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China Drama Review Super Star Academy 超星星学园

Super Star Academy (2016) 超星星学园

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10, 9/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Xiao Zhan as Fang Tian Zhe, Wang Yu Wen as Cheng Zhi Er, Bai Shu as Wan Shi Cun, Wu Jia Cheng as Shen Hao, Peng Chu Yue as Li Ya Dang, Xu Xiao Lu as Huo Bei Bei, Gu Jia Cheng as Su Ge La Di, Guo Zi Fan as Zhou Dong, Hong Chen as Bai Bai, Zhao Lei as Mao Zi Jian, Chen Ze Xi as Fu Liwei, You You as Xiao Ai

My sister watched this drama some time ago (before Xiao Zhan becomes famous) and sometimes mentioned it to me, making me curious about it. But the way that I imagined what the drama is like based on how she described it is a little different from the drama itself haha. She made the drama seem darker when she said that many people die towards the end and there is chaos. Maybe it is just my own imagination haha. Decided to watch it due to lack of fantasy dramas to watch.

Loved the fantasy in the drama. Every horoscope has its own distinctive supernatural power. For example, running very fast for Aries, invisibility for Cancer, lion roar for Leo, making people slow down for Libra, controlling people and predicting the future for Aquarius, splitting into identical selves for Gemini, reflecting attacks for Scorpio, impersonation for Pisces etc. Liked the competitions carried out for the students.

It is cool when they use their supernatural power. The coolest and most powerful supernatural power to me is the one Leo has. When Shi Cun battles Tian Zhe, he blows out tunes of many songs and the attacks are strong. His roars are also powerful. My sister also likes Leo’s power the most. She feels that Shi Cun’s attack is gentle but cruel. Although Tian Zhe may not use his power much for the first half of the drama, I liked how Tian Zhe uses his power for crucial moments like splitting into identical selves to save Zhi Er and having 2 of him pull Zhi Er up from the cliff edge since one of him wasnt strong enough. Felt that Tian Zhe’s power is well-used to evoke certain atmosphere. There is one time that he escapes from his house to have a secret date with Zhi Er and leaves an identical self at home. Then, his mother realises it and the conversation between the mother and the other self was touching and it seems like his real self heard it as his identical self at home disappears after that and there is some sadness on his face. Another time is when his mother is being put under house arrest (?) and he splits into identical selves to serve the elders so that he can go in to see her. When they allow him to visit, all the identical selves clumsily rush to the door haha. The only time that I feel that the power of impersonation that the Pisces has is good is when Xiao Ai uses it to comfort Bei Bei. It is a warm comforting method as she takes on the identity of the person Bei Bei likes to hug her instead of using her own identity. Felt that the power of Aries is cool to watch but it is more useful for escaping than battles. The power of Aquarius is quite common but a scene that left an impression is where Bai Bai pats Shi Cun’s back and he moves quickly away from her saying that he is also afraid of cockroach (Bai Bai claimed that she just used her hand to catch a cockroach to Xiao Ai).

This drama has many comedy scenes. The comedy scenes are sometimes quite unexpected, weird, and out of place or sudden. Some may think that it is a bit overused but I think it is fine haha. For example, Shi Cun and the Ophiuchus leader meeting at the rooftop and being all serious then Shi Cun asks why they need to meet at the rooftop. Then, the Ophiuchus leader says that it happens often in movies and Shi Cun says that those people dont choose 2pm in the afternoon. They then wipe off their sweat. They have funny after-school activities like “Ex-boyfriend go and die” club. I found the comedy scenes (even the weird ones) quite amusing and they made the drama more fun to watch. Found the Ophiuchus people’s behaviours funny, especially when they are chasing Zhi Er to recapture her. One follows the rules of the traffic light and cant catch up, the other says that it is time to get off work when he already can catch her, another ends up competing with a random runner on the street, some cant help but pick up money someone dropped and they keep asking the others to chase her but no one bothers and the funny part is Zhi Er also cant resist picking up the money. Tian Zhe’s mother is hilarious at times.

