Past Life Returner

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“February 28th, 1985. The day I was born.”

Wealth, I will seize all the money in the world.

Monopoly, I will seize all the dungeons in the world.

At this time, while the world is still peaceful.

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Jeonsaengja
Past Life Regressor
전생자
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09/07/21 Asian Hobbyist c105
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28 Reviews


heyaoi
New heyaoi
Sep 24, 2021
Status: c105
A lot of the finance stuff goes over my head, even though I'm vaguely aware of the events that happened.

That being said, of the KR regressor dungeon crawlers that I've read, this one feels the most "realistic" in the sense that even though he uses knowledge from his past life (incarnation? Idk), he still struggles even though he's awakened stronger powers than he previously possessed; and while the reader knows the protagonist will go from being weak to strong, there is still an element of suspense because at 105 chapters... more>> in he still struggles to clear the lowest classes of dungeons, and I believe the eventual payoff will be that much sweeter for it. <<less
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Kaguro
New Kaguro
Sep 17, 2021
Status: c60
Nothing happens for a really long time and even when it does nothing really changes. The overall focus in the novel is on the stock market, by word content it's probably 50% or more of the novel. He has supernatural powers but he hardly ever uses them, and the fights aren't very exciting. It almost feels like any time there's an action scene the author is trying to hurry through it so he can talk about the stock market again. Not a bad story, but it is boring.
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TheHorribleCritic
TheHorribleC
Jan 06, 2021
Status: c21
So far, it's one of the leaders of regress the regression genre. There are many similar novels, but this one stands out with good background planning, likeable main character who is actually an adult instead of typical chinese manchildren or korean edgelords, and more or less believable economy (which is really rare). I will edit this review when more chapters are translated.
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asuramaru
asuramaru
Dec 27, 2020
Status: c52
11 out of 10

This is a hidden gem, a masterpiece! I cannot understand why it's still not hitting the tops in NU. It's a mature steady-paced novel with excellent world-building. Some people may complain that the money-making part is dragged or MC is bland but imo it was very refreshing. The financial "business tycoon" arc was what made us comprehend the world of MC, his actions and ambitions and also muse over our own reality since the Asian crisis event was a real historical event. The financial part was the... more>> most interesting part in the novel and exactly what made it unique and shine among all other similar dungeon/post-apocalyptic novels. As for the MC, he is a calm, intelligent, ambitious person who knows how to take advantage of his knowledge of the future. Of course, for some immature teens he may seem bland because he doesn't have that s*upid righteousness to the point of absurd and hot-blooded temper that we usually see in the typical shonen novels. No, he doesn't suffer from the hero syndrome, he is just trying to achieve his goals step by step, being ruthless and merciful when needs to be. Somehow his temper seemed very similar to Yagami Light from Death Note minus he is not that reckless and doesn't suffer from God complex (at least so far). Side characters are developed quite well too, they play a vital role in the world-building and help to showcase MC's character through interactions and dialogues with him. Overall this novel is the most well-thought and closest to the reality novel I've read so far. I'm applauding to the author. Btw in Korea this novel is quite popular maybe not as much as Solo Leveling, Gamer, Dice or God Tower but still a very good response from the audience. I hope it can get the deserved limelight outside Korea too. And many kudos to the translator! You've made an amazing job!!! &Lt;3 <<less
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cbase
cbase
Mar 10, 2021
Status: c369
THE Masterpiece of regressor novels.

It even predicted the corona crazy stockexchange and how to get the most profit out of it.

If I only had read it 1 year earlier... if I get regressed I will make the same moves as MC.

... more>> I regret reading it.

Truly.

PLR ruined all other regressor novels for me forever.

It is too realistic and too ambitious and the worst part is, it succeeded in both.

now I understand and am intrested in finance.

This novel compared to others, is like the difference between strategy and tactics.

You can win the fight with tactics, but you will lose the war wihtout strategy.

Some actual novel facts:

SPOILER!

First 40 chappys MC introduces us to his past life and money making with REAL LIFE applications.

Dungeon going starts around ch.45. MC gets beat up a lot and nearly loses his life a few times.

In the tutorial-saga (around ch200) the author experminted with his writing style and it was pretty strange until you realize that point.

More "Demon Man" Gates around (ch.300)

I have only 200 chappys left unfortunatley.

The action scenes are gruesome but pbbly the weakest point in PLR.

While the film "2001: A space odyseey" finished the science fiction genre because nearly nothing before or after comes even close.

