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Kiss Sixth Sense: Episodes 1-2

Disney+ dropped the first two episodes of the straightforwardly named Kiss Sixth Sense this week featuring what may be some of the strangest superpowers in K-drama history. Luckily, the rules of this world are set up quickly and don’t seem too complicated (yet), so we can settle in and get straight to the action — and boyyy was there more action than I was bargaining for.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

We meet our heroine HONG YE-SOOL (Seo Ji-hye) at her office where she works practically around the clock as the newly promoted PM of an advertising agency. But before we learn about her work, we get a more curious moment where she is able to predict the start of a rain shower down to the second and tells us that it’s her sixth sense.

As it turns out, any time her lips come in contact with another person’s body, she sees that person’s future. Are you ready for this setup? In this instance, the woman who is about to slip and fall in the rain had earlier smacked her long locks into Ye-sool’s lips in a crowded elevator. Hence, the miraculous fortune telling on Ye-sool’s part, and the start of a lot of eyebrow raising on ours.

We get Ye-sool’s backstory from an inner monologue and find out her powers started when she was a kid and kissed the hand of her dying father. Since then, any passing brush by the lips or full-on kiss gives her a vision that “always comes true,” though she doesn’t know when it will happen.

The sad part is that whenever she’s kissed someone she loved, she’s seen their future… but not with her. With someone else. To avoid this, Ye-sool has vowed never to kiss anyone again — going so far as to play sick and put on a mask to evade contact with a boyfriend. Of course, this leads to the same result she is trying to avoid: break-up. Whether she sees the guy’s future and dumps him preemptively, or tries not to see his future and gets ditched for lack of intimacy, she’s doomed either way.

Since this is dramaland, where the accidental kiss-o-meter is off the charts, avoiding contact is not an option. Cue our male lead CHA MIN-HU (Yoon Kye-sang) who is Ye-sool’s boss and seeming adversary. What we know about him so far is that while he yells a lot and Ye-sool thinks he hates her, he also worries about her health, supports her in her new role, and even compliments her work by the end of Episode 2.

When one of their commercial sets (in an ad for a mattress, no less) gets rained out and the two have to go clean up in the downpour, a classic trip-and-fall kiss onto said mattress leads Ye-sool to see their future — gulp — together.

And what a racy future it is. In a blurry vision she sees them enter an apartment, knock over a potted plant, and keep kissing like crazy people until they hit the bedroom. Yowza. While they’re undressing, she notices a deep scar on his back that later, in a requisite shirtless scene, we see does not currently exist on Min-hu’s body.

This lack of continuity makes Ye-sool doubt her vision of the future. Not only does she feel intense dislike for this guy (so, how could this happen?!) but also he doesn’t have the scar (so, it can’t be him, right?). That is, until he gets said scar.

The team is running a pop-up event for the mattress company they’re doing the ad for, and everything is going well — almost too well. Then, a random homeless guy causes a disturbance. Ye-sool gets knocked backwards off the set, and Min-hu catches her — thus getting the corner of a set piece jabbed in his back… at the very location of his future scar.

This catch is in juxtaposition to an earlier scene where Min-hu let Ye-sool fall down some stairs, even though he was in distance to help her. What changed since then? Well, the accidental kiss.

We slowly learn that Min-hu is super sensitive to sensory inputs like sights, sounds, and smells (in fact, he’s taking a barrage of medications to tamp down the pain from sensory overload). At the pop-up event, he had asked for the set to be reinforced before the disturbance occurred. It’s not clear if his extra-sensory powers simply enable him to better predict risks, or if he also has premonitions of his own, but through another character we find out that when he kisses someone he gets “sick.”

OH JI-YOUNG (Lee Joo-yeon), our probable villain and definite misdirection for our female lead, is the actress starring in the mattress commercial. She clearly has a thing for Min-hu, mentions that they kissed in the past, and says she wants to do it again. Min-hu says it wasn’t really a kiss and that their lips just touched last time (sounds like a recurring theme for him).

