The First Hunter

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The world has changed, and so have the people.

December 31st, 2016, the day before New Years. Kim Taehoon was just casually shopping for groceries from the large store. But then, monsters suddenly appeared out of thin air. With his highly trained skills that he has gained from his previous occupation, he starts to hunt the monsters down and manages to win, saving countless people who were also in the mall.

But there are more, and they don’t stop coming.

Would he be able to survive till the end?

Would he be able to beat the countless amount of monsters that only seem to get stronger?

And would it just be monsters that he has to worry about?

This is the story of Kim Tae-Hoon, one of the first hunters to rise during an era when monsters first started to appear.

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TFH
최초의 헌터
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07/26/18 Gravity Tales c67
07/25/18 Gravity Tales c66
07/24/18 Gravity Tales c65
07/23/18 Gravity Tales c64
07/20/18 Gravity Tales c63
07/19/18 Gravity Tales c62
07/18/18 Gravity Tales c61
07/17/18 Gravity Tales c60
07/16/18 Gravity Tales c59
07/13/18 Gravity Tales c58
07/12/18 Gravity Tales c57
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07/10/18 Gravity Tales c54-55
06/21/18 Gravity Tales c53
06/20/18 Gravity Tales c52
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chochocobo
chochocobo rated it
February 24, 2017
Status: --
I'm the translator, so bias bias bias >:]

But seriously, the story is good. The author is D-Dart who also wrote 'Emperor of Solo Play', which is a good read as well. The MC is a logical character, but isn't completely cold and calculating. He has his weaknesses and even has... emotions °Д°!!! He's not super uber all powerful, and has somewhat realistic expectations for himself and those around him. Somewhat... hehe. But yeah, good read. Please read. Please, I'm desperate orz.

11/10 with rice
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jacobpaige
jacobpaige rated it
June 17, 2017
Status: c23
This is just another power fantasy about a loner b****d that's more than willing to let the world burn around him if it means he can become slightly stronger himself, even though he'd be more than capable of making things better for everyone if he had enough brains to understand his own capabilities, or heart to view anyone other than himself as real person.

Originally, I read this story because I had heard that he developed a clan, and I mistakenly thought that this would mean that he would actually invest... more>> in the power of his clan and be even a marginally decent leader. Instead, he absorbs all the power ups, all the skills, all the items of any worth and gives nothing in return. He crushes their spirits, demands their complete obedience and ruthlessly abandons anyone that he views as useless (usually decided without evidence of any kind, based solely on his own whims) or anyone that tries to argue with his incredibly stupid decisions that the author 100% supports.

In short, the everything is about the MC and the MC is always right, even when he's clearly wrong. And that's not because he's stubborn, though he is, its because the author is too stupid to realize that he's wrong.

Also, the only women in this series are far more competent than the only other man of note in the series, but he gets free reign with the power-ups while they get nothing. I can only assume that this is because the MC is s*xist, and because the author is also s*xist, he fails to see it or ever comment on it. He just assumes that the doctor and the military officer, both with nerves of steel and lots of relevant training, are inherently less valuable than the high schooler with no relevant training and a much weaker mentality. It would piss me off more if there weren't so many other things wrong with this series.

tl;dr: If you want yet another power fantasy similar to God and Devil World, but without the s*xualization and overt degradation of the female cast, then this is for you. If you want something that's actually well written, or is in any way worth reading, then I'd stear clear. <<less
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Think Positive
Think Positive rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: c39
The premise of the story is that monsters appeared all around the globe on New Year's Eve. Some people awakened, and have been given additional power, which they can develop by eating the gems that subside in the hearts of monsters. With the addition of relics, the world has started to look like a grim sort of game.

The story was purely about survival in extremely harsh conditions at first. As the story progresses, the MC becomes stronger, and things go smoother. The story progresses into rebuilding society, namely into small... more>> clans, but this has only just begun at c38. This is just in Bucheon city, while many cities are much worse off, and with larger monsters there. We will have to see what the author comes up with.

