I think 2014 in Asian Dramaland has ruined me for all the years to come with the manifold of fantastic shows. All of them have had the golden trifecta of writing, acting and directing plus the little extra which is what makes you so utterly addicted and maniacally fanatical. However, each has been unique and awesome on its own.
It’s been the year of epic love stories for the ages, soul-stirring emotions, unforgettable OTPs, magnificent noona-dongsaeng romances, sizzling chemistry, passionate lovemakings, mind-blowing and open-mouthed kisses, swoonworthy embraces, passionate confessions, and last but not least, it’s low on noble idiocy (thank you, drama gods, for that!).
I’ve gained six I repeat SIX!!! deliciously perfect OTPs who have made it to my all-time favourite OTP list in this year alone, whereas usually it’s only 1-2. Though, Healer is there still with a question mark, but come on! This is the pairing of Song Jina (who made me insomniac for the first time in my life when I stayed up until 4am only to catch a first glimpse of my Faith OTP’s new stills) and the dreamy Ji Chang Wook (who made me singlehandedly with HJW watch a 50-episode! long sageuk which had gone completely makjang twice! and whom I’d found unattractive, into his devoted fangirl). Therefore I find it’s pretty safe to say Healer will deliver. There were other dramas I watched and liked like Bad Guys, Valid Love or Nobunaga Concerto but none made me as obsessed and squealing as YWCFTS, Secret Love Affair, High School King, Empress Ki, Sound of the Desert and Healer.
In conclusion, when I’m now looking back at the previous year I have to say that I’ve spend it squealing and fangirling from January 1 until December 31. Perhaps it’s symbolic that I’d begun the year fangirling over YWCFTS and finished it in the same fashion as well. I’ve received more messages, likes and reblogs than ever before and for that and for more I would like to thank everyone who’s been fangirling, squealing, swooning and fetching their smelling salts along with me. I LOVE YOU!
If you ask me for my expectations in 2015 in the vast Asian Drama Universe, I have to admit that it will be close to impossible to beat THIS! It’s difficult to beat perfection and 2014 has been as perfect as it could possibly get. Though, I have one wish or rather an admonition: Jdramaland, get your romance finally on track or rather get it back! Or else, I won’t be visiting you anytime soon in 2015!I’m already sick and tired of all the procedural dramas and boring leads you are overpopulated with.
Dreamingsnowflake’s Ultimate Asian Male Lead Ranking
As promised, I have done something I previously thought impossible and put together my favourite Asian Male Leads. However, suprisingly it wasn’t that difficult to to pick the TOP10, though the standings are so damn close (except the number one).
All life-ruiners, every single one of them, so proceed with caution, especially if you are single because you just might end up being a spinster once you see this, You can pretty much deduce my favourite Asian female leads and OTPs (plus many others, but these would make the top of the list anyway, though I would have to make at least a TOP30) from them since they are almost identical, except the last one which would be up there if only the actress didn’t act like a 12 year-old to make up for her age. I didn’t include my second lead sydromes because they deserve a post of their own.
These characters own me and they all meet my sky-high expectations and requirements - dreamy, swoonworthy, broad shoulders, eyes that can melt you, men who would die for you,…
1) SEO JUNG HOO (Healer; Ji Chang Wook)
“The things I like: the sound of the camera shutter he makes. his big hands. smiling eyes. and big embraces.
Things I hate: anything and everything that keeps me away from the things I like.” - Chae Young Shin
HEALER-YAAAAAA! No one can ever beat Seo Jung Hoo EVER!
2) HUO QUBING WEI WU JI (Sound of the Desert, Eddie Peng)
It took 3 years before the Chinese censors allowed the adaptation of Da Mo Yao to air after changes to the title and names and during those 3 years Eddie Peng had to take all the hate from fans as not being good enough for HQB and how Huo Ge would have been such a better choice. Fast-foward to 2014-2015 and no one can imagine a more perfect Wei Wu Ji.
3) TAHWAN (Empress Ki, Ji Chang Wook)
THE PUPPY EMPEROR! The man who produced the most adorable baby in Kdramaland. Fascinating, brave, weak, loving, fucked-up,…doomed to be a second male lead by the writers, but the whole kdrama-viewing world fell in love with him, JCW’s inspired performance and his sizzling chemistry with HJW, that Tahwan defied the odds in the real world just like he did in the fictional world - he became the all-powerful Emperor who defeated all his enemies and protected his loved ones and finally won the love of the woman he loved above all else from the moment he met her. Hell, just before the drama premiered the writers published the book where Nyang tells Tahwan in his finally moments she never loved him but in the drama she proclaims her undying love for him - THAT AWESOME WAS HE! I MEAN I WATCHED AND RE-WATCHED 51 FREAKING EPISODES OF SAGEUK!!!
4) HOSHIKAWA TAKANE (From Five to Nine, Yamashita Tomohisa)
After 2 months of gushing over THE MONK WITH WHO WE FELL IN LOVE what can I add more - GIVE US THAT SPECIAL, FUJI TV, OR THE FANDOM WILL RIOT!
5) DO MIN JOON (My Love From Another Star, Kim Soo Hyun)
So alone and so perfect. It would be a noona romance if only the male lead wouldn’t be a 400+ years old alien. Kim Soo Hyun slays!
6) KAMIYA NAOKI (Buzzer Beat, Yamashita Tomohisa)
Probaly the most sane, normal, warm and real male lead from the bunch together with No.8.
7) LEE SUN JAE (Secret Love Affair, Yoo Ah In)
I’m a huge sucker for Noona and forbidden romances, so when I get a 20-year-old virgin piano prodigy in love with a 40-year-old married woman it’s Christmas for me.
8) LEE MIN SEOK (High School King, Seo In Guk)
My favourite high schooler!
9) LEE SOON (Jang Ok Jung, Yoo Ah In)
“Watch carefully! The sky is about to fall on you.” - Lee Soon
And so it did! YAI was born for sageuk! The King and the love of of his life who died for him. JOJ was pure fiction, a delicious historical romance novel. And still the best bed scene in Kdramaland, ironically considering it’s a sageuk.
10) GU JUN PYO (Boys Over Flowers, Lee Min Ho)
For me LMH’s the most raw and the best performance - I loved him in City Hunter and Faith but there was something special about GJP. For me he is the perfect Domyouji and that is against some strong competition.
Just below the TOP10: Male leads from City Hunter, Faith, Mary Stayed Out All Night, Kurosagi, Liar Game and You’re Beautiful