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[2021 Year in Review] Part 1: The Bean Count

It’s time for the yearly Bean Count! For those new to this Dramabeans tradition, Bean Count is a nerdy way of looking back at your year in dramas and giving the shows you loved more love by stealing re-appropriating the attention you gave to other shows.

Here’s how to do your own Bean Count:

1. Get your total beans by counting all the 2021 shows you watched in their entirety. One finished show = one bean. (If it’s a currently airing show that you’re up-to-date on, it also counts as one bean.)

2. Now that you have your total beans, redistribute them among your finished/current shows using whatever rule makes sense to you. You can give each show one bean back, or give all your beans to one show, or somewhere between those extremes.

NOTE: This year’s list of shows includes dramas that aired after November 27, 2020 until November 27 this year. We’ll add a list of the shows at the bottom of the post. If we missed some, feel free to count them in your list.

Check out how the DB minions did their Bean Counts below. Click on the buttons to sort shows by number of beans or airing date. Click on the minion names at the bottom of the table to see how each minion distributed their beans.

If for some reason you can’t view the charts, there’s a copy of the table here and the pie here.

But more importantly, share your own Bean Counts in the comments! Part of the fun is seeing how y’all truly feel about this year’s dramas when metrics and objectivity are thrown out the window, and it comes down to a single question: how many beans is a certain show worth to you?

 

Bean Chart
The Uncanny Counter3
True Beauty10
Mr. Queen3
Run On5
Sweet Home9
Sunbae, Don't Put on That Lipstick5
Hello? It's Me!1
Beyond Evil4
Vincenzo16
Navillera8
Taxi Driver2
Sell Your Haunted House2
Law School5
Youth of May7
Imitation6
Mine1
Move to Heaven12
Mad for Each Other2
Racket Boys4
At a Distance, Spring Is Green1
Monthly Magazine Home1
Hospital Playlist 212
On the Verge of Insanity1
You Are My Spring2
Kingdom: Ashin of the North2
Police University1
D.P.5
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha5
Human Disqualification4
Lending You My House on Wheels1
Yumi's Cells16
Squid Game14
Dal-li and Gamjatang6
The King's Affection5
My Name4
Inspector Koo2
Happiness4
Secret Inspector and Joy2
Melancholia1
The Red Sleeve Cuff1
Hellbound4
One Ordinary Day1
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I get partial beans for dropping a show?
Nope. No bean for you. You must have watched all the available episodes for it to count as one bean.

2. What if I fast-forwarded a show to finish it?
mary thinks it’s cheating to count it as one bean, but mary is just jealous because people have more beans than her every year We don’t judge people since this is supposed to be a fun tradition. 🙂 If that’s how you watch dramas and it counts as finished in your book, sure, count it as one.

3. What if I watched a very long show? Shouldn’t it count as a jar of beans?
Sorry. That’s still only one bean. This rule was set in stone when the Bean Count laws were formed. Changing it will anger The Ghost of Bean Count Past.

4. Can I give negative beans to some shows, and give even more beans to another show?
Since one finished show = one bean, you can get a negative bean by un-watching a sho–just kidding! Nope. You can’t award negative beans. You can, however, take comfort in the fact that you stole that show’s one bean and gave it to something else.

 
LIST OF 2021 SHOWS (click on spoiler to expand)

 
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Wow it’s that time of the year already?!!! Here I was still thinking of 2020 and Covid, and now we are ending 2021 and heading to 2022!!! Crazy days!!

On another note, can we please go back to plain and simple voting poles in various categories and shows and dramas? This bean count allocation reallocation confuses the hell out of me and is quite inconvenient. I wish we could go back to the good ol’ voting days!

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I doubt this will happen, but I always found the bean count format a lot less fun compared to the old polls and the good old fashioned best character, best ost, best otp etc etc.

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Bean counts come first (early December) then voting polls and editor's picks are done during the Holidays (late December).

That's how I remember it but I could be mistaken.

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It seems like there are no editor's picks this year... ?

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I think they do both…

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Really? I didn’t see any polls where we could vote. Did I miss them? Could you share the link in case that came by?

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Is Vincenzo that good? Hmm... I'll check on it.

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Vincenzo is this year's Crash Landing on You for me.

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What a small bean count I have this year 😅
Vincenzo🌟
Run On
Racket Boys🌟🌟🌟🌟
Hospital Playlist
Dali and the cocky prince

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I can't believe I actually have 29 beans. I must have been eating and breathing k-dramas this whole year. I need to get a life.

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Gawd...29 was from the bean chart only. Actual count is 50 (I missed the spoiler list). Must.Get.A.Life.

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The Uncanny Counter ❤
True Beauty ❤
Mr. Queen ❤ ❤
Sweet Home
Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick ❤ ❤ ❤
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)
River Where the Moon Rises ❤
Sisyphus
Beyond Evil ❤ ❤
Vincenzo ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Mouse ❤
Taxi Driver ❤ ❤
Sell Your Haunted House ❤
Law School
Mine ❤
Move to Heaven ❤
Mad for Each Other ❤
Racket Boys ❤
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2 ❤ (only for the 1 episode showdown btw Pi-Young and her jerk of a husband)
Monthly Magazine Home ❤ ❤
Hospital Playlist 2 ❤ ❤
Voice 4 ❤
Nevertheless
On the Verge of Insanity ❤
Kingdom: Ashin of the North
The Road: Tragedy of One
Police University
D.P.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
The Veil
Squid Game ❤
Dal-li and Gamjatang ❤ ❤ ❤
The King’s Affection ❤ ❤ ❤
My Name ❤
Jirisan ❤
Chimera
Dr. Brain ❤
Happiness ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Now, We Are Breaking Up
One Ordinary Day ❤ (because KSH is awesome in it)

