Under the heavy rain, a fire could not be started without fuel. The soldiers poured bucket after bucket of fuel into the pit. They then threw in numerous torches. Suddenly, a pillar of fire reached for the sky. Seeing this pillar of fire, the people began crying once more; however, not a single person charged forward.
Xuan Tian Ming took a couple steps forward and swept his robe to the side then kneeled on one knee in the mud.
His actions caused all of the refugees to become stunned. Before they could understand why, they saw Feng Yu Heng copy his actions and kneel at his side. Then it was Feng Yu Heng’s two servants, followed by the soldiers. Everyone kneeled in front of this large fire. They then heard Xuan Tian Ming loudly say: “They were citizens of my Da Shun. Today, this prince will send them off!”
Hello! Roll that Review is back! I shoulda written this like 2 days ago but you guys have heard that like 3 weeks in a row now, teehee. At any rate, this story struck a familiar chord with me. It was a little like Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator but also like a hearty mix with other series. It was overall…. well, definitely a thing. It is an intriguing read and I do want to know what happens next. I can think positively about it regardless of the outcome of the pros/cons. I do have a bit more to say about negatives but some of it is just slight grievances, some more than that. I still did enjoy it for what it was worth, though sometimes I was left confused… but oh well. I did enjoy it and read most of it in about 4 days. Still a decent read.
Title: Shen Yi Di Nu
Author: Yang Shi Liu
Rating: ★★★★ (4.25/10 Stars)
A high-ranking officer in the Marines and a master of both Western and Chinese medicine, Feng Yu Heng is transmigrated with a duang sound to the Da Shun Dynasty. Her father is distant, her grandmother is unloving, her mother is sick, her brother is young, and her sisters are hateful, with each more ruthless than the previous. After transmigrating and being reborn, she definitely cannot continue being a good-for-nothing like the previous owner of this body. Want to compete with me? It will be complete domination! Want to cause me harm? A single scalpel will turn you to mincemeat! Want to play dirty? A needle will paralyze half your body! Want to kill me? A single scratch will disembowel you! The formerly easy-to-bully completely transforms and becomes the most desired of Da Shun Dynasty. A hospital to be opened with the Emperor will bring the adoration of the masses and a great deal of wealth. But what’s this about a marriage to this absurd prince? What does the cripple have to say?
Shen Yi Di Nu Positives (Henceforth called SYDN)
Colorful Characters: The characters are rather interesting when the time is right. They may not have perfectly crafted personalities and some might have low EQ, but in the end of the day the Hijinks, at least of the main character Feng Yu Heng and her (future) Husband Xuan Tian Ming, are of a different breed. It’s entirely a case of shrewd inner workings, careless debacles, and fiery intrigue whenever the impressively incapable Feng family try and get at Feng Yu Heng. The villain(ess)’s are a bit cookie cutter and can’t even manage to get one over Feng Yu Heng, but the antics can occasionally be clever, though Feng Yu Heng is a step ahead.
A stingy, stubborn, omniscient and nearly omnipotent main character trouncing her original body’s hopeless family. A disgustingly closeminded father, grandmother, concubine, ‘third sister’ and ‘eldest daughter’ for relatives. The relationships are teetering on the edge of complicated and simple in the Feng Family, yet the more complicated family is the still hidden Royal Family. Xuan Tian Ming is a hot-blooded prince who has a penchant for burning buildings, whipping those who disgust him and playfully teasing his beloved consort-to-be. He has his half-brothers, the merchant first prince, the family-oriented second prince, the calculating and cold third prince, and the diety-like seventh prince. The other princes are as of yet unknown, with me not knowing their identity just yet.
Even if you hate someone they keep coming back, being reborn like phoenixes.. well, until they die. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
At any rate, their characters, even if seemingly 2 dimensional or not very ‘life-like’ in some cases, are still fairly interesting and give some worth to the play that continues on. If you are to observe them you at least won’t get bored because some of them are very skilled at being two-faced miserable, worthless tramps. So there’s at least that if you like drama. And I say that lovingly because it’s always important for a story to have at least one or two die-hard tramps. Anyway, the characters are interesting so it’s a plus!
Faithful Male Lead: Xuan Tian Ming is faithful alright. He’ll doggedly pursue Feng Yu Heng and tease her until the day they die. Of course, he’s not some kind of disgusting creep like Xiao Bojiang from Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator. He’s just a 20 something guy who admired a plucky young girl who talked back to him and helped him out of some troubles back when he was injured. He values her not just because of her medical expertise but because of her immense knowledge and strong behavior. He admires her tenacity and ability to hold her own, granted I think he’d like it if she relied more on him…
Regardless of what happens, he will first and foremost believe her words, not doubting her in the least, even wanting to cater to her whims even at his own disadvantage. Her word is law and he just wants to make sure that she is comfortable and safe. He even gifts her things that others wouldn’t be entitled to touch, even things that his own father is wary to gift to his concubines, sans Xiao Tian Ming’s own mother, of course. Xiao Tian Ming really does put a lot of emphasis on Feng Yu Heng, very happily letting her cause mischief, even taking her out or showing her a carefully plotted ‘play’ for her. No other woman would be able to enter his eyes and he’d not let anyone touch his woman.
Awareness: Whether it’s medical awareness or personal awareness, Feng Yu Heng certainly knows what is going on. She is calculative and appears to have a good grasp, whether it’s true medical expertise or falsified fictional expertise, on many factors. She can create steel, solve medical problems and even quickly sabotage the ‘womenfolks‘ inner quart yard squabbles. However, she’s not the only character with apt awareness. Other characters too, even if they aren’t as complicated as Feng Yu Heng, have a certain touch to them that makes them have a good grasp on people’s relationships or their own standing. It’s only when it pertains to Feng Yu Heng that they usually slip up and they are about as intelligent as a pebble.
