Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

It’s the last day of Pride month, and I figured I’d post a few good gay and BL Asian dramas and movies that I’ve seen. I know when I first started watching Asian dramas, it was really hard to find anything good in the genre. Thankfully, a lot has changed in recent years. What have you watched? What would you recommend?

N.B.: this is not a “Top” list or anything and the shows aren’t listed in any particular order. Also, a few of the dramas on this list I wouldn’t classify as BLs, but queer/gay stories. Simply put, BL’s are often gay dramas written by women for women. They tend to romanticize and eroticize gay love stories for a mainly female audience.

[1] his – I Didn’t Think I Would Fall In Love. Queer drama. Japan.
A positive depiction of gay characters—a rare find in Asia. It’s rare that you’ll find a character like Nagisa who gives you insight into his experiences coming to terms with his sexuality.

[2] Long Time No See. Queer drama. South Korea.
An action drama that manages to have pretty good action and queer storytelling at the same time.

[3] HIStory2: Boundary Crossing Queer drama/BL. Taiwan.
This drama straddles a thin line between being a Queer drama and a BL. The BL elements are strong, but not for the typical negative reasons. The “sexy” is there, but the is also a slight bit of depth as well. The chemistry between the two leads is a rare sight in BL or dreamland.

[4] Mood Indigo. Queer Drama. Japan.
First thing’s first. This is a mature drama with an R rating. Now that that’s out of the way, this drama gives us an exploration of sexuality not often depicted in Asian Queer dramas.

[5] Where Your Eyes Linger BL. South Korea.
Oh, the angst. This drama is full of it and it’s quite believable.

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I keep getting annoyed that DB had, and I guess still has, an opportunity to recap a decent queer (LGBTQ+) Korean drama to coincide with Pride Month, but instead opted to go with Sweet Munchies.

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Tower of God Season 1 Thoughts

Worth it.

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#lifeloveontheline #pridemonth #beautiful #beginnings

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Is anyone else watching You are my Destiny. I desperately want to rant to someone who knows what I\’m talking about.

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@raonah 오랜만이야. 잘있었어?

So I just looked up a word over on Naver and it looks like they updated the audio pronunciation of some words. So take the entry for 관계 example. Not only is the voice/pronunciation different, they’ve given you what I assume to be the “this is what it’s supposed to be” and the “this is what it is in everyday conversation” pronunciations. I hope I’m not going crazy and this was something that was always there.

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[1] Why yes, good Sir. You are an asshole.
[2] Does anybody know the name of this song?

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I can\’t remember the last time I\’ve seen (or if ever I\’ve seen) a character with as little to no self worth/self-esteem as Chen Jia Xin. 😡😡😡

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    The other counterparts of her character— Chen Xin Yi in the original Taiwan version and Kim Mi Young in the Korean version

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      Hahaha!!! Too good!

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        ‘Tis all the same, my friend

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          Just when we thought she’s a little bit different from them🤦‍♀️

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            For the Korean version, that’s what I was hoping, because Korean remakes of other dramas always had a little “something” to set them apart, but nope, was still somewhat the same… So if the Korean version wasn’t even changed up very much, I’m not expecting much for other remakes 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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            I think my biggest problem is that she knows the person she is, and the ML also knows the person the FL is. BUT, when the ML tries to do the right thing, the FL instead of helping him across the line (because we all knows he needs the extra push himself), she just encourages the situation. The SFL couldn’t have asked for an easier rival. ARGH!!!

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            It’s a case of “I just want the situation to be over” instead of “the right thing needs to be done by the right person” sort of deal 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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Drama Logic/Lessons

It\’s not only easy to find a significant other (because destiny/fate etc.), it\’s just as easy for someone else to also be interested in you/love you at the same time.

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Just finished watching Where Your Eyes Linger. Spoilers ahead. Overall the drama was good. It got the angst of same-sex attraction in one’s youth pretty good. But that ending. And that kiss. SUCKED!!! Seriously, ever since HIStory2: Crossing the Line, BLs have no excuse.

