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Series Information:

  • Title: The Devil’s Spice
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Tragedy, Romance, Psychological, Cyberpunk, Quasi-Harem
  • Themes: OP Protagonist, Cooking, Martial Arts
  • Author: Kanda Hikaru
  • Illustrator: Kanda Hikaru
  • Editor: Kyle Tolray
  • Volumes: 5
  • Series Status: Ongoing

Recent Updates (Please use the menu bar on top of the page to navigate to the chapters):

  • 04 July 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 15 and Epilogue have been uploaded. Volume 05 is officially complete.
  • 03 July 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 14 has been uploaded.
  • 27 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 13 has been uploaded.
  • 20 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 12 has been uploaded.
  • 13 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 11 has been uploaded.
  • 06 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 10 has been uploaded.
  • 30 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 09 has been uploaded.
  • 23 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 08 has been uploaded.
  • 16 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 07 has been uploaded. Cleared old updates from Volume 04.
  • 08 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 06 has been uploaded.
  • 01 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 05 has been uploaded.
  • 22 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 04 has been uploaded.
  • 15 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 03 has been uploaded.
  • 11 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 02 has been uploaded.
  • 04 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 01 has been uploaded.
  • 01 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 00 has been uploaded.
  • 18 December 2015: Volume 04 PDF has been uploaded.
  • 02 December 2015: Volume 04 Epilogue has been uploaded. Volume 4 is now completely released.

Synopsis:

What does it mean to be fair?

Ageha, chef by day and cyborg assassin by night, kills to confirm his answer to that question.

After taking out one of the richest and most powerful men in Japan, he finds Kaika, the victim’s prodigy daughter, seeking him out, not for revenge, but for her own dangerous ambitions.

The deceptive and mischievous teen offers the young man a deal he cannot refuse.

Ageha needs to juggle restaurant kitchen politics, his own bloodlust, and his new moonlighting job.

Kaika has her hands full orchestrating corporate backchanneling while trying to keep a leash on her incredibly capable, perhaps too capable, new employee.

With life and death on the line, the dubious alliance between these two broken individuals leads to-

*BANG*

“Don’t spoil the meal! We haven’t even served the first course!”

 

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If you like this story, please check out my fantasy web novel Ensis Core.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      The dude who tried to be the omniscient narrator for the story. That’s why the narration ended up being third person limited.

      The much shorter and less revealing synopses in the 2nd and 3rd volumes were given by the smarter and less talkative progeny of the dead guy.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks! Glad you liked it! Unfortunately, I am still working on the detailed outline of volume 4, which means it will be a while before anything comes out. I ask for your patience and continued readership.

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  1. worldofshars

    man i have to tell you something. the last few days, i have checked out your story, its not my type of story at all, but i have to say it is godly work, and to say i want to write a story like this would be the biggest understatement ever stated. hypocritical much right? i physically can’t bring myself to read this kind of a story. (manipulation everywhere, human heart being corrupted here and there, trust being gained on false basis, and then being uncovered. a mastermind playing everyone. secrets everywhere. basically intrigue.) but i really want to write a story like this, and i think i can learn much from you. is there a way i can contact you my friend? i would love to get in touch with you.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Wow, thank you for the compliment!

      I’m quite curious why you would want to write a story you personally don’t like reading, but I guess you can elaborate when we make direct communication. You can PM me using my wordpress account or email/message me in my gmail account. I will message it to you.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thank you for your high praise! I’ll do my best in the coming volumes to try and be worthy of your words.

      Have you voted in the best girl poll yet? I’m curious about who you would pick.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      I’m glad you like it enough to donate! But your comments are more than enough motivation for me. I am extremely flattered by the thought, though.

      Really, thank you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

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  2. reihangimaden

    So this is a novel made by yourself huh? It’s very good man 😀
    I always want to try to write a story like this but it’s really hard…..good job anyway!
    I’ll wait for the next chapter for you to release XD

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it!

