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To the Beautiful You: Episode 1

Have you ever experienced the excruciating pain to stay away from a 9 minute preview? And how satisfying it is to see the premiere in its entirety? We were promised lots of pretty and heartwarming moments, and we got those. But we also got some disjointed and jarring ones as well. I’d attribute this to two distinctive styles that haven’t fully meshed together yet but I’m holding out that they find a nice middle ground.

And this song rocks my socks off. It’s right up my alley.

SONG OF THE DAY

J-Min – “일어나 (Stand Up)” [ Download ]

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

At the 2010 Youth Olympics high jump finals, competitor and our hero, KANG TAE-JOON (Min-ho) takes a deep breath before his third and final jump attempt. Should he succeed, he’ll set a world record and clinch the gold.

He sets off with a look of stern determination as he approaches the bar. He jumps, soars into the sky, and clears it with ease. Tae-joon punches into the air in victory with a huge smile on his face.

Our heroine, GU JAE-HEE (Sulli) watches the screen with a focused but solemn face. At Tae-joon’s victory, a single tear falls from her eyes.

Some time later, we catch up with Jae-hee, a pair of scissors dangerously close to her precious locks. At her friend’s insistence that she doesn’t have to go this far, Jae-hee firmly responds, “I gotta do this.”

Snip snip.

Jae-hee arrives at Incheon Airport sporting her shorter ‘do and stops to smile at a poster of Tae-joon. Decked out in glorious angelic wings, he’s pretty much god (or maybe idol) status in the athletic world.

We meet CHA EUN-GYUL (Lee Hyun-woo) via an awesome butterfly kick that secures the winning goal for his team. He passes by all of his teammates (and his coach) for a hug to document his victory for his fans with a selca. HA.

The fangirls eat it up as they await their oppas at the gate of the all-boys high school, Genie High.

Tae-joon’s manager tells him about an upcoming CF where they’ll need a shot of him jumping and he quickly nips that in the bud. She doesn’t understand his reluctance since he’s out of rehab now and Tae-joon puts on his headphones to block her out.

Those headphones aren’t going to be useful against the horde of sasaeng fans who surround Oppa’s van (Sasaeng is derived from the word “sasaenghwal” (사생활) which means “private life.” So fans who love a celebrity so much, they’re willing to invade Oppa’s privacy.).

Pressed to the window is Jae-hee, having been caught in the mob. Tae-joon shuts down his shade.

The track coach, BAEK KWANG-MIN (Kang Kyung-joon), quickly regains control of the situation and stops Jae-hee in her tracks, “Who are you to just walk inside?”

So Jae-hee turns on her most convincing guy mannerisms and is all, I’m a guy Teach! He whacks her head in response: I know you’re a guy! Hahaha.

She introduces herself as the transfer student but Coach Baek has heard that excuse before and is amused that she’s even prepared documentation. Problem is, it’s all in English and to save face, he lets her through.

I have to ask: How do you get a few Cs and STILL end up with a 4.03? Do I need to transfer schools? We get a slo-mo shot of Tae-joon’s van (with a few sasaeng stragglers) pass by Jae-hee.

Jae-hee struggles with her heavy suitcase up the steps. Unbeknownst to her, the constant banging cause the locks to pop open leaving a trail of clothes behind her.

She hurries to retrieve them once she realizes when she’s suddenly blinded by another student’s presence. She blurts: “Kang Tae-joon.”

Tae-joon holds out a Winnie the Pooh underwear, “You’ve got… unique taste.” HAHA.

Jae-hee falls into her suitcase in her attempt to grab it and she starts to skid before Tae-joon stops her with his foot on the handle. But then that breaks too and he watches in shock as she zooms down the steps, screaming for dear life.

She comes to an abrupt stop at a tree and then waves that she’s totally fine, underwear still in hand. Well, that’s not embarrassing or anything.

But nothing can break the excited smile on her face for finally meeting the legendary Kang Tae-joon in person. That is, nothing short of sliding down the hill again.

Jae-hee is warmly welcomed by the Korean language teacher, LEE SO-YOUNG ( Lee Young-eun). She’s impressed by Jae-hee’s track record and Jae-hee thinks in her head all of those athletic achievements are according to women’s standards.

Donned in her new school uniform, Jae-hee walks into a rowdy classroom where everyone is busy doing their own thing. They barely blink an eye as Jae-hee attempts to introduce herself to her new classmates.

Suddenly, a student hurls a banana peel that hits her square in the face and she stands there while the other students ridicule her. Eun-gyul points her to an empty seat next to his and they exchange a small smile as she sits down.

One student, SONG JONG-MIN (Kwang-hee), shuffles up to the new kid and says that surely she’s aware of the Genie High initiation right? She doesn’t but she’s eager to be accepted and agrees.

That brings her to a doghouse surrounded by warning signs. Jae-hee approaches with caution and stops, hopeful at half of a broken sign, “Doesn’t bite.” But the other half reads, “If you don’t come near…” Well, that won’t work.

