Isaac

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Insane. Traitor. Terrorist. The title given to Joon-young, a soldier who fought a lost war. Performing the most devious last stand befitting his titles, his memories were sent to another world. Now named Isaac, he seeks to live out his days in relative peace. But with his family wanting him dead he is sent to the Campus, the Empire’s greatest centre of Education, in hopes that he would be expelled and tarnish his position as the heir of his family. He is told that the school will treat him as if he doesn’t exist, that he isn’t protected by its rules. But Isaac, or Joon-young, sees it differently. There are no rules to hold him back from getting what he wants.

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introparadox
New introparadox rated it
September 12, 2019
Status: c43
There was one depressing twist but its actually an original well thought development, the MC isn't smart nor stupid, didn't fear death nor suicidal, he tries to survive as much as he can. He's not arrogantly impulsive so he never bite more he can chew unlike most MCs that irradiated me up until now with their plot armors, he scheme his way out of trouble taking advantage of his situation. What ruined this novel for me is that it have an unnecessarily complex plot that it became meaningless, the more... more>> you know about it. <<less
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ShEsHy
New ShEsHy rated it
September 6, 2019
Status: c50
I would give it 2 stars, but the writing quality by itself deserves an extra star.

Now to the novel.

First off, the entire premise of the story is just plain wrong. The MC is supposed to be some war-hardened, broken, death-seeking, and borderline (if not completely) insane soldier, but after his transmigration he immediately transforms into a teenager.

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He supposedly doesn't care if he dies, which should immediately invalidate the whole New Port Town arc. He had no reason to stay in the Campus in the first place, and when they shoved him in the College just before graduation to enslave him, he could simply leave the island and get expelled.

Basically, the author fucked up the MC. They made a character that has no motivation, so they then had to literally force the motivation on him (stay here or you'll die, go there or you'll die,...), which is the one thing the character supposedly doesn't care about (dying).

Not to mention that the MC is little more than a puppet. He does whatever (granted, in his own way), and goes wherever others tell him.

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Second, the whole world is against the MC. Everything that happens, will in some shape or form screw him over.

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Seriously, aside from meeting the elf and bear (which I'm certain will come back to bite him later on), every single event has been to the detriment of the MC. First there's the war, then the transmigration, then the sh*t that happens to him in the Campus, then he's enslaved for 10 years and exiled to the biggest shithole there is, he gets the rights to the c.a.n.a.l (Seriously NU, you're censoring this word?) and a lot of money, but has to immediately give them away,... We even get random bits of how completely unknown people from Central are screwing him over.

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I'll keep reading for a while, but if the MC doesn't go on a massive killing spree soon (which I sadly doubt he will, since he's weak AF), then I'm out. <<less
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Braveman
Braveman rated it
February 22, 2019
Status: c18
[Added Edit 1 at the bottom]

Holy shit. What's up with this rating? As of the time of writing this review, it's at 3.2. I've given the novel a rating of 5 to offset that. Though I've only read 12 chapters so far, I'll give my opinion of the story so far.

But first, a quote that I thought was pretty cool from the 12th chapter, given the situation.

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"Do you know what the easiest thing in the world is?"

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"Turning people into idiots."

Mazelan suddenly felt uncomfortable by the accompanying smile on Isaac's face.

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Not much to say since only 12 chapters have come out so far. The novel's pretty good. The MC is a pretty interesting character.
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He's willing to go against his superior's orders to let children escape, and hopefully surrender safely. Then he even kills his traitor of a commanding officer.

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The first 5 or so chapters are just showing the MC's personality. The main character is pretty smart. We see that in how he manages to keep his unit mostly alive, and how he completes most of his missions. Then when he goes over to the other world, he deals with certain troubles by manipulating people at the academy.

Not a crazy murderer like certain Chinese MCs, nor is he completely soft and unwilling to spill blood. A bit closer to the crazy side to be honest, but all his actions are things that make sense. He isn't someone who kills unnecessarily.

I honestly can't understand the reason for such a low rating. The MC isn't dumb, unnecessarily bloodthirsty, or an asshole. Pretty likable actually.

I hope other people read a bit more, at least till chapter 12 before deciding what to rate it.

