- My First Impressions
- The Differences of the Live-Action from Other Medias (Novel, Anime, etc)
- My Feedback about the Cast Members
- The Show’s Popularity and Impact
- The Soundtracks
- Reaction from the Community
- My Initial Verdict
In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins! After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return! [Source: WebNovel]
MY FIRST IMPRESSION
When I heard that The Kings Avatar is getting a live-action, I couldn’t help but thought that it’s amazing but also thinking at the back of the mind that it may be too ambitious and the graphics or the series might disappoint me especially with how the reception of most of the live-action adaption of any anime goes nowadays. So, I did have this kind of hesitation to be 100% happy of this news; that is until I get a glimpse of its cast members which announced Yang Yang as the lead character Ye Xiu. To be honest, I am not a big fan of Yang Yang and I only heard about him from my co-worker who is fond of his handsome appearance from the Chinese TV show Love 020. So I did watch the show too and I think he’s pretty decent there as an actor and I also watch another movie of his Once Upon a Time on which he starred with my Chinese crush Liu Yi Fei.
If there is something that I truly adore aside from the beautiful casts of the series, it is definitely the soundtrack. I only thought that the anime only have good music but the live-action series did give us an amazing set of energetic yet dramatic songs which I seriously enjoy. The opening theme is quite cliché but definitely a good insert song when something epic is happening in the e-sports arena. The ending song is a great one I think and it’s my favorite of them all, perfectly suits to be used in the gaming world of Glory and for triumph scenes of Team Happy for me. Other insert songs were heartfelt to the core and energetic to a fault that makes me crave to see The Kings Avatar anime season 2 as soon as possible.
|Happy Internet Cafe – the base of Team Happy|
The progress of the story in the first 12 episode is almost the same with the first season of the anime adaptation, which the 13th and 14th episode did give us the All-Star Competition which was shown in the 2018 OVA of The King’s Avatar anime from Colored Pencil Animation (the new studio for the upcoming 2ndseason of the anime).
The lightings are pretty good which makes the entire experiencing watching the show, clear and eye-catching though there are scenes which are so fast especially in the in-game world where I felt like I have to adjust my player in order to take a look at it again.
Nonetheless, the entire experience of watching the series so far is pretty good on my end.
DIFFERENCES FROM THE NOVEL AND ANIME
There are major changes in the plot of The Kings Avatar live-action series compared to its original novel and even to the anime adaptation. Well, that’s obvious especially that the show will run for only 40 episodes, it’s quite hard to cover the entire 1600 + chapters of the novel in that span of episodes.
|The King’s Avatar Novel Cover|
- SPOILER ALERT (For anime-only viewers, some details may potentially spoil you!)
THE CAST MEMBERS AND THEIR CHARACTERS
Personally, I really think that the cast members of The Kings Avatar live-action series done a great job so far. They give a new flavor and color to the characters that we loved so much from the novel and it’s even more amazing to see these characters filled with emotions and life. Some of them may not be as exactly the same as what we imagined them, but I sincerely appreciate all the portrayal that the casts have done so far.
Yang Yang as Ye Xiu / Ye Qiu
I am not surprised by how good Yang Yang portrayed Master Ye, but sometimes I still can’t believe how awesome and adorable it is. He definitely re-defines the description of Ye Xiu that I had in my mind all this time. The Ye Xiu that I got in my head is the shameless tactician who will do everything for the sake of Glory, for the sake of his passion. I could even call him my dear little master devil of The King’s Avatar. Now, with Yang Yang portrayal – I felt like I had seen Ye Xiu in a light-hearted version. Of course, the shamelessness is there but I am more on considering it as mindless carelessness than being shameful or maybe it’s just the natural aura of Yang Yang that makes the difference. Nonetheless, I really love that we got a bit a new perspective of Ye Xiu in the live-action though seriously, I have to admit that nobody else could ever replace the Ye Xiu in the novel. But I sincerely give Yang Yang a great approval on his portrayal of Ye Xiu.
