The Liar and His Lover

About: Based off the manga Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru by Kotomi Aoki. A cute and lively high school girl in a band with her childhood friends goes to audition.

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Such a beautiful photo
STARRING:
  • Joy (Red Velvet) as Yoon So-rim, a high school singer
  • Lee Hyun-woo as Kang Han-Gyul, producer ‘K’ of top band Crude Play

Genre: Romance/Music/Comedy

Vibe: Very light – 3/5 although the manga’s much more adult & angsty at the start

No of eps: 16        Release date: 20 March 2017

Rating:    ♥ ♥ ♥  ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Recommended: For those who like youthful innocence & romance

Reasons for watching: I’ve read the uncompleted manga

Reasons to stop watching at ep 4: I started watching it for the sake of it so I wasn’t too into it from the start. I didn’t agree with Lee Hyun-woo as the producer as he’s meant to be a lot older and therefore gruffer than Lee Hyun-woo can possibly be. The producer’s also meant to be very angsty and I’m not putting his acting skills down but I can’t imagine it. Lee Hyun-woo just doesn’t do it for me as the main lead anyway. I’m not sure if I’m just shallow or if there are deeper reasons. Probably both?

I do want to finish it though since the manga isn’t finished or at least the scans aren’t.Read More »

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BTS

A.K.A.: Bangtan Boys / Bangtan Sonyeondan / Bulletproof Boy Scouts / Beyond the Scene (lol)

This is my ultimate boy group so beware, FANGIRL ALERT! I know… another fan.

I’ve actually had this post sitting here for over a year so hopefully it’s ok.
Image result for bts you never walk aloneMembers above (in age order):

  • Jin / Kim Seok-jin – vocalist/’visual’ (4th)
  • Suga / Min Yoon-gi – rapper (1st)
  • J-Hope / Jung Ho-seok – dancer/rapper (6th)
  • RM (Rap Monster) / Kim Nam-joon – rapper/leader (2nd)
  • Jimin / Park Ji-min – dancer/vocalist (7th)
  • V / Kim Tae-hyung – vocalist (5th)
  • Jungkook / Jeon Jung-kook – vocalist/dancer/’rapper’ (3rd)

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Chicago Typewriter

About: In 1930’s Japanese-occupied-Korea there’s a rebel organisation. Three members are reincarnated into the present as a famous author, fan and ghostwriter.

STARRING:
  • Yoo Ah-in as Han Se-joo/Seo Hwi-young, author
  • Im Soo-jung as Jeon Seol/Ryu Soo-hyun, fan
  • Go Kyung-pyo as Yoo Jin-oh/Shin Yool, ghostwriter

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Genre: Fantasy / Romance

No of eps: 16          Release date: 7 April 2017

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥ ♥

Recommended: For those who love literary beauty & 1930’s visuals

Reasons for watching: I’d heard it was good & it sounded interesting

Reasons to keep watching: It’s a beautiful drama. I was enraptured, mainly by Yoo Ah-in.

Re-watch: I would watch this drama again for Yoo Ah-in’s 1930s hair. I know it’s a wig but it looks so good. He’s in too many historical dramas, he’s needs to be in ones I’d like.

I love how they did the 1930’s scenes and how it made the premise of the drama. There’s no denying how devastating that period of time was but the writers focused on the light that the rebellion brought while touching upon the hope of a better future. Carpe diem is used constantly throughout the drama and not just as the name of the bar but as the characters’ mindset. They’re making the most of their hard lives both in the 1930’s and now.
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School 2017

About: High school students are stressed out by exams, grades, career paths, rumours, peers, teachers and parents. Ra Eun-ho dreams of being a webtoon artist but crosses paths with troublemaker “Student X” one day and gets accused of being him.

STARRING:
  • Kim Se-jeong (ioi/gugudan) as Ra Eun-ho (below, middle)
  • Kim Jung-hyun as Hyun Tae-woon, the rebellious school director’s son (middle right)
  • Jang Dong-yoon as Song Dae-hwi, the always first placing student president despite coming from a poor family (middle left)
  • Han Joo-wan as Shim Kang-myung, teacher who really believes and wants to protect his students (far right)
  • Han Sun-hwa as Han Soo-ji, a police detective who ends up assigned to the school (far left)

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Genre: Coming-of-Age / Youth / Teen / Romance

No of eps: 16          Release date: 17 July 2017

Rating: ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪   ✪ ✪ ★

Recommended: For those who love youth or coming-of age dramas

Reasons for watching: Part of the School series & I love School 2013

Reasons to keep watching: The plot was dramatic but gripping, the characters cutely realistic

Re-watch: Maybe one day but I’m leaning towards no. If you look at my posts, I’ve hardly watched any dramas this year. This is only the second drama this year that I’ve not only finished but binge watched. It’s really good. Let’s pretend School 2015 never happened and hope the School series just gets bigger and better.

