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On 9/26/2019 at 9:55 AM, themarchioness said:

Speaking of what Boyfriend Yibo would be like, this is my favorite DDU episode (and it's subbed!).  The first 40 minutes are Pure Gold entertainment.  And then there's a nice documentary that follows for a bit after the first part of the episode that covers Yibo's participation in this past summer's ARRC:

 

 

 

This was the only episode I've seen from beginning to end... agree it's a good one!  I will definitely add the other episodes to my to watch list.  Too bad not more of these are subbed.. I feel like I miss a lot trying to watch variety shows without subs.

 

 

On 9/26/2019 at 9:55 AM, themarchioness said:

This is a great clip where you get to see what Yibo would be like on a blind date:

 

 

 

I watched the subbed clips of that date and felt kinda bad for the girl but the whole thing was hilarious!  It's like Yibo has no filter and just says whatever pops into his head.

 

 

Speaking of no filter, this little gem totally cracked me up. :lol:

 

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12 hours ago, owlstar said:

Too bad not more of these are subbed.. I feel like I miss a lot trying to watch variety shows without subs.

 

You're not alone.  I find watching C-variety shows without subs difficult sometimes, but Yibo is worth the effort.  :P 

 

12 hours ago, owlstar said:

I watched the subbed clips of that date and felt kinda bad for the girl but the whole thing was hilarious!  It's like Yibo has no filter and just says whatever pops into his head.

 

Haha, I kind of love his lack of filter.  It's refreshing how he just speaks what's on his mind and doesn't play games.  It's also worth noting what happens after those subbed clips.  Going off my memory here, but they go out to join the MCs, the guest panel, and the other couples who have already gone before them.  The guest panel greets them by complimenting Eleanor on her efforts to keep the conversation going and then they ask Yibo if he's ever been in a relation before.  He says he has and they ask him who did all the talking.  He supposes it was the girl who did more of the talking, and his response prompts the guest panel to basically say, "Oh, we see, he's just like this," whereas the MCs, who know him well, say, "See?  This is just how he is."  And poor Yibo stands there and asks, "Is there something wrong with me?"  :sweatingbullets:  The show also rewinds back to the end of the meal and this time, we see that when Yibo asked if it was time to go, he was actually responding to the PD who had called time on them, so it wasn't self-initiated as originally portrayed.  

 

As for Yibo's comment to Show Luo, haha, thank you for reminding me of that clip.  I can't say anything though... I totes did that to a coworker earlier this week.  It was also not appreciated by the other party.  :lol:

 

Speaking of Produce 101 though, this vid is worth sharing.  He's a great mentor:

 

 

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On 9/27/2019 at 11:26 AM, themarchioness said:

 

Yes.  And if he could, I bet he'd take his motorcycle everywhere too.  :P 

He was recording for the skateboarding show One More Try, right? I thought the recording was completed? I only watched until ep 5 where his taiwanese co-star in previous drama was the guest leading the third team. 

 

On 9/27/2019 at 10:49 AM, angelangie said:

i wonder does YiBo goes everywhere with his skateboard? :)

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Michelleho71 said:

He was recording for the skateboarding show One More Try, right? I thought the recording was completed? 

 

He was participating in that show, but I don't think that's the only reason he carries the skateboard around with him. I think he has a sincere interest in skateboarding and likes taking it around with him to practice and use as an outlet during his downtime.

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9 hours ago, themarchioness said:

 

Yes.  And if he could, I bet he'd take his motorcycle everywhere too.  :P 

 

You'd win that bet lol.  :lol:

 

 

9 hours ago, themarchioness said:

 

Haha, I kind of love his lack of filter.  It's refreshing how he just speaks what's on his mind and doesn't play games.  It's also worth noting what happens after those subbed clips.  

