Nurturing the Hero to Avoid Death


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“Please, I implore you to save the world.” This is what a goddess in white says to me in a pure-white space. Such is the standard line that suggests the game is about to begin. Please say this stirring line to boys and girls with sparkling eyes! It’s wrong to direct it to someone like me, who’s exhausted from job hunting! When I declined her politely, she flew into a fit of tears; when I agreed to assist her on small tasks out of reflex, she proclaimed: “it’ll be fine if you just help in the Starting-Village Arc. Please guide the Hero!” Then she tossed me into another world. No, this is a world modeled after a game that this gamer goddess likes…

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Shinitakunai node Eiyuu-sama wo Sodateru Koto ni Shimasu
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New justsomebread rated it
July 1, 2020
Status: c25.4
It's cute. The characters aren't rly complex. And even though darker themes are mentioned, the story isn't one to be taken too seriously.

BUT mostly I want to issue Caution for chapters 18-21, Drugging and Attempted Rape, IF your triggered by Sexual Assault writings, esp. Poor Handling of r*pe Victims, PLEASE read this spoiler b4 u read.
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>MC is drugged with an aphrodisiac that also leaves him weak. MC is a MINOR at this time.
>A character who is introduced a little bit before ch.18, who is an adult in a military position of power, attempts to r*pe the MC after drugging him.
>A secondary character, also an adult in a military position of power, supplied the drugs and leaves the room knowing the MC will be raped.
>MC fights off the rapist and gets away, before any penetration occurs.
>MC runs to the ML for help. The MC is still aroused as a result of the aphrodisiac, so ML jacks him off. The consent in this situation is Dubious, but it is framed as essential and non-threatening.
>ML reports the matter to some military officials in a different squad, and the Rapist and his accomplice are punished and MC does not face them again.
>It is also revealed, the MC's father allowed the meeting to happen and was paid for it. BUT he did not know MC would be raped, he assumed MC was being recruited. He feels guilty and basically obeys w/e his MC asks of him from that point.
>ML asks for pardon for his father, misunderstanding and under the belief his father was sex-trafficking children. This is not true.
>Something also important: ML lies when reporting the matter, he reports the r*pe did occur. He did this without asking MC. This was done so to keep the MC from being married off to anyone, selfishly.
>How the MC was talked about in regards to the (assumed) assault was disgusting and horrible, and it was right in front of him. I would Highly recommend anyone sensitive to sexual assault topics AVOID this.
>I want to make a point to say: Being sexually assaulted, does not dirty the victim or 'ruin' them. This is sadly a common misconception, that is both false and evil frankly.

>TLDR; this section handles an attempted r*pe and the aftermath. While the victim is given justice, how the r*pe victim is described as a result of the (believed) rape, IS HORRIBLE.

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New pandansoda rated it
June 23, 2020
Status: c26 part2
I'm really enjoying this! The character dynamic between MC and ML is pretty refreshing and their relationship is pretty well written and very enjoyable. The layout of the story is a little bizzare, events will often be repeated so you get both characters point of view which took a moment to get used to since they don't always clarify who's POV it is. The translators are doing a really amazing job and I can't wait to see where this goes!
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MofuMofu rated it
July 29, 2017
Status: c31
This is a good Light Novel. Believe me. Just read this. Maybe it is a bit slow pace but... It makes this story became natural... It is refreshing to read this. And if you like Villain rehab Plan, than you will surely love this (like me).

I already read the raw, and the story is soo beautifull. Recommend to read for people who like fluffy moment.... Kyah. The sweetness is soo unbearable!!! >/////<
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ririririn rated it
November 20, 2017
Status: c31
This is really good! I first got hook with the MC's personality. He is originally kind, but had to act arrogantly when he transferred to follow the basic plot. Turns out, he really can't, becoming more like a pseudo-tsundere in front of the ML. I can't get enough so I tried reading raws through MTL, which I didn't come to regret.

The story is really fluffy, with a bit of heart-pinching moments here and there. What I really like about this is how the MC and ML love each other. ... more>>

Lian (MC) had to act as 'Lian' to develop Alfredo (ML) into the hero he's meant to be. He 'lie' in order to accomplish that, and every time he did it, he'll feel guilty for 'lying' to Alfredo, causing him to sometimes blame himself. He's really selfless, constantly caring for Alfredo so much he didn't really care if he get hurt.
Alfredo too, when he develop feeling for Lian, struggles to hold and protect onto this little reckless star (MC) who keeps lighting his way.


