Choose-your-own-adventure in interactive drama The Invisible Guardian

With a douban score of 9.7/10, Invisible Guardian rates way above even the highest rated drama of last year (The River Flows East at 8.8)

China’s most expensive choose-your-own-adventure yet, interactive drama The Invisible Guardian 隐形守护者 is the latest espionage drama hit.  With about ten hours of gameplay, complex characters, and multiple brilliant endings, the game allows the user to take on the identity of Xiao Tu, a student who has decided to go undercover in Shanghai during the Republican era. There, you must navigate a world where everyone is out for themselves, all the while making difficult decisions that often have no right answers. Pay attention, for there are hints in episode one that won’t show up until the very last episode.

The interactive drama doesn’t gloss over the complexity of human nature and the harshness of reality. In one plotline, you have the option of manipulating the masses Culture Revolution-style to smear the name of a former colleague. In another, you can join the Japanese army to save yourself. There are bad and good people in each party, and you can also end up in any of them by the end of the series.  Can you maintain your original dreams when everyone around you seems to have betrayed them and you?  Even if you’ve kept alive, are the sacrifices along the way worth it? Will you still be you? 

By having the option of death, the series also gets rid of the “dumb decisions” issues that many dramas have. After all, one mistake and you’re dead. The series allows you to experience over a hundred endings in five main plotlines, including some that seem cruel but logical to you, but also some that are “losses” but might make your life so much happier.  Sometimes even when you lose you might be winning.

Liu Xijun sings the theme for the Red Blossom plotline of the drama game, which is part stills and part video:

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Music Monday: Girl Power

Some songs  I’ve been listening to :

  • Julia Wu’s 底线 Baseline by my favorite Chinese rnb producer terrytyelee
  • Miss Ko’s  English rap Started From Scratch. I hope she comes out with an all-English album like Joanna Wang.
  • Chen Li’s indie folk 奇妙能力歌 Mystical Powers Song with gorgeous lyrics
  • Chinese dance pop group Seven Sense 七朵组合 ‘s comeback single Green Snake 青蛇
  • Jiang Yingrong’s Why Not, mostly for how great she looks in the MV
  • Jeno Liu ft Bryan Rice’s Chinese and English duet Warrior
  • Meng Jia’s 给我乖 Drip from her first EP after leaving Miss A
  • Liu Qianyu’s bubbly Soda 
  • Li Sidanni wears the pants in her duet with Aifei, Bad Girls Need Love Too
  • Huang Luziying’s cute Ugly Duckling 美小鴨  MV

ee-Media releases New Year calendar

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You know you’re growing old when … you don’t recognize a dozen or so people on eeMedia’s New Year gimmick. No colorful New Year MV‘s this year, but eeMedia does have a fun calendar featuring favorites like Top Combine, Li Yuchun, Zheng Shuang, Wei Chen, Zhang Jie, Ou Hao, Fu Mengni, Yu Kewei, Yu Tian, Hua Chenyu,etc.

Not only can you have
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Hightlights from HNTV New Year Concert 2013-2014

HNTV 2014 NYC

Happy New Year!! What’s a new year celebration without a few good concerts? Lets begin with the always energetic and youthful Hunan TV New Year Concert. Hosted by Happy Camp and Day Day Up MCs (as usual), this year’s concert should really be called a family concert since almost everyone are affiliated with HNTV in someway.

idarklight‘s favorite performance might be the cuteness overload from Zhang Liang and Tian Tian, but my favorite performance of the night has to be the special rendition of Ylvis’s The Fox by Superboy 2013. Performed by Bai Jugang 白举纲, Jia Shengqiang 贾盛强, Ning Huanyu 宁恒宇, Rao Wei 饶威. Supergirl 2011 (Fu Mengni 付梦妮, Hong Chen 洪辰, Liu Meihan 刘美含, Zu Miaoling 苏妙玲) also joined the quartet at the end.


The full concert is available on HNTV’s Official Youtube Channel, below at a few highlight acts from the night.
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Jiang Yingrong Invites You to Her “Fashion Show”

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Lets follow Vivi Jiang to her Fashion Show

Jiang Yingrong is back after two years with a brand new EP. The MV to the title song “Fashion Show” has finally been reveal after two months and 20+ hours of filming. All I have to say is that – this is most definitely worth the wait.

First single’s MV “Crazy” was released along with a dance tutorial a few weeks ago.

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Music Monday: June 10, 2013

Oh, ho, ho! What’s this? Music Monday is here? And you all thought we were going on hiatus? *Acting!
Sorry for the delay (but it’s still Monday in, like, Hawaii).

Former Morning Musume member, Linlin 琳琳, draws inspiration from Alice in Wonderland in the music video for 戰豆 Fighting. Keep an eye out for a dancing Spider-Man. (more…)

Music Monday: May 20, 2013

Mondays are always hard...
Mondays are always hard…

This week’s playlist includes: a Sichuan all-star dedication to their hometown, a Bibi-style track from Bibi Zhou Bichang, a dance track from Vivi Jiang Yingrong, a retro pop track from Kiki Hu Ling, an English song from Jeno Liu Liyang, a hometown dedication from Ji Jie, a track from post-90s singer/songwriter Ah Qiao, and a track from returning singer Ruan Danqing. In addition, this week’s relevant OSTs include theme songs from Yu Zheng costume drama Female Prime Minister, costume action drama Hero, a modern romance drama Marriage Article 22, and upcoming movie American Dreams in China.

First, Sichuanese artists want to remind you that Sichuan is Still Beautiful.

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