I have really been in one mode and one mode only, BL. Like I said before, I was very wary of diving into the world of Korean BL because I just feel they are extra chaste because of the subject matter and Korea be all kinds of repressed. Either way, something is in the water because this is my second KBL and it was surprisingly addicting. This is a classic enemies to lovers trope while also playing up the seemingly charismatic bad boy falling in love with the uptight and closed-off counterpart. Nothing about the pieces of this drama were revolutionary but I feel like it was because it shows that Korean BL’s have the potential to have chemistry and heat without being gratuitous.
The pacing of this story was really good because of how short it was, there was no time for filler. There was no big build-up. You as the viewer are shown right away what kind of person Sang Woo is and how petty Jae Young could be. I think those were some of the funniest scenes watching Jae Young persistently go out of his way to bother Sang Woo. But it’s when all that teasing starts to affect both of them in ways neither expected that made all the butterflies fly. Something I also loved was the way both Sang Woo and Jae Young’s personalities were reflected by their majors. Sang Woo being a computer science major had him very structured and when he is encountered by the graphic artists of Jae Young, it’s hard for him to compute. Watching him fall for Jae Young and basically try to rationalize it is hilarious.
There isn’t much more to say besides thank you to Park Seo Ham, Park Jae chan, and the casting department. It was the chemistry between the leads and the physicality that made this work. That height difference was PERFECT! I also loved the side characters of Choi Yu Na and Ryu Ji Hye. Yes, the slight love triangle they wanted to set up between Sang Woo, Jae Young, and Ji Hye was annoying but it did give us the amazing scene of Jae Young basically laying claim on his man. And BI SEXUAL QUEEN YU NA NEEDS A SPIN-OFF!
I liked that sexuality was never really an issue. People just liked who they liked and there was no big deal. It felt refreshing. Selfishly, the only thing I really wished for this was it to be longer because I really loved the chemistry of these two characters. They had the friend chemistry down but also their kiss chemistry was AMAZING! I need more kisses like the ones between Jae Young and Sang Woo. If Seo Ham was not in the military right now, he could give lessons. After finishing the show, I had started the webtoon and from what I’ve read, this was a great adaptation. I need more in this realm of Korean BLs.
Genre: Business Romance, Comedy Origin: China Episodes: 36 Air-date: Sep 27, 2020 – Oct 27, 2020 Starring: Luo Yun Xi as Yuan Shuai, Bai Lu as Jiang Jun, Gao Han Yu as Du Lei, Xiao Yan as Xu Li, Riley Wang as Li Xiao Chun
If I am not mistaken, I believe that the last time I was reviewing a Chinese drama, I said that it was like a comforting bowl of soup. If I had to describe this drama, I would say it was like a pleasant dream which quickly turned into a nightmare. This drama was 18 episodes too long and it was felt every moment of the way. I didn’t start off disliking this drama, quite the opposite actually. I was obsessed with this drama it was giving everything even with all the cheesiness.
This story was the greatest downfall. It was predictable and not worth the 36 episode run that we had. There were so many portions where you can see that the story should’ve naturally ended. However, that was completely trampled once we got to the last six episodes that had a time jump which completely derailed Du Lei’s character, I was like yeah no fuck this show. I am never one to truly be into second leads and their stories, but when I tell you that this truly just kept going and going and going until I was getting a headache every time I sat down to watch. Like let’s not even talk about the business aspect and how nothing made sense there and then pure CCP propaganda that existed when she argued with him about quitting her job and then deciding she wanted to quit her job and be a wife and mother. Umm ok. And let’s not even discuss the fact that her dumbass friend was also so wildly annoying during those six episodes as well as a married woman.
In all honesty and what people know to be the truth is that Yunxi and Bai Lu had alllll the chemistry here and they were the reason for the season. Like the only reason I am not giving this drama like 2 stars is because of their chemistry. Yuan Shuai was IN LOVE with her and the BIGGEST SIMP ever that I was so sold. I was enamored by this. The kisses were everything! The confession scene during the first snow? I was gagged for days just dreamy about it. It was so beautiful. Never have I ever wanted to go on a date at an aquarium as much as I have since watching this drama.
This drama is a standard case of we could have had it alllll… All they needed to do was cut this by 12 episodes, not make Du Lei become this random psycho perv all of a sudden and make sense of that stupid breakup. All in all, I had a hard time with this one and don’t know if I would recommend it beyond just watching scenes of Yunxi and Bai Lu make out.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Youth, Drama Origin: Thailand Episodes: 4 Air-date: Apr 19, 2020 – May 10, 2020 Starring: Singto Prachaya Ruangroj Worranit as Tan/DJ Titan, Jamie Juthapich Indrajundra as Mimi
Yeah I am on the grind. You know what’s weird? This is the shortest one I have watched so far and it might be favorite? I really enjoyed the simplisticyt of the story as well as how sweet and comforting the chemistry was. I think I also enjoyed the fact that I found everyone to be very attractive.
Story wise there wasn’t anything here that was new, but it was done in a way that I didn’t find myself being overtly annoyed. This drama benefitted from the fact that it was so short because there was no need for any fodder. It came, delivered and ended. I enjoyed the acting from our leads and I actually found Mimi to be very sweet even though I often do not find myself to be found of female leads with her personality. I also loved her relationship with her father because I, too, am a daddy’s girl. I love that almost every time they speak we have a split screen and see the way they are both dealing with the interation.
I found this drama to be the sweetest of the bunch and I am giving it the seal of approval. Only one left to go and then I am done with this little mini series.
This felt like a big week and I’m actually confused. I like a bunch of things. Lately, I’ve liked nothing and nothing. But March seems to be adding a bunch of good things. Maybe the year has just started musically?