Seriously, this story could have 400 more chapters and I WOULD BE SO HAPPY. Honestly I thought all these 3oo chapters were just to set up the setting for further stories. I really wanted to see our MC fix other worlds!!! AHhhh so sad. Also the god team shenanigans were so good. I would have loved to see MC join the god team and have fun with them! *crossing fingers for sequel*
Unfortunately, due to the heavy romance plots, the MC and ML are pretty much the only main characters. You hardly get to see the friends/helpers that the MC met in earlier worlds ever again. At most, they have one-liner cameos at certain moments, but even those are few and far between.
I really thought the author was setting this up for a very long story where the MC would go to multiple worlds and meet many more people.... *sadface*
The side characters are all fun and hilarious, including the exes. There's also a truly enviable friendship between the MC and her girl friends. The author is is clearly not teenager writing a shallow fantasy, which is ridiculously refreshing.
Yes, I understand this is ancient China, which means a woman's reputation is like gold. And there were other reasons why the village elder was called in to mediate. But think about it, why would the cannon fodder make a big deal of the MC not being a virgin IF the villagers wouldn't have punished the MC for it? The entire scene was so laughably ridiculous, the author clearly fabricated it out of nowhere with zero historical basis.
Let's not forget the absolutely giant logic gap of villagers "saving up all their life" to be able to bring home a wife, and then immediately killing said wife if she tries to run away? Uh... so suddenly they're ok with the equivalent of throwing all that money down the drain because things didn't work out once? Even becoming slave traders and reselling them would have made more sense. And that's assuming it's logical to have all the villagers basically hunting down and killing their neighbor's wives for fun.
Like others have mentioned, both the MC and ML have had previous relationships, so it's not childishly unrealistic. And the ML isn't married, but does have a SUPER SUPER adorable kid who is literally just there to up the moe value x100.
The author's treatment of the MC's changed relationship with the ML actually takes into account the huge status difference between the two. In his previous life, the MC was someone who was pretty much a "white moonlight" for the ML, so the impression he left on the ML was very deep. But after rebirth, that was no longer the case, so the MC understood that their relationship might never have the same quality it did before.
It's rare to see a book that understands that good things still have drawbacks!!
MC becomes a very stereotypical shy/shirking violet whenever her husband wants to be intimate. She's not into s*x but pretty much endures it and is embarrassed easily by everything. Meanwhile, before they got together, she was shown as not embarrassed when looking at porn, so it's kind of annoying that she immediately became the 'ideal-shy-innocent-virginal-young-girl' for their physical relationship. I get that CN culture eroticizes the innocent-virgin whatever etc. It's just tiring for me to see this repeated over and over again in every book. Plus it took away a lot of the agency that made me enjoy her as a character.
ML also changes personality several times. After he was reborn, when he's treating the MC badly at the start of their marriage, his family was surprised by it. So if his post-reborn self was normally cruel/cold, his family wouldn't have been so surprised by his abrupt about-face. After making him act cruelly just to the MC, the author suddenly started describing him as being 'cold/stoic/unfathomable' all the time towards everyone and how that was what he was like normally. It's obvious the author forgot his original character setting (warm/gentle) and decided to turn him into the stereotypical ML in most CNovels. It would have been nice if his character development had stopped at 'tsundere...' unfortunately, he becomes your standard 'tsundere/cold/yandere.' Apparently, for CN, it's incomparably romantic if your significant other is an ice cube who only 'melts' in the face of true love, hides everything he's feeling deep down inside, and is allergic to communication.
The ML additionally becomes EXTREMELY possessive to the point where he's super jealous of his wife hanging out with another woman. However, one redeeming quality is that he actually acknowledges that it is unhealthy to feel that way and feels conflicted about it (thank god?).
Finally, the family... let's use the grandma since other reviewers have talked about the poor aunt. First the MC is described as being so touched towards her husband's grandmother that she felt that she was her own grandmother related by blood. But later on, the grandmother becomes a big hindrance to her and it feels like all the good feelings that half the book was spent building up mysteriously disappeared into nothingness for the later drama. I've seen this happen a couple times for longer stories like this one. It's pretty obvious that the author ran out of ideas and decided to add more spice/lengthen the story by adjusting the characters' personalities to include the bullying since there was absolutely zero foreshadowing for any of it.
So the MC's husband's family transforms from something nice into your stereotypical horrible step-aunt/step-cousins wanting to steal all her money etc. MC's own family was super shitty from the start so you get your double-dose of cliched 'horrible heroine family' drama.
It's shallow, wish-fulfillment, and pretty boring. The author repeatedly emphasizes cliched confessions, a perfect godly ML chasing and pampering the MC through every world while the MC plays hard-to-get. There's no tension or drama, and zero obstacles. Just endless sap.
Honestly, I like fluff and sap as much as the next person. But seriously, the writing style is so boring, there's no sense of discovery. After they become a couple, the different situations in each world have no effect on the romance or relationship, so everything stays static. At this point, every time the ML is about to appear, I'm seriously dreading it because that means the rest of the world will be completely pointless and we'll be moving on shortly.
There were good parts in the beginning when the MC and ML didn't get together right away. There was a lot of humor and slow burn, and the MC worked hard to deal with the world's issues because he had lost much of his power. Additionally, the author wrote some interesting parts poking logic at other illogical novel set-ups, so I thought the author would take a better route with their own story... I was wrong.
