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The Water God battles the bidet (and loses)

Pfffft, does this mean we can expect toilet humor, Show? Because major brownie points if so. tvN’s upcoming Bride of the Water God 2017 has just released a new teaser, as well as some character stills that include our other main characters, Krystal (She’s So Lovable), Gong Myung (Individualist Ji-young), and Im Joo-hwan (Uncontrollably Fond), who have all been noticeably absent from the teasers thus far.

I’m hoping for a lot of god-out-of-water scenarios like this, because it’s hilarious, and it does a lot to endear me to Nam Joo-hyuk’s (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) water god character: The teaser starts out focused on the water god with his hand outstretched, deadly serious, going, “The water god commands thee, descend.” Turns out he’s using his godly powers to flush the toilet, LOL. Also, his look of smug satisfaction when it works is too funny.

Unfortunately for him, whatever he did also triggered the electronic bidet. At first, he’s just bemused at it (“That is enough for now, you may stop.”) but then he starts flailing as it starts spouting water all over the bathroom (“Stop!”). The teaser ends with Shin Se-kyung (Six Flying Dragons) admonishing him as she pats him dry, “You just keep getting into trouble whenever I’m not around, don’t you?”

I’ve been enjoying the teasers so far, but I’m glad that we finally get a look at Im Joo-hwan’s character in the stills, whose name seems a little too on-the-nose and also a spoiler alert: He will play hotel CEO Shin Hoo-ye, which literally means “god’s descendant.” He’s described as a golden boy with the perfect background and perfect specs, but his character is also mysterious in that there’s not a lot of information about him available. He’ll get mixed up with Shin Se-kyung’s So-ah character, and eventually fall for her in an unrequited love.

On the divine side of our cast, we have Gong Myung as Bi-ryum and Krystal as Mu-ra, who have both been posted to earth and are currently enjoying the celebrity lifestyle as top stars in Korea. Bi-ryum is described as a troublemaker who will go to any lengths if it means having fun, and will have a bit of a rivalry with Nam Joo-hyuk’s Ha-baek character, who comes down to earth to find a stone in order to ascend to the throne among gods. I’m guessing that rivalry stems from Bi-ryum’s crush on Mu-ra, another water deity, with whom he has a bickering relationship. Mu-ra, for her part, is a Ha-baek fangirl, which means there should be jealousy and pettiness between our two main female characters, though I’m hoping it skews towards comedy.

I’m being optimistic that this show will deliver a cute, upbeat fantasy rom-com like these promos suggest, even though the producers keep throwing out monikers like “god fatale romance” and “love story between master and servant” that have me shaking my head. Honestly, I’m most looking forward to Ha-baek’s wide-eyed wonder at modern Korea, because he’s described as a “human realm idiot,” and I’m already giggling at the thought of a water god who uses sageuk-speak trying to figure out the subway system and smartphones.

tvN’s Bride of the Water God 2017 will premiere on July 3 in the Monday-Tuesday slot after currently airing Circle ends its run.

Via iMBC (1), iMBC (2), iMBC (3), iMBC (4), iMBC (5), iMBC (6)

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I'm giving it a go because of the writer, but I have to admit I'm happy I have no knowledge of the source material or I'd probably go crazy with the time change.

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same. because of the writer. I love the world-building in both Arang and the Magistrate and Misaeng.

So, I assume she did some research with this one. It's just that the teasers are not helping.

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Toilet humor to earn brownie points? Well done, tipsymocha!

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Shin Se-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk look super cute in 6th picture, if anything I hope they have an amazing chemistry together. Also, Im Joo-hwan is so handsome oh my days. ????. I was reading some of the Korean comments on the YouTube video and they all stated how this feels like a Goblin redux. I hope this show makes its own name and has its own image for the sake of everyone involved.
P. S. It's nice to see you again our pretty Soo-jungie.

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I'm getting a Thor sense from this trailer and I love it. I hope that we do see a lot of Haebak failing to function in modern Seoul!

