I thought it was particularly retarded that the MC would leave his just-adopted sister WITHOUT TELLING HER, casually letting others take care of telling her instead. Is the MC/author autistic? Does he not care about how this will obviously traumatize her?
But then I saw how the author wanted to show how retarded that girl was, how little she valued her own life (everything for her new brother!!!), so that she could put on some grand show of absurd sacrifice and prove herself worthy of his undying commitment.
After dozens of chapters detailing all the creepy work done by the MC to get his bonded animal to be born (with a particularly tear-jerking chapter where the poor little thing barely manages to be born alive), it was a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT to see what came after.
The damned critter hates all men and is extremely creepy with all women - even though the thing isn't human and having sex with women would be bestiality (*PUKE*), and even though it is not feasible to think of claiming ALL WOMEN, to the exclusion of all men on the planet. (ie: the damned thing is even more retarded than its master)
How annoying is it for something to hate all men just because they can hook up with women? Doesn't the author realize that his dumb critter is precisely the kind of animal ALL his male and female readers would hate to have around?
And of course, the retarded MC is the worst parent for this extremely sexually deviant monster: he never tries to teach it better morals or ideas, instead just telling it to be deviant in a way that doesn't cause the MC problems...
The only way to get better is to risk your life with a <25% chance of survival!
LOL. It is so dumb. How powerful would a clan become if, instead of constantly decimating their members, they instead trained them in ways that didn't cripple or kill the majority of them?
I think the elders are more interested in population reduction than in population advancement.
One very logical pattern that shows up in the novel is that when sociopaths offer a school, or a secret club, or any other opportunity, it is always set up by its evil architects to abusively take advantage of all the people who join.
So if you join their Magus school, you will become both a slave AND a gimpy mage who can never go past 'level 1'. If you join their secret society, you will just be a pawn to be used and discarded when desired (LOL).
As a result, the story is far more satisfying because it is not only more coherent (and also more like the real world), but in addition it is far more challenging for the MC, who has to really hustle and search like mad to find ways out of these predicaments.
So in WMW instead, we have a psychopath MC who has smartly evaluated what he can and can't get. He shows his back to no one, and his psychotically smart/safe sexual relationships are only with mind-controlled slaves.
In WMW, it is fascinating to see, first of all, a far more realistic depiction of the truly evil and abusive 'dark' side, but then afterwards we even get to see what looks like a really good 'light' side: an appearance of symbiosis and peaceful coexistence with the masses makes for an ENORMOUS contrast with the 'dark'.
HOWEVER! It is important to note that this is where the author cheats, because as you continue reading and analyzing, you realize that the so-called good guys are still secretly restricting knowledge (and making all their faithful mage followers into gimps), but even worse: in fact, the level 2+ elite 'light' forces are just as parasitical and immoral as the 'dark', so the differences were once more only in superficial appearance.
At that point, it becomes all too easy for the MC to decide to turn against 'good', because the good represented is actually just another form of EVIL. A truly intelligent MC would do something truly good for himself, but instead our psychotic MC decides to stupidly keep risking his life playing their games of abusive power.
FWIW, the point where the MC gets righteously angry at the psychic 'good' girl for being a hypocrite is a fail on his part, IMO, because the girl was crazy and couldn't give proper justifications for trying to kill him (due to her talent/curse of rough foresight), yet clearly, beyond the justifications she could give, it stands to reason that the MC will IN FACT most likely be a calamity for people like that crazy chick and her false-good side.
The MC is trying to make it seem once again like the false-good side is worse than the dark side for creating self-serving BS rationalizations for trying to harm him 'for the greater good', but this seems like a very minor detail, especially considering the far bigger problem for the MC: his own moral position is no higher than hers (clearly) and he is generally just as incoherent, if not worse: why is he seeking to do evil instead of (real) good?
The story starts off poorly for a dozen or more chapters, but then finally reaches a first segment where the MC is forced to try to survive in a sect full of sociopaths - in a desperate gamble to survive, things are good-to-great.
However, the MC never tries to leave or free himself from that psychopathic world of 'cultivators'- instead, he becomes strangely convinced that he must become the most powerful of them all, which obviously requires that he become the most extreme murderer, con artist and robber.
But before most people would notice this, the MC gets poisoned, which becomes another external factor that LOGICALLY forces him to get back into that world of sociopaths so that he can try to get his cure.
But once he cures himself, the MC dies and is reborn into an inhuman, murderous fiend who is, ironically enough, almost the polar opposite of his originally fairly reasonable Confucian scholar self.
Strategy? Who cares about that when you are in a truly foul mood: deeply unhappy people feel a powerful need and desire to make others around them suffer as well (when in fact they should be acting to solve the root of their problem: healing their wounded self).
With this MC, we see that he acts Confucian and thus moderately wise while he is weak, but once he achieves power, he uses is to destroy and hurt rather than create and heal. He primarily brings despair, desolation, envy, hatred and death upon his already crappy environment.
One could say he is the product of his environment, but I see it rather as someone who simply failed to transcend his crappy origins. Evil's first goal is to to turn you evil, so that you can be unhappy as well. But that just means losing *by choice*, since it is never too late to turn back to good, to happiness, health, symbiosis, true strength and pure fun.
