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A guy obsessed with a gacha (lottery) based RPG like game got transported to another world. This story will only be amusing if you're at least have played similar gacha games to know the MC's interests, other than that it will feel a little bit bland.

There's no continuous plot, the arcs are episodic which have no real connections with each other. The main point of the story is the MC trying to collect the needed items to pull gacha by fighting monsters. The MC's party barely interact with that world's... more>> inhabitants aside from when they're doing quests.

For the gacha itself, usually each arcs have different type of gacha events which probably funny if you've played them in real life. Although the title is getting girls army, person type gacha is extremely rare so don't worry about the harem getting way too big to care. 99% of the time the MC only got item type gacha in which some of them are prank items. <<less
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The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent (WN)
September 11, 2016
Status: c24
A nice relaxing story, though the beginning reminds me of +a no tachiichi where the maiden chosen by her attractive look and the one who deemed not pretty enough being abandoned almost made me feel repulsed (in +a no tachiichi the MC is being abused extremely bad because she's thought to be an extra, with ALL of the characters are assholes even the supposed to be meh love interest, or even her friend from school), fortunately it was a false alarm.

Glad that the MC in this series is a girl... more>> who is having a rather reasonable personality, she can fend herself just fine and she knows full well how to speak her anger/protests when she's being treated badly (again in comparison with +a no tachiichi where the MC just accept the abuses and pretends being fine while the readers can read her inner monologue that she's actually very depressed.)

There are romance in this series, the sweet and innocent type. The interaction between the MC and the love interest is nice to see. As usual of shoujo genre, there are one or two guys so far who fall for her, luckily there's no annoying rivalry plot between the guys. They don't disturb each others attempt to approach the MC or planning some annoying schemes to put the rival at disadvantage like the one's often depicted in childish mellodramatic shoujo stories. They simply treated her nicely and let her choose to approach the one she prefer more. Yeah it lacks conflict, but superficial conflicts sometimes too annoying and grating to read so a rather laid back and down to earth romance depiction like this feels like a breath of fresh air.

So far the characters are nice guys with the exception of the first prince, though you don't need to worry since he only met the MC once in the very beginning of the series. So far he doesn't have any futher impact to the MC's life. <<less
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The World of Otome Games is Tough For Mobs
October 14, 2018
Status: c82
Written by the author of sevens and dragon, it's pretty entertaining. A little bit different from his previous work though, that the MC is strong from the beginning instead of going from weak to strong as his usual style. While entertaining, I have to admit it's not as good as sevens, mainly due to him picking the strong from beginning MC to start the story. The quality of the heroine is also lower than his usual works. There's some politics but it's not quite prevalent here.

Even though it has flaws,... more>> it's still better than usual isekai series. <<less
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I Refuse to be a Supporting Character
October 4, 2018
Status: Completed
Pretty standard romance, not bad but also not that great. The way the MC and male leads falls in love is pretty cliche, ML: she dared to kick me in the nut, awesome! She's my true love and obsession from now on! Hands off her you guys! FL: he's a creepy guy at first, but hey he's rich, handsome, young and he helps me slap people's faces!

The story itself is fine but there's some unnecesary side plots going on which feels it adds nothing to the story (particularly towards the... more>> end of the story, after they resolved the original premise of the novel). The story is strecthed for a bit into some trivial characters plot, in which some of them didn't even appearing in the previous chapters, giving us some weird comeuppance for a supposed villain which never actually done anything so bad yet to the MC in her current reitiration other than mild annoyance. We also got a random plot point appearing and immediately resolved at the last chapters which never even mentioned to the readers before it, so it feels like 'is this necessary?' So instead of using the end to show us the final fate of the actual important characters, we got unimportant side characters and randomly appearing characters got their comeuppance. <<less
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I Somehow Got Strong By Raising Skills Related To Farming
September 22, 2018
Status: c152
The story is betraying the whole premise it set up un the beginning. The title said he become strong because of farming skills, but that's a bull, he only being strong for less than 30 chapters then he becomes a useless guy which always running away from orcs that wanted to rape him. It's a running gag that the author thought it's funny but it's not. He can just punch the orcs and be done with it but he always running away like a sissy, and other characters have to... more>> save him by killing the weak orcs for him. It completely breaks the MC's character.

