The Reborn Otaku’s Code of Practice for the Apocalypse


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Lacking a pocket dimension, lacking a power, lacking a thigh to hug onto and the three life advantages (money, power, and looks), he had been cautiously living in the apocalypse for ten full years, getting closer to falling into the zombies’ mouths, but unexpectedly he had the bad luck to be caught in a fight between two gangs and die, it really left people feeling disappointed.

But when he opened his eyes, he had returned to a decade ago, three months before the apocalypse!

Like before he still lacked an ability, an ordinary person without a pocket dimension, but he did have ten full years of experience in living in the apocalypse! Even if he didn’t fight zombies, didn’t hunt monsters, he could still live a careful farming life in the safe zone.

Find a safe house, utilise all kinds of skills from his previous life to farm in exchange for meat, and if possible, find a person to peacefully spend the rest of his life with; ordinary people had their own ordinary little pieces of happiness.

Originally believing he had picked up a beauty he returned home to prepare a golden house, but on the contrary he was the one being pushed down……someone once said, whether it is people or matters, by no means can you only look at the surface!

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New FableCat rated it
September 27, 2018
Status: Completed
I love this novel that I had to google translate the raws. Nothing wrong with translated ones. It just that I am too impatient to wait.

The Bl content is minimum in here. Which is fine by me as I fell in love with the storyline. The story focus is more on the hardworking protaganist and his squad members. Even without supernatural power, he has gain the trust and recognization from his squad. All I can say is that its unlike other apocalypse stories that I hv read. The part I... more>> hate the most in most novels I read are the ending especially in BL novels since the authors tend to ruin this part before tossing it aside.

This isn't so with Otaku Squad. I wouldn't mind reading it again later. Hoping for continuation of the story to second generation. <<less
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Randomness rated it
February 5, 2018
Status: Completed
This is one of the stories I can not forget. The setting is realistic enough. The romance is very good. Even the bromance is there. What more could you want?

Unlike typical Apocalypse novels, this one do not priotitize strength. The protagonists' number one choice are stability. And that is admirable, especially when most of other protagonists usualy lost their morals while chasing after power... and revenge. God, the revenges. Rebirth = Revenge is the most prevalent formula around here. So this one is a rare gem.
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Meiyap rated it
December 5, 2017
Status: Completed
Had to Google translate my way till the end.
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I liked it a lot. The ending was a good conclusion. Warmed my heart. It was worth Google translating. As wonky as the translation was, it was great.

It was interesting. Despite being reborn, MC came to know that not everything is the same as before.


Ex: The Policy Reformation of A city's base and this leading to the weakening of A city base


A lot of farming, base building, animal Care and such. There was also fighting but it was more of fighting to farm crystals or to defend. The MC is truly loyal to ML and vise versa. ML is dependable and adores his waifu.

These people, the Otaku squad, truly just wish to live good lives and I like that. I like that a lot. No super OP MC here (Hubby is pretty OP though). No harems. Just a hamster MC trying to make a nest.

10/10 would read again if it was translated hahaha. Google grammar... Is not that great.

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turelight rated it
November 27, 2017
Status: c100
The plot and character's relationship is good that I can't stop myself from reading it via MTL (and it readable).

The MC is a hard-working person. He does not have any special powers, super intelligence or godlike hacking skill. He just a completely ordinary one who can survive the Apocalypse by himself.

I love the MC good temperament and balanced IQ/EQ. You can see him rolling around the room, playing with his companions, cleaning or cooking something (like a good housewife lol), but when he has to be serious, he can make... more>> a sharp decision. He can also talk about cruel things with calm mind and situation based moral. <<less
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Mikleo rated it
April 24, 2018
Status: --
With all the 5 star reviews here, I have to be the sore thumb again with my 2 star review.

The translation is full of typos, it's getting harder to read especially starting from chapter 40 and above.

Get an Editor so that those typos could be straightened out.

Story-wise, if you're looking for a fast-paced and exciting apocalypse novel, then this isn't for you. This novel focuses more on the 'domestic' side of the apocalypse, it's full of cooking (yes, cooking... with descriptive meals, it gets tedious), planting, and whatever 'ordinary' people... more>> do in an apocalypse...

The MC is an ordinary person (no powers), that's why this novel is domestic and calm - at times, utterly boring - compared to other action-filled apocalypse novels. Truthfully, even though yes, there's zombies, it doesn't feel like an apocalypse. There's no gripping excitement or frightening tension here, even when the MC and his group went out of the base to scavenge for supplies.

The other readers said that this novel is unique because it doesn't focus on face slapping or revenge. It's true, Apocalypse novels shouldn't necessarily focus on 'Revenge' to be good.

