Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2021? I’m going to go ahead and name You Are My Hero, which aired in March, my favorite modern Chinese drama of the year so far.
You Are My Hero is a 40-episode drama that mixes high-stakes, action-packed situations with a very sweet first-love romance, and it’s available on Viki and YouTube with English subtitles. I was initially skeptical about the pairing of Bai Jingting and Ma Sichun but they proved me wrong! Although there’s a six-year age gap between them in real life, they matched extremely well and had great chemistry. I hadn’t seen Bai Jingting in anything previously, but he really pulled off the humor and now I’m excited to see more of his acting. I was already a fan of Ma Sichun after seeing her 2015 drama Love Me If You Dare and 2016 film Soul Mate.
It’s refreshing that there are no prolonged misunderstandings for the main couple’s storyline, but it did sometimes veer into cheesy/cliché territory when I personally would’ve preferred a more slice-of-life vibe. Also, there were some frustrating storylines for the supporting characters that caused this drama to lose some points with me. Overall though, I watched this as it was airing and it held my attention for it’s entire 40-episode run!
Keep reading for more of my thoughts on the characters and storylines, with only minor/vague spoilers as usual.