Soul Land - Reviews

Alt title: Douluo Dalu

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SQUIGERINO's avatar
Feb 4, 2020

Honestly Great anime overall, one of the interesting points of this anime which for me both adds character and sorta makes me dislike it is the animation style, However the great story and that "just one more episode" type cliffhangers makes it enjoyable for me, In conclusion I would say do give it a watch to atleast ep 3 just to give it a chance as its really enjoyable when you get into it

only real notes;

Kinda feels like a really long but good videogame cut scene

They like only use max 4 soundtracks or something like that but Credit to them that they are all sick so honestly i don't mind

Weird but cool animation style

Fairly nice story

Good romance scenes

8/10 story
5/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
10/10 overall
LoganVrael's avatar
Aug 14, 2019

This is a "fantasy" type of anime. I've read both the novel and the manhwa (loved the first, hated the second one) and I can say the anime is extremely faithful to the original story. There are some variations when compared to the novel, but they're all done to make the plot more understandable and enjoyable to the viewers who aren't familiar with Douluo Dalu. So even if you've no idea of what this story is about, do not worry and give it a try; if you enjoy the genre, you'll probably like it. The anime doesn't go too deep in explaining aspects of cultivation and of the various techniques from the Tang sect, but that is understandable, as it would make the episodes far too long. It's a necessary compromise. If you enjoy learning about those aspects, I recommend reading the novel. The manhwa skips some of the best arcs, so I wouldn't recommend it.

The animation is well done and the fight scenes are a real treat, although the continuous repetition of "transformation scenes" can get a bit annoying. Spirit beasts and the scenery are both drawn beautifully. Lots of advertisement and product placement, but they're all done in peculiar ways which actually add a bit of charm to the production. Sound effects are somewhat cartoonish at times, but I personally didn't mind it.

It's a good show, with both comedy and drama, and characters which are overall well developed. The anime is currently in its second season and unless the production gets halted, then (considering how long the novel actually is) it should go on for another 3 seasons at least. 

8/10 story
10/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall
midgetbear's avatar
Apr 9, 2018

the manhua of douluo dalu is really good, so when i saw there was also an animation i didn't hesitate to watch it. so i have seen some reviews from another manhua witch also has an chinese animation (tales of demons and gods) and mostly saw critical revieuws about the animation being bad and that the character changed and so on. but i don't really think that way, chinese animation is maybe a bit different from the usual, but it does not mean its bad just because its differently animated. (i am pretty sure that rwby also has an animation wich looks like this(i am very very sorry if i'm wrong, i have never seen rwby and i don't want to upset people)) so i mainly just hope that people don't judge just couse of the animation style.

for the rest the plot has not changed much from the manhua (spoiler alert!) the characters are a little off, but that is only for the person who has seen the manhua too. (i had some difficulty's recognising tang sans master and the evil eyed white tiger) altough xiao er still a tsunami of pink is.

i'm really looking forward to how the series will continue! :)

(i am very sorry for any mistakes in grammar or words, i am originally not english but i am trying my best)

9/10 story
7.5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall
YuriZero's avatar
Jul 15, 2018

Douluo Dalu, a.k.a. Soul Land is an adaptation of the chinese manhua / novel that has the same name. Since I didn't read the novel entirely, I can't say which one the animation follows after more closely, however, I can say that it has differences from the manhua not only by leaving details out, but by changing some parts of the story and character appearances as well.

Story

The story follows a young disciple of the Tang Sect who dedicated his life to studying and practicing their techniques, however, by learning some secrets which he was not supposed to, he decides to repent with his life. However, his death does not mark the end of his journey, but the begining of a new life in another world, while retaining all his memories. The adventure follows his developement as he grows up once again, but the developement of those around him as well, and it turns out into a story that is more complex than you would expect in the begining.

However, the "first season" comes to a quite abrupt end, leaving you wondering what will happen next,but that is not much of a surprise as you'll stumble quite often upon episodes that end like that. On the bright side, they already promised a second season, so there's that.

By changing some things from the manhua in the animation it either leaves things out which will be covered up later, or will end up in changing the details of the story...  possibly it could be leading in another direction than the manhua. Or maybe the story from manhua is a little different from the novel and the animation is following the novel... can't say since I didn't read the novel. But I did notice some plot flags being changed from the manhua.

Animation

I am one of those people that are not into 3D animations for anime, but with such a story you'll immerse yourself in it and forget about that. Overall, for a 3D animation is not that bad, and it can be quite amaizing the things they managed to pull off with it. With time I started to get used to this kind of 3D animation and it didn't bother me that much anymore. I'm still not a fan of 3D animations in anime, but I've see much worse than this, and not many that were much better.

The characters were well made, although not following exactly the traits from the manhua, and at this point I came to like them more as they seem more "likeable" to say so. The scenes are clear enough to understand what is happening, and besides some weird movements the characters are doing and some 3D typical special effects which are not my thing, they did a pretty good job.

The time allocated for the first episodes is kind of lacking, each of them being just a few minutes, but as the anime progresses, they switched to the more typical time for the episodes of around 20 minutes.

Sound

I will say this now: I am not a fan of anime in chinese. It bothers the hell out of me to listen them speak chinese instead of japanese. However, from the standpoint of the voice acting I don't think it's bad. Just what you would expect from the typical decent anime, but in chinese. Music is decent and it goes well with the scenes, sometimes repeating songtracks, but who doesn't do that?

The things that bothered me the most are in regards to it being in chinese, and the way it went with the 3D animation, not always being on point but that's typical for 3D animations. Did I mention that I don't like 3D animations for anime?

Characters

The story is focusing on characters and their journey, so they did a good job countouring each one of them and developing them. Compared to the manhua it is a little bit more stiff, but that is due to the details that were lost when animated, however they managed to convey the important parts without hurting much the plot. 

Overall

Despite the fact that I dislike 3D animations in anime and I'm not a fan of chinese voices in the same context, as I'm more familiar with japanese, I still watched it until the end and it made me want to see a second season... EVEN IF IT WOULD STILL BE 3D ANIMATED... and in chinese... Given that the visual and the audio are the first thing that are presented to you, people can be turned away by those two elements, but if you can get over them, it turns out to be a really good anime and I would recommend it to anyone who is into this genre. Good plots are not so easy to find and this one has it.

Anyways, TLDR, it is worth giving it a try. If you don't have any problems with 3D animations and chinese voices you'll surely come to love it. This surely fits my idea of good anime and I believe it is a great action/adventure/fantasy story, with a grain of romance as well.

9/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall
Irhamel's avatar
Mar 1, 2019

After watching this season I cant say I didnt enjoy it, as it would be lying to say so, but if one wants to be objective, there are too many deviations from the novel and even the manhwa to count, well more like "skips" rather than deviations, and the ending is somewhat hard to decide what will happen next, which in a sense is a good thing

Story: 7

the story is fairly good considering is an adaptation from a great story itself, so there is no surprise that the story is good, I substract points due to the abusive usage of timeskips and the skipping of other parts of the story.

Animation: 6

I've never been a fan of CG adaptations but the lack of points is due to several inconcistencies this adaptation have, hair being one of them, some physics, falling animations, some "lag" here and there in some of the movements and odd jumps.

Sound: 7

It has indeed a good soundtrack and sound effects but its not ideal, the "thoughts" space is not quite good, some of the voices are boring and odd.

Characters: 7

The characters are fun to watch but there is no palpable development in either of them due to the "rushed feel" the adaptation has.

7/10 story
6/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall