Otoko Nara Ikkokuichijou no Aruji o Mezasa Nakya, ne?


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A 45-year-old salary man dies in a train accident and is reincarnated as a newly born baby in a different world. For some reason he had special skills: “Natural Talent” and “Identify.” In order to make the best of this advantage, the protagonist resolves himself for his second life.

Otoko Nara Ikkokuichijou no Aruji o Mezasa Nakya, ne? average rating 3.6/5 - 202 user ratings
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New H4cko rated it
July 15, 2017
Status: v1c6
Well most of these reincarnation stories have a nice start and then things get boring along the way, Not in this novel tough, here things are boring from the very start! As others users already mentioned, the author keeps trying to explain in detail every system in the world, half the chapters is about him talking about menus, colors of the text, how this and that work etc... Apparently he does not have much experience on writing, so I decided to drop this one after struggling with it for a... more>> while. Also the first scene of fighting where usually ppl tend to put some effort to showcase the novel, on this one was quite a lame work, poor writing and a very low story progression make this a Not Recommended Novel. <<less
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New LeeEzekiel rated it
July 3, 2017
Status: --
The author loooves hearing himself talk.

Look, I like slow paced stories. But when even the action scenes take an entire paragraph to discuss the character's thought process (while a goddamn BEAR is charging at him), it becomes a little ridiculous, don't you think!?

It also doesn't help that there doesn't seem to be a dedicated proofreader. When you combine the massive paragraphs of exposition with slightly poor English, many parts become a chore to read through.
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Arnissan rated it
July 30, 2016
Status: v1c13
Tons of unnecessary descriptions without anything interesting happening. No character development, no plot, no nothing, just dry descriptions of game-like systems that everyone already know in a generic fantasy world. Reads like a shitty version of Mushoku Tensei with JRPG mumbo jumbo slapped on top of it.

The whole chapter 13 is about a magical alarm clock...
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lohwengk rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: v1c48
A fair rating would be 3.5 - above average. I gave 4.0 because 3.0 is too low. I didn't read this for a long time because the title and the old summary gave the impression that the MC would be one of those OP assholes. The R-15 and slaves tags didn't help any. But after I got around to reading it, I found the story to be not bad. IMO, there is some slight resemblance to Mushoku Tensei. It's better in that the MC is more mature, more thoughtful, and... more>> doesn't have Rudeus' creepy borderline pedophiliac tendencies. On the downside, Otoko Nara is written in a somewhat dry first-person perspective. In the latest chapters, we even see increasing amounts of stream-of-consciousness text walls, though I don't know how much is due to the author and how much is due to the translator.

Some readers have criticized the MC for not doing more to bring 21st-century civilization and technological progress to his new world. I would counter that the average person does not have enough real knowledge or expertise to re-create even basic Steam Age technology, much less anything more advanced. As for agricultural improvements - how many of you can actually turn a bare plot of land productive even with the help of the internet, google and wikipedia? In Otoko Nara, the MC brought some progress to his village based on his limited background knowledge in a realistic manner.

Readers have also criticized the author for an unrealistic depiction of societies acceptance of the MC's genius. They claim that the MC should have had people accuse him of being demonspawn or some such. Honestly, their complains are nonsensical. This is a fantasy world with magic, beastkin, monsters, a Shinto-like religion with many gods but not much of a presence in the world, and NO demons. Life is hard, the literacy rate is low, the supernatural (magic and gods) is known and a part of common sense, and people face real threats from monsters - they have no need to imagine ghosts and demons, unlike the real world. Furthermore, when the MC forgets to hide his intelligence, he is only around children. The adults only hear of it 2nd-hand, from a bunch of little kids, while dealing with the aftermath of real danger. Even in our world, prodigies are accepted outside of medieval Christian societies. People used words like heaven-sent or touched by the gods to describe such geniuses. <<less
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Upheaval rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: v1c13
It's not too bad, but neither is good. Too much details, i find myself skipping most of the chapters after chapter 7.

13 chapters and still 1 year old, and all the MC does is spamming his "Identify" spell.

So at the start he dies, and reincarnates. The MC is not familiar with RPGs and similar concepts, so you'll have to learn with him every little thing. Characters are one dimensional, they take for granted that he is a genius. I mean if i were in a world where most of... more>> the people aren't able to read and my son was able to fluently talk when so young i would suspect him to be a monster. Especially so when he can do mental math and problem solving that some children in their teen wouldn't be able to do even in this age.

