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Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
January 14, 2019
Status: c200
After an extensive amount of time writing and rewriting this review I've come to the conclusion that I can't write it without intense rage forming from remembering this novel. 2/5 is incredibly generous considering how poorly written the story, world system, characters, and progression are, but I wanted to be fair because I did enjoy the earliest parts of the story enough to struggle through a large section of otherwise unreadable story.
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Isekai Shoukan wa Nidome Desu
May 1, 2017
Status: c10
The premise seemed promising, a summoned hero that had already saved the world got re-summoned to the world because they like wars too much. Turns out the MC is extremely against killing so he goes off on his own to have fun in a war torn world, because when the entire world is at war you can casually go around with your friends and have a good time without being involved in anything troublesome.

On top of that you give it the Arifureta special where he's on terms with the most... more>> popular and prettiest girl in school (or at least in his class) she has one female best friend that slightly looks down MC, one muscle-head male friend that only really goes along with what his friends say (so he also dislikes MC), and another male friend that is the most "popular, handsome, and perfect" guy in the class that everyone apparently likes. There's also the group of bullies that dislike the MC simply because he gets along with the pretty girl and the MC lets them walk all over them for no reason other than "it's too troublesome to stop them". When the entire class gets summoned to the other world the popular group turns out to have the strongest abilities and "mr. Popular" decides for the entire class that they're going to help the humans wipe out the demons and beastmen and take over the world.

The doormat MC who is also apparently an OP protagonist also has the unique ability of flag setter as apparently he has a number of female companions from the other world that love him for no particular reason, even to the point where one of them, a talented knight/warrior begged him to let her become his slave. Did I forget to mention that he's also apparently a super sadist? Which is totally interesting, because he's an utter doormat who can't fight back in front of everyone else, yet in front of the people that know him well he's a super sadist that loves relentlessly teasing and abusing them for no real reason. <<less
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A great start to an interesting story quickly turned unfortunate when things got out of hand. Far too many characters exist all at once to the extent that each chapter needs an appendix just to remind you who all the minor characters that don't matter but keep showing up are. The antagonists are much less numerous and more memorable for the most part (except the antagonists that show up once or twice before dying) so they actually feel like real characters as opposed to names that exist to make you... more>> feel how many people like MC.

In talking about the MC he's actually insane. He even has a skill that shows you just how insane he is because it's important to remember how mentally unstable someone is with a numeric value, despite the fact that he only ever acts mentally unstable in the presence of certain people who set him off. He also has the ability to charm and brainwash many different kinds of creatures passively through his abilities so that only the most powerful of each kind can mildly resist him. He does all of this while he's so mentally unstable that he's actually unaware he's brainwashing and mentally controlling everyone around him so that he can be praised by everyone because he's actually just a child who, like every other isekai/reincarnated protagonist, seems to become more intelligent at will whenever the author needs it to happen for plot reasons. Did I mention all the various gods who bow their heads in reverence of him because he's just that special and powerful that a large cluster of gods need to be afraid of a mortal, and he unconsciously threatens all of them just because one of them tried telling him how ridiculous and childish he is.

If you like really edgy stories where allies and enemies are clearly defined, the MC always has some nonsensical way out of any situation, and an entire nation of people are basically his slaves without being clearly defined as slaves with a harem the size of a football team filled with girls and women of every shape, size, age, and race then this might be for you. If you're not into self-insert/fantasy fulfillment stories then you probably won't like this. <<less
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I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated (WN)
January 14, 2019
Status: c304
While the story isn't bad enough for me to tell people to stay away, it's also not a story I would willingly recommend to people unless I knew they were the type to really give a story a chance first. The premise of the story, while somewhat original and interesting, also falls flat rather quickly.

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Reincarnation isn't original by any means, but being an inanimate object is a first for me. Unfortunately the sword has no goals beyond getting generically stronger and finding a wielder. While this is to be expected from a sword, stories based on the premise of fighting and getting stronger rely on such goals so that the MC as well as the reader can determine if MC is still a ways off from the end or if MC begins to close in on what they seek.

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The direction of the story isn't as clear as I'd like it to be or perhaps the author tried to do too much in this story.

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The author attempted to balance slice of life with action/adventure and in my opinion failed horribly. Personally I'm a fan of both SoL and action/adventure novels, but some authors get over ambitious and try to do both at the same time and end up not making it flow together very well. This story doesn't weave SoL into predominantly action oriented segments, nor does the story try to weave adventure into SoL segments. It gets to the point where I feel like I'm reading two separate novels with the same characters, one where the characters go on adventures and risk their lives, and one where they wander around having a good time with friends. Also, there is far too much emphasis on cooking and food, I get that Japanese novels like to say that Japanese food is the best food that has ever existed on any world, but there's no reason to let that ideology bog down the story.

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Many characters are likeable and well written, especially a number of the recurring side characters. The MC group on the other hand begin to stagnate rapidly to the extent that I started hoping for more side characters to pop up sometimes just to keep things interesting.

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The main character group, consisting of a reincarnated sword, a former slave cat girl, and a monster wolf all have traits consistent with personality without a real glimpse of personality itself. The sword is a reincarnated Japanese man who dies and one day wakes up as a magic sword. Throughout the story he exhibits traits of being a gamer type nerd, but he doesn't actually seem to understand how typical RPG games actually function (blame the author on this I guess). He is also perhaps one of the biggest Gary Stues I've come across in novels. Obtaining skills from monster cores he's absorbed, leveling up himself as a sword through "eating monster's' magic stones" which allows him to increase his damage, makes him more durable, increases his ability to be amplified with magic, gives him skill points he can use to level up any of his skills he wants, equipping an increasing number of the skills he has, all while being able to share every single one of his equipped skills with his wielder. I should also mention the inconsistency of the author in making the sword as intelligent or perceptive or oblivious as the situation demands for plot reasons.

The female lead is a typical taciturn loli girl named Fran who's primary traits are that she enjoys eating, beating up on people that look down on her, wanting to get stronger to prove a point, and her obsession with her sword whom she affectionately calls "Master". There are many points in the novel where her brusque way of speaking and overall attitude towards most people are silly and fun to read, but the author goes out of his way to talk about how intelligent "Master" is or how intuitive Fran can be, yet he chooses to solve basically every problem with brute force, because that's literally always the best solution to every problem they face. The wolf is basically just a non-speaking copy of Fran, not much to talk about with that one.

The side characters are what really shine in this novel. Each feels like they could be the MC of their own story. They have various backgrounds, have different ambitions or goals and things that are important to them. They are actually allowed to have both strengths and weaknesses shown throughout the novel without having to immediately rid themselves of whatever weaknesses were shown. It also seems like rather than being given plot armor, the side characters that seemed to have it earned it. Overall, I like many of the side characters more than the main characters

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Aside from a lot of the nitpicking I did, I actually did enjoy a lot of the novel. The world building seemed properly constructed and not forced most of the time, several of the arcs were either exciting or funny, the MC doesn't excessively dwell on his failures and constantly strives to surpass them (although I would have appreciated more reflection on those failures in the first place so he doesn't consistently cause the same mistakes to happen again and again and has to be given the same advice several times over). It's something I wouldn't mind giving a casual second read, but I'm not going to put it at the top of my list anytime soon. <<less
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