I feel like my return to C-drama land this past summer of 2022 may have been guiding me to get legit excited for the C-drama adaptation of my favorite xianxia period C-novel Lost You Forever by Tong Hua. I haven’t liked her novels since and LYF really was a culmination of the grand world building and in depth character growth she’s been improving towards since her novels like Song in the Clouds (Yun Zhong Ge) and LYF’s prequel Once Promised (Ceng Shu Nuo). Poor Once Promised was butchered into a beyond terrible C-drama adaptation but I don’t think LYF will get the same treatment, it may not be as amazing as I would have like when it airs but I see a lot more care with the casting and the costumes so far. The first official set of character stills are out of all eight leads and Yang Zi is shown in both her Xiao Liu (boy self) and her Xiao Yao (princess girl self) incarnations. Zhang Wan Yi is sufficiently brooding as Zhuan Xu (in the drama he’s called Qiang Xuan) and Deng Wei captures Tu Shan Jing’s warm scholarly aura. I’m still totally meh on Tan Jian Ci as Xiang Liu, it sucks that my favorite character is played by an actor I just don’t vibe with from visuals but if he really comes alive on screen then all my early dissatisfaction will be washed away.