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Comic book hero comes to life in W–Two Worlds

Ah, finally—some conceptual teasers for W–Two Worlds that feature Lee Jong-seok as a fictional character come to life! MBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday supernatural suspense romance drama has danced around this idea, and said that we’ve got two lovers living in two parallel universes that coexist in the same space, and that one of those universes isn’t in reality as we know it.

But now we’ve caught a glimpse of Lee Jong-seok as an actual comic book hero who walks out of the pages of his story world and into reality. It’s kind of funny that pretty boy drama heroes are often referred to as having walked out of the pages of a comic book, and the writer has run with that idea and made it literal.

Han Hyo-joo stars as a rookie surgeon whose webtoon artist father suddenly goes missing one day. Lee Jong-seok is a fictional character from that webtoon—an Olympic athlete super-chaebol boy genius—and due to a mysterious event, the barrier between reality and the webtoon world breaks down, allowing him to cross over. Han Hyo-joo is convinced that he holds the key to finding her missing father, and in the process of chasing that lead, they begin an unconventional romance that crosses dimensions.

I’m really excited about the concept and happy to see the webtoon drawings that will play such an important part in the story. It reminds me a little of the old NBC show Heroes, but with a cool twist on the fictional world being its own dimension.

W–Two Worlds premieres July 20.

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Is it possible to love a drama even before it has started? Because seriously, the stills and the colorful teasers are totally doing it for me.

Hope the actual drama delivers!

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Same thoughts here!

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the plot is making me swoon. haven't we all fell for a fictional character and what is a girl to do only if they might come to life

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Shikamaru
(And it embarrasses me to write this.)

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waaah.... I am so happy!

I'd never thought I'd see someone write Shikamaru as a fictional character that they fell for... because he is not the typical romantic character but I LOVE him.

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Not seen that many anime's but Shikamaru from Inuyasha?

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@jichangwooklover

I think its Naruto? could be wrong tho

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Absolutely! Loving the concept. It also reminds me of Heroes and that 80s video by A-Ha, "Take on Me." Memories, memories...

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Me too, Sue! Me too! Followed by the thought that I am totally dating my age and need to watch that video. Stat!

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I was just about to say! take On Me video was my favourite! Can't wait for this drama!

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Yes, It is very possible. m already in love with his brooding, smoldering looks and her beauty.hahaha

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Me too, oh man I absolutely adore that drama.

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The poster reminds me of the ones for Queen In-Hyun's Man, so I'm getting very good vibes!

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Me too, oh man I absolutely adore that drama.

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Public broadcast drama really dependant on their star studded cast. Its always media play about the cast rather than the story plot. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing but it has become a trend to grab a poular cast rather then trying to appeal the audience with the storyline.

Well that being said,I have to say this drama definitely is on my radar. Everything about the story, and the cast had been interesting. Its been a while for han hyo joo since she has been focusing on movie lately.

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I feel that you meant your first paragraph in general. However, why did you write that for this particular instance? I mean, this drama actually hasn't mediaplayed about its cast. I would hardly call announcement and confirmation of the casting, script-reading, and photoshoots mediaplay. All dramas, including cable shows, go through that.

So, I'm just curious why you chose to say about mediaplaying, when MBC is actually quite late doing that.

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This is such a cool premise. Never felt this excited for a kdrama premise before.

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I'm already obsessed.

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I knew it! Lee Jong Suk's character was looking more fictional. Can't wait to see the dimensional love bloom. July 20th pleas come fast!

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wow! wow wow! cant wait LJS looks super hot!

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Ikr... LJS is gem... so in love with him... ever since IHYV.
Btw, can anyone tell me which bookstores that sell comics that have super handsome heroes walk into reality like this drama? Cos I want some!!!

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Lol

I want one too

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Excitedddddddd :D

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I was really hoping they would keep that twist hidden and reveal it in the course of the drama. Oh well, Kdramas are not great at hiding their twists, for the most part. Still can't wait!

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True, but it helps to simplify the concept of the show. I though inter-dimensional travel would be so intricate at first - now that I understand that dimension, it's far easier to understand the show as a whole.

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Or, this doesn't really qualify as a twist because it's their basic premise. That means the real twists are indeed hidden. More to look forward to!

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Well, since that secret was already spilled they might as make the most of it and exploit it in their teasers instead of trying to quiet or deny the spoilers.

