Another online gaming drama from China, this time it is Love is Always Online (2021) whichstars 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)
More drama remakes on the way from Japan, this time it’s Cinderella is Online (2021), a remake of Chinese drama megahitLove O2O (2016). This Japanese dorama stars Seto Toshiki (Marry Me!2020) and Nakamura Riho (Shanai Marriage Honey) as college students who fall in love thanks in part to a video game they both play. The dorama starts airing January 12, 2021 on Fuji tv. Definitely expect this to be English subbed.
Synopsis: Arisawa Ichika, a second year college student who attends a prestigious university is indifferent to romance and crazy about online game ‘Tenkyo’. Her avatar Vivi gets into a virtual relationship with top player Leon. After they meet in person, she finds out he is her senior and the campus prince, Onoda Asahi who is popular, athletic and owns a gaming company. The two are attracted to each other and started dating. However a co-worker and the campus belle enters the picture. Arisawa also gets attacked by slander from those who are jealous of her. source: 38jiejie, fujitv
I like the fact thatCinderella is Online (2021) is only 10 episodes long, as the originalLove O2O (2016) was 30 episodes long, 45 min each. It wasn’t that draggy, but I definitely felt the story could use some trimming. Outside of that and the lame kisses, I enjoyed the cute love story at the heart of Love O2O (2016) and I’m looking forward to watching this dorama. Only one episode a week, so it might be wise to wait until it’s subbed.