Kiseki: Dear to Me – Series Review & Episode Guide

Kiseki: Dear to Me is a Taiwanese BL series about a high school student and a gangster.

Kiseki: Dear to Me is a Taiwanese crime BL series about a high school student and a gangster. The main character encounters an injured man who threatens him for medical assistance. Against his will, the protagonist takes the stranger home for rest and treatment. They begin living together for an extended time, forming a surprisingly close connection. However, getting involved with a criminal comes with dangerous consequences.

I enjoy the hunky cast in Kiseki: Dear to Me. Both couples share sizzling chemistry and produce iconic romantic encounters. Plus, there are many fun cameo appearances by familiar BL stars. However, I struggle to immerse myself in the outrageously preposterous plot. From the laughable melodrama to the nonsensical schemes, the unbelievable story doesn't persuade me. The series also perpetuates toxic relationship tropes.

Kiseki Dear to Me Summary

Title:

奇蹟

Series Info:

Taiwan (2023)

Length:

6 hours

Total Episodes:

13 episodes

Genre:

Crime drama

About:

Kiseki: Dear to Me is a wild & intense BL drama.

Plot

The story begins with Zongyi leaving prison after completing his sentence. An extended flashback reveals what happened to him years ago.

Zongyi is a 17-year-old high school student who aspires to be a doctor. He gets excellent grades and even sells his notes to other students for cash. One ordinary day, Zongyi randomly encounters Rui in an alleyway. This badly injured stranger gives him a knife, claiming Zongyi's fingerprints have transferred to a murder weapon. The teenager will be implicated in the crime unless he helps treat Rui's injuries.

Zongyi lives in an apartment rental by himself. He brings Rui home and uses his medical knowledge to treat the stranger's wounds. Rui reveals he comes from a gang. He got hurt during a violent fight with Zhang Teng, the leader of a rival faction. Rui wants to keep a low profile during his recovery. He has decided to live with Zongyi for now and offers him rent money.

Zongyi doesn't want to live with a gangster and opposes this arrangement. However, Rui threatens to turn in the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it. Zongyi has no choice but to oblige and unwillingly gains a new roommate. Rui makes many shopping requests since he can't leave the house. He has a sweet tooth and constantly wants Zongyi to buy strawberry chiffon cakes for him. Zongyi obeys, even though he feels annoyed.

Zongyi and Rui grew close after living together for a while. Despite Zongyi's grumpiness, he treats his tenant with kindness. Rui also brings a lot of cheekiness and playfulness to the relationship. Over time, their interactions become increasingly affectionate. However, Rui feels conflicted because he doesn't think their lives should intertwine. Rui comes from a complicated criminal environment, which clashes with Zongyi's ordinary background.

Rui keeps in touch with Chen Yi and Ai Di, the other gangsters from his Yinyun Alliance. Ai Di is an underling of Chen Yi, although they often quarrel with each other. Dong Yang is the leader of the gang. He has been involved in crime for over thirty years. Chen Yi admires his boss and wants to impress him. However, he doesn't dare to act on his feelings. Ai, who has a secret crush on Chen Yi, grows jealous and lashes out at him.

Kiseki Dear to Me Cast

Characters

Zongyi

Taro Lin (林毓桐)

Zongyi is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Taro Lin (林毓桐).

Zongyi is a 17-year-old high school student who aspires to be a doctor. He lives alone and rents a small apartment flat close to school. Zongyi has a close relationship with his dad and younger sister Jingyu. At school, Zongyi hangs out with his friends Zian and Sining. However, his ordinary life goes into disarray after encountering Rui.

Taro Lin

Taro Lin (林毓桐) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 11, 2002.

Taro Lin (林毓桐) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 11, 2002. His first BL project is the 2023 drama, Kiseki: Dear to Me.

Rui

Kai Hsu (徐愷)

Rui is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Kai Hsu (徐愷).

Rui is a gangster in his twenties. He was an illegitimate child who grew up with his mother. Rui reunited with his father, a mafia leader, during childhood. Since then, he has been involved in a life of crime. Despite his background, Rui is intelligent and proficient in mathematics. He also has a sweet tooth and likes strawberry chiffon cakes.

Kai Hsu

Kai Hsu (徐愷) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on February 3, 1993.

Kai Hsu (徐愷) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on February 3, 1993. His first BL project is the 2023 drama, Kiseki: Dear to Me.

Chen Yi

Nat Chen (陳柏文)

Chen Yi is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Nat Chen (陳柏文).

