My Roommate is a Detective: Chinese Drama Review

My Roommate is a Detective is a 2020 Chinese crime-thriller drama that stars Hu Yi Tian, Leon Zhang, and Shane Yan as the main cast. It ran for thirty-six episodes and recently came to an end on April 23rd.

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Synopsis: Set in the mid-1920s. A young police officer named Qiao Chu Sheng is on the trail of a devious killer. Realizing that the police force could need some extra help with the case, he decides to reach out to a brilliant young man who recently returned from studying in Great Britain. To round off the team, he also enlists the help of Bai You Ning, a female reporter for a daily newspaper. This trio will form a small detective squad that specializes in solving strange and unsettling murder mysteries.

Expectations: I saw Hu Yi Tian and decided to check out the trailer. It seemed promising, so I planned to watch it as my pass time drama. The posters for this series are quite pretty, so I’ll include my favourites at the end of this post.

(warning –  minor spoilers ahead)

Review:

I am going to make this a quick review.

This was a very lighthearted and engaging crime-thriller drama. The story was captivating from beginning to end. The acting was perfect, and the cinematography is beautiful. This drama marks my first time seeing Hu Yi Tian in such a hilarious role, and he nailed every scene as Lu Yao. I also enjoyed the dynamics between the three leads. Their interactions were funny, fresh, and they came off to me like the three musketeers. Lu Yao is the brains of the team. Bai You Ning is the informant, and Qiao Chu Sheng is the physical strength and power for the group.

I appreciate how the cases in this show were handled. We got to see so many solved over 2 – 3 episodes instead of just one case being dragged for half of the series. I love the continuous resolve because it made me want to watch each new episode immediately. Now some cases were predictable, and the criminals gave up way too easily, but because it was a fun and fast-paced series, these minor letdowns didn’t matter much to me.

I absolutely did not enjoy how Lu Yao’s family kept trying to control his life. His sister’s actions were quite extreme if you ask me.

Moving on, I feel most people were not in support of Bai You Ning and Lu Yao’s relationship. Personally, I think that it was a clear game right from the first few episodes. There were hints from other characters at first. Then midway through the series, I could see the signs of a relationship from Lu Yao and Bai You Ning’s interactions when they were alone. So excuse me if I was excited about them getting together. I enjoyed watching the little cute and cheesy moments. Yes, Bai You Ning started out very annoying, but she became a great asset to the team. She provided must of the background information that helped Lu Yao understand each murder victim better. Hence why I came to terms with her character. Plus, I love her boldness and her ability to go for what she wants.

Although I started this series as just a pass time, It quickly became my number one go-to because I genuinely enjoyed myself whenever I was watching it. There was never a dull moment, and it put me in a good mood all the time. I lived for Lu Yao’s greed for money.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Also, I had an eye candy like Inspector Qiao Chu Sheng to stare at.😍 He is so good-looking, and his smile is adorable. I died whenever he had on the police uniform. I was so sad that they didn’t give him a permanent love interest, but with the way things ended, it looks like there’s a possibility for a second season.

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The opening and closing theme songs for this drama are top-notch. I never skipped the intro, and if not for Viki that automatically takes you to the next episode, I wouldn’t mind watching the closing montage as well.

“Wake Up” by Juno Su: The other song is “Enigma” by After Journey but there’s no official music video for it. Both songs are actually available on Spotify –

I already recommended this series to a friend, and she really enjoyed it. She gave it a 10/10. So I do have a double backing.

My own rating for My Roommate is a Detective is actually a solid 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide. All episodes of this drama are available with English subs using this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ My Roommate is a Detective on Viki.

If you’ve seen My Roommate is a Detective, what are your thoughts on the story???


Now here are the posters I mentioned earlier –

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First Impressions of β€˜The King: Eternal Monarch’ – Korean Drama Review

The King: Eternal Monarch is a 2020 NETFLIX original TV series that stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun as leads. This drama is from the star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. A few of her other works include Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, Mr. Sunshine, etc. In this post, I’ll be sharing my opinion on episodes one to four of this series.

