What’s Next? Love is Always Online (2021)

Another online gaming drama from China, this time it is Love is Always Online (2021) which stars newbies Elvira Cai (Mystery of Antiques) as a female gamer and Dylan Xiong (As Long as You Love Me) as the CEO who pursues her. The director Zhou Xiao Peng has a number of hits on his resume, such as Because of You (2017) and Lady & Liar (2015). Hopefully, we’ll get English subs for this drama, but there’s no airing date yet and this has been pushed back a number of times. I’ve been waiting for this to air since at least October 2020, which is when it was set to air, but hopefully they’re using the added production time to make CG flawless. One can only hope, right?

Synopsis: CEO Jiang Anzhen has been looking for Yao Yuan who saved him during his university days. After learning that Yao Yuan played the ‘ShengShi” game, he took the opportunity to save Yao Yuan’s life in the game, and he announced that he would marry her. Then the two met through a party and began a passionate pursuit in reality, finally determining the relationship between the couple. However Jiang’s brother revealed a secret regarding their parents death that resulted in the couple’s separation. How would they reconcile? (Source: Baidu) Adapted from the novel Time by 顾西爵 (Celine Gu)

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What’s Next? Remember You (2021)

Another kdrama remake. Remember You (2021) airs August 16, 2021 two days a week and should have around 24 episodes. This lakorn is a remake of Hello Monster (2015), and stars Paopetch Charoensook (Social Syndrome (2018)), Kemisara Paladesh, Aun Witaya and Tawan Vihokratana. The teaser certainly looks dark and mysterious enough, lots going on in it. This lakorn is coming to Netflix, so yeah, I’m definitely planning to watch this.

Synopsis: A genius detective teams up with a colleague to investigate a case that hits close to home, but the duo becomes entangled in a cat-and-mouse game. (Source: Netflix)

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Source: True CJ’s yt channel

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What’s Next? Irresistible (2021)

Hmm. Irresistible (2021) is rumored to be coming to GMM25 on August 3, 2021. This lakorn will definitely be full of angst, revenge and tragedy. A remake of Roy Ruk Raeng Kaen (2015), Thanat Lowkhunsombat (U-Prince: The Badly Politics) and Aom Sushar are the ill fated couple in the lakorn. This role makes is a departure for Aom Sushar, as most are used to seeing her in more light hearted romantic fare such as Full House.

Synopsis: Kimhan and Mookarin were engaged to be married but a tragedy destroyed their happiness. Mon, Kimhan’s sister, was found dead and her husband Tada, Mook’s brother, was accused of killing her. The case went to court and Tada was acquitted with Mook taking the stand as her brother’s alibi and Mon’s death was ruled an accident.

Kimhan was furious that his sister’s killer walked free and that Mook lied to help acquit her brother. If the law could not punish Tada, Kimhan will do it himself, so he vowed to get revenge. He actively persecuted Tada and broke off his engagement to Mook. In pursuing his revenge, he caused a lot of pain to Tada, Mook and other innocent people.

Yet, through it all, neither Kimhan nor Mook could forget their love for each other. They were filled with conflicting feelings of love, hate, revenge and loyalty as they, and the people around them, get caught in Kimhan’s whirlpool of revenge. ~~ Adapted from the novel “Mia Nok Hua Jai” by Chalalai. (Source: MyDramaList)

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What’s Next? The Golden Hairpin

A Chinese drama that has been creating a lot of buzz since it started filming, The Golden Hairpin stars Kris Wu in his debut as a drama actor and Yang Zi (Ashes of Love) . The Golden Hairpin has an intriguing concept of a young girl going undercover to solve crimes in a historical drama. This Tencent/Hunan TV drama should be up on youtube and I’m sure it’ll be English subbed.

Synopsis: At thirteen, investigative prodigy Huang Zixia had already proved herself by aiding her father in solving confounding crimes. At seventeen, she’s on the run, accused of murdering her family to escape an arranged marriage. Driven by a single-minded pursuit, she must use her skills to unmask the real killer…and clear her name. But when Huang Zixia seeks the help of Li Shubai, the Prince of Kui, her life and freedom are bargained: agree to go undercover as his eunuch to stop a serial killer and to undo a curse that threatens to destroy the Prince’s life. Huang Zixia’s skills are soon tested when Li Shubai’s betrothed vanishes. With a distinctively exquisite golden hairpin as her only clue, Huang Zixia investigates—and discovers that she isn’t the only one in the guarded kingdom with a dangerous secret.

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Director Lin Yu Fen (Eternal Love (2017), Lost Love in Times) is at the helm of this drama. The screenwriter is Wong Lei Chi who also wrote 2011’s blockbuster Scarlet Heart (and its sequel 😎) so this cdrama has a great team and I’m hopeful it can live up to its hype.

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What’s Next? Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace

Anyone remember Peter Ho of Summer’s Desire (2010)? Or from Le Jun Kai (2013)? While he is now a director and screenwriter, he still acts occasionally and will be the main lead in Chinese drama Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace (2020). This drama also stars He Hong Shan in a marriage of convenience story that sounds promising. As this a Tencent drama, it should be up on youtube and I’m sure it’ll be English subbed.

Synopsis: Qing Lian is content to lead an ordinary life and aspires for a suitor who only has eyes for her, yet is instead forced to marry into the royal family. She discovers her husband He Lian Xin is not the heartless and stone-faced noble he presents himself to be, and secretly helps him navigate the treacherous waters, earning his affection and respect in the process. ~~ Based on Legend of Consort Xi by Jieyu.

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Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace (2020) was adopted from a novel and the synopsis reminds me of other cdramas such as The Story of Ming Lan (2018), where the wife supports her husband behind the scenes. I’m not familiar with the female lead He Hong Shan who seems to have played mostly supporting roles in a lot of dramas such as Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, but she was also the main lead in 2019’s Legend of the Phoenix.

