Lets start this year of with with a review~
If you dont know what a Donghua is, It is basically an anime but it reffers to Chinese animation. Mo Dao Zu Shi was the first and only Donghua ive watched and it was really good. I had to watch it twice do to the fact that I proccess things really slow, so i rewatched it to understand. Once I understood it, it was very interesting.
When I searched it up, it said that it was a BL. But then I later learnt that china was conservative and changed the story abit giving the MC a more brotherly relationship. I dont watch BL’s or Yaoi so I was happy that they didn’t turn this into one.
I can’t really explain what it is about so I will add the internets description.
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.
My favorite character was Wei Wuxian. He is funny, mischievous and loves to drink rice wine when he isn’t meant or allowed to. But his fate was very sad and so was his backstory. He wasn’t meant to turn into the villain, but he had to for other peoples sake. He wanted to save his sworn brother when his golden core was taken, so he gave him his own. This lead to him inventing demonic Cultivation to stay alive.
Lan Wanji was also a great character, but not my favorite. He was too obedient to rules and didnt like breaking them. But he later loosened when he met Wei Wuxian. He does have interesting character development though.
I recommend this anime for those who dont have trouble comprehending stuff. You can find the full donghua on Youtube with subtitles in every language. I’ve heard it was adapted into a drama but I haven’t watched that yet. It’s called the Untamed incase you want to watch it.