Dawn Sleep

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Three years ago, a grievous news came from the distant stars, Crown Prince Ryann died so heroically on the frontier that even his remains couldn’t be found and returned home.

The Empire has lost its handsome and dazzling prince, as well as one of the strongest new crystal human beings in this century.

It was said that the prince left a poor widow behind.  

… At the funeral, the young widow had black hair and white skin. He lowered his head in silence as he held the coffin.

The royal family and high-level officials of the empire couldn’t help frowning greatly: The person who made His Highness fall in love during his lifetime was actually such a vulgar creature.

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Jiang Jianming worked like a salted fish in the imperial military academy for three years, and he was unremarkable to the extreme.

In the graduation season, he calmly rolled up his baggage and stepped into the cruel distant star battlefield to collect the body of His Highness.

Everyone knows that disabled humans are weak, and they have no fighting ability at all. How many people either sneered or regretted, just waiting to wrap the corpse of this young man who had exceeded himself?

Until later, the pale young man scoured the scorched earth covered in blood, and when he raised his hand, the sound of gunfire broke through the long night. The Milky Way was reflected in the bottom of Jianming’s eyes, and the blade of the mecha was bathed in crystal and starlight.

Behind him, countless new human beings were convinced by this ‘proud son of heaven’, and they all called him “commander” in unison.

The alien creatures were frightened and trembling;
The rich and glorious dominion star-lord treat him as a guest;
The mu*derous space pirate love and hate him…

Jiang Jianming smiled slightly: “Don’t be so exaggerated, I’m just a weak and sickly disabled human being.”
Imperial people: “?”

So when the monarch came back from hell to the world, facing the legendary story that his lover had turned the distant star upside down for him, the monarch raised his eyebrows coldly: “Nonsense. The commander is just a weak and sickly disabled human being… Tell me, who encouraged him into a mecha today?”
Imperial people: “???”
  
 —Please light the withered years, go through the remnants of the old civilization and the cold stars, and wake up in my arms before the dawn of mankind.

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sakirol
New sakirol
April 29, 2024
Status: c106
In-progress. 4/5.

Incredibly strong, well-written, plot-driven story. There's no filler. Everything that happens has a place in the overarching story.

The setting and characterization could be considered infuriating, so it's unsurprising that there's a large divide in ratings. MC is a person who sacrifices everything. Others are amazed by his talent, but he has no ambition. He is only doing things to get to his goal. This isn't a faceslapping novel, and it is not a weak-to-strong novel.

One other complaint is that thus far, the villains have been written to be cartoonishly... more>> evil or strange - like anime villains. Maybe that'll get explained later on, but that characterization is pretty jarring considering how nuanced the main characters are written. <<less
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Birguslatro
Birguslatro rated it
October 22, 2022
Status: Completed
Most of the time, I read stuff here to turn my brain off and relax. This book is not one of those mindless reads. This book kept me anxious the whole time I was reading it. The author is a master with candy in one hand and a knife in the other.

You can tell the author put a lot of work in crafting the plot and premise. It wasn't just stacking words just to hit a count. She didn't waste time with filler, and even though it's a long book,... more>> I never felt like it was dragging. Everything she included genuinely had a purpose for existing. Even the super long flash back didn't annoy me because I was so emotionally invested in the characters that I actually wanted to know the details of how everything in their past went down.

Just a warning, this book will torture your soul. You will fall in love with the characters and you will want to hurt the author for torturing them over and over, always described in artistic prose and striking imagery. I felt the beauty of it even through the jank-ass lens of google translate. The times I cried during this book...

There is so much to love about the relationship with the main couple, I can't even. After reading so much danmei with toxic relationships, I feel cleansed after finding this one. Everything about this love story is so perfect. There is no dubcon, coercion, s*upid mind games, etc. Even though there are some parts where the ML withheld the truth from the MC, it wasn't without reason. The power balance between the two never felt like it tilted too much in one direction. The MC is a very strong character and even though you will always worry for him, since he is dragging around a tattered sack of a body for pretty much the whole book, his personality is so strong that you never feel that he's weak. The ML is also a strong character that does not hesitate to sacrifice himself for his "dawn". The MC similarly doesn't hesitate to set himself on fire and charge into the abyss, searching for the ML. They are that kind madly devoted couple.

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It's rare to see a ML with a defined character arc. Actually, this boy had 2? One was when he had amnesia and the other during the flashback. I am so tired of your standard domineering CEO with facial paralysis that I get very excited when I see something new. It's like encountering a shiny Pokémon, seriously.

