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Invincible
April 10, 2017
Status: c110
I think there is a reason that this novel hasn't made the jump from the wuxiaworld forums to the main page even after over 100 chapters have been translated, and it has nothing to do with the translation quality. [edit - apparently the jump from the forums to the website has now happened, so this line is now incorrect.

I still feel the same way about the relative quality of the original work, but wanted to add this correction in]

This novel suffers from the worst of the xianxia tropes on... more>> every side of the story. Paper-thin petty antagonists populate the world. The world itself breaks any common sense rules that you may have just to push the bad story along. The main character (MC) is hardly any better, and is as shallow as his opponents. Lucky chances continuously fall from the sky with no foreshadowing or active seeking on the part of the MC.

Perhaps our views on what is reasonable don't match? Allow me to lay it out... spoilers on the first 30 chapters or so to follow:

First, the setting.

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We're somehow to believe that this family hasn't torn itself apart already? Training for a kid with better than average potential: none. Aside from teaching the MC base forms, the parents leave him to his own devices. Then, at the family competition, there is this stupid rule of "nobody is able to interfere"... even when there is an obvious victor, who is in the process of causing their opponent permanent harm? This rule is there to make it seem unfair that the MC wasn't able to completely cripple their opponent with everyone watching, but all I could think about when this was being discussed was "this entire family is obviously too stupid to live."

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Then, the antagonists.

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The only believable antagonist for the beginning arc is the MC's cousin, because he is only an age seven or eight bully. Him, I can believe. His father and the grandfather are the typical one-dimensional "give unfair advantages to an opponent" petty antagonists. Sure, some favoritism is believable, but the author takes it to ludicrous extremes. Allow the bully kid to boast that he'll cripple other children? A-Ok, and let's give him a chance to act on it. After a year has passed and the first failure has festered into enough antagonism that in their perception, the bully kid is likely to try it? Sure thing, we don't mind that either... actually we lost face last year, so that would be great!

Are all of these guys children? There is no effort by the author to pull these characters out of this cookie-cutter "xianxia family villain" portrayal.

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The MC is also a mix of all the annoying xianxia MC tropes as well:

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MC decides to hide their potential from everyone? Why? Not really explained. Oh, sure, there is a throwaway line buried a few chapters in where it is said that showing his talent would be a calamity in some way... but that's it. It's not like the MC found an item that would be able to be taken from them. How would it be a such a detriment? This logic isn't followed up on, it's just assumed that the reader will agree that since it is a xianxia novel, the MC has to conceal his ability.

And it's not like the MC ever even thought about telling anyone. How much effort would it be to have had the MC actually take a chapter to actually think about the pros and cons of a few different options? If they had decided to keep quiet after considering the options of being open to the overall family, or of being open to just his father and mother, maybe it would have been acceptable. But either the author didn't think about it, or couldn't make any real plausible reason for him to keep quiet, so it gets glossed over.

Add in the MC's inability to ever take a step back and the inability and think about the consequences of his actions, and you have the perfect trifecta of stupid MC xianxia tropes.

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Finally, luck:

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Now all MCs will have a certain amount of this, but a good author will either space out lucky finds so that it doesn't break immersion, or have the MC actively seek dangerous situations to find the prize at the end, or (for abilities) bring it up much earlier than the ability gets used so that it doesn't seem out of place. Now let's review this novel. Again, this is all within the first 30 chapters:

MC is a reincarnator.

MC gets a super rare martial spirit that gets misidentified.

MC was a super awesome martial artist in their prior life, and their training of their old style has great benefits for their new style.

MC meets a smart spirit monkey companion.

MC is brought to some awesome rare fruits by said monkey.

After eating fruits, MC cleans off in a lake. The lake has a hidden cultivator's cave!

In the cave is a super rare martial technique and magic swords and a super rare dimensional storage ring!

Later, the MC runs into another person with the same technique and helps him since he is really injured. He happens to be super strong.

We find out that the MC also has some technique to heal broken meridians (from his prior life I think?).

MC's lucky find in the cave means he is actually the true successor of another kingdom/family of some far away land!

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So do I feel this story is completely worthless? Despite all this, I wouldn't say that. I view this like the bad free appetizer that gets put on the table at some restaurants. If you are really hungry and have nothing to read and need something to kill your time until the main meal of actually good stories? This is good enough for that, at least. Despite my qualms about the story itself, the translation work itself isn't bad.