The director is Lin Yu Fen, who was also the director of the massively popular Eternal Love (2017), not to mention my personal favorite Lost Love in Times (2017) so this is in very capable hands.

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What’s Next? Tharntawan See Plerng (2021)

Tharntawan See Plerng (2021) looks to be another lakorn set in the country, a weekday daily lakorn on five days a week that starts airing July 15, 2021. Chingching Kharittha (Sed Thee Teen Plao) and Chayapol Bunnag (See Mai Karn) star and it looks like it will be a fairly light hearted (for a lakorn that is) lakorn. Thippy has this on her subbing list, which is one of the main reasons I’m featuring it, because otherwise this Channel 7 lakorn may not be subbed.

Source: Channel 7’s yt channel

Synopsis: Tharntawan is the owner of a vineyard and famous resort. She is just as vicious and sharp to her enemies as she is beautiful. However, in the resort industry, there are many people ready to knock you down and so every day is a new challenge for Tharntawan. Along the way, she meets a boy who finally warms her heart. For Tharntawan is just like a fiery sunflower. Fiery like the sun to her enemies, and devoted like the sunflower to the person she loves. (Source: thaidramatic_update; edited by Soju at MyDramaList)

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What’s Next? Ruk Nirun Juntra

Another lakorn of Ken Theeradeth? And the posters are so pretty too. I have to at least check it out as he’s a favorite of mine. Ruk Nirun Juntra is an upcoming Channel 3 lakorn staring Ken Theeradeth (Ra Raerng Fai (2017) and Ice Preechaya (Payakorn Sorn Ruk) about an immortal man falling for an ordinary girl. The trailer looks to have a fair amount of angst, and drama, plus our hero saving the heroine, maybe it’ll be another Goblin (2016) or My Love From Another Star? We can hope, right? This is coming to Channel 3 on June 23, 2021, and Neko has this on her list, so I’m hopeful it will be English subbed.

Source: Channel 3’s yt

Synopsis: The love story of an immortal man and an ordinary girl.

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I’m sooo surprised, but this couple look good together! 😮This is a new pairing, and there is over a 10+ year age difference between the two, but they at least photograph well together, so I’m hopeful. I’ve been really digging the supernatural romance genre lately as well, it gives me feels, so looking forwards to watching this couple in Ruk Nirun Juntra.

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Thursday’s Teaser: The Mind Game (2021)

More. More. More. Another Thailand lakorn with a pra’ek with special powers, this time it seems like our hero can read minds. The Mind Game (2021) stars Bank Thiti (Bpai Hai Teung Duang Dao) and Peak Pattarasaya (Leh Ruk Bussaba (2018)) and will air June 14, 2021 on channel GMM One, so it may be english subbed.

Credit: one31s yt channel

Synopsis: When he became a suspect in a robbery case, he had to do everything he could to prove his innocence. Meet a young man with special powers and his special team to go out and pursue real criminals! (Source: MyDramaList)

The nang’ek looks older the pra’ek here in the above teaser. But there seems to be two pra’eks, the other one is played by Oab Oabnithi and he looks good in the 2nd teaser, paired with Patty Phetii I believe. This lakorn seems based on an older one called Chit Sanghan (2002). I like the poster and this might be interesting, so we’ll see if it gets English subbed.

Credit: one31s yt channel

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Tuesday’s Teaser: Boss and Me (2021)

And the boss-employee lakorns keeps on coming. This time, a remake of the popular Chinese drama, Boss & Me (2014)! Aom Sushar (Mr. Lipstick (2021)) and Push Puttichai (Happy Birthday (2018)) star in this boss falling for his employee and likewise storyline. Nothing special, I gave up on the Chinese one as nothing much ever seemed to happen, but maybe they’ve upped the angst here (at least the teaser seemed dramatic enough.) Food plays a big role in this lakorn as their relationship started through lunch boxes, so lots of food scenes too. It starts airing June 2, 2021 2 days a week on GMM 25 so it should be English subbed, if not on youtube, then it is being subbed by Viu.

Source: GMMTV’s yt channel

Synopsis: The Story of Namkhing, a new graduate who has come to work at Fah Prachanakun Company, with Payu sitting on the podium as CEO. Namking received a hotline from the hospital to donate blood to Payu’s beloved sister. And this is where their relationship begins. Finally, how will the love story between a young CEO and a young employee end? (Source: Valentina at MyDramaList)

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Thursday’s Teaser: Lhong Klin Chan (2021)

I just recently complained about Thailand’s lack of mystery/thriller/detective lakorns here, so naturally of course, Thailand chooses to release a new lakorn featuring a female investigator?!!! and her teaming up with other cops (and love interests maybe?). Lhong Klin Chan (2021)) stars Thanwa Suriyajak (Song Naree (2019)) and Anyarin Terathananpat (Talay Duerd (2021)) and just started airing May 26, 2021 on channel 7. Thippy should be subbing this one and I’m so ready for this and Voice 4! The teasers really look promising! I just hope Thailand keeps more lakorns of this genre coming.

Credit: Ch7HD’s yt channel
Credit: Ch7HD’s yt channel

Synopsis: Warnruk, a female investigator, gets transferred to her small hometown in order to investigate the homicide of Chankrapor, who was murdered and buried underneath a Chan por tree. There she meets the forensics doctor of the area, who although likes to question her intelligence, also teams up with her in order to find the murderer. Together with them is Trichai, a young and handsome lieutenant, who is always ready to help. However, the catch of this case is that the deeper you search, the thicker the fog becomes. (Source:thaidramatic_update; Edited by Soju at MyDramaList) (Source: MyDramaList)

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