Love Between Fairy and Devil (CDrama) (2022)

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Drama: Love Between Fairy and Devil / Cang Lan Jue (苍兰诀)
Country: China
Episodes: 36
Aired: Aug 7, 2022 – Aug 29, 2022
Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Original Network: iQiyi
Duration: 45 min.

Plot:
A fairy from a rival tribe unknowingly sets free the devil lord from the Moon tribe imprisoned for 30,000 years and swaps bodies with him. She ends up putting a curse on him where he can feel every thing she feels emotionally and physically. Devil Lord needs to keep her close and find a way to release the curse, but what happens when they end up falling in love?

Main Cast
Dylan Wang – Dong Fang Qin Cang
Esther Yu – Orchid/Xian Lan Hua/Goddess
Zhang Ling He – Lord Changheng/Xiao Run
Xu Hai Qiao – Lord Rong Hao
Cristy Guo – Chidi Woman
Charles Lin – Shang Que
Hong Xiao – Jie Li
Wang Yue Yi – Fairy Danyin
Zhang Chen Xiao – Xunfeng

Review:
I’ve never watched a xianxia- I always thought they looked fake and I’m not really into immortals and fairies. But I saw that this drama has Didi and Esther as the main leads so I thought I should check this out! And boy, I’m so glad I did! This drama totally surpassed my expectations!! I was just looking for a light cutesy romcom drama but I ended up having so much more.

Gorgeous visuals. How much did they spend for the CGI because every scene was so beautiful! The Arbiter Hall, The Moon Palace, the Memory Loss River, the Immortals Realm, etc. Even that scene where Changheng went inside the painting with Rong Hao was so good.

Beautiful costumes. Orchid was always wearing beautiful flowy dresses and her hair accessories are so pretty. DFCQ’s costumes are also splendid, so are Lord Changheng and Ronghao’s costumes. Their wedding costumes in Lucheng were also so gorgeous. The only cringy items are their acrylic looking or gold looking hairpieces that look cheap.

Grand display of power. I loved it every time DFQC used his blue Hellfire – it didn’t look fake and you really feel that he’s the most powerful being in the realm. Even the glazed fire was so shocking. Also everytime DFQC shows up in the earlier episodes to rescue Orchid was wonderfully done. The Goddess of Xilan, when she finally showed her powers to rescue DFQC in one scene, and to stop the battle between the Immortals and Moon Tribe was awesome.

Romantic Comedy. In the first half, Orchid was cute and adorable while DFQC was the unsmiling jerk. There were several light and funny scenes, like when DFQC had to count flowers, laugh and cry while Orchid was laughing and crying. The body swap scenes where Orchid in DFQC’s body was forcibly trying to kiss DFQC in Orchid’s body to swap bodies.

“Not only will I not kill you, I also won’t allow anyone to hurt you. If anyone dares to touch you, I’ll cut their skin off and make a human lantern out of it. From now on, you’re mine. Your life belongs to me. Your breathing belongs to me. Your heartbeat belongs to me. Every drop of blood in your body belongs to me. Without my permission, don’t leave my sight.”

Eternal Love. By episode 20, Orchid and DFQC are still not together, but not because they don’t like each other, but because of their current situation. DFQC’s mission is to kill everyone in Shuyuantian to avenge the wrong treatment of Orchid and to restore the Moon Tribe like he promised his father and his tribe. Orchid is from Shuyuantian and even though she loves DFQC, she doesn’t want him to start a war and kill her hometown. The angst. Omg! I was crying whenever they had to argue about this. And that scene where DFQC put the bone crushing thing inside his body which causes him pain every midnight until he is able to release the frozen Moon Tribe and Orchid’s helplessness in the situation.

The argument scene when Orchid wants to take the 3 day punishment in DFQC’s place to show the people that she deserves to be the Moon Queen, and DFQC pretending to drink the tea and secretly vomiting it so that he feels the same pain as Orchid. I was bawling like crazy!! I’ve never watched a drama where the main leads were really fighting for each other and willing to sacrifice their lives.

