Magi’s Grandson

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Thanks to various magic, the human race has been saved from calamity many, many times. Retaining his memories from his previous life, a boy, Shin, was picked up by an old man known to the world as a “Magi.”

Shin was brought up by the Magi, who had retired to a secular place, as his own grandson. With the memories of his past life, he absorbed the Magi’s craft and grew to be able to develop his own magic.

Then, the grandfather told him he has to become independent when he reaches the age of 15.

“Ah, I forgot to teach him common sense.”

The grandson who has grown beyond the level of normal people, lacked common sense; the common sense of the world. So to learn how to socialize, he goes to Earlshide Kingdom City to be admitted to Earlshide Advanced Magic Academy.

Magi’s Grandson average rating 3.8/5 - 604 user ratings
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Kenja no Mago
賢者の孫
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traitorAIZEN
New traitorAIZEN rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: c60
I seriously can't understand why reviews are so low. This is legit great novel.

Yeah the MC is OP but, he is not like other generic OP MC. He was not given a cheat ability when he was reincarnated, he was just raised and taught by the best magicians of the world and I don't consider that as a cheat. All he had was the knowledge/concepts from basic education you'd get from the modern world (our world), which made me appreciate more how vast the available knowledge in our modern... more>> era is when compared to the past. He's not an otaku so he doesn't rely much on otaku culture knowledge but instead on science (physics, chemistry, etc). With those knowledge, best tutors and years of training, ofcourse he'd be above the rest but I still won't call that a cheat but instead results of dilignece and hard work.

What's more I like about the MC is he's not a pervert, not edgy, and most of all there's no unnecessary harem which is a huge plus for me. He's just a nice a guy and is very loyal to who he loves.

Not just the MC but also the supporting characters are all likeable as well. It's not the kind of story where the OP MC just fights and shows his OP-ness here, there, and everywhere all the time. And that's where the supporting characters makes this novel better, they maintain a certain balance in the story. It's not just the MC's one-man show, the other characters shines brilliantly as well and that greatly lessens the chance of the readers getting fed up with the MC.

As of writing this, i've only read up to 6o chapters and I'm really looking forward to reading more of it.

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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
December 19, 2015
Status: --
Typical Japanese power wank. Op as balls MC who is the stereotypical passive Japanese b**ch boy.

Chapters consist solely of
1. Problem
2. Problem solved instantly by mc
3. Every one says MC is genius
4. MC says not a big deal cya tomorrow.

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clowred
clowred rated it
January 28, 2016
Status: --
Good start, nothing special but at least we don't have the usual sissy protagonist that suddenly becomes strong. A little later we find out that a sissy that suddenly becomes strong is not the only thing that can destroy a novel. Nope, a story where ... more>>
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We have to deal with an MC that has absolutely everything from best parents that are recognized everywhere as the strongest to friends that are closer than siblings and beautiful girls with no backbone

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can become equally boring. Once again we have an author that doesn't understand the difference between creating interesting characters and self imposed ideals.

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Hamsta
Hamsta rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: v1c22
Not recommended. I regret having gone through volume 1.

1) MC is basically OP Wimp Lo from Kung Pow but significantly less funny (yet still a huge joke). He was intentionally taught wrong as a joke but somehow managed to become overpowered.

2) Entire series is just fanwank. MC is stupidly OP & moronic right off the bat. Reads like a bad Dragon Ball fanfic except with a magic premise instead of aliens. Also veering heavily into the Harem route. 9 to 1 ratio my arse.

3) MC... more>> is literally retarded... in two lives. Sadly reincarnating didn't solve that problem for him. MC is so dense that he can't figure out the violence/war potential of pretty much >everything< he thinks up... even after being warned dozens, if not hundreds of times. Officially listed as "lacking common sense" which I guess is more PC than calling him retarded out right.

4) Entire universe is also "lacking common sense". Practically nobody in universe can follow their own rules of magic which is simple enough that a toddler can understand (imagination + some vague mp requirement which is just ignored by everyone). Heck magic rules are so lax that everyone is basically a low power reality warper but are too moronic to actually utilize their powers effectively. (Just look at Shin's "fire bullets" the author tries to explain it pseudo-science but will annoy anyone with even a middle school understanding of science.)

5) Moronic plot that gets plowed forward awkwardly and painfully just to create scenarios/situations for everyone to praise the MC further. <<less
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balancekun
balancekun rated it
December 27, 2015
Status: --
Zero plot, this novel is a fan service novel... MC is too OP from the start... kicks bad people with ease... gets the girl by first impression... no hurdles for MC to learn or develop. No future expectations to get it developed... I almost feel like a novel that is about to end yet author is just dragging story to keep it alive
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Original Red
Original Red rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: --
Another generic reincarnated snooze fest that'll have you dropping the series faster than Donald Trump's approval ratings. If you've read several fantasy reincarnation novels, you might as well just skip this one since there's literally nothing new it brings to the table.

