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Extraordinary You: Episodes 15-16

Our self-aware manhwa characters are all experiencing different emotional responses to a certain character’s return. He’s a lesson to some that they can’t change the story without serious consequences, while others use the situation in an attempt to get what they want this time. But what about our lost hero himself — what will he do when he realizes that the world around him isn’t what it seems to be?

  
EPISODE 15

Haru turns into the hidden corner of the library just as the portal showing two people who look like himself and Dan-oh in Goryeo-era clothing closes. A red flower falls to the floor, and Haru picks it up, then notices the sketches of that same flower on the wall next to a sketch of Dan-oh.

He runs into Dan-oh in the school hallway and calls to her, but she tamps down her futile hope that he remembers her. He says that Kyung just left, and Dan-oh sighs in disappointment that Haru only knows her as Kyung’s fiancee who has a heart condition. He asks if he should know something else about her, and with tears in her eyes, Dan-oh says that he doesn’t have to anymore.

In the morning, Kyung is bothered by the way Dan-oh stares at Haru, but Haru barely notices her as he continues to fawn over Kyung. Do-hwa is in a tizzy, having read the scene in Secret where Kyung and his father discussed how Kyung is pretending to like Dan-oh.

Kyung snaps that the Writer made him do that, and that it’s not how he truly feels. He warns Do-hwa to stop changing the story, worried about what could happen to Nam-ju, who isn’t self-aware. Do-hwa asks if Kyung is okay with being a character who betrays his own fiancee, and Kyung admits that he never really thought about it, but now he says that someone is making him want to change the story.

He goes to the kitchen to reveal to Mi-chae that he’s self-aware now, and he realizes by Mi-chae’s lack of reaction that he already knew. Mi-chae objects to Kyung speaking to him like they’re friends, but Kyung drawls that self-aware characters should be nice to each other.

In class, Sae-mi teases Dan-oh for being lovestruck, though the kids all assume that the object of her crush is Kyung. But it’s Haru she can’t stop staring at, and her attention seems to make him uncomfortable.

During science class, Kyung watches Dan-oh, who’s watching Haru. Haru doesn’t seem to be paying any attention to Dan-oh, but when Kyung leaves and Dan-oh struggles to open a jar, he goes over to open it for her. He says that he worries about her, but she growls at him not to give her hope that he’s the old Haru.

Kyung returns with some supplies and bristles at Haru for talking to Dan-oh, but Haru just tells Kyung brightly to take better care of Dan-oh.

Haru seems to have acquired his own female fan base, and the rumor mill has it that he may be joining A3. Dan-oh is alarmed to hear girls swooning over Haru, and it makes her scream and whine in frustration. She decides to just ignore Haru from now on, unwilling to watch him with other girls.

Even Mi-chae watches Haru and wonders if it feels worse to be controlled by the Writer than to be self-aware. He’s suddenly pulled into a Stage where he bumps into Nam-ju’s mother and makes her drop her phone. He apologizes, but when he sees her face he freezes, as if he’s scared. The Stage ends, and he mutters, “It is worse to be an extra who is controlled by the Writer.”

Inside the school, Joo-da greets Nam-ju’s mother, who notices her worn shoes and says she’ll send her a new pair. She sighs that she wishes Nam-ju had a girlfriend who’s as good of a match as Dan-oh is for Kyung, and she asks if Joo-da knows anyone of Nam-ju’s status that she could introduce him to. Damn, that’s cold.

Sae-mi runs over, and Nam-ju’s mother asks if Sae-mi has a boyfriend and invites her to their house soon, shooting Joo-da nasty little triumphant glares all the while. Later in class, Sae-mi calls Nam-ju and loudly mentions that his mother invited her over, but HAHA, he hangs up on her.

Joo-da gets bullied again, this time with notes stuck to her back about her lack of money. Nam-ju pulls them off and demands to know who did it, and he blames Sae-mi. He pulls Joo-da from the classroom, and on the way, she doles out a sly little grin of her own in Sae-mi’s direction. Yes, the kitten has claws!

She thanks Nam-ju for helping her, but she tells him to stop pitying her just because they’re from different worlds because it gives her hope, and she doesn’t want to get hurt. Frustrated, Nam-ju grabs her wrist again and pulls her to the school media room, intent on proving his sincerity.

