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]!!
Story: A lazy boy is dropped into a fantasy world and becomes the dungeon master. If the dungeon core is destroyed, he dies. But the dungeon is protected by the state, and thus there's no need to do anything. So our Protagonist becomes an Adventurer, thus denying this whole "dungeon master" selling point the novel had. Unfortunately there's a lot of hypocrisy drama going on with the "Antagonist", which makes the story very stagnated and boring. "You're not allowed to conquer dungeons, but I am." That kind of logic made me flip from liking this story to
borderline hating it.
Art: The "big" boobs are weirdly drawn sometimes, making it look seriously strange. But the author himself says he likes lolis and he was forced to create a big boobed heroine, that may be why he just didn't care about those illustrations. (he explains it in Afterword) Overall the art is fine.
Characters: The Heroine (Rokuko) is very inconsistent, her mood changes fast and her feelings seems forced by the author rather than making it feel realistic. For an immature child it might work, but for an adult (looking) woman it's not very natural with that unstable mind.
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 want's 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.
Overall, If you like the concept of dungeons and adventurers, this story might be entertaining for you. But with silly hypocrisy and rules making the whole dungeon theme a backstory more than a main plot, it's hard to feel pulled in by the story. It's just half-assed themes put together into an almost decent story.
Hero Summons, Harem, Loli, Adventurer's Guild, Dungeons, Neutral Protagonist (not good nor evil), "Slaves" being treated like normal girls. EVERY single thing in this story has been told by an already popular novel series. Overlord, Rising of the Shield Hero, Log Horizon etc...
+ Solid Protaganist
+ Good Dungeon System
- Silly Hypocritical "Antagonist"
- Lack of adult situations (sex-slaves being hugged, ONLY hugged)
- Too many different plot-lines
I didn't hate this story because I like the amateur feeling to it. Like how some people love B-movies. Not as good as those "Professional" works, but can still be entertaining.
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.