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SublimiSomnium
I've read and enjoyed several transmigration with system and one true love type stories (at least twenty) - however this is only the second story in which the MC tries to reform the villains rather than mindlessly wreaking revenge upon them. This fact lends nuance and credibility that is usually sorely lacking in these types of stories. It is also the most common tsukkomi I find myself thinking when I'm reading these stories. In fact I've dropped stories in the genre precisely because I've been made morally uncomfortable by some... more>> methods an MC used to push a villain to hell, as if a person's sucky motivations or your own recollections of the same treatment justify torture. Anyways, I'm happy to say this story does not do that and the MC and ML are able to be cute and happy together without relying on the suffering of others.

I agree with many of the other reviews that the first arc was problematic, but it manages to save itself so don't worry. Get through the icky bit and then MC and ML interactions stay sweet and funny.

After reading the beginning portion of Death Progress Bar from the same author I'm quite confident that this author particularly excels at characterization. Even side characters act and react believably - even if you don't understand their motivations at that point it is always apparent that there are background reasons you simply do not know. Of course, that is assuming you are paying attention to the details which can be hard when you are waiting on translations a week apart (not criticizing the translator, just stating the capabilities of my memory).

Of course, one of the common ways these stories fail is with a disappointing conclusion, which I haven't gotten to yet. I'll update when I get there, but just wanted to give kudos to the very solid and enjoyable writing and story development. <<less
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A Guide to Raising Your Natural Enemy
December 20, 2018
Status: Completed
Very cute and nice for a short read. Extremely similar to In the Future My Whole Body is a treasure, though the internal struggle against MC's phobia of snakes makes this story much more amusing IMO.

Side characters feel like after thoughts and are used to make things more convenient. Don't get attached because there are quite a few loose ends that won't be tied up.
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Intriguing premise, unfortunately it quickly devolves into overly complicated (for machine translation) political intrigue. Another major flaw is that there are large sections of exposition in every chapter to explain/justify the situations the MC gets into. There are also signs that the MC could be venturing into Mary Sue territory, though the ML seems pretty obvious.

I do like the MC’s personality. Though she isn’t particularly accomplished she is very aware of her responsibilities and has very clear morals and goals. Also like that she is focused on more important things... more>> than pursuing romance.

Thus far the author has done a lot of set up, and as said before there is still a lot of exposition, so the story feels like it is just beginning. As an ongoing story that is just beginning I am still willing to give it a chance so I’ll follow up after a few months. <<less
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Another great story from this author!

I’ve been avoiding this one because “harem” is one of my most disliked categories for stories. Although I theoretically believe polygamy can be healthy, it has been my experience reading harem stories that the descriptions of the relationships either feel emotionally abusive because they are so inherently unbalanced, or the characters are written not as believable people but in order to fulfill all of the author’s fetish fantasies. After thinking about it some more I determined that even if I am theoretically fine with the... more>> idea of harem, it isn’t the type of story I would like to read about because I prefer more concentrated fluff. Therefore, I have made a conscious decision to stay away from stories that even have the hint of harem.

However, while this story has many of the elements of harem the underlying premise is that it distinctly is not because none of the characters (including the MC) want a harem. Technically it isn’t even harem, but like “Need to Propose to Seven Men What to Do?” it feels ambiguously like it is. In particular, this story made me ponder the question “is it morally acceptable to be in a romantic relationship with someone that is truly in love with you even when you only want companionship?”

Like the author’s other stories all of the characters have personalities and flaws shaped by their distinct circumstances. Even the flaws of the MC are understandable and you sympathize with his struggles. The characters and their interactions are really the highlight.

This story is rather short because it jumps past the transmigration missions, which means that as a reader you probably need to be familiar with the genre. Of course I would like if this story was just like all the other transmigrations stories and follows the MC through all the worlds. However, the author’s decision to skip it and explore it through reminiscence is brilliant because it gives us an accurate portrayal of the MC current mindset while still demonstrating how they were shaped by those events. Unfortunately the short length of the story also made the conclusion seem rushed, but it didn’t bother me too much.

Finally, I don’t usually call out translators in my reviews because I love and appreciate them and don’t want to in any way discourage them from stopping. However, if the quality of the translation breaks my immersion in the story then it is a problem. Granted, the quality of these translations are perfectly understandable and will probably only bother people who are sensitive to grammar (like me), but I really wish that such a great story had an editor to clean up all those pesky two-letter words (on, if, in, or, etc...). Regardless, thank you translator for making this story available for the less-talented! <<less
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Need to Propose to Seven Men What to Do!
March 20, 2019
Status: c54
Really interesting story. Has many of the elements typical to the various genres the story touches on (xianxia, yaoi, transmigration, author into their stories) yet it manages to be completely unique and surpasses these tropes through great story-telling.

