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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Radio Romance: I’m still a week behind and reading this post through laced fingertips so I’m not overly spoiled about the latest developments, but the romance is pulling me along through the day-to-day plot and relationships, which I don’t find terribly exciting. What has kept me hooked on this show is the way Yoon Doo-joon plays that repressed attraction, always simmering and occasionally flaring into action. I am just such a sucker for that and the slow-burn escalation! Not to mention how delicious it is watching a jerky hero fighting his own denial. I don’t even like this kind of character for Yoon Doo-joon, who’s so good at the exact opposite (glib and charming), but he’s making it work for me.

 

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Currently recapping: Hwayugi

Radio Romance: It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for these childhood sweethearts to reunite officially, so I watched this week’s episodes with more excitement than usual. Based on the buildup, I would’ve expected more of a bang though, and I’m still kind of waiting for the heroine to have more of a reaction to finding her first love. Come on, just give us something. A little breadcrumb of feeling is all we need.

Woohoo Waikiki: Strip show, FTW! If there’s one thing these boys know how to do, it’s out-embarrass anyone into making them feel better about themselves. I’m really liking the progression of Dong-gu’s feelings for Yoon-ah, especially now that she’s fighting back and it’s turned into petty bickering from both sides. I think I needed that in order to ship them, so that he wasn’t always the one nagging her and being patronizing.

 

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Radio Romance: Su-ho finally gets a cell phone and flips out whenever he can’t get in touch with Geu-rim. I loved it! It made up for my increasing annoyance with Writer Ra and Jason, who seem to enjoy pushing Su-ho’s buttons; he’s got enough problems without those two meddling in his affairs. Su-ho is using everything that he’s learned from his “mother” to push back to get what he wants and I hope that eventually, the student will surpass the teacher.

Misty: Kim Nam-joo and Ji Jin-hee are electric together and it makes every one of their scenes compelling. As Hye-ran and Tae-wook tackle Kevin Lee’s case together, it’s clear what a powerful team they are, but that just creates even more resentment and enemies. I’m overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who want to topple Hye-ran, but the mystery man from her past promises to tip the scales in her favor. Hye-ran is one of the most complex heroines that I’ve ever encountered, but in spite of her flaws, I want to see her triumph over her detractors and enjoy her success with her ridiculously handsome husband.

Midnight Runners: Who doesn’t enjoy a good buddy cop movie? Park Seo-joon and Kang Haneul delight in this action thriller about police academy roommates who stumble upon a huge case. Park Seo-joon is the brawn (and there are lots of shots of him working out shirtless to prove it) and Kang Haneul is the brains, and together they make a perfect team. Just as they question whether or not they are cut out to be cops, they witness a violent crime and have to decide what they should do. I have to admit, I enjoyed their chemistry and would love to see the two of them together again.

 

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Forest of Secrets: I get it. I totally get what all the hype was about. It took me a long while to get into this show, because the first couple episodes just didn’t hook me. With a busy schedule, I’d ended up starting and stopping several times. But, oh man, once I got to the fourth or fifth episode, the momentum started really kicking in, and I totally binged the last ten plus episodes within two days or so. I completely fell in love with our main prosecutor-detective duo, and how they brought out the best in each other. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first time Shi-mok smiled at that pojangmacha despite himself, or his amused aggravation at Yeo-jin’s artistic gifts.

The mystery-thriller part of this show was actually thrilling as well, and I totally gasped out loud at certain revelations, even having been spoiled for some of the biggest twists (thanks, Mom). Now I’m eagerly waiting for any news of the second season, ‘cause it’d BETTER HAPPEN PEOPLE. And properly, with the same cast and crew. I need Prosecutor Hwang to make a comeback to the capital, and throw more politicians for a loop. Please, and thank you.

Smart Prison Living: I’ve been on a roll with catching up on shows I missed last year, and this one was conveniently waiting on my Netflix to-watch list, so I started it expecting a gallows humor sort of show, with some drama mixed in. Kind of like a Korean Orange Is the New Black, except not as graphic. What I wasn’t expecting was the heartwarming brotherhood amongst prisoners and their guards alike in this rather lovely story. It’s a bit conflicting, because the setting is a prison, and most of these people are in there for a reason. But I think the show does a really good balancing job on several fronts, like recognizing that (Korean) prison really isn’t a hellhole filled with psychos and hardened murderers, while also laying out that most of these people have committed crimes and are serving their time.

And, like all of PD Shin’s dramas, each of the main characters has his own story to tell, and not everything is as it seems on the surface. It’s a pretty beautiful sentiment, when, so often, society labels ex-cons by their crimes and has no interest in getting to know maybe why they did what they did, the life they lived before going to prison, or even their potential of becoming law-abiding citizens. Maybe that’s why I didn’t really mind the bloated episode lengths, because Smart Prison Living was largely divided up into vignettes that explored each of our characters’ histories and personalities, which I just lapped up. This is also a show that I would very much like to see a second season of, since I’m eager to follow the characters who have left prison behind adjust to life beyond bars, and also to follow the ones who’ve remained behind. I need to watch Captain Yoo get justice with my own two eyes!!

 
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Awww @tipsymocha you just brought back my feels from those two shows! Shimok and Yeojin's dynamic is so ♥ Can't wait for S2. (Also my favorite Weasel Seo Dong-jae!)

And I also want a S2 for Prison Life if only because I wanna know what happened to everyone T____T But I'll take any drama project from this team again that doesn't involve husband guessing game.

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Yes, please don't leave out our dear Seo Dong Jae, because after all, Weasel is indeed our king.

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I’ve found myself to be in another drama slump. It’s been almost a year that it seems to be I’ve losing interest in kdrama or found myself watching only a drama or two when I’ve used to watch atleast four or five dramas a week.

Still watching Radio Romance and Waikiki this week, but can’t say that I’m fully invested in watching them. I found myself fast forwarding couple of scenes and binge watching the whole episode.

Also I stopped watching Return. It could have been the drama of year but such a shame that it’s taken such a bad turn.

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Oh! I’ve also watched Along with the Gods: Two Worlds this week! And I’ve sobbed my way through the last 30 minutes. I totally get why the movie was such a hit!

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its been sitting in my laptop but I don't want to watch it alone, I've been trying to convince my mom to come with me and watch it in cinemas T_T

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Just watched Along with the Gods: Two Worlds online today. Yeah, it should be seen on a big screen but film never came to my town! The film really captures the feeling of han—pain, resilience, hope. I barely understand the concept of "han" myself but I think it's there, right?

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i got lucky as it aired in my country, albeit slightly later than Korea. but i went knowing the good reviews it got, and it didnt disappoint! i was literally crying and being stuck in the middle of not knowing to laugh or to cry!

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I'm also in a drama slump. I haven't watched anything since I Am Not A Robot ended, which feels like aeons ago. I await Kim Eun-sook's return to dramaland, problematic male lead casting and all.

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Then you should watch Radio Romance. It sweetens with each episode!

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I can't watch Radio Romance because the real life age gap between Doo-joon and Kim So-hyun bothers me. She's barely legal and I wouldn't want to ruin it for the people enjoying the show by complaining about it all the time.

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Try Queen of the Ring starring Kim Seul-gi!! It has only 6 episodes. She's so good in these mini series!

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Hahaha - watching two dramas a week is not a slump imho. ^^ But then again, definitions are subjective, so what may be a windfall to me is a slump to you? ^^;

But I have to agree - the pickings have been slim this season. I've watched one drama of eight episodes since November. :(

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Yes, I am still watching Return, but it seems to have gotten weird with Choi Ja Hye direction. I also don't care for the actress...maybe it's just the direction they are taking the character in, but why screw up a good show?

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I am also in a drama slump...nothing seems that great right now. I went back to watch Mad Dog which was great. Now I am trying to remember other dramas that seemed good but I didn't have time to watch.

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Hwayugi - 4 more episodes... I’ll forgive any plot holes or lazy writing so long as I get a happy ending.

Radio Romance - I kinda wish I cared more about the romance, or the fact that they were childhood crushes. I just... don’t feel it. Maybe it’s the “oh, childhood crushes again” trope that’s tiring me out, or how Su-Ho didn’t endear himself to me. I’m behind on episodes, but I shall find some time to continue.

