Stranger’s Handbook

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The main character is suddenly summoned to another world…..and the one who shows up next is a malicious and scheming noble…..obey or die. I’ll try to rise in this world and live on by any means! It’s the story of such a hero.

Comedy and serious scenes? I’m the type that won’t let his guard down even when my magical powers are at a cheat level, I take my medicine while scheming wickedly.

Was I only scared of my surroundings in the beginning? Well, I’ll do my best to become an indispensable hero!

Stranger’s Handbook average rating 4/5 - 196 user ratings
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Isekaijin no Tebikisho
Otherworlder’s Handbook
異世界人の手引き書
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chencking
New chencking
February 23, 2017
Status: c97
Great novel. There's some action but mostly comedy. The comedy is good, and unlike most isekai tensei novels, this series doesn't rely on the knowledge from the past making you OP trope. It can get a bit confusing remembering who is who at times, but that should be limited to side-characters only.
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BLKCandy
BLKCandy rated it
June 27, 2016
Status: c24
C11? I gave it till C24 before I decided I gave it too much time. The shift in PoV does not justify what the locals have done at all. Really. Multicultural, all accepting, anti discrimination righteousness my arse, they are too damn quick to kill and too demanding of the person they kidnapped, often resorting to threat.

I even re-read the so called 'revealing. chapter 11 thrice.

Like, seriously, killing men who kicked woman instantly after being summoned. What is an excuse for that? Being under magic pressure from MC? No, it's... more>> just their oh so noble moral code. Don't harm woman? Sure that's right. But killing men for that?

What other misunderstanding? Mistook MC fear for bravery and his surprise remark for flirting? How does that justify kidnapping, killing, and forcing people from otherworld to do their bidding? Nope, it's just a 'joke' put in the story which doesn't justified any cruel action done to the summoned.

And heroine 'misunderstanding' does not help one bit. It shows that heroine somewhat care about the MC and her actions which brings harm to others are not intended. But that is in no way justified what others done or plan to do to them. It only shows how innocent(read: stupid) the heroine really is for not aware of the effects of her dark power. Sure it is a running gag. But nope, this misunderstanding doesn't justify anything either.

It's 24 chapters in already and those who were summoned with him have yet to reappear. So I guess they are really, really dead by now. wow. Yup, including those women they killed the men to save them from a few kicks. That is unless they reappeared after this. But hey, 24c and not a single hint that they will return.

Somehow everyone seems to forget about them. And I found it strange that our MC cope with the locals pretty quick despite being kept as a puppet or tool and often thretened to be killed. Like, he cope really well he just killed one in a dual because the otherside was being a jerk, sent his head flying in a flash, wow. Sure that guy was a jerk but... wow. Our MC picked up local culture pretty quick. Oh, and he is pretty much become more accepting of everyone from the tyrant noble kidnapper, beastman knight murderer, and being pushed and dragged around on the noble's will.

I highly doubt the moral of this noble house. I had hoped to see someone pointing that out in the story that this is an evil house and our hero must escape, but it seems there is no hope for that. Looks like this will be the greyish good guys. Except they aren't grey but straight hypocrite tyrants.

Somehow still better than common shallow isekai harem op mc 'cuz it is funny. As long as you aren't bothered by the broken moral compass of this novel.

Edit: dropped the score down again after re-reading 1-11 for the fourth time to see if I really missed something. Nope, I didn't. <<less
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Draeghe
Draeghe rated it
July 13, 2016
Status: c32
The story is a fantasy comedy, with a tint of darkness filled humor.

A couple of points to start with:
- At the end of almost every chapter, with the Main Character as first-person-view, there's a kind of thing he constantly says/repeats. Which turns it into a running gag.
- Another thing to realise is that the Heroine has such a high darkness affinity, that everything she says or shows is almost always completely different from what she feels/thinks inside.
- The MC is basically super strong, but somehow remains a... more>> coward despite that. Which appears to be part of the humor. Which leads to the initial running gag.

All of this make the story rather unique as well as entertaining. And at the same time you can't really take the story very seriously.

Someone remarked in their review that they are discriminating. One of the tag lines in the story is 'misunderstandings'. This makes me think that that person who said that didn't read very far ... or basically ignores part of what he was reading. In any case, that person seems to take the story too seriously, for what it really is.

In the story they do take discrimination very seriously. There's obviously a difference in culture, so you ought to keep that in mind when reading the story. A difference in culture will often lead to misunderstandings.

The people inside the story (namely the faction the MC wound up with (beastmen)) have their own strange code of honor. This code mostly means they need to be strong and just (and apparently swift in judgment), and that's where where the heads will roll whenever they meet 'opponents' (opponents heads that is).

The whole summoning was to obtain the MC, not the other people. It all revolves around him. I imagine the other persons who were accidently summoned with him, were basically forgotten by the author. Maybe at one point he'll leave more of a remark about it, but not yet. The author seems to love to leave things hanging, causing readers to misunderstand as well.