Other than that, this WN is full of inconcistencies, deus ex machina, forced plot twists one after another, random filler inserts right after introducing an important problem and ended up ignoring it for far too long, introducing something which seemingly important but being scrapped away in the middle of the story (I'm looking at you, "status card", "skill acquisition" and "status"). <<less
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A cute story with slight misunderstanding comedy undertone, despite it's early part seems a little bit heavy it's actually a lighthearted shoujo series. It's not a really serious series, don't expect epic plot without a little bit bump here and there and expecting it as different genre (for example some scenes which meant to be taken as comedic and trivial scene taken in a serious manner). Don't judge way too early and give it a try at least 10 chapters before deciding it's good or not.
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It's a good romance even though the author plays a little bit too safe by adhering to commonly established working plot so people who reads a lot probably can guess the structure of the story easily. The story itself is rather light so it's decent for quick read and entertaining but on the other hand almost every conflict is resolved rather fast. Maybe it's like salad, easy to digest and fresh but for people who's hungry it's a little bit unsatisfying.
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Hon Issatsu de Kototariru Isekai Rurō Monogatari
November 10, 2016
Status: v6
I remember starting reading this because attracted from the cover illustration. This is an isekai series with somewhat ruthless battle maniac MC, actively seeking battles and often provoking for it. His power is "quoting" words from any books he have read before and materialize them into real world, so you get modern weapons such as revolver, machine guns, assault rifle, grenade etc. Besides quoting material items he can also quoting concepts, which rather similar to Konjiki no Wordmasters skill.

The MC is quite different from the usual meek MCs, he's decisive,... more>> ruthless and thrill seeking. Often times he's the one stirring troubles so he can fight. He's a tsundere guy, he acts malicious and having poisonous tongue but in the end he will lend his hand to people who asked for his help. If I remember right his trademark is asking what is the merit of him helping them first, though later he will help with trivial compensations. His skill is OP so he's kind of rarely getting in a real pinch.

Since the MC is battle maniac, most of the story arc is focused on him looking for stronger enemies to fight. He also gained some allies in the process. It's just there's no romance/harem in this series since it's taking most of it's time in fighting/conflicts.

Well, if you can past trough the MC's OP skills in bringing modern weaponry and vehichles into fantasy world it's quite entertaining to read. It's just sometimes it will feel tedious because the MC is constantly diving head first into conflicts so it's rather lacking a breather. <<less
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The MC is changing personality like chameleon, his personality changes whimsically according to what kind of scenes the author wanted to depict at the time the chapter was written. If for one chapter/arc he's depicted as passionately helping people, then expect in a few chapter/arc later when he faced similar situation he will become lazy and uncaring person. It happens a lot of time so you won't get a good grasp of the MC's character since it's all over the place.

The series started as mindless slice of life without any... more>> goal with some actions interspersed, but then in the middle of it the author started to pull random plot twists without any foreshadowing at all. After that it becomes a barrage of random plots which comes out of nowhere that will make you question which direction the author actually wanted to reach.

In conclusion: the author just do whatever he thinks cool at that time without planning ahead, so sometimes random plots just abruptly comes up until the end of the story... The saving grace of this series is that it's pretty short. <<less
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In a Different World with a Smartphone
September 3, 2016
Status: c400
It's one of the rare long running series that still managed to stay somewhat entertaining even to it's 400 chapters, a lot of long running series even though the beginning are interesting they're running out of gas and become boring after hundreds of chapters. Altough with the precaution of that it's not bad but it's also not groundbreaking; it stays in the line of interesting enough to read even though it's not a masterpiece. Maybe because even though the MC is OP and his power keeps increasing, the obstacle is... more>> also increasing in proportion with the MC's growth too. The author is smart enough in rising the scale of the world in the series in keeping it somewhat interesting.

