Opening a Shop in the Nightmare World


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Su Zimo got a store called ‘Ayuyuyu.’

Selling the goods in the store can increase his remaining life, but Su Zimo has to first go to the nightmare world to collect goods!

Senior cannon fodder: Newcomer over there, put down the vase, put down the paper towels, put down A-Piao’s shoes! Run!!

Shop: It’s ‘An Yu Yi Yu,’ not ‘Ayuyuyu’

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DuckyDuck rated it
August 3, 2020
Status: --
Hello all! This is the translator, Ducky! (No spoilers here, don't worry)

I notice that many of you are concerned about the progression of the main relationship throughout the story. I'd like to clarify that this is, in fact, a BL novel. As someone reading through it word by word, it's much more visible when reading slowly and carefully than it is when binge reading or when reading via MTL. The relationship is light, but it's present.

The focus of the novel is not on Su Zimo's (MC's) relationship with ML.... more>> It's focused on Su Zimo's (MC) relationship with the nightmare world, his family, and his continued survival. The relationship between him and ML is something that occurs gradually and subtly as the story progresses. If you're here for a story focused on BL, this may not be the best choice, but it's also not the worst choice.

To those who keep removing the shounen ai tag, please stop. Author has stated that ML and MC do end up together, so even if the relationship isn't enough for some, it is still there. ;-; Thank you all for reading! Even you decide that it isn't for you, thank you for trying it out! <<less
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ActualTrash rated it
June 10, 2020
Status: Completed
I like this kind of genre and would have rated it highly... if not for the ending.

It is very reminiscent of other "horror" infinite stream novels, but with a slight twist per the description. However with sudden end it falls flat on its face. I was slightly shocked when it ended, as I hadn't looked at the chapter count, and it's quite anti-climatic. It feels like it got axed.

It would be a slow romance if it had more content, but it ends before anything comes to fruition. I hesitate to... more>> even call this a bl novel. The last chapter is an extra that wraps things up quickly, and it mentions that they're together, but that's it. You can sense the ML likes the MC before the end, but the MC doesnt really feel that way about the ML yet.

Its so sudden and disappointing that I can't really score this above a 3... if it had a solid ending it would be a 4 or higher.

I can't really recommend the novel with this ending. It's throws your expectations of romance into the tr*sh, and makes you wonder if you wasted some of your time. <<less
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BearfulGlare rated it
February 19, 2021
Status: Completed
Writing my first review because I loved this novel and think the rating should be higher so more people read it! That doesn’t mean there aren’t flaws.

The biggest one is that... the ending is too rushed. Apparently the author got sick, so a lot of things do happen in a short amount of time, but her ideas are conveyed and she did try to address all the subplots before the ending.

The lack of overt BL is probably related to this, but if you’re actually reading the story, there’s no way... more>> to deny that it’s BL. Some spoilers on the ML’s identity and some other character interactions with the MC below.


The ML is Ghost Umbrella, and there are multiple places where he shows his developing love and care for the MC. This reasonably is most obvious near the end where he gets very protective and obedient to Su Zimo. Even if you don’t see the ML’s interactions in that light though...

There are still all the other guys! Almost every arc has some guy who has pe*verted thoughts about Su Zimo, and one of my favorite lines is still a female character noting that the MC does not seem like a peach for her to pick, but rather someone competing with her for the nectar.

Honestly, I also really like how the MC’s ‘beauty’ isn’t simply advantageous to him. A lot of people have bad thoughts about him because he’s so beautiful, and it’s more of a hindrance to him than a help for most of the story.


HOWEVER, this is still a great horror/survival story that is a nice mix between Recettear and XXXHolic.

1. The nightmare worlds and the item descriptions are AMAZING. Even the weakest items found have great descriptions and details that made me want this story to go on forever. Really, the entire premise is very well thought out and I would have loved to see more.

2. Creepy/sad things are sufficiently creepy and sad. Things make logical sense and while everything involves ghosts, some of the horror is based on reality.

