Although I Am Only Level 1, but with This Unique Skill, I Am the Strongest


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Satou Ryouta who died from overworking at a black company was reincarnated to another world. Although Ryouta was alive, he is now burdened with the inconvenience that his level is fixed to 1 in this new world.

Although he wasn’t able to raise his level, he had a unique skill that can create a cheat-like item that shouldn’t exist in the world from a monster.

He got to know about his status and MAX them with the help of ability-up items. He gathered a number of weapons and items that can only be used by himself, allowing him to be level 1 but yet, having the strongest equipment.

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Level 1 dakedo Unique Skill de Saikyou desu
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Sole rated it
February 7, 2018
Status: --
The early story is actually kinda good/fun, if you just want a simple relaxing daily life story where things just kinda fall into place naturally without any real effort needed or conflicts transpiring, but honestly it doesn't stay good for very long, at all. (If your interested in it, I'd recommend the first 8 chapters, maybe the first 20 at most, at least up till that point the author cared enough to not just add random stuff and then pretend anything inconvenient to the next narrative going the way the... more>> author wants never happened instead of coming up with a reason for why the next narrative still goes the way it goes)

At first all the story really consists of are the characters, they start out as rather simple minded peaceful people to the point of coming off as one dimensional, but they're well implemented so they're fun, but pretty early on the characters simply become really dumb card board cut outs of they're former selves and/or random tropes, plus really unaware of their surroundings, at around the same point in which that happens the story transitions from being about the characters to being about the MC getting involved (regularly) in unnaturally implemented and all around uninteresting developments that he then proceeds to resolve via the use of his gun (s) and the ever so "convenient" magical bullets with their ever changing based on the scenario abilities. He spends quite a lot of his time farming (grinding) for bullets and then immediately squandering them despite not "really" needing them practically ever, under the false pretext of efficiency (he spends more time farming bullets than he would simply getting things done without using bullets, several chapters worth more). (Oh right I should mention from that point on he just kind of does wasteful/stupid stuff at random and has it magically turn out to have been either not entirely squandered in the sense that at least he lucks out and doesn't experience any particularly bad consequences as a result of his actions or his actions turn out to have been the right choice since something convoluted ends up happening out of nowhere to justify them)

example 1 of MC's efficiency : items spawn where the monster is killed therefore he picks up the monsters and throws them towards his cart shooting them before they land so that the item lands in the cart, instead of say simply squeezing them with his hand insta-killing them and just throwing the item...

example 2 of MC's efficiency: it takes 1 punch, 1 magic bullet, or 5 normal bullets to kill this type of monster, so far I've been beating them with one punch but for the sake of efficiency I'll use 2 guns so that I can shoot 2 magic bullets at it instead of just 1 magic bullet... (once you learn how he grinds for magic bullets this will become even more frustrating to read him do, put simply he's doing three times as much and taking three times as long at least to do things compared to if he simply didn't use bullets)

example 3 of MC's efficiency: I don't know if I have enough magic bullets to both make it there and escape therefore I'm going to use one to kill my opponent and another just for the heck of it really (he needed the magic bullets for the first time but wasted half of them on something he'd always done by hand prior to that point, why? I guess he suddenly forgot that he could do it by hand? no good explanation was ever given), *later that scene* I've made it here but I'm out of magic bullets and my fists aren't working therefore I'm going to have to run, it's not like the opponents can leave their areas (they'd die) or really harm me in any meaningful way anyway (he really didn't even "need" to fight, had he not fought on his way in he wouldn't even have needed to "worry about the possibility" of having created rouge monsters on the way in something that didn't happen) in the end as he's finally running away instead of trying to kill the monsters for no reason, a character appears in a place that the particular character had no way of getting access to (the character would've died in route if they tried going there) and bringing along something that they had no way of bringing, so that the MC could grind for bullets and kill the monsters instead of running and so he grinds bullets and kills the monsters scenario end (yeah the author just glosses over the character managing to get there and how they brought something they couldn't actually bring). (NOTE: in that particular scene the reason why magic bullets were needed was because magic bullets invoke/cast magic something the MC himself can't do, and only magic was effective against the monsters in this development, the reason the MC had to do it was because all methods of invoking/casting magic were currently impossible to use due to a magic storm... magic bullets invoke/cast magic that's all... they aren't supposed to work but since they're "supposed to be" the necessary for the MC to kill the monsters they just did, why? cause they just did, okay, the author just glosses over everything that happened in that chapter from then on aside from how yeah the magical bullets turned out to be needed for something for once (but not really though...) and he managed to use the magic bullets to accomplish his mission) <<less
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GreatZar rated it
October 13, 2017
Status: c26
My biggest complain is that the author is really not good minimaxing. All that talk about increasing grind efficiency, while ignoring 2x drop ring. It's damn 4x increase for bullet production!!!

