Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

I just finished MY COUNTRY Ep. 16
Reactions: Awww… YesSS!!!…Huh???… *Yawn*…. Excuse me…. WHAT… WHY????

Hopefully I’ll be more coherent by the time the recap is posted.

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    MOOD

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    I felt exactly the same.

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    “WHY????”

    Really…..???? I mean, ummmm…..you need some time we’ll talk about it later.

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      I mean, I sort of expected it, but I was unclear about how we got to that or why that was the only possible outcome… but yes, we’ll talk more later.

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    Just by looking at the gif, I get all the Feels again… ahpayo!

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      This is the first time I’ve seen Woo Do-hwan in anything, and he’s great. I love his voice and how he conveys emotions with his eyes, and that sad smile killed me every time.

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    Aww Do-hwan please pick a happier drama next.

    Toki I’ve been incoherent since eps 11 or 12 but you made it this far.

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      Woo Do-hwan is joining my list of actors who cry beautifully but whom I’d rather not see cry at all. It hurtsssss. And man, Jang Hyuk Oppa. This is the first time I ended up disliking one of his characters. I couldn’t follow his reasoning in the end. As Sun-ho said, “enough with the hypocrisy”. My poor little fangirl heart. 💔

      Anyway, see you in the recaps, where we can hopefully pull ourselves together and write coherently!

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      I’m so ready for Woo Do Hwan to take a happy role or even a healing melodrama.

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        He’ll be in the Lee Min Ho drama next year. I can’t guarantee that will be a happy or healing role though… 😰

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    I still have to finish this! I’m soooo behind!!

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Ep. 38 rewatch: He’s judging his bro so hard here. He’s confused. He’s frowning. Is he jealous? 😂

#ArsenalMilitaryAcademy
#Feedingtheobsession
#Sorrynotsorry
#JiJinismine

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    🤣🤣 But he says he needs to push his bro to Liangchen so he’d be safe 🤣🤣 whatever that safe means.

    The middleman of this love triangle! We love him too much.

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    We need a special episode of Ji Jin’s tale please! Need to see this drama through his lens.

    We need to know what thoughts are swirling in his head as he witness all this 🤣🤣

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      Ji Jin makes the best faces (after Gu Yanzhen, of course), the looks he gives them kill me!

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        😅😅 This drama def wont be the same without him.

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          Yes, absolutely! I mean, look at that side-eye! LOL!
          Also, just finished episode 43, bawled my eyes out, WHY SHOW?!

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            😭😭😭😭
            *hands over tissues and lots of water to keep you hydrated*
            It’s going to get a bit rough before it gets better, but hang in there!

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            Oh no! I’m already worried a bout a couple of characters that have been suddenly getting a lot of screen-time, I’m thinking the show is trying to get us attached to them so later it will hurt more (Yes, I’m talking about Li Wenzhong, this new focus on him is scaring me).

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            *sobs* azzo, these are very sensitive topics that my heart…. sobs…….

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            Hopefully, I get time to do an AMA spam today because I NEED to talk to you guys about episodes 36-43, the angst hit hard in these episodes, also ep 43!!!!!!!!!

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            ttyl azzo. *sobs* I’ve been refusing to accept that reality….

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            Azzoooo, *pat pat**hugs* we here for you~~~ TT__TT

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      I love him even more now. I miss his expressive face. 🙈

      I dunno if that kind of special episode would be aired… His version of the story might end up being censored. 😂

      By the way, your screenshots are such good quality! My poor little prehistoric laptop can’t cope with all the handsomeness.

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        😭😭 I miss everything about this drama and yes that especially includes Ji Jin’s face.

        His version of the story might end up being censored. 😂

        😂😂😂 Darn China government! Lift these stupid bans and let Ji Jin air his version of this love triangle on national TV.

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        Huehehe. I actually screenshot from my phone! I screenshot from viki app! The phone retains the pretty HD quality that viki has!😉

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        “My poor little prehistoric laptop” hoping it won’t die anytime soon *being a bit sad here thinking of my previous old laptop T_T*

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    @wishfultoki
    Where are you watching this, if I may ask? I can only find 2 episodes on Youtube

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      GASSSP! Are you gonna try Arsenal, bebe??? *excited* anyways, it’s on Viki. iQiYi has the rights to this show, so they’re not uploading it on YT channel but on their app. If Viki doesn’t work for you, try this https://www.fanstui.com/vodplay/817-1-1.html?_ga=2.109940870.2058163783.1575176423-363127047.1566059861

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        @13infamyss
        Thank you <3 fantsui.com is working for me, so I won't have the need for Viki– thankfully, because Viki has been upsetting me as of late, especially even more after their turn in using bots and replacing actual human subbers 🙁

        Yes, I'm going to give this one a try 🙂 I just finished the entirety of "A Little Thing Called Love" (in just 5 days, no less lol) and I'm currently snailing my way thru the finale episode (ep. 16) of "My Country" .

        I am in desperate need of something to keep me busy, without going back to "The Untamed", and also need something to keep my mind off from my mind wandering off and thinking about and getting sad & upset about the death of Godfrey Gao

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          Get past 3 episodes and you’d be on board by the 4th.

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            I think I can do that… I had to make myself sit thru the first 15 super confusing episodes of “The Untamed “ before I really got into it 😅😅 2-3 episodes is nothing 👍🏻👍🏻

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            Haha that’s great. Actually the story does move but only after 4 ep one feels a little connected and that ep 1 is bad and all over the place. It also reminds me how i left the Untamed because the first episode confused me a lot. It gave a lot of NIF vibes, which unpopular opinion, I didn’t like. Maybe it takes 15 to get invested.

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            It’s okay, a lot of dramas feel like they’re all over the place during the first 2 episodes or so, regardless if it’s a Kdrama or a Cdrama

            Sigh “The Untamed” 😅😅😅 It took me 3 weeks just to get past the Episode 7 mark

            My mom has watched “Nirvana in Fire” season 1 and only half of season 2 (*SPOILERS: After a major character died half way, she gave up 😅😅), and I’ve only watched snippets of it while she was watching. I feel like it’s one of those dramas you really gotta glue your butt down to watch as much as you can in one go, for the reason that it is a strict political & strategies drama without any fluff or love lines on the side to give your mind a little breather— the main plot is what you get and all that you get with that one

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            I echo @wapzy’s thoughts. Get past episode 3 and you’ll be fine.