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Another note, some authors seem to think that to display how much two people are into each other, they have to smash all the time? No man, this is how it should be done. The s*xual element of the main couple's relationship is probably the one of least importance. The forbearance, the long years of waiting, the devotion, all feel so much more affectionate and genuine than 10k words describing how character A kabedons, then drags character B into bed or whatever.

I hope this gets translated faster. I got impatient and MTLed but I am definitely rereading a legit translation. <<less
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LeniSnow
LeniSnow rated it
September 9, 2022
Status: --
My reading comprehension might be different from yours so take my review with a grain of salt.

I'm just starting and it's been fantastic so far. Haven't seen the ML yet but with how strong mc's devotion with the ML show so much about their relationship and how they feel for each other even it's been three years. I can feel the love even though it's just from MC, his longing. Remember that everything he is doing is for his love one, to recover even just a bit of him and... more>> know why. He got nothing to lose that's why he isn't afraid of anything anymore.

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MC is also determined, once he have decided, nothing can stop him. He know what he wants and how to get it. He is strong willed and extremely devoted, I haven't chance upon a character like him in like 6 months. He isn't the strongest physically but his mental character is admirable, his determination is what makes him rise to power to his full capability, I'm joking he is op but not in the annoying way, it's in progression and there will be a reason. He is Gary Sue with his connections due to his fiance tbh everything is smooth flowing for him and his wimps are granted all the time, he wants to be the inspector or be an adjutant and he will be granted easily, no questions but again it is portrayed not in an annoying way because again, I know there will be a reason. His capabilities are shown rather than narrated, unlike other novels which usually states he knew how to do that because of some random reason, he doesn't brag nor does he suggest like a know it all person because a she said he isn't a hero, he just want one thing. But that one thing is what ignited him to take action.

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It's also well written with details that is acceptable and not info dump. There are interesting characters that have their personality and you know aren't written just for the sake of being a canon fodder, well they are but much more interesting. It's unexpected when the feels would just hit you, the author did really great with expressing the characters emotion. There is a reason for their action and it's well thought out. Although there are instances where the MC shoulder everything and makes me wonder of the protocols.

And I'm glad to see that there is a real friend near MC who isn't secretly in love with him like in brainless novels.

I m sure there is more to MC (yes, there is), because why is everything so smooth flowing in everything he does. It's like he is being guided to push forward. I really like the ML, for me he had the most hardship and contribution, from his birth and through his life, I'm way too invested in him.

Edit: I'm a quarter through and it's been great still.

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Edit: chapter 163 and I'm getting quite bored but that is because I am not really into interstellar and I'm only reading this for the romance, but for me to continue this far means that it's great. I didn't even liked imperfections by priest.

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I think it's okay, I'm not really a fan of a MC centered novels where the male leads' prowess although mentioned is brushed off and everyone flocks to the MC like a bird, singing of praise, appreciating his hardship, etc. It's my problem and I really like the ML here than MC that's why I keep reading to know what happened to him. I like the story but as it goes further and further it gets annoying and I just want it to end. But I like the ML so, hayss

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Ann99
Ann99 rated it
September 28, 2023
Status: DNF
The MC isn't as good as the blurb indicates. I also don't really dig "marriage of convenience " because it's basically having a wife for the public and technically making your lover a mistress"

I also don't like how ML's queen behaves with MC.
The ML and Queen are known as a very loving couple in the public's eye, they also have a kid in name. So basically MC will have to spend his entire life in the shadows, and see his lover's name tied with someone else's forever. And if their relationship gets out anyhow, then MC will be known as the third party/ mistress.
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Alysx
Alysx rated it
September 22, 2022
Status: Completed
The story is definitely heavier than what is seen in the light-hearted blurb. Author was definitely ambitious when writing the book and was successful in executing it. This entire tale was masterfully and poetically woven into such a gem, with many beautifully described scenes as well as emotionally charged moments. Personally I don't like reading the interstellar genre, but the writer had me hooked in the first few chapters and I immediately went to the raws to finish reading

The romance and plot are nicely intertwined, neither overpowering the other. There... more>> isn't any plot holes that I can spot, and the story unfurls in a seamless manner. The main cast and side characters are compelling, allowing me to live the story alongside them. They had great character development and I highly admire and respect the tenacity of the MC and ML to go against all odds and strive for victory

Romance:

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I have a very very soft spot for the ML and the MC. Both of them had extremely difficult lives ;w; Please don't hate on the ML and give him a chance, he actually didn't ditch the MC but was rather doing everything for the sake of the MC (you'll have to read the story to find out). In fact, the ML knows that the MC has to suffer lots of injustice in society due to his body physiology and tries very hard to fight for the MC to be treated fairly. He's quite protective of the MC and pampers him loads.

