In simple words, the novel is practically similar to Mortal Cultivating to Immortal aside from the minor differences. Follows the common rule of most Xianxia of the existence of various planes and realms. I get Mortal vibes and also Coiling Dragon vibes from reading this series. It is interesting but goes bad after a while, turns good a bit and then 200 chapters later it goes down again. Does peak up a bit near the end.
MC is shit, which is similar to Mortal MC, until he gets his Golden Finger aka Special item. World is actually a small plane among the various other planes, which is similar to Panlong. Rather hard to describe how I feel about this novel without spoiling it, but at the same time it doesnt have much to describe.
Reading this with MGS and Mortal reminds me how similar Xianxia novels are to each other which causes me to pretty much predict the storyline and made it boorish to read. Good thing I chose a modern cultivating novel (仙源农场 loosely translates to Immortal Farm) to read alongside them.
The story follows Lin Ming's progression in life, from useless, to mortal, to human, to cultivator, and skipping various other stages he reaches the world peak. Thus why I said this reminds me of Panlong. Although he went through various troubles on the way, he solves it easy with the ever present plot guard and his Special. The story doesnt seems to completely end there though, since Human Emperor aka Lin Ming tries to pinpoint the coordinate of the Purple Card of the Trinity (Cube Pearl Card) and his missing wife that was sent thru spacetime rip near the end of the novel. And thus comes True Martial World. So basically if you want to know what happens after go read True Martial World, except that it wont be via Lin Ming's POV since that would be lame and thus we get another useless mortal who obtains his Golden Finger, somewhat dies and reborn and cultivates, note here, TMW MC is possibly from the normal Earth, so the Purple Card actually are lodged between Earth and the TMW world. Hopefully it wont go the same way as the last novel. Side note, although Martial World's world seems to be based on a principle of 33 Heavens (the 3x3=9 thing, where 9 is symbol for immortality, although it is actually 33Heavens + 3 Heaven Seeds based on the novel), True Martial World felt more like a chessboard, with pits.
The whole story is all about one dude cultivating and doing his best to stay alive in the cutthroat world of cultivators. He tries his best to cultivate, ignoring most other things in life other than cultivating, trying his best to not have enemies, and pretty much try to stay alive. Every realm he cultivates into he gains extra lifetime, but still not an immortal, so he has to cultivate more. And when he becomes immortal, the story ends. Rather cliffhanger type of ending, but I suppose it was expected since the title already describes the story.
The most hated would probably be the Goddess[Bug] that sent MC to the edge of the world. The justification is the Goddess is a severe tsundere, she was so sad that her people left her that she ends up being a hikikomori for years, even though her world is in shambles. When she met the child of the people she sent away, she decides to toss him somewhere far from the war and troubles, hoping he would survive without problem due to his lineage. She chose 2 other humans to replace MC as the heroes so he wont be burdened by that role.
Same goes towards almost every other villain in the novel. Rembrandt get his expose, but wasnt really related to the MC. Mio doesnt exactly have a decent backstory. The 2 heroes, Tomoki and Hibiki also gets their justification. Tomoki mostly being insecure of himself and gets manipulated by Lily to do her bidding unknowingly. Hibiki being too self-centered and believing her thoughts are the correct way to go.
In one of the POV/SS chapters it was mentioned he was supposed to die long before reaching high school, but survived his death due to an encounter with a 'Healer'. He was also mentioned to have awakened his talent, one that is worthless in a world like Earth, but he turned his back on it and creates his own talent in archery by being obstinate. There has yet to be any more mention of the 'Healer' nor the reason he was to die, but this would probably be the main reason for him being OP.
He cleared the tower alone, after everyone else either 'died' or gave up. Got told everything is just a tutorial game, decides to kill the guy who said that and did it. He went on and transformed into an awakened, due to him continuously using thrusts attacks, he somewhat mastered it. Neverending doubt towards the world, or rather the tower itself, he managed to comprehend the truth within the world. He ends up seeing the world as what it would be like if Apocalypse strikes, calling it the World after the Fall. Chose to use the soul connection the tower manager uses as a guide toward the Great Lands. Due to him not being in his physical form (everyone in the tutorial tower is in their soul form) he cant reach GL (only those with physical form can) and lands on Chaos, where the dead from GL lives. He considers those who gave up on the world to no longer be a human, as he kept on holding on to the world itself, or rather the truth of the world. Good thing he can swap views from seeing the Fall to seeing the lies otherwise he will probably go crazy.
