Ichiokunen Button wo Rendashita Ore wa, Kidzuitara Saikyou ni Natteita: Rakudai Kenshi no Gakuin Musou

Alt title: I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top

Vol: 3+; Ch: 17+
2020 - ?
3.452 out of 5 from 272 votes
Rank #23,198
Ichiokunen Button wo Rendashita Ore wa, Kidzuitara Saikyou ni Natteita: Rakudai Kenshi no Gakuin Musou

Allen gets such poor grades at Grand Swordcraft Academy that his fellow students have dubbed him the “Reject Swordsman.” But one day, he is granted a mysterious button that, when pressed, will give him one hundred million years to train in an alternate reality. With an ungodly amount of practice under his belt, the world is about to see what this underachiever can really do!

Source: Yen Press

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I have pressed button continuously for hundred million years … the title did catch my attention. The story is a very typical action shounen series. Despite that fact I did enjoy it so far. The main protagonist is obviously as well one of the typical shounen protagonist archetypes. He is the weakest character, who lacks talent, but by true sheer hard work and some mysterious background [1], which helps him, he becomes quickly the strongest swordsman. In this case by training for many hundred million years. Interesting aspect of MC’s training was psychological aspect. In particular how the bully was stronger in his mind than in reality. Even after all the training MC didn’t feel to be ready enough to win duel. The redacted training montage provides excuse to introduce conveniently out of nowhere various new techniques the MC did learn during his long training already 😉. Among countless typical shounen elements are school, badass teacher, student council, hostile and friendly classmates including beautiful OP girls in love with our even more OP MC. A source for occasional fan service. However, if you expect some romance dimension, you are going to be disappointed. Aside from already “saw that from miles away” subplot with the girls in the beginning, there is not much going on. At most from the female characters closest to the MC there is some guarding against the competition and one date event. It’s like if the whole aspect has been shoved aside [2] for shounen friendship (in school) and fights. For me the worst element of this manga is settings. Despite the initial impression of the settings being usual fantasy world with knights, guilds, kingdoms, monsters, etc. there are too many contemporary Japanese elements. The most obvious is the school, which does look exactly like the typical modern Japanese school in a manga. The structures and overall feel of the civilization is this odd mixture of typical Japanese modern era and fantasy. As for visuals there are ok at best. The action choreography is sparse. It’s more about spatial slashes, flashy magical spirit auras. Again, if you are looking for outstanding visuals, you are only to be disappointed. Japanese difficulty 4/10 (see my profile for details about various difficulty scores) The manga does contain furigana. There is a decent amount of theme/story specific lingo such as「魂装」- „spirit attire” and「霊核」- „spirit core“. It’s pretty self-explanatory if you understand individual kanji and to a certain extent from the context of story. Overall, an enjoyable shounen series to fill space between reading or doing something better. This review is written after reading 3 volumes (all existing at the time). Spoilers [1] MC’s mother knows the mysterious time-hermit, who provides the button to the MC. There is obviously some hidden connection to MC’s powers. [2] Even the fact that one of the girls lost the duel/bet and become a slave of MC is quickly forgotten.


Think of it sort of like the zanpakuto bankai hoowoo shit from Bleach, except worse. Very much worse. First of all, the art is generally just very ugly and unappealing to look at. And the fight scenes don't consist of much more than action lines, blurred movements, and some explosions. The choreography is bland and the special moves just feel kinda dumb. And then the setting itself, the reasons behind the fights, makes everything feel that much more pointless. They basically don't have reasons to fight. Sword duels are being used to settle personal grievances and interpersonal drama. And there are also a couple sword fight tournaments where people are fighting simply to show off their prowess or whatever. The fights just feel so...inconsequential. Like every one of these fights could've simply not occurred and I don't think the lives of anyone involved would've been substantially altered. Especially when you compare these fights to the exceedingly consequential fights in a series like Bleach. It reminds me of that scene in Bakuman. where they're commenting on how a bunch of manga include swords and how it would be a bad idea to include sword fights in their manga simply because they're in a bunch of popular series. This manga feels like the author is just including sword fights for the sake of sword fights, because fe thinks that's what'll make it sell or something. But the fights just feel boring and pointless. All the more so because Allen is so dominatingly powerful. The manga also seems to struggle with creating discrepancies. The first one I noticed was how Allen's body looked almost identical before and after spending a million/hundred-million/billion years in training. At first, I assumed that fe had simply retained the techniques and the time-pause hadn't changed fem physically (which would fit in with why fe didn't age), but then we see fem somehow able to run at superhuman speeds. So fe was physically altered, but that then raises the question: Why isn't fe super bulky after intensely swinging a sword around every single day for such a ridiculously long period of time? There's also a bit of a discrepancy as to Allen's motives. Why exactly does fe want to be a swordsman? Does fe want the acknowledgment? Because when the teacher tries to acknowledge fem, fe shies away from it. Does fe want the personal knowledge that fe can best others? Because fe seems entirely uninterested in fighting others and proving femself, and strangely doesn't seem confident at all in feir own abilities even after being so obviously dominant. Does fe just enjoy the sense of personal accomplishment? Then why isn't fe doing swordsmanship as a hobby rather than whatever fe's trying to do with it? And as a bonus discrepancy: in chapter eight, the teacher says "using your own techniques is banned," and then both Ria and Allen immediately and blatantly go on to use their own techniques without the teacher even batting an eye. The romances are entirely uninteresting. Neither of the girls--Rose and Ria--are particularly cute or endearing, and the interactions feel more forced than anything. Leia is also quite annoying, for what it's worth. There is a little bit of intrigue and mystery around how Allen is connected to the Hermit of Time and that white-haired persona and stuff, but it's not enough to make the rest of the crap storytelling worth it. [Reviewed at chapter 11]

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