Sevens

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Lyle Walt is a young noble boy and heir looking forward to the day he can inherit his family’s territory. Except around when he was 10 year old, his parents started neglecting him more and more in favour of his little sister, Celes.
On his fifteenth birthday, he is challenged to a duel by his sister to see who will inherit the household and horribly loses, being cast out of his family. Afterwards, he gets treated by the family groundskeepers and receives the family heirloom Gem from him that Lyle’s grandfather had entrusted to him. From there, he begins an aimless journey with his childhood friend and former fiancée, Novem, and the Gem-turned-Jewel that houses the memories, personalities, and Skills of seven of his ancestors.

Sevens average rating 4.3/5 - 862 user ratings
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7th
Seventh
セブンス
Related Series
Sevens Gaiden (Sequel)
Recommendations
Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin (5)
Madan no Ou to Vanadis (5)
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (5)
Altina the Sword Princess (5)
Shinwa Densetsu no Eiyuu no Isekaitan (5)
Rakuin no Monshou (5)

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02/23/17 Yoraikun Translation erhart 2erhart 2
02/22/17 Yoraikun Translation intermission 4intermission 4
02/22/17 Yoraikun Translation intermission 3intermission 3
02/21/17 Yoraikun Translation intermission 2intermission 2
02/21/17 Yoraikun Translation intermission 1intermission 1
02/20/17 Yoraikun Translation erhart 1erhart 1
02/20/17 Yoraikun Translation last daylast day
02/20/17 Yoraikun Translation the startthe start
02/19/17 Yoraikun Translation miranda arcmiranda arc
02/19/17 Yoraikun Translation novem arcnovem arc
02/19/17 Yoraikun Translation shannon arcshannon arc
02/19/17 Yoraikun Translation vera arcvera arc
02/19/17 Yoraikun Translation aria arcaria arc
02/18/17 Yoraikun Translation epilogue part2epilogue part2
02/16/17 Yoraikun Translation epilogue part1epilogue part1
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Tsugumomo
Tsugumomo rated it
May 12, 2017
Status: Completed
BIG REMINDER: THE ANCESTORS IN THE PICTURE NUMBERING:

From Left to Right (clock wise) : 5th Generation - 3rd Generation - 1st Generation - 6th Generation - 4th Generation - 2nd Generation- 7th Generation

EDITED REVIEW: As a guy who used question and answer style review, I felt that it's too inclined to answer negative reviews, so I've decided to change it and to make another review which is aimed for readers who wants to give Sevens a try. This is a long Review, so take your time reading it... more>> or you can skip it and read the enjoyment section :)

Here's my Question and Answer Review

Hi, Tsugumomo (Val)

Oh Hello, Val (Tsugumomo)

Well I'm looking for a good novel, can you help me? (Val)

Sure. what kind of novel do you want to read? (Tsugumomo)

I've been reading a lot of Kingdom Novels, so I want something close to that. Oh a big reminder, I don't want some wish fulfillment like a guy introduces technology and stuffs from our world and decided to change the ideals of the world, the last kingdom novesl that I have read was unbearable that I have to dropped them. The novels wasn't bad, but it's too unrealistic and too pretentious for their content, and it's too idealistic for their goals they're trying to achieve. Oh I'm looking for philosophical novel with a lot of reasoning behind it, the last novel I read lacks of philosophical side and does only show one side of their ideology without showing any rationale human side of them. (Val)

Umm are you talking about the popular kingdom novels which has a lot of high ratings and readers? (Tsugumomo)

Yes it is, I thought they were good, yet they were bad. They gave me some expectations yet they betrayed me with their wish fulfillment fantasies. I'll never read something like those novels ever!! (Val)

Chill dude, your elitist side is showing again, that's why you don't have friends outside the internet, and you don't even talk to the anime elitist club you joined. (Tsugumomo)

I don't want to talk to those toxic guys, they bash a lot when it comes to adapted novels, the were only limited to anime and manga, they are not real elitist, pretentious elitist is the title fitting for them. Well those elitists can make sound argument when it comes to Anime and Manga debate. (Val)

Lets return to our real purpose, I want a Kingdom Novel which has a lot realism, that's the main criteria, I don't mind if it's a fantasy or sci-fi story, but I want the content something realistic and the crucial part, the characters. I want the characters to be realistic with having consistent characteristics with rationale mind, and I want the antagonist to be the same too, even if they are fodder to the story. Another demand, I want it only here in Novel Updates directories, I'm still not used to other sources and stories, even I'm an elitist, I don't explore too much besides the available Asian Stories. (Val)

That's quite hard, but foremost, but there's a lot of them in Palace Intrigue stories, especially the Chinese Novels. (Tsugumomo)

As much as possible, a Japanese novel, I want to watch the Chinese Novels adapted in Dramas like "Nirvana In Fire". I want a Japanese novel set in western premise since Japanese writers can accurately make a western story, for example Mori Kaoru was able to make a realistic English Love story "Emma" that an English bookworm like Archeon, a popular guy from My Anime List has praised it for surpassing the English writers with the same style of writing. Even though I want to read some of the western books, I don't know how, that's the reason why I don't want to read something beyond NU's directories. (Val)

Ok here's my List, I want to add more, but I think it's the best to give at least the top of my list (Tsugumomo)

