Strange Grief Wants to Retire ~ The Weakest Hunter Dreams of a Hero ~


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Existing all over the world sleeps treasure tools with special powers.

Riches, Prestige, and finally Power.

Chasing glory, an era where Treasure Hunters rampage through Treasure Shrines without regard for danger.

Together with his childhood friends, Krai shares the dream of becoming a hunter. On their first expedition he notices that out of the six of them, he is the only one without any talent.

However, that was only the beginning of their adventures.

“It’s too unreasonable. I want to quit this dangerous job already. I’m gonna throw up. ”

“Ok, got it. In other words we should get strong enough to cover your part too. Nice handicap.”

“Don’t worry Krai-chan. We’ll make sure to protect you.”

“Ah, stop. If you step there you’ll disappear without even leaving dust behind. Take care, ok leader?”

Protected by his childhood friends that are too strong, relying on his juniors and other hunters – they aim at being heroes and obtaining treasure.

Will Krai be able to quit being a hunter while still in one piece?

Associated Names
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Let This Grieving Soul Retire! Woe is the Weakling Who Leads the Strongest Party (LN)
Nageki no Bourei wa Intai Shitai - Saijiyaku Hanta ni Yoru Saikiyou Patei Ikusei Jutsu
Nageki no Bourei wa Intai Shita ~Saijaku Hunter wa Eiyuu no Yume wo Miru~
Strange Grief Wants to Retire ~ The Weakest Hunter’s Hero Dream
嘆きの亡霊は引退したい~最弱ハンターによる最強パーティ育成術~ (LN title)
嘆きの亡霊は引退したい 〜最弱ハンターは英雄の夢を見る〜
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redhare404 rated it
January 26, 2020
Status: c24
Hi, I'm the current translator, heading up to the end of Arc 1.

Whether you enjoy this series or not will likely come down to whether you enjoy reading a main character that could either be a bumbling fool or a genius. He is someone with super anxiety issues plaguing him.
The main character isn't a weak personality though. Who is more courageous, the person with no fear, or the person that faces their fear? And Cry has a lot of fears.

I am a fan of this novel for a few... more>> reasons:

Original world building - It kind of reminds me of a cross between Hunter x Hunter and One Piece. In that the world is grounded in grim reality where death is common, but the characters have that idealistic camaraderie going on.

Strong supporting characters: Each one has a distinct personality, the female characters especially.

Humour: I find it hilarious.

This novel hits all the right notes for me. I'd say a flaw is that the exposition can be a little dry sometimes. But I'm the type of person that likes dry exposition so... Five stars! <<less
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The Hamster Overlord rated it
May 18, 2020
Status: c100
Started off well, went bad quickly.

The MC, as the story progresses becomes more and more dumb.

It was all fun in the beginning, but in the future chapters MC becomes so s*upid that you begin yo think "is he pretending or smth?" the misunderstandings grow more and more ridiculous too, not in the sense that they get more fun, but in the sense that the wide margin of suspension of disbelief you give them in the beginning doesn't hold them on anymore. The whole story becomes just something the author obviously... more>> forces into happening, with a bunch off super buffoons just being there and be amazed at the MC who only keeps being immature to the extreme.

But I'll be fair, the novel is at least not worse than average, its just that it started off well and fell into a slump, making the story look worse than it actually is with the contrast. <<less
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elbert134 rated it
March 31, 2020
Status: c47
Actual rating is 4 but because of the low rating decided to give this a 5. First of all this is a comedy, so expect that and nothing else while going into this. Personally for me this is similar to To Be a Power in the Shadows humor wise. The interesting characters are the side characters, not the MC for me. Seeing the side characters making a big deal out of MC's words (and in the end something big actually does happen) is pretty funny. The world building is pretty... more>> solid as well. Don't be discouraged by the ratings and do give this a try <<less
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hawlol rated it
July 14, 2020
Status: c51
A fantasy-comedy based on absurd missunderstandings. Quite similar to 'To be a Power in the Shadows'.

The MC is totally s*upid and weak but everyone interprets his random ramblings/actions as deep/heroic deeds.

As usual, it's fun at the beginning but gets old fast since the trope is repeated over and over again, each time with some action that manages to be more absurd and random than the last one.

The extra point is for the characters, for having unique personalities and varied quirks. Alas, most of the time they are just overinterpreting anything... more>> the MC does, but I still enjoyed them. <<less
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MrCents_04 rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: v3c75
The story is unique and very interesting. Only people who have a hard understanding won't appreciate this outstanding novel. Compare to another lame story so far, this novel surpassed the others in its interesting plot and setting. The author puts so much effort to extend his story and the main protagonist is not dumb to those silly readers who are exclaiming that it is unworthy of five stars. As a fandom user and also a reader of Japanese novels, I can guarantee that this is a good story that is... more>> not some sh*t show peg for harems (but so far it is hinted some harem) but the Mc's way is always to misunderstand to the point where everyone is looking up for him as a God.

