A Glance Review…
The premise for the story is super interesting and uncommon in the typical isekai genre. Creative Thinking is all I Have utilizes its unique concept by making many references to different anime, games, and other popular media in order to relate with the plight of our protagonist. While these easter eggs are pretty fun to spot, the novelty of a gender-bend isekai adventure lies within the main characters’ changes over the course of the first few chapters in which… many things seem to occur all at once.
The writing style takes a close perspective narrative on the main character who’s identity has drastically changed over the course of two chapters. What is difficult about the portrayal of genderbend novels is the female/male ‘brain’ or ‘ego’ and I can appreciate this story’s attempt at diversifying the isekai genre with challenging concepts. I say this because it’s clear that there’s a lot of confusion going on within the first few chapters about the ‘gender’ of the character such as whether or not Satoru should be referred to as a man or as the woman he’s been reborn into, Orisa. Along with a few other shenanigans such as sexual content, or ecchi moments, that really delve into the whole 'identity crisis.' The ongoing gender issue is somewhat sidelined when things get bloody and we have life and death stakes in play with the sudden introduction of ‘how to use this world’s magic system,’ which appears to be a combination of incantation, spellbooks, body art and possibly more.
The author really delivers the story’s premise in a unique way, which can be rewarding to readers who want to tackle worldly issues while enjoying an isekai story.
At its core, the story shows promise of action, romance, magic and everything that comes with it.
Illusion/Core begins with a rather cliche scene: cute girls x hot boys in school and they're all good at something, be it reading emotions, magical prowess, or blushy blush flirting. Well, all my checks for a supernatural YA Fantasy are ticked off, so sign me up.
While at first, I'm totally into it for the potential romances, the writing is very intuitive in guiding the readers through the world of Illusion/Core. In one way, you could say the writing works well in interacting with readers in guessing what happens next, learning about the world and its characters, and basically identifying ourselves with the female lead and wondering what she'll do next.
Currently, up to Part 4 - Black Smoke, Illusion/Core is still in its infancy in terms of story and has room to grow. For now, it's about the female MC struggling with her powers. Beyond that, maybe a love triangle on the horizons? It's difficult to gauge where the protagonist will eventually lead us, but I believe there's more to come.
As of Book 1, the story seems about to take off with conspiracies in motion, and the first conclusion to a fierce battle.
There are almost no issues with grammar or style. Except that the narrative focus isn’t solely on Kai and can jump perspectives depending on the story the author wants to tell. And sometimes these perspectives can be interesting, but other times it can be distracting from the main plight.
Also, many of the comments have picked up convenient plot devices and character interactions that felt forced, which I can somewhat agree.
My suggestion is to listen to the readers. There’s a good plot in here, good ideas, and easy to understand character motivations. I can also tell that the author is very passionate about this world he/she’s created.
There’s little confusion as to what’s happening, so I can see Sylph Resurgence as an easy and enjoyable read.
This story was super fun to explore, I finished it within two days. It was that good.
The beginning felt cute and fluffy with the various character interactions, which made me feel all tingly inside. But that took a nosedive after the unforeseen betrayals and jarring changes in character personalities about halfway through the book, which my character & story score reflects. I also have the say the presence of dragons wasn't very 'strong,' they kind of became non-existant halfway through and then came back near the end. I missed Grimmy lol.
Other tidbits I thought could be improved upon were the actual fantasy elements such as the spells, powers, or abilities of the various main leads. I think more organization might've helped into the world building and just overall story development. A few more details would go a long way.
Props to the writing. Humor, to me, is very hard to portray especially when it becomes an objective. But, I think it flowed very well in this story due to having very odd situations and odd characters come together.