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Sehan and Mina

Ten years ago, a group of gods turned everyone on Earth into players of a sadistic game that forced them to kill monsters in real life — or be killed themselves. Sehan Kim has already seen how this game will play out: everyone in the world dies except for him. When hes given the chance to go back in time and start a second playthrough, Sehan is determined to change the course of events and beat the gods at their own game.
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Return To Player is a Korean webcomic by Sehon Umky where the Gods have imposed an MMO game interface on the world. Sehan Kim has achieved the "Bad End" as the only survivor of humanity. While contemplating his final fate, the game interface informs him of the option for a second playthrough. He accepts it, suddenly finding himself transported back to the day the original game started. With all the knowledge of his first playthrough, he hopes to change things for the better.

It updates every Saturday.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Above the Gods: While the Gods are quite powerful and manipulative, above them are the Game Masters. Above them is The System, which runs the whole thing.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Sehan's third quest involves not only going through an amusement park, but saving as many of the innocent people forced to operate the park as he can.
  • Boss Battle: Every quest has a tough monster that is sometimes necessary to defeat in order for the quest to be completed.
  • Divine Intervention: All the time, much to the displeasure of the mere pawns that humanity has become.
  • God Guise: Just by being able to log into the Gods' chat room, the Gods think Sehan must be a God when he's there.
  • Home of the Gods: The Gods meet and talk to each other in what is depicted as an internet chat room.
  • Informed Equipment: Some items have the option to be invisible while worn.
  • Item-Drop Mechanic: How most players get extra equipment.
  • Jerkass Gods: A major part of the whole story.
  • Kill the God: Might be possible. The Guild Sehan starts is named Deicide, so it's on his agenda.
  • Level Goal: Every player is informed of the quest win conditions. With the third quest, Sehan discovers that not everyone gets the same win conditions.
  • Level Scaling: Starting with the third quest, Sehan discovers that the System is putting tougher monsters in his way. He takes it as proof that his actions are having an effect on the world.
  • Optional Boss: There are tough monsters that aren't part of quests but are good for level grinding and loot.
  • Place of Protection: There are Safe Zones which monsters can't enter. Guild Halls become Safe Zones which the Gods can't send their Observers into. Mina can make barriers that create small, temporary Safe Zones.
  • Reasoning with God: As part of Sehan's Second Playthrough, he has access to the Gods' chat room and logs in as Anonymous User 48. The other Gods just assume he's another God who doesn't want to reveal himself. Sehan takes advantage of this constantly.
  • Regenerating Health: All players regenerate to some degree, but there are ways to greatly increase it, to the point where others are surprised that Sehan is even walking after a fight.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Sehan hopes that a second playthrough will turn out better.
  • Shout-Out: When Sehan confronts Cheolwoong to kill him, Sehan has a new weapon.
    Sehan: "I brought a little friend with me this time. Do you want to say hello?"
  • Sole Survivor: How it starts.
  • Sudden Game Interface: The Gods/Game Masters of the world seem to have arbitrarily decided to have fun by turning the world into an MMO.
  • Unlockable Content: As part of Sehan's second playthrough, he has access to the DLC store. The points he had at the end of the first playthrough are available to spend in it. Good thing he had kept so many, because buying the second playthrough cost one million points.
    • With much of the equipment Sehan buys in the store and gives to others, he lies and says that it came from defeated monsters.
    • It's also what gives Sehan access to the forums.
  • You Know the One: A couple pages end with one character pointing out the significance of another character in the last panel, without telling the audience which of the two characters in the scene is being referred to.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Sehan has no reason to believe it isn't the end of the world (on the first page!) until he's offered the second playthrough.