Misty - I’m currently just 5 minutes into it but HAD to try because of all the hype I’ve seen here. That’s a real gorgeous pair of heels and a nice umbrella (umbrellas just make me think of Goblin, and Sam-Jang now).

Black Knight - I dropped this at E13 and I’ve seen spoilers of the ending but darn I want to know what happens in between. I just can’t bring myself to waste more time.

Return - eek I wish we had a thread here to discuss this show too. The new development with Hye-ja, though not unexpected, is chilling.

Waikiki - it’s ok for me, my favourite character is Seo-Jin, which probably doesn’t bode well for the show for me.

I just need a new crack drama to tide me over once Hwayugi ends, dramaland!!

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The childhood crush is not a trope but a wound he's been carrying all this time. It's inter mingles with the guilt of causing his friends accident.

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I suggest you give up on Black Knight or at least watch until Ep 19. The last episode was frustrating. I wished the writer had given at least half a damn for avid fans who spent 20 hours watching it but alas, writer-nim decided to make BK a Goblin-wannabe. Still, personally I think BK (minus the last episode) was a really good drama. Loved the aesthetics, cast, acting and of course, Kim Rae Won. 7.5/10

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i thought it was apparent from the first episode that BK was goblin wannabe .. in more sense than one

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Mother - emotionally invested with this show. Finally a k-drama that centers around women that struggles from domestic abuse. LBY is delivering another knockout punch. The whole cast ensemble is actually excellent too. I'm sad that Beanie does not have a thread about this show or even recapping it.

Return - already dropped it. Gong Hyun Jung was the main reason why I watched the show

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I completely agree with you about Hwayugi! I told my sister (who is not watching it until she knows if it has a happy ending or not) that I don't care if the ending doesn't make sense or if they pull a miracle out of nowhere! I just want them happy and together at the end. For me, the together part is key because I do not want a "waiting for her to reincarnate" ending; not a happy ending in my opinion.
I'm a teeny bit behind, on episode 15, but with every episode I fall more in love with our Monkey and Sam Jang. But also with every episode, I become more and more worried about a possible unhappy ending :(

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While I’m enjoying both Mother and Woohoo Waikiki, I’m waiting for a drama to get me REALLY excited again. My heart’s been a wee bit empty since JBL ended. I’m looking forward to Pretty Noona! Please be good! I want to love you! So much that I already made you my profile header! I hope I’m not setting myself up for disappointment.

But anyway, my thoughts on what’s actually airing:

Mother: Gosh, I love this show! The characters are so complex and fascinating. The acting is phenomenal. The directing is, quite frankly, magical. It might not be the type of show that has me thinking about it throughout the week, but Soo-jin and Yoon-bok have my heart tight in their grasp. I wish it was being recapped but I’m also not sure if I’d have the energy to dissect it each week with everyone. I feel like I’ve run a marathon at the end of every episode. Exhilarated, yes, but still tired.

Woohoo Waikiki: So much funny, and this week none of it was gross! Yay! Not much else to say about it. It’s a great show to destress to. Just in time for Mother to stress me out again! And that’s how my weekly cycle goes.

Also rewatching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, which is somehow even more of a gem the second time around. It’s truly among the best of the best pure youth dramas. It just makes me so happy while watching it!

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that is so me, I watch Waikiki in between Mother.

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They make an absolutely perfect balance, being shows on complete opposite ends of the spectrum in every way possible. I love it!

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yippie!! more people watching waikiki & mother at the same time! thought it was quite an odd pairing of dramas considering how one is so dark in portraying real world problems, while the other is just trying to make life as ridiculous & funny as it can get.

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I hear you. None of the shows has the gotta watch (except maybe Odyssey) that I feel with really good shows. Just between lovers was a cry fest, but I looked forward to it every week.

Waikiki makes me roll out my German. Fremdeshamen means second hand embarrassment. Waikiki just kills me with Fremdeshamen. I sometimes have to stop and go do something else it is sooooo bad.

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Misty and Should We Kiss First are so good

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Of all the shows airing, I'm only watching Laughter in Waikiki, that damn strip show to make Seo-jin forgive them is so funny and also I love how they are criticizing the cheesy lines in the book but all three of them ended up using it on her anyway.

I wanna watch Mother and Misty but maybe when they finish airing...

I might go back to watching Smart Prison Living too, as soon as I find the time in between job applications which I'm currently busy at right now. Damn real life, taking me away from my obsessions T_T I'm really, really behind the current drama line-up now

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Hi @xhuizini. Definitely get back to Smart Prison Living when you can. A+ all the way.
I can also highly recommend Misty. I was unfamiliar with Kim Nam-joo's work but all I can say is wow!
Good luck with your job search.

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wow, thanks. Definitely will go back to these dramas once I find the time :)

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Misty please be good till the end. In these past months, nothing catch my attention. Even Hong Sister and Lee Seung-gi can't push me to watch Hwayugi till the end.

Is it since Secret of Forest? After that drama, I suddenly become really critical with the others. Man... If Misty become another God gift 14, I will be really pissed since its been so long I want to follow a drama eagerly

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Does that mean you didn't like God's Gift 14? I was planning to watch that in the next few weeks.

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I haven’t seen it yet myself, but from what I’ve heard the ending of God’s Gift was very disappointing. I’m still planning on watching it, though, because Lee Bo-young. And I’ve heard the rest of it was really gripping.

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Don't let the ending turn you off. We joke a lot about the ending but the show itself is too good to be missed if you're worried about that ending. :')

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I tend to need a good ending. I've only just recovered from Black. But at least I'm forewarned. It's not high on my list anyway. I've got BTLIOF and JBL first.

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For me God's Gift 14 were good, initially. Dark and moody with ambiguous characters, a good ingredients for mystery. But the more it run, the more it become confusing and in the end of the day, the ending made me spit some blood. Basically my investment didn't paid off.

If you watch Black, you'll get the gist of this writer's writing style. She/he use pretty similar formula (in my opinion)

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After bingeing Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo last weekend, I finally decided to catch up with Radio Romance. Of course that meant I ended up at episode 6, which was by far the best episode. Now I've seen 7 and 8, I have to admit the show isn't quite hitting all the right buttons for me. It's a bit variable but still watchable. I'll be here for the ride at least.

I'm about to start Misty and once I've caught up with that, I'll join everyone who's raving about Mother as well. I've heard such good things about both these shows that I hope they're as good as the reviews.

I decided to drop Cross and then ended up tuning in for this week's first episode. It's so bad!! I was right the first time. Dropped again.

I had been saving up Return and considered starting it but decided not to bother. Maybe if I hadn't heard about the cast changes? So this has gone into the 'not interested' pile instead.

I'm still trying to watch the Chinese drama 'The First Half of My Life', but it's slow going. I may not make it to episode 6, let alone episode 40.

Finally, I started the Taiwanese drama My Dear Boy and I can't believe how good it is!!! Now I've run out of episodes and Viki subs are sooo slooow. I have to know what happens to my gorgeous little puddle of goodness and his badass Noona/whatever the Taiwanese version of Noona is.

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I can't get through Cross either but Mother is too dark for me as well. Maybe I'll watch it in May when the weather is brighter and the dark doesn't bother me.

Which is why I decided to tune into Radio Romance and I've been hooked all the way through! I actually thought episode 8 was the best because Song Geu Rim finally remembered the past and they had the most sincere and frank conversation about it. It's rare to see something like that in Korean drama's.

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I dropped Cross after 30 minutes into first episode. I don't know how to describe it but it feels like having a mongrel of Romantic Doctor and Prison Living, only that it was poorly done.

Return? I dropped after 8th or so,long before the big hoohooha over the casting trouble. The story lost its plot and instead of original murders, more murders were added without any meaning to it. And I did wonder ...what happened to the tagline that had both the lawyer and detective working on the case.... Anyway have a revisit to the show after the change, and nope, I let it run by itself after 10 minutes! With the previous actress, one could feel the electric sparks. Now? ....

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I think I managed to last this long with Cross because I was mildly interested in the revenge plotline and because I was curious as to just how bad it could get. The answer is "unwatchably bad".

