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[2018 Year in Review] Part 1: The Bean Count

It’s Bean Count time! For those new to our yearend series, the Bean Count is just a fun way to take stock of K-dramas we finished this year and show them some appreciation (or not) using our personal logic. It’s a visual representation of “I know this show isn’t perfect, but I liked it and wanna give it something anyway!”

To get your total beans, count one for each 2018 show you watched in its entirety. If the show is currently airing, you also get one bean if you’re up-to-date on it. Then bestow those beans to whichever show/s you like. This year’s list includes dramas we missed at the tail end of 2017, starting from Jugglers up to Memories of the Alhambra.

It’s always fun to see how ruthless decisive some folks can be when it comes to redistributing their beans. Do you spread them around so everyone gets some love? Do you snatch the other shows’ beans and give ’em all to that one show that touched you? Do you save your beans for an unknown show, hoping the others will give beans to that popular show you also loved?

You can see the results of our collective bean-ing in the charts below. Sort the shows by number of beans, or click/tap on the staff’s name to see how they split their beans. If for some reason you can’t view the charts, there’s a copy of the table here and the pie here.

Tell us in the comments how many beans you’ve collected this year and how you plan to give them away. And stay tuned for the rest of the yearend series. Happy bean-ing!

Bean Chart
Jugglers1
I'm Not a Robot31
Just Between Lovers10
Hwayugi6
Mother7
Radio Romance1
Misty8
Woohoo Waikiki7
Grand Prince1
My Husband Oh Jak-doo1
Live4
The Great Seducer1
My Ajusshi39
You Who Forgot Poetry5
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food7
Suits1
Greasy Melo1
Lawless Attorney4
Come Here and Hug Me3
Sketch3
Are You Human Too1
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim8
Life on Mars8
Your House Helper2
Mr. Sunshine7
Let's Eat 3: Begins3
Thirty But Seventeen10
Life7
Witch's Love1
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty10
Familiar Wife2
100 Days My Prince5
The Guest4
My Secret Terrius3
The Third Charm2
Bad Papa3
Fox Bride Star1
Beauty Inside2
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky12
Matrimonial Chaos4
Twelve Nights3
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter1
Happy to Die3
Top Star Yoo Baek2
Red Moon, Blue Sun2
Clean With Passion for Now1
Boyfriend5
Memories of the Alhambra13
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I wonder how many beans @mango got and whether @mango planned to make a bean giveaway. It’s a gifting season after all. 🎁🎁🎁

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I thought I didn't watch as many dramas as last year but I have 56 beans ! I'm giving half of it to Live, 20 beans to Matrimonial Chaos, 1 to Let's Eat 3, 2 to Jugglers and 10 beans as giveaway :D

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Are you serious about it?

Yay 🎉. Let double the number of beans in the giveaway. I have 17 beans. So, I’ll contribute 10 of mines. Yay 🎊, now we have 20 for the giveaway.

It’s a nice surprise that something that started as a joke becomes a real thing.

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Surprisingly, I managed to get 19+ beans. I rounded down to that though since I'm only counting Currently Airing shows I have very definitive feelings about, like Top Star and Last Empress. I need to hash out my complicated feelings for Memories of Alhambra and Boyfriend on their recaps before I can use them for beans!

These are the shows I found the most emotionally engaging and/or fun to watch this year:

I'm Not a Robot - 3 beans
Mother - 3 beans (Thanks @tineybeanie for giving this one so much love!)
My Ajusshi - 2 beans
Life on Mars - 2 beans
Top Star Yoo Baek - 2 beans*
100 Days My Prince - 2 beans*
My ID is Gangnam Beauty - 1 bean
Just Between Lovers - 1 bean
Woohoo Waikiki - 1 bean
Are You Human Too? - 1 bean

** these two, in particular, might not actually deserve as many beans as I gave, but they became my sentimental favorites and just slightly beat out the 1-beaners to make it into my top 5...or 6. Whatever, close enough.

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Oops. I...forgot Poetry. Which may make it seem like I didn't enjoy watching it, but I really did! Still, I'm giving an extra bean to Top Star Yoo Baek just because...eh, irrational love!

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All of my beans go to Happy to Die. All of them. I haven't been this obsessed with a drama since... damn, probably King of Dramas, which was back in 2012.

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The 2018 dramas i finished and i can remember i finish (shows how memorable these dramas were to me):
1. The miracle we met
2. Life on Mars (my favourite complete drama of 2018)

Older dramas i can recall i finish in 2018:
1. Falling for innocence
2. Prison playbook
3. One more happy ending
4. Smile you
Notice the trend? All of these are JKH dramas hahaha 🤣

Dramas i did finish but had to refer to the list by @mary :
1. Player
2. Voice 2
3. Time

Some dramas i'm not sure i finished also thanks to @mary's list:
1. Grand Prince
2. Your Honor
3. My husband oh jak doo

Dramas i picked up but watched half way or less (some titles had to refer to the list):
1. Boyfriend/encounter
2. Hwayugi
3. Greasy melo
4. Switch

Ongoing dramas i follow and is up to date:
1. Memories of the Alhambra
2. Sky Castle

I think thats about all. Maybe i did missed out some dramas though 😅

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Let me try calculate beans.
I have 5 beans since i complete 5 2018 dramas. Another 2 beans for beimg uptodate with airing dramas.
Total: 7 beans

Distribution:
LoM - 🥜🥜🥜🥜🥜
TMWM - 🥜🥜
Honorable mentions: player, time and voice 2.