Do-hwa thinks that Dan-oh should try doing the same things she did with Haru when he was only Number 13, thinking that maybe he’ll go back to being himself. Dan-oh pouts that she doesn’t want to, too scared to get hurt again. She tells Do-hwa that Nam-ju and Joo-da made a scene on the Stage again, but Do-hwa says he’s staying out of it from now on.

Another Stage starts, and they hear Nam-ju’s voice over the school intercom. Sae-mi preens, assuming that he’s planning to publicly apologize to her. Instead, he says, “From now on, Yeo Joo-da is the only woman for me.” It’s the line he was supposed to say at his birthday party, and Dan-oh and Do-hwa wryly admit that the story will go as the Writer plans no matter what they do.

Kyung finds Dan-oh on the catwalk later, having also recognized that Nam-ju said the line he was stopped from saying at the party. He says that the story is continuing as planned but that he’s still willing to try and help her change it, but Dan-oh says that the only one who can move freely onStage is Haru. She’s giving up, convinced that they can’t change anything, and she drops her medication over the railing.

Down below, Haru notices them talking. He goes inside and collides with Mi-chae, who drops the box he was carrying. Haru picks up the copy of Flower, but Mi-chae snatches the manhwa back angrily, storming off and leaving Haru confused.

He tries to sit near Dan-oh in the library later, but moves to the other end of the table when she makes it clear he’s unwelcome. Unable to study, he nods off, wondering why Dan-oh is on his mind so much lately.

He dreams of another library long ago, where he sees Dan-oh reaching to a high shelf for a book, only to topple off her stool. Haru runs to stop her fall with his back, then he twists to catch her in his arms.

He wakes back in the present, and goes looking for another book. Dan-oh ends up at the same shelf and eyes him warily, but instead of asking for help, she gets a stepstool and reaches up to a high shelf. She loses her balance, and in an eery echo of Haru’s dream, she falls onto his back and he turns to catch her in his arms.

Dan-oh quickly runs off, and soon after, she ~BLIPs~ into a Stage at the hospital. Doctor Lee wants to put her on some new medications, and when she objects, her father snaps at her angrily. Startled, Dan-oh backs down and apologizes, and she promises to take her medications if her dad grants her wish to get married as soon as possible.

She’s immediately alarmed by her own wish, and as soon as the Stage ends, she takes it back. She tells her dad that she knows he’s always worried because of her weak heart, and they hug and promise to be dad and daughter in their next lives, too.

In the morning, Kyung shows up to take Dan-oh to school, surprising her since it’s not a Stage. He finds a picture of them as children on Dan-oh’s wall, and he remembers that she’s always hated taking so much medicine. Kyung recalls that he used to say Cinderella’s godmother’s magic words (“Bibbity-bobbity-boo”) whenever she had to take medicine, and that her wish was always to have a healthy heart.

Dan-oh says it’s all just set-up, but Kyung says that he remembers everything. Dan-oh admits that she’s glad someone remembers her outside of the story, and she admits that dealing with Haru’s loss would have been worse without Kyung there.

She says she’s going to try and accept the way things are and forget Haru, and how she tried to change the story. She half-jokes that she’ll even try to forget how rude Kyung was in the past, and as she heads off to school, we see that Kyung now wears the flower charm she gave him on his backpack.

At school, Haru is bothered when he witnesses Kyung gently holding Dan-oh’s wrist, and he grabs Kyung’s wrist to make him let go. He says it’s because he and Kyung have practice before school, but then he sees the look on Dan-oh’s face and gets confused. During class, Haru keeps looking over at Dan-oh, and he experiences another dream/flashback.

This time he’s in a Goryeo-era marketplace, and he spots a pretty ornament with red flowers on it. He’d previously seen Dan-oh admiring it, and the vendor tells him that the flower means Even if the world falls apart and the earth splits, I will wait for you.

Kyung wakes Haru for practice, and Haru sees the flower charm on his backpack. Kyung says that Dan-oh gave it to him, and he asks why Haru wants to know about it, but Haru just says he saw one in his dream. It worries Kyung, having seen the sketches of the same flower in Haru’s old notebook.

