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Acting/Cast 9.0

Music 8.0

Rewatch Value 4.0

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I was originally going đồ sộ write a review by episode but instead, I am going đồ sộ tự a review on a grand scale and by certain issues either addressed by the show itself or issues people had with the show.
I, first of all, have đồ sộ say that it was possibly the worst ending I have seen if any show I have watched (including trò chơi of Thrones and GOT is the worst ending for bủ up until this), I am never watching anything that the writer is in charge of ever in my life, I mean I will personally be checking who the writer is because of her. Like I was wondering what nonsense of an ending that was. Like I hate the fact people try đồ sộ cover it up by saying it is real life or realistic (and I would be addressing it in my review).
The show started a fun, I mean Xiang and his dumb ass friends being the cool and popular kids, then the nerd that the coolest kid in school falls for but then the story is very not cliché.
Starting this out, I know everyone first had an issue with Sun Bo and his behavior (stalking and assault) but I would lượt thích đồ sộ remind people that he is kind of meant đồ sộ be a dumb, naïve and impulsive teenager who is kind of falling in love for the first time and doesn't know what đồ sộ with himself. I am not saying what he did was all right by any standard but understand that this was the first point being driven.
Also, still on Sun Bo, the next thing people highlighted a lot was the age difference and being in high school. Now I am quite happy that everyone is taking Pedophilia more seriously but at the same time, we should realize that countries differ and laws in those countries are not the same as what it is in our countries. Now, I was rubbed the wrong way but when I checked and I saw that the age of consent and majority in Taiwan is 16, I couldn't tự anything more about it but move on, this is their country and these are their norms.
Now moving on, things I loved about the show in generality
1. The true representation of LGBT acceptance: Hao Ting Parents, The Gang, and Finally Lu Zhi's family. The showed different reactions đồ sộ LGBT youth around the world as it happens. Some people just naturally accept LGBT youth especially because of their humanity and personhood and that was represented in the gang, others don't accept it but rather tolerate it for one reason or the other and that was Hao Ting's parents and the last class per se are those that are straight-up homophobic and cut LGBT people out of their lives that was Lu Zhi's granddad. I loved the fact that they represented all these in the show, which is more than vãn a lot of them BLs give us.
2. That age gap should not be a determinant in a relationship (when the people involved are off legal age). Our societies tend đồ sộ treat age gap as something that should be almost non-existent and that one buổi tiệc ngọt is taking advantage of the other but I love that MODC showed that sometimes, real love doesn't care about age as far as you are meant đồ sộ be together, you would work out.
3. I loved the fact that they didn't revolve the story around Hao Ting struggling đồ sộ accept that he was in love with a guy (although I didn't particularly lượt thích the I am not gay just in love with him trope we often see but whatever). Like it was very straight forward, he suspected he had feelings for Xi Gu and rather than vãn fighting it as we often see, he accepted them and moved forward on and most importantly, he didn't cheat on his girlfriend per se, he broke up with her before properly chasing Xi Gu.
4. I love that consent wasn't forgotten per se in the terms of Xi Gu and Hao Ting. I was scared at several points that with the type of temper Hao had, he would overstep boundaries with Xi but he was honestly patient and surprised bủ a lot.
5. Sex scenes, now I get a lot of people did not particularly lượt thích this, but I lượt thích the realism đồ sộ the sex scenes because most BLs tend đồ sộ was đồ sộ Fetishize gay people but they didn't tự that here, plus I mean they are high school students, sex tends đồ sộ be on their minds a lot.
6. The acting and production value were all phenomenal, I hated Hao when he made Xi miss the exam, I cried with Xi when he lost the scholarship, I felt all of the naivety of Sun and his jealousy, lượt thích the actors delivered and the quality was insane, đồ sộ say the least bit. I felt everything, rejoiced with them, laughed with them…. That is what acting is meant đồ sộ tự emote properly, I even felt the ending particularly because of Wayne
7. The portrayed the mistake we have all made as high school students properly, from cruelty, meanness, etc.
8. Character development was great and natural compared đồ sộ other shows
9. I loved Hao Ting and Sun Bo's friendship, it was beautiful đồ sộ the end

Things I hated
1. The ending and the writer
2. The fact that they did not properly develop some stories, which I guess was đồ sộ keep the focus on the main story but still at least resolve them. Like the twin that appeared he had feelings for Xi Gu, we did not get the foundation of the feelings of what connection there was or how did it kết thúc up? Another was the guy that made the fake picture of Xi Gu đồ sộ spite Hao Ting, lượt thích what happened đồ sộ him or even the ex-girlfriend? Then the way they just threw away the Fujoshi?
Now đồ sộ the controversial ending if you want đồ sộ portray a real-life relationship or a realistic relationship, then break them up. I am not saying people tự not die in relationships, they go off course, but in a world where people always try đồ sộ tell LGBT people they can't have happy endings, this just drives the narrative because Xi Gu's death was pointless except for shock value and nothing else just break the couple up. I mean, what's more common - breaking up or being killed by a xế hộp (or a white truck of doom, for all we know)? Yes, way too many people die in accidents every year, but still... that's not what usually happens, fortunately. So, for bủ, the "that's life/that's a realistic portrait of life" argument falls a bit flat. My impression is that they didn't necessarily want đồ sộ portray a "real life" situation, rather they wanted đồ sộ shock and manipulate their audience, they wanted đồ sộ present a "clever" twist, maybe because someone, someday, came up with the idea that tragedy equals depth and artistry. Then, secondly - tự you know what hurts bủ the most? I realized it's not, contrary đồ sộ my expectations, YSG's pointless death. It's how miserable XHT still is even 6 years after the tragedy. Even if he says "Yes, I'm over it", even if he has survived and tried đồ sộ get on with his life (did he get a girlfriend, or am I wrong? I was in a daze for most of the episode, trying not đồ sộ cry too much, sánh there are parts I'm not 100% sure about), even if he says he's ready đồ sộ hike the Himalayas. He's still sánh deeply grieving that you just have đồ sộ look at him đồ sộ know he's living an unhappy life - he seems đồ sộ be living only halfheartedly, only half-conscious... and that's heartbreaking, and that's what made bủ sánh devastated. I don't see much hope in this ending. It hurts sánh much because I cannot help but thinking that I would be just as lost in a similar situation. Finding love is sánh rare, and when you lose it lượt thích that... Thirdly, poor YSG. He drew the short kết thúc of the stick, didn't he? Was his purpose as a character just đồ sộ tug at our heartstrings? Was his death just a cliched plot device contrived đồ sộ squeeze out our tears (and how many of them!)? He, as a character, deserved better! Also, the doppelganger: was his purpose just đồ sộ trick us in the preview of the last episode with a face that looked lượt thích a future YSG? So that people, seeing him, would think "No worries, here he is with a different hairstyle, sánh he's obviously still alive, maybe they just separated for a few years", just đồ sộ be then shocked at the revelation? I can't help but feel that my emotions were being manipulated. And lastly - I'm kind of low-key angry with myself for letting myself being sánh emotionally involved in this drama. It's sánh silly đồ sộ be this upset (feeling depressed, feeling there's no hope in this world, feeling lượt thích dark clouds are weighing heavy on my heart, crying!) because of a work of fiction.

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