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Oops! That wasnt meant to be a reply to you! But I agree--on paper this drama looks exactly like Goblin, but it's definitely going to make a name for itself *crosses fingers*

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I have so much curiosity about this.
I think it will be great if ignoring all the info about the original material.
If you ignore the manga, you'll get satisfaction in the drama :D

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"Pfffft, does this mean we can expect toilet humor, Show?"

The bidet is fine and I laughed, but please nothing gross. Alas it's a k drama, so gross toilet humor is nearly guaranteed.

I greatly disliked the manhwa, so I'm pretty happy it's such a loose adaptation. Especially happy they changed the male lead so much, angsty brooding bad boys who see women as objects are so mid-2000's.

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'angsty brooding bad boys who see women as objects are so mid-2000's' <3

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Ah, finally a good, compelling teaser! Only because of this will I give this drama a go! ^^

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I was honestly not too sure about this but that very last scene of Shin Sekyung wiping his hair like he couldn't possibly survive without her successfully made me want to watch omg. How did they do that while I'm fully knowing Nam Joohyuk is in his own real life romance story with his gf.

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Im feeling the other way around thoug, nam joo hyuk is always guarded and awkward with her... he even looked like he didnt want to come close to shin se kyung, check out the bts... joo hyuk was caught flinching when the director said cut

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Oh I should check that

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July come fast!!!! I read the source material, the manga, and I pretty much enjoyed it. It was...addictive?? Lol. But surprisingly, I'm more eager to watch this drama version. I might make some comparison, but otherwise I'm not gonna mind this adaption. In fact, I think I'll enjoy it.?????

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I'm sold for " The Bride of Habaek" whether it'll be good or bad. I don't know why but I am rooting for this fantasy drama pretty badly despite the criticism from manhwa lovers and "SSK is awkward" callers. Guess my blind "TvN stan" mode have gone wild!
which reminds me of Blade Man. At that time I loved the drama but many didn't. Anyways, if there are any "habaek drama version" rooters, join me in fangirling when it starts :)

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I'm rooting for this drama because I like to be contrary, Lol. But seriously, I want it to be good for my blind love for Shin Se-kyung and Im Joo-hwan.

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and that's how us fangirls roll because of our blind love ? see u in the recap section, my friend.

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PLEASE give me a Romantic Comedy instead of a melodrama with Noble Idiots running rampant! Please!

You have my permission to take liberal artistic license! ^^

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I'm actually excited more this show mite begrudge of gong myung. ???

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omo, my favourite reptilian from Uncontrollably Fond! I missed his face.
every trailer of this drama looks like a commercial for some really well-designed korean product.

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Ha I literally said to the screen "oh, this one looks like an ad for cleaning products" because everything's so spotlessly white.

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I really hope they deliver on the comedy aspect ?

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Nam Joo Hyuk is a cute and funny water god. ?
I have also watched the BTS that Tvn released and they have some sort of reverse makeover scene for him, that looked funny too. Hope the drama keeps up with the comedy. And the couple look good together, looking forward to this.

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OMG, NJH has the same expressionless face for all the teasers. I CAN'T

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Shin Se-kyung's shoulder length hair makes her look really fresh and pretty (:

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and made her looks younger. She looks at least 5 years younger with this hair. I love it.

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Kyaaaaa I'm so excited. I'm not watching a Mon-Tues drama rn so this is what's missing in my life! Damn, Im Joohwan looks so good.

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god-out-of-water Water God lol the irony. The teaser is hilarious and I can't say I'm not liking the idea of this god finding his footing in the world of mortals.

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I've never really liked Shin Se Kyung in her dramas... But I gotta admit they do look super cute together which makes me very excited for this. Maybe I'm just blinded by Nam Joo Hyuk. ?

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They looked awkward :)))

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What!!! Are you serious! How can one like toilet humor!!!!

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Have you watched the bts? Nam Joo Hyuk was so annoyed after the director shouted cut HAHAH he isnt comfortable with shin se kyung

I find their teasers trying hard... the comedy part is too common, their faces are always the same, i get it that this romance comedy but is the drama composed of just two characters? im fed up with just the two of them, can they show a glimpse of the other characters in teasers?