 

Felt that there are many distinctive characters and I liked many of them. Liked how Tian Zhe, Ya Dang, and Bei Bei have a loyal follower each. Liked how Ya Dang is hilarious at times and how he is good at singing. Loved the scene that he sings “1000 reasons to feel sad” with his band, including Zi Jian, under the bridge coincidentally while Shi Cun is watching Tian Zhe hugging Zhi Er. Liked the relationship between Zi Jian and Ya Dang. Liked the couple Zhou Dong and Bai Bai. Throughout the drama, they are saying cheesy words to each other and I had fun watching how sweet they are together. Liked the scene before they battle Zi Jian and the scene where Zhou Dong carries an umbrella for Bai Bai when they are in the mountains and gives her anything she asks for. Both of them are smart and they work well together. At first, I didnt find Shen Hao good-looking but as the drama goes, I found Shen Hao more and more good-looking haha. Liked the relationship between Shen Hao and Tian Zhe and how he is loyal to Tian Zhe. It is funny how he is jealous of Zhi Er when Tian Zhe chooses her over him. Liked how he is hilarious at times. Liked the development of relationship between Shen Hao and Ya Dang from enemies to friends. It is funny how their followers are just enemies on the surface to follow their leaders. Liked the plot twist regarding the character that seems loyal to Tian Zhe’s mother. Found the Ophiuchus leader hilarious. Liked how the relationship between Bei Bei and Xiao Ai grows and how Bei Bei sees Xiao Ai as a friend instead of just a follower towards the end of the drama. It is cool how Xiao Ming that is sometimes mentioned but doesnt appear at all until towards the end of the drama is actually such a significant second lead. After I tried tagging the actors in Instagram, then I realised most of them are actually from a cpop group X Nine haha. Felt that this drama is better than Oh My Emperor which my sister watched and I peeked into and I think they acted better in this drama.

Finally to the 3 main characters haha. Liked the characters Shi Cun and Tian Zhe. A little dont like Zhi Er as she tells Shi Cun to put things back to their original positions even if people may not approve of it (cant remember exactly) and later becomes angry at him for doing that. Liked the background stories of Shi Cun and Tian Zhe. Shi Cun is the illegitimate child of Tian Zhe’s father. Tian Zhe’s mother is all out to kill him, especially since her son is not Leo. Because of that, Shi Cun lives a miserable life as his mother falls ill after an accident caused by Tian Zhe’s mother and she passes away eventually. Shi Cun only wants revenge until he meets Zhi Er. He equips himself with very high level of supernatural power, even though he pretends he has low level of supernatural power. Tian Zhe doesnt lead an easy life as he has to hide the fact that he is not Leo but Gemini as only Leo can take over Tian Zhe’s father corporation/company. Liked how Bai Shu and Xiao Zhan portrayed their characters’ emotional struggles. Felt that Shi Cun is a complex and likeable character and was happy that there is a good amount of screen time given to him. While his character is dark within, his character is cute on the surface and sometimes foolish. My sister found Shi Cun cute and he is the character that left the deepest impression on her. The scene that Shi Cun sacrifices himself for everyone is heartbreaking (sry for the spoiler). Liked how Tian Zhe is good at fighting. I guess the reason why he needs to be so good at fighting is because he doesnt want to use his supernatural power at all. Laughed at the scene where he sends Zi Jian and his gang of people flying. Touched by how Tian Zhe protects his secret with his life but when both Zhi Er and Shen Hao are in danger, he chooses to reveal his real identity to save them. It is funny how Tian Zhe’s English name is Maybe haha. Liked how Zhi Er is smart and determined and she is able to survive well in the competitions without any supernatural power.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Zhi Er and Tian Zhe. At the start, there were some misunderstandings as Zhi Er went into Tian Zhe’s private changing room and she thought that he is a pervert as he went in after her. It was fun watching them bickering and watching how Tian Zhe protects her without being too obvious about it. The big turning point in their relationship is likely from the part where she knows Tian Zhe is her saviour when they were young. Liked their secret dates haha. Liked the interactions between them.

Liked the friendship between Zhi Er and Shi Cun. Liked how Shi Cun is always there for her (except at a few crucial moments haha), helps her with training her supernatural power, and rescues her from bad situations. Felt that both Tian Zhe and Zhi Er neglect their friends when they have a lover…

The pace of this drama is quite good, possible to chase it.

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China Drama Review Long for you 2 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Such a long drama drought haha, especially for kdrama.

Long for you 2 (2018-2019) 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Enjoyment: 9.5/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 1

   

starring Riley Wang/Wang Yi Lun as Ye Gu, Xu Xiao Nuo as Xia Xi, Zhang Bai Jia as Yao Xin, Wan Yan Luo Rong as Xia Yi Chen, Zhao Huan Ran as Gu Ning, Zhen Shu Huan as Xiao You

Finished this drama at around end March. Didnt feel like watching this drama at first as I saw some videos of it on instagram and the scenes were typical. After some time, my sister watched the first few episodes of this drama and found it watchable. She told me about the plot and I watched the drama with her after that. Luckily, I didnt miss it.

Liked the fantasy in the drama (as usual haha) such as teleportation.