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    It’s definitely another bl drama that just feels rushed, but to be fair, “HIStory 2: Crossing the Line” (among a few other HIStory dramas) were also twice as long as “Where Your Eyes Linger” in episode count & length of episode, which means it also got twice the opportunity to flesh things out 😅😅

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    It’s Korean. It had a kiss. It had a happy ending. That’s way more than most people expected from a land that until recently ignored BL completely.

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    That was their first kiss though, right? I mean, I get it, Taejo kissed that throw away girlfriend way hotter, but I sensed a lot of timidity in their relationship; like the night before he left, they were too scared to cross any lines. Which was good in my opinion? Hear me out. If they had gone further, that carnal urge to have other relationships while they would have been apart may have split them up, possibly. I think they both were “waiting” for the other. I would have liked if they would have done a second or third kiss, each one more passionately given, but this is Korea and, well, they need to be more discreet . They did really well for what it was, and it left us wanting more and wanting them to succeed. That’s a huge win for the little web drama. But dammit if Kang Gook didn’t suddenly become way more attractive to me that last scene. Actually, when he was beating everyone up in episode 7 too. True love… @leetenent wrote a nice summary on MDL if you want to give her some love!

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C-Dramas just have to have the irrational/stupid/do we really need 2-20 episodes of this nonsense right now moment don\’t they. It\’s like these writers can\’t help themselves.

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For those of you who love \”The Untamed,\” from which episode would you say it gets good?

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    I think for me once they returned to the past when Wangxian were younglings (eps 3-4 I think), the story started to make some more sense lols – it was easier to follow then. Events speed up rather fast after that too. 🙂

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    I prefer episodes 12 thru 33.

    In fact I started the drama around ep 12 (per AvenueX), and I’m glad for it. I enjoyed the grittier parts of the drama.

    I did have some background info before doing that. So I sort of know what it was about.

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      So did you end up going back to episodes 1-11 after you finished 12-50?

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        Yes, after ep 33. Went back to ep 1and 2. Then ep 34 thru 50.

        After I was done I watched ep 3 thru 11.

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    It is not possible to skip more than the first 2 eps which is when their story begins. In my opinion this drama is mostly about the main characters and their journey so either a person will fall in love with them early or they won’t enjoy the plot.

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    I liked the early episodes. 1-5 flew by and by ep 5, I was invested and then it just kept getting better. People said about ep 15 was where it got good for them though. 30-32 were rough for me though.

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    I actually enjoyed it from the first episode, probably because it was my first wuxia drama and the way the characters was introduced. I later found out you are supposed to watch from episode 3 and then go back to 1 and 2 after episode 33.

    I did struggle when the story was focused on the side characters and there weren’t a lot of scenes with the main leads.

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    Not to sound too shallow but I liked it from the moment Wei Xian gave one of his blinding smiles…
    Also I’d read somewhere that you just have to get through the first three episodes when they go back to the beginning.
    But I liked it from the start.

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Episode 12 of Mr. Fox and Miss Rose was a pleasant surprise. It would have been so easy for them to have created a misunderstanding between our OTP with Xia Na trying to derail their relationship. Instead, they continue to show how perfect these two are for each other.

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    I loved this! When he grabbed her cheeks & said, “Am I a cabbage that you can give away?”, I just….melted. So cute. Even I’m envious of Xing Yue!

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      That line was the most awesome thing ever. A simple line that said/addressed so much. So hopefully now these two actually start something and Xia Na’s antics get stopped in their tracks.

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Stupidity + Noble Idiocy = Lethal and annoying combination. 🤦🏾

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    Where do I start with her?

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      Auuuuuuugh. She’s not my favourite person right now. Lemme rewind to ep 16 cute stuff

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        I just finished. :/ After ep 16 & after their promise to COMMUNICATE, how could she do this???

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          I know! This writer had fallen into its own meta. I wanted the plot back to where it should be with women ruling the world, making smart decisions… and not being noble idiots -_____- did she really think Han Shou wouldn’t exact revenge on her for her betrayal?