Negative beans if I could:
Awaken
Cheat on Me, if You Can
Lovestruck in the City
Dark Hole
Penthouse 2
Penthouse 3
Doom at Your Service
Hellbound
Yumi's Cells (I'll probably get hate for this)
High Class
L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

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50 beans! Wow! you are to be congratulated. Now you have to do the hard work of awarding them 🤔

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Sunbae, Don't Put on That Lipstick 0.5
Navillera 0.5
Move to Heaven 2
Hospital Playlist 0.5
D.P. 1
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 0.5
Yumi's Cells 1
The King's Affection 0.5
Happiness 2
The Red Sleeve Cuff 1.5
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Total=10

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Haha 1/2 a bean

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When I was trying to recall the Bean rules, I was wondering if watching a web drama is only worth a half a bean because they tend to be shorter. 🤭

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I wasn’t sure if I could give half a bean but went with it anyway. Glad it amused you.

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I have 14 beans (and didn't finish 5)
Vincenzo 3
Run ON 2
Dali & the CP. 6
Mr. Queen. 3

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Somehow I have 17 beans and few strong opinions as to their allocation.

But in the vague sense that D.P., Beyond Evil and Mad For Each Other deserve more beans I shall give them three. Two go to Vincenzo and the other four go to Navillera, Verge of Insanity, King's Affection and Secret Royal Inspector for bringing me so much dumb joy.

Should I also do an antibean count this year?

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Oh wait I can't count, it's 19 beans.

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I'll take your two extra beans...

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Done. Use them wisely, old friend.

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I can't math, but isn't this 15 beans?

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I swear this post made sense before I went to bed last night. But, yes. The same brain that gave me 17 beans instead of 19 also wrote... that. It's absolutely that time of year.

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Two more beans for @egads? Or @mary? 😄

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I found three more beans, I might keep them. Unless someone else needs them.

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Watch Sweet Home and give them to that 😉😉

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Yes I am a statistician that can't count.
Also I went to redo my allocation and found more beans.
My incompetence is funny.

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At least you have a surplus and not a shortage.

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That's ok, I used to be an accountant, and I STILL can't count (actually, do accountants CAN even count? lol) My words-inclined brain didn't find a single fault in your post, until someone pointed it out.

Anyway, thank you, LT, for graciously awarding your extra beans to Mad For Each Other. I was shocked to see it charting so low in the graph above, it surely doesn't deserve just two beans?? If there is one single show that does stand out in my mind (that I actually finished) is MFEO. Also (weirdly), Squid Game.

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Yes, to your question. Anti-bean count please!

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On it

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So, I Googled antibean; guess what comes up as the very first item?

https://invisibledragon.home.blog/2020/01/02/2019-the-year-of-the-antibean/

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And people say the antibean count is confusing. That post shows it's super easy.

Actually I will find it difficult this year because if I wasn't enjoying something I dropped it. Most of the shows I finished I mostly enjoyed so my antibean will be low.

This is why my level of crazy has flattened out after 2019: The Year That Broke Me.

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Huh, I somehow ended up watching quite a bit of 2021 shows! xD 15 to be specific, from Korea this year! :')

Mr. Queen***
Squid Games***
Yumi's Cells***
Red Sleeves**
Cup of Coffee**
Youth of May*
King's affection*

And... No beans for you! :P
Run On, Check out the event, Hometown Chax3, So Not Worth it, True Beauty, Lovestruck In the City, Nevertheless, & Melancholia

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Beans for 2021! It's hard, because I usually only finish shows I enjoyed so I want to give them at least one bean, but then how do I give extra beans to shows I loved MORE?

Vincenzo 💖💖💖
Mine ❤
Sell Your Haunted House 🖤
Doom At Your Service
Nevertheless
So Not Worth It 💙
You Are My Spring 💝
The King's Affection 💔

Doom and Nevertheless do not get any beans so my spares go to Vincenzo which I enjoyed the most this year. That being said, I do want to give props to Nevertheless for having the cutest couple Soljiwan of the year, despite the ending robbing it from its bean it otherwise would've had.

Vincenzo is my obvious favorite. The funnest show with the surprisingly fire villain couple.
Mine isn't perfect, but definitely underrated! A makjang with strong women.
Sell Your Haunted House was a good ride, Jang Nara knocked it out of the park.
So Not Worth it was a clunky sitcom that tried too hard, but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless. It can keep its bean.
You Are My Spring was great! I loved the romance and friends, not so much the murder.
The King's Affection has 2 episodes left, but Park Eun Bin's acting has earned it its bean regardless of where the story takes us.

8 beans! that's more than usual. 2021 was an OK drama year in my book!

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I guess this is my curse - I watch kdramas day and night but only have 7 beans for this year 🤣
Run On
Vincenzo ✨✨
Law School
Doom At Your Service
Homecha ✨✨✨
Squid Game
Since it's ending tomorrow, I'll include:
Happiness ✨✨

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Damn it's already that time of year again! I haven't been quite active on DB for a couple months now, so it seems strange to see this post. I struggled quite a lot with dramas this year, stopping and dropping some halfway, but I loved and hated quite a few dramas so here's my bean count.

