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Высокоуровневый воин
Хардкорный воин
열렙전사 Lucid Adventure

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v.2 c.Epilogue (end) by LINE Webtoon 7 months ago
v.2 c.134 by LINE Webtoon 7 months ago
v.2 c.133 by LINE Webtoon 7 months ago
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310 Chapters + 8 Epilogues (Complete)

S1: 176 Chapters + 7 Epilogues (Complete)
S2: 134 Chapters + 1 Epilogue (Complete)

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Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (120 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.21 / 10.0

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May 25th 2022, 12:47am



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I hated it at first. BUT give it a shot, and you won't regret it  
by ekushay
May 27th, 2022, 3:00am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
For those low ratings: I was also on the same boat before too. I read the first chapter several months ago, hated the HCLW and his personality and didn't like the premise of the story (so what if he goes back to lvl 1? jerk character deserves it!), and gave up on it.

Now, since the series became a daily pass on May 26, I decided to try it out and finish it. And I'm so thankful that I did LOL.

This freaking series is AWESOME. There is a reason behind his assholery, but the character development is so amazing. You'll grow to love HCLW and also all the other minor characters too.

The plot is so DAMN GOOD. The author grasps the action genre right and is able to make it fun and exciting all the way through (season 2, we'll talk about that...). Like the characters, the side arcs are all written well that it doesn't drag on or gets boring and distracting (*cough* looking at Bleach). The action and adventure bit of this series progresses at a reasonable yet exciting rate. It's also very interesting how there is the game vs reality interconnection too.

Some of the key, noteworthy things to mention:
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The final fights were just so awesome, especially Sora vs Lila and *HCLW vs Giga. Even the secondary fights from the unknown teams were great too. The grandpa dying was expected, but the gods playing a hand into everything, and the internal betrayal that happened, was an unexpected twist! Season 1 ended on such a great note. So many things to talk about... But it was beyond a 10 for me at that point.

*I LOVE LOVE LOVE the final fight between HCLW and Light. It was insane because you really couldn't tell how his noob, lvl 1 self could beat them... but bam! the time rewind makes a comeback! And HCLW PUMMELED Light so bad, when Light was seen to be so godly and powerful. This showed absolutely how strong HCLW is, which was a necessity for the end. Which, let's get to talking about ...

Now, why season 2 sucked ...
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Unfortunately, HCLW was MIA for the entirety of season 2, and Dark essentially becomes the protagonist for S2. This sucked, because although we love Dark, HCLW is supposed to be the main character! HCLW was trapped in a coma state, both irl and in game, but this, along with several other things for the ending, was not something I understood since it wasn't explained well. (How on earth does collecting the lucky coin fragments help narrow down where he is? Chota just died so fast in the end that his character, like Cave, was so useless. There were a lot of loose ends here in S2...

...but it was humbling to read the author's afterword, because he apologizes for not being able to portray the ending well. Which I feel bad about, because he did do a great job for season 2 ending despite "not grasping it".

The ending for S2 was just bonkers, because everything happened so fast at once, and the fights just got too OP that it was absurd at that point. The nightmares, dragons, No Name, *Nathan Han, and then Zero and the witch ... It was too crazy at that point, but still it was enjoyable. Just don't get too hung up on trying to understand it LOL.

The other thing was the ending epilogue. That was totally off the hook too, and so random since it was a completely different world (why was Sora with Armes, LOL). But again, the author explains how he wanted to show it was something like an alternate universe, and Lucid Adventure still exists too.

I'm not sure if I'd read the sequel for HCLW. But definitely in remembering how Season 1 went, this series is still a solid 10 for me despite Season 2 going nuts. This webtoon will hold a dear spot for me. Please give it a try! I think you'll enjoy it 🙂

*Webtoons: PLEASE STOP renaming the characters with English names. I've gotten used to the "white" names, but jeez I rather read their original Korean names that the author intended for them.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2022, 3:11am
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by xAlphaStigma
January 21st, 2021, 3:09am
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Season one was a solid 9/10 for me but boy is season two absolute dog shit..

... Last updated on January 21st, 2021, 3:10am
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HCLW is very underrated  
by Capthon21
May 25th, 2020, 6:42am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
If there was one webtoon that I've reread multiple times, it's HCLW.

The worldbuilding is very interesting. It shows the dark side of both reality and the game world. Character development is also well done.

The MC is also unique. Arrogant but with good reason. He's not the type that tries to be in anyone's good side like a bitch and will antagonize anyone who insults him or his group.

Side characters matter. They aren't left behind and actually stay relevant throughout the series instead of just piggybacking.

The amount of side characters are healthy enough that you don't need to worry about who gets the spotlight.
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How is the score so low ? This one is pretty great  
by Y_Sasuke
April 17th, 2020, 5:33am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
It is a fun half-parody of the VR world weak-to-great shtick. It is one of the better if not the best of this genre.

Yes, the main character is a bastard, the whole point is he is a bastard, but you will still learn to like him the more you learn about his background and situation.

This series is more like a 8.5 - 9, but I'm going to do my bit to pull this up.
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People reviewing after reading 2 chapters at most lol  
by seiunlove
July 5th, 2019, 7:09am
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
Honestly this series is so much more than what these people give it credit for. Amazing character development awaits you if you just read more than 2-3 chapters 🙂
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by PZcolo
January 13th, 2019, 12:14am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
I'm surprised people read this, char sucks, really, just kill him already, story is not interesting at all, worldbuilding is just bad, both the game and as Samken says, explanations on backgrounds and so on, art is not particularly good, comedy sucks... not one redeeming quality.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2019, 12:19am
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by Samken
December 23rd, 2017, 6:38am
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
Asshole who plays a VRMMORPG, is the most powerful guy in the server, can do whatever he wants without any repercussion for his actions, involves himself in a plot to make him lose his powers (levels), they succeed, and he's now demoted to a newbie again.

Watch him succeed back to where he was...or not. To be completely honest, Attaque does it so much better the asshole turn a new leaf plot that it's not even funny.

The introductory chapters turned me off completely, since you have ZERO introduction in how he got to where he was, the rules of the MMO, introduction of his "Friends"/Enemies or any capacity of basic worldbuilding, except he was an asshole, here's the quest now lose your powers and climb it back again. At least the artwork is rather tastefully done i guess?

... Last updated on December 24th, 2017, 7:20am
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My favourite trope  
by NightAir
March 14th, 2016, 3:12am
Rating: N/A
Powerful asshole gets depowered and must regain it. He's a huge dick, but I want him to succeed in his revenge, and possibly get a new outlook on life. I'm a sucker for revenge stories tbh.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2016, 3:12am
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