Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game "Glory," Xiu Ye is dubbed the "Battle God" for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café. There, when Glory launches its 10th server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named "Lord Grim."
Xiu Ye's early achievements on the new server immediately catch the attention of many players, as well as the big guilds, leaving them to wonder about the identity of this exceptional player. However, while he possesses 10 years of experience and in-depth knowledge, starting afresh with neither sponsors nor a team in a game that has changed over the years presents numerous challenges. Along with talented new comrades, Xiu Ye once again dedicates himself to traversing the path to Glory's summit!
In the recent years China has begun to invest in Anime, and in this case we see the result, a fully animated series with probably some of the best art in this season.
The story is pretty....normal? A guy loses his job over office politics and works his arse off to regain his former glory. (Read the description I won't spoil it for you)
Art is amazing, considering this is a relatively new field in China and that their art is a whole lot better than even some of the more popular series (e.g. Boku no hero academia), its safe to say it won't take too long
for most of their series to catch up to the Japanese quality. Unfortunately though, whilst mob characters in the game are all right, IRL they seem a bit..off (perhaps a reflection of our real life as well) The one complaint I might have however is the fact that they add very generic effects in anime to some characters, which can conflict slightly with the more serious art style this series has at times.
Sound is probably where this falls off a bit, I speak for myself when I say that the use of Chinese rather than Japanese makes things a little weird, but even ignoring that the voice acting is still far from the quality you get in Japanese anime, which I tend to use as a standard. This won't affect dub (assuming someone does it later on), but those of us who watch it raw or subbed (I speak both languages but still prefer sub) may find it slightly lacking. Background music is also pretty average, it isn't bad by any means but isn't something that particularly stands out, plus the amount of bgms/osts compared to most other anime is quite limited.
Main Character is pretty standard and likeable (hard working resulting in being overpowered combined with bad luck, which gives him his arrogant and yet slightly humorous means of talking) People who dislike harems should be pleased because from the looks of things we won't be getting one, due to the relationship between the males and females mostly being ones of master and disciple or brother and sister, although there have been hints that there could be something more. In addition, the characters in the team compliment each other and bring out an array of jokes, though some of which would be hard for those who don't speak Chinese to understand.
Fairly enjoyable, as you can see from the scores, so I won't dwell on it, an overall 9 for me because it is fairly enjoyable and different. And also shows a lot of promise, so long as the Chinese doesn't bother you too much I would recommend you to watch it, even if it is just to get a feeling for Chinese Anime.
First of all if you bear hostility towards chinese anime. Don't come here.
Supposing you bear huge distastes towards chinese dub, just turn your back.
Looking for another widespread virtual fantasy game ? Look elsewhere.
However, if you're seeking for something new, willing to attempt something fresh, then please do give <Quan Zhi Gao Shou a.k.a The King's Avatar> a try as it is probably relatively unlike what you have seen in the anime industry so far. You may come to love it, or also detest it but its definitely not a waste of time in my opinion.
You should have a good idea what it's about from the
synopsis on MAL. It's basically about a top pro gamer that got kicked out of the industry because of a fallout with his team mate due to various reasons. With nowhere else to go, he ended up working the night shift at a local net cafe and surprisingly a new server opened on the game he spent his entire career on.
That being the case, this story aims to showcase the hardships of a pro gamer in the industry, relationship between people be it friendship or rivalries, with a little drama here and there as the man character embarks on his journey back to the top. Unfortunately, with only 12 episodes I feel that there are only that much that can’t be covered and it might be difficult to bring out its true potential. The pacing is on the fast side but not to the level where its unbearable if you don’t nit-pick comparing it to the actual source material.
This is one of the main selling point of this franchise, the characters all have their distinct personalities, motives and drives that makes them who they are. You have good interaction between each characters and the dialogues always tend to be funny. (The mc just has the talent to piss other people off tbh, and the anime really made him out to be a person that you’d wanna slap seeing his smug face rofl) The relationship of the characters are explored and play an important role in this story as they embark on an adventure bonding, competing or fighting against one another. All in all, the characters here are more mature and realistic than the usual japanese characters.