Chen Yi is a 21-year-old gangster who works for the Yinyun Alliance. He is a competent fighter who has no trouble beating up his enemies in fights. Chen Yi was adopted after his parents died young. Since then, he and fellow adoptee Ai Di were raised in a life of crime. Despite his tough demeanour, Chen Yi doesn't like spicy foods.

Nat Chen

Nat Chen (陳柏文) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 19, 1996.

Nat Chen (陳柏文) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 19, 1996. His first BL project is the 2021 series, My Type. He also stars in the 2023 drama, Kiseki: Dear to Me.

Ai Di

Louis Chiang (姜典)

Ai Di is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Louis Chiang (姜典).

Ai Di is an 18-year-old gangster who works for the Yinyun Alliance. He is one of Chen Yi's loyal underlines, although they frequently squabble. Ai Di was adopted after his parents died. He and fellow adoptee Chen Yi used to celebrate the same birthday together. However, there are divisions between the pair, especially since Chen Yi starts pining after his crime boss.

Louis Chiang

Louis Chiang (姜典) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 21, 2000.

Louis Chiang (姜典) is a Taiwanese actor. He is born on December 21, 2000. His first BL project is the 2023 drama, Kiseki: Dear to Me.

Supporting Cast

Dong Yang is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Liang Che (亮哲).

Dong Yang

Liang Che (亮哲)

Minglei is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Angus Hsieh (謝承均).

Minglei

Angus Hsieh (謝承均)

Zongyi's father is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Nicholas Chiu (邱逸峰).

Zhong Yi's dad

Nicholas Chiu (邱逸峰)

Zongyi's sister is portrayed by the Taiwanese actress Doris Yang (楊欣樺).

Jingyu

Doris Yang (楊欣樺)

Zian is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Teddy Fang (樊仲哲).

Zian

Teddy Fang (樊仲哲)

Sining is portrayed by the Taiwanese actress Vivi Yeh (葉恩).

Sining

Vivi Yeh (葉恩)

Zhang Teng is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Wayne Song (宋緯恩).

Zhang Teng

Wayne Song (宋緯恩)

Jie is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Bobo Luo (羅奕傑).

Jie

Bobo Luo (羅奕傑)

Ruichen is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Michael An (安俊朋).

Ruichen

Michael An (安俊朋)

Rui's grandpa is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Yang Lie (楊烈).

Rui's grandpa

Yang Lie (楊烈)

Xian is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Aaron Lai (賴東賢).

Xian

Aaron Lai (賴東賢)

Shuo is portrayed by the Taiwanese actor Hank Wang (王碩瀚).

Shuo

Hank Wang (王碩瀚)

Cast Highlights

  • Chen Yi's actor (Nat Chen) is the lead of the 2021 Taiwanese BL series My Type.
  • The actor who plays Dong Yang (Liang Che) appeared in the 2017 drama Red Balloon. He plays the adult version of the teenage protagonist.
  • Zhang Ten's actor (Wayne Song) is the lead of HIStory 3: Make Our Days Count. His costar (Huang Chun Chih) also appears in Kiseki: Dear to Me as Juan. Additionally, Ruichen's actor (Michael An) is the lead of HIStory 4: Close to You.
  • Xian and Shuo's actors (Aaron Lai & Hank Wang) are the leads of the 2020 series Be Loved in House.
  • Both couples from Plus & Minus (2022) have made cameos throughout Kiseki: Dear to Me. The leads (Shi Cheng Xuan and Max Lin) appear during Episode 12. The secondary pair (Matt Lee and Zheng Qi Lei) share a scene during Episode 10.

Kiseki Dear to Me Review

Review

Drama Review Score: 7.2

C+
Zong Yi and rui almost kiss each other.

Kiseki: Dear to Me stands out due to the sizzling chemistry between the actors. Both couples show no restraint during their iconic romantic encounters. Expect sensual touches, intimate embraces, and passionate kisses. My favourite moment is when the lead climbs on his partner and straddles his lap. Wow, that's hot! There are many instances of intoxicating sexual tension, accompanied by seductive visuals and sultry music. Kiseki: Dear to Me would get top marks if I base my review solely on eroticism. 

The series has stacked its cast with attractive hunks. These actors have muscular physiques, which they display in numerous shirtless scenes. The camera loves highlighting their bulging biceps, broad shoulders, sculpted pecs, and washboard abs. All four leads are charming in their distinctive ways. If I must choose a favourite, Rui's foxy actor (Kai Hsu) has caught my eye. He resembles a famous Taiwanese athlete, adding to his sex appeal. I fell under Kai's captivating spell. His dreaminess carries the series, helping me overlook the storytelling flaws initially.

