I’m really busy today so no screenshots, unfortunately and this is a really short recap as the majority of events happen as in the novel. On a different note, the legitimate channel for the drama is Croton Media on Youtube. The playlist for the drama is here. They limit the episodes on different days depending on where you live but it has the highest quality meaning you can watch it in 1040p if you really wanted to. Regional restrictions aren’t a major problem if you google so watch these so you can show your support! Additionally, Croton has invited people to edit subtitles for the videos as they only have Chinese ones at the moment.
Sorry for the blocks of text that is the recap below.
In episode 7, Wei Wei and Xiao Nai complete the ultimate Couple Quest and become the first couple of the Jianghu. There is a few spectacular fights for Nai He along the way with one really cool scenewith him surrounded by dragon statues that shoot red beams at him. Diverging from the novel, there are two large birds, not one (and I will try to remember to get a picture up another day.) Wei Wei also gets challenged by Zhan Tian Xia (who is actually seen with Ni Ni back in episode one as the guy in armor.) She leaves the sect in the end. Xiao Nai’s real life plot is still ongoing with Manager Li offering Yu Gong a salary of 120000 RMB a month along with benefits such as personal cars. When Yu Gong reports to Xiao Nai, Xiao Na states that Zhen Yi Technologies has more planned than just trying to tempt his friends away from the company and will try to stop them from getting more capital. Xiao Nai then states he did not intend to even partner up with Zhen Yi to start with and is aiming to be the one to partner with Fengteng Corp on the development of the new game. Zhen Yi is a competitor who is also aiming to be the developer so he wanted Yu Gong to test the waters. Xiao Nai also informs his friends that their offices have been built and are soon to be ready to move in.
In episode eight, Wei Wei and Nai He participate in the Couples PK tournament. She encounters Die Meng Wei Xing with Zhan Tian Xia and narrates their history to Nai He. They successfully make their way through the semi-finals. Nai He informs Wei Wei that he has a business dinner tomorrow before the finals.
Zhen Shao Xiang is pictured in his office disillusioned with his father and how he is not being allowed to learn how to manage his father’s company even though his father says it is time for him to stop playing games. He is now in a real-life relationship with Xiao Yu Yao Yao (Yu Yao in real life). Er Xi is the only one of the four friends that receives an email notifying her of her successful application for an internship with Zhen Yi Technologies. (*cough* I feel something fishy is going on here.) Wei Wei’s friends persuade her to go shopping and just like in the novel, the friends encounter Xiao Nai when they go to the restaurant. Xiao Nai is meeting Manager Li and gets into the car when Wei Wei and her friends arrive. He gets into the passenger seat and Yu Gong is seen driving away. They encounter a truck coming head on at them and Xiao Nai twists the steering wheel to the left so that he is on the side of impact. Yu Gong is unhurt in the accident but extremely traumatized and full of self-recrimination when Xiao Nai is sent into the hospital unconscious. Xiao Yu Yao Yao and her friends are seen together in real life feeling happy at the fact Nai He missed the match and Yu Yao reveals that Zhen Shao Xiang told her that Lu Wei Wei Wei is actually a poor person in real life (as opposed to what Wei Wei told Ni Ni in the past.) She then reveals that Lu Wei Wei Wei (actually Er Xi) applied for an internship position at Zhen Shao Xiang’s company.
Xiao Nai naturally misses the tournament final and Wei Wei is extremely dispirited. Xiao Nai wakes up in the hospital with his friends and parents in the room. A while later when his parents have left, he asks Yu Gong and the other if they could go onto the game and notify Wei Wei. Yu Gong is confused but then Mo Zha Ta motions and Yu Gong is shocked and wonders if Wei Wei had waited all night.
My thoughts: These two episodes were all canon and expanded on what the novel had only mentioned in passing. I feel that a person who watches the drama doesn’t even need to read the novel at all. But this is only episode 7 and 8, we aren’t even one third through the drama but already near halfway in the novel. I’m very curious at what is coming in the second two-thirds of the novel. The business intrigue is somewhat basic but still interesting as it bring something new to the drama that people who read the novel aren’t bored. I wonder if they had Zhang Han and Zhao Li Ying make cameos. That would be very cool but most likely didn’t happen.