Love Between Fairy and Devil Episode 1 Recap

So I’m diving straight into this xianxia cdrama! Love Between Fairy and Devil episode 1!

I noticed that there are some things dropped while translating. Hopefully I can make it more clear in these recaps.

We are introduced to Xiao Lan Hua (Little Orchid or simply Orchid) and how she works hard at the Arbiter of Fate (Sīmìng or 司命殿) despite having a weak cultivation. This place oversees the threads of fate for human mortals and deities. You can read more about it here.

Everyone looks down on her because she has weak cultivation but that doesn’t stop her from admiring the God of War, Lord Changheng.

Love Between Fairy and Devil Episode 1 Highlights:

  • Xiao Lan Hua works diligently at the Arbiter of Fate, waiting for the day where she can meet Lord Changheng again
  • Xiao Lan Hua aspires to pass the immortal examination
  • Lord Changheng helps reseal Haotian Tower and Xiao Lan Hua accidentally gets involved
  • Xiao Lan Hua meets Dongfang Qingcang for the first time

Hardworking Flower Fairy at the Arbiter of Fate

A long time ago, there was a powerful immortal named Dongfang Qingcang from the Moon Tribe.

The artwork for the animation in these kind of scenes is amazing!

Dongfang Qingcang was ruthless in his pursuit of power. He killed his father and usurped the throne, becoming the next Moon Supreme.

Then he led his army against the other immortals to take over the world. However, he was thwarted.

The first God of War sacrificed herself to stop Dongfang Qingcang and his army.

30,000 years later

The colors in the fairy realm are soooo pretty!

A bright, cheerful fairy maiden (Xiao Lan Hua) wakes up with some reluctance. But once she sees a leaf in a nearby tree sparkle, she gets straight to work.

She manages the destiny books here at the Arbiter of Fate. While her master has been away. Each “book” represented by a leaf from the destiny tree tells the fate of everyone in the world.

Xiao Lan Hua (aka Little Orchid or Orchid)
Xiao Lan Hua’s boss (Siming), a senior immortal in charge of watching over the Arbiter of Fate

A little orchid’s dream

Orchid was originally an orchid spirit under her master’s care and one day her master accidentally spilled alcohol into her roots. This action alone destroyed her ability to cultivate efficiently and weakened her potential.

Wow, her master was drunk and careless T_T poor Xiao Lan Hua (Also anyone notice that some of the music here is from Royal Nirvana?)

Xiao Lan Hua has been watching over the Arbiter of Fate for the past 500 years since her boss has been away.

It’s a little lonely but there are nearby plant spirits that have cultivated enough to hold a human form. So she has friends.

However, they don’t want to work too hard at cultivating. Because they see Xiao Lan Hua working too much.

Xiao Lan Hua plans to pass the immortal examination one day so she can move on from here and repay Lord Changheng (God of War) for his help in the past.

No one thinks she can do it though. Because her cultivation is so weak.

However, she dreams on making it a reality. She believes by the time she finishes repairing 50,000 destiny books, Lord Chengheng will be back from his mission.

Meanwhile, Lord Chengheng gets summoned to the fairy realm and greets his brother.

love between fairy and devil lord changheng
Lord Changheng
Ruler of the fairy realm, Lord Yunzhong

Lord Changheng wonders why he was summoned back. He was previously working on pacifying the rebels from the Moon Tribe.

It turns out that the seal on Haotian Tower needs some work.

Who is at Haotian Tower

Lord Yunzhong tells his brother that the seal has weakened. And he needs his help in resealing the tower.

Because the worse that can happen is allowing Dongfang Qingcang get freed.

love between fairy and devil haotian tower

And it only got weaker after 30,000 years???

Lord Changheng agrees to help his brother out.

Back at the Arbiter of Fate, Xiao Lan Hua gets visited by other immortals who need some destiny books taken out. (It’s kinda like a library?)

While doing so, she hears that Lord Changheng is back.

Earlier than expected.

Making an impression

Xiao Lan Hua is super excited to hear that Lord Changheng is back early. She gets dressed up and heads over to a nearby forest to pick some flowers for him.

But was surprised to see him there as well.

She was determined to make a good impression. But Xiao Lan Hua got caught up in some vines and fell onto the floor in front of Lord Changheng.

Lord Changheng helps her up and Xiao Lan Hua takes this opportunity to give him her flowers.

But he doesn’t need them.

She tells him that these were to thank him for saving her life. Because in the past, her current boss wasn’t interesting in keeping her as an assistant without his interference.

Lord Changheng didn’t remember this at all.

Sigh so he’s one of those nice/popular guys that do things without remembering? I guess he didn’t think much of it since he has other priorities

But he changes his mind and takes a flower from her. Xiao Lan Hua tells him that she plans on passing the immortal examination.

Lord Changheng’s destiny book

Xiao Lan Hua presents her token to sign up for the exam. Even though everyone around her doesn’t think she can do it.

There’s just one problem.

Xiao Lan Hua’s cultivation needs fixing and she needs spirit stones (the currency here) to buy elixirs.

She ends up “borrowing” her friends money and it’s just enough.

But while she’s getting excited, Lord Changheng’s destiny book glows and alerts her attention.

Xiao Lan Hua reads the changes and believes Lord Changheng is in danger.

I thought her boss/master warned her NOT to get involved and affect the changes of fate?

Meanwhile, it’s time and Lord Changheng and his brother plans on resealing the Haotian tower. Because Dongfang Qingcang’s primordial spirit is struggling to get out.

Xiao Lan Hua heads over to the site and believes everything is okay at first. Until the destiny book in her hands continues to show warning signs.

Feeling anxious, she takes action and jumps in during the sealing.

And gets pulled in just before the re-sealing finishes.

Lord Changheng informs his brother what just happened but Lord Yunzhong doesn’t plan on re-opening the seal just for one person.

There’s too much at stake.

Ugh this attitude is like those “righteous” cultivation sects that say one thing and actually do another

Then Lord Yunzhong leaves while Lord Changheng looks slightly remorseful.

Body switching

Meanwhile, Xiao Lan Hua keeps falling inside Haotian tower until she is about to crash right into another individual.

She puts a hand out and she stops just before this individual but the impact (plus some of her power?) breaks the chains.

And nearby forces draw Xiao Lan Hua to him.

With a kiss.

The timing here is impeccable, isn’t it?

When Xiao Lan Hua opens her eyes, she’s inside someone’s inner mind. And sees a withering tree in the middle of winter.

She pokes it and it seems to bright up a bit.

But the atmosphere is so cold that she sneezes.

She opens her eyes again and sees her own body sitting off in the distance.

Why does someone else look so like her?

It turns out that she swapped bodies with this immortal criminal. And this criminal plans on killing her if she doesn’t help him get out.

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I’m pleasantly surprised at how WELL the acting for the body switching was done. It was soooo smooth! I’m convinced that Dongfang Qingcang is in Xiao Lan Hua’s body and vice versa XD

The color palette for the fairy/immortal kingdom in the skies is so pretty and beautiful. Makes you think that everything is perfect in paradise. But in fact, these immortals are very humanlike and showcase human emotions.

Lord Changheng gives me the feeling that he places his duties over anything else? I don’t ship him with Xiao Lan Hua already hahaha.

And so far the actress and actor selected for our main leads are very well picked.

I can’t wait to watch more. What were your favorite moments in Love Between Fairy and Devil episode 1?

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