My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending

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An ordinary university student found everywhere, Hirasawa Kazuki, was in possession a game character’s body when he came to his senses. Moreover, it was Harold Stokes’, the story’s most hated figure who held the title 『King of Trash 』. For him, tons of landmines appearing like death flags are in his surroundings! Can Kazuki evade the mountainous amount of death flags and advance through the survival route !?

My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending average rating 4.8/5 - 754 user ratings
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Ore no Shibou Flag ga Todomaru Tokoro wo Shiranai
不知我的死亡flag将于何处停止
俺の死亡フラグが留まるところを知らない
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Ruckkus
New Ruckkus rated it
March 17, 2017
Status: c56
Really a great book, give it a shot.

The MC is transported inside a game he is familiar with as one of the most hated characters of the game. Though he takes over the npc's body, the previous personality still remains within.

What this means is that our MC can control the body's actions, but when he speaks, it's in a very insulting tone, with facial expressions that match. Essentially his actions are that of a caring individual, while his speech is that of a cold hearted aristocrat.... more>>

If you like martyrdom, self sacrificing MC's, and 'pure' romances... this novel is right up your alley.

Also the MC is somewhat OP and very capable. <<less
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KuroInfinity
KuroInfinity rated it
August 22, 2016
Status: v2c36
I'm the current translator so what else would you expect?

Death Flag is by far one of my favourite series here on NU. The protagonist's character is unique and well thought out. He is a dark protagonist born for tragedy, but the author writes it in a way for us as readers to sympathise with him instead of over dramatising tragedy like many other authors do, which turns the series edgy and awkward.

*cough* Arifureta *cough*

One of the main features in Death Flag is the author's use of monologues, to which he... more>> express's the character's inner thoughts beautifully, to further express the biggest feature of the protagonist on how 'not everything is what it seems'.

I love this series and I honestly believe that you will too. I hope that we can enjoy this experience together to the end. Please take care of me. <<less
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missshiropanda
missshiropanda rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
One of the most Japanese novel, recommended! He is reincarnated in a villain who have a speech problem everything he says will turn to an arrogant speech. The mc is hardworking and is training to evade all the death flag that comes up.
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VanAlex
VanAlex rated it
May 6, 2016
Status: --
It’s one of the unique novel which was able to combine unusual elements which is Foul Mouthed Protagonist which leads to misunderstanding but the most exceptional factor here is the Usage of Economics, Schemes, Psychological Thinking, which is about the Intellectual Part, also there’s Battles, but they are still typical if it was to be compared to its intellectual counterpart.

The Story is progressing in a fast but decent pace, frame-up story, considering that it has only 50 chapters in total which is not questionable. Complex story which is about... more>> the intellectual schemes of the protagonist with the combination of simple battle premise makes this story very different to other novels. The First Half is about the execution of the domestic affairs of the noble household, also about the character depth, thought provoking and logical reasonings about the game play, the only problem is the ‘foul mouthed trope’ of the protagonist and his denial to his existence due to the game mechanics. The individual elements are really good, so far most of these elements are consistent and was able to elaborate what it’s trying to do, though it’s quite slow even though the whole story is in decent pace.

The protagonist Kazuki, who became Harold, which is the antagonist of the who’s fate will lead to death, basically the title is all about Harold(not gonna use Kazuki) who’s trying to evade his death by doing redeeming deeds and training. Harold’s identity was his cruelty towards common people, and that identity was still maintained because of his automatic foul mouth which only changes with his parents, also his character is very complex, he’s to focus on evading ‘flags’ even romantic flags in order for the ‘True Protagonist’ to shine in the world he lives, so he’s basically the version of batman the dark knight. Most of the Supporting characters are well rounded and complex, they are also flawed but with redeemable strengths, though they have to tolerate themselves towards the Harold’s harsh treatment. So far there’s no Antagonist, if there is, then it’s the Parents of Harold who became his pawns, but so far only the Last Boss is the predetermined Antagonist of the Story.

Despite of having Exceptional Plot and Characters, my enjoyment is not that much if it’s to be compared to Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki, since the mood of the whole series is in the middle of Light and Heavy, to make it simple, if there’s color Black and White, then this series is Gray. It’s not Boring but also not interesting as it seems, it became repetitive for Harold to become harsh to any people, which makes the series quite unbearable and dreadful, also he only helps people not because of kindness, it’s because of the story of the game which he’s trying to change while not destroying the original plot, and because of that Harold have become unconsciously concern to other people while trying to become the person which is supposed to be hated. In short he’s doing what’s the best for the people and for himself while trying to stick to his identity as an antagonist, in short he's still facing the biggest crisis of letting people die or being saved. Which is the reason why it’s hard to enjoy because of complex issues written by the author.