When Orchid learns of her true identity and tries to pretend she doesn’t remember DFQC but makes a mistake of doing the Smile gesture that gave away the truth, and DFQC kissing her like there’s no tomorrow.

Ugh!! I still can’t move on from the final episode where **BIG SPOILERS AHEAD** DFCQ sacrificed himself. Such a significant character growths for both the main leads. Of course, I wasn’t too bothered with the sacrifice. They are immortals, so I thought they can just come back / reincarnate or whatever. DFCQ carefully planting and taking care of Orchid’s seed and Orchid taking care of DFQC’s moon spirit until he comes back (after 500 years but that’s fast considering they’ve lived for more than 30,000 years).

Noble Second Male Lead. Lord Changheng was so nice, I wouldn’t have minded Orchid being with Changheng without DFQC. Changheng also had a sad fate. He is engaged to the goddess that he has never seen, falls in love with Orchid, and hiding his feelings for her because he is engaged to the goddess, not knowing that they are the same person!! When he finally founds out the truth, Orchid has already fallen in love with DFQC. Later when Orchid is the Goddess and wants to pushthrough with their wedding even if Changheng knows she doesn’t love him. Aw poor boy can’t catch a break. And his best friend Rong Hao betrays him and everyone in Shuyuantian.

Wonderful Bromance. DFCQ and the loyal Shang Que. DFQC and the mortal Xiao Run which later became a bond with Lord Changheng. Lord Changheng and Ronghao (tragic but still a good bromance). DFQC and Xunfeng.

Rich Side Stories. There were so many other stories aside from the main leads’ story, which extended the episodes into 36. We have the love story between Shang Que and Jie Li, which I honestly do not approve of. I think Shang Que deserves a better girl than Jie Li, although I also like Jie Li’s dilemma of following Haishi or protecting her friends.

The Lu Cheng episodes where the immortals all went down to the mortal realm were a huge treat. Chidi Woman and Orchid’s friendship. Chidi Woman’s crush on DFQC. I think the poem came true, that Chidi was supposed to meet DFQC that night, get married and was killed by DFQC. She wasn’t meant to be with Changheng like they all think. I think Chidi woman had the saddest story of all the characters (Changheng comes second).

Changheng and Danyin’s friendship. I was hoping they end up together but I guess they are really just friends. Plus Li Yuan’s big reveal about Danyin being a half Moon Tribe (which she never knows) and finding out Danyin and Jieli are sisters (they look so different from each other though – aren’t they supposed to be twins or something).

Evil Bad Guys. Show’s not complete without the villains. For the most part, the villain is Rong Hua/Lord of Haishi City who has been wreaking havoc across the realms to reincarnate his beloved mentor Chidi woman. I liked in the first half because although he is bad, you can sympathize with him and his mission of wanting to bring back his beloved at all costs. But I think what he did in the latter half was too much and the last episode spent a lot of time on him and Chidi woman was unnecessary. We want less Rong Hao, more Orchid/DFQC scenes and he just took most of the time away from the could have been a very happy ending.

I also think Lord Yunzhong is a big annoying immortal who keeps abusing his power and blaming every mistake to Changheng or Orchid.

There’s an even bigger baddie in Tai Sui which serves as the climax of the drama.

Of course, there’s no perfect drama and LBFD also suffered slightly from this. i already mentioned what I didn’t like – Shang Que and Danyin, too much screentime for Rong Hao in the last episode (we didn’t need to know his background story and we don’t really care). The last scene could have been extended for maybe 10 more minutes so we could have seen Orchid and DFQC happy and possibly with kids in the future. We didn’t get the best ending but I’ll just go back to that previous episode when they DFQC was in a dream that he and Orchid were happy and pretend like that’s the real ending.

This is showing in Netflix today so please do not miss this wonderful drama!

Rating: 9/10

Time to Fall in Love (CDrama) (2022)

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Drama: Time To Fall In Love
Country: China
Episodes: 24
Aired: Jun 10, 2022
Aired On: Friday, Saturday
Original Network: iQiyi
Duration: 35 min.

