The Villain Wants to Live

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The mid-level boss of my company’s AAA-game.

Deculein, a villain who dies in 999 out of the 1000 playthroughs.

Now I have transmigrated in his body.

Associated Names
One entry per line
악당은 살고 싶다
Related Series
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Recommendations
My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending (8)
The Novel’s Extra (7)
Little Tyrant Doesn’t Want to Meet with a Bad End (6)
Trash of the Count’s Family (6)
Never Die Extra (2)
Duke, Please Repent! (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. My enjoyment
  2. Good on-going reads
  3. Mostly reincarnation/transmigration/transported to...
  4. Historical Noveeel
  5. The Best Of The Best

Latest Release

Date Group Release
09/26/21 Active Translations c96
09/26/21 Active Translations c95
09/26/21 Active Translations c94
09/23/21 Active Translations c93
09/23/21 Active Translations c92
09/23/21 Active Translations c91
09/23/21 Active Translations c90
09/20/21 Active Translations c89
09/20/21 Active Translations c88
09/20/21 Active Translations c87
09/20/21 Active Translations c86
09/16/21 Active Translations c85
09/16/21 Active Translations c84
09/16/21 Active Translations c83
09/16/21 Active Translations c82
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71 Reviews


alominus
New alominus
Sep 28, 2021
Status: c96
After reading this, I'm 100% convinced that Korean authors create the most "perfect" character they can think of and write while fiercely masturbating to that character's perfectness. Are humans in general so insecure nowadays that characters with flaws don't interest them anymore?

Bravo, Korea, who needs character development anyways when you can just make your MCs perfect. I'll just be sitting here scratching my head at how completely awful novice writers claim the top novel spots on this website. I don't even want to look at mid-ranking stuff if garbage like... more>> this is apparently the best of all of them. Maybe I need to be able to read Korean to appreciate this, but I doubt it. <<less
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Just a Potato
New Just a Potat
Sep 28, 2021
Status: --
I am sorry but the author's naming sense on this novel almost gave me a cerebral aneurysm. I've read korean, chinese and japanese novels, and even when the plot is in a fantasy world, names arent as ridiculous as this.

Also many characters act irrationally and theres a lot of plotholes. I like The Novels Extra and the authors other work, a Monster who Levels up, but im having a really hard time trying to like this. Even tho im a sucker for misunderstanding novels.

Also Yeriel is soooo annoying. A lot... more>> of characters are tbh. <<less
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Jastermasher 1029
Jastermasher
Jul 09, 2021
Status: c170
The plot is basically about a videogame designer being isekai'd to the game he was developing (before he got hit by isekai lightning).
Spoiler

Deculain. He is a known early genius who lost his light. He was a person who takes the fruit of other's works, that is one of the reasons he is hated. As Kim Woojin takes possession of his body, he is a bit restrained, creating a misunderstood gap moe.

Jeriel. She is Deculain's sister, but later on, it was revealed that she is not a real Yukrain, which is their family. But, Deculain gives up the position of the head to her later on.

Yuli. She is Deculain's fiancé who works as a knight who at the same time hates his guts. She started developing feelings of genuine positivity but got ultimately destroyed for some cause. They have some agreement as Deculain knows that they will get married if they continue being engaged, so they made a goal to break that mutually. She is the only one treated as a legal love interest so far.

Ephrin. She is the daughter of the former assistant of Deculain, who committed suicide. She assumes that the reason her father committed suicide was because of Deculain, who was working on a study with him. She makes a personal goal of taking revenge to Deculain by revealing that Deculain's research was her father's idea and work, but later on they get along because Deculain submitted the paper on her father's name as an author. She then becomes Deculain's student. She is not officially a love interest, but it is undeniable that it is completely possible.

Sylvia. A girl from a noble family whose father, the head of the family, hates Deculain because he killed his wife and Sylvia's mother. She is a talented wizard who wishes to be taught by Deculain, but her father and Deculain are opposed to it. She then becomes rogue and on hiding. She develops a deep love-hate feeling to Deculain.

