Alright, so here is my list of “another world” translated web novels. If you liked Arifureta enough to make it to my website, chances are you might like some of these other ones. If you have others you think should be added to my list, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to add and update from time to time.
To be on my list, I’d need to have some exposure to it, either having read the web novels myself or read the manga/ watched the anime that derived from those web novels. Most of these I’ve read and enjoyed, or if I didn’t enjoy, I’ll tell you why. So enjoy the synopsis and critique on every ‘another world” web novel I could find. These are not put in any particular order, either by preference or alphabet or anything.
In order to be on this list, it must:
- Involve someone being transported or reincarnated in another world from the one they started in (I also made exceptions for traveling back in time to relive the same world with more information).
- An English version is available online for free.
- Have 20 or more chapter released in English (at least 1-2 finished volumes)
- Finished or still releasing new chapters as of 2016.
The stories I’m avoiding are:
- Stories where someone is just playing a game, even if it’s a deathmatch. Sorry, no sword art online, etc… etc…
- Stories you’d have to buy the LNs for. If it’s not online for free and translated, I’m not including it. (Now I’m not saying it’s online legally, just that it’s online and I was able to find it without illegal torrents)
- Mature rated content. I’m trying to avoid sex novels here.
To Deprive a Deprived Person:
A young abused child ends up reincarnated into a new world with the same damaged body. Continues to be abused until he gets an ability that allows him to steal other people’s abilities. He quickly forms a harem with three women and steadily grows more and more powerful. The harem gets pretty dependent on him for no reason and the story quickly loses a lot of steam near the more recent chapters. It depends on the “everyone is an evil dickhole who wants something from the protagonist” cliché quite a bit. Plus, one of his harem has probably the grossest power ever, which makes it impossible to acknowledge anything she does as anything less than horrifying. Translation is still ongoing.
Rise of the Shield Hero:
Four heroes are summoned, each with a cheat-like weapon. Despite being gaming Otakus, they all suddenly forget how tanking works and decide that the non-combatant “shield” holder is the weakest and deserves the least resources. Fast forward a day, and the one person who joined his team robs him blind and accuses him of raping her. Spurned by his allies and the country that summoned him, the shield hero must depend on tricks, slaves, and mercantile tactics in order to survive in the world he was dragged in. That’s the story for the first 100 chapters, then all that kind of gets put behind, and in the grand scheme of the story, his “betrayal” was a mere footnote in his life and hardly worth the earth shattering trust issues he has for the remainder of the story. It goes on kind of long near the end, but this is still probably one of the best “other world” stories out there, in my opinion. It’s actually finished with a decent ending, and also includes probably one of the largest harems in any story I’ve read. Also… I hope you like lesbian Chocobo rape… because you’re getting lesbian Chocobo rape.
Zero no Tsukaima:
The familiar of zero is probably one of the definitive stories that brought me into this genre. However, with the story already having 4 complete anime seasons which conclude the story arc, and being a fairly highly received anime to boot, I completely forgot this was a web novel too. In a world were magicians obtain noble status over the non-magic commoners, a young girl known for being unable to cast any spells without blowing things up (Louise the Zero, they call her) attempts to summon her familiar. That familiar turns out to be a Japanese “commoner”, causing her much embarrassment. As she tries to treat him like a loyal pet, he has to cope with being trapped in an unknown world while being treated like a servant by a pretentious noble. The world takes after western “history” with knights, princesses, kingdoms, and dragons. The story takes a lot of turns as it progresses. Most of it takes place out of a magical school, with them occasionally going off to other countries to fulfill diplomatic missions and participate in wars. The MC gains the knowledge to use any weapon he holds and steadily becomes pretty reliable. His multiple achievements end up earning him noble status too. I found the story to actually be pretty long winded and political, and the harem is one of those “the mc obviously likes one girl and only her, but because he’s a pervert we’ll pretend all these other girls have a chance” set ups. This was all experience with anime, I might add, so I can’t tell you how the novels run. However, it was a decent anime and it might be a decent read.
Daybreak on Hyperion:
This story is the same as Familiar of Zero, but it flips the gender roles and adds gender bender in there too. In this, a pretentious wizard genius who doesn’t get along with anyone sets up to summon someone equal to his genius, but completely unlike himself. Every genius needs someone to challenge them to get the best out of them, to help them think outside the box. Therefore, he ends up summoning a beautiful and petite half-Japanese/half-german history student. The problem was, she was original a guy. Not only having to cope with being trapped in a new world, he also has to cope with being the opposite sex. Like Zero no Tsukaima, it sets up a LOT of political background and will have many long conversations dedicated to fleshing out the world and its characters. The entire world, by the way, is heavily influenced by german lore and terminology. In this case, he’s the genius, and she’s mostly just a stubborn, but a clever person who has to cope with his eccentrics. Kind of like the Doctor and his companion, if you will. I lost interest once they tried to ham in a romantic relationship between the two MCs (the summoner and the summoned). That wasn’t exactly why I quit reading… it’s pretty dry and long winded either way, but it broke the camels back for me.
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?:
The final battle between a hero and a demon king ends up spreading across dimensions and killing an entire classroom of students/teachers. They all end up reincarnating into a game-like world, born with their memories intact, but at the age of infants. One such introvert girl ends up reincarnating in the body of a lower spider monster lost in an oversized labyrinth. The story kind of goes from there. It’s a lot like RE: Monster. It’s all about skill acquisition and steady growth. She eats other monsters, gains levels, gains skills, and eats more monsters. Her levels keep climbing, and she keeps evolving. It’s a very slow progressing story, and unlike most “reincarnate as a monster” web novels, she doesn’t gain a sexy humanoid form in the first 50 chapters. She starts out as a spider, and as she goes, she just becomes a stronger and stronger spider. The story lacks human interaction. Every 10 chapters or so they jump to other people who were reincarnated and kind of give a run down of what they were doing while the protagonist is struggling in the labyrinth, but for the most part, at least for quite some time, it’s just her and her inner monologue for at least a good 40-50 chapters. Still, there is a certain kind of adorable almost Monty Pythonesque way to her interactions. So if you want something easy going, it’s as cute as you’ll get from a story about a spider monster.
Konjiki no Wordmaster:
Four heroes are summoned to stop a demon lord, but a fifth person gets sucked along for the ride. When they open their status screens, the four of them have the title hero, while the other has the title, innocent bystander. He decides to take off on his own, not being friends with the others, and not trusting the kingdom. His power ends up being pretty phenomenal, the ability to actualize any word he writes. He also is a giant book nerd, putting books above people. Although he’s a jerk, he always ends up doing the “hero” things, even though he does them in the guise of someone who is most definitely not a hero. I lost interest in it a fair way in, and I can’t say I noticed any real romance/harem for as far as I got into it, but you can check it out.
Shinka no Mi:
The seed of evolution is one I really like and would recommend it for fans of Arifureta. It’s about a boy who is fat, ugly, and smells, but he has a heart of gold. When the voice of god suddenly pops up over the loud speaker, he declares Earth is overpopulated and thus he wants to deport the entire school to another fantasy-like RPG world. Giving them an hour to prepare, he informs them they need to make parties to be able to be transferred safely to the same place. No one will party with the icky protagonist, and he ends up getting teleported to a high-level dungeon. As a gift for being such an optimistic guy, the god leaves him with an extra ability, absolute disassembly, which allows him to acquire every aspect of a defeated foe, not just their item drops, meat, and skin, but their abilities, stats, and collective knowledge! On top of that, he consumes something called the seeds of evolution in order to survive. After each evolution, he becomes more handsome and more op’d. Eventually, he runs into other inhabitants of the world, including a gorilla who wants him as her husband (no worries, she has a hot demi-human form). Thus begins the story of an OP guy who doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder for once… a generally nice guy with the powers of a monster. This one has the literal opposite message of Arifureta, as it preaches that people “ought to get along”, and even tries to promote understanding between monsters and humans.
Invincible Saint: Salaryman, the path I walk to survive in this other world:
Ten unfortunate souls get sent to another fantasy-like world on a bet, and this is the story of one of those ten. A salaryman who had a strong desire to stay alive was the most promising and thus got a special blessing from god. He was given the opportunity to distribute his starting skill points and choose his job. Despite being a salaryman, rather than a merchant, he for some reason learns holy magic and becomes a healer. Upon reaching the new world, he finds the entire magical healthcare system (healing guild) is corrupt, and the world more brutal and scarier than he expected. As a result, he starts training so that he can stay alive while creating enemies out of those resentful of his willingness to heal people without charging exorbitant prices. This is one of those stories I’ve genuinely enjoyed reading. It’s less wish fulfillment and more commentary. Whether intentional or not, it makes a pretty scathing commentary on American Healthcare and the “charging people exorbitant prices without telling them how much first”. It also makes some commentary on the mentality of a salaryman. Although he has god’s blessing, it turns out to not be much of a cheat skill. As a result, his strongest ability in this new world is his mentality as a Japanese salaryman, ie… someone willing to work hard for little to no pay or appreciation all for the incremental gains it gives him. My big annoyance with this one is that it starts out a lot like Shinka no Mi. He becomes stuck at level 1 while his stats get boosted from a hard to swallow concoction called Object X. The story leads you into thinking each level will drastically make him more powerful, but when he finally does level, it doesn’t do anything but leave him as an abnormally powerful low leveled character. Plus, even though he does accomplish incredible things, and is promoted accordingly, no one is ever impressed with anything he does, only making more demands on him later… which might actually be more commentary on being a salaryman. There are a few girls, but no romance and the few antagonists are so far removed from his life that they might as well not exist in the story. I’d say it’s a good read, with quality writing, but perhaps not the most exciting or engaging web novel I’ve ever read. It starts out great… but the longer it goes, the longer you realize that the payoff you were hoping for will never come… much like being a salaryman, so I guess you could say this web novel is a success?
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken:
A man who is stabbed saving his young co-worker and her fiancée is reborn in a new world as a slime. Using the slime ability to digest and a sage ability to analyze, he quickly grows into a menacing monster. Slowly, he gathers all the monsters in the forest he found himself in, naming them and providing them with incredible powers. He keeps evolving until he becomes a demon king. Most of the monsters evolve into a human or demi-human forms, and several of them develop crushes on him, so you can probably call it a harem too, even though his humanoid forum has no distinguishable sex. A lot of the story follows between his interactions with the increasingly antagonistic human world lead by a cult-like church and greedy nobles and the grouping of demon kings who control the dark lands. It’s not a bad story and has its funny moments.
In A Different World With a Smartphone:
A boy is accidentally killed by god. Thus, he agrees to resurrect the boy in another world (as per the rules) with an assortment of powers and his Smartphone modified to work in the magic world. I’ll admit, I didn’t give this story much of a chance. After reading through the initial arc, it lacked humor, cool fights, skill acquisition, or RPG elements, basically, any reason I’d ever want to read the story in the first place. What I was left with was a very generic another world story with nothing going for it. I mean, with a name like “Smartphone”. you’d expect the story to focus on the hero’s ability to use his smartphone. Yes, it’s fully working and connect to the internet of Earth. So you think the story would be a fun exploration of all the crazy things he can do with a smartphone which would make him OP. Get “lost” in a labyrinth, only to be able to use GPS mapping and get out instantly. Store and manage your inventory (like an item box) and handle skill acquisition through it like “My Childhood friend is a hero in another world.” In fact, that web novel handles using smartphones in another world many times better than this one, and its name isn’t even about smartphones. In this novel, all he does is look up a recipe or two and keep a journal. That’s it. No bringing recipes and techniques from an advanced civilization. No combining magic with technology. No tricking idiots into thinking you’ve trapped their soul with a picture. No recording someone’s voice and revealing their evil plans at the right moment. No using it to generate sound distractions to help fight in battle. There are some moderate levels of GPS usage, but not in situations where he’s likely to get lost. Instead, he gets a random grab bag of enhanced stats that supposedly make him better than everyone else, yet still, he remarkably fights no better than everyone else in his party of girls. I’m hesitant to call this harem too because although he is in a party with girls, the author fails to write any scenes of them being impressed or enamored with his actions. They sort of just meet, then say, hey, let’s party, and then party. It’s so platonic that the girls might as well be lifeless background noise. I’ll admit, I only gave this book 15 chapters, but there are plenty of novels out there that can tell a very gripping story in 15 chapters, and this one doesn’t do it. Maybe by chapter 60 he’s used his smartphone for something more than ‘let’s keep a journal.’, but so far it hasn’t happened. On that note, who the crap keeps a journal on a cellphone? Is this seriously something someone would do in Japan? I’m looking at you, Future Diary. With tablets, laptops, and good old desktops, someone would actually type a journal on a little bitty cellphone screen? Really?
Return of the Former Hero:
A boy summoned to another world at the age of 12 spends the next 3 years training to battle the demon king. Unfortunately, his hero’s party was full of a bunch of men, and by the time he’s old enough to start having an interest in girls, he defeats the demon king and is sent back to his old world with barely a thank you. Desperate to return and use his hero powers to gain the women and comfortable life he was promised, he creates a magic circle and sends himself back to the fantasy world. However, he may have ended up in the wrong world, landing himself in a unique world that has a different hero who has yet to defeat their demon king. However, that’s just fine for him. The MC still sets out to meet ladies, fall in love and live comfortably. I haven’t read too much of this one, but it’s not bad. I can’t say it’s done anything to set itself out or get me all that excited. This MC falls in the ‘perverted thoughts’ category of MCs, who looks cool until he starts thinking indecent things, and then he has a face that disgusts the women around him and makes it harder for him to get girls. It’s very readable, as my only criticism so far is that it doesn’t really set itself out. At least the pacing is good so far. Give it a try.
A class is summoned to another world. The bullied weakling gets left behind in a dungeon. It’s very similar to Arifureta, although the abuse is way more advanced and there is no one in class on his side. In the end, they literally toss him at some monsters to slow them down while everyone else escapes. However, rather than eating demon meat, he re-pops after dying with increased powers. Also, everyone in his party is dead and brought back using an ability that makes them his slaves. It’s kind of like shield-hero in that respect, as he doesn’t trust anyone who isn’t his slave. Also, he decides to systematically murder everyone in his class, so there is that. I heard the most recent volume went off the wall and the author rewrote it, I didn’t get much further than volume 2.
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku:
A software developer/debugger ends up in another world. Using his admin level cheats, he inadvertently clears the hardest area in the world, including wiping out the Dragon God, jumping him to level 300+ and providing him with a dragon’s horde of rare and magical items. He only gets more OP’d from there. It’s a web novel about loli’s, food, and taking a casual vacation that includes defeating demon lords and stopping world breaking space Kaiju. The harem is massive but composed of almost entirely loli’s. Don’t worry, he isn’t interested in them that way, it’s almost entirely one-sided. I’d say the story didn’t really get interesting until demon lords started showing up, which actually takes quite a while. It’s never a novel that’ll leave you concerned. It’s never a matter of if, just a question of how quickly the protagonist will break common sense and stop city breaking cataclysms as easily as cooking some flying whale. If you go into it looking to relax and have a good time, you’ll have fun. If you’re in it for a complex story… it’s very slow and almost non-existent. It’s basically about a demi-god who worked himself to death in his previous life deciding to take a vacation in this one.