 

I just watched the part of the show following his date, and poor Yibo, he totally got edited to look bad!  He was like a deer in headlights lol, but adorably.  I'm surprised he's actually been in a relationship before, since he always seems so so awkward around girls.  And I totally agree with you, I love his lack of filter as well, and I like that he managed to stay that way despite all his years in the industry (and it also makes him super fun to watch :P).

 

 

9 hours ago, themarchioness said:

Speaking of Produce 101 though, this vid is worth sharing.  He's a great mentor:

 

Yes!  His story about getting myocarditis and being so happy just to be able to work hard to get back on his feet was really touching too.  Pretty faces are a dime a dozen, but I have huge respect for talent and hard work, and he's got them both in spades.  He's got serious work ethic, which is probably why he excels at everything he does.  Pretty amazing and rare in someone so young.  

 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, angelangie said:

the clips of YiBo flagging the Red Flag is awesome :) 

 

Yibo waving the flag is shuai!  :wub:

 

But there are some other golden Yibo nugget moments in this episode where Yibo is being . . . well, Yibo.  :lol:

 

For example, there's the part where the MCs play a game to test their chemistry.  GTH goes first while the others wait in a bus.  He guesses that QF will be the next to get off the bus, but it's Yibo.  Since they fail they're both ushered back to the bus to start over.  They explain to the others what happened and the older MCs say, "No problem, we'll go by age then."  So this time Yibo goes out first and when he meets the person who gives them the question, he innocently reveals, "We've already discussed things."  So of course she says she'll have to change the question then, and asks him to guess which foot the next person to get off the bus will land with.  He guesses left and when GTH lands with his left foot, celebrates.  The others on the bus don't realize he already revealed their plan so when they see him celebrating, they praise his acting skills as they think he's trying to not let on that they had already planned for GTH to be then next person to get off the bus.  LOL.

 

Once they're back in the studio, there's also a part where it's revealed that there are transcribers in the audience who have been typing out everything they've said.  Immediately, everyone starts joking and teasing that Yibo's transcriber must've had the easiest job.  They're surprised though when she reveals that he had over 800 words (Yibo, himself, was especially impressed) and even more surprised when it's revealed GTH spoke a handful of words less than him.  For context sake though, DZW spoke something like 2500+ words and QF was just under 3000.  The main MC Han Ge was in the 7000!  (And he joked that despite his efforts he's paid the same as the others.)  What was most hilarious, however, was they took a look at Yibo's transcript and it's revealed that most of his "words" were all nonverbal reactions like, "Oh," "En," "Mm."  It also recorded the sidebar conversations that he frequently has with DZW, and his longest sentence was the one he had to recite for the sponsorship ad at the beginning of the show.  No wonder why it didn't feel like he'd said a lot despite his 800+ words... he really hadn't!  LOL.  

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1 hour ago, themarchioness said:

 

Yibo waving the flag is shuai!  :wub:

 

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Who knew flag waving was such a... stimulating activity lol.  :wub::wub:

 

 

1 hour ago, themarchioness said:

So this time Yibo goes out first and when he meets the person who gives them the question, he innocently reveals, "We've already discussed things."  

 

I saw this clip but I thought it was from an older episode.  He looks so young!  Maybe it was all the hair flipping. :lol:

 

 

1 hour ago, themarchioness said:

Once they're back in the studio, there's also a part where it's revealed that there are transcribers in the audience who have been typing out everything they've said.  What was most hilarious, however, was they took a look at Yibo's transcript and it's revealed that most of his "words" were all nonverbal reactions like, "Oh," "En," "Mm." 

 

This was so hilarious and such classic Yibo! :D

 

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For fans of The Untamed (source).

 

This is a Wang Yibo Appreciation Post

Okay, first of all, whoever was responsible for even considering Wang Yibo as Lan Wangji ought to get an award. I mean look at this boy

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Who looked at him and thought, “Yes! A perfect Lan Wangji!” It boggles the mind. In fact, one of the funniest things I found when the series was first aired was UNIQ fans belatedly realizing that Lan Wangji was being played by Wang Yibo. The whiplash must have been something because the gap is just unreal.

