The Husky and His White Cat Shizun

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Mo Ran thought becoming Chu Wanning’s disciple was a mistake.

His shizun was really too much like a cat while he himself was a dumb pup who’d only slobber and wag his tail.

Dogs and cats were different by nature; originally, the dumb pup didn’t want to reach his furry paws out to that cat.

At first he thought, dogs should be with dogs, like his shixiong, beautiful and tame like a cute Japanese Spitz, and the two of them together would surely be a match made in heaven.

Yet, after having died and reborn, after having lived two lives, the one he hauled back each time to his den in the end was always the one he couldn’t stand at first: that snow-white kitty shizun.

Dumb off the charts husky gong x tsundere, short-tempered, big white cat shou

Emperor of the cultivation world Mo Weiyu deceived elders and slaughtered ancestors, and committed all crimes and sins known to man. After ending his own life, he was reborn and transmigrated to the year he first became a disciple.

In the shell of a boy held an old and weary soul. After coming back to life, truth after truths that had been hidden below the surface in the previous life floated to the top and broke through the waters one after the other.

Of all the revelations, the one that stunned him the most was that the shizun he had hated to the bone in his previous life had always been protecting him from the shadows…

The heart of man can change; even demons and monsters can become compassionate and do good. Only, he had sinned deeply. Can the blood on his hands ever be cleansed?

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2HA
HHWCS
Immortality/皓衣行[Drama]
ฮัสกี้หน้าโง่กับอาจารย์เหมียวขาวของเขา
二哈
二哈和他的白猫师尊
이합화타적백묘사존
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229 Reviews


eeriemd
New eeriemd
Apr 16, 2021
Status: c149
I tried to like this bc I was art-baited into reading it but I have several issues with it.

I'll start with the good things to be fair. There are many enjoyable and genuinely funny scenes. The silly romantic tropes like tripping into an embrace and such are written well. The descriptions of food, scents, and textures make it an immersive read. A couple of the twists are interesting, even if they are predictable. The MC's uncle is funny. Ok, I think that's it.

I agree with other reviews on the romanticizing... more>> of abuse, so I won't expand on that except to say it leaves a sour note on any romantic or cute scene. I can read heavy stuff, but it felt like the author's intention missed the mark here and the MC isn't sympathetic or redeemed at all.

I don't personally enjoy the narration style, it can get quite repetitive and I ended up skimming paragraphs because the protag and ML are only capable of 3 thoughts max apparently. Once the motivations and personalities are established, why explain those same thoughts over and over?? I found that somewhat frustrating and I don't think I'll be looking into other works by this author, it's just not for me.

Overall, it was interesting enough to read 149 chapters but I know that as soon as I put it down, I'll stop caring and never read it again. Interesting idea, bad execution 2.5/5 <<less
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Melon eating bystander
New Melon eating
Apr 14, 2021
Status: c29
I wanted to finish the story I really want to... Such a well written story, But my faint heart can't take the abuse and misunderstanding I felt so bad about shizun but I can't blame mo ran.. I can't vent my anger and it's so suffocating. It's been a year but I still can't finish this novel..
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hy-d-ra
hy-d-ra
Oct 22, 2019
Status: c194
This novel is a massive knife. The author is basically delivering - Have you suffered before? Let me show you a new level of suffering. Because I can't remember a novel where heart-wrenching events would be packed like this.

The only thing the novel takes from its' cute title is the emphasis on Mo Ran's simple dog nature. He often refers to himself like that too. Due to lack of love/care during his childhood he warms up to people who show him a shred of genuine emotion. This simplicity of his... more>> character becomes his moving force after his rebirth/turn back in time to him once again being a teen and having a second chance to 'fix' events that brought his demise in previous life, to lead a better life. Be ready for two lifetimes coming hand in hand through the storytelling. His conscience never forgets the atrocities of his past and often it weighs him down. His main goal was to save the light of his life, as he thought. But later, little by little, with his s*upid brain he started to realize that his entanglement of hate/love with his Shizun in both lifetimes occupies his thoughts much more and means to him a lot more. Complicated war of emotions create a different type of story.

