For all you anime and Esports fans out there, we've got some exciting news! It may not be the League of Legends anime that we have all been hoping for, but it appears that we are getting an anime about Esports. To be exact, it will be an anime following the life of a player who has been kicked off of his team and his journey to reclaim his former glory.
The anime, Quan Zhi Gao Shou aka The King's Avatar, is based off an already completed 1728 chapter Chinese Web Novel series written by Butterfly Blue that received a comic adaptation. The Chinese business giant, Tencent in a joint production with Yuewen.com will be turning it into an anime in 2017.
It is appropriate for Tencent to be the ones to produce an Esports anime, especially one where the main character's game of choice happens to also be MOBA whose elements and characters are reminiscent to those of League of Legends. Currently, a promo video has been released showcasing characters, the art style, and beautifully choreographed music score.
The King's Avatar is a story that follows Ye Xiu, a pro-player of a game known as Glory, and his life after being kicked off of his team and refusing to become a substitute player. After leaving the professional scene we find Ye Xiu working at an Internet Café, but this is when his adventure truly begins.
Ye Xiu's favourite MOBA, Glory. launches its 10th server which prompts the former pro-player to give the game one last try. It ultimately triggers his past experiences and lingering memories of fame him and catapults him onto a quest to reclaim his former glory.
In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the pro scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he throws himself in to the game once more. Possessing ten years of experience, the memories of his past, and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!
After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return!Not only do we get scenes featuring the life of Ye Xui and his former teammates, but there are also beautifully crafted in-game moments showing characters in the midst of battle. Some people say they find the Chinese language jarring, but for many this can be overlooked as the artwork resembles that of UFOtable. Following a successful manga of 1728 chapters and having such a large amount of funding from Tencent, there are high expectations for The King's Avatar anime coming 2017.
If you really wanted to see an anime about League of Legends champions and them duking it out, this fanmade video is almost as good as it gets for now:
Image credit: Yuwen