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Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World
February 16, 2019
Status: Completed
As far as time-travel wish-fulfillment fantasy goes this starts off pretty good, but gets progressively worse as the story goes on.

There's some interesting world-building in the early chapters, a school romance that isn't half bad, and a quirky cast of likable characters. The first half-or-so is actually pretty good fun. As time goes on, the story's scope gets so big that all of the good stuff just gets lost in the shuffle. And then, there's the actually annoying parts of the story.

Seeing the main character use his future knowledge to... more>> climb the ranks and establish his own guild is interesting, but once he inevitably gets established it just comes down to him and a series of antagonists skirmishing and throwing progressively larger amounts of money at each other. It's kind of interesting at first, but it gets old after it happens a third time.

On the subject of antagonists, while the MC's equip progressively more overpowered abilities, it's even more annoying when the antagonists do it. For instance:

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At one point, the current antagonist triggers an event where he takes control of what is essentially an end-game raid boss and an endless horde of undead to destroy the entire light-side faction. The developers basically put a game-over button in their MMO for a player to find, and the situation would have been completely unwinnable if the MC didn't have future knowledge.

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Finally, there's the last arc of the story, which is really more of an extended epilogue. It's painfully contrived, it goes on forever, and none of it matters because it all happens after the main conflict is resolved.

I can give it a tentative recommendation, but I recommend pulling out when the final arc comes around (you'll know it when you see it). <<less
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Dragon Maken War
December 9, 2018
Status: c26
I was on board this story for a while, but I was ultimately disappointed. It's not particularly well-written, and it turns out it isn't particularly well-thought-out.

If a story is going to have an OP protagonist, then it needs to ground that power in its world. Otherwise we're constantly left wondering "does the MC's OP powers apply to this situation, or will this be a problem?" In this story, the MC's abilities are never established, so every time the character pulls a new ability out to solve a problem, it comes... more>> out of nowhere. It's repeatedly stated several times that the MC's is weakened, but that's never a problem because he never has to rely on power to win; he always has the perfect counter for any problem he encounters.

The biggest problem, though, is that the premise doesn't make sense. It's only been 200 years, and yet the entire world has completely forgotten several very specific and incredibly important bits of knowledge.

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Supposedly, this is the work of the servants of the Demon King, but common knowledge can't simply be erased from the collective consciousness over the course of a single generation. The people that grew up being taught this stuff would still be alive.

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Dungeon Hunter
April 17, 2019
Status: c242
Not a bad story, but it has a few serious problems.

For one, there are tons of time-skips. It feels like half of the story is spent trying to get you caught up on what happened. This also means that a lot of significant events, such as important character deaths or climactic battles, happen off-screen.

The human side of the story is also a complete waste of time. There was no real reason for this story to take place on Earth, other than for the story to take place mainly in Korea.... more>> None of the human characters ever amount to anything, either; they mainly just exist to provide a contrast with the strength of the demons.

Probably the most annoying thing is that the story juggles too many plot threads and ends up dropping a few of them.
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The Altars, which are introduced as a way to both sabotage Dungeons from the inside as well as acquire incredibly powerful monsters, are ignored after the first 6 out of 72. The World Tree Tea that provides a massive boost to his Intelligence stat is sort of forgotten after a couple of months.

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Seoul Station’s Necromancer
March 29, 2019
Status: c208
Largely a waste of time. The main character is a legit psychopath, but the author pretends he isn't when he's around his family. The plot is an endless series of twists culminating in just so much contradictory nonsense. There aren't any interesting ideas or unique character archetypes, everything is stock and boring. There are a few funny jokes that get beaten into the ground after being recycled every five chapters or so.

Ultimately there's nothing to recommend here.
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I'm surprised how long I managed to stay with this story, because it isn't very good.

Where the story really lost me is when it started revolving more and more around the harem. The characters in the harem are incredibly shallow, and their relationships with the MC even more so; you can sum up their whole character in a single sentence, and their relationship to the MC in 5 words or less.

There's nothing unique or interesting about the lore, the world, or the MC who finds himself there. After the excitement... more>> of starting a new novel wears off, there's nothing but a stock isekai world, full of stock isekai characters, with a stock isekai protagonists, and a subpar harem storyline. <<less
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Despite a promising start, this story is actually pretty boring. Everything is very simplistic and shallow, and success just kind of falls into the MC's lap without any real effort.

If you're expecting political intrigue, negotiations, or faction play surrounding the town the MC is occupying, don't. There's none of that here. As of Chapter 34, there are four named human characters in the town, two of whom only appearing once. There is nothing to this town.

As for the MC, the reincarnated part of the title is basically just a title.... more>> Except for a scene or two where he recognizes some japanese-like food, it adds nothing to the story. There's one occasion where he tries to use modern knowledge, but it turns out to be something that already exists. And that's basically the MC's only defining character trait, other than being kinda smart.

The strategy at play in the battles here are also pretty shallow and not well-thought-out. The first seems fine, but later developments make it seem like it should have been impossible. Also, the magic in this world is inconsistent and useless.
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For example, the MC's teacher is described as someone who could "disintegrate the viceroy's castle with a fingertip, " but when they assault a city they sort of forget she can do that and go with a frontal assault instead. And then she passes out after casting a single lightning bolt.

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There's a lot of "this happened, and then this happened" story-telling here, and nothing really interesting happens. <<less
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Everyone Else is a Returnee
November 23, 2018
Status: c348
This novel starts off strong, but it became harder to read the longer it went on.

The core issue is that the author has a bad habit of dropping a nuke on the story and then basically restarting the whole thing from scratch. As such, a lot of side-characters and plot-threads end up going nowhere, and when the story makes throw-away references to them 50, 100, or 200 chapters later, you're asking "who?" Other times, these characters will stick around, but never actually say or do anything.

It's also a bit too... more>> satirical at times. Often the MC will come out and say, in-character, "oh, this seemingly innocuous piece of information will obviously be really important later on, " or "the reason why I didn't use my trump-card in this life-or-death battle is because this guy was obviously just a sub-boss of this fight." It starts off funny, but it becomes more and more common as the story goes on, to the point that the last arc is basically an extended joke.

I liked the premise enough to stick through it to the end, but I wouldn't blame anyone for dropping this halfway through. <<less
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