Love Online: Extra

I recently watched a really cute movie called „Love Online“ or „Love Online: Extra“ because it is actually an extra movie to the series of the same name. I can’t believe I never heard of the series or the movie before and only happened upon them by chance! 😳 I definitely would have regretted not seeing it because it’s just too cute to describe! 😍
Please note: I watched the movie first and actually haven’t had a look at the series yet so this is a totally unbiased review of the movie. 😉

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The Blind Concubine

Alright, „The Blind Concubine“ is a novel most people probably won’t like but I have to admit that it is one of my favorite Chinese bl novels just because it is so entirely different and extremely emotional. I definitely didn’t regret reading this!

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The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love

The Chinese bl novel „The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love“ is one that I only discovered because the other novel that was translated on the side hadn’t that many chapters out yet. I loved it very much at the beginning and I still liked it at the ending even though I wasn’t that thrilled about it anymore.
It’s still a novel I’d recommend reading, though. There is an advantage to this novel, too: It is already completely translated so you can start reading right now. 😉

 

What is „The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love“ about?

This novel is about Du Ze who read a web novel and wrote a not so nice comment in order to help the author get more famous but instead made him change the whole novel and get hated by his readers. Du Ze suffers because of how much the protagonist has to endure now and finally gets the chance to right the things that went wrong because of his comment when he is transported into the world of the novel and meets the novel’s protagonist Xiu.

 

My opinion

Alright, so, as someone who loves to read and write I was thrilled when I started reading this novel. Why? Because it connects the original novel Du Ze read, the story of Du Ze himself inside the world of the novel and something called the „black box“ that seems to be something like the voice of the protagonist of the original novel.
The snippets from the original web novel and the black box appear every few chapters and gave the novel a bit more depth, IMO. Unfortunately, they didn’t prevail until the end or at least they seemed to get fewer and fewer with time and my interest in the novel dwindled with their number. It’s not that I didn’t like the novel anymore but I just didn’t find it as interesting as before.

One of my other problems were the characters. I did like Xiu – the protagonist of the original web novel – because he had a backstory that influenced him very much and his actions were always comprehensible to me.

The person I didn’t really like, unfortunately, was Du Ze, the one who is the protagonist of „The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love“. At first glance, he seemed like a really interesting protagonist: He is deaf and extremely short-sighted which is something that differentiates him from almost every other character I’ve read about until now.
Unfortunately, that is everything I found distinct about him. He didn’t really seem to have a personality that influences much in the novel. And his impairment that seemed like it could be interesting somehow seemed more like an overly convenient plot-device because his hearing aid somehow always fails at the crucial moment. It was fun the first time but it wasn’t when it happened repeatedly.

I actually lost interest in the novel halfway but still continued on after a while because, well, the overall plot was still good and the world was really detailed.

 

All in all …

„The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love“ is a novel I did like but that didn’t manage to engage me continuously. To me, it felt a little lacking character-wise while I was very much in love with the world building, the overall plot, and the story-telling itself. So, my reading experience with this novel was quite mixed.

I would still recommend giving this novel a try because there are lots of good things about it and quite a few cute scenes you’ll certainly like. 😉

From Now To The Past

Sometimes, when I’m feeling artsy I go and watch a short film and each time I’m impressed by how much those directors are able to tell in less than 10 minutes. Just today I rediscovered one of those little gems called „From Now To The Past“.

 

What is „From Now To The Past“ about?

From Now To The Past_2There probably isn’t much to say about a movie that is only about 8 minutes long. To keep it short: It is about a guy, his wedding, and his best friend. And then again it’s way more complicated than that.

 

My opinion

When I watched the beginning of this short film for the first time I thought „What the hell is this shit?!“. When I rewatched it today … I still thought the same. 😂
I don’t regret sitting through the first scene and watching until the end, though, because the rest of the movie was great! There was lots of emotion and even an unexpected turn which I wouldn’t have expected in something this short.