So far, to all friends who know my name, I can guarantee that this novel is suited to your taste and it won't waste your time to the end. You're going to read it again and again like drinking a sweet chocolate coffee nonstop because of its taste. <<less
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Fluffums rated it
September 7, 2020
Status: c50
Hm... I liked the first volume a lot and would have rated it 5*. The second volume was great too! Until the end, where I dropped it.

See, no matter how dumb the protagonist is, the problem is...

... more>>

He encountered people who are supposed to be villains and didn't understand that they're villains. Fine, by that point I wouldn't have expected it. The problem is, they attacked a girl he's fond of in front of him with enough power to kill her, and he acknowledged that, and after he protected her they nearly killed him too, and he acknowledged that, and then he let them go after capturing them. For the reason that they're not really villains somehow despite attempting mu*der with little to no provocation (from the protagonist's viewpoint).

I don't care if you don't want to kill them, but why not at least ask "Hey, why did you attack us?" or have them put in jail or something? Just letting them go like that makes no sense... It's not a misunderstanding, it's not being s*upid, it's not forgiveness, it's the author forcing the protagonist to do something that makes no sense so the villain can come back for revenge.


I can't stand that and it's an instant drop for any series. But hey, I got some enjoyment until then, so it gets 3* and is OK to read if you don't mind the protagonist occasionally acting out of character for plot convenience. <<less
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Titan LLS rated it
December 5, 2020
Status: c210
First thing first. I want to say this type of novel is for someone who can enjoy a story like Gintama. If you ever started it and dropped it because you felt it was not for you 8/10 you will make the same choice on this.

Second, People are getting stuff twisted about this story. It is like someone watching Gintama, and asking why Gin-san uses a wooden sword to fight? Even when it is a deathmatch? Come on it is not about correctness. Though it may seem so, it's contradictory... more>> nature is a major selling point. Understand that this is a running gag. Everyone else in the story is playing a straight man or supporting role to his shtick "Master is a genius". When you start taking his actions seriously and analyzing them down to the forethought you have already veered off course. The main selling point is the absurdity of his actions. That he views with perfect normalcy, he himself is the biggest enigma of the story. Yet views himself as the only normal individual in a room full of oddities. Don't ruin this story experience for yourself by getting into the mentality that the MC is supposed to make perfect sense. He is not despite his monologues that make you think he is. He is a paradox of reason. <<less
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michbot99 rated it
April 1, 2020
Status: c2
Unexpectedly good read. Brought me occasional laughs with the classic mono-gags. Side-character chaps and POVs are also enjoyable.

Would read again.
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rin0000 rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: c50 part1
Exactly the novel I was looking for. I was looking for a novel where dense and weak MC get misunderstood as wicked, clever and OP by everyone. It fits exactly I wanted. I hope it will be completely translated. This novel is amazing and I hope it gets manga.

I really like how MC try his best to retire but how his actions leads him to more everyone to be more cautious of him.

I hope the author will tell us about his backstory, like how he got so famous and heavily... more>> misunderstood. <<less
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rali456 rated it
May 11, 2020
Status: c55 part1
Novel is quite interesting. Cheer up my mood whenever I read it. Looking forward to it. Glad to know it is not typical OP harem novel

  1. Story is good. MC is not arrogant but everyone looks up to him
  2. Characters POV is amazing.
  3. Not OP and harem or typical romance type

Where cry try to talk with gark but gark thinks that cry is looking fown on him and the aboves are thinking that he knows everything

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prien123 rated it
April 27, 2020
Status: c52 part2
one of my favourite novel so far. MC is cleary dense but things evolve around him. A typical comedy and misunderstanding novel I always wanted to read.

  1. Good story
  2. likable MC
  3. Misunderstandings are funny
I really like this nove. Hope it get updating until the end.
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thaddaa rated it
November 5, 2020
Status: c209
I enjoyed the novel actually.... for a couple of chapters then it went downhill fast.

First what I enjoyed, the novel have a unique story unlike other and I particularly like story told from other perspective (3rd party POV) that glorify the MC. And I don't mind a weak MC with tremendous luck on his side without him even noticing it (even though it should be obvious if he just see his position and think it clearly).

Buttttt because of 1 factor, the MC characteristic.

Reading novel without development for the MC... more>> is unbearable instead it's like his brain cell is degrading each arc.

He likes to believes his own delusion, without confirmation from the other party. And he said that he is weak and don't know anything other than relic but he still always assume his guess are right without even trying to confirm anything. He never learn from his mistake, always assuming things without any justification.

