Katahane no Riku

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Riku Barusak is a hard-working child. Despite possessing an innate superior physical strength and having withstood harsh training she fails to unlock her talent as a spiritualist. The failure results in her being thrown away by her family.

Abandoned, the only ones that extended a hand to her were the demons, the greatest enemies of the human race. Serving under them as a soldier she becomes a weapon of human slaughter, a fiend that should never have existed.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Barusak Chronicles ~ Riku the One-Winged and Rook the Silver
One-Winged Riku ~ I'm from a clan of demon hunters, but I found employment with the Demon King Army ~
片翼のリク  ~退魔師の一族だけど、魔王軍に就職しました~
Related Series
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The Girl Who Ate a Death God (4)
Demon Girl ~Tale of a Lax Demon~ (3)
Tower of Karma (2)
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Nidome no Yuusha (1)
Summoned Slaughterer (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
04/01/17 StarryDawn Translations c100
03/29/17 StarryDawn Translations c99
09/23/16 StarryDawn Translations c98
08/25/16 StarryDawn Translations c97
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c96
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c95
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c94
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c93
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c92
08/02/16 StarryDawn Translations c91
07/09/16 StarryDawn Translations c90
07/09/16 StarryDawn Translations c89
07/09/16 StarryDawn Translations c88
07/09/16 StarryDawn Translations c87
05/12/16 StarryDawn Translations c86
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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: c100
This was a fairly good read. No wishy-washy feels. No indecisive main character. No bullsh*t.

A story about revenge, consequences, and loyalty.
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JapaneseFandom
JapaneseFandom rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: c100
(There are some spoilers contained in this review, if you don't want to read the review skip over to the summary at the end of this review. It's short and has no spoilers.)

Alright this is my first review so don't expect an amazing review from me, I'll probably cover the story without telling much details.
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Katahane no Riku was a really interesting series, I'm also surprised that I never found this earlier. Katahane no Riku tells a tale about a red haired-girl named Riku who was born with super-human strength, but thrown away by her family for not being able to awaken her talent as a spiritualist (they're basically people with magic powers who got advantage over demons). As she was on the verge of death a demon reached out to her giving her the choice of siding against her own race or choosing to rot in a back alley where no one will ever care about her. After firmly giving her decision to the demon she grows up to become one of humanity's greatest threats.

Reading the first few chapters I got hooked. After going through 100 chapters in one day (literally stayed up for 24 hours finishing this XD) I experienced many heart clenching moments and many gory, brutal and sadistic scenes, and battles that even sent our adorable Riku to the verge of death, showing us that not all protagonists got perfect lives. Throughout the series Riku gained a lot of compainons and lost some too, but she didn't falter and kept fighting for exacting revenge on her family who saw no worth in her super-human strength.

Anyways while the series is amazing and well written, I have to point out the flaw (s) that was apparent in the series. There was almost no (if not none) character development in the series. All the characters never changed and really felt dull after chapter 70 to me. Another thing I want to point out is the ending. The ending felt so rushed and unsatisfiying, this is actually the main reason why I rated this 4/5, whole the story was amazing but I was seriously disappointed at how the author ended the series. I really would've preferred if he continued it for 1 or 2 more chapters, because I think the way it ended didn't give the readers the feeling that something big happened, and made the reader's think that our MC's story is just one other story that would be recorded in history with various other stories that never stand out (by recorded in history I mean in the novel world's history not real life history).

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Summary:

I strongly recommend this series for people who are looking for reincarnation novels or revenge driven protagonists. I personally think this is one of the best series I've read in a while but don't expect a lot of character development and don't expect a perfect ending for our MC. <<less
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B055Y
B055Y rated it
February 23, 2016
Status: c100
So, Riku the main protagonist of this story is abandoned by her father for 'not having the family talent' although talented herself, with undeniably rare red hair along with dominating strength. She is thrown away like trash later to be picked up by a demon and forcefully put into the ranks of the Demon Army. This novel does hint near the beginning of some reincarnation into a 'game' plot, it is briefly glossed over and leaves you wondering why they even involved it but throughout the novel it is referred... more>> to and could actually be seen as an important part of the story.

