Pulling Together a Villain Reformation Strategy

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Jiang Xunyi had transmigrated into a book many years ago, and always tirelessly maintained the requisite accomplishments for a villain.

After finally completing the ultra-difficult task to allow the male protagonist to kill him, an OOC warning appeared out of the blue——

Error in the actor’s lines, the character role has collapsed, the assigned task has not yet been completed, opening the Rebirth System!

So, he gloriously became… a second idiot son about to be sent to his death.

Lazily idling away the days after changing his identity, he noticed a world-changing difference.

His best friend, the male protagonist, Yun Xie was actually secretly in love with him? Are you kidding me?!

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Organizing a Villain Reformation Strategy
扒一扒反派洗白攻略〔重生〕
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Recommendations
The Founder of Diabolism (10)
The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System (8)
Transmigrating into a Mob Character to Rehabilitate the Villain Plan (3)
The Big Landlord (2)
Transmigrated into a School Idol and Forced to Do Business (2)
Every Day the Protagonist Wants to Capture Me (2)
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  4. Never Tired of Cultivation BL
  5. No Weaklings here!

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08/02/20 Cheerio Translation c54
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karwasama
New karwasama rated it
July 21, 2020
Status: c52
I love this novel so god damn much. (Just an FYI, I've finished the novel through MTL but I'm still going to be keeping up with the actual translations, which is why it says I'm only on chapter 52.)

Seriously. I actually did not think I could like a BL novel (or any novel regardless of genre) more than I liked Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, but lo and behold, this one takes the cake. There are similarities between the two novels, as other reviewers have pointed out, but to me... more>> the only real commonalities they share are having the protagonist be "reborn" through another body and going on a mystery solving journey after they come back to life. And I see this as a good thing, because while GDC was fantastic, Pulling Together A Villain Reformation Strategy offers a unique take on modern transmigration and twists it into an epic tale.

First of all, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD do I absolutely ADORE the MC. He's an cute, haughty little thing that I want to wrap up and smother in kisses. I love the fact that he's not inferior to the ML in any sort of way, whether it be in terms of looks or cultivation power and what not. He's damn powerful and he's not afraid to flaunt it, and I really like his arrogance. However, his cold exterior hides his inherently kind nature that he only shows to those who really deserve it, and this is what keeps him from being an a**hole. You can tell he's really soft-hearted deep down, and it's honestly so... uwu. The only scene where I wished he wasn't so kind was when the truth regarding his transmigration was revealed -
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when his real (in life) brother told him him his father was obsessed with the science of transmigration and basically sold the MC off to be confined in this world, knowing his soul could potentially be crushed to preserve the plot. It was honestly heartbreaking to see the MC cry for the first time in the entire novel, especially when he was like "I can understand why he chose me - I was just wasting away on a hospital bed while you (his real life brother) were strong and healthy, right?". In the end he forgives his family and makes the decision to stay in this world because he loves the ML, which of course I support, but if I were in his situation, I don't think I could ever forgive my parents.

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Also, I LOVE the ML. He's kinda like the MC in that he's arrogant and powerful, but instead of having a hidden kind nature, he really is an as*hole (lol). I honestly find this kind of refreshing...? He's not a jerk in that he's an overbearing tyrant who only cares about himself -- he's just the type that will smile in your face as he kills you. He doesn't give anyone any face, and if you slight him, he won't bother with the mind games -- you'll just die. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but he's the type of black-bellied ML that you actually enjoy reading about, unlike in other novels. Of course, the MC is the only exception to this, and I found his doting to be absolutely endearing. I also just love the trope where the ML acts like he's above everyone else but is willing to destroy everything he has to please the MC, so maybe that factors in to my enjoyment of his character. Regardless, he is one of the few ML's that felt real to me, someone I could actually see as hopelessly in love with their childhood best friend and desperate to keep that affection no matter what, and I liked him a lot.