On the other hand, the MC originally felt that he wasn't a good match to the ML because of his humble beginnings and sickly body. This actually caused the MC and ML to clash many times because the MC doesn't want the ML to go so far for him. In fact the MC even once described the ML to be like a ferocious beast who has chained the whole of humanity on his back and is dragging all of them forward to progress even quicker, so that the MC can be saved. However, the MC doesn't want that because he thinks that it'll be extremely lonely for the ML as no one can keep up with his speed.

Ultimately, they manage to find a middle ground. Overall I think the romance has a balanced dynamics and is sweet :)

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Personally I really love the MC as a character, his mental fortitude is extremely strong and he has learnt to never stop walking, even if he sets his entire meagre existence ablaze to light up the way. Seeing how he sikes other people continuously always brings a smile to my face. More on the MC's character:

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On the contrary to another review, I personally don't think our MC has everything smooth sailing for him. In fact, our MC has to bear many grievances. He's been taught harshly many times that life is unfair, especially to those with his physiology.

He likes operating mecha, but his own constitution leaves him at a huge disadvantage compared to his peers. He can't live peacefully in society as people discriminate against his kind everywhere and they don't see his merits and hard work for what they are. Even he and his lover were repeatedly torn apart by circumstances.


Despite all these, he still pushes on. My poor boy even did the literal equivalent of poisoning himself so that his body can (barely!) withstand the harsh conditions at the frontier. The essence of his character can be seen from one of his quotes:

"It is immensely difficult to live without any regrets, for we humans only have one life, but at the very least, we should die with a clear conscience and without any shame."

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The basic plot:

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We're first introduced to this world with the MC graduating from a military school and how he wants to go to the frontier, which is rampant with aliens and space pirates, to seek the truth of the ML's departure and "death". This is actually literally impossible for the MC because his natural body physiology is unable to withstand the harsh conditions at the frontier.

Basically humans are split into two categories those with crystal bones (?) and those without. The former is split into different ranks as well, based on how strong one's crystal bones are. MC is of the latter and thus his physical constitution is pretty much the lowest of the low

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But the story gradually thickens (but please don't quote me on this because this is too scifi heavy and I skimmed through this part lol) :

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We find out that humanity has been parasitised by the very thing they are proud of-- the crystals. Said crystals are actually living organisms and use humans to reproduce and gain strength for the mother body. Once the mother body accumulates enough strength, it can cause a huge explosion of sorts (?) and that would be very very bad

It's basically a war between species and humans are already at the losing end. The people in the know are unwilling to publicise the knowledge in fear of a total meltdown of society and order

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Will highly recommend it even if you don't like interstellar genre (I skimmed through the parts that were too nitty-gritty on the scifi setting and still had an absolutely wonderful time). Now I gotta scream into the void and deal with the withdrawal symptoms of finishing such an immersive story <<less
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takame
takame rated it
February 20, 2024
Status: Completed
For those that love world building I recommend this. Good A+ story, very detailed and had lots of action. Romance is also a major part. A bit funny in some parts too so overall it is an entertaining read. The complicated plot was handled masterfully. Doesn't deserve that low rate at all.

If you are looking for an easy read, fluff and character centric story with idealistic view, don't bother reading as its none of those. It is an awesome story with characters that have flaws and wrong decision which... more>> made them more realistic and human. MC is a little bit of a Holy mary as he is a self-sacrificial type but the whole point of the story is to give him a chance to be happy and loved. The ML and their circle of friends definitely did a great job w/c btw spanned decades and unmentionable budget.

Also, I think I need to address the "matrix" thing and ML's complicated persona. At first, I'm torn between amnesia and multiple personality...
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and its not exactly clone either which caused a lot of confusion. It is explained in detail later tho. So any did I say it is not exactly clone? Bcos it is just an extra body but STILL THE SAME SOUL. The technology they develop started with projecting the soul to a cultivated container/body. The amnesia part is due to the early version of technology where the transfer cannot import the memory else it will cause overload. It is fixed layer as the technology improves. Ofc the personalty that will develop depends on the environment the matrix grew up on. But still as it is the same core, will be essentially similar.

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lucieldetroix
lucieldetroix rated it
October 21, 2023
Status: c5
The MC is very annoying. Can't tell if he's really smart and determined or an idiot and weak willed.. The heck he's just letting himself be bullied and allow others mockery. Can't understand the story plot at all... nor can I tell the mc's goal at all...