His Shizun, Chu Wanning, is not the typical shou character. Tall, beautiful, he has domineering aura, he looks like an unapproachable iceberg, but behind that facade is a person uncertain of himself. He can't be described as tsun, but his temperament and actions in time make him endearing. His low self-esteem, the age gap between them, seeing his loved one being devoted to other person will give you lots of sweet knives.

And both of them are involved in the plot of slowly forshadowed danger where the one in the dark used demonic Forbidden techniques once mastered by MoRan in his previous life, giving him a sense of bad premonition.

Last thing: trigger warnings. Unlike authors who treat r*pe lightly as something they can use for their perverted characters, 2HA indeed has lots of warnings, but which are used for a character portrayal, madness and cruelty.

Wonderful story, the plot is interesting, the knives are sharp, the range of characters is amazing, main cast has its momentum, it's not flat. The descriptions are powerful, the romance is burning. Give it a go, this novel is highly underappreciated (translations exist, you just need to search for them). <<less
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wallyblob
wallyblob
Jul 09, 2020
Status: Completed
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"Shizun, I want to hold up an umbrella for you, for the rest of your life." - Mo Ran

Me: I love reading. It's so relaxing.

Me, reading Husky and His White Cat Shizun: *cries, curses, throws phone to the wind*

Me: *sigh* So relaxing.

First of all the best part of 2ha--besides the passionate, heartrending romance--is undoubtedly the character development. Mo Ran's character development is commendable, and I can give you it in a nutshell with a few of his lines throughout the novel.

He's vindictive in the beginning, harboring strong thoughts of revenge and violence and wanting Chu Wanning to suffer for his preconceived wrongdoings.

Mo Ran: "Chu Wanning... Hell is too cold, you're coming with me!" (I can't count how many times he said this throughout the novel.)

And after the secrets are revealed and things come to light that stayed hidden from him in the past life, he redeems himself, learns to love and forgive and cherish, and when Chu Wanning tells him that Hell is too cold and he is accompanying Mo Ran, Mo Ran's response was one that had me in tears. He tells Chu Wanning "The world is beautiful. Wanning, I don't want you to come with me." Do y'all see that? Do y'all see that development? I'm bawling.

I'm also impressed by the way EVERYTHING meaning EVERY detail ties into the plot. Even the GODDAMN wontons which, by the way, I was not expecting... because I innocently assumed they were just wontons but NOPE even the FOOD has meaning. The fact that Mo Ran shows he loves Chu Wanning with food is just *insert satisfied cat face here* And, like, even the CANDY has meaning???

Spoiler

Chu Wanning saves the candy Mo Ran gave him to the point where it's literally not edible anymore. It's basically a symbol of Chu Wanning's willingness to cherish the little kindness that Mo Ran shows him, knowing that Mo Ran likes Shi Mei and not him.

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And Mo Ran, goddamn, is just the most unreliable narrator ever (and that's what makes this novel extraordinary). I thought I knew everything there was to know about Mo Ran and SURPRISE, there's more secrets to him! Like, I trusted you??? I thought we had a protagonist-reader agreement where you tell me everything you know? And yes, Mo Ran, that includes even your own personal secrets. Honestly, the unreliable narrator aspect of this story may be its strongest plot tactic. We're forced to see from Mo Ran's POV so we're not given the whole, true, authentic story. And when everything is slowly revealed, it's catastrophic. We begin to question everything. The questions I had were what kept me reading. I thought this would be a typical transmigration-reincarnation-cultivation novel, but twenty chapters in and I'm like "huh, what else have you lied to us about, Mo Ran?" I wanted to see the truth and not Mo Ran's distorted version of reality.

I think what really drew me to this story were the themes it dealt with:

    • Unrequited love: I love this theme so much because it hurts and it hurts in an oddly good way lol. There's something so heartbreakingly sad about loving someone unconditionally knowing that they won't--or never will--return your feelings. I think there's a lot of selflessness in loving and doing good for someone who is oblivious to your feelings.
    • Sacrifice, unbeknownst to the party it benefits: Chu Wanning is the poster child for making sacrifices and putting himself in harm's way for Mo Ran, even if Mo Ran is completely oblivious to it. As long as the person he loves is safe and happy, Chu Wanning is content with hurting... and later on in the story
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      we see that this is also the case for Mo Ran, as he did something in the past that saved Chu Wanning.

