Ouroboros Record ~Circus of Oubeniel~

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[This is an everlasting love story.] The second son of the Count family, Tullius Shernan Oubeniel, was a person who reincarnated from modern day Japan. That is, a person who has a single experience of death. With no understanding as to how he was reincarnated, he thought that perhaps, he might be reincarnated next time in the same way. Yet, his fear of death was greater than anything – above that, he could only do things such that he avoids death. Peculiar to this world were certain kinds of magic and one of them was alchemy. Choosing this class of magic, he was said to be able to attain perpetual youth and longevity. With that as his only salvation and goal, he had to reach out his hand towards the deepest secrets of alchemy and did so as though it was the only way for him to live. Even if there were sacrifices to be made for that end.

A slave maid admired him from his youth. A Count family. Adventurer. Slave. Citizen. Aristocrat. Country. Humans. Other beings that were not human…… Just because of one man’s delusional obsessions, many lives were changed, warped, torn apart. Even then, Tullius’s footsteps never knew pause. Everything was so that he could reach the forever he longed for.

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Ouroboros Record
Ouroboros Record ~Circus of Oubeniel~
ウロボロス・レコード ~円環のオーブニル~
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Recommendations
Dungeon Defense (8)
Reverend Insanity (6)
Warlock of the Magus World (3)
Your and My Asylum (2)
The Dark King (1)

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01/12/19 yAmi Translations c26
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05/31/18 Knights of Lunadia c23
04/15/18 Knights of Lunadia c22 part2
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12/31/17 Knights of Lunadia c20 part1
12/26/17 Knights of Lunadia c19
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10/24/17 Knights of Lunadia c17
10/06/17 Knights of Lunadia c16
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ninthlite
New ninthlite rated it
January 7, 2019
Status: c25
For once we get a villain main character who doesn't look for puppies to kick (more or less). Which is a big plus for me. The plot is interesting, the main character has an unique personality, and the supporting cast are not a bundle of cliches. Which already sets it above almost every single novel on this website.

The only downside is the lack of love this series has received (which I think is due to the low amount of chapters translated so far), its also a shame that the light... more>> novel is discounted so I don't really know if the story will maintain its quality. I honestly think this story is too extreme for the conservative japanese. <<less
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Just Another Cynic
New Just Another Cynic rated it
January 6, 2019
Status: c15
Its been a while since I dropped this one and I just happened to see it and figured I'd give it a review (so take what I say with a grain of salt).

Anyway, this novel knows what it wants to do and does it well. I recommend that before reading this you carefully discover the tags among which such gems as "stockholm syndrome", "human experimentation", "evil protagonist" and "depictions of cruelty" should give you an idea of what you are getting into. The story up to the point I read... more>> to is more or less this, though it has its action (which is pretty good) and the justification for it all is well understood by the reader.

The characters themselves are well developed and even if I could not bring myself to like the protagonist there were others who I rather enjoyed even if
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They end up as something else entirely under the mc's fingers.

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If you want a novel that lives up to all the mild horror that the above tags promise (horror at seeing what has happened to the characters who end up in the hands of the protagonist) while also being a fresh take on reincarnation and the effects it could have on ones psyche then this is the novel for you. Also good luck. <<less
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Sarcze
Sarcze rated it
February 20, 2017
Status: c3
First of All! If it isn't clear to you through the synopsis, The MC is a Japanese (Not an ounce of information regarding his past life yet) who has died, and reincarnated into a usual fantasy World of Magic and Swords. Sounds good? Like a good start of a Legend like Rudeus of Mushoku Tensei? Where the MC will become super OP gradually and gather several girls for his collection? [B] NAH [/b]

The feeling of Death overwhelmed him, scares him, traumatize him. The feeling of being in some kind of... more>> a Limbo, traumatized him so much, he doesn't want to experience it again. Even if he reincarnated again later, he absolutely do not want to. He wants to live, live forever and don't have to experience Death again.

So what does he need to do? It's a world of Magic! There are some great magic for that kinda stuff, right? Probably, Probably not. But there is indeed some tales of Achieving Immortality. But the closest being Alchemy. Yes, good old alchemy. It's like Biology, plus Magical Ingridients.

Alchemy is a bit looked down upon here. Why? Because instead of Alchemy being another branch of Magic like most novels, they are both actually as different as Martial Arts and Magic. And I'm not talking about Martial Arts being strengthening your body with Magic here.