Does he only want to find his fallen lover or does he want to prove to others that he can be something? Gosh the story is totally different from the summary... Pretty anti climatic..
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Kyaaaaaaaaa
Kyaaaaaaaaa rated it
August 9, 2023
Status: c150
Rating: 5 stars (yes, no decimals for now, just 5 stars because I'm quite impressed).

It's a great novel. Excellent world-building, seemingly weak but very very strong MC *in mentality and tactics.* I consume a lot of novels and have a goldfish memory, but still the plot and feelings associated with this novel remain with me.

You're really going to feel for the MC, who is desperate to find out the truth behind the ML's involved incident many years ago. He's not aggrieved though--no, he is far from that. He is a... more>> character determined to keep a promise no matter the cost, and you can see his love for the ML an infinite amount of times. The ML is a cold tsundere, and a lot of his introductions in the novel and his unfolding backstory will have your head whirling and your heart clenching. Both characters are done excellently, and they're really the highlight--the romance, the companionship, and the trust between them is incredible. I'm not going to say more in this regard, but truly, their relationship is impactful and stretches beyond lust, which many novels tend to portray with love. It is so hard to describe in words, but what they have between them is this iron love that is unbreakable in nature. Truly, man.... It really does impact you reading about them.

Now, to the plot, which is lovely. Plot is a huge part of this novel, and everything is quite intertwined with the mysteries in the past. I'm not going to spill much, but I must say, that while there is no huge plot twists, this novel is gripping in its own right and has constant action. Both MC and ML are not OP, making the plot even more immersible for the reader--after all, if you know the ending, the enjoyment is reduced a bit. The side characters, while not built as dimensional as the ML and MC, are still quite vivid in portrayal. Females aren't antagonized, males don't just end up liking or bullying the MC, and the people in power are not all corrupt and actually help the MC and ML out. Ain't that refreshing? Friendship and comradery is something the author focuses on, which makes her world-building so much believable. It really isn't just the ML and MC against the world, you know?

Oh yes, speaking of world-building, it is hella cool. Evolved humans are of the crystal race, in which crystals are quite literally integrated into their body at birth; these evolved humans are evaluated at letter rank based on how well they can utilize the crystals in their body (and our ML is S+). MC is especially at an disadvantage, especially when most mechas and weapons are based on crystal manipulation, but he continues defying the current stigmas with his brain. It's tough for him, and he really goes through quite a bit, but his determination to find out what happened to ML makes him willing to do anything (my kid, I just wanna wrap him up and take care of him).

This is my overall evaluation, although I ain't finished yet! It is a very... long novel for me, and I'm not the hugest fan of MTL-ing complex novels like these. The only thing I would say is that the ML's power-ups at moments feel.. illogical? Same thing with plot complexities and answers to a few mysteries. I'm not sure how to describe it, but something is not piecing together for me... almost feeling incongruous. That's probably the cons of MTL-ing, and I'm not going to hold it against the author just yet. Enjoy! To those who can read Chinese, I am quite envious of you. <<less
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Ilover
Ilover rated it
August 2, 2023
Status: Completed
One of the most epic love stories I have ever read.

The author put a lot of work in crafting the plot, details, and her style of writing is so my style.

A lot of reviewers have already laid down summaries and said what I have to say so y'all don't believe this low rating like hello 3.8?! This gem of a story doesn't deserve this low score. Anyways I mtled the rest but I want to shout out to the translator. Their little ending notes and helpful context behind idioms, words... more>> and hard to understand sentences really helped me on understanding the story. Their translations is so top-notch quality-wise.

5 STARS ✓✓ <<less
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Aethirios
Aethirios rated it
May 6, 2023
Status: Completed
This is literally one of my all time favourite stories. The ML and the MC are so good. This was one of the only stories where I could feel the weight of the relationship, their bond. The ML actually has a personality too! Not ur typical ice berg or just the sunny golden retriever, but like, actual personality. The MC feels like an actual person too. Both sacrifice so much for the kingdom and for each other. And ofcourse it's a HE.

Also I have seen a couple of coments getting... more>> confused about the ML. There is only one ML. There are so many layers in the story which has to be slowly peeled back to figure out the entire situation. The MC and ML are absolutely devoted to each other and to the people of their country.

I love this story to death. It doesn't not deserve the current low rating. Do try reading for yourself instead of listening to people who has not even finished one third of the story <<less
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yayachan
yayachan rated it
January 2, 2023
Status: Completed
So beautiful 🥰🥰🥰

The plot, the romance.... Its been a while since I read a very good novel. Very recommended. The MTL is readable. But I will read again for the Translation.