The dog growls and Jae-hee warily steps towards the doghouse. Then the dog jumps out of its house and Jae-hee falls back in terror. Back in the classroom, Jong-min laughs that the dog has probably half-eaten the new kid by now.

But little does he know that Jae-hee is currently drowning in doggie kisses. Cute. She crawls inside to grab the ball she’s been tasked to retrieve when she suddenly hears Tae-joon’s voice.

He bends down to greet the dog, Sangchu, with a smile. He confides with it about the upcoming CF- should he drop that and throw in the towel for high jumping too? Jae-hee shouts, “You can’t do that!”

She asks why he won’t jump and instantly reaches for his ankle – does it still hurt him? He doesn’t really mean what he said about not jumping again right? He recognizes her as from the Pooh underwear and tells her it’s none of her business whether he’ll continue the sport or not.

Jong-min and his crew stare in shock that Jae-hee was not only able to fulfill the task but to come back in one piece.

She casually tosses the ball in her hand before slamming in on his desk and blows the hair away from her eyes. Eun-gyul looks on, impressed. Jong-min fumes and scowls at his buddy’s remark about how pretty the new kid is.

She perks up at Tae-joon’s entrance and as luck would have it, he sits down behind her. She turns back and stares leisurely, her mouth agape until he signals for her to look forward.

Jae-hee marvels at the ins and out of the school. Her most obvious issue comes to the forefront when she’s got to pee and she cringes before stepping inside the boy’s bathroom, heading straight for the stalls.

She trips over Jong-min’s foot on her way out and grabs ahold of something to break her fall and… looks up at another student (cameo by rapper Sangchu) whose pants are now at his ankles.

No Pants shoves Jae-hee to the wall by the collar and by now, the other students including Eun-gyul have gathered in the bathroom. She evades his oncoming punches and tries to escape but to no avail.

She gives No Pants a final warning to stop or else she’ll have to defend herself. Her weapon of choice? A plunger.

She puts up a decent fight against No Pants, attacking with her plunger. But he’s physically bigger and stronger than she is and overtakes her with a kick to the gut.

He cheers in victory but Jae-hee’s got one more surprise for him and sticks the plunger in his face, leaving a red ring around his mouth. That gets him even more enraged and nearly gives her a taste of his right hook before he’s physically pushed off of her.

The mysterious savior calms down the hotheaded No Pants and then pulls Jae-hee close, whispering that she should be more careful from now on.

He sends off the other students with a smile. The one who frets the most is Jong-min.

Eun-gyul hangs back to check if Jae-hee’s all right and he informs her that that was their dorm leader and captain of the fencing team, senior HA SEUNG-RI (Seo Joon-young).

He asks about her fencing skills and she brushes it off, saying she picked up a thing or two from her older brother.

As they walk to the dormitories, Eun-gyul admits that he thinks she’s all right after that fight against No Pants and going through with the initiation. He wonders how she managed get past Sangchu since the dog normally hates guys. Jae-hee gulps.

He tilts his head with a curious look – she looks pretty doughy for a guy. And he confirms by placing his hand on her chest. Already at second base? But aren’t you a soccer sensation?

She freaks out and he laughs, thinking she must be doing chest exercises to keep it so stiff.

Jae-hee changes the subject, happy to hear that Tae-joon’s in the same dorm as Dorm 2.

We’re given a breakdown of the three dorms in Genie High: Dorm 1 students rely on their strength and power and their leader, JO YOUNG-MAN (Yoo Min-kyu), specializes in taekwondo, Seung-ri is the Dorm 2 leader and is the most normal of the bunch, and the Dorm 3 leader, NA CHUL-SOO (Kim Ian) is a figure skating major.

The dorms have a strong rivalry with each other and are equally competitive. Tension runs particularly high with an upcoming athletic competition. Jae-hee prods if Tae-joon will be jumping in the meet, and Eun-gyul answers that Tae-joon hasn’t exercised since his injury.

He notes that Jae-hee’s talking an awful lot about Tae-joon and she breezes that it’s just because they’re classmates. Eun-gyul lets the matter drop, teasing her by calling her “dough boy.”

Meanwhile, Jong-min looks on with a permanent scowl.

We meet Miss Princess aka SEOL HANNA (Kim Ji-won) who coyly apologizes for being late to her photo shoot on account of her beauty sleep. She pours on the aegyo which does the trick to soften the photographer’s heart.

It’s no surprise that she’s not Little Miss Perfect Princess once she hears that Tae-joon has pulled out of shoot last-minute. She fumes, citing that she even came early today. According to whom, love?

She refuses to continue and storms off.

Eun-gyul drops Jae-hee off in her new dorm room, telling her she’ll be using the loft. Jae-hee wonders about her roommate, noting the landscape photos in the room and he tells her that she’s better off not knowing. The door tells us who her new roomie is: Kang Tae-joon.

Meanwhile, Director Jang meets with one of their endorsements who are unsure about their contract with Tae-joon after his injury. She assures them they have nothing to worry about since Tae-joon is fully recovered and the investor agrees to reconsider it IF he high jumps in his next CF.