The relationship between the MC and ML was just *mwah*. We have childhood besties, which I am ALWAYS a sl*t for, and we get to see the best of their bickering and flirting and pining (mostly on the ML's part lmao). The MC remains oblivious to the ML's feelings and his own, but it's so obvious he really cares for the ML even before he acknowledges his emotions, and after the confession, his affection is palpable. I liked how the MC wasn't shy to admit he loved the ML, and he doesn't care if other people find out about their relationship (as opposed to other novels where it feels like the MC is only reluctantly returning the ML's feelings, if you know what I mean). Their relationship is just the right combination of sweet and angsty (considering that the ML "killed" him and holds a lot of guilt for it), and I was thoroughly entertained by their antics. (*cough* makes me wish I had a childhood sweetheart *cough*).

The plot is very well written as well. In my opinion, it's just as intricate and thought out as GDC, and I liked how everything came together in the end. The fact that the transmigration was actually explained, rather than it be a "oh he got hit by a truck and magic happened idk" moment, was a definite plus, and so was the role of the system. The only thing that I didn't like was the rather abrupt ending (before the extras). I wasn't expecting it..? As in, the main story ends as soon as
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the MC calms down the ML, whose about to go on a demonic rampage. Literally. The ML regains control of his body, they hug, they say they love each other, they make a joke and then.... the end.

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It's not necessarily a bad thing, but to me it was just rather sudden. It could also just be that I wanted more of the story because I loved it so much, so take it with a grain of salt.

Anyway, I could go on and on about great this novel is, but I'll stop it here. Might come back to edit it after I reread (because this is definitely something I see myself rereading every other month), we'll see. Anyway, thank you SO MUCH to the translators, and even though the author won't see it, thank you SO MUCH for writing this amazing story. I rate this a 5.0/5.0 stars, for sure! <<less
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dontbotherlovingme
dontbotherlovingme rated it
October 27, 2018
Status: Completed
It has been a long time since I've read a good yaoi/ancient/transmigration novel. I've read countless yaoi novels and it's really hard to find a good one.

Well this novel is one of the 'good' ones. Surely not the best but it's no doubt good.

The plotline is somewhat new to me so it made me really excited. You might think it's a typical transmigration story by which the MC suddenly transmigrated into the body of a cannonfodder and is bounded by a system and the ML would fall in love with... more>> him blah blah blah.

But it's not just that. What if you cannot escape the fate of being a cannonfodder and you need to die? What if your enemy is the system itself? What would happen if you would not follow the system's task and the system itself would fill in the task for you?

If you've read the translated chapters, you would have noticed that the ML is already inlove with the MC but then why did he suddenly killed the MC?

There are a lot of questions at first but it would surely be answered when you read the story. The novel would surely contain plotholes and some disappointments but the interaction between the MC and the ML would make you continue reading this novel. You'll really love them.

Well, let's talk about the characters.

The MC, Jiang Xunyi is your smart, powerful, genius, dense, cold, impatient protagonist. I'm emphasizing the dense part because he is really really dense! To the point almost everyone knows that the ML, Yun Xie has always like the MC! Everyone, but the MC himself! This lead to a lot of funny situations through which you can't help but pity the ML. The strong characterization of Jiang Xunyi was what I love the most. I really dislike weak MCs and I felt the author of this novel also dislikes weak MCs because I've read his/her other works and all of them have really powerful MCs. His/her other novels are really good, btw.

The ML, Yun Xie is your typical doggy-blackbellied-devoted husband. The only thing he is afraid of the most is the death of the MC. Him, killing the MC, brought a really huge trauma to the point he would rather sacrifice everything so that no one would hurt the MC. You could really feel the devotion he has for the MC and when the MC reciprocated his love, you can't help but feel really happy for him.

As for the antagonists, they have diverse personalities and I think the purpose of the author is for the readers to hate them. However, some of these characters lack backgrounds and details to the point you cannot empathize with them or get into their character. It didn't brought much reaction from me when I've encountered them. The way the author wrote them is too 2D and bland.

Some supporting characters that would help the MC in his journey are written just the same. Some of them you would probably forget as the story progresses. Regarding the translation of this novel, well, I rarely encounter good translators and I assure you, this is one of the rare ones. It's clean, clear and fast. I commmend the translator.

This novel might not be rich in the plotlines and may have a lot of plotholes but I gave it a five because it brought something new to the typical transmigration stories. After I've read this, I can't help but feel satisfied because compared to other yaoi stories that I've read, this novel is already good.

