Webnovel Review I Never Run Out of Mana (마나가 닳지 않아)

Webnovel Review I Never Run Out of Mana (마나가 닳지 않아)

Webnovel Details:

Novel Title : I Never Run Out of Mana
Associated Names : 마나가 닳지 않아
Type : Web Novel
Language : Korean
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Action, Adventure, Fantasy, School Life, Shounen
Year : 2016
Translated Chapters So Far : 139/251 Chapters  (On Going)


Synopsis


Have you ever seen a hunter spamming infinite meteors?

That’s me.

It is now 40 years after monsters started appearing in the world and with it, Awakened. Min-Cheol feels that life is unfair, comparing his life to the ones which the Awakened lead. After a scuffle with one of the Awakened, he gains an ability which allows him to have infinite mana.

Review

Let's be very clear — all these reviews (stars-only, and a few written) are early, and many are suspect. The MC is a high-school student who spent his time getting bullied while his poor single mother worked herself to the bone to support them, under the burden of a useless father's debt. His mentality is juvenile. His life experience is limited to: runaway father, hardworking mother, limited social experience due to economic destitution, and bullying.

He gets these powers, and instantly begins research and planning. He's not stupid, he's just immature right now. That's fine. He's written consistently and the things he thinks and says are pretty humorous. He's doing the best he can with clearly limited knowledge (the author has decent show-don't-tell skills for a Korean WN author) as we see when he sells his first dungeon loot. The fact that he hasn't gotten revenge on the bully yet is a GIVEN, people: he knows the bully is still stronger and more valued because our MC is purposely hiding his world-shattering gift. He knows from experience what it's like to be controlled by higher powers, so he's going to great lengths to hide what he knows would get him taken by the government and forced to be used as a tool or study subject. It all makes good, consistent sense.

UPDATE: As he begins to enter the dungeon community and socialize more we see his growth and naivete exposed in greater measure, and the quality of the writing is holding up. I was happy with the introduction of the mother and the debt situation. The series continues to meet expectations. I would perhaps lower it to 4*s because it's not -amazing- if I could, but I don't mind leaving this as something I've put at a 5 in comparison to others, like I said below. END UPDATE.

Whether the novel will end up good or bad in the end is up in the air, but for now, it's a really enjoyable read. You need to keep in mind the author's characterization and consistency, try to pay attention to MC's character growth as his power and experience multiply. Please don't listen to these 3* reviews trashing the story, it has more potential than dozens of the 5* harem trash on these frontpages.

7 comments

  1. Omg, this story was feeling real with situation around us today. That life felt so hard in everything. Bully has a big power to influence someone's life

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  2. Saya jarang baca webnovel, tapi kayaknya ini seru ya genre fantasi gitu, jadi penasaran sama cerita lengkapnya

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  3. Aku kan ga pernah baca web novel bos haha
    Apalagi yang pake bahasa Inggris, hmm.....sejauh ini novel yang ditamatin aja bisa dihitung pake jari tangan

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  4. Duh... Aku malah ngga pernah malahan baca novel bahasa Inggris. Mudah mudahan bisa termotivasi buat nyobain baca novel bahasa Inggris

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  5. I have read some web-novel before, because i need to learn how they can introduce characters and their background. Is it on Wattpad or some other platform? But, this might be relatable to our daily life, as our surroundings can be the influencing factor to how we act as a person.

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  6. Aku lbh suka baca novel yang cetak hehe. Tapi kalau emang ada yang menarik ya aku baca :D
    Novel ini aslinya penulisnya org Korea dan pakai bahasa Korea gtu?
    Genrenya fiksi2 gtu ya ? Kalau aku lbh suka yg jalan ceritanya kisah sehari2/ kehdiupan dunia nyata hehe

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  7. Pengin ikut baca juga...
    Bisa akses dimanakah?
    Karena beberapa web novel kan di angkat jadi drama.

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