As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei Wuxian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan Wangji, his archenemy. This marks the start of a thrilling yet hilarious journey of attacking monsters, solving mysteries, and raising children. From the mutual flirtation along the way, Wei Wuxian slowly realizes that Lan Wangji, a seemingly haughty and indifferent poker-face, holds more feelings for Wei Wuxian than he is letting on.
Mo Dao Zu Shi or The Founder of Diabolism is an adaptation of my favourite Chinese BL novel, so I will probably be a bit biased in my review. (I hope there aren't any big spoilers.)
By the 3rd episode, the anime has shown only the introduction to the main story and there are some minor plot changes, but I can see that it will be as good as in the novel.
The story is very interesting and unusual. Because of that it's difficult to put it under a curtain genre - it is very funny at times, however, there will be a couple of very
sad moments. What is more, there is a little of mystery and horror, as well. To be honest, I really love the romance between the two leads - it is slow, pure and heartwarming. I am not really sure how much of their love will be shown in the anime, but as a fujioshi I can already see the love in Lan Zhan eyes. (Retrospection will have a big role in the story, showing us how the characters changed through the years.)
The characters are UNIQUE. They are smart, beautiful and realistic which is great because we can always understand why they do whatever they do. Another VERY interesting thing is that the uke and seme aren't stereotypical. The most confusing thing about the story is that most characters have more than one name but it is not really a problem (I kind of like it).
Wei Ying/ Wei WuXian/ YiLing Patriarch - the MC
The main character is strong, intelligent and independent, he is the founder of diabolism whom everybody respect or is scared of. Even though he is so strong, he is extremely kind, fun and bubbly person. (And he is the uke in the relationship!)
Lan Zhan/ Lan WangJi /HanGuang-Jun
He is calm and strict - the opposite of Wei Ying. At first they are like water and oil, but later... He loves Wei Ying a lot.
The other characters are interesting too and they really contribute to the story.
The art is fantastic, astonishing, fascinating...you can use every strong word to describe how beautiful it is.
I really like the music and their voices. At first it is a bit weird to listen to the Chinese speech but you get used to it pretty fast.
Overall enjoyment 10/10
This is a great story that a person can enjoy even if they don't like yaoi (boys love). Their love is not the most important part of the plot and it is so pure that if you want to you can easily pretend that it's just bromance.
If you like yaoi though - then I would totally recommend watching the anime, reading the novel and the manga too (yes, there is a manga too, that's how popular this story is in China!). Reading the novel will help with understanding the donghua (chinese anime) much better and will most probably make you fall in love with the characters and their story!
Shortly about the anime - it is very good, so you won't make a mistake if you give it a chance!
Consider my review as a fan of the whole story , so you may not like my point of view
Mo dao zu shi , Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, The Founder of Diabolism, The Founder of Evil Magic or 墨香铜臭 is a donghua ( Chinese animation ) adapted from a Chinese novel with the same name ( and have manhua as well )
For me this animation is point of revolution ins the Chinese animation ( I'm not joking )
The story simply about the cultivation world , In this world there are cultivation sects ruled by prominent clans ( Jiang - Lan
- Jin - Nie ) , the cultivation generally is a Chinese folklore about purging ( purify ) evil souls or spirits who can't rest in peace .
The protagonist is a reincarnated person who was feared by the whole cultivation world by his dark cultivation way named Wei WuXian , seeking revenge for the one who sacrificed his body for Wei , Wei WuXian start his second life , but after that he face a lot of crisis .
The story for me is one of best XianXia stories ( about cultivation ) , There is a big character development your gonna notice in the whole anime .
The animation is perfect , the backgrounds are flawless work of art , the movements of the animation are flexible , a good combination between the hand drawing and the cg .
For me I find the biggest studios mistakes are :
- Change the timeline of the story , you gonna notice in the second episode , there is a return to the back in the end of the episode , continue for the whole 10 actual episodes , in the novel the past of the protagonist is represented in flashbacks from time to other , so that make some difficulties for the audience to understand the plot .
- There are some parts also changed from the main story , which can make a little difference between the animation and the main story .
So for me :
Story : 10/10 , As I have explained before , a cultivation story with good plot + futuristic bl between the protagonists , makes this story evolved for other XinXia stories , also the evenness are good relied , there is a good work in the story
Characters : 10/10 There is a brand new characters development in this story , totally different from others animations , which remains for me favorable
Sounds : 8/10 , for some , you are going to find the voices ( Chinese ) unbearable , but after some some time it's gonna be normal , as for the songs , there is good work on it , some songs a quite good , for me the opening was the great deal .
Art : 10/10 , for this animation , the combination between the cg ( no shity japanese cg ) and hand draw is flawless - perfect - fascinating - admirable , to some points your gonna find backrounds somehow realistic .
Overall enjoyment : 10/10 , for me as fan of onmyouji ( japanese exorcism ) and cultivation , the enjoyment is reaching it climax , including drama , comedy , historical ( my favorite genre ) , all I coulde say its peace of art .
Note : for some who found the story hard to understand and have passion to read novels , I recommand immediately to read it , the novel is in a total high level from the animation .
This anime is the adaptation of the Chinese novel with the same title.
I've read the novel and so far I can say they made a very good job adapting it to the visual format, cutting some scenes, but not missing the most important points and interactions.
It is hard to review the anime alone, because the characters, story and even whole lines are exactly as they are in the novel.
The art is beyond gorgeous, it manages to create beautiful atmosphere and mood.
What seemed a bit confusing to me in the beginning, is that some characters look very much alike, and if I wasn't familiar with
the story when I started watching, it might have been difficult for me to distinguish between them.
i found about the anime two days ago and i’m addicted to it by the time being , after watching until the last fifth ep unsubbed ( this how much i’m addicted ) , i went to read the manga then the novel ..
the anime starts off with ambigious events you don’t understand what’s going on but by the end of the first episode you get the over all idea .. of course the novel is well built up and it does explain the first episode in details so you’re not lost as in the anime experience
the story is really rich and adventrous
, remind me of those antiuques adventrous anime with thick plot and i know that from reading the novel which is quite represtented in the anime to some degree , let’s just hope there will be tons of seasons for this anime to deliever this magic
back to the anime and aside from the messy first episode , the art is mesmerizing with crazy budget , you might watch the whole the anime just for the art and no one would blames you with some sort of new gergeous visual effects
the charcters is good , espically the flash backs is enjoyable and show their development when compared to the actual time line and i meant the whole bunch of friends not only the main characters
the main characters BL is my kind of BL , simple pure and almost toward the bromance side rather than yaoi side
the both males are powerful with rich history in cultivation and magic so both are respectful , neither is pitiful or need the other to depend on but their interactions together is something to look forward to in each episode
loved it and i’m waiting patiently for the animated episodes