Can a magical letter in a bottle help someone face the most difficult issues in their lives? Emily (Aviis Zhong) is an assistant in a law firm that specializes in divorce cases. Although she has the help of her best friend photographer, Dou Ru, (Sam Lin) life hasn't been easy. Her boyfriend treats her more like a servant than a lover, she hasn't talked to her father in years, and she is bullied at work. One day she finds a letter in a bottle with a list of things that Emily has been avoiding. 1. Say Goodbye 2. Reunion 3. Go Home 4. Be Yourself 5. Reverse After her discovery, bizarre events keep occurring around her which leads her to believe that the bottle is actually cursed. Could it be that only way to break the curse is to follow the list of things Emily has been avoiding the most? (Source: Viki) Edit Translation
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When it came to the plot everything felt like it moved very quickly, but also extremely slow.. I was on episode 7 thinking it was at least episode 21 but in the same breath, thinking the story needed to move faster. There were very good themes and a strong cast. The overarching theme of being yourself was well done. Although the synopsis hints at the possibility of some supernatural events occurring and frankly so does the first few episodes, that is not the case whatsoever. It truly is just a slice of life comedy with its few eccentric moments.. I will admit that I did end up feeling a bit cheated because of this.
So while this show was very enjoyable in it’s earlier times, my biggest gripe came down to how they chose to do this friends to lovers thing.. MILD SPOILERS... Emily and Doufuru love each other. Sure they both have liked each other for more than ten years and may have paused liking each other while they were dating other people but at the very root of it all, they loved each other. Emily always called him her best friend and he did the same. They were always jealous of the other's romantic interests. It was frustrating watching these two idiots deal with their emotions. I think the biggest flaw was that the screenwriter gave us the moments of them being a couple that when it came down to the reason why they couldn’t be together, it felt like the cheapest of cop outs and made up tension. I hate the "break your heart to save them" trope.
In the end I just wanted this show to be over. Would I recommend it? Maybe the first 12 episodes.. after that it is a skip.
Aviis Zhong's strong performance gave life to Xiao Ai. I can empathize with her reluctance, her disappointment, her regret. I can also laugh with her at her goofs, be proud of her accomplishments, and share the joy of her reunions. The transition from doormat Xiao Ai to confident Xiao Ai was one that worth rewatching anytime.