  • Shinwa Densetsu no Eiyuu no Isekaitan
  • Rakuin no Monshou
  • Nejimaki Seirei Senki Tenkyou no Alderamin
  • Madan no Ou to Vanadis
  • Altina the Sword Princess
  • Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Sevens
Oh, there's a lot of them, hmm... (*reading the descriptions of each of them)

I think I'll pick up Sevens, it's the only completed novel out of the seven novels you've recommended (Val)

Nice Choice, is there anything that you want to ask about Sevens? (Tsugumomo)

Here's my question About the Story:

How was the story told? Did the chapters fit together neatly into a continuous story, were they told from different times/characters in the story, or were they essentially stand-alone (episodic) ? Could it have been done better? (Val)

Sevens was written in Light Novel Format Structure, Sevens novel is structured neatly with good organization of chapters by clustering them into Volumes. Oh a reminder, there's a lot of re-introduction in prologue, so better keep it in your mind or you might find Sevens repetitive. The chapters have fit together, it's written on standard continuous like One Piece style, actually it's thoroughly planned which makes it better to most popular novels I you can easily find. If there's anything that could have done better, it would be the implied writing style which is quite disadvantageous to casual readers who were not exposed to these kind of writing style, well it's understandable since Syosetu has a limiter when it comes to number of characters in each chapter. But I do think the author could have done a better job by writing Sevens in Graphic Form while not removing it's Implied form like "Kumo Desu Ga", well it becomes a demand if I say it like that, anyway I think you'll have no problem since you're used to Kingdom Novel. (Tsugumomo)

Oh so it's in implied writing, so a lot of details will be left out to the readers to think up to themselves, hmm... that's fine for me but I have to take it slow when I'll read it. (Val)

Another question:

Was the story overly simplistic or complex? Did that appeal to you or was it too boring/confusing? (Val)

This is hard, If you're going to take Sevens as a whole, then it's quite simplistic like "One Piece" and "Naruto". But if you're going to talk about its intricate details, world building, reasoning, logic, and kingdom elements, then Sevens is clearly superior to the popular series. If you're going to compare Sevens to other Legit Political Novels, then it falls short than the other. Basically, Sevens is in the Center of Standard Teenager Stories to Complex Political and Logical Intrigue Psychological Stories. In fact, Sevens is one of the most believable story from the beginning till the end, while it has some of the traditional writing style, the decent details of Sevens makes it exceptional to others. If you're going to ask me if it's boring, then it is, I won't deny that, but it's not confusing either. Sevens was written in which you have to read it slowly, while I admit that I did't care about it before because I was only concerned in the Music that I was playing to synchronize Sevens, it felt confusing after reading it for the first time. Its implied realistic details combined with few detailed content what makes Sevens boring if you're not used to it, well it's still pretty entertain when it comes to Character Department? (Tsugumomo)

Very Reasonable. I like Sevens Simplicity and complexity. Hmm... It has 345 Chapters plus side epilogues, I guess I'll take your word as an advise, since it's grouped into Volume, I'll limit it to 1 Volume per day pacing. (Val)

Another question:

Is the story unique? If it was predictable, did you enjoy it anyway because you like this genre/set-up? (Val)

Yes it was predictable, but I love the genre and its set-up. I admit that it's still in the realm of predictable plot, but I love the progress of the plot, from the beginning till the end, its predictability was cast off out of the window since the story itself didn't mind from the start. It focused more on the foundation and sensibility of the story rather than making crazy plot twist and hidden out of the box surprise plot. Plot wise it's predictable, but it didn't abuse any repetitive element like Naruto did to many flashbacks fillers to make the enemies empathizing or One Piece repetitive plot Go to another country and save it. Sevens is easily predictable due to its consistent plot, but it's complex plot foundation and logic compensated to its predictability. To make it simple, the Process was complex while the Result was Easy. (Tsugumomo)

I still have some questions about the story:

How was the pacing? Were there filler episodes or places that were rushed? (Val)

Actually Sevens is fast paced, I've already told you that it was written in Implied form. Well Sevens Volumes make every arc slow, but if you're going to take a look take it on a bigger picture, it's faster than most novels with a lot of chapters. Well I do get people why they complain about how slow it is, the plausible reason was it is still being translated by Yorai, even Yorai's fast translation can't keep up with Wai's fast paced released that Sevens before was treated as a slow novel last year. There's no Filler, but there's a question corner and some special chapters, but I can't call them filler. Sevens is not rushed, but to be frank it is quite rushed in the later chapters, too many implied writings and low on details, but at least it's still consistent till the end. (Tsugumomo)

Here's a crucial question:

Were the individual elements of the story done well? Was the comedy funny, the mystery enthralling, the ecchi/fanservice desireable, (action, romance, suspense,...) etc.? (Val)

The Elements of Sevens (Genres and Tags) were done well, from the beginning to the end, it's sensible and logical.

