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The Second Coming of Avarice
October 22, 2018
Status: c38
Story seems planned out to be an OP MC fighting and winning against the dark forces with his co-star harem and one dimensional side characters.

I will acknowledge that the beginning 14 or so chapters introduced a well-used premise in an interesting new way, but the story's development is clearly straying from that original path.

This could be the fault of the translator, but all the characters ignore the character traits they were introduced with and revert to a happy-go-lucky personality around the MC. It's very difficult for me to engage with... more>> the struggles of those around the MC when their very real struggles disappear like smoke thanks to the help of the omnipotent MC who also has his own flaws completely fixed by chapter 38 and thus becomes a very generic MC.

If you've never read a story regarding an OP MC with a harem before, then you may find this story interesting and I encourage you to experience this genre while it is still a new experience. If you've tired of this genre already then I would advise you to stop reading this comment and look for another novel. <<less
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Monarch of Evernight
August 9, 2018
Status: v5c19
The story is solid. It has backstory, mystery, a clean process of growth, and what I think is a rather relatable MC.

I've read several comments deriding the MC for "cowardly behavior" but there is plenty of backstory or solid reasoning behind much of his behavior. As another reviewer said, "the problem isn't with the story- the problem's with you" if you decide to hate on the novel despite not actually reading it.

I think the novel is interesting and that while the MC is definitely powerful, he's not unreasonably so. I... more>> regard the entire first arc with the Yellow Springs and Red Scorpion as a backstory arc for the MC and I've found the arcs after that to be more like a typical fantasy novel. The novel has great translators and its a genuinely good story. I doubt that anyone who actually reads the story will hate it, at the very least. It's not quite a must try, but its a novel you might find really enjoying.

A rebuttal against the comments against the novel that didn't make sense from my perspective.

Spoiler

At the start of the novel, the MC lives in a trash dump where food is scarce and even kids can kill for food. The MC finds some bread and hides, but a girl finds him and he out of compassion or kindness gives her a piece of the bread. The girl sells his location out to other kids for more of the MC's bread and takes part in brutalizing him. As the kids are on the verge of killing him a talent seeker of sorts saves the MC and gives him the chance to kill the girl.

Okay... he ends up not killing the girl and I can think of two reasons for it.

1.A continuation of his compassion from before. His home is a kid eat kid world, and MC may think that the kids' actions are normal and now that the MC is being taken away from this hell he might as well give this girl a chance to live.

2. The more likely reason is that the MC thought that showing compassion would make the talent seeker think higher upon him, since it would differentiate himself from the other denizens of the dump in what a young kid might regard as a positive way.

Another comment talked about how the MC followed orders blindly- like a soldier. Because... the MC... was a soldier at that point. Soldiers follow orders. Soldiers that don't follow orders are usually dead or traitors. Is being a soldier not enough of a reason for the MC to follow orders? Because the entire first arc revolves how the MC learns the hard way to follow orders by the letter.

Yet another comment regarded the killings of potentially innocent civilians in a vampire infested area as evil. The story clearly has a few paragraphs that actually give the reason for destroying cities that have had contact with vampires... vampires can blend into human society and some are virtually indistinguishable from humans. While it seems to be a crude solution, destroying an entire city to prevent a vampire outbreak has reasoning behind it.

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Kenkyo, Kenjitsu o Motto ni Ikite Orimasu
September 6, 2018
Status: c222
Actually awesome, not as much romance as comedyforever alone village for the win .

Just imagine the most popularmentally childish girl at a prestigious high school, and that is why everyoneno one calls Reika with a sama.

Now imagine a ... not very smartnormal high school girl who enjoys fast food and attractive guys. That is Reika. She has trouble living up to the expectations of the -sama in her name but she's definitely trying, especially because she's supposed to be the "villain" of the story. Suffice to say that Reika-sama is... more>> very enjoyable to read as a main character and so far she has been the most humblelovable and dependablefunny character in the entire story.

