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Grarg
Would not recommend. This story is one of the worst written OP MC isekai stories I've ever read. Here's a list of the most extreme problems with the novel:

  1. The premise is extremely lazy. The MC has what he considers to be an inferior crest, but he still manages to become the most powerful magician in his era. However, despite being the strongest, he is still not satisfied and casts a reincarnation spell on himself to hopefully reroll into a better crest. Before I read this starting garbage, I didn't believe it was possible for a worse starting premise than "MC gets hit by truck and is reborn". I now stand corrected.
  2. By chapter 5, it becomes incredibly clear that in his new life, the technology and magic has regressed severely. However, the MC REPEATEDLY refuses to believe it no matter how many examples he encounters or what people tell him. He is dense to the point that I would be banging my head against a wall even if this story WERE a misunderstanding themed comedy, which it is not.
  3. The MC is SO powerful that he's beating much, much stronger opponents even as a child. He is so strong and ridiculously overpowered that he leaves no room for anyone else to do anything. He waves his hand and creates super strong items, casts super powerful spells, and upends common sense all without any training or practice.
  4. As a result of 3, all the side characters have nothing to do except hang on to his coattails. They are not people. They are instruments that are constantly used to comment on how awesome MC is.
Conclusion

Do NOT read this story, even if you're new to the genre. I firmly believe trying to will make you less intelligent. The novel is nothing more than an exercise in juvenile wish-fulfillment and has almost no redeeming qualities.
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Three Days of Happiness
April 13, 2016
Status: --
Can't believe there's no review. Honestly one of the best short stories I've ever read. It's a perfect mix of nihilism, tragedy, and life-affirming hope. It's impossible to say too much without spoiling it but I'll give you a introductory synopsis:

The story byline talks about the monetary value of life but that's just a premise to get things going. The protagonist find an odd shop where one can sell his life for money and he does just that, leaving himself only a few months. That, however, is just the starting... more>> line. The real story stems from that and explores the value of life, the nature of happiness, and the ability to find joy in not only the world around you, but more importantly, the people. <<less
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Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of the Other World
April 15, 2016
Status: --
Way, way too slow. 180 chapters in, none of the characters have ANY character development. The only interesting parts so far have been the addition of new characters but it gets boring again once they settle in. There's no clear plot direction. The MC is kinda spineless and skeevy. He fusses over things that I could care less about and after this many chapters, he hasn't told his girls ANYTHING about himself because he's scared of.... something?
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Against the Gods
July 1, 2018
Status: c240
This is one of the worst storyboarded stories I've ever read. The author doesn't even bother hiding the fact that he's constantly pulling things out of his ass. Some spoilers detailing why this novel is so terrible:

  • A lot of CN novels start the MC off with some sort of advantage (past memories, powerful spirit teacher, or OP treasure). This novel starts the MC off with all three so he's disgustingly far ahead even at the beginning of the story.
  • Much of the plot development is dependent on supposedly wise characters doing insanely stupid things. The MC is outed as adopted and expelled from his clan because, I sh*t you not, his grandfather was loudly talking about it in front of a gravestone and someone who hated the MC happened to walk by and hear everything. At another point, the MC robs a sect clean while disguised. Instead of intelligently escaping and getting away scot-free, he scrawls his name all over the treasury to make sure this super powerful branch sect knew EXACTLY who robbed them. This stupidity almost gets him and one of his lovers killed and quite possibly endangered his family as well. No reason is ever given. Throughout the rest of the story, the MC constantly goes out of his way to make enemies for absolutely no reason through unnecessary insults or provocations.
  • Finally, huge swaths of the story read like an incel's fetishy fever dream. At one point, a woman is severely injured protecting the MC (through a sequence of events instigated by him). The only way to save and cure her is, surprise, surprise, sex. Eighty chapters later, another female character has a bloodline power she can share, also unsurprisingly, through sex. This is the first time I've read a story and honestly felt disgusted.
Other CN novels range from decent to bad. Against the Gods takes the cake... more>> as one of the worst and it's story (if it can be called that) is nothing more than the author's masturbatory fever dream. <<less
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Decent novel but I'm going to need to see more volumes to make a final decision on rating. The story is a standard isekai protagonist who becomes a demon lord that manages a dungeon. Here's a list of pros and cons when compared to the standard:

Pros

  1. The story takes its time developing without rushing any particular aspect. In fact, in the first volume, MC never even gets to construct his dungeon as the world is introduced and mechanics explained.
  2. There's a certain degree of mystery that makes things somewhat more interesting than usual, such as the logic behind the world's structure as well the MC's identity.
  3. There's a bit of kingdom development in the story as MC constructs a town outside of his usual dungeon, which is more than what the typical dungeon story offers.
Cons

  1. The story violates one of my huge taboos in fantasy writing, which is introducing modern weaponry such as guns. Their use makes battles simply uninteresting as there is really no room for strategy or suspense when you have bows and arrows up against machine guns. I will maintain the rating of this story at 3 stars unless the author somehow introduces credible opponents in future volumes.
  2. Some aspects of the world seem imbalanced. For example, the extreme economic power demon lords can wield from creating free stuff seems way overpowered, so much so that it isn't really explained why none of them have taken over the world.
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World of Cultivation
March 19, 2018
Status: c915
So this story starts off really good. The MC has decent unique qualities that differentiates him from other MCs, mainly his pettiness, social cluelessness, and greed. There are many, many literal LOL moments at the very beginning.

