The Lazy Swordmaster

The Lazy Swordmaster

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I finally managed to kill the demon lord. Cant I rest now? At least for a bit. Actually, just leave me alone. Im not working anymore.

In his past life, Riley Iphelleta was a hero who defeated the demon lord. Though he emerged victorious from his battles, the emotional strains from fighting all the time got the best of him.

After experiencing a rebirth in a powerful family who upheld their reputation through swordsmanship and didnt lack the power to support his leisurely life, Riley decided to become House of Iphelletas lazy swordsman, but the course of the path he walked was never easy.

Hell need to make a choice to bare his fangs or continue his naps

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Dont see whats so good about this. Premise is about this hero who got sick of it all, gave up, died, reincarnated, and just want to live a lazy life. But all I can see him as is a childish, immature as*hole who embarrasses his dad who actually cares about him compared to all the other novels out there, leech off his mom, torments and tries to kill his 70 yr old nanny mentally and emotionally (keep giving him hope and killing it over and over, intentionally because its amusing,


unless its annoying, then he dumps him), and despite his aversion to violence, is the most psychopathic villain in the story.

He makes NO effort whatsoever, and yes I know he wants to be lazy, but he goes about doing it in the most asinine way ever. He ends up being a complete jerk and nuisance to everyone who cares about him. Being lazy takes effort (Lazy Dungeon Master), power (The Lazy King), and you should NOT be a bother or have people care for you (The Lazy King) because then, youre just an a**hole. And yeah, the MC is pretty much a complete and total a**hole.

The MCs character is quite contradicting too. He spent his entire life refusing to touch the sword, then he suddenly show off his prowess because he wants to hurry and drink coke. He hates violence and just want to be peaceful, but 1st chance he get, he slaughters his 2nd moms entire family because it might get annoying later. He is so traumatized by his hero past but he doesnt even retain all his memories after reincarnation. Instead, he has some dreams of his past life *psh*. And his greatest ambition is to sleep 24/7 so he get to see more of these dreams? And ok if you want to say he might have all his memories or whatever, then he died fully adult (30 ish maybe) but he still acts like an emo teenager. He runs from all his problems, bother everyone around him, makes no effort towards his ambition, which means he intends to leech off his parents forever, never show his emotions or talk about what he wants, but he does assume everyone should understand him, doesnt ever connect with his brothers so of course they just treat him like the useless baggage he is, treats every random stranger like an a**hole, then just powertrip and kill them just because he can. For example, 1st time he meets the priestess who was just a little kid, he goes - youre ugly, I hate you, you should go kill yourself. 1st time he goes to magic tower, he runs around and touches everything like a buffoon, unintentionally broadcasting his OP-ness he tried to hide his entire life. Too bad he didnt touch something more dangerous and just go to his eternal rest. He is so emotionally weak that after 15 ish years of reincarnating, he is at the exact same place he was at 15 years ago when he committed double suicide with the demon lord. He would have been so much nicer if he would have just killed himself than let his family deal with his baggage, which he never shared to anyone.

TLDR - MC is basically an overpowered Chinese Wuxia novel protagonist - an overpowered arrogant homicidal genocidal a**hole. But he is ambitionless, scared of opposite sex, zero effort, zero intelligence, zero maturity, zero mental strength, zero emotional strength, vegetable with a penchant for drugs (coke, the drink, but he is so addicted to it might as well be coke, the drug). No hobbies, no interests, nothing he is good at because he is never shown doing anything. Not a single thing to make reading about him interesting at all. The most unbelievable thing for me is how he even became the hero in his previous life. More like tr*sh mob B. Who survives until the end because hes basically a c*ckroach.

I will divide this review in three, as my opinion changed three times in 22 chapters. First, interesting premise. We have a tired front line soldier that could finally find his resting place. His past torments him and he tries to act as juvenile as possible. But then he is forced into action. 4/5

Second. As we see him acting for the first time we see his shrewd side. He doesnt try to become a shield for everyone, so he is by no means meddlesome. The only problem is his physique


which should be weak but presented as strong. Even so, while the fights were quite boring because he relies on his restraint spell rather than on his sword skill we are still impressed by his cold blood. 4.5/5

Third. Why is he acting like a teenager with a coca cola addiction? His entire image was simply destroyed. His sadness, regret, terrifying memories were shoved down the toilet to make him a character that want to enjoy life more than anything else. 2/5 general but 1/5 for me as I had the bad luck to see the same crap being used in light novels. Im not sure if I will be able to read this story if the author continues with his snack and beverage obsession. Good luck to the future readers. You might enjoy it more than me.

