I Came Back but the World is Still a Fantasy!?


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When a boy coincidentally fell into a dimension hole, what awaited him was a world of sword and magic.

Two years of tragedies, wars, and schemes, passed until he was finally able to return to Earth.

But when he came back, the world was no longer the same.

A new world with advanced technology, Garesto, was now trading with Earth, leading to a complete overhaul of Earth’s technology.

In the long years that have passed and the great changes that have occurred, his family was not left untouched.

His parents were now divorced. His siblings were now strangers. And all his friends were now gone.

He who possessed otherworldly power and knowledge hid himself for various reasons. But though he was able to somehow pull the wool over the world’s eyes, there were still those who noticed him.

This is a tale that came to be because of a boy who came back home.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. In what order should I read this?

Read it from the oldest release until the newest one. This story is NOT written in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, and is meant to be read according to the RELEASE ORDER.

2. What do the numbers AA-BB mean in the titles?

They mean Time Axis-Act.

E.g., 03-01 happens after all the 02-BB, but before 03-02.

02-02 means that there’s a 02-01 chapter.

This also means that 05-00 happens in the far later.

NOTE: The first six releases are PROLOGUES, main chapters start from the seventh release onwards.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Kaettekite mo Fantasy!?
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Everyone Else is a Returnee (4)
Seoul Station’s Necromancer (1)
Gate of Revelation (1)
Jujutsushi Wa Yuusha Ni Narenai (1)
The Returner (1)
Isekai Kaeri no Ossan wa, Fusei Sukiru de Fathercon Musume-tachi o Tororori ni (1)
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  5. Want to read but Novel Incomplete

Latest Release

Date Group Release
06/01/20 Neo Translations c03-25 part2
05/27/20 Neo Translations c03-25 part1
05/26/20 Neo Translations c03-24 part4
05/25/20 Neo Translations c03-24 part3
05/24/20 Neo Translations c03-24 part2
05/23/20 Neo Translations c03-24 part1
05/22/20 Neo Translations c03-23 part3
05/21/20 Neo Translations c03-23 part2
05/18/20 Neo Translations c03-23 part1
05/18/20 Neo Translations c03-22 part4
05/15/20 Neo Translations c03-22 part3
05/10/20 Neo Translations c03-22 part2
05/07/20 Neo Translations c03-22 part1
04/29/20 Neo Translations c03-21 part2
04/28/20 Neo Translations c03-21 part1
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Aure94100 rated it
August 22, 2016
Status: v2c6
Hum... how to explain ?

The concept... the story is really good... interesting.

BUT the author has no skill as a writer. Don't misunderstand me, this isn't unreadable or it wouldn't be translated, but the author just doesn't know how to manage his own story and his own writing style. It's like a mix of styles where he tries to create something but ultimately... fails.

He wants to manage each chapter in a non-chronological way because he wants to give his story a more mysterious and professional feeling I suppose... but it just... more>> doesn't work at all. It's only confusing for readers. And he constantly change his POVs making sometimes the story unreadable.

Well, this novel has a serious potential but the writing process is a complete mess. <<less
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Fluffums rated it
January 15, 2018
Status: --
Are the people who gave this five stars reading the same novel as me?

They call the protagonist realistic, but I don't consider it realistic to think "I don't want to stand out" and then not pay attention to other people at all? The protagonist has a ridiculous amount of arrogance you wouldn't expect from someone who's been through several tragedies (as suggested by the prologue). It's also really weird to think "I'm here to investigate" and not show any interest in anything beyond randomly going "whoa" at technology or hairstyles.

It... more>> comes off as a chuunibyou trying to be Tatsuya from The Irregular At Magic High School without the smarts, the looks, the family connections, the business connections, the military connections, a reason for acting apathetic, or the little sister. Oh, and he's probably not as talented as Tatsuya either; I haven't read to any fights yet because after the prologue there's at least 10 chapters of "I'm trying to fit in by acting literally the opposite way everyone else reacts to everything and not noticing because I only ever look at people's hair, and I'm so bored even though everything here is new and amazing to me."

The only reason I gave 2 stars is that the opening was decent and there's an expectation they'll return to that, but... Well, the author kinda glazed over the adventure and tragedy and dived headfirst into "high school is so boring, sigh..." so it's hard to say if it's worthwhile trudging through that at all. Maybe there'll just be another school arc. <<less
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Nakiami rated it
April 3, 2016
Status: --
This novel has an interesting twist on the transported to a fantasy world genre. For those who like protagonists that actually have a personality, and at least act like a human, this is for you. Sure, he’s OP, he doesn’t feel unreasonable or 2D like other protangonists.

It would be awesome if some one or some group picked this novel up.
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Maxmeteor1 rated it
December 14, 2015
Status: --
Personally I love this series, and I hope it will be picked up by someone. It has a great protagonist with a mysterious, OP feel who for the time being does not want the government to know how OP he is since he has just come back to his family. It makes the reader want to discover what happened during his time in the fantasy world, but also find out what will happen in the present. Overall, I think it is a great novel and is very similar to "LV999... more>> Villager" and "Impregnable Dreadnought" in mood. I fervently hope some will pick it up or it will gain more attention, and thanks in advance if someone picks it up, and thanks to those who have already translated it. <<less
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SunsetChaos rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: c03-02
This reminded me of a reverse "Everyone is a Returnee", same kind of vibe. Similar kind of suffering like Everyone is a Returnee, though not as bad.

