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Ore no Ongaeshi: High Spec Murazukuri (WN)
May 31, 2018
Status: c4
Definitely nothing new but nevertheless it's well executed and highly enjoyeable.

There's a good balance of world building, management, modern knowledge know how, and cooking.

The MC is a pretty decent bloke but at the same time not a doormat.

Recommended if you aren't against the isekai genre as a whole... Because, you know, complaining that isekai are too isekai is pretty counter productive.

Thanks for the great translation, Kari!
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To Be a Power in the Shadows!
October 1, 2018
Status: c112
What if Saitama never got out of his chuuni phase, instead went at it 100%... then got isekai to a fantasy land.

This isekai very much owns much of it's humor and special brand of misunderstanding from One Punch Man but it's not a rip-off but more a very well done homage. It very much develops its own brand of storytelling and humor from the core homage thou.

Like many others point out, it's amazing how well written this novel is, it has yet to get old 100+ chapter in!
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The Death Mage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
August 27, 2018
Status: c160
Amongst the best novels out there.

The MC is legit insane and is twisted beyond belief physically, he comes off physically like an uber edgelord with a heavy case of chunni... but the funny thing is he didn't chose this, it was forced on him and he plays it to the hilt.... unintentionally. That being said, he might look the role but his actions are the antithesis of this (for the most part... like there are instances of being a straightup psycho but it's earned).

BUT this is not the tail of... more>> an edgelord playing out his revenge fantasy! It's the complete opposite.

The MC was divinely screwed over by an incompetent trash of a god (s). Suffered unspeakable acts of cruelty... then reincarnated and forced to do it again by said trash god! Surrounded by the worst of humanity in every instance, you'd think he'd turn into the the perfect edgelord worshiped by revenge porn lovers right? Nope, this novel is NOT a tale of vengeance (even thou the MC has probably the best excuse of any isekai MC to do so), this novel is the tale of acceptance and connecting to other people on a fundamental level. Going into details will only spoil all the fun parts :)

In world full of monsters of all stripes and demeanor, the ones who demand the moral high ground accuse the MC of being a twisted monstrosity of a creature, cursed by the gods. The MC does not deny this, he accepts it. Yet... the MC has ten fold more humanity than all those that hate him combined.

TLDR the MC is like an epic level Dexter and lives the core value of transhumanism. A must read. <<less
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turk128
This novel would have been a solid isekai if not for a major flaw: the MC.

The MC is your stereotypical isekai MC except for the fact that he just happens to be the least imaginative and least motivate character in the whole novel (if you exclude the cannon fodder and the occasional braindead opponents that gets thrown at him just to show how powerful he is). He never really thinks outside of the box but instead chooses the worst routes. By all evidence, he is motivated only by his libido... more>> or his laziness yet his harem adores him.

The lack of imagination is such a glaring flaw since even when he was brought over, it's almost blatantly obvious that the god wanted him to play around with the system. Unfortunately, MC proceeds to make the worst build you can clobber together by a newbie... and never changes it even when he's given the broken option to reset his build. Instead, he doubles down, makes basically a magic thief... then proceeds to get motivated by his machismo (what little there is thats not taken up by his libido) and insist on being the tank of the party when there's others in the party better suite to tank.

Everything the MC does is half arse. He seemingly never learns from his mistakes: MC treats everything like a game, reality bitch slaps him, he crawls into himself, his harem becomes his moms and cox him out, rinse repeat. Every major encounter, MC either comes up with a half-baked plan and/or never comes up with a backup one, proceeds to tank terribly, panics and flails around, gets saved by plot. MC should have just stayed home, exclusively do cooking and such, making this isekai a slice of life sub genre instead.

TLDR the MC is probably one of the worst example of isekai MC, those that hate isekai genre would bring him up as an example of its most egregious flaw. Seriously, probably the only thing that would have made this worst is if he was a homicidal maniac like some other MCs (okay... he actually has aspects of that too, I kid you not). Um... recommended if you can speed read through the frustrating parts. <<less
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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (WN)
June 29, 2018
Status: v14
Death March starts out like your typical isekai (but with an overtly morally decent MC) but becomes almost like a treatise on the isekai genre and tropes.

When you get down to it, it's basically "what would YOU do if you were in an isekai with cheat powers?" If you really apply your imagination to it, treating basic magic like a programming language breaks all the rules. And those who don't like the fact that the MC isn't an vigilante who is out for revenge would probably hate this novel since... more>> the MC definitely does not want revenge. Instead, he wants a slice of life type experience despite the shounen flags and tropes thrown at him.