      About writing, just go ahead and start writing! Practice will only make you better. I remember the very first chapter of TDS. It was practically unreadable. It took many, many rewrites and the help of my awesome editor Kyle Tolray before things got to this level. Things will get easier as you get more experience. The learning process itself, including honing your vocabulary, style, and random knowledge, is very fun.

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      1. Armaell

        I’m back !
        So here is your download link : http://ebooks.armaell.fr/author-Kanda+Hikaru
        One link so I can manage the additions/corrections at anytime. Here are the epubs, plus pdf even though you already have it, but since I do it in the same time, there is no point to not re-add it.

        Now the question which is killing me… Man or Woman ? è_é since I quickly searched on the net and Kanda is gender-neutral graaah. Well not like it will change my life, but when you get a doubt, so hard to ignore xD

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      2. Armaell

        Then for not saying it, for the itch which will follow me each time I’ll your name, I’ll just hate you ahah. But ok, I’ll probably live with it.

        It’s my pleasure (truly), and I have to say, between doing the epub and writing the story, I have the easy job in many ways 🙂
        Thank you again !

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  3. Demize

    5/10 liked the story but i hate this kind of “kill everyone” close to the Mc, and forcing shit way overboard…and finally using some retarded shit like nail torture, you should know how that affects the psychologic capabilities and reason stands for the shitty NtR part gg wp

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Sorry the story didn’t match your preferences, but thanks for reading and the feedback anyway!

      The darker and vomit-inducing parts are intentional. They are designed to bother the person reading and add a sense of permanence and weight to ultimately “light” light novel stories.

      Unfortunately, those parts also deter many readers. About 1/4 of the readers drop the story by a certain infamous chapter in volume 2, and that’s understandable. As I writer, I decided to take that risk and accept the consequences.

      This gives me the chance to appreciate those who actually did stick to the story until the latest chapter. Thank you.

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      1. Demize

        It is indeed a pretty good story as i said but the turn from gray to full darker than black was too much, at first this was a good action/tragedy/comedy/romance but then ….boom just crashed exactly at the 2nd volume, but even after that i continued and finished the volume.

        Sadly the reason of droping this wasnt only that…it was the Mc being so….silly? I mean he doesnt “trust” his employer, yet there he goes again to suck up to her even after the super vol.3 plan to get him back….that was a mega fked up stunt…and truth being some people wouldnt be able to tolerate that kind of thing…i would just send her to fuck herself, and with that girl willing to sacrifice her own sister, nah just…..no….even if this have a happy ending it would feel pretty forced, unless this end full tragedy with the Mc death and maybe even Saya sadly…at least that would not feel forced…

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  4. Gingerbread_man

    I love this story so much that I basically stalk the site every day. 9/10 because nothings perfect, setting that aside tho I actually can’t think of anything to actually complain about…. anyway Great Job on the story, I look forward to the next chapter!

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  5. renzchiong

    Ok, so I’m re-reading the novels and I just noticed something. In Vol. 2 – Winter Storm, during Kai and Ageha’s conversation about how he is so petty and egoistic when it comes to cooking, did Kai just break the 4th Wall? The actual line was, “Honest to a fault. You could’ve used that touch of softness in your character you know? The reade-“.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Good eye. Yes she did. I added that to reference the typical 4th wall breaking that happens in a lot of light novels. There’s another one in the flashback chapter of the 4th volume.

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      1. Renan C

        Thanks. Well, I’ll continue on and be on the look out for that. Anyways, you’ve got a great novel going on. I really like how you make a good balance with the action, comedy, romance, and tragedy. Almost like a perfect Lemon Meringue Pie: fluffy at the first bite then a burst of zest in your mouth but smoothly subsides and ends it with an aftertaste that’ll make you want more, only to find out you finished a whole pie. So out with the 5th book already! Hahahaha! Just kidding. (>‿◠)✌ More power to you and thanks for all your hard work! ᕙ(^▿^-ᕙ)

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        1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

          That’s a very flattering, as well as appetizing, analogy. Thank you. It is comments like yours that make me think writing, while challenging and time-consuming, is completely worthwhile.

