Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Since I still have to wait a week for the subbed version, I fed myself with all these raw cut videos despite not knowing what they are saying at all. But even so, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who had a sudden deja vu watching this.

#Who’sTheMurderer #JoyOfLife

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    Cannot wait to watch this episode! A few clips I have seen we will get lots of naturally adorable XZ reactions!!

    ZRY: Giving you a chicken leg
    XZ: Chicken leg…you still haven’t forgotten about chicken leg
    ZRY: Right (caption: please accept my sincere love)
    XZ: (caption: truly a good leg)
    Red Coat Host: Why doesn’t the train conductor have this kind of treatment?
    ZRY: He is not merely holding a chicken leg. It is a girl.
    XZ: This girl’s smell is little bit…..

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This is too funny, I can’t even…

#HiByeMama

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    do you know why he passed out?

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      He was called to the police station only to find out that his wife, who has been died for 5 years, suddenly came back alive in front of him.

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Joy of Life final impression

Whew… I made it to the other side fairly intact. Well, my jaw is probably lying on the floor somewhere, but who wouldn\’t be with that kind of cliffhanger?
First of all, I need to take back my words about the Emperor and Chen Pingping being normally dangerous. I\’m sure threatening is an understatement for people who played this kind of long game. Second, I should have known that in this drama, even the jokes are important. Yeah, my fault for being arrogant enough to not listen to a mother\’s words.

Now, the waiting game for the 2nd season begin. I hope they\’ll be able to bring back all the original cast because everyone is doing an awesome job with their respective character. Meanwhile, it\’s time to watch Zhang Ruoyun\’s older dramas, I guess?

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    I finished this last night myself. It was excellent and I’m sad I have to wait for season 2 and 3. I really really hope they get the original cast because they all did an excellent job.

    So many twists and turns. I went into this expecting a rebirth/time travel drama and didn’t expect it to have sci-fi elements at all. And all the plots involving the Emperor and Chen Pingping. They are playing a very very long and involved game. And the 2nd prince’s involvement caught me by surprise. I have my theories about who Uncle Wu is (my brother and me were thinking he is an android or something). And we have our theories about the ending (Yan Bing Yun is actually on FX side, and did that to become a double agent). But guess I’ll have a long wait to see!!

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      That’s one crazy long game by the Emperor and Chen Pingping. Tbh, at the end of this season, I’m more terrified of Chen. At least, the emperor seemed to feel a bit conflicted about using Fan Xian however he likes (I want to believe that him shouting to Fan Xian to just come back safely even if he couldn’t finish his mission is something born of genuine concern), meanwhile Chen and his kind smile send shiver down my spine.

      Regarding Yan Bingyun, I’m with you on that. I refused to consider the possibility that he caught Fan Xian off guard. And Fan Xian sleeping the tense night away simply didn’t fit what we knew of him so far. There must be some sort of plan we are not privy to yet between these two. Besides, I kept thinking that Shen Zong stabbing his sister the day before to save her is some kind of foreshadowing for the finale moment.

      I didn’t expect the sci-fi element either and some of the viewers’ theories about it are very wild. I love how some fans described Joy of Life as “the aftermath of shoujo sci-fi story gone wrong”, which is ridiculously accurate given how many men seemed enamor with Fan Xian’s mother.

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      Uncle Wu has a message for you @trinpie

      “I will be back.”

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Kyaah!!! Xiao Zhan will come as a guest in variety show Who’s the Murderer. It’s a really happy surprise because I’m a huge fan of both him and the program. I’m anticipating his performance, but also dreading it a bit at the same time because it’s his first time coming there and they assigned him to the last case (a.k.a the closing of the season), which is notorious for being super long, complicated and sometimes downright experimental. Judging from the preview, it seems like the production team does try something new here. Thankfully, the other casts are familiar faces in that show.

Anyway, I’m excited for his reunion with Zhang Ruoyun. And I need to prepare myself for the double smile attack from both him and Wei Chen. I’m too excited to wait for the subbed version. 🤩🤩🤩

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    Whoa, just when I am dreading the end of Our Song and wondering when and where we will get more XZ…… Cheers for XZ to murder us all….with his smiles!!