Plot: To keep his grandmother from nagging him to get married, a handsome CEO entered into a contract relationship with a girl. What he didn’t know was that the girl forced her twin sister to take her place. What will happen if the couple falls in love for real and the CEO learned about the lie?

Main Cast:
Lin Xin Yi – Sun Yanxi/He Jinxi
Luo Zheng – Gu Xicheng
Yang Ze – Fo Boya
Wang Xu Dong – Si Tu Shuo
Li Xin Ran – Lu An An
Zhang Yao – Nangong Liu Li
Pan Zi Yan – He Jinxi

Review:
This drama has all the fun and not so fun tropes. Contract relationship and falling in love for real switched identities and bad sibling exposing the secret, annoying SLs who can’t move on, and cool best friends of the leads falling in love and helping the couple. The second leads and the sister are super crazy so fast forward them if you like.

Super love Gu Xicheng and Sun Yanxi. They are so cute together!! They were supportive of each other. And we later find out they had a childhood encounter too.

“No matter what happened before, and for whatever reason you came to me, my feelings have never changed a bit. Please trust me too. I love you.”

Xicheng to Yanxi

From now on, I’ll love her, spoil her, respect her and care for her. Whatever difficulties and challenges we may encounter in the future, I will always cherish her and see her as my life.

Xicheng to Yanxi

The romance of the two best friends were also funny!

The mischievous grandma is sweet unlike the usual dramas.

On the other hand, the SML and SFL were so clingy and annoying!! I thought Nangong was an ex gf but turns out it was all one sided! And she was not even pretty!!! I’m happy that Yanxi stood up to her and didn’t cower with fear. I’ve never seen SLs as psychotic and deluded as them. I couldn’t even care what happened to them. They showed Boya’s fierce and undying love (or obsession?) for Nangong to explain his actions, but I still didn’t find it satisfying or justifiable.

The real and new face of He Jinxi was ugly. Inside and outside. I can’t imagine why she thinks she deserves everything that Yanxi has when she didn’t even work hard for them. I like what Gu Xicheng said that she could never be Yanzi because they are not the same people. Yanzi is nice, sweet and hard working that’s why everyone loves her while Jinxi is so horrible, bullying and blackmailing her own sister and mother. I can understand how sad and unloved she must have felt all these years since it seemed like everyone favored Jinxi. But its also probably her attitude and personality that turned off a lot of people.

Overall, even at 24 episodes, this drama was so light and fun and easy to watch.

Rating: 8.5/10

One and Only (2021) (CDrama)

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Drama: One and Only
Original Network: iQiyi, Tencent Video
Aired: Aug 18, 2021 – Aug 27, 2021 (Wed, Thur, Fri)
Episodes: 24
Duration: 45 min.
Country: China

Main Cast:
Allen Ren – Zhousheng Chen
Bai Lu – Cui Shi Yi
Wang Xing Yue – Liu Zi Xing
Li Yi Ru – General Hong
Ethan Yao – Cui Feng
Su Meng Yun – Feng Qiao
Zhou Lu La – Xiao Yan
Liu Wei Wei – Cui Wen Jun

Review:
I heard a lot of great reviews about this drama last year that’s why I really put this on my watchlist. Finally had the time to watch in Dec 2021. This story started slow, I almost dropped at episode 6 but glad I listened and kept on watching. I did however, take several weeks until I was able to finish this. I couldn’t wait until ZSC and Shiyi’s romance starts (which was around episode 10) and I was hooked since then.

Zhousheng Chen and Shiyi’s forbidden love was heartbreaking! They never even held hands or kissed or confessed their love, but every gaze and every tear showed how much they long for each other and wished that things were different. I loved their “dates” and how they just connected so well and knew what each other wanted to do or say without telling the other person. One of my favorite episodes were during the time ZSC and Shiyi stayed in Long Kang Academy. It was there that they really started to feel more than just master-disciple. That scene when ZSC was kneading (?) her shoulders was filled with so much tension, and they weren’t even naked or hugging each other. Huan Yu (and later on Shiyi) asked ZSC if he ever regrets making his vow not to have a family. But he said every decision he made was worth it. Huhu. He is faithful, loyal, courageous, but also stubborn. I remember even when ZSC was set up, Feng Qiao cried to ZSC, “for once, just be selfish!”, but he still refused to yield.

