BL recommendations 2020

I know it is already the beginning of January but tbh like this it’s better than when I post it in fall 2019, since a lot of shows are not set by then yet – most of the release dates are not even out now, so yeah…read on and find out what is coming in 2020 for all the BL fans out there.

Note: It’s already quite hard keeping up with all the shows coming out, so I’m only mentioning TV series here and skipping the movies. Sorry. I have a job.

ENDING IN 2020

TharnType

One of the biggest BL shows in 2019 and definitely the front runner in discussion in 2019, was TharnType. The production value, the chemistry, the acting…a lot of this series is top notch. It had kind of a controversial edge at the beginning but turned out quite well and when this post is released we will already have the finale on our hands but still I wanted to include it here. Tharn and Type kept turning our exhausting Mondays into the favorite day of the week and I’m definitely hoping for a second season! To support this, please watch it on the official LINE links, they even released it with English subtitles and for international fans HERE.
Side note: I will definitely write a review on TT.

Until We Meet Again The Series

Another show ending in 2020 is Until We Meet Again The Series. It started of slow and I still think the series is like 20 times better if you have read the novel (which I actually did) but otherwise there are also a lot of non-novel fans out there who appreciate our cute romance series. Different from TT, UWMA does have more than one episode left for 2020 and I’m curious what the next episodes look like ^.^ This definitely is a series that keeps getting better and better. Do not be fooled by the apparently slow story-telling. In that regard it has a lot in common with Love By Chance. It seems slow while there’s actually a lot of stuff happening. It’s from the same studio, so no surprise there 😀 You can watch it on the official Youtube channel with English subtitles HERE.
Side note: Also another review coming after the show ends. Definitely.

Hotel Stars The Series

I’m not actually sure if this show is ending in January of if it already ended in December. It has 10 episodes in total and I haven’t watched it til now, so I cannot really tell you anything about it. You can find some info about it HERE.

COMING UP 2020
These shows have been announced for 2020, they already shot some scenes if not the whole series, maybe there’s already a release date or trailer out. These shows are quite sure to come in 2020.

Why R U? The Series

Why R U The Series was kind of happening in the background until suddenly it wasn’t. I had heard the name and that they were doing some auditions and suddenly we got more casting news and a teaser and ever since then we have been getting more and more behind the scenes and music content. So this one is pretty much set in stone to come in 2020. The release date is January 17th and I really hope they are either releasing it on Youtube or on LINE TV so international fans can watch it. Considering the teaser had already English subtitles included, I hold high hopes.
The story includes multiple BL couples with at least one recognizable actor, Saint Suppapong Udomkaewkanjana (Pete in Love By Chance), but the other cast is really cute and likable too, so I’m curious. The story seems to revolve around a bunch of college students who don’t really know or like each other suddenly starting to get closer and develop some bond. Sounds boring but the production and chemistry seems to be good enough to liven up the story and make it interesting. Find the teaser HERE.

Love By Chance Season 2

Another big news announcement was the release of Love By Chance Season 2. The story is set at the same college and with mostly the same actors. Only exception being Saint (see above) whose character Pete is studying abroad for some time (the same as in the novel, as far as I know). In reality it was more of a scheduling conflict though, but maybe if season 2 does well we will get a third season with all the couples complete. So this time it is mainly about the Tin x Can couple everyone fell in love with. I am curious about it but I also have to admit, I loved the dynamics between Ae and Pete the most, so I’m not expecting to much. I always look forward to being pleasantly surprised though, so I’ll definitely watch it. You can find the trailer on Youtube with English subs. Find more information HERE.

A Tale Of Thousand Stars

So now, let’s start with the 2020 GMMTV line up. In October, GMMTV made every BL fan’s heart beat faster when they released their 2020 line up and it included multiple BL series. Starting it off on my list here is A Tale Of Thousand Stars. It stars some unknown faces for the BL world, like Mix Sahaphap Wongratch as lead character Tian, and some faces we already know and love, namely Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri (Aun/Un in Theory of Love).
The story revolves around Tian, who got a heart transplant from a volunteer teacher after she died in a tragic accident. Wishing to fulfill her promise to a military officer she fell in love with, he goes the same path as her and meets the officer in a war-ridden country. While still on the edge about each other in the beginning, they slowly start growing closer.
I am definitely watching this one, even if the story line sounds like a set-up for a sad ending. I believe in GMMTV though to give us an ending fitting the series and making us happy and not cry for multiple days in a row (yes, I’m looking at you HIStory3: Make Our Days Count – it was amazing, but it destroyed me). I’m definitely curious to see Earth in another lead role!

Check out the trailer HERE.

