Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith

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The main character is reborn as a character from a game he played in his previous life. This character falls into ruin along with the villainess, spending the last of their years together. A man named Kururi Helan.

No details of this decline is written inside the game, it can’t be understood why this sub-character ended up with the villainess route. However, that is of no importance.

Living as a needy farmer along with someone is unpleasant, so the main character seeks a profession. For now, he aims for becoming a blacksmith as he originally had skill in it.

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Botsuraku Yotei Nanode, Kajishokunin wo Mezasu
没落予定なので、鍛治職人を目指す
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Tensei Oujo wa Kyou mo Hata o Tatakioru (2)
I Appear to have been Reincarnated as a Love Interest in an Otome Game (2)

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05/21/18 Asian Hobbyist c93
03/18/18 Asian Hobbyist c92
03/13/18 Asian Hobbyist c91
03/12/18 Asian Hobbyist c90
03/11/18 Asian Hobbyist c89
03/05/18 Asian Hobbyist c88
02/21/18 Asian Hobbyist v5c1
02/07/18 Asian Hobbyist v4 side story
02/02/18 Asian Hobbyist v4c27
01/22/18 Asian Hobbyist v4c26
01/01/18 Asian Hobbyist v4c25
12/29/17 Asian Hobbyist v4c24
12/27/17 Asian Hobbyist v4c23
12/25/17 Asian Hobbyist v4c22
12/24/17 Asian Hobbyist v4c21
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Ixesolate
New Ixesolate
June 16, 2018
Status: v2c11
The story is pretty good. Besides the infrequent translations its not bad to read, its a shame the story puts so little attention to the protagonist's growth. Its much too sudden with minimal events between each stage.

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KuroInfinity
KuroInfinity rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
I’m the current translator so what else would you expect?

I believe that this is a good series even though its a little fast paced, and I’ll see it through to the end.

I don’t think the initial translations did the series enough justice for its worth though, so I might re-do them later.
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Axelord
Axelord rated it
December 21, 2016
Status: v3c17
[CONTAIN SPOILERS, DUH]
How to break a potential hero.
How to make sure your main character is boring.
How to make sure there is absolutely no tension whatsoever at any point.
How to depict your main character as a spineless man.

Detailed stuff below.
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This whole thing is an exercise in anger management. The MC is a wimp in every sense of the word. Is it supposed to be comical in nature to see the MC act like he's trying for the position of 'World's Biggest Doormat?' And, it's not like the author is unaware of this since other characters in the story repeatedly points this problem out to the MC. Or, am I supposed to take him as some paragon of virtue (he isn't) when he thinks about not fighting? He even calls himself a pacifist (he really isn't) just because that probably sounded nice in the author's head at about that time.

He's s*xually harassed by a creep and does nothing about it. Supposedly played for laughs, gets crickets in return. His 'friends' completely disregard his personal space and privacy and he does nothing about it. Supposedly played for laughs, comes off as showing how weak-willed the MC is. At the end of volume 3, he gets dominated by a dog. No words about this one, a dog is superior to the MC.

And it's not like he's actually weak in terms of his body or his magic. He's broken in the general fashion of many isekai protagonists. His brain is the weak link, here.

At one point, he apathetically receives a beating and he's like 'uh, okay, ' and the perpetrators aren't heard of again. It's not like they were unknowns either. This is another major problem, things just seem to phase out and never be mentioned again. Dude has a fan-club, they build him a goddamn castle like three weeks into his first academic year and... nothing. No mentions thereafter.

At one point, some minor neighboring noble threaten to call up his buddy the prime minister and sic him on the MC and his family. The MC, of course, starts begging and crying on the ground at this point to be left off the hook. f**king why? He's on friendly terms with the Queen, on best-bro-quasi-mentor terms with the Second Prince and on cordial terms with the First Prince. Half the kingdom would ride up the MC's pelvis at a snap of his finger and yet he cry like a little bitch every time someone bites back, even if it's not even worth mentioning.