ALSO WHY IS SHIN SE KYUNG ALWAYS AWKWARD? her mouth always open is distracting..

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Does anyone know why this drama is not that hype in korea? Haha, its the international audience hyping it.. the comments from knets are not that good too.. is it because of the cast? The spinoff? Or the starpower?

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I think the hype internationally is mostly because of Nam Joo-hyuk post-WFKBJ. But in Korea WFKBJ wasn't that popular, so people may still have a not so good impression of his acting abilities, same with SSK. Also the manhwa does seem to be well-liked for some bizarre reason (I've read it and it's really terrible even by the rather low standards of romance manhwa in the mid-2000's), so they might not like all the changes.

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Oh i see! so its safe to say that this drama is faaaar from their goal and expectation of becoming the 2nd goblin (tvn statement)

first of all, goblin had gong yoo
goblin case had the STAR POWER while this obviously doesnt have :)) the actors in goblin are capable of giving legit expressions/emotions, on the other hand botwg cast (especially the girl se kyung) cant move her face right

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Goblin had Gong Yoo AND Lee Dongwook too. They had a better cast acting-wise and star power-wise, in my opinion, even though I didn't really like the drama enough to finish it, haha.

Shin Se Kyung bothers me so much too! Doesn't help that even in the BTS shots her face looked so awkward...

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And there goes shin se kyung's surprised look from fashion king, sensory couple, bladed man...

Once you see that kind of acting from her, youll know that this drama is bound to be doomed :(

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Gong Myung looks like lhw in Moorim with his dyed hair XD

And IJH looks fiiiine.

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i'm so excited for this!! i'm expecting goblin feels from this drama but it would be awesome of the show to surprise me :)

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I need a spoof show with Song Jae-rim called Bidet of the Water God.

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Oh god, the play on the title HAHA. I laughed out loud when I saw this!

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I hope that all your Song-Jaerim related dreams come true one day, Mary.

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Song Jaerim needs a really good project. I miss the man.

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Oh I'll definitely watch this! need more of the toilet humor lol! that had me laughing so hard XD

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Nam Joo Hyuk's hair is still so strange to look at. I don't think I'll get used to it haha

This is a funny teaser, a water god losing to a bidet hahahahaha

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I thought we'd get lots of God in their full costume glory with lush visuals but I guess toilet humor it is! I'll wait to see how it turned out before starting it, I guess.

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sorry just my opinion but shin se kyung doesnt look like the lead actress, krystal overshadowed her ? she looked better in the group photos and photoshoot! even her dress is prettier and this is coming from a non fan (i dont like her in previous dramas)

im a silent reader on all sites and i was wondering why shin se kyung had a lot of haters :))) NOW I KNOW WHY! Her MOUTH and SHOCKED FACE is literally ruining this oh goooood

ive checked some clips about her to answer my curiousity and what the hell did i just watch??? for those who have watched her before, is this really her way of acting? she's trying hard too much, she cant act natural? just found out that she's been an actress for so long but based from what i see... she looks like a rookie :(

poor im joo hwan for being a 2nd lead with this cast...

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*non fan of krystal

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dramas about God and his bride within the same year, same channel and even same concept for the poster shoot? (field of grass same from goblin)
they already copied the romeo & juliet so they are just really recycling concepts hahahaha
is the tvn production too lazy these days?
and why are there so much teasers and bts from just the two characters? They are hard selling the romance huh?
they should have just casted nam joo hyuk and shin se kyung, boring

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wow with the upvotes of comments everytime shin se kyung acting is mentioned! So its true then? haha good luck

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Can't wait to watch this new drama, I found Se Kyung's performance had dramatically improved during these 2 years, she gave a remarkable performance in 2016's Six Flying Dragons. Best work ever! Well done!!

