Dropped Love Unexpected and Mysterious Love after some episodes due to lack of interesting plot development. It is interesting how the male lead character can feel the female lead character’s physical pain and the female lead character can feel the male lead character’s emotions due to an incident in Love Unexpected. Felt that Fan Shi Qi didnt act well enough. His face is not emotionless enough, even though his character is supposed to not be able to feel his emotions. This problem is amplified after the incident when his emotions are transferred to the female lead character. Liked how the female lead character is good at fighting. It is interesting how she is strong and protects him a few times unlike the usual. Mysterious Love is mysterious. The male lead character has a dangerous job (?) and pretends not to know the female lead character when they finally meet after a few years. Liked how the male lead character teaches the female lead character shooting skill. Liked the male lead character’s friend who supports and helps him. Liked the development of relationship between the male lead character’s friend and female lead character’s friend. Liked the development of relationship and interaction between the female lead character’s friend and the male lead character’s friend’s naughty and fierce adoptive child.
Quite sick of e-sports/professional gaming already haha after watching 3 dramas on that. Hence, I only tried Falling Into Your Smile because my sister wanted to try it. My sister is still not sick of e-sports drama yet haha. Seen Xu Kai in roles that are cute or naughty. Wanted to see him act in a cold guy role. Finally, it happens in Falling Into Your Smile but too bad I dropped it after a few episodes. It is not clear which characters are playing which game characters when they are playing the games during competitions so it is confusing to me and I cant follow well. I feel that it is quite important for audience to be able to follow the games in a professional gaming drama. Besides, the game characters are too cute for professional gaming to me haha. Found the supporting male lead actor/female lead character’s ex-boyfriend good-looking and found him familiar. After searching, I realised I found him good-looking in Happy Camp in the past haha.
Watched Twelve Legends from the last episode backwards. There is some fantasy. The couples in the drama mostly have tragic endings. Watched until one of the characters becomes a fox forever as the villain manages to steal her fox bead by possessing her injured lover. It is tragic for that couple as the injured lover wakes up later but cant find her and carries the fox (her) found at his bedside while looking desperately for her. Found it negative and stopped at that point. Liked that actor’s acting which is different from his character in All I Want for Love is You. Watched the first episode of the drama, Humans. It is made creepier than it is and has sadistic elements/characters haha. It is mysterious but not a drama I would continue. In Love With Your Dimples has a funny and nice first episode and there is mystery as the male lead character knows the female lead character but she doesnt remember him. But somehow dropped the drama after some time. Scanned through some parts of Moonlight. My sister prefers Ding Yu Xi’s other characters, the colder ones. I only finished one Ding Yu Xi’s drama so far which is The Romance of Tiger and Rose. Scanned through some parts of Well Dominated Love, Mr Honesty, Word of Honour, and You Are My Hero while they were screening. The male lead character in Mr Honesty is interesting. The boss in Well Dominated Love is cute in some ways.
Finished scanning through Hello Mr. Gu, Miss Crow with Mr. Lizard, and Timeless Love. Tried to scan Hello Mr Gu a second time at a slower pace but gave up after about half of the drama. Found the drama sweet. Not including the female lead character in the male lead character’s whole recovery process from the psychological disorder makes the last quarter of the drama not as sweet but I guess it is the unique thing about this drama. Its message is probably “Only you can overcome your own problems”. It is painful that he doesnt even get a chance to meet her to explain himself and is stuck downstairs. It is painful how there is no chance for them to repair their relationship and show that they still care for each other before the happy ending. Scanned the last quarter of Miss Crow with Mr. Lizard at a slower pace a second time. Dont think I have the patience to scan the rest again haha. Liked the fantasy/sci-fiction parts. Felt that Ren Jia Lun acts well to portray the pain the character feels and how he is living off borrowed time. Scanned through Timeless Love at a slower pace a second time for around the first half of the drama. Watched the drama because of the psychological element. Watched The Trick of Life and Love until Cheng Ming regains his memory. Scanned through the rest of it. Liked the fantasy/sci-fiction element in Love Crossed but the pace of the drama is too slow for me.
