A Monster Who Levels Up

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This is a story of a man named Kim Sae-Jin, who one day, inexplicably wakes up as a Monster. Follow him and his perilous journey to get his life back as a Human, all the while growing even more versatile as a Monster in the process. This should be… complicated, somewhat.

A Monster Who Levels Up average rating 4.3/5 - 326 user ratings
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apaulose
New apaulose rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: c80
An interesting story with decent characters compared to similar stories. Chapters aren't too long and updates frequently so I would recommend it I suppose. Not a lot of exposition or world building. Main character's Monster forms are reasonable in strength but have totally overpowered crafting abilities. Goblins are potion experts and Orcs are expert blacksmiths (Not sure if dwarves exist...). Humans seem to suck at both of these things.

Another interesting thing is how the monster forms evolve. They don't evolve based on reaching a certain level but rather based on... more>> achieving random conditions that the MC doesn't learn about till he achieves them. It could involve becoming famous, Saving someone, almost dying, eating a certain monster or item, it is totally unpredictable. You can perceive this as a difficult obstacle because there's no obvious way to evolve no matter how hard the MC works, or you can see it as really convenient since the MC seems to luck into most of the conditions pretty easily just by doing whatever he wants.

This is one of the stories where most people are good people, if a little boring, so don't expect people to try and assassinate or enslave the MC just because he mildly offended them. It's not that kind of story and most people generally like the MC.

System tends to reward MC for being a good person. Though that doesn't mean there aren't incentives for just killing people. We don't know because the MC doesn't want to kill innocent people regardless. So far the MC hasn't tried to seriously injure anyone even when they attack him in his monster form. <<less
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Milkywings9
New Milkywings9 rated it
December 10, 2017
Status: c24
Written well and translated well... yet... as much as I want to like this, I read Praise The Orc! too soon. The slaughtering of the creatures and the goblins by the MC here, as well as getting rewards/achievements from the system for doing so is just leading me to feel unbelievably hurt, torn, and resentful towards the MC. ... more>>
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and I can't help but consider possible treachery of the system. Giving rewards to make him think he's doing what's right, when really the goblins have thoughts too and those skills etc. were actually gained by killing innocent lives : (just because the system likes it.

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In the end, I can't continue this series. <<less
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TheJudge
TheJudge rated it
September 4, 2017
Status: c55
Update after Chapter 55: My 2 star still stands, nothing much has really changed, MC becomes more overpowered, MC is still too dense and stupid most of the time to figure out what's really going on, that's why he has his employees do most the thinking. MC still slowly gathering his harem, but is too stupid to realize they like him. MC is still far too kind and helpful to humans that many do take advantage of him, despite him having his "all seeing eye" that separates the good and... more>> bad people, however despite this, he still gets scammed by the government and various other people. For example,

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A government worker goes to him and beg for free handouts, telling him it's for the sake of Mother Korea and for diplomacy, in the end, MC falls into their scam and gave them a paper that allows you to to have the orc craft any weapon of their choosing. However, we later find out that they actually used that paper in a attempt to lure his werewolf form out if he helped them do something. In another case, he creates the athany dolls that gives a boost in recovery/training to the top knights guilds for free. There are times where MC uses his brain but for the most part MC is still a idiot.

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Just your usual failure/poor loser that is shunned by everyone in society becoming overpowered. Lots of cliches here, like the usual MC saves damsel in distress, they fall in love, rinse and repeat.

MC grew up shunned by all those around him, his parents threw him out to live at a orphanage where he is mistreated and taken advantage off. He leaves, and starts working during middle school, saves up some money and rents his own little place to live in. One day, he receives some notification that he's obtained this skill that allows him to turn into different monsters. Hunters and Knights (much stronger than hunters) love to hunt for the sport and for money, they kill monsters without batting an eye, yet all the MC does is save humans that are in trouble in his beast form? Explain to me how that makes any sense, especially with how he was treated growing up. Now, don't get me wrong here, I'm all for MC saving people ect (cliche) by which how he's treated in the past, I just find it hard to believe.

