Atelier Tanaka


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Yoshio Tanaka gets reincarnated into a fantasy game world, with healing magic as a “cheat” ability.

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Atelier Tanaka - Age = Years Without a Girlfriend
Tanaka no Atelier ~ Nenrei Ikōru Kanojo Inai Reki no Renkinjutsu-shi ~
Tanaka The Wizard
Tanaka ~ Nenrei Ikōru Kanojo Inai Reki no Mahōtsukai ~
田中のアトリエ ~年齢イコール彼女いない歴の錬金術師~
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11/15/18 Rhex Translations v3c5 part2
11/08/18 Rhex Translations v3c5 part1
11/08/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part11
11/02/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part10
10/25/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part9
10/16/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part8
10/09/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part7
10/02/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part6
09/21/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part5
09/14/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part4
09/05/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part3
08/28/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part2
08/19/18 Rhex Translations v3c4 part1
08/12/18 Rhex Translations v3c3 part8
08/05/18 Rhex Translations v3c3 part7
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New Juantwotree rated it
November 8, 2018
Status: v3c4 part10
The story begins with the standard MC dies, meets god, and gets reincarnated with OP power. If that was all it was then it would just be another cookie cutter Isekai that would be worth your time. However, unlike other Isekai stories, the delivery and the MC's personality are what make it more interesting. (tl;dr is at the bottom)

The MC—Yoshio Tanka, simply known as Tanaka in the other world—has an extreme lack of self-esteem due to his previous life. This caused him to never lose his virginity and develop... more>> a complex over it; also causing his inner thoughts to become plagued with nothing but depraved s*xual fantasies. (Which, personally, can make you recoil in disgust at the radicality)

Despite his short-comings, he's actually kind-hearted, selfless, and intelligent which causes the heroines to fall for him. But, of course, because of his complexes, he becomes dense and refuses to believe that any cute girls could possibly fall in love with a "busamen* like himself" so he ends up doing nothing to them.

The plot is fairly decent as the author has clearly taken care of building his world, giving the feeling that there is more to it than just what was presented, and has written a storyline that has ties to previous chapters and character's deeds. The storyline planning definitely ties the entire story together well with good foreshadowing but only to a small amount. (It's not quite at the level of GOT with a giant interconnected web that ties everything together but that isn't really something that should be expected of this kind of story.)

The characters have a very much 3d personality that evolves even in side-characters. The MC hasn't had very much character development but with the way things are progressing, I think that he will eventually overcome his problems and pull through.

(The tl;dr of this review) Overall, it's an interesting story that keeps the overused OP MC in Isekai theme fresh. It isn't the best Isekai story out there by far, but is something that you should definitely read if you like the theme with a lot of perverted scenes and are able to tolerate being inside the mind of a s*xually depraved virgin wizard with a rotten heart of gold.

VERDICT: Read this alone in a dark room with lots of lube.

(side note and rant—ignore if you want: I think the reason for the poor reviews is because when they read the "harem" tag and "perverted protagonist" tag they assume that there'll be a harem gangbang. This isn't a valid reason to judge it poorly since this is how the author wants the story to be like. Not some sh*tty Isekai copy-paste story. Calling it garbage because you expected the MC to get a girl and be dull clone is unfair to the author. Besides, it's not like the author betrayed your expectations, if you actually pay attention to the beginning then you can tell that it's not going to be "just another isekai" and that the MC has major problems that'll hinder him socially and romantically. That being said, another problem other reviewers had was the extreme nature of MC's thoughts... Yeah. He's f*cked up man. I'd have given 5 stars if it weren't for how royally screwed up he his. But this, too, was shown at the beginning and isn't enough to give it a sh*t review alone.)

*busamen = ugly guy; sort of like a derogatory term; the opposite of ikemen which means pretty boy or stud or something of that sort (paraphrasing from what I could gather) <<less
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Renovartio rated it
May 6, 2016
Status: --
I always find it funny when a reviewer doesn’t like a series for nonsensical reasons. Yeah, it’s one thing to find faults (the MCs actions, mindset or what they say doesn't make sense or fit their character) in the story. It’s something completely different if you take a thing that isn’t even a fault and then rant about it. (The fact that the MC thinks about s*x a lot).

It’s a good series, after seeing the illustrations. You can see that the MC isn’t actually ugly. He just doesn’t fit the... more>> Japanese modern standard of beauty.

It’s supposed to be a story on how this guy is coping with living under unfavorable conditions in another world. Don’t like it? Don’t read it. <<less
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Trejon rated it
May 27, 2016
Status: --
Well I can say about this... Romance? no chance, harem? not even mention it. MC gets a girl? Nope.

