I Hate Being Bored in a Fantasy World

By Thedude3445, author of Rainbow Destructor

Mar 11, 2019: Isekai LitRPG.

That’s already enough to tell you what you might be expecting out of "I Hate Being Wed in a Fantasy World!" and there isn’t much beyond that to enjoy. I read the first two volumes of the story for this review, but I can’t say I can make it much further because it was not a very enjoyable experience.

It’s about a loner nerd and his classmates all warped to a fantasy world to fight whatever badguy thing, and they’re all bound to a JRPG class system. But the twist here is that the protagonist accidentally gets magically married to the class president and they have to work together!

Instead of something legitimately interesting with that premise though, it is just an excuse for self-insert protagonist flirting with a cute girl, and as the story goes on, polygamous marriage with more and more cute girls to flirt with. The story goes through that "accidental marriage but they don’t like each other at all" phase but it’s clear where it’s going from square one and it’s disappointing how standard it all is. Because the story is all about characters MMO grinding "Wedding Points" they can earn by flirting, it would have been a really funny satire if done right. How about, say, a gay guy getting shackled to some girl he barely knows? Or two characters accidentally married but in committed relationships? Or even two characters already dating each other, forced into a magic MMO marriage? So many opportunities lost.

The protagonist, Kenta, is also insufferable and not in a good way. He hates his classmates, going so far to the point that we don’t even get their names until midway through the story. He’s a loner to a fault, obsessed with gaming and nothing else, and treats everyone around him terribly. The story tries to take him down a bit at times, but he really never changes, as far as the end of Volume 2, which is quite far into the story already. He becomes a bit more of a real person, but just in being a generic self-sacrificial anime hero, which is really boring. It’s not fun following a hero who is just plain old mean.

It doesn’t help that the writing is really, really unengaging in the beginning. The prose is undeniably very bad; every line is delivered with flat terseness that makes everything sound like it’s being delivered by robots. Lots of passivity and anti-specificity, even when it comes to describing the worldbuilding. The story shifts from past to present tense midway through, completely unexplained. There are allegedly proofreaders for the earlier chapters, but I can’t fathom how that is at all. Some of the prose in this story honestly made me laugh.

While out of the two volumes I read, the second one markedly improves its prose, it also gets a lot more generic. The protagonist’s narration gets a lot more snarky, which is a nice change from the emotionless robot of volume 1, but the main girl Kyou turns from a character into an anime stereotype, the kind of "tsundere" jerk girl character that you’ve seen a billion times. It felt to me like the author had read other famous light novels such as KonoSuba or the Monogatari Series, and was incredibly inspired by their writing styles. It’s better than it was, but it still feels too derivative.

The fact that the entire story revolves around going on countless advenures, with an unlikable protagonist inexplicably getting married to anime stereotype females, means that it has nothing going for it that you couldn’t get out of a billion other Isekai LitRPG-type stories. There’s no reason to read this if it can’t differentiate itself with creativity or humor or interesting characters. Even if the story improves massively in the third volume and on, the first two are poor enough that it wouldn’t be worth it to read through and reach it.

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