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I have tried to watch Cross three or four times. I think I am on episode five (but I am not certain). I think my problem is that Go Kyung Pyo, while I like him, isn't the right actor for this drama. He doesn't have the demeanor for angry, bitter, driven, and scheming. I loved him in Chicago Typewriter and Jealousy Incarnate and even enjoyed The Strongest Deliveryman, but this isn't the part for him.

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I'm inclined to agree. I don't usually like criticising somebody's acting unless they're clearly really bad. Go Kyung Pyo is very good so I've been thinking it's the writing or the directing. But I think this is the problem as well. He's playing the character flat and unemotional but the script has him flailing about like somebody out of control. Go Kyung Po seems to be better at debonair or cheerfully eccentric. Neither are right for this role.

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Hi ChinguMode. Based on what I am reading here I may be the last one standing when it comes to watching Cross. I am going to finish it because of Go Kyung-pyo. I enjoyed Chicago Typewiter and his first lead role in Strongest Deliveryman. That being said I agree that this type of role might not be his strong suit (yet).

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Once I start something, I prefer to finish it. I don't drop a lot of shows. But halfway through episode 7 I realised I'd fast-forwarded 75% of it and that's no watching it at all. I'm just finding the whole thing a little silly, in the same way I found Doctor Stranger silly. The super-serious melo tone doesn't help with that.

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Watching Misty and Mother and loving both to bits - one thrills me, the other brings out very complex emotions in me as a mother that I find no words are able to convey deeply how I feel about this drama (or maybe I just need to brush up on my vocabulary)

Also watching Hwayugi but it fails to own my heart the way the other two shows have which is a shame coz hello, Lee Seung Gi is so freaking charismatic as the Monkey King.

Watched Waikiki until Ep3 but I couldn’t continue as I couldn’t stomach the gross humor anymore - I tried, I really did but I just can’t, after being warned about the gross scene in Ep4 which is a shame because the boys and girls are killing it and Baby Sol is so adorbs!

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Waikiki (and I'm not saying this just to hook you) gets better with balancing the humor this week. If you can, just read the summaries for eps3-4 and jump to eps5-6. This week was just laughing without the cringe. It's good to watch in between Misty and Mother. :)

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Those clips of Waikiki's latest episodes on the fan walls are tempting me too but I'll wait for a few more episodes, just to be safe hee... Mother and Misty are just so intense, definitely need a fun show to balance these two.

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Waikiki is super gross and it doesn't get much better unfortunately. Baby Sol is my favorite thus far.

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I'm still high on Lee Kyu-hyung fever and spent most of my drama-watching time enjoying his performance and Q&A session clips instead. I only have 1 drama on my plate at the moment, and thankfully it's an enjoyable one.

Woohoo Waikiki: Oooh... I like this week eps a lot. (The absence of gross humor highly help it) I spent 2 hours laughing so much till my stomach hurts. That unforgettable fake wedding will go down the history. 😂😂

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Radio Romance is my favorite ongoing show at the moment. I find Wakiki too over the top with their humor which lacks depth most of the times. I love Cross a lot but I think I like the OST more than the actual show.

I liked Geurim's reaction to meeting her first love again because it's a nostalgic feeling but shes not in love with him anymore at this point. The teaser for the next episode however hints she's rekindling her long lost feelings for hospital oppa.

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Here on the RR train! Makes me swoon every week! How you do that to me show! Why so good!

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For me it's Hwayugi, Mother, Radio Romance & Waikiki. RR is the weakest of the 4, but at least it has Kim So-hyun and so far no masks or water monopolies.

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I actually think hwayugi is the weakest. It's starting to lose steam. I put Mother first, Waikiki&Radio Romance in second & last Hwayugi.

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KAKEGURUI - 9 out of 10. Beautiful Girls going at each other with those varied facial as well as voice expressions. 1st time i'm giving a show a 9. Inflated and will bring it back to 7-7.5 by Last Episode. Anime season 2 confirmed.

Now Let's talk something about an Amazing Show. From Manga to Live-Action. One of the better Adapatation. Gonna Tag many who watch J-doramas
@alua @sancheezy Where are you both.

BOKUTACHI GA YARIMASHITA AKA FUGITIVE BOYS -

The show is Amazing. It brings out varied emotions out of you. You laugh, get annoyed, get frustred, get angry.
You shout, Feel disappointment, You go all the NO-NO-NO as well as "Don't do it, Don't do it" Mode.

Hero or Heros are Worst here. You want to shout at them, You want to scold them, slap and punch them.
As story progress You start to feel some Pity for these losers especially for the HERO. You start to feel sorry for them Especially for the Hero. Then you start feel strong sympathy for them.
The do enough to enrage you. Buth the also act and react in so human way that you just can't ignore any of it.

This story is enough to disturb you, make you emotional and some might even cry. Crazy guys. Living an uneventful and meaningless life. Having no aim or dream or ambition. Just passing days as come by. Busying themselves in material activities but their heart seeking warmth. Episode 9 is amazing and then The final episode the 10th episode hits you hard.

Bitter End. I will call it bitter end. But from one perspective it does has good end for many characters. I also feel its TOBIO who suffers the most.
1 small prack becoming Something so big that changed the lifes of many families.

MUST WATCH SHOW

You all know, I don't usually praise or recommend a show. But this is the Story You must try it on. Not for those who likes to watch FLUFF.

Its deep and might even disturb you. MUST WATCH

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I'm affected by Bokutachi so need something Lite.

Radio Romance - C grade show. Bleh. low quality porn
Waikiki - 6/10. 3rd week was far better than 1st 2 weeks. Still I can watch any number of gags on youtube. That message fiasco made me sympathise with the guy. I never experienced it because i never felt the need to to message anyone on personal level.

Waiting for Iron Ladies and Lion Pride episodes - Both are B- grade shows.

The Negotiator - 6.5/10. Week story, Inconsistent characters, Lack of depth of characters. Forcefully told muh-childhood story of Hero-heroine. Lot of nonsense. Annoying characters and much more. Even Romance looks a little forced and fake.

I'm waiting for Drama and Hero-heroine SUffering. I demand tears and more heartache and i'll get it in future.

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Ok you're biases about Radio Romance obviously. I know you to be a Kim So Hyun hater and the only reason you don't like the drama is because you're shipping the INAR couple. I've seen all your comments. There is no porn in Radio Romance at all so don't make false statements. You're jealousy is far too obvious. It's a simple but good show with heart so don't make false criticism.

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Radio Romance is low quality porn? I have to disagree with this. Other than one brief, chaste kiss there is nothing even remotely close to porn in that show. Unless you consider Doo Joon's long smoldering stares offensive.

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Radio Romance is low quality porn? LOL. Not only is everyone is wearing several layers of shirts, sweaters, and coats, but the kissing has been minimal and quite chaste. The only hint of sex is in Doo Joon's smolder, but that hardly counts as porn. It is hot though, and I say we need more, but if you don't like it don't watch. Life is too short.

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my boyfriend used to call everything catering to "primitive tastes" soft-porn. everything like pop music, bad romance novels, talent shows, stand-up comedy (which is genuinely trash where I'm from). I think CatoCat meant it in a similar way, RR is just pure fluff. super curious about the sudden wave of anonymous support for the drama, I wanna check their IPs lol

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This had me laughing so hard. I dropped Radio Romance because I had many issues with it but porn was definitely not one of them. I’ve been peeking at the recaps and I don’t know where you got that from. 😂

But also... I’m sorry... I’ve been meaning to ask you this: do you even like K-dramas?

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FullMetal Alchemist - Scriptwriter ruined the whole movie. For a new viewer it won't make any difference any they will accept and enjoy it easily. But those who have read the Manga knows how much deep things go. They clearly feel disappointed. Villains had no objective or purpose at all. An unknown guy was made ultimate villain and Homunculi Team was take care for, for what reason.

There were 2-3 brotherly emotional scenes and as much as you Enjoy Ms. Honda but why was she there when we saw nothing from her. In every scene, For no apparent reason.

Clearly Scriptwriter at fault.

Tagging people who do watch j-doramas - @GreenfieldsInfired
@tsutsuloo @alasecond @kurama @spazmo @coolgirl @frabbycrabsis and many more names i not remember.

