Action Lovers (Minimum 3.8 Rating on Novelupdates)

Action Lovers (Minimum 3.8 Rating on Novelupdates)
This list is catered towards action loving, seinen readers. If you are looking for novels with action as the main element, this is it. No beta or immature stuff...

Been reading novels for a long time now and I don't usually read novels below 4.0 rating on novelupdates. I have to say Korean novels fit my cup of tea the most given that characters are usually more mature and realistic. CN Novels have too much face slapping while JP novels have s*upid titles "I was just walking one day and suddenly my d1ck got bigger" and beta MCs. Do let me know if there are good JP novels out there seriously...

I ranked the novels based on 3 criteria: (1) Action (2) Plot and (3) Writing

(1) Action: Action is reliant on the quality and quantity of the fighting scenes. For example, usage of battle skills to amplify the battle scenes or having a well thought out battle plan during a battle.

(2) Plot: Plot is heavily determined by the quality and quantity of adventures. Does not mean the story is the most logical. This is the most subjective.

(3) Writing: Writing is influenced by the author's style of writing and quality of translations. Does the author disseminate information in a clear and coherent manner for readers to digest? Are there proper links between transitions from different places or chapters

#1-2: CN Xuanhuan Novels
#3-8 Second Chance Korean Novels with tutorial and stats system.
#19 & Beyond: Popular Novels that fail to meet my standards
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Created: Apr 27th, 2020, Updated: Jun 9th, 2020
Created Apr 27th, 2020
Updated Jun 9th, 2020
CN (3.9)
1750 Chapters Every 0.9 Day(s) 21573 Readers 344 Reviews 07-10-2020
S Tier. The novel that many of our strict readers on NU have been wondering why is this novel so popular? This is the Bleach equivalent in the novel world (IMO). Everytime the latest gate is opened the bankai feels is strong. Power moves such as Destroying Sky Decimating Earth feels like Getsuga Tenshou. World Building is also great. If you are a tournament arc guy you will like this as well. The CN Xuanhuan trope is definitely present in this one so I would not recommend this to those who hate the Xuanhuan Action genre. C'mon it's a CN novel what do you expect.... more>>
CN (4.2)
837 Chapters Every 0.9 Day(s) 11113 Readers 127 Reviews 10-11-2018
S Tier. If you like ATG you will most probably like this as well. Lots of strong power moves, tournament arcs, exciting inheritance sites. MC is calm and composed.... more>>
KR (4.5)
373 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 18239 Readers 285 Reviews 07-09-2020
S Tier. I absolutely love this novel. This is the only novel I rated S+ for its plot. However I have no idea why this novel fits the taste of the high standards of novelupdates reviewers who are basically trying to read a real book when they read lightnovels. Why even bother reading light novels in the first place. I do think the drama and romance is too much but idk maybe it helps to attract female readers. This novel somehow achieves a good balance between attracting readers of completely opposing genres. That's probably why it's the only popular novel in NU for this genre as compared to its counterparts.... more>>
KR (4.2)
133 Chapters Every 1.2 Day(s) 12567 Readers 150 Reviews 06-19-2016
S Tier. One of my favourite novels. Basically this dude got sent back to the past and has to fight all over again with the fate of humanity lying on his shoulders. If you like fighting, this is it for you. I have to say the first tutorial arc is S Tier even among all the S Tier novels, even better than SCOG's tutorial arc.... more>>
KR (4.2)
263 Chapters Every 6.2 Day(s) 14281 Readers 108 Reviews 07-06-2020
S Tier. Got compared to reincarnator a lot back in the old days when these 2 were the only ones in this genre. This novel is plagued by really inconsistent translators if not it would have achieved more readers tbh.... more>>
KR (3.3)
78 Chapters Every 3.7 Day(s) 1241 Readers 13 Reviews 06-04-2020
A Tier. The only exception to the 3.8 rating cutoff. C'mon Novelupdates rated this 3.5? NU must be kidding me sometimes. Daily release of chapters (supposedly). At the latest chapter of the tutorial arc but oh well real story starts after that so we'll see how it goes. For now I can see that the story doesn't flow smoothly from chapter to chapter.... more>>
KR (4.3)
173 Chapters Every 0.7 Day(s) 8799 Readers 48 Reviews 07-10-2020
S Tier. Too bad there are no more releases. Better version of Game of Divine Thrones.... more>>
KR (4.3)
131 Chapters Every 1.5 Day(s) 7699 Readers 55 Reviews 07-08-2020
A Tier. Second chance novel. Similar to the genre mentioned above but dude is a C-Class and who has to train much harder. I have to say there's too much talking in the novel totally unnecessary. And building a story on a meeting with someone else is kinda... lame. But this novel is still great just doesn't make it to S Class.... more>>
KR (4.1)
186 Chapters Every 31.8 Day(s) 8703 Readers 82 Reviews 05-20-2019
S Tier Second chance novel. Basically this dude died at a certain level and somehow came back to the past to amend things. So he knows where all the cheats are at for each floor. Difference from the other novels is that they are all stuck in these floors where they only have resting areas and they will get transported to the stage when the resting time is up, they have no freedom.... more>>
KR (4.2)
197 Chapters Every 7.1 Day(s) 11200 Readers 48 Reviews 07-05-2020
A Tier. If an OP dude that can overpower everyone has a 4.2 rating on novelupdates and it's not one-punch man, you know that this novel has something backing it up. Less action compared to most of the novels mentioned above but still the mystery is worth the read.... more>>
KR (4.5)
17 Chapters Every 36.5 Day(s) 1177 Readers 17 Reviews 05-18-2020
