Past Life Returner

Past Life Returner

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February 28th, 1985. The day I was born.

Wealth, I will seize all the money in the world.

Monopoly, I will seize all the dungeons in the world.

At this time, while the world is still peaceful.

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So far, its one of the leaders of regress the regression genre. There are many similar novels, but this one stands out with good background planning, likeable main character who is actually an adult instead of typical chinese manchildren or korean edgelords, and more or less believable economy (which is really rare). I will edit this review when more chapters are translated.

This is a hidden gem, a masterpiece! I cannot understand why its still not hitting the tops in NU. Its a mature steady-paced novel with excellent world-building. Some people may complain that the money-making part is dragged or MC is bland but imo it was very refreshing. The financial business tycoon arc was what made us comprehend the world of MC, his actions and ambitions and also muse over our own reality since the Asian crisis event was a real historical event. The financial part was the


most interesting part in the novel and exactly what made it unique and shine among all other similar dungeon/post-apocalyptic novels. As for the MC, he is a calm, intelligent, ambitious person who knows how to take advantage of his knowledge of the future. Of course, for some immature teens he may seem bland because he doesnt have that s*upid righteousness to the point of absurd and hot-blooded temper that we usually see in the typical shonen novels. No, he doesnt suffer from the hero syndrome, he is just trying to achieve his goals step by step, being ruthless and merciful when needs to be. Somehow his temper seemed very similar to Yagami Light from Death Note minus he is not that reckless and doesnt suffer from God complex (at least so far). Side characters are developed quite well too, they play a vital role in the world-building and help to showcase MCs character through interactions and dialogues with him. Overall this novel is the most well-thought and closest to the reality novel Ive read so far. Im applauding to the author. Btw in Korea this novel is quite popular maybe not as much as Solo Leveling, Gamer, Dice or God Tower but still a very good response from the audience. I hope it can get the deserved limelight outside Korea too. And many kudos to the translator! Youve made an amazing job!!! 3

P.S. This is the first time Ive seen such a unique take on the rebirth into babies situation, usually its always described as a blissful and heartwarming sensation but this is so much more intriguing.

Its like the author forgot his own plot for more then 40 chapters at the start. It turns into a marketing novel about stocks and business. Theres maybe a single mention about the actual plot given once every 4-5 chapters and its brief.

While it wasnt boring in the first 10 chapters it gets extremely repetitive in the 30s and goes into a s*upid amount of details that arent needed and will be forgotten within 2 chapters.. Honestly its a waste of time unless you are just gonna skip whole chapters


until there is actual progress in the plot.

Seriously, the first 50 chapters are all about playing the stock market. We literally get full on POV switches to overextend this period. Where it couldve been done in 10 chapters instead. And that is the best part of this book, which is sad. Our MC gets all this OP skills and stats, but fails to do anything to stand out once the apocalypse happens, but throwing money at minor problems. He fails to live up to expectations and the financial development focus fails to entertain. Its all about shock


and awe at this point. Legit, we are suppose to believe our MC can remember every little detail of the financial market after being alive for thirty years in a death world. I dont care what associates degree he earned, this isnt possible.

It does put a lot more effort into the getting rich part than most stories, which usually end up I invest in [company] and maek monies!. As of the current chapter there isnt any post-apoc or dungeoneering. If you want a get-rich story, this is for you, but otherwise a complete disappointment on the korean dungeon novel front.

Definitely hooked so far. This novel is very intriguing despite having the familiar

premise. Thats because we readers are typically used to

using their future knowledge to boost the stats and become the most OP protagonist of all time, etc., etc. While that may still be the case for this novel by its end, I am still glad that for once the protagonist decided to be smart and fully take advantage of his future knowledge to make as much money as possible so that he can make full


preparations for the end of the world.

It seems obvious, but you have no idea how many times Ive rolled my eyes reading about these other muscled-brained protagonists who cant seem to ever think outside box. Doesnt it make more sense to become incredibly wealthy with your future knowledge and THEN use your immense wealth and influence to prepare the world, behind the scenes, for the apocalypse rather than be a cool one-man show just so people around you can admire of your badassness while still losing their lives?

This is novel however is a slow burn. Im already 33 chapters in, and there hasnt been a single piece of action if you dont count his training. So far the focus has only been on the business side rather than any dungeon hunting. So if youre expecting a typical action-packed Returner novel, then you are going to be sorely disappointed. Ive already checked, and this novel has almost 600 chapters, so there is a good chance that we wont see any real action until were 100 or even 200 chapters in.

This novel goes into the world before people start becoming powerful so we will actually understand how things change

The MC actively prepares for this with his knowledge from a past life in a realistic manner.