            Re. Nirvana in Fire. I initially stayed for the gorgeous settings and music, and subtle but powerful acting. The camerawork is so good that you can see the textures and patterns in their robes. Fluff? There is none, but there is an understated sad romance and some heartfelt bromance. It’s not all plot. Yes it was hard at first because there are many characters, introduced gradually, so you don’t really know where the story is going until episode 6. In my view that’s the deal-breaker episode where things all come together. If you didn’t like it until then you won’t like afterwards.

            NIF2 is a straightforward story in comparison, following mainly the story of one family. If you like a story about family and brothers it’s good, and yes, it makes you cry.

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            oh yay @bebeswtz you’re going to watch Arsenal 🙂
            like other Beanies said, don’t drop it too fast , then you’ll have a drama with balance romance and camaraderie . There’s patriotic theme sometimes but it’s all forgotten with the goofy male lead with his double winks and eyebrows movement x) .

            (Nirvana in Fire was my 1st C-drama , watched it in 2018 and it directly went on my fav drama list . I watched NIF 2 earlier in 2019 it was a nice one but not as good as NIF , also the red priest scared too much 🙁 )

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            @kudoran
            Yup!! I was planning to start it sooner (after I finished “A Little Thing Called First Love”, actually), but got sidetracked and remembered “Gank Your Heart”, so I started that instead lol If nothing else grabs my attention after “Gank Your Heart”, then I will for sure start “Arsenal…” 🙂

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            @bebeswtz we’ll be waiting to hear from you when you start Arsenal 😉 😉

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            @wishfultoki 🥰🥰🥰🥰😉😉😉😉

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“Noble Brag Prize” 😂
Yup, Xu Kai acts like Gu Yanzhen even behind the scenes.

#Arsenal Military Academy


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    Huehehhehehehe. Noble brag prize. Sigh. I`m trying not to love Xu Kai too much okay. Cuz that would mean I’d have to see all the dramas he’s in……. and he loves period dramas…..and I don’t like period dramas………….

    2nd gif – Xu Kai and Bai Lu’s BTS are soo cute to watch. They like to play.

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Bbaya-ya-ya-ya-ya-baradu! 😆

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    I had that song stuck in my head for days !

    Sattu !

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      I can’t get it out of my head! At first I was just like Seuk-Goo whenever the lights dimmed. Now I look forward to musical numbers!

      For instance, today I watched the Bbavarotti Choir singing to the cabbages. I died laughing 😂😂😂

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        Bbavaroti Choir is da bomb. Who knows such a passionate performance for cabbages could be so appealing?

        I really should think you should do a recap on this show, Toki. I would love to see that. Satu! 🥰😜🤪

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          I would love to do a pseudo-recap of this but unfortunately a lot of the meta goes over my head. I am in stitches when I do understand the references so I imagine it would be 100 times funnier to Korean audiences. Oh for Javabeans and Girlfriday recaps! 😭

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            Haha. I am imagining your recap to read like Seok Goo’s reports to Kwon. 😜

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            Something like that 🤣🤣

            “At minute 55 the lights dimmed and the carts broke into song.”

            By the way, are you guys discussing this drama anywhere?

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            I have only seen comments on the fan wall and what you are watching threads. There’s a first episode recap but the comments stopped there.

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Here’s some Gu Yanzhen to brighten your day…
ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY Ep. 41 Gif courtesy 😉

I’m doing a weird disjointed rewatch of favorite scenes.

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    So cute 😍 Watched episode 18 earlier this evening and thinking about seeing 19 soon.

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    He just wants to be fed, and kissed. Can’t blame him for trying. 😂

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    And this: “Your mom loves me so much.” She smiles.

    I love this scene. It’s so cozy and romantic in a very domestic way. He’s like part of the family now.

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      Can’t wait for episode 41 now! They look so cute togehter!❤ Now really on to episode 19 for me!🙈❤

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      Absolutely! And Look at his smug look when they walked Junshan out and he stands there on the threshold!!! Lol.

      Episode 41 was sooo good for the soul. I dissected each and every scene OTP in and was happy with my findings.

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        Noooo I posted an inappropriate word! It probably was my “spo*ler alert*

        Anyway, I just said that Junshan was the complete opposite of Gu Yanzhen in the way he barged in and grabbed Xiang instead of politely greeting her parents. His behavior would have looked extremely inappropriate to them. Plus he didn’t bring gifts to impress them (oh the horror), and sat down awkwardly like a stranger. Minus 100 points.

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          So Junshan also falls for her? Not surprised if that happens.🙈 On to episode 20 for me now!

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            Sorry for the spoilers Purpleink! 🙈🙈 we love you and we’ll spazz with you once you get to this! 😉

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            It’s alright all long as you guys will spazz with me 🙈😄 Just finished episode 20 and ugh got some feels.. It’s getting late but I’ll have one more episode!

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            Also love you too guys!🙈

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            Release all those feels! 😄 we are here for you. And yep “one more episode for the night” 👍🏼 We always love that habit!

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            It’s past two in the morning, surely I can squeeze in an another episode for the night?🙈 I feared that the child would die too, hopefully she will come to good people that can take good care of her and her puppy!

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            Get some sleep @purpleink93! Gu Yanzhen will still be there tomorrow 😉 Of course, I don’t follow my own advice… I stayed up until 5am one day 🙈

            Aw, the girl and the puppy… that episode left me with feels too. Her dad was a good man. *sniff*

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            Lol. We totally sound normal binge watching 😂😂 Outside the beanie world, maybe not so much.

            That one was just sad alright. The father wanted to leave the urban for a quiet life and this was what happened 💔 I’m sure she’ll be alright with puppy.

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            @wishfultoki Too late 🙈 I know that feeling of staying up far to late🙈 But it’s all worth it!

            Yes, when he first appeared and took them in and the Japanese was after them I was afraid that it would happen 😭

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            @13infamyss I have missed binge watching so I’m glad to have started it again.

            I hope so, it somewhat hit a little close to home for me 💔 I just want her safe.

