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!
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 terribly flawed adaptation. Let me explain: this anime is based on a Chinese manga, which they call "manhua". The manhua is illustrated in full color, features superior art, and a much more paced story.
Moving on, the anime has several things wrong with it. First of all, the voice acting is really bad. Second, the way the characters are drawn in the anime is strange. They're severely lacking detail, structurally flawed, and come off just looking bland in general. Finally, the story is rushed in the anime, and doesn't end conclusively. The anime
ended covering the weaker part of the story, and the manhua has some very plot developments and character backstories.
I've seen plenty good manga adaptations like FMA, Death Note and Assassination Classroom. I've also seen several adaptations that aren't great, but are decent. This adaptation is just trash. The source material is infinitely better.
My overall enjoyment was thoroughly stumped based on the reoccurring cliches along with poor voice acting that is more cringe worthy than anything else, it is the kind that makes somebody want want to puke at its irregularity coherent and incoherent speaking tone which varies depending on the situation.
The voice actors sound as though the producers just slapped together some distant relatives and force feed them frolics of fiber glass then demanded they sing on stilts while a bunch of muscular men beat each other with stones entertain them between recording sessions.
The anime in general was very cliche in terms of plot development and character
personality and traits.
i have no idea why this counts as "Anime" but ... *Shrugs
I dont really understands why many of the chinese animator or anime studio seem to like animating harem anime genre so much. But, that's not the only problem that i have with it. The fact that they lack such originality with their resources to animate a show is just so painful to watch. But hey, i watch it anyway because i've got nothing to do within my free time. It has that generic opening song and ending song much like the op and ed from any anime related romance series. Incidentally, the overall premise and plot development of the story is also much like what
most japanese harem anime does. And that japanese anime hero archetype. Copied. That being said. I personally sees alot of contrast to other of the japanese harem anime after the story progresses through each of the episodes. Although, it's still similar to that, but there are some originality within them as well. And the interesting thing here within this story. They're technically living in a world where monster and human coexist, but those monster were once an actual monster before, before they were promoted to become a part of humanity or turning into an actual person like us. So basically their existence symbolizes something. Human are evil because they kill trees, and trees monster doesn't like that. Or that, human are evil because they eat pork, kill pigs, and pigs monster are a representation of that sort of hatred for human. Basically, our discrimination of everything kinda triggers every monster out there. But some monster are cool with living in a life where their species, or presumably much like themselves (but not a fucking monster) being get eaten or kill right in front of them. Or due to the fact that there are such implement of an actual games that we all play, or things that we are familiar of. Like League of Legend and such. And the annoying thing about this anime is how thirsty the girls are for the protagonist are and how illogical and unrealistic it's (well it make no sense for most harem, while some are exceptional)
And btw, i have nothing against chinese animator, studio, or staff, or people personally. I appreciate their hardship and work that they put into these animes that they're creating. I just wanted to see something original that represent them, or producing less harem show and start doing some other genre as well. And if you're confuse as to why each episode only have a time span of 10 min. Then that's because they don't have a proper anime studio that they could invested into making a pretty long ass 24 min animation with their funds, or animator/artist to do it. People don't do work for free afterall. The pacing and transition of the animation are not specifically all that great for me. It lacks the smoothness of character movement and transition. The overly epic and amazing OST doesn't actually fits into the anime's story at all, or the lack of consistency of the animation and art. The humor are kinda plain, somewhat connectable, and awkward. And the love in first sight thing in general that result in them wanting to protect you for life even though you've just only met makes no fucking sense to me. And i dont understand the need for that plant girl to fuck everyone and then kill them afterwards. Just fucking kill them, why the fuck do you need to fuck them then later kills them. And she have that succubus abilities to seduce men in general as well. I just dont understand. Isn't she a tree monster? How does that makes any sense. Or does everything about girls has to have a connection to every sexual thing to make them all that appealing to men. Physic wise, this shit doesn't apply in this anime. But the voice acting and OST still amazing to me despite all the horrible characters, and story.
All the being said, this anime has a very amateurish production value. But it's worth a try. These chinese anime studio is a novice right now but they will definitely improve through time as they gain more experience to make something more original and with a much better quality with animation and so on.