Insectoids: The Job of the Males


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After three days of working nonstop, Cheng Zhaoci has transmigrated (read: had a stroke) as is everyone’s wish.

What does it feel like to transmigrate into a male, the rarer s*x of the insectoid race?

Cheng Zhaoci would reply, ‘yeah never mind that, there is still work that is my job to do.’

One day, the internet of the insectoids that had a sore lack of entertainment media suddenly featured a new account that had short serial comics. The comics had sweet love, passionate fighting, and all sorts of imaginative stories. Many fans flock to follow this account. Of course, many shemales were sceptical of the 1-to-1 monogamous love depicted in those comics.

Later, when Wing Commander Wei Zhuo was deep behind enemy lines, his xiongzhu, the Wing Commander Cheng Zhaoci came to rescue him without hesitation. That is when the shemales realised – there certainly can be sweet, sweet, love. It just doesn’t belong to them.

The shemales only want to smile and wave them away.

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New The_Mad_Queen rated it
November 17, 2023
Status: Completed
It's been a while since I've liked a story this much. It was good for someone like me bcz while I like lighthearted stories, them being too lighthearted can make it boring really fast. So this story had the right amount of sweetness with our cut main couple and a little sadness with the whole Male -shemale situation. I liked that it was shown that not all males were bad unlike what it seemed like at first. There were good and bad both just like Shemales.

Though at the end I... more>> really disliked the pirates and what they did. No matter what happened to them I couldn't sympathize due to what they did to innocent males. Reading about the male who developed stockholders Syndrome was so heart breaking.

I also really liked the main couple. I like reading different dynamics instead of the usual Cold ML and Sweet MC thing. So, the Shou being big and bulky while the Gong being petite and more feminine was really sweet. Especially when Wei Zhuo acted shy when it was so against his character.

I honestly don't get why I didn't find this story before bcz while it's not as good as MDZS it is not bad either. It's actually really good. <<less
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boilpoil rated it
August 17, 2022
Status: Completed
Hello, it's the translator here. This is a novel featuring a subgenre commonly MTL'ed as 'Zerg' (massive misnomer, by the way), but I believe this genre has never been appropriately translated onto NU (at least as far as Google would tell me), so I've decided to test the waters with this one. You might find the setting contrived, and it is. It's basically Omegaverse++. Feel free to give it a try if you're still interested so far.

Storywise, it's basically a fluffy slice of life story with some glimpses into an... more>> alien society. There are effective moments, but admittedly neither the male lead nor the protagonist develop very much (the protagonist especially). So if you're simply looking for something that could bring a smile to your face and not going to bring ruin to your brain cells, I would heartily recommend this novel to you, since it is one I found myself returning to every now and then if I needed something light to pass the day.

Edit: By the way, there is an explainer of the novel and the Insectoid setting in general in Chapter 0, which is not linked here on NU as it is not part of the main novel. If you find yourself confused by whatever xiongzhu and cijun are, they are explained there. <<less
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Kyogre rated it
January 4, 2023
Status: c54
Somewhere between 3 and 4, I guess.

The thing about this novel is that it feels weirdly indecisive. It's essentially like omegaverse stories that want to look at how the messed up power dynamics of the contrived p*rn setting would have a negative impact on the people who have to live there, so it spends a lot of time discussing the issues of the zerg/insectoid society. But at the same time, you can see the other reviews say that this is very light faire. So there's stuff like female zerg being... more>> tortured to death repeatedly and their killers getting off entirely without reprisal from the legal system, pirates then doing the same to a male, a war going on... but it's all in the background and just mentioned as happening to characters we haven't even met, while the main cast just kind of navel-gaze about it.

It also doesn't help that there is repeated mention of secondary characters how, actually, many males don't share the ultra-privileged perspective and see the issues in society, and how even the highest echelons of the government want to change things, but for some mysterious reason, the whole torture female to death for fun without any legal reprisal stuff has been gong on for generations and has enough surviving victims that they can form a military force strong enough to drag out an entire war.

I didn't finish the novel, so I don't know how the explain the mystery of how the previous, recurring uprisings were put down, but it just feels increasingly contrived that the novel both spends so much time discussing how these issues exist but also how they're not happening to the main cast and also how their correct moral perspective is shared by practically everyone they meet. It's wanting to have depth but also refusing to actually take the plunge.

