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Hello beanies! Have a happy and relaxing weekend ?

Currently enjoying Cheese In The Trap so much. Cant believe that i fell in love with this after watching first two episodes only ??

Still loyal to I Have A Lover , since i have invested too much emotion on this drama ? still going good. Do Hae Kang is my ultimate woman crush. She is badass female lead, and also bold, elegant ??

Read the news that my Seoun already left fantagio. I pray this girl find her new agency which will help her finding a great project. May 2016 bring luck for her career ??☺

Take care guyss and see u around!

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KHJ portrayal of the twins is simply amazing! feel like she's playing 3 characters and each of them is so different, can't help but tune in:)

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First week back to work after three weeks off - it's been tiring!

"Six Flying Dragons" is continuing to be awesome and c-drama "The Disguiser" is an awesome spy adventure.

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I've continue to hear good things about The Disguiser. I'll have to check it out.

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This week I just started on Cheese In The Trap and The Merchant Gaekju/Master of Trade.

At first I didn't intend to watch Merchant yet since I normally don't watch 2 sageuks at the same time. But while waiting for new episode of SFD (which is still awesome btw), I decided to give Merchant a try and surprisingly loving it!

I guess the best thing about Merchant is we really don't know what's going to happen next, since the story is not based on real history. And I guess it's refreshing too that for once, a sageuk does not focus on the politics (king).
And of course it's a plus point that we have Jang Hyuk and Han Chae-ah. I adore them!

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shortest fairy tale: started watching Six Flying Dragons. Morning arrived.
I hadn´t found a way how to approach this dish, for one, being afraid I won´t really understand the whole history behind it, and two, that they would try to make it too grandiose, too over-the top. Somehow, recaps, too, had had an opposite effect on me, it seemed unappealing through them. But I should have just jumped in head on and thought about the "what if´s" later.
It is really solid, although I am not obsessed or fanatical like I was with some other dramas. But it has well-built characters, good to great acting, steady quality... the male characters carry this show, but still, my favorites are the female spies! How awesome is that organization? not looking at whose side they are on or what they benefit, but just the idea of a house-load of bad-ass girl ninjas is worth all the thunder. And intelligent girls too - not that that in itself is anything rare though, cause women ARE intelligent, period. But intelligent combined with courage and determination, without hesitation, at a time ruled by male warriors... and men, who actually respect that intelligence? Who actually let the women use it? in a kdrama? wow. Girls who analyze and calculate and give the guys scoldings when they get all puffed up. I love that. Looks like my new years´ drama wishes were already partly fulfilled in it. Except Cho Young, she does have authority, but she doesn´t seem as witty as the other gals.
also with the mentor- student relationships, my other new years´ wish for dramas has already been fulfilled, and there are many, but it is reciprocal. They are all each others´students and mentors. Although the balance between them is messy and unsteady, cause at one point one is seen as a mentor, another moment the follower might become an enemy.I felt slightly bad for Teacher Hong, when Gil Tae Mi died and he said that he was a good kid as a child. The teachers´ work and hope, and when the student grows up to be so evil...yet he is still your student. You are still The Teacher... It is hard to explain, but I can imagine it. But now reading the latest recaps, people are saying Teacher Hong is suspicious. well, we´ll see.
There is not a single pointless character, and they are all well fleshed-out. Every side character has a purpose and presents a different side of human nature in the show. I am glad to see Lee Ji-Hoon here, who I took notice of in School 2013. And Min Sung-Wook! I have gotten so used to this guy being everywhere that if the next drama doesnt have him, I´ll feel weird. I have reached ep 19 so far, not trying to marathon, on one hand, it is not easy to swallow all at once, on the other hand I want to give them enough time before they turn into...something else.

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so far, a solid 8/10 for me. why not 10 is that I still don´t exactly route for anybody fervently. I feel like I am just observing and letting things happen, but not emotionally involved in their struggles, maybe cause there are so many characters and it feels like a real society, I feel like I am just one of the citizens who somehow gets an insight of the turning wheels. I don´t even have a favorite character, they are all too ambiguous to be their fervent fan. Or maybe Yeon-hee...she is a toughie. I am glad to have something well-produced to watch.

I dunno what I think of the preview for Reply 1988... I don´t understand the translation, but at least Taekie seems to be all right. He walked around and talked to people. That´s all that matters.
Did you hear Lee Dong Hwi is dating? That´s awesome, he seems to have a similarly fun personality as his character. I bet he is a great boyfriend, especially because he went straight for honesty and openness.

QUESTION:

if you had to list drama characters you got most emotionally involved with (not just from this year), on a scale of 1 to 15+ alpha, who would you list and why did you get emotionally involved? was it a positive or negative kind of attachment? did you like them so much you kept thinking back to them, or did they make you so angry that you couldn´t enjoy the show without cussing? or did they just make you endlessly curious so much you could die? not about your favorite characters, but someone who had a big impact on your emotions. I´ll think about my own list later.

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redfox -

Welcome to the Six Flying Dragons viewership!

It is one outstanding drama. I hope you continue watching and enjoy it as much as I have.

