Shinka no Mi


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A class full of idols and beautiful people are sent to another world. However there is one guy who is ugly, fat and smells… our protagonist. This is his comedic story of evolution and the slow building of his harem. The first heroine is a gorilla.

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Shinka no Mi ~Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei~
The Seed of Evolution ~Before I knew it I was one of the champions~
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Razorace rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: c77
Incredibly underrated series. First of all, I'd like to stress that the selling-point of the series is comedy, so those who are reading should keep in mind the nature of the work while evaluating it. While the story and plot are rather familiar and may even seem repetitive to most (JP transported web novel) readers, it does not come off as generic due to the light-hearted narrative and easy going storyline. However, this runs second fiddle to both the heart-touching but hilarious moments which are ingeniously reproduced in a style... more>> similar to what is prevalent in Gintama. To summarise, most of the negative reviews are due to the misguided initial anticipation, and not looking at the series as a whole. It's an incredibly entertaining and well thought out comedy. The MC still does what he needs to do rather than act completely spineless. This is consistent with the setting and feels way more natural – which is extremely difficult to write from the author's perspective and rarely found in web novels. <<less
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FrostyX7z rated it
April 23, 2016
Status: --
This novel is definitely worth the read but a fair warning to the ones who want to start. This main character is very slow in the head. He complains all the time and he would mostly prefer to run away from fights. If you don't like any of these traits in your main characters then you should avoid this novel. I personally actually hate characters who are slow on the uptake and don't understand things even if its spelled out in front of them but I still really enjoy the... more>> novel and I'm looking forward to seeing the reactions of the classmates who abandoned him when he finally reunites with them.

The girls mentioned in the summary are also great characters who are easily loved by the readers. <<less
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Saint Life rated it
January 15, 2017
Status: c46
After seeing the reviews, I was hesitant to read it. However it went to read it anyways and it is not as bad as people claim to make it. It's enjoyable to read and yes there are some parts where you want to beat some sense into the MC but he isn't bad overall. There are some funny moments and dialogue when he encounter new people. I recommend you give this a try but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you enjoy good romance with progression, funny moments, and... more>> have some patience with MC since his thought process will make you frustrated sometimes but it is better compared to others than this novel might be for you. Don't let bad reviews stop you from giving novels a try! Just because a large portion of readers doesn't find it appealing does not mean you will. <<less
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rozenmaiden rated it
December 4, 2016
Status: c45
Seriously, I dunno why you all so disappointed and give this novel that low rating. But for me, the herbivore type MC in this LN is actually one of the most appealing aspect in this LN. Why? Well, with that type of character, it make the comedy more interesting and colorful. And maybe you thought, why the jokes is repeating over and over? Well, the LN itself is a Tsukkomi-Boke LN. Like Baka to Test who mock the idiocity of Akihisa, this LN do the same, in different way of... more>> course. <<less
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littleolmee rated it
May 2, 2019
Status: c70
I just started reading this story I'm at chapter 70 right now, but wanted to pass on some information that can make starting to read this story easier. First off the story is a transfered to another world story, weakest to strongest, & kind of slice of life.

If you are interested in reading this story the earlier links here at Novel Updates don't work. Links 4-70 lead to an error page for Raising the Dead translator. I spoke to those at the translator site & they said they were working... more>> on the old chapters & will fix the links in the future, but the previous translated chapters are still available in their archieves.

I am providing a link to the archieves for Raising the Dead translator site where I found the chapters can be accessed because I searched for days to find this *blanky-blank* thing as no clear link is provided at the site & when asked the translators just said 'Look in the archieves....', no clear link to archieves, looked through multiple old posts looking for links to chapters, following one link to another, days later I finally found it.

So chapters 4-70 are located at this link: https://web. archive. org/web/20180718180445/http://raisingthedead. ninja/current-j-z/shinka-no-mi/

Chapters 71-on, you can get to through active links provided here at Novel Updates. <<less
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hlubkoj2020 rated it
February 7, 2016
Status: --
This is a short review, but here goes nothing.

This series start out VERY good, then it went down hill to where there’s no return.

MC is a pu*sy even tho he had power.

Nothing to said much since I stop at around chapter 23 where MC being so pu*sy when he had OP power.
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Vidolin rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
Starts off interesting, but it goes off the rails fast. I've come to hate the "cold and ruthless" MC estereotipe. I wish more LN had the "just a decent person" MC (like Rimuru from Tensei Shitara Slime). At first, it seems like this is in that direction, but it ends up going to the extreme of that. The MC is EXTREMELY naive and spine-less, to the point where it just gets VERY ANNOYING. Even though he is incredibly powerful, a lot of time is spent on things that could be... more>> dealt with in a second. Overall, every situation comes across as irrelevant.

