Academy’s Undercover Professor


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I wasn’t reborn with talent or ability, but at least my knowledge from earth allowed me to stay one step ahead in this other world.

Magic exists here, and new progress was rapidly being made in science while magic stagnated in the name of tradition. Using my earthly knowledge and not bound by the traditional thinking, I was able to do things other wizards couldn’t even imagine.

Still, inadvertently becoming an undercover professor for a mysterious secret society at the renowned Sören academy was never in my to-do list!

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Fake Job at the Academy
아카데미에 위장취업당했다
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New fantasy rated it
June 26, 2022
Status: c49
It's very similar to "The Villain Wants to Live" albeit without any forced drama so it's better. So far it's fine, but the aristocratic characters are so one-dimensional that I sometimes feel dumb reading it. Almost every aristocrat character so far has been the same (thinking commoners are so much below them etc., you get the idea).
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New Clauve rated it
June 25, 2022
Status: c63
This novel is a must read. It's very heavy on schemes, actions, and magic system world building.

This novel starts quite slow. So, I've been postponing reading this for awhile. Then the manhwa came, I fell in love instantly (with the manhwa).

The manhwa has quite a good pacing, with point of view only from our MC (until now). But the novel isn't. The novel has mainly point of view from MC, and also other characters.

Frankly, I don't quite like this. Because the other point of view mainly just tell us about... more>> the feeling of female characters (mainly MC's students) who fell in love with him.

Now, don't get me wrong, the MC doesn't even have any shred of romantic feeling for his students. But man, why can't those female students only have admiration and respect for MC?! Is this novel reverse harem?! I get annoyed reading those female students POV so much I just practically skimmed them for plot important information. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Igoring this point, the plot of the novel is great. The MC doesn't have natural talent for magic, he just that smart and creative in incorporating and molding magic to his own needs. Even though he doesn't have natural talent, he's very strong for someone his age because of how he uses his power and ability in his arsenal.

And, no, the MC isn't perfect, but he acknowledges his mistakes and fix them. Or, if he can't fix them he repents in his own way. MC's morality isn't in line with me but I understand where it was coming from.

MC is a very mature man, with fixed world view and sets of morals. This novel tells about mystery, action and magic with level headed MC that sometimes goes with the flow when things went wrong.

Anyway, I don't like harem or reverse harem. But the plot and MC made me stay. <<less
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Pendragon05 rated it
December 14, 2021
Status: c270
I'm actually the one who suggested for this novel to be translated. As of the latest chapter, I really like how the author developed and presented the story so far and for sure it will still improve because it's only 52 chapters. The proper balance between magic and science were properly conveyed and there's still a lot of information that will be revealed about these 2 especially about their application and how it works. Author did a great job so far in creating an MC which is not inconsistent and... more>> the novel so far doesn't lose focus. MC making sure to properly balance his character to avoid being discovered and using his brains is definitely a plus. It perfectly fits my taste nowadays of series whose MC doesn't resolve the issue easily and it doesn't have any unnecessary forced plot or romance/harem. MC Just focusing on the goal and staying consistent, showing a mature way of handling things. Also, ignore the ratings of 1 star without any reason and reviews with 3 star, rating a novel base on first 2-3 chapters is definitely dumb and made out of bad intention. Obviously these people didn't even read the story and just tr*sh trollers who made an assumption that it's gonna be a useless pathetic misunderstanding story with cheap ass MC and romance, it definitely speaks a lot with these guys taste in a novel which is why they're hoping it's gonna be the same way here.

Edit: I bought the sudden release of chapters and the latest is at 130. Man this novel is getting better and better as it progress and some questions were answered and explained, for example why the MC is changing identities multiple times. I love the way characters were not a pushover and some are even cunning. This is why it's very important for the MC to use his brain and think carefully before taking action because the president of the school and other characters are cunning as well. Definitely excited for future chapters!

Edit: Currently at the latest chapter which is 194, enjoying the story so far. Hoping it would continue the same in the future. It's not the best for me but definitely enjoyable read.

