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MOURINHO IS BACK!!

I am a big fan of Jose Mourinho, since his Chelsea days back in 2005 I believe. I was pretty happy as a Man United fan when he joined my club and was very disappointed when he was sacked. He was obviously not the problem.

I am glad that he is back

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Food for Thought

Er Gen vs Cocooned Cow vs I Eat Tomatoes vs Mad Snail

All of these authors are absolutely legendary and don’t require much of an introduction. I’m pretty sure many readers on Novel Updates has read at least a few of these authors novels.
Of course, for many readers, none of these authors may be their favorite, after all, their novels aren’t for everyone. Many of the best novels are made by new/one-novel/other ethnicity authors, but these four are by far the most well-known in the Chinese translation community.

My personal review and decision:
Er Gen: Probably the most well-known out of these authors. He’s written novels like Renegade Immortal (Flagship work), ISSTH (Fan favorite), Pursuit of the Truth (Black sheep), and A will Eternal (newest novel, not including A world worth protecting). His novels tend to shift from being somewhat lighthearted (AWE) to very serious (RI). I honestly can’t say more than this because I haven’t really gone in-depth reading with his novels.

Cocooned Cow: Both of CC’s works are fairly similar in nature, with both MW and TMW having somewhat weird pacing, fortunate encounter, etc. MW is essentially the classic xianxia novel, with TMW being little more unique. However, having finished both novels, they are easy to follow and are fairly enjoyable in my opinion.

I Eat Tomatoes: IET has written the most translated novels out of all the authors, ranging from sci-fi (Swallowed Star) to Fantasy Novels (Coiling Dragon). It is worth noting that I don’t really feel like his novels are xianxia, rather, following a more xuanhuan/fantasy approach. IET’s novels (especially coiling dragon) definitely have more western influences (such as magic academies), deviating from a typical xianxia. Because of this, his novels are definitely more unique than other authors.

Mad Snail: Have not read his novels, so I don’t feel confident to make a decision.

Personally, my vote goes to CC, primarily because I’m a sucker for the traditional, “trashy” xianxia novels. It just feels natural.

 


Author – ttooth

 

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Don’t You Hate Descriptions That Describe Nothing?

There you are, perusing the latest series in search for something to save you from the binge reading of “Immortal and Martial Dual Cultivation” (that doesn’t have dual cultivation at all, the author foolishly calls it “evil cultivation”, how silly), and you look to the description, to see if you get interested in it, if it’s the kind of novel you want or something.
Yet, the description doesn’t describe the novel. It’s only the MC babbling about how great he is, or how unjust the world is, or how he will trample his enemies, his friends, his lover, the author, the editor, the reader, and their families.
Like “Second Coming of Avarice“, for example. The description describes… nothing.

He was an addict, a loser, a despicable human being.

But, one fleeting dream that may not have been a dream at all reawakens his once-lost senses.

Possessing a very unique ability, he would use that, and the dream, to forge his path in the world now known as the Lost Paradise.

….

“The son of god Gula has returned.”

I was lost in the world of gambling.

I turned my back on my family and even betrayed my lover.

I wasted every day of my life.

It was a life of trash.

The reality told me thus:

That I would amount to nothing no matter what I did.

In order to change my pathetic life, I chose fantasy, instead.

Even then, it was the same story.

I wondered if salvation would come at the end of the long road.

But, I was forced to kneel down in defeat in front of a powerful entity.

The tower I built up with my own hands crumbled into nothingness.

Just for once, I dearly wished to know the truth about myself.

– Come closer, my child…

I will not hold back this time.

Or “I Shall Seal the Heavens“:

“What I want, the Heavens shall not lack!”

“What I don’t want, had better not exist in the Heavens!”

This is a story which originates between the Eighth and Ninth Mountains, the world in which the strong prey upon the weak.

“My Name is Meng Hao! The Ninth Generation Demon Sealer, I shall seal the Heavens!”

What the novel is about? I don’t know, and without reading the first 300+ chapters I wouldn’t learn it. Because all these novels are slow-starters…
What is the point in having a “description” that describes nothing? Why they can’t be like the description of “Dead on Mars“?

Payload specialist, Tang Yue, who is a mechanical and electrical engineer by training, is left stranded on Mars when he receives news from his AI robot assistant, Old Cat, that Earth has exploded. He believes himself to be the last human in the Universe.