The Shipper

The second series in the GMMTV’s 2020 line-up is The Shipper. Let me be honest now. I do not think this is gonna be a BL series at all. I do think it’s gonna include some BL scenes but mostly it’s a teaser I think and there won’t be much else. But I’m happy to be wrong about that one.

The cast includes mostly recognizable faces, starting with Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (Thun in He’s Coming To Me), Prigkhing Sureeyaret Yakaret who has been starring as a support or guest role in some other shows and First Kanaphan Puitrakul (Jim Bae in Blacklist) who is starring in his first kind of BL series, I think.
The story revolves around a BL fan girl who one day drives home with one of the boys from her fantasies, Kim, and they end up in a traffic accident. When she wakes up she switched souls with Kim and starts to live as him and maybe even fulfill some fantasies of her. But not everyone is oblivious to the sudden change in behavior of Kim, starting with his own brother.
If you have problems knowing who to ship, well…the series is called The Shipper and this series could either end with 1 or with I don’t know how many couples. There are so many possibilities. But it seems like an upbeat and nicely produced series, so I will check it out and decide then. Check out the trailer HERE.

2Gether The Series

A total surprise for 2020 is 2Gether. This show seems different from the usual GMMTV BL, mainly because it stars some pretty unknown BL faces as the leads and the two main leads are both portrayed as tough characters and not giving in to easily.
The main character, Tine, wants to get rid of a male fan of his and decides to get a fake boyfriend – another college student named Sarawat. After the latter declines multiple times, he finally gives in and they start to pretend date. Though soon jealousy and real feelings start to develop.
It stars multiple side couples and supporting actors with known faces from shows like Theory of Love, Dark Blue Kiss, ‘Cause You’re My Boy and Water Boyy The Series. I will definitely check it out because this could be different from the normal shows and as long as they produced it well and the chemistry is there, this could be a total gem. I’m curious! Check out the trailer HERE.

Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area

And finally the last segment for the GMMTV line-up we know about, Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area. It is the second season and to be honest, I’ve only skipped through the first one, so I don’t really know what it is about but it does feature A LOT of known faces. And I mean a lot – if the capital letters on the words haven’t already told you. The trailer is quite fast and action packed and does actually make me quite interested in the show, so maybe until it airs, I’ll check out the first season after all.
Check out the trailer HERE. Also not, that this series is not just BL but features multiple couples and multiple orientations.

En of Love

This one was originally announced for 2019 but has now been delayed to 2020. Some may think of this as some sign of “maybe” it will air but I still decided to include it under “pretty sure” since the whole cast has been determined and there are behind the scenes photos, so I guess even if it comes out around the end of 2020, it would surprise me if it wasn’t coming this year.
The story sound quite bland: It tells the story of multiple engineering and medical students and their romantic relationships. Well, depending on whether the characters are interesting and have good chemistry, this could turn out pretty good. Find out more HERE.

My Engineer The Series

This show has been announced since when? I think it started around SOTUS times and has been teased ever since then. Well, 2019 we finally got more news and some updates about it. Considering the trailer released in November, I guess it is pretty much set in stone it is coming to us. I really hope there will be no problems and we will get it in 2020. There is no specific release date yet but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for it.
As for the actors, I only recognized Cooper Patpasit Na Songkhla (Golf in My Bromance The Series) but everyone else seem interesting and the acting seems stable and somewhat experienced as far as I can judge from the trailer.
The story features multiple couples, or future couples to be exact. It is set in college and the character design seems pretty interesting…also, why so many animals???? Watch the trailer HERE to find out what I mean XD

2 Moons 3: The Series

So while there haven’t been many photos or videos or anything else for this third or second, depending on how you count them, season but it has been announced by the production team and the actors multiple times and they did say it’s gonna air in 2020, so I’m gonna include it in this part of the list, after all. I am one of those fans who watched the original 2 Moons but wasn’t really against the new cast I guess and when it finally aired I fell in love with them, so I cannot wait for the new season, especially because the team behind it was so nice to release all the episodes with English subtitles. 100 points for them!

MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE
These may have been announced for 2019 but because of some changes it didn’t come out. There are set photos or some other kind of proof something is happening though. So maybe we’ll get them in 2020.

Gen Y The Series

So this series totally flew by me, like totally. I only noticed it when I did some research for this post. Yes, I have to do research and I don’t know every BL show coming in 2020 by heart…well, maybe after this post I do XD
So, they already released somewhat of a trailer so I guess it is not totally open whether it’s coming or not but compared to other shows it’s been on the down low.
Apparently it stars some known faces, especially from 2 Moons The Series (first season. No I didn’t forgot the second “2”). Though considering I cannot see them in the trailer, I guess they are keeping them hidden for now. Or maybe I just didn’t really look close enough. I don’t really know. I only watched the trailer while writing this, so I only glanced at it.
I do think it features a lot of new faces, so I don’t expect much from the acting though. The production looks legit and good though, so let’s see what and especially when we will get the series 😉 HERE is the teaser.

