<Infinite Dendrogram>

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July 15, 2043. On that day, a Full Dive VRMMO was released, its unique system called <Embryo> allowing each player to follow an extremely varied—or rather, an “infinitely” varied pattern of evolution. What’s the game name?

<Infinite Dendrogram>

Possessing an element that, until now, had never been achieved by VRMMOs and was considered a technical impossibility, <Infinite Dendrogram> took over the entire world, becoming a major hit in the blink of an eye.

One and a half year had passed since the launch of <Infinite Dendrogram>. A young man named Mukudori Reiji had finished his university entrance exams and began living alone in Tokyo. In order to celebrate the end of that lengthy studying period, after being invited by his older brother long ago, he finally started playing the game.

This is a story where the line between game and reality is blurred.

And also, a tale of reminiscences.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Infinitto dendoroguramu
〈Infinite Dendrogram〉-無盡連鎖-
インフィニット・デンドログラム
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05/10/17 Art of Butchery v1c11
05/02/17 Art of Butchery v1c10
04/25/17 Art of Butchery v1c9
04/20/17 Art of Butchery v1c8
12/11/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c7
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11/20/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c5
11/18/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c4
11/06/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c3
11/06/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c2
11/06/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v1c1
10/28/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v0 epilogue part2
10/28/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v0 epilogue part1
10/28/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v0c6
10/28/16 Hot Cocoa Translations v0c5
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Dragon
Dragon rated it
October 28, 2016
Status: --
After reading the first arc, the prologue, I found it pretty interesting. The story is in a VRMMO world that has lots of possibilities.

Any player in that game gets assigned a specific embryo that they cannot choose, like a helper or soul weapon or something. Interesting to see how this goes, since it means that characters are not really set on generic classes and there can be a lot of deviation.

There are politics between NPCs and players, there is a goth-loli that follows the MC, and there is humor as... more>> well, mainly through the MC's brother so far. I had a pleasant time reading this, especially since the translations were well done, and I anticipate more chapters in the future. <<less
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ultragunner
ultragunner rated it
April 17, 2017
Status: v1c7
I'm still waiting for more translated chapters...

Slight spoilers ahead
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Spoiler

As far as translated chapters shows, the world is pretty fleshed out. In-game politics has clear effect both from NPCs and players. The unique eggs give lots of possible interactions (the kid with a succubus is awesome!) much like how HxH had cool nen powers.

The MC is a typical knight, but may turn to a darker power while still being kind (total assumption from the cover) so he's pretty played out as a character but still interesting. His OP brother (it's not that hard to guess his OP-ness) is going for a kinda cool kinda cuddly style which sorta works by giving his character a starting layout without wasting too much words.

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Anyway the story has great possibilities so I'm giving it a 5 for now <<less
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AndyDarren
AndyDarren rated it
May 4, 2018
Status: v4
As of volume 4, it's gonna be a NO from me.

I bought and read the first 2 volumes of this novel. Read it, liked it, decided to also buy volumes 3 & 4. Big mistake, could have save a whole 14 bucks. Mind you that I live in the Caribbean and 14USD is a lot for an unemployed student such as myself, but I digress.

The story itself is good but it suffers from the problem that there is way too much monologue done by the MC and an excess of... more>> tedious exposition, most of which would be unnecessary if not for the fact that the author puts way more focus on the happenings inside the game and around the environment of the mc's party than on the MC himself. When reading from the mc's perspective, rather than actual game-play, 80% of the read is the MC having discussions with veteran players about the construct of the player society within the game and their lives and interactions with the npc society. Other than that, all we get is the occasional off-screen grinding and the mc's inner monologue where he goes into tedious detail about unimportant topics that are uninteresting and usually completely unrelated to the plot.

What irritates me most about this novel is that rather than the MC working hard to git gud, the author puts a lot more focus on characters who are already veteran players in the game. Most action scenes usually involve a display of skill done by end game player characters that only serve to emphasize how much of a noob the MC is. As of volume 4 the MC still hasn't even reach level 50 of his first job.

