Poverty-strikened Yang Jinghua had an accident. The moment he woke up, he seemed to turn 10 years younger overnight. Yang Jinghua thought he had been reborn and when he was about to step on the path for a new beginning, a white-haired, rich and handsome guy named Duanmu Xi, appeared right in front of him. He not only told Yang Jinghua that Yang Jinghua was already dead, he even asked for an invitation: "Young man, do you want to sign a contract with me and stay with me for the rest of your life?"
A Japanese dub of the series was produced by Haoliner's Japanese branch Emon. The series aired on television under the title Spiritpact starting on January 7, 2017 at 21:00 JST. Each TV episode was comprised of two ONA episodes with minor aesthetic touch-ups.
This is based on a chinese Manga(Manhwa). It is actually really good(THe manga) but the anime adaptation kind of ruined it with the voice actors and the weird art and the change in the original plot. this anime can be qualified as Shounen-Ai but it is more on the relationship of a master and his servant though they do have to kiss sometimes for the special skill to work on the servant(Can't say it or I will spoil it). But if you are interested in this, I advise you to read the manga because Chinese manhwa are colored and it is really awesome.
Beware: This is a shounen-ai! And a good one on top of that!
I thought I'd start with that as the genre is not listed on MAL.
As probably most of you have figured out by the name, this is a Chinese animation, the second in my life, but I have to say definitely not the last one!
Overall Ling Qi is a beautifully drawn anime with a deeper story from what you'd expect of 20 short episodes. It engages the viewer straight from episode 1 with its perfectly proportioned combination of sweet humour, action, art, BGM, few parodies of other anime and unexpected development.
story left many things unexplained(which probably the manga will explain), this did not really ruin the pleasure of watching Ling Qi, I did not feel it left me hanging and questioning plot-holes or scratching the back of my head wondering what it tried to convey.
The Chinese setting/language was a very refreshing break from the good ol' Japanese anime and the characters' behaviour or way of speaking is something I enjoyed immensely as it (especially the voices) felt much less forced than most Japanese animes.
I do pay a lot of attention to voice actors, way of talking etc and I can't hide how much I hate forced voices like in many animes (no normal Japanese person talks like that) and speech in Ling Qi did not strike me as forced or overreacting (I did live with and communicate with a group of Chinese for a whole year)
Overall, 8 from me, very pleasant animation, beautiful artwork, nice BGM, engaging story, and most of all a Chinese shounen-ai.
If this anime aired in the early 2000s, it'd probably be pretty okay. Too bad it's 2017.
In summary, the story is every anime trope put together.
So, here we have our main protagonist who spends the first half of episode 1 living his daily life - and then, of course, dies. Considering the amount of time spent on building up his life, you'd think that you would actually *care* about his death. Well, you sure guessed wrong.
Anyway, so the protagonist dies, only to meet the oh-so-mysterious second main character, who offers him to become his Spirit Shadow. Four episodes in, and I've
only got a vague idea of what that is truly supposed to be. But, sure. Let's just go with that.
So, upon becoming his new Spirit Shadow, Sir. protagonist (if you're wondering why I am not calling him by his name, it's because I don't remember. Nor do I care.) travels along with mysterious.TM second main protagonist to his mansion and... what?
Where's the rest of the plot? What is the goal? 4 episodes into the series, and that is yet to be revealed.
Welcome to 2004. That is all.
I usually don't comment on sound, because it never stands out to me in a series - which is how it should be. A good soundtrack should blend in with the events, and amplify whatever emotions are being portrayed.
Spiritpact also does that, as decently as every other series ever.
The soundtrack might just as well have been picked from a playlist on youtube, and randomly be inserted into the episodes because, oh man, it does anything BUT blend into the events. I spent the majority of the first episode distracted by the music and not the actual important dialogue.
Hello character-tropes, my old friends.
To quickly summarise, the characters are cut-outs of every trope you can imagine, oh yes.
Here we have the mysterious, oh-so-secretive second protagonist, who barely speaks, and even when he does, it is condescending and, in reality, would make him see like nothing more than a douche... but, oh, who cares as long as he has those rippling abs! Bonus points for the white hair, because, as we know, all white haired characters will turn out to be badass.
The mystery-guy.TM. is, of course, accompanied by the typical annoying female character. With a sympathy-inducing backstory, you are expected to forgive her borderline-egoistical antics. Nevertheless, you will find yourself wishing to transcend into another realm of existence every time she and her fake-looking pair of breasts appear on screen.
What about our star of the show? The dead guy, the Spirit Shadow - our very own, most beloved protagonist! If you're familiar with yaoi series such as Junjou Romantica, his personality will appear awfully familiar to you - he is pretty much Misaki, but 75% more irritating, what with being used as a constant pawn for the anime's poor excuse at ''comedy''.
