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.

Associated Names
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KNM
The Black Demon King
黒の魔王
Related Series
Jujutsushi Wa Yuusha Ni Narenai (Same Franchise)
Recommendations
Pivot of the Sky (4)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (WN) (4)
Mushoku Tensei (WN) (3)
Sevens (2)
Jujutsushi Wa Yuusha Ni Narenai (2)
Seirei Gensouki ~Konna Sekai de Deaeta Kimi ni~ (1)
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  4. Join the Dark Side: Dark and Evil MCs
  5. Bookworm

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02/17/21 Asian Hobbyist c439 part3
02/17/21 Asian Hobbyist c439 part2
02/17/21 Asian Hobbyist c439 part1
01/13/21 Asian Hobbyist c438 part3
01/13/21 Asian Hobbyist c438 part2
01/13/21 Asian Hobbyist c438 part1
01/08/21 Asian Hobbyist c437 part2
01/08/21 Asian Hobbyist c437 part1
12/14/20 Asian Hobbyist c436 part4
12/14/20 Asian Hobbyist c436 part3
12/14/20 Asian Hobbyist c436 part2
12/14/20 Asian Hobbyist c436 part1
12/03/20 Asian Hobbyist c480
11/26/20 Asian Hobbyist c479
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lonewolf92
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 shitty 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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Davr
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>>
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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.

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2. Too many POV changes. Seriously, who gives a f*ck 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.
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The author uses Simon, an alchemist who made a gun, as the gateway for guns into the fantasy world. Are you f*cking 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.

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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.
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Why the f*ck 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*ckING TIMES!!! It will happen eventually, why delay it for so many chapters
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TerraEarth
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 shitty 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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Aicila
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 = r*pe... 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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violetbroom
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 s*upid 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
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 s*upid 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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Overlord
Overlord rated it
June 7, 2016
Status: c275
Kuro no Maou - well, what can I say, first and foremost, this novel is surely underrated with only 4.0/5.0 rating at the moment. The dark vibe and cruelty of the story are quite refreshing, far away from all those boring novels with happy-go-lucky protagonists. One of its greatest feats are the awesome as hell (yandere harem) characters, their development and interactions, evolving from innocent maidens to ruthless killer machines! Kurono's walk through hell throughout the novel feels conclusive, you can easily relate to him, most of the time. Naturally,... more>> there are also happy and fun times, but the protagonist and his entourage are not invincible, but they always try to make the best out of their possible options and resources. The world building is sufficient, background information to locations, history etc. Included. Furthermore, the length of the chapters is not too long, and not too short. I nearly forgot to mention the amusing black humour, or hilarious moments in general.. (◦'ںˉ◦) Another strong point of the novel would be the interesting "curse weapons", which come with their own gruesome story that gave birth to their existence. If you're looking for a story with a more mature tone, characters that stop at nothing and a believable protagonist, I can highly recommend "Kuro no Maou". <<less
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kublikhan
kublikhan rated it
September 23, 2018
Status: c148
I do not recommend this novel. First off, no matter how much the MC struggles, all of his work gets undone:

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First the MC is kidnapped, tortured, brain controlled, turned into a murder toy, hunted, etc. Wow, bad luck huh? Well many characters have a tragic back story, maybe his luck will turn around right? Nope.

After escaping his hideous ordeal, he finds a nice friendly village, makes friends, and enjoys life. Now a scary evil army is coming to destroy all that. MC goes off to desperately fight the commander of the enemy army. He gets his ass kicked and the whole village and all his friends are wiped out. Ouch. More tough luck. Well, now his luck will start to turn around right? Nope.

This time the author has a 50 f*cking chapter buildup of the MC's desperate actions to save the remaining villages from the evil army. Only to destroy all the work of 50 chapters with one sentence: "Oh hey MC! Nice job repelling 5000 soldiers with your band of merry men! But while the author was writing 50 chapters of bullsh*t I slipped in and destroyed everything you care about when the readers weren't looking. See ya!" I always hated storylines where nothing the MC does matters. Hey author: we don't need three tragic back stories per character, nor for them to last for 50 chapters!

