Instant Death


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Growth cheats? Infinite magic power? The ability to utilize all archetypes? What’s the point if instant death ends everything with a single attack?

High school senior Yogiri Takatou was on a school field trip when he woke up to a dragon assaulting his sightseeing bus, with the only ones still on the bus being him and his female classmate, the panicking Tomochika Dannoura. Apparently the rest of his classmates had been given special powers by Sion, a woman who introduced herself as Sage, and escaped from the dragon, leaving those that hadn’t received any special powers behind as dragon bait.

And so Yogiri was thrown into a parallel universe full of danger, with no idea of what just happened. Likewise, Sion had no way of knowing just what kind of being she had summoned to her world.

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My Instant Death Ability is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me! (LN)
Sokushi Cheat ga Saikyou Sugite, Isekai no Yatsura ga Marude Aite ni Naranai n Desu ga
The Other World Doesn't Stand a Chance Against The Power of Instant Death
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Saku rated it
May 28, 2017
Status: c86
This webnovel caught me by surprise more than once. To quote some Syosetu reviews, a good way of describing it would be "different from your usual isekai stories and, more importantly, different from the 'different' isekai stories."

Instant Death follows an overpowered MC's adventure through a different world while placing a focus on the world's reactions to that MC's actions. The author doesn't shy away from remodeling several chapters worth of world building at the whim of his characters, which works perfectly with his story.

The practical stuff:
* I was turned off by a couple plot holes at the start, but the author managed to fill more than I expected. Not all of them, however.
* The whole 'side-characters challenging certain death' shtick gets boring after a while. The story moves away from relying on it for its major plot points, but at times the in-world explanation for it hardly justifies the characters' conduct.
* Some of its scenes easily rank among the best I've seen in web and light novels. Think the Go match in Dungeon Defense and Overlord spoiler:

Jircniv's visit to Nazarick.

* A lot of characters. Maybe you're into that, maybe not. It has a large variety of personalities, but some archetypes are completely untouched. Some interesting powers.
* No harem so far, slow but progressing romance
* Interesting characters dying out of nowhere, I'm not sure that's something you can get used to.
* Steadily moving towards an established goal/end.
* Death doesn't have a lot of weight due to the frequent (often gruesome) dying.

Personally Instant Death reminds me of Overlord, namely the way its world tries to cope with something far beyond what it can handle, but your mileage may vary.
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
December 4, 2017
Status: v2c14
Transported to a world full of a**holes, the op MC mu*ders anyone who comes after him with bad intentions. A satisfying tale of unforgivable a**holes being stomped.

Honestly, the mc's a tool. All the character development goes into showing how much of an as*hole the side characters are before stomping all over them. It's actually really satisfying.

However, at c34 the translator changes, and the story becomes a barely readible mess.
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SunsetChaos rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: v4c2
TLDR: killing simulator how to kill him before he instant kills you.

This story might seem generic at first, and it probably is, but it's so entertaining and interesting that it ends up being different. Comedy, check. This story certainly has the humor.

... more>> Personally it reminds me more of Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? With the s*upidly op higher ups godlike characters. And of course the my pace kind of MC. Kind of like a mix of that and Konosuba I guess.

I like how MC is so chill with everything. This man has his priorities straight lmao.
Better than the average MCs at least imo. I mean, just look at him on that cover.
I'm gonna enjoy watching him screw over everyone else. <<less
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albreo rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: c20
I really feel like the author is high on weed. There is so much stuff mashed up together here; ie. Magic and sword, gundam+transformer, steampunk, beastmen, angle, deity, vampire, demon lord and hero. There also a plenty of Japanese summon in to this fantasy land. The result is very interesting. Wandering how high he must get to piece all these stuff together.

5 stars until further notice.
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Aho555 rated it
July 21, 2017
Status: c23
This is just great. So glad I found it; thought I'd read all the good Japanese novels and the only things left were the average ones.

For starters, the theme of a boy and girl classmates travelling the isekai together is unheard of (probably because the average author prefers a loner self-insert MC, and/or they're just bad at writing the dialogue/interaction).

And the dialogue - the leads are a pair of bokke and tsukkomi and they're just hilarious together. Other characters too, just lines and interactions that are creative, non cliche and... more>> fun to read.

