Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

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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    @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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    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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This is my reaction whenever characters swear blood oaths too. 😂

#MyCountryEp11

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    He was even more amusing in this episode. I have a friend just like him.

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    Honestly, hyung is fast becoming a favorite of mine ~ and this scene is one of the reasons (also when he beat down the guards and then walked away with a wave)

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      I laughed hard when he said he’d call Bang Won hyungnim.

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      Who knew silly hyung had such good swordsmanship? I like him too. His mischievous character is a nice contrast to serious Bang Won.

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        I wasn’t surprised. I imagine Lee Seong Gye to require all his sons to be good at that. I was surprised he had that swag in him, but that was brief. He was back in character in the next minute. 😂

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        I was thinking that his silliness is like his survival method ~ he’d rather be underestimated and not be a target, even as he covets power himself. I don’t know if that makes sense, but the brief glimpse of a powerful man eclipsed by being born into a too powerful was fascinating to me (yes, comments like these are why my family says I read too much into shows 🤦🏻‍♀️)

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          It makes sense to me! He reminds me of a chubbier and less handsome version of the Scarlet Pimpernel, mainly in the way he hides his true intentions by acting all flippant and silly. I still haven’t watched Ep. 12, but I was impressed to find out in Ep. 11 that hyung is the one behind Bad Wig Dude – which means he’s the one who sabotaged Bang Won’s arsenal before and filled it with junk swords.

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            How perceptive! I didn’t make the connection but it made sense, so clever you 👏🏻

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Shen Tingbai appreciation post

She’s such a drama queen and he likes to tease her in his own quiet way. Ship!

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    Awwww I love these two. Tingbai has got my thoughts and heart too… when I`m not thinking about Gu Yanzhen, that is. This is another man who’s changed because he loved. Auugh, Manting, please get over your feelings for your twin, and see this hot man in front of you! 😭

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      I know. When he said he is not a bandit. He had me there. Poor Shen. But I love that he still keeps her company even when his heart his breaking. How can you not love him.

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        Manting: “You’re not like me…”
        “I always go after what I want”

        Shen: “It’s a good thing for you that I’m not like you.” “Sadness is not always seen on people’s faces.” 💔

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          Awwwww this is why they are perfect for each other! Tingbai complements Manting’s personality.

          Yanzhen and Manting are too crazy together and are so like; they’ll never meet halfway.

          Yanzhen and Xiang Xiang together makes sense too because they complement each other – I love watching their fights especially when they were verbally fighting in episode 23 about Junshan. He riles her up, so we get to see her frustrations and fights him back. They look like a couple having a row!

          Junshan and Xiang Xiang are too alike, they’re both reserved and tend to hold everything in, so they won’t work out either.

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        I like that these three are pushing their luck with love. Yanzhen with Xiang Xiang – he’s heartbroken that she doesn’t return his feelings but he tries and tries and tries again until he gets her love. Manting with Yanzhen – she’s been told no and that he likes someone else. But she too is persistent like Yanzhen. She truly believes she can change his feelings. Tingbai with Manting – he cut off the only romantic relationship he’s got with her (the forced engagement), but if he can’t get her by romance, he’ll be there by her side as her friend for now. His feelings won’t go away, just that he had taken few steps back, perhaps start from the bottom to try and win her.

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    He’s so patient, understanding and respectful of her.

    And yep, they look alike:

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      Err… The pic I posted is of Hyun Bin with and without glasses.

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        😂 😂😂 But they are really alike. I thought the guy on the left was Shen.

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Sure, just drag a baby grand into a military academy Gu Yanzhen. I’m laughing and crying. 😂😂😂

@yyishere, did you know my weakness is good looking guys playing the piano in random places?

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    😂😂😂 OMO, you’re already there! One of my favourites! I should have known this phrase would come back. I was so shookt when he wished her a happy birthday. In front of everyone no less. I loved it so much. Gu Yanzhen’s love knows no limit. So admirable. 😆😆

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      Also Ji Jin’s face is FTW. I love watching his reactions seeing all this first hand…..

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      I had to get there to find out about that GIF! I was howling and cringing at the same time throughout the episode.

      Gu Yanzhen gestures of Love:
      “I prepared hot water for you. Don’t drink cold water or you’ll get a stomach ache.”
      “I polished your boots for you. Does that make me husband material?”

      🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂

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        😂😂😂😂😂 He was so annoying, cringy. His shamelessness has gone up another level, it was so great😂😂. All because of that crazy thing called love.

        Xiang Xiang, why do you still not like him! 😭

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        Omg that scene… Hilarious… So cringe worthy… So Gu Yanzheng!

        Then did you see his move à la Michael Jackson, i.e. turning around and fixing his hair in front of his girl?

        I was embarrassed for Xu Kai for the whole sequence.

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          Okay, now we know Michael Jackson totally stole this move from the 1900s!!!!!

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          Yes, that move ahahaha. It requires a person with GIF skills to do it justice 😉

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            *cough* *cough* Wishfultoki, that wink yknow is my weakness. Bad rabbit! Bad.

            *breathes deeply* it shall be done tonight then! 🤣🤣🤣

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            Yay, thank you! *skips away like Gu Yanzhen at the train station*

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        And omg, he was sooo happy when Xie Liangchen was also kicked out !

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        Please explain what he was doing to that door. He looked so horny there. LOL. I laughed so hard.

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          I’m not really sure 😂

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          We can’t explain a lot of what’s going on in Yanzhen’s brain. He’s one of a kind. That door unfortunately happened to be there at the wrong place at the wrong time, let’s just say that 😂😂

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    I’m just curious about the HOW of getting the baby grand there LOL

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      Bebe, we don’t question logic here. The great Gu Yanzhen defies logic and science. 😂

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      It’s like Do-hwa and his violin in EXTRAORDINARY YOU. The piano just appears when required by Stage. 😂

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        Oh my dear XD

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        Omg. I just typed the exact same thing below and realised you had already posted an al ost exact replica. Do you think – is it possible we are birth twins?