The last straw for me though was the fact that halfway through volume 3, the author completely cut away from the main story and spent the remaining half of the volume introducing the life story of the side characters of the mc's party. Worse yet, this continued into volume 4 where the entire first 80% of the volume was focused on the same uninteresting background characters life stories and experiences. From that point I realized that this story was gonna turn into a friendship is magic slice of life and that's just not my cup of tea.

Maybe in the future I might pick this novel back up to see where it goes but for now I'm just not feelin' it. <<less
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lordofthebooty
lordofthebooty rated it
May 21, 2017
Status: c11
7 months and we are only right here? I mean, for such a good novel, multiple translators are losing it with the chapter speed.

This VRMMO has a lot of possibilities due to the random assignment. This isn't like an OMG OP AF M/C like Shura's Wrath. There's a partner system and while a lot of people are very strong, there isn't a godlike player lol.

If we can get a translator that can actually pump out 2-3 chapters a week, I'd change it to a 5 rating, but the horrible translation... more>> speed brings it down to 4. <<less
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Zom the Monk
Zom the Monk rated it
October 28, 2016
Status: --
Pretty solid story so far, we have a vrmmo that has a partner system in which that partner forms based on their experiences and personality. What is nice is that while you have the MC going down the OP route, they have already built that sort of thing happening to others so it does not look like a game breaking MC like Shuras Wrath. The translators/editors did a great job so far, and it is by no means hard to read, with decent grammar. So if you are interested in... more>> this sort of genre it is worth giving it a shot. <<less
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Aqualaguna
Aqualaguna rated it
February 13, 2018
Status: v1c7
The story is so good. The illustration is exceptional especially the color.

Spoiler

MC has OP brother. But when they met the MC brother wear a bear suit and spoiling children around him. When his brother spotted him. Worse there a sign which his brother write 'Welcome little brother'

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Its like 'A Certain Middle-Aged Man’s VRMMO Activity Log' LN, but there is a goal and the character building is good.

I recommend to read it before other MMORPG genre.

Btw there is a manga although the LN has more chapter
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Ysor
Ysor rated it
November 7, 2016
Status: v1c3
(This is my first review so it may be biased or lacked any necessary points) I enjoyed this novel as the concept is quite original and the pacing of the story can be considered around normal or a bit fast which I enjoyed. As previously mentioned in other reviews, the editors/translators have done a great job in translating this work. So far, I have no difficulty in reading their works. I will be looking forward on how the story will be progressing due to how deep the story plot... more>> is and character interactions. <<less
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Tenacle
Tenacle rated it
April 12, 2018
Status: v6
tldr; I like it, I'm reading vol6 right now!! But it feels like the author is controlling the MC rather than writing about the said MC. Inconsistencies with the MCs thinking and overemphasis on his character that would other wise be known already, it just makes it a bit stale. We know what should have been already known. You don't need to put words on the mouth of the MC.

It's a good novel but..

The main characters thoughts are too long. I wouldn't mind if it enforces an idea or fact,... more>> or if it adds depth to the story and helps with empathizing and imagining things but it doesn't. He goes into and explain every detail that readers should have gotten by now. He goes into a full circle and a half before concluding things and it gets frustrating because of this.

Also, because of the overwhelming attention to unneeded detail, it misses up on otherwise important ones. This also makes things inconsistent as the reader would conclude the MCs actions based on this, but will leave disappointment in the end as his actions go about otherwise.

The exaggeration and overemphasis on some detail drowns out the overall impact of the story. It makes me feel like I can't think for myself. I can't use my imagination because trying to conclude with the overemphasized information and detail would give me a different outcome. The MC is supposed to be this and that but fail to be one. What is he really? <<less
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Semi-Immortal Cat Akumu
Semi-Immortal Cat Akumu rated it
February 26, 2018
Status: v4 end
Well I enjoyed this novel a lot. Although it only has 4 volumes thus far I think I enjoy it more than I did Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance on my first read, an that was my first light novel so it has nostalgia bonus. Also for newer readers just search on the Google "Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 pdf" to find the website with all volumes both epub and pdf.

Now review time! On a side note I'm just a casual child so forgive me for a bad review.

Let's see NPCs... more>> are real people too. Players or Masters are abnormals who don't fit in. The main character dies at least once, yay enhanced realism. The main character is op but currently others, The Superiors, are a lot more so than him. Bro bear and cat in afterwords are funny. Also their characters in the story are similarly funny.

