The Mage Will Master Magic Efficiently In His Second Life


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Zeff Einstein spent his whole life mastering red magic and was finally recognized for it, yet a new spell that was soon created revealed that his talent for red magic was his lowest. Bitter at the thought of all his wasted effort, he creates a spell to send his old self back in time to his younger body and together with the determined “genius” mage Milly and the handsome swordswoman Claude, he intends to master magic more efficiently this time.

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New T-Dizzle rated it
December 8, 2021
Status: --
I disagree with the people saying the premise was good but ultimately wasted. Yes, the premise was wasted, but it was a pretty bad premise to begin with.

The MC was supposed to be so utterly obsessed with fire magic that he spent his every waking moment furthering his mastery of fire magic at the expense of every other aspect of his life. When it turns out his aptitude for fire magic is mediocre, his mage's association strips him of the title he earned in favor of some youngster with has... more>> better fire magic potential. The MC is so distraught he spends the rest of his life developing a combination time travel/mind overwrite/soul transfer spell (using fire magic??) to redo his life. From there, he, uh, completely forgets about fire magic and decides to focus on the magic types he's got more aptitude for.

This is a terrible way to set up the story. Not only would it have been more interesting for the MC to stick with fire magic and prove his hard work and skill could overcome his mediocre natural aptitude, it really seems like he only cares about the accolades and recognition. The MC is supposed to be totally obsessed with magic, especially fire magic, but the second he loses his title and the respect of his peers he drops the magic his life has revolved around in favor of other magics he has little experience or skill with because it would be faster and easier to master and thus earn high ranking titles with. Finally, it doesn't seem to matter that the MC has pseudo-reincarnated himself. He still acts like a child and his sum total of mature, advanced knowledge is limited to efficient experience grinding. The entire "sent my mind back in time to redo life" could have been entirely rewritten into "MC is a talented kid with a mind for efficiency" and nothing would change.

So the premise is shot to hell and that's bad. Does the rest of the story salvage the novel? Does it at least do something new or interesting? Nope! There's lots of boring, bland monster faming with lots of meaningless spell names attached to it. There's lots of flat, boring characters who also use meaningless spell names to farm bland monsters. There's some interesting stuff set up and forgotten about, like the MC meeting the developer of the magic potential analysis spell, but that goes nowhere.

The manga adaptation has good art, but this version has absolutely nothing going for it, don't waste your time. <<less
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ninthlite rated it
March 6, 2016
Status: --
The story started out ok, time travel is the flavor of the month but whatever. So extremely strong magician travels back in time and somehow ends up a little girls bit*h as he travels around babysitting her as she tries to be an adult adventurer. What happened to being a bad ass magician, instead we got some passive ten year old playing adventurer magician. I was expecting a entertaining story, not a story about playing house.

The magic system is kind of confusing, so you don’t really understand half the MC... more>> inner monologues. However I’m not sure whether that is due to translation or author being a bad writer.

Every character introduced so far has been rather unlikable, including the MC.

The writing is not at the level of burning out the eyes so its a 2/5 <<less
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Kreuz rated it
April 4, 2017
Status: v3c80
It surprises me everytime how series like this are hated by the community here, while the ones with genders reversed are hailed as the best thing ever. Let's be honest, if this really was as bad as people say, it wouldnt have gotten even a manga adaption.

While it certainly does get very technical concerning magic, it achieves what it sets out to be: a balanced knowledge from the future harem novel in a magical world setting. The heroines are cute and the character archetypes and tropes are used well and... more>> seem to match the characters and their experiences. <<less
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Dream Seeker rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: c62

So I defiantly misjudged this one, as it's not at all bad later on. At first it seems like a tale of a young protagonist lead astray by an overbearing female, but it is nothing of the sort. What we really have a compelling tale of four adventures in a world conspiracy and potential betrayal of the worst kind.
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Parth37955 rated it
January 14, 2016
Status: --
interesting second-chance story. The MC spent all this life learning red (fire) magic and was revered for his skill but is was found out that his potential for red magic is low. He had hit the "counter-stop". Bitter and angry, he develops a way to go back to when he was younger and this time, learn magic he had the greatest potential in. Only read the first 11 chapters, but the story seems interesting enough. He's armed with the all the knowledge he had in the future and will now... more>> use it to rapidly get to the top. <<less
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Silveus rated it
March 14, 2017
Status: c80
part of me wants to rate this lower, just because of how disappointed I was when it completely and utterly squandered its rather solid premise.