Synopsis: Lee Gon is the emperor of Corea. His citizens regard him as the perfect ruler, but behind his impeccable appearance, he hides a deep wound. When he was eight, he witnessed his father’s murder and was nearly killed. One day, while chasing after a young lady, Lee Gon gets propelled into a parallel world and meets Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul. The duo would later team up to defeat criminals and close the door between both worlds.

Expectations: This is one of the dramas I was looking forward to watching this year. The screenwriter has created a reasonable number of excellent shows. Plus, the cast seemed promising, so my expectation is off the roof for this one.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

From what I have seen, The King: Eternal Monarch definitely has potential. The story progression so far is ideal. If they continue with this momentum, things will sail smoothly. It could even be better once they start intensifying the plot from episode five. That would take the story to another level and also entice more viewers. We’ve seen the foundation of the story, so now bring in the action. You all get what I mean???

Okay, now let’s dissect episodes one to four properly. Everyone’s acting has been standard, and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. It’s like I’m watching a movie premiere. I always get this classic cinematic vibe from Kim Eun Sook’s works. I still remember Mr.Sunshine, which was such a phenomenal show from beginning to end. These two dramas have different vibes, but similar picture quality. That aside, I am also enjoying the few comedic scenes we got. The characters have great chemistry. Lee Min Ho and Woo Do Hwan as a duo give me life. Also, every outfit so far has been on point. Most notably, the king and his bodyguard, they always look regal. Plus, Woo Do Hwan is sexy to me no matter what he wears.😍😍😍img_5013Currently, I am not feeling Prime Minister Koo. She is too entitled and seems like a factor for future problems. Lieutenant Jung Tae Eul’s cop friend Gang Shin Jae is another character that I think might follow the villain path, but I’m hoping and praying that he proves me wrong. Also, Prince Buyeong is giving me sketchy vibes due to his unwillingness to tell Lee Gon the truth concerning the autopsy report.

The horse, Maximus, is such a beautiful specie. I think I am in loveπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. He’s as white as snow and very majestic. Befitting for a king.img_5056

Based on what I’ve watched, there are a few questions that I want a resolution to as the series continues.

  1. At the beginning of episode one, Jung Tae Eul and Gang Shin Jae were interrogating Lee Gon’s uncle. I’m interested to know what point of the timeline that scene falls into.
  2. Also, why doesn’t the uncle age? Right now, I’m assuming that it’s because he continually crosses between both worlds. So he’s cheating time in a way, but I still need more clarification.
  3. Why does the king feel pain whenever the thunder strikes. Is it because he crossed into the other world, and if so, does his uncle experience the same? In episode four, it looks like some sort of energy bolt is growing on his back.img_5057
  4. How did Lieutenant Jung Tael Eun save the younger Lee Gon? Does this mean that there’s time travelling involved? We’ve seen the parallel worlds, but there’s been no mention of moving through different times. So I hope that will be explained later.
  5. Can actions in one world affect the parallel character in the other world? In episode four,  Yeong makes himself a hot cup of coffee and mistakenly spills it. At the same time, Eun Sub also spills his ice tea latte claiming that it’s too hot. They also had the same exact reaction. What’s going on here???? Am I reading too much into things?

Moving on to two of my favourite scenes, which all happen to include Woo Do Hwan.

  • Horse Rant with Eun Sub –This was such a chill but funny scene to me. From the way we Lee Gon’s face changes once he realizes that this isn’t his Yeong to how he falls into complete dismay after Eun Sub’s horse jokes. I was dying.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • “I Can Hear You,” said the Captain –This lady completely mirrored my fangirl reaction to Woo Do Hwan as Yeong. He is too hot, and I wouldn’t mind if she ends up with him as a couple.

