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A Different World Scenery View From the Tower
July 31, 2017
Status: c6 part10
Initial review (up to c2 part2)

An interesting starting premise but poor execution. If the chapters were not released in such short fragments I might be able to keep interest. I'm dropping until either the "chapter parts" build up enough to binge on (4 minute reading time for each fragment? chapter 1 has 8 fragments? really?) or someone decides to translate a full chapter at a time. As for the content itself, so far all I've seen is action/reaction chapters without much character growth or meaningful conversations, but it's still... more>> early. It may just be the initial character introductions. Rated 2.5 /5 thus far rounded up to 3/5. Will look at again later to re-review.

Edit:

review as of c6 part10

Warning: this review gets lengthy fast due to sheer frustration of wasted time and loss of hope for the novel. I gave it a fair shot, but it reads like a pre-teen wish-fulfillment basic outline that hasn't even reached the quality level of a first-draft. The more I type, the more I find this to be a failure of a novel.

It has elements I usually enjoy, like character suddenly transported to another world of swords and magic and strong character (s) turning tables on opponents who thought they vastly outmatched them. However there are recurring issues that make this series suffer irreversible damage.

  1. The author has an outline of character goes here, does this, gets girl/prize, but the character lacks any substance to show motivation of why he does what he does; making him feel little more than an objective-driven robot without a real purpose. i.e. getting stronger just for the sake of getting stronger.
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    example: MC gets called to kingdom to receive reward, and turning down the king's invitation would be like a slap to the king's face in front of the kingdom. Okay, author is setting up a flag: MUST attend king's summons to show respect before the kingdom thereby starting to adapt to the power structure of the world. New harem gal gets introduced as an oracle working for temple and government for years. Oracle gets imprisoned for not telling higher-ups the whole vision just once in her career without being given a chance to explain and is automatically charged with treason... seems overboard for someone who has been serving the kingdom their entire life being charged by the person everyone in the temple knows is a sleazebag... aaand, it's a pathetic damsel in distress setup...
    MC rescues the oracle at the request of another harem member in the making (a princess of course) and is given some gold as his main motivation to help with a side of "it's your fault she's in this position even though we're not sure how"... oh, and the king's summons announced to the whole kingdom as a reward that CAN NOT be refused? Eh, the princess will handle the explanation to the king.

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  2. Little to no human dialogue. This is one thing that could be easily improved by just simple banter or quick jabs to help establish some sort of character personality, but there is just... nothing. It could be a quick sigh, a laugh at an unexpected situation, a teasing reply, anger or confusion at an unprovoked attack. Nope, instead we get robot MC and company.
  3. Missing the journey in-between the plot objectives. Any storyteller knows that the real story is not the destination and how fast you get there, it's the journey TO get there.
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    The City of Turku is good since it's a large town and it has an adventurer's guild branch.
    Eclair and Oldega are already members of the adventurer guild, so this time Takeru, Feene, and Leiria will register as adventurers.

    I took two days on foot and came to Turku city.

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    Two days? That's all there was? No random encounters? No getting to know your new friends?

    No campfire stories, or problems setting up tents or what you ate or why you are on foot? Just two days of walking, sleeping, eating, and sh*tting along the (assumed) road in complete silence among teammates. Alrighty then.

    Don't get me wrong, there are times when it CAN be acceptable LATER in a series or even becomes the norm, generally after a pattern of conduct is established, but in the first few chapters? No. Just no. Travelling multiple days means conversations and events that the readers want to know about and aids world-building. This ties back to points 1 and 2; a lack of character development and conversations.

  4. The fights devolve into a bad pok*mon game ripoff
    Spoiler

    "Dark arrow"

    a guidable black magic arrow targets Leiria.

    Leiria defended against it using Aqua Wall.

    Vikbart increases the number of fire bullets he release and also added more magical power to each.

    Leilia also increases the number of water bullets accordingly.

    And dark arrow again.

