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
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New sanlang3003 rated it
August 3, 2020
Status: Completed
Translation: Translation is very well done. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Story: I didn't know this was only 40 ish chapters but was pleasantly surprised (in a good way) when I reached the end. This story is a light, fun read so I didn't need it to drag in for 100+ chapters. The premise is hilarious and the characters, both human and ghosts, are super fun. ... more>>

I enjoyed the sweet romance between Shen Jianguo and Ning Tiance and liked that it wasn't the main focus of the story. For such a short novel, the two were well fleshed out and showed growth by the end. I was rooting for them!

This might be a turn off for some, but MC Shen Jianguo is a major communist and he spends a lot of the novel spouting communist and Marxist ideals to humans and ghosts alike. It didn't bother me too much... but at times it did feel very preachy and almost propaganda-y. As much as I enjoyed the story, I had to take off a star for that. Also, while there are some familiar elements of horror in this novel (imagine your typical long haired, white dress wearing ghost), I wouldn't say the story is scary. I think there's too much humour to offset anything remotely scary. Overall, I really enjoyed this quick read. <<less
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New ResidentialPsycho rated it
July 27, 2020
Status: c47
This is a heart-warming moral story about doing what's right and helping those in need no matter what they've done or experienced in their pasts. People should not be discriminated against just because of how they smell or what unusual hobbies they have or if they've been rude to you in the past. Teacher Shen focuses on teaching this principle to his students (along with Marxism), and he lives what he teaches.

This series could have been longer as he worked with each ghost to solve his or her obsessions and... more>> helped them make peace with the world. All the same, this is a sweet story about kindness, forgiveness, and justice.

If you want to read a light-hearted comedy about doing what's right, then this series is worth trying out. <<less
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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

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:... more>>

    • 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) :


"Teacher Shen, thank you for everything."



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


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


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


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


"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!"


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:


"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...


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-


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



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:


"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



"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


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).


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,

      where all the students happily bid goodbye to this world

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

      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 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>>

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'.


All this, and he's still clueless about what's going on around him. I love it! <<less
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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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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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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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cardialgia rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: c43
Excellent, funny, cute & heartwarming story.
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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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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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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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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.


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


My favorite parts was


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


Kudos for the translation as well! The story is well translated! <<less
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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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earlgreyt rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed
An incredibly humorous, well-paced BL novel (surprisingly deep as well) paired with a great translation.

If you're not a fan of horror, I would still recommend this. This novel isn't so much horror as more of a thriller/comedy mix. The MC is never written as in any real danger and the horror elements are treated with extreme ignorance for the comedy.

Love a strong, righteous (but very forgiving) MC. Other reviewers have described him as "lovable" which definitely fits. Really couldn't ask for a more wholesome story.
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Shin_hye rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed
The only lack is PDA 😤😤😤

I really love this story, it not only about trancending the fierce gost but also the life value that been welk crafted in this short story.

I really love on how the MC use his righteous brain and heart to teach the students, and how he flirt with the ML 😋😋😋

... more>> For those who wants a hilarious short story with no heavy romance, this story suit you best.

I just wish we could get many extra with many perspective view... I wonder how the other students view MC 😝🙈 <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a new twist from the typical horror/ghost bl novels!


Shen JianGuo is an upright Masters degree holder in political science/ideology. Finding a job with a degree in political science/ideology is difficult! After submitting job applications and being rejected by multiple companies, our MC is feeling down in the dumps when miraculously, one of the company responded back! But suspiciously enough, the job description is to teach students in the middle of the night? Desperate for a job that includes housing, the MC bravely marches forward to teach ghosts on... more>> Marxism and how to establish a correct world view!

MC: a super upright and strong believer of science and Marxism. The power of faith and righteousness can exorcist ghosts and transcend the evil! (Literally)

ML: a "celestial master" taught to exorcist ghosts since young and heir to a sect

ghosts: only want to reincarnate yet are subjected to a political ideology course and abused by the teacher


I am super satisfied with this novel! From the overpowered MC that can kickass to the poor ghosts that are scared to tears, this story is a breath of fresh air! I wish there were more unconventional stories like this one that brings smiles and laughter to the reader! <<less
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Smtha rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: Completed
Really wonderful read. Its considering a quite a light read. It’s abit like the master’sun, because most ghost had a very sad stories. But you have alots of laughter on Teacher Shen dialogs ar what actually happening. The fluff, I wish there’s more. But with such short chapter it’s wrap up nicely. Great translation and a recommended read. Tq
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Kaylee rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: Completed
All I wanna say is GO READ! And I wanna ask the translator, how'd they know such GEM?!

This novel is pretty much something I'd recomend to people to read regardless of what genre they'd like to read. If they dont like it, its their loss.
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Indelible Faith
Indelible Faith rated it
July 25, 2020
Status: c47
Hilarious with hints of romance and philosophy sprinkled in, this story made me bend over double in laughter more times than I could count!

Shen Jianguo, an ideology and politics graduate, is possibly the most oblivious man when it comes to the supernatural. And unexpectedly, this fact combined with his innate sense of righteousness, is what helps him become the inadvertent exorcist of class of ghosts. The end goal being "graduation" aka, transcending to be reborn.

The fact that he does his actual job of exorcism, while believing he is only a... more>> simple teacher with important life values to impart, makes for a humorous read. Especially when the resident Chief Cultivator, Ning Tiance, keeps trying and failing to persuade him about the existence of ghosts.

Short and meaningful plot, well written characters and for a truly wonderful time that I had while reading this, I definitely recommend!

PS: The translator has a done a brilliant job as well, which just adds to it! <<less
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Shortk rated it
July 8, 2020
Status: --
It's really so f*cking cute and good. Please read it. All the characters are so good. Well written and charming. This has the makings of a great tv show if people were more willing to show gay Asian relationships. But that's not even the point of this novel. It's just really funny and cute and very wholesome.

It's about having a righteous heart and beautiful mindset on life. It's still fluff but really wholesome funny fluff.
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July 6, 2020
Status: c47
This was very funny and sweet

I really loved the oblivious teacher shen.

Instead of the ghosts scaring humans, all the ghosts ended up being scared instead.

Haha a really good read!
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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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