Queen Cheorin 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
Mad for each other 🌸🌸🌸🌸
Vincenzo 🌸🌸🌸
My name 🌸🌸🌸
Taxi driver 🌸🌸🌸
D.P 🌸🌸🌸
Yumi's Cell 🌸🌸🌸
Monthly magazine 🌸🌸
Move to Heaven 🌸🌸
You are my spring 🌸
True Beauty 🌸

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I watched a lot of dramas this year but didn't love a lot, so I would've had more beans than I needed because I can't remember the last time I dropped a show. I have 41 beans.

Favorite Characters: True Beauty Lim Ju-gyeong (Moon Ga-young), Racket Boys Yoon Hae-kang (Tang Joon-sang), Imitation Kwon Ryoc (Lee Jun-young) is my favorite tsundere and he was so grumpy but a marshmallow.
OTPs: Vincenzo Vincenzo Cassano and Hong Cha-young (Song Joong-ki and Jeon Yeo-bin), So I Married the Anti-Fan Who Joon and Lee Geun-yeong (Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young), True Beauty Lee Su-ho and Lim Ju-gyeong (Cha Eun-woo and Moon Ga-young)
OSTs: True Beauty Ha Sung-woon "Fall in You," My Roommate Is a Gumiho Jeong Se-woon "DOOR (Your Moon)," So I Married the Anti-Fan Lee Shin-sung "As Good As It Gets," So I Married the Anti-Fan Kwon Min-je "When U Blow"

Vincenzo: 6
Hellbound: 6 I worship Yoo Ah-in and Park Jung-min.
True Beauty: 5
Imitation: 4
So I Married the Anti-Fan: 4 The writing is terrible and I rewrote every episode in my head, but this show was addicting and the OTP is everything. This is my comfort rom-com and 2018 me would have loved it even more.
Racket Boys: 3
At a Distance, Spring Is Green: 3 The character Yeo Jun (Park Ji-hoon) is my ideal type and I swoon over his witty remarks to everything.
Yumi's Cells: 2
One Ordinary Day: 2
The Witch's Diner: 1 I hate this drama for making me ship a high schooler with a twenty-eight-year-old.
Sweet Home: 1 I loved watching this drama but was bitter about the changes to the webtoon and the plot was all over the place.
D.P.: 1
Melancholia: 1 I oscillate between trying to ignore the romance and wanting to rage-quit this drama.
Youth of May: 1
The Devil Judge: 1

Honorable Mentions: Lovers of the Red Sky, Police University I loved these dramas until I didn't which makes me sad to have to take away all their beans.

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What the actual hell??? My bean count is 20. No way I've seen that many dramas and these are only of 2021. I'm afraid to actually count the whole list. Gulp. I'm actually tempted to watch a short drama and add some more beans but I will restrain myself from doing that. Funny how many shows that I was very excited while watching are'nt what that got the stars but the dramas that still give fuzzies or want to re watch them again were what that got them. Good luck all!!!
Run on ❤❤❤
Sweet home❤❤
Vincenzo❤❤❤❤
Move to heaven❤
Mad for each other❤
Youth of may❤
Beyond evil❤
Human disqualification❤
Yumis cells❤❤❤
Dali and gamjatang❤
Hellbound❤
Red sleeve cuff❤

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*Stars*???? Where did they even come from??? Beans. Can't believe that I confused beans with stars.

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Nooo, it can't be time for the Bean Count already! There's still so much more I want to watch from this year!

Okay, well, if I include Japanese dramas (which I must, because firstly I want the beans, and secondly one of my favourites this was Japanese), then I have 21 beans so far!

I'll change my mind about this the second I post it, but for now I want to disperse them like this:

Racket Boys:🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀

Vincenzo:🦀🦀

Move to Heaven:🦀🦀🦀🦀

You Are My Spring: 🦀🦀

Nijiiro Karute: 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀

Ano Toki Kiss Shite Okeba: 🦀

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Well, I forgot about Hometown Chachacha 😂

Told you I'd change my mind straight away!

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I have watched 15 shows. When? I've no idea. Mostly because they were available on Netflix.
Uncanny counter
Navillera🕺🕺
Racket boys 🏸🏸🏸🏸
You are my spring
Vincenzo🐦
Hellbound
Hospital playlist 2👩‍⚕
Hometown cha3 👠👠
Run on🏃
Sweet home
Move to heaven👨‍👦👨‍👦
Yumi's cells 🐸🐸
Great shaman ga doo shim
Beyond evil
School 2021-upto date

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Your emojis are on point! especially the bird 🐦

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Hehe. I wanted to put a lighter but I don't think there's any. Then I remembered the bird. I can't remember his name 🙈

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Inzaghi! 😆

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My favorite is Yumi's Cells' frog. 🐸

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Question: until when is the pole open? O want to get my Happiness and Idol: the Coup beans before I vote 😋

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@flyingcolours, I hope you don’t mind if I use your post as a placeholder for questions to the @db-staff like the one you posed?
First of all @mary it is great to see you here again.

Now my question or appeal:
May I claim a bean for having completed WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE (Kakao TV) 12 eps. (Oct. 24-Dec. 2, 2021)?

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@marcusnyc20 bong-soo Do you not see Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? under LIST OF 2021 SHOWS spoiler?

@lordcobol Did you see Joseon Exorcist has been sanctioned by the Bean Count Overlord? Promptly gave its bean to another show.

Is Lending You My House on Wheels a variety show or drama?

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Yes, I saw it.

Actually, when I mentioned it recently that was partly because I hoped to nudge the overlords into explicitly permitting it.

Yes, I can be sneaking and manipulative. Must have been a chaebol in a past life.