Bailu also so pretty as Shiyi and when she cries, I can feel every emotion — when she hugged him so tightly because she was getting married to the Prince and knew she will never be with ZSC, when she found out his death, I was crying with her!!, and when she jumped to her own death 😭 OMG!!! I couldn’t stop crying in the last 3 episodes! 😭 Especially the final episode. I had to watch her final scene 3x and still I cried. I understand how she felt. What’s life without ZSC? Without freedom? Trapped inside the palace by a selfish prince? As long as she lived and refused the prince (now king) advances, her family will always be threatened. I think she took a courageous decision. In modern times, suicide is not the answer, but during the old times, someone always had to sacrifice themselves for the greater good and to achieve peace. Gah!! I just feel sad that Zhousheng Chen and Shiyi never saw each other for the last time before their deaths. ZSC’s final letter to Shiyi was the final thing that broke Shiyi’s spirit “Throughout my life, I never let down anyone except Shiyi.”

I wasn’t that interested in the politics, esp in the early parts where they introduced so many characters, I was getting confused who was who, who was siding with which family, and what they were fighting for. I hated the empress dowager and pushing her off the lake to drown wasn’t enough to punish her for all her crimes, including killing the emperor. She should have been beheaded or displayed in from of the capital. It was during these episodes that I started to like the politics side of the story, and this intensified and the story became thrilling starting from episode 16. But of course, there were too many collateral damage from the struggle for the throne. the emperor died, the grandmaster died, the loyal general was forced to betray the Nanchen army, 2 of Nanchen’s generals were injured, and 1 died.

One of the best things about this drama is the focus on the Junior Prince Nanchen army team. Let me break down the key characters in ZSC’s army:

I loved the story between Cui Feng and General Hong. It was also a forbidden love kind of romance. When Gen Hong cried when Cui Feng had to marry Princess Xinghua, when she learned that they got divorced, Cui Feng and Gen Hong were already planning to stay together. But then Cui Feng got kidnapped by Jin Rong’s army and she almost had to kill Cui Feng (as promised — good thing ZSC arrived in time to stop the arrow), and Cui Feng crying when General Hong was killed during a battle. It was funny though that there were so many troops attacking them but Cui Feng, Feng Qiao stopped to hug and cry over Gen Hong, while ZSC was left alone to fend off the attacks from all fronts.

Other characters I liked were Xiao Yan (the monk), although I didn’t like his interactions/semi flirtations with Feng Qiao. I find Feng Qiao annoying and dense sometimes – she couldn’t read the room and always looked clueless. I also loved Prince Pingqin, who was loyal to Western State and Shiyi, and was ready to take her away in the last episode. Huan Yu from the Long Kang Academy was a cutie with long straight flowing hair and small dimples. He tried so hard to play cupid between ZSC and Shiyi; and I also liked Gen Chou. You know what? I love everyone in the Western State. The whole Nanchen army were so loyal and dedicated to ZSC. It’s so unfair ZSC had to die of dismemberment 😵 when he was the only one who didn’t want to partake in the throne grabbing. Special mention to Yang Shao, who I thought was one of those annoying characters, but he redeemed himself later on by helping ZSC and Shiyi in their final moments.

The person i hated the most was Luo Zi Xing. First, he had this weird obsession with Shiyi just because he grew up being told he is arranged to be married to her. He doesn’t know her at all, but thinks he loves her and he felt unfair that the engagement was cancelled. I thought he treated her more like a possession than a human being. If he really loved her, he would have tried to understand her and not trap her into a marriage that made her unhappy. But in the end I dont feel bad at all or angry at him. Because of his hunger for power, he killed the Liu family (his relatives), Shiyi killed herself, he barely enjoyed being the king because he died young, sad and alone, and without an heir.

