Beanie level: Errand boy

To any person of the LGBTQ community here, I just want to say that don’t let the hate and homophobia keep you from expressing yourself. You have our support every step of the way.

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Red Sleeve Cuff’s premiere was really nice. I like that the king seems a bit nuanced and not just a big baddie. I am not going to say anymore because i just don’t want to jinx it.

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Episode 7 of Dali made me tear up a little. For all his bluster and pomp, Moo Hak is still a person who seems to be starved of love and even a family that cares about him.

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    ditto.. that last few minutes were the crux of his over the top loud personality.. a real human being starved of love and affection.. I cried too with him.

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You guys I think our second male lead in Dali may have a case of Mr Darcy a.k.a. being very awkward and inexpressive but feeling ardently.

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    I like your Darcy analogy and it’s played well by Kwon Yul.

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    Ooh now that you mention it, I could totally see Kwon Yul playing Mr. Darcy in a P&P adaptation.

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      OMG most definitely yes. Give me the quiet and silent but intense pining dramaland.

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Kim Min Jae please kiss me!! (Yes I will fangirl shamelessly)

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Dali and Gamjatang somehow manages to balance realism and idealism in a good way. I almost cried at the scenes of Dali and her dad. Too many feels

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Dali and Gamjatang is so freaking cute. The chemistry between the leads is adorable and I just want to thank God for Kim Min Jae’s voice.

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Lovers of The Red Sky’s premiere was pretty good. I liked that it was more of supernatural than saguek. Ahn Hyo Seop is someone I have had my eye out for but he hasn’t been that consistent so far.

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    I loved it too, Mani. It was entertaining and I loved the fantasy part although I got a bit confused with the reason the eyes were changed, but it is a very promisión beginning!

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      I’m there with you on the eye exchange and even the curses part of the drama. It has me a little confused

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All the Olympics content makes me want to start working out and try learning a sport.

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I am not a ‘wake up early and study person’. I am a night owl.

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So I watched the Taiwanese drama Autumn Concerto because I was craving something slightly angsty. Do NOT expect emotional maturity or common sense from this drama. It has a really cute kid though

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    😂😂😂 That’s an interesting way to put it. It is an old drama right? I guess it was very popular back then.

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      It came out in 2009 with all the weird fashion and hair lol. And yes, it seems to have been very popular

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    I could never bring myself to watch this, even at the height of it’s popularity and now being regarded as a classic. My sister loves it and I saw bits and pieces of it back then, and I couldn’t help thinking this was basically a mashup of all the most annoying cliches in Meter Garden S1+2 and Mars but with a kid. I don’t mind cliches honestly, but it being compiled in one drama just to up the angst was too much.

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      Mars?

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        You don’t know the classic Mars with Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu ? It was with some actors of Meteor Garden but this time Vic Zhou was the lead.

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        As Kurama said, Mars is a classic with Barbie and Vic. A lot of drama.
        https://youtu.be/ZPCQIFUvUTI

        Mydramalist summary:
        Han Qi Luo, an extremely shy art student went to the same college as Chen Ling, a popular play boy. By chance one day they met at a park when CL asked HQL for direction to a hospital to visit his friend who was injured in a bike racing incident. Hurriedly HQL drew him a map, unknowing that she was drawing on the back of one of her sketches. She ran off before he could thank her. He then noticed the sketch of a mother holding a baby and was touched. In school HQL was sexually harassed by a teacher and CL came to her rescue. They began to grow fond of each other but each of them had a secret past that needed to be addressed and overcome before they could accept and love one another freely.

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        Just to add, it gets really crazy but if you’re looking for angst and a great OTP, I’d recommend Mars. It touches on a lot of sensitive and dark subjects too.

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          Thank you so much. I’ll keep it in mind for when I need to watch angsty stuff

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        MARS is an AWESOME drama! I watched it a few months ago, and LOVED it completely. It’s totally OTT, but with an OTP that works so beautifully, I couldn’t root for them enough. Plus the story actually still holds up ~20 years on. I’ve been saying this for a while now, Mars is the show that is ripe for a remake. If only the Asian drama industry would look beyond Meteor Garden!

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          I think there are Japanese remakes (movie and drama).

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            Isn’t it based off a Japanese manga? I’d love to see a tw-remake, honestly. They captured the raw emotion of the base story so well, and the OTP was great in itself, but I felt the acting was lacking. :/

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            @pickleddragon the acting in the Japanese version?

            For the TW one, if I remember well Vic and Barbie dated after Meteor Garden. So they really had a great chemistry.

