They All Say I’ve Met a Ghost

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Hello, everyone! My name is Shen Jianguo. I am a night school instructor teaching ideological development and Marxist philosophy, occasionally analyzing recent policies and measures for my students.

All my classes are held in the middle of the night; I’ve never seen my coworkers or students during the day. The training institute’s classrooms are all in abandoned schools, hospitals, or residences. The license plate number of the bus that picks me up is 444; it always arrives at my house at precisely midnight and disappears at five in the morning.

What? You’re saying I’ve met a ghost? Impossible! As a staunch scientific materialist, I absolutely don’t believe there’s any such thing as ghosts!

I’ve only had one problem recently: couldn’t the training institute hold its classes a little earlier? Wouldn’t around 8 PM do? I fear neither heaven nor hell, but I do fear going bald.

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They All Say I Encountered A Ghost
他们都说我遇到了未知生物
他们都说我遇到了鬼
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xKoTsu
New xKoTsu
November 14, 2021
Status: --
This was such a funny and sweet story! For people who enjoys the thrills or horrors or gores, this is not for you. But for people who want a lighthearted story with a horror elements in it, this is a nice story to consider!

This might be not everyone's cup of tea, certainly not my usual choices also, but this was a fun ride!
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Ello_Stupid
New Ello_Stupid
November 12, 2021
Status: Completed
Personally I think this novel is bit overrated, I was expecting so much after seeing the ratings or maybe I compared it to other popular high rated novels. But still it is a really good read with funny plots and interesting characters. The translation is done well.

For those who found this book to their liking, I recommend you '' New Times, New Hell'', which is also a hilarious novel like this one.
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Asideaccount
Asideaccount rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Personal Rating :4.5

This is the story of a righteous, upstanding new teacher, going around to teach ghosts how to be righteous, upstanding citizens, in the process not knowing they are ghosts at all. XD

... more>> If you want the condensed version, this is a shorter, BL. version of Assassination Classroom, with equally lovable students, the same foolish OP teacher, and an intriguing extra (ML) who makes his first appearance wanting to hack all of these ghosts to death! Lol

Alright, before I go into my review, here are a few points to note:

    • This is not a horror novel. Even though it contains horror elements, this novel can't be considered to be in the horror genre in any way or form. It does not aim to scare people, and its primary purpose is humour + slice of life.
    • 1ST person POV
    • This is a novel that is a jab at your typical horror novels. XD Therefore, it is quite unique indeed. The run is only 42 Chapters, so as expected, you have all the typical shortcomings AND strengths of a short-running novel.
Okay. Here we go:

Side Characters: (Usually, I would go into MC, then ML, then their relationship first, but in this case, I actually think the side characters are the highlight of this novel) :

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"Teacher Shen, thank you for everything."

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"Even beyond death, I still have to take tests?! TM is this damn thing?! I'm going to reincarnate now! QAQ"

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These side characters refer to three parties: 1) The Co-worker, 2) The Bus Driver, 3) The students.

We follow the journey of the MC through the moment he steps into the (Ghost) bus to get to the (Ghost) school, to the moment he makes his (Ghost) students see the light of things and eventually learn to put down whatever's chaining them to our reality and move on to the next world.

As mentioned, though the MC's personality is charming, these side characters are actually what drew me in most.

Unlike the other novels, where ghosts are portrayed as ghosts who are just there to scare people / became as such because of overcomplicated pasts, we learn to see these ghosts as people through the eyes of our MC.

There are some who are a result of an unfortunate turn of events. There are some who suffered a bad hand, but nonetheless prays for the better of the world. And though they may be foolish, silly, and are always trying to scare our very human MC, we learn to adore them for how human they are at the end of it. Every departure of a student brings some sadness with it.

I won't talk too much about these students. It's best to get surprised and delighted by them yourselves.

All I can say is, being witness to their struggles through life and death, they have drastically charmed me.

There are two side-characters in particular I want to point out though:

A) The Driver

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"To be able to scare you, that can be considered my greatest accomplishment as a ghost." - The Driver says with a thin smile.

