The Silly Alchemist

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My past life: Ordinary. Mediocre.

What I want in this life: Riches. Power. Influence.

My goal: To be a prodigal son. A waste youth with riches and power. Maybe even sidekicks.

My name is Ye Lang, I’m an alchemist, and I’m also here to squander as much money as I can.

Associated Names
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Alchemist Frenzy
Luyện Kim Cuồng Triều
TSA
炼金狂潮
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NeroCaesar
New NeroCaesar rated it
June 15, 2019
Status: c219
Love the story! The story is about an MC who just wants to enjoy life but is forced into crazy situations. The MC is incredibly lucky and they even state early on that he’s almost never really in danger because he’s too lucky, not to say there isn’t action but it’s not the main focus.
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Keimichi
Keimichi rated it
May 26, 2017
Status: c72
Originally I decided to read until the current releases to decide if it was worth continuing with the raws.

Some people might say that this is full of fillers, but it is really just a slice of life comedy type novel. It is like some others said not a super cliche CN, however just because something isn't cliche doesn't mean it is good.

I'm honestly rather annoyed by the MC. I'm not saying that only righteous MC's are good, however I find it unreasonable when a MC acts badly and yet people... more>> still praise his actions as being great:

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I'm really talking about the part where MC helps a "fat girl" to chase after a school Prince. Do I want the "fat girl" to have a happy ending? Yes. But see, the school prince was already in a very happy relationship with his girlfriend. But the MC just encouraged the "fat girl" to basically break their relationship. The novel even bends the morality but justifying the act even though the fat girl FORCEFULLY inserted herself as the third wheel. And then dare to claim the moral high ground because of no other reason than "plot armor". And guess what. When it doesn't work out, MC goes on defaming the prince's girlfriend. Totally DESTROYING her, by creating rumors to present her as a nasty "slut" and make it seem as if she aborted her child. None of which actually happened. Why all of this? Simply because this girlfriend tried breaking the prince and the fat girl's relationship. Well what do you expect? You want the girlfriend to just stand there and accept it when another girl forcefully inserted into their happy relationship? Steal her boyfriend? So when things don't go your way, you just destroy it? Ruin her reputation? (Even when this can literally ruin her whole life?) Even though after the prince accepted the fat girl's feelings, it was the fat girl was the one who couldn't keep her distance with the MC and thus made the prince unhappy. I'm not saying this girl shouldn't have male friends, but both this girl and the MC are extremely hypocritical and have double standards. I mean, which guy wouldn't be suspicious when a random dude with dubious relationships with your girlfriend is more important to her than you are. And she even goes to his home EVERY night... Let's look at this logically. For a girl that is said to have really strong traditional values on male-female relationships, to the point that even "holding hands" is too much, yet she is perfectly fine with having the MC as a close male friend? Without any boundaries? And she claims she is too shy to hold hands with you and yet she is totally fine with holding hands with him? Can you see why this prince is dubious of her integrity? It is a lot of bull.

I'm fine with a MC that have different moral standards. MC's with grey morality are interesting. However, please admit it rather than twist the words so you appear to be the hero when you're not.

You can feel the author bullsh*t from miles away, because that's the only reason he could find to justify a relationship between the MC and the "fat girl" even though she liked someone else, and make her part of his harem. Oh, btw, the story literally calls her "fat girl", but after a makeover from the MC, she's a "thin beauty with jade skin and pretty face". It's all so convenient that she turns into a beauty when it matters. She also won't ever get fat anymore as a side effect. Because of course the MC couldn't have an actually "fat girl" in his friend circle/as potential love interest. Figures that plot has to give the MC all the pretty girls.

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After 72 chapters, I still feel like we are going no where. I can endure a slow start, but at this point it doesn't even feel like it's a build up for anything, just a bunch of short inconsequential events that are rather boring imo. I'm not saying this because it is a slice of life. It's just that it has none of the impact of an action xuanhuan novel, none of the charm or depth of a slice of life, none of the darker cynicism of a dark humor novel, no OPness of the OP character, and no super funny moment of a comedy or the romance of a romcom. If this is what you mean by original, then I'd rather not have any originality because at least your cliche CN would give us nice gratification when we see the MC face slap stereotypically evil villains. Genre exist for a reason, you know? They have their specific appeal. However, the reason why this story stayed "original" was because it stripped itself of that appeal. It COULD have been something great that goes outside of the box. But what it really is, is simply something half-assed.

Needless to say, I'm not even attempting to read the raws. Yeah, the story is not as bad as I make it seem, but I still don't really recommend it. <<less
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slay_mithos
slay_mithos rated it
November 15, 2016
Status: c33
I went into this not expecting too much, even with a lot of high rated reviews (because there are always reviews with "best ever", and it doesn't mean much).

