Love Between Fairy and Devil
Genre: Wuxia, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Air-date: Aug 7, 2022 – Aug 29, 2022
Starring: Yu Shu Xin as Orchid, Dylan Wang as Dongfang Qing Cang, Zhang Ling He as Chang Heng | Xiao Run, Xu Hai Qiao as Rong Hao
OHMYGOD who is this? The infamous ghost of Sugar Baby’s past. Hahaha. Surprise! It is me and I am back with a review too. Hold the applause. Anyways, it was a rough summer guys.. The whole astrology shit is true. Saturn, Mercury, they were all beating my ass. I actually fell into a dark pit of a drama slump. The only Asian drama I was watching was Lie To Me and Jang Bo Ri because of Lazy Unnie and Nat. I don’t know which drama put me in the slump but I know which one got me out of it.
I am going to offer complete transparency here, I had no intention to ever watch this drama. I wasn’t too keen on it simply because I was not the biggest fan of either leads. I have seen both in things before and found them to be equally meh at most. I started this drama simply because it was so hyped up and Marian, who I trust dearly with chinese drama recommendations, said this was the first xianxia she has truly enjoyed since Ten Miles of Peach Blossom and I really had to see it for myself. I started watching this drama without even knowing what the premise was, I just dived right in prepared to be a hater like Dongfang Xun Feng. Imagine my shock when I couldn’t stop watching. I tore through twenty episodes in like two days. I was eating this up yummy yum yum. So let’s get into this review.
I always have a hard time reviewing these type of stories because there is just so much going on and to cover thoroughly would have me here forever. We’re going to do a simple like vs dislikes.
- Cinematography: First and foremost , I loved the costumes and the visual effects used here. Yes we had our typical dark and lights, but it was so complimentary and pleasing to the eye. One of my favorite scenes in the entire drama was the final battle scene.
- Chemistry: The chemistry here was insanely good and I am not just talking about Esther and Dylan’s chemistry. The whole cast worked so well together that it was phenomenal to see.
- Acting: Because the chemistry was so good, the acting did what it needed to do. There was no obvious gap in either direction. Everyone was very evenly matched and it worked well. Standout for me was Guo Xiao Ting and I am so interested in seeing more of her. I was also very very pleasantly shocked by Esther.
- Plot: Honestly, the reason I stuck around was when the body swapped happened, that was my ‘oh that’s different’ moment and then when a certain scene happened with Ronghao, I was like damn. Those were the truly standout moments for me. I also enjoyed that we had a full story that was told with Ronghao.
- Pacing: Now, as is the downfall with many a cdrama, and many a xianxia, the pacing was tiresome. I was pumped up and powering through all the way to episode 25 and then I staggered and went to watch something else. It was dragging a bit. There were stretches of episodes that were just not necessary and that is the problem with making a story 36 episodes when it doesn’t need to be. You could tell they were at their wits end, stretching and running that script to the ground.
- Plot: The pacing issue and the plot issue go hand in hand. Lots of fillers. Listen, as much as this is easy to watch and very predictably story to follow, other than those two standout moments, I listed everything else was as expected. It got annoying seeing the long episodes of nothing really happening. It was also a bit frustrating as a viewer to already have solved certain things and waiting on your characters to catch up to it. I was especially turned off by the whole twin sister plot line. Completely unnecessary.
Overall, as you can see, the likes are greater than the dislikes and like I said, I was properly obsessed when I first started this drama as well. It took me out of the drama slump and it is worth rewatching. I really really enjoyed this one. I also have a new found appreciation for Esther. Worth the hype for once.
Rewatch Value: 8/10