Keyboard Immortal

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A lightning strike transmigrated Zu An into another world. In that world, he was known as the tr*sh of Brightmoon City, but for some reason, he was married to the gorgeous and highly talented daughter of the Chu clan?

What? I’m a transmigrator but I don’t have any talent for cultivation? Why are there so many people out for my life? And most importantly of all, how in the world did I get on the bed of my sister-in-law on my wedding night?!

It was a nightmarish starting point for Zu An, but fortunately, as a famed keyboard warrior in his previous life, the world gave him a keyboard in this life too so that he could turn things around. Through his trolling and flaming, he shall stand atop the corpses of his burned enemies and rise to the top of the world!

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Lục Địa Kiện Tiên
陆地键仙
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realhumanbean
New realhumanbean rated it
December 3, 2021
Status: c723
Really good, engaging, doesn't get repetitive, MC is not evil nor an idiot nor a Gary Stu, he's a flawed (but only more charming for it) playboy.
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yzypz
New yzypz rated it
November 21, 2021
Status: c300
3/5

The novel started out strong ~ first 200 chapters are pretty good. I don't even care if harem members are sort of forced in the plot as long as the story telling is good. My favorite genre for novels is usually harem because of waifu antics, but the overwhelmingly repetitiveness of the humor, the s*upid MC, the incredibly s*upid and predictable plot is very very aggravating. Maybe reading a chapter every once in a while is better. Binge reading seems to be the worst option with comedy focused novels anyway.... more>>
    • The gimmick or humor from the keyboard warrior 'rage' mechanic gets dry if used over and over again without any level of thought.
    • From the 2 arcs after chapter 200, the plot becomes incredibly s*upid. I could guess almost every single plot element before it happened, but none of the characters or even the MC himself has any idea what's happening. Almost all of the characters surrounding the MC are incompetent as hell.
    • The Chu clan that the MC has become apart of deserves to be destroyed for being so s*upid - Both the Patriarch and Matriarch are equally s*upid. For example, they try to solve problems that come up, but I can immediately think of all the enemy factions that would take advantage of that situation and then do the most damage to the MC's clan. If I can come up with how to sabotage their plans within 5 seconds, why is the entire Chu clan so f*cking incompetent. It makes reading the following chapters incredibly cringey because it plays out exactly as predicted AND the MC barely does anything useful to curb the outcome.
I hope the battle for the throne is written more eloquently in the future because it's incredibly frustrating to read a story where all the 'good' characters are incompetent and lose battles over and over again only to be saved randomly by MC at the end. It makes for incredibly boring plot. <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
January 12, 2021
Status: c450
A rare CN troll gag novel that's actually entertaining for adults.
Filled with mo lei tau slapstick comedy, a StephenChow-esque MC and a varied hilarious cast of characters. Hit or miss depending on your sense of humor. It's NOT a cultivation novel with training arcs and fantastical fights, so if that's what you're looking for you're in the wrong place. 4.5 out of 5 stars as of c140.

EDIT:
Dropping it down to 4 stars as of c340, which may still be generous depending on what your bottom line is. Plot development is a complete mess after c200, sounded like a mix of author being caught up in real life and getting writer's block. Novel trended towards oversexualization and several taboo items come up which is very disappointing. Comedy drops off dramatically, and the trolling becomes nothing more than MC parading his harem in front of other people to get Jelly Rage points. Lots of filler creeping in. Major spoilers.
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Spoiler

Literally nothing happens after the dimensional expedition arc. Instead of developing existing characters, author keeps introducing new women (courtesans, or existing character who suddenly has multiple personalities) and shoots himself in the foot when he realizes he can't develop them well. All the previous women keep appearing for 1 chapter and disappearing again as author tries to juggle MULTIPLE relationships at the same time and fails miserably.

Author's overemphasis on Qin Wanru (MC's mother-in-law) is pretty messed up.
It was still ok as an initial joke about her being a mature woman targeted by older men. But author set up way too many sexual encounters between MC and his mother-in-law, from seeing him naked (after MC recovers his sexual function) to constantly feeling distracted since the joke was that his d*ck is huge. Although MC doesn't actually have s*x with the her, this development is really messed up and uncomfortable. Starting to wonder if author cratered to some reader demands for sexual fetishes.

The aphrodisiac trope and sex-to-save-a-life trope keeps coming up. Again, and again, and again. MC can apparently only initiate s*x with his women through these tropes, which is just f*cked up, a huge red flag and completely destroys MC's suave character.
MC slept with his wife to save her life since his "essence" can help cure her broken meridians.
MC slept with his maid because she got hit with aphrodisiac.
MC slept with a scheming harem member, because she got hit with aphrodisiac.
MC has a sexual encounter with an innocent harem member, because she mistakenly consumed the SAME aphrodisiac.
Are you f*cking kidding me?!

