Martial King’s Retired Life

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Starting from today, I’am retired. But what should I be doing? I neither have the skills, nor the mind to do business, my only advantage are these hands which have taken this world. What a headache…

Martial King’s Retired Life average rating 4.4/5 - 217 user ratings
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Retired life of the Martial King
武林之王的退隐生活
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Ginko
New Ginko rated it
November 7, 2017
Status: v2c38
I'm picky about which novels I pick up.

So, I thought this would be great based on the reviews. This is story is amusing at times.

However, it lacks depth and a goal/resolution to drive the story forward. There is nothing that attaches you to the MC or story. Lack of tension as well.
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Keimichi
Keimichi rated it
April 11, 2017
Status: v1c11
Very interesting so far!

The background is that MC got tricked (used as a test subject) by his master into learning random (but famous and powerful) martial arts from different sects. Now MC managed to become OP after much physical sufferings. But what would you do when you are the most powerful fighter? Retire of course! Because being strong is not profitable when all sects are broke and in this world you can't do anything without money!

It's writen in first person perspective and the narration is just gold. The translation... more>> is smooth as well, nothing chunky that sours the mood with its long run-on sentences. I can't comment yet about the plot, as the story is only starting. Usually I'd wait a while before leaving a review, but this one caught my attention enough for me to recommend it. I guess you can say the attraction is really in the MC's narration as he makes a comment about everything around him.

[update chapter 11: I stand my ground. Will update with better review after more chapters] <<less
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forseeti
forseeti rated it
May 15, 2017
Status: v1c14
Idea is interesting as it is something new which is hard to come these days. This story is light read that can make you laugh a bit. Story... well story is only starting so I cant say much but for now but it shows promise. Translations is spotless as far I can tell.

I give it 3 stars for few reasons:

  • Main character is a wimp like biggest wimp ever. cannot stand for himself at all and just does everything his master tells him to do. no self preservation even after his master tricks him and he ends up bedridden for long time.
  • Setting to be a predictable plot. You can kinda know what to expect at this point as there is a huge number of mentioned issues that leave alot of working room to develop but most of them are kinda obvious.
  • Author keeps making jokes about gays and traps. At the start it was funny after 5th time it was same old stuff.
Of course this novel have a lot of room to maneuver, so with time it might be better.
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mcfats2017
mcfats2017 rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: v2c23
Love this novel. Big fan of the protagonist strong from the start setting in the first place. And this novel does justice to that setting. Also doesnt take itself too seriously, and the humour is excellent. More chinese novels need to incorporate humor like this. Ive read 100+ chinese webnovels by now and the best ones are the funniest ones like this one and A Will Eternal
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Bennyy
Bennyy rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: v2c21
First time writing a review so forgive me for any errors that I might make in this review.

Decided to create an account just for reviewing and rating this novel for it's comedic, light hearted and intriguing storyline. The background is the story is based on a martial artist that has emerged from a sect and has a wastrel as a master that only knows how to steal skill books from other sect and throwing it at his convenience at our MC, Ming Fei Zhen for testing the efficiency and authenticity of the skill books, this allows the MC to learn different top notch skill sets from different Martial artist background. He eventually decides to head out to the world in order to experience the world himself, but he ends up being a master within a short period of time and has sick with the current status of the martial world. So, what does our OP yet unfortunate MC do? He decides to retire and earn money yet has no other capabilities other than fighting and decides to join the constables in order to get a high revenue. This story is comedic gold and it made me laugh till my side hurts on a couple of occasions

Pros
- Comedic gold
- Strong MC that has the ability to back himself up
- A read different from the norm

Cons
- Lack of tension due to MC being too overpowered
- Can't seem an end game plot yet at the current volume and little of the MC past is divulged at the current point

To conclude, IMO, this novel is a must read due to it being pretty funny in my own standards and I personally prefer OP MC rather than MC that takes a long time to progress in strength. So, start reading it!
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hunternovelreversed
hunternovelreversed rated it
October 2, 2017
Status: v2c22
Highly recommending this novel. It's a story that is often humorous and exciting, but everyone in a while, a little bit touching. This story is about retired martial artist who has become sick of the jianghu and now wishes to earn an honest living. However, as a rather lazy individual, the MC must find his way to slack through his work. Unfortunately, his past seems like it won't leave him alone, and it doesn't seem like his new job will be that easy as well.
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hexfirwe
hexfirwe rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: v2c22
I found in to be an enjoyable comedy novel. The author has written a surprisingly deep setting for the world to the point where there's almost too much to remember.
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: v2c11
Traps are everywhere lol

Nah, not really.

