The S-Classes That I Raised


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An F-rank Hunter.

That too, a useless, pathetic F-rank hyung who dragged down his amazing S-rank brother.

To me, who’d halfheartedly lived a disastrous life that’d ended up devouring my brother’s life and making me regress, the title given, was…

‘Perfect Caregiver’

That’s right, this time, instead of fussing about myself, let’s quietly look after those amazing bastards…

…was what I’d thought, but the S-ranks are… a little weird.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Naega Kiun S-Geub Deul
The S-Ranks That I Raised
내가 키운 S급들
Related Series
Trash of the Count’s Family (19)
Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint (9)
The Second Coming of Gluttony (4)
Solo Leveling (4)
The Novel’s Extra (3)
History’s Strongest Manager (3)
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10/02/21 Asian Hobbyist c178
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75 Reviews

New Rurexx
Oct 16, 2021
Status: c178
Honestly. IT'S THE BEST NOVEL I'VE READ SO FAR. And I have read quite a few. I'm surprised it's not more popular.

It has all the nice ingredients bit most importantly the characters are actually alive. It's not about the MC going out and saving the world while the said world is there as a background and the characters are just props to show you how cool he is. The whole thing is about the characters. The MC is weak (well he does learn a few tricks here and there but... more>> comparably he wouldn't be able to beat any of the S ranks). He won't save the world. The people around him will. And the key to strengthening them and making them awesome and OP is by taking care of them, deepening their relationship and guiding them. It's really awesome. Btw that's his power. Our responsible older brother takes care of the little brats (both humans and beats alike) and he can make them grow.

On top of that the novel is hella funny. Mostly thanks to the interactions between the characters. I basically love everything about sung hyunjae. I didn't used to but he grows on you and now I love when he and MC are having another banter. The overprotectivness of both brothers is also funny and endearing. Our MC is weak but he wants to protect his brother from the bad side of the world and retain his innocence. On the other hand our little dongseang is far less innocent than MC thinks and is also fiercely protective. To the point of absurd. There are many many alive and fun characters here worth exploring further and I wish the updates would come faster.

Thank you translator team! &Lt;3 Please don't drop this I don't know what I'm gonna do then! <<less
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Kawaii Panda
New Kawaii Panda
Oct 08, 2021
Status: c1
For me, its not that bad as what other says. Although, the plot is kinda common nowadays. It was quite enjoyable.
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Aug 23, 2019
Status: c42
Yet another one of those Korean dungeon + timetravel genres written in 2018.
Fairly interesting take by focusing on a forgotten profession in dungeon economics... the talent scout/agent. Think of it as the dungeon version of "Top Management". But otherwise poorly executed and structured.
Would've rated it 4 stars but story is going nowhere after Chapter 30.

MC is yet another loser with low aptitude and low self-esteem. He gets a second-chance to relive his previous 5 years through a random time-travel cheat at the sacrifice of his... more>> brother, gaining more cheat-like powers + the ability to identify talented hunters.

(1) Nothing particularly new... as usual
I Alone Level Up / Solo Leveling (2014) -- dungeons + loser + timetravel + new powers + guilds
Top Management (2015) -- talent scout/manager (entertainment) + future foresight
The Tutorial is Too Hard (2016) -- dungeons + national/factional real world guilds
Everyone Else is a Returnee (2016) -- dungeons + real world guilds
Seoul Stations' Necromancer (2016) -- dungeons + real world guilds
The Second Coming of Gluttony (2017) -- loser + dungeons (tutorial) + timetravel + factional powers

(2) Disappointing MC
At the beginning we're led to believe MC has turned over a new leaf, is no longer a useless jelly person after his BROTHER SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO SAVE HIM. We're led to believe MC will work hard with his newfound powers. Instead we get an MC that...


slacks off after discovering his first 4 talents (the pet Peace, the 15-yr old loli, the failed mechanic, and the aloof guardian). MC openly states his desire to just coast with his newfound powers, so he can hide in the background while raising powerful characters to protect him. WTF.


You can tell the author probably storyboarded till Chapter 30+ before writing the novel, because that's when MC switches his desire from building a team (humans) to raising pets and decided to slack off. It's easy to see filler creeping up.. MC's thought processes start going all over the place. He has no concrete goal. He wants to play with stocks using his future knowledge.

Am with @rhianirory, it's awkward when people misunderstand MC's intentions of raising down-and-out side characters. They think MC is a selfless individual, but MC didn't really care about their circumstances, he just wants to milk their talents. i.e. he identified their talents first, wanted to raise them, THEN realized their poor backgrounds. There's something VERY wrong with that sequence.

And it gets even more confusing with the pointless pet Peace. Just a randomly inserted cute side-character mascot that you typically see in Disney movies (think Olaf the snowman from Frozen, Thumper from Bambi, or that s*upid chicken in Moana). So just because MC likes pets and acts embarrassingly cutesy with it all the time, therefore he is a proper caregiver?

That's the big DISCONNECT between MC's personality/character and his powers. It would've made sense if MC had historically grown up taking care of his younger brother, if MC realizes his love for his brother afterwards and reverted back to being a caring character, etc. But that never happens. It's just more and more awkwardness and MC has a lot of difficulty accepting his role as a caregiver.
It's the equivalent of the irreverent fun-loving Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider, and turning into the aloof ultra-violent Punisher.

(3) Tired/flawed joke on MC's "Caregiving" powers
The Caregiving/talent identification power is interesting, but the emphasis on the awkward method of invoking his power gets old really fast.


MC has to say "I love you", leading to awkward misunderstandings. There's a weird tension between side-characters since they all become clingy to MC and jelly of each other.


The repercussions of the power are pretty s*upid too.
It's basically a charm-type power. Side-characters associate MC with close individuals in their own life (e.g. family, significant other, etc). So if side-characters are enamored of the MC, it's not necessarily under free-will. There's something VERY wrong with a "Caregiver" that only gets affection via "mind-control". To use a reeaaally old example, think Love Potion #9. The older Millennials will (should hopefully) get that reference.

(4) Incoherent system mechanics
Not sure if it's a translation issue, but the system mechanics don't make any sense.
-- Powers are randomly assigned to boost abilities by XX%. We have no idea what any of that actually means. Author constantly reminds readers that a 10% boost is crappy (E Class), and somehow to 20% or higher boost is amazing.
-- Some weird combination of those ranks/skills averages out. Literally, "F-rank + S-class skill = C-rank". HUH??
-- The system is incomplete and confusing... not only are explanations insufficient,

we're suddenly told that the System is manually operated behind-the-scenes by incompetent God/higher power, which just adds to more confusing System descriptions. Very poor plot device.

-- Leveling mechanics gets randomly introduced mid-conversation / mid-event when author realized he failed to give proper explanations earlier.
Suddenly we're told there's 10 levels per rank, suddenly we're told some ranks need more XP than others (it's also the first time we're introduced to XP), suddenly there are random calculations that an S-rank would need to run the dungeon X times to level up, suddenly we're told F-rank can wear A-rank items and basically be at the level of C-rank. Huh?
While authors shouldn't rely on excessive exposition, randomly shoving in system mechanics midway is incongruous and extremely poor writing. <<less
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Aug 04, 2019
Status: c40
I was irritated for the first few chapters; it's possible to be physically weak without letting other people walk all over you and the MC seems to be spinless and weak-willed despite being a regresser. He's basically being kept by his rich, overbearing, super-strong and obsessive (borderline yandere) little bro and their interactions (and character types) made me check for a BL tag three times in the first seven chapters. Other than that, as a general rule, I'm not a fan of stories with lots of misunderstandings, though I don't... more>> mind the mistaken for bas*ss type when done right. The story does get better around c15, though I find his friends/ followers/ brother to be so clingy that it's creepy (I'm not good with clingy/ needy people). Don't get suckered by the tr*sh count comparisons; this is a different genre and the MC isn't nearly as clever and conniving as our favorite redhead. <<less
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Jul 02, 2019
Status: c42
The MC of this novel reminds me of the MC from tr*sh of the Count's Family. Through a series of misunderstandings (lowkey brainwashing), the MC is quietly collecting talents and followers for the future!