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@panshel, thank you for pointing out the SPOILER list to me. Now I see that COFFEE is on the list. (I was looking at the minions bean chart and I am surprised that COFFEE was not awarded any minion beans.)

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I think I have 8 beans this year.

Run On
Nevillera 🥑
Sell Your Haunted House 🥑🥑🥑
Move to Heaven
Hospital Playlist 2 🥑
You’re My Spring
Dali and Gamjatang 🥑🥑

And.. the one show that isn’t even mentioned here because no db staff gave any bean to it..

Nevertheless! 🥑

In all, I don’t count this year as a good year for Kdrama watching for me, but I’m happy I’ve developed better discernment for the shows I might like and the shows I might not.

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I forgot to count BOSSAM omg.
So in all it should be 9 beans. I'll distribute the last bean to Dali and Gamjatang because I wanted fluff and it delivered.

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I've got 17 beans 💖!

Happiness 💖💖💖
Vincenzo 💖💖
Hospital Playlist 2 💖💖💖
Red Sleeve Cuff 💖
King's Affection 💖
Racket Boys 💖💖
Squid Game 💖💖
My Name 💖
Beyond Evil 💖
Move to Heaven 💖

No beans:
Dali and G, Hometown Cha, Run On, Sweet Home, One ordinary day (too early to give any beans yet!), The Uncanny Counter, Secret inspector and Joy

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If Beanies wait to do their Bean Counts until December 19, then One Ordinary Day will have ended.

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18 beans. I can't believe a medical student actually watched all that drama only for 2021.
Vincenzo- 4
Red Sleeve Cuff - 4
Mr Queen - 2
Law School - 3
Squid game - 3
True Beauty - 2

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I have 44 beans. I'd like to give more to Happiness and Inspector Koo but they might totally botch their finales.

Move to Heaven ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
On the Verge of Insanity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Run On ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Vincenzo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Squid Game ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mad for Each Other ⭐⭐⭐
Yumi’s Cells ⭐⭐⭐
Navillera ⭐⭐⭐
D.P. ⭐⭐⭐
Work Later, Drink Now ⭐⭐⭐
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ⭐⭐
Racket Boys⭐⭐
Sweet Home⭐
Inspector Koo⭐
Happiness ⭐
Hospital Playlist 2
Red Sleeve Cuff
Beyond Evil
Reflection of You
Hellbound
The King’s Affection
Secret Royal Inspector and Joy
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee
Melancholia
My Name
Bossam: Steal the Fate
Youth of May
The Devil Judge
Nevertheless
Law School
Mouse
Mine
Mr. Queen
True Beauty
Hello, Me!
L.U.C.A: The Beginning
The Uncanny Counter
Sisyphus: The Myth
Lovestruck in the City
Love (Ft. Marriage & Divorce) 1 and 2
At a Distance, Spring is Green
Revolutionary Sisters
High Class

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frankly Run On deserves all the beans purely for having what is very likely the healthiest and least toxic main couple to ever kdrama

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Even the second leads were characters we can happily root on.

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I completed 18 dramas though some were old dramas
My beans go to
Uncanny Counter 3 beans
Sweet Home 5 beans
Happiness 5 beans
Squid Game 1 bean
My roommate is a Gumiho 1 bean
Sell your haunted house 1 bean
Lovers of red sky 2 beans

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Watched 18 shows this year and while I surprisingly enjoyed all of them, I'm giving my beanies to the ones that truly stood out for me:
1.Racket Boys 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻
2.Vincenzo 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊
3.Melancholia🌘🌘
4.Nevertheless 🐍

The other shows: At a Distance Spring is Green, Sell Your Haunted House, Dali and Gamjatang, Now We're Breaking Up, Doom At Your Service, True Beauty, My Roommate is a Gumiho, Hospital Playlist 2, Yumi's Cells, Mr. Queen, Sunbae Don't Put on That Lipstick, Run On, Lovestruck in the City and Squid Game

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I have 49 beans... Inspector Koo isn't quite my favorite but it seems like the most underappreciated among the shows I like a lot.
Vincenzo 15
Inspector Koo 11
Youth of May 10
Hello Me 2
Mr Queen 2
D.P. 2
Bite Sisters 1
Work Later Drink Now 1
Racket Boys 1
River Where the Moon Rises 1
Squid Game 1
Sisyphus 1
My Roommate Is a Gumiho 1

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I had 76 beanies!
The Uncanny Counter
Awaken
Cheat on Me, If You Can
True Beauty
Hush
Mr. Queen
Run On
Sweet Home
Lovestruck in the City
Sunbae, Don’t Put on That Lipstick
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce)
L.U.C.A.: The Beginning
River Where the Moon Rises
Hello? It’s Me!
Sisyphus
Penthouse 2
Beyond Evil
Times
Vincenzo
Mouse
Love Alarm 2
Joseon Exorcist
Navillera
Oh! Master
Taxi Driver
Sell Your Haunted House
Undercover
Dark Hole
Bossam: Steal the Fate
Youth of May
Imitation
Mine
Doom at Your Service
Move to Heaven
Mad for Each Other
My Roommate Is a Gumiho
Racket Boys
Penthouse 3
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) 2
At a Distance, Spring Is Green
Monthly Magazine Home
Hospital Playlist 2
So Not Worth It
Nevertheless
On the Verge of Insanity
The Devil Judge
You Are My Spring
The Road: Tragedy of One
D.P.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
Red Sky
Human Disqualification
High Class
The Veil
One the Woman
Yumi’s Cells
Squid Game
Dal-li and Gamjatang
Hometown
The King’s Affection
Reflection of You
Jirisan
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?
Crime Puzzle
Inspector Koo
Chimera
Dr. Brain
Happiness
Idol: The Coup
Secret Inspector and Joy
Melancholia
The Red Sleeve Cuff
Now, We Are Breaking Up
Hellbound
School 2021
One Ordinary Day

No beans for...
Secret Royal Investigator, Law School, Voice 4, Kingdom: Ashin of the North,
The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim, Police University, Lending You My House on Wheels, My Name

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But then, I added...
15 beanies for Vincenzo
11 beanies for Youth of May
2 beanies for Racket Boys

UPDATED: equals to 104 beanies and that was my longest beanies I had.

