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Aurega
Summed up in one word: Messy. Also the fact that 2 seperate translators dropped the series due to lack of interest should be a huge warning flag.

The story is a fairly standard japanese reincarnation/transported to another world novel, but sets it in an otome game the MC has played where he ends up becoming the mook who married the villainess in the game. He then proceeds to improve himself so that he doesn't end up like in the game.

My main complaint about the series is how the author introduces elements... more>> left and right and just abandons them completely. Blacksmithing? Barely mentioned after the first volume. His fan club? Made one appearence and was never seen again. Magic books? He read up to vol 3 but made no progress at all over the next years. Not to mention that the story often zips around way too fast, completely neglecting any character development at all.

Which brings us to the other big elephant in the room: the characters. Some of it can be forgiven since the setting is an otome game, but you never feel there is any personalities in either the MC or the majority of the supporting cast at all. Only the games main heroine shows a little personality so far. <<less
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Summoned Slaughterer
November 4, 2017
Status: c44
Messy story about a summoned hero who turned out to be a serial killer. His entire purpose in life is to murder, and in a world with boring, onesided characters with no redeeming qualities, he embarks on a journey to slaughter everyone. Constant contradictions in characters and lack of a driving plot killed this for me, since it feels more like some repressed urges the author writes about instead of a story.
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Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
December 11, 2016
Status: v3c5 part5
A good kingdom building novel with tons of references to both real world history with examples from the asian eras like the Sengoku Era and Romance of the Three Kingdom, with a sprinkling of ideas from Machiavellianism and Sun Tzu. Pace is fairly slow, but the worldbuilding is decent and there is an actual story. Unfortunately, there is a novel out there that does everything this novel does, except better - Release the Witch. The main cons in this novel are the characters - they are pidgeonholed into typical japanese... more>> stereotypes which severely cripples the character development, leaving several characters feeling artificial. There's basically times where characters act unnaturally just so they would stay true to the character stereotypes. Another con is that the author simply assumes that a medieval world with magic will react exactly like the modern japanese society to everything that happens which leads to a lot of deus ex machinae situations where the MC can perfectly predict the reaction to a policy every single time, and will never fail (so far). The only exceptions to this is when the author decides that Machiavellianism should apply (it's completely random), which leads to a world that feels very plastic and out of place.

Edit: The one dimensionalness of characters is getting worse and worse while the nation building and applying modern knowledge seems to have been put in the back burner in favor of modern politics. Going down from 4 to 3 stars. <<less
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Shadow Hack
February 15, 2018
Status: c115
One word that describes this novel: Mismatched.

It feels like the author can't quite decide how he wants the story to be and changes from chapter to chapter. The ranking system is particularly random compared to the typical xianxia novel. The biggest issue I had was the pacing, MC gets access to OP powers way too early and the story just flounders around from where. It doesn't help that the author tries to cram in as many Xianxia cliches as he can into the story, making it even messier than it... more>> should be. The lack of details makes this even worse, that even after 100 chapters, I still can't make sense of the world quite yet.

I will keep on reading for another 100 chapters or so and if the novel doesn't start making more sense then I'll drop it. <<less
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Sevens
April 25, 2017
Status: Completed
Again, another typical beta, dense, clueless, undecisive and naive japanese harem series. Except this one dons the tragic emo mask and tries to sprinkle a little anti favor into it, but completely botches it. First of all, this was supposed to be set in medieval setting, but the author instead of doing research just projected way too much japanese culture in it.

Now credit where credit's due, the story is interesting and there is some nice, if slow, buildup of character development that could have been something amazing. Alas, japanese tropes... more>> had to intrude here and makes things way too predictable. Still some decent character development for a japanese novel, even though it's not as good as masterpieces like spice and wolf.

