Quick Transmigration Cannon Fodder’s Record of Counterattacks

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Ning Shu had dropped dead. But in a burst of good fortune she became a task-taker in charge of counterattacking for pitiful cannon fodder. Thus, Ning Shu, in one world after another, took all kinds of life roles, encountered all kinds of ‘you’re heartless, you’re ruthless, you’re making trouble for no reason’ people. She encountered all sorts of white lotus flowers, green tea b*tches, scheming b*tches, by the batch.

Does any true beauty still exist in the world!? bellowed Ning Shu angrily. You annoying tr*sh! I’m just here to counterattack, please don’t get in the way of me completing my task. Transmigration main character, reincarnation main character. There’s only a lazy task-taker, no undestroyable main character halo. Ning Shu had no choice but to painfully gather moral integrity in each of the worlds.

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Ning Shu
快穿之炮灰女配逆袭记
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BiggusDickus
New BiggusDickus rated it
June 2, 2020
Status: c27
Reading this makes me want to die, seriously. It is beyond pessimistic- everybody are a**holes towards her including the classmates, her parents, OP MC, her love interest, the system, etc. There's no decent people at all. Everybody is like copy and paste "isekai impressionable a**hole" tropes that you see in many C-novels and manhua.

The story is either attempting to be a pity party for the MC or have the same effect on readers like a tragedy (heartache, sorrow, etc) but fails because there is barely any good things happening to... more>> the MC. It instead barrages the reader with negative event after another. I can handle a few depressing chapters, but the situation for the MC has barely changed where I am now (ch27). And there is no special meaning/theme to all the negativity; her classmates is toxic to her because she ratted the the FL, and the domino effect comes in and everyone else treats her horribly because she's vulnerable.

tldr: emotionally draining read <<less
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famine
New famine rated it
May 27, 2020
Status: c1054
For a QT story, this is not the best. Its more of an adventure story than romance.. I don't really love it but I don't hate it either.

Ning Shu is considerate and have moral, logic, and compassion.. To characters that deserve it. She is not overly cruel, but will be if the characters betrayed or attacked her. The only problem I have is she is too reckless and solve everything by punching it type.. I got a feeling she missed a lot of things because her intellegence is.. Not lacking... more>> too much, but sometimes common sense passes her by. Fortunately, she is lucky. There is no specified backstory to her past, but we got a lot of glimpses, and I read in spoilers section, that there are the transmigrator headquarter of some sort. Ning Shu's life seems chaotic there too. I wonder where this story is going, but I am sure its not going to be romance.. Ever. <<less
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sibyl97
sibyl97 rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: c2788
As a savage person I was, reading it raw, I did not regret it one bit.

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This novel is one of those rare ones that the author has their three views straight and the character is one of the most rational logical female character I know.

Ning shu is not like other mainstream FL that either have their heads over clouds (or love) or

'ruthless' revenge-y type.

She is very pragmatic and focus on her missions to satisfy her clients' wishes (the cannon fodders). She is the kind of person who would rather stack her wisdom points than her charm points.

There are few reoccurring male characters but there's no real romance, yet. Only hints (?) I'm not really sure tbh.

Ning shu takes a very cynical view of love. I mean, who wouldn't after going through what she's been through? Those missions with the 'only live for love' female protagonist types might traumatised her for life.

What I really like about the story itself :

    1. There are multiple 'Arcs' and they were written well with the right pace. Not like other quick transmigration stories that just became a bundle of short stories. Each one is good enough to get their own novels, I think. But not all arcs are created the same, some are better than the other. My favorite arc is "I think my husband wants to kill me", a dark and a bit disturbing arc but I love it!
    1. It made fun of the common dog blood plots like overbearing CEO, enchanting Ghost king, children before marriage that turns out to be genius and leads ML and FL together, spoiled love, sadomasochistic love, virtual reality, etc etc
    1. The systems missions were interesting too. Like harem beautify system, catching great beauties system, superstar system (I hope you know the last one I refer to).
    1. It's so fun to defeats those mary sue, gary stu, white lotuses, green teas, etc etc.
    1. Ning shu never taken a mission that ask someone to fall in love with someone else because she thought that it was not authentic especially when the real owner comes back then who would guarantee that the other person would still be in love with the real one?
    1. I appreciated the fact when it gets hard, Ning Shu would not indiscriminately kill everyone to complete her missions because she knows that when the owner comes back, they'll face great repercussion. She takes great care for after sale service (?) like finding a good job, taking care of client's family, and writing down skills that she has so her client will survive even when she left.
    1. Ning Shu really grew, as in no OP past life skills that she conveniently has such as being an assassins, hacker, etc etc. She learned it one by one which made her more real.
    1. She doesn't differentiate good or evil, sometimes it was because of love or revenge or jealousy. Her moral compass is not all black and white, even it became very irrational, she would still be cool headed and did her best for her client.
    1. I just really like her, she's a strong independent woman that makes rational decisions.
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a bit of a warning, this novel has a very slow but consistent progression so earlier arcs are somewhat weaker. <<less
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Kimchi759
Kimchi759 rated it
July 24, 2018
Status: c178
I started this because I was looking for a series with a strong female lead and no romance.