Summary: After witnessing his younger brother die for him, the MC goes back in time 5 years before the incident to turn over a new leaf and live a quiet, peaceful life. But of course, things never go as the MC plans as new talents and followers keep popping up left and right, tempting the MC to... more>> gather them into his ever growing fan club! The plot is exciting, but not with full blown drama and action. It's an engaging read!

Besides the MC, we have a younger brother with a brother complex, a daughter figure, a new friend, a bodyguard, and the most important, a fluffy cat! Each side character comes with their own unique background story and characteristics, making it extremely easy to recognize who's who in the storyline.

Overall, I can't wait for new updates! How I wish I could read fluent Korean aiya! <<less
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May 16, 2019
Status: c13
12-13 chapter minor spoiler >

Yes, it's this novel, officer.


Interesting premise, simple characters. I like "misunderstanding" tag novels, when they don't feel inappropriate (Like sexual misunderstanding.) and rude (When person is disregarded when he shows humility.), just plain simple joking misunderstanding, and this novel has exactly this.
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Dec 30, 2019
Status: c248
This novel will surprise you with hidden depths, chapters down the line. I have to admit the writing style takes some getting used to--it's MC's perspective, a reckless, fearless (literally in his case), headstrong young man trying to mend his relationship with his (physically stronger, more handsome, better) younger brother. The flavor is very shonen-y and some questionable topics (abuse, harassment, misogyny, inherent sociopathy in some people) are handled rather lightly.

And then we get further into the plot, delved around the reason MC wished to turn back time: his brother's... more>> awakening, estrangement, and death. It's both good and bad for me because I'm not really a fan of the very game-esque lingo and mechanics, but the sprinkles of information is tonnes better than infodump, while also working to further the plot as MC discovers the hidden side to whatever's going on in his world.

Pros for me:

  • Family fluff to the extreme, both of the blood and found kind.
  • MC is sass king, literal twig tr*shing people with muscle mass twice his weight.
  • Younger brother is literally the cinnamon roll who can and will kill you all in one package.
  • Character development all around!!!
  • Seong Hyeonjae.

  • Very heavy game lingo
  • Seong Hyeonjae.
TLDR: fantastically developed unreliable narrator MC ft. Family feels, action, and issues. Not BL, but some very heavy undertones to that front. I guess if endgame isn't BL then /shrug/ it isn't BL. <<less
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Oct 11, 2019
Status: c60
I read the raws. To note, people have the misconception that the MC is always going to be superhuman. The MC is not in this novel. In fact the MC is weak physically and mentally unstable after receiving all of his younger brother's emotions and memories after he sacrificed himself.

The MC is only stronger than most average humans and weaker than all other hunters. He tries to repair the broken relationship with his younger brother (Even though the little brother can kill him accidentally by applying a little bit of... more>> strength). The main difference between other novels is that the MC has very low potential. He simply cannot ever hope to match the sheer power of an S-rank, its like two different species: one is an ant the other an elephant. No matter how strong a single ant gets it can never match an elephant. Despite this knowledge, the MC still regularly interacts with these S-ranks who can kill him on a whim (albeit thanks to a skill that prevents fear).

To note, the development is slow. However this is because the main focus of this novel is family bonds, interactions between friends, mental trauma and psychological growth. Not kill the villain and save the world. <<less
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Jun 17, 2019
Status: c26
So far so good

The novel is quite different compared to the usual second chance novel where the MC usually uses his knowledge to become the center of the limelight. Because on this novel the MC would uses his abilities to become the support of the so called Main Characters.

And I also like the misunderstandings that kinda happen on this novels, and on how the other characters wants to monopolize our MC, yep yandere vibes~
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Aug 27, 2020
Status: c87
The title is clickbait, he's not even raising anyone he just awakens them like what the association could do. He just picks those people who's a guaranteed S ranks so it's the same as doing nothing at all.

