dangermousie: (Goong beach by autumn_yaar)
I apologize for the sporadic nature of my posts, but Mr. Mousie is very busy for a couple of weeks, so I am a de facto single parent through next week, which leaves one with a bit less time to blog. Anyway...

1. I am ridiculously nostalgic and feel like a Goong rewatch. It's my favorite candy-colored, emotionally-real-despite-manga-setup delight. Plus, I adore both Yoon Eun Hye and Joo Ji Hoon and their chemistry is insane. Who's with me? :)

2. I tried Dream High 2 and I didn't loathe it or anything, but it didn't click. There are too many characters, none of whom I can distinguish from one another and none of them interesting enough to motivate me to try. It feels like chewing plastic. The first DH, despite its flaws, was genuinely fun. Part of DH2's misfortune is that I keep comparing it to scruffy, heartfelt, real Shut Up, but leaving that aside, it's genuinely uninspiring on its own merits.

3. In news of other dramas that bored me - I gave Fermentation Family a chance, I really did. I know it's from the same people who made Mawang and Resurrection, but if I didn't know it, I would have never believed it. I believe FF may be used as a sleep inducer in insomniacs.

4. I am slowly watching and liking period cdrama Pretty Maid. Though unless I am missing something (and I hope I am), isn't the heroine and her OTP half-siblings? Eeeek.

5. I am madly excited to check out Hanbando/Korean Peninsula/Peninsula/18 million other titles. No softsubs yet, but it's streaming on dramafever.

6. This scene is pretty much the most awesome thing ever:



The one where he gets poisoned defending her, she immobilizes him so he won't be able to protest when she sucks out the poison, then she collapses but he manages to get her to the healing place in time )
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. I was hoarding Qing Shi Huang Fei, but it seems the subbers are almost done, so I've started gobbling it up and am on ep 12. Mmmmmm. Episode 10, especially, was pretty much tailor-made for every hurt/comfort kink I had. Let's see, the sequence of events was as follows:

* Imperial Mother doesn't want Ruby to marry her feckless crown prince kid and, pissed off, orders her beaten almost to death so she'd confess who snuck her into palace.
* Yan Kuan volunteers for beat-down duty because, if not, Ruby is going to get killed for real.
* Ruby is taken out and it's not sure she's going to live, so Yan Kuan spends all night standing not movinh in a torrential downpour (what is with drama heroes, and their obsession with penumonia?), then his servant shows up in the morning, and is all 'she's going to live, now pls tell me, you didn't stay out like this all night, Queen Mum might hate you but she'll still have my head if you keel over." Yan Kuan manfully says he's fine, only to promptly collapse in a heap (I was counting to it in my head).
* He gets off his sickbed to convince Ruby to leave the palace by pretending he doesn't want to use her in his plan any more. She's duly pissed.
* Then servants come to beg her help because she's healer supreme and Yan Kuan is pretty much dying because during her beatdown she only got superficial injuries which means he absorbed the inner force of the blows into himself (wtf, wuxia medicine, do you ever make sense? Oh well...I still remember Return of Condor Heroes where the protagonists spent most of the time poisoned from one thing or another). So she goes to treat him and is all "OK, fine, internal injuries I get, but why does he have a cold on top?" and servant is all "well..."
* Yan Kuan comes to and is all "go away, I hate you blah blah blah" and when Ruby points out the injuries, he snarls that if he knew it would happen he'd have killed her, and when she points out the rain stunt, he's all "I wanted to make sure you'll keel over and take my secrets with you" to which she pretty much responds "whatever, stop being a brat, shut up, and let me hand-feed you." LOLOLOLOL. That is how you do 'icy bastard melted by plucky good girl' trope, dramas!

Have a cute scene I haven't gotten to yet but soon will :)

http://youtu.be/rDjqhRrJp2Y

2. I have also checked out the first episode of War of Desire, a Tang Dynasty drama starring Zhang Han (mmmm), Zheng Shuang and Bai Bing, as three friends who get torn apart by intrigue when Bai Bing gets taken into the imperial harem.



From what I can tell, ZH starts the drama in love with Bai Bing, but ends up with Zheng Shuang, which is as it should be, as they were Mainland Domyouji and Makino. Anyway, the first episode is a good introductory one. It does not have the polish or budget of QSHF (let alone, Bu Bu Jing Xin or similar), but it seems to be a solid drama with the usual cast of creepy politicking people. The three-corner friendship is the big draw here for me, because while I like the cast, none of them are major favorites of mine as is the case with the Ruby-Yan Kuan-Wallace triumvirate of QSHF or the drama I am going to talk about next.

