I recently finished the Chinese drama, The Untamed. I’ve watched many Asian dramas. According to MyDramaList, I’ve watched over 1000 episodes. Most of the time when I finish a drama, I just move on and watch the next thing… but I have to write about The Untamed. The Untamed is an exceptional drama. I give it 10/10.
Throughout my life, I’ve heard people talk about shows in a negative light.
“It’s just a show.”
“Everything is fake.”
“Watching TV is a waste of time.”
It’s really not just a show. I think that we all know that dramas are fictional. Is there anyone who doesn’t know this? I think that people who really appreciate dramas and anime are cognizant of the amount of time and the effort that went into making the show. Actors, directors, producers, scriptwriters, voice actors, camera crew, costume design team, those who work on the sets, those who work on the props, and subtitles, the editing team, the animation team, the list goes on… Pre-production of The Untamed took two and a half years. Saying that watching TV is a waste of time is almost disregarding all of these things.
The Untamed cast practiced posture, calligraphy, martial arts, musical instruments, and more. Since The Untamed takes place in ancient China, they went through training to learn these skills.
Several of the cast members sang their own character songs. They’re really talented.
Wu Ji – sang by Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo (Wei Wuxian & Lan Wangji)
Wei Wuxian’s theme song – sang by Xiao Zhan (Wei Wuxian)
Bu Wang (Lan Wangji’s theme song) – sang by Wang Yibo (Lan Wangji)
Chi Zi (Wen Ning’s theme song) – sang by Yu Bin (Wen Ning)
Hen Bie (Jiang Cheng’s theme song) – sang by Wang Zhuo Cheng (Jiang Cheng)
Bu Wang (Lan Xichen’s theme song) – sang by Liu Haikuan (Lan Xichen)
Gu Cheng (Yi City group’s theme song) – sang by Sun Bolun & Chen Zhuoxuan (A-Qing)
The youth group also sang their theme song. The rest of the character songs are also really nice. I think the songs really convey the characters’ feelings.
This is not a goodbye post because there’s still the Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua, novel, and manhua. Maybe I’ll rewatch The Untamed one day. I think it will be interesting to compare the different versions. I think that The Untamed did an amazing job at portraying the relationships, given China’s heavy censorship. I think they made it obvious and clear.
Missing: Wei Wuxian nendoroid (It’s out of stock… I really wanted it…)
Full episodes with English subtitles are on Netflix and YouTube.
I got into Thai dramas for the first time and now I’m obsessed. I haven’t watched anything from the new season of anime yet…
I don’t normally watch romance shows (Click here for more context) and now everything I’m watching is romance (except for One Piece).
Right now is the perfect time to watch One Piece. I’m on the Zou arc, if anyone wants to start right now and catch up. It’s only 750 episodes, hahaha. You can watch One Piece with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.
Mo Dao Zu Shi
This is actually a donghua (Chinese animation), not anime. It is much more than just a BL (Boys Love) story because there’s so much action and adventure. You can watch MDZS with English subtitles on YouTube from the official channel!
The Eternal Love of Dream
This Chinese drama broke 1 billion views in one week. If you’ve watched Eternal Love, this drama focuses on the side couple from Eternal Love: Feng Jiu and Dong Hua Dijun. It’s a more accurate retelling of their story from the beginning (it’s based on a novel). You can watch this drama with English subtitles on YouTube from the official channel!
This is the live-action version of Mo Dao Zu Shi. You can watch this drama with English subtitles on YouTube from the official channel or on Netflix!
I think this is one of the best Chinese dramas. I love the actor, Yang Yang. You can watch this drama with English subtitles on YouTube from the official channel or on Netflix!
I felt a little uncomfortable watching some of the scenes because the SOTUS system seemed problematic (to me). After I finished the drama, I learned that the SOTUS system in Thailand is real. I thought it was just fiction. It also feels wrong to criticize the system since I’m an outsider.
Besides that, the drama was really good. You can watch this drama with English subtitles on YouTube from the official channel or on Netflix.
Why R U?
I heard that this series got postponed because of COVID-19… I hope that they won’t rush the ending. Saifah is so cute.
I’m just waiting for the next episode right now. I saw that unofficial channels have posted the newer episodes, but I refuse to watch those. The show is already free on YouTube… Watching it from the official channel is the least we can do.
List five of your greatest hotties undeniably attractive people from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
Add some appealing pictures.
Tag seven bloggers for their Five Flaming Hotties Super Attractive People.
Post the rules.
I’ll stick with 2D boys because musicians and actors are a whole other post.
1. Uta from Tokyo Ghoul
Okay, for context Uta is a ghoul and ghouls eat humans. I like anime characters with piercings and I have a few ear piercings myself (7 in total).
2. Xue Yang from Mo Dao Zu Shi
I would classify Xue Yang as a yandere. My favourite character archetype is yandere.
