Crossing to the Future, it’s Not Easy to Be a Man


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After dying from a strange terminal illness, Ling Lan was reborn into a world 10000 years into the future. Although she dearly wished she could just live a peaceful and uneventful life in her new healthy body, fate had other plans …

Forced to disguise herself as a boy just so she could inherit her deceased father’s premium military benefits, Ling Lan’s journey to adulthood was full of challenges. After much difficulty, she finally turned sixteen when she could drop the charade. But before she could grasp her newfound freedom to get married and start her own family, her resurrected father decided to go ahead and throw her into the Federation’s top military boys’ school.

With these twists of fate, Ling Lan had little choice but to walk further and further down a path of no return, one of cold and aloof dominance …

Crossing to the Future, it’s Not Easy to Be a Man average rating 4.8/5 - 524 user ratings
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New rayayaya rated it
March 18, 2018
Status: c1450
If you want to read about a super soldier female clueless in love MC (appearance like a male), a super beautiful like a female superstar shameless obsessive male MC (who always shamelessly flirting with female MC without knowing she's female), a cute alien super powered beast (whose have an unique talent) , an undying (dead to alive to dead to body snaching) super talented (taboo, black bellied, overprotective instincts against male MC or any male that may take his daughter) dad, a lot of minions from childhood (that always get... more>> an upgrades throughout the story following female MC), and a over 1000 chapter stories. You may like this story. <<less
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New Piggychan rated it
March 14, 2018
Status: c152
I like how everything was described in detail, sometimes a bit too much, but the daily update makes up for it perfectly. Even though the MC is still a child even after 152 eps, I don't feel bored at all.

Anyway, I guess it's just preference and all, but this story doesn't deserve 2 star rating, like at all. I'm writing the comment to sorta give it the justice it deserves.
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arashi-chan12 rated it
December 13, 2017
Status: c48
At first I was skeptical of all these 5 star reviews being a some sort of Qidian conspiracy... but after reading it, it's actually rather interesting.

Just kinda think of it as a somewhat xianxia plot (kinda), but sci-fi and with a crossdressing MC haha. Honestly tho, it's pretty refreshing to see a female in this type of "manly" setting. Crossdressing hijinks are something to look forward to too ;3

Basically our MC Ling Lan dies at 24 due to a long term illness. Before her soul can scatter, she's saved by... more>> this super advanced AI thing and dragged through space and time into the future (not the future where the AI is from tho). In that future, there's mechas and hover cars and cultivation and such. Ling Lan has a golden finger with super good body constitution and spiritual power and a training system and a good lineage, but things don't go so easy for her in this military dominated society. Seems like it'll head into politics/interstellar war territory too, so that's something I'm looking forward to.

Not sure if you can consider our MC as a Mary Sue, but it's a nice change from all those vengeful female assassins and doctor geniuses these Chinese female protagonist novels are usually plagued with. She's cool and kickass in her own way, not to mention that since she's crossdressing, she shouldn't have to be subjected to the weak and pretty stereotypes for females you see a lot... then again I can't read ahead (dunno a lick of Chinese) so I can't guarantee anything. Let's hope the male lead doesn't stick to the stereotypes either.

Give it a shot up to 34 if it peaks your interest, then switch over to Qidian if you feel like it has enough worth to continue. The translation quality of both have been really satisfying so far. <<less
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Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
January 23, 2018
Status: c1443
Last update : 16 Mar 2018.

After half a year of hiatus, the author recovers and the story continues..


Read it. Love it enough to read google's MTL !!

Transmigration to the future, Female MC, hard working MC, social interaction.. That's normal.

However, when you combine Gundam with Wuxia and Inter Galactic Starwars and battle and war and Psyche Training and humerous Romance and Boy Love and Army Politics and Traitors.. You get this wonderful novel!


There're reasons for the development of MC in every arcs. A bit of plot armor is acceptable (and require). The dialogue and humor between each characters is very good, almost everyday-like talking, not overrated drama.

BEST of all - the female MC is surrounded by good boys, but there is NO harem. The romance is developed slowly and hilarious romantic, as the female MC is very tyranny and cold heart and cruel and ruthless male BOSS since childhood until adult (and no one know that she is not male!).

But the male MC still loves him (her?) despite she (he?) clearly state that he (she??) hates man.

BTW, should we call boy love if the female MC loves the male MC?

