[Review] C-Web Drama: I’m Not A Monster

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A drama where 4 aliens try to fit in Earth, living as humans.

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I signed up for a wacky, short drama thinking that it was 12 fun episodes of 20 minutes each, just like the typical bad-but-hilarious self-produced dramas by China’s online network.. I was wrong. This turned out to be a 12-episode drama with 45 minutes each… And to make things worse, it’s only season 1 with a cliff hanger ending! How annoying!!

I thought this was some funny parody of ‘You Who Came From The Stars’ but as it turns out, it’s an adaption of a novel (我就是妖怪 by 张小花). If I knew, I wouldn’t have started on it. Novels-based dramas (especially short ones!) usually turns out a mess and it would be more enjoyable if I had actually read the novel first but it’s too tedious and too much effort to do that much ‘preparation’ just to watch a drama to kill some time.

Even though this drama does not make logical sense, is not downright in-your-face funny but it was a light and enjoyable ride. The premise that the main characters are ‘baddies’ who just want to live life as normal good human beings was pretty refreshing. It was a breeze and despite the lack of development, I love the characters and all the ‘awwwwwh’ moments. I am undecided whether I liked the actors or not but they have been giving off a lot of good vibes. I enjoyed the show and would watch the second season.

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If anyone is interested, this drama aired on iQiyi on October 2016 and stars Zhang Yu Jian, Liu Dong Qin, Shu Ashin and Wang Yu as the 4 main ‘aliens’. Other main cast includes You Wu and Xiao Yan.

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