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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Zhu Yilong, Bai Yu’s supernatural mystery series Guardian is out today

Guardian looks like the sleekest adaptation a BL novel by far.

Wow this has to be shortest announcement ever.  Supernatural mystery borderline-boy love drama Guardian 镇魂 announced on the 12th it was streaming on the 13th aka today. Except for the first day, three episodes will be out every Wednesday and Thursday for members. For non-members, watch one episode per day Mon-Sat on Youku here.

Guardian is an upcoming supernatural mystery web drama starring Bai Yu (Memory Lost) as the leader of the special investigations unit and Zhu Yilong (Border Town Prodigal) as a coldly logical professor who is later revealed to be the black robe messenger.

Videos: trailer 1; trailer 2; trailer 3BTS ; episode 1+2 previews

A shippy theme song by the male leads who are no longer overtly gay:

 

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Collection of new teasers for upcoming 2018/2019 dramas

Streaming site Youku recently held a press conference to promote a slew of upcoming dramas, most of which will air on the platform and TV stations this year. Links to new teasers and extended synopses (if any) are included.

Which shows are you looking forward to watching?

Historical dramas

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Bai Yu, Zhu Yilong’s web drama Guardian releases first teaser

Guardian is an upcoming supernatural mystery web drama starring Bai Yu (Memory Lost) as the leader of the special investigations unit and Zhu Yilong (Border Town Prodigal) as a coldly logical professor who is later revealed to be the black robe messenger. Though BL (boy love) story lines are banned in drama land, at least the show is still giving us a healthy dose of brotherly love.

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