Possessing Nothing

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C-class mercenary. Started as a No Class, possessing nothing.

13 years of survival in the depths of the ditches.

I’ve managed to return to the beginning, but…

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쥐뿔도 없는 회귀
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07/05/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c71
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06/19/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c68
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05/16/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c61
05/12/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c60
05/11/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c59
05/06/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c58
05/05/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c57
04/19/18 Chamber’s Cleanup... c56
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Fan2zz
New Fan2zz rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c71
The best weak to strong protagonist in a novel I've ever read. The mysteries surrounding his restart, the characters in the novel, and the look at the mind set of the struggles of someone without talent with goals far beyond himself are all compelling. He does have good fortune with opportunities to grow stronger and gain favors from people like in other novels, but unlike those novels he doesn't suddenly become a godly genius out of no where despite claiming to have no talent, and the novel goes a long... more>> way to show us his struggles in detail. <<less
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Eziona
Eziona rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: c31
This is not any typical second chance, turn back time and reach the goal with the knowledge of their previous lifetime. No. This is about a untalented protagonist, who even with his second chance is still chained by his lack of talent.

Struck with extrodinary luck of obtaining another chance, and with the will to train and survive against the odds, the man who posseses nothing still beaten by the mere truth of lacking talent. Quite laughable, yet unique and undoubtedly one of the perks that makes this story great!

And don't... more>> mind what the previous reviewer "SumYungHo" says. He is clearly one of those readers who glimpse through chapters in seconds. The auther never controdicted himself. He stated that the progonist never trust anyone. But because he needs money, he decided to follow along. In the end, the traitors never find a opening to backstab the protagonist, with good reasons of course. He never trusted to leave his back open to them ever.

Although I gave this novel a 4. This is worthy read nevertheless, and I endorse anyone who stumbles upon this series to try it out.

"... Why. You want to copulate with me?" Lol, never in my life would I have thought that I'd see such a great joke like in Nier:automata.

(Yes I created this account just to refute that reviewer,) <<less
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criticalmind
criticalmind rated it
August 25, 2017
Status: c38
Can I just say, I consider myself a veteran when it comes to second chance novels. And it's always the same. Man goes back to the past and immediately becomes OP in some way or the other. Usually, he knows high level techniques or has some kind of divine artifact with him. Of course he always has some kind of highly specific knowledge that can make him filthy rich.

This is different. Period. The MC is basically a talentless hack with a severe inferiority complex. Initially, he doesn't have much ambition... more>> and just wants a slightly better life.

When he gets high level techniques, he can't master them easily because well... he is a talentless hack.

But he meets people who change him and he struggles to overcome his past mentality. He takes the hard path because he doesn't have convenient plot armour.

This is slowly becoming one of my favourite novels.

5 stars <<less
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Mkaius
Mkaius rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: c34
This is the most dim witted protagonist I've come across in a while. He keeps whining about how untalented he is every other chapter, believes the future is set in stone, and acts like his physical age. He doesn't really have any redeeming quality, I'm not sure if he gets better later on in the story but at this point he really is an annoying MC.
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SnoopyGM
SnoopyGM rated it
October 16, 2017
Status: c47
One of the best setting of the time travel theme novel

If you like a talented/genius/very smart/easy going/positive/cheat/dense MC dont read this

Read this if you want growing personalty/logical/hardship story/normal MC (no BS kind of weak to strong)

The MC is not a genius and dont have a cheat, he just a normal people who got so many experience in his previous life and using it to become better. No high goal, just be better than his previous life. In his past life he got so many bad experience like a lackey.... more>> This time by remembering all those experience he using it to become better.

For people who badmouthing the MC cause he think like a pessimist, you all cant feel the story, can you imagine got into a different world where everybody stronger and you just a trash, and do all thing just to become better trash but die in the middle? I bet you cannot, the MC way of thinking is very logical and not annoying at all, he still face enemy normally, he still kill people and monster normally, and not a coward. He just think he cant be as good as a genius, and that is VERY LOGICAL. He also doesnt think everything negatively, he sometimes hope to become a genius by getting a great skill, but still his talent is lacking. No its not a story about some BS talent/genius people but a story of hardship and unshakable will of a person. He isnt some kind of crazy murderer, crazy money seeking or any crazy something person who become good because they have an insane mind. He just want to become better as a normal person, and he did it step by step.

Spoiler

At first he just want to be better than his previous life, but in the way he meet a genius (friend) who challenge him to become more than that. The MC is so humiliated by the genius words and promise he will beat the genius. In that way, the MC way of life change, and he has a new goal. On the way he doing the unthinkable training and face so much hardship and got help by so many people. Then his story as a real magnate begin. His personality as an individual grow more and more as the story goes. No he dont do it himself, he got help by other individual stronger that himself and by their advice, he grows.