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          Hahaha great minds think alike! Maybe we were separated at birth and I was sent to chaebol piano school while you became Candy Errand Girl 😆

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            Definitely. My birth secret is buried INSIDE your grand piano. Just take an axe and chop it up. You’ll find a box inside with the word SECRET.

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        And the part he wiped his forehead and said, Phew, was worried for a second that I would have to play the violin!

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    And then this!!
    943-B6-E87-CDDD-4619-8-D08-FB360-A832065

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    Is this a Chinese drama? Random piano playing reminds me of Dohwa whipping out that violin in Extraordinary You. Cracks me up all the time.

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      Yes it’s a Chinese drama, with a deliciously absurd and shameless male lead.

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        A fun one at that!!!!Laughed and wanted to beat him at the same time too many times jjaja

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    I laughed sooo much for the second hand embarrassment mostly because she was pretending and he was all confessing without any problems left and right!Loved especially Ji Jin’s reactions and comments…Gotta say i adored Gu Yan Zheng as childish and annoying as he was a lot of times but swooned as well when he got all serious or passionate about his crush on Xie Xiang…
    While watching this scene i just wondered how the hell did he move that grand piano into the academy without anyone hearing him etc… jajja

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      Ji Jin’s reactions are gold. He always looks awkward when Shunjan pays attention to Xie Xiang.

      Yanzhen’s passionate confession and hug was swoonworthy… and then he turned into this annoying guy who stuck to her like glue hahahaha. The way he’s acting somebody is going to figure out that Xie Xiang is a girl soon! I just hope it’s not the bully.

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        *Shen Junshan. I’m really bad at Chinese names XD

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        I lived for his reactions and liked how chill all those guys mostly were with Gu Yan Zhen openly courting and even respecting him for his way of not caring and doing his stuff or amused yet again Ji Jin is a true friend and roots for Shen Junshan making it even more adorable and funny…Also Xie Xiang collecting crushes left and right as boy and as girl was sooo hilarious and obviously all good looking…
        Not gonna lie,i was actually kinda wishing she would go all famme fatale a la Zhao Yao,red lips and all and get rid of those pigtails.

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I can’t help doing some research, since I know nothing about China in 1910s. ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY shows a Hollywood-style film industry complete with paparazzi reporters, which would have been more accurate in 1920s. Still, I learned that Shanghai was indeed known as the “Paris of the East”.

https://gbtimes.com/early-history-chinese-cinema

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    Thanks for the link, I looked up general history of the period but early Republic is overshadowed by Warlords era, so there isn’t a lot out there.
    Do you remember in what city it is supposed to take place?

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      It’s supposed to take place in Shenyang, which I don’t think was nearly as fashionable as Shanghai or as depicted in the drama.

      I looked it up on a map and it’s interestingly at the top of the Liadong Peninsula. Someone in the drama described the city as “The Gateway to China”, which makes sense since Japanese troops could invade from occupied Korea or Manchuria, and Russia and Japan had been vying for Port Arthur since the early 1900s. Strategically it’s an important place, and had growing industry, so it makes sense to set the drama there.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Port_Arthur

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        Thanks, I guessed the region correctly by historical importance but wasn’t sure about the city. Watching dramas as history nerd is painful 😉

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          Hehe, I think I jumped in my chair when I read “Liadong”, since it was under Gogoryeo contorl in ancient times, and became pivotal in the transition from Goryeo to Joseon, when Yi Seong Gye purposefully refused to reconquer it. Once again it was important i the 20th century. The drama only feeds us historical tidbits through conversations, but I’m eating them up.

          So yeah, I’m a happy history nerd.

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        BTW, have you heard of this book? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637733-manchu-princess-japanese-spy
        I read about Kawashima Yoshiko before in some articles, unbelievable crazy story.

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          I haven’t heard of this book. This is all new stuff for me! I wonder if they based Xiarong’s character on her to some degree.

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            Now that you mentioned it, it could be! But the real story is way, way more crazy (as it is usual with real life stories).

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    Many thanks for the link will read when I’m home.

    I wondered if Shanghai is close to Shunyuan (spelling?) cuz that is where the academy is at right? Shanghai is Manting’s hometown. Xiang Xiang is from Beijing. I believe Yanzhen too or is it Nanjing? And his father got relocated to Shunyuan? The Shen bros are from the town

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      The drama is set in Shenyang (they also call it Fengtian), which is actually just north of Korea! This was the “remote” north of China, the centre of the old Qing dynasty, and more dangerous since it’s closer to areas occupied by Japan. That’s why everyone’s puzzled that Xie Xiang would want to go to the academy there instead of staying in Beijing.

      Shanghai is further south and it was the culture and fashion hub. Manting’s home is Shenyang, but we have seen how she struggles to find work there.

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I just need some Gu Yanzhen on the fanwall. (I’m on episode 25 and can’t stop watching this drama, help!)
#ArsenalMilitaryAcademyMarathon

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    Eeeeeeeps!!!!! WishfulToki!!!! 😍😍😍 That gif wasn’t even from Episode 25!!!! Lololol. Wait till you get there, I think that’s from ep 31! Lmao, it gets harder to put him in a gif or screencap, it’s not enough 😭

    Episode 23 is one of my favourites!!! I love him too much!! I honestly don’t know to this day how I got passed ep 23. I replayed it nonstop if my memory serves me right.

    Anyways ep 23 – I rewatched this I think a couple of nights ago with Viki’s timed comments on. I usually disable them cuz they are distracting, but turned them on and cracked up from watching both the episodes and reading viki times comments! 😂😂 I’m crazy too. Gu Yanzhen’s fault; his craziness is contagious!

