I was a little reluctant to watch Ode to Joy at first because the story line didn’t seem that interesting but I’m glad I did because it was a lot more entertaining than I thought. The drama was released back in mid-2016 starring Liu Tao, Wang Ziwen, Jiang Xin, Yang Zi and Qian Xin with a total of 42 episodes.
Synopsis: This simple story is about 5 women in 3 apartments sharing the top floor of an apartment building as they each go through family, financial, relationship, and career related struggles. They started off as frenemies and ended up as reliable friends and floor mates that helped and supported each other through personal problems.
What I like about this drama is that is it more realistic than fairy tale. Introducing the characters: we have the cool and charismatic Andy (Liu Tao), the annoying but smart and cunning XiaoXiao (Wang Zi Wen), the money hungry but loyal big sister Fan Shengmei (Jiang Xin), the happy go lucky Ying Ying (Yangzi) and the timid and quiet Guan Juer (Qiao Xin).These ladies in the drama are very different and it’s nice that the story doesn’t try to force them to get along. They started out with conflicts and misjudgments and even after the wrinkles have been ironed out, you still see some reserve judgements they have for one another till the end (and that’s normal). Also, the actresses that portrayed these characters fit the bill really well.
For me, It’s is a fun and angst less kind of drama that I can watch without feeling like it is draggy (like most Chinese dramas) even though there are 42 episodes. The story line moves along at a good pace and there are so many twists and turns in the character development that makes the drama a little unpredictable. For me, Andy’s story was the most interesting and twisted (but it could also be because I’m biased toward Liu Tao…) and Fan Shengmei’s was the most shocking and emotional. The other 3 doesn’t have much of a background story but Qu XiaoXiao was a fun character to watch.
But instead of just me blabbing, please vote to also let others know if this is worthy drama to watch or not.