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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The Legend of Chusen II set for release

… and it’s officially that time a year where everything is getting a release date.

The Legend of Chusen II 青云志第二季 is preparing to come out on December 8th.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, and Yang Zi, more for those who enjoyed this series.

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The Legend of Chusen set for release

Hopefully this is a more realistically pretty production… >.<

The Legend of Chusen 青云志 has released a barrage of stills and posters ahead of the release on July 31st.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, Tang Yixin, Zhang Luyi, Wei Wei, Che Xiao, Xiong Naijin, Yiyang Qianxi, Wang Yuan, Wang Junkai, and Yang Zi, those looking forward to this production can probably hope for a release date soon.

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The Legend of Chusen to be released

Nice to see they still use natural backgrounds as opposed to always using fake sets nowadays.

The Legend of Chusen 青云志 has released even more stills.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, Tang Yixin, Zhang Luyi, Wei Wei, Che Xiao, Xiong Naijin, Yiyang Qianxi, Wang Yuan, Wang Junkai, and Yang Zi, more pictures with natural backgrounds today.  It seems there’s a set release date now on July 31st.

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The Legend of Chusen… not to be outdone with stills

Such nice backgrounds… but somehow we couldn’t find the money to make two different umbrellas…

The Legend of Chusen 青云志 has released more stills.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, Tang Yixin, Zhang Luyi, Wei Wei, Che Xiao, Xiong Naijin, Yiyang Qianxi, Wang Yuan, Wang Junkai, and Yang Zi, those enjoying the costumes and backgrounds can get a better look through this post.

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The Legend of Chusen reveals more sets

Despite the costumes starting to look a bit mass-produced, at least the backgrounds look nice…

The Legend of Chusen 青云志 has released more stills.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, Tang Yixin, Zhang Luyi, Wei Wei, Che Xiao, Xiong Naijin, Yiyang Qianxi, Wang Yuan, Wang Junkai, and Yang Zi, I’m just glad dramas are making improvements on filming locations as well because I was starting to get a bit tired of easily identifiable Hengdian sets for everything…

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Li Yifeng goes emo in The Legend of Chusen trailer

If ancient China had an equivalent of Hot Topic, I imagine they would sell clothes like this…

The Legend of Chusen 青云志, what we previously called Noble Aspirations,  has released even more stills and a trailer.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Tang Yixin, and Yang Zi, after seeing some of the backgrounds the costumes look a bit less “mass produced” to me, especially after the trailer.  :)

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Li Yifeng, Yiyang Qianxi stills for Noble Aspirations

Apparently, clothes cleaning was a necessary prerequisite to join any of these groups so you can go on dangerous missions and still look immaculate…

Noble Aspirations 青云志 has released stills with backgrounds.  Stills of Yang Zi, Li Yifeng, and Yiyang Qianxi below. I know some of the costumes were starting to look a bit tacky but I feel like the backgrounds so far are working nicely…

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Noble Aspirations unveils stills for side characters

BWAHAHAHAHA!! We have backgrounds!!

Noble Aspirations 青云志 has released real stills.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, and Yang Zi, I was worrying at first but it seems like the costumes actually are working nicely with the backgrounds…

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Zhao Liying poses for Noble Aspirations

If they keep this up, it will be hard finding a costume we haven’t seen when it gets released…

Noble Aspirations 青云志 has continued its onslaught of character posters, this time of Zhao Liying and Tang Jingmei.  This is becoming one of the most attention-needy productions I have seen in terms of character posters…

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