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Rewatching The King’s Avatar – Yang Yang’s TV Drama Review
We are in the midst of a pandemic and my family is looking for yet another drama to watch while staying home. And that’s how I wound up rewatching the 2019’s drama, The King’s Avatar (全职高手, quan zhi gao shou).
Ye Xiu (Yang Yang) is a well known top tier player in an online game Glory. After being forcefully expelled out of his professional team, he was employed in an Internet Cafe as an odd-job worker. From there, he formed a team made up of nobodies and fought his way back to the top of the professional scene.
The drama is based on an online novel with 1700+ chapters by Butterfly Blue (蝴蝶蓝). There is also an anime (with 3 seasons, I believe) released in 2017. Before we proceed with the drama review, I just need to strongly recommend the novel (now fully translated in English!) and the anime!
I chanced upon the anime while browsing youtube and was thoroughly absorbed by it even though fighting and e-sport was totally not my thing then. The anime piqued my interest and I started reading the novel – it was a long and arduous journey but I loved every moment of it! My love for The King’s Avatar transcended to the point where I braved the chinese raws when I reached the end of the english translations then.
With my love for The King’s Avatar (全职高手), I have a few draft posts of The King Avatar lying around but I never got around to publishing them due to procrastination. Here’s an excerpt:
Why I love it:
Characterisation. Very well-written characters. I love them all. I cried so many times reading this novel even though it is by no means ‘tragedy‘ or ‘melo’. I have grown to love these characters over the 1,600 chapters and I’m touched by each and every one of their story and growth. Until today, I don’t have a favourite character. Not from Team Happy, and even moreso not from all the characters. I love them all. They are my babies. I would love to do a detailed introduction on them all soon! I have so, so much to share on each and every one of them.
Rest in Peace, Godfrey Gao
I am in shock. And this is not good shock. I haven’t been paying attention to entertainment news for the longest time ever and I definitely didn’t thought that the next time I came back to write a post here would be because of such an incident.
Godfrey Gao, 35, passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest during the filming of a sports reality show, Catch Me.
(In case anyone is wondering why there are two similar posts, I do realise that Marian had already shared her tribute post earlier but I only saw that after deciding I would like to share my thoughts about this whole incident and also document my journey with Godfrey. I guess writing everything out does help with rationalising and accepting the fact.)
Remembering Godfrey Gao
No, this is not another news article on his passing. You can read that everywhere especially that all news sites are competing to get the latest details on it.
Instead, I am writing to share my thoughts as a grieving fan. If you want to know more about Godfrey beyond hundreds of news articles coming out lately and want to know some of his great works, come join me as we remember him in this post.
First Impressions + Drama Discussion: Before We Get Married
As an avid drama-watcher and blogger for five years, I was just in complete denial that I was experiencing this so-called “drama slump” for months. Then came “Before We Get Married” and to say that I have become alive again in drama land is just an understatement.
I wrote this article for it to be a venue for my thoughts on the drama but most especially, for everyone watching it to share their sentiments here! I have been reading many people who wanted to talk about the drama but have not really found people to have that kind of discussion with.
So I hope this post can help!
[NEWS] China Bans Palace Dramas
There has been a rise in popularity of palace dramas since Legend of Zhen Huan. Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jing Xin), Legend of Miyue and the recent Story of Yanxi Palace and Ruyi’s Royal Love have all proved to be a great hit with audiences.
[Translation] Quotes from drama, Back In Time
Happy Valentines, my lovely readers! Would like to share some quotes from one of the most beautiful drama I have watched. (And no, it’s not a BL even though the cover photo seems misleading.) It wasn’t the best drama but it was one that touched me deeply. Maybe not every love has a happy ending, but it is in the bittersweet that we grow.
Kimi Qiao Ren Liang’s First Death Anniversary
16 September is a date that will forever be etched in my heart. A year has not washed away the love I have for you and the pain I feel whenever I think about your death.
Translation: Eternal Love (TLTWTMPB) Youtube Comments
It’s been a while since I finished watching Three Lives Three World: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom. I was addicted and completed all 58 episodes in 4 days. One of the most enjoyable thing while watching was reading the comments!
It provided me with quite a bit of insights and a lot of amusement. So I picked some of my favourite comments that I either found really funny or agreed with to translate. Enjoy!
I’m Going To Show Luo’s Concert!
Show Luo’s 2017 Crazy World Tour is coming to my country… and I’m going!!