Sotus: The Series

Sotus: The Series (2016)

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There's a university system called SOTUS (an acronym which stands for Seniority, Order, Tradition, Unity and Spirit - a tradition in which upper classmen sometimes exploit and even abuse freshmen and others seeking acceptance). Junior level students are required to mentor those freshmen and be respected in return. Enter a rather assertive and vocal freshy at the Engineering faculty named Kongpob who gets to be under the mentorship of Artit, a strict read moreJunior who happens to be the boss of his year. ~ Based on a BL novel by BitterSweet (Nabu Publishing)

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    พี่ว้ากตัวร้ายกับนายปีหนึ่ง

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Muzik_Lover
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Jan 8, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
I've known about Sotus the Seris being in production from well over a year ago. Even before Make It Right the Series came out. It's just that I lost hope/interest (if that's the right words) in it because it was taking so long for the series to come out, but when it eventually did I put it on hold for the first 3 months of it's airing because I was too into read more other dramas to watch Sotus. When I finally got around to watching Sotus; I was not the least bit disappointed.

The series is great with a really well written story be Bittersweet with it's "typical" kind of plot line, but interesting setups. What makes the series stand out is that the two actors portraying Kongpope and Arthit are really immerse into their roles that it makes the acting seem natural and flowing. If you were to compare with Lovesick and MIR (although I don't like to compare them), the acting seems more natural, but maybe that's because of the age difference between the leads of Sotus to the leads of Lovesick and MIR.

For being relatively new actors, Krist and Singto were very talented and as I stated above; acted very natural. All the other actors were great too.

I didn't really get pulled in by any of the music in the series, but overall the selection of songs in the series were not bad. They just didn't appeal that great to me.

There were some awkward scenes where things just "stood still" for a minute or 2 and you didn't really know what was happening, but other than that the series was great!

Definitely a must watch/re-watch! And I hope for a season 2 like the rest of the Sotus fans!
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Silver_Sylphy
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Dec 26, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
At first I was not expecting to enjoy this from the couples perspective, but more from the university/ hazing angle. I mean another BL (when I did realise it was BL). Nothing wrong with a good BL story, but it's getting kinda long in the tooth.

That being said, I did not read any spoilers before (hence not knowing it was BL). The upbeat music score (Soh Sut Soh Say performed by read more Keng Thachaya) was just so powerful it had to be attached to something, at lease, exciting. Boy was I in for a surprise!

The actual hazing was a bit far fetched for reality, but added to the premise and story quite well. The SOTUS acronym was really fully thought out. (Could someone Thai say if it is real?) Not starting as the typical love story was, again, another plus. Trying to cipher out where it was going was like being a detective. Would it be more about the hazing and the relationships formed because of a fear of the seniors? Would it force the juniors into relationships? The development of the characters was not predictable at all.

The magnificent performance of N' Krist (Sangpotirat Perawat) and the facial expressions of N' Sinto (Ruangroj Prachaya) really added to tension and emotion. Not in any way putting down the pool of amazing Thai actors, and having watched quite a few Thai Dramas, I don't think anyone else was more worthy to play those parts. These two played well of each other and even the rest of the cast, bringing a feeling of realness to the episodes.

The ending. Wow. It is just the perfect circles of circles. Karma, faith and such. Everything just falling together for a reason!

The only one critique I could find was the secondary characters could get a little more development. They do take a backseat to the main. By backseat I mean all the way in the back of an articulated bus! A little more time about them would have been just perfect! This, in no way, takes away from the realness or storytelling. It's just a very, very tiny gripe.

All in all a worthy story, impeccable acting and amazing music score. Well worth the watch! Has to be the best for it's year and possibly one of the best Thai Dramas of all times! Hormones set a bar, but SOTUS has raised it!
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    siskayuri 5 days ago

    the best ^^

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    Elfinia 6 days ago

    So cute

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    Pinoy_Oppa 6 days ago

    In one or another TEW and Aim were stealing some scenes.

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    meme 11 days ago - edited

    i want another boys love series like sotus :(
    isn't there anything new?

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      Rebcca 5 days ago - edited

      You can watch Make It Right: The Series, Lovesick The Series or Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey(Bright have a BL role

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      meme 2 days ago

      watched them all thank you hun :)

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    Pinoy_Oppa 14 days ago

    I just finished watching this series and all I can say was that it exceeded my expectations. It was a pre-produced drama and it was well crafted, the development of the characters are being done beautifully. The pacing of the story was well crafted and the acting was as natural as it can get.

    I wish I can read the English version of the novel by Bittersweet. This show just brought everything into one, there's a bit of comedy, bit of drama, bit of annoyance and much on romance.