I was Reincarnated as a Magic Academy!:
This one isn’t Japanese or Chinese, but Romanian. Like Fimbulwinter, it was written in English, so technically it doesn’t count as “translated”, but I’m including it anyway. While playing video games with headphones on, a Romanian guy is shot in the back of the head by a criminal who broke into his home. He wakes up possessing the form of a powerful dungeon core class called dungeon lord. He was pieced together by several other dungeon cores and created by a powerful magician in order to handle the management, protection, and building of a magical school. Kind of like Hogwarts if Hogwarts was given sentience. There, he has an awareness of everything in his territory. He can create monsters, build rooms, cast spells, and have overall mastery over his abilities. He can feel everything in his territory, but he can also hover around like an invisible ghost. He was also given the ability to select his race, from easy dungeon core to god-like. Of course, he picks god-like, unaware that god-like is an extinct form of a dungeon, giving him a massive bank of mana and increasingly more powerful dominion over his realm. He quickly starts to build a harem of girls through various circumstances who start out being the only ones aware of his true power. The story changes once he gains a body. He stops being a magic academy (making the name pointless) and starts traveling the world with his harem. The story forgets about levels, ranks, and for the most part, the building of his dungeon, and focuses on his sexual relationship with his harem and his ongoing battle with his inner dungeon nature. Some may love the way the story radically changes tones, others might be a little disappointed. I was on the disappointed side. After 40 some chapters of being a magic academy, the author seemingly throws that out and starts a different story using the same characters, although not really because even the characters themselves have radically different personalities than they did and the setting completely changes. So if you don’t like the first half of this web novel, you might like the second and vice versa. Personally, I keep reading hoping at some point it returns to its roots, following the story of a magic academy. To me, this was underexplored and got dropped way too easily in exchange for a rather generic and uninteresting harem fantasy. However, if you like harems or stories that drastically twist in tone and feel, this might be for you.
Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!:
A kingdom summons the hero, dragging along two of his childhood friends with him. One childhood friend is a girl who is in love with him and immediately decides to help him fight the demon lord. The second refuses to help, concerned only about returning home. Aggravated by the second childhood friend, the haughty court mage (thought to be an unparalleled genius with magic) decided to teach him a lesson, only to discover he is a magician that far exceeds her abilities. On Earth, he’s a magician unbeknownst to his friends, a secret group hidden from the normal humans. Furthermore, their magical theory far exceeds the fantasy world. Even though he was only moderately powerful on Earth, in this world he is an unbridled genius that probably could defeat the demon lord even without the hero’s help. Not that he’s willing to… He’s kind of haughty and selfish himself, and his reasoning for not helping his friends seems flimsy. Like wordmaster, he sort of just goes off on his own while the hero’s go fight the demon lord. In this case, he’s looking to help them go home, but so far his character has seemed unrelatable to me, so I’ve struggled to get into this one. Give it a shot if their story sounds interesting to you.
Yuusha Party no Kawaii Ko ga ita no de, Kokuhaku Shite Mita:
Guy reincarnated to a magical world. He is a demon though with no aspirations to become the demon lord. As 4 heroes are trying to defeat the demon king, he stands in their way and inadvertently wipes them out, only to fall in love with one of the members. Things get interesting from there. Well, no, not really. The story is more romance than anything. It’s basically about a guy trying to date a girl. He’s a demon with the power of a demon king masquerading as a human. (kind of like parts of overlord) She’s a noble who just became famous for defeating the previous demon king. It gets pretty underutilized and I found myself quickly losing interest. It’s quite funny at the start and introduces a lot of amusing and notable characters… but then it fails to really do anything with them. To me, it felt more like a slice of life story with a fantasy background. It’s technically got less than 20 chapters released, although it’s more than 20 releases if you include the fact many of them are cut in two-four pieces. Give it a shot if you’re looking for something light.
Against the Gods:
A man with extreme medical skills and a special treasure known as the sky poison pearl lives a life of vengeance and regret. Forced to the end of the world by those chasing his artifact, he swallows the poison pearl and leaps from a cliff, taking his own life. Only to resurrect in his own 15-year-old body, on an unknown continent, with a different name and the memories from another life. In that life, he was a boy with crippled profound veins, hated by his own clan, and set to marry a beautiful woman far above his station. Thus begins his long journey towards becoming strong enough to protect all the ones he loves. It’s a Xianxia if you know what those are. So it’s all about a steady leveling towards god-like power, usually through “contemplating” techniques and “absorbing” profound power. The guys a bit of womanizer, and even though he’s married, continually woes other women too. The story recycles the same scenes over and over again. First, he pisses someone off. Then he disappears, presumed dead. Then he survives a trial, gaining some kind of new power. He owns all the bad guys, then pisses someone new off, rinse and repeat. You’d think by the third time he’s pronounced “dead” someone would go… “you know? I don’t think he’s dead.”, but whatever. If you like seeing pompous people getting knocked on their butts and everyone being continuously surprised at how powerful the op protagonist is, then you’ll like this novel.
Mondaiji-tachi ga isekai kara kuru soudesu yo:
My only experience with this novel comes from the anime. Basically, it follows the “many worlds” theory that all these novels follow. In this case, there is a world that welcomes people from other worlds, allowing them to bring their unique talents in order to compete in games. A guild on the verge of being destroyed summons three individuals from three different worlds, each with a unique ability that left them feeling detached from the rest of the world they lived in. This new world is a world of games, where people compete and make bets, winning and losing for just about everything. These three summons each bring certain abilities, and using their overpowered skills they recover the guild and protect the children living in it. I didn’t hate it. I still haven’t gone out of my way to read the novel and see how it differs, though.
With a meteor about to strike the earth, a gaming otaku is suddenly teleported to the world of his game inside the avatar of his character. That character has the job class of canceller, a brand new and strangely bugged job system that might have been fixed, had the world not been about to end. Thus begins the story of a mellow guy who doesn’t even have an Earth to return to, so he might as well get along in the new one. Unfortunately, the world he’s in is full of corruption and evil. After saving a slave girl from being raped, he sets out to try to free her while making a living too. The stories actually pretty good. There is a growing sense that things aren’t okay and that the nobility is corrupt. Rather than shove corrupt nobles in your face, it hints and describes the actions, rather than flat out just throwing it at you. I actually find this way better writing than a lot of stories I’ve read, and many times in it I’ve actually felt like I was reading a video game story. He makes acquaintances, from armor shops to brokers, to corrupt guards he can bribe for information, and I swear the scene feels like it was ripped straight from Dragon Age. The story builds like this, quite successfully, and that tension always feels like it’s building too. The story really has only one problem. There are WAY too many arseholes. Basically, everyone who isn’t the MC and his slave girl are just the worst people ever. The story has some pretty brutal and horrifying scenes, and even ignoring those scenes, everyone in this story is brutal and violent. It’s kind of like deprive the depriver in that respect, although in this story, his OP isn’t particularly OP’d. You always feel like he’s barely able to scrap by, whether it’s a fight with thieves or gathering the money to pay for the slave girl before the deadline. In some ways, the story is nail-biting and intense, and in other ways, it feels almost like NTR, never quite giving you satisfaction. I’ll leave it up to you whether that’s good or bad, but truth be known, this has been one of the more thrilling web novels I’ve read in a while.
No Game, No Life:
An otaku brother and his little sister with a rather unhealthy relationship and lifestyle are summoned to another world after being that world’s god at a game of chess. Together, the pair form the team  “blank”, which has said to never have been beaten. This world turns out to be a world created by the god of games after being the only living god after untold eons of war. Thus, he created a world where all conflict is resolved by games and competition. They find themselves in the declining lands of Imanity (humanity). Since humans lack magic, they can’t see if they are being tricked with magic, and have thus spent years losing territory. The brother and his little sister then proceed to start recovering what imanity has lost using their genius intuition and skills to defeat opponents that can cheat them with magic any time they want. It’s got some stupid parts. For example, games come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s see Blank win against a relay race. But forgetting the giant pink elephant, it was an enjoyable story so far, and actually has a direction it’s going, which is more than most “another world” books.
Ryuugoroshi no Sugosuhibi:
A girl is about to be sacrificed to the evil black dragon that has terrorized the land for generations. Suddenly, a boy is summoned crashing directly into the dragon’s one and only mysterious “weak spot” and killing him instantly. This world apparently goes by the “you keep what you kill” rules and he absorbs the abilities of a OP’d black dragon, causing him to be OP’d himself. This one… did not appeal to me for some reason. I read about 10 chapters, then gave up on it. Can’t even really give you much of a reason why. He travels with the girl he saved, both hiding until they figure out what to do, ince she’s supposed to be good and sacrificed and he’s dangerously OP’d. Try it out. It’s got 23 chapters out, although a new chapter hasn’t been released in 4 months, so I don’t know if the project is abandoned or not.
The New Gate:
Ever wondered what would happen after Kirito beat Sword Art Online, if instead of waking up, he pulls an Overlord and the game ends up turning into reality, only 500 years later? Well, this story had you covered. The lone player, after finally defeating the death game, ends up waking up 500 years later in the game turned reality. All the powerful NPC companions he had created, having become sentient, moved on to become legendary figures that helped shape history. With that, he enters this world, an overpowered and god-like existence, the last living high human since the end of the time of legends. The story hasn’t progressed that far. He mostly just does whatever he can, every action he takes pressing against the realm of common sense. Oh, you’re sick? Here’s a rare and exotic potion from a mystical era than can never be seen again. You need a mount? Here’s a mystical demi-god, you can ride him. That kind of thing. He connects back with his old NPCs, who idealize him as a god… and that’s really as far as the story got when I last checked. Not bad. It’s not harem, but there’s quite a few girls who meet the protagonist with adoration.
Tsuki ga Michibiku:
This is one I initially skipped for the simple reason that the summary makes no darn sense. The protagonist is the son of two people who originally came from a fantasy world. They cut a deal with the gods to be sent to Earth, a notoriously harsh place to live with few gods and no magic. In exchange, something they cherish will one day be taken from them. That turns out to be the protagonist himself, who is summoned back to the fantasy realm of his parents in order to fight demons and re-establish the human order. As the kindly god of earth is preparing to send him to his new world, the flippant goddess of the fantasy world pulls him over ahead of schedule. Being an arrogant misandrist, she immediately dislikes him, declaring she doesn’t want someone as un-cute as him becoming her world’s hero. She declares she summoned a backup (someone he probably knows), gives him an incomplete ability to talk to orcs and other demihumans, and then abandons him in a desert at the end the world, forbidding him from interfering with her precious hyumanity (humanity), or even allowing him to get married or have kids. Meanwhile, she bestows a ton of divinity on her “backup”, and put them right in a castle, ready to be heroes. Spurned by this world’s goddess, he sets out to live the best way he can now that he is stuck on this world. This leads him into meeting monsters, whom after forming a contract with him gain cute, female forms. He’s super powerful for “some reason”, and it’s not really explained why he can easily fight S class monsters. His first monster can also create an artificial world, and he starts recruiting people away from the god’s world (who treats monsters harshly) and putting them in his artificial world, effectively creating his own kingdom. I originally abandoned this web novel, but then gave it a little more time. I really don’t like how it’s written, and I don’t know if that’s a result of the author or the translator. To me, it’s just hard to follow and seems to jump all over the place.
Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There:
Japan suddenly finds itself connected to a fantasy world. After the fantasy world suddenly attacks them, killing citizens of Japan and kidnapping others, they send in the cavalry. Ever wonder how modern warfare and technology would fair against dragons and magic? Turns out pretty well. The army sets up a base right on top of the holy land for the location, and thus have to repel numerous attacks… but the Japanese war machine is strong, and every army breaks under Japanese artillery and training. The main protagonist is quite interesting. He’s an otaku who only joined the army to fund his buying habits. Always in the right place at the wrong time, he actually is a war hero with a ridiculous amount of prestige, despite being fairly lazy, obstinate, and least deserving of his awards. He meets up with locals, including a magician, an elf, a dark elf, and a loli deathgod, who follow him, curious about Japan. Every time you think the story is going to pull a one over on the Japanese, you’re reminded about just how far we’ve come from the ages of monarchy and kingdoms. At one point, someone tries to instigate a war by forging some documents. Then the CSI breaks out, they match fingerprints, and a day later they’re bringing in the real culprit. It’s pretty satisfying. The world they’re in is brutal, filled with death, rape, and moronic ambition. However, none of this stands up against the JSDF. Now… I only read a chapter of the webcomic. Most of my knowledge comes from the anime…. But it’d probably be worth reading.
Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo Dorei Majutsu:
An MMORPG fan, boasting an overwhelming overpowered character dubbed by others as the Demon King, suddenly gets teleported to another world inside the avatar of his MMORPG character. Two pretty girls were simultaneously trying to summon a slave, and declare he is their slave… however, when the magic settles, it rebounds and they both end up becoming his slave. There, he declares himself a Demon King, and the story goes on from there. The story wasn’t bad, although not a whole lot happened from what I can remember. It’s got harems and master/slaves and all that rot. It’s got a guy acting all evil and tough, while showing you his hilarious inner commentary as a panicky and insecure otaku. So kind of like Overlord, at least in that respect. Might be worth a look.
Ore no Osananajimi wa Joshikousei de Yuusha:
This one starts off a little confusing. Basically, a guy has a childhood friend, who ends up being designated as the hero who must go to another world to stop evil from happening. However, she always appears to him as self-deprecating and just a little bit useless, so he gets convinced to tag along to this new world. However, in reality, she’s actually brilliant… and also a certified psychopath who only wants the rest of the world to love the protagonist as much as she does. That’s right, she’s a Yandere… and not the cute kind. She is quite brutal, and terrifying. It tries to address the “what if the hero from another world was a yandere”, kind of like My Super Ex-girlfriend but with hero in another world themes instead of superhero ones. However, it fails at that completely, because no one ever recognizes her as a hero. She’s just some crazy arsed overpowered girl. She spends the majority of her time behind the scenes being responsible for basically everything that happens in his life, as she engineers situations for him to become a hero and save the day. She also drags other girls into it, and then immediately turns them into yandere too. Yup, it’s contagious, apparently. So yeah, she messes with people’s minds until they’re convinced they’re in love with him as much as she is. It’s kind of sick… and terrifying… but if you like Yanderes, this is the story for you.
Master of Monsters:
Entire school gets teleported to the middle of a monster-infested forest in a parallel world. Some have super powers so the school survives and establishes a new society. There is a rebellion, lots of people die, the mc is powerless so he runs for his life. That’s where the story starts. Then he realizes he has the power to control certain unique and special monsters. Controlling them gives them sentience and self-awareness too. He slowly assembles a harem of girls. (Turns out, only female monsters become unique monsters, so there is actually a legitimate reason in this one) Like shield-hero and Yuusha, the protagonist has major trust issues. Unlike those, he really has very little reason to have trust issues. Everyone seemed to go crazy and he got kicked around a little before managing to escape. The ones who were kicking him died horribly. Yeah… that’s his horror story. Humans can’t be trusted… so violently in fact that he has a panic attack just thinking about trusting a high school girl who literally risked her life to save his. Yeah… really stupid. His first girl is a slime who eats one of his dead classmates and takes on her form/memories. His second girl is a wood puppet. His third girl is half spider. It’s kind of like Monster Musume mixed with RPG survival horror. It’s another one of those ultra-pessimistic all humans are trash kind of stories. It also doesn’t progress very fast, and to the point that’s translated they’re still sitting in the forest they started out in.