This isn't slice of life, this is sluice of coward. Volume 1 was okay. Volume 2 was suspiciously droll. Volume 3 just made me want to wring the MC's neck.

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Losdrac
Losdrac rated it
August 2, 2016
Status: v2c22
I've always had issues with Japanese novels, and stopped reading them a while ago. Seeing the rating of that one I decided to try reading it.

The story is about a student who (probably) died in a traffic accident and is reincarnated as the worst side character possible in a RPG game the MC used to play in his past life. He then decide to save his family from falling into ruin and to take charge of his own destiny by becoming a blacksmith.

Or I thought so.

The reincarnation part has no... more>> effect in the MC actions/decision making (except the "I don't want to end like the character of the game" drive at the start) it's just a pretext for the fantasy world setting.

It takes him 2 chapters to be accepted as an apprentice by the blacksmith then 0.5 chapter to master the profession (by the way he also went from a below average looking guy to, I quote, "an attractive young boy" during that time) so he can put that skill in a corner gathering dust.

He incidentally makes his family one of the richest of the kingdom 2 chapters later (I won't say anything on how he did that.... sigh...), all problems solved !

That's way more than simply fast paced. Past that point it's just slice of life (at least until where I stopped), with a succession of events even more ridiculous and absurd than the other.

For the writing, the descriptions and dialogues are pretty simple. Note that the translation gets better at v1c16, so if it's what you don't like I think you should try to continue a little. I've found the changes of PoV awkward, sometime you don't know whose thoughts you're reading.

I feel obliged to quote this part of chapter 6 :
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Second prince : “Your level in smithing high is and and you also possess the qualities to rule over the people. In addition, the power of your magic. Ah, please let me call you aniki”
MC : “Um, sure.”

Uuuug.... Kill me already...
(and not for the little typo)

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ArgosYesu
ArgosYesu rated it
February 18, 2016
Status: --
While this may seem generic, there are several points that make it a unique read. Let’s just talk about the background for now:

The world the MC is in is the game world of a game he had played in his past life.

There is, of course, an OP female protagonist that is not the focus of the story.

There is, of course, a troop of males who have high specs.

There is, of course, a villainess.

Now for this story:

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Spoiler

The MC is not originally one of those high spec males. Instead, he was a regular fatty who was supposed to fall into ruin along with the villainess, as said earlier.

The MC’s body is kinda high spec.

The MC has a realistic job of magic user and blacksmith.

The MC’s family is laid back and that results in their territory declining. The MC soon changes this around.

Others I can’t think of.

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Now while the story is shoooooort, I like it because it’s different. The MC turned a bit too high spec too fast, but I do like how he and his family acts.

Update 09/04/2017:

And sigh. I lost interest when the MC got beat up by a trash pig noble and 2 henchmen... where did the high spec go? It felt like a completely useless PLOT loss so that the author could push for a romantic fluff scene next where the girl comes and cares for him. I just went and glanced through the next few chapters before stopping...

Maybe I'll pick it up later... <<less
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Narutolvr
Narutolvr rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: v3c43
Could have been okay but the author dropped the ball. Like a lot of people have already said, the first volume wasn't bad, even bordering on good. Of course, there were inconsistencies, plot holes, and the occasional impossibility thrown in, but it wasn't beyond the LN allowance. Second volume... honestly the plot had already started to go awry at this point. The MC got too fantastic too fast, and had pretty much avoided any possible bad end, leaving a weird slice-of-life with template and/or randomly odd characters a monotonous setting,... more>> and no semblance of drama or conflict whatsoever.

Then we get to the third volume. My god, was it awful. I was glad for the summer break scene, hoping it would be a nice breather from the same pointless characters doing the same pointless things over and over. That didn't really happen since we didn't see much of the territory anyway. And, after they went back to school and the whole Chrissy situation came out, I dropped it. I was literally unable to finish a chapter anymore, even on the rare occasion that I could follow the story.