Even though I've said it was predictable, Sevens didn't resort to cheap writing like the popular Kingdom Novels did. Resorting to introduction of advance technology and showing it to people just to see their repetitive reaction while showing the author's unrealistic naivety when it comes to policies and ideology which would not work in reality. The author of Sevens showed its superiority when it comes to knowledge, she showed the complexity of Nobility, Common People and Royalty, the author showed how hard it is to actualized what most popular Kingdom Novels is trying to achieve, Ironically Sevens is more rationale to to other popular Kingdom Novels out there. The Author also knows how to limit her knowledge in writing her content by making the novel quite convenient, making it in a premise after apocalypse or else the Dreaming side of Japanese readers will not appreciate too much historical reality which should be left unknown to readers. Fantasy set in medieval makes Realistic approach irrelevant, that's what Wai said to her question and answer portion, which is reasonable. (Tsugumomo)

The Top 5 Cores of Sevens are: The Realistic Adventurer Lifestyle which showed the world building and game elements; the Schemes and Manipulative Characteristics of Walt House which is the staple food of this novel, and amazingly which is the overly done in many stories, the Harem, which is the most exceptional harem I've ever read, it's very complex, realistic with a lot of logical reasoning on it, one of those stories that shows friendship can be fragile which turns into rivalry, also another thing about harem was their rationale behind it, it's not your typical Boy gets girls, it's the Boy needs to get Girls plot style: The Kingdom Elements set in medieval era, or set in future fantasy apocalypse was thoroughly researched, a lot of complex discussion about them, and a lot of logical aspects and reasoning that you'll only find to legit kingdom novel: And lastly the Mysterious Element, which was shown in the early volumes, one of the most sensible plot foundation from the beginning until the end. (Tsugumomo)

Oh Nice!! I want to read it right now, but here's another crucial question:

Were there any deus ex machina or other literary techniques/tropes that were overdone, or conversely, done well? please no spoilers (Val)

This is hard to answer because you're not asking for specific technique and trope. Oh well, Sevens is quite standard when it comes to Literary Technique which made it predictable, but when it comes to Plot Structure and Foundation, Sevens excels in making its story solid. If you're asking about deus ex machina, then there's some, but it has a secured plot arm, thus the lack of intensity, still it doesn't matter. For Perspective Narration like Multiple POV, I admit that Sevens excels on it, Sevens is quite good when it comes to highlighting its cast, and it never used Multiple POV as its reaction pieces unlike RTW which is quite repetitive. For Style, the use of Imagery was good, it's easy to imagine in Sevens. The Theme was the Distributing recurrent thematic concepts and moralistic motifs among various incidents and frames of Sevens. Skillfully crafted tale, thematic patterning may emphasize the unifying argument or salient idea disparate events and disparate frames have in common. (Tsugumomo)

This is the simplified version of tropes I know: Zero to Hero saves the world, Womanizer who gets a lot of girls, Conqueror Hero who took the Steps to become an Emperor. (Tsugumomo)

I'm smiling right now, ok for the Last Question about the Story:

Was the ending satisfying? Did they explain everything or were there plot holes? Did it have an open ending or an abrupt forced ending? Again, no spoilers please. (Val)

I'm quite satisfied with the Ending, or not. I mean it was literally good that Sevens Ended in a good way without going downhill, from the beginning it started going in upward slope when it comes to story. I won't say there aren't plot holes, but they were insignificant if you're going to compare it to the majority of web novels and popular works revered as masterpieces. It's not a forced ending, it's planned from the start. It's quite remarkable that the story have focused on what's beyond the Ending, a also shown it's balance side by showing what's to fall and what's to rise, a lot of Philosophies has been said. Sevens is one of the best series you can use as an inspiration to write, A lot of stories has been left and can be easily use as a starter, even I wanted to make a fan fiction of Sevens because there's a lot material that can be use. Overall Sevens is a great novel and the ending was good, I hope that the author will make a sequel of Sevens. (Tsugumomo)

Thanks buddy, It's really assuring when you're the one who recommends, nut I still have something to ask. (Val)

Wait what, you're not satisfied with my answers? I thought I gave my all to explain what you want. (Tsugumomo)

The questions that you've have answered is only concerned to the Plot and Story, now I want to ask about the Characters and their characteristics. (Val)

I'm tired, it's hard to explain Sevens and it takes time to elaborate the ideas that the author did, Sevens is the hardest series to review, you can easily make praises for it but most of the time it's off.

Well don't worry, I'll just simple question, and you can give me simple answer.

I hope you're not joking

Were the characters well-rounded? Did they have flaws and strengths, or were they unusually strong/smart/stupid?

Damn you Val, I thought you're gonna give me simple questions, that's too broad if you put it that way.

If there's anything I want to talk elaborately, it would be the characters,

I think I will not answer this question with simple answers. The answer is Yes to all, but I won't stop by just saying yes. If there's anything unique in Sevens, it would be the Characters shown in this series, they have their own strengths and weaknesses, they have their own dreams and ambitions, they have their own characteristics that defines them who they are, they are the characters you would call believable. I want to proclaim Sevens as the best Novel with great Characteristics of each characters. The Reason why there's so many people recommending Sevens including me was because of the Characters.

Hehehe, sorry pal, I know that you become easily passionate when you love something, here's my another question

Did the characters react to situations and events in a realistic way?

Oh damn you man, I really hate you for giving this question. My answer is Yes...

Well considering that Sevens has a great characters, I won't go into details on what they are doing, but what made Sevens unique to popular novels is the Realism of the Characters, I've already stated this when you've asked about the plot, but I don't think I've justified it enough. Sevens' characters is what you call rationale, they act on Human Thinks, the author didn't make any characters which is shallow and boring.