Also, MC ignores melee weapons. Oh, he also maxes stats one by one instead of balanced increase. And for some reason, his low endurance have no negative effect on his ability to fight/grind for prolonged periods of time.

He ignores the possibility of strengthening his flatmate through drop-sharing cart for far too long. Well, it might not work because it's possible... more>> that seed are not bound to the one who killed monster, but it's worth to check. And his money-grinding speed would increase significantly.

So it's really hard to believe all that efficiency talk by author. <<less
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LordGrim102 rated it
July 9, 2017
Status: --
The MC has S ranked HP & Strength but he is using a gun. I don't know if he is afraid of the monsters because he is using a gun or is he an idiot wasting his cheat stats.

I would be really really shock if this novel is adapted to manga or anime. Well lets hope its not gonna be adapted to anything and just scrap this novel to pieces.
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March 13, 2019
Status: --
Edgelords gets a gun like dungeon seeker & arifuta (even got goddam motorcycle) no give a damn.

A fluffy story got a gun. People call it stupid, saying "A GUN IN A WORLD OF SWORD AND MAGIC? DAMN SO STUPID."

People complaining about the generic MC. People this is a Japanese lights novel I'm pretty sure it's aimed a Japanese market. If Japan wants this kind of MC, then Japan will give these kind of MC. Deal with it, or just don't read Japanese light novel.
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sgrey rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c210
TL. DR: the novel has many problems, but is actually fun to read. Give it a try. I was able to ignore most of the problems and enjoy the comedy part.

This novel has many, many, a great many problems. There are huge plot holes and severe lack of logic everywhere. Every chapter would contain some sort of contradiction. For example, there is a monster that no one has ever defeated, but for some reason, there are drops from that monster available for sale. Another thing that ticks me off all... more>> the time is that bullets are flying at a dodgeable speed and they are visible to the naked eye. From a distance of apparently less than a 100 meters, the bullets can fly in a weird arc, be dodged after they have been fired and everyone can see the path bullets take. Overall the way MC operates guns is one of the biggest flaws in the novel.

However, the biggest problem, in my opinion, is that MC is retarded. I can't think of any novel off the top of my head where MC would be dumber than here. Several girls kissed him and confessed to him, and he is still wondering why they kissed him. The relationships are not progressing at all. I honestly don't expect any type of progress with romance in this novel. And it is not just romance. The way he does his research is stupid, the way he fights is retarded, the way he holds himself is on a level of 10-year old. Honestly, most events just happen to aid him, and thus he became successful. It's like the whole world was built to help MC. One after another coincidences pile up for him to progress. There are seriously so many problems with his behavior, that I would need several pages to just list all of them. Just as an example, he could've made a teleport device between several long-distance locations and use it. It would fit nicely with the story and it would show that he is actually thinking. But no, he does not have any idea about it, and instead, the author just throws a house at him where there is a secret door with a teleport between dungeons built in.

Despite all that, this novel did not actually bore me! It was a fun read. The comedy part is pretty funny. I just love all interactions with the bunny. The bunny is the best character in the novel! I was laughing pretty often and enjoyed my time. <<less
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Fluffums rated it
May 11, 2019
Status: c107
Warning: If you read other than just skimming over the chapter to waste time, there's a chance this novel will cause brain damage.

