Legend of the Ancient Sword 2: Review

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I actually watched it straight from Youku while it was airing/streaming yet I was so caught up with so much real-life stuff that I didn’t have a chance to review it. I actually worked on it a little at a time though. How was it? It didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.

Main Cast:

  • Aarif Rahman (李治廷) as Xia Yi Ze (夏夷则) aka Li Yan (李炎). 3rd Prince. I found him so boring initially, mostly because he was tied to the palace schemes and at times seemed too good to be true. However, his character grew on me. I also felt quite frustrated with the tragedies he had to go through. I was so pissed when that one flaky Taoist dude cursed him, thus the inevitable in the end. At times, he could be so scary yet who could blame him? After all that he’d been through. I liked it that he was being firm with his father and not returning. He couldn’t just forget what happened like that. He was already letting go of the past–sorta. Other times, especially when he was with Ah Ruan, he was quite sweet.
  • Ying Er (穎兒) as Wen Ren Yu (闻人羽). I really liked her character and it was really relatable to me. I felt she was very righteous and responsible. She was at times a perfectionist and was being too hard on herself, but I understood why. She was trained so strict and was put in an important position. I understood why she wasn’t as cheery as the rest of them at times yet at others, she couldn’t help but want to do some carefree activities too. She learned to open up to the others along the way. In fact, she was seen quite innocent at times (like how she didn’t really experience a normal life like some of them had since little) and her little smiles at times. I felt those moments, Ying Er was really cute.
  • Fu Xin Bo (付辛博) as Yue Wu Yi (乐无异). I liked him immediately upon his appearance. I don’t know, he was a really fun character. I can’t believe this was my first time watching him–although I heard of him for a long time now, he was really good. I liked watching how Wu Yi grew throughout. He was really spoiled and naive at first. Yet he learned a lot later. It wasn’t like he was looking down on others, but he was spending recklessly. He lived in a bubble with his parents spoiling him with many luxuries. His saving point was indeed his kindness and sincerity toward others. His passion for inventions was kind of lovable in a way, because of his perseverance.
    • Huang Tian Qi (黄天崎) as Young Yue Wu Yi (少年乐无异). Fascinating to see the child star grew over the years and now portraying another role in part 2.
  • Coco Jiang (姜雯) as Ah Ruan (阿阮). She was so cute. From the posters, I saw her in several serious poses, I thought she was going to be a serious character. I was wrong, but I was glad. That meant she was different from Ren Yu. She was adorable, because of her lack of experience in a lot of matters. She was learning a lot. I found it really funny how she associated food with the festivals that people celebrated. Sometimes, she could be so stubborn yet that was admirable too. Once she made up her mind, others weren’t able to change it. Even if they meant it out of goodness or was worried for her. Sure, she overused her powers and ended up exerting and hurting herself along the way, but her braveness wasn’t lacking. What I also really liked about her was how they didn’t make her a weakling that needed rescuing. Sure, the others all loved her and wanted to protect her as part of their family or much more, but she wasn’t incapable. She was powerful in her abilities.
  • Shao Bing (邵兵) as Shen Ye (沈夜). Mixed feelings. At times, I could understand why he wanted to take care of his own people. Yet I couldn’t really relate to him because of the harm he caused to others. I also felt sad for how much he’d been through, but also couldn’t forgive him for all the killings and sacrifices.
  • Ken Chang (張智堯) as Xie Yi (谢衣) and Chu Qi (初七). Ken actually got to act in three different roles in this one. One as an immortal (or supposedly) and two other as AI/robots. I thought he did quite well. It did show a difference between those roles. Because he was a bigger part of the cast this time around, I felt he had more ground for his acting skills–even although a lot of people preferred his immortal image more from the first season.

Chang An (長安):

  • Zeng Li (曾黎) as Fu Qing Jiao (傅清姣). Wu Yi’s adopted mother. I really liked her from the beginning–with her overly protective behaviors and also her stubbornness and what could be fierce at times as well. It was hilarious to watch. Yet I was a tad ticked that she let Ren Wu go alone that one time. Sure, I got it that she was thinking of Wu Yi and their family but it was too frustrating. I liked it that she addressed it later and apologized, not just brushing it off like it never happened.
  • Hu Bing (胡兵) as Yue Shao Cheng (乐绍成). Wu Yi’s adopted father. He seemed like a weakling and pushover at the beginning when his wife was upset and he was just going along with her words. However, when the time called for it, he was very capable. I felt he truly showed that he cared for his family and didn’t need to exude some fierce attitude toward them to prove anything. He spoke up or took action when it mattered.
  • Jin Qiao Qiao (金巧巧) as Hong Shan (红珊) aka Consort Shu (淑妃). Yi Ze’s mother. I felt really sad for her. She seriously chose to follow the wrong person. She ended up being a sacrifice for all those power-lust battles among the royals. Yes, she knew what she gave up and what she was getting into when she followed the king, but I seriously feel so sad for her. She just became a footnote in the end during his conversation with Yi Ze later. That was why I was glad Yi Ze didn’t forgive the king.
  • He Zhong Hua (何中华) as Emperor Sheng Yuan (圣元帝). Yi Ze’s father. Weak and irresponsible. Yes, he could conjure up all the excuses and the talk about the big picture of whatever. I don’t care. He just wanted to protect himself and what was beneficial to him.
  • Wu Chun Yan (吴春燕) as Princess Zhao Ning (昭宁公主). Yi Ze’s half-sister. Mixed feelings throughout. I felt like she was funny when she first appeared and didn’t mind her spoiled nature too much. She was a princess after all. I tolerated her attitude toward Ren Yu because I knew she was jealous and again, she couldn’t help it, she was a princess. Yet what I couldn’t really forgive of her was the part where she went through with the forced marriage and then had to be talked into reason again by Yi Ze. I didn’t think that she did the right thing in the end hence releasing Wu Yi. Hello, she caused the problem in the first place. She was delaying the course of their journey and more crucial matters they needed to take care of. I forgave her previously for her princess attitude because she didn’t know but after having been outside with them traveling for a while, I felt I was done with it. Sure, it was hard for her to let go of her childhood friend and someone she came to love, but I didn’t want to pity her anymore. It was enough. However, I didn’t expect her to die so tragically. She was annoying at times, sure. But I didn’t realize she would die, even if I saw it (like other viewers) that she fell to her death. I thought there was some sort of miracle or possible way to resurrect her later.
  • Guo Xiao Feng (郭晓峰) as Reverend Qing He (清和真人). Yi Ze’s master. Mixed feelings. I didn’t know what to make of him at first. Although he was protecting Zi Ye and helping him, I agreed with the other reverend about letting Yi Ze choosing his own path. His over-protectiveness was touching on some levels but wasn’t doing Yi Ze any good.
    • Wu Bo Lun (吳博倫) Young Reverend Qing He.
  • Guo Zi Yu (郭子渝) as Li Miao (李淼). 2nd Prince. Yi Ze’s half-brother, Zhao Ning’s older brother. Hated him throughout. The only part I didn’t get was how he had a weak spot for his sister. I got it that it was his sister after all yet I wasn’t so convinced on that, considering how he sacrificed the others too. He even threatened their father and imprisoned him. It wasn’t just about him being possessed for the later part of the story either. He was seriously evil and scheming at the beginning already. It didn’t make a difference. I felt it was sort of letting him off too easily by saying he was possessed later. Well, Yi Ze and the others did feel a difference before and after he was possessed. But that was really letting him off easily. He suddenly grew a heart afterward? Yes, he went crazy because of Zhao Ning’s death, but was that enough? Perhaps, because he was always bragging about his intelligence and capabilities versus the others?
  • Li Yi Xiang (李易祥) as Ming Chuan (明川). Shen Ye’s minion, was sent to the palace as a spy.
  • Ren Peng (任鹏) as The Oldest Prince (大皇子). Yi Ze’s half-brother. He only appeared a bit at the beginning when Li Miao was scheming against Yi Ze and was said to be in a coma.
  • Ji Dong Ran (季東燃) as Jin Sheng (金生). Li Miao’s lackey. I hated him so much it wasn’t even funny. Did he meet with his punishment later?

