Surprise! The Supposed Talent Show Was Actually–?!

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Wu Jin, as a trainee from a certain entertainment company, had a peerless, stunning face. He was qualified to debut as a lead performer even if he just sat there and did nothing.

After signing up for a certain talent show, the shining path to stardom beckoned to him––

Wu Jin: Hold on, why is this show different from what we agreed on? Wasn’t it supposed to be about jumping around, dancing, and singing songs? Why do you have to send me out into the wilderness…

Program Producer: You’re a once-in-a-century high appearance value competitor! We’re relying on you to save the program’s ratings!

Wu Jin: … I seem to be on the wrong show. Wait a minute, this isn’t an idol show, it’s a fighting survival reality show ahhh!!

Ten months later, the little cutie who had been thrown into the show––

Turned into a human weapon.

Powering up through various instances, slight entertainment circle elements.

Extremely overpowered gong x little cutie who grows to become an overpowered shou.

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Kaze801
New Kaze801 rated it
July 3, 2020
Status: Completed
I found this novel by chance.. And was impressed with the high rating of this novel, that's why I start to read this.. And I NEVER regret it! It has good romance and friendships!

Basically I have three words to describe the romance: cute and sweet. every time I will go Awww~ at their romantic interaction between the ML and MC. And I think that it is not really a very late or slow romance for this, at the earlier chapters it can be seen that both the MC and ML... more>> gradually likes each other but they never go further in, their first kiss

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happens in chapter 80 and I am very happy that it is actually the MC who took the initiative to kiss first.

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and from there, they gradually open more to more with each other and eventually confirmed their relationship.. But they still a secret from the rest of the contestants and the public. The funniest part was every time they want to kiss or what during the elimination rounds, they had to avoid the cameras to do that, and there were times where the camera were accidentally hit away so that they can kiss.

I am happy with the plot, as the story is not what it seems which makes it interesting

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e.g. The MC actually did not transmigrate, what happened was part of MC's past which is explained in the novel later on.

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I also like all the elimination rounds in the novel. The author makes it very interesting by having interesting concepts and themes in the elimination rounds and I actually learn quite a bit as mentioned by one of the other reader - I had to google to understand some of the terms mentioned in the novel - but I am not complaining~

the only part that I have complain is about the villain in this novel

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Shao Yu. I kind of expect more fighting scenes between him and the ML after all both of them are strong. I never expect him to get subdued with his memories lost without much of a fight.

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Overall I have to say I am really very impressed with this novel. It has become one of my favourite.

The friendship between the MC and the other contestants is also nice! I find that this is one of the rare novel that also focus on friendships beside romance, which makes me like this novel even more.

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There's even extra chapters dedicated to jingyi double c which I love it! I already kind of guess that Ming Yao likes his captain throughout the novel (actually it is quite obvious) and I am glad that this was written out in the extra chapter and the captain finally acknowledged it!

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Please do give this novel a try, I highly recommend it! <<less
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ike_00000
New ike_00000
July 2, 2020
Status: c1
Note: Basically, MC was preparing for an idol show and then he suddenly crossed time into the interstellar age, participating in the same show 1000 years later which is a fighting survival show.

Honestly speaking, I have a lot of respect for our MC. Yes, MC starts off a weakling and the truth is he's basically entirely cultivated by ML. However, MC does work very hard and chooses to rely on himself instead of the OP ML.

However, idk about their romantic relationship? First of all his attention was attracted way too... more>> quickly given his background as cold & lacking emotions. Even if he helped him out that first time, it doesn't make sense that he would go SO out of his way, and definitely not go see him again. But oh well. Afterwards, it feels like MC is just a pet coincidentally picked up by ML, and coincidentally ended up doted on, and coincidentally turned out to be human thus allowing a romantic relationship. Like he's more therapy companion than lover? And MC likewise seems like he admires & owes ML more than he loves ML? Idk. I mean, it's a classic relationship formed between OP ML & weak-to-strong MC I guess.

The arcs are actually very interesting, and the MC is very smart. My favourite is the dinosaur raising bit haha. It also feels like there's an impressive story behind MC's background & his transmigration. The novel is well-written and intricately planned.

