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The Demoness Is Not Evil
March 3, 2016
Status: --
A masterful piece of jianghu-wuxia romance. If there is one story in this site that can be made into a movie, this can be it. Written in a graceful style, the translator should be praised for being able to preserve much of the subtleties and force of the prose. Of course there are some odd phrases that can’t translate well from Chinese (“like a fish with oxygen deficiency” – I guarantee you will laugh when you come across this line in the novel), but everything else is translated with much... more>> care and precision. Footnotes of some of the more obscure terms and proverbs help to broaden the reader’s knowledge as well.

The story’s main protagonist is the myterious Qu Qing Yin, who had a chance encounter with the leading man of the jianghu (the martial underworld), Liu Feng. Intrigued by her blunt but charming nature, Liu Feng can’t help but be captivated by her. Surrounding their meeting is a major jianghu event that shadows the entire story. This isn’t a strict wuxia story, rather it is a romantic story set with a wuxia world, where knights-errant roam the country, whose deeds make their names famous or infamous. There is perhaps one actual fight scene described at the very end, all others are merely short displays of what such people can do.

The cast of characters is actually quite small but memorable which is understandable as the novel is actually quite short, with just 10 lengthy chapters each divided in two.

Fans of “To Be Virtuous Wife” could very well enjoy reading this despite the vast difference in genre. Both feature a female lead who is intelligent, sharp-tongued and makes the male character who is supposedly the greatest man of their respective realm pale in comparison. Both novels are about the hesitations before commitment, and the passions elicited once intimacy was achieved. <<less
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A Step into the Past
February 22, 2016
Status: --
This is a very popular Chinese novel, adapted into a Hong Kong manhua and a live action TV series. Some readers are unaware about this and thought it’s “just another web novel”. Those who looked at the sidebar would note that this was published way back in 1994, well before we’re all drowning in reincarnation/time-traveling/cheat-item xianxia type stories today.

That is why you have to forgive the tropes of women falling in love with the MC, the MC using modern knowledge, the MC having great luck, the drastic twists and turns... more>> of relationships and such, because it is quite safe to say that he’s the one who has inspired new authors today to follow in his footsteps. Huang Yi in turn was inspired by authors like Louis Cha (Condor Heroes etc) who all but established the genre.

Now, on to the story. It is a romantic dream for Eastern authors to set their stories in the heroic ages of the Three Kingdoms and in this case, the Warring States period. There are hundreds and hundreds of famous personages and reading a story where a MC is bumping into these historical figures can be quite alluring, and I have to say that the author has pulled this off quite well. So well indeed that it’s quite difficult to find another published novel to have incorporated historical figures in a wuxia story. One can say “A Step Into The Past” set the standard, and many of his tropes can be found influencing the works of others, eg TVB’s “Three Kingdom RPG”.

This is not to say the story is without flaws. Obviously there are some parts of the story which can be deemed unnecessary or superfluous (otherwise how else can a 25 volume work be adapted to television), but any enthusiast of Chinese history would be delighted to find nuggets of historical aspects while reading this. The prose can be unrestrained as well, there are many instances of s*xual relationships and the MC isn’t one to deny his desires, which can be a refreshing change from those reading novels with herbivore-MCs. What you’re going to get is a hot-blooded, well-trained modern age man being thrown back into the past, and he has absolutely no qualms in using his knowledge to get an advantage.

I have seen the complaints from other reviewers about the depiction of relationships and abrupt turns and resolutions of them, but I chalk them up to either the author wanting to write the less used characters out (remember, he published directly in print and no on the web), or making them stay true to their nature. Of note is the apparently liberal and wantonness of some women, but it was mentioned several times that it was also an era where a man would have multiple wives and concubines at the same time. Some readers especially dislike one character in particular who kept betraying the MC because she couldn't keep her legs closed, but I actually felt it's a nice change from other traditional wuxia stories where the harem were harmonious and loyal to the MC which is a grandiose fantasy to say the least. Having one love interest who turned cold later on after joining the harem isn't quite seen in other novels since. Of course, the entire relationship could have been written better.

Personally I consider this novel to be a pioneer of wuxia historical science-fiction, it built my interest for many similar stories that are listed here. <<less
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Nightfall
February 22, 2016
Status: --
Review of Ch52.

