Katsuragi Kenta was a gamer. He did exactly what he needed to obtain the games he wanted and the time to play them; nothing more, nothing less. When his entire class is transported to a fantasy world, Kenta is suddenly an expert on their situation and the world around them. Naturally, he sets out on his own to escape his two faced classmates.Two months later he returns and discovers that Momokawa Kyou, formerly the most popular girl in class, was left behind by their classmates. The two strike up an uneasy alliance despite despising each other. What’s more, they may have to work together to survive a curse.Kenta will have his hands full surviving his new fantasy world. If the monsters don't get him, Kyou just might!
Warning: Tagged 15+ for Sexual Innuendos, Strong Language and Violence.Cover artwork made by MioChin
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Ok, I have read up to the present.
The positives: it's competently written, with a consistent style. The author often has plot events that subvert expectations and smugly mentions this in comments.
The negatives: the MC doesn't really have any agency. He's not just weak, he bounces from one life threatening encounter to another without taking any real control of the situation. He never obtains any serious advantage from the gamer system, despite supposedly being a savvy hardcore gamer - in fact, in later chapters the author shows that all his classmates have caught up, if not surprassed him in terms of available powerups.
And yes, he consistently will get over his head into a situation that should have killed him, and instead of finding a clever exploit to allow survival he often survives purely from plot armor. (sometimes he survives due to his own efforts but sometimes it requires an absurdly favorable deus ex to save him)
Not only is the MC weak in terms of combat power, he persistently whines about the beautiful women he has to put up with and doesn't do what any man with an ounce of agency would do and just have sex with them.
Finally, another big negative is the story is slow and there's a lot of filler. Over 2 years it seems like a few months of plot have happened, and the last chapter was pure filler.
The MC is supposed to be an intelligent hardcore gamer right? So why would he routinely equip items with unknown effects? That's just asking to be cursed and he should've known better. It's not even explained beyond a throwaway line about getting screwed by a merchant if he doesn't identify them himself. So right off the bat the main set-up for the story is straining my suspension of disbelief but it's not a deal-breaker. The action scenes are awkward and sometimes hard to follow but readable so again not a deal-breaker. The MC and waifu are unlikable and their interactions are mostly cliche and annoying. Still somehow not a deal-breaker.
Ultimately this story seems to be the kind where the MC stumbles from one unfortunate event to the next somehow surviving despite all logic and probability saying he should've died but doesn't because Plot Armor, I guess? Up to where I've read it hasn't been explained but I get the annoying impression that it's all just the gods playing puppet master which, I think, is a terrible cop-out. I'm giving this a 2.5 (50%) because so far it has been annoying and entertaining in equal amounts.
As the title says, this novel is an extremely cut and dry JP style novel that has been written as if it was professionally translated and acclimated for the ENG audience. So for those who do not like this style of writing, more plot little detail if any and arc based story progression, then this will be a major turn off. Else, its great.
This novel does have one thing going for it though and that is EMOTIONS. The entire story is almost completely focused on them. The entire purpose of the story switches from the mcguffin that is the ring to the emotions behind everything , which directly or indirectly cause every single problem that our main cast faces.
The cast are all a bunch of brats, kids, and they act like them. Confused, full of hormones, and make rash decisions....basically tons of demerits. Yet they each have a major upside to them as well which makes them redeemable: Persuasive, Enduring, Strong and Analytical.(1 trat for each of the cast). While their major demerit, inability to effectively communicate and understand one another, is the root of all their problems as well as what is slowly fixed throughout the entire story.
Basically, the entire world is on the brink of explosion yet the fate of the planet rests on whether or not these idiot kids can sit down and talk to eachother effeciively....its great!
My only gripe with the story, the reason why its 4/5 and not 5/5, is that the author used the old "when the girl gets emotional they resort to violence" trope. Its a bad thing not because of what happens, I could live with a character that likes to abuse men if its interesting in some way and has a reason as well as real world implications...but in this story there is none. The kid who hates all others and is paranoid, suspicious, and quick to anger/lashing out verbally just accepts physical punishment from 2/3 of his partners. Its basically just a gag or its used to forcibly stop any meaningful plot progression since the author wishes to keep his grand narrative going. Its annoying, but I just tuned it out and pretended that it never happened while reading to keep my suspension of disbelief going.
Its honesty nowhere near as bad as people are portraying this story to be, sure the plot and setting isnt as well crafted as i would like but the main draw is mostly the interactions between the main 4 characters.
The authors doing an incredible job at fleshing out their personalities, even the typicaly 2 dimensional ditsy princess has become a really deep characcter. So if youre main interest in these stories is more about character interaction and development then youre in for a treat.
Updated 10/5/20: Interesting story about a terribly antisocial guy who apparently has an innate fear or dislike for women’s affections, who is sucked into a RPG-like world and subsequently finds, and is cursed/blessed with a magical wedding ring (that is harem friendly). His “wives” hate, obsess over, and like him, but none seem to understand him much.