If you are into the type of 'anti-hero' stories then I definitely recommend this to you especially if you like a gory story and a savage and ruthless lead character who enjoys killing. I am enjoying this so far and you should check this out! <<less
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apatel
apatel rated it
June 3, 2018
Status: c100
This story started with an ok premise about getting revenge but lacks good character development, world building and detail. There are some important characters such as Levain, Charlotte and the demon king who barely get any dialogue and the author fails to add detailed backstory for them. In general this novel is just not well put together. There will be many times when you question the logic of the author that you think hes trying to sabotage his own work. The ending is very rushed and not very enjoyable if... more>> you are still rooting for the main character by the end of the novel. <<less
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Cryden
Cryden rated it
July 27, 2017
Status: c100
Novel is not bad but its not good either. It has a promising story but I feel like author couldnt use all potential of it.

There are a lot of stupid decisions by hostile characters which MC takes advantage of and people praise MC because she used a 'good' strategy. I also would like to complain about how bad author is at politics and strategy. MC just stated few facts about someone who got close to humans and got him/her killed but MC is human herself...

Also strongholds that have been defended... more>> for hundreds of years are being captured because after humans curse demons or make fun of them demons get mad and leave the stronghold and attack thus getting killed.... I mean... What?

If you have nothing to read read this novel but even if you end up not reading it you wont be missing too much. <<less
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SunsetChaos
SunsetChaos rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c100
Disappointed because the ending felt rushed and incomplete.

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Pretty much everyone except her died in the end. Even though she's rebuilds and is the top position in the demon lord army, she doesn't even become the demon lord. Ok if you're gonna remain that, then wtf happened to the demon lord? Is MC never gonna release him or is he already dead? Even if she can't release him, what's the whole fking point of having another demon lord's army?

Wtf, what about the prophecy of her death? What's up with the blind priestess?

Shingami, for a potentially more dangerous enemy than demon lord, his end is so anti-climatic. Like literally stabbed and he disappears. Is he really gone just like that? Wtf.

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Could've ended so much better. I would expect something like MC killing and usurping the demon lord. Or even usurping and becoming a shinigami. But nope, she remained a subordinate, a tool to the very end. <<less
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08phamann
08phamann rated it
June 24, 2017
Status: c100
Beginning was awesome, Riku's personality and development was enough to sustain the plot. However, after chapter 70 during the part where
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Riku usurps Charlotte and eventually kills her,

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I started to lose interest. Everything after that was rushed and didn't really make sense plot wise. The ending wasn't really explained properly, and I was amazed that Rook was able to survive for as long as he did. Ending was disappointing and anti-climactic.
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MadPierrot
MadPierrot rated it
March 5, 2019
Status: c100
Pretty much like the main lead at the beginning (riku) and hate the second lead (rook) but eventually shift at the latter half of the series..... more>>
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lucky for cellia buryuuser the author forgot her so among the supposed to be harem members of rook she was the only survivors. She was last mentioned on defuroi arc, the strongest combatant among the harem members and the one who captured charllote anyway it wasn't mentioned at the ending what happened to rook, the ending was totally rush. A forgot asty ortoberuk as well

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Xx_Nekuma_xX
Xx_Nekuma_xX rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: Completed
I really love this story. The plot is somewhat unpredictable and there was some interesting things in the settings. It also reveals the characterization of each characters carefully as well as how the story was made as it is. Although you may hate some of the characters in the beginning, you will slowly forgive them in the end or maybe have a little bit sympathy in them. The ending though, is a bit heart-wrenching to bear. Rated-15 probably due to gruesome details of killing (?) and well, it should knew... more>> about this story because of how good it is. <<less
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PringleStorian
PringleStorian rated it
December 22, 2017
Status: --
Katahane no Riku... how do I explain this novel? well let's try

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Katahane no Riku is a novel about a girl that is abandoned and so have a clear reason and motivation she tried to survive in the world of war

but then.. TimeSkip

Katahane no Riku is a novel about a girl that is abandoned but through great effort have basically become a character that can handle everything from high ranked Human to even a high ranked Demons she found a reason to survive and live and that is to serve her benefactor no matter what happen

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Tsukinotaku
Tsukinotaku rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: c100
This series is certainly one of my favorite now... The epicness, the characters growth... The surprising events for some characters...