Interesting is the word I’d use. We have a hardworking MC “who can’t cultivate” but has other skills that are capable of astonishing others, both in martial and domestic matters. He has a long term goal, a vendetta against someone who is far off and untouchable as yet. He has a loyal follower/friend/servant, a younger figure who obeys him and gives quips when asked. Also, at this point he has a distant female figure who is curious about him.

Readers might be fooled into thinking that I’m describing Ze... more>> Tian Ji. It’s safe to say that Jiang Ye has some similarities with ZTJ, which in my humble opinion is a superior novel in the fact that it has more chapters translated currently. After 50-ish chapters, I feel the prose and dialogue of Jiang Ye can measure up to ZTJ, which I feel has the best prose of all the stories listed in this site that I have read thus far. Besides, they are both by the same author.

Not much of Jiang Ye’s story has been revealed yet, but at least we know there is an end-goal objective, that there is a long-term vendetta against an arch-nemesis and his accomplices. My opinion might change down further the line, but currently I am interested in reading more. It shouldn’t be too long a journey, with 5 volumes listed as the complete series. <<less
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The Dungeon Seeker
January 12, 2017
Status: v2c2
The comparisons with Arifureta and Suterareta Yuusha no Eiyuutan are very obvious. Perhaps the "bullied MC transported into a dark dungeon" trope is quite common, and that is why the author of this particular title decided to go all the way to the negative, dark side. The novels have a MC that was bullied, abandoned and given ridiculous cheats, and eventually they begin to assemble a harem despite their oh-so-jaded, distrustful personalities.

However, that has yet to happen in this particular novel. It seemed to me the author is taking... more>> the pains to tell us that this world is different in the sense that ALL the characters introduced in the novel thus far are despicable and two-faced. The main point of the novel is "Don't Trust Anyone", that this world is dark and gritty and awful and everyone has a selfish agenda. Everyone is twisted in one way or another, delving into the deepest and darkest of depravity just to survive and avoid facing reality.

It's not like Overlord which has black humor in it, or the manga Berserk which has a sense of a wondrous, grim tragedy.

To me, it feels like that the author is trying too hard to paint a bleak picture in this novel. Although we're told that the MC had suffered immensely, the people and situations he encountered later made it seem as if his own story is just peanuts in comparison (since he has cheats after all). It's like reading the despair of a guy who had a terrible accident and we're supposed to sympathize with him... only to later read about him interacting with people who are missing limbs or deformed or broken emotionally. It's like an escalating contest of "these guys have more tragic backstories than the MC".

It's definitely not for everyone.

Pet peeve: the inclusion of a special Smith & Wesson Magnum. Why? Why a gun? Geez. <<less
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Impressions as of Ch7.

Our MC found himself transported to the Three Kingdoms era and took over the role of Liu Bei. To compound the weirdness, the major characters that he would encounter are all women. Our MC, despite questioning everything, finds himself being dragged along events described in the novel, only that things are happening in different ways than he had expected...

Somewhat similar to the h-game Koihime Musou, it is actually quite close to the original in terms of plot. Things that happen in the original reoccur here. Written in... more>> a simple way, it is quite funny to see how everything falls in place. The references to the original are nicely done, given a gender-bent twist. At first I thought it was a sacrilege to the original just like how Koihime Musou was, but the comedic tones won me over and I accept it as it is: A light-hearted, comedic twist on the Chinese classical epic.

Throw out your serious face and don't think too deeply, this is just for fun. <<less
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The Portal of Wonderland
April 14, 2016
Status: --
As of Ch. 70.

An unexpected rough gem. While unspectacular, it is a cut above from other average series as it does not fall back to the usual tropes too much. Yes, some aspects might be familiar but the author took the pains to write in a roundabout manner and in different events that are somewhat unusual when compared to other similar titles. The pacing is not as slow as Mo Tian jI (Demon’s Diary).

The plot events differ than the usual, it can be be a ride to see the ups... more>> and downs of the main character instead of the usual smooth sailing of other stories where the MC clear every hurdle after a fortuitous encounter. The MC depends mostly on himself and then benefited from his actions that rippled elsewhere in the setting. Hard work and persistence, no real shortcuts. Even his talent, we are told; comes with drawbacks. As for the MC himself, one would say he’s pretty bland. A typical righteous person, calm and decisive when needed. But like what others have noted, his ultimate goal seems to be be stronger for strength sake. There are some mysteries, but the reader aren’t told of any underlying plot driving his motivations. The side characters come and go and at this point of the story, several named characters either have been written off in the current arc or, in the case of some antagonists; already killed. The early reviews were very harsh, perhaps they read it when the series were translated roughly without editors, but currently the translation is good and quite polished from the start.