My Ride, I Love You / My Ride The Series

So, first off, I have not idea what this series is called EXACTLY. Either the first one or the second one. But other than the title it seems at least the cast is pretty set on this one.
This series features a lot of actors who have been acting in other works before, some of them have even been nominated at some awards, namely Fame Chawinroj Likitchareonsakul (Guide in My Dream: The Series), so yes, I expect a lot from the acting in this one. We have not behind the scenes yet, I think because they haven’t actually started shooting the series yet but maybe we will get the series around fall or the end of the year? It looks pretty promising though and I haven’t heard any trouble yet, so as long as everything goes smoothly we get another BL series later on.
Also Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Techno in TharnType) is acting as a support role. I just think he is so adorable.

My Bromance 2: The Series / 5 Years Later

Haaaa…another series that has been teased for years now. I mean I actually think it has been teased since 2018 but we haven’t heard much.
So to clear some stuff up…no, actually it might confuse you more: There has been a movie called My Bromance (2014) and a standalone/remake TV series My Bromance The Series (2016) featuring new cast and actually telling a story set after the movie plot. Then they originally named the new thing My Bromance 2: 5 Years Later and it was announced it would feature Fluke Natouch Siripongthon (Pharm in Until We Meet Again The Series). Since he only acted in the movie and not the TV series it was clear we would get a continuation of the movie. Since they are renaming it and there have been multiple news articles, it’s not really clear any more if it will be a continuation of the movie or whether we get some things from the TV series too. So yes, everyone is confused. Also we don’t really know whether this will be a series or like a mini-series/special.
There have been some more recent news especially because it has been pretty much confirmed Fluke was gonna reprise his role as Bank. Since he is currently starring in UWMA, the shooting for My Bromance 2 has been delayed. Considering this, I guess we can expect My Bromance 2 either at the end of the year or maybe next year, I guess.

IN THE DISTANT FUTURE
No idea if they are coming in 2020 or not. Some have been announced for 2019 and now 2020, so who knows when they will come out. Not much known about these shows.

HIStory2: Boundary Crossing 2

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The HIStory franchise, if I can call it that, has been going quite strong for some time now. Most recently HIStory3: Make Our Days Count where we all cried our eyes out. They gave everyone a big and joyful surprise when they announced there would actually for the first time ever be a continuation for one of their story arcs. Boundary Crossing has been one of their most loved arcs and at first they announced a series, apparently now it turned into a movie? I don’t know and that is why it is still featured on this list.
The reason why it is still unclear when it is coming, mainly because there haven’t been many updates on this one. We know it’s coming somewhen in the future but apparently the producers are still discussing the script so we might only get it in 2021 or later. Check out the first season if you want to know what it is about and how great the series is!

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There is only one reason I’m even mentioning this here: New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul. The beloved-by-BL-fans director behind master works like Make It Right, Love By Chance and most recently Until We Meet Again. He is also the director for this one.
Other than that, there is pretty much no information released on this one.

Heart by Heart

There’s been some casting news and some rough updates on the story but there’s no real news yet. Usually that means there won’t be any releases until 2021 at least but let’s keep hoping.

Oxygen

Another series where I’m quite sure, I’ve been featuring it in the previous recommendations 2019 post? Well, in October we got a teaser and it seems they have actually been shooting some scenes, so I guess we might finally see a release of the series in 2020.
The story is quite simple but sweet about two boys who meet and meet and meet and soon cannot imagine separating. The trailer though, seems more dramatic, so I don’t know what to believe now. I do hope it’s coming in 2020! Check out the trailer HERE.

Your Voice, My Heart

Since we are on the subject of shows I have mentioned on recommendations 2019, this is another one. I don’t know why it takes so long to release it but apparently there has been some kind of issue and no idea whether it will be released or not.
The story seems quite unusual for a BL but that’s what makes it so interesting for everyone I guess. Oh and this one is not Thai, keke. I really hope they can resolve all the issues and release it in 2020.

WHO KNOWS??