~ Akumu, The Semi-Immortal Cat <<less
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nakie08
nakie08 rated it
October 12, 2019
Status: v10c1
Infinite Dendrogram is a novel that presents itself as a VRMMO-RPG novel. And while technically it is, it spends alot less effort exploring it as a "game", and mainly focuses on exploring it as "another world with game mechanics", and it develops the game world as such. Because of that, I feel like you shouldn't expect the familiar MMO experience going in to avoid disappointment.

It is quite unlike the majority of japanese webnovels. The author plans ahead. The author sets-up interesting (though sometimes obvious) solutions beforehand to the seemingly insurmountable... more>> challenges the MC faces. The MC is not overly-powered compared to majority of the characters around him, though he is noticeably very favored by "luck" alot of times due to obvious plotting by the author. He is also presented with rewards left and right (some he gets for no effort at all on his part), which he uses to compensate for his lack of power. So while he is not over-powered, he is not really weak either like the author would want you to believe.

The story revolves around the plausible and believable geopolitical situation within the game world, which in itself has an interesting but a tad generic history behind it. NPCs move and act like actual real-life people. True to the game motto "Infinite Possibilities", there are a ton of interesting characters, all with unique abilities and personalities. This though also lends itself to the "game" seeming very unbalanced.

My only real gripe about this series is the constant jumping around by the author. He likes to go into the background story of alot of things, and he does it in the middle of the story. While I think that is commendable and shows that he has thought alot about this work, it does feel jarring to me as a reader. It messes up the rhythm of the story and the momentum of thrilling moments. Though that may just be from the composition of the official english light novel translations, which is what I read.

All in all though it's a well written work with obvious dedication put into writing it. Honestly, having read alot of the same genre over the years, this may be the best written I've read so far. <<less
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Diddler
Diddler rated it
September 15, 2019
Status: --
Not too shabby for a vrmmo web novel, but overall average as a novel in general. I wouldn't read this unless you like super fluffy novels, or are really starving for a mmo fantasy novel. There's some cool things happening in this novel, but don't expect anything serious from this. Could use a bit more RPGness to it as you hardly ever see stat screens, notifications, or anything game like. The story itself is a bit too predictable, probably due to authors writing talent - or lack of, considering the... more>> author seems to fill his word count with a ton of unnecessary dialogue for whatever reason. It's incredibly easy to tell what happens 4-5 chapters in advance which ruins any suspense. The embryo forms also seem a bit.. Uhh.. Useless? For example MC's second halberd form removes debuffs, yet he can't use the abilities from his first form. I have no clue why the author didn't make his abilities stack. MC is also incredibly dense and never uses his abilities to their fullest extent. He has a piece of armor that lets him spray poison. His halberd heals him from poison damage. Does he heal himself using poison while in halberd form? NOPE.

I'm not a huge fan of the way the author chose to set up plot events using foreshadowing during the prologue, and as the reader it's incredibly annoying to know what happens beforehand because everything in between feels like pointless filler. I'd much rather the MC falls into these events unprecedented which would fit him a lot better as his main character trait seems to center around indomitable will. As it is now, there's a huge lack of pressure during these events and they would be a lot more believable if they were unprecedented and the MC actually had to struggle to get himself out a situation.

The MC himself honestly feels like a bad choice to center the story around. You know there's a huge imbalance in the story when the side characters are far more interesting than the MC. Like Figaro. Figaro is COOL. As for the MC I found myself getting annoyed at his character traits, notably the selflessness. I literally had to skip an entire chapter because he couldn't stand the fact that he felt that he got too much from the boss mob he single handedly killed and was whining that he had couldn't share with his party members that did absolutely nothing during the fight. Just shut up and take the money. Greedy characters are a whole lot better than goody two shoes which do absolutely nothing but make me loathe the MC.