Strong female lead? Yeah, eventually.

No romance? Debatable. There's romantic subtext and a lot of validation through male admiration/approval. And, of course, invalidation bc male dismissal/disapproval. Either way, a woman's worth is hinged on how desirable men find her. Female characters are worthless because no men like them (back), or worthy because men (or one particularly exceptional man) likes them.

What was particularly frustrating, and at times infuriating, was the contrast between the feminist veneer... more>> and the misogynistic messages.

The feminist veneer was wonderful, if flimsy and artificial. Female lead with aims and goals outside of romance? Great. Scathing observations about Alpha Male leads? Awesome. Heroine who tries to use logic and reason as much as possible? Fantastic. Female warriors/combatants who refuse to be seen as inferior to the men? Flippin' beautiful.

Unfortunately, everything that showed through the transparent veneer was... gross.

Examples:

Spoiler

    • The characterization of the lead as "Not Like The Other Girls" and out of the norm for recognizing sh***y dudes as tr*sh.
      (eg. "This indicated that she had stayed in the hospital too long. Ning Shu, whose sense of aesthetic had diverged from that of ordinary people, expressed that she didn't understand.")
    • Little non sequiturs like this: "All women liked being subdued by a strong man." "So much hidden bitterness, you're acting like a total girl."
    • The sexual dynamics, wherein men are characterized as being naturally licentious and unable to control themselves, and therefore excused of all responsibility when it comes to intercourse (even forced).
    • Use of the Madonna-Wh*re Complex, with the 'villainous' women being promiscuous/sexually active, and vice versa.
    • Reaffirmations of sexist Confucian ideology/the status quo, especially by tying the antagonist with less conservative tropes and villifying these "against the current" cliches.
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But the most unforgivable aspect of this novel was the gender violence.

There is a lot of r*pe and dubcon. And it is extremely glossed over.

Memorable examples:

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- The "he isn't raping me - he seems like a good guy (also he's hawt) " example. Dude puts his unwanted wife through rape, torture, and forced prostitution just because he doesn't love her. He has a good impression of her when Ning Shu takes over, so he wants to "make her his." He hasn't changed, but his view of her has, so the author describes him favorably with constant comments on his unruly good looks. He doesn't give a sh** about the women his men r*pe though, and neither, aparently, should you.

- The "he's so nice usually, and she deserves it" example. Woman is raped by the man who comforts her while she's mourning the loss of her OTL because he "can't take it anymore"... She's portrayed as unreasonable for refusing to forgive him when he "continues treating her gently and considerately" afterwards, to which he responds by raping her repeatedly. It's all good though, because she's the antagonist. r*pe can be used as a justifiable punishment right? Ha. Asdfghjkl.

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Aside from that, there were also a wealth of plot holes and inconsistencies. The characterization was often inorganic, forced, and illogical; especially for the antagonists, though even the heroine was prone to random personality changes.

There was tons of potential here. A shame it wasn't carried through. <<less
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nakimushi
nakimushi rated it
April 7, 2018
Status: c3073
Went to read the raw because I was suffering from severe withdrawal syndromes waiting for the translation. But now I'm suffering from severe withdrawal syndromes waiting for the raw. T-T

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This novel is definitely unique amongst the Quick Transmigration types. Its uniqueness can be both good and bad. I just happen to like quite a few of these points though sometimes it feels like the author overdid it. Everything below is up till what I read (chapter 3073, the translator's chapter count seems to be different from the raw sites I frequent).

    1. Author (and thus the MC) is an advocator of feminism, independence and other values that have been mentioned many times throughout missions and so on. Women can be capable on their own. Love doesn't last. Love seriously makes people blind and kidnaps their brain cells. Women don't need to be loved to live well; they just need to love themselves. No point suffering over lost love. Etc.
    2. MC has little to none romance. This is partly in accordance to her values and personality, which she sticks to throughout. There are repeat characters
      Spoiler

      Guys: Tai Shu (school doctor uncle), Li Wen (emperor elder brother), Qing Yue (kelp), Zhang Jiasen, Jiang Chen (soulless undead), An He (fragrance military guy), Zu Li (changpao guy), Mo Ming (weak porcelain guy), Sang Liang (silver-haired guy), Zheng Qing (2333), etc.

