“A photograph is usually looked at, but seldom looked into.” In the case of Link Click, however, photos are not only looked into, but quite literally stepped into.
Link Click (时光代理人, lit. “Time Agents”) is an original Chinese donghua series written and directed by Li Haoling and produced by LAN Studio. Tucked away in a corner of the downtown area is Time Photo Studio, an unassuming shop run by two young men, Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang. What sets their studio apart from other photo studios is its unique service, Time Travel Photography, made effective by combining the two men’s abilities.
Cheng Xiaoshi is able to enter a photograph, travel back in time, and “link” his consciousness with the photographer, thus reliving the events of that day. In contrast, Lu Guang is able to keep track of the events that happened within 12 hours after the photo was taken and “click the shutter,” i.e., observe and direct Cheng Xiaoshi’s actions from outside.
Together, Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang use their powers to solve various cases, such as murders, missing persons cases, or even just to help relieve people of their past regrets.
The first season of Link Click aired from April 30th, 2021 to July 9th, 2021, followed by a second season from July 14th, 2023 to September 22nd, 2023. Link Click is available on the Shanghai-based Chinese video-sharing website Bilibili, as well as Funimation and Crunchyroll for international viewers. Additionally, a special chibi-style episode, Xiaoyao Sanren de Weituo (逍遥散人的委托, lit. “Troubles of Ordinary People”), was released on August 27th, 2021, followed by an 18-episode chibi series, Shiguang Dailiren Xiao Juchang (时光照相馆的日常, lit. “The Daily Life of Time Photo Studio”), from October 10th, 2021 to November 10th, 2022. A live-action drama adaptation was also announced on June 17th, 2023, set to premiere in 2024.
If you enjoy drama or mystery with a hint of the supernatural, check out this collection of fan art showcasing the residents of Time Photo Studio and more! Take a look at each illustration carefully—you never know what secrets might be hidden within.