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PhoenixVII
Ok, this is a story about a guy who is born in a noble household in a medieval setting but, after 1 month, he was magically transported away from his home and sent into the future (basically to modern times). After spending 18 years growing up in an orphanage and graduating high school he's finally magically summoned back to his time by his parents who found a wizard to bring him back, they re-unite, , and the story starts. Well, it the process of the summoning his gender changes... more>> to that of a girl but, well, that's the risks of time traveling!

It's not every day you come across a story where the MC is summoned (or re-summoned) by his original parents. So that's something new I think, but there's problems as well, IMO. The translator does a great job, but the story is, well, I'm dropping it and all because of the MC. Firstly, why make a gender swapping character when he was already originally girly even as a boy? He doesn't go through any of the conflicts that most boys would go through if they're suddenly forced to live as girls.

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Wearing dresses without complaint even though he never wore them before, letting the maid bathe him just because that's how noble girls have their baths done... this in itself might not sound bad in itself but keep in mind he really didn't want to, not complaining about the high heels even though he was AFRAID of tripping in those things when walking down some stairs, and etc.

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Really, why make the MC originally a guy that then becomes a girl when his personality is already that of a, well, girl and a very passive one at that? Alice Tale did this too, what's funny or interesting about going through the added effort of making your character a gender bender if he adjusts to his new gender without any issues at all?

And then there's his personality, or lack thereof. He's passive, he's very passive, he's just so freaking passive with everyone about everything. I've already read stories about passive MCs 101 times, I'll admit I tend not to like them, but this guy takes it to a whole new level... but, ok, not everyone has a problem with passive MCs so let me mention the extent he takes it to.

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Even though he grew up in modern times he let's his parents dictate everything to him, doesn't even stand up for himself in front of the servants like I mentioned in the spoilers, and even accepts it when his maid mentions that his parents will arrange a marriage for him in the future... even though he's mentally a man! And not gay! And spent the first 18 years of his life in modern times! This guy is a complete 100% doormat. And the worst thing is that he doesn't like some of this stuff (including the likely future arranged marriage) but the most he can do about it is lightly (yes, LIGHTLY) complain about it in his head. He's not just a beta, he's a cuck.

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I acknowledge that part of the reason I gave such a low rating is because I hate passive MCs but he takes it to such an absurd level that I don't think I'll be the only one face-palming at this. Now, we're only 15 chapters in so we haven't seen how the MC more modern education impacts things yet, all the other characters seem to be written OK from what I can tell, and as for the MC's parents I'm actually glad they have medieval values... they're not bad people and they clearly love the MC, they just have different values. Unfortunately, the one guy in the series here with modern values is an utter doormat that's too much of a wimp to stand up for anything, so a lot of opportunities for conflict was flushed down the toilet and I see ALOT of wasted potential.

If I hear some good news regarding this series in the future then I'll take a second look. But, I'm done with this series for now. The doormat MC that never expresses a contrary opinion (outside his head) killed this series for me. I gave this 2 stars. -1 for the, IMO, unnecessary gender bending that serves no purpose other than to look cool and -2 for an MC so passive that he makes many of the standard passive Japanese MCs look like freaking alphas. Pity really, I could see myself giving this series 4 stars, potentially 5 depending on future story development, if it had a better MC. <<less
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PhoenixVII
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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (WN)
August 18, 2016
Status: v13c38
I actually went into this novel liking it (not loving, but liking) but I eventually grew bored of it. Satou is just too boring of a character, there have been robot characters that I can relate with easier than this guy. For an OP guy (ridiculously OP, like Xianxia OP, he's somewhere between gods and demon lords) he does alot of complaining how he doesn't want to become a noble and doesn't want fame but he then lets the current of events carry him and/or be used by others over... more>> and over again. For example, when he finally becomes a Viscount, he complains how he never wanted this much status, but does he ever think of telling the king that he doesn't want to deal with this nonsense and go elsewhere? Nope. He just doesn't have a will of his own. The MC also expresses little in the way of emotions (kind of like Tatsuya from Mahouka except that this MC has no reason to be like that), has no ambitions other than marrying an elf princess, and is able to win over the most calculating and uncooperative nobles with the power of... his cooking. I know that the nobles in many LNs are idiots but this series just takes it to the next level.