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Since there's no year restriction

Bidam: 15+ Queen Seon Deok - It was mostly both feeling, I just relate to him a lot. I feel him, his frustration, his anger, his love, his loneliness, his goal, his regret and his wish. I kept thinking every time I saw Saeguk like "oh there was Bidam once upon a time in Shilla". I was grieving 1 week after 1st time watching it in real weekly update- it happen when I was in high school-
I recently re-watched it (like every year after disappointing by saeguk) and Bidam still hold a very special place in my heart.
for 6FD - I need to wait after it ends, ending is important

Chilbong: 15+ : Reply 1994 : Okay I knew it was bait, but chilbong's life in the drama are only najung and baseball and both turn out no like I expected. Chilbong resonance to my self, his confidence, the rejection, the confession, every thing he did is just a simple attitude looking for answer, until this day It ain't over until it's over

Nakatsu(Ikuta toma): 15+ Hana Kimi : he just wonderful character, I love every thing about him and I feel his character, as long as he is happy, it's enough

Sibling in Graveyard of fireflies: 15+ I give my heart to them

Yakusuke: 14+ Okitagami Kyoko : He is the memorandum, love his bad fate and his change behavior, will be 15+ if it gets 2nd season

7 personality of cha do hyon: 12+ I feel really sad when they're leaving I really curious about what exactly gonna happen if they still there, I mean they no necessarily bad for Ri Jin anymore

Kazuo Kikuta: 10+ Strawberry night: to do a great job and looking for her from apart,

and my ultimate Hisoka: 100+ well I am a fan
hope it's not too much, I think I forget a lot of things at this moment

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SFD: Yeah Actually I like the non-history parts the most in SFD (like 3 young dragons, all intel-selling groups, Swordsmen, and WTH is Noname/MooMyung?)

"Did you hear Lee Dong Hwi is dating?" Yes, a model. I mentioned I lol-ed when he received the best dresser award. But now I know there was a reason (Girlfriend is model)
Reply 1988: Production team is upset with all the spoilers flowing around and now talking about possible law suits. There has been spoilers about Duksun and her husband (like Duk-sun becomes a stewardess, and Jung-hwan becomes a pilot etc).

Most impressive characters? Even with decades of drama watching, I do not have many characters I went ga-ga over.
The ones I can think of-
Bi/Rain in Sangdoo, let's go to school
Jo Hyun-jae in DaeMang/great hope
Kim Myung-min in Immortal Yi Soon-shin
Ji Jin-hee in DaeJangGeum
Byun Yo-han in SFD

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.."if you had to list drama characters you got most emotionally involved with.." This is probably more to do with memorable performance.
(Don't judge me. I love veteran actors who are as old, or older than my dad lol).

Jung Bo Suk: Love - King Gongmin (Shin Don). Hate - Jo Phil Yeon (Giant).
Song Chang Min: Love (Shin Don).
Seo Jin Hye: Love-Queen Noguk (Shin Don).
Kim Myung Min: Hate -Jang Jeon Hyuk (White Tower), Love -Yi Sun Shin (Admiral Yi).
Han Suk Kyu: Love - King Sejong (Tree with Deep Root).
Song Joong Ki : Love - King Sejong (Tree with Deep Root).
Honorable mention lol:Love - Warrior Moo-hyul (Jo Jin Woong).
Ahn Nae Sang: King Jeongjo (Conspiracy in the Court).
Moon Geun Young: Shin Yoon Bok (Painter of the Wind). Empress Myeongseong (The Last Empress).
Go Hyun Jung: Mishil (Queen Seon Deok).
Eom Tae Woong: Yoo Shin Huk (Ressurrection).
Kim Sun-A: (Kim Sam-Soon).

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aah Mishil , Love her but I do afraid of her too
I choose Bidam.. so HUG

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yeah, the women in SFD are pretty strong characters. And the complications and political scheming is downright understandable.

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I love your description for badass female character in SFD, they are all oh-so-awesome, aren't they?

Anyway have fun with the rest of episodes, redfox! :)

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I just finished Oh My Venus and don't have any idea what to start next. Love to watch 6 flying dragons but not sure how stressful is it (guess pretty much :( ).

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a little. but then there is Moo-Hyul the giant dork.

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haha That was a good encouragement

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Maryan -

I don't know if Six Flying Dragons is stressful .... but I do know it's fantastic!

Give it a try and see what you think. Happy viewing!

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yup I can guess it's fantastic. I think I would give it a try in a little while.

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Hi beanies! I just wanted say that im hungry for kdramas! I have my 10th grade boards right now and i havent watched any kdrama since 8 months!!! Im dying! The last drama i watched was protect the boss which was so cute! I need to catch up on dramas and fast! I havent watched many 2015 dramas! Lat me just tell u one thing! I havent watched healer yet! I think that pretty much sums it all up!
Also i heard somewhere that park shin hye is considering a new kdrama for 2016. Can u tell me if its true or not? I'll get so excited if its true!!!!!

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if you watched protect the boss, you should watch Kill Me Heal Me. It has Ji Sung, and you´ll get not 1, but 7 of him. If Shin Se Gi and Ahn Yo Na don´t get your kdrama train moving, I don´t know what will.

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Park Shin-hye got an offer (not confirmed) for the lead role in the new drama Female gangster HaeJung (or Doctors)
which to be aired after SFD.

and how about starting with Healer then, and KMHM. And for cute ones, there are Sassy go go, Twenty again, Oh my ghostess, She was pretty, Splash Splash love etc.

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Reply 1988. That is all

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+1, lol!

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Me too.. In a bit of a drama slump right now. Not finding anything interesting out there so only watching Reply 1988. When it's over, I'll have zero dramas for the first time in a few years.

