Martial Universe 武动乾坤 is a 60-episode Chinese TV series adapted from Wu Dong Qian Kun, the novel by bestselling author Tian Can Tu Dou 天蚕土豆 that was published in 2011 and viewed over 32 million times months after its release. Update: The series is split into season 1 and season 2 with 40 and 20 episodes respectively.
It tells an fantasy adventure that resonates with the male demographics born in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, which perhaps is due to its captivating underdog story about a young man under-appreciated by his own tribe who goes on an epic adventure after chancing upon a stone talisman that changes his life.
Novels with a huge fandom such as this usually invite overwhelming expectations, yet netizens seem to have given a big thumbs up to both Yang Yang and Crystal Zhang. Unfortunately, the initially positive response seem to have turned sour due to controversies surrounding the cast. Furthermore, filming had to be delayed after Yang Yang got injured.
The show had to go on, and I’m glad they managed to pull through. Fantasy dramas are a dime a dozen nowadays, but I have to admit, this one manages to look different with a very unique aesthetic.
It stars Yang Yang (Just One Smile is Very Alluring), Crystal Zhang (Go Princess Go), Wu Chun (Guardians of the Tomb), Wang Li Kun (The Gods), Ashton Chen (Son of Hero) and Liu Yan (Royal Highness).
Release Date: Season 1 August 7, 2018 Dragon TV, Youku (two episodes every Tuesday to Thursday at 10pm) and Season 2 October 11, 2018 Youku
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