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Q is an ambitious high school student who keeps falling short of his goals. Q meets golden child X at an audition X attempts to derail. X is a Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) delegate and school representative alongside net idol Mook. On the day they meet, X challenges Q to get Mook to invite him to a net idol awards ceremony taking place in three weeks. The loser will have to fulfil the wish of the winner. X is keeping his motives close to his chest and Q is driven by his desire to succeed. (Source: MyDramaList) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Português (Brasil)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • Country: Thailand
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: Aug 7, 2022 - Aug 28, 2022
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Duration: 38 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 4,133 users)
  • Ranked: #5737
  • Popularity: #1779
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
jpny01
37 people found this review helpful
Aug 28, 2022
4 of 4 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 9.0

An unexpected gem.

I expected to like this because I had love at first sight for Tee Khunakorn and sat through Cupid Coach for him. But I didn't think I'd like this because it's really good, which it is.

This isn't a particularly original story - high school students with their blue shirts and all the rest - but there are some unusual aspects and some interesting variations on the usual bag of tricks. It's very G-rated, and cute from beginning to end without ever being cloying.

One refreshing aspect is that both boys are unambiguously gay, and identify as such. Another is that homophobia is not magically absent. It's magically a lot weaker than in real life, but it's presented with more complexity than usual - Q's mother is afraid her son is gay, and at first is resistant, which made the audience hate her, but her motivations are realistic - she's afraid his life will be harder and that people won't accept him, like she saw happen with her heavily-muscled gay brother who I want to climb. Likewise, Q's two best friends are shocked when they find out, which is also normal and realistic, but everyone in the end accepts him without reservation for who he is.

There are no horrible people in this - both female characters are unrelentingly positive and supportive, with one not even having a problem with her prom date bailing to go help their friends. Everyone is capable of distinguishing between what's important and what's not.

All the dialog is excellent and well-thought out, and the humor is actually quite funny.

But most important, the central theme is about communication, and how when there is a misunderstanding, you have to talk it through, not jump to conclusions. The writing skillfully brings all the misunderstandings together in an intrrelated way that reinforce each other without being repetitive, tiresome or (overly) preachy (it's a little preachy).

The twist on the "food on your face" trope is so well-executed and cute that I nearly squealed, and tropes usually make me roll my eyes so hard that I can see behind me.

And best of all, no seme & uke. Both of them are just guys who like each other. They can be individuals instead of being boxed in by articial roles. I think that's part of the success of the couple.

The cast is absolutely stellar. All the actors are charming and have wonderful chemistry with each other, down to Q's friends with his mother and uncle. Tee was good in Cupid Coach, but he's much improved here, with a greater range and more sincere delivery. Bever as X is charming and adorable, and he and Tee have a lot of potential as a couple - I really hope we see them together again. If you've seen Cupid Coach, you know Tee has no problem showing skin or engaging in intimacy.

The actors are all so charming that I even invested in the straight storylines - Toy and Mook are so cute, and the resolution of the awkward Frank & Mild storyline is well-handled and reinforces the don't-jump-to-conclusions theme with a contrasting situation. (It's also subtly suggested that Mild is a lesbian, which is kind of nice but not stepped on or exploited, and makes you think the misunderstanding is one thing when it's another).

It's clear that a lot of love went into this project - I think you'll feel it too and you'll love it right back. But go into it understanding it's 4 episodes. A lot of people had a problem with the length, but sometimes less is more. The pacing is efficient and unrushed, and although there is the get-together-in-the-last-10-seconds thing, the boys have essentially been boyfriends and interacted as such for some time, so it doesn't feel like the letdown that such an ending usually is. I highly recommend this.

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Completed
BL Compilations
14 people found this review helpful
Aug 8, 2022
4 of 4 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5

Short and Sweet BL Series

Overall: though I disliked both of their "plans", this was pretty well done for a high school setting BL. Watched on YouTube.

Content Warning: stalking, punches, manipulation, sexism, homophobia

What I Liked
- funny and cute moments
- great to see how Uncle Man was an actual character and not a stereotype
- supportive family and friend group
- good production value
- the self promotion with the location of the audition

Room For Improvement
- what stupid "plans"
- the interaction with Uncle Man and X was a bit odd in episode 3
- bored by the two side plots, with the short run time I think they should have had only 1 side plot
- ending was a bit abrupt and I wish we would have seen and not just heard the final line

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Details

  • Drama: 21 Days Theory
  • Country: Thailand
  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: Aug 7, 2022 - Aug 28, 2022
  • Aired On: Sunday
  • Duration: 38 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 4,133 users)
  • Ranked: #5737
  • Popularity: #1779
  • Watchers: 8,884

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