Basically, powerful old mage guy spent his whole life trying to master flame magic, then someone develops a spell that lets others see what your aptitude for different types of magic is. He discovers he had really low aptitude for fire, but high in other categories, and then is disgraced (Not sure why exactly) when a younger mage overtakes him.

So he sends himself back in time... more>> to redo his life, focusing on the magic he has aptitude for.

So that sets up a situation where a person has future knowledge and a mature mind, gets to start over.

And then they do ABSOLUTELY nothing with that. He meets a bunch of kids, Girls, HAREM girls who are like, 1/10 his age, and forms a guild and hunts rpg monsters that is basically the setting of a cheep WOW knock off.

the plot goes nowhere.

The one, potentially interesting thing, was he meets up with a girl, who happens to have that spell that lets on see their aptitude. But guess what, she has the spell, its from her father, but in the future he knows, she, nor her father, are the one who developed it. Then, they meet another girl, who strangely enough, is the person he remembers from the future having claimed the spell was her own.

And then we go exactly nowhere with that.

He gets angry and lashes out at the girl who presumably steals it in the future, then when both girls point out hes acting irrationally, he says sorry, and then invites her to the guild, and they never speak of it again.

Okay, besides the squandered potential of this story, its not bad. Its generic, but decent. The big issue, is they go into way too much depth of specific spells and pointless magical theorizing. I guess it's supposed to show how wise the MC is, but instead it comes off as a bore.

like if someone explained an entire match of magic the gathering (CCG), explaining each card that showed up in the match, only to at the end go. "And then I won" Theres no twist, nothing interesting in the explanation.

This is made worse by the fact the chapters are small, with very little content in them. And a large portion of them are wasted on the MC, who is again, in his 80's or something, flirting with 10 year olds. <<less
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archigoel rated it
February 10, 2016
Status: --
I don’t know why any body will rate this book high, I just didn’t like it. The plot settings are so simple and inconsistent that it just didn’t make any sense. The magic system has many flaws, and the story just doesn’t get you excited. Everything seems to happen in easy pace. Even for Jap novels with their pastel reality, this one is one of the worst stories I have read.
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Morakai33 rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: c103
This novel is misunderstood by a lot of ppl. Keep your opinions to yourself if you want to misconstrue. This is a HAREM manga! Btw, the magic system makes a lot of sense and is easy to understand.

Zeff mixes and matches to get new spells, trial and error, making himself stronger in his 2nd life.

Zeff is no ones b*tch; he throws fire at some bullies early in the beginning, that's why I know some ppl can't read.

Zeff follows along this girl becuz he's curious about her power. The story is... more>> completely legit. She is rude and crazy, but more hilarious. More girls start to join, the story arcs into a harem, originally intended.

ppl who don't like harem stories should not read this. Those of you who think the story is confusing, I recommend Dr Sueus. <<less
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pomoli rated it
November 8, 2016
Status: c11
The story is supposed to be about an old genius wizard going back in time into his younger self body. It doesn't feel that way at all unfortunately: he thinks like a teenager, acts like a teenager, so this doesn't feel believable at all. No cleverness, no wisdom, just a bored teenager "leveling up" because that's what all people need to do after all, senseless level up. Also, the level system is so standard it's useless and actually makes the story worse.

Also, the translator (for vol 1 at least)... more>> is so so, with Japanese words mixed in, and random non vocal words written as actual sounds (like the little "tsu", I hate this one, it's so misunderstood: it's supposed to be a voiceless sound dammit!). <<less
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rozenmaiden rated it
February 15, 2017
Status: c86
Well, how should I put it? Sure, it doesn't go to much detail in magic that been used. But for me, it doesn't give it justice if you just put 1 stars. Well, it has good enough storyline with good pace, I think. Not rushed neither slow. And beside that, it has interesting development when the MC isn't flustered at all with girl (He is an Old man, so yeah...).