[Edit 1: So far 18 chapters have been translated. I think the story's still very interesting, but the release rate is killing me. I mean it's not horrible at 3 releases per week. But if I had to state on problem with the novel, it would have to be the release rate. The story's just so good, so waiting with about a 2 day gap between chapters is harsh.] <<less
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penprog
penprog rated it
March 17, 2019
Status: c14
I think the author is trying to write a smart character but the character just isn't that smart. The first few chapters of prologue are pointless and create some unrealistic scenario where South Korea is invaded by Japan, North Korea, and China but no reason is given for why this occurs.

The protagonist is a transmigrator to a different world where magic is possible and is eventually sent to what is supposedly the best school in the world. For some badly explained reasons the headmaster decides that the MC doesn't need... more>> to do anything for his 5 years and if he doesn't get kicked out he will have graduated. Also for some unexplained reason the school's rules don't apply to him because of this.

The main character has no motivation or goals. There are minor conflicts but there is no overarching conflict that drives the story (this is 14 chapters in). The characters are 2 dimensional and do not have deep motivations. Any small motivation other characters have are told via exposition.

I suggest not wasting your time on this one. <<less
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WinByDying
WinByDying rated it
June 17, 2019
Status: c21
This novel isn't all that great. It suffers on multiple fronts: bad writing, bad characterization and a ridiculously unbelievable plot to top it all off.

So, the writing. Stiff and awkward dialogue is a frequent complaint of mine with Korean and some Japanese novels. Certain expressions, like "is that so" are the bane of my reading existence. "Show, don't tell" is an important but (here) oft ignored writing principle. For example, when there's some sort of scheme everything immediately needs to be explained. Why character X won't intervene, why group Y... more>> won't be able to react, and so on. That's already bad in and of itself, because show don't tell, but then the author decides to also show exactly those characters and groups trying to intervene (but badly written). Why does the author do it? Them failing underlines the genius of the protagonist. No, that's not how good writing works. If you want a smart protagonist, level up your writing. Characterization. The premise of the reincarnation and why he doesn't have to follow any rules there is already stupid on its own, but let's set that aside. All girls and women want perfume in this novel, they need it to seduce the men and win out over the others. They blindly follow the wills of the one sole person able to provide perfume, our protagonist. Really? Additionally, there's a bear girl who is suddenly his figurative best friend because of honey, and a girl who instantly starts following him because he made sashimi. Like, come on. One of the protagonist's brothers is humiliated and comes to murder him in front of other people. Really? The protagonist isn't any better by the way. The premise of, "in a world of magic he conquers everyone with his smarts and cunning" is very interesting but the execution is greatly lacking.

The plot. As if it wasn't clear yet from the perfume example, it's shit. He sits in the school, does something, the female population fawns on him, the headmaster and teachers are like "we can't do anything because he's outside of the rules" (utter drivel). There's not even much bullying at the start, which I though would make up an interesting part of the novel but webnovel authors are just not able to write such subplots well. Yes, it has plot holes. The first year nobody agitates him because of something related to the headmaster. The second year, the new freshmen do pick on him. It's explained that they don't know that headmaster thingy because they're from the outside. But is there no communication with the outside? Or when the freshmen arrive, do none of the older students inform the younger ones? It's not the worst on this site, that's why it still gets a two. <<less
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RedPlays
RedPlays rated it
March 28, 2019
Status: c22
Don't listen to the guy who gave a one star on this novel (penprog) it's not a waste of time.

1. You try to write a smart character

2. This is his story and that unrealistic situation is just an alternate earth. It was only telling Isaacs story so why would one care for a world that would be left behind. This is might be explained later don't expect someone to tell you plot stuff that will be used later, right now I read a novel like that it was trash.

3.... more>> Alright I suspect you're not even reading the novel or just stupid. Isaac will graduate 5 years if he survives the beating from other characters cause you know they didn't even know that's not the Isaac they knew. Isaac doesn't have a school to be in and that's why they don't even treat him as a student that's why he can't even be protected and cured. Have you actually read the novel or just skimmed through it

4. Oh wow now I really think you just wanted to write a bad review no matter what. Isaac said he wants to be a village chief or something (minor goal). This is still the first arc so don't go fast paced all of a sudden. This is pretty much slice of life (for now maybe) so stop reading if you're not into this genre

I don't know if you are doing this for fun or you just don't really like it or you don't want other new readers who look at comments first to read it <<less
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Haxk
Haxk rated it
June 11, 2019
Status: --
Skimmed the first 5 chapters of I'm so edgy and badass. Continued skimming the rest, because that's all this novel warrants.

