Chuang 2021 – Episode 1 Impressions & Favourite Trainees

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.

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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.

Liu Zhang – I love his rap. I think his apology was sincere and he obviously supports his fellow peers so I definitely think he has changed.

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.

A song I like – 楊宇騰YU《水藍色情人Blue Lover》

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.

Heaven Official’s Blessing – Special Episode Screencaps

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!

strawberry cake. ♡

Happy Lunar New Year.

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I think this tweet is pretty funny, but it’s how I actually feel.

I remember I was so positive in April 2020. In my post entitled, “A positive post” I wrote about how I had more time to cosplay, draw, watch and review anime, and try new things. I wish to return to that self.

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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.

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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.

Winter 2021 Anime Impressions

I thought I would try out a new format with bullet points.

Attack on Titan: The Final Season

  • I think it’s great and don’t agree with the animation complaints on Twitter. It’s one thing to be unsatisfied with the show, and another thing to send hateful comments to the director and animators. I’m thankful that we have a final season.

The Promised Neverland Season 2

  • I am enjoying it, but I liked the setting in Season 1 more. There’s something terrifying about being trapped in a place while knowing that you are livestock.
  • I always feel that something bad will happen. Even when something good happens, I am unconvinced.
  • You can read my Season 1 Impressions post here.

Horimiya

  • I am enjoying it. I love Miyamura, both his looks and personality.
  • I like both of Miyamura’s looks.
  • Piercings are attractive.

Cells at Work BLACK

  • I watched the first episode, but I’ll probably binge it some time in the future.

Wonder Egg Priority

  • Amazing animation.
  • The first episode was strange, but I’ll probably continue it when more episodes are out.

Yes.

Dr. Stone: Stone Wars

  • Plan to watch.

Jujutsu Kaisen (Continuing)

  • I love so many characters, which is rare for me. I love Yuuji, Gojou, and Sukuna.
  • My favourite character is obviously the villain, Mahito.
  • I want to see Sukuna more.
  • It’s like a mix of Demon Slayer and Parasyte.

Mo Dao Zu Shi Q (Continuing)

  • Since the episodes are only five minutes long, I will binge the rest of the series when it is completed.
  • Speaking of which, I am so excited for MDZS Season 3. My favourite character, Xue Yang, will finally make his appearance.

Of the airing shows, my favourites are Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan: Final Season, and The Promised Neverland Season 2. Let me know if there’s a Winter 2021 anime you recommend~

On Social Media & Content Creation

I’ve been thinking about social media for a while; here are my thoughts.

Social media is what you make of it.

Social media is a tool for you to use. Some people use it to boost their social standing, while others use it as a space to post their artworks or cosplays. Some people are collectors, and others enjoy eating food and/or making food. Some people use it to stay in touch with their friends; others use it to keep records. There’s no right or wrong way to use social media.

On Validation: Social Media versus Blogging

I’ve heard a lot of people say that you don’t need validation from posting, or from followers and engagement. Okay, then why do I see so many people asking for more followers and views on their blog posts? Many bloggers have written about their blogging goals for 2021 and most of them include achieving a certain number of followers and views. Is there a difference between needing validation from social media versus blogging?

I don’t think so. Many Instagrammers pour a lot of time and effort into their posts, just like bloggers. Both Instagrammers and bloggers create content. Is it “seeking validation/attention” or is it “having goals”?

On Taking Breaks versus Productivity

I’ve seen many content creators (cosplayers, bloggers, writers, artists, podcasters, YouTubers, and VTubers) apologize for not putting out content on time or for taking a break. It seems like taking breaks is a bad thing. Does anyone else find this weird?

I know that for certain platforms, the algorithm works in the favour of those who constantly post. I also sympathize with those who want to stay “relevant” and avoid losing followers.

How I Use Social Media

In my The Kore Wa Watashi Blog Award post, I self-proclaimed as a kuudere and used Houtarou Oreki’s photo to describe myself. While watching Hyouka, I resonated with what Houtarou said (shown above). It made me think, Why do I post on Instagram? I’m not enjoying it as much as I used to, and I don’t need validation from likes.

People use social media differently. Like I said, I view social media as a tool. You can find me most active on my Twitter, and I seldom use Instagram now. I still get some enjoyment out of Instagram – at the moment, anyway. If there comes a day when there is nothing to gain from social media, I will cease to use it.

Final Thoughts

Some people live their lives on social media, and I won’t be the judge of that. I hate it when people tell others to go outside/do whatever they do, as if they are superior. I will say this: social media shouldn’t be an exhausting thing. If you find that you are drained from it, consider taking a break. Perhaps you are putting unnecessary stress on yourself by placing too much importance on it.