Ji-young goes to Min-hu’s apartment, like the forceful second lead female that she is, and notices that he’s sick like he was after their “kiss.” She demands to know who he’s kissing now, but Min-hu shows no interest in her and ushers her into the elevator to leave. While we don’t know exactly how kissing affects him, we do know something has changed in his attitude toward Ye-sool since their lips touched.

At the hospital where Min-hu is getting stitched up after his fall, Ye-sool discovers that she and Min-hu have the same doctor (Tae In-ho) who, as it turns out, is a friend of Min-hu from high school who knows about his abilities/sensitivities. The doctor asks Ye-sool to drive Min-hu home, but he passes out in the car before they arrive, and Ye-sool has to piggyback him upstairs (nice to see the regular-old piggyback ride with the roles reversed).

Once inside his apartment, Ye-sool realizes it’s the place from her earlier vision and we get a fully fleshed out (pun intended) make-out scene. Ye-sool (like me) wants to see more and leans in for another kiss while Min-hu is passed out — except he opens his eyes just before she gets a chance, and that’s where we end for the week.

I was worried about how kitschy Kiss Sixth Sense would be, but I have to say it’s exceeding my expectations so far. While it feels a little predictable and there are certainly more tropes on the way (anyone else getting a possible childhood connection vibe linking their abilities?), it’s packin’ some serious spice.

I’m looking forward to seeing how these two make their way to each other and, also, how each of them will develop as they do. At the moment, the stakes aren’t too high (but we’ve yet to meet our second male lead) and the premise might not make total sense, but it’s definitely fun. I think my sixth sense might have been off on this one. Surprisingly, I’m hooked.

 
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I cannot complain about a drama with yoon kye sang as the lead in a rom-com with an equally charming female lead. This is everything I had hoped for and more. The spicy aspect of this drama definitely has me intrigued and i can’t wait for next week.

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I don't know yet if I really like the characters, but nevertheless the story in the first two episodes fascinated me so much that I will keep watching.
Although I have to admit that the multiple glimpses of the bed scene in the future definitely made me want to see more. What I liked best was the scene at the end of episode where Ye-sool is virtually her own voyeur. Combined with the beautiful music, it definitely got under my skin.

I'm already waiting for the upcoming episodes, even though this drama is by no means perfect. But it's definitely different from a lot of what I've seen lately.

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This is another premise well done.
The confusion on his face whenever not-work Ye-sool kicks into his space is...hilarious. That fluster on his face right after the kiss - for someone who flirts without any effort is just so so innocent.
Also, another healthy boss on screen.

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I'll tune in for the next episodes. My only complaints are please tone done the over the top comedy from the FL side kick, never like the actress brand of acting since forever. The transition between melodrama and rom com in this drama is not so smooth. Shall the comedy take over the melodrama tone, I'll drop this drama. And YKS is not suited for the overbearing crazy boss role, ones in FL imagination (if they chose to go to that trajectory) compare to if he just plays the prickly but still calm in demeanor boss.

And where is my Kim Ji-sook oppa? 😁

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And YKS is not suited for the overbearing crazy boss role

You hit the nail on the head. All the times he was depicting overbearing when Ye-sool tried dissuading her sidekicks, it seemed like he was out of character. Like he was very uncomfortable and not in his skin. You can literally see it there.

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Really? I thought that was a parody-scene well-done, as a ref to some classic 'overbearing boss' type k-dramas.

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A parody as an overbearing jerk, naaaaaaah. He didn't flow at all, it was vividly unnatural.

As a perfectionist jerk, he pulled that so effortlessly.

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That was Ye Sool exaggerating in her retelling, and the boss in her retelling acting that out. She wasn’t describing actual interactions faithfully, she was being dramatic for minion-scaring purposes. His explosions were about as real as his kiss demands.

As for whether the actor should have tried to make his psychotic routine realistic instead of comic (the elongated, insane puckering for a kiss) I think that’s just a matter of taste. I liked that Imaginary Dating Boss was so clearly not Calm Cool Collected Boss.

