The Returner


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This story is centered around the man named Yi Ji-Hyuk, who has spent 1000 years in a Medieval Western fantasy-like world before returning back to the modern-day Earth. When he returns, he finds that his home is facing monster threats, and that humans with superpowers have appeared to protect the innocent people of Earth.

The thing is, Yi Ji-Hyuk himself lived like a true, bona fide Demon King in that fantasy world, and the only reason(s) why he returned home is to find some peace and easy going life. So, what will a man like that do?

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Seoul Station’s Necromancer (11)
Everyone Else is a Returnee (9)
The Second Coming of Avarice (8)
The Lazy Swordmaster (3)
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I Reincarnated For Nothing (2)

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Pixeldrum rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: c80
Look, it's not a masterpiece, and though I did rate it a 4, it is more of a 3, but I just wanted to point out, among all the bad reviews, that this isn't all that bad.

Sure, characters are nonsensical, and the transition between comedy and "serious" battles are practically nonexistent. Characters do feel like they have a completely different personality when in comedic moments, and then act completely contrary to their personality during serious scenes.

That being said, it still is funny, and although it is just an OP protag... more>> with other characters that serve as his foil, it still comes to an OK read.

Read if you are bored, and need something to do. Its OK <<less
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Kozchu rated it
December 7, 2018
Status: c93
It's been a few months since I dropped this novel and I dont really regret it, it just feels like a bad comedy with repetitive plot. It feels like the MC came from a Wuxia but without the lots-of action part... It was fun reading this day by day at first but it just got tiring and boring after some time...
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Scholar Occult Cauldron rated it
December 6, 2018
Status: c124
Honestly, I got tired of this novel. The MC is supposedly a being of immense power, destroying worlds, frightening both gods and devils. This story does nothing to show that.

MC comes back from alternate world and immediately becomes trash that bosses people around while acting like sh*t. Only person able to stop him?... more>>

His Mom


What's worse is how the author just throws idiotic "beauties"

(if that's what you wanna call a stalker, legal lol that cries too much, and a useless "lizard woman")


This novel has been a disappointment and when I finally thought the MC would take an active role on the changing world around him, he just does a tsundere act with his country, protecting Korea (south, of course) and

watching America and the UK get destroyed since he couldn't care unless he gets benefits worth it


Over 100 chapters and this is the crap we deal with, especially since the MC keeps switching between powerful and weak but does nothing to retain strength. This has been a mess.... ptui. <<less
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Sludgy rated it
September 13, 2018
Status: c77
I can understand the poor reviews because of the reasons they’ve stated, but I still like this novel. It’s easy to read - something to veg out to if you don’t mind that there isn’t any complex plots or deeper meanings to the characters actions. It’s mostly comedy, although the part about the MC avoiding his work does get dragged out multiple times.

The MC is basically a thousand year old demon king who returns home to his dysfunctional family and is determined to be extremely lazy when confronted with the... more>> Earth’s new monster crisis. There is a lot of humour thrown in it almost takes a slice of life genre, but there are monster battles that the MC crushes with OP powers because of his 1000 years experience.

Downside is that there isn’t much world building and almost none of the side character’s abilities are explained. MC’s powers are “explained” by his 1000 years of being a demon lord as an excuse, which feels a bit thin.

The novel feels like it’s building up to a more serious confrontation between the monsters and the MC, so I can only wait for that to happen. We are starting to see some hidden meaning to the MC’s actions too, so I have my fingers crossed that the lazy MC starts to show a bit more intelligence. I hope to increase my rating when that happens.

10/10 to the translator, they are pretty much perfect with English grammar and spelling. <<less
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pomoli rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: c69


  • Interesting setting.
  • Interesting MC.
  • Side characters are developed.

