Shadow Rogue


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As a promise, he went out into the world as an assassin. 3 years later, after becoming the Supreme Assassin, he gave up on everything he had and returned to the ranks of ordinary people. But one day, Kismet, a mystical game created by the National Research and Development had appeared.

Enigmatic hands, spectral frame, and one cunning strike just like the swing of the Grim Reaper. The Supreme Assassin takes on the mystical world, and how his legendary tales sets off, progressively ascending the altar to becoming the best.

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27 Reviews

Mar 15, 2016
Status: --
Japtem has only translated sh*t after dropping lms. This series is such poor quality I have no idea why the translator translates this. Each chapter can be described as one word "nothing". The main character logs in kills two monsters and then starts repeating the same emo monologue to himself each chapter and logging out. Of couse don't forget him walking around and saving beauties from evil scumbags in real life. In game each and every female is a peerless beauty who follows the main character because they are interested... more>> in him not giving a f*ck about them being a peerless beauty. I feel like a thirteen year old child had written this. <<less
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Dec 02, 2015
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MC is teenage King of Assassins, who practiced assassinations for three years before retiring. Isnt something already very wrong with this statement?

Well, add to that personality you would expect “King of Assassins” Chuunibyou infected 14 y.o. To possess.

About 66% of short chapters consist of water.
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Mar 14, 2016
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This reads like a 14yr old edge master with a chuuni syndrome wrote it whilst taking hints from Shura's Wrath. Terribad writing with the author having to remind us every chapter that the 'king of assassins' is still human, or some other bullsh*t with more chuuni names. Then there are the awful monologues that are dragged on for far too long about some random NPCs. There are also very few chapters without some sort of logic bugs. All in all, even skim reading I could only take about 50 chapters... more>> (they're not that long). And all of this is coming from someone who usually loves game element novels. <<less
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Feb 22, 2016
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Review as of Ch.69.

A stat-window, statistic driven narrative, in the mold of Zhan Long. The premise is almost unbelievable: greatest assassin in the world retires, picks up an online game and somehow able to utilize his game character in a way no one else can hope to achieve. If you can get past that and like Zhan Long, this is for you. It's basically more of the same style.
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Jul 13, 2018
Status: c397

That damn "Apathetic Protagonist" tag I thought would read a virtual reality novel with a different MC.


... more>> This MC is everything, idiot, s*upid, hot blood, nothing discrete and much less APACTICAL.

Some s*upid cases:

Chu Rui was eating at a restaurant, the owner was a beautiful woman and her daughter. Chu Rui is no longer a killer, so he wants to live a normal life.

Even a guy appears and begins to sexually harass the owner of the restaurant. He can not control himself and flies in a rage at this.


One more s*upid situation.

Chu Rui would fight a monster when he was attacking, the monster managed to dodge.

Chu Rui flew into a rage, and said loudly "How dare you dodge my attack?"


I know MC is just an 18 year old boy, but damn, he was a mu*derer, he lives talking the same bullsh*t that saw a lot of the ugly side of society, how can he act like that?


The usual bullshit, get some items here, make new enemies there, make a harem of idiot girls over there and etc...

Because MC is an idiot and makes many enemies, in less than 400 chapters his enemies discover his identity, and he and his women are attacked in his own house.

The Women


I risk betting all my chips saying that the author never talked to 1 woman.

They will always approach in MC because of curiosity. And after that you know, you have a harem, it's ridiculous. The interactions between them then, I will not even write or I'll spit blood as I write.

If the site allowed, it would not give 1 star. <<less
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Apr 20, 2016
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Sadly I must say this isn't the most well written novel. However it deserves more credit than the rest of the reviews have given it. Yes it follows cliches, but what novel doesn't? The set up is your average cliched vrmmorpg, if you want another one of those whose to say its bad? The plot is cliched, but so is every single vrmmorpg don't criticize this one for being over used and a copy.
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Apr 18, 2016
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Many of the illogical parts of this series that people complain about can be avoided if you just add 10 yeas to the apparent age of the MC. If he was 28 instead of 18 a lot of peoples complaints would disappear. But I feel there are a lot of bandwagoning complainers out there. Remember tonnes of the Xianxia novels out there have 12 and 13 year olds kicking 30, 40 even 200 year old enemies buts. How is this different. As for game mechanics, this is a novel not... more>> a 4 year in the planning MMORPG. Does it have epic loot? Monster battles? An OP MC? All good then.

Overall the series is a very entertaining vrmorpg. Light, fluffy. A likable MC. I am disappointed that the current translator has dropped it. I hope a good translator picks it up soon. The reviews are overly harsh.

