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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I Have A Lover Episode 33 Recap

I Have A Lover Episode 33
Discouraged that Hae Gang has even refused to tell her own mother where she lives in order to avoid him, Jin Eon resorts to missing Hae Gang as he revisits the path he once took her to.

Catching sight of woman walking forlornly not too far ahead of him, Jin Eon stares at the familiar figure until the woman turns her head.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Me or Not? Episode 9 Recap

Merry Me or Not? Episode 9 Recap by Ninja
This week is Justin's turn to have his voice over moment. Growing up with a dream to become a environmental lawyer to fight for the injustice of the world, Justin starts his professional life full of hope ...only to end everything with a disenchanted heart and an enormous debt. (So this must be the debt that Daddy Hao was referring to in ep.1)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bromance Episode 11 Recap

Bromance Episode 11 Recap By Ninja
Stunned by Zhe Rui's unexpected confession that he is the one that set the press on Zi Feng, Ya Nuo nonetheless jumps to Zhe Rui's defense when Han Sheng (villain) tries to beat Zhe Rui up in the name of "helping" Zi Feng out.

Angry and probably slightly embarrassed after Ya Nuo loosen her choke hold on him, Han Sheng vents his resentment towards Zi Feng "It's always like this. Whatever I do is bad but any small achievement you make just proves to the elders that you are a true leader!" There were some readers that commented that Han Sheng might be threatening Zhe Rui with Ya Nuo's secret and I myself wondered the same thing. However, don't you guys think Han Sheng would be A LOT more embarrassed being taken out so easily by Ya Nuo if he knew she is a girl? 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Ninja's 2015 Drama Good & Naughty List

8:27 AM Posted by ninja 7 comments
Merry Christmas my friends!!! 

I considered just doing my usual Friday Round Up but it seems almost a crime to not do a year end look back so here we go:

Dramas that made year 2015 a great one for me:
 2015 was an awesome year for Taiwanese Dramas. I am really crossing my fingers that T-drama can continue to kick out the kind of quality shows they have been able to put out this year and judging by the fact I am addicted to TWO T-Dramas currently (Bromance and Marry Me or Not?) I have a lot of hope for 2016.

Someone Like You was my first indication that I should start paying more attention to T-dramas, and fortunately I was not disappointed at all.

Someone Like You Ep 1 & 2 First Impression: HERE

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Beautiful Secret Episode 1-4 Overview & First Impression

Beautiful Secret Episode 1-4 By Ninja
Drama: Beautiful Secret (美丽的秘密)
Country: China
Episodes: 45

Synopsis: The secret child of a famous singer, our heroine Mei Li loses her memory as a child and ends up getting adopted. Completely unaware that she has a birth secret, Mei Li's path to self discovery is set in motion when she accompanies her sister to a singing competition and ends up accidentally winning it.

Beautiful Secret Episode 1-4 Quick Overview:
At the pinnacle of her career as a famous singer, Wang Xuan seems to be in want of nothing, especially as her wedding date to her immensely rich fiancee approaches. However, instead of being blissfully happy, Wang Xuan's heart is in constant turmoil over her desire to reveal her biggest secret- her five year old daughter Mei Li. Despite Wang Xuan's intense desire to simply tell the world about the existence of her daughter, Wang Xuan's manager convinces her that instead of subjecting her daughter to the judgement of the world she should give Mei Li up for adoption. 
Forcing herself to act happy on the day of her wedding, Wang Xuan finally loses control when her manger tells her that Mei Li is leaving with her adopted parents on the next train. Unbeknownst to Wang Xuan, her manager has actually lost Mei Li by accident and has resorted to lying when he couldn't find the little girl. 

Ready to abandon everything in her life, a tearful Wang Xuan confesses her secret to President Xu (her fiancee). Surprisingly, after his initial shock, President Xu assures Wang Xuan that if she could accept his five year old daughter then there is no reason why he couldn't accept hers. Overjoyed, Wang Xuan searches high and low for her manager and daughter but by this time her manager has already disappeared without a trace leaving no clues for Wang Xuan to find Mei Li. 
In the mean time, little Mei Li is rescued by a couple but before they could take her to the police station Mei Li loses her memory after suffering a sever fever. Grateful to Mei Li because the little girl braced the rain to seek help for her and her unborn baby when she almost died, Mama Jiang convinces her reluctant husband to raise Mei Li as their own. 
Time jump! Twenty years later, our heroine Mei Li has grown up to be a bright and hardworking young lady. 
Despite being smarter than her younger sister Mei Yan, Mei Li has given up her chance of higher education in order to work and support her family with the money she earns as a delivery girl. A doting older sister, Mei Li doesn't have the heart to discourage Mei Yan from her dream of becoming a famous singer ...even if she really can't sing at all. 