It's basically Alchemy = Drugs, Magic = God's Miracle. Which one seems better and respectable if that said Miracle actually truly exist? Furthermore, in a World Era equivalent to our Middle-Ages, where the Church and beliefs in Gods is as strong as beliefs in the Science nowadays?

And so, Alchemy has never been explored as much as what our MC will do. Completely filled with corpses of several.. Sacrifices as the test subjects.. And also accompanied by Test Subject No. 1, whose Loyalty is not to be questioned because how MC basically restored her appearance and health. Her conditions before she met MC was basically Face and Body filled with large swellings from beatings and abuse, quickly dying, and lost spirit.
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Well, that was long, and I doubt anyone actually reads that wall of texts. Plus it basically only explain the already posted synopsis. Either way, Please. Read. It. What the Translator is translating is the Web Novel, but I have no doubt the more polished version of this (Light Novel), can stand toe-to-toe with the kinds of Overlord and Dungeon Defense.

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Also, my personal feelings toward the discovery of this novel and the joy when it is taken as a translation project below, for those interested.

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I've been eyeing this one for a while now since I discovered it (Volume 3 isn't out yet when I found it). With the Synopsis and sample images taken from the internet of scenes from the novel, I expected a lot from this. Unfortunately, there was no translations of it yet.. Which also result in a harsh reminder kick from reality that I can't read Japanese, or Chinese, or Korean, or Google-Machinese if you get what I mean..

But now, ladies and gentleman! A GRACIOUS TRANSLATOR HAS TAKEN IT AS! Unfortunately, he/she/it/etc.. Has responsibilities for another novels too, so it seems like their attention can't be focused on this one. BUT ENOUGH OF THAT! You are here for a Review, to give you that one final push to start reading, don'tcha?

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Sherrynity
Sherrynity rated it
April 6, 2017
Status: c5
This is a story about ambition, madness, and depravity.

The MC is a reincarnated person, who's so afraid of death, he decided to find the way to overcome it through alchemy
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a reincarnated boy who has no qualms about buying slaves, disecting them, watching them slowly die in agony, messing with the brain of his slaves to mess with their soul later.
Someone who's ​willing to do anything for the sake of his research.

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MC once saved a girl from slavery. A girl who was abused so badly she was completely broken, physically and mentally. Later, the said girl become his slave maid (no lewd interpretation) and accompany her master as his assistant on his research.
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Her biggest wish was to have his master to do a brain surgery, and turns her into a completely obedient slave, willing to do anything to serve his master..... which his master really done to her later, per her request and his wish.

Of course, she was so ecstatic to prove her allegiance to his master by joyfully volunteering herself

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One thing for sure you can expect from this novel; moral be damned. You won't see s*x scene or pathetic lewd sh*t like typical JP novel. Nope. What you will see is the lunacy of an ambitious man..... which is somehow charming to me.

Looks like what they said is true; "human are the most bewitching when they fell into depravity"... <<less
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B2j
B2j rated it
October 29, 2017
Status: c17
Honestly, I am usually biased for antihero protagonists but I just can’t for this protagonist. And it’s a good thing. Some novels would pacify killing as saving the world, gaining strength, giving to those that derserved, etc etc. But this novel delivers the MC in a way that makes u think that he really is evil. There’s no sugarcoating, no pacifying, he’s just plain maniac and evil. Although it does try to convey that he has a determined goal, being immortality because of his fear of death which he once... more>> experienced, to me, it seemed like it just further emphasized that he’s a psychopath because he will achieve his goal, that is utterly unbelievable in a sense, by using any means. But he’s not any maniac. He keeps a rational mind, but it can be misinterpreted as wantonly killing slaves, but do think he only did so when relating to alchemy. When it has nothing to do with alchemy and his own safety, the highest probability would be that he won’t act on it. The best thing yet, he seems to have already realized he had become messed in the head early on when he began buying slaves. He realized it and decided to toss it away for his goal. In a way, isn’t this an inspiring story about one passionate about their dream? No it isn’t. One of the good points behind this novel is usage of different povs. Through these povs, u feel and see what utterly descapable things the MC did and is in no way received in a good light, albeit the only one that did are either brainwashed or a lunatic them self. His actions trigger bad events for the people around him and so gives reasonable hatred towards the MC. The novel basically treated him as a source of evil and in no way bath him in the light of saints, even when he supposedly “saved” people. He deserves his titles, in fact, his rumors are even light. It implies that what he does to his subordinates is crueler and some even regrets being saved. He seemed even more evil and scary than characters that are cold blooded or hot blooded. Why? It’s indifference. He doesn’t care. Once he tossed it away, it doesn’t come back.