The chapter 5, and a bit of the chapter 6 nearly made me drop it right there, as it made it sound like a really badly documented "science" statements from a reincarnated person. I had read that it was not going to continue, so I forced myself to continue, and by the end of chapter 9, I understood why it was rated... more>> that highly.

Basically, it's not reincarnation per say, just a few bits of information/memory that were transfered, and most of it actually isn't helping the main character (his main "bad" trait of wanting to spend money left and right comes from those for example).

The main character is not a genius that conquers the heavens, neither is he a superbly intelligent person that can scheme his way through the world. In fact, he even has a lot of deficiencies, and the only reason why he isn't your typical bullied main character is because his family actually cares for him even if he was to always be bellow even a normal person in every aspect.

Obviously, it would not make a good story to stop with just that, so the author gives him a few things he actually is good at, as well as a bit of luck. To compensate for the weaknesses, other character are introduced and made more prevalent than in other novels.

I won't spoil the story, but I'll say that this protagonist that isn't "best in everything" makes for a much more stable story, and allows other characters to actually have a place aside from your generic audience that praises the main character in most novels.

Writing and translation are both on the higher side too, which really helps.

TL;DR: Don't be mislead by the first 6 chapters, this is actually a fairly solid start, with decent writing and less flat characters thanks to the MC not being the best at everything.

EDIT: after the latest chapters (28 and above).
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I hope that it will retain some of the uniqueness of the start of the story, because this protective family even towards a weak member was much more believable, especially in a world where "face" and "honour" is important (it is a big aristocratic family after all). <<less
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yinko
yinko rated it
October 8, 2016
Status: c9
It's funny, though the story is still in the introductory phase. He hasn't really done anything alchemical yet, he's just aiming to be as lazy as humanly possible, to the point of intentionally disappointing everyone's expectations of genius so as to not have to do much in the future.
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taptothebeat
taptothebeat rated it
November 21, 2016
Status: c37
We are only 37 chapters in at the moment, but I am greatly enjoying this novel~ It has an easy and light atmosphere so far. A feel-good type of novel with some comedy mixed in.

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The MC starts off with a partial re-incarnation into a body of an autistic child of a powerful and wealthy family. As a child he knows some random knowledge from the other world, but does not know why the knowledge is true, or why he even knows it. Thus he cannot integrate into society properly.
But what is apparent is that as a child he is truly a sweet and honest kid, a trait much lacking in Xianxia worlds. This personality trait wins over the people near him, as they love him for who he is (non-romantically), and happiness becomes their day to day life as they watch over him, despite his extreme oddities due to his partial knowledge from his previous life.

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flyingnimbus
flyingnimbus rated it
July 25, 2017
Status: c57
5 star beginning, 1 star turning point.

The first 30-40 chapters of this story were great, the main character (Ye Lang) was a breath of fresh air amidst a sea of indistinguishable MCs in the other works on NU. He was reincarnation done in an interesting way, a person who didn't bring any memories or skills over to the next life, just a desire to live a prodigal life. Reading about his adventures was great because there is a sense of straightforward logic in all of his actions, yet they still... more>> differed dramatically from common sense.

Alas, the author failed to keep it up and
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gave him back his memories.

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Lost is the adorable, clumsy simpleton, replaced by an aloof faker. It's like the person I started reading about and had grown attached to is gone. Feels like a bait and switch, so I'm out, the story isn't worth reading anymore. <<less
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RynDeeVuo
RynDeeVuo rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: c44
It's really really really good. One of my favorite comedy novels out there. Also, an MC that just has the best logic out there.

To be honest, I like this novel more than its quality, that is already 5 by the way, because I have always wished for this kind of school life novel. Well, at least right now it still is. I just love how we still haven't been through some sh*tty trying to explain this really cool sh*t that will make MC strong. The author only mentions it like... more>> in a few paragraph, which I really like.

This, to me, is like fulfilling my regrets of my past life. By this, I mean remember Douluo Dalu? Yeah, I really do love the novel, just that sh*t always get bad late game no matter what novel. That's why the best part of the novel was the school arc. And the sad part about it is that it is always filled with either battle scenes or character development, leaving no room for slice of life scenes. This novel, I hope to see a lot of school stuff, since there are quite a lot I think to be covered up.

And lastly, I just love how it's comedy. It's not the Wtf, gahahahaha! kinda laugh of ATTE, or whatever it is right now, but it's kind of a series of small and big jokes here and there which really makes my mood great.

The novel needs more love than it receives. I wish the novel gets to be introduced to other people as well. I think one problem here is the novel cover, but I think that's just me..... I think.

