DarkChaplain joined on May 14th, 2010, since that has made 3724 posts that are still accessible today, 151 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, DarkChaplain has given 6920 upvotes, and was last online on Mar 19th, 2018.
Then stop complaining, retard. Besides, there's nothing there to possibly be leaking.
This thing still exists and I'm waiting for the machine to hurry up encoding stuff, so why not dump my reading list here in the meantime?
Last Saturday I finally got contacted by the author of The Dragon's Blade that his final novel in the trilogy was almost ready for release, and he emailed me an advanced copy of it.
I'm currently 33% through and enjoying it a lot, especially because I've seen Miller grow over the course of three novels now. He's also one of the first authors to reach out to me directly via email, and a good chap.
The second novel already improved a bunch over the first, especially in terms of how smooth it read and, with characters firmly established, it allowed him to play more to the unfolding drama than world building. This one does it even better so far, brings conflict from the start while still having a lot of material in the back hand. There's no recap period either, it goes straight into the matter again with no time or space wasted on things you should still remember. This can be tricky (I read the second book a little over a year ago I believe), but bit by bit you pick up the ends naturally.
Secondly, I've been working through War & Peace since January. I haven't been plowing through it at the speed I wanted, but that's mostly due to distractions from new releases.
I absolutely despise a lot of the characters, but love others, and think this one's actually far more interesting than modern heads may acknowledge. As someone who enjoys space opera type stories to begin with, this is an easy match anyway (even without the space). Now if only I could reach in and slap some stupid characters about for being retarded...
Last Saturday also saw the release of the surprise 4th Eisenhorn novel by Dan Abnett. This was planned as a short story, then became a novella, then a full novel, and then published as a novel with a host of short stories that the novel ties into the Eisenhorn/Ravenor mythos. Some of the stories I'd never read before, because they had no link to Gregor Eisenhorn or Gideon Ravenor, but now they're relevant and actually amazing.
So far I've only touched on the first chapters of The Magos itself, and spent time re-reading all the included shorts instead. It's been a great experience so far, especially after coming from a full trilogy re-read the past months. I was hoping to get the Ravenor trilogy done too before The Magos, but the publisher decided to only put the third Ravenor book onto Audible so far, and I so enjoy Toby Longworth's narrations...
Then, once I clear something off the list, I'll likely read Yahtzee Croshaw's newest novel, Differently Morphous. Yahtzee is best known for his Zero Punctuation series on The Escapist/Youtube, but his previous three novels have all been great fun. I'm glad he wrote another one so soon, with Will Save the Galaxy for Food only having released a year ago.
Funnily, this one's launching as an audiobook first, then a proper e/print book in around 6 months. Thankfully that's the way I like his works anyway - because he's narrating them himself.
You're fucking up, @Taro_Tanako
I cannot fathom that I stumble over @hellstorm901 on the Steam forums and then saw that he's got 60 hours put into that Sword Art Online game, and now I cannot fathom how anybody can stomach 60 hours of literal cancer....
@Fluid_XL It's carcrash following on from carcrash. As an anime-only watcher, you may have hope for some sense of happiness rather than utter despair, though.
Sora yori mo Tooi Basho is so far the best Anime of 2018.
Citrus is as bitter as it was reading the manga, though the manga's got it beat by default because of how it is ending up right now.
Yuru Camp is the feel good anime of the season, exceptionally relaxing.
Death March is pretty damn nondescript, generic and plain. I don't know why I'm watching it outside of there being nothing inherently offensive about it beyond how simplistic it is. None of the characters actually stands out, and the harem of slaves grows so quickly, I usually forget about one or two characters until they appear again. It is extremely contrived and nothing much is happening, and even the current Undead King arc is being approached as overly mundane to the point where it lacks any sort of excitement. The most positive thing I can say about it is that it doesn't offend by mere existence.
Kokkoku meanwhile is amazing and caught my attention from episode one. It moves at a steady pace, has surprisingly relatable characters despite being about timey whimey bullshit. And that opening really hits it out of the park. Even what, 9 episodes in, you still notice subtle foreshadowing in the OP, whereas most other shows outright spoil twists in theirs. Great, suspenseful show. A surprise hit.
Darling in the Franxx is surprisingly good so far too. The premise is ridiculous, the technology is too, the Kaiju are somewhat disappointing in their presentation, but the characters are nice (though Ichigo deserves a slap or three) and the pacing's good. The art is straddling the line between familiar and surprisingly crisp and fresh, and Zero Two is refreshingly unconventional.
Beatless? Eh, I'm watching it, but the pacing feels off. While I enjoy the world building, a bunch of it feels out of focus, with the more intricate bits being addressed in passing so they're easy to miss, while on the front it spends almost an entire episode setting up a modeling career. But I do like Kouka due to her fire and general attitude. Lacia feels too fake for me to judge yet, expecting big twists down the line. At least now there appears to be some more promise with Methode on the scene and some corporate-corruption-level plot going on...
Violet Evergarden is my trainwreck of the season. Not because it is bad, but because it consistently maintains its bittersweet tone. Nothing every ends up happy, there's always the looming grim reality of things. Yes, something may end up nicely for a character in one area, but another will be pretty fucked anyway. But damn me is it beautiful to watch.
Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is what caught me off guard the most. I'd been curious about it two seasons ago already when the first teasers appeared and I was updating my archive in advance, but after episode one (which I enjoyed), I wasn't sure if the concept would last the whole season. I figured it'd been a mistake to not have this fill a short slot instead of a full 24 minute episode slot. Now 8 episodes have passed and I wish they were longer. The chemistry between Nishikata and Takagi is palpable, and Nishikata is the only one who doesn't seem to realize what's going on. Takagi is consistently amazing in all the best ways. She never gets abusive with her teasing, which stays true to the middle school setting. It's all in good spirits, and often self-inflicted. Takagi also never actually strings him along too far, her teasing never crosses a line. Frankly, she's also adorable in her own way and Nishikata's lucky for eventually getting to marry her (according to a spin-off manga). Through everything she does to the boy, you never feel like she isn't being considerate or outright malicious.
Dagashi Kashi 2 is my main disappointment this season. From being turned into a half-episode show over studio/art changes to Hotaru being absent for 3 episodes already, a stand-in rival appearing and STILL NOT GETTING ENOUGH SAYA ANYWAY?!, the show's been lackluster. Nevermind that it's been barely about dagashi. Heck, episode 6 was literally just about a convenience store opening and the manager trying to recruit Coconuts.
Also, Hugtto! Precure is back to the franchise's top form. Finally a great season again which has already been more thoughtful the past 4 episodes than Happiness Charge and KiraKira combined...
EVEN TRASH-GIRL IS GETTING A FIGURE, @TERU. EVEN HER!