The Dungeon Seeker


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Junpei Takeda, a high school student, is childhood friends with Noriko Tatsumiya and is bullied by Kido Shouta. One day, while bullying Junpei, they (Junpei, Tatsumiya, & Shouta) were suddenly summoned to a different world by the whim of “God”. Summoned Heroes with cheats, or so he thought. But it turns out Junpei’s stats were even worse than an average farmer. Tricked into a deathly labyrinth by the only one he trust, he walks the journey for revenge.

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Related Series
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (WN) (7)
Suterareta Yuusha no Eiyuutan (3)
Sevens (3)
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou (LN) (2)
The Trembling World (1)
Allusionist of Illusionary Recursion (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/13/18 Paichun Translations v5c1 part3
04/21/18 Paichun Translations v5c1 part2
03/18/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part6
03/11/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part5
03/04/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part4
02/19/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part3
02/11/18 Paichun Translations v5c1 part1
01/30/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part2
01/27/18 LegitTranslations v5c1 part1
10/08/17 Paichun Translations v5 prologue
10/04/17 Paichun Translations v5 illustrations
09/30/17 Paichun Translations v4 epilogue
08/21/17 Paichun Translations v4c6 part6
08/21/17 Paichun Translations v4c6 part5
08/19/17 Paichun Translations v4c6 part4
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sgrey rated it
November 1, 2017
Status: v5
It starts similar to Arifureta, but it is a much darker novel. Pretty much any gruesome thing you can imagine is in here. The story itself is not that great and it's too dark for me. The writing is poor, most of the characters are murderers and rapists. Every single battle is exactly the same: someone sees MC and thinks he is a wimp, talks to him in condescending tone and them MC kills them in a gruesome way. The only thing this novel has is just gore, nothing else.
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frenzy85 rated it
June 17, 2017
Status: v2
Poor world-building. Poor characterization. Not very interesting overall plot.

First and foremost, there's a lack of comedic undertone from the beginning. While not a bad thing, this does make everything much more serious. With everything being so serious, even slight things that seem illogical become things to retort to... and there's a lot of these throughout the story. This sense of incongruity plus the lack of comedic undertone makes people nitpicky. Sometimes they're wrong (for example, the dangers of incest can be taught by summoned people), but the fact that the... more>> story brings about this kind of feeling from people isn't a good thing.

One of the things that people seemingly like about this novel is the dark theme. But it's really very shallow, imo. Everything feels so fake.

Segments don't flow well from one to the other. Feels more like a mishmash of tropes and ideas than a story. There's a looming sense of something being wrong as I read through the story. It's not about major plotholes, and more a lot of many minor things that makes the world-building feel very flawed.

Despite the long-winded narrations, there's very little description of places, objects and people...

There's a big mystery that's part of the overarching plot; but the way it is presented doesn't instill a sense of intrigue. Same for a lot of the minor mysteries. Very simple, cliche, poorly executed and poorly presented.

Characters just do things. It doesn't feel like they have motivation or personalities driving their actions. Every now and then, author also forgets to take into account available information for each character is different. Character development are also very meh...

A very good example of how to fail in "show, don't tell" as well. Author never shows, and always tells; and sometimes the characters even seemingly contradict what the narrator says.

Lots of pseudo-philosophical talk and generally talking in the middle of battles. Lots of redundant or irrelevant parts, too. Most show only a trivial understanding of the subject, and some are also just factually wrong...

A lot of details on every floor, but it's pretty uninspired.

Author's style choice is also something I find very lacking. The way the story goes, a lot of common tropes that people find overused could've fit the story well, but it feels the author avoided them just to be different instead of taking into account appropriateness... which brings back the topic of it being a mishmash of ideas than a story.

For example:


With a crazy MC, a first-person perspective can allow MC to be an unreliable narrator to great effect. Instead, we get a 3rd person narrator but with MC interrupting very often with long-winded monologues.

With very skewed stats, this could've been justified much more with an automatic stat distribution system. As of v2, we've only seen two characters invest in stats from levelling. Both choose to invest in only one stat.

among other things

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scribbledoutname rated it
November 23, 2016
Status: --
It's not exactly a bad story but it feels like the author is just doing their best to squick you (the reader) out. The story itself isn't all that great... the way the MC works his way through the dungeons and shoots up through levels by taking down strong enemies is pretty exciting, but given the sh*tty personalities and sh*tty situations the MC repeatedly experiences I'm not expecting any kind of satisfying build up.

That said, it's decent enough that I'm looking forward to the next chapter but the pointless squick... more>> and horrible circumstances of some (most?) of the characters is really putting me off.

