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Open Thread #497

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Hi Beanies !

Only a week and I will be free from exams :D
I'm planning to study in Germany for a year and I have a question for Beanies living there : are dramas available on viki or do you watch them on other sites ?

Happy Friday :D

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Hey mango! I live in Germany. Viki is available, but many shows are not licensed for Germany. Luckily I am QC, so I get to watch every show. For old kdramas or jdoramas, I go for sites such as dramacool...

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I may sound dumb but what is QC ? I won't be too lost since many show are licensed in my country too. Sad reality haha. Thank for the information :D

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Qualified Contributor. Meaning @gulsan contributing in subtitling dramas in viki.

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Thanks I learned something great today ^^

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a QC is a 'qualified contributor' which is a status you can reach by volunteering either as a video segmenter or subtitler. Subtitling is much more straightforward if you're a non-English subber, because the majority of other languages sub from English, so it only requires English fluency on top of your native language, whereas English subbing requires Korean fluency. Segmenting is a better bet if you're only English-fluent. You need to accrue 3000 segments or lines subbed to reach QC status, and after that, the viki world is your playground!

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Wow it feels like a different world !

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QC - Quality Check? Dramacool-kissasian-hdfree-myasiantv and others have too many pop-ups these days. I just copy google link and watch it in my own player.

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Oh I see :o

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You can do that? I'm going to try it. *doubtful face cause these things never go well for me*

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I love that this is probably a beanie's top 5 important questions when moving.

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Hi Mango,
I live in Berlin and watch dramas on Drama Fire and Good Drama.

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Heehee the pic is from Dalja's Spring! :)

Who picks these???

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So happy to see a photo from Dalja's Spring! Such a lovely drama and the leads had great chemistry.

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I totally came here just to find the Dal Ja's Spring fans coming out of the woodwork!

Very pleased with the photo selection :D

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Heh, are you a Dalja's Spring fan too? I find that people often overlook it, but it's such a neat drama and one of the few noona romances I like (I don't generally gravitate towards those). Has a great OST too.

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Definitely! I've always wondered why it's so overlooked when for me it's the rom-com to beat.

The OST was wonderful, even just the BGMs.

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Loved Dal Ja's Spring.....along with What's up, Fox. They are my two favorite Noona romances....very real and grounded in family and the day-to-day minutiae. I confess I went on a huge Lee Min ki binge after finishing it.

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I wondered both about the picture and about who picks! And I would have guessed the picker might have been you, mary ?

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It's not me! Hahaha but it's fun because DB still surprises me with stuff like this :D

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OT week 12. I can’t believe I’ve been active on this weekly foray down the rabbit hole of obscure Asian dramas for three months now. I’ve been enjoying my time here; it is such a great distraction from the stresses of work and life.

I finished Master’s Sun, and what a great little drama. So funny, and who would have thunk the noble idiot would be the girl? I read up on So Ji Sub as I was already familiar with the other players in this, and he’s been pretty prolific—and was born the same year I was, so that’s kind of cool. I see he’s died a couple times in dramas which was more than a little humorous in my mind, and if you’ve happened to see the 31 memes that I made in all my spare time, a couple of them may have been dedicated to him. LOL.

And then there was Man to Man, which I just watched the 1st episode, and now will patiently wait for the first eight to come out on Netflix. Goodness me, Park Hae Jin has the tallest nose I’ve ever seen on an Asian man, which, according to my husband, “is why they invented plastic surgery.” And I really think that he should have a show where he is the sole lead--no bromance, no second lead, no romantic interest (maybe a one-night stand or two). Put him in a suit or turtleneck and I’d watch him knitting sweaters for the homeless every week.

I’ve been debating what story to share this week, because one is definitely for the mature audience, and after seeing all the memes that have been posted, I’m gathering that there are not just a few students and minors on this site. Well, here it goes anyway, but I’m warning you, there may be some innuendoes coming…
So a certain married couple may have had this discussion, which may be misconstrued as foreplay…

Wife: Honey, why are you texting in bed, at this hour?

Husband: I’m not texting, I’m looking for a wet stone.

Wife: Oh, a wet stone? That makes much more sense. *not really, it makes no sense* *stop reading now if you want to keep your innocence.*

Wife: Is it that thing you sharpen your sword on? *DANGER, DANGER* If that’s the case, I have a wet stone you could use.