Not much to add, the translation is good but the story doesn't go anywhere. Don't really recommend it. <<less
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elhessan rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: c62
Rubber... Rubber... And more rubber.... That's what i got so far. I wonder if his kingdom is going to be rubber kingdom or something?

Well, that aside, this is a good novel with a very slow pace, detail world, and tons of explanations. A good read when you have so much leisure time..
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Weedisdaboss rated it
August 3, 2016
Status: v1c15
So unlike the other review i have high hope for this novel, if you always hoped for Rudeos Greyrat (Mushoku Tensei) to build his own Kingdome, this novel is for you, there are even many elements, that give you the same vibe at the start.

The mc is working hard and doing his best, with the body of an infant, acquiring knowledge over magic and the world in general, so spamming "identify" is not the only thing he does and even that identify helps him, in many ways to "manipulate" and... more>> getting important info.

Give this Novel a Try ;) <<less
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pomoli rated it
May 30, 2017
Status: c66
Really good, in a relaxed way.

The main character isn't a "fake" adult like many other reincarnation stories, as they usually behave like teenagers while supposed to be dead as adult. Actually he reminds me of a less powerful Satou from Death March.

You also feel family love, and side characters are properly developed, some of them being reasonably powerful.

... more>> BTW there is NO romance (for now as of c66) for the main character, though there is between side characters.

The only con I have are the somewhat long technical explanations he sometime does, that I usually pass on by reading diagonally. <<less
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Cryarc rated it
May 26, 2017
Status: v4
A dreary journal, it states events as matterly facts. To make it worse, there are nothing particularly interesting happened even when the author skipping dates which can ranged from days to years without prior notice. Imagine in the middle of a chapter where nothing happens, suddenly in the next paragraph the timeline jumped 2 years later yet still nothing happen.

The author relied too much on exposition, he can go on and on and on endlessly while describing mundane matter that the readers already knows. For example he can spent... more>> half of the chapters explaining RPG status ailments, in the middle of a battle, as if the enemies are waiting for him explaining things and ruining the pace. It's as if the author took the readers as idiots that have to be spoonfeed with obvious explanations.

Publisher decided to axe this series at the 4th volume since on later part of the story the pace become extremely slow with too much of characters and the point of view constantly changes. The publisher deemed it's not good enough to resume since it failed to rouse any reader's interest. As free web novel it might work but for published novel having the 3 volume of novel without anything happening will chase readers away. Though the author keep writing the continuation on the Web Novel. <<less
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OfficePony rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: v1c49
Some of the side stories are reality checks for this Fantasy world, real heart-breakers for people like me.

Grammar: 2.5/5

Writing: 3/5

... more>> Story: 2.5/5

First, the reason I give this a higher rating than my three systems would indicate is the sense of realism the author was able to give emotionally with his side stories and the feeling of tragedy given with a few of the side stories.

The grammar is about average, quite a few instances of awkward wording/phrasing. The writing is just a little above average, quite slow paced and a bit too redundant in some areas. The story is about average for a fantasy story, but it does lend itself quite well towards a bit of realism as far as fantasy reincarnation stories go.

All-in-all, not the best, but a good read to pass some time. <<less
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TerraEarth rated it
June 16, 2017
Status: v1c1
The 'game system' of the world is developed poorly. Noone in the world realized that practicing magic from a young age can increase your mana pool significantly, but our MC did because he's such a special snowflake. People don't till their fields with animals, they do it by hand because of reasons. Apparently Rubber can be found, developed and mass produced by someone jsdf-turned-salaryman. Unecessary explanations about anything and everything litter the novel. Life itself is a grind, nothing profound or interesting about it (kind of defeats the purpose of... more>> having this world in a fantasy setting, don't you think?).

If you like rubber, poorly designed game worlds, lack of plot/progression and incompetent natives then go ahead and give this a go. 

To be fair though it is slightly better than death march. <<less
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nekko_inu rated it
August 15, 2016
Status: v1c18
It started kind a slow but in the latest chapter its started to pick up its pace. It seems the author started to learn to write properly. It become more interesting because of the main character wisdom and tech knowledge start to described properly.
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shtdmnlol rated it
June 4, 2017
Status: c73
Here's my thought

This is a wall-of-text diary of certain someone. Its like reading a wiki pages or text-book school. Too many unnecessary information. I feel like I'm being lectured with a guide called 'welcome to orth, basic things, the concept and everything  you need to know of this world'. Sometimes its like no difference with when im reading a calculus book, lol.

