XDRAMAsX’s 2016 Drama Review

Personally I feel 2016 has been a rather lackluster year for dramas, and there wasn’t a single show that had me completely invested. My standards have risen exponentially after a slew of good dramas in late 2015, and I’m hoping some of the shows from the 2017 lineup will make up for the disappointment this year. That being said, I probably have missed out on a couple of gems this year, so feel free to suggest your favourites below.

This is my first time reviewing anything, so do bear with my ramblings as I try and figure everything out. I also owe a huge thanks to the team at CFensi, especially 0kuo0 and idarklight, for patiently answering all my questions and making sure I settled in with minimal hiccups. All productions are listed in the order they aired, and I’ve also included some short commentary on dramas I dropped

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Ice Fantasy posters, thoughts so far?

… and so… the fellowship of ice and fire begins…

Ice Fantasy posters this week. What are your thoughts of the episodes released so far?  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet… despite thinking that there are certain advances that have been made in terms of production, I have a really hard time actually sitting through this drama and resisting the urge to click through scenes once I reach my limit… >.<

More stills below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy releases last barrage of promos before airing

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Cherry blossoms and (B)romance are a perfect match.

After all the coverage on Ice Fantasy, I do plan on checking out the first few episodes. Considering the writer’s previous works, I’ll be going in with no expectations, so all it needs to do is string together a semi-coherent story. The first two episodes will air tomorrow at 10pm (Sunday 24th in China).

Teasers and new stills below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy reveals character posters

There was a date on a poster so let’s hope they hold through.

Character posters from Ice Fantasy this today… since I have a butt-load of other images that have been released and the release date as of now is set for July 24th.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet, this is turning out to have some of the most diverse range of costume “looks” I have seen lately in a drama.

More stills below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy promises to burn up the summer with new posters

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All the costumes and styling scream Chinese Lord of the Rings.

I swear Ice Fantasy’s promotion rounds have been going on since forever, so here’s to hoping it will live up to expectations when it airs on July 24th (2 episodes each on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). Based on the bestselling novel by Guo Jingming, the adaption stars Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song Qian, Ma Tianyu and Zhang Meng.

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Jay Chou, A-mei duet for Ice Fantasy

By the way they have been going with images, some should definitely consider an official calendar with pictures…

More stills and theme songs by Jay Chou, A-mei, and Cindy Yen from Ice Fantasy this week.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet, those looking forward to this drama should probably start praying hard for a release date.
Series goes all out with an opening theme by Jay Chou and A-mei below and an ending one by Cindy Yen here:

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Ice Fantasy inappropriately edits stills

Behold! Flower petals! Everywhere!!

More stills from Ice Fantasy.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet, this photo-shop thing is getting out of hand…

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More from the world of Ice Fantasy

Ice Fantasy Disney Princess… literally…

More from Ice Fantasy.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet, those still curious about the various environments in the Ice Fantasy world can get a taste of them through these stills.

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Zhang Meng, Victoria Song for Ice Fantasy

Ooooh… and now we have red eyes too…

Ice Fantasy stills here we come.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song Qian, Kim Zhang Meng, this week will be a jumble of stills that can probably get us a better look at what they are planning for the backdrops.

More stills below the cut.

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