A foxy temptress. A strange misty tree demon. A girl with the power of the goddess Xianjia! Being caught between these women is a feat in it of itself, but our hero Feng Xi must fight in order to protect the peace and save the world!
WAY TOO UNDERRATED AMAZING CHINESE ANIME MASTERPIECE !!! It's a good thing I don't read reviews, because if I trusted them, I wouldn't have watched Yaoguai Mingdan, English name: Monster List, this awesome Chinese anime. There are 3 arcs, 6 episodes each from 18 episodes, each episode around 10 minutes long, except for the first episode which is 20 minutes long.
In the first arc, it starts with an immediate attract magnet, even better and hotter than ecchi anime, an allure of seductions begins from a pretty spirit monster girl called Hehuan absorbing people’s life force, killing them while the protagonist Feng Xi slowly hurdles himself
with his new girlfriend Su Jiuer in a world not just occupied by humans. You’ll find the ecchi very hot, when you see the spirit monster girl or girlfriend approach the protagonist and converse with what they want.
In the second arc, at witness of Feng Xi’s accidental released hidden power, by the Taoist master watching him, he sends his priest girl disciple, a cute black hair girl Guo Shuang the task to get close to Feng Xi and watch over him, and with opportunity harvest his power in "mind and body" (sex). Feng Xi already had a similar experience with Hehuan so he’s really cautious, but Guo has no malice. The serious, cute, and passionate nature of Guo Shuang is funny and while Hehuan is missed, Feng Xi continues to have times with Su Jiuer and Guo together and they fight other monsters. As always, there is good comedy when Feng gets done in comically by these pretty, and anything but normal girls. I cried and was so sad after what happened to Guo Shuang.
In the third arc, like how Feng, Guo, and Su were fated in the present, they were fated in the past. It tells of Feng Xi and Guo’s past reincarnations, the origin of the story when humans and monsters were at war. Their past reincarnations like the present also fought against that same strong monster. I cried again when the same sadness happened in the past also. Luckily, both reincarnations were able to pull through. It was truly touching and beautiful !!!
The story is a nice kind of character storytelling. The storytelling in chain of events, tells the storyline with focus onto each character and their ambience to each other character, and, where a character tells about themselves, they tell from their view that vividly relates me to their story. With the supernatural plot, hot ecchi, cool action and battles, touching, sad, and beautiful moments, and well placed comedy, it is really interesting and addicting to watch!
The Chinese voice acting is top notch, not like what the other reviewers have said, I know because I am Chinese, and I can tell the language what’s a good voice and what’s an unremarkable one. Lastly the opening is one of the most beautiful Chinese songs I heard in a Chinese anime. WATCH THIS MASTERPIECE! 10/10
Yaoguai Mingdan, when I first came across this anime? Chinese cartoon? I was wondering how you would write it in Japanese, but then I realized that this is a Chinese anime? Cartoon? Well, since it is supposed to be anime I will refer to it as an anime in this review.
So, animation and character design… I was not expecting a super high fidelity CGI and amazing animation quality for this anime, and I think that’s a really good expectation to have with this anime if you are looking into it. The character designs are a quite imperfect compared to modern Japanese anime and can
seem off and drawn by amateurs. But maybe that's just “Chinese” style animation, but the animation itself is not an eyesore, what is was the fact that episode 12, 13, 14, I could only find them in 360p. Ouch, otherwise it's in 1280x720, which is already pretty bad if you are watching anime on a 2560x1440 display (like me) but resolution is different for everybody. If you are running a lower resolution display it's not going to be that bad. I don't know if it is just me getting used of the animation style/quality or this is genuine, but the second half of the series appears to be better animated, I mean it's a bit minor, or it may be that the animators sucked at animating all the vines from the fist villain but I really feel especially with those flashbacks at the end that the animation has improved a tiny bit, although no major improvements.
Sound and audio. Background music? Ehh, not awful, but good enough, I mean I really didn't have high standards for this anime, but voice acting I will say is mediocre, the intro and the outro was enjoyable (intro was more enjoyable though), Chinese is different than Japanese so for me it was interesting to hear a different oral language, but at first I disliked them a bit, a lot of things with this anime will just have to grow on you.
Story. Minimal spoilers? The first part is meh, second part gets better. This anime can be moving particularly with the ending and can be more moving than some Japanese anime's that I have watched and if we want to over analyze things the first part (semi-spoiler) seemed to highlight deforestation. Additionally, the flashback of the final arc was the most moving for me, and was actually quite interesting, and I think enforces my point that this anime gets better as the story progresses. As for the ending ending, I'll leave that up to you to discover, but I have no negative opinions about it.
Overall, I have seen better, but this is not as bad as you may think, sure it's a bit rocky at first, but the 10 min episode length and good enough story should allow you to watch all 18 episodes. And I mean for self-enjoyment I give it an 8/10, because, at the end of the day, I can say that I enjoyed it and I think it was worth watching, albeit not the most glamorous anime in the world.
Yaoguai Mingdan itself is a good series, but the anime is a good but flawed adaptation. Let me explain: this anime is based on a Chinese manga, which they call "manhua".
There have been complaints about the voice acting in this anime. Truth be told, though the voice acting sounds polarizingly different than Japanese anime, it accurately portrays the voices of Chinese people.
It should be noted that the when compared to the manhua, the art style in this anime is severely lacking in detail. But first time viewers probably won't notice.
The backstory behind the characters is rather deep, and isn't tackled very much in
this season. The anime ended up covering the weaker part of the story from the manhua only to end abruptly before things could get interesting.
However, based on the source material, the future seasons have potential, so if you can overlook the anime's flaws you might enjoy this as an ecchi with an actually engaging plot for once.
In other words, this show is essentially a romance/harem/action/adventure show, and it has a better story than High School DXD.
Yaoguai Mingdan an anime adaptation from a manhua/web manga with the same name.
As a person who have read the manhua of this anime adaptation my first impression was it would be a terrible anime adaptation due to the fact that the art style and character designs are very different from its source material but as the episodes go by I unknowingly started to enjoy this anime adaptation.
Yes the art is poorly made compare to its source material, Yes the animation is not that refined, Yes the voice acting and the sound effects are also not that great but what really shine is
the way they presented the story. The way it adapted the flow of the story is so great that it manages to present the important points without feeling rushed or somethings missing like most other anime adaptations out there.
So for people who would try and watch this if you can look pass its art style, animation, and sounds I think you would also enjoy this anime.