Author kept promising 2 chapters per day, which is an insane amount of updates. Might be a newbie author mistake. Eventually author couldn't live up to expectations so you start seeing a LOT of filler... basically lengthy descriptions of MC's harem in a different wardrobe or long paragraphs discussing their body parts.

Holding out hope it starts to turn around...

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EDIT2: Dropping down to 3 stars as of c450. Unfortunately the novel keeps going downhill and basically became erotica. Based on author's notes and reader comments, it's clear that a significant group of perverted readership hijacked the novel. While the author eventually avoided some taboo subjects due to threat of banning by Chinese censorship, he continues to pander to the audience with more women, and even MORE s*xual fetishes. Ugh. There's no comedy or story anymore.
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Here's the rough tally by c450. I can't even rem their names anymore... that's how ridiculously huge the harem cast is. MC hasn't slept with several of them yet, but by the sheer amount of screen time, innuendos, sexual encounters and constant reappearances, it's probably going to happen.

(1) Main wife, cold and aloof.

(2) Main wife's younger sister / i.e. sister-in-law, I'm guessing it's supposed to be the loli type, but author avoided this probably due to worry of ban, MC is waiting for her to "grow up".

(3) Mother-in-law (got hit with the usual aphrodisiac trope, but recovered at last minute since author gave up due to threat of novel ban).

(4) Main wife's busty friend.

(5) Main wife's elf maid.

(6) Ex-scheming adversary turned lover, with all kinds of voyeur/public kinks (netorare since she's engaged? flagging here since someone keeps removing my novel tags).

(7) City lord's daughter, supposed to be the artsy type.

(8) Principal, mature working woman type.

(9) Teacher, mature old sister type.

(10) Medicine girl, some innocent young thing that caters to MC's fetish to bully her.

(11) Courtesan, I guess geisha type? Also supposed to be the artsy type. No idea how she's any different from the others anymore.

(12) Randomly inserted (pun intended) emperor's younger brother's wife who's also an elf, so now author is duplicating characters. I believe it's called netorase (something like "Indecent Proposal" 1993)... someone keeps removing my novel tags so I have to directly flag it in the review).

(13) Scheming adversary's daughter.

Reminds me of another disaster "Ancient Strengthening Technique".
@dysry's review is still legendary, and applies to this novel too.

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I also have to agree with @DevilKat on several comments. MC relies on deus-ex-machina all the time after the initial part of the novel. Immediately after resolving a danger and being forewarned/suspicious of other dangers, instead of preparing for it, MC becomes an utter dumbass and just screws around for more erotica. MC is saved by the people around him, or random last-minute draws from the System. Rinse and repeat.
Extremely disappointing.


SUMMARY

A keyboard warrior/troll MC Zu An (it's hinted he works in IT) is transmigrated into a cultivation-based world. He inherits the weak body of a youth with a mysterious background, and is immediately embroiled in a web of political conspiracy. Armed with nothing but an unusual trolling System, Zu An must find a way to survive while making his way up in the new world.

COMMENTS

(1) Mo lei tau nonsensical slapstick humor
The novel pays homage to a lot of HK slapstick humor.
If you're not familiar with the style, as per Wikipedia, "Its humour arises from the placement of surprising and incongruous elements, and the complex interplay of cultural subtleties. Typical constituents of this humour include nonsensical parodies, juxtaposition of contrasts, sudden surprises in spoken dialogue and action and improbable and deliberate anachronisms." It's NOT satire.

MC is designed with Stephen Chow's "Hail the Judge" (1994) in mind, a weak protagonist that has to survive using his mouth and wits. In this instance, Zu An has to antagonize people around him to build up Rage points that can be exchanged for powers ups with his System. Thankfully author knows MC's limits on which buttons can/cannot be pressed, and his sense of humor is way better than "The First Order" (2019), which was just full of deadpan Your-Momma jokes.
Not sure why there was a comment about MC being a psychopath or murdering people in cold blood. His enemies made multiple attempts on his life, and were planning to cripple/sever his limbs and r*pe the women around him. Killing/torturing them to farm Rage points isn't all that bad. MC even had to counsel one of the female physicians around him not to be too kind to enemies since it was constantly getting her in trouble.

MC's harem members are entirely unique, with distinct looks, personalities and abilities. More importantly they are usually stronger than the MC, which makes a hilarious comparison to the Jin Yong classic The Duke of Mount Deer.

