(Damn, I don’t know if it’s 2013 or 2012 since I’ve called it 2012 for so long but it aired in 2013.)
(Looks amazing, doesn’t he? Too bad he’s just a tease because he’s not in the first episode! What’d ya expect, him to rock up on the first episode? No, we leave the good stuff for later!)
I will only be recapping the first couple of episodes to give people an idea of what I think of this show because I probably won’t have time to watch the entire series now, and I don’t want to be too invested with shows that aren’t English subbed because it drives me too crazy, especially if I’m crazy about it, I’m going to go mad because I can’t share it with more people.
My first impressions:
OMFG WOWWW A new Wuxia series, I’ve been waiting for this and so far, it has not disappointed me. It’s really awesome to watch and I’m already starting to be addicted to it.
When I saw the first 15 minutes, I was actually very confused
because I was being all “I’m gonna multitask and watch this while I do other stuff, watch me juggle! I’ve noticed a pattern with Jin Yong stories that there’s usually a long backstory in the beginning and this is no exception. However, I felt this was done quite well. Though, with all the new terms and sects and Chinese words I didn’t understand, I was a bit confused with who they were battling, so I went to rewatch the first 15 minutes again and it all started to make sense!
What I really love about the series is how much amazingly bright colors it has, it’s not often that you come across a Wuxia series with such bright colors and I’m a fan of colors. When I can see brightness and colors, I get all happy and chipper. So, I have to say, this show has an excellent use of purple, green and such colors. CGI looks AMAAAAZINGGG! I know people always seem to complain about CGI but I honestly love this, the fight scenes are amazing and I love how there’s these cool special effects to spice things up! That’s another thing I really enjoyed so far!
Actors – Oh man, so far they are brilliant, particularly Joe Cheng, who plays Dongfang Bubai. She’s extremely pretty and made it impossible for me to see Dongfang Bubai as a male. Oh dammit, must they always torture my senses? It’s like, damn she’s pretty but no, it’s a he. Wait, he’s handsome, but no, it’s clearly a she. Oh dear! I really love her elegance and she has that evil scheming look which is particularly fun to watch. I still treat him as a girl, even though this is not the case. With the actor – I swear some of them looks familiar, but I can’t think of where I may have seen them. Voice actors – Wow, absolutely amazing job with making this sound like a classic Wuxia Series. I love the voice dubbers, they just do such a fantastic job with bringing out the Wuxia feeling from this!
Young Ren Ying Ying is quite cute, she actually saw Dongfang do something to her father, but I think everyone else is too scared to challenge that. Now, I just wanna see Wallace Huo’s character!
Recap of the Storyline
So I had to do some digging up the Wikipedia for the proper names of the cults and sects. So this is just what I understood, it may not be 100% correct, because I often do misunderstand things in shows. So let me start off by saying, OMFG Jin Yong’s stories is always so interesting, especially the battles between sects. It makes you think who’s good or evil, then you realize, no – they’re not all perfect. I think the most interesting thing is, there’s this self-proclaimed orthodox sect called Five Mountains Sword Sects Alliance, who views the Sun Moon Holy Cult as evil, or the demonic cult. So, they’re set on battling each other.
Though, when you look at the people in the Five Mountain Sword Sect Alliance, some of them are seen as pretty cold and ruthless while others are very kind, yet at the same time, the Leader of the Sun Moon Holy Cult seems to have good points about him. So the “evil” everyone proclaims as demonic, are they really evil or just seen that way? As the orthodox sect, are they completely good?
So the first episode starts with a great battle between the orthodox sects and the so called demonic cult, resulting in lots of death! Five Mountain Sword Sect Alliance were like – We gotta get our asses up the Black Woods Cliff to have all those bastards’ live, but damn – the cliff is way too difficult to get up there. The chief of the Mount Song Sect, Zuo Lengshan seems to be one of those close-minded people who can’t seem to distinguishing real good from evil because he’s set on calling the cult demonic, which one of the female disciples seem to be very against. However, her Senior kept telling her to just bear with it.
Then, there’s this
beautiful lady young lad by the name of Dongfang Bubai – he looks like a girl/played by a girl but is really a castrated guy. Anyway, he goes to this mountain and a super powerful looking guy called Ren Woxing is inside learning some kickass martial art. His wife then comes to send some food, and Dongfang Bubai is plotting something up his sleeve. He fakes the fact that their daughter was captured by the Mountain sect, who can’t even find their way up the cliff.
Seriously, all those people who said Yuan Shan Shan didn’t look attractive or pretty enough for this role needs to get their eyes checked, she looked stunning and beautiful here.