I find his distrust towards people a little unusual but it can be partly explained associating it to, again, his fear of death. It is still a little out of place. Yuni/Uni is also a major cheat and has mad stockholm syndrome. The one character I favor is Due. He is human. He thinks human, at least in the beginning. Drei and Charl doesn’t even need to be mentioned. I can’t even seem to like the characters because they are literally molded by the MC so it’s not even their real/original self. Their is no character development possible aside from the MC, which is unlikely since it is only when he diverts his mind from alchemy, and his Opus series. Even so, it’s notable that the MC acknowleded that he was changed and influenced by his surroundings and the people’s ideology.

Good thing is, there is no harem or fluffy romance or smut.
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In actuality, there’s two rape scenes as of chapter 17. But not explicit content and only mentioned. It doesn’t involve the MC though.

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There’s just gore and the extremes of a rational madman.

The involvement of politics is actually quite nice as it does give tension. The brother’s enmity is also relatable. The MC is also reasonable here as he doesn’t strive to achieve things that is out of his expertise, unlike some characters in other stories that gets their other world knowledge about every fudging thing. Though, I feel sad not knowing much about the mc’s past life except that he seemed to have died as a teenager. The depiction of aristocracy is extreme but I dont know. Maybe I’m already dyed and it seems realistic? It’s not like I live in this kind of time period so I wouldn’t know. And I don’t care. It’s another world anyways, it’s not this world. Maybe it developed that way.

I like the “science” behind it, it’s not real science, but it makes it somewhat believable, unlike some stories that gives out a cheat system with no regards to science (can’t even compare them. The world building in this one is out of leagues to the likes of Death March). There are plot holes in this aspect but can be disregarded, since magic in itself is a large unexplainable plot hole.

Keep in mind, the MC is op. Op in the sense of alchemy and that he keeps his bunch of competent subordinates in the palm of his hand. Op only in the fields he is capable in. Politics, agriculture, combat, engineering, or management? Amateur. Again, he admits his mistakes and seeks “help”.

I think this novel is quite the interesting approach towards reincarnation trope. No adventuring, no unique cheats, no otherworld inventions, no country building, no gods. He reasonably uses his own innovative mind and the existing magic that other people are accessed to. He develops his ability through painstaking research through a long period of time. The only things he takes seems to be science and medicine. Anyways, it's more reasonable.

It certainly is not a tale of a hero for that sake. More of a bonafide villain.

The translation is superb, mistakes here and there, but understandable and if compared, can be said to be quite good quality. There’s a switch of translation but both are good. It won’t impact the understandability (is that a word? F that). More importantly, they fix mistakes and so I deeply commend them for that. I don’t know about updates but the chapters are long, kind of like Youjo Senki, maybe shorter, but u get the gist. I sincerely appreciate them going through that hell. <<less
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Midnight Coffee
Midnight Coffee rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: c12
This novel is a beauty. Seriously.

Considering how sh*tty most Japanese web novels are, this novel is bringing a different air about it, and just exceptional. Really mind blowing.

I love every scene that unfolds in this novel.

... more>> The MC is not the usual weak-minded, lust driven, pushover type, the MC is just a guy who tried to fight death and somehow branded as a madman, mad alchemist, he's a hero the world needs, but not it deserves.

I'm waiting for more chapters, more mind blowing chapter, I want to be a puppet dancing on the MC's palm. <<less
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Fooljastic
Fooljastic rated it
February 12, 2017
Status: c3
SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD, TURN AROUND IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM

This story is very interesting and refreshing if you compare it to other stories.
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The character in this story "died" before, which more or less.... made him want not to die again. This he attempts to achieve trough the ability they call "alchemy" which is pretty much scoffed at, but better than it seems.

The character himself, is the "mad scientist" type, which attempts to gain immortality trough practicing alchemy, which he does by using slaves as experimental objects... to acquire and dispose of them he does use slaves as well, while he especially favors the first slave ever bought.