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she is suited for historical dramas since it needs stiff faces hahaha! she doesnt fit romantic comedy :)) check out the bts oh my gosh! youll see her face and acting, im telling the truth! its same with blade man (i think even worse)

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I think celebs keep their relationships a secret to separate work from their personal lives. Now that NJH is dating LSK, I couldn't imagine him with anyone else. But I know it's just me cause I adored them in WFKBJ!!! ???

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It's not just you! Huehue.

Before NJH-LSK, I don't really stan actors in real life because it gets hard to see them as their characters when I know even a little about their personal lives (like how I can't take Jen Lawrence seriously anymore because of her real-life fun personality lol).

Sooo now I feel funny seeing these BOTWG pics bc it feels like I'm watching my lover cheating on me LUL

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It's funny to read some ppl only complaining about Shin Se Kyung's awkward expressions / acting when the entire casts are awkward/ limited actors and the best actor among them is only Im Joo Hwan. I don't say SSK is good, but she is at least has showing some improvements in current projects. Nam Joo Hyuk had only ONE project that he was good at, so I'll reserve my judgment about him until I saw him here. He could also be like Seo Kang Joon who is also has inconsistent performance, who knows. Similarly goes to Krystal who was also had ONE drama she was good at, but that was a supporting role only. Gong Myung probably slightly better than these two because I saw him did well in two drama.

Anyway, if this is more on fluffy romcom, I think the pairing of these two will do. I will watch at least one epi to see how it turns out later.

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Well, Shin Se Kyung had only ONE project that she was good at and she had longer years of experience. (Well i even think it wasnt even good and im not the only one) hahaha

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Noticed suddenly there are many posts attacking SSK's acting.. most from non-registered posters. Wonder why. Hope the shippers can be a little nicer to this poor girl.

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But I'm a registered user HAHAHAHA

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You just confirmed what being said. Totally childish esp with the HAHAHAHA part :)

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excuse me? coming from you, an unregistered user? I just said that I'm a "registered user" who attacked ssk's acting (i cant say its attack, im just describing her) which means not all posting here are unregistered.

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and oh, I'm not a shipper, im a manhwa fan :))

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well you cant blame people from commenting about her acting cause she only showed improvement in a sageuk/historical drama... with a romcom/modern, she cant obviously fit it.. the bts and teasers are somehow showing what to expect from
her... its literally the same expressions from blade man!!! the videos are proof, im not lying hahaha! watch the videos and then come back to me and tell me that her shocked face, overacting is natural and good ?

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I really love Se Kyung's performance in her latest drama, Six Flying Dragons (highly recommendable Sageuk aired in 2016), her best work ever! I can see lots of potentials in her and wish her good luck in this new drama! To be honest, can't wait any further, these 2 leads look incredibly cute on screen!

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its her ONLY best work after all these years hehehe

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She is the best in saguek drama. All her saguek is confirmed A in story and acting. The only modern drama that she is ok is The Girl Who Sees Scents. She just need recognition for modern drama that i hope she will get from this drama.

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I have not seen her in 6FD but I read good things about her there. I thought she did alright in The Girl Who Sees Smell. Nothing stellar of course, but watchable in my book. Anyway, I hope she shows improvement in this one. I am reserving my judgement until I see the episodes.

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Am i the only one who finds Sekyung's acting in 6 flying dragons still horrible? HAHA!

No wonder Se Kyung is always the 2nd choice! From sensory couple to 6 flying dragons to bride of the water god

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I feel Tvn comes up with amazing stories. I am sure even this drama won't disappoint. I am looking forward to watching this.
Name joo-hyuk looks so adorable in the promos.
I had loved Gong Myung in drinking solo. Krystal was cute in heirs.
I loved the cast.

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Haha! I agree with people complaining with Se Kyung. I dont find it funny tho, i find it valid and understandable.

First of all, Shin Se Kyung has been in the industry for sooooo long and her acting is still annoying. Its unfair to compare her with newbies/rookies (at least these rookies are improving unlike her)... some people said she improved in 6fd? She didnt actually improved, it was still the same.. she just toned it down since its a sageuk
HAHAHAHA!