Okay, to business now. This story's really funny. The characters have good reactions and interactions. Gotta love them. Side characters are adorable.

... more>> Might get slightly confusing (on the small details), but overall it's not hard to understand the main points.

MC' like Saitama from OPM. Not too many people know and he usually doesn't use super fancy high class moves. I love it when MC's hide their abilities. Those reveals are always the best. MC's not the honest upright type, but it adds to the funniness and story.

Main girl is kinda confusing, but everyone's thinking it's the martial aunt. Not too much romantic development yet.

The story feels a bit slice-of-life-ish. There's action and good action, but it's mostly focusing on the main story of retirement with some cleaning. <<less
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Abelas
Abelas
June 22, 2017
Status: v1c48
Almost 50 chapters in and still no H-scenes with the adult tag, was laughing the whole way reading it.

MC is so underestimated despite being so powerful that I pity him.

The fact that he's stingy, perverse and wants for nothing but a stable life makes him comparable with the MC from Kono Suba.
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turbotails23
turbotails23 rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: v2c24
My first review on this site--but this LN's quality stands out in a way that it simply must be commented on. The Translator has taken a very fluid approach in translating this. He isn't stiff like most machine translators, or semi-flexible like a long board, but rather translates like water.--Its a completely dynamic and flexible translation that really, truthfully read really well like it was written in English to start with. The only times I am reminded that its not written in English is when some terms come up regarding... more>> rankings or cultivation terms.

The LN itself is very good as well, and its a shame it doesn't have more people reading it. Its a Comedy/Puzzle with a bit of action spread about, with the standard process of revealing info to solve the puzzle. Its a solid read that is honestly one of my favorite LNs listed on NU. Com. <<less
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diarrheavomit
diarrheavomit rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: v2c23
hello,

First things first: I like this novel. This novel is a good novel. I was not paid for this review. I was not coerced to write this review. I like this novel. Please read this novel and leave a review and support the translate thanks.

It's a lighthearted novel as expected and is nice to read while wasting time during long commutes. The main character is the most powerful character we have been introduced to so far in terms of fighting power and the story is a sol... more>> that follows his shenanigans as he attempts to stay low and live a comfortable life in the employment of a sort of policing force. Supporting characters have some sort of backstory to them most of the time and are exactly like what they seem like. Some people might call this 1D flat characters without personality but I think this fits rather well into this sort of light-hearted comedy. Some characters do die which is something that usually turns me away from reading a series, but the ones that do die don't have a lot of impact and I didn't really feel anything at their deaths so it's all good.

The setting: main character, Ming Feizhen, was raised while subject to various martial art techniques and that resulted in him becoming strong. Some things happen which we don't know the specifics about yet and now he wants to retire from the world of fighting and live a lazy life. He somehow joins Liu Shan Men, one of the three main policing forces in the country and is forced to go through troublesome things against his will. This is a story about those things.

I feel like there's 4 main characters so far;

  • The main character, Ming Feizhen, is overpowered and somewhat silly. He's impervious to nearly all status ailments - a poison that has a 100% fatality rate only made the affected areas swell on his body and there was no pain. He likes girls so you'll see a of scenes where he's thinking lewd things about the girls he encounters and heck even a girl-like boy (who may be a girl but is probably a boy). in essence, he's a sleazeball. He's also well versed in various martial arts and is capable enough to use them to their limits. Basically, the main character is a 14 year old self insert fantasy. So far there's no character growth but then again, its a comedy.
  • Tang Ye, one of the main character's squad buddies, a typical main character person - fights for honor or to regain his family's honor or to win against some opponent who defeated him in the past or maybe it was his family idk. He's strong and powers up like a main character in a typical battle shounen. Written like one too, doesn't have any dark sides to him and is pretty straight-laced. All he does is train and justice and train and justice and yeah.
  • Su Xiao, the trap type character. Written like a girl who's cross-dressing in order to be accepted without the prejudices that come with being a girl in a male dominated workplace. Pretty law-abiding, if a bit dull (in term of the novel's world's standards of intelligence). Haven't seen much of his backstory but the atmosphere surrounding him feels ripe for it, so you can expect a lot from him some time in the future. He gets touchy about being girl-like or underestimated. Since the main character *likes* girls, Su Xiao gets some comedic moments where Ming Feizhen is lusting after him...
  • Shen Yiren is the vice captain of Liu Shan Men, which in the past was pretty strong but is now a shadow of its former self. She wants to regain its former glory is a hard worker. Some circumstances surrounding her, which ties in the plot so far and has some character progression (if you call being tsun for the main then somewhat dere but with a lot of tsun still remaining character progression). The dynamic between her and the main character feels quite natural to me but to be honest I have no idea how boss-employee relationships are supposed to work. She works him hard, he lusts after her, that's how it goes.
There's a bunch of other characters, but they currently aren't as heavily explored as these four. In fact, the first girl we're introduced to, who is written to be the main heroine, appears briefly for the first few chapters then disappears. Perhaps she'll reappear later on but right now, I feel like these are the four main characters that drive the narrative.