However, truthfully, although the novel is not bad in almost all aspects, I feel kinda bored... <<less
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paputsza
paputsza rated it
August 19, 2019
Status: c3
So the summary doesn't really say what this story is about. Our protagonist is a newby in the entertainment industry trying to interview to join a beginners boys group. He can dance from high school, but more importantly he is very attractive, like any guy in BTS, that body and face type. He is confident that he can fit in and be a vase, if nothing else pans out. He then fills out a strange form, goes through a strange hallway, and transmigrates a thousand or so years into the... more>> future when he is now a newby in some sort of battle royale. Fkn, everyone around him is armed to the teeth fkn soldiers. NFL tackler body types. After much confusion the ML helps him finish part one of the game and our MC is really popular amongst people attracted to little pretty boys. Our MC works hard, even if he has low self esteem with his abilities. <<less
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
September 10, 2019
Status: c75
another MC who is clever when it comes to solving problems but incredibly unworldly and dense when it comes to just about everything else. It's not just that his EQ is low, he has no common sense or self-awareness. I know a lot of people find it cute but I don't and I was getting really frustrated by the time I hit c75 so I'm going to stop and maybe come back later. The only reason I made it that far was that that there is some character growth, though... more>> it's almost all within the game (growing courage, quicker thinking, honed instinct, problem-solving, etc.). Outside the game, he remains a clueless little rabbit just waiting to be eaten. For those who like cute little animal type shou with no common sense and domineering big bad wolf ML then you will like this. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
May 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I struggled VERY HARD with the rating of this novel because it is actually a strange combination.

We have an extremely intelligent and thoughtful author whose arcs/ideas/themes are both extraordinarily creative, mature and intellectual...

YET, it is paired with some of the most... cliched tropes in the BL genre.

What you get:

    • F*cking incredible puzzles, original arcs based on everything from [cellular automaton] to a correct implementation of [Darwin's Theory] to a historical [Louis XIV Era]
        • One of the only stories I've ever read on NU that managed to seemlessly integrate all of these complex ideas and genres into extremely unique arcs that actually made me happy to read more on Wikipedia and watch hours of Youtube videos about the concepts mentioned by the author just for fun?!
        • Show, not tell, is the key y'all. SERIOUSLY incredible storytelling.
        • Spoiler

          Does anyone find it ironic that the only CN novel that doesn't misquote Darwin is a survival-battle-royale novel where physical stats actually matter?!

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    • Really really good fleshed-out side characters, teamwork, and extremely good understanding of the "professional" world. Essentially, there are no "1-sided" evil villains or people who exist just to be obstacles.
        • Livestreamers/survivalist/show-biz people might be killing each other on-screen, but off-screen, they could just as easily be sharing drinks instead
    • Futuristic society with hints of genetic manipulation [a la Final Fantasy VII] super soldiers, a black market, psychology, and an up-and-coming masked floating city. Frickin' cool amirite?!
What was disappointing:

    • Extremely lil' bunny/child-like/innocent/cutesy/beautiful/clueless/short/weak/doted-on MC who everyone literally thinks is 12 years old because he looks/acts/gives off that feeling
    • Extremely stereotypical filthy rich/mysterious/CEO/cold/handsome/protective/stoic ML who is SO OP that he manages to avoid all cameras in a game show making money off of livestream let's not ask why he decided to participate on a trainee survival show when he literally owns an entire city and billions of assets in the first place
What made things better:

    • MC works REALLY REALLY hard to get OP and "git gud"
    • MC does become OP eventually (MC is very very very smart)
    • The relationship was actually fairly well-written, both MC and ML fall for each other equally, ML is very considerate of the MC and despite being more OP than god, he respects the MC's choices
    • MC's cringey "cute bunny rabbitness" eases up and it becomes humorous instead of cringe
    • time-travel/past explained very well and closes the circle
What made things even better:

    • Spoiler

      author is writing new story in same world with seme (?) protagonist / or equal MC/ML

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TL;DR

Read this, you won't regret. Translation is really good, much thanks to translators! I read the raws (no, not MTL) starting ch 40.
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smolgingerfox
smolgingerfox rated it
February 1, 2020
Status: --
I love these sort of adventure stories with lots of action. Also a gentle MC that is bada** in his own way. I love rabbits!! 🐰 the ML is great, just the kind of almost emotionless but soft only toward the MC kind of guy.

