Foreign Language: Chinese
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Show on Viki: http://bit.ly/2qYQ7K0
Singer-actress Zheng Shuang and Weibo Power Star winner Yang Yang star in a romantic comedy that is sure to log in to the heart leaderboards and score a 1UP for love. Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang), the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?
Also known as “Wei Wei’s Beautiful Smile” and “Just One Smile is Very Alluring,” Love O2O is based on the novel Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng by Gu Man. The drama is directed by Lin Yu Fen, and is the second adaptation of the aforementioned story, following a feature film starring Angela “Angelababy” Yeung (Running Man International Movie).
English Translation of the book: http://bit.ly/2dhfdeG
I’m not one to review TV shows as I don’t watch many. However, my baby sister told me about a Chinese show that piqued my interest. How she told me about the show was that it was college students who played a video game, and about half the show was in the video game and half in their real-life world. Being a retired gamer with games such as Sims Online (beta), Star Wars Galaxies, Final Fantasy XI, and World of Warcraft on my resume, I was interested.
My overall opinion of this book/show is it is really about relationships. Xiao Nai has always known what he wants and lets nothing get in the way. Bei Wei Wei puts others before her and is a truly beautiful person. The show revolves around these two individuals as they meet and navigate how to take a relationship from the game into real life. The characters are ones you can relate to even if you’re not into online gaming, and you can really believe that the relationships formed are real.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series, and it will be one I will watch again.
The English subtitles by Viki are much better than those offered by DramaFeaver previously. There are some times the wording isn’t the best, but the idea being conveyed is understood. Below are some of the images they used in the Online world of Love O2O. If it piques your interest, click the link at the top and watch an episode or two.
There are 30 Episodes in the series, so I will summarize and review them one by one in later posts. Please note as I post the summary review, I have already watched the series several times and read the novel twice.
Additional Point of Interest (Learn something new)
The intriguing thing is this show was done at the beginning of the O2O revolution in China. O2O is an acronym for Online to Offline Commerce.
Definition: online-to-offline (O2O) commerce is a business strategy designed to bring online customers to brick and mortar locations as well as create a seamless digital experience before, during, and after. In China, O2O is one of the most dynamic – and, for consumers, satisfying — areas of commercial innovation. Offline and online blend into holistic, rewarding experiences.
Investopedia has a great article on O2O commerce that will help you understand the phenomena and what it is.