The novel starts out typical isekai, the MC then becomes fantasy One Punch Man, then the MC approaches All Star Superman status. In between, there's great bouts of food porn and loot whoring and min maxing.

The novel is a good read, it's nothing fantastic but there's nothing horrible or cringe-worthy either. It helps that the viewpoint is very optimistic, the MC seems to be immune to edgelord flags thrown him and is well aware when he lets his chuuni flag fly. <<less
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I Was a Sword When I Reincarnated (WN)
August 3, 2018
Status: c190
Well written isekai with an interesting twist but held down by some flaws.

One of said flaws is the MC: no, not the homicidal excessively cute catgirl but the murder hobo of a reincarnated magical sword that's her master. To often, he comes off like those overenthusiastic arsehole parents at little league games.

Which brings us to the most egregious flaw: this isekai has elements of an excellent slice-of-life novel. The problem is that those great moments are weighted down by an overtly technical game-like skill/talent system that's held together by too... more>> much deux ex machina. Seriously, this novel is so close to being excellent but is held down at every turn by grinding combat and game elements.

If you can put up with the grind (and have attained the ability to browse through unwanted parts of novels), this isekai is a solid recommend. <<less
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I Said Make My Abilities Average!
July 15, 2018
Status: c210
A very good slice of life isekai novel that could have been great if not for the translation.

The translation is not terrible but... The combination of the novel having a lot of Japanese cultural references and puns, and the translators clearly not having English as their first language leads to a lot of direct line translations instead of true translation. I still appreciate the hard work the translators are doing since it must be a tough novel to tackle.

Overall, this novel is worth reading if you're into slice of life... more>> and isekai genre. <<less
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Ultimate Porter has lots of growing pains, i.e. the pacing and plot is all over the place at the beginning but if you stay with it, it gets great... kinda similar to Death March.

In particular, stay with it past the undead floor and the great slice of life adventures kicks into high gear and the MC really starts to use his cheats creatively.

Yes, even with Chrome translation, it's surprisingly coherent.
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Skeleton Knight, in Another World
June 20, 2018
Status: v7
At first glance, this seems derivative (Overlord being the obvious culprit) but it's basically an isekai setting. What sets it apart is how well executed the plot is.

It has an excellent way to deal with an obviously OP MC; with great power comes a hell lot of responsibility and even if you ignore the responsibilities, the side effects can be crippling. Not to mention, the political ramifications, cultural impact of something beyond comprehension can have on the locals, etc.

And his companions are not the MC cheerleaders, if anything, they act... more>> very similar to Doctor Who's companions; they are not his yes men, they are his advisers/supervisors, his cultural liaisons, his occasional reality checks, and most importantly his moral compass.

The story even gives a very plausible/believable reason on why the MC doesn't react to things similar to how a regular person would (again I point to Doctor Who). Even given that, the MC isn't an arrogant disrespecting edgelord playing out his revenge fantasy and lording over others with unearned cheat skills.

That's not to say he doesn't use his cheat skills. Boy does he! When he does it counts, its not to show off, it makes a difference.

Well worth reading, a great pulpy adventure romp with consequences and fantastic world building. <<less
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I Reincarnated Into a Vending Machine
June 2, 2018
Status: c50
Surprisingly good isekai. The premise is great and doesn't fall apart as the story developes. The author clearly did his homework... or he maybe a vending machine fanatuc himself.

The MC is far from OP and is a good bloke who actually cares for others around him.

There's nothing new brought to the table except for the great premise but it's well written and worth the read.
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Gomen ne, Onii-sama
May 28, 2018
Status: v4c1
I don't know what I expected but this wasn't it: I don't know how the society in this got past the bronze age, the way the operate is straight up barbaric with little subtlety.

It's such a harsh culture clash to the setting. Cannot get past it, no immersion. I mean, when Cooking with Wild Game jungle people are more 'civilized' and cultured than you? Dropping.
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Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi
January 13, 2019
Status: c1
Solid isekai that does great slice of life.

There really isn't anything special with this novel, it doesn't do anything new. It just has really entertaining slice of life stuff and fun characters.

Be warned thou: the traveling the cooking parts can be repetitive but there are lots of other good stuff, thank goodness!
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