Heisui’s Thoughts: How I First Started Watching Dramas
There’s always that one question that people want to know: How did you get into dramas? This question is usually paired with another related question: What was your first drama? Many drama bloggers and fans can specifically and very vividly recall their very first drama. Sadly, I can barely remember mine. X_X Also, I don’t have any specific point in time where I suddenly got into dramas.
^From left to right: Kevin Cheng, Bosco Wong, Niki Chow
My first drama was a Hong Kong drama called Under the Canopy of Love, starring Niki Chow, Kevin Cheng, and Bosco Wong. I got into it because my family was watching it. At the time, I didn’t even know that I was watching a drama! I had no clue that Asian TV shows could be called “dramas”–I simply regarded Under the Canopy of Love as a Hong Kong/Canto TV series. o_o” Yes, I was a total drama newbie! Well, it’s been so long since I watched this that I can’t remember anything important about the story or even the characters. And as I’m writing this, I realize that I even accidentally said that I had never seen Kevin Cheng before watching Bu Bu Jing Xing! I totally forgot that I had already seen him in my first drama. OOPS! Unlike those who fondly look back on their first drama experience, my first drama is more like a vague blob in my memory. Thankfully, I still remember the theme song from Under the Canopy of Love though. 😉
So, overall, my first drama ever was not a transforming experience by any means. It was just a normal thing for me to watch a TV series with my family, just that this particular series happened to be from Hong Kong. I didn’t think much of it at the time. Under the Canopy of Love did not get me addicted to dramas, nor did it spur me to watch lots of other HK dramas during that time in my life.
^Recognize any of these posters?
Later on I got into anime and manga. From then on, I also started to dabble in watching Asian dramas–mainly from Taiwan and Japan. I’m not exactly sure how I found the magic portal to the world of dramas, but I’m pretty positive that I found it through anime. Anime + drama worlds are connected, you know! 😛 After all, a lot of Asian dramas are live actions based on the original manga. At this time I mainly watched Taiwanese and Japanese dramas such as the live actions It Started With a Kiss (ISWAK), Hana Kimi, Meteor Garden, and Hana Yori Dango. And of course, I also watched non-live action dramas–mainly Japanese ones. For instance, I watched Anego, 1 Liter of Tears, Attention Please, etc. Good memories! After a while, I eventually transitioned to watching dramas more than anime. But I have no idea why! o_o”
So..that was my brief and unexciting story about how I got into watching Asian dramas. My basic point is that anime was the catalyst for me to find dramas…and somehow I ended up getting more and more interested in dramas as time went by. It was a gradual process, not a sudden obsession.
What was your first drama? How did you first get introduced into the drama world?
Please Say by Niki Chow & Kevin Cheng (Under the Canopy of Love Theme Song)
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