I’m the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire!

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Liam Sera Banfield is a reincarnator.

He was reincarnated into a fantasy universe of swords and magic, but at a time that civilization was already making advancements into outer space.

The setting takes place in an intergalactic empire, a space opera-like universe where humanoid weapons and spaceships do battle.

Liam, who had incarnated into an aristocratic family in a monarchic society, has the ambition to one day become an evil lord.

In his previous life, Liam had unfortunately lost everything and died in despair.

— It’s foolish to live for others.

— I will live for myself.

Holding those feelings in his chest, he starts towards his second life, but is instead worshipped as a virtuous ruler from his difference in values.

Will Liam be able to safely become an evil lord?

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Evil Lord
Ore wa Seikan Kokka no Akutoku Ryōshu!
俺は星間国家の悪徳領主!
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colombopl
colombopl rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: v4
It is a while since I was able to find a decent LN of my favourite fantasy isekai genre. And I found it. It is SF universe with spaceships and mecha droids but at the same it can be classified as fantasy too. There is magic, nobles, knights and swords. I like it because main character is quite original. He is not some plain OP MC followed by dull harem but a fellow with complex psyche being manipulated by powerful transcendental beings. At the beginning he looked for me like... more>> kind of an idiot but with time I become convinced that Liam character is not that simple..

I am not sure if I can call "I'm an Evil Lord..." a comedy but it is amusing and from time to time quite funny. So following this approach I could tell that Liam is a pitiful looser who failed living as honest and diligent man. And after reincarnation he become the same looser as an Evil Lord. It is like Winnie the Pooh is trying to be Sauron. Liam tries as much as he can but being an Evil Lord is beyond imagination of a man who is unable to remove Good from his heart. I describe Liam this way because his decisions does not justify to call him stupid. He is simply blinded by his fixation of being evil nad being manipulated by mysterious beings.

Liams actions are drived by his ex-wife complex from his previous life. So in his own mind he is villain but surroundings sees him as noble-minded person. Some of his "stupid" actions are not reliable but in general a story is quite consistent. I like that Liam is not boring guy who does not harm a fly. He lives in brutal environment so in this story millions of people are killed by him and his subordinates.

I like that it is a rare story where women are not some innocent non-existant in normal life creatures but normal human beings that can be evil and can sneakily use other people. There is quite interresting harem-like group. Girls are quite well developed by writer. Most of them are hot-tempered nad expressive characters with some screws loosed who are not just in love in Liam. They are some kind of fanatics following their idol. Following his ex-wife complex MC pushes away all beauties trying to get close to him. But the same complex made Liam to fall in his own Evil Lord's trap and finding the beloved one. It appears to be a classic plot of saving a damsel in distress.

It is good that there is some balance and Liam has few male friends.

Main demerit of this LN is very plain and easy approach of writing used by author. With huge jumps in time it makes following this story like reading events log. Universe, events and places of action are described as minimal as possible. I missed a lot of more complex, logical and emotional descriptions. Among other events especially romantic plot gives a feeling of dissatisfaction.

Still it is one of the LN's I like the most.

EDIT:

I decided to lower my grade of a story to 4 because of writing quality. <<less
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Aremys
Aremys rated it
October 9, 2019
Status: --
I have read this to the point of him fighting the space pirates for 'treasures' and 'disfigured princess knight' whom is a royalty.

Anyways this novel goes maximum firepower in terms of 'plot-holes' and 'plot-armors'

Reasons:

1- If Liam doesn't know a thing or is a pinch, he goes to a 'capsule' that teaches him as a school does and that in term gives you "HUGE!!" see those two exclamation marks? They are there for a reason. He literally became 50 years old before I was even interested in the novel and it... more>> was said that its normal adults age, lmao. Spare me.

2- in these "HUGE!!" Time skips there has been literally nothing interesting besides a scammer teacher whos produces results when I don't even know how XD?

3- THE MC's IQ Levels are just something man, His prev life was like a tragic one "What I read" and that should teach you one thing or another about so told 'Life' but gosh its just a repetition with the plot armor of "white glow"
Me:"Spare me of this idiocity!!!!!" *Screaming into oblivion"

4- The maid Robot/Android he purchased 2nd chapter in has "ZERO" impact on his EQ/IQ throughout those 50 years, imagine this bullshit. 50 years can make a ret*rd into a wise man while he didn't grow up which makes me conclude one thing. This whole novel is full of retards just by the standards of age, "Hallejuah!"

