SSS-Class Sui**de Hunter

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I want an S-Rank skill too! I want it so badly, I would even die for it!

[You have awakened an S-Rank skill.] [But it only works when you die.]

Eh !? WHAT IS THE POINT OF GETTING ONE IF I DIE !?

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SSS-Class Hunter who Dies to Live
SSS-Class Revival Hunter
SSS-Class Suicide Hunter
SSSCSH
SSS급 자살헌터
SSS급 죽어야 사는 헌터
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lolyscope
New lolyscope rated it
February 18, 2024
Status: c200
Enjoyed this until it got to the romance arc I completly skipped it and then it got good again. Lately I just skip the dialogues with women and just skim throught chapters until I see him get another power up.

4/5 Overally a enjoyable read with its bits of comedy epic fights and interesting abilties of the MC.
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Grandma Brie
New Grandma Brie rated it
February 14, 2024
Status: c236
Ok, I've been scrolling through the reviews and I'm shocked by how many people rated this below a 5. A 4, I can maybe understand. But a 3? Absurd.

First and foremost, I'd like to address some of the big concerns I've seen people post about (aside from the title of the story, that is, because let's be honest. The title is really off putting). Anyways, the main concerns people have:
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Gongja's obsession and willingness to kill himself 4000+ times to get revenge. You've got to understand: Gongja is not sane. He's crazy, he feels betrayed by the Flame Emperor, and he literally has nothing to live for. He feels like his life is meaningless; his life revolves around the Flame Emperor.

This is actually addressed in the novel at around the place I am writing this review (chapter 230~). He has an existential crisis about his reasons for doing this, how he was unable to forgive Flame Emperor when his crime was minor compared to characters like Preta, and he eventually learns to let go. He forgives FE—or as much forgiveness as he can muster because he will never truly forgive FE for betraying his expectations. But, he still tries to move on, because he has grown.

it's beautiful. I'd never thought I'd like the Flame Emperor, and yet by the time that chapter rolled in, I found that I too had forgiven him, even if I would never love him.

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The romance. I don't care what any of you say, I loved the romance. Maybe it's cause I came from the manhwa (at the end of the romance arc), where the pace was a little quicker. Whatever the case is, I found it to be lovely.

The romance arc takes the classic villainess and then adds character to her. It's honestly better written than most villainess stories are. People say Gongja fell in love too fast, but I don't give a shit. Sure, the immersion pushed him along, but he still fell in love. What he felt was still real. And without Raviel, Gongja would have ended up falling down into the same pit that the Constellation Killer did; she made him value his own life, to the point where he will no longer wantonly kill himself. She is a pivotal part of what makes Gongja, Gongja.

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3) No spoiler tag here since it's not much of a spoiler. But, I often see the complains that Gongja is selfish and greedy. Guys. Come on. This is a story about character growth. Of course he's got major flaws. He's supposed to learn and improve from them. And he does; he really does improve. Gods, he's like a totally different person by the point I am at. And they discuss why he's changed so much, how he's grown and become a good person. It's not like he became a good person instantly (well, he was already a good person, he was just also incredibly greedy and a coward). He had to work for it, he empathized with people through 'Trauma', he learns the joy of making others happy. It's not that he's a bad person, he's just a guy with flaws.

This is not to say the novel is without flaws. The Tower Master honestly gives me a headache with the way you have to do some mental gymnastics to understand her views. Actually, for this reason, I can see why the review might be lower than 5 stars. But, I still enjoy the story enough to keep going. This is not a story focused on an overpowered protagonist, or a climb-to-the-top story, or a murim story, or a romance story, or an angst filled mess. It has all of those things, but it is not the central focus. No, this is a story about characters and their interactions with the world around them. It is about being a good person, the philosophical limits of being good or evil, the motivations of the people around us, and how we make the most of our situation. It is about reaching for the best possible outcome by sacrificing yourself without actually sacrificing your entirely (because if you are not there to see the best possible outcome, then it is clearly not the best outcome). It's a deconstruction of tropes and genres, where the author never does what you expect.