3. Ah, another drama I checked out - The Royal Harem with Ady An and Feng Shao Feng. I believe it's set during the Ming times. Ady is a royal maid and FSF a musician.



It has received decidedly mixed reviews, but as I am watching this solely for the gorgeous costumes and my love for Ady and FSF alone and as a combo, I was very satisfied with the first two eps. It's not exactly challenging but it's a fun fun drama. (This reminds me I need to finish Four Women. It's just I stopped at relatively happy place and am dreading going forward).

4. I looooove Minguo period sets and costumes. So another drama I checked out is currently-airing Hidden Intention - in it, a young woman is haunted by leaving her younger sister at a market years ago. All of a sudden this younger sister appears, all grown-up, and bewitches the family. But is she who she says she is? The first episode was gorgeously atmospheric and I cannot wait to find out various secrets.



Plus, Luo Jin is the male lead. Bloody finally!

5. I saw the trailer for Beauties of the Emperor and ahahahahahhaaaaa so bad. I don't even mind any more because we are getting a proper take in Chu Han Contention, but seriously. So. Bad.
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. I was hoarding Qing Shi Huang Fei, but it seems the subbers are almost done, so I've started gobbling it up and am on ep 12. Mmmmmm. Episode 10, especially, was pretty much tailor-made for every hurt/comfort kink I had. Let's see, the sequence of events was as follows:

* Imperial Mother doesn't want Ruby to marry her feckless crown prince kid and, pissed off, orders her beaten almost to death so she'd confess who snuck her into palace.
* Yan Kuan volunteers for beat-down duty because, if not, Ruby is going to get killed for real.
* Ruby is taken out and it's not sure she's going to live, so Yan Kuan spends all night standing not movinh in a torrential downpour (what is with drama heroes, and their obsession with penumonia?), then his servant shows up in the morning, and is all 'she's going to live, now pls tell me, you didn't stay out like this all night, Queen Mum might hate you but she'll still have my head if you keel over." Yan Kuan manfully says he's fine, only to promptly collapse in a heap (I was counting to it in my head).
* He gets off his sickbed to convince Ruby to leave the palace by pretending he doesn't want to use her in his plan any more. She's duly pissed.
* Then servants come to beg her help because she's healer supreme and Yan Kuan is pretty much dying because during her beatdown she only got superficial injuries which means he absorbed the inner force of the blows into himself (wtf, wuxia medicine, do you ever make sense? Oh well...I still remember Return of Condor Heroes where the protagonists spent most of the time poisoned from one thing or another). So she goes to treat him and is all "OK, fine, internal injuries I get, but why does he have a cold on top?" and servant is all "well..."
* Yan Kuan comes to and is all "go away, I hate you blah blah blah" and when Ruby points out the injuries, he snarls that if he knew it would happen he'd have killed her, and when she points out the rain stunt, he's all "I wanted to make sure you'll keel over and take my secrets with you" to which she pretty much responds "whatever, stop being a brat, shut up, and let me hand-feed you." LOLOLOLOL. That is how you do 'icy bastard melted by plucky good girl' trope, dramas!

Have a cute scene I haven't gotten to yet but soon will :)

http://youtu.be/rDjqhRrJp2Y

2. I have also checked out the first episode of War of Desire, a Tang Dynasty drama starring Zhang Han (mmmm), Zheng Shuang and Bai Bing, as three friends who get torn apart by intrigue when Bai Bing gets taken into the imperial harem.



From what I can tell, ZH starts the drama in love with Bai Bing, but ends up with Zheng Shuang, which is as it should be, as they were Mainland Domyouji and Makino. Anyway, the first episode is a good introductory one. It does not have the polish or budget of QSHF (let alone, Bu Bu Jing Xin or similar), but it seems to be a solid drama with the usual cast of creepy politicking people. The three-corner friendship is the big draw here for me, because while I like the cast, none of them are major favorites of mine as is the case with the Ruby-Yan Kuan-Wallace triumvirate of QSHF or the drama I am going to talk about next.

3. Ah, another drama I checked out - The Royal Harem with Ady An and Feng Shao Feng. I believe it's set during the Ming times. Ady is a royal maid and FSF a musician.



It has received decidedly mixed reviews, but as I am watching this solely for the gorgeous costumes and my love for Ady and FSF alone and as a combo, I was very satisfied with the first two eps. It's not exactly challenging but it's a fun fun drama. (This reminds me I need to finish Four Women. It's just I stopped at relatively happy place and am dreading going forward).