The cruelty of Riku's fate, the drama, the plot twists ! Everything is so good... And obviously a spear girl as MC ! (well halberd actually but close enough) What more could you wish for !

I was just looking for a female MC for a change but a little hidden pearl that made my week-end great !

... more>> This series is a must read. I would definitely force my friends to read.

But I don't to be your friend for you to read this series... Right ? Just do it. <<less
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akupyro
akupyro
July 20, 2017
Status: c100
Good story. Story touches upon coming over from another world, and being based off a game. While the story touches on this here and there, it could go completely without and be fine. I wouldn't call the MC evil in this story, only driven by personal hate. Wish there could be more challenge for the MC to build up their character, but she in not without struggle. Ending felt way to rushed and was the biggest let down for me.
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You
You
July 11, 2016
Status: c86
*will update review when more chapters are uploaded*

I was annoyed at how stupid some of the characters were in the first thirty or so chapters. Reading through the events of how they die by the hands of Riku or by some other means gives me a sense of gratification like finally scratching an itch on your back that you can't reach before.
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grandplex
grandplex rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: --
Interesting story, fairly unique, with some good character development. I cannot give this more than 3-stars though for two major reasons. 1) As other's have mentioned, the story is vague, the world building while present, has big jarring gaps that leave you disoriented every 3-5 chapters. 2) Personally, I don't like one of the MC's, the boy in the story has a really annoying personality, and you have to read about him for 1/3 of the chapters, really a story killer, and doesn't make me have much desire to keep... more>> reading. I really really wish the author had killed him off in the first 50 chapters, and moved on. <<less
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ruidirudeyxu
ruidirudeyxu rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c86
This story is actually quite a rare find. Maybe it was because I didn't start reading with too many expectations, but it was definitely unique, as one can tell from the synopsis. However, I do have some bones to pick with this story.

Spoiler alert:
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The author glosses over the whole "reincarnation" and "game element" thing. In the first few chapters, BANG! Guess what? Riku is actually someone that reincarnated with a "previous life's soul" attached. She's not "real". I actually found this intriguing. Then, the author immediately glosses over this aspect by having her offer the soul up.
It's never made clear what the details are; the whole "galge" vibe isn't cleared up when it comes to Rook either. You just kind of... Accept it that Rook is "omniscient"... At least when it comes to girls. That doesn't stop all of them from dying, though.

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Ignoring all that, this world is incredibly vague. You get occasional info about these random cities and islands, but it is disorientating and never made into context. They're simply there to stage an event. Instead of a detailed map, I'd liken it to more of a bunch of floating islands. The characters just ride the plot train from one island to the next, and back stories are practically nonexistent except for Riku and Rook.
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Of course, any character that seems close to Rook, and is female, is probably going to die. Quite possibly brutally.

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The rest is fairly straightforward and expected. I give props to the author for crafting this unique story, but in the end, it's the tiny details that add up and prevent the unobstructed reading of this gem. <<less
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123jbster
123jbster rated it
May 9, 2016
Status: c100
My rating - 4.2/5

Non-bias Rating - 3.7/5

Katahane no Riku is both good and bad.

... more>> tl;dr - Enjoyable characters, decent action, no sense of real pressure/danger, lacking in regards to details/fore-planning. Ultimately, a good start, rough middle section, and in the more recent chapters it started to recover its former shine from the beginning..

The story primarily focuses on Riku, but it occasionally switches over to Rook. Both characters are equally important and, in some peoples opinions, might rub people off in a bad way during their development. In addition to this, we have a cast of characters that depict quite the difference of personalities, both good and bad. But I will let you as readers be the judge of that. Personally, I find many of the characters to be quite enjoyable, but I do wish the side characters had a little bit more depth going for them. In addition there are a few characters who you feel like should be more important, but, kind of aren't (?)

Now on to the predominately bad. There is an irksome lack of detail/explanations until necessary. From the beginning to the end, until something was required for that action/job/description, it rarely would have been mentioned beforehand. Here is an example of this.

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Raku. Who is the apparent older sister of Riku and Rook that we had no idea existed until Rook was going through some turmoil and she was his deus ex machina, so to speak.