The rest of the cast members are designed similar to some of Stephen Chow's most famous side characters (Gabriel Wong, Uncle Tat, Kingdom Yuen, etc).
Spoiler

-- Cheng Shouping, MC's inept attendant that's lazy and frequently retorts to the MC, plays a similar role to the one Gabriel Wong in Flirty Scholar, Fight Back to School.
-- Qin Wanru, Chu Family matriach, resembles Kingdom Yuen/Pei Pei Cheng who plays similar violent deadpan matriachal roles in Stephen Chow films.
-- Ji DengTu, a pervy middle-aged physician and one of MC's harem member's father, is reminiscent of Uncle Tat.

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(2) Meta, meta everywhere

The author doesn't hesitate to poke fun of its own trolling genre or wuxia/xianxia webnovels. There are a LOT of homonyms and puns which can be difficult to translate for English readers. Even the title of the novel is a joke.... 陆地键仙 meaning "Land of the Keyboard Immortal", where 键 (jian) refers to keyboard. It's a homonym of 剑 (jian), which refers to sword.

Some other examples...

Spoiler

MC's wife reads romance novels titled "Sweet Pampered Wife...", which pokes fun at the fact that majority of modern webnovels have similar names.

Everyone has weird pun-like names that would be hilarious in modern times. His pandering pervy schoolmate is called Wei Suo, which is a homonym for wretched.

When MC is told by his schoolmate that there's a ranking list of 10 School Beauties, MC complains about boring decades old tropes being recycled. The schoolmate retorts that even so, people still enjoy and clamor for it. MC reluctantly agrees.

Character names are often puns of their character design/personalities. MC's sister-in-law is Huanzhao, meaning she tends to fight back/be prickly. A busty harem member Pei Mianman carries the word "man" or "full", in reference to her endowment.

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(3) Iffy world-building
This is the iffy part for the novel.

While it's entertaining that the cultivation world blends modern elements due to interaction with different species and dimensions, it doesn't always hold up well. Author might be trying to emulate "Gintama", which blended historical drama with sci-fi elements.

When it works, it's absolutely hilarious. I appreciate the ton of adult humor... finally something adults can read.
Spoiler

MC obtains a "Heiress Ball of Delights", which is a joke on the urban legend that rich bored housewives would have a special steel wool scrub to use on their boy-toys. It's a reference to S&M and MC uses the ability to remain at near death condition without dying.

MC's body is sealed (reference to A LOT of other xianxia novels), but comically the seal affects his p*nis and he can't get it up. The harem members around him typically make fun of the MC for it, treating him like a harmless gay friend which pisses him off.

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When it doesn't, you're left scratching your head about the implausibility.
Spoiler

-- Women are supposed to be sexually conservative (widows/divorcees are looked down), but somehow wearing sexually suggestive clothes is ok.

-- Technological gaps are filled in with runic powers and formations. There's abundant Ki energy in the air to be absorbed, but there's still a heavy reliance on basic industry and labor. Wouldn't you just extract the Ki as a power source for industry?

-- The academy arc is weird and unstructured. People of all ages can attend, there's no set curriculum. And based on the description, the entire academy consists of just 4 classes... even though they are the most reputable academy across multiple prefectures.

-- MC's System random power-ups can become too far-fetched and don't blend well with the story.
E.g. a skill that temporarily forces someone to acknowledge him as a "friend" is ambiguous and doesn't have any benefits. A torchlight that only shines when it's bright was forcefully applied in an undead scenario when the environment JUST happened to be a place that was lit.
It's a copy of Stephen Chow's "Tricky Brain's" (1991) where a lot of the gags are one-time use and don't fit very well in a cultivation world.

These are just a few of those odd world-building elements that don't always make sense when meshing cultivation and modern science.

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hawlol
hawlol rated it
December 26, 2020
Status: c40
The novel is common cultivation world + transmigrated guy with system that works with rage points from 'trolling' people. The 'keyboard' trope is bland, the keys works as inventory slots for items or skills and that's it for keyboard interaction. He uses rage points to play a lottery that gives him items and conveniently the items he 'randomly' gets are always perfect for his current needs which smells like poorly disguised plot armor.

But the worst problem is the 'mood' of the novel, which despite trying to be lighthearted due to... more>> the comedy, is actually disturbing and dark. The MC is a psycopath, not a troll, murdering people in cold blood and doing things in name of 'trolling' that are closer to torture and horror than actual comedy. For example, in this 40 chaps:

Spoiler

He severed a guy's dick, tied him to a tree and swang the severed d*ck in front of him as torture to get information and points. Later he threw the guy, still dickless, in an area full of wolves, lying that he would save the guy if he killed a few but still letting him being eaten alive after 'trolling' with fake attempts of rescue.