 

Overall …

I definitely didn’t regret watching this and might even rate it as one of my highlights. So, I recommend giving it a try! You can find the short film subbed on YouTube.

Counterfeit Bride

It’s once more time to introduce a short novel to you: „Counterfeit Bride“. This is once again a completely translated novel with only 10 chapters so you can read it in a couple of hours. 😉

 

What is „Counterfeit Bride“ about?

The title of the novel is actually pretty straightforward: The novel tells the story of Shi Jie Yi a servant who is asked by his master to, well, replace her for her marriage because, well, she doesn’t want to go to some backwater place. After some persuasion, he actually agrees. His husband-to-be isn’t that thrilled about the marriage either and wants to test his new „bride“ to see if she is even fit to marry him. But if the one he is testing isn’t the fragile miss he imagined but instead a servant and a man no less, then most likely this test will play out differently than expected. So will those two actually get to marry?

 

My opinion

This novel had a similar feeling like „Ban Lu Qin Jun“ for me. Both are short and quite straightforward, they don’t make any complicated detours. When comparing both of them I still have to say that I like „Counterfeit Bride“ more.
I did like both the protagonist Shie Jie Yi and the male lead Yun Tian Yang. They both have their reasons for their actions and their interactions are a bit funny and overall quite cute.
I could even have read some more chapters but overall I think it was alright to have only those 10. Even with this shortness, the novel managed to give me some slight surprises and some twists, as well as establishing the characters and their relationship. There are also some supporting characters that I found quite nice.

 

Overall …

„Counterfeit Bride“ is a cute and fluffy novel that can be read when you have a free afternoon and don’t know what to do yet. It was definitely a novel I didn’t regret reading and one that I would even read a second time. 😊

Guardian (series)

Alright, I was agonizing if I should post this in the Chinese bl section or rather in the non-bl Chinese section. Long story short: „Guardian“ is a series that is based on the novel of the same name. The novel is totally bl while the series …  met with Chinese censorship. There have been many changes from the source material and one of the biggest is certainly that there is no explicit bl and we’re just stuck with some insinuations and, well, two gorgeous main characters that are so well portrayed by their actors that I … still felt like I was watching a bl series. 😅
So, the Chinese bl section it is. 😉

 

What is the series „Guardian“ about?

There have been quite a lot of changes from the novel so I’ll really only tell you what the series is about.
Guardian_Zhao Yunlan_Black Robed Envoy_JusticiarThe basic storyline is still the same, though: There’s the Special Investigation Department, in short SID, that is working on some supernatural cases in Dragon City. Their boss is Zhao Yunlan, the so-called guardian. While he is working on a case at the local university he meets Professor Shen Wei and … well, it feels like sparks are flying but as far as Zhao Yunlan says he just feels that this guy is really familiar.
Somehow, Shen Wei is being connected to nearly all the incoming cases of the SID so those two meet up a lot more and more or less start working together.
All the cases that are occurring recently seem to have another thing in common: They have to do with the four Hallows that are tied to the so-called „Dixing“-people, some sort of mutated alien-race that totally looks human on the outside but has some special abilities. The SID now has to prevent the Dixing-people to get their hands on the Hallows.

 

My opinion on the series

Alright, so, I also read like the translated half of the novel and I’ll just say this beforehand: I like the novel more. And not just because of the only implicit bl in the series 😁 But I still like the series very much.

So, first of all, the series did a fantastic job with how they changed things. Sure, it’s sad that there’s no bl but I guess the most important thing is that people who don’t know the novel and just want to watch a nice series are able to watch it and enjoy it. Considering that I watched part of the series first before reading the novel I’d say that it worked.
The series explained the backstory a lot differently than the novel did but it worked. They also changed up some arcs which was quite nicely done overall, too. Here’s the big but: When the first antagonist turned up I felt like the series had a sudden drop in classiness.
Do you know these series where there’s that strange-looking antagonist that seems super-strong at the beginning, then the protagonist mops the floor with him and then another even stronger antagonist appears and laugh crazily? Yeah, Guardian felt that way to me when we got to see the first antagonist for the first time.
At that moment, I had a short urge to stop watching and solely persisted because Guardian was advertised as bl and I liked Zhu Yi Long since „Border Town Prodigal“.
Well, it got better later, so I guess I can’t say I regretted it. 😁

