Legend of the Qing Qiu Fox 青丘狐传说 is like the Monster Killer cast reunion but without Wu Xin. Separated into six arcs, the first part entitled Ah Xiu stars Sebrina Chen Yao as Hua Yue.
Suddenly, something or someone takes over Ying Ning’s (Xiao Cai Qi in green dress) body compelling her to warn Hua Yue (Chen Yao in red) that they are under attack. As the tribe moves out in defense, a masked woman seizes the opportunity to steal the sacred fruit and a lone Fei Yue (Kiton Jiang Kaitong in purple) runs after the thief to no avail.
Since the attack was just a ruse, Ying Ning and Hua Yue find themselves in a frustrating position of your word against mine while tribe leader Liu Chang Yan (Jiang Jin Fu in middle white) takes the task of finding the real culprit. A hot-headed Hua Yue cannot stand the accusatory eyes staring her down so she leaves her worries behind and heads back to the human world.
Turns out that Hua Yue is extremely popular, living out her dreams of passion and romance and breaking many men’s hearts.
A fight ensues but Hua Yue narrowly escapes after she saves a girl named Ah Xiu. Despite seeing that Hua Yue is a nine-tailed fox, the kind-hearted Ah Xiu returns the favor by giving Hua Yue a place to stay and the two easily become friends.
First Impressions: The weird ears are trending and even upcoming cdrama Ice Fantasy sports the same pointed ears. It’s interesting though that the show tries to make a distinction between the nine-tailed foxes when Hua Yue says that she is not a seductive demon nor an immortal fairy but somewhat in between called a fox spirit.
The opening scenes are fairly rudimentary with an all too simple plot causing an entire tribe of powerful beings to leave their sacred tree unguarded at the most critical moment. The fight scene that follows is hard to take seriously as well especially amidst all the fake lanterns and computer generated background.
While I have my reservations, things gets more interesting towards the second half when the drama plays up the life aspect rather than the wuxia. Never mind that the concept has been done plenty and the story likely a cliche, yet what I think can make or break this drama would have to be the characters and so far, Hua Yue and Ah Xiu are really turning up the charm such that I want to see what will happen to the two friends once a common love interest comes along. But then again, it could be my heightened euphoria from a Monster Killer reunion that is clouding my judgment.
Other cast includes Gulinazha, Gina Jin Chen, Mike D’Angelo, Tina Tang Yixin, Wang Kai and Zhang Ruoyun.