 

I remember that back when news came out that there would be a live action adaptation of MDZS, not a lot of people were behind Wang Yibo being casted as Lan Wangji. I would even admit to being one of the naysayers, and if I delve deep into this trash bin of a blog, I would probably find something I said last year that was along those lines. Mind you, this was in stark contrast to how people reacted to Xiao Zhan; most people liked him, thought he looked great as Wei Wuxian, and he just got a lot of approval on the get-go. The promotional posters that came out though just did not really do Wang Yibo justice. As Lan Wangji, he did not look the part, he seemed quite young, who even was Wang Yibo, or if you knew Wang Yibo, like really, Wang Yibo? And so on and so forth. 

 

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The great reveal though is that apparently, Wang Yibo is the kind of guy you just have to see in action. The moment I got into him playing Lan Wangji? I was sold. I was so sold I would willingly eat my shoe for everything I ever said about CQL casting back in 2018. That face, the look? Picture perfect. His manner, his restraint, the way he conducts himself in fight scenes? It was sheer genius casting a dancer for the kind of grace required to pull off the esteemed Hanguang-jun. I love Wang Yibo’s Lan Wangji and knowing what I know now, if you give me another actor to play Lan Wangji, I would stab him in the eyeballs, I am not kidding. Don’t give me anyone else other than Wang Yibo.

 

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Now, Xiao Zhan has proven time and again that he understands Wei Wuxian, and the great thing is he is articulate about it. I think it’s pretty well known that this boy makes entire speeches and writes legit essays when asked about Wei Wuxian. We love that about him, and I think this is also why he is so popular with the fans. We don’t get as much of that from Wang Yibo, but much like how it wasn’t until we saw him in action that he proved why he was a fitting Lan Wangji, the same could be said here. He does understand Lan Wangji. How do we know? Because it just shows. I find that appreciating this boy is in seeing him just do things. I remember how it was when, with each episode that passed, people just started noticing how Lan Wangji—poker face extraordinaire—was behaving in each of his scenes. We went, “Was that–? Holy richard simmons, yes, it is?? How is this actor pulling off these micro-expressions? How is it that we are actually getting emotions from Lan Wangji??”

 

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This went on up until a lot of us slowly realized, “You know what? This is a really good Lan Wangji we have here.”

 

The Untamed also gave us a lot of promotional and behind-the-scenes content, so let’s talk about that, too. There is something refreshingly genuine with Wang Yibo that I don’t think I often see in many celebrities. It could be because he’s young, but that just makes it more impressive how well he is performing on-screen. Out of costume though, he doesn’t seem to have many filters, and it is such a riot following him and listening to the kind of richard simmons he says in interviews (and taking note of how the “more adult” Xiao Zhan reacts to them).

 

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Besides, a drama with two guys as leads? This could have easily been a recipe for clashing egos. While whichever actors playing Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji would find themselves being called the “two male leads” of the show, the fact of the matter is, Wei Wuxian’s character is defined by his actions and his convictions. He fights against something larger than himself, and in this sense he is the typical hero of a story. Lan Wangji, meanwhile, is defined by his devotion to Wei Wuxian. 

 

People get compared all the time, rankings are a thing, and product endorsement usually can only afford one popular celebrity as a brand ambassador. One could very easily be the actor who resents Lan Wangji’s popularity being dependent on Wei Wuxian, and thus be considered “secondary” to Wei Wuxian. But instead, and despite all the wrong ways things could go, we got chemistry on screen and camaraderie behind the scenes. Wang Yibo favored Xiao Zhan and did not compete with him. It probably helped that Xiao Zhan is older (thank goodness for Asian values), but then Wang Yibo has been a celebrity for longer. Again, it could have gone badly.