I may or may not drop this. 3~4 stars depending on how this plays, but it's closer to 3 for now so I'm gonna give it 3 stars. <<less
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Chariots rated it
April 7, 2018
Status: v3
A very formulaic novel.

  1. Situation happens. No apparent solution conveyed to the reader
  2. MC defies common sense (not in a dumb way), jumps into it anyway
  3. MC solves the problem and explains how he solved it by mentioning information that wasn't available to the reader
No spoiler example: MC encounters an undefeatable monster. He could skip it, but engages anyway. When he almost loses everything, he feeds the monster some mushrooms and it dies. He reveals that offscreen, he saw that the only weakness of the monster was a certain type of poison that... more>> was only found in a certain mushroom that he found in a previous floor.

When main plot starts to advance, it becomes obvious that the author didn't really plan anything out.

It is OK. If you can bear with the author constantly hiding information to make an a*spull later, could be a quite fun read. <<less
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EvilGenesis666 rated it
October 30, 2017
Status: v5 prologue
First of all, let me say this novel isn't for the people with a weak heart. With that being said, you can expect horrific depictions of cruelty being shown.

The world is extremely dark and almost everyone is evil and being a douche to others not because he gets any benefit but just because he can. I haven't seen a collective consciousness of humanity so evil in any other novel (not even in GADW, and worst of humans were eating babies there, here it's a common thing). Beside humans killing and... more>> torturing each other, they treat every other intellectual and humanoid race worse than animals with their reasoning being : ''We allowed you to live, so we can do whatever we want with you.''

The novel is very edgy and dark, and the only reason I rated it with 3 stars is because of the mysteriousness and foreshadowing that is thrown often and the MC - he is one of the most well done ruthless characters here. He stays consistent, actually has a reason to transform from a naive high-schooler to a killer and doesn't get fazed by seduction, cruelty, etc... Also, I don't see him getting any kinder for the foreseeable future, as he knows that the world he is in is sh*t and nearly everyone is a scumbag. But even after all that, he still has emotions and can show kindness and love to someone who he is close with (though that's very rare). <<less
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Animeboyz rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: v4 epilogue
I came here after having read the manga version, but there are differences between the two. Even though I enjoyed the manga version much better, I still think this is worth a read. The story is quite fast paced and very much like an RPG game. I wouldn't be surprised if the author actually writes game story for a living.

Expect to find a hardened MC that was too naive of the cruel world, that's not unlike Westeros. Our protagonist isn't one to save every damsel and every hard luck cases.... more>> He is prioritizing his survival and eventual revenge above all else. I think it's a lot more interesting to see how his character develop in terms of judicial temperament rather than the unique cheating skills he continually acquires. We are shown early on the huge power gap and the long road our MC needs to reach the summit.

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BlackWidow7089 rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: v3c7 part2
One of the best stories I have ever read! The author manages to make the MC both cruel and vengeful but not lose his mental and moral state. He is weaker than many things in the labyrinth and has to fight hard to live on but is OP compared to the rest of civilization. It carries out the storyline without me losing interest - this is an incredibly hard task btw. Anyway definite 5/5 star LN
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Degidegi rated it
February 25, 2018
Status: v2
Those who like it brutal, give "The Dungeon Seeker" a try. Everyone else, stay away from it unless you want to get traumatized.

I really can't say if the plot is good or bad, cause the description of both mental and physical cruelty made me stop reading at the beginning of the second volume, but at least there is a plot where the motivation behind people’s actions is easy to understand.

Still, how sick does an author has to be to write a story where every single person is so messed up,... more>> that the people in the world of "Berserk" look like "The Care Bears"?

I must admit that this time the low rating is based solely on my personal opinion and not on the actual quality of the novel, but reading it was really no fun at all. <<less
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October 2, 2017
Status: v5c1 part1
I completely fail to see how this is R-15 and not R-18

Serious Spoiler also slightly disturbing so click if you want I guess?

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First side story involving his bitchy childhood friend ends up mentioning scatology. Now usually I wouldn't care about younger kids that read that, but honestly if someone didn't know what that was and googled it....I feel that and some other things should make it R-18 or other R-18 novels need to be re-labeled as R-15 in my opinion


EDIT: It got updated to R-18
Also I like the story don't think I don't just because I was annoyed at the R-15 tag.


Skinhead walked closer to one of the campfires. Around the camp there were about 12 women from an age span of 7 to 30 years old, naked and completely destroyed.

The expressionless women was surrounded by dozens of men with ugly faces. In this land discriminations from age or beauty didn't exist, but only from class.

