Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin


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The mighty Katjvarna Empire is currently embroiled in a war with the neighboring Kiorka Republic.

Within an unspecified corner of this empire, a certain young man was reluctantly preparing to take the High Grade Military Officer Exam owing to mysterious circumstances. His name is Ikta.

As a man, Ikta abhors war, is slothful by nature, and worships the female form.

At the time, no one could have possibly predicted that a person like him would become a military figure worthy of being called a legendary general……

The young Ikta, armed with his superb talents as a soldier, struggles to survive in a world ravaged by war. This tale will recount his tumultuous life up until this point, as the curtains are drawn for a spectacular chronicle of fantastical warfare!

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Alderamin on the Sky
ねじ巻き精霊戦記 天鏡のアルデラミン
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MondoX rated it
May 10, 2016
Status: --
The story is interesting and well written, with a smart, funny MC, but I dropped it because of the female characters. First, the female lead, she plays the straight-man (woman), it is funny at first but it becomes annoying later on. She uses physical violence on the MC whenever the MC express his ideas to someone, even though he brings up great points. Just because she is blindly loyal to her ideas, it does not give her a right to enforce them to the MC and censor the MC from... more>> expressing his. Their relationship is complex, but they do not seem like friends, or else she would not let others talk bad about him to her face, and she should understand that the MC does not want to join the military. Next is the Princess, the MC is obviously belligerent to authority, speaks out against the rulers of her country, and he does not want to join the military, but what does she do?

She makes him into a hero, and an officer candidate, where he tells her and his so-called friend that it might be the worst day of his life compare to the death of his mother

If those three female characters are killed, it will make the story a lot better. <<less
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helidwarf rated it
January 17, 2016
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Ok I am the current translator of this series so my opinion might be biased but the reason I picked up this series was because of how the characters are well developed and how few incongruities it has.

This light novel wasn’t on the top 10 of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! For the past 3 years for nothing (2014 2nd, 2015 10th, 1016 3rd), the story flows really smoothly and makes the reader entertained.

Furthermore the main character is smart, not op but smart, and its not a smartness that makes... more>> the reader think everybody could think of that solution and it’s just the other characters that are dumb.

I consider myself an avid reader and this was the first time I found myself thinking ‘Hm, this is so good, it’s a shame that it not translated anymore (both translators on BT seems MIA), I should translate this so others can read it too!’.

It’s very consistent, the pace is good and overall it’s a very good read. <<less
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fireutsie rated it
August 24, 2016
Status: v14
This novels will suit you if you're looking to a novel that handles things a bit more mature than the usual jp novels. All of the characters are being developed and have actual backstory. Relationships get explored, battles are fought and blood is being spilled.

This novel is mainly about warfare strategies. And thus I would compare it to a more of a mature version "Altina the sword princess" with a MC that has bigger balls, is very smart, less dense, and an overall cast that somehow creates a very comfortable... more>> feeling when they are together, as if you were together with your own friends joking around.

A little warning before you start reading but this one isn't for people who can't deal with tragedy because there is going to be a lot of it in it. <<less
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June 27, 2019
Status: v14
Gonna try to keep it simple but I tend to ramble. Overall a great and not afraid to do certain things. That said after events midway through I found myself speeding towards the end hoping only to find it far from what I would want. As such I can't give it a fair rating.

If you can go with the understanding that life happens to all of us, even in a story, I'd recommend this. If you can't like me then stop about a third of the way through.
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January 27, 2016
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It is a great read if you are into well thought out characters with good pacing and development as he deals with situations in an intriguing manner that keeps your glued into the story, unlike the typical cliches that are used it makes you get that feel of 'wow' or 'interesting' as he solves his problems in a calculated manner.

A favourite of mine and I highly recommend you read it (sadly it updates slowly)
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rozenmaiden rated it
July 21, 2018
Status: v2c4 part1
Well, This is a War Novel, with so much tactic, strategy and logic emphasized on every single chapter. Hell, this is go on detail about strategy that if you didn't like descriptive type of novel, you'll not like it. But, if you're a sucker for description about strategy and logical move, this is your novel.

And for character, the beginning is a bit bland, but you won't regret it. The chara development will be shining on later volumes. And there's no Gary Stu character that can do anything. A positive value... more>> for me.

For romance, i'll say this: it's mostly platonic. Why? This is A Novel with War as theme. No one would expect romance in middle of war and killing right?

