Novoland: The Castle in the Sky

Novoland: The Castle in the Sky (2016)

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In the ancient time, the human honored the winged clan as gods for their ability to fly and to build a castle in the sky. The day when the castle was to be lifted off the ground an explosion destroyed it. A human girl was suspected to have the done it. However, a man from the winged clan didn't believe it and saved her life. As it turned out, it was a read morefaction of the winged clan trying to start a war with the humans in order to expand their control.

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Aug 25, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
Story: Long long ago, there lived two clans of humans - those who can fly and those who can't. The winged clan was considered more superior to the earth humans due to their flying ability and possession of flight technology. For centuries, earth humans and the winged humans battled for supremacy. After centuries of animosity, a fragile peace existed between these two clans in order to end all the deaths and losses read more both sides suffered during the wars. What is the reason for the winged clan's ability to fly? It is the existence of a goddess who is reincarnated every 100 years. This goddess possesses the power to grant wings to the winged clan and the aura emitted from her powers all the flight technology. Envious of the winged clan's ability to fly, the queen of the earth humans started to plot for the re-incarnation of the goddess. The queen wished to have the reincarnated goddess under her control and to provide the power to fuel her grand plan for a sky kingdom in preparation for a war against the winged clan. As predicted, a baby girl was born and she was the reincarnation of the goddess. However, the queen missed her opportunity to kidnap the baby girl and the child grew up peacefully in anonymity, not knowing that she's the goddess reincarnate. To the humans and the winged clan, the goddess was born to grant the winged clan the ability to fly, but in reality the goddess is born every 100 years to reunite with her lover and even in this reincarnation, she was fated to meet and separate from him. What is the fate of this pair of star-crossed lovers? Can they consummate their relationship in this reincarnation after so many centuries of missed opportunities and what of the impending war between the two clans?

This is an original fantasy, wuxia drama featuring many new faces in the entertainment world. The CGI is wonderfully done. In fact, I will go so far as to say that the CGI in this drama exceeds those of Ice Fantasy. It is not overly done and the scenes moved fluidly without any odd pauses when CGI was used; lending it a more believable air for a fantasy drama. The story is wonderful and it keeps you wanting more at the end of every episode. My congratulations to the author!

Acting/Cast: The hero in the acting cast is Zhang Ruo Yun who acted as the male lead, Feng Tian Yi. He's relatively new to the entertainment world but those of you who had watched Wuxin: The monster killer, Legend of Green Hill Fox and Fifteen Years to Wait for Migratory Birds would have noticed him. In Novoland, his acting is considered the best amongst the leading cast. His leading lady, Guan Xiao Tong (as Yi Fu Ling) may have acted in more dramas than him, but her acting left much to be desired. She's not very good in expressing herself and often have a rather stiff face; giving her acting an air of immaturity. The second male lead, Liu Chang as Bai Ting Jun was equally bad with expressions and together, they form what I called "The Frozen Faced Couple" in this drama. Ju Jing Yi from SNH48 surprisingly acted well in her role as the jealous rival of the female lead. Despite her first time acting in a notable role in a drama, her acting surpassed that of the female lead. Chen Ruo Xuan as the bumbling genius inventor Yu Huan Zheng is another good actor, providing the much needed supporting role and the unexpected heroism for the drama. The mature actor who acted as the Regent uncle to Feng Tian Yi is also another actor deserving kudos for his acting.

Music: Good enough but I'll go out in a limb here by saying that I am not a fan of TFBoys and their songs.

Rewatch value: I find myself absolutely sucked in by Zhang Ruo Yun's strong, obsessive, brilliant and assertive character in this drama. His love for Yi Fu LIng/goddess is so all encompassing. The way he looked at her, the way his lips briefly lifted at the sides as he considered her, the way he 'tortured' her, the way he literally inhaled her and wish to possess her.....Zhang Ruo Yun had created a very sensual and possessive chemistry based on his acting alone! Thanks to his acting, it made the sub-par acting of the female lead more tolerable. I would re-watch all the parts in this drama where he interacted with the female lead.

Overall: In summary, this drama would have scored a higher rating if the role of the female lead and second male lead were given to more experienced actress and actor who can actually act. However, the unique story keeps you wanting for more and managed to grab the audience's attention until the end. A good production that deserves more recognition than the other bigger budgeted fantasy-themed drama featuring big names such as Ice Fantasy, Legend of Chusen and Demon Girl that were airing at the same time this drama was aired. If you are hesitating which one to go for, I recommend that you give Novoland a go!
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Aug 30, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I was hesitating whether to write a review or not these past few days because of my feelings towards the ending, I decided to.

Where do I begin with this drama? this drama had me hooked since episode one, I fell in love instantly with the aesthetic of the whole world and costumes and not to mention Feng Tian Yi, he is one beautiful hypnotizing man, I wasn't expecting much starting it read more but then before I knew it I was going insane waiting for the next episodes to the point I watched a lot of them raw, I even made Youtube videos and gifs of them and I do not make those things so it's pretty apparent I fell in love with this drama. (NOT A SPOILER BUT MIGHT GIVE AWAY A HINT TO THE ENDING SO SKIP TILL I SAY END) Honestly the only issue I have with it is the end, not spoiling anything per say I just personally think that although the tone of the ending was expected, just the way it was done was unjustified in my opinion, it made me real sad tbh, i suppose it made it bittersweet.....well more bitter than sweet for me lol but for many I'd say bittersweet. (END)

Feng Tian Yi was definitely my favourite character and a reason to watch this, he has a fiery temper and attitude but a kind heart underneath who is willing to put everything at stake to protect who he loves, Zhang Ruo Yun's acting was the best in the drama, I was impressed and so drawn by his graceful yet fiery way of portraying Tian Yi. I could feel all of Tian Yi's emotions just from the look in his eyes. As for Fu Ling, I really liked her too as for her acting, I think it could have been better but it's fine.

