Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (LN)


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Seventeen year old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world! They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction. But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare. While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair. Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?

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Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
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Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN) (Web Novel)
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Konjiki no Moji Tsukai (LN) (1)
Sevens (LN) (1)
The Forsaken Hero (1)
I’m the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire! (1)
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  2. Isekai Fantasy | #1
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Chulloswag rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: --
I personally love stories where the protagonist is an antihero or villain. However, the problem is that most authors completely butcher the character. We either get someone thrust into a villain role who actually risks everything to save others, or we get an antihero who's an obnoxious edgelord. This series would be a prime example of the latter (with SAO being a similar case) and it ruins almost everything after the Great Orcus Dungeon. A lot of the other characters are just plain annoying. The only reason this is a... more>> 2 rather than a 1 is the beginning. <<less
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akak rated it
November 4, 2018
Status: --
Arifureta is one of the worst series in existence.

The first volume is decent, but right after it the series become very very bad. It completely change genre and become a really terrible crappy harem comedy.

The main character, Hajime, is one of the crappiest protagonist that I have ever seen. Other than that, he's also too much of a mary sue, too much stronger than everyone else, his power to create anything he want instantly resolve every single problem he face, everyone love him etc. etc...

Like in all harem series, all... more>> the female characters don't have any personality or characteristic, they are just... there, to lust over hajime, and nothing else.

Obviously they fall in love with Hajime without any single reason, and some of them fall for him even if Hajime insult them, doesn't care about them, and even physically beat them.

There is a reason if the 99, 9% of reviews and opinions about this series across the entire internet says either "this series is extremely bad" or "1 volume is fine, then it become extremely bad".

And no, it never ever becomes better, it just becomes worst, and then even worst.

I strongly advise to avoid this series. <<less
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Phaeous rated it
April 1, 2017
Status: c223
Hajime (m.c) is one of the best characters I've come across (I've read a lot of great novels) & the essential reason is how intensely dedicated he is to the achievement of his own happiness; how ruthless & shameless he is in fulfilling that end. The only purpose of existence is happiness, & happiness is ultimately an individual capacity

Anyone who attempts to claim that one intrinsically owes any random passerby or society in general anything, can come try & settle that claim with me--"One is an end in oneself"
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Ruduen rated it
October 16, 2018
Status: v7
I think plenty of other people have said it, but I agree with the general thoughts on this.

The novel starts off with an interesting enough premise and characterization. However, somewhere between the second half of volume 1 and the first half of volume 2, the default characterization and a rather unique outlook on combat changed, and the main character's handling takes a sharp nosedive.

It's after that point that things go from rather interesting, to the main character constantly reiterating how edgy he is, then does the 'heroic' action anyways after... more>> finding the obvious edgy excuse. In addition, the main pairing feels like it has little depth (and feels creepy to boot). Then unnecessary harem elements show up, and the rather juvenile humor keeps coming along with it.

At a certain point, I was reading more to see what the 'side' characters were doing, rather than how the overpowered main characters were breezing through everything. It feels far more like poor wish fulfillment than anything of interest. It's a shame, too, because the side stories had a lot more potential. However, the poor handling of the majority of the book is lacking.

You'd need to have very specific tastes to enjoy the bulk of this. It has some interesting elements, but I would be hard-pressed to recommend this to most. I couldn't even recommend this to people who enjoy dark characters, with the main character having such contradictory actions that it just feels stilted. <<less
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introparadox rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: c37
Epic emotional start, a nice and week MC, turned into a OP and badass one, but then suddenly turned into a cruel disgusting bastard for no reason what's worse is I think the authors thinks this is funny, so I think he would continues this way, he rather sight-see someones dies than moves merely his finger to save him, yes merely his finger as he has a powerful magic that works by finger (you will see if you read) he doesn't have any risk nor aftermath to fear but with... more>> the sick excuse that someone can't just save everyone in need, what the hell I'm I supposed to applauded or to be impressed, what's more it's awfully contradictory, at start when he was in his worst state of anti-humanity (or rather close) he risked his life for a stranger, how should I feel about this change, it's like someones return your sincere smile out of the blue with slap or spit in the face. I'm really deeply disappointed. <<less
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Ispheria rated it
January 11, 2020
Status: v10 (finished)
This novel is separated into 2 parts, the first half of vol. 1 and everything after that. Let's review them one at a time.

