Arena

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A 29 year old civil employment exam student wakes up in a blank white room and meets a baby angel. This baby angel informs him that he died in his sleep due to heart disease like his father and grandfather. Remembering his mom and their last conversation he says that he will take on a series of life and death tests that the baby angel offers him. From this point on he must put his life on the line and fight in the stage called ‘Arena’. And Every time he clears a test he will have the ability to gain abilities and weapons to increase his strength to clear all the tests and get his life back. This is his story of his fights in the ‘Arena’.

Arena average rating 4.3/5 - 391 user ratings
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Aternus
New Aternus rated it
July 22, 2017
Status: c86
Very fun System-type novel. MC has interesting summoning abilities and his time spent on Earth is often just as interesting as his time spent away on missions.

only caveat, the romance is a little weird. Otherwise, great read, and it's not a big enough detraction really as the rest of the plot is great and it's the only bad example of character interaction.
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Kumachi
New Kumachi rated it
July 16, 2017
Status: c88
5/5

You could see the MC grow from all the hardships and tragedies he experienced from the beginning of the story.

The interactions with his family is so hilarious, and the romance is also sweet (Die riajuu!)

... more>> He must think very hard upon gaining or upgrading a skill because if there's even 1 wrong step, he would die for real in the arena.

At the beginning i honestly think of this novel as one of those happy go lucky novel where no tragedy will fall upon MC and his friends, but the tragedies at the beginning of the arena stages really shocked me.

Overall, great novel, can't wait to see more growth of the MC and how he will clear all his missions and reach the ending.

On the bad side, the translation is slow as snail because the translator appear to have some problem.. <<less
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TheJudge
TheJudge rated it
September 3, 2016
Status: c81
Decent novel, similar to gantz. Story is about a dropout/failure that dies while sleeping, but wakes up in another place with a 2nd chance to live. He meets all new people and befriends them, just when you think all is well, BOOM. This is where it went downhill, the characters he met prior were likable, now we are left with annoying clingy family members and fangirls fawning over the MC because he's strong, rich and so on. Bascially the arc after is about MC bragging how baller he is. Give... more>> it a rest already and move on, we get it; Korean people are gold diggers and very superficial.

It's a decent read if you filter out the useless fillers.

Edit: I've dropped my rating from 3 stars to 2 stars. I just cannot tolerate the MC anymore. MC is a passively whipped moron when hes back in the real world, his sister and gf are both gold diggers looking for free handouts. I'm at the verge of dropping this right now given how dense and hopeless the MC is.

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Nothing really has changed, in fact its gotten worse. The MC has become more arrogant and idotic, the writing (if you can call it that) is more like a diary. MC is living his life carelessly, playing around, giggling and saying "i love you" to his gold digging girlfriend every time he meets her. She's a terrible influence on the MC, she had him buy a penthouse, and another house to hide what hes doing when his parents start asking questions. Maybe this is just Korean culture? All Korean women are superficial gold diggers while the men are idiots and falls for them?

Seriously though, half of the guys mind is how hes going to pleasure/bone his gf when hes back in the real world. We have a 9 year old in the other while MC and gf is thinking about how hard their going to play when shes asleep.

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TerraEarth
TerraEarth rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: --
Surprisingly good. If you've read Terror Infinity then the premise is similar, but unlike TI, Arena is internally consistent and flows smoother.

For once I actually feel invested in the character's emotions, their interactions with one another, their motivations for living on, so on so forth. The characters aren't just throwaway stand-in roles, they feel vibrant and real. Heck, even the side characters are very memorable and dare I say it, endearing.

There are some minor problems that I have with the story, but overall it's written quite well. A few... more>> issues I had:

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Many of the abilities in Arena don't scale with training, which is somewhat disappointing since in a lot of other ways the world in which they live is essentially an RPG. For example, the MC's spirit summons (such as sylph) have a usage timer, however that timer doesn't increase as your proficiency with the spirit increases, neither does the strength of the spirit. Although the spirit summon is in and of itself a skill, you can't quite 'level' it up without spending karma. It's a minor point but I do feel icky about this. On a second note about spirit summons, it is a little annoying that the MC can't telepathically communicate with the spirit. It makes no sense to me why this isn't implemented.

