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Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou
October 7, 2016
Status: c32
Wow, where do I start with this? At first I was quite liking it, it was a dungeon management story where the newly appointed master displays all his cunning just to stay alive in the face of adversity... for a few chapters.

Then it was a mess. It was romantic comedy harem with cookie cutter personalities. It was poorly written, obtuse politics in an unpolished world. It was slice-of-life Japanese-culture-is-best-culture self fellatio. All thrown into a pot and stirred around without accounting for taste. If you wanted to read something that... more>> had to do with a "dungeon" at all avoid this title entirely.

This is pure wish fulfillment for building a Japanese town and harem in the middle of a fantasy setting, all without any of the world building required for such a feat. <<less
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Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of the Other World
August 2, 2016
Status: c150
It's not slow, it's stagnant. The characters are entirely 2D with no development. Every chapter is spent experimenting in the dungeons or kitchen and doing some side ecchi. The experiments take entire chapters and usually detail one mechanic out of one system or unveil one usage of one item. Conversely, romance can be written off in one line. There's no story because it doesn't know where's its going or what to focus on.

It's bad - there's no direction, no development, and no point. The translations and writing are passable, and... more>> it may even be a decent read for a short while. The problem is, I can't remember what chapter I left off on because they all read the same way. It's mind numbingly boring and I implore of you to find something more stimulating to waste your time on. <<less
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To get it out of the way, the description and cover art of this webnovel can be fairly misleading. Supposedly there is romance later on but in the forefront the story is about abuse. The woman has some reasons for enduring it but I dropped this because of how poor the rationalization was.

I don't mind reading about rape or abuse. If done well, it presents an intense thriller and relates an emotional tragedy. This however was not done well.

The main character is portrayed as an intelligent, self-driven woman. Every action... more>> disproves this. Under the veneer of an independent woman is a beaten and battered - but still hopeful - housewife. She poses as the fake wife of a man for a sum of money, despite the story going on to mention her successful career moves from then on. The man apparently hates her and shows it through rape and abuse.

This is fine. This is fine because our main character met this man once (again, ONCE) at a group meeting. She's in love with the dude off of the basis of a couple glances and half a conversation. Remember though, she's intelligent so somehow, somewhere past than the 34 chapters I read, she will figure out a way to show the man that she is not just a substitute for an inferior actress but the woman he will love with all of his rapist being.

Also it's revealed that he's a horrible abusive rapist because the evil woman got to marry him through political means. Yes. He's a terrible person because of an arranged marriage, but it's okay because everything that is happening points to him being a good person if not for the situation. Totally.

Yes. This is fine. <<less
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In a Different World with a Smartphone
May 16, 2017
Status: c1
"Inexplicable Deus ex Machina!" If you're like me this description should immediately send you running. I didn't read much of this and it's not entirely bad. The problem was, at a certain point in the story there was a laughable instance of "power development." After using his OP cheat in a few different ways a few different times he finally got the idea to cast a spell using the smartphone GPS to target enemies.

That's right. His smartphone inexplicably tracks enemies, can pinpoint their locations, and can be used as the... more>> focus of his spells. Previously, he had done nothing like this. No inkling of a hint given or possible explanation occurred beforehand pointing to this potential usage of his power. The author simply had a thought (I'm sure after nights of brainstorming on how a smartphone could be used in a fantasy setting) and decided that in particular was a good way to use his power and so it appeared in the story: suddenly, inexplicably, and unexplained. I dropped it on that chapter and I'm not willing to find which one it was.

That aside, I do recall that overall the writing was okay and the story was pretty generic. <<less
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Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?
August 4, 2016
Status: c264
Kumo ain't no typical reincarnator. Nai wa~!

Kumo is a spider. Most of the webnovel is written from her perspective and is fully embodied with our lovable spider's personality. Instead of a cheat-like god-given ability, Kumo spends a huge amount of time grinding skills and exploiting all the game-like systems she encounters. Later on, the story gets quite fragmented and can be confusing when placing a timeline to it all.

The characters are colorful and interesting, though besides Kumo they tend to lack development. The overall plot isn't very shocking but serves... more>> its purpose. While not perfect it's a helluva good read filled to the brim with character quirks and reads somewhere between a reincarnated hero and a VRMMO story. <<less
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Ze Tian Ji
December 18, 2017
Status: c707
If you can make it past the first school arc, this is gold. The start of this is fairly generic including all the tropes of a mysterious past, fortuitous encounters, breaking an arranged marriage - typical xuanhuan stuff. The initial translations were of low quality but they've probably all been replaced by superior versions by now.

The writing itself is filled with life and riddled with classical culture. Each arc beyond the first has a long buildup of story, setting, and motivation which explodes into a rather satisfying climax. If you're... more>> a fan of Western movies, treat this novel as such. Power progress is clumsy but short as the novel quickly moves towards the bigger picture once the protagonist is sufficiently strong. The story can be wonderful in both close personal encounters and massive political engagements. For how much Chinese authors parrot "the law of the jungle" and "the strong eating the weak" it rarely ever shows through more than a single antagonist at a time. Here, however, it does to a wondrous effect. What happens in a world where absolutely powerful existences meddle in common affairs?

Do me the favor of reading until the climax of the Garden of Zhou arc at the very least before calling it quits. It's worth your time. <<less
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9 Heavenly Thunder Manual
August 3, 2016
Status: c90
A pretty typical adult xianxia with lots of dudes exploding into fountains of gore and bone, women being raped silly, and mysterious cultivating methods surpassing the bounds of ranks (but only by one or two, duh).

It's okay, pretty standard fare except for what most reviewers are complaining about. In the second arc the main character travels to Kou - a country modeled after Japan - and yes, racism ensues. It's really not a big deal what with fantasy world and overall mature themes already present.
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Warlock of the Magus World
August 2, 2016
Status: c191
I wanted to like this one. I really did. Warlock of the Magus World shares a similar reincarnation plot as many others, though this world has a bit more flesh in the setting and fantasy systems it operates on. The magic systems and power progression are fascinating, and the main character is cold and ruthless - unlike a typical hero.

However, all of the interesting and intelligent analysis is covered by "lol A.I. Chip." The main character's particular cheat is to skip all explanations on how he actually becomes more powerful... more>> or does things better than others.

If that somehow doesn't bother you, by all means it's a serviceable reincarnation adventure story with some neat mechanical developments. <<less
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