Compared to Shura’s Wrath it is a 4.0 to SW’s 5 and that is quite a compliment

edit-- hurray it was picked up by a new translator the day after I posted this. Just saying. <<less
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Jul 02, 2018
Status: c500
Well to be honest this novel is really not that bad, Like I don't have a problem with this novel but with china people.

when I started to read Chinese novel I was very amazed it was something new that made me want to know more about the Chinese culture but then I was really disappointed, it was like in many novel the Chinese are the great people are the masters and the rest of the world are the s*ave.

its like there no one else that has any sort of civilization... more>> they always are the enlightenment people and we are the ignorant.

don't get me wrong I have no problem with people have a strong sense of belonging to their country and the Chinese people do but that has nothing to do with belittling every other culture religion... etc

i saw that many times that I had to make an acount just to say it..... sorry if I was being rude please don't be offended and I am very big fan of Chinese culture.

100 more chapters

sigh........... yeah I just can't anymore.

i don't even know what the author want......... he is really trying to make everything that has no relation with china looks bad.

like the guys from overseas looks like a horn-ball fools and ofc the women from overseas are there just to show the awesomeness of the china MC over the local guys.................

if all the Chinese think this way then the Chinese really have big ego problems.

that author really destroyed my view about the Chinese people or maybe I was wrong from the start <<less
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Dec 12, 2015
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Too much "how come you're not awed by my beauty and so I'll follow you because you're interesting for that" with almost all the females. Yeah there is only so much harem I can take in one book. Personally this book left an not so good after taste. (Certain chapter was just plain rotten for me)
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Oct 27, 2015
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The settings are pretty much the same with any other Chinese vrmmorpg novel. A master class assassin at the age of 18 years old quit the assassin life and try to life a normal life by going to school and play games, and for plot reason buys a small apartment, donate all of his money to orphanage and only have 10k usd in his bank, and later on complain of the small amount of money that he has.

44 chapters in, The story keeps on monologing (?) and MC will tell... more>> you that although he is an assassin he still consider himself a human not some kind of robot killing machine..... on every chapters. He then will tell his experience as an assassin in every scene that he can relate to it and that will take up about 80%-90% of the chapter. <<less
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Aug 16, 2016
Status: c96
Initially I really liked this series. It was like Zhan Long without the harem, and a focus on solo play. Also the NPC behavior was less annoying than Ark. From JapTem to GravityTales, I enjoyed the translations. However, once it was dropped by Gravity, I started having issues. It's not that the new translations are bad, so much as I can no longer feel the personality of the main character like before. I don't know if it's the translators changing or maybe the author changed styles, but it just keeps... more>> putting me off. I've decided to drop the series, but only because I can't seem to adjust. <<less
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Apr 27, 2016
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This novel is a carbon copy of Shuras Wrath but unlike the author of shuras wrath this author decided to extend and flesh out the entire VRMMO instead of going DBZ midway through and destroying everything, it gets repetitive but is a much better novel than Shuras wrath, but in the end both author did the exact same thing and the result is similar, its still a mediocre novel with the same concept as they are both almost identical to each other, MC is a teenager that is somehow... more>> the best assassin in the world and the girls he piles up is ridiculous, the harem just completely destroyed his character and what made the novel great for the first 100 or 200 chapters. In conclusion your better off skipping this or maybe wait for another copy cat to come along and try for a 3rd time, maybe this time it will work out. <<less
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Mar 17, 2016
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2 Chapters where enough to know that this novel has so many logic errors that it's not even really readable...

He uses a skill that is described as having the effect of speeding up lvl x speed... He is lvl 0 and speed 2 and uses it... how did that make him faster?

Anyone gets random stats... at least that what is first writen in the first chapter... two senteces later it's because it's based on the real body. Than he gets unique skills because he has fulll points in 2 skills.... more>> It is set to be gotten if you have full points so how can only have the skill... and he can't be the first because as seen with so many already used names he isn't even close to be one of the first registered users...

And so the list goes one... It's like someone copied Shura's Warth but there at least there aren't so many logical errors... <<less
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Jan 03, 2019
Status: c133
I thought I'd give this a try. Reviews said that it was written by a 14 year old but I've heard them say the same about Arifureta so I thought I'd give it a try and it was the biggest waste of time I've had in a while.