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      but the reappearance of those not related to the organisation are few and far between. MC can be cold and ruthless, actively avoiding romantic entanglements outside of missions. While some of the big guys simply look down on her strength, making it unlikely for them to consider her as a partner.

    3. MC is a bit of a lone wolf. She doesn't trust people easily, if ever. She's very dedicated to her goals. Relationships, including friendship, is kind of secondary. I like this because it means she's not wishy-washy and you don't have to expect annoying angst but this also makes her come off a bit too pragmatic cos it seems like she only contact people when she needs them. So far she seems to have made 2 friends and the rest are still on acquaintance or business partner level.
    4. I find it quite comedic though this type of humour may not be for everyone. Some humour might be lost in translation too. There's a few running jokes throughout, like how she's becoming more and more like a nanny.
    5. Each character is unique though they may not always be very well-developed.
      Spoiler

      Especially for Tai Shu, his personality from his first 2 meetings with MC and his later personality seems to differ vastly.

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      None of the important characters appear 2-dimensional; they all have their thoughts, motivations and quirks. Some. Are. VERY. Quirky. A common point is you shouldn't expect a free lunch from like 98% of them =_=;;

    6. The world building is superb. MC starts off as a minor, dispensable operative and as appropriate for her rank, she knows very little. This changes as she climbs the ladder, increases her value, and gains the right to know more. The missions are just part of a structure to keep things stable for the bigger picture. There are loopholes but not a lot of obvious ones.
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Sangchu12
Sangchu12 rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: c7
I am hooked up. I love this novel very much. It's about MC transmigration body of abandoned women and take revenge on her villains, heroine and scum as*hole cheater husband who destroy MC life. MC is talent and cunning ruthless. She was one of best MC of all novel. If you want spoiler go to novel update forum.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ rated it
January 22, 2018
Status: c1623
It's really a salty dish among sweet dessert, among twenty or so 'fast wear' type (a novel type where MC jump from a world to another, completing the original body's wish or something like that, a world/set story usually around 20 chapters).

Usually MC got around 2/3 world until found the 'special one'. Keep her virginity only for him and strive to finish the story until she got her own happiness with the the special ones. In every world, MC used special one/ml's identity to help her achieve and complete the... more>> task, this series doesn't. MC is a strong and independent woman, if I remember correctly, the closest romance I can smell is from the first world, then straight from there is an adventure type. She really try her best to finish every task, with often limited resource and level cap (like you can't exceed the BOSS you're fighting in RPG game, no matter how much you grind).

Some fast wear series feels repetitive once you go through 5 or so world, but this one is not. Every world feels different. But for romance seeker, you have been warned. <<less
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Brave Armadillo
Brave Armadillo rated it
December 27, 2017
Status: c20
WARNING: REALLY SLOW PLOT PROGRESSION.

Thirteen chapters in and we are STILL in the introduction to the first story.

TWENTY chapters in and STILL nothing of note has happened.

So far we have:
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Girl dies, girl sees fluffy clouds, girl gets tapped to transmigrate into other people's bodies to help solve their problems, girl transmigrates -- and immediately get beaten to a pulp by minions of the Antagonist, goes to the school doctor and gets sneered at by him, goes to class and gets sneered at by the teacher and the class itself, meets Antagonist and gets sneered at by her, meets Male Lead she was sent to somehow save and gets sneered at by him, goes home and gets beaten to a pulp AND sneered at by Father (who is apparently not blood-related), gets sneered at by Mother and Brother as she's kicked out of the house forever, gets tricked by the System to accept a side-mission, and finally moves into an apartment where she is FINALLY truly happy and delighted with her life because she can clean her room... Even bouncing up and down.

What, with blood crusting on your head (rammed into wall), blood on your face (clawed by fingernails), multiple bruises (pummeling), and she herself even said she thought (hit by heavy objects) she had a concussion?

No. Not happening.

Another problem is that she states she is completely lost in class (because when you transmigrate you get information about everyone in your life, the ability to speak and write the language, your personal history from birth, but you DON'T get English 101).