Character: Story still hadn’t (as of Ch 5.5) explained why the MC is socially broken; it goes far beyond antisocial tendencies. Lots of chubby kids have a hard time making friends, but this guy is REALLY holding grudges and treating even friendly strangers, ones with obvious childlike innocence from other worlds, as untrustworthy or burdensome. He has been leading on one such girl so long now that he is crossing the tipping point from helplessly inconvenienced towards being a true manipulative opportunist heartless bastard.
Story: Wife #1 is unreasonably... unbearably b***hy... I’d have experimented with letting her die by now, we’re I him; she blames him for the curse, but she totally accepted the risk of running around with a cursed guy, he had no more knowledge of the cause than she did, yet she blames him for the curse affecting her that was only triggered because he saved her defenseless helpless carcass from falling into an abyss.
Finally, I thought chapter 5.5 was unnecessary and a unwelcome break from the plot/flow of the main storyline; perhaps it would be better to weave these sections in between other chapters.
Painfully I find myself liking certain superfriend side characters more than the MC... that said, I don’t want to read about them if they aren’t going to be a major story focus, and prefer 1-track stories. I would actually celebrate the simultaneous death of MC & Wife #1, releasing Wife #2 to marry a nice neighborly prince (instead of bastard MC), and”fixing” Wife #3; new book with superfriend niceguy MC.
Overall, worth My initial binge, but the MC and waifu are so unlikeable that it is unlikely I stopped wait for regular chapter releases... disappointing; I was hoping for character growth.
I've now checked in as of Chapter/Book 7: 6-4... I'm not seeing much if any character growth, and his skills are relatively pathetic (compared to peers).
Time to deep 6 this story and rework with likeable characters, which I know the author is able to make. (There is a reason why stories with unlikeable characters aren't common... you've done your experiment. Now, move on and make something that people will want to read.)
Remember that grouchy old neighbor you had as a kid? The one who was never happy and felt that you shouldn't be as well?
So both of the lead characters are that guy, except they are teenagers. This novel seems to take the absolute WORSE part of Japanese light novels and uses it heavily. Specifically the un-changing characters (who seem to match an unrelatable genre trope) and repeateded gags/bits.
WHERE is the character growth? Everyone is just as much of an asshole as ever. I started reading this because I thought there would be some actual romance but instead I am left frustrated with shallow characters who resemble the back side of a donkey more than they do real people.
Any appearent romance feels forced due to the WP system and any character growth is quickly torn to pieces by repeated gags/bits. Any appearent attempts at real romance (NOT initiated by the two main characters of course) are quickly shot down by their horrible personalities.
It looks like it may be slowly getting better but I really don't see why one would want to sit through what looks like will end up being 5-6 volumes of frankly ugly characters (personality wise) before they start to actual grow up.
On the positive side the writing is quite good so if you are okay with hating the main charactesr at least the story has that going for it. 1/5 because even though the writing was good I just got angrier the more I read.
Between Kenta and Kyou, I think it's very hard to tell which of the 2 characters is more annoying. They are both so full of bullshit that it's almost unbelievable. As such, it's imposible for me to enjoy this story.
Seriously make ken a man and make kyou disappear and it will be a good story.
Ps. Goddamn kyou was so annoying
The story started out alright overall. The MC starts out as a total waste, but somehow manages to turn things into his favor. Slowly things start to look up, interesting events happen and he ends up linked to Kyou. This is where things take a turn for the worse....
Kyou's character is so badly written and flawed it cant help but make you cringe. She has no character and there is no characterbuilding . All she does troughout the story is bitch and moan. Yet for some reason, Kenta is seen as an antisocial asshole for taking decisive and realistic actions. After 3 vorlumes hardly anything has changed at all.
The author is trying to forcefully add humor to the story by constantly chastising the MC with abuse and insults. He is simply too passive and Kyou literally gets away with anything. It is so over the top it's not funny at all. The interaction between the characters are awkward, cringeworthy and annoying.
There are many more flaws which i am not going to state, since other people have already mentioned those. I really hoped that over time the story would improve, but it simply has not. Even with all the feedback.
The MC is unlikable, Kyou is just a terrible written character, and Rin is so-so.
Proofread but written by non-native English speaker
At least the author uses proofreaders, kudos to him for doing that, unfortunately they aren't helping him enough with the more subtle things such as the many awkwardly phrased sentences and outright syntax errors, not to mention synonyms that doesn't fit the context.
It reads like a clumsy anime dub with a lot of sentences worded in ways native English speakers simply wouldn't.
That aside, the story simply isn't particularly engaging, there's little to draw the reader in. The characters aren't particularly interesting or fleshed out, and there's a lack immersion because the author doesn't use much descriptive text.
If he wants to work on that he needs make the world come alive through the five senses, describe what the protagonist sees, and not just telling the reader what he sees, flesh out the surrounding and the people and monsters, what are the people wearing and how do they look, go into visceral detail when up against fearsome, and not so fearsome monsters.
Also remember the other senses, sound, smells, touch and taste.