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What I don't like is that basically one of the girls likes to be gang-banged, the other girl even though she is having s*x with another dude she says she loves the MC then she goes back to have s*x with the other dude along with the other girl resulting in group s*x. The MC somehow ends up with engaged with the girl that has quite a few s*x friends but they don't end up together as she goes to search others.... And the MC doesn't want to have s*x with a non-virgin so since every girls he knows has done it already you can guess the rest.

Well this story is about an OP protagonist that somehow don't get any of the heroines of the story with the girls being like, I love you but I only have s*x with others... and stays virgin.

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thorlong rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: c11 part1
This was a great read, kinda feels like a silly version of The Hobbit with an OP idiot hero that has semi-great luck. I am looking forward to reading more.
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serguis rated it
March 17, 2016
Status: --
Rather disappointing. Mostly it's about a reincarnated man who become ugly as a cheat-power but doesn't do anything special just lives, go to work, meet people who don't like him.
Actually it's kind of boring.
It's not a love story, neither is there any "special/complex/exiting" magic.
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Strident rated it
May 9, 2017
Status: c131
I've read the entirety of the web novel and I can confidently say that everyone who says the MC gets his girls NTR'd, or that after girls fall in love with him they go and have s*x with other men, have absolutely no idea what they're talking about.

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Every girl who sincerely falls in love with him are entirely uninterested in other men, the only exception being Sophia who, by the end of the web novel, has just begun to fall for Tanaka. None of these characters have s*x behind Tanaka's back, and no one gets NTR'd from him. The first s*x scene absolutely does not count because the girls were already in a s*xual relationship with Allen by the time Tanaka even meets them.


What makes Atelier Tanaka so good is how it turns the traditional Isekai genre into a satire on the audience's carnal desires. Traditional isekai novels emphasize being young and unwanted in modern Japan and thus given a new life to exceed at and realize their true potential. Along the way, these self insert protagonists who are unusually handsome (Ikemen) and good natured collect virgins to add to their harem and become renowned across the land adls an unparalleled hero. It's entirely wish fulfillment. Atelier Tanaka turns this trope on its head by inserting a dirty old man who is butt ugly (busamen) and Japanese in a medieval European setting where nobles abuse the hell out of peasantry. He is a Wizard in both senses and from his inner thoughts you can tell he loves every genre of hentai there is no matter how weird it is, except traps. He obsesses over losing his virginity with another virgin and collecting a harem, but at the same time represents traditional Japanese values on the outside through humility, kindness, and polite speech, and he's very introverted around around new people. He is a manifestation of the desires of people who eat wish fulfillment right up. Instead, Tanaka has to deal with the reality of his life and is almost never offered an easy way out of his predicaments without the help of his overpowered magic stat. He is a tragic protagonist, and a true societal underdog who bonds with deep, female characters that have their own desires unrestrained by wish fulfillment or a petty sense of censorship. <<less
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charioles rated it
December 11, 2015
Status: --
A very untypical transported to other world adventure novel. The author really doesn't sugar coat the story like many other where the MC become handsome or instantly a lady-killer in the new world/life. There will be poop throwing as a fighting method, the MC stays ugly and old as he was, he starts pennyless and level 1 although with insane MP and INT.

The guy is basically a nice and moral guy, at least he's not an asshole alpha male like some other novels. He's pretty understanding, patient, and mature. Unlike... more>> most other older MC in many novels that somehow getting a teenager personality and liking young girl after being transported or reincarnated.

I'd recommend reading at least until ch6 to see the potential of this novel (MC will start getting recognition of his OPness by then). Don't be discouraged by the early nasty poop fighting, if it looks stupid but it works, it ain't stupid. <<less
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elainekoek rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: --
Just a warning for those who wants to read this. If you are looking for a romance / harem story then this is not for you. What brings this novel out compared to others is the comedy inside. What's enjoyable about reading this is that the MC from this novel is different than the MC from other novels. He's more... to say realistic. If you're looking for a story with a popular MC with a dozen of harem then this is not for you.

Give this a try only if you're... more>> looking for something different. <<less
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Subzeroblack rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
Starts out great and funny with only a few “upsetting” scenes/events but you realize its not your everyday lucky (raijuu) transported to another world MC. Its an average guy put in difficult situations... Chapter 10 feels like the series picks up after a few disturbing scenes/events that a lot of the previous reviewers disliked (ch.7) which I was a bit put off as well.. But again Chapter 10 it feel the series is back on track.... RATING 4.5/5
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gdp740 rated it
February 18, 2016
Status: --
This one has a potential. Being one of among the reincarnation stories, this one is quite close to konosuba. But I still find this as quite refreshing.

