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Spirit Blade Mountain Season 1
霊剣山 (Reikenzan)

Synopsis

A comet falling will bring about a great calamity, and in order to choose a child fated by the falling comet, the family of the “Reiken” clan with a long storied history is once again resuming its entrance examination process to find disciples. The protagonist Lu Wang, who possesses a special soul that is only available once in a thousand years, decides to take the exam, and he starts down the path toward becoming an exceptional sage.
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Overview

Spirit Blade Mountain anime adaptation co-produced by Tencent and Studio Deen named Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage (霊剣山 星屑たちの宴, literally “Spirit Blade Mountain: Feast of the Stardust”) aired in January to March 2016, which was simulcast in Chinese and Japanese.

Alternative title

– 从前有座灵剑山
– 霊剣山 星屑たちの宴
– Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
– Congqian Youzuo Lingjianshan
– Spirit Blade Mountain
– Tung tiền hữu tọa linh kiếm sơn
– 영검산 별가루들의 잔치

TL;DR Review

Congqian Youzuo Lingjianshan (从前有座灵剑山, literally “There was once a Spirit Blade Mountain”) is a Chinese xianxia web novel series written by Guowang Bixia (国王陛下, a pen name meaning “His Majesty the King”), and a manhua version was hosted on the Tencent comics portal since 2014.

The animation can be anywhere from fair to good, depending on the scene. Some scenes come off a bit stiff as if trying to save cost on a few frames.

The opening theme is “Fast End”, performed by After The Rain, and the ending theme song is “Kizuna” (Bonds), performed by Kakichoco.

This is a very disjointed anime. Not only does the character shift a third way through the season, so does the theme. During the first four episodes, the show feels more like a detective anime where our main character outsmart everyone to beat the system. The rest of the season turns almost into a school slice-of-life training genre.

This series is also very confusing. It will bombard you with new lingos and terms with little to no explanation. It will be up to you to piece together their meaning. The anime assume you’ve read and already familiar with the novel. Unfortunately, I have not read the novel.

Another confusing aspect is this anime is based on a xianxia novel. If you are not familiar with xianxia, it is a type of Chinese martial arts genre developed from the wuxia genre that is heavily influenced by Taoism and Buddhism. Meaning this series is even more complicated for those that have not been exposed to xianxia. Luckily, I have some exposure and were able to comprehend this series somewhat.

This is one of those shows you either get it or you don’t. I find I really did enjoy it, despite how abrupt the plot change gears. You’ll need to file away all the new terminologies you hear and hopefully, you’ll understand their meaning later on. I end up binge watching both seasons in one sitting, and still trying to process what I have seen.

I would recommend this anime to people who have already read the novel, or fans of xianxia. If you are new to anime, this anime is not for you. Spirit Blade Mountain contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Spirit Blade Mountain Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Fast End” (ファーストエンド) by Soraru Mafumafu

Closing Theme

– “Kizuna” (絆; Bonds) by Kakichoco

Credits

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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