Note: I don't have any copy of mtl version. I can speak and read korean that's why I'm reading it per latest chapter at naver series so please don't ask me for mtl version. I only have the raw and always making a txt file of the series. If you see or manage to download any txt file in some websites then most likely it came from me as I'm the original uploader since last year. Again I don't have any mtl version nor making any mtl version. <<less
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March 14, 2022
Status: c32
The idea of the story is good and I like how the MC is kinda stuck in between two opposing forces and has to sneak around both of them. It’s kinda like Harry Potter but from Snapes perspective.

Their are two things that are bad about this:

1) The website uses ads and you can’t use ad block because it auto detects that and makes it so that you can’t read.

2) The translator did a good job with mtl, I know how hard that can be so props to them. My gripe... more>> is that I wish they would edit what they translated afterwards because some stuff can’t get hard to read. Missed pronouns and weirdly structured sentences are the main culprit. Although it can be overlooked it does ruin the experience at times.

Other than those two issues everything else seems good so far. <<less
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boredhood385 rated it
January 20, 2022
Status: c15
Gotta be honest. This is great.
... more>>

MC is a guy who pretended to be a middle aged man but when caught uses the identity of a new Theon Teacher he met before the guy is killed. Soons he becomes Rudger but then finds out that Rudger was not as he simply claimed.


It's a systematic story of a legendary mercenary becoming a teacher while avoiding the dangers.

Heavy spoilers below


Nari. "Rudger Checeli" or previously known as "James Moriarty", " Jack The Ripper", "Abraham Van Helsing", "Machiavelli" or Gerard

He meets the Fake Rudger known as Codename "John Doe". This author is a cultured man. Even Nari is too cultured. John was a first order of the Black Dawn. And so Nari struggles to live in this new identity while his real face is exposed.

Episode 191 spoiler his name is Heathcliff Van Bretus.

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bheyer rated it
March 14, 2022
Status: c40
Great novel, highly recommend.

Basic Premise

The MC is a transmigtator who arrives in a Victorian era steam-punk world where traditional magic is gradually being sidelined by technology and magical engineering.

... more>> We don't hear much about the MCs 27 odd years as a transmigrator, except that he has lived a action packed, adventurous life, taking on many identities such as 'Van Hellsing', 'Arsene Lupin' and others.

His latest new identity, a professor at a prestigious magic academy, is one he acquires by pure chance. Now having stepped into this role, not only must he teach magic, something he is not naturally gifted in, but he must also unravel the secrets of the original professor, whose identity he stole.


Fantastic novel, the MC sort of reminds me of 'The Villain wants to live', but his a lot more personable. The world building is fantastic and the characters introduced so far have been great (although a bit cliche).

A Few criticisms however which prevented me from giving it 5 stars.
    1. Repetitive dialogue. The MC as well as other characters have a tendency to keep repeating themselves, it just adds needless filler to the wordcount and is frustrating to read.
    1. Translation quality is a kind of bad. 90% of it is great, but every now and again there will be an incorrect pronoun or another small error which hits you like a speedbump. Makes the reading experience a little jarring.
    1. The translators website is really bad. Too many overlays and embedded ads. The website also detects ad-block and javascript disabler so you can't even use these as work arounds. The one work around that I found that does work is using the 'reader' mode on Safari.
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pomoli rated it
April 10, 2022
Status: --
It's pretty nice to read if you like very competent main characters with a hazy backstory, in what I would call "competence p*rn" genre. It's basically a worse, yet still in ok range, version of "The Villain Wants to Live" by Jee Gab Song.


    • MC is skilled, mature and behaves like a pro, yet isn't arrogant or full of himself, it's nice to see him play the teacher, and other roles, like a chameleon.
    • The world is interesting, half steampunk half magical.
    • Apparently the story is machine translated then edited, but I feel the translator really put effort in making something palatable for the reader, so it doesn't feel like the usual ridiculous "poetry" you can see as MTL.
    • Can't say much about either romance or harem, there is none for now, but if there is one in the future, there is a cast for that, hopefully it's competently done by the author.

