Yu Wu


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The traitorous general Gu Mang was returning to his homeland. Everyone wanted to see him dead, and it was said that the one who hated him most was his former best friend—the cold and ascetic Young Master Mo.

The rumours said: Young Master Mo prepared three hundred and sixty-five methods of torture to interrogate him with, just waiting to try them out on Gu Mang. They were so varied it was more than enough to toy with him for a year without repetition.

Except these rumours were very quickly forbidden by Young Master Mo. The reason given was that they described him as a lunatic, and were severely inconsistent with reality.

So what was the truth?

The truth was even more unspeakable—

Mo Xi’s identity: the most abstinent commander of the empire.

His relationship with the traitor Gu Mang: they’d slept together before.

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Remnants of Filth
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Yú Wū
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New skuudge rated it
January 23, 2022
Status: Completed
This novel HURTS SO GOOD. I like it much, much more than 2ha (which I think is overrated + way too long). This book is still quite long, but every chapter feels important to the story.

The plot had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, as there were so many unexpected twists and nuances. I had some doubts as I was reading, but the ending didn't disappoint; the author did a good job of wrapping everything up, and all the "loose threads" throughout the book actually were... more>> shown to have meaning by the end. There's also some very (VERY) subtle tie in with 2ha (but you definitely don't need to read 2ha to read this, and vice versa).

The characters are so complex, even the side characters. The way the book is written, there is a lot of mystery to each of the characters, and as you keep reading, you slowly gain more insight into their background, history, and motivations. Many characters are not what they seem, but in a way that's not trite and overdone at all!

Basically... this is the most beautiful and tragic book I've ever read. Every single character's story is so tragic. Don't read this if you don't like to cry. <<less
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New Trinity2104 rated it
January 19, 2022
Status: Completed
Beautifully poetic and extremely powerful emotional writing; use of two seemingly unrelated situations to hint at a deeper meaning or warning; shifting dynamics between different characters, in particular the switch between Mo Xi and Gu Mang's control of their very fragile relationship juxtaposes against their past selves, and against the political power play of the court; the jaw dropping plot twists and subtle hint dropping throughout the novel. The entire novel can be used as a study in how to weave emotions together with heavy plot. Revelations are better paced... more>> throughout the novel and overall a more steady and grounded novel than Erha's rollercoaster change of pace. <<less
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Karinkatakika rated it
February 16, 2020
Status: c28
Yu Wu is so deliciously painful. People have been saying they don’t want to read it because 2Ha was painful enough - my dudes, 2Ha was painful because it’s like a metronome: On the left, pure unfiltered fluff, only love. On the right, ???. 2Ha is Meatbun just being ‘i haven’t even shown you my final form yet!!!’

No in between.

(for those who get a kick out of s*upid people, I had to google ‘tick tock measure rhythm’ to remember it’s called a f*cking Metronome.)

Meanwhile, Yu Wu is constantly... more>> at like 70% pain level? It hurts in the beginning but you learn to cope and the story is really damn good. The TL is just *chef’s kiss*.

On a side note: I really hate Murong Lian, but both Meatbun and the translator keep saying that he’s baby.... well, I became a Taxian-Jun (Mo Ran 0.5 in 2Ha) apologist in the end as well, so what the hell do I know <<less
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yuukine rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: Completed
Final rating: 5/5

Do you wish to suffer a lot, feel sad a lot, cry a lot, but also feel so happy, so delighted, enjoy these small moments of happiness? This book is for you.

But first. If you can, do not MTL. Wait for seal's translation as it cannot compare to MTL (which, let's be realistic is just a good way to spoil yourself through the story and understand not even a half of it). Seal and friends did fantastic job with metaphors, explanations, side notes and beautifully structured sentences. Every... more>> chapter is worth your wait. Unless you are like me and have a really good friend who can help you understand what's going on because they already finished it without mtling, MTL is a big no.

TL;DR do not MTL and be patient with translations!

There are plenty of plot twists, shocking revelations, plenty of use of chekhov's gun (everything that seems unimportant will come back and hit you with feels). Everything is connected. It's a big cycle of ongoing tragedy and unfairness and betrayal and suffering and trials and search for justice.

Nothing is what it seems and there are many truths hidden behind just one act: Gu Mang is a traitor of their nation, but Mo Xi, the one who knows him the best, even years after cannot and will not accept it deep down. There are plenty of factors why Gu Mang betrayed their country. Huge loss of 70.000 of his s*ave army, death of his brother/best friend all led to his betrayal... But there is a lot than it meets the eyes.

