The Untamed is a xianxia (a genre of Chinese fantasy) story that’s set in a world of cultivators who can communicate with, control, and fight ghosts, spirits, and demons.
Wei Wuxian/Wei Ying (played by Xiao Zhan) is a free-spirited disciple of the Yunmeng Jiang Sect, who goes with his older adopted sister and young adopted brother to attend lessons conducted by an elder of the Gusu Lan Sect. There, he meets Lan Wangji/Lan Zhan (played by Wang Yibo, one of those simisai-also-can-do-then-some-more-young-and-handsome celebrities), the Gusu Lan Sect’s poker-faced wonder boy.
Wei Wuxian’s carefree, mischievous ways piss off the very reserved stickler-for-rules Lan Wangji—or at least, that’s what it seems like. But Lan Wangji turns out to like Wei Wuxian a lot more than he might let on, and the two become friends. (Or at least that’s what the Chinese censors think, but we all know they’re muuuuuch more than “friends” 😜.)
The world is messy and complex and full of politics and power-grabs, which the two can’t extricate themselves from. There’s war and plots, murder and intrigue, leading them on a long journey of discovery, revenge, and friendship/love.
Many of the characters have more than one name in the series, which can make it confusing if you’re not used to it. This article explains how it works
; it does require remembering more names, but I really like it because of the extra layer of nuance that it provides.