5- I had to tolerate the scammer teacher, the idiotic MC who's 20-50 years old with a time capsule that bestows knowledge and to add it all up, the forced events that are created by the Evil Business Man & White Glow to save the day which is like throwing a ball into the air and catching it by the same hand.

I wasn't even bothered to fix my grammar for this one, refer to "SnoopyGM" For a better Review that screams out my inner thoughts.

Evaluation: Supreme Trash on Untold Levels Which I Never Knew Existed. <<less
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Rort
Rort rated it
August 30, 2019
Status: --
half-assed

I expected more seeing the reviews but I was disappointed once I started reading the novel.

Some would say that is similar to "Overlord" or "To be a power in the shadows" but the similarity ends with "misunderstandings" tag. Obviously I was expecting no logic-sense or some developments that are too convenient or inconvenient to the MC related to a "Comedy" novel and there are but the premise is that, not the worldbuilding or the development of the characters along with the history and the comedy in it (that is present... more>> in the other novels I mentioned before) .

Anyways is not an awful novel is a slapstick comedy, it can be enjoyed :D.

But for someone that seeks something a little bit more complex or developed, I don't recommend it. <<less
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Just a Potato
Just a Potato
August 16, 2019
Status: v3c6
If you like novels about misunderstandings, this is your thing. Its funny when the MC thinks he is evil but he doesnt even know the "e" in evil lol. He is OP but thats alright cuz I believe the novel aims to be silly. Anyway, this is not a serious novel by any means! Give it a try and you will get a good laugh
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Jakeel94
Jakeel94 rated it
August 15, 2019
Status: v3c5
This is my favorite novel of 2019.

Honestly, it's a fun read and the story have so many different points of views and movements, but the author makes the complexity of it all seem so simple that you don't even realize it.
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hawlol
hawlol rated it
August 13, 2019
Status: v3c3
This is a slapstick comedy. The story doesn't take itself serious and neither should you.

As long as you don't expect a serious space adventure, this is a great read. The plot is just there to take you to another joke/gag. The evil empire doesn't really matter, and tension goes away quickly because the MC is too OP.

Now, most of the jokes are formed from misunderstandings, things that wouldn't happen if the MC wasn't so dense and some people might not like it, but like I said, we can't read a... more>> slapstick comedy waiting for smart characters and hard contained logic, else there wouldn't be jokes!

The important part is that I had lots of FUN reading it and I recomend you try it out.

This is similar but better than "To be a power in the shadows", mainly because this one doesn't take itself serious, so if you liked it, this is for you.

To justify the 4 star score, there were two things I didn't like: Too many time skips, as the end of the first ARC the MC was already over 40. Unnecessary gore, since even though it's a 'light' read, there are several moments with brutal and gory parts that doesn't match the tone of the story. It's like watching Itchy and Scratchy from the Simpsons instead of Tom and Jerry. <<less
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
July 24, 2019
Status: v2c1
Pretty good so far, MC thinks he's evil while actually doing good around him.
Don't expect space opera levels of how the universe works though, it's clearly here for plot convenience.
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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
July 23, 2019
Status: --
This is gold :3 I was so pumped reading this I had to go read the raws machine translated and even with the horrible migraine-inducing shitshow that it Machine Translation it's good.

Definitely going to keep reading this as it gets translated just to feel this goodness at its peak goodness.
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Deadmantellnotales
Deadmantellnotales rated it
November 7, 2019
Status: Completed
MC is not dense doormat. He have misunderstood himself by thinking he's doing evil acts but in reality he's like the pinnacle nobleness, other than that single big misunderstanding he's good at everything else. He's not dense to girls and not soft towards pirates and villains, he will eradicate the enemies without mercy.

It is a good noval, that author is quite talented, I read the sevens and other series, all of them are good, (if you exempt the "dragoon", everyone have their up and downs)
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suza751
suza751 rated it
September 23, 2019
Status: v4c9
I feel as if so many people are missing the point of this series. This isnt some deep world building adventure, a vengeful epic, or cultivating to grandmist kinda novel. Its comedy!

Our protagonist is living a terrible life manipulated by his ex-wife. Upon his death an evil trickster gives him a seound chance, hoping to hurl him back into suffering. But he fails again and again, the MC is living his own story. sh*t always goes just right, hell half his decisions are random and just so happens to be... more>> a perfect decision. Thats whats supposed to be funny, his own disconect from the plot.