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Praying to god that Lee Minho comes back to the Dramaland ends his movieland affair. the screen is dry, we need him back

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I wouldn´t mind a sequel to Faith. cause the only thing that truly disappoints me in Six Flying Dragons is.... WTF General Choi is supposed to be tall and look like Lee Min Ho, I will not play this game, get lost, shortie, I will never accept you. NEVER! *throws a tantrum* thats not what he is supposed to look like.

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I keep hearing about Choi young is in Six flying dragons. perhaps I should check it out

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:D +1000

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Yes, that old general is jarring to the psyche. I'd love to see Lee Minho & the Woodalchi again.

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I'm probably the only one who prefer SFD's old general Choi over Lee Min-hoo. I couldn't finished Faith because I thought he was so wrong in every way. Choi Young was supposed to be old. I guess I'm too much of a history geek lol.

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he is not old in the time frame of Faith. He is still a young warrior there, in his 30ies.

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That's true. I'm getting the timeline between the two dramas mixed up. That's why I can't handle 2 sageuks at a time lol.

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superfox, that is my dilemma with 6FD, the portrayal of Choi Young and where is Court Lady Choi, his amazing martial arts aunt? Well, all I Know about Korean history I learned in kdramas and Choi Young in 6FD is no Lee Min Ho.

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with the attitude shown in SFD, they would even have court Lady Choi murdered. Although it would be a failed attempt because, c´mon! it is Lady Choi!
I don`t care, even if this Choi Young is more accurate historically, the Faith Choi Young is the image I prefer, MY original, cause that is how I learned about him in the first place. Besides, heroes SHOULD be beautified a little, to make our mind more willing to wander into the past.

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You have way with words. well said

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I'm sory, but that's a tad too shallow. SFD is already full of "flowerboys", the few veterans are a fresh breath of air.

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I dont mean a flower boy at all. I just always had the impression he was a tall man. I have nothing against the veterans whatsoever. beautify doesnt mean a flower boy for me.

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I have a few favorite Choi Young before Faith came along and they were always older actors. That's how I picture him in history too.
Lee Jiran was the only warrior to be described in history as physically beautiful. He is not as beautiful in SFD but I like his rugged looks. He is believable as warrior.
I made a comment in earlier episodes about Lee Min-ho being his descendant.

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To each his own.

I need Seo In Guk back.

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I need seo In Guk in Reply 1988... but then his bromance with PBG was on a different station.

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Yes please!

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He need to be back as badass, like Captai choi or City hunter cause I really feel his character in that kind of role

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I agree action drama.. he has to change things up. but yet again he hasen't done anything non-action once for the last six year.

City hunter, Faith, Gangnam Blues and Bounty Hunters are all action.

He needs to continue that routine drop all these rom-coms for while. Action drama for him is a most would definitely like Jun Ji-hyun opposite him this time around and hope that they give her a strong female who's also action expert

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You forgot about Heirs.

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SOMEBODY TELL ME WTF HAPPENED IN LOVE ME IF YOU DARE. WHAT. WAS. THAT. ENDING?!
Other than that- loving Cheese in the Trap.
Also Remember needs to come back on my screen. Curious to see how it goes.

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I meant Remember finally came back to my screen lol

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Meow ~

Love Me If You Dare started out ok and then about 1/2 way through it went to crap. Seemed like a different writer, disappointed how it transitioned.

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Yes the ending of Love me if you dare, you are absolutely right. It was a fantastic show, don't get me wrong.

The ending. Did they try to signal that there will be a season 2? Was that Alan? Was it so hard to just give them a happy ending without any ifs... or did they simply want to mess with people watching it???

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Oh, I had a definite "How's Annie?" moment with the stare in that ending (google it if you don't get the reference). It was kind of...jarring. But I'm sure it was supposed to be open to interpretation. In the novel it was pretty clear that Alan wasn't a real second personality.

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I have to agree what was with the ending? Also was anyone else disappointed with the acting of the villian in the finale. He just wasnt good as the others.

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Omg YES, that ending!! So awesome!!

I really enjoyed Love Me If You Dare...yes, about 3/4 through the plot wasn't as speedy as the rest but the final episode was pretty awesome!

Man, i want to watch everything Wallace is in now!

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Hi beanies, hope your new year is good so far, mine has drastically become better with cheese in trap,i can't remember the last time a first episode made me so estastic from the get go, i waited till 3am for the 2nd episode to be uploaded i dozed off a bit but my need for the upload overcame any sleep. You would think i was back in college studying for an exam.
This is what i need to know, where can i continue reading the webtoon, so far on the webtoon app, its upto season 2 episode 36 chapter 83, and with them uploading one episode per week, i will complete it in 2019. i now see the appeal of webtoons, so please also recommend some clean favourites .

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Cheese in the Trap totally wow-ed me! I'm looking forward to so much moreeee!

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Happy New Year everyone!! Here's to hoping 2016 will be a better year KDrama-wise.

Recently watched Splish Splash Love! OMG the feels! The cuteness! UGH the feels overload! That series made me cry too damn much for a 2 episode drama special. I think it was the kick in the butt that i needed cause now m ready to dive back into kdramas. I think m gonna start with some of the goodies from 2015.
Up next on my list is Punch... heard pretty good reviews about it!

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OMG -

Punch is excellent. Definitely a 2015 goodie!

