XDRAMAsX’s 2018 Drama Review

I didn’t actually watch Secret of the Three Kingdoms, but Wan Qian‘s Fu Shou is so pretty I just had to include her in my post.

It’s that time of year again, when I collect all my thoughts on the dramas I watched over the past year. I vowed to watch many of the shows in the discarded list because they starred my favourites, conveniently forgetting that good actors cannot always elevate the quality of a drama.

On the other hand, dramas that weren’t initially on my radar ended up becoming the shows I was most invested in, probably because I had zero expectations going in. What are your thoughts on this year’s drama offerings?

Collection of Cfensi’s past reviews can be found here.

**Spoilers ahead, do proceed with caution.

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Music Monday: 2018 drama theme song edition

Instead of clogging up my end of year review (coming soon!), I’ve decided to create a separate post for my favourite OSTs of the year.

When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.

I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?

Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)

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Ashes of Love wraps up as the most viewed drama of the summer

I pretty much decided to do another photo post for this photo alone.

As the summer’s most viewed (via cable, Yanxi wins for online) series Ashes of Love香蜜沉沉烬如霜 wraps up, here’s some more stills released since it began airing.

The fantasy series stars Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi, and Chen Yuqi in a love mess sprawling over the heavenly, flower, and demon worlds.  Watch it English subbed on Youtube here.

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Promo Round-up: Ashes of Love

Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost / Ashes of Love stars Yang Zi (The Destiny of White Snake) as a deity who initially doesn’t understand the concept of love, and Deng Lun (Sweet Dreams) as a prince of the Heavens who later becomes the demon lord. Luo Yunxi (Paediatrician) rounds out the love triangle as the Night Deity. [Extended Synopsis]

The 60 episode fantasy drama airs daily on Jiangsu TV beginning tomorrow night. On Youtube under Ashes of Love.

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Yang Zi, Deng Lun have an awkward meet-cute in new trailer for Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost

The latest teaser for fantasy romance drama Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost features Yang Zi as Jin Mi, an innocent deity who is about to injure the fire deity Xufeng (Deng Lun) to retrieve his magical internal pill and increase her own powers (thankfully he wakes up just in time to prevent the act).

The female protagonist is a bundle of cuteness at the beginning of the novel, though the story takes a sharp turn into melodrama territory after Jin Mi believes Xufeng killed her father. (Extended Synopsis)

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