She leaves him with a final word: “YOU didn’t choose Tae-joon. Tae-joon chose YOU.”

Back at school, the boys file out and Jae-hee flusters when the next period is swim class. In the locker room, Eun-gyul asks if she isn’t going to change and she lies that she forgot her swimsuit. Jong-min offers a spare (it has a hole) and leaves in a pissy mood when she declines.

Then Eun-gyul pulls at his gym locker to find a sasang trio spill out to take pictures of nekkid Oppa.

He finds Jae-hee sitting fully-clothed and finds her chlorine allergy strange. Once again, points out how she’s always looking for Tae-joon and asks, “You’re totally a Tae-joon –ppa(stan)!”

Thank God someone finally admitted it.

We’re given a short but hilarious introduction to the school doc, JANG MIN-WOO (Ki Tae-young) who abruptly clicks away to an X-ray when Tae-joon arrives. Don’t think I didn’t see you stare intently at those Bae Yong-joon pics, Mr. Eugene.

He observes, “The more I look at you, the prettier you get. Not you. Your Achilles’ heel.” HA. Tae-joon appears to be fully healed to the Doc but they still need clearance from a larger hospital.

Tae-joon gets a call from Director Jang as he waits in the hospital. She tells him that the high jumping segment is back on, adding that Tae-joon will want to do it because a famous coach will be there to see him jump.

He can consider this as a new start and from here on out, it’s on Tae-joon’s shoulders.

Later that evening, he holds a silver necklace wondering what he should do. He gets a call from Dad who is displeased to hear that Tae-joon isn’t considering jumping for the CF.

He reminds his son that those kiddie records are pointless after his injury. Thanks for the pep talk, Dad.

To top it off, he returns to his dorm room to find someone already settled in. He scoffs at the photo of himself taped to the wall, rips it off, and notices the broken suitcase in the loft. Then he hears the water running in the bathroom…

Jae-hee spots movement from the crack of the bathroom door and grabs a towel to cover herself just before he walks in. They’re both legitimately surprised to see the other and Tae-joon demands to know what’s she’s doing. Jae-hee: “Shower.”

Once she’s dressed, she catches the tail end of his phone conversation and asks if Tae-joon is planning to jump after all. All he wants is for her to get out of his room because he doesn’t share. Jae-hee stands her ground that she won’t move an inch and then we see her getting tossed out of the room anyway.

We spend a few moments to focus on another student , MIN HYUN-JAE (Kang Ha-neul), glistened in sweat, practicing the high jump. He fails to clear the first two tries and succeeds on his third try.

Interestingly enough, an article on Tae-joon hangs inside his gym locker and he gives it a little tap before closing the door.

Jae-hee laments to Sangchu about her predicament but pretty soon she’s found by none other than Seung-ri who brings her back to the room and scolds Tae-joon for kicking the new kid out.

In any case, Jae-hee happily jumps into her bed and thinks to herself, “Even until yesterday, there was an ocean between us. But I can’t believe that we’re within touching distance now. Now that I think about it, I might be able to see you jump tomorrow.”

She dreams of Tae-joon’s legendary high jump, flying over the bar with angelic wings into a bed of flower petals.

Tae-joon wakes up the next morning to find little notes posted throughout their room (Oh heyyy there Vitamin Water). He rips off each one, annoyed.

Where’s Jae-hee you ask? Sleeping in the doghouse with Sangchu.

Doc reports that the test results are out and he dramatically sets himself up to reveal… that he’s fully recovered. Tell us something we don’t know, Doc. It’s telling that Tae-joon isn’t in the least excited to hear the news.

He turns to leave but the Doc stop him. He’s heard that Tae-joon is on friendly terms with Hanna. “By chance… is there a way I can get her autograph?” Pffft, such an ajusshi fan you are.

It’s Soccer Day in gym class and Hyun-jae pointedly aims his tackle for Tae-joon’s ankle, barely missing it. Hyun-jae feigns an apology and helps him up.

They face off and Tae-joon tells him it’s a waste of his time to worry about the other team. Hyun-jae tells him that the money must be good and then Tae-joon digs, “Do you know why you could never beat me?”

Hyun-jae’s face stiffens. Tae-joon: “You worry too much about useless crap.”

Jae-hee remains firm on being roomies and asks for a chance: what does she need to do to stay? Tae-joon suggests a proposition – if Jae-hee can put in one goal, he’ll reconsider. She agrees and tells him to keep his word.

He tenses, “I don’t back down on things. Especially promises.”

Eun-gyul is stuck as the goalkeeper and asks Coach Baek to let him play. He gets, “Nope, you’re the soccer star.” Your way of keeping a level playing ground, eh?

But Eun-gyul doesn’t listen and calls for a change. Jae-hee’s first attempt at goal hits the goalpost. He tells her, “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose, but after seeing you run, I didn’t want to lose anymore.”