To summarize this rather bland and unoriginal story, another passive beta male Japanese man gets somehow transported to a fantasy realm where he ends up reincarnating into a baby but with the mental state of an adult. After that, he's taken under the wing of a famous old... more>> magician called the "Magi" who raises Shin (the MC's name) as his grandson, teaching him how to use magic that of course Shin masters because's OP. After Shin grows up, it then comes to light that he lacks (bear with me on this one) "common sense" and has to basically go to school and meet some friends to "enlighten" himself on how utterly clueless he is.

That's basically the main plot right there. There is no other goal/dream that the MC has in mind for himself except going to school and living his perfect life with is perfect waifu and friends while occasionally fighting against forgettable villains (if you can even call a bunch of fodder demons villains) that the MC wipes the floor with bar no struggle. Shin is probably one of the most uninspiring reincarnated characters you'll ever find as he has no aspirations of traveling this new and unexplored world and is contempt with staying in one city and wasting his time showing off to his useless schoolmates and learning things he already should know.

So as you can see, the plot's pretty terrible. Let's talk about the characters in the story and how copy and paste they are of the common tropes.

You've got Shin, your typical Japanese beta male who is supposed to be mentally an adult but you'd never guess that simply by the way he talks, acts, and thinks. The question of why the author even bothered to mention him being reincarnated in the first place starts to pop into your head as we practically never see Shin use his mental advantage except for when he's creating/using his OP magic with modern science, things that don't exist in this fantasy world.

Aside from Shin, you've got the Grandpa and Grandma who surprisingly aren't that bad of characters but essentially do nothing the entire story except watch Shin go to school normally while trying to hook him up with Cecily (and I'll get to this train wreck in a second). Now, let's talk about Shin's "friends" or his classmates that are supposed to be the ones to help him learn common sense but end up as cheerleaders that have no existence other than praising the MC whenever he does something amazing. This isn't mentioning that each of them are utterly incompetent despite being in the famous S class and sponge off the MC's OP magic because they can't do anything on their own.

Let's of course not forget Cecily, the MC's fated love interest who has the personality of a box of nails. She has no back story, no development and no personal goals outside of loving Shin. She's just your stereotypical damsel in distress that needs Shin to rush to her rescue and protect her as she hides behind him and never faces her own problems, such as that douchey noble kid who was threatening her to be his fiancee otherwise his family would put pressure on Cecily's father. The fact that Cecily doesn't talk to a reasonable authority figure but instead asks Shin, a person she has known for a grand total of 24 hours to get involved had me scratching my head in utter frustration. Yes, I'm aware that it was Maria's idea to "manipulate" Shin to get him to help but that still doesn't make it any less dumb, especially on Shin's part who didn't even question the matter.

On the subject of Maria, Cecily's close friend, she's just as worthless to the story as Cecily is. While she has more of a personality than Cecily, that doesn't exactly mean she's a well rounded character as her annoying habit of always pushing Cecily's problems onto Shin becomes rather tiresome to read. Also, what was the point of her being in the S-Class if she's never even shown her skills at all? She and Cecily were being pestered by a bunch of dumb thugs who clearly can't fight and she doesn't even bother to take them out, instead waiting for Shin to come to her rescue as per ever female character in this story.

What's worse, the way the author tries to shove this poor excuse for a romance down the readers throats is laughable. Their entire relationship can be summarized as "I'm attractive, you're attractive, let's make babies" as they go through 0 development and practically fell for each other because of the others looks. It becomes very obvious that this story is simply the author projecting himself as the MC of wanting to live in this world and have a perfect life, and we as the readers have to read through a story that wasn't given much thought or time (but because there are cute girls and its fantasy, still becomes popular).

There's nothing else left to say about this cluster of cliche's except that if you found this story enjoyable and disagree with my points, good for you and I hope you can somehow teach me how to enjoy stories like these that clearly where made as self insert.

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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: v3c45
Magi's Grandson actually built on nice premises. It also narrated very well. However, so far the character development was rather shallow, so was the joke which frequently touch upon the same theme (the MC OP-ness).

The MC was the embodiment of a Riajuu and there'll always be exclamation from people who are surprised of his prowess in every chapter or so. Meanwhile, side characters are cliche, and I can't even get what was the distinctive character of the MC's love interest apart from the fact that she's beautiful, an aristocrat,... more>> and loves him.

If you are looking for relaxing read, then Magi's Grandson will suit you very well. But if you are looking for some depth, there are many others that will suit you better. Still, there's many things hidden in the dark now, and I expect it to improve in future. Some plot twist may be able to incite me into hiking this novel's rating.

