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Instant Death
July 21, 2017
Status: c23
This is just great. So glad I found it; thought I'd read all the good Japanese novels and the only things left were the average ones.

For starters, the theme of a boy and girl classmates travelling the isekai together is unheard of (probably because the average author prefers a loner self-insert MC, and/or they're just bad at writing the dialogue/interaction).

And the dialogue - the leads are a pair of bokke and tsukkomi and they're just hilarious together. Other characters too, just lines and interactions that are creative, non cliche and... more>> fun to read.

Story-wise, it seems male lead has a power that turns the usual isekai system on its head, again making this a refreshing read. It also subverts the power system put in place by the rulers of the world they're in, so there's your antagonists of the story early on.

So yes, overall, really funny, really well written, refreshing take on the 'transported to another world' genre. I wish I had the whole translated novel to read. <<less
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Isekai Shoukan wa Nidome Desu
March 9, 2017
Status: c7
Below average. The cover and "twice transported hero" theme got me interested, but this is not worth your time.

Basically, it just reeks too much of self-insert fantasy. Too many times when reading I could hear the author going "Wow I'm so awesome". Plot development and characters don't feel natural.
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Isekai Sagishi no Consulting
January 7, 2018
Status: --
The LN cover and summary looked slightly interesting to me but...

As you can tell from the summary, the translation is not good. Fine, the translator is still learning, but the chapters are put behind ad walls and a 'funding' mechanism is already in place. With this quality of translation and not even five chapters in?

Well, read on if you're fine with that.
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These Dangerous Girls Placed Me Into Jeopardy
April 7, 2017
Status: --
Haha this is great. It's basically a Japanese harem romantic comedy, but the heroines are special/crazy, the MC has a spine, and lots of self aware humour, and since the author is Chinese, the difference in background makes it feel slightly different and fresh.
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Outcast Magician and the Power of Heretics
March 19, 2017
Status: c13
I was happy to find a novel with so many chapters translated, however it's a shame it was so mediocre. Average I can take. Basically:

Pros:
-Interesting setting, sympathetic MC

Cons:
-There's a fundamental problem with the author's writing style. Frankly, it sucks. Too much of the author explaining things to you in detail - the magic system, the characters' feelings, traits etc, instead of showing it to you via the story and letting you figure it out yourself. As a result, the characters don't feel real and the story feels dull;... more>> reading it becomes a chore. <<less
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Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
December 5, 2017
Status: c123
Started off really well, the way he 'obtained' his first two harem (?) members/subordinates. Was funny too. The world is rich, and characters unique and well defined. However as it continued, I lost my interest in reading - the story got complicated and aimless, as is the case with the MC. Further, just like the way MC keeps his subordinates/harem at arms length and never really gets close to them, we as the reader feel the same way too. Blegh, what a waste.
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X-ray Is More Than I Thought
April 5, 2017
Status: c57
If you can get past the dark themes (well, personally I didn't find it that dark), this is a worthwhile read. It's a dark comedy and the MC is an antihero of sorts. Good plot and character development.

I agree with a reviewer that said it's not the best as erotic fiction, because it's not very descriptive in that department. Regardless, the scenes are always interesting though.

I'm glad the translation work resumed recently.
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At first I was excited that a novel with such an interesting premise had been translated, but this is just..... mediocre. The world-building is weak, the characters are cliches, and there are no stakes or plot points strong enough to pull you into the story.

Even looking at it as a parody-style story, the humor is forced and does not feel natural. The only positive I can say is.... the illustrations are really nice, and.... read this if you like mother-child related gags?

The biggest thing that bugs me about this story... more>> is:

Spoiler

This is a virtual world type of isekai, but it's so badly explained. It tries to be practical and says that it was developed by the government, run on servers and NPCs have limited intelligence and whatnot, but the most glaring is this -- MC entered the virtual world by entering a http address and getting sucked into his computer screen. What? And yet, at this world seemingly created by a hybrid of magic and science, nobody bats an eye at this insane technology, nobody seems impressed by the world they were transported to, or questioned whether they would be able to go back.