He kicks the ball to Jae-hee and she runs down the field to receive it. To us, she’s running in slow motion but Eun-gyul and Coach’s jaws drop as she zooms past the other boys.

Enter music cue as Jong-min catches up to her and rams into her forcibly knocking her out. Okay PD-nim, she fell. We don’t need the toontastic *wonk wonk* to figure that out.

Tae-joon carries her into Doc’s office but splits when he gets a text from Director Jang about the CF to come to the gym. His audience includes staff, reporters, Hanna, Hyun-jae and even his father.

Director Jang checks in with him and he gives a nod that he’s ready to jump.

He breathes in and then takes off running… but the bar clatters to the pad. He sits in light of his failed first attempt and the cameras shutters continue to click as his audience looks on with shock.

Jae-hee rouses awake with a splitting headache and Doc tells her that she fainted from the field. He walks towards her, “But it’s strange…” and leans in to look at her square in the eye.

“Tell me.” Doc asks, “What is a girl doing in an all boys’ school?” Busted.

 

COMMENTS

Man is this drama PRETTY – the colors are saturated, bright, and vivid, and that HD camera is niiice. You can see some similarities from Boys Over Flowers with showing off the gorgeous sets and grabbing different angle shots of our characters. On the other hand, however, I do scratch my head at some of the other elements. A scene by itself is cute but then the parts don’t quite make a whole. Instead of some continuity, it feels like we jump from scene to scene with no explanation of how we got there.

Additionally, it’s as if the PD-nim is hitting my head over some minor plot points that I already got from the get go. Yes Jong-min doesn’t like Jae-hee but you don’t have to remind me every moment that he doesn’t. Yes, this CF is important and determines Tae-joon’s public image. Yes, he’s fully recovered. We geddit.

His musical choice is nowhere near as blaring as Boys Over Flowers (the phrase “Almost Paradise” is forever ruined), and this could be me nitpicking but what was up with the wonk wonk when Jae-hee was knocked out? Should I brace myself for possibly more inappropriate musical choices that will pull me out of the scene? But you have such an awesome theme song (the one posted above)! *fingers crossed*

Could there be any more characters to name? If you lost count, I don’t blame you. And it feels like we still have more characters to meet. For now, I’m doing okay with the volume of names but the character introduction throws me off. If you belatedly tell me who that person is and what kind of person they are, how can I keep track whether this person is important or not? Because right now everyone seems important! *tugs at hair*

Oh SM, you love to find reasons to use your fancy shmancy 360 degree camera don’t you? Don’t think I didn’t catch you using it for that flying banana peel. If you can’t find a way to incorporate it into your music videos, there it is in your drama!

In terms of acting, I thought Sulli was spot-on as Gu Jae-hee or if we’re referring to the source material, Ashiya Mizuki. I was skeptical with the headlines prior to the premiere but boy did that effort show. I was even surprised that there were instances where I thought, “Wait…you’re a teenage girl not a teenage boy!” You can see how much of herself she’s pouring in and the earnest quality in Jae-hee matches Sulli’s earnestness for this character.

On the other hand, there’s not too much to work with Tae-joon’s character because all we know is that Tae-joon doesn’t want to high jump anymore post-injury and he’s a cold nut to crack. That said, it’s too early to speak more on Min-ho besides that he’s delivering the character that’s written for him.

This premiere came in dead last at 7.3% in ratings but like J-Min tells us, it’s only the beginning.

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And I thought Jeahee character is a well mix of Go Min Nam and Go Eun Chan... which is nice
Idk why JB compared her to GHS, because she isnt that annoying imo lol
But I take it as a compliment for her since at least GHS is a well known profession actress, not just some idol-turn-actors

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This episode was a bit jilted, but it was sweet and I really enjoyed it. You forgot the part though when the Doctor was looking at pictures of Bae Yong-joon. lol I think this drama is off to a nice start. And after seeing the second episode, which was much more cohesive and fun, I like where it's going.

I'm looking forward to when they reveal why Jaehee put so much effort to transfer to GH. She looked really sick/depressed in the first scene at the hospital, so maybe Taejoon inspires her or helps her in some way? At least they're giving us a reason unlike the manga.

Sulli is absolutely great as Jaehee and is (to me) better than past portrayals. (Sorry to j-2007 fans. Maki was very lifeless and dull.)

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I do agree that this isn't one of the best dramas, and it certainly isn't without it's flaws. And I know that this definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, much like how Playful Kiss wasn't.

But I do enjoy it for the same reason that I enjoyed PK, because it holds a soft spot in my heart (hello, ISWAK). I've tuned into every Hana Kimi remake including the manga so this brings me nostalgic memories of my childhood.

Another reason as to why I'm tuning into this drama is because it's just such a lIght and fluffy rom-com that it's suited for those times that you want to just turn your brain off and enjoy the pretty.

