[First Impression] Hello Debate Opponent (你好, 对方辩友)

When the drama came out, I wasn’t really interested in it because youth dramas are always a hit or miss for me. And also because I have no idea about the debating world (as it’s about debating). BUT I am so glad I decided to check this drama out because it is a hidden gem! I know many people don’t like seeing new faces because of the poor and stiff acting. But the new actors and actresses in this drama really bring out their characters. They’re all young, which is perfect for portraying young college students, and they’re doing a great acting. But that’s not the only thing that made me love this drama. What sold me is how realistic and relatable the storyline is to today’s youth. It’s not really a story about debating, even though that’s the core focus of it, but it’s rather about the growth and development of the university students. Pretty much, I think this drama is definitely one to check out!

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Title: Hello Debate Opponent (你好, 对方辩友)
# of Episodes
: 30
Release Date: April 15th, 2019
Where to WatchYouTube

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[Review] L.O.R.D. Critical World (爵迹·临界天下)

Miraculously, I was able to find the ENTIRE drama online and I binged watched it over the weekend. I have to say that while the drama does follow the movie, it is not an exact replica of it though. For instance, Shen Yin’s role in the drama is much bigger than it is in the movie. Pretty much, she’s not really a side character, rather she is one of the main characters in the drama, which I had no problem with because I was fond of her. But, anyway, the drama is filled with tons of betrayals and backstabbing. I swear, I counted more than 10 times where someone backstabbed by another person and then vice versa. Like, its ridiculous how much these Dukes and Disciples turned on each other like nothing. Anyway, it was fun watching the drama and I enjoyed it, but there definitely some parts of it that I didn’t enjoy as well.

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Title: L.O.R.D. Critical World (爵迹·临界天下)
# of Episodes: 48
Release Date: May 27th, 2019
Where to Watch: N/A (Will update when there’s news of English Subtitles available!!)

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[First Impression] Prodigy Healer (青囊传)

This drama is truly something special. I’m totally smitten by Li Hong Yi and I adore Zhao Lu Si’s character. And I also love the fantasy elements added to help make the drama more unique. Not to mention, the OST for the drama has been on repeat for me for the last few days. So pretty much, I’m in love with this drama!!!!

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Title: Prodigy Healer (青囊传)
# of Episodes
: 36
Release Date: May 30th, 2019
Where to Watch: YouTube (The channel is pretty good about subbing their dramas. It might just take a while.)

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[First Impression] Princess Silver (白发)

I’ve never really watched any of Zhang Xue Ying’s dramas before nor have I paid any attention to her. But as I’m watching this drama, I’m really wondering why I haven’t been paying any attention to her! She’s a really good actress! Definitely not the best, of course, but compared to the other rising actresses that are in the same age group, she’s definitely more talented. And she’s doing a good job showcasing it in this drama!

Also, the drama is produced by actress Alina Zhang Meng! If you don’t know her, she’s the woman who portrayed Yan Da in Ice Fantasy and will also be starring in Your Home is My Business with Sun Li and Luo Jin. This is her first time as the producer of a drama.

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Title: Princess Silver (白发)
# of Episodes
: 58
Release Date: May 15th, 2019
Where to Watch: N/A (Will update when there’s news of English Subtitles available!!)

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[First Impression] Zhu Meng Qing Yuan (筑梦情缘)

All I have to say is Yang Mi and Wallace Huo don’t appear until episode 6!

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Title: Zhu Meng Qing Yuan (筑梦情缘)
Previously Known As: The Great Craftsman
# of Episodes: 60
Release Date: May 6th, 2019
Where to Watch: N/A (Will update when there’s news of English Subtitles available!!)

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[Review] Princess at Large (医妃难囚)

I know the drama ended a while ago. But I really enjoyed watching this! It’s short and cute. And I liked the characters, especially the female lead. In my opinion, it’s one of those kinds of web dramas that isn’t the best in quality but is a lighthearted and simple drama that you can easily binge on!

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Title: Princess At Large (医妃难囚)
# of Episodes: 12
Release Date: November 5th, 2018
Where to Watch: N/A (No Eng subs yet) Try Googling it!

