dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
And there is NO WAY Xiamo/Luo Xi (i.e. Barbie Hsu and Huang Xiaoming) are not the OTP of this drama.

They are in the credits and inserts together, all their scenes together are filmed in an "OTP OTP OTP" kind of way, from their first meeting under the freaking cherry blossoms to his playing the piano and her singing just for him - getting rid of her stage fright issues, to that really really sexy kissing scene (two of them, actually). Their chemistry is out of this world. Also, Luo Xi has enough issues to be interesting (orphan with trust issues and tragic background, uses his looks and charm to get through with no trouble but doesn't really care about others, etc) but not enough to make a horrible boyfriend or a bad guy.

Plus, the other guy, Ou Chen (Peter Ho) is seriously scary. I don't mean in a 'bad boy, would be fun to reform' or 'tortured soul' way - no, I am seriously grossed out and freaked out by him - he comes across as a classic abuser both emotionally and physically (the scene with him forcing his screaming and pleading girlfriend to hold an apple so he could shoot at it - sick). The way he looks at Xiaomo does not denote love to me but a "hmmm, where shall I dispose of the body?" reaction. To be fair, that could be Peter Ho's limited acting ability, but I prefer to think of the makers sharing my take on Ou Chen - seeing the horror movie music they play whenever he is in her vicinity, they probably share my views.

Yikes. Shall one pick a non-psycho sexy smart superstar or a rich abuser who you blame for the death of your family. Let me think - hard choice. OTOH, I am not the target audience - I still remember fangirls going into mad frenzy over twdrama Knock Knock Loving You because heroine picked the nice guy she has always loved over the dude who blackmailed her into an engagement and then tried to rape her. (They were so pissed and I was so happy with the drama. Let's hope this will be a repeat).

I leave you with this. Ahhh, Taiwan, you know how to do kissing scenes right.





dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
And there is NO WAY Xiamo/Luo Xi (i.e. Barbie Hsu and Huang Xiaoming) are not the OTP of this drama.

They are in the credits and inserts together, all their scenes together are filmed in an "OTP OTP OTP" kind of way, from their first meeting under the freaking cherry blossoms to his playing the piano and her singing just for him - getting rid of her stage fright issues, to that really really sexy kissing scene (two of them, actually). Their chemistry is out of this world. Also, Luo Xi has enough issues to be interesting (orphan with trust issues and tragic background, uses his looks and charm to get through with no trouble but doesn't really care about others, etc) but not enough to make a horrible boyfriend or a bad guy.

Plus, the other guy, Ou Chen (Peter Ho) is seriously scary. I don't mean in a 'bad boy, would be fun to reform' or 'tortured soul' way - no, I am seriously grossed out and freaked out by him - he comes across as a classic abuser both emotionally and physically (the scene with him forcing his screaming and pleading girlfriend to hold an apple so he could shoot at it - sick). The way he looks at Xiaomo does not denote love to me but a "hmmm, where shall I dispose of the body?" reaction. To be fair, that could be Peter Ho's limited acting ability, but I prefer to think of the makers sharing my take on Ou Chen - seeing the horror movie music they play whenever he is in her vicinity, they probably share my views.

Yikes. Shall one pick a non-psycho sexy smart superstar or a rich abuser who you blame for the death of your family. Let me think - hard choice. OTOH, I am not the target audience - I still remember fangirls going into mad frenzy over twdrama Knock Knock Loving You because heroine picked the nice guy she has always loved over the dude who blackmailed her into an engagement and then tried to rape her. (They were so pissed and I was so happy with the drama. Let's hope this will be a repeat).

I leave you with this. Ahhh, Taiwan, you know how to do kissing scenes right.





dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: never alone by HXM)
And there is NO WAY Xiamo/Luo Xi (i.e. Barbie Hsu and Huang Xiaoming) are not the OTP of this drama.

They are in the credits and inserts together, all their scenes together are filmed in an "OTP OTP OTP" kind of way, from their first meeting under the freaking cherry blossoms to his playing the piano and her singing just for him - getting rid of her stage fright issues, to that really really sexy kissing scene (two of them, actually). Their chemistry is out of this world. Also, Luo Xi has enough issues to be interesting (orphan with trust issues and tragic background, uses his looks and charm to get through with no trouble but doesn't really care about others, etc) but not enough to make a horrible boyfriend or a bad guy.