EPISODE 16

Joo-da challenges Nam-ju to a game of rock-paper-scissors, with the winner getting a wish. Nam-ju doesn’t seem sorry when he loses, and Joo-da says that her wish is for him and Do-hwa to be friends again because he’s most himself when A3 is together. They don’t notice one of his mother’s aides nearby, taking photos of them together.

Nam-ju finds Do-hwa in the A3 hideout and a new Stage begins. He says that “his woman” requested that they be A3 again, and Do-hwa is compelled to say that both A3 and Joo-da are dear to him. He adds that they should have a fair competition, thinking that his violin playing gives him an edge.

Kyung puts his hand over theirs, then yanks it back as soon as the Stage ends. Do-hwa says that he could feel Nam-ju’s sincerity this time, and he gives Nam-ju a bear hug, telling him that he’s a valued friend even if he’s not self-aware (LOL, Nam-ju’s face). Do-hwa admits that his feelings for Joo-da will take a while to subside, but he genuinely wishes them happiness together.

That evening, Kyung asks Dan-oh to meet him in a park, where he gives her some expensive gifts. She’s touched by the jar of candies, the same ones he used to give her when she had to take her medicine. He says there’s one more gift, and Dan-oh sees Haru approaching with a huge bouquet of flowers.

But Haru is only here because Kyung told him to bring the flowers, to make the point that Haru is closer to him than to Dan-oh. He dismisses Haru, who hesitates, so Dan-oh tells him to leave. Kyung snarls that this must be how she and Haru felt when they were self-aware and he wasn’t.

Dan-oh snaps, “He’s not Haru,” and storms off. Kyung says to Haru, “Not anymore. Leave,” but Haru never takes his eyes off Dan-oh.

Dan-oh suddenly ~BLIPs~ into a Stage where she’s dragged Haru shopping for gift ideas for Kyung. She thinks to herself that the Writer is cruel, using Haru as a wingman between her and Kyung. They decide on a new tennis racket, and the Stage ends after they leave the store.

Haru says that she must really like Kyung, but Dan-oh says morosely that she has to because it’s her set-up. He says she can just stop liking Kyung: “If you don’t like what’s already determined, then you can change it.” Dan-oh says she’ll never do that, because she doesn’t want to lose Haru again.

She says that she’s talking about him, but also not him, but Haru stops her and says that’s his name. Dan-oh asks how long it’s been his name, but he asks why she keeps saying that he can’t remember. Instead of answering, Dan-oh just continues walking.

Joo-da is at the hospital when Nam-ju calls her to say he wants to see his girlfriend. She asks who that is, since he’s never asked her out, and awww, we see that he’s at the school making the Yang bullies decorate the classroom for an elaborate confession.

They hang up, and Joo-da goes into her grandmother’s hospital room. On the table is Joo-da’s scholarship paperwork, along with the photos of her and Nam-ju and a note from his mother, reminding her that their family’s foundation is also paying for her grandmother’s treatment. Joo-da picks up her phone and sees a message from Do-hwa that simply says, “Yeo Joo-da, goodbye now.”

Do-hwa does his best to be casual around Joo-da, though he struggles in private. When Kyung comes looking for Secret, Do-hwa says he’s not reading it anymore because it breaks his heart, so Kyung goes to the library. Secret is missing from its place on the shelf, but something makes Kyung look again, and this time he finds a copy of Flower instead.

He flips through Flower, and there’s Dan-oh’s character, saying over a bouquet of flowers: “I can even marry him tomorrow!” Mi-chae snatches the manhwa away, and Kyung asks why that character looks like Dan-oh, but Mi-chae only walks away after confirming that Kyung didn’t read to the end.

The Yang bullies grab Dan-oh’s phone to tease her about her photos with Kyung. Haru takes it from them and glares until they back off, then returns it to Dan-oh, but she just barks at him to stop acting like the old Haru.

This time when she walks away, Haru follows her. He stops her on the stairs and asks why she keeps saying he’s not Haru, yelling, “Why do you keep making me worry about you?!” She just says this is proof that he’s not Haru, because he remembers her saying that in the Shadow, which means he’s self-aware again. Oof, I hadn’t realized.

That evening, Kyung is late for a family dinner with Dan-oh and her dad, saying that he figured he’d be summoned for the Stage anyway. He mouths off until the Stage kicks in, then he gives Dan-oh some flowers. He shows her the charm that he’s kept, making her exclaim that she’s so happy, “I can even marry him tomorrow!” The Stage ends, and something in Kyung’s stepbrother’s expression really has me thinking he’s self-aware.