Sophieen. She was crowned as emperor as her father died of natural causes. She treats Deculain as a teacher due to their relationship that developed through chess, because of Deculain being with her in solving her problems and regression.

Yuara. She is Kim Woojin's ex-girlfriend who is also his co-worker. She was revealed to have also transmigrated/reincarnated to the game world as a female player. She is currently in her teens in the story, Deculain being 33, giving them an awkward age gap. She is also revealed to be an exact figure of Deculain's late fiance, because she is designed to her. She is also very possible to be a love interest.

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The story is a top notch story utilizing the misunderstandings. A typical Jee Gab Song scheme, like The Novel's Extra. The MC is, well the MC. He thinks logically, not some kind of maniac, but because Deculain's attitude is dominant, he can't express his feelings raw or in an honest manner. The other characters also have good mental states, not some psychopaths (aside from Yuli's sister cause she is) who changes feelings every chapter, aside from being quick to accept the MC's changes. The world building is good, with typical aristocratic and medieval cliché. The other countries wasn't elaborated much since the whole plot revolved between the academy, imperial palace, and others within the place.
Basically the plot is good for your palate if you like The Novel's Extra (aside from the ending cause it sucked, Rachel best girl). It is also good if you like My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending because the two MCs of the works are the same unintentional tsunderes.
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Rowem
Rowem
Sep 19, 2021
Status: c150
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I was loving this novel. Up until I wasn't.
This novel begins to fall apart around chapter 120. And by fall apart, I mean destroying everything that you had just read for 120 chapters. The best way I can relate this feeling is if you read a romance novel, just to find out 120 chapters in that it was actually NTR.
I love the world-building in this novel, the setting, the culture, the magic system, the organizations. I loved the idea of the MC exploring all of the different death flags and escaping them. I had high expectations for this novel, and unfortunately it crashed and burned, or perhaps it was just a downward slope the entire time. At a certain point in the novel, all of this world-building, all of these death flags, they all just become tools to further the disgusting romance plot that this novel becomes. I'll first cover my problems with romance since there's where the main tragedy will be met with for those poor readers in the near future. I will then cover my other criticisms with it.

There will naturally be spoilers past this point

First and foremost, I have to introduce the "heroine" cast.

Heroine 1: Epherene, Ifrin, who even knows because the translator (s) can't seem to decide either. Anyway Heroine 1 is a student of the Villain/MC. This girl's brain only knows 3 things. 1. A revenge story because her father and the Villain/MC had beef. 2. Eating meat. ha get it? ok nvm. 3. Sleeping.
That's it. That's her character in a nutshell. And her revenge story is hardly a defining factor for her either. She's truly like a toddler and has no idea what she's doing, thinking of her revenge as more of some sort of competition and nobody takes her or her revenge seriously. Even she herself seems to forget about it half the time. So she really just has two things going on in her brain - Eating and Sleeping. It is way too easy for me to compare her to a drool-slobbering dog.

Heroine 2: Sylvia. Most readers will probably like this heroine, at least more than the dog that is Heroine 1. She is a genius student of the Villain/MC, and she doesn't seem to have any backstory that causes conflict between her and the MC. Therefore, their teacher-student relationship grows into something wholesome, as the MC helps her to grow and become a genius who can change the world for the better. Heartwarming, right? Unfortunately, it just couldn't remain that way though! She actually does happen to have a certain backstory with the MC, where the MC

Spoiler

kills her mother

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and this seems to result in a lot of mental turmoil for her once she realizes it. Now she has to question whether she should make killing the MC her life's goal, or try to understand and seek for more of a compromise between this backstory and her respected teacher. Well, given my earlier statements, the answer to this should be to hardly anyone's surprise... killing. There is of course much more context that is needed to have someone come to a proper conclusion to this on their own. I will just say that the more context you learn of, I believe makes you realize just how senseless it was for this direction to have been the one taken. And all I can imagine being the reason is because the Author wants the MC/Villain to be a tragic MC. He doesn't actually think about the individual circumstances, or what a character would actually do given the events of the last 120 chapters, he just decides that the backstory causes an inevitable life-and-death break in their relationship. Needless to say, I was not very happy with this.

