First Episode Impressions: Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi is a super popular show right now, based on the Chinese web novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Chinese animated shows have been gaining popularity these recent years, with King’s Avatar and now this one. Fun fact: Wei Wuxian is voiced by the same actor who voiced Ye Xiu in King’s Avatar.

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Synopsis: Wei Wuxian was the powerful grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect. He finds himself incarnated as the son of a servant. An evil spirit is killing people and needs to be defeated. A mysterious person shows up at the end…

It might be a little confusing at first. I don’t need subtitles, but I found them to go quickly. I read online that someone became interested in learning Chinese because of this show, which speaks a little about its influence.

I became interested in it because it’s a BL series. It’s much more than that. There is a ton of action and a lot of other things going on. I think anyone could like this show, even if they are not into BL.ย The animation is breathtaking! Some of the background shots look like real life, and I feel like I’m watching a historical drama. Every song is so beautiful. I do think this a high-quality show. You can bet I will be watching the next episode.

A note about BL in Mo Dao Zu Shi: Some people could argue that it is not a BL series because there are no explicit indications of that. From my understanding, there are subtle hints instead, which is due to China’s ban of homosexual relationships depicted in the media.

Back in 2016 when the popular Chinese drama Addicted was released, all the kiss scenes were cut and the show was discontinued. I’m Chinese myself, and I strongly believe that media should not be censored, and everyone deserves the right to be married in China.