Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

Just watched Episode 5 of “Romance is a Bonus Book”. Does anyone know the title/artist of the song that plays when they drive home from the beach? It’s so pretty!
The song lyrics: The taste of your eyes ??? with a smile and tears. Little scars, brittle heart, no ??? to one. Here i stand with a golden heart, how I will say. You’re beautiful and I canโ€™t ask for more to me.

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    Yes (BUMP this)
    Need to know the name of the song. Been using software and lyrics search. But it’s seems to be an OST which is a bit surprising since it’s full English but the Kdrama’esk piano intro to the song does make it sound like an original if not faded into another song. So if someone can find the song raw pls share!

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KDrama Review of โ€œThe Bride of the Water God (Habaek)โ€ (#31)
2 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 4/10
Honestly, Iโ€™ve never watched a show with such an interesting premise, but that every week I got to the end of an episode Iโ€™d think out loud, โ€œAbsolutely nothing actually happened in that episode.โ€ I like the lead actor, but the story is a flop. Even great acting skills couldnโ€™t save the plot/writing. Most of the characters are not likable or interesting and the story just dragged on and on with very little at stake, abandoning the audience in a lack of investment. Surprisingly, the finale and conclusion of this show was satisfying.

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    I will forever compare Nam Joo-hyuk’s Habaek to Lee Seung-gi’s Son Oh-gong. The former nailed it, the latter not so much.

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    I really liked some of the OST and some of the scenes were gorgeous. If only they’d developed a decent plot…

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KDrama Review of โ€œSchool 2017โ€ (#30)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 7/10
The thing that annoyed me about this show is how awful, corrupt, and frustrating the entire school system was throughout. I understand that the screen writers purposefully made the school the enemy, but I didnโ€™t like it. There was only one teacher who seemed to actually care and he didnโ€™t do much (an accurate portrayal of teachers was something I loved about โ€œSchool 2013โ€). The X vigilante plotline was fun and Kim Jung Hyun stole almost every scene he was in. It was a sweet show, but lacked the full heart I was hoping for.

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KDrama Review of Iโ€™m Not a Robotโ€ (#29)
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 7/10
This show made me laugh and smile. I thought the premise fun and entertaining and found the lead couplesโ€™ chemistry enjoyable. I found the characters in the show likeable and endearing (even at their worst moments) . The end wrapped up nicely. I appreciated the reconciliation and restoration found within the story.

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KDrama Review of โ€œLast Minute Romanceโ€ (#28)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 5/10
Short Series (2 episodes)
This was short and so I felt like we were missing out on some important developments. Yet, I enjoyed it and was sad when it ended. There were some charming moments and for its conclusion the show left me with a positive feeling inside. The lead couple was great and the storyline unique.

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KDrama Review of โ€œSomehow 18โ€ (#27)
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 7/10
Short Series (2 episodes)
This drama, though only two episodes, plays all the right cords of your heart. It is a story of love, forgiveness, sacrifice, and second chances. The leads were wonderful and the message one of hope amidst much hardship.

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    I wish it had another episode to show them living happily together and what happened to everyone else during those 10 years, main couple had great chemistry and their acting was really good.

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Re-watched “Pinocchio” for the fourth time. It is still hands down the best television show I have ever watched. Amazing writing. Phenomenal acting. Inspiring message. Family. Love. Sacrifice. TRUTH.

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Congratulations to me on my first level up! LOL.
JANG GEU-RAE

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HEY BEANIES!
These are my TOP 10 Favorite KDramas! I’d love it if you could give me some recommendations! Let me know if you recommend them based on my favorites or on your personal favorites! Thanks!

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    You seem to like dramas with an element of fantasy…so maybe Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Secret Garden, or Kill Me, Heal Me.

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      I’ve seen “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”, but neither of the others. I’ll look into them. Thanks for the recommendations!