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I do enjoy your reviews, CatoCAt Drama Kun. Pithy, opinionated and funny. Very much in the mold of SNL's "Jebidiah Atkinson Reviews Christmas Movies."

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Oh! My friend gave me running a commentary wia text messages as he watched the FMA movie - he said it was okay if you don't know the manga/anime, but if you do, then its just a highlights reel.

I have to say this is my movie of all movies that adapt long manga - the stories are deep, complex and lengthy; and meant for a weekly/monthly format so the "hook" is delivered rather frequently and there are a large number of twists and turns. A movie simply cannot capture all this in its limited time. Even the Lord of Rings trilogy or the Kenshin trilogy which are usually considered to be better adaptations - skip over entire plotlines entirely.

Also, an unknown guy was the ultimate villian? Really? A non-cannon character?

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*eeks the amount of typos*
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I tagged both of you for Bokutachi as well. 1st comment.
FMA whole movie went nowhere. No objective in sight at all. No Scar. Why Were Homunculi going against ED was nowhere described. They were just there for action scenes. MS. Honda forced into every 2nd scene as fanservice.
FMA should have been turned into trilogy.
Rings of Kenshin are good because they skip various plotlines but here scriptwriter was like running slideshow of the manga.
Yes, that extra acted as najor villain in last few minutes and was taken care of within 10seconds. Purpose of LUST was to provide Philosopher's stone so ED could witness the real body of AL.

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thanks for the heads up, I'm a big fan of Arakawa-senpai and every adaptation of FMA to date (even Conqueror Shamballa) so I'm disappointed by the reviews. One of them said that the live action was more interested in the fight scenes than the philosophical aspect of the story so :////// what a waste.

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hahaha FMA, I have a low bar about it because of the wig, it feels like a movie with too much ambition because FMA needs a very styled animation and I have no faith in them about it.

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Idk why but I don't see your mention.
I haven't use the site for some time, my family had some bad news last week and we still try to get some fresh air outside of that.

I don't watch anything lately, been meaning to continue Just Between Lover but I just don't know why it doesn't stick with me.

Kakegurui : I watch the anime a while ago and I think the anime is not really about gambling so I lost interest, their faces and expression is hilarious though, I admit that.
My brother is avid fan of the manga and he spoiled me a lot of things about it, does it really the same as the anime or the tricks is getting better?

I am glad you like it ^ - ^

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It was never about Gambling at all. Its popularity is all about beautiful girls going at each other and showing some Shoujo-Ai stuff. Gambling is the weak point of it.
Same as anime and all about facial expressions. But, that's what most of food shows are too.

Highly entertaining.

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I finally admit I'm in a drama slump. It's not just a JBL withdrawal. I only watch Misty and haven't plan to watch anything else. At some point in the next few weeks maybe I will stop watching. I've been watching kdrama on and off for years (mostly off unless there's drama that everyone hyped like Full House, Coffee Prince or Boys before Flowers). It's just before streaming service era and drama beans I don't know there's a thing called drama slump 😄
Usually I only watched 1-2 dramas in a year. In 2017 I finished 31 drama, dropped 7 half way and more than a dozen after 1-4 episodes. I spent 570 hours or equal to 71 working days for drama. It comes as no surprise that I'm in a slump now.
I love kdrama, british drama comes second but it's been more than a year since the last time I watch it. I have checked dorama, cdrama but none of them look interesting. So the slump really frustrates me, I feel there's no subsitution for kdrama.
I think for now I should resume Poldark and back to kdrama later when Mr. Sunshine arrives.

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Are you reading the Poldark serie?? I have a friend in Venezuela who read the first 3 books he had (translated into Spanish), and he has been pestering me for years in order to find the others for him, but it is difficult (even in English I think I couldn't find them last time I checked). Maybe some were in Amazon but in English, and since the serie is big and each book has a different name (I think), I don't know which one follows. Of course, I haven't paid enough attention. My friend wants me to read them as well, but I am not in a K-drama slump and I also work, go swimming, take care of the house, am doing therapy once in a week and participate in religious activities. I barely have time to read the bible!!! I have been waiting for months now to read the last Shopaholic book from Sophie Kinsella... I even bought it! It sits in my library.
Anyway... those poldark books, are they good??
One day, I promise, if they are so good like everybody say, I will read them. 😀

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I only watched the BBC series. I tried to read the first book while watching the second season of BBC series but then VIU happened and I forgot about it completely :))
There were forum dedicated for the books, but I forget the address. It's not really popular and not many people came there. I usually discussed the series on IMDB when the site still had forum. I downloaded the books illegally from the internet. I believe there's no version in my local language.
Poldark is a story about two people who fell in love after they got married. Ross Poldark married Demelza to get back to his ex, Demelza married Ross Poldark to get away from her father. Later they become great team and found love for each other. It has similar tropes from my favorite kdrama, like cohabitation and cross-dressing (I'm not joking) so I understand why a kdrama watcher like me would enjoy the series. Demelza (the heroine) is amazing, I love her as much as I love Ha Moon-soo. The story gives realistic portrayal of marriage. There were betrayal and distrust.
I put on hold watching the third season because this time Demelza is the one who put their marriage into jeopardy and I don't want to wait a whole year to find out how they resolve it. Of course I know they will still be together in the end, but I don't want to get anxious. I prefer to wait until season four comes out.
I still rate North and South as my top favorite. I love both the book and BBC series. There's also one less popular BBC series that I love, 'Bob and Rose', a story about a gay man who fell in love with a woman and started a hetero relationship. It's cute and endearing. Many people don't agree with the series. But just like Bob said "I'm still a gay man, It just happened I fall in love with her (Rose)". Maybe I just love love stories so much, whether It's realistic or not, I don't really care :D

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North & South is wonderful. I remember replaying their reunion at the train station over and over again, it was unbelievably romantic!! Love Richard Armitage in it. Ah I think I'll go watch it again now haha.

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My favorite scene too and that one scene when she left in the carriage and he said "look back at me."
I died every time lol.

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Me three. Now you mention it, I want to watch it again 😄

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Let us all rewatch it together.
No needs for words.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp3gUnD-IE4

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Oh wow!!! I read north and south long ago. Very good, not totally my favorite, although I am very fond of British literature: Dickens, Austen, Fielding, Eliot, the Brönte sisters, etc. Elizabeth Gaskell was good enough, but in my heart she cannot compite with Jane Austen ot George Eliot...
Now the BBC series you mentioned, I haven't watched them. Didn't even know they existed. Poldark sounds like fun to watch. I wonder how similar the novels are. Usually the tv versions are adaptations and they change things. Thank you for letting me know about them.

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The plot is similar, but there's adjustment here and there. In the book Demelza was only 12 (or 13) when she met Ross. In the series they make her older, and there are other things.
You should watch BBC North and South. It's really wonderful.
This conversation makes me want catch up with BBC and ITV drama, I wonder what they have in the last two years .

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Wow wow... everybody is so BBC here. I actually wanted to know where could I watch these British series, because Jane Austen's I have watched them in YouTube. But I don't really have access to any television, not even German, so I don't know. Korean dramas I watch in Viki, and kiss asian. If you guys could tell me where: for free, of course, I would be grateful.
@manohira, @kiara, @serendipity...

Oh, and, manohira... I am one of those who believe there could be a "Bob and Rose" in the real life. So I understand why you like that serie. I know at least one guy who is "kind of gay"... I mean he is attracted to men but he doesn't practice it due to religious reasons, he is a man of faith and believes God doesn't like that, and therefore, he is single and remain chaste, but I can perfectly see him marrying a woman who would be more like a companion and who he can perfectly loves dearly for the person she is inside. For me that is also falling in love. In order to love someone you don't need to have sex. And me, I actually feel attracted to gay men who are in the closet and won't go to do whatever with other men, just like this friend of mine. These kind of men are more friendly, courageous and honorable. And usually their love is more beautiful than regular men, because they are not after their own satisfaction.
At the end, we all want and need to be loved and appreciate for being the person we are inside and not because of our gender or sexuality. I like that. I wish more people were like that.