Our MC is riding the high of life. He decides whatever and people roll with it. He thinks himself the premier overlord, an evil nobleman who bleeds his people dry. Again, hese disconnected from the reality of the story. Comedy... people... funny.... yahya <<less
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harvercode
harvercode rated it
August 27, 2019
Status: --
i was a bit hesitant to read this but nevertheless this is really enjoyable especially his interactions with the guide and other characters
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wrightl
wrightl rated it
August 11, 2019
Status: v3c1
It is difficult for me to be objective about this story because it seems as if it were made specifically for my tastes, everything about it seems perfect.

I love misunderstanding stories, and this story has a lot. I love op protagonists, this story has that. I love well regarded main characters, and supernatural elements, and a small amount of domain building, all of these are present.

Basically, if you like this kind of story, you will really like it, and if you don't like this kind of story you probably won't.
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Gigz
Gigz rated it
July 31, 2019
Status: v2c14
This is one of the most hype novels for me to read. It's so well written, I can easily tell what's going on, there's nothing boring to be read, and the misunderstandings feel satisfying and absolutely hilarious. It feels dark and gloomy at the start, but boy, oh boy, it gets god-tier later on.
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Decaf Invidia
Decaf Invidia
November 8, 2019
Status: v4 epilogue
Ah. One of my two weaknesses! A misunderstanding comedy.

The MC is someone who was so hardworking and nice in his past life, that he was taken advantage of by everyone around him. So changing his mindset slightly, to match his romanticized image of an evil lord, karma catches up to him and he ends up committing altruistic act after altruistic act.

His sense of luxury is obviously warped, he believes he's living luxuriously compared to the richest people on earth, but when you compare it to the scale of an intergalactic... more>> empire, he's actually living incredibly frugally.

Things tend to go his way, but its not necessarily because he's in the right or has the perfect solution, simply that circumstances are arranged behind the scenes by unseen forces to turn out well.

I find myself laughing out loud a lot, and am similarly bewildered whenever we go from the MC's POV to someone else's. It's such a good time. <<less
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Dante7555
Dante7555 rated it
September 25, 2019
Status: v3c8
This novel is ridden with inconsistencies and gives a certain impression of being a half-ass write as we go structure of writing.

Going in it's explicitly tries to show that it's a novel in the "misunderstanding" genre. And as the story progress, that fact is used as an excused for the novel being shit. I've spoken with many of the readers of this novel and every complaint I've voiced is replied back with "You have little suspension of disbelief". Like that's an excuse at all. In both Death Flag and Power... more>> in the Shadows, both misunderstanding novels, yet both are amazingly written having a consistency that this novel sorely lacks.

Now for some examples:

Spoiler
  • The MC: From what I've read the MC can be interpreted in two ways
    • 1st he's very weak mentally and his goal of becoming an "evil lord" is simply a defense mechanism so that he would have a reason if something bad happened to him unlike his previous life
    • But since this is a "misunderstanding" novel, the more likely situation is that he's mentally retarded and if that's the case then his wife was probably justified in everything she did after having to deal with his sh*t for years.
  • The Guide: He's like a poor cockroach who the writer uses as a punching bag for their stress. Just f*cking do something. Don't just say "The guide became so weak he could die at any moment" then 2 chapters after that says "He absorbs the despair of blah blah, biding his time to get back at the MC" and it's not a 1 time thing either it's stated multiple times. And I despise the inconsistencies of the Antagonists too. One moment she's a sl*t who does everything in her power for wealth and position, the next she's someone who's faithful and runs away with a pathetic and dickless (litterally) kid. And the kid, one moment he's a jackoff who acts high and mighty, who probably r*ped a bunch of commoners and abused other "lesser" nobles, the next he apparently has mommy issues (that justifies all of his actions apparently) and came to his senses and ask the girl to run away with him. Like wtf.
  • The story: While not at first it became obvious to me that this novel is a mix between CN and JP (not the good parts)
    • Similar to CN in the arrogance of the MC, the copy & paste style of the enemy, and every single character kissing the MC's ass.
    • JP in the sense that the MC is just dumb and dense and everything he shits out turns into gold until it doesn't but even when it doesn't, nothing bad happens. For example, there must've 10 times where he's knowingly "seduced" into buying unneeded ships even when it's stated that it's not a good idea. Yet nothing bad happens at all.
  • Bullshitery: I just don't care much anymore so I forgot alot of it's bullshitery but I remember the part that made me stopped. When assassins were sent to kill the MC. Suddenly out of nowhere, we're introduced to a bunch of pro assassins that was apparently saved by Liam and is now loyal to him. Apparently, they were betrayed by their previous master (last emporer) too, so the MC can have trust problems but all the side characters are just supposed to be loyal and do whatever the MC says cause he saved em once? I mean if it's stated or made apparent that the species we're reading about just look like humans but have a mentally retarded amount of IQ then yea I can buy that.
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In conclusion, I struggle to understand why this novel has a rating of over 4*. And if any of you are reading this, I hope my review helps you make an informed decision on whether or not to read this novel. <<less
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MondSemmel
MondSemmel rated it
September 13, 2019
Status: v1 epilogue
This story has an interesting premise - a reincarnator tries to be an evil lord, but becomes a beloved one instead. But the author didn't properly execute on this vision. The famous writing advice to "show, don't tell" is *glaringly* violated here, to the point that I'm shocked by the many favorable reviews. In a story that should at least partially be about governance, one of the protagonist's early actions isn't just summarized as, but essentially entirely consists of, "The government was reformed". And in a similar fashion, none of... more>> the protagonist's supposed accomplishments outside of battle are described in a way that he'd actually *own* them.

