Record of the Missing Sect Master

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A major event happened recently to the demonic sect – their powerful sect master suddenly went missing.

Everyone comforted each other: “Don’t worry, the sect master must be out pursuing fun, and so on.”

“Well, that makes sense.”

They waited.

Waited and waited.

Waited and waited.

Waited and… Everyone slammed the table: “We’ve waited so long! The sect master must have met with a mishap! Look for him!!” Numerous disciples therefore ran rumbling down the mountain.

On a certain day of the month, a certain sect master opened his eyes and thought in confusion: Hey, who am I?

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教主走失记
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Attica
Attica rated it
September 2, 2018
Status: Completed
Once upon a time, there was a boy with loving parents, adorable siblings, and an all-around happy family. His future was bright thanks to his great talent, until one day a group of villains ruthlessly butchered his family. The young boy desperately escaped and managed to find refuge, until one day that same group of villains came by and wrecked that refuge too.

... Yeah, you can imagine what the motivation of our MC might be.

And indeed, if I had to describe Record of the Missing Sect Master in a single... more>> sentence, I'd say it's "The Count of Monte Cristo where the Count gives himself amnesia and assumes a different identity to publicly pursue the villains who took everything away from him."

Revenge is a dish best served cold--That's a principle that this novel understands extremely well.

And the best part is, this epic revenge story is also gut-bustingly hilarious, with a colorful cast of quirky characters and a multitude of wonderfully awkward situations.

1) Story

The story starts with Ye You, the leader of a prominent demonic sect, losing his memory. His amnesiac self encounters a man named Wenren Heng, who claims to be his older disciple-brother from 10 years ago. One thing leads to another, and the two of them end up working together to unravel a conspiracy that spans the entire Wuxia world. Any more than that is spoiler territory~

I will guarantee you that just like all great revenge stories, Record of the Missing Sect Master does a superb job weaving numerous characters and plotlines, building up suspense and then releasing it in immensely cathartic reveals. The wonderfully foreshadowed plot twists kept me so hooked, I binged the entire book in 3 days (I literally couldn't stop reading and finished the last half of the novel in one session!!!) Pretty much my only problems with the story would be that 1) With all the manipulations and mindgames it can sometimes get a little hard to keep track of who's exactly doing what, and 2) Why isn't the story longer so we can get more time with all the characters???

2) Characters

Ye You as an MC walks an incredibly delicate and awesome line between "real" and "acting". He has so many faces, and yet you can recognize all of those faces as part of a coherent whole. He's jawdroppingly badass with a genius intellect, so it's of course extremely satisfying when he always chooses the perfect moment to slap his enemies' faces. Yet we also get to see him in his most vulnerable moments, especially when he trusts Wenren Heng enough to reveal that Ye You is still that innocent determined child at heart.

Wenren Heng, the ML, similarly has many faces and sides. He shows a different side of himself to everyone he meets, which really reinforces how he feels like a real human being. You can think of him as the equivalent of the "Mercedes" character in the Count of Monte Cristo, if Mercedes had remained faithful to the Count over all those years and then worked alongside him to pin down the vile criminals.

The two main characters serve as perfect counterparts to each other, where Wenren Heng gives Ye You a stalwart ally who will follow him to the grave and a safe space to show his human weakness, and Ye You gives Wenren Heng the opportunity to see the truth and the chance to pursue justice. And both are absolutely hilarious on their own, so when they get together... their combined shameless antics can reach the clouds.

Now for the supporting cast... I LOVE PRETTY MUCH EVERY SIDE CHARACTER IN THIS NOVEL. Every single character had their own unique quirky personality, badass time in the spotlight, and hilariously awkward moments where they played the straight man. Pretty much every single "good" side character was extremely likeable. I loved every single one of the eccentric Demonic Sect Elders, I loved all the adorably dorky younger generation characters, I loved all of Ye You's helpers (especially since those helpers always had awesome entrances)... yeah I could go on forever.

And even the villains felt like real human beings. This is because the novel had a compelling recurring theme - everyone is capable of love. Even the villains, as disgustingly horrible as they were, had loved ones who they treasured. In fact, if they didn't have loved ones, Ye You would not have been able to exact his revenge. (Like all great revenge stories, there's always that backdrop of tragedy even in the most satisfying moments ;___;)

3) Overall Enjoyment: This is of course entirely subjective. But as I previously mentioned, I literally finished the second half of this novel by reading 14 hours straight. My heart hurt at the reveal of the tragic past events, I smiled when Ye You and Wenren Heng talked things out and got together, I gasped at the unexpected plot twists, I cheered at all the moments of Ye You and co. being awesome, and I of course couldn't stop laughing at the hilarious antics resulting from wonderful character interactions. This novel was just pure unadulterated joy to read, and I give it my highest recommendations. <<less
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hy-d-ra
hy-d-ra
July 8, 2019
Status: c1 part1
I can understand why people get upset and leave low rates with updates being sparse and disappearing and the quality of translation leaves you confused, while those who can read Chinese or handle MTL rank it highly. I'm upset myself with how the novel just got tossed and forgotten after piquing my interest. A little. Because the number of chapters for me is too small to make my mind, if I like it or not. I wish someone would pick this up and actually gives it a chance from the... more>> very beginning. But that's just my wishful thinking.

