Ice Fantasy Destiny is a 16-episode follow up to the 2016 Chinese epic fantasy drama, Ice Fantasy.
With this follow up series of Ice Fantasy, we don’t see the familiar vast white landscape of the Ice tribe territory, Snow Blade City, popping onto the screen. It’s set in a modern world with futuristic-looking computer panels, holographic screens as well as tables that read cell phones and flash drives. Ice Fantasy Destiny has a futuristic and science-fiction feel about it.
At the opening scene of Episode 1, we see a familiar face climbing a rock face on Earth. He looks very much like the Ice tribe’s King, Ka Suo. This person who looks very much like Ka Suo is Feng Suo (Feng Shao Feng). He is a CEO of a tech company called, Ge Ning Group.
Feng Suo is the reincarnation of Ka Suo. His personality feels slightly different to Ka Suo’s when he comes across as a little more playful and not as serious.
We see a reincarnation of Li Luo as well. Though the reincarnation of Li Luo has a different face, we can recognise her as Li Luo’s reincarnation through her name that’s very close to Li Luo. Li Luo’s reincarnation’s name is Luo Luo (Zhang Yu Qi). Luo Luo is a popular music artist.
Luo Luo feels to have the same personality as Li Luo. She is quite skilled in a form of fighting as well. Luo Luo is very good at fencing.
We see more familiar faces who are reincarnations of the characters in Ice Fantasy.
Qiao Qiao (Lu Zi Zhen) is the reincarnation of the female warrior of the Healer tribe, Yue Shen. Qiao Qiao is Feng Suo’s secretary. Qiao Qiao seems to have a bit of a fun-loving side to her than her previous self, Yue Shen, who had come across a little stiff and serious.
Yang Dan (Chen Xin Yu) is Luo Luo’s manager and the reincarnation of Sprite Queen, Chao Ya. Yang Dan comes across as more animated than her previous self.
Qin Chu (Huang Di Yi), Li Luo’s comrade is reincarnated as the CEO of the entertainment company Luo Luo is signed with—Da Qin Group. Qin Chu’s reincarnated self has the same name, Qin Chu. The reincarnated Qin Chu likes the reincarnation of Li Luo—Luo Luo.
And Lan Shang (Madina Memet), the mermaid princess, has been reincarnated as Ming Na of Ming Yao Group. Ming Na likes Ka Suo’s reincarnation—Feng Suo.
Feng Suo, Luo Luo and the other reincarnations don’t remember their past life.
The modern world Ice Fantasy Destiny is set in is explained to be several billions of years from the time the story of Ice Fantasy left off at. It’s the year 2020. We’re told that the divine tribes and the mortals that once existed in one world have now come to exist in separate worlds. This occurred because of Ying Kong Shi (Ma Tian Yu).
Ying Kong Shi:
“Billions of years ago, I suffered Yuan Ji’s curse which caused me to lose my memory and kill my most beloved brother. After I regained my memory, to return to a time and place to which my brother hadn’t died, I became a graupel snow bird and rammed into an ice wall. I finally found the legendary Red Lotus that could reverse time. However, the explosive power of the red lotus was beyond my expectation. The divine world froze over. After the evolution of time and space, it evolved into Pluto, Mars and Earth.”
Ying Kong Shi is one of three Ice Fantasy characters that continue through to Ice Fantasy Destiny. Yan Da (Zhang Meng), Xing Jiu (Xu Ke) and Grandma Feng Tian (Zheng Pei Pei) are Ice Fantasy characters that also continue on in this series.
Ying Kong Shi and Yan Da look different with a look that blends into the modern world. Though their looks are different, unlike the other Ice Fantasy characters who have been reincarnated, they are Ying Kong Shi and Yan Da.
Xing Jiu’s appearance continues with the Dream tribe outfit for a while before Xing Jiu also takes on a modern look. Being someone alien to Earth and unfamiliar with the ways of life on Earth, for a time, we see a cute side to Xing Jiu’s character that wasn’t seen in Ice Fantasy. Feng Suo refers to him by the nickname, ‘Cat’. This is a good description of the cuteness.
Grandma Feng Tian, Ice tribe’s grandmother, takes on a modern look after brief moments in her Ice tribe attire. We don’t see Grandma Feng Tian a lot. She truly makes her entrance into the story only in the last few episodes of Ice Fantasy Destiny. She is important in helping the main characters succeed in defeating the enemy as well as help keep everything running smoothly. Grandma Feng Tian is the chairman of Ge Ning Group. She holds up appearance when Feng Suo is unable to attend meetings in his company.
In the final episode of Ice Fantasy, we saw that Yan Da dies saving Ying Kong Shi. After Ying Kong Shi tells us how their world came to be Pluto, Mars and Earth, he tells us how Yan Da comes to be alive and allow us to enjoy seeing Ying Kong Shi and Yan Da together again in Ice Fantasy Destiny:
Ying Kong Shi:
“On Mars and finding the Fire tribe’s indistinguishable space, amongst the spirits of the large Fire tribe imperial family, I saw Yan Da—the one who died saving me. I used a red lotus flower and a feather from a fire hawk to create her body and resurrected her. I brought her to the mortal world—later known as Earth by the mortals.”
Ying Kong Shi had to gain permission from the Fire tribe ancestor in order to be allowed to resurrect Yan Da. We hear this during a talk Yan Da has with her Fire tribe ancestor. The Fire tribe ancestor has a mirror appearance of Yan Da.
