The Man Picked Up By the Gods (Reboot)


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One day, the life of middle-aged Japanese businessman Takebayashi Ryouma came to a rather sudden and disappointing end. Ryouma had never had a blessed life, but after his death, three great gods sought his cooperation and reincarnated him as a child in another world with swords and magic!

Receiving a most cordial and divine welcome from the gods, Ryouma decides to live leisurely on his own in the forest for the time being. Working diligently at magic and hunting, Ryouma’s greatest passion comes to be researching his tamed slimes?! Training a variety of slimes (some newly discovered), the curtain rises on this easygoing life fantasy celebrating a second life with kind people in another world!

Associated Names
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By the Grace of the Gods (LN)
Kamitachi ni Hirowareta Otoko
Related Series
The Man Picked up by the Gods (Adapted From)
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(Um, Sorry) I’ve Been Reincarnated! (4)
The Second Coming of Gluttony (3)
Mr. Nobu’s Otherworld Chronicles (3)
Invincible Saint ~Salaryman, the Path I Walk to Survive in This Other World~ (3)
Other World Assassin Life of a Man who was a Shut-in (3)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/19/24 Neo Translations v3c321
04/20/24 Neo Translations v3c320
04/02/24 Neo Translations v3c319
03/24/24 Neo Translations v3c318
03/16/24 Neo Translations v3c317
03/06/24 Neo Translations v3c316
02/28/24 Neo Translations v3c315
02/26/24 Neo Translations v3c314
02/20/24 Neo Translations v3c313
02/11/24 Neo Translations v3c312
02/02/24 Neo Translations v3c311
01/22/24 Neo Translations v3c310
01/10/24 Neo Translations v3c309
12/29/23 Neo Translations v3c308
12/16/23 Neo Translations v3c307
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Dino Translation
Dino Translation rated it
February 18, 2018
Status: --
This reboot is a revised version of the original series. Basically, it focus on the removal of unnecessary (depend on how you see it) details, addition of minor plots, adjustment of the flow of the story. The main plot itself remain mostly unchanged. This is not a new story. Also, this is a slice-of-life, not a battle novel so its tempo is slow.

The original story should have many reviews already, so let's speak of the differences instead:

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  • Ojou-sama is less cheap, it takes more time (months - as oppose to a few days in the original series) for Ryouma to become her friend. Her behavior is exactly the same though.
  • Replace the obvious bad guy with an obvious good guy. I don't know if the bad guy will reappear in someway, but for now, I haven't seen him yet. You'll know who I'm talking about if you read both versions. The new character, however, doesn't do anything to alter the flow of the story. Not that he doesn't do anything, but he doesn't do anything significant; at least not yet.
  • A group of background characters got a big upgrade: the group of 6 who secretly follow Ryouma group to collect monster corpses that was left behind in the abandoned mine quest. There's various new small events, interactions with Ryouma. It's a big change. They're more than a mere group of 6 now.
  • New business ideas: it's less than a side job, he completely delegate the entirety of the business to someone else. Therefore, it doesn't affect the main plot.
  • Foreshadowing/explanation. The progress of how some of the slime turn out the way they are is explained:
    • Iron Slime, Metal Slime: they now have a bit of story behind how they came to be able to transform into weapons.
    • Wine Slime (or Alcohol, I don't remember well) : doesn't suddenly appear out of no where, but there's a proper occasion where it was feed wine.
  • New events: these appear around the time of the Treant collection request. These are entirely new contents. I'm not sure where it's going yet, however, as these happen in the time that was originally empty in the original version, I think the story will eventually go back to the original plot. As I remember, the events focus on Ryouma's interaction with other characters such as his employees, the group of 6 mentioned above, the slum, new characters, etc. Look forward to it.

As you can see, the author didn't make much changes (if any at all) to the main plot (at least not yet). The revised part progress differently, but the result is the same. The new contents fill the empty time frame (times skipped such as *6 months later*), so they're unlikely to affect the main plot, they do add more explanations as to how Ryouma developed his and his slimes' abilities though.

Earlier chapters progress in mostly the same manner as the original, so there's little meaning to read it if you has already read the original story, I think it's better to wait for later parts which has completely new events added, or read it with the mindset of rereading the story.