The King’s Avatar (2019) 全职高手
starring Yang Yang as Ye Xiu/Jun Mo Xiao/Ye Qiu, Huang Yi as Ye Xiu [Young], Maggie Jiang as Chen Guo, Lai Yu Meng as Su Mu Cheng, Daisy Li as Tang Rou, Leon Lai as Bao Rong Xing/Bao Zi Ruqin, Fan Jin Wei as Qiao Yi Fan/Yi Cun Hui [Wei Cao’s team member], Sun Ning as Luo Ji/Mei Guang, Li Jun Chen as An Wen Yi, Bai Xiang as Wei Chen, Yang Ting Dong as Mo Fan, Chris Song as Wu Chen, Sunday Jiang as Huang Shao Tian [Lan Yu’s Team Member], Kido Gao as Yu Wen Zhou [Lan Yu’s team captain], Leo Liang as Sun Xiang/Yue Yun [Jia Shi’s New Team Captain], Zhao Chu Lun as Tao Xuan [Jia Shi’s Team Manager], Hao Shuai as Chen Ye Hui [Jia Shi’s Team Member], Yin Yi as Su Mu Qiu, Eddie Gu as Han Wen Qing [Ba Tu’s Team Captain], Zhai Zi Lu as Qiu Fei, Daniel Gu as Wang Jie Xi/Tiny Herb Captain, Li Xiao Pang as Chang Xian/Yue Zhong mian, Andrew Leng as Xiao Shi Qin
Watched this drama from episode 13 in 2019. Supposed to post this review at the time that I posted the quotes for the drama but it was postponed haha. When I saw the poster of the drama, I found the actor familiar but I didnt even recognise Yang Yang. His appearance has changed from when I last saw him in Love O2O and Whirlwind girl. My sister didnt want to watch the downfall of Master Ye Qiu (Ye Xiu) so we didnt watch the drama. After some time, I randomly tried ep 13 of the drama and found it exciting, funny, and heartwarming. It is the episode that Master Ye Qiu (Ye Xiu) makes a comeback after his downfall by secretly playing the game backstage for Tang Rou whom he previously guided on playing the game. Ye Xiu, Chen Guo, and Tang Rou are there as spectators to watch the game. Tang Rou happens to be chosen as the lucky spectator to play with a professional-to-be player (?). Tang Rou follows the steps Ye Xiu taught and makes the professional-to-be player at a loss and causes him embarrassment. The professional-to-be player’s captain then secretly goes backstage to help him and kills Tang Rou’s game character slowly to humiliate her. After that, Ye Xiu cant watch anymore and goes backstage to help her defeat them. Ye Xiu includes the technique that only he knows how to use as the last move and defeats them at the last moment. People that have been following e-sports know that it is him playing the game. The reporters go backstage but he already leaves with the voiceover “Every unwilling departure is for the final return.” I showed my sister the scenes and we decided to watch the drama from there.
Enjoyed watching the game competitions. There are individual and team game competitions. They are exciting and cool. There is humour for most of the game competitions too. Towards the end, when there is no more game competition, it is not as interesting. Ye Xiu’s spirit shines through in the drama. Admired how he doesnt give up and fights to the last moment. Enjoyed watching how there are many unexpected twists at the very last moments of the game competitions he plays. An example of unexpected twists is there are spies that keep hitting the wall while pretending to help them and missing the beast (?). All the team members think that they are going to lose but Ye Xiu uses it to his advantage and the wall eventually collapses on the beast, killing it at the last moment. Another example is when it is revealed that Ye Xiu’s game character manages to shield Tang Rou’s game character and his game character with his umbrella weapon when people think that his team members are all killed by a big attack. Another example is that at first the opponent team has won already but because Ye Xiu breaks the record on the number of moves/attacks used in the game, there are extra points given to his team so his team wins the game. He seems to always make miracles happen. Liked how Ye Xiu is smart and good at coming up with strategies before and during the game competitions. Liked how he is good at leading the team. Enjoyed watching the game competition between Lan Yu and Ye Xiu’s team, Xing Xin. Wei Chen doesnt want to cooperate and does ridiculous things in the competition like playing hopscotch, resting on the bench in the game, and watching Yi Fan’s game character fighting an opponent team member’s game character like a bystander. Wei Chen even asks Yi Fan why Yi Fan saves him after Wei Chen’s game character gets attacked by another opponent team member’s game character and is rescued by Yi Fan’s game character. Yi Fan is shocked and thinks if he did wrongly. Ye Xiu’s game character fights Shao Tian’s game character at first but ends up fleeing. Shao Tian’s game character chases him and ends up getting stuck after being pushed by Ye Xiu’s game character into a small space in between buildings. It is funny how the players in the league are the commentators for the final non-league competition. Enjoyed watching Shao Tian and the captains being commentators. Shao Tian is just saying whatever he wants and not really describing and explaining the game process haha. I wonder how they manage to control communication in the gaming headsets. They just speak into it no matter talking to their team members or to opposing team members.