It's a 5/5. Don't listen to the reviews that say otherwise, just try it yourself. Ah, if you're not into philosophical discussions and I resection, this may not be the story for you. Well, if you enjoyed Omniscient Reader or tr*sh of the Count's Family, you'll probably enjoy it. <<less
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Godgrid
Godgrid
April 3, 2019
Status: Completed
*Re-reviewed at 2020 July 3rd*

Well, I've completed the novel and in my view, I think this novel is one of the best action Korean Webnovels, comparable to Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint and Overgeared. And I'm not saying that as joke. This novel is a story about human emotion

The way the author expresses scenes and the pain that people go through is exquisite. The words he uses, the scenes and the struggles the characters go through is simply breathtaking. I'm jealous of the way he can make use of words to craft a scene is incredible. I think that among all of the web novelists in Korea, this author ranks top out of all of them in skills of writing. I truly hope that the translations can properly convey the emotions in this novel and I will be severely disappointed if that does not turn out to be the case. The comedy is excellent and the sad part will have you shedding tears. And all of the side characters are developed, making relatable and their actions understandable. Some will have secrets that shock you. And the main character, you will love this man, his humour and seriousness when the situation calls for it. Of course, the novel is not perfect. There are some implausible events, some that are a result of poorly thought-out scenarios. In fact, the author had to rewrite a few chapter because the situation presented there was so rubbish that the readers unanimously agreed that this was one of the worse arcs he's written. But again, the writing manages to cover up for most mistakes.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend you to read this novel because I guarantee it, you will love this novel

The spoiler below is my previous review

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YES. I have been reading this novel in Korean for AGES and trust me when I tell you that this novel is top-tier.

The MC starts out with a horrible personality so the start might be a turn-off for the most of you reading this. BUT like Overgeared, he gets a better personality only he improves at a much rapid pace than Grid (Also a great novel by the way, try reading it).

This MC does have a cheat skill combination but it's not like other novels where the MC's just use it to dominate everyone, he uses it to create a scenario where it results in something everyone is happy and well. I can see alot of people saying that the novel might be boring because we basically know that the MC is going to survive. This isn't the main focus of the novel. Instead, the MC as I mentioned above, trys his very best to create a scenario where everyone can be happy. And THAT is what makes this novel so good. I recommend you read it and just endure the first few chapters.

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Nyamh
Nyamh rated it
April 1, 2019
Status: c12
So, I'm a professional writer and editor irl, and what I really appreciate about this story so far is its comedic timing. In the action scenes alone, the writer included interesting descriptions while also utilizing space breaks for solid emphasis and timing effects. By including these details, we not only receive good characterization but also good pacing and action. This author knows how to effectively kill more than two birds with one stone. It's really lovely to read.

On a personal front, I really like how Kim Gongja admits how pathetic... more>> he is. I also like how his mind works. He thinks in details (we get this by what he focuses on in his observations). He plans and then executes it carefully and mindfully. Just these characterization details about him makes him a readable and interesting character to follow.

I'm totally ready to follow this character and see where he's going from here on. I recommend giving him a chance. <<less
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endspell
endspell rated it
May 28, 2021
Status: c132
edit: thoughts on romance added.

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I truly, wholeheartedly despise this novel.

... more>> Why? Because it's the type of webnovel that raises my reading standards. It dragged the line so high that I've come to fear my expectations towards other novels in the internet that I will read in the future.

Well, let's just get into it. First, what I disliked. To be honest, my initial impression towards this was less than stellar. The reason will be early spoilers but it's between me being nitpicky, author's characterization of the MC or just what I would call a flaw:

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Basically, really did not like the way the MC killed off the Flame Emperor (FE). This is because in that scene where the FE mu*dered the Saintess, the MC heard that the Saintess was going to poison FE to death. MC had been in the Tower for forever so he must know how ruthless it is inside, with crimes and politics and whatnot that was not shown to the public. It was thoroughly demonstrated later that FE was a jerk 100% but that scene alone where the MC felt FE was a complete, utter irredemable bastard was so strange to me. Of course, he was mu*dered mercilessly to death for listening in so resentment yes there.

This was basically the barebones of what I didn't like about that scene. Felt a little like the MC jumping to conclusions and naively defending the Saintess. But my doubts were proven wrong the more I read so it was probably just me being nitpicky about the author establishing a villain.

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Now, what was good about this novel was that it didn't take that long to completely sink its claws into me. The 10th Floor hooked me completely. The Empire arc was like boiling a frog (aka me). Then the murim arc and school arc beat me senseless, in a lack of words to describe how the author managed to evoke so many emotions in me again and again. The last two arcs made me want to erase the memory of reading them just so I could read them all over again.

