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November 28, 2021

【Manju 漫劇】Drunk in Love 一醉經年 (The 188 Series)

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Just came across this manhua drama of Drunk in Love, or also translated as Years of Intoxication 一醉經年 (one of the 188 series), hmmm, very surprised indeed! I knew the novel has been serialised into manhua since the beginning of this year, but it looks like they have turned it into something called manju now… Manju is a new term meaning a combination of manhua + video + drama, so it is still slightly different to dongman or donghua.

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November 14, 2021

WBL Boys’ Vacation 微波爐男孩的假期 (Taiwanese Reality TV OST)

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WBL Boys’ Vacation is an 8-episode reality TV show featuring the 6 actors from the two seasons of the WBL TV series from earlier this year. It premiered on November 12, 2021 and will continue airing new episode every Friday night. Very interesting with the play on words with the WBL name in Chinese 微波爐 which means microwave oven, so in Chinese the title translated as Microwave Oven Boys’ Vacation, LOL… Well, it is because the pinyin of 微波爐 is wei bo lu which abbreviated as wbl, very clever, LOL… It also has the connotation that they are the generation who only know how to use microwave oven and don’t know how to cook, and now they have to go camping without any microwave oven! Anyway the audio theme song has just been released and it is performed by the 6 actors. The official MV of the song will premiere on November 19, 2021.

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November 13, 2021

My Beautiful Man 美しい彼 (Japanese Series OST)

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My Beautiful Man 美しい彼 (Utsukushii Kare 美麗的他) is a new 10-episode Japanese BL series that will premiere on November 18, 2021. The series is adapted from the BL novel series of the same name by Nagira Yuu 凪良ゆう. Three volumes of the novel series have been published so far, and the first volume published in 2014 won first place in the Best Novel category at the 6th Chill-Chill BL Awards in 2015.

The preview of the opening and closing credits songs have been released, about 30 seconds each. I’ll add the official MVs here if and when they are available…

Caramel カラメル (opening song) – Mosawo もさを。

Follow (closing song) – Rosu ロス

Update November 21, 2021: Opening song, Caramel カラメル, 30 seconds preview… MV will premiere tomorrow, November 22, 2021!

MV for the closing song, Follow, will also premiere on November 22, 2021…

November 12, 2021

Dakaichi: Spain Arc 抱かれたい男1位に脅されています。~スペイン編~ (Japanese Anime Movie OST)

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November 3, 2021

Breaking Through the Clouds (Audio Drama OST) 廣播劇《破雲》主題曲

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Currently reading this BL webnovel, Poyun 破雲 written by Huai Shang 淮上, first uploaded online starting in December 2017 and the main story completed in July 2018, then 6 more extra epilogue chapters completed in September 2018. The novel has been translated into English as Breaking Through the Clouds. It is a crime investigation story involving illegal drugs and murders. I’m about 30-something chapters in at the moment and it is a very plot driven story. If you like Modu 默讀 by Priest, you are going to love this too. Whereas Modu is quite heavy reading, Poyun has quite a lot of humour, especially between the two protagonists, to break the heaviness of the main plot.

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October 30, 2021

Bad Buddy แค่เพื่อนครับเพื่อน (Thai Series OST)

To be honest, I’ve been a bit bored with the recent numbers of Thai BL series, I basically watched the first couple of episodes and then dropped them quick smart! However seeing that this series is from GMMTV, I’ve a bit more confident it will at the very least be watchable… It has been a while since GMMTV has a BL series on, if I remember correctly, the last series was Fish Upon the Sky in April?

Bad Buddy แค่เพื่อนครับเพื่อน premiered last night, October 29, 2021, and it will have a total of 12 episodes. I’m hoping this series will be quite good, fingers crossed, because one of the leads, Ohm Pawat, was in the excellent He’s Coming to Me from 2019 which would be one of my top 5 Thai BL series! I’m not familiar with the other lead, Nanon Korapat, but he’s singing the theme song for this new series.

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October 23, 2021

Loveless Society เพราะรัก…ต้องออกแบบ (Thai Series OST)

Loveless Society เพราะรัก…ต้องออกแบบ is a new Thai BL series that will premiere on November 11, 2021. It is based on the novel, Loveless Society เพราะรัก….ออกแบบไม่ได้, written by มิรันดา. The trailer looks quite good, so I hope it is actually a good series, and the plot is not slow as a turtle like a certain Thai series currently on air, fingers crossed…

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October 22, 2021

Panguan (Audio Drama Songs) 廣播劇《判官》主題曲

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Panguan 判官, or can be translated into English as The Magistrate of the Underworld, is a very new BL novel by Mu Su Li 木蘇里 which was first published online starting from April 27, 2020, and concluded at December 28, 2020.

It is another tug-at-your-heartstrings novel but with transmigration theme at its core, so I have a feeling it is going to be a hundred-and-thousand-year-old love story, LOL… I’ve just started reading the novel a couple of days ago and the early chapters with the grandpa arc was already very emotional which I did not expect… Because it is about re-incarnation, the first few chapters can be a bit of a fog to read, but they will become clear very quickly.

There is now an audio drama podcast of the novel starting with the first season currently and two songs have been released. As with my habit now, I’m reading the novel while listening to the songs…

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October 20, 2021

What Did You Eat Yesterday? きのう何食べた? (2021 Japanese Movie OST) 電影《昨日的美食》主題曲

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This is the 2021 film adaptation of the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fumi Yoshinaga, and it is also the sequel to the 2019 TV series of the same name with the same cast. There was also a New Year Special episode in 2020. The film will premiere in Japan on November 3, 2021.

In recent weeks, food-theme BL TV series seems to be the hot trend with several series being aired or about to be aired. However so far, the two series currently on air have been atrocious to be honest. I struggled through about 3 episodes of the Thai series, Bite Me, and decided not to continue with it! Even worst for the Korean series, The Tasty Florida, I didn’t even make it through the first episode, I dropped it like a hot potato as soon as they did the ML falling into the arm of the MC scene, an over-used cliché plotline that was so often seen in BG series which immediately told me not to waste my time with this series, LOL. Another Korean BL series related to food will start on October 21, 2021, called My Sweet Dear, gosh I really hope this one will at least be watchable!

However if you want good food-theme BL TV series, do yourself a favour and go watch What Did You Eat Yesterday? the original 2019 TV series, and also the special episode from 2020.

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October 18, 2021

The Immeasurable (Taiwanese Short Film OST) 網路短片《聽不見的距離》主題曲

The Immeasurable 聽不見的距離 is another Taiwanese BL short film that will premiere on October 22, 2021. It is also the sixth of the 10-film GagaOOLala LGBTQ series, Queer Up The Volume. Even though this series from GagaOOLala are labelled as BL, but after watching the earlier series or films, my conclusion is that they are more LGBTQ stories than BL stories since they tended to be more realistic plots reflecting the real world than the original “aesthetic” (the 美 in 耽美) definition of BL.

The theme song, Still Come Back 還是回到這, was an original song co-written by Eric and Kimberley (also guest vocal) for the finale performance on season 1 of the singing competition, KKNOW《TURNTABLE 輪到你了》, earlier this year where Eric was a contestant. Eric ended up as the second runner-up in the competition, and the song was immediately picked up to be used as the theme song for The Immeasurable, as early as April this year even before the short film began shooting in May.

Still Come Back 還是回到這 – Eric 謝祥寅 & Kimberley 陳芳語

Update October 27, 2021: Official MV of the theme song has been released…

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