“Return of the Blossoming Blade” (also known as “Return of the Mount Hua Sect“, “Return of the Flowery Mountain Sect“, “Return of the Huashan Sect“, “Return of Sword Master“) is a gem to be explored in the realm of webtoons. Authored by Biga and splendidly illustrated by LICO, the series has been engaging readers since it was first published on Naver and its English version on LINE Webtoon.
“Return of the Blossoming Blade” is an ongoing webtoon that takes us on a journey with Cheongmyeong of the Mount Hua Sect. He wakes up after a century with his last memories that of an intense battle against the Leader of the Demonic Cult, Cheonma. This battle was almost the end of the Ten Great Sects of ancient China. Even though Cheongmyeong managed to end the fight by defeating Cheonma, he suffered heavy injuries and eventually succumbed. However, his story didn’t end there, as he awakens to a second chance at life in a new body. After realizing he’s in a new body, he went on to search for the sect of which he used to be a part of, only to find out that his sect, one of the Ten Great Sects of ancient China, was reduced to nothing but a small and impoverished sect. Shocked by the condition of the Mount Hua Sect, he embarks on a mission to restore its former glory.
My Personal Opinion and Analysis
The first thing I want to talk about is the art style of this series. “Return of the Blossoming Blade” is a standout. The illustrator, LICO, has brought forth one of the most refined, unique, and recognizable art styles in Manhwas with Murim themes. The Illustrator is astronomically good at conveying emotions on characters’ faces and movements through their drawing. Each character is drawn in artistically unique but subtle designs and each character has their own quirks that allow them to be able to showcase the different personalities that each character has. Especially our main protagonist, Cheongmyeong. He’s anything but what you would expect a Taoist martial artist to be and that’s part of what makes him likeable. He doesn’t hold back and he loves to beat people. He is half the reason why this series is so fun to read.
The series thrives in its action scenes because this series is an action series through and through. Being an action-oriented webtoon, the main story revolves around the fights that the characters, especially our protagonist Cheongmyeong, engage in. The choreography in each battle is fantastic. The force and the atmosphere of each fight vary from each other and the illustrator is able to flesh out each fight with interesting dialogues and martial moves that each character uses. The main character is understandably very skilled in comparison to everyone else but the fights between him and his opponent never feel cheap or unsatisfying.
The tonal shifts in the series are seamless. There’s a good dose of comedy, but it doesn’t undermine the overall atmosphere of the series. Even though it might not be the most comedic series out there, its humor is fresh and doesn’t distract from the narrative. The balance between serious and lighthearted moments is well-maintained, ensuring a smooth storytelling experience without it feeling forced or out of place.
Lastly, if you enjoy seeing protagonists deliver justice to characters who get under your skin, this is the series for you. It’s always a joy for me to see these annoying characters get absolutely shitted on by Cheongmyeong. A definite series for action fans and anyone who revels in seeing annoying characters get what’s coming to them
In conclusion, “Return of the Blossoming Blade” serves up a winning combination of art, action, and humor. Its engaging storytelling and unique artistic style make it a must-read for any webtoon fan.
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