At first, I'm a bit put off with the MC's (and ML's) inner monologues, but later on, I think those as really necessary, Coz those inner thoughts really build up the characters' interactions the most. (At times, those things would make me tear up too)

All in all, this novel is really worth-reading. <<less
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Emeilia rated it
July 20, 2019
Status: --
It so full of fluff and im rooting for it. Typical love story but every detail will make you squealing like a fangirl.

Other than that this story is just another transmigration story who end up being the villain but fail to act like one. But thats fine, their romance is so overwhelming that you gonna like it.

Why does bl sometimes have better romance plot than straight couple???
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GoldenChrysanthemums rated it
July 4, 2019
Status: c13 part2
This one *lick lips* is a tasty novel

With fluffy and spicy content in the right places

Makes me giggle and blush like a young maiden reading Jane Austen.

Slow pace romance don't hope for papapapa so soon.

But gives you high quality Dog Food.

- profissional dog food critic.
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Fuchou rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: Completed
I MTL-ed the whole thing due to impatience and was very content at the ending. All the elements of the story was there: A proper worldbuilding, progressive character development of both the MC and ML, effective supporting characters (both good and bad), rising action in the plot and it’s HE, as one could probably expect just from the summary.

The thing here is, it should not be taken as heavily like all the other 200+ CN novels out there, there are plot heavy moments with angst and comfort, but it’s mostly... more>> light and fluffy. It has long chapters but it doesn’t even reach 50 chapters. It will depend on you whether this kind of trope clicks with you since people can be choosy nowadays but read it despite not liking it and leaves bad reviews of it. Don’t do that to yourself and this story lol.

As you can guess, this is that cliche isekai-trope + villain role combo that are being mass-produced in WN culture. The MC is very kind and had to take upon a cannon fodder villain role that can’t even equal as the mid-boss, which kinda twists his personality making him a total tsundere bc he has to help the ML (Protagonist) grow through trials (him conducting the trials through his “villainous” ways) but he’s soft for the Protagonist he empathizes deeply with, and that kindness shows without meaning to.

Again, cliche, but it works. The ML kind of has low EQ points due to trauma and is just taking one job after another to help out with the church who raised him. He’s not a people person. We get to see his side of the story via interludes in between (since the POV is the MC’s; Interludes are ML’s) and we see him getting confused by all these emotions at first, slowly getting certain that he *ahem* indeed likes the MC, and the rest of the novel after that confirmation is him chasing after the MC.

The Relationship development may be shockingly sudden to a few, but I think it’s ample enough bc there are timeskips, there is actually a trigger why the relationship sparked, and even after that they don’t suddenly “get it on”— they had to confirm with each other that the feelings is indeed mutual.


They had an agreement regarding snusnu like proper teenagers adulting (lol) and once they do the deed? They do it a FREAKING lot. I’m fed, I’m well-watered.


There’s angsting for both characters which devolves into gratuitous cuddle time/ we time, and it’s mostly Slice of Life but with conflicts in between that gets solved via clearing the misunderstanding or facing the problem despite being utterly afraid of it. The MC treats it like the real world, doesn’t compare the ML to the game version of him and sees him as his own person.

Just his few insecurities about his impending death, or if fate would drive the ML away from his side no matter how much the MC loved him (this is why the actual confirmation of relationship got dragged on; the MC was scared he would be tossed away once the FL arrives)


The plot itself is enjoyable with just few action conflicts bc all people seem to want just the smoke lmao and went reading this thinking it could provide and being dissatisfied. There is action, and it only comes to play in major conflicts.

(E.g., when MC got kidnapped by the Church and ML had to save him, and the showdown of the awaited demon flood that wrecked their village)



A lot of cliches like ML being actually the inheritor of a kingdom by receiving his powered up sword he used in the game (like Arthurian Mythology), MC being hailed as the “angel” of the goddess due to her constant interference in trying to save his life bc he doesn’t wanna abandon the village, ML being OP, MC being drugged and about to be assaulted and escaping to ML’s arms and first snusnu happens, etc. AND THEY GET MARRIED;;


It was a good satisfying read and I’m glad I mtled it until the very end. <<less
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mishafond rated it
November 12, 2018
Status: --
On a positive, thanks to the translators for picking this up for others to read.

I liked how it was set in a fantasy world with fantasy elements. In that regard I quite liked the imaginary aspects of it such as the locations and how the world was set out.

What I didn't like about this mainly about how the Author thought up the MC :

  1. The MC lacked conviction:

    He was literally cannon fodder. Useless and boring. Not being the villain he should have been at all.