The only positive about the story is that side characters are fun, but thinking at all while reading the plot, setting, and main character's thoughts and actions just makes my head hurt with how inconsistent everything is. Items and abilities that can change everything get introduced, then ignored. Each arc ignores or changes the setting's rules from what you've seen so far. There are loose ends after every... more>> arc that never get addressed, too. Other reviewers get into specifics, but there's still worse than what I've seen mentioned in reviews.

If you must read, skip everything but interactions with side characters. Doing that makes it palatable, even if it's less than 1/5 of the novel.

This novel has a fighting chance of being the single worst novel on NU. <<less
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Thracer rated it
March 12, 2019
Status: c13
First of all, I would rather have given this a 1.5 but that's not possible hence the 2/5. Honestly can't get much further, I may read a chapter here and there in the future but here are some thoughts to keep in mind if you're considering reading this novel:

  • The stats are nonsense
    • Luck has no purpose? - I imagined it would affect at least the chance of specific things dropping but it seems like w/e is the MC needs is what drops, despite the story starting with Slimes dropping both bean sprouts and air/water he always gets bean sprouts. The fact those bean sprouts are maxed quality and quantity can be explained by the S ranked vegetable drop, but the fact they drop at all should have been affected by his F ranked luck IMO.
    • He gets a gun - stat wise one would expect his ability to use said gun be affected by his dexterity which is also F-ranked. Instead he pretty much one-shots/headshots everything after getting it.
    • Speed/Mentality/Endurance are all F ranked yet he doesn't have any difficulty dealing with caves full of monster which he would not be used too, he has no problem dodging even on the third floor of a dungeon, and finally his endurance apparently lets him continuously work for a full day of hard labour. an A ranked adventurer must not even need to sleep if we go by this guys endurance at F-rank.
  • The dialogue for me was somewhat confusing - especially Eve's. It could be the translation but it's just hard to follow sometimes.
  • The world is completely illogical
    • How would you ever have enough air for survival if it required killing monsters who only sometimes actually drop air.
    • following this logic you would have a barren wasteland with zero water sources
    • Having items revert to a monster when left alone for a period of time is nonsensical to the extreme. how do they store the items he's selling them. This world would have collapsed into a monster infected barrens within moments of creation.
  • OMFG a gun... WHY? What a story killing device. I know guns are fun for some people but its thematically not appropriate for the story. Nor does it seem like a weapon a businessman from Japan who spent his entire life overworking would be familiar with in any way. The story would have been better off with him using a hammer or spear.
  • I can't say much on the girls at the moment, Emily seems alright, I feel a bit bad about Elza since the MC ignores her all the time but its honestly the only part that can be justified since his Intelligence is also F-ranked and thus he may just be a dense moron. Eve is interesting considering her obsession with carrots and being a bunny girl.
Overall there isn't much here to appreciate. I did give this at least 2 stars because the translation is readable and the story does have an interesting premise, it's... more>> just poorly executed. Maybe I'll read more over time. If I do I'll update with new impressions as I go along. Hope this helps some of you looking at this story in the future. <<less
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Sinking Ship rated it
February 9, 2019
Status: c20
You know, in isekai the setting is usually the weakest link of all the story elements. Things break down if you give them an iota of thought. There's this boilerplate "template" that 99% of isekai follow that doesn't actually make much sense if you compare it to human history - but that's fine, it's fantasy, you can handwave a lot away with that magic word. Fantasy.

But this novel has some truly next-level terrible world building. It's like the author deliberately set out to make the most unbelievable nonsense possible as... more>> the foundation of his fantasy world and then just passes it off completely straight-faced. Other reviewers have gone into the specifics of the nonsensical elements of the setting, so really I'm just preaching to the choir here, but I still feel obligated to leave this review. Because it really is Just. That. Bad.

As for the generic "become strong, collect girls" isekai plot we all know and love... well, it is what it is. Familiar. It's serviceable, but nothing really novel or anything. However, trying to "enjoy" the plot will require you to willfully ignore the terrible world building and that is a... difficult thing to do. But it's not impossible I suppose.