I've gone through the emotional wringer with Gaksital this week (I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was biting my fingernails, fidgeting on the edge of my seat as I watched this week's episodes). I look forward to tuning into this drama as something to perk me up and lift me out of the headaches (mostly due to the heart-stopping action that does harm to my poor head)and heartaches that Gakistal leaves me with.

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for me i hope its nothing like playful kiss, ISWAK was the drama that got me into dramas, and i watched a bit of Playful Kiss, but i was completely turned off by it. I like that this drama is doing its own thing but changing things up but i dislike how these changes are so cliche of typical korean dramas out right now. its only been 2 episodes so ill stay on it with an open mind for a bit longer. I hold a place in my heart for taiwanese/Hongkong/Chinese dramas and i hope this korean remake does it justice.

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Watched the first 2 eps. I wonder why they are blasting through all the original plot points... No proper introduction just snapshots. Weird. Quality moments undermined by lack of acting and lack of breathing space. I get the sense that it will definitely not beat the taiwan version which I LOVE.

Surprising, since I generally love kdramas more than tw dramas.

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Thanks for the recap, gummimochi.

Unfortunately, this show did not catch my attention. Maybe because I have an aversion to over-done live-action adaptations? I checked out within the first ten minutes. I have read the manga a long time ago (can't remember if I finished it), liked it but have never gotten the urge to watch any of the live-action shows. The same with BOF and most other manga-to-TV adaptations.

The plan is to read the recaps and then decide if it's something I might want to watch, though not from the beginning. I might just watch the last two episodes. School starts soon so that is less time consuming.

Best of luck to the actors, actresses, recap-er(s) and the viewers.

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yay! i saw this drama icon join the "recapped series" on the footer but wasn't sure when it'd be up. this drama cracks me up, it's fun and light without really annoying me once.

i watched the taiwanese/first japanese adaptations after reading the manga so i'm familiar with the story, but it's been a long time and i've forgotten a lot, so it seems like i'm going in cold again.

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Still like the Japanese version better.

Sorry, Sulli just doesn't look or act like a guy so I'm not buying her portrayal. She is just too girly looking. She looks like a girl with a short hairdo.

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Omg you again =.= Seriuously I always saw you commented on every To the Beautiful You said Sulli is not match act as boy blablabla
Tsk Suzi.Q
Just pass it plz if you don't like her

*gimme space to vomit at you*

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*sigh*

she's not supposed to look like a guy. it's a serious running joke in the manga that she's too pretty to be a guy. hell they touch on it in the first ep of the korean version.

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Yeah we're going to have to stretch our minds when they all believe she's a boy and treat her as one. She's not going to be able to convince us she's a boy, despite her attempts to be assertive when standing up to the boys.

It's not something that bothers me though because I do buy her portrayal as Mizuki. She's bright, determined, and tough, she's even nailed some of her habits. I do feel that she's assumed the character itself and I'm pleasantly surprised.

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If you think Sulli is too girly looking to pull of acting as a guy then what did you think of Horitaka Maki? She was much more girly in both looks and acting.

I think sulli pulls off a "boyish" charm surprisingly well. The character is supposed to be a very girly and pretty boy. In that respect I think she is portraying her character extremely well.

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Okay, I am not familiar with the manga Hana Kimi, nor any of the other drama adaptations of it. So, I'm coming to this drama with a lot of expectations, mainly wanting to see Min-ho and Sulli act. And I wasn't really disappointed. I thought Sulli was great and Min-ho, while not as great as Sulli, has a lot of room to improve. I hope he does, and that this show is good with both of them, and all the other supporting characters.

As for the supporting characters, I find I like Cha Eun-gyul the most. He is funny and he already seems to since something different about Jae-hee. He reminded me of Shin-woo in "You're Beautiful". Song Jong-min was a bit annoying, but I still liked him. However his pettiness and the ways he found to antagonize Jae-hee were overdone and just too much for a first episode. Hopefully, he'll calm down and become better later on. Seol Hanna was really annoying. She reminded me of Uee's character, also in "You're Beautiful". She is spoiled and expects everyone to cater to her whims. Only one episode in and I already hate her.

The directing wasn't terrible, but it could have been better. I'm already inclined to like the writer, since he pinned the High Kick! series and I love High Kick! 3.

All in all, not a bad first episode, and I can't wait for episode 2!

Thanks for the recap, Gummimochi!

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Really I miss You are beautiful Drama this Drama make me remember Go Mi nam ,Anjells ,shin woo ,Jermy and Hwang teang <3

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i'm kinda disappointed with the first 2 ep. it looks like it's going to destroy another manga that I love, just like Playful Kiss.
I don't understand why they need to modify the original manga story just to avoid being similar as other versions. None of the other versions is good anyway. It should've sticked to the manga, and do it perfectly (Like Nodame, for example). Bring the manga to live!

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I always hated the fact that the girl who is suppose to be cross dressed, always LOOKS like a girl. The only girl character that EVER convinced me she could be a boy was Go eun chan from coffee prince. Her face, literally had no make up on.. even a pink lipstick (ahem* sulli).