Heroine 3: Julie, who is actually the main heroine, it's just that she's only shown in the story after the first two (chronologically). She is a leader of knights. As a leader, she feels that she should be cold, composed, and mature. But in actuality, her two older siblings just do everything for her, and so she instead has the emotional intelligence of perhaps a spoiled 12 year old. Unsurprisingly, given the premise, she doesn't have a very good relationship with the MC/Villain at first. But it improves with the MC not being a douche, which is great! Unfortunately, it just couldn't remain that way though! Supposedly, she is a character that was made strong because of her hate towards the Villain, as most protagonists would be like. And so the MC's conclusion, after he learned of this, was that he has to make her hate him as much as possible! I wish I was joking. It seems that there is absolutely no other way for this story to progress without the MC making her hate him. And this hate is done by the MC working with the girl's older siblings to collectively gaslight and mislead her into thinking that the MC is far worse or did things far worse than he actually did. You can probably get an idea of the rest. Needless to say, I was not very happy with this.

Heroine 4: Sophien, Sophienne, or according to one of the MTL's I read... "Jim". She's the emperor... empress... you get the idea. This girl actually had a pretty great arc. I have no qualms with her, at least up to where I dropped. Other than that she doesn't seem to be the spotlight of the heroines either, as the other heroines, that aren't exactly doing too well for my "Reader Happiness Spectrum", are in the spotlight instead.

Heroines 5, 6,...+: You barely hear about the rest. At least up to where I dropped. There's one with his sister... STEPSISTER OF COURSE TO NOBODYS SURPRISE... theres also... his ex girlfriend... who transmigrated into a little girl... but will probably join his harem in the future anyway... I really just don't care. I have nothing good to say about them though for that matter.

That's the heroine cast.

Moving on to other criticisms:

The death flag plot. I was personally excited to see how the death flags would be done. It seemed like there were so many, and they would be used to show new character, and new conflict, and so forth. Unfortunately, after maybe 30 chapters, I would say that the entire existence of death flags just completely disappears from the story entirely. They just aren't even mentioned. I personally didn't like this, especially since hardly any death flags even got actual attention during that time either. Perhaps they are shown after, but for at least another hundred chapters or so I cannot recall any mention of them at all. This also relates to the overall direction of the plot. I simply cannot find any clue on what direction everything is building up to, if there even is anything. Why Julie needs to get stronger? I have no idea. What are all of the MC's other death flags? I have no idea. Is there even an overall evil to be overcome? I have no idea. It's fine to keep readers in the dark in some ways, but for nearly 150 chapters and there's not a single hint of anything, that's starting to be a bit much in my opinion.

The lack of male characters and the abundance of female characters. I can count the number of male characters that are remotely relevant to the plot on one hand. Meanwhile, I can probably count the number of female characters who seem to be relevant to the plot on maybe a quantum computer (probably 3 hands). For example, the other teachers in the academy are lame, or more so the male teachers are pretty much comparable to lackeys of the MC. And there's just no male students that have any relevance whatsoever. Even hearing the name of a male student is a rare occurence. And it turns out that at least 1 male character... might actually...

Spoiler

be female!... why do I feel like I need to apologize for spoiling this...

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I really wish authors wouldn't form relationships just to completely destroy them but well it's their story. All I can do is give a warning to you readers out there, be prepared! I've heard many people compare this aspect to TNE, Spare Me Great Lord, or spoilers of The Demon Prince Goes to the Academy, or My Death Flags Show no Sign of Ending. I haven't read the first two, but I would say that this one does inspire similar bitter feelings that Death Flags did, through misunderstandings and a... complicated MC, but I would also say that the circumstances are also very different between the two, and so I am much more understanding and sympathizing with Death Flags in comparison to this novel, which I just can't sympathize with for the direction it took. My advice for this novel would be to, at the least, curb your expectations.

May you enjoy your future reading.

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Soneka
Soneka
Aug 26, 2021
Status: c56
This is a good novel, let me to explain why:

When it comes to webnovels the problem with many authors is that they are 'too nice', they are afraid of putting their characters in spot they can't recover from, and if I am being honest, I can sympathize with the feeling.