***Yanderes are really problematic and I don’t agree with what they do. People that have yandere-like characteristics in real life are extremely toxic and I recognize that. However, my favourite characters in fictional stories are mostly villains and I think that yanderes make stories more interesting if it is done well.***
3. Juuzou Suzuya from Tokyo Ghoul
Juuzou is my favourite character in Tokyo Ghoul. He has a unique appearance and did his stitches himself. I like unique-looking characters because they seem more authentic(?) – Characters that aren’t afraid of being themselves.
4. Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!
Izaya is my number one favourite anime character. I wrote a post outlining the reasons why I like him lolol (Click here to read it).
5. Doppo from Hypnosis Mic
Doppo is a salaryman and pessimist. I like his hair.
Besides Uta (I feel neutral about him), I really like the remaining four characters. It’s not just appearance but their personalities as well. Or I find them really interesting characters. Appearance and personality generally go hand-in-hand for me.
I’m going to open this up for anyone who wants to do this tag. 🙂
My apologies for not coming out with new cosplays, drawings or reviews. I’ve been busy… watching shows LOL. I’ve been having a great time. I thought I might as well share what I’m currently obsessing over in case anyone wants some recommendations.
The Untamed (Mo Dao Zu Shi Chinese live-action adaptation)
You can watch The Untamed on Netflix and YouTube. Both have English subtitles. It is based on Mo Dao Zu Shi, which is an extremely popular Chinese webnovel, manhua and donghua. This drama is super popular not just in China, but internationally as well. The webnovel is a Boys Love (BL) story but due to China’s censorship, Wei Wuxian and Lan Zhan are close friends. I wrote this in a review for the donghua (anime), but the story is really compelling. BL is not for everybody but I think that a lot of people can appreciate this series regardless. The cast for The Untamed is really good. They cast the perfect actors for Wei Wuxian and Xiao Xingchen. There is a lot of beautiful scenery from China’s natural landscapes in the live-action and the music is so beautiful (from traditional Chinese instruments). I ordered an acrylic figure a couple of days ago so I’m waiting for that right now hahaha. It is my dream to wear a hanfu and I hope that it will be revived in this generation.
I wish Xue Yang and Xiao Xingchen met under different circumstances… QQ I am more interested in their relationship than Wei Wuxian and Lan Zhan lolol but Xue Yang went too far…
The King’s Avatar (Chinese live-action adaptation)
The King’s Avatar live-action is on Netflix. It is based on the manhua and donghua. They cast the perfect person for Ye Qiu. Yang Yang is my favourite Chinese actor and his other drama (Love O2O) is one of my favourite Chinese dramas as well. The donghua was amazing but I do like the live-action more, maybe because I am a little biased hahaha. The live-action also introduces a lot of new characters that we never saw in S1 of the donghua.
Super-Vocal (season 1)
Super-Vocal is a Chinese singing competition but it is different than a lot of other competitions because the contestants are classically trained singers. I don’t think a lot of people know this about me but I love musicals. I’m watching season 1 for Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga. Zheng Yunlong is a professional musical theatre actor from my hometown and Ayanga is a professional music theatre actor of Mongolian descent. Zheng Yunlong said that he joined the competition because he wants more people to know about musicals. I think that’s amazing. Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga met in university and have been friends for over 10 years. I love their bond and they sing so well. QQ
Super-Vocal season 1 ran from 2018 to early 2019. I’m watching the episodes on YouTube.
Other than that, there is nothing going on with me. I am probably a boring person but I have a lot of passion towards my hobbies lolol.
Mo Dao Zu Shi is a super popular show right now, based on the Chinese web novel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. Chinese animated shows have been gaining popularity these recent years, with King’s Avatar and now this one. Fun fact: Wei Wuxian is voiced by the same actor who voiced Ye Xiu in King’s Avatar.
Synopsis: Wei Wuxian was the powerful grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect. He finds himself incarnated as the son of a servant. An evil spirit is killing people and needs to be defeated. A mysterious person shows up at the end…
It might be a little confusing at first. I don’t need subtitles, but I found them to go quickly. I read online that someone became interested in learning Chinese because of this show, which speaks a little about its influence.
I became interested in it because it’s a BL series. It’s much more than that. There is a ton of action and a lot of other things going on. I think anyone could like this show, even if they are not into BL. The animation is breathtaking! Some of the background shots look like real life, and I feel like I’m watching a historical drama. Every song is so beautiful. I do think this a high-quality show. You can bet I will be watching the next episode.
A note about BL in Mo Dao Zu Shi: Some people could argue that it is not a BL series because there are no explicit indications of that. From my understanding, there are subtle hints instead, which is due to China’s ban of homosexual relationships depicted in the media.
Back in 2016 when the popular Chinese drama Addicted was released, all the kiss scenes were cut and the show was discontinued. I’m Chinese myself, and I strongly believe that media should not be censored, and everyone deserves the right to be married in China.