Guardian_Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei flirtingNow I already mentioned one of the good things about this series: The actors! Yes, they’re just great. Even if you’re a lover of the novel you probably won’t find much to cuss about. They did a fantastic job, IMO. And, well, I guess this is the moment where I’ll start to gush about just how handsome I think Zhu Yi Long is? 😁 Mn, anyway, I think he and Bai Yu did a really, really good job at portraying Shen Wei and Zhao Yunlan.
Uh, and that Black-robed Envoy … Ah, I just can’t watch this enough. Let me put a big picture as an exception:

Guardian_Black Robed Envoy

Honestly, you can’t fault me for this. I do have a thing for men with long hair (in this kind of series, at least 😁) and he’s just too handsome. Yes, totally not my fault!

Guardian_Da Qing-aka-Damn Cat*cough* I guess this was enough fangirling now … Lets get back to the point: Even the supporting characters are great. Each of them has a backstory and distinct personality. The series gets Brownie point for the fact that they have a fat black cat that is looking so adorable. 😁 Well, I always felt like it looked a bit scared, too? But maybe that’s my misconception and it’s just the type of cat that always looks like this.

 

Overall …

Guardian_Professor Shen WeiI had lots of fun watching these 40 episodes and even though I was a little taken aback by their version of an antagonist (at least the first one) I still liked most of the series. Especially the main characters and the supporting ones from the SID and the way they were portrayed by their actors appealed to me.
Actually, I started to like this series even more after after I started to read the novel because there were a lot of things where I would think „Hey! Even though there’s censorship they did a really good job showing this“ but even if you don’t know the novel you’ll probably like Guardian if you can live with the fact that there’s more of a bromance than a bl-story going on and like plots with important backstory and lots of mystery.

I definitely recommend Guardian to everyone! It’s actually one of my highlights now, I guess 😁 If you’re now thinking that you definitely have to try watching this, then you can find the complete series subbed on YouTube. I felt like the sub was really good. I could read everything and there were even some nice explanations. Sometimes, it might also be worthwhile to have a look at the comments. Besides the gushing about Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei there’s sometimes comments from the translators as well who explain some things in more detail. 😊

 

 

Rebirth

Alright, so for the last few days I’ve been mostly uploading my novels and translated a bit behind the scenes but of course there will be some new posts, too. In fact, today seems like a good day for that, so how about I introduce you to the movie „Rebirth“? 😉

It reminded me a bit of „The Male Queen“ and since I loved that one you can be sure that I liked „Rebirth“, too!

 

So, what is „Rebirth“ about?

Rebirth_Prince Yu and Long Yang2The movie starts off with Prince Yu and the guard Long Yang returning from war. Then, a fight breaks loose and they both die. Here comes the title into play: Long Yang reincarnates to a time before the assassination and even the war and is intent on preventing the prince’s death. Along the way, those two fall in love (very cutely at that, if I may say so 😊) but have to cope with some jealous princess a.k.a. adopted sister of Prince Yu.

 

My opinion

Rebirth_Prince Yu and the nasty princess

Just look at this gaudily dressed female and the bl tag of this movie and you know exactly where the story is headed.

So, this movie is pretty predictable and the plot isn’t that thrilling. There are some details that might have made it more interesting but, well, there’s only that much time in a movie. On the side of the plot I felt this movie to be pretty average.

What I did like about the movie were the characters instead. They, too, aren’t that well fleshed-out but especially the interactions between Prince Yu and Long Yang were really cute to watch and even the characters I didn’t like (*cough* the princess whose name I didn’t even bother to remember *cough*) were acting comprehensibly.

Rebirth_Nasty Princess and nasty maid

The nasty princess with the even nastier maid. No idea how those two were called. Did the maid even have a name?

