iHero: More Season 2 Promos

Yes, like the title said they’re doing more promotions for the drama.

This time, Dou Hua Mei is present as well.

Some people were complaining about how there were lack of Xiao Xin and Jing Ling’s individual pictures, which I agreed. Not to mention how the focus of the main leads seemed to be on Jason, Janel, and Kurt only. It was indeed strange yet I still hope they continue to include the rest of the main cast  as well and shift the cases from time to time like Season 1 or it would turn into a disaster with too much focus on this or that character and pushing out others just to create a hype. I liked Season 1 because there was a balance between cases and personal time so I hope they continue on that path. I also liked that no one upstage anyone in the drama as an overall. They all had their parts and created a humorous and witty atmosphere from throughout.

*All images were from iHero’s Facebook Page and some of the cast.

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iHero: Season 2 Officially Filming

Yes! Finally some concrete news about this. They officially started filming at long last! I wouldn’t blame them since it’s hard to get everyone back together with how their schedules are. Just that I’m anxious to see them back in action. (Go here and here for news clips.)

Anyway, season 2 is called Righteous War (正義之戰). They’re planning on 45 episodes, but we’ll have to see.

Oh look! Xiao Xin is back! I’m glad she’s not gone for good because I really liked her in the previous season. Everyone added some vibrant energy to the whole drama so can’t imagine the drama without any of them.

And don’t worry! Jing Ling will also be back for the second season. It was just that Dou Hua Mei couldn’t make it to the camera opening ceremony. Janel had clarified that detail in the comments of her post since someone had asked about Jing Ling.

*All images were from iHero’s Facebook Page and some of the cast.

Taste of Life: The 200th Mark

Just as I was afraid, the show dragged on and ended up focusing on other side characters that had nothing to do with the main cast. However, what caught my attention of recent was Pan Bo Xi’s presence.

Pan Bo Xi portrayed Athena Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Kenji. He entered in episode 200 so I guess that was their way to celebrate. Finally the team focused on Athena again. Or more like I felt it had dragged on with the side story arches for so long. Athena is actually four years older than Bo Xi in real life but she said it would be no problem with making the chemistry convincing. I totally agree. They looked so cute together.

Aside from that as the latest of interest for me, Jun Ya actually joined the drama in episode 160. He once again took on a role of a doctor yet this time the role leaned on the dislike side briefly after earning some praises from the viewers. (Click here for details.)

Oh yeah, even Angus Xie had joined the drama awhile back and it seemed like they were phasing other main cast from the start, like Jason and Eric.

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

Year 2015 in Recap

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Oh joy, I’m bringing this back since it’s another year of madness. How did it go? Let’s check the number first, lol. Yes, before I start bragging and realized it wasn’t worth bragging over, lol. But before I actually go into the stats, I would like to thank The New World and iHero for making some of the impossibles happen. Because if it wasn’t for the dramas, I wouldn’t have updated so much or kept it so consistent for the better half of the year. Also, anyone wanting to check out the stat report from WordPress, click here.

Total Posts in 2015: 365 (35% of all time). Yes, I took a challenge of trying to keep up posts for 365 days SO had to brag here. It wasn’t easy and some posts were less impressing than others. However, I think it was already tough that I managed it all year long. For this year, will I be continuing on this pattern? I want to but I would say no. Since quality trumps quantity so I’ll still be updating, still be my random self at times, but I won’t force it as an everyday thing. If it happens, it happens. Now, moving on to the breakdown of different categories.

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Times Updated on People on the Poll
: 284 (78% of overall). I took out Ady and Hu Ge early on so I didn’t feel like I needed to include them in this section. Anyway, because I did the 365-day challenge, everyone benefited–one way or another. However, Achel had a surge, leaving Jun Ya behind with only 22 posts, because Wallace, Joanne, Bianca, and Jacky ended up having more posts than him for the year. That knocked him off top 5 for the year yet didn’t damage his overall record too much. Talking about that, he was the reason why I held off so long of not publishing this post since I needed to calculate some of the posts again. Yet I decided to gamble and take out some and possibly double back next year to correct it all. Oh yeah, I didn’t count general updates for some people, especially those with higher numbers already.
Wallace Huo: 26 (9% of the year)
Janine Chang: 16 (6%)
Vic Chou: 12 (4%)
Joanne Zeng: 25 (9%)
Nicholas Teo: 18 (6%)
Xiu Jie Kai: 12 (4%)
Angela Chang: 12 (4%)
Zhao Jun Ya: 22 (8%)
Yvonne Yao: 7 (2%)
Penny Lin: 16 (6%)
Achel Chang/ Zhang Xin Yu: 34 (12%)
Sophia Chou: 6 (2%)
Ruby Lin: 16 (6%)
Van Fan: 9 (3%)
Eric Suen: 5 (2%)
Bianca Bai: 25 (9%)
Jacky Chu: 23 (8%)

Books Reviews:

Music Reviews:

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries: I will say that I was both proud and also a bit ashamed, because I was cheating for several dramas by inserting placeholders. I was trying to motivate myself to watch faster and/or fill the spaces yet things got in the way and I fell behind once again.