Read this now! You won't regret it! <<less
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Attica
Attica rated it
January 15, 2019
Status: Completed
(Disclaimer: I am the translator for this novel so far.)

A noble, cool, and elegant "villain". An utterly shameless and more than a little psycho "male protagonist". Throw in Transmigration, a System, and Resurrection too–it all sounds a little cliche, right?

Yet shockingly enough, this "villain" and "male protagonist"... are also the most heartwarming, funny, and loyal childhood friends I have ever seen. Their hilarious banter in every single scene together is the biggest reason why I picked this novel up for translation.

... more>> 1. Plot

At its heart, Pulling Together A Villain Reformation Strategy is about two best friends from childhood trying to figure out how to navigate a gap between them—a gap that appeared because of the secrets each one is hiding from the other. One of those secrets is indeed the existence of a Transmigration System with its own dark side. Each character that the two encounter carries a different piece of the overarching puzzle, and the two must work together to resolve prior misunderstandings and conflicts.

For a story whose primary focus is adventure and mystery solving, is the execution perfect? No, not by any means. Sometimes it does feel like the author skipped straight from "step 1" to "step 4" of the overarching conspiracy, and left out some details that would have been important along the way. Some characters receive too little screen time relative to the importance of their role in the story. Some characters' motivations are hinted at but not fully developed. Sometimes there will be an outline of a fascinating plot point that appears, but the story doesn't follow that plot point through to fulfill its maximum potential.

However, I will say that the execution is by no means awful, and the author's unique ideas still manage to shine. Above all, this novel is very much more about the journey than the destination. You're not really reading this for the plot as much as you are for the...

2. Characters

To be specific, two characters and the dynamic between them far and away blow everyone else in this book (heck, in this genre) out of the water.

First, we have our beloved MC Jiang Xunyi—you can consider him a little bit like a cross between a Kuudere and a Tsundere lolll. I really enjoyed how his strengths and flaws intertwine with one another. On one hand, he is unyieldingly determined and competitive, self-confident and brutally honest, brilliant at deduction and adept at reading (most) emotional situations, yet still bearing a soft heart deep down. On the other hand, he can sometimes be too stubborn, narrow-minded, cold, arrogant, bad-tempered, and oblivious to a certain someone's affections. He can be vicious and ruthless to his enemies as well as very insulting towards Yun Xie, but he still doesn't hurt innocents and he very much treasures his family and friends (especially Yun Xie, despite those aforementioned constant insults). Every action that he takes makes perfect sense with his personality. He's effectively the typical "cold talented sharp-tongued rival" character (think Silver from Pokémon hahahahahaha) turned into a MC, which is great fun!

Then we have our ML Yun Xie, Jiang Xunyi's childhood friend with a secret crush on him. Holding the position of "protagonist" for the world Jiang Xunyi is in, Yun Xie is a similarly multifaceted character who can change faces faster than a mask switcher in Peking Opera. He's a playful trickster who loves to tease, joke, flirt, and pretend laziness to make Jiang Xunyi do all the work. But when it comes time to get serious, he can be even more merciless and cruel than Jiang Xunyi. And at heart, he's a boy in love who has made mistakes and suffered because of that love but continues to chase after it with all his might.

Literally the best part of this novel is the childhood friend dynamic between these two. Every scene they have together is such immense fun, with bickering, badassery, teamwork, shamelessness, and genuine friendship galore. When they do get together, the wonderful brilliant spark between them is preserved, and ends up evolving into an even more heartwarming dynamic. And fortunately, there are many many many scenes with these two characters.

But there is a downside: because JXY and YX get so much space for themselves, the side characters do not get that much screen time and development. Some receive more attention than others, but don't expect any significant character development on this end. Certain villains in particular are rather flat, without much depth besides "I'm a greedy/ambitious dick." However, this isn't all bad: the side characters fulfill their various roles perfectly well. (In the case of those flat villains, they do their jobs perfectly well as "a**holes who are /just/ realistic enough that you could imagine similarly assholish people in real life". You get to enjoy watching them get face-slapped without growing tired of it being overemphasized or happening too often).

