A romantic comedy or rom-com is one of the most popular genres for C-dramas because of their interesting settings, compelling plots, eye-candy actors, and a hint of relatable content that viewers just can’t get enough of! Because of the popularity of this genre, you can easily access and watch most modern Chinese dramas on many streaming platforms. You can indulge in rom-com dramas after a long day while improving your Mandarin skills at the same time.
Rom-coms will definitely continue to make waves internationally next year because of the enthralling line-up and popular actors. Here are 5 upcoming rom-com C-dramas that you can look forward to in 2021:
1. Use For My Talent (我亲爱的小洁癖)
Cast: Shen Yue, Jasper Liu, Dai Yunfan, Yanan
Use For My Talent is an adaptation of the hit Korean drama, Clean With Passion For Now. The series follows two opposites — a clean freak and a slob with a past. Gu Renqi, an emotionally unavailable person with mysophobia, becomes close with his untidy employee, Shuang Jiao. Despite their dofferent personalities, they begin to fall in love and heal from each other’s company.
2. Falling into Your Smile (你微笑时很美)
Cast: Cheng Xiao, Xu Kai, Yalkun Merxat
Adapted from the web novel, You’re Beautiful When You Smile by Qing Mei, the drama centers on Tong Yao who becomes the first female professional player in China’s League of Legends. Even though she tries not tp be in a relationship with someone in the same e-sports industry, the elite team captain, Lu Sicheng, catches her attention. With the support of her teammates, Tong Yang also faces challenges in her life as a pro-gamer competing on the world stage.
3. Once We Get Married (只是结婚的关系)
Cast: Uvin Wang, Wang Ziqi, Ian Yi
Once We Get Married is based on the web novel, The CEO Wants To Marry Me by Nian Hua Bi Liu. Gu Xixi, a fashion buyer, buys a couture wedding dress for her client, Alex. Xixi then gets entangled with Yin Sichen, a CEO, who goes to Alex’s wedding reception for a business deal. Soon, they enter into a temporary contract marriage that will mutually benefit them both. Along the way, the two opposites slowly fall in love with each other.
4. Make a Wish (喵, 请许愿)
Cast: Ren Youlun, Ge Xinyi
The rom-com starts when Yu Chiyan saves a white cat. He eventually finds out that it’s a cat spirit named, Xiao Xu, from a parallel world called, Meow Planet. Xiao Xu turns into a human, so she can repay Chiyan’s kindness and return to her planet. She moves in with Chiyan and the two begin a unique romance.
5. Cute Programmer (程序员那么可爱)
Cast: Xing Zhaolin, Bambi Zhu
Cute Programmer is based on the popular web comic, Why is the Program So Cute, produced by Tianyi Ai Animation and Yuanqi Workshop. Lu Li falls in love with a genius programmer named, Jiang Yicheng, who becomes her role model. Lu Li studies in the same university and signs up for the same major, calculus, as Yicheng. However, she finds out that Jiang Yicheng’s company doesn’t accept female employees. So, she disguises herself as a man to enter his company while she tries her best to keep her identity a secret. Lu Li also scores an opportunity to have a fake relationship with Jiang Yicheng for a year. Eventually, their feelings become mutual.