Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (WN)


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Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked.

But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru attempts to return the favor by helping her track down something that was stolen from her. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone.

Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability “Returns by Death” and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time to a certain point by dying.

Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?

Note: v3 epilogue 2 part1 (or interlude as written on the translator’s web) starts after the anime’s episode 25

Associated Names
One entry per line
Re:Zero - Restarting Life from Zero in Another World
Related Series
Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (LN) (Light Novel)
Grimgal of Ashes and Illusion (3)
The Trembling World (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
11/18/18 TranslationChicken v4c104 part2
11/16/18 TranslationChicken v4c104 part1
11/12/18 TranslationChicken v4c103 part3
11/09/18 TranslationChicken v4c103 part2
11/05/18 TranslationChicken v4c103 part1
11/03/18 TranslationChicken v5c57 part1
10/31/18 TranslationChicken v4c102
10/24/18 TranslationChicken v4c101 part1
10/17/18 TranslationChicken v4c100 part2-3
10/10/18 TranslationChicken v4c100 part1
10/08/18 TranslationChicken v4c99 part4
10/04/18 TranslationChicken v4c99 part3
10/01/18 TranslationChicken v4c99 part2
09/26/18 TranslationChicken v4c99 part1
09/24/18 TranslationChicken v4c98 part2
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BlackMazino rated it
September 15, 2016
Status: v3c5
Seem interesting at first because MC is the weakest creature and have cheat ability that when MC die he will goes back in time. The story is quite interesting but MC only focus to save people who he like and if MC cannot save them then MC die repeating until he can save them. Somehow I feel that MC is stupid like sh*t because he keep repeating a same mistake. Why don't MC go to the guild heir someone or find some powerful people, make contract with devil/demon, find good... more>> weapon, learn making trap, learn alchemist, use knowledge form japan to make some weapon, gathering information enemy weakness. Yeah I'm agree with Joshan that this loop get longer and sometime I feel frustrated because when MC almost win suddenly MC die again (F**K!!). <<less
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joshan rated it
July 14, 2016
Status: v3c68
Well the MC is the weakest creature in the multi-verse with a time cheat (its in the description. It goes back in time u know) but thanks to it he gets tortured a LOT and somehow hes more afraid of dying than getting tortured (by the end of the serie hes gonna get addicted I bet). The loops get longer (more episodes per volume) with more and more deaths/fails to the point u gonna yell: [WIN ALREADY DAMN IT! Im tired of reading!] Yeah, needlessly long volumes, also the author... more>> seems to want to convey that if u get very lucky or have a time cheat u can do a lot of things despite being the weakest. <<less
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hwang92 rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: v2c1
To save only one girl, MC have to cowards die many times before his death. To make better understanding of story, MC is tools of saved story. Every progress story have checkpoints. When MC die generally re spawn at the last checkpoint that MC have reached. A respawn is most often due to the death of MC, but it can also be caused by the failure to meet an objective required to advance in the story.
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FlippyFlop rated it
March 14, 2017
Status: v4c19 part2
Love the concept. Loved the anime (tho the production value seemed to go down near the end). Not too edgy, not too tame. MC isn't a know-it-all god, but not completely inept. A good balance, but if you are expecting a powertrip (MC reveals true powaaaah and stuns audience) then this is not for you. If you don't like seeing the MC fail repeatedly then its not for you. If you are expecting the MC to convieniently 'level up' and gain ungodly powers (appraisal-sama / slime-sama) this is not for... more>> you. Hell, I can't even tell if this is have a happy ending for the MC. Expect some frustration, sadness and cringe-worthy actions. Perfect for a read on those quiet, lonely nights. <<less
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Fritdz rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: --
Don't be fooled by the 'summoned to another world' setting. The story may have started with the protagonist, Subaru, suddenly appearing in another world but unlike other stories of the same genre, he is completely weak and pathetic. Nothing in the story goes well at first and honestly that's a good thing.

Being thrown into an unknown world where nothing goes as planned and no one to rely on, he was saved by the main heroine, Emilia. The story revolves around her whether you like it or not. She is the... more>> driving force and the cause of despair for the protagonist. Although the 'Returns by Death' ability may seem to be overpowered, you can't turn a blind eye on the fact that Subaru has no idea how or why he has the ability and that he has to experience the pain of death, both himself and possibly others. Even if he has the knowledge to prevent a disaster, its not certain everything goes as planned and he only 'returns' just a few days before the incident giving barely any time to prepare.