Well you love to answer my questions in short paragraphs, what's the harm about that?

It's quite harmful, I can always answer them just by nodding, but Sevens need justified answers, not affirmative answers.

(PS TO THE MODERATOR: there's an error while trying to paste it on a copied material that I can't type my review on the other sources like wordpad, I have no choice but to type it here while editing it again and again. Also I'm still not done on this review) <<less
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ClearMadness
ClearMadness rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
This story is simply one of the best on this site. It has real depth, a consistent story, mystery, and believable characters. It has a harem, but it's actually done somewhat believably. I can't recommend this story enough, especially for readers who are sick of stories full of lazy tropes and shallow random plots.
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DaDeDiDoDu
DaDeDiDoDu rated it
January 17, 2017
Status: --
Sevens is a story written with an orthodox style, which is quite ironical since that actually distinguishes it from other "different with a twist" web novels.

It follows the path of the teenage MC as he starts from the bottom, embarks on a journey and slowly but steadily develops in terms of strength, maturity, character and other stuff like that as the story progresses. Of course, it also has its own unique flavors and twist that gives the novel more spice and color, something like its "identity". Well, there are... more>> parts where the writer uses cheap or cliche plot devices to portray antagonism which really ruins the story since it contrasts to how "smoothly" it was done, but it's altogether good in my opinion.

But it has one big flaw (in my opinion) that can be summarized in a single word:Standard. No, instead of a flaw, it's more like a "weakness" that happens to be its most preeminent characteristic. Yes, it's better compared to those other half-assed novels that was done sloppily. Yes, it is also a well-balanced novel that has solid plot. The way it points out the error of most WNs in their world-building will make you say "that actually makes sense!!!". That was my impression in the first volume. However, after I read the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on volume, I suddenly wondered: Haven't I read this before?? And then it hit me. When I tried to predict what will happen to the story, guess what ??I read on and hit the mark, bull's eye. Hey, I'm not trying to look like an expert, It really happened.

I mean, as a WN it's quite refreshing, but this novel only stands out when you compare it to other WNs. Story-wise, (and again, I am not bragging) but after literally hundreds of manga and anime I and probably YOU have read and watched, this one doesn't seem so unique anymore. How do I say this..... hmm, well, It would be hard for this one to ever have an anime, since it really is standard. Sure, it's good and all, but then it will hardly be the first of its kind. For me, this WN resembles those good old shounen mangas that I love to read, even to this day. Sadly, I had simply lost interest with this work, because.....I don't truly have a specific reason, I think I just fell out of love with this series.

So I say this: Sevens is nice novel, a good way to pass your time. If you're the guy who hates those various WNs for various faulty reasons, then you might find this as your new favorite. But for those who like the traditional Web Novel flavor, then I assume it's not your cup of tea. <<less
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BhozzAoI
BhozzAoI rated it
December 25, 2016
Status: Completed
Ok I give this 5 star because it has a unique kind of story in it.

Why it is great
1. Great harem members
2. Nice story
3. Great character development
4. Not OP MC but is still strong that is in sense
5. Hilarious and has feelings really into it

Then here is first of why it has a great harem members, first is a very mysterious girl (Novem), A muscle head (Aria), A yandere (Miranda and Lianne), a useless brat (Shannon), a maid who has many screw lose on her... more>> head (Monica), A bookworm who holds truth dearly (Clara), A tsundere (Aura), A still virgin but more than 30 year old woman (Thelma), A heavy eater quilin (May), A singer who likes to exaggerates story very much (Eva), A big breasted girl (Gracia), A kuudere who is also quite an air head (Elza), A kind girl who is ready to give everything for the MC (Vera) and an all around girl who has everything beauty, strength, background (Ludmilla) who the hell wouldn't find this very interesting just in the harem who has different personalities and also there are other girls like a girl who really is hard on money (Adelle) and a quite a masochist and a really hard personality (Alette). Now where can you find girls with this many different kinds of personality in a novel?

2. It has a very nice story in it that will really keep you to read it. At first it really is the worst kind of novel but after that you will find it really interesting and also has quite some mysteries in it that will keep you wonder of quite a lot of thing. And this story revolves around camaraderie and family which is also quite a good one that doesn't exaggerate things. Yeah the MC doesn't touch his harems too much in this story but it is because it will become a carnage of hell that will bring endless trouble to the MC and the answer to that harem so they will be ok and there wont be any bloodbath if the MC chose his empress is really funny.

Spoiler

if the MC chose the useless brat Shannon as his empress then there wont be bloodbath in his harem

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3. The development of the MC here is very great and it you can really feel that he is developing from a useless piece of sh*t to a great commander to a great emperor who writes his name in history and was very known and in the story the MC learns a lot of things from the ancestor where he started to became quite twisted which is quite fun.

4. The MC is not OP but still powerful that is still in common sense in that world and he utilize his skills to the utmost limit. He is not very strong in a 1-0n-1 fight because his skills are not compatible with it but he is strong if it is a group battle or at war because he use his skills to its utmost limit.

