The Man Picked Up By the Gods (Reboot) (神達に拾われた男) Webnovel Review


Webnovel Details:

Novel Title : The Man Picked Up By the Gods (Reboot)
Associated Names : 神達に拾われた男, Kamitachi ni Hirowareta Otoko
Type : Web Novel
Language : Japanese
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Action, Slice of Life, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Shounen
Year : 2015
Translated Chapters So Far : 156/194 Chapters  (Ongoing)

Synopsis

Takebayashi Ryouma, a 39 years old man with hidden past, found himself in a strange white room. The gods tell him that he has died and that they are sending his soul to a different world, a world where magic exists. After living alone for 3 years, his gamer soul loses its common sense and starts along crazy routes.

Review


This reboot is a revised version of the original series. Basically, it focus on the removal of unnecessary (depend on how you see it) details, addition of minor plots, adjustment of the flow of the story. The main plot itself remain mostly unchanged. This is not a new story. Also, this is a slice-of-life, not a battle novel so its tempo is slow.

The original story should have many reviews already, so let's speak of the differences instead:


  • Ojou-sama is less cheap, it takes more time (months - as oppose to a few days in the original series) for Ryouma to become her friend. Her behavior is exactly the same though.
  • Replace the obvious bad guy with an obvious good guy. I don't know if the bad guy will reappear in someway, but for now, I haven't seen him yet. You'll know who I'm talking about if you read both versions. The new character, however, doesn't do anything to alter the flow of the story. Not that he doesn't do anything, but he doesn't do anything significant; at least not yet.
  • A group of background characters got a big upgrade: the group of 6 who secretly follow Ryouma group to collect monster corpses that was left behind in the abandoned mine quest. There's various new small events, interactions with Ryouma. It's a big change. They're more than a mere group of 6 now.
  • New business ideas: it's less than a side job, he completely delegate the entirety of the business to someone else. Therefore, it doesn't affect the main plot.
  • Foreshadowing/explanation. The progress of how some of the slime turn out the way they are is explained:
  • Iron Slime, Metal Slime: they now have a bit of story behind how they came to be able to transform into weapons.
  • Wine Slime (or Alcohol, I don't remember well) : doesn't suddenly appear out of no where, but there's a proper occasion where it was feed wine.
  • New events: these appear around the time of the Treant collection request. These are entirely new contents. I'm not sure where it's going yet, however, as these happen in the time that was originally empty in the original version, I think the story will eventually go back to the original plot. As I remember, the events focus on Ryouma's interaction with other characters such as his employees, the group of 6 mentioned above, the slum, new characters, etc. Look forward to it.

As you can see, the author didn't make much changes (if any at all) to the main plot (at least not yet). The revised part progress differently, but the result is the same. The new contents fill the empty time frame (times skipped such as *6 months later*), so they're unlikely to affect the main plot, they do add more explanations as to how Ryouma developed his and his slimes' abilities though.

Earlier chapters progress in mostly the same manner as the original, so there's little meaning to read it if you has already read the original story, I think it's better to wait for later parts which has completely new events added, or read it with the mindset of rereading the story.

As for those who hasn't read the original yet, I recommend reading this version instead. Although some details are omitted, they're ones that you'll hardly missed (to be frank, I know that some parts were removed, but I can't remember them, so it should be trivial enough to be forgotten). The reboot has new contents as well, so you'll get more than you lost. Don't worry about missing out.

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