FINALLY! A MUCH NEEDED BREAK from studying/hw/ and working on big final projects for school! Just finished a pretty intense week -__- bleh. So since I have some time! It’s time for another series RAMBLE! =p. This time?!?!?
C-Series The Holy Pearl aka Live adaption of the beloved anime series InuYasha Anime:
* Main Cast pic is not mines! found Online! However character pic is my creation as I figured I need to show who is who so I can ramble LOL.
Anywho SPOILERS BEWARE!
So I finally finished this series like a couple weeks back.Just never had the time to ramble until today. -__-. So this series took me awhile to finished as I was watching them from DoRemii. However, since the subbing team has halted a bit with the release of the series I found it subbed on viiki so I continued watching episode 16-32 the Finale through there. 2 or 3 years it took me I think to finish? lol ><.
Anywho to be honest, when I first watched the first episode of the Holy Pearl…..I kinda went like this. -______________-. LOL. I’m a BIG Inuyasha fan so to see that they changed some things to make it their own live series Chinese adaption made me go insane a bit lol. But I’ll get into that later lol. XD. However, I did give them a round of applause to attempt in making a live series adaption of Inuyasha lol.
Another honest confession I kinda thought this series was cheesy at first, when I decided to check it out. However, the more episodes I watched because of my curiosity of how they made a live version of Inuyasha, I guess I can say the series somewhat grew onto me? lol. not too sure…but I think that’s what happened lol……>< XD
OK now time to talk about the characters and the actor and actress that played them. *ahem* going by the order of my character list lol XD.
1. Gillian Chung as Ding Yao (Kagome) / Xian Yue (Kikyou):
Being an Inuyasha fan, I loved Kagome and had some moments where I liked Kikyou, and then not cause I was an InuYasha & Kagome shipper lol. But for The Holy Pearl, for some reason I feel like I like Xian Yue (Kikyou) better than Ding Yao (Kagome) just character and personality wise lol. Ding Yao aka live version of Kagome was just a bit too childish and whinny to me for most of the time….where as Xian Yue live version of Kikyou was calm and collected and very understanding in how live version of InuYasha loved Ding Yao more than her now through out the series. However, Ding Yao didn’t annoy me too bad to cause me to hate her character so I did find myself rooting for her and live version of Inuyasha too. Or maybe it’s just my Inuyasha & Kagome fan shipper side again lol XD. So overall, I think Gillian Chung did somewhat well for both of her roles. She put her own spin to playing Kagome. and as Kikyou it was pretty similar to anime version of the character.
2. Purba Rgyal as Wen Tian (InuYasha):
oh Wen Tian….Wen Tian our main guy, live version of InuYasha. I have to admit I was pretty darn disappoint when I found out Live adaption changed Inuyasha half demon dog self to dragon half demon…..again most likely my original inuyasha fan side must have ignited. However, it’s understandable that for a Chinese series, a dragon would be a better fit. But it would have been cool to see the “SIT” command live right? lol XD. But chea disappointed cause in this version there wasn’t such a command that tied InuYasha to Kagome. The “dragon” horns was just to silly and hilarious sometimes lol XD. BUT the BIGGEST MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT for me about live version of Inuyasha was how they made him to be such a weakling? >< sure that had times where he was a big mouth like original Inuyasha. but most of the time it seems like he always got his azz kicked….>< not that original anime inuyasha didn’t have that happen to him….but I don’t know something about anime version just still made him so cool…compare to live version lol. Live version Inuyasha became a serious baby too when it was full moon and he became a human! He literally would go into hiding and curl up and cried because he felt so weak! I was like SERIOUSLY!?!?! come on!!!!!!! at least embrace it like Original Inuyasha did!!!! gawddd!!!! Biggest disappointment there. -____- But on a brighter note…I did manage to like that live version didn’t keep his 2 timing image till the end like original Inuyasha lol. XD This one knew he loved Ding Yao/Kagome more even after Kikyou came back to life. They just made it clear that they couldn’t be together because of trust issues LOL. XD. Wen Tian was pretty straight forward in admitting he liked Ding Yao, so I thought that was pretty cute. something about the peck on the cheeks in episode 20 was just really touching to me lol. XD. Overall, I guess Purba Rgyal did ok in bringing his own spin to being a half dragon version of Inu Yasha. I was also surprised to find out that Purba is actually Tibetan too. definitely new and cool.