I feel grateful to the translation team. You did a very good job for translating this wall of text with a high pace. Thanks alot for your hard work!... more>> 2 stars for you!

The story itself pretty interesting. I like the concept and the story's development. But as I said before, this story had too many wall-of-text of unnecessary information. 3 stars for the story but -1 stars for too many unnecessary information.

so 2+3-1, means 4 stars for this! <<less
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Jarrow rated it
June 4, 2017
Status: c45
Acceptable fantasy reincarnation, A bit much on the internal exposition, but still acceptable.  Unfortunately,  the translator (1) posts on DeviantArt, so no next/prev links, and (2) Completely f#cks up formatting to the point it's unreadable, and refuses to correct it.  All it would take is saving their work as ANSI text or copy/paste/save into notepad to get rid of the EOL->paragraph tags before posting but instead disses people who complain in the comments.

... more>>

This is the 5th series I've had to drop because of translator issues, and it's getting depressing.   If you're not going to do it well enough to be proud of something, why are you even doing it?


UPDATE:  I've been informed that the translator has started fixing the formatting - occasionally - so there's that as a positive.  On the down side, when I continued reading it the behavior of the MC after he left home is rather more evil than I would expect.  Interesting change, and I loathe the mindless JP hero template, but I do require my protagonists to at least care about the people around them.  This one doesn't; sort of a badly done CN anti-hero. 


This one went on multiple-chapter-long diatribes about how his future kingdom just needs slaves and servants, and friends and family are unnecessary and pointless.  So I guess he'll just be throwing away his family and ignoring them from now on?  : P  

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DriedSnug rated it
August 3, 2016
Status: v1c13
At first i was exited to read this after i read to ch 13 i felt not only skipping as i read, it has way to much info dumping this may get a little leeway from me in this part because there at like 15ch, but the way a 1 year old act compare to our MC is way to different some time i feel like i am having a headache, just by trying to read this.

So lest put it this way no plot, no goal, no character development, slow... more>> passing + unnecessary info dumping as it is it dosent give you a reason to continue especially if ti has a slow update of translation.

So maybe in the future this may get better, only time can only tell, in the end to me this is a 3 out of 5. <<less
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Aurega rated it
May 29, 2017
Status: v1c64
Would have been quite a good novel if not for the repitition and extreme wall of info dumps. Normally, I love stories that go in depth in detail, but this novel simply gives you a little too much, in a dry fashion. The aurhor simply doesnt realize that we need to know every thought the MC has. It would make sense if the author was paid by wordcount though, but makes the story dry and painful to read at times. At some points it felt like the author is describing... more>> every action he is doing when playing an MMO while at the same time describing his thought process behind his every action.

Side stories all repeat the same incident in the beginning which is annoying, but gives us a nice view of the other characters and view of the world, but wish they would be more fleshed out when we meet them in the main story.

Now the story is decent, but it advances a little too slowly. in addition, you dont get the "becoming king" feel at all. In fact, 

the first "modern" thing the MC introduces is rubber, which he promptly uses to create condoms, like wtf?


60+ long chapters in, nothing has really happened so im lowering my score from 3 to 2.' <<less
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scribbledoutname rated it
April 26, 2017
Status: c6
It's not that bad but not that good either. There's not much to hook you into reading on. I love RPG mechanics but the MC here discovers everything so slowly that it's tedious, and it's not even like the bland mechanics introduced are anything to write home about.

It's also jarring that his siblings are OK with a one year old shouting something like, "Use the sickle on its neck!" It'd be more believable if something like that happened when he hit 2 years so the term "genius" and not "calculating... more>> demonspawn" would apply. I've seen a few JP & CN stories like this now and I'm starting to wonder if any of these authors have even met a real baby or toddler.

Anyway, as I said, the story isn't bad but there's not enough to keep me reading (unless I run out of other stories). Six very slow chapters (minus one brief incident) is the limit of my patience. Owing to the way it's been handled so far, I don't get the impression that this is the sort of author that'll introduce a groundbreaking plot further down the line... but who knows, I could be wrong.

3 stars for now, at least. <<less
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Araragi Koyomi rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: v1c3
The plot is SLOW...

I was halfway through the third chapter of pretty much nothing happening and then I stopped reading and realized I have other faster paced novels I could read than to test my patience against this novel.

Let me tell you, the whole of the first chapter is about MC's life before he died and got reincarnated, BUT, it is mostly filler i.e. pretty much NO character development about the MC happens, So even skipping the whole of first chapter entirely is acceptable.

