BWAHAHAHAHA. This is pure crack and I am so addicted. I came into this Taiwanese drama with the lowest of low expectations. From the previews and the first 20 minutes, this was Boys Over Flowers 2015, minus one flower boy (the gangster one?). You would think that after the Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese versions, I would be sick of another similar adaption. While the show does give you Hana Yori Dango feels, it has its own spin. I daresay, I enjoyed it better than Meteor Garden and Meteor Shower. SO if it is another BOF, give it to me anyways. Why? Because Xiao Xi, the main female lead is what I had wanted all the female leads in the other adaptions to be. While Xiao Xi is your typical quirky, innocent Candy….there is one thing she has above all others. She is a Kung Fu Master. HAHAHAHA. So amp up that kickass beatdown on those bullies! Coming from a really traditional village, she is a fish out of the water on a scholarship at the elite school for the rich.
On the very first day, Xiao Xi attracts trouble as she, of course, saves her good friend from the bullies. Oops, she just pissed off the elite club at the school and attracted the attention of the three princes. We have, THE ONE, Liu Bing, head of the Elite Union, but actually NOT a douchebag jerk like the other BOF princes. While not a teddy bear either, he isn’t a mindless bully who glories in pushing classmates down. He actually doesn’t agree with the bullying practices, but just needs a push to break status quo. We got MR. VIOLIN SECONDARY, yes yes, okay he is the softie, nice, VIOLIN playing man of our dreams (really who needs the others? eh?). Of course Xiao Xi would fall for him first before the lead. Who wouldn’t? Anyways, we have PLAYA NUMBA THREE. Mhmm, yup Mr. I am too cool for school and look like I should be in a k-pop video. Now that we got all of that settled, of course we have Sha Xing, b**** extraordinary who doesn’t like the quirky new girl in her personal man bubbles. Time for her to move her plastic face over. And finally we have cute little sister of PLAYA PLAYA who is Xiao Xi’s new best friend. So basically, BOF setup where girl must go to school to earn the pride of her whole family and village. Rich bullies don’t want her to leave for ruining their status quo. BUT WAIT, one by one the three princes are going to fall at her feet….either in love or from her roundhouse kick!!
Anyways, I know none of the main actors, only that this is Chinese-Taiwanese co-production. The acting is tolerable…but in a Taiwanese fashion. Trust me there is a big difference between the styles of Korean vs Chinese vs Taiwanese acting. It is definitely more humor and cutesy based rather than serious. Think of seeing a live-adaption of anime. While I am picky about acting, I did find it more than tolerable and amusing. Even though Xiao Xi did seem to contract a strain of Jan Di from BOF acting. BUT it’s cute in a way, country bumpster, not aggravating at least.
Another plus for me is that this drama will spit out all it’s episodes at lightning speed. It airs Monday through Thursday! Two episodes for 4 days each week! YESSS! Marathon time. And guess what? I don’t have to wait for subtitles!!