Maou no Hajimekata


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“I do not trust humans. They’ll betray you without fail.” Aur, the man who had obtained the ability and right to become the Maou at the end of his life of research.

Summoning the succubus Lilu, he then sets out on creating his own domain, a gigantic labyrinthine dungeon… The misanthropic Maou taking on the world, the curtain rises on a dark harem fantasy!

Associated Names
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How to Become a Demon King
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Recommendation Lists
  1. Harem(alpha mc)+Ero(no NTR)+r18
  2. Isekai that is actually good
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Latest Release

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02/07/21 Light Novels Translations v3 epilogue part1
01/31/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part6
01/30/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part5
01/24/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part4
01/23/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part3
01/17/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part2
01/16/21 Light Novels Translations v3c7 part1
01/10/21 Light Novels Translations v3c6 part3
01/09/21 Light Novels Translations v3c6 part2
01/03/21 Light Novels Translations v3c6 part1
01/02/21 Light Novels Translations v3c5 part5
12/27/20 Light Novels Translations v3c5 part4
12/26/20 Light Novels Translations v3c5 part3
12/20/20 Light Novels Translations v3c5 part2
12/19/20 Light Novels Translations v3c5 part1
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keklel rated it
July 23, 2016
Status: c15
I suppose it's decent first attempt at a s*ave harem but... it isn't that well thought out. I mean, brainwashing to begin with is kind of a lazy way of writing in character relationships since if you can brainwash people then they're just s*x bots, and after saying that Yunis is immune to brainwashing magic and then having her fall in love with Aur, a mass murderer who just r*ped her, doesn't really make much sense. Also, why do all the girls want to have s*x with the MC as... more>> soon as they meet him? Even a 5-year old who shouldn't have any sexual desires yet. Well ok you can say they all got brainwashed by the succubus, but then why would the succubus do that when she wants the meal for herself? And the story doesn't even say that either, they just want his d*ck for no reason. Also, every problem is solved in the same chapter that it's introduced and also coincidentally new girls get added to his harem at the same time, which is a bit... well there's a limit to which disbelief can be suspended and I think it went too far past that.

The story is basically just p*rn with magic when you get down to it. Allow me to quote a passage from Stephen Bonds:

The best way to distinguish a work of p*rnography from a conventional narrative is to look at its structure. All narratives, to some extent, are concerned with such things as character, plot, exposition, development, climax and resolution; but in p*rnography these are merely nods to propriety, threadbare garments which barely conceal the real purpose of the narrative: to deliver a particular kind of gratification again and again. Conventional narratives may head in any direction, but p*rn always orients itself towards its pet catharsis, and never strays far away.

Imagine, for example, that you were unaware of p*rn, and watching one of those softcore "erot*c thrillers" on late-night cable. Within minutes you would notice that it was no ordinary thriller, that something about the storytelling was a bit off. You might wonder if it was strictly necessary, from a narrative standpoint, for the characters to disrobe and hump each other every five minutes. You might wonder why random, pointless characters are introduced just to be f*cked, and why the plot is contrived in such a way as to allow all the leading characters to hook up in every combination a heterosexual male might care to see. To one expecting a conventional narrative, the p*rn narrative has a demented, obsessive appearance; it is static, repetitive, moves only in circles. <<less
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jlkc rated it
June 15, 2016
Status: v1c4
To anyone worried about the bad translation quality read the version on the light novels translations site instead. So far the story is pretty interesting and the dungeon creation is very detailed which is nice to see in a dungeon novel.
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Nefarian rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: --
Hello everyone, I'm Nefarian, the current Overlord translator of this wonderful series: (Here is my take on it)

I know that this is actually one of the top notch novels out there that have very descriptive and in-depth battle scenes, interesting and witty dialog, titillating erot*c scenes, over the top and shocking moments of extreme violence, there is also the very dirty and underhanded methods of guerrilla warfare.

To top it all off the Main Character of the series is Aur, is a nefarious but very intelligent schemer who is able... more>> to use his evil plans to achieve his goals in a variety of thought-provoking ways. His final goal is to be able to create an unbeatable dungeon and to rule over it as the one and only Demon King. (For Nefarian it doesn’t get any better than this: It ticks every single box and it’s like Game of Thrones became a Japanese light novel, the ultimate erot*c fantasy adventure to become the King of the Iron Throne, I mean Demon King haha~) <<less
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Nedrey rated it
April 9, 2016
Status: --
The MC shows real humanity. I mean that as a compliment as so few LNs are able to actually portray it well. One of the best JP LNs I have read. It doesn't look like it will become a pure fighting LN, thank god.
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Jak151 rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: v1c9 part4
New translator has quality editors that make reading this novel fun and easy.

The story is interesting in that it feels like an erot*c version of age of empire so far. From attacking small villages to advancing into towns who knows if the MC will become a demon king who will rule over all the whole world.
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DarkberserkerAA rated it
October 19, 2018
Status: --
I highly suggest if you want to start reading this LN then you should start reading the manga first. Cause most people who complain about this novel is most likely have little to no imaginative capabilities. Sure ecchi scenes in here are not that very perverted, cause its vanilla s*x and harem. It is a kind of novel that s*x and story/plot blends well with one another and the way it handles s*x is very mature like in a sense. Unlike those ero novels that greatly emphasize about pervertedness and... more>> most of the stuff are not explained or simply discarded logic.

