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Volume 4 of TaiCheat is a bit more dramatic in a good way. It’s nothing to grave that’d make you feel bad, but big enough to break the stale atmosphere the volumes so far have built up: It feels more like the events that unfold do matter; and it feels more like Tsunenobu is actually accomplishing something to make the girls fall for him. If you liked the previous installments, volume 4 is better in every sense but arguably the humoristic side. The jokes aren’t as hard-hitting as in the first half of volume 3, you will have your fun, nonetheless.
I was able to blaze right through the volume, there aren’t all too many new places to keep track of, and much less new characters. The story is fairly straightforward, solely the intrigues and political things that are going on could make you waver in your reading experience. It’s slightly above average in difficulty.
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Volume 4 of TaiCheat is already ambitious in its premise: Tsunenobu sets out on a journey throughout the continent to improve and strengthen political relations with the neighboring countries. However, such a journey can’t fit into one volume, hence we’re dealing with a whole story arc here. Considering how fast series can get shot down these days (Kusoge), a bold move. Usually, such arcs start off kinda unsatisfactory since they’re just slowly building during the first part and then end in cliffhangers. I won’t say that volume 4 doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but Tsunenobu manages to visit and resolve issues in two countries, so TaiCheat doesn’t disappoint on this front.
The front it does disappoint a bit on, is the humor. After the first half of volume 3, I had high hopes for what jokes and quirky characters the author would come up with this time around. In the end, it got a few laughs out of me, but what made me grin the most were the dramatic scenes since the lead-up and how they were resolved was just so satisfying. Volume 4 is carried by its story, not its humor, which I’d rate above average; a welcome garnish to the great story.
Story-wise, we’re in illuminati territory: In reality, most countries are being controlled by a super rich family, owning multiple trading companies across the land, ruining economies to cause civil war only to put their own puppet on the throne. It’s a weirdly serious premise for TaiCheat: Former volumes went a more lighthearted, ridiculous route. It’s uncharacteristic that a series breaks with its style this early on, but it’s weirdly fitting and well done on top of that. The author’s definitely able to pull this kind of story off, too. We aren’t in dark fantasy territory, mind you. All that’s changed is that the story is less ridiculous, it’s nothing offputting.
The world building this time around is excellent. You get lots of background information about neighboring countries, hostile forces behind the scenes, specific characters, and heroines. There’s really little left to be desired in this regard, everything bad I’ve to say would just be nitpicking.
Even the characters do mature in a way. A bunch of ulterior motives are being taken out of the way to open them up for the true harem and make them behave more “honest.”
That leads to a quite astonishing thing I’d like to point out: At the end of volume 4, a heroine actually tries to sleep with Tsunenobu. Not just the usual chickening out of it before anything serious happens, she literally gives him a handjob and then he gets teleported away right before she can put it in. That surprised me big time since I’ve never read something like that in a light novel, it’s usually the line they dare not to cross, but yeah, there you have it. Of course there might be some sort of clarification in the next volume about how the phrases they used were something completely different, but there’s no such thing in volume 4 and the illustrations doesn’t suggest otherwise, either. We be reading softcore porn now, boys!
All in all, TaiCheat volume 4 is an excellent light novel that improved in all regards but the humor. I keep saying about this series that nothing special happens, that Paola is annoying, that it’s just too sexual, but in the end this series is the only that I can stick with reading in one go these days (I’ve started reading like 15 novels (no joke) at the moment, hence the lack of updates, they just can’t keep my attention). The only thing I can truly criticize volume 4 for is how ridiculously sexual it can turn. Sex sells, but the sex in this volume can look pretty cheap and clunky. Nevertheless, I feel like I’ve to do TaiCheat volume 4 some justice and give it a 9. My guts tell me 8, but screw my guts. I’m surely interested in volume 5 now.