Story-wise, it seems male lead has a power that turns the usual isekai system on its head, again making this a refreshing read. It also subverts the power system put in place by the rulers of the world they're in, so there's your antagonists of the story early on.

So yes, overall, really funny, really well written, refreshing take on the 'transported to another world' genre. I wish I had the whole translated novel to read. <<less
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jjm152 rated it
August 22, 2019
Status: v4c8
There are two things you need to understand about this novel, first off it's a comedy and secondly that comedy comes from what you would call a "satirical deconstruction" of the Isekai genre. That meaning, the story takes all of the common cliches and tropes of your "travel to another world" series and constantly makes fun of both them and in many cases, the people who read and obsess about these genres.

Now, you'll either take this as good natured self depreciation, or you'll get offended by it if the satire... more>> is too close to home. That depends entirely on what kind of person you are.

For me, I found large parts of these volumes to be downright hysterical, particularly it's portrayal the cast of "Japanese summoned to another world" characters, particularly Hanakawa, which I believe is the authors stand-in for a stereotypical isekai-obsessed otaku of low scruples and morals. The joke here is that we all know someone like Hanakawa, even if we consider ourselves "tasteful" consumers of the isekai garbage compared to him.

A large part of the humor of this book comes from seeing your annoying typical "Mary Sue" type protagonists having their world come down on them through casual encounters with Yogiri, who is sincerely just trying to find a way home without getting too involved with anyone. If that sort of setting sounds appealing to you, you'll probably like this novel.

As for the cast - Yogiri himself is reasonably likable, but most of the scenes and jokes are stolen by his travelling companion Tomochika or her guardian spirit Mokomoko. The comedy is reminiscent of a Manzai style with Yogiri or Mokomoko often playing the role of the Boke while Tomochika delivers tsukkomi style jokes. It's a comedy style that is often repeated throughout the novel by different characters.

In addition to the above, a great deal of humor is gleaned from the situations that the main characters find themselves in. Yogiri is basically unstoppable, but also someone who is easy going and relatively disinterested, yet somehow countless "Mary Sue" type cliche characters seem to line up in droves to commit su*cide by attempting to get him "first" when the sensible thing from the readers perspective is just to leave the guy alone. The joke here is just that Yogiri never gets angry, or thirsts for revenge, or carries resentment towards these people - in fact, he doesn't even have to notice them in particular to kill them.

You may think to yourself that this just makes Yogiri another "OP Protagonist", but the story never really focuses on his obviously broken character as a means for him to solve his problem, which is essentially just how to return himself and Tomochicka back to Earth. Sure, people get in his way and he does kill some of them, but they could have just as easily left the guy alone - after all, he can kill anything and anyone, so the author has cleverly narrated the story in a way that violence is seldom the answer to any of his immediate or long term problems. In fact, he even goes out of his way to point this out several times.

If any of the above sounds interesting to you, you'll probably love this novel. It's one of the few ones here on this site that I've decided to purchase in it's raw Japanese form simply so I can skip ahead of the translation. My Japanese reading is not so great, so for me to be interested enough to suffer through reading it is a great testament to how much I liked this story, . <<less
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kenjitamurako rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: v2c9
Everyone's a psychopath. MC is lazy with no ambition and handed an invincible power at birth. The world has practically no depth to it. Translations as of writing are pretty bad; somewhere along the lines of 25% of a chapter is mostly incomprehensible with 90% of that incomprehensible material being the Tsukkomi's. If translations were improved this would probably be a 2.5 star or so series. Still follow to see the first sage they met wrapped up and then will drop it. Honestly not sure how this series is rated... more>> so high when I can think of several Isekai series I consider much better and are lower rated. <<less
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DreadLord rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: c32
I personally like the fact that MC is OP before transmigration.

Also not a freaking pushover when it come to killing people who want to harm/kill the MC. Or a person who mu*ders anyone when they feel like it.

There also the fact there will be no super harem of any sort.
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Rort rated it
December 11, 2019
Status: --
One of the most difficult things to make is an OP MC likable and I mean in a good sense.

In this case, the author fails and seems to be he doesn't care at all, he keeps with the plot thinking that maybe later on in the story the MC is going to face development, but again fails in delivering that with the story not making sense from the start, the level of incoherence is impressive. I understand that this is a comedy but combined with mature it can become something... more>> more unique in this oversaturated isekai market.