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      They're just two idiots willing to hurt for each other.

    • Redemption: Mo Ran is a major as*hole in the first 100 chapters, but a calamitous event occurs that really makes him rethink his emotions, feelings, and life. And he does the right thing: He chooses to become a better person. I was literally squealing when he started making all the right choices instead of the wrong ones (yes, Mo Ran, you're my baby!). But the question here is: Are we ever truly free from our past choices and mistakes?
    • Antihero: I am so tired of the righteous and the just protagonists that do everything correctly and courageously and get to face-slap the villains. I love how flawed Mo Ran is. I love how deeply he can feel hatred, hurt, love, and fear. I love that at one point he was the villain. I love how he knows he's not a good person and he takes responsibility for fixing his ways. That right there is as close to human as you can get, and it's something we can all connect to.
    • The multifacetedness of life, stories, whatever: Mo Ran is so narrow-minded at the beginning, believing wholeheartedly in his side of the story and not making room for anything else, not even Chu Wanning's side of the story, so it's a slap in the face when Mo Ran AND the readers find out the harsh truth. I especially was enthralled with how even the side stories were not what they seemed like at first. We get a superficial glance at the side stories, and throughout the arc, detail by shocking detail is exposed and we end up with a deeper insight into the lives of the side characters, discovering that there's more to the story than what meets the eye. And it just goes to show that life isn't always what's in front of us. It's beyond, it's underneath, and other people have the puzzle pieces of our life story sometimes.
    • Forgiveness and grudges: I think forgiveness is a MAJOR theme. Between Chu Wanning on the verge of death telling Mo Ran to forgive himself and Mo Ran's mother telling him not to bear grudges (while also on the verge of death, I just realized oof), you begin to question whether it's worth holding all these grudges and need for revenge.
    • Forgoing toxicity for a healthy relationship: The past Mo Ran was like "consent, what's that? Love, what's that?" But after he betters himself as a person, he beautifully and sublimely respects Wanning, and their developing relationship afterwards is truly wholesome, between Wanning learning to accept that he can, in fact, be loved despite his flaws and his unbecoming temper and Mo Ran discovering that Wanning is probs the most adorable person ever and spoiling him with his favorite food.
    • People are much more than what they show on the surface: Chu Wanning, for example, is like aloe vera. Prickly on the outside, but all the gooey goodness is on the inside. Mo Ran really misjudged him in the past, thinking him to be heartless and cold; but in reality, he gave so much for Mo Ran and expected nothing in return. Also Shi Mei, who was portrayed as a one-dimensional white lotus but actually had more depth to him than I thought he would.
    • Mei Hanxue: Nothing, just Mei Hanxue.

Don't miss out on this story just because you're afraid of hurting. If you do, you're missing out on the other slice of life and beautiful themes this story has to offer, including one of the most emotionally-invested plots with the most complex web, like, ever. Everything is interconnected and the butterfly effect resounds throughout the novel. Ah, yes, talking about the butterfly effect, can we talk about how well this novel implements Chekhov's Rule? The little, tiny things I didn't pay attention to eventually came to bite me in the ass later in the story (just like how Mo Ran's past came back to bite him in the ass, oof). Literally EVERY detail has meaning and pushes the plot forward. The White Pear Blossom Wine. The begonia handkerchief. The brocade pouch. These are just of the few things that make multiple, minor appearances in the background, then you learn the backstory behind them--their symbolism--and it just leaves you speechless. LIKE, DAMNNNN.

My best piece of advice for you while reading this novel isn't even to have tissues by your side. It's to have a good eye and pay close, close, close attention to every detail. Even now, there are details that are barely coming together for me and making sense. Yes, I'm the type to wake up in the middle of the night and go "So that's what Chu Wanning meant when he said that!"

Okay, I'm going to shut up now and go read 2ha a second time.