Some seem to be dissatisfied with the MC, mentioning that the MC is weak and that he was some kind of genius mercenary. I'd have to say I completely disagree. Mercenaries/ex-soldiers/whoever are regular people too (though most novels seem to romanticize or forget this fact completely). Just because you might be good at one thing (running missions in Afghanistan) doesn't mean if you were thrown into a completely weird situation (reborn into a drug-addict actor's body) you'd be able to suddenly become OP using your 'military experience.' In the story, MC said he was tired of everything; the mercenary life, the killing, the missions. All he wanted to do was retire and open a coffee shop. No human can be hyper-vigilant 100% of the time or badass 24/7. His reactions and fatigue were completely reasonable. The MC is also very competent. There's not a single situation that he didn't successfully control, minus the situations with the ML (which was explained and made sense as the ML is his weakness). There are stories with over-the-top MCs who just dominate everything and everyone around them just act as background to make them look better. Those types of stories are also fun to read, but I am glad this is not one of those stories.
Also some mentioned that the MC was reborn into a stereotypical 'uke' body who is weak and prone to tears; this I did realize eventually as well, so they have a point! A couple things that made me feel better about it: at least half of the male characters do also cry, ML included, and as for physical fitness, it would have really been too boring if the MC didn't end up in a newer weak body. The new body is completely the opposite of his original body, and it's the contrast that adds interest. If the MC had been reborn into a similar body, readers would be wondering about the plot point of having him die in the first place. Much more interesting to describe how he still felt like he was a stranger after being in the new body for months and having to exercise to make himself stronger. It also made the ML's recognition of the MC's soul much more touching. Plus, the MC was still able to trounce all the bad guys despite his 'weak' body, so I think the author did a convincing job of writing it in a way that didn't make it feel like it was done for the stereotype.
I literally could not stop laughing when the MC started rapping about mining and his roommate crashed his stream with accompanying dance...
Things that could be better:
Don't worry, there are ridiculous amounts of tooth-rotting fluff and absolutely ridiculous cluelessness from the MC. I like that there was no especially "gay-panic" moment from anyone, and the story had an interesting mix of realistic and fantasy approach to the "coming-out" parts.
Some people might think the MC starts out very unrealistically and is easily able to swindle "experienced" businessmen to his side, but I thought it was actually very realistic and bold of the author to write. The MC is reborn; I have no doubt an MC with insider knowledge way beyond his age can bluff his way into financial success.
This sh*t has 100% happened before in real life (see Catch Me if You Can).
The horror movie scripts were so good! Super well-written, to the point where I wish they were real movies. The layers reminded me of Inception a bit. All were so good, each consecutively knocked the previous one out of the water, which made the author's ability more impressive. Loved how everything linked together in the end too.
We have typical CN treatment of force/r*pe etc. Felt bad for Yu Ming a lot in the beginning.
Next, everyone is gay for Han Dong. It's done for the humor and I didn't mind too much but, some people might not like it.
Also there are literally NO good female characters? The only one who doesn't get killed off/jailed is Han Dong's assistant, who is the constant butt of jokes because she is apparently unbearably ugly... yep.
Meanwhile, we have shitty dudes like Cai Peng who ended up well off and even more rich and famous, or Li Shang who despite being 'the Main Villain' got redeemed in the end because he rescued Han Dong. Don't get me wrong, main villain getting redeemed is awesome. It's just miles of difference between that and the novel's treatment of the women.
The humor revolves around the MC's hair-trigger thoughts about how all humans are ants and deserve to die/be eaten, yet somehow he's still roped into doing actor jobs and flits around many different human characters. The author uses a variety of different lighthearted and fairly shallow plots to show people gaining the MC's sympathy and changing his view of the human world. We even have hidden identities reveal, extremely OP characters (so OP that people are too afraid of hugging their thigh OP), some dog-blood drama and blackening with the ML...
I heavily appreciate how horrible the MC and ML are to each other and how they absolutely deserve each other. In the beginning, I was definitely a fan of one of the second leads... a super super big fan, but as the story continued, the author really truly convinced me that the MC and ML fit each other. What makes the relationship awesome is because it's full of flaws. The second lead was TOO perfect/understanding... he became a doormat for the MC from the first time they met (in a way he deserves someone better than the MC :P).
Because both the MC and ML are so flawed; they hurt each other, they misunderstand each other, they don't even have the same morals! their falling in love despite all that was what made the relationship meaningful. I'm tired of seeing one-sided pandering or spoiling over and over again in CNovels.
I HAVE LITERALLY NEVER SEEN A CNOVEL REDEEM A 'BAD' MOM/STEPMOM BEFORE so seriously this is awesome.
Also can I just say the MC being chill and taking initiative to seduce/kiss whatever humans cause his character setting is a demon and he just totally doesn't care, is just super hot and awesome?? like seriously tired of those blushing 'virginal bottom' types...
ALSO-- ok i'll stop now
For me there was zero sadness... even the hilarious misunderstanding that blew up after that *cough* phone call, cough. Ahhh I died so much...
The side characters have their own backgrounds and mysteries, and even the MC's friends have their own goals that do not necessarily align with each other. It's not a one-dimensional world where the MC's friends are 100% good and supportive. It's also not one of those stories where you can judge the character by its cover.
So far, I'm relieved that there's not much romance. C-novel MLs tend to be 100% perfect or better than the MC at everything so I did not want to see any of that making MC's hard work pointless.
especially why the ML took over the system space and did those things when it wasn't part of his job description or his skills in the first place. Additionally, the author would sometimes mention the original owner of the body and where their spirit would go, but it's pretty glossed over at the ending.
I enjoyed the ancient world storyline with the two lovers who died for each other (though some of that storyline was a bit contrived/tragic because of the reborn guy who didn't trust his lover enough...)
MC feels insecure because she's been told that her personality is too low-key and unattractive to men. So MC wants to ask what the ML likes about her.
ML: "You don't know how beautiful you are."
.... wow not SHALLOW at all. Physical beauty is everything!!!!! (Yes, in Chinese, "beautiful" refers exclusively to physical appearance. It is not a metaphor for something deeper.)