That said, the best stories I've read always dared to 'go there', to put their characters in situations that made me feel tense as a reader, because in the end of the day 'tension' is a damn good spice.

I just noticed... more>> not too long ago that quite a few of these 'I transmigrated into the body of the villain/ness' stories had a setting in which the villain was an a**hole destined to be evil but who hadn't crossed the line yet.

In those stories the villain had awful reputation, they were mean to people, they were bullies, or even straight up thugs, but they weren't quite criminals.

But this story is different.

You know Deculein was really, REALLY awful before tagging out. You know he crossed the line, you just don't know to what extent he did cross that line.

And that is great.

As a reader I want to know if his past will catch up with him, and what choices the character will make, will he atone for sins he didn't commit? Will he become complicit with 'his past self' and help him hide his skeletons?

This is tension.

Sprinkle this on a story and I will read it gladly.

But 'The Villain Wants to Live' isn't tense all the time, when the MC isn't warding off death flags brought by his body's past, he is having some interesting and often wholesome moments as a teacher in a magic academy.

If you watched 'Assassination Classroom' then you have already been introduced to a story dynamic in which the teacher and the students are two forces opposing each other, and you probably know how satisfying it is to see those two opposite forces grow together despite (or perhaps because) the opposition.

This aspect of the story might not be as good as 'Assassination Classroom', but the dynamic is there, the MC is always challenging his students (mostly only two of them) and vice versa.

Those are only two aspects of the story that most stood out to me. I am not going to pretend that the story doesn't have flaws, and I can't even guarantee that the quality will remain the same until the end, but if what I wrote here caught your interest, then go ahead and give this novel a try.

Even if you don't like it, there are definitely worse ways to spend your time than reading 'The Villain Wants to Live.' <<less
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katsuradesilver
katsuradesil
Aug 04, 2021
Status: c23
I feel like the MC is very similar to Harold (the MC of My death flag...). They both have to act rashly by the system which make the interaction between the characters more interesting.

So far there are a lot good characters who leave big impression. This novel have great potential to be my favorite one.

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jch
jch
Jul 29, 2021
Status: c150
It's pretty good.

Character overview below ↓ Listed below in approximate order of appearance. Some things may be incorrect due to my bad memory.

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Spoiler

Deculain Yukline - The person Kim Woojin transmigrates into. His in-game personality is based loosely on Woojin's. The original Deculain was mysophobic, elegant, adhered to etiquette, and was a real bad guy, who has feelings for no one but Julie, his fiance, and was killed off by almost every major character. When Woojin becomes Deculain, their personalities meld together, so he does still care a little about Julie. Aside from being a senior professor, he's also the head of the Yukline House, one of the 12 important families. He has anti-demon properties, like all Yuklines do. He later tries to become the next chairman of the university, and his victory is pretty much set in stone after his competitor, someone who went to school with him, sees how much he's changed and pretty much concedes the position to him. As of c150, the last trial to become chairman is approaching.

Yeriel Yukline - She's the acting lord of Yukline and initially hates Deculain because she knows she can do better than him at being the lord. Her hatred fades away a lot later on, especially when Deculain says he'll give the position to her near the start of the story. It's later found out that she's not a real Yukline.

Allen - She's Deculain's assistant professor and is introduced as male, but she's female. She's been Deculain's assistant ever since he became a senior professor. She has spatial magic (if I remember correctly) and she's very strong. She's also either a spy for the Red Cross race or works with them.

Eiphrene Luna - Her father was Deculain's assistant and was working on a research paper with him, before he committed suicide. She hates Deculain because she (rightfully) thinks Deculain stole all her father's work and is intending on publishing the results as his, until Deculain helps her multiple times, by helping her out of an expulsion near the start of the story, sponsoring her to continue her studies, and other stuff. Then Deculain finishes the paper and includes Eiphrene's father as a co-author, giving him credit. Her hatred melts away like snow under sunlight after that, and she becomes Deculain's assistant.