Plus, the other guy, Ou Chen (Peter Ho) is seriously scary. I don't mean in a 'bad boy, would be fun to reform' or 'tortured soul' way - no, I am seriously grossed out and freaked out by him - he comes across as a classic abuser both emotionally and physically (the scene with him forcing his screaming and pleading girlfriend to hold an apple so he could shoot at it - sick). The way he looks at Xiaomo does not denote love to me but a "hmmm, where shall I dispose of the body?" reaction. To be fair, that could be Peter Ho's limited acting ability, but I prefer to think of the makers sharing my take on Ou Chen - seeing the horror movie music they play whenever he is in her vicinity, they probably share my views.

Yikes. Shall one pick a non-psycho sexy smart superstar or a rich abuser who you blame for the death of your family. Let me think - hard choice. OTOH, I am not the target audience - I still remember fangirls going into mad frenzy over twdrama Knock Knock Loving You because heroine picked the nice guy she has always loved over the dude who blackmailed her into an engagement and then tried to rape her. (They were so pissed and I was so happy with the drama. Let's hope this will be a repeat).

I leave you with this. Ahhh, Taiwan, you know how to do kissing scenes right.





dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: HXM by kycoo)
I love the way Summer Desire is filmed - the colors are so crisp and beautiful. The whole feel is gorgeous - reminds me of older classic movies, which is appropriate for a dark, melodramatic story.

Peter Ho's English is super-awesome and I think he portrays his character well (not a PH fangirl but I have to admit that) but it doesn't solve the problem of the character being a freaking psycho - I am less than 20 minutes in and he's ordering his girlfriend to go stand at the shooting range with an apple on her head so he can shoot it with bow and arrow. Now, I am not going to declare anyone's methods of foreplay, however bizarre, should be illegal as long as they are consensual, but I will judge them. And leaving aside that this is a sick sick thing to do, the girl is clearly terrified and unwilling. She is screaming and he is just yelling at her to pick it up again. Ugh, I barely met him and I want him to die already.(Also, since his staff is lying to him this chick is his gf from high school, does that mean they are paying her to sleep with him? Classy).

The way they filmed the first meeting with Barbie and Huang Xiaoming screams OTP - blossoms, bubbles etc - and even the credits have PH then HXM then Barbie which would indicate HXM is the male lead. Not to mention it is their kissing scene that is in the credits. Viikii commenters are as confused as I am.

Geee, I wonder who I will root for - dude who is a psycho or dude who is not?

Side note: It is really odd to see Huang Xiaoming without a gun or a sword but I am not complaining. The man is sex on legs in any guise.

ETA: We have achieved Barbie/Xiaoming kissing! And it's really good kissing, too. There is NO way this ep is structured in any other way than them being the OTP and Peter Ho being evil stalker.

ETA2: Xiaomo is awesome - Barbie was totally channeling Shancai there.

ETA3: WE HAVE ACHEIVED SHIRTLESS HXM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, TPTB. Get it on, sexy twisted stepsiblings!
dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: HXM by kycoo)
I love the way Summer Desire is filmed - the colors are so crisp and beautiful. The whole feel is gorgeous - reminds me of older classic movies, which is appropriate for a dark, melodramatic story.

Peter Ho's English is super-awesome and I think he portrays his character well (not a PH fangirl but I have to admit that) but it doesn't solve the problem of the character being a freaking psycho - I am less than 20 minutes in and he's ordering his girlfriend to go stand at the shooting range with an apple on her head so he can shoot it with bow and arrow. Now, I am not going to declare anyone's methods of foreplay, however bizarre, should be illegal as long as they are consensual, but I will judge them. And leaving aside that this is a sick sick thing to do, the girl is clearly terrified and unwilling. She is screaming and he is just yelling at her to pick it up again. Ugh, I barely met him and I want him to die already.(Also, since his staff is lying to him this chick is his gf from high school, does that mean they are paying her to sleep with him? Classy).

The way they filmed the first meeting with Barbie and Huang Xiaoming screams OTP - blossoms, bubbles etc - and even the credits have PH then HXM then Barbie which would indicate HXM is the male lead. Not to mention it is their kissing scene that is in the credits. Viikii commenters are as confused as I am.

