Drama Reviews: A mixture of Chinese, Korean and Japanese! || A Bit of Raving and Ranting!

Show Name: Love O2O (C-Drama)
Episodes: 30
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Gaming, [Adult]
Director: Lam Yuk Fan
Cast: Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang, Mao Xiao Tong, Zhang He, Niu Jun Feng, Zheng Ye Cheng, Cui Kyle, Zhang Vin, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?

Honestly, I was 100% sure that I was not going to watch this drama. But well… as you can see I did. xD And daaaaaamn, I understood why people love it so much!! I recently finished Ready Player One and I realised that some of the gaming aspects were so similar, I loooooved it!!

First of all, this drama was pretty refreshing and unique. Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) and Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang) are both players of a virtual role-play quest game. Xiao Nai accidentally learns that Bei Wei Wei is the female warrior he admires in the game. They both team up in the game while Bei Wei Wei is still unaware of her partner’s identity in real life. When they finally decide to meet, Bei Wei Wei is equally bewildered and excited to learn the truth and then the fun begins!!

I LOVED the gaming aspect of this show. Sometimes more than the real-life aspect. It was so damn exciting and interesting! It was shown quite in vivid details and I enjoyed each and every moment of the action and that beautiful mystic world. When they were playing the characters were portrayed as in the game as their characters which gave it a more solid impression.

Both Xiao Nai and Bei Wei Wei are Computer Science majors, geeks and gamers and their similar taste pushed them more together. Also, I absolutely loved the TRUST factor that was shown in this drama. It’s kind of pretty rare but it’s the absolute thing I love. Xiao Nai was the unattainable, popular and handsome face of the school, so seeing them together many tried to break them off but their trust in each other didn’t let anything falter. And that my dear, was swoon-worthy!!

Bei Wei Wei was a pretty strong protagonist. Along with being an excellent student and gamer, she was confident and didn’t let any wrongdoings just pass by her. Before Xiao Nai had actually met her, some of his actions were a bit stalkerish but it didn’t seem that big. I mean I know it’s bad, but here it was not like that intentionally. But the romance between them developed pretty fast. Like faaaaaaast. I wish the development took a little more time and also another thing was that both of the main leads were too perfect. As much as I loved those aspects, an actual person can’t be all that perfect.

The two antagonists were quite refreshing as well. They were students like our main leads but their character development was pretty amazing. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they accepted the challenges head-on instead of taking a different and negative approach.

Xiao Nai’s three best friends were pretty hilarious and pretty damn awesome and supportive. And there was this little BL plotline with Hao Mei and KO, gaaaahhh!! It was cuuuuuuute!! I wish they showed more to it, although their story definitely ended on a positive note but I soooo wish we had more of it!! Bei Wei Wei’s best friend Er Xi was so adorable, she was petite and looked up to Bei Wei Wei but things did get a bit rough between these two and honestly, I could understand where Er Xi’s insecurity came from but despite that fact when the one mean girl told shit about Bei Wei Wei to turn her against her, she actually understood she was not alone, her best friend had to suffer too. It had the exact opposite effect and I was nearly in happy tears!!

Overall, Love O2O was a pretty amazing drama. The plot and the characters managed to surprise me plenty of time. Although I felt that the drama could have been a little bit shorter, like 25 episodes instead of 30 because a few episodes did get a little monotonous. Apart from that, I have no complaints. Also, each and every face off in the game was sooo awesome.

Damn it! All these gaming shit is making me want to play something!!

Recommend it?

Holy damn yes!


Show Name: Part-Time Idol (K-Drama)
Episodes: 5
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Cast: Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Hwang Seung Eon, Kim Hee Jung, Kwon Young Deuk, Kim Min Kyo, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

The storyline takes place at an entertainment agency. After creating a bunch of famous idols, a producer begins to question the whole process of making a star, so he goes on a break for a few years. Once he returns to the company, he gathers some trainees left on the back burner and tries to launch a co-ed idol group. The trainees undergo some peculiar training to debut in this group.

This. Show. Was. Adorable!!!

Kwon Hyun Bin, Lee Soo Hyun, Kim Hee Jung, Soo Ah have been trainees for a long time yet they haven’t got the chance to debut as the superiors think they won’t be able to make it. Jeong Tae Kyung (Kim Min Kyo) one of the famous producers returns from his hiatus and when he sees them, he challenges the company that they can do it and hence the fun begins!

First of all, this is more of a character based drama and all the characters were sooo freaking cute and adorable in their own way. But they were a bit different from others. So, Kim Hee Jung used a different technique to fuel their talent. He used anger as a tool for Jeong Tae Kyung’s rap, boosted Lee Soo Hyun’s confidence but Soo Ah’s one was the weirdest and funny. All of these techniques were pretty much hilarious but they worked well enough! Kwon Young Deuk later joins the group as a dance instructor but ultimately becomes a member of the group as well. And believe me, these 5 people were worth the watch!

I loved their first shoot! It was so fun and amazing! They had a different concept but when the others tried to spoil it, they went on doing it their own way and I just loooooved that! It was actually pretty amazing!

This was legit my favourite scene in this drama!! XD

My favourite was definitely Soo Ah. She was sooo optimistic and bubbly, she managed to bring a smile every single time. I liked how these 5 different individuals with different talent came together as a group. The friendship between the characters was refreshing to watch along with the little bit of itsy bitsy romance that we got.

Recommend it?

Yaas!


Show Name: Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu (J-Drama)
Episodes: 10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Director: Satoru Nakajima
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Sota Fukushi, Hiroshi Tamaki, etc.
My Rating:

Blurb:

Aoishi Hanae is a plain, inconspicuous office lady who has had no experience in love and no boyfriend. On her 30th birthday, she happens to end up drinking with Tanokura Yuto, a cool university student nine years her junior who is also a part-timer at her company, on the way home from a welcome party for new employees. Hanae gets drunk. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds a naked Yuto sleeping next to her. She has her first experience and first boyfriend out of the blue. Even when Hanae and Yuto go on to date, it is a daily process of trial and error because everything is a first for Hanae, including an amusement park date, a sleepover, Christmas Eve or a couple’s trip. To complicate matters, she also gets a proposal from Asao Yu, the CEO of an Italian food company who is popular with women, and a love triangle develops.

I had pretty high hopes for this one because I thought it was going to be adorable and fluffy, instead, I got awkward stuff and the female lead running in the opposite direction whenever a problem arose.

Hanae Aoishi (Haruka Ayase) never had a boyfriend but when her colleagues take her out for some drinks, she ends up getting drunk and finds herself naked beside Tanokura Yuto (Sota Fukushi) in the morning, a 9 years younger university student who’s interning at the company where she works. When Tanokura makes it clear that he is serious about her, she decides to give their relationship a try but it doesn’t come free of trials and errors.

Okay, so the thing is that Tanokura confesses to Hanae (which she went willingly) after their night together that he’s serious about her and stuff buuuut before that he doesn’t show any particular interest in her and suddenly after one day, he’s in love? And the other thing which I didn’t like much was Hanae’s running away from her problems. The awkward level was tooooooooooo damn high between the main leads due to which I couldn’t enjoy the chemistry between the characters much. But some moments were cute! Also, a love triangle arises out of nowhere! Like seriously! Except for Tanokura, I didn’t enjoy the other characters much so I mostly skimmed watched this. It was tedious and cliched.

Recommend it?

Nah.


Soooooo guys, have you seen these dramas? Are you interested in watching them in the future?