Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! (LN)

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Felmenia Stingray was a genius magician. She quickly became the most distinguished magician of the Astel Kingdom after her discovery of white fire magic, which had the power to burn anything.

However, the world is in peril due to the Demon King. The kingdom’s court magicians perform a summoning ritual for heroes and bring forth a hero and two youths, a boy and a girl. Unlike the girl, the young man refused to fight the Demon King alongside the Hero and demanded to be sent back to his world. The kingdom, angry with his behavior, locked him away.

Now Felmenia stands before the young man with her strongest magic, the white flame, being completely useless and asks who he is. It was already obvious to her that this man was far stronger than she was. To this he simply responds.

“Yakagi Suimei, a magician.”

Associated Names
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The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! (LN)
異世界魔法は遅れてる! (LN)
Related Series
Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! (WN) (Web Novel)
Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! Gaiden (WN) (Side Story)
Recommendations
Release that Witch (2)
Against the Gods (2)
Great Demon King (2)
Mushoku Tensei (WN) (2)
Tales of Demons and Gods (2)
Zhanxian (2)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/06/16 Crappy Machine... v3 illustrations
05/06/16 Crappy Machine... v1 illustrations
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hzero
hzero rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: v8 epilogue
So the translation has finally caught up to the latest LN release... ೕ (・ㅂ・)

If you're the type of person like me who often lost himself reading full volumes without breaks, make sure you've finished all your homework and assignments beforehand...

Now please excuse me, as I try to get started on my thesis and reports... due in 2 days... ヾ (;゚;Д;゚;) ノ゙
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Faytz
Faytz rated it
August 25, 2017
Status: v6
Comedy 3-4/5
Plot 4-5/5
Character building 4/5
Battle scene 5/5

Pros:

  • One of the best Main Characters that actually struggles in this fighting fantasy novels instead of one sided battles.
  • Translation is good.
  • Battle scenes are very detailed and exciting to read.
  • Plot seems to go in a very good direction, instead of other novels drifting off from their main objective.
Cons:

  • Explanation of magic concepts might be too complicated/long winded, although you can skim through most of the part.
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RTS
RTS rated it
June 26, 2017
Status: v3c1
This is the FIRST JP LN that I have rated 4 stars. Previously, I was about to give up on reading JP LNs but then I came across this masterpiece (Well, of course, that's an exaggeration). The MC here is a badass who doesn't even give face to the King. The MC and his friends are summoned to this new world to defeat the Demon King but the MC refuses to help (unlike other JP LNs MCs who are trying to be HEROs of JUSTICE) because he wants to study... more>> magic while remaining low-key and find a way back home (Earth).

The females characters have different personalities unlike other 1D characters found in JP LNs.

So if there are other people like me out there that are about to give up on JP novels, I insist you guys give this a try and after reading this you can give up on them, like I did.

Warning:The MC might be a lolicon (well, the tag 'loli' already says it?).

At last, I would like to offer my gratitude to Hikoki translations for once again picking up this novel. <<less
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Tarroyn
Tarroyn rated it
September 27, 2017
Status: v7 prologue
Isekai Mahou is a novel that, more than anything else, is afraid of being different. In a wave of SAO style MC saves the day novels, Isekai Mahou should stand out on the strength of its world and the somewhat interesting characters it presents. Yet, time and time again, the writing is scared of taking that leap into uncharted waters, scared of trying to aspire for greatness, and ends up being a phoned in piece of generic mush in an ocean of similarly generic mush.

Wasted Potential often comes about in... more>> the development of the story compared to the characters and world used in it. The most egregious wastes of potential are where the novel takes a individually strong, independent character, like say Angie Sirius in Irregular at Magic High School, and doesn't do anything with them out of fear of not utilizing the main character enough. As a result, an otherwise interesting part of the novel is shaved away in favor of something stable, and the novel loses a touch of the flair that makes it special. Once or twice, wasting potential is unimportant. Something like miniaturizing Xu Qing's role in I Shall Seal The Heavens is unfortunate, but reasonable enough. Do this over and over and over again, and you get Isekai Mahou, or as I like to call it, Suimei Saves the Day (Again).