In conclusion, we’ve established that time stops when either Lee Gon or his uncle crosses over to a different world. Also, Lee Gon is suspicious about his uncle’s presumed death, and the traitor still has plans to usurp the throne with all his new followers. Things are looking good, so I hope that this drama doesn’t disappoint me.

That is all I have to say concerning The King: Eternal Monarch. What do you all think of this drama?

 

 

 

The Ghost Bride: Taiwanese Drama Review

The Ghost Bride is a 2020 Taiwanese drama. It has six episodes and is available on Netflix. 3f1e1cdd-2854-438b-8ade-dbe7d0b0aa4d-7900-000006431a2998faSynopsis: Set in 1890 Malacca, a young woman named Pan Li Lan, is forced to marry a dead man in exchange for help with her family’s poor finances. She makes a deal with Tian Ching, the ghost she’s meant to marry. In exchange for her father’s life, she will investigate his murder. As things unfold, Li Lan finds herself in a more complicated situation than she bargained for.

Expectations: This was on my list for must-watch dramas of 2020. I love spooky ghost stories. Also, the trailers and first posters looked quite promising. I am familiar with Chris Wu. Most of his series I have seen were really good, so why I decided to give this one a shot.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review: 

From the first poster I saw, I assumed that I was going to get a decent horror thrill and mystery, but the reality of what I got from The Ghost Bride was a lot of comedic scenes, some mystery and hardly any spookiness. Which isn’t bad, but definitely not what I expected.

The first thing that I noticed once I started episode one was the background scores. Yes, they were beautiful, but they sounded quite modern in comparison to the period the story was set in. Thankfully this got better. The next aspect I took note of was the picture quality. I absolutely love the cinematography for this drama. It was clear, simple and stunning.

This is my first time watching Huang Pei Jia. She did a great job as Pan Li Lan. The scenes with her and Er Lang were fun to watch. Chris Wu also gave an excellent performance as Er Lang. Even though I wasn’t expecting so much comedy, his character was a joy to watch. Overall most of the actors were okay, but there were still a few that gave mediocre performances.

After finishing the drama, I went ahead to read some reviews. I noticed that a few people believe that Tian Ching(the ghost) sincerely cared for Li Lan, but I beg to differ. He kept on tormenting her family members, and it was selfish of him to try and keep her in the Netherlands against her will. Even though he claimed that his upbringing was messed up, I don’t feel bad for him because he showed no sign of remorse. Plus, I blame the scriptwriter for my lack of empathy towards Tian Ching. There wasn’t enough shown that would enable me to sympathize with his character. What the drama showed me was a villain that needed to be dealt with.

Now, concerning Pan Li Lan’s affection towards Tian Bai. I didn’t care much for that pairing because there was no chemistry between them. The person she bonded with was Er Lang, the heavenly guard, and that was why her decision at the end made sense to me.

Altogether nothing really stood out to me in this drama; hence I don’t have much to say. It did showcase selfless love between family members, but overall it lacked a lot. Story-wise, The Ghost Bride did not depict excellent writing skills. The only thing that will make me want to watch a second season is the cliffhanger at the end. Aside from that, I don’t see myself rewatching this drama. My rating is 6.5/10. To get a better understanding of my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

The Ghost Bride wasn’t to my taste, but someone else might actually love it. So if you need some lighthearted ghost story, then give it a chance and form your own opinion.

Someday Or One Day: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 8 – 13|FINALE

Hello, everyoneπŸ€—πŸ€—

Sorry I couldn’t follow my schedule as promised. I was tired after writing my test yesterday, so I slept off once I got home. All the same, I am here now. I will be reviewing the remaining episodes for Someday Or One Day and also giving my final thoughts on the drama.