And personally speaking, I'll take the trade of "delicious ample main character development at the cost of overshadowing side characters" every day.

Overall:

Pulling Together a Villain Reformation Strategy is the best childhood friend romance I've ever seen. It made me laugh at Yun Xie's and Jiang Xunyi's frequent antics. It made me cheer whenever these two Dual Jades get to show off their awesome synergy. It warmed my heart with its sweet romance. And do not worry, that final extra will stab you in the heart with its simultaneous bitterness and sweetness. <<less
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Themethatis
Themethatis rated it
December 3, 2018
Status: c17
Honestly, I've fallen in love. The MC and ML have such good chemistry and their interactions with one another are so enjoyable to read. This novel cleared my acne, watered my crops, and single-handedly made me believe in love again.

I wish I were exaggerating, this novel presented such a heartwarming romance that I feel like it alone makes up for all the horridly rapey yaoi I have read in my lifetime of searching for a genuine romance I enjoy. Give it a chance I guarantee you will love it.
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namio
namio rated it
December 1, 2018
Status: c17
(Currently at EN translation c17 but have MTL'd everything and know the overall storyline)

In the flood of many many translated Chinese BL novels, it's sadly kind of rare to find ones with great character dynamics where the two leads have both great chemistry and aren't in the pit of early 2000's stereotypical seme/uke tropes. Pulling Together A Villain Reformation Plan has two childhood best friends as the leads and it really shows (and hilariously kinda explains why the MC is so dense to the flirting). Their banter are... more>> fun, they're basically so in sync with each other they can communicate strategies with a glance-- all the good stuff. Coupled with lots of action scenes and quite a few mystery plotlines, it's frankly a fun, fast-paced read.

But it still falls on its face on several aspects. Despite dedicating a rather large chunk of the story on the entire Hidden Spirit conspiracy, the characters involved in it fall pretty flat, resulting in a world that's ultimately not as compelling as the main characters. It's somewhat a problem that inadvertently spread into other aspects of the story as well, because a good chunk of it is about uncovering the lies that led to the events of the first chapter, but you're never there actually guessing alongside the main characters. Some of the twists lose impact, too, because the minor characters don't really have a real presence. They don't really feel like they have lives.

But overall, it's honestly one of my favorite stories right now. It's just so... /fun/. The prose is snappy and satisfying, which is HUGELY thanks to the translator who also adds fantastic footnotes that lets us know some of the funnier nuances in the dialogue. I highly recommend it-- though it has its shortcomings, I can honestly give it a 5/5 for the sheer enjoyment of reading. <<less
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YoriMei
YoriMei rated it
March 19, 2019
Status: c30
A lovely story!! 5 stars!!

Characterwise, both the MC and ML are very very dynamic and their banter never fails to make me laugh ("who are you?!" "I'm your uncle, b*tch!" Had me rolling for a solid minute). MC is a proud, dignified and slight arrogant man. Righteous and maybe a little gentle to his bestfriend and protagonist Yun Xie, he's powerful but not to the point of OP where everyone might as well step aside. It's refreshing how he is never "save everyone" but does his best to fulfill what... more>> the system wants so he can return home!

Yun Xie might be one of my favorite ML's ever. It's interesting to see the direct contrast between his personality before and after the MC, Jiang Xunyi. His shameless flirtiness and care for JXY is outstanding, and JXY's denseness towards such flirting makes it even more hilarious.

Plotwise, I will admit that it's similar to Founder of Diabolism in the beginning. Killed but "reborn", JXY is baffled at why tf he's still stuck in the novel he transmigrated into originally and where he went wrong. He then teams up with Yun Xie again to guide the story to the end and to clear his name. It does have a bit of a pacing issue, as it zooms through the beginning almost immediately to push JXY back into the proverbial arms of Yun Xie at least proximity or interaction wise. I do warn that the story is also quite heavy in flashbacks as well. That said, it doesn't detract from the story and honestly anyone who enjoys Found of Diabolism will enjoy this story. <<less
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Elestrea
Elestrea rated it
January 8, 2020
Status: Completed
SUMMARY

VRS reminded me about some parts of Scum Villain's Self-Saving System as well as Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation. It was not the entire plot, so don't worry about the similarity too much. In fact, the plot itself was quite a refreshing one compared to many other BLs.