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I am with you on the forced comedy that is way too eye-rolling for my taste.

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Strangely addicting? I just wanted to see what a serious adult version of very tropey-fanfiction-sounding source material could look like but I got kind of hooked on it. I also appreciated that (1) the ML is... not awful? He's the classic CEO with an abrasive personality- but it's not personal at all. Hes a decent (just distant) guy. On top of that, he actually trusts in and pushes the FL professionally (who is NOT his secretary, which is nice). (2) FL is.. competent? She is good at her job. She is hard-working, in a position of power, harsh when she needs to be, and kind when she needs to be. She looks out for her juniors, reprimands lazy co-workers, and is financially running her household.
NOW for the bad. There were some pet peeves I had. Does our ML really have to step in to save her all the time? I hope that changes. And also... this show basically fails the Bechdel test (two female characters having a conversation that is not about a male character). How does (almost) every conversation she have (with her housemate/cousin/sister, friend/coworker, literally daydreaming and talking to herself) become about our ML. Kind of annoying?
But still. Show is... charming.

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Take note about Bechdel test 😀

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Good point on the Bechtel test! I distinctly remember thinking it was bizarre that they had an extended scene between the female colleagues only talking about how hot the male lead is. Like don’t they have anything else to discuss? Heck, even other men coming up would’ve made more sense, although I’d rather have more than one discussion not centred entirely around men.

In the entirety of the premiere episodes, I can think of two instances where the Bechdel test is passed - once when Ye-sool comments on the upcoming rain to her best friend/colleague; the other when Ye-sool and her sister talk about her not showing up to whatever event the sister had or something (I don’t remember clearly, sorry!). However, there is an asterisk on the latter as the conversation later devolves into one about the male lead. But it does seem to be a different conversation so I’ll take what I can get. I hope this was helpful.

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I REALLY liked the boss/trusted manager relationship sketched out in these two eps! I mean, not so much his harshness, but I know exactly what he’s doing to develop her, and also what she’s missing in understanding his plan (which he DOES explain partly, but I’m not sure she hears).

He is pushing her to succeed, but he’s also not hanging her out to dry, which is exactly how you want to develop people - give them opportunity and let them fail if needed, but also have enough of a safety net ready to save the account/client relationship. He averted total disaster by checking in on the shoot, the had a thoughtful backup prepared, he does a little professional blackmailing of the other team lead. This is all good manager stuff.

And she’s incredibly competent, but he is absolutely right that she shouldn’t be gaming out his response to proposals - she should be putting her whole weight behind her best stuff and floating that first! She IS disrespecting him by basically saying “you’d reject anything I put out first”, rather than respecting his ability to approve the best concept; she’s claiming he wastes their time, when actually SHE is the one producing second-best work in an attempt to game his preferences rather than developing her own. Could he have redirected the client’s questions to her during the presentation? Yes, but that’s not going to give her the same authority as if she’d stepped in herself to answer or augment. And he DOES step in with the other team lead (who she is trying to manage but clearly this is a power play, which you can’t just manage around) and pulls rank with an accompanying paper trail.

I am pleasantly surprised by all of this! Especially after the workplace disaster that was “Love and Weather”. This one is remarkably true to life, except that TikTok Intern needs to have his phone confiscated. NEVER trust an intern with a recording device. There’s proprietary client information all over the place, and an ad company runs on reputation. That kid is a complete disaster waiting to happen.

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I don't know yet if I really like the characters, but nevertheless the story in the first two episodes fascinated me so much that I will keep watching.
Although I have to admit that the multiple glimpses of the bed scene in the future definitely made me want to see more. What I liked best was the scene at the end of episode where Ye-sool is virtually her own voyeur. Combined with the beautiful music, it definitely got under my skin.

I'm already waiting for the upcoming episodes, even though this drama is by no means perfect. But it's definitely different from a lot of what I've seen lately.

How often can you actually trip? I would have various broken ankles by now.