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HOW O__O

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I got an extra 15 beans for Vincenzo because iwas still missing Chacenzo in Vincenzo so much.

For extra 11 beans for Youth of May is because I fell in love with all 4 main characters and even the cast themselves!

I got extra 2 beans for Racket Boys is because I had totally a crush Tang Joon-sang and even Oh Na-ra that I still called her the most beautiful actress on this Kdrama!

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Aigooo!!! It's just impressive man! Wondering if you missed any drama this year!
You're giving me major #2022 goal!😂

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What a busy drama year this was. I watched or am up-to-date on 47 shows. My usual rules for assigning the 47 beans - every show gets a bean unless I disliked it in part or in whole. Leftover beans go to the shows I liked more
The dramas I watched this year, listed alphabetically.

2021 DRAMAS (some started in 2020, ended in 2021)
1. A Love So Beautiful (Korean) ♥
2. At a Distance, Spring is Green ♥
3. Awaken
4. Beyond Evil ♥
5. Bossam ♥
6. Cheat On Me, If You Can ♥
7. D.P. ♥ ♥
8. Daebak Real Estate♥ ♥
9. Dali and Cocky Prince ♥
10. Delayed Justice ♥
11. Doom at Your Service
12. Hello, Me!
13. Hometown Cha-cha-cha ♥ ♥
14. Hospital Playlist (Season 2) ♥
15. Joseon Exorcist ♥
16. Law School
17. Lovers of the Red Sky ♥
18. Lovestruck in the City
19. Mad for Each Other ♥
20. Monthly Magazine Home
21. Mouse ♥
22. Mr. Queen ♥♥
23. My Roommate is a Gumiho ♥
24. Navillera ♥
25. Nobleman Ryu's Wedding ♥
26. Oh! Master
27. Racket Boys ♥♥
28. River Where the Moon Rises ♥
29. Run On ♥
30. Secret Royal Inspector ♥
31. Sisyphus: The Myth
32. Sunbae, Don't Put on That Lipstick ♥
33. Taxi Driver ♥
34. The Great Shaman Ga Doo-shim ♥
35. The Uncanny Counter ♥
36. True Beauty ♥
37. Vincenzo ♥♥
38. You Are My Spring ♥ ♥
39. Youth of May ♥ ♥

ONGOING 2021 DRAMAS
40. A King's Affection ♥
41. Chimera ♥
42. Inspector Koo ♥
43. Jirisan ♥
44. Melancholia ♥
45. Now We Are Breaking Up
46. Secret Royal Inspector & Joy ♥
47. The Red Sleeve Cuff ♥♥

OLD DRAMAS
Best Mistake
Find Me in Your Memory
Handmade Love
I Really, Really Like You
Miss Hammurabi
Once Again
Sweet 18

Also watched 48 non-Korean Asian dramas (Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese) with the standouts being Hikaru No Go, Word of Honour, You Are My Hero, You Are My Glory, and One and Only.

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Begging for extra beans if you can spare Park Hee-soon some ♥

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HI MARY!!! We’ve missed you! 🥰

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I'm hoarding my paltry few, so no. So sorry.

But it's beyond lovely to see you here again.

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Pleasantly surprised to see the post is by you. Should we say, welcome back Mary?

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Park Hee-soon is the (only) reason to watch My Name, but Do Gang-jae (Chang Ryul) was also a great character. Along with Lee Hak-joo, I sided with the bad guys over the good guys.

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I miss you!

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Woohoo!! it's DB's Bean Count!!
I'm so pumped for this year's bean count because I felt that I watched/started quite a lot of dramas, and only dropping little of it, such an achievement for me :D

My comment on DB Staff's bean count: ouch! two of my faves (OTVOI and Monthly Magazine Home) only got a bean, yeah, I'll make sure they're in a good place on mine hahaa..

Terms and Conditions on Azkiya's Bean Counts:

a. I have 13 beans by today, and I'm up to date with 5 currently airing dramas (means another potential 5 beans) so I'm good with 18 beans.

b. my beans would be awarded with care to my most favourite dramas that "I enjoyed the most". This can be very different (or even opposite) to other viewer/DB Staff/beanies selection (spoiler: even my mind could be in such an argument with my heart on my choice of faves. Yeay,, that's fun!) :D

here we go!

Dramas I enjoy the most in 2021, with the least beans count, started with 1 bean (o):

(o) : 1 bean
Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Squid Game
Jirisan
Dr. Brain

(oo) : 2 beans
She'll never know (Sunbae)

(ooc) : 2,5 beans
Monthly Magazine Home
Idol: The Coup

(ooo): 3 beans
Yumi's Cell

(oooo): 4 beans
On The Verge of Insanity

That's it, that's my faves for 2021. Thanks for all the joy this year, kdramas! I'll make sure to visit you again next year!

with love,
Azkiya

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10 for the year - actually the most amount I've had in a long while! Thank you netflix LOL

Navillera ⭐⭐
Run On ⭐
Move to Heaven ⭐⭐
The Red Sleeve ⭐⭐
Racket Boys ⭐⭐
Idol: The Coup ⭐

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This was quite an interesting year in dramas.

