“So many demon spirits, I want to collect them.” Long Ao Tian. Yuan Ding goes on a journey of collecting demon spirits.
2020 is a promising year for Chinese animation with tons of big upcoming titles this year, and one that I personally like the most is Planting Manual which is based on the popular Chinese manhua – Demon Spirit Seed Manual – an interesting Chinese isekai story. The donghua (Chinese anime) officially premiered last January 17, 2020 and was listed for 14 episodes with an average length of 21 minutes per episode.
Planting Manual Overview
The anime is based on the 2015 manhua titled Demon Spirit Seed Manual or also known as Fairy Seed Manual by author Dazui.
Synopsis: Yuan Ding, an otaku, was transported to another world. After taking Shuo Yue Academy’s entrance exam, Yuan Ding’s life in another world begins, aiming to collect the Demon Spirits said to exist in the legends.
Planting Manual anime is also known by its Chinese title Yao Jing Zhong Zhi Shou Ce (妖精种植手册). It is part of the Tencent Video 2020 lineup of Chinese animation and is animated by Big Firebird Culture Media.
Planting Manual is listed under the category of action, adventure, comedy, ecchi, fantasy, harem, romance, and seinen. However, based on the 4-episodes that I have seen so far, the majority of anime adaptation is fell on action, comedy, ecchi aspect and it seems that it might be a good Chinese romance anime too just like Psychic Princess.
Planting Manual Anime 2020 Trailer
I have to share the thoughts of several fans who had read the manhua, the story is actually very generic as an isekai where the main character was dropped on a fantasy world but that stops there. I am seriously not a big fan of our main guy Yuan Ding whom I find quite delusional and thinks that the new fantasy world he had should revolve around him. But still, it is too early to jump to conclusions. I don’t see anything special with any other characters so far aside from our main demoness who seems to have a tragic past as a human before she became a fairy/demon later on.
|Planting Manual – the main heroine in the anime|
The character designs were nothing spectacular. But what really caught my attention about Planting Manual is the plot about the special power of our main character. Imagine raising demons or fairies from spirit seeds and eventually have your own harem? That is quite unique for me, and I really want to how many spirit seeds Yuan Ding will have in the end.
The opening theme song of Planting Manual – Elegy of Fairies still the most desirable thing to listen from it since the Chinese dubbed in the donghua were quite terrible at my reception. I mean, there are some Chinese anime where the audio and dialogue were nicely done but in Planting Manual, I felt like the voice actors were all rushing and it’s quite rough on my hearing. Nonetheless, the opening theme Elegy of Fairies truly did gave me eargasm experience as if I was entering the fantasy world of The Lord of the Ring. While the ending theme song is catchy and fun to watch, provoking me to do some weird dance steps.
Planting Manual Opening Theme
Have you guys watched it already? Please let me know by leaving your comments below.
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