So, yeah, badly explained world and characters that don't act according to common sense.

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The premise is hilariously outlandish, even if I flipped it around and imagined it in the real world, I still can't see that sort of extreme discrimination happening. That doesn't matter though, since it's an ero-novel.

The writing is below average in terms of world-building and dialogue, so it's hard to get into this otherwise fun and crazy premise. Good to pass the time, but not a great read. Neither were the ero scenes.
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Release that Witch
March 9, 2017
Status: --
This is good. To think I skipped it once because it had a cover ripped from videogame art. Good thing I went back to read this.

Pros:
-An atypical Chinese novel with English character names! And no cultivation (what is that anyway??) or secret technique books etc
-If you like the theme of MC transported/reincarnated and uses his modern knowledge to improve everything around him, this one has it in spades
-Romance that bears fruit (*wink*)
-Relatively lighthearted, meaning no gory, sickening mature stuff
-an MC you cannot find faults... more>> with
-well developed characters

Cons:
-Chapters are relatively short; although this novel always has a clear, overarching plot, it doesn't have long story arcs that continue for chapters and chapters - in this way it's kind of a slice-of-life theme. <<less
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There's too few chapters and each are too short to really judge but.... so far it's below average. The story flows well, the dialogue is natural and there are brief heartfelt moments, but it's shallow on details and feels like the author races through things too much, so it's not enough to have an impact. It feels more like a summary of the typical average quality web novels, with the unnecessary/poor bits taken out.
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Seoul Station’s Necromancer
March 9, 2017
Status: --
Pros:
-Unique plot in a sea of similar isekai novels - MC becomes top dog in other world and returns to Earth, but it seems monsters from his previous world are appearing on Earth
-Action packed
-MC is sooo Alpha

Cons:
-Too action packed for my taste
-MC is tooo Alpha. He's strong and intelligent and acts according to his own moral code, but this MC is just too one note. He meets an obstacle, overcomes it, then comes the next obstacle, overcomes it, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat. Too make matters... more>> worse, this novel is totally centered around the MC and doesn't care about the side characters, so if you're looking for something more than action, it's just, kind of bland. <<less
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Return of the Former Hero
March 9, 2017
Status: --
It's shallow but surprisingly well written. Well developed characters and plot development. Nothing deep, but good enough as a fun, perverted read. Imagine Kono Suba if he actually has s*x with his party members and is actually powerful.
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Otoko Nara Ikkokuichijou no Aruji o Mezasa Nakya, ne?
February 9, 2018
Status: c285
I was so impressed with the first chapter because it felt fresh and really gets you to empathize with MC as he faces death and life flashes before his eyes, giving us glimpses of the life he has lead. It was a great start....... then went downhill from there. There's so much exposition for the mechanics of his new life in a fantasy world that it reads more like research notes than a story. Absolutely no fun to read. Enough to make me go "Gaaaah!!!!". It's as if the author... more>> for the first chapter got switched with some OCD author obsessed with details.

I'll try to read on, but will definitely be skipping the info-dump parts from now on.

EDIT:

Read up to chapter 285. With how long and detailed each chapter is, the translator is really doing godly work for making it this far.

It's a 3/5 but with massive reservations:- that is, it's mostly not very fun to read. I really like some of the concepts and story ideas the author uses, but most of the time it's hard to get through (yes, even with the flawless translation work).

How to describe the feeling: - when you're reading a normal story it's like you're walking through one feet of water. When you read this novel it's like you're walking through one feet of mud.

Character interaction scenes are perfectly fine though, and that's the part that keeps me coming back. <<less
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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (WN)
January 16, 2018
Status: v14
I avoided this for the longest time because of the reported loli focus and non-existent romance and excessive OP. However I started reading it recently with lowered expectations for the mentioned aspects, and, it's pretty good. Sure the MC is ridiculously OP but there remains some tension and excitement in the battles. What's best about this novel is you do start to care about the supporting characters around MC and enjoy their antics. Further, the world is richly fleshed out and populated with so many characters that it makes MC's... more>> slice of life travels around the world quite interesting and enjoyable.

