First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts: I Once Remembered That Guy

Sometimes when a description doesn’t quite catch my fancy, a drama trailer will and then I’m sold. We all know that I love Chinese high school romances, and the trailer for Remember That Boy/I Once Remembered That Guy caught my interest right away. Come see if this is the fluffy Chinese drama for you!

The Infamous Description

From our friends at “High school classmates Zhang Yang and Zhou Jing Mang are true polar opposites. While Zhang Yang is brash, a practical joker, often selfish, and sometimes even confrontational, Zhou Jing Mang is naive and overly trusting.

As they slowly get to know one another at school, Zhang Yang first begins to play tricks on Zhou Jing Mang in his usual manner, fooling her into making an embarrassing announcement over the school tannoy system. But little by little, they start to develop an attachment to one another – and start to develop a mutual sense of respect. But could this one day lead to love?

Meanwhile, classmates Shen Li Hua Feng Wan He, Ling Chen, and more are also embarking on their own journeys of discovery.”

Here’s the trailer that worked for me:

What About Those Characters?

Zhou Jing Mang, aka Zhou Zhou, IS naive and overly trusting. What the description doesn’t tell us is that she is incredibly smart. She may get into situations that would make another heroine cringe, but she tends to get out of them without looking like an idiot. She also doesn’t swoon over our main lead or lose her head at all. It’s been refreshing. He makes her speechless at times, but usually it’s out of frustration.

Zhang Yang plays a teenage boy incredibly well, probably because the actor, Daniel Zhou, IS one. I haven’t seen much of his older self yet, so I’m reserving judgement, but I have a feeling that he’ll handle it just fine. As it is, he’s been doing a great job of showing a punk teenager who’s slowly losing his heart to a tiny girl.

How’s The Story Going?

Remember My Boy has been doing an excellent job of alternating between the high school years and five years after graduation, when everyone meets up for dinner. We learn there are lots of mysteries to be solved after listening to the conversation at the dinner, including the most confounding one of all — where is Zhang Yang? 

Would I Recommend?

I’m enjoying this one so far. The leads have a quiet chemistry that’s realistic to their ages, and thankfully, the drama isn’t overly focused on their schooling, which can get BOOOORING. Anyway. The introduction was charming — the characters were introduced comic book style — and the overall drama isn’t loud or showy, but has just the right amount of tension to keep me invested. 

What do you think, fluffy Cdrama fans? Will you be watching? You can find I Once Remembered That Guy on Viki.

Until the next flashforward, I remain —

Karie the Maknae

Dramas with a Side of Kimchi

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