4. I looooove Minguo period sets and costumes. So another drama I checked out is currently-airing Hidden Intention - in it, a young woman is haunted by leaving her younger sister at a market years ago. All of a sudden this younger sister appears, all grown-up, and bewitches the family. But is she who she says she is? The first episode was gorgeously atmospheric and I cannot wait to find out various secrets.



Plus, Luo Jin is the male lead. Bloody finally!

5. I saw the trailer for Beauties of the Emperor and ahahahahahhaaaaa so bad. I don't even mind any more because we are getting a proper take in Chu Han Contention, but seriously. So. Bad.
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
1. I was hoarding Qing Shi Huang Fei, but it seems the subbers are almost done, so I've started gobbling it up and am on ep 12. Mmmmmm. Episode 10, especially, was pretty much tailor-made for every hurt/comfort kink I had. Let's see, the sequence of events was as follows:

* Imperial Mother doesn't want Ruby to marry her feckless crown prince kid and, pissed off, orders her beaten almost to death so she'd confess who snuck her into palace.
* Yan Kuan volunteers for beat-down duty because, if not, Ruby is going to get killed for real.
* Ruby is taken out and it's not sure she's going to live, so Yan Kuan spends all night standing not movinh in a torrential downpour (what is with drama heroes, and their obsession with penumonia?), then his servant shows up in the morning, and is all 'she's going to live, now pls tell me, you didn't stay out like this all night, Queen Mum might hate you but she'll still have my head if you keel over." Yan Kuan manfully says he's fine, only to promptly collapse in a heap (I was counting to it in my head).
* He gets off his sickbed to convince Ruby to leave the palace by pretending he doesn't want to use her in his plan any more. She's duly pissed.
* Then servants come to beg her help because she's healer supreme and Yan Kuan is pretty much dying because during her beatdown she only got superficial injuries which means he absorbed the inner force of the blows into himself (wtf, wuxia medicine, do you ever make sense? Oh well...I still remember Return of Condor Heroes where the protagonists spent most of the time poisoned from one thing or another). So she goes to treat him and is all "OK, fine, internal injuries I get, but why does he have a cold on top?" and servant is all "well..."
* Yan Kuan comes to and is all "go away, I hate you blah blah blah" and when Ruby points out the injuries, he snarls that if he knew it would happen he'd have killed her, and when she points out the rain stunt, he's all "I wanted to make sure you'll keel over and take my secrets with you" to which she pretty much responds "whatever, stop being a brat, shut up, and let me hand-feed you." LOLOLOLOL. That is how you do 'icy bastard melted by plucky good girl' trope, dramas!

Have a cute scene I haven't gotten to yet but soon will :)

http://youtu.be/rDjqhRrJp2Y

2. I have also checked out the first episode of War of Desire, a Tang Dynasty drama starring Zhang Han (mmmm), Zheng Shuang and Bai Bing, as three friends who get torn apart by intrigue when Bai Bing gets taken into the imperial harem.



From what I can tell, ZH starts the drama in love with Bai Bing, but ends up with Zheng Shuang, which is as it should be, as they were Mainland Domyouji and Makino. Anyway, the first episode is a good introductory one. It does not have the polish or budget of QSHF (let alone, Bu Bu Jing Xin or similar), but it seems to be a solid drama with the usual cast of creepy politicking people. The three-corner friendship is the big draw here for me, because while I like the cast, none of them are major favorites of mine as is the case with the Ruby-Yan Kuan-Wallace triumvirate of QSHF or the drama I am going to talk about next.

3. Ah, another drama I checked out - The Royal Harem with Ady An and Feng Shao Feng. I believe it's set during the Ming times. Ady is a royal maid and FSF a musician.



It has received decidedly mixed reviews, but as I am watching this solely for the gorgeous costumes and my love for Ady and FSF alone and as a combo, I was very satisfied with the first two eps. It's not exactly challenging but it's a fun fun drama. (This reminds me I need to finish Four Women. It's just I stopped at relatively happy place and am dreading going forward).

4. I looooove Minguo period sets and costumes. So another drama I checked out is currently-airing Hidden Intention - in it, a young woman is haunted by leaving her younger sister at a market years ago. All of a sudden this younger sister appears, all grown-up, and bewitches the family. But is she who she says she is? The first episode was gorgeously atmospheric and I cannot wait to find out various secrets.



Plus, Luo Jin is the male lead. Bloody finally!

