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Blame [livejournal.com profile] hamster428. Her post on Qin's Moon, a Chinese wuxia 3-D animation set during the Qin Dynasty, led me to seek it out and now I am OBSESSED!



It's basically everything I love in a period/fantasy/wuxia cdrama only even prettier! There are supposed to be seven seasons - three are out with subs, fourth is currently airing. Epic battles, tangled loyalties, OTPs that wield swords!

I will eat...something, if this MV doesn't sell you on this:




Actually, I am pre-obsessed with one particular couple:



I mean, they kill things together and make music together! You know it's soulmate territory!









OK, say you. You might be interested but what on earth is this animation about? Glad you asked. Plot synopsis from ancientchinese.net: Qin's Moon tells the story of the rise and fall of the Qin Dnasty, the first Dynasty of China. During this time, six kingdoms were conquered by Qin in a ruthless takeover, with the new emperor forcing his subjects to follow his will and laws. The story follows a young boy, Tianming, who is hunted down by the Qin empire for reasons beyond his knowledge; and together with his friends, allies and teachers, will change the course of history.

As the story progresses fantasy, steampunk and history intertwine to tell this truly unique tale of courage during uncertain times. Tianming faces treacherous enemies, hope and loss, difficult relationships with both family and friends, and the challenges of deailing with a changing world. Eventually, a new era will be created out of their struggles for a better world.


(You can find torrents for the subbed first three seasons on ancientchinese.net or watch subbed eps here). There is also this great QM website and a QM tumblr.

Join me in my madness!

Date: 2012-03-13 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] booknerd14.livejournal.com
:O i haven't been attracted to watching an anime in a long time... and i think i'm going to attempt this one. this is bad... i was doing so well with the no distractions for my last term in school . thanks mousie =P

Date: 2012-03-16 03:35 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-14 01:09 am (UTC)
gwinna: (Zuko)
From: [personal profile] gwinna
Okay, I'm sold. How can I not watch something so pretty? Besides, I haven't watched a new anime for a long time, and this is giving me a really nostalgic feeling. I'll start it as soon as I finish the drama I'm currently watching (Relic of an Emissary).

Edit: Just read [livejournal.com profile] hamster428's post - so glad I wasn't imagining the Avatar: the Last Airbender vibes. Now I'm even more eager to watch it!
Edited Date: 2012-03-14 01:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-16 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yay, hope you like!

Date: 2012-03-14 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hamster428.livejournal.com
Lol don't point fingers.
I'm on S3 now. they're delving into the past of each character and I'm having major OTP heartaches. Xue'nu and Xiao Gao are the rare case of a couple who got together even before the start of a series. But they went wayyyy back, in what was likely a disturbing history. I didn't expect it :'(

Date: 2012-03-16 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Now I am even more intrigued

Date: 2012-03-14 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] once-a-weaver.livejournal.com
That is quite lovely.

Date: 2012-03-16 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It is, it's gorgeous

Date: 2012-03-14 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivil.livejournal.com
OMG I TOTALLY SAW THESE IN TAIWAN. And couldn't figure out what it was, because it looked like a video game but basically there were all kinds of merchandise being sold and I was just really confused.

Some pics:


DVD's.


Display at a shop playing one of the scenes.
Edited Date: 2012-03-14 07:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-14 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivil.livejournal.com
Actually, now that I look at these and your post, these might be a different vein of historical fantasy 3D animation altogether. I don't read Chinese so hard to tell. :/

Date: 2012-03-14 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_seika/
No those are not Qin's Moon but from a serialized puppet drama show from Taiwan. It's called Pili and it's been running since 1985. It's highly popular in Taiwan and all the characters are puppets (!).

What's unique about it is that it takes the art of traditional Chinese folk puppetry and blends it with state-of-the-art animation. Even being faithful to the traditional ways, the voices of each character are also done by the same person.

I'm often amazed at how they make the puppets move. And all of the puppets looks so exquisite.

A sample opening:

Fight scene:

For more information you can take at look at the English page on the official site here: http://www.pili.com.tw/en/
you can also take a look here: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/ethnic/2009-08/13/content_8565193.htm

Date: 2012-03-16 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you, this looks amazing!

Date: 2012-03-16 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I need this in my life!

Date: 2012-03-18 03:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for introducing us this awesome show. I love it!!

Date: 2012-03-18 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am glad you liked it. It really is something else.

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