In fact, almost all the descriptions are beyond perfunctory. Things are frequently designed as looking or being designed badly, with no further elaboration. Ultimately, given the total lack of proper descriptions, I'd be surprised if the majority of readers could actually imagine the scenes depicted in the book.

Instead of this story, I highly recommend reading stories that do the "telling" part of storytelling properly. For instance, Release that Witch also has a story about governance and leadership, but there we actually see the protagonist go through the motions of improving his territory's technology and system of government. <<less
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Shadow-Cat
Shadow-Cat rated it
September 3, 2019
Status: v3 interlude
So far I'm quite enjoying the story. Its not exactly unique in all respects, but its unique enough for me to find it enjoyable. The main character is oblivious to the fact that all he is doing is helping his people, while everyone around him is oblivious to the fact that he wants to make them suffer.

I've also seen other people making reviews stating how something or other doesn't make sense or is just plain stupid. In some respects I can totally agree. Its an Isekai story, so I mean,... more>> what can expect, but id still like to address some those reviews to anyone who takes these at face value rather then read the story themselves.

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD

1.) remarks about the Android: though their aren't many, I've seen some comments saying that the whole "androids are a taboo" thing are thrown out the window. To a certain extent, I can agree. However, it isn't just dropped from the story. Plenty of characters remark on it regularly how Liam's reputation is getting hurt due to her being by his side. Though their are no direct consequences, I ask, why would there be any? Its only a taboo, and there are no laws against having androids. Especially after Liam's house grows in power, would you want to offend them by making remarks against his "tastes", and even the mansions staff is warned about doing so.

2.) I've seen negative reviews regarding how the guide is essentially powerless against Liam, and how his plots don't really work. Its because that strange glowing orb is also working against the guide, essentially alerting Liam or one of his trusted aides to any plots that have been orchestrated by the guide. In one such instance, the guide attempts to get Liam's family, who he cuts off after they try to gouge him for more money, but Liam's android just so happens to be guided to the location where his family is plotting to take the territory back.

3.) Finally, I've even seen one speaking about how Liam doesn't really do anything evil. I mean, I get it, but that's part of the story. Liam believes he is being evil, and its not like he is good anyway. He is merciless and doesn't hesitate to kill, even monologuing about how he would cut down anyone wouldn't listen to his orders. So while he isn't actively oppressing his people that much right now, he isn't really a good guy, more like in the middle as a grey character.

that's the end of my own little rant, and I do hope anyone whose considering reading this story gives it a chance. At least for me, I find it funny at parts, exciting at parts, and some parts can even be downright dumb, but I'm still enjoying the ride. <<less
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Lydokork
Lydokork rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: --
It's just great story that will make you laugh :) Many misunderstandigs and great translation.
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Liamrw
Liamrw rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: v3c12
I've been seeing this novel on Novel Updates, but never bothered to read. But after searching for some evil/anti-hero/villain type heroes present in a Light Novel, I found this one!

And boy! It was a good read! I can't wait for the chapter to come out now!

Liam, You really are the "Evil Lord"! Hahahaha!
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facuelfacha12
facuelfacha12 rated it
August 23, 2019
Status: v2 ss
A very good novel. Very entertaining based on 'misunderstandings'. I have to admit that the author creates good and interesting stories. This is one of them.
The elements of science fiction, as the protagonist literally starts from the beginning and moves forward, is simply great to read.
I like the protagonist, he is very funny and as he wants to be an 'evil lord' he is simply great... I laughed out loud for that reason.
Anyway, if you like this kind of story, I recommend you read it. I assure... more>> you they will enjoy it. <<less
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