However, it needs Excitement and Action. It's a freakin' Apocalypse.

Sadly, neither is present in this novel.

Overall Impression of this Novel: Is this really an Apocalypse?

No, it's not.

The author should've just written a modern day ordinary danmei novel, not an apocalypse novel, because the only apocalypse thing happening here are the mentions of zombies. Yeah, it's an apocalypse, of course there's zombies in the mix. However, the characters themselves are always kinda living in a domestic, supposedly heartwarming bubble that it gets old fast. <<less
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Jerome rated it
November 22, 2017
Status: c2
indeed the story’s plot is quite interesting and I know I will come to love the later-chapters too, with my whole heart. It would be much more amazing if the chapters were uploaded swiftly 😳

I love to read this series and I just hope to be able to continue reading it;) and thank you dear translator-San to be able to convey such a good novel to us, followers;)
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Majin11 rated it
September 3, 2018
Status: c101
I don't know why other people don't like this novel.. In my opinion, it's pretty good..

It is more on describing MC's preparations and adventures.. Not much in BL too.. It's not fast paced..

I enjoyed reading the whole thing. Translator-sama does a pretty good job too. I just don't get why the novel's rating is so low..
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OfficePony rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: c29
Update as of Chapter 29: I'm loving the relationship dynamics being displayed, it feels like a real couple slowly starting to tease their way into the other party's heart. The feelings don't feel plastic like many other "Romance" stories, it feels genuine and as spontaneous as real life thus far.

Update as of Chapter 19: The grammar is going into a slow decline, but nothing too bad, yet. The story is slowly starting to gain traction, with the setting firmly taking root, and the beginnings of an undertone to the story... more>> showing its face. I'm really looking forward to where this story takes us.

Update: I 300% missed that Yaoi tag... or was it even there to begin with? Either way, just do note down that it's there.

Loving it so far. Fairly well translated, just a few errors that don't detract from the word flow too badly. The premise and setting are nothing new but are executed quite well thus far. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. <<less
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MillenniumMoon rated it
April 13, 2018
Status: c53
It's a very fluffy story and I love it!

Just that as much as how I appreciate the translator's effort; the translation just has a lot of mistakes in grammar & etc. Like for instance the word "some" is turned into "come", "not" into "no" and many more. Sometimes the sentences gets so confusing that I have to stop enjoying the story to dissect what it meant. An editor will easily fix this so I hope the translator finds a reliable editor soon, I would volunteer to be one but I'm... more>> not 100% sure of my grammar. <<less
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drollawake rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: c228
Sure, there's romance and all. But mostly, this is about MC and friends living a heartwarming post-apocalyptic life. In a sense, it feels like those slow-paced Japanese transmigration novels where the MC is busy improving the standard of living instead of getting stronger. Apart from scavenging and zombie-hunting, they're always busy with some construction, farming, or food processing project.

Unfortunately, that did get old after a while especially since the plot forces them to rebuild twice. And perhaps the author felt that too, so the novel ended with a disappointing timeskip.
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not2complex rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: c16
The novel is great so far at chapter 16. It is hard to give a detailed review this early, but if it keeps progressing as it has, it will be an awesome read. The plot and writing is is just as good as other top rated apocalypse stories. It's just that the romance factor is BL.

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There are not enough women due to their weakness at the beginning of the apocalypse. The writer makes the M/M bonds seem part necessity and part desire.


Based on the author's writing style so far, even if you do not like to read BL, you might want to give it a try. The romance is not the focus. It is more a part of the world building so far and if it gets naughty later on just skip it. The novel is worth reading.

The translation so far is excellent. Its smooth reading without mental distractions of wrong pronouns, sentence, tense, etc... I loved reading it!!! <<less
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Wring rated it
April 30, 2018
Status: --
Let me get this out of the way first...I personally dislike yaoi/yuri genre, so anything with those tags are automatically eliminated...

Accidently read this when I was looking for apocalypse genre, and thank god I did... the story line is fantastic, it is an interesting read for those who have read a lot of novels based on the apocalypse. For this story, I had to remind myself that one of them is a female and not a male to be able to read it. Still dislike the yaoi in the story... more>> though... <<less
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Shizusasori9 rated it
March 21, 2018
Status: c45
Absolutely amazing!! Wonderful character development, plot, character depth, and setting!! Good work on translating!! Would definitely recommend to others!
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kleepart rated it
December 22, 2017
Status: c14
Really enjoying this so far. The world has been well established, the MC is very cute. If you don't like OP MCs then this is the one for you. The translation is done well. I will possibly add more once we get further, but so far I'm loving the set up.
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Narutolvr rated it
July 16, 2018
Status: Completed
It was a good novel that did what it set out to do. Unlike other 'reborn before the zombie apocalypse' novels, this one features an MC who couldn't be more normal. No abilities, no mysterious pen/broach/strange family heirloom that's actually a secret space/martial arts guide/etc, and few large scale fights. Because of that, this character is one of the more relatable ones I've dealt with- knowing his own powerlessness, he hesitates to save others, he avoids power struggles, and constantly plans ahead before he makes even the simplest decisions. Also... more>> because of that, the pace of this novel is VERY slow; you could even call it glacial. It's not just slow paced, the MC's desire for a stable/leisurely life means that there are very few moments of actual action and, even then, there's an overwhelming sense of practicality throughout that makes even the fastest paced scenes feel a bit... drab.