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          Uh-oh… how can a Yanzhen post have inappropriate stuff. I mean we even ogle at him appropriately!

          Yep good point WishfulToki. Disliked how he interrupted this beautiful domestic moment at the Xie residence by grabbing her with force. 😆 And he came totally unprepared. No wonder Mama Xie couldn’t wait to kick him out of the house. She just wants to give all her attention to the only son in the house. 😆😆😆

          Also loved the moment after this where they planned together what’s gonna happen. Such a healthy dynamic these two have. Complete opposite again with the way Junshan forced her to say yes to his plan to bring her back to the academy. http://www.dramabeans.com/members/13infamyss/activity/935760/#acomment-935766

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            I remember reading your analysis of episode 41. Spot on 👌

            As for an inappropriate Gu Yanzhen post, the only inappropriate thing in this drama is Gu Yanzhen and that infamous door 🙈

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      The whole exchange was a favourite! Heck, all OTP scenes were a favourite!

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    weird disjointed rewatch of favorite scenes.

    Me for a month now 🤦‍♀️ I rewatch where you guys are at and I do another rewatch of later episodes for my own health…..

    Thank you for the Gu Yanzhen gif 🤗🤗 Indeed today had become much brighter. I see my happiness again…

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      Well, I’m in good company then. We’ll just keep spazzing on random scenes and not to spoil it for everyone.

      I might add that I’m working my way backwards, but you might think I’m insane. I watched the final 10 minutes a million times, then went back and watched the final 20 minutes for another million times, then went back to ep. 46, 41, etc etc 😆

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        😆 sounds normal to me, WishfulToki lmao.

        I’m sure it probably sounds normal too if I can pinpoint which episode a screenshot happens? 🤔 Lately I notice I know which episode to jump to for scenes I wanted to replay. Back then I would have to basically play each episode. Perfectly norm hey.

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          Totally normal, and impressive. I’ve never had a knack for remembering which episode scenes are from (only a select few), but oddly enough I could maybe pinpoint scenes from episode 16, 32-33, 39, 41, 46 and 48 (that’s more than I thought!) I think the fanwall spazzing helps.

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            lol guys, really this is insane x) , you need to let it go little by little

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            Thanks for being the reasonable one @kudoran! 😂😂😂 I’ve stopped rewatching now, but I have saved the episodes on my computer for hard times… if so there will be more gifs on my fanwall 😀

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            you need to let it go little by little

            😭😭 I’m not rewatching anymore mostly because work has kept me busy, but I’m not watching new shows either. It’s like I’m in limbo right now. I think I’m going into a slump again. My goal is check out new dramas during my holidays! I’m hoping I don’t go back and click play of any AMA episodes!! 😖😖😖

            Uhmmm speaking of gifs… guys I haven’t finished my Gu Yanzhen appreciation posts 😅😅 I stopped at 29. And I’m hoping to get 30-48 before this year ends! Sigh. Real life.

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            me being the reasonable one ? err blame it on busy life and the fact that I’ll go off DB for holidays and upcoming celebrations ^^’
            I watched two dramas that I posted recommendations about , finding two gems one right after another helped a lot !
            adding @azzo1 fyi 😉

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            I missed this post, I guess because when this was posted I was trying to avoid AMA spoil-ers! I’m not done rewatching.. I think I’m stuck.. just watched this episode last night 😭❤

            @kudoran we can’t be reasonable when there is Gu Yanzhen involved, reason fails us! LOL!

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    I’m on my rewatch too! Thank you for bringing Gu Yanzhen to brighten up my day!

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Remember I said I’d watch an episode per day of PEGASUS MARKET? I failed.
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    Ah… Gab. I would never guess he is a BOF fan. 😁

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    Why would you limit yourself to begin with.

    Don’t deprive yourself Toki. 😃

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      I keep trying to mend my bingeing ways because it’s not good for my sleep or productivity…
      I’m on episode 6 now.

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PEGASUS MARKET, the musical. I can watch this all day. 😂
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Ep. 3: When you try your hardest to fail but still manage to get a 10 million dollar deal.

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    It is not that a ‘normal’ person becomes ‘weird’ when they go to the Market, it is just that they are accepted for who they are and can flourish.

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      I know. Weirdness is the norm. I just find the moustache guy’s exasperation funny.

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    I’m looking forward to catching up with this show this weekend!

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    I kept wondering how they are going to get out of that intentionally failing plan… But somehow they did… 😂

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    Oh… I also love Jeong Bok-dong’s (disbelief? disappointment? Upset?Wth?) face in each picture on the newspaper/on the news… lol

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      LOL, yes! The show reminds me of CHIEF KIM in the sense that Jung Bok-doing is trying to be evil and always ends up being a hero instead.

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        This is not a spoiler so I will tell you this….be prepared for more of those faces.

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PEGASUS MARKET Episode 2: How to choose a union leader and stage a cultural event.
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Ouch my ears, and my sides. 😂😂😂😂

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I’m going to try and cram one final drama in before the bean count: PEGASUS MARKET.
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Episode 1: I learned interview techniques, feel like trash, and have a headache from laughing so hard.

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Time to say farewell to ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY. Thanks for the crazy and the laughs.
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Here’s a bit of gravity-defying Gu Yanzhen, purely to ease my own soul. 😂

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    😭😭😭😭

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      It was really a special drama, and spazzing with you and other beanies made it even more enjoyable. 🙂

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        Same WishfulToki. Thanks for spazzing with me! So glad to have you guys spazz this with now. When I first watched this, I couldn’t post a lot cuz not many knew of this series and wouldn’t understand my craziness and obsession with Gu Yanzhen! Hueheh I’m glad the Yanzhen love is growing!! 😆

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    Aw, you’re done!
    I managed to watch some episodes last night (who needs sleep anyway? LOL) planning to do a spam and then go on watching some more! There is so much to discuss about episodes 31-34!

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      Yes, yes, spam spam!!! I can’t wait. XD

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      Azzo, we beanies do not know what sleep is. That is a luxury we cannot afford! Lololol

      Indeed 31-34….! Hmmmm. Our cray boy being cray cray again…. definitely spazzworthy. 👍🏼

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        Yes, sleep is overrated and dark circles are the craze right now.. pfft!
        Yes, I have an overwhelming amount of gifs, choosing what to post and what not is torture!

