Anime 
TL;DR
The King's Avatar Season 1 (2017)
全职高手 (Quan Zhi Gao Shou)

Synopsis

The King’s Avatar follows the story of Ye Xiu, a professional esports player living in Hangzhou, China. Widely considered the best player in the video game Glory. Ye Xiu was captain of the esports team, “Excellent Era”, holding the account of the ‘Battle God’, ‘One Autumn Leaf’ before being forced to resign from the team, giving up one of the strongest accounts in the game and leave the competitive scene due to his unwillingness to take part in any marketing to profit the team. Ye Xiu ends up finding work as a night-shift manager at Happy Internet Cafe, where he meets Chen Guo, the owner of the cafe who happens to be a huge fan of his alias ‘Ye Qiu’, his former team and character ‘One Autumn Leaf’. While awaiting his return to the competitive scene, Ye Xiu continues playing the game, build a character from scratch and find new and highly talented players for his new team “Happy” named after the cafe. As they pursue the converted Championship and For Glory.
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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Combat/Action
Visual
World building

Cons

Dialogs
Plot holes
Repeatative weapon transformation

PROs CONS

Overview

The King’s Avatar depicted the fictional esports scene in China where the story revolves around a multiplayer online video game called Glory. The series was produced by the Chinese internet company Tencent. A 3-episode sequel premiered in 2018, with a full-length 2nd season planned for a 2019 release. A prequel film, titled Quan Zhi Gao Shou: For the Glory, is also planned for a 2019 release.

Alternative titles

– The King`s Avatar
– 全职高手
– 全職高手
– Quan Zhi Gao Shou
– Quánzhí Gāoshǒu
– Full-Time Expert
– Master of Skill

TL;DR Review

The King’s Avatar (Chinese: 全职高手; pinyin: Quánzhí Gāoshǒu) is a donghua ONA (Web) series aired in 2017, based on the light novel of the same name written by Hu Dielan.

One of the few Chinese animated series (donghua) that is starting to gain an international audience. Despite just stating that the narrative is still very Chinese in its format. The story doesn’t flow the same way as your typical Japanese anime or even Western writing. I find most Chinese story doesn’t hold your hand and assume you already know how the culture is like. In other words, the writing is written for Chinese living in China.

It may take some time to get acclimated to the style of writing and references. The show may feel jarring and confusing at first. China is more into e-sport and expects its audiences to already understand the in and out of these leagues.

Dialogs are abrupt and don’t flow very well either. The way people talk does not feel natural. It’s as if nuance is too hard for us to pick up so bad guys must be over the top evil in their expressions and dialogs.

The series uses a mixture of traditional animation and clunky 3D CGI for the less relevant things like background crowds. The hand-drawn is actually very good, which makes it more a shame when you see bad 3D CGI used in tandem. The rift in quality is apparent and disruptive.

I do appreciate they used actual MMO terms, like CC for crowd control. Though at first, you may think this is an anime about MMO like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon, it is more a drama about the life of a competitive gamer that happens to play an MMO.

There are some plot holes right at the beginning that confused me. Our main character was praised as one of the best players ever but in the next scene, we see his team is trying to get rid of him and ruin his life in the most vindictive manner. Why? It was later fleshed out but it still makes little sense to me. I had to rewatch the episode again to see if I missed something.

I suppose the writer wanted to set up a narrative about a hero down on his luck and must fight his way back. The way it was presented seem half-ass and uninspiring.

The constant praising of the main character can get tiresome and loses its effectiveness when being overused. We also see constant product placement like McDonald’s. We even had a McDonald’s commercial inside the donghua.

This is still a pretty good action anime for those that enjoy when gaming and fantasy elements get combined. Just don’t worry too much about the plot holes and you’ll enjoy this series. The King’s Avatar contains graphic violence and is intended for young adults.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Conviction” by Zhang Jie

Closing Theme

– “Glory Returns” by Dadan Yinzu

Credits

Photo

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

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