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Points to whoever wrote this insane amazingness since the original Zhou Yu in Three Kingdoms was supposed to be a musical connoseur who played the flute (I believe). Here he is, of course, playing a guitar in a band. A guitar he uses as a weapon. Hey, wuxia heroes use fans, so why not? And he and Liu Bei team up and defeat machine gun-wielding armies with their guitars of world domination (and Cao Cao joins in on the piano. Ahahahahahaha). Oh, and one of the enemies they are fighting is Xiong Nu high school. Ahhh, K.O., I love you.

Anyway, I should make a proper post (I have 800+ caps!) but that would mean taking too much time away from watching. Soon. I am currently in the middle of ep 21 and I think its my fave ep ever. Ah, the bromance between the Wu Hu Jiang generals and Liu Bei makes me all mushy inside (oh God, I never thought I'd type that sentence when I was watching TK proper. Though if it was like TK, they'd share beds :P). Plus, Shang Xiang is such an awesome tough badass and she and Liu Bei are my perfect OTP. Also, Zhou Yu (who doesn't appear enough, boo, but when he does, he's always totally awesome).

So far, I'd have to rank my favorite characters as:

1. Guan Yu - best fighter in this world (probably) and so honorable and straightforward and hopelessly adoring of Diao Chan and just - I have such a thing for ultimate good guys.
1 (tie). Liu Bei - tied with GY as result of eps 20 and 21. Shippy and loyal and self-sacrificing and smart and bemused. ILY.
3. Shang Xiang - coolest lady in a drama with a number of cool ladies. Smart (probably the smartest of the main characters) and tough and warm and 100% sheer awesome.
4. Zhou Yu - he doesn't appear nearly enough but I love every single one of those times. Smart but arrogant, loyal to Sun Ce but not always trusworthy towards out heroes, he's kinda an enigma and this is fun. Plus, I can just sense a ton of history with Xiao Qiao and that is also always fun.
5. Xiao Qiao - she's funny and spunky and optimistic and common-sense and manages to terrify someone as terrifying as Zhao Yun. What's not to love?
6. Zhang Fei - he makes me laugh. Plus, he's the only one who knows Liu Bei's secret and acts like an awesome younger brother.
7. Zhao Yun - hey, hot and righteous and good at kicking ass and appreciates Xiao Qiao. All stellar qualities.
8. Huang Zhong - because he's pretty and an archer, and those are two things I have a huge weakness for.
9. Ma Chao - I like him and am convinced he and HZ are a couple :)
10. Cao Cao - scheming mastermind who befriends our heroes and turns into a suttering idiot around Xiao Qiao. He's smart, he's unscrupulous but (for now), he's entirely on our good guys' side.
11. Diao Chan - she's nice and makes Guan Yu happy but she's not terribly interesting in her own right.

Haven't yet seen enough of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Zhuge Liang or Da Qiao to rank them.
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Points to whoever wrote this insane amazingness since the original Zhou Yu in Three Kingdoms was supposed to be a musical connoseur who played the flute (I believe). Here he is, of course, playing a guitar in a band. A guitar he uses as a weapon. Hey, wuxia heroes use fans, so why not? And he and Liu Bei team up and defeat machine gun-wielding armies with their guitars of world domination (and Cao Cao joins in on the piano. Ahahahahahaha). Oh, and one of the enemies they are fighting is Xiong Nu high school. Ahhh, K.O., I love you.

Anyway, I should make a proper post (I have 800+ caps!) but that would mean taking too much time away from watching. Soon. I am currently in the middle of ep 21 and I think its my fave ep ever. Ah, the bromance between the Wu Hu Jiang generals and Liu Bei makes me all mushy inside (oh God, I never thought I'd type that sentence when I was watching TK proper. Though if it was like TK, they'd share beds :P). Plus, Shang Xiang is such an awesome tough badass and she and Liu Bei are my perfect OTP. Also, Zhou Yu (who doesn't appear enough, boo, but when he does, he's always totally awesome).