It's not a bad concept I mean just look at one punch man or overlord it can be achievable but only if the author is interested in his own work. <<less
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SpinelesS rated it
December 31, 2018
Status: v1c38
Fun story with an OP main character.

Sadly the Translation Quality drops once Saku stops translating and the series is picked up by Sad Hoovy's (around the end of the first volume)

It's possible the translation quality improves with time, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Really wish there was a Superior translated version of Volume 2 and onwards, but what are the odds of that if they aren't linked on this website? : (
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October 29, 2018
Status: --
I really liked the story of volume one. I'm dropping this at chapter volume 2 chapter 15 because the translation quality has been so low that it is barely comprehensible. It really affects the experience even though the flow of the story hasn't changed much.

The first volume is 5 stars in my opinion.
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Otiina rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: c36
I'll be honest, this story is a mess. Its the very definition of WTF. It was a lot of fun though, and I kept reading the next chapter despite the incoherence of the story. The last couple of chapters has been bad though. The translation quality is a big part of it, but it's also due to the plot collapsing under its own weight.
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ssj4maiko rated it
June 27, 2019
Status: v7c10
First: Treat this novel as a parody of the genre. When you think there could be a small annoyance to the characters or the story that could take useful time for the rest of the story, something will arrive and magically solve all those mundane problems conveniently, so you don't need to focus on those small details, and get a taste of how the story will work. This is not bad and is used mostly for comedic purposes.

Second: MC is Overpower, but it's arguable, reason is, yes, he can kill... more>> anyone and anything just by wishing it, however that's all, he is not athletic, he is not that smart nor dumb, he is just some guy with an ability. The Heroine in every other regard is stronger than him, although still on the levels of a normal person. You can think of it like this: The situation is getting worse by the second, in 1 minute the world could be destroyed. Can it be solved instantly by instantly killing the enemy? Yes? Then there is still time.

Third: There is no harem, MC is not interested in such a thing, rather, he prefers playing his games, which he is quite bad at. You could say he is a dense character and stuff, but for spoiler reasons, you accept that, when it is said that he is not interested, you truly understand why he isn't and why he won't be. This is not a romantic story.

Fourth: Usually in an isekai story, MC arrives in a game-like world, and game-like things are basics so you treat them as the norm. This is not the case here, as the 2 are outside the system, they don't have levels, skills, classes and so on, there are no gods nor entities on their side and they have to survive and find a way back home, and all they can rely is on MC's ability to kill anything and sense other people's desire to kill him, plus the heroine's weird past that turns her as the common sense character of the story into another weirdo that is still conflicted with herself. This concept is similar to those of Death Mage and <well knows story where multiple people reincarnate in another world, but...>

I'm a Spider so what?


So, with that out of the way, this is a story where nothing is what it looks as, good people can be jerks, victims can turn into jerks, the sages are jerks, the gods are jerks, that random world destroyer entity that nobody even knew existed is also a jerk, and you only feel satisfaction as they are killed over mundane things. You could think that it's one of those stories forcing something onto the reader, but that's not necessarily the case, the world is chaotic, it's not about killing the demon king, in fact, there are multiple of them and they own territories, so wars against a demon king are akin to wars between Kingdoms, not some fight for the fate of humanity.

And then you get "World Myth"-level entities, which are mainly the Sages, they are previously summoned people with "Moderator access" to the system, which means they can use the system to their advantages to some extent, but nothing outside of what they can already do initially, their task is to "protect the world from Aggressors", which are monsters that come from the other worlds to destroy this world (Or do they, who knows really?), and find other Sage candidates to replace those that have fallen in battle or can't do their job anymore or something (And if you get summoned, it's do or die), and there are also Gods and Demons (Which have the potential to destroy the world, not just mankind, the planet itself).

You could say that the Sages could deal with the other problems right? But they don't because they don't care, although they are former humans from another world (Japan), they are the epitome of the overpowered characters that thinks of themself as god-like entities, do whatever they want, and most if not all of them don't care about what can be rebuilt, because it's easy for them to build things with their overpowered abilities, so one of their pastimes is to play with the world, while protecting their playground from those other-world invaders.

