A review of Doupo Cangqiong which is also known as Battle Through The Heavens. Doupo Cangqiong is a martial arts fantasy manhua made by author Tian Can Tu Dou. A brilliant read and full of amazing scenes and charismatic characters.
As of writing this review Doupo Cangqiong is on chapter 316 translated (Mangadex) and chapter 874 on RAWs (Zymk.cn).
What Doupo Cangqiong Is About
Author: Tian Can Tu Dou
Artists: Ren Xiang, JOE
Known As: Battle Through the Heavens, BTTH, Dou Po Cang Qiong, Doupo Cangqiong, Đấu Phá Thương Khung, Fights Break Sphere, Расколотая битвой синева небес, 斗破苍穹
Light Novel: Yes
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Wuxia
A Small Synopsis
The story takes place in the Great Continent of Combat Qi, a place where the strong rule over the weak. The story follows the main protagonist, Xiao Yan, once regarded as the genius of the Xiao Sect. When he’s 15 years old, after mysteriously losing all of his talent and power at the age of 11, Xiao Yan has been shunned by the very people who had previously praised him. It is then made abundantly clear that he is also on the verge of being kicked out of his clan. To make things worse, the arranged fiancee, Na Lan Yan Ran, asks for an annulment of their engagement. Xiao Yan makes a vow to himself to obtain the strength to become the master of his fate.
What Is Good About Doupo Cangqiong
I have to say there are quite a few things that I do like about Battle Through The Heavens. Primarily the things that I do like are the storyline, the art style and the progression of the characters. Each progresses at a very good pace and it doesn’t feel rushed in any way and everything feels like it flows along correctly.
I like how the main protagonist handles his problems and I like that he is determined to be the best, while also being humble and retaining his kindness to those who have been kind to him. Xiao Yan strives to help everyone around him, regardless whether he has known them for a short period and through this mindset, he has managed to grow into someone who leads the Xiao Clan in current chapters.
The art style is very beautiful and the colours used never feel out of place and retain the attention of the reader, in this case, me. I love the vibes the art gives off and I think it’s a perfect adaptation from the original Light Novel.
All the way throughout this manhua you will find witty humour from all the characters, and this in itself – is something which is invaluable to the progression of the characters. The translation has managed to make all translated jokes into things which will make you smile and even things which aren’t a joke and are totally serious can have a twist of witty banter between enemies.
What Is Bad About Doupo Cangqiong
This section will be fairly small as the only thing I don’t like is how repetitive the storyline can get sometimes due to the nature of the villains/bad guys. An example would be the big bad of this manhua/series which is an enemy clan called the Soul Clan. The Soul Clan have had beef with Xiao Yan’s master, Yao Chan, and they are constantly after him and Xiao Yan. If I recall correctly, they appear nearly every 5 chapters in the current up to date manhua, which gets annoying very quickly. With the addition, this also includes the leader of the Yan Sect, where these problems originated from.
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I think my overall conclusion has to be that this is one heck of a manhua and it deserves to be in your library. It is full of great content and it seems to only be getting better and better!
The characters are amazing, the storyline is amazing and the art style is AMAZING. What’s not to love?
Yes, it has some things which others may find annoying, in my case, it was the repetitiveness of the villains. But truth be told, what story doesn’t have these annoying traits?
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