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Anime / Donghua To Check Out If You Love “Mo Dao Zu Shi”

The wild and tragic yet utterly romantic love story between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji had finally come to a beautiful conclusion. Their intimate relationship stood the test of time, and they proved that no force in the universe – not even the gates of Hades itself – can sever the bond that they forged for each other.

We all love the pair we fondly call “WangXian” (a portmanteau of their names and the title of the song Lan Wangji played for Wei Wuxian once), but their tale must come to an end, too. If you’re still couldn’t move on, you might want to check out a few other anime shows or donghua that follow a similar storyline. Here are a few series that you might like if you love Mo Dao Zu Shi.

Yi Nian Yong Heng

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Yin Nian Yong Heng is a pretty chill story about cultivating families.

Like Mo Dao Zu Shi, this donghua features clans and characters training hard to cultivate their skills. However, Yi Nian Yong Heng has a pretty laid-back and wholesome approach to the wuxia genre. There wasn’t any rivalry between the main characters, and the villain is pretty much apparent from the start. But even if that’s the case, the show still manages to create a mysterious appeal to its viewers, which made it extra exciting.

Honoo no Mirage

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Honoo no Mirage, released in 2002, was among the earliest shows that featured romantic relationships between two boys.

A classic anime made by Madhouse, Honoo no Mirage features a young high school student who develops a split personality after learning that he was the reincarnation of “Lord Kagetora.” He once only wanted to protect his loved ones and best friend, but he soon became enveloped in the tumultuous path that was given to him by fate. Later, he found himself totally engrossed in exorcising spirits, too.

Tian Guan Ci Fu

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Tian Guan Ci Fu also features a romantic love story that stood the test of time.

Among all donghua and anime shows out there, Tian Guan Ci Fu seems to be the most similar to Mo Dao Zu Shi. Both of them have strong male leads who end up falling in love with each other even after one of them dies and the other was forced to wait for a long time. There are other uncanny similarities, too, and the main reason for that is the fact that both of them were derived from novels written by the prolific Chinese novelist, Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.

However, even though the two shows resemble each other, there are still unique elements in Tian Guan Ci Fu that aren’t present in Mo Dao Zu Shi (and vice versa). That’s what makes both of the shows super exciting to watch!

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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If you love Mo Dao Zu Shi for its take on politics, you might like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress too.

The two shows are carried by politically charged plots, although it’s much more apparent in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Aside from that, both shows have incredibly pwoerful main characters. The way they are animated are different, but both of them include very fluid fight scenes and impressive animation in general.

Ling Qi

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Ling Qi is also popularly known as “SpiritPact.”

A lot of people were hooked to Mo Dao Zu Shi because of the tumultuous love story between the two MCs. If you’re one of those people, you’ll surely love Ling Qi too. The anime features two people who seemed to be incomplete without the other. Both of their powers are needed to exorcise the evils that surround them every day.

What Did We Miss?

Do you think there are other anime shows or donghua that are like Mo Dao Zu Shi? Sure, there might be a lot more! If you know an example, feel free to comment them down below, and let’s have a discussion! #

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