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MC gives in too easily to feminine wiles I feel. The moment someone starts flirting with him and he crumbles. I was honestly somewhat disappointed when after his entire team got killed off, one of the members even going so far to sacrifice himself to help him escape, the first thing he does is get himself seduced by some side character who really doesn't have much going for her. It's somewhat distasteful. I can't see this as being anything more than a fling but it seems like the author plans to flesh this relationship out more with how clingy and dependent he has become on her.

I feel that this is an especially big slap to the face to the reader, when just a few chapters ago the MC was holding hands with and bonding with a girl whom he was close to that fought in the arena with him. The girl that seduces the MC is only interested in him for shallow reasons whereas the other girl who was his companion was anything but shallow. She grew together with the MC and they had a good vibe going, so it left a bad taste in my mouth when as soon as she gets killed off he jumps into bed with this vixen seductress who has played with many men in her day (and enjoys bragging about it, even to the MC).

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Some of the descriptions of the skills feel dumbed down. For example, when they explain the upgrading of a person's physical traits, they broadly categorize it as: level 1 (healthy male), level 2(athlete), level 3(soldier), level 4(elite soldier), level 5(beyond human limits). However I doubt that soldiers are more physically capable than athletes, for whom training their bodies is their job. Foot soldiers are usually trained in certain skills but I wouldn't place their physical prowess over athletes. I'm pretty sure that most soldiers can't outswim michael phelps, or outsprint Usain bolt, or outdunk kobe, etc. Just little things like this occur everywhere in the novel and it's somewhat annoying to see them pop up from time to time. It isn't a huge deal though so it's not too big of a setback.

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oblueknighto
oblueknighto rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: c30
It's an amazing novel which is has a unique setting. The main character's skills are kind of underwhelming at first but that also makes it interesting.
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craBebe
craBebe rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: c27
Got ourselves another RPG Death-game. If you've read Gantz or Terror Infinity and are looking for more of the same this is a good one to go with. Only downside is the chapter release rate.

Story's good so far and I see a tremendous amount of potential for the future, interested to see just which direction the author wants to take this series.

All in all, a solid read and I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the death-game genre.
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crazykat
crazykat rated it
May 1, 2016
Status: --
Some what similar to Terror infinity. Might even be better at some of the points then terror infinity. The translator has done a great job!
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matricha
matricha rated it
May 17, 2017
Status: c79
this story has 2 sides to it.

1 - the real earth and the MC's boring, creepy, romantic life...

2 - the parallel fantasy world, with humans, elves, etc...

I personally read this novel only for the 2nd side of the story. 95% of the time, the author is filling the chapter with trashy teen drama content when it comes to the 1st side of the story. I completely skip the 1st side of the story when he is with his girlfriend. the rest of the 5% has some relation to the core of... more>> the story. basically, the romance so far is forced and it exists only to fill up the chapter... I mean it, although I generally dislike romance, but in this novel, it doesn't have a single connection to the core of the story.

if you enjoy romance - drama, then this novel is for you, otherwise, run away and don't look back.

overall, the author is a weak writer, forcing the garbage to fill up the chapters... when the sentences are short, that generally signals to the writer's weakness (imo)...

I rate it 2 stars, only for the fantasy world side of the story. <<less
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Ranz
ranstorm rated it
February 11, 2017
Status: c67
Finally a refreshing survival game novel. We don't see too much back-stabbing and situations where humans are more dangerous than monsters. For once, we have a novel where the MC focuses on monsters and other enemies instead of fighting other humans in a survival game novel.

There are many good things about this novel. The survival game isn't about screwing over the players or having the participants fight and kill each other but it has some aim which is still unknown. That adds a bit of mystery. The novel is very... more>> consistent. We don't find situations where humans have to fight and kill each other for loot and other reasons often(MC has killed 1 person so far). Also the MC has to solve problems using both intellect and power. The MC isn't ridiculously OP but quite powerful and uses his brain properly. Also there aren't any ridiculous plot armors like we see in some other novels.

It takes the form of exams and these exams take place in an alternative world and the effect it has on the residents living on Earth is minimal. The MC has to alternate between the worlds and also has time to rest between exams.