    • While starting MC as already being transmigrated for years (27) in the new world makes jumping into the action easy, I wish we had glimpses of the past and how he adapted to the new world.
    • MC doesn't understand how charismatic he is, it's kinda weird since he knows he's basically an actor in everything he does, and he did that already before many times, impersonating other types of characters.
    • Enemies currently are a bit too black and white and simple overall, I wish they had more depth, and be more grey, more "human".
    • Same as for the cast overall, some characters need development, as we are introduced to many of them early, yet I can't really say the temperament of many of them (yet?), and it feels a little scattered.
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Monomololo rated it
May 17, 2022
Status: c40
This one started strong, but petered off.

How do I put this... it's like an off brand Harry Potter clone.

The initial twist to get the MC into his position was somewhat interesting, but from there it seemed to just lose direction. The author obviously was trying to set up a dynamic like in the HP books where an intrepid group of students discovers various schemes and gets involved, but was hamstrung by the MC being... the MC. By which I mean it doesn't work since the story obviously needs to center... more>> mainly around the main character rather than the side characters.

So far all we've seen is the protagonist step in and handle various issues that pop up, and honestly, it's been a bit boring. Sure there's a background story of the organization and various side characters, but for me at least they all turn out forgettable at best and I can barely remember who's who since none have a particularly strong presence in the story, even the side chapters from other perspectives all turn out to be bog standard webnovel tripe where people think fervently about how cool and aloof the MC is because he opened a door super elegantly or something.

All this is supplemented by the standard korean novel trope of the MC acting aloof and mysterious, while supposedly actually secretly having a personality all along. Which, as so often happens, eventually bleeds through into the writing for all aspects of the character and any remnants of actual depth are eaten up by the act until the shell of aloofness is all that remains, and for me at least that's extremely boring. It's a dynamic that seems interesting, but is failed every time I've seen it implemented by weak characterization and author laziness in establishing actual character traits and keeping true to them. At least this time there isn't some cheap system cheat or remnant personality from transmigrating causing it, so you could maybe say that it's just the way the character is from the start, but even then it's still just a boring character. <<less
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Adorable_arachnid rated it
February 8, 2022
Status: c37
If I could describe this novel in a single word, I would say "Fun", and what an extremely fun read it is.

Genuinely this novel became one of my daily reads because of how simple the premise is but at the same time how well it uses the tools and tropes that come with this genre.

The MC of the story is also a very cool chad that is also more competent than most. He is someone who already had his typical MC journey and experienced many things of this world ,... more>> he isn't disgustingly overpowered, vile, genocidal or the sugar baby of a system, but with the use of knowledge from his old world and current world made himself a mark in this world.

Characters in this world at the surface level fit the cliché mold for this genre but they the author still managed to make them behave and think so well they feel alive.

The world building is limited so far but is built through looking back on key points of the MCs early phase of his protagonist journey and also through the history of other characters and I hope we explore more of it.

I strongly recommend this work and I look forward to every chapter and all the cool and exciting moments of this story and I hope this story is widely successful. <<less
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SlothHawk rated it
May 20, 2022
Status: c70
Well, the story is quite unique and starts off quickly. The MC is 27- year old man whose character is developed. He has all the qualities that make him an OP protagonist such as being calm, cold-hearted, multiple identities, etc. Though the concept of magic, politics and stuff is confusing as it is just suddenly info-dumped between chapters. Although the novel only has less than a 100 chapters (70 currently) that have been translated, its worth reading...

P.S- Can someone give me the link to the MTL of the chapter... more>> ahead, I cant find them on Naver either... <<less
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ErikHarrison rated it
March 11, 2022
Status: c125
Probably how I would isekai given the chance

This dude basically plays every role he wants. Super spy? Genius teacher? Wandering demon hunter? Mysterious thief? Mafia boss? Hero? Villain? He does literally all of it.

