But there are issues. The author is plain TERRIBLE with romance and endings. I read his previous work and it is just initimacy with a single potential lover. There are some signs of crush or favourness but that is all. The endings, this and the previous novel, ended very abruptly. It felt like he lost interest in continuing but did so only to finish it.
His previous work:
He wrote another novel that was also game-like but with the three kingdom theme. It had the SAME style, half ass romance with excuses and rushed poorly written ending.
He literally had like no romantic scenes with the girl. The girl just waited for him and waited for him and waited till the last chapters. And then, their supposedly mutual feelings are known and accepted. So when the novel was ending, the author crammed their "romance" in like two lines. They got married and lived happily ever after.
The MC starts off in a forest and tries to reach a survival camp (village). During that, he gained plenty of allies and eventually a mercenary group (300 people). And from then, it became less of a 1 on 1 or 5 on 5 survival fight but more like guild wars, or guild raids. The MC is just a commander. After the MC arrives, he basically finds out Humans are in war with Dino People (Humanoid Dinosaurs), Gnomes, and Dog People (Humanoid Dogs).
After all that, the MC simply goes to another region to fight another war due to the "system's" quest. And after that, it's at another place with another war. And each of these, the MC restarts from "poor" and "weak" and works his way up again. Finally, the wars kind of stop and it just simply became "kingdom building". A bunch of adventures while MC tries to build his kingdom for humans. But many things happen.
In the end, he became a god. Told you it's cultivation-like.
At first, his class is very modest, a Ranger. It's well-rounded and decent. I know what the author is planning. He wants to give any and all possible things to the MC. And he does. But later on, his class got changed to Hero. And with that, it's more and more OP cheats. Example is that as a Hero, he can use anything and everything. He doesn't get "stronger" as the story progress, he gets more "cheats". Lol
So, there's a lot of unexplained parts about the romance. For the longest time, there was like 2 main competitors and 1 loli who tries to claim the MC as hers. Eventually, the MC picked one girl but never went into the aftermath. And this isn't the only example. It's everywhere. There are so many loose ends with the human-human relationships.
Immortal or God. In this case, it's God.
What the author is telling us is that within that 15 years he tried to cure himself, he went around the whole country/continent learning new things. And somehow, he is able to rival the #2 doctor in some really famous valley when he only supposedly stayed for a “short time”. And afterwards, he went to the demon continent and able to learn some of the strongest magic circles just like that? I mean, what about working from the lowest rank and up? You know? Him, being the weakest piece of sh*t ever, won’t be recognized by anyone. Even if you say that he gained some knowledge/talent here and there, you still need a ton of time to master it before he’s useful. And let’s remember that out of those 15 years, he spent 3-4 of those doing nothing. He only snapped out of being useless when his childhood maid died.
Your MC is half reincarnated and half transported into another world (as in transported into another person's body). So, what is his cheat ability? A super computer incorporated in his mind that allows him to train and learn much faster, easier and better than others. Unfortunately, the author kind of forgot about this and just threw it in the background as "you know all know why he's so good, I'm not going to bother mentioning this super computer processing mind again".
As for the plot, apparently the Emperor, who is a tyrant, got an oracle reading and said that an archer, or bow user, will overthrow his tyranny. Therefore, he decided to hunt and kill all archers. So, the MC has to get stronger while hiding his true identity and overthrow this tyrant. And at the same time, he has to goal of chasing after his girlfriend, who will ascend to a higher realm/world.
There's no harem or multiple love interests. This I like. There's only one love interest but she's not much of a female lead. Her screen time is minimal. It's still the "damsel in distress" but a variant. MC isn't trying to "save" her but she is still one of MC's motivation to become strong.
Up to Chapter 680 or so, the MC uses three different weapons, his fists, a spear and a bow. And from weakest to strongest is in that order as well. By Chapter 680 or so, MC was told that he should focus on only one weapon and master that because once he masters that everything else will fall into place. So, whether he actually focuses on the bow and become a true archer god, I don't know.
He also has the "Black Hole" Star and "Sagittarius" Constellation by default. 1 Star is normal, anymore than that is not. A whole constellation only occurs in the legend. MC uses his "Black Hole" Star and absorbed fire to create a "Fire" Star. Therefore, he has three different stars/constellations.
It has a "Slice of Life" touch to it. Like, Yuna isn't actively striving to be at the top of the guild. Nor is she really actively seeking a way home. She's not really aiming for anything, so I can't actually think of a proper plot for this novel. The best thing I can label right now is "she's aiming to enjoy her life" and hence, the "Slice of Life"-ness that I mentioned.
Yuna wants to use fire magic? Sure, no problem. But she needs to wear the Kuma Suit. Is the Fireball too weak? Sure, no problem. But she needs to reform the Fireball into a Fire Bear.
Another tournament between the six countries (I think it’s six, it could be seven, I forgot.), to determine the ranking of the countries. And now, it’s another tournament (untranslated) between the loyalist and the revolutionist of a certain kingdom. Both sides comprise of the guardian families and the houses of lords (or nobles or aristocrats or something like that), with the protagonist’s side on the weaker side.
