In Fish Upon the Sky, Mork won't give up on his unrequited crush for Pi, no matter how many times he gets rejected.

Fish Upon the Sky is a Thai BL comedy, offering a modern take at the story of the ugly duckling. The main character is a nerdy and lonely social outcast who grows smitten with a handsome, popular guy at school. He undergoes a dramatic transformation to change his appearance, in hopes of making himself more desirable to his unattainable crush.

With a perpetually upbeat tone, Fish Upon the Sky relies on many silly jokes and goofy antics to make the viewers laugh. Unfortunately, the lighthearted comedy suffers from a shallow and predictable plot, which takes too long to make any progress. This energetic BL series loses momentum as the story keeps going around in circles.

Fish Upon the Sky Summary

What is the series called?

ปลาบนฟ้า

When was the series released?

2021

Where was the series made?

Thailand

What is the language used in the series?

Thai

What is the genre?

Comedy

How would you describe the series?

Happy and upbeat

How many episodes are in the series?

12 episodes

How long is each episode?

Around 45 minutes

Plot

Pi keeps rejected Muk's affection throughout Fish Upon the Sky.

Pi is a second-year university student currently studying to become a dentist. With his thick glasses and metallic braces, the other students make fun of his nerdy appearance, so he doesn’t have any friends around school. Pi’s only friend is somebody he met online, another university student who goes by the anonymous pseudonym A Guy From Nearby Faculty.

Pi has a secret crush on the handsome and popular Muang Nan, one of the few students to show kindness towards him. However, Pi is annoyed by the close bond between Muang Nan and his best friend Mork, since they are always together. Mork knows about Pi’s crush on his friend and constantly teases him about it. Pi sees Mork as a love rival and the two of them don’t start off with the best relationship.

Unfortunately, Pi receives hateful comments online after posting a picture of himself with Muang Nan. The cyberbullying prompts him to undergo a makeover, changing his appearance to look more physically desirable. Pi enlists the help of his older brother Duean and his posse of friends to help him transform his look. Without the glasses and braces, Pi feels a lot more confident about himself.

Pi’s brother Duean is a goofy fifth-year university student with terrible grades. He has to retake several courses again after flunking in them previously. In one of his classes, he befriends a university freshman named Meen, who can be quite clingy and needy. Nonetheless, Duean and Meen spend lots of time together, developing a bond. Despite their closeness, Duean hasn’t told Meen that he is actually a fifth-year student, feeling ashamed that his friend might see him as dumb.

After his makeover, Pi is working up the courage to confess his love for Muang Nan. However, Mork is always getting in his way, pestering him at every opportunity. At first, Pi believes it’s because Mork also has feelings for Muang Nan. However, the truth is that Mork secretly likes Pi and craves his attention. Even though Pi has his heart set on getting together with Muang Nan, Pi is determined to win over his crush.

Fish Upon the Sky Trailer

Fish Upon the Sky Cast

Characters

Pi Phuwin Tangsakyuen (ภูวินทร์ ตั้งศักดิ์ยืน) Phuwin Instagram

Pi is played by the actor Phuwin Tangsakyuen (ภูวินทร์ ตั้งศักดิ์ยืน).

Pi is a second-year dentistry student. With glasses and braces, the other students make fun of his appearance and they bully him too. He doesn’t have any friends at school, other than an anonymous chatting buddy he met online. Pi lacks self-confidence and doesn’t believe he is worthy enough to be with someone as handsome as Muang Nan.

Mork Pond Naravit Lertratkosum (ณราวิชญ์ เลิศรัตน์โกมุสภ์) Pond Instagram

Mork is played by the actor Pond Naravit Lertratkosum (ณราวิชญ์ เลิศรัตน์โกมุสภ์).

Mork is a second-year medical student who aspires to become a doctor. He is best friends with Muang Nan. Athletic and intelligent, Mork is widely popular on campus. He has always been one of the cool kids since high school. However, Mork develops an obsessive crush on the nerdy and unpopular Pi, who doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.

Duean Neo Trai Nimtawat (ตรัย นิ่มทวัฒน์) Neo Instagram

Duean is played by the actor Neo Trai Nimtawat (ตรัย นิ่มทวัฒน์).

Duean is a fifth-year university student with bad grades at school. He’s kind of like the black sheep of the family, studying engineering when his parents are both doctors and his brothers are also pursuing careers in medicine. Cheeky and crass, Duean doesn’t behave with much etiquette or decorum. Duean is quite protective over his younger brother Pi, even though the two of them squabble a lot.

Meen Louis Thanawin Teeraphosukarn (ธนวินธีรภูโกศล) Louis Instagram

Meen is played by the actor Louis Thanawin Teeraphosukarn (ธนวินธีรภูโกศล).

Meen is a university freshman who becomes friends with Duean. He is a good student and Duean likes that his friend does most of the work in their group projects together. Meen has a sweet and sensitive personality. He can be quite clingy towards Duean and constantly wants the two of them to spend time together.

Supporting Cast

Muang Nan is played by the actor Mix Sahaphap Wongratch (สหภาพ วงศ์ราษฎร์).

Muang Nan

Mix Sahaphap Wongratch (สหภาพ วงศ์ราษฎร์)

Koh is played by the actor Winny Thanawin Pholcharoenrat (ธนวินท์ ผลเจริญรัตน์).

Koh

Winny Thanawin Pholcharoenrat (ธนวินท์ ผลเจริญรัตน์)

Yok is played by the actor Euro Thanaset Suriyapornchaikul (ธนเศรษฐ์ สุริยะชัยสกุล).