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+1

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Is Youth Over Flower available in english sub yet?

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I need to know that too. There was a page of Youth Over Flowers Iceland in Dramafever but there were no episode plus the year was 2014, so I doubt they will sub it.

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I hope someone who knows read this too. I need even before the recap, huhuhu with or without subs. I'm that desperate.

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Did you google? Someone mentioned http://www.ondemandkorea.com

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I did but unfortunately it's not available in our country ???

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I think a lot of us enjoyed the first two episodes of cheese in the trap. It is that good. There was something fresh about that two episodes. So I'm now giddy, excited about the next 14 episodes.

Though I'm sort of cautious on how the show will manage to exceed the awesomeness of the first two episodes. Bring it on!!!

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Happy New Year, fellow beanies. My first post in OT.

Really looking forward to AM 1988 back this week and next, but NOT looking forward to it ending next weekend. Had no intention of watching, but ended up LOVING it.

Jang Yeong Sil - just starting this week and gave it a try for Song Il Gook, my very first kdrama crush many years ago in my first kdrama & first saguek EOTS. First two eps were solid, so anticipating another greak saguek from SIG. (I think he's just awesome in sagueks!)

Cheese In The Trap - watched it just to see what all the hype and excitement was about and was totally sucked into the mystery and intrigue of the characters. All actors are doing a great job so far - seems like casting was a total success. (This coming from someone who knows nothing about the webtoon & history.)

Oh My Venus - Enjoyed this rom-com. Liked how they handled the weight loss issue, loved chemistry between So Ji Sub & Shin Mi Na - very cute together. KWB is a lucky guy... Lots of plots holes, not tons of substance, but feel-good, and more realistic in the adult relationships. Was a fun one.

Thanks for 2016 getting off to a good start (except for this lousy cold I caught from visiting family at New Years, ah well...)

Have a blessed 2016!

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Oh yes, and can't forget Splish Splash Love! Cuteness overload packed into 2 fun episodes. LOVE Yoon Doo Joon from Beast & Kim Sul Gi - so much chemistry together. Hope they act in more shows together in the future!

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maybe I should start Jang jeong Shil too, but I feel like I will get too distracted from SFD plot

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I agree on 2016 getting off to a good start -1988, SFD, CITT, remember etc. And we have tons of pre-produced shows coming in our way- Descendants of the Sun, Uncontrollably Fond, Hwarang: The beginning, SaImDang, BoboGyungSim: Rye- Most of them are big budget with halryu stars as leading roles, and will air in Korea and China at the same time.
Pre-production shows have not been successful so far, but They say this is the way to go because live-shoot reached its limit and needed to attract the Chinese market.

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Hi Everyone! ....... I hope you are all doing well today.

Watched this week:

Six Flying Dragons - I've watched up to the episode of the black horse/white horse situation. ....... This drama is simply outstanding.

Remember - I've only watched up to episode 4 and things are quite interesting already.

Oh My Venus - I just don't understand the girl who's constantly after Korean Snake. Seriously, what's the point of having her appear in this story?

That's all for now. ....... Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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Happy new year, korfan!

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Carole -

Happy New Year to you too!

May we have more great dramas in 2016!

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Yes. Keeping my fingers crossed for Signal.

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Me too (because of great casts).

btw on Remember: Currently it has highest ratings among W-T shows, and they say the show is popular among male audiences (which is different from usual drama watchers). Highest % was male in their 50's. (next- male in 10's, next- male in their 60's). Wonder what is pulling them in?

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Men like the fugitive vibe ..plus the cast is primarily men. Powerful men at that. Wonder if it was the same way with Two Weeks?

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Hehe just wrote this today if y'all would like to check it out
http://kultscene.com/annas-top-5-k-dramas-of-2015/
haha i gathered my opinions about the dramas mostly because dramabeans kept inspiring me so kudos to you guys! also just watched ep 7 of remember,can't help but feel worried about how the momentum is gonna last for 24 episodes...i sure hope the writers have something planned and pls YSH stop crying my heart is already broken

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You choose all around type drama
thanks for Sassy Go Go,
Nice List!

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well written! cheers!

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Hi beanies!

So i did some catching up with Mask and High Society (which in didn't finish for obvious reason). I was too caught up with I Remember You to care for any airing drama at that time.

I regret that i ever watched High Society. I won't rant on it further. LOL

So i'm finally watching Ojakgyo Brothers. Or you can call it a rewatch because i did watched a few episode before but never follow it from the beginning till the end due to my cousin constantly bugging me about it. It reminds me of Smile, You which is super good for a family weekend drama and it kind of washes me off from all bad residual feelings i have for Uee in High Society LOL.

I blame the writers in High Society. Enough said.

Mask, is just so-so but i still finish it.

For JDrama i just finished From 5 to 9 which totally works for me when i switch off my brain. A rom com good for laughs definitely.

Will start on Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku soon and despite the casting (weirdness) of Moon Lovers, i will still be following it just to see how it turns out. Please, give me some pleasant surprise drama!

-End rants-

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5-->9 is just for enjoying things, I love it, just because it's fun, some part is weird but it's not like it's big deal, yei! she loves him, that's all that matter

I just finish Okitegami Kyoko last week and I loved it, hope you can enjoy it too

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Happy OT and Weekend to All!
Are we already into the 2nd week of January?... well yes if we take 7 days after the first of Jan to be the next week!

Thoughts on a few shows...