This review will reference later chapters. It will not, however, quote passages spoiling anything significant (though itll reveal story elements you learn very early).

The title alone reveals a problem; Riley is lazy. He is reactive, meaning the plot comes to him. Passive characters who take the reins of their life are interesting to read, and Riley is no such person. He shirks off calls to duty and essentially has zero goals in life. Because he has zero goals, whats there to read?

One can argue his laziness is the result of


his past, but his actions thereafter does not make a hero. Riley instead makes for a terrible human being. He ignores suffering under the guise of his own tragedy. Writers can make anti-heroes and even villains someone to root for. Our protagonist, however, makes it difficult, because his personality remains dreadful. Hes a lazy d*ck until the end of time, or at least until chapter 160, and I have little faith he improves. Theres no justifying his attitude in the face of what occurs before him. Unless the person is garbage, of course.

Adding onto that, Riley makes no choices because theyre made for him. Reactive characters pick the easiest option. Theyre men and women who, when given the option for a participation prize or a long-term investment, choose the former. Its lazy writing that requires no thought. How exciting it is to know what hell do before he does. Rileys personality is flatter than your jailbait waifu, and the author doesnt need to improve it because thats his entire shtick--AKA being a lazy a**hole.

Proactive characters make choices. They might be wrong, but well follow them nonetheless. Maybe theyll get rejected by their love interest or lose a limb. Regardless of the end result, however, the risks they take make readers care. Riley lets crap fall into his lap. Should I applaud him when characters profess their love to him? Should I praise him for a listless, detached response? Not really. Riley has no role in this story because everyone else is making the plot move for him. Hes not a protagonist. They actually do things. Hes just a guy cruising along for the ride while everything happens around him.

The supporting cast is no better. They exist to build Rileys ego and prop up his one good trait, which is his mastery over the sword. Thats problematic. Hes reached the peak of power, meaning he has no growth. His personality is already tr*sh, but now hes twice as stale. But I digress, as this is about side characters.

I can sort them with two fingers. Youre either a bad guy or jerking Riley off. The villains in the story are kick-puppies-to-show-Im-an-as*hole evil, so theres no nuance there. Everyone else exists for Riley. They have no lives outside of him, which is ridiculous, considering billions of people on Earth have full and unique lives of their own. Not here. The butler dedicates his life and worries for Riley. The maids care naught but Riley! The deities of the world bat their eyelashes toward Riley. Hes the only man who exists when he doesnt deserve the love and attention of anyone. You can tell this is fiction because men like this are hated in reality.

What does our protagonist do with the love of the universe? Nothing. Like Ive mentioned, hes lazy and detached, and he acts out of selfish reasons. At one point, he decides to show off his power because hes annoyed his maid isnt doing a good enough job at fighting for her life (and because hes thirsty for soda). This is like a master disappointed his white belt student isnt karate chopping correctly. So he takes up his sword and everyone gasps in shock and wows! Rinse and repeat every so often, when hes forced to action. What a nice guy, and what a cheap reaction to show how amazing Riley is. He hasnt earned the adulation.

Moving on, I must mention another issue thatll bug me until the end of time. Beauty. Im bored of female characters whose worth relies on their face. I cant count the number of times a character comments on a womans flawless features. Unsurprisingly we must have threats of r*pe tacked in, too, because its a requirement in fantasy. I also shake my head at the whole take off your glasses and you become prom queen thing this story has going on. Ugly and ignored, then love and adored? Taking off glasses (or this storys equivalent) doesnt hide someones looks, okay? Anyhow, women deserve personalities, as well. I dont want to get too into this topic.

Now Im going to talk about Light Novel Bastions translation and editing quality. First read this passage from Chapter 159 so I can tell you how bad it is.

With her hands gathered together, her holy prayer to send off the dead could be heard. Nara and Rorona, who were standing by Isen, bit their lips and lowered their heads.

Priesia is a character you meet many, many chapters ago. The reader knows shes a Priestess. Its redundant to say shes the Priestess. Did I mention shes the Priestess? The incredibly beautiful Priestess? This is like saying water is wet, or Sorry, John apologized. Its pointless. Second is the adverb gently. How do you close your eyes gently? I can blink as hard as I can, but its not going to change how it looks or sounds. If youre really pushing it, you might look like a twitching drug user. Last is the passive use of began to use. Why not say used? There is no reason, thats what. Passive voice has a time and place. This is not it.

With her hands gathered together, her holy prayer to send off the dead could be heard. Nara and Rorona, who were standing by Isen, bit their lips and lowered their heads.

