The Man Picked up by the Gods


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Ryouma Takuma, a 39 year-old man with a hidden past, finds himself in a strange white room. There the gods tell him that he has died and that they are sending his soul to a different world; a world where magic exists. After living alone for three years his gamer soul loses common sense and starts toward crazy routes.

The Man Picked up by the Gods average rating 3.8/5 - 497 user ratings
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Kamitachi ni Hirowareta Otoko
Related Series
The Man Picked Up By the Gods (Reboot) (Spin-Off)
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (WN) (4)
Invincible Saint ~Salaryman, the Path I Walk to Survive in This Other World~ (3)
Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu (2)
To Deprive a Deprived Person (2)
Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (2)
Reincarnated as a Dragon’s Egg ~Lets Aim to Be the Strongest~ (1)

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New Fuxy rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: v5c38
The non existat ending pretty much ruined the entire thing.

No matter how mediocre or average a novel is a proper editor gives the readers confidence in the authors dedication to their work.

A lot of authors seem to miss that point.

The story is not that bad and I found it quite entertaining 3.5 - 4 stars but the ending or more specifically lack of any subtracts 1 star.
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igotchu rated it
April 15, 2016
Status: --
Not a bad novel at first sight, but seems like it’s going nowhere fast. Basically another slice of life with an OP MC, but it focuses very much on the MC, and not very much on other characters. There’s literally no aim, just to live his new life in a new world and getting to know his magic abilities, VERY VERY VERY SLOWLY. For the time being, I’d say read Death March over this (similar slice of life, reincarnated OP MC novel, but more interesting). Honestly it was fun for... more>> me for a good few dozen chapters but it’s gotten old, definitely not as good as the ratings here suggest. <<less
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ninthlite rated it
December 17, 2015
Status: --
The main character is so perfect it makes the story boring. Compounded by the fact the MC has no personality, I re read the story to see if it got any better and it did not. When I mean the MC has no personality I am being literal, typical Japanese passive MC that a lot of people hate.

Here is a run down of the format for every chapter

1. Problem

... more>> 2. MC solves it

3. Everyone says MC is genius

4. MC says ” not a big deal, cya tomorrow”

Chapter end. Then repeat this 60-70 times for what has been translated so far.

It is not terrible, but it lacks any interesting qualities besides the slimes. 2/5 <<less
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SimonsaysLOL rated it
February 20, 2016
Status: --
No real aim to the story, it doesn't need an op MC, it doesn't need "the chosen one" troupe, it doesn't need revenge, it just needs a clear goal which is severely lacking in this novel. The best way to describe this story is MC wanders, finds different things and does different things with no real end game to his actions. It's so aimless the author himself gave up on it after just adding troupe one after another in hopes of making some sort of sense of purpose and only... more>> ending up going all over the place. No matter how much people here can praise this novel as "new" and "different", all about that life changing bs with human growth from that hermit life to a social do w/e the fudge I feel like dude, the story can't be that good if the author personally lost the drive to push it any further with random misc items.

It's readable, but sure as hell nowhere near good, enough to warrant a 50%+ votes of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS, this grade is over curved. <<less
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wazyx93 rated it
March 30, 2016
Status: --
Story doesn't go anywhere, it will always be the same, he will do retarded quests over and over and over and maybe only after 100 years we will see the first light bulb in that world. The story becomes to boring to read.
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enforcinkn rated it
December 23, 2016
Status: v3
I really wish people would stop overrating on this site, I had to force myself to get as a volume 3 thinking that it gets better, even if its a unique story to what other transportation to another world stories normally are does not make it a good story it just makes it unique, unique doesn't mean automatic 5 stars! The author explains almost everything in this book for about 3 volume like:
*your 11.... you don't know what this is?* (any character)
*oh it does that* (MC)
*YEP!, its strange your not aware of these things, what were you living in the woods for 3 years?* (any... more>> character)
*Yes I was, thanks for your concern*
*omg your so polite, you have manners that's really rare in this world for plot reasons*
*by the way even the gods don't know this but i'll be super surprised if you don't know this thing I invented*

At some points it just repeats over and over, how many times do you really need to remind everyone in one town your 11, the world will never know. This may be just me but this story reads like there could be a time skip at anytime but then there isn't. For some odd reason the MC decides to do.... nothing? This whole story, he came to another world trained for 3 years in a forest, learned magic, trained basically an army of slimes and opens up a store in a city to clean other people's clothes? Is this some weird Japanese fantasy to open up a laundromat store and work anywhere other than japan. Also why does he need to be OP seems like this could be a much faster paced story if he just stuck to the store instead of training for no reason, also he NEVER fights himself so how the hell is he leveling up those skills. If cooking, cleaning, and making baths are all you need to do to level up your magic why aren't there OP housewives.