I adore the way author used descriptions.

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Examples: the land of white snow echoing the name of his master; scent of snow, the moon, the flowers and the red eyes of Raviel, even the voices and the atmosphere in the meeting of the admins of the Tower, etc.

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I adore the way author wrote, displayed and emphasized emotions.

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Examples: the children in the bas**ent, the resentment of the Devil King, everything in the murim arc which was a blender of tears and suffering, the process of falling in love and being in love in the school arc, and MC's extreme and inhuman persistence, MC's honesty, MC's goodness, greed, stubbornness and humanity.

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I adore the way author shaped characters to be so distinctive that it comes alive in my mind.

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Examples: Every single leader of the top guilds, Sword Emperor, Sword Saint, Heavenly Demon, Raviel, Constellation Killer, the librarian even and of course, the MC himself.

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I love, love, love the way this author wove this story, one with so many layers and one that resonates. This one is endless but it really shows 20th floor upwards. It's just so. Good.

All the examples above are just so limited. If I would type everything that stuck out to me, I would be going above word count.

And the great thing is? This is actually hilarious. The author has a sense of humor. Amazing.

This WN has moved me continuously, from tears to laughter. Had broken my heart into pieces and made it feel like it was dripping in nothing but honey. Sometimes the imagery made the whole chapter seem like poetry but sometimes it could just feel like a raw wound. The author had written something that felt, excuse my lack of finesse, beautifully human. I'm incapable of completely describing the adventure that was this novel in two or three words.

As a sidenote, here's my two cents on the romance aspect of the novel:

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Yes, it was abrupt. Yes, it seemed it like it jumped at you out of nowhere. Yes, it almost seemed like a shoujo manga for a second.


But I feel like that's the beauty of it. Love doesn't politely knock on your door and ask you to sign a contract on renting your couch for the night; it just tears your door down, pushes you out of your bed and hogs the blankets. MC never had experience and the love interest was beautiful, seductive and intriguing with a dash of mystery. I say that a whole bunch of us would absolutely swoon if it happens in real life. Most importantly, the MC and love interest are regressors. It may not be in the exact same way, which was discussed in the WN, but it's like finding that perfect puzzle piece in the crowd of 7 billion? Of other pieces.
Really, you just can't go wrong with Raviel.
And sometimes, you just. Click. You fall, you're so infatuated and you don't even know why. And that's the reason that throughout this arc, they continuously find different aspects of each other they like. They start to trust and we see them bloom with each other. Basically, they were hardcore dating.
Plus, tell me you won't feel some kind of bond with a person that has similar experiences, aka regressing, and suffering as a consequence, aka everyone forgets and everything repeats, died together with multiple times and had the same goal, aka saving that world.

It's love, not logic, okay? Sometimes when your heart tells you to shut up and pine for someone, you just do it. As the WN says, love is a b/tch.

tl;dr The romance is not everyone's cup of tea but I admire that the author got balls to approach it in this manner. Maybe it's not 'realistic' (coughs) but at least it's not boring (and the writing was phenomenal in this arc).

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There must be other plot holes or flaws or mistakes etc. But just for what I've seen alone in these 132 chapters, I love this WN. I love it. 5/5.

Also, thank you translators for your hard work! <<less
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Dg2
Dg2 rated it
September 9, 2020
Status: c40
The MC is evil with a hero complex.

His ability seemed kinda unique at the beginning, however, once he used the ork language to kill an ork, it went all down hill. Because right after this point, we are introduction to his 'spiritual teacher' training methods. Which WILL become the sole reason in which the author uses to defend why our MC is already at levels of OPness that makes every side character seem like blubbering child compared to him.

For example: the first floor boss is a complete joke to read.... more>> You have to believe that every other ranker couldn't get passed it, and that somehow our MC completes it by a s*upid mechanic no one thought about before hand. And another one is when the top ten challengers from a previous floor are allowed to pick sides between the goddess and demon king. Where we are then introduce to the local standard of intelligence we are expected see from now on, as everyone turns out to be dumber than our fav rock (MC). And don't let me get into the way he talked down to all the ranking guilds like they were tr*sh and taking up a gamble with them. Where he somehow succeeds and can now act as a solo ranker because of plot along with no questions being raised.

