The Kings Avatar – Live Action – Airs July 2019
Continuing the theme of the What To Watch this summer post I made a couple of weeks ago, this is looking really interesting:
The big news today is that the much anticipated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMO RPG) story that was so very popular as a Chinese Anime, is airing on Chinese television from 31st July 2019.
The Kings Avatar (also known as Quan Zhi Gao Shou and Quinzhi Gaoshou), is the story of a cool-cat ‘older’ MMO RPG gamer who is one of the stars of a game called Glory (I think the full name is the Heavenly Domain of Glory). He played as the most successful player in a professional guild, until, for a number of unusual reasons, his officers and team-mates ousted him and unceremoniously threw him out.
Distressingly, all his special gear and progression rewards, mounts etc. were taken away and he can play the game is by starting again from the beginning. He needs to create a new character and gradually level up through combat and quest rewards if he is ever to enjoy the rarefied atmosphere of professional player status again.
His name is Ye Xiu and he plays the character Ye Qiu (or is that the other way round). and although he is initially a bit miffed about the whole being thrown out of the guild thing, he is a more mature player and calmly settles down and begins playing in a local internet cafe where he gets a job as a sort of manager (he doesn’t do much though). The cafe is run by the cool (and equally mature) lady Internet cafe owner, who recognises his talent (or maybe just fancies him a lot) and allows him to play whenever he wants and pretty much do what he likes.
Anyone who has ever played MMO RPG games like World of Warcraft and the myriad of others will be able to relate to this series. If you haven’t you will also be able to relate – the show has a wonderful non-nerd factor which makes it very popular to all who have watched it – not just gamers.
Of course, this intro only relates to the anime version as the live action isn’t out yet. Strangely, the anime second season is also due out very soon. Some say it will hit the screens in July, some say August and yet others say during a Chinese festival in the autumn. One of the reasons for this is that the original animation company has been asked to do Season 2 and they were busy – I guess it’s worth the wait rather than getting some other animation company to produce it. Fandom would prefer the wait.
Trust me, to MMO RPG gamers who have seen this anime it is big news as the saga was very well produced, written and voice acted, I think it will eventually be very popular!
Ye Xiu (叶修) will be played by the talented Yang Yang
Ye Xiu is an eSports player of Glory. He is the former captain of Excellent Era. He is an excellent tactician and doesn’t get angry or flustered even when coaching other players. In particular, he doesn’t seem to bare any grudges with his old team and tends to avoid confrontation that isn’t game related. Of course his as a talented player and ruthless in the pursuit of his goals.
Chen Guo (陈果) will be played by the lovely Maggie Jiang.
Chen Guo is the attractive and laid back owner of the Happy Internet Cafe and a bit of a gamer herself. She plays/played the character of Chasing Haze in the game and is also the former member of a guild called Excellent Dynasty.
The only video I can find about the show is a promotional Yang Yang behind the scenes video which is pretty crappy. Reading between the ‘frames’, it looks like the main character is going to be more a pretty boy idol than cool, seasoned master that would change the aesthetic quite a bit! Not sure it would work, lets hope it does.
It seems that Tencent are keen not to let any trailer material onto the internet yet. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see what the actual show will be like.
I believe it’s going to be around for quite a while. The current rumours are that 40 or more episodes are planned!
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