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@javinne
I got them form torrent sites like piratebay, kickass and eztv. I think link for Bob & Rose has been long gone. The series was not a hit.
It was written by Russel T Davies (he also wrote Doctor Who) based on true story of one of his friend. So, yes, there are Bob & Rose in real life. This series was not popular among LGBT activists. However, I believe sexuality is not cut and dried.

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Only two dramas on my plate. I'm finally caught up on Hwayugi! Great, talented cast of actors. I like watching them act and seeing how the whole fantasy story plays out. Gonna miss these quirky characters when the show's over.

Enjoying the old school, simple and sweet Radio Romance. Not analyzing it much. The childhood scenes were lovely. They give the present relationship between Su Ho and Geu Rim more depth. I'm already a fan of Yoon Doojoon so he's a big reason I'm sticking with this show. It's cool to see him take on a different role than before.

Hesitating on what I want to watch next. 😂 I gotta make room for Mystery Queen 2 (premiering next week)! Misty hype has me intrigued, but still have some old dramas on my watch list....... Finish BTLIOF? Start Prison Life? AOY2??? Gahhhh. 😅

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Radio Romance: Su-Ho Eyes, how he looks at Geu-Rim 😍😍. I'm interest with jason, the story lure the audience to believe that Jason has something bad feeling with Su-ho. I hope there is twist when showing that Jason is purely care about Su-ho.
Hwayugi: waiting for the climax and anti-climax for the rest ep
A love so beautiful: this drama is light and I like the OTP. I'm curious about the main lead if this drama will be remake in korea.

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I wish they would really do a remake of A Love So Beautiful in Korea. It would really be a hit for sure.

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It was made! A love so beautiful is very similar to our korean playful kiss! 😂😂😂😂. At least in their relationship. I am watching it, but I have issues with this OTP. I may comment more in the section "what we are watching next Friday".

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Radio Romance is the kind of show I needed and didn't know it! It's SO GOOD!!!! Everytime Suho looks at Geurim I swoon! YDJ-KSH owning their roles and the chemistry!

Hwayugi is pulling in me in with swoons as well! LSG is perfect in the role SOG which is why I'm surprised it was ever offered to PBG. OYS-LSG make a good pair and I love them SO MUCH!

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It's been a very busy week for me. Still just watching Hwayugi and Waikiki. I'm already started to feel angsty about what I am going to do after Hwayugi ends and I won't have any more sexy monkey to look at.
I did start Healer this past weekend (while waiting for Hwayugi subs) But unfortunately I fell asleep just 20mins into the first episode. It has potential but I haven't been able to go back to it.
Waikiki is still my just watch-to-distress show. Unfortunately still don't like Yoon-ha. She can leave the show and we can keep Baby Sol. Then we can focus on Seo-jin and Joon-ki getting together. Hehe

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Misty Am I the only one who counted the number of years Tae Wookie spent on the couch when I watch the scene of him kissing Hye Ran with such fiery passion?

Mother This show makes a very 'salty' watch. They keep getting into my mouth and my nose!!!(don't remind me of last week's Waikiki!) And that damn whistling from hell, no words.

Waikiki I'm glad I didn't give up this show after the first episode. It gets better and better. Dong Gu trying to corner the pervert and Joon Ki foiling him each time was gold. I also want a clip of Joon Ki saying "괜찮아,괜찮아!" to use for times when I need to tell myself - It's alright!

Now, all JTBC needs to do in the very least is to get AOY girls and even the boys to cameo!

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••• Rewatching “Along with the Gods” and still cried bucket of tears.... I’m looking forward for the part 2 and the 49 days for the brother....

••• I couldn’t get enough for Jo Seung-woo post “Forest of Secrets”. Not only rewatching this serial, but I searched Jo past work. One of them is “Marathon.” I couldn’t believe he’s the same person who played Prosecutor Hwang 😁😁😁😁

••• Misty: this drama is my new addiction. With Eun-joo and Jail Oppa entering the game, the story becomes more interesting. I have the sama question with someone here in DB who’s questioning “has Hye-ran ever love her husband?” With the Jail Oppa released, I’m really curious with their past. OMG, really, Hye-ran is such complex character with Tae-wook knew only a little about his wife. First with Kevin, and now with Jail Oppa.

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I want to say I've been watching dramas properly, but tbh... it's the Olympics. I've been watching the Olympics for 2 weeks straight. Every day. It's a sickness. I do this every two years so I don't even know why I'm surprised lmao

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I do the same, every two years. It's a fun two weeks. It provides something different to my nightly routine. The only downside is i can't watch dramas, so now I'm more behind. And new shows will pop up next month.

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I’m enjoying Radio Romance, Hwayugi, and My Golden Life. But I am surprised at how much I love Woohoo Waikiki! It is like what happened with Shopping King Louie - I started it on a whim with no expectations of anything and was sucked into the story and wacky characters by the end of episode 1. As much as I like the other shows, WW is the one I look forward to the most each week. Crazy, right?

I recently binge watched Smart Prison Living, and can I say how much I loved this show? It was Just. So. Good. I miss not seeing the boys anymore, and thinking about them brings a smile to my face. Except for Looney. Every time I think of him, my cries “Just say no, Looney! Just say no!!” 😢😢 Totally broke my heart...

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I totally agree with you about Smart Prison Living.
Re: Looney. Heartbreaking. I guess hind sight is 20/20 but what were they (his loved ones) thinking? We all know now what should of been done for him.
On a happier note I remember reading somewhere that the Director said that one of his favorite scenes in the series was when "Jean Valjean" (Seungyoon) returned to the prison to visit
his cell leader Min-chul (Choi Moo-sung). I am sure you remember it. That was beautiful.

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That picture of Yoon Dujun is what drew me here! The most swoon worthy male lead I've seen in forever. 😊

I'm obsessed with Radio Romance at the moment. It's the only thing I'm watching and is my drama crack! I'm loving all the discussions for this drama on the recap pages. I'm glad so many beanies are as much in love with this show as I am. I think Yoon Dujun and Kim So Hyun made a smart choice by picking this drama. They alleviate the story with their acting.

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Are you Light(fandom of Highlight, used to be Beast)?
Enjoy their music as well.

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I'm enjoying RR too but I wouldn't say a lot of beanies are super into it or watching and that's fine.

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I am watching 3 shows this week. But unlike the previous weeks, I find myself being drawn to heavier (*cough* adult) dramas, though I still watch lighter ones so that I can catch my breath. Hahaha.

1. Misty
It is my first week watching and now I have reached ep 4. I am all for Hye Ran. She is the most logical being in the tv station, and perhaps in the whole drama.

Hye Ran and Tae Wook teaming up to actually win something together? Exhilirating. All these times, they have been aiming for different things, and that is why their marriage falls to pieces. Now it is different. I love that they both deeply loves justice, and passionately, fearlessly expressing it. There is hope! *heart eyes*

2. Mother
I didnt watch ep 10. I will wait for ep 11 to watch ep 10.

3. Hwayugi
WTF? Monkey has to stab Sam Jang? Geez. Heaven in this drama surely has no creativity. Can they do something else, other than torturing our OTP??

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currently watching chinese drama.. aside from the latest kdramas that I have watched the past month/weeks (Hwayugi, Radio Romance, Misty) to name a few. my daugther and i been patiently waiting to catch and watch them every week..

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What do you recommend for current C-dramas?

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there is this im currently watching idk if youre interested in.. its title is Negotiator (yang mi & z tao).

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I did catch a few episodes of that. I'm seriously crushing on Jin Dong and will likely watch some of his catalogue. :D

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I don't like Chinese dramas but like you, have fallen for Jin Dong :-) He surely has an aristocratic aura about him. I'd like to recommend The Disguiser and Surgeons.

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Cross - Dropped after the sexual assault controversy. Unless they kill of the character I'm not going back.

Hwayuki - Ah Sa Nyo starting to get on my nerves. Stop getting in between my OTP. What is that silly plot twist about stabbing Sam Jang. I revolt!

Radio Romance - The simplicity of this drama is what captures my heart. It deals with heavy issues and is not all about the swoons and stares. The relationship between the characters is the driving force of this drama. I recommend it.

