Light Novel Review: Shomin Sample Volume 7

Who Would Like this Series/Volume?


I can basically just point you to former volumes. Hey, it’s a sequel after all.

For: If you liked the volumes before, you’ll like this one.

Difficulty


Nothing’s changed compared to former volumes.

Difficulty 5/10

Translation Where?


There’s none.

Translation: No for the light novel.

Contents


NOTE: These summaries can never give you an accurate impression on how the book reads or what the book is really like. It simply gives you the gist of the novel, but don’t judge the book by this alone. It can’t be helped that things read rushed and colorless in a summary. You can get an idea by reading the conclusion and, finally, by reading it yourself!

The Whole Damn Thing

Conclusion


Volume 7 Cover
Volume 7 Cover

Volume 7 comes back stronger than 6 was. This time, there were no big promises in terms of cliffhanger that could let the readers down, so it had the better feel to it. In fact, this volume resolved the issue volume 6 closed with right away and went right on with facing new things. Well, the isn’t exactly satisfactory and rather far-fetched, but it could’ve been worse. Probably.

Compared to the former volume, I liked the humor in this one better again. It really had some nice impact in its puns. The Kujou/Miyuki multiple personality doesn’t feel old yet, either. Furthermore, Houko does another entry, and as one of the few more direct characters she feels very refreshing to have around. Especially since she’s a forward character that works towards other character’s fortune, namely her daughter’s, rather than her own. I don’t think that’s an overused sort of character.

Now, what I’ve been worrying about since volume 4 or 5 really, is that certain characters are incredibly under-represented. Compare the quality time certain characters get and judge for yourself whether it’s even. In my opinion, it’s currently Aika > Haqua >>> Ery > Kujou >> Karen > Reiko. Reiko has very few scenes dedicated to her own progress with Kimito or even dedicated to her just being with Kimito. Even in this volume, where she had a bunch of scenes, it felt more like she was hardly even with the time Aika got in this one. And adding them all together, it feels like Kimito simply doesn’t give a shit. He simply pays lip service how she’s perfect and the “ojou-sama of ojou-samas”, but his actions suggest he doesn’t care. Same goes for this volume yet again. I don’t mind this in general, but if you’re doing a harem series, you should at least try to make all the girls look like they’re on equal footing. Else you might as well scratch the additional characters. Reiko’s been treading water since volume 3.

I thought I had already said something about Karen in the former reviews, but seems like I haven’t. As suggested above, she’s another one of these ignored characters. I wonder if Ery’s taking her part of being the tsundere now? Anyway, in my opinion, Karen’s quite the interesting character. While volume 4 was more or less dedicated to her, she, too, had no progress with Kimito at all, but with Aika instead. There are two traits of hers that are being painfully under-used: her teasing Kimito with her thighs, her yandere sister (where is she, anyway?!). Much room to improve here, too.

By the way, two things that happened in volume 1 which have been ignored ever since. One, Karen accepted Kimito as her master and wants to cut him down once she thinks she’s stronger, remember? This could’ve been interesting. Two, Reiko’s being seen naked and pretty much gets off of it. Ignored ever since.

Another point is the lack of attentiveness to the setting. With every passing volume, this whole ojou-sama setting feels more and more exchangeable. There’s hardly any descriptions on how everything is ridiculously luxurious. While in volume one, at least, the descriptions were still very picturesque, the deserted island felt like any school trip and overall the “super rich stuff errywhere” setting is drifting apart. Again, I don’t mind this in general, but if you’re choosing a certain setting, you gotta pay attention to it or it’ll start to look like a sorry excuse to get some slice-of-life going. And it wouldn’t even be hard to describe some unreasonably pricey environment.

There’s more good stuff that seems to get common now. For instance, the author generally uses illustrations for the puns now. Punchlines aren’t delivered in word, but rather via illustrations. This works splendidly and the impact’s really sweet. Basically, the text adds up on the tension and the illustration then delivers the final blow. A great way to do it. Also, the fillers – and let’s be serious, half the volume’s fillers – connect volumes. As an example for this, I can name the Ery revolution from this volume. The starting point of it was some seemingly unimportant filler from the prior volume. It’s great to see that the fillers connect, at least.

Now, 60% of this review’s bad critic. This makes it look worse than it is. It’s a really fun volume, like the volumes before were. And by shifting the focus a bit more on Reiko, it at least tries to do one of the mostly ignored characters a bit just. So that’s where it’s ahead of volume 6. The comedy’s better in this one too, if you ask me. And the side characters that show up, do the dynamic of the story very well. I’m giving it an 8, since it’s significantly better than the last volume. It’s barely an eight because, well, nothing big really happens. Almost seems like some .5 volume. But it’s one of the funnier ones.

Rating 8/10

 

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