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Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 1 (2016)
Thunderbolt Fantasy -東離劍遊紀 (Sandāboruto Fantajī: Tōriken Yūki)


Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tiān Xíng Jiàn, are pursued by the evil Xuán Guǐ Zōng clan, who seek to obtain the sword for their master, Miè Tiān Hái. While her brother is defeated, Fěi, who possesses the sword’s crossguard, escapes and finds herself in the care of the wandering swordsman, Shāng Bù Huàn, and a mysterious man named Lǐn Xuě Yā, who become her protectors from the pursuing Xuán Guǐ Zōng clan.
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July 8, 2016




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The series began airing in Japan starting July 8, 2016, and is being simulcast by Bahamut and iQiyi Taiwan[a] in Taiwan, bilibili in Mainland China, and Crunchyroll in the United States. It has two official languages: the Taiwanese Min-Nan version aired in Taiwan, and the Japanese version aired outside Taiwan.

Alternative title

– Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Travels in the East
– Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Seekers
– Sandāboruto Fantajī: Tōriken Yūki
– Thunderbolt Fantasy: Touri-ken Yuuki
– Thunderbolt Fantasy 東離劍遊紀[とうりけんゆうき]
– 東離劍遊紀
– 东离剑游纪

TL;DR Review

Thunderbolt Fantasy (Thunderbolt Fantasy -東離劍遊紀- Sandāboruto Fantajī: Tōriken Yūki, lit. Thunderbolt Fantasy: Sword Travels in the East) is a Japanese-Taiwanese glove puppetry television series created and written by Gen Urobuchi and produced as a collaboration between Japanese companies Nitroplus and Good Smile Company and Taiwanese puppet production company Pili International Multimedia.

If you are scared of puppetry, this series may give you nightmares. If you can get past the initial creepy uncanny valley feeling, you’ll find enjoyment in this series. Technically, this isn’t an anime, but I don’t want to start a site just for this.

The opening theme is “Raimei” performed by T.M.Revolution. It’s a good catchy song and sound like every other T.M.Revolution songs ever.

The series is full of twist and turn, betrayal, mind game, and of course wire-fu wushu. Despite the characters are puppets, their characteristics and traits are rendered wonderfully. You can relate to these puppets even when their dead eyes look into your soul.

I highly recommend this series to fan of action or puppet wire-fu martial arts genre. I never thought I would speak that combination of words in one sentence. Thunderbolt Fantasy contains graphic violence and is intended for young adults.

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Opening Theme

– “Raimei” by T.M.Revolution



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