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        Lee Jong Suk appears in Secret Garden. Just in case you happen to like him. 😉

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          You noticed that, huh? lol.
          Definitely like him and seem to love dramas he’s cast in!

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    Queen In-hyun’s Man? I haven’t finished it but it was wildly popular. Plus I think it’s similar to your other dramas. I might watch it one day.

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    If you liked Weightlifting Fairy, try Hogu’s Love? There are darker issues but the tone is mostly light, and the romance is really cute.

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      LOVED WFKBJ! I’ll definitely look for this one! Thanks

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    I like a lot of the dramas on your list. So I’ll recommend my fave drama, Shut Up Flower Boy Band. Don’t let the name fool you, it is all about the bromance.

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    I’m watching Pinocchio right now! I’m glad to see it at the top of your list. I was worried that it wouldn’t be awesome all the way to the end.

    If you enjoyed Park Bo Gum in MDBC, I recommend:
    I Remember You-bromance, romance, exploration of what makes a person a monster, and Seo In Guk and PBG. Daebak!
    Tomorrow’s Cantabile: Slice of life drama at a music school with PBG as the troubled (and adorable) second lead cello player.

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    Wow. You must be a huge LJS fan. Hmm you seem to like romcom and light-hearted drama, have you tried the reply series? You can begun with 1997.

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      Start with Answer Me 1997, skip 94 then just jump to 88. โœŒ🏻

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      Yes, R1997!

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      LOL. The LJS thing wasn’t intentional, I swear! It just kinda happened, but yeah… it’s a thing now haha.

      I’ve seen people talk about the Reply series here and there. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll look into them!

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    A Lee Jung-suk fan 3/10 😍

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      You noticed, lol. It was never planned, but I really seem to enjoy the dramas he’s in! I think he’s incredibly talented!

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    Radiant Office is there โค๏ธ

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    If you love romcom with some fantasy element – Queen In Hyun’s man who is also comes from the writer of W. This is my fav

    Seems you like Let’s Fight Ghost – Have you tried Master Sun? My fav too.

    Love to see Radiant Office 😊 You should try Drinking Solo & Ms Temper & Nam Jung Ki too.

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      I’ve seen posters for “Master Sun”, but had no idea what it was about. I’ll definitely look into it!
      Thank you for all your recommendations!

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I’ll be sure to post reviews of the ones I watch!

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KDrama Review of “Flower Boy Next Door” (#26)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFeer
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 6/10
When I think of a word to describe this drama the first one that comes to mind is โ€œfluffyโ€. This drama is full of laugh-out-loud antics and memorable characters. Yet, despite its rather simple tale of love and self-discovery, it also has powerful themes of self-esteem, overcoming past hurts, standing up for oneself, and choosing to live a life of opportunity no matter the risk. Park Shin Hye plays the reclusive, quiet writer, whilst Yoon Si Yoon is an energetic and playful video game designer. The two are such a contrast you wonder how they could ever make a pair, but in the end itโ€™s the lessons that they teach one another that brings them together. The supporting cast is fun and warm. Sure, the cinematography isnโ€™t anything to rave about and the story is rather ordinary, but the plot ends like a cute and happy present wrapped in the most joyful wrapping paper with the perfect little bow.
Watched: July/August 2017

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KDrama Review of โ€œCity Hunterโ€ (#25)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 6/10
The action sequences were thrilling and the comedic moments shined. The first half was compelling and cohesive, whilst the ending and second half left me dissatisfied as a whole. Lee Min Ho is so handsome and convincing in this role. Park Min Young was also great, though underused in my opinion. I would have enjoyed it more if the themes of justice and the consequences of revenge were stronger. Overall, it was an enjoyable watch, but it was missing some of the heart it began with when we finally reached the end.
Watched (June – July 2017)

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    even though i rated it much higher (it was like my third drama or so that i watched), with every rewatch i saw the ‘faults’, but i still do recommend it just cause it is still one of those drama’s you should watch once, plus it remains my fav from lee min-ho

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      Agreed! Lee Min Ho is great in this role. There are many things they did well, but I definitely saw room for improvement. I understand what you are saying about early dramas though. I’ve found the first few dramas we watch are always held close out of sentimentality for our introduction to the KDrama addiction, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the comment @siamehta!

