21st Century Archmage


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While on a school field trip in the Czech Republic, Kang Hyuk happens to stumble into a shop called “Archmage.”

To his disbelief, the shop is actually owned by an archmage… from another world! Forced to become the Archmage’s disciple, Kang Hyuk is punted into the Kallian Continent, where might and magic overwhelm and wyverns fly high in the sky…

In this world, people are either sword-wielding knights, magic-wielding mages, or spirit-wielding summoners.

There hasn’t been anyone yet who can do all three… until now.

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keklel rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: v1c8
I don't know what the author has against Chinese people (he calls them "chinks" and rambles on about how all Chinese products are sh*t every other paragraph) but it is really tiresome to have to listen to the same diatribe every single chapter. The plot and characters are really cliched. First you have this mage teleported from another dimension who is described as Gandalf, teaches this kid magic against his will, gives him a bunch of monies and then teleports the kid back to his own world to carry out... more>> revenge for him. And the reason Gandalf doesn't want to go back is because - get this - he's old. That's right, a 8th circle mage who has lived for over 200 years doesn't want to avenge himself because he's old. You'd think an archmage would have some way of dealing with aging? Nope. He's super powerful and wiped out the European mafia by himself and teleported himself from another dimension but he can't deal with aging. Whatever. The MC is the most stereotypical shounen protag. He's like the jock you always hated in school. His girlfriend is the most bland character in all of existence. The novel has only one description for her - pretty. Yep, she's pretty and that's all we know about her even though she's one of the main characters and appeared in over 7 chapters. It's another one of those single-trait one dimensional cardboard cutouts that plague all shitty 3rd rate webnovels. In one scene the MC and her go to some jazz performance and one of the jazz players get into a car accident and the MC went to take over that person's role. Like WTF this is just a high schooler's fantasy basically. Well the MC is just a high schooler but still, who wants to read that? Despite them going on multiple dates we haven't learned anything of substance about Yerin (nor the MC for that matter) other than that she likes jazz. The reason given for why the MC's girlfriend like the MC is that the MC saved her from being r*ped that one time. F*cking really? That's the lamest most cliched excuse for a romance plot there is. MC saves a girl from being r*ped, she falls in love with him. That's what I call lazy writing. Rest of the story is equally badly written. <<less
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leippy rated it
April 23, 2021
Status: v5c42
Hello, I'm the current translator for this novel. Now that we're well into the third volume with released chapters, I wanted to write a review for this novel.

Setting: It's a fantasy novel set in a western world with some cheat elements. MC gets his magic knowledge and special ability to use all three sources of mana (enabling him to be a knight, summoner, and mage) but he's not super OP because he still has to work his way from the 1st Circle up. The circle system restricts what he can... more>> do, and he still has to work hard to be able to apply his magic knowledge.

Plot: You have to remember this is a novel with 18 volumes. It's going to be a long ride. A basic summary of arcs so far, light spoilers:

    • Volume 1: Meeting the 8th Circle Archmage and becoming his disciple
    • Volume 2: Going to Kallian and getting accustomed to the new world
    • Volume 3: Wyvern school arc
    • Volume 4: Wyvern training arc
    • Volume 5: Deployment
Character: I'll only talk about the MC. He's a shameless, arrogant type of protag who will suffer no grievances, but as long as you don't mess with him, he'll treat you well. He's a product of his strict upbringing, I'll say that. I definitely don't personally agree with a lot of his actions, and he definitely does s*upid things sometimes, but he's not a bad guy. I enjoy the fact that he has dreams and works towards them. There's some character development but I doubt his character will change much.

Regarding the racism prominent in volume 1: I apologize, I translated it faithfully but I agree that the anti-China sentiment is strong and uncalled for. Asians are racist to other Asians...

SO, while this novel isn't perfect and the characters aren't perfect either, I ask that you don't judge it based on one volume. It gets better, and I'm personally having a lot of fun translating it! It's got a lot of world-building and the world will get even bigger as our MC expands his knowledge and grows. Give it a try if you're hankering for a fantasy novel and you're tired of RPG game elements. <<less
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First impressions: For the most part this series seems enjoyable, but I feel like my brain is rotting every time a woman is mentioned to the point where I almost dropped it in the first chapter. Like, I feel disgusting just reading the descriptions. Not sure how long I'll keep reading this.

Edit: Yep, nope, this just gets progressively worse. I'm not sure what era this guy thinks he's living in, because aside from drooling at any woman he can clap eyes on, he literally tells his girlfriend of one date... more>> to eat more so that she'll be healthy enough to "pump out babies", which she just laughs at like it isn't gross at all, and the one woman who isn't deemed fit (in fact she's offensively ugly; yes, truly, she shows mercy to the world by wearing makeup) he considers old at 35, and consistently refers to her as "old spinster" when she's not even middle aged. Like, the author even references the beauty of Jeon Ji Hyeon - how old do you think she is? Older than that teacher, and with kids to boot (I'm not saying she isn't pretty, I just mean how the hell is his teacher old, are you saying Jeon Ji Hyeon is old?). Heck, according to Roald Dahl, most people don't even learn to adult until they're 30, and who doubts Roald Dahl?

And as if he wasn't bad enough by himself, the author tries to make him look less creepy by making his "reknowned" master even worse - at which point I have to add, the author suggests to us that this master is a serial rapist. MC's opinion on that? "Meh, not really the manly way to do things. Tempting, but I'll give it a pass. More importantly I'll never forgive that guy for sending me here!"

... What. The. f*ck.

So yeah; I'm not reading any more of this. And aside from this shit, the story was actually kind of fun; a bit dumb, and the protagonist has an ore-sama issue where he looks down on everyone and gets a real kick out of throwing around the various powers he lucked into... but overall not bad. Just, with the exception of that glaring problem where the world would probably be better off if dear protag-shou just never gained any power of any kind. Seriously, if he was even a team manager in some random company, irl, he'd be the guy that leads to all the female staff quitting their jobs. <<less
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aguy rated it
October 4, 2016
Status: v2c13
An enjoyable Korean story about a youth having a fortuitous encounter and training in magic. While somewhat of a cliche concept, the execution is great. I was laughing out loud (thank goodness I live alone!), and binged the whole story so far. I just wish the translators were faster!
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Bananana rated it
April 20, 2016
Status: --
not much translated at the moment, but what i've read so far is good.
this is the one novel where I might actually have to get off my lazy ass for, and learn a language for if it doesn't get translated soon :P

the comedy moments in it just has me smiling and at other times full out laughing. Which is a big fat + in my book
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Trolltractor rated it
July 14, 2021
Status: --
Given how great the reviews are, I gave this story a go. My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined.

The author assumes the reader has knowledge. Knowledge of Korean culture and names. I don't and as such struggled immensely with the flow.

Characters are pasted onto the story with the dexterity of a child. They pop into existence without context or introduction, and are subsequently used with the assumed knowledge of the non existent backstory.

There is very little in the way of descriptions regarding advancing the plot. The story is... more>> written as a train of thought with a significant focus on the MC, his thoughts and speech which results in a "He said, I said, I thought and suddenly the plot has moved forward into a different place" type of story.

These things are the makings of a poor story which I consider not worth your time to read even just for the main ideas the author was so poorly trying to convey. <<less
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