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@katakwasabi Yay for "i>Life on Mars!

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Yay! Life on mars over others~ hahaha

Anyways i remembered several other dramas i dropped:
5. The third charm
6. Your house helper
7. Miss hammurabi

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My 2018 year in drama review… but instead of a bean count which is more time consuming, I will simply rate the dramas I watched out of 10. Included in this list will be the dramas I finished in 2018, and those I didn’t finish – if I watched more than 4 eps of them.

About Time (Didn’t finish, dropped at ep 6 - I think) 4/10

Are You Human Too? (finished!) 6/10

Beauty Inside (Didn’t finish, dropped at ep 10 or 11 – simply couldn’t bring myself to watch more) 4/10

Boyfriend (still watching, and I think I will stick with it till the end) so far: 6/10

Clean with a Passion (I plan to check this out sometime, so will rate this later)

Come Here and Hug Me (almost finished, but dropped at around ep 13, it was a suffocating and slow drama) 5/10

Fox Bride Star (almost finished, dropped at ep 14, I think I will watch the last 2 eps sometime) 5/10

Greasy Melo (Didn’t finish, dropped halfway through but might pick it up again to finish someday if I have nothing else to watch) 5/10

Happy to Die (is on hold for now… so will rate once/if I decide to pick it up again)

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (finished!... and it would’ve gotten a higher rating from me if the backstory had been different and convincing/logical) 8/10

Memories of Alhambra (I will stick with this to the end!) so far: 8/10

Misty (Didn’t finish, I think I watched up till eps 8 or 9… this show dragged a lot) 5/10

My Secret Terius (Didn’t finish, dropped at around ep 10… too nonsensical for me) 4/10

Pretty Noona… (Didn’t finish, dropped at around ep 8, show was slow but cute… but cute is not enough to carry an entire drama) 4/10

The Great Seducer (Didn’t finish) 2/10

The Third Charm (this is a show that had a lot of potential, I just don’t understand why the execution of the story was poor… dropped at around ep 12) 5/10

Thirty But Seventeen (I plan on finishing this drama sometime, put on hold at around ep 10) 7/10

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (finished!) 7/10

Woohoo Waikiki (I watched up to ep 12 or 13 I think, then simply put it hold on one day and never picked it up again… it is a cute show – even though some the humor was off putting - and baby Sol was adorable)… 6/10

TW-dramas: I didn’t watch any this year, but I have picked up one now, so it is considered part of 2018
Emily’s 5 Things (I am enjoying this show so far, it is a perfect heartfelt and lighthearted foil for MOA which tends to be intense and stress inducing hehe) so far: 7.5/10

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@sweetsour We have about the same shows dropped list LOL!

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:D

I also forgot "Just Between Lovers" (if 'sullen' and 'gloomy' ever needed a drama to represent them to the world, it would be this drama... but I did stick with it till the end) 6/10

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@sweetsour I'd describe JBL more according to the message it gave: life is difficult but always hopeful. 😃

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Queen of Mystery 2- 1
My Husband Oh Jak-do
Greasy Melo
Your House Helper -2
Let's Eat 3: Begins -1
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
Boyfriend -3

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oops did this over.

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I completed 28 drama series or have been keeping up to date on this list:
My beans distributions:
My Ahjussi-5
Wahoo Waikiki-3
Life on Mars-3
Memories of Alhambra-2
Mr. Sunshine-2
Just between Lovers-2
You who forgot poetry-2
The Guest-2
Let's Eat Season3-2
Jugglers-1
Happy to Die-1
Secret Terius-1
Beauty Inside-1
Ghost Detective-1

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This year I watched 18 dramas! My favorite are:

I'm Not A Robot: 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊
Woohoo Waikiki: 🍊🍊🍊
My Secret Terrius: 🍊🍊🍊🍊
Miracle That We Met: 🍊🍊🍊
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?: 🍊
Mother: 🍊🍊

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*throws all beans at INAR*
*continues running around the room, anxiously waiting for Bok-Soo*
MENTAL HEALTH
@saya is the only person with taste this is fine

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4 beans: Just Between Lovers

3 beans: Secretary Kim; My Secret Terrius; Boyfriend

2 beans: Alhambra

1 bean: Thirty But Seventeen; Greasy Melo; I'm Not A Robot; One Hundred Days My Prince

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@lindag Yay!!! For Just Between Lovers

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Queen of Mystery 2- 1
My Husband Oh Jak-do
Greasy Melo
Your House Helper -2
Let's Eat 3: Begins -1
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
Boyfriend -3
i am not a robot -1

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23 Beans! More than I thought!

My Ajusshi – 4
Just Between Lovers – 4
Live – 3
Matrimonial Chaos – 2
Familiar Wife – 2
Bad Papa – 2
Misty – 1
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty – 1
Miss Hammurabi – 1
Come Here and Hug Me – 1
A Poem A Day – 1
Children of Nobody – 1

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@missh I'm always so glad to see Just Between Lovers getting more than 1 bean! It deserves loads of beans!

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It does! It was the drama that gave me the most feels. I wanted to give it more beans, but I had several underdog dramas that I just had to give an extra bean.