If you haven’t read my review for episodes 1-7, use this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday Or One Day: Drama Review – Episode 1-7

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

At the end of episode 7, we were left off with Huang Yu Xuan’s discovery of Li Zi Wei at Uncle Wen Lei’s coffee shop. The drama continues with a quick showcase of the real Wang Quan Sheng’s life. From his short story, I was able to understand how Li Zi Wei’s time travel happened. At first, I was confused when they showed the older Li Zi Wei in 2008, but he was also in Wang Quan Sheng’s body from 2003. Thankfully they clarified why that was happening, so no plotholes there. Now at that point, I realized how interconnected the time travel pattern was. Also, I was so confident that it wasn’t Mo Jun Jie that killed Chen Yun Ru. Hence, my bet was on their weird classmate. So when the psycho doctor time travelled as well, I was mind blown. Everyone played a role in the time loop. Honestly, if you try to analyze the time travel process, you will come to discover that there was never an exact starting point.

Huang Yu Xuan is shown as the one who travelled back first, but she needed something to make that trip. The music tape came from the past. If Li Zi Wei did not disappear after the plane crash, Huang Yu Xuan would not travel back in time. So no matter what they did, it could never have been unravelled. Therefore I like how they handled the story. Every event had to happen for them to get proper clarification on what should be done to end the time loop.

Episode ten was definitely the main turning point of the story. Things began to get very dark from there. It was quite disturbing to see the psycho doctor (Xie Zhi Qi) mentor his younger self into a killer. He had severe mental issues, and he practically destroyed his elder brother’s mind. I would have loved to see how his character turned out after everything. But since they didn’t show the future for anyone, I am not too concerned about him.

Concerning the ending. I think episodes 8, 9 and the first half of 10 were used to make up for the fact that we would not see Li Zi Wei and Huang Yu Xuan’s time together as a couple after their entire ordeal. I don’t mind it because I got some adorable and hilarious moments from our leads. I laughed so hard at Li Zi Wei’s tantrum after he found out about Huang Yu Xuan’s boyfriend. Their chemistry throughout the series was on flames, so I am satisfied. The love that Li Zi Wei showed for Huang Yu Xuan throughout the show was intense, in the right way. I genuinely wish that everyone could find someone like him as their partner, but life is not Disney land. Li Zi Wei practically waited for 15 years before he could see her again. Yu Xuan, on the other hand, had him as Wang Quang Sheng to accompany her. Also, although it was an open ending for our leads, they did hint at the possibility of them meeting in the future. There is an extra clip on the official IG account for this drama, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been subbed. Here is the account link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ SDOOD Official IG

Edit: I found the subbed version of the extra clip, so here  it is:

To wrap up, let’s discuss the magnet of the story. The one, The only, Chen Yun Ru!!!. Once again, I will like to compliment Alice for such a fantastic job done at portraying two characters. From the posture down to their expressions, everything was different. In the last episodes, I was quickly able to notice that it was Chen Yun Ru pretending to be Huang Yu Xuan. Chen Yun Ru’s character showcased the actual reality of severe depression. At first, when she started acting weird, I was kind of frustrated. To me, her trying to live as someone else to attain happiness was disappointing. I just wanted her to be herself. All she needed to do was to try and be more open. That way, she could grow into her own unique personality and meet people who cared about her naturally. Plus, there was Mo Jun Jie, who really loved the real Chen Yun Ru. So I didn’t want her to let the hurtful words eat her up.

Yes, my intentions were quite sincere, but after watching the heavy scene before she jumped, I came to a sudden awareness. Me telling Chen Yun Ru to be herself and try harder would not encourage her but rather drain her more. Because to someone who is going through severe depression, they have already tried their best. They are now at their breaking point. So telling them to work harder confirms that you don’t understand their pain. Therefore I think the right way to go about it is to make them see some glimmer of hope in the world like Huang Yu Xuan did for Chen Yun Ru.

“It’s not because you are too disappointed in this world, but because you have too many expectations from this world.”

If you’re going through rough times, please remember that you are unique, and you have a purpose in this universe. There is always going to be at least one person that cares about you. Keep Fighting!!!πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼 and talk to someone.

Also, as individuals never neglect or undermine a friend or person going through emotional distress. They need you, so be kind and reach out a helping hand. It goes a long way.

