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Returning back to Blogging: 30-Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 7

 

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Whoop! One week down already! Today’s question is slightly harder in my opinion, since there’s multiple dramas who always provides a childhood section, but makes it difficult for me to get attached to them:

Your favourite child actors/actresses

Thinking back to some older dramas, I can think of many child actors who gave an amazing performance when it came to the childhood portions. Sadly, they’re all grown up now, and it’s hard for me to classify them as children now. For example, Park Shin Hye and Baek Sung Hyun in Stairway to Heaven were amazing, but they’ve reached their 20s. Jo Jung Eun who played the younger Jang Geum in A Jewel in the Palace was definitely a memorable one, but she’s a year younger than I am currently i.e. no way could she be classified a child anymore.

So then, I try to think much more recent child actors and actresses, and finally thought of a couple.

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AsiaReviewerManiac’s Embarassingly Lacking Year In Review (2016): Just don’t bother asking again…please

Hi everyone, and welcome back! It is finally time for me to share my own year in review…or at least try to. For 2016, it is most certainly more disappointing than last year’s by far. This year…it just hasn’t been the year for me folks.

In numerous aspects: uni, work and my social life has taken a major toll, and all I needed was some time to myself, to mend myself and make sure that I can stand upright again to face another day, and basically another year. Man, am I glad for 2016 to be finally over.

Sorry to those who have thought this year to have been not bad…this has been by far the worst year I could have possibly imagined it to be…honestly, let’s just get this post started already.

But wait! Before I begin, I want to kinda make a little note here, and stretch out the playing field with this year’s review. This year, in terms of watching dramas, has been both embarrassing and  just bad. However, I have in turn substituted it by watching plenty of movies which have all been fantastic. Seriously, some K-movies this year have just been brilliant, and I kinda wanna give them a heads-up, because it’s too late now to dedicate them a proper review. Perhaps I might consider it next year, but knowing me…I highly doubt it.

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First Impressions on “Ice Fantasy (幻城)”: Hmmm, how do I feel about this???

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Hello hello and welcome back to the blog! Today I am bring to you my first impressions on the much anticipated C-drama “Ice Fantasy” with the very talented Feng Shao Feng (well known for his character in “Prince of Lan Ling”) and the lovely Song Qian also known as Victoria from the k-pop girl band f(x). How I feel currently is that I’m….still on the fence as to whether or not I should continue with this one .______.

Alright, let’s get on with this one *takes a deep breath*

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Current trek with “Doctors”: Should I continue with it, or not??

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Hello everybody, and welcome back! As the title clearly illustrates, I am bringing to you all my current trek as well as my first impressions of the current topping-the-rating-charts K-drama “Doctors”. I was very VERY interested in checking out this drama for a while, especially after seeing its first teasers with an ass-kicking Shin Hye and a sweet-smiling Rae Won oppa~ Now that it is finally being broadcasted, a simple statement that I can make right now is that I was extremely impressed initially, and not disappointed in my decision to pick this one up. However, what this post will inevitably discuss is whether or not I should continue pursuing this drama, and finish it to the end.

So, without further ado, let’s begin this damn ‘current trek’ post already before I spill everything out in just the introduction!

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“Splash Splash LOVE (퐁당퐁당 LOVE)” Review: Cute, sweet and just plain goodness. Thank you for your existence ^^~

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Overall Review:

A short, sweet and easy drama that has everything you’ve wanted and needed. Adorable, well-paced and just perfect in length and execution. Great for those who are seeking for a cute and short rom-com, or for those who want to take a break from some heavy long-term commitment dramas 😉

I am certainly not the first nor the last blogger to rave about how good this drama special was. And yes, of course some points that I’ll go over have probably been talked about before, however I personally believe that this drama deserves proper recognition. It is really quite rare currently to see a K-drama as short as this one yet still so solid, enjoyable and not just loose ends left in the wind; the drama definitely took its disadvantage (length of airing) and turned it into an advantage. Those who are seeking a kdrama special that doesn’t require a huge commitment but is still wanting to watching something great, this may be the one for you. Anyway, before I continue rambling further, let’s get on with this review.

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“Scholar Who Walks The Night” First Impressions: I AM PUMPED FOR THIS!!!

This is perhaps my most favourite poster out of the bunch; I feel that this poster alone conveys the sadness he feels now as a vampire rather than as a human

This is perhaps my most favourite poster out of the bunch; I feel that this poster alone conveys the sadness he feels now as a vampire rather than as a human.

Hey everybody! Told you that I wouldn’t be gone for long! As many of you may already know, “Scholar Who Walks The Night” began its broadcast just last week and omg…WHAT A BEGINNING! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been raving about how awesome the start to this drama has been, but there is a reason why many can’t get enough of this drama right now.

And so, let me contribute my part to convincing any one of you out there who is currently still on the fence about this drama 😉

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“Cruel Romance” Review: How could they do this? WHY did they do this?!

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Overall review:

An emotionally-investing rollercoaster ride that only lived up to my expectations too soon…and ended with the ride stopping 2/3 in, leaving me hanging upside down with no way out.

Hey everyone and yes, I know what you are all thinking…WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN HYUNNIE?!

Trust me, that super long and boring excuse will be expressed later on in the future but for now, let us focus on the review at hand – “Cruel Romance” (otherwise, I will literally just rant and go off-track for ages -_-”).

So, about this drama…I take back some of what I said before…towards the end of this precious drama, the drama embarked on a path in which I was dreading to follow, and as I knew from my personal experience with dramas, this sudden change in activity usually never ends well.

And what do you know? It didn’t.

Oh believe me, the drama drew out the feels and emotions that they were so determined to drain out of me, but if I placed my emotions aside and viewed the drama solely based on its plot, then I can’t help but see all of the plot holes rise to the surface. It is as a fellow commenter on  the drama stated “Even a toddler can see all of the plot holes this drama is filled with”, or something roughly similar. Which is a really huge shame, since there was so much potential. But of course, one main reason why this drama became so bad by the end of it, was because it had cut out a potential 4-8 episodes from its original expected broadcast.

4 episodes! That is almost 3 hours worth of content cut out. If it followed it’s 8 episode broadcast, that could have been a possible 6 hours worth of content.  6 HOURS! No wonder so much was missing and the plot didn’t flow well at all towards its race to the finish. It is really disappointing to know that this drama could have covered and explained so much more, it really is. But, what ended up happening was just a pile of mess that just couldn’t be resolved. I am just so frustrated the way this drama concluded…so bear with me if this review ends up turning into a rant of some sort; I just need a place to express this “betrayal” that I feel. *

(Update made after watching the newer Jiang Xi Version)

…Adding 4 episodes didn’t make any difference, plot-wise.

None whatsoever.

I mean sure, there were roughly 3-4 scenes added that really drove my fangirl feels for our main couple but in terms of a progressive plot, nope. Nothing changed it dramatically.

Nothing at all.

And it’s just made me even more disappointed about this drama; before watching the newer version, I could of just convinced myself that they cut out all of the important bits therefore the drama didn’t progress well. However, after seeing that only a couple of scenes (which I guess were worth showing btw) were added that did nothing to change or push the plot forward, I just felt betrayed and hopeful for nothing.

Writers, I hate you guys so much right now. So much….

*Sigh* Let’s finish this, I guess.

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