Douluo Dalu

Alt titles: Combat Continent, Soul Land

Ch: 648+
2011 - ?
4.426 out of 5 from 1,776 votes
Rank #536
Douluo Dalu

Tang Sect, the most famous martial arts sect of all. By stealing its most secret teachings to fulfill his dreams, Tang San committed an unforgivable crime. With his ambition attained, he hands his legacy to the sect and throws himself from the fearsome “Hell’s Peak.” But he could have never imagined that this would take him to another world, one without magic, martial arts, and grudges. A land where only the mystical souls of battle lay. The continent of Douro. How will Tang San survive in this unknown environment? With a new road to follow, a new legend begins…

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note: I didn't read the LN, but apparently it's more mature and better explained - dropped at 36 chapters So "Douluo Dalu", or for people who actually want to understand, "Soul land"/"Combat continent" is a manhua that at first looks really promising, but then goes ahead and does everything wrong. Story: The story follows Tang San, a guy who was a prodigy martial artist of the Tang Sect of Hidden Weapons (so he was basically a ninja), who jumps of Hell's Peak to kill himself. After that, he is reincarnated in the "soul land", but he kept his memories  of his previous life. Ths is of course a wonderful idea to create an OP character, because he still remembers all his ninja-techniques, which he begins to train again at the ripe age of 3 years ._.  After this, the author starts turning "soul land" into an RPG-world. Everybody in "soul land" can transform their soul into a unique tool called "spirit essence" (eg. a knife, a hammer, but also ridiculous things like carrots. Physical transformation into a beast is also possible). All 6 year olds are tested to see what their "spirit essence" is, and the level at which they can control it (max = level 10). Of course, the MC has level 10 control, although he has a "junk spirit", which is grass. After that, he reveals to his father that he has a 2nd spirit, a hammer (which is an OP weapon + the fact that he has 2 makes him even more OP). After this his father disappears, but later it is revealed that he (spoiler) is one of the strongest people on the continent (end of spoiler). Because he's lv 10, he's sent to an academy to train, which is also where he meets his love interest Xiao Wu (with whom he becomes sworn siblings, because that's not done before *cough*OnePiece*cough*) and his first master (the Grandmaster), who helps him to make his grass useful by using poison. How to train spirits? Well, kill a monster and absorb his soul. That totally doesn't look like gaining exp in games. There's even a power level system from 0 to 100. After a few years in the academy, Tang San and Xiao Wu join a new academy, the "shrek academy" for monsters (yeah, no kidding). When entering, Tang San show his OPness by being only lv 29 and making a lv 76 guy go all-out. In all, shrek academy has only 7 students. This because team matches at the colosseum (where they fight other humans) are with 7 people, and because our feeble minds can't take too many characters at once. From those 7 people, 2 are support class fighters (told you it's like an RPG), and of course they're all geniuses, because we all love OP characters in our stories. With those students, they go into a forest to fight monsters and train. This is also where Tang San gets a rare power-up (the external spirit bone), because he wasn't OP enough already. After that we get some more training, and some colosseum fights, but nothing special ever happens. Art: the art works nice in sync with some other elements from the story and the characters to make the manhua as attractive as possible... to 10-year olds. Both the character designs as their personalities are so childish, it's hard to keep reading it.  Characters: as said above, they are all really childish. of course, they are really children of about 12 in most of what I've read, but they're still annoyingly childish, while at moments they're supposed to seem mature. Apart from being childish, the characters also have no depth at all. We know who they are on the surface, and something about their basic personalities. But apart from that? They're all just paper cardboards. Another problem I have with both characters and story as a whole is that there is no motivation for anything. These people train to become strong, but what are they aiming for? You need to use your strength for SOMETHING, right? It's quite annoying to see them train, without having a real reason. Overall: OP characters destroy the story, the tone is really immature (strengthened by the art style), and none of the characters have any depth or motivation at all. I would not recommend this manhua. If you really want to read the story, maybe you should try the LN.


DON'T READ THIS go to the light novel much better, you can thank me later. Look this is a goodish manga but it gets a little frustrating if you have read or intend to read the LN, as in the manga they incorrectly name things and the story is changed in little ways that don't seem like it matters but do towards the end which is very frustrating, i highly highly highly recommend watching the anime which is much more accurate and read the LN which is one of my favorites. The LN in much darker and in the manga they make it a little more childish If you really want to read this because you don't wanna read a LN then i suggest you take a look at the wiki as the amazing people behind it have added what's different and have the accurate info for you to help you be less confused Wiki SPOILERS Sorta Oscars: spirit is sausages the other stuff every food item that he makes is s type of sausage. people don't like to eat it cause of the incantation not the smell. Oscars kills the Mirror Image Beast with the help of a friend and some bandits which he kills afterward, and ape does not exist at all Dai Mubai: never unlocks the saga evil eyes spirit it doesn't exist in the LN. his brother still doesn't like him at the end they never make up Tang San: “absorbing the 4th Spirit Ring gave him the darkening mode” never happened there is no “darkening mode”. his fourth spirit ring ability is called "Blue Silver Prison" but in the light novel it is also referred to as "Blue Silver Thrust", and can also be used to pierce enemies from below good to know. Ma Hongjun: not addicted to food but sex and is fat because of his spirit not from eating all the time, he transformation doesn’t exist after he is given the herb by Tang San he loses some weight and his spirit becomes clean thus eliminating the negative effects of him having to satisfy his libido without it killing him. Xiao Wu: Tang San fixed the comb he didn’t buy a new won, and she didn’t fall in love at first sight it was much more gradual. Her mother and father where eaten by a powerful spirit beast when they went to the center of Star Dou Forest. She didn't go until 10,000 years later when she ran into her childhood friends and stayed with them. Ning Rongrong: not much difference except for attitude changes, she didn’t go from mean girl to nice girl she was always a little controlling Zhu Zhuqing: kinda the same a Ning Rongrong.

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