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B) The Co-Worker (Teacher Liu) (PS. Ghost)

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"Haha... Haha... hahahaha!" Teacher Liu laughs with tears in his eyes. "I've lived through all these years seeing only the pains and ills of this world. But to think all this time... All I had to do is to fill that book with the joys of the world!"

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There isn't much to say about the driver, though I'd say he's the coolest man I've ever seen in my lifetime. Please don't mistake his grumbles for being bad-natured. Think about it, he lost all his ghost passengers just because of one human man.

But as for Teacher Liu, I can unequivocally say, I bawled at his part because of how much I sympathized with him. He's the undisputed NO. 1 of the Comedic Peanut Gallery. But when he cracks, it's really just... I really just don't know how I feel, okay?! *sniffles*

In any case, these side characters made me fall in love with this world. And though this may be the reverse of Assassination Classroom (students going instead of the teacher), I teared up because it tore my heart that much more each time our MC bid farewell to a student (who even specially made to thank him), not knowing that will be his last time seeing them. The FINAL graduation especially *sobs*

The MC:

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"Please don't ever put my notebook out in the sun!" - Teacher Liu, who passes his notebook (MADE OUT OF HIS SKIN) to the MC to help him scare off any daring students

MC [Coats a layer of protection over the skin of the book + Puts the notebook out in the direct sun under the brightest hour of the day for 4Hours] : "Mm-hm! This notebook is so precious to Teacher Liu. I must help him take the best care of it!"

Teacher Liu: Help...I... am... Dying...

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If you want the comedic version: He doesn't believe in ghost. He doesn't believe in ghost. He doesn't believe in ghost!

If you want the truly moving version, it's aptly put by the author in one of their notes: "To him, they are students before they are ghosts in his eyes."

It's HILARIOUS, how he goes around reasoning every single supernatural thing he comes across.

Tongue that is several metres long? Must be fake!

Hair in his toilet? Who's so ill-natured as to toss a wig here?!

A man who's dressed like an exorcist? =_= I must correct this young man before he becomes crooked!

Comedy is definitely the main tone of this story. And it is all thanks to the MC.

++ One more hilarious thing: The MC is OP, but in the sense where he just so happens to be born under some lucky stars. All the ghosts are afraid of him to the point where-

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MC: Huh? [Blood drips out of a cut on his finger]

Ghosts: AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

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He is the poster-boy of science and the anti-thesis of every horror-related thing you throw at him! He can give ya a scientific good explanation!

He's also super-brave, and super-smart, and super-silly. Oh, he is also gay, so you don't have to worry about confused protags or dogblood drama over that aspect. Anything else?

Oh, right! He is an extremely good teacher!

Though sometimes, you may find him to be imperfect in the sense that he is far too perfect, always knowing what to say in various situations (provided that that they aren't ghosts! *cackles*), the fact is this sincerity of his is a trait of his which makes him so respectable in my eyes. Our society is always in need of righteous and honest people whose eyes are not tainted no matter how much ills of this world they see. The MC is precisely this kind of person, and he is exactly what you'll expect from a twenty-something fresh graduate who is eagerly looking forward to enter the workforce.

The ML:

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"I just need five minutes from you. All I need is five minutes. In that time, regardless of whether there's a dog gnawing on my butt or a chicken or mosquito that flies out... Can you just focus on me and listen to what I say?" -- The poor helpless ML, who's at his wits' end after getting smacked mid-confession due to a mosquito

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"I have never thought I'd meet a person like you!" -- The ML laughs incredulously, flabbergasted after discovering what kind of person the MC is PS. This is the moment he falls in love with him

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First off, he's from a sect that's here to exorcist ghosts. I don't really get that mumbo jumbo, but it was incredible, how he and the MC seemed to be having two different conversations at once, one talking about science and the other answering with a "Mmn. So it's blah-blah-blah-insert spiritual stuff here". By Incredible, I mean hilarious X'DDD

In the beginning, I still thought he would be one of those rash, brutish children you see around. But as it turns out, our ML here is a sweet guy who would run for 10 hours straight just to protect the MC (he would do so for anyone, because to him, it is his duty!). Once he understood that the MC wasn't under any particular danger, he also quietly smiled and overlooked him, not wanting to rattle him with the fact that "THEY'RE GHOSTS!" and possibly remove the God's saintly protection of him.