Husband: *snickering now*

Wife: Oh, this reminds me. You know on that Dramabeans site with the Goblin recaps? There was a whole series of commenters theorizing why Eun Tak couldn’t touch or pull out the sword initially. Several said it was because she was “underage.” Ha!

*Punchline coming, Don’t say I didn’t warn you!*

Husband: Hilarious. Now, get over here and wet my sword.

Moral of the story: Yes, people still have sex after being married for 15 years--get over it.

2nd Moral: Goblin can be worked into any conversation.

3rd Moral: A “wet stone” is what people actually sharpen knives with—I know you were going to look it up.

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Ally, really only 12 weeks? Girl, I feel like you're a Founding Beanie! LOLOL this week's story is killer (although the spelling geek in me is thinking it's a 'whetstone' to be specific). Surely you can make that show up in a meme, right? ?

Now you've given me a plastic surgery question, I thought it was that people were correcting broad noses trying to get higher noses, is that wrong? Or maybe it's just smaller noses. At any rate, I'm with you on loving PHJ and his high-flying nose whatever he does even if it's knitting (although I think I'd require some pretty emotional yarn to interact with him ?).

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I don't think it's just a matter of making their noses thinner, their main goal is to make the bridge look higher. You'll notice that they highlight and contour their noses in a way that makes the nose bridge appear taller.

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Yes, I actually meant what you said! Although we do see a lot of ski-jump noses as well, a few of the most famous ones appear from childhood photos to be natural-born (like PHS, LJS). Or there's Kim Hyun Joong, who I think changed a (maybe ps) swoopy nose to a high-bridge nose.

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lol @ emotional yarn. Now my overactive imagination is conjuring an image of him tearing up while knitting with a roll of pretty emotional yarn. Then he wipes the snot off his high-flying nose. ???

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But not on the yarn, the yarn is far too volatile to wipe snot on!

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loopymango.com is where to go for the (pretty) emotional yarn, btw (which in my mind must be variegated). And they even have a kit named "Her Beanie", available in multiple colors. LOL, siiiigh, imagine watching PHJ knit you a beanie. No swords or stones needed, Ally, I think my ovaries just exploded ??

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HAHAHA. Too funny. I think we should ask the dramagods for this drama.

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lol @bbstl what sorcery have you done! ^__^

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I have no idea how to spell it, I've never looked for one! For some reason, I think you put water on it before you sharpen it which is why I thought "wet" would be the spelling, but you learn something new every day! I turned in my last memes just now. Even though I don't look like it, I do work sometimes, so just watching from the sidelines after today. And on noses, yes, they are getting surgery to get that high PHJ nose, which is what I was referring to.

Knitting, crocheting, weaving baskets, clipping his toenails---any of the above, I would probably watch if he were doing it. :)

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lol @ clipping his toenails!

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Finally I got around to watch Coin Locker Girl. (I know!! Better late than never, though.) It's fascinating to watch Kim Go-eun, Lee Soo-kyung, and Go Kyung-pyo played a very different character than what I usually see in their drama. And Kim Go-eun's little what-could-have-been loveline with Park Bo-gum makes me want to see them as a romantic pairing in upcoming drama.

Drama Gods, you read this, right??

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Oh lol i just watched coin locker girl too.

Go kyungpyo often plays/played the nice guy in dramaland if not the funny sidekick so its nice to see him play a diff char. And yes to that PBG-KGE romcom. They had cute chemistry tgt.

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Was thinking about watching Coin Locker, now I think I should definitely watch it. Sounds interesting!

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That's on my list too since I love KGE and I haven't seen PBG in anything yet.

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The movie where she is some kind of gang member? I wanted to watch it but then checked IMDB ratings and dropped right there. I had actually seen a few FMVs of it.

What about Love, Forecast? Seen trailers and know what it is but still has some interest.

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I've watched Love Forecast and personally, it's pretty meh. Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won sure has cute chemistry, but that's about it. But then again, I don't really like romcom in a movie. So there is that.

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I've seen FMVs of Coin Locker Girl, but haven't gotten around to watching it.

Love Forecast was an okay watch.