Kiseki: Dear to Me begins with contrived circumstances. It's hard to believe an injured gangster and a high school student would cross paths, let alone live together. Still, I suspend my disbelief and go along with the shenanigans. As the plot turns increasingly preposterous, I'm dumbfounded by the convoluted events, nonsensical conflicts, and bizarre backstories. The escalating melodrama seems stupid and phony. Unable to immerse myself in the implausible story, I become emotionally disengaged. I roll my eyes or scoff incredulously at the outlandish narrative.

Kiseki: Dear to Me takes the plot in many different directions. The early episodes switch erratically between gangster activities and high school drama. These two genres shouldn't overlap, yet the series meshes them together. It results in a jarring viewing experience with tonal inconsistency and clumsy transitions. In addition, the story's unpredictability morphs into frustrating incoherence. The narrative doesn't flow smoothly, omitting crucial details or failing to offer clear explanations. The later episodes disintegrate into senseless chaos and bewildering melodrama.

The leads, Zongyi and Rui, have an icky age difference. The story never confirms Rui's exact age. Nonetheless, the ambiguity leaves me condemning the incompatible relationship between an adult and a schoolboy. Likewise, the secondary pair acts abusively toward each other. Ye Chen and Ai Di express their repressed feelings through disturbing antics. There are also several dubious moments of non-consensual physical intimacy. Despite the steamy encounters, this morally corrupt series perpetuates toxic couples and problematic romantic tropes.

Kiseki: Dear to Me is ambitious, deviating from a standard romance and venturing into the crime genre. In addition, I'm impressed by the polished production values and magnificent soundtrack. I also appreciate the fun cameos. Seeing familiar faces from other BL titles is cute! There are many details I like about this series. However, I can't excuse the outrageously nonsensical plot, which hinders most of my enjoyment. In each episode, I'm baffled by the story's absurdity. As much as I want to support Kiseki: Dear to Me, its imperfections tarnish my overall opinion.

Summary

Preposterous story

Kiseki: Dear to Me combines gangster activities with high school drama in a bizarre mash-up. The absurd conflicts, convoluted melodrama, and implausible scenarios take me out of immersion.

Passionate romances

The series promotes toxic romances with iffy age gaps and problematic tropes. With that said, the series includes many steamy exchanges with passionate kisses and sizzling physical chemistry.

Steamy acting

The cast is stacked with hunks who display their buff physiques frequently. They tackle their sex scenes with incredible gutsiness. All four leads bring distinctive charms to their roles.

Happy ending

Kiseki: Dear to Me has a happy ending for both couples. Although a dangerous villain emerges in the last episode, the threat is quickly averted. The finale concludes with affectionate kisses!

Polished artistry

The series creates iconic romantic encounters through stylish visuals and polished production values. I also enjoy the sophisticated soundtrack, maximizing the flair during emotional climaxes.

72%

Kiseki: Dear to Me showcases two hot couples with sizzling chemistry and steamy romantic exchanges. The preposterous plot and problematic relationships prevent me from embracing the series.

Kiseki Dear to Me Episodes

Episode Guide

Ai Di and Chen Yi are involved in a passionate kiss.

Kiseki: Dear to Me has a total of 13 episodes. Each episode is around 25 minutes long. The last episode is around 30 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in under 6 hours. Kiseki started on August 22, 2023 and ended its final episode on November 7, 2023.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 12
Episode 13

Episode Reviews

Episode 1

Wow, the lead (Kai Hsu) is so hunky! He reminds me of the Taiwanese athlete Yang Yun Wei, so that's a huge plus. The first episode seems intriguing and sets a memorable start for the series.

Episode 2

This living arrangement feels contrived. The leads are from different worlds. I can't picture a reality where they cross paths, let alone become roommates. The scenario takes me out of immersion.

Episode 3

Look at those buff bodies! The series has stacked the cast with studs. I experience a weird dissonance switching between the high school scenes and gangster drama. These genres don't overlap.

Episode 4

How old is Rui supposed to be? He must be old enough to pose as a high school teacher. This age difference is uncomfortable. Rui getting a teaching job also seems preposterous.

Episode 5

The story is unpredictable. I don't know what will happen next. One moment, we follow a high school plot. The next moment, the characters fight in the middle of nowhere. WTF is this transition?

Episode 6

Rui and Zongyi shouldn't be together. Their age and backgrounds are incompatible. Chen Yi's crush on his boss is weird. What makes him think a relationship is in the realm of possibility?

Episode 7

OMG, that sexual encounter is steamy! My favourite part is when Rui pulls himself up and sits on Zongyi's lap. I HOLLERED SO LOUDLY. Their sizzling chemistry has revived my interest in the series.