I’m looking forward to future works of the actors.Read More »

Marriage News #2

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Glimpse into the future

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are getting married!? I did think they were dating when the first rumour associated picture surfaced but then I didn’t really care because I didn’t really care about their Descendant of the Sun characters so it left my mind. Married!? It’s surprising they would do this at the peak of his career. This won’t stop his star power but it’s still surprising for Koreans.Read More »

Special Affairs Team TEN

A.K.A.: TEN / Special Crimes Force TEN

About: Trying to have no more unsolved cases, a criminal investigation team is put together.

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STARRING:
  • Joo Sang-wook as Yeo Ji-hoon, former ace detective who’s wife was brutally murdered
  • Jo An as Nam Ye-ri, a profiler
  • Kim Sang-ho as Baek Do-shik, a veteran, intuitive cop
  • Choi Woo-shik as Park Min-ho, a “pretty boy” rookie

Genre: Police Procedural / Crime / Thriller

No of seasons: 2     No of eps: 9 + 12        Release date: 18 Nov 2011 + 14 April 2013

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Recommended: For those who like detective shows

Reasons for watching: Joo Sang-wook. I wasn’t in the mood for rom/coms.

Reasons to stop watching at ep 3-4: It was just dark so there was no build to the drama. I probably didn’t get far enough, it was popular enough for a sequel after all.Read More »

Secret Garden

About: Through a misunderstanding a stunt-woman and CEO meet. He can’t stop thinking about her despite her low status. They run into each other at Jeju Island unexpectedly and end up stranded at a mysterious restaurant. The next day they find that they have switched souls.

STARRING: 
  • Ha Ji-won as Gil Ra-im, stunt-woman
  • Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won, an arrogant, logical CEO
  • Yoon Sang-hyun as Choi Woo-young (Oska), a famous star past his prime
  • Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul, Joo-won’s fiancée & Oska’s first love
  • Lee Jong-suk (this role got him famous) as Han Tae-sun, a young genius musician

Genre: Romance / Comedy / Fantasy

No of eps: 20        Release date: 13 Nov 2010

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥     originally 9/10 but I think I was influenced by the hype

Recommended: If you like rom/com’s with a bit of a twist

Reasons for watching: It’s a classic. It’s always on the must watch drama lists. It did sound interesting too!

Reasons to keep watching: Their body-switching is so cute and funny

Re-watch: I wouldn’t mind but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do soRead More »

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

About: An aspiring Olympian female weightlifter and an amazingly talented male swimmer meet at their sports university.

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Starring: 
  • Lee Sung-kyung as Kim Bok-jo, weightlifter
  • Nam Joo-hyuk as Jung Joon-hyung, swimmer
  • Lee Jae-yoon as Jung Jae-yi, doctor
  • Kyung Soo-jin as Song Shi-ho, gymnast

Genre: Coming-of-Age / Romance / Sports / Comedy

No of eps: 16        Release date: 16 Nov 2016

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤     ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ♡ 

Recommended: If you like youth or slice-of-life or friends-turned-lovers dramas❣

Reasons for watching: I saw some super cute pictures and gifs accompanied by a lot of positive comments

Reasons to keep watching: The feels! I don’t remember the last time I got so invested in the characters themselves rather than the story or what’s happening to them. This means I replayed the cute scenes 10 times rather than just 3. It helped that my internet was slow so I had to keep buffering but if it was a bad drama that would just piss me off… more than it did.

Re-watch: I will! I don’t know when but I will! Edit: They started dating after the drama (were friends since modelling days though)❣❣❣ I NEED to watch it again now! 
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Me Too, Flower!

A.K.A.: I’m a Flower, Too / Flower, Me Too / Flower, I Am

About: An abrasive female police officer meets a parking attendant at the expensive women’s shop nearby. He’s secretly a millionaire.

Starring: 
  • Lee Ji-ah as Cha Bong-sun
  • Yoon Shi-yoon as Seo Jae-hee
  • Lee Gi-kwang (HIGHLIGHT, formally Beast) as Jo Ma-roo / Pink Chicken, more of a cameo

Genre: Romance / Comedy

No of eps: 15        Release date: 9 Nov 2011

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥     ♥ ♥

Recommended: If you like romance

Reasons for watching: Sounded interesting

Reasons to keep watching: Cuteness of course!

Re-watch: I wouldn’t mind, just to re-live the ship, but it’d be on the bottom of my priority listRead More »