The Me and Music Tag

Thanks Minty for the tag. ❤ There are so many prompts, hahaha. 95% of the music I listen to are from Asian dramas, anime, other shows, and games. That’s why most of the songs I listen to are in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, or Korean.

Rules

  1. Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose, name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s grapics)
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!

1) Home Town Glory

  • Songs that remind you of home

The gist of it is: Suddenly, it seems that time has passed by so quickly and you’re left feeling confused where exactly that time went. It’s a very sad song.

2) It’s a Love Story

  • Your favourite songs about love

This is from The Phantom of the Opera musical. Raoul is played by Kwang-ho Hong. I actually don’t like Raoul and prefer Erik, but I like Kwang-ho Hong too much. I like this specific performance.

Another favourite is Time of Flight 時間飛行 by Bai Yu 白宇 and Zhu Yilong 朱一龍. It’s from the Chinese BL drama, Guardian. I talk about this song more in #11.

3) Shut Up and Dance

  • Songs you have to dance to

I’m a boring person and never dance to music.

4) If This Was a Movie

  • Songs from movies/TV/Broadway

I love the songs from the musicals, Jekyll and Hyde, The Phantom of the Opera, and Death Note. My favourite musical singers are Kwang-ho Hong and Zheng Yunlong.

I like anything Kwang-ho Hong sings. Here, he sings This is the Moment from Jekyll and Hyde.

5) Comfort Crowd

  • Songs that make you feel calm

Kago no Naka ni Tori 籠の中に鳥 by yourness makes me feel calm. It’s from the anime, Sing “Yesterday” For You.

A chill instrumental song is Revelation, also known as Oracle. It’s from the Catherine OST. Catherine is one of my favourite video games.

Another calm song is Artic Whispers by Bai Yu. It helps me fall asleep.

I love Bai Yu. I recommend his dramas, Light on Series: The Long Night, Fairyland Lovers, and Guardian.

6) Always Remember Us This Way

  • Songs that remind you of your childhood

When I was in a child, I listened to S.H.E, Fahrenheit, and JJ Lin every day after school.

I believe this song is from 2006 because it has clips from the Taiwanese drama, Hana Kimi. Two of the Fahrenheit members starred in it.

7) Let’s Get Down to Business

  • Songs that motivate you

I was feeling down one day and then Man With a Mission’s Fly Again played on my phone (it was on shuffle). At the time, the lyrics and the overall feeling of the song lifted my mood. I still feel lucky about getting a pick at their concert.

8) Old Town Road

  • Songs from the past (like really old ones) that you love

I feel like this and #6 are the same for me.

9) Cry With You

  • Songs that make you cry and cry

Where Has Time Gone? (See #1) makes me cry.

10) I Think I’m in Love

  • Your latest music obsessions

This one is easy to answer. The songs that I listen to repeat are from the shows I’m currently watching.

The first one is The Love Letter 唯一寫過的情書 by Alex Chou 周予天. It’s from the Taiwanese BL drama, We Best Love: Fighting Mr. 2nd. I loved the first season, but this season feels so… raw. I’m enjoying it a lot more. I don’t know why I love dramas that are painful to watch.

The next song is Ask Heaven by Liu Yuning. It is the opening song for Word of Honor, a Chinese historical BL series. I’ve been listening to the entire album non-stop these days.

This series was recommend to me by a Twitter stranger, and I’m thankful for them because I’m enjoying it a lot. If you like The Untamed, I definitely recommend Word of Honor.

11) Writer in the Dark

  • Favourite lyrics from songs

The English translation for Time of Flight by Bai Yu and Zhu Yilong (#2) probably won’t make a lot of sense.

In Guardian, Bai Yu plays Zhao Yunlan and Zhu Yilong plays Shen Wei. Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei are soulmates, and this has been proven time and time again. No matter how many years pass (and I’m talking about thousands of years), the feelings are never lost. They will find always each other again.