5. I saw the trailer for Beauties of the Emperor and ahahahahahhaaaaa so bad. I don't even mind any more because we are getting a proper take in Chu Han Contention, but seriously. So. Bad.
dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
I was going to hold off watching Qing Shi Huang Fei until the subs were all done, but viki subbers seem to have ditched it halfway, so I am gorging on the already-subbed eps. Am through ep 9 and

(a) this drama is written for meeeeee!
(b) I started out wanting to stab Qi You in the face but by now I feel dreadfully sorry for him (he wins for worst drama family ever, quite a feat) and want to comfort him with my body. I guess I am a sucker for heartless bastard who's actually a tormented woobie desperate for love trope.
(c) If I started talking about Fuya/QY OTP as the most Freudian thing ever, what with her being a dead ringer for the woman who brought him up and whom he viewed as a mother but who wanted him killed, we'd be here all night. Then there is the fact that he brought her in to seduce his brother as part of his scheming but fell for her himself. MMMMMM.
(d) Imperial Mother, you really don't know how to treat your kids. I can understand you are pissed your firstborn got taken away by the Emperor to be raised by his concubine whom he, naturally, viewed a mother. BUT. Here's a hint - if you treat him like dirt and whip him half to death, he isn't likely to love you. Also, your second son, on whom you do dote, might not be so keen if you try to poison his chosen wife. Just sayin'! Soon you are going to run out of kids.

Have an unspoilery shippy MV. You have no idea how hard it is to find unspoilery MVs:

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And here's v.v. spoilery, watch at your own peril.

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dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
I was going to hold off watching Qing Shi Huang Fei until the subs were all done, but viki subbers seem to have ditched it halfway, so I am gorging on the already-subbed eps. Am through ep 9 and

(a) this drama is written for meeeeee!
(b) I started out wanting to stab Qi You in the face but by now I feel dreadfully sorry for him (he wins for worst drama family ever, quite a feat) and want to comfort him with my body. I guess I am a sucker for heartless bastard who's actually a tormented woobie desperate for love trope.
(c) If I started talking about Fuya/QY OTP as the most Freudian thing ever, what with her being a dead ringer for the woman who brought him up and whom he viewed as a mother but who wanted him killed, we'd be here all night. Then there is the fact that he brought her in to seduce his brother as part of his scheming but fell for her himself. MMMMMM.
(d) Imperial Mother, you really don't know how to treat your kids. I can understand you are pissed your firstborn got taken away by the Emperor to be raised by his concubine whom he, naturally, viewed a mother. BUT. Here's a hint - if you treat him like dirt and whip him half to death, he isn't likely to love you. Also, your second son, on whom you do dote, might not be so keen if you try to poison his chosen wife. Just sayin'! Soon you are going to run out of kids.

Have an unspoilery shippy MV. You have no idea how hard it is to find unspoilery MVs:

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And here's v.v. spoilery, watch at your own peril.

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dangermousie: (Capital Scandal: excuse me)
I was going to hold off watching Qing Shi Huang Fei until the subs were all done, but viki subbers seem to have ditched it halfway, so I am gorging on the already-subbed eps. Am through ep 9 and

(a) this drama is written for meeeeee!
(b) I started out wanting to stab Qi You in the face but by now I feel dreadfully sorry for him (he wins for worst drama family ever, quite a feat) and want to comfort him with my body. I guess I am a sucker for heartless bastard who's actually a tormented woobie desperate for love trope.
(c) If I started talking about Fuya/QY OTP as the most Freudian thing ever, what with her being a dead ringer for the woman who brought him up and whom he viewed as a mother but who wanted him killed, we'd be here all night. Then there is the fact that he brought her in to seduce his brother as part of his scheming but fell for her himself. MMMMMM.
(d) Imperial Mother, you really don't know how to treat your kids. I can understand you are pissed your firstborn got taken away by the Emperor to be raised by his concubine whom he, naturally, viewed a mother. BUT. Here's a hint - if you treat him like dirt and whip him half to death, he isn't likely to love you. Also, your second son, on whom you do dote, might not be so keen if you try to poison his chosen wife. Just sayin'! Soon you are going to run out of kids.

Have an unspoilery shippy MV. You have no idea how hard it is to find unspoilery MVs:

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And here's v.v. spoilery, watch at your own peril.

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dangermousie: (Gloria: close)


To say I am rabid about these two is an understatement.

Mmmmmm. He's so fucked up and intense and good at killing things and she's so bubbly and sane and sweet (where I am at. Knowing this drama, she won't stay this way for long). Mmmmmm. I totally LOLed at their first meeting, when he was reciting some supremely depressing poem about flowers withering etc and she interrupted and was all 'stop being so emo, they'll grow back next spring.' LOLOLOL In this drama they'd probably be bulldozed forever instead, and then a puppy would be killed on their remains.

