The Kings Avatar Live Action Review Episode 10 (Quanzhi Gaoshou) – Great Show!
In the last episode we saw an army of professional Glory players working in a coordinated manner to stop six unsuspecting players from going shopping in Kongji City. Yep, pretty mean, imagine if they did that to your partner!? Uhuh, their lives wouldn’t be worth living! And yes, they get their asses kicked ….. Royally!
The big news however, and it’s only taken 10 episodes to do it…… well, I can’t really say – it would be too much of a spoiler. Basically, Ye Xiu has an epiphany and decides what he is going to do about his new found buddies in the Fellowship of the Grim.
If you need a recap of the story so far, all the previous episode reviews are here: Kings Avatar Live Action News & Reviews Thread).
Overall Comments – The Kings Avatar Episode 10
Overall, I think this show was really good and the elements of implausibility in this episode weren’t too bad. It was good fun to watch even though the hugely popular Maggie Jiang was not in the show very much, there were two others who stepped up and performed admirably. Im talking of course, about the menacing Hao Shuai who plays Chen Yehui and the king of banter, Jiang Long who plays Huang Shaotian. For me, their involvement in this episode were the highlights of the show.
Key Players Appearing In This Episode
| Name: Ye Xiu
ID: Lord Grim (Jun Moxiao)
Guild: Unassigned (sometimes plays as member of Lanxi Pavilion). Once known as Fighting God Ye Qui when he was with Excellent Era (Jiashi). He now works for Chen Guo – she does not know he was once Ye Qui (an idol of hers).
|Name: Chen Guo
ID: Chasing Haze
Guild: Unassigned. Manager Happy Internet Cafe (pet name of GuoGuo by Tang Rou). She is a very enthusiastic supporter and player of Glory but we rarely see Chen Guo win a match.
|Name: Tang Rou
ID: Soft Mist
Guild: Unassigned. Tang Rou is affectionately called Xiao Tang (Little Tang) by Chen Guo. She originally thought that Glory was boring but was beaten by Ye Xiu in a duel and has vowed to get even.
|Name: Bao Rongxing
ID: Steamed Bun (aka Bao Zi, The Invader)
Guild: Unassigned. Works in a warehouse. Unusual way of playing but quick and agile fighter with a good sense of spacial awareness. His ambition is to game professionally.
|Name: Qiao Yifan
ID: Ashen Moon (aka Yi Cunhui)
Guild: Tiny Herb (Wei Cao). Considered a very weak player and not usually picked for any team activities. Poorly respected by team colleagues but not the Team Captain who thinks he has potential. He also has a really good friend (Gao Yingjie) who believes in him and tries to support him where possible.
|Name: Su Mucheng
ID: Dancing Rain (aka Feng Liu Yan Mu on 10th Server)
Guild: Excellent Era (Jiashi). Childhood friend and staunch ally of Ye Xiu and his biggest supporter. She is a exceptional Gunner who is rated as the best in the game. She also plays a low level character (also a Gunner) called Feng Liu Yan Mu on 10th Server.
|Name: Huang Shaotian
ID: Troubling Rain (sometimes plays the character Liu Mu on the 10th Server)
Guild: Blue Rain (Lan Yu). Vice-captain of Blue Rain. Is sometimes used as a weapon to disorientate his opponents with his quick speech and aggressive, antagonistic banter.
|Name: Tao Zuan
Guild: Team Boss of Excellent Era (Jiashi). Committed to making the guild the best and most profitable. He is ruthless enough to fire his star player (Ye Xiu) because he thought it is what the sponsors would have wanted.
|Name: Chen Yehui
ID: The Darkness
Guild: Excellent Era (Jiashi). All round scumbag. Rarely wins his battles and although considered a good solo player, does not do well in a team. He bares a grudge against Ye Xiu who once threw him out of the team for selfish play.
|Name: Luo Ji
ID: Mei Guang
Guild: Unassigned. He is a paying member of the VIP room in the Internet Cafe who uses his time to create very detailed strategies for completing dungeons (even low level ones). They are very useful to new and experienced players.
