Magical★Explorer

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There’s a legendary Bishoujo Game that has become popular among Japanese gentlemen.

Its name is “ Magical★Explorer” or Magiero for short.

The game’s protagonist has a cheat-like power with12 different beautiful heroines to flirt with, including additional 12 heroines from the DLC, a harem of 24 beauties. I have become that protagonist!………………Not, instead I have become the third-wheel character who always laughing like an idiot next to him.

Of course I was in despair at first.

Of course. If I am the protagonist I could have all 24 heroines for myself along with unparalleled cheat power. However, since I am the third-wheel there’s no heroine that would lay their eyes on me.

But now I couldn’t care less about the protagonist and his heroines. Why? Because I discovered magic. While I was using it, I have become interested in it. I want to master it. I want to become the strongest. Thus I have decided.

I would abandon half my role as a protagonist’s friend to train my magic and then I would beat the hell out of that cheat who can solo the Demon King.

………..I was training with that thought in mind, but somehow I keep getting closer to the heroines and furthermore, I don’t know why I keep encounter events like I am some Eroge’s protagonist.

Associated Names
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Magical★Explorer - I Reincarnated as an Eroge Protagonist's Friend, But Using my Knowledge of the Game I Decided to Live Freely
Magical★Explorer – It seems I have become a Friend of the Protagonist in an Eroge World, but because Magic is fun I have abandoned the role and train myself.
マジカル★エクスプローラー エロゲの友人キャラに転生したけど、ゲーム知識使って自由に生きる
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Commushou no Ore ga, Koushou Skill ni Zenfurishite Tenseishita Kekka (1)
Different World Reincarnation as a Sage ~With my Gaming Knowledge, I’ll become the World’s Strongest~ (1)
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Renaxan
New Renaxan rated it
September 17, 2019
Status: c61
Story is about MC who got isekai'ed again into isekai which is eroge, not even otome anymore LOL. He become eroge MC side friend, instead fullfilling his role, instead fascinating with magic and aim to defeat the MC.

Character all are clear, we got several explanation about their background like MC pitiful background, ludi as princess, etc. There's also POV of othet character about MC. I admit MC is clueless and act too chuuni, but this also make the story kind of enjoyable.

Talk about plot, it seems pretty simple as similiar... more>> to eroge event. As our MC true gentlemen who got knowledge about all things on the game, its not surprising he taken advantage of that. The things is, he also share it with his harem and he didnt really know he already created harem beyond eroge MC.

Cons, it would be MC attitude. As that 1* rant, stated MC isnt act mature at all. Also plot armor goes strong on MC side, and he still clueless. Aside from become strong, he didnt really have aim actually. Also

Spoiler

there's no 18+ scene so far. What? Its eroge. Why no adult content exist here? XD

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Overall its really light enjoyable novel for ride. Dont think to much, take the perspective of MC. If you also eroge player, you might like this like myself does, since this novel provide plot similiar to eroge. If you want to try eroge which have similiar system as this novel, try kamidori alchemy meister.

5/5 for enjoyment. <<less
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Aharlequin
New Aharlequin rated it
September 15, 2019
Status: c60
Well. This novel is not gonna let you down. In my opinion, this novel is quite Good & Characters Development are worthy to get praise votes. Well, MC is still developing so we can still wait & see what kind of part leading. Author knows how to write mob characters but need a lot of solid facts about stuff like world or former MC. MC himself is like beta kid so don't hope that much bold scenes or using his brain. Mostly MC don't respond or reply his rumors. This... more>> novel is fun to read. <<less
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Mabbo
Mabbo rated it
August 20, 2019
Status: c94
Five stars means perfect, three stars means it's mediocre. I take the middle way and give it four stars.

TL;DR This novel is rewarding. Every chapter spent on progress pays off.

Now, I feel that some of the reviews don't do justice to this novel. This novel is really full of tropes, but also knows how to subvert them. It takes a game setting and exploits the blind spots many authors chose to avoid.

... more>> > Main Character

MC is someone from Japan who, by means and motive unknown, reincarnated into the body of a side character from an Eroge. In one aspect, he's overpowering other characters. In other aspects, he's flawed and needs other characters' help. His nature is of a pervert. However, he takes pride in his gentleman manner and logical reasoning, which somehow gives a reason to him not to lay his hands on his step-mother, step-sister, and his housemates.

His design is unique with the four meter tall scarf--which he calls as Stole--that he uses to fight.