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Mood of the day by Moon Chae won and Yoo Yeon seok is way better IMO.

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Oh, I have not heard of this. Adding it to my watch list now.

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I shipped PBG and KGE so bad after watching the movie and googled everything about the two of them. They even had a CF together after the film!!! I guess many saw their potential team up too! I also came to know that KGE was one of the actresses tapped to play the fem lead of Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds!!! I cannot help but imagine how Moonlight would have been if it were Go Eun and Bo Gum as leads!!! Drama Gods PLEASE MAKE THEM A DRAMA COUPLE because I am still in pain after their Coin Locker Girl fate!!!

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The high point of my week was the news about our SWAG couple being real. I'm so happy for them.

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When your drama OTP becomes real yeah~

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Right? It's the dream of every shipper fandom. I cannot believe it really happened to one of my favorite dramas and my top favorite drama OTP. So happy!

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Nam Joo Hyuk - Lee Sung Kyung (Weighlifting Kim Bok Joo)

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*screams* I totally missed this because work has been unreal!

Is it too early to go back and marathon the episodes all over again?

And is it too soon to do a Bong-Soon omma and pray for a happy ending for these two?

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Weightlifting Kim Bok Joo

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I need to rewatch the drama!

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I'm totally going to enjoy this prolonged weekend in Brazil and bing watch it again...

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Yes! I was looking around for some way to justify watching it a third time... :)

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Ikr. I don't usually get emotionally invested in kdrama ships but man, I have a crush on BOTH of them and together they just tickle me pink.

It seems silly but the news kept me so happy (it's like I'm the one in the relationship, lol) that even when I was having back pains and got diagnosed with scoliosis today, it didn't even bother me that much. Hee.

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Aww! Take extra care!

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Dang! Sorry to hear about your back pain. Hope that with the diagnosis, you can get some help. Loving the SWAG couple news and their ability to make us feel better, too ?

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I know right? I felt sooo happy too as though I am the one who found my one true love.

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I know right? I felt sooo happy too as though I am the one who found my one true love. ???
I sincerely hope they will last for a lifetime. Anyway... stay positive Astrojoy! Love your name

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I can totally relate with you!

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Mine too. But they were so all over each other, this News was bound to come out sooner than later. Ji Soo is such a dork too, leaking his bestie's well kept secrets like that.
I love them to bits and wish them all the happiness in the world.

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Wait!

Jisoo leaked it? This is totally my favorite part of the news ?

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It was in April 2016. In an episode in Celeb Bros. I've added the link in a reply below. Well, this could be termed as speculation on my part, but also in Ep. 4 of S4 in that Show JS tells tells about NJH's ideal type who is tall, ptetty and looks kind. Uncannily similar to LSK. Also, interestingly when he says this NJH gets all flustered and looks like he wants to run away.
So I think there was definitely something going on, well before WFKBJ was flimed.
Link: https://youtu.be/hA248z83t9w
Watch @ 8:10

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Did Ji Soo say anything about them?

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Not right now, but in a Show called Celeb Bros a year back. You can find the link in the replies to the comment just above and below yours.

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Tell us more! How did Ji Soo leak it???

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Well there is this Show called Celeb Bros, in season 4 NJH and JS appeared. In Ep. 6,
JS to NJH : What is love to you?
NJH: Marriage
JS: When will you marry?
NJH: (jokingly) Tommorow. I will register it tommorow
JS: With the girlfriend that you've hidden?
NJH: Watch your mouth.
https://youtu.be/5D3iTLBgVAM
Watch @ 3:40 ! ?

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Me too! I was so happy for them I made a meme for it XD

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Yesssssss ! I legit squealed when I heard the news! They're the only Drama couple that I shipped so hard! and when your ship sails for real- Ahhh the feels *heart eyes* I saw a part of the their Couple commentary yesterday (I guess it was accidentally leaked? ) but Omg they are like so adorbs together..and looked so genuinely happy! I hope and wish them all the happiness!

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I was smiling from ear to ear. They are so cute and perfect together. Glad that the response has been positive both from Korean and international fans. It was more like, "I'd be more surprised if they aren't real." lol

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Yo!!! Train soon leaving, but popped in.