Best transmigration story I've read and one which has managed to continue its level of humor to the current chapter. <<less
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A Monster Who Levels Up
October 20, 2017
Status: c32
A fast paced video game like story with powers reminiscent of Reincarnator. Personally I like that the MC has a limited number of transformations because I find stories with tons of skills (like ICDS) confusing and difficult to read. The MC has encountered quite a few "beautiful women" at this point in time, and judging from the Harem tag they will all eventually come to like him. He himself seems to be a generic Dense MC, and I hope that the harem will not ruin the story for me. However,... more>> at chapter 32 there is still no real romantic relationship between any of the female MCs.

The twist of the story, the human -> monster is common but the MC's ability to continue interacting with society due to the increasing amount of time he can spend in his human form is something new. The MC has a definite goal in mind that is not saving the world, he is growing stronger at a reasonable pace, and he is building relationships with others (mostly girls). Pretty nice story. <<less
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Return of the Female Knight
February 23, 2019
Status: c16
So exciting! Very few novels have female MC's, and even fewer have female MC's in action novels. It seems there will be romance in the story, but the main point of the story so far has been to highlight the MC's sheer badassery and dedication towards her family, which just makes her even more awesome. It's unusual to have an MC with a female perspective delve into a medieval knight fighting society and try to best the super powerful antagonist of the story. For sure, most action novels do not... more>> have the MC taking care of housework and striving to keep their powers under wrap for a legitimate reason. So much of the time, novels just make the power hiding a forgotten point in the plot. "Oh... the MC hides their power because they like... hiding their power... (and because the author needs to write in more faceslapping incidents) ". Not here, there's a solid reason for her hiding her power and I enjoy that there is a solid plot because a solid plot serves as the foundation to a great story. I think this story has the potential to be great and I think people should add it to their reading lists and prepare to become addicted. <<less
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Dragon-Marked War God
December 26, 2017
Status: c250
The novel repeats itself over and over, and it gets really boring. The MC might be "ruthless" and all, but he's way too annoying what with killing everyone. He keeps saying how he needs to "protect" his family and friends, but I think the author just added this to make him more relatable because the dude does not seem like the kind of person that would care about his "friends" and "family". I mean, he wanted to kill the yellow dog when he first met the dog, and only stopped... more>> trying to eat the dog after realizing he couldn't beat the dog. I just got bored quickly. If you do like the book in the first few chapters, I suggest portioning out the chapters because I read 250 chapters in one day and then got bored of it. Try to keep you reading below 100 chapters a day. <<less
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Possessing Nothing
January 22, 2019
Status: c72
What's not to like about Possessing Nothing?

An originally relatable character experiences character growth in the face of hardships and becomes stronger and stronger. There are hints of romance and the growth in the number of skills is manageable and the combat system is still easy to understand. The action is there, the characters are present and relatively memorable, and the translation is even pretty good.

Sorry, the translation WAS pretty good.

As a preface, I am Korean and am able to read at some level in the language. Asian Hobbyist is, in... more>> my opinion, the single worst translating site out there. The quality of the translation isn't quite as bad as google translate but it's not at the level of many single-person sites and the sheer amount of ads is staggering (Rainbow Turtle translated way better even when she was still using machine translations as aid during LMS). I would even say that Asian Hobbyist is worse than Qidian because at least Qidian doesn't block half your screen with ads and prevent you from reading constantly, they just block some chapters with ads that disappear after one watch.

5 stars novel (for now the quality of these novels usually drop)

but 4 stars right now because of Asian Hobbyist

Chamber's Cleanup Service was so much better..... <<less
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Top Management
January 5, 2019
Status: c162
Never thought managing other people could create such a top tier story, but it happened.

characters:

I have found that I care a lot about the characters and their eventual ends in this story, which is good. There has been a ton of character development and unique characters so I actually know who someone is when I read their name instead of skipping past their name because they're unimportant and bland. The side characters have major roles and they affect the plot in a big way.

