Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism Donghua Review

Hello!!! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy…

I am doing alright…been busy even though I’m home…I have been working remotely, running home errands, keeping healthy…etc… that includes watching dramas, animes and when I have time working my reviews… like this donghua that I’m about to talk about with you all…

Anyways…

This donghua review has been a long time coming especially since it is a donghua version review of one of the most popular dramas as well as one of the most controversial ones in China due to this drama being an adaptation of BL aka Boy Love novel…especially it is not usually the main focus in dramas especially in Asian countries…unless they are in novels or mangas…or in Thailand where they are more open and accepting to the topic the theme of BL on screen…

I want to clarify that I don’t mean any offense with this review, but I truly believe this donghua is worth checking out…maybe to even to lessen one’s misgivings and / or at least despite one’s own views to give everyone especially in the LGBTQ the respect they deserve because they are human beings too.

Also… I hope you with this review, you will give this drama a chance especially since this will be my first ever Chinese donghua review!!! Woohoo!

Anyways been a long time coming…

Presenting…

Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism  Donghua Review

Disclaimer: Pictures of the Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism Donghua, are definitely not mine. And just add add… info of the cast…I got them Wikipedia, MyDramaList and Asian wiki.

First off… please do not take what I say seriously… just with a grain of salt, like with music. I do not have a professional degree in film, literature, and television… But I do LOVE movies, books and tv shows, most especially if they capture my interest somehow.

And…

Despite the lack of degree, I will still do this Donghua review as a Tv show lover and a Anime/Donghua/Manga/Man hua lover…. And just to clarify too, I apologize for any run-ons or any grammatical errors… But I will definitely be honest about my thoughts and feelings in this review.

Just a tidbit, the Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism donghua is based on the novel is a donghua series based on the BL novel of the same name written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.  The series depicts a fictional Xianxia world where humans attempt to cultivate to a state of immortality, known as Xian.  The protagonist of the series, Wei Wuxian, due to certain circumstances, strayed from the conservative cultivation path to Xian, and eventually created Mo Dao (the Demonic Path), which is why this series is often unofficially translated by fan communities as Grandmaster of Demonic Path/Cultivation, or The Founder of Diabolism.

The Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism  donghua can be watched on Youtube, the Tencent Video channel!

Anyways…here it is goes…

I will start first by talking about the main characters of Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism version ….Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji…

In Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism l, Wei Wuxian whose birth name is Wei Ying.  Is also known as the Yiling Patriarch.  Wei Wuxian is a Jiang sect disciple who later chooses to pursue demonic cultivation. He wields the Suibian sword and Chenqing flute,  and is known for his ability to invent new spiritual techniques and inventions such as the Stygian Tiger Seal. He is kind-hearted, optimistic, mischievous, and loyal, and cares deeply for his friends and family. He and Lan Wangji regard each other as soulmates.

In Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism ,  Lan Wangji whose birth name is Lan Zhan. Is also known as Lord Hanguang, or the Light Bearing Lord. Lan Wangji is the second young master of Lan sect and one of the Two Jades of Lan. He wields the Bichen sword and the Wangji guqin. He is cold, strict, distant, and difficult to get along with, but has a good heart and a sense of justice. He holds a soft spot for Wei Wuxian, who he regards as his soulmate.

Moving on now…

A slight recap of beginning and then my review…

The jianghu world is ruled by the powerful Wen sect, which governs over the smaller Lan, Jiang, Nie and Jin sects…

Around this time, although it took some time especially with Lan Wangi’s stoic firmness…the carefree Wei Wuxian becomes fast friends with the honorable Lan Wangji!

And during their adventures, the pair and their friends…including Wei Wuxian’s sworn brother Jiang Cheng and Nie Huaisang soon finds out that the head of the Wen sect is the evil mastermind behind a series of plots that would wreak havoc upon the lands…

Also along the way…Wei Wuxian goes on a path where he has no choice but to pursue the dangerous and unpredictable path of demonic cultivation…as well as creating the unstable Stygian Tiger Seal…after a near fatal run-in with the Wen sect with his sworn brother…

This soon leads to the smaller sects…Lan, Jiang, Nie and Jin…banding together and successfully overthrow the Wen sect…as result the Jin sect becomes the main sect overlooking the other sects…

Despite the successful downfall of the Wen sect and the supposed peace… the innocent Wen sect survivors were being persecuted… including the Wen sibings Wen Qing & Wen Ning… whom helped Wei Wuxian in the past and the sibling’s innocent farmer people.

Wei Wuxian’s attempts to protect the innocent members of the Wen sect from unfair maltreatment which soon lead to a series of disasters, and that lead to his presumed death…

This is the actual start of the story when Wei Wuxian reappears sixteen years later via body sacrifice ritual of the illegitimate son of Jin head also an ex-disciple of the Jin sect, who wants Wei Wuxian to seek revenge for him…  

Along the way…Wei Wuxian works together with Lan Wangji to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit….which leads to a bigger revelation that connects the present and past incidents!

Moving on…now my review on the donghua version of The Untamed… Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism

Please note that I will “try” keep this short just because I don’t want to give too much away…

But…

I can definitely say that this is one of the best fantasy martial arts Chinese donghua I’ve ever seen!

