Kuro no Maou


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Kurono Maou is a high school student who is sensitive of his sharp eyes and bad expression. No girlfriend but gifted with friends in his own way, he had been living a peaceful life.

But one day, without any reason, Kurono was attacked by a mysterious headache while in the literature clubroom and fainted. When he finally awoke…Swords & magic, filled with monsters, an orthodox different world summoning.

Kuro no Maou average rating 3.8/5 - 474 user ratings
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New NovelPolice rated it
February 3, 2018
Status: c380
Personally, I don't mind when protagonists experience difficulties and have to work towards their ambitions. But this novel goes out of its way to make everything more infuriating than it has to be.

There's a review with someone saying:
> The author already said... there is no NTR toward MC

This is how bad it gets. The author actually had to clarify that there won't be NTR toward MC.

Nevertheless, even with all that MC's misfortune and his enemies' broken deus ex machina, it still was a good read. A gruesome story,... more>> good writing, interesting characters, and worldbuilding. The battles were actually engaging since they relied on the use of strategy and cooperation, rather than just "muh RPG skills".

Until chapter 140 or so.

Then that was essentially a "Game of Thrones in the making" transforms into "Yet Another Japanese Battle Academy Harem." A bunch of new characters was introduced, with their own POVs, life stories, harems, and petty dramas. The author killed 20 likable adult characters just to replace them with a bunch of annoying teenagers.

After all that torture and murder, MC still behaves like a Japanese high school student. His past experience is almost non-existent. He spends his time flirting with girls, getting forced love interests into his harem, leisurely hunting monsters, participating in an edgy tournament...

It's not terrible, but I can't force myself to care about this story anymore after such a change of tone.

tl;dr: this is Arifureta all over again. Even worse if you read the summary (Pastebin uQ8wXysu). <<less
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lonewolf92 rated it
June 22, 2016
Status: --
Novel, suffers from the whole Beta-male syndrome package to the point of being terminally ill. Also, slow, so slow, the pacing is awful, too much internal dialogue. Never seen a LN like this one, where the harem destroys the entire feel of the story. This LN is supposed to be dark, where people get burnt alive and massacres happen goddamit. OK, the chicks are all crazy so still kinda dark, but the other chicks are not. So we have the main character, doing sh*tty romance stuff while he is supposed... more>> to want revenge, it just feels surreal. Plus the author had to add a school, the pacing is all destroyed again, schools in LN/WN destroy everything with its cheap gimmicks.

Overall, the harem is pointless, the school gimmicks destroyed the overall setting, and the lack of balls of the MC.

Overall diagnose the story is solid suffers from schoolacide and haremcide

Rest in Piss

PS: that Nell character is so annoying she is even more annoying than hinata from naruto <<less
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Aicila rated it
November 30, 2015
Status: --
Time of Review: c217

I like Kuro no Maou. The start is a little bit of a chore to get through but once it opens up a little the worldbuilding is quite interesting and there is a very wide range of characters and concepts. Despite this, the author manages to delicately balance what fleshing out is required with not dragging it on too much which makes the novel feel well developed without being too slow. The motives of the antagonists side are mainly a little one dimensional (wrong beliefs/race = rape... more>> and pillage) which is a slightly dissapointing way to build up the tension but there are a couple of exceptions.

One of the things I like the most about Kuro no Maou is that characters aren’t safe, which I think adds greatly to the sense of desperation and/or helplessness which is prevalent in many cases. Characters will die. If you can’t handle getting attached to a character only to see them have their head lopped off 20 chapters later, Kuro no Maou isn’t for you.

So far, Kuro no Maou hasn’t tried too many different things, but what it has tried has worked out pretty well. If you’re looking for something a bit grimmer, a bit more brutal, or a bit more desperate, Kuro no Maou is worth a try.

Oh, and there’s a yandere. <<less
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Davr rated it
December 29, 2016
Status: v11c166
The Novel started out pretty good, but was ruined by five things in particular:

1. The MC is basically a loser, no matter how many enemies he kills he always loses more. The author probably did this to increase the sense of dread in the LN, however, it backfired on him. By the time the MC gets some type of chance against his enemies, the readers will be extremely frustrated.... more>>

160 chapters in is when the main character gets a power from a god, but this power is not explained or even technically revealed and will take a bunch of chapters to actually develop into something the MC can use.