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          Hmmmm lemme help you on that one – “what not to post” is definitely not an option, Azzo! 🤣🤣

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            LOL! Will you take responsibility of my beanie wall bombarding with AMA/Gu Yanzhen posts? If yes, then DONE!

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            Absolutely!!! Def taking responsibility by not letting you spazz alone! We’re in this together 😆😆

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            We’re taking responsibility. We will do your laundry if necessary.

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            Lmao @wishfultoki we will also provide you more apples and shell your eggs for energy to spazz and make gifs. 😉

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          (riding this comment to say that tonight I’m checking Toki’s wall , I’ll leave 13infamyss’s wall for the weekend , wondering how many notif you’ll wake up to ^^”)

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            102, and I still haven’t gone to bed. 😂

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            Lmao Kudo!! Huehhee

            I wanted to say thank you all again for being the best spazzmates ever. I don’t usually gush over a show once I had said my goodbye to it (this was my Arsenal goodbye post http://www.dramabeans.com/members/13infamyss/activity/912543/ 😢) But I had this great urge to keep talking about Arsenal and create insane amounts of gifs on my wall because I had you guys spazzing with! If it weren’t for you all, I wouldn’t have gone back to any of these scenes over and over again, fall for the characters’ development more, and learn more about them through your guys’ thoughts! I always enjoy reading people’s thoughts on the characters I fall in love with. I get to discover how to love them more. 😘😘

            So yeah bottom line is, you guys made me excessively obsessed with this show! 😝😝😝😝😝

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            Toki please excuse me : I checked your wall very late at night so I didn’t reply that much, your notif could have reached 150 or more otherwise ^^’

            I had lots of pleasure spazzing about AMA with you all too 😘

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          I have torture making gifs and you have torture CHOOSING what to post or not, damn x)

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            I am same. So I do things the hard way; I photoshop my gifs. On some days my photoshop doesn’t like me creating gifs on its program, I wanted to throw something. Particularly my laptop. Like cmon photoshop work! Work! Stop freezing! It’s been testing my anger management for years now. 😂

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            LOL! I still have an abundance of AMA gifs that I didn’t post.. I just go through them and giggle to myself 😅😂

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            @azzo1 That is really bad azzo. You need to share what you are giggling about!!! 🤣 Sharing is caring…

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            @azzo1, share the goodies with us so we can giggle together! it’s almost Christmas, consider it a gift? 🙈

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            @azzo1 look it’s not difficult, no need to do organized posts or whatever :
            a) you make a post (easy)
            b) you make tons and tons of comments on that post so that you can share ALL your gifs (1 comment = easy, n-comments = 🤯😂)
            (1 comment can contain several gifs of course)

            so on the fanwall, nobody will see a spam, they’re all gonna be curious “why do that post have >150 replies ?” 😏😏😏

            lemme know if you like my suggestion 🤪

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            @kudoran, @13infamyss and @wishfultoki

            Okay, guys, you’ve convinced me and Kudo’s idea does sound like a good one so wait for it, I’m really tight on time these days but I’ll post it before Christmas as your christmas present, promise!

            Here is a preview for now!

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            @azzo1 omo omo thanks a lot <3
            (thanking you in advance 'cause I probably will be off DB when you post it, will backtrack it in mid Jan. ^^')

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            Oh! When are you planning to go off DB? I’ll see if I can post it before that, maybe!

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            sorry for the spam Gu Beanies ^^’

            @azzo1 I’ll have reduced DB time starting tomorrow with all the preparations on going. I’m trying to make a 2019 year end review but I’m replying to AMA notif haha (don’t worry I’m loving this).

            I’ll be off DB from Tuesday or Thursday, so don’t rush for me, I’ll probably not have enough time to check even if you post them 🙁 T_T
            just you know you’ll have lots of notif in mid-Jan. 😀

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            I was thinking of next weekend but you will be off DB by then, aww.. you’ll be missed, Kudo ☹❤

            But yeah, I understand you need time for all the Christmas preparations.

            Take your time, the post will be here when you come back (I hope giphy doesn’t do me dirty again, still sad about all my lost gifs) and Gu beanies will be ready to spazz again with you 😂

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            @azzo1😘

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            Omooooo thank you @azzo1 that preview!!!!! That deep dimple. I want 🤩🤩

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    Still on episode 26 so I’ve got a lot of episodes to enjoy!

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I finished ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY. No more episodes. No more Gu Yanzhen. No more squad. 😭

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    😭😭😭 I thought the ending was pretty much how a patriotic drama would end lol.

    But I did like how Yanzhen and Xiang Xiang’s final battle came full circle from their first one. Xiang Xiang was unsure of what she had read in the books about defusing bombs and Yanzhen wouldn’t trust her uncertainty and picked the one instead that wasn’t her choice. In here, we see Yanzhen sought her for instructions and Xiang Xiang, though based from her memory, was confident delegating tasks to her team.

    The boys wondered what they were gonna do after grad – well they’re now academy instructions and trainers! 😆

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      Yes, I’m not complaining about the ending. For a moment I was afraid the whole squad would die, but fortunately they didn’t. I cheered when they prepared their own mission as a team and they took down the whole Japanese base.

      In the end Gu Yanzhen and Xie Xiang get to walk into the sunset together

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        Same! When Yanlin got shot I was like Nooooooo! Not you too! No more deaths. I’m glad he pulled through! Def, that was just a great team work… all students went in to take down the Japanese base.

        I’m pretty sure I had tears when Yanzhen and Junshan saluted each other 😢😢😢 What a great camaraderie and they had so much respect for each other at the end.

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      Oh dear, my comment got cut off!

      I was saying that I’m proud of my bebes. Ji Jin and Yanlin became academy instructors under Junshan’s watchful gaze, passing on what they learned. They’re all grown up. *cries*

      And Shen Tingbai got his happy ending. I was so afraid he’d be killed by the Japanese, but he survived, and sassy Manting at the end had the best line: “I hear you’re going to start a steel factory. Are you also going to start a family?”

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        Auuugh so much feels at that very last scene, WishfulToki. It feels like it was just one episode ago when they were being punished to run many laps for getting into petty and immature fights on their first day at the academy. Now they’re telling new recruits how to do things the right way!