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I watched a total of 31 dramas in 2018. Only 23 qualify for 2018 dramas though. (I don't have any bean emojis, so I'll give stars)

A Korean Odyssey ⭐⭐
I'm Not A Robot ⭐⭐⭐
Jugglers
Misty ⭐⭐
Prison Playbook ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Radio Romance
You Drive Me Crazy
A Poem A Day
Something In The Rain
Live ⭐⭐
Wok of Love
Come and Hug Me
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim ⭐
Life on Mars ⭐
Let's Eat 3
Are You Human Too
Thirty But Seventeen ⭐⭐
Familiar Wife ⭐
Mr. Sunshine ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Terius Behind Me
The Ghost Detective (this should get negatives)
The Beauty Inside
Memories of the Alhambra ⭐ (it's still ongoing, but at this point it deserves at LEAST one!)

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I forgot 100 Days My Prince - it deserves 1 ⭐ also!

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@kingsqueen LOL The Ghost Detective ... I agree!!! I'm glad that Life on Mars gets a star!

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It's been a very disappointing year for dramaland for me. I am shocked that I couldn't finish Misty or My Ahjussi. They would have been up there. I'm left with just 8 purple you hearts, so here they go.

Secretary Kim - 💜💜💜
100M Stars -- 💜💜
Waikiki - 💜💜
Boyfriend - 💜

I had a good time with What's Wrong with Secretary Kim. It was the romcom I I was looking for. Waikiki was a blast. Two hearts for 100M Stars to keep them alive. Boyfriend deserves one because of aesthetic and pacing.

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Secretary Kim was really the rom-com I was looking for at the time, too. It's been a while since we had one that frothy.

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2018 was a bit disappointing to me, since my absolute favorite drama (Prison Playbook) was from 2017 (kinda). So no bean but my heart to you! ❤❤❤
(Also, shout out to Buamdong revenge club and Musaeng! Awesome!!)

What I've watched this year: a pitiful 13!! 😢
Longing heart🥐🥐
Radio romance
Laughter in Waikiki 🥐🥐
Mystery Queen 2 (actually minus one for you 😝)
Misty 🥐
My ajusshi 🥐
Lawless lawyer
Come and hug me
What's wrong with Secretary Kim?
Life on mars🥐
My ID is Gangnam beauty🥐
Life 🥐🥐🥐
100 days my prince
Memories of Alhambra 🥐🥐
(And yes, I rate in 🥐 coz I'm 🇫🇷😁)

Ready to welcome 2019 dramas!! Who is exited for Kingdom!! 🎊🎊

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I actually need to comment on my list to mourn that drama year:
Longing heart: so cute!! To bad nobody watched it! Loved the ending!
Radio romance: 😪😪😪
Laughter in Waikiki: completly LOL 🤣
Mystery Queen 2: whaaaaat??? But whyyyyy??? 😡
Misty: life is pointless
My ajusshi: there is hope in life!!
Lawless lawyer: Lee Junki is still sexy
Come and hug me: His Eyes, his eyes!!😢
What's wrong with Secretary Kim?: so much potential, no story 😩
Life on mars: bromance on fire and relatable lady cop 😗
My ID is Gangnam beauty: surprisingly feminist 👍👍👍
Life: should have been boring, was absolutly gripping 😎💪
100 days my prince: could have been gripping, was a bit boring.
Memories of Alhambra: please don't disappoint!! 😢🙇‍♀️

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LOL at the minus for Mystery Queen 2.

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I watched Longing Heart and thought it was cute! It was decent kind of like Witch's Love.

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I feel like I should have a bean for all the dramas I tried but dropped just so I can give them all to my faves. Alas, three beans it is. I'd give My Ajusshi 90% of all the beans I've earned during my kdrama journey. It was just so good.😭

Just Between Lovers 🥜
My Ajusshi 🥜🥜
Your Honor

2018 proved to be a meh year when I consider how many kdramas I've dropped:
I'm Not a Robot
That Man Oh-soo
You Who Forgot Poetry
Greasy Melo
Rich Man
Come Here and Hug Me
Life on Mars (I'll finish this one day)
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
Devilish Joy
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter

I did watch older kdramas that I extremely enjoyed though. So they made up for all my dropped dramas.😁

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@yongsital I'm glad JBL got 1 peanut!!! 😆

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I'd give it more if I had more! Unfortunately, I can only do so much with 3 peanuts lol.

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@yongsital Precisely why that 1 peanut is so precious and JBL is so valued. 😆

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"I'd give My Ajusshi 90% of all the beans I've earned during my kdrama journey."

@yongsital, this is one of the best expression of appreciation I have seen for My Ajusshi, and I have seen quite a few.

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Hopefully you finish LoM 1 day~ ☺

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@katakwasabi yeah LOM is the one out of that list that I technically just put on hold so I will get to it eventually. I got really busy when it was airing and that's honestly the only reason it was put on hold. .....I saw your JKH watching spree comment though....Smile You💛

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OMg I have only finished 2 dramas this year! LOLL. That's 'my ahjussi' and 'familiar wife', this is hilarious. I will give both the beans to my beloved 'my ahjussi'. Also 2 more beans for my current favorites, Memory of Alhambra, Mama fairy and 1 for clean with passion. If I could I would give the 3 beans to MOA lol.
Coming back to my shameful drama history, these are the shows that I have watched all the way and then dropped the final episode. :S
IANR
Waikiki
my husband oh jak doo
are you human too
30 but 17
life
100 days my prince [T_T]
my secret terrius
fox bride star
100million stars

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I couldn't watch the final episode of 100 million stars cause it was just too painful. :'(

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Watched less than 20 shows. Liked? A whole lot less than last year.. is it me or is it the industry? hmm...