2. Too many POV changes. Seriously, who gives a f**k what the enemy thinks. Would have been better if it stayed as a first person. Poor translators by the way, they had to identify every POV change.

3. The unnecessary introduction of guns in fantasy world. Should have seen it coming since the MC came from Earth and the only attack magics he has are gun related.

The author uses Simon, an alchemist who made a gun, as the gateway for guns into the fantasy world. Are you f**king kidding me, some guy in an alternate universe dominated by magic and martial arts just thought one day, "I'm gonna make a gun". The fact he sucks at magic is not an excuse for this. Modern technology in a medieval setting ruins the story.


4. Harem+Dark storyline filled with gore+pathetic MC=Crap

5. The pacing is turtle speed, the useless POV changes to the villain's side do not help.

If you didn't like Law of the Devil, you definitely won't like Kuro no Maou

This review is probably really bad, but I was just so pissed at this LN.

Why the f**k is the author trying to give the readers a sense of attachment with the apostles by changing the POV?!

Why does the author tease us by getting the MC super depressed and close to loner OP mode, and then changing his attitude all of a sudden?! Which happened THREE f**kING TIMES!!! It will happen eventually, why delay it for so many chapters

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TerraEarth rated it
June 18, 2016
Status: --
It's better than Death March. However, that's not much of an accomplishment.

The novel gets side-tracked constantly. Every other chapter we have to read a POV chapter - usually about scenes we've already read about, or about people who we really don't care about at all (such as the unnecessarily evil bad guys). This kind of narrative swapping usually only works when there's an important side to a story that we need to explore for the work to flesh itself out, or if the characters that the narrative is switching off... more>> to are interesting and/or have interesting insights to offer about events in the story, however you'll find neither of these in these pov changes. They're written just like SoL scenes, as if we really need to know how the bad guys are getting along with each other, or what kind of jokes, pastimes and preferences they have. It's simply a huge joke.

On top of this, there is no tension in this novel. Would you feel suspense over a lion playing with a mouse? Because that's precisely what occurs in Kuro no Maou. We can't appreciate the character's progress and development when everything he does is in vain. Every single breath the protagonist takes, every 'victory' he wins, every time he alludes death, all of it is attributed not to his own strength and progress, but rather to his enemies choosing to play with him like a toy - just like the lion and mouse analogy. The bad guys literally let this poor sap off over 3 times when they had his head on a platter. They did this knowing fully well who he was and what kind of threat he poses to them. This just isn't very interesting to read in a story where 'heroism' is a big theme. The only way MC can win this battle if purely through 'luck' and 'laziness' on the enemies' part, which is a sh*tty way to write this kind of story.

I could go on and on but I think I'll stop here. <<less
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violetbroom rated it
May 2, 2017
Status: c600
Good story.

I'm reading ahead using google trans because I can't wait for the translation, but I also read the tranlation when it's out.

Among many web novel which I read, it have origanillity compared to other isekai novel.

... more>> Kind and hardworking MC, not OP without effort like many other MC. Even right now (ch.600) he can only be considered strong, not strongest or OP. He still growing.

There is tragedy, some happen to MC, some happen to strangers (not important character), and some backgroud tragedy story of cursed weapons. MC is not pathetic MC that always got misfortune, misfortune events became experience for his growth. I don't like tragedy, but cursed weapons backstory really interesting, just like reading dark fable which start with "Once upon a time...".

Even though the author like yandere and tragedies in this work, he knows limits. The author alredy said (in one of chapters) that there won't be dead of mc's loved ones and best friend, and there is no NTR toward MC. Author also says he aim toward happy ending.

Romance and harem quite slow and proggress faster after ch.500, but it's still good because each heroine character developed well. MC dense toward love because woman ussually scared of his looks, but he is not 'dense with stupid harem (choroi onna) around him' type. He is more daring toward love in later chapter.

This story shows MC proggres in becaming strong while meeting new people, but not trapped in boring pattern.