Julie Fryden - She hates Deculain at first because he forced the engagement onto her and her family by threatening and a bunch of other stuff. Later, it's revealed through one of Deculain's diary notes that the reason why Deculain likes her is probably because there was a disaster when they were young and Julie was the only one who refused to give up on saving Deculain even though the situation looked hopeless. As a result, Julie got injured, and can't use aura/mana/magic/something properly, and her life has been shortened. The way to save her is for Deculain to get Julie to hate him as much as possible. After mending their relationship, he finds out about it, and pretends he's trying to destroy her knight group, the Freinheim knights, so that she can go back to her family and get married to him. She does go back to her family, with a lot of hatred for Deculain and an extended lifespan, and is assigned to an especially harsh, cold place, where she'll no doubt suffer (and hate Deculain).

Sylvia Eliade - She's the heir to the Eliade family, and initially doesn't have a bad impression of Deculain (due to Woojin using his skills to be an amazing professor) before her father, Giltheon Eliade, reveals to her that during a fight between the Yuklines and Eliades, her mother, Giltheon's wife, was killed by Deculain when she was trying to leave. Then she asks Deculain about it and he doesn't deny it so she develops love-hate feelings toward Deculain like what @Jastermasher 1029 said. Before, that, though, she wanted to be Deculain's assistant like Eiphrene, but was rejected because she can fulfill her potential better than under him.

Ganesha - She's the leader of the Red Garnet Adventurer Group, and was hired by the original Deculain to capture talented children to be magic s*aves. But she becomes attached to them, and when she tells Deculain that she won't do it, she expects Deculain to retaliate for that, but he doesn't, and Ganesha tells Deculain that Yeriel is not his real sister. The children are Lia, Leo, and Carlos, and Ganesha takes them in as apprentices

Josephine - Julie's sister (not sure if real sister or not), who loves her a lot and is willing to do like anything for her. She's very strong and has some kind of shadow magic. She cooperates in deceiving Julie about Deculain trying to destroy her knight group.

Red Cross race - They're a group of people who are discriminated against. Deculain, as a demon-hating Yukline, used to at least implicitly support their treatment, but as Woojin, he actually spoke out in their favor. But when somewhere important (I forgot where) is bombed and there are Red Cross members among the bombers, Deculain can't support them that openly anymore and proposes for a Red Cross concentration camp to be built on Yukline land, bordering a demon-infested land, so they can suffer by defending against the demons. But Deculain obviously doesn't actually intend on punishing the Red Cross as badly as it seems like he will. The Red Cross have certain traits that allows people to identify them. One of those traits is not being able to eat a certain mushroom, but that mushroom is expensive and their reaction might not be very visible, so it's not a good way of finding them out.

Lia, Leo, Carlos - They are Ganesha's apprentices. Yuara, Woojin's ex-girlfriend, transmigrates into Lia sometime after the story starts. I can't remember much about Leo and Carlos other than that Carlos is a half-demon or half Red Cross or something like that.

Luina McQueen - She's around Deculain's age, and competed against the original Deculain when they were students (or a bit after that). They competed to become senior professor, but Deculain got the role and exiled her outside the empire, until she returns and Deculain later promises to make her a senior professor when he becomes chairman. Deculain also says that in a few years (forgot the exact number), he won't be blocking her anymore, and when she sees him coughing blood once, she thinks he has a terminal illness.

Sophene - She's the first in line to the throne, and becomes the new emperor after the current emperor dies. She's actually a regressor who returns to the start of the year whenever she's killed. Her first few regressions were when someone from the 12 families killed her with poison when she was a child. She has already regressed enough times to make her thousands of years old, which makes her lazy and bored with life. In the game, if she dies, the game is over, so Deculain tries to stop her from killing herself from boredom (he's succeeding so far). He becomes her magician teacher, and Julie is her knight teacher. Deculain uses his skills to be very good at chess, so Sophene likes to play chess with him because he's good at it. They become closer after the demon-mirror-in-the-palace-basement incident.