Here we see a couple characters lower their heads. Cue the dialogue, which contains an unnecessary ellipsis, where we cant figure out whos speaking because there are two subjects, Nara and Rorona. But wait! Lets read on.

With her hands gathered together, her holy prayer to send off the dead could be heard. Nara and Rorona, who were standing by Isen, bit their lips and lowered their heads.

Theyre making readers go back to figure out whos speaking. This is basically saying John sprawled back, after getting punched by an ogre. My boi John is sprawling before getting punched, essentially. The writing is technically correct, but absolutely wrong, if you understand what I mean. This is the same mistake youll see for the entire novel. I hope you enjoy that.

There are also portions of dialogue that are literally ... To be honest, Im not sure who started this trend, or why certain webnovels like writing WHOOSH, but its s*upid. Theres no dialogue being said. Literally nothing. Logic tells me a ... is unnecessary. Then again, nothing in this story makes sense. The editors dropped the ball hard.

The Lazy Swordmaster is a great example of what not to do. Its kind of like Twilight. But Stephanie Meyer had proper grammar, so I suppose Id have to rate that beautiful vampire love story higher.

Dropped the series. Grammar got pretty bad, story took a nose-dive off into some deep dark abyss, and the dialogue... its so bad it could kill. Not sure, but it feels like the author either ran out of inspiration halfway, was swapped out halfway, or just gave up all hope halfway. The translation seriously dropped in quality, it got bad fast. Wish I could edit the stars I gave earlier because it was promising early on, but now its just a messy bit of unimaginative writing.

Story: 1.5/5 (formerly 3.5 as of ch2)

(Update as of Chapter 71: A pretty severe drop in grammar. Unsure if they lost their editor or what-have-you, but the difference is quite noticeable.)

(Update as of Chapter 8: I feel like a crack addict waiting for that inevitable high after taking a particularly large hit. This stuff is the good stuff. This stuff will make you feel like youre in love and be planning the next hit even before you get a hold of it. I need moar. Now.)

As close to perfection as Ive found among Online Novels. Honestly, aside from some slightly lack-luster word choices, its a very compelling story. It keeps you wanting more even though its a fairly predictable story. The way the characters are portrayed so far is very much black and white, hoping for a bit of grey and maybe some color in the later chapters. Ill definitely keep this series close until it either ends, the translators give up, or the quality takes a sudden dive off of a cliff into a gaping black hole.

This is the story about a Man who defeated the Demon Lord. He is tired of struggling, takes many expectation as a hero, losing countless companions. After he died, he reincarnated as a third son of a noble family of swordsmanship. Yet he just doesnt wanna hold the sword, yap because he is indeed lazy. So the people call him Lazy-Sword

Started off pretty decent, then went downhill fast. It reads like a stereotypically crappy Japanese LN -- annoying characters, slow pace, and inane ramblings. Granted, its only been 27 chapters, but the author spent 2 of them just talking about MCs obsession about Coca cola....

This is absolutely one of my favorite web novels right now. Riley struggles with PTSD from being the hero in his past life, and his history is portrayed realistic. It shows all of the suffering he had as a hero who carried everyones expectations in his previous world. He also developed a very strong loathing of humanity, although Im not sure if he realizes it himself.

He lived in the modern world, but demons and magic became real one day. The only way to kill these things was to use a new concept called skills, and culture changed greatly. Even so, the world was destroyed more and more every day. When Riley was born in his previous world, he first held the holy sword at three years old. From then, he trained and trained to kill the enemy destroying the world. He did as he asked in his despair. He killed humans and demons. In exchange for saving one town, other people would die. When the people said they were better off without him, he left them alone, and they still died. No matter what he did, people blamed him. He died fighting the demon king, who treated him more respectfully than most of the humans he met.

Since the modern world turned into a post-Apocalyptic setting, the most emotional struggles he had were against humans themselves. Since everything went to Hell, crime and chaos became prominent. I believe he first kills a human when he is seven. His teacher r*ped his sister, so he eventually hunted down and killed his own teacher. His best friend actually plotted against him and murdered his parents, and he chose to chase and kill his best friend once he found out years later. The priestess he served cursed him to be unable to commit suicide. It sounds like a warped blessing until you learn that she was extremely corrupt and guilty of any number of crimes. By forcing him to live and obey her bidding, he witnessed and participated in atrocities under her command.

He truly saw the worst of humanity. As he died, his only goal was to rest in peace. When he was reborn against his will, his intention was to do anything to avoid living such a hateful life again. Like one of those reincarnated-into-a-villain series with MCs who try to avoid death flags, Riley does everything he can to avoid hero flags. He fulfilled his duties before, and he wants nothing more of it.