Motor-Cycle The Series, That’s My Umbrella, In My Mind, Your Star, Puppy Love

So that’s it for BL recommendations 2020. Maybe you will notice that most of these are from Thailand. This time that isn’t actually on purpose. We all know the ban going on in China and tbh I doubt we will get another master piece like The Untamed. Or let me say it like this: I wouldn’t even know where to get the info for that. Taiwan normally has the HIStory series going on but even they have only announced the second installment for Boundary Crossing so other than that we don’t have any news there. And as for Japan, we will get some movies but otherwise it looks quite blank. So we end up having mostly Thai shows on this list, sorry. If you know of any others, please comment down below so I can add it to the list, so we can all keep up to date ^.^ …wow, is this post long…so much scrolling…

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Review: TharnType

Soooo, one of the highest praised and most discussed shows of 2019 just aired its finale on January 6th and left all us fans hoping for a continuation and more of this amazing acting and lovely chemistry.

Don’t worry I’m not here today to just praise the series. I do have some things to complain about, although I can already tell, there aren’t many.

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TharnType – General Information

TharnType is a 12 episodes Thai series that started airing in October 2019 and took a two week break over the Christmas holidays just to make everyone wait for its finale on January 6th.

The story is set in the same universe as the highly popular series Love By Chance. It is produced by a different team though and stars totally different actors except for a few guest appearances.

TT is about Type, a college student, who starts sharing a room with the music student Tharn and they hit it off really well. Because of a trauma from childhood Type has sworn to hate everything gay for lifetime. So what happens when he finds out that his seemingly perfect roommate is gay?

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The story and character development

The story in general is nothing new. It’s about someone’s hate turning into love and them having to face some obstacles. TT does not shine because of its extraordinary story, it doesn’t. It does shine quite a little bit because of its story development though.

The guys didn’t just meet and dislike each other in the first second but had a good time until Type found out about Tharn liking other guys. That’s when the complications started. The characters make a lot of mistakes in the beginning. Like really big ones. That was one of the reasons the series was kind of disliked in the beginning but soon they turned it around because TT is not just a story to enjoy some eye candy but the mistakes are there for a reason. You see the characters learn and start doing better. You see them  start understanding each other and try to learn more about their roommate. You can see the story shape the protagonists and make them into better people.

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The character development in this show is definitely noticeable and a big plot point and I really appreciated the change from other shows where it’s sometimes shown that love conquers all. In TT both parties had to learn to change as well as accept each other’s faults to stay together. In that regards it’s a lot more like real life than just the unconditional and never ending love we see and love from other shows.

The chemistry of Mew & Gulf

The main leads are played by Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat (What The Duck) as Tharn and Gulf Kanawut Traipipattanapong as Type. Mew already has some experience acting in a BL role while Gulf is quite new to the whole genre.

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The chemistry between the leads but also the rest of the cast is absolutely superb. I mean the leads fit oh-so-well together and maybe it is because they are close friends (at least that’s what it seems like) in real life you see that they mean a lot to each other in every single one of their glances and stares.

One thing I appreciated in this couple: while Tharn was originally the stronger and more grown-up part of the couple, around the end you could see how much he trusted and loved Type. He let go and showed his weak and more child-like side to him too. Also you see Type realize when he has to be the strong one and protect his man and its not just the other way around. I mean I don’t have anything against the usual Ae-Pete situation going on but I just appreciated a tough couple like this one too ^.^

The acting and production

One thing you just have to comment on when watching this show, the quality. The production quality (props, set, background music, lighting, etc.) is amazing. I don’t remember anything being out of place or being anywhere near lazy production. The lighting and colors are beautiful. Light and beautiful scenes are held in bright and warm colors while harsh and heart wrenching scenes are done in dark and cold colors. It sets an atmosphere. I mean just see how they decided to slow down the intro song for the last episode since the story line wasn’t as happy as the original song at the moment. It fit the atmosphere of the things happening.

The chemistry and the production quality are definitely great and no, I do not have any bad points to comment on here. I tried to find some bad points but I just couldn’t.

So, now about the acting. Together with Mew with have not many known faces returning. Mostly Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Love’s Coming) and a few other faces who have appeared in like one other show or are set to appear in another series. Still the acting was quite exceptional. Everyone convinced in their role and showed their character really well. There were some scenes where I was kind of thrown off sometimes but those scenes came from side characters rather than the leads or their main circle of friends. Big compliments on the casting and the acting. You could see everyone was doing their best.

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Is there anything bad about this series?

Okay, now let’s go to the more negative part. What about this series wasn’t done so well. First off, I just wanna complain about the two week break during Christmas…why did you leave us hanging for two weeks. And no, I won’t count the special they released inbetween. That was just a try to get us to feel bad for the bad guy which did not work at all for me.

