Mo Dao Zu Shi Season 2 starts airing in conjunction with The Untamed

mo dao zu shi donghua and live action Xiao Zhan
Maybe we've got one too may posts on The Untamed 陈情令 lately, but I can't help myself, I've fallen so hard for the show to the point that I've peeked into spoilers from the novel entitled Mo Dao Zu Shi 魔道祖师 that it's based on and even watched parts of the donghua (Chinese animation).

tencent mo dao zu shi donghua poster
With just a hint that something big was coming, Tencent suddenly dropped the news that the long-awaited season 2 of Mo Dao Zu Shi was going to be released at 12 noon on Aug 3. Interestingly, they made the announcement just hours before its premiere. Three episodes (episode 16-18) are now available on the streaming site.

mo dao zu shi lan zhan wang yibo
It looks like the showrunners themselves have the idea to make this summer all about Mo Dao Zu Shi now that the live action, season 2 of the donghua and season 3 of the audio drama are airing concurrently. As a drama fan first and foremost, Chinese animation is admittedly a new thing for me, but I'm ready to gobble up anything to tide the wait until the next episodes of The Untamed. Besides, I have a feeling I won't regret it. 

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19 comments:

  1. One can never get enough of Mo Dao Zu Shi! I've already read the novel twice, watched the available drama episodes 3 times and starting the 4th. It's such a lovely drama. Thanks for posting this.

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    1. At which site did you watch it ? i can not find the new episodes anywhere

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  2. I'm personally finishing The Untamed first haha. The anime, from my experience last year, will be too unbearable to follow every week, meaning I will pile many episodes and binge a bunch of them haha

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  3. no offence to those actors but that entire casting sucks af! My Lan Zhan, who is deeper than the Pacific, who is the sky himself, when lit students die to write essays on such character, it's done by a little boy who looks like 'I am angry because mommy didn't buy me the toy' all the time!Right, a 33 yo Lan Zhan sure looks like that. And what about the utmost insult towards homosexual people by changing a novel which was written on the basis of Lan Zhan's unconditional love for Wei Ying? Ah yess, most of you FANS are just sucker for pretty East Asian face and hardcore homophobe deeeep inside your heart. maybe fujoshis but hate when real love gets portrayed on screen. fuck your hypocrisy. Such huge arrangements were done in the novel just for these two guys to be with each other. When love crosses time and the border of life and death, entire universe starts plotting to unite those said lovers. Yes that's the theme of MoDaoZuShi! you duffers, suckers for cheap drama adaption consisting pretty idols(not to mention how a big part of you make those idols' life like a living hell by being toxic fans!) won't ever understand what literary value means, what is the difference between a writer and author or difference between cheap money sucking entertainment project and a real piece of art!Stupid idiots!Literally RAPED my MoDaoZuShi, killed my Lan Zhan, ripped opened my Wen Ning and talk about how wonderful that "QUEERBAITING" cheap drama adaption is. brainless people. Why would you adapt from a nasty gay story then when you hate it with your heart? bloody HATERS, HYPOCRITES! Congratulations on your so called Live action!

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    1. With all due respect, while it certainly is annoying how they removed bl scenes, I dare say that the live action drama does justice to the relationship. To begin with, at least as far as I've gotten with the novel, the love was always more subtle; it was always clear that there is a very deep connection between them, but they didn't show it in the way your average romance novel would, which is - in my humble opinion - also exactly what made it this wonderful love story. So in that sense, even if it's never explicitly shown or said, I do believe that anyone who knows the novel will be able to see the love displayed. You see, I personally don't think that there is that big of a difference between being lovers and being lifetime friends (well, maybe except for the intimate stuff, but that's also it). Even in the live action drama, you should be able to see that they are soulmates, which I find to be the most important part of the story.

      I also wanted to add that you can't expect China and its government to suddenly become all open-minded about anything LGBTQ. So if they had dared make it clearly bl, as in showing intimate scenes (I'm including kissing here), then the drama would have been shelved. Now, saying that they should not have made the story into a drama if they knew that the openly romantic parts would have to be cut out - while in a sense it certainly is true, but that's the way business works. They knew that the novel had a huge fan base, they knew it's going to bring in money and popularity, so why would they not do it? And I'm sure that the original author knew what was going to happen, but apparently still agreed to it, I'm just happy that they didn't ruin it by toning down their relationship too much or including a female lead as love interest. That would have been horrible.
      Furthermore, try and see it from the positive side: With The Untamed becoming popular outside of the original fan base, there is a chance of expanding outside of bl fans, letting maybe even skeptical people recognize how gender truly doesn't matter. I dare say that this is a step to step process to spreading that kind of awareness and helping actually go against homophobia. It's rare for people to make big steps, especially when a group is involved, so just be happy for the small steps for now.

