Masters of Lightning Knives

Alt title: Lightning Degree

Ch: 170+
2019 - ?
4.145 out of 5 from 1,197 votes
Rank #1,328
Masters of Lightning Knives

A young orphan was alone in the world until he meets the master of a secret form of martial arts. To learn these otherworldly techniques, he will need to endure years of his sadistic teacher’s grueling and weird training. But why does he have to do laundry, cook meals, or play instruments to learn martial arts anyway?! If he can survive long enough (and if his massive ego doesn’t get in the way), he just might be able to wield the unstoppable lightning knives. Will he make the cut or be sliced down to size?

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I hear a lot of people lauding the comedy of this manhwa, and although it was fairly enjoyable and still sometimes is, it's largely based on people just being assholes to each other, and it gets repetitive. The first couple of arcs, especially the last arc before the time skip are very enjoyable. But once the MC grows up I stop being able to enjoy the story. The MC is strong, which isn't a problem in itself, but he loves lauding his power over others and is a douchebag about it. He doesn't think things through and he feels like the same child as before despite being an adult.  The story is decent, although fairly basic. Poor kid gets rescued by old master and trains to become strong and meets a childhood friend-girl, whom he looks for after growing up. However, although we don't need a goal for the parts where he lives with his master, there is a severe lack of external stimulus to drive the story forward, MC just wants to see the girl. If there were complicated matters around that forced him into certain difficult situations, or there was more to his motivation of 'see pretty girl' then I think it could save the immaturity of the character.  I think a good example of a really douchebag-comedy character that works because of motivation is in "The Return of the Mount Hua Sect". The motivation is simple, restore the sect. But there are goals that excuse him from being an asshole to people, such as teaching them about the world, or to reduce their ego, etc. But we lack that here. MC is just an asshole for the sake of comedy and it gets annoying.

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