Also the characters are way too annoying, like I get they are stronger than the MC when it comes to stats but they are all bullies. The MC is also a complete idiot with his optimistic outlook, these S ranks just used S-SS skills on him and just because he's resistant to these... more>> so called skills doesn't mean he should just let it go. The thing is these people don't know of his skills so they're definitely meant to harm him and he's like "oh it's cool".

This started out great but the interactions between the idiotic MC and SCs are so cringe, it's like they all wanna fvck the MC because of they had mommy or daddy issues or something. Also it's the same dialogue bordering obsessiveness and possessiveness. The plot barely moves forward because of these cringe inducing interactions and the useless narrative of "this happened in the past”. <<less
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Mar 03, 2020
Status: c70
This feels very hard to follow. It is not really clear what the MCs aspirations are, they seem to change every few chapters.

Didnt he raise his pets to protect himself? How did it become "selling" monsters again?

Also the skills are a mess - which is actually a great idea, just poorly executed. For me, everything feels as if the MC was intended to be a cool manager type of character (similar to the korean novel "Top Manager"), but halfway through the author decides to make the MC more badass and adds really weird developments, just to abandon them further down the road.

Cool ideas, but its just a mess. 3*
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Sep 28, 2019
Status: c60
I found this novel after reading "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint" and "tr*sh of the Count's Family". Some fanarts would include this novel and so far? I'M LOVIN' IT!

I love stories with lots of misunderstanding that'll lead the MC to be beloved/cherished by people around him! The MC started weak and decided to support the people around him instead of being a ball of jealousy and envy which is a great development. This novel is one of the series I look forward to aside from ORV & TCF!
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Sep 20, 2019
Status: c56
Monster dad gets 5 stars from me.

It is a very interesting take on the setting of other books like soel station necromancer where there are dungeons in real life and the MC goes back in time for a redo.

But unlike a lot of those that feel like power fantasy (not that I mind) this one has an MC that isn't as intrested in raising his own personal power as he is in raising the power of others. The characters while somewhat simple are all believable to some extent and nothing... more>> has really shattered my suspension of disbelief.

I find my self looking forward to each weeks release and that is enough to earn a 5 star from me. <<less
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Jun 19, 2019
Status: --
I really love this story. I always want to see a novel like this. The MC isn't arrogant and go to the past just to have a harem. And the relationship between the MC and his brother is so beautiful. I hope that it can be updated soon.
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Sep 26, 2020
Status: c160
Personally, I love this. The fluff, the brocon brother, the protective daugther, the firstly anxious become protective bestfriend, the MC's pursuer but male (bl or not still Questionable), and of course, his pets! Easy 5/5 for me!

But objectively, this is solid 3/5 for me, without biased at all. 😅 I love this, but not really recommended it 😅 this is up to your own taste, probably 😅
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May 11, 2020
Status: c125
Solid 2.5/5. Would have been a 3 if it was a web novel, but this is actually already a light novel that has gone through an editor.

Premise is actually very great. Instead of an strong main, focusing on creating them has an enormous potential. The story could focus on more of the side characters, main teaching future training methods, combat methods, fighting formations, even crafting, resource gathering, taming, mana application etc. Because it involves time traveling.

But nope, after the regression immediate problems occurred in the story: The most important person... more>> in his life - his brother doesn't have any defining character other that being overly caring towards a single person to the point of being obsessive.


it is only later explained that it was because in his family the parents neglected and the Hyung was the only caring one - very weak reason and back story


After the little brother comes the next appearance - bodyguard Kim sung han - after chapter 50 becomes irrelevant.

Yerim - very generic female character.

Blacksmith - is gone 90% of the time

After these 1st side characters suddenly pets come in. They don't actually contribute to the story at all except by making the main important - which is NOT the point of the story. He should be important because of "The S-Classes That I Raised".

