Transition to Another World, Landmines Included

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“Hey there! I’m a Dark God! Not a bad one though, I swear!”

So quipped the dark god (or so he called himself) before he sent my classmates and me away into another world, following our deaths in an accident that no one could have seen coming.

And what a swell guy he was, creating new skills at our behest and offering us all kinds of support. How is he a dark god again?

…There definitely used to be a time when I thought that way, at least.

We should have been more careful. There are probably dozens of my classmates who thought they were getting their hands on a real cheat skill, something that would make them invincible, but now they have to deal with some rather unfortunate repercussions. I mean, he was pretty clear right from the start that we wouldn’t be getting any actual cheat skills.

I suppose they might just be reaping what they sow, in the end.

Oh, me? Well, I’m joining up with a couple of friends. We’ve known each other since we were kids, and now we’re set on leading lives where we won’t have too much to worry about. This new world we’re in might feel like a game, but it’s really anything but.

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Isekai Teni, Jirai Tsuki.
TIWM
To Another World...with Land Mines! (LN)
異世界転移、地雷付き。
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13 Reviews


Brave Armadillo
Brave Armadi
Sep 19, 2018
Status: c5
Intriguing start for a story. A busload of people (mostly high school teenagers) die and are given points to purchase their reincarnations with. For example, choosing to become an elf costs 20 points, 50 points if you want to be a half-vampire. A human body is free.

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Spoiler

Landmine #1: The points you get is based on your original body. Fat and s*upid kids get far less points to play with than smart and athletic ones. "Average" kids get roughly 100-150 points.

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Yes, you CAN purchase any cheat you want, even the "Steal Another Person's Skill" cheat (100 points).

Spoiler

Landmine #2: ALL cheats have a hidden demerit to them. You will never know that the person you stole a skill from gets it back instantly if you die. Also, you will be giving the person you stole from 5 years of your life, multiplied by the level of the skill you stole. So if you steal a level 20 skill you will probably die instantly (and your 'victim' gets a MUCH longer life for free).

You want two times normal experience gain? Sure, but you'll need TEN times more experience to go up a level.

The only skills that do NOT have a demerit are the generic ones you can find in any RPG (Bonus To Bows, Toughness, Bonus To Water Magic, etc.)

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You can purchase the "Help" function which will tell you about that stuff above, but it costs a whopping 20 points.

Once our main characters have reincarnated, they discover that

Spoiler

Landmine #3: They're in the middle of nowhere with no equipment (no point in bow skill bonuses if you don't have a bow, no point in a bonus to water magic if there's nobody around to teach you) and only a pocketful of change to live on if they make it to a town, and even if they do make it to a town there's no guarantee that they'll be able to make a living there or that the money they have is enough to purchase equipment or training with.

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So far the main story hasn't kicked in yet, so it's still too early to tell if this will become yet another generic slice of life "slow living" fantasy or not. All I can say is that it is a great start for a "struggling to rise from the bottom" story. <<less
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novaes
novaes
May 14, 2020
Status: c10
tl;dr - 'Show, don't tell' in Another World, Chekhov's Landmines (not) Included. The introduction to the novel should be the catch, but I only caught myself repeatedly yawning.

Not to degrade on the efforts of the translator (which were actually well above standard) but this story is pretty awful. They called it "landmines included" but they are clearly not included, because nobody in the OG cast has them! So what was even the point? If you are going to introduce Chekhov's Landmine, you need to bloody well use it! All we... more>> get are offhand mentions of possible landmines for offscreen events.

It gets worse. One of the main characters is 'show, don't tell' incarnate because she has a deus ex machina and just knows stuff, which sucks out even more of the fun since she conveniently already knows everything and can answer any questions they have, so they never have to even try. And you bet! The author loves to use her over and over again. In fact, at least half the story so far is her just infodumping about the world.

No adventure, no excitement, no mystery, no suspense, overcoming obstacles by growing as a person or anything, you know, interesting. It's just some people sent to a magic land to... find a job (?) while Haruka impersonates an encyclopedia. Even a magical normie slice of life can be fun, but this story is so drab and boring that there's nothing enjoyable to be found. Now, I can appreciate the effort the author made when fleshing out the world, but then they completely ruined it with Haruka, the magical exposition and explanation fun-sucker and betraying the premise of the story's actual title. What an absolute waste. <<less
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SassyCanoeWizard
SassyCanoeWi
Apr 28, 2020
Status: c35
Outstanding novel. After seeing other reviews I noticed that most of them take into account only first few chapters. I can't say that story degraded as new chapters were translated, no, it's the other way around. Thanks to translator's efforts we get to see novel getting its own peculiar charm (Translation quality is top-notch)

