This is a collection of danmei recommendations by some /cm/ anons. Please feel free to add any of your own. >What is danmei? Chinese BL novels. Often associated with long-haired swordfighting pretty boys, however there's a myriad of different genres available, from wuxia and xianxia to modern crime thrillers to historical political dramas. novelupdates.com is a great resource for finding TL links, discovering new novels, making reading lists, and reading reviews. --------------------------- Autistic anon's recs --------------------------- The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System (Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu >Novel Updates score: 4.4 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.6 / 5.0; some small issues with the relationship development, but still good >Lewdness: Yes >Adapted to donghua and manhua, but the manhua is dead >TL status: Most fan translations got taken down because the story got licensed in English. Currently, all 81 chapters are available, and the 20 extras are coming soon. Avid reader Shen Yuan transmigrates into a stallion novel as Shen Qingqiu, the villain who gets tortured to death by its protagonist, Luo Binghe. He's determined to save himself and the protagonist, but then the original story starts taking some unexpected turns. --- The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation (Mo Dao Zu Shi) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu >Novel Updates score: 4.8 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.9 / 5.0; super solid, minor pacing issues here and there though >Lewdness: Yes >Adapted to donghua, manhua, live action, and audio drama >TL status: Most fan translations got taken down because the story got licensed in English. Currently, only chapters 1-71 (out of 113 + 13 extras) are available. Widely-reviled necromancer Wei Wuxian dies, then comes back to life and has to solve lingering mysteries with his old "enemy," the upright and honorable Lan Wangji. --- Heaven Official's Blessing (Tian Guan Ci Fu) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu >Novel Updates score: 4.7 / 5.0 >Personal score: 5.0 / 5.0; actual, literal perfection >Lewdness: Only implied >Adapted to donghua and manhua; a live action is in the works >TL status: Most fan translations got taken down because the story got licensed in English. Currently, only chapters 1-108 (out of 244 + 8 extras) are available. Disgraced god Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time (after getting banished twice), then meets the ghost king Hua Cheng, who seems especially interested in him. --- The Husky and His White Cat Shizun (Erha He Tade Baimao Shizun) by Meatbun Doesn't Eat Meat >Novel Updates score: 4.5 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.6 / 5.0; the plot isn't the best, but the characters are super lovable and get good development >Lewdness: A lot >Adapted to manhua; a live action is in the works >TL status: Got picked up for an English license recently, and the rynnamonrolls/yummysuika translation is now offline. If you can find it, chapters 1-169 (out of 311) were translated, and so were some extras; the rest needs to be read through MTL. Otherwise, wait for the official release. Evil emperor Mo Ran kills himself and goes back in time to the year when he first became a disciple under his old teacher Chu Wanning, the person he hated the most in the world. But new truths come to light, and it turns out that his hatred may be misplaced. --- Guardian (Zhenhun) by Priest >Novel Updates score: 4.3 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.0 / 5.0; the first half is great, the second... not so much >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to live action >TL status: All 106 chapters are translated, plus the 5 extras. Gets passed around by several different translators, but they're all pretty good. Zhao Yunlan is the chief of a secret division of the police that deals with supernatural happenings. During a case, he meets the mysterious and reserved professor Shen Wei, who he's immediately interested in. However, it turns out that both the case and the professor are more than meets the eye. --- Silent Reading (Mo Du) by Priest >Novel Updates score: 4.7 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.9 / 5.0; what if Guardian was actually good the entire way through >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to audio drama; a donghua is in the works >TL status: All 180 chapters are translated, plus the 5 extras. The E. Danglars translation is the complete one, and it's of great quality. Luo Wenzhou is a captain of the police's crime investigation unit; he solves a series of cases with the help of his rival Fei Du, a second-generation CEO who has both a keen interest in crime and personal ties to each case. --- Through the Strait Gates (Guomen) by Priest >Novel Updates score: 4.5 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.7 / 5.0; depressingly realistic at times, but still carries a current of hope >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to audio