It told a story about a cannon-fodder who was destined to be killed by the protagonist so he could go home, but after he was finally killed by the protagonist, the system somehow glitched and instead of returning home, he ended up in another... more>> person's body. So this is like the combination of Transmigration and Rebirth trope.

His mission was to find out what was actually happening, and along the way, he also found out that the world and the system may not be as clean as he thought...

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REVIEW Completed - January 8, 2020

General:
VRS is about 'finding the truth' so it's truly like those ancient mystery-solving novels. While the premise looked interesting, throughout the entire novel, there was this feeling that the author wanted to put in more plots and clues, but didn't know how to actually resolve them all. Some ended up being forgotten, and some were just resolved out of nowhere. The conclusion to the main mystery was also super rushed. Basically, everything happened in the last chapter. It wasn't a bad thing, but I personally preferred a slower approach since the buildup was already good and it was quite slow in the first place. I just didn't expect it to finish everything in one chapter. Also, expect some plotholes because there are some that aren't going to be elaborated.

Characters:
I think MC and ML were quite fleshed out by the author. Since MC had been living in the world for quite some time, he was already attached to the world. He never thought the people inside were only 'characters in the novels' and he was very sincere to them all.

MC and ML were like a different side of the same coin. MC was a kind soul, but he had this cold outer demeanor so everyone thought he was unsociable and arrogant, while ML was the other way around. He looked sociable but his heart was very ruthless; unless it was about MC, he seriously didn't care at all. They made a very good dynamic, but since they're both already very OP, sometimes the tension couldn't be felt at all. Also, they have already trusted each other from the start; MC, despite knowing his fate was to be killed by the protagonist a.k.a the ML, genuinely cared for him. They were childhood friends after all. He knew ML so much he even wondered how would someone like ML, who cherished their friendship so much, would be able to kill him. MC was kind of wary of ML at first precisely because deep down, he felt like ML truly betrayed him even though it was supposed to be a part of the original plot. But once the revelation came out, they quickly returned to their old relationship.

MC was clever but kind of dense, he always thought they were in pure friendship, and since ML also didn't want to destroy their friendship, he never told MC at all and hence, he kept pining for MC. We could clearly see how often he liked to give signals to MC and MC just brushed it off thinking ML was being s*upid. Poor ML kept pouring his heart out and being told to 'shut up' all the time. Yun Xie is a love s*ave. Like, literally. I love him, he was so shameless in showing his love. And it's infectious, apparently. Once they get together, oh boy, they're gross.

The only downside about the characters in this novel was that there were SO MANY side characters and they were all forgettable. Like, I couldn't even discern their presence at all. Some just ended up being a completely forgotten cannon fodder. The supposedly super OP villain died very absurdly, and most of the villains lack reasons to make their actions feel real. They just felt bland. Some who did have potential, like MC's shidi, also didn't get enough appearance to actually make him feel memorable.

Conclusion:
While not perfect, considering this was the author's first completed novel, I'd say this novel is quite good and worth reading. Though some bits were super rushed and some plotholes still remained, I gotta say I LOVE MCxML dynamics SO MUCH and the author did a very good job at making their interactions felt so wholesome. They're a truly cute couple and I found myself keep wanting to skip some plot points just to see their banters all the time. <<less
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
April 5, 2019
Status: c32
good story so far. I was surprised that the reveal came so quickly. I was looking forward to a few more chapters of angering the protagonist speechless and his slow realization and suspicion. I hoped to see the MC play the fool for a little longer; instead the ML found out really quickly.

if your not a fan of flashbacks you won't like this story. I forced myself to read through most of the flashbacks in Founder of Diabloism but I think I skipped about half of the first flashback here.... more>> I'm not real patient when it comes to flashbacks so not skipping it entirely was actually improvement on my part.

rating it a 4 at the moment and will re-rate once the story is completed. Thanks to the translators for their hard work!! <<less
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Sarsanilla
Sarsanilla rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c12
So far, so good. Fun characters, lots of potential backstory to be discovered, fresh characters
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The "Arrogant Shit" protag is an actual shit. Though we don't get to see him play the role of the villain outside of flashbacks, he plays a shitty character, and is a shitty character. ML isn't one of those "Kind Spirits of Light", nor is he a super cold, obsessive prick. He's definitely a tad obsessive, but, so far, it's not that much when compared to other MLs.

