‘Heaven Official’s Blessing’ is a Chinese fantasy novel written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu that follows Xie Lian as he tries and fails multiple times to ascend to godhood. Its popularity led to an animated donghua adaption of eleven episodes and one special from Haoliners Animation League. Funimation announced that they had acquired the rights to produce an English dub of the series.
“It’s happening! We’re excited to announce that Funimation is dubbing its very first donghua series, as the start of the Heaven Official’s Blessing English dub arrives later this week,” Funimation said on their website. “… the first two episodes of the Heaven Official’s Blessing English dub comes to Funimation, so if you haven’t experienced the journey of Xie Lian and Hua Cheng just yet (or want to start it all over from the top!), it’s almost time.”
They continued, “The English voice cast of the series includes Howard Wang (SK8 the Infinity, Actors: Song Connection) as Xie Lian, James Cheek (Assassination Classroom, The Vision of Escaflowne) as Hua Cheng, Phil Song (Scarlet Nexus) as Nan Feng, Lucien Dodge (Jujutsu Kaisen, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train) as Fu Yao and Wendee Lee (Blue Exorcist, Outlaw Star) as Ling Wen.”
You can check out the trailer below:
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as:
“Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom. He was loved by his citizens and was considered the darling of the world. He ascended to the Heavens at a young age; however, due to unfortunate circumstances, was quickly banished back to the mortal realm. Years later, he ascends again–only to be banished again a few minutes after his ascension.
Now, eight hundred years later, Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time as the laughing stock among all three realms. On his first task as a god thrice ascended, 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.”
Haoliners Animation League and Bilibili announced that production on a second season had begun.
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