The Missing Piece

Just want to say that this blog is surviving another year, as I just paid the annual costs a little while ago. My wallet hurts and the fact I also ordered more BL made it hurt even further. But worth it!

…I think?

I will also, probably, post reviews on any day of the week at any time starting today. My life has changed a lot over these past years, and I need to adjust my posting to that… even though it’s been difficult to admit, at the end of the day.


A faint smile appeared at the corners of Ji Mingxuan’s mouth. His voice was beyond gentle: “Shen Mo, did you call the wrong name?”

Shen Mo finally remembered what he was supposed to do. He approached Ji Mingxuan and held his hand. “Mingxuan.”

“Yes.” Ji Mingxuan leaned affectionately toward him, whispering, “Don’t forget our relations.”

“Lovers,” Shen Mo smoothly answered.

Fake lovers, he added in silence.

For the past three years Shen Mo has been in a fake relationship with Ji Mingxuan, to please Ji Mingxuan’s sister Ji An’an. But when she returns after three years abroad, so does her boyfriend — that is, Shen Mo’s ex-boyfriend — Zhou Yang. Shen Mo is reminded of his past, while confused by his contract lover Ji Mingxuan, and bothered by the ex he has since long let go of.

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Batch #17: BL Webcomics

I know I’ve said the nest post was supposed to be The Living Waters, but I’ve been unwell and tired these past months, and haven’t had the energy to finish the review. It’s felt like a heavy weight on my shoulders, even, which doesn’t help when I need a nap every few hours to get by. So I wanted to do something easy, hence a batch post! The theme is BL webcomics that are adaptations of Chinese novels I’ve read. Or, you know, BL webcomics. AGAIN.

On a different note, I had a poll on Twitter about tags a while ago. I asked if I should add genre and/or age tags. Genre tags seemed to be a given, but age tags I was a bit hmm on. Since I’ve already had so many posts and I work on this site entirely on my own, I can’t do any major addition or changes like this in the tagging system after this, so I’ve decided to only add genre tags. Demographics and the like won’t be a tag. I apologise to anyone who anted them, but as usual, I’ll be writing its content is unsuitable for a younger audience.


Fake Slackers
The two school tyrants of the east and west building — whose exams score place first and second from the bottom, coincidentally meet for the first time in a street fight during summer break. When the second year begins, the students of class 2-3 are terrified out of their minds, because the violent tyrants are in the same class. Not only that… their seats end up being next to each other! They are surely going to fight! But appearances are not always as they seem…

I love the novel this has been adapted from. I’ve read Fake Slackers 3 or 4 times in a year, I think. So, you know, I really love this one. It’s currently on hiatus, which isn’t a problem for me because I’ve already read the story so much I know it pretty much by heart. But I could see how it would be frustrating to others, especially since it’s pretty much at the very beginning of the story. I think the art is really good and the way how the people in the app get chibi characters is so nice. The translation seems slightly iffy, though, with some variations in screen names and so on.

You can read Fake Slackers on BiliBili, and I’ll try to get a review of the novel up sooner or later.

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The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System Vol 1

This is part of my growing number of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu posts. If you want to find more, check out the author tag here.

Also, I’m sorry for the lack of update, my health hasn’t been very good at all and I’ve been busy with working on stuff. But I’m happy to announce that, believe it or not, I tied third for an award as a queer author of youth (YA/NA) fiction.


“Dumbfuck author, dumbfuck novel!”

After cursing out the novel Proud Immortal Demon Way and its author with his last breath, Shen Yuan woke up in an unfamiliar place. Having promised himself not to ask anything stupid if he ever transmigrated, he’s quick to adapt… and realises to his horror he’s the villain with the most miserable end in the very novel he cursed out, and with an annoying system telling him to improve the novel to boot. Can he improve the story, fill plot holes and not kill himself in the process?