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These teasers are awesome! Absolutely loving the unintentional homage to A-ha's Take On Me music video. I wonder if these lovers will also be chased down due to their barrier breaking romance? ;)

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I just posted the same thing!!

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I was about to post this reminds me of a-ha - Take On Me

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A-ha's video as a K-drama. This is going to be epic!

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Is anyone else suddenly getting flashbacks to A-ha's video for Take On Me or am I just old? Perfect looking guy from a comic coming to life and wooing a girl with some fighting thrown in? I see no difference!

Of course now I have the literal version stuck in my head.

PIPE WRENCH FIGHT!

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Gosh, I also know that music video... I feel old. Anyway, I am sooo interested in this drama. I hope it will be good.

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YEAH!! I was thinking the same here!!! Oh man~ Please, don't say we're old, it sounds better if we say that we've good music culture lol

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Best music video ever. I thought it was brilliant and made the song even better.

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lol lots of us old folks here...when they said the girl's father is a comic book writer I kind of guessed that LJS was the fictional character in the book her father wrote..so there was no suprise here when it was revealed...looking forward to this...I would love to see the execution and the ending...

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Oh. Ahahaha... You reminded me of my crush. Morten..❤❤❤
It shows the rest of beanies how old we are.. ^^

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Yep, that was the first thing that came to my mind. Some of those promo pictures even look like stills from the video (hero becoming blurry and comic-ish while she remains standing on the side of reality)

*sings*
Taake on me - take me ohohon. Iiiii'll bee gone, in a day or twoooo.

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Yeah- I was totally thinking the same thing! The promos look like "Take On Me" video. I was almost expecting LJS to start banging into that "wall" or for her hand to go through and him to take her hand and pull her through to his dimension just like the video.

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You totally beat me to this post! Loved that video and am hoping to love this drama as well.

(No man should be able to hit a high note like that.)

*goes to itunes to play Take On Me on repeat...

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I'm one of the older beanies ! I loved the song and the video, one of my favorites. :D

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I was a kid when that song came out. I loved the concept and song back then; I still love it now. And now we get a full series in same vein? SIGN ME UP. Also, Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is in the background while LJS fights in one of the trailers, another favorite!

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Nice Nice...
I heard a rumour that the comic illustrations were actually done by one of LJS' s fan. Is it true?

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Not confirmed yet but the drawings in YJ's room in one of the stills are very similar to that fan's previous posted drawing. And the logo that she made before all the promotional things from W came out is also very similar with the official logo. The art style is really similar. So the chances are high that it's true!

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I wonder if you know the name of Lee Jong Suk fan who's rumoured to be the illustrator of W comic??? I'd like to see her artworks, just super curious to know here :))

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Being a comic book character never has been revealed officially & I think figuring it out is one of the plot twist but it seems that leaked synopsis is everywhere for reference.
Anyway this story is really unique! Can I say I've never been this much attached to a drama by reading its plot! Casts are perfect for their character description + great acting skills.
Hope to see a satisfying result.

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Oh...By the looks of the first picture, I thought it was Han Ji Min, I swear! Maybe it's the smile?

Anyway, I really look foward to this drama. I like Lee Jong Seok but unfortunately his last dramas weren't my cup of tea (I'm not saying there were bad, it just I suppose I wasn't in the mood for them at the time. Who knows, maybe some day I binge watch them, just not now)

The plot seems very good. Although makes me remember that mv of A-ha, "Take on Me", he he he.

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Will this be like Dramaworld in which the fictional character cannot know he is fictional or his world implodes? I want to see LJS act through some serious existential crisis.

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They keep using that red/blue thing in the promo materials... :O if I wear 3d glasses while watching, will there be LJS and HHJ popping out of the screen?

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Yes, it gives that 3D feel.
Maybe if the main female character wears special 3D glasses to read her father's comic book, the main male character will come to life ^^

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Thank you dear Girlfriday. You are Love.

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This is like an AHA music video turned into a drama.

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Eh, I was already full of anticipation for W because of the cast, but now I'm totally excited for it! I just finished watching Queen In-hyun's Man and the story's so well-written!!! I loved the romance to bits. So glad that LJS is once again in good hands. Can't wait to see how the writer will tell the story this time.

