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The Devil’s Evolution Catalog
August 22, 2017
Status: c106
There are two things you need to know starting off. First don't let the boring description fool you. It literally only describes his life before reincarnating in the first chapter. It doesn't hint at what the actual story is like. Second... THIS IS NOT GENDER BENDER!!! The MC does question if he reincarnated as a girl but he's not. The author even made a short announcement on his site at one point to clarify this point. But more importantly this is what the novel is actually about.

First off this is... more>> an actual reincarnation story, not a transmigration one where the MC is just teleported to another world with his clothes still on his back. He's born as an actual baby and you see his reaction to being a baby again. Too few novels of this type bother to cover the MC's infancy at all. The story does start to drag a bit until chapter 10 as it follows the MC's childhood. At this point a major event occurs

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You see in chapter 10 he comes across a devil girl being attacked by goblins. he manages to save her but at the cost of his own life. The girl can't save him but she does let a crystal absorb into his soul which allows him to reincarnate as an imp in the demon realm she is from and he is born from an egg meaning this is again actual reincarnation not transmigration.

So now the story has shifted from a general "reincarnation story" into a "reincarnates into a monster story". This makes is a very interesting take on that type of story.

He is a reincarnator from earth but he was first reborn as a human instead of a monster. His time as a human humbled him and made him not expect an easy life as a reincarnator and also gave him combat training and survival skills that a modern person of our world generally wouldn't have.

This was actually a really clever way to explain how the MC can fight and survive as a weak imp. Even if you go with the idea "He's smarter" the fact is still a normal person would just lack any fighting ability at all and would still die despite being more self aware.

Plus this mixes a "try to return home" element into the story rather than just the MC trying to survive as a monster.

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For those reading this that don't want it spoiled I'll just say the novel can be separated into 2 different stories almost with the massive shift that happens at chapter 10.

One of the pluses of this novel is the MC does not start out with any cheat not does one just fall into his lap. The story time skips as he struggles but fails to become strong.

Besides the initial slow pace another issue is the MC's inferiority complex can be a bit annoying but given his situation it is understandable. But if you especially hate that attitude you may not like the first 10 chapters. Although I strongly encourage you to at least wait until after the shift in chapter 10 before deciding because his attitude does change.

As the story progresses it starts to show a few other pros and cons worth mentioning.
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For pros the author does take time to make sure to introduce new characters fairly regularly and does put some creative thought into how the MC builds up his power. However a major con in the story is it's repetitiveness. Without going into major spoiler territory all I can say is that for 20+ chapters every fight the MC gets into is identical. Even if the MC gets a power up it's immediately followed by a stronger enemy that causes the battle to turn out EXACTLY like it did before. This goes on for far longer than it should and can be tough to sit through.

HOWEVER, I will stress that it does improve after moving past the first two survival arcs. After that a lot of new characters start to get introduced at once and it adds some much needed new flavor into the story. Additionally around chapter 100 the story takes a break from the survival theme due to spoiler reasons. The important part is not only does this help keep things from being repetitive it also gives a much needed break from the endless chapters of desperate survival.

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Overall I really enjoy this series. It definitely shows signs of effort and the fight scenes shown so far have strategy and thought put into them even if they do get repetitive for a time. It truly feels like the MC is thinking before he attacks rather than relying on plot to win. Also things don't always work out for him. <<less
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Lv1 Skeleton
October 27, 2017
Status: c120
Okay so long story short this novel can be put into 3 major arcs up to the Status chapter. For those looking for a quick review the first part is starts out as a 3 or even a borderline 4. It's somewhat your typical reincarnation story but the MC starts out smart and charming enough and the cast starts out good enough. Notice how I said starts off? More on that later. The second part is a 2 or even a 1. It's awful and I mean terrible. It's shifts... more>> the entire story from fantasy to sci fi so fast that slamming into a brick wall would be more subtle. The way it distracts from what was the main story is also annoying and nothing in this part is especially interesting or enjoyable. The third part goes back to the fantasy story while retaining some of the Sci fi elements and it sort of works. The sci fi elements honestly feel out of place and never feel like they really belong but they are also not too distracting. The cast also has a massive improvement. Over all I'd give the third part by itself a solid 3 but the story as a whole a definite 2 as the third part just doesn't make up for what you have to go through to get to it.

For those wanting more details here are some indepth reviews for each part.

First part

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So like I said the story starts out a 3 or even 4 but by the end degrades to a 2 star at best. The reason being the story started out very interesting and entertaining until the author started to run the story into the ground which reaches it's peak in around chapter 60 when the MC time jumps to a post apocalyptic earth.... more on that later. When it starts the story was very entertaining if you were a major fan of "Reincarnating as a monster in a world with a level up and evolution system". The MC is pretty basic but is good enough to carry the story and unlike some that try and fail to make the MC a pitiful loner forever he manages to get allies and friends soon enough. There are, however, some major flaws that need to be mentioned. I'll try to convey the basic issues spoiler free but for those curious I'll elaborate in the spoilers

1. Evolution branches- The author barely even pretends that this is a branched system.

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From the very start it's just "Become a sh*tty skeleton knight, become a sh*tty skeleton assasion, or become a skeleton mage" which is obvious since skeleton monsters are almost never good warriors. Then later on the other branches are equally worthless until the MC reaches lich and of the three he could become after that one was a vague entry and the other is ignored without a second thought. Normally novels like this at least try to craft a branching evolution system with the MC going down a specific path but here every other path besides the one the MC picks is clearly filler. The other monsters are even worse as when they evolution is addressed they just immediately jump to "Demihuman" status without even an attempt to talk about other options.

around chapter 50 it gets even worse as the MC is presented with three options Demi-lich, golden dragon, or golden slime. He chooses the lich evolution even though he's told it's pure evil by nature. He's given the power to resist that evil influence but only just barely and it still results in him losing most of his emotions that he only got back a single evolution ago! While it's obvious the MC would choose lich in the end as the novel is about an undead MC it shouldn't make it so obvious that the MC is choosing this path for the storie's sake rather than it being the best idea.

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2. pacing- The pacing for this story is fast and not in a good way. I don't mean that it's skipping the grinding and wordy chapters. No it's just skimming over details and making things happen out of pure convenience to avoid having to take time to set up or explain anything. Later on there are even a few chapters that could have been their own volumes with how much apparently happened yet only some of it is even vagely described to us while the rest is simply implied. I understand if the author doesn't want to make a whole novel on certain things but sometimes a bit of world building and such and nessecary and they can't be just skimmed over like they don't really matter. Even if enough detail is given so that the story can be followed it still leaves the story feeling lacking.