Overall the series is very intelligent and unique, and Harold is an Overpowered Cheat MC who excels in Mind and Body. It’s not perfect but it’s not common either, it’s interesting but also dreadful. So far it’s good, though it’s one of those series which is Hard to Judge, to read, and to recommend, therefore it depends on you who’s reading this review whether to read it or not. <<less
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TerraEarth
TerraEarth rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
It's not bad. I'm enjoying it for the most part and I'd recommend people to read this as well.

The premise is that the MC's soul is spirited away to another world and he revives in the body of a 10 year old boy. Coincidentally, the world in which he's transported to greatly resembles the setting and timeline of a famous RPG classic from his home world - which the MC just so happens to be well versed in, having played/beaten it over 10 times. What's interesting is that he takes... more>> the place of one of the stories' core villains. Countless hijinks ensue as our protagonist tries to maintain the chronological history that is supposed to occur in this world, things such as the hero meeting his companions and fighting the final boss, etc. etc. At the same time though, he alters history in a way that allows his character - one of the core antagonists of the RPG story - to continue living, as he is essentially meant to die in the original game. As he manipulates events behind the scene he starts to slowly alter the course of history in interesting and humorous ways. In fact, it almost seems as if this time around, the 'villain' is the one who will be the 'hero' in this world.

However I do have complaints.

There is one thing about this novel that particularly irks me; the MC is forced to speak like his alter villain self constantly. Phrases such as 'it's nice to meet you' turn into 'you bastards should grovel at the pleasure of being in my presence' and essentially he comes off sounding incredibly obnoxious and grating to the ears. Ever encounter a villain in a story that really gets on your nerves because of how haughty and annoying their speech is? Well this basically creates the same effect. It makes no sense why the MC is being FORCED to speak in this manner, and it gets stale and annoying really fast when you have to hear him speak this way all the time. To make things worse his improper speech tick leads to all sorts of unnecessary misunderstandings and annoyances that don't add much to the story other than irritating the reader. MC comes off sounding like a bratty prick with a foul potty-mouth when his own personality is anything but that. I wouldn't have minded this 'tick' so much if it gradually faded away the longer the MC inhabited the villain's body, however after a time skip three years to the future, his speech habits have not changed. This creates a disharmonious dichotomy between his true personality and the role that was forced unto him, that of the villain.

Another complaint I have is that the protagonist seems awfully, almost robotically attached to the events of the original chronology of the game. Oftentimes, his motivations seem almost programmed the way he religiously tries everything in his power to adhere to the chronology. It makes sense that he's doing it so that his character doesn't die at the end of the story and that the hero can save the world, etc etc., but this doesn't mean that he has no time to relax or to indulge himself in anything else. He spends 24/7 of his time making preparations for maintaining the chronology or training and he does nothing else. He doesn't seem to particularly enjoy the world in which he's been placed - which is funny since this is supposed to be his favorite game that he's replayed over 10 times; you'd imagine a fanboy of this level would stop once in a while to admire the scenery around him, but nope.

To top it all off sometimes the character feels inconsistent. For instance, despite having the mind of a 20+ year old university student, he feels genuine anger/rage towards nice, little girls for being 'naive'. Excuse me? Since when are 9 year old girls supposed to carry themselves like adults? In what world is this true? When you combine this with his terrible forced speech tick then it gets really grating on the nerves and it's a shame that it does since overall this is a enjoyable read, despite all the awful things I've said about it already. <<less
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jayzhell
jayzhell rated it
February 22, 2016
Status: --
WARNING! AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

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Content includes a not so generic MC(He'll be OP probably), not a Harem-y story(as far as I've read), a shoujo-ish atmosphere(probably), Conspiracies(by the MC), Horses, Crops, Butlers? a father, a mother.... okay I've ran out of ideas starting from horses.

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Coming from someone who has read all the translated chapters up to date. This novel has caused me sleepless nights and withdrawal symptoms; Refreshing the page all day, trying to read MTLed raws, rereading twice a week, sacrificing virgins for updates, and etc...

TL;DR: Avoid this novel like you avoid drugs. It's addicting, and you would regret reading it NOW because there are only 12 chapters translated so far ); <<less
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ScotlandForsythe
ScotlandForsythe rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
If you want me to say anything, fat chance. Read all the other reviews.