5. It is very hilarious and entertaining especially around the ANCESTORS and MR. LYLE the greatest of all. Every time MR. LYLE goes out he will really make us laugh so hard and then the ANCESTORS will add into that that it will really makes us cry out laughing. Also every time an ANCESTOR leaves the MC is a very heartbreaking scene of the story.

Position of the Ancestors in the picture

Very top position with red hair- Sixth Ancestor
Left top position with red hair also- First Ancestor
Left middle position with blonde hair- Third Ancestor
Left low position with emerald hair- Seventh Ancestor
Right top position with glasses- Forth Ancestor
Right middle position with hunter's clothes- Second Ancestor
Right low position with scary look- Fifth Ancestor

Goddess Reincarnation (I think they are)

0-Eva Nihil (Nihil is the name of the 0 Goddess so she is the reincarnation for sure)

1-Marina (Not so sure but I put her here because of the warning to stay away from the 1st Goddess Reincarnation because she is dangerous and she is dangerous)

2-Ludmilla (also because of the warning same with 1st Goddess but quite different dangerous because she always plot quite behind the scenes like how she plot for someone to save her (but it is for lyle specially to save her) and also of how she plot to become empress in the story but not so sure about her also)

3-Vera Tres (Tres is the name of the 3rd Goddess so she is sure to be the 3rd Goddess Reincarnation)

4-Lianne Faunbeux (Faunbeux or more the word Faun almost sounded like Four so she has a high possibility of being the 4th Goddess Reincarnation)

5-May (in the calendar May is on 5th so she has a big possibility to be the 5th Goddess Reincarnation)

6-Miranda Circry (Circry almost sound like six and always fighting with Novem so she is six because Sixto and Novem (Both Gods) are also in bad term so this is for sure if you just think about it)

7-Lyle & Celes

8-can be Monica but the true Octo Reincarnation is still alive

9- Novem <<less
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notjoining
notjoining rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: epilogue part2
Hoh boy, what a ride.

Sevens is a good story. It isn't a masterpiece by any means, but the plot, the characters, and the world was delivered in a believable way.

At it's roots, Sevens is a coming-of-age story. You have an underdog protagonist who learns things about life and things that are larger-than-life from 7 mentor figures who guide him till he matures as a person. That's what it's all about, really.

The plot is generic. Protag is underdog, goes on an adventure, power-ups abound, becomes a great person. All the while,... more>> he gets bitches here and there and bitches about not f*cking them, cause reasons.

In detail, you get a protag who is an underdog, but not really, because he was once top dog but events happen and he became underdog. Power-ups abound due to genetics, and powercreep is real, although in the final battle, technique trumps brute force. Plus points on the adventure though, since it wasn't linear. His reason for adventuring becomes different each time he has a shift in perspective. First, he adventures for money. Then he adventures for power. Then he stops adventuring all together, because his priorities have changed. The harem, however, is a huge minus, though it is offset by how the women interact, both with each other and with the lead. These women aren't just trophies, they have a mind of their own. Well, at least for the 4 or 5 of the women often mentioned in the story. The others were less fleshed out, but I understand that some sacrifices were made.

On to characters. As mentioned, the harem members aren't there to be damsels of distress. They bicker with one another, cooperate with each other, create factions to vie for authority within the harem, stuff like that. And yes, buzzword alert, this is a subversion of the harem trope. For the main lead, generic beta-male in the first half of the story, and he becomes less beta in the second. He is also schizophrenic, which the author uses to nudge a few chuckles from the reader. As for the side characters, they're also interesting in their own right. Pity the main villain is just a generic bad guy.

Also, a riddle for you: The main villain is generic, the last boss pitiful, the mastermind's... you know.

Let's table that bad riddle and continue the review. If themes are what you're looking for, um, growing up, family, responsibility, how to handle women. Well, the last one's a joke. But really, it's all about growing up, and how to handle responsibilities that comes with that growth. The author isn't even trying to be subtle when the key feature of the novel is about a phenomenon in the story aptly named 'Growth', and how the character deals with the after effects of his 'Growth'.

Finally, pacing. Seems pretty consistent, fast-paced when battles are on-going, and quite leisurely when they are on their everyday lives. There are instances, especially during the final chapters, where the plot skipped quite a bit of material that can be used in the story. But for my taste, the pacing is well done. No jarring tone shifts, no lazy time skips, battles that are easy to follow, and some time in between major events for the characters to interact with one another.

Other things that needed mentioning: Sevens doesn't try to be something that it isn't, though it does allude to some disturbing facets of their world. Infodumping is present in the early chapters, but in my opinion, it isn't too in-your-face like how CN novels love their cultivation tiers. Worldbuilding is excellent and doesn't only stop with how the world existed before the story. The stakes in the earlier chapters are pretty personal and small, while the stakes when the second half kicks in become grander in scale. This is also marked by how the lead does a lot of fighting in the start, but is later delegated to paper work and mental gymnastics on the second. He does fight in the final battle though, and you can see how he has changed from how he was in chapter 1.

