There's one time when MC killed a family of hunters (mortals not cultivators) just because they lied. MC killed the old hunter's son and threw his corpse in front of him (seriously?) and demands for a complete map for hunting in that region. After the old hunter drew out the map, MC killed him and his daughter and stepped into the house searching for the real map. Sure, the drawn map is not detailed (excluded the danger places on purpose to let MC die in the wild) but MC killed the whole family just for a hunting map. All because they are mortals so he does not need to care at all.
Then, the author created a twist where the old hunter's eldest son that was supposed to be dead years ago simply did not die. Turns out that guy became a demonic path cultivator and wanted revenge but simply just died without even meeting the MC. What's the twist for in the end? My opinion is, the author is simply making up stories to justify that the MC is an evil guy that does not seem that evil. Contradictory, no?
In fact, the problem about the hunting map could be solved in a 'harmless' way but the author just need to make MC go that one route just to prove him an 'EVIL' guy. If MC is really clever, would he not understand one simple thing? Avoid little troubles if its going to bring big trouble. That's why I said this MC is simply an idiot at times.
Take the time when MC is still in the academy as an example. The reason he could do as he wished was because of the constrained rules of the academy. The author specifically tailored the opponents of the MC as those that will definitely put their household in the first place, will definitely follow the rules and will definitely do their current job to the T.
The author keeps comparing the world with Earth and says 'If this was on Earth, I would probably be dead due to the fights over profits etc..' This made it even more obvious that the world was tailored to fit his way of thinking. Cliche? Nope, I'm thinking about one word : fake.
Seriously, it made me want to puke. It's like those that tried to oppose the MC are programmed to follow what was stated above no matter how cunning, clever or far-sighted they are. Thus, the MC will easily constrain them and the author will write 'This is how the weak are, banded together instead of this and that.' Honestly, this trope is too boring already.
Say, for those that read other novels of this genre. Do you really think that the peoples are so uniformed? The academy elder here could not punish MC because he's scared of losing face and unable to keep up the rules and regulation in academy for not following the rules. In this world that is OH SO DANGEROUS where one needs to harden their heart to survive, he still follows the rule to the T while he is ruthless enough and already hate the MC enough to deal with him.
Is this really realistic, from your perspective?
Think about it, would a normal academy elder really follow the rules like that? A character with the same personality as the academy elder would have smiled at the MC and plot against him in the dark or he might just take action on the spot due to anger.
But the novel here will not do so, there will be a whole lot of talking about how clever a person is but in the end, he/she will still need to follow the rules no matter what. In the end, the MC will just easily kill them with his so called set-up in the box's intelligence. Seriously, the more I read, the more I feel the whole set-up is so fake and cliche. In fact, the more explanation the author gave, the more obvious it became.
His wife is the elf princess of sorts, I forgot since I last read it years ago. Well yeah, beautiful and all that made people envy the MC's predecessor and he got crippled and live while hiding with his daughter while his wife is grounded. Then, MC comes into the scene.
A story about a man that doesn't fear death/no emotion that gets <Mystic Eye of Death Perception>and thrown into different worlds with mission and all. Thing is, it's all animated worlds so you might consider it a fan fiction you know? Still, it amazes me how Qidian is charging money for this type of novel (?). Welp, not my business.
Then, you see him advancing in each world while knowing the plot of anime world/forgetting but remembers a little. Then, you see him power up and the battles aren't that bad actually. Worlds included are Kabaneri, God Eater, Hidan no Aria, Gakuen Toshi Asterisk, Shakugan no Shana, Konosuba, To Aru Majutsu. The part I do not like is simple, he does not end the arcs and left it open for the future. This made it weird. Say, you are pumped up seeing him kill through the battlefield for one part and then he went off doing nothing when entering another world and the power balance are off the rockers.
If you get used to how a Chinese novel narrates a story and how the exposition goes, you will find it actually interesting here. Sorry to those that are used to western books because they would find it hard to get used to the totally different way of writing here.