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6 beans and all goes to hundred million stars

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Wow, I checked my list and then checked it twice. I can't believe I completed 29 dramas this year - and that's not counting to.jenny or any of the other cute 2fer shows I watched or the couple that I dropped. Sheesh.
My Ahjussi - 6 (So wonderful)
Live - 5 (really moved me and I loved the OST)
Just Between Lovers -4 (sweet and hopeful)
Life - 2
Come Here & Hug Me - 2
Misty - 2 (It would have been more, except for that ending. What a ride!)
I'm Not a Robot - 2 (solid rom-com goodness)
Mr. Sunshine -2 (epic and so well acted)
WWWSK - 1 (because chemistry)
(I'm loving these, but all unfinished shows are suspect after so many disastrous ends this year.)
Twelve Nights - 1
Boyfriend - 1
Memories of the Alhambra - 1

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@CS Great that JBL gets 4 beans! 😃

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Lol at the first two most loved dramas, My Ajusshi and I Am Not a Robot. They can't be any more different from each other. And it's so interesting to see that recappers (except @girlfriday) either voted for MA or INAR, no overlap.

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I only watched 9 shows that have aired in 2018, but if you count the shows aired in previous years that I binge finished in 2018 the count would probably triple. I'm the worst currently airing watcher, so there go all my beans! I'll stick by the rules though and say that I have 9 beans.

Thirty but Seventeen: 2 --> so adorable it warmed my heart
Life on Mars: 2 --> Jung Kyung-ho always captivates me
My Ahjussi: 2 --> flawlessly written and performed
100MSFTS: 1 --> it was really really good, until it wasn't
Just Between Lovers: 1 --> this just made me love Lee Jun-ho even more
WWWSK: 1 --> a special bean for this uncelebrated drama that I thoroughly enjoyed

(and then special shoutout to Prison Playbook, Chicago Typewriter, and Rebel, 2017 dramas I finished in 2018. I give you three all my beans).

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Started: 32 Shows
Finished: 10 😓

Of course, that's not representative of the older dramas I watched this year, and any Japanese ones that aired... But still, it's evident that I'm picky nowadays.

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Thirty But Seventeen: 4
Miss Hammurabi: 3
Your Honor: 2
Live: 1

If we included dramas from other countries, Unnatural and Hana Nochi Hare would take up a whole lot of my beans.

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Let's see… I'll divvy up 25!

Jugglers 👍🏻
I'm Not a Robot 👍🏻
Just Between Lovers 👍🏻👍🏻
Hwayugi 👎🏻
Woohoo Waikiki 👍🏻
Mystery Queen 2 👍🏻
Live 👍🏻
My Ajusshi 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
You Who Forgot Poetry 👍🏻
Miss Hammurabi 👎🏻
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim 👍🏻👍🏻
Your House Helper 👍🏻
Thirty But Seventeen 👍🏻👍🏻
Life 👍🏻
Fox Bride Star 👍🏻
Matrimonial Chaos 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Happy to Die 👍🏻
Memories of the Alhambra 👍🏻

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Oh I have 25 beans
Inar:7
Mother:6
What's wrong with sec. Kim:2
My Mister :2
Hwayugi:1
Are you human too:1
100 days my Prince:2
Hundred million from the stars :2
Beauty inside: 1
My ID is gangnam beauty :1

I figured out that I dropped a lot of shows this year 😒😔

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Okay, I have 26
Saving that 1 bean for myself ☺

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Very happy to see that My Ajusshi got the majority of the beans, because it is well deserved.
As for me, I would also give all my beans to My Ajusshi. No doubt about it 😉😉😉

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I saw 9 shows in their entirely (including being caught up worb BF and MoA—dropped Pretty Noona at ep 10 and picked up the finale to give me some closure). And I’m still working on Mr. Sunshine which I should finish before the end of the year. So, I should be at ten by the end of the year! That’s the most I’ve finished!

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Oh, and half of mine are going to LIVE. The others are going to Radio Romance, LET’s EAT 3, A Poem a Day, and 30 but 17. I’ll give beans next year to BF and MoA if they end well.

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And if I count To.jenny, I’d give a bean to that one too! So, 11!

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I have at least 30 beans...
31 if you count one show I am binge-catching up and expect to finish tonight.
32 If you count God's Quiz 5, which I didn't see on the list. @mary should it be there????

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Mother would get the biggest pile, then
I'm Not a Robot
My Mister
Alhambra
Live

There a several other shows that maybe deserve one bean, but I'll probably just give more to my favorites.

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Yes! God’s Quiz should count as a 2018 show. :)

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OK, 32 beans and a chance to test my rusty arithmetic and apologize to good shows I forgot above:

19 Mother
4 I'm Not a Robot (not as "good" as Mother, Mister, Live or Mars, but more fun)
3 Alhambra (please don't blow it -- I hate to give beans to shows that haven't finished, just in case *God's Gift*)
2 My Mister
2 Life on Mars
1 Live
1 Terius

There were other shows that almost rated 1 bean, but I'd rather ballot-stuff for Mother. Waikiki didn't make it because rewatchability is a big part of my scoring, and the jokes fell flat when I started a 2nd time.