"There are ten maids and two aristocrats, well, I guess even a grate Nobel rarely holds a girl of that class. "

Naturally, the two aristocrats were saved for the people with the highest rank, which in this case was Skinhead and Longsword.


"Ai' mate. If ya f**k a 7 years ol', she can't get pregnant."

A shady and slender person said from behind said to skinhead.

"Indeed my fine gentleman." Skinhead said whilst slightly caressing one of the fine 7yo young women.

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TerraEarth rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: v4c6 prologue
Some of the better storytelling I've seen from a Japanese WN/LN to date and I've read quite a few (most are garbage). I would have docked some points for the RPG system being rather unpolished (and that's being generous), but the story itself makes up for it I feel.

A recent complaint is the ... more>>


that occurs between MC and another character. It just feels a bit out of place and I would have preferred if the author had kept it off the table for a while or had developed it better in the first place. It's not that big of a deal though so I'll just take things as they are. <<less
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Blackout6661 rated it
August 6, 2017
Status: v4c6 part1
To be honest I just want to know what happens with him and childhood friend and other bully's. I just want to read how he made them suffer, but I can already see how this is gonna turn out. Childhood friend is gonna see him alive outside of labyrinth-apologize profusely until he forgives him (witch he will do because he loves her deep in his heart) - then the girl with will say something along the line of " you betrayed him how does he know you wont do it... more>> again"- then Norkio will follow him back into the labyrinth to help him conquer it (witch he will and some how become god). That's how I think the main story will be. Last boss will probable be of course the main bully who gets a power up from the current god to stop MC (witch fails of course) and then he kills bully and god. It's a typical other world LN but this story moves to slow and is just annoying that's my opinion. <<less
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graydragon12 rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: v3c4
Alert: This novel is not for everyone. It have a very dark setting with rape, murder, killing and torture being the norm. Also the author is very detail in describing the torture, amputation and experience scene so if you are someone who don't like that, don't give this novel a try. It is not your everyday "everything will be fine, people will live and be saved by the last minute" novel.

People keep comparing this to Arifutera but this is a whole league above it in term of the darkness of... more>> the story. While Arifutera go downhill quite quickly after the leave the dungeon and just turn into a adventure/OP MC, this novel stick to its core as the MC advance deeper into the dungeon. He will kill everything that even remotely pose a danger to him (cute girl, loli, hot elf). He still has his humanity and will tend to help if someone in needed if helping them don't get him into trouble that is so don't expect him to kill a noble and or wipe out a underground guild for a kid.


About the part the the MC get capture by the first girl he met in a dungeon everyone keep complaining about, the story stick to its setting so what do you expect. Junpei is a weirdo that only put point in his dodge. His only damage power come from the weapon and he doesn't expect that. He was still an amature at that time. He let his guard down and she just grab him like that. Try asking your friend to grab your hand unexpectly while you two are talking. Even with godly speed, you can't dodge it if you are not expecting it


I do wish the artist that draw Arifutera manga switch to draw this manga cause the art in Arifutera is good. <<less
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Gin_Hindew rated it
February 10, 2017
Status: v3
A great time killing story

The translation has some flaws but is easy to see that some of them were carried from the original writing, the episodic nature of the story is more "monster of the week" than a proper adventure but it helps to avoid some plot holes than may appear if things get too complex because the autor really is weak at establishing the atmosphere of a setting and just throws the MC into new stuff and right to the action, is like the chapters have almost only second... more>> and third acts (with the third act being short and mostly an explanation of how the action developed) and once the monster of the week is over we got a reset button to say hello to the new monster of the week

Also when the MC realizes something he forcefully hides his deductions from the audience to reveal them in the climax and this also could be seen when the author forcefully hid the identity of someone while explicitly saying was someone the MC could recognize, both author and MC just point at stuff and say "Hey look! something interesting for later but im only telling you is interesting to keep you reading until the reveal!" which is kind of clumsy but when the episode ends it doesnt really matters anymore so its fine

The slow world building or rather dungeon building is done quite right and together with the concept of humans becoming freaks with time and power seems to be the core of the story around whom the MC was added later but is fine as the same lack of character building prevents the author to fall into a bad character building, the skills also seem to be properly established as normal OP characters (heroes and monsters of the world) have regular OP skills like enhanced magic, defens*x2, etc. but the freaks in the dungeon have freak OP skills... well, just one has been shown but is a good example


Is a skill to interfere with physic laws which can give teleport or limited time reversal as the revealed effects so far


The plot holes are all over the way:


The childhood friend just decides to sacrifice the MC instead of sacrificing a bully to have the MC take his skills, I think that betraying a bad person should be way easier than betraying a close friend, right? they even had two years to think so its not like a sudden development

