This makes a lot of the drama/angst feel unnecessary or dragged out. The story becomes unbalanced, weighted too heavily on the angst with hardly any fluff or humor to offset it because the MC is so completely self-defeating. He gives up very quickly on any new relationship troubles because of crippling fear that he is not good enough; the kind that thinks "I'm not good enough so I should just give up now" the moment anything happens, leaving the ML to pull all the weight towards reconciliation or clearing up misunderstandings. Furthermore, the author spends too much time describing all the problems and heavy feelings and too little time describing the resolutions or fluff, so the reader hardly gets a break from the constant arrows to the gut.
The ML comes across as a 'chauvinist' several times, but he does have character development and by the end of the story it's clear that he's getting past his youthful immaturity.
Why can't childhood friends ever win??!?! Whyyyyy.....
The story lines can get a bit repetitive since the MC only uses her 'might' in each world. She breaks the worlds quite frequently and makes everyone pretty speechless because she doesn't bother to play to social conventions and kind of just crashes through everything like a demolition truck. I'm crossing my fingers for the MC to get more character development in this factor.
Despite the MC being the coolest person, there's still some misogynist subtext. I say this also because r*pe or prostitution is used with insane frequency (pretty much every arc) for 'bad' female characters. Other than the MC, the rest of the female characters tend to completely follow stereotypical cliches. All of the FL's that appear either rely on the ML/their charms for success or rely on the MC to rescue them. So we have a strange situation where the MC, who is used by the author to break social convention or traditional female roles, ends up emphasizing it instead because she is the sole exception.
I'm frequently astonished at the single-minded devotion (which doesn't waver even when the target seems to despise it?) frequently portrayed in these kinds of novels. So unrealistic yet strangely touching at the same time.
Also, at the moment, the storyline is focused on the ML. Fishy was super cool before because he was dealing with design competition/stuff. Now it's about clan fighting and heir struggle stuff, so he doesn't have expertise in this matter which is why the ML is keeping it a secret.
his identity as an 'intelligent' hamster who can understand humans, play games, and chat online eventually gets revealed to his 'owner' and there are even more ridiculously fluffy moments between human and hamster bonding together.
The MC will eventually think about how he feels towards the ML without coercion and it's a really touching arc with a lot of things getting cleared up, and I think the MC also successfully gets revenge for some of the stuff the ML pulled in earlier arcs, haha.
There are some brutal moments/defending the tribe/slaughtering the enemies, etc. but overall, it's very fluffy.
One complaint would be that it can get a bit slow/boring at times because MC is very OP and can pretty much take care of every problem, so there aren't any tense parts. But I really enjoy base-building stuff a LOT so... eh
I've heard she switches bodies a few times, so the old lady body is just the first arc.
The ML goes very quickly from an arrogant/cold/alpha male stereotype into a helpless regular guy trying to figure out his wife.
Even though she's called "dense, " one of my favorite parts of her character is her self-awareness. I believe that she saw how the other maids would constantly fight for favor in the beginning, and didn't want to become one of them so she became "dense" as a form of self-protection. Back then when one man had many wives/concubines, the MC had enough self-respect to not want to become one of many. In my opinion, she left him because she wanted to preserve her feelings for him at a high point and unspoiled by multiple 3rd parties (and possibly even test how deep his feelings for her went). And in the end, after realizing that he truly meant it, she was able to refuse being just a concubine and get what she deserved: to be the only wife.
Also that moment when the ML kneeled down to allies/rivals/enemies to apologize for his shitty behavior in the past? BEST.
She is not dumb; she may have only stayed with him in the beginning because she was looking for openings to get revenge for the times she was slapped/kicked before in the courtyard. Those hints from the mother/housekeeper asking her to stay were so obvious even a monkey would have gotten it, but she still left anyway. So it's far more likely that she was just pretending to be dumb so he would suffer. In the end, because she was truly in love with him, she forgave him after making him work for it.
I think this theory explains why she would have fun telling him about all those times he treated her badly in the past! And why she would never tell him how long she had liked him (to maintain the upper hand). Haha
Maybe it's because the author frequently describes how pitiful yet ultra-attractive she looked to the ML, from her eyes/her exposed body/her skin/etc., but it really struck as more "pretending in order to win pity" than something genuine from her upbringing.
Also the MC is a legal adult (18), yet acts like an 8 year old. I could understand her desperation/loneliness and ultra spoiled naivete up to the point when she touched the ML when he was sleeping and tried to keep him with her after confessing to him--when she knew that he had a girlfriend already. That was a turning point for when she went from pitiable to manipulative.
Of course stuff like this can happen in real life. I'm not blaming the MC for trying it because she was desperate, and I'm not blaming the ML for falling for it and remembering it (since he fell for it, he definitely felt something for her and feelings can't be forced). But like I said, that's why this story is not my cup of tea and why I don't feel much pity for the MC.
It's so cute that despite the MC being forever 'second place' in terms of studies/competitions, he's actually extremely friendly/outgoing/valued by his community, so his interpersonal skills can be said to definitely outshine the ML.
It's unfortunate but most CN books completely romanticize rape/obsession/stalking/stockholm syndrome/dependent personality disorder/possessiveness etc. So the romantic relationships portrayed tend to be extremely unrealistic as well as unhealthy.
If you love business world/econ/rags-to-riches, and don't mind BL, there's a much better story that I recommend: [Epiphanies of Rebirth].
One very subtle issue is still the matter of CN culture/subtext in the story. While the author tries very hard to present a strong female MC, all of her actions are still written as being under the purview of the ML. It's stated several times that her choice to break away to stand on her own was 'allowed' or humored by the ML due to his love for her. The MC's brother is the same. In the end, the author writes that the MC feels more comfortable supporting the efforts of the ML instead of being at her own company. Of course, there's nothing 'weak' about supporting the person you love. However, this is a consistent theme in most C-novels and this author's stories. The female MC once again is only allowed to be strong enough or independent enough to suit the male characters protecting her. She will never be written to outshine them or take up a bigger share of any life burden because of her gender.
Despite this, it's still one of the better novels out there with a female MC that has more character and is written better than many others. (Kind of a sad state, tbh.)