All in all, an enjoyable read, so if dense japanese harems is your thing, go for it, but don't expect something groundbreaking. Do avoid it if you don't like political wrangling and dense beta male leads. <<less
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Tilea’s Worries
October 19, 2017
Status: --
This is the epitome of the japanese misunderstanding comedy genre, purposefully overdone in a way that makes one both want to read on and strangle the author. Fair warning, they beat the jokes to death and more, so either come prepared for a horse beaten long after it's dead or read it in small doses.

The description is spot on, but there is some rage-inducing stupidity involved in this series, so it's definitely not for everyone.

My one complaint is how onesided the characters are, I wish the author would flesh them... more>> out a little more. Or just written it shorter.

Translation is quite good, especially explaining various memes and spoofs that's used in the series, but the writing of the series itself is a little chaotic and feels childish. Might be on purpose, given the story, but it still takes some enjoyment away from reading. <<less
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Tempest of the Stellar War
May 29, 2018
Status: Completed
Finally finished the raws. What can I say, it's a mess, but a decent mess at least. What people need to keep in mind that this is more like a xianxia story with sci-fi elements, not a sci-fi story with xianxia elements.

Let's start about the good parts.

Character development - Several characters in the series undergoes a lot of experiences and changes based on them. Sadly, this isn't true for the MC and main heroine, but it's still pretty good to see that a lot of the supporting cast are... more>> organic characters that changes as they experience the world. It also follows the typical "underestimated MC finds alternate route to get power" route, which isn't always a good thing but it is well executed in this case.

Crowning moments of awesome - Lot of "feel good" moments when everything falls together. Even in cases where you see it coming from far away, it doesn't take away from the moment.

Engaging story - despite lots of jumping around and genre shifts, the underlying story is still there and is pretty engaging.

Next, the bad parts:

Unrealistic Sci-fi - Author clearly only did surface research and didn't bother researching everything. How they can achieve instant communication and data flow to run a VR game in real time across the galaxy is never explained, neither is how a magnetic field can deflect a laser. Like I said above, it's not a sci-fi story, but a xianxia story so if you overlook the blatant scientific inaccuracies, the story isn't bad.

Story of... mech battles, battle academy, military sci-fi, and more - The author tried to make this into too much and thus derailed the story from time to time. I'm pretty sure the story would have been better if he just cut one or two things about the story, like the VR element, and made it 500 chapters shorter. Right now the story does get a little bit boring at places, partially due to the constant genre shifts.

Plot holes - Probably the biggest downfall of this series, too many unexplained happenings and random events. Why is the galaxy so militaristic when it's peaceful for the last century?

Gary stu (pid) MC - MC always wins, no matter what. At least the story tend to avoid random deus ex machinae events that so many other xianxia stories rely on, but the MC is too brilliant, too strong, and too awesome to fail. He's a genius in everything (except romance of course), yet is pretty dull and stupid normally in most areas. Like I said above, the MC also lacks any character development. His development with the main heroine feels like the romance in star wars ep 2, which has been described as watching two chairs make out.

All in all, a decent story bordering on "good", but not a great story by any means. Still very entertaining and I do especially recommend this if you're into xianxia. <<less
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A Will Eternal
February 2, 2018
Status: c747
Started off well, but eventually devolved into the typical generic Xianxia. After reading a few of these novels, you can pretty accurately predict what will happen, and characters don't really develop. I expected more from Er Gen, but I was let down by this series.
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Would have been quite a good novel if not for the repitition and extreme wall of info dumps. Normally, I love stories that go in depth in detail, but this novel simply gives you a little too much, in a dry fashion. The aurhor simply doesnt realize that we need to know every thought the MC has. It would make sense if the author was paid by wordcount though, but makes the story dry and painful to read at times. At some points it felt like the author is describing... more>> every action he is doing when playing an MMO while at the same time describing his thought process behind his every action.

Side stories all repeat the same incident in the beginning which is annoying, but gives us a nice view of the other characters and view of the world, but wish they would be more fleshed out when we meet them in the main story.

