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Luo Feng is undeniably one of the most popular donghua MCs these years and Swallowed Star had been so good that it already stands as one of the well-received cultivation donghua among viewers.

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Swallowed Star

Despite having a generic story that we often found from many donghua nowadays, Swallowed Star was able to captivate many fans due to its compelling narrative and definitely well-animated fight scenes, something that we can always expect from a donghua animated by Sparkly Key Animation, one of the pioneers in Chinese 3D animations all these years and known for producing Soul Land and Wu Geng Ji.

Swallowed Star was adapted from a Chinese web novel by I Eat Tomatoes, who also wrote novels which other popular donghua such as Stellar Transformations and Snow Eagle Lord had been adapted from. The donghua was first released in December 2020 and was renewed for a 2nd season which began airing in 2022.

Now, fans might have been trying to find new stories that share similar plots and antics to it, hence, we have prepared this top recommended donghua like Swallowed Star that you guys should check out next.

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation donghua

First on the list is the 2022 new donghua Forty Millenniums of Cultivation that beautifully combined fantasy and science-fiction in one story, just like the post-apocalyptic plot of Swallowed Star. Forty Millenniums of Cultivation also have a rather modern setting as opposed to other cultivation series out there that was set in Ancient China.

Stellar Transformations

Here’s a true-blooded cultivation story in the list and also adapted from a novel written by I Eat Tomatoes. Stellar Transformation is an impressive ride of cultivation from being a useless prince to becoming a powerful immortal hero. This series is one of my top 5 favorite Chinese cultivation anime right now.

Dragon’s Disciple

Here’s another donghua set in the modern era, Dragon’s Disciple is a Chinese martial arts donghua that aired in the 1st quarter of 2022. It features some of the best martial arts fights and revolves around a modern wuxia story. Just like Luo Feng, our MC Wang Chao is a man of justice and long aspired to be able to escape from poverty and eventually find purpose in becoming a fighter, honing their skills, and aspiring to be the best in their craft.

A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality

Han Li, the main character of this donghua shares a lot of similarities to Luo Feng but he is more like a reserved guy who uses his wit to his own advantage and survival. Not quite the hero type but he sure helps when he badly needs to intervene. This is one of the best cultivation donghua I’ve seen so far with great development as the story progresses.

Snow Eagle Lord

Snow Eagle Lord donghua

Next on our list is another donghua based on a novel by I Eat Tomatoes and this is quite different from his cultivation works such as Swallowed Star and Stellar Transformations. This is more of a historical-adventure drama story that takes us back to an alternate Ancient China setting with the lord of a rather unnoticed region taking a vow to revenge his family and his realm against the oppressors that wronged them.

Martial Universe

Wu Dong Qian Kun | A mysterious fantasy donghua with a good combination of Chinese cultivation, and Western elements such as psychic powers. This donghua is quite popular among cultivation fans as this is based on a novel written by Heavenly Silkworm Potato (who also wrote Battle Through Th Heavens), and Martial Universe had been adapted into a live-drama starring Yang Yang in 2018. This is a story of redemption and vengeance, a story of self-discovery and finding purpose.

Legend of Sho

Legend of Shou donghua 2021
Legend of Shou donghua 2021

A young herbalist got himself entangled in the world of demons and supernaturals in this spectacular Chinese donghua that gives another face to Chinese animations. It has a rich lore that will make you crave more.

Leveling up in a Fantasy World

A new donghua that aired this 2022, is a journey of getting stronger and honing one’s skills in an unfamiliar world.

Ten Thousand Worlds

Wan Jie Zuzun | Here comes a cultivation story that many fans of Swallowed Star can expect to share some similar tropes. A 3DCGI donghua from Ruo Hong Culture and Tencent Penguin Pictures.

Soul Land

Soul Land Episode 197 Tang San

Now, I am ending this list of Chinese anime like Swallowed Star with the biggest titles from its animation studio Sparkly Key Animation, and that is Soul Land (Douluo Dalu) which had been the most-watched donghua for the last 2 years in China. A story of fighting for justice and fulfilling one’s destiny, Soul Land features so many great fight scenes, absolutely gorgeous character designs, and a compelling story that will make you want more.

Last Updated on November 29, 2022 by Yu Alexius

  • Yu Alexius

    Code name: Yu Alexius is an ambiguous entity who loves to talk about anime and Chinese animation in general. An insatiable soul from the Pearl of the Orient, a frustrated writer and a Houtarou Oreki wanna-be. He is a piece of a lunatic and everything crazy.

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