What? The protagonist is actually a rare gong/seme/top narrator?
What? The first thing he did after transmigrating was to check for his abs?
What? How many freaking tags does this novel have?
Oh, there's so many details, but they're all resolved and they fit together beautifully.
What? Why does this feel like something I wrote myself?
What? I liked it so much that I became the translator?
Therefore this story is a must read. The idiot protagonist was hilarious and his reactions were surprisingly rational and believable given the situations he finds himself in. Although I called him an idiot, he wasn't stupid and knew how to make the most of his surroundings. The most amazing thing was that the MC immediately circumvents the transmigration theme by throwing all the details of the book away and concentrating on saving his own ass. All those "what"s in the introduction aren't for show. While I was reading, I was surprised pretty often. Even the characters themselves found the world weird but engaging. There were support characters who were fleshed out so well that you had to wonder what happened to them while they were off screen. The action scenes were intense, and if you're lucky, there may even be some "action". In a world where everyone is ready to betray each other, the MC and ML's love was very pure and heart warming (it also warmed other things, if you know what I mean (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
Which bastard said this was fluffy ah? After chapter 20 it got progressively darker and darker (the story even warns you in chapter 1) before picking back up in chapter 60. ML has some yandere tendencies and there's a bit of bestiality.
The plot starts to get more intense (as if it wasn't already) after chapter 9, when the MC starts visiting stronger worlds. The author also starts mixing up their formula and the stories start referencing each other, so it's not as if each arc is completely independent.
I always looked forward to what the new world's settings would be and the identity of the ML, not to mention how the MC will mess up the original story line. It's interesting to note that the story will give you hints on what happened in the original plot but keep you guessing on how the MC will turn the tides (even if you know he'll still win in the end). Although the MC may seem overpowered, there are times he's backed into a corner as well. But no matter what, he always keeps you guessing.
The author always points out the character flaws in the protagonists of each world the MC goes to, showing that even if they're the protagonist, they're not perfect. This is highlighted with part of the series' nickname "Turning Black to White, " a twist of the saying "Turn White to Black, " which usually means twisting the facts, often for malicious purposes. Here, the MC is twisting the facts to save his cannon fodder/villian counterpart in each world. However, that's not to say that our MC is perfect or always the victim either. He himself knows that he's kind of an asshole and the author doesn't attempt to hide it at all.
The main story line encompassing the entire series shows just how much the MC fell in love with the ML. For example, after the first world, the MC mourned ML's death for a long time before jumping into the next world, but after realizing that he would meet ML again, he starts immediately jumping into the next world. I've seen people complain that the main story line didn't have signs of showing up, but even in its absence you can infer some things.
There's so much I could say about this series, but I think I've covered the main points. For those of you who really want to know, here's a list of their counterparts in each world. As for what it means, or the setting, I'll let you find out yourself, or you can look at the spoiler forum.
For example, I loved the portrayal of the hero. He isn't a bad guy just because he's the natural enemy of the demon lord and kills monsters. The hero has his own troubles. The demon lord tries to understand him so that both sides can attain peace, and the hero, who fell in love at first sight, falls even hard for him.
The pacing was so smooth that while I was writing notes for this review, I had to stop and think, "Man, what really happened? I don't think much has changed since x happened besides y." However, I would then realize that while I was distracted by the building romance, there were other things going on, or while I was absorbed in the action scenes, the characters would break through to some important detail. I just didn't notice because everything just felt too natural.
The H scenes were written extremely well. Most authors either skim over the scene (damn those crabs and curtains!!), or write something really generic. However this author actually did their research into the anatomy of some of the forms and again, the attention to detail is amazing. Small, almost insignificant, interactions between the main CP will be brought up in a way that just really lets you feel the love, and it builds up into a mountain so sturdy, even the limits of space and time can't hold them back. I loved that this was a world made exclusively for the main CP even though it likes to throw trials and tribulations at them. Hell, even the title says so. When the world itself is rooting for you, you know it's gotta be good.