But no, let’s get real. There is a reason the discussion got heated after the first few episodes. There are a few edgy scenes (and I don’t mean edgy in a good way). If I see it how they explained it, as faulty characters who have to learn how to become better people, sure, then I can take it. But on the other hand, it was kind of controversial considering Type had a trauma from childhood and while Tharn did not know about it, he just did something without the other guy knowing. It’s not perfect but it kinda fits the story and their explanation does actually make sense. They did not included a forced skinship scene for the heck of it but to make a point that some things are okay but sometimes you should know the whole story before making a judgement.

Another issue I wanted to point out: Sometimes there were really slow scenes. Those scenes would’ve sometimes been better if they had been cut in half so someone wasn’t staring at the ground and thinking about an answer for such. a . long. time. It did get exhausting sometimes.

Overall Review

Overall, TharnType proved the winner of 2019’s BL shows and there have been quite a few contenders. But even if there was a lot of doubt in the beginning, they series came back strong and showed everyone how a series and a fitting (season!!) ending are made. Yes, I’m hoping for another season. No, I’m not being subtle about it.

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Also, as a side note, I really appreciated the short guest appearance by Saint, Mark and Mean in the middle and the end of the series. Okay, I admit, I mostly grinned at Saint because I missed his character Pete so much.

After doing some research I also realized that I should’ve never doubted the story behind TT. I mean the screenwriter is the same as the one for Love Sick and the author of the novel is just a wonderful creative mind, so there you have it.

What did you think about the series? Did you enjoy watching? Will you check it out?

Welcome the BL fall 2019!

Yes, we finally made it over the BL break time and are just right on track with the BL fall. And yes, there is a lot for the BL fans out there.

For everyone who is afraid of missing some of the biggest shows out there, here is a short preview/ episode review of the new shows!

Thank God It’s Friday

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Okay, I admit, this has been airing for a while now – August 24th to be exact. But it is still airing so yeah, I decided to include it in this list. Thank God It’s Friday is loosely based on the Love Sick BL series, playing in the same Friday College and revolving around the music club. The new music club president Jump sees himself and his friends in a crisis when their club budget is cut drastically (getting major “who messed up the budget meeting” vibes from LS here 😉 ) Since they aren’t very good at making music – kinda a necessary condition for a music club?! – they don’t have any leverage to actually get more money. So with the help of a teacher, they travel to Khon Kaen’s Friday College and practice together with their music club. Soon it is not only their music that is changing but also their hearts.

I can give you a short review of the series right now. It is cute and kind lovely but the acting is…well, bad. There is no nice way to say it. It’s awkward and strange. There are a few scenes and a few actors who managed to do quite well and surprise in a few moments but overall you see that most of them are newbies and don’t have much experience. Still it is a nice little series on the side. So I recommend it if you want to watch something different from all the “blockbuster” BL shows airing this year ^.^

The Effect

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How long has this series been teased? I don’t actually know but I think I already announced it in my BL recommendations list for 2019, last year and it was kind of unclear whether it would even air this year. After they teased us with another 3 special behind the scenes episodes it finally started this week and well…

The story is about Shin, a shy college freshman. One day he has a coincidental encounter with the top student and something like the perfect guy in university, Keng. They become friends (and maybe more…) but one day rumors start spreading and the whole situation might turn into a bad direction.

Let me just say, I’m not unhappy with the first episode but I did expect a little bit better. The acting is good, I guess, but I didn’t expect any different considering a few of them acted in other shows before (Love By Chance fans, where r u?) and the chemistry? Well, I’ve only watched episode 1 so I’m gonna hold of on saying anything yet. I’m afraid of the story though, since no one really knows which version of the novel was adapted. The trailer seems nice in the beginning but turns bad around the end and the first two minutes of episode 1 also don’t bode too well… I’m still gonna watch it though. Let’s see where it goes.

Until We Meet Again The Series

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I already announced this series in a previous post. But now we finally got a release date and the countdown to November 9th has already started. The series comes from the same studio that gave us Love By Chance and the director is none other than New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul. You may have heard of him, he’s been pretty big out there in the BL world and as far as I can tell, he’s gonna stay in this genre for a while (e.g. Why R U? The Series is coming up in 2020). Let’s all thank him for that, because he is amazing, seriously.

UWMA has a pretty uncommon story line compared with all the recent BL shows. It’s about two couples. First there is Intouch and Korn, two lovers who love and care for each other from the bottom of their hearts but their love is not supposed to be and it takes a tragic turn toward the end. Years later, the college freshman Parm meets the swimming club president Dean and both of them feel like they have known and searched for each other for a long time…like from a previous life.

I read the UWMA novel and to be honest, it was a tearjerker at some parts. Sad tears but also joyful ones. So yes, I cannot wait for this series to air. The casting seems good and I’m curious what it’s gonna be like. Definitely a series to keep on the lookout for.