Well besides that, I did notice that a human lie detector was introduced during that goddess/demon king stuff. However, her sole purpose was to force the development of getting the sword saint to be a teacher for the MC as his emperor ghostly one wasn't enough for the OPness the author has in store for us. Where in turn we are suppose to ignore the crucial fact that the saint mu*dered the MC in the very first chapters, with a very good reason too.

Also on top of that, it turns out our lie detector is a bit faulty and someone sided with the demon king before all hell broke loose. But, fear not though, because our lovely MC has everything in the bag. He can utilize his silver tongue in such a way that he can talk down a mu*der hobo and play everyone like a fiddle. Not a single time in any of these events did he ever require a 'do over'. So instead of su*cide Hunter, let make the title. The Generic Rise of a Evil Protag. As everything that can go wrong will go wrong and our MC will be their to 'fix' it for his own gain.

Overall, this fic is overly rated. I wasted enough time reading dozens of chapters about our amazing MC that I thought it was a CN biography of a young master.

Rate 2/5 <<less
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Visser
Visser rated it
July 17, 2020
Status: c47
it's okay. World building is garbage, characters are mediocre, skills are op, main character messes with time so much consequences dont matter.
really wanted to give it a 2, but I enjoyed the few chapters I read. Its pretty much shlock.

revently updated review - author is f*cking insane, the universe is bending over backwards to make everything possible, even if it makes no sense, so the main character can act like he is winning via his su*cide super powers. There is no longer a coherent basis for time or consequences.
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Clikplay
Clikplay rated it
March 15, 2021
Status: c102
I was quite enjoying the story, it was a really solid read even tho it has plenty of plot holes and pretentious "pseudo deep" or "pseudo intellectual" stuff.

But with this last arc it took a huge nosedive in quality and personal enjoyment, unfortunately it's impossible for me not to drop it: I am a sucker for romance (more specifically good romance) and was looking forward to it on this novel, unfortunately what the author brought up was actually horrible, completely atrocious in fact, our protagonist ... more>>
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just suddenly gets completely head over heels obsessed with a sociopath, princess complex bit*h

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which feels so hollow and uncharacteristic of him.

This novel, as far as I've gone, would be a very solid 4/5 if the romance wasn't so damn bad <<less
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Kezi
Kezi rated it
May 3, 2020
Status: c113
EDIT: Since people are curious, I read this novel through mtl. I'm good at it after years of practice lol

Great story up until the romance. It's like the author snapped his finger and went, "Okay, time for some romance. Let's make the MC fall madly in love in one second." I'm not even exaggerating, he went from having slight interest in her to obsession in one day. And considering just how much the MC hates losing, and is obsessed with perfect endings, it just feels like he hypnotized himself to... more>> fall in love, so he can have a perfect romance. I would've preferred a slow tower-climbing romance, not the MC basically forcing himself to fall in love. It doesn't help that the person he falls in love with is basically an npc in the tower, it really feels like role playing.

But if sudden, inexplicable, obessive, sickly sweet romance in the middle of a story with no build-up doesn't annoy you, it's a great story. Maybe I'll come back to it one day. <<less
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GrapeJuice
GrapeJuice rated it
April 26, 2021
Status: c114
From the name, premise, and start of this novel I would have easily written (hehe) it off as some wish-fulfillment mediocrity. I do partake of them time to time, cuz they're fun, but they don't leave a lasting impression. I found it through its manwha, of which I read up to chapter 34, the latest chapter at time of writing this review.

At first I struggled to get through the first chapter, and began to expect very little of it. Typical premise, typical garbage MC. I quickly found out how wrong... more>> I was. The protagonist soon became very likeable, and his chemistry with the main supporting cast was also enjoyable to watch. There were also moments where I was genuinely surprised by the cleverness he displayed with using the few skills he had. By chapter 34 I had come to appreciate some of the nuances of the story and characters, and hearing favourable things about the novel, I took the plunge.

This is a goddamn work of art. The author has great skill in weaving a scene and constructing characters, and the translators also did a good job of conveying their words. The whole cast starts off seemingly simple, and gradually reveals their hidden depths. The author also plays with genres well enough to make the reader appreciate aspects of those stories they would not have previously paid mind to.