What helps keeping it interesting is it's having a rather clear goal troughout the series, compared to other WNs that lost the sense of goal along the way. For some time the MC needs to collect a series of thing, another time there's a clear set of enemy to defeat. Though it's true that it's somewhat simplistic but it's reassuring that the MC have somekind of purpose to achieve.

From half point from the series there's a minor genre shift into something else, but it's a good thing. For those who are curious about the genre shift:
Spoiler

it's introducing mecha elements in the series to defeat new kind of enemies

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Levelmaker
April 14, 2017
Status: c30
The author made a great blunder by writing almost 30 chapters of complete mechanical RPG grinding without interesting/unique inner monologues. What I meant by complete is literally every single paragraph in those 30 chapters are spent into mundane and repetitive grindings. The MC is completely dry and absent of personality and we can easily replace it with a bot...
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Ototsukai wa Shi to Odoru
February 8, 2017
Status: c127
The world is similar with Hunter x Hunter, modern era but people have supernatural powers and there are monsters roaming around the world. The MC is admiring the "good guys=JSDF (similar with Hunter) " but due to unfortunate events he is falling into the "bad guys=Anonymous (similar with Gen'ei Ryodan) " side, from there on it's downward spiral of madness.

The author is pretty good at building up tension, every arc is literally dancing around deaths. The author is very good at making people feels everything can go wrong, it can... more>> induce anxiety reading the chapters since there's no plot armor in this series.

Even though it may feels episodic in the beginning but actually there's a continuous plot, every arc is connected progressively. The tension and stake at hand also gradually increases as the story progressing toward the end. <<less
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Sword of the Philosopher
November 20, 2016
Status: c88
Wasted potential, the concept of the game itself is decent and probably fun to play but the story in which the MC reincarnated into the game as a mob character is executed in a very bad way. The game is a sandbox/open-world RPG which the player can choose between 5 characters with different storyline in the same world and recruiting allies characters to defeat the demon lord, the concept feels like skyrim with Japanese flavour which is interesting.

Unfortunately it seems the author just write a lot of different branch... more>> of story but all of them are shallow, and the MC is just jumping between these branch stories very randomly without giving them enough time to establish some sort of emotional response to the reader. The author just keep recycling the formula of: [finding characters from the game ---> save them from predicament ---> going into some sort of dungeon once ---> break apart] every. single. arc. The author is extremely mechanical on the story progression that you will feel it's written by an AI instead of human with emotions.

There's also problem with the tension, it's flat. We know the party the MC is in won't be in problem at all, but we are forced to read the farce of making them seemingly a fierce fight. We don't get the struggling feeling but we also don't get any dose of awesomeness, it's a lose-lose for both type of people who want to read tense battle series or those who want OPness.

The characters are written properly in their RPG roles, but not in their personalities. The author is describing a believable character roles in the battle RPG, from their weapon of choices, growth rate from early to after middle of the game, which statuses they excell at, their skills etc. BUT. Their personality are flat! The author just write the same type of bland characters and giving them different names lol. And 5 out of 6 from them are forgetable. Even the suppossed to be heroine don't have single personality other than following every single order from the MC lol, she's not charismatic nor cute nor hot-blooded... She's nothing... Even out from all harem I've read she's probably the most bland of all... <<less
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Don’t Read This Novel
October 8, 2018
Status: --
I was almost put off with the baity title/lame image title and cocky description and thinking that this is an amateurishly web novel trying to gather attention, but I was wrong, this is pretty good. It feels like this was written by a professional, the story is engaging and flowing smoothly. The main character have a quite distinct personality, that you might have irritated with him IRL, but it's quite effective for the story. The horror in this novel is the creepy mysterious type, it's not overwhelmingly scary but it... more>> made you feels that something is not right. There's also some local Malaysian flavour in it, but it's not intrusive to the storyline.

