Beanie level: Errand boy

I need recs of a genre I never watch for a young friend. What are some good action kdramas available on Viki? Needs to be G/PG rated in content and fantasy/horror aspects preferred though not required

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    Healer

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      We’re watching Healer now! She loves JCW but I don’t think she’s been too sold on the whole show. It’s less action and more romance and investigation. I’ve been loving the rewatch though lol

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    Kingdom

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      That wouldn’t be too violent/gorey? She is nowhere near as baby as I am but wasn’t sure if that would be too much

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    I don’t have Viki so I don’t know about availability, but Tale of the Nine-tailed?

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      That is one of her favorites. We are waiting for season 2!

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        What about Train? It isn’t too violent on screen but there are lots of corpses.

        Time travel action:
        365 Days Repeat the Year
        Kairos

        Light action comedy:
        Welcome to Life
        Switch

        Non-fantasy action thriller:
        Defendant
        Lookout
        Two Weeks

        And non-action semi-musical youth drama just because I can and I would have loved in my youth:
        What’s Up

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          Thanks for the list! I’ll definitely have to pass these on to her.

          I LOVED What’s Up! I keep trying to get people to watch it but no one listens to me 😅 I am making her watch Imitation with me. Maybe I can sneak that one in too. Lol

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I finally watched W: Two Worlds. Lee Jong-suk carried that show. I never really connected to the (ironically) manhwa-ish FL. I found the whole show pretty consistent though and didn’t mind the amnesia switch. I think it actually put them on a more level field. Glad I can finally mark this off my list. I need more LJS though. Maybe I’ll finally get to School 2013.

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    Yes to school 2013!

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    W is not between my favorites k-dramas but it’s quite enjoyable. There is a moment when I didn’t understand anything about the father and the killer, so I told myself to stop trying and enjoy the show.

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Top 20 K-pop of 2021 [20-11]
This list is the epitome of my k-pop identity: a shawol multi-stan (don’t tell Taemin). I always have cut-remorse (sorry girl groups/solos; they had some awesome releases, but these songs just were so strong to me); but I highly recommend (G)i-dle’s I burn album and Epik High’s Epik High is Here, too.

20. Damage – Just B
19. Dad – D.O
18. Oort Cloud – Younha
17. Conversation – Twice
16. Make Up Your Mind – Ailee
15. Sad Kids – Taemin
14. Celebrity – IU
13. Period – Purple Kiss
12. Luna – Oneus
11. Eeeny Meeny – U-Know

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Top 20 K-pop of 2021 [10-1]
10. Unthinkable – FT Island: the emotion in Hong-ki’s voice is matchless
9. I Really Want You – Shinee: my go-to pick me up this year
8. Back to You – Ha Sung Woon: great rhythm and melody
7. Happy Birthday – Oneus: light sultry; their voices and melody pull you in
6. Us – Moon Jong Up: not so light sultry; so catchy
5. The Real – Ateez: this really defines Ateez; this humble confidence
4. Waterfall – B.I.: this whole album is great; I love the repeating ohs
3. Helium – Key: Hey, girl. What’s up? All in English. So what. This counts to me cause it’s still very k-pop and is the epitome of Key’s sass and artistry
2. Atlantis – Shinee: this whole album was great; while other songs on the album are probably technically better, this just makes me so happy any time it plays and feels so Shinee and fresh
1. Way – Onew ft Punch: this song reached to my soul. Onew and Punch’s voices are great together. I side-eyed the final build up originally, but it comes in sooner than originally thought and now I love how it just all builds together.

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Finished Memory (one with Junho, not the one with cats, though he\’d approve)! It was a good, though not easy, watch. I really loved the trajectory of all the characters (except the ML\’s dad; always frustrating to see dramas salvage scum parents). Seeing all the levels of evil was really interesting too. It was not a perfect drama but it was a good melo that had some really interesting commentary on grief, forgiveness, and what it takes to live as a better person. Now I\’m wrapping up the kdrama Life on Mars. I\’ll definitely need some fluff after all this.

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I earned 1 whole bean this year…At least it makes it easy to choose (Imitation)…
If I were to count just all k-dramas/webseries/variety, I would get only a semi-pathetic 16.

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Finished Jewel in the Palace! I loved the 1st half, but once the FL was bent on revenge for the entirety of the 2nd half and it was more politics than her learning her craft, I got frustrated. The ML was awesome though. And, he really rocked that facial hair.

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It would be quite the shock if someone forgot to put \”Cha Cha Cha\” after \”Hometown\” before they started watching.

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    Hahaha so true.

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    To differentiate the two I refer to HOMETOWN: CHA CHA CHA as: CHA CHA CHA and Yoo Jae-myung’s drama as: HOMETOWN which I am hoping will be available on Viki.

    (Also for obvious reasons I am referring to POLICE UNIVERSITY as POL U rather than PU.)

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@waadmay Imitation behind the scenes: Ateez version! Figured you might not run into this unless you’re an Ateez fan. They’re so cute being so nervous but having fun.

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My life motto (Jewel in the Palace; 7 episodes down 47 more to go!)

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I got to start my day with Shinee at their 13th anniversary vlive, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite videos. Shinee knows each other to the core and they often use that to harrass each other.

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    This is one of my favorites too! Onew’s impression of Key gets me every time!