MC up to this point has already saved multiple humans, he has no ambition what so ever and his only goal is to basically "survive" or sustain himself. To prove my point, the MC left a sample of a potion that is very rare and expensive to craft to a store to test and sell, before coming in there this guy did not even do any research on what kind of potions there are, and how much they cost. He just walked in, told them he has a potion to sell, told the clerk the effects and walked out like an idiot. For someone that has been poor all his life and had no one to care for, I find it laughable how kind he is to humans. If you're into self fulfillment, you may like this, if you actually care about the details off how the MC became who he is and does what he does, then skip it. Humans in this novel will constantly try to take advantage of how dense the MC is.

Decent read if you can bypass how unambitious, bland, and stupid the MC is. <<less
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CreamPuffDelights
CreamPuffDelights rated it
October 27, 2017
Status: c38
the writing is acceptable, as a time filler it works fine, but at chapter 38 my expectations of it being anything more than a minor time filler is less than 10%.

To begin with, there's the usual Korean fame avoidance trope that's nearly as iconic as the Japanese beta dense MC trope so no surprises there. The difference is how far this particular author is taking it, as of chapter 38, our dear MC already has 6 different personas, each of them famous and great in their own fields.

Next, the famous... more>> and great part. God like alchemy, god pike blacksmthing etc. Obviously. No effort either, pure luck and a cheat skill. From complete and utter noob to grandmaster level (by this story's human standards because somehow they're all pretty retarded) in less than a day,

God level beauties dropping like flies every other chapter, 90% of which of course are in distress in one way or another, which he alleviates by being god like out of nowhere, and they take special attention of him because why not.

You know the drill. Basically your everyday teenage wish fulfillment wankfest, only this particular teenager couldn't decide whether he wanted to be a wolf, a goblin or an orc, so he threw them all in the mixer together with a few gallons of pure plot armor.

I wouldn't even rate this story 2 strs to be honest, but like I said, I came here without any expectations of this novel being anything better than a time filler. <<less
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Ascension
Ascension rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: c46
I'm currently up to date with what has been translated, which is ch 24. But I gotta say I really enjoy it. The first chapter was iffy at best, it was oddly made the first 2-3 chapters.. but now ever since the last 3-4 chapters it's been picking up, and it's actually quite good.

So basically you have this guy that randomly gets a "trait", something that happens to specific people in the world. Unfortunately for him, his "trait" from the first impression kinda sucks. He can transform from human being... more>> into a orc, wolf or goblin at will. But the thing is, at lvl 1 or 0 when he gets the trait, he is transformed directly into one of the 3 monsters, and he can turn into a human for 60 minutes per day only.

Anyway, he moves into a monster-filled area... and he starts hunting other monsters, to sell their remains to the humans in order to get some money, while doing this he realizes he can level up the 3 classes as well as evolve the classes... into orc warrior, direwolf and elite goblin... and even further classes by doing specific conditions unfortunately he is not informed what these conditions are. He starts using these classes to level up, beat monsters, make alchemy and so on. (Goblin = alchemist/healing potions). I believe there's a good future for this novel.

If you're looking for reading something interesting, you should try it, I suggest reading the first 10 chapters, and then decide whether you like this novel or not. The beginning seems to start slow, and it looks kind of uninteresting, but it improves.

Edit: Currently at ch 46. The story has continued to be interesting, it's been going the same as the previous 24 chapters. So I'm definitely recommending this. Totally worth it. <<less
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OneChompMan
OneChompMan rated it
October 7, 2017
Status: c1
Too many f**king cliches and convenient happenings

story starts out good. The fact that he turns into beasts is what got my attention. But then throughout the story convenient things coupled with cliched interactions just keep happening.

oh I got this skill just now, what do you know on my way home the skill became very important and without it I would have likely died

... more>> oh I met this monster that there's no way I can defeat, wow I got a skill just now that would make me defeat him

oh, this person is about to die, what do you know, I just got a skill that would heal this person like 5 minutes ago. Convenient things just keeps happening.

and for some reason the MC seems to think he somehow got the short end of the stick, you as the reader would realise that not to be true by the fifth chapter but the author would still try to push it. Dude has so many skills he would put experienced hunters to shame

the author also needs to get out of his South Korean bubble, Jesus. Everyone is named kim, south korea is the only country that has this, or does that, or helps whoever. South korea is the only heaven, in fact the only place in the entire world. <<less
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Kefi
Kefi rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: c37
All in all, it's an enjoyable read.