S Tier. Absolute Master Piece. This novel does does not belong the any of the genre mentioned above. We have a young dude who acts and thinks beyond his age, currently enrolled in a military school to kill dragons with their psychic powers. Action + school life + maturity kinda a big yes. A more mature novel despite the tags. Chapters are really long so it's very substantial.... more>>
KR (4.4)
640 Chapters Every 5.7 Day(s) 19254 Readers 148 Reviews 07-08-2020
Classic novel, the mother of Korean VR novels. Very good novel given the era it was in. Grass Porridge!... more>>
KR (4.2)
1 Chapters Every 2000 Day(s) 2982 Readers 103 Reviews 05-28-2016
S Tier. This is my #1. I sincerely implore everyone to read this forbidden masterpiece. If you haven't read this forbidden novel you haven't been on NU for long enough. You MUST read this.... more>>
CN (3.9)
313 Chapters Every 158.1 Day(s) 5079 Readers 43 Reviews 07-13-2018
S Tier. Apparently the author is known for re-using his ideas in his other novels. Glad I only read this one. If you are a sucker for tournament arcs, this is it. They have 1v1s and 5v5s, kinda like Doulou Dalu type of tournament fighting.... more>>
KR (3.9)
0 Chapters Every 0.5 Day(s) 190 Readers 5 Reviews N/A
A Tier. Same Author as Reincarnator. Guy who is too OP for his era but doesn't go flexing around or changing the world. Good one-time read.... more>>
KR (4.2)
130 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 2327 Readers 15 Reviews 07-09-2020
A-Tier. The start is really slow and I predict that the novel is less action centric that you would read the description to be. Basically there are dungeons that the MC enters but the story doesn't really focus on the dungeons. There are a lot of character interactions outside of the dungeons and on his personal life and I would say do not expect there to be great development in the dungeons (action part). I would generally say that this novel has a similar vibe to novel's extra: the webtoon style of writing. You would expect some action but you kinda know there isn't going to be much.... more>>
CN (3.8)
855 Chapters Every 0.9 Day(s) 9829 Readers 120 Reviews 07-25-2018
A Tier. Same author as Against the Gods. Read quite a few CN VR novels but there was none that I liked because it was either too draggy with little action or there was too much face slapping and offending guilds and ks-ing game materials. If you like ATG I strongly recommend you to read this. MC is really OP in this.... more>>
KR (3.8)
33 Chapters Every 3.4 Day(s) 10696 Readers 103 Reviews 08-09-2016
A Tier. Korean VR novel. Ending was kinda rushed. Much better than Ark, Arena and many others IMO.... more>>
KR (4.3)
379 Chapters Every 19.7 Day(s) 15136 Readers 213 Reviews 10-05-2019
Very Popular Novel. Typical MC who entered into the book he wrote so he knows what's going to happen next but there are butterfly effects. This genre is interesting really, but there is often too much drama, kinda like a webtoon style of target audience it's trying to reach. This genre is not my cup of tea but I can't say this novel is bad.... more>>
KR (4)
0 Chapters Every 5.9 Day(s) 12733 Readers 168 Reviews 02-17-2019
Would honestly not read this if not for the manhwa. Story development is not that good and the ending is thrash. Not recommended to novel and manga readers. The manhwa is better able to make the story shine. Necromancer + Gates type of novel such as this and Seoul Station's Necromancer generally fails.... more>>
CN (3.4)
4288 Chapters Every 1.2 Day(s) 14602 Readers 254 Reviews 07-10-2020
At least back in the old days, when someone asks what novel is similar to ATG, MGA probably comes out in the discussion. However, there are clear differences between these two novels. MGA is more centered around raiding of tombs that isn't interesting while ATG focuses on tournaments. I haven't really read a CN Xuanhuan with Tomb raiding that is interesting (King of Gods' inheritance sites / testing zones are a different matter.) ATG also has better world building and interesting power moves. Overall, the story just isn't as exciting and intense as ATG.... more>>
JP (4.2)
39 Chapters Every 3.2 Day(s) 2162 Readers 17 Reviews 07-07-2020
I often have the impression that novels with 4.5 rating and above are good given how picky readers on NU are. However I am clearly wrong for this novel. I have to say I might have liked this novel back when I was of age 12-14. Very kiddy style just like many other JP novels. Too much emphasis on the MC being a thrash prince; super weird flex.... more>>
CN (4.5)
0 Chapters Every 0.6 Day(s) 11794 Readers 163 Reviews 11-24-2015
Popular OG CN novel with 4.5 rating on NU. OG amongst the OG. One of the first Xuanhuan or the first to be completed on... more>>
KR (4.3)
354 Chapters Every 0.4 Day(s) 24346 Readers 307 Reviews 09-13-2017
I just had to review on this one. Wasted my time reading this. It clearly does not deserve a 4.3 rating on NU. Nothing happens.... more>>
JP (4.2)
8 Chapters Every 219.9 Day(s) 2908 Readers 11 Reviews 05-24-2016
This is like the LMS equivalent in the novel world. The one that got many to start reading isekai/vr novels. The story is average and this novel is kinda overrated given it's popularity. And the crucial flaw in many JP novels: MC is beta as fk... more>>
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  1. Valven
    Valven· May 20, 2020 11:35 PM
    Awesome and informative list. I'd like to think my tastes aren't generic at all because I jump genres a lot, but I'd definitely read these once I feel like I need some action. 
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  2. Meloonseed
    Meloonseed· May 8, 2020 03:38 AM
    Personally, I like avoiding novels with Xianxia and Xuanhuan tags on them. But your taste in high rated novels that you didn't like is pretty similar to mine, so maybe I'll check them out.
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  3. danish341
    danish341· May 4, 2020 07:46 AM