  2. I wanted an MC that did his role properly as the villain and instead

    he just ends up going the cliche route with these kind of novels. MC is good in real life > transmigrates into a villain role > does not act like a villain > Useless, unassertive and no clear role except being "Pure/Righteous" and doing an awful role at being despicable and stuttering all the time. (You get a sense that the MC is air headed, sheltered, and needs to have his hand held all the time. Not my cup of tea.

  3. The chapters are long (I like long chapters if a story is good) however, they are absolutely boring.
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KKristen rated it
August 29, 2017
Status: c4
I like this so far.

It's not just the usual slapstick "reincarnated as a game villain" genre, nor is it just shallow yaoi fluff. The chapters are long and the writer actually seems to care about slowly building the world.

The main character in this story is somewhat unique. A goddess asks him to save her world that she's modeled after their favorite RPG. He declines, yet she insists that he at least guide the hero. When he's suddenly reborn as a minor, cannon-fodder villain, the main character realizes that in order... more>> for the hero to gain motivation, he needs to be the first stepping stone.

So in this story, we have an unusual case where the main character isn't a master-actor/actress or idiot, who does everything possible to avoid the villain route and death flags -- Instead, we have a good-natured main character, with poor acting skills, who is trying to his best to be a convincing villain.

There were only around 4 chapters out at the time I wrote this review, so I will update it later after more chapters are released. <<less
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Sloth097 rated it
February 20, 2018
Status: c41
It's little bit slow but that makes it more fluffy :3 I like how MC acts Tsundere xD
Evry chapter is little bit long so many of you migh not like so much long chapters but I think thats fine and I like this way much better, I like how their romance devopls its so fun watching them xD
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September 2, 2017
Status: c4
Translations are great. Translator is doing a great job with edits and all. Story: meh as of ch4.

Author gives the MC too much unnecessary internal dialoge. Sometimes it feels like it was written just to get 2K characters. I just started skimming it because MC's dialoge is trite and bland.

MC is the typical clueless idiot type who is somehow blind to his own charm while definitely able to see other people's good looks. For example, (Ch1) older brother is so good looking, go explode... he's MC's brother and therefore... more>> there are similarities. Also MC just saw himself in the mirror and described himself. Three friends blush when MC smile and calls him beautiful. MC still stays oblivious.

So far, 3stars. I'll wait until more chapters before giving an actual rating tho. I'm still hopeful that this gets better later in the story. <<less
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LukeLukeru rated it
July 25, 2019
Status: --
Although the main character is somewhat dense, the story gets you hooked and the interactions between the MC and ML are realistic in the fact that the romance is build up and doesn't happen instantaneously, but requires time, just like in real life. In my honest opinion, just the cuteness of the story is already worth the read.
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alexfilia rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: c3
I dont ussually read japanesse yaoi novels but this one has caught my intrest! &Lt;3

From the spoilers it seems like a good read with awesome plot and a lot of fluffy moments! :3
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XavierForest rated it
August 12, 2019
Status: c16 part2
Fluffy and bittersweet. The ML knows what he wants.


A Goddess makes a replica world of a human game she likes, but her world always ends up reaching a Bad End where everyone dies. After countless reattempts, she eventually takes a human (MC) who has also played the game, tricks him into agreeing to help the Hero, and then puts him in the body of the first stepping stone of villainous cannon-fodder characters that exists on the ML's rise to becoming the Hero.

The MC quickly recognises his new body as an... more>> essential minor Villain of the first arc who the ML must overcome in order to grow, and doesn't want to deviate too far from the plot of the game he remembers so that he can accurately predict the future and assist when/where necessary. While acting as a Villain, the MC also has to care for the ML from the shadows to ensure that the latter survives long enough to become the Hero.

The main issue is that this minor Villain is an arrogant, petty, and narrow-minded character, while the MC is far too kind and has no acting abilities whatsoever, which makes him come across as a tsundere. The MC has six years until the conclusion of the first arc, meaning he has six whole years of trying his best to be the bad guy. Only, the ML isn't an idiot, and he's starting to catch on to the fact that the Villain-turned-MC has... changed? <<less
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ike_00000 rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: c23.3
I'll start by saying the story is kinda childish, so people of certain age groups would definitely rate this higher. However, personally, I was quite bored and couldn't make it to the end. I was going to rate it 3stars but honestly I feel it's current rating is too high so I went with 2stars.

I'm okay with the ML's character, but MC just makes me cringe. First of all, there's way too much unnecessary inner monologue that I don't feel builds or enhances character; it makes the chapters very long,... more>> but doesn't actually add value imo. Secondly, this MC is supposed to be 20+. Sure I get that he's bad at acting and comes off as a tsundere, but why is he so wimpy & childish??? He's supposed to be graduated from university!! He has none of that mental age. From the very beginning, in almost every single sentence, he stutters, which can be okay but in this context makes him too weak and nervous. Like what???? He's also supposed to be stronger than ML (in the beginning), yet comes off as a weak white lotus character.