Just don't go into this novel expecting it to be anything more than Generic Xianxia Story #176. <<less
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Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
January 27, 2016
Status: --
Things I like about the series:

Hero summoning is certainly a common theme amongst web/light novels. I do enjoy the straightforward plotline where the world traveler gets embroiled into fighting the demon lord, or starting as an adventurer, or otherwise diving headlong into a standard role within the world (even if they fulfill that role in an exceptional way). Even more, however, I like stories where the MC uses their modern knowledge to such an extent that you can tell that the changes that they make will make long-lasting improvements to... more>> the lives of the citizens of the world. Not just through destructive means such as eliminating an evildoer that threatens the world, but through constructive means such as helping to eliminate famine, disease or poverty.

This is one of those such stories.

The MC is likable enough. Hard-working and humble, but he also does realize his worth to the world. He has a little of protagonist-blindness, but he isn’t 100% dense, so I can forgive him for that. The surrounding characters that he pulls together to assist him are also likable, and varied enough that they can give a number of fresh perspectives on the world. While it is still early in the series at the time of this review (Chapter 4), so far the world seems well built. There are a number of different countries that seem well rounded enough to be potential antagonists without being evil only for the sake of the story (i.e. They seem to have reachable goals and actions). Things I don’t like about this series:

The only very minor complaint that I have is that the harem candidates for the MC seem to be fairly standard. It’s not that they aren’t well written, but I would have preferred some more a little out of the mold.

Maybe I’m overreacting since there probably isn’t much in the way of harems that hasn’t been explored. Overall Evaluation:

Read this story if you are looking for a different take on the hero summoning tale. Be aware there is a scarcity of direct combat, so this is not going to fulfill any of your shounen needs. But, if you like politics, nation-building, and tales where a modern person uses their knowledge to their advantage, then this will be a perfect fit. <<less
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Kono Sekai ga Game da to, Ore dake ga Shitte Iru
January 26, 2016
Status: --
Things I like about the series:

While the setting overall is fairly standard (MC transported into a game world), the execution on this concept is great. The MC is in some ways OP, since he has a complete understanding of the world mechanics while those living in the world do not. However, the author does a spectacular job keeping the tension of the world high by making the setting a place filled with a multitude of ludicrous bugs, odd quests, and exploits. My summary of the setting doesn’t do it justice.... more>> Each new situation is made interesting, especially as the MC’s actions are pretty silly to a common person, since he is abusing bugs and exploits. The contrast between the MC’s thoughts, the game-world character’s thoughts, and the background information on the prior game world really does make for an interesting read.

The NPC (s) (which is so far mostly the first heroine) also so far well written. They have distinctive traits left over from the game world to start, but as time goes on, the character is getting fleshed out more and more as the story progresses.

Things I don’t like about this series:

So far, I haven’t run into any complaints (at the time of the writing of this review, up to V1c5 was released).

Overall Evaluation:

Read this. Especially if you have interest in reincarnation / gameworld stories, or just interest in humorous stories overall. <<less
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Things I like about the series:

To be honest, not a whole lot stands out about this series. The overall setting is comprised of stock reincarnation/fantasy tropes, so if you like that kind of setting and need more, it can be found here. There are a few somewhat amusing situations where the gacha/lottery staff try their best to hinder the MC, but these are unfortunately few and far between. Things I don’t like about this series:

A potentially interesting concept wasted in execution. The main character, through shenanigans, has a huge amount... more>> of luck but otherwise all trash stats. I would have loved to read even a few chapters where the MC gets into really difficult to win situations, but due to a long but hilarious sequence of events, manages to survive by the narrowest of margins. Instead, the MC immediately finds a lottery and wins something that makes him OP in all areas (attack/defense/magic) killing any chance that the MC will be winning any combat altercations in any kind of interesting fashion. This kind of short-sighted plot is pretty much all over this series so far. The first heroine goes dere for the MC super quick for no discernible reason. Zero tension there even though there was plenty of reasons that there should have been some. OP monster killed by accident. Zero tension there either. Maybe it was being played for laughs? If so, I don’t feel that it was well done.

