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Release that Witch (放开那个女巫) Web Novel Review

Release that Witch (放开那个女巫) Web Novel Review
Monday, November 9, 2020
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Web Novel Details

Novel Title : Release that Witch
Associated Names : Buông em phù thủy kia ra, Fàng kāi nàgè nǚwū, RTW, 放开那个女巫, 마녀 사용설명서
Type : Web Novel
Language : Chinese
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Seinen, Slice Of Life, Supernatural 
Year : 2016
Translated Chapters So Far : 378/1498 Chapters  (Complete)

Synopsis

Chen Yan travels between worlds. He woke up, and realize that he had to end up becoming an honorable prince in a medieval fantasy world. Yet this world was not quite as simple as he thought. Witches with magical powers abound, and fearsome wars between churches and kingdoms rage throughout the land.

Roland, a prince regarded as hopeless by his own father and assigned to the worst fief, spends his time developing a poor and backward town into a strong and modern city while fighting against his siblings for the throne and absolute control over the kingdom. Join Roland as he befriends and allies with witches and, through fighting and even farming, pushes back invaders coming from the realm of evil.

Review




Release that Witch is the most praised and the most popular novel I've found on many sites, with a lot of five-star ratings and reviews with only a few people trying to question its undeserving praise. But for me, I don't think Release that Witch deserves the praises, overrated is the perfect title for this web novel. Well with the overwhelming number of Chinese tr*sh novels with a lot of typical Japanese novel and only a few redeeming Korean novels, I bet the easiest to read with quite a different approach, RTW makes its own image of being different while showing there's a qualified series. Ironically it doesn't differ from most of the Chinese wish-fulfillment fantasies which gets a lot of cash, unqualified series needs to be evaluated.

There's so much problem in RTW, first of all, from the beginning of the story, it would be the introduction of advance technology to many people, the problem lies on non-existing supplies and non-existing money but was able to provide steam engine, wall, and mass-produced guns with having any problems of food supplies and primary needs of people during winter, and what I didn't like in this series was how cheated it was to be able to produce an unlimited supply of bullets and cannon shells, moreover it has actually ignored how hard it is to produced these things and the author deliberately introduced a lot of characters just to react on the MC's innovative creations.

And after a hundred chapters, it's still happening. It's like typing in warcraft 3 "greedisgood 9999999" for money then "warpten" for fast construction and "sharpandshiny" for fast research, and it's not exaggerating that there's "whosyourdaddy" cheat for godlike capabilities of the army.

So in response, it's like "Hey, I need Guns, and I'll give you my 'how to make guns 101', don't worry about the supply and I'll pay you upfront... Nice now we have perfect 300 guns and 4 canons in only 3 months, damn I'm awesome" "I need a steam machine for my mine.... Nice we have now two steam-machines installed, and we were able to make it for few days, I'm awesome." or "You need to build a wall, don't worry about the supplies and money, I can provide them, my pocket is deep that it can run the whole country" "They want to attack me because I didn't submit myself to him, pffft, I have guns.... We won, their leader is dead, so let's just leave the city without lord into chaos, let our ambassador without any skills to govern to let have his position, o yeah, let's just ignore some potential rebellious group out there, I mean we can take them if they rebel, so future deaths of people are irrelevant for me, I only need border town" "I need a ship, a Steel steamship, I can provide the blueprint and let the other guys do it, I mean they are blacksmiths, so they can easily create a new innovative ship without any problem... Now we have a steal canon ship, what a romance" "Hey the people are getting sicked, someone needs their help, just give them water, they don't need bread, and yeah we can blackmail the merchant and make her submit to our request even if it's unrealistically impossible to achieve, and we don't have to provide primary needs for them like food, since we have holy water, also we can provide house, I mean we need migrants to come to us, we need human resources, I don't think about their lives, I just wanted to have them since it's sure they will worship me." "I can easily destroy my older brother, hmm, oh yeah, let's show him that we can kill him anytime, we don't need diplomacy, he is s*upid, we just have to destroy him and his palace" "Oh another set of new witches, what a good life we have here, we need them for our tools".

Any more than that will turn into spoiler from untranslated chapters. It's quite ironic that a lot of people makes pretentious reviews, they bash a lot of legit kingdom novels, and it's really alarming that a lot of them shows their s*upidity when you try to recommend these legit kingdom novels and they only retort "Release that Witch is Better" is always their comment, Granted, the story is attractive, but it doesn't mean that it's good. I've pointed out in the jokingly manner statements how unrealistic it was, it has ignored a lot of realism and logic and just proceeded on cheap writing by making the story predictable, and that predictability that most people anticipate was the reaction on how they see the MC and his advance technologies and ideals. Introducing, Inventing, and Making things is fine as long as you have monetary support, supplies, and manpower, but the Novel didn't even bother to show that, instead the author wrote how awesome they are and how it will change the era of swords.