Kings Avatar Episode 10 Review
In the last episode, Lord Grim (Ye Xiu) and his team, who were innocently out for a simple shopping trip to the City of Kongji, were attacked just as they approached the City portal. They were trying to gather so that they could engage the enemy as a collective force, but there are a lot of enemy players – 6 different guilds had brought around 6 players each and all were ganging up on the individual unsuspecting ‘Fellowship of the Grim’.
The attack started and luckily, Lord Grim was joined by Huang Shaotian (affectionately known as motor-mouth for his quick uninterruptible banter) and the beautiful Su Mucheng. The ‘cliffhanger’ from the last episode was the imminent massacre of Lord Grim and his buddy Huang Shaotian (playing the Liu Mu character, a level 27 swordsman). Disappointingly, it turns out that the attacking enemy do battle with some unsuspecting plants! – they were in wrong place and when they realise their mistake, they run off somewhere else. Lord Grim complements his buddy for showing restraint and not impetuously jumping out and attacking as he would do normally.
Alas, they are discovered because Huang Shaotian ends up going on a rant and the text bubbles that show up on the screen give away their location. They decide to split up and deal with the enemy separately.
Steamed Bun meets the Tactical Genius
Meanwhile, Bao Rongxing (who seems to be calling himself ‘The Invader’ instead of the more preferable ‘Steamed Bun’) is in a whole in the ground hiding. He is joined by the shy and reclusive (and tactical mathematics expert), Luo Gi playing his Mei Guang character, a Cleric. Bao Rongxing explains in his usual extrovert manner (to an introvert) that he is being hunted by a mysterious group (Mei Guang therefore assumes that he is deranged).
Mei Guang can’t understand how Bao Rongxing has been able to play so well with such rubbish gear and poor playing style. Bao Rongxing can’t understand what he means and tries to explain that he and his Boss rely on skill – he quickly gets tired of the conversation and leaves the hole in the ground. Mei Guang wants to follow and Bao Rongxing helps him up only to be caught by the local group of enemy players.
They think he is rubbish – not for long!
Meanwhile a group of around 9 players are chasing Huang Shaotian until one of them notices that he is a low level swordsman. He calls to the rest of his team that he is not worth the trouble and this, obviously, winds up Huang Shaotian. His character, Liu Mu turns around to engage his would-be attackers. And, as we have become accustomed, Huang Shaotian beats them all up with his usual fun, flare and aggressive verbal banter. He takes a sword from one of the hapless attackers and heads back to meet up with Lord Grim.
Meanwhile, the pouty Tang Rou is still annoyed at losing her newly acquired Staff and wants to get back out there and get it back. Unfortunately for her, she was told by the team leader, Lord Grim, to stay in the sanctuary of Kongji City and await instructions. But, we all know what she is like – that simply isn’t going to happen. She equips an old staff from her inventory of spare equipment and heads of to battle her attackers – she seems to be doing well – even though outnumbered.
Overall, it seems that the Lord Grim team is being contained. Indeed, the attacking force (jeez, there are like 40 of them!) and feeling very confident. A smug Chen Yehui as team leader, issues the command to complete the mission and kill all the members of Lord Grim’s team.
The fall of the Army of Gankers
And that’s where it all started to go wrong for him. Huang Shaotian managed to catch up to Lord Grim and help him defeat all their attackers. Just as they are about to begin their last stand (they are on very low health), all the members of their team show up. It’s quite miraculous, but they managed it mainly by evading the enemy teams and avoiding direct confrontation – some scenes in the episode made it look as though they had individually killed their groups but in the final battle, most of the enemy players were present.
They all greet each other and Mei Guang points out that there is a blind spot behind them that will allow them to escape to the sanctuary of Kongji City. Unfortunately, Tang Rou has other ideas. She hasn’t forgiven the attackers for taking her weapon and turns back. She is going to try and get it back by herself. Her team-mates of course, wouldn’t want that and they all face the attacking ‘army’ and battle them to the death.
