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Flash Review: Bromance [TW Drama]

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Have you ever loved a drama in spite of its multitude of shortcomings? Like, it’s got so many flaws that you can’t help but roll your eyes sometimes (or maybe more like a lot of the time). And yet, it’s got That One Thing going for it, that’s so awesome that it makes the watch completely cracktastic. Which is how you end up watching an entire Very Flawed Drama, for the sake of that One Thing?

Yep. Exactly what happened here, you guys. I was literally hooked on Bromance for a good part of its run, so much so that it was the show that I looked forward to the most, each week. This, when I usually have a ridiculous amount of trouble getting into Taiwanese dramas as a general rule, and therefore typically don’t even bother checking them out anymore.

Woah, right?

SO WHY DID I EVEN CHECK THIS OUT?

You guys know I’m a curious cat who can’t resist the lure of collective spazz over a show. And this show enjoyed just enough positive buzz on my Twitter feed to intrigue me. Why were people so enamored with this show, I wondered. I decided I just had to check it out for myself, if only to see what the fuss was about.

Truth be told, during my first attempt at this show, I didn’t get very far at all. About.. 3 minutes into episode 1, I hurriedly bailed, heh. A mafia-type middle-aged guy getting almost-shot at a temple, and saved by a little boy who throws himself at the would-be shooter? That was way more melodramatic than I was prepared for. Not my kinda show – or so I thought.

Afterwards, as the enthusiastic spazz on Twitter persisted, curiosity got the better of me (thank you, Curiosity), and I decided that I needed to give this show another try. Well whaddya know, this time, I ended up completely and utterly – and happily – sucked in, flaws and all.

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Before I get into what I enjoyed about this show, let’s get this show’s not-so-great quirks out of the way. Coz if you’re going to enjoy this show, managing expectations will be pretty key, I think.

1. The writing

…is not great. Most of the time, it feels like the writers have certain plot milestones in mind, and basically toss in anything – seriously, anything –  that connect the necessary dots, never mind how implausible the events are, or how much suspension of disbelief is required.

On the upside, this makes the story trundle along at a pretty brisk pace most of the time. Another upside, is that many of those target plot milestones have a lot to do with OTP-related squee. And since that OTP squee is robust and cracky (more on that later), I can forgive a lot.

Another thing to keep in mind where the writing is concerned, is that things get mighty cheesy at times. In fact, the cheese factor seems to increase and get more heavy-handed as we get deeper into the show. There were definitely times when I found myself cringing at the extent of the cheese. But, because it’s all in service of OTP squee, I gamely rolled with it – while sometimes pausing the video to, uh, uncurl my fingers & smooth over the goosebumps, heh. 😉

2. Aggressive aegyo on steroids.

I am not sure what else to call it, really, which is why I’m falling back on the word “aegyo.” Let me clarify, though, that the kind of aegyo that Show serves up isn’t exactly cutesy, although it’s supposed to be. In fact, the aegyo tends to be very exaggerated, high-pitched, and sometimes, even shrill. OMG, I sometimes literally flinched at my screen.

The downside is that most of the female characters behaved this way on a regular basis. I think(?) this is quite a norm in TW dramas, which is one big reason why I usually have so much trouble watching ’em.

Key aegyo aggressors

The upside is that our female lead Megan Lai doesn’t behave this way much at all, since she’s pretending to be a boy. Big, big relief. She doesn’t even use the higher registers of her voice much, while the other female characters talk in high-pitched tones as a general standard.

I concede that Megan’s character Yanuo does show more aegyo as the show progresses, but in the overall scheme of things, the amount and degree of aegyo we’re talking about from her is much less than the other female characters, and this counted for a lot, in my books.

3. The sub-plots

…aren’t great either. To be honest, I found all the secondary arcs less than interesting. I occasionally found the sub-plots mildly amusing, but I mostly didn’t care for them too much.

To make it worse, I found many of the supporting actors and actresses either too exaggerated or too wooden in their acting. Case in point, Wang Jia Liang, whose delivery of his minor-ish character Hansheng manages to be both exaggerated and wooden at the same time (who knew that was even possible?). Even Show’s efforts to distract us with multiple shirtless Hansheng scenes weren’t enough to divert my attention away from his terrible acting.

…although, I do concede that he’s in, er, excellent shape. 😉

STUFF I LIKED

Ok, so I realize I exaggerated a little bit, when I said I liked One Thing in this show.

Yes, it’s true that there’s One Thing that just hooked me, and held me easily by my helplessly breathless fangirl heart, but when I stop to really think about it, there are actually a number of things that I genuinely enjoy about this show. Here’s them, One Thing, and Other Things, all in one handy section.

1. The lead characters

I really, really like the people that our lead characters are painted to be.

I find it completely delightful that our male lead Zifeng (Baron Chen) is set up as a suave badass who values living right. I’m so used to seeing kdramas headlined by cold-chaebol-jerk type male characters, that I find it genuinely thrilling that Zifeng’s portrayed as a man who’s powerful and rich, and yet, is also really nice. We see him being caring, loyal, and decent, again and again, throughout the show, and I loves it. I love him.

I also find it refreshingly impressive that Megan Lai could plausibly pass for a pretty boy. She’s tall and lanky, and the mannerisms she adopts are mostly masculine enough, to make the illusion fairly believable. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, she mostly sticks to using the lower registers of her voice, and it all comes together quite nicely. Compared to many other gender-benders that I’ve seen (You’re Beautiful comes to mind), where the girl pretty much doesn’t look or behave anything like a real boy, I found Megan a very competent pretty boy indeed.

Even better, I love that her character Yanuo is set up as a very capable “guy” who’s literally able to kick ass, never mind the size of her opponent.

Again, so different from many other gender-benders, where the girl’s just as helpless as your regular damsel in distress – if not more so. Every time Yanuo got to do some ass-kicking, I legit cheered on the inside.

Additionally, as far-fetched as the story is behind her undercover lifestyle, Show gives us a solid reason for why Yanuo’s lived her entire life as a guy. This helps to make the ruse believable, coz if the whole world has believed her as a guy for the past 25 years, and if she’s had that much practice living as a guy, then it’s perfectly understandable that Zifeng would believe she’s a guy too.

2. Moments of depth

As fluffy and cheesy as Show is much of the time, there are moments when I’m pleasantly surprised by thoughtful touches that the writers weave into the story beats. More often than not, these moments tell me something meaningful about our lead characters, and I liked that a lot.

[SPOILER ALERT]

There are a couple of instances of this right away in episode 1.

For example, the way Zifeng and Yanuo become sworn brothers is totally cheesy and OTT, but at its core, it’s about Yanuo empathizing with Zifeng’s isolation, and I buy that. Yanuo’s been isolated all her life, in service of keeping her female-ness a secret, and Zifeng’s been isolated thanks to his adoptive family’s mafia background. I like the idea that these two very different people are able to connect on such a fundamental, human level. I also really like the insight we get into Yanuo as a person, that she’s caring and empathetic at her core.

