Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Crush


Genre: Romance, Life, Youth
Origin: China
Episodes: 24
Air-date: Aug 3, 2021 – Aug 12, 2021
Starring: Wan Peng as Sang Wu Yan, Evan Lin as Su Nian Qin / “Yi Jin”

Sang Wu Yan, a college senior, dreams of becoming a broadcaster. She works as an assistant at a radio station and likes a mysterious songwriter with the name “Yi Jin”. She fell in love at first sight after a chance meeting with Su Nian Qin and later discovers that he is visually impaired. Layer by layer, Sang Wu Yan peels off Su Nian Qin’s elusive, arrogant and indifferent shell due to his broken family. She then learns that he was in fact the talented ‘Yi Jin’. Their interactions lead to a sweeping romance but the couple finds themselves in a tug of war between their hard-earned happiness and a fear of loss. Mounting pressure eventually leads to a breakup. Three years later, the two people who have gone down different paths meet again


To be honest, I had completed this drama a while ago and it’s just been sitting here in my drafts as I try to decide how I wanted to rate it and how to approach this. I think that if I had noticed this was a second chance romance which I am recognizing is very much a common theme amongst contemporary cdramas , I probably wouldn’t have picked it up even as much as I love Wan Peng. That being said, I am still happy I did pick it up because I really think that Wan Peng and Evan Lin have really good chemistry. Also Evan Lin, was just looking so scrumptious in this and I would like to see more of him, thanks.

When I first started this drama, I devoured the first half of the episodes because it was giving. I loved that they had such a good chemistry with each other. I understood Wu Yan and Nian Qin as characters very well. I thought that their motivations were very clear and understandable. However, I knew that the breakup would sour it because I knew it would be nonsensical and I was correct. I just thought the entire sequence of activities could literally only happen in a drama. After that point we are able to see a bit of growth in Nian Qin as a character, but Wu Yan was more or less the same which in turn negated the breakup for me. We had so many frivolous side storylines that really made no sense either. Also, Wu Yan was not believable as a talented psychology student who could use psychology tactics to infiltrate her love. As much as I enjoyed the cute moments like the classic sharing music in the back of the bus with the earbuds and the way they still kept that kind of banter within their relationship even after man became lowkey a stalker, I found that I was just finishing this drama to finish it. I also have reservations about him regaining his sight. I would’ve loved to see one drama where the blind character is blind the entire time.

However, we all that being said, I still think we had a good acting performance. I do have requests to see Wan Peng in a slightly less sunshine girl role though even though she is clearly good at it. I would still recommend this drama because it is cute and does give the ‘crush’ vibes, but if you’re like me and aren’t really a fan of contrived breakups then perhaps skip this one.

Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

Published by Unbothered Unnies

A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

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