Well, I do hope it get translated even further. I want to read more of how will this certain MC play his story.
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Rin rated it
December 14, 2015
Status: --
A middle aged man with average looks being reincarnated into a fantasy world as he originally is and gets OP recovery magic. He is a well-mannered person but has slightly ecchi thoughts. An interesting read. I think the end of chapter 8 is a good place to determine whether you want to continue to read or not.
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tilkku rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: c12
Very funny series with absurd humor, though the misunderstandings do go over the top sometimes.

The MC is basically an ugly s*x-depraved white-collar douchebag that gets transported and picks healing cheat to cure PTSDs, because he wants to have lots of s*x.

Now he's not the brightest bulb of the lot, just living day by day and accidentally (with the help of alcohol) saving the day or blowing up everything with default fireball and >9000 INT. Misunderstandings ensue as he just wants to bang girls and doesn't have any other care in... more>> the world.

The story takes about 10 chapters to set up the characters. Just don't take it too seriously and you're in for a ride. <<less
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Ligoya rated it
December 5, 2015
Status: --
This is a story of an underdog, people have a bad impression of him just because he’s ugly and not looking at his skill. But they are mistaken, he’s OP but people just don’t understand. 10/10 will give it a read.
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Thilde rated it
February 12, 2016
Status: --
A very refreshing story when you look at the MC’s interactions with people. The MC is very timid and the people he meet have very ordinary reactions when you compare it to the often unnatural interactions between most MC’s in these scenarios. It’s a story where the characters makes sense in being realistic. The MC is an middleaged, ugly, and timid man, and a bit of a pushover, so he encounters the sort of unfair treatment that is expected. It’s what makes him likable, as you can easily relate to... more>> him, and you start wishing for good things to come his way. <<less
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TheManko rated it
December 14, 2015
Status: --
At time of writing I've read up to chapter 7. So far I'm having a great time. It's wonderfully off-beat compared to other fantasy series. Like when the protagonist goes off on his first quest, nothing plays out like it would usually do, and this is true for each step of the story. It gets going quick, and so far it hasn't fallen into any predictable patterns. The second I thought he was going to be a miserable underdog for most of the series, he started showing off OP abilities.... more>> But because he's naturally awkward and off-putting to everyone, this isn't exactly going to help him achieve his hopes and dreams. I'm fine with there not being any clear plot arc going on, as the situational comedy has been spot on. <<less
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FatalStrings rated it
December 5, 2015
Status: --
[by the time of this review chapter 5 is the latest update, Opinions stated here is not final, future revision might occur.]

This series has potential!

this series’ protagonist is likable not because of his positive characteristics but because of his flaws, and that’s rare. right now the MC is following the “underdog” archetype so a switch in tone might happen in the future, but so far I’m enjoying it.

Update: as of chapter 9

Well I did say it has potential but it didn’t live up to it...

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Early in the novel the MC was treated unfairly buy humans: he was accused and imprisoned by the guard, betrayed by the woman he helped and was beaten up by passersby for no reason other than his ugly face. Then he met a goblin which he helped and then later helped him back TWICE, on two separate occasions!

They exchange dialogue with the goblin stating that not all goblins are bad.

Now what does that chain of events tell you?

Humans = sh*t

Monsters = reasonable

His first friend is a f**king goblin while every human is a d*ck to him. This is a clear set up for a revenge story, which didn’t happen, what we got is an inconsistent derp adventure. I was expecting the MC grows from a humble underdog to a badass antihero.


It started out good and a refreshing take on a familiar premise, and the MC is relatable. The early chapters made me cheer for this guy. But the change of priority by the author killed any good will I have for this novel.

I also looked at the spoilers just to see if it proves. It doesn't.

I’m disappointed, very disappointed.

Changed the rating from 4 >>1 <<less
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SorakaNii rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c13 part2
The portrayal is really fluid and connects perfectly. The character itself acts a 3rd party and not directly connected to conflicts, I really wonder if this really have comedy but this really makes me feel giddy because the author's feelings clearly reflects the antithetical side of most harem reincarnation story, while again, being a third party. The MC took stand as a real otherworldly person, but uncaring towards his surroundings and only wanting to put airs, in essence, making him quite cool compared to other protagonist. Well, the MC also... more>> doesn't care about relationships. Well, same could also be said towards the other characters, they are uncaring, indirectly involved with each other and well of course they're diverse. Well all I could say, is the author is really cooler than most MC. <<less
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MegaAtomic rated it
August 3, 2017
Status: c11
TL;DR: This novel is a comedic play on how an awkward guy might handle an isekai. This novel is really unusual compared to most isekai and includes a small amount of 18+ themes. Everyone sh*ts on MC but not as bad as a "isekai hell" novel

It's a refreshingly comedic and maybe realistic take on isekai genre.