Also, she is apparently good at Taekwondo... that she signed up for somewhere... so she's going to completely ignore lessons and focus on that instead... like she's not going to get called on by the teacher so she can be laughed at some more... (sigh)

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Now, it's written in the summary above that yes, she is going to meet a LOT of unpleasant people, but so far I still haven't seen a single glimpse of "Good thing I have [plot armor / some cheat / help from outside] going for me!" or "Good thing I am smart!" or "Good thing I am actually a psycho axe murderer!" so I'm not entirely sure why the main character is acting like she's on autopilot this whole time. Even when she genuinely feels an emotion it just somehow washes away like she's a certain lich character from a once-popular vrmmo game and she's back to "meh" in the next paragraph.

I'm keeping my rating at three stars because to be fair, a) the translations are good, b) I don't read that many Chinese novels so for all I know this pacing might be normal, and c) it might get better once the actual plot starts.

But for me, I'm done. <<less
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A Loner Reader
A Loner Reader rated it
February 28, 2018
Status: c47
I've endured enough!!

Do you know what a punching bag of a MC is?!

A masochistic task-taker-transmigrator?!

A beat-me-to-a-pulp-and-I'll-take-it-with-pleasure person?

A MC who don't even refute back? Even with just words?

The perfect example is this!

I mean like, come on!

If you don't like them then say it to their face!

I just don't know why some readers like this!

I've already read 40+ chapters and the MC is still a punching bag!

Thus I DROP this!
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Tachi Works
Tachi Works rated it
December 27, 2017
Status: c11
INTERSTING TWIST is that the MC returns all her stolen bodies after reversing their fates and saving their lives, so some of the ex cannon fodders are aware that they lost their memory and someone else was in their body and are grateful for the second chance.

So far no romance as she is professionally, strictly just changing fates, not selfishly finding romance in her borrowed body.
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Gayle
Gayle rated it
January 4, 2020
Status: c589
I have a whole system for reviewing. I got layout, the sections, and the criteria all planned out. But I can't bring myself to use it for this novel. Even though I like many things about it, I just feel an urge to complain about this author.

I really don't know what is wrong with this author's brain. On the one hand, the author manages to avoid many of the pitfalls other authors fall into with webnovels. On the only hand, this author dives head first in others that most authors... more>> would have little trouble avoiding.

Before going into that, let's get this out of the way. This is a Quick Transmigration story. Those of us familiar with this genre know how these go. The host goes to the a variety of worlds, face slaps everybody in them before moving on to the next world and repeating the process. In this case, our host is Ning Shu. Ning Shu is supposed to be a sensible character. She sees through bullsh*t and uses her wits to succeed. Let's disregard that she was originally a bedridden young girl in her early teens with little worldly experience and just accept that once she begins her journey she is suddenly extremely clever and savvy.

Okay back to this pitfall thing. In female protagonist face slapping novels, young girls get wrecked. This is because the protagonist usually starts as a young woman so naturally her enemies are also young women. They go up against the protagonist and this means they are inevitably going to suffer a terrible fate, But most people are not all that enthusiastic about reading about girls and young women dying gruesome deaths. So what authors do is give the reader an excuse to enjoy reading such things by making these girls villainous. Usually, this just means making them extremely hateful and irrational for little discernible reason. It is a shitty way to make a villain but at least you have a villain.

The author of this story also does this. But only sometimes. And that "only sometimes" is the biggest problem with this story. The protagonist Ning Shu is portrayed as a good person. Pragmatic but good. As the protagonist of a face slapping, she is going to drive women to death. That is just how the genre works. But sometimes the author just outright fails in making the girls the protagonist drives to death seem villainous. In face, sometimes rather than seeming villainous they appear downright pitiful. But the author gleefully kills them off anyway.

Let me give you some examples.

A girl from the countryside saves a general who was defeated in battle and badly wounded (the male lead for that world). The two fall in love. The general hides his identity from her and brings her back to the capital to be his wife. There she discovers that her future husband is actually an important figure. But she also discovers that he already has a fiancee. So now this girl is stuck far away from home. She doesn't know anything about the city. She doesn't know the proper way to speak to the nobles of the city who can take her life on a whim. She has tan skin from living in the country and since this is a chinese web novel this means that everyone is allowed to look down on and disparage her with impunity. The only person she can rely on is the general who told her nothing about the situation he was dragging her into or his marital status and does nothing to educate her.

No matter how you look at it, this girl is not a villain. Never-the-less, it is our protagonist's duty to face slap her. So how does the our hero Ning Shu deal with this pitiful girl who cannot possibly bring any harm to her? By attempting to disfigure her and eventually driving her to a miserable end like she does all the actual villainous characters.

But wait, there's more!