Thus, he became super OP guy who is the only one alive (albeit not physically, his actual body might be braindead or something similar) since he hasnt died yet, who can see lies whenever he doubts something, see truths whenever he comprehends something and overall not die as easily as a common people living in Chaos.
MC levels up like every other MC, but he always has a bodyguard from a higher realm no matter when. When he is Houtian, he gets a peak houtian guard. Later he gets a Xiantian guard. In Xiantian realm, he gets Saint realm guard. This goes on for every realm, although he does get an Emperor realm guard while still in God King realm, which is 2 realms below Emperor. Whenever MC reaches his guard's realm, the guard will then loses their screen time, often left behind in various places. MC does sometimes do things directly (rarely goes beyond 3-4 chapters), but fact is he has a stronger or more experienced guide by his side most of the time.
MC does gets heavily injured at times, when meeting enemy of higher realms and either his guards arent close by or of lower realm to the enemy. But he tends to recover basically in 1 chapter. There has been mentions in some chapters of how MC is undefeated, offically, under outsiders eyes he has never been defeated. He does get wreck every now and then, which he in turn wipes out the enemy when he obtains sufficient level of strength. MC has supreme luck, or in real world terms, MC Guard, where he gets what he wants and rarely suffers. Does shows his arrogance a LOT, even when facing enemies of higher realms, when he has his guards by his side. Tho he do tend to run fast if he or his guards cant beat the enemy. His attitudes at times makes me think of him as the villain instead of the main character.
Author also tend to be influenced a lot by comments he received. When people complaints MC is too weak, he gives MC multiple upgrades. When people complaints MC is too strong, he gives us tons of lame chapters. When people complains about MC being bullied, he made MC bully-kill in return. When people complaints of MC lacking harem, he gave us tons of harem. When people complains about MC bodyguard, he kicks them out and let MC go solo.
Oh yeah, MC gets harem in this novel. At the moment reading this novel, MC currently only married one. I dont exactly enjoy the way the harem members are included and introduced, especially the way they randomly fall for the MC. Author tried to explain this, but I call bull. Gold Horned Azure Bull. I say Li Lu is the only one I can believe, since she was already engaged to MC in the early chapters. Mortal had the best way in introducing its MC harem, albeit he never has true harem life (he soar too fast).
There is also a small similarity to Martial God Space, where it has been hinted multiple times that normal Earth is somewhere in the world. And the unexplained reason for how and why MC transferred to another world. MGS MC randomly pops in to the body of some dude named Ye Xiwen (his original surname was Zhang) one day without any explanation, this was never explained up till the end. While Invincible MC becomes a newborn baby, without explanation of the reason. Usually someone would first die in their previous world before transmigrating into a newborn, or at least gets summoned or fall into a random hole/pit before appearing in another world.
This is the story of a shepherd who in the ages past was captured by someone from the Immortal Demon Grotto located rather near his herding ground while searching for his missing sheep. His soul was stripped out, implanted into a Dark Crow created by the person, and doomed to roam the Nine Worlds for all eternity in search for who knows what. After eras went by of roaming the Realms, he managed to awaken his conciousness, and planned to escape the bindings of the Dark Crow and Immortal Demon Grotto. As the Dark Crow, an eternal existence, he has seen almost everything Heaven above and Earth below to be seen, stood in the Nine Heavens and Ten Earths and even reached the Tenth Realm. He learned various things throughout his journey, raised numerous disciples, lead many heroes, commanded many wars and destroyed countless clans. Time passed by, his people dies and he is left alone, and this is repeated countless times until he finally managed to break his bindings and returned to his mortal form. Due to this, he lost the abilities he owned as the Dark Crow, and simply became the young shepherd from the unknown ages past. With his memories and knowledges he obtained, he began his new journey as a cultivator with the Heaven's Will as his adornment and search for the ultimate truth of the world.
He gets OP easily with his knowledge and with stuff he left behind while he was still the Dark Crow that he slowly collects as he return to roam the world as a mortal. Honestly, the only point from his shepherd days that he kept is his desire to lead and teach kids like how a shepherd leads his sheep. Also, although his true age is unknown, as he looks like a teen on the surface, he doesnt like people treating him as a junior, yet he also dislikes when someone considers him an elder, but he tends to treat others as if they are of a younger generation (which is true).
The novel half focus is the relationship of Tatsuya and Miyuki, Tatsuya being born with a specialized magic which makes him be considered useless by the higher ups for his lack of diversity, whereas Miyuki being born with balanced ability, and probably biased towards ice and cold. In his young age, his mother and aunt had him undergo an operation in an attempt to artificially add some magic talent to his brain, they were succesful, but the side effect to this operation was him losing his emotions, and the mother losing the ability to care for him. His mother did set a failsafe measure, making him consider his sister as the only one he can love. The operation was somewhat a success, they did add some ability to use magic outside of his specialized ones, albeit rather weak.
