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Shinichi Sotoyama might just be the world's most average high schooler. That is, until he finds himself summoned by the Blue Demon King to a fantasy world-just like his favorite RPG games! Except this Demon King is pathetically begging at his feet, lamenting the arrival of some "heroes"...who apparently, have infinite lives and respawn over and over again?! Unlike his hyste Shinichi Sotoyama might just be the world's most average high schooler. That is, until he finds himself summoned by the Blue Demon King to a fantasy world-just like his favorite RPG games! Except this Demon King is pathetically begging at his feet, lamenting the arrival of some "heroes"...who apparently, have infinite lives and respawn over and over again?! Unlike his hysterical summoner, Shinichi coolly takes on the challenge of fending off these pesky heroes, literally shaking hands with the devil. But the demon clan is about to find out that his twisted mind is darker than the worst of them!


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Shinichi Sotoyama might just be the world's most average high schooler. That is, until he finds himself summoned by the Blue Demon King to a fantasy world-just like his favorite RPG games! Except this Demon King is pathetically begging at his feet, lamenting the arrival of some "heroes"...who apparently, have infinite lives and respawn over and over again?! Unlike his hyste Shinichi Sotoyama might just be the world's most average high schooler. That is, until he finds himself summoned by the Blue Demon King to a fantasy world-just like his favorite RPG games! Except this Demon King is pathetically begging at his feet, lamenting the arrival of some "heroes"...who apparently, have infinite lives and respawn over and over again?! Unlike his hysterical summoner, Shinichi coolly takes on the challenge of fending off these pesky heroes, literally shaking hands with the devil. But the demon clan is about to find out that his twisted mind is darker than the worst of them!

30 review for The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes, Vol. 1 (light novel): Damn You, Heroes! Why Won't You Die? (The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tarl

    This book surprised me. It started out as your standard isekai novel, protagonist gets teleported to a world where he is to serve the demon king who is being constantly attacked by resurrecting heroes. As the authors states in his author statement at the back of the book: Think about those video games where you keep dying and keep coming back to keep harassing the antagonist. It's like that, only the demons aren't that bad of a people. The protagonist is a hard one to relate to. He lacks a certai This book surprised me. It started out as your standard isekai novel, protagonist gets teleported to a world where he is to serve the demon king who is being constantly attacked by resurrecting heroes. As the authors states in his author statement at the back of the book: Think about those video games where you keep dying and keep coming back to keep harassing the antagonist. It's like that, only the demons aren't that bad of a people. The protagonist is a hard one to relate to. He lacks a certain amount of empathy towards his fellow people, and because of that almost seems overtly cold at times. This can be humorous, like how he takes out the first hero team, but then gets into a darker place when it comes to the female hero that comes to stop him as he basically plays with her emotions and vulnerabilities. It felt like something you wouldn't see in the world's current cultural climate, which is why it caught me by surprise. It also made me not like the protagonist all that much and took away a lot of the relationship that had been slowly building as the novel went on. And yet, there was something in that where there was a sort of possibility to something happening in the future, though I don't know why she would ever trust him again, or even why she trusts the protagonist at all. Sorry, being vague so as to not give too much away. I will say there are some good karmic paybacks to the antagonists in this novel, probably some of the best ones I have ever read in a light novel. You get a real sense of joy when the antagonists finally fall, and you do get to sympathize with the side characters and their situations. If the protagonist was a bit more relatable then perhaps I would have given this novel five stars... Overall the writing is handled fairly well, at no point did I ever get taken out of the story because of something being poorly written. I also actually laughed out loud a few times while reading this as some of the humour is spot on and I quite enjoyed. And the isekai cheat the protagonist uses to get more powerful? I actually was impressed by it. It was still work for him, despite being a cheat, and he did suffer to get more powerful. Sure, it didn't last too long, but inserting myself into his position I actually wondered if I could do it. In the end, I rather enjoyed this book. It as a good story with some good characters and it made me laugh. The art was pretty good and the translator did a fantastic job bringing it over to English readers. All in all, I recommend this to anyone who wants a bit of an isekai read and wants to see someone thrust into a fairly unique role in such a story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    kurogane shiroikaze

    A surprisingly good subversion of the isekai genre, where our protagonist is summoned BY the Demon Lord to defeat the Heroes, instead of the other way around as usual. That said, the author balances the parodies of the tropes rather well with the serious execution of the main plot. The thing that immediately stands out for me is the decisiveness and inventiveness of the protagonist Shinichi, who is quite genre-savvy and does not hesitate to pull out the stops in bringing down the "Heroes". This A surprisingly good subversion of the isekai genre, where our protagonist is summoned BY the Demon Lord to defeat the Heroes, instead of the other way around as usual. That said, the author balances the parodies of the tropes rather well with the serious execution of the main plot. The thing that immediately stands out for me is the decisiveness and inventiveness of the protagonist Shinichi, who is quite genre-savvy and does not hesitate to pull out the stops in bringing down the "Heroes". This is counter-balanced with a pretty interesting moral compass that he has, resulting in him being a more likeable character than not. While the first volume is quite decent enough, I do wonder how will the author expand on this gimmick in the future as this volume's conclusion kind of makes our hero supposingly triumphing over his major adversaries already. Let's just hope this series doesn't end up as a one-volume pony.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Haruka