So, the MC is not a useless guy that is backed by plot armors (there are but if you ignore a few spots, it's relatable) and only knows how to aggressively attract hatred from his surroundings due to his actions. This makes it slightly better than those novels with that kind of MC. Still, it doesn't mean that it's good. Then again, nothing is perfect so this MC is actually quite OK. He's a slightly clever guy, calculative and the type that knows when to act. Still, he has a lot of bad parts too.
It has interesting start but like many Chinese novels, it gets stale after it keeps dragging on. Sure, new things are introduced but they just aren't as appetizing anymore. It is still good but it just don't get any better. So, you decide for yourself after you read further. For now, I'll put the plot and story as a good. MC and witches collaborate and 'invents' new things while collecting more witches and assuring his denizens that he will lead them forward.
The relationship between the witches themselves are also a plus. Also, this MC only chooses the first witch as his wife so it isn't actually a harem. This would be a plus for certain group of readers. I don't really mind but I do have some words to say about it (below).
All right, this is the bad side of the novel itself. If you could bring yourself to ignore these points, it might be a good read for you.
Although it was not executed that badly in here, it is still a big minus from me. It is like pouring cold water on a sick person, in winter nonetheless. It turned me off. It is a big mistake to bring in gun powders and expecting everyone to be happy about it nonetheless. Residents might be happy at first due to the victory and assurance the guns brought to them but the fact that guns are also a scary weapon that might one day be pointing at themselves instead never comes to them. They are all happy-go-lucky celebrating the fact that guns are made without a hint of worry. Still, just ignore it because it is a wish-fulfillment novel in the first place. Don't get your hopes high but it doesn't change the fact that this is a minus for me.
The cultivation part that is the hardest earlier is to reach Dou Zhe. To reach Dou Zhe, one needs to keep refining the body for a good foundation. That is why it takes around ten years or more. However, clans that are at the top usually have herbal dresses and solutions for their geniuses. That is to say, the way they advance to Dou Zhe is a lot faster and almost like MC when Yao Lao awakens.
Then, those old clans and sects have inheritance. In case you do not understand, one could transfer the dou qi to others, willingly. Although some will be lost during the process, it is a good way to level up for the younger ones. You might not know if they ranked up this way, right?
Plus, Yao Lao also mentioned that MC's only exceptional part is his base mental strength which is strong only because he reincarnated. He said his cultivation talent is just good in Gama Empire, average in the mainland.
The others also have their own adventure and encounters or enlightenment. Do you seriously think they would just sit in their sect and wait for the MC to come knock up troubles?
Does it make sense now that the others could get better or same level as MC? Or are your brains not working and needs other peoples to spell out each word for you guys? Simply put, MC had his own fortuitous encounters, others too will have the same. Only difference is, the MC is backed by plot armor too much.
Yep, I remember that there was one particular chapter named <MC's Seed> and this is where it went downhill for me. MC could receive seeds as trial rewards and synchronize with them and get their skills. Of course, they are all girls and this part is still OK, albeit a bit cliche. Then, he suddenly could plant his <Seed> in other girls. Guess what, he planted over dozens and the effect is to share their skills with each others. However, there is also the effect of making those girls that received his <Seed> infatuated with him. As I stopped reading around here, I don't know how many <Seed> would he plant in the girls later on.
My point is, this book went downhill as a novel that focuses on harem and comedy starting from here. I won't comment on the comedy part but harem? What he did was to brainwash the girls into liking/loving/infatuated with him. There was no romance or love in between. This is already beyond harem, its a fuc-king stallion type already! It was going good between the MC and the few childhood friends but he just had to make this stupid thing. It ruined the book, at least for me.
One might already know to at least be wary of one's surrounding; Do not make enemies pointlessly but be wary of everyone as well. No, the MC is so friendly with everyone that he could not comprehend that simple fact and ends up having his aides killed. Yeah, he killed those who did that but after those 'dead' was resurrected with his OP plot armor, did he manage to comprehend what led to the death of his close ones? NO.
In the end, it fell into the No. (1) category where the MC is a fricking samaritan that gets overpowered abilities and everything while acting like a frickin child for comedy purposes. As for the world building, it is not bad but definitely not good at all. It went from a great forest to the neighboring cities and then demon realms and angel realms etc... The scale rose so fast and big that it became complicated to comprehend with all that was cramped in all of a sudden.