      Lastly concerning the actors, I can't really speak much for Lan Zhan's actor, he is a beginner after all, and while he doesn't always deliver, at least his scenes are often acceptable. Sure, a better actor would have been able to display this underlying love better, but it's already too late to complain and I guess throughout the series you do warm up to him and he does have his moments of decent acting. In his defense, I often get the impression that many people seem to think that those type of - from an outsider's perspective - cold characters are a good start for beginners, which is in a sense true, because they don't have to display a wide range of emotions, but then it's obvious that more subtle feelings, where the eyes have to express everything or when you can only use small changes in your expression, aren't going to be delivered well enough, if at all. This is something only talented and experienced actors are able to display.

      Frankly speaking, I think Xiao Zhan did a wonderful job at portraying Wei Wuxian, so I tend to focus more on him. Maybe if he wasn't there, the series would really not have been worth, after all, he is the focus of the drama.

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    2. is op okay
      ive read the book, manhua, seen s1 of the donghua and the untamed is definitely portraying the relationship fine
      tbh we get more wangxian interaction than most other adaptations as well as guangyao/xichen and xue yang and xiao xingchen so like...
      op please chill people aren't homophobes for watching the drama

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    3. I was just asking myself who wouldn't like this adaptation of the novel, you answered my question. sure you can hate the adaptation and simply pretend it doesn't exist. you don't have to this big anger towards it after all there are animation, comic and audio adaptation so frankly i don't understand this whole loud comment you wrote. If i don't like something i would never leave such angry comment.and rarely novels are adapted in a way that makes you satisfied and with all china ban on a lot of stuff not just "gay" theme. It's absolutely wonderful what they have done to the story and how much they stayed true to it as possible as they can

      Now if you think that the leading actor is not doing great for Wei WuXian role then for sure you don't get what good acting is
      I don't quite understand how people who r watching this drama is homophobes?? the novel itself has a big fandom already and it's bl from the start and most of the people who r watching r fans of the novel so they know the love story between the Main characters and who doesn't know go and read the novel so in a way this drama is helping the idea of accepting same gender love

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    4. wow this comment was wild from start to finish. I’d advise you to look at the context of this drama and rethink how privileged you are to be able to use the word “queerbaiting” while people in other parts of the world has to fight tooth and nail to get the subtlest of representation:

      In 2016, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) published “General Rules for Television Series Content Production,” which ban television and online dramas from depicting “abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors,” including same-sex relationships.

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    5. In my opinion xiao zhan suits well as wei wuxian but wang yibo not that much :/ Im mostly pissed off because of fucking chinese government and censorship and ofc damn girls watching drama because of handsome actors like in korean drama shit without knowing anything about mo dao zu shi and novel, and then they are complaining about some feelings between wei wuxian and lan zhan idiots, fuck u guys

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  4. Wow! It is IRONIC that most people said that the casting is one of the main reason why 'The Untamed' is such a successful show. I haven't seen such a successful IP adaptations in years and one that manage to wittingly bend around the rules and regulations in order to air!

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  5. sorry may I know, which one that will release for season 2, the anime or the drama ? thanks for your information

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  6. I will say, honestly don't give a whit about either of actors and their money grabbing, fan baiting show.

    I am only here for the anime and actual portrayal of wwx and lwj. Good for the author though, if he is getting some royalty off the shit-show. Just wish the show hype hadn't taken all over season 2.

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  7. lol some comments r so unreasonably salty im dying from laughing. Dont like it? Dont watch it. It was this simple guys

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  8. Algunos comentarios son innecesarios si no te gusto el dorama o los actores q lo actuaron solo no lo mires y no comentes , aca solo tienen q comentar los q realmente les gusto el dorama y actores a mi me encanto mucho y vengo a dejar un comentario bueno y a los actores q participaron en este espectacular diorama los felicito por q isieron un buen trabajo a si q me despido con este gran comentario ¡actores felicitaciones a todos!

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