All in all, the rating is closer to 5 than 4, a very balanced story that feels genuine. The character progression is really good, and that's important to me. This new world, with its new mechanics have depth into them, the author doesn't just throw in a lot of random stuff that we only read about once.
I highly recommend it to mature readers. <<less
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Wrestleroh
Wrestleroh rated it
February 26, 2017
Status: c10
I'm enjoying this novel. It's too early to give a definite review, but it is an enjoyable read so far. If I was forced to compare the characters with something, it reminds me of how Sovereign of Judgment progressed. Minus the sci-fi element. Anyway, I digress. I recommend giving this novel a chance to anybody who likes action.
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pandicorn
pandicorn rated it
February 7, 2017
Status: --
An above average post apocalypse story. The MC is a retired soldier drawn into a strange sudden apocalypse and thus starts killing monsters and recruiting people to form a clan of hunters. Characters are average and the story is relatively simple as of now. The MC is a highly functioning sociopath. Somebody not easily influenced by emotions yet not that heartless either. Overall, a good read. Try it out.
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acoleman2
acoleman2 rated it
February 6, 2017
Status: c16
A good start by a good author. I'm a fan of this author's other work, as you will be able to tell if you check out my review. However, that is besides the point. Here is a very basic synopsis of the story so far:

Former Korean black ops military member finds himself facing the apocalypse when monsters start appearing. He bands together with individuals he thinks worthy, and starts surviving using his military training and newfound abilities.

Pros:
1. Good translations (mostly)
2. More realistic than other novels of... more>> this sort
3. MC, while not kind, is also not overly cruel (so far)
4. Actual tactics/thought put into battles, though nothing too incredible

Cons:
1. Not very many chapters to the novel yet, so translations will pause soon once they catch up
2. Likely to be a short series if author's previous work is anything to go off of
3. The author doesn't focus very much on stats or abilities, taking away from the game element premise
4. This is more a personal critique, but I was hoping for a zombie apocalypse approach rather than this business with
Spoiler

dragons and goblins and so on, feels very lord of the rings/dungeons and dragons

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edytor
edytor rated it
April 7, 2017
Status: c30
Decent.

Story is fairly standard, game-like fantasy suddenly asserts itself in the modern world. MC must survive along with his tag-alongs.

Characters aren't completely one dimensional they have some depth to them. But this is a story that centres around the protagonist too much. Learning about the side characters is mostly gleaned from his interactions with them or their reactions to him interacting with the world or other characters, rather then themselves with other characters. The MC's personality isn't interesting but it's understandable considering the life he's lived and there is a... more>> certain amount of mystery, although it is heavily hinted to be a standard cliche past.

World Building is passable for a web novel, not terribly interesting. It involves the standard game mechanics like loot, leveling etc which by this point is very boring (considering the competition out there) since it's a prominent part of this novel.

Translation is pretty good for an amateur. There are a few grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes and it's a bit rough with the phrasing in some places but nothing unforgiveable for a amateur web novel translation.

In summary. Wasn't good enough for it to hold my attention but others may like it. Just don't expect too much from it. <<less
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puffiness123
puffiness123 rated it
February 6, 2017
Status: c15
It's very good. The main character is a calm and collected leader who gathers allies to survive in a monster-infested world. He is kind but not too kind.

There are many survival stories where there is a kind hero who saves everyone and tries to help everyone survive, this is not one of those stories.
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Spiritsong
Spiritsong
June 18, 2017
Status: c51
This is a story about gaming elements that popped up in a "the beginning of apocalypse" setting.

