The island nation of Yashima is in chaos. Armies march to war, pitting cousin against cousin in the fight for power. Sword saints hone their craft in battle, growing more deadly even as the tide of muskets flooding the country make the average soldier ever more dangerous.
One woman towers over the era. Known as the blood-soaked flower of the battlefield, it is said that to see her is to risk madness. To fight her is to die. Some even say she draws her power from the blood of vanquished foes.
Listening to the rumors, I can't help but feel that my plan to secure a comfortable administrative post has somehow gone awry.
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The author has written a very well done Youjo Senki story and this follows in the same mold.
The basic premise is that the main character Hana has the classic case of misunderstanding syndrome. Overestimating peoples general compentance which leads to misunderstandings.
Equally her attempts to impress other people while not realising she has far eclipsed them in skill leads to other characters misinterpreting her intentions. for example believing she is blood thirsty while in reality she just wants to show her competance in order to get a nice cushy office job.
Now the problem with the premise and where Hana differs from Tanya is that Hana has been portrayed as having no real stake in any political or social circumstances. She has trouble understanding basic human emotions to a degree and is quite happy in her own little bubble.
What this means is that it seems she has no incentive to be an active fore in the story and is more passive in nature. While Tanya had clear goals and attempted to influence events to that degree.
This could be a problem later in the story if it is not addressed, however it is still early days and or the most part I like what has been written. I do have faith in the author based on their previous stories.
One suggestion I would have is to combine the chapters together, rather than release a 2k chapter every day release a 5k chapter every three days or so. The current length feels unsatisfying to read if you have not banked multiple chapters as individually not much happens per chapter so far.
If you enjoy Jacobk's writing, you will probably enjoy this.
In Yashima Chronicles, Jacobk returns to the matter-of-fact narrator and misunderstanding comedy. The system is interesting but kept a minor part of the story, which I think is for the best. This story also contains mysticism rather than number crunching and abilities or perks, which I'm always a fan of.
All of the best parts of this story so far are character interactions; the group member, the trickster, and to some extent the swordsman. My greatest concern, however, is the handling of the friend and the mother.
The mother and friend relationships are mostly timeskipped over, and the protagonist is emotionally distant to them. It's unfortunately a bit of a catch 22 that the nature of the protagonist's neurodivergence makes it difficult for the narrative to explore that neurodivergence.
I really hope that the main character continues to be forced to actually talk to people, and that her difficulties are explored in ways like in chapter 1 and 2, rather than just being played for laughs. That has already been done half to death, anyway.
Overall, read the start. The story is well written anyway, so at worst it will start to drag a little between the good scenes.
The path for a cushy desk job start again and I am sure would bring us a big quantity of glorious misunderstandings.
Really good story, i love to see how the misunderstandings change how Hana perceives and is perceived by the world and the people around her.
It is very well written as most of jacobk's stories and the only thing similar to this would be youjo senki and jacobk's fanfic aywpr, so if you like any of those you will like this without doubt.
I really like the setting being an important part of the sory, i hope the author can humanize the "historic" figures who appear and don't go full meme about it because i would really like to see how they interact with Hana.
There aren't a lot of characters right now but the story have only begin , i hope in the future we will see a good quantity of well written characters.
It's not a story about a girl rising to power and gaining new skills but a story about the interaction between Hana and the world
So even with only 11 chapters i would risk myself and said this is a 5 stars story, obviously that being only my subjective opinion.
I like JacobK, and I like Youjo Senki inspired fiction (which this is), but I have some serious misgivings about the direction that this plot is going. Part of the fun around OP protagonists is seeing interesting fights, or having them be matched by other OP villains. In this, I feel like there is no end goal, and the MC will never be challenged.
The main issue I am having is that the main character has a cheatlike system, which they use to train and gain power until she is a teenager, at which point she tries to join the army. In order to prove that she should be allowed to join, she cuts a bullet out of the air and easily defeats the most powerful magical swordmaster in the kingdom, and a leading candidate for most powerful in the land. After this, what more is there to do? Her growth is unparalleled, and soon not even that particular swordmaster would be able to stand up to her. Overpowered characters are a staple in fiction, but this just seems cheap. It's chapter 10!
In addition to that, she is actively cold and doesn't care about the social scene or other people, so it is unlikely that this could be a comedic slice of life story either. I am hopeful that JacobK can pull this story off, but until then my review remains low.
So I've read another work by jacobk that I really enjoyed, and hoped for more from this one. But I'm kinda dissappointed.
The overall premise of a sociopathic economic minmaxer hit by truck kun and isekai'd to magical historical Japan to become a super-OP soldier seems like a comedy setup, but then this book takes itself way too seriously without any of the narrative/plot weight to make the comedy setup work as even a semi-serious read. It's very tropey with no self awareness.
The grammar and writing are overall good, but I find the MC and plot throughly annoying.
When someone is all IQ and no EQ you get some very humorous interactions and the author taps into this very well. The story is very reminiscent of Saga of Tonya the Evil which for me is a huge plus but may not be so for everyone.
The main character is op, the main character has flaws, the story is Very well written, you should absolutely give it a read!
The story is a Tanya type character that gains through misunderstanding falling upwards.
While there are parts I don't like such as the contrived system of the gamer it was nicely sidestepped in story so I will suspend judgment.
All in all a fine story.
The fact jacobk writes such fantastic works is the main reason I'm giving this a chance.
We are invited to watch and laugh as a high-functioning magic sociopath attempts to remake medieval Japan into a capitalist hellscape to make Andrew Ryan weep.
I'm putting this in the worst possible light for comedic effect, it's actually pretty good. Whether it's funny or not remains to be seen, from the summary it seems like the humor is contextual and we just haven't far enough into the story for the funny stuff to happen yet.
The prose is good, no grammar errors that I noticed.
I've noticed a lot of amature (that is, self-published stories not being sold for money) stories have an issue where they lack something I've started to think to myself as 'weight' for lack of anything better better to call it. Stories that lack weight tend to be be light and flighty, moving from one scene to another without proper context. These stories also tend to rely of telling over showing. They feel like they could change genres in a matter of chapters. They have nothing holding them close to the ground. Beyond the lack of experience, I think this problem mostly happens when there's insufficient world building and context for the story.
This story does not have that problem. The story has been a little light so far but we've basically just finished an extended prologue so I expect the story to move into it's first real arc soon and we'll see how it does then.
In summary, what's here is good and the story definitely has potential so I'm excited to see where it goes from here.
I must say I'm a little biased because I like so far the work of Jacobk but that's once again a start of a great story. I am fortunate to read ahead at Patreon we will see how the story develops further along. Like "heart of cultivation" it's an Asian setting but this time in Japan, which is something to get used to.
This seems like a self-conscious take on the isekai genre: will probably reference a lot of different titles tongue-in-cheek. MC isn't Tanya the Evil, but clearly inspired by her. Oda Nobunaga is the historical character that 3 different isekai manga I've read orbit around, and is the case here too.
The litRPG elements are a bit jarring and out of place at first, but woven back in well. Good start, can't wait to see where it goes.