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Scumbag System 穿书自救指南 – 2020 Episode 2 [Review]

Scumbag System is moving at a steady speed, now that the characters have been established, and the troll system has decided their course of action. I’m actually quite intrigued by the author’s mindset while writing this storyline. Helmed by Mòxiāng Tóngxiù, who wrote the phenomenal “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation” (adapted into the globally popular “The Untamed” series), “The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System” is pretty much set in the same universe where we have powerful cultivators fighting the evil forces. As such, I found myself comparing both the sagas even though they have different characters, albeit similar in nature. The only similarity that strikes out is the quirky nature of main lead Shen Yuan (Shen Qingqiu) with Wei Wuxian.

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Legend of Exorcism – 天宝伏妖录 – Episode 2 [Review]

The second episode of Legend of Exorcism is rather slow-paced with major character introductions. The show is setting a precedent to the importance of the erstwhile “Court of Exorcism.” Although the Court isn’t exactly revered in its current dilapidated state, it’s rise to popularity rests on the shoulders of our heroes, who, under the leadership of General Li Jinglong, will battle the demons to maintain the peace and safety of the citizens in the city of Chang’an.

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Scumbag System 穿书自救指南 – 2020 Episode 1 [Review]

The most anticipated Chinese Donghua of 2020 is finally here. Yes, you guessed it right! I’m talking about “The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System” 3D animation series. “Scumbag System or 穿书自救指南,” which roughly translates to “Survivor’s Guide to Novel Transmigration,” premiered on various WeTV platforms airing weekly episodes from September 10th, 2020. The anime Chuan Shu Zijiu Zhinan, which has been the talk of the town for the past few months, is a “Bromance” adaptation of Chinese BL web novel Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong by MXTX (墨香铜臭 Mòxiāng Tóngxiù), originally published on Wen Xue Cheng. For those who haven’t yet recognized the name, MXTX is the author of the famed “Untamed” series.

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Beloved Enemy (决对争锋) Episodes 13 – 15 [Review]

Revenge and hatred are quite strong emotions. Coupled with the need to punish the one you loved dearly, these emotions might very well take you on the path to destruction. When you have a self-destructive attitude like Yuan Yang, the consequences can be even more tragic. As Gu Qing Pei struggles to balance his personal life and work, Yuan Yang’s return from America and his subsequent actions lead to irreversible damage. With his misguided notions, he sets up a trap that ends up putting both his father and Gu Qing Pei on the warpath. However, the real question is, will Qing Pei forgive him yet again? Or will his actions break their fragile relationship beyond limits?

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Beloved Enemy 决对争锋 (Episodes 10 – 12) [Review]

Separation is a hard pill to swallow when both our protagonists haven’t even touched the surface of their emotions. As Gu Qing Pei and Yuan Yang battle their personal demons, both internal and external forces work together to tear them apart. I’m appalled at their current situation because they already had a tumultuous relationship stemming from Yuan Yang’s temper issues. Qing Pei and Yang were tied together by the fragile thread of trust, which is on the brink of being destroyed. Will they ever resolve their issues and get back together? Will Yuan Yang develop the temperament to analyze the situation thoroughly without making rash decisions and taking unsolicited risks?

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Beloved Enemy 决对争锋 (Episodes 7 – 9) [Review]

Beloved Enemy is fast becoming a psychological challenge for me. The way the story is progressing, it’s giving me chills as well as making me nervous. Yuan Yang is still his unpredictable self, and Gu Qing Pei seems to have given up on the pretense of trying to tame him. I’m astounded at how these two opposing forces can co-exist in the same space. Yuan Yang, in the drama series, isn’t much different from the novel version in terms of his temperament. The drama adaptation is a highly diluted version of the original text and leaves a lot to be desired. Let’s review the next episodes and figure out their unusual dynamics.