From the very beginning, as the title; in the introduction to the novel; and as a central idea, the novel is set up for the reader to question, "What exactly does Qizi mean?" In order to find the answer to this question, we must first understand the setting.
Thankfully, the novel does a superb job of pulling you into its world. As I was reading, every time I questioned the setting, the author would find a way to answer. Whether it was by giving a lecture, going on a field trip, or whispered rumors, the author finds interesting ways to give us information.
The pacing of the novel is superb, yet feels a little too structured. Whenever something bad happens, you know that there will be something sweet and fluffy to soften the blow, yet when it becomes so sweet that you can feel your teeth rot, you know that a bitter segment is coming up.
Within this somewhat rigid formula, the author is able to tie up any and all loose ends. In fact, the last segment starts over from 4000 years before the main characters meet. That doesn't mean this novel is perfect. I did have some questions regarding the choices some characters made, their logic, and a few tiny OOC moments.
I was also disappointed when I got to the end because it felt rather flat. I felt like there was quite a bit of build up for it to end in a way that didn't get to display how the main characters grew to love and accept each other.
After all, growth of the major characters was also a huge part of the novel and it does a good job of transitioning the main couple from rivals to friends to lovers. I really liked how the side characters influenced them. They took other people's experiences as life lessons and used it to grow as people, adding a touch of reality to this somewhat fantasy sci-fi setting. Again, I did feel that some parts were kind of anti climatic since they were written off as "this is coded into our genes and we can't fight it."
Personally, I feel like some of the central themes in this novel include the questions "What is love?" and "What does it mean to be human?" Once you find the answers to these questions, the main question, "What is a Qizi?" can finally be answered.
Armed with this knowledge, Ling Xiao and Ying Feng were able to overcome the unfair relationship between Qizhu and Qizi and develop a love that could surpassed the system and overcame all obstacles. It set an example for an entire planet, if not the universe, and they overcame space and time to come together in the end. Their love lasted 4000 years, and may continue another 4000.
However, the side characters can't be forgotten either. Each couple had a different form of love that progressed very logically. One way or another, every single character was motivated by the word "love". Every action, no matter how atrocious or benevolent, was done in the name of "love". I like how the author explored the different kinds of relationships that can be formed between two people.
The confession scene was hilarious and after they finally acknowledge their feeling for each other, they start showing off so much PDA even the final boss gets distracted.
get to the human world
We never actually get to see the moment JiYuan is finally freed from the system, but we can guess that he is freed in the last chapter.
The lack of explicit s*x scenes made me feel frustrated, not only because it would cut off RIGHT WHEN THEY DO IT, (IS THIS CENSORSHIP AH?) but also because I felt for a really long time that Ye Junchi was one-sidedly chasing JiYuan and that just didn't feel fair. I felt like maybe in bed JiYuan would act a bit differently and I really wanted to see it. Later they have cute scenes together that make up for it and shows JiYuan really did fall for Ye Junchi, he just has to show his love gradually because of the OOC limitation.
What with the fiance and the father doesn't approve subplots
I wanted the MC to end up with the love rival instead of there being a stupid excuse like "the MC's body responds only to the ML." At a certain point in the story, the ML's character development took a back seat to the LR's very smooth and well paced development at the time, making me feel disjointed and root for the LR instead. And the MC's background of coming from the future seemed to only be there so that he could have knowledge of gunpowder but... really? Wasn't he an art student?
I feel like Lu Cang liked Jin's face too much to justify forgiving Jin for everything he did, but I was impressed at the scene where Jin broke down and cried while clinging to Lu Cang. I was also surprised that Jin let Lu Cang poke his chrysanthemum in the end. It was a bit repetitive with Lu Cang leaving and Jin going to get him twice, but I guess that shows how much Jin loved Lu Cang......?