 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to me that Lan Wangji’s actor likes Wei Wuxian. It’s not by any means a necessity, but a wonderful, wonderful bonus to all this—because what self-respecting Lan Wangji wouldn’t adore his Wei Wuxian? We got cute banter behind the scenes, with Wang Yibo even seeming to be most partial to Xiao Zhan and generally being playful with him despite having a reputation of being cold to co-stars. He genuinely seemed to have had a lot of fun with his co-actor. I do not ship them nor do I follow RPF, but I find that them having that amiable and sometimes affectionate atmosphere does wonders for my own shipping of Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji. It’s like everything just feels safe and good, and my boys are happy together in all iterations of their universe. 

 

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I will always be thankful to these actors for interpreting these beloved characters so respectfully, especially given the nature of Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji’s relationship. With the threat of censorship being a very real thing for them, I’m glad we still got the bond—and yes, love—between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji in the scenes they share on-screen. (Actually, I sometimes wonder if Wang Yibo’s, uh, violence towards Xiao Zhan is a remnant of Lan Wangji’s affection for Wei Wuxian that Wang Yibo hasn’t shaken off after they end a scene, lol. What’s a guy to do with those feelings, right?)

 

Anyway, this accidental meta was brought to you by all these goodbye posts with CQL ending. I reiterate all the “thank you’s” to the cast, but really for me, my appreciation goes most of all to our unexpectedly excellent Lan Wangji. I said so much richard simmons about him last year, but he ended up being my absolute favorite of the cast. Wang Yibo took Lan Wangji and brought him to life in a way I never thought I needed, and now holy hell, I am churning up fanfic like mad every week. It has been such a wonderful journey, and never have I more sincerely wished success for any show’s actor as much as I do for this boy. I was so, so wrong about him, but boy, never have I been happier for being proven wrong.

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8 minutes ago, themarchioness said:

!!! Ack, Hunan TV wiped out all of its YouTube content.  Including its subsidiary channels too, like Mango TV.  Don't take away my Yibo!!!

 

I was literally in the middle of watching the latest DDU episode when it disappeared!   Wondering what's going on....  

 

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13 minutes ago, owlstar said:

 

I was literally in the middle of watching the latest DDU episode when it disappeared!   Wondering what's going on....  

 

 

That episode was up briefly for a few hours over the weekend before they took it down and reposted it, and since they had originally posted it a few days earlier than they normally do, I had my fears then that it would be deleted and quickly saved it.  So at least I'm safe on that score because I haven't yet had an opportunity to watch it in full!

 

As for the mass wipe-out, I don't know but I checked and Zhejiang wiped out all of theirs too.  Feels like it's all the major broadcasting stations... while the web-based ones (like Tencent/WeTV) seems to be doing okay for now... but if it's all the major broadcasting stations, I'm going to guess there was some of crackdown decision made. :( 

 

 

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@owlstar, I just realized.  You can watch through their MGTV app.  But any subbed episodes aren't subbed anymore.  At least not for the one DDU episode that I had been hoping to share with a friend today.  :( 

 

ETA: I take back what I said earlier.  It does have subs.  So I was able to share it with my friend (the Hu Yi Tien/Joe Cheng/Rocket Girls 101 episode).

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4 hours ago, themarchioness said:

@owlstar, I just realized.  You can watch through their MGTV app.   It does have subs.  So I was able to share it with my friend (the Hu Yi Tien/Joe Cheng/Rocket Girls 101 episode).

 

I'm still hoping that this is somehow only temporary??  But if not :sweatingbullets:, it's good to know there's at least another way to watch... and yay for subs!!  Do you know which other eps has subs other than that one?  Since I'm pretty much starting from scratch to watch their back episodes, I'd like to watch the ones with subs first.

 

For now I'm going to go finish Gank Your Heart, so all is still good. :)

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, owlstar said:

Do you know which other eps has subs other than that one?  Since I'm pretty much starting from scratch to watch their back episodes, I'd like to watch the ones with subs first.

