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Seiun wo Kakeru
December 19, 2015
Status: --
I tried to like this story but I can't. It works really well as a crafting novel. The methods included about smithing sound like they're coming from actual first-hand experience. But I think the story should have stopped at the crafting level because I don't think the author knows much about agriculture, trade and government. I mean, there's a feudal government and its capital has a population of 500? And it's imposing 'heavy' taxes on around 30 villages, with what manpower to enforce it exactly? There wouldn't even be 'civilization'... more>> yet at that population level. And then there's the supposed 'great war' with 150 men on each side. It's ridiculous. I actually lol'ed when I read about the bronze-age villages trading Canola oil.

(edit: it might've been a translation error. They could've meant r*peseed oil instead which was used in ancient times. Canola is a 20th-century plant bred from r*peseed in the '70s.) <<less
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Wooden characters, horrible (if not non-existent) world-building, incredibly dull story, it's basically a fantasy world with no imagination and nothing in it but robotic-characters created to praise the MC.

I may be going against the grain here, and it might be too harsh but there you are.

Horrible (Non-existent) World-building. This is the most glaring problem in this story. There is no world-building. NONE. It's no exaggeration. To demonstrate; in the first 3 volumes you can count with your fingers the number of locations visited. And not one of those locations... more>> were even described. In the first volume the first town he visited he didn't even take a stroll through the town. And I doubt we'd get a description even if he had. Instead the story flipped between two nondescript locations. Then he skipped town only to do the same in the next town. The world is so blank it unsettles me. And that "Labyrinth". It had two building blocks; hallway and boss room. And it had, what? 5 types of monsters? That includes the bosses btw. The author is so lazy he can't even be bothered to add critters or unique bosses in the labyrinth, just the generic ghoul, death knight, banshee... were there others? And several volumes were dedicated to that shitty blank labyrinth.

You know what is abundant in this novel? People who will praise the MC. Not the "feels good" kind of praise, it's the "too much it's very awkward now" kind of praise. One time villagers actually skipped town in droves, dropped their work, left their houses unattended in order to go to the MC, who's in a farway town, just to praise him. Why? Because he's AWESOME™. Every move he makes is praised. He's so OP he heals people in his spare time and he gets worshiped because apparently he's the only cleric in the story with a heart. No supply and demand, just about every other cleric would rather lie, cheat and steal for money than earn a fair coin by healing people normally, leaving swathes of unhealed people for the MC to heal. They shouldn't have been called The Church, they're more like The Mob because all they apparently do is extort people.

The only thing that kept me reading this was because I was curious what he did to the leveling system (basically MC couldn't level up for several volumes for some reason). When it was revealed, lo and behold, it was shitty as expected. <<less
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Sword Art Online
November 30, 2015
Status: --
The first arc of this novel is just so-so. It's about being trapped inside a game where you can die from the many dangers present, permanently. It explores how different kinds of people deal with the situation brought down upon them.

The main hook of the first arc is that they were in a very dangerous world where anybody can die permanently. This creates a tension most wn/ln's nowadays completely ignores with the rise of the "OP mc" setting in popularity. That was about the best thing I can remember about... more>> this novel. I've read all of it before and if you ask me now what the mc's personality is like, I won't know what to tell you. The only thing I can remember about him is that he spent the rest of the arcs chasing after his "wife". That's about the deepest depth of character you'll get from him.

As for the rest of the arcs, if you want to leave the series with a good impression (if you do), then it's better to treat this as a single novel with just one arc. The rest are garbage.

This may be the title that spawned many MMO novels in its wake but it's not the first to use the MMO setting. And it's definitely not the best, not even close.

2 stars for an acceptable first arc <<less
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I liked how this series began. I don't know if it copied from Mushoku Tensei but alot of the elements of the story are similar to that series. We have an MC who reincarnated into another world. He soon found that he was in an orphanage. And he soon found that he didn't have the aptitude to be a great magician. He didn't despair however, because he has already heard of a material that can be used to make the guns that he wanted to have in the previous world.

What... more>> really ruined the story is that the series tried to do something similar to what Mushoku did to shake things up. Only, it didn't go so well for Gun-Ota.

In an attempt to stir things up, the author tried to pull that twist where the MC is unwillingly transported to the other side of the world to open up the plotline where the MC now embarks on a journey to return home. This worked out so well for Mushoku Tensei, and to me it was one of the things that made it from Good to Great. Gun-Ota however failed miserably.

Spoiler

The MC joined a party of 3 while doing a quest for the adventurers guild. They betrayed him (shocking), robbing all of the guns we were so patiently watching him make for a whole volume, and sold him as a slave to the Demon Continent.

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It was so poorly and crudely done not to mention utterly predictable. You see, the MC never had much going for him. He wasn't likeable as an MC. He is weak physically, magically and mentally. Neither is he intelligent. The only edge he had is his knowledge of technology in our world but that too wasn't his strength but our world's. So what that event did is to take away the one good thing going on about him, which is his guns, and pile a whole lot of negatives on him too: Stupid, Careless, Incompetent, Idiot, Gullible, Foolish, Useless. He went from average MC to utterly bad. It was so bad that the next chapter the author dedicated a note at the beginning of the chapter to try to stem the flow of negative feedback he's been getting.

