25 May 2017

KO One Return Review

Title: KO One Return
AKA: KO One 2
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Romance
Episodes: 30
Broadcast period: 2012-Dec to 2013-Feb
Cast: Jiro Wang, Pets Tseng, Lin Zo Hong, Xu Ming Jie, Kwang In Deok, Sylvia Wang and Xiao Hou.

While trying to escort Liu Bei (Chen De Xiu) to the Iron Dimension, Wang Da Dong (Jiro Wang) is caught in an inter-dimensional time quake, and is thrown 10 years into the future in the Gold Dimension. While trying to find his friends, Da Dong returns to KO One class, but is met with strange faces, who never heard of him or his friends. He finds out that the KO ranking, battle points and fighting power have mysteriously disappeared. The KO One class is ruled by King (Pets Tseng), and soon enough Da Dongs free-spirited personality bothers all the students – especially when he challenges King for the position as the top.
While trying to investigate the disappearance of his friends, he also tries to uncover why the KO ranking and power users have vanished…

So, first of all, I am a huge K.O. (Zhong Ji) fan, going back to the three previous seasons: K.O One, The X-Family and K.O.3an Guo. I remember watching the last season (K.O.3an Guo) and loving it, but since the fansubbers kind of went hiatus and Fahrenheit disbanded, I didn’t really pay attention on the series anymore. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the has been at least 1 season pr. year since 2012. K.O One Return is the season right after K.O.3an Guo, and it is the continuation of K.O. One (the very first season). Compared to the first season this one has grown, both in quality and acting – but it also has new faces (I guess a new idol boyband taking over Fahrenheits spot). The storyline is also good, but unfortunately it becomes confusing and quite lacking, as (like in most Chinese idol dramas) the main cast disappears from the lineup. I mean Jiro disappeared in the 14th episode (or something like that), with 15-16 episodes to go – and he’s the main actor and story! Also, I disliked the ending – quite dull to be honest. Though I was excited to watch this drama, they really drained everything out of you after the 20 mark. It took me forever to finish.
If you are new to this ‘world’ and wondering whether or not to watch this, I won’t say go ahead as there are many other Zhong Ji seasons that are better. But if you are a fan or really liked the first season, this is one of those you need to watch in order to watch the rest.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of stars

♥♥½ / 2½ out of 5 hearts

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