Slave harem in the labyrinth of the other world:
Guy contemplating suicide registers for a game on some obscure website, and then he wakes up in a different world with the abilities he selected. After getting introduced to the concept of slaves, he starts to slowly build an adventuring team made up entirely of attractive women. He gets special points which he can allocate in any ability he wants, including a skill reset option, so he can invest points in anything he wants, generating OP’d swords, giving himself faster experience, filling up magic crystals faster, and using cheat-like magic spells. It’s a very very slow slog of a story. It’s a very slice of life story, with very little payoff. It takes nearly 16 chapters just to get the first slave, and every new one gets added every 20 some chapters. He makes money, buys stuff to enhance his harem (from bath and soap so he can wash them, to cliched outfits that he puts them in). It very thoroughly has him trouble shooting everything in this world. No books, no help menus, no hp or mp bars, he basically has to figure everything out on his own, including how much each item does damage. The author spends an insane amount of time detailing every little experiment he runs. He also spends a lot of time on food, the acquiring and cooking for such. To me, the story has little life to it. No one has any personality and everything in the story proceeds with an almost foggy lack of feeling. The story is really just a repetitive slog (we killed three monsters, I used this skill, then we went and ate breakfast, then we went and killed more monsters, I leveled up to this, then we…) The protagonist is a disgusting creep (he’ll condemn anyone who looks at his harem, while feeling like any pretty girl who passes his way should immediately sleep with him). There is no story and minimal characterization. After spending more time reading this story, I’ve come to hate it with a passion. The protagonist is an awful person, most of the slaves are awful people, and the story is nonexistent. I’ve read 200 chapters of this crap, I can assure you nothing ever happens. At this point, I’m only leaving it on my list to advise you not to read it, because it’s seriously an awful story with awful people. It was probably when he basically rapes his fifth slave (whom the other girls threaten and indoctrinate) that I threw this web novel away in disgust.
Evil God Average:
A beautiful girl with one tiny problem, she has evil looking eyes, has lived a life without too many friends or opportunities for happiness. Then, a god-like being with similarly evil looking eyes takes a liking to her (he likes the look of her eyes), and decides to summon her to his world with the typical item box/ magic / enhanced stats as standard fair. In good faith, he offers her one extra wish, to which she responds that she wants “average” eyes and she want’s to give off an “average” aura. Thus, he grants her wish, and she ends up in a new world completely normal… to the standard of an Evil God, which turns out to be pants crapping terrifying. Thus begins her path to get by in a new world as the most terrifying presence alive. Furthermore, anything she touches gains divine protection from the evil god, turning common items into evil and cursed items of darkness. Humans can’t see her aura, so mostly it’s only if she looks at someone that they become terrified. Plus her clothing, bed, room, and weapons all turn into monstrously powerful evil artifacts. Thus she starts gathering friends: slaves, demon lords, basically anyone she can keep from running away in terror. It’s a very funny story and one I genuinely like. Reminds me a lot of Kumo Desu ga, but faster pacing and a bit more interaction with other people.
I’ve Became Able to Do Anything with My Growth Cheat, but I Can’t Seem to Get out of Being Jobless:
This lump of a title follows the story of a man who became a high school drop-out after his parents died. Although his suspiciously clever little sister used the inheritance money to make them millionaire’s, the boy still desired to support her and not be a lump the rest of his life. Regrettably, he seemed to be cursed to be forever jobless, leading all the way up to his death. Confronted by a goddess, he is offered to pick a cheat-like blessing, and he picks 20X experience points. Only to find himself confronted by another goddess before he could resurrect which bestows a second blessing, 1/20th experience needed to level. Thus, he ends up with 400x leveling speed. Because of that ability, he stumbles on another cheat that even the gods didn’t no about. If you don’t choose a job immediately and level up joblessly (you can only be jobless once), you gain numerous perks, including the ability to equip 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th jobs and swap those jobs at will. Thus, you have a guy that levels up insanely fast while accumulating the benefits of numerous jobs all at once. It’s a LOT like Slave Harem in the labyrinth, following a very similar job system, the slow accumulation of a slave-based party, and of course, he sleeps with them. However, the characters have more personality and backstory, there actually is a progressing story, and the protagonist genuinely wants to help, rather than coming off like a disgusting creep. The pacing is better, and overall… yeah, this is just a better web novel. If you like Slave Harem, try this one on. If you like the concept of Slave Harem, but hated the same things I hated about it, then this is a better option.
Takami No Kago:
This story also resembled Slave Harem in the Labyrinth in some respects. A guy suddenly finds himself in a fantasy world. No resurrection, no summoning, just pop, now he’s in a new world. Certain people have “Divine Protection”, which are god-made cheat skills. They’re rare, but anyone who gets them are treated with a certain level of respect. While the story tries to make these powers seem really rare, no one seems all that excited when he reveals he has divine protection, so while they make him op, they aren’t game breaking. No… what makes this protagonist game breaking is that he ended up with the divine protection of many numerous gods, giving him a giant grab bag of abilities and powers. He then proceeds to buy slave girls, although he typically does it under the pretense of rescuing them. In these cases, these girls were “cursed” (opposite of divine protection), and thus noone wanted to buy them. He does, frees their curse with his op-ness… turning them op in the process, and the story goes on from there. The story moves way faster than Slave harem, and the character is a lot more likable, coming off more like a laid back hero than a scuzzy pervert looking to molest girls.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar:
This one takes the summoned to a fantasy world and cranks up the realism. No special cheats. No incredible powers. Just people being tossed in a kill or be killed world in which they must murder monsters who also want to survive in order to pay for their food and board. My only exposure to this was the anime, and to be honest, I couldn’t watch it. It moved too slowly and I quickly lost interest in melodramatic people screaming over the pain of killing a goblin. It seems to stick itself on the assumption that the only way someone could survive is by killing monsters… because apparently farming, hunting, smithing, and herb collecting are all things they can’t do? I admit I didn’t pay much attention to this one, so maybe it comes up with reasons, but it seems odd to me that killing a goblin is their only choice to survive in this world. Hunt some bunnies. Even if they were bunny “monsters”, at least you wouldn’t have the psychological mind screw of killing something that “thinks” and “looks” human-like. Hunters have been managing to get over the psychological mind screw of killing animals for food since well… the beginning of time.
A sentient spirit ends up in a fantasy world. He’s likely reincarnated so I’m including it. He learns to inhabit creatures, and immediately decides to start helping humans. I lost interest after he leaves the dungeon. It kind of comes off like a version of Quantum Leap. He jumps into an animal, helps some random humans out with their life, jumps into a new animal, then helps a different group of humans. I didn’t get much farther than that, and it didn’t seem worth reading anymore. It’s sort of interesting, but if you’re looking for a deeper story and more RPG elements, you won’t find it here.
Log Horizon took what sword art online did, and asked the exact opposite question. Rather than ask what would you do if your game became a real life or death struggle, he instead asks, what would happen if your life became a real game, complete with infinite respawns. After a certain update on a certain MMORPG, suddenly, everyone who patched their game that day end up in the game, inhabiting the body of their avatars. After the “apocalypse”, a formerly guild-less strategist who used to be part of an impromptu gathering of people who’d perform raids on the strongest and most unbeatable dungeons starts his own guild in hopes of improving the condition for all the adventurers brought from his world. Bringing law, order, and control to the city, he uses strategies that often make him look like the bad guy to give the adventurers a reason to keep fighting. After all, when you’re immortal and can easily slaughter 2-3 monsters to get all the money you’d need to survive, what’s the point of even getting up in the morning. The story gets tedious at times. It has a lot of characters which it gives more than necessary characterization to. It also gets very political at times, and will spend a great amount of time discussing the inner workings of that world. Still, it’s the best story to answer the question, what if real life is like a video game?
Tsuyokute New Saga:
After a brutal war against the demon lord, the hero manages to finally defeat him. Near death and having lost all his friends, family, and party members along the way, he sees some weird crystal the demon lord had and touches it. This causes him to wake up several years earlier in his younger body, before the war started. He decides to do things differently and goes off to acquire the resources necessary (money and fame) to be able to change the course of events. It has some harem aspects in it as he gets into contact with a lot of his past lovers whom he lost over the years. It also has some subtle undertones in, causing you and the protagonist to question the difference between good and bad. He finds many of the people he looked up to in his former life have dark histories before he met them. His own actions, in fact, start to make you question whether he’s even the good guy. It’s actually a pretty cool story. Might be worth checking out. It’s not too far into it though.
This one is written by an American, following the formula you know and love from light novels. In it, a 30-something guy who works in programming gets fired, finds out his wife cheats on him, gets arrested based on false charges from her, and then ends up in a car accident. In the hospital, he suddenly gets approached and offered the chance to start life anew by the god Hecate if he protects her last follower, who is stranded on a world that has started Ragnorak, a fantasy fueled apocalypse, for a year and a day. On the way, he has a few minutes to grab-bag from a list of magical powers, to which he chooses earth, fire, flesh(healing), and magic itself. While he understands the concepts behind magic, he doesn’t know any spells, so he basically has to make up stuff on the fly, usually with a very limited timespan. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the story is pretty high-octane, as he’s never given more than a moment to rest before the next crisis. The problem isn’t that he’s not OP’d enough, it’s that he can only manage so much at any given time, and he’s never given more than a day to rest. The story slips into the mature territory, but I’d still want to include it because it’s not much worse than other fantasy novels I’ve read. It’s a pure wish-fulfillment novel. The world he’s in has no respect for women, and most woman are reduced to attaching themselves to a strong man so that they survive. And of course, that’s ripe for harem, as the girl he protects, her bisexual lover, and two more “servants” get picked up along the way to join his harem. The Hecate worshiper herself is a part-succubus demon, and her lover is essentially a homemaker love doll. Like I said, wish fulfillment. That said, I had a lot of fun with the novel. It doesn’t end the story, obviously he’s looking to get you to buy books 2 and 3 by offering 1 for cheap, but that’s up to you if you want to keep reading. The world is themed around Odin, Ragnorak, and other viking stuff, which is fun. There is a lot of banter, more than most Japanese web novels, so the harem feel a lot more fleshed out than you get with most web novels. At the other hand, it can be grating since their banter doesn’t usually fit the mood. They make too many casual quips in life-or-death situations. The girl’s feel diverse, but that is mostly just a cover. If you really analyze the characters, there isn’t much there. Sorry, I could write a ten page essay on what I liked and didn’t like about this story. I think it’s probably worth a read if you’re looking for something with a little more raw western feel with maybe some sex thrown in. Give it a try.
Word Customize Creator:
Another guy is summoned to a parallel world. He has a unique power that lets him modify the world around him, doing things like creating forts in a single day. I honestly read the manga, but don’t actually have a whole lot of memories about it. It was pretty generic and run of the mill. His power was interesting, I guess. There was no harem that I recall, and most of his actions were small scale, just helping a struggling nation retain their foothold on their territory, I think.You might get more out of it than I did.
Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai:
Five heroes are summoned to save the world from the demon lord. The hero, his 3 girl harem, and a fifth guy. Unknown to everyone else, that fifth guy was the previously summoned hero from 3 years ago, who already defeated the demon lord and sealed him up. Without magical ability, he was determined useless and kicked out of the castle, where he goes on to try to live a simple life as an adventurer, despite having overwhelming ability. It starts off a lot like Death March, with an op guy just casually doing missions, his main desire being to meet an attractive big sister and fall in love. If quests don’t meet his expectations and instead of a den of goblins he meets a den of orcs and has to battle the orc king? So be it. However, around 15 chapters in the tone suddenly changes and a story that started out light starts taking itself a little too seriously. Along with flips to the “hero’s party” to compare his struggle with the main character, the story just complete changes at the end of volume 1. I ended up losing interest and dropping this one after the tone shift.
Law of the Devil:
Guy reincarnates, hates the world, but everyone treats him like he’s stupid and useless. Sells his soul in exchange for the power to get vengeance. It’s labeled as harem. It also appears to be another XianXia… although I don’t know much about it.Lot of chapters out, almost 200.
Kill No More:
The greatest assassin vowed never to kill again before being transported to a futuristic world which has magic. Did not appeal to me at all. I dropped it only a few chapters in. Not sure how it continues on, but so far it feels kind of like a fish out of water story. They live in a world with flying, self-driving cars and super advanced technology, where it’s commonplace for people to randomly get transported from other worlds. The assassin has incredible powers that allow him to even rival magic users, and gets entered into some school. That’s as far as I got.
E? Heibon Desu Yo??
I know nothing about this one, just made 20 chapters but it’s updating monthly so I’ll give it a mention. Here is the description: Yukari was a high-school student when she died in a traffic accident, but when she woke up, she had been reincarnated as the daughter of a count in another world! But strangely, what was waiting for her was a life of poverty, so she decided to make use of the knowledge from her previous life.
Gunota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem o Tsukucchaimashita!?:
In this story, the protagonist has a history of regret as a shut-in who cowered from bullies. After being forced to get a job as a metal-worker, one cold night walking home from said job his past catches up to him and he finds himself being stabbed to death by the very childhood bully that made him a shut-in in the first place. Thus, he wakes up in a fantasy world reincarnated in the body of an abandoned orphan. Raised in an orphanarium by a rabbit eared girl alongside a dog-eared orphan girl, he sets himself apart with his adult brain. The story is a LOT like Mushoku Tensei, except this guy turns out to have little to no magic ability in a world seemingly governed by magic. As a result, he uses his gun-obsession to his advantage and uses the little magic he has to develop guns based on schematics he memorized in the previous world. Unlike the protagonist of Mushoku, who becomes op’d by working hard at the right time, this guy soley uses his knowledge from out world to give him an edge, whether it be creating popular games he can sell, developing guns, or creating desserts. Like Mushoku, it’s in it for the long hall, introducing harem characters only to have them leave and come back again later.Years pass by at a time and he’s always getting older, learning and growing as he does. The story throws a few wrenches in the story for you too, so the story never gets boring. If you liked Mushoku Tensei, you’ll probably like this one too.
A thief of martial arts techniques kills himself and is reincarnated to a different world where everyone has a spirit that embodies their personality / power. The protagonists ends up with two, the one he shows that everyone universally considers the weakest, and the one he doesn’t show which is shocking and legendary. He forms a group of friends. They all grow more powerful. To be honest, I’ve followed a few manga (mangwha?) chapters of this one and it just didn’t spark my interest. Maybe the web novel is better… *shrug*
A gamer started a monster only guild in his favorite virtual reality MMO, reached the max level, and built an undefeatable dungeon filled with extremely powerful NPCs. The game declines and most of the other guild members quit to deal with their lives. Finally, the games servers will be shut down, so he waits until server forces him out. However, right after the time passes, the npcs suddenly become sentient and he along with his whole guild are transported to a parallel world where they are overwhelmingly more powerful than everyone else. He’s an undead lich, and the NPCs in his guild all revere him as a god, even when he’s embarrassed by the Chuunibyo leveled speeches and characters he deals with. I only watched the anime. Liked it, but not a lot of story has happened so far. Maybe the novelization differs.
