☯ ISSTH Chapter 633 ☯

I read something today which nearly caused me to blow a gasket: I saw xianxia described as a “type” of xuanhuan. I seriously had one of those head-exploding moments. If you would like to understand the difference between wuxia, xianxia, xuanhuan and qihuan, plus a full listing of all the main categories and sub-categories from qidian.com, check the info after the jump…

Chapter 633
Translator: Deathblade
Contributors: Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs
Proofreaders: TheFan, Lingson, Courtrecords, Yascob
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Sponsors: Ancient Godly Monarch, Hoang Nguyen, Dustin Sutphin, Dang Quang Tran, Annsofie Jacobsen, Brendan Halse, and QD BUI

This release marks 3/7 guaranteed chapters and 3 sponsored chapters, for a total of 6 chapters so far!

A bit further down, you can see all the categories and sub-categories from qidian.com. As you will be able to see from the sub-categories, qihuan (which I’ve translated as Traditional Fantasy) is based on the typical Western-style fantasy. Xianxia, literally “Immortal heroes,” basically involves cultivation to become Immortal (and beyond). Wuxia, or “martial heroes,” is the pure martial arts genre, usually set in ancient times, with special powers that exceed reality but do not reach the mythological level of xianxia. So what about xuanhuan? I have xuanhuan translated into English as “Alternative Fantasy.” Basically, xuanhuan is a mashup genre where a variety of elements are mixed together into a new (and I would venture to say uniquely Chinese) genre. It does not include xianxia or wuxia, although elements from those genres might be prominent.

Before the list of categories, you can see where all the wuxiaworld stories are listed on qidian.com:

Against the Gods: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan) *This is not a qidian.com book.
Battle Through the Heavens: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
Child of Light: Traditional Fantasy (qihuan)
Coiling Dragon: Traditional Fantasy (qihuan)
Desolate Era: Xianxia
Gate of Revelation: City/Modern
Heavenly Jewel Change: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
Tales of Demons and Gods: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
The Great Ruler: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
I Shall Seal the Heavens: Xianxia
Martial God Asura: Alternative Fantasy/Traditional Fantasy (xuanhuan/qihuan) *This is not a qidian.com book
Perfect World: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
Renegade Immortal: Xianxia
Skyfire Avenue: City/Modern
Sovereign of the Three Realms: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
Stellar Transformations: Xianxia
Upgrade Specialist in Another World: Adventures in Another World *This is not a qidian.com book
Wo Dong Qian Kun: Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)

玄幻 – Alternative Fantasy (xuanhuan)
东方玄幻 – Eastern Fantasy
异界大陆 – Adventures in Another World
异界争霸 – Power Struggles in Another World
远古神话 – Ancient Mythology

奇幻 – Traditional Fantasy (qihuan)
西方奇幻 – Western Fantasy
领主贵族 – Lords and Nobility
亡灵异族 – Undead and Aliens
魔法校园 – Magic School

武侠 – Wuxia
传统武侠 – Traditional Wuxia
新派武侠 – Modern Wuxia
国术武技 – Martial Arts

仙侠 – Xian Xia
古典仙侠 – Classic Xianxia
幻想修仙 – Fantasy Cultivation
现代修仙 – Modern Cultivation
洪荒封神 – Primordial Gods

都市 – City/Modern
都市生活 – City Life
爱情婚姻 – Romance & Marriage
异术超能 – Abnormal Ability
恩怨情仇 – Grudge & Revenge
现实百态 – Slice of Life
青春校园 – Campuss Life

历史 – Historical
外国历史 – Foreign History
历史传记 – Historical Biography
架空历史 – Unfounded History
上古先秦 – Pre-Qin Period
秦汉三国 – Three Kingdoms Period
两晋隋唐 – Jin, Sui, and Tang Dynasties
五代十国 – Five Dynasties & Ten Kingdoms Period
两宋元明 – Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties
清史民国 – Qing Dynasty & Republic of China

军事 – Military
战争幻想 – War Fantasy
谍战特工 – Spies and Secret Agents
军旅生涯 – Military Career
抗战烽火 – War of Japanese Resistance
军事战争 – War

游戏 – Game
游戏生涯 – Game Career
电子竞技 – E-Sport
虚拟网游 – Virtual Reality
游戏异界 – Game World

竞技 – Competition
体育竞技 – Sport Competition
篮球运动 – Basketball
足球运动 – Soccer
弈林春秋 – Board Games

科幻 – Science Fiction
星际战争 – Galactic/Interstellar War
时空穿梭 – Time Travel
未来世界 – Future World
古武机甲 – Mecha
超级科技 – Super Technology
进化变异 – Evolution & Mutation
末世危机 – Apocalypse

灵异 – Supernatural
推理侦探 – Detective & Mystery
恐怖惊悚 – Horror & Thriller
悬疑探险 – Suspense & Adventure
灵异奇谈 – Supernatural & Myths

28 thoughts on “☯ ISSTH Chapter 633 ☯” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. Thanks for the info and chapter!