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Wow, I only have 12 beans this year. I just couldn't get into a lot of the new dramas this year, so I ended up re-watching old drama classics instead (Cunning Single Lady, Witch's Romance, Coffee Prince...). I am also, shockingly, giving most of my beans to two android based shows this year. Are You Human Too came out of nowhere and I loved the plot questioning what really makes us human. Seo Kang Joon nailed both parts to the point where I forgot he was also the evil guys and it was so enjoyable I re-watched it three times. Wait, do I get extra beans for each re-watch?? Hee. If you haven't seen it yet, give it a watch. Bonus is that the ending is quite satisfying. :)
That being said, this is my 2018 list:
Are You Human Too- 4
I'm Not A Robot- 4
Hwayugi : 1 (I would have given more if the last 2 episodes hadn't been so poorly written and they hadn't used such horrible CGI)
Thirty Going on Seventeen: 2
Happy to Die: 1
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty: 1 (and thanks to this show, I also got into Atelier's fragrances. Who says product placement doesn't work? Ha!)

I do hope 2019 has some better offerings, because this is the first year in a loooong time that I just haven't been interested in watching these new dramas, or I would start and then stop halfway through due to crappy characters, story line or both. Fingers crossed!!

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Yay I have 8 beans (more than I expected)
Let's see 🤔
The Guest: 3
Life: 2
Red Moon, Blue Sun: 2
W3SK: 1

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I have 6 beans thanks to these dramas: I'm Not a Robot, Hwayugi, What's wrong with Secretary Kim, Life on Mars, My Secret Terrius, and Boyfriend.

Had I finished Just Between Lovers (don't know why I never came back to the last 3 eps) or if non-2018 shows were counted (like Forest of Secrets, which I watched this year), I'd have gotten 8 beans ahhh

Anyway, here's my Bean distribution:
I'm Not a Robot: 🍓🍓
Life on Mars: 🍓🍓
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim: 🍓
Boyfriend: 🍓

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I have 17 beans, much to my suprise. But my votes are really simple :
The Guest: 6 beans
Live : 7 beans
Red Moon Blue Sun : 4 beans.

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@shach Yay for The Guest!!!

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We gave the same amount for live 🌹 live is at the top of my liat as well 😁

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I don't watch too many dramas because life has me constantly on the run, but may I get a bean for every drama I appear in?
I cannot remember well because of post-traumatic amnesia.
Beanies, help! Which dramas this year have I been in this year?

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About Time was your most memorable performance of the year for me, but your turn in Just Between Lovers allowed you to show another side of your acting abilities.

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I would argue (without having seen About Time) that Switch was the most memorable due to the double truck of doom that made me laugh for at least five minutes straight after I caught my breath.

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You have turned to comedy in Wakiki in a jolly way! You are actually gifted for comedy! I would love for you to use this skill more in the future! :D

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You appeared in Happy You Died, but were defeated by a time loop. Better luck next time. ❤️

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There are not enough beans.

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Although you didn't administer the fatal blow, the Emperor sure made you execute his bad deeds in The Last Empress. Your decked out wardrobe was truckin' awesome too!

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You were so eager to prove your fluency in Czech that you nearly went too far in "Are You Human Too?" with your murderous intent against Seo Kang Joon. No wonder you have PTSD.

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You were in SWITCH and LETS EAT 3!

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I may be mixing up my dramas, but I think I read that ToD worked extra hard to put on a spectacular double performance in SWITCH.

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Double truck of doom! One of the funniest things I saw all year.

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Two beans for this one @sincerelytod!

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29 beans this year. However it is true that I skipped many episodes or fast forwarded many episodes of many dramas but always tuned in for the last episode to know how it all ends. So should I reduce the number of my beans to account for that?

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SAME!!! Same number, same questions.

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Weeeell if we're being strict about it, shows you skipped on shouldn't count.

But this is just for fun so, go ahead and divvy up your beans. XD

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Oh, thank you for your benevolence, Your Highness :-) Now I have so many beans I do not know what to do with them...

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I have 19 beans:
Thirty But Seventeen - 5
My Ajusshi - 5
My Secret Terrius - 3
Player - 3
Mystery Queen 2 - 1
Mother - 1
Memories of the Alhambra - 1 (this one is an investment)
Black Knight - 0
Just Between Lovers - 0
Hwayugi - 0
Radio Romance - 0
My Husband Oh Jak-doo - 0
Come here and Hug Me - 0
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim - 0
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty - 0
The Ghost Detective - 0
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky - 0
Twelve Nights - 0
Happy to Die - 0

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I like your investment

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33 Beans.
Mmmm....

Mmmm...

Mmmm...

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I mean it's difficult because I want to give INAR all my beans. But then objectively speaking My Ahjussi was an exceptional show. And while it's still airing Sky Castle is shaping up to be very good. And I'm enjoying Memories of Alhambra even though it could go off their rails.

How many beans do I give shows like Time and Your Honour that had parts that were really good even if they weren't great as a whole? Or shows like 30But17 and My Secret Terrius that were fun but are never going to be considered objectively good?

Or shows like Greasy Melo that could have been excellent and that I really enjoyed but that weak back half?

Screw it... INAR was the best show of the year for having everything including being a show I enjoy to death.

All the beans to INAR.

Most of the beans to INAR.

INAR gets 15 beans
My Ahjussi gets 10 beans

The others can fight it out for the remaining 8.

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I've noticed, since it was airing, that INAR was really popular but I missed that one. I should really watch it.