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simmon
simmon rated it
September 27, 2016
Status: c20
Real bad... too boring... too cliché... too op... comedy part are just the same idea that keep repeating itself over and over. Every one keep saying that MC is a genius, but you won't feel that way. Heroin is just one of those weak girl (that not too weak for the story standard) that wait for MC to show off. The worse part is MC's personality, which is simply too plain. I understand what writer try to do, but without good development, that kind of personality is just boring.
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BlackHat88
BlackHat88 rated it
December 27, 2015
Status: --
On the contrary of the other comments, I don't mind MC being OP, there's excellent story with OP MC around as long as the story and the world is interesting.

I really like how he uses modern knowledge to be stronger with his magic.

Although there's some stupid, illogical stuff I don't like.

eg: MC teach the mages that to become good at magic they have to improve their magic power and control, they didn't know that before *facepalm*

MC has a brilliant idea to invent a sword where you can... more>> change the blade during the fights and everyone is so impressed, the kingdom wants all their Knights to have it but what's the point when you have to carry the blade anyway, just change the damn sword.

Despite that their's a nice plot going on so far, so I'll wait and see.

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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
December 14, 2016
Status: c46
Grammar: 4/5 (2. 5/5 from AbsurdTL, but it's understandable considering neither Japanese nor English are his/her primary language)
Story: 3/5
Writing: 4/5

This series is a comedy piece. That said, I have been smiling and laughing throughout the whole piece. The early chapters are pretty much just slice-of-life and comedy mixed with fantasy. The later parts add a bit more action and some meandering attempts at drama, but mostly stick with the comedy it does so well. The grammar is fairly well done throughout, occasional awkward wording/phrasing appears but does... more>> not cause the series to stumble (my regards to the translation team on their excellent work). The story is fairly standard, but also almost self aware in it's use of the source material as parody/comedy. The writing is excellent, lending to an almost idiotically intelligent MC (Has modern knowledge, but seems to lack in basic human empathy, quite often confused about what should be normal). I love this series and have thus far read it twice over to it's current chapter.

I'll definitely be following this series closely, and even should the quality drop I imagine I'll just reread the earlier chapters to find some joy in it.

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Thornq
Thornq rated it
April 25, 2016
Status: --
Started out fun but got mediocre 20 chapters in or so. Some people might get annoyed with how women are portrayed in this LN, "Girls likes dresses and shinies and men enjoys swords and armor" that kind of thing. My biggest beef is how shallow all the characters feel. Will continue reading it though in hopes that it will get fun again.

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Nobutora
Nobutora rated it
April 18, 2017
Status: c53
Despite this story having quite a number of cliches such as the Gary Stu and the most vanilla romance, the worldbuilding and the realistic actions/reactions/interactions of all of the characters help keep the plot immersive and entertaining. Sure it may be cliche but it's cliche done very well because of a proper setting foundation, and nothing I've seen the MC do felt like an asspull.

I particularly enjoy the MC's creativity in applying science to magic, the banter between many characters like Shin/Gus, and (so far) the villain. The story's... more>> weak points aren't necessarily plot based, but the tertiary characters are one-note (though this improving bit by bit) and the art is rather lackluster. I'm looking forward to how the world (knights and foreign countries especially) react to Shin's and the mages' ever increasing power.

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Awesome Sauce
Awesome Sauce
May 29, 2016
Status: c26
I'm a sucker for reincarnation stories, so I really liked this. Notice the past tense.

The beginning was great, MC powers up from a young age, with the advantage of his past life-modern world memories. He quickly overtakes his grandfather because of his knowledge of physics, kanji, and "imagination" from RPGs and the like (not clearly stated, but you basically assume it).

Despite my sarcasm, there IS a plot, and I can't say it wasn't unpredictable but it made me feel something like "the action I was looking for has... more>> finally appeared!" I guess it 'officially' starts around the 20s.

One of my main complaints is that the people he becomes friends with are SO dependent on him.
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I get he wants to make them stronger, but he teaches them his spells and hides nothing. I just wish they would stop immediately wanting to copy his magic and come up with their own ideas. Aren't you supposed to be the amazing S class or something? He's basically spoon feeding them at this point. The girl that was supposed to be his love interest isn't interesting either, sorry to say. She's just kinda there, one of his admiring followe--I mean, friends.

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Anyway I'm gonna leave this unrated for now till I muster up some time and the will to pick this up again. I'm feeling around a 3/5 right now though.

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poolofd3ath
poolofd3ath rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Good MC - overpowered, smart, calm - but the plot is too thin. Not enough drama and villains. Its not even heartwarming. Its like an average OP guy with OP parents, and average already detailed background characters. No room for character progression.