Worldbuilding:

Suimei Saves the Day (Again) does worldbuilding incredibly well, which isn't entirely unusual for japanese novels, which depend on this more than anything else. The world has a lot of depth to it, with a bunch of things going on below the surface. Ultimately, the world feels like it lives outside of Suimei's frame of view, and many times, feels more alive outside of Suimei's perspective. The magic is well developed and surprisingly internally consistent, although there are the occasional hiccups. Although the nature of the premise tends to feel "holier than thou" in its descriptions, it is generally not off putting and instead serves to develop points of interest twice over: once from Suimei's perspective, and once from a normal denizen of the world's.

Characters:

Suimei Saves the Day (Again) has strong characters, which makes their under-use just that much more appalling. Although it spends more time than it reasonably should on harem hijinks, the characters are generally serious when they need to be, whether in battle or in development. They feel alive when outside of Suimei space. Within it, they end up more like cutouts of themselves, wooden stands that do little more than shout "Truth Flare!", as they stop a few nameless mooks. The relationship between the protagonists and the antagonists is well done, to the point where it doesn't feel like evil characters are evil purely just to be evil. Neither does it seem like evil characters exist purely as stepping stones. Suimei is a very interesting character, as opposed to the genre staple of trait-less self-insert, which only accentuates the disappointment that you get when his other character traits are thrown to the wayside in favor of his hero complex.

Story development:

Many Japanese novels fall apart when it comes to story. Suimei Saves the Day (Again) has every reason not to do the same. The novel has clear direction, clear, driven characters, and a well developed world to back it up. And yet, it does anyway, because its all too afraid to take risks. The characters can't step outside their safe bubble of "Suimei's going to save us" because that would be too dangerous, too unique to even try. The character whose entire premise is built on not wanted to be saved again, for christ's sake, is saved in the most cliche of fashions, twice. Twice the novel can't f**king grow a spine because that's not safe enough in the sales department. As a result, the story is thrown to the wayside as characters increasingly cannot care for themselves and need Suimei's help, over and over until the story grates on your nerves like nails to a chalkboard. At the very least, the novel could at least have time pass outside of Suimei's sphere of influence, have events happen that he can't stop, people he can't save, and his struggles in dealing with that. But that's not safe enough. That requires risk, uncertainty. That requires the author to do more than vomit out another volume and get people to eat it up with the same cliches.

Enjoyment:

Suimei Saves the Day (Again) is a decent read, better in short intervals. In long stretches, the novels repetitive feeling and rampant hero worship of Suimei chafes. If you want something outside of the usual Isekai space, try Dungeon Defense. If you want something that really gets into the nature of power and plays around with established notions of superpowers, try Worm, by Wildbow. If you want more of the same formula that light novel authors phone in for cash, try Suimei Saves the Day (Again). Its just a touch better than SAO (not including progressive). <<less
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Xenagos
Xenagos rated it
August 4, 2017
Status: v4 prologue
EDIT: As I can't make a new review, the Publisher licenced this Novel and Im not sure but I think that they emplyed the guy that was translating this series. It was fun to read. BTW red hair heroine is the best waifu.

I liked this, the MC is wise and actualy use his brain, he isn't a smartass bitch that needs to farm XP and do boring stuff to get strong, he is as egoistic as Tsuki ga's MC. All the parts related to MC's best friend (aka hero) are... more>> really boring and cliche. My favourite character until now was Hadorious. Ive started reading today the 4th volume, if you are starting to read this series my tip is that if you feel that the dialogue is too long, skip it. <<less
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Handa-kun
Handa-kun rated it
August 25, 2017
Status: v6
Good read, not regretting following it so far. MC op but not over op, as some his enemies still put him in mortal danger, his comrades not fall totally useless even though they are weaker than MC but they are already considered strong by standard of the world. The women also not totally damsel as they can fight, but not on the level of demon lord/general because the level difference is big. More point added because MC decisive enough to decide something without being a moral faggot over every f**king... more>> thing. <<less
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Oukis Lips
Oukis Lips rated it
January 5, 2018
Status: v5c1
It's not bad. Or rather, it could have been good if the atmosphere of the story matched what I was expecting based on the genre descriptions. For example genres/tags such as Harem, Seinen, Calm Protagonist and Cunning Protagonist are either misleading or downright false.

Starting with the Harem tag; it's true that the party the MC travels with is mostly made up of girls, but the MC's impression of the heroines never exceeds the shounen-standard 'I saw her crying and therefore I will help her, ' and the Heroines' impression of... more>> the MC never exceeds 'he risked his life to save me and therefore I trust him.' There's almost zero romantic foreshadowing. On the contrary there's more BL foreshadowing than traditional romance.

