Skeleton Knight, in Another World

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The protagonist fell asleep while playing an online game. However, he awoke in a strange world with his game character’s appearance. In a state of shock, he noticed that he was equipped with nothing but his strongest weapon and armor. To make matters worse, our hero’s appearance was changed by the special avatar skin『Skeleton』when he entered this new world. The protagonist wanted to live without drawing attention, but he got acquainted with the dark elf Ariana and received her request.

Skeleton Knight, in Another World average rating 4/5 - 412 user ratings
Associated Names
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Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekake-chuu
Skeleton Knight, going out to the parallel universe
骸骨騎士様、只今異世界へお出掛け中
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Recommendations
The New Gate (3)
Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo Dorei Majutsu (2)
Overlord (WN) (2)
She Professed Herself The Pupil Of The Wiseman (WN) (1)
Paradise of Demonic Gods (1)
I’m a Dullahan, Looking for My Head (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
08/18/17 Silver Lining... v6c15v6c15
08/17/17 Silver Lining... v6c14v6c14
08/12/17 Silver Lining... v6c13v6c13
08/12/17 Silver Lining... v6c12v6c12
08/09/17 Silver Lining... v6c11v6c11
08/07/17 Silver Lining... v6c10v6c10
08/01/17 Silver Lining... v6c9v6c9
08/01/17 Silver Lining... v6c8v6c8
07/30/17 Silver Lining... v6c7v6c7
07/27/17 Silver Lining... v6c6v6c6
07/26/17 Silver Lining... v6c5v6c5
07/23/17 Silver Lining... v6c3-4v6c3-4
07/16/17 Silver Lining... v6c2v6c2
07/14/17 Silver Lining... v6c1v6c1
07/09/17 Silver Lining... v6 prologuev6 prologue
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Animeboyz
New Animeboyz rated it
August 21, 2017
Status: v4c18
It was interesting at first but rapidly deteriorated. The MC is a clueless brainless dud. He has no thoughts or action of his own. He is like a robot just following the order of his harem master. He's ordered to kill that, carry that, go do this mission, transport these people, you get the idea. Don't waste your time reading such mindless nonsense you got better things to do.

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evvoiathssofias
New evvoiathssofias rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: --
He stopped being overpowered at some point. Like, he's supposed to be like onepunch man, but they nerf him at some point where skill can beat him.

I was looking forward to an overlord with no responsibilities. Now he's turned lame with no personality; just another cookie cutter romcom protag.

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moridin84
moridin84 rated it
July 10, 2016
Status: v20c2
Started interesting but is got more disappointing as things went on.

- He's a skeleton but spends half the time perverting over the heroine? Like what?
- He's a skeleton but still ends and sleeps
- He's a skeleton but when he reveals himself most people are pretty okay with it?

What's the point in making the main character a skeleton if it's basically the same as not being a skeleton?
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Uggrock rated it
May 29, 2016
Status: c22
Starts out somewhat interesting but quickly declines in quality and loses my interest fast. The MC can't seem to make up his mind about how he wants to act, his morals seem pretty flexible and only turn charitable in when it concerns women.

Overall, the story seems to lack direction and what should be the central story feels like a continuous side plot. Also, explanations are scarce.

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captain crunch
captain crunch rated it
January 13, 2017
Status: v4c21
Synopsis: See above.

Features: OP MC seems to be maxed w/o leveling, skills/magic combat, magic beasts, demi-humans, factional politics/scheming, fantasy world, RPG transmigration, semi-adventuring. No romance/flirting so far, no nation building, no large scale combat.

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.... more>> ]]

Recommendation: 3-3. 5/5
Some aspects of the writing and story are good, but then at the same time may not interest some readers. It's got a good setting and beginning. Typical transported to fantasy RPG game-world story. There's plenty of action. It's straightforward and doesn't beat around the bush too much.

The problem is the scope of the story and the MC's role. The last sentence of the synopsis tells you everything: "The protagonist wanted to live without drawing attention, but he got acquainted with the dark elf Ariana and received her request. " The MC has no major goals, making the story a bit pointless. The few that he has, they are like afterthoughts. He doesn't really even pursue them, he just works on them if opportunities happen to come along. He is like a sidekick to his companion, Ariana. Without her, he would just wander around, occasionally doing minor adventuring tasks or intervening in random incidents forever. With her, he participates in someone else's larger story. It feels like slice of minor adventuring life. Mostly small events that add up to affect larger players. Not very exciting.