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      I just want to squish him so bad because of his craziness. I love him way too much in this show. 😂❤

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        I certainly have a Gu Yanzhen disease. I don’t wish to be cured. Thanks beanies for letting me know I’m not the only one with this kind of disease 🤣🤣

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          Aaaaaah…. Yes, I’m cured of Second Lead Syndrome now, thank you.
          I still love Junshan though, especially his profile 😉

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            Huehehhe for the record, I do love all the characters. Yes even Xianrong 😵😵 well maybe just “like” cuz she’s not too nice, but she’s layered, and my heart is very soft for this show.. augh.

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            I had lots of second lead syndrome in the earlier episodes. It wasn’t until maybe the middle to the later part of the drama I started getting over that. As the characters developed more I realized that Gu Yan Zheng is the better choice for Xie Xiang.

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          My dear, I’m never getting out of this rabbit hole of love for Gu Yanzhen. I’m just so happy the love for him is spreading to more beanies. 😂

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            Same, and I do agree we need to have more of Gu Yanzhen on the wall. 😆

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            A very worthy idea @13infamyss. We should do a regular Yanzhen appreciation post. It’s just so hard for me to find gifs, and screencaps do not do him justice.

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            Hopefully this weekend will give me more time to gif some and contribute on the Gu Yanzhen appreciation posts! I know what you mean, I actually had to create an insta account last night because I am so deprived lol. I used to only have twitter and there’s not too many gushing over this drama on there!!

            My phone is being unhealthy to me now with lots of social media apps downloaded and they’re not even for socializing. I’m using them for stalking and fangirling purposes, like this –

            https://www.instagram.com/p/B4ZISuSp1uD/?igshid=6b45lanf3m36

            😂😂

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            Beanies, let’s do this!!!
            Share more of the love for Gu Yanzhen!
            @13infamyss
            @wishfultoki

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      Nitpicking on Viki’s subs – I think they used and uploaded iQiYi’s subs that’s why the formatting is a little messed up in the later episodes. I hope they fixed this ASAP. They’re distracting having those unnecessary special characters instead of apostrophes.

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      I just search for gifs on Google LOL (there are too few). I’ll be at episode 31 soon, yay!

      Episode 23 is the one where he imitates Junshan right? I died laughing.

      I have to say I’m becoming quite a fan of Junshan’s cool older brother, who looks like a Korean Hyun Bin.

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        Oh my gosh the hype for episode 23 was so worth it!! It was too amazing!!!😂

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        Yes lmao and how he requested the server to play him sad love songs that he created titles of!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣 Poor server, he’s just doing his job but had to tend a very heart broken Yanzhen and put up with his crazy songs request.

        When the students said he sounds like Junshan in the hallway, his happy face killed me. I cannot with him.

        Huehhehehehe halfmoon and blue said exactly the same thing about Shen Tingbai!!!! Indeed he’s very cool and doesn’t go alpha on Manting. I really respect him for respecting her and gaaaah his love is too pure too.

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          At first I thought Shen Tingbai would be that annoying possessive bad guy. But ended up loving him. He was willing to let Manting be who she wanted to be and hurt himself as long as she was happy. He didn’t try to control or possess her, just quietly looked out for her, which makes him super sexy.

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            Yessss! I thought he’d turn out to be a bad guy because he looks scary when he gets mad, but he’s been nothing but respectful of Manting. I understand that she felt smothered by his attention and wants to be independent, so I cheered when he said that pursuing her would only scare her away. I hope he wins her affection in the end, but I’m prepared for heartbreak. C-dramas do that to me.

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            Yes I thought Shen Tingbai was one of those who since he likes her immediately believes she’s his but no! He’s actually really sweet!

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          Yes he’s so funny yet lovable. Augh!! There’s too much giggling over him. Especially when scenes like that come up. 😂

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        I swear I was only looking for gifs related to the funny shower scene. More precisely the smile Gu Yanzhen had at the end. And somehow, I stumbled upon a pic of Xu Kai on a runaway, in socks and swimming wear. But then, there was no one else online on the discord channel for me to share it with.

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          Awwww you should have shared it still, halfmoon! I backread so I would have seen it! Anyways you can share it now on here 😉😉😉

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            I guess it was when he was younger?

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            Ahhh yes!!! This was before he signed up with the same company as Bai Lu and started acting. He was a model at first. He was 18 at that time! And I know this because…….. 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️ I am stalker, yeah.

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            It’s like a treasure hunt… scrolling through the fanwall to remove spam and finding random convos like this.

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          Sorry @mary. We got carried away. 🤣

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    My fellow beanie, that is so me on Viki right now. Just so impatient for the next episodes to be uploaded!😩

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      I think I should slow down or I’ll have to suffer like you! I can’t even concentrate on my kdramas now, this is so addicting!

      I’m just mesmerised by Yanzhen’s craziness, Junshan’s stoic aloofness, the reactions of his sidekick Ji (?), Shen Tingbai’s awesomeness, Huang Song puppy’S smile, Handsome Lieutenant’s speeches… oh and the ladies, especially crazy Manting. I’m not such a fan of Xia Xiang’s friend, mainly because when they’re together they act very girly and I’m wriggling nervously in my seat. It’s impressive that she’s been able to keep most people from finding out LOL

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        Omg Ji Jin! you’re gonna love Ji Jin more. He’s… just…. such a loyal buddy 😂😂 he surely knows what team he is on.

        I really dislike that Viki is slowly uploading these episodes. Like Hurry up! I need to rewatch and ogle Gu Yanzhen on a bigger screen – my laptop! I watched Arsenal on my phone cuz iQiyi is only available on phones.

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          I just realised Ji Jin sings my favorite OST! Love him.

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            Wait which OST he sang? I know Bai Lu and Xu Kai song the duet one

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            @13infamyss

            Ji Jin (Wang Yizhe) sings “Poison”.

            I also found out that the original Xie Liangcheng, her brother, sings my favourite OST “Raging Fire.”

            Their duet is so sweet. I was so mad he didn’t see her on stage.

