Sword Edge


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Lin Yifei’s best friend Chris died in a car accident shortly after winning the Men Olympic Fencing Championship. He finally learned the secret that this cold man had never said at his funeral. Just when Lin Yifei felt regrets, he was accidentally shot. When he opened his eyes again, he found himself back to his childhood.

Since life started again, he would accompany Chris to his glorious throne once more!

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Vanguard of Fencing
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Remichi rated it
February 26, 2020
Status: c14
*inhales...*EXHALES OKAI SO

So long story short, it is about a chinese olympic athlete (MC) who mistakenly got shot after a dispute that happened at his bestfriend's (ML) (who is also an athlete) funeral and got rebirth.

RT, so on the review

as of right now, I am sold to this novel. There are some elements about the novel that I love and imma list them.

    1. It takes place in America
I feel like this is a very important point to make, which is whether or not the story correctly portrays what America is like, and tbh I don't know bcs im not from America. It has aspects of racism and prejudice (NOTE: it takes place in 1998), for example the "lower class schools don't have white people cs of segregation and its located on the outskirts and the white in power has prejudice against the lower class. To me overall, it fits my image of America (dont attack me if im wrong plsss)

(if someone has anything abt this part pls do so tell~~)



MC is the kinda MC I like, not to strong but not too weak but just rt *chefs kiss, his personality is quite refreshing, sometimes he acts like a kid, sometimes he acts like an adult, but at the rt time.

3. ML

UUU ML, all I can say is that, I WANT TO PET HIM, HUG HIM AND SHOWER HIM WITH ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD-cough ahem alright back, so he's a kid who's suffered alot, he and his mother was abandoned by his father for 12 years and suddenly the father cameback to claim kinship. While in that 12 years, ML and his mother was living in poverty

and his mother has to work as a prostitute to make ends meet. He's basically a child who was forced to grow up and bcs of tht he closed all doors


4. Their relationship

its wholesome trust me.

Eventhough im only 14 chapters in

5. The writing



the part where the ML had to leave with his dad... they were in MC's room and ML was crying bcs he didnt want to leave MC and MC too was crying howver he pushed ML to go with his encouraging words, istg the imagery of that scene was amazing, I picture them in my mind and it made my kokoro ache


translation IS AMAZING, tops to her ~~send heartu (

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ight im done, I hope yall will try this novel uwuwu

-ps: I might edit after further chapters

one star reserved for the ending
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shooter4binghe rated it
June 21, 2020
Status: c30
i love childhood friends/rivals to lovers : (especially since this was set in the early 00s, the navigation of sexuality coupled with the fragility of crossing the line between friends and lovers particularly stand out. There is initial light antiblackness (MC revealing that as a child he was scared of being beat up by black kids at school) but it wasnt brought up again and his first good friend at school ended up being a sweet black girl. Racism isnt used as a plot pusher. Physical descriptions were surprisingly... more>> nice. <<less
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PhoenixChameleon rated it
September 23, 2021
Status: Completed

I SOOOO WANTED to like this! However, (and be warned I can never get the spoiler alert to cover/work correctly so if you continue this WILL have spoilers)... I had to force myself to finish this and began skipping & skimming the longer I read... not a good sign.

COMPLAINT #1: This is supposedly about fencers. Never once does the author go on to describe fencing terms; they're just dropped: 3 different kinds of swords described - nothing about how different, why chose one over the other, etc.... more>> None of the rules of fencing were explained. The competition system wasn't explained either - clubs, teams, school clubs, vs teams, regional, national, international settings - they're all slightly different, but nothing explained. Didn't even bother to explain the differences between the youth and adult competitions.
#2: This was supposedly a rebirth where the MC discovered upon his death that his best friend and fencing rival was deeply in love with him, then gets reborn early on. He then totally forgets this fact conveniently whereas it is supposed to be a huge reason for rebirth.