Zhu Yilong: How much more serious and how firm it is to make a difference

How many exercises will you become like this?

Bai Yu: I am always waiting for a message here, you have not given up.

Chorus: Flying together across time”

I also like the lyrics from Joker Xue’s Animal World. I’ve interpreted the lyrics in this post.

別再進化 別讓動物世界太假”

12) Sign of the Times

  • Songs in the charts that you love

I have no idea. I just listen to what I like.

13) More Than a Memory

  • Songs you have specific memories attached to. Tell us the memory.

When COVID was a new thing, I got into Thai dramas for the first time. Listening to the songs from the dramas reminds me of that period because I had so much energy at the time. No one wants a pandemic, but I made the most of my time and tried a lot of new things.

This song is sung by Bright Vachirawit, who played Sarawat in 2gether: The Series. I’m currently watching Lovely Writer: The Series. Thai dramas make me so happy and I love the music.

Another song is Wu Ji 无羁 by Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. The reason is because I watched The Untamed with my friends and did a blogger collab on it. Instead of watching alone like I normally do with shows, I had people to watch and talk with. I talk about it more in #17.

14) Sing to Me Instead

  • Those songs you have to sing to

15) I Wasn’t Expecting That

  • Songs that you didn’t expect to love, but you do

In 2018, I knew that the opening song for the anime, Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, was popular. When I listened to it the first time, I thought it was overhyped. I didn’t include in My Top 5 Spring 2018 Anime Opening Songs post. After I published that post, I couldn’t stop listening to it. LOL

The song is called Fiction by Sumika.

16) Favourite Record

  • Albums you can’t live without

My favourite album is The Untamed OST by various artists. The Untamed is my favourite Asian drama, so I hold the music dear to my heart.

My other favourite albums are the Guardian OST (#2 and #11) and the Word of Honor OST (#10).

17) Video Games

  • Name your favourite music videos

I’m a little confused why this is titled “Video Games’ when it’s asking about music videos. Anyway, my favourite music video is Wu Ji 无羁 by Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. It’s the opening song for The Untamed. It’s my favourite music video because my feelings for this drama resurface every time I watch it. It’s one of my favourite songs.


Tagging:

Thanks for reading~

[Response] Creativity in Blogging

I liked Annie’s Spill the tea: Creativity in Blogging post. Here’s my response to Annie.

From my personal experience, it is hard to be creative if you don’t have much energy. If you’re tired all the time, you’re not going to be thinking about creative ideas. So, I think that having energy is #1, almost like a requirement to being creative. When I have a lot of energy, I will cosplay, blog, draw, and do a bunch of random crafts.

I mostly get inspiration after having fun with my friends. I think this ties in with what I wrote above about having energy. It naturally comes to you when you feel happy and motivated.

I agree that other bloggers and creators are sources of inspiration. If it wasn’t for Annie’s post, this post wouldn’t even exist.

Thinking about my posts, I got a lot of inspiration from anime, songs, and a lot of other things. I’m driven by my passion and love for my interests and hobbies. One of my main reasons for blogging is to have a space to talk about my interests, often because I don’t have anywhere else to dump my thoughts.

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Hmm, I don’t think that you can force out creativity. I don’t think it would feel very authentic. Breaks are fine, and sometimes we need them. That way, we can blog with a fresh mind and new ideas. I feel that prolonged breaks are scary, though. What if you become too comfortable and never return to blogging? Or, what if you lose your enthusiasm towards blogging? This is similar to what Annie voiced re: those who never come back. Here’s what I think: Your health comes before blogging.

Anime X-Change: Time of Eve

A lot of bloggers, including myself, are participating in Anime X-Change, an event hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews. The gist of it is: you are assigned a partner –> your partner recommends a show –> you watch it –> you write about it.

My partner is @nobelmonsters on Twitter and I was assigned to watch Time of Eve.

