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Cuddles and fights in Hwarang’s lighthearted second teaser

Every time I see new promo material for KBS’s youth sageuk Hwarang, it switches gears on me—the posters seemed light and fluffy, the first teaser seemed earnest and at least trying to be serious, and the second teaser is totally goofy and slapstick. I wasn’t quite expecting this kind of humor, but at least now we know what to expect of the show? I’m definitely retuning my expectations after this latest teaser, because Hwarang looks like it’s planning to be a light campus romp, closer to Weightlifting Fairy than Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo or Moonlight Drawn By Clouds.

The coming-of-age story is set 1500 years in the past, and tells the story of Silla’s elite, beautiful warriors, known as Hwarang. Park Seo-joon (She Was Pretty) stars as a young man who rises above his low birth to become one of the elite Hwarang, and Park Hyung-shik (High Society) is a young king who hides his identity and becomes a warrior due to threats on his life. Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded) is the woman they’ll both love, who is half-royal, half-commoner by birth, and Min-ho (Because It’s the First Time), Do Ji-han (Basketball), Jo Yoon-woo (I Order You), and V of Bangtan Boys co-star as the rest of the Hwarang crew.

The teaser opens as Go Ara arrives in the compound where the Hwarang boys are trained, and gapes at the scene before her. The caption tells us: “The rude youths who are going to change the world are coming!” One of the boys announces that the hell gates of Hwarang are finally open, and we see them brawling, fighting during sporting matches, cuddling with Park Seo-joon, and… breaking out into dance? What…?

It’s total chaos, and their teacher Sung Dong-il seems to be driven crazy by their antics, though he busts out some dance moves of his own when they aren’t watching. Park Seo-joon says in voiceover, “Is there no law in this place?” while cheeky Park Hyung-shik says, “We’re going to have some fun.” The fun and the fights, I get—they are hot-blooded young warriors in training, after all. But what I don’t understand is Go Ara’s horrified reaction to walking in on the boys’ shower. Does not compute.

I wonder if it’s going to be funny or just end up a hodgepodge, but either way, I hope you’re in for some flower boy hijinks, because that’s definitely what we’re getting. Hwarang airs Monday-Tuesday following The Man Living in Our House, and premieres December 19.

Via Herald Pop

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Ummmm.... Ummmmm..... Ummmmm... This looks particularly bad.... Maybe its one of those - dont judge a book by its cover.... Right???

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The good

Go ara lost weight and has become more stunning

But other than that, what is it.. slapstick humour through and through for supposedly fearsome super talented warriors..

oh dear god!

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Mentally praying it won't be Scarlet Heart Ryeo 2

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This seems like a cross between moorim school and love in the moonlight. It seems pretty fun

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I thought so too...this looks like loads of fun! Bromance ..can't wait!

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Though I don't want another Moon Lovers (no one can survive that angst twice) I would be happy if they get closer to Moonlight Drawn By clouds' style of humor. I liked the cute but still not over the top humor that MDBC had. Also I enjoyed the angsty parts because they made me cry but not want to jump off a bridge like Moon Lovers' angst did.

In regards to this teaser, I am crossing my fingers and hoping for a mix of the parts I loved of MDBC and maybe something on the Style of Sungkyunkwan Scandal hijinks?

I just cannot over the hair though. If anything I'll be laughing because of that ?

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I'm really hoping that this turns out to be the Sungkyunkwan and Moonlight kind of comedy. And more than anything, I'm hoping it's well-written.

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Yeah, Moonlight and Sungkyunkwan humor is great as well Moon Sun's.

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Ever since the poster was released, i knew then this would not be your father's sageuk. So I was quite shocked by the reactions of so many here in DB. It also did not help that the poster was released after Moon Lovers just finished.

And as far as I know this was produced by the team of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, and Flower Boy Next Door. So that alone says this will be light.

Looking forward to this one. Bromance and all.

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Exactly. Even before the teasers and posters were released, it was clearly said that its gonna another drama under the Oh Boy series. So like SUFBB, FBRS etc but set in Silla times. And now seeing the teasers remind me of the previous installments. That's why I didn't understand why people here were so confused by the teaser and posters. I was actually disappointed by people's reactions to it, some even commented about the actors smiling lol. It seemed like they were picking on every little tiny thing to criticize it. Anyway I was very excited for the drama because I had been waiting a long time to see PSJ back on screen. Now my excitement is more since it'll be airing very soon. Hopefully the drama goes well.

