Based on The King's Avatar (全职高手) a Chinese web serial novel. Written by Butterfly Blue (蝴蝶蓝) about esports. It received the title for Best Work in 2013 and is the first and only 1000 Pledged Work on Qi Dian.
Finally a good anime about gaming which is not "Transported to a gaming world. If you die in the game you die in real life" based because there are way to many of these. It is a pretty original story about a professional gamer which were forced to retire and now wants to make a comeback. This OVA features a tournament between rookies and pros, and there are a few cool fights.
The art is okey. Nothing outstanding, nothing really bad either. The art in season 1 was a bit better than the art in this one, but it doesn't really affect the OVAs
The OP is ok, the ED is pretty good and the OST is ok. Nice sound effects.
Likeable characters, except one very talkative character which I find pretty annoying. The MC is pretty bad ass and some might find it pretty funny how MC's boss is getting starstrucked all the time.
I really like this series, it is a pretty original anime which doesn't only focus on the game, but also the players.
I think you'll definitely like this if you're into gaming or sports animes, because this is kind of a mix between those two. Even if you don't, I still recommend it because it is pretty original and you won't find something just like this out there.
The first season has had growing pains and, fortunately, the lessons learned have been incorporated. The first episode of the ONA is a confident, competent stride with all-around better animation and direction. It now uses creative ways and shot angles to help express the emotions of a moment and that presents one of the biggest leaps of the franchise coming from Season 1’s piss-poor direction and a tendency to telegraph everything to the viewer, sometimes in the most obnoxious slapstick way possible, reinforced by the janky animation of that season. Here, however, the motions are more fluid and subdued. And it’s a much better product
as it gives its important scenes weight, power, and reverence.
Although it seems like they blew almost their entire budget on episode one and episode three, preferring to can episode two to a fate of having less-fluid animation and leaning on still frames slightly being moved to give the illusion of action. An understandable compromise, but it's worth a mention nonetheless because it could symptomatic of technical inconsistency, especially if this was a longer series.
Set in a LAN tournament, the All-Star, the ONA has done a pretty competent job at evoking the atmosphere of a LAN. It has maintained a higher standard of storytelling, touching on the themes of the shifting of generations and the passing of the torch, as the new bloods challenge the old guards of the game. The old has to give way to the new, as they say; and yet the old guard also still have so much left to impart. A further exploration of this dynamic, this nebulous era of the old and the new coexisting before one moves on and the other takes over, would hopefully be the direction the series takes as it moves forward.
Fittingly for the theme, the main character has been sidelined to a mentor and spectator role in this story and he belongs there, in the mentor seat. As per my thesis way back in season one, if you’re going to make your main character a perfect/complete/faultless character instead of a still-flawed person trying to figure out what went wrong and how he can be a better player, then make him be the enabler of character growth in the people around him, his future teammates especially. Of course, the main goal would still be to setup his return to the competitive scene, but it’s certainly better that he’s never the primary focus even then. Rather, his return is and should be treated more as a celebration of the hearts he touched in all the years he played GLORY.
The main drawback of the ONA is its spectacle. Ostensibly, it is a setup of both his return to the competitive scene and the participating teams that will oppose him but the limited runtime means that it is going to be primarily a spectacle. And, for a spectacle, it fails to be truly spectacular because of the way it conducts its fight scenes. The “dynamic” still frames aside, it still refuses to use wide angle shots to properly convey the entirety of a fight. As I’ve said before, a fight is a synthesis: thesis and anti-thesis, action and reaction. Here, there’s still the tendency to have action occur in one frame, showing only one character, then the reaction in the next frame, showing the target. Refusing to show both action and reaction in one frame rids the viewer of a frame of reference to ground the action which ends up limiting the impact of a fight. We’re merely following pretty colors flying around, at times even the DBZ-style of two thick colored lines colliding, instead of truly appreciating the choreography and flow of the fight. It has to resort to the same old dust eruption and flashy lights that just obscures and makes the scene messier in order to illustrate the impact of the attacks which is a piss-poor substitute to actually seeing the entire sequence of one person starting his attack and then hitting his target and seeing the target react to that, all in one frame.
At least Episode 3 is doing better in that regard and there’s cause to hope for a much much better season 2.