Interesting read for me. Oh BTW, for someone who insult author because it is a cliche WN. Well, can you... more>> make a story where they can make you money? If you never try it, please don't say anything. No matter how troublesome and ugly a story, it is still a creation of someone. So please don't insult an author. <<less
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Sumire rated it
June 7, 2017
Status: c100
I keeps trying to reach chap 100 before I really judge it but the journey is rough. The couple first dozen chapters seem somewhat enjoyable but like everyone said, he is supposed to be an old, wise man but all I'm seeing is some dude from his 20 that trying not to have s*x with those little girls. That's not all there is to it. A couple more dozen chapters in when the fighting really get heated up, it all ended in a somewhat boring way, don't get me wrong,... more>> the fight itself is pretty good but the end of the fight is just pure disappointment. And from around that onwards things get downhill, fast. The interaction between characters is like some teenagers talking to each other. And don't even talk about the "pervert" part that the girls are fussing about. The road to 100 is rough but I can't deny that I really have fun reading this novel before, too bad it's not worth reading anymore. <<less
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Greeny rated it
May 28, 2016
Status: v1c8
The Manga is better and at least entertaining with its art.

The story started somewhat interesting. Feel off at girl b*tchy stereotype. And started to grapple in hell... when everything he did was... "Ohh.. Magic! I can just use that other magic I held back~"

Probably translator using machine translation too...
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Polkageist rated it
May 14, 2018
Status: v2c60
I really wanted to like this. I really did. I really hoped that it wouldn't fall into the same old and boring cliches, but alas, I stand corrected.

It started out pretty interesting. The MC was an old man who was seen as a Red Mage master, but after a new magic which could display your proficiency/talent with the different magic systems was released to the masses, it was discovered that the MC actually had terrible talent as a Red Mage. Soon he was stripped of his title as the Red... more>> Mage Master, and bitter of his life choices and lost fame, he spends the rest of his life to study Time Magic. With said magic he sends his conscience to the past, particularly to his 10 years old body. It was pretty good so far, but from here it took a nosedive. The chapters quickly became your average fill of 2nd grade Shounen. No one questions the sudden change in the MC's personality, the token loli makes an adventurer guild and has the MC join it and proclaims herself the guildmaster, yet the MC does all the actual guild stuff, so in effect he's the guildmaster. And to top it off the MC hasn't matured mentally, despite the fact that he was an OLD MAN before he reverted time. You might argue that the time reversal messed up his conscience, but it's explained that the spell made the MC keep his conscience. There was no talk about any detrimental effects from the magic. Anyway, continuing on. They train a bit, meet harem member #2 - the domestic abuse victim -, and leave for the big city to further their guild. Oh did I forget to say they do this while they're only 10 years old? Yeah, who in their right mind would just allow their 10 years old to leave home without any thorough explanation. Even with a thorough explanation, I still wouldn't let my 10 years old child leave home as it's too dangerous. And the MC's mother even talked about the MC's marriage... and he's still 10 years old... Sorry, not sorry, but this felt pretty braindead to me at the moment.

Moving on the party moves to the big city and try to further their guild. This basically become a bit of a farming/grinding mini-arc, where the party defeats various mobs. But what really irritates me is how all the women of the party instinctively seem to be drawn to the MC. It's clear to see that the author wants to create a 3rd rate harem plot just for the sake of having a harem. It's really sad to see authors who try to make their stories more interesting through forced harems.
Anyway, from here I just slightly skimmed the story, as I was already pretty done with it. I think the last straw was when the MC showed how much of a coward he really was. He acts tough all the time and doesn't appear to really mind broken limbs, but when he was confronted by Magicians from the Magician Association his brave facade was utterly destroyed. At that point I knew I was done with the story. I can't stand cowardly characters who try to act tough, just to cower in fear when they're confronted by stronger people, in this case stronger Magicians. The forced harem and the braindead logic doesn't help.

TLDR: The story started out pretty well and had an interesting premise. Sadly the interesting premise was quickly destroyed for the sake of braindead logic, an at the very best mediocre story/plot and a forced harem. To top it off the MC appears to be brave and doesn't mind broken limbs, but when he's confronted with stronger Magicians from the Magician Association his brave facade utterly breaks. So yeah, good start, terrible handling/continuation.

I give it 1½ stars, as I don't think it's the worst thing I've ever ready, but the braindead writing doesn't sit well with me. Hope you found this review helpful. <<less
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tallrice rated it
December 20, 2016
Status: c41
I give it a two for the premise and the fact that the manga rendition came out pretty well.