Her hand motions, the way she walks, the way she talks, her deep voice, made it all convincing that she really could be a boy and people can fall for that. I just find it hard to connect with the story when the girl who is suppose to be a boy looks so much like a girl, the VOICE, the pink lips.. seriously, Sulli can change her voice, deeper, and the pink lips can easily be omitted. but no, obviously she is an idol, and even if she has to portray a boy, she needs to look pretty. Sigh..Sulli can easily pull off the guy look without those things, and still manage to look cute. like GO eun chan.

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People should stop hating lol
Go Eun Chan in CP is a tomboy where she act like a guys. Go Min Nyu and Jeahee aren't. They are girly girl who pretend to be boy. GMN was an innocent soon-to-be-nun who doesn't know much. And in the manga, the girl is Hana Kimi doesn't try to act like a guy... she was a pretty boy who just cut her hair... and try to be a guy.... She is feminine...
I don't get why people don't get it and keep complaining... Is it that hard to understand that they are different and stop complaining?

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Sulli's actic is so good then I remember she is not idol turned to be actress but an actress turned to be an idol. I love her.
The episode 1 and 2 made me realized that the plot is so fast. I hope they will made another scenario which is different from manga for Sulli and Hyunwoo I ship them already.

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The first episode was a big cheesefest. Then again, it is a high school drama... staring idols... based on a manga. As expected, MinHo's acting is excruciatingly stiff. But to his credit, the character of Tae Joon has yet to be fleshed out.

There are so many students to keep track of. @[email protected] I went in full-on expecting to root for Hyun Woo and Hyun Woo only, and although Eun Gyul is charming, I find myself more drawn to Seo Joon Young's dorm leader character.

The opening scene was poorly executed in explaining Jae Hee's reasons on flying halfway across the world to attend an all-boys school. Why is Jae Hee crying seeing Tae Joon jump for the first time? Shouldn't her tears at least wait until after he's injured?

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I'm very easy to please
count me in this drama
I have a lot of patience :D

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omgosh. most hilarious comment ever. love it!

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I loved the manga Hana Kimi and I could say I also loved the Japanese live action drama version of it too, though some would say it could have been better (I have a fondness for Shun and Toma) and I would ADMIT that I "kinda" was a into Minho when I started watching Shinee videos, but I knew I will never be watching this Korean version of Hana Kimi just because of who the PD is.

I absolutely hated Boys over Flowers... the editing sucked, the story line sucked and I hated Gyu Hye Sun's acting.

Kim Bum couldn't save that series for me.

I'll read the re-caps and maybe I'll change my mind but I highly doubt it.

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As someone who loved the 2007 J-version, this one wasn't so bad. Sure, the zany parts of the 2007 version (Nakatsu, Nanba, Kayashima) weren't in here, but this one has its own merits. Lee Hyunwoo's winning me over with the presh. While Tom Ikuta was hilarious as Nakatsu, Hyunwoo's doing it the presh way, something more believable and easier to relate to. Sulli's doing great, and even better than Maki Horikita (who was really dull as Mizuki). Minho's acting makes me cringe, but his role itself isn't really challenging per se, so I can give him a pass.

AND HOLY CRAP THIS DRAMA IS SO PRETTY TO LOOK AT. The school! The dorm! Thank you, BOF PD for the visuals.

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i'm echoing the sentiment of a lot of commentors in saying that this is all style no substance.

[unpopular opinion] honestly, after jin, BOF, and operation proposal, i really wish korean pd's would not redo japanese dramas. it's like a transparent attempt to outspend and out-style the original yet the final product is almost always some hollow, diamond encrusted turd.

i'm really hoping that's not going to be the case with this drama because hana kimi is near and dear to my heart (like hana yori dango was). plus this cast is great and has the potential to create a memorable adaptation.

don't fuck it up, writers. please.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how good the first two episodes were for "To the Beautiful You". I will definitely be tuning in next week to see if this drama keeps up its momentum.

Side Note: I'm loving the music in this drama!

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Love the song too! Thanks for the recap, gummimochi :)

I still can't enjoy Minho's acting at all, but at least he's not massively awkward onscreen (like certain other idol actors). I doubt he's ever going to pull me in and make me believe that he IS Tae-joon - to me, he hasn't really immersed himself in his character and successfully shedded his idol image enough for that - but who knows, maybe later on he'll surprise me. Too early to tell after all. Sulli, on the other hand, is doing a pretty good job and plus, she's super cute in general anyway. But the english. Omg, the ENGLISH. A few minutes into the drama, and I was already cringing because of the english.

But apart from that, the drama really IS very pretty.

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Gonna stick out cuz i love this version's Sano-Mizuki. They're already adorable together. We'll see how this lasts though.

Dislike: the overuse of fancy cameraworks that not only adds nothing to a scene, it makes it look ridiculous instead of cool (e.g. the slomo during meaningless parts, the scene where Sano's rival changes his shirt - wtf, why the need to show him take off his shirt from fifty different angles?!) and THE SCORE - love the tunes, not loving how carelessly they're used. But knowing TTBY comes from the PD who infamously butchered BOF, he's kinda learnt a teeeeny bit of restraint, just hope he learns faster!