When the story progresses, for some reason the main doesn't awaken any new character - doesn't matter if it is A rank or B. His skill is OPTIMIZED awakening. So A or B should be raised to higher levels. So currently its very obvious that the author doesn't intend to create more or develop any existing characters.

Still it is a ̶g̶o̶o̶d̶ read to pass the time during corona. <<less
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Aug 30, 2019
Status: --
Starts fun, but later it becomes complete brain f... I mean author tries to hard to make it epic, plot became so un-logical and forcefully twisted that I was speechless

I can nearly promise you, that if you read spoilers you will drop this novel :P

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Feb 25, 2020
Status: c97
As usual, Korean dialogue is extremely awkward, and just they way characters interact with each other is just cringe worthy. Premise in the beginning was good, he rebirths and wants to be a better brother, although he seemed to fix his crappy relationship with his younger brother very easily, just by saying "I love you." Speaking of the younger brother, he has great potential to be massively yandere. He has showcased his various yandere tendencies by stalking, spying and imprisoning his brother on multiple occasions.

The way the plot and dialogue... more>> is written is just vague. Characters would refer to something without actually mentioning it, and I'm probably too s*upid to realise or draw inferences, but there was simply not enough context for my small brain to do so.

Character development goes off track. In the beginning he wanted to help his brother, then he wanted to raise some s-classes, then he wanted to raise pets, then he want's to raise s-classes again. His motives and drives are unclear, and there is really no reason given as to why he strives for these things. Of course a reason isn't necessary, but it will make his character development better and less nonsensical.

Anyway, dropped after almost 100 chapters because I can't bear with this nonsense anymore. <<less
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Feb 14, 2021
Status: c173
I love this novel so much. I blitzed through all 166 chapters back a couple months ago in like less than 4 days I think. I reread it again a couple days ago and reached chapter 173. I can definitely see why it's one of the big three webnovels in the Korean community, along with Omniscient reader's viewpoint and tr*sh of the Count's family. The protagonist isn't overpowered right off the bat, and what skills and powers he later acquires is less for combat and more for defense and to... more>> help the growth of the S classes he is "raising" (hence the name haha funny me). I adore the protagonist and how he does things. He's sassy, is very mature about some decisions, knows how to address and present himself to people. He's manipulative in a way that Kim Dokja and Cale Henituse seem to have in common. And I absolutely adore the dynamics between Han Yoojin (the protagonist) and the other characters, especially Han Yoohyun, Sung Hyunjae, and Peace. From the rest of the reviews, it seems that other people struggled reading through the beginning because of the heavy world building. I personally love the world building. I had a lot of questions in the first chapter and was very happy it was addressed in the following chapters. Another complaint I see common in the reviews is that there isn't any plot line. Remember this story is WAY behind the untranslated chapters, as of the time of this review there is over 600 untranslated chapters and only 173 translated chapters. I looked at forums and apparently the plot line is much more concrete and obvious as the chapters go on, that it's only left vague in the beginning to establish the relationship building and other stuff.

Han Yoojin is just very passive in the beginning since it seemed he had an inferiority complex about his younger brother, along with some other major factors that are implied later on. So he just tends to roll along with what some people do, but there are a lot of moments when he does put his foot down. He's clever and sassy. Because one of his skills neutralizes his fear of just about anything, some actions he does may seem dense and/or reckless, but it's just the dude has like no self preservation instincts. It drives his wards and family crazy and I love it. This story isn't necessarily action heavy, but when it does get to those scenes it's described in a way that leaves little to the imagination. I'm sorry if my review seems a little all over the place, and is a little cryptid. This is my first review on this site even though I've read many other novels. I wanted to write of how much I love this novel and its MC without going too into detail. The story does get heavier on the plot later on in the untranslated chapters, and it also adds much more character and relationship building with the MC and other characters, new and old.