    Thanks for making my day, @gadis 😊

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      Glad to bring you this bit of happy news. 😉
      May he murder us all with his bright smiles and laughter.

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    This was filmed months ago lol 😅 I’m glad his episode is finally coming 😁😁😁

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    Xiao Zhan is actually quite logical and methodical in his way of thinking in real life so I’m sure, despite the last case as being notoriously long and complicated, that he will be up for the task 😁😁😁

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Pffftt… the second prince snorting in amusement is such a mood. Thank goodness the Emperor’s wry sense of humor remained intact even after handling a series of headache-inducing schemes. I know it’s probably only a prelude of an even more complicated maneuver, but let me have my fill of laughter while I can.

#JoyOfLife

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Wan\’er, why is your mother someone like her? At the beginning, I thought the Emperor and Chen Pingping are the dangerous ones. But they are only dangerous in a normal way. She is… not. Her amused laughter still send shivers down my spine.

And to think that I\’ve unquestioningly trusted her spy all along.
Grrrghhh… ノಠ益ಠノ彡┻━┻

#JoyOfLife

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    I wish she spend more time to think about how to rework her floating bangs 😅

    Her character actually confuses me. I am not sure the end goal for her schemes make sense to me.

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      She felt like a psycopath to me with all her speech about Fan Xian making things “interesting” for her. Though given that I’m still on eps 41, she still has enough room to change my mind later. I don’t buy her heart-to-heart talk to Wan’er at all and am dreading whatever “surprise” she might arranged for Fan Xian.
      Pfftt, I thought I’m the only one bothered by her perfectly floating bang.

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The only drawback of this drama is the fact that the more eps I saw, the less scenes I can convert to GIFs for fear of spoilers. Because every little word and gesture matters here.

Thankfully, even in the middle of huge confrontation between 4 or so different sides in which everyone forced Fan Xian to stand in the eye of the storm, we still get this kind of funny convo. I couldn\’t help chuckling at the Emperor\’s nonchalant attitude that perfectly matched Fan Xian\’s indifferent stance.

And it\’s all kind of hilarious that the one person who managed to make Fan Xian flustered was straightforward Consort Shu, the second prince\’s mother who was just as eccentric as her son. No death threat nor deadly challenge unfazed him, and yet he couldn\’t even maintain his poker face in front of this woman\’s frank and quick change of topics.

#JoyOfLife

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Am I the only one who can’t help but liking the Second Prince’s quirkiness? He might be taken a liking to Fan Xian’s lack of deference towards any of the authority figures (himself included), but it’s also equally clear that he befriended Fan Xian because it’s advantageous to his reach for power. In the middle of the Capital’s complicated web of intrigues, his frankness about the political struggle he joined in was refreshing. And from Fan Xian’s reaction, I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciate it.

#JoyOfLife

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    Ever since I saw the post which had each character represented by an animal, I can’t unsee that especially for Second Prince. His was the most hilarious.

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      Oh, what post is this? Can you give me the link? I’m thirsty for more Joy of Life contents right now.

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The emperor terrified me exactly because of how in control he was of his emotions. He was no short-tempered and impulsive ruler, even when things didn’t go as he planned. And to be honest, his composure couldn’t help but made me think that he was probably the one behind all those unexpected results. He was cunning and manipulative, and it worried me that he seemed fascinated by Fan Xian’s unpredictability.

#JoyOfLife

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It’s been quite long since the last time I was this fascinated by a non-gray character. Fan Xian was sharp, kind, just, but also utterly unpredictable. It’s often difficult to comprehend his plan because his mind has already jumped several steps ahead and he acted with motivations that so unheard of in that era. At first, I only pegged it as the result of the modern values he believed in, but I realized that’s not always the case. I’m still not sure if it was because he had been dying once in his previous life that he could be this unfazed when confronted with assassination attempt.

Or probably it’s simply because he was such a troll that he could act like this in a very serious situation. Sometimes, it’s almost like he treated this world and his existence here as something not quite real. And as usual with him, it was both soberingly sad and absurdly funny to come to that realization.

