Light Novel Review: Shomin Sample Volume 8

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 8 Cover
Volume 8 Cover

Four things annoyed me greatly about this volume.

1) Let’s name the worst one first, Kimito’s “kung fu revelation”. He spent about a month at Kujou’s, back when he was 10. So under any circumstances, that was about six years back, and he’s had martial arts lessons for at most a month. And yet he beats up two guys older and bigger than him hands down? Author, you derped here. It’s not even meant to be a joke, he’s totally serious about this, sorry, crap. Poorly done.

2) Same arc. The way they pick up Aika has nothing to do with tsunpure anymore. She’s flat-out mentally disabled if she’s falling for something like “I’m gonna die if you don’t get in the car with us”. It’s not about naivete, that’s disability. Again, a bad and forced idea.

3) It’s a nice idea to let one of the families go bankrupt and hence give everyone an opportunity to go to “normal society”. But literally solve the bankruptcy within the same volume and without anything happening makes it look like a sad excuse.

4) While I like the idea of this volume in general, it’s again very apparent how unbalanced the harem treatment is. Aika gets lots and lots of quality time with Kimito, while the others have to stay in another house for literally the whole volume but one chapter, in which they’ve been made fat. Yay. The author could’ve all put them into Kimito’s big house and let everyone duke it out, which would’ve been presumably more interesting. But no, Aika’s the star and is supposed to score high here. No matter how retarded she is (see 2). Yet again another volume where Karen enjoys her ignore play.

That’s about all the bad points of this volume, in my opinion. I really like how basically three stories at once are going on in this volume: Kujou and her background manipulations, Reiko and company and their dealing with the real world, and Aika’s retard arc. There’s no filler/real stuff separation like in most of the prior volumes, so it seems more substantial. I already said that I also like the idea behind the setting here in general, though the execution’s so-so.

With Kuroe, another heroine seems to take the stage. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. While I do like her character, the author already struggles greatly to give five heroines equal attention – and mostly fails at it. With six ones this won’t get better.

The author avoids the “nothing seems ultra rich anymore” problem I mentioned last time by simply shifting the whole setting into the normal world. Clever.

From the feel of this volume, it’s one of the best yet. But the ultra derps won’t allow me to give it anything better than 7. So 7 it is.

Rating 7/10

 

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