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Magika no Kenshi to Shoukan Maou
May 5, 2016
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There are a few generic harem series that do the generic harem template REALLY well. This would be Campione for instance, or maybe at a stretch Mushoku Tensei (though unlike generic harem series, not every single girl falls for the MC in Mushoku).

Magika no Kenshi is not one of those generic harems. Instead, its closer to (but not quite) Shinmai Maou. More like, its a blend of the aforementioned examples. Magika has a pretty generic harem in it, with all kinds of cliches you’d expect like the senpais and the... more>> imouto types and former villain types and so on. However, both the MCs and the heroines all progressively develop their relationships. It doesn’t remain in a fixed, unmoving equilibrium. By volumes 10 onward, it really progresses into Shinmai Maou level ecchi/hentai scenes.

Despite all that, Magika retains an interesting plot. Villains aren’t the type of noobs that exist solely to make the MC look better or antagonists to the heroines who the MC overcomes to get the heroine to fall in love. No, the antagonists in this series can be outright inhumane and cruel (naiarlatothep for instance) to crazy, evil guys who basically just want to watch the world burn in chaos (Loki). Others still, just want to conquer and dominate all there is (fu zi) and well, you get the idea. Point is, they have their own fixed agenda, and whether they are at the forefront or in the background, you know there are developments going on in their side too, and those antagonists have been or are working on their own agendas as well.

I rate magika quite highly, but to those that are averse to ecchi/borderline hentai content, beware of volumes 10 onwards. Stuff really escalates when Kazuki starts to, quite literally, live the King’s life.

I give it a 5 since I dont mind the ecchi/hentai level content at all. <<less
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A lot are rating this series poorly but I disagree. I give this series a 5 star. Why are so many rating it poorly or averagely then? Seriousness. This is not a serious series. Its a typical setting with a cheaty OP MC with a harem and all, but the actual series is more of a parody than anything else. Even Death March isn't this extreme on that front. Death March still has serious fights even if the MC himself is constantly holding back or putting in minimal effort. This... more>> series however, is pure comedic lolz. I'd imagine that a lot of people go into it and try to take it seriously, but its not meant to be that way. This series is one of those "just read fast and move on". A "Healing" type so to speak. You can more or less just pick it up from wherever once you know the main characters and just kinda read on. Its just a way to kill time or a safe retreat after reading some dark/depressing thing or such. Its comedy isn't some innovative "omgwth i've never seen this joke before" kind of thing, its pretty standard comedy, but its still funny and you'll still laugh at it if you can read it light heartedly. The MC himself is great btw. Openly perverted, not some as*xual eunuch like many other harem MCs. He hasn't hit 1st base with anyone let alone further than that, but funnily enough, "Not some as*xual eunuch" is enough to distinguish him from the vast majority of harem MCs. Lol. <<less
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I came into this series looking for something light and easy to read. Something where I don't need my brain to think. You know the kind, the simple easy to understand harems or smut or R18 works and such. But this, this series is surprisingly interesting for more than just the "plot". Sure theres mother-con moments, but at least by the end of vol 1 the mother isn't even the actual love interest for the MC. He has a fiance (at least on the elf side, not sure about human... more>> side as of yet) and he loves her and is dedicated to her. At least for now, not sure how that develops in the future.

Without spoiling anything, as you'll quickly realize, MC is in the original owner's body but although he has "knowledge" of the owner's body, he doesn't actually have the owner's memories. He instinctively understands the feelings that the original owner of the body he has reincarnated into has, with regards to people such as his mom and his fiance for instance, as well as his sense of responsibility and whatnot. MC tries to act upon it and is generally trying to fit in as well, but he isn't some super OP super intelligent character either. He is, for lack of a better word, "normal", thrust into an abnormal situation. Theres no cheats. This in itself is a great part of the story as it allows the side characters to actually play a part other than just being the peanut gallery "coughing blood" at MC's amazingness or going "sugoi!!!", as many other series would have them do.

Do give this series a go, its pretty great! TL'er is good too, its easy to understand, and its frequently updated! <<less
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The synopsis seems... very reminiscent of evil god average. Well, its not too bad. Worth a read for now, and there are no characters that I have a terrible impression of characterization wise (so far). Hard to tell since its just begun though
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Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter
May 3, 2016
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Whether its shoujo or whatever shouldnt deceive you. This is, hands down, the best isekai/reincarnation story. Its not like some others where the MC is just OP with cheats or reincarnates with knowledge of the worlds future (ie. Because its a game or whatever). Rather, the MC comes into the world as the villain, right when the good ending is reached. She then works hard and, though she does use IRL knowledge, the progress she makes and the success she achieves are due to her hard work. She is a... more>> very hard working, intelligent MC, at the same time entertaining. <<less
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Too early to make a definitive review, but the premise is great and I like the characters so far. No sign of the main plot so far, its just an introduction to the sisters and the MC's tutor apparently. Well, either way, looking forward to future updates.
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A bit early to leave a star review but... like all of Pun's translations, its 18+ ero. Seems decent enough by ero novel standards. I like the premise more than most of his other translations so far at least, aside from a few like Asuka and Flight/Invisibility which at least try to have some decent plot in the background to backup the ero parts.
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There seem to be a lot of these kinds of stories lately, after Duke's Daughter translation started off, lol... but it seems interesting. I can't get a good grasp of the MC yet but I hope she doesn't just turn out to be a dumb bimbo.
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All I can really say 3 chapters in is, "Poor".