Give this a try, it’s a little different than most other stories. <<less
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Totem
April 2, 2016
Status: --
As of ch.45.

Totem is a story about a young genius surgeon/doctor/scientist who was particularly skilled in dissecting corpses. Despite his wealth and standing, he mourned the fact that he remained single. After his latest, speed-record setting rejection, he was killed in an accident and found himself reincarnated as a slave of a deteriorating family in a fantasy world with western elements. His woes were further compounded when he learned that the dissection of human cadavers was a taboo in this new world, punishable by death and extermination of their family.

However,... more>> that didn’t prevent him from utilizing his surgical knowledge. After a strange encounter and gaining a secret manual, he began to cultivate himself in the forbidden arts called the Ghost Totem. Bidding his time to increase his strength, the MC bode his time under the cover of a pig butcher as well as a mysterious ranked fighter; waiting for the right time to regain his freedom...

The translator did well, but I think some readers would be turned off by the crude language and mannerisms of the characters. Like what a previous reviewer said, it seemed that a majority of the named characters are mentally unstable. None of the characters are likeable, all of them are deeply flawed. The MC himself has a near-obsession with anatomy research, his mistress has mood swings and a terrible temper that to me seemed to be psychotic due to stress of running the household. His closest relative is a crippled, mysterious and crazed aunt who forces him to eat Object X... I mean, an unidentified gruel mixture as his main meal.

The plot moves slowly, 45 chapters in and we’re still dealing with the conspiracy that threatens the livelihood of the mistress’s branch clan, and the MC is still a slave with no one knowing his hidden skills. The author likes to use dramatic exclamations for emphasis, and as mentioned earlier; much of the dialogue is littered with profanities, much more than say, “My Beautiful Teacher”. The power ranking seems unnecessarily complex.

I personally found it difficult to read as it tries to be a dramatic, action novel with dark atmosphere and no room for humor.

Not for me, but still decently written. <<less
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Feng Yin Tian Xia
March 28, 2016
Status: --
Impressions as of Ch 12.

Well that was unexpected. The description above is a nice summary, but basically you’re going to read about an independent-minded and capable young lady with a poor reputation (because she uses a stand-in while going about her own hobbies) who was to be married to the man of the hour... only to be packed off to a hostile country as part of an elaborate scheme perpetrated by her husband-to-be and sanctioned by the Emperor.

Those expecting a typical palace drama right off the bat should... more>> reconsider, as the story immediately opens with a conspiracy involving different countries and the MC finds herself being played around like a chess piece.

Only, she is not content to be one. It is early days yet but it seems she will make those who underestimated her and used her would pay for what they have done, even if it includes the royalties from both countries.

The prose and story-writing felt more like a narration, but the premise is enough to keep me interested,

Interesting hook, will continue to read. <<less
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Cheating Craft
March 17, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch 23.

Heads up: there is nothing martial about this series. Don’t expect fisticuffs or physicality. It’s actually a novel modeled like a shounen battle manga (eg: Yugi-oh, Cardfight Vanguard etc), but based about trickery and, well; cheating. Characters would call their special techniques and shock the opponent with a dazzling move... while in the examination hall, eating at the cafeteria, in the library...

You have to read the descriptions slowly and form the spectacular images in your head. This is not something you can skim through and... more>> skip the battles, as the point of the novel is in showing the absurdity of the set pieces and the over-the-top techniques and talents as characters try to outsmart each other. In a way, it reminds me of the earlier parts of the manga Naruto where the ninjas used their abilities to blatantly cheat in the written portion of their test.

The opening and premise of the novel mocks the memorization and rote learning that is prevalent in East Asian education systems, as well as the intense pressure children get from their parents to do well. In this novel’s setting, examinations and test scores are still extremely important as a path to your future career. However there is a difference: you can cheat as much as you like, so long as you don’t get caught! Students are even divided clearly: L-type for Learners and C-type for Cheaters.