MC has no apptitiude in anything, so no power system exists just the MC being "resourceful" and somehow coming up on top against superhumans? MC is just average intelligence, he's just been written into a world full of fools. This is better executed elsewhere, but if it's your first type of novel like this you'll probably enjoy it at a 3/5. If you've read novels with actual cleverness pushed against... more>> proper villians, this will bore you and I would recommend passing on it. <<less
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Finore
Finore rated it
May 4, 2019
Status: c32
First chapters are difficult to read for many but they're absolutely crucial for the story. They explain a lot about the character, his way of thinking and how it all begins.

Some people complain that the MC is pretending to be smart or something of the kind. Wrong. He's not smart, and he knows it. Everything he knows and does is by knowing and understanding the rules, filtering it through his previous life experience. He's also fallible. There are a few critical moments when he would've failed if not for his... more>> friends.

It's also surprisingly similar to "Running away from the hero", though less absurd and a better written MC. <<less
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CreamPuffDelights
CreamPuffDelights rated it
June 14, 2019
Status: c50
First things first. The badass and edginess is just a fake out.

Second, the actual story up till now depends on the MC to think up various outlandish schemes to outwit the people that want him dead, but can't because some seriously contrived reasons (which they regularly break whenever they want to 1-up MC, but only serves to let the MC re-1-up them again).

Third, after seeing how badass he was in the Prologue, and the scattering hints in the actual story that he actually really is badass, I want to tell... more>> all readers that there has not been a SINGLE battle, (unless you consider kicking an underage a battle) until chapter 50. There might be actual battles somewhere down the road, but after 50 chapters of him.... slacking, I get the impression that all those "hints scattered around that the MC is OP" really just feels like bait to keep the reader reading, and let him continuously get trodden down, manipulated and used, without some serious retaliation.

Four. I've mentioned his slacking. It gets annoying. Very annoying. All he does is slack, scam people into doing his work for him, get blocked by some momentary obstacle which he promptly removes by scamming someone else and then slack some more. To the point where I'm quite frustrated by how frequent the author/translator uses the words "just maintained a smirk and a slothful appearance" when you really just want to pound whichever rich/almight/arrogant noble/b***h happens to be the stumbling block of the day.

Lastly. Keep in mind of the formula I mentioned in point four. It happens over and over and over and over again. As at chapter 50, this is already the sixth or seventh "scam arc". Really, with how frequently this particular formula gets abused, this might as well be a Chinese Novel. Just without the catharthicism of being able to vent once the flies are crushed horribly.

Other than the first 3 or 4 scams, the rest get boring REAL quick, but get dragged out chapter after chapter. Not to mention that most (all) of his "scams" are only successful purely because a) the people are him are THAT stupid, and b) some unrealistic, contrived law or regulation that he abuses happily.

TLDR: reading this reminds me of Lazy Swordsmaster. Both MC's and their supposed laziness are pure frustration despite the tonnes of annoying flies buzzing around them. The difference being MC here is allegedly weak, while in Lazy Swordsmaster, the guy is genuinely OP. <<less
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Dante7555
Dante7555 rated it
March 15, 2019
Status: c18
The first few chapters were too sudden and didn't really help make a good first impression.

But it got better afterwards. Then that line "The easiest thing in the world, is turning people into idiots." Just sold me on it. The character is still somewhat inconsistent, he's a psychopath that wants to live in peace? (Lol) Either way it got promise just try to get past the first few chapters.
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joyfan
joyfan rated it
April 14, 2019
Status: c27
A very cynical take on political fantasy genre with sliver of hopefulness at the tip.

As in each of this genre, it's filled with class divide. A world where your life is out of your control.. filled with schemes and intricacies of the gray of the laws. In this world, the strong devour the weak.. the smart outscheme the normal.
As usual, nobility controlled the law and economy.. employs the police and criminals who in turns prey on the weak.. but here is the twist...

Guess who predates on the strong? The... more>> insane and those who have nothing to lose.

This is a story written about the rejects and the insane, those trying to survive in the gray zone. Tho often times cynical.. but it's written with a much more hopeful and cheerful tone that one could imagine.