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Who was charged for a sexual crime?? Sorry sorry, I heard about it but didn't pay attention. It wasn't my sweetheart GPK, was he?? (Please tell me no)

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Jo Jae-hyun.

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It seems that Cross production team released a statement saying his character is going to be removed from the drama as soon as possible

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I just read the news that they killed the character

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Me, i am sticking to both drama and comedy: Mother and Waikiki. And what can I tell about them?? Mother had me in tears and I only watched episode 9... I haven't had the chance to watch the number 10, but I will.
Waikiki is fun as usual. I am also to watch episode 6... at now is the weekend!!!
Apart from these shows I am watching slowly "a love so beautiful", and I keep rewatching Just between lovers, even more slowly.
I want to watch the Answer me serie (no time yet), prison playbook, misty and of course I am waiting for the pretty noona buying food, feeling like the world will stop the premiere day!! 😂😂😂😂

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just want to post here to spike interest in Should We Kiss First...

in the opening few minutes, it appears like a very heavy melo... but then as the story unfolds in the past, it is very light and funny - tho i'm still confused about how it will connect with the opening scenes, i think that's the bait here.

i love the seasoned actors featured in this drama, and the mature relationship scenarios presented. this one is for those of us who don't watch the high school dramas, right?

Misty is another one that is mature and features other seasoned actors, i love it!

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i love the seasoned actors featured in this drama, and the mature relationship scenarios presented.

Me too! Nicely summarized. Will have to use "mature and seasoned" in a sentence before the week is out.

Last year, I read a YouTube comment on a BTS video for Secret Forest (the one where they keep cracking up) describing Jo Seung‑woo and Bae Doona as an "adorable middle-aged couple." Weren't they about 36 and 37 when they filmed the series? I guess that is the middle of 72 but ... dang!

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you're absolutely right - Jo Seung Woo and Bae Doona are so NOT a middle-aged couple!! that well deserved title goes to those who are at least 45 to 50 years old, right?
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alas, i am beyond that age group - but am still middleaged at heart!
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**Dramas
*Waikiki ep5-6 : different week , different Jun Ki’ lies, same laughs = training for my cheeks and stomach, stupid things I need it, I love it 🤗🤩😎 😍🤣💃, by the way Oppa in tuxedo 😍
*Mother ep1-10 : I’ve binge watched it this week, amazing drama 💖, can’t describe how much I love it….well maybe welcome to the exclusive club of shows/dramas who made me cry, here’s your ticket no.5 💙
*Age of youth S2 E1-4 : it’s good to see them back, esp. my fav’ Yoon Sunbae 😎 waiting for Chef-nim to come back, I want to see my fav’ couple together 🤗

**K-shows
*Night Goblin E26 : JiWon nice guest, HongKi flirts too much 😆
*I live alone E233 : three idiots Jjang 🤣
*Hyori Homestay S2E3 : I just love this show 🤗, aju manhi 😘
*1n2d : no ep this week, yep looking at you Olympics 😒 but it’s in South Korea so I’ll let it go 😆

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Glad you’re enjoying Mother & AoY2, looooove both shows. ^^

When is Park Bogum gonna join Hyori’s show?

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I don't know in which ep he will come, with ep4 preview...it might not be ep4 ^^', I'll make a post about it when he comes ;) , there's another Beanie really interested too hahaha *random hi to her ;) *

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Really??? But why are they showing him in every teaser since episode 1????

“Waves hand” lol
I’m gonna watch anything Bogummy is in, miss him on my screen.

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"why are they showing him in every teaser since episode 1????" the more the merrier, since he will be there just for a few ep, they extend his screen time with teasers in ep1&2 but there weren't any in ep3

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I thought he’s in episode 2 since they showed him in the teaser for the episode but no, not in episode 3 too. But yes, more screen time for him.

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I love your username and picture! I watch Detective Conan almost every night ❤️

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Just Between Lovers: Complete. Every one who loved it already said every thing I wanted. I will just thank the staff and the cast for making this wonderful drama.

Hi My Sweetheart: Complete. It was hard to watch the last episodes and even before the whole angst I felt less interested. Characters became annoying as over the top tropes happened. Seriously, how many did each lead go to the hospital and one crawled twice on the hospital floor to add dramatic effects and had a memory lost. WTH ? Now thinking about this I can't help but laugh. Also I didn't like both of the main lead's "personalities". In particular the rich one since he kept some of his former traits with new annoying ones. Anyway, I will remember it for the humor and the anime-like effects.

Short: Complete. I quite enjoyed this 4-episodes-long sport youth drama. It was nice to see Kang Tae Oh acting outside of weekend dramas for once. Keep going puppy ! I'm always excited to watch Solomon's Perjury cast in new projects. So no wonder I feel proud to see Yeo Hoe Hyun appearing here and there in short youth dramas and webdramas and I hope he will keep building experience through them. It was my first time watching No Jong Hyun and his role was compelling (or I just love children caring for their parents). Our ladies Park So Eun and Kim Do Yeon did less than the boys but they were likable and I want to see more of them.

Hwayugi: ep 16. Ma Wang no ! We know he's not good natured like other demons but I don't want to see him hurt JSM and SOG.

Misty: ep 6. Can I scream my love for Go Hye Ran and Kang Tae Wook ? Just when you think their marriage will end with this scandal, it actually helped them to get close. That's one ally for her because she's attacked from every front : at work with HJM's return threatening her News Nine place, the police with a determined detective, Eun Joo who seems to seek revenge and even if I don't think the guy in jail wants to harm her, his presence itself can be dangerous.

Mother: ep 10. This week episodes made me wonder if Hye Na's mother could have been a good mother if she didn't go through motherhood alone. That creepy boyfriend is in no case a good support.

Radio Romance: ep 4. I'm more interested in Soo Ho's "mother" than in the romance or in the radio part. How did she end up that cruel and calculative ?

Return: ep 14. I'm still watching to see who the crazy duo will kill each week.

Love Returns: ep 68. Kim Haengja is recovering her memory ! Can't wait for Monday's episode.

Small Town Cinema - Overgrown Bromance: I love hearing stories of villagers about how they never or rarely went to the cinema because they had to work. Their stories are touching and it is good to see them have a great time.

Woohoo Waikiki ep 6. It's always the quiet ones causing trouble haha. Since Doo Shik is good at writing erotic scenes, does that...

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Haha I didn't want to think about it but the innocent ones are quite surprising.

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I like the Small Town Cinema show as well. Good for those variety directors to bring to these rural citizens an opportunity to watch movies which they usually would not as there is no cinema nearby.And they have more important things to tend to

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Right. I wish they will keep doing this kind of project in various places !

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Hi My Sweetheart -- what a throwback! I remember enjoying the drama when it first came out during my early days of watching taiwan drama. The story was definitely your over-the-top taiwan trendy drama, but I remember being invested in it and even sobbing at some parts (Rainie Yang was a good emotional anchor for such a wacky drama). Not sure how I would find it upon rewatch.

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I like over-the-top comedy but once a rom-com starts going crazy I just can't sit back and watch. HMS didn't age well and since I'm used to all drama tropes it's more difficult to get invested. The same thing happened with Devil Besides You that I watched last year. Rainie Yang was really good here as well as but it was the cheesiest drama I ever watched. A good example of a well aged drama is Autumn's Concerto :)

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I just finished watching Should We Kiss First. I always love a good Melo and after the heart-wrenching Just Between Lovers, I am still in the melo mood. I just love it and sad I don't have more episodes.

I also (weirdly) have been partial to Kim Sun Ah, however she is the star in this. I want to know more of her story and hugs her.

I have to say that the gray hair didn't fit Kam Woo Sung, why can't the PD/writer let him be his age and his real hair. It doesn't make him look old, it just looks weird.

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That's not his real hair colour? Kam Woo Sung is born in 1970 and I thought that in the drama he said he was coming up to 50 so that's close enough to his real age. Unless I got something wrong of course.

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Maybe it’s emotional stress induced grey and a sign of giving up on appearances. It does make him look much older than 50, especially surrounded by the meticulous anti-aging work everyone else is doing on themselves.

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I have watched should we kiss first. As for the hair, I think it is supposed to show that he doesn't care about his appearance and makes a contrast to his memories where he is supposed to be younger.