Freely admitting to herself that she is sorely lacking when it comes to her voice, Mei Yan decides to secretly record Mei Li's singing and puts it out on the web as her own voice. As luck would have it, Guan Yi's assistant comes across the recording and by episode four has already brought it to Guan Yi's attention. 
Time to introduce our hero who makes his grand entrance in episode two. A famous producer in the entertainment industry with the golden touch, Guan Yi (Peter Ho) is much hated for his impossible high standard and blunt words. However, in the face of the continual success and money Guan Yi's name all but guarantees on any project, everyone around our hero has no choice but to bow to his will...and ignore his eccentric obsession on model figures.  
While Guan Yi's fate is about to collide with our heroine's, Guan Yi's ex-girlfriend, Ruo Lin is also about to force her way back into his life. Not happy to see Ruo Lin at one of his filming project, Guan Yi still vividly remembers how she had abandoned him on the day of their wedding a year ago to pursue her stardom dream in Hollywood. 

Guan Yi is the second female lead and more than just Guan Yi's ex-girlfriend she is also President Xu's daughter so that makes her Wong Xuan's (heroine's birth mother) step daughter.  
Racing all the way to Guan Yi's company to deliver one of his precious model character to him, Mei Li jumps with excitement when Guan Yi suddenly offers her $1000 yuan (about $150 US Dollars) just to listen to a song and name it. Unaware that she has offended several high level executives as she proves Guan Yi's point that the demo song was simply a very bad plagiarism effort, Mei Li is caught completely by surprised when Guan Yi's company cancels their delivery contract with her work.   
Appalled when her angry boss punishes her by taking half of her paycheck, Mei Li tracks Guan Yi down to ask for his help in renewing the delivery contract. Unwilling to lower himself to interfere with delivery contracts, Guan Yi tells Mei Li that she is only suffering the consequences of her own greed and refuses to help her.

Infuriated by Guan Yi's rude manner, Mei Li ends up getting into a tug of war with Guan Yi and promptly destroys a very limited edition model Guan Yi just bought. 
Obviously unsuccessful in getting Guan Yi's help, Mei Li not only has to still worry about her family's living expense but also has to informed her very disappointed sister that she couldn't pay for her voice lesson. 

Ecstatic when he suddenly gets the notification that someone is selling the VERY limited model character he had given up hope on (the same model as the one that broke during the tug of war), Guan Yi drops everything and forces the seller to meet with him immediately. Upset when he realizes the seller is none other than Mei Li, Guan Yi is about to walk away when Mei Li reminds him how very very rare the model is. 

First Impression
Not bad! While Beautiful Secret doesn't necessary have a refreshing plot line but I am strangely not too bothered by the familiar story set up. I will admit that I am a bit nervous that the show will dwindle into a sobbing melo mess that C-Drama sometimes tend to do but I am intrigued enough that I think I will take the chance anyway. 
It is too early at this point I think to make a judgment on our two leads' chemistry since they really haven't interacted all that much but at least they do look good together...despite Peter Ho's weird make up. I generally consider Peter Ho to be very attractive in whatever show he is in, but the random eye liner is really kinda throwing me off in this one. Still...It is Peter Ho after all, so I'll just try harder to look past the eye liner. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I Have A Lover Episode 31-32 Recap

I Have A Lover Episode 31 By Ninja
Enlisted by Hae Gang to help her get rid of Jin Eon, Baek Suk picks up Hae Gang's phone and informs a furious Jin Eon that Hae Gang is with him.

Obviously having the worst birthday ever, Jin Eon rushes to the law firm and accuses Hae Gang of purposefully avoiding him on his birthday. Sneering, Hae Gang replies that Jin Eon is nobody to her anymore and besides, she was too lost in Baek Seok's loving gaze to think of him anyway.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Marry Me or Not? Episode 8 Recap

Marry Me or Not? Episode 8 Recap By Ninja
This week's voice over is actually by Sheng Nan for a change. Walking through flash backs of the epic demise of her friendship with Vivienne and her despair as she bids Qian Yao goodbye at the airport, the one thing Sheng Nan has regretted the most through out all these years is that she never confessed her feelings to her crush.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bromance Episode 10 Recap

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Bromance Episode 10 By Ninja
We pick up from the kiss that is about to happen as Ya Nuo slowly leans in...

Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Drama Round Up #60

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Ninja's Friday Drama Round Up #60
Be With Me (Taiwanese Drama, New)
Hmm... Did they run out of English names? Why would the producers name this show exactly the same name as the T-daily Bobby Dou was in back in April?? 

Synopsis: At the height of their careers, a boy band is torn apart when their band leader falls in love with the manager's daughter. Ten years later, everyone has since moved on but now that their paths has crossed again how will their lives be changed?

I am planning to check this out tomorrow. 

Oh My Venus Episode 9-10 Favorite Moments

Oh My Venus Episode 9 Favorite Moments By Ninja
Moment #1
Panicking to find Young Ho suffering in pain, Joo Eun tries to call for help but Young Ho stops her and asks her to leave. Unable to fathom how she could possibly leave Young Ho alone, a crying Joo Eun is about to refuse Young Ho's request until he uses his shaking hand to tap her on the arm.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I Have A Lover Episode 29-30 Recap

I Have A Lover Episode 29 Recap By Ninja
Surprisingly calm after passing out then waking up to an onslaught of memories, Hae Gang shows up for her appointment with Daddy Choi. Nodding gracefully when Daddy Choi asks her to go back to Cheon Nyeon Pharmaceutical, Hae Gang replies "Of course I have to."

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Marry Me or Not Episode 7 Recap

Marry Me or Not Episode 7 by Ninja
The usual voice over bit before we actually get into the story:
Having always encouraged herself with the words "the next time will be better" after a painful breakup, Vivienne thought she is past the age of thinking the end of a relationship means the end of the world...

Monday, December 14, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Drama Round Up #59

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Ninja's Friday Drama Round Up #59
The Dearest Lady (Korean Daily, New)
I know it doesn't seem like it judging from this particular poster, but this show actually has a pretty large cast. I was kinda of worried that the show would start off by trying to introduce too many characters at once, but luckily episode one focused mostly on the heroine. I am still pretty clueless on what the show is about after just one episode but I am hoping to write a first impression by the end of next week.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I Have A Lover Episode 27 & 28 Recap

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I Have A Lover Episode 27 by Ninja
I Have A Lover Episode 25-26: HERE
Backtracking a bit from where we ended last week, so these happened before Young Gi finds Hae Gang at the door.

Already surprised to find Kyu Seok at her house, Yong Gi is stunned when Kyu Seok all but orders her to trust him and to start living with him. Giving up when Kyu Seok walks out of the house with Woo Joo in his arms, Yong Gi obediently starts packing.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bromance Episode 8 Recap

Bromance Episode 8 Recap By Ninja
Episode 7 Recap:HERE
Screaming with glee when Ya Nuo tells her that she has confessed her feelings to Zi Feng, Xiao Jin's joyful scream turns to dismay when Ya Nuo continues on to tell her that Zi Feng had taken her confession as a brotherly love declaration.

While bemoaning the fact that she still has a month and half left before she can start living as a girl, Ya Nuo admits her fear of losing her chance with Zi Feng when Xiao Jin reminds her of his recent marriage date.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I Have A Lover Episode 25-26 Recap

I Have A Lover Episode 25
Finally accepting her identity, Hae Gang faces a new conundrum as she tries to figure out what to call Jin Eon. Admitting that there are indeed some obvious awkwardness between them since he sees Hae Gang as his wife while Hae Gang still has almost no memory of their past, Jin Eon tries to get Hae Gang to yell out his name until she gets used to it.

What started out as a fun gesture turns painful though when Hae Gang yells out her fear that when she recovers her memory she might come to hate Jin Eon.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marry Me or Not? Episode 5

Marry Me or Not? Episode 5
At the start of the episode, in a voice over, both of our two leads take turn describing the kind of love they want. A love that is an accumulation of the life's simplest gestures such as a morning kiss, cooking together, or a playful banter as a couple brush their teeth together.

Ignoring his assistant's questioning of why he had been sitting staring into space all morning, Justin puts a hand over his heart and wonders why he would have the dream he did that morning. The title on the right scene says #5 The thing I am most afraid of is to dream a dream with you but to wake up alone.