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Second reason I don't like this story is all of the characters keep getting killed off:

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First off he is separated from his friends and family after getting kidnapped. Then all of his friends in the village he was living in are killed off. Then all of his new friends he made after his old friends were killed are killed off. It seems this author only know how to write two types of characters: Those that get triple analed with tragic back stories left and right and those that get killed off in a few chapters.

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Third reason, MC doesn't go through any growth. Right from the start he starts off fairly strong. Although there are many others in the world MC can't even touch. So we get to witness our MC get stronger right? Nope. He never levels up. He stays with the same power he had for the next 150 chapters. Sure maybe he adds some new spell/equipment/party member. But the same bad asses who were kicking his ass at the start of the novel are kicking his ass again 150 chapters later. <<less
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Dedition
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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Baddermawan
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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poli
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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XXxxxadisxxxXX rated it
July 29, 2019
Status: --
This is the first novel that ever actually got me genuinely angry. The begining was good, like really good. However, it all went downhill from there. The MC suffers from being a bit*h throughout the entirety of this novel. Read below if you want it outlines the major flaws of the novel and also just how bad the MC is in this novel

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He gets summoned. Then tortured and what not by his captors. He then escapes. After escaping he gains power meets people blah blah blah. He then comes across the people that tortured him and brutally killed people he knew as well as committed many other atrocities such as genocide, r*pe (of people the MC knows and loves), desecration of corpses, war crimes, murder (against his soon to be dead friends), crimes against nature (f*cking human experimentation), and much much worse. So what does he do? He forgives them. He forgives them all and just all around acts like a pu*sy for the majority of the novel. The thing that made me quit was that the only reason he didn't do anything was that the person he met that supports these horrible people had f*cking tits. I mean come to the f*ck on! How much of a beta cuck do you have to be to just roll over and take this shit? He does not even end up getting any real powers or other ways of fighting back until you have read for at least 12-18 hours (mattering on your speed) and even then he's so much of a cuck that he can't get it himself. He has to get it from a GOD because he's s*upid. How is he s*upid? He just lost his eye due to extenuating beta circumstances. This entire novel is a f*cking mess man. The concept was something I would have really enjoyed if the MC was not such a beta b*tch.

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DekuHero
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>>
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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.

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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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Elkon
Elkon rated it
July 31, 2018
Status: --
Starts off wonderful and dark with the MC being tortured and brainwashed, and then goes on to happy go lucky slice of life dense JP protagonist with a happy go lucky harem and pointless POV changes every other chapter. 'Nuff said.

BTW the 'slow' chapters at the start were my favourite because it was the only dark-dark part of the entire story, and no PTSD or memory blocking with what happened to him? Seriously?
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naafx8
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
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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cartman-un
cartman-un rated it
June 13, 2020
Status: c775
This is a very great read. Immersive and amazing development.

The Author develop the feelings of every heroine very deeply.

MC is not a beta, Don't believe the negative reviews that says MC is useless and Beta, he is far from that.

... more>> MC develop his character realistically.

Of course, our MC will face hardship and gruesome battle, but he was able to overcome it.

MC even managed to convinced his Yandere Harem to allow him to have a Harem,

because this is the only way so that our lovable heroines won't kill each other.

Lily arc is one of the best arc in this series. When everyone went full Yandere. Thankfully our MC is NOT Beta and managed to control them.

MC doesn't think like a kid. He thinks like an Adult. His choices were realistic and doesn't take things for granted. (except for a few occasion).

My advice to you folks. Read this Novel when there are a lot of chapters available so you could get fully immerse in the story. This novel deserves much better praise.

Here's some spoiler on how MC was able to control his Yandere Harem. Most of it were taken from Honoakari's summary since it would be a pain if I manually write down everything, but I added some things, including the spoilers for our new Heroines.

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Kurono (MC)

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When Lily ran away and threatened Fiona and Kuruno. Fiona took Nell and Sariel to kill Lily, fiona sent the unconcious Kurono to Spada, his old friend Simon comes to the rescue - with a bottle of strong alcohol.
- Simon tells Kurono that the girls are too selfish. Fiona blackmailed Kurono in order to become his girlfriend, and now Lily is doing the same.
- He tells our hero that he needs to become selfish as well. Assert his authority, discipline the girls, and build himself a harem!
- In the end, Kurono is convinced that this is the only way to rescue everyone. Finally motivated, he uses the sixth blessing and recovers his full strength.