    Why is Coiling Dragon ‘Traditional Fantasy (qihuan)’, when Stellar Transformation and Desolate Era are Xiantia.
    In CD, Linley, like Qin Yu from ST started training in both external and internal techniques and then become a Deity/Immortal. The similarity between CD and ST are numerous, so I don’t see how one can be qihuan and one Xiantia

      1. I see, so if the story uses western mythology is Qihuan and if it uses eastern mythology is Xiantia.
        Thanks for the clarification. I was under the impression that as long as the story goal was immortal ascension in can be categorized as Xiantia.

      2. I’m gonna ask this here, since I don’t know a better place.

        What significance has the number 256? Or more exactly, the progression from 1 to 256 using the powers of 2 (1, 2, 4, 8, .. 256)? In CD, when Linley gained insights into The Pulse of the Earth, he started with 1, then 2, then 4 … until 256 and then started combining them to 1 pulse. Now, in ISSTH, Meng Hao has 9 Nascent Souls, each multiplying his battle power by 2 (max 2^9 = 256). Now, for Spirit Severing he chose to combine/fuse his power intro ONE again.

        Does this have some sort of meaning? Does 256 mean something or the meaning is in the number 2 and 3? (256 can be written as 2 to the power of (3 to the power of 2))

      3. So thats how u describe it!!! i always thought coiling dragon was a xianxia, but at the same time, it had a completely different feel from other chinese light novels that had martial arts and used the concept of qi. To me, it seemed more like a medieval fantasy story with the knights, kingdoms, schools of magic, churches and spells (doesn’t this sound way better than just normal wuxia?!?). Ive noticed that this genre is pretty intrinsic in many japanese works like mangas and japanese light novels n i honestly have to say that its an incredibly fascinating genre in terms of fantasy. Coiling dragon is pretty much the epitome of qihuan and incorporates nearly every possible fantasy element. Shame there aren’t more like novels like it. Though CD is near flawless and cant be surpassed, its pretty pathetic how no other qihuan is even comparable. Tbh, the child of light is way to weak in terms of story and epicness

        1. n the xuanhuan genre honestly gets tedious at times. theyre good but theyre all literally the same. the story always starts off with the main character being taken advantage of and made fun of by the same villains (perverted/shameless/dumb characters that are 100 percent bad and have no character depth whatsoever) because theyre weak. Then they get stronger, but are still made fun of and fight against the same villains. Xuanhuan novels will literally have dozens of chapters of verbal exchanges before fights and at a certain point, it just feels like 10 percent action and 90 percent drama. On the other hand, coiling dragon is like 90 percent action with the other 10 percent used to thicken the plot. n dont even get me on the cliffhangers. A lot of Xuanhuans end chapters with the same cliffhangers and stall the fights each chapter

    1. if you look at the “completed” folder you will find 6 title… CD and ST aside all the other title are actualli wuxia… when I found WW they were already there and there was only 4 work in progress… CD, Issth (that had just started if I remeber well), MGA (that had just moved from FBT site to here… and was actualy what lead me to discover WW) and skyfire (that was was at ch 5 ^^’)

      so WW was born as a wuxia themed… and than moved toward the xianxia and xianhuan genre that have a largere fanbase and thus more people willin to translate them… (but I’ve to say that there are actually some wuxia thare more than worth reading… even more than once ^^ )

  2. I wanna apply to be a Xianxia MC with the following conditions :
    1. Darling of Heaven, with OP foundation and OP comprehension.
    2. OP starting position (son of Sect Master etc)
    3. With CHEATENGINE Activated (God-mode, speed-hack, time-hack, autoloot etc)
    4. Young Master of Silkpants Society
    5. Harem (this should be at the top!)
    6. OP pets (Lord Fifth lol)
    7. OP weapon + equipment
    8.Time to set out for Adventure!

    P. S. The conditions do not need to occur at birth or in any order =D

  3. To be fair…. most of these novels are way to freakin similar to understand the difference in genre.

    Only Child of Light is truly breaking the mold (to the rest of these novels)…. ISSTH is just written so well that it feels different.

    But it all seems to be Xianxia the way they are all working. They all have the same tropes and structure and keep on expanding the MCs life-span until he reaches immortality. All have OP MCs with awesome luck, level breaking skill, and dealing with spoilt douches and arrogant people that need to be toned down and crushed.

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