But then again…this is my first ever Chinese donghua either way…I watched a lot of Japanese animes but never Chinese donghua…

Peace 😉

 Even though its drama version…The Untamed is 50 episodes in all, which I felt is worth the watch and it really pulls me into its mythical world!

This donghua version is 23 episodes in all and at the 1st and 2nd season! No, new episodes and 3rd season yet…sadly.

Anyways…

As I mentioned earlier…the The Untamed drama as well as the Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism donghua version  is based on the BL novel of the same name written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.  The series depicts a fictional Xianxia world where humans attempt to cultivate to a state of immortality, known as Xian.  The protagonist of the series, Wei Wuxian, due to certain circumstances, strayed from the conservative cultivation path to Xian, and eventually created Mo Dao (the Demonic Path), which is why this series is often unofficially translated by fan communities as Grandmaster of Demonic Path/Cultivation, or The Founder of Diabolism. And because of this I felt the novel was well-adapted into the small screen as drama…and of course this donghua…

Donghua by the way…if I haven’t explained earlier is like…. Anime is to the Japanese while Donghua is to the Chinese… I hope I explained that simply and well enough. If not, please forgive me, I mean no offense…

Anyways…

Another thing that I found interesting is that since the novel and this donghua series is BL themed…  BL means Boy Love or Yaoi, meaning a romantic relationship between male characters…

Anyways… I am not sure yet, but I am thinking about reading the novel and/or manga version of The Untamed aka Grandmaster of Demonic Path/Cultivation, or The Founder of Diabolism…even though I am not really into Yaoi and/or BL due to my own personal preferences as well as my religion but I have nothing against it as long as the story is really good and am okay with it if it is not too extreme.

And I just want to clarify that I don’t mean offense and I am just giving an honest review about this donghua……and just to repeat myself from the last paragraph…I am not really into Yaoi and/or BL due to my own personal preferences as well as my religion but I have nothing against Yaoi / BL as long as the story is really good and am okay with it if it is not too extreme…

Also like in my Thai drama review of Bai Mai Plid Plew, I want to clarify once again that I don’t mean any offense with this review, but I truly believe this donghua is worth checking out…maybe to even to lessen one’s misgivings and / or at least despite one’s own views to give everyone especially in the LGBTQ the respect they deserve because they are human beings too.

On the LGBTQ themes depicted indramas and/or movies, for myself, I would give the drama or movie a chance if the story and reviews are really good. And the Chinese donghua Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism is one of them

The only thing is the topic of BL is not accepted on screen in China, so like the directors of Chinese drama The Untamed modified it enough to make to more suitable for general viewers… And they did this by making the male character pairings especially the main characters, Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, who are originally in romantic relationships, more like soulmates, partners and brothers. And if there is anything romantic between those characters…it is only slightly hinted.

While in this Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism donghua version, the BL theme and love between the main characters Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji is expressed a little bit more than it has in the drama version. I will not expound too much though

 So… if you are curious of how the donghua has tackled the BL themes and the relationship between the Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, I will leave it up to you to check it out… But warning, if you get into the Donghua, please note that Season three is not out yet…and we will not likely get season three til next year…

Anyways… still enjoyed this donghua!

 Like The Untamed…the visuals and cinematography is this donghua version is also very clean, awesome and beautiful to me. I also love how there is a mixture of drama, comedy, mystery, martial arts, swordplay and detective work. Especially since Wei Wuxian was basically brought back to life sixteen years later via body sacrifice ritual of the illegitimate son of Jin head also an ex-disciple of the Jin sect, who wants Wei Wuxian to seek revenge for him… And because of his second chance of life, he works together with Lan Wangji to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit….which leads to a bigger revelation that connects the present and past incidents!

And like the drama version cast, the characters in this donghua is just as awesome, interesting and adorable!!!

The only thing is this that the donghua so far is only 23 episodes and is still far from the conclusion unlike the drama version will reached its conclusion…with a hint of a happy ending between the Male pairing…

Anyways…one thing for sure, those 23 episodes in the donghua are two seasons… So as a viewer…for now…we must wait for the creators to pick up where they left out and continue this donghua with a 3rd season and that will most likely not be released until next year…

But anyways it is up to you guys if you want to check out and give Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism a chance… But either way, like it’s drama version The Untamed Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism donghua version is definitely high in my highly recommend list!

 I hope with this review, you will give this donghua a chance especially since this is my first ever Chinese donghua!!! Woohoo!

And most importantly, once again, although BL is more hinted in the donghua than in its drama version… In China… BL is not accepted… But I do hope this review of mines lessen one’s misgivings and / or at least despite one’s own views to give everyone especially in the LGBTQ community the respect they deserve because they are human beings too.

So it you want to check out Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism donghua version, go for it!!!

 Once again… Thank you Youtube, the Tencent Video channel for adding this to series to your lineup!. This an awesome donghua in my opinion…even though it has been cut quite short and BL is a little bit more expressed as well as the love between the two male leads than in the drama version… but affected a bit due to the censoring since this is originally a BL / Boy Love story which is not widely accepted in China.

 Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review on the Chinese donghua version of Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism. Hopefully this review gets you interested in Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism!

Once again, you can watch the Donghua Mo Dao Zu Shi aka Founder of Diabolism on Youtube, the Tencent Video channel!

Go and check out The Untamed the Chinese drama, which I’ve recently made a review of… The drama can be watched on Viki.com, NETFLIX as well as on Youtube, the Tencent Video channel!!

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