TharnType The Series

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I knew that this series was coming, I did not know what to think of it. Especially because people were never really clear on the casting until some time ago. So, the first episode already aired and it looks…interesting. I think TharnType could be a big surprise this year. It looks promising and I’m curious where it is gonna go. There is already good acting and nice chemistry going on.

TT The Series tells the story of two university room mates, Tharn and Type. Type is a strong homophobic because he was molested by a man when he was a child and Tharn is openly gay. So of course, they clash pretty soon…but maybe something more will come out of them being together?

There are some questionable and problematic scenes in the first episode but even the director of the series addressed the issues and said this show was about people (hopefully) learning from their mistakes and not just about two people doing everything right from the beginning. It is kind of borderline with some of its scenes but I think he gave a good explanation for why the show starts that way, so I do believe that this show is gonna get better and I’m definitely gonna stay on for now ^.^

HIStory3: Make Our Days Count

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This one is another upcoming show – October 16th marks the beginning. How long have we waited for this to air? I don’t even know but it was long enough that they changed the title multiple times and also the premise of the story. Originally it was supposed to be a sad story and somehow it turned into a school romance? Well, you won’t hear me complain, I’m excited for it 🙂

The story is nothing new but we all know the HIStory series has a knack for giving it his own flavor and keeping us on our toes and giggling like crazy people. It tells the story of Xiang Hao Ting and Yu Xi Gu, polar opposites in their character and their life and through coincidence their paths cross…soon passion and feelings take over and love is in the air.

Since I am a big fan of the HIStory series and its track record regarding chemistry between the leads I am totally on board with this one. I am hesitant only for the one reason of “They have been getting better and better…how far is this series gonna take us?” I hope they prove our expectations right again this time.

And am I the only one getting Addicted vibes from this?

Dark Blue Kiss

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DBK has to be one of the most anticipated BL shows of this year. The trailer was released around a year ago (a little less I think) and ever since then, people have been waiting for this. And let’s be honest, the producers know how anticipated the show is. You can see it pretty much in the first 5 minutes of the series. They know we love PeteKao, we know we love them and finally, October 12th brought us episode 1.

DBK is the continuation of Kiss: The Series and Kiss Me Again. It tells the story of Pete and Kao, studying in college but also busy with their own lives. They are still very much in love with each other but of course life throws them some curve balls in form of Non, a handsome playboy who starts getting interested in Kao, and rubs Pete in all the wrong ways. Faced with Pete’s jealousy and Kao not wanting to come out to his mother, it is only a matter of time before Kao and  Pete have to overcome some big obstacles in their relationship.

This time there is less “no, I don’t love you” in the series and you can see both characters have accepted their feelings for each other. Still there is some hesitation regarding admitting it to people around them. DBK also shows a second couple, I cannot wait to see more of. I was already curious when they appeared in Kiss Me Again and I’m more than a little bit curious about their development. The expectations for Dark Blue Kiss are high, but I have not doubt GMM will deliver!

 

So what are you gonna watch? What seems promising? Tell me in the comments below. If you know other shows airing around now, just comment them down below and I will check them out 🙂

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Because updates are exhausting #randomremarks

Welcome to another installment of random remarks and me lamenting about some ongoing things…or if I’m late, the recently past things 🙂

What to do with Monday and Tuesday?

So recently I started to write down all the shows I’m watching and on what weekdays I can expect some new episodes. I really need it because I watch to much and already lost total control of my calendar I guess. Well, so I started this calendar and soon realized…why do I have almost nothing to watch on Monday and Tuesday? For some time I had one (!) show to watch but since that ended I’m pretty much screwed at the beginning of the week. For now I have spend my time re-watching already released stuff or to finally finish a few shows I had stopped watching for some time.

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So if you know any good shows airing on Mon/Tue, feel free to write it down in the comments.

It’s gonna be an interesting Phase Four…

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, if you like superhero movies at all, you probably have heard of the dispute between Marvel and Sony.
For those who do not know, Marvel (which belongs to Disney) and Sony have made a pretty amazing deal in the last few years, something not seen before. Sony owns the rights to Spiderman while Marvel wanted to add the friendly neighborhood hero to their highly popular MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and integrate him into the world of their other superheroes. If you have ever entered the world of licensing, owner rights and so on, you’ll know it’s messy and pretty much a world of “i have something you don’t have, hehe”. So, this deal… Marvel and Sony decided to cut a deal, where Sony would pay and produce the movies but Marvel would take the lead on the creative side. Of course, the income would go to Sony too. I mean, let’s be honest here: if you are not an avid comic fan and totally for “the original comic creators should be able to do what they want with their hero”, then this does sound pretty reasonable considering Marvel/Disney were the ones who wanted to include Spiderman into their universe. I mean, yes, Sony got the lucky end with the movies considering only (I think) 5% of the movie profit went to Marvel but…everyone…you DO KNOW HOW MUCH money Spiderman made, right? The first one got pretty much 7-8 times its original budget and the second made around 9-10 times its original budget.