As a reader I very much enjoyed this novel and can't wait for the day to read it in its entirety. I completely understand that this novel isn't every ones cup of tea though, so it's ok to take it slow and if you decide you don't like it then that's fine. Don't force yourself. But if some of the reviews are deterring you from even glancing at the first chapter then please reconsider and try giving it a chance. I'll never regret starting this novel ^^. <<less
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Jan 11, 2020
Status: c80
For those that don't want to read a long review here's a summary of the pros/cons up until I read, obviously this is my opinion and others are free to think differently.


  • Not the typical OP character (but still OP)
  • Side characters who aren't just throw away (Author takes time to flash them out and uses them throughout the story, not just for a couple chapters)
  • The selling point: Raising S-Rankers (OP characters), and sticking to it
  • Comedy that's not too overused or too boring

  • Characters develop too quickly IMO
  • Semi-Typical overpowered MC
  • Bit heavy on racism against Japanese (Only shows up in several chapters just be ready for it, please understand that relationship between the two nations are still rocky, sincerely a Korean that's not happy with the amount of racism)
It's the... more>> a semi-typical MC goes back to past, becomes OP story. Semi-typical because it's not the OP himself that becomes ridiculously strong but how he finds people with Talent and brings out their maximum talent (and because he can turn other people OP that in turn gives the MC a wealth of privileges). Politics play a part in the story such as between governments and between guilds. Word of warning though, the novel is preeetty darn racist against Japanese (at least up until I read), and this is coming from a Korean, but thankfully not every chapter is mired by this. The selling point of the story is obviously finding and raising the 'S-Rankers' as the title states and it does a good job of sticking to it although personally I would have liked for the characters to develop slower. Instead of starting crappy and slowly developing into an S-ranker, a lot of the characters either start great and turn OP, or start crappy and turn OP because of MC unlocking a skill. If this is a turn-off keep in mind the process does take several/dozens of chapters and time does pass in-story to justify the characters developing. On a positive note, the author does take the time to flash out the characters, the S-rankers doesn't go to the MC, the MC seeks out the S-rankers, learns about them, and goes about earning their trust. But unfortunately, while we learn a good deal about the characters, the S-rankers are IMO, a little too quick in trusting the MC. <<less
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Sep 03, 2019
Status: 104
I gave it 3 stars before, but now I'm raising it to 4 now that the world building had been clearer than before.

+ It was a really fun light read

+ Characters are interesting and if you're a sucker for obsessive chara, you'll get plenty of them here.

... more>> + I like the relationship between MC and other characters. It's like they're pet or smth lol

+MC is OP without physically OP skills and it's always interesting to me

- The writing is just lacking. Lot of times descriptions can be confusing

- Most characters got interested in MC right away so it feels pretty weird and don't bring out their personalities at all.

-The novel is too MC centered that other characters presence felt too little. Often times you'll forget they exist.

- I realized it in most east asian asian novels, but they always don't put who's talking at the dialogue. Seems like a cultural thing, since they have junior/senior and gendered difference in the way of talking so it should be easy for them to tell the difference of who is talking at the time. But it's really hard to tell in English you know... <<less
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Jun 29, 2021
Status: --
novel is like. 4/5, but in my heart, it's like 3/5 only bc im easily annoyed by clingy characters, but that's just a personal thing.

tbh I dropped this novel around 120 chapters, but mostly due to preferences- this story is definitely fun and isn't poorly executed, I just can't stand clingy characters that don't consult with MC about his boundaries and just does whatever they want with their relationship with him (and I can't even be that mad, bc the MC kinda LETS it happen/doesn't seem to think it's a... more>> problem. Which like, fine. If he's okay with it then who am I to get pissed, but I just personally couldn't read much more of this bc of it).

the setting is real fun, I love the slapstick situations with the MC, and the supporting cast were well-developed. The small snippets of world building, such as with the dokkaebi and their position in terms of the fabrics of their world's natural order, and what the even world really is, kept me captivated. However, this plot definitely has a 'harem' sort of undertone, and that. Idk. I just can't. The supporting cast, while I can understand their infatuation with the MC, especially given that mc's skills are along the lines of manipulation, I just personally can't stand how people feel entitled to protecting the MC or speak for him, or just overall overestimate their own importance in his life. It's not like their actions are unnatural or possessive (well 👀-), and the author doesn't make them braindead with their obsession (they all have their individual reasons for investing in MC, making all of them feel like dimensional characters with own personalities that are acknowledged by each other), but it's just annoying to me. Like. I CANT.

