I was in elementary when the Taiwanese version of this series aired on our local TV.
And because online streaming was not predominantly popular at that time, watching every episode is imperative to make sure you don’t miss anything. That also means half-running my way from school to our home just to keep up with this daily viewing appointment. #nostalgia
So when I heard about this 2018 remake, I decided to give it a go. But it wasn’t until the original Chinese airing has released its 15th or 16th episode that I started with the first one.
And ‘just one episode’ easily turned nine.
As of this writing, I in fact just finished the 22nd episode!
Of course, I’d be lying if I say that I don’t have my biases. The Taiwanese version left a huge impact, and it is almost natural to compare the two. A given.
And I’m happy to say, that this remake did really well – did even better on some scenes.
THE CAST is just stunning! I like them! I especially love this new version of HuaZe Lei played by rising star, Darren Chen!
He is legit adorable. Cool, aloof, distant and weird but someone who’s impossible to ignore. You know what I mean? (…now I’m making myself too obvious…)
As for THE OST, I didn’t like it that much. But after some successive exposure episode after episode, it has come to grow on me. Coen Wang shares this easy lyrics of the song:
I find it a light-hearted variation from the original’s more mature appeal, and I’m all in for it! The pacing is also a bit faster but it’s fine seeing that the quality of storytelling isn’t sacrificed. The narrative is consistent, a bit bland on some scenes, but likable in general!
Few more episodes and this will be over! I bet none of us is ready to say goodbye just yet.
I am not ready. Are you?
And what’s your impression? Let’s hear ’em on the comments!