Chinmi is a young Chinese boy devoted to martial arts training. Word of his skill reaches the kung-fu masters at the famous Dailin temple who invite him to study with them. Through his own dedication and the guidance of his teachers, Chinmi becomes one of the top students at the temple. Eventually the time comes for him to leave Dailin and make a pilgrimage. On his journey he faces a number of dangers that test his skills, but he also meets many people who inspire him in different ways. A chastened but determined Chinmi returns to Dailin for advanced training. But soon his skills are needed again—the Mongol hordes are nearing the temple.
I've watched the anime as a kid and even tho my memories of it are vague, it's still a nostalgic show to me. So I figured, "I wanna read the manga for the sake of the weird nostalgia I have for the anime". And damn I didn't expect the manga to be this good, like it's super good. I thought it will be decent at best but man I was wrong. The story is very engaging and easy to follow. Chinmi is very likeable protagonist, seeing him pushing himself to the extreme inspires me and makes me smile. The side characters are also likeable especially Chinmi's mentors. The villains aren't the best but they aren't boring either, and their dynamics with Chinmi makes them stand out. The art is really good especially the paneling. It's dynamic and you don't get tired of the fights thanks to the great paneling. In conclusion, the manga is worth your time, go check it out.
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