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A little bit of math: if I can believe wikipedia, Spider-Man: Far From Home made around 1.111 billion US Dollars. Even if we minus the 160 million for its budget, 5% are still around 47 million dollars. Ever heard of the phrase: “if you don’t respect the little money, then you don’t deserve the big one”? and Marvel finally got a deal that allowed for them to get to use Spiderman in their MCU.

In general, I understand why Marvel asked for more money, I do. I do not understand why they asked for 50% though. Let me be honest, if I was in Sony’s position I would’ve trashed the deal too. I mean, Sony DID buy the Spiderman rights and now they are being slandered for actually doing what they want with it…that’s as if I bought a house, painted it pink and now everyone is complaining that I should give back the house, JUST because I colored it pink. I mean Sony already saw that it was smarter to let Marvel take the creative lead because they are far better at that than Sony, but asking for half of the money, it’s pretty much Marvel asking whether they can have their hero back. I’m totally for Marvel getting their hero back…but maybe don’t ruin your own story on the way. So many people already doubted the MCU could survive without Iron Man and this definitely does not bode well for the MCU’s future.

So yes, I’m actually on Sony’s side here…I do hope they reach a new deal with Disney and Marvel though, because Tom Holland as Spiderman is just amazing ^.^

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And fall brings us back to the wonderful world of BL…

For BL there are these phases I think. During the year there are like 3 or 4 phases where there are 2-3 BL shows airing at the same time. Then suddenly it stops and we are left with nothing. Before 2Moons2 we had such a sad phase. Well, another one is coming soon. September brings another dry phase considering 2Moons2 ends in September and Dark Blue Kiss doesn’t start until October. The same with the highly anticipated (at least by me) series Until We Meet Again, that one is supposed to start in November. History3 Make Our Days Count (the second story of the HiStory3 series) is also set to air from October 1st. So prepare for some sad weeks of not being able to watch anything. Do not be too sad though, since we are getting Dark Blue Kiss, Until We Meet Again, HiStory3 Make Our Days Count and maybe finally the also long awaited series The Effect (although we may not know whether that show goes the dark or happy road)

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Since I already mentioned it, I cannot wait for Until We Meet Again. I’m currently reading the novel and it is absolutely awesome. I mean seriously, it’s tragic and sad, but at the same time so lovely! And considering the trailers/teasers and the pictures I have seen I think they did a good job with the cast ^.^ so excited for it. For those who do not know: UWMA is about Korn and Intouch, who fall in love and promise each other to always be together and find each other. But their love is not supposed to last and ends tragically. 30 years later, Parm starts his university life and meets the swimming team captain Dean. And strangely, both of them have the feeling of having met each other before…as if they remembered each other from a previous life.
I am seriously so excited for this series!

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As for 2Moons2, let me be honest, if the ending is as good as the show is right now, they totally top the previous season. The show has the chemistry, the cast, the stories, the design and camera work and gets better each episode. I’m definitely gonna post a review after it ended, so yes, you’re gonna hear my full review then.

So, is there anything else? Not really I guess…I am planning to release a review on Theory of Love soon 😀

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2Moons 2 – Reboot Review

On June 29th we started into a new adventure…2Moons 2 The Series started airing and with it came a pressure to perform well. The special pre-episode told us the first 3-4 episodes are gonna tell the story we all know and then the new plot lines are starting. For now 5 episodes have aired so I will review those for now and maybe a full on review later on.

A new start

Not long ago they announced they would re-tell some of the story from the previous 2Moons and would then go on to tell new story lines. So do not expect too much from the first 3 episodes since those are pretty much just a re-telling of the story and not much else.

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Suprisingly the re-telling brings quite some new things and dynamics which you may have thought about but not seen before.
We get more insight into Kit’s feelings, as well as some spin on the back story between Phana and Wayo. Their story seems to have a whole different undertone but I give that to the new actors (which I will say more about later). In general the reboot/season 2 brings a whole different aura and feels like you may watch something new with a little bit of a deja-vu feeling beside it.

The Cast

I wasn’t really into the new cast at the beginning. Not because I liked the old one that much but because their acting in teasers and trailers seemed shallow. So what to really expect from the new cast? They are better than I imagined, really, BUT they are really different than before. You know the saying that every actor and actress gives new characteristics to a character? Well, this time it is definitely like that.

