This 7 episodes a week release is insane! I love it as a watcher but hate is as a recapper lol Well, the romance definitely starts to pick up this episode as Julan’s cool and icy demeanor starts to crack just a little. We get to know Yin Hu a little better, my heart continues to break for Xiao Husband, and Ah Li annoys me a little less. Hey, that’s progress people.
It’s here! I only found out about this drama a week ago but let me tell you, it was a very long week lol I’m fairly new to Chinese Dramas. I was browsing an Asian drama website looking for a new Korean drama to watch when I happened upon Ice Fantasy. I devoured it. Thus started my budding crush on Feng Shao Feng. Of course it was only natural that I waited in anticipation for his next drama The Starry Night The Starry Sea, and now here I am waiting and watching The Starry Night The Starry Sea 2. The fall into Chinese Drama junky is a slow and steady one.
I have to say, one of the things that first drew me to The Starry Night The Starry Sea (besides Feng Shao Feng) was that the story was not about a mermaid but a merman. I would say that 99% of stories about merpeople are focused on a female. Be it the American industry such as the movies The Little Mermaid and Splash or the international industry such as the Korean dramas Legend of the Blue Sea and Surplus Princess. So the fact that this drama focused on a merman was immediately intriguing. Ok, enough chatter, let’s get this review started.
If you remember, the modern version of The Starry Night The Starry Sea (那片星空那片海), a drama adapted from Tong Hua‘s novel about merman ended earlier this year. The ancient version will showcase the leads’ previous love lives… The main OTP and some cast members returned with the addition of Hong Kong actor, Bosco Wong, donning a mask. Press conference was held this morning with Wei Chen singing the opening themesong.
Set years after the prequel, Nirvana In Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Chang Lin (琅琊榜之风起长林) has a different story and pretty much unrelated to the first part. The story follows elder bro Huang Xiao Ming, general Xiao Ping Zhang of the Liang Dynasty, who is in charge of guarding the border but is severely wounded and eventually poisoned, which sets Little Bro Liu Hao Ran on a journey to uncover the 30-years old conspiracy/revenge pan, led by Guo Jing Fei.
Remember Zhang Han and Gui Gui’s supernatural drama A Different Kind of Pretty Man 2 years ago? Well, as told then, we have a part 2….not following the first storyline, and it’s called Special Beautiful Man 2 (不一样的美男子Ⅱ). Lol. No complaints from me since Zhang Yun Long is leading it with another crew of boys. If anything, listen to the opening themesong, it’s such a catchy song! Been jamming since I heard of it.
Various news outlets broke out the news about the highly anticipated sequel to Nirvana In In Fire this morning, naming young rising star, Liu Hao Ran (With You), as the leading man for The Wind Blows in Chang Lin (琅琊榜之凤起长林). Netizens, of course, have very mixed reactions. The producer has already said before that the story is not completely linked to part 1 so a fresh story with new characters makes sense. If anything, they are more concerned about the script above all else, which is what I appreciate the most. Writing is seriously lacking these days in Cdramas. I adore Liu Hao Ran and yes, he’s very young! Only 18! If you’re gonna push for new faces, he’s the right choice! Now let’s keep Leo Wu Lei so the two good friends can play together on set. XD