Debut or Die


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A student who was preparing the Civil Service examination for 4th year, suddenly he found himself in an unfamiliar body 3 years ago.

As well as a status window displaying a threat in front of his eyes!

[Outbreak!] [Status Abnormality: ‘Debut or Death’ Occurs!] A diary about the transformation of the main character, who was suddenly challenged to be an idol even though he has never been in the industry before due to sudden threat of death.

※Speciality: He used to take and sell idol’s data.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Debut or Die
I'll Die If I Fail to Debut
If I Fail to Debut, I’ll Get a Killer Disease
데뷔 못 하면 죽는 병 걸림
Related Series
Debut or Die Magazine (Spin-Off)
The Trashy PD Has To Survive as an Idol (4)
Fanservice Paradox (2)
Superstar From Age 0 (2)
The Idol Group and the Crown (1)
God’s Song (1)
Life, Once Again! (1)
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Latest Release

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05/20/22 Travis Translations c8
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04/25/22 Travis Translations c3
04/21/22 Travis Translations c2
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08/21/21 Molidae Translations c3
08/16/21 Molidae Translations c2
08/10/21 Molidae Translations c1
07/21/21 Le Mafia Scans c1
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22 Reviews

New kpopdump
May 12, 2022
Status: c43
I love this novel so much because there aren't many showbiz novels out there that emphasize idol and fandom life like this one. Aside from the reincarnation part and the system, the plot is realistic and very familiar for kpop fans. 5/5

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After eagerly waiting for so long, I'm one of the unfortunate ones who missed the mass update (chapters 44-57) just because I was busy with real life for a few days 😭

For those kind souls who managed to get a copy of the translations for ch44-57, please message this poor fan, desperate to read quality translations even just until ch57. Translator-nim, hope you reach me out too if we got a new disc server or something, I miss our small readers community ><

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New Ard123
May 10, 2022
Status: c207
Easily one of my favorites. I don't really have any bone to pick with the story. I even went ahead and MTLed it lol. I really enjoyed it and as someone who listens to kpop and have watched a few idol survival programs, it gave me a deeper understanding about about the industry. Definitely worth reading it
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Aug 11, 2021
Status: c10
I'm currently really interested in producer 101 stuff like this and this is the best novel out of all the other ones ive found on novelupdates (for my healing life, holy idol, etc)

this is has realism and no plot holes so far (unlike healing life). I love the MC' predictions and understanding of the showbiz system too

also, the best part is the translation. I know really good korean stories that have such poor translations that I dropped. Kudos to BelovedEuropa for high quality and frequent translations, thank you <3~~
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Aug 24, 2021
Status: c16
I wish the translator don't dropped this like every Korean idol novel that I've read.

This is really interesting. It got me so hook that I tried using google lens to read it in kakao.

I wish this was made into a webtoon but it makes. me worry about the art.


Still no update... Do I need to wait until December to confirm that its dropped or is it dropped?
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Dec 25, 2021
Status: c139
It's a gem, guys.

Truth be told, I don't know a thing about idols, but after reading this novel I thought I just should adopt some group of idols as my babies, haha. This is really nice and funny to read, tbh. Even when there's some serious topics in the story, it abords it perfectly and don't take so much time on it. Personally, I love this dynamic.

MC (whose name is Park Moondae) is funny and he don't know it. When we are in first person POV at the beginning, we... more>> think he's a regular smart guy with some funny reactions at the absurdity of his situation, but when we switch to other characters POVs, he really seems to be a funny guy who does absurd things with a straight face, I love him, haha.

The group is amazing. I like how it develops and how Moondae adopts them as his babies without even realizing it. They have a precious relationship! And each one of them has their special moment.

Plus, I love the fans. I felt represented.

Well, maybe there's more things to say, but maybe I would do some spoilers so just be aware that this novel is te most wholesome, funny and cute thing in this world. Their characters will be your new babies, ma fella.

Though I read it in spanish, which have more chapters translated, I checked and Beloved Europa's translation to english is great! <<less
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Apr 05, 2022
Status: c211
I truly love this novel so much that I'm also translating but in spanish hehe. I already translated 187 chapters and can assure you that is a masterpiece.

Did you know that it won the second place in the category of "Best novel of the year" hold at Kakaopage?

Did you also know that the characters have their own birthdays and since the novel is so popular, there are interviews with each character (in their birthday date) and is published with offers and a raffle of special gifts for the fans in... more>> Kakaopage?

And yeah, there is a lot of fan merch, but there is also official merch!!!