 

There aren't that many, unfortunately.  Going off the top of my memory, I believe the subbed episodes start with when Xiao Zhan was one of the guests (7/28) and end with the one where Li Landi was one of the guests (9/1).  I thought the one after where Li Yuchun guested was also subbed on YouTube, but I just checked on the app and there are no subs for that episode.  I'm also not positive that every episode in between 7/28-9/1 was subbed, but that's something you can check for as you go along. 

 

I'm just glad I still have access to Yibo golden nugget moments and crossing my fingers hard that nothing happens to the app, too. 

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3 hours ago, angelangie said:

 

hmmm.....does that means no more HunanTv on youtube?

 

I haven't looked since this morning, but the channel was still there last time I looked.  I remain hopeful that so long as the channels exist (including those of its subsidiaries), the videos will one day return.  But for now, all its content is gone and so essentially, yes, that means there is no more Hunan TV on YouTube.  I don't know the reason for the removed videos - if they are wanting to push people to use their app, if China decided to enforce some sort of a block, or whether there is some other reason.  I just know I miss the vids already, although I'm glad I can at least find them on the app.  Here's hoping they won't yank their own content from that one day, too!

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@owlstar thanks for sharing that article!  The more I read about the leads' acting skills in Untamed the more curious I am about the drama.  But even though I'm on the cusp, I can't seem to make myself dip my toe into that pond because it's a genre I'm just not into.  Maybe one day.  When I run out of Yibo things to watch.  :lol:

 

Anyway, that article reminded me of this interview with Yibo.  He talks about how his motivations for taking the role, how it reminded him of himself, and all I could think was: Yesss.... silent but full of expressions.  Haha.  I also liked his (very frank) disbelief at the interviewer's question about whether it was easier to act a role that didn't have very many lines.  He's absolutely correct.  Being able to portray thoughts and emotions through expressions alone is a very difficult thing to do, let alone do successfully!  Good for him for sticking up for himself.  

 

 

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@themarchioness The Untamed was my introduction to Yibo so I'll always have a soft spot for it, even though I know it's not everyone's cup of tea.  The whole xianxia/zombies genre isn't my thing either, and I'd never seen any BL stuff (didn't even know what it stood for tbh).   But the high ratings made me curious so I started watching with pretty low expectations.  The first few eps were... rough.  But then it got good... like really good.  Yibo was a little stiff at the beginning but overall he was AMAZING in this, especially for someone with relatively little acting experience.  You're right, it's so so hard to play a cold character that barely speaks (much like him on DDU lol), but his eyes spoke volumes and his chemistry with Xiao Zhan was off the charts.  Due to censorship there was pretty much zero physical intimacy (I think the most they did was a pat on the hand), which I actually appreciated because the focus stayed on their relationship/bond.  If you're so inclined, you can even say that they're just really really good friends since they never explicitly crossed the line.  I thought their relationship was done so tastefully and it was super romantic, as odd as it may sound, more so than the majority of other hetero drama couples I've seen of late.  Did I mention I'm knee-deep in fanfics?  So... many... to... read... so little time!

 

That said, show is not perfect (for one thing the CGI is pretty bad, but typical of most C-dramas), and I would keep expectations low even if you end up watching.  If it's really not your genre though, I wouldn't push it.  But let's just say you'll be missing out on some really gorgeous Yibo visuals. ;)    

 

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5 hours ago, themarchioness said:

 

Anyway, that article reminded me of this interview with Yibo.   I also liked his (very frank) disbelief at the interviewer's question about whether it was easier to act a role that didn't have very many lines.  

 

Also, all the BTS clips and interviews are gold too.  Yibo is such a hoot to watch.  I liked the "how do you deal with all the pressure" question in this interview when he was like... "what pressure?"  :lol:   No wonder there's so many of his "不愧是我" memes.

 

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