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    I am still not sure how I felt about the scene in this gif.
    No worries , I won’t let out a spoiler.
    But I was like : omg Gu Yanzheng, what are you doing? 😂 How did Xu Kai film this? Wasn’t he embarrassed? … I feel annoyed like Xie Liangchen 🙄but I can’t ignore his look 😍 … What a troublemaker… What a flirt.

    Yeah, I had all this in my mind.

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      He is annoying af! Ngl. I can see why Xiang Xiang doesn’t reciprocate, but hey, I’ll just take him! 🤗 it’s Xiang Xiang’s loss. lol.

      I wish there were more BTS scenes of Arsenal, so we could see what went on the set during his crazy antics. Sadly I don’t see too many on YT 😪

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      Lol now I’m thinking he did something naughty there… I’ll find out soon enough. He’s such a flirt.

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    You are ahead of me. You started after me :))

    He is so gif-able and love watching his expressions.

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    Gotta love how he is soooo shameless and doesn’t care at all while expressing his adoration for her while the poor girl would hide in that food can if possible to avoid the rest of her friends looking at them and murmuring jajja Boy was pure absurdity and passion and Xiu Kai played him sooo charmingly!

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OMG Stray Kids sang an OST for EXTRAORDINARY YOU??

I was honestly about to drop it but now I’ll have to continue. This has a Backstreet Boys sound too! 💖

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ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY Ep. 4.
It’s been a while since I’ve been hooked by a C-drama. It feels like a MULAN story in a TIN TIN adventure comic. Please stay good!

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    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    It’s amazing!

    Your guys’ post about this drama on fanwall yesterday made me rewatch some of the scenes again. 😢 I miss them. I still cracked up like I haven’t seen the scenes before.😂

    The first arc is about getting to know the characters and seeing their daily lives at the academy.

    If you have the mindset that this drama is about wartime, patriotism, and characters, I think you will thoroughly enjoy it! 😬

    Plus women here are amazing! Written with respect for their characters. 👍🏼

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      Yep, that is my mindset. I am all for wartime and bromance. I don’t even need focus on romance (a tiny bit is all I need). MULAN happens to be one of my favorite stories, and it reminds me of classic war films I used to watch a lot, like SERGEANT YORK.

      It look me a bit to accept that it’s set in 1911, because it looks so very different to what Korea looked like then! The sets look very modern, like a European city. I have no idea what 20th century China looked like, so I may be wrong, but it feels more like a Ghibli movie or Tin Tin comic.

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        This show is set in 1914, and in terms of historical accuracy they get almost everything wrong, or didn’t even bother to check 🙂

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          Ahh really? Interesting, which part? I’m curious. If it’s too spoilery to post here, maybe if you could leave a comment on my wall. Please thanks!

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            Costumes are hot mess mix of differents decades and all of them are of western origins (I hated Xu Kai’s velvet suit paired with embroidered cowboy shoes with burning passion), if you look up photos from that era most people outside of big cities wear mostly Chinese clothes, modernized qipao started at around that times, not that people didn’t wear Western fashion of course. And the way society is presented, there is no way in hell that upper class unmarried young woman would be allowed to work (at night! while attending school) and at a seedy bar to that, not to mention Manting career as cabaret singer and actress. And Xie Xiang parents would let her go alone to school hours away from them without checking and paying tuition for school first. But of course it probably wouldn’t be so entertaining or maybe it would, who knows.

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            I thought so, thanks @shach. The leather trousers, cowboy boots and sunglasses looked out of place for 1914. On the other hand, I do like the Art Deco decorations and the ladies’ long flowing dresses.

            That’s why I said it reminds me of Ghibli movies or The Adventures of Tin Tin, broadly set in a pre-WWI China that looks a lot like Europe. I don’t care though, the drama has enough to keep me entertained. 😀

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            I like their lunch “boxes”/canteens, however they call it. I like how the cover can be used as a plate!

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            Thanks shach. As history is my weakest point and I stay away from period dramas, these details and logic are overlooked by me. But yes I do agree that his cowboy boots were out of place and women in this drama are seen as more carefree (have more freedom to rule and to do what they want) than what they would have been back in those days.

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        True. I’m surprised as well that China at that time had adapted to the western (European) culture after the fall of Qing Dynasty. I read on google that European influence was indeed strong in that period…

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      I agree about the wonderful women… although I found Manting to be a bit too obsessed later on in the series.

      Also, while trying to be as vague as possible (to avoid spoiler), I had wished the Show introduced the florist earlier in the series. I wanted to know and see more about her.

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        I agree with you. But then I thought about it, her persistence mirrored Yanzhen a lot just like her other traits. The more she’s been told no, the more she got aggressive to get what she wanted. Only difference is Yanzhen got lucky with his persistence.

        And yes on the florist!

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    Glad you like, it has really amazing women characters and really hot guys to ogle 😀

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      Tell me about it! Gu Yuzhen is handsome and makes me laugh, but every time the perfect Shen Junshan does something perfect I feel I’m doomed to have Second Lead Syndrome.

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      Now that I think about it, did Gu Yanzhen wink at any of those guys, or just to Xie Liangchen ?

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        I’ve only seen him wink at Liangchen haha, but I’m on episode 10 (whoops, I just binged 6 episodes in one afternoon).

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          Omg hahahaha you’re amazing Wishfultoki for binging 6 episodes at one go lol. It took me a while.

          But yes, I too believe he started this wink craze because of her. I’m sure he’s doing this to be cute to her. 🙈

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    Also @wishfultoki @halfmoon @kudoran if you guys are looking for a place to spazz/chat for Arsenal, come drop by on discord cdrama section! And there’s also other sections there for other dramas you want to spazz on!

    https://discord.gg/XmHU36

    That’s the beanie’s group discord chat! 😬😬

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      Thank you !

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      thank you for the link 🙂
      however DB is the only social media I have and I can’t follow all (been so long I haven’t read open thread or a recap )^^’
      I don’t know if adding another one will be possible (or it’ll mean to reduce drama watching time and we all know how precious it is =P)

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NOKDU FLOWER Eps. 19-20 recap is up: http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/05/nokdu-flower-episodes-11-12/#comment-3547640. This is the one I submitted for my minion application.

