Dongfang Bubai’s Reborn Yang Lianting


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“The sun rises in the East, only you are invincible.”

From beginning to end, the only one Dongfang Bubai loved was Yang Lianting. In their past life, even though Yang Lianting coveted power and position, even though he never held him in his heart– But Dongfang Bubai’s love, isn’t it just like this? Falling in love with such a person means not only accepting his good, but also tolerating his evil.

Reborn Yang Lianting returned to a time when everything had yet to happen, which gives him the chance to reflect upon himself, the chance to treat Dongfang well and to return him a lifetime filled with happiness.

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18 Reviews

New pHantomRJ
May 20, 2022
Status: Completed
It's great that I gave it a try. This novel has some potential. Just that the plot is straightforward redemption and I liked the CP. I love the MC Dongfeng Bubai, he is so innocent in love, and his passion and love for ML are so pure, I used "pure" because I don't know which words are suitable to describe his love for ML, and the writer wanted to portray.

Deny in last life, accept in this life, betrayed in last life, and loyal to this life is the role ML... more>> played. I loved the way ML was trying everything to make up for the last time.

They tried their best in this lifetime and that's good enough.

Thank you, Translator, for your hard work. <<less
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New yellauraya
May 14, 2022
Status: Completed
★★★★☆ [3.5/5 stars]

I should have rated this novel higher than this because it really has great potential. After reading 'The Wife is First', I was looking for novels with the same theme of 'redemption after rebirth' or something. I love to see that kind of sweet angst, the way either the MC or ML regrets being a scum in their past life and try to redeem themselves in the next life and become a doting and caring lover. This novel considered to be what I was looking for. But you... more>> know my problem with this novel? The narration ended up being so repetitive and I actually felt frustrated about it.

I swear, almost every chapter, you'll be able to read the same narration of 'I hurt him in the past life, fortunarely I was given a chance to start over again', 'I was a scum, how could I have not seen how precious he was', 'He was cold and cruel on the outside but his heart is soft, I should have noticed it and treasure him' and many more along those lines. Like, for real! You've already mentioned it for how many times, you don't have to repeat it every single time. It dampened the emotional scenes a few times. But if I chose to close my eyes and ignore that problem, the story itself is actually good. I liked how the MC (seme protagonist) really see what's more important for him after experiencing his past life (which is his beloved Cult Master) and try to compensate by being a deserving partner for him. This novel wasn't focused on the revenge to those who killed them in the past life, but on their relationship and how he was going to manage it without repeating what happened back then.

This novel is still worth picking up, but I really felt frustrated to the point of skimming some chapters. It has only 66 chapters (which I considered pretty short) so it won't take too much of your time. It was not deep, plot-wise, but more focused on the character development and it was still good. <<less
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Tsubaki -
Dec 30, 2021
Status: Completed
But that pain can't compare to the sorrow I felt when I saw him kneeling for my sake.

Dongfang Bubai's Reborn Yang Lianting is about an infamous scumbag pursuing his invincible wife again and anew.

-This review contains minor spoilers-

I decided to translate this novel because I like it a lot, so beware of a biased review. This novel contains mentions of self-mutilation, murder, dubious consent and infidelity. Please don't read if you aren't comfortable with these topics.

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"Greetings to the Cult Master!"

Dongfang Bubai, lit. Invincible East, is the master of the Sun Moon Holy Cult. He became the cult's current leader after ousting Ren Woxing from power and forces the congregation to consume poison pills to ensure their loyalty. He mutilated himself to learn the skills in the Sunflower Manual and became the most powerful martial artist of his time. However, cultivating the manual causes his nature to change.

Yang Lianting is a lowly handyman working atop Blackwood Cliff. He is not a good person and doesn't think of himself as one either. He intends to right past wrongs, but doesn't succeed just because he wants to. He makes mistakes, he hurts the one he loves again and again, but he still remains by his side no matter what in both their past and present lifetimes. Yang Lianting tries to redeem himself by letting go of his desire for power and position, by disregarding societal norms, and most importantly by treating Dongfang well.

The novel focuses on Dongfang Bubai and Yang Lianting, who fall in love with each other again and anew. It is 66 chapters long and concisely written, with each chapter the two gradually grow closer. Their relationship progresses from master and servant to married couple as they build mutual trust and understanding, as they learn to express their love for each other. This process lasts until the final chapter. The happy ending resolves their entwined past and present lifetimes with a plot twist that matches their characters.

