Oct 23, 2021
Peerless Martial Spirit Review
Peerless Martial Spirit is an objectively bad martial arts cultivation donghua. The synopsis doesn't cover the series at all so I will leave my own experience about the story and characters of Peerless Martial Spirit.
Overview - Beginning Synopsis.
Our Main character Chen Feng is a young disciple of popular elder Yan Qinyu, however his meridians are sealed and his cultivation advances slower than everyone his age. Naturally, at the age in Episode 1 disciples are expected to reach Rank 1 - stage 6 yet Chen Feng's cultivation halts around Rank 1 - Stage 3.
Chen Feng's teacher Yan Qinyu was a highly
respected inner sect elder of the Qian Yuan Sect and was affectionate with another female elder within the outer sect. Due to his righteous personality, past grudges have come to collect their debts with Chen Feng's teacher as Ci She - a heavenly gate 5th stage (Rank 2 Stage 5) cultivator (most likely hired by the Yan family) breaks his cultivation and Yan Qinyu becomes more or less crippled. The young junior elder that had affections with Yan Qinyu left him for dead by replacing his spot in the inner sect and forcing Yan Qinyu and his disciple Chen Feng to the Qian Yuan sect's outskirts. The grudges don't end there, Ci She comes to collect more debt by crippling Chen Feng's dantian being unable to progress from Rank 1 Stage 3. Many more people have grudges that they decide to pay back to Yan Qinyu which lead him to pass away from heavy injuries; despite that he manages to collect a treasure that is sealed inside him capable of curing Chen Feng's cultivation and increasing the rate of cultivation several times the normal rate. Chen Feng takes advantage of this godsend from his late teacher to get revenge on everyone that hurts him and his senior sister Han.
There are many plot holes in this Donghua, characters are born into existence when a random extra mentions the power of the newly existing character or where they hail from. Examples can include the skull sect that everyone fears, the Mayor's alchemy student who flaunts left and right or the never ending disciples of Qian Yuan Sect somehow coming under Elder Su's power. Everyone wants a piece of Chen Feng yet every time he defeats an opponent either an elder or guard steps in to protect the characters from getting killed by Chen Feng and stopping progression.
Every time Chen Feng gets stronger he is still treated like trash even when he becomes the Sect patriarch's rising inner disciple. Literally everyone in this series is courting death.
Art & Sound: 6/10
The donghua is a typical 3D CGI animation with low budget character rigging and low quality polygons. FIght scenes are repetitive and character design for Chen Feng is very poor. His blue robe doesn't suit the story he looks more of a futuristic character from a Sci-Fi series than a cultivation setting.
Sound is also average low quality sound effects and character grunting/breathing. The background music and series soundtracks are subpar and not iconic.
Chen Feng is an arrogant overpowered main character that boasts and attracts the wrong crow ds. The romance between him and senior Han is superficial, all of a sudden they become a couple after she wakes up from being clapped in the life or death arena. The character development makes zero sense between them every episode it's either Chen Feng fighting a new person or he finds someone that needs to be saved by him. You can skip 10-20 episodes and still meet back to the original character storyline.
In the beginning when Chen Feng collects the Iron blood wolf pups (can't remember the exact naming), they mutate into an egg thanks to the dragon blood but only one egg hatches a mutated beast: Xue Feng. And in episodes 80 to 100, there were no mention of Xue Feng's existence or the other 2 wolf pups. Chen Feng visits the outer sect for supervision in episode 90+ so there would have been an opportunity to see those wolf pups hatched and mature within the time frame he was away in sect tournaments or inner disciple tournament. Instead, the direction of characters becomes more sacrificial, as we are introduced to the Yang family, Su family and Yan family feuds which are more chaotic and don't advance character development in the slightest.
Also, when Chen Feng wears a mask to hide that he is buying the breakthrough pills at Xie family auction he wears literally the same clothes he usually does. His iconic blue, black and white clothing is a dead giveaway to others and having his face change from face masks is a lazy character design method of concealment.
Everyone loves an OPMC series where the main character is underestimated or hides their true powers. This in the sense, is its only appealing characteristic - everything else is a rollercoaster of garbage. If you truly want OPMC series with good story and character Douluo Dalu is much better designed overall (even though its probably the most popular right now)
Reviewer’s Rating: 5
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