Right now, I am at the payback arc where its almost time for MC to fulfill his promise he made to his mother and every chapter only builds up even more hype and for now, this is the one main thing that I have looked forward to from the start
For me, this novel went from perfect 5/5 to a perfect zero. The novel instantly became my favorite when he got betrayed at the beginning then he becomes this dark anti-hero character who doesn't trust anyone and a maniac whose thirst for experience to level up never settles because his class is shield type, he doesn't have any offensive attacks, thus he finds an unique way to farm the monsters to get stronger like never have seen before in any other novels, and it just gets even better when our MC was forced to dissolve the slave contract with the heroine which results him unlock curse series (Imagine Gohan going SSJ2 during the cell saga). So far, we are off to a great start it had everything that I needed from a novel a perfect balance between hope and despair.
-But just like most of the novel it couldn't keep up with that level. After MC got his revenge on the people who betrayed him at the start of the novel it became a running gag of cliche and tedious f**kfest, that dark atmosphere and all that cruel and despair build-up disappeared into thin air. It became your generic reincarnation novel, it hit new low for me when the spear guy too UNLOCKED CURSE SERIES power because the same woman who betrayed MC, betrayed him too. I thought it was gonna be something unique to our MC and how that spear guy just easily unlocked it, he didn't face the kind of humiliation our MC faced nor he was forced into a corner thinking he is some kind of creep or pervert. I couldn't take it after that and I dropped it right there and then! I still don't get why this novel is so overrated, but I still enjoyed the first 100 chapters for what it's worth.
It is because Male lead rapes female protagonist out of jealousy, but it was partially her fault too (not that I am implying that rape is justified here). The thing is the male lead is a super jealous guy regarding protagonist's step brother, He told her again and again not to meet or lie to her, but she does it again and again unintentionally, then one day she comes back home with kisses mark all over her body because her step brother almost raped her, but the Male lead thought she cheated on him behind his back because she was lying about it AGAIN. So, it is obvious MC was furious on her, how would you feel if your wife went behind your back and come home like this. Did I mention she forgave her step brother right away for almost raping her, WTF? Well, then again her character feels like she is still 3 years old like in the start of the novel. That is my main problem, she never had any character or personality development through out the series, she remained like this till the end
Reading great stories, but with disappointing ending only leaves bad taste with even more questions left to be answered, and it just ruins your whole day. You think about the ending for whole week, trying to come up with the best conclusion possible (because that is what Author wants you to do), but in the end it will be never as satisfying as reading from the novel's own creator's point of view, but I do get the idea that author wanted readers to imagine their own ending as no one will be hurt or feel disappointed, its a safe play but I call it bullsh*t. Why make a story in the first place if you left the most important conclusion to the readers to decide? Or are you embarrassed that you can't give us harem ending that is why you went with the stereotypical ending, then why the hell make a harem story to begin with? Just give us one female lead and one male lead with a simple monogamy ending.
It only feels like author is trolling with you, playing with your feelings and how author teases you in the final chapters as MC of the story finally decides "that he knows with whom he will go out with", but in the end it was never revealed except for the fact that he got a wife and a kid in the last chapter, but who became the WIFE FROM HIS HAREM? No one knows. Hell, I would rather have an ending where MC is running on the beach while all his girls are chasing after him, then credits rolls over something like this. I am taking an oath, no more reading on-going harem novels until or unless I know the ending for sure. 1/5 from me!
-Aside from that, the author of this novel drags and far-stretches the chapters so much that it will bore the hell out of you. I just somehow manage to complete the long training arc of the MC which should have lasted for a year, but it felt like eternity because so many meaningless encounters with MC which I remind you all of them are females just to show how badass MC is to save damsel in distress all over the place and holygod, does the author waste so much time in describing every beauty that MC meets along the way. I would not had any problem if this Novel really is Harem, but I am not sure anymore. Most of the females that MC encounters are forgotten as soon as the side arc is over, then what was the point of beginning that arc in the first place? Just to show how wrong those females are who acted all hawty and ignorant before meeting the MC? Who the hell cares man.
-The 2nd main problem is with the translation. Why the translator isn't properly translating the ranks too? What the hell is Dou Zi Li, who is Dou Zhe and Dou Shi? How am I suppose to remember them in rank orders? If you are translating it in English for god sake translate the ranks in English too for e.g Dou Zi Li=Beginner<Dou Zhe=Battle practitioner and so on. You will have a hard time remembering these terms when reading this novel unless of course, you write down all the ranks in a note pad in order with their English meaning, and also as an English reader, the English ranks of the novel would of course will have more impact on me. I just usually shrug it off when characters in the novels make big deal out of higher ranks which I don't even know the meaning of and for that I had to check the ranks orders and I already got spoiled, now that I know what are the highest most ranks in this novel by the end which kills any of remaining interest for me regarding this novel
-I heard people said that the novels turns out really great after 600 or something chapters, but I don't have the patience to read it till that far. After reading the long atrocious training arc of MC from dense forest to some desert with tons and tons of mindless encounters which only further distracts the MC from his main quests. It is like reading an RPG where MC only cares about boring and repetitive side quests. Did I mention that it took 10 chapters just for MC to consume heavenly flame and 10 more chapters to recover his Qi?
Novem becomes shady and suspicious as hell later on. MC still blindly trust her even though she clearly has some kind of relationship with Celes and a mysterious background, but MC is like to hell with it. He is just going with the flow for this one
and like I guessed, it ended up having a monogamy ending too just like how it was in the anime. I am regretting why I even bothered reading it, I should have just asked for spoilers in some thread. It is just damn painful, when a story has a harem element through out the entire plot, but doesn't have a polygamy ending, then don't make a harem story in the first place. On top of that, our naive MC goes out with one of the worst female character. Why it couldn't be maid or princess? They were much more kinder than that bitch who would treat MC like sh*t the entire time or at least even an open ending, then I could have at least made my own conclusion.
like when MC's grandmother died, MC grieves for just few lines and then it straight skips to MC travelling out of the village to go on an adventure, WHAT?
-I feel like the way Zhou Weiqing develops relationships actually seems feasible, especially in how not every cute girl he sees ends up as his and he is actually dedicated to the people he does love which is something quite rare in novels like this with similar genres. I would say that read this novel and decide on your own, and specially be patient with it as it takes some time to slowly grow on ya and it just keeps on getting and better unlike most of the novels where we have arrogant MC with blood thirsty nature who goes on killing spree if anyone dares to offend him and capturing harem members like they are some soulless prized possession only to satisfy MC's Libido, but not this novel. We have three phases of MC from what I can get for the first hundred chapters we have your pervert, shameless, cunning, hilarious and cheerful MC then due to the fate not being kind to our hero, he becomes mature, sensible with high IQ and EQ guy. We surely gonna have a third phase too as his adulthood, but that is way later into the story. Anyway, don't let bad reviews get in your way give this novel a shot.
If you haven't already figured it out, the main lead "Gu Mingxi" is disabled, he lost both of his arms in an accident which partially Pang Qian 's fault too, but they both were kids and didn't know what they were doing. So, I will give that a pass, but it just gets worst every chapter.
We come to realize bit and pieces of it, but some of the misunderstandings were never clear like the fact that did his father really killed his own mother infront of him?