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Elijah_Is_Not_Grey
Elijah_Is_Not_Grey rated it
Rebirth of MC
December 13, 2017
Status: c13
A pretty cute story, here. Pleasant MC. Not very much world-building as it's basically set in modern-day -- no zombie apocalypse quite yet, I'm afraid, but I do enjoy the way the plot is going. It's refreshingly different from the cliche, in that the reincarnated MC isn't OP from day 1; there's growth to be had. The romance plot hasn't quite begun yet, though, and this fudanshi is waiting for the day when the ML catches the MC and bullies him to tears so I'm waiting on that, lol. All... more>> in all, a solid read.

Edit: Now I'm on chapter 76 and I have to say, my friends, the build-up does not disappoint. There's sufficient horror, action, and romance to keep anyone interested. The plot still eludes me though, as I'm not quite sure where the author is going with this but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Top-notch translations and an easy read. Still a five in my book. <<less
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Elijah_Is_Not_Grey
Elijah_Is_Not_Grey rated it
Who Touched My Tail!
January 13, 2019
Status: c32
This story is quite refreshing. At its core, it's a world-hopping BL heavy on romance (or at least, romantic allusions) that plays at the heartstrings. The unrequited love is not so much heartbreaking as it is <i> real </i> and because the novel is quick transmigration, we get to see the MC develop as a character as time goes on. A solid read for casual readers and BL fanatics alike. There are some difficult themes though.
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In one of the arcs, the MC and ML are closely related.

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But don't let this ruin your enjoyment of the book. The writing is good, the translation excellent, and it's a pretty good way to spend your time. I recommend it.
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Elijah_Is_Not_Grey rated it
Nurturing the Hero to Avoid Death
December 30, 2018
Status: c9.5 part2
So, unpacking this story. We've got three main elements: 1) Transmigration, 2) MC's Role as a Villain, and 3) the Relationship Between MC and the Protagonist. (Note that the below aren't actually spoilers, I just did it to conserve space.)

  1. Transmigration:
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It's easy, at first, to dismiss this novel as just another cut-and-dry isekai novel. It's got added BL elements sure, but the premise - that is to say, the MC accidentally falling into another world - is about the same. What the summary doesn't tell you, however, is the amount of world-building that went into this novel. At only chapter 9, I already know so much about the world the MC now lives in. I know about his family, their relationships, their political goals and machinations. I know about how this world works: the things that drive people in it. Most importantly, I know a hell of a lot about the backgrounds of not only our lovely main character but also the protagonist of the world he's found himself in.

It's slower paced, to be sure, and it doesn't have any face-slapping or revenge so maybe it's not for everyone, but I enjoyed (and still enjoy) it immensely. The characters feel 3D. Real. They're quirky; they have their own goals, dreams, and desires - and even if those ambitions don't always make sense, it never seems out of character. The author did a great job of presenting the characters, honestly.

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2. MC's Role:

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This has got to be the selling point of this novel really. Like - and this gets into spoilerish territory here (but it's a review, so go figure) - this goddess picks out the smolest bean in the jelly bean jar to transmigrate into her failing world and get the protagonist to amp up his game so they don't all die a terrible death. Basically, our MC is supposed to be a villain, and spoiler alert: he's terrible at it! He's good at his main purpose, however, which is to get the protagonist to push himself. In short, our MC isn't a good villain, but he's also not a saint. He's a person with flaws and lots of character development, which is surprisingly rare in BL novels. (Or just online novels in general.)

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3. Relationship:

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Ah, yes, the moment we've all been waiting for: their relationship. Now, I know what you're thinking... "Who is seme? Who is uke?" But all I have to say to that is: Who cares! This novel acknowledged the tropes of seme and uke, accepted them, and then proceeded to add so much depth to the characters that I didn't even care that it was tropey. I usually dislike very overt tropes like 'small, sensitive uke' and 'large, overbearing seme', for example, and this novel does take aspects of that, yes, but for the most part you're too busy questioning wtf is going on and feeling bad for the characters and/or laughing at their misfortunes to recognise the tropes hidden away within their characterisations.

In essence, this novel portrays basically how an actual relationship might work. We're still in the pre-slash stages, however, so this might change as their interactions deepen in meaning, but yeah: no super tropey bullsh*t meant to fetishise gay people. (Which, being gay myself, was quite nice to read.)

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TLDR; This is a pretty solid BL novel with plenty of world-building and anticipation. It's slow-paced, with lots of internal dialogue and very few POV changes. Most of the focus lays with the relationships between characters but the plot is still meaty enough to capture one's interest. It's a unique take on a common trope - one that I think was done quite well - and I'm eagerly awaiting more! <<less
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