The story starts off not so badly, but quickly unravels into the MC prancing about fighting random RPG monsters with his harem girls...
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moto rated it
January 18, 2016
Status: --
Pretty good but the MC is as emotional as a rock.

Expect game elements in the novel. Female protag carrying most of the charm like a pro though.
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Naeddyr rated it
May 10, 2018
Status: --
Inoffensive RPG-peggy sue story

Setting: Basically your typical JRPG-based world with levels and magic types and stuff, except slightly more interesting in that the Scout / Scan magic that is used to quantify things is more like a new technology, setting the story in motion. Played straight, no our-worlders or game players, everyone is in-setting compatible.

Character: typical oblivious MC, subtype ambitious and studious type who gets a soft spot for his comrades.

Otaku-darkness rating: no magical s*ave harems, no revenge fantasies, no orc r*pe camps, all in all, very low levels of... more>> Dark Otaku fantasy, you can actually read this story and feel happy with yourself afterwards. <<less
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Asf rated it
January 16, 2016
Status: --
Soo einstein manage to cast time jump and send his memories to his past self to re-grind his magic powers because in his past he grinded a wrong one. It started out good.. But then, these noisy girls started to join in his party. He began to get led around by them, losing objective and just floats along. It became somewhat bad..
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Stuffedcrow rated it
December 16, 2018
Status: c248
Novel starts off kinda generic with recarnation except he forcefully recarnates and his recarnation is more like during and starting over with different stats. I see many reviews talk of a forced harem well it's not forced per say firdt member forces herself upon him as a party member because she wanted to start a guild and the other girl joins guild for the first girl but falls for MC later. And he is not a coward but he does know when he is in a position where he can't... more>> fight back early on due to past knowledge. Overall a good read sadly no ones been translating recently but well worth reading if you can read Japanese since this is a novel that Google can't mtl very well or a translator starts translating again <<less
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Wren rated it
May 1, 2018
Status: --
Another novel with a great premise ruined by some shitty harem. Honestly, are the writers all hormonal 15yo teens or what? An 80yo super mage reincarnated himself, determined to rise up the ranks and become powerful... then he meets this naive 12yo girl and spends the rest of days living babysitting. Master Magic Efficiently? I don't see it. I see him acting like a 12yo when he's 80 and flirting with the girl. I don't see a mature man, I see some hormonal virgin.

It had potential, but ever seemingly interesting... more>> plot point get resolved easily and ultimately leads to some girl falling for MC. <<less
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icerror rated it
October 24, 2017
Status: c105
An overachiever invested in the wrong skill, he got mad over various things and turned back time.

He got a chance to redo his life, and he chose to live befittingly. Not just his talent, but also for the experience he got from his previous life.

So? No more loner BS, no more crawling in the dark, no more "I want to do this, but for my dream, I can't".

... more>> What does that mean as a piece of writing? It's refreshing, unrestrained and fun.

Story is there is no story. Characters develop well, the use of trope is well thought out. Though battle scene doesn't quite shine and the technical explanation about magic is a tad unclear, but you can chalk it up to slice of life or game element. The slightly jarring part isn't hard to ignore - 4/5. <<less
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kenneth223 rated it
February 25, 2016
Status: --
This novel is OK. It has this game element within the context of the novel. MC uses a spell that turns back time and he's successful.

So basically, when he "was" old, like ojii-san old, he only cared about fire attribute/element instead of his other attributes/elements which he neglected so he kind of face-palmed to himself saying "wtf am I doing with my life". He didn't care about girls in general because he was obsessed with fire. Then the turn back time spell which you read (in which you will read... more>> at the beginning), reverts to a child in elementary, starts to better himself in which his potential lies in the other areas of the attributes/elements on which he is f*cking good at; starts being mature and gets girls, like literally gets a harem without knowing that the girls will fall for him because of how he knows all sorts of magic and time spell (self created) and how knowledgeable he is. Context (setting) : 4 --> Because it's somewhat (?) of a new thing in LN's now.

Characters: 3 > 3.5
*might add more and will change rating if it gets good in future chapters. For now, please take this review as an overview because I merely summarized the setting*

Overall: 3.5
Because it's how OK it is~

P.S. Read, this. You might like it because you wanted to get a different taste than repetitive genres of other LN's; you might hate it because 1) It doesn't suit your taste, or 2) You hate it because of magic system and MC. Either way, what's to enjoy? Right? <<less
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