It explains why he has his highly specific knowledge (he was a student in finance and was surrounded by people in that same group even after the dungeons) and why he can travel back in time.

Overall up to CH 30, it has all been preparations and we can see who the main character is from these chapters

If you want to see lots of action maybe wait till more chapters come out to start reading

I didnt quite get everything about stocks and all but Im still enjoying the novel! Its nice to see a novel being realistic about such things with the MC having prior experience in the field when usually such things are done in a few chapters with an MC who doesnt even know stocks.

Its great that the MC isnt only concerned about earning achievements and becoming OP by himself but rather tries to take things in his hand to lower the casualties in the whole world! And I like


how he isnt bothered to keep up a facade in front of his family and classmates. Although, he isnt revealing himself he is also not restraining himself too much just to conceal himself.

This is a really really interesting novel. I enjoyed the manhwa too! The financial parts so far are really fascinating - now that Ive actually traded a bit Ive realized what theyve done and its enlightening. Haha if I ever went back in time Ill do that XD

Simply incredible! The detail, the character growth... it is simply a masterpiece that really needs more reads and attention. Also, I do not understand why people hate the business aspect explained in the chapters because to me those parts are very exhilarating and really hype you up. I really hope for more chapters!!!

I started this book chuckling at the outrageous premise, clearly one like the others. But as I continue, I realized just how unique this book is. So Ive stopped what I was doing, and sat at our porch, with cigarettes in one hand, and coffee in the other.

How could have I forgotten, it said only 21 chapters. It was a punched straight in the gut.

Nothing happens for a really long time and even when it does nothing really changes. The overall focus in the novel is on the stock market, by word content its probably 50% or more of the novel. He has supernatural powers but he hardly ever uses them, and the fights arent very exciting. It almost feels like any time theres an action scene the author is trying to hurry through it so he can talk about the stock market again. Not a bad story, but it is boring.

Im going ahead and warn those that are looking for a classic hunter-monster story will be caught offguard. The author clearly either has a strong financial background or is the biggest financial history fanatic that Ive ever seen. Imagine if you could back 20 years and buy stocks on Google, predict the fall of the 2007/2008 stock market, invest aggressively in crypto and amass trillions. This story is basically that with hunter-monster as simply a backdrop for the story. Yeah, its the ultimate goal and developments for it happens, but


at least 70 chapters deep its 95%+ financial story. As somebody that works in finance, I find it incredibly compelling, but I can understand why a lot of people would not like it at all. This author uses derivatives, futures, swaps without care and its easy to get lost if you are not familiar. Basically, if you got confused while watching the Big Short for the third time, youre probably not going to enjoy it. But, man, if you like/understand these concepts, youre in for a unique experience.

Theres a whole arc where its just about him getting rich through the normal economic way. And this is explained in detail so ot actually make me learn a lot.

Normally in this kind of novel becoming a hunter itself would be enough to make you rich. But the MC doesnt want just that. He want to be the richest in the whole world

I read the novel and the manhwa until chapter 29 where it stops and wow I have to say one of the best starts of novels I have ever seen, some ppl may not like the details, but its so well written and a lot of foreshadowing and building for the future, ii like how MC is getting ready for the future by rasing funds and getting companies in a smart way using his brain and collecting useful ppl around him, I really hope this novel takes off so we


Most of the Korean novels about dungeons, reincarnation and apocalyse have a painfull phrasing and translation, and this novel does not escape the norm.

Whats even more annoying is that some informations about the story plot (not the known economy) are not associated with a clear time line, making it difficult to link some events; if they have really happenend, will happen, and in which time-line...

Also, as many reviewers said before, most of the text is about the economy market around the 2000s, and how the MC use his knowledge from


his previous life to take advantage of it: although interesting from an historical point of view, it can be quite boring to read when mixed with action scenes in dungeons, especially when there are so few of them...

Finally, if the story is also slow paced, it is still an interesting read compared to other novels of the type: as the MC is not OP and it is more realistic, there is a clear, but slow growth. I still regret a bit how some characters among the Evils & Vertues seem OP from the start...

I enjoyed this. Dives into economics which was a little mind boggling for a simple layman like myself. MC is pretty methodical. Author does a good job on not dumping a bunch of info/names on you immediately which I appreciate.

EDIT: I felt like I should add a couple warnings to my review. There is VERY little plot progression for almost 80 chaps (apprx). There is an immense focus on the economics and aquiring money. It is interesting but may not be everyones cup of tea. I also feel like power


creep might be a problem (protagonists too strong??) towards the end of this novel. Obviously thats just a guess I havent read the raws...

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