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 )