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Objectively speaking, My Ahjussi was this year's only 10/10 drama.

But INAR stands apart because it is so rewatchable. It managed to get me emotionally, viscerally and intellectually. It's fun and it's extremely well written (final two episodes notwithstanding).

I know some people have avoided watching it because they feel it's been built up too much. So in the interests of managing expectations, it takes some time to get going with the setup but once it does it really does have so many layers going on. And its breath and depth of female character is much better than your standard kdrama.

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I just realised I have 34 Beans. For some reason, they didn't list Risky Romance as an option and I think this is a vast and unacceptable oversight. I would like to give my final bean to Risky Romance for being unparalleled. There really was nothing else like it this year.

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perhaps the bean should be reserved for the brave subbers who truly added to the Risky Romance experience

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It's embarrassing egads but I'm wrong. Not only did Risky Romance get listed - it got a Bean! It got a @lollypip Bean.

I am excited and proud that another Beanie got to enjoy the full wonder that is this show.

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oh oh, @lollypip is a gem

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A second question for @lollypip!

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Was Risky Romance the show you once called "trashy"? Trashy in a good way?

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My view of 2018 is that stellar acting carried many major shows but could not carry bad plots to a good story finish. I completed 15 dramas but none were perfect as even the good ones had annoying traits and tropes.

Only a third merit votes/honorable mentions.

30 BUT 17. The character development fit the premise and the acting was well done for what I would call a light-romance, but it did not quite stick a happy landing for all.
WOK OF LOVE. I liked the three main characters, especially the gangster with a heart of gold. The show would have been great if it keep the three leads as good friends instead of putting in an awkward love triangle. Besides, a top chef and foodies don't spend their free time at Subway (let's not get off on how bad PPLs were this year).
MY GOLDEN LIFE. This ratings record setter had all the layered story lines to keep a weekender going, and the main family story was good. But I still don't like the plots of a chaebol stalking a nice young woman into submitting to his romantic advances.
SOMETHING IN THE RAIN. The hot chemistry quickly flamed out with the lack of character development and a weak ending. But after watching the BTS and post-series interviews, I can appreciate Son Ye Jin's firm stance during filming that her character was immature, prone to repeat her mistakes, and not grow or change her behavior. And her "character" not her acting was one of the reasons many viewers got frustrated with the series.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM? Another typical office romance but dragged down by the worn childhood "fate" trope. Another forced happy ending but objectively, there were no compelling reasons for them to be a couple. It would have been better if Secretary KIm actually had a chance to live her own life before falling for her old boss.

As for the worst shows from beginning to end:
QUEEN OF MYSTERY 2. The only mystery was why someone green lit a second season.
THE GHOST DETECTIVE. The only saving grace for this show was the acting by Lee Ji-Ah & Heo Jun-Eun as the evil spirit. The plot made no sense with inconsistent or non-existent "ghost rules," the idiocy of running into harm, and the lamest PPLs.

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I was really ashamed of my 29 beans until I realized that dramas I dropped don't count. I can't remember if I dropped some of them, but I'm guessing I really only made it all the way through maybe 10 of those. Lol! But I made it through MOST of a lot of them before drifting away...

Anyway, My Ajusshi gets most of my beans, but I'll save one each for Hundred Million Stars (because hooray for a kdrama having a sad ending, even if it's the WRONG sad ending!), JBL (because Junho is a really good actor! Who would've guessed?!?!) and 30 but 17 (because violin players get a thumbs up from me). :D

I, apparently, am a big fan of the "bummer" show. :D

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I completed 15 new shows in 2018 (plus a handful of Chinese dramas and older K-dramas I binged when I needed to procrastinate). Can I count Fates and Furies which started two weeks ago?

Shows earning my beans met at least one of the following criteria:
□ I loved the story
□ Gorgeous production
□ The supporting cast was brilliant
□ I swooned hard over the ML or OTP
□ The music was addictive

I'm Not a Robot 🥖🥖🥖
Hwayugi 🥖(for the music + Son Oh Gong's pimpin' fur coats )
Should We Kiss First 🥖
Our Husband Oh Jak-doo 🥖🥖
That Man Oh-soo🥖(for the music)
Switch
Miracle That We Met 🥖
Suits
Lawless Attorney 🥖
Handsome Guy and Jung-eum
Are You Human Too🥖
100 Days My Prince
My Secret Terrius🥖
Fluttering Alert🥖🥖
Fates and Furies🥖

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🥖Quiznos sammich, naturally.

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brilliant

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How many C-dramas did you complete @tsutsuloo other than Fuyao?
*continues to lol at your Vengo GIFs*

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@kimbapnoona—I completed three Chinese dramas (approx. 167 hrs) and six movies.

I just checked MyDramaList of completed programs. The Chinese programs in particular represent about 242 hrs. of procrastination at the highest level. I am the worst.

Here’s what I have for Chinese dramas and films for 2018:

3 CHINESE DRAMAS COMPLETED IN 2018: approx.. 167 hrs
Cinderella Chef (2018) 56 Brilliant modern lady chef accidentally time travels back into ye olde Chinese times and meets a dashing spy. Finally a time traveler who complains about the lack of tampons.
Mr. Right (2018) 45. Watched live and broke my heart by going off the rails into a melodrama I wasn’t looking for.
Legend of Fuyao (2018) 66 eps. Watched live and much loved.