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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: c24
Translation is top notch, story so far is fantastic as well.

The MC is super competent and powerful, on par with the ML, which is quite rare. They were also childhood friends/sworn brothers before the misunderstanding (s) that screwed things over, so their banter, familiarity with each other, make for very strong dialogue and interactions. I especially appreciate a complex and well-written romance. The silent understanding and regard these two best friends have with each other is just so warming and enjoyable to read.

Their dynamics remind me a little of Founder... more>> of Diabolism (which is a big complement) so give it a try! <<less
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Ulfr
Ulfr rated it
December 3, 2018
Status: c17
I got into reading danmei over a year ago, but I'm quite certain this story will remain for a long time (if not forever) in my top five; it's currently competing with Scum Villain's Self-Saving System for the first spot right now.

The summary scared me witless and the only review at the time cemented my fear. The idea of the 'system' restarting the plot/story over and over due to unscripted events and feelings-how could that not be a tragedy? Well I should have looked at the tags first : no... more>> tragedy! Phew.

Getting to the story: yes, another transmigration fic. But wait, what's different here? For me my favorites would have to be the characters, their interactions, and the clear devotion/bond between the two.

I've only read danmei Chinese novels, and this is the first MC I've encountered who isn't a straight out good-guy:
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MC doesn't mind killing people if they insult him, is really arrogant and proud about his looks and strength/power.

And yet... after the system dumps him in another character who isn't at all part of the plot or expected to be a 'good guy', he automatically plans to save not just his own skin, but the others in trouble. Could be because one person in the group was nice to him, but I doubt his actions would be different elsewise. (Unless they straight out try to bug him lol)

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Same goes for ML, the original male protagonist. Makes the characters pretty refreshing, and more... realistic, I suppose? Best of all, none of them are weak, and both are badass.

ML's been flirting since they were children so I guess it's understandable that all of it flies straight over MC's head. But so far we see MC and ML are close as bros-at least before Le Plot threw a wrench so that the events follow the original book's storyline.

As for translation quality, the English is flawless-only thing is I feel like the characters sometimes sound... American? The setting is ancient Chinese culture so I feel like some of the wording just doesn't match what the MC seems like - dignified, proud and aloof. But this is only a minor issue so I guess I can just choose to ignore it. <<less
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EurikaYamato03
EurikaYamato03 rated it
December 12, 2018
Status: c19
I love the uke's personality. He is not like the others where there are always that love at first sight thingy. I also like how dense he is haha. Poor the seme though.

Spoiler

He was forced to kill the one he loves for many years.

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But overall (as of what I read), the story is very interesting and very recommended for those people who wanted a clever and dense protag at the same time. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Sahloknir
Sahloknir rated it
May 6, 2020
Status: c43 part2
What I've enjoyed:

So far, this story carries the hint and flavour of Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, but that's not a bad thing, unless you're looking for something totally different. While I'm normally not a fan of flashbacks (two so far), the way they're done works well within the framework of the story, and makes for a good read.

The world building is solid, interesting and well thought out, without being overly complicated. Commenting as a native English speaker who relies on translations - an easy to follow Sect/Political situation/Hierarchy with clear... more>> plot points is a delight.

While the intrigue behind the main plot line has yet to be revealed and the relationship between the MC and ML has yet to develop a deeper romantic element, the poignancy of Yun Xie's obvious leanings give all the feels. I'd love to read the rest of this story, as while it doesn't bring anything truly new to the table, the pacing, GMC of the characters, plot and romance are well thought out, without getting bogged down under extraneous action/side plots like a lot of other stories. Brisk pace, lots of interactions and insight into the MC and ML make this a worthwhile read.