Characters are superb. Everyone has distinct personalities, including the side characters. Of course, the MC takes the spotlight with his train of thoughts and telepathic banter with his transmigration system. In any other yaoi story the MC would be the mysterious elite ML that I wish other yaoi stories could write and describe... more>> him as. The way his mind thinks is a joy to read because while it is task and detail-oriented it is also logical in a manner that makes you have to pause while you try to catch up. Then, when you do, you can’t help but admire the MC’s intelligence and really wish that he is able to achieve his goals... (or maybe that is the fujoshi in me).

The plot has it all: great pacing, plenty of foreshadowing to background information and future events, and meaningful character developments (in other characters not the MC because he starts as a well-rounded mature adult). More importantly, it keeps you interested because it gives you enough information to try and guess what will happen next, but not enough information for you to be sure and ruin your enjoyment when something happens.

Still less than 20% of the way through, and have only met 4 out of 7 of the MLs, but I have high expectations for the rest of this story. There is especially more development that can be had from the smut aspect, but even if we keep getting just kissing and hand stuff that feels relatively minor to me. <<less
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Father, Mother Escaped Again
March 17, 2019
Status: c30
Fully agree with Kimchee759 - I find the author's use of s*x as a light punishment or joke disgusting. Of course the MC isn't really traumatized by the non-consensual experience but that just makes the choice of events even more confusing. They could have gone with a completely different type of negative but morally acceptable action by the ML and it would have made more logical sense and been funnier than raping the MC and glossing over it.

I also wanted to note that I don't necessarily have a problem with... more>> non-con stories. I just have an issue with this author's writing. Everything else about the story was within my expectations which made it extremely boring: from the setting and plot, to the side characters, and the personalities of the MC and ML. The only possible redeeming feature was the comedic misunderstanding of the MC, which got old for me fast because it was too unrealistic for the MC to be THAT STUPID.

Possibly entertaining if you are willing to follow the author's will and don't feel guilty as a human being for glossing over socially problematic jokes and situations for punchlines that keep being repeated. <<less
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Marietta-hime no Konrei
March 15, 2019
Status: Completed
Nice bit of s*xy fluff. No major drama and very cute MC paired with the perfect (for her) ML. Side characters and setting are fine, the real draw is the buildup of s*xual tension between the MC and ML and the funny insights provided by their inner monologues.

Good piece of light-hearted smut.
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The Earth is Online
January 25, 2019
Status: Completed
I enjoyed every aspect of this story, but here are some highlights:

  • Characters (even side characters and villains) operate like realistic individuals
  • MC and ML are cute together and have a healthy relationship
  • The plot (especially setting) has been thoroughly thought out
  • Story arcs are engrossing and paced well
  • The writing is clever – we’re given enough clues to figure things out on our own (if you’re clever enough)
Other notes:

  • The romance is discrete and a bit awkward but it works better in the background rather than a focus in this story anyways
  • Be prepared for loose ends. Nothing major, but I’ll be thinking about them for a while... mostly I just want a sequel
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Flash Marriage
September 21, 2018
Status: --
This is such a strange novel. First of all, I dislike novels with multiple love interests, ditzy heroines, and abusive MLs. However, this novel has all three and I've somehow managed to read every chapter - and enjoy them!

The ultimate saving grace for me was the heroine's narrative. I didn't feel like she was particularly stupid as she is portrayed. In fact, there were several instances where her intellect was effectively demonstrated. It's more like she is too straightforward and petty. I love how these characteristics of hers are shown... more>> to be both her strengths and her weaknesses. She is too straightforward so she is too trusting of the romantic interests when they deny their romantic interest in her, but at the same time it allows her to be honest (sometimes painfully) and to honestly express herself.

As for her pettiness, it is obviously a weakness because it gets her in trouble (a lot). But it is her strength because it is amusing (both for readers and the romantic interests). It also provides motivation for her to try and improve herself (even if ultimately it is so she can one-up somebody). However, although she is consistently petty more often than not she usually gives up on it and just tries to take care of herself.

Another reason I probably stuck through this story is that I wanted to know that she would be alright. I appreciate that the author did not force feed us a stereotypical romance where an OP man falls in love with a ditzy cute girl-next-door. However, it would be nice to at least like some of the romantic interests! Instead, I found myself frequently wanting to scold them like the children they act like and was not in the least bit attracted to any of them, I just wanted to get to the end to know that she wouldn't keep being abused... <<less
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Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang
March 27, 2017
Status: --
I've read this twice now, and both times I cried throughout (in a good way). The sincerity between the leads, as well as their mutual support and consideration for each other is so heart-touching. I have never read another story with such an affable, straight-forward, yet intelligent female MC. Truthfully, I don't think I will in the future either. Sansheng is just special that way. The author's use of offhand details to illustrate the setting is so masterful I highly recommend re-reading it. The readers are rarely spoon fed information.... more>> Instead, you need to pay attention to fully understand why things are happening. The second time around I caught more details that explained the motivations of the characters, especially the male lead. <<less
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