Once I’m finished with one crack drama then I’m finished with one crack drama I go on a mad search for another similar one to follow, but it has to appeal to me from leads to visual to story. I’m on a mild C-drama kick and looking around one that looks very interesting to me is The Longest Promise (玉骨遥 Yu Gu Yao or Jade Bone Ballad). It’s actually the most anticipated period C-drama among C-netizens based on how much it’s searched for and also the number of follows among the yet to air drama pages. I’m not a Xiao Zhan fangirl but he’s good enough for me and I’m interested to check out Ren Min as she’s still newer the industry and has been making in roads from 2020 onward.
I love their visuals in the drama and how calm with a smidge of melancholy the drama posters give off. Apparently the production was expecting the drama to air this August but the month has come and gone with no sign of it. Industry insiders say the reason is that the permit has not come down, and the delay is due to the production submitting it late and then getting swept up in the recent crackdown on period costumes being not adhering to historical accuracy. This is a xianxia drama so I’m not sure anyone is looking for accuracy but every so often Chinese censors find an issue to gnaw on like a dog and any production that happens to have it gets impacted, i.e. ban on time-travel dramas, ban on BL novel adaptations into dramas, etc.