One word? Brilliant.

I've been reading since the story was only translated to three chapters, now it's at twenty-two.

... more>> I'm about to cry. It 100% deserves its high rating, and I shiver for an update. It's well paced and the Mc has a calculative personality.

(I seriously just repeated everyone else's review... -_-) <<less
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Twilight Reverie
Twilight Reverie rated it
December 13, 2016
Status: --
I can't get past the first major plot hole of this work: our protagonist immediately accepts his new situation as a game character and acts as that character would, rather than he would otherwise. If such an event were to occur normally, it would mean the protagonist has no personality of his own. No sense of morals to guide his own decisions.

The author claims that someone who could adapt to and deal with such a situation would be a freak (per the translator's choice of words). Yet that's exactly... more>> what the protagonist does; rather than react as he normally would, voicing his dissatisfaction with the situation he finds himself in, he chooses to continue as the character would. He feels resistance when he thinks about acting for himself, but rather than fight to express his thoughts he immediately concedes to whatever is constraining his actions. And then he decides to maintain the flow of events, when they clearly end to a bad end for himself and others, simply to maintain a supposed advantage that is illogical at best?

The plot is ill-conceived and the characters unbelievable. This work's foundation is faulty, at best, and one cannot create a good story with such disregard to the initial concepts. I respect an author attempting something new with what has become a fairly common premise, but such variation is no excuse for disregarding common sense. <<less
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Ice1080
Ice1080 rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: v1c13
This novel just runs up the bad end of my alley. As seen by the many other reviews, the MC deviates from many of the cliches. The MC hosts the body of the most hated character in a popular game, but instead of breaking his death flag he tries to stay on the original story's route, while avoiding his bad end. The main irk I have is the use of misunderstandings. The plot relies on the fact that the MC and the other game characters will never see eye to... more>> eye because of a trait the MC's body has so that he will always say something rude. Though many enjoy this development, I find misunderstood MCs at the same level as dense MCs. Not only that, but spoiler
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As of c13 the MC creates great amounts of avoidable hate towards him by provoking the heroine. Not a case of his bodies hateful speak, but a personal choice to create problems for himself.

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Many people have come to like this novel and I am sure if you can push pass the first volume it gets better, but I am at my wits end with the MC. Try it out maybe you will like it while I have not. <<less
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ocureader
ocureader rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
I hate how interesting this. After reading so many novels, I’m seriously so tired of reading dragged out battles, this story doesn’t have that, it is more focused on character interactions and the mc using his knowledge to save his life.
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illusorum
illusorum rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: v3c49
This is one of the greatest book in NU in my opinion. The person here is Herold Stokes, who is a person from the other world. You know, the body possessing stuff and going into games. The person himself has to talk like a tsundere which makes the story form the 3d point of view, which it is written in, more tear-jerking.

Basically, this is great and you should read it.
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SorakaNii
SorakaNii rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c38
If I could just spam 5 star, I already did. This is just soo exceptionally written. The plot, the concepts are beautifully executed. Every main characters are restricted by their role, and grows internally, that also includes the sub-characters. It is built up over foreshadowing and foreshadowing which makes the story remains inside more and anticipates it better. He also drafts the characters feelings well so we could also feel, and in a exaggerated manner. Setting wise, is albeit bad, but it nourished as the stick(referring to carrot and stick)... more>> so that the portrayal of feelings to be very exaggerated, especially the character monologues which is restricted from their roles that reeks of the generic "If I could just tell the whole world this" is making you feel like shouting in glee. Not just that, it seems like the author himself doesn't like to have his stories tasteless, so this chapters ended up really refreshing, and that piled up every chapter, that's why it makes you wanting to read it again and again. <<less
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captain crunch
captain crunch rated it
December 30, 2016
Status: v2c47
Synopsis: Guy is transmigrated into the child version of a minor boss nobility villain of a fantasy RPG that he is familiar with. He knows his character will be killed by the protagonists of the RPG. He has plenty of years of head start before the game's main story actually starts, to make plans and change the events and outcome of this world. One twist, for various reasons, is that he cannot completely change his villain impression to other people.

Genre/Features: Transmigration, fantasy RPG world, magic and skill combat, some nobility... more>> fiefdom planning/scheming. Minimal romance so far, no harem. Some misunderstandings affecting the success of MC's actions. MC is not super OP. His default strength is no more than the original villain's that he is possessing. His extra strength comes from having a head start in training as a child, and his prior knowledge of events. Not much non-human interaction.