This is a major problem, and would make the rating as 3/5 stars, as I feel half of the readers would be OK with it, and half would quickly lose interest. However, I think the writing is good enough that some of those who wouldn't enjoy this series so much would feel it wasn't a waste of time, so maybe the rating would bump up to 3. 5 for some readers.

Another less serious issue is that the word "skeleton" is in the title. However, it's not that big of a deal in the story. As suggested in the synopsis, and explained right away in chapter 1, the MC bought this skeleton skin that goes over his player character. All it does it makes it inconvenient for his body to be seen by others. There's no underlying mystery. It doesn't affect his role in the story. What MC does about this is one of his main but halfhearted goals/considerations.

This story, and half of these transported to RPG world stories, also suffers from the lack of MC's pre-story life/personality. Nothing is said about MC before the transportation, and his previous life plays no role in how he behaves or deals with challenges. What is the point of making this a transportation genre if what happened before the transportation is never addressed, other than being a plot device to explain why MC is so OP or a fish out of water?

[[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. ]]

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slay_mithos
slay_mithos rated it
July 2, 2016
Status: c12
I don't know if it's just the novel, or if the translation also plays a role, but I read up to chapter 12 and I'm really bored.

Not only is the main character over powered, nothing he has is interesting, the world feels bland and so do the characters.

Up to chapter 12, the whole "I'm a skeleton in knight armour" is not exploited at all (he can eat when he wants and he keeps his armour at all time, and that's about it. The animals seems to somewhat fear... more>> him, but not to the point they are plainly running away, so it doesn't seem to be an effect of being undead, but rather having high tier equipment.

The translation is definitely decent, I didn't cringe too much on basic mistakes ("main rode" instead of "main road" made me smile a bit), it reads easily too.

I tried to read the latest chapters just to see if the style changed at all, but it didn't seem to, so I'm stopped reading it.

If what you want is just "generic withdrawn personality main character with OP power", it might be for you, if you wanted a story around a skeleton knight, Overlord covers the "OP" side but with better character and world building, and "is it reincarnation if I'm still dead" tries to tackle what it means to be a skeleton trying to live among the living.

It's not atrocious, but the overall feeling this gives me is "bland", sadly.

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razgallo
razgallo rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
It was interesting at first but lacks a proper flow on the story and will not keep you interested long enough to care.

The main character's behavior is also not clear, he is either aloof or empathetic... only for women. He does not have much of a goal, all that happens is just coincidence, because he is there.

I also don't understand his fixation of food, he feels no hunger and yet he wants to eat? What happens to the food that he eats? He can taste flavors without a... more>> tongue, talk about contradiction. I bet he can also have some libido because it seems his desire for women is there.

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collinization
collinization rated it
February 7, 2016
Status: --
An alternative to overlord. You have the main protagonist as a OP skeleton, has similar emotional stabilizing trait. And what I loved so far is there’s no FORCED romance/harem to the protagonist. But I still can’t wait till I get introduced to new companions and the interaction between them

This is exactly the same scenario as Overlord. Instead of transporting with overlord's entirety of NPCs and guild building, he is transported by himself. This will provide a fresher approach since there'll be no limitations on where the main protag is going... more>> to explore! Btw he definitely has more humane characteristic compare to Ainz-sama~ <<less
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Rosver
Rosver rated it
December 4, 2016
Status: v4c4
Not good enough. It doesn't seem to know what it wants to do and keeps meandering.

The story's best aspect would have to be the storytelling. The writer is really good in immersing you in the story's world, character and events. The elements are well balanced to give you that immersive experience.

The setting is another of the story's strong point. There are magic, magical creatures, various settlements, etc. There are a lot of fantastical elements and the story is quite successful in letting you experience it. We travel from... more>> place to place and get close to with the fantastical world.

Still it has major flaws that really dims your enjoyment. One thing that you would notice after reading further in is that it has a serious case of sagging-middle syndrome. Sagging middle is the condition where the middle part of the story lost its way and doesn't carry the momentum of the beginning part. A common symptom is when the story wanders around and doesn't seem to know where it would go. Events happens with little relationship from each other. At worst, the story becomes episodic. The only thing that connects the events together are the characters.