          Volume 5 is on the way. I just finished the draft for chapter 9, so the text is more than halfway done.

          I’m glad that the balance I’ve been trying to create and maintain so far was not lost in the actual text. I hope you keep reading (and enjoying) the story!

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  6. Demyu Teitoku

    Omg. This is a godly work. Haven’t read that much since the release of Overlord. Hahaha! Nearly dropped this LN because of the “dark” chapter on volume 2 but the show must go on. I don’t know how many times this LN broked my heart because of unexpected cliches but I’m truly grateful this LN got released.
    Thank you Author! ❤ I'm gonna start Vol 4 later xD

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks for reading!

      I’m not exactly sure what unexpected cliches mean, but I’ll take it as a compliment!

      The first chapter of Volume 5 is coming out hopefully next week, assuming I finish illustrating the cover page. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

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  7. mihai mihai

    can someone who read raws or something what happened to rin or ran(the non “cyborg girl” , im so fked up about that he left him after he “Loved”” him so much ….dunno just please if someone can tell what happened i really appreciate….thanks…

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Unfortunately, there are no raws. However, I can probably answer your question.

      Spoiler:





      Are you asking about Rin after she split up with Ageha? It should be covered in the 4th volume, which is already released.

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  8. LOTD

    Hello there, Kanda-san. I don’t know if you’re going to see this post, but I would like to ask your input on it, in any way. So here goes.

    I’ve just started reading your novel, and I would very much like to create a compilation/e-pub of the chapters. (Well, I’m creating it for my personal use in anyways.) I was wondering if you would like to take a look at it once I’m done with it. What I’ll be doing with it is compiling the various chapters into a single e-pub/pdf of each of the volumes. I’ll be doing some basic edits here and there as I find it necessary, and so forth.

    I’m working on it in my free time (of which there is, admittedly, not much), so I don’t know how fast I will be getting through it.

    I just though I’d give you a heads up and hear what you have to say about it. If you would like to talk to me about the whole idea/project, then feel free to email me.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      There are already PDFs for the completed volumes. As for the e-pubs, you’re welcome to create them as you will. I can try and take a look at them, but I don’t think I’ll be able to contribute anything outside of that.

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      1. LOTD

        Of course I don’t expect you to do mich, you have already done so much in the writing. It’s just a hobby of mine, and I prefer that the author/translator know that I’m doing what I’m doing.

        Keep up the good work. I’ll comment again when vol. 1 is finished.

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  9. ǝɔı

    Hello, I noticed that there were PDFs for the current four volumes on Baka-Tsuki, and decided to check them out. The quality of those PDFs aren’t really that great, but I’m not saying that they are bad either. So I thought that I should drop this link down here. It has the PDFs that I made a while ago. You could replace these with the ones over there if you want to.
    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7bU4m8I-QD2WXUzWF9xa2ZlX0E&usp=sharing
    PS: Ignore the ePUBs as they aren’t of a great quality.

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      1. ǝɔı

        What do you mean by that? The first three volumes were made on October, 2015. As for the fourth, that was done in December.
        If there are some things there were edited after December, I could just go ahead and remake them right now. It won’t take much of my time.
        Also, note that I used your website to make them, so I didn’t use the first volume that’s posted on Baka-Tsuki.

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          1. ǝɔı

            I used Libre Office and Adobe Acrobat. Libre Office for everything such as, inserting images, text, and what other things there are. Adobe Acrobat for modifying the images. Something like cropping them to remove the white borders that are on the image’s page.

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  10. lastorderblog

    Dear Hikaru Kanda,

    “The Devil’s Spice” is the best novel I have ever read.