All of this stems from the author's masterful ability to make the reader empathise. Characters will go from being simple and s*upid to deep and tragic in a few chapters, and their experiences are heightened with poetic storytelling and beautiful imagery. There is a depth in the the author's empathy towards his characters that you can feel floating off the page. He speaks to their pain so vividly you'll start to worry what he went through, but it is never pain for the sake it. There is always some wisdom to be gained, some growth to be achieved, satisfaction to be had.

Once you pick this one up, you wont want to put it down. <<less
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Okabe_rintarou
Okabe_rintarou rated it
August 30, 2021
Status: c113
I would've rated this 5 stars. But ... more>>
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The damn MC starts off as a pathetic loser, but improves considerably...... Buuuuut only to become a woman's pet later. And not just any woman, an NPC who was a yandere lover for someone else (it's not like she cheated or anything, it was a political arrangement to be married to that guy. But that guy loved someone else and he wasn't even interested in her, he saw her as a witch. But she even got cursed because of her devotion for him. Now why would you want to be with a woman who's so devoted to someone else.

It's essentially blasphemy against her love and devotion.

Buuuut she eventually falls for the MC.

If her devotion that was that strong could be swayed, she could betray the MC as well, if anyone better comes along. Any logical brain wouldn't go for a person who could just change their devotion.

The MC gets so high on dopamine that he agrees to dispose of one of his most practical skills just because she asked. I really can't stand this blind infatuation anymore. He calls her husband and essentially becomes even more of a beta in front of her than some of the worst Jap protagonists. Anyway, while the story is still interesting, the author ruined it with Romance.

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Anyway. The writing gives you the omniscient reader's viewpoint vibes.
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The lack of proper romance made Omniscient reader unique and interesting. The presence of blind romance is what ruining this...

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I hope the story improves later. <<less
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slovino
slovino rated it
August 15, 2020
Status: --
I will keep just editing my review from time to time

So let me get straight to the point:

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1/ Stand in the shoes of MC, he think that he is an innocent man and wasnt deserved to be killed like that just because he saw everything. Like yeah, right. On the other hand, stand on the shoes of Flame Emperor, he did the right thing to kill this st*pid MC, why? Only dead man stays silent then secret will be kept.

2/ Building the personality of MC is a complete failure, I dont like it at all, you yourself knew that you made the most three s*upid mistakes of your life, yet you said you were an innocent man who knew nothing, like hell anyone would believe that, I mean c'mon if the anyone let you live in that situation of any novel they are completely ret*rded.

3/ This is the worst start you ever encountered in any novel, If you want to get revenge, you have to get stronger, just put away your silly-minded thinking of revenge and get stronger first, all I read through chapter was nothing but how to kill and bla bla and how to revenge bla bla...

4/ Enemy of Enemy isn't a friend, they just take advantage of each other, so fact that he sided with the witch is silly move after all. Later then they may end up killing each other when they are done with the rank 1 maybe, or it will be just another harem start of witch and MC, I don't care.

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LightNvL
LightNvL rated it
July 24, 2020
Status: c41
I find that the early story, plot and world building to be forced and crude. The driving motivations to action for the protagonist is lacking and incomprehensible. The first Antagonist's character and background is barely explored.

I couldn't understand the intense hatred the Protagonist felt that he was forced to ... more>>
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kill himself 4000+ to travel back time and cancel the first Antagonist

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Everything just seemed like an after thought and covering any holes after the fact. I'll keep reading hoping the delivery/writing will get better but I'm not a big fan of this way of story-telling. Most likely will leave the 1 star.

It's suffice to say, I did not like the early chapters and I was lost. It did not build or add into the story. I feel that it was only used to introduce time travel. In the same vein as other series' use of "getting hit by truck-kun". I wish it was more simplified or provided a better driving force for the protagonist to do it 4000+ times. I find the adventures fun but I just can't let go of the early chapters. <<less
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JangPong
JangPong rated it
September 8, 2021
Status: --
I was enjoying reading it until the romance hit you in the face so abruptly and so unexpectedly. I mean why can't the romance built on slowly and surely... The romance part feels so forced and shallow, I mean how can you be so inlove after a day with her.... like falling head over heals in love. My gosh, such a waste.
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whitespade
whitespade rated it
June 2, 2021
Status: c118
Just like every other commenters, I absolutely HATE the romance. It's disgusting simply because clearly he was influenced by immersion, that's why I cannot stand it. I am not against romance and I'm not against the particular woman, I'm just against love out of magic! And also because the romance is too fast and melodramatic it looks like romeo and juliet and the ending of everybody dying seems to be better than this novel ending. This novel is supposed to be 5stars but now its 3.
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thatoneperson0000
thatoneperson0000 rated it
April 3, 2019
Status: c3
First of all, the formatting and translation of this novel was done very beautifully :))) I could tell the people working on translating this put a lot of work in to make it look nice, and I appreciate it a lot!