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I'm not surprised at the lightheartedness. I want it to be fun and light, and I fully expect it to be. So far most of the promo materials reflect that. It's just that everything looks so tacky. Hwarang's advertising lacks the finesse Moonlight's ads had (Boombastic dancing and all). I hope for everyone's sakes that the show is better than the promos suggest.

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I really like oh boy series! So I am very excited for this! N I like this second teaser very much, also the bgm!

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Perhaps we'll remember that it's part of the Flower Boy franchise if it's titled "Shut Up Flower Boy Silla Warriors or the likes" :p

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Warriors"*

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That's what I was thinking. Hwarang was always meant to be the light-hearted comedy drama. The team said so from the start. So I was surprised too.
I think people are reacting this way because of the first posters released in April which were dark and kinda angsty. Another reason could be people trying to have minimum expectations after the disaster that was ML.

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I actually remember that this drama is Flower Boy series in Saeguk setting,
it always about that and when people compared it to moon lovers then I have nothing to compare,
it just different on its own way,

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I didn't think Shut Up Flower Boy Band was light. It is actually one of my favorite dramas. Unfortunately, this new drama doesn't have the same feel.

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Me too! It was my # 1 for a very long time!

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I love all those FB dramas, so I just became more interested in this than even before! Flower Boy Knights, I'll see you on the 19th.

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Well now I'm confused. I think this is a missed opportunity. They're boys trained to fight and become sort of the king's army right? There's no way real army in the past or even now has that kind of light hearted atmksphere like Weightlifting Fairy. There is friendship and camaraderie, sure. But that's formed under hard training, pressure and hardship. Or maybe I was wrong? That's not what Hwarang is?
I don't know, maybe the PD want to show the difference between these carefree boys in the beginning and their character changes after presented with crisis later. But I think that's too unrealistic.

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I think we don't know for sure,
the description is just told that the story is about their journey and at one point they are all boys,

I don't want to sound defensive but then I think we need to watch the episode before making some format trajectory of what the drama should present

I do hiking quite a lot and the most dependable out of my experience to find a way and tracking the map most often the funniest and the silly one because they know how to blend with others,

I just want to said that people do changes depends on the circumstances

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You've clearly never spent any time around the current US military lol. If you want some crazy, silly stories go ask a sailor. Or better yet go ask someone for basic training stories. And nobody pulls pranks like a soldier deployed to the sandbox. Warriors have extremely high stress jobs. Being silly, playing pranks, cracking jokes, and just laughing are all effective ways to manage that stress. As a bonus it also promotes team building. Win/win

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Yup! Totally agree.

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Papa Dong Il sure is everywhere...

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He is the only survivor of some bloody-crazy-editing drama that the name I don't wanna remember again though

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This kind of dramas look like:
It will get mixed reviews from criticism, bad acting controversy from k-netizens, low rating in Korea but it will be loved by international fans. That's all

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Yup. It's will be popular in my country too.

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I can already smell which one(s) will get acting controversy.
Considering 3 out of 6 boys are idols...

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I wonder if China will air this given the Hallyu ban. Korean reaction seems tepid right now. The producers might be in trouble if they can't get it to broadcast simultaneously in China.

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I hope the story of this drama goes extremely unique for everything else in this drama are so much usual (or unoriginal, cruely said), like at lease for now we can say this drama remind us of scarlet heart, sungkyunkwan scandal, you're all surrounded (for go ahra and group of boys), to the beautiful you...

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Lmao!! @Lydia!

Ever since the first posters of Hwarang, I've jumped ship. Now I'm only here for the hilarious comments

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Second that!

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Well, despite all the mixed comments, I'm personally excited for this! Bring me the fluff with an extra dose of cheese!!

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I'm already jammin' to the OST! Was that Sung-jae's voice I heard? Either way, with at least two Hwarang boys being K-Pop group members, I'm sure they'll participate in the OST, no? Can't wait to hear more!

As for the lighthearted tone of the drama, I kinda expected that, so I hope it's gonna be a fun and meaningful journey.

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It's BTS Jin and V.

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Thought I heard V's deep vocals. Thanks for the clarification!

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Wait, they had showers in Silla?

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First non-logic, even just with second teaser.