***Edit: I see so many people comparing 2ha to MDZS and saying they're not going to watch "Immortality" (drama adaptation) because they already watched The Untamed, and it saddens me because 2ha honestly offers a unique and poignant, touching story of it's own. I keep it to myself because I know I will get hate for it, but I genuinely like 2ha more than I like MDZS. The characters and plotline resonates with me more deeply. You don't have to like it--I'm not forcing you to. But don't be a snob and comment harmful messages under Immortality videos that will steer the audience away because your biased outlook doesn't give you room for anything else. We should be supportive of all BL novels that happen to make it to the screen. Only this way can we see more widespread work like this and surpass boundaries. Thank you.

3/8/21: Rereading and some details are FINALLY becoming clearer to me. I've always wondered what dream Chu Wanning had in chapters 40-49 that he was able to give them up and return to reality to save Mo Ran. His dream is never described in detail but he tells Mo Ran "Did you know, the most wonderful dreams are rarely ever real?" and there have been multiple times we're told that Chu Wanning thinks Mo Ran will never return his feelings; therefore, we can assume that the dream he had was one in which Mo Ran actually reciprocated his love, and he was able to wake from the dream because his belief that he's unlovable is so strong that he already knows it's impossible for Mo Ran to notice him.

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annnavcx
annnavcx
Feb 01, 2020
Status: v109
first of all, this novel is amazing. I cant read chinese so I read the translation and they really did a great job on translating this novel. (Thanks a lot!!)

Really, meatbun is the master of making angst!! I am 26 and I was crying on my bed like crazy on some parts of the novel! And I havent cried like that in YEARS!

When you read this, you’ll definitely fall in love with the main guy, Chu Wanning. I think I want to start an army for him.

Also, the main... more>> plot of this story is really between the ML and the MC so I am really wondering how the live-action is going to turn out? What makes this hurts (amazingly) is the relationship between them. (I still hope the censorship will still do it justice.)

So if you haven’t read this, I strongly recommend you to. Or you could be patient and wait for all the translation to finish. Because I’m kinda regretting that I read this too early cause now I want more! <<less
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Lord_Binghe
Lord_Binghe
Feb 23, 2019
Status: --
I found this novel from Mo Xiang Tong Xiu's fandom (GDC, HOB, SVSSS). They said this novel is kinda interesting and the plot is awesome! Some of them already read this by raw and now someone finally translated this yeay!!! I've read lot of transmigration novel but this one seems really cool and will be worth to read. Cant wait for the next chapter!!!
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Chenqing
Chenqing
Sep 18, 2019
Status: Completed
I love this story a lot. The plot is a wild ride with many plot twists. Rated 5.0 because I kept coming back to reread it.

Unlike the usual rebirth story, MC was a scum until death in his previous life and he continued to be somewhat scum in his second life until falling in love with ML and realising the wrong in his ways. So I like it because the story really shows MC's change and development.

MC is really funny although I hated him at first. He really fits the... more>> description of "dumb husky". He is absolutely so very dumb that he often made me feel exasperated. Sometimes he just breathes and I would be like... *sigh*

I get really fond of him later.
Spoiler

He also showed great IQ potential when he invented intercrural s*x because his meat pillar was too big for ML's crysanthemum.

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ML on the other hand is very likeable since the beginning. He is headstrong but secretly gentle and very sensitive to people's feelings. Not just for MC but also for others.
Spoiler

Unfortunately perhaps that's why his student wants to bang him so hard.

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There are so many angst that by the time I finished reading I've filled three full buckets of tears.

As for the love triangle, don't let it discourage you as it only happened because MC was very dumb. I assure you that MC only genuinely loves ML his entire two lives. (He just needs his brain slapped and shaken a little before it begins processing.)

Overall highly recommended. <<less
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anonmily
anonmily
Feb 16, 2020
Status: --
Ahahaha... haha.... WAAAAAH *sobs*

Don’t judge this novel by the name. I thought this was going to be another brainless fluffy BL novel, but oh hell was I so wrong.

This story is just amazing. So much comedy and fluff, and so much angst (the feels! Omg). I’ve laughed to the point of tears, and cried because of the heartwrenching emotions while reading this (I finished all of the story, reading the remaining parts in Chinese). I cannot even remember when the last time I was able to be so deeply influenced... more>> and immersed in any story, BL or not.