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        thanks for replying! ๐Ÿ™‚ also i quite lived the City Hunter OST, there r some really good songs there ๐Ÿ™‚

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          *loved not lived, (am just waking up so typos….)

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KDrama Review of “Radiant Office”
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 8/10
This drama was an unexpected gem for me. Every episode left me feeling happy. It feels like a little โ€œslice of lifeโ€ office story and I loved it. Itโ€™s a tale of perseverance, hope, honesty, learning, growing, and the importance of working hard for the things you care about. For a story that starts out with three young people bonding over their despair and attempted suicide, it actually is full of heart and lightness. The romance was a slow burn, but its simplicity made it all the more precious and heartwarming. It was fragile, cute, and comforting. I love this showsโ€™ message and the bond of the diverse characters was refreshing. This show left me feeling joyful.
Watched (April – May 2017)

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KDrama Review of “The Girl Who Sees Smells” OR “Sensory Couple”
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 7/10
This is my kind of show, I loved it! I adore great writing and stories centered around the creative uniqueness of the hero and heroine’s gifts. The villain is absolutely terrifying (whilst being calm and almost nice enough for you to keep wishing he weren’t the villain). The romance is absolutely precious and heartwarming. The team of police officers, though imperfect and a bit oblivious sometimes, provide an amazing amount of camaraderie and laughs. The moral lessons of compassion, teamwork, and choosing not to return evil with evil is so necessary in our world today. Definitely recommend!
(My only complaint is we never learn all the details of the villain’s motives, but it’s not a hard thing to overlook because the rest of the story shines!)
Watched: March – April 2017

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KDrama Review of “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” (#22)
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 6/10
I have come to find that I truly love shows best where the heroine has this one unique gift and it transforms everything about the story. Bong Soon’s superhuman strength is wonderful and fun, with this actually really great message.
Every week I looked forward to watching this show. I laughed so many times, found myself gripping my blankets during some of the intense scenes, and felt my own heart fluttering a million miles a minute throughout. Park Bo Young as Bong Soon is vibrant, spirited, and so talented. She carries the heart of the show spectacularly. Park Hyung Sik (Min Hyuk) matches her in every way with his adorable quirkiness, tempered by these all-consuming, melting gazes. There is no other way to describe the romance in this show other than show-stopping. The chemistry is REAL. Bong Soon and Min Hyuk are truly destined and perfect for each other. Poor, sweet and wonderful Gook Du (Ji Soo) didn’t even stand a chance.
This is a story about strength, inner and outer. It is also a story about knowing yourself, accepting who you are, and finding your purpose in life. The show preaches love is strength and every personโ€™s purpose in life is to live with loveโ€ฆ for your spouse, your family, even strangers!
(The only complaint I must mention that with the exception of the main villain/kidnapping story – all the ‘side’ plots are dumb. Gangsters, teen bullies, gay assistants, ex-girlfriends, etc. They really just become time-fillers between the powerful and wonderful that is Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s story.)
Watched: February – April 2017 (as released)

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    Wait, how are you able to post such a long post??? I always have to make it 200 words or less.

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      Type it in another document, then just paste it in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Ahhh, yes, I kinda figured that could be the trick. Thanks for sharing, Sarai!

