The Kings Avatar Review Episode 11 Live Drama (Quanzhi Gaoshou) – Wonderful!
In the last episode we saw an army of professional Glory players getting their asses kicked by the ‘Fellowship of the Grim’ it’s not their name, but they certainly deserve it. Six players on Lord Grim’s team positively massacred some very silly professional players who ‘were attempting to ‘gank’ (kill the player character, usually by unfairly ganging up or using better gear and equipment) Ye Xiu’s pals while they went off shopping for gear in Kongji City. The whole thing was a little over the top to be honest, 40+ professionals being beaten by 5 or 6 players (some of whom were rookies) took advantage of a lot of poetic/dramatic license. It was great to watch though 🙂
The main story (the big news!) from last weeks episode however, was towards the end of the show when Ye Xiu decided that he was going to form a rookie Glory team. It’s only taken him ten episodes and such a decision is certainly well overdue!
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 11
This was another great show that tied up some parts of the story and introduced some great characters (including Han Wenqing – a key rival character (i.e one of the few that are ever in danger of kicking his ass!) and Maggie Jiang was in the show quite a bit which was really nice to see. However, not a great deal happened. Last week’s show was action packed, this week’s is more about drama and politics. Still ok, but I must admit, I missed some of the fast pace of the previous episode.
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: 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.
|Name: Chang Xian
ID: Sleeping Moon (aka Little Moon)
Guild: Full Moon (Yue Lun) a lesser known guild new to the 10th Server. Captain and Boss . Little Moon is a journalist intern and huge fan of Ye Qui – but he doesn’t know he is Ye Xiu (the Network Manager of the Happy internet Cafe that he frequents) or Jun Moxiao (Lord Grim) on the 10th Glory Server.
|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: Han Wenqing
ID: Desert Dust
Guild: Tyranny. He is the Captain and a very respected player in the professional Glory player community. He is older than most of the other players (by about a year 🙂 ) and was also considered Ye Qiu’s true rival amongst the professional Glory players.
|Name: Zhang Xinjie
ID: Immovable Rock (has an Alt called Misty Mountains)
Guild: Tyranny. He is tone of the Four Master Tacticians and he is strict and serious – in particular, everything has to punctual.
|Name: Jiang You
ID: Crowd Lover
Guild: Tyranny. He is the Team Leader of the guild on the 10th Server and manages the team called Tyrannical Ambition. He is frightened of Han Wenqing (isn’t everyone!?)
|Name: Xu Boyuan
ID: Blue River
Guild: Blue Brook aka Lanxi Pavilion (I think this is an affiliate of Blue Rain Guild on the 10th Server as they have the same logo). Team Captain. A well respected player. One of the top swordsmen on the 10th Server.
Kings Avatar Episode 11 Review
In the previous episode, Ye Xiu and the members of his Glory team were celebrating with a meal bought by Su Mucheng. It was a fun time end everyone was relaxing.
The Jiashi Fan Meeting
Across town however, there was a meeting being held at the Jiashi building for fans of the Excellent Era Glory team that was once headed by their idol, Ye Qui. The fans miss him terribly and want him to come back. So many of them have attended the meeting today because they hope that there will be an announcement of his return or that they will at least find a platform for their feelings to be heard by the senior management.
Chen Guo is right in the middle of them, so is Sleeping Moon (still trying to find his actual name out of the game – if you know, can you email me at my ‘sadgeezer’ account at gmail.com? I would really appreciate it and you would get a thank-you in the next episode review 🙂 ) – The crowd and Chen Guo chant Ye Qui’s name or more specifically, ‘Master’ and seem to be getting excited (there are a LOT of women for a computer game fan meeting!) and enthusiastic for a coming announcement.
Their feelings are soon dashed however, when the towering character (yet short stature) boss of Jiashi appears on stage and tells them a sob-story about Ye Qui leaving and that he wouldn’t be coming back.
Sleeping Moon objects. Chen Guo looks on in admiration of Sleeping Moon’s elegant rebuttal.
pleads with them to stop expecting his return and to ‘move on’ so that the newly formed team can begin to get confidence and play to their potential instead of in Ye Qui’s shadow.
It was an eloquent speech but ultimately very disappointing for the fans of the team who had hoped for an announcement of Ye Qui’s return. It seemed that Chen Guo was the most upset. She returned home dejectedly to the Internet Cafe.
When she arrives, Ye Xiu and Tang Rou can see that she is trying to put on a brave face, that she is upset that she wont see her idol, Ye Qui again. They are both moved when she says, with a smile, that she wants to go back to her room to rest for a while. She retires to her room alone and cries for the loss of her idol, Ye Qui.
Starting Over by a Different Path
Later. she meets up with Ye Xiu on the roof of the Internet Cafe, she is still sad. He comforts her with words of encouragement about things changing and that ye Qui, wherever he is will be back, etc. He demonstrates by plucking a flower from the plant-pot and placing it in a drinking glass. The drinking glass is now a vase but it looks the same – he tells her that maybe Ye Qui is taking a different path to start over.