I like the start of this series, but I don't expect anything groundbreaking.

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I'm his age, my hair is the same colour as his. I thought grey hair was on-trend and I was going for 'striking'. Now I know better.

I'm going to sit in a corner and cry.
(just kidding :P)

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Same. I didn't realize my natural hair was a sign of giving up.

I'll go weep in another corner....

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Watching 3 currently airing shows:

Mother- Soo-jin and Yoon-bok make me cry every single episode. Can someone please murder the boyfriend already? He makes my blood boil every time he appears on my screen.
Misty- ❤️❤️❤️
Hwayugi- Watching this show for the sake of watching.
Nirvana In Fire 2- On episode 4, not hooked yet but I love Ping-Zhing? already and Xi Yin?
School 2017- I love Kim Junghyun! ^^
Memories of the Swords- I watched this movie for JunHo but (stupid me) I’ve already seen it two years ago. Didn’t know who he was back then.
Twenty- This had me on stiches almost the entire time I watching. It made me miss Kim Woo-bin though.

Also finished rewatching JBL. ❤️

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I must be the only one who isn't grossed out by Waikiki at all (maybe a little at the snot falling scene).

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I think it got loads better this week now that Dong-gu is in denial about liking her. I still can't believe this is the same guy as Mori. He makes the best derp faces. XD

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My assessment of the shows:

Mother - 😱😱😭😊
Radio Romance - 😍😍💏❤❤❤❤
Waikiki - 🤢🤢🤢😂😂
Hwayuki - 😃😬😠😍

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I'm feel the same way about Radio Romance, its everything you want in a drama. The SuHo look is becoming a standard for me now for how much I like a male lead. I don't think any male lead will ever compare to his sweet sweet gazes.

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I’m watching Mother which is amazing. It reminds me of JBL in a lot of ways: it looks stunning, the characters as so well-drawn (even the ones I hate), the acting is excellent across the board, there is a supportive love interest (but I am a few episodes behind) and the story drags you in and just…won’t…let…go

Then I’m also watching Shall We Kiss First. The tone is much lighter and humorous than I expected from the melodrama tag it came with. It probably just softens me up with laughs and will then kill me with the melo. But so far it’s fun and I really want those boots

Then I’m continuing with my older drama watching. I finished Thank You which stayed great right through to ep 16 and I loved it.

I’ve started Kimchi Family which is good so far (am on ep6). I like the kimchi making scenes as I’ve started making my own.

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Thank you with jang hyuk and gong hyo jin is it? Such a tearfest. I still remember i was bawling my eyes out watching that drama.😢

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Yup, that's the one - but it didn't make me cry. I think that was because the sad parts were always done with a light touch and accompanied by a ray of hope which I really liked.

I did feel very sorry for Jang Hyuk's hair which looked like a five-year old had taken a pair of nail clippers to it and then spiked it up. Very cringe-worthy fashion.

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I remember I tried to watch that drama, because I thought the plot would be endearing and the child very tender. And even though I am not saying it was bad, I remember skipping a lot in between because I couldn't stand it. Some parts were histrionic for me instead of endearing, and the melo was upsetting, maybe because of the setting: rural culture in Korea, absolute ignorance about the condition of the girl and humiliating discrimination, I just couldn't watch that for long. So I remember I skipped a lot until the end, but ironically now I don't remember how it ends. The OTP also didn't work for me. And plus, somehow I have never liked Gong Hyo-jin...
Sad for me, because I like Jang Hyuk.
Anyway, my question (and I don't mind to be spoiled) how did it end???? (Lol)... I just cannot remember and won't want to watch it again.

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But the terrible village attitude towards the little girl was shown to be stupidly ignorant, and education slowly changed it, so I thought that worked well.

The OTP got together at the end, and the girl got accepted in the village (and especially by the ghastly grandmother) so it was mainly a happy ending (apart from the grandpa)

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Misty and Mother = Good stuff . Mother is heart tugging. Misty is so juicy.

Prison life: No eps for me this week.
J drama: Soredemo, ikite yuku: couple of eps left, Mitsushima Hikari = ❤️
Anone: Checked out first ep, looks good, and it looks like the subs are being handled promptly. Will watch after Soredemo.

Red Teacher: KBS drama special. Actually a rewatch. Jung So Min !
Monkey show: Hope things work out okay for Sam Jang & Monkey

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1. Misty - awesome Go Hye Ran and her team. Love the pantsuits and the eye make up. Perfect!
2. Eulachacha waikiki - awesome comedy! I was laughing all the way through all the episodes. Made my day.
Other than these two..sadly, no dramas.😢
Need more time😢😢

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Should we kiss first?: I'm not so sure about this one. I like Kim Sun A here even though I'm not a big fan of her. But something feels too odd. I can't put my finger on what it is, but sadly it didn't hook me as I thought it would.

Misty: I had zero expectations before starting this. I didn't knew the cast and it was more like: I don't know what to watch, let's hope this is good. And wow, was I pleasantly surprised! The heroine is so complex, tough and full of flaws, but still relatable. I can't help but root for her!

Hwayugi: I'm still mad at the deities for toying with humans as the wish! What right do they have to choose one of the humans as sacrifice for the others? If you (the deities) want to save the world, choose one of your own as sacrifice but not an innocent bystander!

1N2D Season 1: Just started this because of Lee Seung Gi, but now I'm in love with the whole team. They really work great together!

And I can't wait for the next episode of All the Butlers. I'm so looking forward to see Lee Seung Gi reuniting with Youn Yuh Jung. I loved the two of them in Noona over Flowers.

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ONGOING

Hwayugi
What I love most about this drama is that even though many of these characters are based on fantasy, there is a human aspect behind all of them. The fantasy if anything adds character. While it can be frustrating, I appreciate how mercurial Mawang is, especially when compared to Oh-gong. I really hope we get at least an entire episode with Oh-gong free of the bracelet. I really want to see if his character would change at all.

P.S. Heaven really wants to stick it to Oh-gong.

Radio Roamnce
Sometimes I like this drama, and at other times I could care less. I can't seem to develop any affection for the female lead to even root for her. I need more than the male lead to keep me interested in this drama and for once I think a love triangle might be worth it. The only problem is the female lead is so freaking apathetic to both that I don't see how this is going to work.

Woohoo Waikiki
I wished I love this drama more than I do. Behind two eps.

Negotiator
I knew that this drama is bad but I still kept watching. It's one of those, you know it bad for you but you still indulge. It's definitely a guilty pleasure. The biggest problem I'm having now though is that I'm thinking the drama is actually smarter than it is--that's a big no no when it comes to bad dramas. There was one scene that gave me hope for the outcome of ep 20, but it seems like the writers completely forgot that they mentioned the plan that Xiao Fei came up with. That made the watch all the more frustrating. Another big problem is that Xiao Fei could be very toxic for Tong Wei. He always does something pigheaded, apologizes, but then continues to be an idiot, and then rinse repeat. But, I need this couple to stay strong now and not split up. I need them to work together and get the job done. If they can do that without and stupid drama between them, then I can enjoy the next 22 eps. They laid the foundation for it, so I don't see why it can't happen.

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You must be joking, the female lead has more affection for the male lead than the PD and its always been obvious in all her actions like hugging him out the blue. The sweet smiles she keeps giving him and is always trying to understand him.

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Xiao Fei's catch phrase is - I'm Sorry. I won't put Tong Wei ahead of him at all. All characters lack work ethics as well as professionalism. Dialogues are weak and everyone likes to explain things. There resume say they are smart but all of are just big group of idiots. Writer him/herself has destroyed his/her own characters. I can't take any of them serious at all. Characters must sue the writer for ruining their character.

I'm in for drama and delicious tears.

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I was afraid that DB would be too snooty for RR but seeing the obsession for the show is strong on this site its safe to say that the drama has become a frenzy. I've been in love with it since the first episodes and while its not perfect it hits just the right spots! The acting from the entire cast especially the leads is too good! The chemistry game is strong and all the amazing BTS goodies has me laughing my head off!

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What I'm watching? Not a whole lot right now, apparently. I'm massively behind with Waikiki, so I'm only really watching four ongoing shows.