I definitely binged all of the translated chapters and almost cried when I realized I had to start waiting for releases.

I want more dog food though. I’m waiting impatiently by the bowl. Feed me. 🐶
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Alta
Alta
April 22, 2020
Status: --
I like to think that at this point I'm unbiased and actually review the novel based on its quality rather than my preference.

It's a worthwhile read. Sure, it's not a literary masterpiece but it gets points for being a satisfying online danmei novel.

I agree that it is a light-hearted and low-stakes story. The novel is here for fluff and occassional badassery and not really confronting moral dilemmas and dark themes. But it does sell fluff well.

How does it fare in technical writing?

  • It has a plot and the author takes care in clarifying the characters' thoughts and motivations moving forward.
  • Characters are fleshed out enough for each to truly have their own recognizable personality but not to the point of dark complexity.
  • It has a fair amount of world-building which is revealed to readers as the MC learns more about his new setting but not Tolkien-level detailed.
  • Pace is a not fast but since the theme is based on character (skill) development, it's understandably not bombastic.
  • The translation is well-done. It reads well and has a good understandable flow. The in-text pop-up (not end notes) cultural explanations are helpful and convenient.
Whose taste will it appeal to? Here are the tropes:

  • Shou: Innocent and an unknowing tease. Starts off naive but is hardworking and has genius talent which lends to his ability to drastically improve
  • Gong: Cool, stone-faced with built-up resources and reputation who acts as a mentor/big brother to the shou at the start while holding passionate possessive romantic feelings for the shou
  • Slow-burn romance
  • Weak-to-Strong protagonist
  • Meng-selling shou
  • One-sided pining gong
  • Everyone goes gay for the protagonist
  • Mostly fluff but can also tease
A biased defense of the novel from other reviews:

  • The story will get better. It starts off "cringy" of you're used to OP protagonists (which tbh is most of us danmei readers) but the almost OP quick-learning/genius ability of the MC offsets that and provides the same reader "power-high" feeling.
  • The MC naivety is a huge meng/cute point in the novel.
  • It has a good mix of high-tension combat, friendly off-combat, skill-levelling and subtle romance encounters. It gives the novel a more rounder feel than just doggedly pursuing the plot or getting the couple together.
Overall, it's a light-hearted mid-tier danmei novel which sells badassery as well as it sells fluff.
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monokrome
monokrome rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: c105 part2
The previous review is way too harsh lol. I'm writing this review because of that - it's good to express your feelings, but you shouldn't scare away readers who may end up liking the novel! Also, for the translators who have worked so conscientiously, I want to give a realistic review that will enable potential readers to determine if this novel will be to their taste or not!

---1. MC---

MC: He's not really a Mary Sue. Sure, he's a bright-eyed, naive white lotus (which wasn't to my taste as... more>> well, and reading it in the reviews almost prevented me from beginning the novel at all) but! The other contestants treat him seriously. You don't have a variety of scenes (other than with the one and only ML) where the other contestants go easy on him just because of his looks. That's the type of trope that I really hate with white lotus characters, in which they always get carried by the people around them even in unrealistic situations just because they're so pretty and cute and helpless. Instead, in the instances in which the other contestants go easy on him, it's because he has knowledge they want (of the instance, map, etc.), or in one particular case (very minor spoiler)

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because the contestant was instructed by his successful older brother to form a fake CP with the MC (0 romantic feelings involved) in order to gain more votes lol.

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Overall, I do wish the author had just chosen 2 out of 3 (or even just 1) from the triangle of "looks, strength, intelligence, " but at least the MC doesn't just start out with everything at S-rank. Here's a direct quote from the novel (doesn't spoil any major events) to demonstrate this:

"Nine days, forty hours of fixed target shooting practice, twelve hours of dynamic target practice, nine hours of tactical evasion."

To improve his fighting strength, and even his storage of knowledge, he has to work his butt off studying and training. And even then, it's not instant. For example, even after several arcs, with continuous training in-between them, his shooting skills aren't on par with the other contestants, and he has to keep improving. A while after that, if I remember correctly, his strength (I don't remember if it was shooting or fighting) was only ranked at a B (overall ranking is E to S).