In the same episode, there’s a pretty ridiculous sequence of events that leads to Zifeng and Yanuo opening his mother’s (Linda Liu) birthday celebration with a dance. The dance scene itself is quite ludicrous in concept, but, upon deeper thought, I realize that it is this moment that defines their relationship, in a way.

It makes Zifeng the man in the relationship between 2 men, since he gets Yanuo to take the role of the female in their dance. Additionally, this is quite literally the first time Yanuo has been treated as a female in any capacity, by a man. Her sense of thoughtful uncertainty as they go through the dance says a lot; she’s not used to it, she’s tasting it for the first time, she’s trying to decide how she feels about it.

I also found Zifeng’s lack of hesitation in dancing with another man quite telling of his personality. He’s no homophobe, and we know this right away. In fact, his gaze, completely and thoughtfully trained on Yanuo as they dance, already foretells the emotional attachment to come. Plus, he doesn’t flinch at all, when they accidentally kiss. He just keeps that intent, thoughtful gaze trained on Yanuo, even as their lips meet, and I found that swoony indeed.

[END SPOILER]

3. Show is generally angst-lite

In some ways, Bromance feels a little bit like a web drama in terms of how it doesn’t allow its conflicts to get too deep and heavy. The angst that Show does get into is often quickly resolved, instead of being dragged out for several episodes.

Although I am fully capable of appreciating meaningful angst when the occasion calls for it, I actually found the angst-lite approach in this show quite refreshing. Instead of spending episode upon episode circling around an angsty arc, Show chooses to deal with the angst swiftly, and spend the time gained in developing the relationship between our OTP; a choice that I liked a lot.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Here’re just a couple of examples of how Show dips its toe into angst, before quickly pulling it out to keep dancing its merry way.

1. The faked lifesaver card

Whenever Show builds up the dramatic tension, it’s often Zifeng who breaks the tension with a surprisingly appreciative or understanding sort of reaction.

Like in episode 3, when Zifeng confronts Yanuo about being the sender of the lifesaver card. The tension from “Oh! Has he figured out her identity?” is allowed only several moments in the spotlight, before it’s quickly broken by Zifeng’s appreciative and gentle response, in which he quietly thanks Yanuo for wanting to comfort him.

2. The post-accidental-kiss angst

In episode 2, we see Zifeng hastily push Yanuo away, several moments after their accidental kiss, and Yanuo leaves the party, upset. It’s played rather dramatic for a little while, but it’s very quickly resolved when Zifeng seeks her out and apologizes.

She accepts his apology, and they’re immediately back to being buddies again. I really like that the characters don’t wallow in angst, and proactively work to get out of angst.

3. Yanuo’s attempted noble idiocy

In episode 8, Yanuo attempts the nobly idiotic move of removing herself from Zifeng’s orbit by fleeing to Japan. Sure, Show teases a little, by showing us a shot of a plane taking off, before cutting to Zifeng entering the airport. But the teasing is momentary, and we soon see that Zifeng stops Yanuo just fine. I liked that a lot. Most dramas I’ve seen choose to let the couple barely miss each other in several almost-meetings, and this successful shutdown of the attempted noble idiocy pleased me.

Plus, not only does Zifeng stop Yanuo just fine, I love how emphatically he tells her that he doesn’t want her to leave. And then grabs her bag and leads her out by the hand. By the hand. This, when he still believes Yanuo is a guy, and they aren’t even officially dating yet. Just another reason why I find Zifeng a swoony male lead. ❤

[END SPOILER]

Ordinarily, I’d call this lack of follow-through on dramatic tension something of a fakeout, but I actually like it, in the case of this show.

It feels refreshing, to have the characters regularly avoid misunderstandings and angst, and just keep at a positive upward trajectory in terms of building their bond and relationship. This made the watch so much more pleasant than if we were regularly wallowing in angst, and allowed so much more room for character and OTP relationship development.

3. General lack of homophobia

I’m not sure if this is a Thing in TW dramas, but from the kdramas that I’ve seen, there’s a fair amount of homophobia depicted. Sometimes it’s played for laughs in passing (like in Let’s Eat); mostly I notice it in gender-benders where the male lead starts to feel feelings for the boy-who’s-really-a-girl and angsts about it, wondering – often in horror – if he’s gay.

I found it different and therefore refreshing, that there’s pretty much no homophobia in this show. From Zifeng himself, to the other characters around the OTP, hardly anyone reacts in a scandalized fashion when they notice Zifeng and Yanuo behaving in ways that suggest that they’re more than just close bros. Everyone seems to take it in stride quite easily, and that just made this drama world feel extra accepting and warm.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Zifeng

It’s true that Zifeng angsts a bit, when he’s first faced with the possibility that he’s fallen in love with Yanuo, which occurs in episode 6. But it’s very mild, all things considered. One round of broody boxing, and a brief talk with Qingyang, and it all seems to start falling into place, for him.

And quite quickly, in episode 7, Zifeng decides to confess his feelings to Yanuo, very soon after coming to terms with his own feelings. I feel that this says a lot about him; that he’s quick to act, quick to care and quick to accept things for what they are. Even though he’s surprised by his feelings for Yanuo, whom he still believes is a guy, it really doesn’t take him much angsting to sort out how he feels, and there’s something very sexy about how decisive he is, about it all.

Qingyang

Throughout Zifeng’s burgeoning relationship with Yanuo, even before Zifeng himself is aware of his own feelings, we see second lead and longtime bestie Qingyang (a very wooden Bii) being quietly observant of all the little telltale signs of the closeness between Zifeng and Yanuo.

From watching Zifeng and Yanuo sharing drinks, to sharing a distinct closeness, to the handhold coming out of the airport, Qingyang takes it all in, and consistently averts his eyes respectfully. He’s never shown to feel anything about it, either positive or negative. Importantly, it’s clear that he doesn’t feel squeamish about it, and I really like how Show treats his reaction as a very matter-of-fact sort of thing.

[END SPOILER]

4. The OTP chemistry

One of the best things about this show, is the OTP chemistry. Baron and Megan share an easy, comfortable sort of rapport, and it’s obvious that they are not afraid to be in (sometimes very, very) close proximity with each other.

Better yet, when the occasion calls for it, the sparks between them electrify accordingly. Sometimes, the vibe between them simmers with an undercurrent of burgeoning hyper-awareness. And then sometimes, the sexual tension is so thick that it feels positively molten. Ahem.

Show clearly knows that this is its strength, and consistently plays to it. As a general rule, Show is extremely generous with the OTP skinship, and blithely serves it up in large, liberal helpings. As I mentioned earlier, Show doesn’t care if the process of connecting the dots is ridiculously illogical. But the gratification from the electric sort of tension between Zifeng and Yanuo – thanks to their excellent chemistry and Baron’s intent smolder – is so great that I happily shrug off the lack of logic.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Right away in episode 1, we get generous servings of OTP skinship, from the rifle-shooting scene where Zifeng and Yanuo are practically glued together at the hip, and the dancing-cum-accidental-kiss scene. Not to mention the first fight scene, which features the most badass princess-carry in all of the dramas I’ve ever seen.