... more>> plot:

There have not been any unexpected plot twists but the enemies are realistic, they're serious, and the protagonist has to utilize his available resources in a clever manner to defeat them. The protagonist himself is weighed down by inner demons and some character flaws, including his sometimes over reliance on his partial future sight. Many have criticized the vagueness of the MC's trigger for his ability, but I see it as one of the central problems plaguing the MC. The MC has to figure out how to deal with his unpredictable powers, if there are any patterns associated with his visions, and then he has to interpret the few visions he does have. The reader is drawn as well to try to figure out the mystery behind his visions and how to interpret his various visions, which ties the reader further into the story.

romance:

The romance is subtle but constant and heartwarming. The girl (s?) that become infatuated with him all have reasons for liking him that can be clearly understood by the reader and affection is shown in an assortment of small loving actions. We are brought to the understanding that a character likes the MC not because she confesses, but because she starts trying overly hard not to show her love. The MC isn't dense, but the ways that affection is expressed in the story are small enough that the MC seems to have trouble always catching on. So a really nice romance and a really nice story with clear objectives and solid tension. <<less
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Went from quite good, with an original setting and an interesting MC, to quite bad, with cliche dungeon style elements, an overarching evil transformation, and haremness. Erghhhhhhhhhhh would recommend Lazy Dungeon Master and Dungeon Defense for this genre.
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Master’s Smile
November 7, 2017
Status: c9
Too early to make an substantial opinion on the story but has started out very nicely. I am interested to see how the interaction between the various yandere characters will play out, and I sincerely hope that the grade of this novel won't fall after the initial disturbingly cute factor has worn off.

Although the first translators "meows" were a little annoying, I find it hardly fair to judge the story and translator by such an addition. "Daoist", the second translating group has laid off on using "meows" and the translation... more>> flows fairly well, with little to no obvious grammatical or usage errors. I just wish that the translations would go faster so I can read the rest of the story.

As can be discerned from the synopsis and the tags, the story is about a guildmaster and his yandere guild members, all of whom are girls. The guildmaster's charm might seem a little off putting, especially since no reasoning has been given to why he's so attractive, however the guildmaster looks to be super dense so any romantic portion of the story might take a while.

Read only if you like sort of fluffy, bordering on creepy yandere and a dense MC. I have a feeling that the plot will be fairly lacking and the story will just focus on the yandere interactions between the MC and his rather sizable following. <<less
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I'll change my review in a couple of hours. The impression I get from this novel is a solid 5/5. I almost always love virtual reality genres unconditionally, and this one seems to be no different. It looks a bit fluffier than LMS, with more comedy and less motivation but it also has more of a plot hook. As in it makes you want to get to know the characters more and thus draws you out to keep reading. As of now I have not read a single page of... more>> this novel, but I will finish soon.

New Review:

Its a great novel! most of the comedy is focused on the cooking, and I also wonder why there's no romance tag attached to this novel but its really interesting. Too bad it only took 3 hours or so to read it all. Its definitely more heartwarming and holds more mysteries than an average tale. For some reason my one star review disappeared even though I was going to rate it a 5 star ; (........ <<less
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Main Character Hides His Strength
July 10, 2017
Status: c88
I heard it was downvoted due to the name, and I came to raise it back up. Its a great novel, although the main character only really hides his strength for the beginning and second arc. He doesn't have any reliable allies as of now, but that might be due to

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his betrayal by the other continental champions. He had allies before, and he also will most likely find more allies in the future. He also never changes his clothes but he said that he felt most comfortable in his hobo clothes. I just want to know what direction the story will go in after he kills the Demon King.

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Basically I loved it and I hope you try it out too! Don't be scared of the name!

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Ze Tian Ji
March 26, 2017
Status: c793
Ze Tian Ji:

Pros

  1. The MC is the first male MC I've read about that has the dual qualities of being naive and mature. These seem like contradicting traits, but the MC somehow manages to get away with both of them and that makes him interesting to read.

    He seems perpetually calm and intelligent, but he doesn't know much about the world and this often leaves him at what looks to be a disadvantage.

    Yet he always manages to get to the heart of every issue through his special nature.

    As he grows through the story, he learns about the darker side of human nature, but he cuts through all of the conspiracies surrounding him with his heart.
  2. Romance is fluffy. Its slow to start and it only appears for a select number of chapters but the fluffiness more than makes up for it. Also, it appears he is attractive to a number of women but it looks like he'll end up only picking one.