Its a good LN that you wanna buy and collect as one of the few good ones out of numerous pile novels. But if you are a horny teenage kid, then you better go somewhere else or just straight up watch some free p*rn. <<less
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gamesempie rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: v1c9 part4
Excellent story. The MAC uses his wits rather than his brawn to build his own dungeon from scratch and over come every problem he encounters from tricking a hero into submitting to him from the heart to designing his unconquerable dungeon. There is certainly plenty of echi seances but none if it is just for s*x it almost all has some purpose or adds to character development.
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p4lad1n2000 rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: v1c9 part4
Whilst the story starts a bit slow and it portrays the protagonist as a royal ***hole, the story itself revolves on the dungeon progression and the backstory with some spicy scene. The story also explores the depth of human personalities at latter chapters, which deserves a second glance and contemplation. Apart from that, it is quite curious to see how author can still depict the protagonist as a major villain while showing him as a tragic hero role.
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Blisfulloblivion rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: prologue
I was hoping for a decent story with some racy smut. This is more p*rn pretending to be a proper story. First few chapters are good. Nothing amazing but there was a sense of progression and I was interested in what appeared to be a potential development between the MC and the succubus. Once the harem building begins story takes a downturn and I lost interest at the 5yo learning to give bj's. Read a little past that but its devolved into harem girls fighting over who gets MC's d*ck... more>> rather than evil wizard creating dungeon to protect his unlimited mana source. <<less
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Mentalperson rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: --
Like a cliche smut "novel", this story seems like something that was made by throwing a bunch of tropes into a washing machine and hoping for the best. Characters are one dimensional, the plot is predictable and the author reuses ideas over and over again.I can't give it 0 stars as it is not allowed so one stars is the most I can give a story that is neither creative nor enjoyable.
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ByzFan rated it
December 10, 2019
Status: v1
At first I really liked this story. An "evil" sorcerer finally finds a way to become one of those who takes instead of remaining one of the ones who gets taken from. At first it was mostly understandable though some decisions seemed a bit "off."

However, once the NTR started the story went off the rails for me. For someone so focused on becoming more powerful, spending so much time breaking bonds, ruining trust, and brainwashing seemed... well, s*upid. Not just s*upid but downright unnecessary. More like doing it because he... more>> could instead of because he should.

The guy knows he has weaknesses, spells, but would rather spend days destroying some girls minds?

The story also seemed to have some strange "skips." Stuff that I was genuinely interested in getting explored which the author starts, like what happens after taking the first town, then just get skipped over.

The progression is also way to fast. By the end of volume 1 the MC is almost a god. There is so much more the author could have done with the MC's journey.

Its not a bad story and LNT does a good job with translations plus a big thank you for including some of the illustrations. The adult stuff is mostly well written too.

Still, the odd protag decisions and strange story skips left me disappointed at the end. <<less
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Doventanzer rated it
January 20, 2016
Status: --
Pretty good story, translation is kind of iffy. Although it's just your basic s*ave-Harem Fantasy in a world with magic, levels and skills when it comes down to it, this story takes away the reincarnation/summoning and gives us a protagonist who already is a strong mage

and uses magic to maintain his youthful body.


This combined with the dungeon keeper aspects and evil conquerer maou perspective gives us a relatively fresh change of pace.

I'd rate it 4/5 however due to numerable translation errors I'd give it a 3/5
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kokomoko rated it
February 24, 2018
Status: --
3 starts since overall the story isn't horrible. If you are reading this for s*x I highly suggest you read actual erotica or something much better written to get off cause I gotta say the s*x in this story was very boring and barely arousing. Basically if you think the s*x scenes in this are good you have horrible f*cking taste, literally almost every erotica I've read has had better and hotter scenes then this waste of time.

Plot/dungeon building 1.5 stars

s*x scenes 1.5 stars

Don't waste your time, you can find... more>> much better written dungeon stories and much better erotica as well. If for some reason you want to see the two poorly joined together then read this and I hope you enjoy it more then I did. <<less
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April 23, 2021
Status: v3 epilog
All I have to say is this story is not for the typical romance action adventure readers

If u survived through the first half of the chapters I assure u this story becomes enjoyable to read


... more>>The main character had been betrayed by his master/lover after that he loses his trust on people Becuz of that he uses mind control to gain control of the females character

Hell even a 5 yer old is not save from his lust

So the MC r*pes a hero adventure party and a elf for days to break them and make them into their s*aves

Then breaks Alan the adventure party leader to make him a duhallal

As the new volum starts he changes his ways of accuring new harm members (less forcefull)

What ever u do don't read the manga first the manga has sh*t quality and the information given is not accurate

But the story gets repeated but the way it's repeated is fun to watch

And the person who did the translation did an epic job of adding comedic expression along the way

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HentMas rated it
October 11, 2020
Status: v1 ss 2 part2
First a warning:


That being said.

... more>> This is the gold standard of ero-adventure-fantasy-antihero japanese novels.

You've read the clichés? this author uses them perfectly

The world building could use a bit of work because it feels clunky from time to time, but even then it doesn't detract from the story, the progression is quite good, the characters are well fleshed out.

This is one of those perverse novels that I would put next to Marquis de Sade, the author explores quite a lot of themes and set ups, whilst maintaining a goal and progression of the plot that doesn't stagnate or feels too dragged out.

Yes in the end everything is tied up in a nice little bow and feels kind of underwhelming because the author got cold feet and had to "reverse" some of the more... dark themes the novel touched.

But that's just in retrospect, because those things DID happen and they DID hurt.

I just don't get why the author did a 180 from the setting at the end.

Anyway, if you're interested in reading smut that actually haves a cohesive storytelling structure, with interesting characters, plot progression and a real story to tell, this one is for you.

Just be aware that this is an Anti hero story. <<less
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