Haru is at the school late again, and he looks at Dan-oh’s and his names on their lockers. On the roof, Mi-chae flips through Flower, thinking about how both Haru and Kyung have seen it. He tosses it into a fire, muttering that he should have burned it long ago.

On his way out, Haru passes the vine-covered gazebo again, and he’s mesmerized by the red flowers. He reaches up to touch one, then pulls back like he’s been stung, as he hears the sound of rapidly flipping pages.

Meanwhile, Kyung thinks about how Dan-oh said the exact same words onStage tonight as he read in the Flower manhwa. He tells her that the flower on the charm is a trumpet creeper and asks about what she said about marrying him, but she says wearily that those are the Writer’s decisions, not hers.

She sighs that she hates this, and Kyung grits his teeth to ask calmly what she means. She says that liking him is only her set-up, so he can drop the act in the Shadow. She tells Kyung that no matter what Stage she ends up on next, even if it’s a wedding hall, it’s not the real Dan-oh.

Kyung asks, if she’s really never shown her real self with him, when who was she when they were kids? He asks if his memories are real or fake, but Dan-oh cries that she doesn’t know, but everything that happens on future Stages is only what the Writer wants.

She leaves to walk home, and at a busy intersection, she wonders about all the people around her. She thinks that they all have their own stories, but they’re forced to do what the Writer wants. She stops in the middle of the road, ignoring the honking cars zooming by, until eventually she’s all alone.

As she stands there, she says, so sadly, “If I remain as Eun Dan-oh, just an oblivious extra inside a romance manhwa… ” But another voice finishes, “Then I would have been just a nameless Number 13.” OMG, it’s Haru!

Dan-oh turns, and Haru meets her in the middle of the street. Taking her hand, he says, “This time, I’ll change your story.” Dan-oh sees that there’s a new slash in his palm, and she realizes that this is her Haru, back somehow.

He says that he’s sorry he’s late, and asks her to look at him. When she does, he says softly, “I’m right here. I won’t go anywhere.” and he pulls her into his arms.

  
COMMENTS

Oh thank goodness, Haru is back! Seeing Haru with a completely different personality was heartbreaking (though kind of fun to watch Rowoon exercise his acting chops), so I’m glad that it didn’t take him long to regain his memories. I think that Dan-oh and Do-hwa needed to see what the consequences of their thoughtless actions could be, and I’m sure they’ll tread much more carefully from now on, but the story was missing a little of its spark without the old Haru around. I’m not sure what finally made him remember, but his return was so perfectly Haru — gentle, sweet, and exactly what Dan-oh needed. Nothing dramatic, just reassurance that he was back and wouldn’t leave again.

What is up with Nam-ju’s mother? Almost every self-aware character seems deeply disturbed, if not outright frightened, by her. My guess is that she’s been the villain of the manhwas they’ve been in before, so even if they don’t quite remember her, something in them recognizes that she’s dangerous. Even Mi-chae looked terrified when he encountered her, which is the first time I’ve seen him look scared of anything. Nam-ju’s mother doesn’t show any signs of being self-aware right now, but there’s definitely something going on with her that makes me scared of her becoming self-aware eventually.

It makes me so sad that Dan-oh and Kyung share childhood memories that never really happened — they only “remember” what the Writer wants them to remember. But they have such a rich history together, and obviously Kyung used to be thoughtful, between giving Dan-oh candy and coming up with a “magic spell” to make her feel better about taking her medicine. I know that he had to watch his mother die alone, and that’s why he’s become so angry and dismissive of Dan-oh’s illness, but every time I start to soften towards him, he does something that makes me dislike him all over again. A perfect example is when he made Haru bring the flowers for Dan-oh — the only reason for that was to rub it in Haru’s face that Dan-oh is his girl now, and to hammer home to Dan-oh that this new Haru is loyal to him, and not her. Instead of just, you know, being nice and trying to win Dan-oh over fairly, Kyung keeps falling back on manipulation and cruelty to make his points, and I just can’t muster up much sympathy for him because of that.