This novel finishes "Regressor litrpg". <<less
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Celeste23
Celeste23
Jul 20, 2020
Status: c2
I just wanna say, the second chapter made me tear up. Great job translator! Can’t wait to see more chapters.
P.S. This is the first time I’ve seen such a unique take on the rebirth into babies situation, usually it’s always described as a blissful and heartwarming sensation but this is so much more intriguing.
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samwalski
samwalski
Apr 24, 2021
Status: c45
Its like the author forgot his own plot for more then 40 chapters at the start. It turns into a marketing novel about stocks and business. Theres maybe a single mention about the actual plot given once every 4-5 chapters and its brief.

While it wasnt boring in the first 10 chapters it gets extremely repetitive in the 30's and goes into a s*upid amount of details that arent needed and will be forgotten within 2 chapters.. Honestly its a waste of time unless you are just gonna skip whole chapters... more>> until there is actual progress in the plot. <<less
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uaxk7edhtf73
Sep 21, 2020
Status: c4
if the rest of the novel is as good as the first 4 chapters then this is my favourite novel.

the level of detail of being a new-born baby is off the charts, I never knew the life of a baby was so interesting..

let's pray for quicker translation (-/, -)
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novaes
novaes
Mar 03, 2021
Status: c37
Guy goes back in time, makes his own hedge fund and becomes rich due to future knowledge. That's about it so far.

It does put a lot more effort into the "getting rich" part than most stories, which usually end up "I invest in [company] and maek monies!". As of the current chapter there isn't any post-apoc or dungeoneering. If you want a get-rich story, this is for you, but otherwise a complete disappointment on the 'korean dungeon novel' front.
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ousainou.adeniyi
ousainou.ade
Feb 15, 2021
Status: c33
Definitely hooked so far. This novel is very intriguing despite having the familiar Returner premise. That's because we readers are typically used to Returners using their future knowledge to boost the stats and become the most OP protagonist of all time, etc., etc. While that may still be the case for this novel by its end, I am still glad that for once the protagonist decided to be smart and fully take advantage of his future knowledge to make as much money as possible so that he can make full... more>> preparations for the end of the world.

It seems obvious, but you have no idea how many times I've rolled my eyes reading about these other muscled-brained protagonists who can't seem to ever think outside box. Doesn't it make more sense to become incredibly wealthy with your future knowledge and THEN use your immense wealth and influence to prepare the world, behind the scenes, for the apocalypse rather than be a "cool" one-man show just so people around you can admire of your "badassness" while still losing their lives?

This is novel however is a slow burn. I'm already 33 chapters in, and there hasn't been a single piece of action if you don't count his training. So far the focus has only been on the business side rather than any dungeon hunting. So if you're expecting a typical action-packed Returner novel, then you are going to be sorely disappointed. I've already checked, and this novel has almost 600 chapters, so there is a good chance that we won't see any real action until we're 100 or even 200 chapters in. <<less
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na101720
na101720
Feb 02, 2021
Status: c30
This is my favorite novel on this site. I am not good at writing reviews so here is a short one:

  • This novel goes into the world before people start becoming powerful so we will actually understand how things change
  • The MC actively prepares for this with his knowledge from a past life in a realistic manner.
  • It explains why he has his highly specific knowledge (he was a student in finance and was surrounded by people in that same group even after the dungeons) and why he can travel back in time.
  • Overall up to CH 30, it has all been preparations and we can see who the main character is from these chapters
  • If you want to see lots of action maybe wait till more chapters come out to start reading
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xnvesha.14
xnvesha.14
Mar 18, 2021
Status: c44
Love this novel!

I didn't quite get everything about stocks and all but I'm still enjoying the novel! It's nice to see a novel being realistic about such things with the MC having prior experience in the field when usually such things are done in a few chapters with an MC who doesn't even know stocks.

It's great that the MC isn't only concerned about earning achievements and becoming OP by himself but rather tries to take things in his hand to lower the casualties in the whole world! And I like... more>> how he isn't bothered to keep up a facade in front of his family and classmates. Although, he isn't revealing himself he is also not restraining himself too much just to conceal himself.

Now I'm just waiting for the MC to control the whole world in the palm of his hand with the power of money!!