To be more specific, this story is character-driven, and I quite like the MC and his romantic prospect. He doesn't get OP too quickly, he's quite reasonable and he doesn't seem to transform into a selfish psychopath as he gets stronger, which is quite rare...

On the other hand, I can only give 3 stars because the story is full of plot-holes and the world building is non-existant as long as it doesn't directly affect our MC.

So we start in a technologically developped world in... more>> conflict with monsters, some of which are intelligent, our MC gets an unusual power which starts by getting him in trouble (a good start imo), but nothing is explained: we don't know how our MC powers develop, we don't know how normal people's powers usually develop, we don't know why people use swords instead of sending drones fire mana-infused bullets to the hunting grounds, etc...

The world building sucks: it's only each time the MC develops a new power that the world is revealed to have a dire need of said power, all the while allowing the new genius in town to remain anonymous in every case, which just doesn't makes sense.

Anyways, it's silly if you think about it, but still enjoyable imo.

Edit: downgraded to 2 stars at chapter 37 due to bad writing, more specifically, the constant apparitions of "sound effects lines" which have their place in a manga but just break the reader's immersion in the story in a novel. Same problem with the frequent notes that the author and the traductor leave in the middle of the story instead of collecting them at the end.

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I also don't get:

-vampires have a human rights group that defend them, but werewolves which are by definition half humans are somehow just monsters to be hunted... that's BS

-goblins which are usually just a mob monster are here described as genius alchemists... fair enough, then why not develop trade relationships with them instead of raiding their villages to get a handful of potions once in a blue moon? that's BS

-same argument for the orcs and blacksmiths

-technology is good enough to have contact lenses that serve as cameras, but there's no satellite to track monsters, no tests to discover vampires or other monsters that can disguize themselves as humans...

It could be a good story instead of an OK one, if the world was developped, coherent, and if the MC sometimes wondered if he was still human... just my opinion, of course.

edit (c37) : Now, the MC is loosing his mind, becoming an enraged monster... and he doesn't f**king care... This is fast approaching the point where this story will be more irritating than entertaining imo.

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Yanyan
Hibiki rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c3
So unlike the usual novel where MC will only become a monster after reincarnating, MC here became a monster after awakening his abilities, and now he's doing his best to become stronger and go back into being a human again.

Story wise I could say that it has some similarities to other KR novels, but it's more to the POV of a monster MC let's see and wait for the cause and effect he will do in the world or something similar.

And since it's still in the beginning I can't really... more>> say something more concrete 'bout this one but the novel's direction is quite promising. I just hope that 'twill continue this way. <<less
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RikkSilirion
RikkSilirion rated it
October 24, 2017
Status: c36
It's just a fun read, don't take it too seriously. Around chapter 26 an interesting plot element opens up, which really makes the story have more meat to it, but we'll see as we go along. It's an easy read, the main character isn't frustrating and does relatively believable things.
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yellingbrian2
yellingbrian2 rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c6
Pretty good premises so far,

The MC can turn into a human for only an hour a day and spends the rest of it in wolf form

He has the goal of extending his human form time to 24 hours a day. He's also not supper OP, needs to grind.

... more>> I like the fact that the MC isn't a murder machine, he spends (not a lot) time crying and sobbing through out the nights (Like I would do, in his crappy situation)

So far this novel is a 8/10

===EDIT (now at chapter 6) ===

Wow became generic fast...

The most beautiful women in the world just teleported to his door step and fell in love with him, despite being an ugly MONSTER

His LOW LEVEL goblin transformation can apparently craft million dollar potion like pancakes

Just a generic op MC, with no real danger or challenges. Just reward reward reward........

6/10. <<less
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qwertyasdf2222
qwertyasdf2222 rated it
November 15, 2017
Status: c59
This novel has been an enjoyable read so far. The MC definitely is going along with the Gary Stu tropes that this site offers with main characters (in general). However, even up to chapter 54, he is not totally overpowered. He does have seemingly overpowered utility skills, but they mostly provide indirect support to combat, and require time to experiment with. So far, he has only defeated mid-tier knights in his monster form. We still do not know how his human form would fair against them without the added monster... more>> stat boosts. The focus of the novel is in South Korea alone, so far that I can recall. Therefore, we cannot just think of his skills as overpowered in truth yet. It may be well above the community he is currently in (South Korea) but it may not match up to some of the things foreign nations may provide. Furthermore, at least in potion-making, others have achieved his level of skill in the past so he can still be considered in-line with being in the bounds of reality of the novel.

