1) People seem to claim that her personality was better prior to gaining their memories, which is false. We know very little about her personality prior. The few things we do know about her prior seem to be the same. Her personality did not change much, other than interest in magic. She was a hikkimori in both lifetimes. Just because she acted cool in 1 scene in the beginning doesn't mean she acted like that in every minute of her life.
2) People say that this is generic, but it isn't. While the theme is generic in general, there is a lot of uniqueness to this. From the characters being smarter and actually noticing the change in the MC, to her abilities being out in the open. And so far, no harem. People are not falling for her left and right, they are interested in the heroine more and she is fine with that and encourages that (despite hating the heroine).
3) People seem to think that by her being a Japanese, she somehow becomes unable to be human. I know a lot of JP novels try to push this nonsense of how "Japanese values" have transcended them beyond humanity. But that is nonsense! Let us break down what happened. She was with her little sister in a store, and suddenly she got kidnapped with her sister and knocked unconscious, when she woke up she was tied up in a basement being threatened by some bandit. Out of desperation she unleashed her magic power and killed him. She then threw up because she didn't feel good about killing people. She then went to rescue her little sister and escape.
I also find it interesting that people seem to think it was the Japanese hikkimori that let her kill people, and not the noble from the middle ages who has sword training. People seem to forget that nobles during middle ages didn't think much of commoner's life. Or do people think "Japanese values" > all?
4) People seem to say she has no regard for human life, except she actually rescues a person when they were attacked (when no one cared, because guess what in middle ages life was cheap). And she doesn't kill the attackers either, the only time she kills is when her life and her sister's life was in danger. That was it!
1) There is nothing crazy about what she introduces early on. At 8 month old she introduces making sandals and basket (used as a trap to catch fish) out of grass. And even then she has the help of her older brother (who does all the actual work). The limits of a baby is mostly due to lack of muscle buildup, if someone retains their memories, building up their ability to talk and basic muscle action is not an issue (and even then she couldn't walk well at 8, and again her brothers help is only reason she got things done). Once the starving children got their hands on food due to her, she was able to command them without issue. From then on, she got some recognition from the starving village little by little. But the things she introduces is very limited, basic agriculture reform (which she only just barely introduces prior to being taken away, this took her 10 ENTIRE YEARS). And a few simple to make tools. All of these tools can be made by anyone with access to wood. There is no decades of experience here being crammed in.
2) A lot of people also seem to miss out on the cultural issues. For example, why the parents sold her after she solved the hunger issue. But there is a few things to be noted:
a) If you follow the story so far, outside of mages, civilization seems to have been on purpose bred to be docile. Ever since the revolt centuries ago, the mages seem to have undertaken measures to insure that there is total reliance on mages, even if you want to eat, you have to rely on mages. Nobody has any weapons, even a basic knife. All weapons are made by mages and can be dispelled by mages.
Aka, people are bred for stupidity and reliance. This is why even merchants are in reality just decedents of nobles who did not get peerage. At first it might seem silly, but once you understand the culture and history of the world building it makes a lot more sense.
b) In those ages, being sold to a noble is most likely considered a priviledge. They did not exactly cover commoner marriage in the novel, but in most middle age societies. The girl leaves the family and the house has to provide a dowry. A noble paying you silver for your daughter is not a bad deal to them. And neither would they think it is a bad deal for their daughter either.
Actually there is even a practice if your child is a mage to give them to nobility. So they are also in a way trained in such actions.
c) To be honest we don't actually know if the parents even know her value. Most of the aid she got was from her brothers (who actually do care about her, one of them even drops everything to go search for her after). The only time she got her parents to do reforms was by tricking them telling them she heard our neighbors do it and etc. Aka, it is questionable how much their parents actually knew about her value. Now don't get me wrong, they knew she created some tools that helped and etc. But it is hard to say how much they actually understood. Because the only thing they thought about is if she was a mage or not.
Also, the villiage they live in is an expiremental villiage. Aka, these villages are not ones where people who knew each other from birth lived in. These are villages that were recently formed. So the conection between villagers is pretty weak. Aka, it is more like everyone for themselves rather than carring about your neighbor that much.
3) The noble DID NOT buy her to be a s*x slave. The noble who bought her wanted to educate her. But education can only be given to nobility. So what he did was to make her a temporary maid at his sister's house to get an education along side her son under the pretense of having a maid same age as her son to get along better. Once she got the basic education, he planned to make her his daughter and eventually his wife. Once she has meen a maid at his sister's house for a few years, the sister proposed to use her to offer s*x education to her son. (Which by the way was part of maid duties in some places during middle ages as well). The noble did not like that either, and took her back. (They did not try to hide her, she just got taken back because he had no excuse left for keeping her with his sister as he did not want her continuing her maid services there). Instead she would work as a merchant apprentice. On the way there, she got kidnapped by bandits.
4) Only mages or their spouses can be nobles. Period. The only reason why the nobles are hard working is due to the decline of magic users being born. The society they have is slowly collapsing which is part of the story. Back in the day when the system was set up, there was plenty of mages to go around. So there was little work. As the amount of mages declined, they ended up doing hard work due to being too much work. Hence the setup of the expiremental villages to minimize use of mages.