Synopsis: April 1894. The Donghak Peasant Revolution is in full swing. Baek Yi-kang, now head of the Donghak Vanguard, is put in charge of guarding the walls of Jeonju from the government forces. Every night, however, he loses men because of a deadly sniper, whom the peasants have nicknamed “Ogre”. The situation escalates when international forces enter the stage. Joseon is in a crisis.

This show really deserved full recaps but at least I made it to the halfway mark, almost. It has a total of 48 episodes, or 24 hour-long episodes. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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Ahahaha I messed up. I actually posted pseudo recaps for NOKDU FLOWER Episodes 13-18 on the last recap thread:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/05/nokdu-flower-episodes-11-12/#comment-3494210
I\’ll post my official minion application recap in a bit (Ep. 19-20), one of the most exciting episodes for me.

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I didn’t get the minion job so I’m posting my recap of NOKDU FLOWER Episodes 13-14 here.

(I guess my recap was too long lol. I didn’t want to leave out any details)

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    PART 1

    Episode 13

    Yi-kang and Ja-in get a good look at each other, but the battle frenzy tears them apart and Ja-in is dragged away by soldiers. Chief Peddler Song tells Deok-ki that the provincial army was utterly defeated at Hwangto, and staggers thinking about his daughter.

    Yi-kang finds General Nokdu at the battle site, strewn with corpses of men and women alike. Yi-kang thought he’d feel exhilarated by the victory, but instead he feels disturbed. He asks if Injeukcheon (the Donghak religious tenet that all people are deities) really awaits at the end of their road. Nokdu replies: “We must find it ourselves, now that the doors are open.”

    Ja-in wakes up on the ground a bit further away, and is noticed by two peasants scavenging among the dead. They drag her down a slope, but two shots are heard. Ja-in, holding her smoking pistol, is surrounded by the Donghak vanguard. Pale and trembling, she is taken to a tent blindfolded, and tied to a post. Yi-kang walks in and demands she is released. Didn’t they say they would release prisoners, and besides, she’s a woman? Commander Kyung-sun is nonplussed and orders she be watched carefully, since her father is the chief peddler of the province.

    Back at Gobu, Myung-sim meets Yi-hyun, and she throws herself in his arms regardless of his blood-stained clothes, thanking him for returning alive. Teacher Hwang interrupts, clearly not pleased to see Yu-hyun again. Sitting down, he tells Yi-hyun to think of it as a learning experience. Yi-hyun gives a small smile and agrees that he did learn something very valuable, and that the lesson was harsh (i.e.: that his teacher sent him to war to be killed). Yi-hyun reminds him that his marriage with Myung-sim is set to happen soon, but Teacher Hwang obviously wants to postpone a marriage that he considers degrading for his noble family, so he gives the excuse that the times are chaotic and says they will speak again later.

    At the Baek household, things are looking grim because disgruntled peasants now see it as their chance to get their revenge, and they beat Master Baek to a pulp (karma dude). Yi-hyun appears and threatens to shoot them so they leave. Master Baek asks why he didn’t bring along his half-brother and Yi-hyun scoffs. The family is shocked to learn that Yi-kang has become a Donghak member, an enemy.

    Ja-in and Yi-kang catch up while she’s a prisoner, in their classic banter way. She grumbles that he’s a rebel, but he’s all “I’m fighting for the welfare of the people”. She solemnly thanks him, because she had felt afraid until she saw him. Yi-kang: “Were you only thankful?” She gives him the stink eye, and he mumbles that he was just joking to make her relax. She threatens to hit him if he makes another joke, her old spunk back…

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    PART 2

    A group of Donghak peasants arrive clamouring for the daughter of Chief Peddler Song (cameo by Yoon Kyung-sang and Lee Joon-hyuk). With a throwback to their pupil-master relationship in SIX FLYING DRAGONS, Joon-hyuk pulls out the infamous book on the “Eastern Twin Dragon Method” and Kyung-sang demonstrates a few of the moves, to the bewilderment and amusement of everyone else. Yi-kang hilariously convinces them that the woman in question is Nokdu’s lover and they leave.

    Teacher Hwang takes a tray to his sister because she hasn’t been eating, and notices that she’s reading the Geumo Shinwa, a collection of short stories by Kim Si-seub. Myung-Sim perks up and says they are suuuper addictive. She enthusiastically shows him her favourite story: a romance between an average scholar studying for the civil service exam and a noble lady, who marry despite their families’ objection. She recounts that she cried a lot reading the story (no, don’t say that!). Teacher Hwang looks pensive when she re-affirms that she really likes Yi-hyun. Meanwhile the Baek family discuss the situation, worried because Teacher Hwang keeps postponing the wedding. Master Baek wonders why Yi-kang joined the rebel Donghak movement, and Yi-hyun coldly replies: “I thought you knew. You pushed him in that direction.” He walks out and heads towards a dark shed, where weasly Hong is tied up. He begs for water, but Yi-hyun doesn’t reply. Chills.

    At the Donghak camp, the news spreads that the Joseon government army is coming. The commanders gather to discuss, and they learn that they will be facing an army of 1000 men, armed with enough gunpowder and machine guns. They make a plan: rather than fight at Jeonju fortress, they will lure them out. General Nokdu meets with Ja-in, who’s sarcastically asks if they treat innocent civilians like this. Nokdu replies that she is an army supplier, not an innocent civilian, because she takes money from soldiers who might die anytime; she is a merchant who got her privilege through bribes. Ja-in retorts that privilege is a right. Nokdu replies: “Privilege is power, not a right.” Nokdu calls her out for volunteering to come to the battlefield to keep her petty rights and gain new privileges, and informs a seething Ja-in that he intends to end the privileges of peddlers. But right now, he needs to negotiate something with her father, and he will use her as collateral.

