What defines endgame content? Is it raiding epic dungeons to take down the strongest bosses there are, or is it facing off against other players to climb the ladder and become the top PvPer? Is endgame content gathering materials and crafting the strongest and most exotic equipment that there is, or is it all about playing the market and amassing more wealth than everybody else? Some people even argue that fashion and minigames are endgame content!
Ryouta has already done all of that. Having spent most of his life playing MMO after MMO, he now finds himself wanting to live a virtual life that is far more relaxed and casual than what he is known for.
To Ryouta, the true endgame is fishing.
Cover illustrated by KoeHaru1!
Started reading the story without paying attention to the tags, turns out the fishing I was expecting doesnt seem to be a main part of the story so far. Yes, I was wanting a novel about fishing. The MC does seem to enjoy it but apart from the two or three times he was spearfishing in the beginning, he hasnt fished much and instead its been focusing on building up the harem. Seems to be turning into a massive orgy themed story considering one of the few ways to gain "lives" in this VR game is by having s*x. The build up to the fishing tournament just seems to take too long. All in all, not what I was looking for. If youre looking for what ive described, it's got great potential.
Fishing is fun in all its forms. You can fish as a way to relax. You can fish for competition. You can fish for waifus. You can even catch the hatred of every major faction while fishing for waifus. To Ryouta, the true endgame is fishing.
The story is quite good. It's a mix of adventure and slice of life with a bit of humour here and there. It's an enjoyable read and the author tries to keep it realistic without too much cliches and aims to develop well-fleshed characters. He sometimes fails though, but the effort is there.
But there are some problems in the story. It's written in the summary that it's the author's first story and I must admit that it shows. As much as the author tries to make his character feel like real people, he can't totally rid himself of cliches (you have the shy pervert, the tsundere, the oujou-sama, the yandere, etc.) and the interactions between them, particularly the comedic parts, is straight up copied out from a harem anime. And the worst is he changes their personalities as the story progress in a very unnatural way making it feel like the author just didn't have a firm idea of his characters ahead of time.
My main problem is the main character who is your typical beta-male harem protagonist without the dense part. The girls fall for him too easily without much of a reason and it progresses too quickly to full blown love without the development and story telling that it would require. Finally the pace is a bit inconstant and struggles to keep the reader's interest at times.
Don't get me wrong though, I quite like this story and it's definitely worth a try! Just wish it was even better since the author definitely has the talent for it!
The writing is ok I suppose, but the story and dialogue are very juvenile and boring. The MC talks and acts like a little boy that gets a nose bleed from flirting. The pacing is sluggish and awkward. It might be an ok story for super sheltered beta types, but I thought it was cringy at best. Another loser MC with a "holier than art thou" complex.
Ended up dropping as the harem situation is getting out of hand. It doesn't feel like the relationships matter and MC is just a poster boy for the girls to collect around and be a convenient male organ to use.
Only female love interest I've seen so far that is good/redeemable is Cassandra. She actually appears to want to be with him and outside of being mind f**ked by Serra into believing that more girls = good she's probably only one like that.
Serra is borderline NTR Mind Break Ugly Bastard levels of hentai character. (Honestly wouldn't be surprised if she just gets bored of MC down the track and kicks him out or is screwing all the girls behind his back but making them pretend to love him because she gets a sick kick out of it). That's how she plays out and her constant need to collect girls is just........ Ugh...
Nell is borderline psychotic who projects this sick fantasy onto the MC to keep up with her delusions. (She's more in love with the idea of the MC than the MC)
Aiko is psychotic and left she will probably get a cool redemption arc later
Az well she just settled on the MC because he was convenient and once again Serra and Nell up to their old tricks of forcing Cass into accepting it then mind f**king the girl into being with the MC then putting him into a situation where he is forced to accept them.
You can tell MC doesn't want it a lot and most of the girls are forced onto him. If this was rewritten I'd want Serra to just be a friend of his and have her own Harem and be with Cass only.
I think this is more Serra's story and we are only seeing this through Ryouta's eyes is how it feels.
Had to drop due to the toxic relationships. Overall the story was fun and writing was good. However if you want to have any decent relationship situations this is not the place.
First off, I am ahead thanks to Patreon. If you like any of Ace's story, I highly recommend taking a look at his Patreon.
If you are worried that this story would not have an enthralling story line because it is about a guy wanting to fish inside of a game, then throw those worries right out the window and grab yourself a snack and a drink because you will be reading for a while once you start. There are a lot of characters to love, to dislike, and to watch grow as the story progresses, and the plot of the story makes me want to sell my liver just to get another chapter or two. The story makes me feel like I am back living out my old MMOrpg days with a group of friends, just relaxing and chatting sometimes, while also making me feel like I am caught up in some huge fantasy world that keeps on throwing more and more challenges my way.
TLDR: Read the story, you won't be disapointed.
Hands down 5/5. Keep it up!
First story of Aces that I read. I am a patron and I can tell you it's worth reading. As far as fishing goes, it's the best kind and very intriguing. I give it a rating of 2 legs up ;)
Want a story filled with the absolute maximum possible number of cliches and stereotypes inspired by Japanese literature? Then this is the story for you. If not, then this isn't the story for you. While the author has fantastic technical writing skills and does a great job with banter, just about everything else imaginable is left to be desired.
Is there fishing? Yes. Is it the focus of the story, not really. Story is more about a guy who just wants to kick back and relax and enjoy fishing after spending nearly a decade as one of the ultimate villains in gaming history. Instead of being able to do so, he finds himself suddenly swept up into a young deaf girl's harem and taking a more heroic route for once. Except, he suddenly has a sense of morality and for some reason decides the life of an AI, meant to add to the virtual game world, is more important that the life of a human.
Also, apparently, the future world outside of video games is a liberal dystopia... go figure.
I came in thinking I'd read a fun story of Typical Video game Story in Virtual Reality but honestly this was boring as hell like it's really boring that I found myself just skipping a bunch I mean it's not bad but if you came here for excitement leave this ain't it.