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endurableflame
endurablefla
Jul 05, 2021
Status: c13
It's ok, but I feel like the author's shamelessly retreading mostly old ground. He's the same guy who wrote The Novel's Extra, so the similarities become super apparent a chapter or two in. I've read up to chapter 13 and not much really happens. It's the same exact grinding in TNE with the MC using his game knowledge and cheat skills. He even starts training an unorthodox type of magic, similar to what Kim Haijin did in TNE with guns. What little that happens consists of misunderstandings and people being... more>> wowed by the MC's change in personality.

I actually quite liked TNE, even if it was just a fast food story. I just hope the author doesn't repeat the same mistakes this time around. <<less
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Jade.zero
Jade.zero
Jun 30, 2021
Status: c2
So far pretty solid.

The story isn’t anything unique so to say, but it’s well written and very clear. The story progresses cleanly and it’s decently interesting to read. Though a lot of words have been thrown at you in the first couple chapters, you never feel overwhelmed with the information the author is communicating.

There hasn’t been much in terms of character development or whatever, but it’s nice to see that the MC is pretty reasonable and level-headed.

The translation too is well done, so there’s never any break in immersion from... more>> grammar mistakes and the like.

Hope this keeps getting translated, I’m excited to see how the rest of this story goes. <<less
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Blue Mint
Blue Mint
Aug 20, 2021
Status: --
Not gonna lie, I was attracted to read it because of this huge DILF energy the cover was emitting lmao. But overall it's a pretty good read. I'm not a professional critique so I can't just throw in some fancy words and pretend I know what I'm talking about. But seeing it in a bookworm's point of view, it got me hooked. There's something about this book that makes me want to continue reading. When I'm reading bad books, I feel this sense of detachment towards it. Not even the... more>> feeling of boring, just straight up nothingness. But when I read a good one, I'd subconsciously continue reading until I lose track of time. I even missed two or three classes because I was so emersed with the story. The harem thingy isn't really my style. At least please decide only on one love interest. And even if only one love interest is ended up chosen at the end, I'm still unable to digest the thought of other women liking the same man. It happens in real life but since it's fiction I was hoping we could avoid it. But all in all it was an interesting read. <<less
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Joseph_Heatfield
Joseph_Heatf
Aug 03, 2021
Status: --
Everyone is a girl, they are the harem of the MC, nothing much to say, that magic system was lit but it just gets messed up with the cheats, MC is the good guy Korean novels are used to do a lot, ngl, its a pretty solid novel if ur into harem-MC-got it all kinda of thing, but for me was a nono. It has a very cool points like him training, learning and teaching magic but that just get under the carpet because of the girls, really, there are... more>> just GIRLS main characters, that breaks the balance of the novel. Well, check it out, pretty sure u gonna like it, don't get angry like me because of the waste potential because the girls only develop when the MC made interactions with them. Also, wtf with the traits, they are suspiciously very convenient and never make him super conflictive about himself more than "My body is feeling very uncomfy because I say kind words" and that's all, like ???. Again, just my opinion, go ahead and check it out, I'm very sure this will be 80-100% a good novel if u give the chance I dont gave it. <<less
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Eden1506
Eden1506
Sep 08, 2021
Status: c212
Deculein makes for a very interesting and pragmatic character, unlike other books of this genre Deculein is/was a true villain who has already committed numerous crimes and damaged multiple for the story relevant relationships forcing our main character into quite dangerous and challenging predicaments.

His atrocities and abuse of other characters have meaningful implications inside the story which aren't easily resolved like in other books and create unique interactions.

Our MC knows the future but has to decipher the past to be able to rectify and steer the story in the right... more>> direction.

In retrospect I have come to realise that most "transmigrated into a villain" stories just don't deserve their namesake. At most they are thugs or bullies but they are not true villains they haven't done anything which can't be rectified or solved in some arbitrary way but Deculein has making him truly deserving of being called a villain.

Ps: by arbitrary way I meant like clearing up a misunderstanding, which in itself isn't a bad writing tool but if all conflict is solely dependent on misunderstanding and could theoretically be resolved at any point without much consequence it takes away all tension and stakes. <<less
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Thecomicgeek
Thecomicgeek
Aug 20, 2021
Status: c43
ITS A GEM!