No wait Im gonna be caught... nope?

um... I can´t remember what I was gonna say - oh! Meme-making is addicting, but I have also reached my ceiling. I feel like whatever I think of now will no longer be funny and there is no point.

watching: Chicago Typewriter, Radiant Office, started Perfect Wife to discover Mari and Uncle from Shopping King Louie, oh my goodness, and with Yoon Sang Hyun it is almost a third of SKL in the same drama again! How can they contain themselves? It´s so good to see all of them on the same screen I just can´t.

Radiant Office - I don´t mind the slowness and focus. Some tiny things still give so much you can sense a lot of love floating in the air no words necessary. but I am worried for Ki Taek, and I want Ji Na to find love and happiness as well.

ok gotta go see you on the 1st of may

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It doesn't matter if the meme is funny, I just love looking at the screencaps people are coming up with.

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Meme away! It's fun memeing. I so wanted to like Perfect Wife but couldn't take the adultery (says she who wants to wreck the marriage in Mystery Queen.) My crush on Yoon Sang Hyun is pretty strong though so i'll wait for his next drama.

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Carole, my jaw dropped when I read in your comment that you wanted the MQ marriage to break up! ?

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Yeah, I know. He really looked in love with her when he was a child. Maybe he can get back on track and find his soul again. Writers haven't given the hubby a chance to shine, though. I don't know him so I can toss him. I'm still anti-affairs but.....

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Firma comment front poole sooviga weird

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Fu** this phone

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Happy Friday, fellow beanies! A week went by so quickly. Time passing by makes me anxious as well as everything else lmao. Have lots of free time these days so ive mostly been busy with dramas, movies and RM.

Shikaku Tantei - Tori is cute. Fun premise. Fun ensemble. Sadly not cracky enough.

Man To Man - Nothing groundbreaking but ridiculously funny. Hope it stays good. PSW is so extra i luff him.

Super Family - Episode count scares me but absolutely hilarious with a touch of warmth. This is my kinda thing.

I Saw The Devil - CMS will forever haunt me. I could handle the gore. But CMS smashing the car windows made my heart jump. Satisfying revenge thriller.

Coin Locker Girl - I love KGE. And KHS just rocks. She has this poker face on but I feel a multitude of emotions. Idk how she does it.

Also very very excited for CRIME SCENE 3. Today is the day ive been waiting for. So so ready for this. Jtbc granted my xmas wishes(this and AoY2) so i love them now. I can already feel the greatness from afar lol.

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I was not a fan of thrillers before but Choi Min Sik is such an impressive actor that I ended up loving this genre specially in the Korean film industry. ISTD and Old Boy are one of my favorite films.

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I love Super Family too. It's both hilarious and heartwarming. I thought it has quite short eps for a sitcom, given how usually they run for more than 100 eps.

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Super Family is superb ?

You can even skip episodes if you don't want to go through them all. However, I love almost all the episodes.

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Great, another show to add to my list! (This comment is both sarcastic and not.)

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Only finally just caught up with Chicago Typewriter. I watched episode 5 on Sat and didn't watch episode 6 until this morning at work! Anyway, can we all agree, Jin-Oh's an adorable ghost. He ranks pretty high on my list of adorable ghosts actually. Second only to Kim Seul-Gi's Soon-Ae. I'm so thankfully that the preemption's only going to result in a day's delay. I can't imagine how i would be feeling right now if I didn't know that come Sunday, I'll be able to continue. I'm hooked on this drama!

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Jin Oh is indeed a cute ghost haha. I want Go Kyung Pyo & Kim Seul Gi to reunite as ghosts poor things can't fulfill their love in their respective dramas.

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I find it funny that Gyung Pyo and Seul Gi was a pair in Flower Boys Next Door and now they both had been a ghost (with Gyung Pyo still being a ghost), and both of them are adorable ghost!

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Right !! It's funny and strange to think about it ha. Are drama gods sending us a sign ?

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They are. They probably are. Now all we need is for the writers and producers to listen to the gods and give us the adorable ghosts in love drama, starring Gyung-Pyo and Seul-Gi. Clearly, we deserve it.

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Same here, I just caught up with it and I am more than ready for more - I love so many things about this drama! Well acted, directed, written, and with some twists and turns I did not expect. And irony. How many shows actually bother with irony?

