少林僧兵

6 10 2015

the_shaolin_warriors

English title: The Shaolin Warriors
Number of episodes: 34
Some info @ QQ (Simplified Chinese)

What’s with me and picking up older series recently? I don’t know, but here’s another one which I took quite a few weeks to finish due to the way I had decided to clear it after commencing watching activity. Anyhow, there’s a couple of local artistes who participated in this series though I don’t think it’s really a collaboration that involved the local broadcasting company.

Nonetheless, the 2 of them have relatively important roles in the show, probably considered as a main character of sorts though none of them play monks as the title suggests. Of course, as you might easily see from the title, there will be monks who are also going to be soldiers in this story and hence it is not surprising that the key characters really come from there. There are indeed some of those teachings stuff or at least they sound like something of that type. At least they tried to integrate in such a manner that it doesn’t make it all that dull and dry but I suppose there will be some viewers would rather have more action or whatever. Lol.

The general idea of the story I would say is fairly predictable and some of the events that will happen a number of episodes ahead can be foreseen though I admit there were a few developments that didn’t quite go the way I had expected. But overall, it still has its valid aspects and good things about it. Of course, for those who are looking for fights, there are a number of action sequences to keep you company throughout the series.

I know that these Chinese series often have voice dubs over them and I am usually not particularly bothered when it’s dubbing mandarin over mandarin. However, when you try to dub Japanese over presumably mandarin original voice to better depict the characters’ interaction, it just feels really odd. Could never get over this since a long time ago. Oh well, good thing this portion isn’t that much, but still enough to annoy me. Heh.
While it probably isn’t the most fantastic series I have watched recently, but it does have some elements that are pretty decent with a mixture of its own shortcomings. So depending on how forgiving you are, how you would find this series will also be different accordingly. Well then, on to the next show. Wonder what’s in store for me.

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