Tian Gang (天罡):

  • Hou Xiang Ling (侯祥玲) as Cheng Ting Jun (程廷鈞). Ren Yu’s master. Typical strict master, but was indeed very caring toward his disciples and had a great sense of loyalty toward his people.
  • Ryan Yao (姚远) as Qin Yang (秦煬). Ren Yu’s senior.
  • Zhang Wen (张雯) as Yi Qing (逸清). Ren Yu’s senior.

Drifting Moon City (流月城):

  • Dylan Kuo (郭品超) as Tong (瞳). A medic/inventor yet wasn’t the typical kind ones. He was intelligent and scheming. He also had the ability to extract other people’s memory from their minds to track information. In a way, he was quite scary and Shen Ye even admitted it near the end, stating that if it wasn’t for his illness, he could have led their clan. Yet Tong, himself, said that Shen Ye also had his illness yet was able to lead them. Tong didn’t mind being under Shen Ye’s commands. He probably preferred it that way, hiding and keeping his identity a mystery from others. He actually understood and recognized some of the ongoing issues and the consequences yet had allowed for Shen Ye to proceed forward with it anyway. It was based on what he said at times, especially that one conversion with Xie Yi once upon a time and also with Shen Ye before the final battle.
  • Oliva Yan (闫笑) as Hua Yue (華月). The first “puppet” created by Shen Ye’s father to accompany him and only listened to him regardless. In a way, she was really pitiful. Yet in other ways, she was responsible for a lot of problems, like most of the characters within the Drifting Moon City.
  • Wu De Xin (吴得心) as Feng Ya (風琊). Was killed by Chu Qi later.
  • Zhang Ru Yi (张如意) as Cang Ming (沧冥). The leader of Drifting Moon City, also Shen Ye’s beloved. I was intrigued by her since the beginning and was eager to learn of her past. It was as tragic as some people within the Drifting Moon City and how she sacrificed herself once again at the end.
  • Zhao Yi Xin (赵宜鑫) as Shen Xi (沈曦). Shen Ye’s sister. The child star was really good with her acting. She made me feel for her sickness and also felt the difference in the change when she was possessed. It was very sad and touching with the story and interactions between her and her brother.
  • Xu Ge (许歌) as Li Zhu (离珠).

Juan Du (損毒):

  • Yang Hao Yu (杨浩煜) as Tu Xiu (屠休).
  • Jiang Hao Yan (姜浩严) as An Ni Wa Er (安尼瓦爾) aka Wolf King (狼王). Wu Yi’s half-brother. I actually quite liked him, regardless of his rouge nature. He was very protective of his people and bore most of the responsibilities in making sure they were having a good life. He also wanted to restore their dynasty and return to its glorious past. Although not obtainable, I respected his dedication. He was also a tough and caring older brother at the same time.
  • Wang Xi Wei (王希維) as Mu Sha (穆剎). Mixed feelings. I knew she cared for the Wolf King and did it out of concern, but sometimes I felt annoyed with her for almost killing Wu Yi.
  • Wes Zhao (赵威霖) as Jia Pa Er (加帕爾).
  • Liu Zhuo Ting (刘倬廷) as Zha Mu Na (扎木那).

Others:

  • Fan Jun Liang (范俊良) as Yu Qi (禺期). Han Guang Sword (晗光剑)’s spirit, also the creator of the Zhao Ming Sword (昭明剑). I liked him since the beginning and really liked his witty responses to Wu Yi’s questions at times. I looked forward to moments where he appeared to troll Wu Yi. It was hilarious to watch. In fact, I liked their interaction and weird friendship over Wu Yi and Yi Ze–among the guys. At times, I wished he appeared more but I also wondered if that would take away from his character (if it dragged out too much).
  • Xue Cun (雪村) as Yuan Er (元二).
  • Zhang Ye (張野) as Tuan Zi (團子). A panda demon. He was soooo cute. I cried buckets when he died. I couldn’t believe it. I thought he would make it, considering how they were almost done with the series–more or less.
  • Wang De Feng (王德枫) as Twelfth (十二).
  • Chi Zhi Qiang (遲志強) as Shi Bai Zi (石白子). A tree demon. I thought he was evil at first. I don’t know. He was acting strange, considering how he was exchanging looks with his companions. Yet it turned out they were just trying to hide their identities from others for their own safety.
  • Xie Wen Xuan (謝聞軒) as Pi Chen (僻塵). A fox demon. She was suspicious at first–to me. Yet later, I understood why she and Shi Bai Zi were rightly concerned about revealing their identities. Considering the situation and how humans view demons, they had to protect themselves.
  • Wen Wen (溫雯) as Zhen Ji (楨姬). A cat demon. Creepy. I knew something was up from the start. Well, the setting was a dead giveaway.