There's also that one bit where ML made me upset. Generally, ML is pretty caring of MC though, so I still managed to make it past this part.


MC was drugged and almost raped, but he made it out in time. However, in ML's process of getting revenge for MC, without MC's consent he spreads the news that MC was actually grossly raped and "ruined". Sure it's spread to a small circle, but that's still all the upper brass of an imperial knights group. MC is noble, yet ML just casually ruins his reputation.


Anyway, it's been a really really long time and they still haven't even left the "starting village" lmao. Given MC's character, I guess it makes sense, but it makes me think this story will drag on for a long long time lol <<less
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Alexa Esme rated it
December 28, 2019
Status: c22.1
I love love LOVE this novel so much. The thing I love the most about this novel tho is the MC. He’s easily one of the best MCs I’ve ever read along with MXDX’s Wei Wuxian n FOD’s Zhou Yun Sheng. He’s so precious, loving and caring to the point it’s painful. His personality makes you want to steal him away from the ML cuz he’s just that lovely but the ML will probably kill us before we can take a step closer to him😂 The MC is also very... more>> hard working n genuinely worries about the ML n the village he’s staying in n not just for the game n stuff like that. His past life n thoughts will bring tears to ur eyes. N the chemistry between the ML n MC will make u drool n have major nose bleeds. Their personalities compliment each other very well n the ML see the MC as a kitten cuz Lian (MC) is the tsundere type. Anyway it’s a definite must read. N the side characters r also very cute. Oh n everyone loves the MC I mean who wouldn’t, he’s such a beautiful boy with the kindest heart. Ugh I have a major MC syndrome😂😭😭 <<less
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villavintage01 rated it
July 7, 2019
Status: c14 part2
My actual rating is a 3.5, but I've rounded up since I enjoy reading this enough to want to continue reading.

This story isn't perfect, but the romantic aspect is realistic in that it doesn't happen instantly. The interactions between MC and ML are enjoyable. There's a lot of fluff, and it's cute to read.

I do agree w/ what XD and mishafond have said. Those are major CONS of this story, which is why it isn't a full 4 or 5 * to me. However, I have found ways to justify... more>> those things (even if it is a bit of a stretch for me). If you focus on the romantic aspect and don't pay much attention to the flaws, this does read well.


The MC is a NICE GUY. Moreover, he is NOT an actor. He even had a bit of a spiel about how bad at acting he is. So rather than acting like a spoiled rich brat, and a minor cannon fodder villain, he ends up acting like a "pseudo tsundere" as some reviewers have put it. He also stutters a little too much, so not very convincing in the least when trying to pull off the "higher than thou" attitude.

I thought this was okay since the Goddess tasked him to assist the hero. He needs to bring the hero down as Lian, but also guide him to becoming stronger as the Goddess' assistant. Hence, the tsundere-like talk towards the hero. It's also understandable that he'd be nervous in undertaking this role, hence why he stutters.

However, w/ that being said, this definitely could have been pulled off better. The Goddess never really gave MC strict instructions other than to help the hero out. Moreover, MC decided that he wanted to save the village (but more importantly, his life since Lian is supposed to die in the original game play, and he suspects there may be a chance that he might not return to his home world) from total annihilation.

That action in itself changes the narration of the original story in the game that the Goddess modeled her world after. It was supposed to have been a major loss, trauma, and I imagine one of the bigger motivations for the hero to grow strong to defeat the Demon King. If MC is going to change that part of the story, then he shouldn't have to stick too much w/ acting like a villain.

Might as well change the character's settings too while he's at it. The tsundere act would've been more acceptable if MC had decided on this, but he wouldn't change too much too soon as to avoid suspicions about his actions. He's way too nice to the hero, and considers others' emotions to continue acting like a selfish small-time villain.

However, there are people who see that MC isn't a bad person. So MC will probably come to this conclusion sooner or later. MC also works diligently w/ the sword and his magic research. His biggest cheats are that he's born in a wealthy family and he's attractive enough for ppl--his lackeys--to want to please him. Then again, what's a villain w/o any followers?

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Sivajani rated it
June 27, 2019
Status: --
I LOVE IT! As others mentioned, there is alot of fluff in this and I, personally, like characters with similar personality and story condition like this MC (where one have to act evil though they are not).