At the end of the day, if you like the genre, then you might be able to like this too. But I would recommend thoroughly exploring your other options first. Death March is up to volume 17 at time of this writing and it's more or less the same thing. Or Gun-ota if gunplay in fantasy land tickles your fancy. Or any of the ones in the recommended section. Or you know, any of the other millions of similar isekai out there. <<less
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SushiBentou rated it
June 28, 2018
Status: c155
Starts with a strange idea but soon develops.

It's helped by the writers simple and clean style. Most of my reading list is the same type or style but half of them can't keep it. This one does, up to ch155 atm.
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2Girls1Cupcake rated it
February 5, 2018
Status: c125
TLDR: Quite a bit I find problematic in this novel, but it doesn't matter at all, the side characters outshine everything. Worth a read.

Not a fan of the premise of this novel and aside from that it seems pretty inconsistent.

The premise is that everything in the world is born from monster drops in dungeons, but if these are left at a certain distance away from human lifeforms/activity it will turn into something known as "rogue monsters", this in itself is problematic, but let's first talk about the world, since everything... more>> is born from dungeons that means that everything above ground will be a total wasteland aside from towns, it is described as nothing but dirt, water and stones. Water and air comes from monster drops too by the way, but they don't turn into rogue monsters. Later on the scenery from a mountain top is descibed as a world of green, thought there was no grass? later again trees are mentioned for some reason, inconsistent...

The fact that everything is made from monster drops and will turn into rogue monsters is problematic since it doesn't seem like processed goods are free from this, that means that if you make a town, there will be areas that are free from human activity at some point. The houses and everything in them should turn into rogue monsters, but this doesn't happen though, why? Inconsistency... Of course you couldn't have this happen or else you couldn't create any form of civilization, that is why I dislike the premise.

Although I find the premise problematic and think that any human being from earth thrown into a world that's a wasteland would fall to depression from not being able to see any signs of nature ever again, I like this novel quite a bit, it's all about the characters carrying the novel, the MC aside that is.

The MC has an IQ that's below absolute zero, then again, it's all about other people asking him to do things or giving him inspiration, so it isn't that bad since although he's a moron, other characters will make up for it, for example Emily, she's a wonderful character and the nodesu/nanodesu is as cute as ever, then we have Eve. she's a weirdo but insanely loveable, those two are what keeps you reading.

Aside from these there's the shop receptionist that's sweet aswell, a "princess" where I'm not sure if she's actually one or just some ojou-chan that's called a young princess of the house, which will grow on you aswell, just not to the extend of the previous ones. There are two other team members that I haven't mentioned, they aren't as unique and thus don't have as big an impact on the reader, yet they're still not bad.

Talking about anything else you would normally focus on in a novel is redundant, it's all about the characters and they are wonderful, so I would still recommend this novel. <<less
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Robertp3001 rated it
July 1, 2018
Status: c156
The story is a very cliche type story without any main motive. The world building is pretty much nonexistent. If you actually dig into the inner workings of the world it would fall apart completely. However, the story is just interesting enough for me to read it if I'm bored. I recommend this if you are just looking for cliche another world harem story with an OP protagonist.
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Aytise rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: c145
The story is interesting, the concept of manu dungeons to explore, hero getting rich, and surprise items is also very fun to read, it’s a shame the author sometimes forgets what he made up previously and doesn’t use it since sometimes the story doesn’t make sense or it coulh have been dealt with easier. Also there’s a lot of repetition the the characters’ reactions « gratitude » « affection » « embarrasment » even « hate » are always expressed the same it’s a bit annoying and the childish parts... more>> of the novel break the nice parts’ pace. Overall it’s a good story and I don’t regret reading it, even enjoyed it. <<less
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ZeroA2 rated it
July 8, 2019
Status: c152
Pretty fun story. The only thing I dislike about Ryouta is that he has access to all these level-up abilities but doesnt go and immediately level up all the way. In some ways he's a bit stupid and I'm somewhat frustrated when he doesnt just conquer every dungeon ASAP. Still, it's part of his character that hes taking things at his own pace (he literally died from overwork sooooo...). I really like him and his motivations in general. He consistently stands against black companies and the like.

All the side characters... more>> are cute and fun too with their own motivations that are distinct from Ryouta. Although everyone falls for him (or his carrots), they're not subsumed by him.