Whatever action he took it will be always for himself, but that action always took an unbelievable turn and make him the genius hero of the day. It's like the author force it to happen. And whatever misunderstood he's in, even he knows it, he never try to rebuke it or make it clear to anyone.

Well for the quality of the story itself is good, the translation is also doing a great job. There are no character development though only introducing many characters each arc but the author made a good job keeping it not too overwhelming. What I just hate is the MC and it's enough to make me stay away from this good novel.

After reading it again from 76 to 209, my opinion still stand, the MC is too much of an idiot that I can't bear it, but it's still a very good read if you want to kill time. You'll just have a few times of having the feel want to punch the MC in the face <<less
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Fulminata rated it
July 1, 2020
Status: --
It's fun, but there's a limit to how dense... idiotic the MC can be before reading it becomes repetitive. Being a weakling is one thing, but being an idiotic MC who don't even use his resource properly to make up for his weakness? No character development so far

But for mindless fun, it's still ok. I don't feel any strong impression on this novel, be it good or bad.
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GoldSweeper rated it
March 25, 2021
Status: c121
Starts of not too bad but it does get very repetitive very quickly.
Not sure if its the translator or the author but the story is quite descriptive for visuals but does not do too well in explaining the circumstances of various things.
The story is essentially a lucky comedy where the repeating theme gets worn down quickly due to the slow story speed.

tldr: good to read on the side as you don't need to be invested in the story. Repetitiveness kills it really quickly.
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Xu rated it
November 8, 2020
Status: c49
Not funny enough to make up for how dumb the MC is. Ends up being stale after the first few chapters.

It's not bad, but if you're not a fan of comedies that hinge on misunderstandings and a dumb MC (like me) then this novel doesn't offer anything worthwhile.
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YugoTheOne rated it
July 31, 2022
Status: c242
This is a really good one, I haven't been as into a light novel as much as this. The misunderstandings are so funny and I can't get enough of it. This is definitely a gem and is one of my favorite light novels. But if you don't like the weak and dumb MC but gets mistaken as an op being because of ridiculous coincidence trope then this is not for you. But for me, that's one of my favorite tropes, and I can't get enough of it.
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Shioe rated it
January 22, 2023
Status: c276 part1
This will be my first review :p

I love this story

there will be a lot of things that will be fixed in the ln but this wn is pretty fun to read (many plot holes and stuff like that)

the misunderstandings are funny. The MC is just a normal guy (only sane one) and his childhood friends are all insane. Hes just a weak guy tho and its hilarious... more>>

im not too sure but he has the power to control all relics at 100% proficiency? Not sure because its not clearly stated in it but is indirectly implied that he has that ability. Other than that hes as weak as a normal human or maybe even weaker then one.


you should try it (the translation is meh, good enough to read tho)

Lucia is best girl


sasuga cry <<less
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Yugao702 rated it
February 4, 2022
Status: --
I have just recently found this and I like it a lot.

The MC is likable despite being kinda weak and really dense. The humor is good, and I like the way everyone misunderstands almost everything he does.

Its funny how fate (or total bad luck) seems to favor him a lot coz of how everything he says or does causes something huge to happen coincidentally in real life. It happens so much that it was almost as if it were planned which causes so many misunderstandings around him.

I placed this as... more>> 4 stars coz currently the LN version only released vol. 1 (despite the fact this story is already 5 years old) and the WN is a lot faster in updating.

Thankfully though, the LN and WN are mostly similar. A couple of things are different but most of the details are technically the same so it isn't very confusing.


One example of a difference between the LN and WN is in the Wolf Den Arc, when fighting the slime.

In the WN, Gark arrived at the scene early and joins in the fight against the slime and was the one to discover the weakness of the slime was ice.

In the LN, Sytry came with Gark a bit late in the battle and gave anti-mana metal to defeat the 1st slime and somehow caused multiple slimes to destroy one another instead.


Hopefully the LN will release more someday but for now, I'll just consider the WN as the official.

I don't believe this story is for everyone but I still think people should try this as it is a fun story with a good amount of action and misunderstandings. <<less
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reivatin rated it
October 1, 2020
Status: c99 part2
done with last chapter, the story is common concept as MC is misunderstood as great being and great strategist, but in reality, he is just a pessimist and weakling (you can see how in 3rd arc)

funny, how the story is based on those things, in my opinion the story have strong base, the other MC's friend is not yet revealed, but their trust in him is quite hard to describe, maybe you can say they look like a yes men and trust him completely and blindly

for me the comedy... more>> hit the spot and quite refreshing, try it till arc 2 complete, their quite difference between arc 1 and 2, with the involvement of MC's friend from the start, I you can't enjoy it, it's not for you to continue <<less
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rnov222 rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: Completed
the novel is good. Characters POV is good and funny. MC is likable but dense. Hope the story will continue. Just make the MC good at bluff
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