Later, a group of bandits get knocked out with poison so he goes with a dagger to each one's throat and asks an impossible question in name of 'trolling' and no matter the answer, he kills the guy in cold blood while their companions watch, one by one, in despair, until the last one. He could just take the bandits to the city, knock them out or whatever, but no, let's kill all them in cold blood, one by one, to farm rage points. So much trolling, so much comedy!

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'Hey, they were bad people so it's okay to torture and kill them in horrific ways, right?!' that's the mood of this story.

Aside from that it's full of jade-like country-ending beauties and each girl that shows up is somewhat more pretty than the last, and the MC 'gotta catch them all'. The comedy part will be s*x jokes, mostly, including some acts that fall into the creepy area more than comedy, like stealing female underwear for a pervert doctor to cure his own sexual impotency.

The initial release was 60 chapters and I couldn't continue after only about 40. That's how unconfortable it was. The MC is an unlikeable murder hobo pervert, the villains are third rate 'complete scum' type so that he can murder them in gruesome ways and the reader can reason with it, although it's still not enough. And we're supposed to buy the guy is keyboard warrior from Earth! A handsome, intelligent, ruthless, decisive, resourcefull man (basically mary sue), chose himself to be a keyboard warrior over the internet because of the lols!

Another unfortunate choice of novel to translate by Wuxiaworld : ( <<less
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starvecleric
starvecleric
December 27, 2020
Status: --
Hello, I'm the translator here to give trigger warnings and hopefully provide an objective review of what you can expect from the novel.

Background:
The novel follows Zu An, who transmigrates over to a world of cultivation that somewhat resembles the Tang Dynasty. He obtains a keyboard that demands him to earn 'Rage' from people, which he can use to draw a lottery and obtain items to make him stronger. The concept is similar to I Really Am a Superstar, just that for IRAS case, he earns points through popularity instead.

It's... more>> a slightly dark, comedic novel with a serious plotline. Many of the interactions arise from Zu An trolling people mostly through his words and actions. It uses quite a lot of dark + quirky + ecchi humor, basically, just imagine a typical keyboard warrior flaming others in the forums.

Main Character:
Like a typical keyboard warrior you see on the internet, Zu An is not the most upright of people. It's not like he's downright despicable either; he only harms people who have made outright attempts on his life, but he does 'squeeze' them dry to earn their Rage points by doing all sorts of things. If you can't stand dark humor (and dark humor tend to not be very moral), you could get triggered reading the novel (Proceed at your own caution). Personally, I do think his antics are pretty interesting and funny, though I honestly don't bother thinking more deeply into it because I think of it as satire, and I don't think dark humor is not meant to be analyzed ethically either.

Story Development
There are a proper storyline and world-building, and rather than having lots of fighting, there are more politics instead. It's a world of cultivation so there's bound to be power levels and fighting, but there are a royal court and rules in place. Strong cultivators do get additional privileges (e.g. They get high official positions) but there are no mindless slaughters around since there are power checks here and there. There's definitely a bit of political intrigue in place, but it doesn't go full-blown in there.

Other Characters
There's also quite a bit of ecchi scenes in place, so yeap, a lot of beauties around Zu An. Personally, I don't really like ecchi, so some scenes do make me cringe a little, but overall, the ecchi scenes are at least still inserted logically for me. What I mean is that there aren't cringy ecchi scenes that exist just for the sake of it (i.e. A random gust of wind blowing, or the MC falling over and accidentally touching a place where he isn't supposed to touch).

The female characters aren't flat either. It's true that some of them do have ecchi moments with Zu An, but they do have a place in the novel. They don't just exist to be a waifu/foil. They have their own places in the political intrigue, and they have their own character and relationship (be it friendly, tense, close, awkward, etc.) with Zu An.

As for enemies, most of what we have in the earlier chapters are mostly foils. This is a novel about a keyboard warrior, so you can expect him to troll his enemy. In the earlier chapters, most of the enemies are mainly small fries who are there to be trolled badly. Of course, these small fries do serve a purpose too since their actions do hint at the political intrigue behind, but basically, they're cannon fodder (esp since the enemy does underestimate Zu An quite a bit initially). It does get more serious later on though, when small fries become big fries.

Adding On
Also, just saying, Zu An isn't really Mary Sue in the sense of how I understand the word. Most characters do actually despise him (since he does say lots of weird stuff), including most of the female characters he gets involved with. Well, he's described to be handsome, and there are people who like him. However, being universally well-liked is definitely not a trait for a keyboard warrior. Also, Zu An is a self-acknowledged simp, though it's not as if it hinders him from tr*shtalking. <<less
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Nitpicking Reader
Nitpicking Reader rated it
February 10, 2021
Status: c530
What a disappointment, this novel had potential but it's full of a load of bs. It's a bit funny and you may get addicted to it but still what a shame... let me tell you makes it just not worth it.