So far, I'd have to rank my favorite characters as:

1. Guan Yu - best fighter in this world (probably) and so honorable and straightforward and hopelessly adoring of Diao Chan and just - I have such a thing for ultimate good guys.
1 (tie). Liu Bei - tied with GY as result of eps 20 and 21. Shippy and loyal and self-sacrificing and smart and bemused. ILY.
3. Shang Xiang - coolest lady in a drama with a number of cool ladies. Smart (probably the smartest of the main characters) and tough and warm and 100% sheer awesome.
4. Zhou Yu - he doesn't appear nearly enough but I love every single one of those times. Smart but arrogant, loyal to Sun Ce but not always trusworthy towards out heroes, he's kinda an enigma and this is fun. Plus, I can just sense a ton of history with Xiao Qiao and that is also always fun.
5. Xiao Qiao - she's funny and spunky and optimistic and common-sense and manages to terrify someone as terrifying as Zhao Yun. What's not to love?
6. Zhang Fei - he makes me laugh. Plus, he's the only one who knows Liu Bei's secret and acts like an awesome younger brother.
7. Zhao Yun - hey, hot and righteous and good at kicking ass and appreciates Xiao Qiao. All stellar qualities.
8. Huang Zhong - because he's pretty and an archer, and those are two things I have a huge weakness for.
9. Ma Chao - I like him and am convinced he and HZ are a couple :)
10. Cao Cao - scheming mastermind who befriends our heroes and turns into a suttering idiot around Xiao Qiao. He's smart, he's unscrupulous but (for now), he's entirely on our good guys' side.
11. Diao Chan - she's nice and makes Guan Yu happy but she's not terribly interesting in her own right.

Haven't yet seen enough of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Zhuge Liang or Da Qiao to rank them.
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Points to whoever wrote this insane amazingness since the original Zhou Yu in Three Kingdoms was supposed to be a musical connoseur who played the flute (I believe). Here he is, of course, playing a guitar in a band. A guitar he uses as a weapon. Hey, wuxia heroes use fans, so why not? And he and Liu Bei team up and defeat machine gun-wielding armies with their guitars of world domination (and Cao Cao joins in on the piano. Ahahahahahaha). Oh, and one of the enemies they are fighting is Xiong Nu high school. Ahhh, K.O., I love you.

Anyway, I should make a proper post (I have 800+ caps!) but that would mean taking too much time away from watching. Soon. I am currently in the middle of ep 21 and I think its my fave ep ever. Ah, the bromance between the Wu Hu Jiang generals and Liu Bei makes me all mushy inside (oh God, I never thought I'd type that sentence when I was watching TK proper. Though if it was like TK, they'd share beds :P). Plus, Shang Xiang is such an awesome tough badass and she and Liu Bei are my perfect OTP. Also, Zhou Yu (who doesn't appear enough, boo, but when he does, he's always totally awesome).

So far, I'd have to rank my favorite characters as:

1. Guan Yu - best fighter in this world (probably) and so honorable and straightforward and hopelessly adoring of Diao Chan and just - I have such a thing for ultimate good guys.
1 (tie). Liu Bei - tied with GY as result of eps 20 and 21. Shippy and loyal and self-sacrificing and smart and bemused. ILY.
3. Shang Xiang - coolest lady in a drama with a number of cool ladies. Smart (probably the smartest of the main characters) and tough and warm and 100% sheer awesome.
4. Zhou Yu - he doesn't appear nearly enough but I love every single one of those times. Smart but arrogant, loyal to Sun Ce but not always trusworthy towards out heroes, he's kinda an enigma and this is fun. Plus, I can just sense a ton of history with Xiao Qiao and that is also always fun.
5. Xiao Qiao - she's funny and spunky and optimistic and common-sense and manages to terrify someone as terrifying as Zhao Yun. What's not to love?
6. Zhang Fei - he makes me laugh. Plus, he's the only one who knows Liu Bei's secret and acts like an awesome younger brother.
7. Zhao Yun - hey, hot and righteous and good at kicking ass and appreciates Xiao Qiao. All stellar qualities.
8. Huang Zhong - because he's pretty and an archer, and those are two things I have a huge weakness for.
9. Ma Chao - I like him and am convinced he and HZ are a couple :)
10. Cao Cao - scheming mastermind who befriends our heroes and turns into a suttering idiot around Xiao Qiao. He's smart, he's unscrupulous but (for now), he's entirely on our good guys' side.
11. Diao Chan - she's nice and makes Guan Yu happy but she's not terribly interesting in her own right.

