How to Survive at the Academy


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I ended up transmigrating as a third-rate extra in a game I like, but worst of all this character has already fallen and been disowned.

I have no ambitions. I just want to graduate, but the world won’t let me.

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Surviving The Academy
아카데미에서 살아남기
Related Series
The Main Heroines are Trying to Kill Me (4)
The Demon Prince goes to the Academy (3)
I Became A Flashing Genius At The Magic Academy (2)
The Novel’s Extra (2)
The World of Otome Games is Tough For Mobs (1)
A Villainess For The Tyrant (1)
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08/16/22 Reaper Scans c34c34
08/12/22 Reaper Scans c33
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08/09/22 Reaper Scans c31
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08/04/22 Reaper Scans c29
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07/29/22 Reaper Scans c27
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07/23/22 Reaper Scans c24
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15 Reviews

New hose246
Aug 13, 2022
Status: c42
This novel is pretty entertaining.

The MC is someone who likes to keep the story line as close to the original as possible, because he knows that's his only advantage. Yet he will also step in if the plot got out of line in order to fix things. He is written pretty decently.

The side characters are also pretty solid. They all have things they are good at and things they are not. They each have their own backstories and troubles. They aren't annoying for no reason, and they do things with... more>> a reason.

The world building is also pretty decent. The systems are described simply and the world are also described simply. Most of the world building will be focused on the academy.

The fight scenes are also really cool. It's fun to see how the MC uses all his strategies and future knowledge to his advantage despite him being weaker than his opponents.

There are several questions or potential plot holes tho. Like:


The mercenaries hired by Elte in the Occupation arc. Aren't they beaten by Ziggs and Yennekar? They should also be mentioned in the report yet they are not. I'm a little curious about why.


Other than that, this is a pretty solid novel. One of the most unique things of this novel is its slight focus on production stuffs like building houses and tools. It is also really interesting to see the way this novel uses the butterfly effect. All in all, this is a pretty solid novel. It's not super world-breakingly amazing, but it's a good novel to read. <<less
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New Only Idealis
Aug 09, 2022
Status: --
Let me give you 4 star. I like the way how MC build house and his daily life in forest. But I don't like early romance. Although the girl is the one who crush MC, I still don't like it because it's only 30+ chapter. It might be better if he's master mind behind the scenes. Of course it's only my opinion.
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Jul 06, 2022
Status: c33
I scoured all novel sites just to find every single negative reviews about this novel and I compiled it all to one sentence. "Harem bad, Monkey good." that's it. I've seen this novel for years now and I've only come to read it. Especially because of the Bad reviews It made me anticipate more on reading this.
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Apr 19, 2022
Status: c17
4 stars I'd like to give it 5 but it just doesn't seem to be there.

The MC seems believably real up to a point. At the opening he's reduced to the status of homeless person, after transmigrating into another world. This is something that's hard to muster up the sangfroid and go on unperturbed. But our guy is cool as a cucumber. I have to say I kind of like that, it frames his character as being deeply in control. On the other hand he doesn't even have internal... more>> resentment for the people who put him in a horrible position. It's one thing to be self possessed it's another to be a robot.

The harem characters that have been introduced so far seem really annoying. (Yes if you haven't noticed the women hanging around his house on the cover, it's going to be a harem without doubt.) The princess is arbitrary and self righteous, the mage enjoys screwing with people, and the other mage is nearly catatonic. So far they haven't done much for the story.

The system and survival aspects have been carrying the story so far, but I don't know how far they can go. The story reminds me a little of the manga "Dungeon Reset". You have the looked down upon MC and his production skills advancing to own the place. So far the system is working but it has hints of being very arbitrary. The author hasn't had the MC play with it in depth and just gives as much information as needed for the current feature. We don't get to see him actively min maxing it. If it keeps up this way it will be a case of making it up as they go along, and that's very annoying. The MC also hasn't done much with what he has available to him yet, but we will see.

Bottom Line: What I have read isn't bad but I really can't say about what's coming next and I am cautious. <<less
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May 14, 2022
Status: c17
The start was promising but for someone who swore not to mess with the storyline, the MC sure keeps messing with the storyline. It would've been fine if he didn't say so, but the fact that he apparently "tries" not to but still does so is really annoying. It feels really hypocritical, the author likes to pretend the MC is smart and knows what he's doing but he doesn't realize just how big of an impact he's having on the storyline. The lack of self awareness coupled with other characters... more>> shocked at how "deep and mysterious" he is makes it really feel pretentious. I like the premise and idea, but the execution is starting to get ugly. These "reincarnated as a side character so I'll try to be low-key" novels just somehow NEVER do it right. <<less
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May 09, 2022
Status: c16
Well if you like demon prince and similar novels then you will like this one. From what little I have read of it I enjoyed it quite a bit.

My only problem now is how impossible it is to find raws for korean novels. I tried everything and still failed. Even tried to look it up on its original site to read what little of the chapters is free and still failed cause aparently my mobile network is suspicious. So if anybody has raws for this one, please send them.

Well my... more>> desperation aside I hoppe you enjoy this one cause its worth the read. <<less
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May 23, 2022
Status: c112
Not a big fan of harem, but I don't hate it either. I can tolerate it to a certain extent depending on how it's used in the story; however, the harem in this novel is the worst kind imo.

The MC got transported to his favorite game as an extra villain, his main advantage is the knowledge of the events that will happen and he plans on sticking on it while, maybe, assissting the protagonist.