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  5. The lack of logic/follow-through. (This was the last straw that broke it for me)
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    After rescuing the damsel oracle without a hiccup the team is followed and ambushed by assassins who moonlight as adventurers (as cover) while on their way back to their tower. Okay, I'll admit that is clever, use the adventurer guild as a cover to bounce between countries for assassinations. Of course the assassins never saw the OP MC crew coming and got steamrolled, understandable. MC and friends incapacitate all of them without killing them due to OP statuses, fine. Now what are you going to do with them? You were just advised by a princess to stay out of the limelight and away from politics for your own sake AND the sake of the oracle you just saved, you get attacked by a group after a clean escape, beat them up, leave them alive after knocking them unconscious (because Japanese "no killing humans" morals have suddenly emerged in all characters) and then... what?
    Nothing

    Nothing is mentioned of the assassins after that. One would think that maybe an interrogation is in order, or hauling them to an adventurers guild for attacking fellow adventurers, or even something simple like being locked up in the tower or an execution to tie up possible loose ends but there is literally NOTHING mentioned as to their fate. All that can be assumed is that they were left alone to wake up and report their failure to their superiors... as well as the identities, incredible powers, and direction of travel of their targets... defeating the whole premise of staying out of the limelight/politics while protecting your ward; All without ever learning who attacked you or why. Do you think I'm blowing this out of proportion? Here's the actual fight ending:

    Gaine's head was strike in its crown while he's having a surprised face. Takeru controlled his sword to only beat him and the enemy fainted.

    Having defeated the national rank party "Grim Reaper" led by Gaine, Takeru's party hurried to the tower.

    A few chapter fragments later MC and company are now killing small fries, even setting them on fire because, why not? (humans mind you, not demons or raging beasts or undead, living HUMANS), yet bother to defeat the bigger named enemies without actually killing them or clarifying what happens to them AGAIN other than "surrendered" or "passed out". Yeah, that makes sense, let's mercilessly slaughter the little nameless thieves and robbers because they are trash, but leave the gang leaders to do whatever they want after we beat them (and for whatever reason don't bother arresting, imprisoning or executing them). But whatever, I'm sure they all changed their ways after getting their @$$es handed to them, or took themselves to the nearest town to lock themselves up because that's what all criminals do when they're beaten and let go right? They don't reorganize and r*pe, enslave, murder, pillage, and burn ever again right? That'll never come back to bite you after announcing to them who you are and where you live.

    MC then goes about making his tower even bigger to the point that it becomes easily seen from outside the forest despite a heads-up from the tower interface beforehand saying "hey, everyone is gonna be able to see us, maybe we should wait" MC basically says "Eh, it was bound to happen eventually" completely ignoring the warnings he had already received and pushes on because that's all he knows to do. Make tower bigger, get stronger and repeat.

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Overall: a simple "plot" with no depth: Hunt monsters, level up, find girl, bring girl to tower, list everyone's ever-growing OP stat sheet, get in occasional fight to awe others, rinse/repeat. That's it. No character development, no sense of struggle, not even a decent conversation.

Just a sad excuse of a "story" that will make you wish you had the time you wasted on this outline back.

TL;DR? Don't even bother with this "novel". <<less
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To Be a Power in the Shadows!
April 9, 2018
Status: c4
Any MC that plays around with his own loving family member's life deserves to be shot.... more>>
Spoiler

In chapter 4 after his older sister is kidnapped, the MC pretends to skim over "ancient documents" he admits in his mind he can't really read, throws a dagger at a random place on a map and says "she's there". It would be one thing if MC has a special ability he keeps hidden, or is clever enough to put a tracker of some sort on his sister, but neither seem to be true.

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MC just Bull-$#!ts things and they just inexplicably happen to be true. I can't see how anyone can accept this as a story.

