The King’s Avatar [Review]
“Widely regarded as a trailblazer and top-tier professional player in the online multiplayer game ‘Glory,’ Ye Xiu is dubbed the ‘Battle God’ for his skills and contributions to the game over the years. However, when forced to retire from the team and to leave his gaming career behind, he finds work at a nearby internet café. There, when Glory launches its 10th server, he throws himself into the game once more using a new character named ‘Lord Grim.’” -MAL Rewrite
I was skeptical when I saw the Chinese title, but I was proven wrong yet again! The King’s Avatar is master piece with great animation, lovable characters, a much needed over powered main protagonist, all wrapped in an immersive plot that’ll have you coming for more.
With the story revolving around “Glory”, a popular MMORPG in The King’s Avatar, there are minimal interactions in the “real world” and the majority of the story takes place within “Glory”. As “Glory” is also a competitive game, there are elements of E-sports that are implemented in a story, which is great since recently E-sports have started to take off in popularity. With nice comedy, and amazing battle sequences, The King’s Avatar’s story thrives on the over powering ability of Ye Xiu, our protagonist. It’s less of “Can he do it?” and more of “How will he do it?”.
Artwork & Animation:
Compared to the other Chinese cartoons that I’ve seen, The King’s Avatar is exponentially greater than them all. The amount of thought put into it is apparent: the design of the characters and the environment in and outside of the game are all very detailed, bringing the anime to life. There are animation mishaps here and there but that’s to be expected. But what I loved is the integration of both 3D and 2D animation in a nice and fluid manner. The 3D doesn’t feel overpowering and allowing the 2D to still take the spot light.
Ye Xiu, is such a powerful character that most of the other characters treat him as if he’s a raid boss! And it’s quite entertaining to see his unorthodox playing style. Ye Xiu isn’t the only good character though, with a variety of faces and personalities, it’s nice to see a very lively cast. Each with his or her style style of play is very intriguing to watch.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Both soundtrack and voice acting are fantastic, although it may take a while to get used to the Chinese dub if this is you’re first time watching Chinese cartoons. The opening as well as the ending are a great. The songs emphasize the action packed story that is The King’s Avatar.
Loved every second of it, and with a hints about a possible second season, I’m looking forward to many more of Ye Xiu’s exploits!
Overall: Score 9
The King’s Avatar is a fun action-packed story that revolves around an MMORPG named “Glory”. With excellent integration of 3D and 2D artwork, and a variety of faces and personalities, and even some of the interworking of the E-sports scene, the show never ceases to amaze.