A few running gags:
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The MC says something along the lines of "I'm going to die" or a version thereof at the end of almost every chapter his perspective is shown. (or he says something else 'negative')

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One of the presumed running gags is him wetting himself a little at occasion, which the 'beastmen' perceive as marking his territory. Making them think he's strong instead, rather than afraid.

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I must add that the story makes use of a lot of 'tropes'. Basically stuff that's been commonly used and re-used in other stories as comedic relief. Although that gives it a recognisable feel, it's also the reason I won't give the story a 5. I think I'll judge a 4 for now, for what I've read so far.

And to remind you and I hate to say the same thing as others, but it's true so here goes: "It's advisable to keep reading till Ch.11 (It won't take long to get there) in order to get the right feel for what type of story it really is. " <<less
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
May 10, 2016
Status: --
The transferring to the other world reminded me of _Gatz_. I could not contineu reading because people get summoned (kidnapped) and the summoners (kidnappers) expect the 'hero(s)' to be polite and respect their customs. At least in other WN with similar stories, even if the royalty was evil, they understood the ones from another world had different customs, but it does not seem so in these WN. I do not have to read further to guess that the 'hero(s)' will help the people that summoned them, even... more>> though the MC was threatened several times. It is ironic that the people doing the summoning do not believe in discrimination, but they excessively discriminate those that show a small amount of discrimination or prejudice, and will kill without mercy. Yet, they consider themselves the good guys. <<less
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berdy
berdy rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c15
The story heavily focus on misunderstanding that are not always immediately apparent or clear. When reading the story, the character perspective leads to different interpretations of events. The misunderstandings can feel a little forced.
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Havisu
Havisu rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
About a salesman who, during a certain earthquake, was summoned to the other world together with some other people. Maybe because he was a salesman, he knew very well how to interpret other people behavior and make conclusion from their action.

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And after he started to learn magic, he will be able to even read his future wife's mind.

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There aren't any demon king or world invader setting, because it is a world without discrimination.. As far the chapter i read so far, it lean more toward political and comedy?

Rather enjoyable if I had to say so.

Edit: after reading the latest chapter (currently c28) the story is all nice and well, a bit boring if u may say, but...
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There's one thing bothering me, what happened to all other people who was summoned with him??? After he got himself in comfortable situation, the story proceed as if those people didnt even existed.

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SeventhTale
SeventhTale rated it
January 8, 2017
Status: c90
A very great novel. This is a story about schemes around the politics. There is a serious development but the COMEDY content is high. The MC has a funny personality under his mask. The characters are also likable. I really recommend it for those who want to have a serious but relaxing reading.
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Fluffums
Fluffums rated it
October 30, 2016
Status: c71
I don't often give five stars in a review, but this one deserves it.

Good characters, decent setting, cute romance, amusing humor. The treatment toward the summoned people seems to bother some people, but consider that:
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The ones who were killed were attempting rape at the time. The killers were honorable knights who acted after hearing an old woman scream and seeing two young men approaching a bunch of women with bad intentions. It serves as a notice to the reader that life isn't valued in the setting, and the people they killed weren't the target of the summons, after all.

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jcgonz24
jcgonz24 rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: c32
Hilarious af.

I like how the author makes sure the misunderstandings are turns into a comedy.
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ahadiscoelf
ahadiscoelf rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: c20
This novel is just full of misunderstanding that it actually managed to make the 2-star reviewer here misunderstand the story. No, don't blame him, this just show how legit the writer is in writing misunderstanding chapters.

For real though, this novel is far from going through the injustice/tragedy plot. It's just a fun daily life story of people who can't help but causing misunderstandings due to extenuating circumstances (e.g.; cultural difference, curse/blessing)

It's a fun timewaster.
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JerryHatrick
JerryHatrick
May 12, 2016
Status: --
To begin: You have to read up to at least Chapter 11, where it has another character's point of view. Between that chapter and Chapter 10, whatever you thought of the story up till then will either be confirmed or completely blown away.

As for me, I'm not quite sure what to think but I'm more than willing to give a story with such an interesting, yet somewhat confusing, beginning a chance.
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kalp456
kalp456 rated it
October 22, 2016
Status: c68
I quite like this novel. I enjoy reading it. The characters are kind of hypocrites when dealing with unimportant characters, e.g., cannon fodders, people used to show the strength of the characters to the viewers, people like that. Anyway, self indulgent novel, as always, but still enjoyable, nonetheless. 3/10
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Jarrow
Jarrow rated it
September 10, 2016
Status: --
This would be best summed up as a dark comedy with a bent morality. Part of the the shock value comes from the casual evil of the main characters, yet they are presented humorously and with warmth. That plants this LN firmly in the cognitive dissonance subtrope, with the humor and contempt blending and competing for your attention.