The driving force for Ying Kong Shi in Ice Fantasy was his love for his brother, Ka Suo. This continues on in Ice Fantasy Destiny. Ying Kong Shi has the desire to have his brother back to their Ice Tribe’s, Snow Blade City, and not continuing to live on Earth—a place Ying Kong Shi finds to be strange and is exhausting the brief seven lives his brother has if he continues to live on Earth. Vital to this is waiting for Feng Suo to get to his 28th birthday. This is when the red lotus will bloom. Ying Kong Shi will then use the red lotus to turn back time to the time and place Snow Blade City existed and undo the sequence of events that led Ka Suo to meeting Li Luo which brought about the present outcome Ying Kong Shi finds undesirable.
Yan Da’s driving force is Ying Kong Shi. Her desire is keeping him alive. Ying Kong Shi’s existence is dependent on the red lotus continuing to grow within him and not wither. The red lotus withers when Feng Suo and Luo Luo fall in love. Along with this desire that Yan Da has, Yan Da also has the need to fulfill her ancestor’s desire of creating the Ice-Flame magic to obtain domination over the universe.
This sees Yan Da and Ying Kong Shi continue to be two people on opposite sides.
These story plots around Ying Kong Shi and Yan Da weave in through the main story setup of Feng Suo looking to develop his dream technology, Into Dreams. The dream technology extracts a person’s dream, stores the dream data and turns it into a virtual reality experience from the dream data.
Feng Suo comes to obtain Luo Luo’s dream data after Qin Chu acts against his brother, the chairman of Da Qin Group, Qin Han (Wu Di Wen), with handing over Luo Luo’s dream data to Feng Suo. Feng Suo develops a virtual reality experience of Snow Blade City which Luo Luo participate in with Ming Na and two other social elites.
It’s a virtual reality game that turns into a real and dangerous event for Luo Luo when an enemy enters the virtual reality game and attacks her. The enemy is the sword spirit leader who has come for revenge. His desire is to avenge for the devouring of the seven emotion sword spirits that Luo Luo’s past self, Li Luo, had devoured billions of years ago.
Ice Fantasy Destiny is at times light and fun. Other times, it’s serious and eerie.
The light moments are often where we see Luo Luo and her two managers, Yang Dan and Ge Ming Yue (Cai Jun Tao) together. It’s also any time Ge Ming Yue is present in a scene. Ge Ming Yue is a feminine guy who has feminine behaviour. His character with any other character often brings in light banter and light moments.
Feng Suo’s parts with Xing Jiu adds a bit of comedy during the period when Xing Jiu adjusts to being on Earth and when Feng Suo is the only one who is able to see Xing Jiu.
The moment where Feng Suo goes to the fridge for something and gets greeted by a sleeping Xing Jiu was a very funny moment! Xing Jiu was in the fridge because he says it has a similar temperature to what is in Snow Blade City. :oP :oP.
Another funny moment follows this when Feng Suo comes to need the help of Xing Jiu to tie his robe back around his body to stop continuing to be indecently clothed in front of Luo Luo. This came about from Luo Luo trying to get the fridge door open after she found Feng Suo oddly talking into the fridge. A struggle between Luo Luo wanting to open the fridge door and Feng Suo trying to keep it shut to prevent Luo Luo from seeing Xing Jiu strangely sitting in the fridge causes Feng Suo’s robe tie to come undone and fall to the ground. Feng Suo is very slow to react even after he looks down at himself following finding Luo Luo indicating to him he’s indecently clothed with a turn of her head and shut of her eyes. Xing Jiu quickly comes in and helps his king cover him up. “My King, it’s all fine now,” Xing Jiu says after finishing. Feng Suo smiles and nods in great appreciation for Xing Jiu’s help :oP :oP.
These were very memorable and funny moments between Feng Suo and Xing Jiu in the series :o) :o).
Yan Da’s side can bring in a bit of an eerie atmosphere, especially during the early episodes when the story is still developing and there’s a bit of mystery to what’s happening. The place we see Yan Da appear often is in a dark alleyway with fog and we see her meeting some strange-looking beings on one occasion. She resides in a red bus which is with the appearance of a diner. The décor is red. There are many red tagines around the place and red lanterns hanging above. The bus can appear into existence from thin air in an instant.
To enjoy watching Ice Fantasy Destiny, you’d have to have watched Ice Fantasy. For huge Ying Kong Shi fans (we are! :oP :oP), Ice Fantasy Destiny does well with continuing to make him the awesome character he was in Ice Fantasy. Those who have the curiosity to whether Yan Da ever manages to have Ying Kong Shi accept her, this is something Ice Fantasy Destiny does answer. There’s not a lot of battles with magic at the beginning. If this is an aspect of Ice Fantasy that you liked about the series like it was for us, it is a little disappointing to see at first. It does come in as the series gets on.
Our final thoughts: the story in Ice Fantasy Destiny isn’t as awesome as the story in Ice Fantasy. We do love that we get to see our favourite Ice Fantasy characters again in this follow up series. However, it would have been much cooler if we could see them in the fantasy world in Ice Fantasy and in their beautiful tribe outfits!
Moments from Ice Fantasy Destiny
Below contains screenshots from the series that may be huge spoilers for what happens for certain plots if you haven’t seen the series! Continue if you don’t mind spoilers! :o) :o).