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Madou Soshi Season 1 Episode 6

Note: This is part of my growing number of posts of works and adaptations of works by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Because of the release of the novels Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System, Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation and Heaven Official’s Blessing, all reviews related to Mo Xiang Tong Xiu can be found under the author’s tag. Madou Soshi is the Japanese title, and this is about the Japanese audio drama with Japanese names.

SPOILER WARNING! If you have yet to read Mo Dao Zu Shi (novel or manhua), watch the animated adaptation or read my previous posts, this post may contain spoilers of past episodes. I suggest checking out the Madou Soshi tag for summaries of past episodes.


To think you wouldn’t tell me about such a good place to heal the wounds. Geez! AH! So cold!

I came here to cultivate, not to heal my—. Don’t play in the water!

But it’s cold! Brrrr! Way too cold!

Don’t swim!

I just want to get to where you are; it seems warmer over there.

Ran Gishin (CV: Toshiyuki Morikawa) brought Gi Musen (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) and Kou Chou (CV: Hikaru Midorikawa) with them to exterminate water ghouls, though Ran Bouki (CV: Satoshi Hino) questions it. Are these people really capable of handling such a dangerous task?

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Batch #15: Webcomics

I promised another batch a while ago. This isn’t a BL batch, but rather a batch of some comics on BiliBili Comics, the international site for BiliBili, and is the first out of two. For these batches, I tried to pick titles to cover every genre they have listed. Since they seem to have some a tag system, though, I can’t guarantee that if one looks through all genres one by one, there will be at least one I’ve reviewed. I used the tags when I found something to check the genre off, out of convenience.

Worth noting is that BiliBili, instead of hunting down scanlations to have the removed and make the groups stop, contacting them about their translations, and I hear they compensated the groups for them (and pay those who continue while working for them). This is not the first time a publisher has picked up a fan translation, but it’s novel to see it at a larger scale, as with BiliBili Comics. Some of these may be a bit of varying quality, from the looks of it with some name variations. Another note is that they’re all free.

I’ve added BiliBili Comics to my Reading Platform Master Post, but I only have access to the site, so if anyone can fill me in the information I don’t have, that would be great!


My Young Lady is a NEET
Gu Yuan is hired to prepare Li Su for her marriage with Han Qingyang to connect the family businesses. But he is shocked to find out that the young lady lives in a pigsty and won’t even enter the sun. Now he has to transform this NEET to a prim and proper, but it seems like an impossible task.

At first this story is just comedy and missing a bit of the romance in romcom, but that comes later. I had no expectations and I’m glad, because it’s a pretty funny series. I enjoy they characters’ development as individuals too and that might be the main reason I like it. The comedy is just a great bonus, and the romance is pretty sweet too.

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Batch #14: Boys Love

Here we got a third BL webcomic batch! Sort of odd to drop that on White Day, but that happens when you need to throw something in. My obsession with gay men has been lasting quite a long while by now, strangely enough. Some of these are on the more mature side, but I’ll add my NSFA rating for each. This time the stories can be found on Tapas.


Eyes on Me (by loonytwin)
Evan forgets his keys at a friend’s house. His friend’s not going to be home, but, as his roommate’s home, Evan can get his keys anyway. Only, the roommate was hotter than he expected. But is the cute guy interested in him too, or just playing around?

This one was pretty good at the beginning, but I lost interested after a while. I guess it simply lost its momentum and fell flat after the main ship more or less fully set sail. The art’s really nice, and I didn’t really mind the mature parts. I’d still put it somewhere around 4.5/10 on the NSFA scale. The handling of pacing oneself in a relationship has been good though, so I’ll give it that. Not the greatest one in this batch.

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Young King Arthur And The Round Table Knights

“I know what a king is. But even so, it still doesn’t change who I am. I’m still me. And to me, everyone is equal.”

While he’s on an errand, Arthur hears that the Choosing Ceremony is to take place and he goes to see who the new king will be. All of his excitement drops to dread when he, in a try to save his cousin, by accident draws the holy sword Excalibur out of the anvil.