          Don’t even start me with Ep 18. I cannot with the bracelet tearing off his skin. How to unsee and unfeel Han Shuo’s immense pain.

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            Ugh. My heart hurts just remembering it. And yes, absolutely – she knows she’s involved in the plot now and has less of an opportunity to change it. Even if it sounds crazy, communicating some semblance of her foreknowledge to Han Shou would have been possible. 🙁 I’m almost sad I watched the eps when they were released – now I want to finish off tonight’s episodes, when hopefully this will be sorted.

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            The tearing off the bracelet is one (big) thing, but seeing him bound in chains is quite another.

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            @greenfields I was thinking the same thing! She could have easily told him something a long the lines of ChuChu and Lin Qi are plotting against your life. What do you think we should do? What do you want to do? I think the writers were trying to be clever here in trying to show how men try to make decisions they think are in the best interest for others/women. The only problem with that is that both genders/sexes do this.

            But the most frustrating part is that what kind of life does Xiao Qian think Han Shuo is going to have locked up in a “tower with all the amenities.” He has been heart broken, massively betrayed, and humiliated. But she would rather that he live at all cost. It doesn’t matter how he lives. He just has to live. Yup. That’s love.

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            @hades – exactly something like that. And yes to this twisted definition of love. Tbh, as I’ve mentioned to you earlier, I don’t understand her feelings of love for him. Except for a little but in eps 13-15 maybe, she hasn’t really wrestled with the idea of her plot going astray, of him falling for her and what it means for Chu Chu to not be getting the things the lead should be getting. As in, I felt that what was shown on screen was superficial – the very basis of things, that these ;are fictional characters in a fictional world; that she’s somehow in a fictional world, and the discomfort with that, has never been explored. SO her love never felt authentic and real to me. But Han Shou’s did, given everything that happened. What an imbalance.

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            @greenfields pretty much.

            Also, how does this show plan to get these two back together? I mean, given all that has transpired and all.

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          The problem with this drama is that it’s trying to be clever but it’s actually not. Here is an Asian drama writer who is now subject to her own crappy writing and she’s making even crappier decisions in trying to navigate it. The only problem with that is we viewers still have to deal with having to suffer through this crap because we’ve become invested in a character like Han Shuo.

          Just like love, I don’t think Xiao Qian knows people very well, let alone her own characters she created. Even if the story were to change given her presence in it and the fact that people can change, she has a one track mind when looking at their personalities, motivations etc.

          As for the whole communication thing, I think Xiao Qian is looking at him more like a character/object than a person she actually loves. Even if she look at him like a person, the whole doing something for someones benefit without talking to the person about it often never goes well.

          Just thinking about this reminds me of how much of a better story and character development dramas like Joy of Life were/had.

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            Very well said. Tbh, this show still remains a delight to watch; but ep 18 was needlessly painful.

            Also now I absolutely must check out Joy of Life.

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            Needlessly painful indeed. I just hope I have enough interest/motivation to continue next week.

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    This is why I stopped at 17 and will wait for 19-22 cos I can’t with this girl rn 😂

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Way to rub it in Han Shuo. 🤣🤣🤣

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Han Shuo is quick on the hand heart sing. Next stop, finger hearts.

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    CUTIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! How deeper can I fall in love more????

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    You’re watching this? I only see up to episode 10 on VIKI and it’s not entirely subed yet. I watched ep 9 tonight which is half way subbed. What episode are you on?

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      @ally-le!!! I am indeed! I’m on ep 16. I’m watching on Tencent Video/WeTV. As a member over there, they will have 6 episodes in advance of non-members and other websites like Viki. I got so immediately hooked that I just had to subscribe. Plus, I’m watching another drama called Mr. Fox and Miss Rose–not relation to this Rose, 😂.

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    Aww this was so freaking adorable!!
    Now the agony for more subbed episodes 🙁

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    This scene was so cute!

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I really like him in his ridiculous moments like this. I wonder if this is like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho? Although, I don’t think Gao Zhen He treats her as badly in the beginning.

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