I know it sounds ridiculous to discuss all this for a rather mid romance novel in this kind of p*rn setting, but I'm not joking when I say the authors brings it up constantly. That said, it's a reasonably competent story, and I imagine others wouldn't have the issues I do. <<less
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periperi rated it
August 24, 2022
Status: Completed
4 stars!

I liked the MC and his friends and the setting was interesting enough. As the translator stated, it's a fluffy story without major conflicts and I'm all for it when the mood strikes. In fact, I really like MC and his attitude towards his profession (a cartoonist), and even the stories he creates are interesting.

The people he meet are an interesting bunch, from his adopted brothers (who are "females") and the other males he meet, their interactions are amusing to read.

The only downside to the story for me is... more>> the romance:

perhaps I didn't read it properly because towards the middle I was reading a little faster. However, as 2 individuals with vastly different backgrounds, age, interests and lack of interaction, I just couldn't find the romance believable. It was like MC suddenly felt that ML was worth pursuing and went all in. ML did have superficial feelings for MC at the beginning but I think all the "females" did. There just wasn't enough chemistry. MC interacted with everyone else way more than ML before this sudden trigger (or the build up itself wasn't convincing).


Otherwise, it is a stress-free read if one is looking for something simple and feel good. <<less
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VictimOfGuiltyPleasures rated it
October 30, 2022
Status: Completed
I liked it.

It brought out a different side to Zerg novels.

Honestly I cried reading about what happened to some male zergs.

I felt sad for both sides. Both male and female (shemale) zergs.

I liked how the MC was decisive and proactive.

The romance developed too fast once it started though.

It didn't feel real enough tbh.

But it was still a good novel.

Had a good plot.
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September 11, 2022
Status: c26 part2
I've never read one from the insectoids (Zergs in other interstellar novels) perspective before and really hooked me. I highly recommend it. The translation is really good and the MC works hard for him and all the ones he cares about. Loving the story so far 10/10.
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lavendidi rated it
January 1, 2023
Status: c60
Tbh, I'm more invested with the stories MC write than his development with ML because it's too bland and sudden - I don't sense any spark at all. Their zerg world's viewpoint seems to grow more and better than themselves lol.
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August 28, 2023
Status: c78 part2
Mostly writing this as a counterpoint to Kyogre's points about how the story seemed too light and the protags too distant from the horror gently but starkly depicted in an around the rest of the plot. I half want to nitpick their not finishing the story yet complaining that they didn't understand why the males and females were going through such an awful tug of war when the author did explain it. Flatly, imo, but with way more grace and realism than I see in these types of novels.

For anyone... more>> wanting spoilers:


rebellions are not new to Zerg society at all. In fact the current twisted order came about because an S tier male rebelled so hard against his then-female oppressors using the magic of being genetically predisposed to rapid innovation in war technology that he turned it all upside down in the worst way possible. Female-led Zerg rebellions founder because males make + innovate most of their technology in this universe, so even if the rebels fought their way to the top, all it'd take was an S-tier male surviving long enough to flip the script again.

Obviously you can also imagine hellish dystopias where females extract tech advances from males while keeping them under heel via brainwashing and strict laws, but it'd be a society just as precarious as the one depicted in this story, especially if you also add in external aggression from any other race wily enough to exploit those natural gender fault lines.


Anyway my verdict for this novel was that I loved it; it was light yet satisfying, and its lows and sad points made it feel complete. I especially liked that the MC got to be special and famous all over with his own damn learned-by-himself skills, and that even though he managed to

make some changes in society, it wasn't all attributed to his skill or beauty or whatnot; the efforts of many other people were acknowledged, as was the fact that his comics came along at just the right time, socially speaking. There's some obvious suspension of disbelief involved wrt the barrenness of Zerg entertainment media, but I feel like this is the one story I can decisively handwave that for because the MC's success felt earned enough for me.


Okay I also especially liked that the author managed to have a bunch of 'social media reaction' comments without even once making me want to eyeroll myself to death. Imagine that, a novel where they're not just another vehicle for singing MC/ML praises or doing another round of bland face slapping...!