It's the first idol novel that is so succesful!! The korean fans love that the author Baek DeokSoo-nim has too much knoweledge about the idol industry that it seems he/she belongs or belonged to that industry.

And I love not only that, Baek DeokSoo-nim has created well the personalities and physical and psychological struggles of each character, so you end loving and worrying for each of them.

If you know spanish and want to read more, you can send me a message at my FB account "Vii Lynnezh" and I can give you access to my translations.

Currently I have translated 211 chapters, if you like the ENG MTL version of my Spanish translation (I already translated the first 100 chapters, fixing most of the MTL mistakes to make it easy to understand for everyone. I plan to finish all 211 by this week (21/05/2022), just send me a message on my FB account: Vii Lynnezh. All the birthday interviews are already in ENG MTL, don't worry~

I still don't have the raws from chapter 257, but it's not like I can't get them with my Kakao accounts (every day I translate, I get my own raws with my accounts). In case you want to read from that chapter in ENG MTL, I can give you access to my folders at the end of July, because in those days I will reach chapter 258 and the next ones.

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Oct 22, 2021
Status: c16
This is definitely gold! Please don't drop this : ( (The translation is good, the story is good and the characters are so cute!!! Ahyun x Moondae hehehe

P.s. Anyone have the raws for Chapter 257+??? Pls send it to meeeeee :"<
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Jan 22, 2022
Status: c136
Extremely good! Easy 5/5 for me

I used to follow kpop religiously circa 2007-2015 and I just stopped cause I've been busy with life and the idol and fan culture is extremely accurate! It really brings me back lool

MC basically isekaid 3 years into the past in the body of Park Moondae and in a world where he presumedly doesn't exist (we don't know yet tho if this is true). He woke up in a motel room we're the og Moondae committed suicide and the system is basically blackmaling him to... more>> debut as an idol or he will die. As the story progress, aside from the idol stuff, its really fun to see how MC works and manipulate the public since prior to being isekaid, he use to sell idol/celeb data as a part time job so he's very well versed in media play.

I also really commend to author for writing a well thought out plot. The system isn't just there to be cheat sheet or a convenient plot device the way other stories are; it has an actual purpose in the plot. I also love all the side characters, all of them have their own unique personality with their own stories and they're not just there to be accessories to make MC look good. They feel alive and so vibrant that I feel so attached to them.

So anyways I think its only appropriate to say this lmaoooo

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May 03, 2022
Status: c208
When I first read, I was only able to read 43 chapters and I will tell you that the one hour I spent reading those chapters was great. It immediately pulls you in and the plot is quite unique. As I waited for more chapters, I indulged in fanart, spoilers, and even merch, goodness, buying fanmade merch when I barely knew anything about the story. (I was literally ready to make my own too... aiya)

Man, I love the kids but now after being able to read more, I love... more>> the kids even more;;; Give them all pats on the head

The story is pretty fast-paced which wasn't what I was expecting but nevertheless a pleasant surprise. The main character and his friends are too wholesome, my heart dies orz The author does a great job showing development for all of them and you just can't help but cheer them on and celebrate their growth. Especially the main character, it's important to show personality and their strengths and weaknesses. He might seem to be indifferent/cold? but he cares about the kids so much... Found family trope ftw Not only does he help the kids, but they help him back and keep on reminding him that they are together and it's so beautiful to read;; And speaking about weaknesses, as for any story, having a too perfect protagonist who can do everything by themselves can destroy a plot. The main character is held back by his weaknesses despite how trivial they might be which, in my opinion, just makes him cuter LMAO

Anyways, it was also a learning experience for me as someone who does listen to kpop but has never fully understood nor has indulged in the entire culture. Like the subway ads, man, I knew about them but I guess it never sank it about how expensive they are. It's amazing how dedicated and committed a community can be and oh boy, the atmosphere created in the story feels like it. Of course, I can't really compare since I have never experienced it, but it just hits your heart and moves you. It's insane, from my reading experience, I rarely cry but the overwhelming feeling from the community made me sympathize especially when understanding from the main character's perspective.