The first part is a about an edgelord suffering because his edge isn't sharp enough yet. The problem is that it all takes place inside a dungeon, where he's all by himself. It starts with him being bullied by his classmates, but once he's by himself, he stays by himself for ages before partnering up with someone else. So nothing he's doing down there affects anyone but... more>> himself and it's mostly just fighting.

Here's a monster. Suffer a little. Description of random ore. Create something to beat it. Kill and eat it. Repeat. Over and over. You can actually skip all the fighting and not miss out on anything important.

If you're planning on reading this story despite reading this review, here's my advice. Once the MC beats the first monster, just skip every fight scene. That'll be most of the chapters in the first half of the first volume.

Then the MC teams up with his first harem member and it becomes a harem power fantasy.

Pretty much every single character serves one of two purposes.

If it's a guy then their purpose is to look weak and pathetic compared to the MC. The hero, the classmate with the hero class, is the main victim of this. Every scene is basically just him being ignorant and self serving. And whenever anyone fights the author goes out of their way to make sure you know the MC would have won the fight easily.

I'm not saying power fantasy is a bad thing, but this isn't interesting. It's not funny, fun, or exciting to read the fights because nothing can even come close to the MC.

If the character is a girl however, their purpose is to shove fanservice in the reader's face and cater to a specific fetish. The vampire is a loli who is in love with the MC. The bunny girl is a well, bunny girl who is love with the MC. The dragon/kimono girl is a masochist who is in love with the MC. The classmate who seemed like they would be the heroine in the beginning is the girl all the guys in the schools like who is in love with the MC. The other classmate is the female swordsmen who, you guessed it, is in love with the MC.

But none of them are handled well.

First off, the loli is constantly described as being so sexy that everyone around her can't help but fall for her charms. That's pretty disgusting. Not everyone is a lolicon but the author decided that doesn't matter and everyone is into little girls. I hate reading the le*d scenes with her for obvious reasons. And the MC and loli constantly flirt with each other. The author makes sure you know just how much they flirt with each other by having the other characters constantly complain about it.

Next is the bunny girl. She basically exists to be a s*x object. She has no major impact on the story and could be replaced with anyone in any of the battles. In fact the MC gets so strong that he could just have a drone replace her. Other than fanservice she has no purpose. Technically that's not true, but I'll get into that later.

Then there's the masochist. She's not a maso in the real sense, she's what an otaku thinks a maso is. I could go into more depth but basically she just goes, "oh, pain! yay!" and it gets really annoying. There's a few moments when she gets serious and acts like an actual human being, but they are few and far between. And even when she does, it doesn't make her more interesting or even likable.

After that is the classmate heroine who is in love with MC because she saw be nice once. That was the entire basis for her falling in love with him, but even after he turned into an edgelord and even killed some people in front of her, she decides she's still in love with him anyways. Like, he's a completely different person and but the author decided she wouldn't takes longer than about a minute to decide she still loves him. Basically she exists so the readers who like a girl in school can vicariously experience having the pretty girl in school be in love with them for no reason.

Finally there's the other classmate who's a strong, independent female swordsman. Normally these are my favorite heroines. And she was until the author decided that she isn't a strong independent woman. Instead she wants to be a damsel in distress and that's her character development. The author decided to make her just another girl who is in love with the MC and spends all her time relying on him. It was such a disappointment.

Oh yeah, and there's a fish girl that calls the MC "Papa" because uh... it's another fetish I guess? It's not explicitly stated that she's in love with the MC, but her mom totally is. So there you go, another 2 fetishes checked off.