This is the story of a C-type student who escaped the forces that had trapped his father in a scheme by enrolling into a school in China and to graduate as an untouchable elite. A misunderstanding from a teacher who boasted the MC’s unexpected entrance test scores to the school as well his crush on a beautiful L-type girl forced the MC to be creative and hide his C-type alignment. Armed with his inherited Zhuge Style of cheating (ranging from parlour tricks to near-sorcery levels), he has to trick his way though his new school life under the eyes of vigilant teachers and rowdy rivals alike.

It is well written but perhaps the written word isn’t suited for a story that depends so much on flash and style. Still, it has a unique premise that might be interesting for those who are looking for something different. <<less
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The Strong, The Few, True Cultivators on Campus
September 7, 2016
Status: c306
As of Ch.30. (Please scroll to the end for update)

Quite enticing. If you're the sort who enjoyed Ancient Strengthening Technique's lewdness and The Inverted Dragon's Scale downtrodden MC, this can be another good title.

The writing is decent, the translation passable. Basically you get to read about a poor and tragic MC who had fallen on bad times. He comes across a mysterious mentor figure, introducing him into the world of cultivation and martial arts. The mentor wasted no time in informing the MC that the fastest way to progress... more>> was by way of s*xual acts, and that it's all but necessary to prolong his life. That gives you the general idea of the story. As of Ch.30 there isn't anything explicit yet, the MC remains level-headed and rightfully reluctant, chastising the mentor for being a pervert. You can get a feel of the author's own wariness as well, for the author very quickly introduced clauses of "merely being in the girl's presence" and "holding her hands" being sufficient for the time being. Otherwise, the story would have gone full H too quickly.

The general plot is average: the kid is finally standing up for himself against generic bullies, schemers and overbearing figures who have little or no redeeming features whatsoever. They are written in a way to provoke instant disgust and anger on the part of the reader, we are constantly left wishing that the MC punish them in the most devastating way possible. For me, I did not expect too much but I will continue to read on, hoping that the MC layeth the smacketh down on the antagonists soon. It's like watching a wrestling feud, the heels intentionally incite anger from the audience. Whether this sort of baiting is appealing or not is up to you.

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Update: This is one of those stories that can be understood using Google Translate, as the dialogue and actions are easily digested (at least, for me). I have read ahead to ch300 in the raws and my initial assessment about the story's perverse direction seems to be in error: the MC attracts the attention of other beautiful women but he remains loyal to his number 1 girl. There have been lapses but they are written "as unavoidable" and he keeps repeating to them "I have a girlfriend". The story seem to move along at a decent pace, a lot of foreshadowing about the mysterious martial/cultivation world as well as his forays into the criminal underworld. For those worried about a perverted MC, rest assured that he remains level headed as far as I have read.

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Man Huang Feng Bao
June 23, 2016
Status: c7
The comparison with Emperor's Domination is apt, the premise is about the same. Super expert reincarnates into the body of a weakling after a long stretch of time. Even the part where the MC picks a seemingly useless item instead of a glittering weapon. Then we have an overbearing walking pair of boobs who remains unconvinced, and as of this chapter, the MC is being shipped off to a tournament-style event without too much hopes from his sect.

The main difference with Emperor's Domination is the MC's attitude. Both are supremely... more>> confident with themselves, both have vast knowledge and experience to draw upon, both are in a sect on its last legs. But whereas the MC of Emperor's Domination seems less urgent and does things at his own pace, the MC of this story is more brash and direct. The pacing of the story is a little faster too.

It's like comparing two stories, for example Transcending the Nine Heavens and Otherworldly Evil Monarch, both are very similar to each other and yet differentiated by their respective MCs. <<less
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9 Heavenly Thunder Manual
March 8, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch. 88.

This is an urban martial arts series with inner strength cultivation, set in fictionalized versions of China and Japan, thinly veiled with different names (though the US is called the US). It has factions and organizations that are basically the modern equivalents of sects and clans, where it is usual for special martial artists to command immediate respect among the common people.

9 Heavenly Thunder Manual tells the story of a young man who was thrown out by his adoptive clan. Suffering what was essentially a lynching,... more>> he miraculously survived and awakened his hidden powers, eventually finding his way back to his best friend who took him under his wing. Growing in power by leaps and bound, the MC bears a grudge against his previous clan and now determined to clear the mystery surrounding his mother who had given him away to the clan in the first place.