I have seen the BOTWG bts clips and teasers, and oh my gooood her expressions from blade man are back! And she's like the "main" lead her not the water god.. this drama needed a better lead!

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what did they do to my baby's hair? also this already looks MUCH better than the manhwa (I've read it)

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I wasn't impressed with previous teasers cause they didn't feel original. But this one is cute. haha.

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I think the reason why the drama is not in historical but in the modern is Soah died in the final chapter in the manwha. Hae baek vow to find her reincarnation as she is his true love. So, this is Soah 2nd reincarnation or the 3rd.

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Oh my NJH is so cute!

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I am excited for this!!!!! A fan of the writer and director!!!!

But can somebody tell me why the comments about Shin Se Kyung's "horrible" acting have so many upvotes? Does it mean it's true? I am easily irritated by poor acting and it will also affect my view on the writer and director, so while its early I need to know if she do sucks? Hoping for real and unbiased opinions...

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All opinions are 'real' to the person who write them though XD.

J/k. I watched SSK in Fashion King, 6FD up to ep 10 or something, then Girl Who Sees Smell. I didn't like her performance in FK and thought she was stiff there and struggled with facial expressions. I was mildly surprised when watching her in GWSS, where I thought she improved, and actually liked her portrayal of Boon-yi in 6FD (ofc, up to ep 10).

Thing is, actors almost always improve, that's why even if I don't think much of a certain actor in a certain project I will always tune in to another of their future project. I'll quit if I can see no sign of improvement. Even if SSK has not been amazing in her past projects, there's always a chance that she'll get better, so just check out the first 2 episodes and judge for yourself perhaps?

Or in the meantime, you can skim through the first few eps of SSK's past dramas to see if her acting is your style. Appreciation of acting is subjective, so I won't trust others' opinions and upvotes even if they're working directly in the field of film-making.

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oh i see.. I have seen the script reading video, teasers, bts and stills... so far i am a little concerned, mind if i ask a question? did you see the bts video of the guy changing, trying clothes with the girl in the store and the part where they were getting a new phone... the way the girl acted there, is it the same with fashion king?

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If you don't mind posting the links to those BTS, I'd gladly take a look and give my two cents. I don't usually follow BTS videos and special episodes so I'm pretty clueless when it comes to those.

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Hello here's the link https://youtu.be/jKGa5nJgD3w

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Thank you for the link. I'd say it's an improvement from FK. I'd rank her performance in the BTS closer to her range in Girl Who Sees Smell, so I'd say she's a little bit awkward, but still watchable. Of course a more informed opinion on SSK's acting depends a lot on the character's personalities, as well as the angle from which her scenes are shot and how they are edited too in this drama. My opinions might change after checking out the first few episodes, so I'd encourage that you'd check the drama out and then judge for yourself.

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Oh thanks! I'll check out reviews about Girl who sees smell hihi

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I'm actually a fan of Im Joo Hwan and im here for him, decided to watch some videos and found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejBpGnmpk5E&t=20s

1 comment from the viewers:

"0:33 he moved away his head
0:39 he removed his chin/cheek from ssk hand towel
0:46 his head and eye movement

awkwaaaaaard XD

but tvn is hard selling their romance ?"

- OH GOSH, after watching this... is Nam Joo Hyuk snobbish? why was he like that?

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I am giving this a try. I think 1 episode is enough. I cant stand se kyung's face for too long ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

I am actually convinced to try ep1 because of Krystal's beauty. She looked like the main lead. I think shin se kyung should consider accepting supporting roles first, she is still not likeable here in Korea.

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I saw the teaser and had a good chuckle over the bidet with our water god. Can't wait for this to start!!

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I thought Ha-Baek's gonna be cool & manly & calm & quite mischievous god. But this!!!, pwahahahahaha, is out of the world for me.

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Actually most of the postings regarding SSK are coming from the same person, just that she is using different usernames to make it look as if there are many users who are ragging on SSK.

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Is that even possible? She have a lot of email address then? Maybe we can ask the admin to check if it is under one email so it can be blocked
Its getting annoying, poor SSK

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