Speaking of emo, I honestly don't get the Liancheng/Fuya fangirls. I mean, everyone can ship what they like, but I just don't get it. He plotted to have her father killed and blackmailed her into a relationship. That's not really a basis for undying happiness. Not that being with Qiyou is a bowl of roses, either - the man makes me want to time-travel a platoon of shrinks back to ancient China - but Fuya loves him so there is that. With Liancheng, other than on general principles, she wouldn't care if he expired at her feet.

Well, we'll see. I am not too far in, because I need subs. If there ever were official DVDs with subs, I'd go rabid.

Btw, speaking of trainwrecks, viki picked up Sealed with a Kiss for subing. Yes, the one with Hawick Lau playing our protagonist, a psycho who blackmails the heroine into becoming his mistress by threatening to put her uncle in jail. He is not in love with her or anything - he just wants revenge on her father. I will probably be checking it out of sheer morbid curiosity. Well, morbid curiosity and hoping she stabs him with scissors.

In other drama news, I am sure everyone has heard by now, but What's Up is finally going to air this winter. EEEEEE!

Also, I've been in a bit of a kdrama slump (I am sure you've figured it out) but now subs for first 3 eps of Man of Honor are out and I know what I am doing with my free time.

On a final note, I am still slowly but surely working my way through My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and loving it - the character growth is so organic and gradual and wonderful and Miho/Woong are amazing together.

Caps of cuteness )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)


To say I am rabid about these two is an understatement.

Mmmmmm. He's so fucked up and intense and good at killing things and she's so bubbly and sane and sweet (where I am at. Knowing this drama, she won't stay this way for long). Mmmmmm. I totally LOLed at their first meeting, when he was reciting some supremely depressing poem about flowers withering etc and she interrupted and was all 'stop being so emo, they'll grow back next spring.' LOLOLOL In this drama they'd probably be bulldozed forever instead, and then a puppy would be killed on their remains.

Speaking of emo, I honestly don't get the Liancheng/Fuya fangirls. I mean, everyone can ship what they like, but I just don't get it. He plotted to have her father killed and blackmailed her into a relationship. That's not really a basis for undying happiness. Not that being with Qiyou is a bowl of roses, either - the man makes me want to time-travel a platoon of shrinks back to ancient China - but Fuya loves him so there is that. With Liancheng, other than on general principles, she wouldn't care if he expired at her feet.

Well, we'll see. I am not too far in, because I need subs. If there ever were official DVDs with subs, I'd go rabid.

Btw, speaking of trainwrecks, viki picked up Sealed with a Kiss for subing. Yes, the one with Hawick Lau playing our protagonist, a psycho who blackmails the heroine into becoming his mistress by threatening to put her uncle in jail. He is not in love with her or anything - he just wants revenge on her father. I will probably be checking it out of sheer morbid curiosity. Well, morbid curiosity and hoping she stabs him with scissors.

In other drama news, I am sure everyone has heard by now, but What's Up is finally going to air this winter. EEEEEE!

Also, I've been in a bit of a kdrama slump (I am sure you've figured it out) but now subs for first 3 eps of Man of Honor are out and I know what I am doing with my free time.

On a final note, I am still slowly but surely working my way through My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and loving it - the character growth is so organic and gradual and wonderful and Miho/Woong are amazing together.

Caps of cuteness )
dangermousie: (Gloria: close)


To say I am rabid about these two is an understatement.

Mmmmmm. He's so fucked up and intense and good at killing things and she's so bubbly and sane and sweet (where I am at. Knowing this drama, she won't stay this way for long). Mmmmmm. I totally LOLed at their first meeting, when he was reciting some supremely depressing poem about flowers withering etc and she interrupted and was all 'stop being so emo, they'll grow back next spring.' LOLOLOL In this drama they'd probably be bulldozed forever instead, and then a puppy would be killed on their remains.

Speaking of emo, I honestly don't get the Liancheng/Fuya fangirls. I mean, everyone can ship what they like, but I just don't get it. He plotted to have her father killed and blackmailed her into a relationship. That's not really a basis for undying happiness. Not that being with Qiyou is a bowl of roses, either - the man makes me want to time-travel a platoon of shrinks back to ancient China - but Fuya loves him so there is that. With Liancheng, other than on general principles, she wouldn't care if he expired at her feet.

Well, we'll see. I am not too far in, because I need subs. If there ever were official DVDs with subs, I'd go rabid.

