In a galaxy far away, there is a kid without innate ability to practice internal techniques. So, in order to gain the respect of his father, he resolutely chooses to follow the more difficult and painful path of practicing external techniques. As the years go by, he grows up, but what really changes his life is a mysterious meteoric crystal stone – the Meteoric Tear. This stone fuses with the young man’s body unnoticed, and he seems to undergo drastic transformations as a result. After that, everything is changed. Eventually his father knows that the son for whom he hasn’t really shown a lot of consideration possesses astonishing abilities. And there’s a lot more to come. (Source: Novel Updates)
Xing Chen Bian is a Chinese anime I found while going though the romance genre on MAL. I decided to give it a go since it had a decent rating. With that being said, there are zero romance in this anime, ZERO. so if romance is the only thing you care about, move along cuz you ain’t finding it here.
Let’s start with the story, it’s pretty basic. We all have seen an anime where the main character is told that he is hopeless and can’t do great things, and somehow he becomes OP. Well, this is one of those. The main character Qin, Yu was born without the special gift to hold power within himself, so he was deemed useless. Although his father never gave up on him and loved him very much, he didn’t have high hopes for him. The story begins with a flash back (or I guess flash foreword) of a bit of the last episode, and then cuts back to Yu’s childhood.
The plot itself wasn’t bad but it lacks creativity in the bigger picture (6/10)
The music used in this anime was great as with almost all Chinese anime, they add on to the mood and gives the scenes which have music more character. The background soundtrack as well as the sound affects are also very well done, nothing felt out of place. (9/10)
This anime uses CGI combined with real human motion capture, so while the animation is presented in 3D, everything is very smooth and sometimes felt real. It is not perfect however as some scenes still feels edited. Overall the art was nice to look at so (9/10)
Now on to some of my small nit-picks. The pacing felt off on the earlier half of the anime, some things I felt could have been cut shorter and vice versa, however I understand that could just be personal reference. The dialog sometime have unnecessary pauses and charters just kinda of stood there doing nothing. There was many times were it felt more like cut-scenes from a RPG rather than an anime. But hey, these are just some of the things I found odd.
Last but not least, the translation. I was born in China and lived there for 12 years before I moved to Canada, so my first language is Chinese. Chinese as a language in nature is more complicated than English, so any Chinese anime you watch will be better if you understood Chinese. As this anime takes place in a fantasy version of China a few hundred years ago, the language used is sometimes complicated and when translated, lose some of its meaning. So just keep that in mind if the translation doesn’t make sense sometimes.
Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable anime to watch. It is definitely not a masterpiece or something close to it, but if you just want something to watch and pass the time, this anime is not a bad choice. Overall a 7.2 out of 10 in my books.