Another example. A girl who aspires to be an actress. Her manager wants her to go to parties with important people in the entertainment industry so that she can make connections and in that way get prominent roles. The girl does not want to go these parties. The author portrays the girl as unreasonable for being unwilling to do this but the girl actually has two good reasons to dislike these parties. First, she wants to succeed as an actress through her own skill rather than backhanded means. And second, she gets groped and molested at these parties. But her manager forces her to go to these party anyway. The author portrays this as the right thing to do because "that's how the world works". But as a result of going to one of these parties, the girl is raped. But, in true Chinese web novel logic fashion, this r*pe is okay because the rapist is the handsome, wealthy, and powerful male lead of that world, who happened to be drugged with an aphrodisiac. The male lead tosses money at his victim as an apology. At this point, the girl already pretty pitiful. But author is not done with this girl yet. The author has just gotten started! The male lead is SHOCKED that the woman he raped doesn't want to pursue him romantically. This arouses his interest and so he decides to pursue her himself. Forcefully. He forces her to be his lover through force and blackmail. The author is careful to say time and again that even though the girl is being forced, the rapist is doing a lot to treat her well aside from the whole r*pe and blackmail thing. And like a prisoner suffering from Stockholm syndrome, she eventually falls in love with him. With the influence of the "r*pe them until they love me" male lead, this girl is able to make inroads in the entertainment industry and become the queen of film.

This girl who was raped, blackmailed, and forced into a relationship is the enemy that the protagonist, Ning Shu, must face slap into a miserable death. But never fear, the is supposed to be a villain so the author will definitely make her deserving of a face slap, right? So let's take a look at some of our r*pe victim's villainous actions.

The girl accidentally spills wine on an influential figure (Mr. Rapist from the previous paragraph). As a result, her manager dragged her out into the rain to apologize him. The manager got drenched and became sick. Clearly, this is the girl's fault. Who told her to be so clumsy? Disregard that it was the manager who forced the girl to go the party against her will and disregard that it was the manager that thought apologizing in the rain was a good idea. The girl is to blame. That makes her a villain.

The girl is given a role as an extra and does poorly. As a result, the director yells and screams at her. Naturally, the girl doesn't want this to happen again so she asks her manager to let her take acting lessons. The manager refuses this request. Rather than learning the fundamentals of acting in a class, the manager thinks the girl should just learn on the job. The author assures us this is perfectly reasonable. The girl vehemently disagrees. That makes her a villain.

The girl has low EQ. This makes her bad at reading situations. That makes her a villain.

The girl complains once, Just ONCE, that her manager forces her to go parties where she is groped by strangers. The male lead is angered by this and destroys the manager's career before having the manager gangraped to death. The girl did not ask for that to happen. It was not her intention for that to happen. The male lead did it all on his own. But the male lead did it for her, so that makes her a villain.

That last paragraph is what the author uses to justify Ning Shu's mission to drag the girl into hell. Ning Shu transmigrates into the manager long before the gangr*pe and before the girl herself is raped by the protagonist. The arc is then about how Ning Shu torments this girl. It doesn't matter that the girl isn't responsible for what happened. It doesn't matter that the girl never wanted a relationship with the male lead in the first place. It doesn't even matter that everything that happened is a direct result of the manager's own actions. For the author, the manager is the righteous one and girl is the villain. And we all know what happens to villains in these stories.

This kind of shitty logic and morality is all over the place in this story. In the author's defense, these are scenarios taken from other web novels. Ning Shu transmigrates into the female antagonists, so the author is put in the position of having to make the antagonist righteous and the heroine villainous. But the way this author does it is often so half-assed and nonsensical that it feels like the author is just finding excuses to kill off the the would be heroines and have the would be villain win.

I should be clear that this does not happen every arc. There are plenty of arcs where the would-be heroine is clearly villainous and so this problem is averted.

And finally, this is technically a review so I should say at least say that I find this story entertaining. If you like quick transmigration stories, here is one that focuses more on face slapping and adventuring than romance. In fact, many arcs (most the ones translated so far) don't have the protagonist engaging in any kind of romance at all. Instead she is raising children, or cultivating, or fighting a war, or surviving the apocalypse. These are familiar scenarios in quick transmigration stories but they are as entertaining her as they are in the other stories, and better written than most the translated qt stories on novelupdates. I would give it 3 stars if the rating buttons weren't mysteriously missing on novelupdates right now. It is just that for this story you can't think too hard about who is in the right and who is the wrong or you will often find that the people the Ning Shu is face slapping to the grave are actually the righteous ones. Oh, but this doesn't apply to each world's male lead. Those guys are pretty much always over-the-top ridiculous villains.