If in the future the MC's actions change, I'd be interested in giving this a second shot (if it happens, someone pls post a review saying when exactly).

For now, this may be interesting if all you're looking for is a comedy (it's not the best, but it has its moments). <<less
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SlashCrit rated it
February 17, 2016
Status: --
Absolutely love how he tsukkomis everything even though it was helpful for him to avoid being arrogant. The comedy and the way he gains godly skills each time, even further making him a monster as the story goes on, is purely light-hearted and fun to read. Great story so far.
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GabeZhul rated it
March 31, 2017
Status: c42
This would be pretty funny, if not for a number of nagging issues, such as the absolutely worthless main character. It's not just that he is a coward (though after living in a jungle for five months, one would expect at least some development in that regard), but he is so absolutely rock-stupid that it makes it incredibly hard to sympathize with him. But I am getting ahead of myself.

This is our premise: As per the standard isekai formula, the protagonist and his schoolmates get transferred into a magical word... more>> by a "god". The twist is that it is an "idol school", however much sense that makes, where everyone besides the protagonist is ridiculously pretty/handsome. On the contrary, he is a fat otaku-stereotype (without actually being an otaku) and smells horrible, so he gets bullied a lot, and upon transfer the others cast him out. The god takes pity on him, and grants him an extra bonus skill, which allows him to get full drops from any monster he slays, all their skills and even parts of their stats and life experiences. Then he gets thrown into a jungle where he eats a bunch of "evolution seeds" that make him "evolve" upon receiving XP, so he gets OP in short order, then he meets a talking gorilla who then transforms into a hot chick and she becomes his girlfriend and if you are not already yawning thinking "Aside of that gorilla bit, this is soo clichéd!", you must not have read many isekai stories yet.

Still, the premise is salvageable. Too bad no other element does so. The game elements are all over the place, with ridiculously high stat-numbers that don't seem to make much of a difference. As in, the protagoist with single-digit stats could evade the attacks of a monster with stats in the thousands (albeit barely). Skills are also advancing randomly. During his five months long timeskip/stay in the jungle, he only gained a couple of resistances, and then in rapid succession he gains thousands of stats and dozens of skills in a couple of chapters.

The writing doesn't help much either. Apparently the author thinks that the protagonist screeching from the top of his lungs and yelling random english words is the funniest thing ever. Aside of him we have the deredere monster gorilla girlfriend, whose only character trait is that she is madly in love with the protagonist and wants to have his babies, and a friggin talking sheep in a tuxedo who showed up just to infodump while trolling the protagonist in the most annoying way possible. On top of all that, there are tons of fairly repetitive writing here. Protagonist doesn't realize how strong he is and defeats monster -> protagonist thinks the monster must be weak -> protagonist finds skill cards -> he learns the skills -> he observes the skills and screeches about how amazing they are -> he finds items and screeches about how amazing they are -> he finds a small fortune in gold, and complains about how it is useless to him in he jungle. Rinse and repeat.

Also, there are a number of times I felt that the author introduced things only to realize they didn't work and then sweep them under the rug, but none of them were as blatantly dumb as the helmet.


The aforementioned sheep gives the protagonist a helmet to hide his face, because due to the Disguise skill his charisma plummeted. The scene where it was introduced went into great details about when it can be removed and by whom and so on for pages, and then two chapters later the author apparently figured out it was silly, so the protagonist levels up, the Disguise skill powers up, and so the helmet is no longer needed and gets discarded. Again, this wasn't just some random headwear; it was introduced and explained in meticulous detail only to be discarded two chapters later.


Finally, and with this we are back to the first paragraph, the protagonist is astoundingly stupid. As in, he can see his own stats and he can see the stats of his opponents (albeit only after he beat them), and yet he still has absolutely no idea about his own strength. Furthermore, he does things that make me beat my head against a wall, like trying to figure out if the skill that hides his stats actually lowers them from 100k+ to 10, even though it is directly written in the skill description that it doesn't, and then he screeches and complains when he accidentally destroys a field by swinging his weapon. Or he complains about not being able to use the two legendary swords the dungeon boss dropped because he lacks the skills, even though he just learned the relevant sword technique from the same boss and he had been using a dual-wielding counter-skill already! And then he screeches and complains about leveling up raising his stats! It's moments like those that make me think that either the protagonist or the author has the mental capacity of a particularly retarded goldfish.

Overall I would say this is not an entirely bad series, but if you have no tolerance for low-brow humor, cringe-worthy protagonists or a general lack of sense for the worldbuilding, I would not recommend it. Oh, and the translation swings between decent and unintelligible word-salad, so be warned.