Geee, I wonder who I will root for - dude who is a psycho or dude who is not?

Side note: It is really odd to see Huang Xiaoming without a gun or a sword but I am not complaining. The man is sex on legs in any guise.

ETA: We have achieved Barbie/Xiaoming kissing! And it's really good kissing, too. There is NO way this ep is structured in any other way than them being the OTP and Peter Ho being evil stalker.

ETA2: Xiaomo is awesome - Barbie was totally channeling Shancai there.

ETA3: WE HAVE ACHEIVED SHIRTLESS HXM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, TPTB. Get it on, sexy twisted stepsiblings!
dangermousie: (Shanghai Bund: HXM by kycoo)
I love the way Summer Desire is filmed - the colors are so crisp and beautiful. The whole feel is gorgeous - reminds me of older classic movies, which is appropriate for a dark, melodramatic story.

Peter Ho's English is super-awesome and I think he portrays his character well (not a PH fangirl but I have to admit that) but it doesn't solve the problem of the character being a freaking psycho - I am less than 20 minutes in and he's ordering his girlfriend to go stand at the shooting range with an apple on her head so he can shoot it with bow and arrow. Now, I am not going to declare anyone's methods of foreplay, however bizarre, should be illegal as long as they are consensual, but I will judge them. And leaving aside that this is a sick sick thing to do, the girl is clearly terrified and unwilling. She is screaming and he is just yelling at her to pick it up again. Ugh, I barely met him and I want him to die already.(Also, since his staff is lying to him this chick is his gf from high school, does that mean they are paying her to sleep with him? Classy).

The way they filmed the first meeting with Barbie and Huang Xiaoming screams OTP - blossoms, bubbles etc - and even the credits have PH then HXM then Barbie which would indicate HXM is the male lead. Not to mention it is their kissing scene that is in the credits. Viikii commenters are as confused as I am.

Geee, I wonder who I will root for - dude who is a psycho or dude who is not?

Side note: It is really odd to see Huang Xiaoming without a gun or a sword but I am not complaining. The man is sex on legs in any guise.

ETA: We have achieved Barbie/Xiaoming kissing! And it's really good kissing, too. There is NO way this ep is structured in any other way than them being the OTP and Peter Ho being evil stalker.

ETA2: Xiaomo is awesome - Barbie was totally channeling Shancai there.

ETA3: WE HAVE ACHEIVED SHIRTLESS HXM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, TPTB. Get it on, sexy twisted stepsiblings!
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
The long delayed (and madly anticipated by me) Summer Desire (based on bestselling Summer Bubbles) is finally going to be out May 30th.

YESSS.

It stars Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming and promises more drama than 5 Korean weepies put together.

I am in it 100% for Barbie/Xiaoming and will happily ignore the fact that Peter ends up with her. Luckily for me, a lot of the promotion seems to ignore that final result as well and we get shots like this:



OH YES YES YES PLEASE.
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
The long delayed (and madly anticipated by me) Summer Desire (based on bestselling Summer Bubbles) is finally going to be out May 30th.

YESSS.

It stars Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming and promises more drama than 5 Korean weepies put together.

I am in it 100% for Barbie/Xiaoming and will happily ignore the fact that Peter ends up with her. Luckily for me, a lot of the promotion seems to ignore that final result as well and we get shots like this:



OH YES YES YES PLEASE.
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
The long delayed (and madly anticipated by me) Summer Desire (based on bestselling Summer Bubbles) is finally going to be out May 30th.

YESSS.

It stars Barbie Hsu, Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming and promises more drama than 5 Korean weepies put together.

I am in it 100% for Barbie/Xiaoming and will happily ignore the fact that Peter ends up with her. Luckily for me, a lot of the promotion seems to ignore that final result as well and we get shots like this:



OH YES YES YES PLEASE.
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
*hyperventilation*

*high-pitched scream*

English-subbed trailers for Summer Desire (a.k.a. Summer Bubbles) are out.

First one:



Another one behind cut )

Oh YES.

SD is apparently based on some psycho-popular novel about plucky and awesome heroine Xiao Mo (my girl Barbie!) and her having to pick between two different mad-for-her men: her sexy former stepbrother who is now a huge star (Huang Xiaoming), and a super-rich ex-boyfriend who has forgotten her but then remembers and decides he still wants her (Peter Ho). Blahblahblah lots of angst.