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Sariel

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Sariel is Yuriko (Kuruno's Childhood friend). Sariel received training similar to Kurono's. And once her training was completed, her old memories were sealed away. Thus, she became a perfect servant of the Church, and was eligible to receive Apostle powers...

During the battle against sariel in Galahad War, Kuruna and his party was able to damage her greatly.

Kurono plans to weaken Sariel by unlocking her memories. He has Simon shoot a specially-prepared magic bullet at her.
- The plan succeeds. Sariel starts to regain her memories and loses her focus.
- With her last powers, Fiona blows up one of Sariel's arms. Kurono uses his Cursed Hatchet to cut one of Sariel's legs.
- Sariel desperately attempts to escape. She activates a magical portal, which starts pulling Sariel in.
- Kurono clings to Sariel, and they both disappear into the portal.

Kurono and Sariel get teleported to a snowy forest in Daidalos.
- Kurono wants to kill Sariel. He rips off her other leg, then starts strangling her.
- However, our hero stops as the effect of the magic bullet causes Sariel's unsealed memories to flow into Kurono's mind...

- Kurono realizes that Sariel is in fact Shirasaki Yuriko, the girl that he used to have a crush on in the previous world.
- He also finds out that Yuriko was planning to confess to him (she too was in love with him, very much actually).
- Kurono believes that, as a result of being brainwashed, Sariel is not really Yuriko, but more like a different person that happens to have Yuriko's memories. As proof, Sariel does not suddenly become Yuriko but rather retains her original robotic personality.
- But regardless, Kurono gives up on killing Sariel.
- Carrying Sariel on his back, Kurono soon reaches a familiar building - Lily's old hut.
- Sariel warns Kurono that even though she no longer wants to kill him, once she regenerates she will be forced to do it anyway, because she's an Apostle.
- Kurono realizes that in order to make Sariel "fall from Heaven" and lose her status as an Apostle, he'll have to take her virginity. ^^
- This is where Mia's fourth blessing comes in very handy

- In Spada, Kurono tells Lily and Fiona the story of the past months, beginning with the 'incident' with Sariel.
- Kurono no longer considers Sariel an enemy, especially now that she has the blessing of a Black God.
- Sariel decided that she will love Kurono, in order to honor the memories of Shirasaki Yuriko.

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Fiona

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- When Lily ran away, fiona blackmailed our MC to become his girlfriend
- Fiona gives Kurono two choices: either he takes Fiona as his girlfriend (and Fiona will accept Sariel's presence), or else she will join forces with Lily and fight Sariel to the death.
- Even though he finds this proposal unreasonable, Kurono can't bring himself to dislike Fiona. Rather, he admits that he is captivated by her, in terms of personality and looks.
- Thus, Kurono decides to make Fiona his girlfriend, and they kiss. Fiona weeps tears of joy.
- Fiona finds a suitable house for her and Kurono to live in - an old and haunted mansion, which will require exorcising. Kurono and Fiona enter the mansion and kill the ghost of the previous owner.
- Fiona also managed to get rid of Nell and soon after, Kurono and Fiona finally decide to make love. ^^

