Summaries are only provided for stories that readers (presumably) cannot enjoy otherwise, be it through anime, manga, an official or fan translation. I want to stress that I do not claim my summaries to be 100% accurate or thorough, they’re just write-ups from memory and you will most definitely not have a representative experience of the story’s quality by reading them. All you’ll get is a rough idea of the plot. Please do try to read the novel yourself for the full, genuine experience.
So apparently I had already written a summary for TaiCheat 5 and absolutely forgot all about it. Sucks. But not for me!
Do you know what the big problem with writing an actually engaging and interesting arc within an ongoing series is? You create expectations. And expectations like to be met, or you’re met with disappointment. TaiCheat created a really interesting arc when they introduced their version of the Illuminati. What has become of them? Well, trying to conquer a country with a flying effing island isn’t as subtle as they used to be, I guess. Granted, TaiCheat is a comedy not a thriller, but you’d like to be intentionally funny, not just crash the epic narrative you tried to create into absurdity and contradiction.
The whole solution to the invasion – grinding magical float stones to shoot the island into the stratosphere – is fine in itself, but turning it into a idol spec-ops simp fest hurt to read. Same with the desert country solution: While buying out a whole city to make it fall under imperial jurisdiction is fine, convicting the villain for ogling the Emperor’s fiancee with lustful eyes is cringe-worthy.
Volume 5 is losing itself in childish, poorly thought out twists and developments when it teased an epic storyline prior, which just hurts it all the more. In the end, the Empire gets overthrown in a coup d’état and the Emperor loses most of his allies due to various circumstances. That’s interesting but just a cliffhanger for the next volume so it doesn’t help volume 5’s case. All in all, volume 5 is disappointing and I honestly can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t just skip it – nothing interesting happens. It’s mediocre through and through, and that’s exactly the kind of score it gets.