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This novel is bad and here's why:

    • The setting is bland and unoriginal - it's your typical JRPG mechanics with middle kingdom and demons.
    • Main character's logic makes no sense: after vowing to exact revenge and getting a second chance by returning back in time, what does he do? He allows the very same pain and humiliation happen to him, because he needs a "justifyable reason" for revenge, as they haven't done much to him in the second timeline yet!.. Simply genius.
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      I mean, I understand he had no way of doing his revenge right away and the only way to get stronger is to heal (and receive skills and levels in the process) people for the princess - but he could still do all of this WITHOUT going through unpleasant experience, simply by agreeing to work instead of acting afraid and refusing. He WILLINGFULLY put himself through all of this, only because he worried that his desire for revenge might die out.

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    • The presumed "core" of this novel, the revenge part... is just lacking!
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      The only thing he does to his revenge target is just breaking fingers few times, several bruises with external wounds, following with rape (with a help of red-hot metal). And to make matters worse, the latter part (rape) is almost completely skipped, barely any description! Even the first part of the revenge is barely described!

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      What is the whole point of a revenge novel, if the revenge part is barely there?
    • And, apparently, it then goes straight into harem route... 'nough said.
Why would anyone read this novel is simply beyond me.

The only saving grace is the art (which is only a part of 2 LN volumes, that are not even translated) and MC's power, that despite being broken (overpowered) actually makes sense, at least for the most part.
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Mushoku Tensei (WN)
March 22, 2017
Status: Completed
I can't really recommend this... The story progression is fine, the battles are great, there are some good moments – overall everything's nice – except for the characters!..

Let's start with the main character: Rudeus isn't a bad guy and his "pervertness" looks funny at first – but then you grow tired of him. His way of thinking is strange, he's really irrational and furthermore he doesn't seem to mature at all (!) – Rudeus keeps being mostly the same (pathetic) person from his previous life (for better of worse) –... more>> you just can't bring yourself to like him!

Not only that, the other characters are empty (it felt like some of them didn't have any reason to be in the story at all, they're here just for the sake of fanservice or making Rudeus look better or for whatever other cheap reason), the interactions between them are unrealistic and unnatural, their motives and dialogues are childish – to the point, that you start to question the author's rationality and well-being.

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Just remember the School Arc – ugh, it's literally the worst arc of the novel and it shows all its main flaws clearly... Useless (bland) characters, Rudeus' way of thinking, childish interactions, unnecessary fanservice – you name it!

P.S. My review ended up being small, since I had been reading this novel a while ago, but hopefully I've managed to describe my overall impression of it. I felt like this novel deserved more negative reviews...

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I guess I'll try to write some sort of review, since no one's made one so far...

The premise goes as follows:
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The modern world got swarmed by beings from Otherwold, demons, led by the so-called Demon King. The god chose 7 people and granted them power to save the world – and so they did. Due to the influence of the demons and the war as a whole, humanity came to know the existence of magic and ESP (extrasensory perception, espers and such, you know).

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So, in a (relatively) peaceful time, our main character works as teacher for magic in a school for ESPers and magicians, while desperately (lol) trying to hide her identity as a former hero.

The novel consists of short arcs that seem to follow a certain pattern: slice-of-life-ish daily life of MC with a glimpse of backstory and world-building, which is followed by some threat that MC easily deals with using her Magical Girl power. It's rather light so far, but some of the bigger parts of the plot are foreshadowed, such as politics and the possible demon threat.

So far, there aren't that many translated chapters, but if you want a simple comedic novel with just the right amount of plot, then you probably should give this a try.
Honestly, it looks promising enough, so I'm looking forward for it. <<less
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One of the better novels on NU simply because of its approach: instead of focusing on otome aspects, it revolves around government, politics, military and all-around behind-the-scene schemes and harsh reality. Another good point is that the protagonist is by no means ridiculously strong (OP) nor does she have any common-sense-breaking knowledge from her previous life – in fact, premise aside, her knowledge is basically useless, as she was a normal young girl back then.

If I were to pick some shortcomings, I'd say it's a bit on a slower side... more>> sometimes. Also, because of first person narration, Eliza's character and emotions are barely visible.

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There are some suspicions around Earl Terejia and Priest Faris – and the way the seem to know something about her reincarnation – but it's all glanced over for whatever reason.

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Mitou Shoukan://Blood-Sign
March 9, 2018
Status: v2 afterword
I just can't bring myself to continue. I had some doubts while reading the first volume, but when I got to the 2nd volume there were no doubts left – this novel is heavily filled with the Harem Subtext. Yes, it isn't much of a surprise as the description on NU doesn't really hide it nor does it actually go against the personality of the MC – but all of this feels like an excuse to surround the protagonist with girls.

Well, I might be a harem hater, so there's that.... more>> Though, by no means I'm saying this is a bad novel: the summoning system is decent, plus the female lead and her interactions with the MC are great. It's just not my cup of tea, I guess. <<less
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Decent enough, albeit a bit bland, characters don't have much going for them. And even though there's some bit of a plot at the beginning, so far it feels more like a slice of life with little to no progression. This somehow reminds me of Kuma Kuma Bear with how this novel deals with the narration and characters – which I'm not fond of.

It has the Romance tag: ... more>>
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I don't really like the main lead, though, – he appeared out of nowhere and immediately started to have some sort of the feelings for the main character; and main character in turn started to behave like a girl from a typical shoujo: being flustered and allowing him to stick with her. He, in fact, looks like an obsessive man who wants to control our heroine – yeah, this kind of male lead.

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EDIT. If my memory serves me right, this novel didn't have Male Yandere tag when I had started reading it. Also, I think it didn't have Shoujo genre either. <<less
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It has a high potential, but it's hard to tell how good this novel actually is with such a little amount of translated chapters... So far so good, but it's still early to say anything regarding it – basically, nothing in particular (besides the premise) has happened yet.
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