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  • Reviews - The Way We Were
    lunelis
    lunelis

      10

    Please stop using the ratings as a complaint board that's not what it's for. This drama was licensed less than 24 hours ago and I was made manager less than a week ago it takes a second to get this around. Patience, my friends. Patience.

  • Reviews - Sweet Combat
    lunelis
    lunelis

      10

    As chief editor, I had the honor of really diving deeply into this drama's story and characters. I like how this was a far different take on a martial arts story than usual and has a greater focus on a cast of characters, rather than just two leads, and supplied us with a variety of interesting characters. Ivy Shao, Li Mengmeng, and Zhao Yue did wonderful jobs playing my favorite characters (I hope to see Zhao Yue in more dramas!). I liked the concepts of gender subversion this drama played with, like Song Xiaomi being a tough taekwondo expert who wears makeup and dreams of a happy marriage with kids and Cheng Yanan being a brash tomboy who still feels like a girl but doesn't want to have to change who she is to be seen as one, though it did balk in a few areas, like being really hetero-normative and reinforcing many old concepts of gender roles. However, despite this, all the girls finding partners wasn't framed as them giving up their strengths or changing themselves to mold into a certain idea of femininity, but rather them finding partners who suited them and liked them as they were. I liked that a lot! As for the story, I enjoyed it a lot, too! We see a lot of different plot threads come and go, so the story is more rich than just "boy gets with girl." My only gripe is how the deceptiveness of one character wasn't demonized the way it should. Like his lies were VERY messed up. All in all, a fun and interesting drama! I'm glad I decided to check it out in spite of my initial disinterest and that I had the honor of being the chief editor for the English team.

  • Reviews - Between
    lunelis
    lunelis

      9

    It's actually kind of sad to see so many people harp on this drama. The overall message was about how the people in her life help her to grow and how she helps them to grow, the experiences she has and how she handles emotions and life and circumstance. While the blurb leads you to believe this is a typical love-triangle story, it's a much more complex journey about Xiaoqing's growth as a professional and a person. We see her change a lot in the drama and I think Xiaoqing's character development is very strong and realistic; she starts off pretty typically naive and easy to walk over, and while she never loses her more bubbly, sweet nature, she becomes a more worldly, experienced person capable of achieving great things and making choices for herself. Taiwanese dramas are recently starting to move away from "in the end, romance is all that matters for a woman!" vibe that saturates a lot of media in East Asia and I like that characters can love and date without that being their everything, their only thing. Don't get me wrong, I love romance, but first and foremost, being happy and loving yourself comes first. Being able to stand on your own makes relationships work out better in the end, rather than one person relying heavily on the other. I like that this drama has a hopeful, positive tone and really emphasizes the complexities of our relationships with ourselves, our jobs, our friends, our lovers and how important it is to look at each of them. Personally, I am very satisfied with the drama and I recommend it if you can appreciate a story for more than just satisfying a love triangle for an ending shot of a kiss.