This is a journey of revealing the truth, trying to bring back lost memories and getting justice in the world in the world ravaged by war of two countries.

Both sides of war are explored. You get to meet the enemies as much as you get to know everyone else.

Meatbun just straight ahead went and said: you have rights, you have rights too, you don't have rights at all and will never have them, you absolutely have no rights, you have all the rights.

There are so many plots behind this betrayal. So many things hidden, so many knots needing to be untangled.

Gu Mang and Mo Xi were everything they needed for each other. But Gu Mang thought Mo Xi would move on. But Mo Xi never did, he was never able to let go after spending half of his life entangled with Gu Mang.

Side characters are fantastic. Meatbun fleshed them out that you will feel a lot for them, as if they were main characters. But that's the fact too: she made them main characters of their stories.

YU WU is a one big story centered around many minor plots that each has their own main characters. Murong Lian, Murong Mengze and Emperor share one. Murong Chuyi, Jiang Yexue and Yue Chenqing are part of their own plot. The Liao Kingdom even has it's own story. But Mo Xi and Gu Mang are the leads of their own show, making the most of it, and all of this combined make an ultimate story that will make you cry a lot.

But the end is worth it.

This whole book is worth it.

And for those looking for ties between Erha and Yuwu, you will find plenty of them here. Yuwu is set around 400-500 years before erha.



forced prostitution, s*avery, graphic torture, coercion, emotional manipulation, mind breaks/emotional breakdowns.... there are plenty



Characters: 5 - main characters are well developed, they will make you feel so many things, and they are riddled with faults and plenty of virtues.

Side characters: 5 - they have got the same treatment as main characters. Each one is unique and well fleshed out.

Story: 5 - logical, full of suffering, it's like third book of erha without fluff arc hahahaa.

Emotional impact: 5 - I cried at least 20 times, it hit me hard with breaks whenever something big happened.

Humor: 5 - When it comes, it makes you laugh and feel happy. <<less
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Celissiye rated it
August 17, 2019
Status: c130
Although there is no telling where the story will turn in the future (ongoing 179+), it has been a decent read so far. What does it mean to be a traitor, a s*ave who, no matter how you struggle, the empire will never view differently? And what does it mean to love a person like that?

You must be warned--ANGST. This story is has a foundation of tragedy, so anything further is also wrought with angst. Despite the plot calling for this angst, the brooding narration from the MC and characters... more>> crying often enough I don't care anymore does make it is excessive. Has the ML/MC gotten a break from suffering so far? Hardly. There are even rituals that practically necessitate torture for what seems to be no reason other than angst. However, the drama is not to the point where I think the story is too silly. If you know that you can happily eat up angst combined with a few sweet moments, this story might suit you. And, whether it be the Gu Mang (ML) acting like a dog, or MC acting Tsundere and mopey, there are still funny moments.

The characters have full-fleshed pasts and motivations. The 'traitor' Gu Mang is a long slog of wondering if he's truly wicked or not. Then several side characters have a complex relationship of 'half brothers', 'not really brothers', and deceased parents, leading to family members pretending that they hate each other. There is a gold loving doctor, a crippled white lotus, a sad*st and drug using past s*ave owner (of the ML), and a considerate house servant. If any character seemed a little bland, I'd actually say the MC is a bit repetitive at times because it's his POV from the start, and he simply doesn't have as many secrets as the other characters. But, he is also the rarely seen 'top' or 'seme' MC, and definitely has a 'my heart is actually soft but I pretend its not' heartbreak issue. Cute. Overall, even with the other flaws of the story, the characters shine enough that I am interested in learning more about them.

Another flaw I have to mention is the frequent flashbacks. These usually hold a relevant part to the story as you are reminded of happier times, the worse times, and what used to be. That being said, some of the flashbacks are brought out too often, it seems to only remind of the present angst. For example, 'oh another scene of ML and MC happy together'. At least these flashbacks usually don't last much longer than half a chapter. Along with this is that the inner angst monologue of the MC (Mo Xi) is excessive. He is always upset and angry, as readers we understand this thoroughly early on, so it isn't necessary to use flowery prose to describe how his heart has a knife in it 100x times. Moreover, some parts of the story involves 'magic items' or 'martial technique' that are clearly just a plot device for the MC to jump into the past and see what really unfolded, and felt rather forced. Altogether, these details could have been reduced a lot and made for a more compact, compelling story.