Baron and Megan’s wonderfully natural chemistry comes through easily and consistently, and I lapped it all up in a happy daze. (I’ve included vids on their amazing BTS chemistry right at the end of the post, so look out for that!) One of my favorite scenes showcasing their wonderfully organic rapport, is this scene in episode 3, where Zifeng and Yanuo horse around in the water fountain.

Seriously, how cute are they??

To be honest, some of the mushier moments make me cringe in secondhand embarrassment, but it’s part of what makes this show cracky-good. Plus, both Baron and Megan deliver their lines with so much conviction and heart that I can’t help going along for the ride.

Like this moment in episode 8, when Yanuo promises Zifeng not to leave again. She pulls him towards her so that their foreheads are touching, and then with her hand on the back of his neck and their faces within inches of each other, eyes closed, she says in a soft voice, “I promise I won’t disappear again. I’m sorry.”

Egad. It’s toe-curlingly cheesy, but at the same time, it’s undeniably romantic too.

For a good long stretch, Show treats these kinds of interactions officially as bro-love, while the intent, romantic – and sexual – undercurrents running rampant onscreen scream otherwise. Which is totally part of what makes this drama so cracky, really. Every time Zifeng and Yanuo push a bro-love boundary into more romantic territory, the crack factor gets amped up a little more. Of course, I lapped it all up, with relish.

Mmmm. So cracky, and delish.

[END SPOILER]

5. Baron’s Intent Smolder

Didja think that the OTP chemistry was my One Thing? Coz it’s really not.

My One Thing, that got my insides all up in a twist and had me repeatedly catching my breath, is Baron’s intent smolder. He’s just got this way, of gazing at his leading lady, that is at once intently thoughtful, and alluringly sensual.

And my favorite thing about this favorite thing, is how his gaze on her doesn’t waver or flinch, even when she’s mere inches away, within kissing distance. His intent, thoughtful gaze only ever shifts slightly, so that he can regard her from a different angle. It feels like he’s thinking things about her, and feeling feelings about her, and just letting the various sensations mesh and meld together within him, in the moment. He always looks like he’s about to kiss her, but he often doesn’t; he just soaks in her presence and savors it, contemplating it. Uungh. Melt-to-the-floor hot, seriously.

Baron’s smolder just takes the OTP chemistry into a whole new dimension, and I honest-to-goodness can’t get enough of it. Flail.

THOUGHTS ON THE ENDING [SPOILERS]

So clearly, Zifeng and Yanuo get their happy ending; that’s no surprise. A lot of plotlines are also wrapped up quickly and neatly, and sometimes, not a lot of logic is at play, which is also not a surprise.

What surprised me – and not in a good way – is that Show decided to make Zifeng already aware that Yanuo’s a girl. We get hints of it in episode 17, and then a confirmation in episode 18, when Zifeng admits that he’d overheard Yanuo’s conversation with Zherui (Lee Shiau Shiang), which, when you trace it back, happened in episode 9.

This changes a lot of things, in my head. For 16 episodes, we’re led to believe that Zifeng loves Yanuo, even though he thinks Yanuo is a guy. This is very significant in terms of how weighty his love feels. This detail implies that no matter what it means to love Yanuo – whether it’s about giving up his expectations of family and children, or about being seen as a gay man – Zifeng loves Yanuo without reservation, and that’s very, very melty stuff.

To have that suddenly be taken away, and downgraded to Zifeng loving Yanuo even though she’s not telling him that she’s a girl, is quite a letdown.

To cut the writers some slack, the show was cut from 20 episodes down to 18, and from what I can tell, it feels like a fairly sudden decision. The show took a break over the Chinese New Year week, and I feel like that’s when everything changed. My feel is that the writers chose to make Zifeng already aware that Yanuo’s a girl, so that they could more easily wrap up the story with two and a half hours less of screen time.

I’m disappointed in the ending in that I feel like the writers just sort of gave up trying to tell a proper story and just started shoving people into place for a quick finale. But, I understand that they were probably making the best of a crummy situation.

Also, with further thought, I rationalize that it’s also rather sweet that 1, Zifeng had already decided by episode 7, that he liked Yanuo for real, and wanted to confess his feelings to “him,” and 2, this ending means it really didn’t matter to Zifeng when he found out that Yanuo had been lying to him. He had continued to love her the same, while choosing to respect her need to keep her secret, and that’s pretty melty stuff too.

Would I have preferred to have Zifeng find out at the end of the show, when Yanuo confessed the truth to him? Absolutely. Failing that, though, this ending works out pretty alright too.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

In the end, I’m a little sad, coz the ending felt rushed and a little half-assed. But, I must concede that I found Zifeng and Yanuo’s happy ending sweet.

When all is said and done, I still find Bromance a worthy watch, in spite of its flaws, if only for the sparky OTP chemistry – and Baron’s melty smolder, of course. 😉

And, almost as if to remind us just how hot our OTP can be, Show serves up some serious hot ‘n heavy hard kissing, in the epilogue (didja miss it?). The entire sequence feels a little randomly inserted, but the kisses are so insistent and hungry both ways, that it’s completely mesmerizing anyway. I kid you not, there’s a point where Baron legit looks surprised, as if he’s just had his lip bitten. (It makes me wonder if this is the scene he was talking about, when he said that Megan had bitten his tongue..!)

Which brings me back to my whole main point: this show’s flawed all over, it’s true, but this OTP brings it, and brings it so good that it’s not hard to overlook everything else and just soak in the awesome.

THE FINAL VERDICT:

Cringeworthily cheese-tastic, but the off-the-charts OTP chemistry makes this a solidly cracky, delicious watch.

FINAL GRADE: B

TRAILER:

MV:

For those who haven’t seen the show, this is a great way to get a taste of the OTP’s excellent chemistry. Without context, it’s not very spoilery. Of course, if you’ve seen the show, this is a great way to relive some of the OTP moments:

BTS:

So I happened to come across some serious shipping for Baron and Megan, and now that I’ve seen these collections of BTS moments, I can totally see why. No wonder their onscreen chemistry sizzles so much. These two are so brilliantly playful and flirty with each other behind-the-scenes!

They share such an easy, uninhibited sort of skinship, and my gosh, Baron clearly enjoys snuggling up to Megan. You can see him take every – and I mean every – opportunity to touch her, and get up-close-and-personal with her, and kiss her. OMG, people. Uncalled-for, unscripted, spontaneous kisses? My brain implodes a little, at the thought. Not only does the skinship extend to the lips (which is already A Pretty Big Deal), it occurs multiple times?!? It’s no wonder fans can’t get enough of them together. Seriously, after watching these vids, even I can’t help shipping them.

Augh, why so cute, and so hot, you two? Take a lookie:

Edit: One more BTS! Coz, so much cute!

