Still watching 1% of Anything and enjoying the fluffy cuteness. 🙂 The OTP is adorable and oddly compatible. I’m not looking forward to the interlopers getting in the way of the romance from next epi onwards but I guess an angst free kdrama is not an option. Sigh.
Dr. Qin is also chugging along very nicely indeed. The cases are clear cut enough to understand without subs but there is always an element you miss when you can’t understand the dialogue. The actual crime scene invetigations seem pretty authentic but I doubt the rl investigators take part in the police work they way it’s shown in the drama. Bickering Threesome is adorably geeky and fun. Luff ’em. I wonder when the Big Bad storyline will start. Could do without that one, I think I’m allergic to genius criminals.
I forgot to add Novoland: Castle in the Sky (九州·天空城) in my last Grab Bag but it’s one of those dramas I picked up on a whim and ended up totally hooked, ha. It’s a c-period fantasy, loosely based on one of the novels set in the made up Novoland universe and I’d say a lot better than most Chinese fantasies I’ve tried to watch. Less pastelly garish and the story actually makes sense besides being very addicting. Acting is a bit shaky in places but nothing so bad you’d want to poke your eyes out. Zhang Ruo Yun as Tian Yi, the male lead, is the high light of this show. Tian Yi starts off as a total ass, so jerks aren’t confined just to kdramas. XD TY is actually downright scary in his intensity to begin with but it doesn’t take long for the softer undebelly to start showing. The main characters are supposedly quite young too so certain amount of bravado and showing off is to be expected. TY does have a pretty good growth arc though. I thought the heroine a tad too milktoasty but she has a good heart and could even be spunky when needed. I liked the OTP quite a lot. At 28 epis Castle in the Sky is an easy watch and doesn’t drag too much. It has two endings which both make sense. Ep 28 is bittersweet and ep 29 the “happily ever after”. Pick the one that suits you best.^^ Here’s a link to some info about the Novoland universe @ Cdramadvotee. And a MV
Let’s have a little Zhang Ruo Yun appreciation corner here as I’m watching/have watched bunch of his dramas in the past month and seem to have developed a ‘thing’. *g* I first took a note of ZRY in WuXin, the Monster Hunter and although I loved Elvis Han as WuXin and ZRY’s part wasn’t all that big, he made an impression. Xian Zong’s undying love and devotion for the Evil Witch who was WuXin’s antagonist, made him a pretty tragic character. The Ebil Couple was quite memorable in itself. As an actor ZRY still has room for improvement but he’s been quite solid in everything I’ve seen him in so far. He seems very comfortable in his skin and his acting is sort of stress free, there is no forcing himself into a role but it’s all very fluid and natural. ZRY is thankfully too ‘exotic’ looking to fit in the current cookie-cutter, pretty boy mold but he has heaps of natural charisma and already a noticeable screen presence. I love his smile.
I just finished another ZRY drama, Black Fox (黑狐)zhan fiew days ago. It’s a war/espionage drama set in the turbulent times of Japanese occupation, full of double and tripple agents, ha. It wasn’t bad as patriotic, “flag-waving” war shows go but oh my, was it addicting! I had to restrain myself so as not to sit through all 38 epis at one go. Save for ZRY I didn’t recognise any of the cast but that was a solid bunch of actors who knew their stuff. I really liked all of the main characters and many of the supporting ones as well. ZRY as the hero Fang Tianyi is spiffy in his sharp suits and exellent fighting skills, even if his char comes off a bit too teflon. No matter what sort of situation he found himself, he pulled through with neary a scratch. But even Tianyi wasn’t totally bullet proof in the end. 😛 Body count is high as expected and show does not shy away from offing some of the mains either. Even if the focus is on spying and outsmarting/getting rid of the Japanese, there is some understated romance in the mix too. No-one gets a happy ending though. War is hell. I didn’t find the political rhetoric too in-you-face (though the ending scene was worth an eyeroll or two) and I appreciated that the enemy was depicted as equally smart and resourceful. No dumb, buffoon, chariacture ‘japs’ in sight. There were some rather grand fight scenes and loads of battle scenes towards the end, which I tended to skip, ha. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.
Next I’m going to tackle Fifteen Years of Waiting for Migratory Birds.^^