        It was def a great moment to see Tingbai’s patience and persistence paid off!

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I wanted something to lull me to sleep… so I watched Extraordinary You Ep. 15.

It was working fine until the drama condescended to explain to me that “there are no rules in this world.”

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    Sorry, I had to laugh. This gif is funny and so apt.

    What a cop out, writers!

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      I will never understand, for the life of me, why writers write themselves into a corner. With manga adaptations they even have a great source material to work with, but no, they’d rather write deadend instead. Why?!

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        Write themselves into a corner? Lmao they didn’t write themselves into a corner- they never intended on writing this concept or story properly from the beginning! That much was very evident if not by episode 4 then definitely by episode 6.
        The concept of the comic book was only ever a gimmick, an excuse to get the ball rolling. They were never going to do the satire possibilities or the concept justice, because they never intended to write it soundly. They didn’t care. They just wanted a gimmick that let them get away with anything, and that’s what they picked.

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      It’s quite a bold move. Instead of concocting some kind of order of the universe they basically said “screw you audience” (pardon my language). I feel in making fun of the stupid writer who wrote a ridiculous comic, and the stupid audience that kept reading it, the drama was also making fun of us viewers. There’s one more episode but dangit I WANT THE BEAN.

      Sorry to all fans of the show. Nonsense pills swallowed late at night bring out my inner demon bunny.

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        Talk about beans. I think I have a grand total of 4 beans this year. I am just glad I avoided many bad or indigestible ones.

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          I’m glad I avoided the melting bean at least… I have a grand total of 8.

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        inner demon bunny

        Do you like animation? This somehow reminded me of “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”

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          I’m not into animation, but that looks a lot like me right now, pig nose included!

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        I feel asleep in the middle of it too. That this world has no rules made me livid enough to wake me up for some more minutes.

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    🤦That’s all they’ve got? Sigh. The hopes I had during the early episodes are dashed cruelly.

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      The first 6 episodes were so good and then… I might as well just have read the original comic.

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    I feel like they know the audience is smart enough to ask these questions – they just dont know how to answer them. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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      Let’s hope so. I’d like to think they respect my brain, but encouraging me to ask questions for 14 episodes and then saying “nope, actually, there are no answers” is a bit insulting. Fortunately I gave up on making sense of this around ep. 10, so I’m not too annoyed overall.

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        Yeah, I kinda wish they tried too. Now I wonder how they tackled it in the manhwa. 🙁

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        Haha… So I’m not the only one giving up about sensible explanation early on. When the writer dropped that bomb I was all “Oh well, I knew it.”

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      They don’t know how and they don’t care enough to find out how.
      Hack writers that scam their audience seem to be a trend this year. I’m very over it.

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        So what do they care about then? Why tackle a high concept story without it?

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          ^^Sorry. I got annoyed a little bit. I’m assuming they want ratings right? But when they realized they weren’t going to have the high ratings they were hoping to get, I think that’s where the show went downhill. Urgh. This is why I want pre-produced shows – at least that way they can’t make changes to the initial story they want to tell because everything’s done already.

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            ½ I have a different perspective of the whole thing.

            First of all, I think this show went downhill in episode 3 and 4 as soon as they decided to ignore the satire the first two episodes set up.
            Second of all the likely hood of this being better written if it were pre-produced is low because it’s issue is not in the production, it’s in the writing. Also, if the last three years are anything to go by, pre-production DOES NOT mean that your show is going to be any better technically because of it.

            Because of these things we can therefore conclude that the flaws lie elsewhere- that is in the very core technical elements of writing and directing.

            Statistically speaking, out of the 115 kdramas I have watched, I would only rate about 8% of those at or over an 8/10, would only recommend said 8% and therefore would only class said 8% as “Good” shows.
            This is also how I feel about most television, film and literature worldwide. Finding an excellent book these days is like finding a needle in a haystack, even more so one that was written in the last two decades. I would rave about maybe 2 movies every two years. That’s a very low percentage considering how many both books and movies comes out within that time.

            From my experience over the past 20-30 years there has been an ever decreasing focus on what good storytelling is, how to tell it and why it’s important within these mediums.
            What they care about instead is a bit dependent on the medium; it’s often money, particularly in the case of Hollywood movies (this is why a) Disney is buying everything and b) Franchises are more popular than standalones even though Franchises aren’t good quality typically, especially not by the time they end) or clout, or merely success at their “career” without actually being good at it- you see this a bit in the modern “literature” sphere, especially in the fiction aimed at younger audiences- the technical quality of the piece doesn’t matter, so much as being able to write something that sells well and will get you lots of rabid fans and therefore money for the publishing house.
            In film at the moment you basically have two categories of film. The Award Bait film (be it Cannes or the Oscars), and the gross over-saturated franchise or remake/sequel/prequel money making blockbuster. Most award ceremonies these days are bias and therefore the films made to bait these awards are of a certain kind.

            On top of this, nowadays these mediums are more about entertainment value, and ever increasingly the barrier for what we are entertained by is getting lower and lower, as we consume more and more of it daily.
            Social media is the prime example of this. And along with globalisation is why things like Vine and TikTok become popular. It’s not hard to get a million views on something now.

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            2/2 … We crave easy entertainment and the bar for getting whatever boost it is we do from these mediums is really frakking low. So then people cater to that cheap, fast food entertainment in both TV, film and books, instead of remembering why we cared about those things to begin with.

            Over the past year or two, the more I watch dramas, the more I notice the same or similar issues in creative content produced by Korea and kdrama writing to content and writing everywhere else.

            That is, in my opinion, storytelling as an art form is being lost.

            As well as the aforementioned reasons, I also think there just isn’t enough weight being put on it as an art form, be it visual or written. I also don’t think it’s being taught at all, anywhere. Because the entertainment industry is about entertainment, and not how these things can be art.

            Of course, we still keep coming back for more, whether it is to satisfy our entertainment fast food needs, or because we still manage to form some sense of emotional connection through the overly processed products that are put out everywhere, and when something comes along that BREAKS the mould of global entertainment, we understandably rejoice.