In Case You Missed It: My Favourite Posts of 2020

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In Case You Missed It: My Favourite Posts of 2018

In Case You Missed It: My Favourite Posts of 2019

Here are my favourite posts of 2020.

My Thoughts on Weathering With You – Makoto Shinkai 2020 Film

I wrote this review after I watched it in the theatres. I think Weathering With You was the last movie I watched with friends, so I’m really glad I went that day.

Travel Diary: Bowen Island

I went to Bowen Island with my friends for healing because I was super stressed at the time. I don’t think any of us really expected a pandemic to happen back then, so I feel lucky that I was able to spend quality time with my friends.

A positive post

In this post, I wrote about the good things that happened to me during quarantine. I found it helpful to look at the good moments.

Part 2 here.

Chuang 2020: My Thoughts on the Final Ranking

This is one of my best posts in terms of views. I was super passionate about this Chinese survival show.

Revisiting The Untamed with Elle – Blogger Collab! Part 1

I had a ton of fun collaborating with Elle. It was super cool chatting with her about something we both love: The Untamed. & I think the post reflects that.

Click here for Part 2.

Authenticity?

Rather than the actual content, I want to highlight the post’s comment section. There are wonderful conversations and I was happy that so many of you guys engaged with the post. Thank you.

#Controversed Week 4

This is a post I wrote in response to Moya’s #Controversed Week 4 prompts on managing blogging criticism.

Going Back to My Roots

This is a personal post I wrote about my motivations for blogging, and I want to share it again.

2020 Year-End Review

Many people told me that they were able to relate my post. Reflection is good, especially for 2020.

Anime X-Change: Time of Eve

Anime X-Change was an event hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews. I was recommended Time of Eve; here’s my review.

My Hair Accessory Collection

My Ring Collection

My Earring Collection

My Necklace Collection

Now, my hair accessory collection. Hahaha. I’ve got a lot more hair accessories, but these are my favourites.

Ribbon

I’m in a ribbon club~ looking at Nabe, Shoujo, Elle, and Moya

Cosplay

I also have accessories from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and probably a few other anime. They would stand out too much out of cosplay.

Your Name

Tokyo Ghoul / Darling in the Franxx / Bakemonogatari

I like the egg and devil hair clips the most.

Casual

I got these from Amazon. The pearl clips are flimsy but the non-pearl ones are my favourites.

Bonus: I don’t have this mantou hair clip anymore but I liked it when I got it in 2017.

[Review] Light on Series: The Long Night (2020)

Light on Series: The Long Night is a highly-rated, dark, and suspenseful crime thriller. I really enjoyed this Chinese series and finished in two or three days.

Light on Series: The Long Night (2020) - MyDramaList

Synopsis: Zhang Chao creates a scene at a subway station, and the bomb squad is called. When they open Zhang Chao’s suitcase, they find that there’s no bomb, but a body inside. On the surface, there is overwhelming evidence that Zhang Chao murdered the victim, Jiang Yang. There is a problem: Zhang Chao was hours away from the time of Jiang Yang’s death. To make matters worse, an anonymous person is sending a piece of a photograph to the media every few days; a building will explode if the media refuses to print it. To unravel the cause of Jiang Yang’s death, Yan Liang is called to help the police force. He must learn everything about Jiang Yang before the complete photograph is released to the public.

The show alternates between three stories and time periods.

Story #1: In the modified reports, Hou Gui Ping raped a woman and killed himself out of guilt. This story tells what actually happened.

Story #2: Jiang Yang and Zhu Wei investigate the true cause of Hou Gui Ping’s death.

Story #3: Present day; Yan Liang and his team investigate Jiang Yang’s murder.

I’ve never seen a story told in this format. You get to know all three stories in-depth, and I felt attached to all the characters.

Bai Yu plays Jiang Yang. I’ve seen a few of his earlier dramas (Detective L, Guardian, Fairyland Lovers, Love O2O) and this drama is nothing like them. It’s serious, dark, and more realistic. His acting is brilliant in this one.

If you are like stories about a person dedicating their entire life to something, this show is for you. To clear Hou Gui Ping’s name, Jiang Yang pours his life into this case. He meets so much resistance and pushback from different parties. He is stubborn, so incredibly stubborn. He loses so much, yet he never gives up. There were many times when I wondered if it was even worth it. He wasn’t even close to Hou Gui Ping, but he believes in his work. He believes in justice.

This is not a “happy” show, but it’s still very suspenseful and entertaining to watch. The show is artful in how they split up the three stories. You don’t learn everything at once, as it switches back and forth between the stories. Like the photograph puzzle mystery, you don’t learn the complete story until the end of the series.

I absolutely recommend The Long Night.