A Day of Sandstorm

Today, there is a strong wind in Beijing, and the yellow dust is flying.

It's similar to the scene on March 15th:

I woke up a little after seven in the morning, pulled back the curtains, and the glaring light made it difficult for me to open my eyes.

The dim yellow light shone on the bed, as if it were the scene I saw when I woke up from a nap at five in the evening.

Unlike other days, I woke up an hour earlier today.

I thought this scene was the rising sun, shining on the earth.

However, it turned out to be a sandstorm that only occurs once every ten years.

——Beijing, March 15th

Unlike that day, today is not as lively. No one in the group of friends mentioned much about the sandstorm. I guess everyone is resting and can't feel the strong wind and endless yellow sand outside the window.

With the doors and windows tightly closed, the sound of the wind whistling, reading books and watching dramas indoors is just perfect.

Today, I watched "Alice in Borderland" on Netflix, which was recommended by a colleague last Friday. I finished it in one go. This drama is very similar to another one I watched recently, "Sweet Home." The former tells the story of people inexplicably entering a different world and having to play games and pass levels to obtain a visa for survival, otherwise they will be killed and eliminated. The latter tells the story of a chaotic world that has mutated after being infected by a virus. Interestingly, the two male leads in these two dramas look very similar. At first, I thought they were the same actor, but after checking, I found out that one is from a Japanese drama and the other is from a Korean drama.


These two dramas are well-made in terms of production, but they fall short in terms of the plot. For this type of post-apocalyptic setting, the exploration of human nature is inevitable, but both dramas have tried too hard and rushed too much, making it feel awkward. The most successful example of this type of setting should be "The Walking Dead." Although it has become increasingly disappointing, the discussion of human nature in the early seasons was really commendable.

In addition, perhaps due to the short duration, the characterization of many characters is not very well-developed. For example, there is a career-oriented woman in the drama who is willing to sacrifice her body for promotion. At the beginning of the game, she even fought with others, but in the last ten minutes, she suddenly had an epiphany and gave the chance of survival to a stranger she had known for less than three days. This is really abrupt.

Setting aside all the abrupt plots and the foolish game design, what kept me watching was the female lead in the drama, Yuzuki Usagi, played by Tao Tsuchiya. When Tsuchiya with short hair appeared, I thought she was Yui Aragaki, they really look alike. And her character in the drama reminded me of another character I really like, Mikasa Ackerman from "Attack on Titan."


With the same short hair and heroic posture, agile movements, the scene where she jumps and runs on the roofs in the drama is really cool.

In conclusion, this drama can be seen as an entertaining one, after all, the visuals and the overall feel are good, and there are handsome guys and beautiful girls to watch. If you expect to see more exploration of human nature in it, you may be disappointed.

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