Final Thoughts:

This was such a deep, meaningful and refreshing drama. I love that even towards the end of the show, the story was still as engaging. It didn’t drag, and there were always new things to be uncovered. That is what I call superb writing skills. I enjoyed every minute I spent watching this excellent production. The director, writers, casts and production crew all deserve a massive round of applauseπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Someday Or One Day is definitely high up in my list for recommendations. I will be ranting about it to my friends for a very long time.

While watching the last few episodes, I couldn’t help but be so overwhelmed by how good it was. At first, I was scared that there might be a few plotholes due to the back and forth time switch, but they proved me wrong. Every little detail was addressed correctly. Furthermore, I most say that they perfected the concept of switching between timelines because that kept the viewers intrigued. They kept us guessing by holding back on information and showcasing everything bit by bit. The entire show felt like a puzzle piece that was coming together with each episode.

I will also like to commend this drama for using its platform to discuss critical issues that so many people are currently facing. As the story progressed, it touched on topics like depression, suicide, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and mental health. I am glad that our society is becoming more open to such discussions. People are now taken more seriously and help centres have been put in place to assist anyone in need. Of course, there is still more work to be done concerning the pressure from inconsiderate statements, norms and opinions. But, for now, this is a good start.

Another thing I absolutely loved about this drama was the OSTs and background scores. There were all so beautiful, heartfelt and gave off a nostalgic feeling. I found it so hard to skip the intro because of the opening theme. I have already talked about that song in a previous post. Use this link to check it out πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week

Now here are some other notable mentions that caught my attention –

  • YELLOW – “Someday”
  • 831 – “Miss You 30000”
  • Shi Shi – “Come Away”
  • Naiwen Yang – “Will we remember?”

Overall, Someday Or One Day was a solid show. The pacing was perfect, and I was also satisfied with the ending. I can see myself watching it again. Therefore my rating for this is 10/10.

To understand my rating, click πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Drama|Movie Rating Guide

If you haven’t watched this drama, go check it out now with this link πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday Or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Also, if you’re currently watching or you’ve already completed Someday Or One Day, what is your opinion on this series?

Someday Or One Day: Taiwanese Drama Review – Episode 1 – 7

Someday Or One Day is an ongoing Taiwanese drama that airs every Sunday. It started broadcasting on the 17th of November 2019. It is set to have thirteen episodes. img_1569Sypnosis: The year is 2019. Huang Yu Xuan pines for the love of her life, her long-time boyfriend, Wang Quan Sheng. She continually checks his social media pages, hoping he will call her, asking to get back together. But one fateful night, Huang Yu Xuan gets hit by a car. She regains consciousness and sees a man she believes to be Wang Quan Sheng sitting by her hospital bedside. She thinks she has finally been reunited with her beloved Wang Quan Sheng! But there’s a huge twist. She is no longer a 27-year-old woman but is now a high school student named Chen Yun Ru. The year is now 1998. And the man by her bedside is not her boyfriend, but a schoolmate named Li Zi Wei. Trapped in what appears to be the past, living another person’s life, she eventually comes to realize that the traffic “accident” that landed Huang Yu Xuan in the hospital may not have been an accident after all. And Chen Yun Ru’s own reasons for being hospitalized are also shrouded in mystery. (Source – Viki).

Use this link to access all released episodes of this drama πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Someday or One Day with English Subtitles on Viki

Expectations: This was on my watchlist way before it started airing, so I do have very high hopes for it. The storyline seemed intriguing, and if executed properly, it could be an outstanding drama. Plus, Alice Ke is the lead actress, and her acting is standard, so I have a strong feeling that I will not be disappointed. My only fear is that it might fall to the same dragged-out pace issue that most Taiwanese series face, but I am willing to give it a shot.

(warning -spoilers ahead)

Review:

This drama definitely has all the elements of a well-written project. It showcases romance, suspense, comedy, twists and time-travel. The complexity keeps you intrigued and continuously wondering about what might be coming up next. What theories might be the correct one, and who is who exactly? I am genuinely enjoying every moment.