I had never heard of this anime before and knew nothing about it, except that it was a Sci-Fi anime. I was excited to watch Time of Eve because it was different from what I normally watch. Not only did I finish the series in one sitting, but I also enjoyed it enough to watch the movie the next day.

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Synopsis: This story takes place in the future. In Time of Eve, it is normal to have an android housekeeper in your home. They look the same as humans; without a halo, one probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The androids are bound by strict rules. While checking his android – Sammy’s – activity log, Rikuo Sakisaka notices a strange activity. Curious, he checks it out with his classmate, Masakazu Masaki. They find themselves in a cafe called Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve). The cafe has one rule: “No discrimination between humans and androids”. Rikuo and Masakazu visit the cafe nearly every day and learn about the stories of the cafe’s regulars.

Thoughts: As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed this anime. I liked how the cafe was a safe space for humans and androids to intermingle. I also liked learning about the individual stories of the cafe’s regulars. My favourite episode was the last episode, which was focused on Masakazu and his robot housekeeper, THX. I cried when I watched it, which is strange if you think about it. Robots shouldn’t have feelings, so why did I feel empathic towards THX?

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Differences between the series and the film: The movie basically condenses the series. I recommend watching the series over the film. Afterward, you can watch the movie or directly skip to the ending. The main difference is that at the end of the film, you learn more about a certain character.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Time of Eve. I feel appreciative towards Anime X-Change because I watched a show that I would have never watched otherwise. I absolutely recommend this anime.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

The Kore Wa Watashi Blog Award

Thank you Minty from Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers for the tag.

RULES

  • The Purpose of this tag is very simple! Describe yourself through anime! To do this you will answer all of the questions below!
  • After this is done you will tag 6 people to pass the tag onto! If you’re tagged for a second time you only have to tag 3 in your next post and 1 on your third attempt and should you so choose beyond. Tell us why you nominated these people!
  • People who ask to be tagged should be added to your tag list with a link to their blog!
  • Tell something nice about them as well.
  • Remember to have fun with the tag and be proud of who you are, you are an amazing person and the fact that so many anime and anime characters share traits with you shows you are pretty breathtaking!

QUESTIONS

Describe a hobby or passion you have through an anime series! For example Shokugeki no Soma if you like cooking or Initial D if you like cars.

I like anime. Himouto! Umaru-chan sums up what I do in my spare time. To quote my Relatable Anime Characters post from 2018, “Pop, snacks, manga, games, comfy clothes and blanket make up my paradise too. ^^”.

Simplify yourself to an Anime Archetype (Tsundere, Dojiko, Shota, Shounen-Protagonist etc) don’t overthink what an archetype is, go with your gut. Name a character that is also that Archetype.

Kuudere?

Houtarou Oreki | Anime, Aesthetic anime, Hyouka

Describe your looks through comparing it with anime characters, you can decide how many!

When I’m at home, I look like Moriko Morioka from Recovery of an MMO Junkie. Messy hair, dark circles under the eyes, and comfy clothes. Just need to add glasses. This is me right now:

When I look more presentable, Airi from Erased.

Pin on Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi / Erased

Describe your romantic bias and or sexuality through anime characters you find attractive. insert the Will Smith meme from at the movies/ ta-da

I recently wrote a post called My Husbandos. My favourite anime character is Izaya Orihara from Durarara!! His looks are kind of plain compared to other anime characters but I take everything into account.

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Tell us about your day to day life and what anime that would fit into! You can be creative here!

Now that there’s a pandemic going on, my life has changed completely. I went from going out almost every day to being at home all the time. MMO Junkie because Moriko Morioka stays at home all the time.

I begin my day with a cup of coffee.

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After breakfast and coffee, I check my work email. If I have a new task, I do it. If not, I do my other, lesser priority tasks. I can work any time of the day but I prefer to work during the day.

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Then, I make lunch. I check Twitter and my blog throughout the day when I feel like it. I watch shows and blog when I feel like it.

A few hours after dinner, I work on my side job. I do that until I feel tired.

