The Dungeon Seeker

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Junpei Takeda, a high school student, is childhood friends with Noriko Tatsumiya and is bullied by Kido Shouta. One day, while bullying Junpei, they (Junpei, Tatsumiya, & Shouta) were suddenly summoned to a different world by the whim of “God”. Summoned Heroes with cheats, or so he thought. But it turns out Junpei’s stats were even worse than an average farmer. Tricked into a deathly labyrinth by the only one he trust, he walks the journey for revenge.

The Dungeon Seeker average rating 4.1/5 - 298 user ratings
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ダンジョンシーカー
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07/26/17 Paichun Translations v4c6 part1v4c6 part1
07/06/17 Paichun Translations v4c5 part6v4c5 part6
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06/22/17 Paichun Translations v4c5 part2v4c5 part2
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06/01/17 Paichun Translations v4c3 part3v4c3 part3
05/31/17 Paichun Translations v4c3 part2v4c3 part2
05/26/17 Paichun Translations v4c3 part1v4c3 part1
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Doventanzer
Doventanzer rated it
December 10, 2016
Status: v1c8
This is pretty bad. Not even in a funny way, just all around pretty mediocre.

- The MC does not have much of a personality, he is your standard 'isekai protagonist with a female childhood friend who is transported with his classmates into a different world to be a cheat-skill hero only to not have any cheat-skills or stats'

- The MC doesn't act, he only ever reacts. Instead of working towards any kind of goal, he just meanders along until something happens to him.

- Inconsistent world building, it's a medieval fantasy... more>> setting where science hasn't progressed because there was no need for it thanks to magic existing. But then again they do know enough about basic genetics to be aware of dominant and recessive genes.

- The author fails at writing characters, especially villains, for example 4 S-rank adventurers who during their introduction are discussing how great it is to kill people, rape women and consider themselves villains. No personality traits, secret motives or hidden intentions, the only way you can tell these guys apart is by their clothes and hair colors.

- More self-masturbatory 'japan is best' forced inserts regarding food, culture, anime, manga, game industry, morals, etc... that break up the flow.

- Forced exposition dialogue, instead of having the MC and the readers naturally discover and figure out how certain story elements work and their roles in the overall plot, the author relies on constant infodumps.

+ NTR is my fetish, so the opening (which isn't ntr, just unrequited love) is at least somewhat positive I guess.

+ Some of the encountered obstacles, while poorly written at best, are kind of memorable.

+ It seems like a good case study of common isekai tropes and how not to use them.

All in all, I've read worse. 2/5 <<less
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xzpwnz
xzpwnz rated it
October 24, 2016
Status: --
Read this a long time ago, and I remember it being bad. Not sure if this novel is trying to be dark and edgy or a comedy.

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The protagonist gets captured by the first girl he meets in a village that worships him after he comes out of a dungeon that no one is supposed to come out alive from.

What's worse is that he gets captured so easily because he only has high stats in his dodge stat, so once the girl grabbed his hand, he couldn't escape because of his peasant-tier strength even though he was so ridiculously high-leveled

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niel365
niel365 rated it
November 11, 2016
Status: --
Dont let the tags ruin it for you. If your are looking for characters who actually have a reason to do what they do read this. Everyone has a motive and there are consequences. Sure it has the protagonist getting a lucky skill that solves all his answers but at least instead of squandering it, he uses his power to try and achieve his goal which is to survive and to get revenge.

Just hope it doesnt take the Arifureta route and have the MC cool down and become apathetic.
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Horoscope
Horoscope rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: v3c5 part1
Darkest novel I have ever read.

Utterly and completely DESTROYS fantasy novel tropes. The MC responds to situations in ways you would not generally expect.

The world building is completely unique, but also very messed up in a refreshing way. For example, its not the nobles that are totally messed up, it is about 80% of the human race in general. Elves and beastmen get hunted as FOOD. Totally unexpected.

... more>> MC is smart, but still has his *woops* moments. Experiencing near death situations makes him mature and calculating.