For now, i'll give it 4.3/5 stars. <<less
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Scaethys rated it
December 10, 2017
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This novel is one of the finest novels I've ever read. Definitely in the Top 10 for a reason. But I ended up dropping it anyway because

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Really are you sure???? This is a really humongous spoiler that you really don't want to read unless you're really far into the story. Gotta be sure, there's no turning back! Yatorishino Igsem dies (and in Ikta's arms too, blocking bullets for him). It was super heartbreaking that after all they've been through, the author chooses this. Well, I guess that just means the ship for the princess is sailing for sure. Or not at all.


Give it a read. You will definitely like it. If you can read Japanese I recommend getting the rest of the novels since translations have died down. <<less
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Dragon God rated it
January 4, 2017
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One of my favourite franchises if all time. If you love Madan no Ou to Vanadis, you'll love this. Deep, engaging plot. Great world building, and great intercharacter relationships.
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mechafanboy rated it
October 21, 2016
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A very well written and solid novel. Exceptionally strong main characters, each with their own way of living and characterization that shines through and manages to maintain a level of uniqueness despite being somewhat tropey (or rather overdone) archetypes*1, good pacing and solid world building that focuses on setting things up for future use in the first few chapters of a novel then making use of them as necessary. The hook that is dangled at the end of Volume 1 is very compelling indeed and if each volume has a... more>> hook as powerful as that one, certainly worth reading more of it.

*1 For instance, considering Yatori's extremely straight laced attitude when it comes to military matters, 9/10 of those characters in other novels would focus on her inflexibility but here she's shown joking around and swapping boke and tsukkomi with Ikta. Some of the side characters like Haroma don't really break their stereotype but well.. At least in the first volume, they don't really play a major part as of yet. <<less
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December 1, 2015
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This is one of my favorite light novels of all time but unfortunately it never gets updated
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Reisminor rated it
July 17, 2019
Status: v7c7
First of all, through these 7 volumes I came to love this series and more importantly I came to love it’s characters. There is a level of detail in characterization and an element of likability to the main cast that I have only seen matched by works like Spice And Wolf or Assassination Classroom which are masterpieces in their own right. These fantastic characters are further developed as they are placed into a setting that was clearly tailored to explore each of their personalities in intelligent ways and introduce conflicts... more>> that felt both natural and unavoidable. If you are looking for an intelligent thought provoking novel that also maintains a compelling narrative and extremely lovable characters then Nejimaki Seirei Senki - Tenkyou no Alderamin is the novel for you. That being said while I do believe it is a masterful piece of art I cannot reccomend it without a warning that may contain a few spoilers about the overall shape of the plot.

There is simply too much tragedy in this story for me to personally enjoy it to the fullest. It does the work of getting you to love these characters and then uses that against you by torturing them and by extension you. I can’t say that it was a poor writing choice as I don’t believe that every story needs to have a happy ending, but I personally don’t enjoy a story going out of its way to make me sad. So if you are used to crying with your characters then you will have no problems with this novel but don’t come into it expecting there to be any hope left by the end.

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Sipouwa rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: v4 prologue part2
In hopes of someone picking up this series for translation... I'm so happy it has been picked up again! I really loved to read this and basically binged it the first time. Now I'm re-reading it to remind me what has happened before going to newer chapters and it is still highly entertaining even with second read.

Good build up for the story so far. As a person reading mostly fantasy novels I highly recommend this if you like this genre. I also like the romance and military theme in this... more>> particular story but the best part is definitely great interaction and bantering between characters that are likable.

4, 5/5 stars rounded up to 5 <<less
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Nikko Anderson
Nikko Anderson rated it
January 4, 2016
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If you like story about strategy like Altina the sword princess, then you most likely like this story.
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zadumu rated it
July 16, 2020
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The first half of this series is great! The characters are lovable and relatable. The first of the series is sprinkled with tragedy but situations are generally resolved by the MC’s Tactics (plot armor). If your looking for a realistic book about military and tactics WHY ARE YOU READING LIGHT NOVELS. If you enjoy a good enough story with good characters and a decent plot with plenty of humor and at times heavy undertones read up until the 5th book. If you actually thought that The End of Evangelion was... more>> a fitting ending for the Evangelion then continue reading. <<less
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MentalPygmy rated it
December 23, 2019
Status: v1c3
Barely into the start of the story and already I can't stand the protagonist.

Supposedly smart, he lets himself get cornered into situations he loudly claims to hate. In a way I have sympathy for him since it's mostly inverse plot armor shoving him into the situations he should easily be able to avoid. It means the writing is weak and there isn't much of a chance it'll get better.

Is there something to like? Sure, just completely shut off your brain before reading.
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Jselvy rated it
June 12, 2019
Status: v6c4
The Man Who Was Too Lazy To Fail Goes To War!