    I would like to get your permission to translate your original light novel “The Devil’s Spice” and your fantasy web novel “Ensis Core” in to russian language, of course not for commercial purposes, but as an amateur translation and post it on a different free websites. It could serve as a promotion of your work in the russian-speaking countries.

    Naturally, I intend to leave a link to your original English translation and your webpage.

    In case you approve the translation if needed i could send you reports about the translation progress.

    Best regards

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  11. Kanda Hikaru Post author

    First of all, thanks for reading my works! I’m ecstatic from your praise.

    I’m completely fine with your translation project, provided you give credit to me as the author and, as you already mentioned, link to my sites. As a former translator from Japanese to English myself, I wouldn’t dream of stopping you from sharing my stories. This is actually very exciting for me because someone actually likes my work enough to go through the challenging process of translation. Again, thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to follow both stories until the end!

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    1. lastorderblog

      Thank you that you have allowed my translation of your web novel. I suppose i will translate one ore two chapters a week. At the moment I have already translated up to the third chapter of the first volume of “The Devil’s Spice” (You could find it here: http://tl.rulate.ru/book/458). I think, in two or so weeks I will begin the translation of the first volume of “Ensis Core”. Supposedly the translation of the first two volumes will take about three months. My e-mail address: killgore1979@yandex.ru

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks for reading!

      No, this novel is not being tled, but it is still being written. This is originally in English, after all. Fate Go and God Eater have been eating up my time recently, but both have almost reached a good stopping/relaxing point. Volume 6 progress should shoot up in the coming days.

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      1. Lincoln Nguyen

        I see~ Well, I’m on volume 4 right now and I have to say . . . the pictures you drew are getting so much better! TBH, while reading the first few volumes the pictures made me feel uncomfortable, but the picture of Tsubasa convinced that you could be a real light novel artist haha. How’d you learn to draw? Do you use palmie? How long have you been drawing? Thanks for answering!

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        1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

          I just drew on paper and took a picture with an old canon digicam. Then I used Photoshop to do the rest.

          I learned to draw by practicing hard at it. I don’t have the talent most artists do. I compensate by learning PS tricks and sheer hard work.

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  12. Janus

    Having a blast reading this, though I do find the whole ntr thing going on in vol 5 a tad bit irritating. There’s a reason in NU this is labelled a harem. Another gripe being that the mc seems to be suprised at a lot of things considering his role is an assasin though that might just be my bias. Otherwise great novel and easily re-readable.

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  13. 8000locks

    Hey there.
    I tried posting an extensive review of the whole series a couple of days ago, but my post is still not showing up. Is it because posts need the author’s approval before appearing or because it was too long (~ 3 pages)? If it’s the latter, are you interested in recieving it some other way?

    8000locks

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      1. 8000locks

        That’s weird.
        I just tried posting it again, but I only got an error (Seems you tried posting the same comment before, still waiting for a approval), so I sent it via mail 🙂

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        1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

          -Spoiler Warning-

          (To other readers, please read his actual review below this before reading this reply)

          I just read your review, and first of all, I wanted to say a big thank you for taking the time and putting such effort into commenting on my work. I am extremely flattered. I do not think I have ever written such a long review of anything myself, so I understand the value of your words.

          I highly appreciate the constructive criticism. While pure positive comments feel good, reviews with a certain spice, though hard to swallow, leave a deeper impression on the palate and memory. It is not an exaggeration to say you have rekindled my desire to write again. Fortunately, real life has slowed down recently, so I will finally be able to get back to the keyboard and hammer chapters out.

          I agree with most of your comments about the over the top parts, especially in volume 5. It has always been my style to have ridiculously wacky elements in a backdrop of utter despair, like Kaika and Arashi’s puppet show. Volume 5 probably seemed especially wacky because of how very “light” it was compared to the previous volumes wherein so much was lost by all parties. …There is a reason for that. Volume 5 is sort of a setup episode. Like they say, there must always be a peak before a fall. Things will get back on track with volume 6.