  • MC is somehow too dumb for a 1000 year human.
  • The ratio comedic/serious story is kinda too skewed toward comedy. At least for now.
  • I wish the past life was a little more developed.
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Raneday rated it
August 2, 2018
Status: c52
While I do agree with other bad reviewers saying that Mc's character is really bad, but hey have they ever thought that if a person was given a blessing/curse to not die even if he was eaten alive again and again, been experimented, put in a dark prison for ages and many more, would that person's personality still sane? For me I certainly doubt it. And also as of recent chapters Mc's character is progressing to somewhere not annoying anymore.
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Tycheri rated it
July 1, 2018
Status: c34
Within the first arc is a grand fantasy world with a myriad of monsters and magic described in a fantastical way. While the first arc was more serious than silly, the second arc is the opposite.

The second arc is about the actual return of the returner. I was amazed by the sixth chapter as I had almost laughed out lout multiple times while reading it. This MC is one of my favorites in a long time, a guy who does not a give a single care and loves to mess... more>> with people when he knows he can.

While the third arc is mostly about his deranged and somehow at the same time not at all deranged family. It wasn't nearly as gut-busting funny as the previous arc, but I would certainly still say it was entertaining, especially with the interludes from the people of the organization.

Read it, you'll have a good time. <<less
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Ascension rated it
May 29, 2018
Status: c9
As of ch 9, my review is very similar to BumChikiBum. The story is very very similar to Seoul Station Necromancer.

"The returner" is about a guy that is summoned to a different world, he becomes something similar to a necromancer... and he does anything to come back home.

... more>>

The small differences are the fact that in the world he was summoned, our protagonist has lived hundreds/thousand years. As well as the fact that at the end right before he came back to earth he has slaughtered the entire continent/world.

When the story shows this final showdown, when I first read I felt it was kind of a retarded conversation. This part of the story felt awkward, they were trying to stop him from getting a jewel, but their reason was retarded/unfounded. He tried to explain that he just wanted to go home, they were saying that he will not get it, that he's the apocalypse bringer, and that he will not get it even if he kills the entire lot of them. Anyway the story was weirdly explained at first. We'll see when we get more chapters, but I believe there's something else there that we don't know about yet, so I won't comment too much on this.


Another big difference from SSN is the fact that since he has been transported back, he's a very chill/mellow funny guy, something SSN didn't have as much. There was comedy there but only from the absurd point of view of someone seeing life as something like a pebble on the road, easily discarded.

Anyway the second thing I felt awkward in the story is the fact that at first he's a maniac that slaughters an entire world, and then he comes back and he's a funny little sheep. <<less
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ArcaneDragonLord rated it
May 27, 2018
Status: c6
Looks similar to Seoul Station's Necromancer so far, but instead of a twisted personality, it's an even more twisted personality brought on by living for hundreds of years without any form of comfort or release. Seems interesting, and I hope it stays that way without any "magical science" BS that personally ruined SSN for me at the end.
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Kosmiko rated it
January 16, 2019
Status: c127
What to say... Well, I can't find a way to relate to the lead character due to ingrained avoidance of haughty characters, anyway I laughed a lot unfortunately due to the mishap of the secondary actors, which seems to be the norm for the comic reliefs. I'll rate it average 3 stars for I felt totally against the MC personality. I think moderation would be winner choice instead of what was presented, then again, that's my own opinion and I know I'm not a good judge but I like what... more>> I like and avoid what I don't. <<less
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Moridain rated it
August 7, 2018
Status: c56
A hilarious story similar in feel to One Punch Man. The protagonist, a returnee from a fantasy world where he went through unimaginable torment, tries his best to just live a life of NEEThood. Unfortunately monsters are in the world and seem hell bent on spoiling his life of leisure.

Like One Punch Man the story is less about the strength of the protagonist than it is about the interactions with those around him, all of whom struggle to deal with the mentally and ability broken man. Their frustration with his... more>> unwillingness to actually participate in monster hunting, despite his obvious power, is the driving force of the comedy here.