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            Ah no @kurama I meant the acting in the tw-version. I loved the OTP to bits, and yes, I read about the real life connection, but I don’t think Vic Zhou did a great job with the acting there. :/

            What I meant was I’d love to see Taiwan itself do a remake of it, or other Asian drama industries pick this up.

            I haven’t watched the Japanese remakes, though. Do you recommend them?

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            @pickleddragon I think that the Japanese versions were less dark that I remembered in the TW version.

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I kinda feel like Han Sol’s situation could have been handled better by Young Ja. I know its a fact that Se Yoon is the star player but it was sad that even her teammates did not believe in Han Sol.

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    I sincerely hope they win the finals because Han Sol needs it!! She needs to have faith in her skills and the confidence that yes she too is a skilled player even without Se Yoon

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      Totally agree. I know that its undeniable that Se Yoon is a better player but Han Sol needs to realise that she is a good player without Se Yoon and she contributes to their victory too.

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Racket Boys continues to hold a special place in my heart. I love how it gets the importance of friends in teenagers’ lives. I’ve been there where the boys are and it wars my heart

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omg In Sol crying in the car broke my heart. It broke again when he said ” I want to play with the boys”. I love that they mean so much to each other

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    He broke my heart too. Gosh that scene😭😭 why couldnt there be 5 players from Haenam and 2 from Hwasun!? Why writer Nim why!!?

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I just love the way In Sol includes himself with the Racket Boys. You can see it in tiny things like mimicking Woo Chan’s handshake to joining the boys as they pile on top of each other.

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    Oh, you noticed that too. It is so subtle but love that they all still play their characters well even if almost 90% of the scenes are crowded.

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      I think that’s what makes it such a strong ensemble. They are all in character all the time, even if they aren’t the focus of the shot or scene. It’s so consistent and immersive. One of the best dramas of the year for me.

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The writer of Racket Boys really knows how to capture youth. I am reminded of my middle-school self every time I watch the show. It’s very relatable and refreshing

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It is so humid here in my corner of the world. We are sweating under the fan as if we have returned from a marathon.

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    It is currently 92°F with 50% humidity. The library where I work has two chiller units but only one is functional. 🥵

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    It’s getting a bit humid here also. I can certainly understand how uncomfortable it is. I hope conditions improve soon in your area.

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I feel like the rush of good currently airing dramas is the only thing getting me through the week.

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    Hmmm, are there a lot of good currently airing dramas? I only like Racket Boys and Hospital Playlist. Everything else isn’t working for me (although I’m still watching several of the other things that are airing notwithstanding my apathy).

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      I’m enjoying a lot of them, although Racket Boys and Hospital Playlist are the highlight.

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Omg I’m crying with laughter at their sauna date.

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Racket Boys continues to be a gem of a drama. I love it so much. Also I wanted to throw hands with Curly Hair, I seriously feel like smacking him in the face.

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    I really love this show, too! I’m also super impressed with the young cast.

    Character-wise, I can’t decide who my favourite among the boys is. Right now, it’s a tight race between In-sol or Yoon-dam.

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      Also, side note, but the last thing I remember watching the actor who plays Yoon-dam in was a short series called Failing in Love. Son Sang-yeon’s character in that is so different!

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      I love all the boys honestly but i think Hae Kang I love the best of all

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        Yes, fair! I love Hae-kang too! I’m probably just counting angels on hairpins.

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      I personally like Woo Chan but that’s mainly because I find the actor cute. But I really like Yoon Dam as a person, mainly because he is really respectful of others’ wishes. Even when Han Sol was being harassed by the guy, he didnt fight her fight. He waited patiently until the guy really crossed the line. The kick was super satisfying

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      The actors are great!

      Choi Hyun-Wook (Woo-Chan) was the bully in Taxi Driver. And now, he’s just this big and nice hyung for Yong-Tae.

      Kim Min-Ki (In-Sol) was the little brother not good at studying in True Beauty

      Kim Kang-Hoon (Yong-Tae) had so many roles from very creepy to super cute.

      Lee Ji-Won (Han-Sol) was the little sister in Sky Castle.

      Lee Jae-In (Se-Yoon) had many littles roles.

      Tang Joon-Sang (Hae-Kang) was so good in Move to Heaven.

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        One thing I like a lot about this show is how all of the actors are relatively young! Though it’s a bit weird how KKH is so much younger than the other guys.

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        I am tempted to watch True Beauty just for Kim Min-ki (and in spite of my aversion to Cha Eun-woo).

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          Moon Ga Young was really good in this role, it made me forget about Cha Eun Woo.

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    I wanted to throw hands, too. I told my own mother that I feel like their noona/unni in the stands, apoplectic by that little twerp’s sniveling arrogance.

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