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So what changed? Well, Pha is definitely more tough character-wise and does seem a little bit colder. I think that fits really well considering Wayo never really knew his feelings were reciprocated and it would have been strange if he never noticed anything. We get some back story of how Pha finally realized his own feelings and stepped out of his comfort zone to admit he liked a guy (compliments for having such good friends who wanted him to be honest and support him). This side was totally missing from season 1. Also Pha seems a lot more playful around his friends and later on when he gets closer to Wayo. In general he seems to be the kind of guy who is really close and sweet when he knows someone well and kind of cold but polite when he meets some stranger. Before he was mostly handsome and in love with Wayo but this time he is a lot more playful in the relationship. I like the new characteristics a lot and it leads to a new set of scenes with Wayo. While this playfulness does make him seem younger, the kissing and more intimate scenes with Wayo give the character some feeling of being grown up, so we also get that.

Wayo is a little bit more awkward which doesn’t really hurt the role (since the character is awkward too) and also he does seem like someone who is in love with Pha for years. Previously he had more backbone and while he did seem like a guy with a crush, he did not seem like a guy in love all the time. In the first re-telling episodes the new Wayo kind of lost all backbone but do not worry, he gets more cheeky in episode 4 and 5, so we can hope for the future. I do think it’s nice though, to see the new Wayo with his little self-confidence but still being able to act like a normal person. He did not turn into a total soft person who doesn’t know the word “no”.

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For his story line the producers stayed more loyal to his original story and it really was mostly re-telling at first and not many new scenes. I do admit that he was one of two characters I really was on the edge about whether I liked them or not. In episode four he was adorable so he had that going for him but he gets much better in episode 5, so I guess we will see even better acting from him from now on.

As for Ming and Kit: Ming seems a lot more age appropriate than before. I mean the characters are just starting their college years so it’s nice seeing him being confident but also young, cheeky and sometimes insecure. His friendship with Wayo seems a lot more to the ground too. Before it was this friendship between the cute little guy and the cheeky confident guy. This time it is more balanced and they actually seem as if this could be two real boys who have been friends for years and are there for each other when there is trouble. As for Kit, I think he’s my new favorite of the show. He seems the most natural of all of them and while you already see some of the underlying insecurities, he has a feeling of seniority about him and I appreciate it. It’s nice actual seeing him be their senior and not just the guy who gets weak when he’s around Ming. I do think their re-telling story line suffered a lot from the shortness of scenes but since the play a bigger role in the new story, I think we can all be excited for that. The two actors also mix quite well although I would like to see them a little bit more engaging since they seem a little bit stiff around each other. For episode 5, though, I give the biggest compliments to him, since the face he gave Ming, when he knew he was breaking the guy’s heart? That was acting-gold! You could see him being uncomfortable and not liking how the situation turned out. He did break the guy’s heart but at the same time he felt like an ass for doing so and didn’t really want to do it and you could see all that in his face. For now definitely my new favorite of the new cast!

While most of the others swayed from their previous characteristics, Forth is the one character most similar to his previous part. He is still tough with some fluff on the side. I did love the new scene between Pha and Forth. They seemed like friends, finally talking it out and I love how Forth accepted Pha’s interest in Yo but at the same time warned him to take good care of the little guy.

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We didn’t get much of Beam yet. He does seem like less of a playboy and in his scene with Kit you can already see where the story is going. Depending on the pace of the Kit-Ming story, I guess, we are getting our Forth-Beam couple. I’m curious how those two are gonna fit together. I did read the novels so yes, I’m excited.

Overall we are getting on a different ride than before and I am happy they are retelling the story since we can get to know the characters first. I think this was a really good decision since it would have been really awkward otherwise.

The background

As for the materials, rooms and so on, it’s nice and looks good, the only thing I am criticizing is the sounds in the movie. Sometimes the show gets the perfect song but a few times they did not play anything and you noticed the silence even more. I mean I was thinking: “did they screw up the editing?” At least for the first two episodes it was like that. It gets better by episode four. You can kind of see that they put more or better work into the new story then into the re-telling episodes, but I don’t really blame them for it. I think it is better this way and the new scenes, plot lines and story seem very interesting and fitting.

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Overall

It does seem like a nice show and I’m definitely gonna continue watching. Especially because they are releasing it with english subs. Since when are we getting that??? I love it. So let’s support them and start on this new journey.

Note: the kiss between Pha and Yo was really nice. Not just a shy little one but…well, I did not expect that much ^.^ nice seeing them change that and the actors really doing well.

So this was my review for the first four 2Moons 2 episodes. I know it is a little bit chaotic but I’m melting here. Still I hope you liked it. Now I’m gonna go back to getting grilled in the 37°C sun.

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