Second, like the other reviews say, this character is actually pretty relatable. He has emotions and shows them because he's human.

And third, but not really, I really hope there isn't romance bc usually it ruins the story

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Edit: NOOOO why are the links deadddd :' ( ( (I wanna read more of the novel D: <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
July 7, 2020
Status: c26
Decent KR regression-dungeon speed read. Basically "Edge of Tomorrow" + dungeons.
Nothing particularly innovative and pretty iffy world-building, but the character development is where it shines. As this is an early review, I'm assuming the world-building improves. 4 out of 5 stars.

PREMISE
An obsessive, despairing Korean man Kim Gong-ja is awarded a copy-skill with unreasonable limitations. Through a series of odd circumstances, he is able to regress into the past and seek to right wrongs, while attempting to break out of the dungeon and find new purpose in his life.

COMMENTS

(1) Nothing particularly new
- "GroundHog Day" (1993 rom-com about a man who relives the same day over and over again)
- "All You Need is Kill" (2004 classic JP sci-fi novel about repeating your life over and over... more>> again, but with an edgy military setting)
- "Edge of Tomorrow" (2014, Tom Cruise movie adaptation of "All You Need is Kill", with slight comedic undertones)
- "The Tutorial is Too Hard" (2016, dungeon monsters/NPCs with intelligence, personalities and backstories)

This novel (2018) clearly took on inspirations from all of these, which isn't a bad thing as long as it's well put together.

(2) MC development seems reasonable
MC Kim Gong-ja is an intense despairing man and it's hard to connect with the MC in the initial chapters. He is extremely jelly of successful hunters to the point of being pathological.

The author tends to write in achronological order so it takes awhile to figure things out. Once you do, the MC's personality seems relatively cohesive and you can look past his insane behavior (which seems to be a major gripe from the more negative reviews). Much better Reverend Insanity.

Post chapter 20, we learn that
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quite a number of Tower migrants are likely Earth refugees/thrillseekers/abandoned populace

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, so we're left to accept that MC might have a similar background, possibly entering the Tower to seek his own fortune. However, he gets a serious reality check in the beginning chapters when it's stated that majority of skills are luck of the draw from the beginning.

Even warped individuals can be "unfairly" awarded great skills. The initial antagonist Flame Emperor is one such individual. MC's despair results in him being awarded a nonsensical skill, and a series of coincidences allow him to ascend to greater heights. It's similar to how innovative pairing combinations of skills in RPG have an astounding effect (e.g. Divinity II's Chicken Claw + Ruptured Tendons). Along the way, MC appears to decide on his own brand of justice and seek to introduce some level of fairness into the system, which is pretty commendable. It does feel like a backhanded allegory of Korean society and class divide.

(3) Really weak world-building
Author doesn't bother describing how the Tower functions or people came to be.
Although there are hints that there might be more detail in later chapters, it doesn't appear as if the author has any real intention to flesh it out entirely. How the Tower governance, economy, social aspects actually work is a complete black box, and readers are supposed to fill in the blanks with their imagination.
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-A functional economy, including cafes, smartphones, liberal news media, etc just exists. Readers are supposed to accept it all just worked out. There's a megacity in the 1st Floor, just because. You'd think a more reasonable scenario is a decent into anarchy/monarchy/feudalism given that there's no way for anyone to leave the Tower (entirely separated from Earth).
-The economy is singlehandedly supported with external dimension (Earth) assistance, with 1 single trader.
-Every human/non-human dimension has their own Tower, but the dimensions don't mix. Yet somehow MC's ghost companion (who doesn't appear to be human or from the same human dimension) is somehow able to mix with MC's human towers. This inconsistency seems odd, unsure if it'll be retconned or explained.
-Tower hunters levels up somehow after killing enough opponents, we're not sure how that works. There are level grades F-A, no idea how that works. The character sheet is laughably simplistic, no stats, nada.