My Disciple died, yet again:
A middle-aged woman who works on debugging games suddenly finds herself in a Xianxia world. It starts out really slowly, but once you’re 2 volumes in you kind of get where this is going. It’s a parody of other Xianxia’s. So clans, cultivations levels, profound energy, ever climbing powers that rival the gods… ect… ect… She becomes the mentor of one of the most feared masters in the land because of the quality of her profound veins. Her mentor is a man who was avoiding ascending to a higher realm for 10,000 years because he was waiting for a replacement. Just as she’s about to reach the level in which he can leave in peace, she dies. Then comes back. Then dies again. Each time she comes back in a crazier and crazier form, from a boy, to a baby, to a sentient rock. On top of that, her job is to stop bugs, which are other Xianxia protagonists/antagonists, whose actions and supernatural luck inadvertently lead to the world ending. If you’ve ever wanted to read about some spurned boy growing op’ed and forming his harem of girls from the point of view of a sarcastic third party source, this one is for you. It’s a really funny novel, yet like certain futurama episodes, it has the power to bring you to tears too.
A sinful woman is given a chance to redeem her soul and reconnect with her lost daughter by becoming a hero in another world. She is re-born as a lizard monster, but quickly gains a human form though. She has to level up and learn powers while helping people. She basically gets with every girl she comes across, repeatedly. The harem stuff seems to decrease greatly in later chapters, but there is still more than is usual. I haven’t read too many chapters so far, but it’s actually quite funny. She’s got a very charming wit, which reminds me a lot of My disciple died, yet again.
Guy gets murdered by yandere best friend and gets reincarnated as a goblin. He previously had the ability to gain skills from anything he eats. Taking advantage of that skill, he starts killing and eating animals, quickly growing in power. He ends up evolving into a more human-like ogre form, and takes over his tribe. Continuing to grow along with the friends in his liter, he also takes in female humans and elves and incorporates them into his clan. Although he uses pheromones to break the female elves into sex slaves first. He also sleeps… with like every girl, in some cases all at once. It’s a story as much about skill acquisition and growth as anything. Naturally, as they grow bigger in power, they find themselves dealing with more of the outside world. A lot like Tensei Shitara Slime in that respect, but with more sex.
A loser neet is reincarnated to a magic world after trying to save a high school girl from being hit by a truck. Due to having the brain of an adult in the body of a baby, he learns magic at an early age, and becomes stronger as a result. It’s heavily implied that the earlier you start learning magic, the higher your magic ends up, so since he started by like age 3, he became pretty powerful. This novel is different in that it follows a large portion of his life, starting from his birth and jumping forward in time from toddler, to adolescent, to young adult, ect… ect… He ends up having three girls fall in love with him and marries all three of them. Definitely harem. He also ends up having children too. It spends a lot of time on side characters near the middle and end of the book, and to be honest, I gave up on it before the end. Although he’s not a neet in his new life, he still kind of grates on my nerves, because it never feels like he tries very hard for anything he accomplishes in life. It’s one of the few finished stories, so if you are looking to actually have something you can complete, this would be it.
KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!:
Another Otaku, this guy dies trying to save a high school girl from being hit by a tractor. Oh, she never would have been hit, and he actually broke her arm, causing more harm than good. Also, he died from shock, not from actually being struck. He gets offered by a goddess the chance to reincarnate in a new world. He’ll be granted one ‘cheat’ in the new world, whether it be a power or artifact, but on the other hand he needs to defeat the demon lord. Annoyed at the goddess’s flippant behavior, he chooses her as his cheat, and both of them get pulled into the new world. There, he finds out the goddess is basically useless. Forming a party with three incredibly powerful and beautiful girls, he quickly realizes they’re all dysfunctional to the point that his party is fundamentally broken. Whether it’s a powerful chuni witch who sinks all of her points into mastering the explosion spell, the conceited leach that only knows healing spells and party tricks, or the masochistic knight that sunk all of her skillpoints into defense and none into attack… the protagonist has to use his wits and commoner level abilities to keep control of this destructive party. The web novel was tough to read, if only for the reason that all 4 of them are awful people who are pretty frequently awful to each other… but it’s also a pretty fun ride too. The story is not finished, but I’m caught up to where the translation leave off. That’d be a yes on harem. P.S. The posted link is only a fan fiction of Konosuba. 😉 😉 ;).
Boku wa Isekai de Fuyo Mahou to Shoukan Mahou wo Tenbin ni Kakeru:
While trying to murder the bully who made the protagonist’s life a living hell, his entire school and everyone in it is suddenly transported to another world. A moment later he catches and kills someone who gets caught in his trap, only to find out it’s an orc and he’s now gone up to level 1 and can acquire special skills to help him fight more orcs. Shortly after, he saves a middle school girl from being raped by another orc, and the pair start leveling together. They find out that the entire school was mysteriously teleported into an RPG fantasy world, and is now under the attack of orcs and other monsters, which have ravaged, tortured, raped, and murdered the majority of the school populus (this is apparently a boarding school spread out over an entire mountain). The remaining survivors who managed to make it to level 1 and beyond form factions, where the protagonist heads the middle school faction and protects all the surviving girls he can find. (All girls because the orcs rape the girls to death, rather than just killing them, so they run into more female survivors than males) The entire story honestly plays like an RPG fantasy version of a zombie outbreak scenario, which is really awesome. They gather supplies, find survivors, create weapons, clear buildings one at a time… plus leveling and such. The protagonist is a bit whiny and despicable, 3 volumes only takes place over the course of 3 days, which makes the extreme character development that occur really hard to swallow. The story also declares he’s the most important person there many times, claiming all the girls are disposable and there just to protect him, as he’s set up as the pillar of their group… immediately before being sent on incredibly dangerous missions. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the mind boggling choices they make when leveling characters, or the ridiculous amounts of rape, or… or… who am I kidding, this is a guilty pleasure. If you liked High School of the Dead, you’d probably like this. Definitely harem… just shut off your brain when you read this one.
Modern Weapons Cheat in Another World:
If I had to describe this webnovel in a word, I’d call it “abrupt”. The protagonist dies from “sickness”, and gets three “special skills”. For reasons that are never given, he chooses the ability to create military units and weapons, command military units and weapons, and provide all the necessary ammunition and supplies to maintain that army. And just like that, he becomes a god, capable of literally creating life, generating any weapon, and also food, buildings, and anything else his army needs. He’s given the limitation of only being able to use war stuff from 1945 and earlier, sticking him to WWII level equipment… but that weakness is gone by the end of the depressingly small first volume (only six chapters long!). In fact, his limitations last so shortly that you’re left wondering why they even bothered with the limitation in the first place. As his levels increase, so does his army, until he has an army of over 10,000 men and women. Who are these people made literally from thin air? It’s never explored, but the majority are women and the commander is obsessively in love with him to the point of being a Yandere. As he meets new women, most of them are just as obsessed with him, from a cursed princess, to a duke he accidentally violated, to a religious zealot. While the story tries to make them all Yandere, it’s hard to say they really fit the Yandere mold, coming off more like just really possessive and a tad rapey, rather than insane and murderous. Oh, you caught rapey? Yeah, some of those girls rape him when they get the chance. The story can be a bit fun, but the pacing is frantic, the story is kind of all over the place, and there is very little room for things to develop. The author goes to the extent of retconning events into the story just to introduce characters by claiming he totally met them earlier in that scene the author didn’t feel like writing. And dare I say, the protagonist is, for once in a story, actually TOO overpowered. He has nothing like mana. He can build an entire base and summon a fleet of 100,000 soldiers in a single day. Every time he struggles, it seems almost self inflicted just to cause drama. This story feels very basic. The author wanted to present you with something, and he doesn’t waste a single second before slapping you in the face with it. As a result, it feels less like a story and more like a wish fulfillment fantasy that forgot the story.
Tales of Demon’s and Gods:
Killed by the Sage Emperor, a man goes back in time to when he was 13, giving himself the chance to save his home that was destroyed and the stop the death of the woman he loved. It’s basically a Xianxia version of Tsuyokute New Saga. It’s not bad. I lost interest a hundred chapters in, but I might go back to it on a boring night. It’s like a less serious version of Against the Gods. He’s less savage and more teasing. Quite a few scenes that made me laugh. Yes, there is a harem.
After stopping a crazy slasher from attacking a high school girl, he is confused for the slasher and shot to death by police. A beautiful goddess reveals that the “evil god” reincarnated the slasher, and that he can be reincarnated as well under the condition that he stops the slasher in this new world as well. He is resurrected in the body of a baby, and unlike the other “another world” titles on this list, the story doesn’t jump for 10 years just to get him to the age where the story gets good. Yeah, that’s right, up to the point the story has been translated, he’s still a 10 month old baby, although a loophole with leveling gave him the body of a 3 year old… so better? His cheat-like ability is “No Fatigue”. This doesn’t just mean he never sleeps, but also that he never gets mentally tired either. Like the web novel “I Became a Living Cheat“, his capacity to repeat inane tasks a thousand times in order to gain a level don’t bother him. Although with that guy it was a character quirk, this guy it’s a cheat skill. I really liked this story. So far there isn’t much of a harem (he is three, after all), but it has elements that remind me of Mushoku Tensei (it focuses on his time with his parents, for starters), but it’s got a great story, great pacing, and great understanding on what having a cheat-skill ability actually means (as opposed to uncreative stories that just give the guy generic massive stats). Definitely give this one a try!
Yobidasa Reta Satsuriku-sha:
A 17 yo average boy with some martial arts skills is summoned to another world. Some gods stop by and offer him some blessings before he goes, even though they can’t stop his summoning. Suddenly, he murders one of the gods and reveals that he welcomes the opportunity to be thrown into a world where he can kill unreservedly. In the new world, he kills the King who summoned him and takes 1/3 of the treasury as recompense before taking off on his own adventure. He also buys 2 female slaves right away. Despite having formed a bunch of enemies right away, he only kills those that attack him. Even though the story makes him sound sort of serial killerish, in reality, he’s only a little worse than Hajime from Arifureta, only killing brutally when threatened himself. The story didn’t really keep my interest, but give it a shot if you want to try something with an anti-hero.
My House Is a Magic Power Spot ~Just by Living There I Become the Strongest in the World:
As the title states, rather than just a person, his entire house gets teleported to a fantasy world. Even though our world doesn’t manifest magic, it didn’t stop the house from accumulating enough magic for it to be coveted and thus summoned to another world. However, the guy living in the house has also lived in the house his entire life and has thus also accumulated leagues of power. The house forms a cute female spirit form that serves the guy (the master of the house). He mostly just becomes a NEET, fending off anyone who invades the property by using the massive reserves of magic that even make Dragon Kings look like nothing. Meanwhile, he steadily grows a reputation as a god-like sage and gets visited by princesses, wolfman worshipers, and dragons alike.It was somewhat unique… but I’ve found I rarely like stories with a “lazy” protagonists and this story doesn’t really do much to make it it exciting.
Like To Deprive the Depriver, a boy who dies (this time by being hit by a car) ends up in a fantasy world with the ability to analyze people/items and the ability to steal skills. He mostly uses the skill on monsters, but occasionally targets less favorable people. It’s not a depressing everyone is scum story like deprive, and the main character is given a few limits. For example, he can only equip 10 skills in all, although stealing the same skill will allow him to gain experience in that skill. He can also give skills back to the people he got them from. While there are hints of harem, it’s majorly downplayed, and 20 some chapters in he only has one girl with basically no romantic interest. The story hasn’t done much, and the skill acquisition is way more restrained than you see in stories like Arifureta and Deprive. While nothing from the story is a red flag, it also doesn’t do much entirely new or interesting. The fight scenes are decent, but the characterization just doesn’t feel properly built. The characters introduce so far are flat and uncompelling, and the story really isn’t going anywhere, so the only thing the story has going for it is skill acquisition. If you felt Deprive the Depriver was too emo, this one would be a good substitute.
Maken no daydreamer:
After dying in a plane crash, a guy is reborn to a fantasy world. He grows up under the exclusive care of his adoptive mother, who turns out to be a succubus. As a baby, he was discarded by his parents, so to save his life, the succubus took him inside her and allowed him to grow anew. Yeah, it’s kind of weird. It gets even weirder when she sleeps with him at the ripe age of ten. Stuck in a forest surrounded by dangerous monsters, and absorbing the powers of a succubus, he grows up with only the care of his mother, who happens to be a world-class adventurer that teaches him all the tricks to the trade. He takes that a step further with his knowledge and understanding of his previous life to create even more powerful spells. After he turns sixteen, she takes off, leaving him a great armor, a ton of money, and a note telling him to go see the world. She also mentions the 20-some other siblings he has somewhere out there that he may meet along the way. You think from that beginning, it’d be a pretty sex-fueled story. With a guy raised by a succubus, he should be quite knowledgeable about the other sex… but alas, the story throws a very generic Japanese DT at you. Having spent 16 years literally growing up in the wild, he only comes to learn about the world now, after having grown fairly OP’d. The succubus is known as a “Daydreamer”, named after her tendency to see the world like a story with her filling a roll… or in his case, like a video game. He has a detachment from reality, what with being an OP guy from another world literally growing up in a fantasy. It tries to make some commentary on the difference between real life and filling in a part as though you’re the actor in a play, but I’m not so impressed with what it’s offered so far. The main protagonist is the a-typical good guy virgin (he’s not, but he certainly acts like one) who helps the girl, the girl is the typical tough girl “maiden in distress” with trust issues, and the story didn’t do anything unique to give it any flare. I’ve only given it one volume so far. It’s worth a read if you’re bored, but that’s the best I can say for it.
Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu:
A guy suddenly finds himself in another world. There, he finds out he doesn’t have any abilities and only the shirt on his back and the stuff in his grocery bag. He meets a beautiful girl who saves him from some thieves, and then the pair go search for her lost property…. only to wind up killed by an unseen force. Then the guy’s eyes open once again, right where he started. Thus begin a continuous cycle of death and rebirth. He has to figure out how he died and why and then prevent it. Each death results in him resetting to a set point. After he passes a scenario, the story continues and he ends up with a new “save point”. If there is any criticism to this story, it’s that he dies a lot. He never seems to go for more than a week or two without finding a new excuse to die. However, that aside, it’s a really cool. It has no superpowers and no op. It’s just a guy redoing the same thing over and over again until he gets it right through perseverance. He also suffers the PTSD of dying a lot too, so it’s probably one of the more realistic versions of the death and rebirth stories.
Skeleton Knight, in Another World:
A guy wakes up in a fantasy world with only the high-grade equipment his avatar was wearing on his back, and the unfortunate skeleton skin which transferred over into the game, making him a monster who can’t take off his armor. He’s maxed level character with maxed level equipment and various spells and sword abilities. He comes to save a princess from being raped, then goes on as a wandering knight just trying to get by. Despite his extremely high level, he doesn’t try to do anything too impressive, instead opting to take on low-level quests, help elves, and other things to keep a low profile and avoid having to show his skeletal features. There is no skill acquisition, since he is already op, and there is no harem in the 20-some chapters I’ve read. The story has some overarching story about an attempt to overtake the throne, but it hasn’t gone anywhere, instead focusing on a few smaller mini stories with little payoff.