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The one time I don't mind the author's skimming habit is when the novel speeds through the early stages and jumps to lich. After all if the meat of the story is meant to be after that then it's fine. Novels like this tend to be slow around the early portion anyway so not much is lost. But even besides that too much is just being rushed though. Take for example the world roots. He apparently clears up all the pests but there is no details even on what this accomplishes besides a stupidly fast level up. Or like when he has the monsters evolve it's just "Surprise they are all humanoids now"... seriously? Isn't that a bit fast? Shouldn't they go through at least another stage or two? And of course there is the mess with the reincarnators. I mean they sacrificed one of their FIVE FREAKING MEMBERS just to SEAL a lich without even knowing what he did. I mean seriously? He even returned your vampire loli unharmed!!! Also why did the girl not say anything? Only the golem tried to speak reason and was flat out ignored.

Then to make things even worse later on the leader of their group manages to arrange an ELDER DRAGON and her 4 children to attack him. BTW this elder dragon is blessed by Gaia and it the gaurdian of life and thus not only is biased again the MC but has the idea skill set to beat him... conveniently.

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3. Skills- I just find the MC's skill composition dull.

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I mean he's a damn skeleton with necromancy. He should try using it more. But he hasn't touched necromancy since the first time he used it. Instead he just relies on fire magic of all things (Shouldn't fire be a lych's greatest weakness?) with a little bit of lightning and gravity to stun and slow people down. Speaking of slow he got that ONE debuff spell "Slow" and never even tried to upgrade it or get another like it. Gravity magic itself isn't a debuff.

Then to make things worse he forgets ALL of this later on. After he gets the seal removed he hasn't used slow, gravity, or lightning even once and instead just uses fire for attack or uses the "creation" skill he got to just make skills. But since he can only own three created skills at a time this limits him in a lot of ways.

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4. Antagonists- The antagonists in this series get progressively worse as the series progresses and it feels like the reason is the author ran out of ideas for them early on

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At first since the story is with the MC being weak the "enemies" are must monsters, normal humans, ect that try to kill him because it's natural. This is when the series is at it's strongest because there was no need to give them any real motivation. Later after the MC becomes a lich is when it goes down hill. Even if the MC does everything in his power to appear friendly and cooperative everyone and I mean EVERYONE tries to screw him over simply because he is undead. Starting with the reincarnators who want to kill him simply because he is a lynch they don't give up even when the skill that "kills evil" fails because he in fact isn't evil. Then we get elves who try to attack him with a stupidly large army even when he was fully willing to help them. and THEN we get a greedy king who wants to mess with him for selfish reasons. Oh and this king is stupid but CONVENIENTLY has a sacred artifact that lets him summon an army of angels that are the MC's natural enemies. Oh and OF COURSE said angels are corrupt assholes determined to make hypocritical speeches about how the MC is a monster for killing an invading army but them proceed to murder his friends and family (don't worry this gets reversed by a time reset by an unknown god so it's just meaningless shock value).

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Up until about chapter 50 I would still have given this series a pass as a flawed but good enough reincarnation story. But as the author heads toward the genera leap into sci fi the story degrades heavily.

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Second part

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Okay so after the MC "dies" in the first part he ends up on a Spacve Station on the Earth in the future after it's been destroyed by a meteor storm... Additionally the Dragon of Life who died helping him gets reborn as an egg.... and that's it. That doesn't really end up tying into anything and you can just forget I even said that. The rest of the arc is pretty meaningless. The MC is back to being a skeleton and has his game like powers. He also decides to grind creation for possibly years (it's merely stated to be a long time) to make it out and then spam creates undead to grind levels up to max. But once again he chooses demi lich for some reason. In any case the rest is about him befriending the AI in control of the station, terraforming the earth by making anti matter to power the station to do so only for it to get destroyed. He then finds out aliens were launching the meteors all along and goes to pick a fight with them. The story then takes a painful amount of time with backstories that lead no where and explaining how they combine the MC's magic with Sci fi tech to make teleporting anti matter bombs and guns that destroy planets.... again this is still the same story about a skeleton in a world of swords and magic.

At the end he's about the wipe out the alien race completely before a god named Metatron appears, reveals himself to be the mastermind, and sends the MC back to the other world with ANOTHER level reset... like he MC's level hasn't been reset enough already.

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Third part

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At this point something strange happens with the story. The author's pacing issues are still there but the story starts to take a strange direction that is neither good nor bad but is.... unique. To start things off the MC is a level 1 skeleton again but apparently his special evolved creation magic didn't get reset and he uses it to create a skill that converts his species to human, gives himself matter creation again, and a status disguising skill. So now the MC is human and quickly learns that he's several decades before he ever arrived in this world as a skeleton.

At this point the evolution system finally comes back into play but now more than ever the author seems to do whatever the hell he wants with it. For example the MC's first evolution choice is Hi human, Meta human, or angel. The MC chooses meta human and becomes Spiderman. I'm not making a joke that is what happens. He gets web making powers, spider sense powers, and litterally mentions spiderman. It's so cringy I had to just leave and comes back later. But if you can put that aside the story has ups and downs like a roller coaster. Like at one point the MC is doing a good job building up levels and even helping people out and making connections. But then the next he's doing gring worthy things like making bets with people to grant his wish if he wins and his only wish is for them to be his friend... he does this with both a dragon and a princess. It feels so painfully out of character that it's litterally a different person. That's not saying he's grown as a character. As that would require an evolution of his character over time. Nah this change just happens out of nowhere and now the MC is like a generic Japanese harem MC. He even starts to build a harem incluind a dark elf, a high elf, a human girl, the princess from earlier who is now a vampire, and some other characters not really worth mentioning. Oh he also hasn't given up on re connection with Valenor once the time line catches up.

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Overall it really feels like the author is making up this story as they go along. First it's a typical reincarnated into a monster story, then it's a scifi space battle story with a post apcalyptic setting, then it's a human reincarnation story with a harem attached. You would almost expect the story to be really interesting with such a diverse mix of genera. But the mix isn't smooth at all and instead feels more like the author just got bored and starting throwing in new genera and plot elements to see what might stick

I honestly can't recommend this to anyone as it's just not worth suffering through in order to get to what little is worth reading. At this point I'm only still reading it because I might as well. But for anyone thinking of starting I'd suggest just looking at other stories. This writer REALLY needs to find another career. <<less
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Monster Paradise
July 29, 2017
Status: c156
First let me say the series description is rather poor since the series takes place LONG after humanity has already adjusted to living in a world of monsters and the initial invasion is nothing more than a minor backstory. This series so far is interesting and has potential. It's got typical elements of chinese novels like cultivation but a few twists. First off cultivation in this world is done by absorbing life crystals which may or may not drop when monsters are killed. Meaning there aren't any pills or centuries... more>> of cultivation. To cultivate you just have to either be REALLY good at killing things or have enough money to buy crystals from those that did gather them. Additionally the MC has a special divine blessing that allows him to just absorbe energy directly from ANY monster killed by a monster he controls. The way he obtains monsters to control and strengthens them is VERY video game esque but it's done in a way that doesn't feel too unnatural. One of the strong points of this series is it's MC who is a refreshing change of pace from most chinese MC in that he's not a ruthless killing machine.
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Early on he runs into conflict with a spoiled noble and his followers. It goes about as you might expect for a chinese novel until the noble proves he's shockingly smart and actually offers a treasure as an apology the moment the MC shows his strength. One of his followers doesn't take the hint and tries to continue the fight but the MC only half kills and threatens him and then lets him go after looting him.
If this was ANY other chinese novel chances are their MC would have slaughtered the lot of them.