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There are more oddball developments, but these are just the ones I can recall off the top of my head. <<less
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NyankoSenseiNyaaa
NyankoSenseiNyaaa rated it
March 31, 2019
Status: --
This is the one of the darkest and psychologically thrilling novels I have read in a long time. The MC is a masochistic maniac that gets tortured so far it is a cross between Solo leveling and Re:Zero. The first few chapters get you hooked and you feel the hunger for more.
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luckymorris
luckymorris rated it
June 14, 2021
Status: c138
I read webnovels for entertainement, I never expect them to actually be well written. Like I wouldn't expect a fast food to be a culinary experience, just something good enough to keep me full and have a good time.

This novel is not so great at its start, everything is confusing, the main character is rather flat, you get bombarded by a whole lot of new names, you don't really understand what the hell is the tower. It's very chaotic. But I think that the author just wanted to get all... more>> this stuff out of the way to finally focus on the main character, to developp him.

Once you get to a certain arc involving a certain "library", it's when the novel really take off, it's when the main character who always lived a dull life and have not much of a personnality meets new people who change him, who make him learn emotions. And damn it, it's masterfully done, I do not wish to do spoilers in this review but every single arc since the library have been a roller coaster of emotions and this novel can also boast to have one of the best romance i've read in a webnovel, how it introduced the love interest which I didn't give a damn about to turn her into one of my favorite female character in webnovels in about 30 chapters is nothing short of amazing.

I don't see filler in this webnovel, I read every words because each of them matters, it's something that I expect from a published book, not from a webnovel where the author write one chapter a day. And I fully expect the same quality till the end of the novel, it's now over with 400 chapters, clearly the author did not over stayed his welcome to make some more bucks, he finished it when it was finished.

Many thanks to the translator who do a good job and keeps his translations regular and of good quality. <<less
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Pendragon05
Pendragon05 rated it
June 18, 2020
Status: c372
Not your typical adventure novel where the story revolves in conquering the tower by fighting. To be honest, I've struggled a lot in reading this novel because it became so boring that I forced myself to skip chapters by reading it fast. The most boring part for me is the arc for Floor 20-29, goodness, it's really hard for me to finish that arc that I skimmed it. Maybe because I like the typical action novel that I was shocked by the unorthodox way of conquering the tower. Floor 40... more>> and above are quite boring as well in my opinion. We also had an unnecessary romance like what the heck is going on, the MC just like a switch that was flipped suddenly became in love with someone so fast. I like the concept of the story but it quickly went downhill. I'm really disappointed that I expected so much from this novel. It went from 5 star to 3.5 but for the effort, I'll settle with 4. <<less
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Shimatta
Shimatta rated it
June 13, 2023
Status: --
s*upid Romance

Everything is bearable and readable about this story and you'll laugh and cry a few times, but then, the romance starts. You won't even believe how the romance started. It was bullshit, forced, and simply yikes.
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Sword Emperor—let' say a guy extremely close to MC, master of sorts—offhandedly remarks about MC's lack of experience in romance. Then, MC enters a "world" of a romance genre book. He meets a girl. Falls for her almost instantly. Asks her to teach him about love simply because he remembers the Sword Emperor's remark. The girl is a heiress of a Ducal family, engaged to the crown prince, a villainess of that world. She apparently loves the prince so much that she sacrifices her heart to relieve last ten days of her life/world so that she could straighten the crown prince or whatever. Her love is unshakable, well at least it's supposed to be like that technically. But, MC comes to her, asks her to teach him about romance because she's a villainess of a romance genre world, so she will definitely know better about love and will therefore be an ideal teacher. She teaches him "Loves comes as a b*tch. If your lover is a b*tch, you've to become a bigger b*tch, " and blah blah. And MC falls so hard for her and he confesses "I love you as much as I love myself" to her in the first or maybe the second day they properly talk to each other. She also falls hard for him, although it should be technically impossible because she has already sacrificed her heart to love the Crown Prince forever. And then due to the arrogance of the translator, the way they address each other is also weird, where MC calls the girl husband and the girl calls him wife, where in reality the address should be something like "family head/my lord" for the girl and "husband/first man/ducal consort" for the MC. This f*cking address r*pes your brain like crazy, making you want to drop the novel all together.

