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Tencent and DC Impression Vision’s action and fantasy donghua with a bit of sci-fi had been doing quite well and had captured the attention of many donghua viewers since it first premiered on October 4, 2022.

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation donghua

The donghua had been adapted from a Chinese web novel of the same title by author The Enlightened Master Crouching Cow (Wo Niu Zhenren) and had been adapted into a manhua too called Xiuzhen Siwan Nian.


In a world teeming with cultivators, Li Yao, who makes his living collecting scrap metal, encounters the soul of a titan powerhouse from forty thousand years in the past.

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Forty Millenniums of Cultivation is an intriguing donghua and adapted from a well-written novel that we often considered to have plenty of plot holes only to realize that it all comes together as the story progress, all thanks to how the author brilliantly connected the plot in a solid manner.

As one of the most spectacular stories we had from a Chinese animation this year, many fans had been craving more and wishes to discover similar stories to it. Hence, we have prepared a list of our top recommended donghua or Chinese anime like Forty Millenniums of Cultivation in this post exclusively for you.

Swallowed Star

Chinese Anime Like Forty Millenniums of Cultivation (Xing Yu Siwan Nian) - Swallowed Star
Swallowed Star’s MC Luo Feng

Tunshi Xingkong | First on the list is the action and fantasy donghua with every bit of a science-fiction in its plot and that is Swallowed Star from Sparkly Key Animation and Chinese author I Eat Tomatoes. Just like Forty Millenniums of Cultivation where the cultivation and sci-fi plots are beautifully combined, Swallowed Star also offers the same vibe set in a post-apocalyptic era.

Martial Universe

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Next is Martial Universe (Wu Dong Qian Kun) which had been animated by the same studio as Forty Millenniums of Cultivation, DC Impression Vision which did a decent job of handling the 3rd season of this donghua this 2022. Martial Universe is a popular display of mysterious fantasy sub-genre or what we called xuanhuan to which the Forty Millenniums of Cultivation also belongs. It follows the journey of Lin Dong as he strengthens his abilities so he can regain the honor of his family and in the process, achieved strength, enough to rival fate and breakthrough to a higher dimension in the end.

A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality

Mortal's Journey to Immortality Season 3
A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality’s MC, Han Li

Here’s a rather underrated donghua that slowly gets the recognition that it deserves recently, A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality has a rather smart MC despite having no innate talents but just like Li Yao from Forty Millenniums of Cultivation, he perseveres, honed his skills, and paved his own path towards becoming a powerful being on his own.

Soul Land

Soul Land Episode 197 Tang San
Soul Land’s MC, Tang San

While I think that the animation had already passed its prime (quality-wise) as I felt like the hyped around this donghua has already ripe, Soul Land is a beautiful combination of mysterious fantasy (xuanhuan) and science fiction. Despite his godly powers, Tang San still relies somehow on his hidden weapons, and just like Li Yao, he is brilliantly smart and resourceful.

Way of Choices

Coming next is Way of Choices or also known as Fighter of Destiny. A story about making choices and watching how these choices unfold and ignite a fantastic adventure. There’s cultivation and drama in this Chinese action anime in 2D format, the first 2D in this list of recommendations.

Carp Reborn

Carp Reborn
Carp Reborn

Yuan Long | Here comes an isekai story, a military personnel finds himself in an unknown world of fantasy and here, he must survive despite being unlucky in possessing what be considered the most useless spirit in that world. With grit and wit, he has to exert effort to strengthen himself and occupied a space in this new world where strength and power is the only thing that matter.

Perfect World

Perfect World anime
Perfect World’s MC, Shi Hao

Wanmei Shijie | One of the most hilarious, adorable, and laid-back Chinese donghua MCs we had is Shi Hao from Perfect World. The donghua had been one of the most popular series of Bilibili this 2022 and it follows the quest for vengeance of Shi Hao and how various tribulations will get him stronger than ever to face powerful foes that come his way.

Spirit Realm

A story of awakening, Spirit Realm shares a lot of antics with many popular donghua out there such as having an MC who was able to inherit special powers, talents, or bloodline. The donghua follows how he’ll use his powers to race to the top and protect what truly matters to him.


Apotheosis donghua concept art

From being a prodigy and becoming a lowly slave, Apotheosis is the journey of how luck and fate play a significant role in the rise of the human heart. This is the story of creating a legend for oneself and reaching the peak of the cultivation world through hard work, grit, wit, and fate shaping to get things heated up.

Lord of the Mysteries

Coming next is an upcoming donghua from Colored-Pencil Animation, adapted from a well-beloved Chinese novel called The Lord of the Mysteries. This is a gorgeous blend of action, mystery, thrill, and fantasy. Just like Forty Millenniums of Cultivation, Lord of the Mysteries has an intelligent MC who happens to be transmigrated in an alternate Victorian Era where he must face and solve mysteries as he sees fit.

Last Updated on November 29, 2022 by Yu Alexius

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