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Douluo Dalu (Novel)  
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Tang Sect, the most famous martial arts sect of all. By stealing its most secret teachings to fulfill his dreams, Tang San committed an unforgivable crime. With his ambition attained, he hands his legacy to the sect and throws himself from the fearsome "Hell's Peak."

But he could have never imagined that this would reincarnate him in another world, one without magic, martial arts, and grudges. A land where only the mystical souls of battle lay.

The continent of Douluo.

How will Tang San survive in this unknown environment? With a new road to follow, a new legend begins...

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Battlelands (Novel)
Soul Land (Novel)
Đấu La Đại Lục
斗罗大陆 (小说)

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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Complete)
48 Web Volumes (Complete)
336 Chapters (Complete)

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (342 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.51 / 10.0
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Starts well only to get worse and worse   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
September 21st, 2018, 8:50pm
A bit long winded, at times the author can take 10 pages to describe something, for example the process of absorbing a ring or the system in which a tournament phases tale place which is unneeded and annoying imo. Likewise way to often he goes out of his way to explain something that would have been better left unexplained, either the explanation being ridiculous, completely unneeded or it's used only as a preamble that something is imposible BUT Tang san can do it anyways... If you are going to go ahead and completely disregard what you went to great length to explain then at least have the decency! of saving me the time of reading that crap, but no the author seems to thing that makes Tang look awesome, I, think that makes the author look pathetic and stupid, a rule is not a rule if it is just there and explained only for the purpose of being broken by the MC with no further explanation than "he's the MC".
For those who read the manhua, either start at the beginning or at the last fight in the first arena training, there are too many differences between the two, even if in a general sense they follow the same story-line, specially after the continental tournament is completely different.

What I liked the most was the balanced main char, I'm pretty tired of reading manhuas and novels about normal guys entering the world of cultivation just to become amoral crettins who just go on killing rampages so this is a good change, unfortunately later on he becomes pedantic, condescending and quite manipulative. On the bad side, the MC is too perfect which is the main downside, why the author needs to make him the best at absolutely everything and have everything he does be special is particularly annoying, as usual this adulation of his own creation can be nothing else than self flattery (needles to say tha author not identify with his MC too), this two become more unbearable in later parts. Also, it was pretty decently paced in powering up till halfway through but speeds up all of a sudden to ridiculous degrees.

Last, the translation and literary skills of the author are lacking, I get annoyed at the use of the double negative "not inconsiderable", "not insignificantly", etc. and the translator uses "how could" and "how couldn't" so often it's ridiculous, same for "if it had been" and "if it weren't for". Not to mention the author's clear chauvinistic writing, even if there are a few strong female characters the author can't help interject phrases like "even if she's a woman" or "afterall she's a woman" and so on.
Just as with other novels the story and setting is also inconsistent, there are lot of contradictions (in this case going as far as contradicting itself within the same volume). This gives the feeling (or rather makes it clear) that the writer makes the stuff as he goes and hasn't given much thought on the specifics from the start, another aspect of lousy storytelling and literary skills and imo in a fantasy type setting worldbuilding is one of the most important aspects.
On a more general view, I really would appreciate if all chinese translators would stop using extremely, excessively, unexpectedly, unprecedented and so on words all the time, those worlds are meant to be exceptions, something rarely seen if the translator and author uses them twice per page it just feels like you are reading the lame fantasizing of a highschool kid. I'll probably earn some hate here but this really is a problem of all web and self-published novels I've read so far, there really hasn't been a well written novel and that's my main gripe with wuxia, xiaxia and xuanhuan web-novels in general, they are more fanfiction than proper fantasy, that's the impression they all leave me and I can't imagine this changing without having the novels go through a proper publishing process.

The more I read the worse it becomes, this was a good novel at the start, decent about v20-25 and is close to unreadable after v30 or so in Seagod's island arc.

My favourite phrase: "How far would a three thousand-jin (1.5T) weight fall in two seconds" this pretty much says it all.

... Last updated on November 10th, 2018, 12:07pm
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The Ultimate Mary Sue   
Rating: N/A
by Kingmitch23
December 29th, 2016, 6:33am
MC is perfect, almost everyone else is perfect. Every threat gets eliminated pretty quickly and no real sense of danger. If someone gets poisoned by an ultimate incurable poison the mc will cure it pretty much next issue. Everything is a "super legendary never seen in 100,000 years" special item/ability. Reminds me of how un-fun cheating in a video game can be.

... Last updated on December 29th, 2016, 6:35am
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one of the better webnovels   
Rating: N/A
by nanner
March 8th, 2016, 2:52pm
xainxai-type stories that don't have a harem, at least one rape, and an arrogant Jerk MC with a hair trigger temper are very, very rare, and the lack of those here makes me like this story even more.
tang san is calm (unless xiao wu gets hurt), smart, and has a pretty easy-going personality most times. he's a very likable MC.
the ring system for cultivation is intriguing; a nice change from the typical level-up systems and the side characters are quirky and interesting. i enjoy the team set up. the parts where the shrek seven devils are together are some of my favorite scenes.
the story is entertaining and doesn't make me roll my eyes with a gazillion "it cannot be!" and "how is it possible?" type statements that repeat over and over again in every chapter that has a fight.
can't ask for much more from a web novel.
if your looking for typical xian xai like martial god ashura or against the gods you probably wont like this one. if you want a break from the usual, then it makes a nice change.

