[SERIES REVIEW C-DRAMA 2018] 《琅琊榜》Colourful Bone

Hello everyone~ I know it’s been a super long time and I really shouldn’t be making any excuses. In light of my college graduation coming around the corner, I am no unemployed and no longer in schooling so time is aplenty. I’ll be getting back to translating soon, but in the meantime, I have a series review/recap/impressions for you all.

Note: A large chunk of this will look familiar if you follow AVirtualVoyage. As I’ve mentioned before, I work with the wonderful team there on their blog sometimes and this is one that I created for them and transplanted here.

This post will also include complete episode recaps when I get around to it, but for now, only the first two pages have content so enjoy~

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Just a warning, it will be pretty long and multi-page.

Colourful Bone is a series that I fell in love with in January. It didn’t receive as much attention as I feel it should have when considering the acting, the filming and the storyline itself. All of the cast are relatively unknown names to me, and I feel that is one contributing factor to the low hype. With so many idol dramas released at the same time, this one seemed to get swept under the rug.

A web novel to drama adaptation with a, for once, welcome, twist ending. Those who have read the original know that the story does not have a happy ending for any of our characters. Although one guy gets the girl, it isn’t in the way he would have wanted.

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Thankfully, the drama veers completely away from this and although the happy ending is short-lived. It’s a happy ending nonetheless.

Unlike typical dramas where the story only revolves around one lead and the other serves as a love interest/emotional support, Colourful Bone manages to intricately weave the stories of the two mains together into a novella that keeps the audience glued to the screen. I have yet to come across anyone who hasn’t loved the series upon watching it.

The official synopsis reads:

Changing one’s face is full of uncertainties. It is difficult to determine whether such a technique is good or bad and whether it will bring good fortune or ill-will to those that use it.

The Kingdom of Chu has always been under the rule of those bearing the last name Chu, but the imperial family falls to ruin as Feng Ru Ge takes control. In the last fifteen years, the Crown Prince has been biding his time to take back what was lost.

Feng Ru Ge’s adopted daughter, Jing Shu has mastered the skill of painting skin from a very young age. She used a face in exchange for a life from the hands of Zhao Ru Shi. Who would have thought that the person Jing Shu has gained is Lue Ying, a formidable death warrior that is known throughout Jianghu. His only reason for living is to kill the Crown Prince who is to be Jing Shu’s future husband, thus beginning a heart-wrenching story of love and hate.

MyDramaList, Adapted from the novel Beautiful Bones
by writer Meng Yan Dian Xia (梦魇殿下)

My Ratings:
Acting: ★★★☆☆
Characters: ★★★☆☆
Plot: ★★☆☆☆
Production: ★★☆☆☆
Overall: ★★★☆☆

Let’s begin with character introductions.

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