Atelier Tanaka


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Yoshio Tanaka gets reincarnated into a fantasy game world, with healing magic as a “cheat” ability. The strongest wizard. I mean magician! The one with the fireballs. Oh, wait that sounds wrong too…

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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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09/13/19 Rhex Translations v4c5 part2
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New SenilePenile rated it
September 14, 2019
Status: v4c5 part2
Dropping after vol 4 chapt 5 pt 2. Reasons are listed below.
    • This isn't even beta male anymore. This is super M bottom b***h male.
    • All the power in the world still acts and believes himself to be weak.
    • Really uneeded and unappreciated polictical chapters.
    • Healing magic just seems to have disappeared in the recent chapter (10 or so).
    • The freaking names man, like there are some stories that have dumb names but wholly sh*t this is next level.
    • No romance, or at least very little.
    • 4 volumes in and you got a sh*t tier harem with MAYBE 2 members. The harem members literally have like 2 other personality traits besides "loves protagonist.
This is essentially a very poorly written political novel with a protagonist that is a closet M and hates getting laid. The first half was OK, that's it, OK. The second half is just trash. There is basically no adventure, it's very dark while somehow also not using that darkness to build the story, MC is op but he so rarely used his power and when he did for such trivial reason that it doesn't make sense. I can't stand the second half.
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New Fireww rated it
September 8, 2019
Status: --
Although this is my personal opinion, the story isn't as good as some people say it is, and not as bad as some other people say it is, but it is leaning towards the bad side.

If you hate NTR, don't read it, although not exactly true, it basically plays with the theme a bit too much for comfort.

The novel is trying to convey the "B*tches turned Housewives" basically.

... more>> The MC is also a problem. He is very contradicting in his personality AND doesn't evolve. Instead the others are evolving around him.

The MC has a disturbing side, really disturbing side, but in fact, if you ignore his inner thoughts, he is an all around good guy. He has immense power but isn't exactly corrupted.

The difference between what he thinks and what he does for the most time isn't even hypocrisy that is why I'm confused by the MC.

The problem with the novel are the conttadictions aswell.

The girls are basically all sl*ts of the highest grade. Not a single one is decent and some even could give the MC's thoughts a run for their money. I think the other reviews explained the girl's particularities well enough.

Basically, the girls were sexually active before they met the MC with another guy who basically is the standart Knight Cliche.

The MC joined the party and realistically, they didn't fell in love immediatly with him, in fact, nothing happened.

The novel actually does that part well. Heroines don't necesseraly needs to be virgins, especially when one is a half succubus.

The problem comes after this...

So a few things happens and the girls are starting to lean in favor of the MC, as in actually falling in love.

They are not in love yet, but they are close, yet it doesn't stop them from fooling around with other guys. One of them has a gang bang fetish btw.

So instead of trying to, you know, get in a serious relationship, they basically fool around while pursuing the MC.

Ironically, the MC wants to be with a virgin girl...

As I've said, it isn't NTR, but it's obviously nearly the same. The girls all have a deviant behavior in regards of what it means to be in a couple or a deviant behavior all around.

So the contradiction comes from the fact that there's part that are quite realistic, but others don't make much sense.

Another point is that I think there's genuine NTR at least once but I can't remember when.

Note that the girls actually get serious after a while, but what they've done should have earned a straight rejection. But then again the MC isn't normal.

Basically the MC is somewhat creepy and slightly metally retarded but the girls are the same. <<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 sex. 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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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 sexual 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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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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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 a***ole 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 sex-depraved white-collar douchebag that gets transported and picks healing cheat to cure PTSDs, because he wants to have lots of sex.

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 = shit

Monsters = reasonable

His first friend is a fucking goblin while every human is a d**k 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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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 shits 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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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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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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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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Custardmouse rated it
May 19, 2019
Status: v4c3 part7
Five stars to counter trolls that can't read tags.


Be warned that some of the perviness in here has a really violent edge to it that I did not enjoy.

This story is almost like an intellectual exercise: if you took all the weird subgenres of porn that Japan has mastered and made Tanaka, a repressed, bitter middle-aged virgin and wage slave in his last life, a willing perv to every one of them despite his otherwise constructive society abiding and good-natured public lifestyle; then transported him to a dark fantasy world... more>> full of other people having s*x by choice before sexual violence can be done to them and give Tanaka almost unlimited power to thrive there; leave Tanaka with his butter face that he still keeps him insecure and set him loose in the world to masturbate to at all the evil and good he encounters; could you still write an exciting, deep, hilarious, and even emotional fantasy novel while staying true to all the worst dark fantasies of Tanaka's personality no matter how damaging or unrealistic they may be to the verisimilitude of the story at that moment? When you save the girls from the orc rapists because it's the right thing to do regardless of reward is it still OK to have a hardon when you do it and masturbate lots later? Is this still a real character you can empathize with or just a satire of our primitive natures and a mirror showing us how little free will we actually have?

I don't really know the answer, but I do know that this is a helluvah good, and sometimes incredibly evil, dark fantasy that is deeper than its er**ic surface.

Don't worry, although Tanaka's insecurities and bitterness keep him oblivious or scornful of the romance he could have with the main girls of the story, he does seem to be evolving self-efficacy and awareness of his true strength and influence in the world. He also never commits evil acts no matter how jealous or aroused they make him, and remains a fundamentally decent human being In Action to this point of the story. <<less
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