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if they can fill the tank above and pour it down with trees then it possible,
They have all the things to make swords, shower wouldn't be that far as long as they don't have pressure control in the showerhead,
they can't always take bath in the river,

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Hae Soo brings make-up to Goryeo and showers to Shilla. Win-win.

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This is mid 500. There is no evidence that Shilla had these kind of showers but I think the Greeks did back in those days.
Ancient Koreans would've prefered bathhouses than communal showers.

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Looks like a water system…not a shower perhaps but if constructed with bamboos….you could make some sort of system to funnel water over head. Not very complicated and if these are supposed to be some of the brightest men working for the king - I'd assume they figured it out for themselves and put it together.

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I wanted more sword fighting and battles. Hmph. I know it's supposed to be a comedy but when I hear "warriors" I want to see blood drawn.

We'll see how this turns out.

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Oh god that is so good,
the shower scene with them not facing each other is just good,
not because of them but because that clearly happens in places full of boys,
and I do really like that they can pass as others in disguised if they are styled similarly,
they are in a military academy and they are boys,
it feels carefree despite how their bruises and punch seems to be personal,

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Why did I just get a flash back of Blade and Petal ? Anyone remember Blade and Petal ? Beautiful visual and out of the world bad everything else ?
Really hope we won't have another one of those...

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It's too bad that they didn't have the budget and pre-production opportunity that some of these fusion sageuks have wasted.
The two directors were great. Choi Min-soo and Kim Yeong-cheol are the best sageuk veterans in dramas.

Writer and No Min-woo *sigh*

Goguryeo <3.

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The amount of hate this drama is getting even before it airs is ludicrous *sigh* Anyway, that second teaser somehow confirms they're aiming for something light-hearted not some dark/heavy stuff...it has a screwball comedy feel to it, I definitely like it. Hope Hwarang will do well if only for Hyungsik and Park Seo Joon's sake. As for me, I'll be tuning in for sure.

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It's call difference of opinions not hate.

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Let's agree to disagree then...first episode hasn't even aired for God's sake, yet there's tons of negative comments nitpicking on every little details. Why the hate? The snarky comments? Fact is people don't even want to give this drama a chance. Why? I suspect it has to do with the casting of so many idols (3 out of 6 actors), some people are wary/iffy about them because they tend to think idols suck at acting (it's far from the truth though, some are even better than so-called real actors...Jin Se Yeon, Oh Ji ho, Song Seung Heon anyone?)

Acting-wise, Shinee's Minho is the one I'm most concerned about because let's face it, he's the one lacking the most and the weakest link imo (maybe he will prove me wrong with this project, I still have hope). V's BTS, I'll hold my judgement on him until I see him in action since it's his first acting gig and lastly Hyungsik has proven countless times he can act, even knetz have praised him in the past and knowing how hard it is be acknowledged by them (especially for idols), it's quite the achievement if you ask me.

That's why I have every right to question the reason behind the harsh treatment this drama is getting (I'm not the only one to ask myself this question) ...you call it difference of opinions, fine, for me it's unwarranted hate/criticism. No hard feelings though.

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I don't think it's worth getting all worked up over other people's opinions. Just drive through so you don't have to torture yourself with such comments.

We are very diverse here. It's actually kind of cool. I learn something interesting every day from others' comments whether I agree with it or not.

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Fun fact is, there are very little people in here that actually gave a snarky commentary using Idols as their spears. I agree with Kiara. It is pretty cool that even between the likes or dislikes upon this upcoming drama, everyone still giving their opinion very interestingly.

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Okay here is some historical context for people who seem like they are not to familiar about Hwarang. Firstly, their name literally translates to Flower Boys. They are depicted as wearing fine clothing and an array of cosmetics (hence first poster) and can be considered even a social group. The function and creation of Hwarang was for the military but they had other functions in religion, education and etc. So yes, these men are warriors but they are also expected to be proficient in singing, poetry and the arts. It would be politically incorrect to think of these men as just soldiers because in reality, you can think of them as being trained in all facets to hold different governmental positions. Many famous historical figures have originated from Hwarang descent.

So I'm gonna take these previews with a grain of salt but they look cute so far (a lil cheesy). Coming from the producers of the flower boy series, I'm sure it'll be a cute ride with lots of bromance.

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They are warrior heavy in Hwarang Segi (authenticity still in question) and very vague with their roles in Samguk Sagi (the original historical records).
I agree with the present historians that not all of them were warriors.