So far none of the characters have shown any growth but I think they're fine being exactly as they were introduced - they're well defined enough to be unique and not bore (me) as plot happens.

The writing itself is very well done - the translator Lord Obsidian is has a very good grasp on how to write entertaining sequences and I feel like the flow of the story is paced quite naturally. For the most part, there are no lengthy expositions that are unrelated to whatever is currently happening. Sometimes I'll find a passage where the main character will get sidetracked and talk about a girl, but I suppose that's in line with his personality.

A great aspect about this novel are the rare moments when the main character shows his true power. Trumping interpersonal interactions and comedic moments, I feel like this novel (actually, the author I guess) may be very well suited to writing more dramatic action stories. The smattering of action scenes punctuate the various interactions between the characters so I'm almost never bored. But personally, the thing I find the most appealing about Martial King's Retired Life is the lightheartedness of it. If you happen to be down or in a dark place in your life or even just bored while stuffed in a train full of commuters, this is a great novel to read. It's not exactly a fluffy novel but it unwinds my stress and I feel like I am looking through its world through the eyes of Ming Feizhan, laughing where he's laughing and lusting where he's lusting. I suppose it may be because I am an easily influenced person because if I look at it objectively, there are certainly mistakes and areas which could be improved - harder and more detailed descriptions whether it be events or persons are severely lacking in my opinion.

All in all, if you're simply looking for a comedy where the main character is OP doing slice of life-like things, then this is one of the best novels to read.

2.23/2.23 very recommend <<less
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Chinese Electric Batman
Chinese Electric Batman rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: v2c22
I don't usually review things often but felt like gotta start somewhere

This story is about a person who was trained by many different fighting styles by his master which the master had no idea that it would actually work (lol). So our MC became super OP and he gets responsibilities pushed onto him by his master to take over the sect but our MC wants to live a carefree retired life. This story is about how he miserably fails at that goal (lol)

Anyway it is mainly comedy combined with... more>> some serious scenes so go ahead and give it a try <<less
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Ikan
Ikan rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: v2c22
Hilarious novels with good plot. Although sometimes the jokes doesn't get to me but nevertheless it's worth to read. What's more, this is not your as usual face slapping, arrogant mob, stupid ass arrogant MC novels.
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xKoAloha
xKoAloha rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: v2c21
Really funny story some chapters had me cracking up. I'd say the story is good and I'd like to see what happens in the future but if translator is under too much pressure then can't help it.
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mr.tanen
mr.tanen rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: v2c21
if I had to describe this novel i'd say it's far from the norm

the main element is comedy, and at times it might get a bit repetitive, but all in all it's one of the series I enjoy the most reading

the start was a bit confusing and slow, but then it really shined from the middle of the first volume onwards

for people looking for something different this is a sure thing
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Khaossaga
Khaossaga rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: v2c21
The start is kind of slow but it picks up a bit. The series is kind of chill and there's a lot of set up for the comedy but it's hilarious when the punch line is delivered.
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vanrald08
vanrald08 rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: v2c21
Browsing thru NU, this title got my curiosity and after reading the description, I finally read it and I'm so glad that I did. For me this is not a generic xanxia/wuxia or whatever they call it (sorry don't know the difference), it's more like KonoSuba in a kung-fu world. It have more gags, 4th wall break and stupidity (in a good way) than fighting/action. The gags made me laugh and everything on it is interesting.