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RockLeethal
RockLeethal rated it
May 19, 2018
Status: c62
Great novel about a guy struggling to fix his past mistakes - and unlike other novels (Rebirth of the Thief That Roamed the World comes to mind) he isn't an OP genius right off the bat. So many novels push the idea that the MC was super mediocre and normal in their past life, then they reincarnate and become godly geniuses for some reason (I Am the Monarch is another offender). In this novel, the MC makes relationships that didn't exist before, puts in real effort instead of the typical... more>> "Okay, I know where this OP broken artifact/treasure/weapon is and I'll take it easily and become super OP". There's still a little bit of that, but to a very small degree (I think in 62 chapters it's happened twice? And the first one basically didn't even do anything).

Another plus is that there is very little filler. Other novels may spend dozens of chapters in each little area and waste a bunch of time with extraneous dialogue and sh*tty slapstick comedy. Not in this novel. Prepare for timeskips that are placed accordingly. <<less
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jkmessah
jkmessah rated it
June 19, 2017
Status: c40
Still at 7 chapters but the premise is quite interesting. Will rate when more are out. Nothing extremely original but the world and characters are well written.

Unlike most second chances or regular Isekai novels, our MC is not overpowered. Weak but determined to survive with what he has; pragmatic and sensible. Usually having past memories is extremely advantageous, but since his past life was relatively unremarkable, the benefits it brings are toned down. Enough to give him an edge, but not a god.

Translation is done well and the world it's... more>> in is rather interesting. The few side characters aren't complete card board cutouts from the little interactions we see. I am looking forward to more chapters!

Edit: it has been a good ride! I always look forward to reading more about Sungmin. He is still very flawed as a character, but his strengths are really coming out now. He's a character you can't help but root for. In the span of 33 chapters you can actually see character growth in not just his strength but his perspective, his mind and his attitude towards things.

Other characters in the story are also interesting to read which gives this story that full experience. I highly recommend anyone give this a try! <<less
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nile
nile rated it
August 28, 2017
Status: c38
I'm tired of cliches so I rumage though a lot of novels here to find hidden gems, and boy was this a great find.

The MC is not OP, feels like a human-being we can relate with as if we're there. And there's real feels to it. There's no plot armor to protect him as he has to train hard and plow through the insecurity and inferiority of being talent-less amidst the jeers of others.

Please read this! It's really worth it.
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a7davidz
a7davidz rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: 43
It addicting the novel, it too bad I don't understand Korean. It like a bottom of a pit & he trying to climb out. He believe his future in set from no class, but he slowly realizes it not. It to due to helps he recieves & prob luck or not.
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NothingPersonal
NothingPersonal rated it
October 22, 2017
Status: c47
Well, i'll never update this review, so just consider that, if unchanged, this novel never disappointed me. Not going to go into details, others did that, but just know that it's one of those novel that you want to read. May be a different style for many, since there is no harem, yet (Cause yeah there will be one), and the MC is not strong at all, well before chapter 40. He learns quickly that others his age are unfathomably stronger than him. He learns that luck is the only... more>> think that he has. He experiences both sides of the world, one of the weak and poor, the other of the powerful and rich/famous. BUT, He is different of any common guy, as opposed to many other reviewers belief, he is second to none in perseverance. Well just read it, you'll like it. <<less
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Dusk
Dusk rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: c47
Possesing Nothing.. simple, catchy title. I read this novel with a simple hope of it not being a generic one, like the general novels that are flooding the community now and well, I was rewarded with this.

I'm sick of geniuses, I'm sick of cripples who are only geniuses in disguise, I'm fed up of the so called average but gained the lazy plot device 'cheats' or whatever you call em. A crippled MC will only become a genius, we all know it but what of an ordinary? Let me rephrase... more>> it, an above average not a genius who towers others but a true, bonafide above average. This is, Possesing Nothing.

In a sense the MC does possess something, of course. But if we look at the bigger picture and how he started this journey, he truly is... hollow, and when you come back to see the title of the novel after reading a certain amount of chapter you might also feel it's.. hollowness too. Yes the MC came back to time and he can reap rewards using his future knowledge but he simply possess nothing, even he come back in time, so what? He might be able to improve his life compared to his previous one but in the end, he is still 'nothing'.

What changed him is the people he met, he grew out of his shell, the 'shell' I'm talking about here is the mindset of averages. He challenged his limits and when I say challenged it's not just one line where the author mentions " he work harder than normal people, normal people would collapse at 10 tries but he did 100 " no, not some trash lines like that but we actually get to see, feel and experience his hardships at least that's how I felt. Anyone can just write ' he worked like a madman bla bla bla ' but to get the people reading feel the hardships, that's something different altogether.