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TigerTerror
TigerTerror rated it
March 9, 2019
Status: c484
There is one very simple reason that I like and recommend Cannon Fodder instead of other Quick Transmigrations; there is no central Male Lead. The fix to every problem is not 'endure until we find our husband', it is 'Ning Shu actually has to do something about it herself'.

Most stories of this type very quickly descend into one plot: Here are some bad-guys. Trip them up a little while finding husband again. Once husband is found, do nothing but enjoy his pampering, and get married/live your happy life in a new pretty cosplay dress. Cannon Fodder does not do this. Cannon Fodder - as the title promises - gives us counterattacks. Ning Shu does things. Ning Shu has goals and aims outside of get her man - and in fact... more>> doesn't seem to have one at all, which is a strength to this type of story! In a scene where the female leads so quickly turn into hapless, passive flowers clinging to their true-love's arm, Ning Shu is aggressive and focused on achieving the wishes her hosts' left her with.

As a result, Ning Shu actually has character, and actually grows and changes over time and her experiences change her. Because Cannon Fodder also avoids the other trope so common to transmigration; Ning Shu is not 'special'; she was not a genius, or an assassin, or a legendary warrior in the making. She starts from zero, and every skill she gains is a skill she seeks out to develop and earn. She is satisfying to read and journey with.

In terms of plot and what you're getting into; this story is very much in line with the other Quick Transmigration's; brief hops of a few dozen chapters going to different worlds and stories in order to counteract the plot would otherwise be in place. But since it forgoes the romance entirely, these stories do not get stale - instead, the author has to work hard to give us interesting worlds that challenge Ning Shu in new ways.

As a result, I'd actually say this story gets better and the worlds more interesting as we go on. The first world might be a bit of a strain for some people, but the longer you read the more improved the settings become.

If you're not interested in watching a bunch of characters be forced to face man-made "karma", then neither Cannon Fodder or any other Quick Transmigration is for you. But if you have found the concept enjoyable at any point before, Cannon Fodder is one you should try out. <<less
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solomaize
solomaize rated it
March 17, 2018
Status: c75
This novel suffers from a bad first impression, or bad first world progression. It was like reading a bad shoujo manga and at one point I was ready to give up on the MC. But, BUT!! Gratefully, second world and up, things really pick up momentum and the MC is GLORIOUS! She's the woman who don't let gender dictate what a person can or cannot achieve. She is fierce, giving some literal face slapping to a cheating husband an it was the best thing EVER! One thing that differentiate... more>> this from other fast wears/system novels, the souls whose body was used by the MC, returns after the MC completes her mission. And you get to see them facing the aftermath of the counter attack, some remembering all the things the MC did to get their dignity back. Which is so cool!

All in all it is worth 5 stars, but 1 star was sacrificed to purify my mind from the first world. Plus system is an Ass. <<less
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NotShamelessHeHe
NotShamelessHeHe rated it
May 3, 2018
Status: c2583
They said that this one targets girl readers but for me It's very interesting hehe. If you're a handsome guy like me, you can try reading, won't force you. This has a slow progress and has good character building unlike the sudden OPness MC. The character is sometimes... dumb. I really like it when MC suffers hehe. [because its funny to me, don't judge.]

(why can't I change the star rating, this should be three point zero zero nine but, meh)
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Fuyuneko
Fuyuneko rated it
March 6, 2018
Status: c112
Just wanted to note that the translated chapters look like they're splitting the original raw chapters into two chapters. Translated chapter 68 equals original raw chapter 34. I think that's why the story seems so slow paced? Also, the second world and its characters are way more interesting than the first world that's like a shoujo manga. MC's role is also very different in the second world. So, if you don't like the first world, you might want to try reading second world.
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HaruKoiUta
HaruKoiUta rated it
May 24, 2018
Status: c128
My opinion, I also didn't like the first arc and struggled to finish reading to the end. Like how a lot of other reviews wrote the MC was like a punching bag in the first arc and it really hurts the heart to read. There were also a lot of time I wanted to drop the story too however I didn't because I knew this was a system story so the MC would be going to many different worlds so the next world may be better. The only reason why... more>> the first world is so bad is because she went to a world that was ranked to high for her level which was informed to the audience at the beginning of the story :/

For example, realistically if you're a rookie that just joined a game you shouldn't be fighting against the boss right off the bat unless you want to die. It is impossible to win in such a battle so unless your unlucky or a masochistic you won't join such a battle which wouldn't be fun at all since you're doomed to suffer _ (:3」∠) _ Our MC did try to fight back in the first arc a lot though but they were all futile which was frustrating ;-;