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Further along the story the author/editor seem to have been improving on this aspect.

Edit: The Author/Editor has really been improving. It has pleasantly caught me by surprise. Characters are showing much dynamic changes in their traits. Side characters are still remaining as side characters with little development. But the characters more central to the story have had improvements by leaps and bounds, in my opinion.

On a more personal side note, if they didn't constantly remind us that this was based off of a galge I would never have thought the events were based off of one. Which is a twist one might not expect. I mean really, talk about throwing the typical thought-lines associated with a galge out the window. <<less
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Aoitenshi
Aoitenshi rated it
May 4, 2016
Status: --
A dark protagonist, totally not a hero, but an evil. Turn away if you want to retain your sanity. But otherwise, welcome to the dark side.
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Gitami
Gitami rated it
April 21, 2016
Status: --
It was quite interesting for the first 10 chapters of a protagonist who goes off fate's path and has to struggle for her place in the world. Then it starts going downhill in trying to illustrate her trials. In trying to boast the mc's prowess and awesomeness it comes off making her mary sue. She has accurate bad feelings, her unfailing tactical plans, and her inhuman achievements each of which always save the day.

A usual crutch to boast and praise the MC is by describing the difficulty they had while... more>> fighting enemies then overcoming the difficulty and the enemies at the same time. Such as killing an army and the boss then being pushed by back by a dropped in boss and a short description of not sleeping for several days and fighting through several battles and then about a paragraph later easily kills the boss. It's clumsy writing to drop info at the last second. Then surviving a point blank explosion while the bomber is obliterated and then being able to kill off over 50 elite guards while all the while saying she wouldn't be able to fight half the number in her condition. Her plans come down a single sentence she gives some orders to soldiers. A few chapters later it comes back as her plan saves the day. The battle boils down to she swing her halberd right, she swing her halberd left, she does the hokey pokey and swing her halberd behind, that's all her battles are🎵

She has a single minded devotion to her saviour and little character development. It's cute, adorable and disgusting and it's fine, not all characters need to have character development in a story just as some people will go through life with very little changes. Unfortunately this makes her the same as the blank face generic harem protagonist, less of a organic character and more a plot tool to move the story along.

Her brother has a praiseworthy goal of ending the war quickly and peacefully with the fewest death on both sides but he did it for an admirable selfish reason although he failed in the very first task. The author paints his failures and his excuses in detail to decrease his character value but by doing so the author inadvertently fleshes out the world and explains the mechanics. Such as the fate railroading hundreds years old military commanders to make stupid decisions or how characters are weaker than they would have been. I find myself wanting to read about her brother more for the world building as well as character development. As of c49 he is on a path for character development to face off against an internal struggle to hold his belief and cling to fate's path that has become twisted or abandon its comfort and walk in the darkness. He has the demon enemies to the front and enemy to his rear ready to disinherit and kill him and that's before he has to unknowingly fight his sister somewhere down the road.

I can only hope the light novel is better where the editor can reign in Riku's... perfection. <<less
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snodgrass
snodgrass rated it
April 1, 2016
Status: --
One of the very few novel that I legitimately enjoy. Every chapter that I finish makes me thirst for more.

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Chapter 47 hit me really hard, not because it is sorrowful chapter, but because it kinda show us a glimpse of a series of bad end that will happen for everyone specially Riku in the future. And this bad ends are all Rooks fault.

F*ck Rook.

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Poor_Hero
Poor_Hero rated it
March 2, 2016
Status: --
abandoned? Check. Killed by her family members? Check. Revived by a sort-of-devil's contract? Check. Broken heroine? Check. Super loyal mc? Check. Brutal event? Check. So here, the MC is a heroine who remembered (sort of) that the world she lived in is from a game and yet living in pleasure until she was killed by her family. Determined to get her revenge, she agreed to shinigami's contract and began her life to seek for her revenge. There's time skip which kind of awkward but I kinda like it (≧◡≦) ♡... more>> tee hee. The heroine is super loyal to her benefactor and her charming point is increasing when she's in battle, though there are some bad points, hehe. The plot is interesting, the one who should be a harem member yet not, is seeking for the revenge to people who are allies to the supposed hero of the game. Recommended if you are looking for action and revenge novels. <<less
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