[Edit]: Since I felt that writing a negative review only after twenty odd chapters was a little unfair, I forced my way through two dozen more chapters. To put it bluntly, the story is still incredibly dumb, but the protagonist actually got a little bit better, there are now semi-interesting side characters and the humor is slightly less aneurysm-inducingly bad. In short, it got better, but it's still not great. Let's go with "readable" and "mostly enternatining". <<less
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techroses rated it
September 6, 2018
Status: c23
Main scenerio has a good opening. Bullied boy, good powers, sad story...

But main protogonist's character is completly trash. Everyone saying protogonist have a good nature. Let's look at this.

Hello I am protogonist with monstrous power but when someone from same gender tried to r*pe me, I can only run. I am powerful than them but forget it.

... more>> They dont know my real powers and keep asking me do life threating missions. I am whining at everything they ask but in the end I am doing the job.

Something like that. Dont misunderstand. I love this story. But main protogonist need a more realistic nature. His responses too far from reality. <<less
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lonewolf93 rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c42
Shinka no mi is an interesting story (at first). The first arc was the best, and sadly everything that came after was kind of interesting (garbage). I mean the first arc had an awesome premise. The story of guy going to another world (pff so generic) and gets to marry gorilla (what?!!!!). The arc had a good (pretty generic but funny because of all the jokes) conclusion. However, that is also the main problem. The climax and most of the interesting parts happened in the first arc. Everything that came... more>> later is pure LN nonsense, with a few quirks. Most characters are generic for the most part, except the main cast (more or less), the antagonists are badly portrayed (especially the bullies), and the rest of the cast are mostly weirdos or never truly go beyond their roles. I didn't include the demons in the list as antagonists because we barely know them, and they seem split between idiots with shticks, honest or one dimensional villains.


In the first our main character goes through something called character development (a word alien to most LN writers, they cant even grasp the concept). The school setting is idiotic to the point of being insulting (seriously, a school for mostly idols). The concept behind this particular school is beyond baffling (Idk what the author was smoking to come up with this setting). Such setting could be explained in a shoujo or slice of hell type of LN, but here it just seemed out of place. I understand that it was to contrast it with the MC, which the author made him look ugly and fat (at least for the first). Was he trying to convey that beauty inside type of sub moral? If he was he did a terrible job since our MC was not likeable at all. He was neutral at best. You could sympathize and understand at best, but he wasn't without fault in the matter. Although, it is perfectly understandable for him to act the way he did after thee death of his parents, but his friends truly cared about him and wanted to support him for most matters he faced. I don't know much about japanese culture and laws but did no one made him go see a shrink, or at least have someone taking care of him? But in the end all of that doesn't matter since his classmates are irredeemable a**holes, and our protagonist ends in the wild and emotionally tortured to death. He then meets a gorilla that falls in love with him because she thinks that he is strong (kind of works here because she is a gorilla). Then he starts to fall in love, and proves his love by fighting a demon ghost skeleton (complicated and sounds ominous, he's a pretty good guy), while his common sense is being push over the edge. He defeats the guy gets the girl and everyone is happy. The story could have ended here for the most but sadly it doesn't. Everything in the later arcs is pure LN garbage.
After the first arc, the story embraces all the LN garages tropes shamelessly. It still has that kind of charming sense of humor, but the originality (ok, I'm using that word loosely here) of the first part. I knew that Saria (the gorilla girl) and the MC would become attractive in the future, that much was a given and also that the MC would become OP. I mean I knew that this series is typical LN by nature, so they would want to sell waifus and a cool or handsome MC later on. But ignoring character development of the MC for him to become and bland OP self-insert and push Saria in the background to introduce new waifus, was a bit of a shock (it wasn't, I knew it would happen eventually).
Shinka no Mi is the perfect example of LN shooting themselves in the foot, for the sake of a prolonged story that panders to otakus. It had the possibility to differentiate itself, but falls into the LN type of genre hell. It was never really praise-worthy type of writing or story telling, but it tried to differentiate from other LN and tell an amusing story. It also suffers from a bit of genre clash in the overall story, since it tries to be dark and comedic fantasy harem story. I could go further and talk about the lack of plot and the lack of information of the world/setting or lvl up system, but the first arc makes it perfectly clear that those things don't matter. Heck, the plot is pretty much what happened in the first arc. It was a if the author wanted all of it out of the way first, so that he could do something else. I didn't mind it too much since the story was trying to be a comedy before anything else, so I could excuse most things, but the dark undertone of the LN keeps reminding me that the story isn't pure comedy. So, it is kind of a mess.

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skycat rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: c43
The starting is like other typical transported to other world story and there are some really random and strange parts but it's quite a funny overall.
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Boon rated it
September 26, 2018
Status: c22
A good example of a generic trash Japanese novel.