Oh, and the loli teacher is in love with him too. I'm sure there's more but I can't remember off the top of my head.

If you think the characters are the only thing wrong with his story, you'd be wrong. The MC spends most of his time either in dungeons or traveling to other dungeons. I've already explained why I don't like dungeons, but after the first dungeon there's some sort of quirk with each one. There's still a lot of pointless skip-able fighting in each one, but it's better than just pointless fighting for the whole thing. Good thing the MC just happened to find them in order of easiest to hardest.

But that doesn't make the dungeons any more interesting. One of them is just a troll area that reeks of "lulz so random". Another is essentially just a cutscene. And of course there's the generic dungeons that make them fight copies of themselves and fight against their desires or whatever. Most of them take a break for fanservice of course.

The plot is essentially move from dungeon to dungeon for a while. Then there's some stuff with demons and the MC killing hordes of enemies but it's nothing to write home about. There's a lot of anti-gods backstory going on which I always appreciate, but it's never really relevant until the end of the web novel, which the light novel hasn't caught up to yet. Even then it's just another fight and novel interesting regarding religion is done.

Basically the characters are all bad, the plot is boring, the fights are skippable. I don't recommend this novel to anyone. <<less
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victor daigo rated it
April 10, 2017
Status: v5c2
Really awesome story. First I thought it was just like the others isekai light novels, but after reading a few chapters I got hoocked to the story and the main character. Love the protagonist (nagumo hajime) character, and chuuni suki (the author) for making a great story and a even greater badass main character, who didn't obtain power just because plot but with efort and self sacrifice (not sure if this is considered spoiler). Sorry if there are mistakes, english is not my mother language. I definitely recommend this novel.... more>> Also the manga is pretty good <<less
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rhianirory rated it
May 3, 2019
Status: --
don't be fooled by the first volume, it takes an abrupt 90% turn afterwards and the MC deteriorates into a walking cliche. To be specific, I liked it up until they left the first dungeon and met up with the bunny girl. After that I started to lose interest at a very noticeable rate as it went from action/survival/ mystery to romantic harem comedy. Such a good start and then it goes downhill fast. It gets an extra star for the beginning, otherwise this would be a 1.
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berdanka rated it
May 16, 2018
Status: v3
If I were to rate the story solely on how the first chapter is, I would give it a solid 4 out of 5. The problem is that whatever expectations it raises will be for naught because the sequel will reverse and undo everything. Was the MC alone? Not any longer. Was MC a tragic character? He is now an insufferable edgelord. MC vowed vengeance? There is no sin that MC will not forgive. The most vexing aspect is that MC treats his classmates far better than he does a... more>> certain party member who fights alongside him.

Looking at the train wreck of a story, the only conclusion that comes to mind is that the first volume was a bait or that the writer's style is completely dependent on his mood and that the writer had no specific plan for the plot. That is most likely the case, given that it was adapted from a web novel. No amount of post-editing will help. Avoid this. <<less
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DeathStroke96 rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: v4
It had a boring start (well mainly c1) but that was a set up so, I was willing to ignore that pretty meh chapter, however towards the end of c1 of v1 and then onwards it was fun! Really fun, especially seeing how the MC broke down and then transformed to the bad ass he is was really enjoyable, plus with the intro of Yue and the continuity of conquering the dungeon and the ending about the truth of the world made the first volume awesome.

v2 continued onwards from v1... more>> with an Intro of a new female character and some other side characters and a new dungeon.