I’m beginning to wonder what’s going on that’s causing all this mayhem in the manhwa world. Until now I’d been assuming that the self-awareness and chaos caused by changing the story was just some sort of natural evolution, or maybe consequences to an event that happened in a previous story, but what if it’s more deliberate than that? It’s definitely strange that Secret has gone missing, then Flower appeared on its shelf out of nowhere, just when the absolute worst person was there to find it. Could the Writer have an enemy out there, purposely sabotaging their story? I suppose we won’t know until we know more about the nature of the Writer themselves, but it certainly gives us a lot to think about.

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"... but every time I start to soften towards him, he does something that makes me dislike him all over again. "

Could've not said it better 💯💯

And anyway, I just feel bad for Saemi that she's only a sweet friend to Danoh (with a harmless obsession over Namju) in the shadow yet she's always just being puppeted into mean girl to Juda in Stage. Talking about Juda though, THAT SMIRK HUH. That must've meant something, and here's to sailing doomed shipped thay I'm 90% sure going nowhere but the deepest seafloor that is Dohwa and Juda 🥂

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I loved that smirk! Getting the dream guy of the bully who harasses me is so totally smirkworthy, I wonder why manga heroines don't do it more often and are always like "O_O ....oh who me? So confused..." Since Juda is the main heroine, the writer has her trapped in a depressing life. I'm glad she found a split second to express herself!

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ahh so glad that haru is back! it seriously hurt seeing him act indifferently to dan-oh, and hurt even more seeing dan-oh lashing out at him to protect herself from getting hurt again. she's been struggling with a lot lately, with the loss of haru and his return as a different person, with the guilt of changing the story so much that it led to his disappearance, and the acceleration of her illness. she seems to be giving up on changing her fate, which is devastating but understandable in her circumstances.

kyung continues to be confusing. he's clearly starting to care for dan-oh and mourning the loss of the dan-oh that exists in his memories, now that she's so openly disliking him. he does some sweet things sometimes... and then turns around to be awful again? i get that they're trying to set up a love triangle but i've never seen one quite so heavily one sided (both on stage and off -- manhwa!dan-oh's one-sided love for kyung and shadow!kyung's blossoming one-sided feelings for dan-oh). there's not much he can do about his onstage personality but would it kill him to be nicer? i'm glad he at least tried a little bit to step up when she was devastated over haru's disappearance... which brings me to my next point...

um, extraordinary you writers: did you forget about lee dohwa?? hello??? what's all this about kyung being the only one to remember haru and know what dan-oh is like off stage? lee dohwa is right there! come on!

also jooda is self aware, for sure. no telling how long she's been that way, but she doesn't seem surprised by anything (least of all the clock ticking backwards) so i'm guessing she's known for a while, or at least since dohwa's confession to her at the party, since she says that something doesn't feel right. which is interesting, because she hasn't done or said anything since then to indicate she's aware, so she must be just going with the flow. either way, i loved her little smile and i'm interested to see where her character will go.

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Yes! It’s been confusing why he’s hot and cold all the time. Maybe if they have a few more scenes of him and his mother’s death, it would make me understand where he’s coming from when he’s all mean. Sure we know his reasoning from that one scene but we don’t feel his pain or struggle.

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yeah he's just not quite convincing yet! i am intrigued, but they're going to have to try harder with him if they're going to sell this love triangle

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I think Juda has to go with the flow since she's the main character and in like 90% of the novel. Extras like Dan-Oh have more freedom since she only has to be in a few scenes to help out the OTP and cry over Kyung. And no-name extras like Haru have even more freedom than regular extras. He's really just a guy in the background.

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Haru is the best! Even if he doesn't remember Danoh is kind with her, he can't help himself. He always sees her even when she is just passing by. Baek Kyung was set up to be dysfonctionnal because of his parents but now in Shadow, he can be different. But he doesn't want it. He wants the Shadow becomes like the Stage, he doesn't to change things.

I really pity Juda. Her set-up sucks : being poor, bullied, caring for her grandma, working everytime, loving the wrong guy...
Saemi is set up as a villain but in Shadow she's a super good friend. I really like her.

I'm curious about Nam Ju's mum. Was she a villain in Flower? The writer ?

Yeah, happy Danoh will be back!

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Thanks lollypip for the recap!! *finger hearts* At the hospital scene, yeo joo da paused before oh nam joo phoned him. I think she heard the sound of the page turning signifying a stage about to happen. My bet is yeo joo da has feelings for do hwa!

