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Alchemy of Souls

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Campy and misogynistic saga has sorcery but fails to soar.

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Based on 6 parent reviews

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Part One Awesome

I love the first part. I love the romance between the main two characters. I liked it was no nudity; however, the two main characters lack intimacy of closeness, not sex but closeness. I did not like the second part, Bu Yoen was vain, and not as pretty as Mu Dox. How did she have the assassin face. When it was burned up. Even though I was not asked, I could have made part two awesome. I'm watching part one again but will not be watching part two.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This larger-than-life tale has elaborate fight scenes, deadly villains, and plenty of impressive special effects but the characters lack chemistry, due largely to how unlikeable they all are. The idea behind Alchemy of Souls, to blend the genres of fantasy, romance, and comedy in a historical setting, is a good one. Unfortunately, the storyline is utter silliness and doesn't leave anyone for the audience to root for -- kids will especially be confused about whether the main character is good or bad. This could all still work if the show was simply seeking to subvert the fantasy genre. But juxtaposed with the snarky and powerful female main character is the series' reinforcement of archaic gender and class roles. Her romance with an entitled male lead is also deeply un-swoonworthy. The result is a series confused about a lot of things, including which emotions it seeks to evoke in its viewers as well as its message about morality and female power.

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