The Simulacrum

by Egathentale

Original ONGOING Comedy Fantasy Romance Magic Male Lead Slice of Life Supernatural Urban Fantasy

"Um... Hello, I guess? Is this where I'm supposed to explain what's going on? Well, I would love if someone explained things to me for a change, but whatever, I will give it a try.

So, my name is Leonard Dunning, pleased to make your acquaintance. According to my ID, I'm a fairly average high-schooler, living alone while my parents are somewhere 'overseas', wherever that may be. I'm tall, pretty fit, living in an impeccably clean house, and I attend a scenic high school full of friends, romance and coming-of-age hi-jinks. Sounds neat on paper, right? Too bad I have absolutely no memory of any of this. One day I simply woke up in this weirdly pristine world with a splitting headache and a nasty case of retrograde amnesia that left me a blank slate unable to recognize even my face in the mirror. Worse yet, apparently this whole place is running on fairly clich├ęd writing conventions and stereotypes, complete with obvious background characters and dense harem protagonists!

So, what would your average guy do in this kind of situation? I have no clue, but as for me, I decided to roll up my sleeves, grab a notepad, observe this weird world and work out what makes it tick. If you are curious about how deep this rabbit hole goes (and trust me, we will need spelunking equipment), you are more than welcome to come along for the ride."

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Great story, read it you wont regret it.

 What really to say, story is amazing, its one of truely great gems you come accross on here once in a blue moon, you'll find yourself bindge reading the whole story without stop till you run out of pages to read thn want more. easily the best part about the story is the characters from the lead one(s) to side their interactions with eachother and the world around them. I persoanly cant wait to see where the story goes for here, I in all honesty wouldnt be suprised to see this story dethrone the current 'popular this week' leaders, its just that good.

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Extremely well written.  Well plotted.  Good characters.  Consistent story progression.  Eagerly awaiting more.

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A complete, well rounded work of meta

This is the type of work that's hard to review for me.

I could completely understand someone with no knowledge of anime tropes not liking this

But if you have any interest in anime, it would be doing yourself a disservice to ignore this.


Style 5/5

Just one name: Nisio Isin

I would not believe it if you told me that this author is not familiar with his work. There's some clear Bakemonogatari influences here, without borrowing too much. But the non-sequiturs and the situatial comedy is so damn on point. It's a hard style to master, yet here it is.

Good job


Story 5/5

I'll be honest, the story is not as riveting as some more action oriented novels due to its slower pace. Yet I just read the whole first volume in 2 days without stop except for work and sleep. Good mix of slice of life, mystery and action.

Grammar 5/5

It's excellent. Very good vocabulary. As I wrote before, it takes wits to write good situational comedy that's not difficult to swallow on the long run, the masterful English contributes to that

Character 5/5

The characters are stereotypical... Which is the whole crux of this story. Seeing them br AK those stereotypes is what kept me going

Overall 5/5

It's amazing and fresh by Royal road standards especially, but I would have paid for an ebook.

The whole point of this work is to have fuj with anime tropes so it might be heavy for those uninterested.. Give it a try for 3 chapters, if you like what you see, you won't regret the experience







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The synopsis does this story no justice. At first glance it seems to be contrived meta-fiction. This lasts approximately 1 paragraph. The depth of each and every character, the bizzare world they live in, and the oddities that so few seem to notice are all vital parts of the tapestry of words on display. Now on to the actual review.



The story drew me in out of boredom, I had nothing else to read and gave it a shot, only to be blown away by the artfully succinct descriptions and logically normal thought processes displayed. Also it's beyond hilarious at times.



I'm not sure I have ever seen any story quite like this. It is an examination and reversal of expectations, putting logical thought and realistic expectations into a genre typically devoid of anything of the sort. The twists and foreshadowing are so artfully done that you feel like you are unraveling the mysteries of the world right along side the main character, which is something of a lost art in modern literature. While there are surprising moments they never feel shoehorned in, they feel like moments of realization and discovery. This is a flawlessly executed story.



I am a grammar nazi of the highest caliber. This story has impeccable grammar, I could not find anything to complain about.



The characters feel like people. It's unusual how much I can empathize with certain characters as they grow and develop their relationships. Situations that may seem contrived and bizzare in the moment slowly reveal themselves to be the result of actions taken long ago, or as preventative measures for actions foreseen in the future. Everything has a reason, and when you arrive at a conclusion yourself it's almost as good as being proven wrong.



I love this story, and spent hours binging from the start to the end of the first volume. Every chapter had me nervous that it would be the last, that I would have to wait for more. Simply phenomenal in every way.

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Putting the tropes under a microscope and seeing what makes them tick. That is this book and the author shows this amazingly.

Gramma, plot, style the author has all these up to notch so you will straight away be able to jump into the story and not have to worry.

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I'm actually surprised to find something as well written as Andur's work in this website, I recommend it!

- MC isn't dumb, he knows how to use his head and feels actually mature and calm, not like some hot blooded caricature, or even worse, some kind of pervert/evil dude.

- Characters are all interesting and cute, even past their supposed archetype, and I really appreciate how mc "tames" them, actually making them change for the better from what was a simple "tsundere", "childhood friend", etc, to something more complex, while still being very much endearing. I like when there is an actual character development and this is on point on that!

Also, kudos for not making useless forced drama around harem, making it quite natural overall, more realistic than many harems I've seen around.

Another good thing is that the mc seems like a secondary character, perfect for manipulating around and being some kind of third party for what's going on.

- The world is really mysterious, you want to know more about what's going on.

- MC reaction in the beginning, not trying to understand the world by reading a wiki about where he is, the story of the world, etc, is weird.

- A tad too much humorous remarks in the internal mc dialogues in the first chapters... fortunately it got better later.

- It lacks characters outside of the main ones, mainly due to the setting. Still, it feels dry to not have more "tertiary" active characters around.

Spoiler: Spoiler


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The story is interesting, the characters are likable, the writing is flowing and witty. Would have been satisfied with the first volume, and am overjoyed to see there are more to come.

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I read the whole thing twice in one week

It really is that good. don't waste time here, go read it.

Nuff said

Book wyrm
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This is a seriously great piece of fiction.

The narrative is good, the story innovative but at the same time familiar.

The characters are amazingly fleshed out and their interactions very likeable.

The world building is seriously amazing in its own weird mysterious way. 

The only issue that I can consider revolting is!

I've read all the chapters... 

Hook, line and sinker, you got me here author, have mercy on me!


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just get past the first few chapters

if considering reading this, I reccomend toughing it through the first few chapters which are slightly hard to get hooked into. Howeaver this is only till the ball gets rolling and it becomes a great story full of self aware characters and an interesting meta.