Cliche plot and characters, with boring overused jokes, endless “cute” monologues, and trying to appeal to readers with perverted fan service...

Not to mention the weebo translatiom with endless japanese words teying to be cute...

This right here is why I generally avoid Japanese novels, and mentally take a star away from every Japanese novel when deciding the next novel to read.
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mosswind rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c56
Hello all! I suggest this novel first and foremost; I write this so that if you don't want to read anything I've written below, at least you know where I stand on read or don't read. ^_^.

This web novel turned light novel is about a deeply misunderstood and ugly boy taken from his home world (Earth) who is flung into another world where fantastical creatures and magic abound and deception is the name of the game.

The boy quickly becomes cheat-ish. If you don't like cheat protags, don't read. If you... more>> don't like harem novels, don't read. If you can't stand protags who are brain-dead when it comes to relationships (he's actually NOT THAT BAD, love is actually a word in his vocabulary) don't read.

There are many negative reviews of this novel saying it doesn't go anywhere and the jokes fall flat. I have to disagree, but with the caveat that you have to understand Japanese owarai comedy. This novel is full of tsukkomis. This novel pokes fun at the Isekai genre and its' tropes through its tsukkomis, much like Baka to Test did. If you don't go into the reading of this novel with this understanding, you will find yourself getting annoyed by the tsukkomis. If you don't bother to realize why he's tsukkomi'ing so much, then you won't enjoy the novel. Hint: It's pretty obvious.

Anyways, the long and the short of it is I strongly suggest this novel. I've had many a laugh at the situations our MC gets himself into and out of. While not a novel I would give a 5th star to, it's still worth reading. Also, the translation team has done a pretty good job with the translation of the novel and deserves all the credit in the world for really trying to convey the humor of the story without sacrificing readability.

Finally, his path is pretty much laid out in front of him; he becomes overpowered and things to make his and others' lives better literally fall into his lap. But that's the joke. Go into this novel knowing this tidbit and profit. <<less
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Dream Seeker rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: --
An very interesting comedy story about battling ones inner demons.
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TypeFantasyHeart rated it
September 4, 2015
Status: --
Well, so far there hasnt been much progress in the story, we got our super fat male lead that is discriminated and treated like rubbish in all the school except for a girl that for some reason unknown cares for the MC. And if that wasnt enough, later god decided to remove the whole school from the world and sent them to another world since earth is overpopulated but when its time to transport you must form a group or you will be transported to a different place and after... more>> being refused and insulted the MC ends up on his own in a big forest with animals and monsters a hundred times more powerful than regular animals from his world. As of chapter 11 we finally meet the heroine?!?, and its a 3 meters big red haired beautiful overpowerful Female "Gorilla" that later will evolve to high-human new species <<less
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NovaBomber rated it
January 30, 2018
Status: c23
Started out alright; the usual trope, bullied MC gets transported with rest of class, has sh*t stats, ends up becoming op. He acts pretty confident while he's in the forest, even fighting someone that has way higher stats.

It all changes when he gets out of the forest, he suddenly becomes super spineless. At this point, the story solely relies on his spinelessness to form all of its comedy and just about everything, and it gets old really fast, as evident by the fact that I could only make it to... more>> chapter 23 before dropping. In c23, he literally runs away from a dog that he could pulverize with a slap. Someone at lvl 1500 has stats around 60k, his stats are over 1mill, the dog is lvl 180. <<less
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gcnx1234 rated it
June 24, 2016
Status: c23
It gets really annoying how the author keeps recycling the same material every chapter with how the MC always acts and thinks. It feels like fillers in order to make required word amounts for essays. Many pointless stuff is written that I would try to skim to where the story actually moves forward. And he keeps being a lil bit*h about charm and if he is even human. Also is very rude and not funny.
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rdawv rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch.19.

I dropped it, mostly due to the technical aspects. Personally, I find the writing style to be like "My Father-In-Law is Lu Bu!", wherein the writing is amateurish and resorting to exclamation marks to tell us emotions. Not the fault of the translator (who did quite well actually), but of the original source material.

Besides, the story's premise is about a gorilla-monster who evolved to be a cute girl. There are many deus ex machina events to help the MC, and while it was somewhat funny to read... more>> about the MC questioning his situation multiple times, the novelty wears off quickly as it devolves to the usual herbivore MC type tropes.

Time filler. <<less
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Joe Bloag rated it
November 10, 2015
Status: --
Has a great start and is fun to read even though the MC is totally lame and a stereotype Japanese high school looser. I especially like the evolution stuff.

It took awhile for someone else to pickup the translation again and now I am really disappointed. Chapter 20 and 21 were absolutly retarded. I don’t know what the author was thinking, or drinking/smoking.

Just read it for yourself, without spoiling I’ll drop this novel.
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