Hao Ting and Xi Gu didn't get off on the best start in HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count.

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count is about the turbulent romance between a high school student and his bully. Although the two characters begin the series with lots of hostility, their relationship improves as they understand each other more. This BL drama also features a saucy romance with a sizable age difference, as one of the teens develops a crush on an older man.

Admittedly, HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count comes with a lot of red flags, which include poor writing, unlikable characters, and unhealthy relationship dynamics. Nonetheless, there are some compelling moments in this series, capable of stirring up intense emotions with its nonstop drama.

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count Summary

What is the show called?

HIStory 3: 那一天

When was the show released?

2019

Where was the show made?

Taiwan

What is the language used in the show?

Mandarin

What is the show’s genre?

School romance

How would you describe the show?

Dramatic and intense

How long is the show?

20 episodes

How long is each episode?

Around 22 minutes

Plot

Xi Gu does not return Hao Ting's aggressive advances towards him at first.

Hao Ting and Xi Gu are both senior high school students, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. Hao Ting is outgoing, lively, and known for being a rowdy troublemaker on school campus. He is the stark opposite from Xi Gu, the quiet, intelligent, and hardworking student who’s acing all his classes. In fact, Xi Gu is the number one student in his grade with a promising academic future ahead of him.

Xi Gu is an orphan who lives by himself with no family or friends. After school, he has to work a part-time job to pay rent and save up on tuition costs. Sometimes, he barely has enough money to afford regular meals for himself. Fortunately, his boss Zhi Gang is a very generous man, and he tries to look after Xi Ghu by giving him extra food or money.

Recently, Hao Ting’s needy girlfriend has developed an interest in Xi Gu. Although he rebuffs her advances, she insists on spending time with the ace student. Their closeness attracts the ire of Hao Ting and his friends, who grow hostile towards Xi Gu. As tensions rise, Hao Ting’s clique begins to bully Xi Gu, threatening him with pranks and violence.

However, one of the pranks ends up having severe and unintended consequences. It causes Hao Ting to feel bad about the way he has been treating Xi Gu. As he is overtaken by guilt, Hao Ting starts paying more attention to Xi Gu, eventually developing feelings for the guy he used to bully. However, these feelings are not reciprocated and Xi Gu still views him as the enemy, no matter how much Hao Ting tries to improve his reputation.

Meanwhile, Hao Ting’s classmate and best friend Bo Xiang is working part-time at his cousin’s gym. Bo Xiang has a massive crush on one of the regulars, who just happens to be Xi Gu’s boss Zhi Gang. Although Bo Xiang is smitten with Zhi Gang, there’s a sizable age difference between the two of them. While Zhi Gang believes Bo Xiang is too young for him, his rejections do not seem to deter Bo Xiang, who only becomes more fixated on winning over the older man.

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count Trailer

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count Cast

Characters

Hao Ting Wayne Song (宋緯恩) Wayne Song Instagram

Hao Ting is played by the actor Wayne Song (宋緯恩).

Hao Ting is an outgoing high school student with a rebellious streak. He is doted on by his mother, but clashes with his more conservative father. He also has a younger sister, and the two of them have a good relationship when they aren’t teasing each other. Hao Ting is close with his circle of friends, which includes Bo Xiang, Xiao Chun, and the twins Xia De and Xia En.

Xi Gu Huang Chun Chih (黃雋智) Huang Chun Chih Instagram

Xi Gu is played by the actor Huang Chun Chih (黃雋智).

Xi Gu is the ace student at his high school with top academic marks. As an orphan, he used to live with his aunt, but moved out on his own to not burden her new family. Although the teachers are impressed with Xi Gu, he is quiet and serious with no friends at school. He often stays behind at school to study and do homework until it closes late at night.

Zhi Gang Thomas Chang (張瀚元) Thomas Chang Instagram

Zhi Gang is played by the actor Thomas Chang (張瀚元).

Zhi Gang owns the cafe where Xi Gu works part-time. A kind and altruistic man, he tries to help out Xi Gu with food, finances, and social occasions. Zhi Gang exercises at the gym where Bo Xiang works at, but doesn’t seem to reciprocate the young man’s advances towards him. He is currently single with three failed relationships under his belt.

Bo Xiang Wilson Liu (劉韋辰) Wilson Lau Instagram

Bo Xiang is played by the actor Wilson Liu (劉韋辰).

Bo Xiang is a high school student and one of Hao Ting’s good friends. He is loyal and devoted, but has an immature and impulsive personality. He works part-time at a gym, which is owned by his cousin Wen Jie. Bo Xiang develops a massive crush on Zhi Gang, who is a lot older than him.

Supporting Cast

Hao Ting's sister is played by the actress Cai Mu Fei (蔡牧霏).