  • Characters possess distinct behavior patterns
  • Novel has a lot of conversations. And although topics that are being discussed are vital to future well (or not so well) being, they usually do include few snide remarks
  • Despite main cast not losing their spirits (they continue to uphold cheerful attitudes) their future prospects are grim. Their conditions are poor compared to those of previous world. And protagonist with his friends are trying to find a way out of such a situation, they develop encountering 'everyday landmines'. Those aren't as dangerous as entity's skills but being complacent may kill
  • Encounters with other classmates are also worth mentioning. Although protagonist and his friends didn't take any dangerous skills not everyone was so prudent
  • There's not much of action, but when action comes, its description is considerably good. Whole story is written much better than average opened status, killed a monster, enrolled in guild, hunted goblins, nabbed a girl
I m not a fan of slice of life. To me slice of life means that either protagonist... more>> secured everything he needed and live well off or doesn't really get to change much, that story at very least isn't full of unexpected twists and turns. Following such description this novel isn't slice of life. Pacing isn't simply slow and conversations and thoughts aren't simply redundant, through them we get to see outlines of mental images getting clearer, we get to see actual development, resolute will to change bringing results <<less
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Alundric
Alundric
May 04, 2020
Status: v1c7
Overall 3.5

Story 4.0 a slow type story with character and world progress.

Plot 3.5 slow paced not slice of life so what do you expect? Just imagine tate no yuusha or a man who picked by the god opening with 3 to 4 chapter spreaded. If you can't handled the slow opening, I guess you may skip up to chapter 10.

... more>> Translation 4.0 the translation is quite solid and the flow was keeped.

Readability 2.0 sorry due to published as picture in the website. I understand the reason to do that, but it doesn't mean that the use of small font (11 calibri?) makes the reading easy. I did use magnifying mode literally in my laptop and still missed some lines.

Conclusion

If your eye can handle how the translation are being displayed then I recomend this story, but if not, better move to another novels.

For me I would rather save my eyes than reading this novel. <<less
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Carmeops
Carmeops
Apr 30, 2020
Status: c50
the starting idea is interesting, promising some action, but it devolve quickly into slices of life

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Spoiler

basically, a school bus crash, all the kids get transported with added skills, about half of them get "landmine" skills that kills them in the first weeks and those who got good skills are barely above a regular peasant level in the other world

they won't become some sort of heroes or become overpowered, but with luck and work, they can expect to make a living and live a decent life, probably never leaving the surrounding of their first town, no exploration here

the main group plan for the future, selling cooking and craft, hunting wild animals and harvesting plants, around chapter 50 they get into helping setting up a restaurant, they complain a lot about cooking and do something about it, etc...

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so, yeah, I added slices of life and cooking to the tags..

basically if you want to read an isekai, not in the eyes of "cheat protagonist X" but instead thru the lense of "npc adventurer A B C" who worries about leaving enough money aside for their old days where they are too old to work, etc, then this is your jam, kind of a slow story <<less
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witzK
witzK
Mar 22, 2020
Status: c18
After more chapters got translated, my rate for this novel still remain at 5.

The pace is quite slow but the story still progressing smoothly. The explanation also fit perfectly into the characters conversation.

While I find most slice of life story too boring, this LN could be one of my favorite. The most strong point of this LN is that it settings are reasonable and feel real even with the fantasy elements.

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Old comment.

There are too little translated chapters to decide an actual rate but I will give it 5 for now.

Reasons:

    • Good world building and reasonable story progressing.
    • Characters are not too dumb or too smart without reason. At least the author give the reason why the characters know or not know of somethings.
    • It is well translated. The translator really did a good job here.
Warning: It is a typical "Isekai" work, so if you are bored with this genre already don't read it. <<less
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The Hamster Overlord
The Hamster
Apr 17, 2020
Status: --
The novel is good overall, no cheats, no harem, romance is only hinted at, the adventures are kinda fun.

I'd give it a shaky 4 or a very super titanium alloy strong solid 3++

Here are the problems:

... more>> I'd say, the way most of their classmates are dumb is a bit unrealistic.

The way the don't interact much with people outside their group is kinda boring.

The characters outside the group are poorly flashed out.

The novel can be slow. There can be fillers that can be skipped entirely as they are neither interesting or important to the story overall. One and done kinda things.

The magical world's Alchemy can be a bit unrealistically convenient. No spoilers, but it's at least not used as a plot device.

The story can be repetitive in some aspects.

Japanese food is not as "nippon banzai!!!" as many other novels, but... It's there. The entire miso, rice and other things you associate with Jp cuisine are written about a lot more than I personally would like.

