Beanie level: Errand boy

Grown man gets baby shark birthday cake from onscreen girlfriend🤣

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    But he is the “baby” of the cast 🤣🤣 I have to remind myself that he has the acting experience and is the “sundae” in that regard, but Ji Eun is the noona by age irl

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That bubble rice cake look surprised him🤣

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My take on Hotel De Luna

I\’m atheist but I\’m fairly familiar with East Asian religions so nothing in Hotel De Luna is glaringly illogical — only realistically impossible.

The message was ambiguous at first but I think it is clear now: grieve and move on. Weak humans are susceptible to the happiness and sadness that karma brings but are hopeful to have better future lives, if only they keep moving forward. Humans are a mere speck in the cosmos and one lifetime is a mere segment in time of the eternally existing soul.

When people don’t grieve properly they remain stuck in the pains of the past. Man Wol embodies an extreme representation of people not willing to move on. I hope we see that she is rewarded a happier life after she lets go.

Regarding MW\’s time and the tree

As far as I can tell, she started out a spiteful human. We\’ve seen how the mind can manifest an illusory person out of imagination and a curse out of hatred. The tree is her Gyeong Ah and cursed little Mira. Whatever curse she made with that tree, it locked her time as well. In cursing herself she accidentally cursed CM who made a promise to stay with her. The flowers are withering and petals are disappearing as soon as it falls. I take it that her curse is breaking down.

About Chan Sung paying the price for Man Wol:

These past episodes have set up the rule that there is always a party that gains and a party that loses. This is in line with a common East Asian ideology, that intangibles like luck, happiness, blessings, lifespan, etc are finite. It’s all just complex bookkeeping.

Man Wol is told that bad relationships are returning to Chan Sung\’s life because of her. If there is any logic to this, I guess it’s because Chan Sung brought back her bad relationships and made it neutral/better. She brought back his bad relationships but his bad relationships turned worse as an offset, because the positivity she gained is drawn directly from himself. We see a similar case, when the acupuncturist and wife draw down their own lifespan to extend their dying/dead son\’s life.

Chan Sung mentions the leaf that first fell on him and that maybe all the weight of the petals are landing on him. He\’ll take it. So it seems whatever Man Wol needs to gain or lose to successfully crossover, had to come from someone. I now believe our Chan Sung is no more than a person of great fortunes (like the little baby at the restaurant) that Mago feels capable to withstand the junk that Man Wol needs to let go. With no connection to her past, I feel even more sorry for him, having to endure emotionally for no reason. Not to worry though, because his good karma is gaining. His character is like someone becoming bodhisattva.

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    I think you’re right about the overall theme. Grieve or make peace with what’s happened, let go, move on. There’s also an underlying theme of non-attachment to the material world because you have no use for money or possessions once you’re gone.

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    Very well written! I didn’t consider the balance/book-keeping aspect of things, and once I add what you to say to my own understanding of the eternal soul, the drama makes even more sense (to me)!

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      This drama is quite an improvement over their earlier works. Hong Sisters never tried this hard to give sense to their world and characters. I don’t blame the viewers once scarred for thinking all conflicts are forced, like they used to do it. Knowledge of Korean/Asian beliefs helps to understand the logic. That’s why not many knetz are complaining about the plot line, unlike when Hwayugi was broadcasting.

      Not only did they bring in ancient world metas, the contemporary ones are just as interesting. Viewers not paying attention to SK news wouldn’t catch references to molka, cultism, or organized cyberbullying. It’s like me not having a clue that the girl making the dream call is a BTS fan. XD

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        Yup! I remember the many complaints during Hwayugi. I also got lost in what the drama was meant to be, and ended up dropping it.

        I’m fascinated by how different expectations of viewers from different parts of the world can be. Free will, redemption, closure, a “fair and just” god, even equating Mago to God – it’s been fun to read varying interpretations & frustrations, but the show makes sense from an Asian point of view. I’m almost sad to hear this is their best effort. I was thinking I should give Hwayugi a retry, but now that you mention the complaints – yup.

