Normal romance in an isekai story?


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    Is there an isekai novel that features a "normal" (modern standard) love story, and eventually leads to marriage and some children? I don't mind a harem, as long as there is one normal case among them.
    All cases in Smartphone and Realist Hero are kinda forced if we apply the common sense of this era. And though it's not an isekai, the story of Kirito and Asuna is quite an ideal one...



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    @tgquan67 Yeah, Kirito and Asuna are a pretty normal couple, if you ignore the pseudo-harem of hangers-on. Since some folks count Dendro as an isekai, I guess we could consider Aincrad (which is where they met and developed that relationship) an isekai as well.


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    @tgquan67 said in Normal romance in an isekai story?:

    Is there an isekai novel that features a "normal" (modern standard) love story, and eventually leads to marriage and some children?

    Ok, what do you mean by "normal" and "modern standard?" There are about 7.7 billion different standards of a "normal" or "ideal" romance right now.

    Edit: I can argue any romance is "normal" and any romance is not "normal."



  • Based on the examples given, I'm going to guess they want a boy-meets-girl story. Calling that "normal" has some unpleasant implications but generally that's what phrasing like that is indicating. (Also being okay with harem even though monogamy is the "modern standard" has me side-eyeing.)

    I'm a little surprised that I can't come up with examples here other than what Raitoiro said. There's plenty of boy-meets-girl light novels but the ones I've read are usually regular fantasy rather than isekai. I assume you're already familiar with what JNC has on tap.



  • IMO Mushoku Tensei has a solid romance development even though

    But despite that, the romance feels so organic and the character development is so on point that you can't blame how it ends up as. Everything is as it should be. And we've been teased that there's a story about the MC's children and grandchildren that we've yet to see. I just hope the author gets to write it once he's done with the LN version.


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    @drone205 you are thinking too hard, I think that modern standard dictates that you are free to meet people and build your relationship before deciding on the marriage, in contrast to the marriage being arranged by your parents or political motives and building the relationship only comes after that.


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    @paulnamida I agree with you, Mushoku Tensei has a solid romance development. It is nicely woven into the plot and it builds up so well through the story. I was surprised the romance turned out so well, considering the tropes used through. I won't go into more details because of potential spoilers.


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    @tgquan67 said in Normal romance in an isekai story?:

    @drone205 you are thinking too hard, I think that modern standard dictates that you are free to meet people and build your relationship before deciding on the marriage, in contrast to the marriage being arranged by your parents or political motives and building the relationship only comes after that.

    Well, there are still arranged marriages that happen today, just not a thing in the Western world. Though I it is not that common anymore worldwide but it is still a thing. I also think that smartphone and realist hero are not forced in that regard either. Sure the princesses parents want her to marry the MC (also in smartphone, it is the princess that wants to marry and the parents are fine after hearing her reasons) but it isn't like the MC is just emediatly on board with it. Heck in smartphone they don't get engaged till like volume 3.