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Finally, I'm watching anime at the time it's relevant! I'm not going to do episode, by episode reviews(I have no time for that, even if I wanted to do that), but this and Ulysses:Jeanne D'arc and Alcamist Mage are what I'm watching this season. This is also my first time watch anime when it's airing, so this will be exciting!
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
This is my first impressions of: Xuan Luan Sword Luminary.
This is the story of a group of young men and women caught in the currents of fate amidst this twisted history.
Couldn't have said it better myself. The group at the moment consists of Yin, Ning(pronounced Neigh) and Pu Zhou. 3 years before the current events, their village was attacked by the Taibai Empire. We will get to them in a bit. What I can only assume is the Intro plays at the end, so I will talk about here.
I love it personally. Nageki no Hana is a really good opening theme(no links this time to the recentness of the anime) and the visuals are amazing. One thing that is evident here the anime's link to Chinese Mythology, but I'll get into full presentation later.
Either way Ning and Yin are travellers now, and Ning lost arms in the indecent 3 years ago. However, Zhou was captured, and is now a slave of the Taibai empire.
We then get a lot of introductions, Consturct Commander Meng Ji of Juanyuan meets with minister Balil and Commander Meng to discuss the war in the seventh sector, and a possible rebellion in other sectors that the empire have already conquered. We then meet, Chief Engineer Ho Meng, who is buliding a new Weapon called the Zhengtian for the empire. That night Pu Zhou meets up with a mysterious girl who sees that he has a passion for engineering, learning it in his own time. We then go back to Yin, who has a dream about what she happened 3 years prior. Afterwards, she go to fetch some water for her and Ning, but she runs into a snake demon, and ends up with a braclet containing a summon named Yun, and she is to do Yin's bidding.
I am kinda skimming through things here, because a lot happens. I can see this as a sure fire way to keep viewers interested, as you can play up the mystery but at the same time, it is a little bit overwhelming. I will say that this show at least keeps things interesting at every turn, not stopping to explain much, and engaging the viewer.
Meanwhile, a rebellion group plan to attack the Taibai supply unit coming through their village, and we get some introductions of people like Can Lang, Yuan and Chi. I don't know if the characters will be important or not. Meanwhile, Ho Ming betrays the Taibai empire, and Ph Zhou meets with that girl again before getting arresting for possibly being involved in Ho Ming's escape. While tracking Ho Ming, the Taibai Empire attack a village where Yin and Ning are staying to make money, but with the help of Yun(who explain she was crafted using the art of Muija), Nin gaining a sword and Yun turning into Bladewolf, they force the empire back.
As for Pu Zhao, he is given a higher rank of Chief Engineer, thanks to the Empress giving him a higher rank, and thank to the Empress, known as Empress Long Chen being that girl he met, who now gives him the name Lord Zhaoyang. He also has the plans to the Zhengtian that Ho Ming gave him before being possibly killed, and it looks like the 3 chlidhood friends will fight at some point.
The Chinese Mythologly theme oozes with personally in this series, and the visual to a great job to reflects. The CGI is a also really good.
Overall, this was a very solid start. A lot happened... in fact I needed to watch the episode while writing to get some details I missed... but it sure as hell kept me interested.
If you are new around here, welcome. If you are here from the first of the Triple header post, welcome back. Ulysses should go up Saturday Evening UK time, but I am out that day, so I will let you guys know if anything happens that cause it to be late.
That's it for now! Thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed it and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary(C)Studio Deen/TV TOKYO