Discussions:

  • The comparison between seasons 1 and 2. I seriously do not want to go there. But I’m so jumping in this time, considering how I watched both throughout and still remember the majority of the plots. Usually, the first season would be much better, but sometimes there would be exceptions. I think this was one of them. I’m so serious here. I loved the cast of season 1 too and if it wasn’t for season 1’s success, there wouldn’t be season 2. However, when season 1 first came out, people were criticizing it too and didn’t think much of the cast. So? Are we continuing that tradition by bashing what comes after? I can’t stop that, but just putting it out there. Anyway, as much as I loved season 1 for its extensive cast, costumes, and the majority of the story, I also felt a lot of frustrations toward it. The ending of season 1 totally got me choking. Not just because of the deaths involved, but also because of the forced marriage situation that previously dragged the series down for like 10+ episodes. Yes, they were in Qin Chuan for so long that I was only half watching at that point. The pace for the second season was much faster and much more bearable. In fact, I thought the pace was about right for season 2. Although sometimes, I felt it was a bit empty with the lack of the major characters but I thought the events happening drove it forward. There were a lot of side characters and there were many touching scenes along the way. I’m not talking about the number of episodes for each part here, because I know both parts were only two episodes apart, but I’m talking about the feeling of the pace and way the stories were crafted. The cast for season 1, although I loved the majority of them, I felt that Qiao Zhen Yu and William Chan were the best in there (acting-wise) for the male leads–followed by Ma Tian Yu. As for the female side, Zheng Shuang and Jia Qing (who was not even the main cast), followed by Gillian (who won out for me because of her double role–even if just one character but there was the person posing as her). Yang Mi, although I loved her since watching Liao Zhai, it was a safe role, nothing too special–or breakthrough. So I felt the main cast of season 2 was better in that sense, they were consistent throughout. I felt just because they weren’t as popular did not mean they sucked at acting or whatever. Ken Chang actually did better in season 2 than season 1–although many felt his character for season 1 was better. That was just outer appearance (though I felt he was dashingly handsome for season 2 as well).
  • People criticizing Ying Er for not being as cute as Yang Mi. I just said above that I loved Yang Mi since Liao Zhai. So, not bashing her. But wrong comparison. Coco Jiang’s character, Ah Ruan, could be compared with Yang Mi’s Qing Xue, not Ying Er’s Ren Yu. So if people wanted to pick on that, please choose the right one. Or if you want to compare Ah Ruan to Xiang Ling, suitable–but I have to say both were equally cute in their own way. Ren Yu was different from Qing Xue, that was what made her unique. If they were to make Ren Yu like Qing Xue, would others pick on it by saying Ying Er was trying to copy Yang Mi? Can’t win.
  • People saying how Reverend Zi Yin and Tusu were a better/deeper pair of master and disciple than Xie Yi and Wu Yi. I think it had a lot to do with watching the first part already and loving it, which I know it’s typical. However, I don’t think one should dismiss Xie Yi and Wu Yi so quickly. Both Tusu and Wu Yi were saved by their masters at the beginning. Their master’s lack of presence in their lives was similar in a sense as well. What was even worse for Wu Yi was how he realized the Xie Yi he reunited with later wasn’t really Xie Yi. Yet what I liked about their relationship was how it gave me a feeling of old wuxia stories–how the main character had to seek out the skilled martial arts master and pass the tests before being accepted. It gave me that old feeling so I liked it. Also, the care wasn’t lacking either. It was touching in many ways–whether how the real Xie Yi treated Wu Yi or the later Xie Yie did. They both tried to protect him and taught him things. It might start out with an obsession for the inventions that he wanted desperately to become Xie Yi’s disciple, but their bond became stronger later.
  • The Ending. It was bittersweet. Ah Ruan’s death was definitely a big hit for the ending. However, it was somewhat expected, considering what the majority of the ones who helped them said about Ah Ruan’s condition and warned her not to use her magic anymore. It was hard for her not to interfere with what was going on, especially the final battle. It was too important not to get involved. Not to mention Ah Ruan’s caring nature–regardless of who was in trouble, not just those who were close to her.

So after all that, recommended? Definitely for me. For me, the plot is the most important and then characters, etc. If you don’t feel like you could enjoy it for whatever reason, I wouldn’t recommend it. You can always watch cuts of your favorites and be done with or MVs, lol. Those are fun.

Year 2017 in Recap

When I thought that 2016 was a terrible year for me, I was wrong. 2017 continued to tank to a new level of crappiness. There were many frustrating things–one after another. It was like when I asked, “How much worse could 2017 be?”, it was like a challenge to the universe. So stuff happening in real life obviously affected how much time I have for this blog or attempted to keep some sort of activity. I did better than last year regarding updates, but that was a lot of effort because I’m still way behind on some news that I wanted to talk about. Yet no time or more like didn’t feel like it at the moment. I continued to get drained to another level that I thought might not be possible–like several days before. Then the pattern just repeated itself at different intervals. I think somewhere along the way, I ended up revamping my blog by getting rid of the too random posts. Like those general update ones. Although my blog already is random on many levels, I didn’t want to just post for the sake of placeholders too much. Anyway, here are some stats for this year.

Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).

January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)

Books Reviews:

Sad, because I actually read a bit this year but didn’t feel like doing reviews for some of them. Maybe I’ll go back to do them later.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction:

Complete failure–unlike what I promised last year about getting things done. I started looking over some of the fanfics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise how fast it would be rolled out. I’ll get it out when I’m happy with what I wrote.

Songs Translations:

I used “You’re Always Beautiful” to start the year, thinking that if I continue to retain some sense of positiveness, somehow things will get better. But it didn’t. Anyway, how was this year regarding translations? I didn’t realize I was that productive. Mostly, I tried to push the majority of 183 Club’s songs out.