And now I’m off to watch the sequel Forever and Ever 🥰

Rating: 8.5/10

Moonlight (2021)

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Drama: Moonlight (月光变奏曲)
Country: China
Episodes: 36
Aired: May 20, 2021 – Jun 6, 2021
Aired On: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Original Network: iQiyi, iQiyi
Duration: 45 min.

Plot
A cute love story between an editor and her author.

Main Cast
Ryan Ding Yuxi – Zhou Chuan
Esther Yu Shu – Chu Li
Yang Shi Ze – Jiang Yu Cheng
Ma Yin Yin – Gu Bai Zhi

Review:
For my favorite scenes, please check out these posts:
Moonlight (2021) Eps 1-18
Moonlight eps. 19-35

My first completed CDrama for the year!! Light romcom with a few heart tugging scenes. Hands down my favorite part of this drama is the winning chemistry between Zhou Chuan and Chu Li. They were perfectly matched. Zhou Chuan may have been a fool during the first part, but I’m glad that when it counts, he gives it all. He is always sincere towards Chu Li and think of her well being. Likewise, Chu Li is always there to support Zhou Chuan at work and at home. I’m glad there were not a lot of “big” fights except for that one time, but Zhou Chuan quickly redeemed himself.

I also loved bromance between Zhou Chuan and Jiang Yu Cheng. I really admire their friendship.. they tease each other and always try to be better than the other like how guys are like. But they also have each other’s backs when needed. Zhou Chuan supported Yu Cheng during his break ups and his new novel. While Yu Cheng advises Zhou Chuan on relationships (even though he fails big time lol) and during the ghostwriting scandal, he was one of the first who thought of finding a solution to his problem.

One of the storylines that I didnt expect would touch me is the the relationship between Zhou Chuan and his father. That part when Zhou Chuan was being battered by the internet trolls, his father didn’t hesitate to support his son, even though he may not always approve of him. Ryan Ding’s acting when he realized what his father has done, and how he has kept all of his school works, and finally when he won the Huazhi award which was handed to him by his father were my favorites. I wanted to cry and hug him too.

I love books and writing so the publishing house setting and having a glimpse of how book publishing works was so interesting to me. What I didn’t like was Editor Miao who was so unprofessional!!

Also, it was very unbelievable how Chu Li is so good at her job. She was intern and was able to sign the best authors without any experience. She always had the best solutions to each problem that even the chief editors couldn’t solve. She would go against the deputy editor, the head of Circulation Dept like it was a piece of cake. In reality I know it’s so impossible to happen. She also rose from intern to deputy editor to chief editor in just 4 ( or 5?) years which is also very unlikely. And whoever styled her should have been fired. She was always in baggy clothes or casual attire in the office.

Of course, the drama is not complete without stunning cinematography and the nice soundtrack. Both Esther and Ryan sing in the soundtrack and I love their voices.

On the down side, I didn’t like eps 31-35 that much — the ghost writing scandal and especially that storyline about the obsessed school mate/celebrity. I think there could have been better plots that could have challenged Zhou Chuan’s career and his relationship with Chu Li.

I like Jang Yu Cheng as Zhou Chuan’s best friend and author, but I didn’t like his love story with Gu Bai Zhi. The first half was so boring, I didn’t really care if they get together or not. I also didn’t like the old lady’s scenes. I just fast forwarded all of her scenes because it felt like it was “forcing” Gu Bai Zhi and Jiang Yu Cheng to remember their past. Gu Bai Zhe also looked cold, I wanted to side with Yu Cheng. I started rooting for them when they were flirting and were getting back together. But as quickly as they got back, they broke up again because it turns out, it was also Yu Cheng being a jerk to Bai Zhi and not trusting her. They eventually got back together although it didn’t feel “grand”. But what I appreciated most is the two of them, acknowledging their issues and promising to work on them and their relationship.

Rating: 9/10