Top favourite was Verge of Insanity - 5 beans.

4 beans for these outstanding dramas:
DP
Move to heaven
Red Sleeve Cuff
Human Disqualification

3 beans for:
Beyond Evil
Yumi's cells
One Ordinary Day

2 beans for:
Racket Boys
Mr Queen
Happiness

Still very enjoyable and for one bean each were:
Uncanny Counter
Run on
Navillera
Bossam
Mad for each other
Devil Judge
Imitation
Hospital Playlist 2
Inspector Koo
Squid games
Melancholia

Altogether 47 beans

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I thought DB forgot some shows they recapped, but it’s just that no one gave them beans.
I mean you, Jirisan.

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Jirisan would be my anti-bean if it weren't for Sisyphus the Mistake.

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Asking questions are really good thing if you are not understanding anything completely, except this post
provides fastidious understanding yet.

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couldn´t finish because I didn´t enjoy:
Dali and whatever
You are my something
Move to heaven

honest, I must be a different breed, just like wtf why do I find the dramas that beanies love so tedious

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Eh I couldn’t get going with You Are My Spring, sometimes the things that grab others just don’t grab you.

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But what did you like? I find this year I’m out of agreement with most Beanies but very in agreement with the Minion Opinions.

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Sweet home and Happiness, for the way they relate to the craziness of a pandemic surrounding us and being stuck somewhere with a monster virus roaming around. The first relying highly on effects and the brutality & ruthlessness of society in eliminating the threats. The other with no special effects except tension created by timing, and what is in the viwers´ imagination. it is not perfect, but it has the quality of true suspense where you know who and where, but not when and how. and I am so impressed by Park Hyung Sik in it. So levelled and so immersed.

also currently late to watch My Roommate is a gumiho where Hyeris´ character twists every trope and is outspoken and brazen yet exposes her heart honestly. very rare to see in a female lead.
and that the ML is not cold and rude but very gentle and careful and reminds me of the chinese mythological character Kirin, who was said to walk so gently as to not hurt the grass it was walking on. also Kang Hannas character is hilarious.

I also liked The uncanny counter for its´ energy solely. and Sell your haunted house.

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I am really enjoying Happiness for the same reasons and I was surprised to like Roomate/Gumiho. Hyeri did a great job that I never would have expected from her.

I wasn’t in the mood for Move to Heaven but think I will at least try it now that my mood is better.

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although, it is getting a bit tough to watch so many awful people. and the helplessness and despair of the few decent ones like the lawyers´ wife. and watching Hyun fighting his urge to turn. it is like a symbol of humans resisting their dark desires and many giving in.

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Scene for much of 2021 has hubby lurking in the background asking, "Why are you still watching this drama?". Me mumbling a response, "I want the dang bean."
Turns out I'm just a piker at only 22 beans, but every one is sincerely awarded. I admit I dropped a bunch of shows but these are ones I would rewatch:
Bossam, Steal the Fate 4 beans (for Yuri and the ensemble)
On the Verge of Insanity 2
Hometown Cha Cha 2
Dali & Gamjatang 2
Hospital Playlist2 2 beans
King's Affection 2
ONE BEAN EACH for:
Sell Your Haunted House
Run On
Please Don't Date Him
Move to Heaven
Great Shaman Go Do shin
Would You Like a Cup of Coffee?
Red Sleeve Cuff
Inspector Koo
Now I wish I had more beans

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49, lol, some of them I had to look up because the names where different or I just didn't remember, but wowza, that is a lot.

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As of this second, I have 13 beans, but planning on finishing My Name, Kings affection, and before the end of the year, so 15!!!

I give 5 beans to Bossam
I give 4 beans to Navillera
I give 3 beans to Yumi’s cells
I give 1 bean to Kings Affection
I give 1 bean to Hometown Cha Cha Cha
I give 1 bean to Dali and the Cocky prince

If I could give beans for who I deemed to be the hardest working cast and crew on a show this year, all my beans would go to River where the moon rises. Now that more details are coming out, it seems to have been much ado about something much smaller, but ended up costing a lot of time, energy and money. Refilming an entire show (and not just any show, but a sageuk) again with a new actor, that was unprecedented.

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Ally, your Bossam musical riffs are remembered fondly.

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It was actually RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES, but THANK YOU! 🥰

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None of the original actors got paid for the re-shoot of rwtmr so the production might have been able to save a big chuck of the cost there but I agree they deserve appreciation for the amount of effort and time everyone from cast to crew put into redoing an entire drama.

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I'm surprised I have as many as 7 beans. Well that's also because 2 of the shows in the count are currently airing and my mind puts Mr Queen and Run On in last year's category. Tbh I've only completed shows I have really liked so I don't think I'll give their beans to another. So here's just my small list of shows I liked this year and can definitely recommend:
1. Yumi's cells - so glad its right there at the top with Vincenzo which was well loved but there was not much buzz about Yumi's cells even in the WWW thread. I'm pleasantly surprised that minions watched and loved it too.
2. Mr Queen
3. Run On
4. Squid Game
5. Hellbound
6. The Kings Affection
7. The red sleeve cuff
BONUS: Cdrama The Day of Becoming You. Besides Yumi's cells, Run On and Mr Queen, this has been my year's highlight. And also maybe T-drama Rainless love in a Godless Land.
Shows I regret not finishing:
1. Hometown Cha cha cha: I liked it untill they tried to show that Chief Hong was actually a perfect man who can act cool in the society because technically he fits the society's standards but is just not exercising them. It ruined the show's main purpose for me and the background story did too. So i left it at ep 15 but I could've just pressed play for the last one.
My Roomate is a Gumiho: I liked it but dropped it because didn't want to go to the dark sites.
Remembrance of Things Past C drama: I genuinely hope I can catch up to this genm sometime. It is so good but this year has been very depressing and meh. When I realized the show was about to tackle some serious issues, I paused it.
On the verge of Insanity: Paused it at ep 6 but its good enough to continue. Maybe later!
So yeah...
Even if this year had some really good dramas, my entire mood was meh. I couldn't like any drama unless it really hooked me. Hoping next year will be better for me and dramas.