I highly recommend to everyone that if you also don't like this arc to just skip and go to the next arc which starts in chapter 62 instead of dropping it :) Or just skip to the next arc in chapter 62 when you can't put up with the first arc anymore (which is usually around chapter 40 😂),
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You would expect/want our MC to suddenly become op instead of a punching bag and beat up everyone that frustrates you before however that is realistically impossible :') Sadly you can't be rookie lvl 1 to suddenly pro lvl 100 in a few months, it takes years of experience you guys. You can only borrow a knife and find a pro that would kill the boss for you so you can go to the next lvl x-x

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I am in LOVE with the second arc. It is the complete opposite of the first arc and you will feel a lot of satisfaction after reading it. Our MC is not some weakling but is a hard worker that grows and train herself to becomes independent and strong enough to protect herself. She becomes a person that doesn't need any man to protect her 😤 saving not only the original body's fate but also a lot of other women who also suffered like her. Our MC influence every women that suffered to stand up for themselves and strive to become independent which I love. She not only influence those women to change but also gives them the opportunity get stronger :') <<less
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Maiasia
Maiasia rated it
February 14, 2018
Status: c53
At first I was put off by the bullying spoilers in the comment section, along with the fact that in most transmigration stories involving a female protagonist, she's mainly fending off other women's nonsensical jealousy, I was reeeaaally reluctant to read this novel. I mean, I can only deal with so much s*upid pettiness over a guy before gagging, but with me running out of updates to read I decided to buckle down and read it. Honestly, I'm glad I did. The bullying part was bad in a way,... more>> and quickly done with, with so short of chapters, but what got me through it was her attitude towards all the abuse. I really like how she did not have a victim's attitude but one of a more mature person who've lived through worst things than high school society with hormonal, prtentious teenagers whom have yet to grow into who they really are. Love isn't the main focus, or even in sight at the moment, but rather survival, the survival of her soul by accomplishing the host's goals. The chapters are short so 53 chapters went by in no time but they're filled with action, drama, and a kickass heroine with no golden finger and a no help system. The translations are superb, the flow of the story is very smooth and exciting, and the writing is very well done, not amateurish at all. So I highly recommend this novel. Read it. Unless you're looking for in your face romance, you won't be disappointed. <<less
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myling
myling rated it
February 1, 2018
Status: c44
I read this several times and it my favorite system novel so far because the MC isnt ridiculously op like the MC in Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil (seriously that MC is perfect at everything) or have crazy cheats like the Shi Sheng. She like the MC in doomsday wonderland really hard working and no male lead in sight.I love how the MC talks about how woman should respect themselves not just relying on men. There seems to be something bigger going on in the background beside her... more>> mission.i also sense a mystery in her background too .

However the downfall of this novel is the what Brave Armadillo put in her spoiler I agree with her and to be honest as a victim of bullying (i was the poorest kid in my school full of rich kids and I was consider fat) I was cringing throughout the first arc and wasn't satisfied at all at the resolution also it reminded me of the Busan bully case that currently going on in korean where the bullies almost tortured a girl to death and show no remorse and even sued the victim . There really is crazy girls out there taking advantage of their youth. The good things is that the MC has a funny sense of humor so ill be stressed out from anger and then start laughing

After the first arc the story gets way less stressful (at least for me) and this MC slowly gets stronger and is really kick ass. However so far in the raws I read up to she will always meet crazy people so I wish for a twist where there more character to these rather flat villains because I too like want to see if true beauty still exist in these worlds <<less
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Send Help
Send Help rated it
December 3, 2018
Status: --
It's well written and translated. As other reviewers stated, the focal point is about a strong female MC just trying to get her counter attacking jobs done efficiently and professionally. She starts off weak without cheats, skills, or charms. She does make progress to the top but it is sure SLOW.

The beginning chapters of each arc are frustrating to read. And the first arc is just awful seeing the injustice the MC swallows so be warned, this isn't a novel to read if you like OP characters from start or... more>> freshly served face slapping. But if you can stomach the dog blood thrown in the start, it's interesting to see the story develops.

Also, addressing romance. If romance was rain, this novel is a desert. ML? Ha. What's that? Good men treating the MC like a normal human is as rare as finding a unicorn. <<less
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procrastination_day
procrastination_day rated it
October 21, 2018
Status: c1027
I upped the rating from 3* to 4* from the last time I reviewed at ch 290, beacause some of the element which showed promise in the beginning have pulled through. However, for all of this stories strengths it also has flaws that may be seriously off putting and vexing for some. While it is worth giving a try if you struggle, don't torture yourself. Skim through the arc, or just skip to the last chapter for the conclusion and jump to the next one (the translator divides them up... more>> clearly).