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Zzz…

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Describe your hopes and dreams through an anime character.

One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not a materialistic person. I just want to live comfortably. I want my family to stay healthy and for me to find something meaningful in every day.

Anime: Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2

NOMINATIONS

Ono [Post Reflections]

Aria [The Animanga Spellbook]

Yu Alexius [Yu Alexius Anime Portal]

YumDeku [MyAnime2go]

Jamal [Get in the Mecha]

Elle [Of Midnight Ravings]

#Controversed Week 4

In this post, I’ll be writing about how I manage criticism on the blog and my thoughts on this topic. If you haven’t heard about the Controversed project by Moya, click HERE to read about the project and HERE for more information about Week 4.

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I have received criticism regarding my blog, drawings, and cosplays before, but it’s happens once in a blue moon. I get a lot more compliments than criticisms. When I do get criticism, here are some things I think about:

  • Did I ask for feedback?
  • What is the commenter’s intention? Do they want to help me or are they saying it out of spite?
  • Do I agree with what they are saying? Even when I don’t, I still try to see things from their perspective. People’s feedback don’t always align with my goals. On the other hand, when giving feedback, you must consider the individuality of the content creator. Not everyone is going to want to do exactly what you do.
  • Is the issue something that’s out of my hands? If there’s nothing I can do about it, then I will just leave it.
  • How are they phrasing their words? Are they being clear and specific, or are they so vague that they’re unhelpful? If someone is rude, I will likely ignore them, which goes back to the second point on the commenter’s intention.

I will listen and try to understand why those comments were made, but I will not follow everything. Not going to lie, feedback when I did not ask for it can feel like mansplaining. I think this can be mitigated by the last bullet point on how you phrase your criticism. I’ve found some feedback incredibly helpful, but those were mostly when I asked for feedback.

When it comes to work or academics, I am a lot less critical of feedback. In fact, I often ask for constructive feedback. At work, there is a quality of standard deemed “acceptable” or not. When it comes to my personal blog that I just update for fun, I feel that it’s a lot more subjective.

I rarely criticise others because I feel that I would need to be really knowledgeable or really good at something to do that. When people ask for my feedback, I will let them know my thoughts. However, whether they decide to do something with it is up to them. I will not be upset if someone does not listen to my suggestions.

My Husbandos

Scott recently posted his Husbando post and I expect Nabe to do the same soon.

I’ve been told that I have questionable taste in anime boys. The reason is because I like villains.

Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!

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In 2018, I wrote a post called, Why I Love Izaya. You can check it out if you want detailed reasons as to why Izaya is my favourite anime character of all time. Izaya is an antagonist. He’s an underground information broker.

Sharing this again:

J from Bloody Monday

Bloody Monday is an amazing manga. The Japanese live-action is great, too. I love J in Bloody Monday: Last Season the most. That’s Bloody Monday 3, but I liked J since the beginning.

No surprise, but J is an antagonist. He loves melon soda, hence my username. He’s a genius and one of the leaders of an evil group.

Other Characters I Love:

I’m picky. Although I love a lot of characters (Click HERE for my 30 Anime Characters – Appreciation Post!) I’m not sure if I could call these characters my husbandos.

Juuzou Suzuya from Tokyo Ghoul

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Juuzou is a Special Class Ghoul Investigator, which means he helps humans. I think the lines between good and evil are blurred in Tokyo Ghoul. As humans, are we supposed to view all ghouls as evil?

Xue Yang from Mo Dao Zu Shi / The Untamed

I ship Xue Yang with XXC so that’s why he’s not my husbando. Xue Yang is a villain.


Wow, this post is a lot shorter than I expected. Like I said, I’m picky.

Unpopular Anime Opinion Tag

A lot of bloggers have done this tag already so it’s about time that I do it too. Yep, I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon here. I hope your impression of me doesn’t change too much after this. ><

A Popular Anime I Don’t Like

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I didn’t like A Silent Voice.