Chinese:

Vietnamese:

I didn’t want to do this update like I said last year. However, I felt like I needed to persuade myself to continue on. Not to mention, I want to keep some sort of a teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

Legend of the Ancient Sword 2: Dylan's Wrap Up

Dylan posted the other day that he already finished with his scenes for the drama. It was a bittersweet feeling for him since it was a challenging experience, but also sad because it ended.

What was fun to see was Ken posting a picture of him and Dylan, saying that they were celebrating Dylan’s wrapping up. What was interesting was that Ken disclosed they have been friends for twenty-three years already. Wow, I didn’t know that, lol. Pretty cool though.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Legend of the Ancient Sword 2: Main Cast

So I was waiting for this or more news about this. I meant I knew it was happening and saw the initial posters when they started to work on the project. But now that they released more stills, I decided to post.

And of course, I don’t know anything about the game so I’m just sticking around for Ken Chang. But I will update on others, considering how I don’t have problems with the cast and all.

Supposedly, Ken’s playing a totally different role in here versus how some thought he would return as the white-haired god-like being in the previous part. However, it doesn’t matter. I’m looking forward to seeing him take on this new challenge.

Aside from Ken, my other most anticipated performance would be from Dylan. This was actually the reason he was stressing over with one of his New Year posts. Possibly a totally different role for him versus past shining or dashing roles.

I’ve always been impressed with his past improvements so I’m confident Dylan will do well.

Other main cast involved Ying Er, Shao Bing, Coco Jiang Wen, Fu Xin Bo, Aarif Rahman, etc.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Qiaoru: Meeting the Parents – Real Life Version

You know 2017 is going to be a good year when you wake up and read about Qiaoru’s latest development. Kidding aside, it’s true though that the media is circling back to Qiaoru again. I can’t believe it has been 8 years since the Love Buffet situation. But yes, it has been that long. Good memories to look back on actually, even though some are bittersweet.

Anyway, there are two articles that sorta went into details so I decided to read it thoroughly, dissecting it to bits–just to be sure I didn’t miss anything. Or more like misunderstand anything. (Go here and here for articles.) Anyway, both articles mentioned Calvin’s latest revelation that could possibly clear all rumors (or not). He said that he hoped to have kids before he hit the big 40 (the CTS article actually said 38 but it wasn’t too far off), because he claimed he didn’t want to be too old to spend time with his kids. Totally a good cue for a set of questions to unleash. (Hey, he jumped right into that one, didn’t he?) Calvin actually admitted that he had taken Qiao Qiao to see his parents already (for a meal). His parents complimented her simplicity and pure personality. Did that mean she was good as in the door already? Nope, at this state, Calvin and Qiao Qiao are considered “meal friends”, lol. As a recap, Calvin said that they both lived in the Tianmu area so they often hang out and go for meals. Calvin even complimented her on being down-to-earth and going out for meals with her was easy since she wasn’t a picky eater. They could browse around the street stalls, not having to go to fancy restaurants. When pressed for an answer regarding if he has plans to get married with Qiao Qiao within the next two years, he answered that if it was a matter of marriage, they would announce–yet if it was just a relationship not leading to marriage, he wouldn’t publicize it. The media went bonkers by then, stating that it was an indirect admittance to him loving Qiao Qiao. Sounds good to me! LOL!

Seriously though, Calvin had taken a few of his female friends he felt was a good match to see his parents in the past (aside from Qiao Qiao). Yet his parents–contrary to typical parents who want grandkids or whatnot–told him not to rush things. They advised him to pick carefully before getting into marriage. Aside from those important details (lol), there were some tidbits about him hanging around the gym with Jiro and Dylan at times to work out. (If you stalk all three of them, you could see pictures of them at the gym. They’re seriously obsessed, lol.)

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Snow Queen: New Stills

Dylan had recently updated about the drama but I was occupied with other stuff so of course I’m slow in updating once again.

Before I post more stills, I have to clarify something here. It seemed like the late Qiao Ren Liang was also the main lead or possibly he was the main lead and then Dylan was the second lead. Not quite sure since I’ve been out of the loops as far as dramas are the concern of recent.

I also don’t know if the drama was filmed before the tragedy or was in the middle of filming when the tragedy occurred, but I will be looking forward to this drama regardless. I also wouldn’t want to be super insensitive or inconsiderate here with what had happened. I don’t know how to comment to make it more considerate or respectful, because I was not following Qiao Ren Liang actively like most people were with his popularity over quite a few dramas–even though I know who he was. So yes, what I am saying is it wouldn’t be my place to contribute regarding the matter, but I will say as a follower of Yuan Shan Shan, I was shocked to know what happened. But what happened had already happened and perhaps like Zhang Han said, Qiao Ren Liang is probably at a better place right now. May he rest in peace and wherever he is, hopefully he would be free of all the stress and pressure from the public.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Snow Queen: Dylan’s New Drama

I first noticed this when Dylan posted pictures on his wall. The drama is produced by Wang Yu Ren (王裕仁) and is directed by Yang Yang (杨阳). The screenwriter is Jia Dong Yan (贾东岩). The theme would be along the line of fantasy, obviously from various stills so far.

Dylan is supposedly the male lead but not quite sure since there is conflicting information elsewhere. I’ll update if there are changes or more clarifications.

Rayza is the female lead. I’ve never watched her before so I’ll hold comments, except for the fact that she looks quite cool as an archer.

What amused me was seeing Yuen Wah. Not quite sure what role he would be portraying in here but the last few years or so, he has been portraying comedic roles mostly.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Way We Were: Ruby and Dylan

According to several articles floating around, Dylan had agreed to appear in Ruby’s latest drama.

In fact, it seemed like he was honored to be in the drama, lol.

He was supposedly her high school crush. And might possibly be an asshole. NOT sure totally since articles could be misleading. We’ll just have to wait and see.