Ahhh! Do not expect any romance until ch. 800++

Sorry, NO harem or intercourse or s*x scene at all.

BTW, The most hilarious about the characters is that male (assistant) MC. He is the most beautiful girl of the whole galaxy. He knows that too, and use his peerless beautiful face to unceasingly allure the she-male female MC.

There is school (and inter school) fighting arc, but not boring at all. SOME characters (several) who appear in these arcs are not just the passer-by but pivot in 300-400 chapters later! Such as <spoil>the superstar singer girl who is on the stage to calm down the soldier</spoil>. She is the very boring character that's finally discarded but developed into malignant male MC, 400 ch. Later!

This author's style is also applied to some minor and insignificant events too.


Some flies in the oil. After Ch. 500, the author (has to?) uses the conflict between China (Federation of Huxia) and Japan (Sunset Empire) and USA/EU (Caesar Empire) as the background (to conform to China government's "suggestion" to novel writers). Bear this in mind and enjoy the rest.


Last, the human in this novel lives upto 150-200 year old. The MC is starting from in-uterine fetus, and developing almost day by day. So in the early arc, it's something like manga novel for kids. However, later it become gundam for early teenager, school fighting for the late teenager, war for the grown-up, wuxia for the adult.
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lumiere rated it
October 14, 2017
Status: c4
As of now, this is a great novel, and while it's a reincarnation story, the story is original in the fact that the MC gets reborn into a world where there are galactic wars, mechas and spiritual energy! So no massive déja-vu for now.

The translation is well done, no error that make you cringe, so thank you translator♥

... more>>

The MC is a girl who died in her previous world because of having too much spiritual energy, she gets reborn in a sc-fi kind of world (mecha, federation,..) where her new father is lost in a war. To make sure she gets her rightful inheritence, her mother disguise her as a boy


I recommand it, since it's a very good story to read and not repetitif at all.

i just hope that there will be more chapters in the futur if possible!!! <<less
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Railman rated it
January 8, 2018
Status: c81
Unique and interesting indeed, only problem is the author re-structure words and sentences on chapters to fill into other chapters, its not really much of a problem but it becomes glaringly obvious on later chapters, you can easily skip 3-5 sentences even paragraphs and you wont miss anything from the plot..i mean they even have 10 chapters for a single enemy confrontation which can be easily summarize into 4-5. In conclusion, a unique and interesting novel ruined by greed.

Oh also there should be a shonen tag included there. Felt like... more>> im reading a japanese manga aimed for kids <<less
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somnious rated it
March 7, 2018
Status: c1448
As someone who keeps up with the raws to the most current release (and is also the original translator), this series is something I'd definitely recommend.

A few things first, every chapter and every event has it's relevance to the story. It's a very well plotted out novel that knows where it's going. However, the issue is that most english readers can only keep up with the current translation release, which might warp people's perception of the novel.

The author is the kind of person who reveals the setting as the story... more>> goes along. Thus at chapter 100, the amount of setting you'll have is actually very small and mainly centered around what Ling Lan knows. The author's not the kind of person who feels it necessary to bog down the reader with immediate detail on everything, but she does like to sprinkle in a few things that will show up in the future. I guess the best way to describe how the story flows is like a game; a lot of information is intentionally obscured until it finally has plot relevance.

Don't assume that you can just skip chapters either, because the novel isn't built on episodic events. Every single one of the chapters has it's intention and meaning. Every chapter is meant to further the plot, explain a bit of the setting through other characters, and/or develop side characters. The really isn't much filler.

Anyway, if you like a good, intellectual, or just fun time, I do suggest reading this novel before making any hasty judgements. The story is constantly punctuated by Ling Lan's own brand of humor and is really quite good. Outside of some confusion with names, this series is pretty easy to follow with machine translation too (if you really can't wait for official translations to come out).


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President_Lincoln rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c131
This novel has certainly panned out to be top-shelf material. Simultaneously fresh and trope-defying, the read has been enjoyable through-and-through. The other reviews do well to outline what tropes I am likely referring to. However, the pace is slower compared to most light novels, and this has come at the cost of slightly less action. In turn, the novel does well to thoroughly develop a diverse cast of characters that is, in my opinion, reminiscent of Douluo Dalu. The romance is virtually nonexistent at this point in the novel, and... more>> while the ML's identity has been hinted, I do not expect any development in this area until the characters age further.

I do recommend this novel; I believe it to be among the best in the female MC tag.

