My Legend Still Exists in the Cultivation World

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A century ago, Daoist Jing Yuan died from lightning. A millennium 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 tr*shiest 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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Review
8 Reviews


Attica
Attica
Sep 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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xiin
xiin
May 11, 2019
Status: Completed
An extremely good cultivation novel with an incredible amount of plot, great characters, story development, and world building. Romance is very slow build but satisfying~

It's infused with hints of modern/amusing elements to lighten it up. These things don't detract from the plot (and aren't jarring at all) but rather make it a bit easier to read and acts as hilarious ways to lighten up the mood.
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rhianirory
rhianirory
Sep 16, 2020
Status: c31
it's a better than average start. So far this is more a cultivation novel where the MC happens to be gay, rather than being a romance novel set in a cultivation world and that's just fine with me. The MC is interesting and I can't wait to read more.

this is a genre I never MTL because there's so much specialized language that it's impossible to work through with more than a 50% understanding at most (usually it's much lower). So thank you to the translator for picking this up! I'll... more>> probably stockpile for a while and come back when the chapters hit 100 or more. <<less
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naomisugoon
naomisugoon
Dec 27, 2020
Status: c52
[status c26pt2, 12/27/20]: Hehehe just recently made an acct so had to come to review this. I love it very much. This is the only web novel I am actively checking for new updates on and continue to read. Absolutely I recommend it. As for now, there has not been any interaction between the MC and ML, I only have a vague guess as to who the ML will be. But honestly, I do not really care too much as I know it will be a slow burn romance, especially... more>> because the MC is in the body of a child around the age of 10-12. Most of all I just love the xianxia part, the main part. After I initially read through what was available at the time I initially found this, there was a cliffhanger that felt very huge, then the next chapter kinda just deflated, but I don't even mind. It was just the cliff hanger made me expect a large face slapping which only turned into a small face slapping. The MC is pretty calm so I did not get as much face slapping as I had wished for in that scene lolol. I feel one with Ji-ji (the little blue chicken "system") to say that lol. Anyway, I am excited to see how the romance will be integrated later on, and I am very much enjoying reading this. [status c52, 4/15/21]: Really fun to read still, MC and ML have met, ML is who I thought it would be lolol. MC and ML are on friendly terms and slowly getting closer which is really cute to see.///. The body MC is in is still a preteen so I'm not expecting romantic development anytime soon unless there's a big time-skip somewhere haha but it's still really nice to see them getting along and I'm having fun with the xianxia plot hehe, I'm really happy to find and read a novel where it's a cultivation world with a BL subplot, sometimes is nice reading stuff where it's not always the main focus <3 <<less
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Maple-Leaf
Maple-Leaf
Dec 21, 2020
Status: c25
It’s great so far. Though I have my guesses, the ML hasn’t been introduced yet. Not to mention, the chapter I’m on ended at a cliffhanger. I haven’t noticed any problem with the translation, but I’ve gotten pretty good at filtering those kinds of things out so who knows.
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elvira12
elvira12
Apr 30, 2020
Status: Completed
Urgh. This was a tiring story. I persisted mtling this, but man, it was a pain in the @ss.

Not much fluffiness. Not much character development. The focus was more on the background people and it may seem as if the MC and ML were the passerbys instead.

To be fair, it is a nice Xianxia novel. As for BL.. Not really. Only the blue chicken.. Oops, phoenix was interesting.
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SararaGold
SararaGold
Jan 23, 2021
Status: Completed
This is a tiring novel to be honest. What I admire is the setting of this novel, it was a vast universe, certainly what you would expect from a xianxia novel.

The beginning was pretty exciting, the middle part was tiring to read (especially because I was MTLing them), that I felt relief when I come towards the end.

Although I said it was tiring, the plot was arranged nicely, uncovering hidden plot here and there while building it for the last climax, which was the end.

MC was already strong (in term... more>> of knowledge but not physical strength) and he became more stronger while always disappearing to another realm every time something happen. Maybe because I read too much novel with witty MC, that I feel this MC is a bit bland (but I still like him as a calm beauty). But looking from a different aspects, MC is fit with his character because he already live for so many years. This novel focused mainly on the cultivation part, so the romance between MC and ML is very very slow. Basically there was not enough dog food to be fed to the reader. However, their interactions are definitely heartwarming.

Another thing I appreciate was that this novel does not dwell on face-slapping too much, because MC is magnanimous and wise (and soft-hearted). Maybe that's why the villains are not memorable at all throughout the novel. One last thing, the only one who move the story forward is not the MC or ML or whoever it was, it was Jiji!
Spoiler

The blue chicken!

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MehrM
MehrM
Nov 25, 2020
Status: --
As someone said it's more of a xianxia than a bl

However it's good

Some chapters did bored me hence the 4*

But overall it was good the relationship between the ML and the MC was nice whether before or after they ended up in a relationship

They fought side by side

The MC admired the ML before even meeting him...

His attachment to the ML is beyond this life
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