OK, you know, I don't care if it makes me sound insane: if Xiao Mo does not end up with Luo Xi (the stepbro), I will kill something!

She can even end up single, that's fine. But if she ends with Ou Chen --- grrrr. Well, unless they change the story around from the book synopses I have read and the trailers seem to show it as pretty faithful. I was going to do a whole rant about Ou Chen as a 'viable' romantic lead but after all, the drama is not out so I shouldn't.

ETA: Screw it. I love a good rant. See, here is my problem. Leaving aside the issue of not finding Peter Ho attractive in the least and thinking Huang Xiaoming is sex on legs, I loathe loathe LOATHE Ou Chen. I am all for the "they used to be a couple, had break-up from hell, now meet again years later, he blackmails her into a relationship to make her pay" - two of my favorite twdramas, Autumn's Concerto and My Lucky Star use that. BUT:

Rant behind cut )

Anyway, unless they change the story, I loathe Ou Chen with the power of 10,000 suns. I hope he does not get the girl. But I fear he may.

This airs after Down With Love, I believe.
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
*hyperventilation*

*high-pitched scream*

English-subbed trailers for Summer Desire (a.k.a. Summer Bubbles) are out.

First one:



Another one behind cut )

Oh YES.

SD is apparently based on some psycho-popular novel about plucky and awesome heroine Xiao Mo (my girl Barbie!) and her having to pick between two different mad-for-her men: her sexy former stepbrother who is now a huge star (Huang Xiaoming), and a super-rich ex-boyfriend who has forgotten her but then remembers and decides he still wants her (Peter Ho). Blahblahblah lots of angst.

OK, you know, I don't care if it makes me sound insane: if Xiao Mo does not end up with Luo Xi (the stepbro), I will kill something!

She can even end up single, that's fine. But if she ends with Ou Chen --- grrrr. Well, unless they change the story around from the book synopses I have read and the trailers seem to show it as pretty faithful. I was going to do a whole rant about Ou Chen as a 'viable' romantic lead but after all, the drama is not out so I shouldn't.

ETA: Screw it. I love a good rant. See, here is my problem. Leaving aside the issue of not finding Peter Ho attractive in the least and thinking Huang Xiaoming is sex on legs, I loathe loathe LOATHE Ou Chen. I am all for the "they used to be a couple, had break-up from hell, now meet again years later, he blackmails her into a relationship to make her pay" - two of my favorite twdramas, Autumn's Concerto and My Lucky Star use that. BUT:

Rant behind cut )

Anyway, unless they change the story, I loathe Ou Chen with the power of 10,000 suns. I hope he does not get the girl. But I fear he may.

This airs after Down With Love, I believe.
dangermousie: (HXM by kycoo)
*hyperventilation*

*high-pitched scream*

English-subbed trailers for Summer Desire (a.k.a. Summer Bubbles) are out.

First one:



Another one behind cut )

Oh YES.

SD is apparently based on some psycho-popular novel about plucky and awesome heroine Xiao Mo (my girl Barbie!) and her having to pick between two different mad-for-her men: her sexy former stepbrother who is now a huge star (Huang Xiaoming), and a super-rich ex-boyfriend who has forgotten her but then remembers and decides he still wants her (Peter Ho). Blahblahblah lots of angst.

OK, you know, I don't care if it makes me sound insane: if Xiao Mo does not end up with Luo Xi (the stepbro), I will kill something!

She can even end up single, that's fine. But if she ends with Ou Chen --- grrrr. Well, unless they change the story around from the book synopses I have read and the trailers seem to show it as pretty faithful. I was going to do a whole rant about Ou Chen as a 'viable' romantic lead but after all, the drama is not out so I shouldn't.

ETA: Screw it. I love a good rant. See, here is my problem. Leaving aside the issue of not finding Peter Ho attractive in the least and thinking Huang Xiaoming is sex on legs, I loathe loathe LOATHE Ou Chen. I am all for the "they used to be a couple, had break-up from hell, now meet again years later, he blackmails her into a relationship to make her pay" - two of my favorite twdramas, Autumn's Concerto and My Lucky Star use that. BUT:

Rant behind cut )

Anyway, unless they change the story, I loathe Ou Chen with the power of 10,000 suns. I hope he does not get the girl. But I fear he may.