Sadly he was to spooked by what happened. He cannot even trust this slave, that cares about him extremly, until he was able to fully mindcontrol her.

The interesting part of this story is, that instead of the selfish type of idiot that does more harm than good often (well if he does something on his own.... without bullsh*t luck happening) this character actually has goals one can understand to a certain degree and does not have the absolute extreme advantage other protagonists have... (like revolutionating the agricultural, economical and other aspects without having prior dealings with those before.... though he most likely will push the medical knowledge of the world forward by a lot after a while (be it to make money or because he died and his notes were distributed to alchemists..... a true tragedy would be if they had simply burn all his work...))

Naturally many may find such a character repulsive and would wish him the worst, but I honestly don't. I would rather have many of those hero's killed that save the world by luck (and would have done far more harm than not without the luck) than him. He is a relatable character with an actual motive that is not a shirt chasing bitch that simply saves the world cause yeah laughs and luls but simply does his thing and most likely will do more good than harmtrough it for the entirety of his "race". (though one could discuss how bad it would be for the environment and monsters if adventurers live longer and the demand for goods of them rises and if certain necessities [if there are any] are not possible to gain again, though keeping them like "pets" may work.... though I wouldn't want that for them.... oh well I have been going on about a lot of cut up thoughts and not fully explained stuff that I could have left away... but hey whatever. I just typed that thing already so it will stay.)

That star I have taken away is actually for it moving a bit faster than I had like and him practicing something that is more powerful than many believe... just hated the cliché always did.... xD

*Thanks to the guy that put this into a spoiler, sorry if it may be hard to understand sometimes, but english is not my first language.

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Zyst
Zyst rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: c11
I wish to add some wind to this novel's sails, if you are concerned about the low (11) number of chapters, don't be: Each chapter is roughly 4 times the length of a normal novel chapter.

This story is super good. As a starter— Go in with the thought that our MC is a villain. Not just as in "He's a ruthless realist", which is more like a dark hero. More as in: "He's the first evil guy some Jap MC who just got off the goddess cheat train finds, throws... more>> up while looking at the stuff he did, and then kills him".

This is the novel of a guy seeking immortality through alchemy, he goes about it through a very villainous fashion. He frequently does human experiments on slaves, which are branded as property in this country and neighboring countries, most of which end in death. I am aware this sounds very edgy, but it is handled as un-edgily as you can handle it: Without any real emotions, as an actual experiment following the scientific process.

The characters, at least the main cast does have a nice range which adds some nice color to the story. I particularly enjoy the (presumably) main heroine. Her personality comes across very nicely, and she complements the main character in a very synergistic fashion.

I do feel the novel has many lacking aspects, there's some degree of plot holes; The exposition method is something done very nicely, but you can tell the author isn't terribly experienced at it. He gave the MC too many useful "Brainwashing" utilities, and then didn't have him use them in situations which would completely nullify what I imagine is going to drive the plot for the next story arc, and the list goes on.

But if you can look past that you'll find a very nice novel with a fairly refreshing approach, and some interesting story telling. I would definitely recommend giving this a go. <<less
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Night Ghost
Nighterfield rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: c11
First of all, I am a fan of grimdark, dark fantasy, dark storyline, dark MC, and twisted love. If you don't like any of those things, please DO NOT read this novel. Otherwise, you will end up dropping this masterpiece, rate this novel 1-2 stars, and start whining in review section about how evil MC and everyone in this novel are, just like DDark did.

Currently this is my favourite JP Novel, it is refreshing to see another grimdark novel (aside dungeon defense) get translated here.

let's talk about MC.

MC died, got... more>> transported to another world in a body of a young man from a wealthy family. Very Cliche, is it not ? But trust me, this novel is very different from those isekai novel where MC is a loser and get cheat-like power the moment they get transported and end up making every beauty fall for him and at the end of it MC is still a BETA loser.

Here our MC doesn't get cheat-like power that allows him to level up everytime he sleeps. The the only thing that MC get is his past memories.

and MC has a clear goal. He died once. And it traumatized him. And he tried to avoid death by reaching immortality.

once again, if you don't like dark story and dark MC, DO NOT read this novel <<less
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Torn Femoral Artery
Torn Femoral Artery rated it
June 24, 2018
Status: c23
... but since the invisible dragon was an invisible dragon, it was invisible (c) Duichidak, Invisible Dragon.