*Spoilers Ahead, (though seriously if you watched it already then its fine)*
The "Game" genre have been going popular these days. With the likes of SAO, Log, and Accel World, the genre received many praises and critics throughout the community. Then comes the country China where there animation is getting influenced by Japan and brought us The King's Avatar (Quanzhi Gaoshou). I, indeed enjoyed the first season with its excellent art, sound, story, character developments, game mechanism and especially its maturity. It is very rare that a Chinese animation made me impressed even though we know that its base/inspiration is already common (generic). With season 1's
fight scenes and beautiful animation, I was expecting more from these franchise and get hyped that a sequel to it will be released on 2018 this year. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed for this 2018 version of the anime, although I still enjoyed it.
The story is confusing for the newcomers of this anime. Indeed, you have to appreciate the first season and then appreciate this. The story is based on the "All Star Tournament" event of the novel. Although it followed it, it really didnt follow any events that happened after the first season. Hence, it is like jumping from stage 10 - 20 of a game. Although this is a sequel to the first, the plot of the season 1 really didn't support this tournament arc or some sort. We knew that even in season 1, they skipped alot of things but i didnt expect them to skip alot and just straight forward give us a tournament arc sponsored again by Mcdonalds. But aside from these negative vibes, the tournament was quite fascinating. It is quite rare that the main character Ye Xui is not the one who is always playing. It is the others that showcase there own spotlight (especially Tang, Rou). We have seen countless of fights that are well played and animated like One Autumn Leaf and Desert Dust, which portrays what Desert Dust can really do. Although I said earlier that Ye Xiu really didnt made such appearance in the tournament (he was just an audience), one thing is for sure that fans (like me) really want him back into action on this 3-episode anime and yes. Satisfaction was there at the end.
We were given a handful of characters. Although most of them are just talking as a spectator/audience, we were still hinted of the capabalities of the few that are important on the story that leads to the events after this season. There's Tang Rou, who displayed her skills on the stage even though everyone assumes her being a noob. This tournament gives way for her to be on an eSports team. There's the current owner of the One Autumn Leaf account, who is over-confident about his skills. I (or we) were pissed about him in the first season so I was really hoping for his life-points to get rekt by someone. I was expecting Ye Xiu will do it but his rival did it for him.
Then of course there's Ye Xiu, who, from hiding finally reveales some hints of coming back onto the eSports he retired on.
I was quite shocked about the art as it is not the same from season 1. I really can't say anything although the art looks good for Ye Xiu as his expressions can be easily tracked. Last season, for some reason, he always smiles and some audience are irritated by this type of character. On this art however, we can see his emotions quite frankly. Although I have to say that Lord Grim's avatar art in season 1 (on my opinion) is still better than these new art. Overall, it was fine and it didnt really affect my eyes that much.
What is there to speak into the sound system?.. Season 1's OP depicts how epic this anime was going to be and season 2' OP did it quite the same. Ending theme songs are not always my taste although I can say the ED for season 2 is okay. Sound effects are massive on this one. Not really much of a difference to season 1.
Overall thoughts and enjoyment:
In conclusion, the story was straightforward and season 1 really didn't hint the tournament (or maybe im just blind and deaf) which is a drawback for this 2018 version. Even though this was a drawback, I still enjoyed the fights and Ye Xiu being a badass at the end.
The story is based on the All-Stars event which, like any other all-stars event, is meant to showcase the players. An issue that anime-only viewers will experience is confusion as the OVA gives head-nods to all the titans in the scene gathered together for this spectacle.
(8) Story: The story progresses fast and effectively, highlighting themes such as passing the torch and personal struggle while introducing a myriad of characters onto the screen.
(7) Art: The characters aren't as stylized as in Season1, but the animation quality of battles and the arena are very much adequate and pleasing
(7) Sound: No complaints personally. The use of sound works well in emotional moments (though without a hint of subtlety).
(9) Enjoyment: I thought the package went together very well. The story was direct, to the point, and highlighted the different clubs and their personalities without going into very much exposition. Some moments will appear corny to some viewers, but hey, it's an anime about e-sports. I'll let it slide.
(8) Overall: A fun addendum to Season 1, this easily leaves me wanting more.