            But the majority of kdrama writers I’ve encountered don’t’ write good stories, not technically good ones, so I have to just assume they either don’t know or don’t care, and if they don’t care then my guess is they’re too wrapped up in the mess of the industry to step back look at things differently.

            I mean come on, most young writer’s these days in literature sign their souls away to monopoly publishing houses because to them they just want to be PUBLISHED. Never mind they’ll have no creative control and won’t be pushed to write better ever, because like hell that’s what the publishing house cares about. I imagine something similar could easily happen in the K-Ent world. Oh a big station wants to turn your webtoon into a kdrama? Not many writers, young or otherwise would turn down a tv show deal. It doesn’t matter if the webtoon is good, or if the writer can even write coherently for tv or not, they just need to put out content.

            And… cynical Sic has made a comeback folks. A round of applause please.

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          … man I just wrote you a really frakking long essay.
          Also to expand on my very first point without going into another essay (I’ll save that for later), basically I think this show was inherently and fundamentally flawed and badly written from the start, which means I don’t think it was just a “woops better rewrite cos of ratings” mistake.
          The reasons I think this are mostly actually like to do with the story itself and how they told it, and how logical storytelling is like supposed to work, and I WON’T go into all that right now because I’m supposed to be writing on it later, but also I don’t put a lot of faith in any writer these days because of all the reasons in the essay I just wrote you…

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            Let’s make a list of all shit shows & their no logic….. This might get long.
            Abyss
            Trashdal
            Thaw Me
            Extraordinary You
            My Absolute Boyfriend
            Hotel Del Luna
            The Crowned Clown

            (side note – how does YJG manage to find all the shit scripts? Only TCC had potential on the surface & we both know how we feel about that)

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            @maybemaknae
            So what my 92%?

            (the least I can do right now is list all my shitposts. So you’re missing Memories of Alhambra and Kill It and Vagabond.)

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            Thanks for the essay! I’m honoured to have it on my wall hehe. You should post it on your wall too.

            2019 was a rough year indeed from the storytelling point of view. More dramas than ever before but quality is getting lower. 😖

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            Mofa – I don’t understand game stuff & except for 2-3 major things I didn’t notice logical flaws, but yes that drama was a scam because there’s no way the lead should’ve been alive by the end.

            Kill It – how could I forget kill it? This is the year of episode 6 tells-all how trash it’s gonna be (*cough EY cough*) I have a soft spot for this drama because it lived up to its namesake & actual killing happened 😂🤣
            _ For me it was a so bad it’s good drama. Kind of like how you enjoy VB.

            VB – from reading y’alls comments & shitposts I’m assured it deserves a spot. I did watch ep 1 after all 😆

            I think EY takes the cake for worst dramas this year. It actually fake attempted to establish couple of rules, unlike HDL which was like ‘You nice, keep being dumb’

            Also was Radiant from this year? It deserves to be in this list.

            Clean With Passion for Now – it was annoying & senseless even for a rom com. But I’m not sure if it was bad enough to be included in the worst list.

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            @wishfultoki haha aww thanks! Maybe I will!.

            @maybemaknae
            I can’t rate EY worse than TCC. Even though… It comes close in some ways.
            Kill it was also my guilty pleasure.
            Radiant was this year yes hehehe.

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            Thanks for that essay! Really puts things into perspective. It’s kind of sad that that’s the reality we’re in, k-drama world or not. I guess it’s sad too when you put your hope into something – like “please be good, I haven’t watched anything this promising this year yet. Please, please.” And you wait every week for something, I dunno, amazing to happen story/character/plot-wise and you reach the end of the show, and it’s disappointing because you never got what you waited for. *sighs* On to the next one I guess.

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      I don’t know why shows think they’re smart when they ask the very questions they’re supposed to answer.
      ALEXA PLAY BLACKPINK KILL THIS LOVE “Look at me, look at you
      누가 더 아플까
      You smart (you smart) 누가 you are”

      It doesn’t make them smart, it makes them oversmart; trying too hard & gimmicky.

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I like her. I suppose having selective amnesia, specifically forgetting bad memories might be a good thing?

And yeah I’m at episode 46 so you may spoil away in the comments.

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    I like their relationship ❤️

    I’m on 45. Almost to the end!

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      Me too! I’m 90% sure we will have a happy ending, but I’m looking nervously at that 10% because I want the squad to survive and things are looking a bit grim.

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    But she forgot him too! 😭

    Episode 46 is one of my favourites! I didn’t see how it actually happened, but fangirl heart is very happy with this episode! So much cuteness 🥰

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      I don’t remember in which episode it was so I’ll try to stay vague: I was heartbroken when they showed us what he did to his entry in her journal. 💔

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        I’m sure it was before ep 46. Not sure which episode it was from… Episode 46 is when OTP reunited and got caught up with what’s happening from Sergeant Guo.

        And I was heartbroken too….. I didn’t think I would like him in the end, but man the chain of events in this drama made me so soft and emo, I don’t even like talking about this part. I’m still hurt.

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          I think I called it in Ep. 33: Sergeant Guo has always shipped Gu Yanzhen and Xie Xiang. In ep. 46 he practically invited himself to their grand wedding event LOL.

          I chuckled at this dinner reunion with all the couples… and Junshan as the third wheel XD

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            I chuckled at this dinner reunion with all the couples… and Junshan as the third wheel XD

            Tingbai-gege couldn’t be more heartbroken for Junshan and the awkward situation they are all in. He’s calling for a separate post!

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            Huehehhehe. The captain is stirring the wheel of the ship indeed! Gu Yanzhen though so extra – “wait I’m not prepared” 🤣 he always needs to be the centre of attention!

            My bbs are so so cute the entire dinner scene. I can’t take my eyes off their intertwined hands. These two feed my soul everytime.

            Also Xiang Xiang is really pretty in that scene. 💘💘

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            HAHAHA Tingbai tried to put in a good word for his little brother: “Actually Xie Xiang, you don’t know this but Junshan didn’t sleep all night because he was so worried.” Nice try, but that doesn’t compare to Gu Yanzhen breaking into a hospital etc. etc.

            And Gu Yanzhen is sitting there all smug and holding her hand… Yes, this calls for a separate post, but we have to avoid spoilers 😉

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            Oh sorry, I meant a separate post in this thread! I didn’t want to lump his epic screenshot with my over the top spazzing for the OTP. Lol.