Minor SPOILER?

Cheese in the Trap - Alluring. Engaging. Different in a slightly alarming or ominous way and fun to watch so that we get to guess is he or isn't he, but mostly why is he, and is her gut feel right or is she just reading too much into situations. I feel like I'm the cheese together with her! It's an amazing blend of normal school/college life-cum-mystery, cum-romance-cum-unsettling and even scary. Might it be said to have a bit of the 'du Maurier's Rebecca' feel to it? Anyway, I'm hooked by the mystery to be unraveled.

Reply 1988 - This show feels like a smooth ice-cream with a surprisingly tangy after taste. Goes down slowly and comfortingly and still give me a little surprising burst of flavor at the end. Still loving it!

Web-dramas - Since I wanted something short, quick and easy to digest.

The OK ones were Secret Message and Be Arrogant. Thanks to the Beanies who recommended them! They were interesting and coherent and had a proper development and ending and were pretty satisfying to watch.

The not entirely a waste of time ones were EXO Next Door, Noble My Love and Her Lovely Heels. They could have been less tropey and have had more character development but at least they were enjoyable and not too frustrating, which was what I was looking for.

More a waste of time shows were A Better Tomorrow (but at least it had a little message for overcoming fear and some ok songs), Vampire Flower, Dream Knight. I did not necessarily finish them or watch every minute, short though they were.

Re-watched Sassy Go Go in bits. It soothed my nerves and made me feel happy! :)

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Secret Message is good? Someone said it was boring. I should try it? Thanks.

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@ Carole McDonnell

I guess it depends ... on the one hand, if we consider that the whole 'relationship' thing was 'remote', and there were long pauses in action, it might seem boring. But it had an eclectic arty mood to it and there were messages interspersed in the things the individuals did... might not be all that secret LOL! except their message! It helped that TOP was enigmatic and Juri Ueno so very watchable. :)

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uhm.. sounds almost meditative. thanks.

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You should see One Sunny Day if you haven't yet, it is better than The Secret Message and Noble My love, at least according to me. Though I thought that the leads lack a little chemistry but the shows pace is good and its only 10 episodes. Plus I think web dramas have lesser budget than dramas which is pretty visible but One sunny day managed to not make it that apparent compared to the other web dramas I've seen.

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@ KoreanDrama
LOL! You beat me to it!!!
Yes! I just came back to say that I forgot to mention i did watch "One Sunny Day" and it's very good. Very simple premise, well focused and sweet romance. Worth the watch!

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This was a two-episode mini drama (webdrama?) but I loved AoA and Daniel Choi in Waiting For Love.

bts, where is Daniel Choi these days??

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I forgot that, August, you're right. Darn, another year and a half. I really like him.

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@ owl

Yes, One Sunny Day was only 2-episodes long. So Ji Sub looked super young in it although it was dated 2014. He brought a totally different feel to this character, unlike that of Young Ho in OMV, and was more likeable from the start. I even liked the chemistry between him and Kim Ji won more than that between him and SMA.

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Waiting For Love was only a drama special (KBS) but it was a really thoughtful, comparatively modern look at relationships.

BoA and Choi Daniel did great, but I remember being particularly impressed by the second leads - Im Shi-wan and Kim Ji-won brought a lot of nuance and dimension to roles that could have been just throwaway tropes/obstacles for the OTP (the cute puppy who's not quite right for our heroine/ the bitchy second lead who can't detach showiness and materialism from love). This was right before Heirs and I remember thinking they'd go far if they got a shot at the right roles - and well, along came Misaeng. (I'm still waiting for KJW's big lead-role break).

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@GB - I can absolutely identify with the rewatching of Sassy Go Go as a palate cleanser from otherwise disappointing drama landscapes!

I wish I could make myself do this more when the current dramascape disappoints me (revisit older dramas). I'm still saving Giant for a particularly bad spell.

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Yes, disappointing is the word. After the hope with the good beginnings ... I wonder if show makers actually do not care about viewers. Ever so often do not seem to keep up the standards and the strength of story, after getting us hooked. I feel like I've been manipulated and cheated, somehow.

Another show I'm saving is Splash Splash Love. Short and good and puts me in a good mood!

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yeah, Sassy Go Go and Splish Splash Love pretty much saved the end of the drama year for me. What an unexpectedly fantastic pair of dramas, it's the rv equivalent of having a really so-so meal but then being presented with two really amazing desserts at the end to finish off.

(I also enjoy Answer Me 1988 but it's not quite in the 'will revisit' league)

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Reply 1988 can only be revisited in small mouthfuls. Can't possibly watch each episode in full again!!!! I have to make a note of only the little segments that are fun to watch again and just go for those. :)

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Hello all,

Winter has finally hit upstate New York. Am in need of veggies so I might venture out into the frozen tundra. Other than that, am working on a new novel for a mobile app and have fallen in love with my villain (as usual)

Dramas:

My impatience with All About My Mom is making me feel my drama-ideas is waaaaaaay at odds with Korean ahjumma tastes. Its ratings are so high in Korea and I'm like... seriously??? The bugaboo of "don't be horrible to your elderly parent coz they might die anytime out of the blue" is just too much when it comes to these weekend family dramas. I mean it worked with "What's with my family" which was sooooooo good! But this.. wow! The kneejerk drama tropes and the weird out of the blue complications! I am seriously annoyed.

Okay, rant over... I think.