MC's character development was also done nicely. The MC isn't immune to mistakes and makes them at times and even pays for those mistakes and learns from them. So far there's no sign of any harem and I don't think there will be one for those concerned.

The only thing in this novel that I think is lacking is the romance. I think it just came too quickly and it felt kind of forced....

All in all I recommend this novel and rate it 5.

Waiting for more chapters ;-; <<less
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herolaubet
herolaubet rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: c67
First of all, this series has been dropped. We don't know when we might get another translator so that sucks.

Now for the series itself. Let's break it down:

Plot - The Plot is very interesting. It's your typical wake up in a strange room and have to complete missions in order to get rewards and level up, very Gantz/TI like. It has decent flow in combat and the missions are not dragged out at all, which I enjoy, but some people may be off put by some things which may be... more>> "unrealistic" (although using this term in a LN is weird to me), meaning some explanations given are hard to swallow if you are a nitpicker.

Another thing about the plot is that the actual missions are only half of it. The author puts a big emphasis on the MC's life outside of the mission world, even putting in some light romance (maybe calling it a romance is stretching it). Expect at least half of the chapters to be about his interactions with family and other characters outside of missions. I don't usually enjoy these "slice of life" parts on other novels, but on this one its surprisingly entertaining. I can't really put my finger on why but it flows really smoothly, making me want to read more.

Another important topic is that although the MC shows immense potential, at the latest translated chapter he is far from being OP. Survival is a constant concern, never seeming like he will just breeze through the missions without effort.

Characters - The characters aside from the MC are all shallow with little to no introduction of background. Most are pretty generic and only serve the purpose of the plot. That being said, the lack of character depth doesn't really interfere too much with the flow of the story, because the setting is very interesting and sort of makes up for that flaw.

Setting - This is probably the series strongest point. The setting created, although not that original, is very interesting and shows great potential. The only problem I have with it at the moment is the lack of creativity shown in the Skills. Not giving any spoilers, but that is a specially important part of the setting for this novel and I don't really think that the author has the right brain juice to put out interesting enough skills. So far they have been mostly bland generic RPG skills. That is the biggest point of concerning for me, going forward with this novel.

Overall - A nice, fun read. Recommended for anyone who likes Terror Infinity, Gantz and the like. <<less
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Asterism
Asterism rated it
March 5, 2017
Status: c67
3 rated down to 2.5

While some of the concepts the mc comes up are pretty entertaining, I just couldn't get into it even though I kept on reading. I'm going to drop this here. I enjoyed him using the wind spirit as an aim bot.

First of all, I do not like how the mc thinks - he's somewhat a mix between a wimp and someone who just came onto power. His attitude is really sexist - he assumes women are weaker even though he lives in a world where people... more>> can upgrade their physique or even gain benefits from the arena; the author makes him clever, but he's not really intelligent. He seems to get stupider as every chapter is written.

Some his interactions are kinda cringe-worthy.

And he lacks lethality and ruthlessness, even though he seems to material to be the ultimate assassin. If I was in his place, with his skills, I would already be OP. Ie. In the forest with all the monkeys, I would have created a delayed poison and put it at where they are eating or in the water or even disperse it downwind. Or just use the convenience of the system to cheaply synthesize nerve gas; the world you are going into isn't Earth, so it's use is not really restricted. Very easy with his stealth and wind spirit. Wipe them all out for max contribution.

The gangster should have just been removed at the beginning, it would take < 1s with the MC's abilities. Someone like that would just cause more suffering and trouble and be a hindrance in the future. <<less
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RANTMAN
RANTMAN rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
15 chapters in and I am really enjoying this novel. Reminds me of Terror Infinity without the movie theme, which is a plus for me. The MC’s thought process is logical and his character isn’t overdone. I am looking forward to future releases.
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Hantosh
Hantosh rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c67
Plot:
Similar to Gantz, life fail MC dies and is forced to play a death game with RPG elements on another world named Arena.