Yok

Euro Thanaset Suriyapornchaikul (ธนเศรษฐ์ สุริยะชัยสกุล)

Jeans is played by the actor AJ Chayapol Jutamas (ชยพล จุฑามาศ).

Jeans

AJ Chayapol Jutamas (ชยพล จุฑามาศ)

James is played by the actor Satang Kittipop Sereevichayasawat (กิตติภพ เสรีวิชยสวัสดิ์).

James

Satang Kittipop Sereevichayasawat (กิตติภพ เสรีวิชยสวัสดิ์)

Bam is played by the actress Jan Ployshompoo Supasap (พลอยชมพู ศุภทรัพย์).

Bam

Jan Ployshompoo Supasap (พลอยชมพู ศุภทรัพย์)

Wan is played by the actor Papang Phromphiriya Thongputtaruk (พรหมพิริยะ ทองพุทธรักษ์).

Wan

Papang Phromphiriya Thongputtaruk (พรหมพิริยะ ทองพุทธรักษ์)

Pi's mother is also a doctor.

Pi’s mom

Pi's father is also a doctor.

Pi’s dad

Prik Pao is played by the actress Nancy Darina Bunchu (แนนซี่ ดารินา บุญชู).

Prik Pao

Nancy Darina Bunchu (แนนซี่ ดารินา บุญชู)

Kleua Kang is played by the actor Yourboy Nureee (ธวัชชัย เพชรสุข).

Kluea Kang

Yourboy Nureee (ธวัชชัย เพชรสุข)

Nampheung is played by the actress Kapook Phatchara Thabthong (พัชรา ทับทอง).

Nampheung

Kapook Phatchara Thabthong (พัชรา ทับทอง)

Cast highlights

  • The actor playing Pi (Phuwin) appeared in a few BL productions previously, including Our Skyy and ‘Cause You’re My Boy.
  • Duean’s actor (Neo) had a supporting role in the 2020 Thai BL comedy Tonhon Chonlatee.
  • Muang Nan’s actor (Mix) is best known for his leading role in the 2021 Thai BL drama A Tale of Thousand Stars.

Fish Upon the Sky Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 7

C+
Story

★☆☆☆

Romance

★★☆☆

Acting

★★★☆

Ending

★★☆☆

Mork holds up a seductive finger to his lips.

Fish Upon the Sky is a silly, lighthearted comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Some jokes can be quite funny, even if the goofy humour may not appeal to everybody. It definitely benefits from a vibrant and energetic cast, who brings the humourous scenes to life enthusiastically. The lead actors might be young, but they are comfortable on camera and give natural performances.

Unfortunately, Fish Upon the Sky doesn’t have enough depth. From the first episode, I can already predict how the BL drama will begin, progress, and end. The only surprise is how long it takes for the plot to move forward, losing momentum as the story goes around in circles. The tiresome relationship drama between Pi and Mork tested my patience, as did a particularly aggravating storyline about their “shippers”. FYI, shipping a couple stops being cute when you’ve invaded their privacy, doxxed their personal information, and harassed them to the point they feel unsafe.

Problems arise once Pi makes it clear that he doesn’t have feelings for Mork. Unfortunately, Mork can’t seem to take no for an answer. Pi rejects him not once, not twice, but dozens of times. Instead of backing off, getting rejected only makes Mork more relentless. After the first rejection, it begins a tedious cycle where every episode rehashes the same old plot. Basically, Mork likes Pi who doesn’t return his affections. Rinse and repeat. Since the narrative won’t move forward and the romance doesn’t make progress, nothing new happens with these characters for the longest time.

In the beginning, Mork seems like a real catch, a loyal and kind-hearted guy who’s obviously smitten with Pi. However, the longer the courtship drags on, the less likable Mork becomes. His obsessiveness is annoying, repetitive, and uncomfortable to watch, especially when he’s desperately in denial. Are you sure you don’t like me!? I think you do have feelings for me, but you just haven’t realized it yet! Mork needs to understand that no simply means no, instead of imposing his love onto someone who doesn’t want to reciprocate.

The other couple, Duean and Meen, is the equivalent of light comedic fluff. A small part of each episode is dedicated to their low-stakes relationship, which plays out in a predictable manner. While their cheerful, breezy scenes are cute to watch, these characters add nothing substantial to the plot. The pairing is enjoyable yet forgettable, and I wished Fish Upon the Sky could’ve tied this romance better with the main storyline.

Overall, I still enjoy Fish Upon the Sky for its silliness and lightheartedness, even though its shortcomings overshadow its strengths. The story is too predictable, the pacing feels too slow, and the romance takes too long to develop. By the time the final episode finished, I was left unsatisfied by a shallow BL series that could have used more substance.

How is the story?

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At the beginning, Mork seems like a real catch. He’s loyal, kind-hearted, and obviously smitten with Pi. I almost don’t understand why Pi would be so hostile around Mork when he is such a decent guy. Here’s somebody who seems super into you, doesn’t judge you, and spends all his time with you. Sure, he might not be the dreamy Muang Nan, but why not give him a chance to sweep you off your feet?

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Fish Upon the Sky Episodes

Episode Guide

Fish Upon the Sky has a total of 12 episodes. Each episode is around 40 to 50 minutes long. The last episode is approximately 50 minutes long. This is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 9 hours. Fish Upon the Sky aired its first episode on April 9, 2021 and was completed on June 25, 2021.

Episode 1

★★★☆

Episode 2

★★★☆

Episode 3

★★★☆

Episode 4

★★☆☆

Episode 5

★★☆☆

Episode 6

★★☆☆

Episode 7

★★★☆

Episode 8

★☆☆☆

Episode 9

★★☆☆

Episode 10

★★★★

Episode 11

★★☆☆

Episode 12

★★☆☆

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