Speaking of which, the whole "friendship is magic" theme a lot of these recent mmo web novels are centered around just plain suck. Honestly I don't give a rats ass about the friends MC tags along with, and would rather have him split off and go solo for awhile to develop his character a bit. As it is, there is WAY too much focus on supporting characters. The supporting characters MC meets somehow end up coincidentally being just as strong as him and defeating people 4x their level. It feels so forced. Supporting characters are usually great, and support the MC, but not in this novel due them being bogged down to the excessive amounts of character dialogue, focus shifts, and development needed. Which in turn causes these characters to become a hindrance and item sinks. During the first unique boss MC solos, his friend sits back the whole round then swoops in and uses charm magic on the bosses familiar to capture what could have potentially been a nice drop for the MC. Dude literally got cucked out of having a phoenix for a pet. Leaves a bad taste.

Now for my biggest gripes and inconsistencies of this novel. This novel has a lot of them. Especially with the supporting characters like rook and his embryo. As a non combat class he just happens to pull all these random abilities out his heiny that make zero sense plot-wise. He can cancel magic spells, cut apart any metal with his clothing, and turn into a dragon at will. Did I mention he's not a combat class? This novel is absolutely literred with plot holes like this. The novel from volume 3 on focuses WAY too much on other superior's abilities, and really fleshing them out. Meanwhile our MC hasn't leveled up for the past 2 volumes and is still a complete noob with a total of 2 skills. According to the author, the "type maiden" embryos are extremely rare, yet half the cast has them. People who have them are usually head and shoulders above others their level. Example being hugo and cocytus when they fought gouz. So why is the MC so weak? Plus the fact that his embryo has awful abilities compared to others. MC is also unfathomably stupid. In volume 2 he defeats the necromancer maise who was one of the evilest and strongest bandits in the entire kingdom. He then proceeds to leave the bosses inventory on the ground for someone to find. Which proceeds to erupt into a huge event. Nobody. Nobody is that stupid.

There's even more generally stupid things MC does, like being hellbent the first 3 volumes of the series focusing on min maxing his account to beat the pk character that killed him in the beginning of the first volume. A character I literally cannot even remember at all. He's also such a white knight that he goes so far as to reject monetary rewards for enemies he beats, because he thinks of it as blood money. Then he complains about never having enough money. Ugh. I get the author wants to write an extremely passionate, naive, justice loving character, but he ends up making them extremely annoying instead. Reading about someone shooting themselves in the foot because the author decided to design the character that way is just downright painful.

It's not a bad novel, but it's not great. If you can deal with an annoying MC and like general fantasy it's worth a read. 3/5 An average, fluffy, feel-good, friendship is magic novel without much substance. <<less
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AriettaPen
AriettaPen rated it
September 4, 2018
Status: v1c7
Quite enjoyable!

The main character is strong, but doesn't have things too easy. I like the bond he is developing with his partner and I wish that there were more translated chapters, but this was a fun premise and it goes into detail explaining the mechanics of the world. It may not be a very realistic game, but hey, it's fun to imagine.
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Not Red Yet
Not Red Yet rated it
November 13, 2019
Status: v3
It's ok for a Japanese novel but it has a lot of tropes people did like about JP novels.

For more detailed reviews I suggest checking out AndyDarren and Diddlers reviews since they name most of the stuff that's bad with this novel.

Volume 3 made me request for my money back since 180 pages in the novel the author ends the story to focus on 100 pages of side stories. Why not make a entire volume about side stories like other novels, wouldn't be bad if the entire 180 focused on... more>> talking before a duel happened that was extremely lackluster.

To me it feels like a high school student wrote this novel with how the novels are clearly done. <<less
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Bootis
Bootis rated it
July 31, 2019
Status: v4
My main flaw with this is the very beginning. The names of the different types of embryos kinda suck, Cheshire is unbearable to read, and the whole "multiple characters is impossible due to recording brain waves" is stupid, mainly because any amount of research will show that your brain waves can change.
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slimeholder
slimeholder rated it
February 6, 2019
Status: v0c4
Great character development, incredibly interesting world that you explore along with MC, noticable character growth, and amazing story.

This is not isekai, this is a novel about a guy who decided to start playing a full dive MMORPG (thing of sao), but ended up realizing that it is as real as the real world.

Everything about this novel is amazing, and if you love fantasy novels with elements of MMORPGs, this game is 100% for you.
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