Unlike some of the reviews who do not like how ignorant the MC has been, I do appreciate that the author has not pulled the MC out of character just to make him smarter. If you had as low of an education as him, and have been merely working to survive to the next day, I doubt you would have the capital, energy, or thought process to go out of your way to research before selling a self-made potion of unknown value. Especially if you were new to this hunting thing and had no contact with any of the potions that are offered. In addition, the main character has only been looking to survive day to day for a very long time, so I doubt he has the ambition for more when his scope of future is always tomorrow and nothing beyond that. In this sense, this novel gives a lot more realism than most of the other novels here that skew the main character's intelligence in certain situations.

In truth, there are no females dropping like flies to the main character yet. They are hinting at the notion of budding interests, but the female leads do go through the motion of liking certain traits of the character, followed by getting to know the main character deeper. Normal stuff that normal people go through in dating/courting/friendships/etc. I am also quite happy to find the contrast in how romance is handled compared to most other novels in this site (i.e. Typical Chinese dominant men with mindless women falling for them / extremely beta Japanese trope main characters).

This novel does have its cliche happenings, but the lucky coincidences are not as exaggerated as that of most Chinese or Japanese novels in this site. If you think deeply enough, it is not surprising to find some random mid tier orc that wandered into a low tier zone because this world is not bound by game rules or the sort. People hunt with their lives at stake and there are always people in danger so it should not be too difficult to find people to save. If you recently get a skill to save someone, and with the main character's subconscious desire to help people, I am sure you would extend a helping hand with the recently acquired skill. The convenient coincidence is just that the person that requires saving is a possible female lead.

Technology is a little weird in this novel, with the conveniences of modern living but at the same time their way of life also seems to be pushed back to medieval-esque times. My guess is that they took the bare-bone necessities of convenient life and fit it into harsh living to adapt to all of these monster outbreaks and what not. Limited resources as a result of monster outbreaks means that creations cannot be too large, so some crazy resource-consuming piece of technology like a monster-tracking satellite would probably not be created. Vampires having protection is understandable if you consider that they can blend in with society and have access to hypnotic abilities. Werewolves seem to be mentally unstable from the consequences revealed so far as of chapter 54 (first review) with the MC losing control of himself. Furthermore, werewolves drop mana stones, while vampires have not been revealed to drop any so far. Therefore, they're on the same level as elves: a different kind of people. The main character has been trying to find solutions for the growing insanity behind his wolf form as of chapter 54. It's an ongoing process, so even if he did not care about it before, now that it is becoming more serious, he is dealing with it. At least he has proper priorities at the right times (like I said earlier, it's in character plus some hints that the main character is not totally Gary Stu). As for goblins being treated like monsters, they have been aggressive and have been treated as a resource, so it's understandable not to have trade. It is also the same argument for orcs.

Including sound effects in a novel is a consequence of "hip" writing of a different culture. Unfortunately, there is no actual way of localizing it without damaging the effect it brings, so while it can be irritating at times, it's forgivable. After all, most Asian languages do include sound effects for dramatic effect in their lighter literature. If you cannot stand such writing, I would suggest getting the hell out of here and finding a nice western web novel to read instead. Also, if you want something more out of the novel writing aimed at young adults, then you might as well search elsewhere. This story is along the line of standard fanfare for this site but presented in a different window. The character-centered writing with less external detail in the environment so that you get to focus on the character itself is something you either love or hate.

There are flaws in this novel, no doubt, but most of these are subjective. It is a little saddening to see reviews that jump straight to conclusions due to the privileged lives we live right now when these novel "flaws" should be looked at objectively and thought from more than just personal perspective. Sure, a little bit of your preference should show, but rating it lowly purely because of your taste or based on a professional standard is frustrating to see and says a lot about yourself if your reviews have been 2 or 3 stars all along while skulking around in this site for a long time.

This novel does not deserve below 3 stars and I am sure that those that rate it 1 or 2 (and those who liked these reviews) have definitely given 4 or 5 stars to other novels that do not really deserve them due to selective ignorance.