*Images were collected around the net, therefore, belonging to their rightful owners

Borrow Your Love: Episode 14

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

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Ye Chen and Ping An moved the meeting location with the old friend to a cafe. They took a table outside to talk, which would be easier. Ping An finally learned of the old man’s background when he recounted past events. The pair of father and daughter used to circulate the area, and Ping An’s father had performed in his restaurant numerous times. Ping An then asked him if he knew of her father’s whereabouts. He finally told her (after some hesitation and choked up feelings) that her father had passed away that one rainy night already. Ping An actually knew of her father’s passing already or at least had a feeling it was so yet she couldn’t help but break down totally after hearing the truth from this old friend of her father’s. After breaking down at home that night, she met up with the old man again to retrieve her father’s belongings that the old man had kept all these years. When she finally was able to settle down somewhere to go through the box, Ping An found her father’s ID on top, so happy that she wouldn’t forget her father’s face again. Then there were also music sheets and other sentimental items. What became a major clue to the overall story of their family’s past–and other misunderstandings–was her father’s letter to her mother. He had intended for her to find it after his death. However, because of that car accident and many other complications with Ping An being lost and the old friend wasn’t able to find her, things were delayed. The letter actually disclosed that Ping An’s father was the one snatching Ping An up and leaving. He didn’t want to drag Ping An’s mother down since she was still so young and beautiful and still have a bright future because he’d discovered that he’d leukemia. He apologized for leaving and also for taking Ping An with him since he thought that she shouldn’t be held down by a sick husband and a kid, etc. He also mentioned how her boss was really fond of her so that might be a better choice for her and could bring her more happiness than being with him. So Bai Ming Li didn’t abandon them. Ye Chen was quite upset to learn of it, chiding Ping An’s father for thinking such thoughts and causing so much hardships for Ping An all these years. Yet Ping An said she understood her father’s reasons and was glad that she learned the true version, knowing her mother didn’t abandon her all these years.

As for Zi Wen, he was still working hard to win Xi Le’s heart back. This time, he used sincerity and patience for it, especially tending to small things like making her meals and all. She wasn’t unaffected by that. (At least on the surface. She just wanted to protect herself this time around, not wanting to get hurt anymore.) Soon, Zi Wen met up with Sergeant Xu. Ye Chen had finally handed Hei Zai’s cell phone over to Sergeant Xu awhile back so now Sergeant had contacted Zi Wen for help. Zi Wen actually said that he wanted to seek out Sergeant Xu as well. So they have something in common. Negotiations perhaps?

After taking care of some more stuff, Zi Wen was back for more trying to win Xi Le over. He even took her to Wei Zhen’s grave and tried to prove his words. However, she said she wouldn’t trust him ever again. Later still, Xi Le sought out Ye Chen to verify some details of the story, claiming she couldn’t trust Zi Wen anymore. Ye Chen told her of how Zi Wen had given him the will already, telling him to pass it to Ping An. It was like how Zi Wen had told Xi Le. It was then that Xi Le dared to believe. She pondered why Ping An didn’t make a move to take back what was hers after having the will yet Ye Chen said Ping An didn’t want to. Xi Le said that was what she was most envious of Ping An, being able to let go and not fight with anyone. Moving along, Xi Le told Ye Chen that Zi Wen had dragged her to Wei Zhen’s grave. Ye Chen, upon hearing that, asked Xi Le to repeat it. He told her that this time Zi Wen meant it since Zi Wen hadn’t visited Wei Zhen’s grave even after all these years. After they parted ways, Xi Le spotted Zi Wen and overheard his conversation with Hei Zai. She quickly alerted Ye Chen. Ye Chen was with Ping An so he told her to go contact Sergeant Xu while he went to find Zi Wen.

Upon arriving though, Ye Chen was captured by Hei Zai, because he didn’t realize Hei Zai was behind him. He only had his eyes on Zi Wen. He didn’t realize about Zi Wen’s part in Sergeant Xu’s trap. That was what Ping An wanted to tell him before he was captured. Nevertheless, Zi Wen had to move forward with the plan, pretending that Hei Zai had done good in capturing Ye Chen or his plans would leak out. However, as he tried to negotiate with Hei Zai and exchange the money for Ye Chen, things got ugly from there. Though Ye Chen was able to fight Hei Zai off, he couldn’t see the attack from behind and Zi Wen ended up taking the hit for him, receiving the stab in full. (Although it was unbelievable how Ye Chen was able to fight like several dudes at once since the beginning, now seemed quite slow and weak for Hei Zai’s match.) But anyway, as Zi Wen fell, Sergeant Xu finally jumped out with some police officers, rattling out commands for the others to go chase Hei Zai as he called for an ambulance. Before any came though, Zi Wen apologized to Ye Chen and how he had always kept it in his heart that Ye Chen had sacrificed for him in serving the prison sentence, etc. They exchanged some hearty words about their bond and being ‘brothers’ again before Zi Wen told Ye Chen to tell Xi Le that he loved her. All the while, Ping An had finally arrived on the scene to witness the conversation. (Though it was strange that no other staff was nearby to help them? It could be explained they were in a very quiet area and that would make Hei Zai less suspicious of their motives, but still too quiet. And the blood was seriously too fake. Yeah, it was a very touching moment YET I was paying attention to those details, lol. But what puzzled me was how in the BTS when they applied it on Eli, it looked darker and real yet it looked so fake in the real scene. Was it because of the lighting? *shrugs*)

Days later, Xi Le was seen grieving over Zi Wen’s death still. She was moping and didn’t want to get up. (Yes, she was staying at Zi Wen’s place.) Ping An finally came to the place and forced her to face the truth. She couldn’t get to Xi Le–despite the yelling, scolding, and all of the side fights. Words of comfort and/or encouragement were already out the window. The only thing that worked was how Ping An asked Xi Le if she wanted to hear what Zi Wen wanted Ye Chen to tell her before his death? Xi Le finally pulled out of her trance and asked Ping An. Ping An told her exactly what Zi Wen said that he loved Xi Le. Xi Le broke down again, crashing to the ground, mumbling that he finally said it.