Additionally, his personality is even confronted as a weakness, something Mary Sue protagonists never have to face. His trainers and teammate alike pinpoint his innocence/naivety as an Achilles' heel in the midst of a death-match style entertainment fighting game, and there's even an entire arc in which he has to go through 'behavioral modification' training in order to tackle it.

---2. ML---

Yeah, the ML is really the typical Chinese BL novel ML. Overbearing and overpowered and overly possessive. MC + ML being anywhere near each other = dog food galore. If you're into that, then go on, but if you're not, I will say this: the ML acts more like a trainer than a complete golden thigh. He gives the MC space to grow into his own strength, and doesn't just save and carry the MC through every instance. Still, he's really overpowered and I do wish he hadn't been in the survival reality show at all, so that the story would focus more on the MC's personal growth. A lot of the times when you think 'wow, this is hopeless, no way the MC is going to get out of this one, ' the ML leaps in as a human deus ex machina... once again, if you're into that, go in full steam ahead! But if not, then tread more cautiously. I, for one, really wish they'd show the MC getting out of more situations by himself.

---3. Side Characters---

Side characters is one of the areas in which this novel shines. You have a wide arena of personalities, from the all-brawn-and-no-brains Caesar, to the... all-brawn-and-no-brains Wei Yan...? *coughs* Bad example, let me clarify that the former is outgoing with no brains, and the latter is an emotionless human experiment with no brains to the extent of which one instructor prescribes him dog-blood idol dramas as a way to learn to emulate human emotion. All of the side characters are very fun and sometimes I even wanted to see them more than the ML.

---4. Games---

The instances are really fun! This is the main area in which I disagree with the previous reviewer. You can tell the author wrote them with a lot of care. Although not quite up to the intricacy of the instances shown in other puzzle-based instance novels such as Card Room and The Earth is Online, the author makes up for it in creativity. Honestly, I think this was the main reason why the author made the protagonist so intelligent haha... considering the way in which team members are separated (and may not even be teammates) depending on the instance, it's much easier and more immersive to have the MC figure it out for the readers, than pan over to the same random side character or explain it all at the end every time. It's really entertaining to 'figure out' read how the MC figures it out because I'm too s*upid how the instances work every round, especially as it's based on real world knowledge. For example:

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cellular automation (each room/mini-instance is a 'cell' that can move around within the entire instance), tarot cards (with the meanings of each card, the minor/major arcana, and even the history behind their origin, and the rooms are connected according to their respective card's relation in time), and dinosaurs? with evolution theory? yeah idk either but it was fun to read as well.

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If I didn't find the instances so interesting (they've obviously had a lot of planning and research put into them, there's so much cool facts/theories/knowledge in each of them!) my overall rating would be 3 stars instead of 4 stars. These were actually what kept me reading more than anything, I wanted to see what the next instance and then the next instance would be like, and how the characters would face them.

---5. Translation---

Top-notch, great job from Chrysanthemum Garden/XIIN as always! Thank you for the translation!

---6. 3 Biggest Things I Didn't Like (-1 star) ---

The pervasiveness of the OP!ML (wish he had more personality or at least some more flaws, and would leave the MC alone for an instance or two so he could grow on his own), how often the novel waxes poetry about the MC's looks (this was one of the hardest things to read in the beginning, but eventually your mind just starts automatically skipping these sections 'ah it's talking about the MC's dewy eyes and petal-like lips NEXT PARAGRAPH' lol (apologies to the translators who translated these parts for us to read)), white lotus MC (not as bad as the previous two points, author did a good job with him).

---7. Conclusion---

Take points off if you don't like naive protagonists and typical bl c-novel male leads, but if you're okay with them, then go ahead and try this out! Honestly, I was surprised - I prefer to avoid novels with naive/innocent/bunny-type protags, but I ended up liking this novel more than I expected due to the strength-building, more-realistic-than-expected portrayal of a naive MC in the midst of a survival show, the side characters, and the design of the game instances. Try it out, you might like this more than you thought as well! <<less
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Alexa Esme
Alexa Esme rated it
April 9, 2020
Status: c53
Absolute best novel out there. I thought there would never be a novel that could make me an addict other than "Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil", "The Founder of Diabolism" and "Heroic Death System" but this novel DID JUST THAT. It has an absolutely lovely, adorable, cute, very intelligent, clever and extremely hard-working protagonist who just makes you want to give him a big, tight hug but also fawn over how freaking badass and cool he gets. The world-building is insane and it just feels ALIVE, like I... more>> can actually imagine a world like this so clearly which very few novels have achieved so far. The translator is also amazing and has a very good style and rhythm of writing. My absolute favourite part is the ML-MC interactions. I can literally feel all the chemistry and tension and wholesomeness between them exploding and slapping my single dog face. It actually makes me envious of their relationship and its SO damn hard to control my squeals and smiles over their every glance and interaction. They're just... one of the best couples out there for sure.