Just try it if you are alright with a story with some dark side. <<less
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Katsono rated it
September 2, 2016
Status: c58
The novel starts off with an unoriginal prologue of a highschooler's daily life. Nothing wrong about it, it's readable and still enjoyable, but still, nothing interesting. However, it switches from that boring setting to another world quickly, becoming innovating through a story of experimentation and torture on the main character.

The first volume will be about his experience as a guinea pig in a religious lab, but what follows... The story really was promising, the protagonist seemed good, and no one could guess his personality after all the pain he went... more>> through, but certainly no one awaited the novel to fail so much.

A bad trait appearing early is the inability of the author to create good skills for the main character. Almost every he has outside of his shadow space is bullets, and the differences are barely noticeable. Also, he yells like a stupid power ranger, making the fights awkward if anything, and it's so repeated and elongated that it's boring after the first one.

After his escape, what follows is a slice of life. The protagonist, after suffering a whole year as a guinea pig, is just a dense almost goalless character, and decides to lead a peaceful life along a loli. A yandere loli, what's more, and the next characters of his harem are already apparent as of chapter 50+.

If only that were it, but to achieve all of the starting potential, the author chooses to narrate other characters, and that's when I started literally skipping through the chapters, sometimes even when the main character was present. Not only does it become extremely boring, but it starts accumulating cliché of slices of life and even becoming unrealistic (wow, the MC made popsicles in middle age and they were the most tasty thing anyone ever hate, so realistic, so interesting, so badass).

All the drama the author pretends to show is lost into boring and annoying stories, and it's so bland you'd almost root for the bad guys. It would have been better if he was mad and murdered everyone, or if these religious bastards just kept him as a tool. <<less
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poli rated it
June 18, 2016
Status: v12c180
I don't understand the low rating for this one. I guess people feel the MCs don't talk enough or feel the yandere angle is too forced?

The war situations, various fights and course of events, the enemies and allies are all very interestingly set up. And while this work does spend a lot of time with people being completely remorseless jerks - lots of people who are brainwashed into mindless or selfish killing machines, or the people doing the brainwashing discussing their unholy holy war being naturally the correct thing to... more>> triumph - when this actually tries its hand at comedy like chapter 176 it does a really good job.

This work is not original enough to be a perfect triumph of writing or anything, but it is a fine read nonetheless. This work does an extremely good job of having constant conflict without the MCs just mindlessly ramping up power or always pursuing some new magical technique, no boring, meandering cultivation explanations.

Also, the cursed item histories are fantastic! <<less
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Baddermawan rated it
May 25, 2016
Status: c267
One of the best wn I've read so far, the author have successfully built solid story so far. Characters' developments are also very well thought thru'out the series w/ many interesting perspectives (sometime too many tho) given to give the readers the 'whole' flavour of any given topic.

The overall theme (crusade bs paganism) might bother some people, but for me it was actually told very tasteful and psychologically perfect.

For me KnM has more potential to be an epic saga much better than the likes of mushoku tensei or tate no... more>> yusha. The only downside has been the ever-slow translation pace (1 month w/ no update?) that hindering its greatness to shine. Now that's a pity. <<less
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Dedition rated it
August 31, 2016
Status: c11
I'm only on chapter 11, so I haven't gone far yet, but if you're like me and believe the beginning is the most important in the setting of the main character and the backdrop of the story then, nothing to lose by reading this.

Kuro No Maou is about a young man who is teleported from his school on Earth to this unknown planet where some magic users/scientists keep him for brutal experimentation.

Every day is a living torment to him, to the point where he can actively withdraw his... more>> consciousness but keep his body moving. Keep his body fighting and killing whatever the scientists throw at him everyday whilst also being under the subject of psychological torture as well. He is living a life barely worth living, but lives all the same.

Minor but extremely obvious spoiler that can barely count.
Once he escapes the facility due to the extremely absurdly dumb reasoning the author writes out, I can already say I'm enamoured by the world building. Whilst it hasn't gone indepth as of yet, from what I've already read I can imagine the author will give me much more to imagine soon enough.

