I started watching this on a whim and was gonna write a First Impressions piece but got totally hooked and marathoned all 21 episodes! The second part starts on May 4th (its a total of 46 episodes) and I can’t wait!
Am totally digging the female lead Li Yan Shu’s character – she is independent, unabashedly pragmatic in getting her way, wily when she needs to be and unapologetic in her approach. She would be what I consider assertive without being a b%6ch – sure, she may rub some shoulders the wrong way but never does she cross her conscience line. Love that she stands up for herself when needs to and stands her ground without resorting to either being a scheming witch or a masculine bully but just by being objective although not a pushover. Tan Song Yun is proving to be an absolute delight in this drama and I think its credit to her that the character does not veer into outlandishly hysterical or messed-up vulnerable as she imbues Yan Shu with sensibility and wry humor. While she is not the typical C-beauty with her round face, its testament to a great character and excellent interpretation that I could totally buy the premise as to why both guys fall for her.
Although veering on formulaic (the male lead suffers from OCD and is a serious stick-in-the-mud clean freak whose cold cockles she warms), I enjoy all her interactions with the male lead, Gu Cheng Zhe (Jiang Chao), as they range from laugh-out-loud-funny to sweet and tender. The scenes where he held her hand (without putting on a glove) were done well and cohesive with the overall story that it didnt seem out of place and a prop to move the romance. Its my first time watching Jiang Chao and I like that despite his looks and heights, he plays Cheng Zhe as a dork once his CEO armour is done. He cooks, cleans and is actually pretty handy around the house unlike the usual cold male lead who excels only at work or battle. He also breaks into an adorable goofy smile, which is seldom in the show, hence making it even more precious!
Outwardly, both he and Yan Shu are polar opposites as she is messy and spontaneous (all the scenes where he is unwittingly drawn into her many pretensions are hilarious) while he is clean and orderly but inwardly, they are a match in terms of character and beliefs. There is also the added plot quirk where he can immediately detect if someone is lying and she is prone to white lies and his reaction to her is unusually intense – makes for many comic moments!
All said and done, the show is your run-of-the-mill romance drama but it differentiates itself through excellent characterisation and and I am totally invested in the OTP. The trailer seems to suggest that there will be some angst in the second half but hopefully, that is not overdone and it retains its upbeat witty pace. Highly recommended!
ps. the show is subbed up to Ep7 on YouTube for those who are interested. Suspect that it follows the usual episode release unlike the VIP release where all 21 episodes have been released.