When I Fly Towards You

When I Fly Towards You

A cute coming-of-age romcom with moments straight from a high school girl’s old digital camera

7.5

TV Show

China
Mandarin
Comedy, Drama, Soap
2023
SHUANG YUAN
Bian Tianyang, Gao Wen-feng, Hao Wenting
30 min

TLDR

So cute! But I can feel my bones fading to dust as I watch…

What it's about

After a chance encounter at the corner store, cheerful transferee Su Zaizai (Zhang Miaoyi) gets enchanted by aloof honor student Zhang Lurang (Zhou Yiran).

The take

Meeting a cute boy at the corner store, sneaking snacks into camp, leaving gifts at your crush’s desk… These are things that got lost for high schoolers who had to take online classes during the pandemic. Because of this, When I Fly Towards You is a timely blast from the past as schools get back on-site. This show captures the classroom experience before it went online, in such a cute and nostalgic manner. With moments that have to be ripped straight from someone’s high school diary, it’s easy to root for the sometimes cringy but mostly charming main characters in this series. The funny misunderstandings and assumptions between them feel all the more sweet as they try to make it up to each other.

What stands out

Dealing with school crushes is definitely a classic teen show premise, but When I Fly Towards You gets specific with the scenarios portrayed in the series. Scenes like offering to hide a video game console or convincing a fellow student to join a club are present in the series, and each time a scene like this gets shown, it feels like recalling a long-forgotten high school memory, only recalled through the lens of hazy, glowy nostalgia or of old digital cameras. But these moments aren’t placed randomly. These are the moments the five friends grow closer. The specificity makes the progression of their relationships feel all the more real.

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