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    I’ll be honest I don’t like this show but strangely I understand the major themes in the same way you do. Why are people so surprised about CS’s price? It’s old fashioned but common. In every old kdrama some Candy meets Jerk and her infinite kindness cures him. This boy is doing the same but his stakes are higher because she is MW.

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      All the suffering in a love relationship is the same deal in dramas. I guess because Mago explicitly tells MW that she is the cause, the pain suddenly turned into something people thought is completely avoidable — but that’s an illusion.

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        Yes and also because MaGo takes away the classic reward, Candy suffers but in the end she gets Jerk Reformed, which is now a Prince, but here CS will go through all the trouble just to let her go. They won’t get to enjoy being with each other as a real couple. Unless they come up with some solution to give them a happy ending which I find very possible.

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          That’s why I think CS will be rewarded a new reincarnated MW, the 404 baby

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            What about the age difference? Unless he starts again too but then he would have no memory.

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            @Lixie
            I don’t think Koreans mind that gap in fantasies. I’m ok as long as they meet when she’s older, not like Goblin.

            They hinted that CS will live a long life. Gotta have some reason for that.

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This scene was best couple scene in ep 12. The teasing of his sex drive and sleeping in her room joke is back. Wonder if they will actualize it?

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\”Hotel De Luna\” Yeo Jin-gu\’s \”Chorangi Tteok\” ad-lib, IU\’s real-life laugh
https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/477/0000202404

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    App translation:

    The scene in which “Hotel Deluna” Yeo Jin-gu burst IU’s “real-life laughter” with a surprise ad-lib in the drama is drawing small attention.

    In the 11th episode of tvN’s “Hotel Deluna,” which aired on Thursday, drew attention when she was spotted bursting into actual laughter, not acting, during a conversation between Koo Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-gu) and Jang Man-wol (IU) who went to eat rice cake soup.

    Ku Chan-seong visited the famous “Jorangi Tteokguk restaurant” where Kim Joon-hyun visited to soothe Jang Man-wol’s mood. Jang Man-wol was so happy that he even wore round earrings suitable for the concept of Zorangi tteokguk.

    Later, amid a tteokguk eating contest, Ku Chan-sung drew a burst of laughter from IU by telling Jang Man-wol, “I’ll eat all this rice cake soup and even its earrings.” It was an ad-lib that was not in the script, and the scene shows IU barely tolerates the instant laughter that pops out of the real world and almost spits out rice cake soup.

    This god almost became a pleasant NG, but the scene remained more natural than any other god because of the realistic smile the two exchanged. After the show, viewers also praised Yeo for her quickness, saying, “I think I’m an ad lib in an earring” and “IU’s smile was real.”

    A source from the drama told the Sportby News on Wednesday that the line “will even eat the earrings” is Yeo Jin-gu’s ad-lib “It’s a scene where the actors actually laughed,” he said. “The first part was in the script, but the back part was in the script, and it was more fun because of the ad-libs.”

    In addition, Hotel Deluna is rumored to have many other ad-libs hidden while viewers are not aware of it. Instead of going as far as 100 percent scripted, the scenes of actors and actresses making them small in the field are making viewers more interesting.

    Meanwhile, “Hotel Deluna” has continued to break its own record by surpassing the 10.4 percent viewership mark (based on Nielsen Korea’s nationwide price-earning households) in its 12th episode.

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      Thank you for the translation! I love to see ther BTS scenes!

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#HDL It wasn’t a joke. CS really is a Harvard con artist after all. He was a bad ass all along. Even Sanchez haven’t seen this side of him and feared for him. He didn’t just talk the bully to leave. He threatened him with a gun and other terms… clearly having gun experience… and kept a smile on his face.🤯 Though it’s not farfetched because his father was living on the edge of society during his primary life. Even Mon Wol was shocked that her “weak” boyfriend confronted the serial killer with balls of steel.

And Ep12 was trolling everyone including Man Wol solely for comedic effect. Writers forgot she can spot a ghost from across the room. Post your rules on somewhere visible to remind yourself.

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    That being said… Chan Sung needs to be on suicide watch after Man Wol leaves… he’s obviously pondering how to follow her😰

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Yea… the firefly… 🍾🥂

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Finally! Done For Me dropped today.