As for those who hasn't read the original yet, I recommend reading this version instead. Although some details are omitted, they're ones that you'll hardly missed (to be frank, I know that some parts were removed, but I can't remember them, so it should be trivial enough to be forgotten). The reboot has new contents as well, so you'll get more than you lost. Don't worry about missing out. <<less
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Haruko rated it
November 29, 2017
Status: prologue 1
Yeah I know that it is too early for review, but i'll write one anyway.

So.. Why do I give this novel 5* is because I love the original version of the story and I have no reason to think that reboot version would be worse, because if anything reboots are usually more polished. Some may think that this is just another boring isekai story wich is seen many times already and are not interested to give this a try because of it. So, let me tell you some positive things... more>> (to me at least) about this novel.

  • Well made characters
  • Interesting plot
  • No harem and echi
If you also found those 3 things favourable to your tastes then give this novel a try. <<less
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TerraEarth rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: prologue 1
The characters are uninteresting and the setting is inconsequential, combine that with this novel's primary genre - being Slice of Life - and you have yourself a powerful sleeping pill in literary form.

The main character feels hollow and empty and spends all his time either researching slimes or inadvertently impressing everyone around him (oftentimes through his slime research, who figured?). The side characters are, to put it bluntly, even worse than the main character in this regard.

Having a restless time getting to bed? No problem. Simply open up a tab... more>> with "The Man Picked Up By the Gods" loaded and have yourself a ball. <<less
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mukkaar rated it
July 2, 2018
Status: --
I read the original and beginning was quite interesting. But it soon started suffering from the slice-of-life syndrome. It's not that it's bad, but it's just not interesting. Also, you can't really call story slow, slow would mean there is still something meaningful happening. It's more like there are large parts of novel that just don't bring anything to the story.

If you implanted some kind of progression and plot to the novel it could be great. Characters are just equally plain and don't really have personality.
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firestorm rated it
October 10, 2019
Status: v3c176 part1
I've been following this series for a long time, both the original AND the reboot. While the first story was good, I think this reboot is fantastic. In my opinion, the author has grown by leaps and bounds. At first I was aprehensive of starting the story over from scratch but now I think it was the smartest move they could have made. Let me summarize the improvements:

  1. Better character and plot development.
  2. As of Chapter 176 Part 1, the story is NOT just about slimes and more slimes. Sure, they play an integral role in how the main character lives, but I think the author has learned how to better explore moving a plot device from the foreground to the background and back again.
  3. Drastically improved story. Like I said, the original was good, but the rebooted story takes full advantage of the authors improved character and plot development. I for one, really enjoy the detail the author goes through to build the world and the story.
If you are in the mood for a light-hearted feel-good isekai story, this is it.

Edit: grammar
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March 3, 2019
Status: v3c94 part1
I managed to reach until this chapter, forcing myself along the way but it seems I lost anyway. It looks like I really don't like slice of life type novels. At some points it turns interesting but the regular everyday ongoings are really not of my interest and it's hard to keep reading that way. Therefore I'm really sorry for I dislike not finishing a book or novel I started reading but I can't go against what I deem not interesting.
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cabage rated it
August 1, 2018
Status: v1
The problem that this novel ever since the first version was how the story started good and it ended up talking about slimes and more slimes. It seems that the author totally forgot how to connect what happened in the beginning of the story and then just threw a lot of side stories. What happened to the character buildup? Why did the story went from good to bland then tasteless. And why did the story now revolves around slimes and more slimes. I don't know know what's happening because there... more>> is no connection between the volumes and the head of the story. It would have been better if there was a character development but it was cutoff not even halfway the first volume. <<less
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DeirdreH rated it
August 27, 2020
Status: v3c192
In the original version of this story the author made a terrible mistake - his story had a plot. Not necessarily a good plot, but it certainly existed.

Realizing his error, he started over from scratch to produce this... thing.

Guaranteed 100% plot-free or your money back.
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Infushii rated it
January 13, 2018
Status: c5
Same with Haruko over there, I read the original translation a LONG time ago. But it’s really good. Also, don’t leave after reading the first part of the prologue because you’d have been fooled. It’s not super mysterious, but the author always makes sure to make you have at least one question on your mind, and they do get answered with time. Now toodaloo. Read this stuff iz güd.
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Oukis Lips
Oukis Lips rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: --
Other reviewers have said it already; this novel is mostly slice of life. Even after the reboot, it's still slice of life, just less boring. Comparing this to Death March or Smart Phone, Man Picked Up By The Gods is more realistic, but is slow-paced.

