Soul Land, one of several new Chinese anime series that have recently gotten a buzz in the headlines, is undoubtedly the one not to miss and is well worth your time.
Unlike Japanese anime, Soul Land’s 3D animation may not first pique your interest, but stick with it till the end of the seasons, and you will crave more episodes.
Adapted from light novel series called Douluo Dalu, when translated, it is written as Soul Land.
From the Chinese cultivation theme to the nonstop happening world of wuxia, this series has everything you want in a fantasy genre and is yet to disappoint fans with a single dry, unexciting moment.
Soul Land has completed nine seasons since its premier in 2018, and the tenth season is currently running. Popularly called Douluo Dalu, Soul Land stands tall with Chinese pride among the giants of the Asian animation industry.
The complex animation style and the flashy fights are beautifully knitted with compelling storytelling in 3D. No wonder, Soul Land has landed with such a bang in everybody’s palette for new amusement.
Let us know more about this fantastic series, and let me give you a guide on how to look for it.
1. Release Order
Seasons are listed in this section according to when they were released.
- Douluo Dalu (also known as Soul land) (2018)
- Douluo Dalu: Jingying Sai (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 2 or Soul Land 2nd season) (2018-19)
- Douluo Dalu: Hao Tian Yang Wei (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 3 or Soul Land 3rd season) (2019-20)
- Douluo Dalu: Qian Hua Xi Jin (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 4 or Soul Land 4th season) (2020)
- Douluo Dalu: Xiaowu Juebie (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 5 or Soul Land 5th season) (2020)
- Douluo Dalu: Xingdou Xian Ji Pian (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 6 or Soul Land 6th season) (2020)
- Douluo Dalu: Hanhai Qian Kun (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 7 or Soul Land 7th season) (2020-21)
- Douluo Dalu: Haishen Zhi Guang (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 8 or Soul Land 8th season) (2021)
- Douluo Dalu: Shan Yu Yu Lai (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 9 or Soul Land 9th season) (2021)
- Douluo Dalu: Chongfan Haotian (also known as Douluo Dalu 1st season Part 10 or Soul Land 10th season) (2021-ongoing)
The shown release order is the preferred way to watch all of the Soul Land seasons, and fortunately, this is also the chronological order to watch this series.
Soul Land may strike viewers who are accustomed to seeing 2D animation as an uninteresting sequence of events. Watching the 3D aspect of it will definitely feel like you are watching a video game.
But, I guess this separated them and made them unique, something different from the niche. If the story works and the animation is perfect, it doesn’t matter what medium you watch it. It will amuse you to your bone, and trust me, it will.
Chinese animation, or as they say Donghua, has been a lesser-known part of the animation world.
Given that Japanese anime has dominated the attention, there is no doubt that Donghua has been gracing us with stories and animation that are on par with the rest of the world.
3. How Much Time Will It Take To Watch Soul Land?
Considering all the seasons, including the currently running season, you are looking at a total of 3440 minutes of runtime, which is 57 hours and 20 minutes.
It is roughly two days of complete binge-watching.
Let me give you the runtimes of each season and the total episode of each season.
- Douluo Dalu (26 episodes): 520 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Jingying Sai (52 episodes): 1040 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Hao Tian Yang Wei (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Qian Hua Xi Jin (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Xiaowu Juebie (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Xingdou Xian Ji Pian (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Hanhai Qian Kun (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Haishen Zhi Guang (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Shan Yu Yu Lai (13 episodes): 260 minutes
- Douluo Dalu: Chongfan Haotian (ongoing) (three episodes has been released): 60 minutes
4. Where To Watch Soul Land With Subtitles or Dubbed?
When it comes to watching Chinese animation, often we face the problem of watching it on any legal site. There aren’t many legal sites where you could enjoy a good donghua, yet many pirate sites are ready to tickle your temptation.
Fortunately, Soul Land is available to see on Tencent Video Animation’s official page with English subtitles. Soul Land is also available to watch on WeTv, a legal site for viewers outside of China to watch this anime.
5. Can You Download And Watch Soul Land Offline?
Even though Tencent Video Animation is a legal Youtube channel, they have not provided the download option for the viewers yet.
So, if you were planning on downloading the episodes and watching them whenever and wherever you want, I apologize for disappointing you.
6. About Soul Land
Soul Land also known as Douluo Dalu is an adaptation of the Chinese light novel of the same title, written by Tang Jia San Shao.
Tang San is one of Tang Sect martial art clan’s most prestigious disciples and peerless in the use of hidden weapons. With high expectations, the sect’s elders believe his future will be bright; yet Tang chooses to forsake this life at the cost of obtaining the sect’s forbidden lore—an action punishable by death.
Tang, now content with his ascension of knowledge, sees no reason to keep on living and jumps from Hell’s Peak, but little did he know that that would not be the end of his existence.