3. Jiang Yi as Wu Dao aka Sesshomaru aka Wen Tian’s older brother full dragon demon/lord lol.
Ok chinese live version did well in making Sesshomaru pretty darn good looking as he’s suppose to be lol. Being an Inuyasha fan, I know many fans LOVE sesshomaru cause he was so beautiful and handsome in the anime lol. But for me I was just like ya he ok, not THAT big of a fan of his just because I hearted InuYasha lol XD. But for this live version. Sorry Inuyasha/Wen Tian I kinda fell for Wu Dao LOL XD. Although honest confession I had to laugh when I first saw him because of his feather attire lol XD. and golden horns lol. but his face won me over I guess haha. XD. I think they did pretty darn well in keeping live version of Sesshomaru like anime version. Only big change was that live version Sesshomaru fell madly madly in love with his “RIN” in this one so that was kinda cool to see. just not the part where they made him love so hard that he gave up on fighting for a bit and just wanted to be depress over “RIN’s Death.” >< I was like oh myyyy >< LOL XD. Jiang Yi did very well on playing Sesshomaru. I like lol XD.
4. Li Qian as Yu Die aka RIN.
So for this live version Rin is an adult not a child. Yet she still has that childish and naive characteristic still. I loved Rin in the original. Not sure if I can say the same for the live version. I think because I was more a Mu Lian and Wu Dao shipper rather then Wu Dao and Yu Die sorry guys! XD. Nevertheless Li Qian did an ok job as well with putting her own character to playing RIN.
5. Guo Zhen Ni as Mu Lian aka Sango.
I can happily say that live version of Sango was my most favorite actress and character in The Holy Pearl! just like how I like Sango in the anime too lol. A little twist as I uncovered when I talked about Yu Die aka Rin was how her and Mu Lian are in a love triangle thing for live version Sesshomaru. Yup for this version our Sango falls for Sesshomaru because sadly there is no live version of Miroku :(. or Shippo for that matter although Sango doesn’t fall for Shippo but I love the guy so I had to mention him too haha. XD. and to make it more complicated in live version Mu Lian and Yu Die decide to becomes “sisters” before they realized both had fallen for Sesshomaru aka Wu Dao. -___-. lol. I was hoping that Wu Dao would at least give Mu Lian a chance but he just fell too hard for Yu Die…..><. The ending scene where Mu Lian became the new Queen for Nan Yian I think that’s what the city was called was so EPIC to me haha I LOVED IT! and she looked super gorgeous! just checked out the pic above! ^ LOL. XD. Guo Zhen Ni definitely played out as Sango well to me. :). Oh in this version no little brother. so no Kohaku either…-__-.
6. Liu Ting Yu - Mo Yin aka Kaede I’m guessing? LOL.
So In this version, as you guys can see Kaede is not old lol. XD. She’s a bit younger, I have to admit Kaede in this version is pretty even though she’s evil in this one haha. She’s also actually a bad guy/woman in this version lol. It’s safe to say she’s has to be Kaede though cause she’s “sisters” with Xian Yue (Kikyou). They used to “train” together as goddesses supposedly. Kaede was just plain evil in this one put it’s understandable when you love the king so much but can’t receive it back. Yeah this version has a king….he was just too too much for me so no pic…LOL. Sorry Rong Di. XD Just watch the series and You guys will probably agree with me LOL. XD overall Liu Ting Yu did well on her acting here.
7. Liu Na Ping as Hu Ji aka Kagura:
Who knew Kagura would get a live version actor! Lol. I have to say Liu Na Ping as Kagura was pretty good too. They kept her like in the anime here. From working for Naraku, wanting her freedom, and chea pretty much everything from anime. Her attire worked well too cause of all the feathers related things lol.
8. and lastly Sun Xing as Shi You Ming aka Naraku.
This version Naraku seems to be an older guy lol. XD. Chinese spin to Naruku, since he was evil and all. He also fell for Xian Yue (kikyou) in this version. I had to laugh when they showed him announcing his love for Xian Yue though lol. The man made a heart shape pic with flower petals LMAO. XD.
Overall, I thought The Holy Pearl was somewhat interesting in its own way of taking the Inuyasha storyline. The last few episodes I felt like the series dragged on. I really thought they could have just ended the series when Kikyou was killed, because after that happened everyone just lost their fighting soul I swear…so it was just an odd part to the storyline lol. It felt pretty random watching those scenes lol. But chea now I can truly say I have finished watching InuYasha and anything related to Inuyasha! Lol XD. Finished the anime this year as well! And then checked out the live Chinese version of it! Lol.
Yup I think that’s all I wanted to ramble about on The Holy Pearl! lol XD