Tomokui Kanata has been re-incarnated in the weakest goblin, named Goburou, after having undergone an unfortunate death. However Goburou has retained his previous life's memories, an unusual evolution, as well as becoming strong enough to gain status boosts from eating.
In this alternate world of survival of the fittest, events unfold with competent subordinates and comrades, delightful case of the tail-wagging dog...
What happens when you let a teenage otaku suffering from chuunibyo, write his own light novel? Re:Monster would be that answer.
Well I'm not sure if it is a kid who wrote this mess of a novel but it definitely matches the storytelling that one of my younger cousins would come up with when they were in their early teens.
Re:Monster is another fantasy/re-incarnation tale that I've just started reading having come across this series as recommendation after reading Gun-Ota, Mushoku Tensei and Souen no Historia(novels that also have re-incarnation as a theme).
So going back to my first sentence, Re:Monster really feels like a kid had
wrote it and the story-telling itself feels like a copy of a walkthrough you'd find at GameFAQ/dot/com(no...seriously). Everything is narrated like as if the main character was in a game(even though he isn't) and the way he levels up is so stupid that if this was actually a game, the game company would have gone bankrupt before end of volume 1.
One of the reasons why I rate this series poorly is due to that; no matter how much you try to paint the MC as a hero(or anti-hero) or even a villain, he is anything but due to having no plot and the repetitiveness of his antics has pretty much gone stale by volume 2. To make matters worse, he has a harem of (human)women suffering Stockholm-syndrome who is meant to be in love with him. I won't go in to detail so as not to spoil for any potential reader, but one thing I will say is that that part of the series felt like I was reading hentai for a moment. Like really...
Anyways...back to the review; Re:Monster is not recommendable for all. Some may like it or are only their for the M18+ moments but to be honest, even those occasions are dry after his second time.
Re: Monster is definitely one of the most enjoyable novels I have read in a long time. Firstly I should mention that the writing style is similar to a diary and everything is viewed in first person. Dialogue we see is few and the readers only view characters as the way Rou perceives them (Most of the time)... can also be certain instances where we get POV of others but it is few. With that said besides Rou we don't get much of other characters but I still really like Rou and his power so it is fine for me but if you don't like
the cold calculating anti-hero type then avoid Re:Monster. Next is the story and in this novel it takes an approach where there isn't one huge goal but more of whatever the MC feels like doing he will do, you might think that gets boring but his antics are one of the best parts (without spoiling much I will just say he is very greedy and always wants to improve his abilities and position in the new world. Examples being going into a fight he only believes he has a 30% chance of victory just because he wants the abilities of the monster or using addictive lotion on nobles so they always have to come back to his massage shop...) There is sex in this story but it isn't descriptive and he also has several wives so warning for the people who don't want that. Art isn't very involved as it is a novel but a manga version of this is out and it is done pretty nicely. I would recommend this to people who are looking for a story about a character who starts at the bottom and travels to the top.
Now for the flaws as I did have a few I want to mention. Firstly is like I said earlier how it is all written like a diary, it is definitely a double edged sword and it makes me feel less connected to other characters. Secondly is the fact that it has great story potential but it isn't used to its fullest and what I mean is how he was reincarnated and his blessing by a greater god. They aren't delved into much even by day 190 (vol 5) so guys who like epic stories definitely will dislike the feeling of such wasted potential. I had a few other issues but none worth mentioning.
Conclusion is that I really enjoy it and will continue reading as long as it keeps going. I also want to mention since bakaupdates (the site most people know of) doesn't update when new chapters are translated and I don't know why. On the wiki you can read all of volumes 1-5 in english that was translated by Pacem community translations. For the hardcore fans of this series who are looking for some like it I would also recommend checking out Royal Road Legend or Japtem as they have hundreds of Fanfics just off this novel, which isn't surprising as the world concept is epic!
“If you died and reincarnated what would you do?” This novel suggest this question with a twist, “If you died and was reincarnated into a goblin with full memory of your previous life then you find out that you are not a regular goblin but a goblin that has an overpowered power what would you do?” :-P
The main plot of RE:Monster is that there is no plot. We follow the Mc Rou everyday life after he was reincarnated as a goblin, seeing the new ability’s he unlock, and how he rules his people.
Every character but the Rou is basically one dimensional. The
alchemist, Elf’s, Red hair warrior and so on. This does not mean that the characters are bad but you will feel that these characters don’t have a motive and could be easy replaced. Rou’s as a character is awesome, he is your usually bad ass, leader, ruler, ect…. Basically all the characters are Rou’s puppies, which he does what he pleases with.
This novel is written as if it’s a dairy, it follow Rous from day One to day two and so on. Some days are short with recaps of what happened that day. For example what he ate, fought, who lved up, and the new abilities/items he got.
I loved this novel for many reasons but mainly reason is the colony development. We see them transform from barbarians to knights with the leadership of Rou. This novel for me is basically how to build a kingdom and the necessary things you need to do to find success.
So basically I suggest this Novel to people that love development of a race and has a dark/funny feel to it. I’ll rate this light novel a 9/10 for enjoyment aspect only.
Honestly, this might be the worst piece of litterature I have ever laid my eyes on in my life. It's clear that this author is very bad at his craft. It seems to follow the recent trend of where authors with bad writing, manage to get popular by either following a popular topic, like being reborn in a different world, or where they get popular by the story. And I guess this kind of fits into both categories, and at least in the beginning, the story is very interesting.
However it quickly goes down hill when the summaries get even shorter, and it's basicly nothing
but the authors personal wish fullfilment fantasy. The writing is in journal form, so theres almost zero dialogue in the entire story. This is bad as theres nothing that drives the development of the characters.
Though it's clear that the author doesn't care from the way he almost dedevelops his characters. The MC starts out with an interesting personality, but quickly gets bland and goes against his very own opinions. Like they never existed in the first place.
It's nothing but an OP wish fullfilment fantasy and it only gets clearer and clearer the further you read. I would recommend reading the manga instead because even though it also gets bad as time goes on, it's at least a decent work for a few chapters.