By the way, MC is not really aimless as some say. Like any good slice of life story, there's a combination of minor short term goals and long term ones. They're not really firmly declared and repeated throughout the story, they're more like a to-do list. Also, there's always an some unknown enemy looming in the background to give MC something to fight against.

It's a good read when you start to enjoy what it offers instead of what it doesn't have. <<less
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Surviving a Harsh Fantasy with Cheat Items
November 22, 2017
Status: c29
It's not great. Lacks depth, very cartoony in it's characterization and plot development. I wanted to like this because the LN illustrations are really nice and would have made it very easy to picture the characters. The translator very helpfully inserted pics relevant to the chapters too. Alas, even the translation doesn't help in enjoying the story. It was fine up to around chapter 20, then suddenly became almost complete machine translation. Come on, you can't differentiate words with double meanings like "lick" (lick/underestimate) or "sweet" (sweet/naive) ??
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Aho555
This is a bit of a weird one. Your first impression from the summary and early chapters is that it's a dark revenge story (which it is), but as you read further the villains get more exaggeratedly evil and MC derives delight in delving out some heavy revenge that it starts to feel more like a dark comedy.

The most glaring thing to me is how 'cheat', overpowered or even ridiculous MC's skills are, but as he uses them creatively, I can overlook it. Supporting characters are adequately fleshed out.... more>> It's fun to read how MC strategizes and takes down opponents above his level. The story flows well and keeps you interested.

All in all, if you don't take it too seriously, it's a worthwhile read.

EDIT:

Update at v5ch15 - Still a fun read. Not the best characterization/ world building, but the author has a way of keeping the story fresh and moving forward briskly while keeping you interested. <<less
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Kono Sekai ga Game da to, Ore dake ga Shitte Iru
May 21, 2017
Status: c120
This is really good, really enjoyable read.

Pros:

-Unique setting of MC exploiting the game (now real) world's bugs and knowledge of future events, in order to become powerful

... more>> -However, he still has to work hard to win his fights (most of them, lol)

-Lots of humor; after all the game world was created by a crappy developer that furthermore likes to make life difficult for its players

-Very well fleshed out world, especially describing the changes when game world and NPCs become real people

-Supported by well developed relationships with side characters/heroines

Cons:

-Can't think of much; maybe lack of introspective moments for the MC as the plot doesn't stop moving? This is more of a nitpick though considering this is a comedic story. Anyway, there's enough serious bits to make the characters feel real. <<less
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Aho555
Pretty good. I enjoyed reading it. Contrary to the title or summary, so far it's a story of MC growing up and living life in a small village. Yes, that might be boring for some. What saved it for me are the (quite) well written characters that feel real and are likeable. Extremely important for a slice of life/slow paced story. There's also an enjoyable bit of romance subplot sprinkled in, along with a dash of subtle humor.

Downsides? MC doesn't really face any struggles in his endeavors (yes it's explained... more>> as a blessing/cheat but still......... Nonetheless, it's not to the dumbf*ck extent like Isekai Smartphone). Maybe it will happen later; so far it's still intro village for the MC, I don't know. Also, there's a bit of randomness to the way a chapter flows sometimes. Overall though, I still quite like it. <<less
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Other World Assassin Life of a Man who was a Shut-in
February 5, 2018
Status: c21
Not the worst, but still, poorly written. Chapters are short and simple, MC goes through his new life like a video game - everything is simple and easy. To me, this reads like a children's story - there is no sense of reality (for eg.: MC's first day in the new world, he finds a cave and sleeps soundly till the next day - no wariness for danger, no description of what he used to sleep or how. I suppose the floor of the cave is made of foam and... more>> there's air conditioning, lol)

Worst of all, MC sounds like an idiot when he's talking to himself while enjoying his video game life. ("Hey, I guess I'll try roasting this rabbit I just killed, without skinning the fur or cleaning the blood and innards out. Wow it tastes delicious! I'm in a children's book!!)

Don't read this. <<less
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