Thank you so much for this translation!
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_shinigami_ rated it
January 2, 2020
Status: Completed
Five stars!!! (I did not check the star rating when I initially posted)

anyway the goddess created a world based on arcadia, however despite recreating it the world always turns into a bad end hence he asked for MC to help her. As a result MC was thrown into that world and became a canonfodder in the starting village. Since he was asked by the goddess to guide the hero he recognizes that his roles is to help the hero "grow" up but the problem is, he's not a... more>> good actor.

MC is an orphan and he claims to be a mature adult. When he played arcadia he seems to be in uni and he is already an orphan with no relatives left so when he saw alfred's story in the game he understood alfred's loneliness. So when MC was thrown in the new world as lian, his inside knowledge of the game, his goodheartedness and lack of acting prowess makes him into an adorable tsundere. ML on the other hand is cold and detached, he has his own share of loneliness and he takes on part time jobs to help with the church's expenses. When he meet MC he was confused with his sudden change but he caught on with MC's tsundereness. At first he MC endearing, liking him to a cat until he find himself falling for MC. He is loyal to his instincts so he likes having intimate moments with MC but he knows when to stop when MC asks him to.

both agreed that they sill do the do when they reach adulthood.

this one is a surprise read considering that most translated japanese bl here is either harem/rapey/force romance that has more s*x than good romance plot. Plus the fluff in this one is everything!!! It has a good balance of fluff and sweetness <<less
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Peachyxist rated it
November 6, 2019
Status: c20 part4
This story is really cute, full of fluffs and interesting to read 🥺

The characters such as Lian and Alfred have their own POV which is nice, we get to see their own POV and what they truly thinking and feeling for one another uwu. Not only that our Lian is such a cute tsundere🤧💕

There are some parts which is a bit draggy but I don't mind and not only that the translation & translator are doing an amazing job~ thank you for picking this story up ❤️
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October 21, 2019
Status: c20 part2
I normally don't write reviews for uncompleted novels. In this case though, I'd like to address sth that might play into whether someone will give this a read or not. Of course, the translation isn't even at the halfway mark so it could change.

I'll just put this whole thing in a spoiler. If you don't wanna get spoilered much: in a nutshell, the consent for intimate interaction is questionable, and could be interpreted quite differently from different perspectives. I guess from one of those perspectives, it's cute. I'd slightly tend... more>> towards thinking that rather than the opposite. I've seen better and I've seen worse, so yeah.


As of now, most of their kisses are dubcon/noncon. Now that may just be seen as teasing rather than real sekuhara, but I'd say if an action goes on long enough for someone to vehemently (or so) express their rejection of it physically as well as verbally and it continues in spite of it, that's not appropriate teasing anymore. In this case though, it seems less questionable cause although the MC is quite expressive, he doesn't seem to mind it all that much on some level. So while the ML seems quite pushy, it may (or may not?) still be within the boundaries of appropriate teasing. As for more than kissing, there was some dubcon nonpenetrative play due to the MC being drugged with an aphrodisiac by some as*hole in chapter 19 or 20. He managed to escape to ML but didn't have enough energy left to beat his meat enough times, so ML helped him with that, plus did his own. It was a 2 for 1 deal ( ̄▽ ̄) xD. Seriously, it's sometimes so hard to figure out what to think of consent in eastern web novels. Like, is that "stop it!" meant literally or is it more like they feel like they have to say it or don't have anything else to say so that's what they end up saying? Specifically Japanese content, fockin stop it with the "no~!" if you actually mean "oh yes, give it to me"

(╯°□°) ╯︵┴─┴

Ugh but well, as I said, that can be seen as cute too. Ughhh._. XD Looking at it from a less western standpoint, this is nice and cute. I guess it's up to your point of view if you'll be able to enjoy it xD

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rhianirory rated it
October 14, 2019
Status: c20 part1
if this had an OP cheat, three big boobed women + a loli chasing him instead of just the hero this would be just like any of two dozen Isekei I can name. Of course, it's possible he does have a cheat and I haven't figured it out yet so who knows?

Overall its a typical Isekei with a very beta MC who acts more like a blushing maiden of thirteen rather than the adult he claims to have been before the goddess dumped him there. Needless to say, if you... more>> don't like Isekei beta-male, nieve, and too-nice-to-be-real-idiot-MCs that act more like teenage girls rather then males of any persuasion than you probably won't like this.

if you like isekei and think those kinds of MC are cute and fluffy than you'll probably enjoy the hell out of it.

oh, and the ML is pretty much the usual cold, overbearing president type who shows a few signs of occasional yandere tendencies, though he is missing the rich tag due to the hero's game setting background. <<less
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