Somehow, this author managed to strike a balance between OP MC and totally weak MC. Right in the middle. He has some tremendous strengths as well as serious physical weaknesses. He's like a glass canon coated in enough Kevlar and reinforcement to hold out in a fight...for now. <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: v2c2
The comparisons with Arifureta and Suterareta Yuusha no Eiyuutan are very obvious. Perhaps the "bullied MC transported into a dark dungeon" trope is quite common, and that is why the author of this particular title decided to go all the way to the negative, dark side. The novels have a MC that was bullied, abandoned and given ridiculous cheats, and eventually they begin to assemble a harem despite their oh-so-jaded, distrustful personalities.

However, that has yet to happen in this particular novel. It seemed to me the author is taking... more>> the pains to tell us that this world is different in the sense that ALL the characters introduced in the novel thus far are despicable and two-faced. The main point of the novel is "Don't Trust Anyone", that this world is dark and gritty and awful and everyone has a selfish agenda. Everyone is twisted in one way or another, delving into the deepest and darkest of depravity just to survive and avoid facing reality.

It's not like Overlord which has black humor in it, or the manga Berserk which has a sense of a wondrous, grim tragedy.

To me, it feels like that the author is trying too hard to paint a bleak picture in this novel. Although we're told that the MC had suffered immensely, the people and situations he encountered later made it seem as if his own story is just peanuts in comparison (since he has cheats after all). It's like reading the despair of a guy who had a terrible accident and we're supposed to sympathize with him... only to later read about him interacting with people who are missing limbs or deformed or broken emotionally. It's like an escalating contest of "these guys have more tragic backstories than the MC".

It's definitely not for everyone.

Pet peeve: the inclusion of a special Smith & Wesson Magnum. Why? Why a gun? Geez. <<less
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Flores520
Flores520 rated it
October 25, 2016
Status: c10
Honestly it's pretty good compared to other novels out there. I always liked good revenge after betrayal novel so I am a little biased. It's worth a read since it considerably different to other jp novelz. Without to much basis I would give it 4.2/5 rating. The chapters are pretty long so don't be to discourage by the short amount of chapters.
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Oukis Lips
Oukis Lips rated it
May 22, 2017
Status: v2c1
If I were the author of Arifureta, I'd sue for copyright infringement (I exaggerate, but really there are too many similarities).  I mean the events of the first volumes are almost identical, only Dungeon Seeker has a darker style (that doesn't mean its more intelligent, it just means its more gloomy, for those of you who think dark plot = intelligent plot).  For those of you thinking, 'well this will be better than Arifureta because the MC will definitely take his revenge,'

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at least for the girl who betrayed him that seems to be false.  Its just my conjecture from the author's foreshadowing, but it seems that the MC forgives the girl who betrayed him; moreover, it seems she somehow time travels into the past and saves his pathetic life (Vol 1, Ch 6 & side story Noriko's revenge).  So not only does he not get to take his revenge, but he ends up indebted to her after she tries to kill him in the first place.  In order to make this plot development feasible, the author tries to garner sympathy for the girl by showing that her life was crap after she betrayed the MC...that doesn't really help the story when the only thing the readers have to look forward to is the MC's revenge (that's the result of making the story so depressing, author-san).

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Overall, the story isn't horrible, but in my opinion the author put too many eggs in the 'revenge' basket.  But if you're a masochist who likes
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to see the MC publicly humiliated, NTR'd, cut up limb from limb, spiral into depression, then get his revenge and sole reason for living taken away...

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then go for it, this novel is just for you. <<less
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udangmayones
udangmayones rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: v3c2
A better version of arifureta. The weak and bullied MC is thrown into another world with his bully and heroine and given only appraisal ability. Then the bully and heroine tricked and trapped the lv1 MC in a SSS ranked dungeon that no one can clear with no way out.

Thus began the story of revenge to kill everyone that tricked him
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Love4NovelGuy
Love4NovelGuy rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: v3c8
At first you think the writer is going overboard with the darkness in this Dark Fantasy, but after reading further, the story starts to take shape as it becomes a story that is actually quite interesting. The MC is quite powerful in his own right, but in the end, he is still the weakest due to the fact that everything inside the dungeon he's trapped in is too OP. His only way of fighting in such a dangerous dungeon is to cheat using his own intelligence and instincts.