I saw someone saying him as the most dim witted MC he had ever seen, whining about his future and all. Well, I beg to differ. In fact I don't think this 'someone' understands the MC well enough, I don't think he understands the meaning of 'averages', I will not elaborate on that cuz there's no meaning cuz this review is not aimed at him. In fact, if the MC can change to a bright, optimistic person in 10 chapters then I'll be the one cursing the author instead. The world doesn't work that way. This is a novel, true but people always aim for realism in novels like this and I have to say it is one of the better ones I have seen.

Hmm.. in the end this feels less of a review and more of an impression. I won't put a TLDR even tho a lot of people would want that cuz they are lazy to read (even though this is a novel community) because a tldr simply can't capture what I said about this novel. It has it's flaws yes, but it's something I personally enjoy nonetheless. After swimming through countless of web novels my taste have more or less improved, it'll be harder to get an 8 out of me now but for this I'll place an 8.1 <<less
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
April 30, 2018
Status: c56
This is a great second chance novel.

Pro

  • The MC is believable : sufficiently mature, not unkind or a psycho, while not being overly genius to pass as a normal dude getting a second chance.
  • All characters are kinda unique and well developed. The MC is really the underdog here, with many incredible geniuses around.
  • Plot twists! There is a sense of mystery in the story, really interesting.
Con

  • No romance (as of now), but maybe there will be later.
  • The translation is good, but it needs an editor.
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sukets
sukets rated it
June 26, 2018
Status: c68
Japanese beta MC on a korean novel. All he does is complain about his lack of talent. Author, show me these things, don't tell me.
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PopeBuddha
PopeBuddha rated it
November 25, 2017
Status: c47
I normally drop second chance novels once the MC is sufficiently powerful because any problem just means doing his secret move bigger and better than the last time but for this LN the MC cant become some prodigy just because he's seen the future. When the MC does get something to help him it doesnt suddenly become a move he masters, the MC trains hard and toils to make himself stronger and will still be left behind. Obviously the MC will get strong at some point and even now hes... more>> at a level that would be considered skilled the world he is in, the key difference for this novel is it still feels like he could be easily overpowered by anyone with enough talent so there will always be grind towards being stronger. <<less
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mechafanboy
mechafanboy rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: c34
This... is surprisingly well written. It actually sorta does what it says on the cover. The only thing that his past life gave him was an absurdly strong inferiority complex and memories of certain events that could be taken advantage of.

It's a pretty unique setting in a sea of reincarnation stories where their past life ends up being a roadmap that's honestly too strong in every case and creates imbalances in the world building attempted by the author.

Where it kinda goes wrong is that even in just the first 30... more>> chapters, there's a gigantic heaven and earth level difference between his prior experience and his current one such that even if people wanted to call him possessing nothing, they wouldn't be able to with the opportunites he's already taken advantage of hence the title then loses most/all of it's meaning.

Upside, the writing doesn't suffer just because he becomes stronger (although it IS aggravating reading about his mindset after a while. Literally mentally tiring hearing all the negativity), as his past experiences shape his outlook on life and since his prior life was terrible, naturally his temperament follows suit, the novel feels more like it's trying to piece together an extremely broken human being or several considering some of the side characters.... back into being an actual human again. It's a very novel approach.

Translation and editing was really well done in the beginning but in the latest chapters, there seems to be a pretty noticeable drop in quality from the editor. Not enough that I would change my rating but enough that it's noticeable.

All in all, I went in expecting nothing and came out feeling like I got quite the reward in a new novel that's actually quite unique. 4/5. There's a lot of elements that still need to be fleshed out before I would consider giving it 5, but 4 as an above average score? More than happy to do so. <<less
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Kye
Kye rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: c56
This novel is really well done so far. This novel actually has a plot to it instead of being one of those plot armor, insert basic tropes and harem novels.

This novel has a lot of character development, especially considering its up 56 chapters only. What I got from reading the novel was the premise around the MC is about an ordinary guy (for their world, kinda meek if anything) who dies and comes back to life. From coming back to life, he doesn't want to live the same way again... more>> and wants to strive to be better. This is where the progression of the character comes in, as he grows stronger his personality changes for the better. This makes the MC relatable and really likeable because we get to see his changes through his struggles. On top of that, there's a fleshed out plot and world.

Overall probably one of the best novels for this genre and I highly recommend reading it. <<less
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Sonivitus
Sonivitus rated it
March 29, 2018
Status: --
This story has superior MC.