6 MOVIES totaling about 9-12 hrs.
A Beautiful Life) (2011) Romantic and bittersweet
Bad Sister) (2014 film stars Korean actor Ji Jin-Hee, who’s chiseled jawline and chocolate abs are too beautiful for words)
Beautiful Accident (2017 remake of the 2015 Korean film Wonderful Nightmare starring Song Seung-Heon and Uhm Jung-Hwa)
Give Seven Days (2014 remake of the Kate Winslet/Cameron Diaz film The Holiday) I’m embarrassed how cheesy this was but it just the right kind of stupid I needed that day
How Long Will I Love U (2018) A bittersweet forced cohabitation/time travel film of the year
Only You (2015 remake of 1994 Hollywood film with Marisa Tomei) Liao Fan is like the anti-Flower Boy. Looks like a thug but gentle and weirdly alluring. Opposite the gorgeous Tang Wei.

I dropped 4 Chinese-language dramas, with 43 hours total invested. Now that I look at the numbers, it's pretty clear I was avoiding some responsibilities.

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@tsutsuloo I have only completed 3 C-dramas as well -Meteor Garden (thanks to Beanies' group watch to snark all the way to the end), Accidentally in Love (super silly but so much cute and heart with a heroine who kicks butt figuratively and literally), and TW-drama Beanie watch HIStory: Crossing Boundary (sweetest BL drama I have watched albeit just a few.)

But I am really curious how many hours I have spent watching C-dramas this year because I felt like I have watched so many more than ever before but dropped almost all of them. Out of the ones I have dropped I consider Here to Heart the most frustrating so therefore the biggest waste of my time.

My favorite C-drama this year is perhaps Ashes of Love because the beginning was just so whimsical and cheeky, and the hero also exhibits the revelatory level of swoon. Sadly midway through the drama turned too melo for my taste so I skipped to the end to watch the happy ending (at least this fantasy C-drama has one!) I might go back to watch the episodes I have missed if the . recaps by . The Problematic of the Unproblematic blog look promising.

The dramas which are currently on hold but I would like to return to are Bloody Romance and Story of Yanxi Palace. I think I would like to check out Ever Night since I really liked the first couple episodes I saw and especially if the reviews are positive for the ending. Also considering watching Meet me @1006 since @egads had recommended it before.

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MyDramaList tracks all the hours and it's shocking. I love my TV stories but I'm gonna to try to read more books in 2019. 😜

I've seen one of those HIStory BL dramas—with @hades, I think. Very refreshing to watch a show where a boy crushing on another boy is normal.

@egads has good taste; she inspired me to put Meet Me @1006 too!Fighting!👊🏽

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HAHAHA @tsutsuloo I think we watched HIStory together on Rabbit 😂

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I have 14 beans.
INAR- 3
Life on Mars- 2
100 million stars- 2
Thirty but seventeen- 2
Come here and Hug me- 1
My Secret Terrius- 1
Are you human too- 1
Red Moon, Blue Sun- 1
Memories of the Alhambra- 1

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Too much dramas : 28
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food 4
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky 4
My Ajusshi 3
Life on Mars 3
Mr. Sunshine 3
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty 2
The Guest 2
The Third Charm 2
Live 2
Misty 1
Voice 2 1

Just Between Lovers, Hwayugi, Woohoo Waikiki, You Who Forgot Poetry, Come Here and Hug Me, Are You Human Too, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Your House Helper, Thirty But Seventeen, Familiar Wife, My Secret Terrius, Fox Bride Star, Beauty Inside, Matrimonial Chaos.

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Not in the list : Return, The Ghost Detective, Investigation Couple, Voice 2

I don't want to judge those dramas for now, because the end can still be very disapointing : Top Star Yoo Baek, Red Moon, Blue Sun, Clean With Passion for Now, MoA, Boyfriend, SKY Castle

One Bean for someone who need it :p

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I watched everything in Mary's list except
The Great Seducer
Let's Hold Hands and Watch the Sunset
Voice 2
Heart Surgeons
Twelve Nights
Shall We Live Together
My Healing Love
Ms. Ma, Nemesis
Priest
which I watched some episodes, but not all.
And I watched Hide and Seek (+ some C-drama and J-drama and drama specials).

Will that make 77 at min? I'd like to distribute 3/4 of my bean counts to
Just Between Lovers
My Ajusshi
Life on Mars
Live
Mr. Sunshine
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky.

And give the rest to-
Memories of the Alhambra
Should We Kiss First
Children of a Lesser God
You Who Forgot Poetry
Miracle That We Met
Come Here and Hug Me
Miss Hammurabi
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
Your Honor
Mistress
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty
100 Days My Prince
My Secret Terrius
Matrimonial Chaos
Red Moon, Blue Sun
An Empress's Dignity
SKY Castle
Mother

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77????? *bows low*

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Ah, when you realize you are 300 comments late to the party! Anyways my count, I will be fast:
I completed 20 shows.
I dropped 25 or more. (Actually some I dropped after ep 10)
I am upto date with 6 currently airing ones.
So I have 26 beans and here is how I give them:
Mother - 5
Just Between Lovers -5
My Ahjussi -5
Live -5
Hundred Million stars -3
One for MoA, Boyfriend and Children of nobody!

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I really need to watch Live and Prison Playbook sometime.