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Really enjoying Chicago Typewriter, but I'm a sucker for shows that explore the role of artists in fighting injustice and the methods and costs of revolution. I do hope we get to spend more time in the 1930's in the coming weeks.

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I like it too and especially if it's based on real artist !

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Then it will be ParkPark couple REBOOT! ;)

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Just something that popped up in mind after reading an article about Park Bo Young and Park Bo Gum (separate article). I thought they'd have a great chemistry if paired up in drama. Anybody thinking the same thing??

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It will be cuteness overload :3

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Ohhh... but I don't think they should... lol. Beanies are dramanerds. MSR would be much too much fluff for them to handle... they are not into the cliches... if it were to be recapped on here... I think it would be eviscerated lol! I'm definitely dedicated to watching as a guilty-pleasure thing... So yummy! It's like l' m being selfish saying I don't want anyone's high&mighty opinion ruining the experience for me...hehehe....but I really mean it. Plaudits to OCN too.... it's just as I envisaged...like ice cream sundae with a cherry on top!

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1% of Anything was also cliche but still got recapped. So being a cliche drama or not is not an issue. So many beanies love this drama thougj. LOL. The recappers already have so much things to do, it could be a reason. So it could be a good thing for you too.

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Exactly. I think they even recapped cinderella in its entirety. It's really just the time more than anything else.

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Ooh! I was intrigued when I saw the promo for that show. I'm glad to hear it's enjoyable! It's definitely on my list of shows to check out :D

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It's a guilty pleasure kind of drama. The type you don't really want to admit you like but you do.

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It doesn't hurt there are few other rom coms playing right now. It's an average or below average rom com but I look forward to it anyway! I watch kdramas for the rom coms, or once in a while something stellar like Rebel.

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Guilty pleasure only. Every cliche in every rom-com EVAR is in there, and it's kinda fun pointing them all out. The acting of the lead girl - don't even care to know her name - is just as flat and expressionless and shallow as I expected.

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Long time lurker, first time commenter!

I am planning on catching up on Liar and His Lover and Chicago Typewriter this weekend, both of which I love but fell behind on. I'm also watching the Taiwanese drama Marry Me or Not, which I actually like a lot. The leads are golden, all the other characters and their storylines are meh to annoying. But I'm hooked :) I'm also debating on starting Rebel even though I clearly can't keep up as it is.

I am still spazzing about the Weightlifting Fairy couple being real! They are so cute together and seem so happy. I went back and watch the BTS for a few of the later episodes, and they really don't even try to hide it. I also saw the DVD commentary pics that came out - too adorable!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Marry Me Or Not made me fall in love with Roy Qiu <3 I agree the lead couple is awesome and they were paired in a previous drama too. They were the best part of the show and I wished to see more of them.

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Haven't seen any new dramas of late. Been so swamped with school work. I so want to watch Chief Kim, so hopefully I get some free time.

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I put Chief Kim on hold because of studies. After reading Beanies reaction, I think it will be a great reward !

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I am catching up with Mystery Queen, and now at epi 7. But am I the only one found this drama quite boring? I like the idea of ahjumma detective, but are all police in this show just strong physically, but no brain? And what happened with Lee Won Geun's character. I know he is still young and has a lot to learn, but when it comes to the job and responsibility, age is not an excuse. For eg in the case of underwear thief, he just said if Ms Yoo is here, she will already solve it. Look, you are police, isnt it your job to find it? Same goes to Kwon Sang Woo's character. I know Seol Ok is the centre of this drama, but it is unnecessary to make other characters stupid. I will watch until epi 8, but for now it seems like I will drop it. The investigation of the cases in this drama weren't that interesting.

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Hi Sera, been a while! Yes, I've watched till episode 5, and never quite got round to starting episode 6. I love the idea of the ahjumma detective, but the show isn't really hitting the right spots for me either - perhaps for the same reasons you've mentioned ? Like what Lee Won Geun's character said?
Speaking of who, this is my first time watching Lee Won Geun in anything and I gotta say - the boy has a cute smile. That's about all I got from this show.

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OK i am done watching epi 8, and I am still undecided to continue watch it or not. Maybe will binge watch after it finished, maybe yes maybe no. Lee Won Geun was cute in Sassy Go Go with Eun Ji, i think that drama was pretty good and enjoyable, Chae Soo Bin also shined a lot in that drama. He is like doing nothing in this drama and now epi 8 already. I dont know if out of sudden he becomes so helpful later..

