Historys Strongest Senior Brother
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It was Yan Zhaoges first time transmigrated into another world. He landed in a martial warrior civilization that was at the peak of prosperity. He ended up in the Divine Palaces library, which collected and preserved the classics of the entire world from all fields of knowledge. However, a world-class calamity struck soon after, and even the Divine Palace was destroyed.
Yan Zhaoges soul once again transmigrated into another world. The twist was he arrived in the same world, except countless years have passed.
With his brain full of rare books and classics from the era of peak prosperity, Yan Zhaoges second transmigration to the present era was like a gamer who was used to playing hell mode suddenly finding himself playing the game on easy mode.
But before that, he would need to fix a problem.
Im not the main character? In fact, Im actually the main characters love rival and the antagonistic Mr. Perfect senior brother? This script is wrong!
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The MC is cast in the role of the vilain
, the body he takes control of did some unsavoury things, has a few ennemies, and one of his opponents has experienced (because of the previous owner of his body) very much what a hero would experience in a generic novel, and the MC will try to go against his fate of getting destroyed by that
The novel does go against most tropes (... at the begining),
its a fresh take as this time you view things from the other side, meaning you will experience a lot of new situations and humor with this different setting. Its, at the begining, as much fresh air as
the authors other novel (Historys Number one founder).
An exemple of a funny moment, (this one is at the very very begining of the novel so there is minor spoilers here) is when the MCs ennemy (aka Hero) gets a little too agressive against the MC (they are in the same sect), the MCs sidekick offers to send people to kick the heros ass. Pretty much what you would get in a standard novel with the bad guys sending increasingly more powerful people to kick the Heros ass, which only pisses him off more and makes him stronger. But our MC was reincarnated in this body and he is familiar with the usual LN plots from our world and thinks And get our peoples ass kicked by him? And be the stepping stone for his rise in strength?
- The author managed to make very clear the power balance in the MCs world, the different sect, what are the alliances, this is one of the best setup I have seen so far. There are multiple alliances, power levels, and strength of each side isnt just about the number and level of fighters. Geographic locations, and other factors are important.
- There is some decent (but not too present) clan building as well.
-The first one to go is the novels setup.
The MC being in the bad guys shoes thing gets resolved very quickly and is completly forgoten.
. Meaning, after the first act, you get a generic unfunny LN where the MC keeps having lucky encounters, powers up like crazy each time, fights people stronger than him thanks to his cultivation thats so special its stronger than others of the same cultivation (pretty much standard over used stuff) , and never EVER loose anything.
Over bearing ennemy attacks MC with awesome attack - Author makes sure to tell us that the MCs expression didnt change one bit because he is so awesome he does not panick - MC wins in an over the top fashion without having been challenged at all - Everyone is awed. Every. Single. Time.
Very soon it feels like many arcs are there to pad the chapter numbers and you dont understand why the author would bother with that at all.
At first the author will send the MC in seemingly boring and useless tasks around the world. E
ach time you cant help asking yourself... Why?
Other than pading the chapter number why would the MC want to do this in that situation when he has much much more important things to do?
But then every time the answer is because there is an insanely huge lucky encounter waiting the MC there.
Eventually the author will start to send the MC in other dimensions/world, again to pad the chapter number as anything the MC does there doesnt affect the main world. Its a good way to make 50 chapters where the MC wreck everything in a world without having it affect the main story at all. Those are completly useless arcs that can be skipped, unfortunately the MC goes to those places more and more often as the author seems to want him to eventually leave his clan and go to higher realms.
Frankly there is not much point in reading the novel for too long as even arc starts to repeat themselves eventually and you end up thinking Didnt I already read that 50 chapters ago?.
The begining is worth at least 4.5 starts for a LN. After that? Id say its worth a standard 3.0. Easy to read, no frustration, nothing much to remember, a good way to pass time you will forget soon.
Great you are the best. Making a mockery of god knows all the xianxia, wuxia novels which follow the same script. I can see PMG, MW and many more from this
Like the description says, the MC is the senior brother which if he was in a traditional xianxia novel, he would be the antagonist. Like in HN1F, we once again see xianxia main character tropes, like once tr*sh, but obtained a priceless treasure and becomes a genius; taking the body of an insignificant noble/royalty child and beats up all the people that once belittled the bodys previous owner; and going back to the past with the knowledge of the
future; but this time, all of them are Yanzhaoges enemy.