Woxing’s wife, which I completely forgot her name, goes down to search for them, she runs straight into the Mountain sect and they have a battle, but alas, she wasn’t strong enough to beat them and got caught. Though, I gotta say – I always love that big clash of energy when they begin battle. It’s so exciting, that I just want it to last for a long time. When I heard the wife sing, I almost thought it was the ending credits. I was like… WTF? It’s over already? HAHA! But, as she was singing, the same girl who was opposed to the Mount Song Sect chief earlier released her and set her free. (Wait, she’s not a bird, what am I even saying?!)
The wife goes back but gets killed by Dongfang Bubai. ARGH Geez, the poor lady! She can’t have a moment of break, can she? At first, I thought she was the main character, but I was like… No way, she’s got a kid, she can’t be! I forgot that often, the same actress plays the daughter and the mother, which is a pretty cool idea! Anyway, Dongfang Bubai’s scheming some pretty evil things there, I wonder what his goals are with the secret killing, then blaming it on the Mountain Sect. Wow, I was surprised to see Woxing come out in such a rage upon finding that his wife is dead. He reminds me a bit of Huang Yaoshi that he looks to be cold but he really has emotions. Anyway, the wife’s dead and now, Woxing is out to seek revenge with the Mountain Sect.
They meet down there and have this huge battle – Woxing vs Zuo Lengshan but both their martial arts were so powerful that they were pretty evenly matched. Now this was cool, because we saw some cool kickass looking attack. Woxing was practicing this badass looking technique called Star Sucking Great Skill, which sucks out the internal energy of someone. However, Zuo wasn’t exactly easy to be toyed with as he’s pretty powerful himself. The two realize that they’d just get really badly injured if they kept going, so stopped and Woxing said he’ll be back in a month to take revenge.
Dongfang Bubai gets the daughter back but she’s injured too, Woxing tries to heal her with internal energy but at this crucial moment, Dongfang hit him on a spot and drove him into madness. Not kidding, he just went insane and started this killing spree. I KNOW WHY!! Dongfang Bubai wanted the position to be the cult leader, what’s why he planned this, at least that’s what I think! Now, he’s like crowned as the new leader with a whole new outfit. OOHHHH I see things are going to be spicy!
(Dangfang Bubai as the new Leader of the Sun Moon Holy Cult)
Final Thoughts about the Episode
Damn, I really wanted to see Wallace Huo in the first episode, but it makes sense he wouldn’t appear yet. I have to say, I simply love the special affects, even some of the poster makes me feel that this is like a adaptation of the Swordsman Online Game, which is amazing. Wuxia mixed with fantasy elements is like the greatest thing ever. I can’t wait to see where this is heading!
AHHHH and I’m typing this as I’m watching the beginning of episode 2, this is seriously getting good, I absolutely adore the actress who plays Dongfan Bubai, and her voice actress. She just makes such an interesting character, by the way she speaks, especially when she declares Ren Ying Ying as Shenggu (some kind of title) for the cult, and she would be treated like the sect leader. I don’t know why, I just love that “evil” sort of look on her face!
(Seriously, how could anyone see
her him as a guy?!)
Last thing, the part at the end when Dongfang Bubai was made the new Leader totally had a Naruto feeling because of the kickass “oooh” music they used! (Even the cult members look like ninjas!)
Episode 2 Recap and Thoughts
I find it really funny that in almost every show I watch, the first episode always confused me but episode 2 is like, so easy to understand in comparison!
Now I get why Dongfang Bubai (by the way, his name means Invincible East just in case anyone is interested) made Ying Ying as Shenggu, she gave him the Sunflower Manual, a treasure of the Sun Moon Holy Cult, which only the Leader can have.
There was a flashback scene of Woxing explaining to Yingying about the Sunflower Manual, the supreme martial arts that it contains, which means lots of people are probably going to want to seize it! Dammit, they need a copier so they can all photocopy the pages. Surely it’s what’s inside it that people want, not the external book, right? But then again – if everyone has a copy, they’d all be Jianghu martial art experts, and they’d need another manual to top that. Oh man, little Ying Ying is cute! I love how innocent she is, Sunflower Manual – is that a book about planting sunflowers? I would’ve thought so too if I was her!
I really enjoyed seeing some interaction scenes between Yingying and her father, from the way they talk, I can see he was a very caring father, and treated her extremely well! And wow, as he was explaining, you could just see that beautiful colors of orange, gold, yellow that makes everything so amazing! I always emphasize on how much I love colors and this show does it so well!
Oh man, Dongfang Bubai has dived 100% in his Sunflower Manual training and he’s gotten all these girls to dance with him and he finally decided to dress as a girl himself. Now, I can finally call him, her, right? ARGH this still confuses the heck out of me. No, she’s still a him, her. It, shim… I’m gonna have debates with myself until the end of time. Her red dress looks really pretty and even the poor man who went in there to see her was confused about how he really felt about Dongfang.