Another issue I have is the story often inserts humor to the detriment of the story. A huge part of a chapter or a whole chapter would be devoted to slapstick and comedic situations. That is alright I guess, but I'm not really into that kind of humor. I don't really find them that funny.

There is also the rather lackluster characters. They are not that flat or boring. It just that, there could have been more. They could have been more complex, more varied, more substantial. So far they are okay. Not great, not good; just okay.

It could have been done better. You can't help but wish for it to have something more. Some more character depth, more action scenes, more coherence, etc. Doesn't contain much of anything to be a satisfying read.

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keklel
keklel rated it
July 18, 2016
Status: v3c1
Firstly the MC isn't omnipotent, he has lots of limitations and his decisions take those into account. E. G he can't change his appearance so he has to avoid attracting attention otherwise he can't travel freely. All his destructive abilities are flashy and attract attention so he can't use them in public. He has difficulty gathering intelligence so he has to rely on other people, etc. It is interesting to see him work around those and other limitations.

The translation kind of sucks - a lot of the time you... more>> don't know who is doing the action since often the pronoun and verb positions are in confusing places so you kind of have to guess what's happening from the context. It's hard to tell who is saying what, since the speech are not attributed to anybody so you have to just guess again - sometimes one person says 2 lines whereas you would expect the second line to be another person's reply to the first line.

The author seems to have taken some care in constructing the world so that a lot of the really obvious "why didn't MC just do that" questions don't pop up. For example, why doesn't MC just teleport everywhere all the time if teleport is instant and costs almost no mana and has a 1 sec cooldown. Why doesn't he just use resurrection magic all the time if he can resurrect 30 people at once without running out of mana. These kinds of questions are addressed in the story.

Characters are kind of generic but at least their actions make sense and are in line with their goals and personalities. As others have mentioned the MC feels kind of passive in a way that most of his actions are directed by random external encounters (he sees someone being attacked, so goes out to save them, then they ask him for help etc). On the other hand he does plenty of solo exploring when not on quests and all his decisions are based on his own risk-benefit assessments which are also explained in the novel.

So yes the story so far is not amazing, the setting and characters are kind of generic but at least it's internally consistent. I'll wait to see how the character relationships develop before passing further judgment.

EDIT:

The v2 epilogue is entirely about court politics and the MC doesn't make an appearance at all, a lot of it is written from the emperor's perspective and just him talking with his ministers about some border events. It suddenly got really boring. Dropped.

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SunsetChaos
SunsetChaos rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: v2c20
This is similar to Overlord except the MC is much nicer/humane than Ainz. MC is also a much more carefree character since he is like a traveling adventurer without any underlings or anything, compared to Ainz who is like an undercover demon lord/god with land and leading an army. I'd say it's also slightly similar with The New Gate, something like reincarnate into game character hundreds of years into the future where there's no other players around and MC have OP magic, level, equips from game era compared to the... more>> current world.

He's not a badass MC like Ainz, imo more like a calmly flowing river that can't be stopped by whatever that world throws at him. MC doesn't hesitate to loot and sell sh*t for money. Yes, he's a skeleton but so what? Being a skeleton has nothing to do with anything, you're forgetting the fact that the body was a GAME CHARACTER. Meaning it could be whatever job and whatever race he wants and that he was a man just a short while ago. If you read that one particular chapter... well it might explain why his body is not really like an undead. So what if doesn't act like a skeleton? He's a man and let's face it, what man wouldn't have perverted thoughts for that sexy elf.

I like the art and illustrations. Characters are likable even if generic. I enjoy the story, it's certainly not boring to read. It's still kind of early, no real antagonists yet other than corrupt nobles. Corrupt royalties. but what can anyone do against him honestly. Not really any real challenges for the OP MC atm, who's just doing as he pleases, raiding, looting, etc. There's probably going to be wars and sh*t which should be interesting.

What irks me is a few bits here and there. I don't know if it's intentional by the author as plot or something.

Spoiler

In the beginning, there's the cliche development of rescue the lady in a carriage from an ambush by bandits/assassins.

But then MC is like "But still, to think that the girl in the carriage was actually a noble. Although I had planed to not stand out too much, it appears that the plan is on the verge of collapsing. "

What. The. f**k. No sh*t she's a noble or someone important. What the f**k did he think was gonna happen? She's riding on a carriage with guards/knights as escorts and there's even a maid.

