Let’s talk about one of the titles from bilibili’s 2021 Chinese anime lineup that got me hyped a little bit than usual. The popular web novel Lie Huo Jiao Chou or Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire by author Priest gets an anime adaptation in 2021 from Shenying Animation. This is one of the 11 adapted works by bilibili for next year and has been sitting atop of my list ever since I set my eyes on its trailer and key poster.
Now, I would like to share an overview of Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire. Let us check its animation studio, the original web novel, its story and cliche, and what it has to offer to many of us.
Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire Overview
The upcoming Chinese anime is adapted from the web novel of the same title. Its author is Priest who also written some of the most popular Chinese web novels such as The Defective, her longest work to date. Along with Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire, they are getting an animation adaption in 2021, all to be distributed on bilibili’s platform. She’s also the author of Silent Reading, another upcoming Chinese anime in 2021 from the Tencent Video Animation lineup.
For fans of Chinese web novels and drama, Priest wrote The Ultimate Blue Seal, The Way of the Evil, Legend of Fei, B*stial Blade, Faraway Wanderers, Lord Seventh, Sha Po Lang, and many more.
In the current era, people are either normal or are with special abilities. Cases related to the latter are managed by the National Anomaly Prevention and Control and Special Species Management Office. Qi Zheng Emperor Sheng Lingyuan was reawakened a thousand years later after he jumped off the fiery red lake. Xuan Ji, a newly transferred staff to the Reparations Division of the Deviant Control Office, finds himself having to clean up the mess of a revived tyrannical monarch. The two seemed to share something from the past, but unbeknownst to them, a big conspiracy is stirring right underneath their noses that could destroy the balance of the world.
The novel is known as a boys-love (danmei) story in nature, thus, fans of Chinese anime boys-love or shounen-ai genre should add this donghua to their plan-to-watch list.
Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire revolves around the two characters – Xuan Ji and Sheng Lingyuan. It will have various themes including transmigration, reincarnation, time-skip, magical formations, and just like any other mystery-solving investigative story. Therefore, we can also expect the same vibes from this donghua in the same way as the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations and Rakshasa Street. Now, this is an urban fantasy with a flavor of Chinese mythology put altogether which makes this an exciting adventure filled with conspiracy and surprises.
What’s more? We have handsome characters and the character designs look good actually. So, we have confident and cunning protagonists that will make the story even more exciting, and even from now, I could feel that a possible clash may happen that would remind us of Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji from Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation.
Animation Studio, Release Date & Trailer
Now, the biggest question that we all share – when is the release of Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire? Currently, no one knows when it will premiere. But we can all expect that it will air in 2021. We will update this post once they release news about it.
The upcoming donghua is animated by Shenying Animation, a relatively new studio in China. Aside from Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire, their sole other works so far are You Yao (Are You Okay?) which was well-received by Chinese anime fans from the summer 2020 donghua lineup.
To give you a glimpse of the animation quality, the character designs, and its world-setting, here’s the first trailer of Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire as unveiled by bilibili during their November 21 event.
Where to watch Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire?
This is our next question once we got its release date. Obviously, bilibili as the official distributor will have it available on their platform. They may also add it on their YouTube channel – Anime Made by bilibili.
Other places that might provide it are the unofficial fansubs like izfanmade, animexin, and kurinaofficial. Mundo Donghua might also add it to their archives for Spanish-speaking donghua fans.
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