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Jin Rou wanted to be a cultivator who defied the heavens, and surpassed all limits.
Unfortunately for him, he died, and now I’m stuck here. Arrogant young masters? Heavenly tribulations? Cultivating for days on end, then getting into life or death battles?
Yeah, no thanks. I'm getting out of here.
In which a transmigrator decides that the only winning move is not to play.
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Beware of chicken is an interesting combination of parody, actual Xianxia, and I think, in parts, a work that somewhat deconstructs the Xianxia genre.
The foremost element of the work is a parody, and quite honestly its parody elements are some of the funniest content I've seen on the site. The main character's isekai nature is used to justify him as a sort of rational audience insert, noting and making fun of the natural absurdity of the machismo which permeates the Xianxia world. His reaction to reincarnating as a low-level disciple basically being "I'm noping the fuck out of here" lays a rich bed of comedy that the intro effectively taps into.
The fights, when they do happen, are written well enough. Qi channeling, leveling up, and the prose of pseudo-spirituality are all good enough to not detract from the experience.
The best element which I think truly differentiates the work is the running theme of critiquing the Xianxia world. While the point is often made humorously, Beware of chicken makes a running critique of the rather vacuous and all-consuming desire for power for its own sake which permeates the culture of Xianxia worlds. This theme at once informs much of the work's comedy, but also much of its pathos.
The main character, in a real sense, demonstrates a sense of true spirituality in a metaphorical sense where he finds power and happiness by transcending the desire for power which consumes other cultivators and is content simply helping the earth grow and thrive in his own small section of the world. It is in many ways like one punch man, wherein the protagonist's unflappable ambivalence lends itself easily to both deadpan parody comedy and real statements about other people's preoccupation with status and things that don't actually matter.
The one problem I can see is where it will go next. Unlike traditional Xianxia this story can't really just default to facing bigger and badder enemies to continue its current quality so it will require some continual creativity to keep the story at its current quality. With daily updates, I can only hope that the author has the time to spend that kind of thought. As of now, it is one of the few 5's I've come across on the website.
Final review - tl;dr: read volume one - it's excellent. Most of the 5 star reviews were done during volume 1 - so you can use thay as a pretty good indication of its quality. Volume 2 is essentially just a series of side stories and no main story progression, so unless you like that kind of thing, stop at volume 1.
I found volume one to be excellent. Great pacing, great comedy, minimal nonsense. Really really enjoyed it.
Then volume 1 ended and volume 2 started. Since then, it's been constant perspective changes and very little depth (or progress) to the story. I'll stick with it for the moment, but I'm definitely not excited about new chapter releases anymore.
--An Update 12 posts after the above (Volume 2, chapter 29) - -
and... No real change. There were a couple interesting chapters, but quite honestly I'm struggling to see the point of volume 2. There seems to be a huge focus on Bi De (and to a lesser extent, the other side characters). There's very little focus on the MC and his story.
I'll come back in a month to see if the story has improved - if not, I'll be dropping it (much to my disappointment).
No change from the above review. Constant side stories and perspective changes. No progression of (what I assume to be) the main story. Very little written from the MC's perspective.
Normally I don't like these Xianxia style novels as i think they are pretty nonsensical and don't understand the appeal. However this seems to be a cultivation story for people who don't like cultivation stories.
The main character immediatle after being Isekaied decides to nope out on the sect his host body had joined and decided to start a farm.
So far there have been no young masters or legendary phoenix's or spirit tiger or any such nonsense.
The main character has used what little he learned to be a super powered farmer, and so far its been a fairly chill slice of life style story.
Not much so far in the way of an overarching plot or many side characters, but its been a fun read so far. I hope the author will continue to develop the world so that things do not get stale. Now that things are fairly established the story needs to get a bit more meat on its bones.
The chapters are fairly short so I can recomed you give it a try to see if you like it, I feel like its a pretty comfortable story so far with plenty of room to grow.
Firstly I would like say this webnovel is very good. Few things I like about the series are the charcters. They have personality and motives. The story isn't grinding for more power nonsense and death matches. Instead its about avoiding all of that superfluous cliche, which makes it great.
If you want a story that moves forward with wholesome moments then read this webnovel. My only gripe is with the grammer but its not huge issue, just an annoying issue when it happens.
Anyway just read it. It's great
Volume two has very little conflict. Charcters don't face obsticles, and get whatever they want without any hardhships. The online novel is still good but can be better. Charaterzation of Jin needs to be better. Protagonoist of a novel needs to be a charcter in needs more depth than just isekai farm boy.