The MC's personality doesn't include the doxophobia that Death March's has, and it doesn't include the indecisiveness that Smart Phone's has. So for those readers whose enjoyment of a novel is based on how relatable the MC is, Man Picked Up By The Gods may very... more>> well be the best Slice of Life Isekai WN for you.

However, for those of you who have already read the original, the reboot may be extremely boring. This is because no huge difference has occurred thus far (2 volumes in). The only huge difference is that the reboot has a slightly faster pace, and a slightly more detailed writing style. But what do these changes offer to those people who have already read the original? The more succinct and detailed writing style doesn't mean much to us since we still have to wait for the reboot to catch up. <<less
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Sohjua rated it
June 20, 2019
Status: c98
The original version of this novel had a nice pace and was a fairly interesting read. This version is a slow, bloated, uninteresting revision that is far worse than the original. I know it is a slice of life novel so there is no real end goal that the MC strives for, but this is so directionless.

The only thing that is added is more mind-numbing, unneeded detail of boring things that the author has already written. I can understand rebooting if you think you can do it better, but I... more>> don't see any polish, only bloat. <<less
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Veresta rated it
December 27, 2019
Status: --
This novel deserves a half star. Why? Because it's only use is to make you drowsy before you go to bed. Slice of life is only effective when it's paired up with Romance, Comedy or both. The novel obviously didnt have that. And the result? A mess ofc. How about the MC? Bland. The plot? Slow-paced isnt the right description like some say but rather the plot has no direction at all. I had hopes since the original is garbage, but it's a total waste of time to reboot when... more>> the end product is still garbage. Only masochistic people who have ample time to waste are the only ones to will like this <<less
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Flapcat rated it
September 2, 2021
Status: v3c248 part1
Having read the original, I'm really enjoying this reboot, but I can understand why some people might not. The biggest difference is that after almost identical beginings the original had time skips so as to focus on action. This reboot instead fills in that time to show how and why the characters grow. There is still action, but the ratio of action to drama has basically reversed from the later parts of the original.

While I like action, in this case slowing it down and filling in those time skips really... more>> makes for a better story. Instead of just being told "such-and-such happened" like in the original, the reboot is showing us what happened to cause the MC to change. And as in real life, many of the events that cause the MC to change don't involve an action scene. From the beginning the MC is someone who has a lot of emotional baggage, and I find seeing how he recognizes, deals with, and overcomes it very interesting.

That doesn't mean that there isn't action. It's well written, and the MC is quite the badass when it comes to combat. That's why I enjoy the story so much. Whether it's the drama or the action, everything has a purpose. Even things that might seem like filler content at first glance have a reason to be there. Either to show you more about the characters and world, or because it will actually be important for plot purposes. Between the great writing, and the great translation, I highly recommend this to anyone who can enjoy a story that slowly builds, or one that puts more emphasis on the emotional growth of the MC than the physical growth. <<less
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Jamerax rated it
June 29, 2018
Status: v2c37
Not bad, but be warned that if you're looking for a lot of action and a story driven plot then this might not suit you very well. As of v2c37 there is no progression or even a reason for the protagonist to even be the protagonist other than the fact that he's stronger than everyone and smarter too. Basically, it's a slice of life with some fantasy and minor action thrown in for fun. Plot is more or less none existent so that's why I rated it average at 3/5.... more>> Good to pass time but not for much else at this point in the story.

Honestly I read the Manga after this and I thought it was a bit better, unfortunately there isn't much of it. <<less
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TheDeathJester rated it
October 2, 2019
Status: c40
Honestly this is yet another mediocre LN, our MC doesnt really have any personnality and the even bigger issue is that he's basically a pioneer in magic doing pretty much the very basics, meaning no one in this world has ever used critical thinking, all that just so the author can make the MC look amazing, he even dares to break the 4th wall saying " nothing cliche like in light novel happened" while he uses most of the bad LN cliches, it's like the world the MC arrives in... more>> never had ONE innovator before him, making it not only bland but unrelatable. That and the fact nothing really happens and our MC has the amount of charisma of a potato, if you read that far I know you get I'm not recommending this. At all. <<less
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MJsMind rated it
July 28, 2019
Status: v3c103 part2
Ok I realy liked the first Version before the reboot a lot more. Why you ask?