Long story short, the conception wasn't bad- the idea honestly could have become a good story. The execution started mediocre and soon became horrific. By volume 3, I doubted the author was even reading his own chapters anymore, due to the random shifts in character personalities, mood, and general lack of plot direction. Read only if you have nothing -and I literally mean nothing- else to read, and you don't feel like napping. Napping still might be the better option, though. <<less
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serialno5370
serialno5370 rated it
October 15, 2016
Status: v3c43
Alrighty, boys and girls, let me just lay down some stuff about this novel for you folks.

This light novel is the equivalent of getting home from work and turning on Pokemon or something nostalgic and childish to kind of chill to. If you're looking for something with action, this is probably not what you're looking for. If you're looking for something heavy and/or thought-provoking, this is probably not for you at this moment.

Those things said, when it comes to wacky, zany, school/slice-of-life humor, this is probably the best thing... more>> I've found on this site. It's light-hearted and chill; definitely had me laughing out loud like a madman at 2AM in the morning while I was reading it. So yeah, the humor is really well done and surprisingly translated really well by the translators. (thumbs up to the kuroinfinity group, yo). Characters are kind of meh... By which I mean kind of shallow, but again, this is not meant to be a heavy or deep plot to follow through, so that much can be overlooked.

Hope y'all enjoy this series! <<less
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Poor_Hero
Poor_Hero rated it
February 12, 2016
Status: --
ufufufu, the MC is reincarnated to the world of game he play? Pretty generic, right? Just that his character is like a mob character that ended up with the villainess in her ruin end. No explanation of why the scenario is written like that, he determines to do his best to support his family and be a blacksmith so he can take care of himself and his supposed wife in the future. Generally, the guy is well-liked and pretty dense in some areas. He has positive thinking, which makes things... more>> hilarious and people misunderstand his looks and actions, which are funny to read. The pace is kind of fast, that might scares some people. Recommended for people looking for comedy and slice of life (uhh, sort of.)
ps: there might be sudden changes of pov in the story. <<less
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captain crunch
captain crunch rated it
December 30, 2016
Status: v3c17
Synopsis: This is about someone reincarnating (?) into the child version of a nobility side villain character of a magic academy Otome RPG that he has prior knowlege of. His character is supposed to lose his status and wealth at the end of the game, so he plans to avoid this ending by taking up a blacksmithing profession, improving his fiefdom, and influencing relationships. The first volume summarizes his childhood, blacksmith skill acquisition, and some economic reforms in his lands. The 2nd and 3rd are slice of life in the... more>> magic academy.

Genre/Features: I think it's a reincarnation; it's very unclear. But the reincarnation doesn't seem to have any purpose, other than MC wanting to avoid a bad ending. There is very little explanation of his past life or the game itself. The crafting/blacksmithing plays has very little purpose in the story. MC does some training as he preps for the academy. There is very little combat. The world appears to be typical RPG fantasy world, but almost nothing of it is described, and almost no interactions with fantasy races or creatures. The slice of life happens at school. There is some romance in the 3rd chapter, as this is an Otome RPG. No harem so far.

Issues: The first volume was poorly written, like reading a child's diary. "Today I did this, this guy said that, next month I went there. That was nice. 6 months later I did this." Some of the scenes last a few sentences then suddenly move months ahead with no transition. The reincarnation and blacksmithing don't seem to have any purpose. Very little is described about the new world, or the characters themselves. The characters just appear and say things, I don't know their personalities or what they even look like. The 2nd and 3rd volumes are slice of life at the magic academy. The characters are a little bit fleshed out, scenes last longer than a few sentences. There is finally some progress regarding MC's original goals of surviving the Otome story.

Translation: 5/5
[[5/5 = Minor spelling and grammar errors. 4/5 = occasional serious grammar errors, may need to reread sentences, but no loss of meaning. 3/5 = common serious grammar errors, some loss of meaning, but no loss of overall story. 2/5 = difficult to read, difficulty understanding parts of scenes. 1/5 entire scenes unreadable.]]

