[RECAP] Just An Alluring Smile (Love O2O) Ep 11-15

Read episodes 1-8 recap here and episodes 9-10 recap here.

Disclaimer: In a strict sense, this isn’t a scene-by-scene recap of the drama — it’s more of a thoughts/commentary/fangirling review thing. For a detailed explanation of each episode of Love O2O in English, you can read them all at Dreams of Jianghu, then come and read up my thoughts. Oh, and spoiler alert. (Duh).

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The Basics:

  • Name: Just An Alluring Smile, Love O2O, Kiss Me, 微微一笑很倾城(wēi wēi yī xiào hěn qīng chéng)
  • Length: 30 episodes
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Genre: Gaming, College romance
  • Airing: Two episodes per day Monday to Saturday, one episode on Sunday
  • Based on the original online novel by Gu Man

The Cast Of Characters:

  • Yang Yang (杨洋as Xiao Nai (肖奈)/ ID: 一笑奈何
  • Zheng Shuang (郑爽) as Bei Wei Wei (贝微微)/ ID: 芦苇微微
  • Mao Xiaotong (毛晓彤) as Er Xi (赵二喜)
  • Bai Yu (白宇) as Cao Guang (曹光)

How To Watch:

  • Raw, unsubbed episodes on YouTube via Croton Media
  • Subbed episodes on DramaFever

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The Plot:

Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang), a computer science major and avid gamer, “divorces” 真水无香 in the role-playing wuxia game Dreaming of Jianghu (referred to as “倩女幽魂” in the drama). Her gaming abilities soon capture the attention of Xiao Nai, who, through the character  一笑奈何 — the highest-ranking player on the server — joins forces with Bei Wei Wei’s 芦苇微微。


The Actual Recap (Ep 11-15)

Instead of relaying what occurs in strict chronological order, let’s break these few episodes down by thematic events. To continue where the previous recap left off, let’s start with our main OTP.

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*swoons*

Let’s be real here — though it’s apparently the first time he’s dated and interacted with a girl, he does it way too well. Oh, mortals — learn from our 大神.

Dashen Dates

Wei Wei is still all sorts of shy, demure, and awkward around her new . . . boyfriend? Wait, but they literally met IRL a few hours ago . . .

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Why is everything so fast? Because it’s what our shipping hearts desire.

Xiao Nai silently contributes a lot to the relationship — he doesn’t know what to do, he says, so he does what others can. For one, he eats spicy foods even though he usually doesn’t, deletes disgusting online polls — all the small things.

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Oh, and when Wei Wei expresses that all this seems so surreal? It’s all going at pretty much the speed of light . . . but alas, still too slow for our impatient hearts.

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It’s just so awesome that he doesn’t mind that Wei Wei is a big foodie. Why try to hide it, anyway?

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Not Even A Chance

Apparently the students of Qing University really, really like gossiping as news of Xiao Nai and Wei Wei dating spread like wildfire on the school forums. (Since when did schools have online forums? Since when did students become so involved? I must be attending the wrong places.)

Wei Wei gets a lot of flack online, with posts accusing her of seduction and attracting via only her physicality — apparently, she is a 34C, though that’s clearly not the case in the drama. So when you’re Wei Wei’s boyfriend’s roommates, who all study computer science? Hack the forums and delete the post.

Still, it’s Wei Wei herself that is nonchalant about the whole thing, dismissing that their IQs aren’t high enough to be bothered with.

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Yet it’s somehow not enough for Wei Wei’s roommates, especially Er Xi — they purposely drag Wei Wei and Xiao Nai to a French restaurant where they know Meng Yiran — a suspected party of the whole online forum thing — will be eating there.

Admirably, Wei Wei refuses to step foot into the restaurant because she’s never liked eating Western food.

“If it was a good seafood place I would still eat there, even if there were 10 Meng Yirans”.

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Besides, she states: “It’s best not to give them a chance to step into the arena.”

Apparently, Wei Wei has always been attractive to other males in her schools and has spent years labelled out of jealousy. It’s also hinted that she’s been bullied by jealous classmates — which used to bother her — but now she just filters out most of it.

I felt like this could have been an interesting thing to base her current personality off of — but no, a lot of it is stated as an afterthought.


Back in the gaming universe, Lu Wei Wei Wei and Yi Xiao Nai He unwittingly team up with online rivals Zhen Shui Wu Xiang and Xiao Yu Yao Yao to defeat a boss; Xiao Nai saves the rivals’ lives, knowing that they would feel worse about it that way.

The Business Jianghu

Yang Yang Xiao Nai is so freakin’ attractive in all those business suits, but personally, I’ve never been really convinced by all those business scenes where all the bosses meet and such.

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The point is, Xiao Nai and his company are contending with the large rival company for the rights to sign a contract with Fengteng and develop Dreams of Jianghu 2, or 新倩女幽魂because this Love O2O doesn’t already have enough endorsements. (Give me all the endorsements!)

What I do like is how it doesn’t shy away from a common fallacy of RPGs — the over-sexualization and objectification of women in terms of costuming or even other features just for a larger market share. Dreams of Jianghu 2, on the other hand, actually features more realistic and traditional costuming — a sign that the game is good enough without other types of attraction.

Also, Meng Yiran lamely tried to attract Xiao Nai and nothing happened.

The Last Night of University

Though really just a few short clips, I felt a sense of familiarity watching as the seniors of Qing University celebrated the end of their university lives. It’s just such a touching and momentous event, so I’m really glad the drama included small snippets of it.

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Even Xiao Nai, who has university professors as parents, quietly addressed his farewells to university.

I don’t know; it just brought a wistful smile to my face.

A Couple Apart

Along with the end of the school year comes Xiao Nai and Wei Wei’s inevitable separation — Wei Wei has to visit her parents over the summer. The mood is noticeably solemn.

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She gives him a cactus to take care of while she’s gone. (Which reminds me of nigahiga.)

What, so I’ll be reminded of you every day?

Wei Wei also keeps sneezing, a clear indication of being missed. But no — perfect opportunity to endorse cold medicine.

BONUS: A Gay Pairing?

There’s no explicit hint that a romance is in the works, but we all know. *waves at SAPPRFT*

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Hao Mei — Mei Ren Shi Xiong — is just a tad too enthusiastic about the mysterious cook who works at the school cafeteria and nearby restaurant, though. I’m excited.

— moon148


Rant Thing You Can Probably Ignore

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I’ve already finished watching Love O2O, and plot-wise there’s actually nothing that’s incredibly important — it’s just a sweet and addicting watch on itself. Yet for some reason, I feel this obligation to finish what I’ve started though I really don’t have that time. Plus I took so many screenshots what do I do. 

But as much as I enjoy this light and fluffy watch, is it really necessary to recap all of Xiao Nai and Wei Wei’s awkward, heart-fluttery and finally swoon-worthy moments? I doubt I can even look at fanservice the same way again — after being flooded with it, I don’t even know anymore.

There’s nothing to really analyze unless I go unnecessarily deep into what isn’t supposed to be deep. Of course, that leads to the ultimate question — how much cheesy satisfaction is too much?

Well, not enough! Give me all the cute OTP moments! Oh, and Yang Yang . . .

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