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Beloved Enemy 决对争锋 (Ep.4 to 6) [Review]

The story progresses at a steady speed now. The chess pieces are on the board, and war has been declared. Yuan Yang is not the kind of person who would let anyone control him. Gu Qing Pei, on the other hand, sincerely believes that he might be able to reform Yuan Yang. Not recognizing Yuan Yang’s nefarious plans, Gu Qing Pei falls prey to his trap. Their Nanlin trip spells havoc and brings a lot of changes in our main character’s lives. This drama has got me so hooked up that I started reading the BL novel as well. Although there are considerable differences between the book and the adaptation, each is enjoyable in their own way. Without further ado, let’s review Episodes 4 to 6.

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Winter Begonia – 鬓边不是海棠红 (Episodes 41 – 49) Finale [Review]

I felt a sense of foreboding before writing this article. Something kept me on edge, and at times, I couldn’t find the right words. I wasn’t entirely convinced that what I wrote could do justice to this masterpiece. Some stories leave you with a lifetime of memories, and for me, Winter Begonia will always be one of them. The Japanese invasion of Beiping bought an onslaught of problems for our main leads Cheng Feng Tai and Shang Xi Rui. But they can’t be soulmates if they don’t stand beside each other and fight every battle together. Let’s review the finale episodes and follow their bittersweet journey.

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Beloved Enemy 决对争锋 Review (Ep.1 to 3)

I have been in two minds about watching this Chinese “Bromance” for obvious reasons. But since my best friend insisted that this drama series is good and also because it has some similarities to the recent mini-series “Capture Lover,” I decided to watch it. And I wasn’t disappointed! In fact, I’m wondering why I didn’t catch up with this online sitcom sooner.

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Capture Lover | 冰糖陷阱 (Ep.7 to 10) [Review]

The Finale Episodes of the Chinese BL drama Capture Lover left a lot to be desired. Although the main leads got a convoluted “Happy Ending,” the penultimate episodes seemed rushed and haphazard. I’m least disappointed to say, but the actors’ have chemistry in spades, and that’s what keeps you hooked to this show, that was banned on the local shores for depicting same-sex relationships.

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Capture Lover | 冰糖陷阱 (Ep.4 to 6) [Review]

Capture Lover, despite being slow-paced in the initial episodes, is picking up speed. The old adage of “Opposites Attract” comes into play as Ying Jiaming’s mischievous demeanor suddenly turns flirtatious. Ding Junjie is left flustered at times and overwhelmed at others. Certain scenes might seem lacking, but the chemistry between the main leads shines through, and you can’t help adore them.

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Capture Lover | 冰糖陷阱 (Ep.1 to 3) [Review]

Capture Lover becomes the first gay series to have a worldwide opening since China banned LGBTQ+ content in 2016. Despite the budget constraints and difficulties faced in casting, Director Aria Lee persisted, and now this rom-com starring newcomers Luigi Zhang and Han Jing-cheng is streaming live on GagaOOLala and will very soon be available on WeTV Taiwan and Viki as well.

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SCI 谜案集 (2018) (Ep.13 to 24) [Review]

SCI Mystery might seem lacking when it comes to continuity in certain scenes, but it scores high because of its intense mix of mystery and thriller components that manage to keep you hooked. Coupled with the scintillating chemistry between the main leads Bai Yu Tong and Dr. Zhan Yao, the final episodes promised lots of dark elements that evoke the unlikely and question the unusual circumstances at every crime scene.

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SCI 谜案集 (2018) (Ep.1 to 12) [Review]

I have recently developed a taste for unique crime thrillers, and after watching the series Guardian, it has made it worse. While I was on the lookout for Chinese Bromance dramas of the thriller genre, SCI Mystery pinged on my radar. I must say I wasn’t disappointed, although compared to Guardian, SCI mystery lacks some consistency in certain areas. But it makes a worthwhile watch for my mind that loves all things related to “Psychoanalysis.”

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Winter Begonia – 鬓边不是海棠红 (Ep.21 – 30) [Review]

Winter Begonia’s latest episodes introduced a slew of new characters, managing to set off a chain reaction that triggers new developments. The current episodes focused mainly on Shang Xi Rui’s rise as a proficient Peking Opera Performer and dwelt on certain painful elements of Cheng Feng Tai’s past. Our main leads are getting closer as they wade through significant challenges and emerge as each other’s best source of support. Let’s continue on our journey of this magnum opus.

Winter Begonia can be streamed on YouTube and VIKI

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