Go Go Squid!

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Go Go Squid!
GenreRomance comedy
eSports
Based onStewed Squid with Honey by Mo Bao Fei Bao
Written byMo Bao Fei Bao
Directed byLi Jingrong
Xiang Xujing
StarringYang Zi
Li Xian
Opening theme"A Nameless Person" by Chen Xueran
Ending theme"Milk Bread" by Yang Zi
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes41
Production
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Gcoo Entertainment
Release
Original networkDragon TV
Zhejiang TV
First shown inChina
Original releaseJuly 9 (2019-07-09) –
July 31, 2019 (2019-07-31)

Go Go Squid! (Chinese: 亲爱的,热爱的; pinyin: Qin Ai De, Re Ai De) is a 2019 Chinese television series based on the novel Stewed Squid with Honey (Chinese: 蜜汁炖鱿鱼; pinyin: Mi Zhi Dun You Yu) by Mo Bao Fei Bao. It stars Yang Zi and Li Xian.[1][2] The drama aired on Dragon TV and Zhejiang TV from July 9 to July 31, 2019.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Tong Nian, a talented computer major who is also a popular online singer, falls in love at first sight with a legendary cybersecurity professional Han Shangyan. They support each other and strive to win prizes in international cybersecurity competitions.[4]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Username / Character Introduction
Yang Zi Tong Nian A popular cover singer and genius IT programming student.
Li Xian Gun / Han Shangyan Boss of Team K&K. Former member (main attacker) of Team Solo. A legendary professional CTF player.

Supporting[edit]

Team K&K[edit]

Actor Username / Character Introduction
Hu Yitian[5] DT / Wu Bai Captain of Team K&K whose position is main attacker.

Known by the nickname "God's Left Hand" and is a calculus genius. Han Shangyan's cousin. He appears cold, but has a warm-hearted personality. He has admired Appledog for ten years, and entered the gaming scene due to her.

Lee Hong-chi[5] Xiao Mi / Mi Shaofei Leader of Team K&K. Former member of Team Solo whose position was defender.
He first joined Team SP due to the conviction by Wang Hao, but later quit and left the industry after his rank fell out of 100th place. He was later convinced by Su Cheng to join Team K&K. He fell in love with Sun Yaya after she accompanied him during his down times.
Wen Yifan Grunt / Shen Zhe Vice Caption of Team K&K whose position is planner.
He has a poisonous mouth but a soft heart.
Li Mingde 97 / Ling Shan Main defender of Team K&K. A bright and talkative guy who loves to tease Demo.
Xu Yuexiao One / Zhou Yi Sub-defender of Team K&K. The tallest in the team.
Yu Chengen demo / Dai Feng Sub-attacker of Team K&K. The youngest in the team, he has a cute and blur personality.
Cheng Fangxu Buff / Bi Dongran Member of Team K&K.
Former leader of Team Buff, he once defeated Han Shangyan during the latter's days in Team Solo. After losing to Team K&K in a competition five years later, he was convinced by Han Shangyan to join Team K&K.
Wang Lejun Su Cheng Former leader of Team K&K. Close friend of Grunt and former wife of Wang Hao.

Team SP[edit]

Actor Username / Character Introduction
Li Zefeng[5] Solo / Wang Hao Leader and representative of Team SP. Former leader of Team Solo, whose position was planner.
He was the reason why Team Solo disbanded at the height of its fame.
Wang Zhen'er Appledog / Ai Qing Leader and representative of Team SP. Former leader of Team Solo, whose position was planner main attacker.
She is regarded as the "goddess" of the gaming scene. Wang Hao's ex-girlfriend.
Chen Xijun All / Ou Qiang Sub-attacker of Team SP.Former member of Team Solo, whose position was sub-attacker and main defender.
Wu Hao Hua Ti / Zhou Hua Captain of Team SP, whose position is main attacker.
Sun Chuhong Inin / Lin Yin Planner of Team SP.
Li Duogen Bug / Fu Ying Defender of Team SP. He replaced Mi Shaofei after the latter left the team.
Chen Yong Following / Fu Yiwen Member of Team SP.
Zhou Yuanyuan He Nana Global Operations Director of Team SP.

People around Han Shangyan[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Paul Chun Han Shangyan and Wu Bai's grandfather. A playful man who constantly worries about Han Shangyan's marriage status.
Liang Aiqi Han Shangyan's step-mother. She treats Han Shangyan as her own.
Sheng Ping Zhou Shan Han Shangyan's loyal fan. Because of him, she became a main editor of CTF magazine.