5 stars for the story and MC, its like My Death flags Show No Sign of Ending and Harry Potters' Professor Snape somehow had a baby. The translation quality is very good, not perfect. But more importantly the story is very entertaining.
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ocureader
ocureader
Jul 24, 2021
Status: c14
Great start, this story has pretty good potential, just hope it doesnt become bad after 100++ chapters, very typical for korean novels.

After chapter 13 I would recommend active translations, other is literally MTL translation edited
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ReySkee
ReySkee
Sep 21, 2021
Status: c89
Honestly the novel lacks relevant male characters which is fine but really obvious and tiring when a new female character pops and be like "wow another heroine right?". It somewhat reminds me with MHA, where female characters are introduced but doesn't have an ounce of relevancy in the story.
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St.Agares
St.Agares
Sep 07, 2021
Status: c73
reading this will ruin so much for you, the villain in this story doesn't start off with the clean slate just because the MC already inhabits him. The actions his past body took still clearly affect every factor of the story. Each character is well thought out, has depth and a driving force behind them. All plots seem to be intertwined to tell a stunning narrative.
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Dirty Mick
Dirty Mick
Aug 21, 2021
Status: c43
Great novel. The MC is very enjoyable, having a noble character that acts like an aristocrat is a refreshing change to the usual fare of clueless, low-brow MC's that I am usually subjected to in isekai works. The story is good, nothing too stimulating just yet but I can see the building blocks to more intense conflict that the author has placed. Characters are fine, far too many female characters however, more major male characters would be a plus. Would make the setting a bit more believable and not like... more>> that of a galgame. Hopefully he doesn't c*ck it up in the end like he did with The Novel's Extra. <<less
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Rajputra
Rajputra
Aug 14, 2021
Status: c38
i love the novels with MC being transmigrated as an antagonist/evil villain and this novel so far satisfies every aspect that my ideal villain transmigration novel is
the MC isnt dull or dumb instead he is smart and is strong from the start with some obvious borderline cheat skills Also since its ongoing I cant say for sure that it will maintain the high potential it has shown till now
but so far all I see are good points about the novel
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Apollo124
Apollo124
Aug 09, 2021
Status: c30
This novel is excellent.

The storytelling is immersive, the translation is great (for the most part, small parts here and there that are confusing), and the characters are well-made.

I am particularly fond of the villain-isekai genre, so this novel is just the right read for me.

Would recommend to anyone looking for a more thought-out novel with actual character development.
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bheyer
bheyer
Jul 19, 2021
Status: c11
The most incredibly addicting start to a novel, I'm desperate for more

The novel has the standard premise of 'reincarnating as a villainous game character and trying to prevent various death flags'. But what makes it unique is that is that the MC is not your typical 'preteen / teenager' with a superficial level of villainy. The novel contains mature characters (the MC is 33) who act mature.

The villain character was a realistic bad guy, he wasn't some cringe demon lord, he was instead a person who cheated/hurt/manipulated/offended people to raise... more>> his own status. So the MC's redemption of the character is a lot more enjoyable to read due to the development of interpersonal relationships.

Also the translation quality is excellent, I really hope the translator sticks to the project, they are doing an incredible job. <<less
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Epythymy
Epythymy
Sep 24, 2021
Status: c20
It makes you wonder if you're reading the same novel that's described in most other reviews.

The most basic thing that can be noted right from the start is that world building in this novel is extremely flawed and makes no sense. Not to mention that even the premise is not quite there. And in all honesty this novel is fcking confusing, cause author intentionally doesn't explain anything and instead adds more and more things without any explanation whatsoever.

MC transmigrated into the game's world?

Concept of levels, experience, skills etc doesn't really... more>> exist. Even stats aren't here, all we know is that he has 3300 MP.

MC has standard interface and the starting skills which he added himself before transmigrating, everything else after this is self learned (like studying magic properly from the ordinary books and exercising instead of using skill books or similar mechanics).

So you can say that VR/game-like concept was thrown out of the window.

MC is a villain whose life is full of death flags?