My problem so far is the MC. They want me to believe he was under strict conditions to wake up at a certain time every day under the consequences of extreme trauma/pain, along with the tempering of many battles and killing, but the second he has a good night's sleep and has to wake up the next morning once on the outside world, the author throws him straight into the stereotypical teenage trope of "No Mum, please just a little longer....5 more minutes."

I can't begin to explain how much that annoys me. I know it's way to early to have an overall judgement, but I believe the beginning sets the pace. Some books you know will have massive potential, whilst others seem like it'll be pointless.

You can't expect me to believe he still has trouble waking up right? Right?! And the fact that he still sounds so innocent and nonchalant is annoying as hell. He doesn't sound traumatized, merely bothered.

"Aw man, they may be searching for me, maybe I should run here."

Scared to keep reading since the character already sounds like he'll be a disappointment.

I'll read more solely for the purpose of updating this review. <<less
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oldmantanzo rated it
July 20, 2016
Status: v12c187
TL;DR : Good read if you have patience to slog through some useless pieces of filler slapped randomly within the novel. Have a good atmosphere and Character but suffers from badly designed progression. You'll be scrolling down quite frequently and just glancing through large chunks of texts maybe even whole chapters.

We might as well start on the positive because it is easier. There is a great deal of focus character development (somewhat incessant and obsessed at some point). The characters have some unique qualities to them if you don't... more>> look past to other novels. The theatrical tragedy kind of atmosphere is choreograph quite well within the course of novel as well to blend everything to create a very imaginative world of sword and magic. The novel is far from perfect after that point is established though.

Don't get me wrong, the novel is great when everything lines up to a T. It does deliver a sense of excitement and thrill but unfortunately it also builds up anticipation; something this novel massively fails in fulfilling time and time again-- All because of something called "pacing".

I've read other reviews, both the good and the bad, and I rarely gets discourage when someone say a story is "slow". However, this novel is beyond just a problem of being slow because it is not sluggish because of content but by design. What do I mean by "design"? Just breeze through a few dozen chapters and you'll encounter something you can call "POV chapters". This chapter can be relevant if it is really necessary to provide a broader spectrum of understanding of the undercurrents that is happening in the story away from the original perspective of the Novel-- but MY GOD this novel sucks at using POVs. Seriously, most of the Perspective change chapters are either redundant or just plain obscured that it ruins the mood you develop when you read from chapter to chapter. Then there is the Arc progressions chosen by the author.

I won't go too much into details because I don't want to be a massive spoiler C*%$ but one arc is already discussed by other reviews anyway and I also think think this particular arc hit this problem right in the head--The School Arc. This novel is really good at delivering a dark and gritty world full of social injustice, depravity, atrocity, and everything in between that induces an inner moral dilemma for readers then out of nowhere "this" rear its ugly head. I know some people would think "Its for character development because MC wants to get stronger" to that I can only say "f**k THAT". A trail-by-fire kind of strengthening would have been better at that point you can also use a God damn training montage arc and it would have infinitely made a lot more sense. Sadly, you had to slog through one chapter after another that breaks your immersion to the dark would of Kurono Maou.

This really turned into a rant-- I apologize. However, I only sound "ranty" because this would have been a really good novel and it is if you skip a chapter or two (maybe an entire arc) and I really wanted to like it. Dejectedly, I concur that I cannot at best I can give it a passing score but I cannot recommend. <<less
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naafx8 rated it
July 2, 2016
Status: v11c164
As for me who likes the story likes Mushoku tenshei, tate no yuusha, Death march. The story of kuro no maou pretty much bored me to the hell. The pacing quite slow, the unimportant and side characters got so much spotlight without advancing the story at all. The MC very slow to evolved. No fantasy world exploration at all.

My point is, this novel not suitable for someone who love fast paced story and fantasy world exploration, like me for instance.
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Avil rated it
October 21, 2016
Status: c308
Some readers might be offended by the atrocious torture and constant killing sprees in this novel but if you are able to stomach this you'll find a masterpiece with remarkable qualities:

-MC is not OP by any means and people bashing Kurono about being dense should remember that the yandere harem is hellbent on hiding their tendencies to avoid scaring him, that gives him some leeway to avoid the dense tag.

-Dark fantasy with thin plot armor, nobody is truly safe from death and suffering.