Through repeated failures and mistakes, he has to again and again stare death in the face and watch helplessly as everyone dies around him. The story has a horrible habit of making the protagonist fall into madness every time he 'returns'.

Though the protagonist's miserable character and personality may disgust you, I assure you the story isn't all about despair. The comedy in the story really showcases the relationships between the characters. The love in the story is anything but superficial. The characters learn valuable lessons from each other and the change shows. Nothing beats the satisfaction at the end of the multiple 'returns' faced where finally Subaru obtains victory. <<less
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NoobyReader rated it
December 30, 2016
Status: --
Best part of this novel is

MC is a real average person from our world. From intellect, wisdom, and physical abilities are weak to average. MC is damn loyal to his love interest which is the reason I read this!! (Sadly I do like the maid but I really like his determination to get the heroine's heart which is damn rare this days)

Girls are damn girls not dolls!! As I said the maid is damn cute but
... more>>

so sad to what happen to her


Every character is cunning except the MC on early part lol.

And the most important and best the part is the maid! Yes the maid. I never seen a maid this cute! If you read this surely you will get a maid fetish!!! So read my fellow brothers and get charge by her cuteness!!!! Sorry getting emo here. Score 10/5 due to maid!! If she is not in the volume only 3/5. You will say that the maid should be the main heroine if you read this. The real heroine is a little blad for my taste other than her bravery, kindness and looks she a little hallow for me. I rather select Princess Altina for princess category lol. In short the main heroine is getting over shadowed by the maid lol. Deredere maid will nuke your minds lol.

Real score 5/5. Due to drama is intense sadly for me the gore is too much for me. And the madness is in the air every volume. Still I can read this due to the lovable side characters. <<less
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August 25, 2017
Status: v4c40

First of all if you are here after watching the anime it's best to start reading from v3ch1 (start of Sin of sloth arc)

Why ?

... more>> Because there is a huge difference between the anime and novel

And if you are a Rem fan you should 100% read the side stories..

Now about the story

If you are the type who likes OP MC how is strong smart and handsome loved by every girl then I can tell you 100% you should not read this novel

I dont want to spoil anything but let just say the MC char in the start of the story can even be considered as ugly and childish. (not in the cute way or airhead dense virgin way but the wtf are you doing way)

If you saw what he did in the anime around ep 15 then believe me that wasn't the first or worst time....

But in his defence he was just a kid thrown to another world almost without anything but his return from death cheat and even that can be considered a curse depending on the way you see it..

Will with time he matures and gets better though honestly it's more like he doesn't have a choice because of his cheat (a.k.a curse)

Now leaving Subaru {MC} aside the story and plot are slow REALLY SLOW But not boring and realistic not to slice of life degree but in a balanced fantasy way

There will be unrealistic things sometimes but in the end after few chapters and in some cases few arcs when the MC understand things better it will make sense because we only see things from MC POV or 3rd POV about MC current actions

Of course the story is dark not very dark because MC have a nice curse but will let's just say that not everything and everyone will be saved...

And the story is the type that gets better the more you go on so you don't have to worry about starting good and then turning to sh*t.

In the end this is mostly for people how read a lot of novels and searching for something new so if you are looking for a cute novel or action wars novels I do not recommend this novel for you

Its not that the novel is bad it's just not for you taste (that's why there is a lot of people that give it 1 star)


The translation is really good and according to the translator he doesn't plan on dropping the novel so there is that too.

Plus most of the side character in the story are interesting with a lot of depth and not there just for the sake of the MC which is extremely rare. <<less
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captain crunch
January 8, 2017
Status: v4c17 part3
Rating: 2.5-3 stars
Translation: 5/5

[[5 star = almost all readers will enjoy. 4 star = large majority of readers will enjoy. 3 star = 50/50 of readers will enjoy. 2 star = a niche audience will enjoy. 1 star = maybe portion of niche audience will enjoy.]]

