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TL;DR
Spirit Blade Mountain Season 2
霊剣山 叡智への資格 (Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku)

Synopsis

After two years of studying within the Reiken clan, Ouriku and other inexperienced disciples are ordered to descend to the temporal world for further studies, and Ouriku embarks the journey back to his birthplace.
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Overview

Spirit Blade Mountain anime adaptation co-produced by Tencent and Studio Deen. A second season aired from January to March 2017.

Alternative title

– Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku
– 霊剣山 叡智への資格
– 从前有座灵剑山 第二季
– Spirit Blade Mountain 2nd season

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 is good and is on par with the first season. This season, however, is more earth tone in theme.

This season, luckily follow a continuous story arc. Unfortunately, it is still as confusing as the first season. I can’t say if the writing is bad, or the translation.

There are fewer characters in this season, so I feel each is given a little more depth. However, this also makes the series feel slower pace than the first season. I would even say the demographic focus was shifted from boys (Shōnen) to men (Seinen).

The story takes on a more philosophical tone. The second season of Spirit Blade Mountain also shifts to a darker theme. While the first season feels more like a goofy comedy, the second is more a profound drama. Despite the contrast between the two seasons, I still enjoyed this arc and binge-watched it in one sitting.

I would only recommend this anime to the fan of the series. If you are new to anime, this anime is not for you. Like the first season, this series is too niche for me to recommend it to everyone. Spirit Blade Mountain contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

Spirit Blade Mountain Season 2
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Genkai Kentobashite” (Kick Down the Barriers) by Merry★Go★Lands

Closing Theme

– “Chikara ni Kaete” by Merry★Go★Lands

Credits

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

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