After faithfully providing Martians with weekly doses of Hua Chenyu playing games, goofing around and cosplaying various characters from vintage TV shows for nearly three months, this season’s Ace vs Ace is finally nearing its denouement. Highlights of last week’s episode (Season 4 Episode 11) include: Hua Chenyu playing “Schrödinger’s octopus”, trying out cheesy pick-up lines, cosplaying Mimasaka Akira from Meteor Garden, and talking about his lonely childhood troubled by social anxiety.
You can watch the entire episode here (English subtitles coming soon).
Near the end of the episode, Hua revealed that he went through severe social phobia as a child, to the point of being afraid to go to school. When he got older, he was able to pull himself out of the abyss by deciding to stop pursuing that elusive “happiness”, and aim for a life without worries instead. Since “Hua Chenyu autism” is also one of the frequently searched keywords about Hua according to Google, hopefully this will provide some pertinent information on the topic. Please note that there is no official information of Hua being diagnosed. But Hua did talk about going through social anxiety as a kid in several interviews. For further insight into Hua’s life philosophy, click here for a collection of Hua Chenyu’s interviews with English subtitles helpfully provided by Hua Chenyu English Subs channel.
In other news, Hua Chenyu will attend the 2019 China Space Day Gala on April 24. The event will be aired on Hunan TV on April 24 at 20:00 Beijing time (UTC+8). Hua has also filmed a promo video for the event in the Mars mission center in Jinchang, Gansu.
Following that, Hua will appear in a pre-recorded Youth Day Gala to be aired on May 4. Details of the event have not been officially released yet.
According to a recent interview with CHIC magazine, Hua’s next projects in 2019 will be the release of his fourth album, a music variety show later this year, and preparations for his 2019 Mars Concert(s). Hua said he had trouble booking a venue that is willing to accommodate his plans involving “new elements” for this year’s concert, and that if venue hunting didn’t go well, he might have to postpone the concert to next year.
All photos courtesy of Zhejiang TV.