Firstly, about the MC - While the eye does make him pragmatic, calm and even moderate in most situations (he doesn't kill pointlessly nor does he spare people that will make troubles for him later) it also makes him emotionless which blows away any possible romance for the next 1500 chapters. Though I have to give my props for author making him stay consistent for the entire novel - he doesn't suddenly change his mindset at any point in the story.
Secondly, world building and cultivation - I don't know about others, but I wasn't disappointed by how author introduced the world and new cultivation levels. Everything was systematic and imaginable (from village to city to country to continent). True, he could have made it more diverse, but since he didn't make any mistakes with this I don't mind it at all. There weren't sudden jumps in cultivation nor was MC able to fight people several realms above him (he could fight people a little stronger than him, but it's because he had other aspects in a higher realm than his actual cultivation (qi))
Thirdly, the side characters :
About antagonists - there were some he met who were just there for him to beat up and power up, and they were soon forgotten afterwards. I can't say they were all totally stupid since most of them had actual reasons to attack him and not only because he is the MC. Also, there were a few major villains which had actual relevancy spanning over several arcs and they presented quite the deterrence to the MC, not just because they are powerful, but also because they know where to hit hard and use their brains.
For his aides and servants, they weren't very bad, as they had development with MC, had screen time and actually followed MC to where he went (they stayed relatively relevant for several arcs). On the other hand, that only applied to major supporting characters as most others were only there to help MC in 1 situation or help him power up.
Fourthly, the story - It was pretty decent, I didn't mind the generic start as it wasn't so terrible, and later on it started getting better and better. There was some repetitiveness in the story, as after he went to every wider space there would be a tournament with the ''chosen'', other than that, it was pretty nice - there were some plot twists and surprises here and there. I'd say there were only 1 or 2 short boring arcs, others were all relatively interesting.
And lastly - romance. Ugh... well... I can't really defend it here in any form, as this is where author screwed up majorly. While I did point out that the eye made him emotionless, he did show some sort of affection for his ''love interests''. Unfortunately any sort of romantic development gets blown away because his girls are either cultivating, he is cultivation, or he is in some war or chase... And even when he finds some time to talk with them he usually says he needs to search for the other girl or it's about some cultivation tips. Beside the 2 main love interests, there were plenty of chances to develop romance between him and other girls he met and spent tons of time together, but sadly the damn eye (his low EQ) prevented him from doing that.
Also, I don't know why some people but harem tag and polygamy because he only has 2 confirmed love interests and he didn't marry them until the last chapter in the raws.
Overall i'd rate this novel 3.5 / 5 stars, but i'll give it 4 because it kept me interested for almost the entire story.
In the first ~100 chapters he was acceptable, being the outcast - he was farming levels and killing mindless monsters all by himself. But then a little later (like 20-30 chapters later) author decided to slip trough his idea of MC being the Hero out of nowhere trough some paragraphs. I really didn't like that since it was established that he will do everything himself in the first quarter of the story, and not for the benefit of others (humanity) but ok, it was still acceptable for me.
MC also says that he doesn't have a problem killing monsters since they are mindless and all, but would feel some kind of negative emotions when killing some being that has intelligence (like any normal human would), however all that comes the drain later as MC kills thousands beasts, half humans and even humans (the race he said he would protect durning his hero phase) without remorse easily, literally 20 chapters after he said that, and that number increases to millions, billions and by the end I think that number broke trough even trillions. Some of those guys aren't even against him, he just kills them for the minuscule amount of EXP that almost brings him no benefit no matter if they are good or bad. Also, later on he becomes a major tyrant, slaughtering everything that even has the IDEA of going against him.
But no, that's not the worst part. The worst part is, that when MC kills them, author STILL makes him look heroic by doing that, and sometimes he even laughs it off as killing off ants.
TL;DR - basically MC is extremely evil and with author trying to make him look heroic and good while doing that makes him look absolutely hypocritical. I can easily stand evil MC's but I hate it very much when they are hypocritical, and even worse, when author justifies their hypocrisy, so if u want to read this novel just be prepared for the chaotic evil tyrant MC opposed to the loner one that is described and ignore authors ramblings about heroism of MC.
in the red zone / second arc, the humans live on an island surrounded by toxic water and there are 4 monsters the size of mountains that have almost-human intelligence and are on to the goal to screw humanity all the while humans plot against and try to kill each other. The only reason humans are actually still alive and not all dead is because of the op mental fortitude of the MC and his knowledge of the future.
waits for the princess to drug, torture and order bulky soldiers to rape him before he gets his revenge on her.
''To be frank, apart from my village and my first love, I don't really care about anyone, but only after this many people are here, I can become serious. I have to search for someone I can feel attachment to. As I thought, I can't come to like anyone unless it's a cute girl. Are there any girls that are my taste and will make me cry and shout when they get killed ? ''
''That path has already vanished long ago. I chose a different path.I became the hero of Healing, degenerated into a brute, and even while being self-aware that I'm a brute, I'm doing whatever I want to my heart's content and will grab everything. And also, I don't regret a single part of it. I have money, I obtained the best women, and both my body and spirit is free. I obtained overwhelming power. As if there is any happiness better than this!''
''After I finish my revenge, I will live a long life, and living a life without anything remaining after my revenge is lifeless. I only think of revenge as a hobby to become happy''
he married them all
author wasted over 400 chapters to help his parents (the same ones that left him to rot in a clan full of people that hated him) bring his sister back, and in those 400 chapters, he offend all kinds of influences that had stronger people than him.