Author: kfangurl

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39 thoughts on “Flash Review: Bromance [TW Drama]

  1. I know have said it before but it just freaks me out how much you and I are on the same page. I could have written this review exactly as you have. I Love what you love and hated what you hated. I too have trouble getting into TW dramas, I too got curious because of all the positive buzz, I too had this show as the most “look forward” to show each week, I too fell for Barons gaze and SPOILER******** I too was ready to hurl things at the screen when it is revealed that he has known for so long! I went back and found the scene when he finds out in Episode 11. So I re-watched everything leading up to that to see how committed he was to her before he knew and how different he was after – that is how much it upset me. I felt cheated. But still happy that I watched it.

    Thanks for another great review.

    Amy

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    • Wow! We really had pretty much exactly the same experience with Bromance, Amy!! I feel like I need to high-five you multiple times now! 😄

      I LOVE that we’re SO on the same page.. It really gives me a sense of solidarity. Like, OMG you felt exactly the same way I did! You totally GET ME. And I TOTALLY get you, about wanting to hurl things at the screen! I was upset too. I already started feeling upset at the hints in E17, but I got REALLY peeved at the writers in E18. [SPOILER!!] And yes, I went back to find the exact scene too, of when Zifeng supposedly overheard the conversation. The thing is, I honestly don’t think the writers had meant for things to have turned out that way. I believe they’d planned to reveal it to Zifeng in the later eps, but the cutting of the show, from 20 eps to 18, meant that they had to scramble for a new approach to make everything fit within 2 episodes. Which is why I actually firmly believe that everything we saw in the first 16 eps, were of Zifeng loving Yanuo, even as a man. There are no hints to indicate otherwise, and I prefer to believe that that’s what he believed, all the way until the writers changed tack at the end. That helps me feel better about the ending, and I hope that helps you too! Hugs! ❤

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  2. Those BTS clips made me a reel to real shipper, and I’ve never done that before. You are so right in that this show’s strength was the OTP, but fortunately they knew it to so we got lots and lots of great OTP moments. So much in fact that I’m afraid it’s spoiled me for other dramas usually tepid skinship for awhile. Also this is the first drama I’ve seen where the couple are basically together the whole drama in one form or another.
    The females in the show didn’t bother me as much, but I’m used to Taiwanese dramas. I thought Du mama was awesome especially after the first couple episodes. She was a strong woman who loved her family and accepted her children’s choice of partners with grace. XiaoJing is actually one of my favorite side characters. I loved her interactions with Yanuo.

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    • Aren’t those BTS clips great?? I know those clips had me grinning goofy grins all the way through! 😄 It took me a little while to clue in, but did you pick up on the kiss scene in the 2nd BTS clip? I am so taken by the fact that Baron & Megan just kept right on kissing, even after the PD had called “cut”! I’m usually not much of a shipper at all, but those clips and those little details in those clips, totally have me rooting for them. ❤

      I so know what you mean about this spoiling you for other dramas.. Sigh.. It's the double-edged sword, of watching something that's really good in a particular area, or is particularly good overall. It just spoils you for other dramas, and yet, you can't not watch it just because it’ll spoil you for other dramas, right? 😉 In spite of all its flaws, I can totally see myself rewatching Bromance, for the OTP awesome and the swoony broody of Baron’s gaze. ❤

      And yes, I must agree that Du mama was awesome. The way she was so accepting of both of her kids' romantic partners endeared her to me a lot. She didn't even angst much over Zifeng liking a guy. As for the other girls.. I think I'm gonna hafta get more used to TW dramas.. I found it hard to stomach the cutesy. But, the OTP and Baron had me hanging on firmly for the ride, so it wasn't a big problem overall 😉

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  3. I had no idea you were watching Bromance as well.^^ It’s not too bad as TW dramas go but there just wasn’t enough substance for me and I lost interesest somewhere around midpoint. I did tune in for the last epi to see how it ended though, LOL! The OTP was definitely the best part. I also liked how Megan was pretty convincing as a somewhat effeminate pretty boy, especially in the beginning. Typically Yanuo did get a bit too cutsey as soon as she fell for Zifeng.

    Now, if I could suggest another TW drama for you. 🙂 One of my fave romatic dramas (not many of those around, heh), The Pursuit of Happiness. It’s much better than Bromance, imho. More adult, better story, less cutesey and fluffy. Shorter too, 13 epis was just a right length. I did write a piece on it back in the day, in case you are interested in taking a peek. *g* You know how I’m not generally into the whole OTP thingy but I did genuinely love the TPoH one. They were just a lovely pair. Big part of the OTP charm is all thanks to Tony Yang and Sonia Sui who played the leads. Oh, and the OST is great!

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    • Oh! I had no idea YOU were watching Bromance either!! Given how you’re not usually one for mindless fluff, I’m surprised you checked it out at all, Timescout! 😄 Which is why I’m not at all surprised that you ended up losing interest along the way. This is so NOT your kinda show, lol! But yes, Megan was way more convincing as a boy in the earlier episodes. I did find her more cutesy than I preferred in the later episodes. I’d wanted her to keep her boy-ness intact for at least the entire length of the “ruse” – that would’ve been really awesome!

      And wow, you’ve got a fave TW romantic drama?? It MUST be something pretty special! I’ve added it to my list of non-kdramas to check out. People have been noticing that I’m venturing out, and I’ve got recommendations for C, TW, J and even Thai dramas coming in! I’ve got my work cut out for me! Now, if only I had more hours to spend on watching ’em! 😄

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      • 😄 I DO occasionally venture into the fluff-land but that hardly ever gives any real dividends. Ever the optimist, me. 🙂 There has to be something solid within the story for me to hang on all the way through. And as little OTT & cutsey as possible.

        TPoH is an anomaly in the landscape of TW romances/trendies, for me anyway. It still gives me the ‘feels’ in that I remember it with real warmth. Besides Yi Kang and Lei Lei are probably my favourite OTP of recent years. Ah, Tony Yang… he’s so fine.^^

        Yup, that’s the problem sometimes; too many dramas, too little time.

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        • Lol. I can see where Bromance lost you.. It’s so OTT so much of the time, and there’s quite a bit of cutesy served up too. No wonder you wandered off partway through! 😄 I think Bromance tried for some story substance with the Hansheng arc and the associated jostling for power, but I honestly had no interest in that arc whatsoever. I was way more interested in the OTP developments. And in Baron’s broody smolder. 😉

          An anomaly among TW dramas sounds intriguing indeed. I mean, it’d have to be pretty awesome to have you singing its praises, especially this long after your watch! It’s firmly on my list, I assure you! Thanks for the recommendation – you always point me to shows that I wouldn’t otherwise have on my radar. Which is awesome, in my books. Thank you, dear Timescout. You rock. ❤

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          • Heh, when the eyerolling exceeds a certain treshold, I tend to bail. As well as FFing two thirds of a drama. That’s generally a good cue to say “byebye”. 😀 The Hanseng shenanigans did feel rather surplus and tacked on but I guess they had to fill in the space around the OTP somehow. This is actually where the better romantic dramas shine, giving the over all OTP story, supporting cast and other storylines a real weight, even if just to certain amount.

