A messenger of the Heavens has arrived in Zhao Ge, which has been ruled by the Shang dynasty for generations. The current emperor, Zi Zhou, refuses to bow his head before the gods, and declares to the messenger that he will no longer accept the tyranny of the Heavens. The gods do not take this kindly; and soon, the emperor of a neighboring land, Wu Jifa, leads a crusade against the rebelling Shang.
During the battle, the Shang forces are vastly overwhelmed, and just when the capital is inches away from being taken, Zhou joins the fight. Although he breaks through the enemy ranks and makes his way toward Jifa, out of nowhere a god falls from the sky, landing right before him, prepared to personally deal with the troublemaker.
After watching several Chinese anime, I was about to give up on it. But then I stumbled upon Wu Geng Ji and after watching the first 2 episodes I was hooked. The story is much more nonlinear than Japanese anime (after episode 10) in a very refreshing way. The first 10 episode battle is the greatest of any anime that I have seen, and I have watched plenty. It is epic with a good sense of moral.
Although the first 30 episodes are just the beginning, I enjoyed all, and cannot wait to see the rest. I am looking forward to more anime like this.
Story (8/10) Very Good
More Specifically (8.75/10) Very Good+
The Story of Wu Geng Ji starts off just like the Manhua as we see through the perspective of Zi Shou as he reigns his Kingdom and the struggles that come with it. There really is not that much of a difference when it comes to the adaptation from a story standpoint I think is fine although the fact that this is a ONA not an actual Dong Hua and only runs for 15 minutes at a time does feel a bit more fast pace than the Manhua, as you know usually the
first chapter of any Manga, Manhwa or Manhua are usually the largest and for reason. Seeing as chapter one of this is quite heft this first episode doesn't cover all of it if someone was leaving with first impressions they can be hindered because of such a decision when it comes to how much that adapted per episode, even with that being said it's the only con I can think of the actual content as far as I can see has not modified so it's still very good from an adaptation standpoint.
Art and Animation 7/10 (Good)
CG Quality at it's best (9.50/10) Great
CG Quality at it's worst (4.50/10) Bad
So this section is the absolute most controversial section in this review and with reason... COMPUTER GENERATED ANIMATION... If you couldn't tell already I am giant Feng Shen Ji fan (probably the biggest you'll ever find) and when I found out this existed and was in CG I was ready to punch a baby. After watching episode one I was disgusted by this adaptation asking myself "How could this happen?", "I was waiting for FSJ to get animated for so long and I finally get one and it's this CG piece of shit!" trust me this went on for about a week in a half of my just disappointing in China/Hong Kong for shitting on their chance to make FSJ known positively. I still watched it because I am a fan of the series and I feel like if I call myself a true FSJ can I have to see this through. So animation quality of episode 1 (because of how I went there I didn't like it) but by every episode I watched I came around slowly but surely. And by episode 5 and especially 6 certain scenes actually look gorgeous and I can't deny that. Now it's not consistent as just like the scenes I considered gorgeous (The Zi Shou Phoenix Unleashed vs Tian Kui) there were small scenes I felt were still either cringe worthy to look at or just mediocre. So I'm going to have to average this out because trust me although I still today hate that this is CG, it is FAR better than the CG in Berserk, Kingdom, Knights of Sidonia and Ajin (yes I know KoS and Ajin are both made by the same people but u get my point). If I had to rate the CG quality as a whole for the other anime I named above it would be Berserk 5, Kingdom 4 and Kos/Ajin 6, and with that being said if that's what I would rate their CG quality I would put WGJ's at a 7 as I'm taking the amazing scenes and cringe worthy/mediocre scenes and averaging them out. I think this cringe worthy/mediocre scenes are still better than Kingdom's but not that better so I'll give that a 4.5, the gorgeous scenes in my opinion are right below the quality of the CG quality you see from Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Kingsglaive or Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary and I think those 3 have a CG quality of 10 so I give the best CG animate scenes in WGJ a 9.5. With all that being said 4.5+9.5/2 gives you 7 which is something I can agree with as I stated before I think WGJ's CG animation Knights of Sidonia and Ajin which I gave a 6 so a 7 sounds about right to me taking everything I've said into consideration. LASTLY I have to point out that China just recently started doing CG animated Dong Hua so they are still learning while Japan has been doing this shit for years and the stuff still doesn't look that good, so I gotta give them some what of credit for doing something better than Japan who's been doing this shit for years upon year.
More Specifically (8.75/10) Very Good+
Now the sound section for this is actually very good. The music I feel matches the many many hype moments that this series brings to the table, the Chinese voice acting is very good and the opening and ending songs I've taken quite a liking to by the time episode 6 came out they are quite unique and catchy as I don't really hear Chinese music that often in my usually day.
Characters (9/10) Great
More Specifically (9.25/10) Great
All of the characters that I've seen so far are being adapted 1-1. Which is a good thing. But there are a few characters they have changed the actually character design behind them and it urk me more than I thought it would. The first one doesn't bother me that much only because it they didn't change that much plus it actually looks a bit cooler in this Dong Hua and that's Tai Ji who they changed his hair for white to red with a bit of fire which was cool it really showed their fire effects which look phenomenal so I give him a pass. But the other character I can't let ride out what so ever and that's Shi Xing, in the manhua he's is the big buff red skinned, white eyes and white haired beast who easily caused the most trouble through out FSJ1. When I first saw him in this Dong Hua adaptation I didn't even recognize him. They turned him into this slimmer version of himself with purple armor and purple aura around him with light purple hair and red eyes. Honestly it's a big step down in my opinion and the making Tai Ji look cooler doesn't balance out how bad they made Shi Xing look. Don't get me wrong he as a character design doesn't look bad but I think it's bad when you put Shi Xing's name behind it, if you know how important everything that has to do with Shi Xing is to the overall story of FSJ then you should understand my pain. With all that being said none of them actually break character and acted differently but looks are something that mean a lot in FSJ in my opinion and changing them is changing the character to an extent. Other than that everything else seems spot on and I've review all the manhua and I gave this section a 10/10 so with these to new changes, changes are made to my score also. (Also if there are any more characters in the future that are changed trust me I'll come back to this review and change it accordingly also!)
Tai Ji (+0.25/10)
Shi Xing (-1.00/10.25)
This gives you a (9.25/10)
Enjoyment (8/10) Very Good
Like I said before my first impressions of this Dong Hua was quite bad as going in know it was CG, Episode 1 only being 15 minutes and the hand full scenes looking mediocre at best for episode 1 and 2 as far as I can remember my enjoyment for it was around a 6. But over time as I got used to the CG and the story, characters and music are still very good my enjoyment rose episode by episode and the fact by episode 6 the good CG scenes outweigh the bad CG scenes by quite a lot. As of right now my enjoyment for this Dong Hua is an 8, it's something I actually can say I look forward to watching bi-weekly when it releases.
Overall (8/10) Very Good
More Specifically (8.35/10) Very Good
Only 6 episodes in need I say and it has changed my opinion immensely. I say give it until that before you make a fair judgement of this series seeing as the episodes are only 15 minutes each it shouldn't take that long to get there, episodes 1 and 2 I don't think are a fair representation on what to expect from the entire series I believe episodes 5 and 6 are though. I'm surprised that I can give this above a 7 right now with all of the hatred I still have for it being CG. But this is my putting all my subjective thoughts to the side and rating it objectively. For one of China's first CG animated ONAs this is very good I guess and it is indeed getting better by every episode that releases.