Risou no Himo Seikatsu


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Summoned by a beautiful woman to a different world, Yamai Zenjirou is asked to marry her and make a child with her. Will he throw his life on earth away for a sponger life with a beautiful woman?

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The ideal sponger life
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agnirdurga rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: v4c3
I generally don't write reviews but the amount of negative and somewhat unfair reviews is too high. It's a proper seinen novel so please don't expect it to satisfy your teenage desires. The story is generally focused on romance in the starting but slowly and steadily changes its focus on politics as the story advances. The story has magic elements in it but the author generally doesn't focus on it (it's not a negative point but for the people who are thinking that magic is the focus of the... more>> story it isn't). The story has after marriage romance generally not seen in other novels and it feels rather good and refreshing to read. Both of the main characters have been developed quite well especially the queen. The world building is quite good. I will recommend to give this novel a shot if you like slice of life, romance and otherworldly novels. <<less
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Masadeer rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: v5c1
It's a novel about a man who agreed to marry into royalty and essentially live the life of a single woman gigolo. While others may criticize the MC's lack of ambition or drive to develop technology in a fantasy world, you should read the english translation of the novel's title; "the ideal sponger lifestyle". That's right, the entire premise of the novel is the first line in this review. It's a parallel to the story of a person who won the lottery and continued working because life in early retirement... more>> is boring. This, on top of being awkwardly aware of his not-quite-nonexistant shame of living off of his wife, compels him to help out in domestic affairs. He has *no reason* to be more ambitious, he's *no reason* to become a legendary adventurer, businessman, GAR MC, he's *already won* the game of life. Thus this is a heartwarming story that does not follow the cut and dried fanservice template of fantasy wish fulfillment, and instead replaces it with actual life fulfillment. I'll take this instead of your standard template shounen male MC, thank you very much, you tasteless plebians. <<less
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MinRan rated it
May 24, 2017
Status: v4c4
In one month you will be summoned to another world, filled with magic and with a technological level close to the Middle Age. There, you will be made King. You can prepare as much things you want to bring with you as you can fit on a large magic carpet. What do you bring with you ?

Books and books of modern knowledge ? A source of electricity and computers filled with all you could get your hands on (from knowledge to classical/modern music to famous movies) ? Loads of items... more>> that would be worth a fortune in this other world ?

No, no... You bring alcohol. And a fridge because you prefer your beer chilled (because you can't just put it in a stream). Oh, and a fan. And baby clothes (because they certainly won't have that). And bug repellent.

I get it, I get it. The protagonist isn't ambitious and just wants to live an easy life. But he knows the technological level of this other world, he knows that as a King he will have at least some responsibilities, he knows that his future kingdom just emerged from a long war and he knows that he won't be able to go back to Earth for at least 30 years.

So why the f*ck would he simply brings loads of DVD of the TV series he didn't have the time to see ?!

Oh, so you want to know how to make glass ? You want to know more about electricity ? You want a better medical knowledge to help with the Queen's pregnancy ? Well too f*cking bad because he had to bring his beer !

And I swear to Khorne, if he starts to introduce the people of his kingdom to the marvels of japanese cuisine like it's the best cuisine across all worlds (like almost every f*cking japanese protagonist does), I will find a way to reach him through my computer screen to b*tch slap him !

All in all not a bad story. <<less
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Immoral Peach rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
A story about another passive Japanese with no ambition. Being from another world he natural has advantages, despite this, he is content with being a NEET in a fantasy world with magic dragons.

Fine, I get your wife is the queen, and you don't want to seem as though you covet the throne. But you could be doing other things such as starting a business or develop a small territory in a place suitable for yourself.
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Jarrow rated it
March 26, 2016
Status: --
You have a 10' x 5' x 8' volume (magic carpet), and can bring anything that can fit, and you'll spend the next 40 years in a tropical medieval environment. What are your choices? :) (Does Wikipedia have a print version? Cubic Zirconium costs $10 per carat, any color or none :)