For the first 200 chapters, you could say that the story is about Yanzhaoge dealing with the xianxia protagonists, but afterwards, it stops focusing on them and the xianxia protagonist just become insignificant. Not that the story isnt good, it still is, but the description put up isnt accurate anymore. There isnt much romance in the story, since the MC is focused on training (yes training, not cultivation. He can almost rank up when ever he wants, so hes just training his techniques), but he does have encounters with beautiful woman. Some of them he has a very close relationship with, and hilarity ensues when he talks without thinking.
Overall, I really like this novel and will continue to follow it. I recommend reading this when it has more chapters translated, or read the raws if you can read Chinese.
This story started out pretty funny but it quickly turned into a fairly generic battle story with a very generic battle system pretty quickly. New characters are introduced all the time and forgotten fairly quickly, everything remains fairly shallow, the MC makes cunning plans, but the author hides them from the reader so the MC appears to just keep making s*upid decisions until the Asspull this was all according to my secret plan card is used.
1. Enemies who pose very little threat just keep...more>
coming back again and again. Each time 10 or so chapters are wasted in dealing with these useless enemies.
Okay, so he wanted to avoid being the last boss and also avoid becoming the main character. Thats good. Is understandable. Hes a prince but didnt want to be too arrogant, that is another plus. He can see schemes from the dark is another plus.
In fact, this story is so good that I place it in my Top 20 Must Read Folder. The only downfall is
that there is no updates since June 25 of 2016.
Reading this web novel is like watching a your best friend sink into quicksand and die, in slow-motion. It slowly sinks into a muck of mediocrity, finally devolving into what it originally parodied.
The intent behind for this web novel is great. For the first couple dozen chapters, the author delivers on the vision he proffered in the synopsis. It focuses on the stereotypical antagonist who steals the MCs childhood sweetheart and delves into the ridiculous tropes surrounding MC armor. It does a fair job of this while sometimes managing to
The issue with this web novel is that all the humor and parody that were promised in the synopsis slowly evaporate starting around chapter 30, and things continue to unravel until the end of the first arc. Immediately in the second arc, the antagonist has become the protagonist, ending up with the same MC armor that the author previously derided. After this, its just your typical Xuanhuan story, but with even more filler, clan politics, and useless banter than its peers.
I could expound on theories about why the plot takes a 180, like maybe the author found that writing a comedic parody is a hell of a lot harder and more time consuming than employing the cookie-cutter tropes of its web novel contemporaries. After all, greater efficiency in releasing chapters is more cash for the author, regardless of the quality and content of those chapters.
Bottom line: Read the first arc. Then, decide for yourself if its worth reading an also-ran web novel thats as insipid as the plethora of other web novels with MCs who are functionally invincible.
You would guess that this novel would be a parody. I dont know if the author intended it to be one but it isnt. The main character follows all the common tropes without even a hint of parodying them.
The MC fails at being a character. His goals and motivations are incredibly vague. He wants to help out his sect? Why? He has pretty much no reason for 80% of his actions to be helping the sect but he does it anyway. The guy has no unique character traits at all
aside from having a pre-existing reputation in his sect which has 0 impact on the story as he still gets underestimated just like every other MC in existence.
This novel would benefit from having a system like the authors previous novel as it would forcibly give the incredibly bland and uninteresting MC interesting goals.
The protagonist is supposed to be the stereotypical arrogant young master the main character was supposed to go up against? Sounds like a nice subversion, until you realize the protagonist also faces two such arrogant young masters in just the first couple of chapters.
There are antagonistic clichd xianxia MCs who were originally weak but plot-devices made them OP? Once again sounds like a nice subversion, until you consider that the protagonist
is actually a double-reincarnator and is even more broken than them.
The clichd xianxia MCs are very lucky and stumble upon very powerful artifacts and techniques left and right? So does the protagonist, not to mention technically he had already stumbled upon on ALL the techniques in his previous life, and he doesnt even have to do most of the legwork, as he has retainers who collect materials and artifacts for him.
The first clichd xianxia MC is a chick magnet who keeps improbably bumping into gorgeous female cultivators and have perfect meetings with them where he helps them out and earns their trust and love? Could have been a nice bit of satire, except the protagonist does the exact same thing beat for beat just a couple of chapters later.
So yeah, I dont know if its intentional, but directly hanging a lampshade on xianxia clichs and then following them to the letter anyway is a little weird in my opinion. There are also some weird inconsistencies in the story, like characters seemingly teleporting around, and the pacing and time-scale is all over the place too.