Don't get me wrong, comedy and parody has its place but playing with your family's lives? That's where I draw the line with any "story". <<less
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Isekai Tensei no Boukensha
May 26, 2018
Status: v1c6
Anytime I see a novel whose chapters are split into multiple parts, I check to see how long those parts are, and if they are relatively short, like they are here, I let the parts build up before binge reading. It'll be up to the translator (or heaven forbid it's the author releasing like this) to either translate a chapter at a time or translate the fragments more regularly like what Jigglypuffsdiary is doing for The man picked up by the gods (reboot) for a more steady audience.

So as said... more>> above, I'll be waiting for a few (full) chapters to come out before I bother reading through the fragments. Good luck to the author and translator!

Edit:

2 months from starting and 1 month since the last chapter fragment, chapter 1 is now at "part 6". I'm not sure if the chapter is complete yet or not, but I'm staying by my original assessment of a few FULL chapters before a proper review.
Spoiler

Assuming the translator group can focus that long, he/they seem to be more interested in mass translating NTR adultery s**t with poor reviews than this right now.

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Edit 2:
Interesting, now the parts are relabeled as chapters. I'll look into it when I can, but considering it took a month since the last "part/chapter" was put out, I'm not holding my breath of something that can hold attention too long.

Edit 3:

As expected, the chapters are short enough to be fragments, but since each chapter so far starts with "x years passed" each one is it's own chapter, even chapter 4 which is little more than an info dump.

Pros:

Decent translation (non-headache inducing, few minor typos).

An OK time-killer if chapters have built-up.

Cons:

Chapters are short, maybe 5 minutes per chapter at current time with a chunk of each being set aside for listing MC's growing stats. The original prologue was of decent size, now it's just... short.

Time leaps: "X years have passed..." Hopefully this is just the childhood years that the author doesn't know how to better flush out, but it's starting to become annoying seeing every "chapter" start as such.

Character sheets: I get that the author wants to reflect character growth in the MC, but when the stat page takes up 25% of the "chapter", you've done something wrong.

Translation pace has come to a crawl, going from 3-4/month to 1/month since the translator (s) seem more interested in translating poorly rated s**t garbage than something with a story. Worse yet, the translation group is getting greedy asking for $45/chapter for 5 minutes worth of reading (a portion of which is just updating a stat sheet) while only asking $15/chapter for the sm*t they're shoveling out. I'm hoping either someone else can pick it up and give it the attention it deserves or original translation group gets their act together.


Overall: a typical Isekai reincarnation story so far; A weak MC growing up with some hidden OP cheats in reserve (which he may or may not know how to use yet). Can't say much in terms of story so far since it's still in the "child/growing up" stage. Grand plan/story unknown. I wouldn't bother getting too invested in it currently due to slow translation rate and short "chapters". If you do plan on reading, I'd suggest waiting a few months for a handful of "chapters" to build up and binge on it rather than wait each month for the next chapter/fragment. <<less
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MC becomes uber-OP very fast (in first few chapters), no character development, the school idols swoon over him from start, the abilities list is too long to memorize unless you have an eidetic memory so if the author says it's one of his powers you just nod and move on. Overall: sloppy, fast, power-seeking wish fulfillment fantasy with no noteworthy development so far.
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Rise, Strongest Warrior
March 12, 2018
Status: c25
Honestly, a decent read during the training arc that shows the effort the MC put into training (rated 4/5), but the "chapters" speed and volume of content are frustratingly lacking as of late. Currently rating it down to 3/5. I'm going to let "chapters" stockpile for later reading rather than wait a week or longer for 5 minutes of reading time at a go.

This is an example of my frustration: Chapter 25 is as follows;
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Spoiler

MC: I'm hungry, I'm gonna eat this thing I just killed.

Random guy: You can't eat that! Here's reasons 1 and 2. (Thinks to himself about reason 3 for world-building but doesn't say it)

MC: Reasons 1 and 2 are invalid, I'm gonna eat it... Go away.