And THAT should have been the story, but here comes the harem messing up everything.

These girls are... more>> also of help to the MC especially in his survival way of life, teaching him magic and are good friends. Nothing wrong there. But when the scenario comes, these girls either mess up the start, make things worse, or just break the scenario because they're OP af.

And somehow someway, or maybe just some plot armor luck, things get resolved and MC still gets unforseen benefits.

Speaking of the MC. He's not bad. He knows his weakness and his strengths, and he works really, really hard to better himself. I'm really rooting for him while reading. He is not really OP, and although he has few fights/battles, I consider them a treat because of how good they are.

As of chapter 112, he's not really interested in romance while being surrounded by this harem that is full on flirting with him. B*tches, leave the guy alone! Instead of the story focusing on the 'story', it spends more time on this girl and that girl, and not on the actual protagonist who became like a forgettable extra.

Less story, more harem. If you're into that kind of novel then you'd really like this. <<less
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Jun 12, 2022
Status: c52
It is like TCF but not exactly a copy... A lesser version I'd say.

Ima just say the quality is low compared to TCF... why?? because there is a harem in the first place

The "knowledge is power" here isn't that satisfactory.

... more>> The MC not really thinking about the butterfly effect and also not trying to interfere with the storyline but does anyway is annoying... Cale sama did a better job in this aspect...

The girls are the most annoying thing in this novel... They do be messing things up for the MC lmao...

And dude someone said it focuses more on the harem which is a BIG FCKING NO for me...

Harems make it worse... In these kinds of novels, girls always end up being a burden... Of course, there are exceptions... In my opinion, even if there is a FL, they should not end up ruining the story by being troublesome...

It is not a bad read though.. of course, that is not the case when compared to other novels I've read.

This has a whole load of plot armor which makes it less attractive... As everything is always kinda solved by the plot armor archon (yep I used a genshin reference ehe~)

Still, you can read this for time pass

And I still have hopes that this will get better in the future

And until that future comes I am willing to wait... I just hope there is no sickening drama with the harem...

ok Idk why but it got rated 5 stars... It is actually a 3.5 or 4 star for me <<less
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May 31, 2022
Status: c29
Another good one in the genre of "replacing a petty villain by someone better".
I recommend it.


  • MC is interesting, the way I like, dense in love, but competent, determined, and having a purpose. He's isn't a skirt chaser, a pervert, or hot headed.
  • The girls are also interesting : at start I thought they would be less developed than that, but they have a hidden depth, each one of them, and thus the harem is the "good kind", not rushed.
  • I wonder where the story is going, the MC is seems to really want to be kept outside of the "main story", and the main hero is still around, which is actually surprising.

  • Some chapters are confusing with weird non chronological events explained.
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Jul 18, 2022
Status: Completed
Would rate it at 4.5/5

Haven’t read the side stories yet but this was certainly a very enjoyable binge. It’s a nice change to have a side-chara MC who *somewhat* faithfully stayed as a “side character” until the end.

Battle scenes and rom-com were highlights of this web novel for me, along with occasional feels chapters.

Given it’s genre, it’s a well executed web novel that deserves to be rated as one of the best in this site, I hope the TL speed could give this series a little boost one day.
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Jun 16, 2022
Status: c120
Ok so it started different, MC gets reincarnated into a game he likes as villain, his arc is over of being beaten up, so he decides to stay out of the story, build a hut in nearby jungle to get the degree and live later on a better life, in every chapter till ch 25 he insists on the point that he will stay out of the story, and does exactly that, which is kinda fun, then thats it, after that it goes back to the typical of not wanting... more>> to intervene, but still intervene with bullsh*t logic, s*upid misunderstandings, and one by one turning the girls of real MC harem into your own harem, while being completely oblivious to it, the female character were intresting at first but as story goes as one dimensional annoying harem members with no personality they become, it seriously is just like any other novel of this kind out there, and feels worse cause the female character are annoying instead <<less
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Jul 24, 2022
Status: c24
Kinda hate the wishy washy protag. He makes a good plan to avoid main characters to preserve as much foreknowledge as he can and avoiding trouble but refuses to drive them away when they keep showing up, befriending them and tying himself to caring for them and being dragged into annoying and dangerous situations. Also the plot of the guy being kicked out of the dorms but not the school doesn't make sense.

Teachers would have to know at least some parents would be upset when they learn about a student... more>> being driven to living in the woods- after all if one guy can be kicked out of the dorms and forced to struggle to survive then why not their kids too especially if something happens to them and they lose any protection they had? If there's any logic in that world someone's getting fired once whatever passes for the PTA finds out about it. <<less
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Aug 09, 2022
Status: --
Very interesting! Become one of my favorites, the chapter are also frequent. Like how there is a subtle feel of personal growth and advices in book
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May 14, 2022
Status: c17
I like the start, it's an amusing misunderstanding-type novel with a hardworking MC.

I docked a star mostly because the raws are on Naver, IMO one of the most frustrating Korean sites as a non-Korean speaker since they force you to use their app instead of having a web version (that works with Google Translate) like any other website. : (
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Apr 30, 2022
Status: c14
So far this has followed every cliche but the "find items with knowledge" trope.

That said its competent and enjoyable so far. Harem is bland and living in the wild, while interesting, isn't different enough to feel fresh.

I think what would possibly set this series apart would be the use of lifestyle skills in combat. Also I cant find MTLs anywhere so someone help me please :, (
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