Most of us have been in a situation when you are so hyped up because of high ratings and promising reviews... but then you understand that you've just wasted time on some third-rate garbage.
Here I will explain why you will experience the same feeling if you read this novel.

The story kicks off with an interesting setting - a guy is reincarnated in another world as a child, and he wants to achieve immortality... more>> at any cost. No cheating abilities, no ideal circumstances, just a common world with magic and the guy's cunning. Sounds good, right? But don't hurry to build your hopes on it as they will be crushed right away.
Want to know what is not fine with this novel? I tell you - EVERYTHING is not fine with this novel except the initial setting.

It's stated that alchemy is frowned upon because magic is more than enough for people. However, shortly after that, the MC does the thing that is arduous even with magic, when he had only a meager amount of resources. Do you still believe in the first statement after that? Do you still believe that the area which is THAT useful can be regarded as something unwanted? I don't.

The manner in which the MC advances in the alchemy deserves a separate passage:
Overlord - I'm one of the mightiest beings because I'm a goddamn lich with a tomb full of top-tier monsters.
Reverend Insanity - I can accumulate strength incredibly fast because I have 500 years of experience in this world.
Ouroboros - I can discover things in alchemy that the whole world was unaware of because f**k you, that's why.

Besides, except that he's from Japan of the 21st century, there's NO information about the MC's background at all. Does living in Japan make you a prodigy able to do scientific breakthroughs like a piece of cake? I guess, you already know the answer. (Of course it does, lol)
Talking about his subordinates, it seems like he has stumbled not on a jackpot, but upon a bloody lake of black swans.

Still want to give it a try? Here's another bunch of features that will make you facepalm.
The dialogues are sometimes so bad that you will have to scroll a full screen back to read the question because the answer was given after three paragraphs of the setting explanation.
The atmosphere of the moment, especially in fights, is screwed up regularly. Yeah, let's listen to a child speaking a philosophical pitch in mid-battle, which is so long that even if Eminem on modafinil had read it full-speed, the whole group would've been decimated before he wraps it up.
Also, I didn't mention the constant disregard of the "Show don't tell" rule together with the power level problems, when it inflates so ridiculously fast and so high that you have not even a single clue what the hell will be happening on later stages as we didn't even go past the middle of the story.

At the end, we have: a Mary Sue MC and his team, bad and disproportionate dialogues, situation style negligence, bad timelapse transitions, the list goes on, and on, and on...
... and still this work gets 4.7 out of 5. I truly don't understand why it is rated higher than Reverend Insanity while having all those defects that RI doesn't have.
Seriously, if you want a ruthless and rational MC in a story which doesn't have almost any of the problems above, read Reverend Insanity. Don't waste your time on this mediocre novel. <<less
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herpderp357
herpderp357 rated it
January 21, 2017
Status: c3
Only 3 chapters translated at this time but off to a great start.

No information given about the protagonist's previous life in Japan, but dying really spooked him and he ends up as a straight up Dr. Mengele style amoral character in his new life. He attempts to obtain immortality through alchemy with the mentality of 'slaves don't have rights so nothing wrong with using them as test subjects until they die horribly from one of my experiments'. Some of the story is told through side characters giving testimonies to a... more>> detective about their experience with the protagonist. <<less
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Yeahlesh
Yeahlesh rated it
June 17, 2018
Status: c23
The story of an inhumane, torturing experimentalist, Type of MC that is hard to find these days. He is a devil in the form of an human, he is the greatest Alchemist there is to see, he is the most fortunate psychopathic killer in the eye of an normal human he is a monster but in the eye of his follower he is a God.

I just cannot stop enjoying myself with this wicked of a story. To all those geeks out there who love inhumane activities this is the right... more>> place you have come for. Once you open this seal you cannot turn back. Necromancer, gore, stoic protagonist, distrustful protagonist, drugs, and an OP protagonist (In intelligence). Every element are there of Darkness. Im not gonna rate it less than 5 <<less
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Tramsloof
Tramsloof rated it
August 10, 2018
Status: c23
First of, I would like to clarify something about the chapter length of this novel. A chapter of this novel is about 4x longer than others, this means that there aren't 23 chapters released at this date but the equivalent of 23x4=92 chapters.

Secondly, this belongs to the dark genre with a villain MC, like that of WMW on wuxiaworld.