The novel is written from Yang Lianting's perspective, as such the reader is mostly limited to his view of the events. He connects past and present events whenever he momentarily gets caught up in his memories. Certain connections and inconsistencies in narration are often brought up again in later chapters.

Though the focus is on the two main characters and the hurdles they face, the various side characters liven up the scenes. Including the gruff Tong Baixiong, scheming Zuo Lengchan, and money-grubbing Monk Huiming.

The antagonists, Ren Woxing and his daughter Ren Yingying, aren't inherently evil. Ren Yingying's goal is to save her father from the ambitious Dongfang Bubai, who usurped his position years ago after being driven into a corner. From Yang Lianting and Dongfang Bubai's perspective, they're simply foes that must be defeated so they can live peacefully. From Ren Woxing and Ren Yingying's perspective they're the foes that robbed them of their rightful position and harmed them for years. Revenge isn't the main focus of the plot, but connects the characters together. It's not a question of good vs evil, rather both sides want to take revenge against the opposing side.

In fact, all of Blackwood Cliff agrees that even the 'good' Righteous Path consists of a bunch of hypocrites, much less the 'evil' Sun Moon Holy Cult, where one can get killed in the blink of an eye. However, the heavens decide over one's fate and committing evil in excess may lead to karmic retribution.


In case these names sound familiar, that's because the fanfiction takes place around ten years before the events of Jin Yong's Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Prior knowledge isn't necessary to read this novel. However, the first chapter can be very confusing since a lot of information is introduced at once. If you want to read up on their 'past life, ' I recommend taking a look at chapters 30 and 31 of Smiling Proud Wanderer.

Unlike Jin Yong's work, this novel is not a Wuxia epic with countless colorful characters and expansive worldbuilding. This novel is main character-centric, the side characters and antagonists have minimal screen time, as such they are underdeveloped in comparison. Dongfang Bubai and Yang Lianting's characters are consistent throughout, but can be hit-or-miss depending on your preferences. Furthermore, for a Wuxia novel the fight scenes between martial arts experts and the scheming between sects are minimal at best.

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Dec 30, 2021
Status: c4
First of all, Why did 3 people rate this novel 1 star when only few chapters are tled??? Did they even read the novel or are they against danmei?? I didn't want to rate or review this novel until I read at least 10-15 chapters but I personally think this novel absolutely doesn't deserve this kind of low rating at all.

As of now my rating is a 4 star but these 1 star rating kinda passed me of so I'm giving it a 5 star.

Since I didn't read Smiling, Proud Wanderer, I didn't grasp the plot perfectly. I'm not familiar with the characters, especially other characters since they aren't introduced properly yet so I'll only talk about both main characters. If you are thinking of reading this novel then please... more>> go through the tags, Translator's warning plus the carrd. The translator has done an awesome job with the translation and infos.

Now, to the review:


Yang Lianting (MC) is the seme/gong and Dongfang Bubai (ML) is the uke/shou

What I understood up till now is that Yan Lianting, a lowly commoner guard used various means to get close to Dongfang Bubai, the cult master for fame & power. He used Dongfang Bubai, hurt him in every possible ways one could again and again then left him like a used good. Even so Dongfang Bubai is the most important person in his life in both past & present. I kinda understand his reasons because in a world like that, where the weak are stepped on by the strong, he needed power to withstand. But does this excuse his mistreatment of Dongfang Bubai? NO!

Yang Lianting is a scum, he used Dongfang Bubai, treated him cruely, disregarded his love, kept lover outside just because Dongfang Bubai couldn't give him children. He got closer and closer to Dongfang Bubai until ML couldn't get out of his trap. (I don't know what else he did since I haven't read that far). Tbh I really hate him ad probably can't forgive his actions but at present he's a changed man. Since the novel has given him a second chance then I'll wait and see how far he can go with his reborn self.

As for Dongfang Bubai— he's what you call a person with sharp tongue but soft heart. In the past, Dongfang Bubai loved him despite everything Yang Lianting did to him. He even changed his original voice into a high pitched girlish sound just because Yang Lianting didn't like his original voice and ridiculed it. If this isn't devotion then Idk what is!!! Since this novel is from Yang Lianting's pov I'm not yet clear about Dongfang Bubai's character.


Please do give this novel a chance and please don't rate it 1 star without reading!!!

