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Sep 9, 2019
Preliminary
Honestly, as a Chinese person, I've never found much draw in period Chinese dramas/animations. I just tend to find the idea of ancient China and notions like sworn brotherhoods over-romanticized... but Mo Dao Zu Shi drew me in easily. The music is fantastic. I don't think I've ever come across any show that made music instruments seem so cool and believable as "weapons". The consistent emphasis on the idea of "cultivation" grounds the possibility that sounds created by instruments can have that power. This "cultivation" affects one's personality, status in society, sense of identity etc. And instruments having powers isn't treated as a whim in read more
May 23, 2014
There's only so much you can do with 1 OVA episode. It is impossible to capture the full complexity of the manga's plot and character development in just 20 minutes. Vassalord's OVA does not try to do that. Instead it focuses on simply capturing the mood and tension of emotions in the story, and that, it does extremely well. The opera-inspired music score is juxtaposed with a lot detailed, blood-stained scenes, to very memorable effect. Some might find the music somewhat melodramatic. But for me, it takes away the 'gore' effect of the blood, and transforms it into something beautiful, melancholic, full of lost and read more
Feb 8, 2013
Preliminary
I can't believe no one has written a review yet. This is definitely a must read for shounen ai fans!! I must say that I'm only on chapter 10 currently, so I may not be a good judge of the entire storyline but I thought I'll write a review on what I've seen so far.

First of all, the characters are very interesting and believable. One of the main characters is actually bordering an oyaji-type, and that's very refreshing in the ocean of bl mangas that frequently revolve around high school/college students only. Every character has many layers that are revealed slowly through the course of read more
Jan 13, 2013
This is one of the best yaoi mangas I've read by far. The most impressive elements were 1) the very well written and thought out dialogues 2) the plot, with just the right balance of foreshadowing, suspense and twists.

As many of us would know, yaoi mangas have involve quite a bit of explicit scenes have a tendency to just become smexy and illogical. I feel that in this manga (and its prequel) almost every sex scene is justified and either 1) contributes to the emotional build up or 2) propels the storyline forward.

I've read many other great bl mangas such as Fake, the read more
Jan 9, 2013
Preliminary
I admit that I was skeptical at the time of reading this manga too. The art and the character design was really not that impressive or appealing, but the story is one of the best that I have read. Initially the manga may seem to be rather dark, twisted and depressing, but read on and I assure you that there's much more to this story than that.

I hardly read shojo, school-themed mangas because there are just so many cliches, but this manga has almost none of that. The plot twists are really unexpected (especially beyond the halfway point) and they really keep you hooked. read more