The Bathroom Goddess

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“The heck are you? A peeper?”

“Would it be possible for you to spare me a cup of water?”

This conversation that was obviously mismatched at a glance, was the meeting between the Japanese company employee, Tamano Izumi, and the one who would later be known as the Sacred Kingdom of Yohk’Zai’s strongest and greatest king, Huuron.

While she was in the middle of a bath, the bathroom window connected to a mysterious world. Izumi was just enjoying her baths while she bartered things with the various people that appeared beyond the window, but before long, she ended up deeply affecting the fate of that world…

The Bathroom Goddess average rating 4.8/5 - 289 user ratings
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Furoba Megami
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RAGA
New RAGA rated it
October 30, 2017
Status: Completed
Wow. Just wow! The thought-process that went into a relatively short and lighthearted story is just AMAZING! Well done to both the author and the translators who worked on it. Just EVERYTHING that was a part of this story all has a bit of brilliance to it.

Would read again! Definitely recommended.
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mystichead
mystichead rated it
November 4, 2015
Status: --
This series is a gem, Read ALL of it... its relatively short

It’s super light

It’s quite funny

It’s quite crazy

yet in the background its well laid out... how little spurts of funny random episodic-like “adventures” are connected into big plot in the background

I cant do this series justice by trying to explain further.. just read, enjoy and laugh
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BlancFrost
BlancFrost rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: afterstory part2
Absolutely wonderful novel that took the reader to many different P.O.V. So we could see what they thought of the MC. It was interesting to read how her actions helped and changed the other characters situations. How they are connected together with each visit from her bathroom window was very well thought out.

I really do recommend this novel, it may be short but the journey you go through gets your imagination flowing. Romance is not present in this novel and doesn't make it lacking at all. All the MC... more>> wanted to do was have a nice relaxing bath after all! <<less
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Fossil
Fossil rated it
August 20, 2016
Status: Completed
A short comedy that was totally worth staying up until three in the morning to binge read. I regret nothing, especially those supposedly wasted fours hours of reading. That being said, I wish that the bonus chapters were all translated already, but it gives me something to look forward to.

As for what to expect, it's basically about a naked woman who spontaneously pops up in another world via bathroom window and solves all of your problems... or causes them, but that's fine too.

Now go and read it!
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despairparty
despairparty rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Excellent series with episodic-yet-interconnected chapters that create a culturally rich world with thoughtful worldbuilding. If you like Riso no Himo Seikatsu for the setting and outstanding characters, you'll adore this.

The protagonist is refreshingly normal in a more genuine way; she has her own needs, and while she doesn't think properly sometimes, it's only natural for someone who's mind is occupied. She has a pondering nature and she's great at problem-solving, so there's nothing to get frustrated about. Everything about this series is likeable.

And of course, it's Oniichan Yamete, so... more>> the translations are naturally superb. <<less
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Sae
Sae rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: afterstory part1
Don't know why I held off reading this masterpiece for so long, but once started couldn't stop and finished it off in one go.

I'd call it a classic mythic chain type of story, however it's also unique because you don't see many of this type in the LN/WN world. And a welly, cutely, adorably and nicely done at that. A modern lady helping out the fantasy world through the bathroom window, with tightly connected and well thought-out events and relationships.

Brilliant MC who is open minded, warm hearted and knows... more>> how to solve problems even if she appears a little clumsy. Nice characters with their own pov stories. Intriguing story telling that each chapter closed will leave you wanting to know what's next with the item she got. Plus the casual, witty humor. All blends very well together it's outstanding. My only little gripe is that I would reaaallly like to see some romance with one of the guys because hey all of them have their own charm so irresistible, and the way they call her goddess/witch/angel/mystic is sooo cuteee *ahem*

Spoiler

Story starts off with MC praising the greatness of the bath, so incredibly accurate and well written that as a Japanese I couldn't help but say hell yeah. Then the weird event and trade happens, and ends with both calmly part ways I was like 'guys, guys????' and then MC examines the window and finally says 'wth happened?' I was like 'MY POINT EXACTLY'. Anyhow I was totally pulled into the story, so good.

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Moontsuki
Moontsuki
October 8, 2016
Status: Completed
I love this story so much, I reread all the time.

Though it is a slice of life type of novel the author has put a lot of thought into the plot and it has a few twist and turns that kept the story interesting, it was very well planned as all the parts of the story intertwined with the ending. All the characters were agreeable and had their own little story, the MC wasn't overpowered and there were no cliche type characters which is a relief. I guess the only... more>> thing wrong with it was that I wanted more from the ending but that's just my opinion.

This novel is a very light hearted and enjoyable read. 10/10 <<less
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Tyizor
Tyizor rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
4.5/5 (doesn’t exist on here, so I gave it what I thought the rating leaned towards more: 5)

Warning: Light spoilers; Wall of text incoming.