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Lily

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- Lily wants to kill Sariel, so she summons her giant red sword and attacks. Kurono however stops her by using two of his blessings.
- Lily then decides to read Kurono's memories and stumbles upon the scene where Kurono took Sariel's virginity. Kurono doesn't want Lily to see this, so he pushes her aside. However, it's too late.
- Lily runs away, crying. Kurono wants to go after her, but is stopped by Fiona, who hugs him from behind.
- Finally, Kurono realizes that both girls had been in love with him all this time.
- While having a yandere dialogue with 'herself' about how Kurono 'belongs' to her, Lily enters the most dangerous dungeon in Avalon - a large, ruined city called [Territory of Divine Destruction "Avalon"].
- Lily decides to conquer this dungeon as part of the trial given to her by her Goddess: becoming strong enough to 'remove' the other girls who are in love with Kurono, making sure Kurono belongs only to her.
- Lily plucks her left eye and replaces it with Kurono's (the one he lost at the beginning of the story). Because of her spiritual link with Kurono, Lily can now see everything that Kurono is witnessing in real-time (she spies on Kurono making love to Fiona ^^).
- In addition, the spiritual link allows Lily to use all the abilities that Mia gave to Kurono!!!
- We find out that Lily is possessed by the final monster on Mia's list: the Envy Ray, a soul parasite that greatly amplifies one's feelings of jealousy.
- Lily is not bothered by this, but actually thanks the Envy Ray for helping her understand the "true meaning of love"...
- Lily declares that she loves Kurono, and that she wants him only for herself. She tells Kurono that she wants to live together with him in her 'paradise' (the ancient dungeon).
- Lily tells Fiona to break up with Kurono, otherwise she will kill her.
- Fiona is enraged upon hearing this, and is determined to kill Lily
-Fiona then explains the situation to Sariel and Nell, telling them how dangerous Lily has become, and convinces them to join her cause. The three form a party and leave for Lily's dungeon.

- Sariel manages to injure Lily by using a new move that she learned by copying Nell.
- Unfortunately, her concentration wavers as Lily taunts her, telling her that Kurono only cares about the memories of Shirasaki Yuriko that are inside Sariel, and not about Sariel herself.
- Sariel's mind is overwhelmed by feelings of jealousy and hatred for Yuriko. Lily takes advantage of this and wins the first round.
- The battle with Nell is even easier for Lily. She defeats the princess by using her mind-influencing powers to show her a vision in which Nell wins the battle, kills Lily, and afterwards consoles Kurono by having lots and lots of s*x with him...
- The final battle is Lily vs. Fiona, a long-awaited clash between love rivals.
- After a lengthy exchange of magical attacks and verbal abuse, Fiona almost manages to kill Lily. However, Lily has her homunculus servants join the fight, and thus wins the battle by a hair's breadth.
- Lily decides not to kill the three girls. Instead, she places mind-control rings over their heads and links them to her own mind. As a result, Lily can now use the powers of the other three heroines as well...
- Kurono sneaks past Lily and rescues the other girls, severing their connection to Lily. They are still in a coma though so they cannot fight. Kurono then returns to the battlefield and challenges the fairy.
- To prevent Lily from using Mia's powers, Kurono crushes the eye that he received from Mia. As a result, neither him nor Lily can use the powers of Mia for now - they can only use their weapons and base abilities.
- After a lenghty battle, Kurono manages to deal severe damage to Lily by using his cursed weapons. However, Lily retaliates by giving our hero a Life Drain kiss, which severely weakens Kurono..
- Just when it looked like Lily would win, Simon rescues Kurono by using a 'healing bullet'. This gives Kurono the power to defeat Lily once and for all.
-Now that Kurono has won, he wants Lily to return with him. Despite everything she did, Kurono still loves her very much. Lily however believes the only way to atone herself is to die.
- Ignoring the Envy Ray's screams, Lily gouges out her heart (the place where the Envy Ray resides).
- To Kurono's despair, Lily's heart evaporates (is accepted by Mia as proof of defeating the final monster on her list).
-Kurono no longer seems to care. He decides that he will save Lily, no matter what...

- Kurono gouges out his own heart and places it inside Lily, hoping that the half-fairy will be revived (the spiritual link between Lily and Kurono should allow Kurono's heart to heal 'itself' inside Lily's body, just like the case with Kurono's eye).
- Kurono doesn't intend to die, so he pulls out the heart of the Chaotic Rim from his pocket dimension (which he kept as a trophy) and attempts to replace his missing heart with it, but fails to do so.
- Lily wakes up, surprised that she's still alive, and notices that Kurono is about to die. She realizes what Kurono did and decides to rescue him in return. She uses her healing powers to properly connect the Chaotic Rim's heart to Kurono's body.
- Kurono wakes up, and the two hug eachother. Thus, this long arc ends with a happy ending...

