I was reborn into a fantasy world as a magic robot?! Automata Prime

by Xian

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi GameLit High Fantasy Magic Male Lead Non-Human lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Reincarnation Slice of Life Strong Lead

One day, a programmer and toy designer, with a love of robots, is accidentally killed due to a cosmic sysAdmin error and gets "reborn" on one of the other worlds that the sysAdmin has running on his servers. The new world seems like a typical Japanese RPG with magic, monsters, and fantastic races. He’s even able to be born as an Automata, a race of magic robots. What could be better for a robot fanatic? To help him succeed, he's been given abilities that allow him to inspect and interact with magic as if it's code as well as crafting abilities, the downside is that it ends up that the Automata are a slave race viewed as nothing more than high-end magic tools. Has he been reborn into a life of servitude? Or will he rise up to become a mechanical Spartacus that leads the Automata to revolt?

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This story is set in gameLit setting, and is intended to follow in the style of Japanese Light Novels in the genre of Isekai with some slice-of-life so the plot will be a slow-burn. There's crafting, programming, and a magic system based heavily on real world physics and principles.  Expect some dorky humor and even dorkier references with lots of Easter Eggs for fellow Mech Heads.

This book is part 1 in a trilogy, and should be considered an "Act 1" as the bulk of this book is set up.  I'm a fan of poor decisions coming back to bite the MC later rather than right away, since that's how my life always seems to work out :/

The completed book is 42 chapters and roughly 50K words.  Books 2 and 3 will be about the same with the intent to compile them into a single novel for the eBook and audiobook.  My target demographic is genre fans of quick, light, reading from kids to kids at heart.  I touch on some speciesist/racist themes and things like slavery, but it never gets too dark.  So if you're looking for some dark and meaty stuff, this won't be it.

Oh, for funnzies, I give out +5 rep for the first person to point out given easter eggs in the comments ;)

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ROBO ISEKAI FOR ALL AGES

Reviewed at: Book 1: Chapter 9

This review covers up to Book 1 : Chapter 9

I was Reborn into a Fantasy World as a Magic Robot is a...wait. Isn't that too long? I mean, the title is clearly reminiscent of a japanese light novel so...can I shorten it like them? I don't know...like...RebornRobot...Reboot? Okay, for this review, I'm gonna call it Reboot. Sorry for doing things without Xian's consent xD

Anyway, Reboot is a story about a programmer/toy designer who got killed by a sysAdmin Error through Beam's action. Then, he got reborn to a new world as an Automata, a species of magic robot slave. But don't worry, he's OP because of the powers given to him by Beam (as an apology for killing him). You will now follow Prime's story as he meets his new friends along the way.

Style: 4.5/5

Reboot's style is a first person perspective that follows the POV of Prime. I like the pacing at the early chapters but when I got to Chap. 5, the pace got a little faster and it remained like that up to chap 6 (only for two chapters). For me, the chase (chap 5) and the escape (chap 6) felt incomplete due to the fewer use of dialogues. I think it could've been better to include more dialogues from Prime because that will make the situations more emotional and compelling. But it's just those two so I will still give a 4.5 score here.

Grammar: 5/5

No issue there. The use of English Grammar here didn't hinder my reading experience so 5 stars.

Story: 4.5/5

Reboot's story is simple but interesting, perfect for all-ages. Robot fans would love the easter eggs that Xian put throughout the story (he is even giving 5 rep points for those who'll find it so good luck!)

Personally, what I love here is the coding of Prime, as he make and rework things through programming. That is what makes Reboot unique from other isekai and you can see Xian's creativity shining throughout the story. Also, I love the illustrations of characters (there's even a separate book for that so I recommend checking it out after you catched up to the story for there will be spoilers if you decided to view the illustration book before reading). It's hard to find a story here in RR where characters were already illustrated. And seeing Reboot with a roster of complete design made it easier for me to know what they really look like.

My only issue is the lack of a specific goal in the earliest chapter (like saving the world from a timed calamity, saving Emilia-tan from all possible bad ends and defeating the demon lord and his army) but that is already common in the isekai genre so still 4.5 stars.

Characters: 4.5/5

This score got a lot of boost considering the fact that you can see the character's illustration right after they got introduced. My personal favorite is Ravage's design as of now. I mean, who wouldn't want a robo cat that can transform into a nekomimi-shoujo-maid robo character? Sorry for showing my weeb side.

My only issue is that the characters were still lacking punch and depth. But that can be improved as you go along the story so I'll give 4.5 stars here.

Over all, I liked the concept of Reboot. It's interesting to follow the adventures of Prime and the others, curious on how it will unfold so I definitely recommend it a read!

Nameless32
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It's a well written book, but what I really like is how the author basically gives the MC the power of programming. Very unique and fun. ^_^

George Haufman
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Style: I always beg for consistency when it comes to style and this story exceeds at it. The pacing of the plot really fits the narrative being laid out here. 

Grammar: nothing in specific to say here its good.

Story: classic isekia story with a robotic twist. I love the use of coding as a way to show internal character growth. Who doesn't love robots!?