In shock and disbelief, he’s brought into the castle, his relatively safe life turning to a life of hard decisions, vicious nobles and assassination attempts left and right. Will Arthur crumble before his life as king truly begins, or get killed before it happens?

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Madou Soshi Season 1 Episodes 1-3

Important note! All names, including the title, are in Japanese! For those who have read the novel or comic, or watched the animated or live action series, I’ve put a list of names after the summaries to minimise confusion. Madou Soshi is the Japanese reading title of Mo Dao Zu Shi, and not me bullshitting some random title because I can’t read Chinese much anymore.
Also! Usually I write Given name Family name on characters. This is reversed this time because it just sound better. I drop family names unless I need to use them after writing it once though.

As of 25/4 2022, I have a page with all the names and other terminology that can be useful to know listed here, and no longer in the post.


During the first year, peace remained…

During the second year as well, peace remained…
And during the thirteenth year as well, peace still remained…

MDZS JP 1-1Gi Musen (CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki) wakes up one day, several years after his death. He realises he was called for a reason; the person sacrificing themselves for something, but they missed a part in the summoning and he’s just offered the body. It’s not difficult to figure out though, and soon he’s working on taking revenge, while hoping to stay alive himself. Continue reading “Madou Soshi Season 1 Episodes 1-3”

The Sound of Your Voice

Ethan Hyun is the team leader of an editor team at Sam Publishing and is a very nerdy person. He loves comics, games, animated shows, figurines and recently he’s been into audio dramas. And better yet! He’s going to work with his favourite voice actor, Jimmy Kwak, after the company decides to publish an audio drama based on a book they’re published! But their first meeting was horrible, as Ethan injured Jimmy while on the train, and Jimmy thought he’s stalking him. Soon, however, they get along and when life almost throws them both onto the street, they end up living together and learn more about one another.

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Batch #13: Boys Love

Here we got a second BL webtoon batch with titles from Toomics! I haven’t gotten tired of men falling for each other, so bear with me. I promise I’ll post something else… eventually. I just need my romance fix every once in a while, and BL, GL, fantasy romance and dark/bittersweet romances tend to hit home better than the average shoujo romance (but needless to say Kimi ni Todoke and Ao Haru Ride remains my favourite romance titles to date.)


I Like You (by Momopia)
Andy Goh always ends up bullied at his school and he recently changed schools because of it. Of course, some boys make him their gofer and make him pay for their drinks and food, but as long as he keeps doing it, he’ll be fine. Right? But it’s while he’d hurrying back to the classroom he accidentally sees Jesse Baek confess to the mathematics teacher that he loves him. In desperation, Andy says he likes Jesse and somehow, for some reason, the two ends up being a couple. How will Andy get out of this mess now? How will he break up with the school’s top dog?

There are only 21 chapters so far in English, so this is very much a first impression kind of thing, but this is pretty darn funny. Bullying aside, that is. And the shitty math teacher. And Jesse’s tendency to not respect boundaries, but he doesn’t seem to take any hints that Andy doesn’t like the guy (and it’s pretty obvious why, when you read it). Er… Wait… Why is this funny? I guess most of the jokes just hit home and the teenagers are very much teens. So maybe it’s kind of cringe funny? I don’t know. This is set in a boys’ school so for once it fucking makes sense there are like no girls! It bothers me when I read BL and for some unexplainable reason, girls/women don’t exist. Another thing I do appreciate is that Andy does notice that Jesse isn’t as terrible as he thinks and that he isn’t going “I ONLY LIKE GIRLS!” but instead has a moment when he goes “Wait, but I never liked a girl either!” It’s completely unrelated to my general opinion on this webcomic, but I can appreciate seeing a demi-romantic-ish character that isn’t supposed to like one or the other specifically every once in a while.

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