Nevertheless, the character relationships and dark themes in the plot are enough that this remains a decent story. If it will remain interesting in the future, that I can't say. Many secrets have been exposed by ch. 120, but it seems that there are yet many more to come. Will the excessive angst overpower the actual interesting parts? Perhaps. Currently, my rating sits at 3.5-4.


As for whether this is HE or BE. As much as the story re-iterates that the ML's future is ruined/set in stone, I have a suspicion that it will be remedied somehow and end with HE. It just seems like one of the angst stories that will end it that way. BUT, I am going off MTL and obviously don't know for certain.

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Karyan rated it
June 28, 2020
Status: Completed
I am not good at writing reviews. All I can say is that IF YOU LOVES ANGST, READ THIS OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!

It is a beautifully painful story. I didn’t cry that much before ch 170 but instead it gives a new way of suffering. My heart aches and I can’t even cry

About the plot, the previous review of Yuukine is perfect so I can’t think of a better one.
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anotherworld20 rated it
June 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Read It and Weep
First of all, I cried in the first 7/8 chapters (Yes... coming sooner than you think)

I assure,

BROKE your heart wide open...
and than you asking yourself WHY you doing this to yourself... but you keep read it......
of course there is some FUNNY moment to help you breath so you can rest your eye a bit

... more>> it is brutal but man their love is pure FIRE...

I already prepare myself for all the meatbun (author) trick, plot twist and her cruelty stabbing my heart
it was all my fault so I don't really shocked to all the plot twist like I used to when I read 2HA...

Just because I read it in MTL... there is a moment when I am kind of lost....
I will definitely reread it again after its finished translated

Favorite quote

"Someone gave it to me.., someone was kind to me"

"Wait for me gumang, I will give you a home"

SORRY if I compare this to 2HA.... because after a month reading it... I still can't move on.... <<less
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jiainoue rated it
May 30, 2021
Status: --
×Meatbun's angst= 100/100 ×Meatbun's smut= 100/100 ×Meatbun's story ideas= 100/100

×Yuwu's plot execution= ? /100

... more>>

×The story, if it was written neatly will turn out really good bc Meatbun seems to have the best ideas. However, the plot execution of Yuwu cannot be considered neat, in my opinion. There are a lot of suddenly popping random stuff. Even a lot of revelations are revealed poorly by merely using other characters to narrate it all.

×I HONESTLY LOVE YUWU, but when it started revolving around Hua Poan & Chen Tang / that Guoshi&Jiang Fuli, I started to forget liking it, bc the plot execution isn't neat x2...... I wish there are better foreshadowings rather than only using Su Yurou and Gu Mang being compared to Hua Poan

×Objects which reverses death is something I do not really like in a novel, especially when the reversal stone was introduced in a surprising way once again. I wish its existence hinted on the earlier parts of the novel.

×The biggest part of the plot is Su Yurou, Jiang Fuli, Hua Poan, Chen Tang and the stolen reversal stone which was a huge surprise near the end of the story that it seemed too random

×These sudden revelations at the near end of the story without good foreshadowing, just like MWY being a butterfly boned beauty are too random

×Murong Mengze... I wish there are better but still barely decipherable foreshadowings abt him bc having Murong Mengze as a part of the ending made the novel seem more rushed.

×Some characters from yuwu & 2ha resembles each other so much. I understand— ancestors and descendants — however, I was hoping to see more uniqueness

×Apart from Mo Xi and Murong Lian, the other characters aren't that interesting for me, I can't empathize well with them

×It's just that there are flaws in terms of the plot execution, but I'll admit it, it's indeed painful and I cried a lot.

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Crimson_ rated it
February 27, 2021
Status: c100
As a veggie meatbun enthusiast, I decided to hop onto this novel too since I'm also reading 2ha (waiting for the updates ㅠㅠ). I must say, a misunderstanding happened and I started reading thinking it'll be a light novel.. Today I checked and I have realized I have half the novel left haha, that was a fun realization.. (Just kidding, I love long novels~)

But to the actual review, as someone who rarely gets bothered by any (disturbing) subject books can contain, I'm quite enjoying this read. I read the... more>> review of somebody that said that the sl*ve system threw them off. The way I see it, it might really have been that bad a really long time ago. Maybe, maybe not; anyhow, you can't expect everything to be sweets and roses. You read the tags (hopefully), you knew what you were getting into. People can be very cruel. It's set to be in a time where status was everything after all.