    1. the pace is very slow, and by slow I mean snail paced level, up to ch 510 and still lvl 5. there are many useless chapters there just for adding numbers. It the kind of novel that will be completed at 2500 ch if we optimistic, if not it will stretch to 5000~
    1. the author is really frustrating, he dives into taboo relationships, but with no ending, you have to use your imagination according to his words. I'm not into those taboo relationships but he made the whole... more>> set up for it that when it didnt happen it just became a downside to the story, his excuse is the ban of the novel, if so why even dive in it and make the whole set up?
    1. the fights are just very bad after the beginning, if the MC or his party are in the winning side he can beat anyone who is below his rank, same rank, or 2 levels above him, but if he is in the losing side there is no difference in grades to the point that even without cultivation he can withstand 9 rank. (if not total bs what it is?) and there many exagerations through the novel but if someone is above someone by one level you can overwhelm the lower level and they cant resist you and its more amplified in the higher ranks...
    1. the harem is huge and just expect it to get huger, for me its not a downside till now I think its ok.
    1. nobody is smarter than the MC or even with same inteligence, it wouldnt be bad if he was smart, but the thing is he isnt that smart so dont expect scheming or any smart moves from his opponent, if they got the upper hand its just because the MC is s*upid himself, or for the sake of plot.
    1. the MC is really ret*rded, he got an op body tempering cultivation technique (he needs to be beaten to lvl up) but he literally never trained it, and the author always mention the pov of MC thinking he should train it, but he never does, his current level is because he receives hit in fights from here and there and some fruits from his system cheat, but after a time these fruits are like useless because he needs TONS of them to make any progress. anybody with common sense will hardcore train it since its easy and doesnt require resources just some healing potions and he can affor potions since he got rich.
I didnt mention things like plagiarism and the aphrodisiac things and some other things which I find pointless to mention.

All in all, this novel is average in subtle words, in blunt words it's not worth it.

I dont recommend, it was disappointing and frustrating with lots of mistakes and contradictions. <<less
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OutRange
OutRange rated it
May 14, 2021
Status: c501
-Cripplingly-slow cultivation: 500 chapters in and he's still a mere rank 5 ant (in layman terms: rank 5 = Foundation level 5, PATHETIC!)

-Terrible plot: genitals crippled, old monster trying to snatch mc's body, young masters, cold beauties, heaven behind heaven, extremely petty grudges

-Garbage tier system: Seriously, what's the point of it? The MC could stack a million points but the author can just make him fail 9999 times and in his last roll he will receive an useful item which would help him with the current or next plot... more>> (at this point, for me, lottery systems in novels became huge red flags)

-Mind numbingly dumb mc: The MC is clowning around all the time being an "epik troll" so he fails to see people scheming against him in the open, ignores his cultivation technique and multiple opportunities for him to become stronger, because: "i muzt trole hehe xdd! Even though I will waste all my points on that shitty lottery and receive nothing relevant!"

My god, please don't fall for the fake rating. <<less
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digitalzombie
digitalzombie rated it
February 27, 2021
Status: c503
It was fun up to around 400 ish chapters.

After that it went down hill real bad.

The author ran out of idea and direction so he threw in non stop encounters of bullsh*t bad guys. The bad guys kept on getting ridiculous,
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from the Emperor, to Dark Elves, to secret sect, to f*cking Vampires, to Sci Fi meteor

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. This line up? Non stop, no character dev, just fighting bad guys after bad guys while having a harem of women saving him.

Dude are you on drugs?
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Dxynix
Dxynix rated it
January 20, 2021
Status: c363
It was interesting at first, I usually don't like people who rate novels without having read at least half of the finished product, but it kept failing my expectations over and over again. At some point it just becomes a normal cliche face smacking cultivation novel, nothing new.
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Drag7200
Drag7200 rated it
December 27, 2020
Status: c60
It is good so far, entertaining read. I don't really understand why people would give 1 stars to this as it only has few problems, which do not affect the story much, as the sole purpose of the MC is being an ass.
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Empress
Empress rated it
December 26, 2020
Status: c60
I am having a blast reading 60 chapters in one go. I can't seems to stop, hoho.

It's funny as hell, MC remind me of Bai Xiaochun who likes trolling people around him but unlike Xiaochun, Xu An takes his trolling to another level because it's part of his system, leading to many tragic ending to many of his enemies. A fate worse than death.

Harem member are not mindless MC worship either. In fact, they seemed to outright hate him.