Pros:
- Great writing. Can't stress this enough. Genuinely funny dialogue. Non-archetypal, interesting characters. His family members are great. Normally in this genre the game/dungeon chapters are where the meat is and the civilian life intermissions suffer from blandness/genericness. Not this story, the out-of-game chapters are just as interesting. Lots of detail is given to flesh out the world and characters.
- Great character development. Characters feel... more>> real. Believable MC; isn't a blank slate, blatant self-insert, silent robot archetype.
- Power system is consistent and easy to understand.

Cons:
- The first couple of chapters with the first mission feels kind of forced and abrupt (unnatural). If you can get past that though, you're in for a treat.

Recommendation:
Wasn't expecting much, so this was a surprise. Got quite a few laughs. Definitely worth a read. <<less
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ZhaWarudo
ZhaWarudo rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: c42
I say this is the best apocalypse game elements novel so far translated. Previously I thought it was Terrory infinity but when I caught up to Starship Troopers, it just became comrade this and that + MC being stupid. Needless to say we have a smart MC here and no harem!

It's a shame about the lack of chaps but I can say it definitely doesn't and won't have many of the GODW's faults. I have only made a comparison but so what, you know what to expect out of this... more>> kind of novel, describing it would be hard without spoiling. It doesn't have a late start so if you don't like the first few chaps... <<less
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Hussey274
Hussey274 rated it
July 10, 2016
Status: c38
Arena is vastly different from all the other novels I've read so far. Why? Because rather than reincarnating after death, some of the chosen dead are given an extension in life. It feels more like a death RPG but in real life. What makes this story good is it's concept. It's pretty cool and has loads of potential to become a great novel. It has many fantasy elements and like a game, rewards are given based on the completion of the game.

There are some negative points in the story for... more>> me, as the MC too heavily relies on his spirit as he completely allows it to handle his ranged shooting abilities. He however is a good leader and great at handling adverse situations. There are also some parts of the story, where it is needlessly dragged with trying to add daily life action and hitting on girls, useless chatter and trying to be funny scenes. But still this is a great novel, and a recommended read!

Rating
Concept: 9.8/10
Plot: 8.9/10
Characters: 8/10
Action: 7/10
Translation: 9.7/10
Overall: 9/10 <<less
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ladyartemis
ladyartemis rated it
June 28, 2016
Status: c37
Amazing! Awesome! Fantastic!!! I was thrilled to read this since it's my first time to encounter a unique setting combined with my fave "reincarnation-type" genre. The story flow is also very good. The MC is not a pushover, so i am so happy. Please continue to translate this! Thanks
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Xanomorph
Xanomorph rated it
June 2, 2017
Status: c82
Ok my first ever novel review.

I had to do this as i feel Arena does not get nearly the credit it deserves. Great novel! I bet if you are more then 12 years old you will find it the most intelligent storyline in the genre.

The concept is the same as in most other lvl-up-to-get-strong novels but how the character survives, interacts with his environment, and improves is a 1000 times better thought-through than say "Evolution Theory of the Hunter" and "Seoul Station's Necromancer". This makes the novel way... more>> less generic, less "what-if-life-was-a-computer-game" andthe fundamental premises of the novel universe a lot more coherent (Great example of this not being the case is terror infinity where the characters can get scifi-weapons and fantasy weapons - but to make it work the author has to make the scifi-weapons simply not function half the missions)

Reasons to read it:

Intelligent non-generic storyline.

Reasons not to:

Translation rate is slow (But is goes up and down - 02/06-17)

Too much time is spend on his love life/ family life (Which feels a bit more like a filler rather than something that drives the story forward - Not completely useless but not up to standard with the rest) <<less
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smite2001
smite2001 rated it
February 17, 2017
Status: c67
I like it a lot. And I gave many Korean novels a chance and ended up seriously disliking them for a number of reasons (incl. LMS and other popular ones). If you feel in a similar way, here are some things this novel makes better:

The protagonist does not reject teaming up with others for no apparent reasons.
The protagonist is not a money grubber for no apparent reason.
The protagonist is not dense/follows a weird moral code to the point that it prevents any sort of romance.
Not all foreigners... more>> are arrogant, evil people for no reason, and the author does not really show any obvious personal hostilty towards other nations.
The comedy is actually OK (sometimes).