The MC is likable and realistic, for now at least. Definitely have potential. Interesting story. The way it's released is also interesting. Left me wondering about what kind of powers MC has, what happened to his family, etc.

Most likely not going to be boring. Nothing else to say, since it's still early.
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Absolute-Melody rated it
December 28, 2019
Status: c02-11 part3
From my perspective, the chronology of the chapters is indeed somewhat confusing. But props to the translator, although errors exist here and there, the organization helps in making the story understandable. My biggest qualm with the story is actually the pacing of the translation.

Sorry Translator, I just complimented you and here I am roasting you...

If you binge read the entire story, it is truly a pleasant experience. However, waiting anywhere in a range of 4-18 days for the next chapter kills the story for me. I'm patient enough to wait... more>> and am not trying to rush the translator, but with the quality that I've witnessed over the course of a YEAR, I expect at least a higher standard for translation.

I wouldn't recommend mtl due to the convoluted nature of the story's organization, so the regular translation is still the best option, but the Translator needs to really establish a consistent release rate. At least once a week is consistent. PLEASE. <<less
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
April 20, 2019
Status: c02-06 part1
The content's probably 4.5 star, but the release rate is ruining this novel. It's a slow burner, but the release rate is two chapters per month. It feels like nothing is happening, even though it's going at roughly the same rate as other slow burning novels.

If you're going to read it all in one sitting, you'll enjoy it. If you're trying to read it as it's released, you'll become frustrated.
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Renaxan rated it
June 24, 2018
Status: c03-13 part3
Summary :

Main character who are missing into otherworld 2 years back to earth and find it different earth used to be. What we have here MC with mental disorder, try to act edgy while hiding.. Idk what he does at all. Realistic?

... more>>

while he is hiding him self, but act too extravagant just because food waste out. Despite he know its his problem why not response. See? He is have problem with his mental. Theres a lot things to after this


just admit it, I known he is act like that bcz horrible experience in prior 2 yrs resulting his mental disorder but also make me wonder wtf the story gonna do with this short type of MC. Still clueless af.

Story is damn slowpaced, with mystery vibe related to story. This story isnt usual isekai genre so somehow i'll read this when have a times. <<less
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madvil rated it
February 17, 2020
Status: c02-03 part1
Look, I don't mind the constant time skips since if done well, it can enhance and even make you re-read old chapters and finally understand what he meant

I mind a little that he is super op and ALL the girls fall in love with him because "reasons", but most jp wn are like that, so it isn't a great deal

What I really mind is that EVERYONE is an idiot except him because of "REASONS"

A good example of this is that he is the best fighter in the world because the... more>> rest don't bother to learn how to fight, they just overwhelm everyone with their "op" stats. This makes no f*cking sense since the students fight each other, and a good martial artist will always beat a gold medalists weightlifter

Ther are other stuff like his super hacking or how bad is everyone at spying him, etc. It looks promising at the start, but the logic behind his OP is really bad, even if the author tries hard to make "reasons". If you add that almost all characters are girls that only exist to make the main character look awesome and make them fall in love with him, I wouldn't recommend this novel unless you don't have anything else to read or you are extremely good at the suspension of disbelief thingy and you are into harems and power fantasy <<less
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caolsei rated it
November 5, 2019
Status: c3
As another reviewer said, the author unfortunately is not skilled enough to pull off a trick like having the chapters in the wrong order. In the end, not only is it very confusing, the author has to repeat a lot of information which will come in later chapters... because those should have actually already been read at that point of time.

What's more, after chapter 4 he suddenly stopped having them in the wrong order, making us wonder why he even bothered in the first place. Incoherence within incoherence. Just like... more>> his protagonist I guess. <<less
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sol.arin rated it
July 23, 2019
Status: c02-08 part5
Oh dear this is one great one... shouldve started earlier but then I wouldve died waiting for an update...

many ppl complained about the story plot being confusing as hell since the author doesnt releases according to story timeline, but that just makes everything so much more interesting and unique.

OP MC trying to 'keep a low profile' with a broken mind/mental state trying his best to recover and keep himself from breaking down.
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Ssnfuture rated it
June 17, 2019
Status: c02-04 part3
I gave up reading, the authors still fails to deliver his writting style in a consistent pattern.

POV seemed like it sounded good in his head but when its written doesn't work they way it should. At least is what im getting at.

Without spoiling anything, these are the types of MC's that are either poorly written or intended mentally disabled person. I am still not sure why people say this is realistic where I can only see one of those mentally challenged that needs to be taken cared of by an... more>> institution. He needs to be put in a rehab or institution not level up program. <<less
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loneexwolf rated it
September 3, 2018
Status: c02-01 part 02
This novel is hard to read at first.
Like eating crabs.

But, like crabs, the moment you read through it, it unfolds a story so flavorful, so varying, so rich,

I find it hard to believe it came from Japan, notorious for immature stories.

I feel like it's similar to I Shall Seal The Heavens, with how it's focused on action, with sprinkles of fun, familial love, and despair. Like a fully flavored Chinese cuisine.

It is a must read, and I hope to see more of this.
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Potato Tomo rated it
March 29, 2020
Status: c2-17
Chapters gets increasingly verbose. And I think some of the plot points are done half-hearted. The author didn't fully commit to the personalities he's given to the MC. And it's definitely more shounen than seinen. Hope that the author will get to write an ln so he can improve this.
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