Oh yes, yes! YES! We finally get to see some of the main characters now! AHHH I AM SO EXCITED! Oh God, I have to say – I’m LOVING THE ATMOSPHERE! It’s so light hearted and happy, the students of course, are driving the teacher into madness by playing tricks on him. This is reminding me of the school moments in Seven of the Sky! I am SO HAPPY they decided to implement some humor in this because this is what makes me truly enjoy a Wuxia series.
ROFL, the students poked this random branch up the teacher’s nose. This is classic!
I’m already loving Linghu Chong’s character, he seems so carefree! Since I never watched this before, I always thought he was a very serious character from the pictures I saw. This shows how awesome Wallace Huo is with humorous characters too. I love it when they play the light hearted songs in the background! Something that’s intriguing me. How come there’s only one female student? This is just like Seven of the Sky where Xiaoqi looked to be the only female out of the whole class of males. This is sooooo giving me those familiar feelings, which is really exciting.
The moment when the teacher wakes up to find his class has went crazy was absolutely hilarious. He’s like: Zzzzzzzzz (suddenly wakes up) WTF? HOW DAREZ U!!??? WANT ME TO WHACK YOU WITH THE WHIP?!! IMMA GONNA TEACH YOU A LESSON!! (Rushes forward, students trip him and he falls) THIS IS NEVER GONNA END BETWEEN YOU AND ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I’m a bit confused. Was there a big time skip? I kind of wish they wrote on the screen “20 Years Later” or something like that.
I’m sure there was a time skip. A master was looking at the empty box which the Sunflower Manual used to be in, and apparently it was stolen by the Sun Moon Holy Cult. There were a few techniques/moves which he must pass down to all generations of the Mount Hua Sect which he imparted to a young dude. Oh and I just did a wiki and found out that Mount Hua Sect is the Linghu Chong’s sect. (One day, I’m gonna get the hang of the spelling of his name, I swear!) – Wow, all this was a flashback. The amount of flashbacks and time skips reminds me totally of Qin’s Moon Season 3 beginning! Looks like 10 years has passed since Dongfang Bubai had stolen the place.
OH I GET IT NOW! The lady which came in telling him the Old Teacher wanted to quit was that same one who appeared in the first episode, that released Ren Ying Ying’s mother, her Senior was that young lad we saw just now that was imparted the Sunflower Manual skill. At least, I think this is the case. THIS IS ALL MAKING SENSE NOW! I love it when pieces come together and make sense.
As I would have guessed, the Teacher could not stand all those mischievous students and demanded to quit, and for pissing off more than five teachers – All the students got a beating. I feel for them because who would want this old dude to just make you recite and copy words all day? That would be so boring. Poor students are just beaten the crap out of them. Oh dear! They even asked to rest for a few days and not go to the mountains, which of course – the Master was like, “You better go down the mountain or else!! – Keep on beating them!” But, I saw them wink at each other!
OMFG THIS IS A GENIUS! GOD I LOVE THIS! Turns out this was all a trap. They were all wearing these pads that made them not feel the pain. No wonder their “Aiya” seems to be a bit fake before. I LOVE the funny ways they glance at each other, like they have everything planned. Now that they’re on the mountains and didn’t even get injured, they can spend the day just having fun.
The moment when the two guys were talking about Linghu Chong getting married to his Junior totally made me realize something! He ends up with Ren Ying Ying, which means –
OMFG I think I just made a Discovery on Romances!
OMG, you know – Watching this just suddenly made me realize something. It seems that the pairings are never when the girl and guy grew up together or in the same sect. They always meet in the show, and have never seen each other beforehand. Just think: Huang Rong and Guo Jing met that way, whereas he never felt any romance for Hua Zheng. Then, there’s Ruohan who met Jianping, and he didn’t have feelings for his Junior Sister who grew up with him in the same sect. Then, there was also Love of the Millennium, where Xu Xian loved Bai Suzhen instead of her Junior, though they did have a history so the situation is kind of different. Even in Xuan Yuan Sword, Jingchou never had any romance with the Junior in Ghost Valley, whereas her personality was even a bit similar to Yu’er, yet he was with Yu’er at the end. I could go on because I think there are plenty more examples.
Notice how the guy never seems to like the girl that’s his junior/senior disciple and always seems to treat her as a sister, while he always seems to fall in love with the girl he meets for the first time in the series. Meanwhile, the girl from the same sect/hometown seems to always like the guy! I’m almost certain in Swordsman 2013, Linghu Chong gets together with Ren Ying Ying at the end, though I don’t know if his Junior likes him that way, but again – he never got with the girl in the same sect! Wow, that’s a trend I never noticed until now, it’s fascinating discovering these things!
