by EO Tenkey
You've all heard the story before: boy gets hit by a truck in the prime of his life. Boy is given a second chance in the world of his favorite video game. Boy meets voluptuous girl and really hits it off. Boy faithfully serves as girl's cosmetic companion animal.
…wait, what? Run that last one by me again? I'm a what now?
...Aw, flick. This isn't what I signed up for!
Hey there, E.O. Tenkey here! Thank you for checking out my second serialized work here on Royal Road (the first being My Life is not a Manga, or maybe...). We'll be playing things a bit straighter this time around (no genre swaps, I promise!), but, well...not that straight. Here's what you're getting yourself into:
• No profanity (technically)!
• A new chapter every Wednesday (I'll let you know ahead of time if I'm going to miss a week)!
• A complete story (I finish what I start)!
• WHO'S A FUZZY-WUZZY LI'L GUY? YOU ARE! YES, YOU ARE!
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I can't speak for the sort of audience that enjoys mundane happenstance, but I have a recommendation for anyone who reads stories to experience intriguing plots. Read up until you can't possibly bear it any longer, then skip to chapter 12. That's the chapter where the main character starts to be allowed to have quantifiable agency, and the chapters up until that point will serve as background on the story so far; the story's not so complicated that you'll be all that lost as to what's going on.
Past that, the premise is better thought out than you'd think going in, the characters are okay, and the chapters are short enough that the simplicity of the story doesn't start to weight on you. I'm more invested in what's going to happen next with this story than some others I read on this site with supposedly higher stakes.
So, there's only nine chapters, which isn't much to go off of, but I'm not some sort of professional reviewer anyway, so whatever. Anyway, I like the story. Our main character is, like the description states, a familiar. He's dragged around by his clueless master while he rages against the world for multiple reasons, both because of his familiar-state and his inability to tell his master how stupid everything she's doing is. It's hilarious, and I love it. There isn't really any plot, but I don't think this story is going for that sort of epic adventure anyway, so I don't mind. I'll update this when there's more chapters, but so far, I like it!
Reviewed after Chapter 21.
Being essentially a MacGuffin character should suck for the MC, but even a few bits of agency makes it quite an interesting position and thus viewpoint to read. The mix of human, machine, and 'divine' agency in the background is promising. I'm lookign forwards to reading more.