Last comment for real this time, GOSH I liked the main couple so much, even though they were a fairly standard 'love/lust at first sight' type, though not in an off putting way for me. And I also liked the way the author handled side characters and their own pairings (or lack thereof) ; it's funny, for a novel filled with many people lamenting not having a partner, it managed to do so in a really chill and relaxed manner, as well resist the urge to pair everyone off, have miraculous love 'fix' anyone, etc. And now I have to stop because I can seriously imagine spouting another whole paragraph or two about why this was so good. <<less
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HiddenHermit rated it
July 20, 2023
Status: Completed
Cute and easy to read story. At first I wasn't interested in the subject of comics and thought I'd find the novel boring. I gave it a chance since I prefer novels from the seme's point of view and am glad I gave it a go.

The intro isn't completely correct, MC, Cheng Zhaoci, does fly a mecha but never joins the military. ML, Wei Zhuo, is a member of the military though. Also, the intro mentions transmigration but I think reincarnation is a better fit for two reasons. First, there... more>> is no known story that MC went into... it's more that he entered into another world. Second, MC gained awareness while he was a baby... it didn't seem as if he took over someone else's body.

The novel does have some depictions of torture but it does not involve MC and ML.


MC was born to his shemale dad on a landfill planet. When he was 16, he was kidnapped but saved by ML. MC is a rare male, so he and his loved ones were brought back to the Capital Planet. Before this, MC had released a small comic that was well received.

MC was a minor and ML was a 25 year old shemale. The relationship between the two was more like ML was protecting MC because he was a male. As time went on, they began to have feelings for each other.

Throughout the novel, there would be descriptions of the unfairness of the treatment of shemales and demis by males of the species. This led to males being kidnapped and abused by pirates (made up of shemales and demis).

MC becomes an extremely popular comic who helps change the current toxic situation of the genders.

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Smtha rated it
February 10, 2023
Status: Completed
Not bad, haven’t read this type of story before. There’s alot funny scenes but also alot of sad stories) from MC comics. This world seem a bit like ABO but much crueler setting. The gender discrimination I guess happened everywhere. Those aside it’s a good read. I don’t know how to describe this whole story as there’s alot of funny, wholesome moments but also alot bloody dramas, abuses background despicted. But it’s also seem like a light read. Lol. Anyway I really enjoyed the novel. Thank you
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Kookies rated it
October 8, 2022
Status: c10
Look unique, the plot is good.

Just I keep imagining shemale as female with larger built. Everything they do make me think they are woman that thinking male are useless and must be protected.

So im not feels any BL here.
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earlgreyt rated it
February 3, 2023
Status: Completed
Normally would rate 4, translation is awesomesauce, raises it to 5.

This novel is truly a fun read. It has a lot of excitement, great pacing, and is an overall positive/fluffy tale focusing on the MC's growth from childhood to adulthood in a super skewed society.

It manages to balance just the right touch of social change/ethics/drama/oppression with humor and lightheartedness.

The majority of the novel is focused on the MC's love for comic drawing, and through which he tells his own stories (which I super enjoyed reading and even teared up once... more>> or twice from the MC's comic plots). He isn't a hero who tries to save the world, just a creator who wanted to provide people entertainment and used art as a medium for some of his thoughts.

I really enjoyed the way the author was able to balance that transmigration / main-character vibe, with a "your average guy" vibe.

I had a lot of fun throughout the story! And I do agree that some of the weakness was in the romance (an irony since the MC self-proclaimed to be bad at crafting romance in his comics too), but the rest of the plot more than made up for the romantic subplot in my opinion... <<less
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Ouryane00 rated it
December 7, 2022
Status: c60
Because of the cover, I thought this novel will be somehow gore and stuff (I first thought that the paint in MC’s face is blood/injury lol)

Anyhoo, this is a feel good novel that occasionally makes me unconsciously smile, laugh and feel warm hihi

Would definitely come back and finish this once the translation has been completed 💖
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BlTransmigrationfan rated it
October 16, 2023
Status: Completed
Best Interstellar or Sci-fi world with insectoid/zerg settings, like it's a nice romance, good flow of story, understanable world building and even the antagonist are not super good on inside or without mind, and the conflict is not resolved single-handed and there is actually a war that TAKES time, and it's not a hard read, favorite
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thebadgirl05 rated it
September 9, 2023
Status: Completed
My personal rating would probably be around 3-3.5 stars mainly because of how the story ended.

