1. Character growth 2/5
The characters of this series do not develop at all. The MC has been living for a couple of million years, so he is quite unhinged mentally and arrogant to the Nth degree because he's basically the instructor of every major super power in history. He has happened to start the story with his real body this time so he has to build up his body from the beginning. His character does not grow anymore; it is more like we begin to realize the longer we read that he is a bloodthirsty murderer hellbent on seeing the world burn. He intentionally instigates other people to attack him so that he can massacre their family/school for fun. Sure they have treasures, but the MC's net worth is probably 900 billion times that of the most rich school in the world so he doesn't covet their treasures to improve his wealth. At the beginning, you will see that he has weaknesses. IE, he lets other people damage his body and he gets hurt. Which seems weird because a normal MC would not do this. However, this MC thinks pain is a reminder that he is alive... and he wants to experience pain to train his true body. Weird. At least the writing is good and sometimes I can feel the sentimentality of someone who has outlived all of his friends in a repeated cycle for a couple of million years.
The other characters are not notable. There will be names you remember, but they are all the same tropes. Prettiest girl. Cold beauty. s*xy beauty. Super talent. The names don't really matter, because you can basically swap the names and it is essentially the same 4 characters with a different name.
2. Plot development 1/5
Yes, there is a plot. Yes it is a super god damn sh*tty plot that uses the same trope to tell a story. Imagine this scenario:
a) MC intentionally pisses on some random super genius #loldeadguy. Super genius #loldeadguy gets butthurt. Minion 1 jumps in to attack MC. MC eradicates entire Minion 1's school. A bunch of people are shocked. A bunch more people say super genius #loldeadguy is more OP than MC.
b) MC goes on a treasure hunt, encounters Minion 2. MC eradicates entire Minion 2's school. A bunch of people are shocked. A bunch more people say super genius #loldeadguy is more OP than MC. MC now meets super hot girl who now follows him around.
c) MC teaches girl a bunch of stuff. Minion 3 shows up, acts tough. Girl is sad for Minion 3 and super genius #loldeadguy because she knows how OP MC is. MC eradicates entire Minion 3's school. A bunch of people are shocked. A bunch more people say super genius #loldeadguy is more OP than MC. MC now meets new super hot girl who now also follows him around.
d) MC is awesome, super hot genius girl falls for him after following him around. #loldeadguy shows up all butthurt MC is with hot girl. MC then kills super genius #loldeadguy and eradicates his school. Loots the world for sh*ts and giggles. Everyone is shocked. MC decides to go to another dimension where no one knows him so he can start at bottom of totem pole again. (There are probably 9 different dimensions).
e) Repeat step (a) in new dimension. There are 9 dimensions, probably. So this plot doesn't change. At all. You will basically be reading this same plot forever. Each dimension is probably 500 - 600 chapters. So 1500 chapters in, I'm at 3rd dimension and it is the same series of steps that I've already read twice. Different names of characters and treasures, but it is essentially the same thing rehashed. Its basically a 600 chapter spider-man franchise at this point.
3. Memorable characters 1/5
The names may be different but all the characters are the same. None are really memorable.
Overall it isn't great. It is the same short story repackaged with different names every 500 characters. I gave it a 2 because every once in a while, there is some thoughtful writing about life. But this is a terrible book in every sense.
Especially after he totally insults the lord of the MU family in front of everyone putting a huge target on his back. What an idiot.
1- MC thinks of hiding his abilities because being low key is the best. Immediately proceeds to fight powerful people and show off his power with Chuunibyou lines.
2- MC fights one enemy. Enemy is defeated. Enemy thinks MC is trash – then calls his older brother to fight for him. Older brother is defeated. They all think MC is trash. Calls his best friend to beat MC. Best friend is defeated. Everyone still thinks MC is trash. Someone’s god damn grandma comes out. Repeat.
3- MC goes out to train. Finds some lucky super powerful item. Repeat step 2. This is the story by chapter 32. No thanks, I’m done reading this.
For a long time this novel had been the standard in which l used this novel to compare other wuxia. The characters are diverse. They each had a personality, a relatable quirk of character that was both charming and believable at the same time. The slow pacing became something l really looked forward to because it came with a lot of insight into the psych of our MC.
And then it breaks my heart to rate this series at 3 stars given how amazing the first third of this story was developed. Then the author became overwhelmed by the scope of the world he was building and the constraints of his chapter by chapter format. He could not properly flesh out an event without losing readers in the details and short chapter length. The author also sucks at writing romance, flirting or s*xual tension. There really isn't subtlety at all between the males and females. The last half of the book honestly felt like a different author took over. Time skips happen, 6 to 10 year segments of character growth just aren't described in the same detail as the beginning. You have sorry sentences like "6 years later he wasn't the same person as before. He was more calm and mature" which sucks. I wanted to be there while the MC experiences those hardships and bouts of personal growth. Individual personality is replaced with power level dogma.
And the ending was a load of crap that felt so rushed. Hey, we won. Time to build a house. The end. What? They plan to fight. Fought then story ended. No resolution, no reunions, no good things.