Also something worth mentioning is that meatbun seems to work very hard. She sometimes writes in the notes about how all her free time is spent writing (which she doesn't seem to get a lot of). She mentioned being hospitalized once (I can't remember the cause..) and apologized for potentially not being able to update for that day.. That really shocked me! What are you apologizing for, go take care of yourself please..

As a novice writer who hasn't published anything, I barely ever get inspiration/the drive to write. She's obviously a very skilled writer, so I look up to her.

May veggie meatbun continue to write novels *fingers crossed* <<less
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tiredtiredtired rated it
February 13, 2021
Status: --
This book managed to make me cry in pain in every turn of the story. The author managed to make the main characters terrifyingly believable, Mo Xi's anguish and hatered mixed with love from a time before and Gu Mang's pain and agony, The story is amazing and it's a shame that it's not as famous as the author's other work 2ha.

There is almost never a time where we are allowed to take a break and it is amazing.
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scramblegg rated it
May 14, 2020
Status: c196
I hardly read it at MTL. I finished them, and I satisfied very much. You can expect what you got when you hear Meatbun's story. It's the same universe with 2Ha, of course, it contains a lot of fantasy. For the story, Yuwu isn't any better angst than 2ha. It hurts a lot. You'll be tortured with Moxi. I wish you good luck.

I'm trying to explain the way you'll get hurt. I can guarantee you'll get emotional with Yuwu. It's not only by jealousy, but it will also be attacked... more>> with regret and despair. I'm following the neat translation, and still feel the same way. Angst is angst. Meatbun is the king of angst story for me so far. I always satisfied with his/her kind of way made angst of stories. <<less
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dona rated it
August 28, 2019
Status: c16
Jesus lord that was intense. I almost cried in the first 7 chapters. Really good solid storyline. The characters all have substance, with their own struggles and motivations for their action, and it seems there are a lot of secrets waiting to be unfolded. Despite the focus being only on MC and ML so far. This novel is full of angst and brutality and I can´t wait for further chapters.

Seriously can´t recommend this novel enough. Everyone should give it a try.
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taizidianxia rated it
April 26, 2021
Status: Completed
Endless Suffering is Glory. I repeat: Endless suffering is glorious!! I guess meatbun's life motto is definitely this since it resonates throughout all her works. MC is batterred up beaten torn apart physically emotionally spiritually.. I mean think of all the torture methods available.. meatbun had a warehouse full of torture ideas n then slowly n pleasurably dumps them on her precious MC n ML.. No one is spared.... MC will be tortured broken till there is nothing left..n after that she still isn't satisfied and had to give them... more>> more torture since she hadn't finished using all her storage of torture tools... knife knife knife and of course meatbun's forte was to deliver those tidbits of powerfully enchanting redemptions in between.. but only tidbits- yet powerful enough to linger in our hearts for a long time. The writing was undoubtedly powerful, lined with rich plot layers and surprises enough to keep you at the edge- enough to keep you reading despite the underlying tyranny of it all!! At the end of it, MC n ML were so messed by their circumstances to the point that as a reader- I almost choked blood n my intestines out- save for the brilliant writing n translation that let me pull through. Would I read it again? Yeah just the candy parts. In its entirety? Heck no. Once is enough. Thank you translator for putting up with the doggiest bloodiest drama of it all n still managing to emotionally pull through to deliver us excellent translation. <<less
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April 9, 2021
Status: Completed
All of you guys who misslead me not to read this novel because of all the angst in it.... You have never read the real angst, like Strategy to capture scum gong... Here is just a normal novel with fair amount of drama and tragedy.

The total vibe from the novel - the lighter version of "Husky and white cat".

And, as it was in the "Husky"- the ending sucks. The overall novel was not bad at all, pretty pleasurable to read. But the ending is such a disaster - rushed, abrupt,... more>> full of nonsense. Through the last 30 +- chapters I had only one phrase in mind - " Oh, how convenient.... "

8/10 <<less
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June 21, 2020
Status: --
Not gonna rate or read this yet cuz I have a low expectation of seme protagonist novels.

Why? Cuz every novel with this tag usually end up disappointing. Or perhaps I've too much bias that all ML should be seme while protagonist should be uke.
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nurcerise rated it
April 7, 2021
Status: --
It took me a really long time to finish 2ha (like almost a year), and now, I even had the guts to read Yu Wu.

