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Summer has gone by in the blink of an eye, and you still haven’t caught up with all the newly released C-dramas because you were too busy basking in the sun? fret not! This article will make it a lot easier for you to decide which dramas among the many many summer releases you really need to watch.

Interestingly, this year’s summer hits cover a broad variety of genres, which means that there’s definitely something for everyone. Here are six summer dramas of 2019 (in no particular order) that are both commercially and critically acclaimed in China.

go go squid

Let’s start with the fluffiest one out of the batch. If you’re looking for lots of sweet OTP moments, then “go go squid” is your right pick. The drama tells the love story of genius computer engineering student Tong Nian (yang zi) and professional e-sports gamer Han Shang Yan (li xian). Tong Nian’s adorably clumsy attempts to win Han Shang Yan’s heart from her after she falls in love at first sight with him are a delight to watch. “Go Go Squid” is not only brainless fluff, though. The depicted romance grows and matures together with the characters as they learn to embrace each other’s individual personalities and support their respective dreams.

Read more about why you need to watch this drama in “Sweet Romance + The World Of E-Sports: 4 Reasons To Watch C-Drama ‘Go Go Squid.’

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The King’s Avatar

If you want to delve into the world of e-sports even more, you can’t miss “The King’s Avatar,” which depicts the fall and rise back up again of pro gamer Ye Xiu (yang yang). The drama does without romance, which gives it enough room to fully explore the themes of teamwork and friendship. The great CGI is also a big plus since it makes the game-heavy drama a lot more enjoyable.

mr fighting

As the title already suggests, “mr fighting” is another drama about fighting for your dreams. It follows struggling actor Hao Ze Yu (Deng Lun), who tries to make it big with the help of his assistant Fu Zi (Sandra Ma), his manager Niu Mei Li (ni hong jie), and his personal driver, Fu Zi’s father Fu Fang Shu (Han Tong Sheng). Other than one might expect, the drama is a realistic—yet warm—portrait of everyday life with all its hardships and joys. What makes “Mr. Fighting ”especially stand out are the many positive messages it delivers, one of them being body positivity, as they show us a“ chubby ”female lead who is confident and fully embraces her body from her.

Read more about why you need to watch this drama in “A Story Of What Really Matters In Life: 5 Reasons To Watch C-Drama ‘Mr. Fighting.’

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The Longest Day in Chang’an

The Longest Day in Chang’an” is a gripping historical thriller with outstanding cinematography and high attention to detail and historical accuracy. Watching the head of Chang’an’s anti-terror department, Li Bi (TF Boy’s jackson yee), and former prisoner Zhang Xiao Jing (Lei Jia Yin) race against time as they try to keep the city from being blown up by Turks will literally blow you away.

Read more about why you need to watch this drama in “A Feast For The Mind And Eyes: 4 Reasons To Watch ‘The Longest Day In Chang’an.’

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The Untamed

Another drama that will blow you away is xianxia series “The Untamed” — thanks to the amazing chemistry between leads Wei Wu Xian (xiao zhan) and Lan Wang Ji (Wang Yibo) that will leave you craving more. Both actors perfectly embody their characters, who feel so genuinely human.

Read more about why you need to watch this drama in “8 Reasons To Watch C-Drama “The Untamed,” A Study In How To Rip Your Heart To Shreds And Mend It Again.

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Love and Destiny

If you’re craving more romance, then you should check out xianxia drama “Love and Destiny.” Produced by the same team behind the 2017 megahit “eternal love” and starring big movie stars neither nor and chang chenit will take you on a wonderful journey through a visually pleasing fantasy world.

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Hey Soompiers! If you’ve watched these dramas already, which one is your top summer hit? And if you haven’t yet, which drama will you watch next? Let us know in the comments below!

Alice is a night owl who just can’t get enough of Asian entertainment. When she’s not watching dramas, she’s busy spreading the love for them. Make sure to follow Alice on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest C-drama updates!

Currently watching:The World Owes Me A First Love,” “When the Camellia Blooms,” “Secret Boutique,” “Melting Me Softly,”“The Lies Within”
All-time favorite dramas:Ode to Joy,” “Back in Time,” “From Survivor to Healer,” “Children of Nobody,” “My Ahjussi,” “Welcome to Waikiki
Looking forward to: “Awakening of Insects,” “joy of life,”“Psychopath Diary”

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6 C-Drama Summer Hits Of 2019 You Need To Catch Up With