TL;DR: Read it for the comedy, it cracked me up a ton. If you get 3-4 chapters in and haven't laughed though this story is probably not for you. <<less
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walutpetir rated it
July 13, 2018
Status: c42
Great Story !!!

i laughed manytimes every chapters I have read

It doesn't like other story that every chapters most filled by definition of word or back story

This novel lead us to understand it with a little description and easy to read

Thanks to Author
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hikigayaaaa rated it
July 12, 2018
Status: c41
You will obviously like this if you watch/read a lot of isekai/return to earth from another world.

This is slice of life/comedy/OP MC so please don't expect adventure. This is Korean novel so the interaction is from korean perspective dont hate the personalities and here.

I gave this novel 5/5 to give this a chance.
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BrotherofHavok rated it
June 30, 2018
Status: c34
An enjoyable read, to a certain extent. Author manages to turn a story with a plot into one without and then back again to one with a plot. Now that stuff is happening again I'm curious to see where the story goes, but I won't be holding my breath in anticipation for the next chapter.

Spoiler below isn't much of a spoiler, but it could create expectations in the reader; read at own risk.

... more>>

Plot #1:

I thought there was more to the history and background of the first world, but we didn't get exposed enough to it. MC had a history with some of the most powerful and nearly immortal beings in the world, some might even have been considered friends but for some reason both sides take an absolutely stubborn side without any further communication.

No Plot:

Then he becomes a lazy, jobless, shut-in that doesn't want to work or do anything in life other than die after having lived a life of leisure. Yeah he's super powerful, but for some reason lost all ability to play games? And is he powerful or is he intentionally crippling himself to remain "normal" in his/the world's eyes?

Plot #2:

Monsters are attracted to MC and every time MC leaves the house new portals are born. Interesting idea that looks like it'll start to rope the MC back into the story. Will he go back to being a kick-ass bad-ass or will he train up the next group of "heroes"?


Will reserve rating for more chapters. Pass/fail/success information on Rules to follow below:

Rule of 5 - if not interested by first 5 chapters stop reading.

Rule of 10 - if the story has not progressed or shown little to no hints about the direction of the future of the story, stop reading.

Rule of 15 - If the story has started to change or does not resemble what was written about or hinted about in the first 5 chapters then determine if it is worth continuing to read.

Rule of 30 - Is it fun to read or am I forcing myself? If I'm not really having fun reading it, then stop reading it.

  • Rule of 5 - Passed
  • Rule of 10 - Passed (barely)
  • Rule of 15 - Passed (barely)
  • Rule of 30 - Passed (barely)
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yutakim rated it
June 8, 2018
Status: c150
I like how the MC react to the current world. He isn't like "wow lets save the world then" when he knew the world is in constant danger. I like how the author design the current MC as the MC right now doesn't have any magic power or something like that instead he become another Saitama.

But is it only me that feel the humors are a bit forced, like the part when he met with his family, all I felt was boring and just absurd.

For now all in all, this... more>> novel is quite nice for me.


Well after reading the raw I decide to change my rating to 3.

The story indeed is progressing from ch. 60 onwards, but things just getting more and more boring, there's just way too many of useless and lame comedic (?) Dialogue. And at this point around 140+ chapter, idk why but I really hope MC parents got killed or something, they are just annoying.

MC finally joined KSF new squad, and we things just got boring at that point, monster and his 'friends' starting to appear from the gate. And how he fckd up by Alpha who works for a devil (Ageregas or something). And finally the author just making him work like a donkey most of the time.

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May 27, 2018
Status: --
Was waiting for it to be uploaded to NU. The prologue is a bit cliche and the dialogue of the MC expressing his suffering was one paragraph too long for my taste. But once he gets into the new... ehem, "territory" the next 3 chapters seem solid enough. All I wanna say is dont get turned away by first 3 chapters and read up a bit more, I give no guarantees as to what will come to pass after ch 6.

Estimated rating as of ch6 ~ 3.7

TL;DR First 3 chapters... more>> don't feel representative of the novel read more than them. <<less
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