I'm still weirdly interested in "All will be well/Everything is alright" and am waiting for episode 90 to pop up so I can actually watch and see how it all comes out.

Cheese in the Trap: Am interested in this one. Probably because I might be needing a good rom-com.

Remember: This is one of those shows where all the main and secondary characters are sooooooo good but the story is kinda typical. My sweetie Namgoong Min is just so good at being bad. I'm hoping all the underlings -- of the good and bad guys-- are gonna save the day. Why did Dad suddenly start to kinda sorta gain his memory?

Six Flying Dragons: Wow, i'm learning all kinds of history now. And watching it while watching Jang Yeong-sil with its guilt-stricken king is such a fun historical balance. I love the narrator in Jang Yeong-Sil; I think I've recognized her voice..and love the history culture thing at the end of each episodes. These two dramas have gravitas up the wazoo, or at least up my wazoo.

Sweet Savage Family: Another rant (I thought I was finished) but I am so annoyed at the sure-as-heck-it's-coming forgiveness

arc. Sometimes these dramas get me so angry because they simply do not have the courage to write off crappy relationships. Kdrama redemption arc, I am seriously annoyed with you.

Chinese Drama: The Lost Tomb. This is utterly unbelievable but it promises fun.

KBS World TV on youtube. Scandal in Old Soul is okay, but predictable. Gonna watch Fugitive Plan B and the drama special Contract Man cause I like that actor a lot.

That's it..i think. Kinda wishing there was a good jdrama to watch.

Happy creativity and happy weekend, all.

-C

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Carole -

"...because they simply do not have the courage to write off crappy relationships."

Oh my goodness, yes. It's unfortunate when this happens. ....... This, and also when, dare I say, some appear to be promoted as being ok or acceptable.

Six Flying Dragons----I'm loving it! So much to like in this one.

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Has the lost thomb finally got subs?! Been waiting for ages for this one !

Hi carole btw ;)

Sorry for failing to email you and getting through what you sendt me. Things have happened to get in the way of basically everything atm.

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First episode. No problem re email. I do the same thing. hoping the new job is going well.

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Hi Everyone!

Thanks to all the beanies who recommended Nirvana in Fire (for some reason my brain keeps wanting to call it Nirvana on Fire). This is my 1st CDrama. Started it during the holiday season and I only have 5 episodes left.

Currently Watching: Cheese in the Trap, Imaginary Cat, Remember—Son's War, and Let's Eat 2.

Just Finished: Oh My Venus

I really would like to start watching: Six Flying Dragons, Master of Trade—Inn 2015, and Sweet Savage Family.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Sweet Savage Family is fun but the gangster family folks are so exasperating. I really dislike them. So, forgiveness at the end (which NO DOUBT is gonna come) is my big fear.

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Thanks for the warning Carole. Now I'm wondering if I really want to start SSF.

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It's very good and relatively different. I just wish kdrama folks would learn to stop threatening bad folks. Do the vengeful thing. Period. Don't tell the bad guy what you're going to do and when and where.

Anyway, it's a really fun show. A nice break from rom-coms etc.

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August ~

Nirvana In Fire was so good, other shows are weak in comparison.

You may want to try Wu Xin: The Monster Killer .

20 episodes. Cute OTP. Both DF and Viki have it.

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Thanks for the recommendation John. I read the synopsis - sounds interesting.

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Thanks, I may try Wu Xin since I really enjoyed Nirvana In Fire.

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good morning beanies!

Remember – War of the Son – It’s odd seeing Lee In Ah’s father as the kindly Papa John pizza guy in this murder story after his role as Gap Dong. Jin Woo’s glasses “disguise” should have had the nose and mustache, too. Nam Gyu Man is a villain of the debaser sort, rotten to the core. Like his father. I predict Soo Bum is gonna break and turn on his master. Park Dong Ho is one of those memorable characters you just love to hate. Does it even matter if you have a soft spot under that pile of dirty won? A more rhetorical question there never was when he asked Gyu Man, “Are you going to kill everyone you don’t like?”

Cheese in the Trap – Give me a man in a suit and I’m in heaven (Cruel City, When a Man Loves, need I go on?) but Park Hae Jin is Mr. I’m Handsomest in a Sweater all the way, going back to You From Another Star, and now Cheese. When his eyes reveal potential evil, it’s very scary. I’ve got my eye on Seo Kang Joon, though. Bad boy done wrong looks good on him, but I’m worried about him versus Yoo Jung.

Oh My Venus – I think Young Ho knit all the loose ends of this drama into that cotton candy pink scarf. The ring in the pompom was a cute enough touch and who wouldn’t be swept up in the romantic moment between So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah, but on the scale of meaningfulness from “it meant the world” to “it was meaningless” OMV only meant enough to barely finish it for me so I could add it to the kdramas watched list. Even with an all-out leading couple, the plot fell short.

Watching Imaginary Cat. Stay healthy, Miss Bok Gil!
6FD – the db discussion makes this historical drama a keeper for me.

Happy Together Solo Christmas (singles Christmas special) was one of the worst k-entertainment episodes I’ve ever seen, as was last year’s Infinity Challenge Singles Christmas (un)special. It’s best just to drop the concept altogether. Maybe I’m still reeling over the fact that HT kept Seho, dropped Misun, and brought on Kim Poong. I don’t get it.