The remaining half of the novel follows Tatsuya and Miyuki outside relationships, with the Yotsuba clan they are both affliated with (aunt is the current head and Miyuki is the next one), Tatsuya being a special soldier with the military, Tatsuya only two abilities (can rewind time, or at least the Eidos, and disintegrate anything), their relationships with their schoolmates and the other big clans, Tatsuya being a genius developer of magic artifacts and devices, and probably Miyuki unending obsession with her brother.
They got married within the Yotsuba Succesion volumes iirc.
After losing his master, and his second master, MC starts to think. Not that he never thinks, just he doesnt think a lot before. And thus he starts his journey, as naive and kind as before, yet more determined than previously. As if fated, met a girl. Twists and Turns abound, reached elf forest and later the Sword Mountain. Met his master's generation disciples, older and younger generation disciples. Met his Master's master. Egg hatches, Dragon GET. Left the mountain for another journey to avenge his master, sort of. Later became known as the Death God.
SKIPPING A TON OF STUFF and then he managed to stop the war between the Underworld and the God realms. The EnD. Lol
It gets more messed up when it starts to involve time travel, Chi Wang, Niu Mo Wang, the various worlds, the neglected Heaven's Gate and Palace, the Sacred Artifacts, planetary alignment, space war, and, well, there is no mention of Tang San's Spirit World. Niu Mo Wang deciding not to follow Pangu and Nuwa to search for it in order to get the Cow Guardian is the funny part at the end. Cow (?) Demon aiming for a human inheriting the Cow Sacred Beast blood. And then the story ends. Rather short.
MC, the one called the Wine God, dies after drinking an ancient wine. Thinking he has no regrets, accepted his death. Sike! God doesnt let him go, instead he was sent to another world, possessing the body of an orphan kid who recently died of cold, under a bridge. Thus began his painful life of a poor child in contrast to his previous life of someone standing at the peak of the world. Luckily or perhaps unluckily, he still has his old memories, yet he is too poor to mix wine. And then he met and old man who at the same time is a wine connosseur, and mixed wine for him to tempt the person to take him in. Gotcha! Who could resist a wine mixed by a wine god. So he got a job mixing wine for the old man in exchange for learning for free. After this is the common Xianxia and Tang San part. There is still some wines here and there, but the novel changes focus from wine to Xianxia.
Story progress normally, random skills here and there, kill this dude save that dude, showoff some wine mastery, meet beauty fall in love (remember he is older than he looks yet a virgin), and then repeat them all (except the beauty fall for him instead). Starts peaking when the war gets close, no real feel of war of any sort at all tho, fight some more, cry, die. Then get revived by the 2 old dudes that used their lives as bets, became God in place of them. Finally troll old dude seeking love with a prostitute.
Oh, there is also some pig with flower on its tail.
Important mention here is Tang San identity as Asura and Poseidon, he also pops up in some chapters saying stuff, thus placing this novel far beyond DD timeline (also the fact that 1 Day in Spirit World is 100 Day in Mortal World, or was it 1 Year, who cares.)
Zhang Ye talent is nonexistent, which was why on the original earth he ends up as a nobody. His looks are standard, and everything else isnt entertainment worthy, this was admitted early on. Only reason he was accepted in the alternate earth is because of the charm buffs he obtained. His main powers is the system he is using, which later was phased out mostly leaving behind only the inventory which he rarely use, and the lottery system. He mainly uses the lucky ring to get through hard times, and the lottery to get relevant buffs that are related to his predicament. His advantage over the alternate earth stars is the fact that in this world entertainment is waaay behind original earth, by simply introducing anything from this earth into the alternate, he can be considered genius.
There is not much else to be said. He became a supreme grandmaster of martial arts after reaching the dark stage in taichi, and supreme grandmaster in almost everything else when he rolled the books from the lottery with his spare billions of points.
Romance in this novel is somewhat nonexistent. There are small parts early on with Zhang Yuanqi, but it was never romance. There is his junior sister Shu Yang, obtained because his lineage of taichi is of the same lineage of the Shu family, but she is treated completely as his little sister, similar to the 3 cousins he has. He married Wu Zeqing, but there is not much romance written on them. A few chapters here and there of them meeting each other and her weird hobby/fetish on taking pictures, and then they got married. He went to jail for a few years, came out and have a daughter. The novel ended not long after he was released (a bit more than a hundred chapters to be exact), so not much was expanded on his family.