At home, Ye Chen was out on the porch watching the sky while Ping An was hanging some clothes. Ping An told him of what happened and how Xi Le had recovered already so she believed Xi Le would stand up soon. After some jokes, Ye Chen noticed how Ping An’s hand was all bruised up. Not that extreme, but it was like those marks came out of nowhere. Ping An claimed it was from the fight with Xi Le earlier. She said if the marks were present on her, Xi Le must have suffered worse. (LOL!) Yet Ye Chen wasn’t amused. He wanted her to go check it out, mentioning about her past nosebleeds and how she was so weak of recent. She didn’t want to. He reminded her that her father’s leukemia could have been passed to her. He didn’t want to take the risk. When they walked out of the hospital later though, she looked devastated while he tried to comfort her with how the medical field was getting quite advance nowadays hence they could cure her, etc. She wasn’t paying attention. Then she suggested they go on a vacation. He agreed. (Yes, so she has it. OY! How dramatic could it get? This tells you being nice is worth nothing. OR according to this, lol. Hello, how could she be this unfortunate? It made sense that her genes would be affected, considering how her father had it, but wow, couldn’t they pull it off with letting her go on this one?)

So Ye Chen and Ping An went on their trip. Super cute moments yet it was really sad at the same time since it was too obvious she was leaving soon. (Yes, it’s cliche but it’s obvious she’s trying to spend some time with him before leaving.) Even if she had started to have nosebleeds again, she still refused to go to the hospital to start her treatment. (Indeed, she was stubborn like her mother.) Ye Chen was indeed quite upset with how unfortunate Ping An was, scolding how it was so unfair, considering how Ping An had already endured so much pain already. Yet Ping An said she really wanted to get mad too, but that was the reality, not like stories where bad people get their deserved punishments while good people ended up with a happy ending, etc. (Yet, honestly, did they have to do that explanation for this one? I swore it was to cover up for all the plot loops and stupidity that couldn’t be explained at some point and dragging out more episodes with senseless moments at times just to say it was okay to let some details go.) Ping An soon convinced Ye Chen to not be so upset anymore, reminding him that it wasn’t like her disease was incurable. She just wanted to create some beautiful memories with him before going in for treatment and fighting the disease with her positive energy. So they resumed the vacation. However, after some more eventful time together, Ye Chen woke up one morning to find Ping An gone. He searched everywhere for her but it was hopeless, she wasn’t even home when he returned. He saw that her belongings were gone.

Zoom forward to some airport, Ping An was seen with Xi Le and Li Sha. The other two were there to send her off. Xi Le wanted to go with Ping An or at least send Xiao Si along with her. Yet Ping An turned it down, saying that each of them had their own destination. She believed that she could conquer the challenges ahead. Xi Le then asked if Ping An was sure about not letting Ye Chen know. Ping An said if anything happened to her and Ye Chen know, he wouldn’t be able to move on; yet if he didn’t know, perhaps it would be easier for him to forget her. It was around then that Li Sha jumped in to chide Ping An for being a dummy, always thinking for others, not herself. Huo Ying then jumped out of nowhere to say that he would go with her. Ping An turned him down as well, not wanting anyone to go with her, especially him (lol). Ping An joked that she wanted Huo Ying to stay behind to watch his sister, not wanting his sister to bully Xi Le. Even Li Sha was smiling over that. Yet Huo Ying was still worried about Ping An going alone like that. Ping An said they still have contact yet asked the others to promise her to not let Ye Chen know of her whereabouts. After those words, she went inside alone while the others watched.

As for Ye Chen, Xi Le finally came to talk to him, giving him Ping An’s letter, saying that Ping An had already left yet was safe. Upon opening the letter, Ye Chen almost jumped. Okay, he did jump. It was because he spotted Ping An’s bow clip. It was indeed a fright for him. She even wrote it on the letter. She told him when he finally conquered his fear of the bow, she would be back. He smiled and was no longer grievous. He had a new goal to work toward now. First step? Ye Chen set up a swing by that one tree Ping An pointed out awhile back to him. He even told the kids to help him decorate the swing with bows so that Ping An would return, etc. They were indeed quite helpful.

Time passed, Ye Chen was used to interacting with the kids at the orphanage and reading stories for them, playing with them, etc. While Xi Le still working hard at the company. Yet what she worried about was Ping An’s whereabouts and how Ping An hadn’t been contacting them. (She had also thought of Zi Wen and hoped that he could see her accomplishments, etc.)

One day, when Ye Chen was seen reading to the kids by the swing, the kids muttered they were tired of listening to “The Little Red Riding Hood” so he was forced to pick another story. They asked again when Ping An was coming back. He didn’t know. But they ended up searching for a new story. Somehow though, Ye Chen ended up falling asleep in the middle of the story. The kids soon scattered, leaving only Ye Chen behind. He awakened after a while and went searching for them. Suddenly, he heard Ping An’s voice calling him to come and help her. He couldn’t believe it, thinking he was dreaming. Yet when he came closer, he saw her sitting on the swing, smiling happily. Yes, she was indeed back. They ran toward each other and embraced happily at last. (Does that mean she’s cured? Since she looked quite healthy at this point, not so pale anymore like the last few episodes seemed to show.) But anyway, cute ending. (Yet I still don’t get how it had become that way with some of the details, but I still love watching the two.)

Borrow Your Love: Episode 13

*WARNING*: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you DO NOT want to be spoiled, please DO NOT read. You have been warned.

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So they had to seek out Ji Shi Cheng at long last for help. Well, it was some sort of collaboration, not totally siding with him. The reason why Ping An even went with this bizarre, risky move was because of how she wanted to save the employees at the restaurant. Ji Shi Cheng asked why he should help Ping An. Of course, the old man wasn’t going to dive in just because his son and daughter backed Ping An up. He needed much more than that. Before Ping An spoke up though, Huo Ying stopped her by placing a hand on her shoulder. He jumped in to answer in her place, saying how they have to seek revenge since they’d lost to Xi Le so badly. Ji Shi Cheng pointed out if he were to seek revenge, he would have to deal with Huo Ying first, considering how it was partially Huo Ying’s fault that he didn’t get all the information. So after scolding his son, Ji Shi Cheng turned to ask Ping An how would it be better that she becomes the chairwoman. After some struggling of trying to conjure up an answer, Li Sha jumped in to say that regardless it would be better to have Ping An as a chairwoman since she’s easier to bully, lol. (Realistic but the old man liked the answer, lol.) Ji Shi Cheng’s question was asking Ping An if she was sure that Bai Ming Li was her mother, adding that Xi Le was more like Bai Ming Li. Ping An said that she had her mother’s words as well as some other proofs. Though she didn’t have the real will and the DNA proofs, she said the main point was to cast doubts among the public of Xi Le’s identity. Ji Shi Cheng thought it was interesting so he agreed to help her. However (yup, there’s always a term), she must marry his son. That was when Li Sha jumped in to protest. Ji Shi Cheng said that it was a good way to resolve his past conflict with Bai Ming Li as well, having both of their children marry, etc. As Ping An attempted to dodge, Huo Ying slipped a hand around her shoulder, grinning happily and telling his old man that he’d actually proposed to Ping An already and she’d agreed. Of course, Ji Shi Cheng was shocked yet he was also glad that things were moving on a positive path.