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Definitely highly recomended

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19 beans for me which I want to distribute in this manner:
My Ajusshi: 4
Matrimonial Chaos: 4
Just Between Lovers: 4
Life on Mars: 4
Mistress: 2
Red Moon, Blue Sun: 1

Hwayugi: - 1 million (still haven't forgiven you for that dragon)

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Because of the Hwayugi comment, I'll forgive you for all those beans to JBL XD

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I loved JBL so much that I had a hard time watching anything else while it was on. Really.

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Same. I am not usually that into melo but JBL just sucked me right in.

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One more bean than last year! I think the amount of K-dramas you all watch in 1 yr is more than the total I've watched my whole life haha.

This year I finished Lawless Lawyer, WWWSK, Live and am up to date with the currently airing Coffee, Do Me A Favour.

All 4 beans go to Live!

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i know this site is kdrama. But those of us that plod through and enjoy chinese or taiwanese dramas deserve something, maybe not a bean...how about a red bull energy drink or a medal. A medal for finished drama and a red bull for the dropped one.

one's finished -
Ashes of love - i am a sucker...why was this crack..
Untouchable lovers - what the.... seriously...why, writer nim. why!! Henceforth, the second half doesn't exist.
Fox's summer - strong woman lead character
Oh My general - again strong woman lead character.

Watched most and skipped to end (I think I would've finished these had I watched these first. Cuz I think they are better than Foxs summer or Oh My General or eternal love. But they came later and by that time I was tired. I may pick these up again..)
Phoenixes rising - beautiful. on the whole well acted. strong lead female. love it that she doesn't need constant saving. but too long....did watch the last ep
Legend of Fuyao - well acted. great chemistry between leads. strong female lead. but oh lord....the plot. same problem as phoenix. meandering plot

dropped
Flames daughter - too boring
Eternal love 2 - too nonsensical
Princess agents - forget why i dropped this
Ruyi's royal love - inner palace squabbling not interesting enough
Yanxi palace - the set, the costumes, cinematography so beautiful but again inner palace squabbling not interesting enough
Secrets of 3 Kingdom - no SUBS on VIKI had to stop.

On Hold
Nirvana in Fire 2
Ever Night

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Love your handle for a C-drama connoisseur 😆
Ashes of Love has such cracktastic opening! Too bad the lightness and humor whimpers out half way through the drama otherwise it could have been one of my all time favorite C-dramas.

Cheers to more Red Bull fueled drama watching!

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For Ashes of Love I only watched the scenes concerning the 3 main leads. So..oh look, crazy mom and jealous wannabe girlfriend - skip ...oh look, the demon realm throne struggle-skip ....second love line - skip.

Sometimes this led to some missef plot points but it kept my brain engage cuz i had to infer

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Haha very wise, @lurker. I really like the Demon Princess but her love story just felt boring too me.

I watched the first 30 or so episodes with delight, and then I realized that the show's cheeky tone would not likely return so I just skipped to the last episode for the ending. 😅 At least it didn't end with meaninglessly and tragically like many C-dramas.

Now the Problematic of the Unproblematic blog is recapping it, I am taking pleasures once again reading their hilarious recount of the story!

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I watched 31 Chinese & Taiwanese this year and only dropped a few (Ruyi’s, Phoenixes, Murphy’s Law & Lion Pride) and my favorites are Ashes of Love, Guardian, The Eternal Love 2 and Story of Yanxi Palace( my cdrama of the year hands down).
Fuyao’s first half was addictive (Ashes’ too) but second was draggy and meh. I would have dropped it if not for the leads.

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How is this possible?? 31! you deserve a trophy!!
Keep hearing of gaurdian. Stuck at ep2. I may not be in the mood @the moment.

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There is such a avid and devoted fanbase for Guardian that I really want to pick it back up. Even though I adjusted my level of expectation for the low production value, I still couldn't move pass the terrible CGI after couple episodes.

Fuyao didn't turn out to be the next Three Miles even though the premise sounded epic but the execution failed to deliver. But I was happy that it made me appreciate another fantastic Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan who is all charisma and charm.

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i've been chasing the next Three Mile or the next NIF for the past year. It's unfair to the dramas and to me.

but yes to everything you said above about gaurdian and ethan ruan.

i'll be checking out that blog that you mentioned. thanks

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12 beans. There could have been more but DF shutdown pulled the rug from under me.
Mr. Sunshine – 3 beans for interesting mix of historical references (accurate or not)
Mother – 2 beans for the story sucking me right in. Totally bingeable.
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim – 2 beans for the fun watch even if only for Secretary Kim’s wardrobe…and ponytail
Memories of the Alhambra – 2 beans for the cool mix of old world setting that lasts longer than 1 episode, CGI, and characters
Misty – 1 bean for balancing hot and steamy in a very chaste kdrama world
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty – 1 bean for a peek into the superficial (socially accepted) attitudes of these college kids…AND face palming as I watched
Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food -1 beans for keeping me in the show only to wait for noona’s mom to stuff it
Boyfriend
Greasy Melo
I'm Not a Robot
Just Between Lovers
Hundred Million Stars From the Sky

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Started these and for some reason, still not finished.
Hwayugi
Cross
Woohoo Waikiki
Mystery Queen 2
My Ajusshi
Suits
Lawless Attorney
- Come Here and Hug Me
About Time
Miss Hammurabi
Are You Human Too
Life on Mars
Thirty But Seventeen
Life
- Devilish Joy
100 Days My Prince
- My Secret Terrius
Fox Bride Star
- Beauty Inside
- Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter
- An Empress's Dignity

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