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Lots. LOTS. I have never broken an ankle but loose ligaments are their own special kind of hell - a centimeter off in any estimation of depth when walking due to legs constantly switching which one’s longer today. Cobblestones are like minefields. The saving grace is that you’re so bendy you never shatter bones, only dignity.

I’ll admit it took me way, way too long to realize the love scene in the beginning of ep 1 was actually the initial commercial, pitch. Like, “24 hours and a rewatch” too long. And yeah, “be promiscuous on this bed and remember it with vague regret” is probably not going to fly with a client. I thought the boss was being harsh when I though we were just watching the aftermath of a failed pitch, but if the pitch was “have an affair on this bed” I now get why he was pissed.

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I did see the Billy company logo and also noticed that Ye-sool is wearing different clothes in this scene than in the later bed scene (okay, I admit I didn't see the scene just once), but it wouldn't have occurred to me that it could be the initial commercial.

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It threw me because the guy clearly wasn’t the ML, but I also couldn’t figure out why the FL would go to a hotel before work and randomly sleep with someone who didn’t show up in the rest of the pilot…? If you look at the storyboard during the meeting you realize it’s the shots from the scene. I haven’t rewatched to listen more closely to the Korean - they may have reused some slogans in the dialogue that made the crossover more obvious.

It was clever, but… maybe a little TOO clever, for a show already expecting a blurry sex scene vision.

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Is it just me, or this couple is basically the 2nd couple from Mystic Pop-Up Bar? I found them cute, and as an extension, I find these two cute as well. It's lovely to see how their 'extra-talents' are so complementary, which make them a perfect fit to each other.

There will be legions of webtoon fans crying '... but he doesn't look like Manhwa ML'. Fair enough, but the Manhwa ML looks like any generic CEO, and I can't tell him apart from MLs in Secretary Kim OR Business Proposal. So, YKS with his odd-charms... *works*. It's also more believable to see somebody so high-up in the Ad Agency actually be in their late 30's/ early 40's.
Also, irrespective of the resemblance, I've got to stop thinking of YKS as an older version of Park Jinyoung , or I'm going to be in serious trouble when the real Jinyoung-drama airs in June (Yumi's Cells 2). xD

I'm going to tune in for the entire run of the show despite my initial plans not to check this out. They really heard our prayers, when we said we wanted 2eps a week, and not 1! <3

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I am a reader of the Webtoon and I definitely won't complain about the casting! YKS is delicious than any generic looking dude in webtoons. To my eyes, a lot of them look very similar to each other and too plasticky for my taste, Yoon Kye Sand on the other hand is...

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Amen! <3

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The drama’s not perfect by any means, but I’m hooked for now. The casting of both Yoon Kye-sang and Seo Ji-hye in such a webdrama-premise type drama still kind of surprises me, but I had my fun with the premiere episodes. I just wish Ye-sool would trip less. Not just because it’s an old-fashioned trope that makes me roll my eyes. As someone who had the unfortunate experience of breaking both of my ankles in the past (bye bye, athletics!), I can attest that tripping like that isn’t just embarrassing, but extremely painful for an annoyingly long period of time.

Tbh, as far as abrasive CEO male leads go, Cha Min-hu isn’t…the worst? I know the bar is under the freaking ground, but he’s professional - if a bit harsh - for the most part and actually respects Ye-sool as a co-worker (really hope it’s for her work and NOT whatever childhood connection they inevitably have). The latter, especially, is a big improvement from most dramaland bosses. Not to mention that she’s actually in a position of power on her own right and not his personal secretary. Now that was refreshing to see. Maybe this is sad to admit, but even I’ve had worse bosses and I’m certainly no kdrama protagonist in a wacky workplace setting. Genuinely power-hungry supervisors can be the fu-king worst.

I hope we get more spicy action in the upcoming episodes and not just rewinds of this one scene. Or maybe this scene happens soon and we get even more spiciness on the way. I for one certainly hope that’s the case.

