A review of Tang Jia San Shao’s “Soul Land (斗罗大陆)” which is also known as Douluo Dalu. The manhua is about a reincarnated genius who retains his memories of his past life. He is given a junk spirit and is laughed at by everyone around him… until he meets his master!
At first, I was a little unsure of Soul Land… however, after the first few chapters – it began to grow on me and the characters were pretty easy to follow/get used to.
There are a lot of hidden secrets and things aren’t as simple as they seem… but to find out more you’ll just have to read it yourself!
What Soul Land (斗罗大陆) Is About
A Small Synopsis
Talented genius, Tang San of the great Tang Sect is pressured into jumping off a cliff and committing suicide. He is reborn into another world, Soul Land, which is filled with essence spirits (martial soul). At age 6, everyone in this world will obtain their very own essence spirit through awakening. The spirits can take many forms, such as weapons, tools, plants and animals. Tang is given the worst of the worst “junk” spirit… but what happens next will change his peaceful life completely and he will become a genius once again.
What Is Good About Soul Land (斗罗大陆)
As expected of a Tang Jia San Shao story, it’s simply excellent – it has a wide variety of detail explaining everything it possibly can so you can really get a nice vivid image of what things are and how things work.
The manhua itself is easy to follow and isn’t filled with overly exaggerated artwork which can usually take the reader away from the main story.
The chapter length is perfect and it always ends at a correct moment which means if you wanted to take a break from reading, you wouldn’t be missing too much!
What Is Bad About Soul Land (斗罗大陆)
Depending on whether you have read the MangaToon version or a scanlation… the translations seem to vary and although the fan-translated versions appear to be more correct, they also miss certain things which the official versions include.
I’ve noticed that there have been quite a lot of repetitive fights… where it almost seems like Tang San will only use his OP moves and just end battles like there’s no tomorrow. This isn’t a major criticism… but it can be a little off-putting after you’ve just seen him battle multiple times in the past few chapters.
This manhua is not too bad, but… I would say it’s not as good as Tang Kia San Shao’s Battle Through The Heavens… with that being said, it’s enjoyable to read and worthy of being in anyone’s manhua collection if they like martial arts style manhua!
As a bonus, this is one of 3 manhua for Soul Land and there are also two additional manhua which are either a side story or based in the same universe.
If you enjoyed this review then you may also enjoy my review on Tales of Demons and Gods.
Let me know if you have read Soul Land or are thinking of picking it up in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and make them aware of this awesome manhua.