|Title in Chinese||二哈和他的白猫师尊|
|Author||Meatbun doesn’t Eat Meat (肉包不吃肉)|
|Genre||Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Romance, Xianxia|
|Chapters read at the time of this review:||Completed|
|My Rating||4.2 / 5|
(taken from Rynnamonrolls’s translations)
Emperor of the cultivation world Mo Weiyu deceived elders and slaughtered ancestors, and committed all crimes and sins known to man. After ending his own life, he was reborn and transmigrated to the year he first became a disciple.
In the shell of a boy held an old and weary soul. After coming back to life, truth after truth that had been hidden below the surface in the previous floated to the top and broke through the waters one after the other.
Of all the revelations, the one that stunned him the most was that the Shizun that he had hated to the bone in his previous life had always been protecting him from the shadows…
The heart of man can change; even demons and monsters can become compassionate to do good. Only, he had sinned deeply. Can the blood on his hands ever be cleansed?
The Husky and his White Cat Shizun (more commonly known as 2HA) is one of the web novels I felt would’ve been better off if it had been written in the standards or format of a published book. Although I don’t think web novels are any less than published books, they do have some key differences–the former mostly being easier to read and digest. And 2HA is anything but an easy read.
At first glance, the novel seems like your typical rebirth story. I’ve read lots of stories where MC tries to make up to ML, so I thought this story was going to be made from the same dough. And oh, how very wrong I was.
2HA is a wild ride from start to finish. I started from wanting Mo Ran to drop dead to wanting to cradle him in my arms and protect him from the world. His character development was so well-written that you wouldn’t even recognize him by the end of the story.
The sub-plots of the other characters were also compelling and mindboggling. They gave me the Game of Thrones vibe. Each one of them has such complex minds and motivations that how I wish the story, or at least Book Two, was written in more POVs, aside from just Mo Ran’s and Chu Wanning’s. The author seemed to be hasty in introducing the other key characters that, before I could even learn to love them, I was already thrusted into so much plot and confusion. Many times, I wished there were chapters written in the points of view of Nangong Si, Ye Wangxi, Shi Mei, and many more. They all seem very interesting, but I was too focused on the plot to care about them.
And speaking of plot, how 2HA turned out in the end was extremely unexpected. I’m not even sure if I like it, though I’m definitely glad that it’s a happy ending. I don’t know how to describe it without mentioning any spoilers, but how the author brought together the “past” and the “present” was rather… bizarre. Unique, to say the least. But I’m not complaining.
Overall, 2HA is not a cookie-cut rebirth story, nor is it a mere gratifying scum-man-gets-retribution story. It goes beyond the tropes it presents itself to be in, making it one of the most unforgettable danmei reads. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but it’s definitely something I would love to recommend.
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