People are not falling at your feet, waiting for you to rescue them. People are not kind-hearted and gracious every single time. If you've been living a life where you were unpopular, going to another... more>> world was not going to change that unless you just have luck (which the MC has a pitiful amount of). People have personalities that show their own desires instead of desiring to please the MC. In a sea of happy, cool guy isekai, you have Atelier Tanaka.

MC is really uncool (he gets thrown into prison in the first scene and has to throw poop to escape! And he picked healing magic as his cheat so he could visit prostitutes and cure his STDs!) but that's part of his charm as a more realistic and awkward guy. He's a perv, thoughtless, indecisive, gets depressed easily, and has no charisma, but he's not a bad guy.

The characters and situations are almost purposely the opposite of most isekai. Girls hate the MC, MC's first friend is a goblin, people see his actions as troublesome and treat him like he's a pain. Honestly, if he did not have a cheat, this world would suck total ass for him. However, he gets his time to shine and be cool in uncool ways. <<less
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slay_mithos rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: --
Well, at least there are not many chapters translated, so reading this was fast.

Seriously though, it starts with some of the laziest settings possible, a writing style that's poor, and a translation that's overall ok, but not great.

The story abuses the "you are ugly" that's put onto the MC, gives no crap about any kind of description or background, and puts the MC in situations that make no sense at all.

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From chapter 1:

For example, the prison thing at the start, he is put there for not having money to pay the entry toll into the town, never questioned or anything, and put into a cell with a death row convict, but for her execution, only 1 jailor comes in to take her away, leaves the door open, despite being in a cell with 2 people.

He dies, the girl somehow cooperates to escape, single handedly kills every soldier that's in the way and they escape from a castle (the escape thing is done in 2 short sentences too).

She then betrays him for no reason and he is beat up by some random people and left to die without even clothes.


Nothing gets described well, there is a boring system of stats, skills and skill levels that doesn't really add anything. Also, the stats don't represent reality, as we have a protagonist with 5702000 intelligence but that doesn't seem to think much or be capable of great mental prowesses aside from being able to kill in cold blood without feeling anything.

All in all, a very badly put together novel based on a concept that could have lead somewhere, if it was from someone that had a story to fit with the concept, and much better writing. I mean, a protagonist actually ugly (he describes himself as "an especially unfashionable middle-aged man", so not really that ugly per say, but whatever) that is really proficient in healing, this could have made great stories.

A serious one that delves on the darker side of society an how it treats people, as well as corruption and so on when his skill is discovered, with people trying to abuse his gift or strait up slavery could fit. A lighter story where he makes up for his handicap by helping people could also work well.

Maybe it could make a story more in the line of a comedy too, where the ugly part and the "holy" healing part contrast so much that it gives rise to incongruous situations.

But you'll find none of this here, just a vague attempt at making it feel gritty, but with nowhere near enough characterization and description to make you feel anything for the characters.

I am starting to think that there are people that rate 5 stars no matter what, and none of the 5 star reviews feel like they are talking about the same story I just read, as they describe the protagonist as "well mannered" or "timid", where all he does is act awkward and inconsistent (kills someone without feeling anything, takes the lead on making decisions on multiple occasions, but at other times just act like a moron, and the "ugly" is used to justify just about anything that happens to him). <<less
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kevinmul rated it
May 17, 2018
Status: v3c2 part5
Just believe in my word, this novel is a decent one.

Maybe not for everone since the MC's illutions are sometimes borderline with common sense.

This novel doesn't have a story rich, but if you are searching some novels to reas in your times, this one would do great.
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UselesslyUseless rated it
February 7, 2018
Status: c140
The MC is both the best and the worst part of this series. He is why this series ia above average to me and also why it is not getting a full 5-star.

His monologue is really creepy. Really f**king creepy. Yes, I know that people do have vile thoughts every now and then, but to this extend it crossed the territory from relatable to 'dude, you need psychiatrist'. His actions in the later part of the novels toward the blond half-succubus noblelady also kinda pissed me off, even though it... more>> is really in-character and fresh compare to most other LN/WN.

On the other hand, the guy is consistently good if cowardly. Reading this dude trying to be best wingbro for everyone asking warm my heart. Aside from all the creepiness, the guy has never gone out of his way to abuse his power, trying to smooth over conflicts no matter who he encountered, and have deep-seated inferiority complex, which make him really really feel like his description as a 30-something wizard. I personally feel that the author did a great job in the 'show, don't tell' department, especially during the later part; it came through to me that the guy did all these things for his friends because he really treasure them as friends and would indeed fight to the death for their sake.

Still, this novel really need you to turn a certain part of your brain off to enjoy, but it is a good ride.

Also, the WN is not over. Somebody please fix, I soldiered through the broken MT only to see that it is not over yet. I hate waiting for new chapters. <<less
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