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The Anime Trope System: Stone vs. Viper, Book 1

A LitRPG (ATS)
Narrated by: David Reimer
Series: The Anime Trope System, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)

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At the mercy of an unknown entity, Clyde gets tossed into the anime world. Yes, it exists, we just don't know it. There, he's declared the Stone, the anime main character. One day, he must kill the Viper, or else it's good-bye, Earth. 

This is the comedic tale of a young man vs. cliche anime tropes. Yep, there's nothing like random anime girls falling in love with you...over anything, crazy yanderes, or that girl with the absurd charisma. But hey, at least he's able to level up, just like the RPGs. 

Will he find the true purpose of this cruel game, or will the anime tropes consume him? 

A lover of character development...  

Warning: This audiobook contains sexual content, scenes, and sexual humor fit for anime fans (and ramps up a lot after chapter seven). You have been warned.

©2018 Alvin Atwater (P)2018 Alvin Atwater

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Tropes galore, story is wanting

You may have heard me recently say that I am a fan of Anime, but really only hit something like 3 series altogether, those being Naruto, Inuyasha, and Cowboy Beboop. I have watched a lot of others, but I am really only devoted to those three. I have seen Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Dragon Ball, etc. So, I may not be as knowledgeable as others I do know what anime is and the tropes it produces. So, I really thought I would love to give this a shot and see how this set in comparison to what I know about Anime tropes.
First of all, the narrator, David Reimer is going to play a huge factor in the score of this book. SO, I’m going to start with him. I want to say that he isn’t a horrible narrator, he does do some voices, and add inflections, but his normal reading of the non-dialogue bits really drops the ball. It was hard to tell if some of the bits would have worked with a different narrator, because he did not have a voice made for comedy or comedic moments. In Anime a lot of things are exaggerated including the way characters react vocally. Angry girls yell loud and talk fast, someone gets knocked for a loop and they (in the less serious anime) exaggerate their pain with moans as they speak. When they get hot and bothered they have a lovey dovey voice and none of that was done here, and it would have certainly helped. This was more of a mechanical reading, and it did not grab my attention. Again, I don’t want to bash, but if you are going to narrate an Anime styled book, do some research. Go to crunchy roll and watch a few shows and get a feel for what the tropes are like. Not having the narration fill in like it should have really hurt this book.

There were a few things that Atwater did as a writer that bothered me. One, I could tell when there was a typo because Reimer would say a wrong word, and while I always say that the narrator is the last line of defense against typos they ultimately are not to blame. Secondly, I really think that Atwater missed the mark with this book. At first it felt like it was going to be a kid friendly novel, but then POW sex scenes started popping up, and in every anime I’ve ever seen sex is hinted at, there might be some groping, but that is it. It really did not fit the spirit of the story, honestly if he was going to go Hentai I wouldn’t have had an issue, but it should have said so and I would have been fine with it, but this was the anime trope book. On the hentai topic I was a little surprised that he would so casually drop the F-bomb, but then would refer to a certain part of the male anatomy as his “horn”. He did this not once, but multiple times and I would have preferred any other euphemism than horn. It just felt very out of place. Again, I think that this book would have benefitted from one cohesive vision. If you are doing Anime then keep to the style of how they talk. I have never heard Inuyasha or Kagome utter the F-word. Additionally, the book is called Stone vs Viper and we never got to even see the viper until the end of the book. So, that was a bit of a disappointment. From what I could tell, Atwater did have some tropes down and he played them out well, but it was difficult to enjoy it like I should due to narration. Overall, the book has some real potential, but it didn’t make me not want to put it down or listen to it nonstop. Thankfully, it had a shorter run time.

Final score 6.6 stars, again I think a better narrator would have ratcheted up the score.



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Finally an MC that gets it

I kept on getting recommendations for ATS because I read a lot of litrpg. I decided to take a leap and got the first book. I was like holy crap, the MC isn't some indecisive idiot who runs away from his problems or has morals about sleeping with hot chicks. Well he does have standards, no dumb bitches. I'm reading the fourth book now and I plan on finishing the whole series by next week. Thank you for addressing the issues of damn anime tropes that piss off the audience.

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Deadpan!

This narrator is extremely deadpan. I can't say much about the book itself because I couldn't make it out of the first chapter. Pauses for spaces and commas and other transitions in the literature between one character to the next are nearly impossible to hear. I found myself zoning out before I'd even made it through the first four sentences. I have returned this book and I haven't listened past the first chapter. Really enjoyed the description of the book, so if the author is out there reading and wants to have it re-narrated I think it will be worthwhile to do so.

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What happened

Okay, I like anime. I was expecting anime like Castlevania or Swords Online. This is more like pikachu. I think it was trying for dragon ball z. The main character is supposed to be a smart college student, but is acting like a 16 year old boy. All the female characters are over excited about sex. The best character was the imp. I could not get through it. This is a cash or credit misstep.

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fun stuff

this book had a lot of funny, and raunchy moments in it, and of course a lot of anime tropes.

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good book I need morw

Loved this book, the story was great although I think that the mc is not UDI one of his skills well make that two of them which he could use to get out of the harem bad ending to a happy ending

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Anime and hentai trope system

Anime and hentai trope system. First 3 hours anime trope galore last 3 ish hours hentai trope. I honestly enjoyed it definitely worth a listen. okay but seriously can we stop with repeating the analyze stupidity.

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maybe I don't love anime enough

this book was okay. the story was kind of boring. unexplainably attractive guy moves from one girl trying to bed him to the next. maybe I don't know enough about anime to really appreciate this book, but it is more likely that this kind of anime is just trash. however, I gave the book an extra star because I don't know enough to appreciate it. to me the book just seemed kind of boring. also, I didn't love the expilict sex scenes though I didn't lower the rating because of it.

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I agree solid 6/10

So I was recommended this by audible. I asked on the litrpg group in Facebook. They said it’s ok. I tried to get some details but no real reason stated. However they all seemed to agree 6/10.

The Mc is a bit of an idiot and for this being anime world that is saying something. The prompts were rather annoying but actually told him to turn this section off so why didn’t he? The whole your an idiot thing just got annoying to listen to.

This is more Hentai than anime. Which is fine because the premise says that but hell it involves tentacle rape. This book is a Mc-17 if it was a movie maybe a hard R with the right critics.

My issue with the narrator involved the chosen voice for Mc. Despite seeming a low cha stat he always adopts this suave way to speak. Just bug me as it doesn’t seem to fit the character.

I recommend this for a down time listen when you have nothing else. However do not listen out loud or around other people.

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need a score card

i needed a flow chart or score card to keep track of all the girls in this book. i wish that the personality of the girls had more depth to them.

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  • 06-20-19

tropy, but its in the name

not too bad. its about what i expected from a book called "anime trope system".

not saying its a bad thing, it was quite entertaining in parts and i'll probably get caught up(gonna get book 2)

the only gripes i really have is the whole "your x is not high enough to read this" . while i apreciate the efforts to make it entertainkng, and the banter was indeed fun, it made me dread it ever time the MC analysed anything. not a dealbreaker(like i said about book 2) but its still annoying.

i also skipped passed most of the sex scenes. not a prude, i just found it awkward to listen while eating or on a jog.

still a solid listen/read, and i really like the references and im glad that the party isnt just the MC and a load of women wanting to ride him, one of my favourit tropes is the rich snob side character(jusis from the cold steel games) and im glad that tohru lives up to my expectations.

also, the story got a 3/5 for the over use of rape. i get that its for the story and sense of danger, but again, it makes it awkward to listen to when out and about.

that said, solid work. i hope it gets better from here.