There is one character who I would have liked to have a bit more screen time and that is the nasty princess‘ maid who is even nastier than her. And that is exactly why I liked her 😁
If she had indeed some more scenes, then the movie would probably have become a bit more unpredictable since she showed way more intelligence than the princess.
Ah, just imagining how cunningly she would have driven a wedge between Prince Yu and Long Yang … gives me goosebumps. 😳 Really, she was quite terrifying. 😁

All in all …

Rebirth_Prince Yu and Long Yang

Prince Yu (or, well, his back) and Long Yang

this is a movie I recommend solely for the cute moments between Prince Yu and Long Yang.
Between „The Male Queen“ and „Rebirth“ I’d still recommend the former because I found it even sweeter.
„Rebirth“ is still a movie you probably won’t regret watching even though it won’t become your highlight either.

 

If you feel like you might like it: I watched Rebirth on Dailymotion, it’s in three parts, so you’ll have to click around a bit. I felt like the English sub was good. The only pity was that it was sometimes a little hard to read since it was consistently in a small white font so whenever someone (I’m looking at you, Long Yang) wore a white robe I could hardly read it.

True Star

While waiting for the next update of „Quickly Wear The Face Of The Devil“ I was having a look around to find some other chinese bl stories. One of those I ended up reading was „True Star“ and although it didn’t manage to get me as addicted as FOD (but honestly which story can? 😅) I still liked it very much so I thought I should write a short review about it. 😉

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There’s A Beauty

Alright, it’s not really a secret that I’m very much in love with the novel „Quickly Wear The Face Of The Devil“. Naturally, I couldn’t help myself from searching for other novels written by Fengliu Shudai and I actually managed to find one! 😊
So, let me talk about the novel „There’s a Beauty“ today. 😏

 

What is „There’s A Beauty“ about?

You Shu died in the apocalypse and was reincarnated. Unfortunately, his new life was also met with trouble because a debt-collecting ghost had wanted to use the body his soul was now residing in. Thus, the ghost tried to get his body back while You Shu stubbornly clung to his life. Luckily, he found a person with a special constitution that was able to hold the ghost off. Thus, he decided to hug that thigh.

 

My opinion

Unfortunately, only 7 chapters are translated as of now and the translator has vanished for quite a time already. I still hope he’ll return someday because I love the idea and I once again love how Fengliu Shudai is implementing it in his novel. 😊
The setting of the first world seems interesting for now. It is the kind of ancient chinese thing you’d expect from a xianxia-novel. I especially like the way how the beliefs about ghosts and the people’s superstitions are woven into the story.
I also like the protagonist who isn’t just drifting around but instead thinking about what to do next and how to approach his goal. He’s showing a lot of common sense already which was what I especially loved about FOD (among many other things 😜).

 

All in all …

this seems like a promising story but 7 chapters are just too short to really say anything about it. I hope the translator will return soon and finish this story or maybe somebody else is going to pick it up. I’ll definitely continue having a look at the site in the hopes of a new chapter every now and then. 😉

Help For Those Suffering From FOD-Withdrawal ;)

Who doesn’t know that feeling of having read a good book and not being able to find anything up to par after that? Or even worse: You’re reading a translation you really, really like and then you’ll have to wait a long time for the next update but just can’t forget about that story?

Well, it got me. 😭 It’s all thanks to Fengliu Shudai’s really amazing „Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil“ that is just too good to find anything else to read.
I already reviewed the novel after reading the 14 arcs that are translated right now and what should I say? I read the whole thing once again and then read my favorite chapters two times over. 🙈

Thank god there’s Novelupdates with the recommandations of similar novels. How could I use the time until chapter 15 better than with reading something else? 😉
It was quite hard but I found some novels that are really similar to FOD (like, it’s the same concept of world hopping) and then somehow found some other novels and I’ve gotten another list of novels where I’m waiting for the next update 😅
And since I’m sure that lots of people love FOD just as much as me, I thought why not make a list with novels that could console me while waiting? 😉