To celebrate the filming of KO One Remember (終極一班4), the newest installment of Zhong Ji series airing in 2016, let’s take a look back on the characters we’ve met and the places we’ve been.
Zhong Ji Universe is a fantastic world where special ability folks live among the regular folks doing extraordinary things. There are 12 parallel dimensions that exist side by side with Mojie, a dimension where evil resides. In every dimension the special ability folks are fighting the forces of evil. Some dimensions have fallen, some are making their last stand, and still some have yet to recognize the evil among them.
KO One (終極一班)
Back when I was a teeny tiny tot, I met the students of KO One. Delinquents the whole lot of them. What set them apart were their special abilities. Their leader Wang Da Dong could pull a grilling pan out of thin air. The cookware gave him the power matching his opponent’s KO ranking. His bestie
King Arthur Wang Ya Ze recited Shakespearian sonnets and wielded a sword in a rock. Pretty boy Ding Xiao Yu was a human punching bag. Beat him up all you want, he would just stand right back up. I didn’t know them too well because I wasn’t into bromance at the time. But I heard they used their special abilities to defeat the big evil that was their favorite food stall vendor’s evil twin.
The X-Family (終極一家)
Fast forward a couple years, I met their counterparts in another dimension. Wang Da Dong’s doppelganger was a boy named Xia Tian, painfully shy and secretly into rock bands. He lived with his truck driving mother, money grabbing big brother, boy crazy little sister and a grandfather who might or might not have dementia. His philandering father was banished to a little joint called, “Dead Man’s Pub.” Apparently, Xia Tian was destined to save his world from enslavement by the big evil’s homeboys. The transition from a quiet boy to an interdimensional savior wasn’t easy. First, he needed to get his “Jekyll and Hyde” situation under control. Then he needed to get over his tragic crush on a girl who might-or-might-not-be his father’s illegitimate daughter but who had definitely tried to kill him more than once. While all that was going on, he struggled to master playing guitar. Why? Because he got no talent but he had to play guitar to channel his incredible hidden power. He eventually got it and stopped the Mojie invasion.
K.O.3an Guo (終極三國)
While Xia Tian and his friends were fighting the good war, his guitar teacher Xiu was in yet another dimension living the life of “Three Kingdoms.” Our poor Xiu had to stand in for the badly hurt Liu Bei after boys from KO One accidentally crushed him with a giant rock. Xiu (henceforward known as the fake Liu Bei) became sworn brothers with Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, two of the best fighters in all kingdoms. In their new school, they found other kindred spirits who believe in honor and loyalty. They formed a little clique, in which the group went around fighting invading schools, helping their demonized friends recover their sanity, and getting their hearts broken by girls from Kingdom of Jiangdong. They joined a campaign to overthrow their power-mad demon principal but weren’t able to save their school from a hostile takeover. Their brotherhood had to say a tearful goodbye when Xiu, aka the fake Liu Bei, must return to his own dimension lest his continuing presence completely destabilize their dimension’s course of history.