honestly with this being my second isekai, after Death march (LN) I have to recommend it to anyone new to either LNs or isekai genre overall but my suggestion is to read the official J-Novel translation as the quality of the translation is huge! <<less
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Enferlain rated it
February 27, 2019
Status: v8
I loved the first volume, it had mostly everything I'm looking for in a novel. Unfortunately it falls into the same tr*sh category as soon as 2nd volume comes around, namely adding new heroines for no reason. What's the point? Why add another useless harem element to an already enjoyable fantasy? Can the author not write about the adventures of the 2 main characters, does he so desperately need to keep adding new sh*t that serves no real purpose? It's the same every time. I've been reading novels for a... more>> while, but somehow it seems like other than Spice and Wolf no one can write something with a meaningful one on one relationship with no harem tr*sh or multiple love interests added. I'm really f*cking disappointed right now. I thought I found something great, but I guess I should know better at this point to get my expectations up. I'll continue reading because I want to see just how bad it gets, or if it gets better. Until then, this is a 2 star from me. Without the first volume, it would be just one shitty star. <<less
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Kio Ciel rated it
June 30, 2017
Status: v5
Even though I'm not currently on Volume 5 (because I'm already read the Web novel version and finish the entire series) I have to says I skipped several chapters in volume 1 and I regret it because when I was done with volume 1 it completely hooked me! So I have to go back and re-read it once again.

If you're a type of person who like to see BAD people get punish or received retribution then this one has it for you.

But if you're a type of person who doesn't... more>> like Harem then this might be a little bit hard to handle since there is a harem in it, but on the bright side is that the actions will distract you from the harem so don't be worry. <<less
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Subsinexus rated it
June 27, 2022
Status: Completed
Reviewing only Volume 1, this is a perfect 10/10, and I gave a 5 star rating for Volume 1 alone.

Power System: Unique and unexpected, while also being extremely fun to read about.

Character Development: The MC's experiences, breakdown and growth are just splendidly written. I enjoyed how his environment changed him, how his romance saved him and how his mind matured.

Romance: Excellent. It's compressed and develops quickly, but is well written. Not only are the two introduced heroines cutely characterized and drawn, the impact of their romance upon the protagonist's mental... more>> state and growth is clear.

Plot: I couldn't help but enjoy it. The author chose an excellent setting for this to take place, and prepared some interesting surprises. The twists and turns as the MC struggled for survival just kept me reading on. Couldn't help but cheer for him.

Now, the above is only for Volume 1, which by itself can be a nice short story with a vague ending. Moving on to after Volume 1, quality drops. Not everything that made Volume 1 perfect disappears, but like ink dropped in clear water, the quality is tainted by the new content.

Character Development and Power System: Not that much to speak of. The MC did most of his physical and mental growth in Volume 1. Certainly, he does get stronger with coming volumes, but the most critical developments that formed his foundation occurred in volume 1. Mentally, his development has mostly reached its end, only needing some adjustment and tuning for harem life.

Romance: It changed from focusing on a single heroine to a harem, with harem shenanigans. Likely most of us would have preferred only one heroine or only the two heroines of the first volume with the protagonist. Overall quality took a huge dive.

Plot: Had its high points, but never once caught back up to the peak of volume 1. Not terrible though. People likely only rate the whole thing low due to having such high standards after Volume 1. The MC's chuuni tendencies can feel cringy at times. Overall, 6 or 7/10. <<less
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noodled rated it
March 24, 2021
Status: v8
I loved the beginning. Absolutely loved it. I binged the hell out of this novel after watching the anime.

But then, the MC started becoming dumber and dumber, creating a harem and a total reversal of his personality from being ruthless to being a total idiot, causing problems for himself later down the line, such as enemies he spared coming after him etc. Earlier on, he would have killed those f*ckers instantly like he did with many of them so they can never pose a threat, but now his character makes... more>> no sense at all, allowing his enemies to walk all over him.

It's like he completely forgot what happened in the dungeon and what he had to go through.

They should have kept it that Yue was the only love interest, while the rest were just friends, but no you've gotta have that annoying harem.

I would have gave it a 5/5 if it had kept the same tone as the beginning, but I'll give it a 2/5 since the beginning was great, but the rest was not even worthy of a 1/5, total garbage generic isekai stuff.