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Revenge Note 2 is so bad. All the writer had to do was copy+paste from the 1st season with different actors. I just don\’t get how you can completely ruin the world you had already built.

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Shinee is baaaack (back back back back)!! Another month until the full release but a great, new b-track to tie us over <3

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My kdrama rankings for all the kdramas I watched in 2020. The blue highlighted ones will still have points going towards them for Stickiness (how well I remember the drama after a month or so). Once I condensed my list to just this year, I was a bit surprised by the rankings, but I would still agree with the order/scores (though take note that there are a number of ties). Life and Weather were the definite highlights of this year.

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Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2020 [Pt. 1]
I think I’ve listened to more music this year than ever before thanks to @kaleidoscopic and @infinitize. My picks are still pretty surface level, but these are the songs that stayed in my brain, that I found unique, and/or really captured something special to me.

20. Where the Sea Sleeps – Even of the Day (Day6): A sweet ballad with a heartwarming music video
19. What Do I Call You Now – Taeyeon: sweet sounding song that packs a punch
18. Wish You Were Here – SuperM: If the first line doesn’t hook you, then nothing will
17. The Melody – Super Junior: A nostalgic song appropriate for their 15th anniversary
16. Amnesia – Kai: The melodic rhythm is so entrancing
15. Wannabe – Itzy: A fun anthem with fun choreography
14. Play – Chungha: An upbeat, catchy song confidently delivered
13. Better – BoA: Queen is back in her natural habitat
12. All That Love – Changmin: A catchy beat by a veteran performer
11. Abracadabra – YooA: I really like her range of tones and wow, a female rap that isn’t that pitchy Nikki Minaj-style.

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    The rest of my list. I listed out like all possible songs I thought good this year then eliminated a number of them that didn’t quite make it to “great” then ranked, so I ended up technically with a top 38. Here’s the rest:
    21. 2 Kids – Taemin
    22. Swear – E’last
    23. Burn the Floor – Super Junior
    24. Then, Now, and Forever – CN Blue
    25. Inception – Ateez
    26. With You – SuperM
    27. Happy – Taeyeon
    28. What Are You Waiting For – Somi
    29. LMM – Hwasa
    30. Idea – Taemin
    31. Back Door – Stray Kids
    32. Dangerous Woman – SuperM
    33. Fault – Zelo
    34. Paradise – Eric Nam
    35. Nineteen – Natty
    36. Ex – Stray Kids
    37. Remember – Winner
    38. Afraid – Day6

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Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2020 [Pt 2]
10. The Stealer – The Boyz: Their choreography is no joke. The song is well suited for them and the choreography elevates it even further.
9. Strangers – Taemin: A haunting tune where you can hear the longing in his voice with a hint of dementedness
8. Zombie – Day6: A perfect anthem for 2020. The monotone sound works in this song because of the great vocals and performance.
7. Think of You – Taemin: This song is just completely “odorable.” The music video and lyrics just make you smile all day.
6. Big Chance – SuperM: [This feels little like cheating since this song is actually all in English but since it was still technically a Korean release, I let it contend for a spot] Such a catchy song! The harmonies are beautiful and their voices really shine here without all the electronics and overly-complicated structure of their title tracks.
5. Hello Stranger – Kai: The difference in tone between his singing and rapping voice is very distinct. It makes this song ever the more interesting.
4. Answer – Ateez: Another solid anthem song from Ateez. This song hooks you from line one and brings you along for the ride.
3. Eight – IU: A song of grief but cathartic in its beauty and rawness, making us fell not alone in grieving for any young person we have lost, celebrities or not
2. HOLO – Lee Hi: A perfect song for such a tough year, reminding us that this too shall pass
1. Criminal – Taemin: This is pure art for those who want art and a perfectly catchy song for those who just want to jam out. You can’t deny the charisma and talent Taemin demonstrates in his Never Gonna Dance Again series.

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I\’m tempted to not watch Ep 12 of Gumiho until it returns in 2 weeks, but since I rarely live-watch, I should get the full experience of suffering through the pain of (self-made) pre-emptions.

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I mean I don\’t blame the Imoogi for wanting LDW\’s body. Not a bad choice at all really.

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    I’ve been wondering about the obsession and now that you’ve pointed that out, totally agree lol

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      Really I wonder too. He’s not the only mountain spirit so why him? I feel like there must be something else that makes him particularly special.

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        The imoogi said Lee Yeong “took his place”, so it sounds like there’s a grudge there…
        On the shallow side of things, if I were a demon, I’d totally choose Yeon’s body! Imagine being able to binge on ice-cream for eternity without consequences

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        Being played by LDW is special xD

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When we get back into shaking hands, this could be our new greeting. (From Miss Hammurabi)

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    …and hand out med cert instead of business cards 😅

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My motivation to watch FoS is at like -100 knowing it has a second season…I think I\’ll just wait for season 2 to be over then watch both back to back. Hopefully, I can continue to avoid spoilers.

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    Season 1 is completely self-contained if that helps. It stands alone perfectly.

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    You have little chance of avoiding spoilers

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      I know :/ My original plan was to watch season 1 before season 2 started but then failed at that idea. I did avoid spoilers though for season 1 pretty well so I have hope. Text spoilers are pretty easy to avoid. It’s the screenshot spoilers that are harder to not see.

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