Fun story to read at first, but gets boring later on... hope the author puts some good action back.
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sleib
sleib rated it
March 3, 2016
Status: --
good action fantasy with OP MC, potentially he will become more and more OP. MC is cool, smart, not wimpy or annoyingly dense. Action and fighting parts are entertaining to read. For now I read about 20 chapters.

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Lord Elodin
Lord Elodin rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: c50
I figured ch. 50 was a good point to stop and write a review.

If you haven't read this series and are interested by the summary, go for it.

Don't waste your time reading reviews by people pissed off by the MC's "stupidity. "

Yes, "Lack of Common Sense" is one of the tags. No, it doesn't really affect the story greatly.

    1. The MC doesn't have much common sense. However, this is explained and justified. He lives with the greatest mage in this alternate world and doesn't interact much with the outside world. Of course his idea of "normal" would be way off. Living alone tends to do that.
    1. The other characters rely on the MC too much. (I noticed people complaining about this in other reviews.) First, which light/web novel have you ever read where characters don't rely on the MC to some degree. Second, this is a fairly generic reincarnation novel. Of course the other characters are going to be impressed, shocked, or awed by the MC's "otherworldly" powers. Of course they're going to "depend" on him.

        1. Think about it like this: You're struggling with math homework and notice that the person next to you is blowing through problems like they couldn't be easier. You ask that person to explain to you how they did it so quickly and easily. They do (Because why not?). The next day, you're struggling with homework again. Easy solution: ask for help again. If you keep struggling, you're going to keep asking for help. That's the relationship the other characters have w/ the MC.
In general, I enjoyed this series. It wasn't incredible, but it was funny, interesting, and entertaining. I think it has the potential to develop a bit more, but it isn't "slow" or "boring" at the moment. Definitely give it a try if you feel like it.

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Dansan18
Dansan18 rated it
July 22, 2016
Status: v3c45
I can tell the first part is interesting. As we get new chapter MC always have benefit from his grandma and grandpa reputation.

People gather around him, and he teach all his friend magic and give clothes like national treasure to protect his friend.

Maybe this one make me boring to read.

MC are you not know about dauble edge sword, thats is your friend, because your friend is too much maybe one or two will fight you in future.

it is possibility that author will have MC fight his... more>> friend.

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pichu
pichu
May 20, 2016
Status: --
This story started off good, but sadly as story progressed I lost my interest little by little. Maybe will pick this up again later in the future.

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Kal Dano
Kal Dano rated it
June 8, 2017
Status: --
Amazing!

I cant say it's average. It is certanly lacking in some areas but OP main character is pretty much covering for it. You decide is that good or bad, The world revolves around MC and not in a bad way, the story is set around our Hero that makes it even more interesting. There are few drawn out fight scenes but everything thats done is revealing how powerfull our MC is.

The only downside is he's pretty strong at the very start.

Not a full 5 star review but... more>> if you like it you can make it 5 star. But for my read thru the writer skimped out on most of the sidecharacters that we see almost in every chapter. I HOPE he builds more on them in the future.

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shuiko
shuiko rated it
December 4, 2016
Status: v3c45
Honestly its a great story, tailoring to the fluffy crowd. Let's be honest, the story basically takes the whole training aspect for 500 chapters, out and the MC is awesome from the start. However he lacks common sense in this new world, which can drastically affect the lives of millions.

For people who want the MC to suffer or experience setbacks (I mean its a power fantasy story why are you here then?) fret not, lots of big bad demon dudes later on that he actually has to fight, retreat,... more>> and defend the peoples he loves! Also fluffy wifu.

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WoolyMarmot
WoolyMarmot rated it
October 20, 2016
Status: c47
This story is a good read for when you're lazy, and aren't looking for subtlety in the plot, schemes, world building, or characters. This is mind candy. However, if that's what you're looking for it can be very entertaining.

What we have here is an OP MC who has a rather sweet romance with a single love interest rather than building a harem. He's dense about social things (especially love) and about his strength as compared to what's normal, and the reactions to his OP-ness and the teasing he gets... more>> for his denseness are what set up most of the story's humor.

It takes several chapters for Shin to grow up and get to the point described in the preview: his entrance into the magic academy. A couple of clichés are avoided because he didn't really cheat to become OP, and because the people around him already expect him to be strong so there's no attempt to hide it. And once the story gets going you have mostly a very sweet romance, mixed in with fighting demons and devils and with inventing new magic inspired by what he experienced in his previous life in Japan.

As of this writing there are two volumes translated plus a couple of chapters by a second translator. Until more can be translated, reading to the end of volume 2 makes for a good stopping point.

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