The Slime Dungeon:
A person is reborn in the body of a dungeon core. Unlike most of these, he actually does not retain the memory of his previous life. Instead, he only has a vague idea of his previous life. Like “I was reincarnated as a magic academy!”, he’s not like other dungeon cores in the fact that he has vague echoes of his last life, but the author is oddly vague about what he remembers. He remembers enough to have a sense of morality and respect for human life, but not enough that he knows what boobs are or why it’s improper to see a woman naked. That kind of stuff. Anyway, he picks slimes as his starting creature, which I guess is weird for this world, and he follows the advice of a dungeon pixie who helps him set up and manage his dungeon. The dungeon pixie actually makes no darn sense in the context of this world, since in her own words most dungeon’s function on instinct and only gain sentience after a really long time… so what is the point of a pixie explaining everything to them?… it works in this case, but it makes no sense when you think about. Sorry… I digress. I actually liked this one. I love dungeon building and progression and the story wasn’t too bad for the first book/volume. I struggled to read the second volume, which takes the focus away from every character we care about and introduces a ton of politics and some random group of adventurers that are neither enduring nor worth my time. The first book is okay. I can’t believe he actually turned it into a book with 4.5 stars on amazon for sale with the brief story he’s telling, but hey, good for him. For free at least, I’d say it’s worth reading, although I think “I was reincarnated as a Magic Academy!” was better, but also lost my interest for the same reason. As did Evil God Average. Huh… I’m seeing a pattern with these dungeon building web novels, every single one of them starts out good but radically changes the tone in the second volume. Makes me want to write my own. Maybe after Requiem to the Stars.
The Man Picked up by the Gods:
To keep a world that uses mana working, gods tap into Earth’s mana. Earth doesn’t use it’s magic and contains no magic creatures, so they create a conduit which allows them to send earth’s magic to the other world. Let’s not talk about the sustainability of this other world that has to constantly steal resources to survive, and let’s talk about the conduit, who takes the form of a reincarnated person. He’s a man who lived a pitiable life of brutality and mental torture that would break another man. With incredibly crappy luck likely caused by the deliberate curse of a god, he only survived as long as he did by pure determination. After dying from hitting his head in his sleep, his calm attitude, high resistance, and ridiculous sets of skills caused the gods to take more than a little favor in him, all three giving him their blessing. This story is interesting because the gods aren’t a one shot pony, but a continuous presence, always watching and praising his success. He resurrects in a forest as a young kid and continues to live for 3 years on his own. There, he increases his skills and experiments with slimes. Like slime dungeon, he uses slave magic (monster tamer) and controls generally unpopular slimes, experimenting with creating new types and evolutions. Eventually, he makes his debut and tries to reenter the society that he tried to avoid. He’s incredibly anti-social and has anxiety around humans, which makes him a more interesting character from the classic Japanese MC. Of course, being in the body of a pitiable 11-year old who grew up the last three years in the forest goes well to smooth over his poor character traits. Check it out if it sounds interesting to you.
Lazy Dungeon Master:
This story starts with a really stupid dungeon who has spent her life one room large while continuously summoning goblins. Her cave is taken over by thieves, and hoping to remove them, she uses a slot-machine-like summoning hoping to get a monster large enough to remove her menace. What she ends up with instead is a human summoned from Earth. Unlike other humans though, he is exceptionally lazy, and rather than do her bidding, he does the bare minimum necessary to live a comfortable life, which involves sleeping most of the time. After naming her shortly after being summoned, he becomes designated as her master. With that kind of story, a stupid and flawed dungeon being run by a smart yet lazy master, you’re probably thinking something funny like Kono-suba. It never really reaches the level of being more than mildly amusing, unfortunately, and even that get’s destroyed with the first few chapters after he introduces a little girl that the MC lets a bandit rape for a week straight. Yeah… I basically lost all interest and respect for this one after that. The MC is so lazy he won’t lift a finger to save a little girl from being raped. Seriously, screw him… and screw this web novel. I read a little farther just to see if things got better. He takes over the little girl slave, and no, he doesn’t rape her, but he does use her as an object, make her do manual labor for him, and the author uses her for sexual exploitation. If you can get over that tough hurdle, the story actually opens up and becomes a little amusing later on. The main character is inconsistent. Supposedly, he is lazy. That’s literally his character… but more often than not, he’s stingy, not lazy. His main advantage is that he goes out of his way to avoid using dungeon points, often by replacing it with manual labor. It completely defies his main character, a supposedly lazy character, who would rather painfully dig out new rooms rather than insta-make them with dungeon points. Rather than make golems, he learns the golem spell and then makes them himself. These are not the actions of a lazy person. Anyway, I had mixed feelings about this one. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes boring. He’s sometimes lazy, sometimes ridiculously hard working. He walks around more like a narcoleptic than a lazy person. I’d say it’s neither bad or good, but before you get to that point you have to deal with a few rather uncomfortable chapters with careless child exploitation.
Destruction Flag Otome:
A spoiled princess hits her head, only to regain the memories of a previous life as a 17 yo “commoner” from Earth. However, she quickly realizes she recognizes the people and events going on in her life. They all match up perfectly with a reverse-harem game she was playing in her former life. However, instead of being the main character, she’s in the body of the villainess who tried to get in the heroine’s way. Worst, every ending involving the villainess leads to her death or exile. Desperate to change the course of events, she wages war on the destruction flags. This is a very nice, neat web novel that unlike most on this list, is follows a girl’s reverse harem. It’s often described as “sweet” and the entire web novel is so cute and harmless your head could explode. This isn’t a deep nor a complex novel, and the MC aka the villainess is hilarious and as dumb as a brick. As the story goes, in her desperate attempt to change the lives of the main character’s love interests, she tries to intercept and change their starting situations, which inadvertently causes them to fall in love with her instead. In fact, everyone, male or female, fall in love with her. Most of the novel so far takes place “before” the game starts while she’s growing up, finally culminating with the arrival of the heroine in the final 1/4 of the novel. I highly recommend this if you want something light, fun, and sweet. If dense MC’s annoy you, you may want to avoid this, but her denseness is mostly played for laughs, rather than an attempt to bypass bad writing. Check it out!
Another dungeon building web novel involving a protagonist who doesn’t quite remember anything about his previously life. He was sent to another world with his memory wiped because of his cool demeanor that can wave off stressful situations. There, he’s set as the new dungeon master with allegedly a month to build his new dungeon before it opens. In this world, you collect dungeon points (dp) by either killing or repelling humans, making a system where humans come and leave ideal for the dungeon’s success. He proceeds to start building his dungeon, but the novel is pretty vague about what he builds nor what it looks like, so if you like dungeon building novels because of the dungeon building, don’t expect to get too much from this one. He summons dolls, golems, and any hominid like beings, making “doll” pretty vague for this novel. He gives the dolls the ability to learn, which I guess is an ability, and they all become OP’d almost instantly and evolve more human-like appearances. They function as his maids, butlers, and shinobi. He uses the other puppets to quickly build a mansion and do other labors, kind of like Lazy Dungeon. I say quickly, but time in this novel isn’t really well defined, and so you never really know how long in between scenes time has passed. Some high-level humans come in and force him into an agreement, which leads to him building an auction house in his dungeon in order to sell/exchange goods. He… acts just like his dolls, completely devoid of emotion, and almost stand-offish and aggressive with his behavior. It’s never explained why, and it can make his character pretty inaccessible. However, if you’re sick of the generic good guy MC, this might be a nice touch. Overall, I can’t say it’s a good web novel, but it’s an easy read at least, going down smoothly and not giving you anything to hate/love about it.
Cheat Skill: “Sleep Learning” ~Heartwarmingly Living the Other World Life:
This one has been releasing really rapidly since the most recent translator took over. A boy notorious for his love of sleep dies doing what he loves, falling asleep while riding a bicycle. He asks the god to give him an ability that makes him powerful by sleeping, and somehow that’s exactly what he gets. He wakes up in another world only to go back to sleep. There, he’s accosted by horrifying monsters. His ability then takes effect and he learns every ability used on him while taking no damage. Furthermore, his ability also seems to include a counterattack that insta-KOs anything that tries to interrupt his sleep. Thus, after two naps, he wakes up having defeated all the worst things the forest had to offer and power leveling over level 100. I had a tough time getting into this one. Unlike Lazy Dungeon Master, this guy is completely unrelatable. Despite being called “heartwarming”, the MC is anything but. When he isn’t whining and complaining about wanting to eat or sleep, he’s savagely murdering anyone who gets in the way of that eat or sleep. As the novel says, he doesn’t even see people as people, just obstacles to his sleep. Yeah, this isn’t a guy I can get behind. So far the story just has him going around slaughtering monsters while the town he happens to be in faces multiple “armageddon” level attacks from monsters. This isn’t Fimbulwinter or Tales of Demons and Gods… I just don’t get why massive waves of monsters keep coming at him… right… so that he can become OP without lifting a finger. But yeah, hard to love character in a hard to love plot, but give it a try if you really need another OP novel to read. At least the updates are coming out quickly.
Skill Taker’s World Domination ~ Building a Slave Harem from Scratch:
Skill Taker was an interesting experience for me, because upon reading it, I came to a horrifying realization… I had already read it! Yet… remarkably… I didn’t remember a single thing about it, other than the vague realization I had read it before. The story follows an MC who is summoned from Japan to a world that typically summons and enslaves other-worlders and their lottery bag special ability for their own personal gain. His would-be master would be a local Orc warlord. However, before the Orc can decide what to do with him, he kills the orc and all his followers. As it turns out, this MC is a martial arts master that is good at everything. And I mean it, freaking everything. He’s a perfect mary sue protagonist who is basically great at everything he does without reserve… and this is completely without his special gift power. His gift power, of course, is his Skill taking ability which allows him to take the skills of anyone he kills. Most times, the web novel has the guy take the skills before the kill, thus making it easier to kill, but that isn’t a problem with this MC, who had apparently achieved the power of a demon lord on his own back on Earth. Now, he decides to build a Harem of a hundred girls using his op’dness that only grows more OP with each additional skill he steals. The story isn’t awful. He’s certainly more likable than “slave harem in a dungeon”. He’s a very basic Japanese MC: shy, polite, ect… except when he’s with his girls. Then he turns into a sadist pervert, dedicating time to sexual harassing them and developing magic to further sexually assault them. Don’t worry too much, the story makes it abundantly clear they want his perverted sexual advances, which typically involve him manipulating the girls with magic, rather than any actual sex. The chapters in this book are short… like the shortest I’ve ever read. I wish I only had chapters this long translating arifureta. As a result, the story goes by pretty quick, and 130 some chapters that are out really isn’t that much. The stories not that bad, but as I just pointed out, I didn’t remember a single thing about this story only a few months after reading it. Literally every scene I’d get to, read, and then go, “oh yeah, I remember that happening now” as I read it. Take that however you want as to how good this web novel is, but at the very least this story was not offensive like a certain slave harem story.
Netooku Otoko no Tanoshii Isekai Bouek:
I thought I’d be hard pressed to find an MC as unlikable as the guy from “slave girls in the labyrinth”, yet here we are. A Neet who dabbles in selling antiques (two completely unrelatable things) ends up buying a mirror which he finds out allows him to leave his world and travel into another world. Using the power of commerce and online auctioning, he sells stuff between the two worlds and becomes a rich merchant… maybe… eventually… probably? I mean, it hasn’t happened in the first 40 some chapters that have been translated, but you can rest assure that at some point he’ll start bringing in money. It’s a very slow progressing story, which concentrates on a harem of girls that are in love with him for… well… don’t know why. I’ve read a lot of novels with harems that give vague and silly excuses for the women to be in love with the guy, and this novel tops them all by giving the girls absolutely no reason at all. None. Like… he makes this bet with this merchant, and he wins the bet, and ends up winning an elf princess slave, and an hour later he buys another slave because he finds out she’s functionally useless, and she immediately starts showing signs of jealousy when he showers his new slave (the one he actually wanted from the get go) with praise. Suddenly, every girl is fighting for the MCs attention for because that’s how the story was written. He didn’t do ANYTHING to prove his worth, cleverness, or heck, even perverseness. Now I mention he’s an awful protagonist, but that has less to do with anything he does (he’s basically a coward when it comes to everything, physical activity, talking, sexual contact, everything), and more about how he thinks… which is basically kind of rapey. He’s actually upset when he finds out he can’t rape his first slave. Plus, he spends the first 30-some chapters bumming everything off of everyone, even though he’s supposedly making very respectable profits from his sales in both worlds. If you were hoping for a clever mercantile story like spice and wolf or even something like shield hero without the angst, where he earns tons of money by establishing clever trades and providing unique technologies that are cleverly used… you’ll be dissapointed. If you want a very slow story involving a guy everyone loves despite the fact he mooches off of everyone, then this might be for you.
My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending:
This one is just like Destruction Flag Otome but with a male. A guy suddenly finds himself inhabiting the body of his favorite games hated side antagonist without warning. No hitting his head or falling asleep here… just one second he’s a Japanese boy, the next second he’s a noble in a fantasy world. Like Destruction Flag Otome, he inhabits the boy during one of his first “flags” which will inevitably lead to his death years later, but currently is about 10, many years before the game starts. Two amusing differences are that it’s an jRPG game, not a dating sim, so the story brings in fighting systems, crafting, game lore, and sidequest knowledge which the protagonist uses to his advantage. And second, instead of having an evil looking face like Otome, every word that comes out of his mouth is modified with the arrogance and poor attitude of the body he inhabits. Thus, every conversation contains a dissonance between the rude things he says, and the actions he’s actually taking. “Hey how are you?” becomes “Oi… what do you want bastard?” and stuff like that. The story does not progress nearly as fast as Otome, and 40 chapters in he’s still only ~13-14 years old. There is a slight hint of harem, but it’s heavily downplayed, and even the girl that likes him comes off extremely awkward. I guess the author has trouble writing a girl being infatuated with a guy who only says abusive things to her. While a lot of people do see through his facade and come to like him, you never get much of a harem feel, and the payoff you may be wishing for is a long time coming. It still has some great moments that left me laughing… but the pacing is a bit too slow for my tastes and attached with some really generic foreshadowing (at least three times now we’ve been told that if he knew what he knows later then he would have changed that event). I liked it… but either a little bit faster pacing or a little more payoff would go a long way in this story.