I believe the author is influenced by titles similar to Ma Wing Shing’s (of Storm Rider fame) urban action manhwa series, Black Leopard (officially licensed in the US). To give an idea, the cover of one of Black Leopard’s issues had a man German Suplexing a military helicopter. Another cover had a crazed man headbutting a missile.

Though 9HTM hasn’t reach that extent yet, you get the basic idea of a modern setting mixed with such superhuman martial artists. It is a little similar to other urban novels here like Wicked Soldier King, Juvenile Medical God and Genius Sword Immortal in that you have people talking about aspects of modern living (clubbing, business deals, cars, mobile phones, triad gangsters etc) as well as martial arts and cultivation.

The story itself isn’t unique, especially for one who is used to Hong Kong comics. Basically you’re going to read about the MC Lei Yu doing the usual things: powering up, surprising people with his growth, killing enemies with sudden bursts of esper-like lightning martial powers, revenge and retaliation for one thing or another... even discovering a mysterious beast. The usual xianxia aspects, but in modern times. Sprinkled around is his interactions with his estranged father who is the head of the clan that had thrown him out as well as beautiful women who are attracted to his manliness. By the way the titular “9 Heavenly Thunder Manual” hasn’t appeared yet.

The writing is simple, the dialogue nothing special. Things happen in pretty much a straightforward manner. This and that happened, the MC reacts, decides to do something about it, repeat. It is not as bloodthirsty as other xianxia novels, but he is obviously self-righteous and not afraid to do what he thinks is necessary. One can breeze through the chapters in one sitting like I did, not really missing anything if you forgotten a detail or two as long as you remember who the bad guys are (and the author likes to remind us who they are).

All-in-all the story and its depictions of s*x and violence reminds me of the mangas drawn by Ryoichi Ikegami: Crying Freeman, Strain, Sanctuary, Heat... all titles that has elements about the seedy world of urban crime and action.

As for the racist overtones mentioned by other reviewers, yes they are there. Do they detract from the story? Perhaps to some. The author doesn’t shy away from writing raw opinions into the story, put it that way. To me, the story doesn’t have the gloss in the first place to be damaged by such influences. If you decide to skip this novel, you won’t be missing much. For those who decide to read it, it’s a simple comic-like story that can serve as time filler. <<less
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Juvenile Medical God
February 25, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch.60. Early heads-up: the chapters translated by Asherah Blue have been deleted, you have to google for them.

The setting is interesting, the MC’s behavior is somewhat believable. He is not your usual hero with lofty aspirations, he’s looking out for number 1, ie himself. The problem is that the MC’s background isn’t explained at the start. Immediately it is insinuated that this unassuming student is a poison expert with a martial/cultivation background. We are not given any info about his purpose except a vague directive by his... more>> hidden master to take over and clean up the criminal underworld. At one point his parents showed up briefly, but other than revealing they are professionals in their respectable fields, we have no idea as to MC’s upbringing or past.

At some points I got a sense that this is a web novel whose plot is written on the fly by the author, influenced by the comments left by his readers. Perhaps the Chinese readers praised certain aspects of his novels and he reciprocated by writing more of the same.

In any case, the text is decently written. Once you get rid expectations of a heroic figure and instead think of the MC as a scoundrel, the story becomes more palatable. Dialogue are pretty straightforward, the plot moves along even though it takes a strange detour of trying to use legal means and computer hacking to take down a drug lord in a wuxia/kungfu story. Once you get used to the idea of a student capable of doing many things (including snake charming) and forcing criminal gangs and politicians to bow to him, you will get a better-than-expected story.

Another user was very negative about the MC, and from what I read thus far I smirk to think what that user would think about Yue Yang from “Long Live Summons!”. What the MC Qin Lang has done seems pretty tame to Yue Yang’s bloody revenge and unbridled perversion to multiple female characters (some aren’t even human). Both MCs are pretty similar except they are in different environments, Qin Lang actually still has to deal with the ‘troublesome’ authorities with some subtlety while Yue Yang can pretty much do what he wants because he has the strength. Another similar MC is the MC of “Heavenly Jewel Change” Zhou Weiqing who is an even bigger rogue than Qin Lang, and lies more blatantly and had a forced s*xual incident. Ch.62 shows the woes of Qin Lang who can’t really act out his heart’s desires yet.