          Ageha’s powerups are necessary for him to be a realistic opponent to the remote robot. There will be more of him demolishing fodder in the coming novels, but there will also be a lot of the tactics and traps TDS is known for. To add, his berserker mode is hardly without side effects, including long term ones. As always, Ageha is chipping away at his life for power.

          I have to disagree with the retconning of the character personalities. I consider those changes and surprising decisions as character growth instead. Unlike most light novels, events in TDS occur over a period of months per volume. That gives them a lot of time to think about their values and maybe tweak them in light of gritty reality. That has always been a recurring theme in TDS. That said, I really appreciate your attention to detail that this facet of the story was not missed. I love these kinds of commentary.

          I also intentionally add elements that subvert the common harem tropes, such as the indecisive protagonist or open endings. I will not elaborate to avoid spoiling readers too much, but I am sure you know what I mean.

          Again, thank you for the lengthy review. Please continue reading the story when I manage to churn them out again. I hope more readers would give such detailed feedback. Readers like you are a treasure to budding writers, which at the risk of sounding arrogant, I consider myself as.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      This is 8000locks’s review.

      -Spoiler Alert-

      Hello there, Mr./Ms. Hikaru (Mr./Ms. Kanda?) 😀
      I decided to pick up this series on a whim after coming across the entry on Baka-Tsuki, as I was running out of reading material. I wasn’t really expecting all that much to be honest, I was just bored and needed something to tide me over for a bit, preferably for the next weeks or so.

      I read all five books over the course of two days.
      Usually, that’s a pretty accurate indicator for good to excellent writing quality for me. More often than not, I abandon a series after the first book (or even the first half) due to a combination of horrible grammar, an unstructured mess of a plot, two dimensional characters, overused clichés, wooden dialogue or the author getting himself off on his pretentious style.
      So I thought I’d drop off a comment complimenting you on your work and giving some constructive criticism. As somebody dabbling in writing myself, I always felt frustrated with a lack of feedback, especially for lesser known series. Most of the time, even the comments given are one- or two-liners asking why their best girl is not winning the harem war or something along the lines of “keep up the good work”. Nothing wrong with that, I just always felt like more detailed feedback would show that one really was invested in the story and help the author improve in future works and ultimately benefit the readers that way. Because I think you really have the potential, I thought I’d try giving an in-depth view about what I really liked and what I think you could improve.

      Because a lot of this is just my personal opinion on storytelling and if you are already satisfied with the way you write, feel free to ignore my babbling and just take the compliment that this series got into my top ten light novels series on the first read through (out of >60 that I read or at least started).