Now the story is decent, but it advances a little too slowly. In addition, you dont get the "becoming king" feel at all. In fact,
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the first "modern" thing the MC introduces is rubber, which he promptly uses to create condoms, like wtf?

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60+ long chapters in, nothing has really happened so im lowering my score from 3 to 2.' <<less
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Tales of Demons and Gods
May 7, 2017
Status: c444
Started off as a great story with a lot of promise for the first 100 or so chapters. Still manages to be a good novel for the next 150 chapters or so, but quickly after that it gies downhill fast. This is most clear by the pace the author releases chapters, as we used to get them pretty much daily at the start of he series but now we only get one every month. Its clear that the author is either out of ideas or has stopped caring about this... more>> series (probably both) and the recent chapters gives a strong vibe of an incoming axe to the series.

Now to more detailed complains, heavy spoilers incoming so we will use a tag here.

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first of all is the personality of the MC. He is supposed to have lived for several centuries before he experience the time rewind, but he acts like a teenager for the entirety of the series.

Next is the amount of plotholes in the series. For example, the main love interest's cultivation was chosen because it would grant her several lives when she's done cultivating, but then when the team cultivates further it is revealed that they gets reborn after they die with only a level loss as a penalty. This is just of countless plotholes and loose ends in the series.

The biggest indication that the author is clueless about where to go is that the big bad the MC lost to in the original time frame was only a shadow and the real thing is several times more powerful.

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So in short, first arc is about a 4 star, second arc drops it to 3 star and the current arc gets 1 lone star which averages out to 2.66 for the series as a whole, rounded up to 3 stars. <<less
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Womanizing Mage
April 21, 2017
Status: c63
Another typical Xianxia story of strong, handsome, genius and arrogant protagonist. Except this time he's a practitioner from Earth that transferred to a fantasy kingdom. Story starts with Long Yi dying while being chased and transferring into the body of a good-for-nothing noble who's in the middle of raping the country's princess. The world he gets transferred to uses a mix of magic and ki (douqi) and with knowledge from his previous world (some fantastical version of China), he manages to find a bridge between the two and fuse them.... more>> Also, for some reason, the person he transferred into has an affinity for all elements, especially the lost ones (most people of the world only has affinity for one element, and people with affinity for even two are treated as geniuses). So far so good, interesting concepts and quite a nice way to start the story. Then the story starts off by going on breakneck speed and our protagonist meets one woman after another, making each and every one fall for him within just a few moments of meeting them. Add in several deus ex machinae elements that somehow ends up with him owning two tablets from opposing light and dark gods, getting offered blood pacts by magical beasts several powerlevels over him instantly when he meets them and just rushing from objective to objective. Having several woman fall for the protagonist can be done well, but that's certainly not the case here. I feel this novel has more common traits to H novels in that the story is often rushed for "plot" (when looking at the genre tags, this should be obvious in hindsight), but in this one there are next to no explicit H scenes. Certainly it has a way better story and actually interesting elements in it. So in short, the story feels really rushed with little to no character development for anyone but our main character. But if short harem stories where the women just keep coming are your thing, this will be your series. Otherwise, there are many other much better stories out there for you to explore. <<less
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Yuusha-sama no Oshishou-sama
December 11, 2016
Status: c28
One word will describe this novel perfectly: Bland. While the concept was very intriguing and it started off really well with interesting characters, it quickly devolved into the typical japanese shounen harem love comedy. There is next to no character development (characters will conviniently turn into the stereotype one expects: Dense MC ignorant of his harem, little sister type who loves the MC, mature older sister type in love with MC, 3rd wheel best friend who cannot determine if he wants to help the MC hook up, stupid arrogant onedimensional... more>> antagonists everywhere etc) and one can easily predict the plot from the start of an arc. The only saving grace is that the theme of noble vs commoner is well executed and some characters will show traces of personalities from time to time. <<less
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