Lai Yumeng as Su Mucheng
Now, we have a kind of haughty and ferocious Su Mucheng as early as the series started. Of course, novel readers know just how fearsome and aggressive Su Mucheng is in the novel at the latter part of the story, we all love this cute yet fierce aura that Lai Yumeng exudes as our dear Mumu in series.
Jiang Shuying as Chen Gou
To be honest, we do have both an annoying and adorable Guo Guo in the live-action series and I am not complaining seriously. I seriously love how Jiang Shuying could exude such a bright and radiant aura in every scene she’s in and able to give us funny moments without too much effort from her end. Well, she’s a very charming lady here and I wish I could have her as a friend because I really felt she’ll be an amazing one.
Li Yujie as Tang Rou
Just like in the anime, we’ve got a silent-type Tang Rou in the live-action series and I felt like she really suits my definition of our future Best Rookie. Strong-willed, determine, kind of stubborn, and motivated – Li Yujie is really doing a great job with her portrayal and now, we even get to see Tang Rou’s cute facial expressions too. What I really love about Li Yujie’s portrayal of Tang Rou though is the fact that we could see the eagerness, the determination, and crave to win, and that competitive trait of Tang Rou had been thoroughly emphasized in the show due to Li Yuhao’s great acting.
Gao Hanyu as Yu Wenzhou
One of my favorite captains from the alliance is Yu Wenzhou and I am delighted with how well he is portrayed in the live-action series. Furthermore, I am grateful to see a different side of him here and those moments where he smiles or smirks were truly priceless to watch. At least the team captains in the series were quite positive and friendly with Ye Xiu which is really shown in their faces rather than in the novel or anime where sometimes I felt like the way they talked with each other lacks some emotions, or maybe it’s the human facial expressions and reactions give some twist with these characters.
Zhao Chulun as Tao Xuan
I can’t say that much yet about Zhao Chulun portrayal of Tao Xuan but the character is definitely among my least favorite or possibly disliked one from the novel. I felt good though that the live-action give us a nostalgic ride especially when they showed some flashback of Ye Xiu, Su Muqiu, and Tao Xuan beginning before the start of the Glory Professional League. It really shows how deep the rift is between Ye Xiu and Tao Xuan despite how good and inspiring their past relationship is.
POPULARITY AND IMPACT
There are no doubts that The Kings Avatar live-action series will get popular especially knowing how widely accepted by the anime fans that anime adaptation is. The anime viewers is definitely having the show in their watchlist though I have to say that at one point, some of them may have hesitation about its outcome just like me and I felt like the live-action didn’t disappoint us as I also keep an eye on some of the feedbacks of the anime community about it. Furthermore, I think that Tencent seriously raised the bar for the live-action adaptation of any anime this time. I hope that any other future plan for an anime live-action series could take some inspiration from this one just like how they’d been market to the community and how they’re done. If they could do this, I think we could have more pretty decent live-action shows coming in the next few years.
Alright, so here I’ve got some tweets from Twitter users which I captured earlier. Some of them are obviously fans of Yang Yang while some are definitely either readers or viewers of the anime while I think I could consider myself both (not the fangirl type for Yang Yang though, that’s another story, haha). So, let’s check out what’s the Twitter community thinks about The Kings Avatar live-action series.
|Tweet from @TheatreBeaver95|
|Tweet from @iChuuuzeYou|
|Tweet from @NinjaRealm|
|Tweet from @YangUnionPH|
|Tweet from @Aniki183|
Then, that’s it and now, I would like to share these 2 reviews from MyDramaList.com (a site that we could compare to MyAnimeList, though it’s more focus on Asian dramas). The reviews were taken from the official page of The Kings Avatar live-drama from MyDramaList.com and their opinions are as follows:
MY INITIAL VERDICT
Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Yu Alexius