The Dungeon Seeker


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Junpei Takeda, a high school student, is childhood friends with Noriko Tatsumiya and the bully Kido Shouta. One day, during the usual course of bullying Junpei, they 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 4.3/5 - 185 user ratings
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Related Series
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN) (4)
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (LN) (1)
Suterareta Yuusha no Eiyuutan (1)
The Trembling World (1)

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Date Group Release
01/16/17 Paichun Translations v3c1v3c1
01/08/17 Paichun Translations v3 prologuev3 prologue
01/01/17 Paichun Translations v3 illustrationsv3 illustrations
12/22/16 Paichun Translations v2 epiloguev2 epilogue
12/21/16 Paichun Translations v2c5 part2v2c5 part2
12/19/16 Paichun Translations v2c5 part1v2c5 part1
12/07/16 Paichun Translations v2c4 part2v2c4 part2
12/02/16 Paichun Translations v2c4 part1v2c4 part1
11/30/16 Paichun Translations v2c3 part2v2c3 part2
11/23/16 Paichun Translations v2c3 part1v2c3 part1
11/21/16 Paichun Translations v2c2 part2v2c2 part2
11/19/16 Paichun Translations v2c2 part1v2c2 part1
11/18/16 Paichun Translations v2c1v2c1
11/12/16 Paichun Translations v2 episodev2 episode
11/11/16 Paichun Translations v2 prologuev2 prologue
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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