The trend these days is dress-up sageuks. Kind of look like a sageuk but it's not a sageuk.

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As long as it doesn't end in tragedy... *stares at Moon Lovers*

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when I see the teaser, its gives me a traumatic flashback to Moon Lovers.. the scar still there, can not be erased.. I hope hwarang can make me forget it and have a beautiful ending whether happy or sad

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Exactly. No horrible, sad endings please. :(

The teaser looks fun and dorky. I'm in the mood for a light and funny drama too. Seems like this will give me some good laughs.

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Sung Dong-Il has been working very hard in a slew of dramas this year.

He doesn't say anything, but deep inside, I'm sure he feels sad that he hasn't been given a shower scene here. Or in any other drama, come to think of it. And why doesn't he have long flowing hair like the rest of the boys?

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He's been given a bad teeth

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He always have bad teeth in sageuks lol. The ones that I've seen.

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lol but omg i feel like this should be good just becuz park seo joon is in it?? like after the success and fame from she was pretty i thought he would be really picky and choosy in his next project...

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Idk....I'm a bit half and half with this drama so far. Kind of sucky timing with moon lovers just finishing. It was just so pretty and serious lol. I can see where the comparisons come up. However, I always try to give a drama a fair chance, because sometimes they do surprise you. I try not to look at ratings or reviews because sometimes I just like it regardless. I think people are also like this because of all of the idols. Hyunsik, works sometimes and doesn't others for me. Minho, I mean I love Shinee, but I haven't really loved anything of his so far. Now V, is totally green so I'm saving my judgements for him until it's over. Long story short, let's just see how it goes.

But seriously though,

Fingers crossed........and toes too. >.<

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Ha! Jo Yoon-woo is starring in another Flower Boy series. So Hyun woo's ancestor (his character in FB Ramen shop) is Yeo wool (his new character) that explains the flower boyishness running in the blood. Heol.

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I love this!! Looks super cheesy and fun!!

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Cute men in wigs, why not? Hyungsik always looks like rich boy no matter what he's wearing. I like rom coms so this might be fun.

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I think the critisim for hwarang is a little bit overdo, yes the hair little bit weird, the slapstick comedy kind of forced.
I just think maybe cause our heart still have not prepared to welcome it, because before it there is two saeguk dramas that have already stolen our attention, the kind of dark battle of the throne and the light youth classic romance. So our expectation kind of doesn't quietly match with this new thing.
I'll try to not pay attention and keep my expectation low, moreover this drama is produced by flower boy sequel company

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It's weird, but now I'm kind of excited about this.

I'm a little tired of sageuks, but if this is going to be a fluffy rom-com, I'm onboard.

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Wait a minute... hang on a second... they had showers in that time?! ??

Anyway, ever since the drama was announced I've never thought it'd be serious I mean we have 3 idols in it for God's sake they can't handle serious acting.

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I think idols are pretty capable of handling serious roles. Some idols are not that great at acting some are amazing at it. I think that people should stop thinking that just because they're an idol they can't act. That's just what I think.

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@Lala This! Exactly my thoughts. I don't need to reply to Emeline's comment thanks to you :)

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Very good examples:

Key from SHINee - he was just amazing in "Drinking Solo". I'm a fan now.

Simon from Super Junior - he has an amazing comic timing.

Eun-ji from APINK - She owned "Reply 1997", very good actress, actually, I don't find her singing voice that good.

IU was just amazing in "You're the best, Lee Soon-shin". This drama made fall in love with her. She had an amazing chemistry with Lee Jang-woo, second lead syndrome all over the place.

DO from EXO - he was lovely in "It's okay, that's love" and KILLED in "Hello Monster".

Sung-Jae from BTOB - I loved him in "School" and "The Village" too, he is young but very good.

Eric Moon from Shinhwa - can I just say "Another Oh Hae-young" amen???

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Just correcting:

SIWON SIWON SIWON

And IU had great chemistry with Lee Jang-woo in "Pretty Man".

But she had great chemistry with Cho Jung-seok in "You're the best..." too!

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None of the idols you mentionned are in this drama and we've all seen IU's bad performance in Moon Lovers Although I'll admit she wasn't the worst actress I've ever seen. Minho is mediocre and we don't know what V is capable of. With that in mind I've never thought that this drama would be serious considering 2 out of the 6 main actors are novices (read amateurs). Can't comment on PHS I've never seen him act. With that in mind it would've been a very big risk to take for the people in charge. I think it was best for them to make this drama light and fun (it seems like that anyway with this teaser).