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I am wondering what is the significance of that scene between Nam Joo's mom and Mi Chae in respect to the manhwa/Secret. I know it's important for the drama. It is to show us he knew her and she is someone important. But I thought writer only wrote the stage scenes for the manhwa story. Is it important that mom bumped into Mi Chae on her way to catch Nam Joo and Joo Da? Or am I thinking too much?

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There probably isn't any reason. Maybe...

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I think it's a plot hole that you've discovered!!

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"You're not Haru."
I was really hoping the show would do this after it went down this route! There's something so powerful about one character looking another in the face and saying they aren't who they thought they were.

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Also, that last scene (before Haru arrived) was just complete art. Dan-oh wondering whether being oblivious from the start would have been better, whether the joy she has experienced was worth the pain, whether it was worth waking up only to be trapped inside a body that doesn't do what she wants. The existential brilliance of this drama takes me aback sometimes.

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i loved it every time she told him he wasn't haru. you can just see the confusion and frustration unfold on his face!

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Yay, Haru is back! I am glad that didn't go on for too long. It was hard to have him not remember. So is seeing Dan Oh and Do Hwa try to give up.

I like that Baek Kyung is the one who is quick to notice things and that he's asking questions. It was nice to see him be thoughtful towards Dan Oh. But he keeps on getting on my nerves. Can't he just stop being such a jerk. I do feel just a little bad for him though.

The writer is like the most unimaginative person ever. Not just is the writer reusing characters and storylines but also the same darn lines. I mean come on!

I hate that we are getting so less answers. Everytime it seems like we do, more questions come up. There are still 6 (twelve) episodes to go so I hope there are not many unanswered questions in the end.

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I read somewhere someone comparing this manhwa plot repetition to Harlequin Romances. Same formula and yet people keep reading them! Lol

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the writer giving his avid fans what they want,lazy,damn yes but dude found his niche and plays it safe just like with some books,in the webtoon he is shown reading the comments on naver with each episode jajaja

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It's easier for people to digest what's expected, I guess.

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I guess he caters to the young fans,teenagers that love the candy-rich boy/love triangles/secrets&school background/ set-up and goes with it everytime because he knows it's succesful for him so he just doesn't change it...There are sooo many mangas out there with like the same innocent to stupidly candy,bad guy hero etc that get sooo popular....

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not trying to be dramatic but i cried with Danoh in the last scene.

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Whew, this eps just comoletely shattered my theory about these self-aware characters. I used to think that Dan-oh and Haru are the one who were the most advancesd in their awakening, but judging from Haru's dream, they only awakened their personality in another (original?) manhwa. Which means they aren't as self-aware as they seemed to be, right? It's kind of scary actually that those 2 have layer upon layer of 'personality' and 'awareness' without them even realizing that. And just imagine if that sageuk manhwa wasn't their first story, then wouldn't that mean their 'real' personalities were locked under who-knows-how-many layers? And I begin to question if 'real' personality and awareness even existed for these manhwa characters. It also seemed like while they did change things in Secret, the actions and words that enabled them to change it weren't their own, but their lines and actions from another manhwa. Which kind of makes me feel that we have been celebrating a fake win all these previous eps. Seriously, I don't know what's the meaning of true happy ending anymore for these characters.

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This show is just too complicated. Sigh. Yet I still like it.

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Actually I've always been wondering, does Haru live in the library...? He doesn't seem to have a home or family. Where does he get his clothes and shoes from? Probably it's only when the stage changes, then he would have a change of clothes too? LOL 🤣 I'm thinking too much!?!

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I was wondering this too, LOL. I kind of wish we could get an explanation as to how time works in the manhwa universe 😂

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LOL i thought this so many times throughout the episodes. i guess it's from the stage changes. i thought that maybe since he became an official extra he might have a home now but no sign so far...

i guess it doesn't really matter. the world is kinda weird in the way that manhwa worlds usually are. everything is conveniently close together, the characters can be anywhere at any time (why are they always at school late at night?) and nothing about it feels realistic in the slightest. so it's not a stretch to imagine that haru doesn't have anywhere to live 😂 cmon Writer, we know you're probably sick of your characters acting up but give the kid a place to sleep!