5) A lot of people also do not get why people are being so lazy saying "this is too hard" or etc. The reason comes down due to difference of perspective. The main character thinks of efficiency, aka how to make Job A easier so more people can do Job B. The responses she gets is people who are used to doing Job A, don't want to bother with Job B which they are not familiar with. Same reason why your parents don't want to bother learning the computer and always call you to do it for them. They are used to doing things one way and have no interest picking up new things. But again, I repeat, they were bred for reliance.
6) Also, it should be noted that magic in this world is also harder to compeat with for tools. Particularly because 1 yarn with magic can turn into 3. So it isn;t about just making yarn with tools. You need to build a whole supply chain to sustain 3X more yarn to compete with a mage.
7) Also one person complains about moving around and character development. Every time the character moves, they are fairly well developed. Not to mention there is hints these characters will show up again (And some do). Her moving, a lot of it is outside her power, that is just the reality of a harsh world. Some moves are planned by her, others are forced on her against her will. Welcome to real world. But the things she does do not just disapear, there is plenty of buildup and domino effect.
First, I want to get in how well the initial harem was made. The wolfkin girl who is the primary female lead does end up falling for the MC pretty fast. But it is more of a childish love at first and she wants to more or less serve him as a servant more so than an actual lover. She also admires Erina a lot who is the main servant of the MC. As time goes on, her childish love becomes more and more into real love (though of course part of that is mostly because the MC is such a high bar it's pretty much impossible to compete, even more so since MC is very mature for their age due to their previous life). In the school arc, the second female lead shows up. Over the time of the school year, the second female lead eventually falls in love with the MC (probably due to the food :P and other reasons), but the second female lead also looks up to the first female lead and has ZERO interest in taking the MC away from the primary female lead. The one who actually proposes that the secondary female lead also become MC's wife is actually the primary female lead. Partly due to her knowing the feelings of the secondary lead, and partly due to the primary lead feeling inferior to the MC. She also feels a bit conflicted about her role as a servant and her desire to be his wife. Since both of them get along, they agree with each other on this aspect.
And not only do they do that, they even agree that the first female lead has first dibs and that during the time that the first female lead makes their relationship official, they wouldn't interfere with each other. Aka, each character is given time to sort out their feelings and also time to spend with the MC without any shenanigans.
So consent from first wife, each one works out their own feelings and has their own personality, perfect (at least by non-romance webnovel standards)
Now then, fast forward to the tournament arc. The MC has the boy wolfkin enter the tournament to show his skills to the entire world. (The wolfkins second master who taught him the heavy sword won this tournament so he went in). Then as the arc progresses, the 3rd harem member shows up (the MC rescued her prior but after going home she couldn't come out until 10 years passed). I will refer to this harem member as Elven slut going forward.
Elven slut shows up and then tells the second female lead that she wants to bang the MC, but since she is so nice she pushes the secondary female lead to go bang the MC through peer pressure. But Elven slut is not done just yet! She then gets the primary female lead drunk to extract information on the MC and their relations.
Then Elven slut and MC take a walk around town and like all harem members she brings her own set of problems when a bunch of people who have been tracking them show up. Now normally the MC would just beat them up discreetly and call it a day. BUT, now the MC has an Elven slut! So he throws out all his resolve through out this entire story and everything that he has learned in his maybe 70-80 years he has been alive to declare that he will enter the tournament to gain fame so he can walk around with his elven slut. What about his student? Screw them, he has an elven slut now!
I don't know how the tournament came out or what not cause at that point I couldn't stomach it anymore. What used to be one of the better takes on harem and characters in OP isekai setting has turned into one of the worst takes on harem.
I have no clue what brought this on, maybe due to it starting to slightly decline, the author decided to go for something big to change the decline and instead destroyed his entire story and premises. Or maybe the author died and got replaced by someone else, I have no clue. But I simply couldn't stomach reading from there.
PS Erina's death was done beautifully and Hokuto is probably the only reason to read the story after the school arc. Hokato is the best character BTW. Ask anyone.
When they get summoned, MC just tells the king "Hey, I am not a hero so can I just go on a trip all alone?". And the king is like "good idea!". His classmates get a bit worried but just accept it. Something seems totally off about that interaction.
The MC then
does a dialog how this place is bad and plans to use the heroes and etc. Then puts on a disguise and settles at a nearby town.
His goal is not to stand out but he also personally brings king class cores to the guild. (we are not talking about someone who is here for the first time, we are talking about someone who should have plenty of experience to know how to act if he is trying to keep a low profile)
And that is just a fraction of the issues.
The MC reckless behavior is beyond stupid. Like when he sees that all he needs is attrition until his friends come to help. But instead of waiting for them, he notices the higher level death knight's sword has a drain life ability. So he does the most sane thing possible, he jumps and gets stabbed through by the death knight on purpose! So that in the off chance the deathknight drains his holy power as he casts heal. I can understand being so reckless as a last resort, but he just does it based on his mood. Who the hell jumps on a drain life sword held by a high level undead?!?!? To be honest only reason he made it out is plot. There is 0 way he could have survived that, 0.