The way the story came to a close was disconcerting for me. Like why even add all the build up and deep insights on the extreme patriarchal and rotten power dynamics but brush over it with romance as if the previous cruelties depicted were just a background board with not much significance at all?

The way the two main antagonists ended without shedding more light to their characterizations other than slapping them with the labels of... more>> insanity and rotten while MC just magically assumes that ML would still end up good even without him just baffles me. The reasoning of how the two half-brothers were different hence why they would end up differently is plainly not enough a reason to come to that conclusion at all.. It's like all those tragedies and plots behind all served foil to their romance without thought.

Asides from that, the thought processes and focus of some of the characters at certain points in time are just highly out of place and out of the blue. Instead of placing focus on the victims of tragedy and the situation at those points of time, the author suddenly drags the readers back from that perspective and just stuff them back on the front seat to some dog food as if that would solve all other problems. It felt as if something smelly was placed in front of you and you were urged to eat some sweet candy while smelling that disgusting stuff and you can't just swallow the candy at all. Things just didn't fit at all.

Note: This reminded me of the second arc of the novel 'On the Thousand Postures Reconstructed by the Scumbags, ' same premise in that there is an extreme imbalance in power with an uprising that is about to occur. However, the author was able to accurately balance the bitterness and romance there while it was handled here in such a way that they didn't just fit. No hate though. <<less
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Butterflyoxo rated it
July 7, 2023
Status: Completed
Well all is good. This novel is past-paced. But the ending didnt seem like the end its kinda weird to just end it like that but because im not the author so I cant complain hahha I wanna see the baby lol
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saikya rated it
June 27, 2023
Status: Completed
So lucky to have chanced upon this title--- I devoured it in 2 days!

The translation, the writing, the characters --- all wonderful! This is probably the 3rd or 4th Zerg story I have read and they just keep getting better.

This is a must read!
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whoislikeaparadox rated it
June 1, 2023
Status: c78
I loved it!

Been looking for a zerg-like story and this one is very well written and engaging compared to others.

I would say the romance between MC and ML in this one is more like a subplot. But I found it sweet and adorable. The main focus seems to be a fight for gender equality in a society with a strict hierarchy. Which seems to be a reoccurring theme in ger/zerg/omegaverse stories.

... more>> The characters are well developed. They didn't feel 2d or forced to me.

I really liked the comic stories our main character came up with and the influence it had on the character development on the rest.

Would read it again. <<less
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BadNora rated it
March 26, 2023
Status: Completed
I never go in reading this kind of stories expecting anything other than mindless entertainment, fluffy moments, some mecha fights, some decent romance.

This story is all that, but so much more. The short stories within capture the heart, the detailed world building, the well created side characters, the bad guys with actual stories. It actually manages to talk about deep topics, in a good way, that makes you reflect about how this would apply to our world.

I am amazed by how good this story was. This is an actual sci-fi... more>> book better than some that won international awards masquerading as a mecha/isekai/yaoi/ reincarnated in a zerg light webnovel. <<less
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Du Xiao Mi rated it
January 24, 2023
Status: Completed
It is a pretty good story. Rationally I know it doesn't excell in anything however emotionally I liked it a lot and there aren't even massive plot holes that infuriate a reader nor ones that need to be forcefully ignored (that's really appreciated). The ending was satisfying too even if I wanted an extra for each of the MC brother's and didn't receive it. The plot is nothing new especially if you consider the zerg subgenre and the MC doesn't do anything special (even if he influences the changes slightly).... more>> The love story too is pretty lacking but it's cute to see their interactions. All in all I really liked the characters (at least most of them), they made the story. <<less
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Resplendor rated it
December 10, 2022
Status: c61
How dare this be so good. XD

More of a 4 but I rounded up

It wholesome and fun. I do wish the ML had a bit more character development.

... more>>

He seems to have two states, emotionless Uber OP and shy little girl with nothing in between. He seems not so much in love with the MC as baffled why the MC would be in love with him and otherwise overwhelmed with "feelings".

The author seems to shy away from the ML having thoughts and trauma. It's mentioned in passing but then never followed up. Likewise, They started to develop actual depth to their romantic relationship, but then the ML just dropped off for a bit while the MC focused on his career. He shows up for a date every once in a while and then drops off again. Very frustrating


Anyways, worth a read at least. <<less
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