Princess Jellyfish: Well, that kiss was out of the blue! Not that I didn;t love it. The fact Kuranosuke actually managed to convince Tsukimi it was just a greeting made me laugh, though. I expected her to still be all jittery. The fact that she calmed down immediately shows how comfortable she is with him now.

Unnatural: Ooh, THAT CLIMAX! I still get chills when I think about it. In a situation like that, the assailant usually calms down, but he actually tried to kill her! He did! Poor hing, she was everything to him.

Anone: This drama throws the nuclear family out of the window. I love how spontaneously the four of them just became a weird little family, since I really didn't expect the drama to take this direction at all.

Hwayugi: This drama lacks something without Buja. She was more of a heroine that Seon-mi, who I frequently get pissed off with for never telling people when weird things happen, never knowing anything, and basically being the dullest heroine the Hong Sisters have ever written. I still like her, but gah.

It's Okay, That's Love: Okay, so I rewatched this. And huh, all of the relationships in this show are dysfunctional. I kind of feel like Noh Hee-kyung went so far into trying to make these characters feel real that she winded up making them animated and incomprehensibly difficult to understand. They give me whiplash with how quickly they go from pissed off to happy. It was worth it for the cuteness that I finally started to feel with episode 11, and the emotional climax of episode 15.

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The fact that almost everyone in the staff is watching Radio Romance and actually loving it make me very happy. I've always love Kim So Hyun's drama choices and she's done it again with this one. Her growth as an actress continues be commendable.

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Just a comment passing by to promote Radio Romance. Already love that the drama is having so many fans but we can always do with more love because it's actually that good. Let's go RaRo team!

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I finished Six Flying Dragons two weeks ago. It was such a quality show in all ways that I wasn't sure what to pick next from my waiting list. I went with Remember-Son's War and Answer Me 1994 with a side helping of the new live action version of Japanese manga Princess Jellyfish.
I'm also keeping up with Radio Romance (I'll be interested to see if "mother" has her own scarf-related trauma), Waikiki (ep 5 was the best so far for me) and Hwayugi.

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Only just catching up on Radio Romance and the stars have big eyebags.

I just started on Hwayuji just like Teriyaki catching on some dramas missed last week.Really like it with Seung Gi and Cha seung won.Those two really good and Chajumma really running off with the Bull Demon King character.

Mother really is a masterful work though emotionally draining I love every moment of it.Many stories of a Mother is riveting.

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Had to add I also started on Should we kiss first the older romance drama and I can see a win in ratings coming up. These two characters should heal each other.

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I'm watching :

Misty : I like any characters, dislike neither. They're all very well written, it's just I don't really care about the character themselves but more about all their relationships and the story.

Hwayugi : I like it but I wanted a more elaborated story.

Waikiki : It's fun. I like the fact all the characters have their stories and not be second leads in the story of the main couple.

Return : I didn't like the last episodes. The heroin was pretty discret and mysterious but when she appeared, she was very charismatic. Now she's just very creepy. They make a lot of close-up on her face (I guess for hidding her pregnancy) but it's weird. And suddenly she has a big role in the story, killing the suspens.

Todome no Kiss : I didn't think that I would prefer a hug to a kiss !

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Should we Kiss First: The series is much lighter than expected and pretty enjoyable. I do feel like the directing and dialogue for the melo parts feel a little too heavyhanded. I love how our OTP lives in the same apartment complex.

Hwayugi: I was worried with episode 15, but episode 16 hinted at the plot finally picking up the pace. The Asanyeo plot is getting a little tiresome (but I'm glad it gave Lee Se Young and OYS opportunities to stretch their acting muscles), but I'm intrigued at the idea of a heaven-backed conspiracy and how our protagonists will beat it.

Woohoo Waikiki: Like a refreshing smoothie that goes with my kdrama diet these days. I love the 2 half-hour formats per episode and absurdity. I watched the sketchy classmate scenes like 4 times. I did find the wedding (fraud) storyline a little too hard to watch because the landlady was so good to them. Why doesn't kdramaland do more sitcoms?

Princess Jellyfish: So cute! I'm envious of Kuranosuke's outfits and ability to pull them off. I'm sort of low-key shipping Tsukimi with the younger brother.

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It doesn't feel like there's anything too gripping on right now for me, but I am enjoying the shows I'm watching!

Woohoo Waikiki: At week one, this felt much too slapsticky for me, but I wanted to see where the actual plot went. I really thought it wasn't for me around episode 3, but I thought I'd see where things went...by episode 5 it had me when everyone was taking Seo Jin out to tell her the same advice. I did laugh out loud at that! Love that wacky crew.

Radio Romance: I like it! I like the romance! I love Lee Gang and Jason's characters. I quite like the rivalry-meets-bromance developing between Lee Gang and Soo Ho. And who doesn't love Song Geu Rim and her mom's relationship?! I love how she is so dismissive of the guys doing their crazay guy thing, but I wish she'd have a little more pluck when Writer Ra comes around! Jin Tae Ri, Nam Joo Ha, and especially Ra Ra Hee feel like overly simple, overplayed characters that add nothing to the show. Just too much. But I'm sure everyone will get theirs in the end! It's fun and sweet.

Hwayugi: I'm weeks and weeks behind but I'm catching up now and it's such fun. I love the gang! A good gang is my fav. kdrama catnip. It's hilarious and of course whimsical. But why can't I really root for Jin Sun Mi?! She's a little too naive and sometimes just seems too foolish for me. I'm definitely in the Buja fan club though!

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Actually, a Chinese drama: Lost Love in Times, which I really really like - a lot. 1st Chinese drama, 1st fantasy drama, and now a William Chan fan and am planning to watch everything he's in.
But I do have to take a break and go back to kdrama when I need an emotional jolt. So re watching Bad Guy and am looking forward to all my favorite actors' dramas that are coming soon.

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@linda-palapala—I lurved this series. What episode are you at? It rings all my bells: compelling leads, sumptuous costumes, gorgeous production values, and engaging romances—with enough unrequited love to make it hurt. Yum!

Love Lost in Times SP: Exquisite Drunken Dream, the six-hour spinoff is better than expected, particularly since it stars my least favorite character, Qing Chen. She transforms from a brat to real hero who develops deep love and understanding of her fiancé, Prince Yuan Che. Despite a few cringy moments, I was pleasantly surprised by the queer-positive perspective. (Cross-dressing Qing Chen forces her prince to do a lot of self-examination!) My comment from last week's open thread: http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/02/open-thread-539/#comment-3194638

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hmm...what episode? It's all over the place. First I find all the Wm Chan scenes, skip to other parts that look interesting and are crucial to the story, then I go back and re watch the series from beginning to end. So in the re watch I'm on ep 17 and in the skip around episodes I'm on 33. This is one Chinese drama I love watching the opening scenes and ending credits every single episode. They're beautiful. I love the chemistry between Wm Chan and Cecilia Liu. She can really flirt! And his smile...wow. I like all of the characters and the mages. This is the first time I've ever really liked a fantasy anything.
I'll probably watch all Wm Chan before I try the spinoff, but this drama is beautiful in every way.

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I love it! I took a similar approach! I found a great recapper who identified the main storylines I liked and then back-filled relevant subplots.

I love the trust and devotion that grows (and regrows) between Prince Yuan Ling (Wm Chan) and Qing Chen. She's a marvelous flirt—episode 8 just crackles as she helps him recover from poisoning.

Dang, I even ache for Prince Yuan Zhan and General Mu Kesha. Speaking of Mu Kesha, I normally find mullets best left to Middle Earth elves but ... he wears it well. Very well.

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After reading your comment, I think I'm gonna watch LLIT after I finished NIF2. Some people compare this one to ten miles of peach blossoms (which is for me nothing compares to tmopb..yet). I'm looking something similar with tmopb, so I'll try this one.. :)

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I tried Ten Miles but didn't really like it much - I think it was the pacing was off for me and I wan't into the leads much. Just a personal reason because I know most people loved Ten Miles. On the other hand I was attracted to the pacing of LLIT and it was just gorgeous.
I really like NIF2 as well.

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One other thing - Feb 28 DF is picking up The Mystic Nine with William Chan. I'll probably drop everything to binge watch!

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