We’re taking one step further into the realm of the virtual world as one of Butterfly Blue’s novels also gets a donghua adaptation which was previously announced by Tencent during their annual event in 2021. Now, a year after, during their 2022 event, a new trailer for Virtual World: Close Combat Mage (Jin Zhan Fashi) donghua adaptation was unveiled.
The new trailer gives off the same feels as The King’s Avatar, another donghua adapted from a novel of Butterfly Blue, and also revolves around video games – it’s more of an e-sports story and adventure though. Meanwhile, this new donghua is bringing us all deeper into the virtual world of gaming. A story that will surely capture the attention of many videos or MMORPG gamers out there as well as those fans of anime like Sword Art Online and similar series.
Virtual World: Close Combat Mage
What makes this story amazing is that it all started with a mistake, a mistake that will lead to something exciting. Imagine being an expert in something but eventually choosing the exact opposite of your expertise when choosing your avatar or role in an MMORPG. That obviously sucks, but sometimes, such scenarios bring us to places or adventures we never thought we needed or enjoyed, right?
Virtual World: Close Combat Mage donghua will follow such a plot and upon watching its latest trailer, it truly gives off some real MMORPG vibe now. It will remind you immediately of The King’s Avatar which is coming back for its 3rd season soon, but this new donghua is a story in its own league too and its own adventure to tell.
Due to a mistake on his student’s part, a super Martial Artist received the wrong class in an online game and has become a mage. He, who was used to curbing violence with violence and using strength to subdue strength, could only make the best out of this mistake. Taking on a new lease in life, he became a violent close combat mage. When strength and magic came perfectly together, a new gaming path had been opened by him!
While it may look like we are watching a different version of Ye Xiu, we should differentiate that this donghua has its own redeeming factor and respective strengths. With studio 2:10 Animation handling its production, I felt at ease that we can have a decent animation for this high-maintenance donghua that needs some real and proper animation quality.
The upcoming anime is adapted from a Chinese web novel of the same title, and it was even first published in The King’s Avatar in 2008. The novel was also adapted into a manhua under the same title in 2015 and you guys can read it on Webnovel.