The chapter length being long is usually... more>> a thing I like but not in a case where basically nothing happens, saying this reminds me of a few chapters of ATG *also dropped/on hold* where literally all that happens in a chapter is - "MC meets long lost person, they stare each other in the eyes while random crowd reacts". I am seriously AMAZED at the ability of the author who can drag such a meaningless topic for so long.

It's not like i have no hopes for this, I'm just putting this on hold till something grand actually happens for once, by no means a bad novel, just excessively long. <<less
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0x22b rated it
August 22, 2016
Status: v1c21
It's slow. It feels generic. Characters aren't that great and nobody seems to question how this 1 year old can do things some teens can't even do. There's also a lot of info-dumps that could be much shorter.

Regardless, I'm enjoying it. Maybe I'm just a sucker for this genre but I find it to be nice. I like reading it.
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LIGHTDX rated it
June 29, 2017
Status: c127
The actual translator is very fast and his translation is not bad at all either. This is a great point for someone who want to follow a novel. The novel, thought was very lacking of challanges and mysteries, was not bad at all, the comedy wasn't bad either. Unfortunaly the autor just decided to complety ruined the story making it imposible to buy in a few chapters even reaching the point to complety negate what he had set before using really poor staments, for that poor sake the autor even... more>> used a really important character appear for that in a also unbeliable way just to do contradictory actions. If you can accept all that you may keep enjoying the story as i was enjoying it before so is up to you. <<less
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deathday rated it
June 28, 2017
Status: c477
(Read in ahead in google translator)

A good slow slow book that has plenty of world building (probably to much world building and I love world building) but has great age progression and plot that actually advances (reapeat slowly).

The main story is greatly expanded by the side stories which are about others that reincarnated into this world and let you see all kinds of different lives, (the children that died of disease starvation are heart breaking). The side stories help introduce the political landscape and enemy development, foreshadowing.

I stopped reading slightly... more>> before the end because the translation got hard to read,


specifically one chapter that seemed to spend almost the entire time describing the calculus behind modern land plotting, and mapping.


and because there is one thing that infuriated me about the story major spoiler  that could be mistranslated by google but


his sister my favorite character, seems to marry a spy who uses special mind control drugs to get her to fall in love. This is to try to have children with her and bring what they think is the blood line trait of high magic power back to his country(might be main Characters birth country can't tell, the nice king begins to be really sketchy latter on). She then promptly has the spies kids.


but this just shows how the story is actually fairly mature with character development. There is several side character deaths 

watch out for almost every other top party in laberynth city even the ones who are fairly well developed later on


all in all great story if you can stomach massive world building text blocks. <<less
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vongolax rated it
June 27, 2017
Status: c71
Its a decent story with potential, tbh Volume 1 is a bit of a drag. The typical reincarnation troupes are there, which is fine... what do you expect right? But the problem lies in the info dumps, and its not only the infor dumps on world exposition - its the info dumps on the tech and the way to use them from the mc's knowledge. Most of the chapters are spent on his narration on mundane things like rubber which becomes tedious. It's as if the author believes that his... more>> audience will reincarnate and this info will be important for the readers. It felt like every chapter was stuck on one topic and the author rehashes over and over with examples and comparisons. We get it a+b=c, no need to nag. 

The flaw which is prevalent in Vol 1, unfortunately it is also prevalent in Vol 2 which is about 50 chapters after. However it is not as strong as it is in Vol 1, if you can get through the info dumps its actually a good story. And the driving force for most of it imo is the mc and the overall premise.

The mc unlike other reincarnated person actually acts like an adult, well unless he has to pretend to be a child/his child like emotions overwhelms him (read the story). Its also not so obvious, if you binge read it like me you might feel it overall in the story but it doesn't smack you in the face. His maturity and his in depth thinking makes me feel like im actually reading about a 40 year in a body of a teen.

The second thing is the hint of a clash between reincarnated people. Although I'm sure this was used before like Tensei Slime, but here it is more realistic. As in less magical bs and more on the fact if people do reincarnate with modern knowledge how will that affect the world and themselves. What will they do, how ill they interact, and the changes (good/bad) it will bring forth because of their knowledge. 

This is pretty much where I'm at, and is these few chapters I started to really feel like it will pick up and go to a more interesting direction. I was going to drop it, and i did for awhile but picking it up again I felt like maybe there is potential. Give it a shot if you have nothing else to read, it takes a bit getting used to but from what I read from reviews some people just skim over the info dumps so thats ok too.  <<less
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