He is, without doubt, a shonen manga protagonist material. Saying he is a hard worker won't be enough; working hard is the only thing he knows. His target is to become the strongest man in the academy and, by extension, strongest man in the world. He doesn't go back to his words, and once he sets upon something, he won't stop.

> Other Characters

The novel has various unique characters. Some stays to their archetype, but all of them feels alive and there. Until the end of 2nd Arc, the main focus is still on MC, so it's still unknown how they handle their own problems.

One most unique character among the batch is the the protagonist of the Eroge world. In some setting, this role is usually filled with someone from Japan like the MC, while in other settings, it can be just some ignorant individual. This novel takes the second approach. What makes this character special is because MC doesn't steal his thunder only, but he also cultivates and develops him.

So far (2nd Arc), the harem only consists a handful characters. None of them fell in love with him out of the blue, they all have their trigger and reason. Conversely, a character who holds no affection to him in the first place won't become his harem member.

Spoiler

A good example of this would be Catherine /Kato Rina (Eroge Main Heroine). MC deliberately lost a fight to her in order to make Iori Hijiri (Eroge protagonist) get closer to her. However, she went overboard and made him lost consciousness for hours. She is very apologetic about it, and now friends with MC. Till the end of 2nd Arc, there is no sign of her joining his harem.

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MC is a stubborn person and frequently being misunderstood. His conducts are seen as dangerous and pushing to the limits. However, he does what he does, and none can convince him to stop. That is why, his harem tends to hold meetings among themselves, wanting to be useful for him more than he is for them.

Interactions between MC and other characters are, more often than not, based on either misunderstanding or prejudice. However, no smoke without fire. MC is indifferent about the position he is in and focuses more about the game plots. This results with other characters not being able to see what he sees and can only judge him by his outer self.

> Story Elements

The story starts a few days before the Eroge's first scene. It exploits the blind spots the Eroge has and establishes a solid foundation of relationship between MC and the key characters.

The author tends to avoid useless repetition, but they still fall to it. More than half of the entirety of the novel is exposition, mainly about monsters, dungeons, and the original game's system. Elements from the original game are brought to real life, but not all of it. I still don't understand about the level system he often brings up, does it exist or not, but maybe it's due to my lack understanding of Japanese. Other than that, elements such as skills, hidden rooms, warfare tactics, even the most mundane element like the position of their seat in the class, these things are kept to be the same as the game by an unknown power that even the MC wonders.

Spoiler

At some point, MC acquires a Tenshi (angel) subordinate. In the original game, it should've been a Homonculus, but due to reason unknown (possibly, the monstrous amount of mana he injected to the "egg") a Tenshi hatches instead. The Tenshi claims that she was supposed to be an assistant of a Dungeon Master or someone else who works "behind the curtain", thus MC who is a "normal citizen" to acquire her is strange. This indicates that things are not as simple as they looks like.

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> Conclusion

This novel is just a Shonen Action with Ecchi genre. Probably not the best of the cut, but surely is fun. <<less
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hawlol
hawlol
August 3, 2019
Status: c38
When you read about a transmigration into a mob character, you'd expect a subversion of the original theme and/or story. A clash with the original MC and all. There's none here.

It's just a replacement of the original MC with the new transmigrator MC. The stupid harem plot devices being mocked a few paragraphs before still happens to the new MC right after being mentioned: Girls coming to live with him for little to no reason, accidents where he fondles a girl's ass and boobs, several beautiful women gravitating around him... more>> by 'chance', excessive convenience and coincidence with every encounter he has, etc.

This is a typical japanese Harem with flat characters, unreasonable cliche plot devices and a dense MC with no agency that it's always at the right place at the right time. It's not a satire where a mob characters sees and/or subverts the absurdity of a harem plot devices.

I don't like this typical Japanese Harem Formula at all, but a lot of people do, and it's ultimately a problem of the 'transmigration into mob character' that can give a wrong expectation, hence why I chose not to rank it.

Edit: I lasted until chapter 40 before completely dropping, hoping the novel would get better or that the action/fantasy parts began. Well, they didn't.

There was 1 action scene at the start and everything else was the MC meeting and having slice of life moments with all kinds of women, where all the cliches I've said above kept happening.

I'd just add 'entering the bathroom to catch one of the women undressed' to the list, since it happened 2 times already. No plot whatsoever in 40 chapters except (.) (.) plot <<less
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P-911Interest
P-911Interest rated it
August 7, 2019
Status: c21
Magical Explorer is a novel about a character who transmigrates into the body of a very pitiful mob within a dating simulator inspired world. What drew me to this novel so well was the MC's childlike curiosity and fascination with magic, the potentially cool and versatile ability the MC gains in the beginning, the mob's background story, and the expectation to see the MC change or even wreck the original plot of the dating sim alongside its perverted cliche's.