I don’t like the idea of hanging out with your former bullies. I can see that Shouya changed but Naoko did not. Even after she was exposed for saying those mean things to Shouko, she still hung out with the group. The group didn’t really do anything about that. The only characters I liked were Shouko, her sister, and Tomohiro.

Everyone that I’ve talked to said that they loved the movie or that it made them cry.

An Anime Everyone Hates that I Love

I can’t think of one. I don’t really have a “guilty pleasure” anime.

A Love Triangle Outcome I Wasn’t Satisfied With

None.

I am not interested in romance anime with love triangles. The romance anime I watch don’t have a third person in the picture. Usually, the “third person” is not a threat or significant enough to harm the relationship. I wonder if this is an unpopular opinion.

Examples of romance anime I like are Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Ore Monogatari!!

A Popular Genre I Hardly Watch

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I don’t watch mecha anime. (Sorry, Scott!) The only show I’ve watched is Code Geass… if that counts.

A Beloved Character I Don’t Like

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These two. The anime is Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

I do not like tsunderes. I like characters who are more honest about their feelings. I felt like I was wasting my time with this anime.

A Popular Anime I Can’t Get Into/Not Interested in Watching

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Okay, don’t unfriend for this one… JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

I’ve watched the first few episodes of the first JoJo and didn’t get into it.

A Popular Anime that I Prefer over the Manga

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I don’t think this is an unpopular opinion but my answer is Durarara!! It originally started as a light novel series.

The manga wasn’t as memorable as the anime. The anime adaptation was unique. The first season of the anime was beautifully done and the soundtrack was refreshing to listen to.


What do you agree and disagree with? Let me know in the comments!

My Stand on Manga and Anime Controversies

I got the idea for this post from Aria, who got it from another blogger, who got it from other bloggers.

Since this is similar to my How Do You Watch Anime? post, I thought it would be cool to do!

My Anime Wrap Up for 2018 – A Nerdy Perspective

Anime vs. Manga

According to my AniList, the total number of anime I’ve watched and manga I’ve read are almost the same. I read manga that do not have anime adaptations. If an anime for a manga series exists, I prefer watching the anime. So my answer is… both.

Subs vs. Dubs

Subs.

Vintage vs. Modern

I prefer modern. I also watch airing shows every season, so this has to do with it. I’ve found that I have a hard time sitting through older anime (pre-2000s) but anime from 2000-2010 is fine.

Moe vs. Realistic

How realistic are we talking about? I’m watching the airing donghua, Scumbag System, right now and I was initially turned away by the CGI. However, the show is great and I recommend it. It took no time at all to get used to it but I still prefer something less realistic than this.

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Considering the fact that seinen is one of my favourite anime genres, I’ll go with realistic. Think of Parasyte, Inuyashiki, and Rainbow.

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Light vs. Dark

Dark. I like anime that will make me feel empty afterward. (For more context, see my post, The Void.) Terror in Resonance, Parasyte, and Rainbow are a few of my favourite shows.

I watch light-hearted anime too but it doesn’t give me the same amount of feeling I get with dark shows.

Continuous vs. Episodic Plot

It depends. I prefer continuous plot most of the time but some shows are better suited for episodic plot. I lost a bit of interest in Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited when they switched it from episodic to continuous in the latter part of the show. I know that I wasn’t the only one that felt that.

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On the other hand, The Case Files of Jeweler Richard and Great Pretender (This one follows a 3 episode per arc format) did it wonderfully. The final arc of both series were longer than the beginning arcs but I never lost interest. In fact, my interest for Jeweler Richard grew when it reached the final arc.

While 95% of the shows I watch have a continuous plot, the episodic plot is nice for certain anime. The most obvious one that comes to mind is Detective Conan. I prefer the cases that are one episode in length, rather than two or three episode ones.

Series vs. Films vs. Shorts

Series. Watching movies is fun at the theatres but I’ll probably only watch a movie at home if the movie is a continuation of a show I like. The same goes for shorts.