So Ye Chen had no choice but to leave upon hearing those words and Ping An had to chase after him. (Probably after their meeting adjourned.) She told him to slow down yet ended up bumping into him (literally) when he finally stopped? Funny. So yeah. She was asking him if he would be upset when she posed as Huo Ying’s fiancee. He said because of the ‘big picture’, he couldn’t do anything anyway but to accept it. She chided him, saying how he was jealous yet refused to admit it. What got to him was how she said he wasn’t ‘man’ enough. That was when he grabbed her and pin her to a fence. Alarmed, she called him “Da Se Lang” (大色狼) again, lol. YUP, indeed it had been a long time since she called him that. So he told her to teach him how he could be the so-called ‘man’ that she was using the term so loosely. She looked scared but ended up giving him a kiss on the cheek before dodging out of his embrace. She called him dummy before running off. He didn’t mind, he finally smiled.

Then the plan of restoring Ping An’s identity was in place. Huo Ying and Li Sha directed them through some steps of preparations before they would face the other side for a showdown. First, they have to seek out Doctor Lu to help with acquiring a copy of the DNA results. Then they have to spread the information of Ping An being Bai Ming Li’s real daughter (via paparazzi) and let the rumors spread far and wide. As long as there were talks, it would reach many ears and eventually reach the shareholders as well, casting doubts. They also have to hold a press conference to bring out even more proofs to convince the public of the “rumors.” What got Ji Shi Cheng impressed was how Ping An was able to bring out her own set of proofs, like the letter her mother wrote to her as well as the cassette player with the tape of her parents singing together. It was worth brownie points since even if paperwork could be faked, but the voices couldn’t be. And because of that press conference, one of Ping An’s father’s friends was able to track her down. However, he didn’t get to meet up with her yet since the lady boss at the flower shop thought it was one of those scams again so had tossed his card away.

A major development in the plot soon took place. Zi Wen was reassuring Xi Le about the whole situation blowing over at the moment. When he was taking a shower and she was cleaning up in his room, she spotted how Hei Zai had called him. She deleted the text message which Hei Zai sent after the failed call. She ended up showing up at the meeting place and soon discovered of Zi Wen’s plot–right from the start with how he was trying to win her heart and thus aiding his revenge plot. Well, Hei Zai wanted money before he could disclose more details about Zi Wen’s plot. She couldn’t pass the opportunity up so she ended up learning the full truth from Hei Zai. (Yet I thought Zi Wen had asked her in the past about using her and if she was able to accept him still and she had dodged and replied with how Wei Zhen would forgive him. OR was it because she thought he loved her and only used her when he didn’t have an alternative?) And the answer soon came when Zi Wen came to the hospital to tend to her. (Yes, she fainted out in the streets so she was sent to the hospital. Ping An actually came first but it was because she was on Xi Le’s contact list. Ping An only stayed a bit with explaining how they’d called her, not that she wanted to bother Xi Le, etc.) Xi Le finally confronted Zi Wen and asked him if he’d loved her. The traumatic moment was too much, the doctors and nurses have to come and give her a sedative shot to calm her down first.

Back to Ye Chen and Ping An. They were at Lawyer Huang’s office again. Lawyer Huang explained that since they have the DNA results now, they could fight back, etc and at least take some of the money for Ping An. But the case could take a while. Ping An didn’t want to fight for the money, because she’d saved some and also have the money that the head of the orphanage gave her (since that was the money Bai Ming Li gave to the head of the orphanage). Ye Chen was surprised that she was that rich. He wanted her to treat him to some big meals and possibly get gifts. She said the money was for her tuition since she wanted to study overseas, and said she’d told Xiao San to check on the schools for her. She said to wait until all these dramas pass, she would get to fulfill that wish. Then she added about wanting to find a blond hair, blue eyes boyfriend. That was when Ye Chen told her to repeat it once more. So while they were pinching each other’s cheeks and joking around, Lawyer Huang cleared his throat. LOL! He apologized for interrupting them but he had something to say. They finally let go of each other’s cheeks and sat up straight again. Ping An even apologized for their behaviors (lol). What Lawyer Huang wanted to say was he have a document about a certain piece of land, and the inheritor wasn’t of the last names “Bai” or “Xie”. Lawyer Huang said it was probably Ye Chen’s. They were indeed shocked but was soon given the paper to read over.

After leaving the law office, Ye Chen and Ping An went to check out the location indicated in the papers. It was actually Ye Chen and Wei Zhen’s old home. Ye Chen had thought that this place would be non-existence by now. He then told her of how he and Wei Zhen spent time there, playing and all until their grandma came to get them to come in for dinner, etc. Through what Lawyer Huang said earlier, this place was bought by Bai Ming Li after Wei Zhen’s accident. She also managed to buy it over at a high price–in order to save it from being acquired and use for some new developmental project. She had used Ye Chen’s name throughout as well. Ping An asked if Ye Chen had forgiven her mother already. Ye Chen said that it wasn’t her mother’s fault and that she must have known who he was from the start hence taking him in and trusting him so much. To him, she was a teacher and also a good friend. He even disclosed that he had wanted to leave Ping An so he wouldn’t let his sister down. Yet Ping An hugged him, saying that he can’t leave. He reassured her he wasn’t going to leave. (Not anymore after the whole clarifications and all.) He went on to say how he still owed her mother a “thank you” and “sorry.” Thank you because of her mother that he came to know her, and sorry because he’d lost the will so he wasn’t able to protect her and help her. Ping An told him it wasn’t important since what they’d have now was already enough.