Overall Evaluation:

Filler read at best. Read this if you are already reading a number of reincarnation stories and just need one more to kill some time. As a plus, the translation group seems to be outputting a number of chapters quickly in succession (at the time of writing this review). If they can keep any significant portion of this pace, they seem to be a good group to check out to see if any of the projects they pick up match your interests. <<less
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LV999 Villager
January 26, 2016
Status: --
Things I like about the series:

I liked the concept of the series at first. MC is OP, but overlooked due to the fact that they don’t have a combat class? Seems somewhat interesting. The MC also seems to be the type that doesn’t hold prejudice in a polarized human vs. Demon world, and could have an interesting path to try to bridge the two worlds together. Things I don’t like about this series:

The execution on the concept is flawed, however. While the MC has power, he only unwillingly actually uses... more>> it for any good. He seems to have found some peace with some demons in the pre-story, but doesn’t have any interest in trying to do anything about it. He is more dragged into the story instead of taking any proactive action. When questioned on it, he makes some deflections that the other characters seem to take as a deep reason for his actions, but to me it feels more like apathy. With such an unlikable MC, it is really hard for me to recommend this series.

Also, the combat conflicts feel ridiculous. The MC is too OP, and the opponents are not OP enough. I have not felt yet that there is any chance that the MC will run into a situation that his OP stats won’t easily handle.

Overall Evaluation:

Filler material if you are looking for something to read and have nothing better to do. An OK story at the best of times, but it isn’t so horrible on average that I would warn you to not touch the series at all. One hopes that the series will pick up later as the conflict around the main character escalates, but I wouldn’t go into this expecting any excitement. <<less
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Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
January 26, 2016
Status: --
Things I like about the series:

While the base is a standard reincarnation/fantasy setup, there are at least some wrenches thrown in such that the world concept is somewhat interesting. The main deity of the world feels as vain and petty as a Greek goddess – enough that she fell asleep for some enough time for the demons of the world to press her favorites to only a few countries, and she apparently has warped warfare enough that the demons need to be significantly more powerful in order to overcome her... more>> blessings on her pretty followers. Its an interesting way to potentially allow for the protagonists be OP, but still not able to walk over the hyumans (not that this has happened yet in the series at the time of this review, but there are definite signs that this is where things are heading).

The MC gets pretty overpowered, but doesn’t skate past every conflict with complete ease. The first two heroines are also interesting; both are former monsters, and their non-human values occasionally crop up in order to stir up interesting situations. Things I don’t like about this series:

My personal preference tends to lean away from MC that practice celibacy for celibacy’s sake only. Unfortunately, this story seems to fall under this camp, so if this is something that pains you, you may want to steer away from the series. Overall Evaluation:

An enjoyable series to read. While the story doesn’t have a lot that is ground-breaking, it does do the reincarnation story well. While there are unfair and dark elements interspersed throughout the story, the story so far has so far relegated the darkest elements to characters that are likely to be antagonists for the MC. <<less
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Yuusha Yori Saikyouna Kuro Kishi
January 27, 2016
Status: --
Things I like about the series:

The concept for this story is pretty interesting. It takes all of the standard harem building hero tropes, and stuffs them into the childhood friend of the (female) MC. If you’ve ever thought “Riajuu, you should just explode!” at a dense hero MC summoned into a different world, I believe you will empathize with the MC of this story.

Of course, she does have the MC aura of charisma going for her, so if things keep on, we may end up thinking the same about her... more>> as well.

Still, I am enjoying this series, since even if some of the situations are fairly stock fantasy, the fact that the MC thinks of herself as a side character puts a different spin on things. I look forward to seeing where this series is going, especially once the lead inevitably meets up with her childhood friend again.

Things I don’t like about this series:

I feel the author hasn’t properly followed up on a few items. For example, the MC significantly empathizes with one of the characters she meets early in the series. Through her words, she is able to significantly help that individual by causing others to understand that individual’s actions (being vague here to avoid spoilers). While this interaction has helped her integrate into the world and find a career, there has been no further interaction with the person she helped. This is the case even though there should have been plenty of opportunity. I really do feel that this was an interesting relationship that was left to wither unnecessarily.

Overall Evaluation:

A solid take on the hero summoning series, with significant later potential. I would read this if you are interested in reading a good story surrounding a MC summoned into a different world, or a story with a strong female lead. <<less
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