This is one... more>> of the rare stories where a bunch of psychopaths actually make the story more interesting rather than causing the plot to nosedive into blandness. The characters and dialogue are actually engaging despite the fact that no one within the story is relatable. <<less
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: v2c4 part2
There are many tags attempted to explain The Dungeon Seeker, but I'd say that what you imagine about it will be wrong if you haven't read it. Dungeon Seeker has similar initial premise with Arifureta and Suterareta Yuusha, but its subsequent story takes drastically different path. A bullied MC got sacrificed by his so-called friends and fell into a dangerous dungeon. Afterward, he had to struggle to live while gaining many skills to rise above those who had sacrificed him. Until that point, things may be cliche. However, so far... more>> Dungeon Seeker's MC has zero harem candidates (unless you count several psychopaths who had tried to eat him (literally) and that b*tch who betrayed him). It's gory, it's mind-bending, and full of despair.

Additionally, the Author uses pretty distinctive story-telling style that takes him apart from other Japanese LN/WN authors. At some spots in Dungeon Seeker, I was reminded of Kino no Tabi's style; although DS's narrative is clearly not as smooth as KnT.

Dungeon Seeker is unusual and a pretty nice read if you don't mind the genres: Horror Mature Psychological Seinen Supernatural Tragedy. This novel, up to v2c4 part2, is the perfect mix of those genres. But if you are only looking for one of the Tags (like: summoned hero or netorare), chances are you'll be disappointed. <<less
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swordnoob
swordnoob rated it
April 3, 2017
Status: v3c3 part3
The MC is bland, the villains are cliche and nonsensical. My biggest gripe is how inconsistent the plot is. Its seems like the author forgets what he wrote in the previous chapter.

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The MC kills some B ranked bandits. He doesn't claim the reward at the adventures guild. The reason for this is that he was to keep a low profile. He even puts hush money and threatens someone he rescues into keep quiet about it. Remember that low profile he wants to keep? Forget about it because the author sure has. In the very next chapter the MC wants to gain status and needs to become an A ranked adventurer to do so. He can't do so because he can't verify his identity and prove he's not a criminal, fugitive etc. The heads of those B-ranked bandits might have been useful here. I wish I could say that the author is writing the MC as a moron (his stat distribution seems to indicate this might be the case). However, it really seems the author just forgot what he wrote in the previous chapter.

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Morkin
Morkin rated it
November 24, 2016
Status: --
Reading the description i expected another arifureta's copy, and man was i wrong. The story oddly reminds me of mushishi, or at least a psychopathic version of it. The premise is pretty standard, bullied kid turned psycho become op and explore a labyrinth, the difference is in the execution, as the story take a clear episodic pace, where every level of the labyrinth contains a story on its own, observed through the eyes of our mc, who prefers being an observer rather than an active part of the narrative.
Overall... more>> this is a one of a kind type of novel, different from everything else you may find on this website, the only problem that i found is in the first couple that kinda glosses over the transit between what seems to be a normal story to a very dark one. <<less
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ameryuu24
ameryuu24 rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: v4c1 part2
Don't let the tags like the Netorare one make you don't want to read this novel and those comments that lack any reasonableness and rationality to rate this novel. It's quite a good read. I, for one, VERY MUCH HATE NETORARE, RAPE and BETRAYAL but I found this novel enjoyable even though there are parts that made me want to skip since it was long but I still read it. Strong points of this novel are even though the setting is a dark fantasy, it makes you want to join... more>> the MC throughout his hardships and the details to certain things are... let's say, detailed. Wherein you will easily imagine stuff.