Before I begin to rant about my thoughts and the aspects that I love, let me discuss ONE thing that could be improved on. The pacing. A massive chunk of episodes one and five felt like fillers. Not a lot of essential details were presented, so in my opinion, it was quite slow. The overall pacing for this drama is okay, but I still think they could pick things up a bit more by reducing the length of some unimportant scenes. Ride more on the thrilling feel, or else people might feel that things are taking too long to unravel. Another thing, Taiwanese dramas tend to have these over-exaggerated characters that are put in to lighten up the mood. An excellent example of one in this show is Ah Tuo. I either love or dislike such characters depending on their scenes. So far, they have not shown much of him, so I have no thoughts about his role. Now unto the good stuff –

I am enjoying the OSTs. I absolutely love every song, so I had to add them all to my playlist. The short cameos that happened in the first episode were good. It was nice to see Joanne Tseng as Sunny, the fake animal whisperer. But she was correct about Jesus and 32, so maybe her radar is just faulty.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Alice Ke did not disappoint as always. She is an amazing actress. She did an outstanding job of portraying the vastly different emotions and expressions of Huang Yu Xuan and Chen Yu Run. All the other actors were also amazing because their interactions were really natural. I appreciate the comedic scenes. They were not much but definitely enough to help release the tension on wanting to know who the killer is. I also commend how forward the characters are with their feelings. Nothing was dragged out for too long. Issues that could have led to a fight or misunderstanding were dealt with immediately.  Perfect. I love watching mature shows like this.

After watching the first two episodes, I had a feeling that Wang Quan Sheng might actually be from the past, and you all should have seen my face when it was finally confirmed to be true. Which means all this while, Li Zi Wei was the one dating Huang Yu Xuan. Even though I had predicted it, it was still a bit surprising to see how it happened. My next guess is that maybe after the plane crash, Li Zi Wei’s soul returned to his original body that was probably in a coma all this while. From the beginning of the drama, I was interested in knowing what connected both timelines. Now, I can tell that it is the walkman that allows them to time travel. Also, the period spent in the past or future is not definite.

Okay, let me state clearly that I was not thrilled about having best friends fight over the same girl. I have mentioned a few times in previous posts that love triangles stress me. Thankfully things progressed differently with this drama, so I hope that they can make some changes to what happened in the past. Because Mo Jun Jie likes Chen Yun Ru, and Li Zi Wei likes Huang Yu Xuan. So I hope that both couples will get a chance to be together by the end of the drama. Also, it looks like Mo Jun Jie was jailed for the murder of Chen Yun Ru, but I do not believe that he killed her. The killer might be that class monitor that happens to be Huang Yu Xuan’s doctor in 2019. He is a whole lot of creepy, and the fact that he likely killed Cai Wen Rou is evidence. Furthermore, he stalks and hallucinates about Yun Ru… HE REALLY CREEPS ME OUT.

The friendship of the three from the past ended on a tragic note. One is jailed for the murder of another, and the surviving person suffered two severe accidents. I sincerely hope that this time travel can help resolve things. Also, one of the primary reasons why I want Yun Ru to live is because the girl was so depressed. I want her to come back and see that she was actually loved. At least Huang Yu Xuan has helped improve her relationship with the mom and brother. Although Mo Jun Jie still remains the only person who truly misses the real Chen Yun Ru.

With seven episodes, we are already halfway through the show. I wonder what will happen next. I think they might focus on changing the past and figuring out who the real killer is. The situation with Chen Yun Ru’s murder could be a lot more complicated than it seems. I have a feeling that there will be a twist, or at least I am hoping for one. Six more episodes, so I hope they keep up. Please do not disappoint me.

I will do my regular character analysis on my next review. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on Someday or One Day in the comment section.