My second favourite part is the character growth. Most novels let their characters stagnate in terms of growth but not here. I can see the MC growing from a normal human like the rest of us who's never held a gun in their entire life and just wants to escape this survival show to someone who genuinely wants to win the show and works so incredibly hard to improve (I'm not even kidding, he trains to the point that I want to cry and hug him). And the ML too. How he goes from being emotionless and unfeeling (he's incapable of feeling because of an experiment) to someone who feels and loves because of the MC's presence and his overall bunny-like and lovely personality (but he's only like that to the MC tho😂)

My third favourite part are the supporting characters. All the characters are 3-D and have their own quirks and traits that set them apart and make them so likeable and funny to watch. I laughed at so many of their interactions with each other and the MC. And I love how most of the people who associate with the MC always baby him and treat like a kid that'll get stolen any minute😂😂 <<less
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Kikiji
Kikiji rated it
January 18, 2020
Status: c35
The plot and characters are all sensible and flows in a way that doesn't prompt you to suspense your belief every other chapter. This story has an overall light hearted tone, despite the fact that they're participating in a survival show. Most issues are low stakes and you know the MC will succeed or the ML or appear, but the problems have enough weight that as a reader, I enjoyed the way they're resolved. Entertainment value is definitely high.

I can't say our main CP broke any molds of the typical... more>> MC and ML but they, especially in the way the MC acts in making process and improving steadily (not too slow, not too fast) as the story goes on, have their own unique flavor.

I have to say the world building and writing in general is definitely well done. [Thumbs up] <<less
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aresk
aresk rated it
May 14, 2020
Status: c25
I'm at ch25, originally I was hooked on the idea of brain puzzle and some review mentions that MC is REALLY smart.... okay.

It's slow paced, I don't mind that and MC is a fast learner in terms of survival skills...I guess? Good for him, it's unrealistic but can make do. I think I'll have to say, Wikipedia is his brain. Spongebob is his body. He mostly needs to train physically to survive.

Since there's no true death in this novel, there's no real stake on the line and no mystery to... more>> keep me going. Kinda like a smooth online gaming with the head mod as your teammate, story.

Cute and innocent MC usually don't bother me much it's not my cup of tea, but this one... you can't go one chapter without a person screaming how cute he is. Like okay, he's cute. Stop shoving it down my throat. Everyone auto-like MC because he looks cute and hardworking... uh. He sells meng by default so everyone dotes on him. I'm starting to think the only obstacle in this story would be the shows they throw him in. His EQ is also not the best, he usually doesn't do much (?) Except for looking cute and hardworking and ppl will flock to him.

ML... typical overpower tyrant. Stands in 70*C, body temperature 25*C. Sees MC as a smol animal must protecc. He's a safety net that'll always be there. If MC is in danger, he's there, slappin everyone and make sure MC is safe, but from the shadow. There's no real danger if he's around.

Idk why he likes MC yet, idk if I ever will.

Long ass review but tldr: Read if you're into smooth sailing survival simulation and dense (?) Pining from sugar daddy.

Don't read if you're looking for action and life-on-stake survival. Cuz prolly 80% of the time you'll see how everyone oggles about MC, how good lookin he is, how cute he is. The other 20% is rabbit analogy. In any case, I'll be dropping this. <<less
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moonrune
moonrune rated it
April 2, 2020
Status: c71
It's a rare treat to find an MC who's both this sweet--kind, hardworking, and innocent--and this fiercely determined and intelligent at the same time. Little Witch is so good and so smart and absolutely the cutest thing ever and I just, love him. In addition, this is an action-packed, incredibly imaginative story that really gets your heart racing! The translation is excellent as well, smooth and charming, and the MC's relationship with the ML feels natural and balanced. They truly respect each other, and even when ML was carrying MC... more>> through the early stages he never talks down to or manhandles him unnecessarily. ML genuinely cares for MC and looks out for him in many ways without being controlling or overbearing, from leading him through the personalized training he needs to bloom to giving him pep talks on how he doesn't need to change to win to making sure the medical staff know to scale down the anesthetics making him loopy. There's just a lot I love about this story that places it proudly among my all-time favorite series.