It's a JP novel and the MC reincarnates into another world. Only, the MC is obsessed with the idea of gaining immortality and escaping death. And he chooses alchemy and experimentation as... more>> his medium to achieve this far fetched goal. The MC is not only cruel but he's also twisted, and he believes in the philosophy of harming those close to him before harming others. You will know what I mean by that when you get to read the novel.

The MC is very intelligent in his field of devotion, outside his research he doesn't shine much nor is he interested in other affairs or sharp in them. So I haven't seen any elements of romance or even lust from him. He's truly, monstrously devoted to his research.

It's a Japanese novel different from the beta MC trend, here the MC is definitely different from the beta trend.

At this point, I would recommend this novel to you. Saying that the translation quality is fine and that the translator is hardworking in terms of providing translator notes to clarify things. You should take in mind that this novel may be good but it is definitely not the peak of this genre, and there are a lot things you would want more out of it, but these faults are minor and ignorable. <<less
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VannVann
VannVann rated it
July 23, 2018
Status: c23
I'll say it right now. The MC is a scum of the world. A villain among villains. Get ready to feel disgusted. Everything which normal people shun, this guy will do it. From human experiments and mind control to experiments on babies and souls. Feeling awful yet? You should be. The story fallows a man who would be the final boss in every other novel. The one you would be cheering to die the whole time and when he dies you would start running around from pure joy. But this... more>> guy is not gonna die. Nope. He's gonna become immortal and you will watch it. If you are like me, and you are already thinking of how to destroy the world, you might even start cheering for this bastard. Be ready to be disturbed. There is not a single thing that redeems this alchemist.

The MC has one goal which is ultimate immortality. Not prolonged vitality, not turning into a Vampire either. He wants to be truly undying. If you stab him he will live. If you burn him he will live. If you drown him he will live. If you dismember him he will live. You get the point by now. He is a reincarnated individual who felt the pain and despair of death personally. Armed with only our society's take on the world he progresses as an Alchemist. This profession is shunned by others for many swindlers use it to trick people. There are only few true Alchemists. As a child he had done numerous experiments on animals and had already gained some knowledge. With only him knowing that it's not just magic he progressed. Everything he achieved was his own hard work. To put it simply, if a caveman was given stone he will most likely use it as a weapon. If you give a stone to a modern person then they will know that it can be used to start a fire. Wil they succeed? Nope. They will fail countless times and through trial and error learn. This is how our MC gained his current skills. By knowing it's possible and trying.

Let me give you an example of how he got to here.

Goal: Mind Control.

  • Test 1: Failure, people dying
  • Test 2: Failure, people dying
  • Test 3: Failure, people dying
  • Test 4: Failure, people dying
  • Test 5: Failure, people dying
  • Test 6: Failure, people dying
  • Test 7: Failure, people dying
  • Test 8: Failure, people dying
  • Test 9: Minor Success, people are too limited and doll like.
Continue.

This culminated in his current medical skills. Another thing to know is that MC has little political and guvermental skills. He mainly relies on his advanced puppets to the job, but he does have some smarts. He references our worlds history and passes it on to his able servants who then make great use of it. MC himself has the knowledge like billions of people on Earth but nothing further. Vast but shallow knowledge which can only be deepened by constant trying and passing it onto able people.

MC is the world's greates Alchemist, a Devil, Monster, scum, madman. He had made a colourful cast of followers and their daily interactions actually... look pleasant. But then you remember the cruel truth of what had happened to them and the world suddenly seems bleak. The pretty maids with seemingly introverted personality are nothing but dolls, Drai is a different person than who she was, Vamipre Lord who is kinda annoying is actually beyond saving and Uni who should be MC's childhood friend has been experimented on since young.

So, fellow readers. If you want to read a story of a true Devil, a true Madman, a Divil of a Mad Scientist this story is it. Bring along strong guts and try not to whine about morals cuz this story isn't about that. Don't say that MC is trash and give it a 1 star rating. That's the point! This novel is all about the Madness of the MC and you can't rate the novel poorly mearly because you don't like the concept. If it was a story about an evil MC who turned out to be a goody two shues then you indeed have the right to rate it poorly. Why? Cuz it failed at its very own concept.