What I like:

Unique protagonist who develops over time: This MC is outrageous in the leanghs she will go. Aware of having tr*shy qualifications, she turns to behavior that is totally out there from what is usually described in novels. Fortunately MC also learns some important lessons over time and revises or backs up and solidfies some of the strong opinions which she has. All though by no means great changes, hopefully this character development will keep up.

Surprising developments: Due to the MCs unorthedox methods it sometimes leads to hilarious encounters and or strange developments that even the 'different world's story lines' struggle to amend. One of the side charachter once said that when with the MC they could never tell what would happen the next second. This is also true for the reader. Although the MC become a bit steadier in future arcs as she become more skilled and accomplished and doesn't need to rely as much on desperate acts, there will still be surprises because of the characteristics decisions. A refreshing development since it gives the impression that the story doesn't solely revolve around the MC even though she is the one narrating the story.

Interesting side characters: Although, due to the nature of the story a lot of really tr*shy and loathsome characters are encountered. I've found that other side character are rather interesting and sometime really likable or relatable. These characters sometimes hold the identities of usually cliche unlikable characters such as the vileness's cronies (i.e. the female leads friends) or other unsavory canon fodder characters. The various people that MC encounters become more multifaceted.

Contrasting typical relationships with a-typical ones: The worlds that MC visits are all different kinds of cliche story lines with very cliche relationships. MC, however has more nuanced and unusual relationships with the natives of the worlds (though she doesn't develop them in all of the arcs). This comes off as very refreshing among all the stifling plot cliches.

Discussing the unmentionables: The Author doesn't shy away from writing about the the troubles of aging, sexual issues such as STDs, pregnancy, homosexuality, reduced endurance, love that wanes when there is no more novelty or comfort or reduced attractiveness. All things which are usually ignored in many stories, which offers a more holistic and farsighted view on the struggles of life and love.

The hidden world of Task Takers: In the early stages, not much is know about the world of Task Takers. To begin with I wasn't even sure if there was a bigger picture to the this transmigration story. But as MC progresses and encounters more situations, things gradually reveal themselves to not be as simple as it first appeared. Even after so many chapters not much is known even though things are clearly happening in the background, making every tid bit of knowledge feed my curiosity about the greater scheme of things

What I struggle with:

A special brand of feminism: The MC has very strong feministic views, which often go against the commonly accepted norms in some of the worlds she visits. This is refreshing at first, except MC isn't always consistent with the messages she preaches. One moment she's speaking up for women having a personality, next she's stating that women most important assets are their face and body... *sigh*. Although I've said this, this element smooths out more in future as MC gets to experience what it is like to be a man, a married woman and a mothers, her perspective widens and she begins to understand the charm stat. Making this element a lot less frustrating in future.

Th cliche ML and FL make MC want to puke, reader wants to puke too: The multifacetedness of the side characters I mentioned earlier also apply to the ML an FL. However, since they insist on following cliche plot lines where their good sides are usually highlighted it ends up highlighting their hypocrisy, selfishness and shortsightedness. In other words their bad sides. All of the irrationally logic and forced situations that will alow them to follow their cliche releationship drives the MC up the wall. Since she MC is forced to interact with the lovebirds because of her tasks, their forced logic keeps pressing her buttons until she can leave the world. Unfortunately as the reader experiencing the story through her narrations I end up getting fed up with the arc too. *sigh* fortunately this element is weaker in some arks than in others.

It's worth giving a try. So far this story has proven itself to get better with time. I have ended up adding more pros than cons after dropping it and then picking it up again.

This story is surprisingly interconnected, and if you liked a certain side character,
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maybe you'll end up seeing them again

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zainia
zainia rated it
July 25, 2018
Status: c548
To be frank at start I was enjoying the novel quite a bit. But it got problematic when I started reading another novel since this one so anti MC in each volume and I just could not enjoy the novel without thinking badly of the advantages the MC got during its progress and the sympathize with the people who became the cannon fodder. Its quite troublesome
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Cute Devil
Cute Devil rated it
December 25, 2017
Status: c--
This is one of best novel. It's. Very interesting novel. I like this novel very much. If you like side character transmigration then you will like this too. I like how talent and intelligence MC is. I like her satisfy revenge. Thanks for pickup this unique novel
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