Every character has their own story, has their own desires, a reason for why they are who they are. And oh my gosh the plot! So many hints are scattered everywhere, yet its not until the end when you realize what it means.... Even just a simple act of looking away and responding with silence to a question, a single gaze, a small habit.... everything comes together in a beautiful web that will make you cry your heart out and yet make you melt in the heartwarming true love between the MCs.

This is a story that will have a happy ending (... even though oh god there are times when you might feel like it’d be impossible) and even the extras are just so adorable. READ THIS. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. <<less
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YellowNoodle
YellowNoodle
May 31, 2020
Status: Completed
I...I'm so exhausted.

I have too much to say about this novel that I'm literally speechless.

... In fact, I knew I should have guarded my heart, but like a fool, I bore through the wind and rain, shed sweat and cried blood before delivering my beating organ on a silver platter to meatbun (author).

... more>> I clicked that first chapter and like some masochist, I watched the author trample, devour, and shred my heart to pieces before ruthlessly spitting it out as I continued to read on.

The indignation and pain I felt in this novel just screwed me up.

I couldn't bear it, I don't know how many times I had to stop reading just to breathe and get rid of the suffocating feelings in my chest. I don't know how many times I punched my pillow over the anger I felt.

However, I do know that I cried. Immensely.

The title is true to the protagonists. A dumb doggy and a proud cat.

They're both fools. Heartbreaking fools.

But what can you do? I felt so helpless as I read the text. I couldn't do anything and could only gawk at how unfair and tragic everything was.

It hurts so much.

The plot, the characters, and the mystery is so perfect. Everyone had their fates entwined and the ending just made my nose sour and my throat sore.

This definitely deserves a spot along MDZS and TGCF.

All relationships are extremely well developed.

This is a definite recommendation. You cannot skip this novel.

However, word of warning, this novel will make you stay up at 2 am contemplating on why you chose to read this... but you just can't help but continue to read on. You'll love the plot but hate that you can't know the truth of everything immediately.

I will admit it took powerful self control to not run to the spoilers to find out the ending. That's how much I didn't know what the hell was going on. But once I knew the truth I was mind blown and just sat there in a daze.

It was a big "... What the f*ck?" And "wHAT THE f*ck!!!???" Moment of pure shock. Seriously, I just... mind blown

But alongside all that anger, disbelief, and sadness, the author's notes and mini theatres give you a piece of mind.

In other words, the story is wonderful.

Enjoi and Adieu.

This holds a special place in my heart/10

Fans of MDZS and TGCF will "love" this.

*sighs* I need to go cleanse my soul with fluff <<less
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REIchan
REIchan
Jan 05, 2020
Status: c106
Best bl novel I have read.

I like this even more than those written by MXTX.

Shizun is just the type of character I like and Mo Ran is a redeemable guy. Any grievances caused by Mo ran gets addressed and doesn't get brushed off like other bl novels. Chu Wanning aka shizun is not a pushover shou (a breath of fresh air tbh). Also there is is good blending between past and present event which MXTX writer is kinda lacking at (not dissing her. I love her too.)

So in conclusion,... more>> this is the best bl novel I read. (#Repeated_againlol) <<less
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yinyu
yinyu
Sep 03, 2020
Status: c84
Believe me, I /really/ tried to like this novel but it just ended up being disappointing on so many accounts. The gratuitous tragedy p0rn and the incredibly.... voyeuristic portrayal of r*pe and abuse was kind of what made me give up. I won't get into it, but, in my opinion, making a character suffer constantly in order to gain the reader's sympathy is not an adequate substitute for real character depth - sure, it's an easy shortcut to making the character 'likeable', but a shortcut nonetheless. I understand others enjoy... more>> it and have a different view/interpretation of the story... but this just wasn't it for me.

