Kino novels

Kino novels
The cream of the crop. No BL. Ranking after the first page is largely the order I remembered and added them. I think they’re all worth reading anyway so I didn’t put a huge amount of thought into rankings. I added small reviews/blurbs with my thoughts on each.
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Created: May 11th, 2021, Updated: Aug 5th, 2021
Created May 11th, 2021
Updated Aug 5th, 2021
KR (4.1)
291 Chapters Every 5.7 Day(s) 9702 Readers 94 Reviews 09-20-2021
Top-tier. Interesting setting with good pacing, protagonist who is shown to put in effort to grow in strength and character, good translations (though several of... more>>
KR (4.5)
712 Chapters Every 3.4 Day(s) 28075 Readers 426 Reviews 09-24-2021
A fantastic novel by all measures. Crosses the boundaries of genres on multiple occasions. Pretty excellent professional translation by WuxiaWorld, but the license was not... more>>
KR (4.2)
752 Chapters Every 1.1 Day(s) 6619 Readers 159 Reviews 09-25-2021
A really interesting twist on the more run-of-the-mill premises, with a protagonist who starts extremely weak but is a master of manipulation with a high... more>>
CN (4.6)
208 Chapters Every 44.3 Day(s) 6318 Readers 60 Reviews 07-06-2021
This novel is complicated, to say the least. The characters are interesting, but there’s a LOT of them to keep track of. Combine this with... more>>
KR (4.5)
342 Chapters Every 1.6 Day(s) 8652 Readers 104 Reviews 09-25-2021
A story that manages to keep a great balance between comedy and high-stakes action. The premise of a hardcore sweaty gamer being reincarnated into the... more>>
KR (4.6)
55 Chapters Every 115.1 Day(s) 22250 Readers 309 Reviews 11-26-2017
Unfortunately on hiatus basically indefinitely, and unlikely to ever resume (in the LN format) due to scandals surrounding the author in Korea. That doesn’t mean this isn’t worth reading, though. It’s by far probably one of if not the best “schemer” or “strategist” protagonist novels I’ve read, made even better by the backstory, world, and supporting cast.  The protagonist is written in a way that makes him seem actually intelligent (not in the forced way that many authors try to make their protagonists seem intelligent by making everyone else morons in comparison) while remaining relatable and lets you root for him even as he schemes to have atrocities occur or directly oversee them himself. Great... more>>
KR (4.2)
283 Chapters Every 9.5 Day(s) 3742 Readers 51 Reviews 06-05-2021
I’ll admit I’ve fallen behind on this one, but up to the point I had stopped reading (and I do intend to continue) this novel... more>>
JP (4.5)
124 Chapters Every 51.1 Day(s) 23942 Readers 204 Reviews 04-25-2021
A fun novel with an interesting way of doing the now fairly common “reincarnated as a video game villain” trope by making the protagonist unable... more>>
JP (4.2)
319 Chapters Every 14.2 Day(s) 27478 Readers 328 Reviews 09-04-2021
A classic, and one of the first LNs/WNs I really committed time to. High quality translations of extremely long chapters. Pacing can leave something to... more>>
KR (3.9)
100 Chapters Every 7.2 Day(s) 8563 Readers 53 Reviews 10-26-2019
By the same author and serving as a sort of prequel to the Second Coming of Gluttony, what has been translated previously is compelling and... more>>
CN (3.9)
1514 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 6134 Readers 156 Reviews 09-25-2021
This novel is probably one of the longest ones I’ve stuck with all the way in terms of chapter count. It certainly has a lot... more>>
KR (4.2)
339 Chapters Every 27.6 Day(s) 15979 Readers 128 Reviews 01-17-2021
This novel has a somewhat weak start but really picks up once the plot starts moving. It’s been really enjoyable and has a compelling setting,... more>>
KR (4.4)
55 Chapters Every 55.6 Day(s) 22102 Readers 418 Reviews 07-13-2019
One of the most popular novels on this site in recent memory, and with good reason. Fairly compelling characters that have real growth, well-written action... more>>
KR (4.3)
0 Chapters Every 1474 Day(s) 28014 Readers 364 Reviews 09-13-2017
Much of what I could say about this novel has already been said by others better than I ever could. It was one of the... more>>
JP (4.6)
72 Chapters Every 7.3 Day(s) 9664 Readers 53 Reviews 09-22-2021
Another novel that’s part of the recent villainess and otome game novel boom, but probably my personal favorite out of all of them. Genuinely fluffy... more>>
JP (4.4)
132 Chapters Every 6.9 Day(s) 13104 Readers 144 Reviews 09-20-2021
Genuinely funny, and one of the best entries into the much smaller sci-fi genre on this site. Well-translated (mostly) with a decent plot that is... more>>
JP (4)
37 Chapters Every 17.3 Day(s) 2676 Readers 18 Reviews 04-19-2021
A (sort-of ) more male-targeted spin on the otome/noble daughter/broken engagement trend that has exploded over the last year or two. A pretty morally-ambiguous protagonist... more>>
JP (3.6)
107 Chapters Every 7 Day(s) 3659 Readers 41 Reviews 09-20-2021
I’m not really sure what to say about this one, beyond that I’ve enjoyed it so far for the most part. Certain traits of the... more>>
JP (4.2)
248 Chapters Every 73.3 Day(s) 13066 Readers 90 Reviews 05-15-2021
This one is a wild ride from start to hiatus. The LN (which has been completed but is still being translated iirc) follows largely the... more>>
JP (4.4)
202 Chapters Every 54.2 Day(s) 21471 Readers 219 Reviews 03-09-2021
Probably my favorite out of all ‘misunderstanding-based’ plots, and has made me genuinely laugh out loud more than once. 
KR (4.5)
36 Chapters Every 76.7 Day(s) 14347 Readers 288 Reviews 08-24-2018
I still haven’t taken the time to sit down and finish this novel, but everything of it that I’ve read (which is, to be fair,... more>>
KR (4.2)
151 Chapters Every 7.1 Day(s) 6787 Readers 91 Reviews 09-20-2021
The protagonist is f*cking insane. I don’t really like him that much to be quite honest, but the world and how he interacts with it... more>>
CN (4)
1204 Chapters Every 91.3 Day(s) 20419 Readers 455 Reviews 12-07-2017
Probably one of the only novels that takes the realm-hopping route that I’ve been able to find enjoyable. An interesting fusion of wuxia/xianxia tropes and... more>>
JP (4.5)
154 Chapters Every 34.1 Day(s) 16751 Readers 126 Reviews 06-08-2020
Much of what I could say about this novel has already been said. If you watched the anime and were disappointed, seriously consider giving the... more>>
JP (4.2)
177 Chapters Every 1.5 Day(s) 1915 Readers 7 Reviews 09-25-2021
An interesting novel with an interesting setting and premise, but the plot moves a little slowly in my opinion. Still a great read, but we’re... more>>
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