When the MC fights an army of cockroaches and lowers his guard getting close to kill one with his knife when he could use his gun as he is in danger of being swarmed all the time, this clearly was a way to get him in a pinch to have the mysterious character save him, the problem is that there were plenty of other moments that could have done the trick better than plain carelessness in the face of a bug army

There was this time when the story clearly says the MC looted all the tools from a small village but later he and other guy have to dig using a sword because they got no shovels

When the MC instantly agreed to help a guy in a dangerous near lethal mission he had no need to do as he could literally walk away into the next floor without having to face anyone, also he believed the guy just because he seemed nice without informing himself about the other side of the story, and we are talking about a betrayed MC who just before kept doubting a town when they explained their problems

The ability Appraisal Eyes cant appraise humans and later the MC is appraised with it; granted, it could also mean he is no longer human


So the author simply doesnt make things complicated which prevent the plot holes from becoming deeper, a wise choice that tells me the author knows his limits and thus just does the things he does right without dwelling into the things he is not good with

Also I am grateful that despite the dark setting the MC doesnt become as edgy as he could and keeps a cold head all the time, he recognizes the motivations of everyone and doesnt lecture on morality or any value he no longer has

As a literary work this novel is weak but to relax and kill time is so damn entertaining, highly recommended <<less
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
April 23, 2018
Status: v5c1 part2
A world where every character is so heinous and cruel that you wish it would start raining gasoline. The MC is the only sort of decent character, and he's screwed because he commits a single self-sacrificing action.

You will find this novel hard to read because of the cruelty in nearly every chapter. Additionally, the story starts off as an ass-pull, but stabalizes once the writer figures out what they want to do.
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March 11, 2018
Status: v5c1
If you like dark fantasy and an MC that is for the most part someone walking deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole.

Then this is most likely something for you.

The plot has a dark tone and is overall a good read.

Beware though that the plot holes, flawed logic and parts where the author flatout ignores the settings that had been put down, are extremly frequent and to some would ruin the reading so if you can ignore those parts then go for it!
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ChasedHydra rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: v3c1
Okay, many mystery novels thrive over having authors that although they already know all there is to know, successfully manage to keep it hidden at plain sight, they always give you just enough for you to feel like you have the answer at the tip of your tongue and yet something is still missing, keeping you reading more and more, and in time the author will eventually flip things to an unexpected direction, or give you a sense that he/she will do that and actually give you the result you... more>> were thinking about but gave up after thinking the author would change it or they just actually go with what you were thinking all along.

You might be thinking "Well what has that got to to with this story?", well it has to do with everything, because from the moment the author decided to hide things about the truth and about the story, it automatically gains the mystery genre.

And to be blunt it it an astronomically bad mystery novel...

The story has many secrets and many things that you wonder about, but the author never makes a single effort to give hints or clues, and when he does they are as ambiguous as can be. The episodic nature also works as a step in the wrong direction, as every single chapter you are left wondering if the past chapter really happened before this one unless stated otherwise, making the establishing of connections all the more confusing.

The worst of all though is that the author neglects this mystery of the story until it becomes convenient for him, you could be given a hint that something exists at the beginning of a volume and never see it again until the end of the same volume and even then, it doesn't become clearer, no it becomes even more and more muddled in confusion.

And what happens when a story suffers from this, well the mysteries keep accumulating and accumulating... until it starts to become hair-ripping annoying, more and more unknowns are added to the equation and not a single one of them are made clearer, the author tries to supplant this by moving them to the side line by using dumb cliches, ex: making the MC forget about something, writing extremely vaguely, conveniently revealing extreme power ups just in the nick of time, making the MC suffer for no reason at all, and making him really smart at times, and really dumb at others.

This all gives the MC the classic plot armor, which is bad in a story where gore and death are right around the corner, and where you need to feel a connection to the MC, not feel as if you never what the hell is happening, especially to me, who likes to think about stories and connect the dots, but when there is not a single dot to connect, and everything lives and dies, even the mystery, by the authors will it just gives you a feeling on anger and annoyance.

All in all, I liked the beginning, the author messed it up by adding stupidly written mysterious thingy majigies, and by now I feel like drowning myself in my bathtub from anger at how dumb and unconnected the story feels.

Cya. <<less
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crochetcocoking rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: --
Welp quite interesting novel though a bit too violent to my taste as it seems to be written by some edgy teen but I guess it can pass as some time killer... I only read when I've got nothing else to do and I'm seriously getting bored

Ps: Thank God there is that comic relief ojisan as otherwise it would have become unreadable
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