    Cut to Yi-kang disguised with beard and glasses at the gates of Jeonju. The guards are amazed that he has such a mature-looking son and a young wife (his two Donghak companions also in disguise), who manage to laugh nervously. They pass the inspection gates while Yi-kang grumbles about their terrible acting skills. They send a message to the Jeonju Inn via flying knife, and then walk through the marketplace. Yi-kang sees his mother and freezes.

    END OF EPISODE 13

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    Episode 14

    Yi-kang freezes when he sees his mother. She walks past, not recognising him in his disguise. Having delivered their message, Yi-kang and his companions return to the mountains that evening. Beo-dul notices his despondent mood and asks why he didn’t at least say hello to his mother. He asks about her parents. We learn that they are both dead, and that her father was a hunter who was preyed upon by nobles. Yi-kang remembers Ja-in telling him that Yi-hyun was conscripted into the army by his Teacher Hwang. Determined, he declares that “Beo-dul, we will hunt the aristocrats.” He gives her a warm look and Beo-dul says she’s going to sleep, looking a little bit flustered.

    Chief Peddler Song, having received the message and decided that a merchant needs to sell, sends Deok-Ki with the desired goods to a familiar-looking hut in the mountains (is this another cameo from SIX FLYING DRAGONS?). In exchange, Ja-in is set free, with the advice to not blab about what she has seen. We don’t get a glimpse of what the goods are, and Deok-ki curiously asks what they are for. Just then Beo-dul and Beon-gae come running and inform their commander that Yi-kang has run away. Ja-in overhears and hurries towards Gobu, worried that Yi-Kang might get caught and beheaded (since he is still wanted to murder). Deok-ki scolds her for acting like this, saying Yi-kang must be responsible for his choices, and convinces her to go back to Jeonju.

    The Donghak vanguard discuss what to do. Giant monk Hae-sung and the young ones want to go back for Yi-kang, but commander Kyung-Sun isn’t convinced. What kind of army is so generous to someone who ran away? “He is our comrade no matter what. I will go back for him,”, says Hae-sung. In the end young Beo-dul and Beon-gae seem to get permission.

    Back at Gobu, Yi-kang runs into his former thug minion, who is really happy to see him alive. Yi-hyun takes off the blood-stained robe that Myung-sim had embroidered for him. He leaves the house carrying two lanterns and gift box. Yi-kang shows up and asks if Yi-hyun will still proceed with the marriage knowing Teacher Hwang tried to kill him, and Yi-hyun says that it is a promise between the families, and between himself and Myung-sim. Yi-kang then says he will accompany him, since he promised to deliver his wedding gift box, and smears his face with black paint to avoid being recognised. Yi-Kang’s former minion Eok-si (?) acts as the crier. Meanwhile, a group of nobles meet with Teacher Hwang and invite him to be the leader of their own army, formed of nobles and scholars, the “People’s Army”…

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    Startled by the noise outside, Teacher Hwang and Myung-sim come to the door, where they find Yi-hyun and his two attendants. Yi-hyun smilingly states that tomorrow is his wedding day. Teacher Hwang has a hard time containing his fury, but he heads inside to chat with Yi-hyun, who pulls out Weasel Hong’s identity tag and says that he will bury what happened. Hwang realizes that Yi-hyun knows he tried to kill him, and yells at him to get out. Yi-hyun just repeats: “Please buy the wedding box.” Myung-sim and the other nobles rush into the room while Teacher Hwang grabs his sword and confirms that yes, he enlisted Yi-hyun as a local soldier and prayed he would die on the battlefield. He calls off the wedding. Yi-hyun, still kneeling, looks up and with clenched teeth says “Lord Hwang, you reap what you sow.” The other nobles drag Yi-hyun outisde, beat him up, and kick him out saying he should be grateful they let him live after dishonouring his teacher and a nobleman. Yi-kang picks him up and takes him home. The wedding box is left by the door and Myung-sim sobs inconsolably.

    Meanwhile Ja-in and Deok-ki sit by a fire and she wonders if Yi-kang is safe. Deok-Ki smiles as he tells her that it was not compassion that had clouded her judgement, but love. He laughs and teases her, and she cries in realisation of her feelings.

    Back in an alley of Gobu, Yi-hyun and Yi-kang are waylaid by a group of beggars, who hold them at knife-edge until Beo-dul and Beon-gae swoop in to save them. They want to leave quickly, but Yi-hyun asks them to wait while he serves his brother some home-cooked food (okay…) Eating together always meant something to the two-half brothers, so Yi-kang couldn’t refuse. While the young ones dig into the food, Yi-hyun speaks to Yi-kang outside. Essentially, he wants him to leave the Donghak army, because they will lose against the Joseon army, which is better equipped. Yi-hyun says he has seen the might of Western weapons and modern armies in Japan, but Yi-kang counters that ten men cannot defeat one man who fights for his life with fury. The air grows tense as Yi-hyun drily says “come home, and become an official”. He offers to clear Yi-kang’s name with the magistrate, and as a bonus, to offer the heads of the two young Donghak members eating inside. Frazzled, Yi-kang runs into the room to find his two companions passed out. Yi-hyun tells him that he will raise up his family again and invites Yi-kang to join the dark side: “Our father’s words were true after all. You have to eat, or you will be eaten.” Yi-kang begs him to stop, but Yi-hyun says it’s too late: soldiers are already on their way to arrest them. All Yi-kang has to do is turn a blind eye, says Yi-Hyun. Everyone does it, so he will do it too. Yi-kang stares in amazement and panics.

    END OF EPISODE 14.

    (Wow, I discovered that comments boxes only accept a limited word count!)

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      Wow. Such a detailed account of the episodes! I read it and realized I missed something. Now, I have to go back and rewatched!

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        You’re welcome! I’m glad to be of service. This show has so much detail that even rewatching it to write the recaps I discovered new things. 🙂

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    I doubt you got rejected for it being too long. I remember JB’s and GF’s recaps were so minutely detailed that if I watched a show after reading the recap it felt like I had already seen it. This was very good. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Thank you so much @WishfulToki <3.