Episode 8

WTF. I'm not ready for whatever bizarre melodrama that happened in this episode. Suddenly, people are dying, crying, or getting random heart issues. These outrageous events happen too abruptly.

Episode 9

I cackle at the dad crying in the kitchen. Zongyi's situation is supposed to be sad, but I find the story absurd. He takes the blame for a murder to protect Rui and cover his dad's medical costs!? WTF.

Episode 10

Whether he's faking it or not, this memory loss storyline is DUMB. I like how Kiseki brings back other BL couples for cameo appearances. It's cute seeing them pop up here and there.

Episode 11

All the sex scenes in this series are filmed wonderfully. From steamy chemistry to gorgeous visuals, each encounter evokes a sense of grandeur. Yet, I find the rest of the story so nonsensical.

Episode 12

Despite their passionate kisses, I don't vibe with Chen Yi & Ai Di's dysfunctional relationship. This couple is too toxic for me. Half of their exchanges are just them behaving abusively toward each other.

Episode 13

They let that evil sister go free after stabbing him? This story's odd logic and corrupt moral compass are hard to comprehend. Whatever. Let's focus on the kisses and ignore the dumb plot.

Kiseki Dear to Me Information

Creator

Lin Pei Yu (林珮瑜) is a Taiwanese writer. She has written the screenplays for multiple BL dramas in her illustrious career, including HIStory: Obsessed, HIStory 2: Right or Wrong, HIStory 2: Crossing the Line, and HIStory 3: Trapped. She also wrote No. 1 For You, Fighting Mr. 2nd, See You After Quarantine, and My Tooth Your Love. In addition, she is the author of several BL stories, including Kiseki: Dear to Me.

Director

Hope Wu (吳孟糖) is a Taiwanese director who worked on the 2023 BL crime drama, Kiseki: Dear to Me.

  1. Your summary had me howling with laughter! Now that you say out loud, the story has ridiculous and seemed like a poorly written fanfic, instead of a well thought out story with compelling characters. And yet, and yet – this show had me losing my mind every week, i was hooked – why?

    Well Kai Hsu and his abs if i'm completely honest – actually, it was more than that, each of the 4 leads played their roles with such conviction, that i believed every moment, ignored every plot hole and immersed myself in this world.

    Even though it wasn't technically this writers best work, somehow, this show was charming regardless – one of my favourites for the year. 9/10

  2. Thanks for this review, it was a fun read! Based on your criteria, the C+ assessment was totally accurate. Based on my enjoyment of the show, it's an A-. Turns out that I was willing to overlook *so much* just to spend time with these two couples. Given your preference for sunny extroverts, Fan Zeuri had to be your bias; dude is a very handsome golden retriever (that lap jump!). I loved them all and as you point out, something that the show did well was to give all four leads very distinct and idiosyncratically charming personalities. My fave was the cherub hellion Ai Di — for a rookie, Louis was amazingly good in the role. So much sass, so much style: a warrior spirit in a little prince package. Oh, and the OST is terrific.

  3. I've been waiting for this review! And I completely agree. The plot of this show was so convoluted and incomprehensible to me, and both main relationships had problematic undertones that really conflicted with the romance. The age difference between Rui and Zongyi….yikes. I thought Ai Di's actor did an amazing job, and that character was so engaging, but Chen Yi did absolutely nothing for me except weird me out. But the passionate scenes of both couples were just incredible, and that kept me watching with bated breath each week because I'm weak!!

    I'm frustrated with the way the show squandered moments with dramatic potential, like Zongyi finding out that Rui's memory loss was fake. Rui's fake memory loss was a plot point that made zero sense to me, and then it was resolved in like one episode with almost no narrative tension. Why?? It all left me wishing these actors had better material to work with. And yet there are certain scenes in this drama I know I'll come back to time and time again. So all in all……C+ feels just right.

  4. Agree with this review but personally, Rui's fake memory loss makes sense as a cover while he was gathering dirt on the Fan family (though I wish this was explained better to Zongyi, rather than just a lame "I was trying to protect you").

  5. If a show made us happy, we overlook the shortcomings, am I right? With due respect to differing opinions, I want to advocate my score for Kiseki: B+, and here's why. Was it flawed? Yes. And yet I waited week after week for each episode, with anticipation. This series is in my top 5 of 2023. Fight me on the chemistry when Rui jumped into Zongyi's lap, or all the times that Chen Yi princess carries my baby Ai Di. There's magic in the room, do you feel the way I do?

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