I genuinely have no idea what reviewer agathe is talking about. I'm guessing they must have MTL'd chapters that have yet to be translated, because I'm caught up on the translation and they haven't even kissed yet. I have a lot of frustration with heteronormative gender roles in BL/danmei as well (as I've expressed in other reviews) so maybe my opinion of the story will be effected by later chapters, but at this point I can wholeheartedly say that I don't think the accusation of prescribed gender roles holds water, and that I do heartily recommend this story. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
June 14, 2020
Status: c117 part2
At first glance, this looks like a story where the MC time-traveled to the future and accidentally became a participant in a survival game. I have reason to believe this may not be the truth, and I'm looking forward to figuring out what actually happened. The MC is naive regarding anything he was not trained for, and he has yet to think about anyone from his original home even once other than his agent. He never thinks of or says anything about his family, friends, or school life. He never... more>> recalls any specific details about his childhood or even how he was raised. All of this appears to have been done very intentionally by the author, and the MC is not as stereotypical or flat as he pretends to be.

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It is possible the MC hasn't traveled across time at all and may himself be a genetically-modified person designed for dancing, singing, performing, and teamwork with high mental stability. All of his memories from the twenty-first century may be false memories since he doesn't recall any specific details. After one event in the series, there is a hint he may have seen the ML when they were younger, but he was trapped in a cage of some kind. The MC himself doesn't express any interest or curiosity in his past. It is confirmed that his brain is abnormal by how well he tolerates entering the ML's subconscious. He may have literally been made to do things like that.

The memory tampering would explain why the MC starts out so naive--he literally only has memories of his training and no actual memories from real-life experiences to rely on. He learns and develops quickly, though. This may be helped by his excellent memory, which may have resulted from genetic modification as well.

Most importantly, the MC appears to have been designed to be absolutely obedient and never hesitates when risking his life. This is something the Federation was trying to do with their modified humans, but they best thing they came up with to control them was the emotional shackles.

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Many of the reviews with low ratings do not mention the plot complexity of the story, which makes me wonder if those reviewers noticed it. To fully enjoy this story, a reader must be able to think and solve some puzzles for themselves as the hints are given regarding the major plotline and character backgrounds. This may look like a straightforward action-packed puzzle-solving series, but there is an abundance of depth and mysteries hidden in this series, too.

The imagery and plot are amazing. The side-characters all have their own distinct developed personalities and are hilarious to read about. The MC is naive and inexperienced, but I already explained my suspicious for that above. It's not something without reason, and he quickly learns more and becomes less naive as the story progresses. The ML is a modified human with emotional shackles, and he's been designed for combat. Unlike most MLs in Chinese web novels, he is not domineering, controlling, or violent. He does not force the MC to do anything he doesn't want to do and doesn't r*pe or force himself on the MC. He's not possessive to the point of emotional abuse and isolation. This is actually one of the rare examples of a healthy and equal relationship between a MC and a ML. It'd be great if more series followed this example.

There were comments that mentioned the ML has no reason to fall for the MC, but the reason is explicitly explained fairly early in the series. This is not love at first sight and is anything but random.
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The MC began his treatment to remove his emotional shackles. Instead of following instructions and staying home to use his medication to forge an emotional bond with his cat like the psychiatrist recommended, he began his audition for the survival game show at that time. The psychiatrist had also recommended that, so the MC could forge relationships and develop a public identity, but he didn't mean for the MC to audition during this stage of treatment. The ML encounters the MC at the audition grounds while medicated to form an emotional bond with someone. Since he spends this critical time with the MC, he forms this companionship bond with the MC rather than the cat like he was intended to. He has a desire to spend time with his companion now that this bond is formed, and the psychiatrist and his friends encourage this as well.

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Fortunately, the MC is in desperate need of a trainer, so this works out well for both of them. Their relationship develops naturally from there.