A man who complains about being over worked, goes to a new world and becomes a business owner, and this is the guy that's the gods favorite to watch? Why would a god summon someone to become a merchant with magic, why not just power-up a normal merchant. Even as a slice of life story this is extremely bland, this story seems more about a man who wants to go back to work but is stuck in another world, so he overworks himself for no other reason than "that's what my boss who I hate likes about me". This is story is the worst parts of death march, extended cliche and super slow paced. I really hope this gets dropped so a better story can be picked up, this translator is good but I wish I could get my day of reading this back. <<less
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branislavs369 rated it
April 9, 2016
Status: --
Amazing story. Its a fantasy slice of life transportation to another world story. Kinda like death march but without the harem. It has a lot of manufacturing, creating new things that weren't in the fantasy world before (most if not all (am not sore) are things from our world), slime evolution and many other interesting things. It wasn't told in the story so far but I hope it will have romance in it (Elia for the win!)

I would recommend this novel for people who enjoy a nice read that... more>> isn't all about action but about the interesting live of our OP MC

PS: The translator is a badass pokemon that has super translation skills... <<less
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grandplex rated it
July 30, 2016
Status: v3c10
This novel got stale fast. I agree with the review below, volume 1 was good, then it fell apart. No direction with the MC, no overlying plot, little action. It is really clear the author had no idea where he wanted to go, which is why I really doubt the author will pick the story back up after he dropped it in volume 5. What a waste of potential.
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Aoitenshi rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: v3c22
This novel follows the main character who is overpowered due to receiving multiple powers and blessings from his dark past and gods's pity. However, it is being executed poorly, resulting in the story and the side characters becoming too underwhelmed.
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Dream Seeker rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: --
Early on this was something that touched my heart in a way no other novel had before. We had a protagonist that needed to ingrate back into society and it's people after living through a treasonous life, but unfortunately the overused an popular elements like game elements, chosen one, cheat like character where unnecessary added making this to something of a decorated but untasty treat. So while I was touched on what this could of been, I can hardly give my recommendation beyond the first novel.
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Liv rated it
March 21, 2016
Status: --
Starts pretty interesting, but quickly gets very slice-of-life and, quite frankly, rather boring. That's a shame. There was potential for great stuff, there.

Also, it annoys me that the MC often complains about his lack of ability at talking to people, when this is not at all reflected in his actual behavior. His politeness and humbleness are also annoying.
Assert yourself, MC!
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LagDeath rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
I’ve come to really like this story. It’s very pleasant and just fun. I like the MC pragmatic approach to most issues and how he doesn’t go power crazy. It’s the mindset I wish more MC had. It is worth giving it a try.

Edit: I also like how he incorporates things from his past life.
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Asf rated it
February 2, 2016
Status: --
The begining of the story shows promise. I was expecting a big adventure or some other grand plot. But tuns out, it was just a slice of life story with the MC solving every problem with his past life knowledge and OP powers that he rarely trains nowdays. And every other character's jaw are mostly touching the floor 90% of the time.. It was ok.. But slice of life fantasy world isnt my thing..
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Sadistic rated it
December 28, 2016
Status: v1c13
Honestly, this is my #1 novel so far. I love it. There's a perfect balance of comedy, slice of life, and action, although it leans more to slice of life and comedy than action. There's also a slight dark undertone, but it's just enough to make you wonder.
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October 16, 2016
Status: --
The good: Slime Inc. - Slime solutions for all your needs (laundry, cleaning, healing, materials refining and manufacturing etc.)
The generic: everything else.

This story would have stood out more if the author wrote it exclusively as a quirky story about the many ways to use slimes to make money, and cut out the rest of the story.
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UncleOddball rated it
December 12, 2016
Status: v5c10
It's a solid slice of life.

MC is peculiar, but likeable.

Gods are hilarious.

... more>> MC's fabricated background is interesting.

I'd love to give this one five stars, but I can't.

First, the MC, altho' a fine guy, has those silly cracks in his character, typical to japanese writing. One of the examples would be his fervent drive to stay in the underdog position pretty much every single time. Despite being an adult mentally, he seems a typical japanese MC blockhead when it comes to socializing with girls. And those are not the only flaws of his.

But I'll give it 4.