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I only have 6 beans. All for Run On!

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Anyway, those 6 beans were from:
Run On
Beyond Evil
True Beauty
Taxi Driver
On the Verge of Insanity
Squid Game

I've got 1 more episode of Hospital Playlist 2 but somehow I'm not really interested to watch its last episode.

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I converted my 10 beans into pizza slices, given to dramas that I talked/spazzed/thought about the most:

Run On 🍕 🍕
Lovestruck in the City
Vincenzo
Navillera
Law School 🍕
Hospital Playlist 2 🍕 🍕
Move to Heaven
Mad for Each Other
On The Verge of Insanity 🍕 🍕 🍕
Reflection of You 🍕 🍕

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Well, the emojis didn't turn out as prettily as I thought...

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I earned 17 beans. I thought there were a lot of good dramas this year, particularly romance ones. Good year!!
XX My Roommate is a Gumiho
XX Sunbae, Don't Put on That Lipstick
XX You Are My Spring
XX Hometown Cha Cha Cha
XX Navillere
XX Move to Heaven
X Mr Queen
X Run On
X Taxi Driver
X DP
X On the Verge of Insanity

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wow, I had the most beans this year since I am not working n taking a break this yr. only counting 2021 shows n not counting old dramas tat I watched this yr too.

1. uncanny encounter ❤️
2. true beauty ❤️
3. mr queen ❤️
4. sweet home ❤️
5. run on
6. royal secret agent
7. sisyphus
8. beyond evil
9. vincenzo ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
10. love alarm 2
11. mouse ❤️
12. navillera ❤️
13. youth of may
14. doom at your service
15. move to heaven ❤️❤️
16. mad for each other ❤️❤️❤️
17. my roommate is a gumiho
18. racket boys ❤️
19. hospital playlist 2 ❤️❤️
20. voice 4
21. you are my spring ❤️ - if only they either do away with the murder plot or go deeper into it
22. kingdom: ashin of the north
23. witch's diner
24. the great shaman go doo shim
25. check out the event
26. D.P ❤️
27. hometown cha cha cha ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
28. police university
29. squid game ❤️❤️
30. hometown
31. yumi's cells ❤️❤️❤️❤️
32. dali and the cocky prince - it's a waste cos the OTP is cute but surrounded with annoying side characters
33. lovers of the red sky
34. jirisan ❤️ - I wanna love you more but I am a little disappointed, so 1 bean for my bias JJH
35. happiness ❤️❤️ - if only there is lesser annoying people
36. melancholia
37. secret royal inspector and joy
38. hellbound
39. work later, drink now ❤️

come to realise tat, for this year, I love dramas that have a wholesome "family" vibe and tat is why homecha n vincenzo tops my list. I jus started now, we are breaking up so not going to add into this list.

on my to-watch list:
- my name
- red sleeve cuff
- one ordinary day

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First of all, @mary! Hello!

Second, I have a very sad four beans. It's been a year and I cannot wait to slam the door on its backside.

Anyways, here we go with my bean distribution. It looks so sad.

Vincenzo: 2
Mad For Each Other: 1
Move to Heaven: 1
HosPlay 2:

I must confess that I did do some fast forwarding through Hospital Playlist 2 in order to finish it. But seriously, it was mostly the band scenes and those episodes were movie length. It was too much. Too much. Besides, I needed another bean to give to Vincenzo.

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Wait, I missed one. I have FIVE beans to allocate.

You Are My Spring: 1

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Also, it's pretty indicative of the trash fire that is 2021 that I couldn't even count to five.

But you know, there were some really great dramas this year, and I'm like halfway through a lot of them. Hopefully, I'll press play and finish some because it's not their fault I'm in an epic slump.

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So, the lovely and kind @leetennant has gifted me the two beans she discovered hiding under a chair or something and so I have to distribute them. Now, I don't know if the gifting of beans is allowable by the bylaws of the Bean Count, but as LT and I are both Dames, we don't care and get to follow our own rules. Sorry overlords, that's just the way it is.

Anyways, looking at my list I have to give the additional beans to Vincenzo. One extra bean for the amazing music. Seriously, would Vincenzo have been even half as good if it hadn't sounded so marvelous? I think not. The second additional bean also goes to Vincenzo, specifically the Inzaghi. Who knew a pigeon could be pivotal to the emotional and plot points of a drama? Not me. But Inzaghi deserves a bean all his own.

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My approval is unnecessary but you have it nonetheless.

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I have 24 beans! Now how will I distribute them?

Hospital Playlist 2 3
Move to Heaven 3
Vincenzo 3
Beyond Evil
2
Happiness 2
Navillera 2
Racket Boys 2
The Red Sleeve 2
Run On 2
Sweet Home 2
D.P. 1

I wish I had more beans to give but alas.
I might redistribute some beans if Happiness and The Red Sleeve end up disappointing me.