Anyway, so that discovery aside, let me get back to the story –
Inside a brothel, Dongfang Bubai is in there dancing (luring people?). Wow, he hasn’t aged a day since the last we saw him! Hahahaha this is the first time I’ve seen this: A male is played by a female, and dresses as a female, and the others mistaken him as a female. This is totally opposite from normal where the female is dressed as a male and everyone is mistaken. Oh dear, the two guys ditched their little junior to go into a brothel. That’s just like something they’d do!
Wow, Dongfang Bubai is luring men in, pretending to be Dongfang Bubai and then killing them. Harsh! I wonder why he’s doing that, for martial art practice? Well, he sure has fans who think he’s very pretty and won’t let him go, so they followed him outside, only to have Linghu Chong make fun of their sect, and they start this battle. Oh God, the best part was, they fought, Linghu Chong beat them, and then they threw a bomb, and suddenly a mysterious girl with a mask (she’s the little junior from before) comes and says that she’s Dongfang Bubai. I can only imagine what the real Dongfang Bubai, who was just standing there watching all this happening, is thinking. It’s like you go up to a person not knowing who they are and introduce yourself as their identity.
OMFG I LOVE Linghu Chong, at least in this version – He freaking rocks. A smart talker, hyped, funny – He reminds me of characters Hu Ge has played. AHHH I’ve been waiting for Wallace Huo to act as a character like this, especially that he also likes wine!
When the guys ripped off Little Junior’s mask, they were like, “Never imagined the great Dongfang Bubai is just a little girl – this is the best joke I’ve heard all day!” I nearly spat my food out with laughter, because Dongfang Bubai is in fact, like a little girl! (When I say little, I don’t mean a kid, but just a young girl!) Seems like Dongfang Bubai is intrigued by this Linghu Chong.
Wow, Dongfang Bubai goes back and is greeted by her maid (AHH ZIWEI from the New My Fair Princess) and she poisoned her. This is kind of ironic because just before, the guys were with Dongfang in the brothel discussing about poisoning him. But for some reason, I don’t think it’s gonna be that easy to kill him. As I suspected, he just got rid of the poison straight away. This part is interesting. So Yuniang is the girl’s name and she was in love with a man who only wanted to use her, then kill her – and when forced by Dongfang Bubai to kill him, she chose to kill herself instead. Before she died, she said some interesting things about love, and I can see Dongfang Bubai has a soft side in him, he wanted to know what love was. This is starting to remind me of the complexities of Jin Yong’s villains!
Great, the students brought all the stuff they’re suppose to buy down the mountains back, but they’ve offended this other sect! Crap! Oh and I can totally see my guess before was right. Little Junior seems to like Linghu Chong, so when he falls for the other girl, I can see a love triangle coming up! I really do like the Little Junior though, she’s quite adorable.
It was so sweet seeing the two of them practice martial arts together. They honestly look like they could be a pair, but from that trailer, why do I get the feeling Little Junior’s gonna die?!
Final Thoughts about This Episode:
OMFG I think I’m getting way too invested in this show, despite the fact that I didn’t want to before it was subbed in English, but I can’t help it! There are just so many good things about it, the characters in particular are so fun, lively and just interesting to watch, particularly Linghu Chong. He reminds me a lot of Xiao Yu-er from Legendary Siblings. Very playful! The show, especially this episode, was filled with humorous moments, relaxing and just fits my taste exactly! I can totally see a lot of the complexity of the characters and plots. Still loving all the colors, and I’m looking forward to seeing an older Ren Yingying. I’m slowly becoming very addicted to this!
Screenshots of the Episodes
Sects have been fighting each other since the beginning of time.
Would some kind person please tell me who she is? I want to know her name!
He looks so badass in this pose! “I RULEZ THE WORLD!!!!”
For once, she’s not a girl pretending to be a guy and nobody could tell, she’s actually a guy!
Woxing screams when he discovers that his wife is dead.
Don’t they look like kickass ninjas?
(Dongfang Bubai is now the leader of the Sun Moon Holy Cult!)
Wow, the black and white colors with the pink is simply beautiful, I love it so much!
Dongfang Bubai dressed as a girl!
AHH YES, about time we see Wallace Huo’s character.
Oh man, the schools back then always looked so beautiful! But, what are they going to do when it rains?
Three mischievous disciples plotting evil on how to get rid of their useless old teacher.
Three days to play!!!!
I see them hinting romance between Linghu Chong and Little Junior.
Dongfang Bubai is in a brothel and it looks so beautiful!
Little Junior isn’t happy because they just ditched her!
Meanwhile, the two guys are inside!
Dongfang Bubai acting as a girl, being chased by two men.
Fake Dongfang Bubai rocks up in front of the real one. Haha!
OMG, this girl was trying to poison him!
Little Junior still isn’t happy. You better make her laugh, Linghu Chong.
Love the way Linghu Chong looks as he’s talking to her!
Little Junior and Big Senior practicing martial arts.