The MC doesn't always rely on the ML and loves to battle against him, even though he's at an obvious disadvantage.

My one grievance at this point is that the world doesn't seem to take as much advantage of the sci-fi genre as it could. In an advanced world, why are they using any form of paper at all? In the current era, many companies have moved to using digital documents and signatures rather than using anything with paper already. Using paper sounds retro, even if the paper composition is different. Why are there paper books? Shouldn't they all be digital? How long does it take for interplanetary travel? What planet is the MC on anyway? Why does it sound like television and other videos still use screens rather than 3D projections or photos? I would expect much cooler technology for an advanced, interplanetary society. In such a place, how is the MC considered so beautiful when anyone should be able to change his or her appearance freely?

When I first started reading this series, I would have only rated it as a 3 or 4, but the depth of the plot and the rationale for the MC's attitude and behavior made me change that around completely. The rules and games of each competition are amazing and comparable to those in Hunter x Hunter, except this games don't usually result in permanent character deaths.

This series is well-worth reading, even for a reader who isn't interested in BL. Strongly recommended for its action, puzzles, plot, and mystery. This is a fun, exciting read that practically kept me glued to my computer for the past few days as I spent all of my free time catching up in the series. <<less
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Wolvelyn
Wolvelyn rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: c138
Ugh, I'm dropping this. The concept is intriguing at first, but it gets boring after a while. The MC is annoying and the ML is borderline mute. I peek at the last chapter and decided to not waste my time by reading this till the end.

The author wants to portray MC as this 'smart' guy of the group, but its nonsense really. All he needs to do is squint his eyes while reading the clues and BAM suddenly he unDerStanDs evErythiNg and starts rapping wikipedia facts, then people will look... more>> at him with awe. Like please author, we readers, are not s*upid. MC is such a Mary Sue really; like, he's supeeer cute (rolls eyes), good at dancing, singing, acting, has a above average IQ yet minus EQ, it only takes a blink from his eyes to conquer the hearts of people (talk about protagonist halo *pukes*)

The ML, sigh. He's a typical cold-blooded, emotionless, wounded-and-has-a-tragic-past, silent yet agressive kind of ML. Super OP but hiding his strength. He bite the MC's neck like Alpha of ABO world (rolls my freaking eyeballzzz). I don't freaking know why he likes MC..... maybe because MC resembles rabbit? So his 'predatory' instinct wants to 'mark' him? Ugh I don't know. He doesn't talk much, expressionless, yet the MC can decipher everything from a single gaze *vomit*. Imagine a 3rd person witnessing the MC and ML looking at each other and suddenly they start to shoving their tongues on each other's throat and the MC will tRemBLe and the ML eyes will gLinT. 3rd person be like: who am I? What am I? What happened?

And the game itself is so weird, the rules bullshit, the backstory half true half nonsense. Especially the dinasour one, I don't know what the heck they are doing. Reading this is so tiring, and after that I already forgot 70% of the plot.

But hey, I really enjoyed the beginning. The side characters also quite funny. That's it. Bye. <<less
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Ninnie
Ninnie rated it
May 3, 2020
Status: c1
If I used one word to describe this novel... INTENSE!

The story is way better than I expected with incredibly diverse and interesting instances that the characters enter to survive the game show. Again and again I’ve been impressed with the knowledge and hard work the author put into it, to the point where I’m now a DIEHARD FAN! The writing style of the author is one minute intelligent and informative and then the next is so funny you have literal tears streaming down your face from laughing.

The characters are not... more>> stuck in a ‘specific setting’ but are allowed to grow and develop in interesting ways that occasionally take a person by surprise and make a person squee in glee in excitement. And the fluff! Oh man... so satisfying and INTENSE.

I refuse to give anything away, so go read it yourself! You’ll be glad you did!

All I have left to say is... MORE PLEASE!!! <<less
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Rustle silver butterflies
Rustle silver butterflies rated it
April 22, 2020
Status: c100
I love this. It's survival show although no one die but it's really cool and exciting. I love character grown.

MC is smart and hardworking bun, beautiful and talented bun. He is loveable and innocent. He is so obedient but he doesn't annoying. At beginning he is weak and can't does anything but he quickly learns and grows. He still save their character naive and silly kid. From the first meet he is fan of ML? He is admirate and trust him.