However, you'll notice that the story is only 915 chapters, which is fairly short for a cultivation story. As a result, the narrative is EXTREMELY rushed. It feels like the author is just skipping over plot points. Often, a chapter will end at a cliffhanger and the next chapter will start with everything resolved... more>> and the results recounted through a one paragraph recap. The second half of the story begins to read more and more like a documentary as events scale up. In particular, the last 50 chapters read like a history book and was super rushed.

My disappointment in the story stems mainly from the fact that the author was good but it was way too rushed. If World of Cultivation was twice as long and characters/plot points got the attention it deserved, this could have easily been 4.5-5 stars. <<less
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Decent novel. Like many light novels, one of the main characters is OP. However, what sets this story apart is that him and his strength are not the focus. Rather, the little girl he picks up is. The author skips the pitfall of endlessly writing about how powerful and great the male lead is and focuses the story on the girl and how she adapts to a new environment, new people, and discrimination.

This is not a wish fulfillment story. Rather, it's a heartwarming and sweet coming of age tale that... more>> I would recommend. <<less
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I honestly don't know why this story has such high ratings. Among isekai, it is very poorly written and the translation isn't that great either.

The MC is accidentally killed by god and dropped into a world with ridiculous specs, which is pretty standard as far as typical isekai stories go. However, plot progression and conflict resolution, which usually is supposed to have a beginning, middle, and end, only have a beginning and an end. There's almost no interesting middle at all.

The kids that he picks up are literally dropped into... more>> his lap. He is teleported to the world and the kids are literally right in front of him. Any other problem he just waves his hand and his OP powers solve them instantly, with barely any thinking or planning. His personality is blandly selfless, which is not that interesting.

As far as the isekai genre goes, this is a very bad example and there are far better novels out there. Would not recommend. <<less
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Decidedly Average. Nothing about this story stands out particularly. Would be interesting to someone new to the genre but turns out incredibly boring to someone who's read a few stories already.

The MC is reincarnated into a new world and is decidedly OP in every single way, to the point where I can safely say he's a Mary Sue. 43 chapters in and he has not come across a single conflict challenging to him. He waves his hands and solves pretty much every problem, whether it's beating down antagonists or healing... more>> injuries. Initially, the premise showed some promise when it was thought that the MC might not be able to use magic correctly. But nope, on top of his already OP previous life skills, his magic is super OP in this world as well. There are no gaps.

All of the side characters are wooden and one-dimensional. The entirety of their characters can be summed up as 1) Cute and 2) likes MC. THAT'S IT. MC also has an intentionally dense reaction to all of this. He notices but doesn't do anything. 43 chapters in, no progression in any direction at all. <<less
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The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
June 16, 2018
Status: v6
Never seen a story filled with so much nonsense. Nothing any of the characters do make sense. Plot developments go forward solely based on the fact that all the villains are irrationally and cartoonishly evil or cartoonishly stupid.

The main antagonist of the story, Rodcorte, despite being some sort of highly technically skilled god in charge of reincarnation, makes a thousand mistakes with the MC. We see later that there clearly is some flexibility with the reincarnation process. However, this cartoonishly stupid god tortures the MC with a horrible fate for... more>> apparently no ****ing reason. Then, he curses the MC incompetently and hopes he'll commit suicide in his third life, leading to a series of ridiculous events that make the MC ridiculously OP.

All of the minor, expendable villains seems to do terrible things for no reason other than because they're evil. All of them are constantly plotting to kill and torture people for no reason, all the while monologuing like 2-bit villains about how they're going to do all these terrible things.

The MC is stereotypically autistic, but gains various cheat skills that make people around him like him instinctively. All of his adventures happen between the age of 1-9, allowing the author to have the MC constantly touch various woman while keeping it all PG.

For some reason, there's tons of "slice of life" chapters where the MC re-invents various foods. These chapters add nothing to the story and nothing in terms of character development. You could cut 25% of the story and there'd be no change in plot.

The story is an endless chain of cliches and awfully convenient plot developments. None of the characters are relateable and often do things for absolutely no reason. I've held on for a while hoping the story will get better but it's become clear the author has no idea how to storyboard or write a story with believable characters. Do not recommend. <<less
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This is THE otome game reincarnation story. While the story does have serious plot progression, the focus is on the ridiculous comedy that ensues when the extremely dense main character, while attempting to avoid flags that would destroy her as per the original game's progression, accidentally ends up capturing EVERYONE, even the other female love interests. The story is mostly light hearted and shamelessly hilarious. 5 out of 5 would recommend to any and everyone.
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Warlock of the Magus World
July 26, 2017
Status: c510
A rather average addition to the weak to strong trope followed by most chinese novels.