drama >TL status: All 69 chapters and 3 extras WERE translated, but it got taken down after the JJWXC debacle. I have no idea where it went; if anyone has an archive, it'd be much appreciated. High school students Xu Xilin and Dou Xun start off as rivals, then end up living together thanks to outside circumstances and begin to grow closer, eventually entering a relationship. Yet, life isn't always an easy thing, and the good times eventually turn bitter. --- Lord Seventh (Qi Ye) by Priest >Novel Updates score: 4.4 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.5 / 5.0; the romance (among other things) felt a bit underdeveloped, but it's fine overall and has good political intrigue >Lewdness: Off-screen >No adaptations ;-; >TL status: All 76 chapters are translated, plus the 3 extras. Great quality. Jing Beiyuan waited for 300 years to meet up with his beloved again in the underworld, but the jerk never showed up. Now, he has the chance to live his life over again, except this time he plays it safe and helps manipulate his country's delicate political situation from the shadows while also striking up a friendship with the foreigner Wu Xi, who is a lot nicer than that other guy. Prequel to Faraway Wanderers. --- Thousand Autumns (Qian Qiu) by Meng Xi Shi >Novel Updates score: 4.6 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.8 / 5.0; it's really good, most issues come from the translation >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to donghua and audio drama >TL status: All 128 chapters + 13 extras are translated, but it's all over the fucking place. Some translators are good. Some are not. It recently got picked up for an official English release, though. Virtuous sect leader Shen Qiao gets beaten up and thrown off a cliff, then gets rescued by shithead sect leader Yan Wushi. He then has to recuperate and find his way through the tumultuous cultivation world as a blind amnesiac who gets constant problems flung at him by everything and everyone, including the aforementioned Yan Wushi. --- The Fourteenth Year of Chenghua (Chenghua Shisi Nian) by Meng Xi Shi >Novel Updates score: 4.6 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.8 / 5.0; really heavy on historical politics but it's all interesting and the cast is great >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to live action and audio drama >TL status: All 151 chapters are translated, plus the 18 extras. Great quality. Civil official Tang Fan goes around and solves crimes while navigating the complex and treacherous world of imperial politics, dodging assassins, dismantling secret societies, and eating as much food as he possibly can. He meets military official Sui Zhou along the way, and the two quickly start relying on each other, becoming really good friends... among other things. --- Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know (Mozun Ye Xiang Zhidao) by Cyan Wings >Novel Updates score: 4.8 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.8 / 5.0; wholesome and satisfying with an excellent cast of side characters >Lewdness: Off-screen >Adapted to audio drama >TL status: All 80 chapters are translated, plus the 2 extras. The mourningcrow translation is great quality (and fully complete!), while the other one listed on NU isn't. Demonic cultivator Wenren E finds a book about a Mary Sue protagonist who suffers a lot thanks to the deadbeat male lead. He realizes the book describes the future events of the real world, and for some reason, he himself is a side character who is fated to fall in love with the protag and die, causing his loyal subordinate Yin Hanjiang to go mad and also die! As such, he decides to use the book's plot as a guide in order to save both himself and his subordinate. --- Mr. Melancholy Wants to Live a Peaceful Life (Youyu Xiansheng Xiangguo Pingjing Shenghuo) by Cyan Wings >Novel Updates score: 4.6 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.8 / 5.0; really good and very sweet, but it does have a bit of filler >Lewdness: Only implied >No adaptations ;-; >TL status: All 122 chapters are translated, plus the 3 extras. Great quality. Ordinary office worker Yu Hua loses his job and has to be supported by his husband, You Zhengping, who is a mere temp worker for the police. Unbeknownst to him, however, You Zhengping is actually a Protector, an elite officer with superpowers who protects the world from the evil Destroyers. And unbeknownst to *him*, Yu Hua is secretly the most powerful Destroyer of them all, determined to live an ordinary life no matter what. --- They All Say I've Met A Ghost (Tamen Dou Shuo Wo Yu Daole Gui) by Cyan Wings >Novel Updates score: 4.7 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.6 / 5.0; it's wholesome and short, nothing life-changing >Lewdness: None >Adapted to audio drama >TL status: All 42 chapters are translated, plus the 5 extras. Great quality. Recent graduate Shen Jianguo accepts a mysterious online job posting and becomes a teacher; however, his students are all ghosts! A Daoist cultivator named Ning Tiance attempts to save him from this