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The Novel’s Extra
July 17, 2018
Status: --
It's another "sent inside a novel I'm familiar with" plot, but it's way more enjoyable than a typical one for SO many reasons:

  • The protagonist (of The Novel's Extra, not of the novel within it) isn't forced to be a villain who's constantly mistreated just because he looks evil, nor is the hero of the novel characterized as a self-righteous prick. The protagonist a normal guy who has a lot of agency because he's not the center of attention, and the hero is actually a likable and good-natured guy (as you'd expect from a novel's hero!).
  • The girls don't develop a fascination with the protagonist the moment they meet him, or fall in love with him just a few encounters later. They keep him at a distance, and he keeps them at a distance. Generally speaking, that distance slowly closes, but sometimes it even widens a little.
  • The protagonist is cool and confident without being a smartass or cocky. Plenty of times he'll just end a seemingly important conversation casually, because he doesn't want to get too close to others. In other words, he's not a playboy or an attention whore. He also makes mistakes, but not foolish "hotheaded behavior" that's obviously a plot device.
  • Unlike many other "knowledge of the future" novels, the protagonist doesn't blurt out knowledge of the future and then make up some flimsy lie that everyone seemingly accepts tentatively because they appreciate his advice. Even up to the latest chapter I've read, he doesn't have any real influence or authority, he's just a normal student.
  • You can tell that the protagonist is a writer and he loves the characters he wrote, flaws and all. The author of The Novel's Extra accurately captures how I feel the protagonist would behave in this surreal situation of entering his own novel.
To be honest, I expect The Novel's Extra to not be able to... more>> keep up this level of quality forever, especially as the setting is fleshed out more--and considering that the "novel within the novel" took place over 10+ years, but at the current pacing The Novel's Extra's would need 2000+ chapters to match that. But that's normal with Korean "modern day world with RPG dungeons that suddenly appeared"-type novels. I'll probably still enjoy it a lot, because I love this genre, and I especially love The Novel's Extra and its excitingly meaningful approach to character development. <<less
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This is a funny story, with largely likable characters. The art is nice as well. I think a large part of the reason people are so harsh on this is that they're used to more "alpha" MCs from Chinese web novels.

Another reason is the issue I have with it: this light novel obviously mimics the sort of title you'd find in a Japanese web novel, yet the story is as tame as they get. The protagonist doesn't act romantically assertive toward the girls, despite the fact they both have subconscious... more>> crushes on him and practically cling to him. And he's never unforgiving or decisive. Instead, he's practically a saint! I rarely see protagonists as nice as him. (Although that actually makes the comedy so good. Probably the funniest male tsundere I've ever seen.) Anyway, the protagonist is totally unlike the edgy/misanthropic/distrustful, self-absorbed, and possessively lustful MCs you would find in a Japanese WN if it had the same name.

Probably the only part of this light novel which is faithful to what people probably expect from the title is the fact that the protagonist is OP. In fact, the way he messes with people and makes jaws drop is just like the reaction chapters that cultivation novels are famous for. <<less
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Warlock of the Magus World
July 11, 2016
Status: c185
The protagonist is a lot like Meng Hao of ISSTH. He's in a world of survival of the fittest, and quickly adapts. Stronger cultivators suppress the cultivation of weaker cultivators. He keeps his strength and trump cards a secret (although unlike Meng Hao, he deliberately feigns weakness and acts friendly in order to always have the best position strategically). He's ruthless when appropriate. (Note that unlike Meng Hao, he casually considers killing innocent people... yet as of chapter 185, he has yet to actually kill someone who wasn't an enemy... more>> or a criminal, and in fact, he's treated many side characters very well). And much like Meng Hao, and also like the protagonist of World of Cultivation, he has a vast array of cultivation techniques he explores in parallel and is extremely strategic and persistent in furthering them. He's definitely more like World of Cultivation's protagonist in terms of his cautious, meticulous, and studious approach to everything.

The A.I. chip isn't really a deus ex machina so much as way to let him memorize and collate vast amounts of data to construct inferences that would take experts countless years to come up with, which was a somewhat new and fun idea to me. If the author had just said he was a peerless scientist with a perfect memory, I bet that he could have achieved nearly the exact same effect. It's nowhere near as broken as the likes of Nie Li in Tales of Demons and Gods who's like "My comprehension, battle ability, etc. etc. are all the best in the multiverse, it's just that my cultivation is too low so I can 'only' beat [x] levels above mine."

The setting and attention to detail are among the most impressive I've read. Perhaps my major complaint is that he doesn't really have any close friends. Most side characters are too weak and fall by the wayside, or they're rivals or business partners. The protagonist never really trusts anyone. The plot always makes this the correct behavior, however. For example, he declines to stop a crime, and a little later the readers see that the "victim" is actually a cold-hearted person with bad intentions, so it would've been a terrible liability if he'd intervened. That's the sort of worldview this WN has. There are, of course, pure and kind people, but they tend to be depicted as naive and unlikely to ever excel in their cultivation. Also, I wish the protagonist had serious goals besides just pursuing strength for its own sake. <<less
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