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I just started episode 1 today. I'll watch a few more to see. But Lee Won Geun is such a cutie!
And yes, I really liked him in Sassy Go Go, too!

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For LWG, you must watch Sassy Go Go! It's downright adorable and you get to see his crinkly-eyed smile a lot. I need to watch it again! Sure, the premise might be a little off-kilter, but these characters are so much fun!

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Heh expecting logic from a kdrama. Heroine shines extra in the presense of dumb males. You start to think she is some kind of genius but reality is far too different. This goes well with the theme of the show. Outer social appearances and own prejudices fooling everyone. From DIL to MIL to Husband to Friend to Police.
Also, None of them look interested in their own job.

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I haven't got back to picking it up. Now that I read your comment, looks even more unlikely.

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The thing is I really love the OST but I dont like the drama lol. It is so meh, luckily the competitions are not that strong that this drama becomes no 1. Wait until Ruler and Suspicious Partner come, the rating probably will be interesting.

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Huh, I didn't find the men stupid. I just see it as the men are intelligent in their own ways. Ha Wan-Seung operates more on the old-school rely on your gut police work, but in the various cases he was picking-up on things and coming to correct conclusions himself. He was just coming to those conclusions in different ways. He relies more on his senses while she relies more on facts and data and deducing. Like the case with the murderer, he was sure the Grandpa had something he was hiding and there was more to him. I personally just see it as different forms of intelligence.

Chief Hong is just new and untested and he has relied on Yoo Seol-Ok since he first started working. He has not had a chance to stretch his own legs because of that. I think he will prove an able police officer if he let himself not rely so heavily on Seol-Ok.

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Maybe i was expected it will be great teamwork between the three main leads, so far I didnt see it. It looks like only Seol Ok doing a lot of works, the male leads are seems not that interested with works. I agree with your points on Wan Seung but his ways are not that convincing in my eyes. He didnt display his intelligence at what we thought he has. But his attitude started to become better in recent episodes. Chief Hong still not developing, he is just like a puppy who is lost after Seol Ok no longer there. Even he is new, I was expecting to see he stands on his own. Maybe I was expecting everyone is quite smart because this drama will be more entertaining in such way.

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I think that makes most people watching this drama is the interaction between Seol Ok and Wan Seung. Their bickering is so much fun.
This is not the type of heavy criminal drama that commonly seen on cable channels. This is a light drama that doesn't need to think much when watching it. I like humor that used in this drama
Wan Seung if I'm not mistakenly is assigned in the unit that related to the drug case, probably that's why he isn't used to criminal cases, but his instinct that able to smell the strange things is an advantage indeed.
A lot of supporting and side characters are less explored (This makes me miss Chef Kim). Like, what is the role of Officer Hong now after Wan seung and Seol Ok work together well? It's a pity, because most the characters in this drama are still likable nothing is too evil to date.
But still I like this drama, the contents are quite fresh, these nicely shoot and direct plus the atmosphere and background music are fine.
But I wouldn't recommend it on who likes fast plot, one case spends more than two episodes to be solved. Need patience to watch it.

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Yes, I am a little dissatisfied with how the police are portrayed in this show too. They seem so stupid when compared to SO. I expect them to be just as smart as SO. I don't understand why the police has to be dumbed down just so that SO would shine through.

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hahaha It's hilarious how I've finished 8 episodes and STILL can't decide if I like this drama or not. I've been noticing how LWG's character relies on her for everything too! She has to explain everything to him and he has a lightbulb moment every time she does so, which doesn't do much to credit him as an officer. That's why the hero was great though, casue he admits (grudgingly) that she might know her stuff but he tries to do it himself too. It kind of feels stagnant now though. I only pretty much tune in to see them bicker

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Hi guys, Happy OT! I just accidentally discovered there's a Pop-up KFashion thing going on at Nordstrom online right now, I recommend checking it out! I'm very late to the party as it's been running since March and ends May 7th. It includes not just fashion but toys and house stuff and novelties (kimbap hankie? Bought it! For a friend, of course!). I love some of the clothes and shoes, too bad I'm not younger, thinner and richer ?