Overall, I took off a star mostly because, in the author's attempt to give the MC as leisurely a life as possible, I feel like he avoided anything that could/should have been a more dramatic situation, or led to a more dramatic result. A few situations in particular:

-Yun Fei's dad wanting him to vie for power, but he just sort of goes away after Yun Fei says no and blocks his phone.

-Yun Fei being one of the only 3 metal users in what looks like all the bases yet the strongest invitation he got into their ranks was along the lines of "hey, you free?". You'd normally expect someone to follow him home or go through the MC or something, right?

-MC basically picks up a whole bunch of new pets who manage to fit into their base perfectly without any issues that can't be resolved in 2 paragraphs

-Did we ever figure out why the dog didn't grow even though he mutated?


That and all the romance just sort of happened in such a dull way that I wasn't particularly interested.

Simply put, this is basically a super slow slice of life in a fast paced and action filled world. Not a bad read at all, though, so I recommend it. It's probably worth it to just continue reading the translations as they come instead of MTL, though, since this isn't something you need to go out of your way to read ASAP. <<less
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iceflecks rated it
July 14, 2018
Status: Completed
A very nice novel focused on an ordinary person living during the apocalypse. There's a little bit of action here and there, but this novel is mostly domestic. Not a lot of drama either, so it's great for those who want to take a break from drama-filled, action-packed novels for a nice laid back, slice of life story. The entire story progresses nicely. I'm just sad that it has ended (no more domestic life T_T), but it's a good ending, so this story is a worthwhile read. 5 stars for... more>> the characters, the slice of life, and the warm fuzzy feelings it gave me during the apocalypse. [Please don't judge this book with other apocalyptic novels as it is a different genre of story. This is a slice-of-life story, not drama, or action. If you must compare, compare it to other slice-of-life stories, like the Assassin Farmer.] <<less
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paputsza rated it
July 9, 2018
Status: Completed
I read the raws, and it's a good story. It's no walking dead, but I'm not really into gratuitous horror where all the main characters die. There are a lot of cute moments and

a happy ending somewhat that I'm fine with since zombies and humans mathematically can't co-exist.


There are gory bits though of course and lots of op MC farming. Everything solves itself.
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c18
Thus far, this series has been very dry and focused on prepping. Oddly enough, it focuses on some details but leaves out the bigger questions. For instance, how is he toileting the dog if he never leaves the apartment??? So far, it's only focused on getting things together, planting, planning, etc. The MC doesn't have much personality; his only distinctive feature is that he blushes easily. There is minimal amounts of action, comedy, and gore, even though this is supposed to be an apocalyptic novel. Unfortunately, I'm dropping the series... more>> at this point. It doesn't have anything to catch or hold my interest. <<less
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Tai Ping Princess rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c168
I MTLed it and even though google translate is terrible, the story makes up for it. The world building is good, and novel enough to be interesting. I appreciate the approach this protagonist has to the apocalypse (not trying to become OP, just trying to survive and live well), it makes him relateable.

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The OP problem in particular is solved by the fact that he doesn't have any powers. This makes the fruits of his efforts all the more sweet, and I love how the author used this characteristic of his to create a team dynamic with his weaker fighting power being made up for by his leadership and planning skills.

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Mizushi-hime rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: Completed
The story itself is kinda good, sadly I think that the romance is lacking. This story is more like slice of life filled with base building, farming, animal care, oh there's also child care, not too much conflict and again lacking romance. But it's still interesting for me because I like slice of life. The ending is kinda disappointing for me tho, the translation is so so, u may find some typos here and there.
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bkwusa rated it
May 14, 2018
Status: c41
This is a boy love story since it's not yet in the tags.

The story itself is interesting so far. However it feels like Machine Translations at times with the sentence structure being incorrect and missing words. Not a very good translations in some parts while normal translation in other parts.


Chapter 41 closer to the end:

Today they would pry back with partners, all those materials would not be kept just in a few houses, wanted to speed up to rob in front of those people!

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