This airs after Down With Love, I believe.
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (HYD Makino shop)
In preparation for my epic 'awesome kdrama women' post, I present to you "My Favorite All-Time Drama Heroine".

Who is it?



It's Shan Cai from Meteor Garden/Makino Tsukushi from Hana Yori Dango. (Taiwanese and Japanese adaptations of the same manga, respectively).

Shan Cai/Makino does not have special fighting skills, a police uniform, or a private army to back herself up. She is nothing more or less than your average college/high-school girl.

Or is she?

The only poor student in a school for spoiled, useless, sociopathic rich kids, Shancai/Makino stands up for an acquaintance (that's right - she isn't even a friend yet!) against Dao Ming Si/Domyouji, the richest, most violent guy in school - the one who not only rules the school and who, as she knows before she gets involved, is not only capable of making her life hell (and I do mean hell - hazing, taunts, beatings, anything else that goes) but would certainly delight in doing so if thwarted.

And all of that happens - she gets hazed in a manner that would bring on lawsuits in the States and only comes back for more - she simply won't back down. In fact, in the midst of all it, she declares war back on him. And you know how she does it? In public she tells him everything she thinks of his uselessness (as he is only living on his parents' money) and punches him in the face, knocking him down. He is a violent nutter with fighting for a hobby and she does not even pause.

And that is only the beginning! She continues to be pure awesome. She refuses to have anything to do with the guy (who, being pretty unhinged and with a completely screwed-up background, falls in love with her after this incident). He may offer her money and she throws it back in his face. He may threaten to get her expelled and she still won't say she likes him. He may get himself close to killed protecting her (the best drama shipping scene ever!) and she won't fall in love with him just for that - she can be grateful, but she is sane enough to know gratitude is not equal to love. She is clear-headed enough to refuse to take him on any terms until he (slowly, painfully, and by bootstraps) actually learns to become a human being.

When in the Taiwanese version, she is at one point punched out by a gang of men, all way heftier than her, she doesn't do anything but get up after every hit and tries to fight them back until she literally passes out. And even borderline unconscious, when Dao Ming Si carries her out of there, she demands to be put down, because dammit, she can walk! In both versions, when kidnapped as bait for him, tied up and helpless, as soon as her gag is removed she tells the leader (who is trying to get her sympathy by dwelling on his wrongs) exactly what she thinks of that sort of thing, unflinching even when slapped, even when a knife is to her throat.

Nor is she subject to social humiliation - in the Taiwanese version, rich bitches fake being friends and invite her to a party intending to humiliate her by giving her the wrong dress-code and implying she's a whore? Oh, she gets back plenty at them, without a shred of embarassment. While not demonstrating quite this degree of sangfroid in the Japanese version, she's still pretty disdainful of social slurs and also generally relationship-smart, deciding that she may love someone but if it can't happen, being able to move on.

She stands up to Dao Ming Si's/Domyouji's terrifying mother without a shred of fear - invited to perform on the piano at a fancy party by Momster as a means to humiliate her, Shan Cai/Makino has no problems just dicordantly banging on the keys in cacaphony of sound without any embarassment or pause.

Oh, did I mention a minor but awesome point that she is capable of lasting friendships with both men and women and both loves her shiftless family and sees them clearly for who they are? That she works half-a-dozen jobs to support herself on her own?

That is why I see red when I see people post things like this manga is anti-feminist or whatever - you have GOT to be kidding me! But not as much red as I see when people comment that Shan Cai/Makino is 'scary' and how could any guy love her?

She is my hero.

Have a shippy, S2 of Hanadan vid to conclude this post:



I think the violent dork and practical commoner are my favorite drama OTP ever.

I feel a rewatch coming on...

Oh, and for the record? Makino punches out a freaking BEAR! Beat that, ladies and gents!
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
That is what upcoming Summer Bubbles (now renamed Summer Desire) should be instead titled as.



I mean, here is the description from the book SD is based on in which our heroine first meets her stepbrother (and eventual boyfriend) translated a bit roughly but still legibly by a kind person on AF:

The young man sat under the blooming oriental cherry tree, his black jade hair had a diluted luster, the skin at the back of his neck meticulous like beautiful china...