Even if a character is a bit of a dolt, it doesn’t always take a lot for the characters to help sort that character out, quickly solving the problems of the other characters and giving way to clarity. It’s not too difficult for the inner machinations to be seen, so long as a character opens their eyes and it’s not behind the indestructible plot armor that Feng Yu Heng hoists proudly over her shoulder.
Interesting Ploys: Some of the plots that the ‘villainess’ women do, are actually interesting. Well, I also enjoyed the time that Feng Yu Heng switched salt with sugar when she gave the pork shoulder to ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛. That was hilarious. I approved of that. I got a kick out of it.
But seriously, sometimes the little actions that happen, whether from the enemies or from the main character are quite interesting. Of course I wildly favor the antics of Feng Yu Heng and Xiao Tian Ming more. Hehe, whip the villains to death! Burn their houses! Destroy them!
Translation Quality: It’s not necessarily bad, but there are random capitalizations, incorrect names, and frequent misspellings. It’s to the point where if someone was put to task fixing them all, that’d take quite a bit considering the 400+ chapters translated. Now, I do acknowledge and admire that the translations have gotten as far as it has and is put out so frequently, but… a higher quality is also appreciated. It isn’t necessarily constant, but it’s frequent enough to where it’s a little frustrating.
It’s stuff like FEng Yu Heng or even teh, that sort of thing. Again, I do admire the work put into it, but even the little mistakes add up and eventually grow tiring, it’s not as joyful to read when it’s so frequent there are sometimes a multitude of mistakes per chapter. Naturally, the other things I review aren’t as good, especially God of Crime considering that translation is even abysmal when compared to SYDN, but it still is a bit irksome.
Long-Lived Enemies: Good lord, it took like, forever for some of the enemies to die! I honestly was exhausted waiting for the comeuppance for some of the characters. They are more tenacious than cockroaches, for real. The more I couldn’t wait for them to die, the lesser I looked forward to their demise because I knew it was going to not even be satisfying. The most painful death POSSIBLE would have been too much after I waited all that time for that conniving witch Chen Yu to get her just desserts. UGH, Just thinking of those girls who deserve nothing but hate fills me with dread. Yeesh.
What is a long time and what is a short time?: The series makes me wonder what exactly the author thinks is a long time? Certainly, in the span of some things, 3 years is a long time, but the characters seem to think it’s far longer than it actually is. One hand, 3 years was 1/4th of Feng Yu Heng’s life, on the other hand, it was 1/2 of her brother’s. Clearly, that’s why it’s a long time for them, but for the adults who are in their thirties, forties or older it’s not that long at all. It’s also played down where I’m not sure if any time is long or short. Is 10 years a long time? Is it a short time? Certainly, in most people’s experience, 10 years is definitely a longer period of time for everyone. Even if you’ve lived 100 years, 10 years is 1/10th of your life. If you’ve only lived 30 years, it’s 1/3rd of your life. But them making a huge fuss and harping about 3 years and acting as if it was such an incredibly ridiculous long time just really rubbed me the wrong way.
Phoenix-shaped space: Man, I hate these convenient spaces that are solely for the main character and have such a cheat function. I just… wow. Can there not be one? I just have no words for how excessive it is. It’s enough the main character has obscene amounts of knowledge of a myriad of subjects but… please… please, make the main character not have that sort of cheat space. There’s even a cheat space in Rebirth of the Tyrant’s Pet: Regent Prince is too Fierce. Like, I can understand if it’s a personal space she can venture into that has nothing and she can’t grab anything out of, just a meditation space, but is it necessary for it to have a restock function like it does and magically have nearly everything possible that she needs? It’s the most hand-holding function ever. I’m just glad it’s not overly broken and able to constantly refill stock of stuff she adds into it after her death in the previous world.
Grandpa: Just why is her (past) paternal grandfather conveniently now in the body of her (current) Maternal grandfather? How is?? I????? no words. I like their interaction but he seems too sudden and out of left field for me to do anything more than like the fact she has someone by her side who isn’t an ignorant goof.
Phobias: this one is just a personal problem. I know I shouldn’t think too much about it but the fact that Feng Yu Heng can have a cat around the Empress who is apparently super duper afraid of them is just ridiculous. And even then, if Feng Yu Heng is afraid of flying feathered creatures like ducks or geese or swans, why wasn’t she upset when she was around her family’s given dowry from Xiao Tian Ming? He gave her fowl too. Plus if she were legitimately afraid of birds why was she fairly ok with the hawk that literally ate some of Chen Yu’s face. I just… no. I can’t. that’s just dumb. The phobias are all dumb.
Swearing: Swearing has a time and place and frankly, I hated that Feng Yu Heng ‘woke up’ in the world swearing, it’s kind of ridiculous. Swearing has a time and place in stories. You have to craft a character to swear and I might be a little biased but it’s a bit much for me to read a story and have it have a female lead who swears first thing as an introduction. Swearing doesn’t exactly speak the best of your character. Even if you’re an exalted marine medic or army woman it isn’t the best to show you swearing like that, even if its pitiful non-abrasive words like shit or damn. It just really sort of puts a damper on things for me. I know that with her upbringing in her past life it should be an obvious turn of events but that doesn’t change that I think it wasn’t a great way to introduce her, particularly since she doesn’t actually swear that often in reality. She barely does. So it just is a black mark on her character.
There aren’t any recommendations this week. I’m stumped on what to suggest!!!
Feel free to suggest stuff to me though! I’d love to hear them! See you next week!
Edit: HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO JAVA LOVES HUGGING on the Meraki Discord! Happy 15th birthday!
Edit 2: added the swearing minor issue in negatives.