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That's it, that's the entire chapter. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself, it'll take 5 minute out of your life. <<less
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Godly Model Creator
December 16, 2018
Status: c557
It was a good read, but then gravity tales surrendered it to webnovels, who in turn got greedy and made it a "premium" read. Ever since then I'm leery of reading anything on gravity tales and have gone from whitelisting their site from ad-block to blacklisting it. As for webnovels? I'm not even visiting it, but have it blacklisted in case I ever end up there reading another novel and hitting "next" only to find myself there.

Read this and other stories from them at your own peril lest you be... more>> severed from the story mid-read. <<less
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Holy Dragon Totem
March 29, 2019
Status: --
Wow, all you need to do is look at the description to see the idiocy:

Dragon, identical to nine animals in form.

The head is similar with that of a camel (1), the horn is similar with that of a deer (2), the ear with that of an ox (3), the neck with that of a snake (4), the belly that of a serpent (still 4), the scale that of a fish (5), the claw with that of an eagle (6), and the paw with that of a tiger (7).

Snakes and serpents... more>> are the same thing. Even if you say that snakes and serpents are two different animals with some fantasy BS excuse, that still leaves you with eight creatures. Where's the ninth?

If the description cannot follow basic math or animal identification, I have no hope for the novel itself.

Edit:

Looks like the description was changed after I made note of it, but it took someone writing a review pointing out the obvious before it was. <<less
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No Fatigue: 24-jikan Tatakaeru Otoko no Tenseitan
November 27, 2018
Status: c47
A decent isekai story with a cheat that takes hard work to actually utilize it. The main problem I have is the multiple translators and (frequent) months-long gaps between chapters. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for translators who would pick up otherwise dead stories, but please stay consistent with translations or be willing to hand it off to someone that is rather than translating a chapter fragment once in a blue moon when you remember.

Now I have to decide if I want to continue the story... more>> from two years ago when the translators took 2+ months off followed by another month-long break (and multiple other issues), if I should start the story all over, or just leave it alone and hope it stabilizes enough in the future to become a regular read again. <<less
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Isekai Quest After School!
November 27, 2018
Status: v1 afterword
A pleasantly surprising heartwarming isekai/slice of life story that doesn't take things too seriously or get so wrapped up in infodumps or world-building that the story gets lost in the process.

Grammar 4/5-Occasional typos or missing words, but not headache inducing and given the surrounding context the meaning can be easily deduced.

Story 3.5/5-Original and an interesting twist on two genres, but nothing groundbreaking. That said, worth reading if you like isekai or rom-com fluff.

Setting 3/5-Generic, but capitalizes on it intentionally. Instead of trying to figure out how noble X and King... more>> Y interacting will affect character #5, you get otherworld characters that are already ingrained in the world being normal to a degree (on the isekai side, Earth is still 99.99999% clueless) and interacting peacefully without chaos or concerns.

Overall, a nice slice-of-life rom-com that is good for lightening your load or acting as brain bleach after a particularly nasty chapter from other stories. <<less
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The Book Eating Magician
August 1, 2017
Status: c86
So far it's a good read. It has many of the tags I enjoy in a story (ability steal, hidden abilities, determined protagonist, etc).

I am pleased with how the author is expanding this tale. Just when I was beginning to be concerned about power creep, the author introduced a mechanic that hinders it. My current concern is a lack of inter-personal character development for MC and his friend (s) as he keeps being flung from one area/mission to another, or we end up with: six months later...

Overall, would recommend.
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Living in this World with Cut & Paste
November 28, 2016
Status: c94
I know this review is early but the humor I saw in ch 5 had me in stitches

Spoiler

【Ability】
Roar
Mu, it has both Skill and Ability.
As expected its on a different level than the rabbit.
For now, I'll steal its Skill.
As for the Ability, let's steal it and paste it on the tree over there.

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I like these kinds of weak/weird growing to OP-ness step-by-step stories and look forward to seeing where it goes.

Edit-

Still reading as of ch 94, still enjoying the ride :)
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