So try it, don't be swayed by the people who just wanted to badmouth the novel without giving their proper reasoning because they hated some things that happened. It's never really an adventure if you don't thread unknown waters. Have fun and welcome to the darkside! :)

There's free cookies after the novel finishes... <<less
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scribbledoutname
scribbledoutname rated it
November 23, 2016
Status: --
It's not exactly a bad story but it feels like the author is just doing their best to squick you (the reader) out. The story itself isn't all that great... the way the MC works his way through the dungeons and shoots up through levels by taking down strong enemies is pretty exciting, but given the shitty personalities and shitty situations the MC repeatedly experiences I'm not expecting any kind of satisfying build up.

That said, it's decent enough that I'm looking forward to the next chapter but the pointless squick... more>> and horrible circumstances of some (most?) of the characters is really putting me off.

I may or may not drop this. 3~4 stars depending on how this plays, but it's closer to 3 for now so I'm gonna give it 3 stars. <<less
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frenzy85
frenzy85 rated it
June 17, 2017
Status: v2
Poor world-building. Poor characterization. Not very interesting overall plot.

First and foremost, there's a lack of comedic undertone from the beginning. While not a bad thing, this does make everything much more serious. With everything being so serious, even slight things that seem illogical become things to retort to... and there's a lot of these throughout the story. This sense of incongruity plus the lack of comedic undertone makes people nitpicky. Sometimes they're wrong (for example, the dangers of incest can be taught by summoned people), but the fact that the... more>> story brings about this kind of feeling from people isn't a good thing.

One of the things that people seemingly like about this novel is the dark theme. But it's really very shallow, imo. Everything feels so fake.

Segments don't flow well from one to the other. Feels more like a mishmash of tropes and ideas than a story. There's a looming sense of something being wrong as I read through the story. It's not about major plotholes, and more a lot of many minor things that makes the world-building feel very flawed.

Despite the long-winded narrations, there's very little description of places, objects and people...

There's a big mystery that's part of the overarching plot; but the way it is presented doesn't instill a sense of intrigue. Same for a lot of the minor mysteries. Very simple, cliche, poorly executed and poorly presented.

Characters just do things. It doesn't feel like they have motivation or personalities driving their actions. Every now and then, author also forgets to take into account available information for each character is different. Character development are also very meh...

A very good example of how to fail in "show, don't tell" as well. Author never shows, and always tells; and sometimes the characters even seemingly contradict what the narrator says.

Lots of pseudo-philosophical talk and generally talking in the middle of battles. Lots of redundant or irrelevant parts, too. Most show only a trivial understanding of the subject, and some are also just factually wrong...

A lot of details on every floor, but it's pretty uninspired.

Author's style choice is also something I find very lacking. The way the story goes, a lot of common tropes that people find overused could've fit the story well, but it feels the author avoided them just to be different instead of taking into account appropriateness... which brings back the topic of it being a mishmash of ideas than a story.

For example:

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With a crazy MC, a first-person perspective can allow MC to be an unreliable narrator to great effect. Instead, we get a 3rd person narrator but with MC interrupting very often with long-winded monologues.

With very skewed stats, this could've been justified much more with an automatic stat distribution system. As of v2, we've only seen two characters invest in stats from levelling. Both choose to invest in only one stat.

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BlackWidow7089
BlackWidow7089 rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: v3c7 part2
One of the best stories I have ever read! The author manages to make the MC both cruel and vengeful but not lose his mental and moral state. He is weaker than many things in the labyrinth and has to fight hard to live on but is OP compared to the rest of civilization. It carries out the storyline without me losing interest - this is an incredibly hard task btw. Anyway definite 5/5 star LN
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Gin_Hindew
Gin_Hindew rated it
February 10, 2017
Status: v3
A great time killing story

The translation has some flaws but is easy to see that some of them were carried from the original writing, the episodic nature of the story is more "monster of the week" than a proper adventure but it helps to avoid some plot holes than may appear if things get too complex because the autor really is weak at establishing the atmosphere of a setting and just throws the MC into new stuff and right to the action, is like the chapters have almost only second... more>> and third acts (with the third act being short and mostly an explanation of how the action developed) and once the monster of the week is over we got a reset button to say hello to the new monster of the week