There's also too much wish fulfillment in this series. As time passes he effortlessly expands his harem and while not all of them are bad characters, with there being over a dozen harem candidates most of them are poorly developed (IMO, harems larger than 5-6 women are doomed to have this problem... High School DxD with 8 women is the one exception that comes to mind, but a dozen? not if you care about well-developed characters), and it feels like they have nothing better to do than spend many volumes waiting for Satou to change his mind even though many of them are higher nobles and should have other suitors. And, as if the author can't help but spoon-feed everything to Satou
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said elf princess will in a later volume tell Satou that he needs to make a harem before she can marry him since his awesome genes must be passed down in quantity and humans can't reproduce with elves.

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The MC is an absolute passive beta who wants nothing, but the author wants to shower him with everything so he forces everything onto him from titles to harems with the most ridiculous of justifications. And if you ever want to feel any sense of urgency, even if it's only for 2 seconds, then you can bet it's not going to happen in this series. Whether it's monsters, bandits, women, or conniving nobles, nothing ever goes wrong when Satou is on the job. He doesn't even have any enemies in the kingdom! None! Satou combines the worst traits of the stereotypical Japanese salaryman and shounen hero with none, NONE of their good traits... and yet everything works out hunky-dory for him.

The good parts that got this series a 2 instead of a 1 is that underneath all the otaku fantasies lies a well-made world and some of the characters are decent when they're not fawning over Satou or having foodgasms. The current translator also does an exceptional job at translating which is a benefit that not every series out there getting translated has these days. <<less
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My Disciple Died Yet Again
August 13, 2016
Status: c61
Have you been missing and waiting for naive shounen style leads to infect Xianxia and proceed to mock the whole genre and its characters that are thrown into crapsack worlds and have to *gasp* make sacrifices and change their ways in order to stay alive? And how about all that while said naive shounen style MC is immortal and so can afford to die due to her naivete over and over again and not only come back, but come back stronger each time at that?! Sounds fun? At least the... more>> author apparently concedes here that stubborn naivete will kill you unless you're an immortal that comes back stronger each time you're killed but that doesn't stop him from pushing his narrative of mocking characters that are more pragmatic by necessity since they are *gasp* not immortal. It's easy to push ideals when you don't have to worry about the consequences of failing.

If you aren't sick to death of boring, cookie-cutter shounen MCs yet, then maybe, maybe this story has something to offer for you. As for me, getting through 2 arcs was an intense, torturous headache which I wouldn't willingly inflict upon even my worse enemy and I'm relieved beyond words that I'll never deal with this piece of crap ever again. <<less
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Magi’s Grandson
August 18, 2016
Status: v1c22
Shameless ego wank. Basically, the MC is trained by his grandfather in magic and by... well a family friend (don't wanna bother with spoiler tags) in swordsmanship. As he reaches the age of independence the grandpa realizes he's OP but wasn't taught common sense and because of that might be used as a tool for war by another country, so the MC gets sent to the Academy to learn. The start is actually somewhat fun but poor characters, generic world, and generic plot quickly drag this down. And, the thing... more>> that drags this down to a final score of 1 out of 5 is that the author can't STFU about how awesome the MC is. Every time the MC does something he gets praised... EVERY SINGLE TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS. I swear, the author must've created half of the characters just so that he'd have people telling us how great the MC is. Hell, if the MC publicly took a sh*t I'd bet there would be people telling us what a well-proportioned turd it was. <<less
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PhoenixVII
This is a nice short story of a female MC that gets reincarnated as the duke's daughter, Katarina Claes who'll forever be remembered as Bakarina. In the otome game, Katarina was a villainess who either gets killed (only one route led to this though) or exiled depending on the route taken. So Bakarina sets out to do everything she can to avoid destruction flags or, failing that, aim for the exile ending and prepare for it by leveling up her skills as...*drum roll*...a farmer. Bakarina has none of the goodies... more>> that reincarnated characters often get, she doesn't have the knowledge to re-create her world's technology here, she's not OP, she has no special gifts, all she has is her adorkable good nature... LOL, be they man or woman they never had a chance!

Despite Bakarina's worries, this a Grade A fluffy shoujo. Although I'm not often interested in stories like this, I wound up liking this alot, probably because Bakarina is fun to watch, the story moves along at a nice pace, and the other characters are done well enough and it's fun watching them interact with each other. <<less
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My Sister the Heroine, and I the Villainess
August 23, 2016
Status: c2
Looks good so far. The MC, Christina is reincarnated into a world based on an otome story. She's born into a ducal household with a doting father, a whip-wielding Spartan teacher that must've emerged from the darkest corner in the deepest level of Hell, and an adorable little sister who she'd do anything for. Alas! The character the MC reincarnated into was a villainess in the original story that bullied the little sister and as a result, all the good ends for the little sister are bad ends for Christina... more>> here.