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Haha one practical reason why the characters are always at school late at night is probably because the film crew can't block Yonsei University (where the filming takes place) for a long period of time. I used to be there for a year long exchange program and the school is pretty crowded with people and activities all the times, maybe except for long breaks.

I was wondering the same thing about Haru seemingly having no where to go. But maybe we'll find out in the later half of the drama. Somehow I feel like it could have connection with the previous manhwa where his character doesn't know where he is from either. Well, I hope... at least this'll be answered.

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Yes, this world is weird. But in Korea kids do stay at school all day and until late at night. (See School 2017. I rewatched it with my aunt and I had to explain her the messed up educational system ) They barely sleep 3-4 hours, because they also attend Hakwons (Academies were they do their homework, learn foreign languages ~Juda was laughed at because she doesn't have money to attend one~)
They usually don't even go home until it's weekend and just then they can get proper sleep.

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Yes, he doesn't seem to have a family or a home. Neither does Do Hwa. It's fine for all the un-self-aware characters, but you'd think the characters who are awake would need to live somewhere besides school when they are in the Shadow!

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Yes he lives in the school because he doesn't have any family,now being in the story he got upgraded to clothes and most likely he gets them when the story changes(aka puff on him) because the writer draw it...I doubt actually that the majority of the others have a home if the writer didn't show it in the webtoon,guess they just vanish and reapper next day to walk to school as creepy as it sounds and being oblivious they don't even know...Dokhwa must have a house as he has his brother/family but they just don't show it to us because well it's not important...

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip
Ro Woon was really good in this episode. His eyes had this desperation and longing so deep for Dan oh despite not remembering anything at all. It isn't easy to express things through just facial expressions and not dialogues and Haru as a character has lesser lines than any leads here. It isn't a easy character and Ro Woon, I feel, is not getting proper credits for pulling it off so effortlessly, cause everyone is just too focused on his face(which can't be helped, I agree)
Pre-amnesiac (and post) Haru was quiet and gentle, even with Kyung(it's really fun to watch Kyung getting all heated up and Haru just smiles at him, amused like, he doesn't matter to him at all)
Amnesiac Haru was rough. Ro woon even changed his voice to make it sound harsh. His gaze was cold, he even made those smug side glances. His walk was different. I can go about this day long. you are absolutely right, It was so fun to him exercise his acting chops. Kim Ro Woon, fighting!💕

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Even the clothes pre and post amnesia was sort of different. post amnesia, he dressed a little more like Kyung, but with a more jocky vibe and the clothes seemed to fit tighter. Pre-amnesia, he stuck with what I'm guessing are uniform regulations and he seemed more like a background student.

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Ahajakjajs Haru is back yay!!!!!!
Both his self aware friends & us missed him greatly

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Regarding sae mi:
I was very conflicted. On the one hand she is such a good friend to Dan Oh both on and off stage and on the other hand she bullies Ju Da. But then my sister reminded me that, that's just her set up (I needed the reminder) which means that she can't help it. And suddenly the world was a good place again. Where friends were sincere and good ppl existed. Now that I think she has only ever been mean on stage (pls tell me i'm right beanies) which means i can truly appreciate what a great friend she is to Dan Oh without any reservations. Also I did notice that she remembered about "that friend of Dan Oh who's heart starts speeding whenever she goes near a certain someone", eventhough it happened in the shadow. I think Dan Oh would have noticed if she wasn't so heart broken. I hope that self aware Sae Mi (if it ever happens) isn't a bad mean bully.
Thoughts on Baek Kyung: I felt really sorry for him for the first time this episode. The last scene in the shadow where he asks Dan oh if all the memories he has of her are fake was so heart breaking. I wondered that if it's Dan Oh' s setup to like Baek Kyung and that in actuality she likes Haru, what about kyung who likes her even when self aware? What about him?
Also did someone else notice that Nam Ju has suddenly started wearing full sleeves 😂😅 I wonder if it's a random detail or holds some significance😂
Also @gadis's theory that i love so much that i keep mentioning it😂, collapses if self aware Ju Da as theorized by many beanies (based on that little smirk, I think?) turns antagonistic!!

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I loved that little confrontation in the stairs between Haru and DanOh, most especially because it proved that Rowoon CAN ACT!!
I’m so happy our puppy Haru is back! 🥺🥺

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I am wondering if Kyung's brother know about something. That kid is mysterious.
Glad to see Haru back in his form.