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I had no idea such a thing existed. Thanks for the heads-up!

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IKR? I smh at only just finding this out!
And also - it's FREE SHIPPING.

? Tell your loved ones, it's just in time for Mother's Day ❤️
Probably in the larger Nordstrom West Coast locations, the Pop-Up K Store is also IRL. Some lucky Beanies can go, shop to Kpop and see what other K magic they have in store (pun intended).

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Umm, Nordstrom? *this girl's favorite store ever* How have I not gotten an email about this?????

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Right? I was thinking a bit ago, what a missed opportunity for them to have not advertised AND done giveaways and contests here at DB. Duh!

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I only fell over an ad for it while reading something political online at The Washington Post last night, go figure ??‍♀️

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I'm currently watching My Secret Romance and so far I like it. I just don't appreciate all the arm and wrist grabbing scenes.

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Noble, my Love - Same actor - Always bossing her around and wrist grab
1% of anything - Multiple wrist grab scenes from both hero and heroine.

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I have to say MSR is better to me by far....than Noble my Love. I get the thing about the arm and wrist grabbing thing being hella annoying... I wish they would just go 'kaja' and walk away while expecting (trusting) the one they addressed to follow... but the Heroine Song Ji Eun in MSR doesn't allow herself to get bossed around through and through... she backtalks sometimes and puts the hero in his place... she has all the control in whatever has gone on thus far cos her antics made the dude fall in deep without a clue as to how or why.... lol

Basically I think the arm and wrist grabs are kdramas' ways of getting the adrenaline pumping sometimes in a tense moment.

Lastly the Noble my Love guy...same actor here...is called Sung Hoon ... I'll say he's really awesome at these types of roles. I'd say he definitely has the look down pat... of a romantic hero...somehow rugged not at all flowery...lots of sex appeal... I don't get that same vibe at all from at least 50% of kdrama actors...thanks to all that chastity probably...hehe.

He hasn't really been typecast though and has done other roles too. But he is very good at this type.

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I find it a good old fashioned drama. A little fluffy and cliched, but nice to sit through on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with a cup of coffee in hand.

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Hi beanies!!! This is my first time commenting, though I've been a lurker for many years. Just wanted to say that you guys have been great at feeding into my kdrama addiction, and I say that with the greatest affection. I had been trying to get my brother (who loves any and all TV shows) to watch some, but to no avail and been laughed at for my efforts. Well I'm happy to say that I've finally hooked him with Signal ( he's still horrified with the ending though) . We're watching liar game now, and he's already into it. Never been happier. So any more show suggestions for someone who loves mystery and thriller shows?

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I would recommend OCN dramas since they are specialized in crime/thriller dramas. You can try Bad Guys, TEN, Missing Noir M, Vampire Prosecutor, Voice and currently airing Tunnel.

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How good is missing noir M actually? I kinda want to binge kang woo's stuff before circle, lol

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I think pretty much of OCN shows are right up his alley.
-TEN 1 & 2
-Vampire prosecutor 1 & 2
-Bad Guys
-Missing Noir M
-Police Unit 38
-Voice
-Tunnel

For non-OCN show (which usually less violent), I'd recommend
-I Remember You
-Ghost / Phantom
-Joseon X-Files (If he doesn't mind sageuk)

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Thanks a ton for the suggestions!

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*adds Cruel City to non-OCN list*

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Definitely all the OCN shows mentioned- would also add Heartless City, Two Weeks, Iris, My Beautiful Bride.

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Ohh good for you!! I also have been constantly urging my brother to see 'Signal' but in vain.. He thinks kdramas= romance and fluffy stuff= only for girls and laughs it off. Maybe I should tie him up and sit him in front of the TV to make him watch a episode :D

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I completely get what you mean! And being from India, where not a lot of people watch kdrama, it's even more annoying when kdramas are just dismissed like that-even though one of the reasons I love them is because of the romance.