Despite all this, the story is a bit more interesting than most novels out there in the same Isekai genre and can be fun to a lot of people to read to waste some time. <<less
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DeirdreH
DeirdreH
Mar 30, 2020
Status: c6
Only six chapters have been translated so far and yet four translators have worked on this series and none of them agree on how to number the chapters. What a mess.

The story is probably good, but it won't be possible to know for sure until it gets further along. The author seems to be taking a realistic approach in terms of world building that rejects several common (yet nonsensical) fantasy tropes. If he can pull it off this story will be a refreshing change of pace.
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zadumu
zadumu
Nov 15, 2020
Status: c9
The synopsis and title are misleading as the main characters aren’t directly affected by the land mines so there’s very little issue with just skimming through the prologue. I was pleasantly surprised by the first couple of chapters but quickly realized some major issues with the story. The first is that the female of the group should have been the main character, she makes all of the decisions, is the only one to actually do anything, and due to one of her skills the group is pigeonholed into going along... more>> with it. It’s awkward reading from the perspective of someone who doesn’t do anything especially when there hardly any internal monologue. However, the biggest problem is the story is boring, the author is more concerned with heir 3rd rate realism to even let the characters or the readers enjoy the p characters new lives. The main group are all non humans and they barely address it when they get the new world. Two of the character gained magical powers and didn’t even try any magic until the second day they were there. <<less
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memetichazard
memetichazar
May 04, 2022
Status: v2
I'm basing my review primarily off of two volumes the official translation, which appears to have shuffled the side stories around at the very least.

As a work so far, it's been quite good but nowhere near being a masterpiece. This has definitely been a "slow-life in a fantasy world" story so far, though its main selling point lies in how it's two degrees more realistic than the typical isekai. The eponymous land mines are really only part of this premise and aren't directly involved in the story afterwards, unless you... more>> consider getting a dose of reality where you'd expect an isekai trope to be a landmine. Indirectly, the protagonists consider other classmates who have picked trap skills to be such landmines and do end up dealing with the fallout.

Character-wise, we've got the POV Nao, who's an average boy with only his good looks going for him, Touya, who seems to have traded a point or two of INT for WIS, and Haruka, who is the socially adjusted Hermione Granger of the group.

Story-wise, we're dealing with a group of kids who were smart or lucky enough to pick good builds and start off together, and are now carefully trying to make a living after being isekai'd with only the benefit of a small advantage - well, small compared to other isekai stories. This means that the first volume has been primarily about stabilizing their situation in the new world, and the second has been about chasing after a few short term goals now that they've achieved said stability.

The writing is somewhat exposition-heavy, due to it lampshading its subversion of isekai tropes. It's not too heavy to be enjoyable, though, and some parts of it are a bit charming, like when it goes into depth into how they experiment with drying out fruits for storage and profit (and thank god this isn't yet another another fantasy-apple named appu), or when they discuss why they can't just let one of their classmates that just joined them have a bit more privacy when they need to #2 while out in the woods.

I'm not a fan of how the individual volumes don't seem to set up concrete story blocks (or establish that they're part of a multi-volume story arc). The first one technically qualifies, but only if you squint and only in retrospect after you start the second volume. The characters have been pretty static so far as well. So overall it's been an episodic series where they collect achievements and milestones.

I'm rating it 4/5 as an enjoyable read with somewhat weak characters (Haruka is fun but Nao is as dull as a butter knife). <<less
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omegadir
omegadir
Dec 31, 2021
Status: c230
I read raws till volume 8 and then dropped because of how slow and boring it is. Its yet another "slow life in another world" novel there main characters don't have any goals besides "live comfortably" until either author or reader grow tired of them. This in itself is not are minus but novel can't offer anything which you can't find in hundreds of similar works on net. Characters is bland and boring, plot is non-existent, total lack of any end goal and absence of any suspense or drama. If... more>> its you first novel about "slow life in another world" then you will like it but if you read any similar novels then its another cutting cutter bland mass work which take no risk and tread no new ground. There is nothing exiting or unexpected in this novel so read it only if you have no other reading material. <<less
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Plue
Plue
Jul 05, 2020
Status: c38
Ignore the title, the landmines don't matter at all.

Basically the main characters picked near optimal skills anyways, including two real cheat skills that are basically wikipedia for the new world.

Still, it's not a terrible story. Will continue reading it to see how it develops.
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mojiman100
mojiman100
Dec 26, 2021
Status: ss7
The storytelling is very slow but I find it's pleasing to read, someone please pick this up!! It's hard to find a novel that has a good skills system, a decent story, and a somewhat realistic MC.

One thing to note is that the story focuses more on the daily life of the MC group more than combat which might not be enjoyable for some people.
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