@qeeh Due to our website architecture, it's very difficult to add new features that don't use that existing structure. (Hint: This architecture was built in 2016, before Sam even started thinking about print, so you can imagine why print features on the website are kind of scarce...)
Plans to update our architecture are in the works but will take months to complete and migrate, so after that it will be much more feasible to add a feature like what you're describing.
I can totally relate to that. I'm programming myself (thou, in my case, hospital information systems). Making a generic structure can be both a blessing and a curse at the same time.
that each book covered two ministories and neither had enough time to develop much depth for any of the characters involved
V3 is basically where the "real" plot begins - as in, a major thread starts there and continues to be woven for multiple volumes. Though there are indeed important pieces from V2 included moving forward as well, but just looking for a certain relevant keyword, its first appearance is in V3.
There's definitely a sizeable handful of names tossed around in V1, but I think the major cast's character count is acceptably stable after that, so you get more used to them as time goes on. They don't necessarily all get the same levels of depth given, but where in V1 you might be like "Show you the difference between Alan and Glen? ... They're the same picture," they'll be more distinguishable as individuals later.
To some extent, the "ministory" feeling won't leave entirely, because the author likes to put a side story at the end of each volume. And I won't deny sometimes I wish there was more of the main story instead of a side story. But there is indeed a main storyline that I've found considerably more gripping the deeper into it we go!
that the main princess character had little to no agency, and what little agency she had seemed artificially manufactured and totally unbelievable.
This is exactly the reason that V1 is my least favorite. For the most part she sits around while the plot happens around her, which isn't the best of reads. Looking back on the volume from the perspective of knowing Chris and Eli will be happy and lovey-dovey together, it's a fun lighthearted read, but I think the content was possibly more suited to having been an end-of-volume side story than the central focus.
Anyways, it's not like Eli's confidence issues poof away in a plume of smoke suddenly, but she does get chances to speak her mind - to discuss, disagree, and then decide for herself what she thinks she should do. She grows (both in terms of her as a person and her believability as a character!), and it's nice to see.
Skimming back over the volumes, I think if I were to say "read to here before you make a decision to continue," it would be to get through V3's main segment. If you read all the way through that and think "Eh, the story isn't for me," I wouldn't recommend continuing - but if you get there and say "Oh?? It's getting good??" then you should continue. Of course, three whole volumes can be a bit of a hurdle depending on the person, but alas, that's just how it is.
@proffaust You know, I just realized... Amazon's name might make even more sense given their crackdown on things prudes might dislike, since it comes from the Ancient Greek "a-" meaning without and "mazon" meaning breasts. So... no boobs on Amazon? I mean... definitely how they're acting >_> <_<
October books have been expired, so here's what you'll want to read before December!
Expiring December 15th, 2021:
Villainess: Reloaded! Vol. 3
Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Vol. 38
Record of Wortenia War Vol. 13
Ideal Sponger Life Vol. 5
Chillin' in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers Vol. 2
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey Vol. 14
By the Grace of the Gods Vol. 9
Arifureta Zero Vol. 5
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Vol. 18
The Unwanted Undead Adventurer Vol. 9
Ascendance of a Bookworm Fanbook 2
Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte Disc 1
Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow Vol. 1
Min-Maxing My TRPG Build Vol. 2
Are You Okay With a Slightly Older Girlfriend? Vol. 6
My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer Vol. 2
Otherside Picnic Vol. 6
Lazy Dungeon Master Vol. 15
Slayers Vol. 11
Demon Lord, Retry! Vol. 7
Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers Vol. 1
Private Tutor to the Duke's Daughter Vol. 1
Since you mentioned sequel series after that, I assume this is not about Realist Hero, as to my knowledge there is no sequel series.
Thanks for the reply.
And that is an Oopsie on my part, as I think I may have quoted the wrong item in the thread. I meant to ask about the manga and sequel regarding The Sorcerer's Receptionist, which was discussed earlier in the thread and the silly me that I am didn't realize that the topic changed.
Completely understand about formally commenting on future works, however.
@eternal-wanderer it is probably amazon being censor happy they got rid of the first ten volumes of Yuuna and the haunted hotsprings so i suggest buying the series from Barnes and Nobel or Rightstuf i believe you can still buy them from those store fronts
I been waiting for My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World to be on catch-up.
I've already read them all but am glad it is on catch-up so that others can discover it. Those who enjoy it should consider getting the premium epubs because they feature "Translator's Notes about all the references that Mutsuko makes to classic anime and manga".
I had a temporary mind blip about the site being down, and I went to click to the main page. Thanks for fixing the link in the upper left so it redirects here, reminded me that "Oh yeah, the host is doing some back end stuff, aren't they?" Helped me not make a fool of myself by trying to go to a website that isn't up.
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