...moreListened to about an hour of a recording, but... I couldn't feel anything for Robert Neville. (Not ever just Robert! Always prim and proper, full name: Robert Neville.) He turned me off right from the beginning with his views on sexuality... or rather his being randy in a rather disgusting way. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with him being horny, but the way he talked about it and the way he objectified the vampire women, that's just really not my thing. The science bits were interesting and ... the to be expected tragic backstory not so bad, but still after an hour (of four or five), I couldn't get into it, so I'll move on now.
I read about how the story goes on and while it seems a really interesting idea and novel conclusion (Quote: "[I am] a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend." Super epic!!), I just didn't care much for Robert Neville, so I'm sorry. (One day, we might get on. You never know.)(less)
This needs to come with a TRIGGER WARNING for rape and dubious consent, sad but true!! One of those BL tropes I cannot abide, really. The way they addr...moreThis needs to come with a TRIGGER WARNING for rape and dubious consent, sad but true!! One of those BL tropes I cannot abide, really. The way they address this issue in such a horrible way and the excuses that are used to explain and apologise are ... appalling. It still makes me speechless! (And this light novel is not a special case at all. This is the rule, rather than the exception. I have to say that I have seen these kinds of topics handled even worse than here.) I still have a soft spot for this pairing, the way I know it from the manga, BUT the gist of the problems here are in there as well. I wonder if I like the idea of this couple more than the execution author and mangaka achieved for it and that saddens me quite a lot. They have so much potential. Unfortunately the translation I have had some tiny tense shifts and errors, but that could be mended if they looked over it again :)(less)
This needs to come with a TRIGGER WARNING for dubious consent and irresponsible treatment of sexuality :/ All the complaints of volume 1 still apply he...moreThis needs to come with a TRIGGER WARNING for dubious consent and irresponsible treatment of sexuality :/ All the complaints of volume 1 still apply here.
In SHORT: I LOVED it. And I didn't expect to at all! I thought I might like it, but was super-surprised that I really, really fell in love! And if it...moreIn SHORT: I LOVED it. And I didn't expect to at all! I thought I might like it, but was super-surprised that I really, really fell in love! And if it weren't for some tropes that are common to the BL - boys love - genre, that I just don't like (and wish they'd just stop using, really!), I'd have given this five stars and celebrated it forever as well. The translation I read was very well done, but since I believe scanlators usually try to be true to the original, I can only assume that the original is just as well-written. It truly felt life-like, which I adored, really! Oh, another mini-minus: I didn't like the artwork inside the book too much, because I know that Nakamura Shungiko can draw MUCH more beautiful than the images I saw.
In DETAIL: THE MAIN CHARACTERS were so well-rounded and hinteresting. I adored being in Yokozawa's head, because I really like him, even though in the main story, he comes on a bit strong. It was truly wonderful that there was so much about his daily life and what he has to do for work and just a lot of plot that was first and foremost not powered by romance. It is pretty clear to the reader that Kirishima is romantically interested in Yokozawa, but since the latter is rather confused about Kirishima being intent to spend time with him, they start off into an interesting friendship. Since the POV character is Yokozawa, Kirishima is seen mostly through his eyes, but the reader can see nuances in Kirishima that Yokozawa is not able to pick up.
THE STORY The set up of Yokozawa being heartbroken since he just got dumped is not unique, but it is a great starting point to get insight into him and I loved that. As I already said I loved the daily life and mundane aspect and there was no drama. Some strange situations related to the tropes yes, but nothing over the top and especially nothing that felt to set up to be real. THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS were barely there except for Hiyori. And she is such an adorable little girl. It did not feel strange that there weren't too many minor characters apart from her, because of the way the novel was written... and because of Yokozawa's lifestyle. (Oh! Henmi, Yokozawa's co-worker/subordinate was a nice touch, too.) THE WORLD was not fleshed out much, but I think that is not really a flaw, because I think you are supposed to pick this book up, after reading Nakamura Shungiko's manga series Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, where the reader is introduced to the Marukawa Shoten. And other than that it is set in contemporary Japan. THE STORY TWISTS were... not there. But I didn't expect them to be and this story didn't need them. There is a surprise moment, I really liked, though. (I knew about it beforehand, but I do not think that it is something you assume. A really nice surprise.)
OVERALL As I said, I really, really loved it and it feels as if I cannot stress this enough since it surprised me so much. I love Nakamura's manga, because while there are tropes I dislike, I feel that she is able to depict emotionally powerful scenes. And while her characters have rather dramatic backstories sometimes or are over dramatic about things, she has the ability to portray relationships and their intricacies really well. The manga are pretty silly at times, so I expected a bit more of that and was utterly glad that the funny parts of this novel didn't really play out like in a manga.(I guess I feared this would be a BL reapeat of my experience with Trinity Blood.) ... Long story short: LOVED IT, will read sequels, but will try the Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Yoshino Chiaki no Baai by the same author and manga artist combo first. (Because I aodre the couple. I want a novel about Yukina~ and I want it NOW!!) (less)