 

MAY I BLACKMAIL YOU?: Japanese Drama Review

May I Blackmail You? is a 2017 Japanese drama series that tells the story of a man named Kanji Senkawa and his private blackmailing business. img_2308Kanji Senkawa takes up cases that cannot be handled by the police or private investigators, and he solves them by blackmailing people. While doing his usual business, he meets the wealthy university student Mio Kanesaka. Kanji and Mio get involved in various situations, including voice phishing and kidnappings.

Going into this drama, I expected a short and sweet romance story. I also had a strong feeling I was going to enjoy it because I love the lead actor Dean Fujioka. My first time watching him was in the Taiwanese drama series Just You, and he was entertaining to watch, he brings his characters to life. I did not know much about the lead actress before watching this drama, but I had faith in the Japanese drama formula. Japanese dramas tend to have very few episodes, so everything is fast-paced. Also, character development and growth is a sure thing by the end of the show. So I was entirely sure that I would not be too disappointed.

(Warning – spoilers ahead)

This was a concise and straightforward drama. It had only nine episodes with each lasting for a maximum of one hour or less. Also, the main characters had great chemistry. Although there were hints for something to bloom between them in the future, it did not happen. Maybe if they do decide to make a second season, then there might be some romance. So do not expect any romantic scenes from our leads. As I mentioned already, this series has nine episodes, so it was obviously fast-paced and straight to the point, and I enjoyed that a lot. But I still feel that essential background information for a better understanding of each character was omitted due to the number of episodes.

An excellent example of this is Mio Kanesaka and her grandfather. Right from the beginning of the show, it was made clear that Mio was not on good terms with her grandfather, but the reason for it being so was not clearly stated. They did show how their opinions differed on various occasions. I would have preferred if they gave us a flashback on the actual event that caused the hack to their relationship.

Another thing I really enjoyed from this drama was the timeline setup. The series started from the present and then flashbacked to the past to provide more depth to the characters. Now back in the present time, we are at this critical point where the characters have to make crucial decisions based on past experiences and their current learnings. I really enjoy it when this style of timeline setup is used in dramas. Because it leaves me guessing, which means the series is not entirely predictable from the start. That little mystery left by the timeline setup really made this drama more interesting to me. Plot-wise, this was a well-written drama. When I read the synopsis, it came off as the usual cute romantic-comedy, but I was wrong. It started out light-hearted and filled with dry humour, but towards the end, the characters became darker and had more depth to them. Just to clarify on the “dry humour” statement, I do not mean that the comedic relief moments were not funny enough. But rather such moments were quite mellow and sarcastic in nature, so not many people might pick up on the jokes.

Also, this drama gave me the number one thing I always desire, which is character development. Every character showed some essence of growth by the end of the show. So let’s discuss a few of the characters that really stood out to me.

#1. Dean Fujioka as Kanji Senkawaimg_2305The one and only blackmailer, Kanji Senkawa. Kanji at first seemed like a very nonchalant person without much to worry about except getting his assigned contracts completed. He is cunning and very money-driven, but there is more to Kanji. He actually harbours great regret regarding the death of his girlfriend. We later come to know that Mio Kanesaka is very much alike in behaviour to his ex-girlfriend, and that is why Kanji always disagrees with her. He feels that she is too naive and that her belief in the good nature of people is very unrealistic. At some point in the drama, I could tell that Kanji was hiding his anger and regrets behind the nonchalant attitude. There was definitely something hunting him because he would sometimes go very dark with his words and actions. What I really liked is that at the very end, he understood that revenge is not always the best option. But people who do wrong deeds still deserve to be punished.

#2. Emi Takei as Mio Kanesakaimg_2292She starts off being way too naive and unrealistic with her belief in the good nature of people and their want to redeem themselves. At first, I was really thrown off by her behaviour. Gradually I came to admire her because she did something that many people fail to do when they hit a breaking point. And that is having the ability to stand by an initial decision. After a few fails, Mio Kanesaka realized that images portrayed by others in public cannot always be trusted. But she still held on the idea that everyone should be given a chance to redeem themselves. So in a way, she remained the same. But by the end of the drama, she definitely was not the same naive Mio Kanesaka from episode one. She admitted to her flaws but stood by her belief. To me, that makes her a really confident character, and I LOVE HER FOR THAT.