Art & Animation:
Now this is finally one chinese anime adaption I can proudly claim to not lose out to any of the major studio's in their effort put into it. The visuals are just spectacular, the use of cgi merge very nicely. Of course there are minor cases such as the badly disfigured mob crowds in the background at times but those are not really that distractive as its pretty much inconsequential details since you’ll only see those like less than 5% of the time. I really like the mature theme this anime has unlike the usual japanese artstyle, the over exaggeration and reaction is still present but toned down a lot. The visuals really give off an atmosphere of watching a movie.
The background just looks fantastic without words to describe it really, the amount of details put into the scenery be in the real world or game was similarly awesome. Those camera angles switching between third and first person perspectives or panning from the ground to the view from the sky across the city was just beautiful. I love how they depict the scenery and cinematic used in this anime. The background and scenery are just a sight to behold. In terms of action the animation wasn't the best but still very good.
The osts used in the anime is my personal favorite. The soft piano melodramatic music is just tender to the ears during those touching and sad occasions. The intense and fast paced osts that was used during the fights and actions scenes are fine quality, then you have that theme music to showcase how our main character kick some ass. There's the tipsy pop-ish music for all those comedic moments that just puts a smile on your lips. How they mix it in between in conjunction across fights is excellent. They really done well in fusing those melody and make the most out of it to bring out the atmosphere. Both OP and ED are splendid but I just adore the ED song, it really brings out the meaning of the story and feels from the story (especially so for those who’ve read the novel).
What else is there to say ? I’m disappointed that it couldn’t adapt all the good portion from the novel and really feel pity such a good piece of story could only do so much as an anime adaption but nonetheless it didn’t wither down my enjoyment watching this anime. I appreciate every moment of it and despite the waste of not being able to have the full experience for non-novel readers, it’s still well done for the most parts.
If you want to watch a gripping or emotional storyline about eSports, look elsewhere. Might I suggest the 2014 documentary "Free to Play"? It's available on YouTube.
Currently, the best reason to watch this show is because it's main character has done in seven episodes what Kirito couldn't hope to do with two seasons of SAO and a movie: get d*ck-sucked so hard that Ye Xiu's character should just be a walking censor bar when the next episode comes along.
Hello everyone, this is my preliminary review for what is, as far as I know, the first anime about the growing juggernaut that is eSports. It's
the only anime I've been planning to watch from the Spring 2017 lineup. And I’m not happy.
First off, we need to make one thing very very clear: adaptations are suppose to stand on it’s own. So zip it with the piteous noises about the source material. Quan Zhi Gao Shou as an anime stands or falls on it’s own (de)merits.
And second, yes it’s a well-made Chinese production and that’s good but I’m not judging it relative to the other Chinese animated series. I’m judging it based on the rubrics of good storytelling.
Let’s start with the heart of character-driven dramas which this show tries to build itself up to be: the characters themselves, or rather how the show tries to get us invested in them.
There is only one of consequence: god-mode MC-kun who’s APM (actions per minute) is so god-tier glorious he can solo MMORPG bosses. The other characters are simply background props and cheerleaders either relentlessly praising and gaping in awe over MC-kun or being utter dicks to make him look better by comparison. It does get aggravating how the show executes character investment with all the finesse of a stereotypical 90s high school movie.
We open up with a very weak first episode, where MC-kun is being forced to retire by his cartoonishly evil boss and hand his account to the cartoonishly evil rival who does nothing but gloat and try to make us sympathize with MC-kun simply by virtue of him being less of a prick. The scene is presented with all the grace and subtlety of a skinny, mean-looking lion named Scar singing "Bad Things I'm Gonna Do 'Cause I'm the Bad Guy" except far more worse because there is no Disney charm involved. Also, it seems that two of his teammates are totally aboard with the idea of MC-kun not being captain and are cartoonishly stricken with Rival-kun. And if that’s not enough, here have the vice-captain too acting like an irredeemable prick. Wait, maybe the reason is that MC-kun is a shitty captain and the entire story is a path of redemption and growth via the medium of the MMO “Glory”. Maybe he meets some noobs, rekindle his love of the game, and build them to a competent team from the ground up, all the while learning more and more about himself via their interactions.
