Dungeon Defense (WN)


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Do you know how this world ends?

Become the hero and defeat the 72 Demon Lords. The game that was boasted as the absolute hardest strategy game, 『Dungeon Attack』.

I used to be the ‘hero’ that had accomplished everything in this game, but after answering a suspicious survey, I found myself in the game as the weakest Demon Lord, 「Dantalian」.

With only my eloquent tongue and my memories of conquest as a hero—.

In order to survive as Dantalian. I shall tear this world apart.

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KuroInfinity rated it
September 8, 2019
Status: --
The author's writing and the translation quality is just as exceptional as it was two years ago, despite this being an earlier prototype version.

Vastly different from the LN, yet still enjoyable in its own way.

I am scared though. I have heard infamous rumours about how the web novel ends.

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About how Dantallion goes insane (even more so than what we're used to), killing love interests and the like, despite being mentally stronger than his LN counterpart. Eventually leading up to a very depressing ending.


I'm still reading it though. I need closure. It's been almost two years since the last LN was released, and I'll be damned if I let this become another one of my thoughts that keeps me awake at three in the morning. <<less
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kdaviddj rated it
January 6, 2020
Status: c510

The main character in the WN version is a more "normal" person with some perks from the game system, knowledge from the game (Dungeon Attack) which took place int Hero's PoV. Note that the source of the MC's confidence is not based on his intelligence or the game system but from clearing all the achievements in the game. The LN version described the MC as an hyper intelligent character beyond human capability while this version the MC is only a witty and intelligent person.
In this version the MC takes a slow dive into madness, he was a normal person and could not handle the mental strain of murdering an uncountable number of people. However, you don't notice how mentally strained he is until the end when even the other characters notice it.
Many of his love interests end up dying. Tragedy upon tragedy but at what cost? He tries his best to retain his sanity. The ending is bittersweet.
Note that there is some explicit content in this version. Avid use of aphrodisiacs, drugs and s*x as means to an end.

Note that there are three versions of Dungeon Defense.

The original version was a web novel. The second version took the web novel, removed some explicit scenes and published as a book. The third version was the light novel version. I'm not sure which one this version is. The first or the second...

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RDProduction rated it
January 23, 2021
Status: c111
Ehh, a couple people didn't give 5 stars after only reading a couple dozen reviews?

I gave this one 5 Stars. I read the LN before I read the WN, but there's no point in discussing which one is better. Let's talk about the actual WN and the differences instead. People are gonna miss on this gem otherwise. Thank you Shalvation Translation for giving this WN and LN a great translation.

So let's begin with some differences:

I will first state that the MC in this book did take a more generic route... more>> as some of the reviews here mention. In fact, I felt as if there are more fillers here than in the LN novel. That is probably due to the fact that the LN is more concise, whereas in the WN, the author has more to say about the background of the world. We get to see more RPG elements and a better explanation of the game system mechanics. There are also "Alternate Ending" routes, which the author gives to show what would happen if Dantalian fails in his scheming. So let's start:

  1. MC: So the MC in the LN is seen as calculative, scheming, emotionless, a sociopath, authoritative, and to be honest with you, a little insane. We all love the fact that he is seductive, mysterious, charming, and has all the bad boy elements all from the start. Now the WN version has the same traits, but we see it build up in a more progressive manner. The main difference is due to the WN's ability to empathize with the demons or monsters around him. As he progresses the story, the different scenarios turn a regular college student in the path of a Demon Lord. The MC in the WN at this point still has his sanity and feel both remorse and guilt. He feels more human than in the LN novel.
  2. Other characters: all characters in the LN version appears in the WN version (well most of them so far T.T). We get introduced to new characters as well those that hasn't appeared in the LN yet (if they didn't stop at book 5). The characters around our MC are still insane, but they feel more supportive of the MC rather than being manipulative like in the LN. Lapis is not the cold-blooded mixed breed and Laura is no longer the untouchable princess. Laura also feels more like the main heroine than Lupis. Ivar is also not as treacherous and Barbatos is not as forceful. The main difference is emotion. The supporting characters are more emotional and supportive of the MC. Rather than a give and take approach, the WN has a more dependent approach when the MC interacts with the supporting characters.
  3. Setting: the last difference I want to explain in the background. The setting is more diverse and throughly explained compared to the LN. We get a better sense of the world-building and more interaction with the different villagers and demonic races.
In summary, the WN is a lot less gruesome and dark. The MC in the LN novel feels more omnipotent where it did not matter if he was weak since he can control everyone around him. Whereas the MC in the WN feels more like a regular person being transported into a different world, only to learn how to be scheming in order to survive the hellish environment.