[[5/5 = Minor spelling and grammar errors. 4/5 = bigger grammar errors, no loss of meaning. 3/5 = bigger grammar errors, some loss of meaning. 2/5 = difficult to read and understand. 1/5 = unreadable.]]

I have dropped this, so I will not vote an... more>> official rating. I am a fan of the currently only anime season produced so far, and I wanted to read ahead. I started reading from the epilogue of V3 of this WN, where the anime leaves off. The story is about a high school MC who gets transported to a fantasy world while on a trip to the convenience store. He encounters a half-elf girl, befriends her, and tags along with her. He runs into fatal situations, and discovers that he reappears as himself several days before dying, and retains his memories. However, he is unable to tell anyone about this ability. MC is on a journey mostly to stay by his new "love interest's" side and protect her from these dangerous events, while trying to figure out why he's there and what his ability is for. There is romance, not-quite-harem, magical fantasy world, demi-humans, fantasy monsters, magic cults, martial skills and/or magic combat, and hints of political factions. No nation-building or cultivation. MC doesn't have any powers or ability progression, except the 1 mentioned.

I liked the anime, but not the novel. I can't speak about the first 3 volumes, but V4 so far is incredibly boring to me. The majority of the text consists of uninteresting or redundant dialogue. An entire chapter can be 1 conversation that goes around in circles or repeats the same details over and over, without providing any new information or adding to the story. This also affects the already slow pace.

As an example, the characters have already decided to go somewhere, but then they sit down and spend the entire chapter talking about going to that place. Then the next chapter is almost the same exact dialogue all over again while they sit in a carriage. The chapter after that, they arrive at their destination, hoping to find answers to some questions. But then it's another chapter of dialogue where they talk in an extremely roundabout way to reveal almost no new information. It makes me want to put the WN away and do something else.

The next issue is the content of the dialogue. Most of it is the MC one-sidedly flirting with the girl, and teasing a side character, with little reciprocation. I guess it's supposed to be cute and funny, respectively, but to me it doesn't convey well and just feels creepy and douchey. Last main issue is that the MC sometimes sounds possessive and jealous. The anime also showed he is at times arrogant, angry, and immature. This seems like the start of an abusive relationship to me, which taints the romance. But, he is a teenager, and the guy dies over and over again and sometimes loses his mind while he is tortured, so maybe it's understandable? I really want to like the WN, because I enjoyed the anime. But the 1st 2 issues are huge. I don't know why this is so different from the anime's style. It could be that V4 is just a slow volume; there are no battles and MC doesn't have to use his ability, compared to the anime where MC dies all the time and has to figure out how to overcome each challenge. I'd give it 2 stars for uninteresting, long dialogue, and add half a star because there are interesting chapters in between the boring ones. Fans of the anime, like me, still want to know what happens next, so that anticipation might bump up the rating to 3 stars for some readers. However, I am dropping this because I want to spend my time reading other things. I suspect Volume 4 is just slow, so maybe if you stick around longer, it might get better.

Other thoughts: This WN version is ahead of the LN. The English LN has also been licensed, so you may have some trouble finding translations. WN should still be free. I'm not sure about differences between the 2 version, but I think the TN wrote that the differences are minor. <<less
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swordsman rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: v5c1
Ok originally I started in the anime couple years back and have now moved onto the LN and WN.

Arc 1 - Sets up a good introduction for 2 of the main characters, sets up the MC's cheat like ability and some mystery elements that will come into fruition in later volumes.

Arc 2 - A showing of the MC's weakness. This is not ur usual OP MC who uses cheat level skill to OHKO all enemies. This arc introduces and new threat and a chilling mystery.

Arc 3 - At the time... more>> of the anime this was my fav.

Whale, Archbishop

there is no end to the threat and hopeless despair the MC feels. A certain female character gets a lot of development in this arc and is one of the best ones for growth of the MC. He has a very powerful conversation in this arc that still to date has left a impression on me as one of the best written scenes involving only 2 people having a conversation with no movement.

Arc 4 - Now my favorite volume, recently finished reading it. An amazing arc pretty much every single important character in this arc gets a significant level of character development and growth in their character. The mystery, plot, fight, conversations, plot reveals and twists is at the highest level i've seen so far. In particular are Emilia who previously I didn't care for and our MC Subaru who really matures here.