situation, but to no avail - because despite everything and everyone around him saying otherwise, Shen Jianguo doesn't believe ghosts are even real in the first place! --- Golden Stage (Huangjin Tai) by Cang Wu Bin Bai >Novel Updates score: 4.7 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.8 / 5.0; interesting political plot and the MCs' relationship is very sweet >Lewdness: Some >Adapted to audio drama >TL status: All 79 chapters are translated, plus the 8 extras. Great quality. Military general Fu Shen gets seriously injured on the battlefield and is forced to marry the imperial court lackey Yan Xiaohan, who also happens to be his arch-nemesis. Together, they must navigate the tense world of imperial politics and learn to work out their differences along the way. --- How to Survive As a Villain (Chuanyue Cheng Fanpai Yao Ruhe Huoming) by Yi Yi Yi Yi >Novel Updates score: 4.3 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.7 / 5.0; it's a great read, don't let anyone else tell you it isn't >Lewdness: Some? I think? I can't remember, but I'm pretty sure they fuck at some point >Adapted to manhua >TL status: All 210 chapters are translated, plus the 26 extras. Great quality, but sometimes the host site goes offline for a bit; check back after a while or look on the Wayback Machine if it does. Avid reader Xiao Yuan transmigrates into a stallion novel as the villainous gay emperor who gets killed by the protagonist, Yan Heqing. He's determined to save himself and the protagonist, but then the original story starts taking some unexpected turns. Sound familiar? Yeah. Imagine Scum Villain with a slightly different situation that plays every single trope completely straight (ha) instead of subverting them. Also with about 60% more pain and suffering. --- Don't You Like Me (Ni Shi Bushi Xihuan Wo) by Lu Tianyi >Novel Updates score: 4.6 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.5 / 5.0; the plot takes a backseat to the romance, but it's so fluffy and sweet I can't bring myself to complain too much >Lewdness: None >Adapted to audio drama >TL status: All 66 chapters are translated, plus the 32 extras. Great quality. High school student Lin Feiran suddenly gains the ability to see ghosts, but he's absolutely terrified of them. The only way to make them disappear is if he touches his roommate and arch-enemy Gu Kaifeng; even then, it's only temporary, so he has to keep touching him if he wants the ghosts to go away. This leads to some interesting consequences. --- Spirit Hotel (You Ling Jiu Dian) by Su Youbing >Novel Updates score: 4.4 / 5.0 >Personal score: 4.6 / 5.0; it's a fantasy comedy that goes a little too light on plot and development, but it's extremely funny and that's what we're here for anyway >Lewdness: Some >No adaptations ;-; >TL status: All 100 chapters are translated, plus the 23 extras. Great quality, but fuck ExR for being a bunch of paranoid shits and posting half of it as phone screenshots. Normal human Shi Feixia (or Feisha Shi, as they choose to translate it) gets a job at a hotel at the center of the universe that serves all sorts of mythical creatures, but no humans. It's run by the fallen angel Isefel, who is as handsome as he is coldhearted. --------------------------- Other anons' recs --------------------------- > title Sha Po Lang 128 Chapters + 15 Extras > author Priest > (tags) steampunk / slow romance / curses / military / royalty / power struggle / wars / age difference / mysterious illness / armors / politics / mecha > quick summary A steampunk story set in Great Liang, which spans 15 years, and stretches across all four corners of the nation. Sha Po Lang is the story of a nation on the brink of ruin and collapse, with enemies within it and attacks from outside. It is also a story of how a diverse cast of characters refuse to give up against all adversity. > level of lewdness not very lewd, there IS romance, but nothing graphic, even if you know it does happen after a long long while --- >title Scum Villain's Self-Saving System. >author MXTX. >(tags) Villain isekai, comedy, affectionate parody, cultivation setting, sect/demon politics, master-student. >quick summary NEET dies and transmigrates into a shitty harem novel as the villainous teacher. His attempts to make the novel's protagonist not hate him accidentally turn the novel's protagonist homo. NEET's narration is charming, and the book doesn't take itself too seriously. >level of lewdness Occasional kisses starting in the second (English) volume. Short, vague rape scene in the final chapters. A couple additional consensual sex scenes in the extras. However, lewd fanfiction is abundant. >other SVSSS is one of the shortest commonly rec'd danmei series, which makes it a good starting place if you don't mind transmigration plots. >where to read it The first three volumes, which is all of the main story, have been officially released. The fourth volume, presumably with all the extras, will be out in a few months. The CGI donghua is meh and only covers a few chapters.
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