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Yay, I was wondering if this was going to be recapped!

I surprisingly enjoyed the first 2 eps and by this time, we all know what the plot is already and who all the characters essentially are, even with the "name change". I'm pleasantly surprised with all the lead characters so far (the ones who are playing Mizuki, Sano and Nakatsu. Sorry I still haven't gotten around to memorizing their Korean counterpart names, lol, they're confusing me with all these characters.) And of course the Korean version would have some Daddy!Issues thrown in there, I should've guessed lol.

I'll be keeping up with this show and probably watch Arang & the Magistrate as well :) I'm not properly hooked to Faith just yet, so we'll see what happens with that show.

Thanks for the recap!

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Thanks for the recap gummi!
I watched it and felt a little bit disappointed 'cause the show cuts/change so many interesting characters, whose bring the fun and the vibe of friendship around the main characters.
The comparison is hard to deny since the show based on Hanakimi. I feel like the show is going to heavily focus on love triangle, plus annoying sasaeng fans. BUT since this is only ep 1, I hope I am wrong and still wait for another episodes.
At least, K-version looks easy in the eyes, with beautiful lighting, colors, and setting (the dorm is like a hotel!!), beautiful namja.
Plus Sulli acting is good.

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still debating if i wanna read the recaps or watch the series...another remakes makes me cringe and wonder what new thing will they throw in and will it be worth it? i hope you keep recaping and i'll decide from there...haha

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It's really hard to watch something that has been made already, because you know how the story's going to turn out. But I still have fate since Boys Over Flowers still became a hit even though it was the 3rd remake for the series, the same with Hana Kimi. What I liked about the Japanese Hana Kimi was how the characters were well defined and was expressed distinctively; I know I shouldn't be comparing. HA. So far I really liked Eungyul, he is just so warm. I'm more excited to see his development with Jaehee :)

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Its well made, but lacks humor compared to the two other adaptations.. They made the drama more serious compared to the animated 2 versions... Where's the guy that can see ghosts? I like that guy.. Why is EG so serious here? Haaaaah... Please SM... dont disappoint me....

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Its well made, but lacks humor compared to the two other adaptations.. They made the drama more serious compared to the animated 2 versions... Where's the guy that can see ghosts? I like that guy.. Why is EG so serious here? Haaaaah... Please SM... dont disappoint me.... The dorm president should be a playboy..

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tq G.......CHI

Mizuki is mizuki and jae hee is jae hee so don't compare them !.

But honestly - NOT BIAS !,

I like Mizuki's voice - unique !!.

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so far this drama has own uniqueness compared to japanese n taiwanese version. But, so far i love taiwanese version more! Japanese is so hilarious n kinda not logical to me. But, korean failed to give more solid reason for goo jae jee to impersonate as school boy! By the way, i like the rest of the story. Sulli is good n adorable as a boy! But minho still look stiff for his character, so i hope he can be better! I hope there is no too evil character for this drama because i kinda hate it. However, i'm kinda disappointed that a role for boy who can see a ghost(i forgot his name in j-drama version) is not exist. Or is it just his role not appear yet??

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i read something on omona about them keeping they ghost seeing guy but who knows!

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I love this drama,it has a cute storyline,i hope you will continue recaping it,thank you:-D

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I know I'm watching To The Beautiful You because of Minho but I just can't help rooting for Eun Gyul! Why so adorable, Lee Hyun Woo??!

But when I stopped and considered my history with Hana Kimi, I never rooted for the male lead anyway. I went all out in supporting Ikuta Toma and Jiro Wang. Why should I break the pattern now, right?

EUN GYUL FIGHTING!!! Noona is here for you! :D

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Sulli is doing great in this role. And I liked that they casted her as this is not her first time acting. In fact she is a child actor. Hope Minho does well too coz image wise he fits the character perfectly too. So far, haven't much to comment about the other characters except for the doc whom I already like. Ki tae Young chose an interesting role to play and I hope he has fun with it!!

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Sulli is doing great in this role. And I liked that they casted her as this is not her first time acting. In fact she is a child actor. Hope Minho does well too coz image wise he fits the character perfectly too. So far, haven't much to comment about the other characters except for the doc whom I already like. Ki tae Young chose an interesting role to play and I hope he has fun with it!! If i am not wrong this should be his first role after getting married.

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thank you for the recap, I watched both ep1 and 2

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I watched the first two episodes and can I just say....that girl/boy got TRIPPED LIKE 4-5 TIMES! Literally, every sport event (not even the hard ones, some had to trip her) and she had to fall so dramatically and almost DIE when she falls on the floor. I know I'm being mean but I'm not watching Merlin here (if anyone watches Merlin, I think you'll understand what I'm talking about).

Oh kdramas and their characters' weakness of: rain and falling down. (it's like a near-death experience) lol

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Are you still going to recap this drama?
I always like to read your comments.