Well, I haven't really seen anything of the sort. Right after transmigrating in such a 'dangerous' situation, protagonist spent the whole week staying in bed and doing nothing. The next two months will not be any different. He will be slowly adapting to his new life and that's about it. No dangerous encounters at all. The most you can find is some low level foreshadowing that MC easily avoided without putting much efforts.

Half-assed confusing world building.

After transmigrating MC didn't inherit anything from previous body owner. No skills or memories.

All we know is that he was 'monarch'-level mage before. At least on papers.

What's monarch level you ask? Well, no explanation was given and author didn't introduce any other power levels either.

Mc's class is professor? What's that? Does it even mean anything? Any bonuses? What about other classes or professions? Nothing explained.

Author introduced a whole magic system! Ugh 7 classifications and 9 elements? Oh! We've got some petty introduction about 2-3 of them!? Wow! Mc's magic is rare! But why?

Well, apparently because author said so. Cause once again nothing was fully explained and MC's magic looks rather standard and normal in other novels.

Every time is the same. Readers don't even know at what time of the plot MC arrived in the game cause it was never mentioned. Is it before the start of the plot? Prologue? At the very beginning? Maybe in the middle of the game? What's the overall plot all about? In-game events? When will he finally encounter something relatively big and game-plot related?

You're not reading a novel but playing a guessing game here.

At first I thought that author will slowly introduce all the details, but no. As I've already said the first week was simply skipped in the 1st chapter, in a couple of chapters will be another small time skip, and then another one. All in the first 10 chapters. Meanwhile author will add more and more locations and random characters.

Also, you think that MC is a mid-level boss of AAA-game?

A villain who dies in 999 out of the 1000 playthroughs. An important character who has to die no matter what? A mastermind behind tons of events and conspiracies?

Hell no!

Simply put protagonist was a typical arrogant prick who bullied the weak and dreamt to make it big in field of magic despite his lack of talent so he used some puny underhanded tactics to steal or pressure others in order to achieve his dream.

It's actually unknown who the true protagonist of the original game is, whom MC offended that he has to die no matter what etc.

Maybe 200 chapters later into the story author will show his grace and finally enlighten poor readers but for now it's a - 'lol kek idk guess everything yourself)))))) 0000' attitude.

Definitely not something I've expected from novel with 4.7 rating.

Despite all the technical aspects, the story isn't too bad or too good, if it fits your taste it's still quite readable.

I simply gave it 1* to somewhat balance its overrated reviews, if not for that, 3'5* sounds about right. <<less
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koshwin
koshwin
Sep 16, 2021
Status: c85
Right now I've rated this 5 stars. But I'm pretty sure it would drop down one star as the romance progresses, can't help think the Romance would be a downhill wreck KEKW.

Have really high expectations for this Novel, It's really well written so far.
The good points:
> The interactions between characters and the world building is really well done.
> MC is not another Teenager or an Adult acting like a Teenager *phew*
> MC actually exhibiting personality traits and constraints and not just bypassing them
> MC is... more>> not all kind and dandy
> MC is not totally emotionless as well
> MC knows his limits and is not some dumb guy who would chase after the enemies when he knows he can't do sh*t about it *clap**clap*
> Other characters are not one dimensional
> Death flags or so to say the feelings of ill will towards MC doesn't magically stop with one incident
> Characters have well defined personality
> The sister feels like a Tsundere but honestly she's just an emotional train wreck, she can't understand sudden good will falling on her when she was treated like sh*t from the beginning

The bad points:
> The Romance (which has not bloomed its colors fully but its a Harem so ya know how thats gonna end lol)
Spoiler

> Sister being not related by blood trope (pls don't go where I think it would go)

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> Some misunderstandings feel a bit over the top but not that bad
> The Sister accepting changes in MC without questioning much (not saying she doesn't at all but she's a family member she should be the one who should be trying to figure out why he changed, is he even really the guy she knew or did something happened to him> which was all taken by another female)

Conclusion: Worth a Read, It's well written though I would never give most of the Novels my thumbs up for the Romance, but yeah I hope the Author learned from his past Novels and earn my one star reserved for Romance as well when its completed.
<<Will Edit this after it catches upto the raw or is translated completely, but so far its addicting>> <<less
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