Vaguely Napoleonic in tactics, Indian in geography, fantasy by setting and drama by genre. This is one of the better light novels that I have read. The characters are well developed. Their motivatations are understandable. And the inevitability of human nature to make an absolute mess out of any given situation.

I'm really enjoying it, and the anime (available on crunchyroll) is highly entertaining as well.
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MadDogs rated it
February 6, 2019
Status: v3c4
I don't understand why this doesn't have Comedy in it's genre.

This is a great story of a "lazy" but brilliant MC & his annoyingly high motivated friends. It's not that He's unwilling to work hard, he just dislikes wasting effort on unnecessary things. He's smart enough to figure out a better way to accomplish a goal. Whether he has any personal interest in those objectives has little effect on his ability to achieve them in the most efficient way possible. Efficient also includes not wasting lives, but sometimes ruthlessly sacrificing... more>> them.

Usually while completely infuriating his superiors. I did mention ruthlessly sacrificing. Lol. <<less
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June 6, 2017
Status: --
I had a run in with some shitty novel lately so I judge this novel without concerning its contents and avoid it completely for years. But when pick this up I was astounded by the characters especially the heroin who claimed she would do anything for honor and for country even to extreme lengths.

And of course our lazy MC the sloth who sought the easy way out in tackling problems with logic and finesse rather than exerting yourself.

That all I can give with my poor English and review.
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Chaosrune rated it
April 12, 2021
Status: v5c2
First of all, the novel starts ok, not great or bad, just ok, with the classical lazy genius that dreams of spending his life leisurely but can't because of reason. Also, there is another MC beside Ikta, called Yatori, she is straight up a Mary Sue, and the story will make damn sure you are aware of that, with her being basically capable of inhuman levels of combat, leadership and charisma, and can never do wrong.

And there is where the trouble starts, with the novel unable to decide if it... more>> wants to be a military novel with Ikta as the center, or an action novel with Yatori beating up everyone, so you have parts where you just finished an awesome campaign against the every using your brain, but suddenly a super powered enemy appears when nobody expected and here comes Yatori to save the day, in every single volume.

Also, every person in the side of the enemy is a genius, and in the empire side everyone but the main cast is completely incompetent, so don't expect much there.

Lastly, the plot progression is "train wreck" bad, meaning that you know it's horrible, but you can't look away for some morbid reason.

Just read if you have nothing else in your reading list right now <<less
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4ltera rated it
December 29, 2020
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Totally overrated. Alderamin cannot be compared on pair with Haken no Kouki Altina and won't hold a candle with LN-borderline Thesis Youjo Senki that have similar premise.

1. Character

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MC (ikta) for me is really unbearable. He is like a 13 years old boy who thinks himself badass. Lazy to the bond but the author single-handedly make him the most genius of centuries. His quote of "Laziness is the mother of inventions" is really cringe and idiotic that will only be spoken by 13 years old boy.
Compared to Yojou Senki who said "Necessity is the mother of invention", you can see how different train of thought of the authors right?


2. World building and Battle Tactic

Alderamin: No impressive battle tactic and maneuver. Ikta exists with 20m plot armor that will bulldoze every enemy. Cannot be compared with great explanation of military theory, strategy, politic, and world building of Altina. Child-like compared to Yojou Senki

3. Ultimate Goal

This is the final coup de grace that made me stop reading this bullshit. Their ultimate goal is to lose the war and sell their country to the enemy just because they think their country is rotten to the core and unsaveable!
"Princess: Hey make me emperor and I will make you the worst general in history. I will sell the country by the way.
Ikta: let me join! I will be the Supreme Commander and surrender in the most needed time to sell the country. Let's also kill our friends in the process".

What a rubbish lazy plot from the author who created a total lazy MC with cringe thought. Compared to other two, this really seems as halfbaked plot because the author just want to make a tear-jearking story and cannot think anything else.

Altina literally continues her struggle even after lost the succession to become empress. Climbing in rank and plan a revolution against her brother IN A DREAM TO MAKE HER COUNTRY BETTER EVEN SEEMS HOPELESS.
Tanya also literally carries her country's burden alone to continues the war against the world, WHILE IN THE DESPERATE TIME, SHE AND THE OTHERS SEARCH BEST WAY TO LOST so Treaty of Versailles will never happen!

Ikta was the number one general and has empress as the backing with a bunch of military friends for god shake! I don't care how deus ex machina Ikta will triumph as long as he is not lazily surrendering his country! This is the laziest struggle I have ever seen, and every Shounen protagonist will cry of it!

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