"From now on Luo Shi will live with us. He's your older brother, you guys must care and love him, okay?" At dinner time, Dad's chubby face was full of smiles, his right hand patting the back of the youths hand, he said to her brother...

"Luo Shi suffered a lot in the past," Dad painfully looked at the youth, then turned towards her. "So Xiao Mo, you have to be like dad and take good care of your brother."

Yi Xia Mo measured up the youth sitting by dad's side again. His name is Luo Shi, 16 years old. No matter in the school or on television, she's never seen such a pretty boy. His skin is as beautiful as the oriental cherry blossoms in the courtyard, (his) pupils are as pitch black as agate, (his) black hair has a silk gloss, despite his clothes being a little shabby, when he wears them they carry a type of princely boastful nobility.

Luo Shi is also watching her...

When she first saw him, there was that alarming feeling in her heart. Under the blossomed oriental cherry blossom tree, Luo Shi's beauty was like the alluring evil spirits in picture books. He was too beautiful, a youth being like that was a very scary thing.


Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Welcome to the house of fakecest! That is what happens when your Daddy randomly shows up at the house with a hot stranger and declares he shall be your adopted older brother. Bwahahaha.

In other news, I am so going to be rooting for stepbrother in this love triangle. As Xiao Mo's other choice is the ex-boyfriend Ou Chen. Seeing that Ou Chen was charming enough to act out his jealousy of his then-gf's getting a hot stepbrother by using his $$$ and influence to pressure Xiao Mo's dad to drop stepbro back at the orphanage, I am already pissed off at him. Who the hell does that? Oh, not to mention that on the way back from dropping off Stepbro, the car got into an accident and Xiao Mo's parents died and her beloved younger brother got horribly injured. Yeah, it's all your fault, jerk of a boyfriend, WTF is wrong with you! Though I am going to really gloat and enjoy if they have the book scene of Ou Chen coming asap to Xiao Mo after all of this and her telling him it's all his fault and how much she hates him and diaf while he is there kneeling begging her forgiveness. YUM. *sluuuuuurp*
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
That is what upcoming Summer Bubbles (now renamed Summer Desire) should be instead titled as.



I mean, here is the description from the book SD is based on in which our heroine first meets her stepbrother (and eventual boyfriend) translated a bit roughly but still legibly by a kind person on AF:

The young man sat under the blooming oriental cherry tree, his black jade hair had a diluted luster, the skin at the back of his neck meticulous like beautiful china...

"From now on Luo Shi will live with us. He's your older brother, you guys must care and love him, okay?" At dinner time, Dad's chubby face was full of smiles, his right hand patting the back of the youths hand, he said to her brother...

"Luo Shi suffered a lot in the past," Dad painfully looked at the youth, then turned towards her. "So Xiao Mo, you have to be like dad and take good care of your brother."

Yi Xia Mo measured up the youth sitting by dad's side again. His name is Luo Shi, 16 years old. No matter in the school or on television, she's never seen such a pretty boy. His skin is as beautiful as the oriental cherry blossoms in the courtyard, (his) pupils are as pitch black as agate, (his) black hair has a silk gloss, despite his clothes being a little shabby, when he wears them they carry a type of princely boastful nobility.

Luo Shi is also watching her...

When she first saw him, there was that alarming feeling in her heart. Under the blossomed oriental cherry blossom tree, Luo Shi's beauty was like the alluring evil spirits in picture books. He was too beautiful, a youth being like that was a very scary thing.


Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Welcome to the house of fakecest! That is what happens when your Daddy randomly shows up at the house with a hot stranger and declares he shall be your adopted older brother. Bwahahaha.

In other news, I am so going to be rooting for stepbrother in this love triangle. As Xiao Mo's other choice is the ex-boyfriend Ou Chen. Seeing that Ou Chen was charming enough to act out his jealousy of his then-gf's getting a hot stepbrother by using his $$$ and influence to pressure Xiao Mo's dad to drop stepbro back at the orphanage, I am already pissed off at him. Who the hell does that? Oh, not to mention that on the way back from dropping off Stepbro, the car got into an accident and Xiao Mo's parents died and her beloved younger brother got horribly injured. Yeah, it's all your fault, jerk of a boyfriend, WTF is wrong with you! Though I am going to really gloat and enjoy if they have the book scene of Ou Chen coming asap to Xiao Mo after all of this and her telling him it's all his fault and how much she hates him and diaf while he is there kneeling begging her forgiveness. YUM. *sluuuuuurp*
dangermousie: (ROCH by meganbmoore)
That is what upcoming Summer Bubbles (now renamed Summer Desire) should be instead titled as.