The parts where Xia Xi can summon Ye Gu to her location whenever she feels fear after his tear dropped onto her pendant feels like Goblin. But I guess the difference for those parts is that Ye Gu is unhappy about her summoning him, especially at the start, but Goblin is usually happy about it and anticipates and prepares for it. Besides, Xia Xi just needs to feel fear and Ye Gu will be summoned. Enjoyed watching Ye Gu completing missions as a time messenger. His missions are usually to prevent people from dying or getting injured when they are not supposed to die/get injured. It is funny that for the 2 times Yang Mu, the villain, is involved, Ye Gu’s mission is to cause a person’s death when the person could have lived. It is cool how he uses his supernatural power to turn back or stop time and make certain changes to obtain the outcome that matches the mission. It is funny how he has to improvise. The mission that left the deepest impression on me is the one where he doesnt have his supernatural power but he still had to continue with the mission and he uses his own body to save a boy from getting into a car accident.

The ways that Ye Gu appears every time Xia Xi is in danger, ranging from smaller issues like falling down and being afraid of bugs to life threatening situations, are very cool haha! All his entrances to the scenes are well-executed and are nicely combined with his face that shows no feelings. Xia Xi gets into so many accidents haha… It is funny how there is one time that Xia Xi was sleeping and dreaming that she needs to prevent her food from being stolen or eaten and summoned Ye Gu to her house. Liked the scenery when they go into some time gap space that looks like galaxy.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ye Gu and Xia Xi. It is funny how Xia Xi is not affected by Ye Gu’s supernatural power and is amused when she sees him completing his missions. She calls him rude once when he points at her face, attempting to erase her memories but to no avail. It is fun to watch how Xia Xi finds Ye Gu’s identity funny but cool. Liked the characters, Xia Xi and Ye Gu. Xia Xi is cheerful but with a sense of loneliness. It was fun watching Xia Xi purposely watching a horror movie at home to summon Ye Gu and her delighted face when he appears. Xia Xi plays the active role and is often keen to interact with Ye Gu, helping in the development of their relationship. Ye Gu, on the other hand, doesnt express much feelings but is slowly being affected by Xia Xi. Ye Gu plays the role of a protector both in front of Xia Xi and silently behind such as making important decisions without her knowing. The similarity between the two is the loneliness both feel. Ye Gu doesnt make friends and build relationships due to how he lives an ever-lasting life and Xia Xi lives under the roof of a family who adopted her as the son knocked her down. Liked the part when Xia Xi moves to Ye Gu’s house as she cant stand her adoptive mother’s discrimination against her anymore. Can feel the joy and simple bliss in them. Felt that Wang Yi Lun looks more good-looking when he doesnt smile (or doesnt smile too widely) haha…One of the characteristics of Ye Gu that left a deep impression on me (and I found it funny) is that he sometimes just leaves when he wants to for example, when Yi Chen asks him a ridiculous question, he doesnt reply and just walks off. And this characteristic adds more sadness to the scene where he meets Xia Xi for the last time and (if I didnt remember wrongly) Xia Xi replies to what he said and turns back only to realise he is not there anymore.

 

Liked how Ye Gu’s butler is cute. It is funny that Gu Ning buys everything that Xiao You promotes in the home shopping channel. Liked his interactions with Ye Gu. Ye Gu is cold towards him at first but they gradually become more of friends than just servant and master. Admired how he is persistent in his love pursuit. His relationship with Xiao You shows that everything is possible haha. Liked the character Yi Chen, Xia Xi’s adoptive brother, as he adds humour to the drama. Laughed at the scenes where he is amused the first time he sees Ye Gu teleporting, and when he tries to understand the type of guy Yao Xin likes and imitates Ye Gu. Liked the interactions between Xia Xi and Yi Chen such as the playful ones and when they provide support for each other. It is seldom that the second male lead snatches the second female lead and it is good to watch Yi Chen doing that haha. It is funny how Yi Chen moves to Ye Gu’s house too to protect Xia Xi from Ye Gu. It is nice how Xia Xi’s adoptive brother and father treat her like family despite how they are not biologically related. Admired Xiao You’s fighting spirit when she chases her dream and how she treasures and makes good use of every opportunity she can get. Liked how she tries to help Xia Xi get together with Ye Gu towards the end. Felt that Yao Xin’s punishment is too light. She commits such a great evil deed and shows no remorse for so long but still gets to live and be with Yi Chen…(Sry for the spoiler) Liked the acting by the cast!

The plot that involves life and death situations gives the drama a layer of grimness. The company related plot is quite boring to me haha. Felt that this drama lacks enough tension and suspense to make me chase it but overall still good enough.

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