I was at first laughing in slight shock when I read about all the animals exploding from their butts when the mirror was pointed towards them, and how the MC was testing this out all over the place like a scientist. (I was very curious about how that was going to get explained.)
But then I was frankly creeped out by Lord 5th, who is probably the rapiest animal sidekick I've ever seen. The thing to understand is that Lord 5th represents the author's repressed subconscious desires to brutally ass-rape all the chicks he meets.
The awful part is not the desire to dominate women, but rather the way chosen to do so: a man can proudly dominate by his wit, his mastery of game theory, his grace, his intelligence, etc. It is only a truly boorish man who fantasizes of so brutally dominating women - which doesn't even work at all BTW (which is perhaps why the author is so sore towards women: his smiley-rapey ways mean he is an endless failure at love and at women, whom he then resentfully wishes to harm).
Of course, this Lord 5th seems to target both sexes equally with his terrible abuse, so really the MC not only subconsciously wants to brutally ass-rape most women, but also most men. I guess he figures he would get less lip from them if he did so....
It's like WOW: no wonder he turned out like he did! This poor guy desperately needs to heal and get some sorely lacking mental clarity, so he can stop harming his environment (and thus finally get the love and appreciation he needs), but instead we watch him just meanly lash out at the world in anger and frustration, purposefully choosing the bloodiest path to brutal domination just because it fits his emotional mindset.
The MC was like a boss when he was moving forward in life, disregarding all the babes throwing themselves at him ('cuz the dude was busy with being poisoned and becoming King Bully).
But then the relationship with his gf around c750 is 100% lame: they spend their time freaking holding hands and all sorts of other boring, childish crap, and then she is supposed to become his raison d'être and motivation to murder countless people to get her reborn, just so they can go back to holding hands and being super boring together?
It's just dumb and pointlessly difficult: choose a fun babe who isn't dead, bro, and life will be a lot better!
From what I could decipher, these external characters' side stories are actually happening in a distant future, and the annoyingly incoherent and (self)destructive queen-of-evil is some ultra 'evolved' form of the MC. All these external side characters that the author spends a dozen or more chapters on just get killed off later by her with no impact to anyone we care about, so it's not even like they matter at all.
The MC doesn't seem to understand that you can't abuse everything and everyone in your school (ie: practical consequences occur in time), but even worse: he doesn't seem to understand the moral responsibility a student has to a decent school: if they take you in at your own request and give you a decently good learning environment, then going around vandalizing and robbing the place is really like harming/wrecking a good thing for a lot of people.
Yet we are supposed to think it's funny and charming 'cos he's a little kid?
At the start of the story, the MC only happens to look at the hot babe taking a piss in the woods (as indeed any sexy macho guy would back on earth, where the girl would really only have herself to blame and wouldn't really care / mind, in fact, so long as he is also good looking), only to have that psychob*tch's reaction be to try to have him tortured/enslaved/murdered.
So *IN FACT*, when you look closely at how the MC later sexually assaults, rapes and kills her, we are talking about him returning AT MOST 5% of the evil and harm she tried to do to him without justification (since from the start all he did was LOOK AT HER PISS).
So just that part of the story is uplifting for most men: we have a rotten b*tch who, FOR ONCE, doesn't get a free murder and mayhem pass just 'cos she is hot and female.
Although I was disappointed by the reset that happens past chapter 100, where the MC leaves behind EVERYONE he had gotten to know up to that point (as so often happens in wuxia), once you accept the fact that the MC wants to be a loner (since AFTER ALL he isn't powerful enough to really be able to protect any babes, realistically speaking), then you understand that he really has nothing to lose/gain with respect to the two babes who want to be with him.
And clearly, the uber-babe that he didn't bang always treated him more or less like crap, and always considered herself to be SO SPECIAL that she thought she could also actually treat him (of all people) like that. Even if she was smart enough to adjust her behavior somewhat along the way (seeing how much she was actually dependent on him), it was always kind of annoying, I guess?
I mean, as a man, you learn to put up with all sorts of childish behavior from the people around you (especially women), so is it that big a deal? Did the MC need to be so harsh when he rejected the uber-babe in public (hence making his family not want to help her either)? I personally don't think so, and therefore I think he could have found an even better thing to say at that point, but even still, it is kind of fun to see a hot babe be taught a lesson she needs to learn: get over your good looks 'cos they don't actually matter all that much.
For example, early on the MC spends a bunch of time explaining how he needs to add some new type of creature in level 1 so that it can prey on another creature that is growing too fast - which made boring sense, but then immediately afterwards the MC goes out and kills all of his creatures (including these newly added ones, one assumes) in order to get a system reward...
Unlike other stories that have the MCs find women that magically love them and improbably place the MC in front of their own interests, or otherwise have the MCs take on huge risks to get involved with high-risk women, in this one the MC is rather only considering romance with magically branded slaves (ex: his dark elf) - something coherent for a deeply psychotic person who cannot trust anyone.
So what exactly is the MC? Was he basically on the magic road to OPness from the start (which would make his use of 'this King' be more reasonable), what made him get his super power, when did he get it - it was all very confusing.