Honestly I can't predict whether some of them are going to be... more>> Harem member or enemies. The relation between characters is that realistic, not outrightly good and evil, with MC or against him. Though it's clear as day that many wanted him dead. Still, some of it was his trolling deed that caused it, lmao. <<less
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DevilKat
DevilKat rated it
January 8, 2021
Status: c456
3/5 for now

-1 mc's personality is really inconsistent as many people have mentioned above. The author cant seem to decide whether he wants the MC to be smart or s*upid.

-1 the system is really useless and only comes into play when the plot armor requires it. It only has a roulette and a shop function as of now but the shop function was only ever used once iirc and I dont think the MC even bothered to check what all items are available in the shop, that was really s*upid... more>> of him and roulette is only useful when he is in danger and really needs something.

Also the cultivation speed of MC is really really really slow.

And there's also netori element in it, so far there have been 2 girls with the possibility of his mother in law being added in the list of netori'd characters.

Overall its still a fun read if you are bored, the side characters are still relevant and havent been forgotten by the author except for that one woman MC saved in the beginning lol. There's somewhat growth in the side characters and the world setting is fine. Now if only the author decides to have some character development for the MC then this novel would be much better. <<less
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Im-mortal-in-process
Im-mortal-in-process rated it
January 1, 2021
Status: c28
I am having so much fun reading this, I absolutely recommend it. The commedy approach is reallly good, and even if the story has nothing to do with "A will eternal", the fun, the reading experience, reminds me of it. It is well written, the rythm of the plot is good, the characters go bit by bit but in the good direction, and there is enough level of action to make it very very enjoyable. So yes, if you are looking for something a bit different or not the typical... more>> wuxia novel, you should absolutely give this one a try. <<less
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GoodGuyWijaya
GoodGuyWijaya rated it
January 21, 2021
Status: c460
This is a very good Novel. Why?

1. The Comedy is very good. It is one of the best out there.
2. The Harem is very satisfying. Each girl has a diffrent personality, which makes the conversation with the MC smooth. And not some weird forced conversation where the girl only talks to give information to the MC.
3. The Plot is pretty good. It wasnt boring, and im really hooked to see whats going to happen next.
4. It wasnt a detailed... more>> 18+, But still enjoyable
5. Even when the fight is pretty satisfying.

The annoying part is the MC keeps getting underestimated by his mother in law. But im glad it stopped at 400 ish.

Overall, 5/5 Novel. <<less
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Sinasina
Sinasina rated it
January 11, 2021
Status: c62
I don't understand how does this novel have 67% 5star reviews. Everything about it is just plain bad & tasteless. The "system" is also s*upid. I'm fine with harem novels, but the ecchi in this one is just not enjoyable and straight up weird.

Other reviewers mention it's a satire, well I think it's a self fulfillment novel written by a 15 year old with no writing talent or imagination.

What's going in with WW? Are there no good novels left to translate after the Qidian split?
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josh1002
josh1002 rated it
July 28, 2021
Status: c800
TLDR: Stick up to 54 chapters and see if it's your jam. The MC starts out weak and continually hides his strength while people slowly realize he's a genius among prodigies. The Heroines start off 1 dimensional but, given time, they grown into their own characters that you can't help but wish they stuck around for the whole story, instead of having go in a rotation of sorts. I can only hope we see them all with Zu An in the end. Also, Chuyan best girl.

I want to preface my... more>> review that I typically despise Xuanhuan/CN novels because of several things; long, flowery paragraphs describing Heavens posterior in one sword slash. Heroines that get introduced only to be chucked to the side as the MC moves locations. Idiotic protagonist that fall for the simplest of tropes. MCs that turn way too bloodthirsty just for the sake of being 2edgy4me that I can't sympathize with.

I've also read the author's notes on wnmtl and I now know he's not a sell out that writes what's "popular" among his actual paying audience. Despite several friends telling him to just write face-slappable villains from one village to the next, he refuses to do so and I ended up respecting more for it. In my eyes, Keyboard Immortal is the standard that CN Xianxia/XuanHuan/Wuxia novels should hold themselves accountable to.

The Protagonist:
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Zu An is our shameless witty philanderer of an MC. He genre-savy, so he knows the common, idiotic drama pitfalls and avoids them with style. Not only that, he somewhat keeps hold of his modern-day morals. Oh, he'll kill people that are after his life but going on a clan-cleaning murder spree is not his go-to reaction. He'll just cripple or chop limbs off instead lol.

His shameless rebuttals are also more on the comedic side. He'll boast about things like arrogant MCs, but Zu An always has a comedic bluntness to it instead power levels d*ck measuring. It makes the dialogues waaaay more palatable that I was surprised to find myself rooting for the MC to troll his enemies.