            TPoH had it’s flaws but overall it was pretty solid outing as far as the full storyline goes, it paid attention to other things as wll, besides the OTP.

            It’s always great when someone reccs a drama you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. Thats also how I discovered TPoH myself. *g*

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            • HAHA! That’s such a great way to put it! When the eye-rolling exceeds a certain threshold indeed! 😄 I’m gonna remember that for when I check out other TW dramas! I’ve always had a tough time getting into them because of the intense aegyo and the said eye-rolling. But somehow (maybe coz I’m a little underwhelmed with the kdramas that I’m watching), I’m now more open to TW dramas than before. Never ever thought I’d see the day that I’d actually have a LIST of TW dramas that I plan to check out! 😄

              I’m sure I’ll like TPoH when I get to it – your recommendations have been consistently good! Which is so great for me, since you have such eclectic taste that you’ll point me to dramas that I’d have never thought to check out otherwise. You help to keep my drama world fresh & interesting – thankies, and SMOOCHES. ❤

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  4. I have very similar feelings about this show. The chemistry left me going “Dayum!” so often. The side-stories, I just skipped over. After like 10 minutes of the secondary characters trying to make perfect coffee together, I realized I didn’t even care a little about their story. But those crack-tastic parts were so good. And Yanuo holding her own and fighting for herself and others was awesome. I’ll probably dream about Zifeng’s hungry, penetrating stares for a while. Overall, I’m really glad I watched this show. The only other Taiwanese drama I’ve seen is In Time With You (which was awesome), so I have an overall good impression of them now.

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    • Oh yes, isn’t the chemistry something else??? Y’know, I’ve been watching their BTS vids, and I must say, I’m more taken with their RL chemistry than I thought I’d be! I can totally see their RL chemistry feeding into that crackling tension that we saw onscreen. Hotness, these two.

      You were so wise to skip over the side stories. I sat through the whole thing without using my FF button, and I literally gained nothing from it. I still have zero interest in Nana’s arc with Qingyang and her dad. And that whole thing with Hansheng and how it was resolved made me roll my eyes so hard! 😄 But just like you said, the cracktastic parts were just so good! I’d have loved Yanuo to have continued being badass and boyish all the way to the end; I found that way cooler than the cutesy we got in the later episodes. Still, Baron’s penetrating gaze melted me into a puddle so effectively that I found it hard to nitpick too much!

      I’ve heard good things about In Time With You, and thanks to your positive vote, I’ve tentatively added it to my list of non-kdramas to check out. 🙂 At the moment, I’m checking out the first drama where Baron and Megan acted opposite each other, 2010’s Because of You. I’m just one ep in, and I’m still adjusting to their different characters. And to seeing Megan as a girly girl rather than a pretend-boy. I’m hoping this will be good – at least in showcasing their chemistry! 😉

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  5. Can all the people who have altered their sleep schedule to marathon Bromance on the strength of this review please raise their hands :*raises hand sheepishly*. Ok, i did read the synopsis a while back and it has been on PTW for a while. But I know TW Dramas have a tendency to lag and frustrate me inspite of an interesting premise so I had no definite timeline or plans to start this one. but kfangurl your reviews are truly special.

    I’m just under 14 hours into this one ( with the help of my trusty ff button lol). This drama has been all the things u said. I checked my expectations at the door and have been having an awesome time lolol. Omo omo omo omo… the chemistry. ..YOWZAHHHHH! So many scenes so much chemistry ;neckties, elevators and camping trips OH MY! logic , smogic. It really helps knowing what you’re in fotr so you can adjust ur expectations accordingly. Thanks chingu

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    • Omigosh, altered sleep schedule thanks to this review?? That made me giggle out loud, I’m so tickled! 😄 I’m so glad you’re having a good time with this one, Shountae!! 😀 I totally understand the urge to watch back-to-back episodes, though – the chemistry, AND the room they give, for that chemistry to take centerstage and uh, bloom, is really something quite special. I love that everything is angst-lite and feels-heavy. And Baron’s gaze just takes everything to a whole new level. Swooon.

      And just in case you skipped spoilers, let me help with adjusting your expectations again.. The ending feels rushed and I feel that the writers changed tack completely in E17 & 18, in order to deal with episode cuts. My advice is to really keep that meta in mind, coz otherwise it can frustrate the watch. I feel much better just shrugging off the negative implications of E17 & 18 as something that the writers did in order to manage a situation, rather than something that they’d planned for all along. Also, super hot makeout alert in the final epilogue, don’t miss it! 😉

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  6. Yeah that last bit about the rushed ending made me wince a bit. But I will soldier on for the promise of a super hot make out sesh… SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE. I took a break from the marathon… logical thoughts and expectations were creeping in and I was getting impatient. Lol

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    • Well, your FF button is there to assist you, whenever you feel it’s hard-going! 😉 Also, logical thoughts and expectations have no place in this drama (shoo!). Yes, the final epilogue makeout session is hot. Baron legit looks like he got his lip bitten, but they just keep on going, it’s.. rewind-worthy hot. Ahem.

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  7. AHEMMMM is right… WOOOOOO!!. Now for some actual critique of the drama LOL. Surprisingly I didnt find the ending as rushed as I had expected… I mean there were definitely some truck sized leaps in logic ( when was that ever this shows strong point though?
    I got a lot more pleasant surprises from the side characters than i expected. When you set the bar appropriately so many wonderful things can happen.

    First up I loved the entire Du clan. Can you say family love goals. Zihuan and her mom, Mom and her kids , mom and her long lost amnesiac husband(i shipped them so hard).

    I really found Zihuan fun too. She was written as the stereotypical 2nd female lead but I could definitely tell she was gangster’s daughter. She would fight ANYONE no matter where she was or how high her heels were. I thought the actress was very dedicated to the role. Even that romance between her and the chauffer was cute to me.
    Also the fleeting little bromantic moments we got between Zifeng and Zherui were a pleasant surprise. They

    Surprisingly i found my self wanting more gangster moments . I was transfixed during the airplane hangar scene,I felt like i was semi decent gangster movie, Bii did his best acting in that scene too, he should stick to silent dramatic, badass walk ins ( know your strengths ppl).

    The only scenes i really skipped through were the Nana, Bii and Uncle Tian scenes. I was surprised at how little i cared LOL. Fun, swoony and sexyyyy. Good job Bromance.

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    • Aw, I’m so pleased that you ended up enjoying this more than you expected, Shountz! 😀 Expectations are SO key, seriously. I know if I’d gone into this expecting actual robust plot narrative, that I would’ve ended up feeling frustrated and annoyed. But, without that expectation in the way, there really is so much crack to this show. 🙂

      The Du clan really was quite likable, as you said. I thought Mom was pretty awesome in terms of how accepting she was, of both of her kids’ choices of life partner, even though both Guangchao and Yanuo were unconventional choices in their own way. And plus, she was so understanding of her amnestic husband. I felt sad that Dad didn’t regain his memory by the end of the show. Poor Mom, in that her husband lost all his memories of their many loving years together, and all he has now, is an affable sort of acceptance of his family, without an actual cognizant love for them. That was so bittersweet, I felt.