            Anyways yes, I love how Tingbai spoke for his brother, he is awesome like that 💘 But Gu Yanzhen won’t sit around and wait for too long if things aren’t going his way. He did tell her at the Xie residence that he won’t let her go through troubles all by herself anymore. And he means what he says.

            I’m missing the old Gu Yanzhen around this time. When she offered him a piece of the chicken, chessy Gu Yanzhen would have said “no I’m not eating. I’m full watching you eat like from Episode 33…!” But now he stops at “Eat it. I’ll watch..” 😭

            They look so happy together m. I can’t even.

            This was also the first time he called her “Xiang Xiang”. Sooooo cute.

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            Also can we like talk about Manting!!!! I feel like I should have seen her secret coming but omg I jawdropped when it dropped. My heart broke for her when she asked for a hug from Sergeant Guo. ❤️😭

            I guess it’s better this way she chose not to know the full details. In her mind, he was the one.

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            Regarding Manting’s birth secret, the signs were very clear about her mother… but I still don’t know who her father is. Did she think Sergeant Guo is her father?

            And awwwww. I totally melted seeing Shen Tingbai just being there for her, letting her be the boss and decide what to ask or say. Boy is whipped, just like Gu Yanzhen.

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            Yes, she thought Sergeant Guo was her father given his history of love and devotion to her aunt. That’s why she couldn’t say anything when they dropped the news that he got married. She didn’t want to interrupt the moment with what she found out. Her mother was gang r* so there’s technically no real father. Xiaoyu hunted down all the men involved in the incident for 20 years. In Episode 11, she had found the very last man. He changed his name so it was hard to find him.

            What shocked me as well in this story was how Sergeant Lv seemed to have strong feelings for the aunt too. He was with her all day and night at the cemetery on her death anniversary. I thought it would be interesting had we explored the adults’ untold story too – the two sergeants, Xiaoyu, and Manting’s mother. Errr, I’m still trying to figure out if the man she married was Lv! He was drunk crying and had no facial hair, so I can’t really tell if it was the same face? But in Guo’s story on Manting’s birthday there were 4 of them.

            +++++
            And yes on Tingbai!!! He looked so great waiting by his car while Guo and Manting were talking. He’s so whipped I liked how he quietly followed her after running into her at her house. And he gives this look at Guo when Manting trespassed Guo’s house:” 🤷‍♂️ I dunno what’s going on, I’m only following”. Lol.

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            Ah ok, thanks for clarifying. It’s pretty horrible what happened to her mother, and even worse the way her brother in law called her “lasciv*ous”. How can being rap*d be her fault?

            That’s a shame. I was hoping to find out Lieutenant’s role in that story too! They never told us? His face when Manting showed up at the academy requesting a bodyguard showed he cared for her. I thought he might be the husband too.
            +++++
            Manting better take good care of Shen Tingbai! I squealed when he asked if he has another chance in this life. \^O^/

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        Episode 46 healed me because honestly episodes 43-45 were so sad *cries*

        So, I did not expect to like bully Li Wenzhong at all, and first he met this sweet girl and in the end did THAT. This show is mainly fun, but it delivers some punches when it comes to patriotism and friendship.

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          Augh I’m Still unable to talk about how this show broke me into pieces with its last arc.

          But I’ll say this… at the beginning I found their patriotism and propaganda really cheesy (since I’m not into war dramas and all), but the longer I knew these characters, the more I became attached to each of them, the more the show kept throwing these patriotic scenes at me, the more their thoughts, passions, pride get the best of me. Their patriotism was so gripping.

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            It’s because their patriotism isn’t something abstract. It’s not about fighting for China – it’s about fighting the people who hurt their friends.

            I don’t believe revenge is a good thing and am shocked by the cold-blooded way the Squad can kill people, but I think there is a cultural element to this: it seems the Chinese think if they don’t avenge people who were killed unfairly, the dead won’t be able to rest in peace.

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            The cold-blooded way the Squad can kill people,

            Yes to everything you said and to add on to this my mindset was this was wartime. People get killed everyday. It’s either you kill or you get killed. Retaliation was common in this time and as you said it’s perhaps this is a Chinese belief/mindset. Junshan’s revenge for his family factory workers and that little girl and Gu Yanzhen’s revenge were driven by their sense of responsibility for their own people.

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    what is this drama?

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      C-drama “Arsenal Military Academy”. Give it a try!

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      Sorry, I forgot to add a hashtag.

      But yep, it’s a Cdrama set in a northern city in c. 1910-1913. Don’t look for a history lesson. Most of it is fun academy shenanigans, including a crossdressing female lead and a crazy narcissistic male lead, but there are a few serious patriotic moments due to tension with Japan.

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    I love her .
    I wish the show introduced her earlier…

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      Same!!! She came as a surprise, and I like the idea of 50 first dates between An Wen and Li Wenzhong!

      And auugh because of An Wen…..I get to see these two horsing around ❤️

      I love my squad so much. I miss them. 😭

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        Chinese dramas always do this to me, which is great. I start out hating certain characters and end up loving them.

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          Yes, I personally prefer the relationships between characters too in C-Dramas. These relationships grow overtime and you become attached to them.

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      I’ll be honest. At first I thought she was a Japanese spy because of her suspicious amnesia and habit of recording details about people and photos of their faces… Nope, she was just a sweet amnesiac flower girl, exactly the kind of girl to make the academy bully turn into a teddy bear.

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        exactly the kind of girl to make the academy bully turn into a teddy bear.

        Don’t really have anything else to pitch in, I just need to quote this. 💘

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Celebrating 30,000 upvotes with some fireworks. XD

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Shen Junshan appreciation post
Ok, he may be stiff but he has a beautiful smile.
@shach this is for you.

Meanwhile jealous Gu Yanzhen…


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    Thanks Toki <3

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    I’ve been watching BTS….. I’m shocked to hear Junshan’s…… I mean Toby Lee’s voice in real life.

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      Oh ya? How does he sound?