-Character growth and good characterization which makes even... more>> secondary characters and antagonists interesting.

Unless you are extremely disgusted by gore I see no reason to avoid this novel. <<less
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darthpsykoz rated it
March 5, 2016
Status: --
Too slow... hate the random slice of life sh*t & povs that keeps happening.. MC keeps thinking he should get stronger but remains weak.
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DekuHero rated it
November 26, 2017
Status: --
Imagine being summoned to a world without wanting to be. (Kidnapped basically). Doesn't sound bad to me, but some people wouldn't like it I am sure. Imagine after that they immediately start experimenting on you to the point that it's basically torture. Imagine they started giving you power but you had to ... more>>

Kill people from your original world to survive without knowing they were people at first because they were in a golem that appeared to not be human.


What would you do to those people? I don't know what you would do, but I'm pretty sure id get revenge in the worst possible way. It's not about being edgy or anything, it's just my basic human emotions would not let be live a carefree life after. Id be beyond bitter and angry. I wouldn't even be satisfied with simply killing them. Why do Japanese Authors always make their MC out to be so spineless?? I personally cannot read this anymore. It feels like it started out nice and dark and then turned into something opposite of that. I feel cheated. <<less
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November 23, 2016
Status: v1 prologue
Kuro No Mao starts off with a good, dark premise. A high school is warped to another world and forced into experimentation to develop decent, disposable foot soldiers. Not amazingly original, but we've had dozens of light and airy isekai novels, so it's good to see such a dark start to one. It picks good elements to base the story around, but the execution is lacking.

The author just CANNOT write in a serious tone, and it's incredibly jarring. The MC does not feel any different between the first time... more>> he is subjected to brutal experimentation and the time he escapes. His dialogues feel naive and boyish and reflect none of the agony that he went through nor any sense of vengeance. We slip into a daily routine of slice-of-life follow his escape, and it's as if we were reading another isekai novel where the MC had not experienced any hardship yet!!

Similarly, all the notable characters lack depth. They all experience enough events. We know their past. It's just that they aren't characterized very well.

The other thing is that naming and world conventions breaks the immersion. It's very awkward that this novel takes random parts of the this world and tosses it into the fantasy world while completely ignoring most of the elements of this world.

The people of this new world (in the Arc continent) speak Arabic or at least the novel uses Arabic letters. MC, as a modern teenage boy from at least the 2000s, can't recognize Arabic and is bewildered by it. It would've been less jarring if they replaced the Arabic letters with X's or something.

Virginia is a colony in the Pandora Continent. It is a port city located on the EAST coast of the Pandora Continent. The Arc Continent sent an expedition to the West on the Pandora Continent in order to establish control and take over the Pandora Continent......... <<less
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OfficePony rated it
August 21, 2016
Status: c44
Grammar: 2.5/5 (formerly 3.5/5)
Story: 3.5/5 (same)
Writing: 2/5 (formerly 3.5/5)

(Updated ch44:

Yeah, it devolved quickly into a very confused piece of work. Author very clumsily swaps between perspectives and people. There is no indication as to when the changes happen so it can get a bit frustrating jumping around with no one view point really completed. The translation team seems to be having a hard time making this readable at this point, and honestly I can't blame them, it's the authors fault for using really unstable... more>> view points. I was Enjoying it immensely until about chapter 40, then things just started getting messy. I don't mind when things stagnate in a story, I just push through, but when things get messy I just give up. I'm hear to enjoy a story not a puzzle.)

Far from the worst thing I've read, but far from the best. The grammar is tolerable, though awkward phrasing and wording is almost guaranteed to be found in each chapter. Not really a problem with the author, but a blip from the translation team. Still, a decent job and nothing the really detracts from the reading experience except for the momentary pause wondering what would be a better way to phrase or word something.

As far as the story goes, it's nice, but not anything new or ground breaking thus far. Can't really say anything else on this, seriously.

The writing is fairly well done, nothing is dragged through the mud with too much detail, nor is it really explained enough. The descriptive scenes could use some more flavor, but it's understandably difficult to do that with a translated work.