On the other side of town, the Guild Boss tells the Captain, Han Wenqing that there is an exhibition match tomorrow and that he would like to send a few players there but Wenqing points out that it is mid-season and abruptly requests that the guild boss leaves if he has no other business.
Too scared to talk to the boss
Jiang You, the Team leader of Tyrannical Ambition (the raiding team on the 10th server that is part of the Tyranny guild) wants to chat with Han Wenquing but he overhears the Captain being abrupt with the boss and wimps out of starting a conversation.
Instead, he decides to go and visit the Vice Captain, Zhang Xinjie who is also a formidable character. He is one of the four great Glory Tacticians and absolutely meticulous in everything he does. Jang You, however, manages to persuade him to0 help hi beat the annoying and overpowered Lord Grim so that he and his team can begin getting achievements again on the 10th server.
So its YOU!
Zhang Xinjie is surprised to learn that Lord Grim is Ye Qui although he is not particularly friendly or frightened of him, he is respectful. The two chat while battling and Jang You listens.
Ye Xiu asks why the venerable Vice Captain, Zhang Xinjie would want to gang up on Lord Grim. Zhang Xinjie explains that he came to stop Lord Grim interfering with the attempts of the guild to attain dungeon records so that they could influence their ranking and continue to grow the guild (he didn’t actually say all that, but I think that’s what he meant).
Zhang Xinjie arees to an arena match between his team and Te Ziu’s team in the arena a little later on. If Ye Xiu loses then he will not attempt any more records – this would stop him being able to get the weapon materials that he needs to upgrade the 1000 Machine Umbrella.
It’s a battle that he must win.
Zhang Xinjie accompanies Jiang You to visit Han Wenqing to explain that Ye Qui has returned in the guise of Lord Grim.
Old Buddies (and Rivals!)
Han Wenqing and Ye Qui were old friends and older players amongst the other professionals) and there were rivals who were very evenly matched. There is a flashback to when they last met Ye Qui had beaten him in the final of a match).
It is said that Han Wenqing is the only true rival that Yer Qui had in the game of Glory and one of the very few that could beat him. However, Han Weqing is worried that he is getting a little old fo the game and pushes himself very hard to make sure he is in peak condition. an Wenqing wants to see how weak Ye Qui has become now that he has a new and less well geared character on the 10th Server.
And so it begins
Later, when the teams are assembled, the battle starts.
The Tyranny team start pretty well, by Lord Grims team Yifan, Bao and Tang Rou, soon get things back under control and this leaves Lord Grim to concentrate on beating his rival, Zhang Xinjie. This he does with a masterful use of tactics to draw him out of position. Alas, it wasn’t quite good enough as he is not only able to recover, but summon his Captain, Han Wenqing.
Han Wenqing quickly (and I mean REALLY quickly) destroys all but Lord Grim.
Then the two of them fight a duel – Lord Grim wins. However, although the fight is over, Lord Grim would, in the end, have to concede defeat – he lost all his team when he opposition were only one man down.
They actually lost!
After the match, Tang Rou discusses the fight with Ye Xiu at the roof bar of the Internet Cafe. He tells her that they will not be able to get any new dungeon records but there will still be ways to get the materials that they need. Tang Rou doesn’t quite understand how and Lord Grim decides not to explain it to her.
Later, much later, Chen Guo is in her room listening to a report on the television about it being a shame that Ye Qui did not show up at the retirement ceremony held at the Jiashi Fan Meeting a few days ago. She showed an interview with Han Wenqing and was surprised and excited to hear that Han Wenqing told the reporter that it would be out of character for Ye Qui to give up Glory and that he didn’t believe that he wouldn’t be back.
Chen Guo remembers that she too had not heard that Ye Qui was retiring from him, only that it had been reported. She chose to believe in his return.
Ye Xiu on the other hand is chatting on-line to the Lanxi Pavilion Captain, Xu Boyuan and explaining that he will help him get a new dungeon record, but not by boosting them himself – se see Luo Ji hand Ye Xiu a carefully prepared document and can only assume that it is a specially prepared dungeon strategy for LanxI Pavillion.
Xu Boyuan looks confused.
And there the show ends. I really enjoyed it, not as much as the others, but it was still very good. In many respects, I thought this was a bit of a filler episode, not so much to introduce main characters of the new team, but some of the opponents and respected players (and teams) that they will be battling. I guess it had to happen sooner or later. There was considerably less plot and definitely more drama and politics. Lets hope there is more action in the coming episodes.
I’d rate this episode a really good 8.8 out of 10. The production was marvelous but there was less story and more backstory, history and narrative. Of course, you don’t have to agree with me, 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 clarification in this review: Sleeping Moon’s live character name is Chang Xian.