Tailored from the hit novel and really profitable donghua (Chinese language animation) sequence “Mo Dao Zu Shi” (in any other case often known as “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”), “The Untamed” needed to be considered one of C-drama followers’ most feared and anticipated dramas on the similar time. Why? As a result of with a BL novel as supply materials and unsavory rumors about unique feminine love pursuits flying round, followers had been rightly terrified that their beloved story can be defaced within the worst means.
Whereas the CGI and common manufacturing worth definitely might have been higher and a few facets of the story had been modified (that in all probability shouldn’t have been), “The Untamed” turned out to be a fascinating watch.
Right here is why you need to positively test it out and why this drama has develop into the most effective exhibits of 2019.
Individuals are individuals
Irreverent, cheerful, playful, devoted, loyal, ruthless, intelligent, crafty… There are such a lot of methods to explain the protagonist of “The Untamed.” Wei Wuxian (performed by Xiao Zhan) is a incredible character and can make you fall for him proper off the bat along with his antics.
However what makes him so lovable is that he’s, at the start, human. He loves, he laughs, he fears and rages and grieves. He’s a very good one that’s able to horrible deeds, and in the identical means, the villains of the story are able to real love even whereas their arms are stained with blood.
“The Untamed” finally stays a narrative about individuals who do what they will with what they’re given. Though the stay motion tamped down rather a lot on the various shades of grey that make up the unique novel (go learn it!), you possibly can nonetheless see them.
One instance can be the best way hatred impacts totally different individuals within the story. One of many characters stews in it for over 13 years, one other manages to forgive if not overlook, and one other takes his time to plan a meticulous, horrible revenge. Shades of feelings, shades of grey. Folks.
Subtlety, thy identify is Wangxian
A number of months in the past, I swore to myself I might by no means ever watch “The Untamed.” I had simply heard that the manufacturing staff was planning on changing the epic love story between Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji (performed by Wang Yibo) with feminine love pursuits and simply couldn’t take it. But when the present got here out, everybody was speaking about how unsubtle it was concerning the connection between the 2 males.
After totally investigating the matter (over the course of 50 episodes, as a result of go large or go residence, proper?), I can now gladly say that “The Untamed” managed to go far above and past even “Guardian“ in its absolute lack of even attempting to hide the true nature of the deuteragonists’ emotions for one another.
If something, they really modified the unique storyline to make this relationship extra intense, and each Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo do a incredible job at portraying this unlikely pairing.
Whereas Wang Yibo may appear very inanimate at first along with his useless gaze, it’s completely wonderful to see him come alive as Lan Wangji grows nearer to Wei Wuxian. Wang Yibo managed to convey Lan Wangji’s micro-expressions completely, to the purpose that you just simply can’t think about anyone else in his place. The way in which he seems at Wei Wuxian like he hung the moon and stars, the best way his lips flip up on the nook into the tiniest smile, the best way his total expression softens when Wei Wuxian walks into the room… it’s an ideal portrayal of a personality who’s largely recognized to be expressionless and subsequently all of the more durable to play.
Alternatively, Xiao Zhan seems because the flawless incarnation of a playful, mischievous, loyal, fierce Wei Wuxian, laidback and brilliant straight up till anyone threatens the individuals he calls his personal. The sheer variety of his facial expressions and the best way his physique is in fixed motion make for an ideal embodiment of a vivid character.
They couldn’t be extra totally different. They’re the proper pair.
Glorious character improvement
Good performing and a soul-wrenching relationship don’t successful drama make, some will undoubtedly say. What, then, provides “The Untamed” the facility it has over its followers?
The reply is easy: glorious character relationships and improvement. Every character is a world in themselves, with a fancy backstory of their very own and the relationships to match. Greater than that, every of them modifications a lot. You’ll be able to actually really feel the distinction, the great distance they got here from the primary to the final episode, and the way their ties to the individuals round them shifted in response to that evolution.
One of many foremost tropes in “The Untamed” is undoubtedly the theme of discovered household. And because the present takes place over two totally different timelines, you even get it twice over, each equally satisfying and heart-wrenching.
Put together yourselves for the feels, critically.
All of the tunes
Whereas typically the music was… bizarre, the one all of the followers had been ready for was undoubtedly “WangXian,” or the principle theme of our favourite couple.
Nicely, it’s my honor and privilege to say that not solely is it attractive, there are such a lot of variations on it that includes totally different devices (from the emblematic guqin and flute to the piano and cello) that you just’ll get loads of time to savor it.
Another tracks will make you choke on feelings, whereas others will make you cry simply listening to them and remembering the scenes throughout which you heard them.
The Wen Ning is an endangered species and shall be protected in any respect prices. That’s all there may be to say.
You’ll be able to binge it!
Rejoice! All of the episodes are out and totally subbed, so you possibly can binge all of it!
(Season 2 of the donghua simply completed airing, the novel is totally translated, and also you’ve acquired a minimum of three seasons of the audio drama. Is that a gold mine I see?)
I might go on for some time. There are such a lot of wonderful issues about this present, this universe. Followers will in all probability scream at me about Jiang Cheng, about Shijie, about so many incredible characters. However I’ll cease right here.
In the long run, whereas there have been undoubtedly some issues that would have been finished higher, “The Untamed” makes for a strong adaptation and a strong watch, by means of the sheer energy of its complicated storylines, sure, however above that, due to its compelling characters and heartfelt relationships.
Put together your tissues, hold on to your seats, and take a look at the primary episode right here!
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