If I have to think of a phrase, it would be of such "If life gives you lemon, make a lemonade and become a rich lemonade tycoon. In the process don't forget to pelt some of those acidic lemon at passerby just for lulz." <<less
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Tidalqueen
Tidalqueen rated it
July 30, 2019
Status: c45
This is the most entertaining protagonist I have read about in a very long time! I’m curious about the story being told in the background about transmigrator stuff, but honestly this guy is just fun to read on his own. Slight suspension of disbelief might be needed regarding otherworld hierarchies. Other than that, the MC is what all trickster types should aspire to be.

When I end up rereading it I’m going to skip the prologue, but newcomers shouldn’t do that. It’s meant to show how unhinged this guy is. Think... more>> of it as a character study. <<less
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Ascension
Ascension rated it
March 7, 2019
Status: c26
This novel is easily in my top 5 korean novels I believe. The reason why I value it so highly is mostly due to the story being refreshing/different.

I believe the best attribute I can find for our MC here Isaac is that he is.... resourceful. He is thrown at different situations, and he reacts in unexpected ways, which make the story funny and interesting.

I just hope LNB will keep it up, since they are known for dropping novels =_=... TTITH, TWAF.

Anyway for those of you who like to be able... more>> to read a real synopsis/spoil the story a bit to see how it is, here you go:
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The MC is a battle-hardened soldier from korea that went slightly crazy due to the corrupt and incompetent people in korea selling out their country during the war against japan, china, and north korea. He starts doing any deeds to scare the enemy soldiers into fearing him, such as using chemical bombs and so on, anyway this life is shortly ended in 5 chapters, where he reincarnates in the son of a noble's & his concubine. He wakes up and he realizes that his "family" over here want him dead.... so that he doesn't inherit the family estate. And then he is sent to the Campus, the best/biggest school in the world. In this world, there is only 1 empire... there are no other countries. Once in school his goal is to become an office clerk so that he can lead an easy life. Unfortunately he doesn't have any talent, can't feel mana so can't become a mage or a swordmaster, doesn't have the basics in administration so he can't enroll in the administration school on the campus either. So now he becomes an outcast in the school, and starts getting beaten up. So for this reason he starts being resourceful, bending rules/finding loopholes to survive/make an easier life for himself.

So far in the story his only talent is being resourceful, we're not given any indication that he has any other aptitudes such as becoming a swordmaster/magician or whatever in the future. We've been give some small hints on the fact that someone/some organization is surveilling him and that he might become able to wield mana/magic in the future with the help of smoking.

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Those of you who like FFF-Class Trashero are most likely gonna like this also. But if you're looking for reincarnators/regressors that are super OP, and have super-special powers, this is not your novel... at least not with the current chapters we've been given the only thing special about our MC is that he's super-resourceful in whatever situation he's thrown in. <<less
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sukets
sukets rated it
August 5, 2019
Status: c47
Besides bad characterization and dumb plot, as previously discussed by @WinByDying, I also have another big provlem with this novel: the pace.

When they change from a plot point to another, this novel has the single worst transition that I ever read in a korean novel. It's pretty similar as seen in bad essays, where one paragraph feels disconnected from one another, and new ideas are just tossed into the air. This makes the whole sub-arc and arc transitions feels extremely artificial, as there is no 'filler' from a sub-arc to... more>> another, helping reduce the feeling of a 'plot queue', where another plot point is inserted, as soon as one has ended.

Although it's bad, at least it's miles better than most chinese novels that I recently tried to read. <<less
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Kanna Kamui
Kanna Kamui rated it
May 26, 2019
Status: c35
This novel is currently my new favorite because it has cool/ruthless/funny MC/Side Char and a very immersive storyline. Overall is just a perfect novel for people like me who already read tons of novels with different genres. I recommend this novel to everyone 100 %.
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Seinha
Seinha rated it
May 2, 2019
Status: c31
A good reading, really mature thinking and action. MC is ruthless (one who bother him) but when look the other way, his decision is smart. He not tolerate villain action to him and his act make some villain cant disturb him again (I mean, he is not 'superhero' type that counter bad things with some kindness that will eventually not stopping the villain act in the future). Some other characters also have 'IQ' to think about MC situation, not blatantly call him bad.

In conclusion, this novel is good cause... more>> it's not has a naive, child like MC and also other things that mentioned in other comments
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like some isekai japanese novel translated nowadays.

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please dont judge me, I in fact love japanese novel and had enjoy a lot of them, but when I read some of few koreans novel, the stories feel more matured, I think.

