30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 9
Taiwanese drama posts are hard simply because it took me a long time to get into them and I still have a VERY bad track records at completing them. Sigh. Hopefully this will change in the future.
Day 9: Your favorite Taiwanese Drama?
This category is really hard for me as I have watched entirely more Korean and Japanese dramas than I have Taiwanese. And the majority of Taiwanese dramas I happen to start and never finish. My rate on kdramas and jdramas is slightly better on finishing although there are tons I start but don’t finish for whatever reason.
Thus, I had to go to MyDramaList just to kind of refresh which dramas I have completed. Wow. Only 9 Taiwanese dramas. Aiyo. Less than I thought.
So, after looking at them, two immediately stood out: Skip Beat! and ToGetHer. I was totally in love with Ivy Chen’s portrayal of Gong Xi and seeing a beloved manga brought to life relatively well. But…I think I’ll go with Rainie Yang’s and Jiro Wang’s love story in ToGetHer (aka Superstar Express). This choice is more so based on the horrible ending of Skip Beat! Okay, it wasn’t a horrible ending, but it left you wanting so much more that you know you will never get no matter how much you pray for a miraculous second season.
The soundtrack was great, the plot wasn’t bad, and the chemistry between the two leads was good. Jiro played up his silliness, but we really got to see a side you don’t get to see too much of him, which is his very serious manly side. Up until now, he’s pretty much played the idiotic second lead who never got the girl or an idiotic first lead…did he get any girls in the KO series? I think he kind of got pigeonholed with such roles after starring in the ISWAK series and then moving on to Hana Kimi and the K.O. franchise.
Thus, I was completely happy to see this more mature side of him and I liked his and Momo’s quiet and deep love. I also fell in love with his singing—especially the song “Mo Mo.” Funny how this drama led me to really enjoy him as a singer since he’s been in Fahrenheit for how long now?