If you read Death Mage and know of Rodcorte, you can think of them as somewhat similar to him. So once one of them meets with MC who wants answers, you get double the satisfaction. :) <<less
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xg2x rated it
June 29, 2022
Status: v10
At some point the author just decided that telling a story of a side characters and extra characters that was about to die on constant basis would be an awesome idea. I'm At volume 10 of LN, and if I compile all the POVs of that Hanakawa guy, I'm sure I would get at least 2 whole Volumes of light novels, without including another characters. I mean what's wrong? It's like author indirectly telling us that the MC is boring and his story is also boring so please bear with... more>> it and keep reading with this story of random characters. To me at least, this is worse than cliché filler. <<less
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Pixeldrum rated it
February 16, 2022
Status: v7
I think this would have been a much better novel to read if I was 13 years old.

This is an extreme JP wish fulfillment novel. However, that's not to say that it's a generically boring one. It's on the other side of the spectrum as far as wish fulfillment novels go. Usually, you're going to have something irritably s*upid like Death March or SAO, where hot babes just pop out of nowhere and fall in love with the MC, and the MC gradually builds up a harem for no reason.

In... more>> the case of Instant Death, the wish fulfillment is much more childlike, but that's exactly what's so charming. It's not the "slow life with random hot girls" sort of wish fulfilment, but one of god-like powers. A more primordial, childish desire that I'm sure all of us have dreamt of. What if I got superpowers that overpowered everybody else's?

Overall, a fun concept, but this novel is pretty much what an edgy 13 year old daydreams about in midst of math class. That is to say, the story has no directions, the characters not much point, and the entire structure of the novel is made up of haphazard BS. I mean, Yogiri is essentially an easy character for a reader to project onto. He's not a h**ny idiot like most JP protagonists, and he goes with the flow, very lazy, but still, having to kill people that inconveniently get in his way. Oh yeah, he also has a hot classmate that sticks around him.

I'd like to call this novel to have "non-worldbuilding." While the novel may trick you into explaining all sorts of powers and systems, and the "gift, " overall, the only thing that matters is how powerful you are, which also is a moot point when our MC's power, which is the most powerful, is completely unrelated to magic in this other world. The novel may also trick you into thinking that there's an actual societal structure with explanations of "aggressors and sages, " but in reality, again, it's just whoever is most powerful rules over others. People get massacred all the time in cities, and you'd think that there be some sort of revolution or whatever, but no, people just get slaughtered all the time in massive cities, policing doesn't matter because well, the people commiting these acts of mu*der are basically god-like existences. This world is basically whatever the author wants it to be, and he'll make up random settings that don't really matter since in the end, the more powerful person is going to taking over everything.

I'd also call this novel "non-story." There is no story. There is a vague objective of "going back home, " but that probably could have been done if Yogiri "killed" the space between this world he is in and Earth. Of course, that cannot happen, or else the plot cannot go on. Yogiri is the ultimate existence, and you're telling me he has to walk to his destinations? Obviously not, he can delete the space between him and his destination if he so pleased, but in order for the novel to continue, he just walks everywhere or goes on ships with his companions to continue his journey to "going back home." The Dannoura style, the ghost that's with his classmates, none of that really matters when the only reason she exists is to be attached to Yogiri.

So yeah, honestly, kind of really dumb fun and predictable stuff where arrogant people just run into Yogiri and eventually die, but whatever. <<less
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dtim rated it
November 24, 2020
Status: c103
The male and female leads are likable enough. The MC has a ridiculous power but that's the point, it's a comedy series more than anything. It is pretty good until volume 3. At that point the author starts switching to other points of view much more often but the other characters aren't interesting in the least. Especially the ones that you know are going to die sooner or later.

Also, the first translator that worked on the series was so much better than the ones that followed that the drop in... more>> quality was pretty jarring.

I also wish the current translator would label the split chapters differently. Chapter 124 on their site is the first half of chapter 103. <<less
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ShinUon rated it
October 17, 2018
Status: v1c37
This is simply okay. The writing isn't terrible, but the story is pretty lacking. In particular, it's missing the ever important "why should I care?" part when it comes to the characters and story. At the beginning, it manages to get by just from the novelty of the MC's super OP ability and him wrecking everyone. But any time that wasn't happening, I felt myself trudging through it.

The MC and heroine are fairly 2D without much depth given to them, and the story and their goals is as superficial as... more>> the stories found in action games. Perhaps the only reason to read this is to see how bad of a trainwreck things can become (as some other reviewers hint at), but I'm not quite seeing it yet.