'Bout all I can say so far. MC has her memories and is... apparently a genius who finished reading all the books in the entire ducal library by the time she was 5, but no other OP powers have been revealed so far. Looking forward to more updates! <<less
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PhoenixVII
This story is about the toxic relationship between the duke's daughter Christina and the hypocritical, perverted, yandere prince, Alberto. Alberto is a playboy who couldn't care less about Christina until she regained her memories, then she looked sad and vulnerable thinking that she'd lose him which turns him on and renews his interest... wtf?! And even though he's a playboy, he talks about how he would kill any other man that pursues Christina, or any and all men that Christina falls in love with... wtf?! Need I remind everyone that... more>> the prince got angry at her in the original game just because she threw some wine at Clara yet here he's talking about killing any man that gets involved with her? What a friggin' sociopathic hypocrite! As for Clara, well, she's little more than a plot device here, but in the original story, she just gets away with breaking etiquette far too much, yet the king allows her to marry the prince anyway... wtf?! And the female character is just your typical naive lovestruck protagonist, ugh.

Anyways, y'know, it's not like I hate yanderes all the time but a story that intends to be a fluffy romance story is no place for them... and doubly so when they're as painfully hypocritical as the prince is. <<less
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Haunted Duke’s Daughter
March 17, 2017
Status: v1c19
So far this is looking to be a fun story of a duke's daughter that was originally heading to ruin, had her engagement cancelled, and is now trying to pull herself together before she falls into ruin with the help of the voice in her head (TM). Unlike the sympathetic villainesses that have been popular lately, she was very much a flawed character at the beginning being very prideful (and expressing that pride in all the wrong ways), quick-tempered, impetuous, blowing up over the smallest things, and incapable of getting... more>> along with anyone. Fortunately, she has some good traits to, she's smart and can learn from past mistakes once she brings herself to actually acknowledge them and is now working on fixing herself with the help of the voice in her head (TM) before she gets the Bad End.

Btw, I think the people saying that the voice is pushing her into acting Japanese are wrong. The voice isn't trying to get her to act humble or throw out her pride and didn't complain at all when the MC
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gave the prince an awesome reason you suck speech

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and several of the things she does is without the voice's prompting
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while the voice did advise her to bury the hatchet with the heroine she never expected the MC would take the opportunity to befriend her

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for example.

I'm giving this 4 stars right now since we're still early into the story but this definitely has 5 star potential. <<less
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PhoenixVII
So far, looking good. MC is reincarnated as a princess who's extremely talented with magic but has no memories of her previous life. Her goal is to save her country from an alliance of hostile nations and the church, both of whom are angry with the princess' country for remaining independent of the alliance and tolerating demi-humans.

This WN is in bad need of translator though (last chapter was a teaser, there isn't a permanent translator currently).
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This has become one of my favorite web novels despite (or perhaps because) some of the reasons that other people have criticized it. The MC isn't OP (she does become a decent fighter and a very successful businesswoman but she can't just tell royals and higher nobles that it's her way or the highway), she has to work on her relationships with other nobles including the villainess (she wanted to just avoid her, but, turns out that isn't really an option), she has to work hard to keep her weight... more>> under control which I can relate to as some of us just have crappy metabolisms (she was 30-40 kgs overweight at the start of the story which is very unhealthy), and she has to deal with political marriage. Also, I know that some people don't like it that she just doesn't fight against being married, but I disagree with them. Again, Britney isn't an OP character, and since she isn't an OP character she has to meet the medieval way of life at least half way... which she does, she's not passive in this matter, she actively searches for the most worthwhile fiance for herself and has a clear favorite that she's working towards to. And if spoilers don't drive you crazy:

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Eventually her economic successes reach the point that Ryuze doesn't want the territory to lose her and ceases to pressure her to find a marriage partner. By this point however, she has fallen in love with Ricardo and wants to marry him regardless of pressure.

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So yeah, I'm really liking this story so far. Only complaints I have is that I think she might've had too easy of a time making a couple of the friends she did and, while you won't see it in the translated chapters yet, I got the impression from machine translated raws that her enemies aren't as smart or dangerous as they could be. Granted, it's still early in the story and I don't think these flaws are taken to an absurd degree. And yeah, she probably spent too much of her time when she was fat trashing her body image (losing weight when you're fat is good, but I don''t think trashing your body over and over is mentally healthy in any context). Otherwise, the story has been solid to me and the main cast of characters have well-developed personalities.

TL;DR, Good story of a non-OP character facing the challenges of medieval life. We need more of this and less of the OP MC fantasy wank that so many Japanese novels love these days. <<less
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