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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Just One Smile is Very Alluring Episode 1-2 First Impression

Drama: Just One Smile is Very Alluring (微微一笑很倾城)
Airs: Daily
Episodes: 30
Leads: Yang Yang, Zheng Shuang

The beauty of the Computer Science Department at her school, our heroine Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang) has a love for computer games and dreams of one day becoming a game developer. 

An expert at gaming, Wei Wei is the only female player with good enough fighting skill to make it into the top 10 chart in the game world she plays in. 
Married in the gaming world for the sole purpose of accomplishing assignments, Wei Wei is surprised but agrees readily when her "husband" Wu Xiang asks her for a divorce. Going about her day without giving her character's divorce another thought, Wei Wei is stunned when she finds out that her whole gaming world has come to see her as some heartbroken abandoned woman after her "ex" remarried another female character. 
Shaking her head at the ridiculousness of the situation, our heroine's attention is caught when a voice calls out her name. Stunned to see the famous Nai He of her gaming world standing in front of her, Wei Wei gets the shock of her life when the best fighter, the god like character Nai He asks her hand in marriage. 
Unbeknownst to Wei Wei, Nai He is equally famous in real life in her school as the super genius and good looking (of course) Xiao Nai. Well known for his cold and unapproachable manner despite being the universally admitted Prince of his school, Xiao Nai remarkably falls for Wei Wei after one glance of our totally unaware heroine gracefully playing on the computer. 

Ninja's First Impression:
Squeal! I just might be in love! For once I have actually read the novel before watching this show so I am familiar enough with the story. There were quite a bit of chatter online questioning if Zheng Shuang's innocent girl image fit the glamorous heroine's character before the show aired but after watching the first two episodes I think Zheng Shuang is doing fairly well even if she really doesn't quite fit the sizzling hot image Wei Wei is suppose to have. 

For those who are not familiar with the story the mix of online gaming and real life might be a little jarring at first but I think the show did a pretty good job transitioning between the two worlds. 
It just so happens that Xiao Nai's character is exactly the kind of hero I have a real weakness for. You know, the good looking, smart, cool, and most importantly the kind that could hatch a scheme while wearing a charming innocent smile. To be honest, more than the heroine I was more worried if Yang Yang could really portray Xiao Nai's god like character but thankfully I think he is doing a bang up job as the ever elusive and mischievous hero.  
Judging by the first two episodes the show is sticking fairly close to the novel...at least for now. I did really like the fact that we saw how the hero met the heroine right from the beginning. The novel was from Wei Wei's point of view so we didn't find out until much much later how Xiao Nai met her the first time so it was super exciting to get all the glory details from the hero's point of view in the show. 

My secret hope for the show is that the writer would add more story line to the development of the two leads' romance. In the novel the leads kinda fell in love abruptly and almost without much reason especially on the hero's part...which is sort of this particular writer's style but still, I am hoping for some good interactions between the leads to make their feelings that much more believable. 
By the way, this writer is the same one that wrote Boss & Me (2014), so for those who were paying close enough attention you probably caught that name Feng Teng Corporation, the same company the hero in Boss & Me owned when they were throwing around all the companies that were interested in Xiao Nai's newly developed computer game program. 


  1. Wow, very interesting, found it on Viki. Great Chemistry.

  2. Oh, this is exciting! I've read this novel too! (Actually, I think I saw Boss & Me, which led me to the novel, which led me to the novel this is based on...) I really enjoyed this novel; in fact, I think I read it twice!

  3. Not on Viki anymore, found elsewhere. Read the novel. Very cute but some parts that were a little ummmm...well..... I like the way the drama invented 2nd leads from the novel that seem to fit the original story.

  4. Ninja, I only found out about this drama after you mentioned it in a post talking about other dramas and I want to know do you know any other drama male leads that are like this one? Also, can you link me to where I can read the novel online in english?

    1. I took a look around and it looks you can read the English translation here if you click on the table of content links https://wwyxhqc.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/table-of-contents-for-%E5%BE%AE%E5%BE%AE%E4%B8%80%E7%AC%91%E5%BE%88%E5%80%BE%E5%9F%8E/

      As for a hero like Xiao Nai...hmm... the only one that comes to mind is the hero in Boss & Me but that's probably because he was also created by the same author. You might also like the hero in "It Started With A Kiss" or "Master's Sun".