Ignore the 1's from the slaughter-folk, this is an otherworldly slice-of-life story without Extreme Phlebotinum or Teenage Violence Wish Fulfillment. A fairly smart MC sets himself up for a responsible, happy family life with a new Queen... more>> who had been in such a bad situation that asking a stranger to knock her up was her best bet. Meanwhile, the MC has to tiptoe around the local politics to prevent a chauvinism-driven rebellion against his wife if he seems too active or competent to certain ambitious nobles. Expect a real-ish world bent on politics and development, without Miraculous Science. Magic is impressive, but limited; science is limited to what the salaryman can invent or remember. My choices for the shipping volume would be different, but the MC still needs to answer to the storyline: "look it up on wikipedia" would destroy much of the drama. :) The Japanese author also writes pretty well about the collision of Japanese Social Customs and the Otherworldly European Equivalent. A fun read. <<less
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marine1corps rated it
April 22, 2016
Status: --
Alright I had write a review here because some the reviews are biased. This is NOT an action novel nor is it about building commerce. It is truly about man from different world loving his wife. Yes he brings technology from another world and yes does nothing with it but that is because politics restrict him doing anything. His purpose was to have a baby with the queen because he has the highest purity in blood to do so. Otherwise this about politics and slice of life about him and... more>> his loving wife. If you don't like it then don't read it. <<less
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June 7, 2018
Status: --
I would like to start by saying that I have currently read until the lastest chapter posted (v7 2nd intermission) and I have noticed that the title ends up being a little incorrect as he starts working in the palace and also travels in various “missions” assigned by the queen.

Hence I propose that the title of this novel should be changed from “the ideal sponger life” to “the ideal slave life”


... more>>

It seems to me that he is living the life of a prisoner or slave and heres why

  1. He cannot leave his house (inner palace) without someone supervising him: Prisoner lifestyle FTW
  2. When he works he always has someone supervising him (the advisor) : Yeah right, some relationships goals right here lol...
  3. Every time he introduces himself he has to say his masters name (Aura) : Some bullsh*t reason that he cannot have his own ideas because some nobles might want him as king... So what, if you trust him you shouldnt care that he has nobles backing him because you know that he wouldnt do anything. But well, that is if you trust him..
  4. He cannot befriend nobles for fear of helping them (Princess Bona) : This is already borderline offensive. Aura, his “wife” (more like his master), actually controls his interactions with people because he can share important knowledge from Earth by mistake. I mean, the knowledge isnt even hers and she is reprimanding him for helping others? WTF he is an idividual and he can share his ideas with hoever he wants. You can ask him not to do it, but, in the end, its his own decision! He is not your slave!
  5. He cannot have political aspirations: Same reason as 4
  6. He cannot speak with his son or sleep with him: Males older than 5 cannot sleep in the inner palace and he cannot get out so...
  7. He is forced to attend parties: You dont want to attend? Well to bad your wife is the Queen and she orders you to appear. What can you do?
  8. He has to “perform” during all his life as instructed when he is out of the cell (inner palace) : He has to work/attend parties because, if not, a rumour that his “wife” is controlling him might spread. BUT! He always has to say and preach that he is following ordres every f*cking time because same reason as 4. The fact that by doing this performance he is already being controlled is ignlred I guess...
  9. All his “achivements” are stolen by his “wife”: same reason as 4
  10. SPOILER He is forced to take a concubine: Well his only “selfish” request (which is actually not that f*cking selfish to start of, I mean, you can actually f*cking wait a generation for the sons to spread the blood or encourage marriges between branch houses like Guillen+Marquez) during every single volume gets completly disregarded and the “wife” actually sold him in front of his face for (quote) “iron” and “ships” to someone he is not actracted to while he is (quote) “pale and barring his teeths”. Then proceeds to say that (quote) “I am the queen (master) and you are only part of the royal family (which has to obey/slave) ”. Yeah who cares about his consent when you are the master right? Hahaha nothing to do I guess... If the MC was a girl and a king was forcing her to marry someone she doesnt want for benefits this novel would hace a shitty score...

Well the spoiler ended kinda like a rant haha

The concept that this novel presents (transmigration to marry a queen) was very good and intersting but the delivery could have been soo much better...

To start off, the MC has zero charm as a protagonist... No ambition, no goals, no personality, he is a High level Beta and a Yes-man who would do anything for his “wife” because “he fell in love with her at first sight”. Yeah, absolutely no development, it just kinda happened. Destroy your reputation? No problem! Everyone thinks you are a fool? Done! No friends or relationships? Why do you need something like that when you have a “wife” who only needs you bloodline?

If I had to describe the MC with a phrase it would be: Like a girl in a chinese harem novel with more exposure. No personal goals, no personality, no ambitions, fell in love just cause, accepts everything and no relationships besides FL.