One side negative is that the light novel illustrations are surprisingly low-quality. Like, drawn by a middle-schooler level much of the time. Also, with the exception of Eve and Emily, most of the characters don't have much in the way of description so it's really up to you how you imagine them and good pictures would go a long way towards rectifying that. <<less
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tatsuyax rated it
April 17, 2019
Status: --
although I love isekai novel very much and I won't lie it was a good read.... But seriously man! the author just wrote anything without thinking, I mean I understand the concept of farming in dungeons but to even get animal meat and fish from dungeon, I mean there are millions of species of fish and animals, and we get like 1 lb of meat per every monster, what is the quantity?... moreover even things like beer is obtained from dungeons, now this is just plain idiotic, even I was... more>> fighting the urge to bang my head on the table...i mean how is that even possible, beer is not even something we farm in the first place, and even assuming it to be possible (considering it is an isekai novel) how do you collect it, is it like dropped along with the glass


One of the most idiotic concept is monsters getting spawned back from the goods if left unchecked, How does that even work that means if I left my jwellery in some locker in my house and left for work they would turn back into monsters and what about your so called beer and every other goods there. This kind of thing is impossible you could not just observe everything all the time in close proximity. The author uses this concept just to provide bullets to the MC whenever convenient and it's annoying.


but I will still give it 2 stars as it was a good light read given you switch of your brain and a good timepass <<less
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bulachabro rated it
April 17, 2019
Status: c56
I really tried to continue reading this because I liked the characters, but this author is not making any sense.

The only amusing thing are the characters, but if the situations they are in make no sense at all then it stops being enjoyable to read.

I get it that it's supposed to be lighthearted and funny, but when you have to stop yourself thinking "why?!" at almost every chapter it makes a pain to read.

It was actually really fun at the start, for this I give it 2/5
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mpqwe rated it
March 20, 2019
Status: c184
It's decent enough, one thing that gets a little annoying is that a solution to every problem is obtained by the MC almost immediately before he needs it. So virtually every problem is solved with minimal effort in a pattern of chapter x: get new thing that MC thinks is kind of useless but oh well. Chapter x+1: new problem, oh hey that thing I thought was useless totally solves this problem easily. Rinse repeat.

That aside it's a kind of laid back story as MC continues to grow in strength... more>> and harem size, there isn't a lot of character development, mostly just the MC's steady power-ups, the author seems to opt to introduce new characters rather than spend much time fleshing out existing ones. <<less
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SpinelesS rated it
February 26, 2019
Status: c214
A light, enjoyable read.

It's an interesting world with infinite possibilities though so expect to yell at your screen when the MC doesn't do the experiments you would probably do in his situation.

MC is very dense when it comes to romantic situations so that may put some people off.

Another thing that may put people off is that this novel is BFF's with the Chekov's Gun Principle. Anytime the MC gains a new item or skill, expect a need for it to appear shortly after.
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June 12, 2019
Status: c471
It is a nice, chill story with random dungeon explorations, with each dungeon having a gimmick. The harem sometimes participates, but for the most part, at least in the later chapters with the OP MC, it is all about his own adventures, with chats at night with the rest of the 'family', which is what they call the extended party.

If you are looking for a harem story in which the harem is part of the limelight, this is not it. Side characters that show up to give the MC a... more>> task move the 'plot' along more than the harem does. They are more there for the comedic effect in some parts or to cheer on the MC. I am not even sure why this has the romance tag, there is no romance.


At least 2 characters are very much into him, but the MC is so dense that he hasn't realize yet. This is including up to chapter 471 of the raws, which is the latest one. A new family members just appeared, and in a single day she had an idea of what was going on, but even then the MC still doesn't realize it, justifying not trying to find out by "I'm not gonna press on this"

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bclau18 rated it
April 4, 2019
Status: c154
I really like this series, it's light and easy to read. I agree that the part of killing the monsters can be a little boring, but since I know that it's a book written for boys I just skip it and enjoy the rest of the plot.
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March 13, 2019
Status: --
This is a slice of life novel, a cooldown for action packed novels and life death situations. So don't expect world and character building since it won't matter to MC or story in the end.
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