Technically Seinen is a demographic, not a genre. But if it were a genre, my personal definition would center around the concept that all of the characters operate in a gray area; that is, there are no good guys or bad guys, but simply different characters with conflicting interests and differing levels of means and conviction. You know, like reality. But this series still sticks to the cliché Good vs Evil. That's not to say there isn't some drama, but even those characters who operate in what would otherwise be considered the gray area are still portrayed by the author in an ominous light from the get-go.

As for the calm and cunning protagonist... That personality only barely existed for the duration of the first volume. Even then to say he's calm and cunning is still an embellishment; more accurately he could just be labeled as pragmatic. Then in the second volume the MC performs a complete 180 and 100% contradicts his principles from the first volume. Eventually it becomes clear that the MC has no personality other than what is best suited to introduce the newest heroine.

Somehow the atmosphere that this series exudes gives me the impression that the author originally wanted to write a shoujo/josei novel, but was afraid that it wouldn't sell well, or couldn't decide on just one heroine cliché, or some other disadvantage. Whatever the deterring factor was, in the end the author just decided to haphazardly write in a male lead whose abilities and personality could be changed on a whim to fit the development of whichever heroine the author liked best at the time. Literally the MC's only purpose is to serve as a hub that connects all of the heroines and as a medium through which the author can introduce their system of modern magic.

tl;dr if you're expecting a mature plot with a pragmatic protagonist and a harem, then you've definitely come to the wrong place. But if you just enjoy isekai novels in general, then this is probably worth a read. <<less
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hidadsek
hidadsek rated it
September 22, 2017
Status: v7c2
The novel is quite good. The character is well-written: MC is strong, intelligent, thoughtful and understanding of people sadness since he also experience some of it, sometime eccentric/calculative since he is magician (people who pursuit the truth of the world which make his thinking sometime different from normal, watch Re-Zero if you want to know more) and sometime immature since he is only 16 year old. The Heroins are ok, not ground-breaking new type but still show their own individuality: the magic-maniac girl, swordwoman who is burdened by her past... more>> and identity, girl who is cursed since young and long for love.... The magic is also really interesting too. It also show thing clearly that he is stronger than those genius or blessed by god because of his sweat and tear and the difference in magic system, not because he is just heavenly lucky to receive some boost or more of genius than others.

I like this novel more than those receiving OP power for no reason after reincarnating or perfect type that knows everything eventhough they used to be only normal people. Well I guess most people now prefer MC that is both badass to the point of being able to solve everything by oneself and can predict everything like a boss. <<less
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eliasv
eliasv rated it
August 1, 2017
Status: v2c2
Almost exactly what I was looking for but turned out to be very disappointing, but YMMV.

To me it seemed like one of those writers who rambles on and repeats themselves too much. The dialogue just felt like endless prattling that never really said anything outside of the same tired, cheesy old cliches.

Also I didn't find any the characters are particularly likeable or memorable.

All that said I didn't read far past the first volume so it could well pick up.
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MayoiNeko
MayoiNeko
December 2, 2017
Status: v8
If you are looking for an OP MC, then keep looking.

The fight scenes are overly detailed, to the point where it feels completely dragged when the oppoment isn't OP. The plotshield is also very strong, so you just know that the MC's team will win anyway.

This novel also suffers from the "thickheaded doormat harem MC" cliche.

While this novel starts out really well, it starts to go quickly downhill after the first volume, and it's unbearable by volume 8.
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Suika9
Suika9 rated it
March 28, 2018
Status: v8 epilogue
I will say that this is one of the most fulfilling isekai stories I've read. It scratches a lot of my itches that I feel when I read other isekai.

The only thing missing would be to see MC or character pull out guns n tanks to shoot demons (doesn't need em tho.)

This story genuinely deserves a 5/5.
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mukkaar
mukkaar rated it
February 13, 2018
Status: v6 epilogue
Hmm... I think this is pretty good, but 6th volume just blew up the story big time.

I think for seinen genre novel is bit too naive with interactions and storytelling. And op is really not there, sure he is really op killing enemies that have zero story, but if its character that has words invested in MC is not really that op. It started really good but especially in volume 6 story just started falling apart. Most things become joke, super op people popping left and right, story kind of... more>> changed setting... It just lost the charm. I think story just became too different too fast.

