Feng Ling Yu Xiu is one of those hidden diamonds we step upon from time to time.
it started as a music video on the chinese video website BiliBili and through crowdfunding it sprung into a pretty wonderfull 12 ep donghua, with cute loveble characters, some classic kung fu fights and a overall interesting plot.
The plot followns the 2 girls Feng Ling and Bai Yuxiu, adventures around the world of Jianghu full of kung fu masters, complicated conspiracies and rather whinsy laws of gravity. In shor terms a classic Wuxia setting.
For those wha are not familiar with the term, wuxia is the classic chinese swashbuckling genre. Chivalrous martial artists fighting the good fight in a loosely imperial China based world.
and Feng Ling Yu Xiu does a wonderfull job within the genre, the tropes are all there but they have enough flavor of its on to avoid being dull, simple copy paste of stablished stuff. The pacing is just right, with equal parts, of heartwarming moments and fights. So if you are a fan of SHoujo-ai go for it, the fights never overshadowns the cute dialogs between the 2 girls, if in other hand you are more into watching some flying kung fu don t worry there is plenty of that too. The story its not by any means super original or revolutonary but a good example of nice execution within a genre's boundaries.
The animation is simple but kind cute and fits the mood pretty well, it just suffers from some identity crises that led to inconsistensies in the first 3 or 4 ep, but all the fights are beatifully animated and the last 2/3 goes smootlhy so nothing that really hurst the overall experience. The sound on other hand is perfect, well i dont speak chinese. But the voice actors never sound mechanic or out of place, the sound effects enhance the fights perfectly and the VA and OST are played right where they should.
The 2 main heroines are perfectly built with believeble personalities, actions and motivations together with a nice development abut their past and relationship. Their chemistry is wonderfull wich leads to both fun and heartwarming moments. Their dinamic is what sets this animation from other material in its genre. The rest of the cast is your all classic wuxia tropes, but as i said before not to the point of being dull. Even if the show doesnt work too much on the rest of the cast, they have enough of its own quirks and motivations to keep the plot moving.
so if you like SHoujo-ai, kung fu or both watch it without fear. Hell, even if you're not into them you'll probably like it.
and dont forget to watch it on its youtube channel to give the creators some support.