As for the plot? Cliche but still ok. It's the typical start with world building to resisting foreign invasions and leads to MC invading instead. Nothing out of the ordinary but with foreign surprises along it made it quite OK.
Characters? NO, seriously I give a big NO. I mentioned above but the MC seriously don't get much development in his characters at all. It just went along the flow of the story to fit it instead. Most characters are one-dimensional where they are given fixed personalities and will act along the line with little to no development at all. You guys might say that antagonists are at least interesting. I say the most intriguing one would be the Orc Disaster.
Hinata? OMG, you expect me to say this thing is interesting? She is pretty much a one-line character that is crammed with a stupid background and expecting readers to pity and understand the reason for her actions. As for the last boss, Yuuki or something like that, that is just a fricking chuunibyou that was planning world destruction. I wouldn't go as far as calling him a rip-off Aizen but heh, he is pretty much a typical villain with the difference of knowing to hide his fangs. Even Orc Disaster with his normal sad past made him a better villain in the novel.
Lastly, too MILD. Seriously, grand scale wars and battles here and there and the casualties are just... I don't need bloodbath or gore but be reasonable. You expect a war to be something that you could casually stroll in and win with no casualties. A dragon rampaging in a city and ended with no casualties. Even those dead in the series later are revived and all happy end. WOW oh WOW, what a realistic intake on a war.
The writing style where it is detailed and filled with many 'useless' descriptions are annoying. But, I don't blame the author. I blame Qidian because of its pay per chapter that made the authors like to water the story excessively. It's alright. If the story is good, I can tolerate that much.
Now, even after 500 + chapters, the tournament that the MC and his team partakes in still did not end. A tournament for almost 400+ chapters. The battle skills that are brought out no longer looks like the early chapters. It will be full of some absurd special abilities and even monsters and all. A bunch of bull crap if I would say so. If its just this, I accept it. It's within my limit of tolerance.
Then, comes in the worse part. A stupid love struck MC. I love that girl even if she doesn't love me. I love her and would do anything for her. I would sacrifice anything to let her look at me. This is basically what the MC is doing all the way for hell's sake. The worse heroine that I've ever read in my whole life. She didn't accept MC because he is weak and she needs to do what it takes to protect humanity. Even after MC showed his strength and potential, she is still indifferent towards him. Alright, she made her own choice and her stance is clear. But, the love struck MC is still like an ass chasing idiot that would not give up. Reading some bullsh*t like this made me puke.
And now, the author made his choice to end the tournament after doing a whole lot of ass-pull for the MC and his team. Lots of sudden power-ups and all is already unable to make my broken heart be further broken. Then, as if trying to hurry, the author rushed into a new arc with lots of things cramped into a few chapters. This made it even more complex and weird. Until here, I stopped. I stopped every damn thing. Not just me, a whole lot of readers on Qidian are also angry. Very angry at how this sorry excuse of a work turned out to be.
The action and battles are pretty good too but to be honest, it gets bad in the latter parts. I won't deny it because the author kinda lost track of all those things he introduced earlier and it just gets cut off here and there.
The plot is what kept me going at first. Even after I reached the thousand chapter, I was still immersed in the plot, trying to know what will happen. But, the plot just went haywire when the author finally decided to reveal the female MC's (Roman or Romantica?) background. I think that was the first time I got so mad I rewarded my laptop one punch.
Well, that is just for me anyway. For those that likes deep plots and plot armors all around, feel free to be a customer and wait patiently.
Then, there is also the fact that this novel is centered around politics, very much. You will get to see lots of ugly asses trying to pull the MC down and small skirmishes that will last for hundreds of chapters. Then, the MC is also the type that tends to raise the cockroaches. Yep, the villains are cockroaches where they don't get killed and keeps coming back again and again. Well, not all but I remember some of them are like cockroaches indeed.
Also, as a side note. This author's naming sense is fantastic in it's own way. Making the name long to increase the word count for his chapters in Qidian is one unique style of writing indeed.
Well, this book isn't that shabby. For me, it is just average due to many parts that earned my minus. But, it should be quite an enjoyable read for those that likes isekai and gaming with a deep plot.