The Frontier Alchemist ~ I Can’t Go Back to That Job After You Made My Budget Zero


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Rust worked in the alchemist association. He specialized in basic research, but the current president, a former government official, failed to understand the importance of the basic research department and slashed its budget. To make matters worse, he was made to transmute basic materials for alchemists of other departments.

But one day, his budget for the next term was reduced to zero, and the president announced the basic research department was disbanded.

The same day, a friend from his academy days invited him to help develop her new dominion in the borderland, and Rust, seeing no future for himself in the association, decided to quit.

Rust was actually one of the greatest alchemists on the planet. The basic materials he transmuted were of the highest quality, and could not be acquired anywhere else. These high quality materials covered a lot of gaps in the association, and Rust’s departure made a big mess.

Feeling liberated after leaving the association, Rust worked in the borderland with a newfound enthusiasm and vigor.

Associated Names
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Henkyou no Renkinjutsushi: Imasara Yosan Zero no Shokuba ni Modoru toka Mou Muri~
辺境の錬金術師 ~今更予算ゼロの職場に戻るとかもう無理~
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9 Reviews

Mar 04, 2022
Status: c310
Read "seriously" till chapter 120-ish then just skimmed through.

The story itself isn't exactly bad the author at least put some thoughts into the concept of alchemy it's just a bit boring the chapters are extremely short the characters usually have 1 distinctive feature and that's about it.

The biggest problem is the MC. Just an answering machine basically a bit*h on a leash that listens to what others tell him to do no real thoughts opinions or decisions made by him. No reason to make him the protagonist of the story... more>> if he is not one.

The translation is decent. <<less
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Apr 08, 2022
Status: c56
MC's a bit of a doormat, but that's to be expected from most of the japanese stories that get translated these days.

the timing of having to deal with the problem at the camp just as the man who had sought to kill him was running away and his lackadaisical response to the warning that if he doesn't do something about that dude it's going to be a real problem

is also pretty typical of a japanese story being translated these days. Honestly, there were some neat elements but they are all buried in the typical tropes to be found in these stories nowadays. I wonder if this is just an issue of what people are choosing to translate or if japanese authors feel they have to tick all the same check boxes when they are writing a story? I mean honestly the more I read the more I feel like I have read this before.
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Dec 29, 2021
Status: c5
It's early to leave a review, but this looks okay so far. The plot is very normal for the genre with nothing that really sets it apart yet, but I do enjoy overpowered main characters. I look forward to seeing how things go once he gets to his friend's territory and the inevitable suffering of the fools who didn't appreciate him.
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Feb 14, 2022
Status: c27
Gimmick read that's written decently. It's better than a lot of the gimmick reads I've read and the author hasn't done anything that makes me facepalm yet, but the protagonist does a lot of monologue and the author does too much exposition.

The pace is ridiculously slow as well. As of chapter 25, the fiction still hasn't delivered the title yet. Meaning as of chapter 25, the company the protagonist left is only just now beginning to realize that they need the protagonist. So this might be a series you wanna... more>> put off until chapter 100 or something.

Just realized the reason nothing has happened is because the chapters are ridiculously short. I think it's about a thousand words or something. Meaning a good series would probably consider this chapter 3. Don't even look at the ridiculous patreon chapters. 12 chapters for 33 dollars is essentially 1 proper chapter. If you wanna pay 33 dollars for about a chapters worth of content, be my guest. <<less
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Dec 07, 2022
Status: --
Contrived drivel. MC acts intelligent unless author needs him to be s*upid to move the plot in the direction he wants. Author lacks the talent to write the story he wants, so he just uses contrived miraculous coincidences to let villains escape or to lead the MC by the nose in the direction that makes no sense.

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Girl who he knows can see the limited future warns him to go after the villain... but nope, MC ignores the warning and just happy go lucky figures he'll just deal with it when the villain comes back. It never hurts to let your enemy gather strength and hit you by surprise later right?!? I hate supposedly smart characters that do such obviously s*upid crap. Author could have written it in a way that villain escaped without making the MC be an idiot.

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Mar 05, 2022
Status: c27
Simple =/= Bad, but this pretty boring

Ultra slow cliche with lame powers and no characterization.

It's funny to tell you to read another story instead since I'm basically saying "Read another novel where nothing happens but its better"
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Jan 24, 2023
Status: --
The story and concept are good but author fails badly to execute. The characters feel worst then cliches. They are introduced poorly with Naruto elements obviously used, though very basic.

The world development is extremely boring as there's no foundation to it. Next, characters just move to some poorly written plot without considering how world should work.

Example the call lord of land a knight still... like they forgot her title while doing a business deal

There's no slice of life elements as world development sucks from ecology, economy, government.. Then characters are... more>> as boring as the world

I truly appreciate the translator. They did a good job and clearly very consistent. I just can't bare this author any further. <<less
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Aug 04, 2022
Status: c139
Pretty decent. The translation is good and the story is great. Definitely a few tropes flying around but they aren't center stage or very intrusive in the story. The biggest issue this has is that there isn't enough of the story. If they were to double the chapter length and provide more detail to the story it has the makings to be very good, but although the chapters are released pretty quickly they are very short and leave a fair bit to the imagination which is something I don't really... more>> like. <<less
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Jan 10, 2022
Status: c10
As the other reviewer said, it's a bit early to leave a review. These chapters are pretty short so even at chapter 10 it still feels like this story is barely getting started. It reminds me of aspects of several other stories I've read and it's definitely doing nothing new, but it's an easy to follow writing style, it's well translated and so far none of the good guys are annoying so I will keep going a bit longer to see where this one leads. Will circle back when/if things... more>> change. <<less
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