Btw, speaking of trainwrecks, viki picked up Sealed with a Kiss for subing. Yes, the one with Hawick Lau playing our protagonist, a psycho who blackmails the heroine into becoming his mistress by threatening to put her uncle in jail. He is not in love with her or anything - he just wants revenge on her father. I will probably be checking it out of sheer morbid curiosity. Well, morbid curiosity and hoping she stabs him with scissors.

In other drama news, I am sure everyone has heard by now, but What's Up is finally going to air this winter. EEEEEE!

Also, I've been in a bit of a kdrama slump (I am sure you've figured it out) but now subs for first 3 eps of Man of Honor are out and I know what I am doing with my free time.

On a final note, I am still slowly but surely working my way through My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and loving it - the character growth is so organic and gradual and wonderful and Miho/Woong are amazing together.

Caps of cuteness )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
You guys have GOT to read [livejournal.com profile] fishcake's explanation to me of the family background of one of the two main male characters (Qi You, played by Yan Kuan) in Qing Shi Huang Fei. Mainly because I am still boggling and need people to share my bogglement.

Umm, I this think wins the title of most messed-up drama family ever, and that's saying something (if you are too lazy to click on link, hero manages a feat I have not seen before - have both his birth-mother and his bringing-up mother want him dead and his father be OK with it. Family unanimity yay?) Also, just to add more irresistible wrong on top, heroine is a dead ringer for his first-loved-then-hated stepmom? Who (the heroine) he wanted to seduce his brother but then fell for himself? Sooooo messed up - there is a team of shrinks salivating to get to these people! Where are my subs!!!

Overall, I guess my earlier advice to Qi You to kill himself now and be better off was even more prescient than I thought. Ah, cdramas!



On plus side, he looks very pretty angsting, which seems a necessary skill in his circumstances and will come in even handier as the story progresses - I've seen the trailers. Nothing good happens ever! To anyone!

P.S. Do not breed with anyone, Fu Ya! Qi You OR Lian Cheng! Insanity may be hereditary!
dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
You guys have GOT to read [livejournal.com profile] fishcake's explanation to me of the family background of one of the two main male characters (Qi You, played by Yan Kuan) in Qing Shi Huang Fei. Mainly because I am still boggling and need people to share my bogglement.

Umm, I this think wins the title of most messed-up drama family ever, and that's saying something (if you are too lazy to click on link, hero manages a feat I have not seen before - have both his birth-mother and his bringing-up mother want him dead and his father be OK with it. Family unanimity yay?) Also, just to add more irresistible wrong on top, heroine is a dead ringer for his first-loved-then-hated stepmom? Who (the heroine) he wanted to seduce his brother but then fell for himself? Sooooo messed up - there is a team of shrinks salivating to get to these people! Where are my subs!!!

Overall, I guess my earlier advice to Qi You to kill himself now and be better off was even more prescient than I thought. Ah, cdramas!



On plus side, he looks very pretty angsting, which seems a necessary skill in his circumstances and will come in even handier as the story progresses - I've seen the trailers. Nothing good happens ever! To anyone!

P.S. Do not breed with anyone, Fu Ya! Qi You OR Lian Cheng! Insanity may be hereditary!
dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
You guys have GOT to read [livejournal.com profile] fishcake's explanation to me of the family background of one of the two main male characters (Qi You, played by Yan Kuan) in Qing Shi Huang Fei. Mainly because I am still boggling and need people to share my bogglement.

Umm, I this think wins the title of most messed-up drama family ever, and that's saying something (if you are too lazy to click on link, hero manages a feat I have not seen before - have both his birth-mother and his bringing-up mother want him dead and his father be OK with it. Family unanimity yay?) Also, just to add more irresistible wrong on top, heroine is a dead ringer for his first-loved-then-hated stepmom? Who (the heroine) he wanted to seduce his brother but then fell for himself? Sooooo messed up - there is a team of shrinks salivating to get to these people! Where are my subs!!!

Overall, I guess my earlier advice to Qi You to kill himself now and be better off was even more prescient than I thought. Ah, cdramas!



On plus side, he looks very pretty angsting, which seems a necessary skill in his circumstances and will come in even handier as the story progresses - I've seen the trailers. Nothing good happens ever! To anyone!

P.S. Do not breed with anyone, Fu Ya! Qi You OR Lian Cheng! Insanity may be hereditary!
dangermousie: (Default)
I watched it largely raw as the subs aren't out yet but found it pretty easy to follow. I am pretty in love with the drama and its clothes and colors.