      Bii.. Oh dear, I found him way too wooden and cringeworthy, especially when Qingyang was emoting his torturedness at his parents’ fate. But you are so right, in that if there was any moment that he was least cringeworthy, it was that dramatic walk-in at the hangar. 😉 And absolutely, ALL of the scenes around Nana, Qingyang and Uncle Tian were cringeworthy and boring.

      BUT – and what a BIG but – the cracky made up for EVERYTHING. ❤ ❤ I'm so taken with Baron and Megan that I'm even checking out their first partnership, in 2010's Because of You. I'm just 1 ep in, and their very different characters are taking me a while to get used to. But just having them on my screen is making me happy right now, so there's that! 😉

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  8. He amado totalmente tu reseña. Me ha encantado leerte, lo he disfrutado mucho y me he sentido identificada con lo que decías sobre Megan y Baron y sus personajes y su química. He disfrutado como una niña de tu reseña ♡.

    Yo también amo muchísimo este drama, principalmente por Yanuo y Du Zifeng ♡. No puedo superar que haya acabado. Quiero más de Baron y Megan, esos detrás de cámaras apuntan a que el amor trascendió la ficción >\\\\\<.

    Abrazos,

    Mayu.

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    • Hi there Mayu! I don’t know Spanish, but thanks to Google Translate, I feel like I understand your message! Gotta love technology! 😉

      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this review, AND that you love the same things about this show that I do! HUGS BACK! ❤ Yes, Baron & Megan are just so good together, aren't they? Those BTS videos are totally fanning the fans' fierce shipping of them to take their romance from reel to real! I usually don't ship stars, but in this case, I can't help it. They're just so adorable and spazzy together! If you'd like more of Baron and Megan together, you could check out their first project together, Because of You, from 2010. I'm checking it out now myself, and even though it's not quite the same as watching them in Bromance, just seeing them on my screen together makes me happy. 🙂

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      • Buenas noches guapa *——*

        Tienes una nueva seguidora ;). Siento no poder escribir en inglés, al menos si puedo entenderte y tu puedes entenderme a mi con Google.

        Amo las reseñas como las tuyas, de verdad. Más aún si amo el drama como me pasa con esta ^^.

        Yo nunca me había obsesionado tanto con un drama como con este y todo se debe a los protagonistas. He visto todos los detrás de cámaras a pesar de que no tuvieran substitulos y en todos me emociono por esos detalles que comentas, como alargan los besos cuando ya no están rodando, como Baron aprovecha para tocar siempre a Megan (tocarle el pelo, agarrarla de la mano, abrazarla, ¡besarla!, coquetear), como juegan, como se miran el uno al otro…

        Yo también he mirado otros Detrás de cámaras de otras series y jamás se han comportado así y como tu, nunca había seguido de esta forma a dos estrellas.

        Quiero ver ese primer proyecto aunque Bromance sea su mejor historia de amor. ¿Donde puedo encontrarlo con subtítulos en inglés? Verlos juntos merecerá la pena.

        Muchas gracias por responderme y puedes encontrarme en mi blog también ♡

        Mayu.

        PD. I feel very very happy by your beautiful review ♡

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        • Aw, thank you for following the blog, Mayu, even if we have to depend on Google Translate to communicate! Still, I think it’s pretty cool that we can understand each other pretty well! 🙂

          Oh, Baron and Megan’s BTS interactions definitely are pretty special – they are so comfortable with each other, and so touchy-feely! It’s no wonder that fans can’t get enough of them together. I’m just 2 eps into Because of You, and it’s not as good as Bromance, I think. I’ve also seen comments that Because of You is a fairly average drama. But, if you’d still like to see them together in a drama that is not Bromance, you could check it out here. I couldn’t find a site where you can watch it streaming with English subs, but this link I’ve given you allows you to download the videos and the subs. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  9. Yessss!!! Gobble gobble… Ignored the cheese (lots of it) and campy typical stuff (a-plenty), and appreciated some nice life lessons and good hearted characters with lots of positivity and tolerance. The main thinking and writing were genuine and mature, even with a lot of other over the top and cutesy stuff thrown in. Even though I was also frustrated with the final episode reveal that ruined some of the beauty, trading ZiFeng’s solid love for an “I knew it”, it could have been worse; as he had begun taking care of her more comfortably after some point, I had been suspicious anyway. Honestly, he was supposed to have been bright, how could have he not figured it out sooner?! Shower, hospital, chest measurement, build, body presses, eh? Okay, I guess it’s okay that show was a bit contrived that way. Loved: 1. Baron’s smolder leading to 1a) kisses galore. The motorcycle scene really hit me, that was when I was first suspicious. Looking back in the special episode, I can see the change in the crying scene. 2. OTP chemistry, especially apparent in the BTS, where the smolder got turned off and on like a nutcase at a light switch! Swoooon. Laugh! Swoooon. Laugh! Swoon…*die* laugh! 3. Mature thinking, gracious characters leading to good decisions, acceptance, moving forward, all in the name of happy, satisfied human lives. Honorable mention, great love of animals! I’m not so fond of them personally, but I really appreciated the voice and the bunny was sooooo cute! Wasn’t so fond of… You already laid them out. While Bii’s acting isn’t so developed, QingYang is observant, warm and considerate, so they made it work. I thought at first he was going to not have any lines… His love story with Katie wasn’t very well done. It weirdly converted from sort of family to a sort of indefinite lukewarm like to a non-apparent love. They must have cut a lot more than what the special gave us. Too bad, but a kiss or peck lacking chemistry would have been worse. The veteran actors were terrific in their roles. They brought a harmony and familial feeling to it that I really liked.

    I still think you should check out ISWAK and TKA. OTP have a lot of chemistry on screen and have done two other dramas together besides this series, split by two years. Ariel and Joe are great friends who get each other in real life, even though they aren’t real life romantically compatible. Even so, they recently were on a traveling variety show (same one Baron joined) recently and fans cheered them as the screen couple. This is more than a decade since the first series aired in 2005. There are still lots of interviews, promotions and BTS online that show how well they get along. There was even an e news show they co-hosted once before ISWAK, in 2004, so that people could see how they meshed on screen. They always get asked about each other in interviews, even for their solo or unrelated promotions. There are still fans hoping for #3, one showing them as parents, and the ensemble cast still gets together every few years. Really successful.

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    • Recent interviews. 他們真的有默契 they really have a great connection. Try it, quite cracky 🙂

      I think I’ll rewatch…

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    • Ah, I’m glad you enjoyed this one, lyricalpeach! It’s flawed, but that OTP chemistry is so great, isn’t it? 😀 In checking out the BTS, I admit I was a little thrown when Baron switched the smolder on and off just like that. But all that amazing BTS chemistry with Megan made up for it – some of their BTS cozy is legit through the roof! They made this show worth the watch. And yes, that treatment of the second lead couple was really strange. I didn’t get why they liked each other, and I cringed through most of their scenes. 😛 I rewatched Bromance FF-ing through ALL of their scenes, lol.

