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Western transmigration xianxia-lite with medium grimdark, anime harem influences and ridiculous output

By Naeddyr, member

Jul 20, 2017: Despite the title, I actually am making a recommendation for Savage Divinity, a western xianxia-lite with medium grimdark, tons of anime influence, a transmigrated (and mostly benign) protagonist, and a ridiculous output. It hasn’t been a year yet, and there’s 180 or so chapters, and those chapters are not short.

Some amnesiac Earthling transmigrates into the body of a 12-year old slave in a xianxia/wuxia-lite world with a lot of hot animal-eared people running around. The prologue is basically: Raine / Rain has amnesia in both lives, suffers horribly, gets thrown into a plague pit, crawls out and is finally saved by what is basically a loving commune of super-ninjas where polygamy is not uncommon and everyone is hot (literally).

And it’s actually good! Readable, gripping, infuriating, I love it enough that I put something towards it on Patreon for a while.

It’s one of those first-we-kick-in-your-teeth wishfulfilment fantasies. Our protagonist gets a bunch of adventures, accolades, rewards, and so forth, but is also shit on regularly by fate and things don’t feel too undeserved. Also legit harem, YMMV, though happily I think polygamy in this world can go both ways, at least among the People, and there ARE a lot of strong (or "strong") women characters (who tend to be hot . . . )

There’s lots of gore, and it’s medium grimdark setting with a grubby gray Imperi^W Empire fighting slobbering hordes of cannibalistic, torturebonered and genocidal cultis^W Defiled, though 80% of the conflicts are provided by the normal society of the setting and the stupid, stupid bloodfeuds and vendettas the protagonist (that idiot) collects like he’s made out of Master Balls.

The writing is perfectly fine. The biggest fault with the craft is that in later chapters, the author gets bogged down with boring, annoying, or irrelevant side-character chapters, dragging things out immensely. There should be a much more pin-pointed focus on the real main cast, and the infodumps / situation dumps in those side-character chapters should be integrated and cut into main character chapters and PoV.

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