Those nagging issues aside it is a pretty good read. Not as biting in terms of satire as Historys Number One Founder or as hilarious as Library of Heavens Path, but it is a pretty nice, tongue-in-cheek xianxia series all the same.
Edit: After reading all the currently TLd chapters, I have to say this story completely lost the satirical bend it had at the beginning and turned into a fairly bog-standard xianxia story. The clichd xianxia MCs are still there, and they still cause some interesting situations, but other than that the protagonist completely fell into the role of a clichd xianxia MC himself. Its still worth a read, but if you came here expecting a solid deconstruction of xianxia tropes, look elsewhere and read this one for what it is: a pretty good, entertaining xianxia story with a few lampshades hanging around the place.
Whatever he does, he does it perfectly, and gets some additional benefit along the way - ancient legacy, legendary artifact,... you name it. Unsurprisingly, his Mary Sue halo extends to those around him, and damnation awaits
This novel had so much potential. Cultivation is interesting and well-described.
The characters are actually intelligent, and there is no mindless harem. Lin Zhou, Fang Zhun, Feng Yunshen, Huang Jie - in fact, most of the characters - are awesome; they deserve their own novels.
portrayed as despicable, petty, or insufferably jealous. Hence, when he proceeds to beat them up, he can do it with a righteous smile. I cant stand his righteousness.
. This story has several positive qualities. The protagonist is excellent, and his conduct is without question. The conflicts are also designed as to leave the audience without an opportunity to take a deep calming breath. The enemies in this story arent Just for an arc, they have existed since the very beginning of the story, scheming, striking, and manipulating. Furthermore, there are tiers of mysteries at every layer.
Hundreds of humans all physically similar, a few in each world, whatever for?
The protagonist also has a wide breadth of
knowledge, and expertise. Subtle in his power at first, but it all accumulates over time, until hes a virtual hegemon at the age of twenty. The external foes, whom are added into the equation every then, and again make the entire crafted world all the richer.
The us and them mentality exudes out of this story.
Truly, what keeps one still interested in this story, other than being vested interest in the protagonist has to be the fact that theres still so much questions left unanswered.
Good story with a nice twist to the normal xianxia novels, If you ever read xianxia before then you can understand the story more and gets the comedy behind it. Everyone should definitely read it.
If you read the description and the comments and thought to yourself that this was going to be a satirical comedy novel along the lines of My Disciple Died Yet Again then Im afraid that youll be disappointed. Simply put this is a Xuanhuan; thats it. If you know the genre then youve read this novel before. The first few chapters seem to be in the satirical comedy spirit; however, it very very quickly becomes just another Xuanhuan.
Meet Yan Zhaoge, once an earthling, he was brought into a martial
world during its martial golden age and died... only to be reincarnated again many years later. With his superior knowledge and otherworldly wit he works his way up to become the strongest blah blah blah...... Honestly, its not a bad read; just that, at this point, Im tired of this genre. The first 60 chapters do kinda feel like its going in the comedy route; however, after about 10 chapters (or so) you start to question this preface... by chapters 30 or 40 you retain some hope that itll satisfy the description... by chapter 100, youve given up.
This feels a lot more like Sovereign of the Three Realms or Emperors Domination than it does My Disciple Died Yet Again. Accordingly, if youre still into those novels, then give this one a read ~ youll likely enjoy it. In short, the description is a lie; its not a satirical comedy (or a comedy for that matter), its a Xuanhuan pure and simple.
[Edit: April 15, 2017]: There are two things that I forgot to mention in my earlier post; 1) events in this novel will drag on to an insane degree; Im not kidding when I say that HSSB is one of the worst [insert useless text here] offenders (accordingly, make sure to binge read this novel or youll hate it) ; and, 2) the early parts of the novel (first 70 chapters or so) do in fact satire other novels to a lesser extent (than otherwise expected) ; however, I should point out that for every treasure or good fortune found by people the novel tries to satire, our MC gets his own even more impressive [insert here: plot armor]. Its to the point where I have half a mind to think that the author initially intended it to be a satirical comedy; however, he wasnt able to write one well so he gave up and joined the dark side.
After taking a break from this novel, Ive picked it up again with the mindset that its not a comedy and Im somehow enjoying it more. That said, this novel is nothing out of the ordinary: 3.5/5 stars as of chapter 154 (not caught up yet). I stand by what I said earlier, if you like novels like SotTR and ED then youll probably like this.