I really wanted to love Dominion’s End. Two chapters in this story had me more excited than any story I’ve read in recent memory. What’s Dominion’s End? It’s a mishmash of a dozen different things… the closest similarity I can bring up being Seraph of the End. Ten years after the start of the apocalypse, a 35 yo woman dies, only to resurrect in an alternate modern day world where the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet while in the body of a 17 yo boy. With only 3 days before “Judgement”, he desperately tries to prepare for the end. He’s accompanied by his brother, a natural born leader, and his little sister, the perfect housewife. Although his brother is away when the apocalypse starts, leaving him to protect his family despite his weakened state. The apocalypse takes form first by releasing a fog that makes people experience a pain worst than death. Those who aren’t strong enough to survive turn into Abhorrents, zombies that eventually evolve to take on RPG fantasy-esque forms. And just to keep things interesting, the humans themselves develop special abilities, most of which take the form of an element-based magic power. And just to keep the RPG vibe going, the zombies increase their levels by eating people… and the people increase their power by eating crystal power shards located inside the zombie’s hearts. Don’t get me wrong, I like the story, and even though it mishmashes so many different elements, that isn’t really the problem I have with it. My biggest criticism for Dominion’s End is how LAZY the writing is. Not lazy in the grammatical sense… but lazy in plot structure. It’s the dozens of contradictions this story has that shows the writer seemed to be writing one chapter at a time without any real plan. Warning some spoilers, but nothing past the first 5-6 chapters. For example, if noone knew that they had powers immediately and it took a while to figure it out, how did she know the exact date people started manifesting powers? A major theme of this story is family, and some of the trouble in this story is caused by the MC being betrayed previously, and thus being more willing to be self-serving. Except… that when he chooses his betrayal, it is literarily one chapter after he announces that he put this new family first, making his selfish decision make no damn sense one chapter later. He then proceeds to steal crystals to give himself an edge… only to then proceed to start farming crystals himself and giving them to his family, making you wonder why he stole the first ones at all. Earlier, he makes a big deal that they needed antibiotics… and while they certainly saved his life because of plot, a month and a half later he states that the “evolution” changed bodies to the point that antibiotics were basically useless because your body could take care of the infections… making all the previous statements about seeing people die from just a cut on their hand confusing. He says it took him years in his previous life before he could get his powers working, but he also said that his powers were only good at making him a sharpshooter, only to then say guns were useless after 3 years because the abherrents had become too powerful for them. So when was he a sharpshooter? I could go on, but I’ll stop there. I’ve just never read a book with so many inconsistencies. The first two chapters were the best… and each subsequent chapter seems to just insert another element until the story starts to become a convoluted mess. However, even as a convoluted mess… it’s still a decent story, just one with a lot of missed potential. I’ll throw a shout out to a friend, though… if you like this story, I’ve got another story with a zombie apocalypse plus special abilities I’ve read once before. The Chosen is actually a pretty good read. If an end of the world zombie plus sorta RPG mechanics (although no stats, levels or anything), sort of excites you, I’d still recommend Dominion’s end, even with its faults. Like I said, it’s a story I really wanted to love… and only ended up liking.
Doom Lord is another fantasy driven apocalypse world. In this one, the MC dies one year after the end of the world and reincarnates back in his own body the year before just preceding the end of the world. In only a few minutes, all the buildings of the world are leveled, and magical fantasy beasts begin to spawn, along with a voice telling humans they have to “evolve” to survive. Evolve apparently means reaching the city center, where they will gain access to the capacity to choose their game-like career, and use numerous RPGesque buildings to purchase supplies and survive. Using his in-game knowledge, the MC secures a known fort location (unlike cities, forts have to be built from scratch and need to be protected, where monsters cannot enter city centers) and brings his close and trusted roommates with him. Immediately, he acquires lordship over the fort, builds a wall, and starts the arduous process of leveling up. Being a Chinese novel, this naturally has to use “cultivation” instead of leveling. While the experience from monsters can be used to buy items and increase cultivation speed. It also has that ultra-sexist attitude that most Chinese novels have, a general distaste for women that even Japanese exploitation harem anime can’t match. He rescues people to create his own city, building and upgrading walls, conscripting his army with ranks, it’s kind of like Age of Empires mixed with an RPG end of the world. However, the story never focuses on the linguistics of managing the city, and the MC just runs around stealing all of the best resources with his foresight knowledge. This game, if it was an MMO, would be stupidest MMO ever, specifically designed to help the rich grow richer, ie… anyone who finished something first gets special long lasting benefits… not just slightly better equipment, but instrumental and long lasting advantages, OP skills, and everything to ensure that the game is completely unbalanced. The story itself is a bit boring, reading more like a laundry list: I did this, then this, then that… without sparing a word to just jumping ahead to the next interesting thing. I hear a lot of Chinese novels are written by the word, forcing the authors to reuse words and repeat things a lot. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out this was one of those novels. Do NOT expect any characterization in this story. The MC is the only one that matters, and at no point will any of his roommates have any personality, even cliched personalities, they’re complete flat. The only side character that was offered ANY characterization was Lee… and then the author ended his character arc with an “oh, and they found his family too”… that was it. But I digress… it’s actually a pretty fun story, and if you like character building and base building, this will be fun and easy read with fairly rapid updates, just don’t expect to find anything more out of it.
A guy in the shower suddenly finds himself in a fantasy RPG world… where he is immediately killed and eaten by a bunny, only to respawn, and be murdered by another bunny. His dream had always been to be in an RPG like world as the only “player” with no rape or slavery and basically immortal. Thus, he got what he wanted. As he tries to figure out the game rules, stuck in the middle of wilderness butt naked, he dies dozens of times. I really liked the novel initially, he’s not your typical web novel MC. He’s neither tortured no heroic. If you had to describe his nature at all, it would be “gamerlike”… full of constant cursing, practical experimentation, and a tendency to whine about everything. Of course, having to feel himself get eaten alive a few times can’t help, but rather than be tortured by it like Re: Zero… he kind of just shrugs death off. It’s a unique story, with some rather unique abilities and a leveling system involving evolution ranks and power levels mixed with magic cores. His own abilities allow him to leave his body in either third person mode or as a spirit after death. Even his body remains, so he has an inventory full of his own corpses he uses to hilarious effects. Besides being a character who does not care and will do anything, the world earns the name Hardcore, functioning more like Dark Souls than Skyrim. Even the NPCs are just brutalized by the horrific world he’s in, often dying shortly after he meets them. My problem with the novel comes when he starts interacting with more people. He’s honestly a complete arsehole, and there really is no redeemable personality. His aloofness that’s initially funny when he’s being a cocky arse to people that would do him harm quickly wears thin when he uses the same words on his companions. Plus one of his harem is a goblin, which he then mixes with a bloodworm… and while he says he still thinks she’s hot, I can’t imagine a bloodworm goblin hybrid complete with a worm tail and worm hair being anything but kind of gross. Maybe snake… I can get behind the medusa thing… but bloodworm? Ick. Almost as bad as Deprived’s bug tamer. In the end, the character is just such an arse that he can’t be relatable to me, I had to put it away after 30 some chapters, but maybe you’ll find more out of it than that.
The Dungeon Seeker:
If you liked Arifureta, but felt Hajime became too “nice” after he left the dungeon, and instead wanted more ruthless and violent revenge, I guess this is the story for you. A fat, bullied MC gets transported to another world with his bully, his bullies three friends, and his childhood friend heroine. Both he and the heroine were summoned without any decent stats. A strange, interdimensional dungeon where every level has a boss/challenge at an SS level (the strongest in the world such as the Demon King are only S, so really tough dungeon with a survival rate of 0%) which requires a regular sacrifice for some reason, and so they decide to sacrifice either him or her… for some reason. And, for some reason, they trick the MC into sacrificing himself completely unnecessarily, and for some reason, the girl reveals *gasp*, she was the bully’s gf the whole time and the pair openly mock him for heroically sacrificing himself for her… for some reason. Yeah… people claiming this is a “better” Arifureta… um… okay, whatever. Mind you, only a week or two after he left another group of four S classes enter the dungeon willingly… so why did he need to be sacrificed? The bully also openly mocks his lack of stats… when his ability is actually really powerful (he had 10 skill slots to consume a skill from anyone who died, which you know, to anyone who isn’t written in this story is OP as crap, but sure, sacrifice him). And he manages to survive… through a combination of serendipitous luck and contrived plot, such as finding the skill necessary for the next level just in the previous level. This story did nothing for me. If you like revenge after betrayal ( I actually don’t), and hated that Arifureta didn’t give you enough of that, this is an alternative, I guess. The entire thing fell flat for me… no real characterization, noone you give a crap about because everyone but the MC is an irredeemable monster. It only starts to pick up when he leaves the dungeon… which happens at the beginning of Volume 3. The translation is up to… the beginning of Volume 3. I ended up skipping volume 2 and don’t feel like I’ve missed a single thing, take that however you want.
Nidome no Yuusha:
The hero is summoned, defeats the demon lord, and then is betrayed by everyone he trusted. Upon dying, he swears his vengeance, only to wake up 4 years earlier fresh after being summoned by the princess. It turns out that Earth’s god gave every human summoned to another world a free life… a “tutorial mode” where they could figure things out before dying, gaining all the experiences that had previously achieved in a sort of New Game +. Since the hero had been successful all the way up to his betrayal, he takes a ridiculous amount of former knowledge with him, along with a deep rooted hatred for the world and people that turned their backs on him. Thus begins his revenge story, a long stretched out torture scene where he reencounters all his former friends and makes them regret ever having known him. It’s well written and interesting, but I must admit this isn’t my cup of tea. I can get behind violent and vicious men, but to me, vengeance is hollow, and so are stories built up around it. I think another reviewer put it best, it’s just a power trip torture slasher.
Take Maken no Daydreamer and mix it up a bit with Mushoku Tensei and you’d get something close to Magi’s Grandson. This fits in the reincarnated category. A Japanese guy is reincarnated as a baby and picked up by a former hero, the Magi, whom years ago defeated a devil that threatened to destroy the nation. The Magi takes on the role of his grandfather and raises him in seclusion in the woods while receiving occasional visits from influential people. And the MC receives personal lessons taught by the greatest magician, and his friend, one of the greatest swordsmen, and that mixed with his nontraditional ways of seeing magic as an otherworlder leaves him OP as heck. Fifteen years passes by in a few chapters, and on the day he’s ready to start his life as an adult, his Magi Grandpa realizes he made a mistake! He spent 15 years pushing to see how powerful his grandson could get, he forgot to teach him things like how money works, how to function in society or simple common sense. Thus they move to the big city, and he joins the magic academy while living in a mansion awarded to his grandpa and grandma (another magician and the Magi’s former wife). They’re basically celebrities, and he’s the celebrities son, having grown up calling the King of the country Uncle and the heros of the nation his grandparents. It’s actually really well written, it has endlessly witty and fun characters with personalities that stand out in a way you don’t get from most web novels. He’s a bit of a grandpa’s boy, or a fairly cliched modest Japanese MC, and the story itself isn’t all that exciting or riveting… but this story can propel you forward quite a while with just its good writing. I recommend giving it a read and deciding if it’s worth it. So far, it’s pretty straight forward, and it doesn’t throw any twists at you like Mushoku Tensei’s metastasis event, so it may not appeal to someone looking for more action, but it never felt boring as I read it, so give it a try.
Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki:
I had some issues acquiring volume 1 which makes me hesitant to add this to the list. I was eventually able to get the whole volume, but it involved some pretty heavy searching in some pretty questionable websites. A hero is summoned to another world, only to find he was summoned to it by the weakest nation, who was bullied into it by the stronger nations looking to exploit them. To prevent himself from being turned into a commodity to be thrown at the demon king, who arose out of nowhere and conquered a third of the world with his demon/monster armies, the mc began to use his socioeconomics degree and desire to get into politics to recommend massive reforms in the kingdom. The king, realizing his advanced knowledge would make him a better king, hands over the throne as well as his daughter, a knightly princess. Thus starts a story where the hero is the leader, trying to gain power, stabilize the government, and eventually win the war with strategy and compromise, rather than by a single guy with a sword. The story is not bad, but it’s not exactly exciting. It’s more something like spice and wolf or Demon King and Hero, a story about making deals and discussing trades, where the story focuses on the how more than the what. It actually feels a bit scattered to me, with some uneven pacing and awkward jumps. If I had any critique to give the story, I’d say it needs a little bit better characterization. The characters have more depth than some web novels, true, but they fail to really pop into the realm of likable and interesting, which you really need in a novel that’s all about the characters, as this one is.
This one is very much stretching “another world” novels, as it’s more reincarnation than anything. A martial arts expert from the song dynasty has reached a point of immortality, where after his death he ends up reincarnating in the body of someone recently deceased. Having reincarnated countless times in men and women of all ages, this particular reincarnation puts him into the body of a bullied 17 yo Japanese boy with a family just struggling to get by. Respecting the families love for their recently deceased son, he decides immediately to protect his little sister and their mother any way possible. From this, it sounds like a fish out of water story, but his former life left him as the head of a famous gang/family who respects him as their founder, so he uses them a bit to his advantage, including acquiring the accumulated riches from that life. Mostly, he just gets vengeance on his bullies, saves his teacher from being raped and seduces her, scouts/threatens the man who is interested in his mom, and a whole list of other things to help his family out, clear old debts, and just generally be a bad ass. The cool thing often is the disconnect between his 17 year old appearance and his clearly manly and wise behavior. Whether he’s helping a girl win kendo or getting revenge on some bad people, he always does it like a boss. I read a volume, but by the time I quit the story I didn’t really feel like it was going anywhere. It’s got hundreds of chapters out, so maybe it goes somewhere eventually, just not in the first 20-30 chapters I read. Still a good fun read, but it could have used some more directed plot or long term goals.
God and Devil World:
Another one that isn’t quite another world, but I’m including it because RPG elements and “technically” God rearranges the world into something new. Don’t let the name confuse you, God and Devil World is about a modern day zombie apocalypse. If you like the RPG apocalypse genre, this would probably be the best and most recommended story out there. God suddenly declares that he is sick of humanity having it easy, and decides he wants to sort the weak from the strong, initiating a zombie apocalypse while adding RPG stats to the world. While being bit or scratched turns you into a zombie within twenty minutes, zombies immediately spring up everywhere out of nowhere and start eating people. Wild animals also become monsters too, so it’s not just zombies. The MC is a guy who has absolutely nothing special about him. He has no advantages others don’t, no unique skills, but just because he lucked out and managed to successfully kill a few zombies, and then successfully kill a few more, he quickly grows OP’d over anyone else with little rhyme or reason. I guess no one else alive figured they might as well fight for their life and did so as successfully as this particular Chinese guy. The main criticisms for this story are the same criticisms you can level at almost every Chinese Web Novel. As a story wrote pay per word, there are many many chapters, which endlessly repeat, both by explaining things that have already been explained dozens of times, and by repeating the plot in a continuous cycle of ever-growing proportions. Add to that the extreme contempt for women ( I can’t even call it sexism, it’s literally just thinking men are superior), and some pretty dumb contrivances to always leave the MC and his ilk the strongest, and you got a pretty buggy story… that is still really good and fun to read. If you can overlook stupid things like the badarse girl with combat training being quickly outpaced and dependent on some random college student MC, or how the MC expects any guy to fight for his life on his own while picking up and saving dozens of helpless maidens, or the fact that zombies inexplicably jump from lvl 1 to super mutant lvl 10s (then 20s, then 30s) with none in between, and of course random skills/equipment popping up literally paragraphs after they say they desperately need it, then you can find some enjoyment here. It pulls you right in and takes you on a ride. If you want to lose a weekend, start reading and I bet you’ll find yourself 100 chapters in before you even realize it. I will add that although the story is 400+ chapters as of now, it may start to grate on your nerves before then. There are only so many rapist, cannibal antagonists and stuffy, conceded government officials before the whole thing gets redundant, and his near rape behavior and obsession with loli girls (and yes, this book makes it generally creepy, it definitely borders on pedophilia) quickly becomes too much. By 200 chapters in, you’ll probably wish at least once that you could punch the protagonist in the face, so much of an insufferable douche is he. I think the straw that broke the camel’s back for me is when he chooses to protect a woman with no discernible skills yet her virginity intact over a woman who could cook, clean, and help carry stuff just because she had sex before. The virgin was a former friend who turns on her, and basically throws her to the wolves showing how disgusting and unloyal she is, but because she’s a virgin the MC dotes on her while basically telling the other girl to go die. That’s the kind of stupid crap this novel endorses.