Around chapters 40ish there was a change of translators and he or she was probably working without an editor and it shows. Some sentences are not reformed coherently and a person unused to MTL can get confused by it. The translation improves again with another change of translators after Ch65, so just be prepared for some rough spots in between.

If you liked “Long Live Summons” and “Heavenly Jewel Change”, I think you will like this story set in our modern age. You can also read Wicked Soldier King or Genius Sword Immortal which has a similar wuxia-in-a-modern-world setting. All-in-all, a very underrated story. Deserves more views. <<less
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God of Music
October 1, 2016
Status: c46
I'm a sucker for rebirth/time-travel/2nd chance type story, and I like this one. It's a cursory exploration about the Korean pop industry and if you're familiar with their culture and drama, you'll see bits and pieces of the typical in here: a sick sister, jealous rivals, star-struck trainees, troublesome talents, the difficult training process etc...

Each arc throws a situation that involves a problematic talent (usually rookies) at the MC and he solves it with his ability to visually see a talent's output and thus making them popular by tweaking them... more>> accordingly. The MC is almost vanilla, a blank slate with little or no outward personality and seemingly tries his best to get along with everyone. Then he moves on, leaving those new stars in his debt and in awe of his judgment.

Each chapter has the feel of a 15 minute web drama. It decent and almost slice-of-life like as there isn't a main plot as yet. Characters are developed but not really fleshed out enough for a reader to care too much about, a problem that is compounded by the author's own inconsistent naming.

It's ok, can be better. It's still something that I would read. <<less
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Top Management
July 17, 2016
Status: c16
Decent. Instead of time-travel, the MC has precognition: the ability to see into the future. It manifests like a daydream without his control. Using this information, he begins to influence events of his present self while constantly questioning his ability as well as doubting the people around him.

Reading the chapters made me realize why many such stories prefer straightforward time-travel or being gifted with an item instead of this MC's limited viewing of the future. The precognition ability in this story seems very awkward and unwieldy and I can't help... more>> but wonder if the author would have an easier time if the MC had just returned from the future or received a future diary of sorts; instead of experiencing a random dream out of nowhere whenever it is convenient. So far, it seems to trigger whenever he meets someone new (except the first one which paved the underlying premise).

What kept me interested is the dilemma the MC faces: he is aware of possible multiple timelines due to his actions and cautious about his co-worker. It's unlike the story The Princess Wei Yang whose MC returned to the past and had no qualms in immediately taking pre-emptive revenge even though technically some of them haven't wronged her yet in her new life.

Whereas the MC of this one realizes that the changes he had caused might affect people differently than those in his future memory. He is doubtful but still alert against the potential enemies of the future. The writing is easy reading, nothing strenuous. As with other stories that deal with popular culture in Korea and Japan, I keep wondering if the characters within are parodies of real-world persons. I suspect a native Korean reader might enjoy such trivia, though it shouldn't detract fans of the genre from giving this a try. <<less
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King Shura
March 2, 2016
Status: --
Impressions as of Ch. 50.

King Shura very much reminds me of Ze Tian Ji and Jiang Ye (both by Mao Ni). The writing is languid and unhurried. The author doesn’t try to elicit violent feelings within the reader, rather the prose flows to show simply what the characters are feeling by simple and effective dialogue. You don’t get an overall sense of anxiety or tension that you find in other works like Against The Gods.

The author is building the scenes and the world patiently, never throwing a huge wall of... more>> info-dump. There is no reason to throw paragraphs about levels or geography because ultimately the series is about the MC crossing paths with a handful of important characters after entering the martial world. Of note is the official illustrations (usually one per chapter) at the translator's site.

But 50 chapters in I’m not sure how the story would end in 307 chapters according to the info sidebar. Which is fine because I enjoy looking forward to the next chapter.

Don’t let the word “maths” detract you from reading this, it’s just a label. It can be called Dao or leylines and the effects is the same. Basically the MC is gifted with an ability to perceive things as they are in numbers and formulae. An anime simile would be Shiki’s Mystic Eyes from Tsukihime which sees lines instead of numbers. Anyways it is a plot device for the MC, like Chen Chang Shang’s prodigious memory in Ze Tian Ji. The reader doesn’t need to think too much about the mechanics.