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11 beans. I dropped a few shows very quickly but went back to watch old shows like BEAUTIFUL WORLD, SCHOOL 2013 and WORLDS COLLIDE.
2021:
TIMES
OH MY MASTER
DAEBAK REALTY * *
BOSSAM *
HIGH CLASS
THE VEIL
GROWING SEASON * * * *
CHEAT ON ME IF YOU CAN *
THE WITCH’S DINER
SQUID GAME * * *
DALI COCKY PRINCE

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43 Beans : 4, 3, 2, 1 and 0

The King's Affection ❤❤❤❤
Racket Boys ❤❤❤❤
Vincenzo ❤❤❤❤
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha ❤❤❤❤
She Would Never Know ❤❤❤❤
Move to Heaven ❤❤❤❤
D.P. ❤❤❤❤

Yumi’s Cells ❤❤❤

Sell Your Haunted House ❤❤
On the Verge of Insanity ❤❤
Awaken ❤❤
You Are My Spring ❤❤

Taxi Driver
Hospital Playlist 2
Mr. Queen
The Uncanny Counter

Youth of May
At a Distance, Spring Is Green
Police University
Dali and Cocky Prince
Imitation
Here's My Plan
The Veil
Lovers of the Red Sky
Navillera
Doom at Your Service
My Roommate Is a Gumiho
True Beauty
Happiness
Live On
Run On
Sisyphus: The Myth
Law School
Monthly Magazine Home
Beyond Evil
Nevertheless
Lost
Bossam: Steal the Fate
Lovestruck in the City
Squid Game
My Name
The Witch's Diner
The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim

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34 for me this year. Wow, where did I find the time?

Vincenzo: 7. An absolute joy from start to finish - operatic masterpiece. Looked forward to it so much each week. Chacenzo was one of my favourite drama couples ever.
DP: 6. It was such a difficult watch, but it stayed with me for weeks afterwards. When we keep quiet, we perpetuate the abuse... Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-han were stunning.
Mr Queen: 4. McDonaldu. Need I say more.
Dali and Gamjatang: 4. Both the lead characters were great for me, and I loved the over-the-topness of it all. Loved the time-skip twist at the end :)
Red Sleeve: 4. This could go wrong, but at the minute, I'm loving it. Politics from the women's perspective is soooo much more interesting. Plus, I *love* the way our king and his maid bicker their way into a relationship.
Beyond Evil: 3. I loved the tightness of the plotting and the sense of really getting to know this small community fighting against the world. Kept me gripped.
Move to Heaven: 2. Tang Joon-sang was excellent, Lee Je-hoon was excellent, and my eyes were opened to a world I didn't think to consider. Deeply moving.
Racket Boys: 1. For all the cast, who were properly teenagers!
Happiness: 1. Properly good main couple, and the writer's kept the interest high so far (please, please don't mess up, drama, this weekend!).
Great Shaman: 1. Nam Da-reum and Kim Sae-ron were delightful. They made me care.
Run On: 1. For best communication between an OST that I've witnessed in a long time. Breath of fresh air.

If I could ensure a drama never saw the light of day again, it would be Oh Master. Just. Horrible.

Thanks, Beanies, for another great year of comments and thoughts!

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Argh! I forgot about Great Shaman! I liked that one, too, and should have given it a bean.

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This is the first time for me to join the tradition. For a socalled Kdrama holic, I'm quite picky this year. I'll be generous with the beans because I just watched ones that I liked. The best one is 5 out of 5.

Run On ❤❤❤❤
Hospital Playlist ❤❤❤❤
Dalli and Gamjatang ❤❤❤❤
Beyond Evil ❤❤❤❤❤
Mad For Each Other ❤❤❤
Navillera ❤❤❤
The Red Sleeve ❤❤❤
The rest, I simply don't watch or don't finish. I love The Red Sleeve so much, but we're still halfway, so yeah there you go....

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18 beans.

True Beauty
Mr. Queen
Lovestruck in the city
Vincenzo
Love Alarm II
Doom at your service
Move to heaven
My roommate is a gumiho
Nevertheless
The great shaman Ga doo shim
Hometown chax3
Red sky
Human disqualification
Yuki's cells
Dali and Gamjatang
The King's affection
My name
Secret Royal inspector and joy

As for my beans:
True beauty - 2
Move to heaven - 2
The Great Shaman - 2
Red sky - 1
Human disqualification - 1
Yumi's cells - 2
The king's affection - 4
My name - 2
Secret inspector and joyi - 2

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18 beans.

The shock for me here is not how many I finished, but how many I started and then abandoned. So there are very few on the list of releases I didn't give at one a one episode chance, and I ended up really enjoying all the ones I actually committed to watching all the way through. Of the titles below, "From a Distance" is probably the only one I finished but didn't particularly like.

I've given beans to the ones I still think about because I thought at least once while viewing "This is REALLY good" and no beans to ones I'm still watching even if I love it (Red Sleeve) or those that I enjoyed but fast forwarded a bit to get to the end.

Lost: 2
Beyond Evil: 1
Vincenzo: 2
Dali & Gamjatang: 1
Hello, It's Me
Imitation
Racket Boys
Hospital Playlist 2: 1
You Are My Spring: 1
From a Distance, Spring is Green
Hellbound: 1
Happiness: 1
Squid Game: 3
Mad for Each Other: 1
Run On
Mr. Queen: 3
Move to Heaven: 1
Red Sleeve Cuff

Still Plan to Watch: DP and Yumi's Cells

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