Mo Dao Zu Shi
|Name:||The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation |
The Founder of Diabolism
Mó Dào Zǔ Shī
|Abbreviation(s):||GDC, MDZS, FOD|
|Creator:||Mo Xiang Tong Xiu |
墨香铜臭 Mòxiāng Tóngxiù
|Date(s):||July 9, 2018 – present (animated series broadcast)
June 27, 2019 - August 20, 2019 (The Untamed broadcast)
|Medium:||Webnovel, Books, Manhua, Donghua, Audio Drama|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|External Links:||Novel on JJWXC
Exiled Rebels Translation
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Mó Dào Zǔ Shī, translated as The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, is a fandom based on a Chinese danmei novel that was adapted into multiple forms, including a live-action TV series, The Untamed; an audio drama; and a donghua, a Chinese animated series. Both the novel and the animated series are titled Mó Dào Zǔ Shī, but the live-action series is titled The Untamed.
The story opens with the news that the Yiling Patriarch — Wei Wuxian — is dead, a huge shock and relief to those who hear it. In his teenage years, Wei Wuxian was hailed as a hero, but he had fallen from grace and in the end his own adopted brother was the one to end his life in retribution for the evil he had done.
Thirteen years later, a young man named Mo Xuanyu, at the end of his tether due to abuse by his family, offers his body as a sacrifice to resurrect Wei Wuxian so the Yiling Patriarch can exact revenge on those who hurt him.
Once again alive and in a new body, Wei Wuxian is soon reunited with old friends-turned-enemies and finds that only one person — someone he thought still hated him — Lan Wangji.
Together they try and discover the mysteries around Wei Wuxian’s death and everything that has happened in the intervening years.
The novel contains 113 chapters with 13 extras.
See The Untamed.
- Wei Wuxian (魏无羡) / Wei Ying (魏婴) / Yiling Laozu (夷陵老祖): Main character and the Yiling Patriarch. He is brought up in the Yunmeng Jiang Sect after the death of his parents and meets Lan Wangji when he and his adopted brother, Jiang Cheng, are studying in the Cloud Recesses. After the events leading up to his death, thirteen years ago, he awakens in the body of Mo Xuanyu and reunites with Lan Wangji and they investigate a murder that is linked to the events of Wei Wuxian's death. In fandom, he may be referred to by the initials of his courtesy name, WWX.
- Lan Wangji (蓝忘机) / Lan Zhan (蓝湛) / Hanguang-Jun (含光君): Love interest of Wei Wuxian and a famous cultivator of the Gusu Lan Sect. He is one of the only people left supporting Wei Wuxian during the latter's downfall during the events of thirteen years prior. He is able to recognise Wei Wuxian in Mo Xuanyu's body very quickly and immediately takes him to his home in the Cloud Recesses so they can plan their next move. In fandom, he may be referred to by the initials of his courtesy name, LWJ.
Examples of ship names:
(More examples needed) The only existing full translation of Mo Dao Zu Shi into English is Exiled Rebels Scanlations' translation. The Exiled Rebels or "EXR" translation has been criticized by some fans for being too literal and removing some of the nuance in the original Chinese, especially during sex scenes - for example, a line translated by @chiaki_himura as "wait a moment" and by froliczxc as "cool down for a minute" is translated by EXR as "stop for a bit". (This example comes from three--rings's meta "MDZS: Sex and Consent".)
The author has referred to Wei Wuxian as Wifi, which is a homophone of his courtesy name, Wuxian.
(More examples needed)
- The Absolutely True Story of the Yiling Patriarch: A Manifesto in Many Parts by aubreyli (2019)
- how to fall in love with a catfish: a guide by wei wuxian (disaster rat) by bwynn and Yuisaki (2020)
- The Same Moon Shines series by sami (2020)
- Mo Dao Zu Shi Writer Reference: Novel Chapter Summaries by threerings (2019)
- MDZS Audio Drama Episode Guide by pumpkinpaix(scribogenesis) (2020)
- Reference for Modao Zushi Writers: Chinese terms by chaoticjoy (2019)
- Modern MDZS AU by @artsy-alice (2020)
- 守護你的堅強與溫柔 MDZS 3rd Anniversary Tribute by Port of Zelda: art of zeldacw (2018)
- 【MDZS AMV】聶懷桑生賀手書 Double Lariat - by shevoj (2019)
- ［MDZS Animatic］Monster by Ho Ching Kwok (2020)
- ［魔道祖师］ therefore you and me by Tina D (2020)
- heirloom - mdzs animatic by boowvr (2020)
- 陈情令 | The Untamed (TV), 魔道祖师 - 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù, and 魔道祖师 | Módào Zǔshī (Cartoon) fanworks @ AO3
- fandom wiki