It is funny how Ye Xiu is unscrupulous when recruiting some of his team members. Ye Xiu takes Wei Chen’s beloved weapon from his game character after defeating him in the game in order to get Wei Chen to come and find him. Ye Xiu traps Mo Fan’s game character in a well in the game so that Mo Fan cant play the game and has to find him. Mo Fan’s only pleasure is playing the game and it is painful when he cant because of Ye Xiu. Not only that, Ye Xiu makes Mo Fan lose his game id card by tempting Mo Fan and making Mo Fan make a bet with him. Mo Fan doesnt want to join the team at first as he prefers to lead his loner life. Rain is well-used to intensify Mo Fan’s feelings. Ye Xiu reads people like a book. He is good at predicting what people will do. He is good at setting traps and making people fall into them. Liked how Ye Xiu is good at giving advice to others and guiding the team members. He helps Yi Fan bounce back from his setback and overcome his fears regarding making decisions and leading the other team members. Ye Xiu is good at creating situations and events which can help his team members realise things themselves. He also gives them space to make their own decisions, no matter it will lead to what he wants. Not only Ye Xiu’s own team members, but he also gives advice and motivates players from other teams. For example, Ye Xiu tells former Thunderbolt captain, Shi Qin, to persist and fill up his whole notebook. Perhaps the last insistence will lead to success. Shi Qin becomes an excellent strategist later on and becomes a great opponent of Xing Xin. Liked how the underlying meaning of hard work is being examined. It is true that it is more advantageous for geniuses/talented people but as long as we put in effort in the correct way and keep working on that thing, we will become better and better at it and one day be seen as genius by others in the future. Liked how Ye Xiu purely loves to play the game. He plays the game with chefs and other people, enjoying it. He makes it clear that he is playing the game professionally not because of the fans but because he loves it. He thanks the fans for their support but the fans is not the reason he continues playing. Liked the character Ye Xiu and there is a lot to learn from him.
It is so nice how Ye Xiu has many expert friends. I also want to have such friends. Liked the friendship between Ye Xiu and all the captains. They have a competitive spark among them. Liked how there are many distinct characters in the drama and liked the acting by the cast. Liked the character Shao Tian. Liked how he is so noisy and humorous. He can talk non-stop in his daily life and when playing the game. Liked the friendship between Shao Tian and Ye Xiu. Liked the relationship between Shao Tian and Lan Yu captain, Wen Zhou. Liked the relationship between Shao Tian and Lan Yu former captain, Wei Chen. Liked the character Shi Qin. Found Shi Qin good-looking haha. Liked how he is smart. He is able to break any attack by the opponent. Liked how he is able to work with Sun Xiang who is competitive and individualistic and bring out the strengths of Sun Xiang. Felt neutral about Sun Xiang at first. But started to like the character after he shows his other side. For example, Sun Xiang secretly goes to watch Xing Xin’s competition and is spotted by Mu Cheng. He denies that he is watching Xing Xin and says that he is watching the opponent team. He is so flustered when Mu Cheng removes the hood of his hoodie. Liked how he stands up against Mr Tao when Mr Tao blames him for Jia Shi losing. Sun Xiang says that Glory is not a single-player game, everyone is responsible for the failure including Mr Tao. It is funny how Sun Xiang cant help but compete with Qiu Fei, Ye Xiu’s disciple, after Qiu Fei returns from overseas. They have the same game character and similar personality. It is interesting to watch Sun Xiang and Qiu Fei work together as a team. Liked the character Qiu Fei. Found Qiu Fei good-looking haha. Liked the relationship between Qiu Fei and Ye Xiu. After Qiu Fei is framed for cheating during a competition, Ye Xiu advises him to go overseas to improve his gaming skills. Although Qiu Fei is upset that Ye Xiu is no longer in Jia Shi when he returns, he confronts Ye Xiu instead of believing others that Ye Xiu betrayed Jia Shi.
Liked how the characters in Xing Xin are distinct. The only character that I disliked is Wen Yi. He criticises Yi Fan but he himself is just a fake. Wen Yi’s friend is the one that plays his game id for him. At least Wen Yi didnt give in to a Jia Shi guy’s threat. I disliked Wei Chen at the time when he changes Ye Xiu’s plan when Ye Xiu is not around, thinking that Wu Chen betrayed the team. Wei Chen could have confronted Wu Chen about it. Furthermore, Wei Chen’s hand injury will cause him to lose the round anyway. Liked the interactions among the team members in Xing Xin. It is funny how Bao Zi/Rong Xing dresses as his game character when Ye Xiu says that they just need to dress to fit the professional status. Laughed at how they dont want to bring him along and trick him to leave him behind. It is funny how Rong Xing, Tang Rou, and Luo Ji tell Yi Fan not to check the announcement on which professional league team they will be playing against but they all end up checking at different corners of the Internet cafe. It is ironic and funny how Luo Ji uses the Murphy Law to explain so much to them that they should not be fearful and go to rest but he himself is acting otherwise. It is funny how they pretend to be drunk at one glass to prove that they are professional gamers. Liked their growth as they learn to work as a team, depend on each other and overcome setbacks together. They also grow individually to become better. When the team disbands once and members go their separate ways after they lose badly, Mo Fan still trusts that the team members will return and waits for them. Wu Chen continues to buy things in the game for upgrade purposes. Rong Xing makes sure that Wei Chen doesnt sell his game id. It is touching when they all choose to come back and make a surprise return. Chen Guo realises at ep 13 that her employee/Internet cafe manager(?), Ye Xiu, is actually her idol, Master Ye Qiu. Laughed at how she covers him with her jacket when the reporters run towards them, thinking that the reporters are going for Ye Xiu but actually they are not. She ends up making Ye Xiu’s hair messy. Liked how Ye Xiu tells her to just be herself and speak her mind when interacting with him. It is exhausting for him to act like her idol if she wants to be his fan. Liked how Chen Guo supports Ye Xiu when he wants to build a new team. She provides a place for training and provides financial support. It is hilarious and sweet how Luo Ji and Rong Xing offer candy and lemon to Chen Guo respectively when she is sad. Didnt know can offer lemon haha. “Its sour can let you forget all the troubles.”