And it's not like he's trolling people just for the lulz. Pissing people also feeds him gacha points that feeds him plot armor. You know, those scenes in other CN novels where the protag had offended someone they really shouldn't have, gets beaten to a pulp, falls off a cliff, but had miraculously found some bullsh*t artifact that will help them turn the fight around? Yeah, those scenes. I despise those scenes. Trolling people for plot armor though? Hilariously acceptable.

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The Supporting Cast:
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Typically, all the trolling Zu An does should cause friction with the other characters. Such as causing every side character to be too prideful and take offense at Zu An. And in the beginning, that's pretty much is the case. Luckily, some people turn around rather quickly and the characters supporting the MC just wave off Zu An as being that kind of person and support him from there.

The Heroines especially, are great. Chuyan is first introduced as a cold personality, Snow is shown to be scheming and sharp tongued, Huanzhao sounded like a sadistic loli, etc. Then as the story goes, we find out theres more depth to these lovely ladies. Chuyan is actually very girly but had believed she needed to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of her clan. Snow had made herself into a spy for the sake of her people. Huanzhao's sadistic side is the result of poor parenting and an inferiority complex due to always being compared to her older sister but she's steadfast and loyal.

There's plenty more girls and they all have unique personalitites that it'll take too long for me to write them all. You'll just have to read the novel to find them!

Chuyan best girl though~

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Some negatives:
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Alright, now for the weakpoints in the story.


The Harem. Yes, I've talked about the heroines being really great. The problem is, the girls don't always have the limelight of being with Zu An. They come and go, yes, but I still would have preferred they stuck around the story permanently.
The Plot also has it's ups and downs. Undoubtedly, the weakest points in the story is whenever the author decides to add in ancient fantasize chinese history. So far, there have been only two instances of this and I've had to skip paragraphs at these points because they're so God-damned boring. Not to mention these empire/dynasties sound the same like Qin, Shu, Zhong, Shang, that they fly over my head.

That's not to say he adds them for no reason. There's definitely something plot related tied to these history lessons, but they're still pretty 'eh' because it's not advancing the actual plot but simply expanding the lore.

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What causes people to drop the novel:
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I've seen the other reviews and most of them drop the story due to 2 points.

The first is the grand total of FIVE aphrodisiacs as a plot device, of which, only 2 of these resulted in something steamy happening to Zu An. Note that Zu An himself has NEVER used these drugs on the girls. He doesn't NEED them.

The second points is that people say the plot is slow. These reviews are often vague but from what I'm understanding, they're dissatisfied on the lack of fight scenes. Keyboard Immortal is not one battle tournament after the next (Thank God!), nor is Zu An some martial berserker that would fly off at the slightest disrespect. No, Zu An is first and foremost a Keyboard Warrior (read:troll) that would use his wits and cunning to verbally assault his enemies.

Not only that, the villains are also smart. Sure, there will be young masters that take offense to Zu An being a street-rat hooligan but those are just midbosses and it only takes 2 or 3 chapters to get their face slapped. The actual meat of the story that takes up dozens or so of chapters are actual smart, scheming villains. There's a lot of political intrigue going on in the story and Zu An has to navigate his was through them instead of balls-to-the-wall fights.

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Setting:
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Also unlike most CN novels I've read is that Keyboard Immortal tends to stick with a setting. The majority of time is spent in only 2 locations; Brightmoon City and the Capital. The former of which was spent around 400 chapters, while the latter seems like it's taking 200 chapters already. In other novels, the MC is always moving from one town to the next, with the side characters being just left behind there and mostly forgotten.

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P.S. The R-18 tag is wrong. You won't be reading anything about the actual juicy stuff that happens in the bedroom. At most, this is R-15 with the steamy scenes only being alluded to. <<less
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Jeremiahfeng rated it
June 26, 2021
Status: --
If you like a good plot plus smart people than this novel is for you.

The main thing I liked in this novel is, not only the MC is smart and intelligent but villains are also capable and crafty. And although it's a harem but it's not like MC will leave his harem members after some time and the romantic part is also very touching. Though MC is a pervet. I think he is man of culture
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Bakayaroo
Bakayaroo rated it
March 7, 2021
Status: c158
The mood of the Novel that the author is trying to convey is lighthearted and humorous but shits too dark and serious for that for example even in a very serious situation MC would be trolling which just doesn't feel right

let me give you an example

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his wife crippled herself to save him he is still in his collecting rage point and just in the mood to joke around