I am not saying everything is great, but there are no negative points that I feel obliged to point out specifically. It is just sad that it seems to have been abandoned translation-wise for some time now, and I hope it gets picked up again by someone soon. <<less
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newbage
newbage rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c67
Some Reviews have compared Arena to Gantz. That's only true on a superficial level. The protagonist is selected to participate in a series of "examinations" in a parallel dimensions after he dies. There's a point based item/skill acquisition system where the points you get depend on your performance in a mission. Characters return to the normal world between missions. That's about all there is in terms of similarity. IMO Arena is even better than Gantz

Difference 1: Unlike gantz, there isn't gratuitous violence or sex. There is violence and it can... more>> be graphic. But it's not a full-throttle sadistic gore fest. Rather, it's realistic and potentially brutal -- which means it's far less psychologically exhausting to take in large doses. Major characters do die and it's made all the more impactful by the next point of difference. There is also sex, but it's realistically motivated and mature rather than exploitative.

Difference 2: The characters, world building, and character interactions are thoughtful and well-rounded. I it's better than in than Gantz and way way way better than the standard for web and light novels. All of the characters are 3 dimensional. The author actually takes time to describe settings and people. Motivations are realistic. The main character has depth and an actual (likable) personality . He's also genuinely intelligent. This isn't like other web/light novels where the author merely tells us "the MC is intelligent" and makes other characters act stupidly so that the MC can stand out. Most importantly he UNDERGOES CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (hallelujah!). Government, other institutions, and non-examinees in the real world behave in a realistic fashion as well with regard to the existence of the 'Arena'.

Difference 3: This is not a sadistic "death game". The mysterious power responsible for sending the examinees to the exams have a mysterious goal and are offering the examineese a second lease on life in exchange for undertaking significant personal risk in helping them achieve it. The 'exams' are NOT meant to torment or weed out the participants, but are rather missions that will somehow further the divine beings' overall (mysterious) goal. As of chapter 67, it seems as if whatever higher being(s) is/are running the exams is/are either benign or outright benevolent.
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The most recent test involves zero combat and zero death. The MC comments on how peaceful it was and than that the examiners were probably compensating him for his suffering from the previous exam

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Difference 4: The 'Arena' where the exams happen is in an alternate, medieval fantasy parallel universe. It's not a an arena like a coliseum or anything. The examinees are gated into this alternate world and an "exam" is basically a quest with a time limit. It isn't like in gantz where the participants were basically anti-alien pest control being telported to different places on earth to kill alien refugees/infiltrators/invaders. In arena, a mission can last days or months in the other world. The objective of each mission is related to prior (and probably future) missions and tend to be more than just "kill x monsters in area y." When they return to earth, it is 11am still the morning after they left.

Overall, Arena is definitely worth a read. I highly recommend it. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe
ScotlandForsythe rated it
November 8, 2016
Status: c67
EDIT: please update.... *Cries*

I love this novel. It might not be others cup of tea because it isn't exactly as thriller as say, Terror Infiniity, and it isn't as technical as some stories like Life Mission. But I believe it has its own charm.

I personally like his personality and the humor of the other characters. It is light-hearted and dark interchangeably. There are some really cute moments, but a huge mysterious factor surrounding the arena, and I believe that even though it might not be another's cup of tea, it... more>> is still a great read. (Especially if you are binge reading it).

The main character isn't the ruthless type, but he is a good thinker and strategist and he is a naturally kind-hearted person. The side characters are often humorous and have certain traits that make them more than two dimensional (fortunately).

Story wise you may feel it is over done, but it is different than others. It can be slow, but everything comes together nicely.

Hope you give it a chance. I also hope it updates soon. TT-TT <<less
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yamikage
yamikage rated it
August 4, 2016
Status: c45
Read this! it's good! the characters are interesting, there's no plot armor for villains, the story can still be digged deeper with lots of potential.

The choice of the character main skill is most likely an insult to the same genre type of character that all of a sudden choose melee combat. It's a definite good read.
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thirst
thirst rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: c24
Recent chapters an improvement over early ones, so if you're just starting the series, it gets better .

The MC putting in a lot of hard work to make the most of his second chance, although still makes mistakes. The two worlds in parallel interesting & well done, with actions in one impacting on the other in a satisfying way
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