First Impressions: Lion Pride

My winter break from school is coming to an end, so I’m wrapping up some dramas before I get back to studying. As I surfed the streaming sites, Lion Pride caught my eye. I decided to give it a try even though I’m not usually a big fan of Taiwanese dramas. Keep reading to find out if you need to put this drama on your list.

Viki Synopsis:

Two teachers hold polar opposite viewpoints about teaching and life. Wang Qiang Da (Yen Tsao) is a math teacher who approaches everything in front of him with logic and reasoning. Wang Qiang Wei (Amanda Chou) is a history teacher at the same tutoring center who cares about the love of learning and making people happy around her.

When Qiang Da and Qiang Wei are brought together by a crime, they must work together to get to the bottom of what happened. What will they discover about themselves in the process?


This is where this story really surprised me. The plot is actually pretty tight. Our hero and heroine have tragic pasts that are entwined in more ways than one. We follow a natural progression where they discover clues about a crime from several years ago and how they are related to the crime. The romance is also a real treat as we see these two go from antagonists to friends to lovers.


Wang Qiang Wei is a strong female character. She’s a go-getter who knows what she wants and grabs it. She’s an expert with antiques and a history teacher, so she’s also smart. She’s had a tragic childhood, but that hasn’t made her jaded. I love how open and honest she is. I also enjoyed this actress as the quirky flight attendant cousin in Bromance.

Wang Qiang Da is a genius math teacher who sees everything as a math equation. He’s the typical male lead who is so smart that he’s awkward with real-life relationships. Don’t give up on him though, because he’s a rare gem who is able to actually feel emotions. Qiang Da also has a childhood tragedy that haunts him.

Should You Watch?

Yes, I’m not finished with the drama, but I don’t think it will go off the rails. I’ve enjoyed the progression of the plot and the little side plots too. I’ll come back and let y’all know if it crashes and burns. In the meantime, tell me what you think, are you enjoying Lion Pride?

Always looking for a good drama to watch,


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4 thoughts on “First Impressions: Lion Pride

  1. oooo, I’m in. I’m watching Flipped and I Will Never Let You Go right now, but I need something that isn’t airing so I can watch at my own pace. I’d been eying this one because I think Taiwan does the best romantic comedies, but they do also tend to drag in the third quarter… with only 16 episodes I’m hoping this one will stay on track!

  2. I saw this drama back when it aired and really enjoyed it. I think it slipped by a lot of people when it first came out and was underrated so I’m glad to see the drama getting some more exposure. The characters are interesting and I really like the mystery and the fact that we have 2 separate lovelines. I was a bit disappointed in the kiss scenes. Frankly, I was expecting better for a TW drama, since they usually don’t hold back when it comes to love scenes, but overall the romance is cute. The drama has a lot going for it with its mix of mystery, romance, and quirkiness. Now that it is also available to watch on Netflix as well as Viki I hope more people will take a chance and watch it.

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