A popular Chinese web novel is joining the ranks of isekai donghua as Library of Heaven’s Path or Tiandao Tushuguan is finally adapted into a Chinese animation project as part of the Tencent Video Animation lineup for 2022-2023.
The 2022 Tencent Video Animation Annual Conference has unveiled its list of upcoming donghua and the series is one of them. Adapted from the well-received Chinese cultivation novel of the same name by Heng Sao Tian Ya in 2016.
As opposed to the high fantasy or xinxia story, Library of Heaven’s Path is more inclined to a xuanhuan story or mysterious fantasy on which influenced by non-Chinese elements can also be found. This is rather one of those few non-romance cultivation donghua we’ll have and I think it is quite similar to another upcoming donghua from Tencent called Cultivation Chat Group.
The story features common tropes like the MC hiding his true identity and real power, transmigration or isekai plot, and a rather unique or cheat skills that actually reminds me of Rimuru Tempest’s reincarnation journey to another world.
Traversing into another world, Zhang Xuan finds himself becoming an honorable teacher. Along with his transcension, a mysterious library appears in his mind. As long as it is something he has seen, regardless of whether it is a human or an object, a book on its weaknesses will be automatically compiled in the library. Thus, he becomes formidable.Source: Anilist
Aside from the donghua adaptation, the novel was also adapted into a manhua in 2021 by Cheng Xiaojun and Ban Diao Zi Tu with the original story credited to Heng Sao Tian Ya.
Animation Studio & Release Date
The studio behind Stellar Transformations and Perfect World, Foch is handling its production. I feel at ease knowing this since the studio excels in doing cultivation donghua and their work simply gets better through the years. Yuewen Animation & Comics is producing the series along with Tencent Penguin Pictures.