I caught the first ep of The Fugitive – Plan B with Rain. Remember Rain and Crystal or has everyone forgotten that on purpose? It’s like watching an old-fashioned slapstick detective comedy or maybe that’s just the way Rain is and he’s not acting. He’s working on a case, shirtless of course – I’m not complaining, and it seemed like he was going to break out singing as if it was really a stage set for a concert in Thailand. When the monks with awesome blades were after him and he jumped down the temple steps I was sure they were backup singers. I’m confused whether this is a kdrama, a reality show, or an elaborate Rain concert.

have a great weekend \/

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In Remember, I'm thinking Chaebol Dad could go super-protective or might go the "put son in a rice chest" route. Will see. I wish chaebol sister had more importance to the plot. Who knows? Maybe she will later. Loving the underling bromance. Would be nice if villain had a weak spot whom he loved. Girlfriend, perhaps. But I guess his love for his sister is enough.

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I like you, Carole, you're always giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. Makes me feel even more cynical, but I can't see daddy or son baddy coming out golden in any scenario. Rotting in jail, like they did to Jin Woo.s father, is too good for them. I hope son baddy's comment that he wouldn't survive even a day in jail is a premonition of things to come for him.

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Ah, is it possible that my cynicism sees Dad cutting troublesome son loose? If Daughter Chaebol was more on the ball and corporation-minded, Dad might very well give her "the kingdom" but she's "only a lawyer" right now.

I'm thinking Son will definitely spend more than a day in prison...cause we want him to become some prisoner's bitch.

But the cynic in me thinks that perhaps Dad will get away unscathed or might die of a heart attack and be spared.

So, friend, who is the cynic now? ;-)

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Touche, friend!

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LOL! BTW, I like you too.

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owl ~

Did you watch My Beautiful Bride ? That should satisfy the guy in a suit thing.

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Not only did I watch it John, I recapped th whole drama! Yeah, man in a suit on a bike, great reminder.

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Not only did I watch MBB, John, I recapped th whole drama! Man in a sit on a bike.... Thanks for the reminder.

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Owl ~

I really enjoyed MBB.

I'd like something along the lines of MBB or Cruel City. I'll have to give OCN's Bad Guys another try, I watched a couple of episodes and it fell through the cracks.

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Agree. Also, Bad Guys was a notch or two below Cruel City and MBB, so I can see how it might not have been a keeper.

I was thinking about Yoona's Street yesterday and that I would like to see another weekend drama like that. Or Grapevine - I miss the depth of those dramas.

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owl -

I've only watched 4 eps of Remember, but I couldn't have stated it better myself, about Nam Guy-man. He is, in fact, that kind of villain.

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with imaginary cat I feel like I got rained on what with the red cat that reminds me of mine, who died of cat diabetes (what was it, 6 years ago?) and the vague future. why couldnt you just be cute and go on forever, drama? I can´t do it.
*snort* that last description oh my lord. owl, you be gettin´ funny, yo!

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I guess Rain just confuses me all around, redox. About Bok Gil/Haru, I hope the imaginary part in the title isn't a premonition...I can't take it either.

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Hi Owl!

Re: Fugitive Plan B--you should have talked to me before you started. FPB is one of those dramas where I would absolutely recommend you not watch the first episode. The first episode is horrible and it culminates in that ridiculously cheesy over dramatic chase/shoot out scene. Luckily they make no more mistakes like that in the rest of the drama and it's a lot more fun and interesting (but still could have stood to lose a few episodes--the tighter editing that four fewer episodes would have required would have helped). I'd say pretend you never saw the first episode then keep on going and you should enjoy it.

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Hi Elle, where is my head? Didn't even realize it was an oldie, in that case I will check your classic recaps, but not gonna stick with this one. Sorry, Rain, it's awfully soggy.

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That's too bad, but I don't blame you. I luuuuuurve RAIN to pieces and I managed to sit through this one because of him only. If it wasn't for my Bi-na, it likely would've been dropped. It wasn't a bad drama by any means and I actually enjoyed episodes 2 thru to about episode 12. But then some of its flaws, especially the superficial quality it had (sort of like it was trying too hard), started to become more glaring. By then, I just wanted it to finish up already. Having said all that, minus episode 1 (which imho is the worst first episode of a Kdrama--ever), I think credit is due to RAIN and Lee Jung-Jin b/c they were quite awesome in spite of the material they had to work with.

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Yeah, that first ep really threw me off, as in the "off" button on my screen. Definitely a case of trying too hard - the slapstick felt very forced. Anyhoot, I gave it a try even if it was under the mistaken premise of a new kdrama, and I'm glad for your feedback. Your Bi-na, my G-Dragon, I get it. (I read somewhere that Rain caused a huge tattoo run for the character Bi. Did you get one? :) )

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I always stopped at the first episode of Fugitive. Glad to know it changes.

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Ha ha, love your comments about OMV Owl.
Imaginary Cat - yes, please stay healthy Bok-Gil.
Totally agree with you and John about MBB and CC.

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Sometimes I forget and look for Bok Gil in Remember-War of the Son. Having Seung Ho in two simultaneous kdramas is great but can get confusing :)

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Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe we're already a week into the new year!

I just started Six Flying Dragons last week- I'm already 7 episodes in and I'm completely hooked. The cast is solid, the plot is engaging, the camera work and action scenes are amazing, and it has a wonderful balance of comedy, intrigue, and action that makes it addicting. I think this may be my favorite sageuk (Sorry, Empress Ki...).