Alo, I am currently shipping heroine with Wallace which is BAAAAD because uncanon. But, in my defense, we barely had a glimpse of Yan Kuan, i.e., her canon OTP, yet. And Wallace hasn't done anything crazy or bad - he aactually helped her escape by letting her pretend she took him hostage and then they hung out and she badgered him to have fun and then he intervened to save her from execution etcetc.

We'll see.

Also, Ruby's evil cousin is evil, executing a servant because she interruped her dancing.
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I watched it largely raw as the subs aren't out yet but found it pretty easy to follow. I am pretty in love with the drama and its clothes and colors.

Alo, I am currently shipping heroine with Wallace which is BAAAAD because uncanon. But, in my defense, we barely had a glimpse of Yan Kuan, i.e., her canon OTP, yet. And Wallace hasn't done anything crazy or bad - he aactually helped her escape by letting her pretend she took him hostage and then they hung out and she badgered him to have fun and then he intervened to save her from execution etcetc.

We'll see.

Also, Ruby's evil cousin is evil, executing a servant because she interruped her dancing.
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I watched it largely raw as the subs aren't out yet but found it pretty easy to follow. I am pretty in love with the drama and its clothes and colors.

Alo, I am currently shipping heroine with Wallace which is BAAAAD because uncanon. But, in my defense, we barely had a glimpse of Yan Kuan, i.e., her canon OTP, yet. And Wallace hasn't done anything crazy or bad - he aactually helped her escape by letting her pretend she took him hostage and then they hung out and she badgered him to have fun and then he intervened to save her from execution etcetc.

We'll see.

Also, Ruby's evil cousin is evil, executing a servant because she interruped her dancing.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
Watched the first fifteen minutes of Qing Shi Huang Fei (all that was subbed) and I just know I am going to love it.

I approve of a drama putting all its cards on the table and showing its heroine about to be executed in the first two minutes of the first episode. You know it's going to be a chirpy drama. I am quite relieved though because the scene of Ruby all pale and noble, about to be beheaded, was in all the trailers and I was worried it was the ending.

So, yes, when we first meet our heroine, she's literally Too Good For This World (tm), as she's about to be offed by her evil Uncle for saving a young thief from death by breaking him out of prison (I am willing to suspend my disbelief that a princess of Chu and a daughter of the current ruler would get executed for anything short of having sex with livestock in the marketplace. If it was ancient Qin in the centuries before it conquered the rest of China, maybe...).

I started cracking up like a maniac when the camera panned to Yan Kuan watching the spectacle in a Robin Hood-type get-up and his gorgeous female assistant is telling him how Princess Fuya is beloved by the citizens and spends her time taking care of the poor and nursing the sick, and he responds "She is going to lose her life because of a beggar boy. She's quite stupid, isn't she?"

LOLOLOL, rock on with your cynical self, Yan Kuan! I am assuming he will rescue her anyway for nefarious political reasons. I am quite curious as to how her shiny awesomeness is going to make him fall for her (I've seen clips of clinging and weeping!) because he appears to be very pragmatic and not the least interested in the softer side of life. Ruby is awfully pretty though.

No Wallace yet, but we can't have everything.

This trailer also indicates Yan Kuan has borrowed Domyouji's Mom. Good luck, dude, you'll need it!



I am very tempted to watch this drama raw but it's very dialogue-heavy and I am sure I will not be able to follow triple-crosses and back-stabbing raw.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
Watched the first fifteen minutes of Qing Shi Huang Fei (all that was subbed) and I just know I am going to love it.

I approve of a drama putting all its cards on the table and showing its heroine about to be executed in the first two minutes of the first episode. You know it's going to be a chirpy drama. I am quite relieved though because the scene of Ruby all pale and noble, about to be beheaded, was in all the trailers and I was worried it was the ending.

So, yes, when we first meet our heroine, she's literally Too Good For This World (tm), as she's about to be offed by her evil Uncle for saving a young thief from death by breaking him out of prison (I am willing to suspend my disbelief that a princess of Chu and a daughter of the current ruler would get executed for anything short of having sex with livestock in the marketplace. If it was ancient Qin in the centuries before it conquered the rest of China, maybe...).

I started cracking up like a maniac when the camera panned to Yan Kuan watching the spectacle in a Robin Hood-type get-up and his gorgeous female assistant is telling him how Princess Fuya is beloved by the citizens and spends her time taking care of the poor and nursing the sick, and he responds "She is going to lose her life because of a beggar boy. She's quite stupid, isn't she?"