Overall, a good reading experience, and I give it 5 stars, not because it is masterpiece (since it isn't), but because I highly recommend giving it a try. <<less
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clowred
clowred rated it
June 1, 2017
Status: Completed
Sevens is not a masterpiece, but in my opinion it is close to that. I enjoyed the adventure of the protagonist that had to face problems that varied from small and unimportant to some of the most unexpected (like harem problems). It is well known that light novels had fallen in recent times because the authors wrote to entertain a certain demographic community. This trend started about 8 years ago, and soon everyone started writing about weak and unimportant characters that suddenly receive a boost in power under certain... more>> dark circumstances (being killed, trapped in a game, bullied etc). Yet this novel from the beginning seemed to try to put some distance between those types of novels. I didn't expect too much as the wimpy and relatively useless protagonist was more or less the usual cliche used by most authors. Even so, I felt that the premise held some value so I continued to read. Now, in just 4 days while having to take exams in my final year of university, I finished reading all the volumes of this novel. Do I regret doing this? Absolutely f**king not.

I will not delve to deep in the story itself, but I'd like to at least tell future readers to never place this novel alongside novels like Death March, SAO, or New Gate. While they have popularity, most people actually feel annoyed by the simplicity contained in all of them. The pace of two of them is deadly slow while another one is recycling itself over and over again. Enjoy, dear readers, you will have the chance to see a protagonist rising from his ashes while creating the most believable harem in the entire history. Enjoy for there is drama, there are unexpected twists and the good parts and unforgettable. The protagonist will not disappoint as long as you look over him, and the seven side characters that are the pillars of his support can be considered the best addition I've ever seen.

There are a lot of things to be said, yet, the story is not held together by using simple turn and twists, so there is no way to present them by taking only a few things from each volume. This review in itself sounds quite illogical, yet, as I'm addressing the people who had given up on the j-novels because of their reused formulas, I believe some people will understand why I'm comparing it to other novels.

Lastly, the translation is by no means perfect. It needs some heavy editing, yet it manages to send the meaning of every sentence, more or less. Give it a try, it might be quite pleasurable. <<less
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Rexorcall
Rexorcall rated it
March 29, 2017
Status: Completed
I've completed this series and i've seen it highest and lowest point. Even at it lowest point it is still bearable there is no single chapter where I go like 'god I dont want to read this' and for starter that is a good sign.

First of all this completely my own opinion.

1. This is the best harem series out there (i mean it). All of the harem member is important, useful and decently develop (considering the size 15+). All of them are pleasant characters (not annoying or bad).

2. The main... more>> character seem like your typical weak/average MC but its only at the earlier parts. In the context of this story it is also understandable why the MC act the way he is (inferiority complex). It's a joy to see how his character develop throughout the series.

3. The 7 ancestor is the highlight of this novel they are simply the best character in the story full with personality and charm.

4. Not much plot hole. A lot of mystery and questions are nicely tied in (answered) by the end last 2 volume.

5. Simply an epic story of a boy overcoming all odd. Start from a humble beginning and end up becoming a legend. It also contain a good amount of heartwarming and funny moment with some twisted moment thrown in once in a while.

However, the earlier part pacing is slow and the character introduction especially the MC is also be kinda weak which can turn off a lot of reader. The writing is simple for the most part (which I actually prefer), there is no Tolkien level of writing here. The villain is decent but there not much to it. The villain work for this story but for me the villain is a bad/weak written character (totally 1 dimension).

Ovarall, it is not the greatest story out there but it an solid and enjoyable story. I enjoy this a lot and I can recommend it to anybody that just want to have a average-good story to fill their past time. <<less
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tornberry
tornberry rated it
December 18, 2016
Status: c301
First time writing a review. This is one of the best novel with quite fast-paced English translation and is very entertaining to read.

Okay, I don't actually quite remember since it has been quite some time, but I am certain that I cringed when I read the first few volumes. How the MC was so useless, how the ancestors dialogues seems... off, how this series looked like it won't be likeable, etc. I probably gave it a go because the first farewell was kinda touching, and did not regret it... more>> at all.

So, from all of the dislikes that I can see from others :
> No character developments --> nope, they DO get developed, although it is going VERY slowly. You will notice it after 10+ volumes

> Bad harems (interactions, developments, personalities) --> Trust me, this is one of the few typical harem web novel that handles the harems quite good. They get less and less screen time after their respective arc is done, but none of them disappear entirely from the story. I'd like to believe all of them do get developments, albeit a little.

> Annoying inner dialogue between MC and ancestors --> That was what I used to believe as well, but after sometimes I grew fond of them instead. I don't know how it happens, but I'm guessing that the author is just getting good at writing their dialogues.

> Useless, wimpy, annoying, etc (you call it) MC --> This is one of the biggest problem amongst the people who tried to read this and then later dropped it. I can't tell the reasons without giving a spoiler, so here we go :

Spoiler

It is because Lyle is not, in fact, lost his memories when he was ten. Its more like his memories, along with his previous habits, self-thinking, and his own INDIVIDUALITY, got deleted entirely by Celes. A lost memories is still technically inside the brain, but a DELETED memories won't appear back, no matter what.

So, although it appears that he looks like a teenager, he is actually an infant INSIDE a body of teenager, without any experience at all because he got confined inside his mansion after he was born anew. We can't do anything about an infant being useless, and wimpy right? Even the ancestors got fed up with him.

By the time I'm writing this review, almost all of the ancestors had left the jewel, with only one left. And he basically does everything by himself at this point, including commanding his subordinates and harems. So yeah, there is definitely a character developments on Lyle.