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Yeah, he's awful and we see plenty of Ye-Sul trash-talking him. She hates him, but I also think she respects him deep down. Or else, she wouldn't have been grooming the younger employee the same way as he used to, when he was her mentor. That was a really insightful scene! :')

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He’s actually a really, really good boss (well, other than the in-meeting verbal beatdowns, which seem to be cultural). But he’s developing her in exactly the way I would: mostly letting her sink or swim, but also providing enough of a safety net not to risk the relationship with the client.

And she’s a good right-hand woman, obviously. He’s made the right choice in developing her, but there are going to be growing pains where he has to take the lead for the sake of the business (the Billy client), has to be ready to pull the project out of disaster (the prepared backup shoot proposal), and has to back her up in power plays she’d otherwise lose (the partying team lead). And she’s going to resent a lot of this!

Part of what I liked about these episodes is that I badmouthed my boss in very similar ways, but now if I heard one of my team badmouthing me in the same way (“she didn’t even work on the project, just comes in at the last minute to pretend she’s in charge with the client”) I would chuckle to myself and say nothing because… Yeah, I get it! And I also get that you don’t yet know the warning signs that meant the client was starting to twitch, and I have the experience to divert them into not demanding a redo of the whole proposal. Meanwhile I am double-checking your work, manipulating schedules to try and get you onto this team that will accelerate your trajectory, isolate you from a lazy colleague, and stay out of your way enough that you feel confident proposing your own way of thinking, not a carbon copy of mine.

Seriously, I really liked this office. Seems like a nightmare to work in, but the dynamic is pretty healthy and genuine.

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(Ooof, I thought the prior post hadn’t gone through - I don’t typically post the same thoughts twice in different language. Whoops.)

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Honestly, I didn't find the first 2 episodes extraordinary... It looked like a cheap drama/story with too good actors for this.

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I’ve been waiting for a LONG time to see YKS in a romcom and it’s great that he’s teaming age-appropriate SJH.

Will definitely check this out. The only concern is KJS back in 2nd lead territory.

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Hooked. Monday definitely more bearable again!

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Interesting start looking forward to learning the male leads story.
Not sure why she went to kiss him which was high risk when my understanding is her lips touching any part of his body would have worked.

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Super love the Episodes 1-2. Currently my favorite right now
I like YKS since “The Greatest Love”. He is pulling off Min Hu very well.
SJH is a revelation. I know she is talented enough to pull off rom comedy as I have seen her in Jealousy Incarnate and Dinner Mate. But man that bed scene in the end. So sensual. I have no idea she can be this daring.

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Interesting so far, though I take issue with 2 cliche things they've incorporated in the drama vs the webtoon: 1. an annoying oppa-obsessed second-female lead and 2. making Minhu this big boss. In the webtoon, he's just a team leader and lived in a normal-sized, apartment that looks like he actually lives there? Him living in this rich person's empty mausoleum probably means one of my fave things from the webtoon won't happen.

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I’m very pleased the show seems to be much more mature than the webtoon. But I think the roles in the company are the same - he doesn’t own the company or anything in the show, he seems like a division head. They had to make that change if Ye Sool was going to have her own team, that’s three levels of reporting. And I much, MUCH prefer lead-Ye Sool instead of the naive entry-level Candy she seems to be in the webtoon.

Honestly I felt like I’d seen the webtoon a million times before, it’s all the same tropes. But this show can’t use those tropes and retain this smoother, more adult tone, so I’m looking forward to what they turn out.

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I like it so far... def going to tune in for next week

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As a reader of the original material, let me clear a few things - Stakes are going to be REALLY high and very soon.