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Spoiler

At least he learned from that and didn't bother interacting with the princess after saving her from a similar ambush later on. But dang he can resurrect the dead what a cheat...

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Tycheri
Ghostap rated it
March 25, 2017
Status: v5c3
It is pretty good. Yes it has a normal Japanese man as the MC. Yes the MC has power on par with a Dragon lord. But the thing that this series does so much better than most is that it has actual adventure in it. The first volume was par for the course as it generally served as a introduction to the characters and world. And the second volume at least to me just seemed like a boring retread of the last except perhaps others would call it the continuation... more>> and finale of the story-line the the first volume set up.

The third volume to me is my favorite part of the series so far that includes what I think are the best aspects of the adventure genre. Where the MC meets with the inhabitants of this world seeing how much different their lives are from himself. As well as the various struggles that they have making death and loss of large income sources an expected occurrence. The MC and us readers probably don't take much face value from the MC giving people a hand when needed and it shouldn't since it is so easy for him to do it. But what I think makes these moments particularly heart warming are the people's honest gratitude towards him and how his small deed practically changed their lives or a large part of it. Sure its easy to just write MC saves people. But the way the author makes arbitrary decisions that the MC makes feel like they truly matter in that fictional world is what made the third volume so great for me.

While the fourth volume was still pretty good just not as much. Where instead of helping villagers and adventurers it was actually more exploration and discovery of new or forgotten places.

All around a good series worthy of at least an 8/10 for now.

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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
December 14, 2016
Status: v4c7
Grammar: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Writing: 4. 5/5

Grammar is rather average, with quite a few instances of awkward wording/phrasing, and misspelling. The story is about average, fantasy setting using a transferred person. The writing is where this series is exceptional. The author makes good use of descriptors to paint a pretty and slightly tainted picture of his world. You get a real feel for what the environments are like as well as some rather neatly colored in characters. The interactions are interesting for the most part, and the exposé instances fill... more>> in quite a few gaps.

I imagine that the author is really dedicated to pushing his world out there for other people to see. Still, there are a few problems as mentioned by a few other reviews. The story has no solid plot line (though I do not personally find any fault with it since it makes it feel more slice-of-life-ish in my opinion) with the main characters just getting dragged along by circumstances and his own whimsical nature. Most of the plot is progressed by the female leads, and the actual purpose of the MC is rather vague even up to this point in Volume 4. Still, the MC is really fleshed out, giving some rather human feeling decisions in moments where his greed gets the better of him (he does things for equally selfish and selfless reasons while trying to maintain an image of himself that hopefully would make him look better in the eyes of the female lead and their race as a whole).

Unfortunately this series does suffer from episodic villains. Each villain aside from the Main Royal Villains are dealt with shortly after they are introduced.

Overall, I'm really enjoying this series as it brings a breath of much deserved quality storytelling to the light novel industry. I'll be keeping close tabs on this series until either the author of translation group gives up, or the quality takes a steep dive off a cliff into the abyss.

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BowserLover16
BowserLover16 rated it
June 8, 2016
Status: v2c5
It was like overlord for a minute but the MC here is nicer and has a lot of explaining a lot type of story. I still love it
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Scaethys
Scaethys rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v2c5
So I read this one hoping that it would try to distinguish itself from overlord. It did a good job on that.
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Spoiler

the MC is a skelly with OP equipment who still possesses a modicum of humanity, though he is not adverse to killing much like Ainz. Ainz starts off relatively generous, but as you read on he becomes more and more ruthless to enemies against his guild. In this story, the skeleton knight just tries to help out whoever is in need of help since all he has is himself and not a guild.

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It's not too dark, and its a relatively decent read. You do have to question the author's logic sometimes though.

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ToddWithTheHotBod
ToddWithTheHotBod rated it
September 10, 2016
Status: v3c11
This novel isn't going to blow you away with originality, but it does have an interesting twist in that the MC is a massive, intimidating skeleton in armor who is looking to turn his "cursed" body back to a human form. As of v3c11 its been a good read but the author seems to have a problem staying on track with the main plot as the MC and his companion stop to help other groups in the few towns that they pass. This wouldn't be a big issue if there... more>> were intense fights for Skelebro to take part and show off various skills in, but so far all 2 to 3 times this has occurred the fights have been quick and kinda bland, ultimately doing nothing to advance the plot or build characters in any significant way.