The story is definitely one worth reading. The plot is fairly simple, but everything is also loosely tied together. The story is set up on an arc-by-arc basis with each arc consisting of 2-3 chapters or so.

Ever heard of the straw millionaire? This story is basically that but with a unique spin. The woman meets a man through her magic window, trades a cup of water... more>> for his earrings, then she proceeds to continue these transactions until she saves the world (well that escalated quickly). That’s an overly simplified explanation though. You’ll have to read it to get the full picture.

What I liked:

-The dozens of characters were each carefully crafted (for the most part. Some of the later ones felt a little more shallow)

-The translator does a good job; the author makes the story easy to read. This is a big deal for me since most of the recent “good” LN’s have been sporadic, filled with overly complex sentence structures, or filled from page to page with crammed in world-building. Don’t get me wrong, I like world-building, but not when it’s force fed. The world-building needs to be gradual, and this story does exactly that. Each arc tells you a little bit, and by the end you have a decently good picture. The best part? You’re only told as much as you need to know. Very rarely are you told something just for the sake of “hey look, I’m world-building”

-The author makes good use of the “chance” encounters scenario. Since in most scenes the opposite party is in a dire situation, the character development doesn’t seem forced.

-The tone is lighthearted, mainly because the MC is half-naked even during the serious scenes.

The author does this in a classy way without force-feeding readers with fanservice. No to little random descriptions of droplets of water running down god-sculpted bodies.

More along the lines of “Oh sh*t assassins are attacking me. Uh. Uh. Bugspray their eyes?” All while the reader is subtly reminded of what she’s wearing (either through character interactions or a light-hearted aside)

-Its a definite breath of fresh air compared to a lot of the typical-trope novels. It has its own unique feel to it, while also remaining simple and light-hearted.

What I didn’t like:

-Characters seemed a bit more shallow around the end, and events started to get a tad convoluted. Maybe it was because I got busier and started reading faster? Possibly, so take this complaint with a grain of salt.

-Because of the whole window charade, you *hear* about old characters, but you don’t get to meet them again (sometimes). This leaves you with a bit of an empty hole. I understand why the author would do this though. Maybe the sidestories will help fix this.

Overall, it was definitely a fun read. Definitely something I’ll re-read when I’m bored. I’d definitely suggest it. <<less
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torchingice
torchingice rated it
September 20, 2017
Status: Completed
Though rather short, this is one of my favorite novels on the site! Plot and characters are super unique to any other story (unlike some novels where the MC/ML/Support Characters all are so typical).

Honestly this is a novel that most everyone will like.
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
August 2, 2017
Status: Completed
Summary:

A short, lively story about a Japanese woman whose bathroom window keeps connecting to another world.

Some call her a goddess, others call her an angel, a witch, a mystic, a pervert -- hey, she didn't choose to appear naked, you know?!

Rating:

5 stars. It's so fun watching her interact with different characters and watching as all the different meetings slowly reveal the bigger picture. The translation is excellent and there are no glaring flaws with the writing, despite the simple concept. The characters are endearing despite their... more>> short screentimes.

You can finish the entire story in an afternoon, so just give it a try! <<less
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Tellestarle
Tellestarle rated it
April 5, 2017
Status: Completed
Absolutely spectacular journey. It's truly a joy ride, with a tootsie roll pop like plot, slowly exposing the sweet center or a picture scroll. The story is short but surprisingly it continuously fed my imagination even after the story was over. Many full length stories spanning hundreds to even thousands of chapters long still seem to lack the vividness and expression this story brings.

Every place you can imagine; it's people, culture, climate and landscape, with just a few descriptive words and the character portrayals. Nobles, religious fanatics, cultural beliefs and... more>> superstitions. It's sort of startling how so wonderfully I could "see" everything. The characters have the most diverse personalities that even affect my mood. Ambitious, pious, charming, calm, stubborn, quirky, steadfast, cold and detached (even people who you meet for a moment or just hear about can stimulate the emotions)... It feels like I've talked to these people myself.

This story, while I won't say it's a work of art, one in a lifetime piece, it is truly a blessing and treasure that I haven't read in a while. Very refreshing feeling from the usual repetitive scenes and one dimensional conversations.

The main character is kind, but not innocent and naive. Smart but not brilliant, clever but not wily. All in all, a good hearted ordinary woman. Not perfect. But human. I feel life from her and the supporting cast as well as understand the motivations that drive them to do what they do. It is truly worth the read.

100/10 <<less
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luxe
luxe rated it
January 10, 2017
Status: afterstory part1
A really good "short" story. Not really any romance, but a somewhat open enough ending that you could imagine it for the characters. I don't know what the short stories have to offer in terms of that beyond what's already been translated.

The story somewhat speedily develops through each chapter, with each chapter connecting to the next. As another review stated, I suppose the only disappointment is that you don't see many of the previous characters directly beyond one. You only hear of them out of the stage, or through another... more>> character.

