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August 28, 2021

Random Ramblings on BL Dramas (Part 6) – Best of 2020-2021

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Last year I did a post on the Douban ratings 豆瓣評分 of Thai BL dramas that had been aired up to about August of 2020. I am continuing the listing this year concentrating on the BL dramas that were broadcast from about June, 2020 to August 2021. This time I am including TV shows from other countries as well. Just a note that some of the new shows that are airing at the moment are still too new to get any ratings yet, so I have to leave those shows out of the current list. Again this is by no means an exhaustive list especially BL dramas from the Philippines and Vietname as I don’t really follow shows from these countries yet and also many of those shows are not known well enough to get any ratings at Douban, so only the shows I managed to find or know of, but it will give an indication of how popular these shows are.

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August 26, 2021

A Certain Someone (Audio Drama Songs) 廣播劇《某某》主題曲

A Certain Someone or Mou Mou 某某 is a BL novel written by Mù Sū Lǐ 木蘇里. It is a high school campus story involving 2 straight-A students, and almost step-brothers. If you like BL novels like Saye 撒野, or Bloom of Youth 輕狂 by Wū Zhé 巫哲, I think you will enjoy this novel too. There are now 2 seasons (season 1 in 2020 & season 2 in 2021) of audio drama based on this novel and below are a few songs from the audio drama…

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August 24, 2021

Bite Me ส่งร้อนเสิร์ฟรัก (Thai TV OST)

Bite Me ส่งร้อนเสิร์ฟรัก is a new 10-episode Thai BL series that will premiere on August 29, 2021. It is based on the novel Grab a Bite ส่งร้อน เสิร์ฟรัก written by Sammon, who is also the author of the novel Manner of Death which was adapted into a TV series that aired late last year.

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August 20, 2021

Sometimes When We Touch (TV OST) 電視劇《超感應學園》主題曲片尾曲

Sometimes When We Touch 超感應學園 is a new campus drama that premiered on August 7, 2021 in Taiwan. What caught my eyes with this drama is the OST, LOL… The opening main theme song is sung by the winner of the best new artist at the 31st Golden Melody Awards 第31屆金曲獎 in Taiwan last year, Chih Siou 持修. The song is actually from his debut album (in case you are wondering, yes, he’s a guy!) released in 2019, and he also sang this song after receiving the award (displaying a sense of humour if you look at the title of the song). The closing theme song is sung by 2 members of the Hong Kong’s Cantopop boy band, MIRROR – Keung To 姜濤 who also starred in this drama and Anson Lo 盧瀚霆 who recently starred in the Hong Kong BL drama, Ossan’s Love 大叔的愛.

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August 19, 2021

The Founder of Diabolism (Chinese Anime OST) 動畫《魔道祖師》主題曲片尾曲

Módào Zǔshī 魔道祖師 is a historical fantasy BL novel written by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù 墨香銅臭, first serialised online from October 31, 2015 to March 1, 2016, and completed on January 1, 2018 with 7 extra bonus chapters 番外篇. You may not have heard of this novel, but if you watched a lot of BL or BL adapted TV series, and I say to you the 2019 TV series, The Untamed 陳情令, then you already know about the novel because the TV series was adapted from this novel!

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August 16, 2021

Mr. Dior 迪奧先生 (Audio Drama Song)

Mr. Dior 迪奧先生 written by Lv Ye Qian He 綠野千鶴 is an extremely funny BL novel that I’m reading at the moment. It is set in the near future when mobile phone is obsolete and people are now implanted with a data chip in their brain that replaces the phone and can be controlled through a device they wear like a wristwatch. The only problem is that now everyone must be careful not to get their head bumped or hit as that could cause severe problem with the data chip and their brain wiring function.

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August 14, 2021

Random Ramblings on BL Novels – Top 50 Chinese BL Novels

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Jinjiang Literature City 晉江文學城 is a Chinese website for self-publishing and serialising novels online targeting female writers and readers. It was established in 2003 and is now the largest Chinese ebook site with about 80% market share of all online Chinese novels. In the last few years, many of the bromance TV series in China were adapted from the BL novels published at Jinjiang.

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August 11, 2021

Young Royals (Swedish Series OST)

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August 7, 2021

【用點心做點心】Chai Tao Kueh / Lo Bak Go 菜頭粿/蘿蔔糕

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Chai Tao Kueh 菜頭粿 (also spelled either as Chai Tau Kway, or Chye Tow Kway) is a type of steamed rice cakes from Southern China made with Chinese white radish, luo-bo 蘿蔔, or chai-tao 菜頭 in Hokkien dialet, or daikon in Japanese. In Cantonese it is called Lo Bak Go 蘿蔔糕, and their version includes preserved meat. There are also variants of the rice cake made with taro or pumpkin. Due to its Hokkien name of chai-tao 菜頭 which sounds like 彩頭 meaning rising fortune, it is a rice cake popularly served during Lunar New Year for good fortune, either as is in slices after steaming, or pan-fried after it has cooled down after steaming. It is also a very popular rice cake in Malaysia and Singapore, but usually served as a stir-fried street food in cubes with eggs and preserved Chinese white radish (chai-poh 菜脯). Below are two cooking videos from Taiwan demonstrating the Taiwanese-style and Cantonese-style making of this radish rice cake.

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August 5, 2021

Light (Taiwanese Short Film OST) 網絡短片《小光》主題曲

Light 小光 is a new LGBTQ short film from director Adiamond Lee 鑽石 who has directed other notable BL series such as Dark Blue and Moonlight 深藍與月光, HIStory: Obsessed 著魔, and Jump the Boy! 撲倒吧!男孩. It is also the fifth of the 10-film GagaOOLala LGBTQ series that will premiere on August 13, 2021. The 44-minute short film revolves around the story of an undercover cop and a male prostitute. The theme song is a duet sung by Afalian Lufic 盧學叡 and Derek Lin 林重鹹…

Afalian is from the Amis group 阿美族, an indigenous Austronesian ethnic community in Taiwan. He became prominent in 2007 after he took fourth place in the first season of the singing competition, One Million Star 超級星光大道. In 2019, he also released a LGBT song, Who Am I 我是誰. The other singer, Derek, is a Taiwanese YouTuber.

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