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heiro001
Pretty light and fluffy. Main character is basically a god who's a "humanity nerd", so his only real motivations are to try out different things humans do and get them to get along with each other. He even reincarnates into a human just because he really wants to savor observing how they've changed, spends days peeling potatoes because it's something humans do that he's never tried before, and so on. So yeah, no serious stakes. Despite the seeming revenge story setup, main character reconciles with one of the other five... more>> creator gods in the prologue. He treats various standard corruption and politics elements of the fantasy story like a dad scolding his children, as there's very little they could do to actually threaten a god. And the god's themselves act more like teenagers with grudges between each other and odd personality types, as there's very little they can do to permanently harm each other either (save one rather dark reveal in the backstory). Most arcs are about repairing or creating interpersonal relationships between the "heroes" of the five other gods or the gods themselves, and the others the main characters meet along the way. Little bit of mystery as to where monsters and fuel source for modern technology comes from early on, but nothing major. By chapter 100 or so the series starts outright stating it's aspirations to be a fantasy comedy (as opposed to say high school comedy), with characters meta textually pointing out who the "straight man" characters are and whatnot.

All and all a relaxing read, I'm quite enjoying it. If you're interested in slice of life / comedy story in the framework of a sci-fi / fantasy type setting a la Chrono Trigger, give it a try. <<less
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Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?
August 1, 2017
Status: past arc 12
This is a great one. Author sets up and foreshadows various plotlines well in advance, there's interesting subversions of standard reincarnation and fantasy storylines at regular intervals, and the main character has a fun quirky personality.

Story goes through various phases though, so keep that in mind. First half is a dungeon crawler story about a girl who seemingly dies and gets reincarnated as a spider monster in a giant dungeon. In this phase, the story plays around with RPG mechanic concepts and how to exploit them to the utmost to... more>> survive being the weakest possible monster in minefield of stronger ones. Kumoko / "the spider girl" is also quite fun as a narrator, regularly getting in over her head, just wanting to escape the dungeon so she can eat tastier food, and so on.

Side stories and second half go into deconstructions of fantasy stories, from why there would actually need to be a war between humans and demons, what would actually drive "cliched" heroes and villains to act in certain ways, the conditions that would actually be required for an otome game to exist, other ways being a "evil monster" is a horrifying existential crisis for anyone stuck there, why elves would actually live in a hidden village away from the world, and so on. It's a big change of pace, though still keeps a fair amount of the quirk, if not the same hardship overcoming / power leveling elements of the first half.

So yeah, this is definitely one of the best reincarnation web novels I've read, with a lot of personality infused into the lead characters and a lot of interesting twists. And having a female lead in a non-otome deconstruction story is also quite a nice change of pace as well, so many of these seem to go with a male lead that forms a harem and so forth. If you want to try a reincarnation story, I'd definitely suggest trying out this one. <<less
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The Book Eating Magician
March 10, 2018
Status: c400
Power-leveling story about a boy who dreamed of being a magician and failed, miserably, until one day being chosen by a magic book that gives him the "cheat" ability to grow much faster than everyone else by absorbing the knowledge and souls of powerful individuals of the past through the books they wrote and artifacts they made. If you're not a fan of the power fantasy/ cultivation / etc. Genre, you're probably not going to like this one either.

That having been said, I really like the touches of melancholy in... more>> this story compared to other works in the genre. The main character starting out as a failure, the magic book that gives him his "cheat" having failed in it's purpose for millennia on end, the souls that feed his growth all having failed in their life purposes, and the lead having to fulfill their last wish to gain their abilities. The other magic books that show up in the story have all failed to live up to their sole reason to exist, from the antagonists to the supporting characters. A world where all the gods are long dead and all the religions are mere shells of what they once were.

There's this thematic thread running through the entire story of dreams unfulfilled, destinies unmet, and legends long since in decline that just adds a nice bit of spice to a story about someone trying to realize their dreams, forge a destiny, and become a legend. <<less
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The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
August 17, 2018
Status: c271
Very enjoyable take on the reincarnation genre. While a lot of the power fantasy, wish fulfillment elements standard to the genre exist, there's also lots of great thematics you don't find in many other works too. Horror and Lovecraftian elements, politics, economics, racism, reconciliation after wartime, the subjectiveness of morality, a main character whose philosophy is basically reflection of the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, with some outright quotes here and there, and so on.

As a note, since this seems to show up in a lot of negative reviews of this:... more>> the prologue chapter is just a sort of proof of concept, so don't expect much of a revenge tale against the other reincarnators / the Bravers. There is a revenge subplot, and the Bravers remain secondary characters in the story, but the targets of revenge are actually people in the main character's current life, not his previous ones.

Anyway, if you're interested in a reincarnation story with some additional flavor, give Death Mage a try. <<less
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Warlock of the Magus World
March 10, 2018
Status: c85
I tried. It's an interesting premise of future scientist ending up in a world of magic. Translation is well done.

Unfortunately for me anyway, the main character soon turns out to be some kind of sociopath, owning slaves, killing hundreds of people in human experiments, and not caring what happens to any of the characters he interacts with whatsoever. As nothing really matters to him but cultivation, it feels as if there's not even a semblance of conflict or drama. And as such, I couldn't really get invested.
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Re:Monster
August 1, 2017
Status: --
This one's super trashy. Story about a guy with the power to absorb some of the abilities of anything he eats getting reincarnated into a fantasy world as a goblin. And so you watch him eat things to gain more powers, evolve into stronger and stronger monsters, build an army of other monsters, have s*x with a harem of women, beat up anyone who wants to fight him, etc.

There's a lot of hypocritical elements between how the lead condemns others and then engages in the exact same awful behavior for... more>> one thing, that might turn you off quickly. There's also no real challenge for the main character, he always has backup powers that are constantly growing. If you read this, it's pretty much solely to revel in the power fantasy trashiness of it. There's translations out there up to chapter /day 420, but a lot of them are barely edited google translate jobs, so it's rather painful to read too far ahead.

So yeah, read some if you want some trashy power fantasy fun, I dip back in every now and then, but there are lots of other novels with better constructed stories, more apparent stakes, and less questionable elements out there. <<less
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