Maybe it gets better later, but I think I've already given it a fair shot. I personally think this is a clear 3 of 5. It's okay and something to read if you need to kill time, but it's not the type of series where you want to keep reading. <<less
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Seraphim rated it
July 12, 2018
Status: v2c28
I thought it would just be another "look at me, I'm super stronk" type of sh*t and well... it is. But even with it like that, it is fairly interesting to be honest. The only problem here is that the title itself... Instant Death. There is little to no satisfaction when an irritating antagonist thinks he is all that then just dies without knowing despair. An antagonist's despair after all that arrogance is one of the tastiest part of a story...

... more>>

Well he has the power to make them suffer more before dying. Like KILLING parts of their bodies first or KILLING their fighting capabilities for them to know the glory and power of the MC before he instant death them. BUT HE RARELY DOES THAT. It just goes, BOOM. You're Dead. The antagonist didn't even get to remove those annoying smirks on their faces and just died like that...


Well that is why it is only a ★★★☆☆ and not a ★★★★★. Not enough satisfaction from the antagonist's despair... Too lackluster. <<less
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Nvelist rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: c33
I give overall 10/10 as it is not too flashy when it comes to the protagonist unique power with his friend being the relief side of that world cruelty with her retorting words and lovely expression.

That is definitely right. Growth cheats? Infinite magic power? The ability to utilize all archetypes? - What's the point it ends quickly in instant death.
It's a unique overkill story which many cheaters have never seen it coming.

Basically without leveling up or flashy moves that others like take minutes or seconds when confronting danger. For him microsecond then poof all goes to a happy ending.
The real God of Death. Unlike those in other stories which many represent death or having power like that or by fame or being infamous called by the populous.
Our MC here Yogiri Takatou which his last name change different by the summary is the real deal, the real death holder that defines common sense and common logic in that world he is transported. His special power is neither magic which the higher Sages in that world truly believe it is a type of magic they can deal with but unfortunate to them that is not his case as it is mysterious even to him. After all he already got that power before transported into that world.
Call it what you like Esper or Death himself in human form.

The world he is full of Japanese a**holes, jerks, b*tches, bastards and more relating negative and bad image of them. The Sages, the Japanese have taken the world their priority to protect it from calamities threat like the so called "Aggressors/Invaders" from another dimension including threats to the natives but having their mind and heart warped and twisted that no longer value human lives including their very own Japanese kin whose not granted with Gifts. Seeing the inhabitants as livestocks or a bother.
It is a world where values, moral, faith, friendship and love aren't needed as all stripped away by the Japanese Sages who are more evil and twisted than a demon.
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CounterMAN rated it
February 19, 2024
Status: Completed
First and foremost, English is not my native language so pls bear with my horrible grammar and typos. Here is my review of my binge read entire 14 vols in less than a week after first saw the anime preview on social medias

- This entire novel is a parody, mocking almost ALL kind of cliche in isekai genre. You can find all kind of isekai stories in this novel, revenge, game-world, summong, reincarnation, time-travel,... you name it.

- There is a lot of side story you can skipping them entirely, since... more>> at the end characters featured in those side stories die, either by MC or some isekai cliche.

- You dont really need to remember many characters, since as above, most of them die in one or two chapters later, except for some main support cast like some classmates like Hanagawa, Carol.... Even illustration sometime show some characters look important just to be killed by MC in next paragraph lol
- Talk about plot armor, MC ignore all kind of plot armor you can think off from isekai genre, he dont really need it since his power already make up for some "plot armor".

And the one who actually have the most powerful plot armor in this novel is Hanagawa, I was hoping he die at first few vol of novel, but he keep surviving every ridiculous situations. At around vold 8 or 9, I actually hope author can keep him alive, and voila, he actually survived till the very end and somewhat get in his ideal isekai life, everything after the end of novel depend of how he live. Hope author can give him some spin off and make him less gross if he become older.

- MC is

The End in human form, he is not Death or his power just Instant Death, he is The End of every existen


- There is no harem (for MC) so dont worry if you dont like it,

a slow romance starting from being a friends at the end of novel. I really hope we can have some interaction of Tomochika and Asaka when Yogiri bring his first trusted girl friend to his home to meet his adoptive mother.


TLDR : If you like a comedy novel which mocking isekai genre, read it. This novel is good entertain and killing time. Dont think too much about it. <<less
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