Also, this is still unclear, but I speculate that he will adopt a tsundere vibe upon realising his future feelings for white-hair-seme guy who he currently seems to 'hate'. Oh, joy.
Let us not forget about the antagonist, with his spiky red outfit to remind exactly how very evil he is. Don't you dare forget that. Of course, to not disappoint you loli-lovers, he has a girl who looks like she should be spending time in elementary rather than killing people by his side. He knows your kinks and is about to exploit them.
Do you enjoy cold-hearted white haired men with abs brighter than your future? Do you love cheap comedy that is 95% shouting things that somebody said? Are you desperate for some gay in your life, no matter how forced the romance seems to be? Or do you just want to ironically enjoy this trashy excuse of a series?
If so, then, oh man, you're going to love this.
Having seen gifs of Spiritpact on tumblr and having it lobbied as a wonderful anime that had an LGBT+ couple portrayed in a positive manner, I decided to give this anime a shot knowing nothing about it...however, I soon came to regret that decision as I watched every single episode of Spiritpact that had aired, only to have the frame that I viewed this anime with ripped away from me.
STORY (4): From the first episode, Spiritpact holds a little measure of promise with it. It gives you a character who's entire life has been filled with hardships and struggles. A total underdog. Usually those are
the types of characters that I love, the type I want to cheer on for. However quickly such a plot line for Spiritpact proves to be boring and reusable, viewers get met with the same basic tropes that a lot of anime seem to keep recycling: the good looking guy, a prestigious household, a fiancee with multiple aspects of her personality that change with the drop of a pin. A couple episodes in and that's all that Spiritpact seems to prove itself to be. There's nothing in it, that makes it standout or distinguishable from any other anime that is has the same troupes as it and quite honestly in my opinion, it's what makes this anime so forgettable.
ART (6): I will admit that the animation for this anime is quite good, I have yet to see any major flaws in it. Each episode keeps a consistent style of animation. The art isn't really all that special in terms of other works that Half H.P Studio has produced, but it's bearable and if you're looking for an anime that doesn't have terrible or low quality art then Spiritpact has it.
SOUND (5): The music and scores used throughout the anime aren't really standalone. I wouldn't find myself singing the opening or ending out at a night of karaoke or randomly when I feel in the mood to sing something. The sound doesn't have anything that really pulls at the viewers feelings or hypes them up for certain scenes. It just...exists. I will also admit that having a Chinese song for the opening was quite jarring as this is a Japanese anime and the subtitles lyrics are in Japanese. It was a little weird for me to hear the Chinese pronunciation of the lyrics as I was reading them in Japanese.
CHARACTER (1): Where do I even begin? The characters of Spiritpact are a bunch of the most easily forgettable characters I have ever encountered. The main characters don't have anything redeemable about them, they're trapped in the tropes they are given and don't seem to make any attempts to break out of them.
Keika You is characterized as this sort of underdog that we all want to cheer on...but...after a few episodes I came to be really annoyed by his character. He was too pitiful, there were more times than I can count in the anime that he spent lamenting about his situation and waiting for someone else to save him than him taking actions into his own hands. He's also given the same old boring troupe of never being in a relationship, but yet hounding after women to the point that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and becomes annoying.
Ki Tonmoku is the stereotypical "hot bishounen character with a tragic backstory that we have to wait until close to the ending of the series to unlock." Throughout the few episodes I've seen, he repeatedly comes across as cold, and nonchalant towards the people that are involved with his life, yet is hailed as a powerful character with thousands of people around him attracted to him in some capacity that leaves you wondering: "why?" at several points. He feels like a rehash of so many of the same type of characters that you just shrug your shoulders and accept begrudgingly that he's on your screen.
The rest of the characters are quiet forgettable, to the point that even after 10 minutes of watching all available episodes I could barely correctly name any other characters besides the main two...barely.
ENJOYMENT (2): Honestly, I've encountered series that were better than this and had the same sort of genres. I've considered and am still considering dropping this series as I haven't enjoyed a single episode that has come out so far. It feels like watching one episode only to move on to the next whilst having a faint idea of what you watched in the previous episode.
OVERALL (2): There are far better anime out there that beat Spiritpact by a punch, especially if you're looking for a shounen ai and supernatural anime. Spiritpact doesn't have anything that sets it apart or makes it stand alone compared to the magnitude of other supernatural/shounen ai anime that exist. The story is decent, the art is ok, the characters are bland. Honestly you can save yourself a couple hours of your time by watching anything else, any other anime other than Spiritpact.