This pretentious approach is not enough, the people have accepted these new technologies easily, it's quite a wonder how come did the blacksmiths were able to create perfect 300 guns in just 3 months, that's ridiculous when it needs a lot of factory workers just to produce 100 for at least 3 months. The author also undermines the knowledge of people in the medieval era, for those who have says that it's thoroughly researched, I highly doubt it. First of all, the medieval era was set after the Roman Empire, which is the greatest Empire in the world, the inspiration of all forms of governments, and in the roman empire along, they already know the existence of the Steam Engine and Cement. The author showed how blank is the knowledge of people which I can't accept since it was Europe who has become the foundation of the entire world when it comes to influencing, they have their own advanced technology which paved the way for the improvement of people. Make it short, RTW was just a wish-fulfillment fantasy.

Politics is also irrelevant, it's not even being shown, and the readers will say that this is Politics. I scratched my head and frown when I read RTW, I mean it will not work in real politics. First of all, I hate the idea of the author to use Guns to gain control of a territory, Granted that Guns were needed to protect themselves, but the author showed how ridiculous his writing was, the biggest evidence was the Introduction of an Envoy from another country, I really hated the fact that the MC didn't care about his country which can turn into an enemy, and his confidence to win the war, which only showed how cheap the author was when he wrote about the conspiracies of the Church and the neighboring country. In short, no need to talk, just use Guns for Freedom.

This kind of Writing was getting too repetitive, I know that the MC is all knowledgeable, I know that the author brags about the information he knows, but the author seems lost when it comes to realism and logic, I mean Come on, those knowledge he brags were totally irrelevant to the story that you can easily skip them out without losing so much in the actual content. Another problem was the non-existing populace, I don't like how the author showed his motives by proclaiming that the MC will take the throne. But is the MC taking steps to take the throne, the answer is NO, he's just your typical reaction type MC, when enemies attack him, he attacks, he's not your political Genius unlike Lyle from Sevens, where he looks ahead and thinks about the future, he actualized the quote from Godfather 2 "Keep your Friends Close, but your enemies closer", but the Author of RTW showed "Political Power Grows, out of the barrel of a gun" which was from Mao Zedong What I'm seeing here is a pure authoritarian, the MC doesn't care if there are deaths around his country, he just cares when it comes to his beloved Border town.

Conclusion about the story: RTW is just your typical wish-fulfillment storytelling, it doesn't have any sensibility when it comes to the main plot while it brags about not so important knowledge, it doesn't deserve to be compared to legit books like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings.

Oh the people of this site praises RTW because of the Characters... lol I know that there's a lot of Chinese tr*sh with no characteristics but r*pe and kill, but here we will never see that shit... but it doesn't mean that it's better than the Japanese Kingdom Novel.

Oh, it's nice to see to a Chinese novel where it doesn't mention "Jade-like Skin" typical beauty where the MC will definitely get that girl easily. Here in RTW, we have at least reasonable characters, I'm talking about a bit reasonable characters, but I'm not talking about Human Thinking Likeliness. RTW's characters are quite distinguishable, with their characteristics and a bit of relevance, the story is quite alluring for those who are sick of typical CN novels. So does it mean it's better to Japanese Kingdom Novels? My answer is nope. Sure that the characters have their own strength and weaknesses, sure that they are smart, but when it comes to antagonists, they are just your typical s*upid prideful bunch of fodder, they were irrelevant to the story.

The characters in RTW do a good job of reacting in a realistic way, but when it comes to Character Development, they fell short of JP novels. The author did a good job of portraying discrimination, so probably, people will think that when the MC rescues the scared witches, they develop and build up their self-confidence when it actually, they don't. The story revolves so much around the MC that character development was thrown out, the author wrote RTW by only showing their reactions and to become tools, and this repetitive character writing is painful to read. Real character development comes when they can stand up on their own without relying on the MC, though I doubt it will happen. Probably the only sole redeeming factor of RTW is the interaction of the witches to each other and their antics, but that's it, there's nothing more than that.

The interesting parts are disappearing, the characters are deteriorating, RTW has nothing to offer except power-ups of the witches or new technologies, with the reaction of new characters. One of the biggest problems in this series was the irredeemable factors of the antagonist while their motivation was cheap, only backed up with their achievements and pride. RTW has even a problem when it comes to supporting characters, instead of supporting the MC, it's the MC who's supporting them, it's also not balanced where they support each other, it's just one-sided. I know that the author wants to brag his knowledge, but the problem lies in when he brags, the other character reacts, then he repeats this process when he introduced another character whether they are a witch or not. This is another reason why I've dropped it, I didn't have the endurance to read it, my brain hurts, my eyes averts this novel easily, and I can't bring myself to read it again. The characters are forgettable, and I doubt that I'll remember them after I read something good.