Tbh, it is a little hard to identify his charm, because we're looking through the eyes of the MC and to him, nearly everything he does is good because they have a crush on each other.

But honestly? The relationship isn't the prime focus of this novel, though it's only just a little behind the side-characters portion.

Now, The MC and ML's relationship: (This part is always added to analyze how healthy a relationship is) :

They have a crush on each other. What else can I say?

Oh. It is clear that they have a healthy basis for their relationship.

The ML first becomes more interested in the MC because of how honest and pure-hearted he is. He also makes a twist and saves some ghosts from the MC's very helpful hands (HAHAHA).

The MC, on the other hand, has a crush on him to begin with and gradually fell more and more in love with him with every nice little gesture he does, like running 10 hours non-stop just to catch up to him, or carrying him to bed when he's sleepy.

What can I say? They're really sweet.

(although also I'm gobsmacked and laughing my guts out, because man. The ML is an exorcist and the MC is a teacher teaching ghosts. And their first meeting ended with the agreement: "Agree to disagree, yeah?" "Yep." Then, they proceeded to try to convince the other of their believes up till the official "Crush" develops).

Overall:

Sweet, BL couple with diligent teacher and interested love interest helping him out with classes at every turn.

Endearing class that will leave you with a bitter-sweet feeling when the classes finally end.

You'll be left wanting for more, not because it's not good enough, but because it's too good, and there is not enough of it.

As for -0.5:

    • Okay. So, the thing is, this novel is built on the premise of a 'Short Run, Going out with a Bang!" kind of idea. You can also say all those strengths are only harnessed precisely because of its short run, but there are a few points I like to add, just to make this review a bit more objective: The limitation of the 1st Person POV: The author was always adding long author's comments to elaborate on the subtle hinting of some events.

      It's not that I don't understand it, because the MC's headspace does twist everything into sciency logic, but I (not say disliked) found it a bit testy how much they added to the authors' comments to elaborate the things subtly edged at in the main story. You can always argue that I can just skip it, but here's the thing -- There're other things too besides the explanations.

      Ya. Not sure if the translations actually translated that part. There's good and bad, since their funny prodding at the characters make it all the more hilarious too, but for some parts, like the ML's POV regarding the MC, I just really wished it was included as part of the main text.
    • The romance: It's not too developed, as said. If more runtime was given, I'm sure we could have seen a greater deepening of their feelings, but for now, just short and sweet is good too :)
    • The Runtime: Yes, this is a problem. It's not just a problem in itself, but also a problem in how it ended off things. We have 20 some students! Only 5/6 are gone through! I would have loved to see more!

      Right now as it is, you can say that it is perfect because we've gone through all kinds of life and deaths, but I think it's a pity the author hasn't made use of the potential in this story and try to go for more with the other students. It could be because some jjwxc novels are quite hectic, requiring an update per day or so. In any case, I think if more time was given to the author, they might have been able to come up with more to show us with those 20 other students.

      That would have made the ending,
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      where all the students happily bid goodbye to this world

      (except the students we all know and love, that is!)

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      much more moving.
Still, those are just a few minor complaints I have.

In the future, I look forward to writing fanfictions of these two.

But for now, I'll contend with several re-reads of this novel :) Yes, it'll be in my re-read list too!

(GEEZ. This was long! See how much I had to fangirl?) <<less
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Ichigoeater
Ichigoeater rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: c5
I love this so much. He's completely clueless, and I really hope it stays that way. We're only on chapter five and he's already ... more>>
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accepted a clearly suspect job from an employer who is obviously a spirit of some sort, justified a bloody message with simply poor and cheap design, rode a midnight bus 'alone' while misunderstanding and justifying everything the bus driver says, got hit on on said bus but thought the AC was turned on too high, chased out a spectral, chainsaw wielding roommate with the power of logic, sending him to therapy to boot, explained away bloody faucets and pots and pans with the concept of rust, terrified a second spectral roommate who tried to tell him to mind his own business with the power of chivalry and forthrightness, and cluelessly and unintentionally bullied a third spectral roommate by giving her a bad haircut and flushing her down the toilet, then forcing her to stay moved in because she's been known to break into strangers' houses and 'get beaten'.

