Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint

Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, also alternatively translated as Omniscient Reader (Korean전지적 독자 시점; Hanja全知的讀者時點; RRJeonjijeog Dogja Sijeom), is a South Korean web novel written by Sing Shong. It was first published on January 6, 2018, on the platform Munpia, and ended on February 2, 2020.[1] Naver Webtoon published an ongoing webtoon adaptation created by Redice Studio for the Korean version and Line Webtoon for the English version in 2020.[2] An anime television series adaptation has been announced.

Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint
First webtoon adaptation print volume cover, featuring Kim Dokja
전지적 독자 시점
Jeonjijeog Dogja Sijeom
GenreAction, fantasy
AuthorSing Shong
IllustratorSleepy-C (Redice Studio)
PublisherMunpia
English publisherIze Press
Webtoon
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Original runJanuary 6, 2018 – February 2, 2020
Volumes20 light novel, 9 manhwa
Anime television series
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint
Korean name
Hangul전지적 독자 시점
Hanja全知讀者視角
Japanese name
Kanji全知的な読者の視点から
Kanaぜんちてきなどくしゃのしてんから

Plot

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Kim Dokja is young man working in an office who has read the novel "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World" for a large majority of his life. When the novel finally ends at chapter 3149, the world of the novel suddenly becomes reality, and Dokja becomes the only person who knows how the world will end. He attempts to change the course of the story by solving and conquering challenges, known as scenarios, which are operated by dokkaebi.

Characters

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Kim Dokja
Kim Dokja (Korean김독자; Hanja金獨子; RRKim Dok-ja) is the main protagonist of the series. He is a young man working an office job who has a passion for reading, his favorite web novel being "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World". However, his life takes a drastic turn when the events of the novel start unfolding in real life, and he is the only one who is aware of how the world will come to an end. With this knowledge, Dokja uses his understanding of the story to alter its course and consequently change the world as he knows it. The group of allies and companions he gathers is known as Kim Dokja's Company.
Yoo Joonghyuk
Yoo Joonghyuk (Korean유중혁; Hanja劉衆赫; RRYu Jung-hyeok) is the main protagonist and one of the most powerful characters of the original web novel, "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World". Although he is initially distrustful of Kim Dokja, and they frequently struggle to understand each other, they grow close, and he is referred to as Kim Dokja's "life and death companion".
Yoo Sangah
Yoo Sangah (Korean유상아; Hanja劉尚雅; RRYu Sang-a) is Kim Dokja's co-worker who he considers to be an ideal protagonist. She is on the subway with Kim Dokja as the events of the novel start to unfold, and she becomes a powerful figure in her own right despite not appearing in nor having knowledge of the original novel.
Lee Hyunsung
Lee Hyunsung (Korean이현성; Hanja李賢誠; RRLee Hyeon-seong) is a former army lieutenant. He was originally a character in "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World", fighting under Yoo Joonghyuk's leadership, but he becomes Kim Dokja's ally and companion instead during this progression of the story. In the original story, Lee Hyunsung's title was Pure Steel Sword.
Jung Heewon
Jung Heewon (Korean정희원; Hanja鄭熙媛; RRJeong Hui-won) was a very minor character in "Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse" as part of the "marginalized group" from Geumho station who dies early in the novel, but she is saved by and later joins Kim Dokja and his company. She eventually becomes one of the strongest people in the story.
Lee Gilyoung
Lee Gilyoung (Korean이길영; Hanja李吉永; RRLee Gil-yeong) is a young boy who shared a subway car with Kim Dokja at the start of the scenarios and survived. He carried a box of grasshoppers at the start of the novel, which helped others in the subway car survive, and his abilities rely on insect control. He grew closer to Kim Dokja along their journey and became someone Kim Dokja loved and cherished as his own child.
Lee Jihye
Lee Jihye (Korean이지혜; Hanja李智慧; RRLee Ji-hye) is a high school student who was originally a character in "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World", fighting under Yoo Joonghyuk's leadership.
Shin Yoosung
Shin Yoosung (Korean신유승; Hanja申流承; RRShin Yu-seung) is a young girl who was a character in Yoo Joonghyuk's party and later a calamity in "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World". However, in the main timeline of Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, she is saved by Kim Dokja and becomes his loved and cherished adopted daughter.
Lee Seolhwa
Lee Seolhwa (Korean이설화; RRYi Seol-Hwa) is a character from "Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World", previously one of the core members of Yoo Joonghyuk's group, as well as his past lover in the second regression. She appeared in the main timeline of the Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint and later on became a crucial member of Kim Dokja's Company.
Han Sooyoung
Han Sooyoung (Korean한수영; Hanja韓秀英; RRHan Su-yeong) is a ill-mannered and often rude individual that joined Kim Dokja's Company later on in the story. Initially unwelcomed by most of the group, she is later accepted despite her mean personality and flaws.
Uriel
Uriel (Demon-Like Judge of Fire) is an Archangel that belongs to the "Eden" nebula who stands at the side of absolute good. She is one of the biggest fans and supporters of Kim Dokja, Yoo Joonghyuk and Kim Dokja's Company. Despite her innocent nature, she can get hostile towards the ones that threaten those she holds dear.
Sun Wukong
Sun Wukong (Great Sage, Heaven's Equal) is a constellation that belongs to the "Emperor" nebula. He got interested in Kim Dokja at the beginning of the story and offered to become his sponsor, and since remained one of his biggest supporters.
Secretive Plotter
Secretive Plotter is a mysterious constellation that appeared in Kim Dokja's channel at the start of the story. No one knows who he is and where he came from. His interest in Kim Dokja and his group becomes more and more apparent throughout the story, as his messages keep appearing in the channel and his gaze keeps following their every step.
Abyssal Black Flame Dragon
Abyssal Black Flame Dragon is the leader of the "Black Cloud" nebula, standing at the side of absolute evil. At the beginning of the story he offered to become Kim Dokja's sponsor, and despite being turned down,he remained loyal to Kim Dokja's channel and became one of his biggest supporters.
Persephone
Persephone (Queen of the Darkest Spring) is a co-leader of the "Underworld" nebula and the wife of Hades. She is a very powerful constellation that took interest in Kim Dokja at the beginning of the story.
Hades
Hades (Father of the Richest Night) is a co-leader of the "Underworld" nebula and one of the 3 major "Olympus" gods, that took interest in Kim Dokja at the beginning of the story, similarly to his wife.