    'The second coming of gluttony' has the finest content and the best translator working in it. Well, to be clear the romantic and drama genre is of course as you say, but the 'Action' is nonpareil I would say!

    It is the best one on my list of course...clear.png

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  4. Anard
    Anard· Jul 9, 2020 04:02 AM

    agreed with most of your opinions except for I am the Monarch, i agree that it starts slow but it picks up later and have great kingdom and army building

    and not all the novels from  KobatoChanDaiSuki are bad eg god of cooking is good one

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  5. Draakon
    Draakon· May 20, 2020 07:26 PM

     I see that you don't get what Previous Life was Sword Emperor. This Life is tr*sh Prince is a about.

    Forget about humor, it's typical japanese degradation of OP protagonist, apparently Japanese love feeling of shadenfreude way too much, the novel is not about this. I think that at this point It cab be told with high degree of confidence that this is novel about following ideals, and sacrifices on this road. MC trained by some murder-hobo in ideals of typical Wuxia world, he suffered by following this ideals, he started to hate this ideals of wuxia swordmaster and when he dies with regret, he abandoned them completely. And then, he lived without purpose becoming "useless" until picking new one, one, that makes use of some of his achivement in previous life. And now he tries to follow it. And other important people in this book also follow their own ideals, and ready to die for them, or even make the world burn. And then is the question, vocalized by protagonist several time, "does such ideals worth it"?

    I don't think that 12-14 old kids will get it, It's seems not everybody older get's it.

    And he doesn't go that far to hide his strenght as Lazy Swordman or tr*sh of the Count Family or dozens other of reincarnators, he simple hate the way of sword at first, and then a bit of unshure, if he shall put it all into his new ideal yet and lacks an ambition. But shall somebody he important to him come in danger, he isn't going to risk their life to hide his strenght.

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  6. kaaliya
    kaaliya· May 12, 2020 01:00 AM

    I am surprised you didn't mention Overgeared there. (God Grid is awesome af)

    But One of the best lists I have seen on NU. Good to see that there is someone who isn't reviewing just based on the ratings. 


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