I have read my share of wuxia and xianxia, and have become oversaturated with the auctions and Mt Tai and arrogant young masters and senseless killing. This novel is like a breath of fresh air, in a different way than Historys Strongest Founder is. To see someone given the villainous role and have to pull through and destroy the death flags, but in a chinese xianxia instead of a japanese otome, is very fun and truly great. This novel has not been translated far as of the writing of this
review, but I have great expectations for the future chapters, and am eagerly awaiting to devour the next one~ The MCs sense of humor and his directness, and the fact that he isnt a total idiot like some others is just so great, it gives me hope~
If I were to rate the first ten chapters, not even five stars would have been enough. The fresh comedy and protagonist made me feel a sense of attachment towards the author who, in my opinion, was at the time even better than all the other xianxia author by a few levels. Only, there seemed to be a problem.
That specific problem was the way the parody became too serious for its own good. The antagonist? Who was more or less the usual xianxia protagonist that is blessed with fateful encounters
and plot armor had too many misunderstandings. His hatred towards the protagonist, while it was partially explainable, reached new heights quite fast. After that, most of this novel becomes the narration of a reader that is fed up with the usual xianxia cliches, and wants to delve deeper in sect matters, politics and the usual things that most author leave behind because they know how much would a story lose once all these details hits our screen.
Yes, this story is an avalanche of details. The author would tell you everything you wanted or not to know. Each little prick has some fateful encounter and tries to act against the protagonist, only to be taught a lesson.
As someone already said, this novel moves in a completely different direction from what the synopsis presented. The comedy and the general fresh feeling disappears and is replaced by a stale narration of side quests in a xianxia world. The protagonist cultivation work is no longer described as his powers is always enough to be able to slap the face of anyone going against him, so we are ultimately seeing the daily life of a sect member caught in the sects political conflict.
The biggest plot armor of this story is the plan. If someone has a plan against him, our protagonist has a plan for that plan. If his enemies have a plan for his plan, the he has a plan for the plans his enemies have for his former plans. Keep this up and you could see how bored a person can become.
Most of the high rated reviews around here are for the first few chapters, only a few other found themselves attracted to the shitload of details about everything else beside what a true xianxia represents. If it is to your taste, read it, but dont rely too much on the synopsis or the first ten chapters. Expect a drastic change on the plot line.
The MC is interesting, cunning, and badass. MC is not the usual as crippled, useless, untalented, or poor usual cliche MC. On the contrary, he had everything a cultivator needed and longed for from the beginning. Power, Women, Backing, Respect, its a story about how he protect his interest and twart the scheme of the other cunning bastard that dare to stand against him.
First things first: dont let that summary fool you, this novel isnt much different than your standard xianxia fair. Its just that MCs rivals are replaced with bare-bone copies of generic xianxia MCs (heavenly luck, reincarnation, going back in time, etc.). Although its a gimmick, from time to time author uses it well as butt of some jokes, but, all in all, it has absolutely no impact on the overall narrative.
However, this reads a lot, A LOT, slower than your average xianxia, and thats mainly because author dedicates a lot
of time to EVERYTHING. From side characters, overly drawn descriptions to bolster word count, to completely pointless chapters, to oddest attempts at epic storytelling Ive seen in xianxia. Unless you are extremely comfortable with skipping paragraphs and chapters, I recommend you dont bother with this novel. However, thats not to say that theres nothing good about it, else I wouldnt have rated it 3. Author is good at build-up. He can set up scenes and battles properly, and weave in multitude of factions into conflict without seemingly any issues. He also writes some pretty decent and competent characters that arent our beloved MC, and has okay skills in terms of dialogue as long as he doesnt turn it into massive monologues or pointless pandering.
All in all, HSSB doesnt read like your average xianxia, but at the same time its exactly that. If youre interested in more, and dont mind some spoilers, read below:
While I praised authors ability for build-up and creating suspense, in this novel at least, its a double-edged sword. When he does it well, he does it really well. However, when he doesnt, everything, from pace to enjoyment, just collapses faster than you could imagine. While things that happen seemed to have been pre-planned, it appears to me more that the author simply jotted down a few main points (k this char meets MC here, they battle for this, this faction reacts this way, etc.), and then decided to write around those points without actually having planned how to properly write about them.