and MC personally isn't my cup of tea either. I'd get along with him irl and really like him as a person, but he's a MASSIVE pushover to people's persistent infatuation with him. To be fair, if that's what he wants then go for it, but, the author writes it off as mild and passive due to his obliviousness. And that just like. Pisses me off. Idk. Like I want him to tell them off LMAO. He has no real motivation/drive and just. He just kinda goes with things. Which honestly, is me. That's me. But it's the way he goes along with peoples' clinginess towards him that kinda sets me off. Like I'm fine with people pursuing him for their own reasons, or being clingy ig, but I don't like how they compete over him. I can't stand that. It's like what right do they have to evaluate each others' worth in regards to the MC, especially since they seem to assume/make the decision about it for him? I know lots of people personally like this dynamic, but for me, I just can't stand it. I'm not really annoyed at the MC, I'm more irritated by how people treat him I guess.

however, I'm okay with the brother having a complex towards him in spite of my usual disdain towards overly possessive characters. Mostly because MC is AWARE of it, and even mirrors his questionable possessiveness. With other people, MC is portrayed as dense/unconscious of their infatuation, and therefore he just tolerates it, but with his brother, the fact that he isn't afraid to call out his brother on his personality, realizes and is AWARE of how bad it's gotten, and even matches it, makes it feel like weirdly consensual/two-way possessiveness you know. It feels WAY better than those "omg he's f*cked up and im scared so i'll just stay/tolerate with it, " vibes that are often in these 'dense protag + harem' stories, but unlike the other version where the protag might openly despise the character's twisted personality (which is cool too), he actually MATCHES his brother in terms of brotherly complex, which is something I don't see often with this type of MC, and if anything, I surprisingly really enjoyed reading about. Like it's almost hilarious because then they're this twisted duo, a dynamic that I LOVE between any characters (like when two characters are equally f*cked but not in a nauseating way, but in a hilariously shameless 'eat shit' way). Ofc, the brother ticks me off a lot, but he's less annoying in the sense that their brotherhood was a two-way street, unlike everyone else who tried to edge themselves with him (ik MC cared about everyone and saw them as his responsibility, but the way they always challenged the brother's relationship with MC, as if he wasn't considered family already, pissed me off. Like lol wh0 are y0u, a kid that MC took in for a week out of obligation, opportunity, or pity, relative to mc's own brother who he had a tumultuous yet tight history with? Like I literally hate my brother on most good days, and we're super distant, but if my friend tried to challenge his position as my brother just because they're jealous of him or think he doesn't have the right to be close with me or not as if it's their right to judge, then they'd better learn sign language bc imma start speaking with my hands).

^ anyways. I think the brotherhood was my favourite relationship, mostly because of how it's really the only one I encountered up to where I read, where the MC has a chance to naturally reveal another aspect of his personality that all the other relationships hadn't had at that point. Bc with them, it feels like one side is more infatuated with him than he is with them, with makes him out to be oblivious or naive, but with his brother, he's openly bastard-like just for him LMAO. Bc MC isn't really a good person- we know his inner thoughts and how he treated even his brother in the beginning; he's not a bad person, but everyone else idolized him out to be a national treasure that's easily stolen/taken advantage of. Tbh, his brother thinks similarly, but the author uses their dynamic to reveal to the other characters that MC is pretty f*cked up about his brother as well, and it's like a refreshing scene amongst the "awe poor bb" perspectives that everyone kept shoving onto him.

anyways sorry this was less of a review and me just explaining my preferences even though people didn't need to hear it nor did anyone ask for it. I think reading this just gave me a headache and I had to vent LMAO <<less
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