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In the strictest term, pantasya (ᜉᜈ᜔ᜆᜐ᜔ᜌ) is simply the Filipino translation of the English genre fantasy, which is known as xuánhuàn (玄幻) in Hànyǔ (Chinese), fantajī (ファンタジー) in Nihongo (Japanese), and hwansang (환상) in Hangugeo (Korean). As a genre, it is an umbrella term of speculative fiction in Asia-Pacific which usually features Asia-Pacific martial arts, the belief in reincarnation or paying one’s karma, and the heavy use of Asia-Pacific cultures, arts, and designs.

pantasya (ᜉᜈ᜔ᜆᜐ᜔ᜌ) / xuánhuàn (玄幻) / fantajī (ファンタジー) / hwansang (환상) are typically set in a fictional universe and inspired by legends, mythologies, and folklore. These stories and worlds usually have magic with a bit of science fiction existing in opposotion or alongside it. The paranormal and the supernatural are also commonly present in pantasya fiction, usually in the form of ghosts, spirits, the afterlife, or an unknown post-human being due to a curse or a virus.

pantasya (ᜉᜈ᜔ᜆᜐ᜔ᜌ) is also a good umbrella term for Asia-Pacific fantasy fiction because of asya in pantasya which is Asia in English.


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