He is not pervert, or twisted, or just endlessly craving for power, etc.
Yet he also has bad qualities, like feeling inferior or being a coward to some extent.
He is somehow kind, yet not foolish or dumb.

For me this is one of the few novels where the MC is portrayed as a real person.
Which adds depth to the story for me - I read a lot of novels and when I dropped something
it was usually because the MC wanted just to be endlessly... more>> stronger, without any other goals
... which may seem alright, but I don't think that's how a realistic person should be.

The whole premise of "going back in time" is handled here very well.
Usually this kind of novels has MC who is constantly taking advantage of knowing the future,
yet here it is balanced very well and the MC !proactively! does things outside of the scope of what he knows.

If you like this you may also like Max Level Newbie I think.
Or recently I came across Revolution of 8th class mage which is also kind of similar. <<less
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Chilly
Chilly rated it
October 15, 2017
Status: c47
I've read dozens and dozens of light novels that have a wide variety of genres (fantasy worlds, rebirth plots, martial arts, adventure, romance, horror, mystery, etc.).

This is one of the only light novels that I've read that gives me that intense feeling of inspiration or excitement when I'm reading it. Its the same feeling as when you're reading a really well polished manga or watching some of the few extremely well done anime. The beginning chapters are good although a bit slow, although the parts I really enjoy come later... more>> in the story, and it is INCREDIBLE. I don't want to take away from the story you're about to read, so please READ THIS LIGHT NOVEL if its the last one you read, it is in my top 3 light novels read to date.

Possessing Nothing should have many more readers and better reviews, its a shame that many people review it after the first few chapters complaining that the main character isn't an op bad ass within the first 5 minutes of reading the story -.- (not saying that he becomes op or even a badass, read to see for yourself).

If I haven't said it enough read this freaking LN, you won't regret it and you'll probably be waiting on the edge of your seat for that next chapter. <<less
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imsodone
imsodone rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c47
The thing that makes me love this story more is how the MC mopes and whines that he's not a genius. And HE'S NOT, he's very hardworking though. The start may turn you off since most novel in NU are self fulfillment OP novels but this not it. This is story about a man who struggled for 13 years, dies and travels back to the time when he first arrived in the world of Eria?. It will show you geniuses (Pegasus Waifu!) and will shove to your face that the... more>> MC is no way like them but he will triumph over them through sheer hard work and a little help. You will watch him develop himself gradually to the point of torture. And you will relate to him because, in a way, he's like us. A no class nobody that wants to stand out and be OP but we can't because we have no talent or mediocre at best. Don't worry tho, he'll evolve. Just read it. <<less
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Yemallis
Yemallis rated it
September 16, 2017
Status: c46
Traveling back in time has come to be my favorite novel settings because it provides so many essential things for a good story such as a sense of danger on the horizon, a goal, and a unique strength for the MC. Novels that have this setting I have read would be Tales of Demons and Gods, Rebirth of the Thief, Reincarnator, Master Hunter K, I am the Monarch, The Human Emperor, Emperor of Solo Play, Reign of the Hunters, Thousand Face Demon Concubine, Dungeon Hunter, Green Skin, Tsuyokute New Saga,... more>> Murabito desu ga Nani ka?, Nidome no Yuusha, Hiraheishi wa Kako o Yumemiru, Still Wait For Me, Transcending the Nine Heavens, and Zhanxian.

And among all of those stories, this is the one that has stood out and I am writing a review for.

The MC does not have a goal, he didn't die in any special way, and the few special pieces of information he remembers are just enough to take him from trash to still trash. Yet Possessing Nothing still manages to be an amazing novel in terms of characters, setting, plot, and my anticipation of upcoming chapters. Very much looking forward to reading this novel in the future. <<less
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porkbuns
porkbuns rated it
September 1, 2017
Status: c40
If you're a masochist and love reading about a talentless MC, whom suffering physically and psychologically in order to get over his sense of inferiority and achieve his dream, then this is the novel for you.

Introducing our lovely MC, whom was randomly summoned to a foreign world (apparently it's pretty normal for people from other worlds to get randomly summoned every now and then to this world) one day. Upon being summoned, he realised that he started out with no talent, no skills, no class, no items/equipment, and abysmal... more>> strength. He goes on to live a miserable 13 years in this world and ends up dying a stupid death inside of a dungeon one day; however, he was able to resurrect and be sent back 13 years due to a stone he found inside of that same dungeon.

Having now been sent back to the beginning, our MC embarks on a journey of self discovery in an attempt to get over his sense of inferiority and lack of talent, compared to the multitude of geniuses, pricks, and genius whom are pricks, that our MC is seemingly always surround by, for some reason. <<less
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