- Lily decides to make peace with the other girls. Lily and Fiona accept Kurono's wish of being in a relationship with multiple girls at the same time.
- Lily reveals her big plans to Fiona: to make Kurono into Maou. And the first step towards this would be for him to marry Princess Nell and inherit the throne of Avalon. Sadly, Nell is still too shy to confess, so this is going to take a long time...

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Nell

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- Lily confronts Princess Nell. Lily found out that Nell 'pleased' herself using objects belonging to Kurono, and she blackmails Nell into giving up on him. Nell reluctantly decides to go back to Avalon, not before saying a teary goodbye to Kurono.
- In Avalon, Princess Nell meets her former mentor, Bellgrosen (250 years old loli miko with black hair and red eyes; dragon race).
- Bellgrosen listens to Nell's love troubles, and offers her solution: training.
- Nell's previous innocent personality was incompatible with fighting, this is why Nell chose healing instead.
- Now that Nell is motivated, she quickly learns everything that Bergrosen teaches her, and becomes very powerful. Nell then changes her adventurer class to War Miko.
- Nell realizes that she has been tricked by Fiona and tries to kill her, but she is stopped by Sariel.
- Fiona then boasts about how she finally got rid of all of her love opponents (she 'defeated' Nell, Lily ran away, and Sariel is just a s*ave now).
- Soon after, Kurono and Fiona finally decide to make love. ^
- Now that Lily is gone, Nell decides to return to Spada, hoping to meet her beloved Kurono. Unfortunately for her she meets Fiona first.
- Fiona tells Nell the story of the past months, while conveniently omitting that she became Kurono's girlfriend. She also tells Nell that Kurono is very sad and needs "comforting", something which Nell wonderfully misinterprets...
- Nell meets Kurono, and after a long conversation she tells him to "embrace" her. Kurono becomes very angry at Nell, acts like they are no longer friends, and throws her outside.

- Nell realizes that she has been tricked by Fiona and tries to kill her, but she is stopped by Sariel.
- Fiona then boasts about how she finally got rid of all of her love opponents (she 'defeated' Nell, Lily ran away, and Sariel is just a s*ave now).

- The tournament begins. Nell defeats all of her opponents in one hit, and reaches the Grand Final.
- The final battle however is interrupted when the Chaotic Rim enters the arena.

- Nell and Kurono challenge the monster, overwhelming it with perfect teamwork.
- Regardless, the monster is very strong. At some point Nell becomes incapacitated, so in the end it's just Kurono vs. the Chaotic Rim.
- After a long battle, Kurono defeats the monster at a hefty price - he loses an arm and a leg, and is on the verge of death.
- Nell restores Kurono's limbs, but even so, Kurono has to spend a month or so in a wheelchair until he fully recovers.
- Much later in the story, Kurono will finally meet with the King of Avalon, who will reward him for saving his daughter Nell during the battle at the Colosseum.

- Kurono forgives Nell for the past 'incident', telling her that he overreacted. Unfortunately, Nell is still too shy to confess to Kurono...
- it's also interesting to note that Nell was so shocked by Kurono's previous rejection, to the point where her mentor Bergrosen decided to give her an amnesia drug, so that she may forget about Kurono, temporarily. As of now, her amnesia has been dispelled.

Nell is fated to marry Kuruno as per Lily's plan.

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Bellgrosen

Spoiler

-Bergrosen is curious about Kurono, but Nell is afraid that Bergrosen will fall for him, so she tells her not to meet him.
- Her mentor reassures Nell that it's impossible for her to fall for Kurono. Bergrosen's destined man is only the one that receives the blessings of Mia Elroad, and she has been waiting for her fated person for centuries.
- Bellgrosen's destined man is obviously Kurono, but neither of the girls realize it, since Kurono keeps his relationship with Mia a secret..
- Nell takes Kurono to meet her mentor, Bergrosen, who falls in love with Kurono at first sight.

