So far the MC makes good use of the understanding he gained of the world during the tutorial to take complete advantage over the other characters (ex. The shady dealer, princess etc.) Unlike some vengeance stories, this MC has no qualms in killing or thoroughly torturing those he has a grudge on. It's a bit similar to Shield Hero but he's definitely a lot more ruthless than the shield hero.
In other words, he's going to be a Hunter, Knight, and Architect and god knows what else. But it's still fun to read. What I don't understand is why people are complaining about the darker parts of the story. There are some valid points, but it's much simpler to take it with an open mind. Explanations for the following:
1. Let's just remember the premise here. This new world seems to have some resemblance of order, but really, if people don't want to let them know things, then they probably won't know, especially if they're grunts (read: scavengers). So like typical grunts, the higher ups will send them out with poor equipment. Because grunt --> kept in the dark and fed shit. After all, they aren't as important as the hunters and they technically aren't supposed to be in any danger. If you think about it in another way, they're literally workers that are trained to grab anything they might think is useful and run away from monsters without fighting them head on if they do show up. Because they literally can't.
2. The part where he has to integrate the parasites from the young splitters? People are pissed off that their scythes are cut off and he's practically keeping them as livestock? Let's say he doesn't cut them off. Why in the world would he make things harder for himself? The author spends a good chunk of the chapters explaining how dangerous a splitter is, both young and mature. Not to mention it's a legendary beast. So I don't see the problem with nipping a problem at its bud. It's just suicidal if he lets them keep their scythes.
3. Prison arc? Prisons aren't f*cking rainbows and sunshine. So there's no reason to expect the MC to be treated well when he's thrown into a den of wolves. As dislikable as the arc might be, it was a super integral part of the change in his personality. He no longer trusts anyone without making sure he has some way to control them first.
TL;DR Scavengers are grunts that don't actually have much invested in them. Cutting off the scythes of a legendary beast that can f*ck you up is probably a good idea. Prison arc isn't pretty. Deal with it or skip it.
Let's remember that this MC isn't a good guy.
Romance is shallow as sh*t here, not to mention he seems to have sworn off on love. Probably won't be any of that for a while.
The MC is most assuredly not just a wimpy piece of garbage who one-sidedly desires and r*pes his "love" interest. That's the type of MCs that other typical R18 novels have. He's just another broken toy thrown aside by garbage parents (especially the mom) and is taken in by other equally broken toys who are trying to live life as happily as they can, doing things they want to do. Each and every one of the characters introduced, even casually, are tied in to the story. The author meticulously develops the main cast and reveals bits and pieces of trauma experienced in the past. The MC is also a key component for helping the rest of the group recover some of their sanity. Perhaps he does get everything delivered to him on a silver platter, but nevertheless he is an integral part of the group.
This story seems to be a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Western and even Korean elements. Although the equipment system is a little confusing, if you reread it a little bit it becomes much more understandable. I cant say that the characters are unique either, but the action in the story is very good.
Just to warn you, the MC will do nothing to change history. In fact it is specifically emphasized that the MC is unable to change history no matter how much he interferes. It will end up exactly as the history books say in the 21st century, its just the author took liberties while filling in details in between major events. So don't get too angry over the fact that the MC is NTR'd over the empress, Zhao Ya, Zhao Ni, Mei Canning, and Shan Rou (in fact Zhao Ya's death was probably was the most emotional event other than the ending) Do remember that this is set in an era where if people don't have power, they will be trampled straightforwardly by people who are powerful. Women are livestock to be traded, virginity means nothing really, lives are treated like shit, people can and will die, and you are guaranteed to feel constant angst over a lot of events in the story.
the aphrodisiac was savage AF, rip assassins
the MC is a skelly with OP equipment who still possesses a modicum of humanity, though he is not adverse to killing much like Ainz. Ainz starts off relatively generous, but as you read on he becomes more and more ruthless to enemies against his guild. In this story, the skeleton knight just tries to help out whoever is in need of help since all he has is himself and not a guild.
MC comes from a futuristic world, but I found the explanation of the futuristic world to be a little confusing. There's also not a very clear goal right now since he just got transported to a different world.
Also, the author tries to drive in the point that he's average by introducing tons of geniuses, each one more genius than the last, so it's easy to get tricked by his circumstances. If you compare him with the rest of the No-Classes, he got a great restart. You can fake talent with experience, and he got plenty of that with the years he spent climbing up to C-rank. He might not remember minor events in the future, but it's the major events that really matter anyway.
