Records of the Mystic Gardens

Alt title: Gui Yuan Lu

Ch: 185
2018 - 2021
3.74 out of 5 from 117 votes
Rank #16,061
Records of the Mystic Gardens

Gardens, isolated from the world, home to the mystical. What resides within their walls? Gods and deities? Charming vixen spirits? Ghouls and apparitions? An amalgamation of fiends, demons, beasts, and spectres, the Mystic Gardens descend and stir the world into chaos. Amidst countless creations and endless dangers, can the millions struggling to survive within the Gardens construct a safe haven for themselves?

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This is a gem of a manhua comic, with both a healthy plot, intricate worldbuilding, and characters that you can somewhat empathize with(I'll get into it later). But the absolute reason why you need to read this is solely for the amazing translation done for 158 out of the 187 chapters the comic has. It is a rarity for chinese comics to have good english translation due to the complexity found in the inherent translation from chinese to english, the influx of chapters normally spewed out during the running publication of a manhua, leading to a very apparent threat of competition between translation groups, and the small team they have which is evident as they only have one ongoing comic that they're translating at this moment that I will definitely take a look at later.  Now the group of translators the manhua was under was called NotARealScans(ironic, but I like it). Anyways back to the actual review. The plot of the manhua was very strong and it leaves an effect for me personally on the cultivation genre, the ideas normally etched in the genre is what leads you to be blindsided by the larger development later on. But this comic also suffer from the same downfall found in the japanes comic Soul Eater. The ending after the climax is limp as shit(bad euphemism?) it pales compared to the development found in the other parts of the story, that just blends so well with the fascinatingly rushed, but yet appealing artstyle shown throughout the whole story. I'd like to think it was used to fit in with the same feeling a rug being pulled under the main character, however it was probably due to the ease of drawing the hectic fight scenes, or also the time constraints the author might have been under. But anyways it fits with the story like peanut butter and jelly. Okay now to the bad part, the character arcs found in the comic are good and it does take the reader for a turn, but holy shit am I so fucking tired of these female characters with each, EACH of their breasts being a good 1 and 1/4 the size of their head. Jesus Christ... I mean I get it, it brings the money in in merchandising but I personally, and statistical other people probably want this to not be a recurrent part of all manhuas, manhwas, and mangas in general. In short, the horniness found in this comic is like the other manhuas out there. But that's not all, the characters' personalities, goals, and ideas are emphasized really well, and it is thought out and implemented in later parts of the story. But those first 30~40ish chapters are somewhat painful to go through. But you can't expect the author to be superman, because during those chapters you can really see their focus on the plot twist found there, and ngl, it was good.   Anyways DO NOT take my review to heart but treat it as another person's perspective, my personal perspective might be cloudied by inaccurate vital information such as the release time between each chapter, the inner workings of the manhua and translation industry, and even the speculation I had on the artstyle to name a few. HOWEVER THIS ONE SINGLE THING I CANNOT BACK DOWN FROM, AND THAT IT IS NOT NORMAL TO DESIGN EACH BREAST 1 AND A QUARTER THE SIZE OF THE HEAD THE CHARACTER THEY ARE ON!!! TLDR(Too Long Didn't Read): Translation team is the GOAT and a massive carry for the manhua in my personal opinion, but the plot has some parts that I enjoy as well.

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