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Martial God Asura
February 27, 2016
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So far, my favorite Xianxia.

It revolves around tombs, the dead, spirits and trials, which, for the most part makes this exclusive. Also, I’ve noticed this one just seems a bit more ruthless and just overall ‘darker’ with a hint of horror than the other Xianxia.

The other part is the protagonist. The protagonist is neither one with past lives nor is he a f*cking genius, or a 30 year old trapped in the body of a teenager. He is simply one with a strong fate and an unknown background (I’ll... more>> say this, I really love the idea of one climbing the path to godhead). This one here is a normal teenager with the heart to enact juvenile crimes, and what better than a world without rules; the martial world, to indulge in this kind of behavior. The protagonist was never really humble; just secretly vengeful,
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do u remember the time in the beginning, he humiliated someone by having him ‘on display’ nude.

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Once you read through his ‘adventures’ with various kinds of plot armor (which, I say, I really don’t mind), he grows accustomed to the demeanor of his newfound compatriots, and as a pubescent, adapts. I really don’t find it that astonishing. Also, one more thing I noticed is that the author does not try so hard to make protagonist’s despicable actions reasonable and make him appear like a saint even though it was f*cking low-life.
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even the r*pe scene, its ambiguous whether he saved the girl or in the end, was just a spiteful act of a spoiled child. The author just tossed it aside like most massacres/murders, it ends with a simple reason as vengeance.

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Although there are some cruel scenes, I can’t say its not for the faint-hearted, you must be some saint to not indulge in this. There are complete massacres, but I’m sure its common in Xianxia. ‘Leave one behind, you are leaving him to take vengeance on yourself.’

In a dog eat dog world, how he gains favor is also something I’d say, normal; a showoff of power. Somehow, I get the dog eat dog thing, in the martial world, similar to politics, if you are going to offend someone of higher status, you should at least be prepared to lose your job.

The fights are sometimes repetitive, but still enjoyable. For the most part, its not the fights themselves that are interesting, its how these people think: ‘killing family members and people you care about will surely make you miserable’, achieving vengeance, saving face, and most importantly, the concupiscent desire to obtain treasures and women. Seriously, they’re all monsters. So, the same as all Xianxia, just enjoy, its a fantasy.

All hail the translators for making it possible to read. <<less
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Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria
February 27, 2016
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Yeah. One of the best. No argument there.

Its a horror story with great plot, almost no cliches and very good plot twists, whats there to not like?
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Coiling Dragon
February 28, 2016
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I enjoyed it. It was a long ride, but somehow, I’m glad that its over. Though the ending was rushed.

The plot was decent, just did not have much to do with the coiling dragon ring, or coiling dragons for that matter. A lot of sh*t that seemed important was tossed aside. ... more>>
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For an instance, at the beginning the skills of the mages were described so greatly, I thought for sure Linley would use some awesome skills like the world protector, but in the end, none of that happened.

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Other than that, the story is great, the protagonist had a small personality, as said below, he is not ruthless, not that kind, just a little less than most Xianxia protagonists, which worked well for the story I guess.

I liked most of the concepts such as the world of deities, embodiments of the edicts and laws, the cultivation tree which, surprisingly:

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He did not become an Overgod and a new concept was introduced to a rushed ending; he became more than the edicts itself.

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Another glaring flaw was the surprising lack of anecdotes. His romance was also like this, we basically had a very vague idea of the conversations that took place between Linley and the heroines, it was fine at the beginning though. This may also be due to the excessive amounts of time skips.

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Linley had children, but we hardly got to see Linley, as a father, interact with them. Before we knew it, Linley’s children grew up to be boxes or exceedingly bulky men, the time skips went for Bebe’s child as well, whom they were there for (why was that part skipped). Same went for his little brother, male characters in general seems to be very bulky. I’m surprised the children did not resent him for not being there most of the time; ten years time he cultivates.

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I guess this one really tried to display the relations of fraternity, but somehow, it just doesn’t seem satisfactory, like they weren’t depicted that intimately compared to Japanese novels. Chinese novels are better off going for Harems instead of fraternity or kinship.

Despite the glaring flaws and the axed ending, which also ended without any anecdotes, or much narratives, This was very cool. <<less
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Against the Gods
February 27, 2016
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Most emotional and touching Xianxia definitely. What a feels protagonist. If only there were as much camaraderie between men. Sadly, Xianxia and Harems in general, don’t have these. The side male characters may as well be air.

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Only one I felt stood out was Ling Jie.

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Protagonist isn’t that arrogant but the trash talk is pretty great. What I didn’t see coming was the genius doctor part, which worked really well towards the harem. Other than that, everything is just depicted very satisfactorily.

The battles are great and well described. The power ups, as usual, a bit absurd, but always glad to not have to read through the struggle in battles. Overall; concepts like the Way of the Buddha is epic. Also, the revenge in this is definitely satisfying.

The romance is really decent. Lots of anecdotes, well described scenes and unique heroines.
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Well, mostly Chu Yuechan. But Ling’er and his little aunt was a bit unique too.

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Smooth talking MC soliloquizing about conquering women isn’t so bad after all.

I’d say this is pure gold right here with frequent releases, enjoy it while it lasts. <<less
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Douluo Dalu
March 4, 2016
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I’ll say this, I cannot comprehend the logic that one can come from a past life and still remain that pure, without even laying a hand on a teenage woman, yeah, I don’t really like that. Reading something ‘Shounen’ after a while, I’d say its inferior reflection of what could have been very great, imho.

This was the first Wuxia I’ve read, and after reading some like MGA or ISSTH, I’d have to say there is definitely something lacking, just seems restrained to better suit the lesser audience.

Other than that,... more>> the plot is great, the protagonist is vengeful, careful and comprehensive. I like most of the concepts such as his skill in utilizing poison and the best part is the hidden weapons; I wish the story would focus more on that. The power-ups are reasonable and the fights are great.

The story is average, never really liked Shounen stories like Code:Breaker or Full Metal Alchemist or Pandora Hearts. Although there are exceptional ones like HakoMari or Kubera or Maoyuu Maou, Douluo Dalu is just not there. Still, compared to the Manhua, the story here is delineated a thousand times better.

Overall, this is a satisfactory read and I am following it as far as the translations go. <<less
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