Character: The characters are deep enough for me to enjoy, I'm very sure that they will get more depth in time. The dialogue feels pretty organic, never robotic, which is a pleasant surprise. Good job with this one Author!

Damien Hanson
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I'm not in far in yet but I have to say that I am having a lot of fun with it. Also I suck at reviews lol. Just trust me, this is worth the read.

VMJaskiernia
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Fun Robotic Litrpg

Reviewed at: Chapter 3

As with many isekai and litrpg stories our main character dies. He is then brought to a new world and, by his choice, becomes a robot.

It's early days for the story, but it's a nice read. The grammar and flow is good, and the main character is very likeable. Author confirms that MC is basically him, so I guess that means the author is also very likeable.

There's a fire-squirrel named Sparky. He is the best.

Early twist near the end of chapter three where apparently robots can be property and don't have their own autonomy. It seems a good set up for conflict that'll follow the MC until he proves himself and get through other's prejudice about being a robot.

SimpleCode
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This is a unique story full of flavor! Reincarnation as a mech, with all the juicy coding bits just makes my insides tingle. It's light, fun, has suggestive illustrations, and a very likeable MC. What more could you ask for?

Sure, there have been people that disagree with the MC's carefree attitude - but I understand his POV completely. After all, his biggest passion is robots, getting reincarnated into one would be a dream come true! He's also gentle, and overall a pacifist ( though there are some good action scenes ).

This is shaping up to be my favourite story on this website! Both the concept and execution are wonderful. Keep it up, Xian! You're inspiring!

Sii
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Tin Man with a Heart

Reviewed at: Book 1: Chapter 12

So, I'll preface this by saying that I'll be back to give an advanced review once I'm fully caught up, at least with Book 1.

The book is a really fun read and a unique twist on the isekai that we all know and love. I've seen a few comments and reviews complain about the light-hearted tone and I think that it fits both the book and the author perfectly. If it were a gritty, grimdark affair I don't think I would have liked it as much or it would have become a slog. Because, lets be honest, slave fiction gets really tedious and puts a real damper on things.

I like the world and lore that has been presented. If you're a fan of anime/fantasy lit then there's really very little need to worry about world-building because we already know this world. There are elves, dark elves, and really cool transformer cats. And I'm all about the transformer cats.

While I don't usually like to read slice of life, I found that this is one of my few exceptions. It's a relaxing read where the pacing has a very fun clip to it, you don't get bogged down by too much. You just go in, see what Prime and his new found buddies are up to, and follow along as he learns about his new world.

I really, really like the magic system. The coding/programming bits are really well thought out, you can tell the author has extensive knowledge of coding and it actually makes me want to learn to code. It's a unique take on magic that I've only seen a few other times but not done like this. Our MC is a pretty happy-go-lucky dude who just wants to make his nerdy quips and I dig it.

Overall, I'd say if you're considering reading then do so with the expectation of reading something that's refreshing and definitely doesn't have an edgy isekai protag. Prime is a nerd and a top-tier geek and I like him. And Ravage is officially best cat.

Jon Wander
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If a gimmick works this well is it still a gimmick?

Reviewed at: Book 1: Chapter 12

We’ve all seen plenty of the ‘isekai but with this gimmick’ style story out there. But this one actually works so well I’m not sure it’s even a gimmick so much as an interesting twist. The author clearly has given some thought to how an automata protagonist would work. I especially like the ‘programming’ nature of the way the protagonist interacts with magic. With the caveat that I have limited programming skills they are very well presented and should intrigue younger readers into looking more seriously into real-world programming. If that’s the author’s goal then I believe he succeeded.

The style is light and easy to read without ever feeling underwhelming, as appropriate for both a light novel and one meant for all ages. I also have to give credit for the very nice illustrations.

The story itself is well done, though I think there are a few tiny wrinkles, which are frankly more common than absent in the isekai genre (quickly accepting reincarnation, rather fast relationship forming etc.) but they’re nothing distracting or worth writing home about.

The characters have a likeable level of enthusiasm about them that fits nicely into the story.

In summary: the blurb is truthful, the execution is well done and I’m sorry Optimus (you'll get it after reading).

RiahWeston
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I've only had enough time to read a bit of this story but it is definitely up to snuff! Keep up the good work Xian! And all you readers better come in and check out this story!

WindyImagine
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The Little Mecha Isekai That Could

Reviewed at: Chapter 4

An isekai with immense potential!  We have a genial protagonist who doesn't seem too OP, cute illustrations, and the little nods to real-world mech stuff is lovely.  Zentrati?  "Forgive me, Optimus?"  Wonderful.

 

Style

Maybe I'm used to lighter fiction, because the paragraphs seem awfully long from time to time.  It gets a little heavy.  But the seamless integration and consistency with the [Skills] and their functions is great!

Story

Typical isekai.  I loved the bit about user accounts being bound to the soul.

Grammar

I noticed a few hiccups here and there, but nothing blinding.

Character

There's something familiar and refreshing about robot-lovers that make them great protagonists, and becoming a robot himself makes the main character all the more endearing.  I'd like to see more of the others before I judge them, though.  And, echoing another reviewer, Sparky is wonderful.