Arrogant Young Master Template A Variation 4
What would a Xianxia MC do?
Seriously, what would they do? Asking for a friend.
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While the novel title makes it sound lame, it's actually quite the cheeky comedy and the title makes sense in context. So dont be discouraged, it's well worth a read.
The story itself plays with genre tropes in a self-aware fashion that fits together comfortably. It's a strange thing, really. I don't want to go into detail and spoil it for anyone, so I suggest trying it out for yourself to see if it's something you might like, but if you hate cultivation novel tropes... you still might have fun with the way they are used.
It really is a different sort of cultivation story, and there aren't many like it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the "plot".
LivingSpoon has managed to take on the oversaturated Xianxia market and create such a witty, self-aware story that sucks you in.
The latest arc (last updated at chapter 76) has fallen off the rails. It's become a bit of a mess now sadly. The first few arcs are still well worth reading.
Originally reviewed a while ago, but there haven't been any new updates for over 2 months now. Hope the author is ok.
If you read much chinese cultivation fantasy, you already know what this story is about. The thing is, the execution here is actually very good. I find myself prefering this to some of the chinese fictions that pioneered the merge of cultivation/system fiction. Give it a try. It's very fun to read.
The main character is not the main character. He has been rebirthed into the body of an Arrogant Young Master, and knows that the Xainxia tropes will cause him to be slaughtered by chapter twelve. Meanwhile he is saddled with a quest system that is forcing him to act or die, leaving him in a state where he has to balance every move against the risk of death.
Let's be clear. I dont like Xainxia in general. This story, I fear, maybe be the gateway drug that may change my mind. Much like a pill made of powdered heavenly scorpion perineum, this story will cleanse your meridians and leave you pinching your glabella in delight.
I really enjoyed the original premise of the story, a guy is suddenly a xianxia young master and has no idea what to do. But by chapter 50 the story has taken a turn from being a fun slice of life action novel and instead is a confusing mystery novel with the MC having no agency and everything going to shit. The author is continuously making more and more plot threads without ever explaining anything that is currently going on.
This is a top tier Xianxia parody. It's far better than most of the published cultivation stories I've read.
Edit: The plot starting to get really convoluted and the quality of the story has dropped
It's like watching someone juggle an increasing number of plates. They start with a few, it's great and fun to watch. The number goes up, and hey, they're still going strong. You're super impressed. But then they start to falter, it's too many. A couple shatter on the ground. It keeps getting worse. At some point they're just flailing. No one has any idea what's going on... the story devolves into gibberish. You could read the whole chapter and understand nothing, perspective shifts randomly. Characters appear and disappear. There is no structure to the chapters anymore.
Perhaps a better comparison would a patient with worsening dementia. You're forced to see a sharp-minded, funny individual lose any sense of the world around them. All that potential, all that set-up, wasted because the author had no sense of discipline and kept adding stuff randomly. Void monsters? Secret families? Some crap about Emperors and cockroaches? It's one thing to parody Xiaxia by having everyone's gambits pile up and create a mess. But it crosses the line when it seems that even the author no longer has any idea of what's going on.
Loving it so far. Really enjoyable!
Good cultivation parody of various tropes while still keeping a semi-serious atmosphere. Good jokes and parody while the main characters are going about things in a serious manner, well at least to themselves.
My review might look negative, but I will say that this story made me laugh and not just once.
I'm not going to enter into the details, because this kind of story is now well-know, you take the cliches and tropes of a famous type of Webnovel|Lightnovel and turn it into a Parody/Comedy.
I read up to chapter 31 and I already felt a bit bored about all the famous "extra long" wall of text you can find in a Xianxa, about this Sect or this cultivator, or this famous trope appearing in front of the Main Character. (But I honestly think that just the Author respecting the "codes" of Xianxa Webnovel even as a Comedy)
For the few that read "History number 1 founder" and "History's strongest senior brother" you might have a big feeling of "Déja Vu" on certain aspects of the story like the system forcing him to recruit some disciples with "Good Foundation", or the MC body being a douchebag with extra strong parents, and the classic "The previous owner of my body stole the Xanxia MC's girlfriend NTR style. Oops?"
Make no mistakes, the story is fun, but I highly recommend to not read it all in one try, just read a few chapters and come back when you have time, or it might get rapidly boring and repetitive, but that's one the Xianxa flaw, even the comedic one.
The beginning of this story definitely deserves all the high ratings it received, but the most recent arc is a jumbled and incoherent mess. Literally everything that made the early chapters great is gone. I've read machine translated novels that made more sense than this. Comments on the recent chapter have people talking about dropping this series and I have to agree.