-Nell took noticed of it and threatened her by saying "seems like we are destined to kill each other"

- Bellgrosen however doesn't want to accept her newfound feelings because she is still waiting for her 'destined one' (which is actually Kurono, but she doesn't know it).
- For some reason, Kurono ends up believing that the little girl in front of him is Nell's little sister...
- The two girls decide to play along with Kurono's misunderstanding, and Nell tells Kurono that her mentor, Bergrosen, left Avalon and went on a training trip...

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Reki and Ursula

Spoiler

-Kuruno saved Reki and Ursula from a guy attempting to r*pe them.
- Kurono and Sariel befriend the two young girls: Reki (golden hair, red eyes, white skin) and Ursula (silver hair, blue eyes, brown skin).
- The two girls (orphans) are considered second-class citizens because they were not born in Sinclaire Kingdom - the homeland of the Church on Ark Continent - but rather in the countries nearby which were conquered by the Church.
- After some time, Reki and Ursula find out that Kurono and Sariel are hiding their true identities. But even so, they respect and admire them.
- Kurono realizes that Reki has the potential to become a powerful fighter, and so he trains her together with the village guards. After a few weeks of training, she becomes the strongest fighter amongst the villagers.

- Also, when a large group of monsters attacks the village, Kurono finds out that Ursula has a very powerful drain ability, which comes in the form of a white mist: first it drains the magical power of its target, then their life force as well.
- During the attack, Ursula sends her mist and turns a giant monster into a pile of bones, in an instant.

- Ursula has trouble controlling her power, which she labels as a curse. Kurono starts training her as well.
- Reki is very upset as she realizes that the fights between the two are on an entirely different level - Ursula is stronger that Reki.

- Ursula tells Reki that she fell in love with Kurono, and that she wants to sleep together with him, just like Sariel does (they're still lolis, so they take "sleeping" literally though).
- Reki tries to help Ursula with this, but in the end it's Reki that ends up sleeping together with Kurono. And she too realizes that she's in love with him...
- The next morning, Ursula calls Reki a traitor.
- Thus, the long-lasting friendship of the two young girls is now over...
- Two months after the war, Kurono and Sariel prepare to leave for Spada as the snow starts to melt.
- Reki and Ursula want to go with them, but Kurono disapproves of this. He wants the girls to remain in Daidalos. If they follow Kurono, they will be dragged into his future fights and risk their lives.

- Our heroes are attacked by lots and lots of squid monsters: small, medium and giant. They have tentacles with spear-like tips, can fly, and the big ones can spit acid.
- Kurono and Ursula face the monsters head-on. Reki and Sariel remain behind to protect the villagers.
- Reki is very upset as she realizes that even Sariel, who lacks three limbs, is more powerful that her. Filled with anger, she rushes alone into the battlefield.

- Ursula becomes more and more exhausted, having to 'erase' several giant squid.
- Kurono realizes that he won't make it in time to protect Ursula from a lethal attack, but Reki arrives and rescues her.
- Just as she was getting praised by Kurono, Reki is impaled by a giant tentacle and gets dragged away...
- A teary Ursula tells Kurono that Reki's death was her own fault (previously, Ursula told Reki that she is too weak to stand by Kurono's side; as a result, Reki joined the battle in order to prove that she's strong enough).
- Kurono however disagrees and consoles her. They even sleep together. The next day, Ursula keeps clinging to Kurono...

- With Sariel on his back, Kurono enters the inside of the monster through one of its holes. There, they find Reki's body.
- As Sariel grabs hold of Reki, she is thrown outside by a strong wind.

- After the battle, Ursula searches for Kurono, only to find out that he already left for Spada...
- She decides she will go to Spada as well; however, she first travels to Iruzu Village, wanting to bury Reki there.
- All of a sudden, Ursula is captured by a group of Inquisitors, who wish to have her executed because of her OP ability. However, Ursula is rescued by none other than Reki, who somehow has revived.

- It is revealed that Ursula and Reki are the descendants of two powerful enemies of the Church from the Ark Continent, and that they inherited their powers. Ursula has an OP magic/life drain ability, while Reki has OP regeneration and melee figting ability.
- The two girls (who are now friends again) leave Daidalos and head for Spada, hoping to reunite with their beloved Kurono.