Liked the character Mu Cheng. She is good at attacking in the game. If I didnt remember wrongly, Mo Fan was scared of/angry with her attacks. Felt that Mu Cheng’s bowing scenes are sad/heartwarming. Mu Cheng bows to apologise to the fans the time when Jia Shi loses and cant enter the professional league. The fans say they dont blame her. Another time is when she wins the round and her fans are cheering for her. It is sad when Mu Cheng finally ends her relationship with Jia Shi. There is so much memories. Mr Tao drives two of the old players out of Jia Shi. Mr Tao becomes the businessman he previously disliked. Mu Cheng remains in Jia Shi after Ye Xiu is forced to leave. Liked the design of the rooms for players of Jia Shi. Liked the relationship and interactions between Mu Cheng and Ye Xiu. They give advice to each other, comfort each other in difficult times, tease each other, and spend time doing things together. They are previously team mates but will eventually meet as opponents after Ye Xiu leaves. Mu Cheng finally becomes Ye Xiu’s team mate again at the end. Shipped Mu Cheng and Ye Xiu. Too bad this drama doesnt have romance. Liked how Mu Cheng and Ye Xiu do their best when playing the game no matter what.
I wonder what happened to Mu Cheng’s brother, Mu Qiu. I think he passed away. Maybe it is revealed in the episodes that I didnt watch. Liked the friendship and the interactions between Mu Qiu and Ye Xiu, mostly seen as recall. Liked young Ye Xiu and young Mu Qiu. It is funny how Ye Xiu impacts Mu Qiu’s life. Ye Xiu manages to change Mu Qiu’s decisions for the better when Mu Qiu is making life-changing decisions. It is sad that Ye Xiu doesnt overtake Mu Qiu’s ranking when playing the arcade game motorcycle Ye Xiu bought many years ago. Liked how the arcade game motorcycle ranking and the incident when the umbrella weapon made by Mu Qiu is broken show how Ye Xiu wants to preserve what Mu Qiu did and his unwillingness to let Mu Qiu go. The two things also later reflect when Ye Xiu is willing to let go and move on. Perhaps if Mu Qiu is still around, Mr Tao and Ye Xiu’s relationship wont be so bad. Mu Qiu is the mediator between them. Liked the relationship between Ye Xiu and his grandfather. The grandfather is the only one in the family that plays games with him and supports his e-sports journey. It is sad that Ye Xiu is not there at his final moments. If I didnt remember wrongly, he leaves a key so that Ye Xiu can come back home one day. It is interesting how Ye Xiu has a twin brother who tries to bring him back home. He is often tricked by Ye Xiu. Ye Xiu took Ye Qiu’s identity card when he runs away from home to pursue e-sports. It is funny how Ye Xiu’s father finally accepts Ye Xiu being a professional gamer and comes to watch his competition and Chang Xian, Ye Xiu’s loyal fan + a reporter, thinks that Ye Xiu’s father is Ye Xiu’s fan and gives him a sign for fans to raise. Touched by what Chang Xian says when Xing Xin is thought to have lost. “Sharing the joy if we win, sharing the pain if we lose. At the worst, we will accompany Xing Xin to restart everything and wait one extra year.” It is fun to watch Chang Xian slowly discovers that the Internet cafe manager is his idol. It is funny how Ye Xiu tries to wear a mask to prevent himself from being discovered but isnt it more obvious since his previous self wears a mask? It is funny how Chang Xian gives Ye Xiu gifts that Ye Xiu is allergic to. Liked how Chang Xian brings a lot of people to the Internet cafe one time to help Xing Xin in one of the game missions. The people keep doing the mission until it is accomplished even when not in the Internet cafe.
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