    Themes like friendship, respect, acceptance, rejection, romance are being tackled here. I loved how the title of the series did actually focuses on the story. At first, I have worries that it will get boring and the theme will become darker because I thought that the story will be about bullying, abuse of power and violence but I was so wrong...I loved how the character of Krist as Arthit took its turn from being mean to the sweetest guy towards Kong. Though he was confused as hell at first that had him worried about everything else in the world he was able to sort out his feelings and the way he acted to Kong was just the sweetest, i really love the tender moments between them and I couldn't get enough of it, I want more haha. Singto as Kong was also great in his character, he was this sweet guy all throughout the series but was vulnerable about his feelings towards Arthit. He knew for sure that he like Arthit and that his admiration developed into a stronger feeling but I just loved how positive his character is, despite of fear of rejection he was still positive that things will work out fine. These two main protagonist of the series are just so adorable, they're just so perfect together. In reality, Singto is a year older than Krist but him playing as a younger character was perfect and Krist on the other hand was convincing as a senior. Damn, you must agree I believed that you have your full admiration to Arthit especially with how his character evolve.

    The supporting cast was great as well, they brought balance to everything in the series. And the people that surrounded Kong was as adorable as him, Em, Tew, Wad and Oak. They reminded me of myself when I was still a student having a squad like that made my student life memorable enough with the experiences I had from good ones to bad. The girls were so pretty as well. People around Arthit reminded me of my ROTC in college where that kind of squad was well respected at the same time, most juniors were scared of them.

    I love this series that I didn't want it to end and getting extra episodes was still not enough because I need more haha. Somehow the story has to end, but one thing that made my viewing of this series more fun and enjoyable to watch was because of the side comments of the person who translated the subtitles from Thai to English. He or she injected his/her inner thoughts and side comments as subtitles as well. It had me laugh so hard.

    God, why do this series has to end?

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    Night 14 days ago

    I missed this drama soo much(LOVE SİCK TOO)I wish they make after seasons for two drama. Anyway i need to work tonight. Im the girl hwo prepare the exam..

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    Night 14 days ago

    I missed this drama soo much(LOVE SİCK TOO)I wish they make after seasons for two drama. Anyway i need to work tonight. Im the girl hwo prepare the exam..

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    forever_shawol 16 days ago

    I need both of the leads to have new dramas ASAP. I miss their pretty faces.

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    werwiewowas95 22 days ago

    OMG I loved it. I really loved it. Like really...

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    Black_Cat16 22 days ago - edited

    What's this drama about? the rating is so high, but the description sounds so uninteresting

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      Liz 21 days ago - edited

      If you like boys love you'll love this drama, if you don't stay away XD It's basically about the conflict between a junior and a senior in an university and how that conflict will slowly transform in love. For me it's a masterpiece.

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      Black_Cat16 19 days ago

      Okay... I'll give it a try, the only thai drama I've ever watched is full house

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      Pinoy_Oppa 13 days ago - edited

      you should, you will be surprise with how good this drama is. everything about the leads are just freaking adorable

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    Jason 27 days ago - edited

    It was worth watching and inspiring.. But why does it have to end like that?? Anyways, KODUS to all the people behind this successful series.. Wait, why can't our country make this kind of stuffs??

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      Silver_Sylphy 23 days ago

      Your country and mine both dude!

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      Jason 21 days ago

      Cheers! Its just partly tolerated in our country...

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    Silver_Sylphy 28 days ago

    Ep. 16 was great! To see the background was just icing on the cake!
    We need a S2! So many developing stories! Why do these dramas have only 16 episodes? So much material for more!

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    ellelement Jan 19, 2017

    Wad and Prem tho huhuhuhu

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    Michael Jan 19, 2017

    #weneedSOTUSseason2

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    CKYMLA Jan 17, 2017 - edited

    ..owwkehy, The Finale was a bit unprocessed for me. I have this feel of unsorted sensation...Yes it's a happy ending but there is something i was deprived of...is that the best bed scene for the ending? Friendly talks of reminiscence of the past?!? I mean things could had been treated with a little more retentive detail of how the relationship will be for Kongpob still in school while Arthit's already working...

    I definitely have this sensation that this will be for a remake to a movie.
    Kudos that I see "Wad" (Lohanan Teerapat of My Bromance, the Movie) on the Final Ep.. He's one of the reason I was watching in the first place. He vanished halfway thru the series but the main roles beefed it up, so i procrastinated! Hahahaha!

Details

  • Country:

    Thailand
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    15
  • Aired:

    Aug 20, 2016 to Jan 7, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Saturday
  • Network:

    GMM One
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.9 (scored by 587 users)
  • Ranked:

    #17
  • Popularity:

    #120

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