As for what this novel does right; it scratches the OP MC itch very well in some ways. I won't spoil anything but Skelebro has a wide variety of skills, ranging from crazy physical strength, to teleportation, and even revival magic. Some fun things happen in order to show off his skill set but he has yet to go all out and I am very much looking forward to that.

All that said, this is one of my favorites so far, up there with TsukI ga Michibiku and Death Flags. I'm very excited to see where it goes from here on and I strongly recommend Skeleton Knight if you're a fan of "OP MC in another world" novels at all.

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NoobReader
NoobReader
April 21, 2017
Status: v5c8
A very good read but the translation is a bit shaky. Having a none edgelord MC is a plus for me but his lack of ambition is not. The MC is very strong but not OP. The decision maker is usually heroine, which make me a little dissapoint (this is your story man!), until this recent volume.

The world construction are very well made which each region, species, and view from different hierarchy are well explained. No simple "ah! this world hate beast. ", where each region and continent have... more>> their own culture and view despite it was close by.

The fighting scene is actual quiet "meh" or simple but still exciting and comedic.

The character growth is very little and relationship between main characters is simple. No harem for MC so far (only the dark elf sushI him) but many admires, like chiome who view him like her village founder, Marca though him as a kind hearted knight, RakI see him as a valuable customer and provider, and Dylan and Glenys view his as their son-in-law.

The best part of this is, the new thing that the MC see through his adventure in this fantasy like world. The sub character is more lively somehow... hmmm... feel like they are crucial character for the volume kind of feeling? they only last 1 or 2 chapter though.

Simply put, this book is about an adventure of skeleton knight exploring the new world he come into, with curing his skeleton body as a side side quest of him (not even important to him at all). A light heart book to read for those who want to fill their time with fantasy story. <<less
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lordsoul
lordsoul
March 29, 2016
Status: --
People who came to read thinking it would be like overlord will be sad cause it's not. It has far more in common with more standard transported to another world stories. It's not dark, serious, and the main character is a kind person despite hisa appearance. He is not an actual undead as the first chapter explains.

Does any of this mean it's bad? No it's actually quite fun so far. Thus far it's basically what I was hoping death march would be before the main character became surrounded with... more>> to many characters.

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pIRaTZE
pIRaTZE rated it
August 3, 2017
Status: --
Interesting at first but quickly plummet to dirt. Overpowered when he's a mere skeleton but bitching quite a lot after regain a dark elves body. I'm dumping this series for good.

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SorakaNii
SorakaNii rated it
October 31, 2016
Status: --
Now this is a surprise, I didn't know KeG became an active illustrator. Well, it's good to know. Now for the judgement, I think this is focusing too much on appeal as it's selling point, story wise... very casual, didn't even bother thinking about back logic, and adds whatever he likes, making the story line misattached. Well at the very least, it is in course in terms of relationship, despite the characters being a square type (sudden change of character). It still have it's appeal as selling point as mentioned... more>> earlier, there is also no denying that this is an enjoyable series, at least 100x better than new gate crap. <<less
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LivingCorpse
LivingCorpse rated it
June 27, 2016
Status: v2c12
This novel is good. Not really Overlord in my opinion. But still good.

Well, I have a problem with how the MC doing whatever he was asked to do. But its not like he was forced to do it and I think he just do what he wants since he don't have anything to do.

For the first arc the MC just kind of going left and right with no purpose whatsoever. But then he finally set sight on a purpose for his journey.

The world building is pretty interesting.... more>> The MC personality, sometimes two dimensional, sometimes its interesting.

Well basically, its one of those Novel that is not really that good, but you can't stop reading it either since something interesting might happen.

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Astaroth
Astaroth rated it
January 14, 2016
Status: --
Interesting premise, though I personally couldn’t immerse myself when not only were there grammatical mistakes (Surviving typos is a necessary tool for enjoying many of the novels, both translated and original.), awful sentence structure (Even if the original japanese is or isn’t terrible grammatically the meaning of “translation” isn’t necessarily to translate literally but to convey the meaning.) and wrong words are used: Bear, not bare. Tunic, not tonic. Etc.

An editor would hopefully mitigate most of this, because as it is (if the translator doesn’t improve or an at... more>> least decent editor doesn’t help out) this potentially interesting would require the reader to stop every few seconds to think about what’s actually being conveyed. And that greatly diminishes the enjoyment of reading, at least in my opinion.

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