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He died as a human, only to be told his birth was a mistake.

He was supposed to be born as the Elqueeness, the Water Spirit King. And now, they will fix that mistake and he will be reborn to his rightful destiny. But wait, there are still many problems concerning this Spirit King who doesn’t know how to do anything!

second summary:

“My name is Kang Ji-hoon, and I’m an ordinary Korean high school student turning 17 years old this year.”

Kang Ji-hoon was an ordinary high school student. After a car accident kills him, he learns from the Nether World that he is actually “Elqueeness, the Spirit King of Water who had been wrongly born as a human.” As the Water Spirit King that governs the nature of Arkadon, he is reborn in the spirit world, but…

“You want me to make water spirits? How do I do that? ”

Because of his memories from his human life, he doesn’t have the innate knowledge of a spirit king. So Ji-hoon learns from the other spirit kings and becomes aware his new identity, beginning to live the life of Elqueeness, the Spirit King of Water, nicknamed “El.” One day, Elqueeness visited the god world for his fellow spirit king, Efrit.

Meet Elwien, the God of Punishment, the previous Water Spirit King!

“If we meet again, I said I would give you a gift.”

“I, I don’t need tha…! ”

“I decide if you need it. Not you.”

Watching Elwien move his hand, Elqueeness flinched, but instead of the expected pain, felt a light stroke on his head as he heard some unbelievable words enter his ears.

“You, become my son.”

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Dream Seeker rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c33
A good novel is characteristic by not it's action, but the feelings it leaves you afterwards. Every chapter of this gem leaves you simply cleansed of any foulness as long it's not too deep rooted. It's original idea of the adventure of spirit king on his path to learning what it means to be a king. Will he forget about his humanity which he should of never gained or will he share something with his fellow kings. So, I highly suggest you enjoy these misadventures of rise spirit king and... more>> human king as they both deal with their identity crisis. Though try not to laugh at our spirit king, he always wished he was good looking, but now he's just too good looking. It's these kind of novels that highlight what fan translation is meant to do which is to bring out sapphires hidden in other languages. This novel is certainly ones of those gems. <<less
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Dellphit rated it
December 26, 2015
Status: --
It is overall a pleasant and light hearted read. People may not like this because there is no wuxia like action or op main character with harems but you'll like this if you're into a bit of comedy and slice of life.
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StarofShade rated it
July 3, 2018
Status: c50
This is one of my favorite novels but im sad to see that no one has picked it up. honestly, the last time I read it was the day chapter 50 was updated but even now I still check back once in a while in hopes of feeing it continued. its already july 2018 but I havent given up hope... well I gave up hope of ever learning korean, but seriously, I only have 3 novels out of the few hundred that I read that I could never give up... more>> on, devils cage, hidden marriage, and this elqueeness. I sincerely hope someone can translate this again eventually, at that time I plan to read it once more from the start to relive the feelings I once had and hopefully the future content will let me have even more fun.

As it has been too long since I last read this novel, I cant explain my thoughts on the plot and cannot give an opinion on the characters. I can, however, say that my feelings about this novel have lasted over a year and a half to the point that I might forget hundreds of other novels but I still cant forget this one.

(jan 7, 2020 still cant forget) <<less
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SayMrrp rated it
June 29, 2017
Status: c50
It's such a shame that it's been dropped by the translator.

I find the characters funny and memorable. I also haven't seen this kind of premise before. I really enjoy reading this story...

It's one of my favorite Korean novels.
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Interdict rated it
December 23, 2015
Status: --
It's a bit different from the usual, it's not high on action or drama but don't let that worry you, it is definitely not boring. It has a nice peaceful feeling, a bit of slice-of-life, yet dealing with spirit-kings and gods as the norm so it does not feel like an ordinary life type slice-of-life type. It has a bit of humor whilst not being a comedy which I think works well and just feels right for this novel. As of chapter 10 we are starting to get some adventure... more>> into it, but it still keeps the relaxed feeling (whilst still being serious).

Read it now! Don't let the fact it is not xianxia or harem etc turn you off as it is a novel which should be liked by almost everyone. It's just good!

I am not good at writing reviews so I have just tried to convey some of my feelings on the novel. <<less
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HesheFell rated it
April 20, 2016
Status: --
This is a gender bender with an androgynous male character who is technically sexless (spirit kings have no gender) but there is NO yaoi in this. It is speculated and imagined by some readers b/c of overprotective nature of the people around the MC. The story is essentially the mc's life story. Chapters are long and broken into parts with steady but not fast releases. Boo hoo. If that sounds daunting, then stack chapter before each read. Don't let MondoX's review prevent you from checking this out. Judge this for... more>> yourself. <<less
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MondoX rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
It is well written, but there was a full chapter of the MC's soul wandering around doing nothing. Several chapters later he was reincarnated, then it turned into a little bit of yaoi, and a little bit of gender bender or in this case androgynous male. After a couple of chapters, nothing has happened, so I decided not to waste my time on this series.
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219278 rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: c30
Points that should be noted:

- The MC is a beta (he takes sh*t from everyone and doesn't really do anything about it)

- The summoning aspect of this story is non-existent. After the initial summoning, it never happened again.

... more>> - The MC never actually uses his abilitys in a significant way. Because of the situation that he's in it makes impossible for him to be of any actual use. (For 30 chapters he doesn't take part in fights and is unable to freely use his abilitys)

- Although there are hints of some kind of gender bender, he seems to dispise the fact that he looks like a girl and the jokes created by being mistaken for a girl aren't all that funny.

- The MC is not the most intelligent thing in the world. Although hes not an idiot, he's not all that smart either.

- Training is not a focus in this book and as such I never really had any confidence in the MC actions. How do I feel confident in a MC that never fights.