Ps: I will gladly admit that I'm biased again idols who act - the good ones are the exception not the rule imo

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Some are capable of acting but the ones in this drama especially V and Minho I don't think they are

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But this is V's debut project….aren't we jumping the gun and assuming he's going to be bad?

As someone pointed out above - plenty of idols have had excellent performances in acting.

It's unfair to judge before they've tried.

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Minho has been pretty shit at acting but I heard his acting got a lot better for his new movie with Ma Dong Seok so who knows he might be better.

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I've only seen Taehyung acting in bts music videos and he's pretty decent at it. I think this role will be easy for him since his character sounds similar to how he is in real life.

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I am so used to serious saeguks that this teaser kinda threw me off. It looks cheesy and fun rather than serious and dramatic. I did not know the production team behind it created the flower boy serious, but after hearing that, this tone does not surprise me as much. However, I was kinda looking forward to seeing Taehyung (V) act in a serious role - not that he can't excell in comedies. Still looking forward to this show, all be it with adjusted expectations. I love PSJ and V!!! BTS fighting.

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It's starting to get annoying how people keep putting this drama down. Lots of people are expecting much more from this drama than it was ever clearing going to give. It was said from the start that it was a youth drama and so far that's what it looks like.

It looks cheesy, fun, silly, and lighthearted and I'm personally looking forward to it. I don't like most serious, political sageuks anyway. There's been so many sageuks this year and none of them have been fun, so this'll hopefully be something light I can watch. I hope the show does well, despite all the negativity before it airs.

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Well said! I wholly agree with your comment. I'm also fed up with the constant negativity surrounding this drama. I'm also looking forward to this drama. I need some light-hearted stuff sometimes and this one seems to be exactly what I'm looking for (especially for Christmas holiday season). Just like I said before, give me fluff, eye candies and a decent plot and I'm in for the ride.

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Couldn't have said it better myself!

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Huh. Well, I'm pretty sure I'll watch anything to see and hear Park Seo Joon, even a drama that looks sure to win the Wigs of Shame award for all time.

But seeing this and the prior promo materials, now I know the Hwarang drama I WANT to see stars PSJ and PHS with the Gong Yoo from the beginning of the Goblin preview. Dark!Swords!Blood!Action! Oh baby!

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Everytime something new gets released I get more excited I love these type of dramas with a lighthearted feel and just looking at the scenes I know I'm going to laugh my head off. And the ost sounds so cheerful! I'm so happy that Taehyung and Jin got a chance to sing in this. Go Ara looks stunning as always I've only seen her in reply 1994 so I'm excited to see how she acts here.

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What??? Taehyung and Jin feature on the OST??? OMG. I can't wait. I think I may be more excited by this news than the actual drama. Hahaha.

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The song in the background is them

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"Oh man, holy shit!" Haha. It is them!! Love it. I wasn't really paying attention when I watched the teaser. Liking the sound :)

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I think I'm just gonna watch this show for the bromance and laughs. I need a fun, breezy watch and if there is gonna be some angst here and there, I don't mind so much. XD So much pretty.

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At least we know what to expect! I figured it would be more lighthearted. I'm looking forward to it personally. I'm glad it's nothing like Scarlet Heart. Hopefully it's not a critical and ratings bomb though.

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At least the shower scene doesn't seem -- for now -- as awkward as the bathing scene in Moon Lovers...

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Please please let Sung Dong-Il have good teeth in this drama.

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he does thank goodness

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Moonlight's OST album is great too. And it also did well in charts.

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Yeah, Moonlight's OST is killer. I especially love Beige's humming version of Because I Miss You, Ben's Misty Road and Sung Si-kyung's Fondly Goodbye.

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what magical power does song dil il? he's literally in every drama. RIP

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It looks fun, I'm looking forward to it!

Why is everyone here being negative about this drama when it hasn't even aired yet? What did I miss?

The drama is clearly meant to be light-hearted coming from the Flower Boy series team, so I'm not sure why people are comparing it to ML...?

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The teaser looks fun!

I wonder how Yoona would react to seeing her oppa (and several other good looking oppas) looking this good here.

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1. Did they have showers in Korea 1500 years ago?!

2. Looks like Sung Dung-Il might finally have some decent teeth in a Sageuk setting!

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