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To those wishing to avoid spoilers I'll just say seeing an MC who isn't a wimp but also not a psychotic madman is refreshing. Another thing that is refreshing is it's use of modern weaponry and technology. Most chinese novels tend to look down on science and technology and act like science is nothing more than an obstacle to true power through cultivation and true comprehension and all that nonsense. The series progresses at a pretty decent pace with the MC going through various battles, getting various power ups, ect. Overall it's fairly standard for a chinese web novel but it does have some elements that let it stand well enough as it's own thing like the monster taming aspect, the MC's tactics to getting out of situations, and even some of the fights and powers are pretty interesting. <<less
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I put this novel down for a long time after being fed up with it around ch 90 but I finally felt like picking it up again. Okay so some people give this a 5 while some give it a 1 but to me this deserves a solid 3. Because while I highly enjoyed it up to chapter 90 a rather annoying patterns is starting to emerge and it's just not satisfying to me. The pattern I am referring to is the "tragic/misunderstood hero" theme the author has devoted himself... more>> to. Sadly even as the story progresses rather than at least make the most out of this forced premise the story instead keeps losing focus on side quests.

See the story starts out pretty simple. MC reincarnates as a dragon and slowly gets stronger thanks to a level up system. A lot of people compare this story to Kumo no desu ka and they are rather similar in their setting. The biggest difference is the characters. While Kumo's MC has a mild interest in interacting among humans she also doesn't especially care since she's bad at social skills. She also has a complex and fun personality. Drago's MC on the other hand, while not bad, isn't especially great either. I will way he isn't spineless like some people claim, he's actually really brave and sticks to his principals, so he's not a bad character overall

The first big problem shows up around ch 90
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See while the MC is getting started he saves the live of a young girl but is forced to flee because stupid villagers think he's bad. Well 70 something chapters later they finally meet up again and she even helps him FINALLY learn to understand the language. He then rushes to the village to help save it from a disaster and even befriends some old guy.

Everything is looking great until a rock dragon shows up and they can't beat it. The MC then decided to quickly evolve to try to win but only one evolution can beat the rock dragon and it causes everything around it to die. Well he gets out of this by the old man begging him to save the village even if he has to die. So the MC kills him and this apparently nets him enough bad karma to unlock a different evil dragon evolution which is even stronger but doesn't instantly make everything around him die.

Well after he wins the villagers attack him since they saw him kill the old man (But somehow ignoring the people he saved) and he's now what is known as an evil dragon. The girl though tries to vouch for him.... only for him to briefly attack her before running off presumably because he's trying to play the bad guy all of a sudden.

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In theory this isn't a bad move but the problem is that in the end we've been getting teased at the MC getting a human form and the story moving to the "living among humans" arc or something. But instead we get stuck with a tragic hero type who has to go on a wandering on his own arc because he's an evil dragon. In terms of writing it's not the worse I've ever seen but it's just a lame pay off as what it effectively does is keep the story going the same way it's been going. With the MC wandering around, away from humans, all while wishing he could live among them.

Meaning instead of his "save the village" adventure allowing him to grow as a character and finally allow things to change but changes basically nothing. It would be fine if he grew some other way but he doesn't really so it just feels like the author purposefully built all of this up just to throw it all away for the sake of a "twist".

To make matters worse, as mentioned before, the story rapidly loses the ability to focus on anything as almost immediately after he gets into a random fight that gets him washed away to "world 2" or in other words a desert area where he can't find his way back. After this is just a lot of him wandering and wasting time alone until he meets a rabit monster who he makes friends with and then wastes time with until he meets a catgirl who he then proceeds to waste time with.

The problem with the story at this point is it loses the ability to commit to anything. For example regarding skills

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For example before Ch 90 when he meets the girl she starts to try to teach him the healing spell [rest] which he wants to learn so that he can eventually evolve away from plague dragon... he doesn't even bother trying to learn it again until after ch 150. He also constantly fusses over his human tranformation skill doesn't doesn't try to grind it's level besides the initial grinding he did way back before ch 90

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So even though level and skill grinding is one of the big appeals of a story with a level and skill system the story pretty much halts with that for over 50 chapters all while talking about the stuff he wants to level up before immediately getting side tracked. There is even a point where the noevel spends 3 chapters on FISHING! and no this doesn't result in anything important. It's just 3 chapters of the MC SLOWLY talking about fishing. <<less
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Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou
May 14, 2017
Status: c44
To put it simply this novel is a dissapointment but not bad.

First off I'll start with characters

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First the MC is kinda trash. I don't mean in that he's a bad person but that he's useless. See in the story there is this princess he decided to shelter because another kingdom wants to kill her. However several members of his "harem" also talk about wanting to kill her because she was used as an excuse to slaughter their homes by a corrupt minister wanting the throne. What does he do? Just sits there and lets them decide her judgement by themselves. Later the author recycles this same concept with another woman called Lulu who was a high level figure of the enemy nation but is good and tried to stop the corrupt nobles and had to flee. Well one of his girls decides she has to bare his child to live. He of course objects to this but only halfheartedly. Basically even though this guy has absolute power and authority he uses non of it under the excuse of trying to create a democracy. But even a democracy has a leader and such.

Second is the "Goddess" character. She is there for the first couple chapters, says "okay good luck" and never shows up again. It's not that she can't appear she just doesn't. It's not that she was that great of a character but it leaves this feeling of "wait that's it?"

This I'm just going to talk about his harem in bulk. Most of them suck. You know the phrase "give them and inch and they'll take a mile"? These peopjle embody that phrase. It REALLY doesn't take long after he frees them from slavery and has them help him manage the dungeon that they basically take over. To their credit they are making mostly decent management decisions but that doesn't mean they should have absolute authority. Again this is especially true with our princess and "holy woman" Lulu. While it's understandable for several of the women to have grudges against these two neither of the women actually did anything bad so they come off as a bit unreasonable with their attitudes. To make things worse the author spends WAY too much time talking about just how the harem members feel about these two.
It gets to the point that you'll get sick of hearing about it and you'll want them to STFU and move on already. I don't need to constantly hear about how these petty bitches "won't forgive" the princess for being a political pawn in an attempt to get her killed and steal the throne!