Its good/ok but I can see fall in story quality with story progression. <<less
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SeventhTale
SeventhTale rated it
November 12, 2017
Status: v8 epilogue
Isekai Mahou is one of example of best example of a transport world novels with multiple transported persons. The MC has a strong personality that makes him stand more in the story, but the other characters are also not left behind. Finding a way to return, defeat the demon king, and defeat the goddess, there's a lot of goals of our characters here, the story sometimes focus on them, but it's not boring to read. Every volume is fun to read as the development get more interesting.

This is a little... more>> serious but fun novel to read. Even I, have a hard time to read it again because I want to read more relaxing stories, but once I started this, I wouldn't let the day pass without knowing what will going to happen. <<less
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Midnight2010
Midnight2010 rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: v2
It started nice, I was really enjoying the latin spells but then I started to notice the problems:

1. For all the times he says that magic in that world is behind with a few centuries, his power really does not strike me as op, which should be, considering the advancements in his world. OK, a little bit annoying, but not so much to be a deal breaker.

2. The swordsman girl, I really wanted to like her, but ... more>>
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the fact that she goes to most likely certain death to save some people from a caravan, people which degraded and chased her out, destroyed any notion of me liking her.I mean really, that demon general barely recognized her and that after all the rage she displayed and what she said, and yet she somehow still believes she is to blame. She is a little strong but would the demons really take her as that much of a threat to send a general and his army deep in the country?I doubt it.

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But the deal breaker ladies and gentleman is this sorry figure of a MC. Yes, "sorry", the dialogue starts with it and ends with it.I have never seen as much sorry said in the whole batch of novels I've read combined than in a single volume of this novel. What I was expecting from the MC and the swordsman female were some interesting conversations yet all I get is who beats each other to saying sorry more times.

I really could not bear it anymore. <<less
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ShasuX
ShasuX rated it
August 28, 2017
Status: --
Good translation. Detailed world with fleshed out characters and world system. Nothing to complain here. One of the better Japanese Novels. Maybe not ranking at the top for me personally but it's still a very decent read. I can only recommend reading the story, you will get drawn in. :)
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kaotiq
kaotiq rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: v2
I was really liking this with volume one, and like the overall story of volume 2. But in volume 2 the repetitiveness and extremely drawn out explanations of things made it an almost unbearable read. I was having to skip paragraphs and even pages at a time to make it through.

I was liking Lefille more than Felmenia except for maybe a bit towards the end....

And why did the author have to go make Lefille
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a loli...

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Fireslight
Fireslight
September 26, 2017
Status: v1 illustrations
Sorry to ask but is the LN far different then the WN? I'm currently reading the WN, but noticed the LN seems pretty far ahead on translation.
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kenjitamurako
kenjitamurako rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: v4c2
Because of the "overpowered protagonist" tag this novel was a bit of a let down. I don't care for the typical formulaic "Guy is having a hard fight, he exerts himself to the extreme and either just barely wins or fails in a way that leaves pretty good circumstances" development. Even though the magic in his world is undoubtedly much better and a good deal better understood he really only ranks at about as strong as the other most powerful beings already living in this world. This is not deserving... more>> the "overpowered protagonist" tag and is better given the "strong protagonist" one.

I'm just not a person that enjoys reading detailed long fight scenes where the balance of power keeps shifting and ends up being extremely close. It's just not entertaining to me sorry. I prefer the way novels with actual overpowered protagonists tend to create their filler to meet the chapter length requirements: Introducing engineering techniques to the new world to improve quality of life, try and recreate signature dishes from their original world, making themselves more badass in unique ways, or harem character development and romance advancement. <<less
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Tiertanas
Tiertanas rated it
February 6, 2018
Status: v6c2
The series isn't bad, I'd even go as far as to say its good, the only problem I have with it is that there are some occasions where the explanations justly drone on for far too long, mostly when explaining magic, like, I understand thoroughly giving the proper imagery so that you can truly grasp what the author wants you to understand, but sometimes its just like this sentence with so much unnecessary padding and fluffy word, when will it end, when will the final thought come to a close,... more>> will it just keep you in suspense or have you already got the gist of it and skipped to the question mark, or will you stick through even though you have already ascertained the whole thought before even making it all this way? <<less
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