My Legend Still Exists in the Cultivation World

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A hundred centuries ago, Daoist Jing Yuan died from lightning. A hundred centuries later, he comes back to life, but discovers that the stars have shifted and the world has transformed by leaps and bounds.

Marketplace: Selling herbs for 10 coppers each, alleviates fevers and detoxifies, reduces swelling and relieves pain.

Jing Yuan: Isn’t this the main precious herb used for Foundation Establishment Pills?

Auction house: Advanced level cultivation method starting at 30,000 spirit-stones!

Jing Yuan: Isn’t this the trashiest cultivation method you could find anywhere on the streets?

Art gallery: “The 100 Influential Figures of the Cultivation World”

Jing Yuan: Aren’t these my good friends A, B, C, D and old enemies 1, 2, 3, 4?

Bookstore: “Jing Yuan: A Biography“, “Memoirs of Jing Yuan“, “An Intro to Daoist-Master Jing Yuan’s Legendary Life“, “Honored Master Jing Yuan Teaches You How to Guide Qi into the Body“, “The Seven Habits of Founder Jing Yuan”

Jing Yuan: ?? Isn’t this me? Wait, when did I gain seven habits?

The companions he once journeyed with have long passed away, and not even 1/10 of the formerly glorious cultivation legacies remain. Yet, in this world without him, his legend still exists. This kind of feeling, is a bit embarrassing…

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修真界依然有我的传说
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08/01/18 Winter Translates c1
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Attica
Attica rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: Completed
(Disclaimer: This novel got pretty difficult to read at times, so I did quite a bit of skimming.)

My Legend Still Exists in the Cultivation World reminded me quite a lot of classic Xianxia fantasy (just with extra BL elements). A reborn protagonist who grows at an extremely OP rate, who runs into a plethora of different characters/factions/timelines, who consistently shows up and face-slaps those who look down on him. It's a novel with a truly astronomical amount of content packed into it--for better or for worse.

1) Plot

It's hard... more>> to pin down a single primary plotline in My Legend Still Exists. It's a very character-focused story. Of course there's going to be a final battle against the Xianxia equivalent of the "Anti-Christ incarnate", but every single arc is extremely different: from small city politics, to academy exams, to getting stuck in a time-warping mini-world, to infiltrating the monster kingdom, to getting transported millennia into the past... yeaaaahhh the story took a while to get going. In addition, the entire novel absolutely loves the idea of reincarnation as a way of reconnecting with one's lost past (again, for better or for worse).

Sometimes it does feel like the author wrote down every Xianxia plot idea that has ever existed, and then started pulling ideas one at a time out of a hat. Don't get me wrong, every idea was really different and unique, and it did make sense how the characters transitioned from one arc to another. But at a certain point, the sheer number of side stories made my eyes glaze over at times (especially since I'm not a native Chinese speaker lol). I've always nurtured a dislike for filler, and this story definitely has a ton of unnecessary detours, plot points that are only useful for a little while before being discarded, etc.

Overall, though, I would say you don't really read this novel for the plot--you read it for the two main characters. That brings us to...

2) Characters

Luckily, the 2 main characters are wonderfully badass/intelligent, with distinct strengths and flaws.

The main character is Jing Yue (previously widely known as Jing Yuan in his last life), one of the founders of "modern-day" cultivation before he died 10, 000 years ago. While his new reborn body basically has to start cultivation over, he advances at a frankly "ridiculously overpowered" pace because of his previous experience lol. His personality is an interesting combination of both warm and cold: warm to those he cares about (especially his disciples), harsh to everyone else (especially those who get in the way of his cultivation). His drive, cunning, and ruthlessness all make him feel larger than life. He really seems like the type of historical figure who would get legends and songs written after him, millennia later. At the same time, his fondness for his sect, his disciples, and his love interest give him a cute human touch--especially when he struggles to understand his personal feelings and then reconcile them with his grand ambitions.

This brings us to the love interest, Qin Yanzhi, a once-in-a-generation talented sword cultivator. He starts off as somewhat on the stoic side since he's devoted to the path of the sword and all. But it's an absolute joy to see him open up, show his affectionate side, and always kick ass. Qin Yanzhi is my favorite character in the novel, and one of my favorite love interests in Danmei :D

Unfortunately, none of the side characters really stuck out to me. The vast majority of side characters only appeared for one arc before never getting mentioned again, kind of like microcosms within the immense world of My Legend Still Exists. This is "realistic", but it means I can't even recall a single likable side character off the top of my head. Even the recurring side characters weren't that compelling either. And yeah, the villains weren't memorable at all lol.

3) Overall Enjoyment: Hmm... this novel was pretty fun overall I guess. The heartwarming relationship moments between Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi were 100% worth reading. Everything else... was skimmable I suppose. It feels like the author was getting paid by the word when writing this, so the novel truly went all out with the filler.

Perhaps if someone picks up this novel for translation, I might appreciate the subtleties more. Until then, I'd probably give it a 3.5/5.

Qin Yanzhi is best boy though~ <<less
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