Bei Wei Wei from the computer science department is an avid gamer. One day, to her surprise, she is asked to virtually marry the best player on her server. What Wei Wei doesn't know, however, is that he is her university's most admired student and game developer, Xiao Nai.
Love 020 was an original take on a classic (overused) campus romance: often misunderstood girl meets attractive, popular boy-genius and they fall in love. Only here, the girl is a smart “department beauty” studying engineering and she meets the boy while playing an online MMORPG. The production did a cool spin here where whenever the characters are playing the game they dramatize it. These slightly different tweaks on what would have otherwise been a story we’ve seen time and again are what make Love 020 stand out.
The chemistry between the leads was great and I love how much they always trusted each other. Petty misunderstandings do not get in the way of their relationship and only stand to make it stronger. This seemed way more realistic to me for two people in love rather than to have them immediately doubt each other. What a great couple!
Wei Wei’s best friend did annoy me to pieces though. She was very immature and annoying to the point where I couldn’t really root for her side romance she had going on there. I definitely could have done without that.
Over-all I thought this drama was very cute and sweet. I don’t think I will go back and re-watch it (I will probably revisit certain scenes though) but I would still 100% recommend it if you are looking for a good campus romance drama.
Love O2O will absolutely not appeal to everyone, but if you're tired of all the makjang (overblown, overly dramatic) shows and are craving something simple and straightforward, look no further!
Some things that especially appealed to me were the relationships between the main characters and their friends. I loved Xiao Nai's no-nonsense and even aggressive style in pursuing his love. You could really see that this was a boy who fell head-over-heels for the girl. Watching how his facial expressions showed how captivated he was by all of Wei Wei's reactions had me captivated, as well. Plus, I can't help but like a smart girl-smart boy combination! And, as a non-gamer, I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into a game world. Seeing how game fallout affected the players' real lives was a good way to keep the game and real world scenes connected.
On the flip side, the level of gossip and backbiting in this show bordered on an overly direct and preachy after-school show style. Should you make up things about others? No. But, we don't need to put it on the wash and repeat cycle, either. Frankly, the writing felt a little lazy when it came to plot points, and many of the tropes were dropped too easily without much thought put into them. You barely got a taste of conflict before it was just swept under the carpet.
Technically, the show was shot well with excellent lighting and nice choices of wardrobe. But, did they have to emphasize how thin the main actress was? If that's her natural form, that's fine, but some of the short skirts and skorts made her look decidedly unhealthy. Also, the 3D and filming crews did a good job for the most part. There were only a few moments when I questioned their choices, such as some overly-creative and unfortunately unattractive angles and the use of a very unsteady handheld for a scene that definitely needed a stabilizer. Finally, the music seemed to follow the gaming theme a little too much. Even some of the background and effects music in the real world scenes were just midi synths, which didn't really fit once the game world was left behind.
Clearly, this show is not perfect, but I easily watched all 30 episodes in just 3 days. I was sad when I hit episode 28 and realized just 2 were left! Love O2O was fun and engaging, and I would happily watch it all over again just to look for the more subtle facial and body language cues of the main actors that I missed while reading subtitles. If you enjoy romantic comedy, then I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed. ^^