He lives his life according to his goal, which makes him come across as extremely lazy. He also sleeps quite a bit, but we learn this may be related to his overpowering abilities. Although he plays the role of a lazy character, he is perfectly willing to take action and clean up the mistakes of others--he just wont let them see his actions.

The action, comedy, drama, and fantasy in this series are all great. I especially love the combat scenes, which are well-written and exciting. The character development and revelation of secrets is both charming and funny. I am really looking forward to which actions and inactions Riley chooses to make in the future.

Interesting enough characters and relationships between them

There are satisfying moments when the protagonist finally takes action and demolishes his foes

The writing isnt great: it has little buildup towards big moments; the reader finally starts to see where the story is heading to after 90 chapters; the translator uses a limited vocabulary (they only ever cringe when it comes to facial descriptions) ; it gets confusing on whos talking

This novel could be renamed to The Lazy Author due to his poor use of cliffhangers and unexciting descriptions. Seriously, its not like the story is bad enough to drop, but Ive started to wonder why I keep reading it when there are better novels out there to read.

The first 20 chapters felt like the novel had potential for greatness. By the 50th chapter, it was still interesting enough to read. Now after 100 chapters, I started to yearn for significant development. The story just isnt creative or interesting enough to care.

If the story continues to be lackluster and boring, I may just drop it. Im getting tired of reading it.

And to be honest, I couldnt care any less about Nainiae. She has a tragic backstory, the other readers call her waifu and all, but her subservient attitude and dependent nature just feels unrealistic. Shes faced countless trauma, betrayals, and pain, yet shes still super naive.

I dont like the relationship between Nainiae and Riley because it feels very one-sided. She puts Riley on a pedestal and believes that hes the greatest and she wants to serve him forever. In return, Riley just views Nainiae as some poor unfortunate child since he just pats her on the head in return and allows her to fulfill her desires because its convenient to have someone pick apples for him.

Because of this, I just cant get to like her at all. Shes not my kind of girl. I feel sorry for her, but until she forces Riley to confront his past or some other story related development, I can only view her as cheap character development filler.

First, Id like to address a lot of the criticisms that this novel has and defend it. This novel has flaws, but a lot of the criticisms are unfair imo:

My take on this story is that the main character isnt exactly OP for the sake of OP and wish fulfillment, but rather its more of a character trait. A common theme throughout this story is that trauma is extremely difficult to overcome alone, and its because of our personal flaws that we turn to others for help. So what exactly happens to someone whos so strong that they dont need to turn to others? If you want someone to just go around being sleeper-op (pun intended), then theres plenty of other novels to fulfill that fantasy. I feel like thats far from the authors intention.

Take a jaded, PTSD-teenager with far too much power for his own good, and you get this main character. Hes an insufferable as*hole at times, hes arrogant, stubborn, and inconsiderate, but above all I find him realistic. If youre trauma ridden, I highly doubt its in your interest to be considerate for others when you have a hard time even being considerate of your own health and well-being. Unlike a lot of the lazy-op style of characters, hes not like this because hes inherently lazy. Hes like this because hes actively avoiding anything to do with his past trauma. He wants to lay low, and live a comfortable life. He doesnt want to get involved with anything even remotely hero-related anymore. So in order to live this way, he sacrifices his public image even at the cost of the expectations of those around him. Its clear in later chapters that he does feel some degree of guilt about this, esp to Ian and Iris (and this initial guilt is why the plot begins to move. He accepts the medal of honor even though he should have been able to refuse it and continue to lay low. This public recognition drags him into future problems, until he finally reaches the point he does currently). I personally view his personality as a plus in the authors favor, but I definitely understand why this is a common criticism. The main character *is* a dick, but its because he has PTSD, hes a teenager, and he has the power to back up being a d*ck without consequences and therefore never learns. Hes a very well constructed character imo.

-The entire point of the story is about how a character and those around him confront their traumas and eventually learn to live with them. This isnt exactly a quick progress. Rather, Id be more upset if it *was* quick.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. Its a fresh take on the lazy+op MC combination, and one that I feel was done well. The story starts out kinda slow, as it lays the foundation for character relationships, the MCs position in the family, and a peek into what the MC has become 18 years post-reincarnation and being lazy. During the first arc:

The main character is portrayed as the useless son thats uncannily talented, but doesnt put in any effort or actually utilize that talent. Hes close to his mom and two close aides (Ian and Sera), and has a negative rep around most of the other family members (though his father seems to still have faith in him). Hes extremely protective of his mother, and picks up the sword for the first time in awhile after his mom is poisoned. After its revealed that it was his fathers other wife that did it. Shes exiled, and the main character goes out of the way to kill her instead of letting her come back for revenge.

