[Review] PAL Inn – Episode 二

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The dreamer, Lǐ Xiāoyáo, suddenly finds himself joined by three awesome young women – Zhào Líng’er, Lín Yuè Rú and Ā Nú – at his aunt’s inn. However, instead of drawing more customers their arrival has had the opposite effect!

Caution: Comedic violence; blood

Source: Viki (100% English subbed)

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[Review] PAL Inn – Episode 一

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The marvellous world of Xiān Jiàn returns! This time our beloved protagonists are brought to us in the form of a web-series – with the help of Youku – to bring us glorious, glorious comedy.

I should preface this by saying that this might not entirely be objective… Because it’s Xiān Jiàn!

Caution: Comedic violence

Source: Viki (100% English subbed)

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[Review] The Crossing Hero – Notice

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For some time now, I have viewed this series with disfavour. Its representation of its male and female characters have been the driving force behind this. Women do not deserve to be objectified, presented as clueless and helpless in the face of danger. Men do not deserve to be characterised as being as grotesquely perverse and misogynistic as this series has presented them. Not only is this wrong but it is also extremely careless writing.

However, it isn’t simply the characterisations that have fuelled this. As I’ve said, it’s lazy, careless writing. If you cared about your characters – if you want your audience to care about your characters – you flesh them out, you make them real. There’s a post going around Tumblr that goes along the lines of ‘your book is your thesis. Prove that they are real’. From what I have seen, this series doesn’t do that.

I apologise to those who have been reading these reviews.

I am not continuing with this series.

[Review] The Crossing Hero – Episode VI

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Recap:

During an undercover stint it is discovered that Hóng Xiǎo Dōng turns back into Hóng Xīdōng upon hearing Zhāng Xiǎntíng’s ringtone. The relationship between the two reincarnations also improved by leaps and bounds and the two Imperial Guards have been somewhat modernised. Continue reading