Issues: The writing does strangely switch from 3rd person to multi-first person in the middle of V2. Very little explanation of MC's real world life, how he got there, and no investigation on how to get back. MC just assumes if he makes it to the end of the game, he'll go back to the real world. Story could be more robust with that overall picture/goal.

Translation: 5/5
[[5/5 = Minor spelling and grammar errors. 4/5 = occasional serious grammar errors, may need to reread sentences, but no loss of meaning. 3/5 = common serious grammar errors, some loss of meaning, but no loss of overall story. 2/5 = difficult to read, difficulty understanding parts of scenes. 1/5 entire scenes unreadable.]]

Recommendation: 4.5-5 stars
Well written, plot progresses smoothly. Not much filler. MC is resourceful and not entirely OP. Some readers may take issue with the limited amount of comedy, lightheartedness, and romance. Maybe minus half star for issues above (could have more stuff about previous life/skills and bigger picture).
[[5 star = most readers will enjoy, the rest will probably not think it a waste of time. 4 star = majority of readers will enjoy, but the rest will be hit or miss whether they thought it was worth their time. 3 star = hit or miss on whether a reader will enjoy, hit or miss for whether anyone thought was worth their time. 2 star = a niche audience might enjoy, the rest will probably find it not worth the time. 1 star = even the niche audience may not enjoy.]] <<less
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kvnstv1
kvnstv1 rated it
November 20, 2016
Status: v2c37
A lot of people have given this glowing reviews. And I am giving it 4 stars for the moment. The plot hasn't progressed to the point where I can say the work overall would be good or bad. It is, however, unique and interesting.

There are many things to like about this novel. It is very well-written for one. The problems the MC faces are interesting and help develop his character well. Also, unlike most novels where the problems are treated as black boxes that can be solved with a little... more>> bit of fighting from the MC using his special cheat ability, our MC here has to use his brains and plan things properly to pull things off successfully. Though not to the extent of some other novels on this site, this LN captures some of the political tension that accompanies a noble, some of the adventurous spirit of a demon-lord slaying novel and shows some elements of a harem. Despite being so ambitious and using so many tropes, this novel balances them well and delivers a solid plot.

Moreover, the prose style really captures the thought processes of the MC and shows his hard work and training properly. There is no inexplicable hero power-up here. On the contrary, this novel has us seeing things from the antagonist's POV. This makes it all the more interesting because he is a really strong character in the game and his determination and hidden compassion make a big impression upon people and inspire confidence in him. This makes it all the more fun to read.

However, I also have some issues with the novel. Though they are not too troublesome right now, they could spoil the story later on.

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For one, I am not too pleased how the MC does not have control over his mouth. I could understand if the author made the MC speak this way because he realized that he could not change his character too much lest it be discovered by people around him and make trouble for him. However, his inability to speak well even if he wants to is not nice.

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Additionally, the MC has serious issues bringing closure to the events in his life. While the people on the receiving end sincerely seem to appreciate his compassion despite his foul-mouthed exterior, the MC himself makes little effort to embrace such relationships.

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For example, in Volume I, he never got around to speaking much with his parents or building a new relationship with them. In Vol II, he never makes a good connection with his fiance. In Vol III, he does not respond even a little to the goodwill of the heroine. Though I really did like his fight with the hero.

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I think the MC really ought to build better relationships with people here instead of just giving up o himself as a lost cause. The novel seems to encompass a lot of events to come and the longer it gets, the less believable it is that the people around him can endure his boisterous nature. Yes, he might sometimes show compassion, but spurning someone endlessly will eventually cause them to get tired of spending time with you. I wish this could somehow get fixed. I think there is a huge chance for character development here if the author plays his cards right.

I think the novel also needs better world-development. There seems to be wars and insurrections bubbling on the surface of this story and the MC needs to carefully skirt around these problems and establish a future with a good end for himself. Therefore, it is necessary for the author to show us, on a map, or describe the world around the MC. So far, we know of four areas, though none of them are described very well. I don't need anything fantastic with Lord of the rings level detailed world creation. Just a shout out to the currency of the are and its value for example, of the international agreements in place to fight the demons, of the extent of the MC's family land, the level of industrialization, or of the development of magic in the land. I understand the MC is OP, but please show me people he can be compared to, people whom he can learn from etc. The novel is good without these (I did give it 4 stars), but these things would make things much more interesting.

So, in the end I recommend that everyone read this novel. It is good, seriously. However, it is still in its nascent stages and thee are some low-level problems that should be fixed soon or the novel will start getting repetitious and less believable. <<less
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Plue
Plue
May 9, 2016
Status: --
One of the best stories I've read here.

