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- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: J-Novel Club (December 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M5BIOCY
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I have many problems with this novel.
The first problem is Yukihime. As you can tell by my synopsis, Yukihime is both a student and the headmistress of Star Gate Academy. Can you say conflict of interest? Oh, and she's the only S-rank sorcerer on Earth, making her the most powerful person on the planet (and her position as headmistress makes her leader of Earth's sorcerer). The author might as well had named her Mary Sue. It just suspend disbelief that a teenager would hold so much power. The author should had either made her a class/school representative and/or made her an A-rank. Having someone as powerful as her makes the majority of fights against her forgone conclusions. And, of course, the main villain is the only one to defeat her, leaving it to Kurono to save the day.
My second problem is the protagonist, Kurono. We spend the majority of time in his head and, well, he's a pervert with a sister-complex. Seriously, for the first 30% of the story, thinks of and make comments about his sister's breasts. It's uncomfortable, though it does get dropped once the main conflict starts 30% of the way into the novel (though there is one time it shows up past that point). Plus he's supposed to be a G-rank sorcerer, but it comes off as an informed flaw. G-ranks are supposed to be so limited in the amount of magic that is stored in their bodies that they can barely do any kinds of magic. Granted, Kurono uses weapons to augment his magic, but we also get mention of him being at or near his limit a few times during fights yet it doesn't come into play. It's more telling the reader than showing them. Also, what we learn about Towa's power and the incident concerning their parents' murder, Kurono should be a higher rank.
My third problem is the pacing. The first 30% of the story fall into various patterns of slice-of-life, exposition, and battle. I understand it's to world-build and get the reader to settle into the story before kicking off the main conflict, but it was just dull. The remaining portion does take out the slice-of-life portions, actually improving the pacing, but the battles did start to drag near the end and I actually thought of the Namak arc from Dragon Ball.
My fourth problem is the handling of the villains. The villains have legitimate reasons for their actions. However, they still come off as two-dimensional. Khaos Schwartz, the world that is at odds with Earth in the story is constantly at war with the other worlds, the portal to it is black, all citizens that we see wear black, their most powerful sorcerers are part of a group based on the seven deadly sins, and the world's name contains begins with Khaos. Why give the villains justifiable reasons for their actions but do everything in your power to give them traits that are cliche villain traits? It's counterproductive to what the author is trying to do.
My final problem is the adding of star and otherworld to everything. Star sorcery, star circles, Otherworld City, First and Second Otherworld wars, Star Gate Academy, etc. It's all so dull and unimaginable. For Pete's sake, the name of the five worlds are more varied and imaginable than this.
However, while the story greatly annoy me, it does have some good points. The fight scenes are very well done, if shonen in nature. Kurono's element is time instead of the common fire that one would expect a main character to use. As mentioned before the villains have justifiable reasons for their actions, even if they still come off as two-dimensional. Oh, and it is a one-shot.
Overall, Brave Chronicles is an okay novel that feels like it is checking off a check list of anime tropes than actually using and building off of said tropes to make something new. It suffers from heavy exposition and cases of telling, not showing the reader. Had the story not gotten better after the first 30% of the book, I would had given it two stars. In the end, it really feels like your run-of-the-mill shonen story.
P.S Twice I mentioned that the novel is a one-shot. In the afterword the author expresses hope for a second volume, even though the majority of the plot threads were resolved by the end. Considering it has been a few years since the novel was originally released in Japan and no word of a second volume since means that the series was not picked up. Also, the founder of J-Novel Club mentioned either on their forums or reddit that most novels that win the contest this novel won are rarely picked up as series, explaining why the novel ends on a somewhat rushed, stand-alone ending.
Brave Chronicle was on my list because I was kinda curious about it. Ok, I'll be honest. I just wanted to see if this one will be another Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War) or something like this with the school battle comedy with otherwordly invaders. I was quite surprised that this one isn't like this. Well, it is a bit here and there with the otherwordly enemies and the highschool setting. But hell, what surprised me even more was without a doubt the dynamics and the chemistry between the characters - especially Kokuya and Yukihime. And it's nice to see a series where the 2 main characters (protagonist + main heroine) know each other for years. Not your more or less typical lucky pervert situation that starts the story with a fight between the two main characters and one being a bit on the tsundere side of life.
The overall flow of the story and the characters was good. Neither too slow or too fast paced. The comedy was light hearted and I was laughing quite a bit. The ending was the biggest surprise for me. I didn't really think that it would end like this. It's not a bad ending even though it felt a little bit rushed. I wish that we'd have more volumes to focus on Kokuya and Yukihime.
Overall, it's a good light novel if you like the action / comedy / fantasy stories with a bit of romance.
Another point is the writing style (or should I call it translation?). It is very easy and smooth to read.