Haven't yet seen enough of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Zhuge Liang or Da Qiao to rank them.
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Still obsessed with K.O. 3an Guo, as you can tell. I think it's the combo of it appealing to my rather twisted sense of humor (usually dramas which are supposed to be funny do not work for me. But a lot of animes do and this is the most anime-like I've ever seen a drama so this may explain it) and me somehow actually liking many of the characters. Hopefully they won't be biting the dust at TK rates. If something bad happens to Guan Yu, we are going to have WORDS, drama!

Enter here for more insanity )
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This:





Versus this:





You know he's a bad boy because he's wearing a leather jacket :P

I can't pick!!!! Oh well, I'll alternaship and thus, unless Diao Chan gets eaten by a shark or something (anything is possible in this insane awesome drama), I'll be happy either way.

Five eps in, and my opinion is set in stone - if this made this into an anime, it would be the funniest, most self-aware shounen series ever :)
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Probably unsurprisingly, it's Guan Yu! I have a big weakness for awesome fighter + overly straightforward nd honorable + kinda simple.





Diao Chan, how can you not love him? I don't care if you are predestined to hook with Lu Bu! Booooo! Have a sexy fling with Lu Bu and then go with Guan Yu. Total loss of sanity on my part.

Now compare to Guan Yu in Three Kingdoms 2010.



Heeeee. Seriously, never getting old. Though, to be fair, I am crushing on this Guan Yu too. He's just that badass.

I am very sorry for not doing proper posts and not doing replies, but we are travelling so net time is limited. I promise to get to both asap.
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So, as far as I can tell, K.O. 3an Guo has four end-game OTP (five, if you count Lu Bu/Diao Chan which was an OTP but does not end well). Mmmmm.

Guan Yu/Diao Chan:



Faux Liu Bei/ Shan Xiang:



Zhou Yu/Xiao Qiao:



Sun Ce/Da Qiao (OMG, Jiro is guesting as Sun Ce????!!!!)



And I am not even getting into slash!

I have just finished ep 4 and am so addicted. Will post caps later. This drama swas made on $10 but it's hilarious and a wickedly clever riff on Three Kingdoms and shounen, but it also makes me care for the characters. Quite a feat.
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I got to run but simply had to post this before I go.



ROFL ROFL Not something I ever thought I'd see in any version of Three Kingdoms.


Noooo! Poor Guan Yu! Your feelings are about to be crushed under the weight of predetermined history!
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What would be a classical Western lit equivalent? Gawain and Isolde? Perseus and Euridyce? I mean, two cool characters who have no interaction and one of whom is a part of famous OTP with someone else. At least that is the case in the original Three Kingdoms.

But not in this take on it. In this take, they have plenty of interaction and I just think they would make an awesome awesome couple. Why?

1. Guan Yu is so tough and tough and tougher, and probably the best fighter of the ones we met so far, but he turns into utter mush around her. His helpless, blatant adoration of her is so insanely cute.
2. Diao Chan is not really a fighter but she's smart and independent and pragmatic and, while not a genius extraordinaire, is totally smarter than simple-as-a-plank Guan Yu.
3. She has had a horrible family life and minds her ps-and-qs to an extreme degree. Yes, she's friends with Xiao Qiao, but that's about it, and it's a small glimpse into what she doesn't have. But Guan Yu and his posse of tough but fun and outgoing guys all of whom treat her as one of them in part because they know Guan Yu digs her but in part for her own sake, is something she needs - she totally needs to be a part of large, fun, extravert group of awesome friends. Just watch how much fun they had when they all went out.

Shippy shippy caps )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
* Well, he plays pop, but "pops out" sounds misleading :)

This is Liu Bei:



For comparison, here is Liu Bei in a proper adaptation (Three Kingdoms 2010):



No, this will never get old.

Which one would you take home tonight?