Building tension is a hallmark of horror stories; they live and thrive on it. However, when writing action stories - especially ones involving supernatural elements - tension becomes a tool to use with great care. Again, author has pretty decent grasp on how to build it, but has absolutely no clue as to how to pace it. The only way I sucked some enjoyment out of this novel was by practically skipping more than quarter of it. While that may seem dishonest and makes my review seem a bit skewed, I do have my reasons.
First, pointless chapters where MC upgrades or whatever. If youve ever read xianxia, youll obviously be skipping them because its basically the same thing. Anyway, even if you skip it, youll be constantly reminded what each and exact realm does, so you dont have to worry about being in the dark. These chapters are more frequent than you think, and I dont even mention paragraphs weaved in nearly every 5-6 chapters that refer to the realms and just repeat the same sh*t author already described before.
Second, chapters featuring nothing. And I dont mean no plot progression where characters talk with each other. I mean nothing. Its just bunch of words, referencing some history (again), with absolutely no tie-in to what is going on at the present time. While these chapters arent as commonplace as cultivation ones, they are marked as some of the most blatant page count attempts Ive seen.
As an example, at one point of the story, were told of the history behind MCs sect. Great, some backstory never hurts. We learn of these major two figures that propped his sect up, and how they did it, and why they are so renowned. But wait. Then we hear the exact same story, again, with author trying to vaguely connect it with present times. But wait. Here it is again. This time, youre slightly annoyed, so you just skip it because its the same shit. Oho but wait, what do we have here? An entire chapter dedicated to the backstory weve heard before, again?
I know that xianxia, as a genre, thrives on repetition, as authors have to drill some details into readers minds. Much of it has to do with cultivation, but also with endless stream of side characters, and sometimes backstory. But, author here goes far beyond repetition, as he clearly just takes a chapter to bait readers into expecting the main story to actually restart.
The author is a competent writer. As Ive stated before, characters in HSSB are much better developed than in majority of other xianxia. Even if there are your generic spoiled princes and whatnot, of those characters that stay, most are written well enough. In addition, hes really good at building up tension, but has absolutely no clue as to how to pace it and properly release it. This isnt a horror story. No reader will enter this world expecting 12 chapters of build-up that could have been done in about 2. By the time the release of tension comes, you dont go wow, that was epic!, but rather oh for f*cks sake, finally!. So, again, and I STRONGLY IMPLORE THIS, unless you can comfortably skip literal chapters and countless paragraphs, HSSB will be absolute chore to read.
One more knack against the author is how he purposefully conceals information from the viewer than the MC already knows. Although the type of narration is omnipotent, we spend most of our time with MC, and author simply hides things from us that should be easily explained mostly to just bolster that look how smart my non-MC whos totally MC character is. Its cheap, because we cant operate on the same level as MC as we dont have the same information he has, so when he suddenly reveals something that should shock us and make us go wow, thats really clever! I never would have thought of that!, we dont because we never stood a chance in the first place. Also, weaving mysteries in the background isnt authors strong suite either. He just presents a mystery and then leaves it blank for readers, while making MCs thoughts and dialogue extremely vague making it so we cant even infer anything that would help us decipher whatever the f*ck MC would.
All in all, HSSB has some really great moments, and when its at it best, it eclipses majority of other novels. However, its so rarely at its best that its simply not worth mentioning. In addition, besides the gimmick of totally not MC character, author cant pace out tension, dragging on things for far too long whereas the climax of the story arc simply isnt as satisfying as it could have been.
Hmm, I would say that at the point of chapter 107, the title is no longer apt. I am not sure if there would be other Junior Brothers to be sacrificed to keep the title appropriate on the future though.
Still, for a xianxia (double) reincarnation plot, it is still well-written, though if I might say, the Senior Brother thing actually makes it kind of odd. Odd that was interesting at first, but as the story progresses that plot hook just becomes an oddity.
I like the fact that the MC involves the cast in his problem-solving.
Mooks bothering juniors? No problem, my henchmen will handle it. Slightly above cultivation antagonist? No problem, my higher level right hand will handle it. One step higher cultivation antagonist? No problem, I will break through the level gap in a second! High above cultivation antagonists and multiple factions ganging on me? No problem, I can humbly lower my head and request help from my own faction!
The novel started out as a parody as many reviewers before me stated but how many times can you really repeat the same joke over and over again until its no longer funny?
The basic/general outline of the plot is more or less the same with countless other cultivation novels but how can it not be when theyre all of the same specific genre?
This novel isnt anything new nor does it offer something fresh. Just like how most houses look simila.