The main character isn't some piece of trash who stumbles into OP goodness with his shoe laces tied together. (Yes, I know. Low standards for what is a decent main character). Instead he is trying to thread the needle of saving the world without dying himself. Not weakening the hero who will save the world when he is the rival character.

Rude Mouth deserves a special note as an amazing flag collecting character. Truely Kazuki would be at a loss without all its... more>> help. <<less
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nixxara
nixxara rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
Very interesting despite the common storyline.

What’s unique is that fact that the mc has a rude speech problem which is pretty funny because of the problems he encounters due to it. 🙂

5 stars~~~

This is one of the better j novels out there~
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
April 6, 2016
Status: --
As of Ch.21.

The MC suddenly finds himself possessing the body of a hated villain from a game that he had played. Knowing that the game character is heading down the path of ruin, he decides to tweak and nudge events to prevent his own death.

Unlike other similar stories whereby the MC is proactive and sets out to immediately change his or her fate, Hirasawa Kazuki/Harold Stokes is far more cautious and restrained. His only advantage is that he knows the future events as played out in the game. However, if... more>> he deviates too far from the path or make drastic changes not covered within the confines of the game, then his advantage would be lost as he would be heading into an unknown future route.

I personally find his caution and worry to be excessive. Understandable, but strange. It’s like traveling to the past with a history text book: if you made big changes, your book will be useless and you will be uncertain of the future. Once the reader understands this line of reasoning, the rest of the story flows a little more easily.

It’s a very logical way of thinking, but a reader can easily get exasperated by the MC’s behavior and rude speech. It’s like reading the inner working of a tsundere character, even the MC knows his attitude is irritating and too harsh; having somewhat good intentions and yet forced to use abusive language and roundabout methods to achieve his goals. His coarse language is almost a running gag: the MC regrets its usage and yet unable to truly prevent it from spontaneously spewing from his mouth.

In a way, the MC reminds me of the famous Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga who behaved erratically and infamous for his eccentricities in his youth to hide his deep thoughts and unorthodox ideas.

The story is a little more expansive than other titles as it acknowledges that a game world’s setting would inevitably have details missing or merely implied, resulting in the MC being surprised when an unknown element crops up.

The other characters are developed as well, especially the female lead. However we don’t really know much about the game world as yet, as much of the 20 chapters thus far are quite localized. The pacing is a little slow as the author fleshes out the scenes and emotions, but the translation is good and thus it is not a chore to read.

Interesting, will read more. <<less
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Narutolvr
Narutolvr rated it
November 14, 2016
Status: v2c37
I wish I could go back to the past me and shoot myself for not reading this novel sooner. Then again, I wish I could go back to the me from earlier and shoot myself or reading it so soon and running out k chapters. Basically, it's as good as everyone says. Great writing, great translating, great plot with a mix of not over the top action and comedic scenes to balance everything out. Add to that, though misunderstood MCs tend to annoy me when it's overdone, I think... more>> this is certainly within reason as the MC undertakes every action in order to perpetuate the misunderstanding for the greater good (him still being alive at the end of the story).

Even better, the MC is likeable without being an OP wimp good guy hypocrite caught between trying to proselytize Japanese laws in a world where they're unfitting and disregarding Japanese laws because...harem. All in all, I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

As for the series being long winded- it's a Japanese novel. I've yet to come across any that weren't long winded and provided enough detail for me to understand the story. I'm guessing since it's a language that so relies on subtleties, it's difficult to describe details directly or something? <<less
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Bick
Bick rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: v2c36
An amazing read, very unique and I find Harold/kazuki's handicap really entertaining lol. I dont think it's a harem situation novel which already makes it stand out from other reincarnation novels :P.

Highly recommended
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Kimalkat
Kimalkat rated it
June 23, 2016
Status: v2c34
One of my favorites so far. The translator does a good job with the translation. Easy to understand with fine grammar and word choice. The story is nicely unique with good character development and setting. I really liked the situations the MC gets himself involved in, and more than not i find myself grinning. The misunderstandings in the story (I find) are more realistic. The story is good at balancing the comedy and more serious side to keep things interesting. In my obvious opinion it's a great story.
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kuroAnsatsu
kuroAnsatsu rated it
June 17, 2016
Status: --
Not your everyday wimpy JP MC. OP MC, misunderstood coz of his foul mouth, helping people from the shadow, arrogant yet kind in the inside, cute heroine. This is perfect!
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