The summary gives a good glimps of the story, but to be honest it didn't gave me a push to try this anime. What gave me the push was one comment about how brilliant the animation was. I got interested and wanted to see it with my own eyes.
Animation is brilliant! Fighting scenes are really smootly and pulls you into the screen. Sound fits with the scenes and I love the credit soundtrack.
The story pace is just right. It doens't go to slow or too fast.
The story is maybe average but the MC and the side characters makes Quan Zhi Gao Shou a really good serie. MC is intelligent and maybe a little bit OP(he is a pro player!), but he knows that teamwork is important and that you can't come far with only soloing. I was afraid because of the summary that the pro player was arrogant and cocky, but this MC isn't(dubble plus points for them). So he was kicked out of the team because of other reasons! (Im not giving any spoilers)
I game a little myself, but not as much as these guys. I can understand if you don't game yourself that this serie won'tdoesn't sound attractive to watch.
So I will say: Do you love action/fantasy, good animation and do you like that the MC is intelligent -------> "Try it out!"
As another entrant in 2017's list of "I don't understand why this is as popular as it is", Quan Zhi Gao Shou (The King's Avatar) seems to have garnered a fair amount of praise despite (as far as I can tell) committing many of the cardinal sins by which many of its fellow anime series are regularly condemned.
At the risk of making claims with no evidence to back them up, I can only conclude that QZGS's appeal stems mostly from an intersection between fans of anime and fans of MMORPG-style gaming; ergo, the appeal of a series which (however superficially) explores the online gaming and e-sport communities outweighs consideration of plot, characterisation and many of the other traits which, I posit, would make up a good series. QZGS follows Ye Xiu, a pro in the online experience 'Glory' who is ousted by his team after a dip in their performance is blamed on his captaincy. Ye Xiu takes up a job at an internet cafe, which gives him plenty of time to build up a new account and start taking regular players and even pros to task, making the name 'Lord Grim' a new and terrifying entity on the 10th server.
Too bad the series as a whole can be summarised effectively in seven words: "Ye Xiu is very good at Glory". That's basically the whole show.
There's very little to recommend this series on, other than its focus on gaming communities rather than the concept of living in a virtual game world, which does at least set it apart from the likes of Sword Art Online and Overlord. There are SO many characters introduced across 12 episodes and yet so little of interest; a few of them are presented as funny (though I didn't personally click with the show's sense of humour) or given just enough screen time that you can maybe fool yourself into thinking that they're important, but I got to the end without forming any attachments. Ye Xiu himself is a fairly cookie-cutter super-competent male protagonist, who engages in enough smug low-effort trash talk than he's not even particularly likeable in his humdrummery. Half of his in-game opponents appear and disappear at the drop of the hat (we even get introduced to one or two in the latter half of the final episode, which is in itself bizarre) and many look extremely similar, meaning that you'll constantly be asking yourself whether grey-haired anime boy A is the same grey-haired anime boy who we got last episode, or a different one. The 'plot' is extremely repetitive and mostly consists of Ye and friends going to train, speedrun a dungeon or fight a new and tedious foe, and every time Ye wins effortlessly with animations that, though flashy, are similar enough each time that they become unimpressive through saturation. The fact that this is all happening in a non-pro, low-stakes virtual space removes much of the tension that might otherwise be experienced in such encounters, and any which is left is destroyed by a complete lack of belief that Ye will ever come even close to losing. There IS no tension, is what I'm basically intimating. In an attempt to accrue interest, the series occasionally gives weird filler scenes like a girlfriend calling her pro-gamer icon boyfriend as he sits at a faux-McDonalds shoot, some of which might be intended as world-building but are simply unnecessary.
Other than plot or characters, what's there to celebrate? The series itself doesn't look bad, produced as it is by Tencent, but there's a lot of CGI and it can only sometimes works in context; there are lots of odd shots of fully-cgi chairs spinning around and crowds of janky-looking computer generated men at computers. The voice acting ranges from competent to pretty dull; some lines are delivered with admitted gusto and effort, others as if the VAs themselves can't grasp any salient character traits or emotions and are just submitting words like one would submit their tax returns. The MMO aesthetic is, again, the only real draw, lots of contrasting neon and dark colours, virtual landscapes of sand and graveyards, and colourful enemy designs. But unless that grips you to the extent that you can forgive all other shortcomings, and an ending which establishes nothing that wasn't obvious six episodes prior, then it possibly won't.
TL;DR; while I wish not to take away the enjoyment that some people CLEARLY have had from QZGS, I have to conclude by saying that I found very little. Unless the thought of watching a boring protagonist endlessly school dozens of paper-thin and visually-similar opponents in a virtual world appeals greatly to you, I'd try something else.
So let me start off by explaining my overall rating, why I think this show is worthy of a 10/10. I personally am a competitive gamer. I recently bought both a car and build a new computer, and I spent more on the computer than the car. I wouldn't say I'm professional or even close, but I also can't say I wouldn't love to go for that, or at least hit that level of skill.