Now people can compare which one is better, but I personally think the WN is also an enjoyable read. Sure the LN has a soft spot in our heart (as it is one of my top 3 novels) and we can't help but compare the two novels. Do keep in mind that it shouldn't stop you from reading this WN version. <<less
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Hatehakhton rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: c10
It's quite different from the LN version. But in this version, it actually sticks to the title more and follows a slightly more generic route. Not much is out yet to draw any assumptions, but considering the LN version, it should be pretty good in the future.

Also, special thanks to the translator for translating this book. The quality has always been fabulous.
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Kuroda rated it
June 16, 2020
Status: c64
I prefer this web novel to the light novel version. These characters are actually likable and I find them easier to relate to because they still retain sanity and are not just dark psychopaths. The characters in the light novel may have the same names, but their internal characters are totally disfigured and different to these guys. The relationships are also more light-hearted in this one, and I like how the MC actually cares for his subordinates, and some chapters even feature his day to day interactions with faeries, goblins,... more>> golmns and so on. He is still ruthless and slowly descends into madness in this one, but he's not a full blown psychopath with death occurring in the background during casual conversations. <<less
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MyRAMEN rated it
November 13, 2020
Status: cc6
The LN is definitely better than the WN, however considering this actually got finished vs LN, it might likely mean that this version's story did not get messed up on unlike LN were it slowly started to go downhill from V1 till eventually V4/5 pretty much seemed like pure filler. I didnt read far into this so not sure how later chaps will fair against LN
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tgb089 rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: c20
The published novel is definitely the better version of the two. The WN has gone a more generic route, the main lead is shut-in gamer college student, got transported to game-lit world via truck-kun, and the main leads Dantalian and Lapis are not that distinguish or compelling compared to their published's counter part. Overall, it just felt less gritty and more safe.

I'm excited to get to read more Dungeon Defense and it's completed with 510 chapters. I just hope things will get better later on. Before reading this, I'll advise... more>> you to experience the publish version first if you didn't read it yet. <<less
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jerry204 rated it
January 4, 2021
Status: c105
Uniquely written and I haven't read any novel with this type of ending till now. The protagonist doesn't have OP like power and is not a saint like how other MCs will be like when went into a strange world/situation where everything works for them at the end and always has a good guy halo surrounding him/her.

Too many characteristics for MC: betrayals, schemes, greedy, lust, insane, psychopath, love.

I can consider this having a more realistic ending than any other WN. The only problem for me with this is, I have... more>> to read the last 50 or so chapters repeatedly to get a grasp on the story and then relieve the emotions contained within. <<less
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Shadp rated it
February 12, 2021
Status: Completed
Dantalian our MC gets transported to another world similar to that of a game he played called Dungeon Attack which plays the role of a hero vanquishing evil, however, he is instead the 71st Demon King Dantalian.

Much like the same intro as the LN, here we have a realistic take of what a weak "human" will do when confronted by a bunch of adventurers looking to loot his dungeon.

MC is not a genius but rather his wit stems from his unimaginable amount of knowledge about the game and his eloquent... more>> tongue. Here, he is rather obsessed with "responsibility" over the ones he killed contrary to the LN which was "authority".

Characters are exceptional. They have depth and each have their own flaws. They become broken the more you read the story. The emotions they feel start to feel genuine and you find yourself empathizing with them.

Dantalian becomes crazy but the author deliberately makes us think that he is okay until someone points it out.

All in all, it gave me depression reading this but overall a good story.

P.S: For anyone who wants to read the MTL, you can read it on jpmtl. <<less
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cringeman rated it
December 6, 2020
Status: --
This novel is good compared to other good for nothing novel this novel follows logic, no obvious plot holes

MC is cool, cruel, cunning, knows how f*cking crazy world works, lazy, gives no sh*t about what happens to other people, doesn't have cheat (except a brilliant brain)

Caution 💀💀There are some disturbing scenes

It certainly is very dark
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deluks917 rated it
November 19, 2020
Status: c93
This is amazing, just amazing. I've read all five volumes of the light novel, and I have to say I enjoy the web novel a lot more. The characters feel a lot more relatable, and less just batsh*t insane. WN!Dantalian is considerably less of an uber edgelord than LN!Dantalian. The world and characters are much more fleshed out, and there is considerably greater attention to detail. This is IMO the better novel, and it's a shame it's rated lower than the LN.

Changes from the Light Novel that I'm loving so... more>> far:

  • Humanisation of the characters
  • The greater detail of the other demon lords
  • Riff's revenge and Barbatos' involvement
  • The quicker pace of events and escalation
  • I really loved the first bad end where Dante became a s*ave (mostly for Liz though)
  • The full involvement of all the demon lords in the 8th crusade
  • The prioritisation of Laura and Dante's relationship
  • The much greater detail of the Dungeon Defense world. The WN absolutely kicks the LN's ass in terms of depth of world building.
  • The capture of the Black Mountains pass
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rembred rated it
April 7, 2021
Status: c507
Finished reading it with machine translation. This novel starting like typical clishe isekai but even in first chapters you see author has his own style and eventualy you just reading dark political drama with Main Character who follow his own principle and view on world. Other chars is very solid and interesting. There is harem but it is more "realistic" one, pretty much they love MC but some hate each other, some just accept other and ... more>>

eventualy one girl will ask MC to kill other one and this will ruin pretty much everything

. The only thing that I didn't like that there not much closure for some impotant characters. More like after Last war conflict you only know fate of MC. There some IF routes and endings chapters which is pretty interesting but there 5-6 maybe, wanted more. <<less
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zarvi rated it
January 19, 2021
Status: c29
this is good web novel but because the lightnovel did so great in it's revision. it's is hard for me to get a good read of the web novel. every times I see differences made I just can't accept it as the original story...

the characters, the dept, the emotions, the poetic sense is so much different even though it's the same character, story, and setting.

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the destruction of the s*ave house for example differ so much, I can't feel the evil, death and destructive aura with witches missing in the scene of the web novel. the lady general gives more stoic mysterious and deep hatred vibe, you can feel more connection between her and Dantalian in their exchange. as I remember in light novel.


and take not it was translated by the same translator. <<less
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Minepeakk12 rated it
September 8, 2020
Status: c70
I highly recommend you to read this for me this is better than LN, In wn MC are not genius psychopath like LN but a actual human being that used everything he can just in order to survive and slowly fall into the madness just because life are not novel that situation always goes by your side and everything have acceptable reason for it, not like LN that everything are going though what he want and the other best thing that have only in wn is route if it will... more>> show you that what happens if he met the condition of ending <<less
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blackmoralkrena rated it
April 19, 2020
Status: c55
It is the best isekai/reincarnation story/novel which I've ever read. Although the author is fixed on a certain style of storytelling and uses too many "b*tch" "tr*sh" "whore" and so on, but all this is wrapped in a thick dark philosophy and psychology with hints of makivialism and the desire for superiority and power. Each main character in this story has its own defect but this defect is very beautiful and the author in the dynamics of the story seems to fertilize these strange plants turning them into works of... more>> art. <<less
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