GDC Donghua (Anime)

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We announced earlier today where you can watch the first episode of the new donghua with English subtitles!


Most of us in the group have already watched it several times! There is no schedule for the episodes to be released but make sure to say thank you to the team making it available for those of us who don’t understand a lick of Chinese!



DONGHUA: (Anime)






GDC Chapter 55
GDC Chapter 56

65 thoughts on “GDC Donghua (Anime)

  1. I actually watched until ep 2 in chinese..i dont care if i dont understand.. any thoughts about the animation??the background was beautiful… Im just not used to the characters movements..but im not being negative.. i love it.. i will love no matter what ..

  2. How did you watch the dongue? I clicked on the link and saw an announcement t page but couldn’t figure out how to actually watch the episode there! I’ve bern hoping for an anime on this forever and I’m so excited and want to watch! Do you have a link you could send me pleeesssee!!

  3. I absolutely LOVE the music. Esprcially that scene where LWJ took down the arm. Urg. Shivers down my spine!
    I love how they got someone to play WWX’s “terrible bamboo xiao noises” and they’re so hauntingly bad but good? like. Urg.
    They spent a lot on the background art and the historical feel of everything, but I wish there were more animated background characters. They cut everyone nonessential out and it definitely has a weirder feel.

      1. Right? idk how much it takes to animate a few more Lan disciples, but that world feels underpopulated right now.
        I’m not happy at the plot switch. But after thinking about it, they needed to speed things up, so this is how. 🙁 I wish they spent less thing with extra scenes of the donkey though. The donkey isn’t that important. introducing Lan Sizhui and Lan Jingyi is more important. It took me a few seconds to figure out who was who. And they’re key minor characters that new fans should know.

    1. i agree with you… i prefer the flute play in audio drama at maofm (T_T) this anime move too fast soon will arrive to chap 52-so on… i watch the trailer of episode 3… i hope they don’t cut off song lan and xiao xing chen story… i love Yi city story.
      most of humour sentences was axed…

  4. I don’t do tumblr anymore because I find the BL community likes to take jab at each other in a very unfriendly way so I appreciate you post this here.

    Watch it and I love the animation, it’s beautiful although I watched it first in low resolution before I found out there higher resolution setting available LOL.

    Admittedly I haven’t read the novel because I’m hoping you guys would release it in pdf eventually hopefully but right now i’ll go ahead with manhwa first =).

  5. Maybe im used to japanese anime..but isnt the movement of the characters not smooth?? Thats one of the things that i lang wang ji was not as ethereal as i expected…

    1. It’s the first episode. Maybe it’ll get better as the season progresses?
      I think the fight scenes were weird. Watching them almost gave me a headache.
      It feels a little lacking compared to Japanese anime, but it’s a pretty good episode overall 🙂

      1. Hmmm…..really?! Compare to majority japanese anime around 10 years ago maybe, but today’s standard….I don’t think so. After watching all 3 eps I can safely say that the visual quality of GDC donghua is still much better than 60% anime’s output this season. Sure China is still quite new with their donghua progress, compare to Japan with their long history of animation progress, but today’s anime condition is strive with what I call “too many output not enough animators” because of the new height of streaming anime boom.

        Have you seen all of their 1/2 eps of each new title this season….and tell me honestly that GDC visual quality is actually below stuff like Yume Oukoku, Senjuushi (dear lord…at least Katsugeki Touranbu had those gorgeous Ufotable visual), Phantom in Twilight, Holmes Kyoto, Kakuriyo, etc…etc not to mention those horrid Dynamic Chord (Boyband anime)>_< I think so far GDC's visual is quite honestly above those titles despite they're Japanese productions. Sure, this is still nowhere near the top notch Japanese studio productions like Kyo-ani stuff, Bones, IG, etc…but I never set my expectations that high considering that their history with donghua is still practically brand new compare to Japanese ones, and so far I'm quite satisfied with the overall output despite its flaw here and there.

        I just hope the studio can manage the quality throughout all their runs for this 1st season.

  6. I already watched episode 1 and 2 since I understand Chinese. It so freaking good. I seriously fell in love with the songs and sound coming out of the bamboo flutes and zither. I just love Chinese Traditional instruments and music. The animation was amazing. And the voice of each character fit so well. I can’t wait for the next episode to come out.

  7. Hah!! Guess i should have posted here instead of…gee now i can’t remember?? LMW 470 or GDC 55… Anyway i want to thank you for the link to the anime! It is actually ok considering all the changes. Most r ok i can deal with those, but the 23yrs WWXs passing—Uhuh! That change is gonna interfere with certain story developements such as Lin Jings story. Anyway Thank You again!!

      1. Oh thank you for clearing that up! Was not sure if it was the anime creators or the translators…anyway-PROPS to translators and their greatly appreciated efforts! Without them these translations would not be possible!!

  8. I just watched the first episode today and absolutely loved it! (Probably because I love this novel and the characters already so seeing it in animation is exciting) I can’t wait to see what else the animation will have in store but I already love Wei Ying in there as well as the appearance of Lan Zhan!

  9. Thank you for sharing, I didn’t know that its already out, btw, I found this video on Youtube, can someone help me identify if this video is a real live action of GDC?

    1. Hi! Sorry if i am intruding. If i am not mistaken these vids are “fan-based” with amateur actors. There are at least 2 or 3 versions with different actors. However some actors are the same depending on which one u watch. Also there are several versions in anime and some in CGI (almost like gamers version). I have tried looking for complete versions cause i wanted to purchase them but was told that bcoz they r fan based they were not for sale (😞😞). Sally Warrick has translated a few on YouTube…its great!! Well thanks for reading this!