  3. The world is intricately crafted and everything, even the filler talk, helps to understand the culture of the story world. This means that the complex relationships between characters can be understood and enjoyed more over time as new information opens up.
Cons

  1. Although everything does help in the worldbuilding process, there are some points where the story seems to just stagnate and the number of chapters could definitely be reduced without much harm to the world.
Kindof Con

  1. Translation speed is pretty slow, although if you're just starting out that shouldn't matter as almost 800 chapters are out so far.
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A heartwarming oneshot, so not a ton of character dev. Or plot, but more of a focus on emotions and the relationship between the two characters.
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Tomorrow, I Will Die. You Will Revive
April 3, 2018
Status: Completed
You're the protagonist of this story, a high school student who makes a deal with Death to trade away half of your life to save a stranger's. What happens? You become host to a prankster intent on helping you find a girlfriend, but more importantly you find friends and the strength to step out into the world by yourself.

The story is all about character development and character interaction, so expect to become more and more enamored with the protagonist as time goes on and to the several memorable characters. There... more>> is some romance, but a lot of comes from the protagonist's "kindness" aura and the rest of the romance is pretty unromantic. The story? The story could use some mending.

Read this for the "slice-of-life" aspects and the characters rather than for the story or the romance. <<less
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A story about a man who lived life constantly striving to better himself, to train and to reach the heights no one else thought he could reach. A man who gave his life for humanity, but woke up to find a shattered world without the humans he had worked so hard to save. A man who is just waiting to die, along with the young girls he is placed in charge of. The story can't be said to have a good ending, but the man never stops trying.

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Martial King’s Retired Life
December 29, 2017
Status: v3c12
The start is a little weak, a little too perverted, and shows too little of the MC to really be interesting. But the story picks up by the end of the second volume, as the MC's layers are slowly peeled back and we learn much more about him. I think its unfair to judge the story before the second volume, so at the very least read the second volume before judging.
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Cook of the Mercenary Corp
November 14, 2017
Status: c6
I know that chapter 6 seems way too early to judge the story, but hear me out before judging me.

The beginning of the story is meant to pull you in, to engross you in the lives of these characters and to ensure that you will stick with reading the story. Unfortunately for me, this story just didn't stick. The plot moved blandly and I found that I was not interested in the plot, the characters, or the food.

Yes there is character growth, slice of life moments, changing perspectives, but all... more>> of those just highlight the lack of "realness" in the story and the stale backstory of the characters. No novel needs to abide by the rules of the world we live in, but usually the author has to maintain a sense of regularity. One outlier is the character growth. For half a chapter we are introduced to the sad backstory of Character1, but one meal is all it takes to reform him into a total confident badass. But totally changing their life perspective from one meal? Even though there was this entire segment about them having these terrible thoughts and feeling confused for an inordinate amount of time, all it takes is a meal to reform them, and that just feels weird. If all character growth takes is a meal, do the characters change character every single time they have a meal with the cook? I understand that it was the conversation with the cook more than the meal itself that did the trick, but does that mean characters change character every conversation?

Another problem were the translating errors, which interrupted the flow and made reading awkward. Again all of this is my opinion, but there are plenty of other great stories out there involving cooking that I believe are better than "Cook of the Mercenary Corp". (E.g. "God of Cooking" and "Gourmet of another world")

Better translating and I will happily change my rating to a 4. <<less
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Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang
August 5, 2017
Status: bonus story 3
Nice story. Each life was pretty carefully planned out, and although I might have liked even more lives for the two of them, I still rate it a 5.

Spoiler

There is not a lot of character development, and the end scene where the God gives the MC her heart back sounds pretty gruesome but it was still heartwarming. So yeah. 5/5.

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Because I’m a Weapon Shop Uncle
July 10, 2017
Status: v2c25
Great novel. Pretty refreshing, and the author does a good job of creating an urge to read more. The translation is not the best I've seen, but it definitely conveys the story well. Would suggest 10/10 times.
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