I mean, here is the description from the book SD is based on in which our heroine first meets her stepbrother (and eventual boyfriend) translated a bit roughly but still legibly by a kind person on AF:

The young man sat under the blooming oriental cherry tree, his black jade hair had a diluted luster, the skin at the back of his neck meticulous like beautiful china...

"From now on Luo Shi will live with us. He's your older brother, you guys must care and love him, okay?" At dinner time, Dad's chubby face was full of smiles, his right hand patting the back of the youths hand, he said to her brother...

"Luo Shi suffered a lot in the past," Dad painfully looked at the youth, then turned towards her. "So Xiao Mo, you have to be like dad and take good care of your brother."

Yi Xia Mo measured up the youth sitting by dad's side again. His name is Luo Shi, 16 years old. No matter in the school or on television, she's never seen such a pretty boy. His skin is as beautiful as the oriental cherry blossoms in the courtyard, (his) pupils are as pitch black as agate, (his) black hair has a silk gloss, despite his clothes being a little shabby, when he wears them they carry a type of princely boastful nobility.

Luo Shi is also watching her...

When she first saw him, there was that alarming feeling in her heart. Under the blossomed oriental cherry blossom tree, Luo Shi's beauty was like the alluring evil spirits in picture books. He was too beautiful, a youth being like that was a very scary thing.


Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Welcome to the house of fakecest! That is what happens when your Daddy randomly shows up at the house with a hot stranger and declares he shall be your adopted older brother. Bwahahaha.

In other news, I am so going to be rooting for stepbrother in this love triangle. As Xiao Mo's other choice is the ex-boyfriend Ou Chen. Seeing that Ou Chen was charming enough to act out his jealousy of his then-gf's getting a hot stepbrother by using his $$$ and influence to pressure Xiao Mo's dad to drop stepbro back at the orphanage, I am already pissed off at him. Who the hell does that? Oh, not to mention that on the way back from dropping off Stepbro, the car got into an accident and Xiao Mo's parents died and her beloved younger brother got horribly injured. Yeah, it's all your fault, jerk of a boyfriend, WTF is wrong with you! Though I am going to really gloat and enjoy if they have the book scene of Ou Chen coming asap to Xiao Mo after all of this and her telling him it's all his fault and how much she hates him and diaf while he is there kneeling begging her forgiveness. YUM. *sluuuuuurp*
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: hands by alexandral)
Also, I am very excited about Summer of Bubbles because I adore Barbie Hsu with a fierce, rididculous passion. The angsty storyline sounds right up my alley EXCEPT that I have been reading summaries of the novel this is based on (on AF) and I am going to hate the "hero" with the fire of ten thousand suns - his behavior is that of an unusually heinous secondary kdrama guy. (No - no raping. But horrifically atrocious just the same. Let me know if you want spoilers).

Still. Barbie! The funny thing is the other guy in the love triangle is played by Huang Xiaoming who is the hottest thing in Asia, IMO. So I was predisposed to prefer him anyway.

Also, LOL for the day - still from upcoming Pandamen - indeed, a story about Panda Superheroes.

dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: hands by alexandral)
Also, I am very excited about Summer of Bubbles because I adore Barbie Hsu with a fierce, rididculous passion. The angsty storyline sounds right up my alley EXCEPT that I have been reading summaries of the novel this is based on (on AF) and I am going to hate the "hero" with the fire of ten thousand suns - his behavior is that of an unusually heinous secondary kdrama guy. (No - no raping. But horrifically atrocious just the same. Let me know if you want spoilers).

Still. Barbie! The funny thing is the other guy in the love triangle is played by Huang Xiaoming who is the hottest thing in Asia, IMO. So I was predisposed to prefer him anyway.

Also, LOL for the day - still from upcoming Pandamen - indeed, a story about Panda Superheroes.

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