I read some spoilers on the wiki page to see what happens later on and decided to drop it after volume 8 as I couldn't take it anymore. It sucks so bad to see a story with good potential ruined. <<less
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stanljpierre rated it
October 17, 2021
Status: v11
Hesitatated for a long time due to the mixed reviews after my initial watching of the anime, and now that I've reached the second to last volume I'm leaning more towards the negative reviews on this. I especially enjoyed the MC's journey through the abyss, but when women became involved I personally think that the quality of the story began to plummet. I wouldn't say I'm particularly into edgy type of MC's, but his changes in personality that he had due to his fall were what hooked me this story.... more>> Then came Yue who I really have no real complaints about, the women who followed, or more specifically those from his previous world really ruined things for me. I find it pathetic how easily his attitude/behavior started to shift with a little speech said by his teacher Aiko. Like you're telling me all those months of suffering he had to endure can so easily be assuaged with a few shallow words of which she had no real right saying? In one short volume he went from f*ck off to being marginally more considerate of other people. Of course this isn't extended to his enemies or those who show him and those he considers close hostility, but come on. MC's in JP novels always tend to lose their marbles when women are involved. They become unhappy, start pouting/glaring and the MC is quick to do what he can to make them happy again like the fate of the world depends on it. I appreciate the girls like Yue, Shea and Tio who got to know Hajime after his fall in the abyss because they accepted all of what he became without trying to change him. Those like Kaori, Shizuku and Aiko I don't really like due to their preconceived notions of what's right and wrong and trying to force it upon/influence Hajime only to become unhappy or disapprove when he does otherwise. For instance, I still think that Kouki more than deserved to die, but because it'd make Kaori and Shizuku sad Hajime spared him on several occasions even when the man tried to kill him. Just really irksome to read. I only forced myself to continue reading up until the current volume because I have already invested my time into this and I wouldn't be able to put this to the back of my mind without seeing it through to the end no matter how dissatisfied I am with what it's become. <<less
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prometheus115 rated it
April 4, 2021
Status: v10
I used to be a major fan of this series, but after having experienced more stories in similar genres to Arifureta I have changed my opinion as this series was always lacking in quality, however it is still an enjoyable read, and mediocrity is not a sin.

The most recent volumes of Arifureta feel like an author who has evolved his writing style and skills being stuck with characters created when he was an inexperienced writer. The characters were one dimensional in the WN and early LN volumes, however the author... more>> has tried to expand the characters and develop them in a way that feels forced. The base quality of the writing itself has improved, but the characters have been stretched and distorted in a way that feels unnatural because of how (poorly) they were originally written and this overall detracts from the enjoyment of the story, not that it was a particularly good story in the first place, but it was a solid 6/10. <<less
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GrisiaSun rated it
February 14, 2021
Status: Completed
Light-hearted overall gag action harem love comedy filled with many popular Japanese clichés and troupes.

MC is an anti-hero that is borderline chaotic neutral and obviously becomes OP gradually along with his growing harem of various races and personality types while trying to find a way home after being forcefully transported to a fantasy world.

Includes some sci-fi and magical weaponry our MC makes as he fulfills his childhood dreams of being OP.

Sorry but spoiler tag below is a slight rant regarding bad reviews on this novel rather than actual spoilers for... more>> this novel.


Rather than fighting to/for a novel I always believe that every writing has an intended audience and if you fall outside of it, it is expected not to enjoy it. My only baseline is the language use and inconsistency within the writing itself.

For example you don't criticize historical logs for being an info/fact dump or a gag comedy to be illogical. It is saddening to see so many negative reviews criticizing the novel to be cliche when the entire tone of the novel already doesn't take itself that seriously.

The gag comedy genre is might not be a popular or familiar concept to non-native Japanese and many mistake it for authors making their characters Mary sues etc. Those familiar with the culture just recognize that the over exaggerated stints are not being to be taken seriously and move on if it's not to their tastes or laugh along when team rocket blasts off to space again.