My only wish, toward this particular translation, would be to pick up on a pace. Because the release rate is extremely painful, up 'till this date I had actually forgotten about this novel few times. That's how rare new chapters are. <<less
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Lachiel rated it
October 31, 2015
Status: --
This novel is pretty funny as we see someone who's not use to trusting people due to his past life. He gets tons of cheats, and all that jazz. It's slice of life gold imho as we barely see any fight seens and the ones we do are short and are usually finished earlier.

I recommend this to anyone who likes novels about every-day life of a genius child and all that.
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LouCatMi rated it
January 21, 2017
Status: v1c25
As of now, I have only read the first volume, much less the raws, so I cannot say this for the whole novel but, the writing sucks. There are often grammatical mistakes and the words are kind of hard to swallow. They often converse strangely, in a way that is hard to imagine being done by real people. Of course that is with the exception of stock characters like the samurai-like person and the ojousama. I'm not sure whether it's the translator (s) or the author himself that causes this.

Aside... more>> from that, the point of views are mixed up as well as the use of pronouns. It's inconsistent. This novel has a third person point of view which ends up giving it an impersonal impression. That gives way to some problems like how the thoughts of MC are widely unexplored, much less the world. But for all I know, that may be intentionally done by the author.

The characters are shallow and give off an impression that they were created solely for the convenience of the MC. They feel "forced", like robots that praise and praise and spoil the MC as if they were made for that purpose; they just make everything better for the MC. Well, maybe that's saying a bit too much but, what I mean to say is that the characters are insubstantial, superficial, etc. I don't feel much individualism.

The MC too. I like how he is calm and collected and find his past mysterious and I also know that because of that past,

he's twisted.

He can't get along with people very well. Okay. He doesn't like the society. Okay. But if it's that setting, then he's done a lot of things that are contradictory to this. He thoughtlessly invited strangers to his home. He thoughtlessly reveals things about him. He thoughtlessly comes to travel with those people and depends on them. Not okay.

Well, he did think. But he did not hesitate. If he's the type who's unsociable, there should at least be some reluctance and vigilance when dealing with other people but to even reveal his past casually, and moreover, to reveal the results of his long-term research just like that... He's supposed to be an Uncle who's over 40 years of age but he acts like a naive kid.

If you're saying, 'Don't worry, those people were good people.', then yes they are. Look how convenient that is?

It's absurd.

Well, he's OP but that's not from the cheat he received from the gods. Good. The cheat is actually different and only makes him even more OP. Amazing.


Well, I'm starting to think that maybe, Ryouma here is a descendant of that legendary person named Mary Sue.

BUT. The Man Picked up by the Gods has a very interesting story, in my opinion; especially about that slime research. This story has a great prospect and I am very much looking forward to it. THIS is the only factor that pulls me into it and keeps me from dropping this light novel and this is also the reason my rating did not go below 3 stars.

I have yet to see the raws for myself so I can say that this review is still incomplete but that is my over all observation about this novel from the first volume. <<less
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Orionsky rated it
May 30, 2016
Status: v2c19
Good plot in the beginning but the MC is simply omnipotent because he is to op both in power and knowledge until the point the god who picked the MC look like idiots. I already got tired because the overused of some ordinary things that look really special in that world and just add the setting the other characters that surround the MC are just a bunch of idiots.
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nixxara rated it
January 10, 2016
Status: --
Just a story about the everyday life of the MC. Not my type of story because the MC doesn’t really have a main goal or a big dream...

He is just learning how to live in the world he was sent to. Even with OP powers, he’s really humble and doesn’t really showcase his strength all that much.

The story is interesting... but I prefer novels like ATG and TDG.
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OneEyedLich rated it
December 7, 2016
Status: v4c13
At first the premise seemed interesting. A man who lived a very sad life on Earth dies, is picked up by Gods to send him to another world (they just need anyone to send, so that they can transfer mana alongside him). But the gods took pity on him and gave him a few more perks.
... more>>

What I never liked in Japanese novel is how characters wants to stay low. In this world, the noble who "adopted" him basically tell him that there've been many people like MC, and the government have a rule to not mess with them (they did in the past, and it ended very bad for them lol). But no, MC and gods create a fake identity for him when there's no need. His skills he obtained BY HIMSELF on Earth, they justify it by saying that he's the disciple of 2 strong masters..

After volume 4, it becomes a cooking novel. I'm tired of this, and it looks like it isn't going to change. I drop it, the novel had a lot of potential, but it got wasted. If only the MC was more proactive, instead of being pushed around every single time.

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