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Next as far as over all plot goes

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It goes nowhere. It starts out interesting with him summoning weak monsters and needing to rely on tricks and traps to make up for it. Except after he repels the first invasion or two non of this is adressed again! The monsters are barely mentioned except as a foot note and same with traps. Worst yet the author spent so much time explaining how the goblins have the ability to reproduce by impregnating human women but the MC clearly has no intention to ever use this. Also he can make them evolve by naming them after paying a small price yet he never does this. Basically after the princess shows up the plot derails into a mess of political talk, harem hijinks, and town building. Which wouldn't be bad if it wasn't for the fact there is far too much talking and not enough doing. The author spends two entire chapters having the characters slowly talk about what they want to include in the dungeon and why. The story just drags it's feet and chooses to slowly talk about prep work no one honestly cares about or wants to see in this much detail

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In summary, the plot drags far too much and his harem is honestly pretty unlikeable. Only a couple of his 9+ women have decent personalities. <<less
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Review as of v1 c21

The story hasn't actually gotten to the part he makes the town mentioned in the title. But even now it's looking pretty interesting. It doesn't exactly do anything no other series has done but it's an interesting blend. A bit of reincarnation, a bit of amnesia, a bit of modern weaponry, a bit of OP subordinates with the MC being a support based character, and of course a bit of harem (However given how the two girls so far seem to view him as a parent... more>> we'll see if that goes anywhere). In any case it blends the themes well and seems to do so with a goal in mind and isn't just throwing plot elements together.

Review update as of v4 c8

The series is really progressing well. The town building is interesting and the battle side of things is interesting. Possibly the most interesting part is that the MC's abilities make him easily the most powerful demon lord ever but because he's less than a year old he has to be careful against the human kingdoms and the senior demon lords. For example in the series demon lords make monsters through medals, with the medal ranks ranging from A to C. But they can only make original medals once a month and make imitation medals two grades below the original through spending DP which they earn through luring humans into their dungeon. As a result no matter how OP the MC is he only has so much to work with after a few months. While a senior demon lord will have build up a massive force of A class monsters after so many years. Even if the MC's monsters are of higher quality they are still less plentiful and less experienced making them vulnerable

Because of this the series has an excellent sense of peril despite how OP the MC is. <<less
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Goblin Kingdom
December 8, 2017
Status: v2c150
So the Goblin Kingdom is an interesting novel with a start very similar to Re:Monster. However the novels take completely different directions for better or for worse. I will focus mostly on reviewing Goblin Kingdom by itself but will put a comparison between the two in spoilers for those who have read Re:Monster.

First thing I'll talk about is the main character. ... more>>
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The main character has a very determined and strong willed personality and there is more than enough emotion in him to keep him interesting. However there are a few problems with his character and the writing surrounding him. See the story feels the need to constantly remind you that he IS NOW A MONSTER. However he NEVER acts like it in the slightest. Sometimes the story will make it seem like he's turning into a savage beast but it's either because of his one ability that steals his sanity or he just ends up acting like a gentleman anyway. I'm not implying it's bad he doesn't act like a blood thirsty beast but he acts a bit TOO human. Basically, it feels like the author had trouble deciding how to balance the human and monster aspects of the MC and in the end just went with having the MC act like a human while mixing in things to try to make him feel like a monster. But as most of it isn't very convincing it feels like the MC is a monster in body only. Another issue is how he'll constantly spare enemies even when there is no hope of him eventually winning them to his side and this causes a couple issues as time goes on. The MC does kill people plenty of times but almost all are just faceless people often without a name.

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The strongest point of this novel is the combat. The author himself mentions in a post chapter note that he loves all kinds of battle scene and it shows.
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The detail and passion of the battle scenes doninates a large p art of the novel so if that's your thing you'll probably like this. However.... at the same time the author gets a bit lazy with how he sets up said battles. After the author gets past the MC just fighting wild bests and hords almost every enemy wants to kill the MC because "He's a mere goblin". Even when the MC evolves to a point he no longer should really even resemble one not only do they still see him as one but they treat him as a common goblin with zero consideration he might be outside the norm. This even happens with non human species which should understand the pains of descrimination and at least consider giving the MC a chance. The other issue is people in this novel are too quick to resolve issues with all out war. Again I get the author likes battle sequences but sometimes it feels like the characters might go to war over how to butter their toast with how easily they just go for it.

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Overall,

The action is intense and the battles are well written and the kingdom building is detailed enough to be interesting without boring you. It's a relatively straightforward novel with straightforward reasons to like it. The flaws in it comes in some of the finer details which hold it back from being truly great.

1."game system" elements

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Goblin Kingdom attempts to restrict the presence of gameplay elements to make it not feel too game like. While this does work in some ways it also causes some parts of it to feel vague and unfinished. For example levels of characters jump whenever the plot demands it and there are times where it feels like he should have leveled up but didn't but then other times he jumps 40+ levels in one chapter. There is a similar issue with skills as instead of them being constantly active they seem to have requirements and activate and the plot demands it at times rather than solid logic. Possible the worst is the magic system. The characters seem to be able to make magic by just making up a chant and putting a spell name to it. The problem is the logic behind how this works is so vague that it's impossible to tell what the limits are. For example after several chapters the MC only creates three spells but there is no reason given as to why additionally all his spells are augmentation based and no reason is given as to why he makes no ranged attacks.

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2. Evolution

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In this world there is no evolution tree and instead it's more like a class up from common > Rare > Noble > Duke > Lord. Except the ranks apparently differ for some races which makes it difficult to understand how different species stack up to each other. The reason this is somewhat of an issue of the MC's ambitions are great and forcing him to remain as a goblin feels too limiting. Although at the same time he does grow powerful but at that point it feels wrong to keep calling him a goblin as he clearly is no longer one.

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3."cheat" skill

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As in the lack of any sort of "Cheat" skill. While it adds to the drama that the MC isn't instantly OP there is also the issue that he feels a tad overly restricted and lacks traits that help really distinguish him from enemies around him. While he doesn't need to be OP it still would have been nice of the author had made more efforts to make the MC feel "special" so that his rise from common goblin to King felt more natural.

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Re:Monster Comparison

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There are a few points where Goblin Kingdom surpasses Re:Monster but in other ways it fails short. First of all I mention how the MC in Goblin Kingdom acts a bit too human. This is one of the points Re:Monster does better as it's MC acts much more savage and monstrous but still shows a level of sanity that shows he's still himself. Another comparison goes back to the "game system" elements, Re:M had a more solid sense of level progression due to the stronger presence of game elements. Additionally because the MC's power revovlves around skill acquisition there is more emphasis on skills and their use. It's only after the MC gets so many it becomes impossible to keep track of them all but you still have a fair understanding of his most important ones. On that note while it's true Re:M has an issue with fights becoming too easy as the MC gets OP rapidly he also feels far more memorable.

Going to the evolution element Re:M has a more interesting evolution system. For example while the Goblins are weak their evolution tree includes a lot of interesting monsters which allows his goblin comrades to take a lot of interesting paths. This doesn't feel unnatural as it's clearly spelled out and it makes sense how a goblin ends up on each path.

So since I said they both had their good points where does GK shine above Re:M? Well it's monstly in it's action. While GK restricted itself a little too much that restriction did help in making the action feel more desperate as the MC didn't have a guaranteed instant trump card.

Another Plus for GK is the MC has a more defined objective. In Re:M the MC's goal was just "make a base, get stable income, have fun" besides that and killing enemies that threaten him he doesn't do much else and it causes the story to lose focus in later parts. On the other hand GK's MC wishes for conquest for everything he does is for the sake of that goal.

