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Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
July 4, 2018
Status: --
Those giving it low scores should read a bit further on before doing so. I've read a fair bit of the original, and I can safely say that its incredible popularity in Korea is well deserved.

The story takes place in the modern Earth, when inexplicably, a deadly game of survival unfolds and the world falls into utter ruination. The MC of the story has a foreknowledge of the characters and the events that are about to appear, though, thanks to a certain webnovel he has been reading for the past... more>> 10 years. He also gains a several useful reading-related skills to help him out, too.

And it only gets better after that. Some people might be put off by the "slow-ish" start, but stick with it, and you will be rewarded with one hell of a ride. <<less
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Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
January 2, 2018
Status: c294
Sigh. This is one of the novels that got me into this translated Chinese/Korean/Japanese stories in the first place. But as I began to read more and more, many shortfalls of this one becomes more apparent.

For one, although each chapter is long, absolutely nothing much happens. There are a lot of talking and exposition and stuff, but not much actually happens. There's some attempt at psychologically fleshing out the MC, but for goodness sake, the change he goes through is so labourious and forced, it's not even funny. I've found... more>> myself face-palming more and more at the internal monologue MC has with himself. rather than a compelling character... he's a bit of a moron - an indecisive moron, at that.

Two, there are a ton of side characters which, I have to say, become indistinguishable from one another. Quite frankly, even if half of them were cut out from the proceedings, it would not make one jot of difference. Worse still, the author chooses to focus several chapters on them. I've skimmed through those, since nothing much important happens within these chapters. What a wasted opportunity, if you ask me.

Thus, I'm dropping it. I've stuck through till now, hoping its pacing or the characterisation might improve as time goes on, but alas...

As an aside, there's this trend I've noticed in Japanese "isekai" novels. Not sure whether anyone else felt it, too. How come every single transmigrated people in these novels are Japanese? Mathematically, logically, whatever, such odds make no damn sense at all. This novel is a prime example of that: according to the lore, countless people from the modern-day Earth transmigrated, but all of them are Japanese? But why? Where are the rest of Earthlings? You know, Chinese, Americans, Europeans, etc etc? How... queer. <<less
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The New Gate
July 12, 2018
Status: v10c2 part1
This is one of the very first novels I started reading when the Asian novel bug bit me a few years ago. At the time, I thought it was the best thing ever. Now that I've matured a bit, and having started translating novels myself, I realised that my initial assessment have been rather naive.

Sure, this novel's still a far better than many other game/isekai clones littering the market at the moment. But it also has many Jap LN failings that I've grown to not appreciate. Things like the OP,... more>> seemingly omnipotent MC being a bit, how shall I say this, less than compelling in the "man the eff up" category especially when it comes to relationships and his reasons for not showing off; meandering storyline that takes several chapters to go anywhere; a potential harem that's only designed to frustrate the readers; no actual and tangible threat to MC and his parties; the lack of clear end goal - or at least, the said goal fizzing away into obscurity for more unnecessary side distractions and admittedly effective attempt at cuteness; and those OP abilities that conveniently pop out when they are needed in the progression of the plot... Yep, they are all here.

The translation effort is top-notch, however. You can tell a lot of care have been shown by all those involved in this venture. That alone is worth an extra star in my book.

Currently, I'm this close to dropping this novel and move on. Which is a shame, considering how it got me into this pastime in the first place. If the next arc is unable to hold my interest, then I probably will. <<less
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True Martial World
October 29, 2016
Status: c122
I've read this until chapter 122, and my first impression of this novel is.... this author is a troll. This novel is so awesomely freaking Troll-tastic. I loooooove it.

Of course, things might change for the worse later on, so I might also have a change of heart. But I can still appreciate the fact that the translation quality is top-notch, the site navigation is a breeze and chapters are short and sweet. Some might argue it's on the slow side, story-wise, but I'm LOL-ing too hard to care about that... more>> for now.

I'll recommend it without reservation.

BTW, even though it's supposedly related to "Martial World" but so far, I don't see it. <<less
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Immortal and Martial Dual Cultivation
December 28, 2017
Status: c125
Well, I blitzed through to chapter 125. And the first thing I can say is... the MC of this novel is an idiot. A bloodthirsty idiot, who has no common sense or even a shred of wit. As far as stupid MCs go, this guy certainly is up there.

Not to mention, quite a number of people MC encounteres also seem to lack brains as well. Must be something in the air over there....

What saves this novel from a total waste of my time, though, was its relatively fast pacing. Sure,... more>> there are moments where a scene does drag on, or the useless banter commonly seen in Chinese novels unnecessarily eats up page space, but they are mercifully short and far in-between. The main story does move at a brisk enough pace and that helped to sustain my interest in the novel.

I'll probably try to finish reading it, right up to the latest TLed chapters. But I've got this feeling that my overall impression of this novel won't change by much. <<less
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Because Janitor-san Is Not a Hero
September 4, 2016
Status: c20
I've read up till chapter 20 and, I gotta say, I've absolutely no idea what the author's on about half the time.

Dunno if the raw's like that or it's the fault of the machin translation but the sentences, dialogs, and time lines are all over the place. And then there's some chains of logic that's not clearly explained and that makes the confusion even worse.

The underlying story itself seems promising enough, so I'll endure and check it out a bit more, before deciding whether it's worth the trouble or not.
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