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I don't who even gave permission to this author to put his story up on shelves with this kind of writing <<less
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nuubman
nuubman rated it
December 27, 2020
Status: c61
Good novel and really good translation team kudos to them! Good job! So far the novel only gets better and better, the novel is half comedy and satiric of other novels with systems and half serious xianxia so you can't expect a serious mood through the novel but also get the law of the jungle which is usual in xianxias, I was reading the reviews and almost didn't read the novel because hawlol, lucky me I saw his other reviews to realize he is a troll only giving bad reviews... more>> and he distorted the facts badly with his biased opinion. Regarding the novel one point that I found bad executed by the author was how quickly the MC adapted to the new world without freaking out about it and how the MC seems to be okay so far with some things that make him seem almost like he was born in that world, but then again the author did say he fused with the memories of the dude that died, but he did dedicated a chapter to see his inner emotions about how he missed his home, one good point that I did like was the world settings and how he fleshed out the world building so far, that is nice since it gives me a somewhat clear image of the whole thing and what to expect, regarding the comedy part I would point out that the author in the first 20 chapters or so depended on chinese memes or references so I didn't get the jokes there, nonetheless when he enters the academy sh#t gets good!!! So it can be seen that the author is good with the comedy.

Sorry for the grammar or bad english. <<less
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Rickvaasl
Rickvaasl rated it
July 14, 2021
Status: c459
As of this moment, I'm currently up to the last released chapter.

My opinion of this novel is, and had been from the start, unchanging: It's a fairly good novel, with high entertainment value... IF you're reading it for "the right reason".

As far as I'm concerned, this novel is what you could classify as a light read, a "palate cleanser" for novels. It's not profound, it's not plot heavy whatsoever, the cultivation aspect is not the main aspect either... The entertainment value of Keyboard Immortal is the easygoing story and the... more>> various situations that crop up around and/or because of the MC.

You don't have to read far into the novel to decide whether to stick to it or let go of it. If feel like it's entertaining and fun at the start, if you enjoy the MC and how goes about things, if you like his pursue of women, if you find his attitude and character amusing... Then stick with it. If you don't, drop it.

Don't wait around if you're waiting for him to be all powerful, don't expect him to "mature" and suddenly give much more attention to cultivating and becoming more powerful. Even of those things come to pass, you'll be bitter with the shenanigans that will happen till that point comes.

I enjoy novels like I Shall Seal The Heavens and Desolate Era and others like them, but Keyboard Immortal is definitely NOT EVEN TRYING to go in a similar direction, vein or whatever. It's very much just trying to be an entertaining story without deeper meaning.

That's at least what I think of it so far. <<less
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aptop6
aptop6 rated it
May 7, 2021
Status: --
The thing about this novel is that there's always a smile on your face when reading this novel.

Enjoyment 10/10

Story 7/10

Character interaction 9/10.

System is also quite fleshed out.

The only problem I have with this story is the harem is slowly getting too big.

Spoilers ahead.

Confirmed harem members so far.

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1. His wife (had sex)

2. Wife's personal maid (elf girl) (had sex)

3. Wife's best friend (big chest girl) (had sex)

4. Zheng Dan (had sex)

5. Oiran (Can't have s*x unique cultivation) (had Fellatio)

6. Demon girl (ntr) (had sex)

Heavy hinted harem members:

1. Wife's sister (author waiting for her to grow up)

2. Mother-in-law (author afraid of ban) (f*cking Chinese censorship got "Reverend Insanity" banned🤬)

3. Wife's other sister (yes there are three of them)

4. Oiran's master (same cultivation can't have sex)

5. Lvl. 9 principal

6. Teacher who plays song.

7. Medicine chick (had kiss)

Low hinted harem mebers:

1. Sang Qing's sister

2. Emperor's son's fiance

3. Women who paid him 10000 gold coins for saving her in the mountains.

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And the harem members are still increasing as we speak.

There's this portion of the story where he transitions from his home town to the capital and because the MC is too weak every interactions he has it feels like deus ex. It last like 100 chapters then author fixes it. <<less
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IAMallEars
IAMallEars rated it
January 22, 2021
Status: c233
I don't know if my humor is bad or just this novel can't make me laught not like "Universe's Absolute Boss" Novel.

After chapter 233 Im dropping this, all things fall for him. Godly Grandma that look stunning guide him now? It became a generic wanna be genius MC. When the problem of his little rod was solve his semi - normal brain turned into a thoughts of humping holes.

I know it was just for a comedic reason but when MC thoughts of him touching his Mothers wife is just cringe.... more>> All things is solved by s*x now that his Junior is fixed.

The most turn off here is that the scene is just gone in a flash like boom he bang his wife then boom 3 chapter later he bang his wife maid snow. Just for the sake of... Let's say plot?

He became so dumb after his rod was fix..... Thank You. <<less
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