There isn’t much action thus far, and in what there was the MC wasn’t even directly involved as he is still a ‘normal’ person as yet.

The translation is good.

However, now that I know the quality of the writing (which admittedly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea), I do wish the translation is a little faster, or that I decided to read when there were more chapters. <<less
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World of Cultivation
February 23, 2016
Status: --
Review of Ch.163.

It is difficult to simply say "you must read this". The core of any novel in the genre is the MC, and perhaps to some readers the MC of "World of Cultivation" might not seem appealing. You have a MC with a paralyzed, zombie-like face; someone who prefers to keep to himself and only went down the cultivation path because it's the road to an easy life. But as usual, circumstances forced him to do things when he preferred to not get involved at all, that his advantages... more>> are fueled by money, money and more money. He prefers a simple existence, but realizes that being rich and powerful are required. Personally, I feel the closest MC in feel and style to Zuo Mo would be the MC of "I Shall Seal The Heavens", Meng Hao.

Other than the mystery of his face and origin, there isn't a plot revealed yet, so I'll leave that aside for the future. The translator has done very well in conveying the subtle humor of the text. It is very nicely written, not the simple "he did this, that happened, everyone died" type of sentences that you see in average stories. The characters are not bland, the action very well described.

What is currently available is a good read. <<less
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Re:Monster
February 2, 2016
Status: --
Re:Monster is written like a diary, and it reads like one written by a kid stuck on a wish-fulfillment fantasy. It's literally about how the MC eats, sleeps, powers-up. At first it was interesting, but as the MC grows he gets more abilities than he can use and overpowers every single challenge that he comes across. The side characters exist to revolve around the MC, they don't have much personalities of their own except to be his right hand and s*xual relief. There is no over-arching plot, no real danger... more>> to the MC, no prime antagonist. Each chapter is episodic in nature, a day-to-day adventure of a more lewd Superman. At least Arifureta's MC has a goal (going back to Earth).

I put this in the Frozen Throne category, ie, something you can read while doing your major investment in the toilet. <<less
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Ancient Strengthening Technique
October 12, 2016
Status: c1101
The epitome of a lewd MC who is lucky with women. Each female character introduced is described as ridiculously sensual and alluring, and for one reason or another each is also more powerful than the previous. Even the tragic single mother love interest is described as having unlimited martial potential.

If you disliked the fooling around of Yun Che from Against The Gods, you will find more here. The MC flirts outrageously with almost every woman he sees, and the author throws them into situations where these peerless beauties had... more>> no choice but become dependent on the MC for one reason or another. Outstanding beauties of status and/or with powerful bearing, one by one they get reduced to blushing, weak-kneed women. Strong s*xual images are described herein, so if you're looking for suitable 'payoffs' after some courtship instead of herbivore naive MCs, you'll find it here.

The story itself is a mish-mash, the MC has a long term goal of protecting his family but he veers off here and there, tripping over women and offending the faceless trash that wants the women for themselves.

Update as of ch1101: Some new readers might be surprised by the huge number of chapters, but I skipped many of them because they contain nothing substantial. Entire chapters are dedicated to descriptions of powering up of certain skills, a reader could literally scroll past several paragraphs. If there are no quotation marks to indicate dialogue, it means the chapter is usually not plot-related and about as interesting as reading the review of a piece of furniture.

The MC literally flies from one woman to the next. Even after fathering several children, the women happily stays at home while he goes about the world for years and years. A female character is only given prominence if the chapter or arc is about her, otherwise she becomes a faceless background character with the rest of the harem, offering knowing smiles and saying nothing else.

It is truly one of those novels filled with repetitive plot devices... even the fillers are repetitive. The only positive point of the novel is that once you're used to reading it, you know which chapters to simply scroll through and which ones to actually read. <<less
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Battle Frenzy
October 10, 2016
Status: c6
Initial impressions.

Written by the author who did Tempest of the Stellar War. It is similar in the sense that it also a story with a futuristic setting set in a school, a MC who is underestimated and had discovered a secret. Other familiar aspects include a loud-mouthed friend, aloof school beauties, and the MC's affable personality. From the mtl, It also has some sort of virtual reality combat where participants are of different classes (ranged/melee/tank), and the MC using a low ranked persona to unexpectedly defeat notable opponents.

Needs more chapters... more>> to distinguish itself. <<less
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