The Beginning After the End

Ch: 121+
2018 - ?
4.761 out of 5 from 10,898 votes
Rank #2
The Beginning After the End

King Grey has unrivaled strength, wealth, and prestige in a world governed by martial ability. However, solitude lingers closely behind those with great power. Beneath the glamorous exterior of a powerful king lurks the shell of man, devoid of purpose and will. Reincarnated into a new world filled with magic and monsters, the king has a second chance to relive his life. Correcting the mistakes of his past will not be his only challenge, however. Underneath the peace and prosperity of the new world is an undercurrent threatening to destroy everything he has worked for, questioning his role and reason for being born again.

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The best way I could put this story is that it's incredibly frustrating. It has all the elements it needs to really be a compelling story but just falls flat, mostly due to the fact that the world is just so generic and assumes too much of the reader. But anyways, this story is worth reading so lets start with the pros The Pros It's not Power Fantasy Trash - Well it kind of is and isn't but I think this is a huge plus out of the gate. The main character is very capable but not overwhelmingly so. The way he "cheats" the system is somewhat convincing enough. To anyone worried its RPG isekai trash, it's not, and I personally hate that kind of shit, so huge plus for me.  The Relationships - The relationships in this story are generally hit or miss but when the story hits, it hits. The relationship between Sylvia and Arthur (the MC) is very heartwarming and does just the right amount to make it work. The relationship Arthur fosters with some of his peers is pretty nice too. The relationship with Elijah is quite nice too.  The Pacing - The webtoon is pretty fast and entertaining throughout. It does a pretty good job between balancing character, story, and action. It's an engaging story and I totally binged it. The Cons The World - The world is very generic and doesn't bother to go in an original direction with the way it has decided to portray fantasy races. Elves are wood-y, Dwarves are earth-y, and Humans are everything-y. The world is set in a vaguely European setting that's incredibly anachronistic with clothing and architecture that would fit in Europe anywhere from 1000 to 1900. Everyone conveniently speaks the same language. There are adventurers and guilds. Etc. etc. It's essentially DnD lite. The magic is somewhat(?) original but can't really decide if it's like a science or something mystical.  The Culture (rather, lack thereof) - This is somewhat related to the World but needs it's own section because it's actually one of the biggest weaknesses of this story. From the webtoon, every race is alluded to have its own culture but there doesn't really seem to be differences at all. All the races share the same language, the same political system, and religion is pretty much nonexistent in this story. The political system is also confusing and unexplained. Nobility exists but it's unclear how it's set up. They're just kinda portrayed as rich assholes instead of people that serve a real political role in the kingdom.  The Isekai Elements - This is my least favorite part of the story but the isekai elements are leaned on too heavily as a deus ex machina and the fact that the MC was a king doesn't really seem like a good choice. For one, the MC was an orphan king, which could work, but doesn't make any sense because the webtoon implied he somehow became king through being strong, which is not how monarchies work. The world he used to live in looks very futuristic, with flying cars and shit, but the first piece of "future" tech he brings to the new world is a steam engine? The MC also doesn't seem to be particularly interested in politics despite being a king. I just assume that the MC was really just a soldier in his past life and it makes so many more of his choices make sense. Conclusion Is TBATE good? Yeah it's worth a read. It's definitely one of the better dungeon crawler-y isekais I've read and it cuts out a lot of the bullshit that other isekais would poorly pile on. It's no masterpiece in comparison to other stories and it's far from original. The author seems like he's super talented though so I'm interested to see what he does next after this. 

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