This is a first for me. I have never watched a donghua (Chinese Animation) before. Since I saw that Heaven Official's Blessing was added to NETFLIX, I thought WHY NOT and gave it a shot. HERE IS MY REVIEW!
*Now as per usual with any review I write, I will not be including any spoilers in this review.*
So, I am going to try and write a short synopsis of this donghua without giving anything away. Just know that this story is complicated so my synopsis might not give the donghua the explanation it deserves. A short synopsis of the donghua - The main character has ascended into the heavens 3 times. On the third time, he is given a task to go to the mortal realm and investigate a mysterious phenomenon. On his mission, he meets a demon who seems to have a long connection to him and his past.
My Overall review of this donghua is I quite enjoyed it. Yes, I had some issues BUT it was entertaining and definitely got me excited to check out other donghuas and the drama adaption of Heaven Official's Blessing. Like I said, I did have aspects of Heaven Official's Blessing that I loved and other aspects that I had issues with. I also want to state before I go onto my review that I have not read the book or the manhua. This donghua was my introduction to the story and its characters. I knew nothing going into this. So that might have affected my review or it might not have either. You can decide that. So, let's talk about them!
1)The Animation - THE ANIMATION OF THIS WAS GORGEOUS! I loved the style. I loved the colors. I loved the overall look of this donghua. It really drew me in and kept my attention because it was just so beautiful. I was very impressed by the animation ESPECIALLY when it came to the title and ending sequences. I thought the animation really stood out and was unique, it wasn't anything like I had ever seen before. Now I might be bias because I have not seen any other donghua or Chinese animation so I have nothing to compare it too. I was just very impressed and loved the look of Heaven Official's Blessing.
2)The Characters - I had a lot of fun with the characters in Heaven Official's Blessing. Each character had their own personality and I loved the interactions we got with the characters. I definitely became attached to the characters and want to see more of them. I want to see where the stories of all these characters go. I want to see how the relationships of these characters develop and change as we get more seasons/episodes. This Donghua is good because it made me care for the characters and made me want to see more of the characters' stories.
3) I Want More - As I said above, I want to see more. I want more episodes to explore more of the characters' stories. I want more episodes to look at the beautiful animation. This is a good thing that I want more. Heaven Official's Blessing also makes me want to check out other Donghuas which is good for me because that means I enjoyed this donghua. I will definitely watch another season of Heaven Official's Blessing when it is released.
1)The Story - The story was a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, I liked the story and I enjoyed what we got in the first season of Heaven Official's Blessing. I was entertained by it and all of the myth and magic that was woven into the story. I thought it was a beautiful story and I can't wait to see more of how the story unfolds. On the other hand, I felt disconnected from the story. As I stated earlier, I had not read the book or Manhua before watching this. Maybe I should have read it because the Donghua sort of throws you directly into the story and you have to catch your bearings a bit. Now I am used to this because of Chinese dramas a lot of the time so this feeling wasn't very jarring for me BUT I still think I would have benefitted more by reading the book/manhua before I watched this. I found myself wanting to know more backstory about a character or asking myself questions that I might have known if I had read the book/manhua beforehand. So just know, you might be a little confused in the beginning if you decide to check this out.
2) Needs Season 2 - This donghua DEFINITELY needs a second season (probably more than 1 season). I got the impression from other people that Heaven Official's Blessing is a complicated story that will need multiple seasons to tell. I am fine with that and I knew that going into this Donghua so I wasn't surprised that the story wasn't over as the last episode ended. Now Season 1 doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger or anything but the story is DEFINITELY not complete either. So just know that you aren't getting a complete story in the episodes you see on NETFLIX. I am excited to watch another season of Heaven Official's Blessing because I want more time with these characters and to learn more about them.
Rating: 8/10 (Streaming on NETFLIX now)
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