#3: The ML repeatedly confesses and shows his love to & for the MC, but the MC seems to not understand.
#4: This MC PISSES ME OFF! He is beyond naive and blind to all the people who are attracted to him. MULTIPLE PEOPLE tell him that he is very attractive to both male & females, but he laughs it off despite it happening frequently.
#5 The MC and the ML have indicated they want to be together. However, the MC constantly has to be "kind and nice to girls" smack in the face of the ML... even telling him it's ok to be a Girls Day "reward" which includes romantic and physical activities such as hugging & kissing ("but no farther - wtf?!) or eating romantic meals together. He keeps telling the ML to be nicer to girls who are flirting with both of them. He goes out of his way to accommodate girls no matter if it's not his business - even girls trying to date the ML/his boyfriend.
#6 The MC HAS NO BACKBONE OR SPINE - HE ALLOWS AT LEAST 3 OTHER BOYS TO KISS HIM & DOES NOTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE HEY ALL "COULDN'T HELP THEMSELVES BEING SO ATTRACTED TO HIM & JUST WANTED TO DO XYZ PHYSICAL TO HIM BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO/HAVE NO SELF CONTROL THEIR FEELINGS ARE TOO STRONG - BULLSHIT! The MC should at least slap them or punch them - something when mol*sted! His good "friend" also mol*sts him and feels him up while he is sleeping! The "friends" and teammates of the MC are all a bunch of "I see the MC and just want to rub one off right now 🍆🍆🍆 ! The ML doesn't EVERYTHING for the MC and the MC is a wishy-washy, vacuous, selfish, unlovable character. The ML is the bomb! Other than frowning all the time, he is incredible.
#7: The MC keeps going back and forth between acting his true age versus a true teenage male idiot. He doesn't reasonably stick with either and the switching back & forth doesn't work for neither. He just comes off as having learned and gathered a lot of nothing from his experiences in his last life... the only thing it does for him is that he is really good in fencing, his nerves are better at competitions, and he remembers a lot of faces & information of other fencers... the information which only becomes useful for introductions to flirting.
#8: The plot adds a lot of messy family crap for the ML, including inheritance rites, a scheming fiancée he doesn't want, etc. It only goes to prove that this novel should have decided what to focus on: fencing, young love, family/company/inheritance rivalries, etc. The novel was a hodgepodge of each... none of which were shaped well or completely enough for a satisfying story. I liked elements, especially the ML, but can't give more than 2.5/5 stars as a whole. <<less
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Devrai rated it
August 24, 2021
Status: c81
High expectations, low delivery. Argh.. makes me angry.

I was looking forward to an epic story about being reborn, self reflection, fighting for a better future together... what I got were 2d characters, 12 year old children behaving like 40 year olds, an abusive relationship, dog blood drama and a rebirth story that doesn’t feel like a rebirth story.

The Story: ML dies due to a traffic accident. MC learns during the funeral from MLs father that he was in love with him. During a struggle for inheritance MC gets shot and... more>> dies. Next he wakes up in his 12 year old body just immigrated to the US. Coincidentally ML is in the same class as himself, so MC tries everything to get close to him and have a little better live during this time.

ML was very poor and excluded in class so it started rocky... following is “growing up” and so on.

OK this doesn’t sound so bad but the flow of this novel is also rocky and annoying. So tell me, which 12 year old falls already in deep everlasting love? Yeah ML is this awesome... Also the 12 year old reborn MC behaves s*upid as f*ck. He knows that ML fell in love with him in his last live but neither does he reflect on their ambiguous behavior nor does he realize that ML fell in love with him again. Then when ML confesses he distances himself with the reason “lets grow up a bit and laugh later together about what you thought love”. Since that didn’t work he decided to try and also being in love. What annoyed me here was that he confessed on phone and they didn’t even meet the next days/weeks?

And then the 14 year old ML just says things like “I want it put in” and harasses MC all the time. Telling him “he wouldn’t do anything to him” and in the next moment forces MC to a handjob/blowjob and any sexual encounter is basically forced.

Maybe the writer thought it would make MC look coy but it only makes ML abusive.

The whole story is really unreasonable. It has so many holes that swiss cheese envies it.

I never got that really deep feeling of love between them. ML was always insecure about MC being stolen from him and MC was always struggling with intimacy.

This is neither a love story nor a sports novel. The fencing was rather boring in my opinion but that might be just not my cup of tea.

So... I’m sure to not read this ever again. <<less
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Chiaroscuro rated it
October 29, 2020
Status: Completed
3.5 rounded to 4.


1. Cliche plot that tells different story.

2. Wholesome friendship

3. Quite fleshed out characters.

4. Side characters / villains with actual personalities

5. The fluff outweighs the angst in later chapters.

6. Happy Ending


1. The MC is a total Gary stu. He suffered the "I was supposed to be 22 but I'm mentally just a teen" writing. He's also THAT dense protagonist MC.