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All this, and he's still clueless about what's going on around him. I love it! <<less
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creepingsoul
creepingsoul rated it
September 14, 2019
Status: Completed
I just finished MTLing this work and I must say that I am not disappointed at all! This was such a nice light and relatively short read.

It was not very graphic or horror heavy, since it leaned more towards a comedic undertone, so if you don't really like heavy horror you can still enjoy this story.

I really loved the MCs interactions with all the ghosts lmao.

Overall I recommend this story if you want something light, funny, sweet, and with no dog-blood drama at all. ♡
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Hannalrd
Hannalrd
June 29, 2020
Status: --
Lol, ML went from trying to protect clueless MC from ghosts to trying to protect the ghosts from MC~
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AsenaJoanaC
AsenaJoanaC rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: Completed
funny as hell. Binge read this until the last chapter and I can honestly say that this is a very very good comedic read, at 3am I was chortling on laughter and then at 5am I was squealing in delight. Recommend this book!! Youll love it. I swear!
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Victuuri Road
Victuuri Road rated it
March 31, 2020
Status: c17
Such a refreshing MC. So reliable. He honestly thinks the ghosts around him are alive and he doesn't realize how powerful he is. Cute! ≧∇≦ He deals with the ghosts so casually and now a lot of them fear him. Even the ML is shocked.

I laughed as I was reading some chapters at 3:00 in the morning.
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cardialgia
cardialgia rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: c43
Excellent, funny, cute & heartwarming story.
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
August 27, 2020
Status: Completed
Definitely a GOOD novel. With or without BL, this is awesome.

When I first saw the tags, I was confused because most MCs in ghost novels aren't OP and strong from the start...

but the MC's righteousness and purity... too OP.

... more>> The story is really funny for readers, despite the fact that no one's laughing in the novel. Bless comedic undertone. I sometimes felt pity for the ghosts... quite unusual for a ghost novel. I read this in the middle of the night and even then, the MC didn't let me feel scared.

The MC is overpowered and naive, but also righteous and a good guy. He's really cute and wants the best for his students. Reading about the MC steamrolling everyone unknowingly is too fun. The ML initially seems like the cold stoic daoist master type, but he's actually a dork. The romance isn't really apparent for most of the novel; at most there were small hints. I feel like most of the romance is shown at the end, mostly in the extras.

The characters are fun, and the writing is brilliant. The ending felt early to me, but it was a good ending, and the author did pretty much wrap up everything. <<less
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Akira-chanu
Akira-chanu rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: Completed
If you have seen Assassination Classroom then I'd recommend this. Teacher Shen is going to be placed right beside Koro-sensei in my heart for admirable and inspiring teachers.

I beg you to be patient though because it will take Teacher Shen a while to accept ghosts. But trust me it's worth it.

The fluff in later chapters is *chef's kiss* wonderful!

Also, COMEDY! HA!! I seriously found myself scoffing and out of breath quite the number of times. The writing style is hilarious ?.
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amruta
amruta rated it
May 10, 2020
Status: Completed
One of the best stories I have read on NU.

The story flow is great, the translation is excellent. All characters shine in their respective roles.

The MC is a morally upright and hard working individual. The reason why he believes in hard work and perseverance is explained. His beliefs are firm. His kindness and understanding make you love him. The ML thinks the MC is an idiot at first but is blown away when he sees the results of MC's kindness and beliefs. ML sets aside his pride and learns from... more>> MC that not everything is black and white. The extras are icing on the cake and round up the story nicely.

The bus driver is funny, Principal Zang moves you emotionally, the ghosts are fierce yet pitiful. MC's friend and ML's shifu are great. MC's description of the day his parents died made me wanna hug him. Poor baby!

Kudos to the author and translator for this hidden gem.

A fantastic read. Don't miss this. <<less
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sunnyeggsy
sunnyeggsy rated it
July 11, 2020
Status: Completed
Short, sweet and concise. A good read even if you're slightly afraid of horror since the interaction between MC & ML + MC's humorous personality will help distract you. You may even feel inspired at the end of the novel due to MC's strong and unwavering righteous heart. (Or at least I did ?). The translation was also pretty well done.
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kcNeko
kcNeko rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: Completed
I'll give this a 4.5. I definitely recommended this especially for those who just finished reading a sad or angsty novel to put your heart at ease!