Fan Fiction:

Songs Translations: I think that it was too obvious that it was a Phil Chang year for me. Yes, I love that guy. Okay, mostly his songs, lol. But he is funny. Getting back to this, totally outdone myself on some levels. Overall, I translated 51 songs. OMG, that’s like major achievement for me in this area. The previous year, I only did 12, but that was because I didn’t really take it as a challenge. I think this number will drop the upcoming year since I won’t be forcing myself to update every day.

Chinese: 46

Vietnamese: 5

Side Updates: 130 posts – My randomness seriously has gone way past normal. I didn’t count some of the side stuffs. But The New World and iHero obviously dominated the scene for the beginning of the year.

For this year, I hope to bring out more quality posts, like I said earlier. I also hope to finish up the placeholder posts that I haven’t previously. Wish me luck and see you all next year!

What’s So Good About iHero?

Yes, this is a defense post. Don’t pay attention to the ratings. It just doesn’t do the drama justice. Whatever the reasons, considering how most people prefer soaps–or because of the time aired, those factors do not define the drama. Hey, they’re popular enough to have a sequel. Well, any drama could try to come up with a reason for the sequel. But this one is one of those well deserved. They actually circulated quite a number for their fan-base. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my list (in no particular order):

Not overly flooded with romances. Well, aside from the constant banter between Lei Gong and Yang Qian and the crush Xiao Xin had on Yang Qian, it wasn’t overly in your face type of thing. Unlike other cop/crime dramas that just wanted to put everything in and must match everyone up, especially the main leads so perfectly (rolling eyes here). Tou Mu also had his sweetheart (whom died tragically), but again, it wasn’t like overwhelming with focusing on romances all the time. And how could anyone forget Xiao Gao’s cute relationship with the hacker?

Case by case. Hey, what I loved about it was managing to pull one episode per case, except for the last case but that was understandable. It seemed simple, but it was like how the U.S. version of CSI that I had watched (unless there were big cases that needed more time). Also, similar to some Japanese crime shows I’ve seen. They didn’t need 5 episodes or more to get the point across. Sometimes cases in real life aren’t that complicated so these reflect that. Some cases were more intriguing than others.

They didn’t dwell on personal matters. Yes, I know we all love seeing our favorite characters having more time. But I think they managed to do it just right. We, the viewers, learn stuffs about the characters–whether small details or more complicated ones, but it wasn’t in our faces all the time, distracting us from the cases. I know people have lives and it’s more real that way in a sense (if you want to argue for those dramas kept dragging on and on about personal stuffs), but I rather they focused on the case for the majority of the time. So this show had done that just fine. We know Xiao Gao owns a cat, Lei Gong loves plants, Jing Ling has a little brother, Professor Yang and his daughter aren’t that uptight like most drama would portray of strained relationships with family members and how other dramas like to drag out, and other cute quirks other characters have through their interactions during the cases. But for the most part,  it wasn’t dragged out. We just know.

The cast chosen. I think this is most important, even if I didn’t put it first. But like I said before, it wasn’t about the ordering, but more like my brain buzzing too much so had to tackle one at a time. Some people might not agree with cast selection, but I felt the team was perfect. I will admit that I came in wanting to watch Dou Hua Mei for the most part. Not sure how the others would fit into the roles yet I didn’t have problems with the main cast. So I dived in. I ended up loving the team for their randomness and how each character had their own story and quirks–without making it too much. They also had great chemistry with one another. Their togetherness made the team even more convincing. Although they do get into disagreements, but had learned something else about one another and learned to move on.

They didn’t glamorized everything. Yeah, I know with HD age and all and how other dramas, they always splashed around the royal feeling OR trying to lure us in with it. Well, it made sense because of the theme. But nowadays, some stations just aren’t thinking and just want to pretty up everything, making it unrealistic. Aside from the hi-tech that might or might not reflect real life stuffs with police resources (which I do understand why they needed to upgrade everything to make it more interesting), the majority didn’t try to just splash the fanciness around.

*All images were captured by DTLCT.