Media

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Webtoon

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An ongoing webtoon adaptation illustrated by Sleepy-C launched on Naver on May 26, 2020.[3] Its first two collected volumes were released by A.Tempo Media on December 22, 2020,[4] with nine collected volumes released as of March 2023.

The webtoon was published digitally in English by Line Webtoon on August 18, 2020. In June 2023, IZE Press, an imprint of Yen Press, announced that they have licensed both the manhwa and novel for English publication.[5]

Volumes

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No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
01 December 22, 2020[6]979-1-16-428401-6December 12, 2023[7]979-8-40-090106-5
02 December 22, 2020[8]979-1-16-428402-3March 19, 2024[9]979-8-40-090129-4
03 July 21, 2021[10]979-1-16-428543-3June 18, 2024[11]979-8-40-090161-4
04 February 15, 2022[12]979-1-16-428704-8September 17, 2024[13]979-8-40-090162-1
05 June 8, 2022[14]979-1-16-428784-0December 10, 2024[15]979-8-40-090281-9
06 August 10, 2022[16]979-1-16-428998-1
07 September 7, 2022[17]979-1-16-428884-7
08 November 18, 2022[18]979-1-16-428960-8
09 March 10, 2023[19]979-1-16-963079-5

Film

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Munpia announced on September 18, 2019, that they had signed a contract with Realize Pictures to adapt Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint into five feature-length films.[20] In May 2023, Ahn Hyo-seop and Lee Min-ho were confirmed to be offered the leading roles of Kim Dokja and Yoo Joonghyuk respectively.[21][22][23]

The film's casting[24] was officially confirmed on January 24, 2024, featuring Kim Ji-soo as Lee Ji-hye, Chae Soo-bin as Yoo Sang-ah, Nana as Jung Hee-won, Shin Seung-ho as Lee Hyun-sung, Park Ho-san as Gong Pil-du, and Choi Young-joon as Han Myung-oh. Kim Byung-woo served as the director, while Won Dong-yun took on the role of producer.

The producer also assured that "the movie has now reached its halfway point and is well on its way to its final destination".[25] Additionally, it was revealed that Han Sooyoung's casting will be unveiled upon the film's release in 2025.[26]

Anime

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At Anime Expo 2024, an anime television series adaptation was announced.[27] Crunchyroll licensed the series.[27]

References

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  1. ^ "전지적 독자 시점" (in Korean). Munpia. Archived from the original on May 24, 2023. Retrieved January 17, 2024. Munpia
  2. ^ "Omniscient Reader". Webtoon. Archived from the original on January 16, 2024. Retrieved January 17, 2024. Webtoon
  3. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  4. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 세트. Naver Book Database (in Korean).
  5. ^ Tantimedh, Adi (July 3, 2023). "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, 3 Other Webcomics Coming from Ize Press". Bleeding Cool. Avatar Press, Inc. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  6. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 1(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2023.
  7. ^ "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, Vol. 1". Yen Press. Retrieved January 17, 2023.
  8. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 2(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  9. ^ "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, Vol. 2". Yen Press. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  10. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 3(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  11. ^ "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, Vol. 3". Yen Press. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  12. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 4(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  13. ^ "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, Vol. 4". Yen Press. Retrieved April 7, 2024.
  14. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 5(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  15. ^ "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, Vol. 5". Yen Press. Retrieved July 10, 2024.
  16. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 6(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  17. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 7(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  18. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 8(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  19. ^ 전지적 독자 시점 9(만화) (in Korean). Naver Book Database. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  20. ^ Park, A-reum (September 18, 2019). "'신과함께' 제작사 '전지적 독자 시점' 영화화 "글로벌 프로젝트될 것"" (in Korean). Newsen.
  21. ^ "이민호·안효섭, '전지적 독자 시점' 만날까.."검토 중" [종합]" (in Korean). Osen. May 3, 2023. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  22. ^ "[단독] 안효섭, '전지적 독자 시점' 김독자 역으로 스크린 데뷔" (in Korean). Ilgan Sports. May 3, 2023. Retrieved May 3, 2023.
  23. ^ Nam, S. (May 3, 2023). "Ahn Hyo Seop And Lee Min Ho In Talks To Star In Film Based On Web Novel "Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint"". Soompi. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  24. ^ "[단독] 이민호·안효섭·블랙핑크 지수·나나 등 '전지적 독자 시점' 초호화 캐스팅..12월 촬영" (in Korean). 전형화 기자. January 24, 2024. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  25. ^ "@Shywdy" (in Korean). 원동연. March 13, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  26. ^ "@Shywdy" (in Korean). 원동연. October 24, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  27. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 6, 2024). "Omniscient Reader Manhwa Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 7, 2024.
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