#3. Kasahara Hideyuki as Takanomi Nami img_2310Takanomi Nami, a politician and uncle figure to Mio Kanesaka due to her grandfather being his mentor. Takanomi played a significant role in making Mio realize how fake someone’s public image could be. In the public eye, he was a righteous politician and a hero. To Mio, he was also like a family member, but she was greatly disappointed when she discovered the monster behind the perfect face. He had her kidnapped and almost killed her grandfather just to make sure he won the upcoming election.

#4. Ozawa Hitoshi as Fuwa Tetsuoimg_2314Fuwa Tetsuo, is the major gang leader in the neighbourhood. He is corrupt and capable of many wrongs, but his character stood out to me for two primary reasons. Number one is that his role was a big contrast to that of Takanomi, the politician. Here is a gang leader who the public clearly fears, but he was willing to help Kanji and his team on many occasions. Secondly, his character was also a good show of odd friendships. The friendship between him and Kanji was fascinating to watch. They were initially against each other due to a case Kanji had taken, but the truth is that friends can come from very unexpected places. Also, an extra bonus to his character is that he was an excellent comic add to the drama.

#5. Maya Kyoto as Tominaga Ayako img_2296Tominaga Ayako, is the founder and leader of a very influential charity organization in the town. She uses the members of her organization to commit various crimes, including murder. For her defence, she claimed that she was helping the less fortunate to get rid of the people that once tormented them. So anyone who stands in her way will also be killed. She was the one who adopted Kanji’s girlfriend and nurtured her till she was old enough to be on her own. Unfortunately, Kanji’s girlfriend found out about her wrongdoings, so she had to be killed. This was an unfortunate character to watch because she honestly started her organization for a useful purpose. But over time, she had lost her way and failed to admit her wrongdoings. It just means that no matter who you are, it is possible for you to lose the essence of yourself at a certain point. Once you realize the problem, try to deal with it immediately. THE EARLIER, THE BETTER.

There were many other characters in the show, but these were the few that really stood out to me. As always, I have a few of my favourites scenes to share with you all.

Kanji and Tominaga Final Confrontation 

This was the final confrontation between Kanji and Tominaga. Tominaga killed Kanji’s girlfriend, and he plans to kill her as well. I really love this scene because of how well I could feel their anger, regret, and self-realization. The emotions were vivid.

Mio’s Initial Reaction To Being Blackmailed

Now, this scene is the perfect example of the dry humour I mentioned at the very beginning. It was a moment of shock and disbelief that somehow amused me. Mio’s initial reaction to being blackmailed was way too calm and unusual. Although this clip does not show it, she actually calls the blackmailer to negotiate the ransom for someone who has no connection to her. She also sends him a selfie just because he asked for a picture. I mean, who sends their picture to a blackmailer?

Kanji and Fuwa’s Game For Information

Here we have the iconic duo. A gang leader and a blackmailer betting important information on a game of building bricks. Not exactly what you will expect from such people. It was a hilarious scene to watch.

Mio Faces Her Parent’s Killer

Mio has the opportunity to kill the person who caused the death of her parents, but she does not believe in revenge. She admits that she hates him and likes the idea of getting rid of him for sure, but that will never bring her parents back to life. I already mentioned that I love how she stands by what she believes in, and this scene really sums up Mio Kanesaka’s character.

Alright, that is all I have to say about this drama. Overall, May I Blackmail You? is an excellent drama and my rating for this is a 9/10, VERY SOLID. I recommend that you all take some time to check it out. It has only nine episodes, so that makes it a fast watch and I guarantee a delightful series from start to finish. It is available on Viki, here is the link: Full Episodes Of May I Blackmail You?

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So until my next post, have a lovely week