Jan 2, 2022
The success of Empyrean Xuan Emperor is a story where Wang Fan, a commoner student at Yuan Wen Liao Academy encounters the Empyrean Xuan Emperor's Knack after investigating his older brother's death. It is said, the holder of this Emperor's Knack will become the successor to Empyrean Xuan Emperor. The Knack increases cultivation levels which allows Wang Fan to break the human barrier of cultivation (Golden Martial God Stage 5) Currently, at 16-19 years old Wang Fan reaches Peak Stage 2 or even Early Stage 3 but hides his powers to catch his brother's killer. Wang Fan makes an incognito persona called Silver Tiger King
to investigate his brother's death. His brother's killer is found and executed along with the killer's family which puts Wang Fan's mind at ease but the different races are now involved with the human race and the Silver Tiger King. Furthermore, the more the story progresses the more willing other clans are to join hands with the demons and warmonger races to fight the humans and Silver Tiger King which pressures Wang Fan to cultivate peerlessly.
This story is just aimless. None of the events hold real meaning in this story, all we as a viewer needs to know is that Silver Tiger King is more powerful than the demons and warmongers and other smaller clans and the more the story progresses the more impossible it is to take down Wang Fan. The entire premise of this story is for the characters to underestimate Wang Fan's ability and what is set aside as progress is just characters from the demon race or other clans dying left and right because they underestimated Wang Fan's plot armor. Every few episodes, it feels like we are briefly introduced to a new character that wants to fight Silver Tiger King because of some random grudge in the past but when they get to fighting they change their minds and another person intervenes in the fights to fight Silver Tiger King. It's an endless cycle of circle jerking antagonists. Especially toward the end of each so-called 'arc' where Wang Fan leaves the Academy/City/Pavilion to explore the next location without a established goal, this series is bad because it lacks purpose after the Academy arc.
Art & Sound: 5/10
Poorly timed background music and poorly rigged character animation, it's no wonder this series hasn't reached 500 users after it's completion. Even with the best character design, animation and suspenseful sound design it would be hard for this series to get more users interested with the atrocious story and characters.
The characters in this series lack motivation and personalities; Many of them especially antagonists exist for Wang Fan's cheap character development and aren't focused on when they leave the frame. In the case an antagonist isn't eliminated, they usually are saved by their masters which further delays the story and when it happens several times in the span of this short season, it can be very frustrating to watch. When Wang Fan isn't fighting his enemies, he usually just lets them loiter in the background waiting to catch him off-guard and when they do, there's no suspense or meaningful development since the antagonists are likely small-fry dispensable characters. We also see a lot of running scenes where Wang Fan flees from danger only to discover something more dangerous and flee from that (the bloodthirsty bats, the goat that walks on water and literally all the smaller demon clans in the forest he's in during that arc)One of the worst aspects in character occurs when the characters somehow don't suspect Wang Fan to be the mysterious Silver Tiger King despite practicing spear-play, being the proxy and grinding his cultivation in seclusion - Only 1 character managed to piece his hidden personality and they were forgotten after Wang Fan left the Academy. This characters feel very vaguely introduced and have 1 dimensional, superficial personalities.
Overall & Enjoyment: 4/10
This was one of the worst series to be adapted in the Donghua industry for 2021. Not only did the story lack any milestone goals but it also had some very empty characters. The series is getting heavy praise by eastern audiences from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam etc. but I just don't see eye to eye with their experience of the show. It's mediocre at best and garbage at worst.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4
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