Author Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (MXTX) has written three danmei novels with a fourth on the way. The three novels that are currently complete with adaptions are Mo Dao Zu Shi ( 魔道祖师 / MDZS / Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation), Tian Guan Ci Fu ( 天官赐福 / TGCF / Heaven Official’s Blessing ), and Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong ( 人渣反派自救系统 / SVSSS / Scum Villain Self Saving System). The fourth unpublished work is called Si Shen Mei You Xiu Xi Ri ( 死神没有休息日 / There Is No Rest for The Death God).
In this masterpost, we’ll organize our coverage of work by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu works and provide additional information regarding adaptions and how to enjoy her content in all of their legally available formats. Please note that not all adaptions of her works have legally available English translations and many fans resort to fan translations to supplement the original material. We will link to what is available for purchase or legally for free at this time so that you can support the author and encourage legitimate viewership so that we get more licensed adaptions.
If you have an alternative link to purchase her content (especially the novels), please let me know! I want this guide to be as comprehensive and supportive of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and her creations as possible. Help accomplishing that goal is always appreciated.
Mo Dao Zu Shi (MDZS) 魔道祖师
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
Mo Dao Zu Shi was the second novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, and my personal gateway into danmei novels. The story has been adapted from the original novel into a donghua (cartoon), manhua (comic), and live action drama. This is by far the most adaptions of any of her works so far, though her other stories are starting to take off as well. And, like me, many people have used this story as a gateway into other works not only by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, but by other danmei authors as well, so I highly recommend it as a starting point.
I’ve described the story as follows:
The story follows Wei Wuxian, a spiritual cultivator who died 13 years prior to the start of the story. He was a controversial figure in his time as he used the ‘dark arts’ to utilize his magic. He becomes known as the founder of the Demonic Path as a result of this practice.
When the series begins, a man named Mo Xuanyu decides to sacrifice his soul to bring Wei Wuxian back to life. In doing so, Wuxian would resurrect in Xuanyu’s body. The ritual works, and Wei Wuxian returns, slightly confused at his unexpected resurrection, but ready to do whatever task Xuanyu has summoned him to do.
Wei Wuxian gets a surprise second chance at life, but he’s haunted by the reputation he left behind prior to his death. He quickly finds himself interacting with people he knew before he died, some of whom suspect his true identity and some who don’t. He embarks on adventures fighting monsters and solving mysteries across the countryside, dealing with the fallout from his previous life along the way.
Where To Watch & Read Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s Mo Dao Zu Shi
Donghua: Watch for free on YouTube.
Live Action: Watch on Netflix.
Novel: Purchase the original book in Mandarin here. Purchase the English translation here.
Manhua: Read the original manhua in Mandarin here.
Tian Guan Ci Fu (TGCF) 天官赐福
Heaven Official’s Blessing
Tian Guan Ci Fu is the third novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, and by far her largest work based on word count (780,000 words in English, over 1.1 million in Simplified Chinese). The novel has been adapted into a manhua and a donghua, with a recently announced live action set to begin filming in early 2021. This is also my personal favorite of hers and I’ve read this monster sized book twice already, and often reread scenes as they get adapted in the donghua and manhua just to compare them.
The story has been described as follows:
“Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom; one who was beloved by his citizens and the darling of the world. Unsurprisingly, he ascended to the Heavens at a very young age. Now, eight hundred years later, Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time as the laughing stock of all three realms. On his first task as a god, he meets a mysterious demon who rules the ghosts and terrifies the Heavens……yet unbeknownst to Xie Lian, this demon king has been paying attention to him for a very, very long time.”
Where to Watch & Read Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s Tian Guan Ci Fu
Donghua: Watch on: BiliBili – Funimation – Netflix
Manhua: Available on BiliBili.
Novel: Purchase the original books in Mandarin here. (Instructions for the website are located here) Purchase the English translation here.
Recommendation: Tian Guan Ci Fu / Heaven Official’s Blessing
Heaven Official’s Bleassing / Tian Guan Ci Fu Coming to Funimation!
Tian Guan Ci Fu to Have Special Episode in February!
Heaven Official’s Blessing / Tian Guan Ci Fu Live Action to Begin Production
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TGCF Season 2 announced!
TGCF is Now on Netflix
Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong 人渣反派自救系统
Scum Villain Self Saving System (SVSSS)
Scum Villain’s Self Saving System was Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s first novel, but so far it has the smallest reach of all her published work. A new donghua has been released, however, so its popularity is starting to grow pretty rapidly.
It is described as follows:
“Can’t I read harem novels anymore?!”
Shen Yuan is reborn into a scum villain in a harem novel, destined to die by the hands of the protagonist, Shen Qingqiu.
But, if you must know, the original Shen Qingqiu was sliced alive by his disciple, Luo Binghe, into a human stick! A human stick!
Shen Qingqiu’s heart is a full herd of grass mud horses running full tilt, yet:
“It’s not like I don’t want to hug the protagonist’s thighs, but who let this man be so blackened. The revenge that needs to be taken is some thousands of deeds!”
Why are all the romance that should be given to the women in the plot imposed on him?
Why, as a scum villain, should he still have to take the bullet for the protagonist and sacrifice himself?
Shen Qingqiu: “……I think I can still save him one more time.”
Where to Watch & Read Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong
Si Shen Mei You Xiu Xi Ri 死神没有休息日
There Is No Rest for The Death God
This will be the fourth book by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Not much has been released officially about this yet, but we’re keeping our eye out for news. At this point there’s no release date, but some fans expected it to come out way back in 2018, so it’s fairly up in the air about when exactly this story will get released. We’ll cover this one when we hear more!