Edit: A few content changes in the review. <<less
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Cheesetakery
Cheesetakery rated it
October 20, 2017
Status: c32
A fast paced video game like story with powers reminiscent of Reincarnator. Personally I like that the MC has a limited number of transformations because I find stories with tons of skills (like ICDS) confusing and difficult to read. The MC has encountered quite a few "beautiful women" at this point in time, and judging from the Harem tag they will all eventually come to like him. He himself seems to be a generic Dense MC, and I hope that the harem will not ruin the story for me. However,... more>> at chapter 32 there is still no real romantic relationship between any of the female MCs.

The twist of the story, the human -> monster is common but the MC's ability to continue interacting with society due to the increasing amount of time he can spend in his human form is something new. The MC has a definite goal in mind that is not saving the world, he is growing stronger at a reasonable pace, and he is building relationships with others (mostly girls). Pretty nice story. <<less
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oblueknighto
oblueknighto rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c21
A really interesting novel with an intelligent main character who gains an extremely unique ability. The story revolves around his changing powers and his struggles to not get caught as a monster.

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He can only stay human for an hour each day but it slowly increases as he levels up.

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Jamacario
Jamacario rated it
September 22, 2017
Status: c19
CH.13

Great so far. Hoping that this gets more chapters to look forward too ! :D I really like how he has the ability to change to 3 different monsters. I also enjoy how he is not insanely strong like a cheat but seems like he's getting really strong in a steady pace. There are time leaps which also shows that it takes him time to improve not like he is Over powered after hunting in the forest in JUST a couple of days but it takes him time. Good story... more>> so far and i'll keep reading it something NEW compared to other reincarnated series or New CHEAT abilites stories.

CH.19

Just updating Still story going great I WANT MORE!!! Loving the action scenes too <3 Hopefully they can speed up the chapter Updates.I like how he's leveling up himself and the story shows that he doesn't know everything that going on with him which makes it more realistic. <<less
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ReCarn
ReCarn rated it
December 7, 2017
Status: c74
Purely amazing. I am very hooked from the beginning. One thing I hated about novels were that later on the world they were in begins to increase in a massive pace not allowing the readers to catch up at all. This novel really takes the time to create character into the different people. Although the Korean names of the characters might be confusing because of the fact that the name Kim is very dominant in Korean society, the characters in the novel have something special to them and background information... more>> to explain what they are thinking.

I think I have been checking everyday just for an update and it is exhilarating to find that the updates were so quick. I am madly in love with this series and hope other people see it like I do. <<less
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Horoscope
Horoscope rated it
October 15, 2017
Status: c29
Really like this novel for taking things that most writers screw up and using them really well. Most 'status' based cultivation stories get dry around the middle, where the initial hindrance of their abilities fades away and their abilities become eye-rolling-ly generic and omnipotent. However, despite overcoming many trials, (and I mean MANY) he's STILL not totally in the clear. I really like the fact that he is in debt right now despite having several crafting abilities to make millions of dollars. The things he needs to get are... more>> still far out of his range.

In short, the story hasn't gotten boring yet without letting slip a feeling of 'the story is dragging out'. The lore and world building is also interesting and compelling

The plot structure is dynamic and things are moving very smoothly. That is, for now.

Some details that are handled well by this author (these things are normally huge flaws) some minor spoilers ahead (read if you want to know what your getting into) :

-MC is handsome because of his ability. This usually makes me cringe, because leveling up and getting stronger, in most stories for some reason ALWAYS makes the MC looks more handsome/beautiful, which both makes no sense and is a plot flaw for most stories. Thankfully the author included some details beforehand that makes his appearance progression actually believable (though, it is still kind of fishy). It is also very fortunate that this isn't a harem story, and that there are real reasons that the MC can't hook up with anyone. It would have taken even more out of the story otherwise.

-MC makes a crap ton of money off of adventuring. This one is just BARELY balanced out by the fact that most of the things that are considered necessities for his very life are super expensive and tricky to get. It can easily get out of hand if not managed carefully, but hasn't. Yet.

-MC get's praised a lot. The things he constructs with his skills are infinitely better than anything that normal people can make, simply because he has access to his system. This one is also just barely balanced out by the fact that the knowledge he has (this is an theory from the given foreshadowing) is something that was normally known, but was lost to mankind through circumstance, tragedy and conspiracy.