Over all I'd rate this at a 3.5/5, with some hope for the future. Once I've read the entire thing I'll probably come back to finish this review. <<less
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ninthlite rated it
March 13, 2016
Status: --
This is a fairly good novel. There are no cliches so far so it is an fairly interesting read, I personally dislike the normal beta japanese MC thats all on the rage. The main character gathers a harem of yanderes of all flavors, which is probably the most interesting part about this novel. The main character's powers as a dark magician warrior is fairly interesting as well. However this novel suffers from some set backs which would probably be fixed by an editor if it ever became a light novel.... more>> This novel has dry periods where the plot crawls as slow as a snail, also the author likes to have multiple chapters dedicated to side characters which are probably the most boring portions of the novel. I feel like the author has no idea to write at times so he just writes himself into a circle.

I would rate this series 4/5. Its interesting enough to read whenever its update however I would never constantly refresh the page and stay up for hours to wait for a chapter. <<less
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XellossMetallium rated it
October 14, 2015
Status: c190
Story-wise I like Kuro no Maou.

Albeit the character of the protagonist feels quite common and overused it should be noted that (words of the translator) Kuro no Maou is older than a good chunk of other famous web/light novels (i.e. Arifureta).

The main protagonists (and antagonists) are all quite likeable (and hateful, where needed), the pacing is steady and no part of the story feels too strained, forced or like a filler.

Another main point of this novel is

... more>>

the “Game of Thrones” atmosphere. Everyone can die, and usually they will. Right now I cannot say if the author is going to abuse this trope as a tool to “change scenary” without dealing with the aftermath of the previous arc or it will be used prudently and only if truly needed.. This we will see in the future.


Stylistically there are issues, since the author constantly jumps from the third person POV to the first person. Usually is only thanks to the kind work of the translator that the story is easy to follow (they point the POV changes and the speaker for some sentences). <<less
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PercherTM rated it
July 27, 2017
Status: c520

It went BL, alot despite the author saying "wont happen again", I swear he likes toying with us

The MC is stupid, all I can say, S T U P I D, sure he likes acting badass but he got tortured/controlled/had everyone he came to care about die/have everyone he was gonna protect die. Yet he still chose to be naive as hell while his harem members are actually the only reason he isnt dead yet, still dont get why the angel fell in love

Everything above would have still gotten this 3 stars atleast considering the writing is awesome and the story is unique just that

he gets honeytrapped into working for the god damn church and betray the demons who f**king helped him so much. Literally honetrapped, hes like "oh lets just forget the torture and stuff they put me through since this girl let me go and seems nice so ill be on her side" and oh the harem members separate cause of the sadistic author implying they are MIA, I like reality but. This is just the world going out of its way or rather the MC going out of his way to get f**ked

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Oukis Lips rated it
April 21, 2017
Status: c56
Pretty much the only good point to this novel is that it's a fantasy setting, and the translators are very good. Beyond that, the plot is inconsistent, the bad guys are one-dimensional, the author randomly switches perspectives with no warning whatsoever, and to top it off, the MC is incredibly weak, to the point where he could be accurately labeled as a small fry. Building a loli harem is one thing, but having to be repeatedly saved/spared by the lolis who are all literally 100x more powerful than the MC... more>> is incredibly unsightly. I don't necessarily need the MC to be an OP Mary Sue, but at least give him some potential. Unless the author randomly throws in some instant power up out of nowhere, I don't even see the potential for the MC to significantly increase his abilities.

Also, the author is probably an incredible chuuni. The MC always shouts the name of his attack whenever he uses his magic, even when the author explicitly states that chanting/yelling isn't necessary for the magic to work. All the names of the magic are also overly grandiose, almost to the point of parody.

I also think alot of the tags are misleading. It might change with further chapters, but I'm already more than 50 chapters in and I haven't seen a single yandere, the plot also isn't very "seinen, " at least not compared to some serious works that I've read. Moreover, it doesn't have much of the psychological aspect either. Maybe they're confusing brainwashing with the psychological genre. It's really not the same thing. I can see hints of a loli harem, but well, I wasn't really looking forward to that part anyways.

All in all, meh. If you've got nothing better to do, then this might be for you. It's slightly more entertaining than daytime television. <<less
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