3. I love Su Zimo as a character. To be fair, I do like face-slapping novels, and I feel like the face-slapping that occurs in this one is very satisfying while not being a major part of his character. He doesn’t purposefully seek to slap anyone’s face—they just deliver themselves to his door.

Definitely at least give the story a shot! <<less
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Tousaku Tenshi rated it
February 21, 2021
Status: Completed
I was expecting something but DAMN IT GAVE ME WHAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!! A story that revolves in the plot not highlighting the romance, and this made me feel fluffy. I don't know about others but I REALLY LIKE THIS!


I mean, the ending might be fast paced that caught me off guard and some weird hints between SZ and BU but overall I am very satisfied

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Delorra rated it
November 13, 2020
Status: c115
This novel deserves more than a 3.9 rating.

Most of low rating reviews mention little to no romance. I actually don't mind that since the plotline makes up for it with good action and story.

As for the "disappointed" ending, I'll reserve my judgement on that. But I doubt my rating will go below a 4, given the overall good plotline and translation so far.
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ZeyFletcher rated it
March 21, 2022
Status: Completed
Well, it was good. Definitely worth the read BUT if you came here for the BL/romance, just a fair warning, there is no romance, just subtle insinuations, no official/serious stuff about that. ML is ... more>>

Ghost/Black umbrella

I jist really like unlimited flow themes so I liked this. Hmm I guess I can say that MC is really just an outsider and OP so it doesn’t feel much suspense or smthng, but it’s a unique concept and it is a fun read. The ending was rushed so it felt a bit unsatisfactory it’s cause the author got sick aw.

Anw, totally recommended for those who like unlimited flow. There is no detailed romance.

reread uhm no, cause theres no romance HAHAHAH <<less
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Fisukisuki rated it
January 4, 2022
Status: Completed
The tags wasn't so attractive, the summary was so so, but the Completed Translation status and High Rating was so Seductive, and with my Love for Danmei Survival Game, I click. And there's no regret nor disappointment. It's Wonderful

This is Absolutely Different from many Survival Horror Game was because; MC is not NPC nor Trainer/Player. But he acting as Both; sometimes as Trainer, sometimes as NPC, because he need to get props (Ghost tool) in the Nightmare world (Instance/Game World) so he could sell them.

MC also feel rare... more>> because his actions sometimes seems so Mysterious to the outsiders which usually only some Side Mysterious Character or Mysterious (Older) Love Interest has this kind of Temperament. But of course not to us Readers. I mean, even Calm or Stoic MC in many Horror or Action story, they're not like this MC. Though that's probably because MC's Role in the Horror Game itself is also different.

Another thing that made this Novel different is the Family situation. It was interesting to read Horror Survival Game story where there's also the Family Politic Conflict involved, which not too big, but not small matter either. It was really Interesting! And Written Very Well, Very Unique and Very Good!!!

For people who hope for Romance in Horror theme? This is NOT for You!!! I won't mention why, I'm just saying the truth that there is nothing romantic inside!

The Ending... Is Great!

it was sadly slightly Rushed because the Author was sick. BUT they did AMAZING JOB for a Rushed Ending! The ending was a Realistic Happy Ending for the World in that kind Situation. It wasn't Hell nor Paradise, nor it was 'Normal'. But the World was slowly Healing and Recover. Everyone adjusting, adapting, and feeling relieved. That... Was AMAZING!!!

Absolutely Amazing and I'm Absolutely Satisfied!!!

Honestly this Novel is So much Better than any Expectations and So Much Amazing and I'm Loving it!!! My Eternal Love Loving this Novel for the Eternity and Beyond in all over Universes!!! <<less
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Brier rated it
July 18, 2020
Status: c47
I'm only 13 chapters in but its actually pretty good and has interesting setting and circumstances. Give it a try and see for yourself whether its to your taste or not. Though I will vouch that what I've read is nice so far.