Disclaimer: I've never harassed anybody for liking erha, and I have many friends that are huge fans of it - which is why I tried reading it in the first place. To each their own, I guess. <<less
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mungbeans
mungbeans
Mar 03, 2019
Status: Completed
At first this story seems like your usual rebirth MC novels BUT as the story progressed and the plot revealed, it was full of twist and turns that take you into roller coaster of feels. The main characters are engaging, some of their motives can't help make you rethink about what defines fairness in the world. MC narrative made this story fresh and funny at first but beware of the angst my guys, lots of knives hidden in the nook and cranny!
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monique93
Dec 05, 2019
Status: --
First and foremost: You can pry this novel from my cold dead hands. I really REALLY enjoyed this. It's the type of novel that would've ended earlier if people will just learn how to talk to each other. But like real life, conversations are hard especially if already involves prejudice and careless decisions. It's like throwing peas at the wall. Now, if you amped it up with two lifetime's worth of resentment, you get 2HA.

The novel opens up with a typical time travel scenario: MC is now back at the... more>> past, a second chance he never thought of having. But his awareness of things that have yet to happen caused a lot of changes that forced him to face previously misunderstood emotions and regrets. The novel then becomes an onion: you will soon find yourself busy with peeling layers and layers of pain and angst that also makes you cry.

Overall, it's a surprisingly good, if you think you've read all the pining danmeis usually have, then this will surprise you. You will bleed. <<less
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Karyan
Karyan
Mar 04, 2020
Status: Completed
THIS IS THE BEST NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ!!!! Can I give 6 out of 5 stars. It deserves more.

Dun get fooled by the cute title or dun look down bcux it sounds ridiculous. It is not a fluff but super angsty.

the plot is well-written (full of knives tho) and u will feel like riding a roller coaster while reading this.

... more>> If u luv angsts, you should definitely read this! U won’t regret it. Some chapters made me cried a lot and my heart broke into pieces.

The chemistry between the couple is so heart-touching (Altho I wanted to beat up the ML in the beginning chapters). I dun say out loud how much they cherish each other but instead show it with actions. This is what I love most about it.

And Moran and Chu Wanning are so cute and precious that I want to keep them in my pocket and protect ???

There are 300+ chapters in total but I can’t get enough of this and want more <<less
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Nekonekomii
Nekonekomii
May 18, 2019
Status: Completed
I made an account just to write this.

Too many damn feels.

And of course I loved it, every single character in the story, whether the MC or the Villain in this story. This novel have the best character development I ever seen. Althought MC have a lot of misunderstanding at first, so many that I have an urge to throw blood, its resolved in the end though. Most of the character have their own motive and story, the plot and mystery make you rethink every single step the character made. Engaging,... more>> full of action and heart pounding. Not your typical rebirth story. A must read gem.

Though beware of the roller coaster of feel... (This story is full of blades, Moran shizun QAQ they deserve the best things in the world)

I wish there are more fluff for the two main character though, can't get enough of them hahahaha <<less
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Svetlyak
Svetlyak
Dec 20, 2020
Status: --
This review is just my personal opinions and analysis of the novel

I started this novel after I went through all the positive (and oftentimes emotional reviews) but then I was left with disappointment but also some understanding of why some others actually like it. Personally, I felt that this novel was more of a gratuitous r*pe-first-redemption-after story than an actual love story. I can't help but think that this novel was written to satisfy those who like dog-blood drama and those who fantasize about or romanticize r*apist/victim relationship. I can... more>> stomach rocky love stories, but I find it hard to consider r*pe-and-redemption stories love stories no matter how much the r*apist seems to "redeem" themselves, especially when this novel is literally filled with countless unnecessarily descriptive scenes that almost eroticizes r*pe. Thus, if I had to sum this novel up in a few words, it would be "abusive dog-blood novel but with bells and whistles".

A lot of people seem to put the dog-blood plot and the main characters of this novel on a pedestal, but I can't bring myself to like any of it.
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I'm all for unconditional love and happy endings, but I found ML's unconditional love for the MC unbearable, because unconditional love doesn't work very well when it meets conditional love and abuse. I found it off-putting that the ML's unconditional love would stretch so far as to love someone that r*pes and tortures him, and the ML even goes as far as to even blame himself even though he was the victim.