For a guy who only ever wanted to live a simple and happy life, he attracted tons of attention from many different people with much higher standing. It probably started because of the unwanted position the emperor put him in. But each and every choice he took to stop himself from being used as a pawn for power only enamored these people even more. I mean, it takes guts to boldly refuse to kneel in front of imperial decree like this (and the fact that he did that so casually still left me slack-jawed). And those important people must know that Fan Xian was either very stupid or very dangerous to try to \”force\” the Emperor’s hand regarding that matter.

#JoyOfLife

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    Good question to raise as there’s an important reason why these higher-up people are going easy on him. If he was someone different than what he is now, he would have been killed eons ago :))

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    I’ve noticed he is very blasé towards the emperor or really any authority. He very rarely bows to anyone, which makes me think it’s because of his modern sensibilities. It certainly makes him a unique and fun character 😆

    I’m heading to my moms for the weekend to continue watching this with her and my little brother (we are up to ep 19). We are all quite liking it 😁

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I\’ve never been this happy that Fan Xian\’s plan completely backfired on him. He and Lin Wan\’er have the cutest romance, complete with odd first meeting and a series of hilarious misunderstandings afterwards.

It\’s so satisfying to watch them finally met each other properly without any borrowed identity and smiling broadly at each other like this.

#JoyOfLife

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    Her giggling at his handwriting was too cute. What episode are you on?

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      I’m on eps 15 now. I planned to savor it slowly, but the story is too addictive and so far it doesn’t have the dragged pacing issues other cdramas usually have by this point.

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        I’m not binging nor trying to rush to finish but somehow I’m on episode 36. There is no boring moment. Such a fun and great show.

        I’m really tempted to start the novel since the next season won’t be out for some time.

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    She is probably my least favorite character in the drama. I don’t hate or dislike her but I think it’s because she just comes across as boring and nothing special to me. Especially compared to all the other fun secondary characters.

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It amazed me how fine this drama balanced the humor and the complicated power struggle storyline. This scene in particular, is my favorite example. I knew far too well that they played a dangerous game here, changing barbed flattery and veiled threats while smiling politely. And yet I couldn’t help cackling at the whole “intimidation technique” the emperor used. Poor old eunuch Hou.

#JoyOfLife

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    I’m up to ep 19 and really loving it. It’s a weird combination of humor and seriousness but the drama does an excellent job of seamlessly melding it. It could easily have felt confusing or jarring but it doesn’t at all.

    And this scene cracked me up 😆

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      It’s a very weird experience to be scared by what a character did while laughing out loud at the same time. I’m still on eps 9 and I’m glad I binge it. Otherwise, the wait would be torturous.

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    I’ll keep an eye on your posts, this drama seems interesting 🙂 , thx for sharing ^^

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      More post incoming 😀
      I have high expectation for this drama because of all the positive reviews I read everywhere, but it easily exceeded it. So far so good.

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      This is my no.1 C-Drama of 2019. High quality production, excellent script writing and amazing cast. Highly recommend it! Just a warning: this is a multi-season series. They’ve only finished 1 season so far which ended with a crazy cliffhanger. I still love it to death though.

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        I’ve watched AvenueX videos about it and I think I’ll start it soon (gotta finish other show before that ^^’)
        thx for the information 🙂

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I didn\’t expect to find myself liking the Fan family members this early on. Sure, some of them hate Fan Xian\’s very existence itself. But compared to the real threat from the royal family, those hate only seemed petty and annoying at worst. Besides, what can I do with them being the provider of good laughs throughout the drama? 🤷🤷

Grandma Fan is a caring but strong old woman. Little sister Fan Ruoruo is my favorite. I just love the way she adore her big brother and willing to help him with anything despite them not being able to grow up together.

Fan Sizhe is growing on me, and it amused me to no end how much fun Fan Xian is having by outsmarting his little brother\’s petty schemes. Every. Single. Time.

