Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
A couple of photoshoots of the adorable An Yuexi. She doesn’t have any magazine connections so most of her photoshoots are just cute ones commissioned by her workshop.
Let’s Shake It 2 has begun streaming on Youtube here. Two new episodes come out every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’ve watched the first three episodes (MGTV VIP gets six extra episodes) and unfortunately with a different production team, it’s inferior to the first one in almost every way. Th overall premise of the characters having to constantly adjust what they’re doing in the Sui dynasty to make sure they still exist in the Tang dynasty is a lot more interesting than the first one, but the pacing is really off, and the only jokes that work are callbacks to the first one. Also Abu’s costumes are not nearly as cute as in the first one.
If you had to pick a show about a humanlike soul trapped in a catlike body, I would go with I’m a Pet at Dali Temple which has worse acting but is at least fun.
A romance drama that takes “my world is gray without you” seriously.
I’m re-watching this, so I figured I should finally do a post on this little gem. An Yuexi is once more a ray of sunshine in You Color My World 路从今夜白, a cute romance with an unique premise and pretty colors. You can watch it English-subbed on YouTube here.
The female lead is literally the only color in the male lead’s eyes. Gu Yebai (Chen Ruoyun) is an artist who’s lost the ability to see color due to trauma until he met fellow student Lu Youran (An Yuexi). For some later explained reason, when she colors his paintings, he can briefly see color again. He soon hires her as a model and asks her to mix paint for him. As their relationship progresses, everything she does affects how he sees the world. When she is nice to him, his whole world is filled with vibrant colors. When he feels like she doesn’t like him, his world is gray again.
The series so far is kind of similar to Zhu Yilong’s Love for Three Lifetimes – basically the female lead and the supporting male lead are totally in love, but Zhu Yilong’s playboy character also likes her and continues to harass her. Except this time he’s not married to the female lead and he is best friends with her lover. I hear that the supporting male lead will turn out to be a horrible person later, so that may redeem Zhu Yilong’s character eventually, but so far I’m not buying it. An Yuexi and Zhu Yilong, along with supporting leads Zhu Jianran and Madina Yalqun are all really cute in this, though.
Potentially thanks to the newly-found stardom of Zhu Yilong, Promising you a fleeting and dreamlike life 许你浮生若梦 (literal trans.) , a romance of three lifetimes with An Yuexi, is finally airing! The series streams on Youku on the 7th and on Youtube on the 12th.
Here’s the two’s duet / theme song:
It seems like only yesterday the drama was announced, but Let’s Shake It 2 : Trouble on Planet Duo 颤抖吧阿部之朵星风云 has already finished filming and apparently most of post-production since it will stream on August 6. On top of saving all of the Tang dynasty by making sure it happens in the timeline, Tang Qingfeng apparently must also fight off future-himself as future-himself (actually future-future-himself given that he’s already a future-himself in the Sui dynasty) tries to kill him to save Abu.
I’m 100% up for a series of them just going to a different dynasty each season.
Here’s the first trailer. The ending is probably my favorite part:
Let’s Shake It 2 颤抖吧阿部之朵星风云 has already finished filming despite only having news of it being filmed two weeks ago, and is set to be released Summer 2018 (yes, this summer). The series brings back An Yuexi and Zheng Yecheng and that’s pretty much of the main leads because they’ve timetravelled to a new time period when the leads’ dad was still a young man. I love that this series actually has fun with the possibilities of its scifi background.
Synopsis and stills below.
The most fun drama of 2017, sci-fi rom-com Let’s Shake It 颤抖吧，阿部!, is getting a sequel, Let’s Shake It 2 : Trouble on Planet Duo 颤抖吧阿部之朵星风云. The first one was crazy hilarious and shippable, and probably one of my favorite dramas of 2017. Plus, everyone’s voice acting was perfect for their roles, which is pretty rare since most such dramas use dubs.
Not much has been said about the sequel or whether everyone will be back, but leads An Yuexi, Zheng Yecheng are definitely in it. The brother duo directors have been replaced with assistant director Wang Yan. It seems like there’ll be more aliens joining the cast. Maybe they’ll all go to Planet Duo?
P.S. While you wait, there’s another drama, My Classmate from Far, Far Away 同学两亿岁, out that also features aliens from Planet Duo crash landing on Earth.