Edit: 47 chapters in

I really like it! Its true that there is no serious hint of romance yet but the story is really engaging and the MC and nightmare world characters and setting are more than enough to carry this novel theirselves.
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ike_00000 rated it
July 7, 2020
Status: c36
Right now it's very interesting. It kinda reminds me of the "yin yang eyes" arc in "Don't Pick Up Boyfriends from the tr*sh Bin" (note that story is spectacular and well worth reading).

There's a possibility MC's golden fingers are too big and he might get a mary sue halo, but for now it's still alright.

My biggest problem has to do with the spoilers I read from other people about this story. I feel this is something people interested in reading this novel should know, so I won't put a spoiler... more>> tag. Apparently there's little / no romance???????? I haven't read the story in raws so I don't know if this is true, but more than one reviewer has mentioned it...

I can't help it, I REEEEALLY want Su Hewen to be the ML!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Petition!!!!!!! Black umbrella guy can grudgingly make the pass as well, and I'm sure he'll get better, but no romance / ML??????? I'm upset.... it's okay, I'll just keep dreaming. Amp up any slightly ambiguous interactions 200% and maybe I'll get something. *cries* <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
April 1, 2021
Status: Completed
The premise of the plot is very interesting!

The idea of opening a shop and selling items reminds me a lil of Trafford's Trading Club, but this story's shop is unique. The shop have ghost staffs! And magical flowers!

MC: a young man that inherited a special shop

ML: many reviewers are confused about who the ML is, but I am 100% confident it is the ghost umbrella!

Here's my analysis after many years of reading BL:

  1. Screen time: the character with the most screen time is most likely to be the ML, and in this case, the ghost umbrella has a lot of screen time!
  2. Interactions: the character with the most interactions with the MC is most likely to be the ML, and in this case, the ghost umbrella interacts a lot with the MC!
  3. Intimate behavior: the character with the most intimate behavior with the MC is most likely to be the ML, and in this case, the ghost umbrella is subtly intimate with the MC!
As many have pointed out, the romantic development is very subtle, which means you need to read slowly to catch all the small details.

Below are examples of very subtle romantic development between the MC and ML in the story.

... more>>
  • the ML always protects the MC when he is in danger
  • the ML serves the MC delicious tea and snacks; very bias towards the MC
  • the ML likes the smell of the MC; on one occasion, the ML sniffs the MC's neck
  • the ML hugs the MC and the readers are aware that the ML is reluctant to let go of the hug


The BL is very light, but it is there. The problem is that there are many questions left unanswered. Like what is the nightmare world? Why does the nightmare world exist? What does it mean to pass the 20th nightmare world? How does the nightmare world move to different worlds? There are many mysteries left unanswered. Because of this, the ending was not very satisfying. I think the story could have more extras or a book 2 sequel. <<less
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3eraphiel rated it
February 6, 2021
Status: Completed
interesting premise, setup & world building but it started downhill somewhere in the middle and then the rushed ending because apparently the author got sick.

it can also be consider as BL bait since you really need to squint hard to even see the hint for the shounen ai tag.

the good thing is, the story itself can work without the romance component and was told in a way that it felt complete even without the love interest. So, I personally would regard this as a Gen (no pairing) and prefer it... more>> that way. THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY, therefore it's totally acceptable for MC's love life to not be the main focus.

the quality translation also help in giving me a good time in enjoying the reading journey from last year to now. <<less
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Idzin rated it
June 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Ending is too rushed ? There's no definite relationship between MC and his significant other I want to read their 'shounen ai' romance ? Props to the horror genre in this, made me scared reading this alone on bed at night with no light ☺️ Overall the story is a nice read, can't wait for for the translators to complete their translations!! Your effort is very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for helping finishing translating this story ❤️
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Yeahlesh rated it
June 13, 2020
Status: Completed
Well Somehow at the ending it felt somehow missing. Before 100 chapters it felt slow paced but somehow after it felt somehow crammed and all... If it is love that you want then it is not the place you want to come.. But if it is story and plot you can come.. It is mediocre mainly due to it being fast paced and crammed.. If it maybe had something like 250 chapters then the plot would certainly be more developed. But it is nice. I can definitely recommend this. It... more>> leaves a sweet aftertaste

Well at least it can remove your boredom and also translator san~GOOD JOB...I found it because of you and mtled it.. It was fun.