The stepmom isn\’t as bad as I thought she would be and her brand of \”truce\” with Fan Xian is just as amusing as her son\’s trickery. Having him saving her and Sizhe by insulting her son\’s intelligence? Pfftt…

And while I reckoned that the father\’s cold treatment and his plan to use Fan Xian as pawn for power should be something I hate, Fan Xian\’s lack of care for that made me feel that it\’s not something I need to be so hung up on.

I just hope that I don\’t have to eat my words anytime soon. After all, I\’m only 6 eps in and I know how drastic things can change in one or two eps.

#JoyOfLife

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    I completed this yesterday. Definitely worth watching!

    It’s an incredible balance between humour and the crazy plots!

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      The humour surprised me too. How come a complicated story about power struggle be this funny?

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How can such a short teaser be cute, sad, and funny all at the same time? And really, I shouldn’t expected less from Lee Kyu-hyung, because he has managed to find another rare character to play.

I thought this drama is about a single father whose late wife enters his life again as a ghost. But for him to already remarry and lead a happy life with his new family when his first wife suddenly reappear? Complicated is an understatement. And since this comes from the writer of “Go Back Couple” who gave us self-aware second leads before, I especially anticipated a compelling development between Cha Yoo-ri (Kim Tae-hee) and Oh Min-jung (Go Bo-gyeol). Please don’t let me down, writer-nim.

#HiByeMama

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I wish we spent a bit more times with little Fan Xian because he is simply awesome. I already miss his sassy remarks towards both of his teachers.

#JoyOfLife

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    I thought so too, but older Xian is awesome in his own right.

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    This is one of those dramas that I wish we get to spend more time in the protagonists’ childhood because not only the character as a kid is awesome but the child actor is just in every way fantastic!! I let out a big “awwww” when I saw Zhang Ruo Yun at the end of the first episode. 😆 I mean, ZRY is also great but he gets several seasons….can’t we get more of him as a kid for just 2 more episodes?

    The child actor Hao Hao Lin is also absolutely amazing in Heavenly Sword last year!! He has a much bigger part there. Cannot wait to see how he develops as an actor in the future!

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This poster looks both sunny and sad at the same time. And I certainly didn’t expect Go Bo-gyeol’s character to be there alongside our lovely ghost’s little family.

#HiByeMama

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Finally! Posters for oppa’s upcoming drama Hi Bye Mama!. Just looking at their respective taglines already made me sad. This drama is so going to wring my tears dry.

“I’ll see you a bit longer. Just a bit longer…”
“I’m happy. I’m really really happy…”

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Because actions always speak louder. 💕💕💕

#CrashLandingOnYou
#EverydayChivalryForTheWin


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So cliché, but so swoon-worthy. The moment he fondly smiles at her antics, I’m a goner.

#CrashLandingOnYou
#ProbablyJustHyunbinEffect

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    This was so cute. That certainly explained everything else. Right now I love the little extras at the end before the preview.
    Backstories like that are so helpful!

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    You’re a goner, he’s a goner, I’m a goner. We’re all gone together! La la laaaaaa!

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The Untamed: the wonder of fan fiction

I\’m not the biggest fan of fan fiction. Because most often than not, the characters felt really OOC, or the stories reminded me there\’s a valid reason why I wanted to imagine myself what happened in the periods that the original story didn\’t touch. Which is why, despite my love for The Untamed and Mo Dao Zu Shi, I firmly stayed away from those numerous fan fictions.

That is, until I stumbled into Zelda\’s twitter when I searched for good fanarts and thoroughly fell in love with her spin-off comics. Who knows that Mo Dao Zu Shi story told from the weapon spirit\’s perspective would be an even more beautiful and heart breaking experience? And I certainly didn\’t expect myself to be this invested in Mo Xuan Yu\’s story (that underworld adventure is so cute and a much-deserved happiness for this often forgotten boy).

Anyway, I need some happy pills after all those heart wrenching stories and unexpected surprise in the latest eps of the audio drama. Thankfully there\’s this lovely compilations of Wangi and Wuxian holding hands throughout The Untamed. 😊😊

GIF credit to bella

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