Also too many charcters. Everyone seems to get a narritive which hurts the overall narritive.
There just isn't enough focus. The plot points are practically everywhere.
Very little story in future chapters.
Don't get me wrong, it's a good story but it feels like it kinda stagnates for 10+ chapters at a time with funny side-stories while the main plot lags behind.
At the end of the day, you can consider it more like a Slice of Life with little to no action in it.
Also, despite being marked as a cultivation novel, there is no such thing here. Characters grow stronger naturaly ( if that makes sense ) as time passes. It is hinted that the main character is kinda OP but he is unware of this situation which really pisses me off...
There is one more thing that is kinda annoying: the increasingly large cast of side characters. The author tries to make each one seem important dedicating whole chapters to them, without a clear path ahead. At this point the MC is almost lost in the background while the side characters have taken over the story.
Away from those flaws, the story is not bad. A rather fresh aproach towards the cultivation genre, that promises a lot but I'm afraid that it might fail to deliver in the long run. I really hope that I'm wrong but I've seen so many stories that started strong and crumbled 100+ chapters in that I know that anything can happen.
As for style and grammar, those are rather perfect. A couple little mistakes here and there but nothing worth being mentioned.
In conclusion it is a good story, but not for everyone.
I absolutely loved the start; then it started to stagnant. The author has written Jin into a corner with nothing he can do. He actually doesnt do anything but farm, so I am getting to the point where I consider Big D the MC, which is weird since the synopsis is about Jin.
When the baby comes along, Jin will do even less, or they will get kidnapped and used as hostages so Jin returns to the sect, its boring and predictable. It truely feels like there is no plot or goal here, so if you accept its a slice of life, then its good.
The last thing I want to talk about is the mad stalling were getting lately. He skipped a couple days this month, then we had interludes for an entire week on the fox boy. This guys is the side characters side character. I felt it was an entire waste as he never had much screen time, and he was written off. And this leads to now. We just had another week of no chapters, and now were back to interludes. Please for the love of god -- move the story along somewhat and stop telling us interludes constantly.
I approached the Blue Box. Lost in my cultivation, continuing to the next level of power greedily, I was struck by the Gray Box. I was stuck, and couldn't move forward.
Bi Di stood perched on the fence, blocking my path ahead. The Next Chapter button out of reach.
I cried softly.
Tbh I'm becoming less and less excited to read new updates as they come out... I'm just waiting for the plot to start again and slogging through all this slice of life stuff you keep writing. My mindset is why rush to read a chapter when it's the same stuff I got last chapter? The last dozen chapters even?
There's a lot of stuff technically happening, but because I'm so bored by constantly getting similar chapters it feels like there is nothing happening. I might put this on the back burner for a good long while; At least until I'm confident you've probably already included the sect and ancestestry parts.
And btw, I hope you don't think I'm saying this just to complain. My intentions are to outline why I'm struggling to enjoy the story right now, and what needs to be done to fix it for this one reader. There's a balance between slice of life and plot for readers who don't like slice of life just for the sake of it, and you're not getting that balance right currently.
I love the characters and theme enough to have gotten me through 100 chapters (And congrats on that btw). It's just the one aspect that makes this a bit of a chore for someone following chapter by chapter. It's hard to feel excited when it's the same same slice of life filler as the last dozen chapters.
This was a breath of fresh air, and I love it to bits despite just having found it. The humor is grand and the interactions between characters feels natural and while reading it, there were few times I did Not have a goofy smile on my face. So many Xianxia stories have face slapping and constant pushing to be stronger, while few look at the other side of cultivation, that of comprehension and simply being at peace/one with the world. I highly recommend anyone to try it out!
I really enjoyed reading this, and can't wait for more!
The pacing of the story is well done. Slow enough to build the world, but fast enough you're not reading a chapter dedicated to bowel movements like some "founder of lit rpg" *cough* Kong *cough* might write. It is clear the writer is having fun while telling an interesting story. The characters are realistic for the setting and the break from the Young Master trope is good enough to pull and keep my interest. The grammar is easy to read with few if any mistakes. It reads like its been edited at least a few times. Already you can see future plot threads planted throughout these early chapters. The story does jump between characters, but the author does it smoothly, and I do not find myself losing track of what is going on moment to moment like stories. Really what I am trying to say with all this is take a moment of your day and give this story a shot.
It is my hope the author takes the time to publish because between the grammar and story it is better than some of the stuff i've seen on Amazon!