A quote from a previous reviewer:

"Then my last complaint is how the story forces you to read each chapter carefully because if you miss one chapter due to being bored, you won't know what on Earth is going on."



That is how reading works. You cannot just skip chapters and expect there not to be consequences. Are you daft?

I am far too old for this nonsense.


President Lincoln <<less
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Yuki Chan
Yuki Chan rated it
December 10, 2017
Status: v1c43
Very nice, though I feel sometimes we have better technology now, that the future in the story, but this was probably rewritten a while ago, so I can understand.

So this is a mix of technology and martial arts. It is very amusing, I can't wait for more updates. Qidian International has always had stable updates on the stories I've read. I'm so very happy that they've picked it up.

Anyways, she got this "system" which is super cute, and I love how there's not to much drama, it just subtle reminders,... more>> that not everything is perfect, and the MC needs to grow stronger.

We get to see her grow, it is very fun to read. I can't say much without spoiling it, so just read it. <<less
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Syila239 rated it
February 16, 2018
Status: c1443
This novel is superb! Its a female protagonist tag kind of novel and the protagonist is totally awesome. Not too OP and still defeated/in crisis at times. Although she had to hide her identity due to chain of events (mostly caused by her father), she still proves that despite being a woman, she can still stand equal/above man.

Just finish chapter 1443 last night and I wonder if there is continuation to the story cause the novel (raw version) has not been updated for almost a year I guess. Was it... more>> because it is already license? I hope someone can clarify this point. Totally recomended to those who likes to read strong female protagonist tag novel (im not into the cute and weak type female protagonist novel) <<less
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Jass rated it
February 15, 2018
Status: c123
Interestingly enough, the MC is female and she isn't one of those female reincarnators/transmigrators that want to take vengeance on some random rich ass family, wowing people with her OP ass doctor skills or poison assassin sh*t. She doesn't have a trash body either, something I see very much in those female MC novels...

You have no idea how refreshing it is to see this.

Read it, especially if you're sick of those "I've honed my OP professional skills for years and I will politically slaughter this family through subtle verbal manipulation... more>> and while seducing my cold ass husband" novels. <<less
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Loosergirl rated it
January 7, 2018
Status: c78
This is one of my new favorites on Novel Updates. A sick girl is reborn into a healthy body far into the future. Unfortunately, her father died, and she has to masquerade as a boy in order to inherit his military benefits.

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Following birth is training and measuring of her combat abilty. This gives the sense of planning for the future much like a crafting or strategy-type fantasy, where the reader's expectations build over time.

Some characters attempt social maneauvering to get the better of the heroine, similar to quite a few Chinese historical romances. However, this isn't the focus of the story. It never gets to the point where everyone is out to get her. Several characters are amusing.

Action scenes appear but have clear endings and don't dominate the plot. There are also some descriptions of cultivation practices.

Expecting a harem in the future.


Overall the novel has a varied plot which prevents the reader from getting bored. The mecha setting is also a breath of fresh air.

Though the main character is strong, she doesn't entirely cross the line into becoming overpowered. She even has a weakness.

The slow age progression might annoy some people. The world building is also a bit illogical at times. I don't think this pulls the story down though. <<less
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Starvenus rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c75
It's a mix and match of themes. You have a 24 years old female MC from our current earth who died from sickness she endured for as long as she lived. Then an AI that's bound to her took her soul/spiritual energy to a new world. She's basically reincarnated not transmigated cause she is a fetus in her new mom womb, she didn't take/occupy anyone's body.

The new world she's in now is 10, 000 years after. So this world full of futuristic sci fi stuff; hover cars, virtual reality, mecha,... more>> wormhole, planet wars. It's quite interesting that the story is a mix of everything.

Our MC is an interesting person; makes funny monologues, cute dream/goal, tenacious, ruthless and decisive when she wants to (she kicked a monster skull straight into its brain), sly, smart, cautious.

She is forced to live a life as a boy due to family/clan difficulties that threaten her immediate family.

The story is entertaining so far, personally I like it. It's quite hard to find an agreeable female MC for me so far she fits the bill. ;)

I usually stir away from mecha theme cause I don't like the theme but the MC draws me in.

The one I enjoy the most is her monologues/antics especially when she was in her mom womb, I find it quite hilarious. <<less
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ohmygulay rated it
December 9, 2017
Status: c43
This is an enjoyable read if you want action, comedy, gender bender and an female protagonist!