Yu Wu is really beautiful... but painful. Unlike 2ha that's fluff at this part and next, the tearjerkers, Yu Wu is consistently painful. Have they not suffered enough? 😭

I like this very much. There's so much angst but I still like it. As expected of Meatbun though, he/she doesn't disappoint.
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Psyche86 rated it
March 10, 2021
Status: Completed
Speechless 😭😭😭... It soo painful my Gosh!!! more painful than 2HA 😢 but its a happy ending (no worries). When you read this novel be sure that you have a box of tissues beside you coz this novel will definitely makes you cry, promise!

This is one of the best novel I've read so far. Must read.
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karoshiSama rated it
January 25, 2021
Status: c120
The story is really good. Every character have something to do with the ML and MC. The plot is like a puzzle : each memory are a piece and more you read, the more you see the whole picture. Finally, the emperor is special, the emperor's cousin's seems a good villain, the great master crafter and his nephews belong to a strange family...

You wont feel bored and a special thanks for the quality of the translation !
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KElle rated it
January 9, 2021
Status: Completed
I loved Husky and his White Cat Shizun and I was excited to read this book. As expected, I found the world of Yu Wu extremely detailed and imaginative, and Meatbun's ability to write knives is second to none.

HOWEVER, although the plot is very intricate with a large cast of characters who each have complex quilt of facades and hidden motivations (and this truly is a feat to plot and write), I must say that after a while, I found this book to be just a little too melodramatic, over... more>> the top. There is simply too much drama and tragedy packed in. In additional to all the horrific events and misunderstandings that affect the main couple, literally every side characters also has some tragic story. What is the point of this except to be emotional p*rn for the sake of emotional p*rn? The pacing was off. It just felt kind of exhausting to keep up with constant and unnecessary twists and turns that even the worst knifes that had made me cry at the beginning all became rather dull as the novel progressed. Some of the mysteries that tease you at the beginning do not ultimately provide a satisfying, plausible outcomes.

I think the problem is that Meatbun doesn't seem to know how to edit. Rather, she seems keen to pack every possible emotionally-wrenching idea in, sacrificing plausibility, pacing and logic to do so. Some of the reveals feel like they were coming out of left field despite some foreshadowing, and even break with character logic. Or, it will be too coincidental or deux ex machina that makes the outcomes unsatisfying. In hindsight, I also had this feeling with Husky, but I felt the internal emotional logic of the characters were more consistent from beginning to end. In Yu Wu, sometimes it confuses me why some characters do what they do. I really enjoyed the first half of Yu Wu and was hooked immediately from chapter one from her smooth storytelling. However, by the second half it began to feel like a soap opera and I was frankly exhausted, almost bored, skimming to the end just so I can have some of the mysteries answered.

I give this novel 4 stars in recognition how much creativity and effort must have been put into writing such a very intricate story. My actual enjoyment as a reader is 5 stars for the first third to half, and only 2-2.5 stars for the rest. <<less
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sarahtseng7 rated it
December 1, 2020
Status: c91
I love this story so much!!! You should just read it, this won't disappoint you. It's so sad, and the whole time I read this, I had my tissue box by my side the whole entire time. The MC and ML go through so many hardships and misunderstandings until they are finally able to unravel all of it and know each other better. It's too good! I wish there are more translations for meatbun's novels because only 2 so far is not enough for me.
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MeineMeow rated it
October 25, 2020
Status: c108
As expected from meatbun, there’s a lot of knives. But it just so good, and the comedic part is superb.

And here I just want to beg the translator to take care of themselves, and please please let me see the 8000 words locked in chapter 106. I dont want to get stabbed by flying daggers only, I want to see the car scene too!!! Here i’m crying reading the original version of yu wu in jjwxc with locked chapters. @[email protected]
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Natural_Sapphire rated it
September 5, 2020
Status: Completed
OMG, I love it. Reading this story till the end is like going a long travel. Many twist and turn.

At first, I didn't like this story that much because it felt like another version of GDC (the story is totally different, but the feeling? Aura? Seems to be similar). But, later I totally forgot about that and falls for the couple. They are just so out of world. Plus, the story is so interesting and well explained at the end.

Love it. Totally a five stars story for me. I even... more>> want to add the stars if possible. <<less
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