Its not as "bleak" as "Epoch of Twilight" (a chinese novel, i've not read any Korean novels as bleak as it) nor is it overbearingly "MC" based like "Seoul Station Necromancer". Its written somewhat within the veins / trope of "1 man leading a steady group" scenario in a lot of Korean webnovels, something ala "Hunters" stereotypical tropes (if you search for "hunters" in NU, anyway)

What I do enjoy:

... more>> 1) The pacing

2) The engagement in characters between each another

3) The monsters (kind of dynamic, but somewhat predictable, still)

What I didn't like:

    1. The MC behaves slightly like the MC of "Necromancer of Seoul Station", where he's hoarding everything. The story DOES revolve around the consequences of his actions, true, but it doesn't really deviate from the point of "I have to be the strongest to the point that nobody else can challenge me".
    1. The cheat like items that drives the plot forward. I'm thinking that there will be more cheat like items that will drive the plot forward (its kind of... the DNA in this novel, at least its that apparent), but I've not seen any clear indication that the "cheat-item" based plot advancements will cease.
You may want to read if:

    • You enjoy post apocalyptic scenarios
    • You enjoy gaming elements in real life settings
    • You are not bothered by illogical / fantasy like settings.
You may not want to read if:

    • You enjoy happy-go-lucky shounen style adventures
    • You don't like MCs that are somewhat in the mould of "Jack Reacher" (or any typical American heroes with 'luggagy' backgrounds.
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
April 10, 2018
Status: c70
First off, the first monsters he runs into "short, spindly limbs, green, pot-bellied, with fangs" is a classic description of a goblin, not a dwarf (short, wide as they are tall, bearded and bad tempered). I don't know if that's a translators mistake or the authors.

And I don't understand why people are complaining about him not grouping up fast enough, or that he's selfish. Anyone placed in a life or death situation is going to look out for themselves first, (unless you're a parent) then family/friends, then strangers. They... more>> certainly wouldn't put themselves in danger to save people they don't know and who might ultimately end up stabbing them in the back or getting them killed. The only thing I can think when I see those complaints is that these people don't have much life experience or knowledge of the ugly side of human nature. I'm also not much for the herd mentality even at the best of times so I would have been perfectly happy if he never grouped up.

I think this is a decent story so far, even if they can't tell the difference between goblins and dwarves. <<less
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M0J0MAN
M0J0MAN rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: c67
Just great, if you like anything with a similar synopsis you'll dig this.

Read some bad reviews about how stupid, selfish and OP the main character is, at first that is true, but he does change, he's forced to consider others and the larger picture when his life is on the line.

And thankfully the cast of notable characters slowly expands though not as much as I'd personally like so far. Others beside his main adviser dude having a larger impact would be fun and expand the possibilities in and out of... more>> combat, like other powerful hunters on his side so he doesn't have to solo as much. It isn't a deal breaker but I'm still holding out hope so I can say 4.5 stars.

The military and what other survivor groups are up to becomes more and more important as his group expands with a bit of political manoeuvring and the like. And all the questionably accurate military stuff is a entertaining tack for the story to take which I haven't seen much of, if at all before, gives it a unique flavour.

It is still very much one man vs the world type story at heart, but there's plenty of elements here to keep it engaging for many more chapters. If only they'd come out always and instantly haha.

And P.S. The prologue is f**king great. Both legitimately and for the memes. Also only having the latest skill shown on the stat updates is genius and everyone else needs to step up their game, or stop using the over saturated game system if you're not a VR novel, just saying. <<less
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druiseeker
druiseeker rated it
April 10, 2018
Status: c10
Awesome series. I'm surprised this hasn't been more popular. While the LitRPG are a little underplayed, its got decent character development and enjoyable action.
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ljin75651
ljin75651
April 9, 2018
Status: c74
The MC is seriously awesome. He's not exactly an evil or good guy, and the best way to describe him is probably first and foremost as a soldier and a survivor. There's no illusion of him coming to someone's rescue unless it's part of a plan for his own benefit, but if it's not too out of his way, he'll lend a helping hand. And just reading about the way that he can act unrestrainedly no matter which situation he finds himself in, I can't help but excited whenever he's... more>> slaughtering anything that gets in his way. The premise is definitely interesting, but it's the MC who keeps me interested. <<less
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