Mo Dao Zu Shi

The Founder of Diabolism

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Modao Zushi, Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, The Founder of Diabolism, Mo Dao Zu Shi: Qianchen Pian, 魔道祖师 前尘篇, Madou Soshi
Japanese: 魔道祖师
English: The Founder of Diabolism
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 15
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2018 to Oct 6, 2018
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Web novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MythologyMythology, ReincarnationReincarnation
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.401 (scored by 7963579,635 users)
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Ranked: #1872
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Popularity: #1056
Members: 231,543
Favorites: 6,781

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Xian: the state of immortality that all cultivators strive to achieve. However, there is a dark energy that lies underneath—the forbidden Mo Dao, or demonic path. Through an unfortunate series of tragedies, this is the path that cultivator Wei Wuxian experiments with during his teachings. His rise in power is accompanied by chaos and destruction, but his reign of terror comes to an abrupt end when the cultivation clans overpower him and he is killed by his closest ally.

Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reincarnated in the body of a lunatic and reunited with Lan Wangji, a former classmate of his. This marks the beginning of a supernatural mystery that plagues the clans and threatens to disrupt their everyday life.

Mo Dao Zu Shi follows these two men on their mission to unravel the mysteries of the spiritual world. Fighting demons, ghosts, and even other cultivators, the two end up forming a bond that neither of them had ever expected.

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Mo Dao Zu Shi is an adaptation of the Chinese web novel of the same title, written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭).

It won the Gold Award for "The Best Serial Animation Award" at the 15th China Animation Golden Dragon Awards (第十五届中国动漫金龙奖). It also won "Best New Animation" at Xinguang Award (新光奖); the 7th China Xi'an International Original Animation Competition.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Xiong, Ke
Director, Storyboard, Art Director
Ma, Chendi
Episode Director
Liu, Xing
Liang, Sha


Opening Theme

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"Senya Souka (千夜想歌)" by CIIVILIAN (Japanese broadcast ver.)
"Zui Meng Qian Chen (醉梦前尘)" by Terry Lin (林志炫)

Ending Theme

1: "Kiro (季路)" by Aimer
1: "Wen Qin (问琴)" by Rachel Yin (银临) (eps 1-8, 14-15)
2: "Bu Xian (不羡)" by S.I.N.G (SING女团) (eps 9-13)


Oct 13, 2018
I usually write reviews either because I hate it or love it. In this case, it’s the latter.
I’m so in love with Mo Dao Zu Shi in general, (not just the animation) and I’ve started reading the novel and caught up on the currently translated Manhua. [SPOILER-FREE]

Story: 10
If you haven’t read the novel or Manhua, (like me—because I started with the anime/donghua) then it might be a bit confusing at first but you’ll get the gist of it. I personally started reading the novel and Manhua, and they give more explanations and you’ll appreciate the story more.
This is a BL/Shounen Ai Story, so ...
Aug 17, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Long ago, the cultivation clans lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Wen clan attacked. Only the Yiling Patriarch, master of harnessing negative energy, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he went kinda batshit crazy, killed a bunch of his friends and exploded. Now, my brother and I have found the new Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, a lunatic named Mo Xuanyu. And while his fluting skills are great, he's got a long way to go before he's ready to save anyone.

Ok, I promise I'll try to keep the ATLA comparisons to a minimum from here on out, but you ...
Oct 16, 2021
I liked the manga and the novel ,but the anime was a big disappointment
the art and Chinese voice actors were good ,but what the use
As the story filled with ugly and boring fillers , twisted of events ,and skipping important details ,focusing on other unimportant details ,and they made a short past long story (longer than the present) while in the manga and novel it focus more on the present than the past ,and that how it should be
And I don't know why they skipped all the ai shounen light cute love between the 2 mc? it was pure ,funny ,enjoyable and cute ,not to ...

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