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Conclusions : A great, enjoyable story. Definitely has flaws and it starts soooo slow, so if you want something like OP MC or alot of actions, I don't recommend this one. <<less
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davidXI
davidXI rated it
February 17, 2017
Status: epilogue part1
One of the most hilarious novel I read. Slow start but after a few chapter you won't be able to stop reading. In comparison to others JP novel, it's not a dense male lead neither a person transported from another world or reincarnated just to make a harem.

Girl are not pushed on him for no reason but it's him whose forced to seduce them (unwillingly). And it's a rare novel where there is character growth and all the harem members got a unique personality. Also a lot of question... more>> (on his character or why he's hated) are explained later as the plot develop, that's maybe why some people underrated this novel.

What I loved the most in this novel, is that the quest to save the world or whatever is just secondary in front of the bloodbath that will occur in his harem to curry his favor and becoming the legal wife. Also loved his post growth period (or level up period) where all the limiter on his personality are gone, he become the guy who fear nothing and narcissistic as hell.

P.S : Mr LYLE the best. <<less
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findwrite
findwrite rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: c345
Sevens is the single most entertaining novel listed on this website that I've read so far. The comedy was pretty much the highlight for me, but also there are some nicely written emotional scenes here and there. There's character development not only for the protagonist, but many of the side characters as well, which I thought was really refreshing.

The protagonist undergoes changes in his personality throughout the entirety of the series - it's by no means a fast shift. In fact, the series itself has a very slow start. But... more>> there are certainly changes in the protagonist's personality as the story goes on, many of them subtle until you get far into the series.

There are a lot of harem members, and I thought it got a little overwhelming later in the series, especially as the ones introduced last get minimal detailing, but all in all I thought the characters were well-written. The story doesn't drag itself out either.

I hold this series dear to my heart. I hope you will too. <<less
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F1restar
F1restar rated it
January 11, 2017
Status: c314
Definitely a slow start, but it builds into something wonderful. A good blend of action, drama, and comedy that will have you crying from feels to crying from laughter. There are a lot of important characters, yet the author did a good job of fleshing them out while still progressing the story. Story progression is slow at times but I feel that it is well justified as it explains in good detail what the MC is doing -- making preparations, building relationships, and more. It all progresses towards a clear... more>> goal that the MC diligently chases, although early on that goal may not be apparent. Aside from some good combat of various scales and variety, it also delves into some cool politics and intrigue as well as relationships and interactions within the MC's group. There were a couple of moments where things didn't quite make sense for me, which I'm not sure if it was due to the translator's fault or the author's fault. I can overlook these because of the story as a whole far exceeded my expectations though.

(Yorai-kun is great in terms of decent quality + timely releases considering he's working by himself I think, but admittedly there are some errors here and there) <<less
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VanAlex
VanAlex rated it
April 6, 2017
Status: erhart 2
The Original Review was on [https://www. Mangaupdates. Com/series. Html?id=127354] a gibberish rant against the biased reviewers and readers of Sevens, and it's too long that it can cover up a small thesis, and it's not yet complete.

Anyway SEVENS is an outstanding memorable masterpiece novel which uses classic form of literature which relies on Linear style with some background story. It's consistent on its plot and was able to use its individual elements correctly. There's no Deus Ex Machina or any form of cliche literature technique, the plot thickens as it... more>> progress, many forms of theories along the story can be speculate, it's mystery element was enthralling, especially the world and it's history. The Question Corner Provides what the unsatisfied audience asks, for the author interacts with the readers. Mostly it was Predictable when it comes to results it tries to get but when it comes to resolving the matter was very enjoyable to read. The Ending was epic, it's one of the novels which has closed its main story and opened side stories which was fun to read, the side story made me hope for another canon story set in the same world in the future (thought there was a story which was made but it was very short) <<less
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Genisyn69
Genisyn69 rated it
February 23, 2016
Status: --
The beginning has a certain nonsensical portion to it regarding the MC’s awareness of the world, and he seems far, far too accepting of the initial reason he’s cast into the world. My friend pointed this out to me, as to why he dropped the story. And while I agree, it's not that far-fetched that you’d simply accept the world around you because you’ve known nothing else... If you get through this part, you'll find a gem of a story.

Beyond that, the story is fantastic, the humor is great especially... more>> “Mr. Lyle best Lyle” being one of my favorite jokes of all time, more laughs than I can count.

This story also (around chapter 90ish) gives one very, very good reason for a harem to even exist!

All in All, It's a good read, great plot, and an amazing final boss that puts most Demon Lords to shame in just how scary they can really be, and just why the MC would oppose them. Not just for pride and glory, or the country, or the family name, or for personal reasons, but for all the above. Recommend to anyone with a penchant for magic, swords, politics (mild), and harems (low).