    "A smile so sinister it could rival the King's spread across his face. He had a foul and dirty personality, finding joy in creating under-handed strategies to defeat his enemies, interested in plans that disregarded morals and social standards. This part of him had been latent, useless in the abnormal peacefulness and safety of twenty-first-century Japan." - Sakuma Sasaki, on Shin's acceptance of becoming the Demon King's advisor. The high-school boy, Shinichi Sotoyama, has been given the chance "A smile so sinister it could rival the King's spread across his face. He had a foul and dirty personality, finding joy in creating under-handed strategies to defeat his enemies, interested in plans that disregarded morals and social standards. This part of him had been latent, useless in the abnormal peacefulness and safety of twenty-first-century Japan." - Sakuma Sasaki, on Shin's acceptance of becoming the Demon King's advisor. The high-school boy, Shinichi Sotoyama, has been given the chance of a lifetime to indulge in his dark desires. In this heroically courageous(?) heart, a switch is flipped to create the most dastardly villain of them all. It's not unethical to kill someone if they have infinite resurrections... right? Oh, alright... Maybe the mind-breaking is a little much. (Rating and Recommendation at the bottom!) The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes, Vol. 1 is the introductory volume to the isekai-fantasy series of food-loving demons and cheat-magic using humans. Shinichi Sotoyama (Shin) is whisked away from Earth only to be placed in front of a Demon King - who promptly begs for the boy's help. With muscles for brains, the demons only know of physically destroying the assaulting heroes: humans with infinite resurrections! Thus, it is up to Shin to come up with a different plan. One must be creative, villainous, and, most importantly, be willing to play dirty. This unique story of magic, psychology, and weird references is brought to us by Sakuma Sasaki and Asagi Tosaka: two creatives still working hard in the light novel industry today! For my full review, please come here! For more light novel news and reviews, consider following us at ELN. Overall, The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess's Heroes, Vol. 1 is far from the best of books I've reviewed. Its interesting premise cashes in its potential by the end of the first act, and the plot proceeds to spend too much time setting up for unsatisfying sinister plans. These issues are exaggerated by the lack of characterization of Shin and the simple motivations of the remaining cast. The world-building relies heavily on RPG fantasy experience and real-world science. This leads to some cool interactions but is implemented poorly without proper build-up. And above all, the writing is frustrating to read, overly descriptive, and lacks comedic style/timing. The accompanying art is used mostly for character introductions (but not even the Demon King) and misses many more important scenes - at least it's pretty. In short, I wouldn't recommend The Dirty Way to any light novel readers. It is an example of why the isekai-genre has a bad rep, and I won't be continuing the series. Hopefully, I will have something better for you all next week! Rating: 2.2 / 5 - Not Recommended Recommendation(?): To readers of isekai fantasy looking for another series to pad their bookshelves. To lovers of dark-skinned elves, magic + science mixing, and frustrating reads.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tomcat

    A twisted hero. This a common story for this genre but with a twist. The MC instead of being overpowered is evil as the Demon Lord, and maybe more. The characters are fun, well described and the dialogues are hilarious. The author manages to keep you reading delivering fun moments, one of my favorite lines from the book “Adorably calling upon her powers, she chanted, “Pain, pain, go away, come again another day! Pain Block!”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kerrie

    Wicked light novel It’s satisfying to finally read a light novel from the “evil” point of view. This light novel is great at showing the unthoughtful and unaccepting side of the “good” point of view. Even if the “evil” side has to pull underhanded tactics to counter the “good” underhanded tactics.

  6. 4 out of 5

    samuel hradsky

    Really enjoyed reading thru the 1st three books so I can't wait for the 4th to get here. I'm loving all the characters introduced so far(Celes is definitely my fav). The art in these books are drawn soooo well too! I highly recommend this series! Thumbs up! Really enjoyed reading thru the 1st three books so I can't wait for the 4th to get here. I'm loving all the characters introduced so far(Celes is definitely my fav). The art in these books are drawn soooo well too! I highly recommend this series! Thumbs up!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joaquin Escudero-Green

    Ridiculous book, worth the read The plot of the light novel is shallow but unique and the characters are presented in such a way that the story never gets boring or overly cliche. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of the isekai genre. Ridiculous book, worth the read The plot of the light novel is shallow but unique and the characters are presented in such a way that the story never gets boring or overly cliche. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of the isekai genre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    Listen. My rating is probably too harsh as I read this in one sitting. But it really is like junk food to me. I should pick up some books that require more thinking. But in general, this is a well written, above average isekai that I can't really fault, but it's not really new. Listen. My rating is probably too harsh as I read this in one sitting. But it really is like junk food to me. I should pick up some books that require more thinking. But in general, this is a well written, above average isekai that I can't really fault, but it's not really new.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Colin Kimball

    Everything great about the genre You should know what you are buying a dash of kono suba and overlord light western authors are stuck and Japan keeps delivering.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dannierik

    Loved it Love this book MC is awesome and . . . . . . . . . . (.)(.) . .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alec Rebert

    3.7 I always seem to enjoy these isekai stories that are just fun to read and don't make me think too hard haha 3.7 3.7 I always seem to enjoy these isekai stories that are just fun to read and don't make me think too hard haha 3.7

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  13. 5 out of 5

    thomas

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brant Groman

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marius

  16. 5 out of 5

    Magus

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mortas Macalagon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Timson

  19. 4 out of 5

    James DeShone

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chase Taylforth

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tynes Holland

  22. 4 out of 5

    Philip Conroy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex Bozarth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mayke193729

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arawn L.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sam Koumi

  28. 5 out of 5

    April

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quan Ngo

  30. 5 out of 5

    paul n. mathews

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