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        Here is one clip at 1:13 https://youtu.be/BYlRUwuVfLU

        If I’m able sometime today, I’ll gather my favourite BTS scenes and share it with you guys. I was so moved to see their rigid military training before filming and how Bai Lu worked so hard in her role; I have so much admiration for this woman. 😢 All cast worked so hard, I love them more.

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      I’m still confused if their real voices were used or not. Bai Lu’s is very similar, Toby Li’s is definitely different but Xu Kai, I’ve got no idea about him. I just wish they stop voice overs now.

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Me watching EXTRAORDINARY YOU Ep. 13:

I hope Ep. 14 isn\’t as boring, because zzzzzzzzzz

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Throwback Thursday OST: WAR OF THE ARROWS.

I only watched this film recently and it was every bit as good as the reviews said, with a terrific OST.

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    Oh that movie is really good! It was my first introduction to Kim Moo Yul.

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Episode 33 GIF courtesy 😎
#ArsenalMilitaryAcademy

Beware spoilers in comments below


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    If I was in her shoes, I’d be so annoyed too.

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      But she had fun for 4 seconds before getting annoyed LOL.

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        Hueheh man, she was so ready to play paper planes with him!

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          She is starting to enjoy playing with him. He is starting to have fun.

          But then. He can’t do anything simple. Right.

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    One of my favorite episodes 😁

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      Indeed, one of my favourites too! Not only because I rejoiced seeing changes in Xiang Xiang, but also because this episode showed what a great friend Yanzhen is. He’s really come a long way from that big prick from Episode 1. I like that he called Huang Song’s attention for his illegal acts. He wants to be there for him, offer his help, but he never imposed on Huang Song’s life decisions. He just reminded him that he was there to help him no matter what. He can even drop his influential name for him.

      I swear, I was so sure I had wiped a tear from my eye when I first watched it😢

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Have I ever mentioned that I have great respect for the beanie GIF experts?

It took me ages just to make these two. It’s worth it though 😉


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    They look good. ^^👍

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    Yayyyyy! you can make gifs now. Looking forward for more! *Proud beanie here*

    Also those are really awesome gifs 😍😍😍 She only wished him a Happy New Year, but his smile is from ear to ear TT______TT And off he go merry!

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      all those posts I didn’t dare to check comments because I hadn”t watched the ep yet at that time, now upvoting them at full speed 😀

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    @wishfultoki

    I thought you were watching Extraordinary You and My Country? Pardon my asking, it’s just that I thought there was a blast of gifs on those especially EY.

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      Yes, I’m watching those two, plus Arsenal Military Academy. I saw lots of Gifs for EY posted by other beanies.

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    I need to figure out how to make gifs ❤

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      I used YouTube clips and giphy.com 😎

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      I use:
      1) screentogif – if I can’t find youtube videos especially when i was making gifs for Untamed episodes. This software allows me to record anything on my screen to gifs. If you are using a Mac, I heard you can do so without downloading a 3rd party app.
      2) giphy – if I want to turn videos into gifs. Sometimes I am too lazy to use image hosting website, so I use giphy for image links too.
      3) gifyu – uploading multiple gifs – you can copy the whole block of url links and paste them directly. Can’t upload videos though
      4) gfycat – when I want to make gifs with sound. However, you can only post one of these in one post since it works only under video.
      5) gifs.com -for slightly longer gifs. 25secs vs 15secs for giphy

      I use Try It Yourself editor to see what my final outcome looks like so I don’t end up posting and deleting if it doesn’t turn out well.

      Although previously, I have been posting gifs now and then, most of the above I picked up because of The Untamed. What has that drama done to me!!!!

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        Wow, thanks for this!

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        Thanks! I have a mac so I’ll have to see what built in software they have.

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        Sorry Trin and E. You’re getting notifs from me cuz @kudoran made me go back to this post 😅

        But anyways. Wow thanks E for this. There are so many ways to gif now! I’m still stuck in the old school way of giffing! Let me share you all my old school, painful way:

        – download the episode from Viki or YT or if I can’t find a decent HD quality video, I torrent (really my last resort). Viki usually has everything I need.
        -cut the video I wanted to gif on Sony Vegas, do my own subtitle (if gif needed this),
        -save the video,
        -open up the video on Photoshop
        -edit the colour contrast (I like to darken most times),
        -crop the video (most times I like my gif to look like it is 16:9 widescreen ratio)
        -then save gif.

        Yeeeep. on some days photoshop doesn’t like to function, it probably takes me 10-20 mins to create just one gif 😅😅😅😅😅

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    Geez, all these gifs over the past few days have almost convinced me to pick up where I left off in episode 1.
    hmmm – do I have time?

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      Maybe once you finish other shows? I’m enjoying Arsenal for its fun characters, and also glimpses into the troubled history of the times.

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      It’s a really fun drama. The characters are what makes this great.

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        My fear is that this will suck me in like The Untamed…..
        not ready to replace that obsession just yet

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          I personally really liked it, but it definitely doesn’t come close to my love for TU.

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            Actually this drama is helping me heal a bit after Untamed. I enjoyed it a lot and am at episode 39 now!!

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    they’re beautiful gifs with a very handsome man hehe 🙂
    thx for sharing 🙂
    (and yes gifs take time but sharing is caring 😉 )

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Ji Jin reactions appreciation post His face 😂😂
It looks like he’s about to burst out laughing here.

#ArsenalMilitaryAcademy

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    I enjoyed watching his surprised and amused looks.

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    He’s so hard judging!

    I love Ji Jin 😭😭😭

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    I love Ji Jin. He is such a cutie. And how earnest he is in accepting the boy love and even picked his friends side in the love triangle. How can you not love this boy.
    And he was such an observant throughout and cracked me up with his expressions.

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      It’s hilarious how he’s the number one fan of Second Lead Ship. Anything for Shen. 😂

      He looked so bored while Shen was gone, and then his face lit up when he saw him again. He really loves his bro.

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        I know! He’s so loyal to Junshan, I love it. And at the same time, he respects Yanzhen’s feelings too. LMAO. I`m dying just thinking about all their cafeteria scenes. My brain is so unhealthy.

        then his face lit up when he saw him again. He really loves his bro.

        But not that kind of love okay. He’s been doing all means for bro to realize his true love just so he doesn’t get this kind of love. LOL

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