TLDR: don't be tricked by the 1 stars and baity title, it's a well written horror novel. <<less
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Lazy Dungeon Master
October 17, 2016
Status: c199
Beginning is not too good since it's depicting somewhat vulgar nature of bandits which seen by the MC, but if you can go past that it's a good comedy based series. The dungeon maintaining part is fun in a way that it's not taking itself too seriously and rather laid back, MC's strategies is in the "playful troll" category which is fun to see, with multiple side characters adding the hilariousity of the dungeon's surroundings. It makes the world looks lively, I mean there's dangerous monsters etc but they're still... more>> having fun. Up until the latest chapter in raws it's still fun, it keeps the laid back nature. <<less
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Seirei Gensouki ~Konna Sekai de Deaeta Kimi ni~
September 4, 2016
Status: c111
It's an action series that the plot is moving forward with it's romance. Over the course of the series the MC is being bullied and wronged almost all the times, that is until girls somehow flocking over him and becomes his companion. It seems it will become a harem series, but the MC denies any possibility of romance with these girls since he loves only one girl.

The thing is, the MC is as dense as Ichika from Infinite Stratos and he's prone to misunderstanding that could be easily solved... more>> if only he asked like a man (the author is a girl so sometimes it feels the MC acts with female mindset...) The netorare vibes comes from him letting the girl he loves goes with another guy just because he's fidgeting like a girl and the guy who tried to steal the girl acts very sh*tty that you want to punch him but the MC takes no actions.

If you don't like a prolonged romantic misunderstanding that maybe will only solved at the end of the series this will be hard to read as the series goes. The misunderstandings will stay there and the MC won't take actions to deal with it. <<less
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My Engagement was Annulled (lol)
August 3, 2018
Status: c30
As per usual of Shinsori's pick: it's fluffy, childish, and free of any serious coflict slice of live webnovel. On the downside; as usual that everything is cliche, everyone is dumb, the plot is very simple.

If you liked the other stories Shinsori picks, then most likely you won't have any problem reading this one.

It seems even shinshori has dropped this WN due to it's low quality...
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Juu Sai no Saikyou Madoushi
April 17, 2017
Status: c45
This series have similar vibe with Kenshi o Mezash*te in which it's a story focused on over-powered young female protagonist with her female companions doing adventures and slice of life fluffy things. Even though initially it seems dark, most of time it's fluffy story. Sometimes the author dropped hints of greater plot behind it in between of the fluffy chapters, so maybe the plot will proceed a little bit slow.

The MC is a rather gullible and adorable child with poor background that's becoming the centre of attention with her cuteness.... more>> Unfortunately the author haven't use her background for anything important yet other than to make her looks pitiful and incites protective feelings to her. The supporting characters are using the usual Japanese moe archetypes, they're fine but maybe lacking distinctive features.

PS. This only applied for the WN version since the author changed the story dramatically for the LN version, perhaps with more polished plot and story. <<less
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Muyoku no Seijo wa Okane ni Tokimeku
December 31, 2016
Status: c104
I usually loves misunderstanding comedy like "Angel Densetsu, "Tillea's Worries", "I Said Make My Abilities Average!" and many others, but unfortunately I can't like this one. I can't laugh at characters who got their life screwed up by the misunderstandings produced by the main character. Initially it's quite entertaining, but after passing sometime the jokes becomes forced and nearing the end of the series it's completely not funny.
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The beginning chapters of the series feels charming, it was pleasant to see an actual adult as MC in an isekai genre but then suddenly the MC acts like wimsy teenager. It goes from refreshing theme into cliches/tropes. Sometimes even the Japanese readers are questioning the author's intention for the series as the series becomes dumber and dumber as it's going on. At first the joke is quite fun, though it's not the laugh out loud type jokes but a smile inducing jokes, but at the latest of the series... more>> it becomes cringe worthy; I still can't fathom the author's intention in creating terrorism scenes with laughable villains that just suddenly popped up in public without clear purpose, and the ninja jokes... <<less
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