2. Author made ML sounds like a genius in fencing but

... more>>

Author made MC win against him and made MC world champion. ML was supposed to be a genius/natural in fencing and whatever bad point left from his childhood should have been covered by MC's teaching so the CURRENT ML supposed to surpass the OLD ML. Yet MC beat him. Doesn't make sense because author's description made MC the type that's "good" because he's "experienced" or at least made MC sounds like he wasn't as talented as ML


3. The story very quickly turn into reverse harem


Ofc the dense MC didn't realise it until he's being kissed "forcefully" by rex/kevin

Author should have saved kevin as the "rival/good friend" that helps because he's a "good person" not because he liked MC so much.



Kevin is THAT second ML. "The perfect 2nd ML who will be the safety net for MC when ML fails" LOL

It disappointed me because I hoped his character to not be that and he's exactly that.


I think I judged this novel quite harshly because I was presented by an idea and it kinda didn't hold up to my expectations. Still it's entertaining and good enough so if you hesitate to start then I say you should read it. <<less
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dee_ism rated it
August 22, 2021
Status: --
It's fluff, a bit angst, and a lot of fencing which I love. A bit predictable, a bit family drama with dramatic villain, but it still an okay read.

The MC is a Jack Sue trope, but I like him. He has a good mentality and personality. I also like the squad around him.

What bothered me is....

... more>>

The few non-consensual kisses with ML2 and ML3. I don't mind when it's done with the ML1, Chris, but is a no no for others, even when I also like ML2 and ML3.

Well, Chris at times also annoying when he pushes his way to Lin, but at least Lin loves him. And Chris still maintain that last line to be consented with Lin.

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lightmoon22 rated it
March 23, 2021
Status: Completed
I love every part of this except how things end for the evil character seriously I don't know what kind of massage the author is trying to Achieve with this one

... more>>

the cousin have tried not only once but twice to kill the MC and nothing happen to her

like seriously she have pointed a gun not only to the MC but to the other but, there was no legal consequence to her action or any other type of consequence of the matter. What more frustrating that, they indulged her ego until the end.

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Xaviera rated it
November 2, 2021
Status: c81

The level of denseness is beyond me, hence the deduction, lol. I should've rounded up and rated it 5 but I feel like it wasn't quite there to give it a 5 so 4 it is.
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LostMySoul rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: c26
A heartwarming novel. No unnecessary drama. Just focusing on the pure love between these two boys. Definitely recommend this one. Not yet done but I know the rest of the novel won't disappoint.
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timma rated it
November 24, 2021
Status: c22
I feel like I gave this an honest shot. Just really not for me. I don't like the MC. Honestly the author should have rebirthed to like 18. Making him so young results in regressing the MCs EQ to zero or grooming, either way not good for a story. Feels yucky.
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LaisseSeul rated it
October 26, 2021
Status: --
I should've not held my expectations high. ML's character and attitude really made me feel unconfortable. He's not a scumbag, but...I don't know. If I were the MC, I wouldn't ever choose to be with him. I liked the support ML (?) more than the actual ML. Although I get where's character came from, it's still never an excuse. He lies on the boundaries on loving MC and being disrespectful to MC. I also understand that ML is still immature but huhuhu who tf would want an underage manipulative sad... more>> boy lol.

You can still give this novel a shot. I'm just venting. But for sure I'll be dropping this novel :/ <<less
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remarkablyrenee rated it
September 20, 2021
Status: Completed
If I had to describe it it'd be like this: A friends-to-lovers story following a boy (Xiao Fei) who returned to his past self after his best friend (Chris) died in an accident. After the funeral, Chris' father reveals that Chris had loved him all along. Soon after, Xiao Fei dies and is sent back to when he first met Chris. Regretting the pain he'd given his best friend in their past life by not realizing how he felt, Xiao Fei vows to make sure Chris is happy in this... more>> life.

Honestly I think this is the first book I give a 5 star rating to on NU. This was amazing and if it ever gets translated officially I'm buying it in a millisecond. I have 0 ability to translate this to english myself otherwise I'd buy the original too.

This has everything I love in a shounen-ai. Well, not sure that's exactly the right category, but this story has that bittersweet, growing-into-our-feelings feel that I always relate more to shounen-ai than to the more explicit stuff.

I'd classify this as shounen-ai, sports, drama, romance. There isn't much trigger-y stuff in it at all--the only possibilities being where love interests are handsy, but do come to their senses. And the emotions are all handled very maturely--no protags that make you want to beat some sense into them here. <<less
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Akiraluna rated it
September 2, 2021
Status: Completed
This story is kinda confusing I enjoyed it. Maybe It's just my cup of tea?

