Chapter 5, they get caught by the husband. Biggest plot twist I've seen in this genre happens here
What disappointed me the most was how the MC still ended up getting trapped in the deus ex machina powerups despite showing promise early on with him training the hard way and all. I thought he was going to get OP by using his ingenious training methods. Welp author goes screw that, Imma give the MC all these impossible things multiple times in a row. I'm to blame for getting my hopes up.
The rivalry part was pretty cool. There were lots of geniuses stronger than the MC. It was showing how the MC is not the strongest person in his age and that was really my jam. But then the author gives ridiculous powerups to the MC. He just somehow catches up to these geniuses in a matter of month. I guess I am to blame for getting my hopes up on this one too. I'm just tired of this MC is the strongest thing. I was kinda hoping for MC being very exceptional because of his experience while still being weaker in other areas.
The romance.... Well, I mean it's not bad but... That's that, it's just not bad. I mean I shouldn't be complaining, but the author spends so much time on her, but I'm just not interested in her. I find the embroidery seinor more attractive in aal honesty. I mean like, the girl is starting to like the MC because oh he's so strong and dependable and mysterious. Like, it's just not interesting. Idk, there might still be chance that she won't be the main heroine, but I doubt it.
It was highly, and I mean very highly, stressed out that it's very hard to revive swordsmanship because of reasons. But then the MC can do it because he has like what, a sword embryo? Like has no one seriously thought of that before? It's been thousands of years, but no one thought of it? It's kinda ridiculous. You can spout paragraphs of reasoning to refute my statement, but you can't say it's not ridiculous.
Plot convenience is way too strong. Any strong points of the MC can just be shrugged off as he's been to this Wilderness we've never seen before, it's starting to get on my nerves. Like, the author is making out the Wilderness as this very dangerous area to the point of questioning how the MC even survived in the first place, it's ridiculous. I've read the line "I've seen much worse in the Wilderness" so many times it's sickening. Wilderness bullsh*t out of the way, there are still a lot more plot convenience. He happens to help this very OP sand puppet with a master that just happens to be very old. You can guess what happens next. He needed money and this training hall just happens to be having a competition for the heroine (same girl above) who happened to be on that city that day and the she happens to be wearing those restraining stuff and gets beaten by MC and I forgot to mention it was awas blind battle so she couldn't see his face. Later on they magically meet each other on a noodle shop and some stuff happens and then sse asks for him to look for the guy that beat her, which was the MC. I mean, like, that's some multi-layered bullsh*t there, maybe they're fated for each other after all. He happens to receive this blood bandage something which was an OP item his mistress gave him. And then an apocalypse happens and blood fiends start appearing and it happens to be their outing. And then his bandage happens to counter these blood fiends. There's so much more, this novel can't progress without having coincidences every 10 chapter, which is mostly where something is happening. Nothing happens without coincidences.
The adults are way too irresponsible. It's like pokemon, they just let the kids be on their own. I can't be bothered to give an example tbh.
Altho I made it ssound like it glaring flaws, you actually won't notice them if you don't think hard on it. I only noticed it now that I'm writing this really. The mood is sometimes comedic, so it can actually get away with the ridiculous plot convenience.
All of the characters are well fleshed out and relevant. They don't have just a one time appearance and then disappear. I like this bit about it.
I really appreciate the the fact that relevant people do die in this novel, and that the author portrays it really well.
WHERE THE f**k IS THE SHOTACON TAG
Okay, unless you haven't read it yet and you're reading this spoiler (but don't worry, I do that too), you will get what I am talking about. Right from the bat, we are given this kid from the same village as MC, which, in all honesty, made me drop the series back when I just started reading this genre, Xian xia. Not that I have anything against MC liking/paired with the younger ones, in fact, I really like it, especially senpai-kouhai or Niisan-imouto, and you can even call lolicon.... but there's this thing I just realized throughout reading this novel: I hate reverse harem. Well, that can be okay, even if it was, and it was even on the tags, but that can be overshadowed if the harem boys are, like, made fun of, or made funny, considering how the main guy is already set. Sadly... on this one, it's not that way at all. All we have is an obsessive child (ren). Like, wtf, like WTF! Okay, maybe I am just overacting, so let's just let it be, the novel is fun and all even with that anyway. Not like we'd have another obsessive kid that turns into an obsessive adult later on right? Hahahaha... yeah, no. Apparently, the village boy, the one with so many emotional scenes that I don't really get because there was not a single chapter dedicated to show how he even came to like her, has grown up, so, I mean, like, he's gone. Look, the shota is gone. Author, look, he's gone. Hey, do your job, make another one. If someone actually said that, then please tell them f**k you for me. So, walla!!! Here's another shota for you. The previous one was not irritatingly infatuated with MC enough, so let's make one that's even more irritable! I like to call this one, the shota from the... where was it again? Crystal? Let's just say egg cell, although that's prob wrong. Anyway, here's your shota. Enjoy!.... not. Sigh, so we have another one that is, well, obsessive of the MC. I mean, hey, how about letting us relate a bit why these kids like her? Well, yeah, sure, uhh, she's special because she was the first female you were close with and depended on, and apparently no other girl exists besides her in the sect/the first person you see after birth. Yeah, uhuh, both are creepy. Do girls like these? Hey, I can understand if they were girls instead and the MC was male, but in all honesty, this is by the way MY opinion, so my perspective matters, right? Not like there's no amazing female MC novels out there (kenkyo kenjitsu, all right!). Anyway, they're creepy, they're creepy, reading it makes me so uncomfortable, and it's really creepy. The eggcell shota, I don't know why, but every time I read him, I just have this imagery of him being malnourished and having big bulging eyes, that my precious guy on Lord of the Rings. Well, yeah, sure, some things are bad, but hey, the novel's still good, right?... let me just say, I liked not one bit of the novel after she went to the higher plane, and this started right about when the master transcends. Things feel unfamiliar, and I never really got the chance to be familiar with places other than the mountain. Then she goes to another place, and I just can't have a clue where the f she is. Pretty much thrown there, then,.... I don't even know what then. Of course tho, my main issue, the harem boys. We travel to another place and bam, guess what, we get a clone of that village boy, which is equally feeling close but we hate him, and of course, hey author! We need another shota, who is unusually super attached to MC! This one, I'd like to call the bird egg shota. Yeah, there's 4 in all, but things might turn out that there were just 2, but I don't have the patience.
They disappeared. Maybe I haven't read enough xian xia, but after the first antagonist, there's no more, or maybe not as much, counter xian xia plots. That OP Harem Protagonist guy, I liked the concept. But after that, the others are not as striking. One other thing that I really liked was that little radish, her disciple, but what the f**k, after, like, 1000 yrs, she somehow finds her about to be raped right after escaping that world thingy? There's a limit to coincidences. I mean... 1000 yrs, but it just had to happen after she arrives? Woooaah, and I though that MC from against the gods miraculously arriving on time when that empress of the something country was about to lose to the army of that phoenix thingy empire. Oh, spoiler alert. Bit really. But anyway, after this, she talked to for a bit and.... she... no, there's no and. She leaves the little radish alone, she goes to blacksmithing, cuz apparently she's amazing. Hey, your disciple, I think she misses you a lot, hey! And then, she saves the world, and never gets to say goodbye to little radish. Ummm, wtf, what happens to her, what was all that blood bending sh*t if she's not fleshed out, holy sh*t, I really thought she'd go OP and wreck her entire generation or some sh*t because MC didn't do that.... but what the f**k do we get. She gets to be the poor girl in a tragic love story.... really? You can have your shotas, duck you, but don't neglect little radish. I don't even know anymore after this, pretty much went downhill.