Now go and witness ultimate Madness! Or walk away and be done with it. <<less
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ntity
ntity
June 8, 2017
Status: c10
Enchanting. This is the way stories should expand on an overused trope, and build characters with realistic uniqueness. The plight and rise of various characters are fascinating. The story has a direction, and so-far, a visible undertone of increasing tension from within the party and from outside opposition. All-in-all, I can't see this going badly.
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Sanatoga
Sanatoga rated it
November 17, 2018
Status: c23
Forget about other web novels on this site, this story is good enough to be compared to actually talented authors. Only certain types of people will enjoy it, though.

If you enjoy stories of valiant adventurers triumphing over evil through love and friendship, you'd best look elsewhere.

But if you have ever taken delight in watching a villain play all of their cards correctly... if you have ever thought that it might be fun to watch a twisted mastermind slowly convert everything around him into a horrifically dystopian society of glorified dolls...... more>> then this story was written for you.

... Someone give the demented genius who wrote this masterpiece a medal.

Relevant Tags: Seinen, Evil Protagonist, Clever Protagonist, Brainwashing

Rating: 5 / 5 (Masterful)

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  • Writing: 5 / 5 (Masterful)
  • Translation: 4 / 5 (Very Good)
  • Characters: 4.5 / 5 (Excellent)
  • Story: 3.5 / 5 (Good)
  • World: 3.5 / 5 (Good)
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Reasons to love this story:

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  • Brilliantly deranged villain protagonist.
  • Smart story.
  • Excellent use of multiple perspectives to flesh out the world and make up for the protagonist's human deficiencies.
  • Characters feel like real people. (albeit deranged, in the case of the protagonist and his allies)
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Reasons to hate this story:

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  • Emotion, when present, is almost entirely implied in this story. The protagonist's narration is, at least on the surface, extremely clinical. (the things that the author chooses to write, and the things that he omits, betray that a lot more than that is going on, though)
  • The protagonist is an intelligent villain who completely ignores typical villain tropes. Naturally, this means that he takes great care to ensure that others don't realize just how dangerous he actually is. Unfortunately, this also means that he never experiences challenges appropriate to his current "power level", which hurts the story.
  • While there is technically romance, it is as muted and twisted as the rest of the protagonist's personality.
  • The protagonist regularly and consistently does things that would turn your stomach without batting an eye.
  • ... For pity's sake, this is the story of a soulless b*stard who makes the characters from Overlord look like kindergartners. It should be pretty obvious why this might not be your cup of tea.
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wraith26
wraith26 rated it
May 5, 2018
Status: --
this is a beautiful art. A well written novel about cruelty, madness and obsession. Its too bad it only has 20 chapters or so.

i actually made this review to offset the bias judgement of previous reviewer. Just becoz you cant handle dark things doesnt mean its a bad novel.. Tsk
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ReadsWebNovels
ReadsWebNovels rated it
November 9, 2017
Status: c17
This novel follows a flawed villain as he realistically and logically pursues immortality after being traumatized by dying and being reincarnated. No plot convenience, artificial tension, or plot armor. Also, the novel doesn't try to present the mc's actions as anything but selfish. Most of the enjoyment comes from the reactions of others and a lot of chapters jump between perspectives.

However, the plot is a flat line. No tension, peaks, or excitement.
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smite2001
smite2001 rated it
July 11, 2017
Status: c13
(+) positive

The story is, like mentioned in other reviews, really well written. It has good descriptions, decent dialogue and other things standart LN/WN often lack.

Story-wise, it is also very nice. And by that I mean dark. The world isn't fluffy, but how you could expect from a medieval society, locked into perpetual technological stagnation due to magic. The protagonist, fulled by his desire to not die again, focuses on alchemical research. Being a member of the nobility, this is frowned upon, and people try to get rid of him... more>> or take advantage of him. The novel focuses on the political going ons and intrigues, as well as the MCs efforts to further his research while avoiding those pitfalls.

(=) neutral

Long chapters. Don't be put off by the few chapters released, the word-count is really high already.

The MC is a poster-child for sociopaths. Hard to relate to, honestly.
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He kills off huge numbers of cheap slaves "for science" and alters those he keeps by removing/manipulating parts of their brain, among other augmentations. While slaves are "things" that can be disposed off at will, it is still frowned upon, so his, and his family's, reputation suffer. His brother and father get increasingly repulsed by this behavior as well. This is something the MC can not understand, as he is not doing something illegal, basically he is incapable of understanding emotions and feeling empathy. As I said, a poster-child for sociopathy.