There is one thing that both Re:M and GK miss the mark on and it's the MC's personality. Re:M's MC was too apathetic and often seemed to not care about much of anything. As for GK's MC while he has a more developed character the mix between his human morals and his monster insticts feels a tad messy like the author is never quite sure how to portray that balance. On that note Re:M does something right as the MC fully embrasses his monster self but still holds on to a few moral lines that he won't cross

A good example of this is their treatment of women. In Re:M the MC sees the women the goblins used and sees them suffering a fate worse than death. Because he lacks the power to save them as the time he instead chooses to secretly give them poison and walks away. HOWEVER in GK by the time the MC meets the goblin's captive women he's already in charge. But he chooses to murder them after only trying once to get their attention and seeing their dead eyes. While these two scenes seem similar GK fails as it doesn't feel like it was his only option. He was in a position to try to protect or heal them but chooses not to while in Re:Mosnter the MC was not in a position of authority to do so.

Later on both MC acquire women and again Re:M handles this better although only slightly. In Re:M after the MC acquires the women the previous cheif kidnapped he offers them the chance to eventually leave and offers to protect them until then in exchange for their services making medicine, armor, ect. Not long after when some goblins defy this order he shows his will to keep his word by slowly torturing them to death in front of everyone as an example. but in GK the MC doesn't offer them the chance to leave and his handling of them feels a bit wishy washy and uncertain much of the time.

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I have not gotten far yet so this won't be the most comprehensive review but I just wanted to take a bit to adress the premise, some basic issues with it, and some of it's initial execution.

First off the idea that there are 4 of these legendary heroes yet they find a need to brutally abuse the "healer Hero" is absurd IMO. In any RPG or even in real life medics and prized and valued. Additionally most humans will feel SOME level of gratitude to someone who saved their life.... more>> Of course people can be selfish and cruel but the level the author has them go to is pretty ridiculous.

Another issue is how the MC becomes OP. See apparently healing magic in this world doesn't speed up healing but instead returns things to a healed state. But he figured out how to abuse this and turn it into "Rewrite the state of anything as he pleases". But here is the issue... WHY DID NO ONE ELSE REALIZE THIS!?! Why is healing magic regarded as trash if it can really do all of this?

Whatever the case is between how naturally he ends up becoming OP and how unnaturally cruel everyone around him acts it all feels like a cheap set up for a "revenge" story. <<less
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As the Spirit-sama Says
September 3, 2017
Status: c36
So I thought the title looks interesting. I saw it's shockingly low rating and thought "Wow how bad can this be?". Well it deserves it's rating.

First of all while the description does say to not expect anything from the plot what it doesn't say is that there is no plot to expect anything from.

The first chapter opens up with the MC in the princesses room, brainwashing her to obey him as the "great spirit" and using her as he wishes. Who is the MC? How did her get here? Where... more>> did he get this power from? None of this is even vaguely explained.

This series fails in every sense of the word. First of all the chapters are unbelivably short. They are so short that you could hold your breath and finish reading without any trouble.

Because of this it fail even as both a novel and porn because it fails to deliver anything satisfying. It doesn't give you any proper details of who people are, what they are feeling, or anything of substance so from a story standpoint it feels more like you're reading a summary rather than an actual chapter. From a porn standpoint the s*x scenes are given no details at all.

This series had no time or effort put into it and it's amazing someone even bothered to put it on the site. Feel free to read it if you want since it's so damn short. But it's really not worth even the little time it would take to read. <<less
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Loner Harem Meister
April 27, 2017
Status: c21
First let me say the series isn't bad.... but I think people are rating it higher than it deserves.

Sure I like the premise and the characters themselves are not bad which is why I am still here.

But this author seriously has no idea about how people behave!

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While it is true people can be cruel they are not going to treat a small child like a murderer for defending himself against a serial killer that murdered his family. Sure some assholes might but EVERYONE? Even his old teachers? no sorry that is not how people in general work!

Also how has the mother of the childhood friend not punished her daughter? I assume if they are childhood friends she was friends with the mother of the MC or at least knew her well and since she is not a horrible person you would think she would be more upset about how her daughter is treating the boy she watched grow up.

and then we have c21. The most blatant example of child abuse ever and everyone just goes, Huh? that is weird.... well no reason to look deeper into it the girl with hidden bruises on her body just likes to fight.

like seriously? I know stuff like this happens and people can either not notice or pretend not to notice but apparently these people are just idiots and the author expects us to buy it.

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Again the setting is a decent if not generic one, but the author seriously need to get outside and learn how society and people behave. Because while plenty of other series have people act unrealistically for the sake of plot few do it as badly as this.

But if you can look past that issue the series is good enough which is why I didn't rate it too low. <<less
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Occupation: Adventurer; Race: Various
September 21, 2016
Status: c32
This series started out promising. Sure the MC was a bit bland and family was cliche but hey stuff is often cliche because it works. As long as the story develops properly and can stand on it's own later it's okay.

But it doesn't do that. The MC gets a skill that can let him turn into presumably any race he meets and already has several unlocked with the ability to unlock more by meeting them. What does he do? Turn into a dog boy once, a dragonnewt once, a female... more>> cat girl because his dad beged him to, and then doesn't mention the skill again until after a 5 freaking year time skip!?!

But the problems don't end there. See the MC gets a martial arts teacher before the time skip instead of going to magic school. Using his "not appraisal" skill he learns she has some suspicious as hell skills and titles and his investigation goes as far as "make her transform into her real apperance which is a cute cat girl, mention he knows her titles, and never mention it again". BTW he CAN use his skill to get a description of titles if he chooses to probe deeper.

Well after the time skip
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apparently teacher's suspicious title triggers and she murdered the father and rips the arms off the mother and then the dragon soul that was in side the MC takes over his body and burns her to ash. This right here kills the whole story. Yes the skills were hinted as suspicious but you mean to say after living together for 6 years he never checked about her skills more carefully? Also why didn't she say anything? It's mentioned the skill makes her kill those close to her... SO WHY NOT WARN SAID PEOPLE ABOUT EVENTUAL RAMPAGE!?! To make things worse she's killed off like nothing at all.

The author could have saved the story if she had regained her senses and say sworn to devote herself to the MC to make up for her rampage or something like that. But nope her character was apparently introduced just to teach the MC how to fight and kill off the father to force him on his journey... which he would have done anyway eventually.

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Heavenly Jewel Change
June 20, 2018
Status: Completed
First here is the Spoiler free review:

Like many other Chinese novels HJC suffers from having a good start and build up but falling short at the end. This is true for just about every aspect of the series although some parts suffer less than others. A lot of stuff is left up in the air with the ending and it has a horribly rushed feeling. That being said it doesn't make me regret reading it as the story as a whole was good and the ending at least gave a... more>> decent bit of closure.