well the answer is easy in the first version there was a time skip so MC was older, stronger, had a higher Guild rank and most importetnt he already enlarged his Business plus he build two facilletis one for slime research and one for Training peopel and now here in the reboot at the same time he is still a child nothing interesting happens just one business idea after another and some everyday stories so the reboot made a Story that was a mix of Adventure (charackter development) and Slice of Life into Story that is mostly just Slice of Life

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sgrey rated it
December 11, 2018
Status: v5
I've read a previous version of this, which is a pretty much identical story with small changes. I actually liked it at first, but this is really quite a tedious novel to read. I came to really dislike MC, who is your average japanese beta. There is too much focus on mundane stuff and food. MC just keeps on blabbering about all the details of what is going on with him and explain himself to others all the time. It always feels like he is looking for validation from others.... more>> He is also quite annoying with "being independent" thing going on.

Overall I hate the most is the s*upid etiquette and dialogs where everyone tries to outpolite one another, fear of offending anyone, idiotic surprises at obvious things (e.g. MC didn't realize for a while that it is normal to have managers operate the store while the owner is away doing his own thing and is super surprised by that. Especially given that he lived until he was 30 in modern Japan, yea). In addition, this MC is so much beta that he doesn't even get to participate in most main events in the story. For example, the biggest monsters and largest events all happen without him and only much later in the novel he starts to somewhat participate in bigger events. And I don't actually mind slice of life novels, but slice of life doesn't mean it has to be about every darn little detail of every day. I guess if MC was not as annoying as this one, I would like the novel much more. <<less
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walang16 rated it
February 15, 2020
Status: c203
rated 0.5 star (rounded up because I got no choice, the system here doesn't have 0 star rating)

why am I giving this such a low rating you ask? another typical beta japanese MC? mindless MC that makes the novel without a true objective in sight?

harsh, but true. but I don't mind it on this one since i've followed it since before this reboot version came out. I still have the same plights i've given it before. but the one that changed here that drop my ratings through the ground... more>> and settle on where the dino fossils live is the scummy change that the chapters are presented.

so, the same translator/editor (solo/group idk) have held monopoly on this property for years now; I don't mind that. the effort of doing this + irl stuff I get. breaks of varying lengths I also get because again irl stuff, etc. but the thing that got me is the scummy-ness. why am I suddenly barking this? well the group/person that holds this project suddenly changed their minds and decided to chop each chapter to pieces, into mini-chapters.

when I first saw this, I thought, so the author really is going in for this reboot version and clean up and expand on the right things, right? Nope. it's the group's somehow revelation that since they've already gated chapters in the pipeline, they can squeeze that further by chopping 1 chapter to 3-4 pieces and call those pieces a "chapter" itself.

"it's so we can release some burden on me/us and release the "chapter faster"... but it's gated, in the advent of patreon, paypal and other services et al.

why not be honest and say that "we've discovered this amazing scummy method" while also adding patreon on top of that.

was this a rant more than a review? eh... half & half. but the point still stands. <<less
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wolfeng rated it
February 6, 2019
Status: v3c87 part2
This series had a great start, it was wholesome and fun with a hint of something big going on behind the scenes.

But after some point it feels like all of that was thrown away in favor of a "What will I build today", nothing really happens and the few dialogues that show up are all pretty much mundane stuff that offer no growth in any relationship.

I dare say this is event worst than those novels where each chapter is just a giant recipe for "food of the day".

By chapter 87... more>> there's hints that things will start moving forward again, but honestly I don't think it was worth enduring all the boring chapters before it. <<less
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gaffout rated it
June 13, 2022
Status: --
All of you internet trolls need to get a life. Honest opinions are one thing, whether 1 star or 5 star. But some of these one star reviews are beyond ridiculous. To quote one such; slice of life stories only work if they have romance, comedy or both. WTH? NANI THE FORK?

That's like saying Shakespeare used funny sounding words... so one star for all his works. The Mona Lisa isn't as crisp and clear as a photograph.... so obviously tr*sh as well.

I'm glad your literary world is such a narrow... more>> minded, cosy, and small world for you. Here's some advice for you. If you think slice of life has to have romance, comedy, or both; how about looking for those tags. The tags for romance and comedy aren't on this one. So your one star for this novel not having what it said it didn't have is almost the definition of ignorant. Just like those people who flame a novel for having a harem when it clearly says harem in the tags. If all of you self entitled people want things in a story that were never intended by the author... go write your own story or pay someone to write the story you want.

Grrrrr... end of rant<drops the mic> <<less
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