L.O.V.E. Just love. The first teaser trailer for the upcoming TW-drama adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Skip Beat has finally been released. The drama’s Chinese title is called 華麗的挑戰 (English literal translation being Extravagant Challenge) but it’s English title has been confirmed to mirror the manga and be called Skip Beat.
The drama stars Ivy Chen (stepping in for Ariel Lin), and two awesome Super Junior boys – Choi Siwon as Dun He Lian (Ren in the manga) and Lee Donghae as Bu Puo Xang (Sho in the manga). The first trailer doesn’t have the dialogues of the SuJu boys dubbed yet, which I know it will be, but is nevertheless ridiculously amazing. I loved every second of it.
I love Ivy and Donghae’s chemistry based on the trailer alone. Confession: I second lead ship in Skip Beat the manga – I think the chemistry between Kyoko and Sho (the scorned girl who gave everything for the man she loves, and the man who takes for granted the woman who loves the very air he breathes) BURNS. I know Kyoko will end up with Ren (the mangaka said as much), so it was to my conflicted sadness and everlasting gratification to see in the trailer that my second lead shipping was merited. Donghae and Ivy’s intensity, anger and dismissal of each other, twist my inside into knots.
Don’t get my wrong, I lovelovelove Siwon, and I think Ren is an incredible male lead, but damnit my heart tells me that if I were the mangaka, I would redeem Sho and make it so that the childhood sweethearts can somehow end up together. I’m so K-drama-ish like that. I’ve already offered to recap Skip Beat to my twitter pals (though I was pretty drunk on birthday bubbly when I made that offer), but if the drama is as good as the trailer make it seem, it would be my greatest pleasure to watch it live.