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oooohhhh now THIS!!! this is just my kind of thing. I always get overly attached to fictional characters, they are all "alive" for me. this is fantastic. OMG

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It looks promising. Can't wait to see how two parallel universe love story evolve and materialize.

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HHJ Is just so beautiful! She's so gorgeous and I can't stop staring at her. She looks so good in every one of her dramas and movies.

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Sounds even better than before. I'm looking forward to it. Sounds like something DB will re-cap so I'll wait for the first one.

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It's from the writer who did Queen Inhyun, Nine and the Three Muskateers, am I right? Because I loved, loved, loved all of these dramas so very very much!! So smart, so fun, so addictive! My only (small) concern is that those previous dramas were on TVN which I believe is more open to new concepts and gives the drama and their directors/ writers lot of freedom to make their show. I just hope that MBC will not try to change it to make it more mainstream...
(I hope I didn't just jinx it....)
Please be good show! I am so looking forward the summer!!!

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Ah..my hopes r really high for this show. After signal and dots ended haven't watched anything, though I tried lucky romance and it just wasn't working for me. Palli palli W!

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my body has never been more ready for a drama.

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The plot reminds me of Inkheart. Loved those books as a kid :)
Really looking forward to this!

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Oh wow! I'm impressed. I'm so looking forward to this!

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Not really a big fan of LJS but he seems to really know which projects work for him.

The teaser looks very promising. Like many here, I'm so looking forward to this.

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Wow. So I'm really not the only one super excited for this drama, huh? I'm not surprised. It really is one of the freshest, most exciting premises to come along in a while, with a writer and director that can do justice to it. Plus that cast! I think we've found a winner here, but now I just hope it can satisfy our high expectations.

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Damn, how easy to please crowd, that cries about "originality" and goes nuts over slightly changes. Just add a bit flashy-dashy fantasy, try to sound clever and sarcastic, try to mask your minuses with big names, so crowd can fangirl over their oppa and unnie being better and woah, and you get in you hands perfect example off overrated, drama, that everyone will eat, without noticing, that they're eating exact same sh**, just in different package. Man, k-drama coward easiest to manipulate. No wonder, that Lee Jong Suk picks, this type of dramas and get praises for being in "different" projects. Boy is not stupid, so he knows that a bit of fantasy easily will please his crowd. Happy time, to watch your "unique" drama lol.

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Look at all that salt...smh
The concept itself is new to kdramaland, so...people are exited to see where this goes..
People are exited for this drama to air because of the teasers
But how can you say that it is unoriginal and shitty when you haven't seen one episode of it? I mean your trying to sound so smart but you just come off as dumb and condescending And if he picked a rom com or an obvious melo you would say that he's too obvious...You just sound salty...maybe people aren't exited for your favs drama? Who wronged you? Did someone shit on your cornflakes?

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jam donut dragon periferia spotlight

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So many different flavours and you choose salty ?
Sorry I always wanted to say this ?

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Lol you sound so bitter over that I can't even take you seriously

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Funny how you said that because W's production has something to say about it:

"When compared with other genres, novelty is regarded as great strength of fantasy drama.

However, when numerous fantasy dramas came flooding (the market), because of the overlapping materials, the stories became more and more similar and pattern-like, the novelty, that radiance is forgotten and disappeared for quite some time.

This drama is not from materials we have already seen before, it is something we have never seen in existing Korean dramas, it starts in a totally new and outrageous world."

translation credit: amyhsk

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deng! who stole your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you to sound so grumpy!

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Cool tidbit: The webtoon creator of Misaeng, Yoon Taeho, is a consultant for this show. Him and Song Jaejung meet up to construct the comic world.

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please, drama gods, please let this be good. Please?

don't let this be another Goodbye Mr Black! (also MBC)

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MBC does worry me, it's my least favorite station in recent years. I hope they realize that staying within their comfort zone these past few years hasn't gotten them any hits and therefore should be more open to going with a writer's full vision instead of smothering it with makjang. If they ruin a Song Jaejung drama, I'm gonna revolt.

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Hi everybody
Love the leads. They visually really suit each other. And of course, both are talented and have experience. :))
I have a question. What does "fictional character" mean? I read in some comments here.
I would appreciate you if u answer me

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So, the heroine is a human, meanwhile the hero is just a comic book character which comes to life (?). Sorry, I'm bad at describing things wkwkw

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Are you asking as a non-native English speaker? If not, sorry for getting super literal here. "Fiction" means made up, not real.