That aside, each tournament followed similar format. The first one, it was protagonist vs the country. The second one, it was protagonist vs the other countries. And on the current one, there’s an improvement. He’s only going against like 6 or 8 out of the 12 instead of all 12 of the opponent. It’s a 12 on 12 team where he’ll be facing against most of them, again.
Example is that the protagonist went missing for 18 months but he feels no rush to get home. He demonstrates no rush. And soon, the whole idea of going back home disappears as there’s a new plot in front of him. I really don’t think I’m asking that much, right? A bit of thought process? Personal feelings? I mean, he made a total mess and enemies of the world back home, yet he isn’t in any kind of rush to go home to see what kind of mess he made. This isn’t even just a “calm” or “smart” or “confident” protagonist anymore.
Here is a better analogy to explain the rapist thing instead of just repeatedly say it is rape. You know those movies or television shows or even some other novels where the rapist is some psychologist or hypnotist? That is pretty much what the MC is. He deprives you of your own free will and changes your mind such that you don’t even know it.
Think you some psychological treatment but the psychologist hypnotized you in a horny slut begging him to have s*x with you. Afterwards, he releases the hypnotism and you go back to your life. But in this case, it is permanent.
So, yes. There is an undeniable fact that MC raped 20 female Knights if you think of it this way. However... let’s take a step back. Say MC never had s*x with them and simply took them as slaves, which they essentially are, and just made them do mundane task or conquer the world. Now MC is a murderer. He sends the Knights out as fodder and they die while killing others. And I suppose being a murderer is better than a rapist?
I really don’t see the point of arguing in this topic or matter. This is a freaking fantasy novel. Let me take that back, this is a freaking novel, a FICTIONAL novel meant to be written to satisfy certain audiences. Sure, it’s “better” to read a book about a detective solving murder cases but there are books like diary of a murderer or assassin. And people do write and read those.
So, is murder better or rape?
Taking two steps back, for the record, the Knights wanted to murder him. He, in turn, used a charm skill that deprived their free will. It is very extreme and more than necessary. But that was the only skill he had. What do you call doing whatever you can to avoid yourself being MURDERED? I think it was called self defense.
And analogy would be, MC knocks all of them out with a concussion and they end up losing their common sense and memory. They wake up and became super dependent on the person they saw and “helped” them. And that is basically what the charm skill did. It made them dependent on the MC and orient around him.
And then these newly devoted Knights want to sleep with MC, it’s not rape anymore if they wanted it, though you need to remember their mindset changed. There will be arguments with this analogy, so now assume a girl got into an accident, lost most her memories, changed her personality and a lost a few screws. She changed from a person who look downed on men and dislikes them to an open girl. Say, you, who is her rehab social worker that is helping her recover, developed a relationship with her after she recovered and left. You end up sleeping with her despite telling her about her past hatred for men. So, do you call that raping her past self that might or might not reappear? I’m sure if she remembers and if this scenario happened many times, there will be splits between her going to court to file a case on her social worker and accepting her new life.
Last note, do remember what a slave is. If you toss a job description to it, it’ll be something like, “expect anything and everything to happen as it is your duty and you have no rights, unless otherwise stated” It’s true. Not American but read their history in the past and back then, their slaves do get anything and everything, from respect and kindness to rape and abuse. So, the moment you guys and gals read the title with “slave harem”, rape is already a possibility to the story. It’s a given that it might happen. There’s another novel with “slave harem” but in a labyrinth. The author wrote it with much nicer tone. All the girls just willingly accepted their master’s “love”. That MC is a nice guy, more or less. But it’s undeniable that those girls are basically “trained” not to say no. And hence, stripping away their free will. One way or another, you can still think of it as rape or manipulative s*x/rape, treat them nice so they think you’re nice and then sleep with them while they think you’re nice.
Why the hell are you people arguing on this topic? If you’re going to argue about anything, isn’t it more important the fact that the girls are LOSING their own free will? If you’re going to argue about what’s right and wrong, you should aim at the core of the problem. The MC isn’t just going in, stripping their clothes and raping them. The MC is depriving them of their own free will and make them think that he is their one and only purpose of living.
So, some waitress mess up with her service as a waitress to some noble, like bump into him or something. The noble grabs her and basically needs to “teach” her some respect. Protagonist comes and saves the day. He burns the noble and heals him. Noble leaves and come back and uses the waitress to lure him. And what he does is just walk with him. Noble asks him to do something, he does it. Noble says I’ll pay you, and he goes sure. I like money.
Basically, a girl, who is pretty, tried to be equals with the MC and his waifu, who are a god and a goddess. The girl tries to think she’s smart and understands that the MC won’t be forceful and try to put humans as slaves. So, she tries to make arrangements with him as equals. And the MC just happily accepts and that’s it. The Goddess also accepts.
The MC is a “human” before so maybe he’s used to being a pushover. But even that is not something most people would be happy to agree with. He knows he’s being taken advantage of. And the worst part is the Goddess is an actual goddess. She is fully into the humans can be used as offerings mindset. Yet, she, without a single bit of hesitation, accepts the girl’s deal.
Can’t the author written it in a better way? I know it’s just to advantage the novel, add a plot and add a harem member. The plot progresses rather nicely afterwards. But couldn’t s/he done it in a better way? This is just another “forced plot”, which is another way of saying “lazy writing”.