Criticisms:

I'm not going to critique the author's craft or writing skills. I'm a professional writer and editor irl and I could nitpick for days, but I'm reading a translation from a culture not my own so I don't feel qualified to speak to this area in any depth. Therefore my comments will be limited to minor observations...

This is not a plot heavy story, the world building isn't as detailed as other works, and there are quite a few cliches. Jiang Xunyi seems to undergo a shift in character which I found a little jarring. He seems initially flippant/light hearted/fun, but becomes grim/unsmiling, while Yun Xie's character does the opposite - unsmiling/grim to (on the surface) easygoing/lighthearted. This left a sense of dissonance for me.

Sometimes it seemed that story threads got abandoned and the transition between dreamscapes/real world wasn't clear. This could have been due to something getting lost in translation despite the lovely translators doing their best to stay true to the original work. I think someone who has read the original would need to weigh in here.

Initial translator was excellent. Most recent translator is doing an awesome job despite intimating they'd like someone to pick up translations. <<less
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BaiYihan
BaiYihan rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: c43.2
This novel is one that you have to think while you're reading or you'll get confused, but the plot is worth it. The MC transmigrated into a novel, OOC in the last scene and died, only to be given a second chance in the novel. I really liked the way the MC didn't try to convince the ML that he was the same person and instead acted as an idiot (though that only lasted for 11 some chapters). It's definitely a good read though!
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runqi
runqi rated it
January 26, 2020
Status: c44
Really enjoying this so far, hopefully the translation will continue (or I'll have to MTL it...;;;;).

The character dynamics between the 2 leads are very good, and don't fall into weird dom/sub stereotypes. Both are kind of shitty characters (personality-wise, not in development), but they have really believable interactions and clearly a lot of history. Despite what it seems like surface-level, both care a lot about each other. The story also shies away from dubcon/noncon, which I really appreciate lmao. They also take care to mark the transitions between present and... more>> flashbacks, and the flashbacks aren't too long (thank god...I remember reading MDZS a year or two ago and it was neverending flashbacks). <<less
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NVismyname
NVismyname rated it
July 16, 2019
Status: c38
All I have to say is that if you love Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation and/or The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System, then you'll enjoy reading this.
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Lorielth
Lorielth rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: c41
I love the story plot but as I read by mtl, it very confusing and I have to drop it cause the mtl make my head dizzy very hard to read, I need to think twice to really get what they talking about. And it stop the flow of imagination therefore I will just wait for the translation.

Overall the story line is nice and I love how MC and ML communicate.
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Severe
Severe rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: c40
Ok. I ADORE Moxiang Tongxiu's works - the best out of hundreds bls so far.

And this novel is *Grandmaster* storyline with a different characters.

Anyway... I can't help but love it!!!

╮ (︶▽︶) ╭

The story is smooth and eye-catching. Especially the dialogs and feelings - they seem real to me.

P. S. with hope : have read half so far. Will it follow the grandmaster line till the end?? If you know what I mean

(。•̀ᴗ-) ✧
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ike_00000
ike_00000 rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: c43
Not bad! Classic BL cultivation story, a pair of brothers split apart and then are reunited. Tbh although it was very interesting to read, the angst feels... strange? Like choppy almost? Development doesn't feel professional and honestly a little bit disappointing. I also thought it would be slightly different from reading the premise, but the gig's up pretty quickly.

IMO, too much of the story is just flashbacks on the past, whether through internal demons or otherwise. Grandmaster also has that, but in Grandmaster the developments are (1) pretty amazing and... more>> (2) story flows realtime as well. In this story, basically all info comes from past arcs.

However, it has been a fun read so far, so I'm looking forward to more. <<less
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dona
dona rated it
December 18, 2019
Status: c44
I was really enjoying it until chapter 35, and then it got messy. First, the author keeps giving us flashbacks that seem to last forever and really isn´t that relevant to what is happening. There is no ending to the troubles that MC and ML encounter and you keep wondering when it will all end so we can focus on MC´s mission properly. (And on ML, the poor guy is about to become a side character)

I don´t know, it just seems the author wants to weave a lot in... more>> to what is otherwise a simple, straightforward story.

It´s really not bad, but now just isn´t as entertaining as the beginning. <<less
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