At first are fluffy moments, but it continues with ML's possessiveness and MC's eagerness to Fencing.

I actually like how the ML deal with the situations. But! THE THING I DON'T LIKE IS HOW COMMON TO OTHER MLS KISS OUR PRECIOUS MC LIKE BRUH AAAAAAA ehem*

... more>> It's kinda depressing when the ML caught the MC been kisssed by other guy like Ughhh!

And the fencing plot went along and how the MC and ML endure over year they don't contact at all.

In the end, ML got the MC completely after he became adult. The ML really held back for 6 years wow... <<less
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dday0425 rated it
August 22, 2021
Status: Completed
I rated this 5 stars based on their childhood relationship alone. They're very cute together and their friendship are precious untill the confessions, where things turned weirder and weirder.... more>>

untill now I still don't understand what's going on? They confessed to each other, but they acted like nothing happened. They even see or contact each other lesser than when they're just an ordinary friend. (And I mean it, they contacted once or twice in a long while, not even see each other once when it's summer vacation. I'm confused.) Moreover, MC still keep saying irresponsible things many times, such as "if you're woman, I will want to marry you" and the teasing about girl's festival. What's the point in saying that when you know how ML feels about you anyway? Kids that age acted and spoke better than the MC who was reborn tbh. 🤦‍♀️ The ML also have a tendency of forcing himself into the MC. The more I read the more I'm afraid he will r*pe MC one day. He seems to not care about the consent at all. Although he didn't actually do it until the end, forcing m*sturbations with kids underage (although both of them are underage at the time) still makes me feel so uncomfortable.

Well, after I finished the novel, I must say I'm relieved there is no r*pe scene. 😖 The characters also developed in a positive way, which is very good. For me, this ending is already beautiful whether it's their love, family or career. It's fulfilling.

I think MC winning in the end make sense though. He has experiences from his last life, he started at young age, met a lot of new people, get himself a brilliant coach, it's natural he can surpassed his last life achievement. The fact that he kept losing to 10s years old Chris despite he ranked no.7 in the world is stranger for me.


Moreover, the author seems to be confused with ages and times very often, making it confusing for me. Isn't Kevin 4 years older the MC and ML? How can he be in University when MC and ML are only in grade 7? Shouldn't he be in grade 11 then? Why the highschool competition (grade 10-12) held between age 14-16? Isn't MC already 14 when he's in grade 7? (Actually shouldn't he be 13 years old? Since he finished his elementary school at 12?) I remember the author did mention their age in the context. The timeline when

ML moving to Washington was confusing too, did they didn't meet each other for so long? But they were just in their beginning of first year of middle school when they reunited, weren't they?? well I guessed it's probably long. I originally thought ML left in their last year of elementary school (age 12) and they met again in grade 7, but Elizabeth said she saw ML at age 11. 😖

There are more confusion like this throughout the story, I don't know if this is because the novel was edited from Mtl-ed version or it's the author's mistake originally though, but I guessed it is more likely the latter.


oh furthermore, if someone kiss me without my consent, I'll really hit him whether he's my friend or teammate or anything. The way MC coped with this incident is terrible. I wonder what would he feels if he found out Chris kissed someone else too? 🙄 As well as how he usually treats girls, maybe you'd think MC was just being a gentleman, sorry no, he is just being a bad boyfriend. Many times, what he did is unnecessary, and very prone to misunderstanding. This showed me he cares about anything else but his boyfriend, which made me think it's probably better if they stayed best friend, since MC kept acting like so and he is already such a good one anyway.

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Ainslee rated it
August 21, 2021
Status: c81
It's not a heart moving or even a heart wrenching story, it's very lighthearted.

Nothing different from any other school life danmei novel, sans the fencing theme.
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Nicole06 rated it
July 21, 2021
Status: c79 part1
I am still waiting for the ending part, omaigossssh, lovin it but im more to devoted interest, altho there is some male kiss the Yi Fei. Still I felt like he’s cheating huhu
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AX-Skye rated it
July 8, 2022
Status: Completed
It was a good binge read personally.

I can't say it is everyone's cup of tea bc literaly in the beginning there is no consent for the MC. (tho I must say the 2&3 Ml's were... amazing-) EHEM anyways. Other than the romance I really enjoyed the MC's personality, like how unruly he is nomally. But when it comes for times to be serious, he can be calm and comforting + reliable!