Unfortunately, all of these novel's appeals were suppressed as the story moved... more>> on. The sole reason is the fact that my expectation was left unfulfilled; the MC doesn't try to exert caution towards the annoying plot devices used in harem manga/novels nor does he try to change any part of the novel for his own benefit, but instead replaces the dating sim's main character entirely; he gropes women's butts and boobs, peeks at their naked bodies, and is even assigned to live with some women despite the significant dangers surrounding said women, all due to the omniscient powers called accidental coincidence and the author's irrational logic.

Summary: I am ultimately disappointed with this story so far. The beginning of the novel went so well, with the MC showing promise in developing an interesting personality and the story potentially subverting the tired and annoying tropes commonly seen in harem novels/mangas in clever ways. The MC was even explaining the mechanics of the these annoying tropes before embracing them soon after! At the end of the day, the story is bogged down with these harem tropes, the MC betrayed my expectations and failed to develop any personality with real depth, and the story has failed to let the MC develop his powers or advance his plans at a decent pace since it's too busy with implementing said harem tropes. Even the original mob character has more depth in terms of story background and personality than the MC (this is possibly the saddest aspect of the novel).

I will still read a bit more of this novel since I still have hopes that the remaining charms of this novel (MC's cool powers) will pay off, but likelihood of that happening is low due to the author's obsession with harem tropes. <<less
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Fluffums
Fluffums rated it
July 27, 2019
Status: c94
This is another one I've read on syosetsu. In short, it's funny and ecchi, but not too ecchi because it's on the SFW site. I feel like you'll appreciate it more if you've played h-games before - the ones with actual gameplay - or if you've read and liked a few ecchi harem comedies.

This is not the kind of novel that needs a long explanation. Ecchi + Harem + Comedy with some action. There are many like it. This one is good but not good enough to stand next to... more>> the best of the genre. <<less
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ExQAlph03
ExQAlph03 rated it
August 11, 2019
Status: c26
Well, I'm just making this review since people are already giving this bad marks when their reason isn't really that valid. And really? It's still so early in the series and people are already giving it bad rating review.

Honestly, it would make more sense and be more acceptable if they are aware like hawlol but no, sigh, whatever.

Hopefully people will just ignore those bad reviews and see for themselves about how this novel is, even if it doesn't meet your taste or expectation, don't say something else when the description... more>> didn't even say that it is like that. <<less
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ththth12
ththth12 rated it
September 10, 2019
Status: --
This story is very pleasant to read. There is nothing groundbreaking, but if you want to pass time, it's very good for that purpose.
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Yume.
Yume. rated it
September 1, 2019
Status: c45
This novel is pretty good but misrepresented a bit at the start which has probably lead to a number of bad reviews due to that fact.

The MC basically creates a harem and raises a number of flags for himself despite being unaware of flags being triggered by him no matter how obvious as he is continuously thinking that the original protagonist is THE protagonist so any flags and romance towards himself are impossible. (Despite diverging from the plot by quite a bit before the school arc even begins.)

If you... more>> disregard the obliviousness of the MC then this novel is a true gem akin to the reincarnated in an otome game novels only with genders reversed (Which I would say that this is the audience this novel is aimed at, if you do not like that genre you will most likely dislike this one.) the world is modern, with smart phones etc only with the addition of magic, dungeons and things such as elves yet for some odd reason still has nobles.

The characters so far are not particularly two dimensional and the interactions are somewhat believable if you get past the MC's sheer denseness and lucky pervert gag moments.

I would rate this novel 4-4.5 for the first arc, the dungeon stuff seems a bit forced and takes the direction of the novel into a weird direction I don't think it needed as far too much time is spent on it in later arcs just for plot progression (The novel would work better with the fluffy slice of life stuff with some small adventures rather than the forced foreign conspiracy and demon/demon lord stuff making it slice of life with action adventure which doesn't work very well in this setting.) all in all the latter part of the novel I would personally rate around 3-3.5 stars. <<less
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bssv2
bssv2 rated it
July 30, 2019
Status: c10
Been reading a bunch of villainess LN's and this is a nice change of pace.

Translation is ok, might need a proofreader to go over again, but as far as story goes, it does seem to be a bit too cliche shonen stuff.

Tho the character MC transmigrated into is sad as f**k lmao.
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