People around Tong Nian[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Jiang Peiyao Sun Yaya Tong Nian's roommate and close friend. Mi Shaofei's fan, who accompanied him during his down times. She later got together with Mi Shaofei.
Shi Qingyan Lan Mei Tong Nian's close friend. A popular online singer.
Qu Xianping Zheng Hui Tong Nian's senior. He likes Tong Nian.
Chen Shuai Hu Dounan Tong Nian's cousin.
Liu Qianmei Hu Yuejiao Tong Nian's cousin.
Sun Lin Tong Nian's mother.
Wang Ce Tong Nian's father.
Zheng Xiaowan Tong Nian's aunt.
Ding Nan Lan Mei's husband. A fan of Han Shangyan.

Others[edit]

Actor Character Introduction
Hua Bobo Nan Wei Su Cheng's husband. Han Shangyan's partner in K&K.
Zhou Xiaohai Tong Nian's professor and Han Shangyan's friend.
Zhang Ming Xiao Ai Solo/Wang Hao's daughter
Su Yi Xiao You Former member of Team Solo.
Shen Lei Yi Qian Former member of Team Solo.
Sun Lianfeng Aunt Zhao One's mother.
Ren Shuhai Dai Feng's mother.
You Xiaodong Mi Shaofei's father.
Liu Ailian Mi Shaofei's grandmother.
Yang Shufang Wang Hao's mother.
Jing Lu Zheng Hui's mother.
Yu Xiaodong Zheng Hui's father.

Production[edit]

The series began filming in April 2018 and finished in July 2018 at Sanya.[6]

Reception[edit]

The series is a commercial success. It topped television ratings in it timeslot, and has been streamed more than 9.6 million times, as well as generating a huge online buzz with the show's official hashtag has been viewed more than 12 billion times on Sina Weibo.[7][8] The drama was praised for its transmitting positive and uplifting messages such as the pursuit of dreams as well as patriotism.[9]

Controversy[edit]

On July 23, 2019, all episodes of the drama were leaked online.[10]

The series was embroiled in a controversy after a map was seen in episode 39 that left off the self-ruled island of Taiwan and southern Hainan, and incorrectly represented the India-Tibet border, the South China Sea and the Kashmir region. According to the ministry, mistakes on the map used in the teleplay include that it incorrectly delineated the boundaries of the southern areas of the Tibet autonomous region, the colors for Taiwan and Hainan islands were different from other parts of China; and the dotted line to indicate Chinese islands in the South China Sea was missing.The issue has since been investigated by China’s Ministry of Natural Resources.[11][12]

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."A Nameless Person (无名之辈)" (Opening theme song)Tang HanxiaoTang HanxiaoChen Xueran 
2."Milk Bread (牛奶面包)" (Ending theme song)Zheng Guofeng, Zhang PengpengZheng GuofengYang Zi 
3."Love Is Not Up To Me (爱不由我)"Zhang PengpengZheng GuofengYou Zhangjing 
4."Give to the Future (給未來)"Zhang PengpengZheng GuofengLi Xian 
5."I Can Not Care About You (我可以不在乎你)"Sun AiliSun AiliKimberley Chen 
6."Couldn't leave"Chen XueranChen XueranDimash Kudaibergen 
7."Glory (光耀)"Lin QiaoZhao QianLara Veronin 
8."The Happiness of Walking Together ( 一起走的幸福)"Lin Qiao, Gao YingGao YingDuan Aojuan 

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "《蜜汁炖鱿鱼》首发先导片 杨紫李现开启甜萌爱情". Sina (in Chinese). May 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "《亲爱的,热爱的》定档0709 杨紫李现开启热血甜爱". Global Times (in Chinese). July 5, 2019.
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  7. ^ "'Cinderella stories' hold staying power in modern age". China Daily. July 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Who is Li Xian, rising star of China's Go Go Squid! hit television show?". South China Morning Post. August 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "青春剧不应局限于"撒糖" 更要找到现实着眼点". Sina (in Chinese). July 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "《亲爱的,热爱的》全集泄露 杨紫:希望大家别散播". Netease (in Chinese). July 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Popular TV show retracts inaccurate map of China". China Daily. August 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Hit Chinese TV show Go Go Squid! investigated for showing map without Taiwan and Hainan". South China Morning Post. August 5, 2019.