It is set in a futuristic setting, where something I would normally stay away from because of 'expectations' or 'depictions' of what the future would become. But this novel made me a captivated, even with this setting, which is pretty awesome.

The translation quality is also good, that is understandable and actually readable.
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Maja rated it
October 21, 2017
Status: v1c14
im still quit at the beginning of the novel

but I believe that this is really nice to read!

Its not the usual rebith story where the MC is gonna take revenge and change fate bla, no!- Its far more interesting (even thought there is the sci-fi element because of the futuristic world) its a mix of different elements which show that the story will definitivly be entertaining.

Ehem the socalled elements are for example that shes being acompanied by a "system", or the fact that she is forced to crossdressed and there... more>> seems to be a secret matter with her soul...

all in all its a good read

but unfortunately we are still at the beginning of the novel! <<less
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CrazedFanatic rated it
March 8, 2018
Status: c143
The character development is well done and the interactions between each character is interesting. I personally enjoy the cross dressing aspect but I feel that it hasn't really been brought up much. Its more like just a character setting at this point. (Will edit if any changes.) The reasons for the MC's strength is also well explained rather than just leaving it as her being a genius.

Overall, I think it is well written and the translation quality and release rate is good.

p.s The description spoils the plot which is a... more>> shame as the MC is still only 10 and her father is not really mentioned much as of yet <<less
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KKristen rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: c80
This is an exciting and fast-paced read that won't leave you bored. I read everything up to the current chapter in one day.


After suffering from terminal illness for over 20 years, Ling Lan dies and her spirit is transported 10, 000 years to the future.

... more>> Despite her hopes to live a peaceful life, she's thrown into a military society and family drama. Forced to act as a male in order to retain her mysteriously deceased father's inheritance, she learns combat arts and enters military school as a "young master."


This novel has a lot of good points: a level-headed but funny female MC, endearing side characters, a unique setting, and great pacing. It's almost like a cultivation novel set in the future.

In particular, I really appreciated how the author takes time to show Ling Lan growing up step by step. It makes her OP skills/cheats seem a lot more realistic when you witness the grueling training she goes through every day. Nothing comes easy for her, and the story takes the time to show her growth and development in an engaging way. Even as of Chapter 80, Ling Lan is still a child at Scout School (not even near her teenage years at the prestigious boys academy described in the novel description).

The translation quality is also very good with daily releases.

Overall, this is one of the best and most attention-grabbing female MC novels that I've read in a long time. Highly recommended for now. I will update this review later as the story progresses. <<less
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Flashman rated it
March 10, 2018
Status: c142
Rating is not due to this being a Qidian novel. I repeat not. I disliked how the MC had no goals. The only reason she grew stronger was because she was forced to. Though when she finally does get a goal it is freaking hilarious. Dropping this due to children being tortured and blatant Japanese hate. Seriously can you be anymore obvious? The evil enemy empire screaming baka...
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BAAM rated it
February 14, 2018
Status: --
I would never read a book with a female lead written by a female, because there would be alot of feminist pr and I would hate watching a reverse harem. However this book is great so far and also some guy whos read the whole thing was talking about there being no harem and no romance until 800+ chapters. I did see a bit of that "s*xism" bs but its not a big deal atm, this author is very good at structuring the story. Its like a IET story with... more>> more details and no excessive bs. I hope it maintains its clean structure and doesn't drop in quality. <<less
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Vsilver rated it
February 24, 2018
Status: c132
I find it quite interesting and a pleasant read. Having a female main character is refreshing since most of these type of novels have male protagonists. So, I definitely recommend it.
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fireutsie rated it
March 3, 2018
Status: c138
I liked the novel for the first 100 chapters or so due to it's nice pacing, world building and character exploration (mc) and side characters. But recently it has taken a turn I don't like. MC has become more and more like those ruthless Wuxia/Xianxia mc's who just stomps everyone and everything. I really liked her character in the beginning but it has changed. Not only the MC, but the general setting, the instructors lines of thoughts, all have become too much like those cliche Wuxia/Xianxia battle wn's. I'll update... more>> this review once we're further down the line. <<less
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February 28, 2018
Status: c131
A quality, unique novel that actually deserves the praise it gets. Normally I read novels in line with Coiling Dragon and A Will Eternal is my favorite story of all time but this one is a pleasant and enjoyable read with a different turn. Good book, should read.
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