  10. I just watched the video. Superbly done, and it would be soooo great if it really was the live action for GDC, but I saw the scenes from “Just one smile if very alluring” edited into it (Dashen Xiao Nai was casted as Young Master of the GuSu Lan Sect, Lan Zhan), so I don’t think it is a legit trailer, unless they really plan to cast the same actor for the two roles.

  11. I watched ep 1 and Id say im impressed how chinese animations improved. To people saying that they do not like the anime version of gdc bc they changed the plot i think you should stick with the book. I personally enjoyed it and this is my second chinese animation only that ive watched ever, after other chi-anime I forgot the same of. Since I usually watch either korean or japanese voices other than english(+2 other languages) it will take sometime to get used to chinese but over all I liked it even with changes to some scenes. I actually like the differences bc you can either choose whichever version (novel, manga or anime) to read or watch. Im overall grateful that gdc even got an anime.

  12. I totally love the melody of WWXs flute and LWJ guqin, fits their character to perfection.
    Hope we can enjoy the full ost, so we can float in harmony while reading the novel.

  13. The animation for ep1 is better than expected!

    My first thought was WWX has very big, beautiful eyes haha 😊
    And then I noticed that the donghua must have been by the same people that made The King’s Avatar.

    I love his silly ahoge!

    This is my first time watching a donghua and it feels like Chinese is spoken more quickly than Japanese. I was worried that I was watching at 1.25 speed lol! The story pacing didn’t help either. Instead of starting out calm when WWX returned, it was more like consistently jogging. I wonder if the story was understandable to people that didn’t read the novel.

    I like that they changed it so WWX doesn’t have to escape his room, and didn’t have to waste time with servants. I’m sad that they removed the good parts where the disciples are baffled by WWX’s crazy behavior though. Like when he made his entrance, as well as the whole stealing the flag scene. Those made the disciples more youthful and human.

    Still, I really enjoyed it! LWJ’s entrance was so beautiful.

  14. Hi thanksthanks! Ill wait to watch ep. 2 translated toó, ep 2 is beatifull.. Bit i dont understand chinese (I watched it even I didnt understand haga)

  15. thank you for sharing this gem.. I no longer able to access Tumblr since it has been blocked by the gov last year.

    Truly a blessing having this site still accessible and generous.

    ExR you are all the best..

    I love the art.. Actually I thougt LMW would be adapted to anime first before GDC because there are many anime factor in the story but I guess the Boss vulgarity may hinder the broadcast permission..heheheh.. While in the other hand GDC subtle romance may be accepted easier.

    The ending OST is beautiful, my heart vibrate within the song. This anime is going to be big hit. More people will fall in love with GDC. This novel can build strong emotional bond with most of reader, added with fantastic animation arts that would be a masterpiece.

  16. I was wondering when you guys were going to post about it here lol I’m not really on tumblr so I missed your post but I’d been checking (in the comments section on mangago of all places lol) for the animation and found it in Chinese on the 9th! I was so thrilled to find TWO eps! And they’re so long compared to Japanese anime. The music is amazing too! Heeee! I’m super excited to see the subbed ep 2 now.

    The donghua is absolutely gorgeous and I do understand why they had to cut some content. Thanks to your incredible translations I already knew what was going on though! Now I’m re-reading the novel haha

    Thank you so much for your hard work on this series. I would never have gotten so invested without you bringing to light the author’s fantastic work.

  17. I saw the anime and I’m dying to see the new episode!!
    And i watched the video, beautifully made!! 😍😍😍😍
    I hope this turn a live action indeed!!

    Thanks for the news!

  18. OMG I love the first episode of GDC. Yes there were some changes from the original story, but almost all adaptations from books are like that. The directors and producers tend to cut out “filler” to make for a more cinematic flow, so while reading about certain scenes was enjoyable as a reader, I can understand the cuts for pacing sake. I will say I have been a bit spoiled watching anime where the dialogue is spoken slower, so I missed a few lines here and there, but over all I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait for the next episode!

  19. they really messed up the story too much. lots of work went into the scenery but quite disappointing in terms of art and story line. they really shouldn’t have messed up with the important parts and people. still gonna watch tho. hopefully they get better with each ep

  20. Wow, thank you! It got translated a lot faster than I expected! I was a little surprised/mildly disappointed at the things they changed (they kind of skipped Mo XuanYu’s backstory, it wasn’t really much of a mystery and WWX didn’t get to show off his knowledge as much) but at least LWJ appeared. Now that I think about it, he only personally shows up several chapters in the novel. Plus the Lan disciples get to do some fighting. Looking forward to the next episode!

  21. BL’s main readers are female. Donghua wants to draw all audience. So focusing on joke and game-like action stuff makes sense.

    From a live Q&A session between the donghua producers and fans, donghua’s timeline is different from the book: More chronological. Once season 1 starts showing past stories, it’ll stay there. Fans guess that season 1 will end with the Siege of Burial Mound.

  22. To the great translators at ExiledRebels…can someone please tell where i can buy the novel. Also is the entire anime out or is it only in episodes? Coz i would like to purchase that too if possible. Thank You for your help and your great translations!!

  23. Thx a million times! *bow* I’ve watched it with non-sub but still found it funny even though they changed several scenes from the novel. This anime is sooooo beautiful.

  24. The animation, music , and how the voices of the actors suited each of the characters was awsome.

    What seemed weird was how they cut out certain events and characters that appeared in the novel. It’s interesting though, and it’s understandable that they’d want a shorter workload seeing as the novel consists of 160~ chapters.

    Thanks to everyone involved in providing english subtitles of the GDC donghua!

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