The political part of the novel is also not that interesting. Theres not really a crisis or anything to solve, just random everyday happenings that are nor relevant no important and would be solved regardless. The MC only contributions so far are saying that he is henchmen of the Queen and talking to ambassadors from other countries... Really dissapointing. Everything else is random talking and etiquette wich is plain boring.

The romance, if it can be called so, is extremely onesided and unhealthy. The queen controls everything in the relationships and actively uses the MC as political change and a covenient tool. She even says that the MC is a “rapturial raptor that only moves in the direction she points”. This completely kills the romance as it gives the impression that she doesnt care that much about him. She actually knows it and self-reflects about it and tries to solve it by asking about the MC wishes. Then she says that she cannot grant nearly all of normal and f*cking easy wishes. In the end, the MC 10 or so petitions are reduced to having free time and bath time lol.... Even the objective 3rd person who knows whats happening (the advisor) says that she is treating him like a (quote) “pawn” and she even agrees with him lmao. The wife actually thinks that the MC SHOULD be angry with her but the MC just sucks everything up and becomes a pinnacle of Betanism UP TO VOLUME 7 HE HAS NEVER SAID NO TO THE WIFE even if he doesnt want. The wife though says no everytime even for little things lol

I had expectations that she will eventually stop treating the MC like an special bloodbag and a political tool and start considering him more like and individual with whom she maintains a same stand relationship and has his own goals (not working and no concubine) and moral code but its more like master-servant even in volume 7. <<less
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gazelle rated it
October 29, 2017
Status: --
Im a bit disappointed with ths MC, just like the nobles in the novel. His child is growing up but he is downgrading his reputation, he doesnt have dignity and no achievements. What will child think to his father when he is growing up, the child is in the main palace while he is in the inner palace, a few rumours can make a child distant himself. I just cant take it when the MC is being managed by women, its irresponsible. I guess its japan's trademark. How can you... more>> say that the girl love him when she doesnt even trust him, giving him a few power and things to managed. To afraid to usurped the throne? She loved authority more than her husband. What will he do when the girl leaved him or abandoned him, he doesnt have a job or independent income or power. Sigh~ typical passive MC from samurai japan. <<less
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admideal rated it
July 17, 2017
Status: v2

*The slice of life interactions that the MC shares with his wife are tender and delightful.

*This novel does not shy away from physical intimacy

... more>> *There is some political intrigue that adds tension to the story


*Many reviews exalt the romance in this novel, but I believe that it's misleading to call it a romance. The MC loves his wife one-sidedly and makes personal sacrifices for her. The queen, on the other hand, cares for the MC but does not love him. Her motives seem to be out of a sense of duty to her country. She also does not trust the MC. She continually monitors him and forms counter-plans behind his back in case he becomes more powerful. For this reason, I dropped the novel at volume 2. Perhaps this problem gets better later on.

*The MC has the opportunity to industrialize and reshape the kingdom, but instead he spends his time in his room all day. Granted, the title is "The ideal sponger life, " so the author did warn us. <<less
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Elaborate rated it
December 15, 2016
Status: v5 intermission 2
Very good novel; feels different from other translations I'm following, which I find refreshing.

This is a slice-of-life story of a modern MC settling down in a medieval-esque kingdom, bringing with him a carpet's worth of modern equipment.

There's not that much action, and what action there is, the MC is generally not involved with. He IS learning magic, but in a very realistic fashion, it turns out to require around three years of studying to use it, so that's not the focus of the story either - we just... more>> see him studying from time to time.

So what's left? Married-couple romance with the Queen, doing the taxes of an entire kingdom with a computer spreadsheet, carefully NOT getting too involved in court politics, trying to invent soap before the supply runs out, negotiating trade routes, teaching the maids to play video games... In short, situations you basically never read about!

Pretty good translator; just the occasional typo here and there.

I heartily recommend it! <<less
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shuiko rated it
October 1, 2016
Status: --
A great story with great characters that grow organically within the plot. As more characters are revealed more characteristics and political tension comes into play. But best of all awesome main Couple.

This is more a slice of life with political story that surrounds the lovely relationship between the MC and his Wife the Queen.