Recommendation: 2 stars
I think this is supposed to be Otome magic high school, with the MC trying to avoid bad end while attending as a very minor villain character. V1 is poorly written. However, some dedicated slice of fans might like V2 and V3. Anyone expecting some complex scheming, serious magic, or fantasy fighting or races should avoid this. Not sure why this is called Blacksmith when the blacksmithing activities play a minor role in the story.
[[5 star = most readers will enjoy, the rest will probably not think it a waste of time. 4 star = majority of readers will enjoy, but the rest will be hit or miss whether they thought it was worth their time. 3 star = hit or miss on whether a reader will enjoy, hit or miss for whether anyone thought was worth their time. 2 star = a niche audience might enjoy, the rest will probably find it not worth the time. 1 star = even the niche audience may not enjoy.]]

Other: The translator has dropped this as of v3c17. There is a v4 but he wrote that it was very short and nothing important happened. The initial setting of this series is somewhat similar to "My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending, " except more fighting/planning and less romance. "Death Flags" is also much better written." So if you were looking for a story in this genre/scenario, maybe try "Death Flags." <<less
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Arienai
Arienai rated it
May 29, 2017
Status: v4c3
I gave the 1st volume 4 stars for the fun read, 3 for the 2nd because it start to got ridiculous and 1 for the latter half of the 3rd onward.

The 1st volume, while having plot holes here and there along with some screw up logic [e.g. Setting up a smiting corner in dormitory room], the story telling can cover up for that and make it a fun and pleasant read like Konosuba; however, the author did worse and worse on the story telling which was the saving grace of... more>> the story as time pass and let many plot potential went down the drain.

By vol.3 I also start to fail to grasp the character of many actors. Eliza for example, Eliza was portrayed as a kind girl with strong front and somehow a bird in her cage, good at everything etc etc. But after she open up to MC, somehow her character got worsen, not because she stop putting up her strong front but because she seem to cease thinking anything for herself and became something akin to a doll for the MC to make her do things as he pleased [seen in latter half of vol3 from the part where the MC guide her through his territory and the date at school, just going with the flow with whatever the MC want her to].

All in all, an unpolished gem that got handle in the wrong way resulting in its breaking to pieces instead of becoming a polished. <<less
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BestGrillNepgear
BestGrillNepgear rated it
April 2, 2018
Status: v2c18
The story is a mess, even by your average "reincarnated into an otome game/isekai wish fulfillment" standards. Things get mentioned left and right but half of it gets forgotten and swept under the rug, making you wonder why they are there in the first place. It feels like the author is trying to write a story based on his fantasy but his fantasy changes every week so he just ignore what is established and write other stuff. It's not that obvious in the first volume but once you reach the... more>> second volume these problems will be more and more noticeable. With that said, I'm going to show some examples.

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The main title is bullsh*t, it's not about the MC becoming a blacksmith to avoid the bad end. He became a master blacksmith in about a year and it only took a few chapters for that to happen, and that's it. The story then turns into some wish fulfillment fantasy with the MC making his father's territory rich and prosperous, become powerful and gain the good graces of the queen and second prince. Basically means don't mess with him cause he got connections. It's still barely acceptable for me at this point but it gets worse.

The MC then enters the academy, met new friends and MC got a fangirl that starts a fan club with him for whatever reason. MC got plenty of members in his fan club so they started to build a castle but the castle cannot be completed because Fan club arc got dropped hard and that fangirl and the fan club disappeared from the story.

You know what, fine. I'm still okay with this, maybe the arc will resume much later. But then the powerful MC that are skilled in magic and swordsmanship and has a magical magic sword that he forged himself and killed monsters with ease is actually a spineless whimp that can't solve sh*t while keeping his backbone intact because why the f**k not m8, this ain't your average wish fulfillment fantasy no more. Some dude stole he and his friend's miracle plant and MC found out about it. Goes to confront them by transforming into a giant raddish monster because he wants to stay incognito for stupid reasons, failed miserably and still got found out anyway and instead of fighting back he let the retards beat him up. But then he changed his mind and cast some destructive magic or whatever and ended himself. I'm kidding, he did not die, he got punished for harming the thieves that are beating him up tho. At this point I just give up and decides to drop this since its too rediculus.