When I see a situation like this I do want to wish that translators or anyone who works individually or in groups doing stuff of translating/scanlating would firstly seriously think about picking up any project (because commitment is involved), if you think it's too much to handle adding it to your everyday life, then better don't start and if you start, but hit the wall, I believe it's right to firmly express that by simply saying - I can't continue, I'm dropping this project, please pick it up. I hope no one takes it the bad way, because that's the sad truth.

Don't want to rate it so far, because.. There's nothing to rate at the moment for me *goes to the spoilers* <<less
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emiliers
emiliers
June 14, 2020
Status: c68
So, uh, current translator here! And now that we've reached the halfway point, I figured I might as well leave a formal review here.

I think this novel is quite good! It's pretty easy to translate!

... OK, in all seriousness, I'm legitimately, genuinely impressed by the way that the author has written this story. It's not really so much a wuxia as a well-constructed mystery, and I'm sure it's going to be a blast to reread this once it's finished being translated, since there is so much good, unexpected foreshadowing in... more>> places the readers least expect it. (I'll, uh, do a thorough edit at the end to make sure I catch everything, since I began this without reading ahead. Apologies for any errors I might inadvertently have let slip through at this point in time.)

I've also been honestly surprised and pleased with some of the plot twists and narrative choices that the author makes in this story. (Though, if you read my translator's comments, you can certainly read about plot points I was displeased about, haha.) Most of them are very clever, and she never tends to drag out a misunderstanding or keep the reader in the dark for too long, making the whole suspense/dramatic irony portions much less frustrating than I find most stories that try to do the same things. It's a rare thing to see a mystery that's not driven by misunderstandings/red herrings, especially when the protagonist starts off with amnesia.

Spoiler

And, for those who are hesitant regarding the amnesia plotline, don't worry. Ye You actually regains his memories fairly early on (chapter 28, to be exact), and while he acts as if he's still missing his memories for a while, it steadily becomes less of a major plot issue between our two main characters.

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The author is also really good at drip-feeding the readers dramatic reveals, especially in the later parts of this novel, all the while saving the best, most shocking twists for the climax. And, again, they never feel too frustrating to wait for since you're continuously learning new information and reacting to new events in the narrative, so it never feels like a hokey attempt to drag out the suspense. (Or, it feels like it only in very small increments, haha.)

Also, a lot of the side characters are really fun (especially fun for me to translate their dialogue; Ding Xilai is Best Boy and this is Absolute True Facts™), even as they're not really developed, or fleshed out, or really change in the narrative. They're a bit like the stock characters in Dickens novels but actually fun to be around.

As for the criticism... Well, Wenren Heng (the ML) is a bit more overbearing than I expected when I started this. (He's the doting/kind-on-the-surface type, but can get overbearing when pushed, though he generally respects Ye You's wishes.) He never crosses the line for me (and I have a very firm line) but he does get close at times, and I kind of prefer the doting type. (Ye You seems to be into the overbearingness though, so I guess more power to him?)

I also feel like, especially at the beginning, some of Ye You's ideas seem to come out of left field (although they're generally correct, y'know, for obvious reasons), and all the people kind of just... accept this? Despite not knowing his identity? The author kind of explains this with how everyone is lowkey suspicious of him later, but it still definitely felt to me as if Ye You was reading off the script at the beginning rather than organically coming to conclusions. (Particularly when Ye You's still amnesiac. Some of his leaps of logic made me go, "?? Really??")

But those are all generally small enough nitpicks that they don't really affect my enjoyment of this story. And, as the translator, the bad probably seem worse to me, while the good will also probably impress me a lot more than the average reader. (Since I'm taking in all the little bits of foreshadowing by having to pay attention to every word.) So, uh, no rating for that reason! I'm biased! I can't be objective enough here!

TLDR; more of a mystery-solving adventure than an action wuxia. pretty fun if you like that kind of thing. especially if you're into being surprised at the (very well foreshadowed) twists! some of the side characters are also really cute.

P.S. I started translating this in January 2020, so any reviews left before then is either about the raws or the previous, MTL translation. Hopefully my translation is better than a machine's, at least! <<less
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Cocole
Cocole rated it
June 12, 2020
Status: c58
Such a great novel. Am really enjoying all the mystery, humour and slow burn. Translator had put in a lot of hard work and dedication. I sincerely appreciate the great enthusiasm and efforts. Will definitely read and traverse this journey till the end.
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morikotto
morikotto rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: c7 part1
i really do appreciate the effort the translator has gone to, but I literally cannot understand half of it. I feel like i'd fare better reading an mtl and it's disappointing, because the story seems really interesting.
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dona
dona rated it
March 9, 2019
Status: c13
Perhaps it´s still too early to judge but I really doubt it will get any better. The beginning was interesting. We have this intelligent sect master who is recovering from amnesia and we get to follow his journey as he tries to uncover the truth behind his accident.

Problem is, it´s a little dull and boring. For some reason I can´t focus when the story leaves MC and jumps to other characters. I still can´t remember who´s who. It´s like reading a list of grocery. All the side characters have the... more>> personality of a pot of plant, they´re just there for the sake of unravelling what happened to MC, none of them feel real so who cares about them?

And the plot is just as overused as in a lot wuxia novels. Only MC has potential to make this novel interesting. But even MC´s issues and antics are starting to drag. Like I don´t even care who made him amnestic, I just wanna know what kinda badass demonic sect master he was, but instead the author insists on this "journey" where ML drags MC around like a helpless, clueless child. Which he is right now. <<less
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