Yong Xing

Cai Mu Fei (蔡牧霏)

Hao Ting's mom is played by the actress Sara Yu (于子育).

Hao Ting’s mom

Sara Yu (于子育)

Hao Ting's dad is played by the actor Spark Chen (陳如山).

Hao Ting’s dad

Spark Chen (陳如山)

Xia De is played by the actor Xia De (夏得).

Xia De

Xia De (夏得)

Xia En is played by the actor Xia En (夏恩).

Xia En

Xia En (夏恩)

Xiao Chun is played by the actor Shih Cheng Hao (石承鎬).

Xiao Chun

Shih Cheng Hao (石承鎬)

Si Yu is played by the actress Wang Chen Lin (王真琳).

Si Yu

Wang Chen Lin (王真琳)

Mei Fang is played by the actress Cindy Chi (紀欣伶).

Mei Fang

Cindy Chi (紀欣伶)

Ting An is played by the actor He Yu Xian (何禹賢).

Ting An

He Yu Xian (何禹賢)

Bo Xiang's cousin is played by the actor Brent Hsu (許明杰).

Wen Jie

Brent Hsu (許明杰)

John is played by the actor Trent Chen (陳禕倫).

John

Trent Chen (陳禕倫)

Cheng Qing is played by the actor Duke Wu (吳珝陽).

Cheng Ching

Duke Wu (吳珝陽)

Cast highlights

  • You may have recognized a few actors from other BL series and movies. Spark Chen, who plays Hao Ting’s dad, starred in the 2018 Taiwanese LGBT film, Dear Ex. He played the gay love interest in this movie.
  • Duke Wu, who plays Cheng Ching, was the lead actor in HIStory 1: Stay Away From Me.
  • Also, Cindy Chi reprises her role of Mei Fang in HIStory 4: Close to You, along with cameo appearances from most of the cast.

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 6.5

C
Story

★☆☆☆

Romance

★★☆☆

Acting

★★★☆

Ending

★★☆☆

Hao Ting and Xi Gu share a kiss in his bedroom.

I struggled to enjoy the first half of HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count. Both Hao Ting and Bo Xiang were such obnoxious characters, whose scenes left me with immense second-hand embarrassment. Everything they did irritated me. When they weren’t behaving like reckless idiots, they were being unpleasant bullies who harassed Xi Gu for no good reason. At some point, my annoyance turned into rage, and just seeing the two of them filled me with visceral hatred.

I wasn’t convinced by Hao Ting’s sudden transition from bullying Xi Gu to developing romantic feelings for him. It didn’t make sense how his character could go from one extreme (“I HATE YOU! 😡”) to another (“NO, I ACTUALLY LOVE YOU! 😍”) so fast. He was way too over-the-top in his pursuit of Xi Gu, who clearly wanted nothing to do with his bully. Their romance was poorly written, terribly paced, and marred by unrealistic characterization.

The other romance felt as annoying as it was problematic. Bo Xiang was so self-centered, turning a schoolboy crush into an unhealthy and uncomfortable obsession. His juvenile behaviour highlighted the sizable age difference between him and Zhi Gang. One of them was a mature adult, while the other was still a high school student who behaved like a kid. These two characters were in completely different stages of their lives and they weren’t a good match for each other.

The second half of this drama did feel more coherent. Not that there was a significant improvement in the writing quality, but at least the plots moved forward once the couples got together. We explored deeper into Hao Ting’s family dynamics, which opened up new storylines. Both Hao Ting and Bo Xiang also got less annoying once they settled down in their relationships, so I guess that’s considered character development?

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count has a controversial ending that made a lot of fans upset. However, I’m actually not that offended by the way it ended. Maybe it’s because my expectations were already so low, and I couldn’t be disappointed any further. Overall, this wasn’t the strongest or the weakest installment in the HIStory franchise. I find the series very mediocre as a whole.

HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count Episodes

This drama has a total of 20 episodes. Each episode is around 22 minutes long. The last episode is around 33 minutes long. This is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in approximately 7 hours.

Episode Guide

⭐ Best episode

Episode

💕 Most romantic episode

Episode

😭 Tearjerker episode

Episode

😡 Most triggering episode

Episode

💋 First kiss episode

Episode

👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨 Episodes with intimacy

Episode

💪🏻 Episodes with skin

Episode

👨🏻‍🤝‍👨🏻 Episodes as a couple

Episode

Episode Reviews
Episode 1 & 2

★★☆☆

Episode 3 & 4

★★★☆

Episode 5 & 6

★☆☆☆

Episode 7 & 8

★★☆☆

Episode 9 & 10

★☆☆☆

Episode 11 & 12

★★☆☆

Episode 13 & 14

★★☆☆

Episode 15 & 16

★★☆☆

Episode 17 & 18

★★☆☆

Episode 19 & 20

★★☆☆

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