Ofcourse having so much negative leaves a lot of room for improvement. The MC can now try to improve himself by learning from this mistake. The problem is it made a turn-off for the readers. So if you don't mind reading about the loser MC for a while then I'd recommend Gun-Ota for you. <<less
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Goblin Kingdom
December 19, 2015
Status: --
This is very much like Re:Monster, only loads better. It removes all the pointless leveling, the crap load of skills that's never going to all be used, the ridiculous OPness, the focus on cheesy harem, etc. It's basically devoid of all the MC bias that is the very basis of Re:Monster.

Goblin Kingdom is a very raw and primal piece of adventure. It's all about the savage law of the jungle, the survival of the fittest. The MC does not care about civilization. He doesn't try to make his life fitting... more>> of a human again like in his previous life. He's a goblin now, and he doesn't mind living like one. It has some game elements like levels and evolutions but it only serves as measure of the MC's progress and does not affect the plot of the story. And the MC is not OP which makes the story very suspenseful. It fits the theme of the story very nicely.

All in all, while I can't say that Goblin Kingdom is a must read, it does the job of entertainment quite well. If you've read Re:Monster and liked the fact that the MC is a monster and is leading a monster tribe, but hates all the OPness and crap in it, then you'll find Goblin Kingdom a much better read. <<less
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Knights & Magic
August 22, 2016
Status: v4c37
It's a very good novel.

It's a story about a guy reincarnated in a world where mechs and magic exists. He retains his memory and uses his love of mechs (ie. Gundams) in the previous world to design and build real-life ones in the new world using his superior magic and knowledge.

The thing I love about this LN is that it only really focus on mechs and their creation, and leaves out harem parts which so many other LNs tend to focus on.

Also to those complaining about wish-fulfillment. It's a reincarnation... more>> story, by that it should be obvious that it's a wish-fulfillment story. 90% of novels on this site are like that. Come on, let's stop complaining about it as if that's not what we're really here for.

Update for Volume 4:
Volume for is probably the best volume yet. It's action packed. It really proves that the author has the capability to write great action scenes. Although toned down, the author also shows skill in presenting believable geopolitical and court intrigue. It's not perfect. One of the flaws is, ofcourse, that the MCs are practically invincible, but at this point I consider that par for the course. This volume is what made me decide that I would actively be following the progress of this novel from now on. <<less
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Lazy Dungeon Master
December 19, 2015
Status: --
The MC really IS lazy. As a testament to that:

Spoiler

he spent the first arc of the story inside ONE room, all the time, without leaving.

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fortunately, unlike alot of the supposedly “genius” mc’s out there, our MC here actually has the brains to make it work. It’s still too early to judge this accurately but it’s really turning into a very fun read.
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The Man Picked up by the Gods
November 29, 2015
Status: --
The Man Picked up by the Gods is quite different from other reincarnation stories. It does not avail itself of the convenient (and frankly quite worn out already) 'template characters' or 'template events' you usually find in most Japanese works. Actually, even details on the characters' appearances are sparing, leaving the readers plenty of room to imagine.

There are no harems or romantic relationships yet aside from one sweet childhood friendship that has the potential to become one. I find this quite refreshing really. After reading so much loli characters elsewhere... more>> being sexualized, I found that reading about a young female character that actually acts genuinely innocent and pure is quite nice.

If I were to describe this work in one word it would be 'humble'. It does not aim for the grandeur the genre usually entails. There are no 'chosen ones' to save the world or 'Demon Lords' to ruin it. Not yet anyway. Right now it's just about the characters and how they live their everyday lives, how they make a living etc.

Mostly its about the MC. Along the way we get to see how he slowly opens himself up to other people. He goes from an introvent hermit living deep inside the forest to a successful central figure playing a large role in the lives of a group of people and to an extent a whole city.

So if you want to read about a fun and wholesome story about self-improvement and friendships then read this. If you're after an "OP" series full of action and power trips then this isn't for you. <<less
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<Infinite Dendrogram>
October 12, 2019
Status: v10c1
Infinite Dendrogram is a novel that presents itself as a VRMMO-RPG novel. And while technically it is, it spends alot less effort exploring it as a "game", and mainly focuses on exploring it as "another world with game mechanics", and it develops the game world as such. Because of that, I feel like you shouldn't expect the familiar MMO experience going in to avoid disappointment.

It is quite unlike the majority of japanese webnovels. The author plans ahead. The author sets-up interesting (though sometimes obvious) solutions beforehand to the seemingly insurmountable... more>> challenges the MC faces. The MC is not overly-powered compared to majority of the characters around him, though he is noticeably very favored by "luck" alot of times due to obvious plotting by the author. He is also presented with rewards left and right (some he gets for no effort at all on his part), which he uses to compensate for his lack of power. So while he is not over-powered, he is not really weak either like the author would want you to believe.

The story revolves around the plausible and believable geopolitical situation within the game world, which in itself has an interesting but a tad generic history behind it. NPCs move and act like actual real-life people. True to the game motto "Infinite Possibilities", there are a ton of interesting characters, all with unique abilities and personalities. This though also lends itself to the "game" seeming very unbalanced.

My only real gripe about this series is the constant jumping around by the author. He likes to go into the background story of alot of things, and he does it in the middle of the story. While I think that is commendable and shows that he has thought alot about this work, it does feel jarring to me as a reader. It messes up the rhythm of the story and the momentum of thrilling moments. Though that may just be from the composition of the official english light novel translations, which is what I read.

All in all though it's a well written work with obvious dedication put into writing it. Honestly, having read alot of the same genre over the years, this may be the best written I've read so far. <<less
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