Someday or One Day is a fantasy romance about a 27 year old woman (Alice Ke) struggling to deal with the death of her boyfriend (Greg Hsu) that gets caught up in a series of mysterious events involving him.
Alice Ke plays Huang Yu Xuan. She loved her boyfriend Wang Quan Sheng dearly and has had a hard time coping with his death even though it has been two years.
Greg Hsu is Wang Quan Sheng. He is Huang Yu Xuan’s loving boyfriend. He was the perfect man for her, and the two shared many wonderful times together.
Well, what do you know, I actually completed my first Taiwanese drama! I’ve started quite a few of them over the years, but I just couldn’t ever get one to stick. This one finally did it though, and it did with a bang!
So, I had never heard of Someday or One Day and watched it completely on a whim after reading a review from the amazing kfangurl of The Fangirl Verdict. I only read the opening paragraphs which actually told me nothing about the plot, but it said that it was an amazing drama and that it was best experienced going in blind and knowing as little about it as possible. So that’s exactly what I did!
Since I primarily watch kdramas and keep up with all the news around them, I pretty much always know a good deal about a drama before I start it. So, it is an interesting experience going in not having a clue about the plot other than that it is a fantasy romance. So much mystery!
And I can tell you after watching it, it really is the kind of drama where the less you know the better. It completely enriches the experience as you try to figure out what is going on during this emotional journey with the characters.
This is a rich drama with so much going for it. There’s a big romance, bromance, friendship, and family. The story is captivating and executed beautifully. There is also an intriguing mystery element to the show that includes some truly great twists and reveals that I didn’t see coming.
The story is so unique and well-written, and I was truly impressed with how well everything ties together to make for an incredibly emotional story that really leaves an impact. This isn’t a flashy drama, but it doesn’t need to be because it executes the story so well. The soundtrack is also fantastic and a great compliment to the show.
So, if you like big romances with fantasy elements, I would recommend like those before me that you stop here and go watch this wonderful drama. Give it a few episodes to get fully set up, and enjoy the amazing journey it takes you on! Everything after this will contain spoilers.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
I was drawn in to Someday or One Day right away. The opening montage had the feels as I met Huang Yu Xuan and Wang Quan Sheng. Then we learn about his disappearance and the difficult time that Huang Yu Xuan has coping with the loss.
The first episode sets up the story nicely as we get some back story and then get a surprising reveal at the end as we learn that over 20 years ago back in 1998 there was a high school girl named Chen Yun Ru who looked just like Huang Yu Xuan as well as a boy named Li Zi Wei who looked just like Wang Quan Sheng. It was a great twist!
Then Huang Yu Xuan gets transported back in time to the body of Chen Yun Ru. That’s where we begin piecing together the puzzle of why these people look alike and what actually happened to Wang Quan Sheng.
I was completely engrossed in the story and so invested in each of our main characters. Watching the relationships play out between our friend group of Chen Yun Ru, Li Zi Wei, and Mo Jun Jie (Patrick Shih) had me glued to my screen. My heart was put through the ringer with this one!
And I have to say how impressed I was at how well the drama handled all of the different timelines. Each one felt meaningful and important to the overall story. It can be hard for time travel dramas to keep up with everything and not feel all over the place, but this one knew what it was doing and where it was going which resulted in everything in the story flowing beautifully even within multiple timelines.
I loved how seamlessly the drama shifted from the first half focus being on Huang Yu Xuan and her journey of dealing with losing Wang Quan Sheng to the second half showing his journey to reunite with her.
We get to watch Li Zi Wei travel to the future and inhabit the body of Wang Quang Sheng and then mature and transform into the man that Huang Yu Xuan loved all along. He crossed time for her and put his everything into winning her heart and becoming a truly wonderful boyfriend.
And then the inevitable death of Wang Quan Sheng happens which results in Li Zi Wei being transported back in time to his own body where he has to painstakingly wait for the years to pass so he can reunite with Huang Yu Xuan as himself.
He goes through so much to get back to her. Talk about dedication! It was very rewarding to see the pieces all come together, and the feels were off the charts!
He also goes through a lot involving his best friend Mo Jun Jie. Mo Jun Jie may just be the embodiment of everything a second lead is supposed to be and more. What this sweet man goes through was something else.
His relationship with Li Zi Wei as well as Chen Yun Ru was very deep. Their story is a fantastic one that caused me a lot of grief because of the heartbreaking way things played out. It was an emotional ride.
We finally get the big reunion between our lovers in the present day, and it was wonderful to see. They went through so much to get to that point. Sadly though, tragedy strikes again with the unexpected murder of Li Zi Wei by our very creepy villain which sends Huang Yu Xian on a mission to save him as she goes back to the past again.
That’s where the big mystery of Chen Yun Ru’s death plays out. The drama did well at finally giving us another look at the character of Chen Yun Ru and how all of this affected her as well as those around her. Again, I was amazed at how well everything came together. We get all of the answers and eventually see the tragic loop of events unfold. It was devastating to see play out.
But thankfully, Huang Yu Xian is eventually able to change the past which ultimately resets the timeline so the loop doesn’t happen. Saving Chen Yun Ru changes everything though, including how she and Li Zi Wei met.
As for the ending, I kind of would have liked for it to have been possible for them to have retained the memories of everything they went through in order for them to be together. It was just such an epic journey that it felt like it should be remembered.
But I also liked the route they went in that Huang Yu Xuan and Li Zi Wei were able to live normal lives and eventually meet as themselves. They avoided tragedy and still fell in love. So in that sense, it was a very happy ending for our characters. Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster that was! I loved every single minute of it!
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Someday or One Day was truly something special. It pulled me in right from the start, captured my heart, and never let it go. I was so invested in these characters and their love story as well as their lives. I laughed and cried right along with them on their grand journey to simply be with each other. It was a heartfelt and emotional ride that I won’t forget.
My Rating: 10/10
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