It was my 8-year blogiversary the other day. Thanks to those who congratulated me on Twitter.
Sailor Moon nails.
Chuang 2021, also known as Produce Camp 2021, is a Chinese trainee survival competition. This year is different because they are aiming to form an international group. That being said, a handful of the trainees are from overseas. This year, they will form an 11-member boy group. Episode 1 is nearly five hours with two parts.
You can watch it on the official WeTV website, app, and official YouTube channels. You can vote daily on the WeTV app.
A bit of information about me: I’ve watched Chuang 2019 and Chuang 2020.
There has never been so many international trainees. I thought it was cool that everyone had an ear piece and listened to interpretations in real-time. I wonder if this was just for the first episode, or if it will continue like that for the rest of the show. I don’t think it is realistic to have the live interpretations for the entirety of the show (i.e. during practices) so it will be interesting to see how the trainees interact with one another.
I also thought the cultural exchanges were interesting. Chinese trainee shows are generally quite positive and wholesome, despite it being a survival show. I can’t wait to see the friendships that blossom. Episode 1 already showed us some beautiful moments (*ahem* Santa and Liu Yu hahaha).
Mentors are also very important in a show. Personally, I really like Zhou Shen, Nene, and Zhou Zhennan.
On a side note: I’m also watching Youth With You Season 3 on the IQ website. I might write a reaction post.
Okay, here are my favourite Chuang 2021 trainees thus far (not in order):
Santa – From Japan; 3x House Dance World Champion. He got 100% of the votes from the mentors and trainees in the first episode. There is no doubt at all about his dancing skills. I want to hear more of his singing or rap, especially in Chinese. I love his attitude.
Liu Yu – He looks beautiful in hanfu, but most of all, I love how much he respects the hanfu. He said that when he is wearing it, he has to be composed and not act super excited.
Mika – From Hawaii; half Japanese and half American. He is a member of Intersection, which sang songs for the anime, Fruits Basket and Black Clover. I definitely see Mika in the final lineup. He acts very respectful and his voice is so beautiful.
Lin Mo – I love his voice. Although Lin Mo was the most popular trainee prior to the show, he still needs to work hard because the trainees are so talented this year.
Zhou Keyu – He speaks English very well, which is an asset. I think he’s an all-rounder. One of my favourites. I think he will make it to the final lineup.
Kazuma – Half Japanese and half American; also a member of Intersection. He sings Chinese songs very well. It’s very clear.
NINE – From Thailand. So adorable! NINE is one of my favourites for sure. I cannot believe that he and Patrick learned Chinese in three months. As a Chinese speaker, I can understand both of them. They must be very intelligent because they learned a hard language, sing, and dance so quickly. I’ve actually watched 2 Moons, but not season 2. I will watch it now for NINE. Hahaha.
Oscar – One of my favourites. He can also speak English. I think he will make it to the final lineup and become one of the main rappers.
I also like Rikimaru, Wu Yuheng, Patrick, AMU, Yu Yang, Zeng Hanjiang, and Bo Yuan. I think Zeng Hanjiang is more suitable to be a solo artist, though… but we shall see.
Many of the Japanese, American, and European trainees haven’t performed yet. My list will probably change as the show progresses. I don’t have a bias yet, but my top three right now are Oscar, NINE, and Zhou Keyu.
I started a new Taiwanese drama called No. 1 For You today and I’m almost done watching it. It happens to all the shows I love – Once I start something good, I will finish it as fast as I can. I think I’ll make a list of the shows I’ve binged and post it on the blog. The drama is a BL, by the way. Both main leads are very attractive.
Anyway, I loved one of the songs in the drama. Then I found out that the actor that plays the main character (Shu Yi) sang the song. I also found out that he is half-Japanese and is fluent in it. In the drama, Shu Yi sometimes talks in Japanese, so this makes more sense.
The song made me cry. It’s the perfect song for this drama.
I’ve already reached both my follower and blog hit goals, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with this blog. I just really like the song, so I wanted to blog about it. I think that’s the direction I will take… to share the things I like and a bit about my life. 🙂 Thank you.
I reached a blogging milestone and hit 101k views! ^_^ Thank you for checking out my blog.
The Special Episode for Heaven Official’s Blessing, also known as Tian Guan Ci Fu, recently came out. It takes place after the first season.
Xie Lian complimented San Lang. ^_^
There’s a ton of Boys Love content in China now. Not to mention, BL is super popular. Although, the closest to a kiss we will see is probably an indirect kiss via drinking from the same bottle (which happens in this donghua and even in a yogurt commercial). It also happened in the Chinese drama, Guardian, but with a lollipop.
Yes… San Lang left Xie Lian a ring.
I loved this special episode because I loved seeing moments of just the two of them. It was very intimidate.
The ending song was a treat because we saw the events from San Lang’s point of view. This is his true form; his real name is Hua Cheng and he is a Ghost King. He looks older, is taller, and has an eyepatch. The wedding scene is from the first episode and the other photo is from the time Hua Cheng painted Xie Lian. He painted in his true form!
One thing that’s interesting is that in the original, San Lang calls Xie Lian “Gege” which means “older brother.” However, it’s changed to his name in the official English translation. I suspect it’s to avoid confusion or to prevent Westerners from thinking there’s incest involved or something like that. I feel that “Gege” is more intimate. There’s definitely no incest – think about how some people call their significant others “Baby” or some other nickname.
Anyway, this Special Episode is a must-watch if you’re a fan of the series!
Happy Lunar New Year.
Thanks to Irina’s anime recommendation, I just binged both seasons of Ajin. It’s my kind of show. I didn’t really like the main character, the main villain, or the government workers. That being said, I’m not sure whose side I’m on. Probably the government’s because I am also human. It’s still one of my favourite anime because of how intense it was.
I don’t recommend it to everyone, though. If you don’t like violent shows, this is not for you.
In other news, K made a Buzzfeed Personality Quiz on anime bloggers and I got myself. I’m sure most of you have seen the quiz already.
Thank you Aria for the Valentine’s card! For those of you who don’t know, Izaya is my favourite anime character. Aria was spot on with this.