Legend of Awakening (Chinese: 天醒之路; pinyin: Tian Xing Zhi Lu) is a Chinese Wuxia web series based on the novel of the same name by Hudie Lan; starring Chen Feiyu, Xiong Ziqi, Deng Enxi and Cheng Xiao. It started airing on Youku and IQIYI on April 23.
In a land ravaged by supernatural forces of evil, mortals attempt to fight back with martial arts and magic. Throughout the realm, competing academies have emerged, where promising young students learn how to use magic and fighting skills to defeat demonic foes.
Into this world are cast two orphans, the rebellious but genial Lu Ping (Chen Fei Yu) and Su Tang (Deng En Xi). After being imprisoned for many years, they plot and execute a daring escape.
Despite their lowly status as runaways, they actually possess exceptional magical powers. The dean of a leading martial arts academy recognizes their great potential and offers to take them on as students.
After enrolling, they meet a number of fellow students, such as Xi Fan (Dylan Xiong) and Mo Lin (Yu Yi Je). They also meet the somewhat haughty Qin Sang (Cheng Xiao), the daughter of a prominent general.
Together with these new allies, the budding young martial artists hone their skills in inter-academy contests as they prepare to take on the forces of evil.
Legend of Awakening contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Deviation: In the original story, Qin Sang has a much more reduced role, while her handmaiden, Ling Ziyan, has an expanded one.
- Angry Collar Grab: Several.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Su Tang declares that she'll always stand by her brother no matter what. He applauds her for this, and then deigns to leave her to take the disciplinary beating meant for him.
- Blood from the Mouth: As standard of wuxia genre shows
- Bloodless Carnage: Zigzagged.
- Dramatic Unmask: In Episode 2, Lu Ping is revealed as the God of Bandits to the audience after a pursuant from the Shanhai Gang knocks his mask off. In Episode 4, this is revealed to his peers when another Shanhai agent unmasks him.