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For many people, Erha might not be a "typical" dog-blood novel, but I beg to differ because I've read so many danmei novels with plots similar to this. In fact, I've read another novel that literally seems like the modern day AU of Erha;
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both this novel and the other novel have gongs that r*pe the shou, both the gongs like someone else but choose to relieve their libido by r*ping the shou (because they don't want to "tarnish" their white moonlight who turns out to be a villain), both the gongs imprison the shou and are both directly responsible for the shou's death, both the gongs physically/mentally abuse the shous and humiliate them, both the shous are tsundere but love the gong even during the r*pe and abuse, both the shous suffer physically but the gongs disregard that, both the novels have the gon kill themselves and then this causes them to travel back in time, both the gongs realize they actually like the shou after finding out the truth about the shou and also about the villain, both the gongs become clingy and start to pamper the shous after the rebirth, both the gongs find out that they were somehow manipulated by the villain, both shous gain memories of their past life and choose to stay with the gong (although the other novel's shou was a lot less forgiving).

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Now with how similar the stories are, I was initially surprised with how different the reviews for these two novels were. The other novel was flamed and dragged for how toxic the stockholm-like relationship of the pair was, but this novel actually found a way to make itself likeable.

After thinking about this disparity, I realized why others like this novel so much: 1) the MC is the gong, and 2) the author has amazing writing skills (reason I gave this novel two stars except for one).

For my first point, in a literary and psychological point of view, the use of a main character that's the abuser usually makes the reader sympathize with him/her. I've seen many people say that they initially disliked the MC at the beginning but grew fond of him later on. By reading from Mo Ran's view, the readers may find themselves making excuses for his actions, feeling pain for his misunderstanding/miscommuncations, and thinking that he's just being dumb, and thus effectively shrinking the weight of just how terrible the acts he's committed. This novel gave me slight Nabokov's 'Lolita' vibes, because the character was charismatic (or in this case 'dumb husky') enough to get readers to support his relationship with the ML. Personally, MC's "silly" oh-so-simple/black-or-white personality came off more as a dumb*ss POS trait to me than dumb husky. The other lower-rated novel's MC was the shou, so from the shou's point of view the reader would feel the pain that the shou felt without any "reasons" given by the gong, so the reader would feel less inclined to sympathize with the abuser (even if the aubser was also coined as a "dumb husky type"). Pairing the gong MC with the author's writing skills that evoke emotions, it's no wonder that some might like this novel. Maybe if this novel was written mostly from Chu Wanning's point of view, it wouldn't have such high reviews.

To further explain my dislike for the MC, Mo Ran is a slightly unreliable narrator, and once I figured that out, I had no sympathy for a character like him.

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I seriously felt that the author was trying to do anything to make MC sympathizable, because the elaborate plot twist which I guess was intended to make me think 'oops, I guess Mo Ran being a r*pist is kinda not his fault because he was being tricked/coerced by the villain' seemed more Deus ex Machina than anything. In the end, I felt that Mo Ran (any one of the 0.5 and 2.0) didn't feel guilty simply because he r*ped and tortured someone, but he only felt guilty because that someone wasn't as bad as he thought and became his lover. I can't help but think that if Chu Wanning didn't do any of the kind things he did such as making him wontons (even if he still wasn't as bad as Mo Ran thought he was) and that Shimei really was a good person, MC would have no guilt in what he'd done to ML and felt justified that r*pe and torture was a just punishment. It hurts me more that this novel has a HE than a BE, because it gives out this message that r*pe and mental/physical abuse is excusable if your significant other has unconditional love for you.

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scratchienails
scratchienai
Apr 30, 2019
Status: Completed
Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Not a story for everyone, especially anyone sensitive about certain R18 topics, but its a spectacularly emotional and sensational tale full of badassery, tragedy, tears, and heart-pounding. I was wary going in, but those feelings were completely unfounded. Chu WanNing is one of the best characters I've encountered in danmei so far, and by far the most compelling.

If I had to point to a theme for this work, its that nothing is as it seems, so don't make any hasty judgements. Fantastic read,... more>> lots of fun, enjoyable from start to finish. The final arc was incredible, far better than most I've read, and this story made me cry harder than anything else ever has. <<less
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silverbb
silverbb
Jan 06, 2020
Status: c200
Attracted to this novel from a fanmade MV on youtube

And yes, the story lived up to my expectations to make me cry my eyes out. Not once. But many, many times.

