BTW, I just read c27, and I couldn't help thinking how this series lacks self awareness when the MC laments that 'the world is a dangerous place' in worry over Ruri. I mean, why would he think that? it's not like some people would abduct her and sell her for... Ooooh!
Anyway, this pointed focus AWAY from Ruri as a victim (not to mention her unbelievably bright and already healed personality considering 'god knows' what happened to her). we won't even get into the bizarrely convenient attitudes of the various family members. Couple that with the fact it's barely a plot wrinkle- as sloppy as he is he should be in jail already.
I don't see the point other than the catchy title, but whatever.
At it's heart his is just a glorified vehicle for 'weekly random cute stuff'.
This is (by description) a borderline post-apocalyptic story- but the MC just focuses on his own journey, completely ignoring the (implied) downfall of others, and purposefully chooses not to share information that could save lives- all so he can have an edge in his desire to rise to the top.
Advanced aliens (or whatever) 'reveal' Earth has been undergoing a 'test' (which has now ended), and immediately move to the next (nonsense) phase, of turning the world into an 'elite race-change' lottery, and dungeons/monsters cavalcade... for reasons. Ok, whatever. So the MC (having leveled in this environment to be no one notable) asks god for a favor, which is apparently granted- so he gets to go to the past a year before any of this starts.
Yep- clearly no on else prays to god. J/k- it's almost certainly something else- moving on...
So, anyway- pretty much all of his actions are pretty blatant 'uses of foreknowledge' (cheats) to get all the best power-ups, and likely affecting whatever this was planned to be (after the 'test'), which is supposedly observed, and now thoroughly ruined (but who's paying attention?).
At ch 15 he's already conveniently killing innocent people- so clearly lacking self-awareness, yet another novel can't bear to 'not do to others what was done to you'.
So, turn a post apocalyptic love story that transcends all adversity into... a harem?
Sure, what could go wrong?
The writer's sense of logic & focus was clearly re-directed when he decided kissing mutant zombies gave beneficial effects. Then he starts introducing (and repeatedly commenting on) the idea of tentacle monsters? Whatever...
He forces one of the girls to diet unilaterally, and another who doesn't like meat, he starts to sneak meat into her food. These are people who he _knows_ love him & he won't so much as kiss...
Tama (a stereotypical beast girl, who 'plays as' a ninja due to the stories/coaxing of Arisa, eventually demonstartes shadow clones and shadow walk- 'just cause'. No, they have no related skills/magic. They don't need them apparently.
We definitely won't get into how the 'world balance' allows for the leveling cheats he exploits, and the lackadaisical management of the gods, who clearly talk to people, grant them powers (even ones they cheated to gain) but apparently don't tell them to do much as far as 'helping' the world vs threats.
The main arc slowly becomes trapped in the more cliche 'villains know everything/have many advantages' template common to many 'hero against all odds' novels. Even though all kingdoms have spies and don't want to suffer the gods wrath- none know sh*t about anything. I don't mean specifically 'the bad guy's diabolical plan'- I mean basic crap- like knowledge about the gods/powers/their own advanced expertise, and any form of research within their ow safe fields.
For the MC to not know crap is fine if he's an independent/low resource hero- but it's a significant oversight for the MC who has tons of connections & deep pockets (just to start).
Of course he's a selfish, food-focused jerk- but even so it takes a disturbingly long time for him to get interested in crap that affects everyone's life- including his own. His selfish desire to put things off almost leads to really bad things happening in Ch 15. Of course, 'plot armor'- but it's irritating for a few moments.
I'd note an example, but seriously- this happens pretty much from the start & constantly thereafter. You can't miss it.
(Who am I kidding? If it becomes a 'VR-fantasy' game world created by high tech at the end I won't be surprised.)
That aside, characters bringing modern weapons is one thing (it happens), but there's a definite 'City/Dungeon cores are computers' feel, and going into space and seeing the planet is probably a give away- as well. We won't get into the 'alternate Earths' that can be summoned from that they touch on occasionally, since it'd take too long. These aren't concepts 'forbidden' to be in fantasy- but the presentation feels quite sci-fi.
I seriously think the author is trolling in some weird way- or maybe he doesn't realize how stupid his broken logic is when comparing 'loving faux harem (he won't even flirt with) ' vs 'sneak off to sleep with a prostitute (he manages not to pay for) ' action. wtf? Ok, so despite lolis being legal (in this world), he wants to hold off- fine- I can respect that. Slavery? Just roll with it- let's sell crime slaves while we're at it. But the clincher is one of his 'devotees' is an adult (elf), one looks adult (homonculus) and one is (like him) just in a younger body (we'll leave alone that by his own standards, he had those prostitutes doing the shota thing- cause no sense being a hypocrite in just one way...)