The MC is another one of those clever types who gets through most of the series by playing head games with people to make things go his way. Unlike in some other series this lasts a lot longer as the series actually has a MUCH lower power scale than most other Chinese novels. See normally cultivators would reach a point where they could basically destroy continents. But in this series even those that basically reach god level seem to be only capable of wiping out armies and taking a while to do so at that and we're talking legendary status at this point. As for those who are just barely considered experts? They can't even kill an army on their own without help because they'll run out of energy before they can finish.

This makes HJC a bit unique as the MC isn't constantly reaching new realms of power that make the previous one look like nothing. Also it's much more reasonable when the MC crushes people above his power level as the gap is a lot shorter and isn't like an ant literally killing an elephant because he's just so damn amazing. Also the MC uses legit tactics for a good portion of the series.

However like many others it does suffer the same fate of dropping side plots, forgetting abilities the MC has because it's too busy hyping up newer ones, and even forgetting people exist because they lost relevance and the author forgot to even establish what ever happened to them (more on this in the spoiler section).

Another good point in the series is it really does try to develop a wider range of developed characters and, due to the fact power scales aren't as high in this series, the MC has to rely on them in a fight for much longer without them being reduced to mob sweepers. In fact even in the final arc the MC isn't fighting alone. Sadly, again, the series does suffer later on. Many characters somehow start off more developed only to get dumbed down as the series progresses. This mostly occurs as the MC wins them over and more and more of their dialogue starts being about how amazing the MC is with the only signs they even have their original personalities being in the way they praise the MC.

Now for the spoiler section. Which will be a bit more negative since some of the series biggest problems require being specific.

battles/ action scenes

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Like mentioned before the MC is clever and while the series does show this it doesn't make him a god. For example the MC is NOT a military general and even almost gets everyone killed because he fails to see through the enemies scheme. This isn't a forced crisis either. It feels earned which makes the desperate fight than follows all the more exciting as you wait to see how the MC survives and how much he might lose in the battle. Again one of the strong points in the series is the MC does rely on other people even up to the final battle.

In the final fight while the MC is in center stage the weaker people around him aren't so much weaker that he could ignore them. In fact many are only a step below him meaning he needs the help of various allies to win the fight.

One major issue through is the use of tournaments. The author REALLY falls in love with tournament style combat part way through the series and overall there are 4 or 5 of them. Although at least 2 end part way without finishing that is still a lot of tournaments.

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Characters

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Unlike some series where the author just tells you the MC is smart this one actually feels clever. This trait doesn't weaken either although it does get a bit forced on occasions where the MC REALLY shouldn't have gotten away with something but the author just tell us to believe that the MC's trick was clever enough to work.

But then there is the harem.. oh boy where do I start. Okay first of all every single member of the harem has a fully fleshed out character. They have a personality, backstory, and developed fighting ability that sticks out and is unique. The problem is, like mentioned earlier, these personalities start to take a back seat as soon as they join the harem. The worst one is the first member Binger. At the start she's like a no nonsense military general and even when the author forces the MC into a relationship with her by beserk power induced rape. She still holds onto her dignity to a degree and is like an older sister and mentor to the MC early on... until the MC becomes stronger than her and she's reduced to his quiet and meek wife who is never given a proper battle scene after the first tournament the MC participates in. Which is a shame because the author spent so much time showing off her strong points even after the MC started to surpass her. Things she could do that he couldn't.

The rest of the harem follow similar issues although since they were introduced later their decay happens later as well. In fact two harem members, the black dragon girl and xue er, still have enough power to have an impact in the final fight besides just killing faceless mooks in the background.

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The forgotten

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The first forgotten element is the MC's archery skills. At the start the MC's only real weapon is a bow and he does a lot of awesome stuff with it and I mean really awesome stuff. He even gets a super bow that makes arrows explode on impact. Sadly this weapon as well as his archery skills are never mentioned again after about 3/4 through the series. On the one hand it's impressive just how long the author managed to keep the archery relevant. But on the other hand the fact it's a part of the series for so long makes it's absence during the last portion of the story all the more noticeable especially during the final battle. the MC is even losing in terms of brute power and you'd think his archery that he always used to get an edge against stronger opponents before he was OP would come back... nope he just gets even more OP to win.

Another forgotten element are these two bears. See early on the MC got two bear cubs that he tamed and used as part of his reserved fighting force. But at one point he lends them to binger and we never see them mentioned again. In fact given how Binger left for closed cultivation for a good 4th of the series I'm pretty sure the author flat out forgot those bears existed by the time Binger came back.

Then there is the princess who the MC was engaged to. While it's fine she didn't join the harem she just kind of drops off the face of the earth at some point and is never mentioned again even though she ended up in a relationship with a close friend of the MC.

Lastly there are a lot of minor elements that are just forgotten. Like the prince of the empire that the MC saved from poison. It's mentioned later that his country got destroyed but did he die or not? Normally you'd expect him to show up before the MC and ask for his help for vengance but nope. He's just never mentioned again even through he swore to repay the MC.

Then there is the "demon girl" who had a grudge against the MC for irritatingly hypocrytical reasons. After the MC beats her for the third time she just walks off and is never mentioned again even though she's the princess of the kingdom that serves as the main enemy in the final arc. In fact nothing about what happens to this or the allies of this enemy kingdom is mentioned in the epilogue. Did they have to make payments for losing? Were they destroyed? it's like after the MC kills the final bad guy we're just supossed to say "He won" and not care about how basically the entire balance of power on the continent is getting rewritten. Does the MC's small kingdom absorb their land or does it stay small?

But by far.... the WORST damn thing the author forgets is the MC's "sister" see early on there was a girl introduced as a potential harem candidate. She clearly liked the MC and a flashback even shows her father and the MC's father talking about possible marriage. Anyway like Binger she ends up a general but unlike her sticks with it and is stationed at the border when the MC leaves to go on training and stuff... well remember that whole "getting conqured" thing? Well after that we don't hear much about her until she shows up later as a resistance leader but then after a bit of that we never see her again. This is somehow who is like family to the MC and she's not at all present even in the epilogue. In fact her apperance as the resistance leader is so minor I forgot about it while writing this review at first and was going to say she was never mentioned after the conquest of the MC's home until I remembered it.

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There is however one major issue I found with the series as a whole that I feel needs special emphasis.
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Everyone besides the MC is a selfish prick and I mean EVERYONE. I mean good lord it's like everyone in this series is a power crazed maniac plotting world domination! While every chinese novel has it's sects and power struggles and such it normall also has it's higher powers who are more or less settled with what they have with any power struggles being from the ambitious villains or just shows of power amoung the elite.

But this series makes it a point to show that all anyone cares about is conquest, power, and greed. Every country is basically desperate to do whatever they can to conquer more territory even when they don't seem to really need it. For example the MC's home country is being attacked by this one other empire that's being supported by an empire at war with an empire that's at war with their ally but doesn't spend resources attacking them directly. Well that all changes when they decide, screw it, and almost immediately conquered the MC's country while their ally immediately betrays them and even banishes and tries to assassinate the MC all because he did really well in the tournament and their afraid he'll threaten their authority.

