For the chuunibyou guy inside us all: male centric novels - rating 3 to 4+

For the chuunibyou guy inside us all: male centric novels - rating 3 to 4+
1 to 24: Novels I read completely (if not ongoing), sorted in order of personal preference.

25 to ?: Novels I plan on reading in the future, not sorted.

Male centric (male protagonist) novels in both modern and ancient settings, no BL unless it's a little bromance (meaning, author may have added a dash of bromance for fan service, but no actual shounen ai or yaoi included in this list). Shounen, seinen, xuanhuan, no-CP (no romance) or novels featuring a little straight romance but mostly focused on action/adventure (ie, romantic subplot). One novel is harem with a sis con, but I enjoyed the MC and plot enough that it didn't bother me too much. Another novel is harem but only depicted in the extras, which I skipped!

Majority of these had fan translations completed at some point, so you can find them on various novel aggregator websites if the chapter links are gone from NU.
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Created: Feb 19th, 2024, Updated: Mar 7th, 2024
Created Feb 19th, 2024
Updated Mar 7th, 2024
CN (4.7)
113 Chapters Every 531.2 Day(s) 13410 Readers 357 Reviews 02-06-2019
I feel like this should be listed as tragedy genre, because the MC's life is rife with suffering and watching everyone around him die. The... more>>
KR (4.3)
520 Chapters Every 63.3 Day(s) 22586 Readers 194 Reviews 11-24-2021
My favorite gaming novel! Really thankful for the fan translators working so diligently to bring us this work in English. Romantic subplot, the female love... more>>
CN (3.7)
43 Chapters Every 232.7 Day(s) 1580 Readers 62 Reviews 02-29-2020
Probably one of my favorite xuanhuan novels. Because the MC is so hard working, loves his family no matter how much he has to struggle... more>>
CN (4.5)
78 Chapters Every 234.2 Day(s) 6135 Readers 141 Reviews 01-19-2018
A genius composer dies during the apocalypse after decades of suffering. He reincarnates into a bullied, suicidal musician 500 years later and finds that his... more>>
KR (4.6)
0 Chapters Every 2120 Day(s) 21349 Readers 438 Reviews 07-03-2018
I actually love this because of the BL fan fiction/fan art based on some of the main characters lmao. Other than that, it is a... more>>
CN (3.4)
42 Chapters Every 267.7 Day(s) 5361 Readers 98 Reviews 11-04-2017
I love this author!!! This is a kind of gluttony-based xuanhuan (eating beast flesh = genetic evolution), but that's not the entire scope of the... more>>
KR (4.5)
976 Chapters Every 3.4 Day(s) 37712 Readers 583 Reviews 04-19-2024
The fan translators will work for a while and then quit, leaving us poor readers to stick around for years waiting for updates... This is... more>>
KR (4.5)
31 Chapters Every 2.9 Day(s) 159 Readers 2 Reviews 03-23-2024
I liked this one enough to actually edit the MTL chapters of this I've been reading... these chapters are released under the Impatient MTL group... more>>
KR (4.4)
37 Chapters Every 15.7 Day(s) 808 Readers 8 Reviews 02-13-2024
I tried to MTL this but it's quite difficult due to the ancient terms and phrases which are not well translated by extensions like DeepL... more>>
CN (3.9)
106 Chapters Every 283.9 Day(s) 3960 Readers 59 Reviews 09-07-2017
About a sick protagonist who needs to earn money to get a cure, so he enters a dangerous virtual reality game where death in the game equals death in reality. Compared to similar stories, it's much easier to empathize with the MC, who has significant struggles and is not overwhelmingly OP from the start. This one I read on vipnovel. For a long time I thought this was actually shounen ai, but it's just a gender bender (╥﹏╥). I was angry because I love BL so much and I have this kind of fujoshi filter when reading, but it was obviously not listed with danmei genre categories on NU so it was my fault for... more>>
CN (4.5)
315 Chapters Every 118.1 Day(s) 11414 Readers 164 Reviews 08-16-2019
The author doesn't really understand scientific principles in basic physics or chemistry (just because you have 2 moons does not mean that the entire scope... more>>
KR (4.3)
1 Chapters Every 331 Day(s) 8856 Readers 119 Reviews 05-27-2023
All chapters of the fully translated novel are on readlightnovel website, otherwise it's difficult to find the original fan translation online. One of the few... more>>
KR (4)
20 Chapters Every 285.3 Day(s) 14695 Readers 136 Reviews 02-09-2021
A no-CP fantasy story about revenge. It's completely translated, except halfway it became an officially licensed version. You can read the first 370 chapters free... more>>
KR (4.3)
20 Chapters Every 71.5 Day(s) 10415 Readers 114 Reviews 06-13-2021
Although it has romance, it's not harem and the romantic parts are not super annoying to me. You can read the whole thing on a... more>>
CN (3.9)
50 Chapters Every 188.9 Day(s) 13612 Readers 145 Reviews 08-18-2016
If the author of Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God (Lucky Old Cat) could get some tutoring lessons from this author (Mad Snail), he would... more>>
KR (3.3)
20 Chapters Every 58.5 Day(s) 2634 Readers 13 Reviews 12-08-2021
A story about getting revenge on those who betrayed and stole everything from the MC. Full of face slapping a lot of hypocritical and selfish... more>>
KR (3.7)
273 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 7051 Readers 78 Reviews 02-01-2021
If you like a cold hearted anti-hero protagonist in a novel with no CP, this is a good choice for you.
KR (4.3)
0 Chapters Every 1256 Day(s) 29916 Readers 379 Reviews 11-12-2020
Wow, I read this a really long time ago! But it was one that I quite enjoyed, the MC is a great guy who has... more>>
KR (3.9)
17 Chapters Every 180.6 Day(s) 18606 Readers 255 Reviews 02-17-2019
The novel is also called, I Alone Level Up. Korean law is strict on removing fan translations but there are plenty of places you can... more>>
CN (4.3)
90 Chapters Every 211.5 Day(s) 15762 Readers 163 Reviews 08-17-2015
A gaming genius conquers all! I love gaming novels, whether it's no-CP like this or BL. This has a drama adaptation that I browsed before... more>>
CN (4)
39 Chapters Every 0.6 Day(s) 2852 Readers 53 Reviews 03-29-2019
This one I read on vipnovel, which I guess is moving to a site called newnovel. This is a kind of fusion cultivation/system/gaming novel which... more>>
CN (3.4)
0 Chapters Every 130.9 Day(s) 6442 Readers 88 Reviews 06-11-2019
I read this on boxnovel, I guess it's also on vipnovel. This is the magic-based fantasy harem story featuring a (little bit creepy) sis con.... more>>
KR (3.9)
12 Chapters Every 135.7 Day(s) 1288 Readers 27 Reviews 11-18-2019
I read this one on vipnovel. Actually, I think this would have been better if the author didn't write in such a serious style but... more>>
CN (3.2)
930 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 7280 Readers 226 Reviews 04-21-2024
I remember that I saw the official English translation being sold on Amazon a while ago, but it's really not worth paying a ton of... more>>
KR (3.2)
21 Chapters Every 0.6 Day(s) 1944 Readers 36 Reviews 12-02-2020
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