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So glad that its been flagged up that this based on a webtoon because I have now started to read it. They have changed some elements to suit a drama I am liking it so far. Just wondered if you are a webtoon person if you know what the drawing of characters looking like younger versions of themselves means and what a featureless or half blacked out (usually eyes and nose are covered with a block of black or grey) face means. I have been reading another webtoon and noticed these features are in both so must be universal and have some meaning. Google didn’t help me so hoping you or another webtoon fan knows the answer🙂

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I have started reading since two or three years. (Before that I did read some Japanese stuff but all were English translations TBH). I have noticed some patterns as well but can't say I know the meaning or reference for all of them. I noticed sometimes, what you are referring to. But there is a trend of doing a short or a special feature where they do this thing called gender swap. (ML and FL are drawn as opposite gender as a couple. Also same for doing a younger version of themselves. It is mostly for fun if done as a special episode or request. It is also common to do a different era/different story cosplay version of them. All this is for fun and does not serve any purpose except some fan service.) If you are referring to something done in the flow of the story, I am curious.

On that note, the younger version of the Ye-sool and Chan Minhu in the webtoon are different level of cute. Young Ye-sool is a munchkin and you want to put her in your pocket and take with you.

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I tagged you into my fan wall hopefully you can see the examples of what I meant the examples of the faces were all within the frames of one episode and the same with the two drawing styles so that’s why it confused me

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I saw and now I understood. I have replied in those places. And this kind of basic drawing style is used more for fun (sometimes it is used by artists to break the fourth wall)

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Any webtoon experts who can help out a newbie re the hidden meanings (hidden to me) reason for the drawing styles re characters faces without features and different stylised versions of the characters see my fan wall for examples please let us know. Thank you

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Also sometimes it is also used for drawing character which are not important. (I do not remember the webtoon but there was a side character who was drawn without a face who kept picking on MC and when she called him out, she even said how he is drawn without a face so his comments are irrelevant anyway) :-D

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Loving the team effort responses. I have done Our beloved Summer and Yumi’s cells neither of which I remember having these elements.
Now reading Kiss Sixth Sense and See you in my 19th life which both do so its probably down to the different writers preferences for the style they use when telling their stories.

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I am intrigued to see where the drama goes with the story as so far there are lots of things they have changed/added to the webtoon version of the story.

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I love the first 2 episodes. YKS is crazy, sexy, cool Min Hu despite being a jerk. SJH is pulling off the cold, clumsy Ye Seul so well. And she’s so gorgeous. I love her now. My new girl crush. YKS and SJH are doing a great job. Can’t wait for KJS’s next.

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Her voice is amazing, and I LOVE the way she’s deploying it when talking to different audiences. HUGE part of the job and her slower, throatier delivery when she wants to coax better behavior from someone is hypnotic.

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Loving the cinematography that shot of time standing still with the rain drops after the kiss. Gorgeous.

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Totally love the 1st 2 episodes. I can tell this will be on my list of favorite romcom. Personally I like the mature take on this drama. YKS and SJH are amazing on their roles. I love YKS because of Chocolate.
SJH is my new obsession. Lol. She’s awesome as HYS and not to mention so gorgeous to watch. Might endeavor on watching Dinner Mate. Apparently it has a huge following. Excited to see KJS on the next episodes. Love him in Monthly Magazine.

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Watch Dinner Mate! I really liked it! I couldn’t remember the name of it but it’s definitely worth watching (and rewatching)

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The number of times she falls is ridiculously high, but I hadn't noticed it highlighted the way his behaviour changed toward her. Maybe because he seems to be always caring from the backside from the beginnin ? He drove her to the good hospital and had put pressure on their doctor to care for her health.
He is interested in her, professionnaly and more. Otherwise why would he immediately come clarify that there is nothing between the actress and him after she stepped on them ?
I do hope there is no childhood connexion.

Now, what do you think he is going to do after opening his eyes and seing her ready to kiss : pull her closer, restrain her asking "what are you doing", close his eyes and let her continue ?

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I don't know yet if I really like the characters, but nevertheless the story in the first two episodes fascinated me so much that I will keep watching.
Although I have to admit that the multiple glimpses of the bed scene in the future definitely made me want to see more. What I liked best was the scene at the end of episode where Ye-sool is virtually her own voyeur. Combined with the beautiful music, it definitely got under my skin.

I'm already waiting for the upcoming episodes, even though this drama is by no means perfect. But it's definitely different from a lot of what I've seen lately.

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