Later on in the series the MC marries the daughter of a powerful sect. Now you'd think they'd do what they could to help the MC with getting his homeland back right? Nah lets just do some minimal aid and leave the MC to train his own army while we mistrust his ever action because we're worried about him being a threat in the future. Near the end of the series the father even says that if he could go back he'd kill the MC without hesitation or force him to join them purely because the MC is now so powerful he can't touch him. This is the rather of three of the MC's wives (He marries triplets) and he says this purely because the MC isn't a power he controls.

This is how power hungry people are in this series. Everyone seems to act like if it's not under their control then it must be dominated or destroyed. Normally chinese series don't take it quite so far and higher powers are willing to accept the existence of powers besides their own as long as they have enough reason to believe said power means them no harm. But in this one the MC is bending over backwards to show himself as an ally who just want to live in peace and everyone still treats him like a threat as if it's a fact just because he has the power to potentially be a threat if he wanted to be. There are a couple exceptions to this but the overall series still has a very power hungry feel to it.

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Again overall I don't regret reading this series and definitely enjoyed it. But objectively speaking it falls flat in a lot of ways near the end. <<less
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It's rare I see a series go downhill this badly.

When the series started out it was a moderately decent slice of life. The MC's "Cheat" was simple but enough to serve as a trigger for the MC getting a harem and plot device for solving problems a normal human couldn't.

all of this goes out the window past chapter 100. The MC starts to consistently lose EVERY fight he gets into and for embarrassingly stupid reasons. Several fights he loses because he wasted so much time talking in the middle of... more>> a dangerous situation that things get worse and he gets into trouble.

The overall plot also starts to get... dumb.

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Okay so at the start of the arc the MC meets a new girl who he takes in for reasons. Turns out she's the long lost daughter of the super powerful family he had a run in with at the start of the series. So she gets kidnapped and like a moron he brings all of his defensless harem members with him to chase and they all get held hostage. Also the only harem member that could fight is rendered useless due to her sister who was NEVER mentioned before showing up and making her surrender. They get away but he managed to chase them down later and get her back.... but sadly that is only the beginning.

On a boatride to try to deal with the situation the MC's one harem member he brought with him"because she wanted to come for absolutely no reason" gets kidnapped. What follows is a stupidly convoluted plot involving a power struggle where the MC loses fight after fight and all of the bad guys are a bunch of smug scum yes the MC is too worthless to punch their faces in.

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Welcome to the Man-Eating Dungeon
April 14, 2017
Status: c30
While this series isn't bad it's not really good either especially if you are looking for plot and not s*x. But if you are looking for s*x it has a pretty decent story for an erotic novel.

So what do I mean exactly? Well first off let's go over what is more or less the first arc. I won't spoil everything though.
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First off the MC is a half demon who can make cheap magic tools. Awesome right? Well the village doesn't think so since literally everyone hates him. Well okay so they are the "Demons are all evil" sort right? Well almost except these are some of the most depraved bastards ever put in an LN. See there is a girl in the village around the same age as the MC. Her father also hated the MC but he dies one day.... and the village immediately turns her into a s*x slave. Like immediately. This isn't some half demon or the daughter of someone hated. They were perfectly ordinary villagers until her papa died and apparently "no one to protect you" means free rape and no one has an issue with this at all. Even the women mock the girl like it's her fault while the men treat her like an object.

The problem with this is a small community generally needs to cooperate to survive but these people apparently backstab each other for no reason at all. The village is destroyed when they invite mercenaries to kill the MC so they can steal the land he legally owns. But then they kill and rape the village instead.

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The problem with the villagers in the first arc is it feels like they are evil just for the sake of being evil. There is no sense of logic to it and while people can be ruthless and cruel they generally won't act like the villagers did.

In the second arc there is also an incident which illustrates pretty much the same issue
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See there were two rival adventurer groups. The "Chivalrous theif" and her group known as and white dogs and the unsavory Red Crows. The Red Crows get jobs to kidnap people and such while the White Dogs gets jobs to protect the same people and let them escape. So both groups are not on the best terms. Well the leader of Red Crow apparently wanted the leader of White Dog to be his woman. Well when she says no what does he do? Has the bartender at the bar they go to drug them so that he can murder them all and take the women to rape them.

In some stories this might seem natural to rivalries to get violent. Except the Kingdom isn't incompetent in this world and said "Hey wait! We can't have adventurers killing each other over rivalries especially in the middle of town. ARREST THEM". So now they have to go into hiding. Oh also he over does it with drugging and raping the white Dog's leader until she's mind broken and he doesn't want her anymore because he apparently liked her personality and character as well......... THEN DON'T RAPE HER!!!!

It's really confusing just WTF he thought he was going to accomplish. Just because of a rivalry and because he wanted to bang a chick he became a wanted criminal and then he even breaks his own "prize" because I guess he thought she's just love him of her own free will if he did her enough?

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Like with the villagers it feels like these guys are just evil for the sake of being evil.

and more importantly it feels like they are made evil just so that the MC can look like a saint in comparison. The MC is very much a villain character but he just has some decent morals. So even when he rapes or manipulates women it's okay because at least he's not like the villagers or adventurers who did so much worse.

Overall the story isn't bad.... but it's not really good either. But if all you want is to read erotic situations and don't mind reading about rape.... or is you even like that stuff. Then you'll probably like this just fine. <<less
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I Got Reincarnated And Mistaken As A Genius?
October 14, 2018
Status: c49
I'll be honest. I'm almost certain the reason this series has so many 5 star votes is due to the rather flawed system of not letting people change their votes if they change their mind later and this series is the perfect example of a good concept executed poorly.

The reason I say that is because the series starts out with a really unique premise. But as you continue reading it becomes clear the author really only had one type of joke in mind when writing this and literally couldn't think... more>> of anything else to do with the story to save his life.

The whole premise is that he's mistaken as a genius and that is what basically everything revolves around and while that isn't bad the way the author goes about showing this gets face palmingly bad.

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For example he apparently uses his knowledge of mecha anime and junk to come up with exo suit concepts which his mother looks and and is instantly inspired on how to make them a reality. THAT DOESN'T MAKE HIM A GENIUS!!! In fact how the hell did no one come up with such basic concepts like removable parts when they apparently have the tech to make exo suits? even if you assume their way of thinking is just different why does even his mother think he deserves credit for their creation when he only proposed a really basic concept?

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If it was just little misunderstandings like that I'd rate this average and okay. But it gets even worse

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See at one point he wants to get rid of the weeds but doesn't want to pull them all out. So instead he remembers a homemade weed killer remedy he learned in his previous life. But SOMEHOW rather than killing weeds he creates some sort of super chemical weapons that kills everything and spreads like a virus. They had to have hazmat teams and everything.

To make things EVEN WORSE somehow LITERALLY EVERYONE assumes that he intentionally made a chemical weapon to kill the weeds instead of assuming he tried to make weed killer and somehow was way more potent than he intended.