It's fun and he moves everyone to his exact beat. Need more and a definate recommendation.
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kittycatclawz rated it
December 14, 2021
Status: c2
So far there are only two chapters translated, but it's looking good right now. Between the title, the synopsis, and these two chapters we're able to see the direction this story is heading in as well as potential small bits of foreshadowing already, and if you were to as me right now, I think this is looking like it's going to be a great series.

Hopefully by the time I've read it all I'll still be saying the same thing!
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Asteroit rated it
June 18, 2022
Status: c126
I liked the plot and characters so far. In my opinion as the story goes it becomes better.
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GrayMao rated it
February 28, 2022
Status: c33
This one is pretty good, I tell you. It have the right amount for action, mystery, fantasy, adventure and drama.

The MC character's is such a mystery that you'd love to unravel more. Gotta be honest tho, it's too early to judge the overall quality of the story but if this continue at this pace, I think I will be immerse with this novel more.

To give you an idea for the character and plot. He is: ... more>>

a wizard, tho magic is not only what he is capable of. He is also a known cryptid (monster) hunter, a mercenary hiding his identity from a princess, a merchant. He is also a transmigrated MC.


And just like accdg. To summary, he is currently pretending to be a teacher with let's say, more profound and deep bg.

a supposed to high rank member of a secret organization


I'll definitely continue reading more and gave a better review afterwards. Ciao~ <<less
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MonsieurLimes rated it
February 20, 2022
Status: c28
Holy sh*t this is amazing.

it's not revolutionary, but it is amazing.

it's a story about a MC who's basically done everything a generic transmigrated MC hero would do (get fame, rich etc) but he f*cked up whenever he was leaving from his last journey. So now he has to make bullsh*t up to survive.

... more>> Someone asks you whether you're the Vice President of a secret organization? Vaguely answer and question them.

How the hell do I teach? Hmm I guess I'll just use one of my MC powers and see if that works.

Intrigued to see where it's going. <<less
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puukkiss rated it
January 13, 2022
Status: c10
While it's hard to judge from only 10 chapters, I have noted some things that were already apparent.

For one, we are given a great start, but afterward, when you expect to read how he will keep up the new identity and mix with noble mages, a sentence - two weeks passed... Burst the bubble.

The same happened when the first lesson started - you expect to see how he will deal with students, how students will deal with him, how he will deal with the role of the teacher.... and... more>> nothing happens. He introduces himself, says, he will be the new teacher, answers one question from a random student, asks if there are any more questions (there are none), and leaves... Again, the bubble of expectations burst. It didn't seem like the whole thing took more than ten minutes or even less.

This makes me wonder how many more times great chances will fall flatly. <<less
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tgesct rated it
December 20, 2021
Status: c5
Surprisingly strong start. Good scene with proper character introduction and background while providing conflict. Some small issues with mob character perspective, and still very early. But holds good promise as an actual story
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OfficePony rated it
February 26, 2022
Status: c33
Fairly good reading.

The first few chapters are a bit of a cluster-ferp but after that everything is nice and streamlined.

The word-flow and writing style are pretty good (except for the first few chapters). The story itself is interesting enough, though the expertise of the MC is dubious it gets filled in a bit more as the story progresses. The general plot is entertaining but a bit out there, with a bit of intrigue mixed in. The overall atmosphere bounces between funny misunderstandings to broodingly gloomy at the snap of a... more>> finger.

Overall, a fairly good read. It's not the most outstanding reading out there, but it's good enough. <<less
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doomeye1337 rated it
February 24, 2022
Status: c30
There's a lot of levity mixed in with the heavy, dark setting. Protag seems OP but at the same time, limited by both circumstance and physical limitations. It feels fresh : different from other novels I've read here so far. Author seems to have been very much inspired by Harry Potter and Mahouka, and it's an interesting mix of ideas. There's a tad too much praising of the protag, but a lot of it is in a rather humorous light, so it's a bit more digestible than usual. I really... more>> hope people give this a try because I hope it will continue to be regularly translated. <<less
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