A man on his death bed regrets only one thing in his life: not being able to become a wizard. Fortunately he is reincarnated into a world where magic does exist. Will he be able to accomplish his dream? Or maybe fate (the author) has other plans for him…
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As of writing this I am done reading all available chapters of this story on the main site.
It is not fun to read. Everyone is screaming this and I completely agree with it BUT there is indeed a story here.
It takes crap load of time to get good and that good time only lasts for couple of chapters.
Personally, the best way to read this is to let the chapters stack up and then just scan over it. You will probably miss few points if you don't do it properly but I feel that is the best way to actually UNDERSTAND the story without getting bored of crappy info dumps and the grind that the MCs life is.
Yes, a grind. That focus on magic and ki is just overbearing. I mean sure it is what the fictional world is built upon but people want to read about the life of characters and from that the world they are in. Not the other way around.
I know I am ranting but it's past midnight and I am typing this on my phone so take it as it's being served.
My biggest problem is how author tries to handle the relationship between characters. I don't think the MC was designed in such a way that he takes 4 lives to finally get down with a girl. I think it is the author who is inexperienced when it comes to this stuff.
Not one. I repeat. Not one side character has ever struck me as someone who is worth remembering. The only time I ever felt a hint of strong emotion was when he saves his recent father.
Thinkabout it. 350+ chapters and this is the level of empathy I have for the characters and I am a guy who has got wet eyes when reading stuff on RRL or has been mesmerized by the personality of some character. All that is lacking here.
The story overall is decent if you have the patience to sit through it and have nothing else on your reading list on RRL.
I've read all 31 chapters posted to date.
This is a very cute story, and with a cute writing style. The tone makes it feel quite suitable for readers from ages 7-12, I feel.
However, there are some issues that are problematic.
The biggest issue, in my opinion, is that the protagonist is supposed to be unusually old - by chapter 31, he's roundabouts a century old. The childlike tone is profoundly at odds with the idea of an unusually old protagonist. Not that the story hides this, for note - in the very first part of the first chapter, you have a man presumably dying of old age who's lamenting, excessively, in a very childlike way, his regret at not being a wizard, even though it's not possible in our world.
I give the style 2 stars, because while the childlike style would be extremely well suited for many aspects of this story, as well as many other stories, the mismatch between the style and the concept of the protagonist, as well as the heavier themes the story seems to be trying to explore, is a problem.
I give the story 4 1/2 stars because I really do enjoy the main concept, the overall plot, and the implications of where the story is trying to go. There were some aspects that fell short, keeping this part from 5 stars.
The grammar is... fine, I suppose. It's entirely readable, and gets the job done. It's occasionally a bit of an eyestrain, however.
The character score is 3 stars, and I struggled with this one. On one hand, the idea behind the various characters is excellent. I love what they're trying to be. On the other hand, however, the implementation of these ideas is abominable. All of the characters sound the same when they speak - that childish tone infuses every line. People who are supposed to be intelligent and capable fall short. It feels like stick figures with a great biography, distingished by stick-figure hats. They're still stick figures, and in application, all identical.
This story has great potential, but would involve some major changes. Either the story needs to be adjusted to match the childlike tone, or the style needs to be massively overhauled to match the story.
All in all, I did enjoy reading it, though I don't intend to keep up with it.
I read up to chapter 48 and the fact that the whole story is focused on magic but without the mc being able to do magic it is just unsatisfying. Especially since so much of the story revolves around him trying and failing at magic.
If he trying to do something else and magic was just the setting it would be ok.
But with magic being the story and the mc's focus, but still being outside of reach with there being no real achievements/progress on the mc's part it is just not fun.
I guess one could call this slice of life? through there is not really enough slice it is so focused on magic but in a frustrating unfulfilling way. Especially with the occasional dangling hope "maybe this will work and he will gain magic" that then just flickers out, this makes it really hard to stay enthusiastic.
Read through the full story and found it satisfying, personally. Yes, there are more details than necessary, and yes, it could use some breaking up of some blocks of text, but it was rather good overall.
I enjoyed this story when it started, the built in twist that makes this story interesting takes a while to reveal but it entertaining.
However the last hundred or more chapters are simply an exercise in advanced tedium.
Honestly, I had my doubts at first, but this really might be worth a read. The ending may not have the most satisfying for me, but I suppose it just came to its natural end, as do most novels. 10/10 would recommend if you like progression novels (even if it's special in this context, no spoilers)
Huh so this is my mini review till chapter 62.
Its good enough to binge read, but not the best ouside. I think most than anything, that the Final Goal of the Character seems to forced and it screwes with the feeling that the novel gives. 3.5 from 5
It's a short and enjoyable read, nothing special, you just fly through the words easily understanding everything. A writing style more suited for research papers sure, but nonetheless very immersive.
It portrays a semi-realistic (confused about this point) protagonist, characterization is lacking due to the style its written in but the parts that are there are nice.
This is something I would make my little brother read, and that's a compliment since he only gets to read literature that can teach him something about the language or anything useful really.
This story may be too slow paced for those who only like fast-paced action, but in reality it is a gem among the usual rubbish. The author takes his time to set up the plot (that is a good thing, as it develops are more complex story) and the mc is realistic, not the usual shallow mc. Even better, it can be read by people of all ages.
A good read.
Overall I liked the story.
The characters were likable, the world building was nice and different.
The idea of reincarnation, while not new, was done with a slight 'twist' to it.
HOWEVER...the writer did more Telling vs Showing in his narrative style.
Felt like I was reading a journal diary of the characters days and weeks instead of living IN his days and weeks.
So it gets a 3.5 star.
If you're ok with reading more of a journal diary style of writing this a read. It still is entertaining in its way.
I know I still am.