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I'm thinking for a while now,since the party that he actually remembers it but for some reason pretends not to...

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Normally I dislike it whenever strong female leads become a shell of themselves once the male lead is in the picture, but I found myself wanting to hug sad Dan-Oh nonstop instead. I too missed Haru and needed to realize that Haru (and Rowoon’s acting abilities) could do more than simply be gentle and look handsome.

I hope the Writer eventually shows up as a person, so that I can pelt him/her with stolen food from the cafeteria (sorry Michae).

Kyung is disappointing me, because redemption seems impossible with his current behavior… and then he unsubconciously shows his feelings for Dan-Oh once again. When Dan-Oh let go of his hand as soon as the Stage ended, you can see Kyung giving her a confused “Why did you let go?” look and trying to keep her hand in his. I do not think Kyung was aware he was doing that…aaargh!

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NOOO. Don't waste food. Throw Do Hwa's violin at Writernim instead. 😜

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I do wonder if Kyung can get redemption...he is not trying to change his arc with the exception of wanting DO by his side, so I wonder if redemption is even possible.

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this drama has been perfect but the last 2 episodes have been circling around the "trumpet creeper" mains, maybe too much?. Kim hye yoon is the one carrying this drama on her shoulders, im glad she's that good. The boys are not doing much for me im sorry.

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Ugh Kyung.. I want to sympathize with him and I get that he's trying but his default is always jerk mode. Hopefully he changes and shows his other side more to Dan Oh and the others. I liked his moment with Dan Oh on the swings; it definitely gave his character the warmth needed to make me soften towards him more. His step brother is definitely aware, I wonder why he's just off to the sidelines and observing. He definitely seems suspicious to me.

YAY for Haru coming back! It was definitely hard seeing him be this jerk character and for Dan Oh to suffer.

I'm thinking that I'll like Ju Da in the shadow and becoming more self-aware. She definitely seems to be aware in the shadow that her good girl image and Nam Ju's protection shields her from the bullies... I can't lie, that smirk is something I would have done in her shoes haha!

P.S. Do you guys watch the behind the scenes videos on YouTube? Love seeing the cast's interactions and who knew that Lee Jae Wook (Kyung) was so nice behind the scenes?? He does his job well haha!
I can't help having these videos influence my watching experience. It makes me feel much warmer towards their characters. :)

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I also watch the behind the scenes videos. Lee Jae Wook and Rowoon are so cute together and seem like extroverts, while the actors playing Nam Joo and Do Hwa seem a little more shy.

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It's nice to see what they're like while waiting to shoot! I get the same feeling when watching the behind the scenes.

While I'm waiting for the drama, I tend to watch them to pass the time! The videos have definitely made me warm up to Kyung as an unintended side effect of liking Lee Jae Wook haha!

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Thank you for the recap! I loved this episode a lot even though most of it was Haru was not-Haru. Favorite parts:
-Juda's smirk!
-Kyung wearing that keychain. I don't ship him with Dan-oh, but it made my heart go ba-dump ba-dump!
-not-Haru instinctively going into jealous mode when he saw Kyung holding Dan-Oh's wrist.
-Kyung showing how fed up he is with some of the cheesy/dumb Stage stuff. Loved how he arrived late to dinner since the Stage will ensure he gets where he needs to be.
-Kyung wondering if his childhood memories of Dan-Oh are real....good question.
-that last ending scene. My heart felt like it was going to burst. Haru came back to Dan-Oh!

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I think the memories Kyung and the others have are real...as real as the whole storyline is. In my opinion the memories have a purpose anyway...they are means to an end and are used to flesh out the characters and are used as reasons why they say/do things.

The are all characters in a manghwa...technically they are not real people but they are real inside of that book. The memories might be planted by the writer but that does not mean that they are fake.

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Haru is back!!!!!!
I am a bit confused by NJ' mother...she might be the villain of the other manghwa but why? Haru seems to be more than an extra in that book...is he a brother of one of the A3 guys in the other story? And how is Mi-chae connetcted to her? He does not seem to be related to any of them but he is still there and seems to be the only one aware of all the books and storylines. I thought he was some sort of narrator of the story but he seems to be more than that.

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