And the translation is also amazing with helpful notes about difficult stock terms. It would have been way harder to read without them. <<less
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hadeion
hadeion
Jan 06, 2021
Status: c21
This is a really really interesting novel. I enjoyed the manhwa too! The financial parts so far are really fascinating - now that I’ve actually traded a bit I’ve realized what they’ve done and it’s enlightening. Haha if I ever went back in time I’ll do that XD

I hope everyone reads this - it’s filled with great details
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readingnu
readingnu
Dec 28, 2020
Status: c20
Simply incredible! The detail, the character growth... it is simply a masterpiece that really needs more reads and attention. Also, I do not understand why people hate the business aspect explained in the chapters because to me those parts are very exhilarating and really hype you up. I really hope for more chapters!!!
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Cyanhart
Cyanhart
Jan 05, 2021
Status: c21
If you love second chances, you'll enjoy this one!

I started this book chuckling at the outrageous premise, clearly one like the others. But as I continue, I realized just how unique this book is. So I've stopped what I was doing, and sat at our porch, with cigarettes in one hand, and coffee in the other. I finished exasperated! How could have I forgotten, it said only 21 chapters. It was a punched straight in the gut.
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Dg2
Dg2
Aug 05, 2021
Status: c90
Seriously, the first 50 chapters are all about playing the stock market. We literally get full on POV switches to overextend this period. Where it could've been done in 10 chapters instead. And that is the best part of this book, which is sad. Our MC gets all this OP skills and stats, but fails to do anything to stand out once the apocalypse happens, but throwing money at minor problems. He fails to live up to expectations and the financial development focus fails to entertain. It's all about shock... more>> and awe at this point. Legit, we are suppose to believe our MC can remember every little detail of the financial market after being alive for thirty years in a death world. I don't care what associates degree he earned, this isn't possible.

Rate 1.4/5 - For broadening my knowledge on Korean market stock. <<less
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SilverFox99
SilverFox99
Feb 04, 2021
Status: c30
I thought this would be an average gate / dungeon hunting regression novel. I was wrong but in a good way.

The storytelling in this novel is really great with a lot of details and it actually make you learn useful stuff.

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Spoiler

There's a whole arc where it's just about him getting rich through the normal economic way. And this is explained in detail so ot actually make me learn a lot.

Normally in this kind of novel becoming a hunter itself would be enough to make you rich. But the MC doesn't want just that. He want to be the richest in the whole world

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youpley
youpley
Jan 04, 2021
Status: c21
I read the novel and the manhwa until chapter 29 where it stops and wow I have to say one of the best starts of novels I have ever seen, some ppl may not like the details, but it's so well written and a lot of foreshadowing and building for the future, ii like how MC is getting ready for the future by rasing funds and getting companies in a smart way using his brain and collecting useful ppl around him, I really hope this novel takes off so we... more>> can get more chapters. <<less
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davidbqisp
davidbqisp
Sep 09, 2021
Status: c1
I'm going ahead and warn those that are looking for a classic hunter-monster story will be caught offguard. The author clearly either has a strong financial background or is the biggest financial history fanatic that I've ever seen. Imagine if you could back 20 years and buy stocks on Google, predict the fall of the 2007/2008 stock market, invest aggressively in crypto and amass trillions. This story is basically that with hunter-monster as simply a backdrop for the story. Yeah, its the ultimate goal and developments for it happens, but... more>> at least 70 chapters deep its 95%+ financial story. As somebody that works in finance, I find it incredibly compelling, but I can understand why a lot of people would not like it at all. This author uses derivatives, futures, swaps without care and its easy to get lost if you are not familiar. Basically, if you got confused while watching the Big Short for the third time, you're probably not going to enjoy it. But, man, if you like/understand these concepts, you're in for a unique experience. <<less
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Dirty Mick
Dirty Mick
Jul 18, 2021
Status: c61
This guy spent 30plus chapters going into unnecessary detail on how the MC gets rich but when we finally get some combat the MC acts like a total rookie. His preparation was so bad it's laughable and then we go right back to the stock market shit. If I wanted to learn about the stock market i'd read a proper investment book not a korean webnovel
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lavender_drop
lavender_dro
May 25, 2021
Status: c66
I really enjoyed this. It gave a greater understanding of the character and his motivations. It's fleshed out and has many profound narrative layers.

The editorial team and the translator are doing a fantastic job. Looking forward to future developments!
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boread
boread
May 21, 2021
Status: c64
Good story, but the line blurred on whether this is a dungeon kind of novel or stock kind of novel. I understand that this might be just a transition process. But the gap of 20 years until the day of awakening/trial are too long. But overall, this is a good novel. At least the stock part of the story is good, waiting for the dungeon part.
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