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

Overall its a typical Isekei with a very beta nieve nice-guy MC who acts more like a blushing maiden of thirteen rather than the adult he claims to have been. In truth, there's... more>> very little difference between the way the MC acts and behaves and the stereotypical formula female MC in many strait online romance novels and manga; right down to the carpet behavior and easy-to-bully personality.

needless to say, if you don't like Iselkei beta-male nieve and too-nice-to-be-real MCs that act more like teenage girls rather then males of any persuasion than you probably won't like this.

if you think those kinds of MC are cute and fluffy than you'll probably enjoy the hell out of it. <<less
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New Ritu rated it
October 11, 2019
Status: c19.5
It is a good novel. The MC is really wimpy but I like him. He is sweet. The ML is the typical cold ML but there is some good amount of character development. The pace is pretty slow but it's okay, you get time to appreciate their relationship grow, especially since MC was straight before transmigrating.

One thing I'd like to add that there's some amount of dubious consent in there. And also consent under influence of drugs which rubbed me the wrong way. But I'm giving it a chance because... more>> the story is quiet good. <<less
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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agathe rated it
March 17, 2019
Status: --
It’s a 4 (I can’t seem to be able to correct the number of stars)

Very interesting after a while. The MC complains a bit too much, but the relationship build slowly and nicely within the complexity of he presset. In the end, it also redefined the hero and question the paradigm of so many novels which torture a single character into becoming a supreme being at no extra cost. It is very sweet, a bit on he long side, but the ideas are worth it

On the minus side,... more>> he MC is too humble and, nearly as always, is a ‘no no no » guy <<less
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Elijah_Is_Not_Grey rated it
December 30, 2018
Status: c9.5 part2
So, unpacking this story. We've got three main elements: 1) Transmigration, 2) MC's Role as a Villain, and 3) the Relationship Between MC and the Protagonist. (Note that the below aren't actually spoilers, I just did it to conserve space.)

  1. Transmigration:
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It's easy, at first, to dismiss this novel as just another cut-and-dry isekai novel. It's got added BL elements sure, but the premise - that is to say, the MC accidentally falling into another world - is about the same. What the summary doesn't tell you, however, is the amount of world-building that went into this novel. At only chapter 9, I already know so much about the world the MC now lives in. I know about his family, their relationships, their political goals and machinations. I know about how this world works: the things that drive people in it. Most importantly, I know a hell of a lot about the backgrounds of not only our lovely main character but also the protagonist of the world he's found himself in.

It's slower paced, to be sure, and it doesn't have any face-slapping or revenge so maybe it's not for everyone, but I enjoyed (and still enjoy) it immensely. The characters feel 3D. Real. They're quirky; they have their own goals, dreams, and desires - and even if those ambitions don't always make sense, it never seems out of character. The author did a great job of presenting the characters, honestly.


2. MC's Role:


This has got to be the selling point of this novel really. Like - and this gets into spoilerish territory here (but it's a review, so go figure) - this goddess picks out the smolest bean in the jelly bean jar to transmigrate into her failing world and get the protagonist to amp up his game so they don't all die a terrible death. Basically, our MC is supposed to be a villain, and spoiler alert: he's terrible at it! He's good at his main purpose, however, which is to get the protagonist to push himself. In short, our MC isn't a good villain, but he's also not a saint. He's a person with flaws and lots of character development, which is surprisingly rare in BL novels. (Or just online novels in general.)


3. Relationship:


Ah, yes, the moment we've all been waiting for: their relationship. Now, I know what you're thinking... "Who is seme? Who is uke?" But all I have to say to that is: Who cares! This novel acknowledged the tropes of seme and uke, accepted them, and then proceeded to add so much depth to the characters that I didn't even care that it was tropey. I usually dislike very overt tropes like 'small, sensitive uke' and 'large, overbearing seme', for example, and this novel does take aspects of that, yes, but for the most part you're too busy questioning wtf is going on and feeling bad for the characters and/or laughing at their misfortunes to recognise the tropes hidden away within their characterisations.

In essence, this novel portrays basically how an actual relationship might work. We're still in the pre-slash stages, however, so this might change as their interactions deepen in meaning, but yeah: no super tropey bullsh*t meant to fetishise gay people. (Which, being gay myself, was quite nice to read.)


TLDR; This is a pretty solid BL novel with plenty of world-building and anticipation. It's slow-paced, with lots of internal dialogue and very few POV changes. Most of the focus lays with the relationships between characters but the plot is still meaty enough to capture one's interest. It's a unique take on a common trope - one that I think was done quite well - and I'm eagerly awaiting more! <<less
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Cinnamon_Pretzel rated it
October 15, 2018
Status: c9.5 part2
This slow burn, dramatic trip is so agonizing! I.. it's like a hellfire set off deep inside me, and there's not enough coal or wood to keep it stable. With each chapter I read, I find it harder to sit still. Just imagine me rolling around the room smashing into objects, squealing and screeching at the MC and ML's interactions.

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Especially the kisses! OMG!! For now, the two (more like Lian/MC) think of it as an 'emergency technique' but they can't deny it feels good, ah! And the sad backstories...*sniff* How they both are lonely and lost their loved ones... it's so tragic... BUT I hope later on they can confide in each other their worries. :3


The translation quality is amazing as well! Thank you, translator (s), but I need more!!!! *sends good thoughts* <<less
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Amuseing4me rated it
April 13, 2018
Status: c9
Oh I'm so in love with this story!! ML is super doting and hot but best of all MC is a tsundere that is written well. (tsunderes are fun but only when they are written well and more often then not are just thrown into stories.....) so Yay!!!!!! I have high hopes!
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FanGirlNoha rated it
September 13, 2019
Status: c20
For now, the rating is between 4-4.25 but I'll put a 4.

Well, I read a little bit more than the currently translated chapters (Ch 19 p1) because there's some snusnu in ch19. The novel itself is very light hearted and fluffy, but it's definitely enjoyable. There's not much angst (until this point but the relationship between the MC &ML isn't quite smooth yet. Since we're almost halfway through, I guess we'll see plenty of action later (both in case of the original fantasy plot as well the romantic plot) The... more>> MC is cute, kind, and quite naive. He definitely doesn't seem like someone who's been an adult before. He's really awkward in his interactions. The thing I find annoying is the way the MC keeps denying his feelings, which is typical of all bl novels where the protagonist (s) used to be hetero before transmigrating. The ML is good in the sense that he isn't the typical r*pey ML that we sometimes get in BL novels. In fact, he stops himself to leave the MC some leeway. I just hope they move the plot a bit faster in tge next few chapters.

I tried the MTL but I believe reading a proper translation is far better so I stopped after the snusnu. Both the translators are quite good and they've done such a good job that I don't find MTLs tolerable anymore. :P You guys can give the MTL a try if you're impatient. Please read though because you'll definitely like tge fluff! ^_^ <<less
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