      Thanks for reminding me about ISWAK & TKA.. I will add them to my growing list of TW dramas to check out. I’m currently watching Drunken to Love You casually, and I have to admit that 2 eps in, I’m not feeling it. Rainie Yang’s acting is really throwing me, it’s so hollow and OTT. I like Joseph Chang’s vibe though, so let’s see whether that’s enough to keep me hanging on! 😉

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  10. I just watched Bromance a week ago after Refresh Man. I also didn’t really have much expectations for TW drama since they are sometimes over-exaggerated and I only watch mainly manga adaptations. But I actually kinda like Refresh Man; it’s more business centered and the chemistry between Joanne and Aaron is not bad at all.

    As for Bromance, I actually kinda dislike it when YaNuo becomes all girly because she is more exaggerated than any female character in the show. Maybe I’m used to the “aegyo” but it doesn’t really bother me except for YaNuo especially when she’s sucking up to her parents. But Megan does take a lot of care in trying to be persuasive as a refreshing and handsome male. She said she observed Bii the most in molding her own character, which is totally believable. So I forgive her bursts of over-girliness. In response to your You’re Beautiful comment, I think Shin Hye looks fairly convincing as a pretty boy, just that her voice gives it away. She also did explained that she meant to act like a guy that’s not that convincing as a guy because she’s not a guy. Whereas YaNuo has more of a reason that she can act like one since she’s been one for 25 years.

    But I agree with you that the side stories bored me, I was tempted to skip QingYang and NaNa’s stories even though they look cute on screen. It’s just a little bit too predictable there. I don’t think Bii’s acting is too wooden since he doesn’t speak much as he’s not too comfortable with too much dialogue. After all, his mother tongue is Korean. So he uses his body language to act. I actually was fooled thinking maybe QingYang understood more than he let on, thinking maybe he knew YaNuo was a girl since the very beginning. His role is like the observant friend, so I thought he knew more than he let on…ah well.

    As for the ending, I also thought ZiFeng would find out at the end, since they managed to keep it from him for so long, given the poor excuses made for the younger sister’s appearance. I found it reasonable he would find out earlier since he’s no dummy. I had my suspicions when he questioned ZheRui about liking YaNuo. But I don’t think the timing of that revelation would make a difference. I also did rewatch again because I wanted to know the exact moment he found out. I was wondering if he knew when he met the female YaNuo at the pumpkin carriage but it turns out he didn’t know then either.

    So he had made up his mind long before the revelation of her secret. So he would’ve probably reacted the same way regardless if he found out later. The day he found out, he didn’t run away to his secret hiding spot to think about it. He went to check up on YaNuo and even comforted her while she cried over her damaged relationship with ZheRui. I think that just shows, the secret won’t faze him at that point, like it did for Tao Le Si. I think his conflict has long since been resolved ever since YaNuo went to find him on the cliff and accidentally confessed to him. He might’ve guessed her/his feelings at that time and purposely maintained status quo so as to not jeopardize the relationship.

    And I also found little hints that he did show he knew. Before the actual confession from ZiFeng, they were already so close like they were dating. At the Christmas lights, ZiFeng was testing YaNuo when he asked her what she would do if she were Cinderella. And then when he did confess, he said it didn’t matter if YaNuo was a guy or girl, he promised his love. He could’ve said it didn’t matter if he was a guy…he didn’t need to add or girl. That could’ve been a giveaway that he knew.

    And if you think about it, the ending can’t happen the way it did if he didn’t know about it. He purposely planned the engagement/wedding thing on her birthday. He had to tell his family and even brought her family to the event just so it would all go smoothly. Since he knows her secret, he has an advantage to convincing her parents to agree since they didn’t really warm up to him and he could now guess the reason. So the timing doesn’t bother me.

    What did bother me was maybe the plot did change…because I was under the impression Han Sheng’s dad collaborated with his son since he wanted to drive away YaNuo. And it’s not very easy to understand Han Sheng too well. So in the end, he’s not really after the power but was for the family/approval from the dad? Then why would he go so far to injure someone he can’t really injure; maybe that’s why he uses his lackeys. I think TW drama is not very good with developing antagonistic characters because they are rather illogical. Han Sheng is like Lance from Fall in Love with Two. Can you really do all those terrible things and then convince the audience that there were no true ill intentions at the very very core? I think it’s possible but the characterization doesn’t portray those points too well. I guess I hold flawed characters to high standards since I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer did a good job of showing a characters’ dark sides.

    The last thing that really gets me on board with the show is the music. I really like it! I’ve become a Bii fan XD. His label mate composed the opening theme (Epochal Times) and the character theme song (Quietness) for ZiFeng and YaNuo sung by Andrew Tan and Miu Chu is also really pretty . Bii’s songs (Back in Time and Tender Love) are both great. He even sang acapella in the show. I didn’t even realize how many shows Bii has sung for and I was surprised.

    I recommend Refresh Man if you are looking for the next TW drama. There’s no angst; I tried to avoid those since when I’m not working, I want to be in a light and happy mood :D. And I noted you find Aaron quite handsome so that will be a big hook. But in this drama, Joanne is the more primary main character and she’s one of the reason why I decided to watch Refresh Man even with the mess that Fall in Love with Me ended up being. I, like you, also enjoyed the beginning half of that show until everything went to hell halfway through. The chemistry between Joanne and Aaron is a lot better too. I actually went and watched the behind the scenes of the show just like I did for Bromance. They are quite comfortable with each other. And the idea of childhood frienemies meeting up in a corporate setting is kinda fascinating especially when their status is switched between school life and real life (Joanne being the model student but only a secretary and Aaron being the worst student but a CEO). If you’ve watched Pinocchio…I really wonder whether Aaron’s character is actually quite like Daipo (smart secretly but just didn’t bother to try in school).

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    • Hi there summertwinkle!! Glad that you enjoyed Bromance in spite of its flaws. I agree that Han Sheng’s character was poorly developed, and I can’t roll my eyes hard enough at how his story was “resolved” – it was all too simplistic, I felt. As for Zifeng knowing that Yanuo was a girl, I guess my beef is that we never got to see his moment of realization and how he processed it. I dearly wanted to know exactly how he processed the information, and all we got was a “gotcha!” moment accompanied by a flashback of how he’d overheard her conversation with Zherui. It felt like Show was cheating the audience, in a sense, and I found it deflating. Still, I found the show a fun fluffy watch that I wouldn’t mind reaching for again, since the OTP is so cute together. 🙂

      I do dig the Aaron Handsome a great deal, so Refresh Man is on my list. I’ve heard mixed reactions to it, tbh. Some people have told me it’s not worth the time, and that it’s quite boring. So it’s nice to see that you liked it quite well, and recommend it! I will probably check it out sometime soonish – once I feel the need for another dose of Aaron Handsome! 😍😉

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      • Oh thanks for replying to my comment :D. It’s rare to find someone to talk about drama to. No one watches the same drama that I do. But one of the reasons why Refresh Man might not appeal to others could be because it has a bit of a “chess” set up. And the story is a bit like peeling back an onion. In some ways, if done well, it makes for good story telling. Otherwise, it could end up in disaster for people with shorter attention spans. It’s set up like Our Times (but with more focus in the present than in the past; the proportions are flipped) but a bit less choppy in the beginning.