      What I really like:
      -Your dialogue is really good. At it’s best, your writing has some of the best banter between characters I’v read in light novels alongside the likes of the Monogatari Series and OregaIru (Keep in mind I’m talking about the englisch translations as I don’t speak Japanese). It flows smoothly for the most part and rarely feels artifical, no matter which characters are involved in a particular scene. Also, you have a good grasp on subtelty and manage to convey important information and nuances in character speech without being heavy handed for the most part (more about the prose later).
      -Your spelling and grammar are top notch for a webnovel. I found a few mistakes here and there, but it never took from the reading experience.
      -Your characters. They are one of the best points about your writing. They are original, interesting and distinctly different from each other. Most of the time, the actions and the progression of the story feel in character and there was only a few instances I remember right now, where I definetly felt that a character’s actions felt forced for the sake of the plot (SPOILER: e.g. Saya deciding she was ok with an open relationship seemingly out of nowhere within two chapters; “retconning” what the real problem between Saya and Kaika was between Volume 4 and 5 and the idealistic Mashiro doing an 180 on working with Kaika and accepting the murderer Ageha SPOILER END)
      -Plot Structure aka Plot twists from hell. Damn. You just keep throwing out turns in the story that I didn’t expect. Most of the time, I’m able to predict the general idea of where the story is supposed to be going, but you regularly throw me off balance with a surprising twist and then again…WITHIN THE SAME CHAPTER. It definetly feels like you have a good outline for the plot progression and pacing, not only within a book but over the entire series.
      -The Atmosphere. I feel like you manage to strike a perfect balance between lighthearted moments and really dark shit most of the time, especially in Volumes 2-4. The humor and everyday interactions between those characters while showing their soft sides allow me to sympathize with what essentially comes down to monsters. That makes character deaths, Ageha losing himself little by little or Kaika turning away from redemption again and again that much more heartbreaking. However I think you need to activley watch out not to go over the top -in either direction- not avoid turning those characters into caricatures of themselves going forward. This is a trend that I notice in a lot of fiction, even from published authors and TV Shows (This thing you notice, where with every passing season the characters are reduced more and more from “real” human beings to a platform for the same two or three plot functions). I noticed it a bit in books 4 & 5 where some of the comedic “events” felt a bit forced and over the top (SPOILER e.g. the cosplay birthday party or the “every anime needs a swimsuit event” SPOILER END) and Kaika withholding information from Ageha, stressing again and again and again that she only uses people just because…Kaika (SPOILER: I thought the bench scene in book four where Kaika says that this was the last lie she would ever tell him was really powerful. Of course I’m not against breaking the promise for powerful emotional impact in the future, but having her thinking about doing so practically a second later at the first upcoming opportunity felt a bit cheap SPOILER END)

      TL;DR Part 1: I feel that you are at your best when writing serious stories with the perfect mixture between “natural” humor and the really dark moments without going over the top. That’s also mostly the reason why I didn’t really get into your second story Ensiscore. At least the first volume felt too much like a slapstick comedy for me. Of course, that’s just personal preference.

      What I feel mostly neutral about:
      -Action Scenes. This is really just me, but I really have no interest in pages and pages of action scenes. Freeza-and-Son-Goku-fighting-for-500-Episodes-without-progressing-the-plot-style. I mostly just skip through to the interesting parts. Your action scenes are concise and reduced to the important stuff, so that I feel I can read through them without getting bored. However, I have to agree with another commenter, that in Volume 5, things start to feel more like giant roboter fights explosion after explosion without any real impact. (SPOILER: I thought the the idea of the upgraded Ageha with overload and killer drugs was kind of wasted by basically turning him into Berserker-Shinji from Evangelion killing an army of soldiers without any lasting side effects SPOILER END)

      What I think could be better:
      -The things I already mention in the good and neutral sections (I know, I’m terrible)
      -The Prose aka Third Person narration. I noticed that you have a tendency to sometimes justify or explain character motivation that the characters themselves are not necessarily aware of as part of the prose during the regular third-person-perspective. (Something along the lines of “Arashi didn’t feel that her actions were irregular, because as a small child, her dad never taught her about that emotion, etc.). This feels out of place and forced. As I wrote earlier, you have a really good grasp on character dialogue and subetelty, so I really don’t think that you need to resort to something as heavy handed as that. “Show, don’t tell”, as my annoying English Teacher used to say… 😀
      -As you can probably infer, I think that Volume 1 had a few rough edges, Volumes 2-4 are the high point of the series and Volume 5 falls a bit short. While I could appreciate the theme of idealist vs broken idealist, I thought the story wasn’t quite as consistent as in the previous books and I agree with some of what another commenter already wrote (Lincoln Nguyen). Sadly, I’m better at the editing part than the creative drafting part, so I can’t exactly give you any pointers on what to watch out for. But if this view is the conscensus among your readership, maybe this helps to give you an orientation on where to go next?

      TL;DR Part 2: Volumes 2 to 4 are the best IMO. That doesn’t mean I think Volume 5 is a bad book. This looks like a really long list of complains, but as I said I really, really liked this series. I believe taking three hours to write this goddamned book of a comment shows that I’m invested. 😀
      Hopefully, this was at least a bit helpful to you. 🙂

      Have a nice day,
      8000locks

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