The reason that relates to my rating for this anime is simple: it does exactly what it intends to do. Every gamer wants to be the crazy awesome solo-carry for their team, and every player wants to be recognized just by their name. It's like Leroy Jenkins for World of Warcraft or Seagull for Overwatch; that's what we all aspire to be...!
This show is about being a professional gamer and the satisfaction you can get from being the best at what you do. There is the excitement of outplaying top players with noobs just because you know exactly what to do. There is going against the meta and playing the class no one wants to, the class that is "too weak" or "unviable" in the competitive scene. That's what this anime set out to tell, and that's what it did, exactly as intended. That's why this is a 10/10.
Of course many of us would love to see more beyond the simple number-smashing of an MMO, and yeah, it certainly could have been put in, but in all reality this IS reality. Playing a Beast Mastery hunter in the Draenor expansion of WoW was completely rediculous, but by practicing and holding onto my own simple pride, really, I personally was able to hit in the top 2% of all BM hunters, and therefore was perfectly able to run mythic difficulty raids. Yes, it's repetitive to run the same raid with the same class over and over again. Yes, there are a massive amount of tiny adjustments to make in order to max out your potential. And yes, you do get a lot of hate for playing a "sub-meta" class, or hate when you outdamage other regular players, but that is the reality of competitive gaming.
Throughout the show, as other reviews will mention, many characters are introduced, and for the most part many of them only hang around for an episode or two, if that. When you're looking for a team, you pick up and drop players pretty quickly, and you have to because you can't afford to lose any time; the tighter knit your team, the better made your teamwork. The focus was on the characters, not the players.
Even with that focus of the anime, there was actually quite a bit of backstory, you just had to be paying attention to the details, because the references were quite small for a majority of them, such as the main character losing his job because he refused to play purely for commercial gain, and instead played for fun. He couldn't afford the early termination fee because he had given everything he'd earned to those gamers who were screwed over in their contracts or couldn't make the cuts. Details like that give the character a lot of depth, and make the entire experience more relatable and deep.
Very pretty. Yeah, I noticed reused animations once or twice, but all-in-all it was extremely entertaining to watch, as you'd get both the weight and power of the fight, the full intensity of the control required by these players, and at the same time you'd feel relaxed and calm, like you could really see and feel how much these players were enjoying themselves. Just looking at the main characters eyes you could see the laughter in almost every fight.
To be honest, I don't often pay much attention to sound quality in anime. Of course, as this was Chinese it threw me off quite often, but I felt every character was voiced extremely well and their personalities came out immediately and very clearly. The music went right along with the feel of mixing that relaxed yet intense enjoyment of competitive gaming.
As I've mentioned, the characters have a lot more depth than a lot of people give this show credit for. They don't go into backstory, and I believe that's where people believe character building comes from, but in all reality the feelings of the main character, the people devastated by his retirement, the growth from depression into the joy of gaming, from there the desire to begin again the right way, it was all there. Every character had growth, individually, but more importantly as a team unit.
This anime sets out to tell the story of professional gaming, and does so perfectly. If you find that interesting or play competitively yourself, I recomend it. If you're looking for lovey-dovey emotional rom-com fantasy swordfighting, this isn't the place for you, but try it out anyways! You might like it more than you'd expect!
China showing how its done!!
Story and Characters
Pro player forced to retire, he starts a new account and goes on raids with new people he meets while running into pros as well, that's about it for the story, it doesn't do much other than that.
The premise is a bit intresting it just doesn't do much with it, you get the feeling that he is building a new team so he can go back to the pro league, and of course dealing with the occasional scumbag that gets in his way.
The show itself intends not being focused on the story as what it does is mostly sets up fight scenes ,which works in its favour cause the fights are really good.
The characters themselves are better, all of them are likeable (except for a few scumbags) especially the main character and there isn't anything special about him, he's just a nice guy and that's all really. Most of the characters are quite funny and I think that's why I liked them so much, the comedy in this show is really good.
Animation and Sound
This is movie level of production. Heavy amounts of CG is used but it really doesn't get in your face backgrounds, characters and colour design are all superbly well done. The fight scenes get your blood pumping and the soundtracks are so good. The production is so excellent here, even the chinese voice acting is really good.
Season 2 for 2018 is also confirmed!! Hype!!
Quan Zhi Gao Shou works as an anime, fails as a game.
Many a times Glory feels like a vr game rather than a traditional mouse and keyboard one.
Sometimes it's apm based, others it's skill based and then it just functions as a plot device so that Ye Xiu can look badass.
A look into what happens when you mix money and gaming and why progaming maybe shouldn't be a thing in it's current form.
It's also super exciting to watch Ye Xiu solo everything and micromanage his party members when he plays in a party.
Sponsored by McDonalds, the show goes as far as using blank bottles/cans but regularly shows real McDonalds products.
The developers of Glory apparently thought that an online game needs no management, even being an 10 years old game still going strong they thought that players would behave themselves and respect eachother...
Author clearly has no grasp on game developement and probably doesn't even play video games.
Thoughts: Story is weak and basically amounts to Ye Xiu is lucky and good at Glory, Animation is good but cg is bad, Sound is good, Characters are weak and don't get enough screentime before the show introduces new ones, even Ye Xiu remains pretty much a blank slate.