I mean, think about it. Who wound win in a medieval trial?

The heir to the most prosperous territory that he himself made prosperous and are liked by the crown prince, the crown prince's aide that are totally not gay, the second prince, the f**king queen, the daughter of the prime minister, a magical cat sensei, a bunch of fan bois and fan gurls (that mysteriously disappeared) and are the one who got his stuff destroyed and stolen

OR

sum thievy noble bois that nobody cares.

Bruh, I can't even. I give up. I only wanted to read some relaxing stuff after a stressful day and I got more stressed instead.

1/5 I hope the MC dies

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ziki
ziki rated it
October 15, 2017
Status: v3c17
I stopped before volume 4 seeing how it was not completed, although I really recommend to stop at chapter 3c15 because the next two are the filler.

Now then let's start a proper review.

Eliza is the best girl.

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I could finish it here but let's try adding little bit more.

It's really easy light hearten read, just read and enjoy the ride. Any problems that arrive aren't too serious and their conclusion is quick as well... it's actually weird to see a story about nobles without back-stabing and people dying left and right but nothing of that sort happens here.

Even though the story tires to hide it behind occasional monster battles and magic system... the story can pretty much be summed up as high schoolers doing their things and having dreadful love triangles all over the place... what is a pleasant surprise though is that there is no hints of MC ever getting a harem which is present in most storylines and what is even more surprising is that by the end of the third volume the two main couples as well as one side couple are pretty much sorted out in a good way where everyone can pretty much live happy ever after... what we get there is so satisfying that even if there was 4 volume translated I might have skipped on reading it as from this point on the story can go only worse.

Other than that the story has the elements of MC building his territory but to be honest, it's just there to be there. Compared to Reincarnation of the Lord or Release that which, the building of territory is not worth mentioning here... it's truly all about love triangles... well most stories are about dreadful love triangles but here the execution is rather good so it's worth a read. <<less
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Aurega
Aurega rated it
May 7, 2017
Status: v4c3
Summed up in one word: Messy. Also the fact that 2 seperate translators dropped the series due to lack of interest should be a huge warning flag.

The story is a fairly standard japanese reincarnation/transported to another world novel, but sets it in an otome game the MC has played where he ends up becoming the mook who married the villainess in the game. He then proceeds to improve himself so that he doesn't end up like in the game.

My main complaint about the series is how the author introduces elements... more>> left and right and just abandons them completely. Blacksmithing? Barely mentioned after the first volume. His fan club? Made one appearence and was never seen again. Magic books? He read up to vol 3 but made no progress at all over the next years. Not to mention that the story often zips around way too fast, completely neglecting any character development at all.

Which brings us to the other big elephant in the room: the characters. Some of it can be forgiven since the setting is an otome game, but you never feel there is any personalities in either the MC or the majority of the supporting cast at all. Only the games main heroine shows a little personality so far. <<less
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Leilaila
Leilaila rated it
August 5, 2016
Status: c9
Light and easygoing. Good for people who want to relax.

Big minus - the pace is too fast, and the dialogues seem more like monologues...
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poli
poli rated it
June 10, 2016
Status: c24
This is relentlessly funny, close to the most a series has made me laugh in just 24 chapters. The initial setting may be cliche and the MC's life may be going rather too smoothly as far as power ups, but he seems to be headed down the path of the protagonist who gets jerked around by other people being horribly overenthusiastic which is usually a solid place to go to for comedy.

The dialogue is well written I see no chance that this stops being funny and interesting going forward.

EDIT: It... more>> stopped being funny. Getting to trainwreck levels of "typical hetare mc" recently... idk how to rate this anymore. 5 star vol 1-2 + 2 star vol 3 lol? <<less
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huizizek
huizizek rated it
October 19, 2017
Status: v3c17
So, yeah. The writing starts good and then it starts getting really bad. Some plots just get left forgotten and then MC starts becoming a wimp. The best character just falls in love with him really easily, the romance is kinda ok, I dont like it very much but its not bad. The concept is that MC gets resummoned into a visual novel like world, and he sees that he is one of the comedy characters that just gets thrown into poverty. The story has nice pacing and some nice... more>> characters, but they start getting bogged by the author trying to clean up for his light novel. The story does not get drowned by isekai cliches but goes into a sweet romance. I sugest not reading the web novel and going for the manga or light novel if there is. <<less
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DeanRae
DeanRae rated it
May 6, 2016
Status: --
The idea is interesting but as the story went on, I started to get bored, to the point that I was skipping heaps of paragraphs. I think it's because of the author's tendency to tell instead of showing, and the awkward pov changes you see. Plus I found the fight scenes to be lacking, even the training and everyday periods are sometimes lacking in that "immersion". Not saying that the story is totally bad, more like it's just meh, or maybe more 4-koma slice of life-ish than the normal "otome... more>> game" novels or novels like this one.

p.s my review may not be accurate due to personal taste, and the fact that I dropped the novel at chapter 10. <<less
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Trent
Trent rated it
July 25, 2016
Status: v2c40
Soo goood. Despite not truly doing anything new, it doesn't go down expected paths, and is all the better for it. You don't know which moments of daily life will evolve into plot points. Cliches abound, but the narration gives you the choice to enjoy them with inexperienced eyes or appreciate them with a riper perspective. Five stars.

Relaxing, enjoyable, funny; the author can write whatever he wants and it'll turn out good. I'd like it even more if it had some action at key parts for contrast, particularly after... more>> the characters finish school and go out adventuring, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

Update: I loved the first two volumes, in large part due to the wonderful translation. But the ones afterwards are not worth reading. I'm not sure what happened, perhaps the author actually decided to write whatever he wanted, but the story lost coherency and all of its charm disappeared. <<less
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Nibleswick
Nibleswick rated it
December 13, 2017
Status: v1c15
I feel a little let down by this novel; the title promised me a a story about someone working to become a blacksmith to prevent his financial demise, and yet here I am with a high school romance with no blacksmithing past the first couple of chapters.

Aside from that criticism, it seems to be a fairly straightforward and lighthearted tale with some interesting characters. I'll probably keep reading and see how it develops.
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cosners
cosners
November 19, 2017
Status: v4c15
First off, I would like to say that all of the reviews here are fairly accurate. This story is flawed, inconsistent, and has its fair shares of tired cliches. HOWEVER. The MC is the saving grace of the story. He's good-natured but because he believes he's doomed to poverty, tends to act openly greedy, and it's hilarious. An excerpt from the latest chapter:

“Kururi Helan, eh... I will remember you.”

“I see. I might forget about you by tomorrow though.”

“That is troubling. I could’ve asked for your help with other good deals... more>> too.”

“Ah, then, I guess I will remember you.”

I noticed the biggest complaint seemed to be that when some nobles beat him up, he didn't fight back at some point or another, but I personally thought that part was consistent and added depth to his character.
Spoiler

The one time he didn't fight, it was because he didn't want his friend to get involved, and the other time, he was depressed and didn't give a sh*t about what was going on around him.

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So, I honestly believe at least some of the criticism surrounding that behavior is unjustified.

TL;DR: Story itself? Meh. Main character? Top tier. <<less
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ZikarnKrais
ZikarnKrais rated it
February 16, 2017
Status: v1c15
Seems idiotic, to be honest. MC is letting his knowledge of how things went in the game prevent him from actually working that hard and reacting organically.

As a comment said, his reincarnation status doesn't seem to have any effect on him at all because it looks like he'll end the same way anyway.

Seriously, he's basically handicapping himself just because in the game his character was a side character. Cheering on the villainess because she's the 'game wife' rather than cheering on a friend you made in the last day? Bullsh*t.

No... more>> real incentive to read about what goes on because it'll just end in frustration on him acting stupidly and not out of ignorance either. <<less
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