The author sometimes wants the MC to look weak and totally like a regular guy standing up and getting in the way of super-evil in hopeless ways, but then a few chapters later you get an explanation of how, in fact, the MC had been secretly advancing an extremely improbable strategy to win using a special ability you never knew he had.
So you never really know what is going on, be it now or in the past. Various characters' perspectives will frequently be used, so that you can witness the MC's confusing actions from a completely ignorant side character's perspective.
The recent fight against the Bishop of Virtuality was typical:
- where did the MC's Eye of God power suddenly come from? Why was his knife so effective? He had no offensive power AT ALL supposedly, but of course that gets turned around once the author decides to make the MC single-handedly save the day and the babe.
- at one point, the MC and babe are separated by a hundred meters, and then a dozen bone dragons and hundreds of skeleton warriors get summoned between them, only the babe is incapacitated. The MC somehow runs through them all and catches up to the foremost dragon that had been just about to swallow her, but the MC has the time to fight with the dragon for TEN SECONDS, and yet none of the other dragons or warriors use that time to infect the chick?
- the VR is supposed to be life-like, and you find out that committing suicide would free you from the trap, but when the MC is stupidly climbing and jumping off of 20 METER HIGH trees to try to reach the guy 100 meters in the sky: isn't a fall from 20 meters+ enough to kill or disable someone?
- why did the MC encourage the babe to waste all her mana firing arrows at the bad guy's shield? It accomplished nothing, nor did it create any opportunities for the MC as a combo attack... It was just a complete dud that then left her disabled and needing rescue.
- the fight was supposed to be high tension, with a terrible new arch-rival having been introduced, but then you find out that the MC's Lolita master/gf already knows who the Bishop is and had visited her to save him (which finally explained why he got control over the summoned creatures at the end). In the end, the master and arch-evil sound and look like two teenage girls who are old friends... LOL WUT?
- no really: this terrible terrorist organization which is deemed SO AWFUL and irrepressible for dozens of chapters, was in fact a vain old man who had been used for random murders by a vain teenage girl for seemingly nothing more than vapid, shallow, ego-driven reasons, but that's OK 'cos the nonsense Lolita-master knows all about it and does practically nothing about it, other than dropping by for a visit to have a nonsense talk with the arch-criminal old buddy teenager.
Gaara from Naruto showing up, with the MC being all like "oh yeah, I know how to deal with this summon, BASED ON MY POST-APOCALYPTIC KNOWLEDGE!!!".
And none of the male students who witness Gaara's interactions with them IN CHINESE have any particular reaction. Big bugs' invasion + magic powers is one thing, but WTF did Gaara + demented Naruto universe ALSO become real and accessible in space and time locally?
The MC teams up with people for each round, but the best strategy is to take as many points as possible for himself each time, leaving as few as possible for his teammates...
Well, that being said, it does seem like the MC will end up with a team of friends in the end (since when only 5 people are left, then they would end up always together each time).
When he is trying to rope in psychotic beasts, he cynically explains to them how they just have to learn how to BS properly and they'll be able to kill PLENTY of people in society, *just like the MC*.
Clearly, the MC doesn't mind that these creatures that lust, want and need for the frequent murder of humans (innocent and otherwise) will be in the community...
The MC does not seem to have to fear unintended consequences (due to plot armor), but to me it was extremely creepy - very much like watching some revolting opportunist invite a pedophile into a community, and even help him hide his nature from his inevitable victims!
Once you discover that the teammates can be resurrected, all the tension disappears, because at that point you know that
1. The MC will res all his dead teammates (so their dying meant nothing)
2. The author obviously cares way too much about these teammates and will not let anything else happen to them from that point on.
From then on, the novel should have been renamed 'Terror NOT', since everyone the author cares about is obviously under complete and total plot armor.
To make matters worse, the dumb author actually uses a TIME SKIP to jump over the part of the story where most of the team are wiped out by by Team Devil! How did they all die, what was said, how it was done, and how much hate and resentment the team should have towards their nemesis: all of this is skipped by the author!!!
Even more annoying for me was the fact that the super-annoying white-knight teammate got resurrected along with the rest. As other reviewers have mentioned, the teammates are just 2D caricatures who never evolve, so any character flaws are there to stay.
So the dumb white-knight is that guy who does everything for any/all hot babes, no matter how lame it is for a man to be constantly used by women with NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. If the MC was a real friend, he might sit his buddy down at some point and explain how his 'defend women at all costs and in all circumstances' just means this dude is going to get used by them his whole life, without ever even being attractive to them at all (because women not-so-secretly despise massive saps).
Most of the MC's victims are scum-of-the-earth pirate villains, or other villainous crooks, but in V3 the MC takes down this buff, charming, straight-shootin', straight-talkin' sub-boss who clearly only ever treated the MC right, and he does it in such a dragged out way, using every nasty trick the rat-bastard MC/author could dream up (because the damned 'high constitution' viking pirate rightly just will not quit/die and let himself be so poorly taken advantage of by such a rotten bitch MC!)
I identified far more with the viking than with the MC, which made things very horrifying.