It's still really good though. Worth the read! <<less
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SilverBullet888
SilverBullet888 rated it
August 15, 2016
Status: --
Even though it's short, it's a simple and cool story. The concept is interesting, and I've never seen an idea like this before. It's cool to read through and see how it all comes full circle in the end. The characters were lovable, and the misunderstandings hilarious.
Spoiler

The twist ending about the first guy she meets was a bit confusing since I couldn't get the names straight, but it wasn't bad enough to take major note of.

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TwoWhiteShirts
TwoWhiteShirts
May 28, 2016
Status: Finished
This was so good. I picked it up and didn't put it down until I finished it.

Great translation. Amazing plot. Tantalizing and surprising to the very end and the comedy was sublime.

The only complaint I have is that I wished there was more to this story. It ended quite nicely but I feel so sad there wasn't more...
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inclement
inclement rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
A very enjoyable short novel. The story and setting is quite different from any other novel. The protagonist doesn't have any super powers, except being able to trade items with people from other worlds. Although it doesn't seem like much, the author does a great job of linking the stories together and you just have to go and read the next chapter to see what's gonna happen next.
Also the translator does a great job - it read much better and fluent compared with other Japanese translations.
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Sugar33
Sugar33 rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Great story really enjoyed, it had me cracking up and then really move though out the novel, you won't regret reading it.
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HuntDragon
HuntDragon rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
What a ride this story is. The story switches point of view between Izumi (the Bathroom Goddess) and a resident of the world through the looking glass, and every single story reveals more and more of the world through the window towards a great goal.

You should be reading this.
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AjuPray
AjuPray rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Wonderful read, just finished 20th chapter the final chapter and I must admit, I am quite sad at the fact that it ended. It feels like a journey coming to an end, having to say goodbye to your close friend for the final time, feeling nostalgic looking back at the times you spent together. I am amazed how the author accomplished this with only 20 chapters and I can’t thank the translator enough for sharing this wonderful gift.
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sinyueliang
sinyueliang rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
This is actually my favorite project on Este-sama's site. For real. Though I was slightly confused in the later chapters (roughly around chapter 13 or 14), I still found this absolutely wonderful and entertaining. Btw, I am writing this as of the ending, chapter 20. I love how the episodic chapters came together and wove a fantastic tale that ended wonderfully (though I really want more and am sad to see it end... even if there are still side stories left). I will be reading it again, since the reason... more>> it was confusing was due to the fact that I forgot all the names. Heh. Anyways, I recommend this :) It's a splendid story that weaves together to form a beautiful work. <<less
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Dizzcity
Dizzcity rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Review as of chapter 20 (series complete) :

This series is great! A unique premise, colourful characters, and a interesting writing style. The Bathroom Goddess features a slowly-unfolding plot told through little episodic moments that only comes together to form this grand overarching narrative at the end. It starts off simply as a light-hearted tale of a woman with a magical window in her bathroom, trading various things with the people of the fantasy continent. But while trading, she gets to know the lands, and influence the fate of several nations,... more>> sometimes unwittingly. Told through both her eyes and the eyes of the people she's helped, you get a picture of just how much she changes people's lives for the better. And the foreshadowing is excellent - little clues hidden here and there in earlier chapters bear fruit in later chapters. This series bears reading a second or even third time to catch all the hints.

Ratings (compared to others of the slice-of-life genre) :
Story Originality: Very High.
Characterization: High.
Plot: High.
Story Pacing: Moderate.
Humour: Above Average.
Translation Quality: High.
Translation Speed: Moderate.
Overall: Excellent (5 out of 5) <<less
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renuac
renuac rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
Review as of chapter 14.

Definitely a unique spin on the classic trading quest. Izumi saves lives, helps heroes, shapes the destiny of empires, smooths the path of star-crossed lovers and possibly comes to terms with her inner exhibitionist, all from the comfort of her bathtub.

The story is episodic and each self-contained story is presented through a set of two directly connected chapters. As the story unfolds however, it becomes obvious that most, if not all, of these episodes are also connected to each other and that things are moving... more>> and coming together in that wide world on the other side of Izumi’s bathroom window.

Izumi, the bath-loving, down-to-earth and surprisingly adaptable protagonist, is utterly delightful. The varied and colourful characters she meets are vividly depicted in short, almost thumbnail sketches that manage to give them enough depth to make them a lot more endearing than you might expect from the story’s trade-of-the-week format.

The objects Izumi receives and trades are equally varied, often outlandish and occasionally put to genuinely unexpected uses. There’s something very fairy-tale-like about the whole thing. While the various stories are in turn dramatic, touching and sad, they are all honestly funny. As an added bonus, the translation is smooth and beautifully written.

There’s nothing quite like a chapter of The Bathroom Goddess to brighten up a dull day. <<less
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