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jerapah
jerapah rated it
April 9, 2019
Status: c26
much better compared your average stories. Not really sure how will it fare in the future, though. Hopefully it will keep its quality.

what I do really like about this story is the author seems thoughtful on his story telling, politics, and characterisation. Not really sure about the world building. But reading chapter 26, apparently the author understands about sociology or something along that line.
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Raneday
Raneday rated it
March 7, 2019
Status: c7
Pretty decent novel to read. The story itself was interesting due to the fact that it's kinda a reincarnation without any OP cheats or system given to our protagonist at all.

The MC has just used his own wits and smarts to face the trials that he was experiencing.

Also some people might be put off by the first few chapters but if you'll just give this novel a try and get past those chapters, I'm sure that you guys might also like this novel too
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Vlaeghe
Vlaeghe rated it
February 28, 2019
Status: c12
The first chapter is pretty cringeworthy for various reasons, but you'll swiftly get an idea of the MC's character and after 5 chapters of inane war background story the 'real' story starts. By chapter 12 you start to look forward to what else this crazy MC's brain can cook up.

I just hope the author won't let me down. It's a possibility... After all... The prologue really was cringeworthy.
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TigerTerror
TigerTerror rated it
June 14, 2019
Status: c38
One of the character's describes the main character as 'Lazy, like a sleeping monster' (paraphrasing, the actual quote it too dramatic to spoil here). And I kind of feel like that accurately represents the story as a whole. There's something lazy about it, in a 'hopefully a sleeping-monster' way somewhat more than the 'Just a lazy writer' way.

I'll preface with the advice: Skip the first five chapters if you're unsure about this story. Those are the war-ravaged world our Main Character comes from; they're backstory and tell us about the... more>> character, but the details haven't been super relevant so far. It's only in chapter six that we start in the world this story is about, and the tone and plot take a pretty big shift.

The setting is good; it's got just enough variation from a classic isekai fantasy to make it something that you can get invested in. The circumstances that our MC, Isaac, lives through are not so unrealistic that it throws you out of the story, and unfair enough that the reader genuinely looks forward to seeing him overcome it. It relies on a number of cliches, but pulls out a clever twist on them often enough to stay engaging and unpredictable.

The characters are, unfortunately, a bit flat and one-note; but they work off each other well. I feel like the writing style is partly responsible for these flaws; it likes to stick to the plot events, skips past any filler; and leaves us with little opportunities for character development or flesh out the character dynamics.

Unfortunately, I think the writing style is fairly weak. When I said the story and the main character are similar to each other, it was the writing in particular I was thinking of. It feels like it wants to grow dramatic tension and give us a satisfying payoff, but it doesn't know how to give us that payoff. Basically, the writing and plot builds events, but keeps circling back to the idea that Isaac is a sleeping monster, and that we - the audience watching him suffer - should wait with anticipation for when the monster awakes.

It hasn't. The writing style struggles to give us a feeling of scale or impact; and that leaves me feeling disappointed - like I was promised some amazing scheme that demonstrated that Isaac is powerful and perhaps mad, and instead it gets ripped away for a cheap 'clever' trick. Each arc builds my investment in the story well enough, but the climax drops the ball.

So, all up, the story is... decent. Its setting is enjoyable. The characters are flat, but use the right cliches that they're just 'fine'. The plot draws you in, and I retain hope that we will get that payoff that we keep getting promised - that each false start is just a tease to a greater payoff than I can imagine. But it's also frustrating and slow at times because of those false starts. 'Lazy', but hopefully it can wake up. <<less
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albreo
albreo rated it
March 5, 2019
Status: c14
Hunnng. I can't... resist... the teddy bear. Definitely worth following just for the teddy bear. The cute teddy bear will bless you.

Enough with that rambling. There is no OP MC, no magic and sword for him either. A story about a transmigrating crazy Korean soldier with a questionable ending for Korean peninsular combine with a stock template of 'a bastard child of a noble' into fantasy land. It progresses slowly with a bit of time skip but what making it intriguing is the world building. It gives an acceptable explanation... more>> for this and that with minimal plot hole which is rare on this website. <<less
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Marek2222
Marek2222 rated it
August 31, 2019
Status: c50
One of the best novels for me. Stylistically it is kind of rough around the edges, but it's still nice to read. It seems to confuse people who require novel to be very orderly.

It's kind of novel where most people rate it either 1 star or 5 stars, in other words, best kind of novel if you don't bounce off it!
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