This arc may be the reason why so many people felt like this was another one of the typical lazy-op stories since the MC displays his power when his loved ones are targeted (typical trope), but the second arc was where I felt the story show differences from the norm. The MC shows clear signs of only being lazy due to his PTSD and his will to avoid anything hero-related in his current life in fear of repeating the same mistakes or reliving his past life. Hes blatantly hostile during his first interaction with the priestess, empathizes with a self-destructive experimental subject that lives only for the sake of others well-being (reminds him of his past-self), and wants absolutely no recognition for his good deeds less people start to label him as a hero again or turn to him with expectation. The rest of the story follows in a similar manner with the MCs journey to overcome his past traumas, face them head-on when its revealed that

the current world is basically his past world, just less-developed, and that a lot of past-problems are now bleeding over into this world.

The author did a fairly good job at surprising me every now and then, and never in a way that was completely outlandish. Foreshadowing is done pretty well, and usually how the plot progresses can be traced back and justified with past events (though occasional events do seem a bit sudden, but very rarely are they without reason). There are several anti hero-trope moments which I cant help but appreciate. The plot is heavily intertwined between arcs, and while things can be slow, no chapter is 100% a waste or filler despite a lot of people saying otherwise (likely due to the story not being catered well towards weekly updates).

Criticisms: The plot can be rather convoluted and its hard to appreciate it if you arent reading it in one go. If its weekly or even daily, theres bits and pieces of the plot that are easy to forget that the author often references. I feel like overall this is the biggest flaw in the story.

Like others pointed out, he starts of as the fake lazy genius, then devilish swordmaster of his past, then a teen getting high off of soda, a brooding atheist. Its almost like he is bipolar at times.

This series has potential that, while it might sound harsh considering how there are less than thirty chapters out at the writing of this, it completely squanders. The reason? The protagonist, or rather the way he is written when he is under-cover. But I am getting ahead of myself, here is a quick rundown of this series this far:

Protagonist was the hero of another story and defeated the demon lord. However, he lost too many friends and allies on the journey to get there, so he became traumatized by the


experience and doesnt want to take up the sword ever again (even though he is reincarnated into a family where even the maids are swordmasters). After said reincarnation he cultivates a lazy persona so that people would leave him alone, but when trouble befalls his new mother, he decides to start acting behind the scenes to get rid of the culprits using his OP abilities he inherited from his previous life.

Now where is the problem? It is the protagonists public persona, which actually causes so many problems for him it baffles me why this otherwise cunning character would ever bother maintaining it. Simply put, he wants to avoid people recognizing his power and getting him involved in world-saving shenanigans again, so he pretends he is completely worthless, lazy and with zero common sense bordering on having a developmental disability. Instead of showing just a little bit of skill (which was shown he was capable of, as he is in complete control of his abilities) and hiding in his talented brothers shadow, he becomes such an incredibly apathetic and dumb bastard that it actually draws even more attention to him, and his actions while in cover really reminded me of a not particularly bright twelve years old... even though he was supposed to be physically eighteen and mentally in his thirties. Even worse, people around him somehow only consider his balls-to-the-walls-s*upid behavior mildly peculiar at most, which drove me nuts. Seriously, if a noble family had a son that was behaving like that, people wouldnt be calling him Lazy Blade but ret*rded Blade. And that was *before* he decided to blow his painstakingly maintained cover just so that he could get to the capital and drink coke a little bit sooner...

So yeah, while the whole traumatized veteran trying to avoid becoming a hero again angle was interesting, unfortunately it was multi-buggered by the protagonist and the setting not reacting properly to his apparent mental issues like it should. Its still an okay read for a lazy afternoon, but I dont think I will be following it in the future.

Edit: Contrary to my previous statement I proceeded to read 30 more chapters. Honestly, while the WN gets better, it is still not good enough to alter my score. While some of the over-the-top power-displays of the protagonist are cool, he is still an annoying and oftentimes borderline psychopathic manchild and certain scenes, such as the time when he seriously contemplated killing an entire square full of innocent bystanders just to maintain his secret (that wasnt even really threatened on the first place) make him a borderline sociopath.

Another big problem that really started coming up after ch30 was the abysmal pacing. Sometimes a single fight would take several chapters, while other times characters would do things or move to other locations with minimal rhyme or reason.

(e.g.: After the fight on the square the protagonist somehow ends up in the mage towers secret basement on top of a pile of narcotics, which is also the place that just happens to be on top of the evil laboratory where the unconscious girl he also