Overall its very enjoyable and relaxing to read, and the current Translator, though on the slower end, makes up for it with great high quality work. (Which is rare, a lot of TLers are just slow and... more>> also meh). <<less
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Shirai rated it
June 6, 2018
Status: v7c3
Reading all of the negative reviews, I am starting to think they

1. Didn't know the English meaning of the title (its 'The Ideal Sponger Life' btw)

2. Didn't read far enough, or don't remember what they are reading.

The 1st issue is self explanatory. He will not have ambition to rule. He is also not a King, but a Prince Consort.

2nd issue however is getting on my nerves. This is however, also a way for me to review the Novel.

Aura is NOT power hungry.

Aura is the last remaining Royal of the Carpa Kingdom due to just having experiencing a war. She holds all responsibility of keeping her bloodline in power. She doesn't want to be the reason the Space Time Bloodline is no longer in power. It is a huge responsibility.


Why she has a lack of personnel?

The country just survived a war. Even the Royalty is only left with Aura alone, so my guess is that both Royalty and important personnels were sent to various areas of conflict via Space Time magic to try and gain the upperhand/control the situation.

This was hinted at when Aura mentioned the Royalty used Space Time magic to do periodic checks on Nobles thus the Nobles don't dare to pull off large scale corrupt activities.


No new personnels?

Most if not all Noble Families marry with each other, it is difficult to tell who is trustworthy. Since those Personnel who might not be ambitious might still be loyal to their Family instead of the Royalty. The issue of corruption/ambitious Nobles were showcased a few times in the Novel.


Aura's appreciation and eventually love for Zenjiro does develop as time goes on-

-due to how much Zenjiro does for her. In the beginning, it is only natural that Aura is on guard against Zenjiro, they've barely known each other. She was also afraid of the Nobles changing Zenjiro's mind to be ambitious at first. Zenjiro went out of his way to avoid the Nobles and make his stance of being Aura's supporter in public appearances was definitely a factor. Oh and him not wanting Concubines to dedicate himself to Aura at the beginning.


Overall I felt this Novel was well written. Magic is powerful enough but not ridiculously overpowered in this Novel like most others.
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Prochy rated it
December 17, 2017
Status: v6 extra
Ok, I voted mainly because I feel the raiting for this novel is way lower than it should be!

Without doubt most relatable isekai MC out here, first time reading Iseka novel I thought "Oh, thats how I would act in his situation"

Writing and translation is great, story is interesting and well paced.

Definetly worth reading.
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summers rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: v3
This could have been good. Sadly like most of slice of life fantasy most of the content is just filler. The political aspect was smart without being overbearing and obvious, there is no snickering evil count, just people with reasonable ambitions and worries and interests, that is harder to deal with than an actual antagonist.

The filler is stuff that really ads nothing, I don't need to read about him eating or walking the halls, or the fact that he is using LED lamps for lighting for the 100th time. I... more>> don't need to read that queen is wearing a red dress, she is almost always wearing a red dress. As for the criticism that MC is not bringing in enough modern tech or guns. There is a reason why poorer countries have a hard time making or even stealing some tech; it requires maintenance, infrastructure, a proper supply chain strong knowledge base etc. Those novels that have some guy just watch video and start a industrial revolution requires too much of a suspension of disbelief even in a world of magic.

Its too bad about the filler, because speed reading ahead it looks like there are some interesting and cute/fun characters to be introduced, but I will not waste my time with filler, I have learned to drop those kind of novels fast. <<less
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kakistory rated it
September 27, 2018
Status: v6
This is a good novel. Except that if this novel becomes a harem, it's totally off my taste.

The MC is decent guy who then got sucked into another world of different cultures and technology to become a husband of a queen.

The MC tries to improve his living condition in the new world, cuz the world seems to lack of tech.

... more>> He is true to his nature, he didn't change his personality or stuffs, just trying to make his marriage going more well (which is in great condition, btw)

The queen is a very good woman. Tolerable and loving and all good quality in a wife. She even agree to another wife of her husband, due to some conflict, but the MC stands up like the loyal man he is! Which makes me feels good reading this.

Bad aspect? Hm. Let me think.

It's just that he's a normal guy. (Lol, hahahahah) I mean, it'll be a plus if MC is good in politics to help his wife shoo away those potential concubine that shoved to the door. And, I really hope there's no harem. Please author! No harem ! The MC and fMC marriage is great. Don't ruin it please please please please. <<less
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UniqueUsername rated it
September 11, 2018
Status: v7c5
It's a decent novel. Nothing too amazing but not entirely bad. The MC is a simple but sensible character and the female MC is a character with some depth. The romance aspect is a bit lacking, at the moment it seems mostly one-sided from the male MC. The female MC has shown concern and affection to the male MC but it doesn't feel like she loves him and that's one of my biggest gripes with this novel.