Well anyway, that is all, Peace out, <<less
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Tedious
Tedious rated it
May 6, 2017
Status: c45
MC hilarious and badass with cute moments the whole reason why I read.

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After taiga left MC personality is so cliche and plain even more annoying than before he got his memories back and the characters became one dimensional

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Gsichtselfmeter
Gsichtselfmeter rated it
April 19, 2019
Status: c29
Good job, author, ruining a perfectly fine story with transmigration bull sh*t. The personality of the MC before the "reimport" of the double memories was perfectly fine, why do you have to insert the cheap chinese soul?
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ArchersGoon
ArchersGoon rated it
December 26, 2016
Status: c37
FIVE STARS!!! (37 Chapters)

'The Silly Alchemist' is one of the funniest Xuanhuan I have read. The first 35 chapters of this novel made me laugh and laugh; I even got in trouble for waking my roomates with my snickers! ; -) I was almost disappointed when the clumsy yet adorable MC, Ye Lang, regained his memories and common sense! I hope that this novel will continue to maintain a high level of humor with the development of the MC. I can't wait for more!
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JetonS
JetonS rated it
November 9, 2016
Status: c29
Okay guys I'm gonna warn you first. This story is not the way you think it's leading to.

At first, I thought the story was weird and pretty inconsistent. I was like "Oh, great, another reincarnation story without originality..." BUT I WAS WRONG. I kept on reading because it was funny enough to read regardless of the many flaws I thought the story had.

But as the chapters kept on being released, I found myself enjoying it more and more until I actually looked forward for another chapter. And here comes... more>> the plot twist. I'm not gonna spoil anything, but at chapter 29, a revelation just crumbles the whole story and the whole vision you had about the story until now, which is in itself pretty understandable as the author intentionally led us to the wrong path (no, sorry, allow me to correct myself, the author is just taking advantage of our pre-defined commonsense of fantasy type novel to mislead us. The author literally deceived us from the beginning).

The story is funny and the characters are lovely, avoiding the Xianxia cliché of thugs picking up fights randomly at the street's corner. In an overall funny atmosphere, the story can really catch you unexpected at some times, when you just can't help but leak out a small grin. This novel has huge potential, if the author keeps up the good job, comes up with more funny situations without turning this into a Xianxia bullsh*t cliché novel, I believe this will be a really great novel in the near future. <<less
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alexzxz
alexzxz rated it
May 7, 2017
Status: c67
Had hopes. Story was interesting till tiger left. Now feels like filler and gathering random harem.

Even though this is rom com type novel, there should be some action. His alchemy is almost nonexistent. I feel jebaited with promises of alchemy when all along the author had no worldbuilding idea, and just wanted to milk out the rom com cliche.

Will drop this for 50 or so chapters. Hopefully this improves by then.
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shuiko
shuiko rated it
November 3, 2016
Status: c22
Overprotective Siblings make the story go round and round and round. Late on its more funny.

Honestly the story does a great job introducing and creating a familiar world in fantasy, but with a concentrated effort in tell a story about a cast of characters, rather than some random MC vs the stupid/evil people.

They family dynamic, the relationships are basically the foundation for this story.
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Shuchou
Shuchou rated it
July 14, 2017
Status: c93
Just like the title say, it is silly. The MC is so silly. Hes silly without exceptions! Idjits keep saying that the MC is a dense guy some say he doesn't give a crap to anything even to his family and friends but the truth is, Hes silly because he got reborn with incomplete soul. Means he doesn't have any recollection of his past life so the him right now is only have a half soul so his way of thinking is dumb.

But don't worry he will regain his past... more>> memories. And what makes this novel a good one because the MC stayed true to his character even though he regain hi memory by pretending.

This novel showed us that even though a big clan young master is a trash, not all will look down on him. This novel showed me that not all people shows disdain on trash.

Anyway, it is really refreshing to read the whole clan, citizens and even the royal family dote on MC. <<less
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Liamrodhudson331
Liamrodhudson331
June 14, 2017
Status: c15
This is a good read if you're looking for those light-hearted novel, but a crappy story if you're looking for those old-fashioned style novels... Which makes it very boring for me in general. Of course it has some comedic relief in it but I just hate this type of novel, or rather, this type of MC. Personally, he's too dense for me. He also doesn't seem to give a crap about anything at all, even his own family amd childhood friend, many actions of his are also very questionable... Overall,... more>> all you need to know is that he's very very very stupid... <<less
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Larriken
Larriken rated it
April 12, 2017
Status: c260
Funny novel. The MC is a combination of Edward Elric and Big Bird. Weird combo but it works. The characters are likable and have some depth instead of just a pure MC oriented scheme. It's a lighter novel with a few dark elements. Closest similarity would be Death March.
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: c48
The great thing in this novel is how the MC is original: in the beginning he's kinda mentally deficient, and even after, he's a "special" character. That makes him really attaching and cute in a way.
I like the many characters' interactions, quite rare in a Xuanhuan.
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lekhoa88
lekhoa88 rated it
March 1, 2017
Status: Completed
Note: I read the Vietnamese translation after I got hooked up from the English translation.
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Pro:
- Lots of comedy - At least every other chapter have something that cracks me up.
- Characters are well "re-used" - In a lot of novels (cough - TDG, LMS) , new characters are constantly introduced & forgotten. In this novel, the list of characters well maintained ; they are brought back into the stories from time to time.
- Interesting story development - The novels can be broken up into several big adventures, and each of them is well written across multiple (50+) chapters.
Mixed Feelings:
- OP MC from the start.