If your looking for a light hearted, action, comedy chinese novel then give this one... more>> a try.

I rate this 5/5 (it's either 5 or 1 to me) <<less
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Blackrabbit0634
Blackrabbit0634 rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: v2c2
This is pretty enjoyable for a quick read as (for me) the chapters range from normal to short.

The MC is pretty laid back and kinda reminds me of Gintoki from Gintama. Sometimes those who smile the brightest usually has a tragic past.

Although the story is kinda simple/bland the interactions between each characters is interesting enough to offset it. The story pretty much gives you a tiny peek of background story of the characters from time to time which makes you want to read more as what the author usually give... more>> is not enough.

If I compare this to an anime the entire volume 1 would be enough for 1-2 episodes so it is pretty much a long prologue. So you should finish reading volume 1 first before making a judgement whether you like it or not rather than giving an early low rating.

Spoiler

around chapter 51

best part for me that made me want to read more

"Ming Feizhen wanted to retire.

But he didn't want to just retire.

He wanted everything that was caused by him, all the chaos caused by him and the people in a mess to come to an end. Lan Jun Zhu Kong created many issues during its existence, and has left behind many troublesome issues after it vanished. It may take him the remainder of his lifetime to resolve all the matters, but he has to do it.

This is Ming Feizhen's retired life."

Though I know its probably too far in the future but still makes me want to read more.

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Stormbreaker
Stormbreaker rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: v2c1
So far the story is about our MC trying to retire/escape the martial life. We aren't very clear on his strength but so far he's just as described in the title.

For me, the best way to describe the MC is a cunning old fox which is a bit perverted and doesn't want to shoulder any more responsibilities. He likes money too...

He is underestimated and doesn't want his leisure life to be interrupted so he can act very humble for the sake of his tranquility and cleverly solve situations instead of... more>> just slaying everyone like he could do.

For the romance well, he acts perverted and all but it's hard to really know what is in his head and his relationships aren't totally clear either so for me it isn't totally cliché.

The comic undertone is very likable and I don't mind the pace of the story, instead, it would be boring if the MC just revolve everything instantly and flawlessly (which would probably impact his retired life).

I recommend the story to refresh your mind when you are exposed to ultra prideful MC h24, the MC isn't a mindless slaughterer but this doesn't mean that he can't act tough though. <<less
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Sebastian
Sebastian rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: v2c1
Lighthearted and funny, you don't need to take a lot of it seriously but it still has enough plot to hook you in and some foreshadowing, it is worth giving a chance.
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Yandere Mania
Yandere Mania rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: v2c1
pretty hilarious and having a quite captivating illustration style (on its arts)

the series is about an OP hero who has now achieved the pinnacle of martial arts albeit through extreme past hardships and injustice treatments from his "jerk" and egotistical shifu (master)

he is a laid-back and a bit perverted (alright~ QUITE perverted... LOL) and also a cynical person, plus could also be a jerk who loves being a "bootlicker" while also, in a rare occasion, acting chivalrous when the situation demands, but more importantly he also loves to... more>> give hilarious opinions or "comebacks" (tsukkomi) about the beauties and friends around him

yeah, I wrote about beauties (plural... LOL) and a top-notch art-styles so you can definitely expect some "treats" from the author

Martial King's Retired Life could be rated as an adult read due to its fighting and brawling scene (which can be quite gory in some instances), but this lack any explicit "bed-scenes" (you can expect some "fan-services" from its arts and the MC's perverted tendencies, however, so don't worry too much, in case you came for the "plot")

overall, I find this series as an enjoyable seinen, male youth around age 17/18 and above, series (it is mainly targeted for male audiences, but this should not stop you, female readers, from enjoying this revolved-around-OP-character-series) which offers comedic ambience and the carefree-yet-still-powerful-and-OP hero

please note, however, that this is not a harem series (so far I'm reading the first chapter of the 2nd Volume) where the heroines fall in love with our MC "out of nowhere" and IN FACT, the heroines consider our MC as just an average man who has no worth and no ability as a "Martial World's Top Fighter" (while he is actually one of the "godfather") whatsoever (although this judgment partially comes from MC's decision to "stay-low" and to just enjoy his "retired" life)

in conclusion, do give Ming Feizhen (the MC's name) a chance to prove his (and also the author's) worth!

happy reading! <<less
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