The Blessing of 118 Gods:
This is another Romanian novel that follows the MC sent to another world. In this case, the MC is transferred over because he has “hero potential”. But the summoner, unable to see his potential, rejects and sends him back to Earth. Because of his good heart and heroic qualities, this increases his hero potential, causing him to be summoned again to another world… and again… and again… Each time he is rejected and/or killed, sent back to Earth where he wakes up in a hospital after experiencing an “accident”. However, the gods of each of the 118 worlds he was summoned to also get sucked into it, receiving random updates every time he gets rejected again. Pushed to the breaking point, they end the cycle by quite literally dropping a meteor on his head. Earth’s god is pissed, and in order to reconcile their harsh decision, the gods agree to give the MC the life of his dreams. With his hero potential, he could literally be anything he wants, and thus he picks all of his stats and one of the worlds to be born in… a generic fantasy world with slavery, only slightly Op’d stats, and only slightly Op’d status. As he puts it, he just wants a life of fun with a supportive family and a little sibling to dote on or be doted on. Point being, he engineers himself to be able to become OP’d… but only through his own hard work. He is born with a twin sister under a “fallen” noble family. Since she is his twin, she ends up with most of the OPness he has, an evolved body with higher than normal stats. And they grow up together, being trained by their Adventurer Aunt. His sister likes armor and adventuring, as opposed to the frilly dresses he wanted her to like, and she ended up with 3 blessings, which makes her a national treasure and target for intrigue. So he spends most of his time worrying about her. He’s only got one blessing, written in Romanian so noone knows what it is… called “The Blessing of 118 gods”, which is generic blessing that basically says he’ll succeed in anything he does. The story is slow, 35 chapters in and he’s only just turned 10. 8 chapters dedicated to him just deciding what world he wanted. One annoying aspect of the story is he frequently complains about things like how tough it is to cast magic, which is annoying when he himself made it that tough because he didn’t want to be OP’d and bored. Like make up your mind, man. Good novel, I like it, but at 35 chapters in, nothing much has happened. Maybe start reading when there are 60+ chapters.
I’m a NEET but when I went to Hello Work I got taken to another world:
The title says it all. This is actually another one of those stories I already read, and couldn’t remember a darn thing that happened in it. A world will end in 20 years, and a NEET gets hired to test out the leveling/skill system over the course of those years. He has RPG stats where most of the world isn’t aware of them. As he completes journal entries and quests given to him by god, he gets extra skill points. That’s really it. He’s slightly OP’d. Elements of harem… he’s called a NEET, but since literally in the first chapter he gets a job, his identity as a NEET is MOOT. It’s not a bad web novel, but it is forgettable. If you need a generic hero who does adventures in an adventurer guild and gradually levels up web novel, this is another one.
The Demon Lord’s building a city! ~The strongest Dungeon is a modern day city:
This is another dungeon building story, with another protagonist who has no memory of his previous life other than a general sense of humanity and understanding of technology. In this case, he’s reborn as a demon lord, although demon lord in this context is easily interchangeable with dungeon lord. In this world, a Demon Lord lives exactly 300 years. An all-powerful “creator” makes demon lords in batches. The old demon lords spend 1 year training the new demon lords, after which the new ones create their dungeons as the old pass away, leaving their dungeon cores to rot. Like always, they have DP earned by luring adventurers into their dungeon, which can take the shape of anything from a castle, to a cave, to a labyrinth, and then making them struggle to survive by either repelling or killing them. Like Doll Dungeon, the protagonist decides he wants to build a place that encourages people to come, enjoy themselves, and then leave peacefully… with this case being the form of creating his own utopian city. The 1st volume does NOT have him build his city. Instead, it spends a large amount of time introducing the harem cast of loli monsters he creates, and explain the mildly complex magic system for creating high level monsters which includes medallions, exchanges, and a slot machine style system. On the upside, the MC is OP, and his medallion allows him to basically make any monster he wants, which always turn out to be S classed loli girls: foxes, dwarves, and elves (in a world where A is the most you can get without creator intervention). Everyone loves him, including his mentor, and although all his monsters are lolis, he treats them with a fatherly mentality rather than a perverted one. Mix that with the fact that his “element” is creation which allows him to create anything from modern japan (although he doesn’t remember his life, he does remember food, weapons, ect…) and he is pretty powerful. His previous life suggested he was a gun otaku, and this novel actually gushes over gun warfare about as much as Gun-ota, so if you like the modern warfare against fantasies… this totally has it. I actually really liked this novel so far. It’s got way better pacing than a lot of other dungeon novels, and while the story changes from volume 1 to volume 2 as he goes from a demon lord protected by his senpai to a dungeon builder, the story feels very fluid, like it’s going somewhere, which is more than you can say about most dungeon building stories. Probably my favorite dungeon building story to date. Try it out!
Because Janitor-san is not a hero:
This is a story I read some time ago, and it took numerous tries to get past the prologue. I usually don’t call people out… but this has to be the crappiest, laziest translation I’ve ever read. Besides swapping from 1st to third person dozens of times a paragraph, screwing up the MCs name and rather than fixing it, just making a comment at the start that he screwed it up, only to then screw it up more… I’d say even calling it “translated” is hard to claim. I mean, in the damn prologue he wrote he didn’t “feel like” translating the rest of it, so he deliberately leaves a chunk of story untranslated. I understand you get what you pay for, but this level of care is openly making the world a worst place. My only consultation is he doesn’t have a Patreon link on the page. Anyway, a bunch of random people get summoned to a dangerous world. To help them survive, god gives them language skills and crafts a part of their soul into a magic op sword. Apparently, some freshmen high school student grasps the implications of this in mere seconds and instead of, you know… going “OMG WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?”, he instead immediately decides to take advantage of this system in front of GOD by stealing the Janitor’s sword before immediately vanishing into the portal beyond. Something god, freaking god, can’t stop or do anything about. Meanwhile, all the teachers and students smirk, because the Janitor is the lowest form of society and they’re all apparently sociopaths who can’t even establish some goddamned priorities here. It’s stupid. It’s really stupid. I tried, I tried to read this novel. It’s first 3-4 chapters are translated horribly, and even if it was translated well, it’s such a stupid plot. I finally decided to write this just to check it off my list. I award this story 0 points, and may god have mercy on its soul.
Charging Magic with a Smile~ Infinite Magic Power After Being Reincarnated into a Different World:
A world was brought to the brink of destruction by the demon king, the hero was summoned and defeated him. However, the hero is a warrior, not a leader, and lacked the skills to rehabilitate the world. Thus, the world continued to fall into ruin as people are killed by monsters and subsequently turned into monsters themselves. Two boys on the brink of death are summoned from Earth. One is a savage, sadistic arsehat, and the other is a typical Japanese MC. Guess which one is the hero? No… no twists here, they are given the ability to make things with magic by god. Their magic is charged by an elf-like species called the eternal slave, a slave race that enjoys being dominated and commanded. Although it’s not explicitly stated, it seems like the charging comes from the emotional states of the slaves. The sadist abuses and humiliates his slave, earning points when she cries or is sad. Meanwhile, our protagonist chooses to make his slave happy, finding that her happiness earns him nearly 10-100 X the mana the other guy earns. Thus he dotes on her, attempting to make her happy, whether it be giving her gifts, commanding her, or binding her soul to his more thoroughly (eternal slaves are easy to please). Magic only does the building of items, items still need ingredients which they have to gather. Basically, he creates a magic circle to make an item in his list, the item requires X number of ingredients and creates arrows that point to the location of said ingredients. He gathers them, throws them in the circle, and the item is made. Some items come from rare item drops, some come from strong monsters, some come from random locations. As he makes more items and discovers new ingredients, he unlocks new recipes, moving from small thatch houses and simple clothing to something more complex. It’s never really explained how he’s strong enough to fight monsters. He never forms any armor, instead just updating his sword, but that aside, a reference to him being a kendo champion or something would have gone a long way to making his battle prowess make any sense. By killing certain monsters, they turn back into the humans that had been killed, and they end up becoming the population for his town. The story does not characterize any of the people he saves, but instead focuses on him and his relationship with his slaves, kind of like “My house is a magic spot”. It’s Age of Empires the web novel, so if you like gradual building and growth, it isn’t a bad story. The arsehat shows up occasionally, mostly to gloat over his discoveries, which are quickly outpaced by the MC. This is not a complex or highly engaging story. It’s written very simply with very little characterization outside of making his slaves happy. Things just happen abruptly, like the aforementioned arsehat magically showing up at random. But it’s a fun read, the translator is updating quickly, and the web novel is actually finished. I’d recommend this story for someone who wants something light. The arsehat and his pitifully abused slave puts an occasional damper on things, but otherwise it’s a surprising light and hopeful story.
Yuusha Isagi no Maou Hanashi:
After three years fighting and finally defeating the demon lord, the hero goes to confess to his white mage companion and start restoring the world, including starting an adventurer’s guild, only to suddenly be snatched away by a summon once again… to the same place 20 years in the future by the former demon lord’s daughter. He and three other boys fresh from Japan are summoned as Demon Lord Candidates in order to protect the demons and demihumans from human tyranny. Apparently, since the hero’s mysterious disappearance, his companions went on to create the Adventurer’s guild. It’s rank based rewards, the potential for fame, and skill hoarding made it so successful that humanity began to wipe out all of the other races and push the demons to the brink of destruction. Now, the former hero has to keep low as he resides in the demon lord castle he once invaded, engage with the daughter whose father he killed, and provide advice to the creation of new demon lords. The story is not greatly written. The exposition is insane, dedicating dozens of chapters to infodumping everything. The MC is scattered brain, the narratives train of thoughts jumping around so much it’s actually a really hard translation to follow. This is a shame because the story is actually really interesting to me. But it’s so poorly implemented that it really holds back something otherwise great. It’s a harem too, which provides some meager and forced scenes to have the hero loved by several girls including the demon lord’s daughter. He himself, at least as far as I’ve gotten, has NOT become a demon lord, but mostly turned into a NEET mosing around the castle while forming a close friendship with the demon king candidates (other summoned Japanese boys).The tone is mostly humorous, but a lot of the jokes stall in translation. If the author took the ideas a little more seriously, this could have been a really kick arsed story. Instead, it’s a solid ‘meh’.
100 Luck and the Dragon Tamer Skill!:
In 30 years, Earth will be invaded by an alien species. Ancient aliens asked a “god-like” being to intervene on their behalf (The author seemed very desperate to push this atheist viewpoint at you, IT’s NOT GOD… just superpowered alien that has manipulated human history for the last 2000 years). Anyway, a few days after his announcement, the not god decides to summon 10 million humans and dump them on another world with RPG stats to do whatever they want. If by the time the last human dies, they have collectively made that world a better place, they will intervene and save Earth, if not, Earth will be invaded. On top of that, the not god is a bit of a dick, and decides to leave things up to “fate”, giving humans only 10 seconds to allocate their 100 skill points, forcing them to keep the first skill they pick without being able to read the description first, and hiding future skills behind often ridiculous and unrelated skill names. One such boy, a lazy otaku Romanian (this is the same author as “I was reincarnated as a magic academy” ), panics when confronted with his choice, ending up dumping all his skill points into luck. Turns out that’s the right thing to do, as Luck cannot be changed with leveling. He then accidently gets stuck with the dragon tamer ability, which is useless for a human, since humans and dragons have been fighting an unceasing war and hate each other. And as luck would have it, instead of being summoned to the human continent like everyone else, he ends up in the extremely high-level dragon continent, giving him the very chance to use the dragon tamer skill and quickly grow OP. Basically, any dragon who befriends the protagonist gets a 2X boost to their leveling (growth), and the protagonist gains a boost equal to 25% of their stats. A harem later and he’s OP’d as heck. And since he’s got 100 luck, the new poorly-named skills he can gain every 10 levels he picks slot-machine style and ends up OP’d as well. I liked this story, it’s a lot of fun. The dialogue… is often cringeworthy. Just very cliche dialogue full of smartass remarks and “jokes” that just as often make you cringe as they make you laugh out loud. The MC… is a bit unlikeable. Kind of a creep, kind of a smart ass, kind of lazy jackass. He’s not much different from the magic academy MC of the authors other novel, but it’s more noticeable in this one because this guy is undeniably human while the other MC had memory loss and his dungeon nature to contend with. Still, not a standard Japanese MC, so if that bothers you, then you might prefer this. Although, after reading 4-5 Romanian novels, I’ll say he is a “classic Romanian MC”. Get past the cringe and you’ll have a pretty fun novel full of more sexy dragon girls than you can shake a stick at.
Release that Witch:
Most every entry on this list sits comfortably in the cliches of a light novel. The Chinese light novels tend to differ from Japanese light novels, but in the end, the general goal is still wish fulfillment. In all of these stories, you imagine yourself as the MC, fantasizing as he gets all the power and gets all the girls. This is one of the very few stories that seem to strive for something more. I’d be hard pressed to call it a light novel since it reads infinitely more like a fantasy epic akin to Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, or the Sword of Truth. When a Chinese Engineering student collapses from overwork, he wakes up in the body and harboring the memories of the Kingdom’s 4th prince in the middle of proceeding over an execution of a witch. The King decided to pit all of his children against each other Stardust style, giving them each a plot of the kingdom to rule. After five years, whoever garnered the most success won. He gave his favorite son the best land, and his least favorite, the protagonist, the outskirted borderlands. A stark athiest, he defies the church and frees the witch and after witnessing her true powers, she gave him the plan to use her and the other witches along with his knowledge on engineering to revolutionize the world. Each Witch gets one specific power, and he uses those powers to help him realize his dreams, establishing an army, protecting the city, and creating a foothold in the kingdom, often by developing guns, steam engines, and other industrial revolution era devices using the resources at hand. Furthermore, winter is coming, and every winter results in the release of these magical fissures which infect and turn animals into monsters that attack the nearby towns. Thus, he tries to protect the witches from the church while defending the city from monster attacks and building up commerce. It’s… a really good story. The female characters are strong and independent (a surprise coming from a Chinese WN). The story is full of interesting and well-developed characters. Some people lay criticisms that the character is “too smart” or that the author pompously shows off his own intelligence with big words and explanations, and while he his intelligence does stretch the realm of believability (like his ability to write complete books explaining the basics of chemistry), it’s no worse than the 18 yo acting like a 12 yo idiot or any in a list of superpowered protagonists. This was really a good story, I can’t stress it enough. Possibly my favorite on this list to date.
Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta ore wa Meikyuu o Samayou:
A guy who loves vending machines is reborn as a vending machine. He wakes up in a dungeon, but not your typical underground dungeon, more the kind where every level is a complete habitat on its own. In his case, he wakes up next to a lake and an open sky… which sits a few days travel from a human established village near the dungeons teleport circle. A few days later, a small girl abandoned and near death stumbles on him, and thus purchases food and water to survive. She has the divine gift of superstrength so she carries him to the village, and thus begins their adventure together. He functions much like a dungeon core in other web novels. He converts money into items to sell and upgrades to his machine. The more upgrades, the more things he sells. He works to support the nearby adventurer’s guild, being a continuous supply of food and supplies for adventurers on the go, with the super strength girl (who is considered clumsy with her strength and thus an undesirable teammate normally) carrying him on adventure missions. His limitations are one of the annoying things. For example, he can only sell things he had purchased from a vending machine at some point in his previous life… which despite being a self-proclaimed vending machine lover, is surprisingly limited. He also can only speak using one of a handful of phrases, making every conversation essentially a yes or no conversation. I hope his voice opens up in the future, but after the first volume, this has yet to happen. It’s a cute and harmless web novel, surprisingly easy to read and fun. Don’t expect much depth from it. If you like dungeon core web novels, this one provides an interesting variant of that.
Wizard with the Flower Blades:
In a word with virtual reality MMOs like Sword Art Online, a sportsy guy who kind of looks like a girl is encouraged to start a new MMO by his gaming friend. While in the middle of attempting to create his character, which through a scan error assigns him the gender female, there is a flash of light, and he ends up in a fantasy world in the body of his female avatar. This is one of those rare gender bender other world stories. The world doesn’t appear to be the game world, and the skills he would have had in the game don’t appear to be the skills he has in this world. There are no levels. It’s never really explained, but from the hints the story gives, it seems like “mana” makes the world go around, and every stat gets converted into mana. The MC and other summoned Japanese seem to possess maxed mana in the millions based on their previous job class. Although the MC never finished his character creation, which for some reason makes him special in ways that are yet to be revealed. Really, he’s just generically Op’d for no reason, even compared to other otherworlders who seem bound by the laws of whatever game they started in, thus locked into their predetermined skills and spells, while the MC can freely manipulate mana however he wants. Immediately, he stumbled on a caravan being raided by bandits… and you have your recipe for possibly the most generic cliche “other world novel” you could ever read. He also had a grandpa who liked blacksmithing (but just weapons though, this novel doesn’t even once mention blacksmithing armor for some reason). So he picks up blacksmithing and instantly becomes OP’d in that too, which somehow makes him OP in jewelry making too? Somehow? You’d probably think from what I just said I didn’t like this novel, but that’s the strange thing, I REALLY liked the novel. It’s generic as hell… the most by the numbers story you could read, yet somehow… it’s still very good. Not great, but good enough and engaging enough to be worth a read. The characters don’t pop, but they tie together and are involved enough that they at least aren’t forgettable. It really doesn’t have any harem at all, and the romance is virtually non-existent. Perhaps it’s because the story is so mellow that it’s so approachable. Love relationships don’t pop up on first meeting, s/he isn’t surrounded by everyone being in love with him, characters aren’t walking cartoon punchlines, he doesn’t get randomly attacked by gangster adventurers wanting to put him in his place for no reason. This is an interesting world, with an interesting magic system, and interesting characters. Even the bad guys exude personality. It’s probably one of the least painful and most interesting generic another world novels you could read, so give it a chance.
I Was A Sword When I Reincarnated:
A guy dies and reincarnates as a sword. That’s it. That’s about as much thought as went into this web novel. The guy’s Japan life is not explored at all. For the first 10 some chapters he flies around killing things and becoming OP’d all on his own. His powers are inconsistent as hell… like he can only fly for 3-6 minutes max, yet somehow can engage in sneaking and 4 hour long battles without using up his mp. He acquires tons of skills, gets stuck in an mp dead zone, and is finally rescued by a slave whose caravan is destroyed by a monster. He immediately wants to have sex with her… and it’s revealed she’s 12 years old. Yeah… it’s exactly as gross as it sounds. Anyway, she picks him up, he decides anyone will do wielding him considering he practically wields himself (and has a skill share ability that means she instantly becomes OP too), frees her from her master, and then basically uses her as his walking dummy. Fortunately, she has the personality of dried wheat and so he commands her every motion like she’s a doll. She responds with only one word responses, and the sword narrates that “he” does things when he really means “she” does things as his proxy. And yeah… that’s it. The sword with intelligence can be a really interesting subject, but if that’s what you’re looking for, this is not the web novel for you. It is a very very generic and inconsistent novel with a dynamic that has no reason to exist. The author does nothing to cash in on the “being a sword” thing, and the story could have just as easily been told if he reincarnated as the 12 yo girl himself, or as an amulet, or as a magical buttplug… the point being, it’s just waste. Now, I’m not saying it was an awful story or offensive. Some parts are actually quite good as a generic “adventurer adventures while becoming increasingly OP”, but it felt like a pretty big missed opportunity to have something different. It’s just more of the same with a coat of paint.
Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru:
A guy with a rather pitiful life dies and reincarnates as the character from his MMO game. He wakes up in the body of a loli vampire princess. His character was a bit of an animal hoarder, and he spent his game years building a massive collection of “pets”, Boss Level Mobs that he “collected” over the years. He puts them on display in a castle he acquired and became lord over through various hard to understand circumstances. The pets became sentient, freeing themselves from storage and finding themselves trapped in the castle, their vampire princess in a coma that lasts 100 years. His “reincarnation” signaled the awakening of their princess, and the castle pops up in a strange world which may or may not be the MMO turned reality untold millennia later. Now, all her monsters which have organized into their appropriate pecking order want to take over the world in her name, while she just wants to figure out what’s going on. So basically another Overlord. It’s… okay? The fact that it’s a guy turned girl is not really plot important, and the little girl immediately starts acting like a mature loli (think Yue). I wish the protagonist was either female or a guy who wanted to be a girl (or was at least established as a homosexual), because it would make all the constant love-dove scenes between her and guys feel a lot less like BL. It’s very odd the way it is. The story starts out with her freaking out over the monsters and desperately “pretending” to be her game avatar to survive, but that aspect of the story gets thrown out by the third chapter and from then on she IS a vampire princess and acts just like one. She plays around in the first town, checks out the adventurer guild, flirts with a young adventuring boy, and saves the town from a well timed invasion… fairly standard fair… but from the point of view of seductive loli princess. The story felt like it needed a bit more depth. The main monster characters felt like they needed more characterization and time to establish themselves (the story really does just jump to the first village without spending any time with the monsters), and while the vampire princess is brutal, nothing about her character is consistent or makes a whole lot of sense. The story was just too fast paced and abrupt and forced too much stuff to happen. It pushed the suspension of disbelief a bit too hard. Another one with good potential poorly executed and thus becoming something a tad mediocre.
On the surface, Atelier Tanaka is just another ‘another world’ web novel with an intensely unlikable and borderline disgusting protagonist. However, it has just enough wit and self-awareness that it isn’t terrible. When an MC is accidently killed by god, he gets the standard fair another world with a cheat skill. He chooses his cheat skill ‘becoming a beautiful Ikeman’, but that gets rejected for “reasons”. He then wants recovery magic and is thus spawned outside of town. Instead of being the standard 15 yo pretty boy, he’s an ugly Japanese 34 yo virgin. It’s not specifically mentioned whether he is in his original body or not, but it’s certainly not the typical Japanese MC.He comes off like the worst stereotypes of a Japanese businessman we have in America (an overly polite suckup with extreme perverseness in some very taboo and disgusting areas). The protagonist has got an almost god-like recovery magic, but because the author didn’t know where to stop making him OP, he also has an inexhaustible massive supply of mp, high INT, and every level he gains a point he can put into anything. Even with lvl 3 fire magic, he is so powerful he can create a hailstorm of fireballs incinerating even wyverns in one hit. It seems like the only reason he isn’t OP as fruck seems to be his own idiocy on how OP is abilities actually are. Seriously, he could put his points in ANYTHING. Illusion magic to solve his ugly problem, transformation, barriers, defense… he does none of that. He becomes an adventurer and in perhaps the most unbalanced questing reward system ever he quickly becomes rich with just herbs. A single freaking herb quest nets him enough gold to buy a sword, armor, and live comfortably for three months. It wasn’t even like a lot a herbs… a single bag of them. Anyway, through various serendipitous events he meets up and befriends various nobles and knights. The story is kind of all over the place. His first night he gets thrown in jail with a lesbian knight and flat out murders a guard to escape prison. The knight was on death row and… neither of them ever face any repercussions from this incident. Simply fleeing from jail seemed to cause everyone to forget they were ever there. He befriends a goblin on his first mission, and nothing happens… at least not in what is translated, nothing ever developed from this strange friendship. It’s another event that is just sort of forgotten. It’s not an awful web novel… but it’s got a lot of weird moments, like the MC complimenting how a girl looks when she’s pooping, or his internal monolog about pissing himself. If you’re desperate to avoid the hero archetype and instead want to read about an ugly 34 yo man lamenting over how he wants to bang high school girls and live a simple life with a house and a golden retriever… this is for you?
Jikuu Mahou de Isekai to Chikyuu wo Ittarikitari:
This story avoided my radar for far longer than it should have. A guy is summoned to another world. The King gives him a gem that unlocks his powers, which since he is an engineer turn out to be the powers of analysis, time, and space. The King then tries to trick the guy into wearing a slave collar, and when that fails, tries to assassinate him. Having received the powers of time and space itself, he quickly escapes that situation. Noticing the princess who indirectly warned him by being distressed at his would-be capture, he stops by her room and suggests to her that this whole “demon king randomly decides to attack a human village” thing is fishy as heck before returning to his own world. The next day she is imprisoned by her father for asking too many questions, and the guy decides to kidnap her off to his world. His younger sister is also entering college and moves into his home, and after explaining the existence of a fantasy world, they start heading over to the world to train, learn magic, and have fun. It’s a bit like Death march in the sense that the guy’s powers border on a demigod and he mostly does the equivalent of vacationing. He can teleport anywhere he’s been, including another world once a day. He can put “surveillance” on people and items, checking up on them throughout the day. He can sense enemies, use a mapping system, and of course the OP’d skill that is inventory. Since you learn magic based on your level of knowledge, most of his magic is learned very high level, and he maintains quite a few levels over his hare- err… his little sister and the princess. As he works 9-5 and his sister goes to school, the princess acts as a homemaker. Every weekend they go back to the other world and level up and go on adventures (the sister wants to become strong enough to protect those important to her). They’ve run into a few too many walking cliched badguys but otherwise, it’s a pretty lighthearted novel about a guy just chilling in the other world with his girls. And of course it includes the fun of exposing the other world to modern technology (and performing your job with cheat-like magic skills) He’s 30, his sister is 18, the princess is 16. Yeah, pure wish fulfillment here, but also fun. It’s got a lot of chapters, rather short. Like Death March, nothing important really happens and it doesn’t happen quickly, but to me, this and Death March are examples of slice of life done “right”. If I could select any cheat skill, Time and Space Magic would be it, so this one resonated with my heart. Fun story, worth a read unless you want something with heavy story or darker tones.
Kuro No Maou:
I think if any web novel could be called a textbook example of an “another world” novel, The Black Demonlord would be it. A standard Japanese boy with slightly intimidating eyes and the ironic first name Maou is summoned to another world right in the middle of an obvious confession from the school idol that he was too dense to see. Rather than being summoned as a hero, he was instead summoned to become an experimental weapon prototype. Infused with black magic, he was enslaved, imprisoned, experimented on, and tortured for months as they steadily turned him into a weapon, meanwhile pitting him against monsters and other test subjects. This all gets rushed through the first couple of chapters, and then he escapes, jumps on a boat, and somehow ends up in the middle of a forest on the “demon” continent. Typical church fighting for human purity while labeling all humans and demihumans who get along “demons” and perpetuating a war with them. In other words, the demon continent is really just the un-specist continent, and demons are really just normal good people that aren’t xenophobic zealous bastards. On the demon continent, he gets a grip on his magical powers and steadily increases them. With over 200 chapters out, the progression of this story is actually pretty slow. A long prolog actually achieved something very few another world novels achieved… that is… getting me to care about his life before he’s snatched away. I still want to know what happened to his mom, the would-be girlfriend, and his buddy. However, after that chapter, the details kind of slip away a bit. The prolog is full of descriptions for every person he meets, but later chapters don’t get any of that. This is a mistake young writers make all the time, starting out over describing, and then fall back to under-describing. You end up with a story that explains too much that really doesn’t need explaining. If you read a lot of another world novels, this one yet again introduces the protagonist to demihumans, adventuring guilds, and everything else slowly with all the mock surprise we’ve already heard a dozen times. The first girl he encounters is a half fairy with the body and personality of a 4 yo. They instantly become best buds just because the plot wanted it to happen, and then he… sleeps naked with her? I’m not even joking… he says yes loli, no touch… but it’s still weird the author felt the need to put it there. In the end, this book takes the events told by chapter 2 in other another world novels… and stretches it to 20 chapters. Although this story is about a “demon lord” instead of a hero… it’s really just a hero in the same way as every other another world story… except it moves the point where he discovers that it was the church all along that are the xenophobic badguys to the beginning, and he’s only the “demon king” from the point of view that he’s against the clearly evil church. That said, the story gets better the longer you read it, and aside from an early on five-some chapter battle between the dragon king and an apostle that the story hadn’t established itself long enough to be worth it, it really is the classic forming of a demon lord, full of strife, loss, and a series of bad things happening to the protagonist. The story doesn’t pull punches when it chooses to kill off characters to drive the protagonist into becoming a demon lord, and even the innocent loligirl becomes a terrifying presence deserving of the title of one of his generals as the story progresses. Still, like all novels of these types, to justify the protagonist’s evil actions, they end up making the bad guy even more evil, cartoonishly so. If you want to follow the classical “path of a demon lord” that so many stories parody, I’d call this the gold standard.
I haven’t read even a word of these, but they were suggested in comments. I will go through and remove/add to the list as I check these out in due time.
Kamigoroshi no eiyuu to nanatsu no seiyaku
My pet is a holy maiden
The bear bears a bare kuma
Warlock in Magus
Those Who Aspired to Become Gods: A darker fairy tale
Ore to Kawazu san no Isekai Hourouki
Cop Craft – Dragnet Mirage Reloaded
Tsuki ga Michibiku/Moon-Led Journey
Ascendance of a Bookworm
Kokugensou wo Item Cheat de Ikinuku
King of the Battlefield
Chaotic Sword God
1000 nin no homunkurusu
Magi Craft Meister
Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou
Re: Master Magic
Bu ni Mi o Sasagete Hyaku to Yonen. Elf de Yarinaosu Musha Shugyou
Chaotic Sword God
Martial God Space
Nidoume no jinsei wo isekai deRisou no
Risou no himo seikatsu
The Strongest Dan God
Din no Monshou
Tower of karma
Boundary Labyrinth and the Foreign Magician
Reincarnated as a Dragon’s Egg ～Lets Aim to Be the Strongest～
The Strategist Knows Everything
Other World Assassin Life of a Man who was a Shut-in
Commushou no Ore ga, Koushou Skill ni Zenfurishite Tenseishita Kekka
The Reincarnated Vampire Wants an Afternoon Nap
The Demonic King Chases His Wife: The Rebellious Good-for-nothing Miss
The Death Mage that doesn’t want a fourth time
The King of the Battlefield