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[C-Novel Review] Da Mo Yao/Ballad of the Desert (大漠谣) by Tong Hua (桐华)

Da Mo Yao, or Ballad of the Desert, is one of Tong Hua’s most famous works. And even though it was written quite a long time ago (in 2006!), it’s still a favorite among many fans. This novel was also the first C-novel I ever read, and it was also the novel that introduced me to the wonderful world of C-novels.

The novel has also adapted into a drama called Sound of the Desert starring Liu Shi Shi, Eddie Peng, and Hu Ge in 2014. I was not a fan of the drama because of its casting of the male lead. I love Eddie Peng (he’s sooooo handsome and dashing), but my heart was vying for Hu Ge to be the male lead. And I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over that….

Title: Da Mo Yao / Ballad of the Desert / 大漠谣
Author: Tong Hua / 桐华
Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama
Synopsis: The story takes place during the lively, yet chaotic Han Dynasty. Yu Jin is a young girl who has lived with wolves her whole life. She is not familiar with humans and is capable of communicating with the wolf pack that she has relied on for most of her life. However, she encounters a Han man who becomes her foster father. But after a year of living with him alongside a Xiongnu tribe, he is murdered due to political strife. His death forces Yu Jin to escape the Xiongnu and return to the Han Dynasty as per his wish.

As Yu Jin makes her way to the Han Dynasty, she changes her name to Jin Yu, becomes a successful entrepreneur, befriends important political figures, and gets entangled in a messy but passionate romance with two men.

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I shake my sleeve and move to leave but Huo Qu Bing quickly grabs me. I see the other soldiers are staring at me so I quickly stop and act all serious. “Go kick your silly football and stop standing here pushing and pulling.” Huo Qu Bing quickly stepped back. Li Fan pointed at Huo Qu Bing and started guffawing, while Huo Qu Bing just coldly glared at him. Li Gan raised his hands to indicate he was sorry, but he couldn’t stop laughing. Huo Qu Bing sent a flying kick towards him, which Li Gan blocked because he was already anticipating it. He took off laughing.

Gong Xun Aou is done changing and the game begins. Huo Qu Bing turns to give me one last smile before composing himself and running back in the field. This is my first time watching football and I have no clue what the rules are. I don’t know what is good, what is bad, and I could care less who wins. I just stare at Huo Qu Bing.

He’s like the son of the wind. His movements are light and effortless, constantly changing. Sometimes it’s powerful and smooth like a dragon, other times gentle and airy like a crane. He’s like a priceless sword, one quickly movement that no one can block, with a seamless stroke and he has destroyed his opponent yet he is still pristine white.

Under the brilliant sun, he’s so beautiful that it stuns my heart. All around us is the thunderous cheer of the spectators. But everything disappears in my ears. My world is completely silent, and in the silence there is only his form seemingly flying through the wind. In that moment, I know that in my entire life, I will never forget what I have seen today. Even when all my hair turns white and my eyes can no longer see, I will still be able to describe in vivid detail his each and every single movement.

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[First Impression] From Survivor to Healer (爱上你治愈我)

Finally!!! We get to see Shawn Dou on the small screen again! I’ve been waiting for such a long time for his dramas to air (there’s like TWO MORE!), and this is the first one to air! And, so far, I’m really liking it!

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Title: From Survivor to Healer (爱上你治愈我)
# of Episodes: 40
Release Date: April 17th, 2019
Where to Watch: YouTube / Viki

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[First Impression] In Youth (趁我们还年轻)

With a doubt, In Youth is completely dominated by the artists from Jaywalk Studio. It surprised me that while Qiao Xin is the female lead, her screen time has been scarce compared to any of the other Jaywalk Studio artists. But, the drama is produced by the agency, so it makes sense for it to promote and show more of their people. And while this may be a disappointment to some people, I don’t mind it. So far, I’m much more interested in the all of the characters. And, I actually quite like the drama centers around them rather than the female lead. It makes the story more interesting and makes room for more character development.

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Title: In Youth (趁我们还年轻)
# of Episodes: 38
Release Date: April 13th, 2019
Where to WatchYouTube

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