        I don’t know if you’ve ever read Vampire Knight (Japanese comic) but the narration is a bit similar to that kind of style. They try to pop plot twists here and there but you might end up getting lost at the various hints provided because you don’t get the links until the end and even then you might still be trying to tie up loose ends. I almost gave up reading Vampire Knight because I got lost but then the updates were slow. Pandora Hearts, another comic on the other hand, kept me hooked till the end…but I’ll honestly say I’m still confused by parts of it because there was too much plot and character things going on and everything is set in a fantasy setting. Refresh Man is not narrated to that level but has similar narration style. This appeals to me since I’m a business major so business things don’t bore me. And I love puzzles so these kinds of narration appeals. And a blend of “romance” plus “office drama” is better than “romance drama”. I dislike romance drama, which is why I stopped watching Hong Kong’s TVB drama.

        Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed kiss scenes as much as I did in this drama, nor do I remember seeing this many kiss scenes in one drama. And the music is not bad either, Claire and Weibird are both great singers.

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        • Hi there summertwinkle! I’m sorry to be replying to your comment this late, I fell quick sick and basically spent all of December fighting a vicious viral infection. I’m much better now, and am just getting caught up to comments! Thanks for the explanation about Refresh Man, it does help! I haven’t checked it out yet, but it’s still on my list for the Aaron Handsome. I was a little concerned about how good it would be, since I read a number of meh reactions to it. It’s good to know that you liked it and recommend it! 🙂

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  11. Hello!

    Yaaassss Barooon!! *.* that look in his eyes, I faint~
    This otp was fantastic-amazing, they spoil us so much, I didn’t feel like this since Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng kind of chemistry for a tw show (it’s good that someone already mentioned them).
    Honestly, this drama was so palmface, they are playing with my feelings, I felt betrayed most of the show, specially because of her not telling him the truth and the fact that he knew and then everybody knew, but we didn’t found out with them, I don’t like this kinds of omission (that only happens with the plot of the evil character), anyway I still ended up watching the entire thing.
    With all the filling that it has, I ended up loving all the cheesy yet lovely moments from the otp, I was expecting more of the 2nd lead couple, Nana and Qing were so cute, like puppies.
    Mte about your review, that ending was so rushed that I rapidly felt empty, for all that you gave, we ended up like this? kinda feeling.
    I love all the bts, was so funny, srsly Megan and Baron made a great team, they look like best friends, it helped a lot that they worked together in the past and I so wish they keep doing it in the future.

    Nice review, take care :3

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    • Hi Tef! Glad you enjoyed this show too!! Baron really took it to the next level, with his sexy broody gaze. 😍😍 And the OTP chemistry is so real and so organic too! 😍 Those 2 things alone make this show worth the watch. The writing was far from elegant, and I was peeved that Zifeng found out about her secret offscreen. It was such an anti-climax, seriously. He was just all like, “Oh, I already knew” *moves on* 🙄 All the dramatic tension, built up for that? Tsk. But then again, all the good stuff about this makes me feel that I would totally reach for this one again. Probably mostly for the Baron Smolder 😉😍

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  12. Well you have made me feel better about finishing this show. I just finished ep5 and it was so cheesy I felt quietly embarrassed. I just could not figure out why I am watching this show so I went in search of reviews and found yours. I feel that I can now go back to watching Bromance and I will just embrace all of the cheesy! Thanks!

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    • Tee hee. I’m glad to have enabled your fluff lens, Ophie!! No need to be embarrassed at all! I found Bromance pretty darn cracktastic for most of its run, except for the side stories that I had no interest in. The Baron and Megan chemistry and those melty intense gazes tho. Swoon. 😍😍😍

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  13. I just finished watching this show for the fourth time today! Maybe it’s the fifth, I can’t remember, but regardless, it still has that punch and that’s what matters. Having never heard what others thought about it, I searched for reviews and I agree on every one of your points. The only thing I would add is that watching it without the other story arcs is too saturated; it must be broken up with the less-repulsive elements in order to provide a little fat, a little depth. Liberal use of the ff button is a must, even for me, though lol. I even allow a little screen time for the third wheel (no explanation is necessary, I trust) because he gives motivation to Yanou and gives Zifeng a platform to be magnanimous. I would also like to add that the writers must have a good grasp of fan fiction because they’ve used every single beloved trope found in all the most delectable fics. These tropes are so powerful, so magical, one must sign away another aspect of the story in order to be allowed to use them: logic. It’s the law of the universe.
    Regarding the ending, I used to believe it was a last minute decision to have her sex revealed in ep 9, but the last couple of watches, I’ve felt it was simply a cop-out they wrote into the script originally. The clues are small, but become magnified the more I watch it. I think they didn’t want to make Zifeng truly date, who he thought was, a man. Logic would also say that any man who made out zealously on top of someone wouldn’t have any doubt about their partner’s anatomy…but logic is outlawed in this show so we’ll never really know. Be that as it may, it has staying power. It’s nice to laugh at the cheese, roll my eyes at the third wheel, and be exasperated at the incessant harping about The Dead Mother. Most of all, the chemistry, the chemistry, the unmatched chemistry of Baron and Megan! Well I know that my comments are likely not unique, but finding a review which matched my feelings about Bromance so precisely, I had to comment 😛

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    • I agree with you that the gender reveal was in the original script. There was a noticeable change in Zifeng after that moment in the show especially in regards to physical intimacy. He showed no hesitation with touching and being more outwardly affectionate. Probably because he now knew that the Yanuo was only pushing him away because she was lying about her gender.

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      • Right, and he kept hinting to Yanou that he knew she visited the Christmas display, which she did, but as her “sister.” He knew it was Yanou and made it quite obvious. That whole Cinderella conversation was a big giveaway too. They did have good skinship from the beginning, but you’re right, he became much more overtly romantic after the fateful episode. Oh and what was with telling her never to cry over any other guy but him lol? That caught her off guard too and happened right after the overheard conversation. He knew, he must have.

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    • I apologize for my late reply, kounrada! Just wanted to say, thanks for coming out and commenting, it’s always nice to find fellow fans who feel the same way about a drama!! I absolutely agree that logic needs to be suspended in order to enjoy this show, because otherwise, so many things don’t make sense! But the chemistry between Baron and Megan is so out of this world that it just makes up for everything! It’s no wonder that you’ve managed to enjoy so many rewatches of this! 🙂 I’ve reached for bits of this, and some BTS vids even (which I rarely ever do!), for a little Baron+Megan pick-me-up, and they never fail me. 😍😍😍

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  14. While I agree with everything you’ve Zifeng still had to think about how everyone around him would react to Yanuo, believing her a man. He still had to face the challenge that many gay men and women have difficulty doing, letting the world believe him to be gay.

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