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KDrama Review of “Hwarang” (#21)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 5/10
Ode to the bromance that could have been! I enjoyed watching โ€œHwarang,โ€ but I recognize that the writing was lacking and hurt the show in the long run. The show just couldnโ€™t seem to decide what it wanted to be, but it was filled with talent! Park Hyung Sik as Ji Dwi, the faceless king of Silla, totally stole my heart in a big way (#secondleadsyndrome). I was more invested in Ji Dwi and the main character Sun Wooโ€™s friendship than either the romance or the political intrigue. One of my disappointments will always be that their story wasnโ€™t fleshed out as well as it should have been. The boys in the Hwarang were fabulous and my favorite moments in the show was any and each time they were together. Costuming and cinematography is VERY pretty for viewers (not to mention so. many. attractive. men.). I can appreciate the message of this show: Donโ€™t ever give up and always do what you believe is rightโ€ฆ even if the whole world says you should.
Finished: January 2017 (as released)

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KDrama Review of “Heartstrings” or “You’ve Fallen for Me” (#20)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 5/10
I wanted to watch this because I was among the fans of “You’re Beautiful” who had a major second lead syndrome hangover for Jung Yong Hwa. It was youthful and fun. Park Shin Hye is cute as always. The plot line itself could be rather slow and boring, but the characters make you stay through to the end. Technically, they could have ended it at 13 episodes and it would have rounded off well. Shin has these moments that are boyfriend goals and I am jealous, lol.
Finished: January 2017

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KDrama Review of “I Hear Your Voice” (#19)
5 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
Fantastic characters that felt so REAL… a unique and beautiful love story spanning years… universal and timeless themes of honesty, love, sacrifice, forgiveness, and rising above your tragedies… high stakes that will have you chewing all your nails off in anticipation… engaging writing that draws you in… memorable laughs and heart-wrenching tears… I loved this show! To quote a Dramabeans rating: “The noona romance to end all noona romances.” I would recommend this show to any and all viewers as one of the top KDramas in history.
P.S. Between this show and “Pinocchio” (same writer) Lee Jong-Suk has become my ultimate KDrama crush! He’s brilliantly talented and so. darn. Handsome.
Finished: January 2017

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KDrama Review of “1% of Something” (#18)
2 out of 5 stars on Drama Fever
How much I enjoyed it: 4/10
How I rate it: 4/10
“1% of Something” was recommended to me quite highly. however, it ended up being not as good as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I just personally felt like it was too “soap opera-y”, petty and dramatic, with no real high-stakes. It moved too slow. The cast was nice and it has a feel good happy ending that most people will likely really enjoy, but it just was not one of my personal favorites.
Finished: December 2016

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KDrama Review of “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” (#17)
5 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 10/10
How I rate it: 10/10
I really canโ€™t rave about this show enough. Itโ€™s heart-warming and so full of life. The heroine is one of my all time favorite characters. This show made me laugh hysterically so many times, yet delved into some deep, relatable struggles. It is the most pure, feel-good, coming-of-age story Iโ€™ve ever watched. The acting was superb, whilst the subject was so unique and exciting. I actually feel honored having been able to watch and be a fan of this show. I love at the end of it the message was really to embrace your youthโ€ฆ despite the clumsiness, mistakes, and fear of the unknownโ€ฆ because that really is what makes life beautiful. The friends to lovers storyline was executed flawlessly in my opinion. I cannot rave about this show enough. This definitely makes top 5 KDramas ever.
Finished: January 2017 (as released)

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KDrama Review of “Sweet Stranger and Me”
or “The Man Living in my House” (#16)
2 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 5/10
This show started off really interesting, then got angsty and, to be honest, kind of boring. I watched until the end, but really lost interest over half-way through.
Finished: December 2016 (as released)

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    I’m really biased towards this drama. I liked most of the characters and the story. Surprisingly liked Kwon Duk Bong (Lee Soo Hyuk). Could have cut it to maybe 14 eps or something.

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      I really did WANT to like it! I think you are right, perhaps cutting it shorter may have made it stronger.

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    Agree with your review. Though I dropped the drama in the latter half 😂

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      Hehehe, me too! It started off well then it just began to drag and I really couldn’t care less about the characters so I gave up half-way.

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