Music was really nice too, though the end theme forever has me going wth because it's kind of random lol but oh well it's catchy.

In short the story is basically about fated lovers and what they have to overcome in all of their lives, will history repeat itself? or will something worse happen? or something better? watch to find out ;)

I give this drama 10 because I truly loved it even if I am upset about certain things that i won't mention in case of spoiling, but I was hooked for the past month on this, this is my favourite drama of 2016 and I don't see a drama topping it this year. If you love romance and fantasy and action this is for you, beware there is a lot of sadness in this drama too throughout, but the OTP will have you smiling, honestly the drama is so visually stunning you would watch for that alone! The CGI also had me surprised considering how cringe worthy many drama CGI is but I think it was all good.

I'm going to miss this drama and Tian Yi and Fu Ling, I wish for a second season, if only :)
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Both dramas have a similar type of genre with cute and passionate romance alongside with actors portraying a similar role. The male lead here is a prince, meanwhile in Novoland the male lead is a Emperor. Their personalities are very similar as well. Although Novoland has a bit more of a high fantasy plot, both are definitely light and easy to watch dramas!
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They are both Fantasy Historical Chinese drama so similar universe. They have several races who are enemy : the winged clan and human for Novoland and Demon against the human ally to the beast for Fighter. There is training and improve capacity. They are prince in the mains character. The human queen is not tender with her son. The main lead is involve with fate/destiny witch put their life in danger. There is romance and handsome actors ;)
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    forever_shawol 6 days ago

    Man this gets so good I thought it took a while for me to get into it at first I started it at 10pm and stayed up til 4am last night now I'm halfway finished lol

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    kitta_boo614 8 days ago - edited

    Why can't I find this anywhere to watch?! *ugly cry* Someone plz take pity on me and send me a link

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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017

    The story has a lot of unused potential... it's a pity

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    Bodea Jun 18, 2017

    Ok, so skip 28. Noted. Already hoping the bad guy gets everything he wants including me but I'm not in this and it's not real.

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    Gardenia May 27, 2017 - edited

    I want to watch this but I hate tragedy, will someone important (such as the main leads) die in this drama?

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    AmieLin May 11, 2017

    everyone be like, "skip ep 28" HAHAHA!

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    namopanik Apr 27, 2017

    team ep 28

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    OKasiandrama Apr 27, 2017 - edited

    MY HEART HAS BEEN CLEANSED!! Everyone who has yet to finish this! Heed my words!!

    You do not need to watch episode 28. The alternate ending is episode 29 and don't worry, you wont have missed anything. it just has the REAL ending! Everyone, skip ep 28 and just watch 29!!!

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      DuchessRhea Jun 15, 2017

      Except the ep. 29 that I watched was literally the exact same as 28. There was no alternate ending. Did I just watch it on the wrong site?

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    silvermcv Apr 23, 2017 - edited

    skip ep. 28 and just watch ep. 29, the true ending

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    Meli Apr 16, 2017

    drop it ..... TT

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    meem Apr 5, 2017 - edited

    I finished watching it and really loved it can anyone recommend any drama similar to this one?

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      meem Apr 19, 2017

      thank you ill start watching holy pearl it looks interesting and its based on inuyasha.

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      OKasiandrama Apr 27, 2017

      I adored the Holy Pearl. It's based off the anime InuYasha. I seriously love the RinxSess couple~ <3 I would also recommend Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms to anyone who hasn't seen it!! Friggin amazing!!

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      meem Apr 27, 2017
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    FrizzyMee Mar 15, 2017 - edited

    Smh.... I had studying to do, but I watched this whole series in a day! haha... It will be missed!

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    meem Mar 7, 2017 - edited

    I'm gonna start watching this but I hate sad ending can someone tell me whether its sad or happy ?

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      pandeaa Mar 8, 2017 - edited

      Originally it's a sad ending (episode 28), but the director gave an alternative happy ending (episode 29). If you want to avoid the sad ending then just skip episode 28.

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      meem Mar 9, 2017

      ohh great :) thank you

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    Alessandra Mar 6, 2017 - edited

    My first chinese fantasy drama. Was afraid to begin it for, maybe, no particular reason... and now I'm loving this!!!! fantastic... Tian Yi my fav character

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      OKasiandrama Apr 27, 2017

      WATCH Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms!! TRUST ME AND JUST WATCH IT!! <3

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    namopanik Mar 5, 2017 - edited

    I honestly don't know how to rate this thing. It can be so lame at some parts (those wannabe Tomb Rider traps and dangeons, exploding sci-fi robotic-demon-golem thingie, circle lenses giving everyone blooded eyes,...) and utterly cool at others (white haired witch1). Bonus points for 2nd lead turning evil. Female lead had little to no agency, like a trophy to be fought over. An important plotline is just cut in the middle without serious repercussions. And then it got really overly dramatic.
    And yet I finished it in one go. That childish love triangles with possesiveness and angst turned on 100% are embarassingly engaging.


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    Jul 20, 2016 to Aug 24, 2016
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    35 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 502 users)
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