I must be in luck this drama season or I just have the touch to pick up amazing dramas. This drama exactly falls into that category. Hehehehe, because this drama is just splendid! It is amazing and I just love it. There is just not enough amazing words that I can use to describe this drama! This is my first “official” ancient Chinese drama and I think it is off to a wonderful start. Actually, I have been anticipating this drama ever since I heard of its existence; in fact, I have been stalking its every news that surfaced. I might not have understood every dialogue between the characters, but that’s okay because the interactions and chemistry between the actors really helps portray what could not have been understood through the dialogue.
This period drama is actually quite light on the historical context which is a nice touch, because dealing with the language difficulties is already hard enough. Also, because of this fact it allows you to concentrate on the characters much more and really see the traits that they bring to the drama.
Why does life not have enough time!? I need more time in life! 24 hours is not enough! I am only up to ep two and it does not help me to speed watch any faster with this drama airing from two up to three eps daily. LLW has been confirmed for 46 eps (at 45ish minutes per ep).
Everybody cheer with me! Whoop, whoop, whoop! Yay, yay, yay! I am super duper happy that this drama decided not to dub their actors. Okay, that may not have been entirely true but at least they did keep the original voices of majority of their actors (George Hu (An De Wang (King of An De)) had his voice dubbed, which I am guessing is due to his strong American Chinese accent). The actors had to dub their own voices in post-production. Dubbing just does not float my boat; I just cannot stand the fact knowing that the voice is not actor’s own voice. Dubbing is very common in Chinese dramas, especially ancient Chinese dramas so this comes as a huge shock that the actors were allowed to keep their original voices in this drama. I am not a fan of dubbing, as in dubbing where they use a voice actor, so I am in glee that original voices are kept here. It just helps to allow the characters to shine that little bit more.
I’ll admit that what attracted me to the drama was the cast, or more specifically Ariel Lin (Yang Xue Wu). I couldn’t care about half the cast because I had no idea who they are, but since watching the drama I care very much! The entire cast has amazing chemistry with one another, especially Ariel with her leading men. It is so much cuter knowing that Ariel decided to pick up this drama because of the opportunity to work with her idol, Daniel Chan (Yuwen Yong, King of Northern Zhou) who is one of her leading men. He is yet to appear but I am sure when he does they will have breath-taking chemistry.
Ariel is having explosive chemistry with her co-star, Feng Shao Feng (Lan Ling Wang, King of Lan Ling) so her chemistry with Daniel can only be explosive upon explosive. I am already loving the chemistry that Ariel and FSF are sharing which is really making me anticipate that of her and Daniel. FSF and Ariel are just exploding with chemistry! It doesn’t matter that I don’t fully understand the dialogue here because their chemistry speaks louder than words, like way louder. The way they look at each other is just too much for words to describe. Their first meeting was what really caught my eye on their developing relationship. That meeting is shockingly amazing and perfectly portrayed by both actors. It was just as well because that was the set-up to LLW and Xue Wu’s impending relationship. I really loved Ariel there because there was a roller coaster of emotions and she absolutely nailed each one. There was joy, happiness, awe, shock and embarrassment.
I just love it when LLW manages to put a smile on Xue Wu and vice versa. LLW and Xue Wu have barely known each other for two days but already they are very comfortable with each other. Already, despite this short meeting, they have found a place in each other’s heart. Xue Wu went to break the rules so she could help him despite having embarrassed herself in front of him. They very quickly became friends soon afterwards and were able to speak to each other about their problems. In doing so, they also come to understand each other and see each other for who they are. I enjoy the unfolding of this relationship because it it upbeat but subtle in its development.
^not exactly the best capture of her smile, but trust me her smile was radiant!
The impact that LLW and Xue Wu had made on each other in their short amount of time upon meeting each other was showed during her coming-of-age/match-making ceremony. When he went up and announced that he would accept her belt, that just goes to show that she has left a lasting impression on her heart. The smile that Xue Wu gave was so adorably cute when he asked her to tie the ribbon on him.
Ariel is amazing with her character portrayal. Ariel really manages to give Xue Wu shape and dimension. It doesn’t matter that Ariel is about 8-9 years older than her character because she is still able to portray a very sweet and compelling 22 year old girl. I am loving the character of Xue Wu because Ariel puts up a strong front for Xue Wu to shine. Xue Wu is a compellingly strong-hearted, fill with determination and emotionally strong person; she can hardly care less about how people view her and she is always willing to help others. I just love that you can see that there is a fire from Ariel allowing for this character to show in Xue Wu. But, more importantly, that fire is a fire that is strictly owned by Ariel.
FSF is doing a wonderful with his portrayal of LLW. You can really see the fierceness in LLW; he is not just a leader but also a very strong warrior. He has the lives of thousands of people under his hands and a war to fight. He looks after his people, especially his brothers. I just love that when he is in trouble he doesn’t burden his brothers, but rather he sends them off to survive without him. That is what makes him an excellent leader, because he thinks of others.
I just love this drama very, very much. Every ep is a wonder to watch. The drama not only has a stellar cast with fantastic chemistry but the production is a master piece in itself. I am really enjoying the quality of this production; the scenes are beautifully shot and they all link well with one another. I am very excited to watch this drama unfold and especially excited to see Ariel and Daniel working together. (: I have heard that the drama is going to be tear-jerking and I am not so sure if I want it to be that way. But only time will tell how I will feel about it!