Spending my daily life in leisure, that was my pastime—until I was summoned into another world and met a blonde loli introducing herself as Dungeon Core No. 695.
"Save my dungeon. By the way, if the dungeon core is destroyed, you’ll also go down with me as the dungeon master."
A dungeon with a single room. Moreover, one already controlled by bandits. This is a [Checkmate] no matter how you look at it. Guess there’s nothing to do but somehow get out of this situation so that I can [Not Work]!!
Instead of going around clearing dungeons, why not build your own?
Story: A lazy young man is summoned to a fantasy world. But as he just wants to sleep, he does not become a hard working hero. No, this man becomes a dungeon master, spending his days sleeping and occasionally doing some work. It's actually really interesting and totally different from the other "summoned to another world" stories, while being mainstream at the same time.
"Dungeon Master" is like the creator of a dungeon, he decides what monsters, traps and treasures that should be placed out. So he himself rarely faces any invaders himself. But to
be as safe as possible, he becomes an adventurer (well, officially speaking), thus pretending to be just a normal human being that happens to live near the dungeon. But, "Heroes", also known as soldiers of God, are very real, and they will attack his dungeon, sooner or later...
Art: The art in volume one had some below average illustrations, but later on the art is pretty good. With a good mix of Sexy, Cute and Funny, it's hard to complain.
Characters: Main Heroine, Rokuko, the dungeon core. (literally the heart of the dungeon) She is a typical stupid, big boobed blonde, in the beginning. She slowly learn what to do and how to avoid being destroyed by invaders, and eventually She might even be called dependable. Her not being human makes her cold and calculating, while also becoming smart enough to know how to think before doing something.
Main character Keima, sleeps much to help naturalize time skips, but his personality is surprisingly well made. Not too smart, nor is he a saint that wants to save everyone. Along with his foot fetish, he's among the most natural protagonists I've seen in a long time, also a bit boring. He can kill people, when they are douche-bags, but avoids killing whenever it's possible. A typical protagonist with a Dark Hero vibe. (Momonga, Naofumi, etc) Oh, he's ridiculously strong as well. But that's the standard for fantasy stories.
Overall, If you like the concept of dungeons and adventurers, this story might be entertaining for you. But this story is without a doubt half-assed. He's a dungeon master, enemy of Heroes and justice. But he's also an adventurer, protector of the people. He has a harem, but he never does anything. This is a story to be enjoyed without hoping for anything big to ever happen.
+ Solid Protagonist
+ Good Dungeon System
+ Rokuko is so cool, she deserves a plus
- Lack of adult situations (sex-slaves being hugged, ONLY hugged)
- Too many different plot-lines
-Slow, uninteresting start.
I did not enjoy the first volume, but the story do gets better. That's not to say it's good, and everyone needs to read this. It's super slow at some points, making it really boring. But for people that like the genre it's worth a read. Me, I like it just enough to justify buying it, since I'm just that bored.
This novel is one I've enjoyed so I thought it deserved a review.
Story - 8/10. The overarching story revolves around the dungeon. The dungeon core known as No. 695 makes a last ditch effort and spins the Gacha (basically summon lotto) and summons the human Kehma to become the dungeon master and protect the dungeon core.
Eventually he drives away the enemies and works to attract adventurers in order to gain Dungeon Points (DP).
For the first arc, which is 13 chapters long, IT IS TERRIBLE. Yeah, gonna warn you now, its utter shite. I even dropped it around chapter 6 before but decided to
press on at a later date and I'm glad I did.
While the first 13 chapters are boring because it takes a while for anything to happen since he simply maintains a status-quo of not being killed and sleeping the next arc and those onwards are much better and that is the majority of the score. Going to the nearest town, being an adventurer and having some pretty funny misunderstandings.
In short, power through the first arc and ye shall be rewarded.
Art - 8/10. As with all my reviews, the art doesn't count towards it but the art that is sometimes shown in chapters is pretty well drawn so I feel it a disservice not to mention it.
Character - 7/10. I'll mention the three main cast which can be seen from the first arc onwards.
Kehma - A young man called from Japan to serve as the dungeon master of the "simple cave" (later known as the "cave of desires"). All this guy cares about is sleeping. However, he does have good points. For the dungeon it was him who created the plans to use and then later on discard the bandits and it is also him who efficiently gathers DP and makes the dungeon strong.
Dungeon Core No. 695 (Called Rokuko by Kehma) - Rokuko is a Human-type dungeon core. There are two types of dungeon cores, a sentient type who can work together with the dungeon master to improve the dungeon and the dungeon core most people are familiar with which is an orb also known as the heart of the dungeon.
Rokuko is a blonde loli type girl. At first she tries to make herself the master but due to a problem Kehma was recognised as the master instead. Kehma often teases Rokuko saying she has a "goblin fetish" due to her always wanting to summon goblins to act as the attack force of the dungeon. Rokuko always listens to the advice of a senior dungeon core who is similarly a human-type.
Meat - (Yes this is her name, no I'm not joking.) Meat is a black haired dog-eared loli. She was bought as a slave by the bandits and due to various circumstances Kehma managed to save her. Her physical ability is strong and her loyalty to Kehma is the same.
She too becomes an adventurer alongside Kehma and they both quickly rise up the ranks. Kehma however, only really sees her as a hug pillow.
Enjoyment - 9/10. The novel is fun, the dungeon aspects are truly what I read it for, going to war with other dungeons or repelling invaders inside his own dungeon either way its fun to see how Kehma reacts to the situations.
Overall - 8/10. As long as you can press through the first arc the rest is infinitely better. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a novel which deals with dungeon masters however there are at times some politics to deal with so its not all dungeon battles all the time. Regardless, the battles they do have are interesting and fun.