The MC is, unfortunately, in most respects a standard Japanese pervert MC archetype, just a little older than usual. Loli Harem will ensue (ages 16 and 10, as of ch45.... more>> The MC is in his late 30s'). <<less
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Albus
Albus rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: c32
This is a really funny and refreshing story, but at least in my opinion it get's especially good around the later chapters so delay your judgement until them to truly understand the novel.

Or at least wait until chapter 11...
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Darien
Darien rated it
November 16, 2016
Status: c77
Quite amusing, and with a decent flow. The novel is rather farcical in nature, and with a few streaks of dark humor and violence, although not dwelling very deeply on the subject. The nature of this work sort of requires shallow characterizations, so don't expect Dostoevsky. Some reviewers have given the novel a bad mark due to moral objections over its content, but I do believe most readers could get past it. If not, you will at least find out very early on.

The translation itself is at a quite decent... more>> level, keeping the language flowing and natural. I can of course not attest to the fidelity to the original, but at least it isn't a pain to read. <<less
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keitsu
keitsu rated it
June 24, 2016
Status: c23
Hilarious! This is a (mild) main character (and I assume pretty plain salaryman) who is pretty much running around at the whims of the royalty and getting caught up by IRREVERSIBLE situations, like seriously... a classic WTF have he gotten himself into today / this week? And can the royalties stop forking him sideways everyday? Not likely LOL

But i'm truly curious about the prologue... whether it is referring to him in the future or the predecessor hero.
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scriptor
scriptor rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: c21
Was VERY tempted to give this a 5-star but there haven't been enough chapters out for me to make a conclusive judgment. It's a bit awkward in the beginning but after smoothing out past the somewhat forced-feeling comedy act in the summoning arrival room, it's actually quite a cute and funny series.

The main character used to be a salesman so he's got high EQ and smarts. He has a really cheat-worthy talent at Light magic. Funnily enough, his fiancee's elemental affinity is darkness. The hijinx that occur with their... more>> respective talents clashing had me in stitches. XD

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In case the mind-reading thing weirds anyone out, just know that he resorts to it because the girl's darkness affinity makes her every action seem like a villainess about to take his life. She's actually a very cute girl inside as he finds out. It's just that her brain-to-mouth filter is broken.

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ddinh25
ddinh25 rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: --
Hilarious and entertaining book. Beginning is slow and the story doesn't get into its groove right away so read to at least ch.11 before deciding. If you're a fan of My Death Flags Show no Signs of Ending, then you'll love this one. There's even a female Harold, and funny misunderstandings galore. A very entertaining book once it gets going
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slay_mithos
slay_mithos rated it
November 25, 2016
Status: c82
Finally I find an "other world" story where the protagonist is presented as an actual adult, and doesn't act like a horny teen on steroids.

I mean, he definitely isn't the most intelligent person, or anything like this, but it is also consistent with how he is presented, a sales-person. He is able to appear calm, and to somewhat judge both situation and character, which are skills a good sales-person could very well be expected to have.

The writing isn't exceptional, but it's a bit above the usual level for those novels,... more>> and the translation is fairly good too (not to mention that the translator seems to be keeping his schedule for the most part, at 3 chapters a week).

The world is definitely not a simple and easy place either, with powerful nobles scheming (so far it's still fairly tame, but there are hints that it would likely be worse later on). While the characters aren't especially deep, there are a few characters that have interesting personalities, making it feel a bit more believable.

What I'm trying to say is that while it's not at an exceptional level, this novel is actually fairly enjoyable to read. As long as you don't go into it waiting for some especially deep scheming or some perfect story telling, you will probably have a good time reading this. If you take into account that it's a web novel, and not the work of a renown author, it makes me rate it above average. <<less
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Silvertin
Silvertin rated it
October 21, 2016
Status: c14
Somewhat enjoying it so far, honestly its not entirely my thing since the protagonist seems too scared and cowardly. He seems to think of all the characters who summoned him as malicious, evil, worst type of people (beastkin). It isn't until around chapter 10 we learn that it is all actually just a misconception because of both culture and their "dark magic affinity" which makes them come off with completely different meanings than they intend (basically it warps people's perception of them.

Though keep in mind, much of the humor is... more>> based along those misunderstandings!

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The character gains a mind reading ability early on, which is how he finds out that they actually mean well, though he can only read one character's thoughts ... so far [/url]

Funny and explanatory things below Chapter 11 talks about the way they actually perceive the main character, which is essentially a bold, fearless, ladykiller with monstrous magic power, which the magic power part is true, but the MC thinks he is pathetically weak. I honestly find the way the character thinks he is going to die after just about every pov chapter of his, is funny. Mostly because its like "your over exaggerating arent you?" kind of way.

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I will update this when I catch up to the chapters. <<less
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canaria
canaria
January 6, 2017
Status: --
do not be fooled by the dark start and fantasy setting, this is a slice of life comedy with plot.
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