Also when the MC realizes something he forcefully hides his deductions from the audience to reveal them in the climax and this also could be seen when the author forcefully hid the identity of someone while explicitly saying was someone the MC could recognize, both author and MC just point at stuff and say "Hey look! something interesting for later but im only telling you is interesting to keep you reading until the reveal!" which is kind of clumsy but when the episode ends it doesnt really matters anymore so its fine

The slow world building or rather dungeon building is done quite right and together with the concept of humans becoming freaks with time and power seems to be the core of the story around whom the MC was added later but is fine as the same lack of character building prevents the author to fall into a bad character building, the skills also seem to be properly established as normal OP characters (heroes and monsters of the world) have regular OP skills like enhanced magic, defensex2, etc. but the freaks in the dungeon have freak OP skills... well, just one has been shown but is a good example

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Is a skill to interfere with physic laws which can give teleport or limited time reversal as the revealed effects so far

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The plot holes are all over the way:

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The childhood friend just decides to sacrifice the MC instead of sacrificing a bully to have the MC take his skills, i think that betraying a bad person should be way easier than betraying a close friend, right? they even had two years to think so its not like a sudden development

When the MC fights an army of cockroaches and lowers his guard getting close to kill one with his knife when he could use his gun as he is in danger of being swarmed all the time, this clearly was a way to get him in a pinch to have the mysterious character save him, the problem is that there were plenty of other moments that could have done the trick better than plain carelessness in the face of a bug army

There was this time when the story clearly says the MC looted all the tools from a small village but later he and other guy have to dig using a sword because they got no shovels

When the MC instantly agreed to help a guy in a dangerous near lethal mission he had no need to do as he could literally walk away into the next floor without having to face anyone, also he believed the guy just because he seemed nice without informing himself about the other side of the story, and we are talking about a betrayed MC who just before kept doubting a town when they explained their problems

The ability Appraisal Eyes cant appraise humans and later the MC is appraised with it; granted, it could also mean he is no longer human

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So the author simply doesnt make things complicated which prevent the plot holes from becoming deeper, a wise choice that tells me the author knows his limits and thus just does the things he does right without dwelling into the things he is not good with

Also i am grateful that despite the dark setting the MC doesnt become as edgy as he could and keeps a cold head all the time, he recognizes the motivations of everyone and doesnt lecture on morality or any value he no longer has

As a literary work this novel is weak but to relax and kill time is so damn entertaining, highly recommended <<less
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crochetcocoking
crochetcocoking rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: --
Welp quite interesting novel though a bit too violent to my taste as it seems to be written by some edgy teen but I guess it can pass as some time killer... I only read when I've got nothing else to do and I'm seriously getting bored

Ps: Thank God there is that comic relief ojisan as otherwise it would have become unreadable
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graydragon12
graydragon12 rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: v3c4
Alert: This novel is not for everyone. It have a very dark setting with rape, murder, killing and torture being the norm. Also the author is very detail in describing the torture, amputation and experience scene so if you are someone who don't like that, don't give this novel a try. It is not your everyday "everything will be fine, people will live and be saved by the last minute" novel.

People keep comparing this to Arifutera but this is a whole league above it in term of the darkness... more>> of the story. While Arifutera go downhill quite quickly after the leave the dungeon and just turn into a adventure/OP MC, this novel stick to its core as the MC advance deeper into the dungeon. He will kill everything that even remotely pose a danger to him (cute girl, loli, hot elf). He still has his humanity and will tend to help if someone in needed if helping them don't get him into trouble that is so don't expect him to kill a noble and or wipe out a underground guild for a kid.

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About the part the the MC get capture by the first girl he met in a dungeon everyone keep complaining about, the story stick to its setting so what do you expect. Junpei is a weirdo that only put point in his dodge. His only damage power come from the weapon and he doesn't expect that. He was still an amature at that time. He let his guard down and she just grab him like that. Try asking your friend to grab your hand unexpectly while you two are talking. Even with godly speed, you can't dodge it if you are not expecting it

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I do wish the artist that draw Arifutera manga switch to draw this manga cause the art in Arifutera is good. <<less
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