Or… maybe not. He got kicked out apparently because the big bad evil corporation wants to commercialize the team to reap in sponsorship and he’s not swell with the idea. Oh, and that his team was under-performing, because apparently his teammates hate him. (Which is a solid reason to kick someone out, by the way. The team tends to be paramount in competitive gaming and ideally decisions have to be made for the good of the team as a whole.)
The show is missing his reason for soldiering on. That should have been the core of the show’s drama and it should have been established immediately why we want to root for him. But they didn’t. (And I’m sure that there’s some emotionally manipulative boohoo story somewhere detailing the why of his love of the game to fix it all up. The characterization is so sloppily executed that they're overdue at least one boohoo scene to compensate.)
The story seemed to be structured with the MMO phase as the phase for character growth and the eSports phase as the end goal. If it is, a valiant effort. But the story could have started immediately at the eSports tournament phase. Going for a tournament requires hours and hours of practice gameplay, scrimming and theorycrafting. And that presents a good source of conflict, interactions, relationships, and character drama they could exploit. With the current level of character development and investment, this entire segment could be immediately scrapped and nothing would be lost.
What we have so far is more a spectacle than a story. And it’s not even a good spectacle. Yes, the visuals is well within standards, CGI notwithstanding. The still frames are certainly pretty but the character motions are too awkward. It’s grating. The show is so scared of going off-model on the characters and ended up with motion looking stilted instead of overflowing with life and vitality. And it doesn't help that though there were a few series over the years that embraced the concepts of character motion and grounded, subtle facial expressions as powerful narrative tools in anime, Quan Zhi Gao Shou knows only three: scheming face, evil scheming face, and wacky-tries-to-be-funny face.
The action scenes are subpar as well. The anime has a huge boner for shitty shot angles, shaky shots, poor choreography, and the firm belief that adding enough flashy fluffs would cover it all up. So in other words, your average anime. If you like the fight sequences in Asterisk Wars, you’ll like this. The problem with these kinds of fights is that you get no real sense of space or flow. You can see the characters move and the pretty colors flash about. You get to see the action but you miss out on the reaction: from the minor stance corrections of the parties involve to that action, to the effect of the surroundings on the fight itself.
The sound is okay, I guess. Nothing stood out but I'm not an expert on these things. It's Chinese though. I've already seen several Chinese live-action flicks so I don't really care but it might throw you off if you got so used to Japanese that you can get the gist of a conversation just by listening.
And one last thing: like almost all hack-writing involving videogames, there is way too much emphasis on mechanical skills/reflexes and way too little on good game knowledge, map/situational awareness, proper positioning, and the value of a good support.
Credit where credit is due, of course. The character designs, animation, and visuals are, again, well within current standard and that retirement announcement in Episode 2 captures a glimmer of the fervor an eSports gaming community has for its own flock. And while I have a plethora of reasons to go against the MMO eSport concept of the show, it does help non-gaming savvy viewers to easily identify the characters when they assume their in-game avatars.
Here’s to hoping that it’ll get better and to knowing that it probably won’t. Let it have a good arc at the very least. Let it have it’s own Mother’s Rosario.
*slyly winks at those who understands what I am implying*
And now I’m stuck to finishing this one for my proper full review for the series. This will be updated. Unless, of course, the fandom decides to keel-haul me.
Oh wait, where's my rant about how GLORY fails as an eSport? Well, far too many people were misconstruing it to mean that my main beef is that the show isn't about eSports, not the subpar storytelling. Besides, it is not really relevant to the enjoyment of the show, not when it's already facing a ridiculous amount of problems. It'll be reworked in the final review, maybe. Or moved to a blog.