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Minho needs to work more on is acting. His acting skill's only a smidgen above Kim hyunjoong right now. No do not argue that he's a cold emo character, that's how he's suppose to be blah blahblah. Even cold and aloof has been played with more nuance in other dramas before.

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Nvm I take it back he IS at Kim hyunjoong level.

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OK. Just watched the first episode and I really have to say Sulli is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. Dare I say the epitome of Korean beauty? Hell, Earth's candidate when Alien civilizations demand us human tribute? Where was she all this time?! IM IN LOVE.

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I read the manga and watched the Japanese version and I can only shake my head as I watched Ep. 1. My major gripe is what have they done to Nakatsu??? D I S S A P O I N T E D. Truly.

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Watched the first episode of this show, I don't even remember the full title [too long], and I shall call it the kdrama hana kimi! anyway! it's trying to be funny like the jdrama was, but it can't completely do that unless it copies the jdrama. I love the manga, and the drama, and I know this is just another remake, but damn, this drama is too similar to the jdrama version!

I love the HD, the colors, the characters aren't bad, but it's missing that quality it the other hana kimi had, so far it is too soon to tell, but damn, I based on the next few episode, this drama can go so wrong in so many way!

Nakatsu!!! I effin love you, and so far the korean version of him [I can't remember his name =_= sorry] is not nakatsu enough for me. Jdrama nakatsu is awesome! ;D

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I like this drama actually. I think some of the negative comments here are valid. But I think it's a bit too early to say that it's not making sense at all.

About the attempted rape scene, I agree, to a certain extent, that common sense tells us that someone should have done something about it and the writers could have dealt with it more delicately. But we also have to remember the characters involved here. JH is a girl pretending to be a boy so her actions are to be expected. She was shocked with what has transpired as depicted in the scenes after, but at the same time, she does not want her real gender to be discovered. TJ, on the other hand, could have done something, or at least, that's what we want the drama to go with - for TJ to do something. However, we should also consider the idea that TJ might be thinking that the best way to protect her is to not tell anyone about it. Of course, this will only makes sense if he already knows or had suspicions that JH is a girl. And I honestly think that he knows. I will explain further later.

Furthermore, doing something about the attempted rape would conflict with the whole idea that he is to keep JH's real gender a secret and protect that secret, which TJ is supposed to do or is expected to do throughout the series if we based it on the manga and the previous adaptations. Even if he can do something about it without people asking a lot of questions and opening a can of worms, it would just digress from the whole focus of the drama. The attempted rape is not the focus, but what happens next - some alone time with the 2 main characters. Perhaps the writers just found it more convenient to include the attempted sexual assault (which I heard was in the manga) as an excuse for the 2 main characters to have their precious bonding time in the woods or wherever that is. I am not sure if this is a flaw in the writing or a flaw inherent in compressing volumes and chapters of a manga into 16 hours of Korean drama. There is just not enough time to focus on the details that are of no or little consequence to the core of the manga.

Now, let's go back to the idea that TJ knows that JH is a girl. I have been thinking about it for a while now. I think the drama is implying that TJ already knows even before he overheard the conversation between JH and her brother. If you think about it - the rain scene and the way he looked at her, the scene when he looked at JH and noticed her collar bone and shoulder exposed, the scenes when he was suspicious of the hyungs' advances, and finally, the hugging and piggy back scene. Something is up. He was acting as if he already knows or had suspicions that were waiting to be confirmed.

Going back to the scene where TJ was talking to the dog. People point to this scene as somewhat confusing in that if TJ already knew that JH is a girl then why would he talk to the dog as if he just found out? I think he was talking to the dog to merely imply that he had his suspicions and this just confirmed it or just plain talking to the dog to reaffirm what he just heard. People talk to themselves or to others to get a better grasp of what is going on. Based on his reactions, he was not at all surprised that JH is indeed a girl, but more concerned about her reason for being there.

In any case, I honestly hope that there is a deeper reason for JH being there, and I hope they stay true to the manga when it comes to it because JH's explanations and reasons so far seem vague and seem too simple for someone to go through all the trouble that she is going through. If there is, then I am really excited to hear it.

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Why was the main girl crying and why was she in the hospital? does she have some kind of illness?

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Sulli really reminds me of Taemin in this

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I like Sulli in this drama...........Hyun woo also rocks!!!!And minho?totally none for him.sorry................

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hahahahahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..............................................................................................

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This story is entirely similar to Hana Kimi of Taiwanese version. The remake of Japanese surpasses the old one, but this? Frustrating!
-The beginning & end of this episode tells me not to bother on pursuing the other episodes coz it will only upset me.

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This story is entirely similar to Hana Kimi of Taiwanese version.
The remake of Japanese surpasses the old one,but this? Frustrating!
The beginning & end of this episode tells me not to bother on pursuing the other episodes coz it will only upset me.
Hey! don't blame me.
If they want to remake, they should start it
Fresh and new.

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a girl dressed like boy isn't it funny

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