Oregairu MC is also smart, he understands the girls like him, but always denies them any chance at all, since he chose to be alone. Whereas this novel MC (at least up to the point I have read) is really dense and oblivious towards the girls advances.
It has been licensed so most of the hardwork done towards proper translations are botched by the english publishing of the light novel. I bought them so I can say for certain, the translator do keep a good flow with the untranslatable jokes and references, but I will forever despise them for not using the proper names for the characters (they always miswrote the names, cmon Hikigaya Hachiman is not Hachiman Hikigaya).
Well some might disagree on my opinion, but that is what I consider a true human as. Not a hypocrite nor a conceited human, but one that lives by being true to oneself. A realist.
MC is a genius of sorts, he became self aware from the age of 6, killed a kidnapper by the age of 6, conducts himself as if he is an adult from the age of 6. A mature child, taught the ways of the world since a young age, grew up in a demanding disfunctional family of a rich but wayward father, a problematic mother, 6 half siblings from the father many tryst.
Story starts when the father is caught and sent to prison for sexually harassing a child (he just tapped her butt tho, weird law), which is pretty much impossible because he is rich, so the obvious reason would be the MC intentionally making sure his father be put in jail. After a heartwarming discussion between father and son, the father stayed in prison for the next 10 days, and died of a heart attack. No will was left, but due to MC being the only child of his legal wife, he inherits pretty much everything. Deciding it best to just stay away from everything and relax, he forsake the inheritance against the wishes of his mother and his 2nd half sister. Taking meager amount of money, he left the family house, and went away, alone.
He finally gets to play games, a luxury he was never able to gain due to being too busy. Clearing the game multiple times, he goes from a decent youth to a fatass due to only eating snacks and playing games, nothing more. Then one day, he gets a survey from the game dev, a weird list of questions of sorts. After completing the survey, he fainted and woke up as Dantalion, a rank 71/72 Demon Lord of the game he just played. The rank is based on the creation not on powers, so rank 1 is the oldest while rank 72 is the youngest. Demon Lords are created naturally by the magic powers of the world, if all demon lords die it will remove all magic from the world.
Story basically starts from here, where he starts to act to stop the end of the world. As the hero in the game, he killed all demon lords and picked up all the heroines. And the game stops there, so no clear showing of what the world is like after that. But now as the demon lord, he understands what would happen when all the demon lords is defeated, and starts to do his best to stop it from happening. Because of his upbringing, his view of the world is skewed to a certain extent. He, in simple terms, is insane. The worst type of crazy people is one who knowingly be crazy, understanding full well their own actions and its consequences. He was taught the rules and laws that govern business, its politics and the power of authority. Who is insane if not a politician.
MC did some weird stuff in his past, and is now a most wanted man within the Otherworld. He, due to needing magic powers to defeat the ones at the top of the world, decides to return to his beginning. No idea if there was any time reversal magic of sorts, but he went back to the place he was first summoned. MC is part of the ones considered original summons, those who was summoned to the Otherworld via the Summoning Palace, the first batch. His other fellows are either dead, became a returnee by going back to normal world, or became people with powers in the Otherworld. He himself can return, but chose not to, and for some promise he made, decides to destroy the world (sort of).
So MC went back to his summoning fort, mix in with the newbies summoned over, and decides to go the magic path. He most likely went pure warrior the first time.
6 Gods created the world, and then created humans. 1 of them wanted to make humans submit for all eternity. 2 of them doesnt really care. 1 of them is ambiguous. 1 of them undecided. The last one, Entropy, wishes to let them grow. By some turn of events, he was turned on by the others, and ends up being sealed for a long time. The story starts at his awakening.
There is the normal cycle of elements, stuff like fire is weak to water and so on, for the 4 base elements. The 2 high gods, Entropy and Inflation, of the Dark and Light elements, are considered above the 4. The only weakness of light is the dark, and the same in reverse. Only reason Entropy lost is probably Inflation turning on him (et tu Infla).
After he was unsealed by Inflation, he decides to reincarnate as a human, to see the world for himself. Inflation, being the ambiguous one, also reincarnates to follow him, for reasons he cant understand. World is full of monsters, but only of the 4 elements, due to Infla not wanting to make any. There is also heroes, and churches that represents the 5 elements. All traces of the Dark God was wiped out of the world (not including his powers), so nobody knows who he is other than the 5 gods. Only he and those he gives blessing to can use his element, and dark element is part of the world creation, so they cant erase him or the world is a goner.