@terrence IMO this series has two main draws:
fluffy heart-warming scenes with cute girls;
cool magical hand-to-hand action scenes (although the climax in Volume 1 doesn't really count)
If you enjoy those two, then this series is for you.
@daijobu7000 I read all of them, some are really worth upgrading, the one from vol 5 were really good, some add interresting elements or answer small question ,some are just funny, and some just blend.
Overall each vol tend to have mix of good and average. The ones in vol 10 weren't really good, and the one in vol 11 were average.
Personaly i did upgrade all my vol, i think it was worth it.
@terabyte said in Infinite Stratos Vol. 4 Discussion:
@fossyo The topic is up but it's not linked yet: https://forums.j-novel.club/topic/1758/infinite-stratos-vol-5-discussion
thanks seems you already spotted it :)
BTW, I'm not totally naive, I know these things aren't really representative of Japanese people in general - it was more are the general public aware of the English interwebs "Japan = weird shit" meme & all the stuff mentioned that feeds into it.
So yeah, thanks, they're oblivious the same as any average person in any other country is to their own weird shit. Pretty obvious really I guess. I should have realised there'd be Answerman articles for this.
@aruseus493 Not sure if it's ultimately my call to make, but I tend to lean more on the side of caution and stick as closely to the JP formatting as possible, unless told otherwise (and we haven't had issues so far).
@jyuichi While I know very well not to draw cultural or habitual conclusions from these media based on how many portray or may have a swimsuit try on scene/moment.. I'd be surprised if such wasn't a thing in JP.
Trying em on is 'normal' in Canada too so. shrug.
I highly doubt the author set out to write some deep meaningful peace on parallels of a flipped society and was probably just going for the "only man in the world who can do the special woman only thing" and to do that with the rest of their idea, they flipped things.
Again far as I recall that whole mall chapter was pretty much as blatant as it gets maybe and then goes back to mostly being just the background plot thread as it was in previous chapters.
Personally I genderbend lotttttta male MCs ta women to suit my preferred preferences.. it's a pain to find good yuri blended with other genres. sob.
I.S. is one of the few novels I read where this doesn't work and there are lots of "wtf" and "realllly.. thats what you're gonna go with?" moments but it has it's good points, else I would'a dropped it ages ago.
There is eventually real character growth (more noticeable in the girls than blockhead) and fun to be had.. lot'a laughs, good action, teen angst, some really decent sci-fi ishy stuff, though lot'a it gets glossed over using blockhead as a means to not have to explain or come up with every lil detail cuz it "goes over his head."
In some ways I think the author's own development shows in the writing, the first 3 volumes all originally were printed in 2009, he was 25ish back then. Speculating, perhaps still finding his footing as an author, this is his only published work so I can only guess at how many unpublished things he may also have.
I mean we can easily boil the book down into typical romcom tropes.. alllll the miscommunication, all the blatant coyness and never being direct about which meaning of the word with X number of meanings the girls are intending by saying w/e at the time. The girls blaming him for doing, or not doing something, or being literialy a victim of the actions of one of the other girls so they get mad at him instead of said girl..
Him being /that/ much of a blockhead despite having been raised by his sister who is like OP badass last boss type and realllly doesn't give the impression she'd have not tried to give him some proper guidance on things.
It's kind'a knock-off/Sub-par Sci-fi older rom-com.. I get some Love-Hina vibs personally.. and yet it's still fun as hell to just go along for the ride an not think too hard about alll the things.
It's probably too late for this, but:
Page 288.5/458 of the published premium ebook according to Calibre reader's page numbers:
"Wenicke’s area, the region of the brain that controlled language" --> "Wernicke's area"
@bartzbb While I do agree almost completely with both of you, I can't deny having a sneaking suspicion that the harem in Isekai Smartphone is used as a crutch to not have good character development. That the author chose quantity over quality when it comes to characters (and I think you'll agree that there's a feckton of characters if we count the ones that just get a single appearance).
Don't get me wrong, I love harems. I love when harems actually end as harems and not just one heroine getting picked and all the others get fecked abandoned. If you build a harem (even unintentionally), take responsibility and make them all happy, am I right? But I can't ignore the fact that it's used in many works as a substitution for good characters. I think that this story would benefit from having focused on only one or two heroines that are well developed, but I understand that writing even a single good character is much harder than nine shallow stereotypes.
But Isakai Smartphone is still enjoyable so props to that. Shows that no matter how bad something is when you analyze it, if it has good "chemistry" that makes it enjoyable then it's enjoyable. Simple as that. I've read a few books where I thought "This story is so good, but why the feck am I so bored..?" which proves this to me.