    This show deserves it!

    I still need to go back and read all of your recaps and finish what I've started.

    It was so heavy I needed to break away from it for a while. It's like MY COUNTRY. It's emotionally exhausting.

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@ndlessjoie you were right. Woo Do-hwan is stealing the show and making me cryyyy
#MyCountry
#MyTearsTakeThemAll

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    I am going down whatever fire-y path Seon Ho chooses. This man has me hook line and sinker

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    Dude has been breaking my heart as well. You know he just wants to be loved and the one person that gave him even a smidge of that is gone.

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      When Yeon, after recovering her memory, took Seon-ho’s hand to escape Lord Nam’s place, that wasn’t just a smidge of love, of trust – it was everything.

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    He’s crazy good showing heartbreak. But so was Yang Sejong. I can’t choose who is better. They’re all making me cry.

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      And cry and cry… but the week can not go fast enough.

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      I’m not watching My Country but I’ve watched both of their previous works and they sure picked the most intense young actors to deliver all the angsts. But I’m kind of bothered Yang Se Jong looking so… dark and dirty here? 😀

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        He is totally the poor one but he’ll clean up at some point I’m sure!

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    He’s the one I care the most about. I hope Woo Do Hwan sticks with acting because I look forward to what he’ll be able to do.

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About a month away from the bean count and I only have 8 beans (possibly 10 by the end of November)

It hasn’t been such a bad year though. I got NOKDU FLOWER and SPECIAL LABOR INSPECTOR JO 😎

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For EXTRAORDINARY YOU theories proved and problems anew, see below in comments.

Feel free to disagree.

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    Warning: spoilers. Duh.

    The good news: I think my reincarnation/recycling characters theory was right.

    The bad news: I didn’t want the show to go that way. Reincarnation is, in my opinion, a cop out to explain why things happen without really explaining them. Yes I understand it’s important in Asian cultures but, not to offend anyone, it just seems pointless if everything comes down to cycles. And it still doesn’t explain how the manhwa writer and manhwa worlds work. It’s just mind-boggling if the Secret comic is still being written yet also available in the library. How? My brain can’t handle it. And I refuse to just ignore it and be charmed by Haru’s smile.

    For me things started going downhill when Haru first magically disappeared, magically reappeared and magically regained his memories- all unexplained. Is or is it not intended by the writer? And he doesn’t have a purpose now except being with Dan-oh. I’m not feeling their epic love that trascends ages and manhwas because there are too many unexplained points. It even seems Dan-oh is repeating lines from Flower in Secret while in Shadow. Her lovey lines while splashing water with Haru have already been said! Is there no free will on Stage and Shadow? How depressing is that?

    Or is it her subconscious remembering her past character? Do-Hwa did theorise about the power of the subconscious (if they add psychology to the jumbled manhwa-jumping mechanisms of this drama I’ll freak out).

    For all his self-destructive and jerk ways, the only one asking questions about the manhwa world now is Baek-kyung. Even when Fairy only reluctantly replies, he goes out and does the sleuthing.

    Anyway, I’m still watching because Baek-kyung is searching for answers, and because self-aware Ju-da suddenly started showing her frustration at being Candy. I understand how soul-crushing it is to realise you cannot change your sad story, but Dan-oh seems to have chosen to ignore her plight and just enjoy her time with Haru. It makes for a whimpering heroine who’s not even a shadow of herself. I did expect this to happen, but around episode 12, not halfway through the drama.

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      I thought this was going to be better than W but instead it’s making me think it was genius kkk.

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14th century Korea had some pretty advanced technology. 😂

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Throwback Thursday OST: “When The Rain Falls”. So this is what I’ve been listening to all week.

Thank you LOOKOUT. I’ll be thinking about this drama and its memorable characters for a long time.

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LOOKOUT finale reaction, in sum:

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    First I am in shock. Then I look around for a piano to drop on psycho creep Si-wan. While I’m at it I consider dropping a piano on the whole Korean police force and yes, even on our Lookout team for being so darn slow at the critical point. But then I remember words like “Let’s live and get them…” and become a sobbing mess again.
    Rinse and repeat.

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      Out of all the villains I’ve seen, I think I loathed SiWan the most. He was so despicable and it was all just ‘for fun’/because he knew he would get away with it.

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        I know! And I don’t even know if he survived and was punished in the end grrrr.

        I have so many questions about that finale. Just one for now: Was Soo-ji still a fugitive at the end?

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          I watched it over the summer but I’ve already forgotten 😬

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          I don’t think she is, but now, she’s a part of a network of vigilantes that go undercover for law enforcement. Also, I think live shooting ruined the building scene. The production crew lost daylight so it seems that the scene was a lot longer than it was meant to be which doesn’t make any sense when you’re dealing with life and death. I think it’s time for you to read @sicarius’ take of the whole thing. And the ending comments…these were good too! http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/07/lookout-episodes-31-32-final/

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            I remember the horrible daylight-loss filming/editing issue!!! It was sooo glaring, it took me out of the “urgency” at hand. Which was really unfortunate.

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            Ah thanks. I’m ok with that ending then. I guess all her charges were dropped or she served minimal time in jail. I wish that had been clearer though. I do like the idea that Prosecutor Kim and the vigilante continued in Do Han’s footsteps but using it for good.

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      I’m more annoyed with the writer for the missteps at the end.

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        I think I simply like this show too much. I don’t find the ending that bad.

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          When they were all in the partly built building the decisions made were out of character for the team. There was about an hour of things going sideways that didn’t fit with the characters we’d come to know. I still think it was a great show to watch, but I felt like the writing let me down at the end.

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            Yes as far as I have seen most viewers have problems with that building scene… I think it helped that I watched later after having witnessed the outrage of the beanies, so I had braced myself for a much much worse ending.