- Many chapters later, we find out that Reki and Ursula managed to reach Spada safely but then were tricked and captured as s*aves by some bad guys

- When Kuruno lost his memories he unexpectedly met Ursula and Reki. Reki and Ursula are overjoyed at reuniting with their beloved Kurono.
- Unfortunately, Kurono lost his memories, and doesn't recognize the girls at all...
- They decide to tell eachother their respective stories. However, Reki and Ursula decide to lie about Kurono's past.
- The fact that Kurono has amnesia means that Reki and Ursula can now have Kurono all for themselves.
- The two young girls proclaim themselves to be Kurono's lovers, and lie to Kurono about how he 'did it' with them back in Daidalos.
- Kurono is in despair... In the end, he declares that he will take responsibility and marry Reki and Ursula.
- Unfortunately for the girls, Kurono decides that they must wait several years, until the girls are mature enough. This includes 'doing it'...

-During the Dungeon event, Kuruno together with Reki and Ursula encountered Lily, Sariel and Fiona.
- The situation is hostile at first. But after some talking, Reki and Ursula admit they lied to Kurono.
- Lily offers to use her powers to restore Kurono's memories, and Kurono accepts.

- With this, our hero, Kurono Mao, is finally back. He remembers everything. He apologizes to Lily, Fiona and Sariel for the past hostilities.
- He also forgives Reki and Ursula, and is surprised by the fact that Reki is still alive.

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Briggite

Spoiler

-the Dark Elf priestess Brigitte, large breast and thicc elf. tries to seduce Kurono intensely, but he rejects all of her advances (he has had enough trouble with his own girls already, he doesn't want more).
- She believes that Kuruno is her destined one.
- On the other hand Lily doesn't mind Brigitte, sice a bond with the great priestess of Faren would certainly be beneficial to her plan of making Kurono into Maou.-
-Lily made an agreement with Brigitte's grandfather that Kuruno will mary Birgitte in the future.
- She became very delighted when she received Kuruno's letter (Chapter 775)

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Elina

Spoiler

-She is a forgotten heroine, after Kuruno rejected her she rarely appears in the novel, despite this she still became one of Kurono's marriage candidate

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Emilia

Spoiler

- She is a Calamara Idol.
- She got depressed after Lily took all her fans. (Lily was jealous that Amnesiac Kuruno was standing beside Emilia during one of her performance and decided to take revenge, thus becoming an Idol herself. She became more popular than Emilia)
- Kuruno comforted Emilia, and even told her that they should run away, but Kuruno only said this to comfort her.
- Emilia fell in love with Kuruno.
- She became heartbroken when she saw Lily kissed Kuruno and she felt betrayed.
- She left Calamara before Kuruno was able to see her.
- She may appear in the future as an Enemy.

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Current arc.

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Adventurer days are over. Kurono will become King of Calamara.

It makes sense, it's a necessary step towards becoming Maou and will justify future political marriages (Princess Nell).
It's also worth noting that Princess Charlotte is engaged with Kuruno (lol).

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I saw some reviews comparing this to Death March (lmao). These two are not comparable. death march is light hearted story with no seriousness, while this novel is a very serious story that also explore the feelings of each heroine deeply. <<less
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Facepalm.exe
Facepalm.exe rated it
May 28, 2018
Status: v4c51
I tried to like this, however after 50 chapters I had to put this down.

The author seems to be a master of talking endlessly, but conveying nothing.

As mentioned in other reviews, the author seems to meander around a lot with the plot, change scenes and POV abruptly, (for no constructive reason) and the plot as a whole moves so incredibly slowly.

A slow plot is bearable as long as the content (such as the daily slice-of-life, and behind the scenes movement of the enemy/etc) is actually interesting to read, however... more>> the entirety of what I read was shallow, boring and generally a chore to read.

The premise itself started relatively interesting, however it nose-dived very quickly.

I really cannot recommend this unless you are after a mind-numbingly boring read. I'd say give this one a pass. <<less
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oldmantanzo
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*ck 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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NovelPolice
NovelPolice rated it
February 3, 2018
Status: c380
Tiresome.
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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