So then came the day Xi Le decided to play ‘detective’ again and went through Zi Wen’s possessions in his apartment. This time, she attacked his safe. (The reason why he wasn’t around because she’d faked sickness and told her assistant to tell him to take care of some meeting.) So what did she find this time? The will. The real will. That was when she went crazy and almost ripped up the will. Yet she didn’t. She blamed him for not tearing it up on spot but had to let her find it. Regardless of how cruel the truth was to her, she ended up deciding on returning it to Ping An. When she was trying to flag down a Taxi, he showed up and tried to persuade her into giving it to him. She no longer cared for his sweet words. He finally resorted to the yelling and tried to gain some power over her. That was when she started running–and also taken a fall as they reached the middle of the street with the dividing strip protecting them from the traffic. Yet the papers had flown out of her hands. He asked for her well being yet had chosen to go after the papers. It was too important. That was when a car came along, but only she saw it since she was the only paying attention and he was just too focused on retrieving the papers. She reacted quickly and pushed him out of the way. Though the car was able to stop, she had already crashed over and fainted. He no longer cared for the papers and only tended to her, breaking down completely. The reason for the change of heart was because of how he’d seen Wei Zhen like how it happened with the accident years ago. (It was too fake though that the driver didn’t get out to ask or NO one stopped or crowd around to check out the situation.)

Soon, at the hospital, the driver who had driven them to the hospital excused himself. Zi Wen apologized for disturbing him since they were the ones in the wrong. (Yes, that driver was the same driver who almost hit Xi Le but it wasn’t his fault, considering how they were the ones running around in oncoming traffic.) The driver returned the papers that Zi Wen had abandoned and left. Zi Wen had the papers now, he could just destroy it and be done. Yet he didn’t do it. Not this time. He went out by the hospital entrance, thinking and telling Wei Zhen that it had been so long and he was exhausted. Yes, he was ready to let go. He realized that what Wei Zhen had tried to tell him was finally coming through, considering how Xi Le had almost lost her life trying to stop him from his madness as well.

What did Zi Wen do next? He told Ye Chen to meet up at the old house. It was now Ye Chen’s property. Zi Wen didn’t realize it until Ye Chen told him, and what Bai Ming Li had done. (Perhaps what many people do not know of Bai Ming Li was how she was fierce with the business wars yet wasn’t as cold-blooded as a human being. Not completely when it came to that accident with how she thought it was her fault that Wei Zhen had died. Or was she practicing those mantras about, “It’s not personal, it’s business”?) Anyway, Zi Wen admitted that he’d been by Bai Ming Li all these years yet didn’t know the other side of her, a possible good side. Ye Chen reminded Zi Wen of what Ye Nai Nai used to say, “When one uses the eyes to look at things, one could only see the shadow of one’s own heart.” He went on to say that he and Zi Wen had made the same mistake. Zi Wen finally turned around to face Ye Chen, saying that the difference between them was how Ye Chen was willing to admit of his mistake right away yet he, himself, wasn’t able to do that. Zi When finally brought out the will and gave it to Ye Chen, telling him to pass it to Ping An. Ye Chen went insane (again) and scolded Zi Wen for being despicable. Yes, Zi Wen admitted that and many more that he’d learned over the years. Ye Chen pondered why Zi Wen gave it to them for, asking if Zi Wen was trying to seek their forgiveness. Yet Zi Wen said he wasn’t asking for their forgiveness, but only wanted to fulfill Xi Le’s wish of giving this to Ping An. He left but turned back to tell Ye Chen that after he’d faced the past places and things all these years, even refused to see, listen, or think about matters. Yet he finally knew after Xi Le’s accident what Wei Zhen wanted to tell him all along. Then he left for real this time.

Though having the partial will already and how they would be able to vote for a new chairperson, Ping An withdrew the day of the voting. Ji Shi Cheng wasn’t around yet Huo Ying and Li Sha were shocked of Ping An’s decision when Ye Chen told them. Li Sha left in a huff after saying that if there was anything in the future, don’t call her. Ye Chen’s job wasn’t just to deliver the news to them of Ping An’s decision, but also to return Huo Ying’s stocks back to him. Ping An had already filled out the papers so it was on there. (Yes, the reason why Ji Shi Cheng wanted Ping An to marry his son was because he needed to transfer Huo Ying’s stocks to Ping An to have some ground in the company. If he didn’t have some guarantee, he wouldn’t take the risks.)

Later, Ye Chen was seen sitting around thinking. Ping An came over to disrupt him (lol). He first wanted to scold her for her decision yet seeing her so happy, he didn’t want to anymore. She said she wasn’t suitable for it anyway and said that Xi Le was more qualified. Yes, she didn’t want to join the battle in the first place but had done it for the employees. Yet now? Since she’d already have the talk with Xi Le in the hospital and all, they’d somehow reached an understanding–with how Xi Le had already apologized to her for the whole matter, she didn’t want to fight with Xi Le for the chairperson position. Surprisingly, according to Ye Chen, Zi Wen and Xi Le weren’t at the meeting either. Yet Xi Le had won in the end. Possibly because of how she was already experienced with the education she’d had, etc. After all the serious talk about the other matter, Ping An said that she’d gone to see the employees at the restaurant/kitchen area and all was good. She said she wanted to say goodbye before she left. He asked about her decision and the progress of the paperwork. She said Xiao San had already found a school, but she still needed to wait for the passports, etc. He asked her if she was coming back. She asked him if he was going to wait for her. He said he would but don’t let him wait for so long, because he feared she would get lost–considering how big the outside world was.

As for Zi Wen, he had definitely repented and was working his way back into Xi Le’s heart. Yet she was too heart-broken. She couldn’t trust him anymore. So he needed to try harder.

Back to the flower shop, Ye Chen and Ping An went to visit the lady boss. Ping An was resigning. They exchanged some more words before the lady boss told Ping An to come back soon or someone would snatch Ye Chen up, lol. Joking aside, the lady boss said she would miss Ping An a lot. After they were gone, Ping An’s father’s friend came again, asking for Ping An. It wasn’t until Ye Chen and Ping An returned (because Ping An had forgotten something) that Ping An finally get to meet the other person. He had called her “Mi Bao” so she was shocked, not recalling him at all. Not yet.