Splish Splash love is adorbs, and I wish it had been expanded by two episodes - I have so many questions! But I'm glad it ended well. The only thing I can take away from time travel rom coms is that when in doubt, always trust an equally-attractive love interest doppleganger to do what logic and science cannot.

I really hope Kim Seul Gi is cast as the lead in all her dramas this year, she is too damn good for second-banana scene-stealing roles.

Answer Me 1998 - I forgot how incredibly difficult it is waiting for new episodes, especially when they've been moved due to the holidays. I really loved this iteration of the series, and I can't wait for the cameos from the 97 and 94 crew *crosses fingers* I haven't decided if I love the 1997 or this one more, but this one is definitely my favorite drama of 2015.

Imaginary Cat - Holy ninjas, episode 6... I love the cute, but Na Woo needs to dial it back... like a ton. I like that she cares for Bok Gil and Jong Hyun, but her concern is bordering on obsessive, if not creepy.

I think that's everything so far. I'm sure I'll be looking for another drama to binge-watch once AM 1998 and Imaginary Cat finish, so I'm open to recommendations.

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Nirvana in fire was amazing. My heart and soul left once it hit that ending song *tears* I haven't been impacted by a drama this much in a while. Took me a while to fully grasp the whole story, everyone's acting is spot on. Everyone was memorable. Love it!

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I agree, Nirvana In Fire is one of the best dramas I have ever seen (and I have seen a fair amount). The OST moves me to tears. Acting was fantastic! I thank the Beanies who wrote how good of a drama this was. Also special thanks to the Beanie who mentioned episodes were only 45 long. I figured I could squeeze one in occasionally...ended up limiting myself to 7 episodes a day! What a great ride it was. I enjoyed the Mainland China "Divorce Lawyers," but now the historical dramas have gotten my interest.

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Yes Nirvana In Fire was amazing for me to enjoy an ancient cdrama which isn't normally my cup of tea.

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Hi guys, happy friday and ot!

Or thank god its weekend, which is very much my attitude today as today suck and should be reset.

Lets just say that if there is one drama plot the kdrama toddlers should never revisit its that of "lets break out of here"-plot...

Dramaland:
-mostly cought up to reply 1988

-rewatching faith cause the wodalchi are awesome.

-praying that the bbjx korean version will be good. Though i will probably watch it regardless.

-tempted to watch cheese in the trap.

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I also re-watch 1st half of faith just to see some good fight and the long white hair sung hoon , I knew I saw him before Oh My Venus, at least his face and his body is greatly show in OMV,
I really like that drama dynamic and LMH character is really cool

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Haha yeah they do have some good hair in this one. No mops of shame!

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Mind blown. That is the same guy ??? Something to look for the next time I re-watch Faith. :)

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Omo! I rewatch Faith a lot as well What is that drama's charm?

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I usually watch it when I am disappointed in something about my day or just tired of making decisions. I wonder... comfort food, I guess.

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Carole: I have no idea, but I keep coming back to it! Especialy for the wudalchi and the King and queen. The the leads as well. It's just addicting

Redfox: Me too! Comfort food hits it actually. It's something enjoyable and "safe" and just comforting.

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I think it's a great hang-out drama. We like hanging out with the characters.

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Carole: Of definitively. My favorite bits are always the camaraderie of the warriors for instance. And how the characters just goes together and are kick ass once they cooperate. And just the quiet moments of being friends and enjoying each others company.

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I like the OTP, their bickering, their moment is different, it just like my guilty pleasure drama when I want the heroine being wanted by a lot of people for diff reason, being good talker to the bad guy, have a really hopeless kings with brave queens or maybe becauseit's clear from the start who are the protagonist and antagonist and it reminds the same,
It has lot of this I want to re-watch

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Waving my hands...another Faith fan. What is that drama’s charm? :) Besides Lee Min-Ho, Kim Hee-Seon, Kim Mi-Kyung as Court Lady Choi, the Wodalchi, and all the other memorable cast of characters...

Like Ali's song, the inspiring message to "Carry On" in the face of adversity and doubt. And the underlining message of what FAITH entails — having trust, courage, preparation, confidence, and ultimately victory.

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Manin -

Sorry to hear today has not been a good day. I hope you've had a good week overall, though!

Rewatching Faith doesn't sound like a bad idea. I have to admit I've been tempted to do that. But you know how it is when you don't have time to spare. Who knows when I'll get to it.

From what I'm reading on the OT today, Cheese in the Trap is getting a positive response. I did watch a preview a few days ago and it did look interesting.

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Korfan:

thanks. I hope yours is the same!

go for it! It's a nice rewatch. I know how it is to not have the time though. Though sometimes those times are the best for rewatching, to make yourself rest. Rewatch as well oftne don't require the same attention to the episodes as well I find. because you know the general plot already.

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Faith and the Wuldalchi are soo awesome! One of my fav rewatches, Manin. Enjoy the manes of glory!

I am liking Chese in the Trap. Do people really play cat/mouse relationship games or is it just that people think others are playing games?

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Waiting for this week's 1988 episodes, watched primarily C dramas.

Finished Nirvana In Fire, half way through Disguiser.

Started The Legend Of Qin. Like the soundtrack.

Also started The Legend of the Condor Heroes.

Liking Cheese In The Trap so far.

Glamorous Temptation is as crazy as ever.

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