I know they only have the censored version available for streaming on HBO MAX, but for those of you subscribed to HBO MAX please show your support for the series and stream Shinmai on it. Hopefully crunchyroll eventually sends them the uncensored version and OVA’s.
I’m not sure why aggregators feel the need to post something that’s clearly missing the ending. Some people must really need all that money from web traffic and ad revenue. I guess not everybody has the means to keep their websites completely ad free.
That’s enough shade from me. Anyways moving on, enjoy volume 12 as it was originally intended to be enjoyed. For those of you that enjoy fights you’ll be disappointed since there isn’t actually any fighting. However you do get to learn in detail about what exactly lead to Basara being able to defeat Shiba. Volume 11 is written as if it was an evenly matched battle. But during Chisato and Shiba’s conversation in the epilogue, readers learn that wasn’t exactly the case. Volume 12 goes into detail as to why Shiba lost. Chisato also gets to follow through on her parting words to Shiba back in volume 10 that “her feelings would be what defeats him”.
Had Chisato’s vow been included in volume 11 it would have ruined the tension between Basara and Shiba’s battle and it would have also spoiled the pregnancy bombshell during the epilogue. So looking back Uesu made a smart move to place it in volume 12 instead.
Plot points introduced in volume 11’s epilogue properly get addressed. In chapter 2, we get to see the progress Basara has made with regards to the new alliance as well as the challenges that have come along with it. We also get an update on Jin and the progress he’s making in the Divine Realm.
For those of you that like fanservice you won’t be disappointed. According to Uesu the editing process for volume 12 was “entertaining”. There’s a bunch of sex this volume, but there’s a purpose behind it. The characters aren’t having sex for the sake of having sex. The girls in their own way are trying to help Celis come to a decision on how she wants to live her life and whether or not she has the resolve to live her life like the other girls.
My favorite moment in the volume is actually the conversation Basara and Chisato’s conversation with Celis right before the start of the vows for that night. It was nice to seeing Basara take words of wisdom that helped him become the best version of himself and what drives him to be who he is, and impart them on Celis who was clearly struggling with finding the resolve to be true to herself.
One point Uesu really tried to drive home was how throughout the entire series Basara has never asked for the contracts and even the vow in the climax of the series. It’s also been something that the girls asked of him. The way Uesu handled the rings was well done. Basara got to be the one to vow to Mio (and by extension the other girls) that he’s going to love all of them forever. Basara deserves bonus points for the way he hid the box of rings before hand. Other harem MC’s might want to take notes on how to be romantic.
So if this was really the ending to things then Uesu yet again provided yet another satisfying ending. However in the Afterword, he actually apologizes for not releasing the Jin story set in the divine realm alongside volume 12. He says it wouldn’t have fit and fans will basically just have to look forward to another volume. He ends by telling fans to stick with him and look forward to the real final volume of the series.
When you have over 1200 donors it gets hard to keep everything locked in the zero dimension. The version of volume 11 currently making the rounds on LN aggregator sites is a draft version that never went through the final editing process (it’s also missing some cool things along with the afterword). Just because something is finished doesn’t mean it’s necessarily ready for public consumption. So the context and meaning of certain things are different. Anyways enjoy the volume as it was originally intended to be consumed.
I kinda just wanted to post a picture of Vasaline but that would be doing volume 11 a disservice. The twin pillars of Uesu’s writing are entertaining service scenes and entertaining action scenes. Whether you’re reading the lewds, the battles, the politics, or even the mundane slice of life stuff it’s difficult to find yourself bored. Uesu was able to give all of the characters a chance in the lime light to show their stuff. I really like the way that Uesu brings everything full circle with Banishing Shift, Basara’s original sin, and a very specific lesson taught to him by a certain goddess all come together at a specific point in the volume.
As I tell people all the time. Volume 11 is the perfect anime ending for the series. Outside of the two bombshells that Uesu drops. Everything else is wrapped up in a satisfying way. I hope other authors take some notes because this is how you write a true harem ending.
I wanted to switch things up a bit and give you guys something new following my informative April fools. Since it’s still Thursday here I decided to go with the prologue to Yarisugita aka Overdone. Anyways I for one think it’s a unique spin on the whole Isekai craze. Since we’re still under quarantine I’ve been getting back into it especially since one of our is currently working on it. I’ll probably add more onto this post later tonight.
We lost a good one folks. Dude voiced some great anime characters and the best 2D dad ever. If S3 happens his successor will have some pretty big shoes to fill. I might have to look through some of my BD extra material, because I vaguely remember reading one of Uesu’s interview’s where he visited the studio when they were doing the voices . I’m pretty sure Uesu tells a story about either Sugita or Keiji Fujiwara.
I’m sorry but I couldn’t resist lol
So you made it to the end of SWEET and can fully appreciate what Basara and company are fighting for and the sacrifices made in the pursuit of that. Keep the part where Basara is thinking in the back of your head going forward when reading the upcoming releases.
Anyways I hope everyone is holding strong in the midst of COVID-19 running rampant around the world. Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask if you leave your house, and practice proper social distancing.
The Secrets of a Certain Competent Maid focuses on Lucia, eroge, the way she views the human world, as well as her relationship with her mother and sister. I’ve personally always liked her because of how different she is compared with Maria and Sheila. There’s this certain in series eroge title that appeared in the beginning of the series actually gets played in this chapter. Lucia has some fairly strong feelings regarding it. I’ll just say keep that in mind for when it pops back up again.
Anyways just a little bit of housekeeping. I will be spending the majority of the day traveling. So in the event you email me and I don’t respond within 2 minutes of receiving your email it’s most likely because I’m in the air.
So have a good one folks and remember to wash your hands so you don’t get Coronavirus!
Succubus Oriental answers the question of what would it be like to go on a date with Maria. Of course everything doesn’t go according to Maria’s plan. It does an interesting job with regards to contrasting the culture of the human world and demon realm when it comes to art, and it further explores the lens through which succubus view the human world. There’s some really good wholesome moments and Maria gets a bit of depth added to her that directly ties into her vow.
Overdone Volume 3 released earlier today on Bookwalker. It will be released on amazon and other platforms February 3rd. I’m in the middle of doing a bunch of formatting for Shinmai related stuff so I haven’t had the opportunity to look at much of it yet. My curiosity did get the better of me and the ending of the volume is wild. If Gohands ends up making an anime and they adapt the first 3 volumes it’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the cliffhanger ending.
Translation will most likely be starting in February btw.