The thing is, our MC is supposed to be a righteous man, you see. So why would a righteous man fall for someone else's fiancee? Although the crown prince was cheating on her, that's no excuse to fall for her, because he actively forces himself to fall for her. He asks her to spend more time with him and kiss him again and again, because he knows his love for her will deepen that way. Also, MC and the girl both were initially enraged that the crown prince cheated on her. What do you think they do in response? They also start an affair and cheat on the crown prince. Wow. So, if she could cheat on the crown prince, she could potentially cheat on the MC as well. Also, since MC could fall for someone else's woman—forces himself to fall in love, to be exact—he could also fall for someone else's woman the next time as well! That's how cheating stuff normally works. It's so f*cked up. But the author tries to make it into a romantic, poetic and tragic love story. And honestly, I didn't like her one bit. I'm all okay and even extremely happy about a girlfriend who wears the pants in the relationship, but the MC here just acts like a pet in front of her. And she talks about killing him if he breaks her heart. Oh then why didn't she kill the crown prince in the first place? She was also crazy in love with him after all. I mean it's f*cking bullsh*t by this point.

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Well, even without the romance, the story has many weaknesses, although they could be glossed over because of how tragic things were. So your heart would be filled with the tragedy and how MC selflessly tried to prevent that. But after a certain point, you can no longer brush these things off. MC's Inconsistent Personality
First of all, MC is already shown to be a crazy guy from the beginning. He gets his first skill because of his extreme envy towards an arrogant "Hero." But the thing is, MC doesn't get jealous over anything after that. So what's the point of him receiving his skill because of "extreme envy"?
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He then gets vengeful and decides to exact revenge upon that Hero because that guy kills him. Well a lot of things happen and he kills himself more than 4000 times just to go to the past and kill that Hero.

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Then, his personality shifts and he becomes someone who wants to be a hero, known by everyone in the world. Then, he suddenly stops liking the attention and focuses on wanting to be recognized by everyone. Then, he wants to be admired and recognized by only those around him. Then he becomes selfless, so selfless that even Buddha would feel shame. Then, he becomes a smart ass character who can bluff and find loopholes in the tower as if it's no big deal. Then, he falls in love and becomes a docile character who'd stand if his lover asked him to stand and would die if his lover asked him to die. Like, seriously dude, why are you so inconsistent??? F*cking choose a lane and stick to it, dude. Wasted Potential of Great Side Characters
Also, there are many strong characters in the Tower (and I love them), but even those who have been hunters for decades couldn't match him who hasn't even been a hunter for a month. Besides, he always fights solo in the last fight and asks the other famous hunters to believe in him. And they do. They let him challenge the final boss by himself, and of course he comes back with the perfect victory every time. If others would have taken 365 days to conquer a floor (a whole guild and sometimes multiple guilds together), he'd take 3.65 days to do that, alone. Other characters are there just to show how great he is. He's there to sacrifice himself to save them or "carry" them. They aren't great enough to fight side by side with him, despite being seasoned hunters. Although they are smart and capable people, the MC is always the one to call the shots. Always his insights are the best and the correct answer to the problems. Well, even if he makes mistakes, it's not like that will lead to a tragedy as he would just kill himself and go back in time. Also,
Spoiler

he has an invisible spirit attached to him called Sword Emperor. He's a big shot from a Tower in another world, a hunter who had reached Level 99 of his Tower, alone. So, you could imagine how great he is. Although he could only impart his knowledge through words and body stances, he's simply a treasure trove. But, MC only learns basic sword skills and aura usage from him at first and then just stops learning from him. He even disrespects him most of the time, asking the Sword Emperor to call him Lord and stuff if the MC wins a bet. Although I do understand that the spirit calls him names like zombie and stuff, he's a big shot after all, a person to be revered. But MC doesn't actively try to learn from him and instead uses him as a lackey and a cheat code. The spirit's existence just loses more and more meaning as every chapter passes by until he becomes a whiny side character and sometimes a funny guy, rather than a cool, strong and respectable hunter.

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apsisodia
apsisodia rated it
January 19, 2022
Status: c105
Alright I give up. This is not my cup of tea. Tbh I really liked the beginning. I loved it till MC cleared 20th floor. Then story got over dramatic for me. Also author added romance which IMO is one of the worst I've ever read in Korean novels.

The story is somewhat different from other korean novels. So some people may like it, but I think it's quite overrated. I can't just handle these overdramatic moments.
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