30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 4
This one is really, really hard to remember, but I think I kind of have it figured out.
Day 4: Your first Taiwanese drama?
I was torn for this question. I thought it might have been Devil Beside Your or maybe the Taiwanese version of Hana Kimi, but after some careful brain scratching, I believe that my first taste of Taiwanese drama was with the classic Meteor Garden which is based on the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. This version came before the Japanese version which was my gateway into the Asian drama world.
After I learned that there was a Japanese version of my all-time favorite manga Hana Yori Dango, I was quick to discover that there was a Taiwanese version that came first. This drama was not quite as faithful to the manga, but I did find myself liking it (although, I will admit to NOT having finished this version, although I own the entire series. On my to do list which lengthens every day).
This drama also led me to develop my first girl crush on Barbie Hsu. There was just something about her that really sparkled in the leading role. Oh, and I always develop a thing for the guy playing Rui’s role over the guy playing Tsukasa’s role. Why? It’s a mystery…or maybe the start of what every person will go through—second lead syndrome. There is also the fact that if we are being honest…who would fall for Tsukasa? Sure he’s a big child and softy under it all…but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a rich, arrogant bully who thought nothing of hurting people for sheer amusement alone. Rui…was reticent and hung up on his first love, but was definitely more of a gentleman and did not actively participate in the bullying, though he’s just as bad since he allowed it to happen as well, but still the character of Rui was better than the character of Tsukasa (in the beginning).
If you actually want to go by the first ever Taiwanese drama I managed to finish…that would probably be A Game About Love or A Promise of Love at the Dolphin Bay. I watched them pretty much simultaneously so I’m not sure which one came first… But, both were terribly long-winded and could have used fewer episodes and some better acting on certain leads’ parts.
And since these questions are NOT on the list, I’m adding them and the answers to this post. Why? Just because. I know that not everyone will sample every type of Asian drama out there, but figured I’d give all my firsts in their correct order.
- First Chinese drama?
My Bratty Princess
- First Malaysian drama?
- First Singaporean drama?
- First Thai drama?
Love Never dies
So…if you look at it… my love for Hana Yori Dango the manga brought me to Japanese dramas which also led me to Taiwanese dramas which eventually led me to Korean dramas then Chinese dramas then Malaysian dramas then Singaporean dramas then Thai dramas. I have vowed one of these days to actually sit down and watch a Filipino drama, but haven’t managed to do it yet. Kind of funny when you think about it since my stepmother would sit around watching her Filipino dramas and variety shows when she lived with me and my grandparents until she and my dad moved out of state for his job.