for those of you wavering between the novel and the manhua, i recommend reading the novel.
the manhua is terrible and it cuts out a lot of important scenes or adds some that make no sense.
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Not as expected   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alyyang123
February 18th, 2016, 3:21pm
Considering the author is the same guy who wrote Guang Zhi Zi, the story about the bro harem, and Shen Yin Wang Zuo, which involves killing people for saying even the slighest insult against the MC's mother, I thought this would be as trashy as the previous two. But... wow. This blew me away completely.
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Description is horrible   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by dtim
December 29th, 2015, 2:16pm
Seriously, the description is just awful. It gives the completely wrong impression of both the MC and the world. Especially the "one without magic, martial arts" part. Many of the spirit abilities are indistinguishable from magic and the MC very quickly meets a character that uses a grappling style of martial art to regularly kick his butt. I didn't read this story for quite a while because of the description and it was a big mistake.

I think this is one of the better Xianxia style stories. There is more of a focus on group battles but the MC is still a typical Xianxia MC and so he is OP and the one who usually wins the battles in the end. That's just the nature of this type of story. I find Douluo Dalu to be a lot better than Shen Yin Wang Zuo by the same author.

... Last updated on December 29th, 2015, 2:19pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sufod01
October 28th, 2015, 3:24pm
@alphaGulp In the novel that i know, the MC (Tang San) love really Tang Sect. He is from a branch family but it's because he is from a branch and not from the main family he can't become a Inner sect disciple to learn skill books from the sect, therefore he decided to steal those skill books to reach the pinnacle (his goal) and broke the sect's rules even if he know he will die, he is already prepared to commit suicide and then some of sect's elders are regretful when they didn't react in time to stop Tang San. He don't care about low rank, he just love to learn more about hidden weapons.

... Last updated on October 28th, 2015, 3:27pm
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Gets sloppy at the end   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by spammerhamster
September 11th, 2015, 7:25am
The first few arcs are very good. But the last
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becoming god
and final battle arc gets really sloppy. The seven monsters gets strong way too easy. Jumping levels like crazy.

Also, Title Doulou's, the strongest warriors are meant to be extremely low in numbers (like 10). This fact is almost a law in the first few arcs, but in the last arc the number of Title Doulou's are suddenly much, much higher. And they dies just like that...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by orario
July 18th, 2015, 1:23pm
From my point of view this novel is a masterpiece, on par with Coiling Dragon and even a little better than ST. So it's definitely in my Top 3.

I love the originality of the power ranking system and also how the MC having a previous life actually has a great deal of influence in his future development unlike most of the reincarnation novels where the MC is like "I was a piece of shit in my previous life, but I swear I'll be better this time around."

Also, Tang San is the type of MC I like the most: very smart, strong but not arrogant, talented but still hard-working, loyal and caring with friends but ruthless with enemies. It nice to see a character that actually has some balls to do the right choice
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(unlike others like Naruto for example who would hug his parents' murderer, Obito).

I'm at 130th chapter and I can barely stay still waiting for the next chapter to be translated. This novel is addicting. Why can't people in my country write awesome novels like asian writers?!

... Last updated on August 19th, 2015, 8:23am
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Not your typical Shonen MC   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CounterStrike1.6
July 5th, 2015, 12:43pm

I find it funny how recently the troll base have jumped onto the "Get the job done MC's" Hate wagon

what do you guys want ? A nose picking ret@rded male lead? whose actions lead to the death of his loved ones ? Spouts cocky lines but nothing to back that up and ends up embarrassing himself ? Wins by Luck and somebody saving his A$$ everytime ? And when he finally reaches a dependable stage after 300-400 chapters audience had already lost interest looong ago (aka Naruto, Kateky hitman reborn, HSDK etc etc) like seriously is this what you all want confused ?

Here's a hint for you guys: MC never dies whether weak or strong...whether they get the job done in few chapters or dragged out 30-40 chapters (weak mc) the RESULT WILL ALWAYS BE THE SAME!!! MC lives !!! Atleast it makes the whole process looks badass(Strong mc) and not solely reliant on Plot armor(weak MC)

and for those throwing around terms like Mary sue Gary sue guys need to look up the actual defination for it and realise how loosely the word is being thrown around without the actual context.... instead of just pillaging your time reading 4Chan trolls


Now for the reasons why you should read this novel

- Team Battles and strategy
- Great MC who relies on both his Mental and physical fortitude to turn the tide rather than be a annoying lucky twat (Shonen jump MC's)
- New Level up system, Rings and added souls to it is a very unique concept
- Budding Romances
- Structured Plot with heavy world building hinted for the future
- Characters with Personalities

... Last updated on July 5th, 2015, 1:03pm
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Too Gary Stu-ish for me.   
Rating: N/A
by tearsax
July 3rd, 2015, 4:23pm
I readed around 90 chapters until I've decided to drop it.

Its more or less entertaining at the begining but it became more and more boring and foreseeable with each chapter. It always goes all too well for the MC, no matter what. I didnt feel thrilled at all reading it.

Well, I guess for teenagers it could be cool and all that but I want something more interesting if I have to spend my time on it.

... Last updated on March 10th, 2018, 12:43pm
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