This novel is basically a fanfiction of Smiling, Proud Wanderer. I think the author really loves this Yang Lianting character and wanted to give him a different future, where he reflects on his actions and learns how to cherish his loved ones. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO READ THE TAGS AND WARNINGS BEFORE READING!!! DON'T READ THE NOVEL IF YOU'RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE WARNINGS/TAGS!!! <<less
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Feb 27, 2022
Status: Completed
This is essentially a fanfic wish fulfillment book for one of the saddest couples in The smiling, proud wanderer. There is quite a bit of repetition (I wonder if it sounds better in Chinese). However, that sets up a lyrical quality to the story, and definite personality for the characters. The translation is also amazing, with miticulous footnotes whenever the story references the original book.
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Jan 31, 2022
Status: Completed
Dongfang Bubai's Yang Lianting is like a knife hidden in a fluffy cushion.

The male lead quickly falls in love with the protagonist and the following chapters are filled with fluff. However, from time to time Yang Lianting remembers their past life. His memories disrupt the romantic interactions and reveal the tragedy hidden beneath the surface, which he keeps from Dongfang Bubai.

The present may be sweet but the past is bitter.

About the final ~10 chapters:

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My favorite chapters are 59 to 61. Dongfang Bubai's pov of the past is heartbreaking to read. Though the next few chapters were comparably mediocre, chapter 66 was a great resolution to the novel. I went back and skimmed through chapter 48 onward. The hints and the red herrings were there. Dongfang Bubai keeping silent about remembering their past life for over a year (!) just to keep Yang Lianting happy, fits his character too well.

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Jan 07, 2022
Status: c21
I love stories like this. MC gets a second chance to pay back the ML who he harmed previously. This is surprisingly short which is pretty nice, so far the focus is on the MC & ML developing a relationship. There's mentions of possible future conflict with a righteous sect, but I'm unsure that'll ever be focused on, and I'm ok with that.

The MC & ML are not good people. The ML was scum obsessed with gaining power and petty. The ML is moody and murders people when angry. It's... more>> mentioned he only became like this because of his cultivation technique, which is pretty sad. He gained strength but lost control of himself left to always be lonely because everyone is scared of him.

Now, I'm probably overthinking this, but MC repeatedly reflects on his first life with ML, and he's straight up scum (though the ML giving into all his demands is concerning and awful) and yet. He remembers everything ML likes, and knows ML well enough to understand what ML's thinking. This makes me wonder how the ML viewed their first life together. Would their past together come off differently in his view?

Anyway, this is short and worth checking out if you're a sucker for this type of premise. Just, it's pretty internal and calm so far which may not work for everyone. The translators doing a great job! <<less
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Mar 21, 2022
Status: --
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this novel if I’m being honest. I was rooting for the scum gong to change his ways and be better for Dongfang Bubai in the beginning, but once I realized what had happened in the past and how horribly he (mc) had treated him (DB), I was just hoping that Bubai would give him (mc) a harder time. I believe unconditional love is beautiful, but only when your conditions have been met. While I do like the novel, I just can’t get... more>> over what happened in the previous life.


how lingfang had basically imprisoned Bubai in a courtyard underneath the cliff he went to train at was just disrespectful and demeaning for him (Bubai). At that point, I was really feeling for Bubai and was cursing at Lingfang for being a slag gong. And when we find out that Lingfang slept around with multiple beauties because he was such a coward that he didn’t want to admit that he liked Bubai... ! Forget about it, I was basically begging Bubai to cry, get mad, run away, throw a fit, something!!! But noooooo. But then, then!! We find out that Bubai had known all along about all of this and was willingly kept and abused by said slag gong! The dog blood drama had be choking in anger and I wrote off both Bubai and Lingfang. After all, it takes two to tango. While I hurt for Bubai, he had encouraged Lingfang’s behavior and was too much of a doormat, which was how they spent an entire lifetime without ever realizing that Lingfang actually felt the same way. It’s too much guys, I’m dying.


Annoyingly enough, the plot is mostly smooth sailing for the MC and Bubai being such a doormat made me choke in anger. The beginning is my favorite, because you don’t know how badly the MC messed up, but the end is really bittersweet. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, and feel free to disagree with me too. After all, this is just me writing my own thoughts on the book la~.