Anyone who remotely compare this to SAO should have their brain scanned, cause they clearly have a problem. Its like comparing the great wall of china to the back alley wall and saying, "Gee, this back alley wall certainly looks like it had the same amount of effort put in".
Quan Zhi Gao Shou is one of the pinnacle of Chinese WN, it is to Gaming Stories, what "Night Bright Pearl" (夜明珠) is to TS fiction. It is a classic that will never be forgotten and a giant shadow that will cloud the judgement of anyone who have seen it. After reading it, every time I
see another Game related anime or LN or WN or Manga I think to myself, "how is it compared to Quan Zhi Gao Shou?"
Unfortunately the anime doesn't really live up to the novel, but credit where credit is due, 3 episodes 50 chapters, they would need 100 or more episodes to do all 1700 chapters of this work. I'm just happy to see the characters move.
To anyone wanting to see the important characters of the show, here is a link to a PV made for the novel.
Now onto the review, note, spoiler train from here on, so if you want to get the best experience. Read the novel NOW.
Story - 9
Set in the year of 202X, esports have become one of the biggest entertainment industry in the world, with most of the focus on the massive MMORPG/Competitive game called Glory. It is played around the world with hundreds of millions of followers and pros who earn millions of dollars from commercials and sponsorship.
YeXiu/Qiu of Team Excellent Era, former three time championship winner in season 1,2,3, was forced to retire from his team due to a mixture of disagreement over ideals with his manager/old friend TanXuan and the declining performance of Team Excellent Era. Losing everything he have, he entered a small E-pub called XingXin (Happy) and asked for a job from the owner ChenGuo in return for being allowed to use the computer in the pub to play Glory.
With this, he began his return to the pinnacle to the pro world.
QZGS is in many way a power fantasy, yet it avoids a lot of PF tropes and does more than necessary to justify the tropes it does use. There is no harem, no moronic enemies, and no angst. It is a story of hope, glory, friendship and what it means to be a pro esport gamer. YeXiu is OP in many ways, yet the story did everything to show why he is OP, the effort and ideals he carried, rendering him an highly likable. With the introduction of other Teams like Blue Rain, Samsara, BaTu, WeiCao, LeiTing, Yanyu, YiZhan, and many more, his personal fighting skill is far lowered to emphasize his tactic skills and team.
Like the man himself said "Glory cannot be played alone"
The story itself is seperate into three main parts 1-600 the assemble of the team 600-1000 the revival match, 1000-1700 Pro League. The anime is cutting a whole lot and it still only managed to do 50 chapters in 3 episodes. So it is unlikely to be finished.
Characters - 9
YeXiu is mature and confident, sly and honourable. For a PF he actually feels like someone who is powerful, he doesn't lash out when people mock him or try to ruin him with fake news, simply laugh it off and let the truth speak for itself. His ID really says all that needs to be said, “君莫笑”, three words that can not truly be translated into any other language.
As for all the other characters, I would love to explain all I could about their personality, but words eludes me, not only because it is hard to convert the depth of chinese poetry to english but also because there is so many characters with so many stories. Dozens and dozens of characters, yet not one is stale in cliches of anime or manga or anything japanese. God, all I can say is read it yourself.
Art, Sound - 6,7
Chinese anime tends to recycle shots to save money, which is understandable cause it is expansive. But the CGI is slightly better than certain Japanese ones, however it still possess the old CGI problems.
The Chinese dubbing is actually very good, but western audience probably isn't used to Chinese. All I can say is, racism against China isn't uncommon, just don't go saying Chinks in real life or it is your own fault if anyone punches you.
Overall - 7
The WN is great, but the anime cannot really capture the full beauty of it. Expected due to Butterfly Blue's writing style, the length of the WN and the fact there really isn't anywhere to properly stop the story. Sad, but I'm happy as long as I get to see the characters move and Huang Shao Tian's trash talk.