Girl, I’ll Teach You Cultivation
April 7, 2018
Huh... well, I was trying to give this novel 3 stars; 2 stars for not being complete trash and another out of consideration that I have something against the genre in general, but... guess this is what I get for typing this on mobile...
To summarize my thoughts on the story, I'm mostly disappointed because the execution of the concept was way different from what I expected.
What I expected: The main character having to readapt to life in the modern world while teaching other people cultivation as he too goes on
a slow grind to become the immortal he used to be.
What I got: Literally just a xianxia set in the modern world
Actually, saying it's "set" in the modern world is a tad generous because it hardly touches on modern day trials. The MC simply moved from a world where power means everything to...a world where power means everything. I mean character reactions indicate that's not how it should be, but the MC is free to act as violent as he wants and never suffers any comeuppance for it. :/
My first problem with the story is the MC. Well, no, the MC himself is written competently. My problem is with how the author treats him.
The MC is the excessively arrogant sort that wouldn't hesitate to kill you where you stand if you make him lose face. Completely justified considering the values of the world he had been in for millenia. Completely justified... but it's still wrong! And the author never addresses it as so.
When I first saw the MC putting on the "This Deity" schtick, I thought it was supposed to be humorous. "Look at our MC! He's such a fish out of water." No, the narrative completely paints him in the right. This is how he'll be from beginning to end, and it's
who has to learn to deal with it. What?
My other problem is the characters or the lack thereof. As of the current chapter, Jiang Xiu is the only character.
No wait... *flips through the chapters to see the long list of named characters*
Excuse me, let me correct myself. As of the current chapter, Jiang Xiu is the only character
. Every other character doesn't have a single line of dialogue or motivation that doesn't revolve around him.
Ye Bing? Doesn't want to be misunderstood as
Cheng Lingsu? Wants to break off her engagement with
Ye Wenchen? Wants to beat up
etc. etc. etc.
Don't these people have their own lives? Since there's nobody as important as the protag he has nobody to bounce off of. Nobody to rival him in either power or philosophy, no modern-day counterpart, squat.
Not like anybody really could rival the MC. Contrary to my expectations it doesn't really take long for him to get as strong as he needs to be. In like a night of training, he gets as strong as elders who've been cultivating for years. What was the point of powering him down in the first place then? Meh, really makes me feel apathetic knowing that any "conflict" the MC faces exists solely in the imaginations of the peanut gallery. Meh...
April 16, 2017
One might assume the prologue where the MC monologues on his normality is unnecessary fluff, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. While it does little to define the character - that mostly occurs in ch 1 - it quite adequately sums up the story. This is a serious attempt at exploring what happens when you put a person with no business being the MC in the role of being an MC. Using gaming as a fulcrum, the MC is lunged into love comedy-esque developments that his overall personality
(e.g. Introversion, low self-esteem, etc.) simply can't keep up with. Misunderstandings ensue.
So yes, there's some drama, but it's the funny kind of drama. The stupid kind where you say you're going first and then another guy goes "But I want to go second!" The characters more-or-less struggle for the same end goal, but through a combination of miscommunication, their own quirks, and certain love comedy contrivances (which I stress is not necessarily a bad thing), the characters miss the fact that they're on the same team leaving the reader to stare blankly wondering "How did that happen?"
The drama never feels too serious as characters (or at least the MC's friend who seems to be the most savvy) are aware of how ridiculous some of these developments can get, and no one's feelings have been hurt thus far. At the very least, everybody only has the best intentions for each other.
One thing that I can't praise enough is how colorful the cast of characters is. Each character is surprisingly diverse in their range of character traits and realistically bounce off of each other. While some of their actions may seem odd, you can never say they didn't do it for a sensible reason.
Isekai Tensei – Kimi to no Saikai made Nagai koto Nagai koto
April 17, 2018
I almost passed on this novel because the premise sounded pretty vague and aimless. "He's going to search the
world for his crush? How long will that take?" Glad I didn't.
To be honest, I only read for my everlasting search of a harem novel done right. This... wasn't that. Like in a lot of cases, as soon as the girl falls in love with the main character, you can say goodbye to any depth she had. What made me stay however was the main character himself.
I'll be blunt. The
MC's an everyman built to relate to the audience as a modern day person fresh to this fantasy world. At no given moment does the main character know more than we the readers know. He's not even given some lofty ambition like defeating the Demon King or ruling over territory. His goal is just as stated prior. Plain and simple.
this very thing puts him at odds with everybody else who has lived in such a world for generations, trying to justify their actions both good and bad by lofty ideals such as justice and fairness. Watching this clash is always entertaining.
Even moreso in that chapters seem to be written chapter by chapter. I don't even think the author knows what will until it actually happens so every twist feels genuine. Does make cliffhangers all the more painful though...
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