The ML on the other hand was cool- ig

(ok ik this is short but I dint usually right reviews... more>> and idk why I wrote one for this one-) <<less
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Larsn rated it
June 15, 2022
Status: c56
I really wanted to finish this, it seems like an interesting story but I had to give it up in the end due to incompatibility.

What to say...

  • Aside from the fact that it doesn't really explain fencing, it's interesting to read even without much context. Only pity (till the point I've reached at least) is that the MC gets lazy and a bit of a big head with his high technical skills and doesn't really train to solve the physical qualities he lacks instead. Granted, if he did he would admittedly be too OP though, so it is excusable, if only a little annoying at times.
  • I like how the story begins, the MC's character is bright and innocent (altough at times annoyingly dense perhaps) kind and charming while the ML is the silent, elegant and aggressive/oppressive type with a sad past who only cares for the MC
  • I liked the side characters as well, the ML's mom especially. I think just enough space is given to them to make them interesting, even if it can't be said they are really fleshed out. (Also, f***you to the ML's father in the beginnig, especially for how he treated his mom)
  • I especially liked the setting, it was interesting seeing through the eyes of a chinese person in America. After reading so many novels, I find it a bit... novel.
  • The relationship between MC and ML is also good, really sweet and full of fluff with a touch of nurturing and competitiveness... that is, till the ML decides he wants to be the MC's boyfriend. Then it just gets plain unconfortable. The MC is way too feeble and indecisive with his feelings while the ML simply started to force himself on him after obtaining the MC's answer of licking him.
___ok, after here it's basically me ranting over this, feel free to skip to the other side, you've been warned

... more>> ___

I read a few comments saying the MC is spineless and the ML does everything for him and he even doesn't do anything when other guys kiss him etc etc (which, I dunno, haven't reached that point yet but in any case...) I agree he's spineless but in the first place it's the ML he should be kicking in the balls till he learns at least the existence of the word "respect".

I mean, the ML even openly tells the MC he won't take him against his will like it is a great concession and sacrifice on his part the MC should be grateful for! And while the MC is really annoying at times with how he keeps rejecting the ML... maybe that's because he keeps forcing himself on him! The ML even literally said it doesn't matter if the MC is angry or rejects him, anyway once he's asleep he can do wathever he wants to him without any resistance!! WTF??!

The MC is clearly unconfortable with his feelings for the MC and the intimate part of their relationship but instead of working through it together, easing the MC into it (wich, ok, annoying but F***you) the ML simply ignores it and decides to deal with it by simply forcing it till he gets what he wants.

Once the MC even thought the ML may be the only one so dedicated exclusively to bring him pleasure... but in my opinion the only pleasure he cares for is his own. It's even recognized in the novel by others that the MC keeps looking at the ML after he makes a decision, as if he needs his approval to do... anything!

And the ML gets upset when others like the MC and he gets upset when the MC doesn't get jealous as well... it's called trust, which I think he should learn, together with the said word respect, instead of trying to control his partner.

___ok end of rant, thanks for reading


In conclusion, the story and backround looked really interesting and I wanted to see how the MC would develop (and if he finally will) but I had to give it up due to my incompatibility with this type of relationship in-between non equal (read:forceful) partners. Not the first time this happened, really, but if this is your cup of tea go for it, I mostly liked all the rest <<less
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April 30, 2022
Status: Completed
I really liked this novel, I cried a lot in several scenes, it's a beautiful story and it's amazing to see the protagonist's development in fencing and in his relationship, it was an amazing experience to read a novel with sports like this for the first time.
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Kawaii Panda
March 5, 2022
Status: --
It was fluff, there's angst but not that much. It was light-hearted in short. Though, the MC is gary sue and naive, just like most of those female mc's rebirth and made their intellectual degreased. I mean, he acts like some kid although he supposed to have much more mature mindset. There are some stuffs I dont like while reading this. Im fond of fencing, so I was hooked even more while reading this. But, the author doesn't give much information about it, so it's a bit disappointing. About being... more>> the world's champion, I was even expecting it would be the ML. Since he was known as a genius and stuff, but in the end it was MC who won. It's not that bad for him to win but... Welp, I kinda understand that perhaps it's because MC traveled back with his experience. So as im saying, he was dense like he's denial when people pointed out someone has a crush/like/love on him. I dont like that he just let himself get kissed, the supporting love interests isn't that bad but... You know, then there's ML saw it and got jelly and stuff lol. About the villainess cousin, the person who just killed him before. Gosh, she supposed to have a punishment that she deserves but nope... Oh well <<less
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