At this rate, I might as well learn Korean or something so I can go read the raws myself;;; Anyways, give the novel a try, from what I have seen from fanart of future chapters and whatnot, this story is going to get even better. The lore is very good, yummy yummy yummy <<less
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Aug 04, 2021
Status: c9
really great start to the novel!! I've seen it around on ktwitter and it seems to be popular in the community. It might be a bit soon to call it amazing, but so far the translations have been really high quality and the writing and plot is really interesting. Really looking forward to the rest of the novel. Thanks to the translators!!
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Cessimon bun
Cessimon bun
Apr 20, 2022
Status: c57
I'm actually so glad that this novel has been updated again T^T I always come back to this page every week since january for new updates hsksb I coincidentally found this while looking for new reads here in novelupdates and I couldn't have been more glad to discover this gem <33

The first ever idol-themed novel I've ever read and it did NOT DISAPPOINT. The story line's fantastic, the characters- ugh I just really love their friendship :"> when I first saw this kind plot, I became a little hesitant at... more>> first since I'm not really much of a k-pop fan myself. H-o-w-e-v-e-r, it kind of piqued my interest now considering the plot is actually well-made and very fun.

Hoping for more updates in the future <33 I even created this account just to appreciate and give a review for this series aahhhh <<less
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Apr 19, 2022
Status: c57

Second of all I feel so exhausted because now that the translation dropped 😭 I tried so many things but nothing worked I'm not giving up but I hope for a team to pick this masterpiece up please
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Oct 31, 2021
Status: c16
This novel is really interesting by having the MC going on survival idol show with no backing of anything like companies etc, still he has a cheat of system though if he fails to debut he would die lol. I really want to read the next chapters just hopeful the translator could continue this as it is already more than a month😭 no update. This novel is really good👍.
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Nov 27, 2021
Status: c37
5/5 for now (we dont know what will happen in the future)

the story is amazing, I like the MC. The supporting characters are pretty good too. But you know whats mot amazing? Its how slow it updates. Come on I need more

edit: waiting for the translation is so painful QAQ

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Mar 03, 2022
Status: c43
This is a masterpiece you guys must read, compared to other manhwas/novels that have the same idol/celebrity thing going on, I think this is the best.

I love the plot, and the characters personality and everything they do is sooo realistic (except for the window thing), like you can really imagine it happening in real life, and I really really really love our MC too, he's smart and all like he's just perfect. It's worth my time I really recommend this novel it's 100000000000/10.
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Mar 28, 2022
Status: c47
Genuinely one of the best webnovels I’ve read. It’s so interesting???? Like wtf???? It had me captivated ever since I read the first chapter. I’m upset that I’ll never find anything similar to this again.

I love transmigration novels, but transmigration + idols??? Mwah mwah delicious I love it so much. Enough to the point I am reading it in Korean despite being terrible at it.

It’s so interesting!! Definitely recommend to anyone who likes transmigration stuff, or people who want to get into transmigration novels.
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Mar 08, 2022
Status: c65
raws are worth reading, if you dont mind using papago to translate the images. (The raws are also free on kakaopage.) amazing novel, good characters, and interesting premise. There's really nothing much to say about it. If you like idol themed novels, or likes kpop/survival shows, then this is definitely a must read.
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Lin Lat
Lin Lat
Mar 21, 2022
Status: c43
I don't usually read idol kpop groups but so far this novel is good. For now, I don't see a plot hole and I hope it keeps going like that for the rest of the story. The MC's personality is a bit reminded me of Cale also the story is about the idols producing show.
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MC thought that he was not popular on the show but as soon as people remembered him on the street, he bowed down and run away is funny XD. So he wore a mask and tried to avoid the crowd to meet his friend but when he saw them there are people taking photos of them and forget that they were also popular on the show LOL. It's funny that he is going to be an idol and have trouble being in the center of attention


Just like the title say debut or die so he gives his all to survive. At first, he seems like he's doing something he doesn't like (i mean not want to be an idol but need to be....) I see that as time went by he came to enjoy being the idol (Trainee) and think this is interesting. Also, the other characters are cute and funny. In addition, thank to the quality of the Translation the story progresses smoothly and is fun to read. <<less
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Dec 13, 2021
Status: c28
Great so far! Kind of wholesome and slice-of life ish, with lots of sugar. Lots of characters so far, but I hope we can focus on a bit fewer in the futute. A good read!
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Dec 06, 2021
Status: c59
Oh my god.... I feel like I'm watching Produce series all over again.

I can't wait for the translation, so I bought tickets for the chapters and MTL-ed it.

In conclusion, this novel is AMAZING.

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Dec 15, 2021
Status: c32
This is a fun read. The MC is smart and knows what to do in any given situation and the other characters are so funny and cute.

Although, there are a few people you can count on one hand who are not that great.

Anyways, it's a 9/10 for the way it's translated, and a 10/10 for everything else.
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Dec 07, 2021
Status: c28
Very funny and intresting

5/5 hoping for more translations
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