The actual hero in the class actually does wake up and grows a personality in the side stories.


Basically if you see the genre tags, my short summary and think it's something that you will enjoy or try, I believe Arifureta does deliver. Bearing in mind again that its strong point is the love comedy and the anti-hero go about saving damsels (and stealing hearts unintentionally) the unconventional way. <<less
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Yellowgoodboat rated it
January 12, 2021
Status: Completed
Honestly, Arifureta is one of my favorite series. To be completely honest, at first, I was very appalled at how cruel he can be to some people. However as the series goes on, we can see gradual character development, and end up seeing more and more of his gentle side. And prior to this comment, I saw people going on and on about how the harem is just lusting after Hajime, but I do not personally think so.

... more>>

Take Yue for example. He literally saved her from her 300 years of solitary confinement. He is her savior, and honestly, they are compatible with each other.
Then take Shea, a bunny girl from a village he saved from the dangers
Tio...I don't know man, I can't really justify this. F in the chat...
And so on...


And people saying that he can just make everything is s*upid is really just braindead themselves. Do you guys not know how much EFFORT he put just to make ONE bullet at the start of the series? How much TIME he put into honing his engineering skills? The people who are chasing after a mindless MC who is strong without a struggle can get the hell out.
I can say for sure that this series is certainly a VERY enjoyable read. So give it a try! <<less
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captain crunch rated it
May 26, 2018
Status: v5
Rating: 3.5 - 4, Translation: 5

[Rating/Translation scale: 5 = almost all readers may enjoy / infrequent minor errors. 4 = large majority of readers may enjoy / frequent minor errors or infrequent major errors, no difficulty to read. 3 = 50% of readers may enjoy / frequent major errors, unable to understand some sentences or a paragraph in a chapter. 2 = niche audience may enjoy / unable to understand moderate portion of a chapter. 1 = portion of niche audience may enjoy / unable to understand most of a... more>> chapter.]

I read the J-Novel Club version of this LN.

Summary: A Japanese high school class gets summoned to another world to be heroes to fight against the demon country. MC was a kind of otaku loser and also does not get any special abilities. Eventually, an incident allows him to gain extreme amount of power. He tries to find a way back to Japan, and in the meantime forms a harem and learns some secrets about the alternate world.

Good: Has the main isekai features for isekai fans. MC does not have to follow the standard "good guy" role and is independent. Each volume feels like a complete arc, and like a novel.

Bad: After MC becomes OP, the action gets a little repetitive. 1st volume is a little dark and a struggle for the MC, but then 2nd volume onward has a strange change to have a lot of comedy sketches with new harem members becoming comedic relief instead of serious characters.

Overall: Good for isekai fans, sort of anti-hero MC. Storytelling is fair to good. However, action gets repetitive, author makes strange choice to add a lot of attempts at humor after V1. Better than hit-or-miss on my scale, slightly above 3.5. <<less
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DragonHJT rated it
January 20, 2018
Status: --
At first I thought the novel would be great, but as I kept reading, it progressively got worse. It had great potential from the start, ... more>>

But there was no good revenge scene after he met up with everyone, and after he met the usagi? (Bunny) girl, it became more cringey with his arm becoming a op shotgun gun that can one shot a few monsters at his will, Indiana jones bolder scenes, and creations, like a car and railgun, that are too advanced to be understood by other unimportant characters in a swords and magic world.

I like how it gave some explanation on how things worked with a some sort of logic instead of just saying something along the lines of "the rock is useful to make things because it is different from the rest" like I have seen in some LN's, but for his weapons to be too advanced for anyone else to know what it was except for his classmates, it doesn't seem like it belongs as a main weapon. If it showed some progress to advancing technology in general, it would be a lot more reasonable. I think that it started off great and would have had amazing potential if it didn't go the way it is now. <<less
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