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            That scene was frustrating. I do wonder if the writer made some changes in the end because the FL had revealed to the production team that she was pregnant so she couldn’t/shouldn’t do the type of stunts she had been doing earlier. Just speculating, but choices were made that just didn’t feel right to the characters we had gotten to know.

            Anyway, I still love Lookout, and Do Han is one of my favorite anti-heroes. And remember, we didn’t see a body….

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            @ndlessjoie @midnight @egads @ally-le I do think bingeing the show made it easier to gloss over production issues or questionable changes in character. Detective Lee became suddenly very incompetent, though I get that she was distraught with worry over her stupid daughter. But surely our characters were smarter than the kid? I really thought they’d outwit him (pretend to shoot, locate his hideout, tackle him, that kind of thing). What is consistent is that Do Han felt intense regret and was ready to sacrifice himself for Soo-Ji, so I found it poetic (?) that he went in the same way as Yoo-na. Of course it was also poetic justice for that little creep. I’m just mad that Do-Han seemed to get the worst of it.

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            I also binged it… and the random character changes at the end really frustrated me haha.
            But obviously, most of you already know what I think.
            Here Toki: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/165426/
            There’s not really much point in really expanding on what I think of this show and the ending till you’ve read that 😛

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            Thank you for sharing your essay @sicarius. I guess our experience was similar: we both knew he’d die but were worried how. I honestly thought Shi-wan would grab the gun and shoot them while Do-Han and the detective were distracted with Suji being shot. It could have happened. As it is I’m not that frustrated with the ending, though I am sad. Your essay has added the extra line or scene I needed in my mind, of Do-Han asking for forgiveness and being forgiven. Sounds cheesy but it would have given full closure. He’s so tragic because he thought he could never ask for forgiveness. 😭

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            It doesn’t sound cheesy at all.
            I mean, I cried three times writing that essay and I don’t cry over fictional characters very often; Do Han ruined me.
            It was exactly what I needed too, him being forgiven. I didn’t see it on screen, but I like to imagine it happened anyway, because I think all the pieces were there.

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          @wishfultoki Your analysis was perfectly on point. I put everything down to everybody being driven crazy with worry lest the same crime happens again…

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          @sicarius @wishfultoki Maybe this is a mother’s point of view, but to me, that kind of forgiveness won’t come before maybe ten years at the very very least.
          To my way of feeling, if he had asked for forgiveness and she had accepted him I would have gotten furious, and if she had told him maybe in ten years?? It would have destroyed me 😭 My poor poor Do Han.
          So him being absolutely sure that therecould be no forgiveness and sacrificing himself, and her just starting to look at him with less anger and a shadow of worry was the best closure for me…
          And this is a completely personal point of view. I can fully understand how somebody else would need another kind of closure.

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            @midnight I’m listening to the Raina OST as I type this, and it makes me cry again. 😭

            Yes, it was the best possible closure; a mother would not be able to forgive that easily. Part of me thinks that he was saying “I’m sorry” with every action he took to protect Suji since their talk in the confessional, and that sitting next to him during his final moments is the closest she could come to forgive him. His last thoughts were of her saying that she’d never forgive him, then thanking him for letting her see her mother. That was enough for him, he couldn’t ask for more.

            This drama broke me. I haven’t cried for a character so much in ages. I think Ernest Bot was the last character that really broke my heart. 😭😭

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            @wishfultoki That OST 😭

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            @wishfultoki I also think all his actions in the show were him trying to atone for his past actions.

            However, the whole point of forgiveness and grace is that nobody deserves it.
            You don’t give it because they’ve earnt it; you give it because it’s the right thing to do.
            I didn’t actually ever want him to ASK for it; I wanted her to give it to him because that’s what love* and respect looks like, because she WANTED to forgive him because it would’ve released BOTH of them from this tragic, soul crushing path they were both on. That’s what forgiveness does. It’s a release.
            (*not romantic love)
            And it’s more impactful if they don’t think they can ever get it, receive it or deserve it.
            Of course we go “I could never forgive him! Not for a long long time!”- and yeah that is, to us, the most realistic option, how COULD someone forgive someone like him- But that’s EXACTLY why Su Ji forgiving him IN SPITE of everything would’ve been the most powerful ending, for me.
            And if he had known that, not just the chance of it, if he had known she forgave him, then he would’ve forgiven himself, because him dying without forgiving himself is just… so hopeless to me.

            In a way, it does work, not quite full redemption, or full forgiveness, I mean failed redemption arcs can be just as compelling (see: Gollum), I just think I would’ve liked to see the drama take the extra, and yes very bold step that most people wouldn’t see sense in in a million years, and forgive him properly.
            But grace doesn’t make sense. It’s not supposed to. That’s why it works.

            (cc: @ally-le)

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            Very eloquent thoughts arguing for both sides @midnight and @sicarius. If I may, I think the drama left it slightly open to interpretation. On the one hand Suji never officially forgave him, but we know she understood him, and she reached out to hold his hand right at the end, telling him to be at peace. At a natural level his death was hopeless, but if we think that grace works on a supernatural level, then Do-Han asked it through his sacrifice, not with words but with action. He did also confess to the priest and to the whole world. In that way I think it is fitting that the last scene was in a church. His death as a martyr seemed in vain, but it wasn’t (yes, the biblical parallels are strong in my mind).

            Of course the send-off was rushed. I would have liked to see Suji cry over him (and cry properly myself), just because she saw another tragic human who did his best to atone for his sins.

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I’m so excited to have a full watching schedule this week!

Mon-Tuesday: Finish LOOKOUT and probably suffer from serious withdrawal.
Wed-Thursday: Watch EXTRAORDINARY YOU and question the meaning of life.
Fri-Saturday: Fangirl over Jang Hyuk and his fan in MY COUNTRY
Sunday: Rest. Or start another drama on my to-watch list.

See you later beanies!

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It doesn’t feel right fangirling over a priest, but Shin Dong Wook has played the role with respect and restraint. And his hair style is also on point. I hope he survives the finale .
(No spoilers please)

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