So as a result everyone is literally terrified of him because they think he'll destroy humanity on a whim if he gets bored..... because of freaking weed killer.

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Basically instead of the author writing a story where the MC uses knowledge from our world that his new one somehow lacks to appear like a genius (which is what you'd think it would be about) it's basically just about some moron who doesn't really know anything randomly coming up with ideas that either people around him somehow make into reality or he attempts himself with household items only to somehow create stuff that could destroy humanity somehow even though that shouldn't have been possible as far as he knew. <<less
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Arachne
July 17, 2017
Status: c3
I didn't expect much of this story but it's definitely fun.

First thing to keep in mind though is it is not a battle novel. I could explain more but this type of series is more fun when you go in more or less blind.

What I will say is that the story knows what it wants to do and it does it well. Again it's not a battle series at all and instead if just about the heroine in her quest to start a tailor shop.

The heroine has a charming personality... more>> and the humor of the series is simple but enjoyable. This is not A quality material by any means but it's still a pleasure to read. It's simple but a good kind of simple.

Also while it only have a few chapters right now they are actually decently sized chapters so it's worth reading right now. <<less
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Lightning Empress Maid
April 21, 2017
Status: c104
This is definitely a unique novel and for those not used to this writting style it may be hard to sit through.

HOWEVER I encourage people to give it a chance as it's a very light hearted and interesting story yet with some interesting morals and harsh or dark elements to give the story the weight it needs to stay engaging. The unique writing style also helps strengthen the novel as it helps keep the best thing about the series, it's main character, at the center of everything.

It's told from a... more>> first person perspective, imagine you're just in her head and hearing her thoughts as well as what those around her are saying, for a lot of the story and is very heavy in internal monologues as a result. This becomes one of the highlights of the novel due to the strange and abnormal main character. To put it simply Nanaki is someone who often acts outside the norm. But it's not because she's poorly written. She herself acknowledges her thoughts and morals are pretty far removed what what society deems normal.

However Nanaki is a character with hi pride and has decided to do things her way until the end and will not relent. It's also important to note she's only about 16 at the start of the story and lived long time only with her mother and then alone in the forest. Because of that she's very much a child mentally but is also mature for a child due to the life she's lived until now. Probably the best way to phrase it is she has an adult's concept of respect and responsibility but she's also very naive in a lot of ways. I definitely recommend this but would like to warn readers that the unique perspective of the story may be hard to get used to at first. <<less
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Stellar Transformation
February 13, 2017
Status: v18c45 part3
I see a lot of mix reviews trashing this and praising it. I'm here to say it's great especially compared to some other stuff but it's got it's fair share of flaws and I'll put them in categories so it's easier to read.

Cultivation: The method of cultivation is too messy and doesn't follow clear rules. There are vague divisons between immortals, devils, and demons and that isn't even counting the MC and his special path. There are also loose immortals which are thrown in and divine tribulations which is basically... more>> the universe trying to kill you before you're allowed to progress further. The rules dividing and governing all these things are too vague. But even if the ignore all that the base method of cultivation is far too plain and is just building up energy to the next level. Laws of Universe:This gets even worse when the story reaches the divine realms and it all becomes about the Spacial and Temporal law cultivation. At this point any techniques the MC or anyone else learned before becomes meaningless because all that matters is who can freeze time or break space so that everything dies. There is no meaningful variation in peoples skills it's just who has the best gear and the most raw power. Except the MC because he's so damn special.

Characters: The MC himself is enjoyable and his two brothers aren't bad. His woman though felt a bit generic to me and too much like an accessory. The romance is great and is more important than in some other series like this where it's just a side note. But it's a bit frustrating how their reunion is so drawn out and ends so anti climatically. Plot progression: This is honestly just as much of a mess as the cultivation. It starts out pretty good but the author has the tendancy to just drop things and go somewhere else too much. Like after he helps reach the Nebula stage? Well time to go into the ocean! Done with that? Well time to go into a trial ground to get treasure! Okay now on to the immortal realm! Okay how about the Dark Star realm for a bit? Okay now lets go to the divine realm! See the picture? It doesn't feel like a gradual progression of a journey it feels more like the author just uses a location until he's done with it then only goes back to it to show off how things have changed since the MC has been gone. This jumping of locations causes a LOT of stuff to just get dropped and forgotten because each area jump comes with a mega power up so even if problems from back then were to re-appear they wouldn't mean much.

Final Thoughts:
This was written before Coiling Dragon and it shows. A lot of things feel similar to the style of Coiling Dragon but less refined like the messy culvtivation style. The Brokenness that is controlling time and space that ruins combat. The over use of jumping to new areas instead of a gradual journey.

Overall this is NOT a bad series and the fact it was written by the same guy as coiling dragon means if you like one you'll like the other. But if you read Coiling Dragon first then you'll notice a drop in quality with this one. <<less
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X- Epoch of the Dragon
December 4, 2017
Status: c2
I'm partly basing this review off the Manhua as the Web Novel only has 2 chapters translated. But from what I can tell this is an insteresting story with a lot of potential.

First of all this world seems to be centered around dragon summoning with said dragon being tied heavily into how these people cultivate like in every Chinese novel. While the cultivation itself seems relatively standard the integration of personal dragons adds an interesting twist.

The MC himself seems a bit stupid and careless but not to an unforgivable degree.... more>> His mistakes and careless moments at least feel human and aren't just him magically becoming stupid when the plot needs him to be.

Overall if I had to compare this series to something it would be Tales of Demons and Gods. The way the MC goes back in time and uses his past knowledge to not only strengthen himself but gather other's around him as well as how he attempts to correct the tragedies of his first time, all feels reminiscent of TDG. However this series also has the chance to be better as it's set up it's main couple a lot earlier rather than pointlessly dragging it out. Additionally unlike TDG which is slowly dying as the author all but abandons it this series is complete. <<less
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Shinka no Mi
August 6, 2017
Status: c59
The first thing to keep in mind when reading this LN is this "don't take it too seriously". The MC becomes OP beyond belief by the end of the first volume but despite what haters might say that didn't ruin the story.

The key thing to keep in mind is a story doesn't need the MC to be put in life and death scenarios to be good. In the case of Shinka no Mi after the MC becomes OP the focus of the story stop being on battles. The story starts... more>> out like your typical "summoned to another world with game status" with the MC struggling to survive and slowly gaining levels. But after he becomes OP the story changes to a comedy focusing on the MC and the people around him. From this point on the MC's skills, status, and abilities are all for the sake of comedy. We aren't meant to take the MC or his status seriously we're meant to be amused by how hilariously absurd he becomes and then seeing him only get even more absurd.

From this point on the draw of the story comes mostly from wanting to just watch the MC and his group casually doing things. Even when the MC fights off an invasion the point isn't to worry if anyone will get hurt. The point is to watch how the situation end of being resolved in an amusing way.

I won't give specific examples to avoid spoilers but please don't listen to the haters and at least give this series a try. Just remember not to go into this expecting a serious or dramatic story. This is a light hearted comedy and should be treated as such. <<less
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