Turns out, he is only the last man in the Universe. Botanist, Mai Dong, had been left on the United Space Station (USS) orbiting Mars, to await Tang Yue’s ascent to the USS before they make their journey back to Earth. But now, it’s impossible.

Join the trio’s quest for survival as they attempt to unravel the mystery of Earth’s disappearance.

There you have it, you learn what is the situation, who the MC is and get a general idea of what the novel is about. Why can’t all descriptions describe the novel? What is the point?
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Author- ElefantVerd
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Anime Funny

Why Konosuba is so great and a bit on the boobs

Many point out action scenes, but as the Canipa Effect pointed out expressions are even more important in drawing you in.

I have to admit that I didn’t care so much for the action in Konosuba. It definitely was not why I like it. I always enjoy Canipa Effect videos.

I did learn some unsavory things about the team behind the show that was done under a pseudonym, it was a good laugh I have to admit.

Well, the explosions were covered. Let’s not forget that. It was quite fitting how they got an explosion fanatic to animate a show with a character thats also an explosion fanatic lol.

Enjoy!

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Salah & Mane competed against Kane and Dele Alli

 

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Review: A Will Eternal

Description

One will to create oceans. One will to summon the mulberry fields.

One will to slaughter countless devils. One will to eradicate innumerable immortals.

Only my will… is eternal.

A Will Eternal tells the tale of Bai Xiaochun, an endearing but exasperating young man who is driven primarily by his fear of death and desire to live forever, but who deeply values friendship and family.

It is hard for me to review this, knowing full well that I have given this only 3 stars when it is such a nice series from Er Gen. So, why is this getting an ordinary rating from me?

AWE has stuff that you know Er Gen is good at. The good peppering of comedy, the relatively very poor romance, cultivation system that eventually puts emphasis on actual understanding and a good ability to connect the plot. However, in AWE, Er Gen fails in some of these, while being spectacular in others. Perhaps, this is due to the high expectations I have from him but this is a very telling drawback to this series which forces me out of my engrossment.

AWE has a lot of emphasis on comedy right from the beginning, and this is an excellent plus point to this series had that comedy either changed/evolved overtime, or decreased over time. Instead, towards the end, the comedy is pretty much awkwardly forced upon us. Perhaps, Er Gen was trying too hard to be funny, taking inspiration from ISSTH which actually stopped being funny at the right time.

Poor romance. Perhaps terrible. Er Gen is not the best romance writers, but that is something I assume he knows. Generally, he doesn’t do harems but this time… There is a harem. And eventually, the woman who we feel deserved to be with him simply because of how much the MC cared for her ends up not being part of it. (Cue Chu Yuyan)

The romance is so so poor that the only way Er Gen could think of getting them involved in sexy times was with aphrodisiac pills leading to a reverse r*pe. Multiple times. With multiple women. That is how very bad the romance is, and I have to sit through multiple such romance phases. In a relatively shorter series.

The cultivation system puts emphasis on understanding, and I am very happy with such types except… That happens very, very late. In a manner that can only be called… Disappointing. Yes, I like the mix of philosophy and science in a particular arc but even that arc… Suffice to say, I was skipping multiple chapters towards the end simply because of how I knew these stuff were essentially coming out of the blue. The philosophical concepts weren’t really able to hold my attention.

A good ability to connect the plot and thus form a good system of foreshadowing is a major plus for any writer. And Er Gen does it very well in AWE as well. Unfortunately, he still decides to not go a 100% into this, overshadowing it with needless comedy and romance.

The characters? The MC is very good. He sicks true to his character throughout. Yes, he might seem like a Naruto wannabe at times but its a nice timeout from the overly violent MCs. And yet, the MC has no support characters for whom we feel. Unless, maybe his disciple who eventually fades away. And the initial antagonist.

AWE is essentially two parts. The first part is a nearly 4.5/5 story with a good antagonist and all. Yes, there is the romance as well but the comedy manages to hold up. But after that, the entire series very quickly falls to a subpar 3/5.

Is this Mango approved®? Definitely yes. Simply because of the very excellent first few hundreds of chapters. But, does Mango regret approving it? Also true. God I wish these writers could pump out chapters like most TLs where they don’t need to write daily. it would give them time to identify their shortcomings.

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