-The 'MC likes the praise, but also hides his talents' trope. The fact that he has a normal, very human reaction to the praise he gets for his actions is still within the realms of convincing character development by the fact that he can't become famous without shooting himself in the foot. In short, his feelings and actions are justified by having an acceptable reason for hiding his talent.

These elements have the story JUST hovering over the line between good storyline and generic/boring/bad storyline. It's close.

5 right now, but might be lower later depending on how the author juggles these very tricky-to-handle elements.

Best of luck to the author!!!

PS. The translation is also an issue. The translation itself is top tier, but the translator is very... self-conscious? They keep leaving little blurbs about how badly written or tricky to read a line was, asking if it was translated right. A bit unprofessional, but I can't complain since this translator has probably increased the value of this story as a whole, judging by the things they have to go through. <<less
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Rosver
Rosver rated it
November 20, 2017
Status: c60
It's alright. It is actually very entertaining to read, but I can't really give it a high score because it is a really faulty story.

The main reasons why I liked reading this story is because of the fantasy elements, especially the monsters and MC's ability.

The monsters is where the "Action" from the genre comes from, though the monsters are easily defeated and doesn't really act as the antagonists or the villains of this story. They more like randomly appear for the MC to beat. The "Action" part of the genre... more>> doesn't fit in.

The MC's ability though is solidly entertaining. It is quite fun to read about the MC being a monster and dealing with the issues that comes with it, also the abilities. I especially like how he takes multiple personas.

However, that is where the major draw of the story ends. Everything else about it is meh. The biggest flaw I see is the romance/harem.

The harem is really meh. The girls are actually quite interesting in their own way, but as with harems, they become stupid and bland around the MC. They lose their identity and their personality. They become generic harem girls. So, before harem, the girls are interesting, after harem, they are really dull.

The romance is also meh. See, a girls seems to be falling for each of the MC's persona. The usual harem is about multiple girls falling for the same guy and they are rivals of each other. Here, that rivalry doesn't really exist. They fall for what they thought was a different person, and the girls doesn't interact with each other. Actually, this is one thing I don't really like with harems. The authors write harems but doesn't deal with the many issues and problems faced with these kind of relationship. A monogamous relationship is already difficult, a harem even more so. But, no! The authors are lazy and sugarcoat everything making the relationships and developments really bland, predictable and stale. These romances just becomes tacked on and pointless, added there just for some guys to jerk on.

And the story focuses more and more on this romance and harem building... Oh come on. So predictable and dull.

The setting is another element that isn't handled well. The main drive of a fantasy story is the fantasy elements. The magic, magical creatures, the magic places, the culture around magic, etc.. If there are elves, or dragons, or monsters, or magical abilities... make the most of it! Instead, here, the magical elements just becomes an afterthought, something that just added in in the hope of making the story interesting. In a way, it does make the story interesting, especially for those who loves fantasy, or when the fantasy elements does take precedence like with the MC's abilities. But, unlike those fantasy stories like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, or even those Xianxia novels, the fantastical nature of the setting is pretty much irrelevant to the story. It is not what the story is about. It is not even the major part of the story. It always takes a back seat for other things... like the Harem.

The story here is also really generic. It is your typical trash guy who received OP abilities and rises up in the society. You could easily predict everything, especially because the author doesn't give any creative take on the basic formula.

There is also the absence of villains. Maybe the villains would appear somewhere further into the story, but, so far, there is a lack of any form of antagonist. That is something I find really odd. Look... The genre tags says Action Adventure... but there is no enemy? There are monsters, but, the MC just easily crush them. They doesn't really qualify as enemies, antagonists or villains. At the most, they are plot devices, mostly for the MC to level up. Without any identifiable villain, or even a conflict, the story just meanders around, going nowhere.

You read genre tags and most of it doesn't apply. This is not Action. This is not Adventure. Heck, there isn't even any Drama. The Fantasy is just a token. Well, there is the boring Harem. This is really a Slice-of-Life.

Really, the only thing that is interesting in this story, at least for me, is the MC's abilities and how he copes with its issues. It is fun to read as the MC takes on other forms and do something with them. This is the only fantasy aspect that is truly utilized in the story. Sadly, this aspect of the story is getting more scarce as the story focuses more on other things.