The MC, Leylin, is characterized as a super intelligent scientist who is reincarnated into a world where people can train their spiritual strength and become varying ranks of "official magi". He takes over the body of someone who is on this path and had just died so the entire childhood process is skipped (his family is barely mentioned at all throughout the story). His OPness is in his intelligence and his AI chip, which somehow reincarnated... more>> with him and provides OP analysis and recommendations. I'll list the stories pros and cons for efficiency:

Pros

  1. Leylin is not superstrong, just super advantaged when it comes to training. As a result, he constantly has to deal with opponents who are slightly to much stronger than he is in a direct fight.
  2. The author has clearly thought the system through and it doesn't feel like he's constantly pulling stuff out of his ass to justify things.
  3. The world Leylin is a part of is vast and varied. The multiple changes in settings feel unique and don't feel copy-pasted.
Cons

  1. Leylin is monolithically selfish and seems to exhibit no emotions or characteristics other than "power hungry", which can be uninteresting. A cardboard cutout feel-good hero is not an interesting protagonist. A cardboard cutout self-interested villain is not much better.
  2. The story falls into the unfortunate shonen trope of "protagonist is weak, trains to be strong, only to end up in another place where his newfound power is common as dirt, upon which the process repeats". The power level of the world doesn't seem well justified and feels artificially adjusted to constantly keep pace with the MC's training only to make things interesting.
  3. Because of MC's selfishness, the side characters are not that interesting either since he only has a limited set of interactions with them, either elevating unfortunate characters to slightly more fortunate slaves to exploiting would-be allies and supplicants. I've lost count of how many times people have tried to su** up to Leylin in exchange for training guidance only to be brutally exploited and thrown away.
Conclusion

Warlock of the Magus World is a mediocre addition to the genre and with some effort, a reader can find much better. However, it's good enough for a new reader who's unfamiliar with the genre and its tropes. <<less
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Kuro no Maou
April 14, 2016
Status: --
Having read up to chapter 150 (the first two major arcs), I can say Kuro no Maou is decent. We have a protagonist who is strong, but not broken. His powers are well explained and he has acceptable weaknesses. The world is interesting but I didn’t give it a perfect score because I have several gripes:

1. All the villains are monolithically evil. There’s no redeeming qualities. There’s no subletly. They’re all fanatics or just downright crazy. If this continues, the story will suffer severely. 2. I’m seeing a disturbing trend... more>> in the way the author lays out plot progression:

Spoiler

So far, the MC has encountered two major groups of people, both of which have been wiped out. The first incidence was well done and really hammered in the nature of the world he’s been summoned to. The second incidence, however, was just downright lazy. It’s like the author though “these characters are no longer necessary to the plot” and murders them en masse via an extremely lazy plot device (literally someone OP drops out of the sky and kills everyone. Are you serious?). If this sort of pattern continues over and over, the story will get stale really quick. The violence and tragedy will cease to have any meaning and become just a joke. I hope that it will be different as I dive into the next 100 or so chapters.

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Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
June 16, 2018
Status: v6
The series takes a unique spin on the isekai genre by making the MC not an OP combat hero, but rather an intelligent OP office hero, with OP powers of doing paperwork. As a result, we get a true blue kingdom building series, in which the development of the world actually matters, since the MC can't simply punch problems away.

The first three volumes were amazing. Tons action and plot development that sees the MC adjusting to being a king and resolving a pseudo civil war and a real war with... more>> his neighbor.

The fourth to sixth volumes were okay, but less good than the first three, as they seem to have the series treading water. Nothing really significant happens and each novel felt episodic, rather than part of a larger narrative.

If I have one criticism regarding the series, it's how the author invents reasons to add women to the MC's harem. From the getgo, the MC has expressed discomfort with polygamy, yet somehow he gains a harem of 5 by the end of volume 6, often for weak reasons. It's as if MC is incapable of working with women in a strictly professional sense and must marry them to acquire their help.

All in all, it's a good series and much better than the numerous wish-fulfillment trash out there. <<less
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Overlord (LN)
July 26, 2017
Status: v11
Overlord is what consider to be near the pinnacle of an OP MC in a fantasy world story can be. The setting is incredibly fleshed out, with the various nations, religions, and creatures being well thought out and seem natural, not forced or convenient. All of the various characters are unique and have their own quirks, strengths, and roles in the novel. All in all, Overlord is a must read for anyone who is a fan of light novels.

I took off one star because I feel like the author is... more>> stretching out the story a bit too much, with a lot of exposition and even entire novels devoted to characters and settings that end up being completely unimportant to the main storyline (the two story arcs I'm referring to are the one involving the lizard people and the one involving the invaders of Nazarick). Without spoiling too much, both those arcs spanned entire novels and ultimately resolved in a way in which the characters in the spotlight ended up not being essential or have any long-term bearing on the main plot. They were what I consider to be "filler novels". Fortunately, the most recent novels has gotten us back on track. <<less
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