OSTs are sometimes the biggest spoilers. I hope this one doesn’t come true. According to the lyrics…

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#HDL11 The telephone service wasn’t just some random filler. It brought back the father and son that had died of a car accident. The father felt bad that his their mistake ruined the driver’s life. This small anecdote started this weekend’s MW lesson… understanding those left behind in sorrow.

The driver and Sanchez were blindsided by the deaths and had to meet the ghosts to see that death is not the end. They received assurance that the deceased are doing fine and got their closure. Chan Sung is the reverse. He knew that death is not the end and is working for a good separation. However it’s no easier to prepare for it. Man Wol will probably reconsider keeping him around again. Hopefully Chan Sung will convince her that he needs the happy memories and a proper goodbye to survive without her.

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Yea, definitely Jingoo ad-libb.
IU fell right out of character.🤣

I need this bts clip🙏🏻

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A Hallyu super star will be born. Someone that looks just like Man Wol😉.

My guess is Man Wol’s next life just got conceived in 404😈

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#HDL12 will be chopping a lot of onions.

CS: “Don’t be afraid when you leave me.”
Also CS: “… a weak human like me completely immersed in love for you.”

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#HDL11 This episode was all over the place. Made me laugh, cringe, teary, and anxious… And, I really liked it.

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    Chan Sung is really given god’s eyes because his dreams are about everyone and everything, even what Man Wol hadn’t seen. Honestly though, I’ve had enough flashbacks of the past. Cut it out already. Either bring him back now or never.

    I’m gonna die when Chan Sung wears that tiger (actually leopard) pattern suit. Please do it for Sanchez, lol.🤣

    Man Wol to Sanchez: I’ll treat you extra well when you come to our hotel in the future.🤣

    The whole telephone service gave me crazy feels — from laughing my butt off to choking on melodrama.

    The fact that Man Wol had a bubbly rice cake outfit and matching accessories ready cracked me up.🤣 Finally, a date that’s actually a date.❤️

    Wow, a living ex-manager returns — the smart one that made Man Wol rich.

    I know lunar eclipses always bring out the crazies, but this hotel sells the craziest honeymoon suite.

    Death is cute.

    Our poor Sanchez, you don’t deserve this😫.

    Our poor Chan Sung😫, you absolutely know the pain waiting ahead but you’re not a noble idiot — you’re a true Harvard con artist.

    See! I knew Mago wasn’t truly compassionate. It’s all about getting Man Wol soundly out of her jurisdiction and onto the next phase. She’s waited too long and now will try anything. Even hurting Chan Sung to push Man Wol into a vengeful state.😠

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      So, prophecy t8me – will some of our main characters be making use of the phone service? Or the “special” feature of room 404?

      Find8ng it Hard to believe all that was just filler…

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        The phone will be hard to write in, unless Chan Sung takes the pill, it’s not necessary.

        I’m just throwing it out there randomly without any proof… Man Wol’s next life just got conceived in 404😈

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          Lol…I was thinking more along the lines of a CS MW child… but I like your idea better. After 1300 or more years of penance, MW reincarnates as a chaebol heiress…

          The pill is still in MW’s possession… so it is possible that CS will end up taking it some how. Perhaps a sad good by scene…

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“Hotel De Luna Yeo Jingoo” trending #1 tonight.
Omg, What happened?!!!

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Battle: Roar to Victory

That was an intense movie.🍿

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    a true hero, standing up for himself against overly entitled netizen. I hope it doesn’t affect his future career (too much)…

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    I don’t know anything about him IRL but from his response and English in Sense8 I’m guessing he didn’t spend his whole life in South Korea.

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    He did a great job in speaking for himself and his friends. I hope more actors will be like him. I can’t blame the women for not speaking up like that and apologizing instead, since it is still hard to be a women in the Korean entertainment industry and women tend to get more backlash than men. But hey, baby steps!

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#CoL/MT — wtf! This school is more messed up than I expected.

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#HDL is my exotic flavored Lay’s potato chips and #RookieHistorian is my chocolate bar. Can’t get enough.

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At 0:30 IU can’t stop smiling. She’s supposed to be mad 🤣.

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