An Introduction to Battle Through the Heavens + Ep. 1 Recap


Battle Through the Heavens comes from the writes of Martial Universe. This is not another bad adaption like Martial Universe. Battle Through the Heavens has a far superior script, directorial outlook and production quality.  Additionally, there are fewer episodes, yey 😁 As this usually means the show won’t be dragged out as much 🌸

Airing time: Monday – Wednesday x2 episodes, therefore, a total of 6 episodes a week.

Synopsis from MyDramaList

Xiao Yan is a genius child who suddenly loses all his powers. In a world governed by strength and power, Xiao Yan’s lack of talent is an embarrassment to his family. At the age of 15, Xiao-Yan accidentally summons Yaochen (Baron Chen) from his mother’s ring. With the elder’s help, Xiao Yan’s skills improve by leaps and bounds.

After his entire family is assassinated, Xiao Yan embarks on a journey to find his family’s killer and return peace to the Jianghu (martial world).

Adapted from the xianxia novel Battle Through the Heavens written by Tian Can Tu Dou.  


The show begins with scenes guiding by a voice-over of the main lead, Xiao Yan telling the audience the events that took place when he was  9 years old. A group of warriors were ambushed, his mother was among these people. Upon her return, she is suspected of having stolen some treasures. Before she draws her last breath she murmurs to a clan leader,  “darkness is coming”.

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The death of Xiao Yan’s mother

In the past, Xiao Yan had great fighting skills. He had even won a medallion for the Youth Martial Arts Championship. However, presently Xiao Yan doesn’t seem to have even half of the talent his younger self-had. When he is practising the audience sees that his qi is going into the ring that was given to him by his mother. Perhaps that has something to do with why he no longer a powerful fighter.

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Due to his lack of talent as a fighter, his father tells him to “go learn how to manage the business at the medicine shop”. He is not happy about this but has no choice but to comply with his father’s command.  He is given the task of cutting up some herbs and does it half-heartedly. Sometime later, he is seen surrounded by the woods, stomping and shouting. He is infuriated and starts hitting a tree stump. Suddenly, he is transported somewhere else…

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Here he meets the alchemist, Yao Chen, his mother’s former teacher.  Xiao Yan also discovers that the alchemist was the one consuming all the Fight Qi he had accumulated from practising every day.

Having neglected his duties at the pharmacy, Xiao Yan is punished and assigned to cleaning storage containers. Overnight, the wine is consumed and Xiao Yan is punished once again. After taking a beating he visits the alchemist and demands he teaches him martial arts as repayment for stealing his Fight Qi and taking a beating for the wine.

The episode ends with the Xiao clan preparing for Xiao Yan’s wedding with  Yan Ran of the Na Lan clan.  However, the likelihood of the wedding happening comes into question especially with a senior member of the Na Lan clan visiting Xiao Yan’s father and offering him a pill capable of assisting him to recover 60-70% of the power he sealed away.

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Until next time, 


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