Suburu - learns to

rely on others, get their help and not have the I'm a hero so I must walk this thorny path alone route. He realizes his weakness so he gets help from his friends, and he helps his friends in return.

Arc 3 spoiler:

After Arc 3 where he knew he needed help from Crusch and Army

it seems like 1 step forward and 3 steps back.

Emilia - At the early stage of arc 4 I coudn't understand her and at the time I thought besides this weak character the novel is amazing, one of a kind brilliance. This arc made me have a 180 flip in how I view her, not my best girl but in top 3 for the series. I like

how she comes to accept the weakness' that exist inside her, gets to terms and accepts herself as a flawed individual a useless woman and this I find fasinating

. Rather than a Main female character who is always perfect and like a godess on a pedestal, someone with flaws feels so much more real and relatable. Perfect characters aren't entertaining because we can't relate to them and the struggles they face. Arc 4 has put this series for me in my Top 5 series.

Overall- An amazing story with great characters, plot, twists you won't see coming and leave you shocked long after they have occured. Does something very different from any other series out there and really stands on its own. Looking forward to future arcs. A real emotional rollercoaster.

p.s. Recommend getting Re Zero Ex - side stories featuring characters from the series. <<less
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ogdyolnafets rated it
November 18, 2017
Status: v3c1
This novel is just too sad. I watched the anime first in tears. The anime ended way too good with nice ending making me want to read the continuation from this novel. And I was flabbergasted, my heart is too weak.I decided to wait for the anime.

After all of that it's just the world seems to hate the MC and with the VERY ORDINARY MC TOO WEAK-HEARTED although the MC is improving mentally, the story has a nice flow, but Imagine if you were the one who got transported and... more>> knowingly YOU ARE A REINCARNATOR BEING TIME TRAVELER or we can just say IMMORTAL, first I would build up my knowledge, searching for means to earn money FAST and definitely If I f**ked up I would just commit suicide. The painless way of course. I would build my own harem, learn magic, build my own castle to world domination. <<less
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Kronze rated it
August 10, 2018
Status: v5c43
Always loved the story, really like the concept and the build up, albeit very painful for our MC who's pretty much warped to a self depreciating guy now but he's still trying. The backstory is really deep. But just to be clear, if something happens to Rem imma lose my sh*t
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d3adlyjoker rated it
May 15, 2018
Status: v4c79
It is such an vivid world, love the characters especially the main characters. The main character is very much human and this story is excellent in portraying determination, courage and despair. Admist the hardship there are also many heartwarming moments that makes you love the characters. An ranking that is not at least 4.4 blows my mind as I consider this an masterpiece easily in my top 5.
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Bok48 rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: v4c75
First things first: this is a really good and well-written story, at least in my opinion. BUT, if you hate tragedies, then don't read this.

The story is about a guy called Subaru Natsuki, who one day is suddenly transported to another world. Yes, it starts off like pretty much any isekai, but that's also where the similarities end (mostly). Instead of being like a game with stats with a harem that automatically pops up out of nowhere and where the MC gets a lot of help from some god, he... more>> has to figure out this new world by himself, with no magical or physical abilities whatsoever. Even as far as I am, he still does not have any ways to attack or defend himself, only his brain. The only ability he has (although I said he has none) is being able to resurrect to a certain spot at a certain time, referred to as savespots by Subaru himself. The problem is that he does not have any control over where and when they change, as they do throughout the story.

He also ends up dying a lot in the story. And by the way, those deaths are not just written like: "he was shot and then died", the author describes pretty much almost every single death from the first wound to the point where he is losing consciousness and dying, without excluding how much it hurts and what each wound looks like with great detail.

I must say that the uniqueness of the story and how it is written is what made me interested and dragged me into it. The first 3 arcs are pretty cringy, simply because the MC is plain stupid and does not realize how much of a pain in the ass he really is for the others around him. But once he does realize, and decides to start from zero (yes, almost title drop), the story becomes great.

All in all I love the story in general. I began watching the anime a while after it was done (anime ends almost at the same point in time as arc 3), and found myself loving the story the more I got into it.

In the end I also got to thank TranslationChicken for translating this story, with great quality translation done by hand. Thank you. <<less
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