I'm pretty certain the author is milking this (stretching out the story). I don't blame him (I guess), but I have no doubt the MC's 'relationship progress stalling' actions, and focus on food are just bs 'filler' justifiers to draw out the story. At first I figured they were just stalling due to lack of development/ideas ('I can't think what to do next! Oh, I now- I'll have them cook some FOOD!'-- but I don't think that's it anymore (or at least not the only issue)
Now, I can't 'prove' what's in the author's head, but when the 'main girl' in a story suddenly says 'make 100 girls pregnant' & THEN I'll tell you how to make me pregnant (become a god) - you KNOW that as 'proof of love', that's some serious bs.
And the fact that it justifies 'god knows how much' supposed 'moral thrashing' from a guy who only sleeps with prostitutes...
Well, we can now reasonably expect this story to NEVER END (or at least till the author's milked it dry)
Yeah, sure Author- whatever you want...
The worst thing is the MC knows he's doing wrong, as he talks about guilt once in a while- so basically he's trying to do as little as his conscience can handle- but with people right in front of him, he always 'kicks in'- but any distance away, and he'll claim to leave them to their fate- even if the situation would escalate in his absence. He has no 'vision'. Of course, the plot draws him in conveniently one way or the other- but there are a bunch of people who love the idea of a badass OP MC sitting around cooking crepes while people die elsewhere because 'not his job'. I can see the 'anti-white knight' justification, as it is an overused archetype- but being an ass isn't cool, ok?
Or more 'The worst thing is the Author knows he's doing wrong...'
Well- it's his thing to to enrich or ruin.
Another thing people keep citing is 'cultural differences'- as if Japanese people are ok with prostitutes, sneaking around, and insincere relationships. It's true they tolerate things they can't control more, saying 'can't be helped'- especially if there's a difference in status, but that doesn't mean they like it- they're just powerless to do anything, or it's considered 'rude'.
The MC being surrounded with people who he pretty much ignores the true feelings of- instead being intimate with random prostitutes at a moment's n0tice... The girls don't realize how lucky they are not to get involved with him.
Well, I'm talking like he's a character with a personality- but I suspect like any other Gary Stu, he's just one of the weirdest author foils out there.
I think he stole the hero's instructor, too...
Yeah... Ch 51 is literally a heroic save. The guy she sent away is (despite orders) there, riding her monster beast (though there was no mention of him practicing, nor the beast being big enough/able to fly). Good thing they could see a child running in a walled fort, and the enemy stupidly 'throwing away' his achievement so they could agilely intercept. I guess? Yeah... I don't care anymore.
After saving her life, he gives the police fake info- rationalizing some stuff. This turns out to make it hard for the yandere to stalk him- but it wasn't planned. What he apparently planned was to break the law giving false info to the police, assume no one would be taking cell phone pics, and that it wouldn't complicate his HS/home life for being a hero/liar. No wait- not what he planned. Well, it was just as likely. The MC does this 'all risk/no reward' thing 'just cause'..
Much later when she throws a bunch of knives at him, I guess he brushes it off/acts like it's not a reason to break off ties/avoid her like the plague since she had bad aim. Well, I dunno why actually- but he pretty much acts like its no big deal.
Tsundere & Yandere are both dumb. I think at one point tsundere was an unintentionally racist comedy thing (almost all redheads), but for some reason the Japanese seem to love them & keep putting them in other places (despite the fact that generally speaking, people's brains aren't actually that broken). Anyway, someone 'upped the ante' & did the yandere, and of course the Japanese think any good looking girl interested in you is awesome-- even if she would kill you due to any unintentional act that could spark a sliver of escalate-able jealousy (I'm hoping not really- but anime seem to be trying to convince otherwise).
Anyway, she's not at all stalker-ish, & fairly safe to be around- ie, not really very yandere. This is pretty much a necessity since this isn't the slightest bit a comedy so far. 'Why does it need to be a comedy?' you ask'? because hitting people is a crime & causes injuries/bleeding/death/jail visits EXCEPT in comedies. Since this isn't one, the author needs to either 'make less yan', 'use plot armor', or 'control pre-yan situations'