I really like ML because he believes in MC,... more>> supports and teaches him. He don't just protect him he really wants him to grow and become stronger. And he doesn't force him and doesn't behave as Male Yandere. He doesn't fell in love from first sight and chasing him. But he is subconsciously care about him and want to please.

They have mutuality and good impression of each other. Their interact very sweet and warm.

This really good story about beautiful and innocent-looking guy who becomes seriously fierce opponent and it's good contrast with apereance and strength in fighting. I like world setting, characters and challenges it's fun and simple to read. <<less
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MangatoNovel
MangatoNovel rated it
April 19, 2020
Status: c85 part1
All of Alexa Esme’s ramblings +1, except I haven’t read “Founder of Daobolism” yet. I have a sort of unique problem. When I laugh or fangirl too hard, I start hyperventilating. This story makes me hyperventilate a LOT. Even more than “Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have To Be In True Love”, which was my favorite bl novel before this. Read it, you won’t regret it. The fluff with have your brain exploding due to meng overdose!!!!
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Sadie Woods
Sadie Woods rated it
April 4, 2020
Status: c72
Hey, you! Yeah, you! Are you sick of novels where the MC is a damsel in distress? Do you want character growth and a MC and ML that support each other with their own strengths? And, most importantly, do you like rabbits?

If you answered yes to these questions, I can't recommend this novel enough! The basic plot is that an idol transmigrates into being a survival show contestant. There is realistic character growth (no immediately OP MCs here!), a slow build main ship that is all about letting the other... more>> stand on their own strengths while supporting each other, and more rabbit references than you can shake a carrot at. This novel is a perfect blend of action, fluff, humor, interesting side characters, and a seriously ideal relationship. This is a 5/5 for me! <<less
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Nanya
Nanya rated it
April 2, 2020
Status: c71
Y'all, y'alllll. If you haven't started this novel yet, get to it! This novel is about our MC, Wu Jin, who's an idol trainee about to debut being thrust into the future where he accidentally enters a survival entertainment show. It's such a cool premise, since not only do we have to see this cute lil bunny rabbit have to grow stronger in order to perform well in these games but the instances or arenas are so intense and enthralling. The CP in this is very cute and you'll have... more>> a smile on your face whenever you read this story.

I give this 5/5 stars. I absolutely adore this book. <<less
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thypsychotic
thypsychotic rated it
April 2, 2020
Status: c71
Full out love for this here novel!

We got here:

  • an exceedingly cute and quick smart MC.
  • a genuinely caring for MC's holistic development and powerful tyrant ML.
  • really cool battle setting ideas and wonderful descriptions of fight scenes.
  • gives focus not just on the main couple but also fleshes out the characters around them.
Overall, it seems like a really cool story that makes you want to squee for the moments and also be totally invested for the people in it!
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agathe
agathe rated it
February 21, 2020
Status: Completed
Starts nice, some good ideas, but somewhat lose it’s energy when it starts to make senses, how disappointing ?

romance makes it dull, and it’s also not too satisfying - but I’m starting to feel this way about all yaoi : why on earth obsess about « role » attribution when all the point should be getting out of gender bias ?
And in here the complete « blade / scabbard » metaphor makes it even worse : come on ! That male / female thing, and so are 0/1... !... more>> Dull

i have no need to explore the detail of bed stories, but if you write about two guys, can’t they at least both have male attributes ? (By the way « butts », are universal in human kind... !)

i don’t get the appetite of writers for destiny or any kind of predestined things... it honestly rarely makes anything better, some might find it « awww - cute », but I feel like it removes substance, deny the meaning of efforts, or something <<less
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Erin_W
Erin_W rated it
April 6, 2020
Status: c73
It's a fun story where the MC gets transmigrated into the future. What I like the most about this is how the MC didn't start out as OP. Instead needing help from ML who teaches him the ropes.

He's dedicated and hard-working, never slacking off. He's always driving to prove ML, the world, and himself that he could rise to the top without pulling strings. And he's not 'naturally' smart, he studies lots before every game, that's one of the reasons why he's able to be survive.

MC faces a lot of... more>> sour people who's not satisfied that a pretty but weak looking bunny is able to climb against big experienced hunks.

Also, he's an adorable bunny uwu. <<less
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