There's so much wrong with this that I even made a list on my phone out of pure resentment. Now here's what's wrong, and this will have minor spoilers towards the MC's character not any plot holes, characters or to the plot.
    • We've got to be reminded that he was called the "crimson shadow ghost" every other freaking chapter and it just gets cringy after a while.
    • MC can't handle his emotions at all, for someone who was at the "top" of assassins you'd think he'd have experience with not letting his emotions get to him but he's always getting pissed.
    • This one has to do with the above but we're told he's so pissed he's sending killing intent/bloodthirst he's never sent before, maximum killing intent blah blah blah
    • The giant plot hole that he's supposed to be the best of all assassins with only 3 years on the job, even if he was a genius the above reasons would never make him the best in any world. Not including the other reasons I'm going to list.
    • He's lived a "life of darkness" as if 3 years of select killing counts as living in the darkness, it just sounds like the author is trying way too hard and failing.
    • Will hurt a woman because those who don't are standing on a high horse when he himself has 3 types of people he won't kill just so he can feel human. (Children, mothers and good people or some BS like that) Yeah I'm sure he'd reach the top of assassination by not killing everyone that's a target.
    • This guy is really immature for a supposed assassin
    • Somehow can't deal with the "killing intent" of jealous cherry boys.
This started out interesting, it really did. I thought it would be something to read while waiting for my other novels to update, maybe not interesting enough to bookmark but like a guilty pleasure. But as I kept on reading the cringe and moronisism made me so irritated that I had

to write this. Waste of time.

If you want an ex assassin story I'd recommend Hidden Assassin over this any day, at least the MC in that one knows how to act.
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Dec 11, 2017
Status: c116
Binge read all the chapters. It was confusing to me because it was translated bit by bit but after rereading straight through the chapters I found it still had some unique traits that made it different... slightly!

Cliché MC's the typical cool, calm, assassin guy & chick magnet. He used to be the most powerful and blah blah blah.

BUT unlike other characters who want revenge and stuff~ he has no goal ;-;

It might seem a bad thing but I kinda like seeing leisure after so much "I want (name) to be... more>> mine in this lifetime by proving that I'm the greatest in the world of (w/n) !"

While I do like fast paced stories, just when I get fed up with all the gaming, the breaks of real life get to me. The short breaks are more frequent than Rebirth of the Theif, so even if they're short I at least have a little vent that keeps me from dropping it :3 <<less
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Oct 14, 2016
Status: c96
Although there are many people out there that aren't too fond of the main character, Chu Rui, as he is king of assassains and only trained for three years making him 18 years old at this time, I honestly enjoy how the story is. The story shows the game world, Kismet, mainly, but he does occasionally show reality where he eats at a restaurant and some interesting fights break out in the real world. Now, if you cannot overlook his age, just look at all the other different animes and... more>> novels. Most main characters in action animes are generally around the age where they are becoming an adult and a bunch of them are indeed just as intelligent and strong as Chu Rui, having their own powers that are even better. If you can get over the fact of him becoming "King of the Assassains, " then I think you may just enjoy this series.

PS: The image/cover really reminds me of Ichigo Kurosaki.... <<less
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Oct 30, 2015
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It’s not the story of the century, it’s the classic setup for vmmorpg but the story is pretty good and for those binge readers like me who look for something interesting to read while waiting for CD, ATG,... new chapters, it’s worth it.

I like how the hero for once relies on his own strength instead of a OP skill or item.

Byunisperv is a little harsh about the assassin remembering.

Though it’s true, there is the traditional bragging from the author like in all LN underlining that MC is incredibly strong... more>> and a killing machine, it's not that annoying for me.

My only downside is his game awareness, there’s a couple of times when he doesn’t know how to resolve a situation when the solution is abvious and it takes him a while to remember ‘I had that skill, I can defeat it with it’. <<less
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Dec 14, 2016
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This novel did has a great potential, but the author ruined it with the trivial detailing, the chapters are short already so the trivial shitty details are filling the majority of the chapters except for some rare cases, the author is always boasting about the MC and how he was a "suprem assassin".

What I did when I was reading it is to go directly to the game elements, but with that you will arrive at the last chapter translated in one day at most.

For fairness I will give it 3/5
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Jun 24, 2018
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He's supposed to be this cold, calm, mature asssasin but how come he's always losing control of his semotions and going beserk like a hotblooded shonen charcter every 5 minutes, and the love interests were seriosly introduced way to quickly, like, ffs I cant accept that this supposedly strong independednt woman just fell for this dude after knowing his for 5 minutes no matter hoow strong or mysterious he is, its just ret*rded I hope the author gets better at the human relationships side of storytelling as this progresses
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Dec 29, 2017
Status: c118
The logic behind the MC background story is thrown out of the window.

MC decided to become an assasin at the age of 15. In the spand of 3 years he managed to become the supreme assasin everyone awe and fear. 3 years? All it tooks to stand on the top of the world of mu*ders/cold blooded killing? Seriously? He is a superman with stealth.

Afterward the story consists of him slaying the game with his godlike assasin skills cause the game takes on real life potentials of the gamers (scanning gamers... more>> body when making character), saving damsels in distress (mind you the story for now 100% females he meets fit this category) which prompts him fighting /killing scumbags who think with their dicks (so far real life guys seem to be only consist of this category).

And all the females following him like ducklings cause of his "don't care if you're drop dead gorgeous/sexy" attitude.

So far the theme is rinse and repeat the above. I would probably be bored soon if the story has nothing to offer beside this. <<less
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