The Triumphant ‘Fellowship of the Grim’
The attacking teams from the top guilds suffer a humiliating defeat and blame the leader, Chen Yehui. Seriously though – it was REALLY humiliating. Imagine the embarrassment of being part of a team that was ganking a small group of low level characters who were outnumbered 6 to one? Imaging then losing to those characters! The humiliation for a group of professional Glory players would be very serious – can you see such players ever returning to the game? I think they were a little over enthusiastic with the fight and although it was marvelous to watch, it was also a bit of a joke.
If this happened in say, World of Warcraft, it would be all over Youtube – they would be a laughing stock!
The defeated ‘elite’ Guild bullies and gankers leave in disgust. They all blame Chen Yehui although most of us were thinking they pretty much sealed their own fate with bad gameplay and poor individual ability. Chen Yehui’s hatred of Lord Grim (or more specifically Ye Qui) has deepened as a result.
Now that the game is over, Ye Xiu’s team breath a sign of relief and log-out. All, that is, except Mei Guang who calls down to the Internet Cafe desk from more paper and a pen. He asks Ye Xiu not to screw up the order this time (he still doesn’t know that Ye Xiu is Lord Grim).
He is not a Nice Man!
Ye Xiu takes the paper and pen to Mei Guang and he learns that Mei Guang is the cleric that has just fought with him and also the tactical, mathematical genius who has been writing the excellent dungeon tactics and publishing them on the internet. He tells him that he is Lord Grim. But only after he let Mei Guang explain how the team was poorly equipped, how there played badly and most importantly, how Lord Grim was such a bad person – he must have been; why would so many people want to kill him!
The whole team decide to go out to eat (they invite Mei Guang). They meet up with Su Mucheng who has bought them a meal, a communal hot pot.
Meanwhile. Che Guo tries to contact her friend Tang Ruo (who has left her phone at home) to invite her to a Jiashi fan meeting. She laments not being able to contact her friend to accompany her at the event – it’s important to her as she feels there is a possibility that she can introduce her to her idol, Ye Qui who the fans expect will be there.
Jaishi Fan Meeting
However, the event is an attempt by Tao Zuan to try and stop fans feeling so badly about how their team have progressed since Ye Qui left. He explains to one of the sponsors that he needs to lie about how Ye Qui chose to leave of his own accord and that this ill feeling towards Jiashi was not helping their beloved team recover from such a devastating loss.
The irony of this is apparent in the next scene.
A Professional Fellowship Epiphany
In the restaurant where ‘Fellowship of the Grim’ are eating with Su Mucheng, there is some silly attempt at comedy. Importantly however Ye Xiu has an epiphany when he receives a call from Huang Shaotian who suggest that he is out with those people to put together a new professional team of Glory players.
And there the show ends. I’m not quite sure how much I enjoyed this episode, It was great to see so much action and the goodies win so convincingly, but the poor attempt at comedy at the end of the episode was irritating, especially when we see Ye Xiu decide that he will put a competitive professional Glory team together. It was great to see the beautiful Su Mucheng’s smile and the rapid-fire banter of Huang Shaotian. Not enough of Maggie Jiang though as Chen Guoi) who’s character seems a little miserable lately.
The battle sequences for this episode were the best in the series so far – I said that about the last episode, but it’s still true of this one. I’m not going to mention how silly how the idea of a 30-40 person gang of professional gamers perform an epic fail against 6 players (some of whom are rookies) because I’ve already mentioned it. 🙂 Just saying though, I hope it doesn’t happen too often or the producers will begin to lose fans who are also MMO players.
I’d rate this episode a wonderful 9.0 out of 10. The production was marvelous and graphics were tremendous but the comedy and silliness of the gameplay let the show down just a little. If you felt the same (or not) why not review this show yourself by clicking on the Users tab in the review block at the top – right of the page. You don’t need to register and we’d love to see what you thought of the show.)
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Thanks to the very cool Raphael Canaris for the following clarifications in this review: Chen Yehui plays a Spellblade and not a Battlemage – he played a Battlemage in other adaptations of the saga.