Many people seem to hate the male MC because he has no motivations or... more>> dreams but I don't get why that's a bad thing. Not everyone wants to rule or shape the world. He is the queen's consort so he doesn't have to worry about money, housing nor food. Hell the title of the novel itself tells us that the male MC wants to be a "sponger". People complain that he has no motivation/dreams and that he doesn't do anything but I'm willing to bet that the very same people would call this novel another wish fulfillment if he did try to change the world.

I think that the scale of the political problems it focuses on is great. It's not too heavy that it feels stale and overbearing but it's not too light that they feel insignificant. If you want to read about massive wars or the like there are dozens upon dozens of novels that cover that. It feels refreshing to read about smaller political problems.

I would have liked this novel better if the male MC had more liberties. He can't leave the palace without being escorted, he can't see his infant son, he's forced to take a concubine which was the one single thing he asked the female MC not to force him to do. It would also be great if the female MC showed him more love because as it stands it looks like she thinks of him as a pawn. But other than that it's a decent read. <<less
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Zack rated it
April 27, 2017
Status: v3
Good Story Setting and Premise.

Boring MC with little to no character development as a story. Who is either too wimpy, passive and

presence less. There is no problem being a non ambition MC, it is even welcoming too, if the MC is smart and useful. But he is no different than a puppet doll or tamed pet in this story.

... more>> Take Ainz from Overlord as a example, he does not have desires or ambition, yet the story is done really well and smart too. Where he leads and conduct properly.

On other hand, female lead is instead power hungry, who always wanted her power to the point of not even delegating it to a prime ministers or a marshal, even when she was pregnant. Which defeats the purpose of what she intending to do at the start. She would also have her retainers constantly on the lookout for MC when he was out and even put in counter measures to smoother it if he ever have a slight ambition or an interest to do something big.

Her goals constantly clashes with each other, yet she does not want to let go of either of them, being the sole ruler or being a mother. Thus can be irritating to read at times.

In the end, all this make for a bland and boring story.

Setting is good? Yes

MC successful? Yes

Slice of life? Yes

Progress? Little

Development? Little <<less
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Hash2cool rated it
February 23, 2017
Status: v3
Well the only issue I have with this brand of novel is, the author is treating the male lead similar to what a male dominated novel does to female leads. Till where I have read in the novel, the author could have realistically developed a far more curious character of the MC but instead chooses to only depict the romance and the understanding, which works till the second volume but then gets boring as there is no substantial character development of the MC. His personality is similar to air and... more>> so is his presence. The author works on the premise that adding a person to your life will still not let your life be changed. Also the MC isn't curious about the new world at all. He doesn't experiment, doesn't find substitutes to technology to use his magic. In short even the details of what he has learnt is kept in the dark. Well its an indirect way of writing a female dominant manga with a side male MC. The only good the MC does is that he brought good alcohol with him and that is all.

Though don't get me wrong it's a feel good novel and that is all it is. Hence an average rating to it seems fair. <<less
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CursedLich rated it
June 19, 2018
Status: v7c4
The characters have depth, the storytelling is both nice and fluid and although the main character is obsessed with some japanese habits like most MCs (like a hot bath), he is more relatable as a normal, non-crazy, likeable person than most MCs and not stuck with total japanese cultural superiority over everything else.
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Reddu rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: v3
The novel is about normal Japanese man, who was a salary-man before going to another world. But although you can say he is "normal", there is still the typical Japanese personality (which is in other JP novels), that he apologize almost every time he thinks he is even a little bit rude. (like being selfish, cause other people small amount trouble, etc...)

He is not particularly smart person. He just got good insight to stuff related from his salary-man days. (Like reading peoples' personality or what they are after.) But... more>> the problem I got with the MC is that he lacks ambition. He just basically freeloads in an Inner Palace, doing nothing else than trying to stay of out other people sight. (Basically a NEET)

The story got nice political side in story, which can keep you interested to it. If you are in to political stuff. Without it, I might had dropped this before reaching Volume 3. But still the MC's lack of ambition makes me want to drop this. It feels more like the Queen is the real MC and the male is the other main character. (Showing up only when it is convenient for the story.) <<less
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