Cons:
- Very little character development - Most, if not all characters' personality stay the same.
- "Harem-ish" - All top-notch looking female characters like MC. The good thing is there's no romance as MC is not interested in any of them.

Conclusion:
Very good read. Once I start reading into an adventure, I can't help wanting to read more. Translation rate is very slow at the moment (1 chapter every ~7 days). Might be better to wait & read in bulk.

I generally don't like to read Vietnamese translation as English translation is easier for me to understand. However, I got very addicted to this novel and finished reading the Vietnamese translation.

Original rating 4 stars. New rating after completion is 5 stars.

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Little Big House
Little Big House rated it
November 9, 2016
Status: c20
There are some absurd contents at the beginning of the novel. This may be due to the author lack of knowledge. If so he could have research it or just omit those facts and replace them with others.

For example:
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At the start of the novel, when the main character talks about the theory of evolution, saying that humans are descendants of the chimpanzees and other primates. This has been proven wrong for a lot of reasons which you can find in a lot of books, research (and of course Google).

Afterwards he goes against the theory of the flat earth and the geocentric model (earth = middle of the univers) by saying that the earth is round and the planet orbites around the sun.

Why I feel so uneasy about this is because :
1. As keklel said in his review, the world's settings suggest that the earth shape has already been discovered. Thus the author kind of contradicts himself.

2. The theory of evolution of Darwin is known for being erroneous since it displays humans as an evolution of "monkeys" (other primates). It has been proven that we share a same ancestor.

3. You shouldn't say the earth is not flat because it's round. You should provide proof of why it is round. Otherwise it's akin to a I say-He says- You say debate. No one is right or wrong because they don't provide any arguments.

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The story can be better, if I were to compare I'd say it isn't the worse I've read so far. Other than that, I find it strangely entertaining.

For the moment: 4 stars - Story a the most silly MC. Fun to read for now <<less
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KanameShiro
KanameShiro rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: c150
Why you should read it?

It's decent enough to make people read it. Humor is overused but still good enough to make one laugh or at least grin

Why you should not read it?

... more>> Author loves to jump from one harem member to another. Personally I'm still pissed with how he handled Tigress (letting her leave out of nowhere and never to return). It was sloppily executed and inefficient.

At ch 100+ I didn't like how he forego his initial plan to let Ye Lang have a nice easy going journey just to have unnecessary 'drama' so that the story can have another template villain. Not only did it felt forced, it was against the supposed easy going theme of the story.

Long story short, author can't create harem and harem characters properly and has problem with being coherent with his story telling. <<less
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Seregosa
Seregosa rated it
October 7, 2017
Status: c128
I quite like this novel, a lot. It's pretty different from many other novels and things will never be truly serious, not even when someone is usurping the throne and killing the emperor and other princes/princesses. I just hate that tigress, my favorite character and the only female I want to truly fall in love with the MC, was sent away around chapter 40-50 and doesn't show up again before chapter 416+ or something like that (checked machine translations). Damnable is what it is... Though every chapter is about half... more>> or a third of what other novels chapters would be in length, so it's really not that much, it's just that the translation is a bit slow.

He's pretty strong and something of a genius, yet he can be stupid in the most unexpected ways, usually when it comes to common sense or stuff that normal people find to be easy. It's pretty amusing.

Definitely worth a read. Solid 4/5, except for the first 20-30 chapters where he's pretty much a happy-go-lucky retard with tidbits of modern day knowledge and an incomplete soul. After a certain event, his soul will fuse together and get complete again, drastically changing his personality and turning him into what he's supposed to be, a somewhat silly yet genius alchemist who was originally from earth and brought with him a lot of earth knowledge (like generic chinese formations, martial arts and other stuff that we tend to find in xianxia or other stuff). I warn you, the first 20-30 chapters are a FCKING pain to read, it's enough to make you want to quit, especially the first 10 or so chapters are even worse. However, just don't quit, it takes a great turn for the better after a while, especially when the souls fuse. <<less
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