Nice well written comedy story! The plot is simple but all characters are lovable! All the ghosts were cute and have a bit sad backstories. MC is such a smarty pants and dumb at the same time, he's not the type 'to see is to believe' but rather firmly holding to his own principles. So even if he sees paranormals thingys, he'll rather think... more>> that it was a prank or something, which makes his actions both hilarious and annoying. ML's POV is great! It was hilarious as well and he's very understanding and caring about the MC.

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But sadly the MC is OP so ML's efforts are quite useless haha

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My favorite parts was

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ML is low key seducing MC and his interrupted confessions. It was funny and cute

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Kudos for the translation as well! The story is well translated! <<less
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Sunnieme
Sunnieme rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: --
I just want to say that I was hoping this novel would be a bit longer because I don't wanna stop reading it wuwu

This is absouabsol one of the funniest and saddest novel I've read in my lockdown life. I pity the ghosts while also laughing because, well, they're so funny and adorable!

Thanking the Author, translator/s, editor/s, and publisher/s for their cooperation in this novel.
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WanderingReader
WanderingReader rated it
May 30, 2020
Status: Completed
This is absolutely one of the best novel I ever read. It's short but everything is written nicely, the ending also satisfying.

It's a must read if you like horror mixed with comedy. The characters are all pleasant, they have their own unique character.

The story have a nice flow, neatly written and everything is explained clearly, the extra chapters are great, it's so fun reading this until the end.

It made me want to read more about them but everything is wrapped up nicely that even when there's no more chapter in... more>> the future then it's alright because I know how MC future will be like without the author writing another story.

Honestly the romance between MC and ML is so cute and fluffy. Highly recommend to read this novel! The translation also great! <<less
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Likalily
Likalily rated it
September 18, 2020
Status: Completed
I've read this story several times but never stopped laughing. Our MC is really amazing very straight not afraid of ghosts. Oh my God, I can't stop laughing every time I read this
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vi_o
vi_o rated it
September 6, 2020
Status: c47
This story is cute, extremely well-translated, and HILARIOUS. Intense patriotism and nonsensically OP main characters are usually things that annoy me, but Teacher Shen is such a well-meaning dumbass of a character that it was barely irritating at all. It starts kind of boring but picks up the pace quickly after the exposition dump in the first chapter, so stick with it! I was almost crying laughing at both elevator scenes.

The romance elements are pretty cute, if minimal, and the interactions between Teacher Shen and the students are absolute gold.... more>> They get surprisingly heartfelt in a few places, as well.

All in all, highly recommended :) <<less
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Lala123
Lala123
August 10, 2020
Status: Completed
I LOVE THIS NOVEL SOOO MUCH ❤❤❤

Every chapter make me laught.

Every chapter have a twist ?

After reading this novel, I saw ghosts with different point of views.

Every ghost have their own story that make you sad and can't help felt sympathetic.
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BaiYihan
BaiYihan rated it
May 27, 2020
Status: c47
This was very funny. It isn't so much a horror story perse but a fluffy novel. The MC is a teacher who takes the moral stance every time and a firm believer in science. The ML is a celestial master who believes that he has to help the MC stay safe from all the ghosts he's encountered. The last few chapters are extras that retell the story from someone else's POV. There's a few from the MLs, the ghostbus driver, the celestial student, and so on.
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Janeblonde
Janeblonde rated it
May 11, 2020
Status: c47
Sweet, funny, and heartwarming. MC is a badass, but doesn’t know it. He’s adorably dumb about a few specific things, but is genuinely good-natured. Happy ending, mostly comedy, with a light romantic subplot. The translator is superb; everything is from the MC’s perspective, but the translation clearly communicates to the reader the things the MC doesn’t notice. Highly recommended!
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glorg
glorg rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: c47
Absolutely amazing. Hilarious, heartwarming, sweet. I loved all of the characters. Highly recommended!
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