[SERIES REVIEW C-DRAMA 2018] 《最强男神》The Strongest Men of God

Originally a novel of the same name by 蝶之灵 (Die Zhi Ling) in the boy-love / e-sport / gaming genres, in complying with Chinese regulations, the drama version completely removes the boy-love aspect. It could even be considered to be pushing the hetero-romance of the female, Jiang Xue.

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

As with most web dramas, this one stars some brand new faces:

Zhang Sifan as Liu Chuan
Zhang Xincheng as Wu Zewen
Cui Baoyue as Jiang Xue

At 36 episodes, this is a bit longer than your average web drama broadcast by Youku and yet I found myself drawn to it week after week. It’s definitely not one to watch if you aren’t into e-sports or gaming as the drama focuses heavily on the professional players and their management.

As with all dramas, the series is built on the male lead’s quest for revenge (the reason of which is slowly revealed throughout the story as a series of flashbacks).

The original source novel writes as being boy love, however, as with all Chinese dramas in recent years, it has been adapted to pass SARFT by being turned into a bromance.

The lead’s sister is your stereotypical led astray girl who falls in love with her brother’s evil best friend. Even at the end, she never realises just how bad the guy really is because her brother has sheltered her from all his friend’s wrongdoings.

I feel like they may have written up the manager as a potential love interest or tried to play her character that way on the off chance that another season should follow sometime in the future. Should that happen, I’m sure fans of the novel will be up in arms since the main lead and his beau in the novel are super duper cute together.

It’s a cute series that doesn’t take too much effort to watch and I found myself watching it more for the lead’s weird (non-existent) facial reactions than anything else.

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

 

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