Five Year Plan: Traps, traps, traps...

Toc toc, Kadi here.

No, not a release this time. I'll be working on that, I really will, but no. It's about WN reviews.

In the past. people have asked for "stories similar to Alice Tale", and I could only say "Yeah, there are none". I still don't know any, but there are other good stories out there where the male protagonist ends up with a female body. Or at least readable ones. And little-known web novels that I find interesting. So my latest stupid idea was that I might as well review some.

Therefore, here are the corner points:

  1. Reviewing something doesn't mean I'll translate it. You know better than I do that my plate is more than full with Alice Tale.
  2. Reviewing should not slow down translations (further). I can read anywhere, any time, but translation eats up mental reserves.
  3. I'm accepting suggestions. Email me under kadi@krytykal.org, subject: "WN Suggestion - *title*", and add a link to the WN in the mail's body. A little description and/or reason why you think I would review it will help draw my interest. I don't promise to review every story suggested, I won't even have time to properly read many of them, but knowing about more stories helps. Somehow. I'm sure.
  4. At first, I intend to focus on genderbender-themed stories, so send me suggestions for those. I'll probably start with the ones I like, worse ones and other genres coming later.
  5. Only stories appropriate for minors. I know of the adult-only sections of syosetu/narou. I know there are genderbender-themed stories in there. I know there are good stories in there. None of that will be discussed on the blog.
  6. No light novel reviews from me, not over the course of this series of posts. Trappy or not, don't bother suggesting them, it would be too much work. Hell, I haven't managed to read "I am a tutor in my sister's dress" for my own enjoyment, so there's that. (No, no visual novels with trap protagonists, either, although I remember two enjoyable ones)

 

... that's about all that's coming to mind at the moment. The first review should go up over the next few days. *drops dead* (go away, Vic)

 

So far!

——Kadi

 

P.S.: All WN suggestions in the comments will be deleted or crippled with much prejudice. There's a reason I want them via mail, and with their subject lines formatted like that.

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18 thoughts on “Five Year Plan: Traps, traps, traps...

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  1. FlameStrike

    This is a good idea Kadi! Introduce us to more potential fluffyness or hte likes hahaha. There are a few genderswap stories that are KIND of like Alice Tale, but not really. I'd love to see some reviews of similar stories though.

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    1. KadiKadi Post author

      I'll do my best, but Alice-grade fluff(TM) is rare. I know a few more good stories, but far from enough... Just the other day, I quickly skimmed over oniichanyamete's blog (I hadn't before) and found "Gomen ne, Onii-sama" which was right in the middle of my strike zone... except for the end which was a bit too much for the author's skills. The first 2/3 are excellent, though, and it's a very good story still... and the reason the first review wasn't finished last night. Anyhow, once I run out of trappy material, I'll probably review that, too. BUT I NEED MOAR! HALP MEHHHH!

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  2. Plastic Ruler Breaker

    Hello please translate Only Sense Online please I'm cripple me sempoi <3

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    1. victorrama

      ....... If krytyk sees this he will unsheathe hia hatchet and transform into jason.

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  3. victorrama

    /me sticks close to Kadi wherever he goes.
    You know that it is rude to especially exclude me :'(
    Have fun reviewing kadi~~

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  4. Tuna

    If people are looking for similar (e.g. female protagonist/reincarnated into a female) WN/LNs. Oniichanyamete's blog pretty much focuses solely on those.

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    1. KadiKadi Post author

      Tilea's Worries aside, they seem to have no genderbender stories there, though? And otherworld stories in general are so common it's actually sad...

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      1. Sonoda YukiSonoda Yuki

        Says the pot. Well, it is true that he focuses mostly on female protagonists, not GenderSwaps.

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        1. AoriiAorii

          I think Kadi mostly likes Alice Tale for the fluffiness mood, not because of any particularly interesting 'otherworld' storyboarding.
          Overall, I'd agree that 'otherworld' LN/WNs are boring, mostly because Japanese writers apparently cannot worldbuild worth a copper.
          There are occasional geniuses though~

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          1. FlameStrike

            LNs and WNs tend to not have great World Building lol. Of course there are exceptions, but a lot of them ride on characters and situations. There are too many "Highschool kids get super powers, go to special school, and fight magic monsters that appeared just because."