5 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Go Go Squid’
Never has a c-drama captivated my heart quite like Go Go Squid has. You may think that’s a bold statement to open with, but I’m a fussy c-drama watcher. I tend to watch more romantic comedies instead of the heavier stuff. It’s just a personal preference. This drama style was right up my alley and there was a 50/50 chance it could go either way. (I start more c-dramas than I finish, so I embark very cautiously before I start a new one.)
These days, I don’t get much time to binge-watch. In less than a week, I’ve already burned through 22 episodes of Go Go Squid. For me, that’s an impressive feat in such a short span of time. I pulled a bunch of all-nighters and was pretty miserable in the morning when I headed to work, but would I do it again? Absolutely.
When a drama resonates with you, you hold onto that sucker and enjoy every moment of it. Before I break into my list of 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Go Go Squid, I’ll provide a few basics.
- Go Go Squid contains 41 episodes that are legally available with English subtitles here on Viki. All episodes have finished airing and are completely subbed.
- It’s based on a c-novel called Honey Stewed Squid, written by Mo Bao Fei Bao, that centers around the world of e-Sports. You can read it here when it’s fan translated with Mo Bao Fei Bao’s blessing.
- While a gaming drama, this style is referred to as CTF (Capture The Flag), which is focused around cyber technology/crime. (Think of brilliant computer coding specialists whose goal is to solve security problems within a program by competing against another team. They also defend their own system as well. Simply put, the team that successfully hacks the other’s system is dubbed the winner. Security Intelligence has a really good article pertaining to CTF. (I actually never heard of this existing prior to watching Go Go Squid.)
Adorkable, Nerdy Leads
Both of our leads are computer geniuses in their own rights. Tong Nian is a brilliant computer programmer and Han Shangyan is an elite gamer. Computers and the world of e-Sports is a huge part of this story and not only is it fascinating, but it’s fun to see how it brings our leads closer together.
You know where you watch dramas and you roll the eyes when a character you hate comes on the screen? That’s a very, very minimal occurrence. In 31 episodes, there’s one character I strongly dislike. Oh, Tong Nian’s mother is currently on my “I don’t like you right now” list, so I can’t speak favorably about her. But everyone else? I freaking adore them. All of the boys at K&K are so fun and have their own personalities. If I had to choose, Demo would be my favorite.
Who doesn’t enjoy a healthy dose of bromances? Whether it’s the former members of Team Solo or everyone at K&K, there is a lot of love in this drama so far. I love the camaraderie and support that runs rampant in Go Go Squid. There are so many “brotherly” relationships in this drama. Of course, some of these bromances are heavily tried and tested, but I really appreciate the lengths that this drama goes to show the importance of love, but even more importantly, the value of friendship. (I’ve shed a few tears, ya’all.)
E-Sports is front and center.
Whether you’re a gaming noob or can hold your own, it’s been such a fun experience to see gaming as the main element of a drama. I know people will rattle off another c-drama with gaming, but that’s a bit different than Go Go Squid. While it has become popular and more respected thanks to Team Solo 10 years ago, it’s still a touchy topic with a lot of elders–or really any of the older generations. They don’t see anything respectable against gaming, so I love that there are so many positive messages to pull from this drama. These gamers are looking for honor and to prove that what they’re doing is actually worthwhile and respectable. I’m enjoying these groups of gamers fighting the status quo.
This drama is addicting.
Okay, so I don’t know if that’s really a reason or not, but I’m not kidding. Everything about Go Go Squid is so addicting that you’ll want to devour one episode after another… after another. It’s upbeat, adorable, has positive messages, and is completely different than any other c-drama I’ve watched to date. Han Shangyang is so awkward and bad at being social, but he’s really a giant marshmallow on the inside that doesn’t know how to express himself. It may not be anything new or groundbreaking, but Li Xian adds so much depth and dimension. It’s his expressive eyes—no matter what crap comes out of his mouth, I just look at his eyes and can see the truth.
That said, there is so much fantastic acting all around. Most characters seem to have a purpose and aren’t a dreaded plot device. Well, maybe except for one person, but we’ll let that slide.
And there you have it. 5 reasons you should be watching Go Go Squid. If you’re still not convinced, I’ll probably follow up with a part two very soon. If you’re looking for some other recommendations and ‘reasons’ posts, 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘I Hear You’. That’s another c-drama I greatly enjoyed that involves a cold male character and a bubbly female character. Although, the ending was okay, I felt that it was a weaker point. Still, this is another c-drama I had a ton of fun watching.