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(-) negative

long and frequent 'different POV' chapters. I am not saying they are bad per se, but it feels like half (or even more) of the novel is told from someone else's perspective. I kind of understand why the author did it, as the MC cannot tell other people's feelings, so you have to get that from the people in question directly. Still, less would be better in my own opinion.

many things are a little long-winded. Dialogues, explanations, exposition, everything feels a tad too long/too much to me.

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Overall, a very good novel. The world is believable, the characters interesting and often unique at the very least and the writing is very good. <<less
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General Tanya
General Tanya rated it
August 11, 2018
Status: c65
I give it 3 star for being a decent novel about a anti-hero. The story is very interesting and I can see author really put a lot effort into the world development. The MC personality in my opinion is not boring, but the rest of the setting really need a lot of work. I just don't get why author always need to drag the chapters with pov that keep repeating itself. Too much unnecessary info dump and very boring thoughts that have zero meaning. The so called nobles society is... more>> also a joke. The way they behave is almost retarded and their thinking is so narrow minded that I wonder how the country even function. Author try too hard with the nobles playing childish schemes that drag on forever. I mean who cares about every single detail about how a noble should act and behave in view of others. Those with power can act and live however they want instead acting like retards. Some problems could have just been resolved with a simple solution or if they just have a normal conversation instead the author try to prolong the story with dumb excuses.
What I don't get is why the MC brother hatred toward his brother. Sure the MC has killed hundreds of slaves and have them cremated, but which nobles hasn't killed some peasant or slaves before? At least he is not raping and slaughtering innocents (get caught in the act I mean). Nor did he ever hurt, spoken ill or plotted against his family. Why would his father and brother even get so scared that the former died from it while the other hated him so much that he wanted him dead? This is just stupid. He get a title like 'slave slaughterer', which is not even impressive in my opinion.A noble with perverted hobbies against his slaves could easily be more famous than him. A general in a army could easily kill thousand of men without blinking a eye or slavers and mercenary would be even more cruel in some cases. Author just try too hard creating the so called family feud for no reason. The MC wasn't even threatening to his brother because he was sent away in a remote country with nothing and MC gladly stay there and wanted to peacefully do his own thing.
Somehow the author manage to drag this so called brothers feud all the way from the beginning to chapter 62. MC could easily wipe out a whole village with powerful guardians, take over several noble houses, destroyed A rank adventurers, possess a group a servants that could wipe out nations, but he can't get rid of a single weak human that is his brother. Such bullsh*t. All he had to do was sent 1 assassin to the capital, kill his brother and everything would be resolved. If there are bad rumors then let it be. There is no proof, so who give a damn. What bother me the most is he always leave behind enemies that could greatly give him troubles. <<less
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udonsage
udonsage rated it
May 27, 2017
Status: c9
So, I been thinking about why I enjoy this light novel because the main character is absent of the morality of humanity. What I mean is that he is very much a scientist/researcher that would go through great lengths in doing experiments to achieve immorality; even doing experiments on humans.

Yet, he has ethics that make him not do experiments to those that are not slaves such as his family.

I suppose the only reason why I am reading this now, is the big question that been lingering on my mind the... more>> whole time:

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If he does achieve immorality, will he stop his experiments? Will he release his servants from being mind control? Is he finally going to screw his maid?

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The only thing that puzzles me about this light novel is that it is tagged as romance. Where is the romance in this? <<less
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Hallow Cause
So this story is all about a boy who died and reincarnated in a fantasy world. And this particular boy is all bent up on 'longevity and eternal youth' to avoid the crippling sensation of death. Let's start off with his personality. He is neither cold, nor is he kind. He will be cruel to the one that obstructs his original goal, and be kind to the one who does not obstruct his goals. He is logical and calm (too calm), but he does get worked up when it comes... more>> to results, whether it'd be success or failure, as long as there's results. He also does not get moved by compliments nor gets shaken by insults and ridicule. If I were to sum it all up, he's just a neutral character and at the same time acts somewhat like a villain. This novel does not mention experiences of his past life, but does explain some of the things in his past world. I also like how this novel shows multiple povs, regarding the actions of the MC. They're reactions are also quite entertaining, whether it'd be fear, shock, happiness etc. So for now, I'd rate it 4/5 (I will change this review as the story progresses) <<less
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