The series starts off awkwardly and bizarrely, tho its interesting to see the author trying to be original and subverting tropes. Unlike many series, the god quite literally doesnt feel a shred of remorse for killing MC by mistake and is quite lackadaisical. "Meh, I messed up, you get 1 wish kid". Also, no blessing. MC had to work hard, for 500 years, for his strength.

However, this very quickly goes downhill with how the series continues to progress from chapter 2... more>> onwards. This isn't someone that was hardened through training for 500 years. He acts humbly and submissively as a normal japanese teenager would. Even if hes not going through 500 years of direct combat experience or anything, you'd think 500 years of sage training would at least let him develop his mental maturity a bit but nope. No such thing. He just accepts the sh*t they say to his face and takes all this haughty nonsense from these nobles face on. Like... come on. They decided to give you a chance for employment sure but... you're not gonna react at all to some overprotective dad and brother literally, explicitly trying to kill you? When you're the strongest? And this brother's attack would have been enough to kill you? What happened to "strongest"?

Not sure if that'll be retconned later with him tanking a lot and finding out hes more durable than he thought or what, but... to be quite frank, the series is a let down. I only read it cause Paichun is translating it and I'm desperately searching for one of these sort of simple series to read atm. But this is much much worse than paichun's other major project, kuchibiku. Meh.

I'll give it until chapter 10 I'd think but the start has been quite appallingly poor. <<less
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Eiyuu Kyoushitsu
August 28, 2016
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Loved the manga series, and was sad that it was just a teaser. I'm ecstatic that this series is being picked up now. Its pretty interesting. It may seem somewhat generic at first but either way, I find it to be rather refreshing in some sense.
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I have to agree with Fathom. Considering the intended time period of the setting and the fact that the guy is a prince, his behavior doesn't quite conform to the time period's norms, considering his position. I found that part a bit off putting.

More comedy than romance so far, IMO, but I guess thats because its just starting out. 3836 chapters in total though...I'm not sure if I can last that long with this plot. I mean... how could the author have possibly beaten the plot out for that... more>> long with this setting? <<less
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Seems ok. I love the premise and such but I'm putting it on hold atm since I'm not sure how it'll develop in the 63 chapters there are, but theres not a whole lot translated as of yet. My main gripe so far, is that it seems like she'll eventually, however begrudgingly, end up having to make up with the people that shunned her. Thats a pretty big no no for me unless the beginning is a very temporary thing and these schmucks get thrown under the bus hard eventually.
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I've been following this series since the translation started more or less, and only just read some of the reviews people have left... and geez its disappointing. First off, I'll give an overview of the main contents.

MC is OP. Typical japanese setting right? WRONG. This MC isn't just "OP". Other isekai MCs are OP as in, they're top tier strong and only a handful of ultra OP genius types like other heroes or maous can compete with them. Satou in Death March however, is sooooo ridiculously OP that among... more>> the heroines, its almost common knowledge that he could just create his own super advanced country without breaking a sweat if he felt like it, among other feats. Demon lords are lv 100ish typically, for some of the old and powerful ones. Satou is lv300+.

This is NOT a story about fighting and struggling to overcome hardships with comrades. This is NOT a shounen story where the MC powers up to protect his allies in a certain death situation. This is NOT a serious story where main characters could get killed by some random evil guy for hype. This is a relaxed story of a guy who is God-tier OP, who is journeying and exploring the alternate world as a merchant and a traveler, along with some slaves and other companions. He views most of the heroines as daughters since they're lolis, but he isn't the dense typical japanese protagonist either. He frequents the red light districts and brothels (though these aren't explicitly mentioned later on and only implied most of the time) and even picks up on the feelings of most heroines.

As you might imagine, there is indeed a lot of plot, and even if he is OP through the roof, he is a calm and intelligent MC that doesn't just resort to overpowering his enemies and violence. He is a noble who is trying to remain as modest as possible. He conceals his heroic actions of killing demon lords as a separate masked hero persona, and so on. He wants to, as much as possible, live a carefree happy life with those that are important to him.

Do NOT bother with this series if you are looking for the ecchi 18+ type harems (since all relations are with minor unnamed characters and not explicitly stated) or if you're looking for those shounen fighting style series. There is fighting, and Satou often has a major boss fight at the end of every volume, but its not like he is ever actually stressed or put under genuine threat (yet at least). Yes, it can seem boring, but the series is in its essence laid back and casual. Its meant to be healing and fun, not a thriller/suspense/fighting type where you can't wait for the hero and the maou to clash in the next volume or something. Its fun and casual. Thats where Death March wins by a mile. 5/5 my rating. <<less
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With all the villainess based ones, it was really only a matter of time until someone wrote the inverse, where the heroine doesn't want her role. I'm not even sure if this is the first and wouldn't be surprised at finding others older than it. At least its the first I've seen. Gave it a go. Interesting enough as a starting. A bit early to say one way or another on it even at the current latest chapter (12) though I havent gotten to that yet.
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