Nov 1, 2021
Against the Sky Supreme S1 Recap (Spoilers)
Tan Yun was a god (they are called sky supreme in this series) that protected the inner universe from demons with his comrades. Unfortunately, few of his comrades betrayed him and colluded with the demons by setting them free in the inner universe and killing Tan Yun forcing him to reincarnate into his past self to exact revenge. Tang Yun has long been regarded as a trash or useless person in the Tan family which supposedly led to his family's downfall. However, with the knowledge of his past, Tan Yun prevents an assassination attempt on his parents with poison
wine, cultivates and then slaughters the Wang and Liu families when they return a month later after Tan Yun's protection time is over. (the Liu and Wang family are two of the major families in Wangyue City) After this, Tan Yun decides to go to the Sacred Sect - an ancient sect with powerful backing - to gather information from his Wang and Liu family disciples. On the way, Tan casually slaughters the Mayor of Wangyue city's son and is crushed by a rock from his senior disciple, cultivates to Stage 1 level 9 and slaughters literally all the enemies chasing him, and has an affair with his wife-to-be.
Against the Sky Supreme is an ambitious cultivation donghua that ticks a lot of boxes that many other series are missing. It's been a long time since I've seen a competent, logical main character that doesn't leave traces behind. Throughout the story, Tan Yun is tempted to forgive his pursuers and time again we see him mercilessly kill them for revenge. In the first 7 episodes alone, he manages to kill two major family patriarchs and their families without a second thought and instead of waiting in Wangyue City for the powerful disciples to fight him, he goes into the Sect and cleans them up. The story is straight to the point and rational as expected of the decisions of a fallen god.
Art & Sound: 6/10
The art style and animation quality is pretty similar to your average donghua released in 2020/2021. They lack crowd control abilities and tend to use wide shots in fight scenes which show a lot of empty space or 4-5 characters in a single scene. I look forward to when crowd control animation isn't a problem so we can see crowd density which is lacking in many other Chinese CGI donghua.
Sound is pretty average.
Tan Yun is too overpowered and it makes sense. As a fallen god, this series doesn't hide his abilities or boast it either; He reserves it for when he needs to fight against pursuers or people in his way of revenge. The character love interest is very controversial, Tan Yun went from wanting to politically marry into the Liu family to wanting to marry his mother's adopted daughter and finally wanting to marry his senior disciple. It makes sense since his memory from the event was wiped out but still highly controversial which other Chinese series don't really explore.
The cultivation levels are unorthodox, it might just be translation but the cultivation level starts at Fetus spirit Level 1 - 9, then Fetus Soul Level 1 - 9. The spirit beasts also follow a similar cultivation level and Tan Yun's mount has an even more unorthodox "2nd stage adult phase" cultivation level system. It expects us to understand the hierarchy of cultivation levels from episode 1.
I've got to keep an eye on this, not much plot has been revealed to us yet. I presume the series has 3 main arcs in the 60 episodes: The Liu & Wang Family destruction, The Sacred Sect Entry Exam & Life in the Sacred Sect and the Meteor Valley arc. If you haven't seen this, it definitely deserves a watch since MC doesn't dwell on small fry characters.
Reviewer’s Rating: 7
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