Spoilers

I don’t have a spoiler-free policy. I don’t write that many spoilers to begin with, but sometimes I actively look for spoilers when I read other people’s blogs. As long as there is a warning, it is fine.

Weekly Watch vs. Marathon

Weekly watch. I don’t really have the patience to wait until an airing show is complete. Plus, I would rather watch as it is airing and know what everyone else is talking about.

When it comes to long series like One Piece, I prefer marathon.

Watching Alone vs. Group Watching

Both. I’ve watched shows in groups and really enjoyed it. The downside is that it takes a lot longer to finish because everyone has to be free at the same time. When I am alone, I can just binge it.

I watch most shows alone but watching in groups is nice once in a while.


Hm, I’m not sure if any of this is controversial but I might do an unpopular anime opinion post. I think that would be more controversial, hahaha.

Revisiting The Untamed with Rose – Blogger Collab! Part 2

Part 2 of our collab is here! Be sure to read Part 1 on my blog first. 🙂 I’m still laughing over the gifs Elle chose of Xue Yang. Thank you Elle for being such an amazing collab partner. ❤

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“So there was once a tweet, and then there was a reply to that tweet, and that is how this collaboration started.”

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Revisiting The Untamed with Elle – Blogger Collab! Part 1

Drama Series: The Untamed

Based on the novel Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.

Elle: So there was once a tweet and then there was a reply to that tweet and that is how this collaboration started.

We totally did not plan to post this on Xiao Zhan’s birthday but here we are.
It’s just meant to be. Like Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji. (I rhymed).

It’s quite awesome how we started drafting right away and we just happened to finish the post in time for Xiao Zhan’s special day. Without him, Wei Wuxian’s character would not have come to life the way it did. So thank you for being born Xiao Zhan ❤

Rose: Happy birthday Xiao Zhan! We love you so much and we dedicate this post to you. ❤

HOW DID YOU GET INTO MDZS/THE UNTAMED? The story of how you fell into the rabbit hole.

Elle: I just recently got on the train that is Mo Dao Zu Shi this July when I got home after the quarantine and it was a fun ride! I watched the drama first (The Untamed). 50 episodes in 3 days. Can you imagine? That was some ride. Then I immediately looked for an english translation of the novel. Yes, I am that kid who often wants to compare to the source material. The book vs movie kid. And I found that I appreciated the series even more after reading Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Special thanks to the fans who translated the novel! The characters were fleshed out properly in my head after that and thus continued my descent into their world. 

I only heard about the drama because of Wang Yibo and now here I am knee deep into the different adaptations of the series. After watching the drama and reading the novel, I immediately started the donghua. I just could not wait! By the way, this is my first ever BL series and it did not disappoint.

Rose: I’m impressed you finished The Untamed in three days! I started watching The Untamed by myself. I think I was at 12 episodes. I went on a trip to an island with two friends and we ended up watching The Untamed during the trip. They had no prior exposure to the show and were willing to watch where I had left off. To my surprise, they were immediately hooked! We ended up watching it on Day 2 of the trip. Afterwards, we watched it over voice chat every weekend until its completion. The Untamed is special to me for a number of reasons. One of the reasons is because I was quite touched that my friends expressed interest in a show I liked. 

After I finished The Untamed, I started watching Mo Dao Zu Shi and Mo Dao Zu Shi Q. In fact, Mo Dao Zu Shi Q is still airing! It’s a chibi donghua, kind of like Attack on Titan Junior High.

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the soundtrack. A lot of the cast sing their character songs which makes it so meaningful. The actors and actresses that starred as Wei Wuxian, Lan Zhan, Jiang Cheng, Wen Ning, Lan Xichen, A-Qing, and the youths sang songs on the soundtrack. Isn’t that the coolest? 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM THE SOUNDTRACK?