LOLOLOL, rock on with your cynical self, Yan Kuan! I am assuming he will rescue her anyway for nefarious political reasons. I am quite curious as to how her shiny awesomeness is going to make him fall for her (I've seen clips of clinging and weeping!) because he appears to be very pragmatic and not the least interested in the softer side of life. Ruby is awfully pretty though.

No Wallace yet, but we can't have everything.

This trailer also indicates Yan Kuan has borrowed Domyouji's Mom. Good luck, dude, you'll need it!



I am very tempted to watch this drama raw but it's very dialogue-heavy and I am sure I will not be able to follow triple-crosses and back-stabbing raw.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
Watched the first fifteen minutes of Qing Shi Huang Fei (all that was subbed) and I just know I am going to love it.

I approve of a drama putting all its cards on the table and showing its heroine about to be executed in the first two minutes of the first episode. You know it's going to be a chirpy drama. I am quite relieved though because the scene of Ruby all pale and noble, about to be beheaded, was in all the trailers and I was worried it was the ending.

So, yes, when we first meet our heroine, she's literally Too Good For This World (tm), as she's about to be offed by her evil Uncle for saving a young thief from death by breaking him out of prison (I am willing to suspend my disbelief that a princess of Chu and a daughter of the current ruler would get executed for anything short of having sex with livestock in the marketplace. If it was ancient Qin in the centuries before it conquered the rest of China, maybe...).

I started cracking up like a maniac when the camera panned to Yan Kuan watching the spectacle in a Robin Hood-type get-up and his gorgeous female assistant is telling him how Princess Fuya is beloved by the citizens and spends her time taking care of the poor and nursing the sick, and he responds "She is going to lose her life because of a beggar boy. She's quite stupid, isn't she?"

LOLOLOL, rock on with your cynical self, Yan Kuan! I am assuming he will rescue her anyway for nefarious political reasons. I am quite curious as to how her shiny awesomeness is going to make him fall for her (I've seen clips of clinging and weeping!) because he appears to be very pragmatic and not the least interested in the softer side of life. Ruby is awfully pretty though.

No Wallace yet, but we can't have everything.

This trailer also indicates Yan Kuan has borrowed Domyouji's Mom. Good luck, dude, you'll need it!



I am very tempted to watch this drama raw but it's very dialogue-heavy and I am sure I will not be able to follow triple-crosses and back-stabbing raw.
dangermousie: (Chuno - hanbok)
It's no secret that period dramas are my favorite...and I am currently swamped in them. Let's take stock.

1. The Princess' Man - my current obsession. I am currently on ep 20 (22 has aired, 24 is the total number of eps). Politics, star-crossed lovers and tragedy. This is in the running for my favorite drama of the year.



On a shallow front, the fact that Park Shi Hoo never looked hotter doesn't hurt.

If you need subs, WITHS2 (best quality), DarkSmurf (best speed) and Viki (in the middle on both) are subbing this puppy. It's also the highest-rated prime time drama currently, so there is that :)

2. Warrior Baek Dong Soo. I am currently on ep 11 (I know!). 26 has aired and 30 is the total number of eps. It's not really art the way TPM is, IMO, art. But it's the closest I've seen kdrama come to wuxia (or shounen manga) and has a good ensemble cast who have a lot of fun with its adventure-and-intrigue in a coming of age package. I find it a lot less emotionally taxing than TPM and rather lighter but, be warned, it's still far from a light drama.

3. Gyebaek, the war epic. I always meant to check it out just for the cast - Lee Seo Jin, with his physicality and overpowering masculine screen presence, was born to be in a sageuk (together with Song Il Gook, I think they are the two actors who fit better in sageuk than in modern drama). Plus Seo Ji Hye and Cha In Pyo. But I was going to wait until TPM ended until evil evil evil [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore tempted me with a clip I posted earlier (number of times said clip was rewatched? 5). Still, this looks pretty darn heavy so I am not sure I can handle this and TPM at the same time. Let's see if my common sense or my obsession win. Meanwhile have a MV. This is Gyebaek's parents and all I can say is his daddy was an utter BAMF.



20 eps are out, 11 are subbed. Withs2 and viki are subbing this.

4. Tree with Deep Roots, starring Jang Hyuk (OMG YES!) and Shin Se Kyung, is starting next week, replacing the recently ended Protect the Boss. It looks like an intense mystery and I cannot wait.



5. Qng Shi Huang Fei - started airing on the 30th and will air two eps per day. I've blabbed enough about this one. Viki is subbing.

One problem - every freaking one of these is depressing! I am going to eat my own head soon. I think I'll take a break and watch Gumiho to keep my sanity.

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