All the characters in a drama would be fictional. Characters in a sageuk based on real events would be fictionalized versions of non-fictional characters. A news report about real people would be non-fiction.

So they're saying that, within the drama, the hero's character is not a real person, he's only a character.

(Again, sorry if you weren't asking for a literal definition of the word. ^_^)

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Idk but I feel sad when I watched the teaser a few days ago. I just wish a happy ending for them. They must get together in the end. It's saddened me that he's not 'real' from the start. At least the heroes in YWCFTS, RP, QIM are a real thing which the heroines can touch and feel. Meanhile LJS's character is only in a form of picture(?). Idk how to describe it. Anyway, can't wait!

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Maybe he can find a way to Pinnochio his way into being a real person (a la the pretty old cartoon)? COME ON, JULY 20TH.

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ooh interesting concept

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I'm already curious how he'll react when he finds out he was created from the imagination of another person and what he has was given by her dad and what he knows as reality isin't,,or reading about himself...hope they will explore this part as well

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I know right?! ROFL, I'd love to see him go through an existential crisis of sorts because of that revelation.

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That would be sooo good if played right,also is it me or they hint that he thinks of her as a fictional character,that he is the real thing and her world is not etc...like each one thinks/knows the other is fictional based on those pics

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Ahh, I see. That makes sense.

Her dad's probably in the comic world, right? Sounds like gender-swap TRON, with comics instead of video games.

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No, from what I have read is that her father is the comic book writer. And he's writing the last ep or one of the ep and then goes missing

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Yeah, but if he went missing INTO the comic world he created, that's a reason for her to go there looking for him, or at least for the two worlds, and thus the two leads, to meet, right? Like in the new TRON, he goes into the game world looking for his dad.

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jongsukie oppa♡♡♡ i can't wait for this drama!^^ btw....it reminds me something...does anyone watch wgm ksy kwang siyang...when ksy said kwang siyang is like namja from comic anime...do you know what it called in korean languange? and now....jongsukie oppa from webtoon too...i'm so excited for watch it soon.... woobinie oppa...jongsukie oppa...good luck for your all drama guys!

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Pretty teaser. Looking lovely. Though I don't really into the clicheness of uber-chaebol things. But hoping this drama will be good!

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I actually found Lee Jong Suk'a character description a bit too over the top.

However, after reading that he's in fact a webtoon character, not a superman from an alternate world, it made me thinking: webtoon characters' backgrounds are more dramatized than those of drama characters ?

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When I click on the play button of the video, there is a pop-up with two options (side by side)... in Korean. Anyone seeing this as well? Would anyone know what they mean ? I would like to watch it but don't want to click on anything that I don't understand... thanks!

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The pop-up meant that you'll be needing 3g/lte to play the video. If you're on wifi you can just click the green button. The buttons meant Cancel and Ok.

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Thanks for the help !!!

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This is interesting but when I think about that this will replace Lucky Romance I feel sad!!!

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Wow! This is really cool! Didn't really the comic world was one of the worlds and LJS is a fictional character that stepped out of the pages. No wonder he sounded so perfect. LOL Can't wait for this! I'm so excited!!

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So the mystery is solved!! I thought he sounded tio good to be real and well, he has lol This really reminded me of Ah Ha's Take on Me's MV turned drama and I like it a lot.

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OMG the poster is soooo pretty!!! esp the two lee jongseok (real and manga) the manga one is so handsomely pictured <3 and I almost can feel the chemistry between Lee Jongsuk and Han Hyojoo already ^^

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Omg fictional heroes that come to life? Sign me up!

I have never wanted to draw a webcomic more.

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LJS as an "Olympic athlete"?

That's a good one.

About as convincing as being a romantic interest to HHJ.

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you know that Lee Jong Suk (in real life) has attained black belt 4-dan in Taekwondo , which means he is qualified to be called 'instructor' :D so how convincing is that for you ?

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It reminds me of AHA's official video, an 80's song: "Take on me.... (take on me), take me on..... (take on me) I'll be gone.... In a day or two..."

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I'm so excited for this!!!!

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this is the best stories that i have't see... this story make me feel sad.........feel excited n happy....

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