In which new hotties are met, bromances are formed, and our heroes are defeated by...math! )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
* Well, he plays pop, but "pops out" sounds misleading :)

This is Liu Bei:



For comparison, here is Liu Bei in a proper adaptation (Three Kingdoms 2010):



No, this will never get old.

Which one would you take home tonight?

In which new hotties are met, bromances are formed, and our heroes are defeated by...math! )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
* Well, he plays pop, but "pops out" sounds misleading :)

This is Liu Bei:



For comparison, here is Liu Bei in a proper adaptation (Three Kingdoms 2010):



No, this will never get old.

Which one would you take home tonight?

In which new hotties are met, bromances are formed, and our heroes are defeated by...math! )
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* Well, he plays pop, but "pops out" sounds misleading :)

This is Liu Bei:



For comparison, here is Liu Bei in a proper adaptation (Three Kingdoms 2010):



No, this will never get old.

Which one would you take home tonight?

In which new hotties are met, bromances are formed, and our heroes are defeated by...math! )
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I can see that some of you can get into my LJ but I still can't, at least not to do replies. Apologies, I'll reply as soon as LJ fixes its glitches (so, 2014?)

Am on ep 2 of K.O. 3an Guo and am giggling my way through it. If you want a serious drama or are a Three Kingdoms purist, this will probably give you a coronary, but this is wicked hilarious and very self-aware.




So far, Xiu, the interdimensional traveller stuck pretending to be Liu Bei, is my favorite.

Enter here for hilariousness, meta, cool girls, and slash )

To be continued...
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OK, five minutes into K.O. 3an Guo and I think I am going to enjoy it hugely.

The best way to describe it is "Three Kingdoms meet Tenjou Tenge.

KO posits a very important question - what would happen if the legendary generals, politicians and beauties from the Chinese ancient classic Three Kingdoms, were somehow fighting-mad high-school kids with supernatural powers who battled via rival schools. I bet you didn't know you needed to have that in your life!

Here are Liu Bei (!!!!) and an unknown fellow hero, battling to save the world through their guitar riffs:



Is it a nuanced, well-written, and equisitely-acted masterpiece? No. If you want that, you should watch the 2010 adaptation of the classic itself. But it knows to poke fun at itself with its tongue lodged firmly in cheek, so I can forgive it a lot. I do think it would have been much better as an anime - the set-up would fit a shounen anime perfectly (see Tenjou Tenge comparison) and a lot of this drama's ticks and tricks are very anime-like - animations to show emotions, weird distortions, etc.

Some caps for your amusement )
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I spent this morning investigating the "Three Kingdoms heroes become high school kids" thing that is K.O. 3an Guo. Yes, there are subs! DoReMii is subbing it. They have, so far, done 27 eps out of 50-something. (It's a multi-season drama because even by sticking them in high school, you can't possibly cram the story in less eps).

I have the first two eps ready to go, but I am sort of terrified to start. So I've been browsing youtube. Things I discovered thus:

1. Liu Bei is hot. My world is ending. This cannot be.

2. Also, he has an OTP with Shang Xiang who, for some weird reason, looks like a boy. I suppose they wanted to balance hot Liu Bei with unattractive Shang Xiang?

Have a MV of them:



3. They fight using guitars!!!! Their guitars have fighting powers and when they play them, the force defeats others. It's sort of like Scott Pilgrim on crack. So, basically, they can be emo teens playing in a band AND save the world at the same time. Is the Battle of Red Cliff a giant concert? Please? The fight scenes in general feel me with hilarity and glee:



4. Instead of kingdoms, you have high schools. Okaaaay.

5. There are a LOT of Zhou Yu/Xiao Qiao shippers, if youtube vids are anything to go by. Sadly, that storyline doesn't start until second season. Too bad, because the shippy vids on youtube are cuuuuute and I am not sure if I'll survive it to the second season. My brain is leaking out of my ears just from clips of this drama. But the OTP is cute:



It's been driving me nuts where I've seen Zhou Yu's actor before but dramawiki is not helpful. Oh, and Xiao Qiao apparently gets it on with Zhu Yun at one point?

6. They are all from another dimension. I'd say.

7. The whole thing looks as if it was done for $10, catering included.

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