The biggest and weakest point in this story is the writing flow is SHIIIIIITTTTT! Something that should take, at best, a few seconds takes CHAPTERS long. This is just the WORST way to create suspense and I f**king hate you if you write sh*t like that.
The story has some substance. It's unlike every other XianXia where the objective is something vague like "Get stronger". In ZTJ, the objective of the MC is the same. What makes it acceptable in this WN is that if the MC doesn't get stronger, he'll be killed by his illness. There's also various things happening in the background like the Sects are still moving against the Demon Race, and Black Robe nigger is planning assassinations and sh*t. MC is just the poor f**ker that's caught in the right place at the wrong time.
Luoluo is the best character, hands down. Too bad she's not the main waifu orz.
MC starts being able to cultivate at 122.
At 144 is the first fight of MC.
Also, it's really not a harem so don't expect Best girl (Lou Lou) to be the waifu.
And if you're looking for Romance, LOL I'm at 175, and the MC hasn't even met his fiancé face-to-face yet, and it doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon.
At around 250 upwards is the "Garden of Zhou" arc, and holy sh*t, this is like the WORSE arc ever. 30 Chapters where the characters are d*cking around while theres a very prominent sense of danger to the MC. The flow is just ruined because the author insist on making it slow! This is worse than f**king Dragon Ball!
The Demon Race have set up a trap trying to kill and MC and his friends. While in an ambush, one of his friends betrays him and he has to use the Black Dragon to call for help. You know what the Black Dragon does?
She doesn't call for help.
And there was this fifth guy, that should be on the same side of MC. MC is surrounded.
He doesn't help either.
His fiancee is currently d*cking around some mountain path and is heading for a trap.
Yeah, she doesn't do the wise thing which is turn around but instead keeps walking right into the trap.
What's happening with the MC? He's drowning in a lake.
He's been shown to kill anyone that recklessly tries to target him. If they try to hurt his disciples, God have mercy on their soul for their is nothing but death for them.
It isn't there. I mean like 152 chapters, Our Girl, Reika hasn't as much as held someone's hand romantically. Oh there have been guys she was interested, but a few chapters later, they'll be unavailable. And she's on 2nd year of high school already, so the original plot of the game is already close to ending.
I don't read Shoujo often. It's fine for craving fluffy scenes. However, Kenkyo Kenjitsu has this constant back and forth with certain plot devices. For example, Reika's weight. After every 10-20 chapters, you'll constantly get Reika worrying about her weight then exercising/dieting/fasting like mad to slim down. The author uses more than her weight. For example, her grades, the romance, etc.
I'm critiquing this as the actual Plot is tied to these events, sometimes nearly neutralizing my desire to read the next chapter.
Honestly, the characters are entertaining, but that's about it. Reika herself likes to wave at Flag Events as she purposely passes them by. Not that she doesn't do her own thing, but most of the time she waits until things get troublesome because Reila herself is a coward.
The other characters are a bunch of idiots too. The side characters believe Reika to be the perfect Oujo-sama so it's funny to compare their POV to Reika's. However, there aren't any "Reckless" characters which is a shame. By "Reckless" I mean a guy that would, on purpose, try to approach Reika to try and court her. Oh there were some guys early in the High school arc, but they were quickly forgotten which is again, a shame since I'd really like to see Reika's character in a relationship and for someone to know the REAL her.
Also, Reika is pretty talentless. This is VERY apparent in Highschool Arc and also starts showing in Middleschool Arc. Like, despite previously being a 20 year old woman before getting reincarnated, she struggles to get into top 30 in high school, while her younger cousin gets 20th without much effort.
One of Reika's biggest worries is her weight. The author constantly includes food in the story but never describes it.
No, it's much worse.
Instead, the Translator inserts appetizing pictures in the story!
You might get hungry as you read this.
It is very, very apparent that the translation team needs a beta/editor. A lot of times I keep reading paragraphs with incorrect grammar, spelling, or down-right confusing the characters with another (I.E. Sentences like: "Suzuno said this to Suzuno.")
It sometimes gets difficult to read, and I honestly could bring the score down because of this, however this would not reflect on the LN's over all story/writing style so I can't really bring it down.
She's a basic Tsun-tsun who, only at Volume 6, hasn't shown anything you could consider even remotely cute. You could defend her for being "broken" because she doesn't know what to do with Maou (since he's originally her enemy and target of vengeance), but this does not excuse her for being shown as a sh*t character with an emotional range of her flat chest. Basically, she's been shown as nothing but a complete bitch and is only mentioned off-screen to be "kind".
This is a terrible way to show off a main heroine, as we never see the "off screen her" where she interacts cutely like a normal girl and isn't always the pissed-off bitch that we always see.
Best girl by far. Has shown character growth from the very moment we see her and has gone out of shy shell, even as far as confessing her love to Maou. She's even willing to learn magic, not as a way to get stronger, but because she wants to lessen the burden she is as a "normal girl" to Maou and the others.
Deserves to be the Demon Queen.
Would point my feet away from her direction from sleeping
Actual girl I'm rooting for. Chiho is just best girl by what she's shown but, I'm hoping Suzuno somehow worms her way into being his mistress or something.
She's has gap-moe! That's why!
By default, she has a serious character, but when she gets flustered, she acts in a cute, girly way and doesn't react so violently as Emi. Sadly, she hasn't gotten much of a spotlight just yet. She'll get more probably around v9 so I'm making my way there.
Currently at Volume 2 chapter 3. It might seem a little early for a review, but I think my current critique would follow out throughout the story.
The author's writing style is bad when it comes to new characters. In the beginning, it isn't that noticable, but it becomes apparent as more and more characters are introduced. This is VERY apparent at the end of Volume 1 where the other members of the Hero's party arrive after the battle.
They were just suddenly there! I mean, there was like 2 or 3 paragraphs where these two guys are mentioned to be traveling to Earth, but on this particular scene, they didn't get an entrance. They were just suddenly there! There was no opening of an otherwordly gate or of them walking up to a battle-scarred street. They were just suddenly there and I'm like "who the f**k are you?! No wait, Mao. Don't just go with the flow! AGH You guys know each other but we're on different side of a war! Why are you acting so casual!"
This also happens on conversation topics and event scenes. They suddenly seem to change without any warning to the reader.
Granted, it's not unreadable, but it is this story's flaw! The story itself is interesting where you'll have to read in-between the lines to understand the characters completely. Definitely recommend it, but it's not a very light read. Prepare for some introspection.