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Mushoku Tensei (WN)
May 21, 2019
Status: Completed
If the entire novel would have been designed similarly to volumes 1-6 it would have been perfect.

Unfortunately the story gets completely derailed by a redundant school life arc (volumes 7-11) immediately following this amazing section. The amount of relevant information that these four volumes have for the overarching plot can be condensed down to a single volume. They are absolutely stuffed to the brim with pointless filler fluff. To further explain how badly this arc is constructed, here is a brief description of the plot shift: ... more>>
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After volume 6, the story moves from being about the struggles of being teleported into a hostile environment and then traveling across several continents in order to return to the main character's homeland to the main character going to a magic school to fix his erectile dysfunction. Seriously?

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Unfortunately the story never recovers from this terrible section. The character development on the main heroines is never the same again.

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While Sylphy is definitely grown a bit immediately after volumes 1-6 ends, not much else happens after she gets pregnant.

In volumes 1-6 Eris is developed a ton, and this period of time happens to be one of the best developmental phases for a side character that I have ever encountered in a light novel. We see her transform from a bratty noble princess into a warrior who has to overcome her inner emotional struggles as they travel the world. Then she is almost entirely forgotten for ten volumes till the author decided to bring back her and Roxy as yes-men (or I guess women in this case) wives who are completely shallow with almost no function other than to have s*x with Rudeus as a plot device. Their personalities have been reduced to nothing but the most prominent behaviors that they exhibited in the developmental volumes.

In short, his wives are transformed from unique characters to generic female archetypes commonly found in other novels of the same genre.

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The score that I gave this novel can be described like this:

  • Volumes 1-6: 5/5
  • Volumes 7-11: 1/5
  • Volumes 12+: 3/5
Volumes 1-6 are what I compare every other swords and magic light novel to when searching for decent reading material. The only gripe that I have with this section is that it is too short. In my opinion, the author should have extended the traveling arc through volume 11. This easily could have been accomplished by making a simple yet major change to what a character does at the beginning of volumes 7:
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Eris doesn't go away for 10 volumes.

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The way that the author paces himself with the story honestly worked best with the dynamics of adventuring. It does not work with the school arc. All of the critical characters could have been encountered without the school arc, and the character development for the main side characters would not have gone as far downhill.

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To further expand on this: Rudeus should not have married Sylphy and Roxy. And he wouldn't have if the traveling arc was continued. They were past characters that he only somewhat interacted with for an entire volume each. He grew up with Eris and encountered many hardships with her for four lengthy volumes. The entire situation where Eris just gets up and leaves under the premise of "needing to get stronger" seems completely forced and unnecessary for the progression of the story.

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In case it isn't obvious yet, I am very salty that Eris, objectively the most developed side character in the entire series, was thrown into the trash for ten volumes. When she returns her previous depth never comes close to being realized again.

The first 6 volumes are so well written that if you're interested you can just read them exclusively. There is even somewhat of a conclusion. <<less
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aquaphorus
aquaphorus rated it
The Book Eating Magician
October 25, 2018
Status: c400
First half of the novel: 5 stars.

Has fantastic character and world development. The plot is interesting and is more than just "fight enemy, power up, repeat." All of the characters have depth to them. There are detailed explanations for most things, and there is always a reason for the main character doing something.
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Second half: 3 stars.

Its is blatantly obvious that the author started to rush things after ~chapter 250. All of the down time and detailed plot developments that existed during the first half of the novel are pretty... more>> much thrown out the window in exchange for extreme power creep and an endless cycle of boss fights. The detailed explanations of the world go away. The sense of tension and struggle that the main character had to endure and overcome at the start stop. The majority of the side characters that held significant roles during the first half are quite literally never mentioned once during the second half. Characters in the central circle become mindless 'yes-men'; all of the color and taste that their personality once had are completely thrown out of the window.

That is not to say that it is not worth the read. The boss fights still maintain most of their integrity, however the tension that existed at the beginning goes away due to the aforementioned power creep. <<less
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