Nine Songs of The Moving Heavens (天行九歌; pinyin: Tiān Xíng Jiǔ Gē) is a prequel series to Qin's Moon also made by Sparkly Key that began airing in March 2016. The first season ended on July 5, 2018 with 60 episodes.
The stories stars Han Fei, a student of the Confucius school and a prince of the Han Kingdom, traveling back to his homeland. During his stay, he meets up with Zhang Liang, Wei Zhuang, and Zinu. Together, they create Quicksand, a group dedicated to wrestling back control of the Han Kingdom from its top general, Ji Wuye. However, many other forces are conspiring over control of the Han, and the situation becomes more and more complex.
The series is currently available on Tudou and Youtube.
Contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Zinu.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: After years spent in a massive water tank, Yanling Ji's makeup hasn't so much as smudged.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The snake Hong Lian gets her poisonous blood and snake affinity from helps her because she saved it while it was fighting another snake and then tried to help it escape from Baiyue's poison specialist.
- Big Damn Heroes: As with Qin's Moon, this trope comes up a lot, usually in regards either Zinu, Wei Zhuang, or Nilin jumping in to save Han Fei. During the fight with Zetian in the Cold Palace, Wei Zhuang lampshades it after arriving just in time to save Han Fei (again).Wei Zhuang to Han Fei: Is your battle strategy to wait for me to resolve things?
- Bishounen: Wei Zhuang, Zhang Liang, Baifeng, and Moya.
- Chainmail Bikini: Yanling Ji's armor isn't chainmail, but it is a bikini.
- Downer Ending: As with Foregone Conclusion below, anyone who watches Qin's Moon will know that Han Fei will die and the Han Kingdom he's trying to protect will fall to the Qin.
- In Birdsong in Hollow Valley, Nong Yu's assassination attempt fails. Moya gets fatally wounded and dies, allowing Baifeng to escape in the process with Nong Yu, however Nong Yu, who has poisoned herself, reveals to him that she cannot be saved, as there was no cure for it. She later dies after playing one last imaginary song, leaving Baifeng all by himself. Baifeng then gets approached by Hong Lian and Wei Zhuang, who are the ones who planned the assassination, only to be told that he was too weak to prevent Moya and Nong Yu's deaths.
- Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who watches Qin's Moon and Birdsong in Hollow Valley before this series will know that any character that isn't seen alive and well in Qin's Moon is probably dead. Hong Lian watches her kingdom burn down before adopting the name of Chilian; Moya, Nong Yu, Zinu, Han Fei, and Ji Wuye die; Baifeng joins the Quicksand, Zhang Liang joins the Confucius School, and such.
- Gambit Pileup: Nine Songs has a large focus on court intrigue, with Han Fei intent on removing Ji Wuye's influence while Ji Wuye aims to take control of the Han Kingdom. The fourth prince, Han Yu, also vies for power, the Qin are looking to take over the Han, and there are myriad conspiracies and revenge quests that add to the pile of gambits.
- Genki Girl: Hong Lian, Han Fei's younger sister.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Hong Lian is Chilian's former alias and Baifeng was a former subordinate of Ji Wuye. Han Fei is assassinated by the Yin-Yang School because He Knows Too Much, while Zhang Liang will join the Confucius School.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: As a prequel to Qin's Moon, which itself has tons of characters, Nine Songs naturally has a case of this.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Just after the Crown Prince is rescued from the Remnants of Baiyue, he drowns when his carriage falls through a bridge in what seems like a freak accident. It's plainly obvious to the viewer and the rest of the cast that this wasn't actually an accident.
- Nice Guy: Han Fei, as in the first episode he gives his fried fish to a pair of homeless children.
- Non-Action Guy: Han Fei and Zhang Liang, although subverted for the latter as he later learns martial arts as shown in the sequel.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Bai Yifei (and his late mother) drinks the blood of young women to retain his youth, casts odd shadows, can hypnotize with his gaze, and has ice- and shadow-themed abilities.
- Retcon: As Nine Songs was created around seven years after third season of Qin's Moon (when Chilian's backstory with the Han Kingdom was revealed), this inevitably happens from time-to-time. For example, when Hong Lian first met Wei Zhuang in Qin's Moon, he had brown hair and it only turned white later. In Nine Songs, his hair was white from the start, before he even met her.
- Royal Brat: Hong Lian, as she used her status as a princess to bully the citizens and even threatens to poke a commoner's eyes out for watching her kiss Han Fei on the cheek.
- Scenery Porn: Pretty much on par with Qin's Moon.
- Suck Out the Poison: Honglian for Wei Zhuang when he's poisoned rescuing her from the Baiyue group.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Bai Yifei, one of Ji Wuye's Four Fearful Warriors of Nightfall, is this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zinu has purple hair, and Baifeng has blue hair.