My favorite members of the harem would be Cai Ning and Jane. In terms of of knowing Yang Chen the longest they would be near the top, with a few exceptions. Oh Athena wasn't too bad either. Honestly the MC was frustrating at times but it is one of the finest harem endings I have ever read. Other harem novels fall way behind the mark.
of course until you reach volume 11, then the tension really gets going (kek actually three girls gunning for one guy, even loners can be potential harem protagonists)
The interactions between Shin (MC) and the female lead were interesting at first but quickly got boring. In other words, other than Shin, the side characters are literally NPCs. They contribute nothing to the story. The prince is relatively interesting due to his black heart, but other than that, the characters are just there to leech off the MC. So if you are into stories where the only character that is doing anything is the MC then this is the story for you. Character development is nonexistent. MC still lacks common sense, side characters have a bland character type slapped onto them and they stay that way (i found the prince to be interesting though).
Oh yeah and generic villain who spouts villainous lines but gets defeated in a few minutes. Artificial creation of demons/devils, you know, generic villainous plots like that.
the grandpa, who was a famous magi, literally has no presence in this story. This novel should be renamed "The Guru's Grandson" because the grandma has more presence.
Heck there's not even any emphasis on magic developing or anything really. Just vague chemistry concepts that people in junior high can understand.
As mentioned above, it's about the East German Army's 666th TSF Squadron (tactical surface fighter) known as the Schwarzesmarken, a super elite unit that fights Betas on the front lines (they usually carry out laserjagds (laser hunts) in which they go to the back of enemy lines and kill the laser units that basically overpower human forces if they aren't eliminated)
Now on to the more important stuff. At this point in time it's 1983. Basically, to summarize the setting of Schwarzesmarken, it's the Cold War with BETAs added into the mix. Germany is split into the West and East, with the East receiving most of the BETA attacks and the West flourishing. It's a relatively dangerous time for the East, especially since there are a lot of conflicts between political parties. (Guess what kind? Lol you got it. Communism and capitalism and all that stuff) And then you have the soldiers who are dedicated to fighting for the sake of the country and the people. That's the 666th squadron. With the BETA threat looming over them, they have to somehow beat them back, show the world (the UN) that East Germany is just as strong as West Germany, and clean up internal conflicts so that power is rightfully given to the people. In other words, it's less about the BETAs and more about the internal political conflicts that are destroying East Germany. The stuff about ignoring allied distress calls is kind of extraneous since it really doesn't change much of the story.
We have our beloved MC Theodore Eberbach (just love the naming sense) who is a member of the 666th. He's pretty much apathetic to everything, especially since a few years ago his mom, dad, and his little sister were killed by the Stasi (aka the secret police, you know, the ones that go around killing people and make the party look good). So why is he fighting for them? I don't know, and he doesn't know either, at least in the beginning. He fights, and along the way he meets someone who changes his views on the war, Katia Waldheim, and later finds out that his captain Irisdina Bernhard (who he thought was a heartless informer who killed her own brother because she was a loyal dog of the Stasi) was actually part of a resistance that is attempting to overthrow the current government. He decides to fight for the people, they win, etc.
However, theres a good amount of tragedy mixed into this.
he finds out that his sister is actually alive, and is a spy who joined the 666th in order to monitor Irisdina the captain to see if she's treasonous (lol she is). What's worse is that the little sister (Lise Hohenstein) has been in love with Theodore ever since they were kids (since theodore was adopted) but boom, Theodore was NTR'd and his sister was used as a toy by the Stasi (and by toy I mean the sexual kind).
including the sister there's 10 members in the squad, and by the end only 3 of them are left. (This had the potential to become a harem with the captain, the little sister, and katia, but they shut that down real quick. Neither the captain nor sister survives)
The character development was relatively simplified, and a lot of things were exaggerated but the tension in the story kept me on my toes, especially since the author threw a lot of curveballs. But is it a fantastic story? Not really, but its not bad.
Really are you sure???? This is a really humongous spoiler that you really don't want to read unless you're really far into the story. Gotta be sure, there's no turning back! Yatorishino Igsem dies (and in Ikta's arms too, blocking bullets for him). It was super heartbreaking that after all they've been through, the author chooses this. Well, I guess that just means the ship for the princess is sailing for sure. Or not at all.