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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN)
February 4, 2018
Status: c303
First of all, to those who expect this to be a story where MC goes 'hurr durr, I'm gonna kill you all after obtaining all these powers for muh revenge', kindly avert yourself from reading this and read Sutaretara Yuusha no Eiyuutan or Legendary Shield Hero instead since that's what you are looking for. Despite the premise where our cunning yet weak MC getting indirectly murdered (which doesn't succeed) by his own classmate might makes it look like we're gonna have a revenge themed story, this is not it.

Like the... more>> synopsis, our MC: Nagumo Hajime is your everyday mediocre Otaku who gets bullied a lot due to a popular girl in the class trying to get close to him sincerely out of seeing his kindness and quirks. After getting summoned to the other world, he who has a weakass job and stat alongside his classmates found themselves in a pretty pickly situation where a certain jealous classmate doing stupid sh*t and ended up in him falling down into the abyss, costing him an arm (left), an eye (right), hair color, and almost making him a murderous barbarian if it isn't for the female lead.

The main theme of this novel is about a guy who got betrayed and faced with harsh reality in the other world where your life is always in constant danger with either an a***ole god making you a pawn of his game or the monster trying to kill you. Here, our MC, in his traumatized state after the sh*t he's forced to go through in the abyss, reverts to all human's basic instinct: Survival which made him a ruthless man to everyone but his troupe or innocent people which is pretty realistic since let's be real, every human would think of surviving the ordeal where their life is on the line first instead of instantly wanting to murder the one causing them into such predicament. And even after that, he doesn't think much of a revenge against that a***ole classmate of his. Why? Cause he's a typical Jap MC? Nope, he set his priority straight of trying to get back to his world with all the Cheat he got after losing many things in the abyss instead of indulging himself in a petty revenge that would waste the time he needs to find a way home. Collecting harem and helping almost everyone in a pinch? Reminder that Yue and his harem members are acting as his moral compass to prevent him from becoming a mere murderous monster just because he got the power to destroy anything. So, in the end, the story is not about revenge, but more of the line about a guy who wants to go home while making merry friend along his search for that way and breaking common sense while doing it all. I'd rate it 4.5/5 for the main story while 5/5 for the after story which is hilarious as hell. <<less
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Poppukko
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The Forsaken Hero
July 12, 2018
Status: --
Basically Arifureta ripoff, but the MC is more re****ed compared to Hajime (who is also re****ed). It's what if Hajime choose to pursue revenge instead of turning apathetic to everything but finding his way back to home (Japan) with a splash of mental re****ation. What's wrong with that? None at all since Arifureta goes soft after the first dungeon arc which many edgy peeps here got triggered with. At least until the point he made those people he killed (mainly girls) for revenge into his slave and they instantly goes... more>> dere-dere to him instead of being pissed af like Jesus Christ, even in Arifureta, the only love interest that fell in love with the MC in a re****ed out of the blue fashion is Shizuku while other girls got a decent reason for that (Saved by, Being M to Hajime's S, Still retaining his kindness before going Big Boss, etc). Just to rub salt on the wound, unlike Hajime who is also re****ed, Hajime at least could formulate many good plans and even more contingency plans when faced with odds that are against him.

This guy?

"Oh boy, I can do anything since I can never die with my skill"

"Nope, I'll freeze you solid so your ability won't trigger"

And there you have it, if it wasn't for one of his smfh dere dere slave saving his ass, he'd be over by then.

While Arifureta is meh, this is worse. Also to people who thinks that it's okay for the character in the LN or WN to act re****ed just cause it's LN or WN, get real. No one would be able to relate or even sympathize with a re****ed person which ruins the experience of reading the novel. <<less
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To Be a Power in the Shadows!
May 9, 2019
Status: --
This novel starts out AMAZING, one of the best out there for the humor and action. And then it gets repetitive, rinse and repeat. Initially, the misunderstanding is what draws me to read this whatwith the MC being completely oblivious that his LARP-ing is actually a reality instead of his mere chuunibyou delusion. But the author, just like most JP LN writer, makes our MC to be a re**** in anything but battle just like most JP LN/WN protag out there for no reason than to try to be funny,... more>> which works for around fifty chapters and then it just downright repetitive and stupid. Misunderstanding (from MC part) only works for so long before he looks like a complete idiot instead of being funny. If you want a good misunderstanding story, I'd recommend reading Bakarina or Trash's of The Count Family because the former offers you all out misunderstanding in an obvious parody story that WORKS and the latter is a misunderstanding that doesn't make the protag looking like a moron and even uses the misunderstanding for his own benefit. <<less
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Started off as a very unique and have the potential to be one of the better story out there. And the author just had to drop the ball like most Japanese writer. MC is a lazy potato who wants to live a peaceful life but doesn't make any effort to do so just because he is too strong. He got a love interest, but like most Japanese MC, dense as hell and always get blue-balled by his younger sister because she likes him as well in romantic ways. But the... more>> thing that grinds my gear is that he ALWAYS got into a situation where his companion got exposed to danger multiple times just because of his apathy and way of thinking that just because he's the strongest human alive on his world, nothing can do jack sh*t to him that the enemy prefer to threaten him by taking those companion hostage. Apparently, he doesn't even think or learn from experience to utilize a small bit of his power to put some protection/bodyguard to his companion so that the past incident won't happen again or to minimize the damage done. I seriously hope one of his companion DIES for good just so that he get a wake-up slap that being passive all the time will bring ruin to him, but I highly doubt it since the author is a hack. <<less
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The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
May 27, 2019
Status: --
Tired of abundant Isekai genre with the same formula again and again from Japanese Authors? Wanna see MC who isn't a scrawny *****boi who lets themselves get pushed around by everyone around them, but a macho man who got Guts-tier of beefiness but uses his brain better than almost every MC in isekai pile of dogsh*t? Then this is a story for you! Just as the synopsis says, this is NOT isekai trash, but a fantasy one with similar tone to Berserk (although lighter) where the MC isn't stupidly kind... more>> to help everyone he meets nor stupid enough to try to help people who put themselves in deadly situation. <<less
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Sevens (LN)
July 8, 2019
Status: --
A decent realistic harem novel where not everyone in the harem is in for it or get along without complaint compared to many Japanese-based stories out there. The story is rather straightforward with some plot twist here and there about a young man growing up from rags to riches while involuntarily racking up harem members left and right along with dealing with the growing threat from his little sister. Don't get me wrong, my description may seem inadequate to the cocksuc- I mean, hardcore fan of this story, but the... more>> main reason as for why you should read it is a certain persona inside our MC that I won't say much because it would ruin the fun and why I rate this as 4 out of 5 since without that guy, I would rate this as 3 or worse 2 because of how plain it is.

"Boo hoo, you're just a hater who got a sh*t taste."

Nope, this novel is a standard fantasy about a young man manning up from being a *****. The drawing point is that the ***** got a sealed persona of a wild tiger. If you want to talk about taste, RotSH and Mushoku Tensei (Aside from THAT arc) are much better read, especially the latter where the harem situation is addressed and being one of the major plot point instead of being handwaved.

"Don't judge just because you're only reading a handful of volume, it gets better later on!"

Mate, I already read this till the end. The only thing that made me stick around is THAT persona, if it weren't for him, I'd ditch this a long time ago due to how torturous reading MC with wimpy personality for too many chapter until he manned up and become badass. And no, I don't like overconfident or brave or Rance-tier protagonist right from the start, they're just as bad, but being a wimp for sizable amount of the novel? Sorry, that won't draw many people in, especially early readers. <<less
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