(Review as of chapter 94) <<less
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monsterbandage
monsterbandage rated it
March 6, 2017
Status: erhart 2
it has been a long Marvelous journey with the Walt's number one wonder child. To be honest I never expected it to get so interesting when I first picked up the story. Things started off slow and dull with an uninteresting main character with seemingly boring powers and abilities. Never did I imagine just how well thought out and well planned the entire series was gona be. Ever tradition trope of an isekai trope were explored but casted in a new light. This entire story is of a reincarnation tale... more>> but instead of directly taking over a new body, it explores the implications of memories from the past being inherited instead of forced on an individual, slowly intergrated into them as seperate existences, passing on knowledge from one person to the next as a teacher to a student, or a father to a son. This was a story about family and bonds done so incredibly well that you would never think of it as a wish fullfillment fantasy that its genre woud suggest. <<less
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Sami-IB-Med
Sami-IB-Med rated it
February 18, 2017
Status: epilogue part2
I'm very happy that I read this novel. Going through the boring beginning was worth it. Never has one JP web novel made me smile, laugh, and cry for so many damn times. I will forever hold this series dearly in my heart as it is one of the WNs that made me want to find other fantastic ones in the internet - though finding a good one is like trying to search for a needle in a haystack- Despite it's obvious flaws, there are many moments that will brighten... more>> your day and make you all smiles - Beware the cringe worthy moments in the beginning though- This is definitely one of the best web novels on this website, and I can wholeheartedly recommend you to read it. Yup~! Definitely! It's definitely worthwhile. Yup~! I'm not denying it whatsoever... whatsoever........ <<less
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cookiezlion
cookiezlion rated it
February 15, 2017
Status: c343
A very great novel that takes you on a ride of our dude Lyle.

It started slow at first but once it picks up, you just can't stop reading and ending up binge-reading it till the next day. This novel does not have a OP MC, but it does build up our MC to be a great character. Incidentally, if you are discourage of reading this novel because of the harem tag? Well you are missing out on a great novel just because of it. Even though our MC does gather... more>> a harem in the novel, the process is very unique the other (although it is not his choice to build a harem, its more of a force harem that one of the heroine made for him because of plot reason).

10 out of 10 ign would recommend adding this on your reading list

P.S mr. Lyle is best Lyle <<less
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Luxcilla
MaCcoy rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: c194
I guess most of the negative reviews are about repetitiveness and MC's flaws.

Its repetitive because the Author made it in a LN Format, the Author introduce everyone and explain everything again about what's happening (Have you heard sequels that don’t explain what happened in the previous volumes, yes? That means the author is retarded) .

Of course its annoying "IF" you read it in one go or without waiting for weeks or even months for the next volume.

MC's has flaws? Of course he has flaws, he's human just like... more>> us. And this is one of the points why this WN is good. If someone dropped this that means they didn’t read 50-100 chapters (Oh you don’t want to read that many chapters just to know MC changed? So you can change yourself in just a week? I don’t think so.)

Because the MC's know his flaws he is able to slowly improve himself and you can clearly see it if you read the first 10 volumes. And just comparing him in the first 5 vol. And the current (im at 194) makes him a different person he still has some of his flaws but that what makes him 'him'.

I still got lots of the novels ups and down to point out but I think this is long enough.

I positively recommend this novel. Just endure it and read till vol. 10, You cant gain everything good without hard skies. <<less
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sdgao02
sdgao02 rated it
November 17, 2016
Status: c250
I don't like giving reviews because I feel like I know someone's gonna sh*t all over my opinion, and just like jormungarden, I'm only writing this cause I can't take all of the hate it's getting. What makes me the most mad is all of the people giving he sh*tty reviews haven't even gotten too far into the series, and they aren't even trying to like it. They take one look and are like, "well, this is a piece of crap"

The characters here are pretty realistic, compared to all of... more>> the dumb harem JP novels where the me is transported to another world and just randomly starts making a harem, just cause, you know, harem.

After getting kicked out, he struggles emotionally l, financially, and also struggles to adapt to his new lifestyle. People are giving a lot of hate because of this, when they don't even try to understand the reasoning, they're just like "why isn't he trying to get revenge? Why doesn't he become badass like all other random JP mc's", while his reaction to getting kicked out is the most realistic I've seen among all of the novels I've read.

There is character growth, which most people don't realize because they dropped it too quickly, and all of the harem members are realistic, fighting for his affection.

I don't understand why it's getting so much hate, but I rate it a solid 9/10 <<less
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khanxay
khanxay rated it
September 23, 2016
Status: c232
Consider this: Even though they're in there, Sevens doesn't try at all clickbait people with barely clothed girls on its cover nor does it riddle its description with the buzzwords and trendy things that LNs generally have. It simply doesn't need to. It's a well planned fantasy story with clear direction and great characters. This is honestly a must read among LNs.

Also, Lyle's gradual (read: slow) growth is huge focal point of the entire series so please don't be turned off by him in the beginning. After all, even 7... more>> generations of his ancestors can barely endure how useless he initially is. <<less
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Shirai
Shirai rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c200
Most of the bad reviews here seem to be written due to hate towards specific things like 'AHHH ANOTHER JAPANESE PROTAG'

Dont bother with those, they are too clouded with what they hate.

Sevens is a novel where there is:
Growth in characters
Good pacing
Characters not acting out of character.
Good character interactions
And not a story of pure fighting

You will find the main character having many faults, but there is a reason to it much later down into the novel. His lack of confidence due to being defeated by... more>> his sister. His lack of knowledge due to being a training maniax. His horrible social skills due to being brought up noble. And later you will find out more.

As I've mentioned, if you are going to agree with a bad review, at least support one with valid points and not because they specifically dislike harem or 'non bad ass straight from the start MCs'. <<less
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