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By any chance, are you from Kolkata ? Because your username ? has a meaning in Bengali

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Are you a fellow bengali? :p And no, not from Kolkata. Living in New Delhi. Also, to answer your question- no connection between my username and whatever it means in Bengali :D

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Totally my bad .. coz my sleep deprived eyes read it as " heejiebeejee" . After posting my comment realized the mistake *facepalms*

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I am also in India and I think quite a lot of people are watching kdrama now compared to before.. Descendants of the sun was telecast on Sony channel I think though dubbed in Hindi.. A couple of kdrama like the Greatest Love and Heirs were dubbed in Tamil and shown on TV a couple of years back.. The dubbing was sooo hilarious and strange?

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I agree! I finally found a friend of mine who watches kdramas. Neither of us knew we'd been watching for years and thus missed out on years of mutual squeeing over our addictions. And I did catch an episode of Dots, but these dubbed episodes sound soo weird!

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Tell me about it. I even joined a drama club here in India, which was basically a k-pop club. They only dramas they watched were the ones with their idols in them. #kdramaproblemsinIndia

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But that's what actually most of Kdramas are. Among male fandom Korean dramas = Mexican soap operas. Where someone want to dish nonsensical drama they directly start to call it as Kdrama nonsense. Many of us use it as meme to discredit exaggerated and fake dramatic atmosphere of the media content.

You should be happy that your brother used pretty soft words on asian content.

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Question for the OT: Why is there a mandatory separation period at the end of most K-dramas of the romance genre? Strong Woman Do Bong Soon was amongst the few that didn't have it (thank god) but I've been wondering if it's a cultural thing? Going abroad to study for example is a very common excuse.

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I absolutely hate that and it's in every drama, even the good ones, except when it isn't.

I think it is just there as both a time filler and to prove that their love is so strong, they can survive a separation that often lasts longer than the relationship. Also, most of these couples don't even communicate while separated even though they totally could.

I also wonder if it's there so often because a lot of relationships end in Korea when the guy has to do his mandatory enlistment for two years so this is actually something they care about. Will the relationship survive that separation?

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It's a kdrama thing sunbae. Hehehe.

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If I see it happening, it starts a series of involuntary eye rolls and loss of patience in me. Same for the pull-heroine-out-of-oncoming-traffic-into-hero's-arms trope. Maybe if they didn't act all surprised by it, I'd be okay? Then again, maybe not. The usual tropes being turned inside-out in WFKBJ were so much fun. I'm so happy for the two of them being together, by the way!

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That's why some drama with this cliche plot becomes boring. LOL. For a long time relationship, separation period probably will be a good thing.

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Happy friday beanies!

I was more on the social media this week to relieve the stress that my internship (i'm on my way for a career change ) provoked massively and tried to follow k-drama fans on twitter and instagram but failed miserably???

I'm sure i'm missing something, maybe because i'm not very familiar with those tools : i just wanted fresh news about my favourites actors (lastly OCN Voice Cast) but people kept switching their public account to private ( i didn't interact with anyone just followed them).

I'm confused: aren't social medias meant to be public? Why keep an account private when all your discussions are about k-dramas favourites actors or idols, and you're already using a pseudonym?

Seems to be a lot of secrets for nothing...

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How many followers did they have when you followed them? They may have thought that they were just talking to their friends and didn't realize they were so public until a stranger followed them.

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I didn't remember very well: i think the max was at 100. one was around 30. But since it was an account only to share news and fangirl, it didn't seem unusual.
I don't get this idea of talking only to your group??? It makes sense on facebook where you can have private groups but not on twitter, which was made to share infos and to provoke public reactions....
I thought people were aware of this when they chose to post on a social media...

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I think your idea of how to use twitter and theirs is very different... but don't stress too much about it if they change their account to private. I know a lot of drama accounts that have gone private, stayed private, or switches between public and private.

It's usually because things are so easy to take out of context online, especially with twitter where it's easy to retweet/reshare something. Sometimes, one of your tweets get RTed and taken out of context and the next thing you know, there are a thousand fangirls fighting on your feed. It's really tiring once you've been on there for so long.

If you just want kdrama news (aside from Dramabeans *cough*shamelesspromotion*cough*) try https://twitter.com/shuralou and https://twitter.com/kdrama_news I follow those two because they're up to date and also "clean". shuralou's is a personal account but she's like a non-trashy Dispatch with how fast she updates things. :D She also RTs a lot of accounts so sometimes that's how I find the special fan sites for actors/actresses I want to "twitter stalk" further.