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You read the genre and you would expect an action packed fantasy adventure with lot of emotional moments... No. It is not. The story is actually a very generic fantasy slice-of-life story with a very bland harem plot-line. The saving grace that keeps it from being bad is the moments when it does focus on the fantasy elements. Those moments are worth reading. However, those are getting less and less frequent as the story focuses less on the fantasy elements and more on the dull and generic slice-of-life and harem elements. <<less
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Macrendil Ysmir
Macrendil Ysmir rated it
November 4, 2017
Status: c24
Enjoyable read with good, quick pacing. The greatest "weakness" gets solved pretty quickly, but I guess something else will come in it's place? As for harem & romance, I for one love GOOD harems, but the Romantic Subplot tag makes me wonder how it'll work out. We've met a number of harem candidates and I do hope we see more romantic developments. Also, the evolutions make sense in a way where some other novels don't. Brown wolf -> grey -> black -> werewolf rather than goblin->hobgoblin->orc->etc.
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Soneka
Soneka rated it
October 15, 2017
Status: c24
After reading two dozens of chapters I thought this novel might really suck if it dragged for too long, but since it's only 175 chapters then it might be an okay read.

The idea that the MC is able to change into 3 different races+human but can't remain as human for long was interesting to me, I thought a lot could be done with that, but after some chapters I got disappointed, this novel ended up being about Gary Stu (male version of Mary Sue)...

He is regarded as a genius in... more>> both crafting fields available, he is strong, handsome and even smells great without doing anything.

So far, the characters that are given a bit of time under the spotlight are all women and all three of them have some interest on the MC. So far I don't have any attachment to any of them, they don't have much depth, and the interactions with the MC are so-so.

The MC himself doesn't have much depth, he has a background, a problematic childhood, but I can't relate to him and his suffering isn't touching or anything.

Besides all that I think one of this story's problems is the lack of tension, there isn't really a moment that makes you sit on the edge of your chair, everything goes on smoothly.

I know I'm practically in the beginning of the novel but I'm pretty sure that I won't be much impressed with the rest of it.

I don't think it will be a terrible read, for those that likes game elements and OP MCs that are always making other characters go "Ohh!" with their "awesomeness" this story is fine. But for those looking for something with more substance, a good plot, character development and etc, this novel might be a no-no. <<less
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ChocoG
ChocoG rated it
October 11, 2017
Status: --
Everyone in this world has a "trait" you can think of it as a unique skill, it hasn't been elaborated on too much so you can think of them as fingerprints, no 2 are alike. Traits are only unlocked randomly for some people only and the MC unlocks his which turns him into 3 monsters which he can switch to and from pretty freely, except, he can only stay as a human for a limited amount of time. This is a fun read and I recommend giving it a try... more>> if you like the fantasy RPG genre and Korean names. <<less
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MadMann135
MadMann135 rated it
September 4, 2017
Status: c4
This reminds me of the video game altered beast and that got me reading the first chapter.

I will say for my taste the story starts nicely, the first 4 chapters are interesting and are world building. The setting I find interesting, the MC gained a trait, lost his humanity and is working to get back his humanity or a reasonable facsimile of it.

There are some Plot related progress that sometimes takes away from the story but that is to be expected in a "weak to strong" story.

Though it is interesting... more>> I doubt the story will remain interesting. This is just the first 4 (introductory) chapters. <<less
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Lt.butterfly
Lt.butterfly rated it
December 4, 2017
Status: c73
Honestly I have liked this series but there are a few issues. One is that currently he is way to caught up if retaining his “humanity “ that he doesn’t realize that no matter what changes he goes through as long has he still does what he believes in he won’t lose it. Two it has the typical Korea is the focal point for everything in the world and the strongest of everything is in Korea. Three the protagonist is a complete idiot he refuses to come clean about his... more>> trait to people that wouldn’t betray him just because his trait allows him to turn into monsters. Four so far with this losing humanity thing the only thing that has happened is emotions that already existed being amplified. Finally it said that the lycanthrope is both human and monster so if this path led to that wouldn’t all of them, I personally don’t thing the affect is as life changing as he makes it out to be. <<less
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