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The First Seven Chapters

By Letter, member

Dec 16, 2014: Okay, first up, the story’s good; not exceptional, but good. I like the characters and their interactions, although they’re a little predictable. However, my chief confusion is with the setting. A mix of Japanese and Non-Japanese names appear in the story, making it unclear whether this is Japan, America, or if this is even Earth. Not just that, but the reincarnation thing, probably intended as a deconstruction of Sailor Moon’s elements, is, well, also non-surprising.

Basically, my chief issue with the work is that the first seven chapters contain nothing that surprises me. However, again, I’ll repeat that the story is still good, and, again, I liked it.

Keep it up!

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Tokyo Demons – Ambitious and fun to follow

By SgL, author of Tales of the Big Bad Wolf - Queen of Swans

Jul 10, 2012: Tokyo Demons is true to its inspiration. It describes itself as a work that was modeled after the Japanese light novel, replete with illustrations.

It was the illustrations themselves that brought this serial to my attention last year. Having been a fan of REM, artist on YenPress’ manga adaptation of Gail Carriger’s Soulless, I was very interested in keeping this story on my watch list.

What I think needs to be said about this work is that the team really has a great vision for it. Not only is this work illustrated, but it has an audio version that has been running alongside it. How they accomplish this, I have no idea. It must involve lots of caffeine and pizza.

I really do think the multimedia approach has worked well for this project. The illustrations are top notch (actually really beautiful and sexy) and clearly have brought in fans of REM to investigate this serial. But the audio performances have clearly also resonated with the fans, helping propel the creative team to a wildly successful Kickstarter to fund their first volume.

As a web serial publisher myself, it’s been fun watching these guys build this readership so quickly and successfully. (Definitely learned a lot watching them.)

As a reader/reviewer, I do realize that this setting won’t be for everyone on WFG. The more popular stories here seem to revolve around romance or superheroes. Well, we do have a variation on the superhero concept in Tokyo Demons, although I’d argue it’s more like superheroes manga style versus comics style. This isn’t X-Men. It’s more like Drrr! (aka Durarara!). The powers are secondary to the plot and character interactions.

That said, there is plenty of romantic tension . . . and plenty of characters to endlessly "ship," as we say in fandom.

But seriously, one of the strengths behind Tokyo Demons is that there is a "type" of character for every sort of reader out there.

In any case, I’m looking forward to what the creative team does next—both in the story and in the growth of their serial.

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Strange Light In Today’s Night

By SamNye, author of Small Town Ravaging

Sep 5, 2011: The protagonist in this story, Ajax, is a little bit on the overly snappy side, having said almost nothing nice to anyone in the story up to the point that I read, but it fits his state of mind quite well. His father and partner are losers who depend on him to feed THEM, instead of the other way around, and he is struggling with a plethora of problems that make his bitter mindset all the more justified. The story moves along fairly quickly, and the writer seems to have pretty good grasp on how to end each "Illumination" (the chosen word for chapters on the site) with a bit of suspense that makes you want to read the next one. Today I only meant to read the first, but just HAD to read the second, then the third, etc. The prose is witty and you almost get the feeling that the writer is in the same mindset as Ajax, which suits the story extremely well. The only downfall in the story that I see so far is that it’s kind of hard to relate to the character, with one bit of bad news after another and his rejection of helping hands with such a casual air, but overall this is worth reading and anyone who likes a witty, fantastical story should definitely give this a look. Chances are, the first section will make you want to read the second, and so on until you have to force yourself to walk away. Good job. Definitely deserving of at least four stars.

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