“The Land of Miracles” First Impressions (Ep.1 & 2)

Adapted from the web novel of the same name by Tang Jia San Shao, The Land of Miracles (Shen Lan Qi Yu Wushuang Zhu) donghua is a beautifully animated project that opens with two young boys, Lan Ge and Fan Hua.

From two different regions inside The Land of Miracles, Lan Ge and Fan Hua are both gifted with remarkable abilities. As young adults, they find themselves pitted against each other while seeking out the Peerless Pearl among the Seven Gods Pearls.

The first two episodes primarily world builds, setting up the fantastical backstory and politics behind the series. As we are introduced to each main character, we discover quickly that the Legal Domain’s Fan Hua is the level-headed, stoic lead. Thunder City’s Lan Ge is extroverted and friendly with a touch of arrogance that manages to be charming rather than overbearing. This extreme personality contrast creates a fun, intense dynamic between them, making their journey much more exciting.

I have a soft spot for stories that involve quests. Heroic adventures not only throw a myriad of obstacles at the leads, they also allow those same characters to grow in remarkable ways. Where that growth takes them and what kind of relationship develops depends much on their connection and what they try to achieve. Based on the first two episodes alone, Lan Ge and Fan Hua are off to a tense, chemistry-filled start with an exciting quest to fulfill and other rivals coming into play.

While the first two episodes’ combined forty-five minutes reveal little other than who each is and how they got to where they are headed, it never feels slow. It’s well-paced and alluring, and I’m excited to see where their initial journey seeking the Peerless Pearl ultimately takes them now that they are linked.

For an animated series full of adventure with contrasting leads, check out The Land of Miracles now on iQiyi.

Rating- 4 out of 5

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