The novel starts off good as they usually do. Right off the bat we're introduced to this new world with these evil fairies, a power system, and what seems like a very unforgivibg world. The main character, Hansoo, uses his head and acts like an experienced badass. Sure, the first villain is pretty meh, but that's just because the main focus isn't him!
To be honest, I did like when it was in the first phases of the 'tutorial' of the other world.
Unfortunately, it just goes downhill from there.
Things start to divert away from Hansoo and more towards the random jerks around him. Sure, his perspective is shown, but it's more like you're reading a brief summary of his actions. Compared to other unimportant jerks, it feels like Hansoo gets very little attention.
By the way, referring to the side characters as 'jerks' was no joke. Everybody is an assh*le in Reincarnator. It's like there's only one type of person.
That guy seems nice? He'll abandon and betray you at a moment's notice.
You saved their life? That person will try to f*ck you over.
It just gets old. I can understand how the world is geared toward the jerks surviving, but for f'ck's sake, some of these idiots need to chill. At least some variety would be nice.
The villains aren't much better.
It seems that many times in Reincarnator, the villains will do exactly the thing that will doom the human race. They all have pretty much the same personalities as well. Rest assured though, they will be stopped as easily as throwing a pebble.
Whenever you see a new character's perspective, you'll find yourself rolling your eyes.
And about any of Hansoo's friends, don't get attached. Not because something bad will happen to them, but because they probably won't appear again for more than five minutes.
So now that we've covered the sh*t characters, let us cover the plot!
The plot of Reincarnator is BORING.
There are no real moments of suspense, epicness, or even emotion. It just feels like you're listening to an old veteran talk about his desk job.
Each time he gets to a new zone it basically follows this formula...
Power up > beat up the things > set up stuff > leave
And it is just as bland as it sounds. Without losing much, you could probably just read the first chapter of an arc and then skip to when Hansoo kills the thing.
But you'll miss the fight, you say?
Well here's the thing; Reincarnator skips over the fights anyways. Especially if it's a big bad, Hansoo will only fight it offscreen.
So who does he fight, you ask?
The cannon fodder.
There are also no real breathers in Reincarnator. It's very much a sustained 100 in threat meter and such, only rarely dropping to 90 here and there. To some, this is fine. To me and some others, this gets tiresome.
I will say that at the beginning, this novel was four stars. However, it quickly deteriorated after its strong start. If you're looking for anything more than a time killer, Reincarnator isn't it.
As soon as the main plot of Kumo Desu ga starts to unfold, we leave the dungeon and set foot into the greatly anticipated outside world, which actually turns out to be a major disappointment. It also leads to the events that kill any enjoyment or good will built up in Kumoko's past exploits.
What I mean by this is, throughout the story, you will read side story chapters about the 'hero' of the world. This is fine since it breaks the monotony of things and serves as an intermission of sorts. As this side story goes on, we are introduced to a huge conflict, teased with some awesome developments, and then cut off.
THIS IS WHERE THE PROBLEMS BEGIN.
Or at least where the problems become more frustrating.
Kumoko's dungeon adventures take place a significant amount of time BEFORE the side story's events. This would be fine, except the author thought it would be a great idea to write about EVERY LITTLE EVENT LEADING UP TO THE TEASED CONFLICT.
It also doesn't help that these mind numbingly 'meh' events are padded by mental monologues so long that bond villains would say, "that's enough."
But if you want to get really into it, a lot of the problems seen in later chapters began the moment Kumoko left the dungeon. We're introduced to all these side characters, and given sh*tty reasons to care about them. Their perspectives are a chore to read about, especially since the Kumoko chapters become so lackluster compared to before.
But back to the plot. Oh yes, the god awful plot.
Within the hundred something chapters after we exit the dungeon, there have been TWO notable conflicts, with one just about to start. ****IN' TWO. The only chapter that 'wowed' me was a chapter where Kumoko got super mad, and it was a surprising break from the character we've come to know.
Everything else has been quite the boring slog after the dungeon.