Just finished reading the MTL, this story (while a bit too long imho) is a read well worth your while. (This review is gonna be biased towards the pro-arc b/c its my most recent read, so if you're reading this I mainly talk about the latter chapters, the chapters before challenge tournament is a simple, pro player has to start over, but he does it in a hilarious and entertaining way and eventually returns to the scene). Don't go into it like you would in any MMO based novel. Read like it you're going through a person's actual life. If you guys have ever watched the Rocky movies or any kind of sports story (building up from almost nothing, getting to the peak) those things are what this is the closest to. In addition to that, you also get the backstories of many other characters that make you feel for them, but at the same time you get the understanding that in the end, there can be only one winner. The story is also fairly well-written, but I have played the game it is based on, so imagining how fights go isn't too difficult (think vindictus + dungeon fighter online). Anyways, some aspects are certainly outlandish but it is a just story and it doesn't affect the story too much. My only gripe is that it is a tad bit long, but thats just the chinese style for you. The fact that they have an ordinary peanut gallery for us to have a grounded perspective of the story is also common in chinese novels, but this one is actually written properly for once, it gives the subtle feeling of "Pros are REALLY good" in a sports novels. Anyways, it deserves being one of the most popular webnovels in china.
P.S. To that guy who is talking about OT, you do realize that it is a chinese novel, not an english one, OT is likely a shortening of Off-the-tank and as with any other country who borrow words from other languages, their uses may be different than the ones we are commonly used to because the language they use is not the same as ours.
Wow, really amazing (in terms of light novels) it can stand up there with other bestselling novels (imho) outside the light novel demographic, heck I'd even recommend it to people whove never reas LNs before. As long as they get the general idea of heroes and stuff.
From the illustration I thought it was gonna be another battle harem with op MC but after I read the synopsis I was happy being wrong. To anyone reading this novel, it is ridiculously heavy (figuratively and literally), even if you are used to reincarnation stories from chinese webnovels. It dosen't ignore the emotions from the past and it carries them over (mainly due to the fact that it isnt a 'restart'). There is so much packed between the lines and I applaud the author for being coherent with what he has written down (something I find lacking in jp authors) and I greatly enjoy unpacking the little things the author wanted to convey. I havent even started about the drama, by which came down like the fury of a thousand suns (again imho) but I wont say much besides the fact that the drama (a little forced but seriously what drama isnt) is written well enough with good reason along with chracters that feel alive and not some 2D sh*te.
All in all, if you're out of stuff to read and want to wrench your heart a bit with some drama or looking for a fantasy based novel (the world building is subtle but great) with a focus more on character development and interactions (sadly not too much action but I have a feeling author knows how to write em well) cuz of boredom, please give this one a go.
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