MC is multiple times on the brink of death, gets a powerup / inheritance, comes back at LITERALLY the last minute before everyone dies / is crippled and saves the day. It was amusing at first, but then it just became repetitive and expected.
1. This is one of those rare novels where in apocalyptic setting humans actually battle monster and other alien species rather than other humans, as I say this, the depictions of human cruelty were realitevely small and nationalism was almost non-existent.
2. MC is pretty good too. One of the most moderate ones out there (in xianxia at least). He isn't a goody two shoes but neither is he going on massive slaughtering sprees. When he goes on to conquer other cities and countries he doesn't just kill off all the opposers, but if you don't join him, you are gonna be defending against alien species all by yourself in the future.
3. Side characters that are close to MC get a decent amount of spotlight, and it's shown how their abilities progressively develop.
1. The almost non-existent romance (seriously there is even less romance than in Er Gen's novels), though it might not feel so bad, because he didn't really have interaction with any other female character beside his future wife (and even that was in extremely low amounts).
2. There are several skills and artifacts that are valuable and could help him and his city in several situations but aren't even mentioned once more till the end.
3. All the other planets / worlds were left totally unexplored. (The entire story was on Earth, only time he was in other world was trough the instance dungeon and that was for ~15 chapters)
4. Ending was both rushed (many stuff were left unexplained and MC promoted more than 2 major realms in several paragraphs on the last chapter) and open (he just ascended to higher realm with his wife and left to us readers to imagine what kind of adventures he will have there), but again - it might not feel so bad since he basically finished everything he needed to (albeit it was in a few paragraphs of the last chapter)
after he reached gold core he obtained a beast that devours treasures and people and dissolves their energy which lets him breaktrough so he didn't need to comprehend stuff about higher realms for breaktrough
i dont know what's up with these two authors, they had an amazing story and progression up till the last arc when they rushed everything to hell and left with a very open ending, this one more than Zhanxian. Though at least in this one author came up with a plot device to speed his story to the end, but still I was left with a hollow feeling when he just chopped up his ending and left the rest to our imagination...
"Hooh... Ainz-sama’s plan, huh. I see. A special plan concocted by someone with the same name as me. Making the Baharuth Empire ally with and struggle against Nazarick was part of that plan too, huh... I have no idea what that’s all about. If only I could ask this Ainz fellow about it!"
The Emperor trying to rationalize things about Nazarick that make no sense. Because they don't. They're all from video games and anime and just popped randomly into his world.
Why are these elves crossdressed? Because their designer was really really into that. Why are the women so beautiful? Because they were designed that way. What is Ainz scheming? Nothing. He just wants to be a really good host. Why are they so powerful? Because they have higher levels in an RPG video game.
And he comes away from the whole thing going, "Ainz is a really hyperintelligent politician of unmatched subtlety." When really, Ainz was just cluelessly picking his nose. And Demiurge is off to the side cackling, "JUST AS PLANNED."
before bakapervert it's extremely bad, as there has to be at least one mistake in every sentence written, so I also won't recommend this novel for grammar nazis or people that get triggered when they see an amateur grammar mistake.
Japan. He offends their players with almost no reason at all - just because they are Japanese. The nationalism is also heavily exploited there, MC all of a sudden feels extreme love towards his country that didn't do anything to him, and the governing body maltreated him and made first half of his life miserable.
The other bad part was at the end - tons of stuff were forgotten from the game world, and the ending was very rushed, and the authors answer to all the stuff that was forgotten was that he didn't feel like writing it.
However as MC entered Holy Land of Martialism, his character took a drastic turn - he slowly but surely started becoming a White Knight / SJW. Basically he started being all forgiving to people that did worse things than the ones he ruthlessly killed before. It was even worse when he entered ordinary realm, he almost forgave a sect that slaughtered infants for cultivation, thankfully their leader killed them all to increase his power. And then came the current arc - the upper realm where his true family resides. As soon as he came into contact with them, 99% of them were absolute bastards toward him, some betrayed him, and several young masters and their grandfathers tried to kill him. Later on when he got out of that situation and got enough power to take revenge on them, he basically left them off with a slap on the wrist, and they are currently still making problems for him.
Ok, that was enough rambling about the MC, now the other bad point - the story overall. As the novel progresses the story becomes extremely repetitive and all the characters are same - young masters will be arrogant and offend MC, their fathers / grandfathers along with their sects will support them no matter how stupid what they are doing is, and some kind elders MC never met before will come to save his ass every time he is in a cinch (doesn't have enough power to face them off), later on he will get powerup and get revenge for them insulting him, earlier on it was killing and torturing them, now its just letting them leave in shame or in extreme cases put them in high quality prison (being sarcastic here). The repetitive plot got so bad recently, that u can basically read the title of the chapter and know anything that's gonna happen in it.
TL;DR Read first ~1500 chapters (till Holy Land of Martialism) if u like ruthless mc's and brainless enemies and then just stop reading it, as it becomes unbearably stupid.
Near the end, you find out that the world that the story has been taking place in is actually a virtual one created by the people from the "real world". MC is presented with a choice to either restart the virtual world where he lived his entire life, or say screw it all and let everything disappear. Instead, MC is all of a sudden able to affect the "real world" from the virtual one and magically solve all problems, effectively destroying all the tension and foreshadowing built up trough half the story rendering the ending extremely disappointing.