Conclusion about the Characters: It still has the typical Chinese trope of using characters as a plot device, nothing new, it's just set in western fantasy with a bit of realism.

While it is evident that the novel is enjoyable, not for me, I really can't bring myself to like this, I mean I can still enjoy s*upid but enjoyable series like One Piece or Artistic and Beautiful without any plot and character development Kimi no Nawa, then there's RTW which tries to indulge itself in Politics and Kingdom Building yet it fails to do so that it resorts into Witch Power-Ups or Impossible production of advance products. It's within my expectations and nothing new comes out in this series, it doesn't have any plot where legit kingdom novels have, and probably the Lack of quality which I seek is missing in this series. So how can I recommend this series? Read RTW if you're not used to Kingdom Novels, along with Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki and Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter, these three were the One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach of Kingdom Novels, which is basically easy to follow, easy to read, and easy to understand. They are the top Kingdom Novel you can read, but they don't qualify as a Kingdom Novel, so it's just you introductory novels for Kingdom novels and the Legit ones would be:

Sevens - Which is one of the Best Adventurous Empire Building, it has a lot of elements which is aimed for young adults while it has a lot of complex writing aimed for older readers. Sevens is your combination of a Typical Shounen Series and a Logical and Realistic Steps of an Emperor. It has the elements of many novels below this recommendation list (Rain and Shiro no Koukoko Monogatari)

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - Is the closest to RTW, they introduced a lot of technologies and policies for the betterment of the populace, but Maoyuu has shown great characters and a great plot without making it cheap, it has also a good Debate and reasonable Discrimination. This is one of the series in which Supply, Monetary Support, Man Power, and Time are important.

Spice and Wolf - is probably the most notable Medieval Economics, it has a lot of information, only available in PDF and EPUB

Rakuin no Monshou - Notable for Using Classic Themes of Kingdom Building

Nejimaki Seirei Senki – Tenkyou no Alderamin and Madan no Ou to Vanadis - heavy on battle strategy, and notable for having a lazy protagonist at the back while they have a red hair sword artist girl as their partner

Madan no Ou to Vanadis - shows the importance of women to politics

Legend of the Galactic Heroes - the greatest kingdom-building existing which is only available to Anime, one of the most highly rated anime series, and its greatest factor is Machismo and Chivalry, the manliest anime I've ever watch.
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  1. Oooh, ini novel yang diceritain temen kemarin. Untuk genre fantasi, katanya recommended sih. Save dulu ah buat dibaca kapan2.

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  2. Aku kalo genre fantasi visual nonton suka banget Bang, tapi kalau yang baca novelnya gitu belum Biasanya kan tebel-tebel ya. Jadi penasaran

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  3. Sepertinya dibalik banyak review yang bagus, novel ini ternyata banyak juga aspek yang membuat over-all nilainya jadi minus. Mungkin untuk yang sekedar jadi pembaca sekilas ini tidak masalah, tapi jika ingin benar-benar ingin menikmati sebuah kisah, mungkin akan cepat terasa bosan.

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  4. Novel genre fanstasi, menarik juga nih buat jadi pilihan bacaan, aku suka baca novel, cuma belum pernah baca yg genre fantasi

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  5. Jadi ingat udah lama nggak baca novel. Aku lebih suka baca nih....thaks U so much for U information. 👍

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  6. Suka bgt kl nonton yg genre fantasy visual. Tp kl baca novelnya jujur aq kurang suka. Sekilas sih menarik ceritanya, Jd bikin penasaran nih ..

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  7. Release the witch kayaknya bakal jadi tontonanku selanjutnya. Kalau inget cerita fantasi China tuh jadi keinget cerita legenda ular putih. Selalu muncul banyak versi dan aku pun selalu nonton. Thanks ulasannya Kak :)

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  8. Nggak tau kenapa kak akutu kalau baca novel fantasi suka gampang ngantuk. Harry Potter aja buku pertama cuma ku baca setengah. Aku anaknya emang visual banget, jadi kudu nonton hehe.

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  9. Aku sukaa juga nonton genre fantasy visual , aku lebih baik nonton langsung kak ketimbang baca novel nya jujur wkwkkwkwkw

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  10. Tema fantasi yang diangkat cukup menarik, atau bisa dikatakan juga time travel.
    Disamping itu ada petualangan Roland di 'dunia' barunya itu
    Cukup bikin penasaran

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  11. Walaupun novelnya bergenre fantasi setidaknya bisa dimasukkan juga ya hal yang masuk akal hehe. Namun begitu, untuk penikmat genre tersebut akan jadi bacaan yang menyenangkan.

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  12. Wow bro, i just know that u love any kind of novel. Do you believe in witch?i do. Haha

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