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Its HE

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vvcastell
vvcastell rated it
February 25, 2024
Status: c287
Finished the whole thing and I am very emotional at the moment. The MC was so tragic and strong, and the fate between him and the ML is more that just simply love, but a story of mutual salvation. Loved this novel and the character development!
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shadow1716
shadow1716 rated it
March 13, 2023
Status: --
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MC swaps his 'undying' affections from the og ML to the new ML fairly quick (no there is no slow-burn, the romance starts and 5 chapters later they are a couple. The plot is all over the place, story goes off track in the first 10 chapters. MC is sent to the frontline as an advisor/tactician but suddenly he is now there as a mech pilot? Which isn't allowed by the military but its okay they will just haze him and let him brush the new MLs face.

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Alekhya1994
Alekhya1994 rated it
December 12, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a very good read, I actually mtled the whole series and it is actually very good

So many up and down's are present and I think this is 1st which I read completely in this year

The author did very good job and I really loved it

The love between our ML and mp is so good, how depth their feelings are

Actually I also want to have this kind of love 😍
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Lalaleeloo
Lalaleeloo rated it
March 30, 2023
Status: --
This book is really good so far, and I got a feeling that more is happening before I finish. The MC seems badass in his own way, and ML kinda seems weak mentally, so far.

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So far:

Plus when you realize MC numbed his feelings long ago, and never tried to find the crown prince only out of love but instead anger, it gets more depth. I guess the anger he feels against the empire and it's people is one that is personal for his ex and is beyond personal. Plus when he cries in agony when he finds the mech is just (chef's kiss).

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Overall I would say the author has done more than enough to provide us with a decently built MC. He is weak, he is strong, he has amazing self awareness, and somehow keeps alive while killing himself. <<less
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kkyomimi
kkyomimi rated it
March 25, 2023
Status: c55
I wish that people would try this book out. It's absolutely amazing. The translation is a bit confusing but they upload 2-3 times a week so I'm 100% okay with that.

You can clearly see how much MC loves ML. As a weak human, he's willing to enter the military just to get the ML's remains. He doesn't care if he dies, he just wants to see ML for the last time ; ( ((apparently this novel is HE btw XD)

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I also fully believe that Garcia is Ryann. I mean, how can you not? XD. You can actually see that even if Garcia lost his memories, he would never lose his feelings for MC which is hart hart

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So yeah, I hope you'll give this book a shot! You won't lose anything if you will XD <<less
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periperi
periperi rated it
January 4, 2023
Status: 190+
3.5 stars rounded up.

I gave up midway because it was getting a bit all over the place. The novel does have a good and extensive world building that I'm not reading right. Will need proper translation for it. So I'm rating it more on the relationships. I actually quite liked the side characters and I really like ML. The premise of it being interstellar with 2 unique kind of humans ("crystal" humans and the other normal humans).

Minus points I will dump all in the following spoiler. I do think it's... more>> a personal opinion.

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Biggest spoiler is that ML probably lost his memory and comes back as an amnesiac. There's other complications because many chapters later, we find out he might be some kind of clone? Anyway amnesia is the plotline here. I'm not sure what constitutes a person but the new ML has his own personality and thoughts and he doesn't want to be referred to as the old ML. Does he count as a new character? But MC still professes his love (later on, it's slow build up) to new ML despite establishing the fact that new ML doesn't want to be seen as old ML. I have no idea how to feel about that. Because should they be respected as 2 separate characters? Then later on, new ML kind of takes on old ML's identity despite still not having his memories and this is already at around chapter 150. So by 150, we still haven't fully seen original ML. I'm already accepting new ML and have no idea what to feel about old ML. By 190, we have an almost full picture of what old ML was doing (via flashbacks) but I have no idea what to feel about this weird triangle. Like who is the real love interest anymore? Is old ML coming back? Also, I get that MC is to be a physically weak character but he's pushing it by vomiting blood and being on the verge of death every other chapter. He has this seeking death attitude that I'm not really vibing with probably because everyone's telling him to think about his health but he's like nah. Then he goes and dies and that's where I stopped. Because it's just going off the tracks now.

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So despite my conflicting feelings in the spoiler, I really like ML (maybe more so than MC).
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And I actually mean new ML because I kind of felt for him with his struggling identity crisis.

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Overall, perhaps I'll enjoy it better once the translation is out. <<less
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