Don't let the title deceive you. There is barely anything about husky, except some comparisons of ML to a husky, which was never cute enough to save me from the knives.

10/10 for plot - basically the couple's relationship

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The story is very dark and includes a lot of depressing and twisted elements. I'm not going any deeper into this. Just beware that there are suicidal thoughts and r*pe. However, the writing is so good that will keep you reading and invested in the story.

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10/10 for relationship dynamics - I feel like this is very important to address because I see most people hate ML so much going into the story and end up dropping the story. But don't worry, he'll grow.

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There are knives for my Chu Wanning, but there are also knives for ML. So wait for it. You will cry your heart out for both Chu Wanning and ML

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10/10 for a treasurable side character aka Xue Meng <<less
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pandoraki16
pandoraki16
Nov 11, 2020
Status: c1
I low key regretted reading this.

I am so in love with the characters, the plot, and everything but the translation isn't finished yet and I have to wait. T_T

I don't really want to read raws since the translation here is so good.

I am dying to read all chapters in one go. Maybe I should blame myself for not learning chinese since young despise being chinese....
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Karinkatakika
Karinkatakik
Feb 09, 2020
Status: c189
*insert Captain Holt: PAAAAAAAAAAINNNNNNNNNNN*-gif

I saw someone on Twitter say 2Ha is Bing-Ge being reborn, only to realize his Shizun was Shen Yuan all along, and they were right.

Angst galore, but oh so worth it. Sensitive topics and lots of trigger warnings, please be careful!

What I especially liked is the way those topics and situations were handled. You see the consequences and emotional distress every action causes; r*pe and torture is never made fun or light of or used solely as a plot device or shock factor --> insert "when will... more>> you people realize choices have c oNSEqUEnCES"-vine

In my humble opinion, Meatbun is one of the best authors there is. She has such control over the language, it all flows so well. The TL is amazing, you really feel what the author wanted to say even though it's not in the original language. <<less
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Wazzockly
Wazzockly
Jul 30, 2019
Status: Completed
OMG THIS WAS A WILD RIDE! I read it and dont regret it, even though the angst was unbearable for some people but the angst had some deep emotions which the author conveyed marvelously. I gotta say this is my first novel of meatbun and I am already her fan!

I love RANWAN soo much and even Xue meng!
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MagBlueRoses
MagBlueRoses
Jul 28, 2020
Status: Completed
Five words.

Heart wrenching and Devastatingly beautiful.

I just finished reading the last chapter of this novel and I am literally speechless because I feel like I just survived an apocalypse.

While writing, I feel like this is what the author thought, "Is it too sweet right now, let's make it sad..... there you go.... Not sad enough. Let's make it sadder.... good.... now let's give the poor readers some oxygen to breath.... they got enough oxygen now so let's just pierce their lungs with 47563927 thorns.... okay not enough, let's squish their... more>> heart until their 375 ancestors feel the pain.... good enough, let's give them some break now..... but I'm still not satisfied, why not just-"

You get the point, don't you? I am not exaggerating in any way. The first half of the book was filled with a little angst, and mostly a LOT of justified and really well written character development. It was filled with some laugh, some pain and was mostly shifting from the past to present. Basically, I found the first half of the book to be random with random events. But Mo Ran was one of the deepest characters I've ever read and his thoughts and feelings, his actions, everything will touch your heart and make you feel things. All the main and side characters of this book are just so well written, I am shocked at how it all fit in just 311 chapters.

The second half of the book is when everything falls into place. The random events I spoke about that takes place in the first half of the book start having deeper meanings and is followed by a TON of plot twists. I am being very honest when I say this is the most amount of angst I have ever read until now. I literally couldn't bear it and had to take a break between each chapter before continuing.

Over all, I LOVE the book so much, I'll probably dream about it for the next six months and find every book I read from now on bland.

This is entirely my point of view and it doesn't mean others might share the same opinion. I might have even been a little overdramatic in the review but these are probably just the after effects of reading 2HA. <<less
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