(also, is this not based on another series? I came across Dongfang Bubai in another novel and apparently he’s a big figure associated with homosexuality. His background is the exact same as the novel and it seems like this book is an ending that someone else wrote like a fan fiction because his ending was too pitiful) <<less
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Feb 20, 2022
Status: Completed
i loved this story so very much. It was moving and the love between the MC and ML was everlasting. Throughout the novel, you get the perspective of both the MC and ML therefore creating a deeping understanding of both characters as the story progressed. I'm glad I decided to read this novel and the translation was great. Their love is felt throughout even when the MC didn't yet realise it in their past life. I would definitely recommend this novel. Thank you translator for putting in the time and... more>> effort to fully translate until the end. Five stars <<less
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Mar 14, 2022
Status: Completed
"Dongfang Bubai's Yang Lianting is like a knife hidden in a fluffy cushion"- PineTreeNo.2

Really couldnt say it better, it's bittersweet, fluffy, sad but not too sad, just enough for us too enjoy and value the sweetnes even more.

It has a kind of #unreliableNarrator vibe that as the end aproaches will make you glad cuz it is more of a POV conflict that just relieves the heart

Probably would read again 👽
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Jan 26, 2022
Status: Completed
The author tends to repeat themselves but other than that, the story is really good. I like the CPs depth of feelings for each other and the internal conflicts that they go through. They are definitely not one-dimensional characters whose psychology doesn't match their actions.

It's worth reading.
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Dec 30, 2021
Status: c3
I have discovered the novel today. I have only read three chapters so I don't know many things to really write a review. I will come back later to modify it. I like the translation, it is easy for me to understand. For now, what I like is that the MC is not parcurlarly special and strong even though he was reborn.

Thank you Tsubaki for letting us discovering the story.
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Mar 12, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a very good novel

Loving how it was more about them thank actual revenge. It is nice to get a a gong reincarnation instead once in a while and see things from his points of view.

The story was short and simple with none of the unnecessary background or total misunderstanding.

5 stars rating !
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Mar 17, 2022
Status: Completed
A very poignant story to binge. Beautifully written and translated. There is angst for sure and this is not your fluffy romance. But the romantic side is written very well. Very good read highly recommended
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Irissska O_o
Mar 03, 2022
Status: Completed

I did not like main characters at all. Both of them were not good people, they killed just bcz they were in a bad mood, they betrayed people and then had the nerve to be angry when they were betrayed back by the same people they had betrayed. They were both cowards with the lack of self-respect. But I still liked the story. It felt realistic and logical. The only thing I am not sure about is the s*x – could Dongfang feel anything at all with his condition?

Translation... more>> is very good. <<less
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Jan 30, 2022
Status: c1
I started reading this with high expectation, but after reading for more than 30 chapters, I'm not sure if I will finish this novel...

I can't understand what makes Dongfang falls in love with Yang Lianting in their past life. How Yang Lianting treats Dongfang in their past life is so cruel and nauseating. In their present life, how Yang Lianting treats Dongfang sometimes make me cringe. I too feel Dongfang fell too quickly to Yang Lianting. Dongfang is too overpowered and Yang Lianting is too mediocre.

*sorry for my broken english... more>> >< <<less
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Jan 18, 2022
Status: Completed
It was cute and more of a 3.5 but felt like rounding up. It's all romance, quick revenge and not much about cultivating at all, so if you are in the mood for face slapping and cultivation, shelve this one.

I did find it annoying how the author was very repetitive about him remember his past life, and would use a lot of words to say the same thing. I found myself skipping or skimming a lot.

The ML fell for the MC too quickly in my opinion. Also the whole ... more>>

kidnap arc

I skimmed a lot and rolled my eyes a lot.

So why 3.5/4 🌟? I'm really not sure, hahaha. I have so many complaints but I feel warm and sweet after reading it, and I binged it in 1 day (took a sick day at work because I binged and stayed up all night). I've also read so many bad novels lately that this was a breath of fresh air. Therefore I gave it the rating I did.

The translation is good, nice notes. I MTL'd from chapter 42 and the MTL was so easy to understand that I forgot I was even machine translating it at times. Just a note chapter 45 here = like chapter 16/17 on the site I used. The translator didn't change the chapter numbers, it was just set up like that.

As a side note: I didn't know this was a spinoff story of another work (fanfic?), so the beginning was very confusing for me. I felt like I was missing some things but I just accepted what I didn't understand and the rest was cleared up as the story went on. Probably won't read the original as it's not my cup of tea <<less
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Jan 02, 2022
Status: --

Calling this love is simply disregarding the true meaning of the word. I had a 'tiny' bit of hope, but the author crushed them all with their reasonings.

Guess I figured out why I don't like / hate reading seme protagonist novels.

Both main characters are utter clowns, and their clownery surprises me lmao.

Not a single good character.

I'll just take a brake from ancient novels.
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