Elle: I think hands down it’s Wuji. The WangXian song. The one Lan Wangji composed in the turtle cave for Wei Wuxian and it’s also the one that made LWJ able to recognize WWX when he returned. This song is very meaningful in a lot of ways.

wén dí shēng dú chóu chàng/

Listen for the melody of a flute, alone in sorrow

yún shēn yè wèi yāng/

The nights in the clouds are long”

Or

“Hear the flute, alone in its melancholy

The night is still young at Cloud Recesses (LWJ’s home)

The instrumental in the beginning, the way the track began, was already a beautiful introduction and then added to it the deep and melodious voices of Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo which makes it all the more alluring. The first time I listened to the track, it felt like heaven in my ears and it is still the same even now. Interesting twist that the rapper, dancer and actor Yibo can also sing so well! And some notes in the song are quite high too so I was really impressed! Xiao Zhan, I understand, is also an idol and he is definitely a talented vocalist. This was my first encounter with Xiao Zhan and I’m already in love with his acting and now his voice in the OST too. I want more! It was quite a deviation from his voice in the drama which led me to research about the voice actors who lent their voices to Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian. Dubbing is fairly common to Chinese dramas and I admit it adds to the performance of the onscreen actors too.

But more on the track.. Lyrics wise of course it was also on point. The soundtrack already packed a wallop even without the lyrics and so when you add the meaning behind it, it just hits you differently. More deeply. I had to rely on translations but I think they delivered the meaning really well. But of course some meanings are lost in translation and some fans said that the lyrics are really beautiful when understood properly in the original language. But no matter, because the way I feel about the song just proves that music really transcends barriers. ♥️

yòu wén qín xiǎng/

The Qin (Wang Ji zither) can be heard again 

chén qíng wèi jué/

Chen Qing (Wei Ying’s flute) is still sounding”

The lyrics also mentioned Wei Ying’s thoughts and what he told Wangji when everyone shunned him for his supposedly crooked path. That he will follow what he thinks is right and his heart/conscience will be the judge of whether it is right or wrong. It also echoed Jin Guangyao/Jiang Cheng’s words in the series about how he is The Untamed hero at best but also someone that can be despised by others if he doesn’t conform with their ways.

hóng chén zhōng huǐ yù dé shī rú hé qù liáng/

In this world, how do we measure praise and condemnation

There are also references in Wuji about some scenes in the series and also about the two main protagonists. It was interesting to see different translations and the meaning behind the lyrics. The drama as a whole emphasized on the music part because the characters also used instruments as their weapons. 

Ultimately, Wuji is the theme song of the series and it helped tell the story of two people who lost and found each other again, and how these two consider each other as their soulmate.

Side note: The OST album as a whole really sounds great! Even the character tracks and the way it tells the story from their own perspective, really adds to the depth of each character.

Rose: I love how you broke down the lyrics like that. My favourite song is also Wuji. I love all of the versions – WangXian duet, Lan Zhan solo, Wei Wuxian solo, the version by Bibi Zhou, the instrumental version, and the piano version. In fact, I bought a kalimba so I could play this song! 

Of the different versions, my favourite would have to be the WangXian duet. While the solo versions are still beautiful to listen to, it feels complete listening to the duet. After all, this is their special song. I listen to this song several times a week. It’s one of my top five favourite songs of all time. I love that the background uses traditional instruments. When I listen to this song, I think of The Untamed and all of the memories resurface. Every time, I am reminded of how much I love this series. 

Elle: Same! And whenever I listen to Wuji, it makes me want to watch or read the series all over again. I wonder if you already have a Kalimba post? Or are you planning on sharing something soon? ^_^

Rose: I feel the same way. I’ve posted a video of me playing Wuji (badly) on my Instagram. I learned the second half of the song right after I posted but I don’t remember the tabs. I’ll have to learn it again… 


That’s it for Part 1! Elle will be posting Part 2 on her blog so be sure to check it out! It’ll be longer than this post as we will be discussing deeper topics. Thanks for reading.