I understand why the story and plot wasn't developed well. The author seems to be sick and due to it hindering their writing they decided to end it quickly. Man I can't really blame them.. I hope that they can continue this story with new season wkwkw <<less
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movinggoo rated it
December 25, 2021
Status: Completed
Honestly the plot and everything are very thick and rich, just that the author got sick midway so the story seems a bit rushed. A little bit of unfulfilled potential, but overall a good quality novel. The premise of owning a shop in the unlimited flow world and selling stuff was what drew me in the first place and the story does have those elements. Although some parts were subpar to my expectations, some, especially the background story and how everything came to be, exceeded them. All in all, a... more>> quite satisfying read. <<less
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Kokoro Mugen rated it
March 17, 2021
Status: Completed
I really love the premise of the whole novel!!


Basically the MC is like a NPC who sell props to players!


It is a bit sad that the novel had to end that way. I sorely wished for it to be longer because as I said, the premise was quite unique and good!

Also, don’t expect too much romance. It’s really subtle and mainly focused on the plot of the story. Basically, it is shounen-ai subplot.

I still enjoyed the story and wished for more like it!
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nomius rated it
February 8, 2021
Status: Completed

i want more tho QAQ

... more>>

the character guide really helped me at the start when I wanted to know who was the ML hahaha

their interactions are... simple? not very outstanding but very very cute!!!

ahhh I love em so much, tho I would have loved if there was more romantic development QAQ

but still so good uwu


p.d. there's a horror tag and I was scared bc I'm scaredy-cat but yay! I wasn't scared :D

like thriller? and mystery? +ghosts... like Misplacement Game and Global University Entrance Examination

those two are very good too <<less
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jtrichard rated it
July 17, 2020
Status: Completed
The thing about this novel is that the author seems to lost motivation to write and just... Decided to end everything.

This has some pretty good flow at the beginning, but when it comes to the ending, like many reviewer said, it's too abrupt.

Read this if you wanted to, there's still satisfaction to be honest, but don't expect much because the author is giving up on the novel after 150 chapters.
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Arukas rated it
June 11, 2020
Status: --
I don't even know why this has a Shounen Ai Genre. Beacause it had no Romance moment or feeling in any chapter. It was interesting but the novel ended even though it didn't even really started for me. I would not recommend reading it.
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Eirine rated it
October 10, 2021
Status: Completed
The story is interesting but I dont like how the MC going round like "yes no" saint, well some of part kinda tick me off. I feel no horror reading this.. I feel it just like My trip my adventures my shop.

Just that, no funny story where I could laugh it off, scary like I should be frightened, well ots just so-so and standard. You could read it to waste some free time. Its easy to digest
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Yukkirin rated it
October 10, 2020
Status: Completed
The ending is rushed. The last fight between the 'villain' and the protagonists is anticlimactic. There's no tension at all. Also, there is no romance (?) and it's an open ending for the MC and ML.

Some things I'm frustrated at:

1. MC's brother. I've expected that the brother would play quite an important role since he's portrayed as someone with ML's characteristics. But NO. He's important, yes, but only in a way that the MC would not be burdened by his real world's responsibilities. Like the brother is just there so... more>> that MC can focus more on the shop.

2. The shop. Yes, the SHOP! At first, I thought the shop will be at the nightmare world itself but NO. It's in real world! Until the end of the novel, you can count MC's customers who bought ghost tools (props) in one hand!! Yes, he did open the shop in the nightmare world but it's only once!! This novel is more like getting commodities in nightmare world than selling it.

3. The 20th nightmare world. It's just a hype. I won't say more, just read it. <<less
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