The Lazy Lord Masters the Sword

Alt title: Natae Gongja, Nolyeog Cheonjae Doeda

Ch: 106+
2021 - ?
4.181 out of 5 from 2,759 votes
Rank #1,039
The Lazy Lord Masters the Sword

After witnessing the shocking death of his mother, young Airen Farreira uses sleep to escape his painful reality, earning him the nickname, “the lazy lord”. Yet, in spite of others’ jeers and whispers, Airen has no intention of changing his ways. But when he awakens one day from a dream about a mysterious swordsman, his life’s trajectory takes a complete turn...

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There are some genuinely positive aspects to this manhwa. Like the fact that the main character, Irene, isn't just instantly made overpowered and that we actually get to see feir progression from weak to strong (though fe does have an instantaneous mental change, which has a slight plot armor tinge to it). And I appreciate the fact that the antagonists don't come across as one-dimensional baddies with irrational hatred for Irene and are instead shown to be generally relatable people with their own struggles. It's also nice how the story will be told from varying perspectives, including those of passing side characters. And the sword slashes and fight choreographies during the duels are pretty well done. Those upsides, though, don't outweigh the downsides and aren't enough to make the manhwa truly interesting, in my opinion. While it's a nice idea to show Irene's progression, it feels as though the manhwa didn't fully commit to that idea. It doesn't show the various sword techniques that fe's learning. It doesn't show fem learning how to properly grip the sword or any of the other mechanical details that would help immerse us readers into the world and let us go along with fem for the ride. Instead, the story just vaguely has Irene making progress through willpower, perseverance, and hard work. It comes across like grinding in a video game. And watching somebody slowly grinding might be the most boring way I can think of to design a story. It completely fails at creating good dramatic arcs related to the training. A good example of this is how it has Irene transitioning from class F to class C and from class C to class B without those moments being emotional climaxes, resolving some sort of built-up tension. And that's because there isn't any built-up tension. The training just sorta...exists...monotonously. There is some tension built up regarding the relationships between characters, but even those relational story arcs aren't particularly gripping and have somewhat lackluster emotional resolutions. I also find a lot of the artwork--especially outside of the fights--to be sloppy and bland. [Reviewed at chapter 17]

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