- The MC never really thinks for himself, with his friend, another spirit, always there telling him what to do. "Don't do that", "yes you are allowed to say that", "no you are not allowed to remember being human", "You have to be above everyone else and cannot have sympathy for others"...

- Did I already say how useless he is?

1.5/5 for character score (for the reasons stated above)

3/5 for quality of writing (it sometimes changes from first to third person and chaper breaks aren't separate making it hard to understand who's talking)

4/5 for trying to be unique in the oversaturated "travel to another world" genre.

3/5 for world building (political). The description of the world isn't bad, but it's definitely not going to win medals.

3.5/5 for world building (magical). Although we get a basic idea of the different magic types it was never really expanded apon.

Final conclusion: the beginning is fun but it slowly becomes more and more boring as time goes on. Read if you don't intend to finish the book till the end. <<less
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Keimichi rated it
April 14, 2017
Status: c50
This was really unexpectedly interesting! Honestly, I found the first few chapters long to read, however once the introductory chapters were done and the adventure started, it was quite enjoyable. The MC is technically overpowered, and yet can't say he is ultimate being. I guess it doesn't really matter if he is OP or not if it isn't really a novel center end on battling but on adventuring and slice-of-life. Like some other reviews said, what is special is not really the action, but the daily interactions of the members.... more>> It is a sort of coming-of-age progress for the MC and his companion-- MC who slowly adapts and grows as a spirit King and his companion as he learns to assume the responsibility of a king while on the run. I guess you get attached to the characters after a while. I can't say it is everyone's cup of tea, but I think those who enjoy this genre might appreciate the atmosphere. <<less
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TrueLiesLost rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c50
I really do love this story though it moves a bit slowly. It's funny and light and one of the ones I like to reread. Really hope a translator picks this up since it's been dropped.
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onlooker rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: c44
If you're looking for a typical shounen novel of the MC being OP and creating a harem of brainless girls left and right; this novel is clearly not for you. But if you're looking for a story with meaning full character development then welcome!

This story starts off with a clichéd beginning of his death, a hit and run accident. He spends ten days (if I remember correctly) as a ghost waiting for a reaper to appear and collect him. But much to his dismay no one appeared; leaving him to... more>> deal with matters into his own hand. Once he finally made contact with the reapers it appears that his 'birth' in our world had been a 'mistake'. The MC then finds out that his real form was a Spirit King that rules over water; not a human. The years spent in the human world left his intended world to suffer because the new Spirit King hadn't been born- the reapers were also equally confused as to why the new king hadn't reincarnated but now they found the reason.

The reapers prepare him for his new life as the Spirit King by giving him a draught to wipe his memories of his previous life. But being a powerful Spirit King that that ruled over water- the potion didn't work. He then reincarnates back to his original body but with his human memories. All is well as you may think, but a superior being with memories as a human isn't going to work out as well. This is a story is a journey of him letting go of his human self and accepting his new role as a King of spirits... Maybe... <<less
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hyst14 rated it
December 26, 2015
Status: --
My very first novel. The story starts with a drama of being a neglected child and a hit and run accident. Thus the story begins introducing the angels, death god, heaven, demons and spirit kings. The story is very interesting each arc introduced new characters that are very likeable. My favorite arc is when they introduced the fire spirit king that fell inlove with the previous water spirit king elween. Its not actually boy's love for they are sexless. The comedy in this part are hilarious. I do really love... more>> this part and waiting for the progress of their loveteam

The story keeps on getting interesting. Try to start reading it or give it a try. <<less
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rockinroll39 rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c50
It's a great novel (thus far) with a lot of potential. It's a interesting take on the reincarnation genre, and it's not the typical "you died, rip, here new life with memories cause yolo" Instead his "first" life was in reality a mistake and "his" current life should have been the "first" life to begin with. It provides problems that would be reasonable given the mess up at the beginning of the novel, and there is a lot of room to grow, which is introduced early on in the story.... more>> I hope new translators pick this up, would love to read the rest. <<less
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Lislan00 rated it
November 30, 2017
Status: c50
I love this novel!

It doesn't fokus on love as much as other novels do and instead have good character developing, exciting adventures and a genderless main character that can live up to 20 000 + ... more>>

he can choose to become a high level god after he has lived out his life as a spirit king.


The fact that he is genderless makes it all so much more fun, he allways gets misstaken for a girl and even those that like normal love can ship him with guy or girls.

This is my first review and I night not be able to express hos good it truely is but I will tell you one thing. If I could then I would follow him through his long life (as a reader) and hopefully even after, it doesn't matter how long time it would take, it is just so good.

Therefor I'm happy that this novel had 300 + chapters so please, someone out there, pick this novel up, I can't stand having to stoop at chapter 50 when I know that there is more out there.

It is really good and unique, so please take it as your next project. <<less
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snowdeity rated it
February 8, 2016
Status: --
Pretty light hearted overall, it involves stuff like magic fantasy elements. Basically, the world's Water Spirit King disappeared and there's a drought. MC comes and save the day with adventure and stuff!
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flitfish rated it
January 13, 2016
Status: --
I find it a nice change of pace from all the xianxia I read.

Elqueeness is the story of a guy who reincarnates into a spirit king but lacks all the initial instincts most start with. You watch him fumble to accept his new identity, make friends and (currently, anyway) go on an adventure. His advances in accepting his new reality are slow, which might turn off some readers, I find it makes him realistic though. The story as a whole, has a peaceful feeling to it. His culture... more>> shock is pretty funny! His humanity also plays a pretty big role in how he acts and how others react to him. The series is becoming a bright spot in my week :) <<less
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heishiken rated it
March 1, 2016
Status: --
Quiete a refreshing Story, which I would definitly recommend. Also find it quiete funny at times.
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